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Old 02-09-2009, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi!
This is going to be my vaguely alphabetical (but not really), Numerically non-specific list of albums I really like.
There will be a mix of a whole lot of stuff, but I am going to try to the best of my ability to avoid the inclusion of albums I have had for only a short time.
This is due to my tendency as to be highly positive when considering new albums, and then promptly forgetting about them in around a month.

This isn't going to be a list of my top albums, as I don't have the patience or the constant mood to divine a list like that. Rather, this list will be of what I'm listening to now.

Also I think I will do an artist by each letter, and then start again. So it may only end when I forget about the thread.




Antony & the johnsons - I am a bird now





While this album is admittedly no where near being one of my absolute favourites, it is still a brilliant listen. The quality of the songwriting, the largely subtle arrangements and stylistic hutzpah are just incredibly engaging for me. No need to make mention of Antony Hergarty's voice, but I just did.












Nick Cave's first band was an explosion of stylistically ambitious noise-punk, that formed one of the more extreme and dark post-punk bands. This album is a bit more polished and considered than the earlier ep's, but the rhythm section still thunders along with shrieking guitar over the top and Nick Cave sounds like he's throwing up bile all over the microphone. The decent production and semi-conventional song structure renders some of these songs kind of catchy and definitely accessible to most people. If only it had release the bats on it.










I don't think I know of any album that is more fun than this blippy extravaganza of lycra cat suits and less than perfect knowledge of the english language. Their second album was admittedly ****e but this one rocks. What isn't great about the line "**** off is not the only thing you have to show"?. All I can say is fun.

















The doors may be overrated and Jim Morrison a bloated, self important, faux-poetic windbag, but in between all the bull****, they actually made some pretty good albums. This one being their best in my opinion. It's got great great songs and a great appropriation of blues, which distances them from all the rubbishy psychedelia of their early releases and the half-way there sound of morrison hotel. Oh, and when Jim says he's a crawlin' king snake, I believe him.
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While this album is admittedly no where near being one of my absolute favourites, it is still a brilliant listen.
Nice to know what that might be...
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Oh sorry - you mean album title right?

its Antony & the Johnsons - I am a Bird now
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Good call on LA Woman - it's probably my favourite Doors album too. Prayers On Fire is one Birthday Party album I should really be getting. I've got Mutiny, Bad Seed and Junkyard though - well worth checking out if you don't already have them.

Good start to the list. Looking forward to some more from you.
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Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full



Probably my favourite old school hip-hop album. It's got great grooves and great mc-ing and it doesn't have any of that anger that came in with public enemy and NWA. This is just groovy brilliant hip hop.




**** Buttons - Street Horrrsing



**** Buttons make ambient walls of sound. Kind of like an electronic Mogwai. As with most post-rock style stuff, the soundscapes are packed with emotion and drama. The whole album makes for a really interesting headphone listening experience. JUst sit back and let sound wash over you.


Gustav Mahler - Symphony no. 8



Not really an album I can recommend due to the fact that I have no idea which orchestra is playing the version I have, but I can definitely recommend it as a piece of music. A brilliant Choral and Orchestral piece that knocks my socks off.

The Horrors - Strange House



I know its shamelessly derivative and contrived, and all those stupid scene kids love it cause they can fit into their 8 year old sisters jeans and they have hair that engulfs the sun. (As a side note, don't ever try a back combed hair style. I used to have Robert Smith hair, and it is a ****ing drag, all that straightening, back combing and hair spray.) Anyway, I still love this album. I love the confidence of it, and the trashy B-movie horror feel. And damn it, some of the songs are really catchy.
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Oh shiiiit.
In love L.A. woman, great review!
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A huge gap in my collection is the absence of Fuck Buttons material. this needs to be rectified people!
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I've been meaning to at least give the Horrors a go - seeing them in the mighty Mighty Boosh got me a little interested in them. The rest of the albums you've look really interesting too - good list.
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