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Janszoon 05-22-2010 10:34 AM

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die

This list is… well… basically exactly what the title says it is: twenty-five really good albums that I think are worth a listen, preferably sooner rather than later what with the lunar situation and all. That's not to say this the definitive list of my favorite twenty-five albums. Not at all. There's a lot I'm leaving off the list because I feel that they've already been discussed to death on MB or elsewhere, because I just don't think I have enough to say about them to warrant a write up, or because for whatever reason they just don't mesh with the whole Moon-crashing-into-the-Earth motif in my mind.

Anyway, on to the first entry...

Spoiler for Table of Contents:

Janszoon 05-22-2010 10:35 AM

25. Land of the Loops—Bundle of Joy (1996)

When you first hear the news that the Earth-Moon collision is imminent this will be a good album for you to turn to for solace. Its warm cocoon of somewhat trippy lo-fi beats will be a comforting thing to wrap yourself up in as you await your impending doom.

Released in 1996 by Boston-area loop dude Alan Sutherland, this little gem of an album has never really received the recognition it deserves in my personal opinion. This is great rainy day music, something fairly uncommon among turntablists and beatmakers in the mid-90s. That's not to say it's a downer by any means—it's actually pretty happy and upbeat—it's just that it's filled with that reassuring nesting feeling you get sitting inside with a cup of hot chocolate when it's crappy outside. And there's something so incredibly innocent about it, that's one of the album's big draws for me. It always seems to conjure up vague childhood memories of summer storms and coloring books.

It's appropriate that the one single released from this album was entitled "Multi-Family Garage Sale" because there's something about the aesthetic of this album that is very garage sale like. A sizable chunk of the samples, for example, seem to be from old children's records or in some cases maybe even actual old toys. And when Sutherland isn't kicking it pre-school he's grabbing some pretty random samples from all over the place—retro sci-fi sound effects, a snippet of Motorhead, wobbly old answering machine messages, you name it. All of this is mixed together with a decidedly indie sensibility that was very much at odds with other beat-oriented music of the same era.

While I was writing this review, what started off as sunny late spring morning has gotten dark and cloudy, threatening rain. I think that's my cue to put on Bundle of Joy and get out the coloring books.

Edit: Whoops, I meant to add this video too.

Antonio 05-22-2010 10:40 AM

really good review, i'll be looking forward to this thread.

Janszoon 05-22-2010 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by Antonio (Post 870464)
really good review, i'll be looking forward to this thread.

Thanks man! I just added a video too. :)

gunnels 05-22-2010 11:24 AM

I really, really liked that Land of the Loops vid.
Keep up this thread man, this is a promising start. :D

Bulldog 05-22-2010 11:26 AM


Originally Posted by Janszoon (Post 870461)
25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes Into the Earth and We All Die

Nice way of putting it. Wish I'd thought of that before I started my albums list :D

Good start to the list too. Never heard of them before, but Land Of the Loops there seem pretty intriguing. Consider them added to my rapidly-growing list of sounds to check out as soon as get all my assignments for uni in the can.

So, yeah, good stuff. I'll be keeping an eye on this one.

LoathsomePete 05-22-2010 11:32 AM

Why do I have a feeling the number one slot is going to be the song "Ode to Order"...

gunnels 05-22-2010 11:36 AM

Majora's Mask came to my mind too.

jackhammer 05-22-2010 07:37 PM

Lee is such a bastard. No doubt his choices will mean that I will have to download more stuff as his tastes are far too good and I won't have heard of half of them.

gunnels 05-22-2010 07:54 PM

^Well good luck downloading the Land of the Loops album. I looked everywhere but couldn't find it.

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