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Aids' Top 100: Current Favourite Albums

It's been a while since I've been active here, and after posting my first review in nearly six months, I thought it'd be ~fitting~ to post a list of my current favourite 100 albums. I've made a restriction of one entry per artist, otherwise there would honestly be like ten bands on this list. Albums that would have been included without this restriction are noted at the end of each description. The descriptions were constructed from the first thing(s) that popped into my head upon thinking about the album, whether it be a distinct memory, a feeling, or something else. Enjoy?
100Blink-182
Enema Of The State


high-school cafeteria, my first crush, bunkbeds
100Blink-182
Enema Of The State


high-school cafeteria, my first crush, bunkbeds
99The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream


the best moment of my rock-band career: 5 stars on this song on expert level drums, november first pumpkin-smashing outings
99The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream


the best moment of my rock-band career: 5 stars on this song on expert level drums, november first pumpkin-smashing outings
98Des Ark
Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker


Orca whales playing off the coast of the Gulf Islands as my ferry neared Victoria
98Des Ark
Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker


Orca whales playing off the coast of the Gulf Islands as my ferry neared Victoria
97Shugo Tokumaru
Night Piece


that hole-in-the-wall record store by my old place near Main St., interesting conversations with memorable strangers
97Shugo Tokumaru
Night Piece


that hole-in-the-wall record store by my old place near Main St., interesting conversations with memorable strangers
96Oceansize
Effloresce


trying all afternoon to ollie onto a small ledge in the parking lot of a church near the house I grew up in, finally succeeding
96Oceansize
Effloresce


trying all afternoon to ollie onto a small ledge in the parking lot of a church near the house I grew up in, finally succeeding
95Kishi Bashi
151a


newly-flowering cherry blossoms lining a nondescript residential street in East Vancouver as the winter chill in the air is replaced by the warmth of spring, elation
95Kishi Bashi
151a


newly-flowering cherry blossoms lining a nondescript residential street in East Vancouver as the winter chill in the air is replaced by the warmth of spring, elation
94Sigur Ros
( )


having a private personal bowl at the top of the gully in Nanaimo, being lulled to sleep and then violently awakened
94Sigur Ros
( )


having a private personal bowl at the top of the gully in Nanaimo, being lulled to sleep and then violently awakened
93The Rural Alberta Advantage
Departing


heartbreak, anger, reflection, acceptance
93The Rural Alberta Advantage
Departing


heartbreak, anger, reflection, acceptance
92Say Anything
...Is a Real Boy


walking along the beaches of Muizenber, rediscovering my love for pop-punk as a 22 year old
92Say Anything
...Is a Real Boy


walking along the beaches of Muizenber, rediscovering my love for pop-punk as a 22 year old
91More Than Life
Love Let Me Go


west-coast rain: unrelenting and bone-chilling
91More Than Life
Love Let Me Go


west-coast rain: unrelenting and bone-chilling
90Red Nightfall
Red Nightfall


warm bass grooves walking me through the streets of downtown Cape Town as the city warms up for rowdy weekend night
90Red Nightfall
Red Nightfall


warm bass grooves walking me through the streets of downtown Cape Town as the city warms up for rowdy weekend night
89BNJMN
Black Square


an outdoor rain-bucket shower (enjoyed with a portable speakin) and looking out over the White Nile heated to the perfect temperature thanks to the black colour of the bucket/piping and the hot Ugandan sun
89BNJMN
Black Square


an outdoor rain-bucket shower (enjoyed with a portable speakin) and looking out over the White Nile heated to the perfect temperature thanks to the black colour of the bucket/piping and the hot Ugandan sun
88This Heat
Deceit


isolation, paranoia, uncertainty
88This Heat
Deceit


isolation, paranoia, uncertainty
87The Middle East
The Recordings of the Middle East


sneaking in a quick afternoon nap near the Yeti Stage at The Gorge Amphitheatre and accidentally discovering some of the most beautiful music ever recorded
87The Middle East
The Recordings of the Middle East


sneaking in a quick afternoon nap near the Yeti Stage at The Gorge Amphitheatre and accidentally discovering some of the most beautiful music ever recorded
86Kerouac
Cold and Distant, Not Loving


snowboarding for the first time with my new helmet (headphones installed in the ear pieces) and listening to nothing but hardcore all day causing me to attempt things I probably shouldn't have, shredding the gnar hard brah
86Kerouac
Cold and Distant, Not Loving


snowboarding for the first time with my new helmet (headphones installed in the ear pieces) and listening to nothing but hardcore all day causing me to attempt things I probably shouldn't have, shredding the gnar hard brah
85Protest The Hero
Kezia


trying not to sign along on to She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods my way from class to class at Buchanan on UBC's campus, succeeding until the end
85Protest The Hero
Kezia


trying not to sign along on to She Who Mars The Skin Of Gods my way from class to class at Buchanan on UBC's campus, succeeding until the end
84Clubroot
III - MMXII


my kitschy hostel in East Berlin, meeting new people, wandering the graffiti-covered streets and enjoying the occasional hookah
84Clubroot
III - MMXII


my kitschy hostel in East Berlin, meeting new people, wandering the graffiti-covered streets and enjoying the occasional hookah
83The Flaming Lips
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots


visiting Berlin three years prior, the amazing one-room apartment we rented for our three days there (in West Berlin), oversleeping during a nap and missing our pub crawl (the placement of these two albums/memories beside one another on the list was a co-incidence, kinda neat though!)
83The Flaming Lips
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots


visiting Berlin three years prior, the amazing one-room apartment we rented for our three days there (in West Berlin), oversleeping during a nap and missing our pub crawl (the placement of these two albums/memories beside one another on the list was a co-incidence, kinda neat though!)
82Modest Mouse
The Moon & Antarctica


intending to get some sleep in the car on the hour-and-a-half long ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo, listening to Modest Mouse instead
82Modest Mouse
The Moon & Antarctica


intending to get some sleep in the car on the hour-and-a-half long ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo, listening to Modest Mouse instead
81Boards of Canada
Geogaddi


darkness, heightened senses
81Boards of Canada
Geogaddi


darkness, heightened senses
80mewithoutYou
Brother, Sister


power lines framing a drab landscape in a suburb south of Nanaimo
80mewithoutYou
Brother, Sister


power lines framing a drab landscape in a suburb south of Nanaimo
79Phish
A Picture of Nectar


gardening, a floormate of mine during the second year of dorm living at University
79Phish
A Picture of Nectar


gardening, a floormate of mine during the second year of dorm living at University
78David Gilmour
On An Island


lying on the grass of my parent's backyard and gazing upwards at the clear summer sky
78David Gilmour
On An Island


lying on the grass of my parent's backyard and gazing upwards at the clear summer sky
77The Decemberists
The Crane Wife


an entire day spent exploring a typically gorgeous Mediterranean island just south of Athens on an ATV
77The Decemberists
The Crane Wife


an entire day spent exploring a typically gorgeous Mediterranean island just south of Athens on an ATV
76Hey Rosetta!
Seeds


enjoying a cold beer while watching the sun set over the Nile River north of Jinja with new friends
76Hey Rosetta!
Seeds


enjoying a cold beer while watching the sun set over the Nile River north of Jinja with new friends
75Menomena
Friend and Foe


one of my first wasted afternoons spent going further and further down the rabbit hole on youtube and accidentally discovering what would become one of my favourite bands, time well spent??
75Menomena
Friend and Foe


one of my first wasted afternoons spent going further and further down the rabbit hole on youtube and accidentally discovering what would become one of my favourite bands, time well spent??
74Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest


thinking a band was overrated, listening to the advice of many trusted sources who told me to catch their show, being awestruck, rushing over to the merch tent to buy this record, becoming a life-long fan
74Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest


thinking a band was overrated, listening to the advice of many trusted sources who told me to catch their show, being awestruck, rushing over to the merch tent to buy this record, becoming a life-long fan
73Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight


remembering how to be social, almost jamming at am "open mic" club in Muizenberg but bailing because the guys before us were talented jazz musicians and we had prepared a set of covers by Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, etc.
73Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight


remembering how to be social, almost jamming at am "open mic" club in Muizenberg but bailing because the guys before us were talented jazz musicians and we had prepared a set of covers by Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, etc.
72Shotmaker / Maximillian Colby
Split


living on the internet, not interacting with humans face to face, at least I was discovering good music though!!
72Shotmaker / Maximillian Colby
Split


living on the internet, not interacting with humans face to face, at least I was discovering good music though!!
71The Antlers
Burst Apart


bursting apart
71The Antlers
Burst Apart


bursting apart
70Arcade Fire
The Suburbs


that one summer in Nanaimo that would have been awful, introspective, and boring if I hadn't met one of my best friends and spent it instead getting scuba-certified, kayaking, and generally just having a great time, the occasional advantages of life in a small town
70Arcade Fire
The Suburbs


that one summer in Nanaimo that would have been awful, introspective, and boring if I hadn't met one of my best friends and spent it instead getting scuba-certified, kayaking, and generally just having a great time, the occasional advantages of life in a small town
69The Thermals
The Body, The Blood, The Machine


accidentally running into an old high-school friend for the first time in at least a few years during The Thermal's set at Sasquatch 2011
69The Thermals
The Body, The Blood, The Machine


accidentally running into an old high-school friend for the first time in at least a few years during The Thermal's set at Sasquatch 2011
68Massive Attack
Mezzanine


the barren vastness and otherworldly beauty of the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, exchanging music recommendations with 30somethings from Switzerland/France/Sweden in French/Spanish (no English - way to go me, amiryte??)
68Massive Attack
Mezzanine


the barren vastness and otherworldly beauty of the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, exchanging music recommendations with 30somethings from Switzerland/France/Sweden in French/Spanish (no English - way to go me, amiryte??)
67Low
I Could Live In Hope


living in hope for far too long
67Low
I Could Live In Hope


living in hope for far too long
66The Cinematic Orchestra
Ma Fleur


indescribably beauty, understanding the universe and all of its mysteries for split seconds at a time
66The Cinematic Orchestra
Ma Fleur


indescribably beauty, understanding the universe and all of its mysteries for split seconds at a time
65Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After


having lunch at a shopping mall in Nairobi and listening to screamo for some reason
65Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After


having lunch at a shopping mall in Nairobi and listening to screamo for some reason
64Lorde
Pure Heroine


being made fun of for liking Lorde an unreasonable amount, being made fun of for putting Lorde on a list of all-time favourite albums
64Lorde
Pure Heroine


being made fun of for liking Lorde an unreasonable amount, being made fun of for putting Lorde on a list of all-time favourite albums
63 Animal Collective
Animal Collective


hot-boxing my dad's Mazda Protoge in the parking lot next to the (since demolished) skating rink in downtown Nanaimo, the beginning of summer, the middle of winter
63 Animal Collective
Animal Collective


hot-boxing my dad's Mazda Protoge in the parking lot next to the (since demolished) skating rink in downtown Nanaimo, the beginning of summer, the middle of winter
62Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


live music as my substitute for church
62Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


live music as my substitute for church
61Waxahatchee
Cerulean Salt


listening to literally nothing but for a month straight
61Waxahatchee
Cerulean Salt


listening to literally nothing but for a month straight
60Refused
The Shape Of Punk To Come


the turn-off from the highway heading north out of Nanaimo towards Coombs, a re- assessment of what I expect from live shows
60Refused
The Shape Of Punk To Come


the turn-off from the highway heading north out of Nanaimo towards Coombs, a re- assessment of what I expect from live shows
59Basia Bulat
Heart Of My Own


buying hey CD in Quebec City and listening to it on the drive to Montreal, grinning from ear to ear
59Basia Bulat
Heart Of My Own


buying hey CD in Quebec City and listening to it on the drive to Montreal, grinning from ear to ear
58Okkervil River
Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See


a hotel room in New West, working up the courage to apply for jobs, internet friendships
58Okkervil River
Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See


a hotel room in New West, working up the courage to apply for jobs, internet friendships
57City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar


the parking lot of Home Depot in northern Nanaimo, learning to mix paint, not getting very many hours : (
57City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar


the parking lot of Home Depot in northern Nanaimo, learning to mix paint, not getting very many hours : (
56Mew
Frengers


a love drive from Nakuru to Naivasha after an emotionally draining day, daydreaming
56Mew
Frengers


a love drive from Nakuru to Naivasha after an emotionally draining day, daydreaming
55Boris
Boris At Last - Feedbacker


losing myself in noise
55Boris
Boris At Last - Feedbacker


losing myself in noise
54TV on the Radio
Dear Science


the Northfield turnoff from the new island highway heading south into Nanaimo, The Colbert Report
54TV on the Radio
Dear Science


the Northfield turnoff from the new island highway heading south into Nanaimo, The Colbert Report
53Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I


wandering mindlessly through some urban sprawl at the outskirts of Calgary, getting caught in a hailstorm
53Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I


wandering mindlessly through some urban sprawl at the outskirts of Calgary, getting caught in a hailstorm
52Thrice
Vheissu


writing guitar riffs on my friend's new telecaster, playing Super Mario Strikers afterwards
52Thrice
Vheissu


writing guitar riffs on my friend's new telecaster, playing Super Mario Strikers afterwards
51Aesop Rock
Labor Days


trying to live life with no regrets, people telling me that I am white
51Aesop Rock
Labor Days


trying to live life with no regrets, people telling me that I am white
50Coldplay
Viva la Vida


my ex's summer university residence at Fairview, being in love
50Coldplay
Viva la Vida


my ex's summer university residence at Fairview, being in love
49Frank Turner
Love, Ire & Song


arriving in Nairobi at the beginning an unplanned 8-month long backpacking trip, losing myself in this album during my isolation
49Frank Turner
Love, Ire & Song


arriving in Nairobi at the beginning an unplanned 8-month long backpacking trip, losing myself in this album during my isolation
48Souls of Mischief
93 'til Infinity


downtown Victoria in the summertime
48Souls of Mischief
93 'til Infinity


downtown Victoria in the summertime
47Eluvium
Static Nocturne


being chased through a UBC parking structure by a security guard and having the most gorgeous white noise as a soundtrack [Copia would have made the list as well without my one-per-artist restriction.]
47Eluvium
Static Nocturne


being chased through a UBC parking structure by a security guard and having the most gorgeous white noise as a soundtrack [Copia would have made the list as well without my one-per-artist restriction.]
46Death Cab For Cutie
Transatlanticism


Woodgrove Mall, getting given a custom mix tape in grade 9, lingering awkwardness
46Death Cab For Cutie
Transatlanticism


Woodgrove Mall, getting given a custom mix tape in grade 9, lingering awkwardness
45Danny Brown
Old


listening to rap in the shower while getting ready for a night of partying, continuing to listen to rap all night long [I almost picked XXX instead, but either way, both are worthy of my top-100 list.]
45Danny Brown
Old


listening to rap in the shower while getting ready for a night of partying, continuing to listen to rap all night long [I almost picked XXX instead, but either way, both are worthy of my top-100 list.]
44Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti


filling out the "favourite band" section of my grade-12 yearbook survey, the seemingly endless summer parties that followed [IV, II as well]
44Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti


filling out the "favourite band" section of my grade-12 yearbook survey, the seemingly endless summer parties that followed [IV, II as well]
43Rise Against
Siren Song of the Counter Culture


George DUBYA Bush, my dad being a stereotypical old guy and not liking my xXxpunkmusicxXx
43Rise Against
Siren Song of the Counter Culture


George DUBYA Bush, my dad being a stereotypical old guy and not liking my xXxpunkmusicxXx
42Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


those three blocks of back-alleys known as "the worm-hole" which I cut through on my way up Commercial Drive, remembering what it's like to have new music floor me
42Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


those three blocks of back-alleys known as "the worm-hole" which I cut through on my way up Commercial Drive, remembering what it's like to have new music floor me
41Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


working at my dad's law firm by day, answering the question "Can we get much higher?" by night
41Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


working at my dad's law firm by day, answering the question "Can we get much higher?" by night
40El-P
Cancer 4 Cure
40El-P
Cancer 4 Cure


that first week of my seasonal job in southwestern England, learning to cope with Cornwall's schizophrenic "summer" weather, having a fresh start to a new world yet already wanting to go home [I'll Sleep When You're Dead]
39Band
Album
39The Veils
Nux Vomica


Main St./Science World skytrain station, anti-pipeline rallies
38Band
Album
38Dan Mangan
Nice, Nice, Very Nice


late night walks through southern Saanich with my best friend [Oh Fortune]
37Band
Album
37OutKast
ATLiens


ALWAYS cleaning my kitchen to a purely OutKast soundtrack, feeling so fresh and so clean [Aquemini, Stankonia]
36Band
Album
36Hop Along
Get Disowned


holing myself up in my hotel room in Dar es Salaam as backpacking through Africa was beginning to wear on me, arriving in Kigali and getting a second wind [Freshman Year]
35Band
Album
35Trophy Scars
Never Born, Never Dead


spending eight hours cleaning parrot shit from a massive concrete floor, hating/loving my job [this placement stands for Darkness, Oh Hell and Never Born, Never Dead, which I treat as one full album sort of and together form my favourite Trophy Scars album. This new one is pretty super great though just a heads up.]
34Band
Album
34Off Minor
The Heat Death of the Universe


waiting to buy weed in the parking lot across the street from the cyber city mini- golf course
33Band
Album
33Minus The Bear
Planet Of Ice


exploring Cox Bay in Tofino at night with my snazzy new headphones while high as a kite, starting into the dark abyss of the Pacific Ocean meeting the night sky, tripping fucking balls
32Band
Album
32Manchester Orchestra
Mean Everything To Nothing


delivering pizzas and actually really enjoying it [I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child, Simple Math, NOT COPE THOUGH :( ]
31Band
Album
31Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks


walking my dog through Linley Valley Park, the first snowfall of the year camouflaging the wooden walkway
30Band
Album
30Alexisonfire
Watch Out!


high school acting class, being mad I didn't go to Warped Tour [Alexisonfire, probably Crisis as well would have made the cut]
29Band
Album
29Queens of the Stone Age
Songs For The Deaf


racing against a dozen others for one of two (cold) showers after our daily volleyball game in the middle of the jungle on San Cristobal Island (the Eastern most of the Galapagos Islands)
28Band
Album
28Elliott Smith
Either/Or


a Chinese restaurant's parking lot in Harewood, blocking other people out [Figure 8]
27Band
Album
27Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb


trying to teach a class of Kenya orphans how to play their broken acoustic guitars and desperately wishing we had some horns instead
26Band
Album
26Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports


bombing Uplands/Departure Bay Road on my longboard, long layovers in foreign airports (yes, seriously) [Another Green World]
25Band
Album
25The National
Boxer


the sun setting on the breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre, feeling like the only person in an audience of 25,000+ [High Violet, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, Alligator, and possibly Trouble Will Fine Me]
24Band
Album
24Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication


that long-abandoned former A & B sound in downtown Nanaimo, unwrapping a Fender Stratocaster one Christmas, driving up-island to soccer games with my dad on weekends, so, so many things
23Band
Album
23La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...


getting over someone
22Band
Album
22Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline


the two-hour siesta between lunch and the last bit of daily conservation work on San Cristobal Island, lying in the most perfect imaginable hammock and drifting in and out of sleep to the view of the green canopy meeting the clear blue Pacific off towards the horizon, one of the best months of my life [The Tired Sounds Of...]
21Band
Album
21Japandroids
Celebration Rock


arriving in Amsterdam on a warm spring day after eight months of comparative "roughing it" in Africa, feeling alive, that night I was already in bed but said 'fuck it' and got up to drink with you instead [It was a shame not to include Post-Nothing, but this one gets a slight edge. Either way, both would have been top 30.]
20Band
Album
20The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Axis: Bold as Love


conversations about classic rock with an inspiring man named Hume at my late- Uncle's former care home west of Victoria [Electric Ladyland]
19Band
Album
19Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago


exploring Galway in western Ireland with someone I loved, breaking up
18Band
Album
18Sunny Day Real Estate
Diary


that record where West Hastings turns to East, invigorating conversations with homeless people in Vancouver downtown east side
17Band
Album
17Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


a picnic in Dalkey, feeling scared and alone in a hostel in Quito but proverbially ~getting~ this album for the first time, rediscovering my love for a painfully tainted album with a group of amazing friends
16Band
Album
16King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


trying to find a place to catch a few hours of sleep in the Lima airport away from the luggage-stealing Peruvian kids [Red]
15Band
Album
15Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


driving to Burger King at lunch in high school because my oldest friend had finally secured his driver's license, feeling like a fucking legend [Daisy, mayyyyybe Deja Entendu]
14Band
Album
14Gospel
The Moon Is a Dead World


wishing I had continued to speak to that cute girl and listening to music alone all night instead
13Band
Album
13Leftfield
Leftism


smoking weed with my Scottish friend's AWESOME aunt as she let us place at her place in Dorset during my somewhat touristy drive from Cornwall to London
12Band
Album
12Jaga Jazzist
What We Must


walking barefoot north on Granville St. towards Marpole after getting way too drunk, a bus ride from Banos to Quito during which the driver refused to stop and let me pee, holding it in
11Band
Album
11The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Out


testing out my dad's new speakers, drinking Corona on his deck
10Band
Album
10Autechre
Tri Repetae++


mowing lawns, communicating with robots, feeling like I've taken drugs when I have not taken drugs
9Band
Album
9Regina Spektor
Songs


an evangelical wedding in Dublin, trying to fall asleep in the back of my ex's cousin's car on the drive from Dublin to Schull [Far]
8Band
Album
8The Weakerthans
Reconstruction Site


watching awful TV re-runs with my mum, falling asleep on the long drive home, being Canadian [Left and Leaving, Reunion Tour]
7Band
Album
7The Beatles
Abbey Road


probably the most interesting person I have ever met - a Cambodian man named Ku who washed dishes with me in the cafeteria of my university residence and told me heartbreaking stories of his the sudden death of his entire family during his studies abroad in Australia, the multiple Safeway bags full of second-hand CDs (mainly Oasis) which he gifted to me because I was a "rock star!! those ladies love you, hey? they love you- you rock star!" (the glory days) [Sgt. Peppers, Let it Be, Revolver, maybe one or two others]
6Band
Album
6The Mountain Goats
The Coroner's Gambit


driving way too quickly from Nanaimo to Coombs and back, catching a few extra minutes of sleep in a highway-exit gas-station, finally deciding to leave my suffocating hometown and travel for a year [The Mountain Goats would have dominated this list: All Hail West Texas, We Shall All Be Healed, Tallahassee, The Sunset Tree, Transcendental Youth, Nothing For Juice, Transmissions To Horace, and probably two or three more would have all made the top 100]
5Band
Album
5Burial
Kindred


the unbeatable views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain, exhilaration [Untrue]
4Band
Album
4Radiohead
Kid A


a quick nap on the top of Bray Head after a nice summer hike, the feeling of floating down the Liffey, lucid dreaming
3Band
Album
3Laura Stevenson
Wheel


longboarding down Main St. at 3 AM without a single soul in sight [Sit Resist]
2Band
Album
2Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


locking myself in my bedroom to learn songs on guitar all day, being glued to my boombox after smoking my first joint, the kitchen of my former best friend's house filled with toga-clad teenagers, the view from the top of the Mirconia forest on San Cristobal Island, wild horses
1Band
Album
1Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...


long drives on Nanaimo Lakes Road in my Honda Civic, "that creepy-ass tree", escaping from the thousands of irritating tourists at Machu Picchu to somehow find an isolated patch of grass from which to absorb the surreal view, quiet contentment
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