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Another Music Meme: Ten Albums

I stole this one from Sheila .

Ten albums I would recommend you add to your collection (No compilations or 'best of' collections permitted)

Like Sheila, my suggestions would vary from day to day. I also tried to stay away from the obvious (like Faith No More albums) albums that are probably in most people's record collection to begin with.

  1. Brand New - Deja Entendu
  2. Mr. Bungle - California
  3. Skinlab - Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded
  4. Far - Water and Solutions
  5. Aztec Camera - High Land, Hard Rain
  6. Life of Agony - River Runs Red
  7. Toadies - Rubberneck
  8. Clutch - Clutch
  9. AFI - The Art of Drowning
  10. Portishead - Dummy


I am not a fan of the same music as you so I usually don't recognize the artists. When you post a list like this I play my own game:

Artist - Album or Album - Artist?

(Don't take this as a negative. The only time I complain about someone's music is when they force me to listen to it.)

(Not necessarily in order)

1. Allan Holdsworth - Sixteen Men of Tain
2. Dave Holland Quartet - Extensions
3. Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up
4. Jazz Is Dead - Blue Light Rain
5. Trip Shakespeare - LuLu
6. Barenaked Ladies - Gordon
7. Phish - Junta
8. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
9. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
10. Richard Thompson - Mirror Blue

(Not ranked)

1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
2. Steele Dan - Aja
3. U2 - The Joshua Tree
4. Steve Miller - Book of Dreams
5. Led Zepplin - "4"
6. Rush - Grace Under Pressure
7. AC/DC - Powerage
8. Aerosmith - Rocks
9. Lynrd Skynrd - Street Survivors
10. Judas Priest - British Steel

Not ranked, and not avoiding obvious choices (not in my mind anyway) :

1. Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy
2. The Avalanches - Since I Left You
3. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
4. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
5. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out of Season
6. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
7. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
8. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
9. Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
10. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

I was trying to go for albums that not everyone knows. Bill, I own every album on your list (some on vinyl and some on 8 track in my mother's attic).

Buhdahl, I love your list. I should have included Refused on mine. With QOTSA, I would have chosen Songs for the Deaf.

And I never recommend Aphex Twin to people because it's really an acquired taste. Maybe one out of every 15 people you recommend that to will like it.

This reminds me of when I lived in Phoenix and the city's free news weekly, The New Times, would have a survey entitled, "Your top 10 albums if stranded on a desert island."

My list in no particular order:

Tapping The Vein-- The Damage
Rolling Stones--Sticky Fingers
Seven Mary Three--American Standard
Bruce Cockburn--Staling Fire
Joni Mitchell--Hejira
Kate Bush--Hounds of Love
Ten Years After--Recorded Live
David Bowie--The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

1. The Band - The Last Waltz
2. Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation - Mighter Rearranger
3. David&David - Boomtown
4. Blondie - Live In New York
5. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
6. Patti Smith Group - Wave
7. Annie - Anniemal
8. Black Crowes with Jimmy Page - Live at the Greek
9. The Chieftans - Tears of Stone
10. Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler - Kneck and Kneck

The pop music needs some love...

1. The New Pornographers - Electric Version
2. Jason Falkner - Author Unknown
3. Jellyfish - Spilt Milk
4. The Grays - Ro Sham Bo
5. Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret
6. Spoon - Girls Can Tell
7. Hot Hot Heat - Make Up the Breakdown
8. Pedro the Lion - Winners Never Quit
9. Catherine Wheel - Chrome
10. Eleven - Eleven

...and okay, some indie/alt-rock too. But it's all pretty melodic stuff.

If there was any justice in the world, all of these records would have been huge, rather than some of them being well-respected.

Dammit, Michele, I can't resist these lists. I like to think I'm not remarkably narcissistic, then you bust out another one of these and it's like I have, like I'm totally, inexorably compelled, to comb through my memory for my fav neato stuff. Which, I wanna be clear, is WAY more neato than everyone else's choices.

no order...
10. The Posies- Dear 23
9. The Toadies- Feeler
8. Calexico - A feast of Wire
7. Bauhaus- Burning from the Inside
6. Bedlam Rovers- Wallow
5. The Misfits- Walk Among Us
4. Iron Maiden- Killers
3. Mind Over 4- The Goddess
2. Bullet Lavolta - The Gift
1. Interpol- Turn on the Bright Lights

it'd probably be different in a week.

1. Spring Heeled Jack (USA) - Songs From Suburbia
2. Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
3. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Hearts of Oak
4. The Mr. T Experience - Revenge is Sweet, and So Are You.
5. Goldfinger - Hang-Ups
6. The Thrills - So Much For the City
7. Pansy Division - Absurd Pop Song Romance
8. Square - This Magnificent Nonsense
9. Motion City Soundtrack - I Am the Movie
10. Kara's Flowers - the Stagg Street Recordings

I don't recognize any of those. And I have no Faith No More albums in my puny collection, either. (Though I did see 'em in concert in Grand Rapids.)

I'm here 'cause I hope "cool" is catching.

Of course, in no particular order...

1)Beck - Mutations
2)The Postal Service - Give Up
3)Morphine - Bootleg: Detroit
4)Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Live at The Wetlands
5)Jurassic 5 - Power In Numbers
6)Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
7)The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
8)Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway
9)The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
10)Beastie Boys - Check Your Head

Some of these are obvious critical darlings, however I think they recognized for good reason.

Note: the Morphine one isn't a bootleg, its an official release of a live performance