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    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
    We've all been there. Someone asks you for music to suggest, any genre, and you go all giddy and start going through your collection for what you regard as ESSENTIAL LISTENING. You may listen to it all the time, you may not have even heard it in years, but it's still wonderful enough to be even kept in your collection.

    So that's what I'd like this thread to be. A placement for what you personally regard as ESSENTIAL LISTENING. Any genre. Any mood. Any length. Youtube links, soundclouds, links to a web site or even 8tracks mixes made by you are all welcome here. Just show us the best of the best of your collection.

    If this is too close to looking like the Listening thread, apologies. Meant it more as a general thing as opposed to a "currently listening" thread.
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
    I have a few artists that I always go to. Generally, it's just "Listen to everything by _____. They're the best." My biggest four obsessions when it comes to people who make music are Tom Waits, Andrew Bird, Jesca Hoop, and St. Vincent.

    Then every once in a while I get a favorite song. So much of a favorite I want to listen to it basically on repeat for months on end. Sometimes a favorite only lasts a few days or weeks, but when I've been listening to it more than once every day for over a month and still not gotten tired of it, I know it's a good one.

    My current favorite song I've had for the last month or so is this.

    The one before that was this. It was my favorite for over two months, along with Four Dreams.

    I think it was Actor Out of Work by St. Vincent before that. You get the picture. Those four people, on repeat, always.
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    the one record that i think ABSOLUTELY needs to be heard on vinyl is the Black Sabbath s/t debut.

    i used to be 10000% anti-digital, and even though i have softened on that a bit i still prefer vinyl. this record, above all others, needs to be played loud, with the rich sounds of the birth of modern rock n roll/metal /8 million sub genres bleeds out of the opening sounds of rain and bells. i would link to it...but that kind of is the opposite of what im saying here. i think you could probably find a copy of this record for like $1 anyway.
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
    Oh man. I AM going to make an 8tracks mix for this.
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    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011 edited
    This entire album, but starting at the end, then flowing into the first song seems appropriate, given that I listened to nothing but this album for about two straight years (and still listen to it for weeks on end, some months.)

    Third Eye

    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011
    Joe Distort, based on your recommendation and by the record store guy saying "if you're wondering if this album is amazing and will blow your mind the answer is YES" I just picked up a copy of the s/t Black Sabbath album on vinyl. Special edition LP. Only on track one and...JESUS. Glorious. Just glorious.
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    Don't mind me, I'm just going to ream off albums that I consider to be "classics" for now. Some may be cliché, but I hold them in high regard nonetheless and I consider these albums to be a sort of bucket-list of listening.

    Godspeed you! Black Emperor - Lift yr Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven!
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    The Beatles - Revolver
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Sigur Ros - ( )
    Tool - Lateralus
    Oceansize - Effloresce
    Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    Led Zeppelin - III
    Soft Machine - Fourth
    Gong - Angel's Egg
    Yes - Close to the Edge and Relayer
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People
    Explosions in the Sky - Earth is not a cold, dead place
    Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
    Brian Eno - Apollo Atmospheres and Soundtracks
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011 edited
    Going to start off my contribution with one song for now, but damn, WHAT a song this is.

    Van Morrison's "Cyprus Avenue" from his live album "It's Too Late to Stop Now".

    Magic. Just fucking magic.

      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2011 edited

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    Yep, while I'm thinking about what I'd recommend, I have to say that Jessica Hoop track is amazing.
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    (ignore....just move on...everythings okay..)
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
    Pencil in when you have some spare time.

    Six Degrees of Inner Turbulance
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    Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - Rag Chandranandan

    Can't find this recording on Youtube, and to listen to it at that bitrate would be horrific, but playing this CD for the first time absolutely blew me away, in a way that's only happened a couple of times in my life. I'd got it through the post and put it on quite casually. And then within about 30 seconds it had me... I was sitting somewhere above the galaxy watching stars fall, the notes were like shards of light falling away into the black - sounds trite but that's the best way I can describe this. Played late at night, in the dark, it's like you're looking at the universe.

    In other words, this is the most acid I've had when not taking acid. If I could only take one piece of music to a desert island, this would be it, and this would get me through...
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2011
    This is a whorish cross post.

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    what do i recommend?..... RIDE: GOING BLANK AGAIN of course!

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    And now time to troll the thread slightly... at the very least give a little counterpoint to all the "Essential Listening" lists you get in magazines...

    QUITE CONTRARY - "the word 'essential' really shouldn't belong in pop"
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2011
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2011 edited
    Pretty sure everyone's heard of her already, but if you haven't, or if you haven't heard this song, I highly recommend it.

    Expressionist-era science-fiction-themed rhythm and blues, produced by some of the most successful names in the hip-hop business, performed by a woman who refers to her on-stage clothing and hairstyle as her "uniform." I don't know about you, but that's my perfect example of "I didn't know I wanted to hear this until I heard it." Which is the best kind of discovery, I think.

    "I was made to believe there's something wrong with me" always kicks me in the chest. Every damn time.
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    A Perfect Circle: Mer de Noms
    Miles Davies: Bitches Brew
    Mad Season: Above
    Chris Cornell: Euphoria Morning
    Mr. Dibbs: The 30th Song
    Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan: Ballad of the Broken Seas
    Hope of the States: The Lost Riots
    Death in Vegas: The Contino Sessions
    Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral
    Gil Scott Heron: I'm New Here
    Saul Williams: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
    Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come
    Team Sleep: Self Titled

    Chris Cornell: Wave Goodbye

    Saul Williams: Sunday bloody Sunday