David Shephard

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500 Ratings // Top 50 Lps

I joined this site as a wee high school freshman and rated about 80 albums, which was most of the music I had at the time. Now I'm graduating in a few months and I have 500. So here's my top 10%:
50Brand New
Deja Entendu

A few months ago I started listening to Deja Entendu as a satire of early 2000?s pop-
punk, not sure if that?s how it?s supposed to be done but it?s a really interesting way of
approaching the lyrics.
49The Replacements
Let It Be

48The Microphones
The Glow Pt.2

existentialism and stuff
47Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts of the Great Highway

poise and beauty and killing people

pop done right
45Modest Mouse
This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To..

I usually forget how good this is because of M&A and LCW but then I listen to it
44My Bloody Valentine

token Loveless
The Bends

I listen to this probably more than any other Radiohead album
42The Olivia Tremor Control
Dusk at Cubist Castle

RIP Bill Doss
41Boards of Canada

the loss of innocence from Music Has the Right to Children is startling
40Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West

if every indie album had this as a primary influence things would be so much more
...In Shallow Seas We Sail

believe it or not the first album I ever got into with screams. was very fortunate to
start with post-hardcore?s finest!
38Sunny Day Real Estate
How It Feels To Be Something On

difficult to find fault with, a 180 from Diary/LP2
37The Classic Crime
The Silver Cord

so much better than Phoenix
A to B: Life

best mewithoutYou
35Dinosaur Jr.
You're Living All Over Me

the 90s come out of the womb kicking and screaming

like watching a circus that becomes genius once you get used to the screaming
clowns, animals, etc.
33Los Campesinos!
Hold On Now, Youngster...

anything but annoying
32Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything to Nothing

even though it rips off The Mountain Goats and Neutral Milk Hotel
31Sunny Day Real Estate

so much angst
30The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

The Moon Is a Dead World

Golden Dawn is my idea of epic
28Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

Justin Vernon took that snowy cabin and aesthetically turned it into an album
27The Weakerthans
Left and Leaving

somewhere someone?s making plans to stay
26Relient K
Forget and Not Slow Down

as a childhood Relient K fanboy I did not appreciate this until quite some time had
passed since its release
25Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me

it?s pretty good
24Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

For some reason I always listen to this after concerts. I finally listened to it again not
in this context and was even more blown away.
The Beautiful Letdown

was my favorite album for many years, will always hold a special place in my heart
22Okkervil River
Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See

how to indie folk
21The Avalanches
Since I Left You

pure joy
20Arcade Fire

more joy
19Nick Drake
Pink Moon

got this on vinyl from a street vendor in London for 15 pounds ftw
Ok Computer

token Ok Computer
17The National

as terrifying as it is endearing
16Pedro the Lion
It's Hard to Find a Friend

I view three albums as ever taking on the roles of ?lenses? through which I see the
world. The themes and lyrics come to mind in important or emotional times, the
melodies find their way through my head when I?m faced with a choice. This was the
15The Gaslight Anthem
The 59 Sound

seeing Gaslight for the first time in a couple weeks, hoping Brian Fallon still cares
14Stars of the Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

This is the third.
13 Sigur Ros
( )

most albums speed me up, this one slows me down
12Boards of Canada
Music Has the Right to Children

makes you feel very lonely and then it comforts you
11The Weakerthans
Reconstruction Site

John K. Samson is perhaps the coolest guy in music
10Sufjan Steven
The Age of Adz

the equivalent to Sufjan going into a musical avatar-state
9Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

was going to be here somewhere
8Modest Mouse
The Moon & Antarctica

It?s all about the moderate climates
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Reservations is the best love song ever
6The National

best indie rock album

patron saint
4Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind

the soundtrack to most of the best moments of my life the last few years
Kid A

if music can be art then Kid A is art
2Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...

perfect in every sense of the word
1As Cities Burn
Come Now Sleep

the first, forever changed how I approached music, too emotional
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