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|Of All Time, Circa 2011|
27 - 21: Honorable mentions, in alphabetical order. Everything else is in order like a fucking rboss. Recommend me metal, kids, I don't feel like I've found what truly grabs me.
Since I Left You
No words for this. As perfect as any album on this list.
Team Avey all the way. As good as Person Pitch, but I'll give the spot to one of the most consistent albums I own.
|25||Built to Spill|
Perfect from Now On
My break-up album. Can't even listen to it now. So fucking beautiful.
|24||Guided by Voices|
The Moon & Antarctica
Beside 'Microcastle,' the album that so soundly resonates within me and speaks so many truths it can make me
Karen, I am not taking sides. Don't think I'll ever do that again; I'll end up winning and I won't know why. An album I
quote daily. Applicable to anything.
To quote myself: "Full Circle, in which Towers consider genre-bending metalcore as something to aspire to. Towers are
not only successful, but should become the new standard. Leave any and all metalcore hang-ups at the door."
|20||Modern Life is War|
'Witness' was my first instant classic thanks to Sputnikmusic, but I wouldn't know it for years. Hardcore had been up
to this point a largely muddled aesthetic that I saw little variation in, though I cannot exactly say why Modern Life is
War stole the show amongst more credible, easier targets. There is just something exhilarating about this anthemic
and assured work that so fully transmutes something restless and youthful. Here we pray witness to something
eternal, that confirms and idolizes hardcore with as much detail and care as an homage to the forebears that MLIW
assimilate, but by which they produce something gorgeous and full of self-truths, a cathartic bit of hardcore for
hardcore's sake (check "D.E.A.D.R.A.M.O.N.E.S." immediately) that ultimately plays as more.
|19||The Beach Boys|
Over 30 years after its release, the true sadness to 'Pet Sounds' is no longer a secret. On the outset, the Beach Boys
offer pop music that is euphoric and soothing as a cooling balm, experimental only for nuance and to pull our attention
around the frame: from Wilson, to the bass lines, to the animal noises. What really makes 'Pet Sounds' a classic that
has survived this long, and perhaps left unmatched for its accomplishments, is that sadness breathed into every word.
'Pet Sounds' is an album to reflect on internally even as it provokes us to move forward and up.
|18||The Olivia Tremor Control|
Dusk at Cubist Castle
So it is 1994 and indie rock is musty, a bit grimy, full of irony and humor, or, like, the complete opposite. One must
come to understand 'Dusk at Cubist Castle' as the scene's true alternative: the overt Beatles influence that threatens
to derail the first listen of "The Opera House," until "Frosted Ambassador" says otherwise; the 4-track production
that balloons around each divine hook; the skittish experimenting with ambience and freak folk that ends up being as
compelling as the album's melodious brethren. There's a larger motive to 'Dusk' and it appears in the title. The
unrealized film script? Each wasted sunny day spending your last dollar downtown at a restaurant, and 'Dusk' is its
Some classics are dependent on mood and place, sometimes even the time of the day they are played. 'Untrue' is
such an album. Burial splays his quickly written sophomore effort with the darkest shades of blues and greys, and
swallows them whole in inky black. This is late-night drunk music, surely, or for taking the metro into the city, but
what makes 'Untrue' so vivid is its personality. Namely, that it has one. Even back when Burial's identity remained
concealed, there came something desperate and longing from within the clatter. A human heart provided these tracks
(dubstep, even, 'Untrue' as the true gait of 2-step and UK garage music fused) and they ring as loud as its computer.
Person : Pet :: Pitch : Sounds (see: #19)
The Heat Death of the Universe
Emo as a whole-- from its early incarnation to its current state-- has a lot of explaining to do, but Off Minor need no
such lambasting. 'The Heat Death of the Universe' does exactly what needs to be done with the resources provided.
Off Minor play it messy and emotive, like they are burning the verses from both ends. When the fire meets in the
middle, we get such transcendence as "The Transient," which is really nothing more than what it is at the surface.
Like the best of any genre, Off Minor create a fantastic case for what a few cringes can do for the truth of a piece,
snaking in head-turning mood changes that only startle for how naturally they evolve. Nothing more than what it is,
and shouldn't be treated as any less.
|14||Neutral Milk Hotel|
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Undeniable. Everything fits. The end.
Another Green World
Brian Eno is the coolest motherfucker around. 'Another Green World' isn't his only classic but it is ultimately his
strongest. There are five traditional pop songs, placed across the length of the album to balance out the rest of the
album, steeped in ambient tones and instrumental passages. That these end up being the best part of the album
experience, to say nothing of how one can begin to break this longplayer pop masterpiece into mixtape form, proves
Brian Eno's gift as a songwriter. Real cool motherfucker.
There are few albums like 'Yellow House.' People live and breathe in this beast, accentuated by Grizzly Bear's studied
use of space and real world noises to convey a place. The songs themselves, from "Easier" and "Knife" to "Plans" and
"Colorado," reverence patience and nuance until even the smallest moment, when listened to _just right_, hits as hard
as a mallet.
The definition of easy listening. 'Laughing Stock' is as much pop as post-rock or anything else it is deigned. Fuck that; it
as much everything as it could ever be.
Oh boy. 'Daydream Nation.' The 4-LP re-release provides a booklet that breaks down the mythology behind 'Daydream
Nation,' and it has a funny way of making better even as it purports to demystify the sprawling, confusing anecdotes.
Basically, a bunch of kids care to get drunk and get rowdy (silver rocket = vodka), to feel something or everything.
Especially a hangover. We are the youth of a hangover nation, and Sonic Youth's spiked alt. rock captures that as
heavy, dissonant and poignant, often all at once. "Does fuck you sound simple enough?"
|8|| ||Storm and Stress|
Under Thunder and Fluorescent Lights
Fair warning, I suppose: Storm and Stress is not for everyone. They are, ahem, "post rock," but what does that even
mean? There's more jazz influence here than your typical showboating crescendo, but that is only part of it. 'Under
Thunder' is improvisational music that treats the voice as an instrument and space as a canvas, and appears to deny
any logic or rhythm. That thought is swept aside with familiarity. One will find music that laughs in the face of
controlled chaos, because for all its groove and cluster, it is neither controlled nor chaos. It is music to be felt, as
stupid and sincere as that sounds. Notable for being an earlier work of Battles guitarist Ian Williams.
The gods of progressive rock make a crunchy album that goes down like gelatin.
'Public Strain' is one of the reasons I've made this list here, but the one I've had the most trouble grasping. It resides in
my headspace as a thin layer of dust, collecting each new particle with the calm precision of its own sound. "Calm"
being relative, but not "precision," because if there's anything less calm and more precise than "Heat Distraction" I need
to hear it now.
'Feels' effectively got me "into" music and led me here to Sputnikmusic, and one of the few albums I can remember
exactly when and where I first heard it. Animal Collective exist to make music of their human experience, to
genuinely attempt to understand it without outright accepting it. The universal truths they stumble across I can only
assume is accidental, a product of an overproductive creative team that bounce about their subconscious desires. We
get works as different as 'Sung Tongs' and 'Strawberry Jam,' or we get 'Feels,' an album so full of life and its
promise that one almost forgets that five of the nine songs barely outpace "meandering." Freak-folk is as perfect a
description as any.
|4||My Bloody Valentine|
Mood as music. Breathtaking, pink-hued shoegaze as mood. Put this on full blast and it practically comes out of the
There was no connecting my actions with words / in the bright sunlight / the movement of white birds / the car ride
home / blinded again / the light would not focus / the light would not bend / there is no use calling / I know what you'd
say / over and over it ended today / words lost their meaning and could not explain / why the subject was always just
out of frame
Don stepped outside / It felt good to be alone / He wished he was drunk / thought about something he said / and how
stupid it had sounded / he knew he should forget about it / and decided to piss, but he couldn't / It finally came / he
took a deep breath / it made him feel strong and determined / to go back inside
Just the best. I know every word. Each sample furthers the story; each story furthers the theme; each theme is
matched to its sample. The album proper ends at 'I Gotcha Back,' with 'B.I.B.L.E.' being our end credits fade out, to
lighten one heavy, twisted work of bravado. GZA is a lyrical master, RZA is his musical complement, and everyone
else sounds excited to be steeped in something timeless and modern. I'll give the quote to Killah Priest, who speaks
of something cinematic: 'I judge wisely / as if nothing ever surprised me / lounging between two pillars of ivory /
I'm lively / my dome piece is like building stones in Greece / my poems are deep from ancient thrones I speak / I'm
overwhelmed as my mind roams the realm / my eye's the vision / memory is the film'
|Just downloaded The Moon & Antarctica|
|I was not expecting 1 to be on here.|
|Great, great list.|
|awesome list. number 1 is amazing|
|come back and write for this fucking site|
|James Blake already?|
|Built to Spill owns this list|
|'Put this on full blast and it practically comes out of the walls.' Fuck yeah, nothing like your ears ringing for 15 minutes after loveless' noise holocaust. |
|list is a wreck|
from the plane variety
|of your top 8, i've only heard 4 and 5, but i was about to hit GZA|
|Great list. I would put Modest Mouse up a little higher, about 22 places higher, but it isn't my list. About your metal recs:|
Immolation-Close to a World Below
Primordial-To the Nameless Dead
I tried to put a bunch of different stuff there to get some "stand out" stuff.
|you and me are now friends because of 20. sup bro|
|1 Fuck yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Killah Priest's verse on 4th Chamber is one |
of the greatest ever. Other albums caught my eye too. Nice list broham.
|gonna listen to 11 tonight|
|Nice list. 1 threw me for a surprise, but a good surprise.|
|hey lewis! if you like 11 can i really really really suggest you check out "unrest" by henry cow? |
(link can be provided if difficulties arise) music from like '72, stacked upon each other and
slowly crumbling and collapsing. really breathtaking shit imo.
i love this list, by the way. "don, aman" is absolutely perfect. since i left you is still my
favorite album of all time and i really cannot explain why. pet sounds is 2nd on my list, bee
thousand 3rd, laughing stock 4th, so high fives all around for that one. nearly all of these are
among my favorites of all time, and the rest i'm planning to check out right the fuck now.
i need more metal too, but my generic recommendation is the album "Oceanic" by Isis. fucking sludges
and then has the kindness to supply me, Hindie Ipster or whatever, with some found sounds and
ambiance and the sound of water and radio transmissions and ethereal female vocalists and whale
sounds to break and ultimately re-bring together the flow. there's a segment in the middle that's
just unbelievably perfect. EDIT: also, "assassins" by nachtmystium. lots of haters out there but fun
a few other things that are on my list but not here:
pink floyd - the dark side of the moon;
FiRES WERE SHOT - Solace ("personal" choice but i have major hopes for you, lewis!);
the beatles - the beatles (flows like no other. the closing twofer is absolutely insane.);
dj shadow - endtroducing... (you have heard this, for sure. but, maybe a revisit? up there in the
top 10, easily);
bjork - vespertine;
good shit. how much did i just type? also, beastie boys' paul's boutique
|oh my fucking lord WHY did that not space. fixing? edit: okay, that's not happening, i guess. |
inserting punctuation for an easier read, haha.
|you're really the best|
even if ill never understand your love of james blake
|Downer's biggest problem with Blake: this sounds like it should be indie, but it isn't. What is this?|
|my biggest problem with blake is that i cant feel anything listening to it and can't remember it after it's finished. I'd love to be wrong here but |
|i assure you you are wrong 8)|
|I'm with Downer on Blake. Sorry, Dev.|
|In all honesty I can completely understand why people wouldn't dig it. It kinda has this purpose built hollowness to it, but to me that really only adds to the music|
|@This Life is Genocide, fuck yeah, MLIW is fantastic. @robertsona I checked Henry Cow out a while ago, it was really good. Endtroducing is obv a great choice but it never hit me like a 5. Thanks everyone, hope Storm and Stress love grows. 8)|
|yeah i'm thinking of giving storm and stress a deeper listen, i think i haven't dug deep enough and the reasons i don't like it are the same reasons i didn't like a lot of the albums i've grown to love|
|i know that you appreciate music for music no matter what the genre so i'm going to avoid 'entry level' albums and just give you the best of the best. you might already have a few of these, i'll try and leave out the ones i know you do have.|
dystopia - human = garbage (crust/sludge) *
gorguts - from wisdom to hate (dm) *
grand belial's key - judeobeast assassination (bm) *
immolation - close to a world below (dm) *
incantation - onward to golgotha (dm) *
worship - last cd before doomsday (doom) *
adramelech - psychostasia (dm) *
arghoslent - incorrigible bigotry
arghoslent - hornets of the pogrom (dm) *
ash borer/fell voices - split (bm)
ataraxie - slow transcending agony (doom)
autopsy - severed survival/mental funeral (dm)
corrupted - se hace por los suenos asesinos ***
corrupted - el mundo frio (doom) ***
cryptopsy - none so vile (dm)
dead congregation - graves of the archangels (dm) *
disembowelment - transcending the peripheral (doom)
grief - come to grief (sludge) *
insect warfare - at war with grindcore (grind) *
paysage d'hiver - paysage d'hiver (bm) *
portal - outre (black/death)
skepticism - farmakon (doom)
suffocation - pierced from within (dm)
star means first priority
|peste noire is pretty much the only one i left out, all his albums would be ************************|
but i know you already like
|hay thanks rasputin i will use this|
|Storm and Stress love|
I heart Lewis so much, shame we were Sputnik users of different generations, seems like : (
|*bookmarked this for rasputin's rec.s... feel like that's exactly the sort of thing I need. |
|rasputin i loooooooooove yooooou|
|no probs lewis|
eric, that's another thing about RYM i forgot to mention - the wishlist function
instead of having to bookmark pages like this one, you can just search the album on the database, click 'add to wishlist' and it compiles all the albums you want.
|cool fucking list.|
|dusk at cubist castle would definitely be in my top 20 all time. doesn't get enough love here|
|med gave it a lot of avatar based love|
|for the life of me I just don't get Olivia Tremor Control...|
|you haven't reached the appropriate level of indieness|
|it is so easy to get|
|I'm surprised to see Cryptograms over Microcastle here. List is undeniably great.|
|I love alot of this. Just got into Deerhunter.|
The first two songs to Microcastle blew me away but it never really lived up to that intro for me.
Got Public Strain too and it was such a weird listening experience. Half of it I thought was pretty ordinary and half was amazing. Most conflicting first listen I've had I think.
|i've never listened to brian eno :(|
|really great write-up, and fantastic choices.|
also i have you to thank for getting into microcastle, because of you having it as your avatar/hyperbolic claims etc. so uh, thanks.
|loved reading these!|
loved every bit of this.
|This is just pitchfork worship. |
Hey guys he likes indie rawk PITCHFERRKKK
|Rasputin's wall of recs is seriously like the best stuff ever.|
|@chrisjon, hell yeah, deerhunter is great. public strain is a grower, give it time. -- @kirgasm, are you CRAZY -- @liledman, thanks! glad you enjoy them. i am full of hyperbole. -- @qwe 8) -- @cam, i love reading _you_ -- @yeti, you're my boy 4ever -- @greg, i am not going to deny pitchfork's influence on a culture that i have been a part of but to chalk it up to worship and not the product of HOURS of overthinking everything i could possibly get my hands on is offensive. get out.|
|HOURS being like, months, honestly|
|24 is my fave forever. love dis even if i share very few of them as favourites.|
|my buddy just (well like 2 weeks ago) saw the Elephant 6 orchestra in SF.|
He bought weed for Bill Doss & Will Hart
|lol yeti, i saw those guys in march. they too asked me for weed.|
|I hate you both equally : P |
|oh dude nice list, really nice list|
|Nice to see that people are actually reading the summary. Awesome list dude. |
|i love everything on this list |
|really cool list, I like a lot of these, especially #25,23,14,2,1. I have 3 but still haven't got around to listenin to it yet i should get on that.|
|steve mcqueen by prefab sprout. way too fucking good (http://www.mediafire.com/?qzydrp4s35rw3wo oops). like that destroyer album this year but awesomer. yeti seal of approval|
|this is a fucking list|
|Prefab is like B&S mixed with broadway pomp ala Stephen Soundheim. But not in the super lame Steven Soundheim way. |
Chamber pop via a great community theater.
|Prob the best list I've seen on here tbh. Haven't heard quite a few of these so will rape this list later for downloads : )|
Oh and I agree with the James Blake love, the future indeed!
|the one wu-tang affiliated album on this whole list just happens to be my favorite album of all time. that's not just of rap (which i quite enjoy, idk bro, go through my ratings. not saying i'm a connoisseur of rap but it's not all for not) but of everything. confirmation of my own "pandemic hipster preferences," whatever that means (as if i'm not entirely sure of what i fucking want to hear in the albums i listen to) but these albums are just so good, i fucking love them. step off.|
|absolutely love liquid swords.|
|"Built to Spill owns this list"|
Nice list sir.
|i think i've drawn the conclusion that liquid swords is the most engaging hip-hop record i've ever heard. gza operates well outside of the clan.|
superb list, lew. hopefully more people look into 11 and 18
|practically flawless list.|
oh, and gyro: gza IS the clan
|Fucking incredible list right hurr! Don't really like Liquid Swords though I'm an OB4CL man myself|
|Why is water wet? |
|i hate the fact that everyone seems to love this list just cause its different, not cause its good. :k|