I've never really wrapped my head around the idea that "EP" stands for extended play, and yet its the shorter version of an album. Extended seems, to me, to mean even longer than long play. Either way, you know the terminology, and I'm going to stop before I open myself up to too many jokes. The topic of today's "Thursday Discussion" post is: my favorite EPs. I feel like standing up for the little guy. The under-appreciated art of brevity. The brave souls that didn't stuff their albums with filler - and gave us EPs that left us wanting more. Those short little releases that introduced us to a band or a sound, and in some cases get more spins from me than the same band's full-length albums. I've put together my top 10 and included some links to check out the songs - so you can make sure you haven't missed out. Check it out - let me know what you think - and please include your own.
Oh, and even though there are numbers next to these - they're not really in any order. I also didn't go looking through the entire history of music to come up with these. Yes, they're relatively recent in the grand scheme of music.
1) Cartel - Ransom EP
2) JamisonParker - Notes & Photographs EP
3) Saosin - Translating the Name EP
4) Autopilot Off - Self-Titled EP
5) Don't Look Down - Five EP
6) The Clash - The Cost of Living EP
7) NOFX - The Decline
8) Something Corporate - Audioboxer EP
9) The Who - Ready Steady Who EP
10) 7 Seconds - Skins, Brains, and Guts EP
Man, I could keep doing this forever. The Get Up Kid's - Woodson? Saves the Day - I'm Sorry I'm Leaving? My current obsession A Wilhelm Scream - Self-Titled? NFG's original From the Screen to Your Stereo? At the Drive-In - Vaya? Yeah ... it's safe to say I'm not doing 50 of these things, but I easily could. I'll leave it to you guys to add to the list.
Note: Spotify is down for me at the moment, so I'll update this with links to Spotify streams once it goes back up.
Botch's Anthology of Dead Ends
Saosin's Translating the Name
Days Away's LSDEP
These Arms Are Snake's This is Meant to Hurt You
AFI's All Hallows EP
If you want to get technical - The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour
Portugal. The Man's It's Complicated Being a Wizard
Glassjaw's Our Color Green and Coloring Book EPs
The World is a Beautiful Place's Formlessness
Cartel - Ransom EP Sherwood - The Summer EP The Early November - The Acoustic EP Lakes - Photographs EP Weatherbox - Follow The Rattle of the Afghan Guitar Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP Monument Monument - Sleep Well When You Get There (not sure if this is technically an EP, but it only has 6 songs)
There's an awesome EP called "The Mean Way In" by a little band called Division Day released back in aught four... They're still around and releasing but there was something really unique and special about this specific release. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially the song "There is No Telling."
PS, totally agree on Drive-Thru nailing it with the EPs. It was such a great system, I wish more labels would do it. My favorite was probably "With Hopes of Starting Over."
Translating The Name
Ear Candy for the Headphone Tripper
Follow the Rattle of the Afghan Guitar
Bright Works and Baton
Sun Bronzed Greek Gods
You and Me and the Mountain
You're In It Now
Animals - snuffaluffagus
A lesson is crime
Cartel - Chroma Sherwood - The Summer EP The Early November - The Acoustic EP Lakes - Photographs EP Weatherbox - Follow The Rattle of the Afghan Guitar Bon Iver - Blood Bank EP Monument Monument - Sleep Well When You Get There (not sure if this is technically an EP, but it only has 6 songs)