Andrew Walker

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03.29.14 Adolescent Jams03.22.14 Against Me! And Laura Stevenson
02.27.14 4 Steps To An Emo Album01.07.14 Rec Me Electronic Stuff
12.14.13 2013: My Generic List10.17.13 Artsy Fartsy Movies
09.27.13 Drink And Drive09.15.13 Colorful Year
08.07.13 Top 25 Listened Since 201108.07.13 Top 25 Listened Since 2011
07.28.13 Emo And Sports07.01.13 Wet Wood
06.26.13 Check Out My Friend's Music06.21.13 Not Halfway But Close Enough
06.16.13 < 10005.26.13 2013 Recs
05.10.13 What A Month04.22.13 Take That, Wallet!
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Adolescent Jams

Well, in less than a week I'll be 20. Recently, I've been looking through the albums that I listened to growing up and what they meant to me; pretty much what got me through high school and my first year of college.
1Jack Johnson
In Between Dreams

My parents fucking loved Jack Johnson. Wherever we went, this CD was turning in our 2002 Volvo. Makin' banana pancakes, man.
2Peter Gabriel
Shaking the Tree

Another one my parents wouldn't stop listening to. Solsbury Hill and Games Without Frontiers were awesome when I was younger. They still are, really.
3Green Day
American Idiot

My very first album. I got it for my birthday in sixth grade (I think). It was new and "cool" to like Green Day way back then because they swore in their songs. None of that Radio Disney shit.
Demon Days

The first CD I ever bought with my own money. Feel Good, Inc. was the coolest song back in 2005, and tiny iSkane just had to get his hands on the full album.
5My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade

It's really interesting (and kind of cringey) looking back at all of the music I listened to. Eventually, most of my middle school tastes dropped once I got into high school and found Sputnik and Absolute Punk, but for some reason, these guys stayed. I even saw them in concert my junior year.
6Pink Floyd
The Wall

My first legitimate introduction into real music. My mom found the CD cheap at a garage sale and we bumped that shit in the car everywhere we went for about a month. Yeah, I had heard Dark Side of the Moon before, but I never really paid that much attention to any of it. This was the first album I ever remember digging into, finding out the concept. My favorite at the time. I still haven't seen the movie though...
7Porcupine Tree
Stupid Dream

My uncle got me this album for my birthday. I knew absolutely nothing about them, but he was a big prog rock fan and, when he heard that I was getting into Floyd, figured I would like them. I did. A lot. So much, actually, that my uncle and I drove 16 hours from Denver to Chicago to see them in concert the next summer. This actually turned out to be the concert they recorded Octane Twisted at, which was fucking awesome.
8Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion

I lurked on Sputnik for a long time (still do, really). But the first thing that actually got me to start listening to good music was the "Best of the Decade" list. I wrote down every single album on that list and swore to myself that I would listen to them. MPP was the first album I found at the library (back when I was too poor to buy albums and too scared to scour the internet for them.) I popped it in on the short drive back home and ended up driving around until it was over. This will always remind me of the summer between my sophomore year and junior year in high school. It's just so fun!
9Circle Takes the Square
As the Roots Undo

Another one I found on that decade list. My first introduction to a heavier type of music.
White Pony

And again, the decade list. This album really stuck with me and still remains one of my absolute favorites.
11Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I

Okay, so this one was on the list, but I didn't end up listening to it until way later, which was my fucking mistake. I was turned off at first by the ridiculous length of the two songs. There's something nostalgic about each song. Stella remains one of my favorites to this day, I even named my first car after that song.
Celebration Rock

Okay, so this one gets a little more specific. My senior year, I was seeing this girl and everything was going great. I took her out to see a play one night (the Producers, I think) and when it got out, it was pouring rain like you would almost never see in Colorado. After I dropped her off at her house, I took the long way home. Why? Because there was a giant hill just before the turn to my house that I could coast down, as fast as I could. The mixture of speeding down the hill, with the rain around me, and Continuous Thunder reaching its highest point, I realized, for the first time, how great everything was.
Ocean Avenue

And the first break up. This was with the same girl as above. The first ones are always the hardest, and this album was what really got me through. It was actually playing in the car while we broke up. Jammed it for weeks after that.
14Tigers on Trains

I'm not really sure why this one sticks out to me so much. I can't tie it to any memories or points in my life with any meaning. I still get goosebumps listening to A Year in the Garden Shed, though.
15Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city

When this first dropped, it was all I listened to for a while. If I ever end up walking the same route around campus that I did second semester freshman year, I will always get m.A.A.d city in my head, no question.
16Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight

So, I wasn't (still am not) good at talking to girls. My roommate freshman year however, was. This longboarding, long hair having, Firework listening bro was awesome, but he always had his lady friend over. So, I was kicked out a lot. During the winter months, if none of my other friends were around, I would pop my headphones in, put on my winter coat, and wander around campus listening to this.
17Streetlight Manifesto
The Hands That Thieve

I actually ended up switching rooms to live with a different guy just down my hall. Best decision I never made. I grew to be really close with these guys down the hall when springtime came. Around my 19th birthday, this album dropped, and I remember when they started streaming it on Youtube was the first time we could open our windows in the dorms.
18The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation

Toward the end of the semester, this album dropped and I got the super-deluxe pre-order box. This will always be my "leaving the dorms" album. A really great way to start off the summer.
19You Blew It!
Grow Up, Dude

When I came back home for the summer, I got a shitty job at Target. I unloaded the trucks and stocked the shelves with all of the shit we got. I bet you're wondering why you never see any of this happen. That's because it happens at 4 in the morning. So having to wake up at 3 am almost every day over the summer sucked, but this album was always playing on my drive over.
20The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms

The second break up. I started dating this other girl halfway through freshman year. Then we broke up when summer came. Then we got back together. Pro Life Tip: never do that. It blows. There will always be two break ups and and if you broke up one time, you will break up a second time. Anyway, this album got me through that second break up with that second girl. Also, never mix break-up emotions with work at 4 am, they don't do the brain well.
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