in no order:
1. Black Sails In The Sunset – AFI
First heard it on a road trip to Palm Springs w/ my grandpa (a friend lent it to me). Blew my mind. Got me hooked.
2. Searching For A Former Clarity – Against Me!
never heard of against me before this. i still think it’s their best album.
3. Shut It Down – Animosity
basically made me quit thinking i could be a drummer. when i heard what this kid was doing (and knowing he was younger than me) i kinda gave up hoping to drum in a hardcore band.
4. Waking The Fallen – Avenged Sevenfold
this is embarassing, but it was the first album i ever owned with screaming.
5. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band – The Beatles
heard it for the first time about two years ago. i literally only listened to this album for an entire month.
6. The White Album – The Beatles
my only exposure to the beatles before college. so beautiful and sad, i would listen to it when i was depressed.
7. Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
second best album of all time.
8. Greatest Hits – Boston
i learned to play the drums to this album.
9. Raw Power – Iggy and the Stooges
saw iggy at coachella once. ridiculous.
10. Our Endless Summer Days – Iron and Wine
my first girlfriend burned me a cd that had “each coming night” on it, and it’s still one of my favorite songs.
11. Greatest Hits – James Taylor
my dad got me into j.t. when i was about twelve. i used to get teary eyed whenever i heard “fire and rain”.
12. Milk Eyed Mender – Joanna Newsom
it took me a long time to get into her, but once i did i fell in love. lyrically one of my favorite albums.
13. Crane Wife – The Decemberists
introduced to me by a girl i met at the beach. it’s also a favorite lyrically.
14. Transformer – Lou Reed
stumbled upon this one at random. i had to sit in the hospital with my grandma after one of her surgeries, for like a week. transformer was my companion.
15. Deloused In The Comatorium – mars volta
i’m pretty sure my jaw dropped the first time i heard this.
16. You Are The Quarry – Morrissey
listened to this when i was feeling particularly angsty in highschool. it really is quite sad.
17. Revolutions Per Minute – Rise Against
the first “punk” record i owned.
18. Evolution of Energy – S.T.U.N.
my friends ditched me and saw this show with out me, and i’m still a little mad about it.
19. Come On And Feel The Illinoise – Sufjan Stevens
such a dynamic and compositionally tight album. best thing he’s ever made.
20. The Illusion of Safety – Thrice
to awake and avenge the dead.
21. The Oncoming Storm – Unearth
i was so obessesed with this in 10th grade. i thought that part where the vocalist goes “break down” was so sick.
22. War Is Hell – The Warriors
these guys were always my favorite hardcore band for some reason. i guess it’s cause i got to hang out with them a few times, and they always were cool to me and remembered my name. plus i just found their style a little more accessable. it’s too bad their new stuff sucks.
23. The White Stripes – The White Stripes
the white stripes became the sound track of my summer after 9th grade. i had this cheapo little mp3 player that had all my favorite songs from all their albums. i still think they are terriffic (just look at their last performance on conan to see how cool they are).
24. Pithecanthropus Erectus – Charles Mingus
given to me by my survey of music teacher freshman year of college. introduced me to jazz.
25. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco
i used to love this record so much i would only listen to it on special occasions, so as to not ruin it.
Mt. Eerie, not so much one specific album (although I really like Dawn), but for the show they played at the Flying M a year or so back (was woelv there too?). I had never even heard of Phil Elverum before then, and I expected to hate it, but it blew my mind in so many ways, and totally changed the kind of music that I was open to listening to.