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02.03.12 Elliott Smith Ranked.10.22.11 All My Ratings Disappeared...
06.02.11 Nighttime Is The Right Time.02.21.11 I Love Leaks.
01.15.11 Applecore12.25.10 Brothers.
10.28.10 Man Crush.10.26.10 Everyday Listens.
10.26.10 So High.10.11.10 Post-recs.

Everyday Listens.

Just my daily intake. It's like medication, except it actually helps me rthrough my day.
15DJ Shadow
Endtroducing


The Trip-Hop album. I don't care what you say. Massive Attack and Portishead are not the granddaddies of the genre. Massive Attack is too downplayed and Portishead is too weird. they're still great, but this list is about the best of the best. DJ Shadow just knows how to put beats together. I guess I just lean towards more traditional work in this case. While the beats are obviously made of samples, I can imagine someone playing a drumset to make the beats. But enough about that. The background of each track is magnificent. Even on the simple tracks, it's just great.
14Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)


The Rap album. The only rap I have ever listened to that I've stuck with. Sure, there was Eminem when I was 12, but that's ancient history now. Something about this album just makes people like it. Almost everyone I have come to know in my short life has this album or is planning on getting it. It's not about how much money or other sh*t they have. It's not about how many people they killed or how long they were in jail. It's about fun. It's about doing whatever the hell you want and being proud about it.
13Radiohead
Kid A


The Alternative album. This is as weird as it gets. Everything is tampered with. Vocals, guitar, everything. From a strange opening lyric to a song that comes and goes as it pleases, this album is perfection. When my friend Steve told me how to get into Radiohead he said "Start with In rainbows. Kid A will just freak you out." Of course, I ignored him. But he was right. But thank God he was. It freaked me out, but in a good way. After the first listen, I sat for 5-7 minutes wondering what the fcuk I had just witnessed. After my chin was finished chilling on the floor, I immediately listened again, and the rest is history.
12Parades
Foreign Tapes


The Indie album. It's soft, electronic, and just fits. It gets repetitive, but it's just a nice listening experience. It sounds kind of weird at times, but I never really cared. It doesn't really stand out from the genre, but for some reason, it stands out for me.
11Maybeshewill
Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony


This one... I guess would fall under more Post Rock, but with obvious hardcore influence. I just recently got this album, and instantly fell in love with it. It's instrumental, it's in-your-face, and I like it. It has a few samples which, through my limited experiences in focusing on them, sound like pretty powerful messages, although sometimes the instruments become louder than them and I miss some of the spoken words. The time signatures are strange, and the way the band pulls it all together is even stranger. It follows normal Post Rock structure, but emphasizes the swells, as well as everything, really, with the wall of sound that comes from the guitars.
10The Hush Sound
Like Vines


The Pop album. The only one I own, aside from [b]So Sudden[/b], also by them. This album is just fun. It may not be as instrumentally focused as [b]So Sudden[/b], but I feel more of a connection to it, for some reason. Greta Salpeter is the first female vocalist I ever really connected with. Something about her voice is just enchanting. ...And the other guys are good too, I guess.
9Boards of Canada
Music Has The Right to Children


The Electronic album. While some of it is extremely ambient, it's still awesome. It's the perfect "outside album." It makes you feel like you belong in nature. It's the most focused of their "Big Three," and pulls out all the stops. It may not suck me in as much as the rest of the albums on this list, but it's still in the same league. Once [i]Roygbiv[/i] finishes, I usually hit rewind one or two more times. It may be my favorite song ever.
8The Sound of Animals Fighting
Tiger and the Duke


The Experimental album. There are so many impeccable musicians in this band, and so many influences. Somehow, as if by some divine power, it fits. Some may call it weird, but I see the beauty in it. While this album is their most plain, in the sense that, aside from the interludes, uses little electronic influence. Every musician in this super, no, ultragroup is impeccable. I wish I had the attention span to list them all, but that's too much to ask of me. Anthony Green and Craig Owens' vocals are beautiful. So beautiful, in fact, that I can't pick which I like better, the original, or remastered album. The boys from Rx Bandits lay the framework of the main songs by doing what they do best. Chris Tsagakis does wonders behind his set. And Rich Balling's poetry is exquisite.
7Moving Mountains
Pneuma


This one's hard to place. There are obvious Indie influences, as well as a folk-ish track. But overall, it's the Post Rock album. Another recent discovery, I fell in love as soon as I heard it. I had been searching for some new, really good Post Rock, but I wasn't expecting this. It was like an angel delivered it to me. Well, not really. It was my brother. But either way, it was something divine. It almost brings me a step closer to believing in God.
6Deadmau5
For Lack of A Better Name


The House album. Nothing in the genre compares to this. Nothing in any form of club music I've heard does. It may get repetitive, but the beats are so good it doesn't make a difference. I don't know what he did in between this album and his other work that just clicked. It seems unreal to me that it could happen. I mean, there are a couple of songs from other albums I like, but none of his other work compares to this album. When I heard Deadmau5 was going to be on the 2010 VMA's, for the first time in as long as I remember, I thought of how much of a milestone in his career it was, instead of how shitty MTV is. At that moment, I knew I'd made an excellent choice in music. I think, because of that, Deadmau5 will always be a part of my collection.
5Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago


The Folk album. The way Justin Vernon layers his vocals (as well as his guitar, on some tracks) only adds to the feeling of this album. It's like, no, it is a cry to a lost loved one. The layers on his voice aren't just the same vocal track pitched differently. He literally sings each song multiple times, in different time signatures, each with a different emotion. I've never heard anything like it, and most likely, never will.
4Converge
Jane Doe


The Mathcore album. The pure emotion that bleeds out of the speakers when this album plays is awe-inspiring. Whenever any song off this album comes up on shuffle, I immediately play the entire album. It's just too good to break up. Though Jacob Bannon's lyrics are almost impossible to make out, even for veterans of the album, it doesn't matter. I find myself just screaming along whenever I can't understand him.
3Brand New
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me


The Emo album. My friends had listened to them for a while, but I just never saw much in it. Probably because I had the idea that anything and everything that ever got one play on the radio sucked. This is about 95% true, but thank God Brand New fall into the deficit. The instrumentation just clicks in my head. Jesse Lacey's soft-spoken cries and croons give me chills. Though simple and slow for the most part, this album holds a special place in my heart, and my eardrums.
2Death
The Sound of Perseverance


The Metal album. It's so raw and powerful. Every note, beat, and scream is perfect. I can literally feel everything Chuck and the boys put into this album. It has a very "stop-and-go" feel to it. Whenever it stops, it instantly comes back with everything it has. The way Chuck Schuldiner delivers his lyrics is amazing. He doesn't really sing. He screams. And he doesn't just sing on his own, he uses his voice as an instrument, moreso than any other metal singer I've heard. He waits for the perfect time to let loose his angry bellows, syllable-by-syllable.
1Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb


The Ska album. The songwriting, the instrumentation, the energy; all fucking great. I make it a point to listen to this album, beginning to end, every day. The love I have for this band, this album, this genre is inexplainable. The lyrics are amazing as well as fast-paced. I know this album word for word, and I constantly find myself lost as I sing along sometimes, no matter how many times I do so. The fact that such an ensemble of musicians seems unreal to me. And yet, I witness it every single day, sometimes multiple times per day.
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