Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Released: 08/22/02 (Nonesuch)
Wilco may never be able to get here again. This is not to say that their other albums aren’t good (some are even great). But Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a pinnacle of music. It towers above the rest, and the cover art seems to note that. Jeff Tweedy has never sounded so sincere, and the textures and tones of the instruments bounce and dance off each other forming some of the most joyful and heartbreaking songs ever recorded.
Released:05/08/08 (Sub Pop)
Nouns, No Age’s second album, finds the band driving full force. Songs like, Teen Creeps and Brain Burner will have you slapping out the beat on the bus seat in front of you. Nouns is an intensely fun listen from start to finish.
Released: 03/20/07 (Paw Tracks)
I’ve said it before, an abosolutely perfect record in every sense of the word. Everything, is in its right place. The opening chants of Comfy In Nautica are both jubilant and haunting. This record is different every time you listen to it and it has so much to offer. Panda Bear is one of the most exciting (if not the most) solo acts around.
Released: 06/07/05 (V2)
The most interesting “mainstream” rock record since…? The hooks are insane and Jack White’s guitar lines are crippling. My Doorbell is a dangerous song and will get stuck in your head for HOURS. This album is a step in a different direction for The White Stripes. You’ll want to follow them as they experiment with xylophones and different musical textures.
Released: 06/17/03 (Big Dada)
MF DOOM appears as his alter ego, King Geedorah, and rewards us earthlings with arguably his strongest album. DOOM produces, samples and raps his way through a monsters attempted take over of earth. The beats are especially strong on this LP. You can’t really go wrong with DOOM, and a concept album about his coming to earth as a giant monster…well that’s just cool.
Released: 06/17/03 (Paw Tracks)
This album showcases a young(er) AC, and what they would sound like if they played in a cave. This release is tougher to get into, and can be considered more, Drone, than anything else. The complexity and anxiety of each track can only be understood in the context of the album as a whole and in relation to the simple hand claps and chants of the other tracks. This album shows an almost unparalleled use of the “album” format.
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