Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Top 5 Albums

Daniel was asking me to do this the other day and I couldn't. So I thought I'd just make a list to share and for future reference. This was super hard because it's difficult to separate favorite bands from favorite albums, you know? I based ratings on album cohesiveness, musicianship, how much it has affected my own playing/recording of music, and slight nostalgia. And maybe use of panning? I really like creative panning.

(In no particular order)
-Toe The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety
-Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
-The Appleseed Cast Low Level Owl Pts. 1 & 2
-Further Seems Forever The Moon is Down
-Don Caballero What Burns Never Returns/American Don (tie)

Honorable mention (some of which might should be in the actual top 5):
-Between the Buried and Me Alaska
-mewithoutYou Brother, Sister
-Pedro the Lion Control
-The Microphones The Glow, Pt. 2
-Joan of Arc How Memory Works



Anonymous said...

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers- Hard Drive

The Books - Thought for Food

Owls - s/t

The John Scofield Trio - EnRoute

Frank Zappa - The Yellow Shark


Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint

Igor Stravinski - Rite of Spring

The Dirty Projectors - Rise Above

Tera Melos - s/t

Toe - you know which one ;)


tiny badass said...

the moon is down!

mathu said...

in no particular order:
Youthmovies - Good Nature
Why? - Alopecia
Silversun Pickups - Swoon
Radiohead - Kid A

honourable mention:
The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls In America
mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
13&God - 13&God
Ohioan & Native Kin - Being Of The Good River
The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute

Although my favourite albums is liable to change weekly.

hmmm said...

good lists guys!

americanshrimp said...

Appleseed Cast: Low Level Owl vol 1 and 2.
Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures
New Order- Substance
The Beatles- Revolver
The Cure- Disintegration

Signs of Life said...

I can't judge records the way that you do

hmmm said...

haha, you don't have to. just give your top 5, i don't care what the criteria is. i just think it's interesting.

Ernesto said...

w00t! fav. albums, no real order but...

Pretty Hate Machine--Nine Inch Nails

Faraquet--The view from this tower

Joan of Arc--How memory works

Don Caballero--American Don

The Beatles--Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Honorable Mention

I would set myself on fire for you--Believes in Patterns

Tera Melos--Drugs for dear Youth

Hella--Hold your horse is


Sunny Day Real Estate--Diary

Signs of Life said...

If I were on a desert island I would want these records with me.

Trasatlanticism- Death Cab For Cutie

The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place- Explosions In The Sky

Boxer- The National

Takk...- Sigur Rós

For Emma... Forever Ago- Bon Iver


Cease To Begin- Band of Horses

Colour Revolt ep- Colour Revolt

Signs of Life said...

i forgot for H. M.

The Dust of Retreat- Margot and the Nuclear So & So's

Anonymous said...

I've got my work cut out for me in checking out these albums everyone's mentioning.

Here are mine, though I agree with the person who said it changes from time to time.

Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up
Anathallo - Floating World
mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
Piglet - Lava Land EP
The Mars Volta - Deloused in the Comatorium

honorable mention:

Maps & Atlases - You and Me and the Mountain
Sleeping at Last - Ghosts
Emery - The Question
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Rx Bandits - ...and the Battle Begun

I feel like Sufjan, Sigur Ros, and Battles should be on my list too. For various reasons I chose to leave them out. Also, I'm happy that someone put Steve Reich. I love when a band says they are influenced by Reich.

Young said...

Idaho - Year After Year

M.B.V. - (of course) Loveless

Duster - Contemporary Movement

Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children

and there is a tie between 33.3 - Plays music and Wilco - A Ghost is born