Hey Captn'. Go back and edit. You owe us 3 more albums.
And this thread is awesome.
Hey Captn'. Go back and edit. You owe us 3 more albums.
And this thread is awesome.
Joann. The Big 5-0.
My aunt Amelia loved the Beatles and played this album for my sister and i all the time. We were also required to dance to it almost every night after playtime. We loved it.
My dad is a musician so I was exposed to music from a very young age.
We listened to Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Gerry Mulligan, Booker T & the MG's etc. But this was the one album that I was obsessed with. Saw it years later on display in a glass case at a record shop. Told the guy my dad has that album. The record guy's eyes bugged out and he told me it was worth a mint. I have taken to visiting my dad a LOT more recently.
Roxy Music blew me away the first time I heard them. Bryan Ferry's voice and the way he used it. Andy Mackay's sax riffs were pure sex. Especially on Both Ends Burning. Still to this day, it is one of all all time favorite recordings.
"If you should ever miss me. If i should... cross your mind. You know where to find me. I'll be waiting at the end of the line".
I was working in LA and living with my ex. I was depressed. Then I discovered this little gem and the world looked promising again.
This cassette got me through the long drive home from work.
I had discovered the Cure a few years after Pornography came out and quickly did a little backtracking to listen to the earlier stuff. Never really got into The Top. (I do love Piggy in the Mirror though). So this was the next step and I liked it. Not my favorite Cure CD but definitely what I was listening to at this point in time.
And then there was The Pixies. This year it was a toss up between Doolittle and this one. Both great albums but Surfer Rosa won my heart. I'm still in love. I had never heard anything like this band. There are those bands that you have to hear a few times before they sink in. There are those bands that you love the first time you hear them. And then there are those bands that you were born to love. For me,that would be the Pixies.
Yes, it's true. I listened to Alanis Morissette. Didn't everyone? Don't answer that. 95/96 was the year of Alanis. Saw her 4 times. Haven't seen her since.
I loved You Oughta Know from the first moment I heard it. I still remember what I was doing at the time. I got tired of her vocal style pretty quickly though. It was good for a while.
Blade had come out a few years prior but I was still listening to it.
I loved the movie and not sure what compelled me to purchase the soundtrack. I rarely buy soundtracks. I am not a fan of rap or hip hop but give me a Blade soundtrack any day. Bounce,bounce, bounce, BOUNCE!!
This actually came out at the tail end of 2005. There really was no other CD that I listened to as much. Light and Magic was my first experience with Ladytron and I was primed for something new. This one took a different direction. Still electronic but a bit more guitar driven. Destroy everything you touch still makes me stop what I'm doing and just listen and feel.
Actor has been in my car since the moment I heard it. Can't tell you how many times I have listened to it from start to finish. St. Vincent has my heart and I can't wait to hear what's next.
By the way, I LOVE this thread.
Am I the only chick who hated Alanis? I was very engrossed in punk and industrial around the time that album came out, and thought "bleh".
I wasn't judging you, Kylie! I was asking if I was the only one who didn't like Alanis..
It's almost a relief to read some many of you getting little musical influence from your folks. My Mam doesn't listen to music much at all. She likes Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond but that's about it. My Dad likes Elvis, Ceili music (Irish trad) and Country n' Irish (a horrible bastardized take on Country). I hoped against hope for a while as a teenager that there was a stash of original Zep / Beatles / Stones vinyl stashed somewhere but alas, no.
Thinking about this list and writing it up made me notice how a lot of what I listen to is 5 to 10yrs old before I come to it. I'll know of an album at release time but it takes a while, sometimes a long while for me to pick it up. Strange.
I don't remember a whole lot from this time other than Madness who were really at the peak of their popularity around this time or a little earlier. Wonderful stuff. I don't care what anyone says.
They've become a joke now but do not underestimate how good they were and how much of a breath of fresh air they were too at the time.
I heard this from a friend of a roommate in college. It's one of his well regarded albums but always in the shadows of Astral Weeks.
I remember cycling (didn't have a car) to the record store the morning this came out. My roommates and I all sat around the stereo quietly listening to this for a while. They weren't sure what to make of it; I loved it.
The early 90's were the time of The Prodigy. I never cared for rave that much but this album moved the band on quite a bit and brought a lot of new elements into the mix. You really benefit by sitting down and listening to this as a full album. Got to see them twice around this time as well. Fantastic live band.
After getting kicked around by more than one record company, A House released this, probably their best, back on Setanta Records. A cynical but not bitter take on several subjects. I identified with the frustration a lot and was glad that someone could articulate theirs even if I could not.
I think this one probably did a lot better in Europe than in America. Coming out just after PJ & Nirvana, it was passed over a little but I'd pick this one over those two. I love the guitars, I love the pop sound even though it's a guitar album and I love the lyrics. One of the exciting nights of my life was getting to see Bob Mould live for the first time in '05 and he started with 3 tracks from this album right off the bat.
Glorious vocals & lyrics backed up with a confident, understated, rich sound. Seeing Tindersticks at Primavera 08 was as much of a draw as seeing Portishead there.
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Always overlooked in the BlurOasisStoneRoses mash of the early to mid 90's, The Charlatans continued to turn out album after album, each one better than the one before. I deeply loved, and still do, this band.
Hip Hop was never played on the radio in Ireland; I knew nothing about it and probably still wouldn't if Guinness hadn't used Stem in one of their now legendary tv commercials. I had an hour long commute at this time and this album was just perfect. One of the best albums of the decade.
My musical dark years. I discovered very little music at this time. Bad time, bad time. These got me through; The Frames 'album for themselves' which finally saw them get some attention and love. 7yrs later, they win an Oscar as The Swell Season.
Rory is rarely mentioned in lists of 'Greatest guitarists of all time' which tells me more about the validity of these lists than anything else. He was loved and respected from everyone from Jimmy Page to Slash to Brian May. This, his solo debut album, came out in 1971 but it wasn't until much later obviously that I got into his music.
Pretty much ignored by most of their rawwwwk fans, I think this one stands well against any of their other work.
Channeling The Byrds as much if not more than Big Star by this stage, I'd put this one ahead of Bandwagonesque. I really identified with the lyrics on some of these, particularly 'Mellow Doubt'.
I don't care if everyone thinks I'm on the bandwagon. This is a great album
The album that got me into Wilco. After this, I was able to go back and 'get' their earlier studio albums which I didn't care for at all before.
I started listening to The Jicks more out of respect for Malkmus work with Pavement than anything else. At this stage, I think I prefer them to Pavement. I got this one on vinyl last year signed by the band at a show. There were only 300 people there ...... :/
I remember when this came out; it made for a lot of press time in Europe with a lot of deserved praise heaped upon it.
Hrmmmm MarkO your post reminded me that The Swell Season could have been a good pick for my '30' album
Chris - 30
5 - I listened exclusively to what my parents played in the car. And every summer we would take a vacation up to Northern California, and this was the most frequent album they played. I love each and every song on this album to this day.
10 - Seriously, fuck all y'all for me being the first to post this one. I obviously am not alone with this. It was the second cassette tape I ever bought after MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, and it was the soundtrack to my 4th grade year or whenever it was.
15 - High school. My two best friends and I got into Led Zeppelin BIG TIME and listened to little else for years. This album was and is still my favorite out of the band's catalog.
20 - With music now able to be downloaded over the internet, this is when my addiction started and I was introduced to a whole new slew of different bands. My friend and I used to have what we called "listening parties" in his dorm room, where we would just sit back for a few hours and listen to bands that we heard of through friends. This album floored me right off the bat, and remains my favorite VU record to this day.
25 - This was an interesting year for me. I had just gone broke trying to get into real estate in San Diego, and moved back to LA to live with my parents. I had no money, didn't go to a single concert in over a year and a half, and don't remember much about what I listened to. This album, however, got me through many a tough time during that year, and is their most diverse collection of songs imo. So I'm just gonna post that.
30 - Finding this board last year changed my taste in music more than I could have ever imagined. Many seem to have moved on from this record already, but I still listen to it quite frequently, and it amazes me every time I do. It's way up there for me for the best albums of all last decade, and I don't think I'll stop listening to it anytime soon. It really personifies me at the age I am now.
Chris, I'm pretty open about my (brief) adoration of Vanilla Ice. The timing was just wrong for this (was around 13-14 for me). I think I still know the words to the first half of the album.
I was, uhm, a cheerleader, and for some reason they let us do a half-time show that included a really raunchy dance routine to Stop That Train. What were our parents thinking?
i'm having a difficult time remembering what music i listened to at this age, but i can tell you i watched the shit out of this movie, and Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" kept me glued to the set. Top Gun (movie and soundtrack).
i started to realize that there was a lot out there than just what my parents listened to. and for any natives of AZ, Power 92 and Y95 were THE radio stations back in the day. i consider myself to be musically raised in the 90's, and i really got into Nirvana at this age, but also was big into Warren G (Regulatoooooooooors!!). but, this was the first cd i ever owned, and i thank my cousins for getting me into them. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique.
while i was big into alternative (STP, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam), i started diving into hard rock a lot more. really got into White Zombie & Korn, but did anyone else get into Me(h)tallica? i was BIG into them as a teenager, but have since disregarded them completely. can't stand 'em anymore, partially to the napster debacle, but mainly when newsted left. anyhoo, here it is. Metallica - Load.
ahhh, this is when my taste started taking a positive turn as i ventured a bit from the hard rock. i still wasn't quite there in terms of diversity, but my blueprint was down. i had been deviating from the rock scene and was getting into Aphex Twin and Orbital. while these were the foundation for my musical exploration, i was in a post-Pumpkins-breakup type o funk and would jam out to them a lot. "Glass and the Machines of God" was particularly gripping to me. Smashing Pumpkins - Machina. (sidenote: i'd listen to "Hooray for Boobies" to cheer me up, but who didn't?)
bear with me.
this time of my life was pivotal musically. it was also a great time for me personally. there are several albums that i'm going to choose for this portion (cheating, i know). it starts with Gorillaz. LOVE Demon Days, so many tracks were spot on for me, and i can remember not getting past "O Green World" for the first 2 days i owned it. and then of course i stumbled to "DARE" and that, as they say, is that. my best friend and i considered "DARE" to be our theme song when we were schwasted. Gorillaz - Demon Days.
i have a great friend of mine who lives in the UK and he introduced me to some amazing stuff. needless to say, my taste has shifted dramatically from what it once was. i'm really big into trip hop, idm, industrial, electronica, and ambient. some artists he exposed to me which i will be forever thankful are Thievery Corporation, The Dining Rooms, The Cinematic Orchestra, Gridlock, and Ten and Tracer (to name just a few). but, the album which really hit me (and "Man with a Movie Camera" was oh-so-close to being chosen) was Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase.
lastly, for this time period, i maintained my rock roots. while i had veered a bit from rock, i steered my way back. i can remember listening to Army of Anyone's self-titled album and really being smacked emotionally, particularly with "A Better Place." i realized that i got away from a lot of rock, and particularly Tool. i saw that they released a new album, and, at the time, didn't find them to be too appealing...until i gave it a listen. holy.shit. this album completely hit me, most notably "Wings for Marie" and "10,000 Days." with that said, Tool - 10,000 Days.
heh. in looking at my entries, they are fairly mainstream. oh well. if i had to choose one now, as it pertains to me today? simple, and i have this message board to thank as i hadn't heard of her until i came on here. thank you. Fever Ray - Fever Ray.
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Fever ray would be my choice for present time also..
Alright, here we go:
James West - 35 years old
5 years old: (I know it's not an album, but this is about all I can remember from this age)
10 years old:
15 years old:
20 years old:
25 years old:
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30 years old:
35 years old:
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I like Bucket of Power's addition of an album for right now. Mostly because I'm 24 and near to a new addition, but wouldn't get to do it for another year.
This year has been, for me, all about New Zealand indie and noise rock. I chalk some of it to having visited there last year and really falling in love with the wilderness there, and quite a bit of it to Bradford Cox from Deerhunter. He posted about Tall Dwarfs and the Chills on the Deerhunter Blog and then posted a place that was hosting tons and tons of NZ albums. I went through that blog and just took everything on there, and I've been spending the past year and a half just falling in love with the stuff. There's tons of great pop bands, and the average quality of the bands is absolutely astounding. If I were to choose an album for 2010 Bryan's life, it'd be
This Kind of Punishment-In the Same Room
Super dark, creepy and spare experimental post punk stuff. I listened to this album on repeat while studying for my contracts final last week, and it's definitely a grower.
"You go thru your life and try to discuss the music that was really important, influential or just plain memorable for you at each 5 year interval."
There's nothing in there about being beholden to release dates. Which is why it's fine for people who aren't Ron to list The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Velvet Underground.
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7/26 Au Revoir Simone @ The Roxy, 8/1 Arcade Fire, the Unicorns, Dan Deacon at the Forum, 8/2 Burger a-Go-Go, @ Observatory, 8/9 Warpaint @ Observatory, 8/10 Warpaint @ The Ace, 8/23-24 FYF Fest, 9/11 Swans @ Roxy, 9/18 Neutral Milk Hotel @ Hollywood Bowl, 9/19 Chvrches @ Palladium, 9/30 Cibo Matto @ the Roxy, 10/9 Zola Jesus @ El Rey, 10/16 Massive Attack @ Greek Theater, 10/26 Asobi Seksu & Slowdive @ Royale
I grew up around a lot of classic rock. At age 5 I remember quite a bit of the music my Dad played. He had a huge vinyl collection and his genre was classic rock. Some of the stuff that could be heard regularly around my house at that age.
Pop and top 40 radio.
Hair Metal but I wore out a couple copies of this cassette.
Most things alternative and this was certainly in heavy rotation
I moved from Chicago to Phoenix and this album inspired me.
The year I attended my first Coachella. The main reason I was attending Coachella for the one day I went was Wilco and I was listening to a lot of this album at the time.
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5 - U2 - The Joshua Tree
I don't really remember anything about my life before I was 5 (or before I was 10, for that matter), except for one thing: U2's The Joshua Tree playing in various places (especially in my dad's little car with tinted, bubbly windows - a phenomenon I attributed to the car having been underwater, which it never had been).
10 - The Wallflowers - Bringing Down the Horses
One of the fondest times in my life was during this period. My cousin and I used to spend hours drawing with the radio on and our cassettes ready for recording. The Wallflowers' "One Headlight" was pretty much the golden song of the time for me and it was probably on all my mixtapes. Bringing Down the Horses was also one of my first albums.
15 - Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
I left middle school listening to Korn, Disturbed, Godsmack, Papa Roach and all sorts of silly things. One of the benefits of listening to those bands, wearing black clothes, and living by the will of Satan is that you're likely to come across Nine Inch Nails, eventually. I did, courtesy of some friends that said, "We need to get Tim into the Nine Inch Nails fan club." So they burnt me The Fragile. Not only did Nine Inch Nails pave the path to my first Coachella in 2005, but they also inspired me to make my own music. I owe much of my musical life to Trent Reznor.
20 - The Smiths - Meat is Murder
By this time, I was already a Coachella fanatic and board member. Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Boards of Canada and all that stuff was playing on my iTunes. I always knew about The Smiths and Morrissey, but I never actually gave them a listen. Then I experienced the worst break-up of my life in a cold, unforgiving December, and in that winter I discovered The Smiths. Through the remainder of that winter and into the spring, Meat is Murder brought me back to my health and influenced a shift in my music writing (from instrumental songs to pop songs).
I have no memory of music before I was 5.
Evita - my parents' saw this in Detroit in 1981. They then listened to this quite a bit; I can remember singing along in the freezing cold of the workshop of the winter. My favorites were "Rainbow Tour" and "And the Money Kept Rolling."
Other Sounds: The White Album, Ravel's Bolero (not an album but I used to get pissed off when we would be listening during dinner or something and one of my parents would get up halfway through to turn it down.)
Genesis - Invisible Touch - To be fair this also should include So and No Jacket Required and various other 80s Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Genesis because I wasn't quite at the point where I could tell them apart. Invisible Touch was certainly the top of the that list, though.
Other Sounds: I got Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em for my 15th birthday. Petra's This Means War made a surge at the end of this period as well. Also there were several Beethoven symphonies that for a good while I strongly associated with the Apache Trail. It's weird, as a kid I really had associations for music like that, Evita goes with dad's workshop, Beethoven with the Apache Trail... now a days I can no longer understand that - there's far too much music about.
Pearl Jam - Ten - I heard songs on the radio and MTV and while I was intrigued by the video for "Even Flow" it wasn't until I saw the MTV Unplugged show that I was blown away by "Porch," they were playing acoustic and still getting such power out of everything. That triggered the album purchase and I was hooked.
Other Sounds: This era represented a veritable explosion of music for me. I almost picked Dream Theater's Images and Words, as I got very heavy into them. Siamese Dream could take this era, too. I also could've gone with Pray Naked by the 77s and they should (and do) get a good deal of credit with me learning about music as Dream Theater started me on obsessiveness the 77s started me on relatively unsupported obsessiveness about a tiny band that had terrible distribution. Also a few people made fun of me for liking DT, near everybody made fun of me for liking the 77s.
Spiritualized - Pure Phase - I know I've told this story quite a few times here, but tev. Right around my 20th birthday the music of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized was recommended to me. I bought Spacemen 3's comp Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To and was floored. I had never heard such beautiful music. The next week I bought Pure Phase, which took some of those ideas to greater heights. It wasn't as noisy but it had more range. Feel free to consider this to include the other Spiritualized and Spacemen 3 albums available at the time.
Other Sounds: I heard In the Aeroplane Over the Sea when I was 23; if the time block was 23-28 no album would've come close. Radiohead's OK Computer (July 1, 1997 was such a happy day for me,) Underworld's dubnobasswithmyheadman and the Chemical Brother's Exit Planet Dust were all vying for this spot. Beethoven's 7th symphony could've gone here, too.
Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica - My friend what had the NMH also had some Modest Mouse, but the Mouse had more albums and they were tougher to find (used, I mean, because I was cheap.) This one came out and rekindled my interest, and had "3rd Planet" which threw me for several loops and truth be told I went on that Portland/Seattle/Vancouver trip in 2003 as much to see the Mouse for the first time as to see Radiohead twice. Please feel free to include Lonesome Crowded West in here too, but not any album(s?) that actually came out in this time period.
Other Sounds: Just into this time period a friend moved back to Phoenix and we started going to shows, eventually just because they were only $5 and one of us had heard something about the band. He also actually had more CDs than me so I heard a billion things and loved most of them. Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out almost got this slot, as did Tallahassee by the Mountain Goats.
The National - Boxer - The National're a band that I got into early in this time period (or, actually, just before) and they've stayed strong throughout releasing good music and compelling me to be late to poker last night watching a fucking webcast.
Other Sounds: High school and the onset of Pearl Jam, etc triggered my first real musical revolution. College and the internet triggered my second. My third was via two friends (see previous section), my fourth was via message boards, mostly this one and another. Well, and then they pushed me on to now, where yeah, I get some new music from here but damn, it's everywhere, it's everything. So you get nothing.
Also I loved seeing the Grease soundtrack in three straight posts. Not that I've ever heard more than parts of a couple songs but still, nice work, folks.
Also I realize I think I took the looseness too far and implemented my own restrictions as a result. Tev.