Like a groupie incognito posing as a real singer…

It’ been a while since I shared my top ten (or so) favourites when it comes to entertainment.  I started m favourite literature here then moved on to film mentioned here, so I thought it might be high time I share some of my favourite albums of all time.  I’m sharing my favourite albums because if I went with songs I’d never finish the post!  I love music, not that any of you could tell, and I listen to a lot of it!  The genres vary with my changing moods, lately it’s been Lana Del Rey all day every day, sometimes it’s 1970s punk a la The Clash and The Ramones, often it’s Paul Simon and Stevie Nicks.  I don’t claim to be a music master, and a lot of what I like is not considered “good” or “cool”, but I like it, and like film and literature, it’s meant to evoke emotions.

1. Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ Bruce Springsteen –  Released in 1973, almost everyone has heard the Manford Man version of Blinded by the Light– check this one out (WAAAAAAAAY better).  The whole album is great, but my stand out tracks are Growin’ Up (I’ve used lyrics for posts before), Mary Queen of Arkansas (this track still gives me chills when I hear it), and Spirit in the Night.  If you like 1970s rock, this is a good mix of rock and some acoustic songs.  And I’m totally a Jersey Girl, so Bruce had to make the list.

2. The Beatles (The White Album) The Beatles – Their ninth studio album released in 1968, this is a classic, iconic double album.  Whit songs like Dear Prudence, Revolution 1, Glass Onion, and Helter Skelter, what’s not to love?  I love all of the Beatles discography, but this one really does it right.  It was such a great time for music and so many things were changing in the world, and I think this albums goes there and doesn’t come back.

3. White Pony Deftones – When this came out in 2000, I was starting to find my own way through music, and the first time I heard Change (In the House of Flies), I think I may have teared up a little I thought it was so beautiful.  Teenager, and Knife Prty are also really great tracks.

4. London Calling The Clash – Now, I am a super nerd and I own this 1979 double album on vinyl, and let me just say, if you have never experienced listening to a record on vinyl, you have not lived and must do so immediately!  Pretty much every song is awesome!  My faves: Jimmy Jazz, Spanish Bombs, The Right Profile, Lost in the Supermarket, Death or Glory and Train in Vain.  There are a couple of covers that are also super awesome: Brand New Cadillac, Wrong ‘Em Boyo, and Revolution Rock, respectively.  If you like punk, and haven’t given this record a listen, then you need to open a new tab in your browser and just find it and listen, or just buy it now!

5. Born to Die Lana Del Rey – I came to the LDR game a little late, but I’m here now!  And I am definitely here to stay!  In 2012 a little album came out called Born to Die, and although I only heard Summertime Sadness until about a year ago, from the moment I listened to the album in it’s entirety I was hooked… Lana just gets it, I have never listened to music before that I thought wow, I could have written that.  The Americana and literary references are divine.  Her voice is fantastic, her style impeccable, and her hair?  Amazing!  She may be sad, she may or may not have “daddy issues”, she may be crazy, but I get.  I have felt the way she describes in a majority of her music and when I’m having a bad day, I listen to this and I feel less bad.  National Anthem, Radio, Off to the Races, and Blue Jeans are definite faves.

6. Good News For People Who Love Bad News Modest Mouse – When I was in high school I was introduced to this band by a girl I knew.  I quickly became a fan, and when this album came out I was obsessed!  I love Ocean Breathes Salty, Dance Hall, Bukowski (lit nerd), and Black Cadillacs.  I like this it’s smart, and I like smart.

7. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge My Chemical Romance – Their 2004 effort is my favourite, and the fact that they are from Jersey is a plus in my book (Jersey Girl alert)!  It’s hardcore-EMO-screamo-esque.  I’ve read that it could also be described as “Horror Punk”.  Whatever you want to label it as it rocks.  I’m Not Okay (I Promise) was my anthem in high school, which was probably the same for most kids at that time.  Helena is amazing, haunting and beautiful.  Cemetery Drive is probably my favourite track on the record.  I listened to a lot of what has been labeled “EMO” around that time, mainly because I think it just made sense to me at the time.

8. Summercamp Nightmare Three (or 3) – Their second studio release from 2003, Three is a local band from neighboring Woodstock, NY, the town Woodstock, not the place where the concert was…  Anyway, this release is my favourite, it flows so well, the lyrics are dark, but full of soul, endearing, and magical.  I have seen Three in concert more times than I can count, and even know a previous member or two.  They are easily one of my favourite bands and are really great musically.  There style is ever changing and they don’t fit into one genre, which can make them hard to market.  They could be the best band you’ve never heard of.  Halloween, which on the album is a little slower paced than the live versions, and Fable are my tow favourite tracks.  Again, I love their music and there are some great songs on all of their albums.

9. Deja Entendu Brand New – Another early 00s “EMO” effort, this time brought to you by Long Island, NY’s finest Brand New.  Again, this was a time when I listened to a lot of this type of music, a lot of it isn’t nearly as good as this.  My standouts are Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t, I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spinlight, and Play Crack the Sky.  The singles from the album are also pretty rad Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades (Rushmore reference, if you have not seen this film check. it. out!) and The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows.

10. Guardians of the Galaxy and Lords of Dogtown (soundtracks) – Both of these films I love, mainly for the music!  Guardians of the Galaxy is a Marvel superhero film, but it is so much more than that, it’s fun, a lot scfi, and hilarious.  The music in this film is worth sitting through it! I can;t just pick a couple songs I like, they are all so good in their own right.  Lords of Dogtown is a fiction version of the lives of the people that Dogtown and the Z Boys is based. It follows Stacey Peralta, Tony Alva, and Jay Adams through their careers.  The movie is good, but the sound track!  It is so good!  Some of my faves from the movie: Old Man by Neil Young (not on released soundtrack), Fire by Jimi Hendrix, and Maggie May by Rod Stewart.

Honorable mention: 1989 Taylor Swift, Nevermind Nirvana, Nonstop Erotic Cabaret Soft Cell, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out Panic! At the Disco, Paradise Lana Del Rey, Blue Skies, Broken Hearts… The Next 12 Exits The Ataris.  There are definitely more, but I have to stop, I’ll be here forever!

As I’ve said I love music, and this is truly just the tip of the iceberg for me.  I could go on and on, but I decided to keep it brief.  And the best part music can be anything.  As long as it moves you, whether you get up and dance, or it makes you tear up.  As long as you feel something.  And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Gods and Monster by LDR

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