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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
100
I'm officially old enough to call this one of my OLD favorites. When I was thirteen, I was listening to My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, Three Days Grace, Green Day, Chevelle, The Used, Breaking Benjamin, and Yellowcard. My relationship with music was by no means shallow during this phase, even if the gratification I sought was characteristically immediate. Good music had punchy hooks, clean, instant guitar riffs, and – for some reason – if it was all ... read more
Yoko Ono - Fly
70
If aliens heard this album, would it make perfect sense to them? Or would they be just as confused as I am? Either way, this has got to be one of the gutsiest albums ever made. The title track is absolutely insane. It’s embarrassingly vulnerable but somehow moving. She made it as if no one else was listening. What she was trying to capture... who can say? But somehow I understand. The fly is buzzing, but yearns to become something more. The fly wants to express something it feels, but ... read more
Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There
90
This album is special. The arrangements, even at their most dizzying, are in service of something so simple. The songs are each a window into the possibilities of expression and vulnerability. The sound feels like a discovery: the triumph feels spontaneous.

The influences are all there—Slint, Steve Reich, American Football, Arcade Fire, Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, GY!BE, Television. These are songs bursting with a genuine love of music, a respect for their influences, and a sense of ... read more

Anthony Braxton - Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993
80
As explosive as Ornette Coleman's genre-defining sessions, as insistently deconstructed as Cecil Taylor's "Unit Structures," and as exultant as Coltrane's "Ascension." These four album-length performances will make you forget what other music sounds like.
my bloody valentine - loveless
90
This album didn’t fully click with me until I listened to it in front of a bonfire. The atmosphere is as thick and organic as life itself, and every melodic phrase that bursts through has fought for it like vapor liberated from a log. Has there ever been an album so simultaneously hard and soft?

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