The Allman Brothers Band- Eat A Peach (1972)
Miles Davis- Sketches of Spain (1960)
Michael Gira- The Body Lovers/ The Body Haters (2005)
King Crimson- In The Court of the Crimson King (1969)
Manic Street Preachers- The Holy Bible (1994)
Pat Martino- Joyous Lake (1976)
Maximum the Hormone- Bu-ikikaesu (2007)
Armand Schaubroeck Steals- A Lot of People Would Like to See Armand Schaubroeck... Dead (1972)
Before moving to Pittsburgh, I took one last look through my father's record collection and found this gem. The pet project of a nearby town's record store owner, this album (a triple album debut), is the weirdest thing I think anyone will ever hear. Imagine if Lou Reed, Iggy Pop,and Frank Zappa were thrown in a blender and the result sang blues rock or did spoken word vignettes about prison. This whole album is one long story arc of the main character's incarceration in maximum security prison, based on Armand Schaubroeck's own stay in Elmira for a long string of robberies in his youth. I honestly hope the material was only lightly based on those experiences, for his own sake (you'll get it if you listen, or even look at his paintings in the gatefold). This began my quest to track down everyone of his records, and he just released a single this Record Store Day for his upcoming album, his first since 1978. Really excited to see how his warped mind follows up his other records.
Sigur Rós- Von (1997)
I have some massive gaps in my musical knowledge and freely admit it. The first experience I had with this Icelandic post rock outfit happened this year, and began oddly enough from some dialogue about their Hopelandic imaginary language in an old episode of Portlandia. Needless to say, I checked them out, as I was intrigued, and loved what I heard. The band had not developed Hopelandic by this point, but I think I like this record the most. It has some creepy atmospheres, along with some beautiful textures and soundscapes, along with some great falsetto singing and melodies. This is another one of those records where I have no idea what is being said, but I really don't need to know. The beauty speaks for itself.
The Smashing Pumpkins- Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition] (2011)
It took my a while to get my hands on the remaster of the album, but it is one of my favorite albums, so I knew it was only a matter of time (the remaster of Mellon Collie will probably be on this list years from now once I can afford its hefty price tag). There's not much I can say about this album that has not already been said. It is one of the best albums of the '90s, and its guitar sound, lyrical content, and mood have been a massive influence on my life. I really got into the songs 'Quiet' and 'Soma' this year, and the many bonus tracks that come with the reissue are actually worth listening to, unlike the tracks that are attached to a lot of reissues these days. If you have not heard this album in any form yet, that needs to change.
So, those are some albums I got into this year. I'll be posting my top ten favorite albums of the year, as well as a list of my anticipated albums later in the week.
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