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|My 25 |
this is my 25 fav albums as it stands on this day and hour. subject to change. rwould like recs. you rrrcan make fun of me if it makes you feel better :).
|1||godspeed you! black emperor|
i can't not put this at the first slot. i know this band has a reputation of being a
sputnik camp band, where everyone pretends to like it to look cool or something
(see: lots of other bands on this list), but if you are using that as a reason not to
check them out you are starving yourself. i have never heard album so heavily
affecting. the instrumentation is diverse, the mood is diverse (in my opinion), and the
flow is perfect. even though the instrumentation is sparse at times, it never feels thin,
and i'm never not entirely engaged throughout the whole thing, even though i've
heard it like 5k times. great politics in this band as well. if you haven't seen them live,
you owe it to yourself. it is the best physical trauma.
|2||the mountain goats|
i feel like a bit of a traitor not putting this band at no. 1, but that's time at work i
suppose. the moutain goats have been with me through thick and thin. i was listening
to the mountain goats the first and last time i tried to kill myself, i was listening to
mountain goats when i got my full ride scholarship to school in the mail, and i'm
listening to the mountain goats right now. john darnielle is easily my favorite
celebrity, music or otherwise, he is truly immortal. he's easily my favorite lyricist. he
also has a ridiculous output, which is why i was able to listen to the band constantly
for 5 years without getting bored. awesome awesome band/solo project (depending
on the time period). also, discovering unreleased mountain goats gems is one of my
|3||neutral milk hotel|
in the aeroplane over the sea
the amount of hate this album receives on sputnik is a little lost on me, but it has a
4.5 average so whatever. beautifully written, well executed, emotionally affecting
album. had a big effect on me at age 14. at 20, i've heard it enough times that it
doesn't do too much for me anymore, but i know all the songs by heart and it's pretty
much ingrained into my soul.
another sputnik mainstay. out of all the bands on this list, this one is my newest love,
so maybe they don't actually belong this high, but i just can't stop listening. given
more time, my favorite release may change (probably to "soundtracks", from what
everyone else says), but right now it's "the seer". i don't need to beat the dead horse:
heavy, affecting, unique, blah blah blah.
this is a long drive for someone with nothing to..
modest mouse was the defining band of my later childhood. my dad used to play the
moon and antarctica on road trips, and turn down the volume for a split second
whenever isaac said fuck. i don't think i noticed for like 3 years. modest mouse are
the true kings of rock and roll, and i think they're the most important band of our
generation (i'm half joking). long drive is my personal favorite, partially because of
the production and partially because i think they felt able to push the envelope more
than on any of the other releases, besides sad sappy sucker i guess. isaac's vocal
performance on this album is one of the most inspired and genuine that i've heard,
and the grooves are impeccable in their imperfection. it's just a really, really Human
album, which may or may not make sense to you. the guitar work is killer too.
|6||johnny hobo and the freight trains|
love songs for the apocalypse
if modest mouse defined my childhood, johnny hobo defined my high school years. i
used to play these songs with my friends in basements, parks, the band room
bathroom, pretty much everywhere. this album makes being an anxious nihilist seem
just fine. i can't really subscribe to this ideology anymore, and i don't think pat does
either, but this songwriting is undeniably great, and nobody plays and sings with
more soul. this is what i was listening to while snorting pills and drinking 40s and
forgetting the real reasons why i was doing those things.
reinventing axl rose
this album is kind of hard to talk about, since what against me! means to me has
really changed in the past years. i did a presentation about laura jane grace for a
gender studies class last semester, and i used 8 full hours of sleep as the background
music, but i'm not sure that the sentiment expressed in the song and the subject
material i was talking about are that reconcilable. this album used to be my favorite
"political" punk album, but now i'm not so sure that's really what it was. for me, it's a
lot easier to feel the loneliness in this album than anything else. it's still one of my
favorites, obviously, and everything about it is great, but it used to be a "drink 40s
and break shit" experience, whereas now it's about "get sad in my room and don't
talk to anyone".
|8||circle takes the square|
as the roots undo
how i feel about this album changes quite a bit. i actually found it really difficult to get
into, i think in part because the drumming quality on the album is kind of erratic. i
had owned it for about a year, and was really into certain parts and not into others,
when i saw them live last autumn, and oh my fucking god. i've never screamed so
loud. the execution in the live show was just so much better, the band was so in sync.
i felt like that's how the songs were supposed to sound. then i listened to the album
again and was Way more into it, i got into the imperfection of it. the songwriting on
the album is great and i love the dual vocals and the earthy imagery and the jagged
guitar riffs. nobody does emo music like this, but that drumming still kinda bothers
catch for us the foxes
this could probably be higher on the list. i don't know. aaron weiss is another
immortal music celeb, and this band kills it in every way. no one expresses spirituality
better. from the horns to the group vocals to the horns, this shit is powerful.
|10|| ||Bonnie 'Prince' Billy|
I See a Darkness
the 3.5 review on this album pisses me off. the title track is the best song ever
written, but besides that, this is a deeply contemplative and unique album. oldham's
voice is so palpable, it's beautiful. don't listen to it on your birthday, though. it
definitely brings you down a bit. will oldham is really a mainstay in lo-fi american folk
music of the past couple decades, and i think this is his benchmark release, although
there are a few others that are pretty equally amazing.
|11||built to spill|
perfect from now on
doug martsch's son was one of my best friends in junior high/high school, and i've
spent a fair amount of time with his family, which helped me to appreciate this music
on a more intimate level. that being said, the musicianship on this album and their
other stuff is just the best in indie rock. this band is underappreciated. doug is a
fucking guitar god, and the lyrics hit really hard as well. a great, complicated listen.
down the river of golden dreams
this could also be higher on the list. this and their first album are some of the best
"indie-folk" (whatever the fuck that means) ever released. will sheff is an incredible
lyricist, and the compositions are all dense and layered, not to mention gorgeous.
some of these songs really are just without equal in terms of pure beauty.
slint's sharp instrumentation informed the way i play guitar and drums to a large
degree. they sound like a spider. the songs are tense, haunting, and always creepy.
the lyrics and vocal delivery are unique and the songs always feel like they could
break down at any minute, but then they just come back stronger. not surprised that
they broke up after this; the album really feels like a culmination of bad anxiety.
the doctor came at dawn
this is the point in the list at which things get a little more spotty and/or subject to
change. this album and older smog in general taught me to appreciate silence in
music. the last track in particular is so fucking poignant precisely Because there is so
much empty space. when i was really into more lo-fi folk music, this album seemed
just different from all the other ones in the way it was presented. like i see a darkness
(see: above), it will bring you down.
|15||hot water music|
fuel for the hate game
hot water music was the band, along with alkaline trio, that got me into punk music (i
considered putting "goddammit" in this slot). i will admit that i never listen to either
of these bands anymore, but they both had a big influence on how music affects me.
the songwriting on this one is awesome. the raw production was very new to me
when i first heard, as were chuck's rough vocal, but the catchiness allowed it to act as
a bridge between shitty and non-shitty music for me. amazing album, i just can't
really get into pop-punk anymore.
the moon is a dead world
best drums. this is the album i would listen to while playing basketball, if i ever
played basketball anymore. the musicianship and execution on this album is fucking
perfect, these guys are relentless. i don't know what genre this really belongs to, but
it's my favorite hardcore album at the moment.
fucking cool band. another great "political punk" album. this is the only folk-punk
band that i really listen to anymore, the compositions are lush and the group vocals
are so pretty. the ideology is cool, too. they do a really good job of expressing
environmental concerns in a way that doesn't seem generic or contrived, i really like
this and sleep's "holy mountain" originally taught me the value of "heaviness" in
music. i don't have much more to say about this. it's a really fun album and it sounds
great. lots of awesome riffage and fun lyrics. it's really just fun.
this album fucking slays. the production is amazing, and so many riffs holy fuck.
chuck's lyrics and vocals are awesome, and they rhythms are all complex and super
well-executed. a really intense and engaging listen that doesn't let up. i'm not that
into death metal anymore, but i'll always enjoy this one.
this is the only elliott smith album that really stood the test of time for me. it is a
beautifully sad album with so, so many killer one-liners. the guy really had a way with
words. the production is really cutting, and his voice is really crushing at times. a
really potent and devastating album from a well-renowned artist.
|21||city of caterpillar|
city of caterpillar
one of the albums that first got me into emo/screamo music, this band has a strong
cult following for a reason. the awesome crescendos and breath-taking climaxes on
this album cement it as a screamo mainstay for me. i haven't heard a band in the
genre that rely so heavily on that dynamic contrast, i really love it. vocals and lyrics
are very original too. band feels like their influences, which is always a good thing.
oh, dj, why do you torment me? if you haven't heard this guy, you probably need to.
some of the most raw and heartfelt music ever. it's awesome that he's so renowned.
that being said, songs like "tears, stupid tears" fuck me up more than anything else. i
don't know what it is, but daniel johnston has it, and it's really gut-wrenching. the
documentary "the devil and daniel johnston" is a really amazing and revealing
experience as well.
|23||the brave little abacus|
just got back from the discomfort
my favorite emo band at the moment, the brave little abacus have a very unique and
raw sound that i really can't get enough of. once i actually took the initiative to read
the lyrics, i was floored. really cutting stuff. the arrangements are really layered and
beautiful, and the band is clearly synchronized, they really groove. their other full-
length is just as good. a really intimate listen.
this album is pretty tough to describe. it's very hypnotic, and for someone who is just
starting to delve into drone and ambient, it's pretty much perfect. man, i can really
get into some slow moving music sometimes. i don't know where that came from.
this is in here cause it's my favorite album of the decade so far. bite me. punk music
(is this really punk music?) that makes me cry just wins. such an emotionally
affecting and angry album. fuck everything.
|i've been reading/fucking around on this website for some time, but i want to start contributing as my music appreciation has been slacking as of late. i want to write a review, maybe for the doctor came at dawn or i see a darkness or a mountain goats album.|
also, is there a way to change your username?
|cool list, i love most of these - gotta get on mewithoutyou|
if you truly appreciate silence in music check out 4'33
i know of that one haha. they had a john cage celebration thing at my school where a woman and her little son performed it for a huge audience.
|Cool list, 18 fucking slays.|
|"also, is there a way to change your username?"|
why'd you do that?
also, list fucking rules, check these if you haven't yet:
andrew jackson jihad - people who can eat people...
the microphones - the glow pt. 2
le pré où je suis mort - s/t
envy - all the footprints...
drive like jehu - yank crime
kayo dot - choirs of the eye
suffocate for fuck sake - blazing fires and helicopters...
the pax cecilia - blessed are the bonds
|i bet the crowd loved it haha. and beforehand the announcer made some sort of joke: yall be patient with this here next couple, they've been practicing this wonderful passage for months!|
|5 and 13 rule|
|Nice list, man.|
There's a few on here that I haven't heard yet/need to check out. Some great picks though.
|Good stuff, 24 especially.|
Check Bark Psychosis - Hex
|i made this list in part because i feel like complete trash today, thanks for the encouragement and input, folks. |
@artuma i love most of those, need to check out le pre and pax cecilia.
@let i love bark psychosis
|fucking awesome list|
|Have a listen to Khoma - The Second Wave and The Van Pelt - Sultans Of Sentiment.|
I reckon you'll dig.
|"i love most of those"|
ye, thought so. they just weren't on the list
|@pappymason thanks, haven't heard them. will check both.|
|where is repeater tho :[|
|@bmdrummer i know, i have it 5'd, just haven't been jamming fugazi lately. it could easily be on here.|
|also, cap'n jazz, of montreal and olivia tremor control even though you probably know all of those but just making sure you don't miss any essentials :]|
ok yeah 1 is amazing 3 is amazing 6 is really really amazing and the next few are rlly rlly good BUT THEN LIKE 21-23 HOLY SHIT I LOVE YOU
like omg city of caterpillar next to daniel johnston next to the brave little abacus i never thought i'd see the day
|Nice to see 18 here. Album's crushing |
|Check out Nick Drake as well, man. All three of his albums are great.|
|no guys shut up his taste is perfect|
|@pappy i really haven't listened to nick drake as much as i need to. i do have a lot of his stuff though, maybe i'll spin it tonight. |
@yaknips thanks for the positive feedback, my friend. by the way, you may not want to hear about this ever again, but i really enjoyed your teen suicide review. hope that things are looking up.
everything's good now
|you did not just say shut up to someone rec'in Nick Drake |
|Trebor, look, somebody you'd like|
|10 is some sweet depressing folk|
|"Trebor, look, somebody you'd like"|
no doolittle on the list so no
|Fucking sweet list dude, lots of my favorite stuff on here as well|
|Just saw 9 played all the way through on their recent tour and it was titties. First time seeing them live. Aaron is a madman. I would love it if they did a Brother, Sister ten year anny.|
|great list but SO CRAZY that you picked Sweden for #2. i'm sure you're familiar with all their other albums since Mountain Goats are clearly very important to you but wow never seen someone pick Sweden as their favourite, as great as it is.|
btw you should read John's novel Wolf in White Van because it's wonderful
|how can 25 be album of the decade when the seer is #4|
|"out of all the bands on this list, this one is my newest love, so maybe they don't actually belong this high"|
@halfman last time i saw them, they played Four Word Letter and they had this random shabby-looking fellow do the really crazy high-pitched vocals at the end. it was fucking magic, i don´t know if they do that regularly though.
@dimsim at this particular point, i´m at a toss-up between Sweden and The Coroner´s Gambit, but there aren´t any that I don´t think are awesome. Couldn´t really tell you why I had to pick that one. i´m in brazil at the moment or i would have picked up Wolf on release day, but my girlfriend is bringing it in a couple days so fuck yeah. also, John just did a reading at my school in the States QQ
@gnarlyshillelagh i guess i was thinking that swans as a band was at #4, which doesn´t make that much sense. This is all pretty ephemeral though, so don´t take me too seriously. i probably liked The Seer more when i started the list, and then i decided I like The Monitor more by the time I got to the end.
|Glad to see 9 on here, it's one of my favorite albums. I saw them play the whole album in full 2 nights ago, it was incredible |
|terrible list sprinkled with some good picks|
|5 is probably my favourite modest mouse right now, always swaps between that and lcw. nice list man several of my favourites are on here |
|List is pretty good. Some recs:|
Tetsuo Inoue - Ambiant Otaku, very slow moving ambiant album with an amazing attention to detail and texture.
Stars of the Lid - whole disco, if you don't already now about them. Latest album is a pretty good starting point
Jakob - Solace and Sines, one of the best post rock outfits out there. Not as ambitious as goodspeed you! but waaaay more interesting than most post rock albums
|Absolutely spot on with 10.|
That one is almost untouchable.
|Wait you know Doug Martsch? How cool is that!|