I am following the leads of Welshtroll and Me Vs. Myself and I. Feel free to do the same. I love sharing music, reading about their tastes, and talking about mine. I also wanted an easy Saturday post. Win-win!
Here goes (with no specific order and my favorite song off the album):
Toadies – Rubberneck
I often cite “Tyler” by the Toadies as the song that made me love music. That’s a tall order for any song, so it only makes sense here contextually. A cooler, older kid at my kid said, “Hey, you have the same name [my middle name] as this song. Have you heard it?” I hadn’t, he played it for me, and now the Toadies are my favorite band of all time (even if that is only an honorable position).
If it hadn’t been for this song, my list here may have been populated by the rap and country music I had been accustomed to up until that point in my then very short life.
Nirvana – In Utero
It’s Nirvana: everyone loves Nirvana. In Utero is my favorite though because it’s a fun listen from start to finish.
Hoobastank – Hoobastank
I don’t ever go back to this CD anymore, but it is the first one I remember buying for myself. It was the perfect beginning to several years of bad early 2000’s rock music, but I am not ashamed.
The Juliana Theory – Love
Okay, this one I am ashamed of (but not really). There’s nothing quite like being a teenager in love, especially when you’re the quiet sort. You’ll listen to anything!
Daft Punk – Discovery
I question the human-ness of anyone who can listen to this entire album without enjoying at least one track.
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
If I had to credit any one thing for my hipster tendencies, it would be this entire fucking album. It was perfect then, it is perfect now, and I owe it a lot for breaking me out of the cycle of bad rock music.
The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee
A Pandora success story if there ever was one, The Mountain Goats overwhelmed me for a number of years before I started to move on. Still, there are a number of their tracks that I love to listen to even now or share with others. Most of them are on this album.
Ben Folds – Rockin’ the Suburbs
Interpol – Antics
For the most part, I never was bit by the Joy Division bug. The closer I came to that particular sound was with Interpol, many years later. It isn’t the same, but I still value Interpol’s intensity. It had the dark brooding quality of other bands I have enjoyed, but in this self-aware, disconnected way.
Murdocks – Surrenderender
I don’t know how to describe the Murdocks, but I knew I loved it enough to preorder their second album (I still have a tshirt).
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Folk rock isn’t for everyone, but the Fleet Foxes proved it was definitely for me. The older I get, the softer and more focused I want my music. Every line in this album spoke to me personally, and the cause and effect of that hasn’t played out entirely yet.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound – Howl
This band was my entire last year.
Yes – Fragile
Can an entire album be here for one song? YES! I heard this song only within the last year, but it has quickly become a reason to not only explore Yes more, but other Progressive Rock and Rock bands that I may have missed from the 1970’s.
Dark Rooms – Dark Rooms
This album is my most listened to since subscribing to Google Music All-Access last year. It entrances me and I find myself unable to turn it off.
The Wombats – A Guide to Love, Loss, & Desperation