100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

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100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:45 pm

Taking into consideration the fact that I have over 500 albums, wittling it down to the 100 records I couldn't live without was no easy task. Painful choices were made. But in the end, the following list represents not only my musical tastes but an accurate history of my musical loves from the age of 12 right up to today. If you're feeling brave, give it a go yourself! Always eager to read people's lists :D


1. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
2. Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
3. Nirvana – In Utero
4. Elliott Smith – From A Basement On The Hill
5. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
6. Daniel Johnston – Rejected Unknown
7. At The Drive-In – In/Casino/Out
8. Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
9. David Bowie - Low
10. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
11. Muse – Origin Of Symmetry
12. Antony and The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
13. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
14. Tom Waits – Bone Machine
15. Kings Of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
17. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
18. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
19. Elliott Smith – Figure 8
20. The White Stripes – Elephant
21. David Bowie – Station To Station
22. Rufus Wainwright – Want
23. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
24. Radiohead – Kid A
25. The Stooges – Funhouse
26. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
27. Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
28. The Beatles – Revolver
29. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness
30. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
31. R.E.M. – Document
32. Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen
33. The Strokes – Is This It
34. Nick Drake – Fives Leaves Left
35. Massive Attack – Mezzanine
36. The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious
37. Pixies – Doolittle
38. Daniel Johnston – Fear Yourself
39. Ramones - Ramones
40. Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
41. Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
42. Beth Orton – Central Reservation
43. System Of A Down – System Of A Down
44. Nina Simone – Young, Gifted and Black
45. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
46. Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
47. Blur - Blur
48. Weezer – Pinkerton
49. R.E.M. – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
50. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
51. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
52. Antony and The Johnsons – The Crying Light
53. Radiohead – The Bends
54. Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
55. Portishead - Dummy
56. The Clash – London Calling
57. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
58. Arcade Fire – Funeral
59. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
60. Placebo – Meds
61. Queen – News Of The World
62. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
63. Nirvana - Nevermind
64. Ramones – Leave Home
65. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
66. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
67. Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection
68. Dinosaur Jr – Beyond
69. Green Day – Nimrod
70. John Lennon – Walls & Bridges
71. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
72. Elliott Smith – XO
73. The Clash – The Clash
74. Wolf Parade – Apologies To The Queen Mary
75. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
76. At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command
77. The Polyphonic Spree – The Beginning Stages Of…
78. Daniel Johnston – Artistic Vice
79. The Vaselines – The Way Of The Vaselines
80. Iggy Pop – The Idiot
81. Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
82. Joy Divison - Closer
83. Radiohead – In Rainbows
84. The Flaming Lips – Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
85. Pixies – Come On Pilgrim
86. Dinosaur Jr – Where You Been
87. Marilyn Manson – Holy Wood
88. Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power
89. John Cale – Fear
90. Lemon Jelly – KY
91. The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium
92. Skunk Anansie - Stoosh
93. Green Day – Dookie
94. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
95. Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
96. Marvin Gaye – What Goes On
97. Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists
98. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
99. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
100. Foo Fighters – The Colour and The Shape
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby so sorry on Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:01 pm

That sir, is an ambitious undertaking. Well done.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Worst Part's Almost Over on Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:06 pm

so sorry wrote:That sir, is an ambitious undertaking. Well done.


It was bloody difficult, I'll tell you that much! But seriously - give it a go :D
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby so sorry on Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:52 pm

Worst Part's Almost Over wrote:
so sorry wrote:That sir, is an ambitious undertaking. Well done.


It was bloody difficult, I'll tell you that much! But seriously - give it a go :D



No way. First off, I don't think I actually own 100 albums. Over the course of my life I certainly have. And maybe if I dug thru my basement shit, I'd find more.
But at this stage of my life, my music rotation is sadly limited to a few bands, and a few albums. None of which are on your list... :evil:
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby minstrel on Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:21 am

Similar thread to this, but much more ambitious!
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Seppuku on Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:16 am

I don't need to come up with a list of Top 100 LP's, some kind gentlemen have done it for me. Like how a crushed cockroach puts itself back together again using its blood as glue, every one of these albums has blown apart my mind only to reform it again into something new and stronger.

I salute you, Nurse With Wound! A thousand and one salaams!

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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:52 pm

Sigh.

I'll bump this thread to save it, so many new threads dying as soon as they get out of the Trench.

So, at least ONE of my Top 100 LPs is Atomic Kitten, Right Now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpQRsUyBLHY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eMQochk ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIT1hFCe ... re=related

Such wonderful tracks, they're like Angels caressing me. Females ones that is.

Anyone else?
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby TonyWilson on Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:24 pm

Seppuku wrote:I don't need to come up with a list of Top 100 LP's,
some kind gentlemen have done it for me. Like how a crushed cockroach puts itself back together again using its blood as glue, every one of these albums has blown apart my mind only to reform it again into something new and stronger.

I salute you, Nurse With Wound! A thousand and one salaams!

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Jesus, I consider myself to have an above average knowledge of music but I've only even heard of 45 of those artists/bands, only actually heard 33, own 20 and would class 13 of them in my top 100 of all time. I have some listening to do.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Seppuku on Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:12 pm

TonyWilson wrote:
Seppuku wrote:I don't need to come up with a list of Top 100 LP's,
some kind gentlemen have done it for me. Like how a crushed cockroach puts itself back together again using its blood as glue, every one of these albums has blown apart my mind only to reform it again into something new and stronger.

I salute you, Nurse With Wound! A thousand and one salaams!

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Jesus, I consider myself to have an above average knowledge of music but I've only even heard of 45 of those artists/bands, only actually heard 33, own 20 and would class 13 of them in my top 100 of all time. I have some listening to do.


That's still at least 10 more than most people. I'm telling you, listening to the albums on this list is like discovering that the rest of the Solar System has been populated all along, and they all have their own history of stunning music! Seeing as how you're already in the inner-sanctum, I'll shoot off a few from that list in dire need of resurrection by Uncut or some such music monthly. A lot of them haven't even been re-released on CD, but they should all be up on rapidshare or similar sites (for those not in the know, just put the album + artist name into google, add the word "blogspot," and they're yours).


Brast Burn/Karuna Khyal. Enigmatic Japanese crazy who released two different albums under two different names but which couldn't sound any more different. Karuna is a Jap Beefheart backed by a Nashville band if they'd gone Nam crazy and spent 8 days a week rearranging their brains on acid. Fucking cool stuff. Whereas Brast Burn is the more uplifting, cosmic comedown. Essential!

The Plastic Ono Band (the Yoko Ono Band) S/T. Listen to this song and tell me she didn't fucking rock: Why . This album mixes it up between frenzied proto-Neu cuts like that, fried jam numbers with Yoko doing insane impressions of the instruments with her voice, and haunting and beautiful songs like Greenfield Morning. I think she says about three words throughout the whole album. Also Klaus Voorman invents Jah Wobble 10 years early on bass, Ringo does his best impression of a drum machine before they even existed, while John cuts its up like he's been taken over by the axeman of a 23rd century rock band.

Lemon Kittens - The Big Dentist. A cross between The Residents, The Pop Group and This Heat, but more accessible and fun than that sounds. It seems like every time there's a big zeitgeist like Psychedelia or Punk, the record companies will go crazy signing up bands left, right and centre, and we end up with fringe groups who'd never get a chance in hell of recording otherwise but who we should be fucking thankful did. They even managed to slip two other equally barmy albums through the cracks.

Catherine Ribiero + 2bis. A dizzyingly ecstatic French-Portuguese singer, she cut some of the most forward-thinking music of any female artist in the '70s with this band and another called Alpes. All of her albums are totally essential and sound completely different from each other, though this is my personal fave.

Le Rallizes Denudes - Live '77. A feedback-fest made when Kevin Shields was still a member of the Bay City Rollers fanclub. One of their members was once part of a millitant Japanese terrorist group who hijacked a plane and flew it to Cuba. This is the Velvet Underground if they'd all been possessed by samurai warriors wielding guitars instead of katanas. There's a great youtube clip here (though the album's even crazier!) .

Art Bears - I'd check out any of their albums. I personally adore their German singer, and wish she'd dress up as Ilsa and dig her custom-made stiletto'd jackboots into my yielding back...but just in case she ain't your taste, I'd give this track a listen (with headphones on if you don't want to scare the neighbours when she rips into that bloodcurdling scream).

Brainticket - Cottonwoodhill. The last couple of epic tracks on this album are a singer getting more and more possessed (and sexy) until you question whether she'll make it out of the recording studio alive.


If you make it through those alive, there are dozens more to check out, too. It's weird, you do just a little bit of research and you realise that almost every single country on Earth has just as rich a musical heritage as England and America that goes completely unnoticed by the self-referential circle-jerk that is the music press.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby dwillustration on Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:07 am

Oasis - Definitely Maybe.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby tapehead on Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:35 pm

Amazon's top 100 Indie albums - not as wilfully obscure as Sepp's list, but full of recent fashion and regional trends. Come on, lets all hate it.

100 Dangerous Magical Noise - The Dirtbombs
99 Passover - The Black Angels
98 To Survive - Joan As Police Woman
97 Ultimate Alternative Wavers - Built To Spill
96 Trans Am - Trans Am
95 The Discovery Of A World Inside... - The Apples In Stereo
94 Waiter: 'You Vultures!' - Portugal The Man
93 Alligator - The National
92 Horses In The Sky - Silver Mt. Zion
91 Gallowsbird's Bark - The Fiery Furnaces
90 Louden Up Now - (!!! Chk Chik Chick)
89 The Milk-Eyed Mender - Joanna Newsom
88 The Power Out - Electrelane
87 Cure For Pain - Morphine
86 Worn Copy - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
85 Vivian Girls - Vivian Girls
84 Hearts Of Oak - Ted Leo/Pharmacists
83 Save Yourself - Make Up
82 The Last Match - The Aislers Set
81 The Sea and the Bells - Rachel's
80 The Ugly Organ - Cursive
79 De Stijl - The White Stripes
78 Nothing Feels Good - The Promise Ring
77 The Smell Of Our Own - The Hidden Cameras
76 Jane From Occupied Europe - Swell Maps
75 Furnace Room Lullaby - Neko Case
74 The Curtain Hits The Cast - Low
73 The R&B Of Membership - The Delta 72
72 II & III - Camper Van Beethoven
71 Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating... - Spiritualized
70 The Fawn - The Sea And Cake
69 Feast of Wire - Calexico
68 Oh, Inverted World - The Shins
67 Will You Find Me - Ida
66 Milk Man - Deerhoof
65 Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies... - Of Montreal
64 Rejoicing in The Hands - Devendra Banhart
63 Destroyer's Rubies - Destroyer
62 TNT - Tortoise
61 Neon Golden - The Notwist
60 Daddy's Highway - The Bats
59 Set Yourself On Fire - Stars
58 Fabulous Muscles - Xiu Xiu
57 Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes - TV On The Radio
56 The Decline And Fall Of Heavenly - Heavenly
55 The Mysterious Production of Eggs - Andrew Bird
54 Pussy-Whipped - Bikini Kill
53 Sing No Evil - Half Japanese
52 Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express - The Go Betweens
51 Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Stereolab
50 And Don't The Kids Just Love It - Television Personalities
49 Wild Love - Smog
48 Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros
47 Red House Painters I - Red House Painters
46 Advisory Committee - Mirah
45 How Memory Works - Joan Of Arc
44 On Fire - Galaxie 500
43 On - Imperial Teen
42 Mass Romantic [Remastered] - The New Pornographers
41 Gulag Orkestar - Beirut
40 This Nation's Saving Grace - The Fall
39 You Forgot It In People - Broken Social Scene
38 I Am A Bird Now - Antony & The Johnsons
37 When Your Heartstrings Break - Beulah
36 Our Endless Numbered Days - Iron & Wine
35 Person Pitch - Panda Bear
34 Let's Get Out of This Country - Camera Obscura
33 Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective
32 Let It Be [Expanded Edition] - The Replacements
31 Repeater + 3 Songs - Fugazi
30 Zen Arcade - Hüsker Dü
29 24 Hour Revenge Therapy - Jawbreaker
28 Lift Your Skinny Fists... - godspeed you black emperor!
27 Yellow House - Grizzly Bear
26 The Glow Pt. 2 - The Microphones
25 Black Candy - Beat Happening
24 Funeral - Arcade Fire
23 Moon Pix - Cat Power
22 Diary - Sunny Day Real Estate
21 Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil... - Bright Eyes
20 I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One - Yo La Tengo
19 Kill the Moonlight - Spoon
18 Give Up - The Postal Service
17 Dig Me Out - Sleater-Kinney
16 No Pocky for Kitty - Superchunk
15 I See A Darkness - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
14 We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes - Death Cab For Cutie
13 Michigan - Sufjan Stevens
12 Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
11 69 Love Songs Volume 1 - The Magnetic Fields
10 Bakesale - Sebadoh
09 Either/Or - Elliott Smith
08 Surfer Rosa - Pixies
07 If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian
06 Slanted & Enchanted - Pavement
05 Imperial f.f.r.r. (Deluxe Edition) - Unrest
04 Exile In Guyville - Liz Phair
03 Spiderland - Slint
02 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
01 Bee Thousand - Guided by Voices

I mean, US college rock or what?
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Ribbons on Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:00 pm

I don't know, that list seems a little willfully obscure to me; granted, my breadth of musical knowledge isn't that wide. Still, "Mass Romantic" the New Pornographers' best album? Really? Did they say whether they were just using a band's first album to represent the band's entire body of work?
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Seppuku on Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:09 pm

tapehead wrote:not as wilfully obscure as Sepp's list, but full of recent fashion and regional trends.


I wouldn't call the Nurse With Wound list my Top 100 albums, but I'd put a good 20 or so mentioned in it in my Top 100; obscure or not, they're great albums. The thing is, I think if you're a fan of something, it's up to you to find what's made for you, rather than just pick-and-choosing out of what's being sold to you. That usually means doing a whole lot of Googling and looking up discographies on rateyourmusic.com, but such is the plight of the fanatic.

And so far as that list goes, it's got some great stuff- I love and regularly listen to at least 40 of them. I think they maybe could have included a few more C86 bands on there, like The June Brides & Stump, some 4AD acts like A.R. Kane (they could be the token black indie band, like how The Bats are the token Kiwindie band) and Throwing Muses, plus maybe some more twee pop like The Pastels & The Field Mice...but then, I'm just a fan, this isn't my job.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby tapehead on Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:44 pm

Seppuku wrote:
tapehead wrote:not as wilfully obscure as Sepp's list, but full of recent fashion and regional trends.


I wouldn't call the Nurse With Wound list my Top 100 albums, but I'd put a good 20 or so mentioned in it in my Top 100; obscure or not, they're great albums. The thing is, I think if you're a fan of something, it's up to you to find what's made for you, rather than just pick-and-choosing out of what's being sold to you. That usually means doing a whole lot of Googling and looking up discographies on rateyourmusic.com, but such is the plight of the fanatic.


I didn't imply it was your top 100, I was just referring to the fact that you had posted it. I'd defend the notion that many of the selections are wilfully obscure (whether by choice or matter of taste, the list is deliberately way off any kind of popular music radar) and there's a few there (although I've only heard a pretty small number) that I'd judge to be aural annoyance and not really for me - but that's half the fun, right? finding out what resonates with you personally.

Google is helpful, wading through friend's' collections is also good, and the music blog phenomenon, as faddish and small-minded as it can be, also makes almost anything that you might be recommended, read or hear about easily available for preview. There's always going to be an audience for heavily marketed, mainstream product, but I'd argue that there not a part of the current equation - we're in the Zone's music forum, after all.
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Ribbons wrote:I don't know, that list seems a little wilfully obscure to me; granted, my breadth of musical knowledge isn't that wide. Still, "Mass Romantic" the New Pornographers' best album? Really? Did they say whether they were just using a band's first album to represent the band's entire body of work?


That's the weird part, no doubt. The band choices are entirely understandable (despite enormous, glaring omissions) - the album choices seem to be an attempt to avoid the obvious choice in favour of a lesser-known from the bands' discography.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby DaleTremont on Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:56 pm

tapehead wrote:Amazon's top 100 Indie albumsI mean, US college rock or what?


I guess this is like the 90s equivalent of saying I love Lisa Loeb but The Power Out and Emperor Tomato Ketchup are far and away two of my favorite albums, so I say job well done, Amazon.com!

Also I spent a good portion of an 8 hour roadtrip last week listening to Moon Pix and never got tired of it.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby minstrel on Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:57 pm

I am a child of the 70s. I have no idea what anybody's talking about.

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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Spandau Belly on Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:12 am

minstrel wrote:I am a child of the 70s. I have no idea what anybody's talking about.

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Gotta love them obscurists, donchya? They prettymuch live to play music have people ask them "Who is this?"

The best thing to do is pretend you've heard of all the acts they namedrop or even worse, when they're playing one of their obscuro tracks with that look on their face that they want you to ask who the artist is, just say you've heard it on a car commercial or sampled in a mainstream rap song or something and watch them squirm in agony.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby tapehead on Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:10 am

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tapehead wrote:Emperor Tomato Ketchup


- definitely make my list too... or possibly Dots and Loops... or something earlier depending on the mood. Cybele's Reverie would be in a list of my all time favourite songs at least
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby Seppuku on Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:16 pm



*checks collection to see if a few LP's haven't been stolen* Nope, they're still there. Some great stuff. And I might possibly agree with them on the Feelies album- out of all the jingly jangly rock albums out there, it's possibly the best. They step up the Lou Reedisms, but mutually crib from R.E.M. to their benefit. The Good Earth (produced by Peter Buck) is also just as good. It's a hard call, really... I still like their proto-Franz Ferdinand era the most, I think.

There are a few mid-'60s blues guitarists who made some awesome jazz-tinged, solemn, focussed albums- Fred Neil (who wrote Everybody's Talkin'), Robbie Basho (best. acoustic guitarist. ever! It sounds like he's playing three guitars at once)- but Jackson C Frank is probably the most touching. At least when he wasn't doing mopey blues songs.

However, it's the Tropicalia artists that are most in need of being brought back from the dead. That comp's a great start- it's got all the names you need to check out: Os Mutantes (Os Mutantes), Caetano Veloso (he named the genre with one of his first albums, Tropicalia, but I'd probably give Irene a look-sie- the title track was used on Nacho Libre- and then move onto Transa and Joia), Gilberto Gil (his second, self-titled LP, with backing by Os Mutantes) and Gal Costa, who released some ripping psychedelia on Gal (although she released another really good album straight afterwards called Gal Costa, which could be confusing). This is possibly my favourite genre right now; it's experimental without going overboard, full of some incredible tunes, vibrant singing, tons of energy.

That Moe Tucker album I've never heard of, though I might check it out if it's got any tunes as good as After Hours and I'm Sticking With You on it. EDIT: Apparently there's a duet with Daniel Johnston on it... I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby tapehead on Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:19 am

I find the most interesting things on the 'nets on sundays Sepp - I recently found mp3 versions of a couple of Dr Dre's five Rodium swap meet mix tapes (of which 'In the mix in '86' is one), but as you can't actually buy it anywhere and the likelihood of finding it on vinyl is virtually nil, that might have to satisfy me - these mixes make the likes of Girl talk look passe and inept, and I have a new-found respect for Dre's skills on the decks. I've also been looking into these 'Tropicalia' artists since reading the article, only to find that I know and have a few already - they've long been DJ staples and quite a few of these Brazilians acts could be classified as proto- 'world music'.
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Re: 100 Albums You Couldn't Live Without

Postby tapehead on Mon May 11, 2009 7:47 pm

nme'S '20 Greatest Indie Albums of All TIme - it seems to be updating as people vote. Current number one? The Cure - Disintegration (1989)
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