Friday, February 13, 2009

50 Fave Albums

What Azimuth, a pretty accurate list of the albums I've listened to the most all time. I may actually think another album by the artist is BETTER, but I like more songs on this one or have spent much more time listening to another.

Allman Brothers / Allman Bros.
The Beatles / Revolver
The Beatles / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Beach Boys / Pet Sounds
Andrew Bird / Mysterious Production of Eggs
Jeff Buckley / Grace
Neko Case / Furnace Room Lullabye
John Coltrane / Africa Brass Sessions
John Coltrane / The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard
Miles Davis / Kind of Blue
Death Cab for Cutie / We Have the Facts, and We’re Voting Yes
Nick Drake / Pink Moon
Bob Dylan / Bringing it All Back Home
Hedwig and the Angry Inch / Film Soundtrack
Jimi Hendrix / Live at the Fillmore East
Jefferson Airplane / Bless Its Pointed Little Head
Michael Jackson / Off the Wall
LCD Soundsystem /Sound of Silver
Led Zeppelin / I
Model Engine / Lean Years Tradition
My Brightest Diamond /Bring Me the Workhorse
Neutral Milk Hotel / Aeroplane Flies Over the Sea
Nirvana / Nevermind
Oasis /What’s the Story, Morning Glory
Pavement / Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pearl Jam / Vs.
Pink Floyd /Dark Side of the Moon
The Posies / Frosting on the Beater
Radiohead / OK Computer
Red House Painters / Rollercoaster
Rogue Wave /Descended Like Vultures
Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed
Rolling Stones / Exile on Main St.
Ryan Adams / Jacksonville City Nights
Sigur Ros / Aegytus Byrjun
Smashing Pumpkins / Siamese Dream
Elliott Smith / Self-titled
The Smiths / Hatful of Hollow
Son Volt / Trace
Soundgarden / Superunknown
Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run
Starflyer 59 / Americana
Sufjan Stevens / Greetings From Michigan!
The Sundays / Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
Sunny Day Real Estate / How it Feels to be Something On…
Supergrass / I Should Coco
Uncle Tupelo / Still Feel Gone
The Who / Who’s Next
Weezer / Pinkerton
Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


T. Azimuth Schwitters said...

1. It's not that I don't like the Allman Brothers, it's that I don't get them: what, exactly, is the appeal here?
2. Sgt. Pepper's over Abbey Road? I think of them as basically the same in quality-why this choice?
3. Don't know that Neko Case. Can you get it for me?
4. 2 Coltranes and Miles Davis? And you've never mentioned either in conversation? I smell a rat.
5. Why that Dylan?
6. Why that Drake?
7. NMH: "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
8. Gimme a break with that Oasis record. Oasis = terrible.
9. Word on the Pearl Jam, but I would have gone with Ten
10. Son Volt, Wilco AND Uncle Tupelo? Don't you think that's a bit of overkill on a list of 50? Explain yourself, sir.
11. I'm pretty excited by how much we have in common here. We tend to bicker back and forth about music a lot--I forget how much we have in common.

Nice, nice job, and I'm definitely down with your CD exchange program.

I call Europe. You can have Asia.

Gaston Monescu said...

1. That's their debut, and their best imo. First, Duane rocks and he was really on there for the first couple of albums, and Gregg is an underrated vocalist. The album has this cool effect of splitting Dicky Bett's solos to one speaker and Duane's to the other, giving you chance to compare the two AND to be able to tell who is playing what. Because of the studio, wanking is at a minimum. The album is only eight songs long, so the playing is in and out. By far, the best white blues band ever. More psychedelic than southern rock. Lynyrd couldn't dream of being this good.

2. I like every song on Sgt. Pepper's. It's the best experimental pop album ever. It's far shorter than Abbey Road, and it's effects are far less intrusive and cheesy (listen to, for instance, the keyboard on Maxwell's Silver Hammer from Abbey Road). "Day in the Life" is the best single song on either album, the perfect McCartney/Lennon combo. It's breezy, not terribly self-important, and just plain smart at times. This album is the birth of all the Elephant 6 stuff I love (Of Montreal, Olivia Tremor, Apples in Stereo) but FAR more consistent and at times lovely. The guitar solo from "Fixin' a Hole" name just one moment...

3. AWESOME Neko Case. More diverse in its sound than her later material, more overtly country...the first album I heard. It took me awhile to work back around to this one, but it's consistently stronger than Blacklisted or Fox Confessor.

4. Jazz was a HUGE part of high school and college. I rarely wrote anything when I wasn't listening to those albums. I discovered that Trane album as a senior in high school. Kind of Blue is the best jazz album ever. Improvised in the studio, and smooth as the other side of the pillow. The Coltrane stuff is edgier. Africa Sessions mixed soprano and tenor songs. He has a cover of "Greensleaves" on there that I wore out. There's a couple of other ten to thirteen minute songs ("Africa" for one) that are great too. I played soprano and alto at church, and I would totally steal licks from that album. The Village Vanguard series is Coltrane on the edge of becoming atonal. It's 1961. He's playing with his trio plus Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet and alto. God. That's the best hard bop I've ever heard. Most definitely my instrumental music of choice. For whatever reason, I left it behind when I left undergrad and got more seriously into rock music. When I was in Europe, all I did was listen to jazz and go to jazz concerts (including a festival in Berlin). That Coltrane four disc set was hard and crazy in the best way. Incredible drums with fifteen to thirty second bursts of catchy samples that I dreamed of using in some more rock oriented project.

5. Bringing It All Back Home is the first electric Dylan where I still can stand his voice. I like the songs more than Highway, which is blasphemy I know. All right, so Like A Rolling Stone is great. But so is Subterranean Homesick, and so is Maggie's Farm, Baby Blue, and my personal fave...It's Alright Ma. These were the songs where I was first convinced that Dylan was a poet. Every single word of It's Alright Ma just hit me in the gut. It's so verbose but continually witty and sharp and cutting.

6. Only Drake I've really listened to as well as the one I really identified with. I love the single guitar. The archetype for a certain kind of record that I would like to make. I need to listen to Bryter Layter.

7. You knew what I meant.

8. I love that Oasis album. If you get to have Frogstomp on there (which I listened to today), you should let me have this one. They're roughly analagous affectively (I would argue) if not musically. Have you listened to that Supergrass album? If not, do. It's sweet.

9. I listened to Ten first, but Vs. is a better album, imo. More diversity. Just as many rockers (Blood, Leash, Go), but acoustic numbers (Daughter, Elderly Woman) and more moody pieces (Indifference). I like the drums better on Vs. too. I don't deny that Ten is good. It is. I think is a Core/Purple situation, with Vs. being analagous to your choice of Core.

10. You haven't listened to these three albums if you think this is overkill, and that's simply on the basis of sound overlap. Yankee hotel is as far away from Trace as My Brightest Diamond is from Neko Case. Trace is probably the best pure alt-country album ever. Just consistently great with some beautiful acoustic numbers and a handful of rockers. Yankee HF is an experimental pop masterpiece. It shouldn't be THAT damn catchy. Tweedy's peak. And Still Feel Gone is the best album of cow punk ever. I listened to those albums all the time when I was in high school. It captures the hard and soft that UT threw at you the best out of their four albums. They were HARD! Listen to Postcard, Gun, Punchdrunk, and D Boon. REALLY hard. Then they could go acoustic on you. "Still Be Around" is heartbreaking.