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Some Great Albums.


Tortoise Shipping News Rodan Slint Rachel's Pavement
The Sonora Pine Sunny Day Real Estate God Speed You Black Emperor! Elliott Smith Jeru the Damaja Miles Davis
400 Years King Cobb Steelie Aphex Twin Rheostatics Portishead Pink Floyd
Sebadoh Sloan Sigur Ros Mogwai The Fire Theft Joni Mitchell
Broken Social Scene Heavy Vegetable Do Make Say Think Pinback Sonic Youth Neil Young

Last updated in early 2005 - Click here to see what else I've been listening to.





Tortoise - S/T
Groovy dub hypnosis from Chicago's nether regions. Jazzy and laid-back, dig it.

Chicago, Thrill Jockey, 1994
Lyric: None
Fileshare track: Night air



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Shipping News - Save Everything
Mercurial naut-rock from Louisville, featuring random words, crazy time signatures,
and dissonance aplenty.

Louisville, Quarterstick, 1997
Lyric: "Realign a set of expired matchbooks"
Fileshare track: A true lover's knot


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Rodan - Rusty
Angry screams, potent dynamics and all the explosive force of a fire out of control

Louisville, Quarterstick, 1993
Lyric: "Building in basements"
Fileshare track: Guage



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Slint - Spiderland
A genuine masterpiece filled with an overwhelming sense of loss

Louisville, Touch and Go, 1991
Lyric: "Blood stained the ice upon the shore"
Fileshare track: Nosferatu man



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Rachel's - The Sea and the Bells
Piano and strings lulling you to sleep, like waves

Louisville, Quarterstick, 1996
Lyric: None
Fileshare track: Lloyd's register
Comes with an excellent book of poetry


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Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Slightly off-kilter pop for summer listening

Stockton CA, Matador, 1994
Lyric: "I want a range life..."
Fileshare track: Cut your hair



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just seeing how big these alt tags can get.  I mean, can you write a whole book in one of these and hide it in an image like an easter egg?  are there any limits?  the sky doesn't stop anything anymore.  and nothing stops the sky.  right now it's dull and white but just the other day it was a soothing blue with clouds like pillows.  but I guess there's a limit on gravity.  speaking of gravity we're all stuck to the ground aren't we?  yes we are.  but I'd rather be stuck to grass than concrete.  roads make me sorry.  like a big long strip of everything being dead.  I don't drive but when I take the time to look around every car has just one person in it, they look unaware and unhappy... almost no one enjoys driving but they do it far too much.  and while I like the idea of freedom and being 'on the road' or whatever, I can't look past the ugliness of a car, the exhaust fumes and pedestrian collisions.  the days of teleportation are upon us I hope.  physicists unite!  fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars.  or at least take me away from here.  there's no limit to the size of world.  there is so much to see.  but everyone is so busy and moving so fast that they can't see the way their kids are growing.  the way the plants reach for the sun.  so much beauty that the artists are only imitating.  can there be anything else?
The Sonora Pine - II
Sensitive, sad and beautiful with female vocals and a violin

Louisville, Quarterstick, 1996-7
Lyric: "A candle at the bedside"
Fileshare track: Cloister



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Sunny Day Real Estate - How it Feels to be Something On
Brooding, intelligent, awesome rock music

Olympia WA, Sub Pop, 1998
Lyric: "When the lights go out you'll see / the world as you have never known it"
Fileshare track: Every shining time you arrive



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God Speed You! Black Emperor - F#A#oo
Simple, quiet melodies building to enormous symphonic climaxes

Montreal, Constellation, 1998
Lyric: "We fell into it, like a daydream or a fever"
Fileshare track: The dead flag blues (intro)



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Elliott Smith - S/T
An acoustic ode to quiet desperation

Texas, Kill Rock Stars, 1995
Lyric: "You turned white like a saint"
Fileshare track: Single file



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Jeru the Damaja - The Wrath of the Math
Fat beats, mad skills and conscious content

Brooklyn, Payday, 1996
Lyric: "I rotate so fast that I appear invisible"
Fileshare track: Whatever



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Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
A smooth and sublime jazz masterpiece

Illinois, Columbia, 1959
Lyric: None
Fileshare track: Blue in green



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400 Years - Transmit Failure
The scream of missed years, bitter loss and newfound resolution

Richmond, Lovitt, 1998
Lyric: "I'll burn what I need to burn"
Fileshare track: Transmit failure



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King Cobb Steelie - Junior Relaxer
Rhythmic, half-instrumental dub-rock with activist lyrics and the occasional disc jockey

Guelph ON, EMI, 1997
Lyric: "You should have left those giant steps"
Fileshare track: Rational



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Aphex Twin - The Richard D. James Album
Classical jungle from the mad genius himself

London, Warp, 1996
Lyric: "I would like some milk from the milkman's wife's tits"
Fileshare track: Carn marth



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Rheostatics - Whale Music
Distinctly Canadian art-rock with charm and eclectic enthusiasm

Etobicoke ON, Intrepid, 1992
Lyric: "Rivers that channel the rain"
Fileshare track: Self serve gas station



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Portishead - Dummy
Ghostly slow-motion dub with serenely intimate vocals

England, Go!, 1994
Lyric: "The world inside belongs to you"
Fileshare track: Wandering star



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Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Dramatic, dynamic, ahead of its time

London, Capitol, 1973
Lyric: "The lunatic is on the grass"
Fileshare track: Breathe



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Sebadoh - Bakesale
The yin and yang of great rock songwriting

Boston MA, Subpop, 1994
Lyric: "I don't quite get it, but I know you've got it"
Fileshare track: Not too amused



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Sloan - Twice Removed
Pop music at its most classic

Halifax, Murderecords, 1994
Lyric: "I make that snowsuit sound"
Fileshare track: Before I do



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Sigur Ros - ( )
A slow dance through falling snow

Iceland, FatCat, 2002
Lyric: beats me
Fileshare track: #4



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Mogwai - Rock Action
Melodic and dynamic instrumental awesomeness

Glasgow Scotland, Matador, 2001
Lyric: "I wanted to see / if four walls could hold me"
Fileshare track: You don't know Jesus



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The Fire Theft - S/T
Modern prog-rock with deep lyrics and deep feeling

Seattle WA, Rykodisc, 2003
Lyric: "Raise your arms and we'll lift up this sky"
Fileshare track: Heaven



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Joni Mitchell - Blue
A timeless expression of beauty and feeling

Saskatoon SA, Reprise, 1971
Lyric: "I want to renew you, again and again"
Fileshare track: A case of you



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Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People
A rebirth for pop music

Toronto ON, Arts & Crafts, 2002
Lyric: "This is a church that should believe"
Fileshare track: KC accidental



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Heavy Vegetable - Frisbie
Quirky and lovable math-pop from the infamous Rob Crow

San Diego CA, Headhunter, 1995
Lyric: "They don't play Slint on the radio"
Fileshare track: Never forget



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Do Make Say Think - Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn
Calming and intricate jazz-influenced non-rock

Toronto ON, Constellation, 2003
Lyric: none
Fileshare track:



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Pinback - S/T
Rhythmic pop with zen-like goodness and simplicity

San Diego CA, Ace Fu, 1999
Lyric: "Da da da dunna da da da"
Fileshare track: Tripoli



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Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
A dynamic and psychedelic post-rock journey

New York NY, DGC, 1995
Lyric: "Every day is just another breath..."
Fileshare track: The Diamond Sea



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Neil Young - Zuma
Bitter and pure emotional rock; perhaps the Neiler's best

Toronto ON, Reprise, 1975
Lyric: "Burn off all the fog and let the sun through to the snow"
Fileshare track: Cortez the killer



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