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This is a list of albums one might want to buy...or find in some way. These
are very good albums I have listened to and with them will be a short
description of the musical type and maybe why I like that album or group. At
times this will not the the most up to date thing but I will do my best...like
my website in general is the most up to date thing...
Keep in mind, I have listened to a lot of music and judged these the best of
what I have heard...but many are very good!
Here are my albums to check out:
is one of the best artists today. Sky Blue Sky
and A Ghost is Born
are their best but really you
cannot go wrong with any of them. They are the quintessential indie/alternative
sound and they are the pentultimate also. On the later two listed they are
very cryptic with their lyrics and their music is very melodic but on Sky Blue Sky
everything changes for the better. Uncle Tupelo
antecedent of and really shows their alt/country routes along with the
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
This is another one of my favorite bands. Anything they make is very good.
They would be described as a punk rock band with alternative sounds but they are a more melodic punk band. They definitely are a must listen to. Check out
Source Tags and Codes, Worlds Apart and So Divided.
Source Tags and Codes is one of the best I have heard but they are all
good as far as I am concerned!
Wow, this is very emotionally riviting music. While Bright Eyes is
definitely original and flat out odd at times, it will rivit you to you iPod.
Fever and Mirrors is probably their best. Also Cassadaga,
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Lifted... are very good also. They
really catch the oddly emotional side of indie music today. It is rather dark
at times but the emotion that it catches is incredible.
9 is probably one of the most emotionally taxing albums that I have ever
heard. It takes one through the break up of a long relationship on ugly terms
and puts one into a new relationship. It is probably the most emotionally
riviting albums I have ever listened to. When you get to songs 3 and 4, it gets
so damn deep it is incredible. Damien Rice cannot top this album...
unfortunately...thank you Richard for playing this album when we were
going to Al's to play some pool!
John Doe has been around for a long time now. I know he has been on the
music scene since the 80's and I think it goes back to the 70's. He is quite
the accomplished musician. Either one of his two solo albums are really good.
A Year in the Wilderness or Forever Hasn't Happened Yet are
excellent choices. A Year in the Wilderness features one of the oddest
love songs I have ever heard in Golden Gate. His lyrics are very honest
and straighy foreward yet he takes a very odd perspective of life and living
it at times. John Doe is an excellent musician to have.
This is one of my favorite finds of the year. Their newest album is by far the
best on they have released, in Boxer
is not bad...
just not as good.
Boxer is an interesting yet depressing look at love
and relationships as most music is. Some think that the first song Fake
Empire is an anthematic song about the fake US thing some accuse us of
but I would rather think that it is about a fake relationship. Maybe it is
two people who are not in love but are pretending for the moment. It sets a
very serene picnic setting while those involved are just sitting back enjoying
I am really looking forward to this concert!
Either one of their albums are really good. Of the national names, I think
The Killers are one of the better artists out there. Their second album
Sams Town is a very interesting concept album somewhat similar to the
writings of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. It takes a
look at a small town from the differing perspectives of the populous of the
afore mentioned small town. A great read and a great album in one paragraph!
This is a Canadian Pop band but their music is not the typical pop one would
hear on the radio. They are a good pop band that plays catchy music. Their
2007 release World Container is probably my favorite release of theirs
but I do not think any of their albums are bad. They are also a great concert
to see if you get the chance.
This is the best Hip-Hop group out there today. There is not one even close to
The Roots. Black Thought and Quest Love are the best out
there in their abilitis. If you ever get a chance to see this group, do not
pass it up. They will absolutely blow you away with their ability. They are
gods of the stage!
Game Theory, Things Fall Apart, Phrenology and The Tipping
Point are thier best but if you really pinch me down, The Tipping Point
is their best! As far as I have seen, The Roots are the only hip-hop
band that actually has a band backing them up. They are beyond gods of music!
is a very good set of rappers. They have a great show if
you ever get a chance to see them...they are really good.
Any of their albums are really good but the last, Feedback is not as
good as either Quality Control or Power in Numbers
The Minnesota Missles are the local pride! They are one of the fast growing
hip-hop bands out there. They are now really trying to grow Rhymsayers. Their
earlier stuff is what I consider their best. The last several have become
increasingly "poppy" which is not something I like.
Check out God Loves Ugly, Lucy Ford or Overcast! to hear
some great albums with God Loves Ugly as their best!
was one of the better artists. The pentultimate ablum he
released was the very epic Electric Circus
. I think this is my favorite
hip-hop album with all due respect to The Roots
really got deep within himself on this album. This is an absolute must have!
His later albums are not nearly as good. He is now working with that useless
Kanye West. Kanye turns everything he touches into Pop crap!
You do not get better then Tool
at rock music. They are beyond epic and
one day will easily be considered the best rock group of all time. Anything
you can get from this band is more then worth it. Really, there is nothing
better then Tool
If you really want to nail me down, Lateralus is their best, second would
be Aenima, thrid would be 10,000 Days and so on and so forth.
Maynerd James Keenan definitely has something to say that is worth listening to!
Out of Boston, Godsmack
is really hard rock. They are probably the
best simple rock out there right now. They get on that stage and just blow
you away with angry hard rock! However, as on their Other Side
there is more than one side to the band.
Their best albums are The Other Side, Faceless and their
Self-Titled is pretty good too. IV is a big drop off from their
best album, Facelss. Faceless is kind of a theme album
covering a break up situation with someone and is full of the hateful
retributional anger and it really drives the album to qutie a height.
A Perfect Circle
Another band with Maynerd James Keenan. This is a lot different then Tool
in that they are more melodic and crypitic in their lyrics. They are
definitely a power group though.
13th Step is probably their most complete album. It tells the tale of
a person that goes into rehab after killing someone...by an od...and comes out
and fails several times. Meanwhile the person has co-dependency issues with
someone giving him drugs.
Mer de Noms has their two most powerful songs in Orestes and
Three Libras. This is a collected album but it has some awesome songs
on it. It is defintely worth having.
Their other albums are not quite as good but faintly worth checking out but the
two listed are as good of rock albums as you will find.
Diana Krall is the most quintessential sexual side of jazz in music. Her
voice is so damn sexy that she brings you into the music in a frenzy. Anything
jazz is automatically one of the best things made. The ones I really like the
most are, The Look of Love and All for You (A tribute to Nat King
Cole. To be honest, anything she does is incredible and I must say, I have
an unhealthy love for her music!
Mushroom with Eddie Gale
Mushroom joined up with Eddie Gale for one of the best jazz albums
I have hears since Miles Davis. The first time I listened to
Joint Heppening I was completely sold on them. This is one of the
non-conventional jazz albums I have heard. You cannot live until you can sit
back and enjoy and mammoth masterpiece like this.
The Cinematic Orchestra
This group is a part of a really great sect of music that is popping up and
gaining prominence for those that have an iq above pop. Jazz Fusion is a new
sub-genre of jazz and The Cinematic Orchestra
does an incredible job
There is a certain spacial aspect to this music. It grabs you and forces you
into a state of visual imagination. Ma Fleur by me is their best and
most current. As they have grown with the sound, they have increasingly come
closer to perfecting it.
The Black Crowes
This is one of the best current Blues bands making music today. They have had
a lot of staying power and have done an incredible job with their discography.
From thier initial release of Shake Your Money Maker
they have put out
incredible album after incredible album.
The zenith of their releases to me is Amorica. The cover features an
interesting picture of the femanine hook...of course everyone knows what that
is... The album was written by Chris Robbins after his girlfriend of the time
broke up with him, Kate Hudson. This album is him accepting the mistakes he
made and apologizing for them. It is a statement of how powerful of an emotion
love can be and is one of the best album, and maybe the best thematic album
ever written by me! Definitely you must hear this album once.
Everyone knows Ray...or at least everyone should. There is not much you can
say in addition to what has been said of the guy. He broke the molds of
musicians covering as many genres as anyone. He was also a very smart
The Genius is one of his best albums, but you cannot discount any of his
blues or gospel work. He is as talented in each genre he worked as anyone whom
has ever created music in them. The Genius and Genius Loves Company
are two great compilation albums to get a broad stroke of his career.
From The Miles Davis Quintet
featuring Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and
of course, Miles Davis to Miles Davis'
solo work to the albums he
has worked with other people on, Miles Davis
is a god of music. There is no one that I would take over Miles over his entire discography. It is easy
for me to say that he is one of my favorite artist. He "broke as many molds"
and rules and whatever else you can put in here.
The pentultimate is Bitches Brew. In this album he really rewrote what
music is featuring some of the most complex jazz music I have ever heard. If
you do not have Bitches Brew you are really missing something. Again,
this is one of the best albums ever made. Do not pass this 4 disc album up
if you ever have a chance to listen to it! But then any of his albums are
more then worth listening to...
Cities music is largely heard on Cities 97. It is the soft side of rock music
which I believe should have its own catagory. I do not know how to describe it
but by the description, you shoudl realize who it is...for men it is considiered either fuck me rock or chick music. I like some of it though...maybe for what
I can do with it!
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
They are just really good. They are very fun to see live while even though
they play a very bland play list, their music is very good.
Sister Sweetly and Crimes of Passion are their best but there are
many singles on their discography that are worth listening to. They have a
slight sense of the blues mixed with an overall light rock sound.
Any! It is Bob Dylan! In a pinch, Blood on the Tracks,
Blonde on Blonde, Love and Theft or the modern adaptation of his
original music, Modern Times(to a lesser extent) they all are good!
Nick Drake is a quintessential artist that everyone should at least
check out. He is the most interesting ~folk artist I have heard in a while.
Pink Moon is a nice intro to Nick Drake. It is a must check
out for those with a varied taste in music...or is known as a musichead. Nick
just has that little bit and the ability to hit notes at just the right time.
is one of the more talented yet odd artists that I have heard.
His Orphans, Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
is one of the more bizarre
albums I have heard but what it really does is show the broad ability of
His voice is so damn unique...if you hear it once you will be able to identify
his music everytime you hear it. If you hear one album of his, this is
definitely the one to check out just because the of the musical ability that
he shows off in this album.
Prodigy is as good as you get in that mixture of rock and techo...
essentially it is club music. The hardest of the hard in this area, Prodigy
will rock your ass hard! All of their music is good but in a pinch, The
Fat of the Land is as good as you get!