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    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2008
    I can't really do five, so I'm gonna divide between Punk and Metal/Everything else in the world.
    Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disaster/In God We Trust, Inc.
    Bad Religion - How Could Hell Get Any Worse? - this one had to fight w/ Suffer for the spot.
    NOFX - Punk in Drublic
    Rancid - Let's Go!
    Crass - Feeding of the 5000
    Rudimentary Peni - Death Church

    Yes, that was indeed six. So yes, I break the rules, then break my own rules. Sigh.

    Gojira - From Mars to Sirius - a newer addition to my collection, but I can't get enough of it.
    Metallica - Ride the Lighting
    Meshuggah - Nothing, but Obzen and Chaosphere are both hard to beat as well
    Tool - Aenima
    Nick Cave and the Warren Ellis who isn't our host in this fine establishment - The Proposition OST
    Pink Floyd - The Wall

    I suck. Sorry. It would hurt too much to narrow it down to five. Twelve was too difficult even.
    • CommentAuthornicolas
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2008
    I could not live w/out:

    Fugazi- Red Medecine
    Bob Dylan- Blonde on Blonde
    Beatles- White Album
    Miles Davis- Bitches Brew
    King Crimson- Red
    • CommentAuthorelricj
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
    Only doing 5 is incredibly brutal, so here goes:

    Killing Joke - Killing Joke (1980): Hands down, bar none, my favorite record of all time. This album never fails to hit me just right. It's punk/post-punk, industrial, funk, gothic, sci-fi, political, whatever. This records jacket/cover art seems to invoke the mood everytime.

    Rodan - Aviary (demo tape): Although their official output is limited (see: Rusty on touch & go's 1/4 stick label) this was their demo session and it contains all of their output in slightly less than perfect form. It does have everything that made this band special. I'm hard pressed to explain their genre, but it's often considered either math-rock or post-rock, somewhat Slint-like the band exploded and there is a fairly big amount of output from these 4 musicians post-Rodan. Their combination of beauty and off-kilter indie riffing gets me every time.

    Aesop Rock - Labor Days: I pretty much opted out of rap music/hip-hop after growing up with Beastie Boys/Run-DMC and finally NWA. It wasn't til I eventually heard DJ Shadow's Endtroducing that got me looking around for anything different or new. When I first heard Aesop, I knew it was something I loved. Great wordplay with Aesop (reminding me of Clutch's Neil Fallon) and Blockhead on production here is awesome. This 9-5er's anthem of a record gets played often still.

    Godflesh - Selfless/Merciless: Choosing between which Justin K. Broadrick project I like the most is like hard enough, as jesu/final/techno animal...etc all have output I find compelling and awesome. Choosing between which Godflesh release I like the most is like choosing between which fingers I want to keep, in an industrial accident. As a half-way cheat, I'd have to settle for combined CD/EP set (it was in one jewel box!) of Selfless & Merciless. The combination of guitar/bass/drum-machine is a formula I love (Big Black, Ministry etc..) but with Xnoybis as an opener and closing with Flowers this takes it home.

    Wipers - Is This Real: I debated long and hard whether or not to include Nirvana (who was easily top 5 for many years of my life) on this list. In the end, I went with one of Kurt's favorite bands instead. Is This Real contains 3 piece punk rock power (ala Husker Du), the pop leanings of Nirvana, a huge sense of alienation/frustration and a healthy dose of nearly danceable energy. Greg Sage has other great albums, but this one got me first.

    I'm gonna go roll around in a big pile of CDs now, and hope for forgiveness for picking 5 only.
    • CommentAuthorMoon S
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
    1.At the Drive-in - Relationship of Command
    2.Butthole Surfers - Independent Worm Saloon
    3.Melvins - A Live History of Gluttony and Lust (Houdini Live 2005)
    4.The Locust - New Erections
    5.Tom Waits - Bone Machine
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    1: A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
    2: Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    3: Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On
    4: Soundgarden - Superunknown
    5: Refused - Shape of Punk to Come
    • CommentAuthornicolas
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
    refused was bad ass
      CommentAuthorrev'd '76
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
    At present, The Five are:

    Red Medicine - Fugazi
    The transition from 'UsedtobeMinorThreat' to experimental noise made official. Endlessly listenable, w/ weird atmospheres peeking out of every corner. Great accompaniment for cartooning / painting / exercise, or just zenning out...

    I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
    Breaks a little from the Music Hall retinue that was making Nina morose, and allows her a chance to more fully explain her range... Every track is memorable & has its own set of strengths, but 'Beautiful Land' is a personal favorite. Emotional without being schmaltzy, theatrical without tripping over its own seriousness. Nina Simone is what Beth Gibbons aspires to. Amazingly undervalued.

    California - Mr. Bungle
    My first real introduction to Mike Patton. Remains one of my favorites, only occasionally unseated by 'Tomahawk' or 'Mit Gas'. Topically dense & wide-ranging, inquisitive songwriting, w/ some of the tightest production values I've ever heard on vinyl or otherwise. Demands attention. Definitely not background material.

    The Fix - Scarface
    A damn smart rap album all the way across, 'In Between Us' is maybe the Master Track-- the lyrics are disconcertingly honest (i.e. unromanticized), and Tanya Herron's vocals sound like every cigarette I ever smoked from 1997-2005. A classic.

    Fun House - The Stooges
    Went No Wave before Punk even had a chance to take root. Incendiary. Sometimes I wonder what the world would have been like if the Stooges had gained a foothold-- imagine the effect of an MTV minus the (crippling) fashion axis of Aerosmith and Talking Heads. John Zorn would be selling handjobs on the street!
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2008
    nice knowing there's a lots of fellow NIN and QOTSA fans here!

    at the moment:

    5. Black Flag - Slip it In
    4. Nine Inch Nails - With_Teeth
    3. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
    2. Nine Inch Nails - The Slip
    1. Deathklok - the Dethalbum

    Those are the ones I've been hooked on and wouldn't be able to drive around without em. I truly love Alice in Chains but I had to back off or else I would fucking kill myself from the concentrated pain contained within those discs.
    • CommentAuthorhereebee
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2008
    So hard to chose only 5 but here goes

    The Postal Service: Give Up - quite possibly one of the best debut albums i have heard

    Ween: The Pod - weirdness with some moments of pure genius mixed in. They have never bettered this album

    Genesis: Selling England By The Pound - beautiful album.

    Sebadoh: The Sebadoh - Lou Barlow at his best

    Dark Star: The Twenty Twenty Sound - best played loud. Shame they never made a follow up.

    This list will probably change tomorrow as I will think of something else!
    It was nice to see Sound Of White Noise get a mention. Very overlooked album. John Bush much better vocalist. I saw Anthrax at Leeds T&C many years ago and they were superb!
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    Only 5...

    Franklin Bruno - A Bedroom Community

    Radiohead - Ok Computer

    Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

    John Vanderslice - Trance Manual

    The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2008
    Mine would have to be:

    1) The Mountain Goats--Tallahasse. Great, bitter powerful music. IMagine the best short stories ever written put to music.

    2) Radiohead--The Bends. A CD that to this day I can listen to almost everyday.

    3) R.E.M--Automatic for the People. Best.Album.Ever.

    4) Tori Amos--Little Earthquakes. Some of the most powerful, beautiful music ever put to CD in my opinion.

    5) Wilco-- Being There. This is what I hear when I think about America.
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2008
    To qualify for this list I think it has to be an album you can listen to all the way through.
    I then think I would need tracks to support moods.
    I tend to over think everything.

    so, in no order:

    1. BT - The Binary Universe (so I can reflect on Science Fiction stories and the things I miss about civilization)
    2. Radiohead - OK Computer (I don't think it has ever left my side)
    3. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (For air-jamming, reflection, and all around goodness)
    4. The National - Alligator (I can sing along and the lyrics crack a smile, I could see a delusional starved me walking around juggling rocks singing All the Wine in a loin cloth made of my tattered clothes.)
    5. The Black Keys - Rubber Factory (I could choose old blues albums but this album makes me feel less alone for some reason.)

    Still, I would bring an ipod with a solar powered charger, then I could have 80gig of life sustaining music.
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2008
    Brian Eno - Another Green World - There's a lot of Eno I really like, but this is the main one I come back to on a very regular basis. More of his albums should be on my list, but for the sake of variety this will be the only one here.

    Kaada - Music for Moviebikers - Haunting, beautiful and to me his best work. Kaada is amazing.

    Secret Chiefs 3 - Book of Horizons - Most of SC3 albums are very different, and very good, but this is probably their most developed. Awesome stuff.

    Miasma and The Carousel of Headless Horses - Perils - Unrelenting but gentle in a weird way.

    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs - Yeah.

    I could go on for a long time with this list.
    • CommentAuthorStimpy
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2008
    Emilie Autumn - Opheliac (best album i have ever heard, just so different, lyrically, musically and just pure inspiration and love, if there are other opheliac's out there, many crumpets to you all! )

    Gamma Ray - Land of the Free (best pwoer metal album ever, just so much fun and energy)

    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (An Observation by king Crimson) (nothing better to just put on and relax to, perfect music for a calm down)

    The Cruxshadows - Ethernaught (awesome concept album, with great songs telling the stories of Troy, helen and such related tales.)

    and: Eluveitie: Slania (jsut cause there's nothing like a Gaelic band belting out loud obnoxious music)

    hard to say which are my favs... but aside from Emilie Autumn and gamma ray, the other 3 albums are subject to change, due to personal insanity and taste.
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2008
    I love King Crimson.
    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2008
    Cats foot iron claw
    Neuro-surgeons scream for more
    At paranoias poison door.
    Twenty first century schizoid man.

    • CommentTimeOct 5th 2008
    Mine will change on a monthly basis but right now the top 5 in my player are:

    Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer

    Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia

    Panic at the Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out

    Refused - Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent

    Radiohead - The Bends

    But I also need one song from Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek
    • CommentAuthorStimpy
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2008
    Sorry to disagree @megagoosey and Alastair, but the King Crimson lyrics that do it for me and from Prince Rupert Awakes, Epitaph, and In the Court of hte Crimson King

    "wake your reasons hollow vote, wear your blizzard season coat, burn and bridge and burn a boat, stake a lizard by the throat" (sorry if any of these are wrong, im doing off the top of my head.
    "the wall on which the prophets wrote, is cracking at the seams, upon the instrument of death the sunlight brightly geams, where every man is torn apart, with nightmares and with dreams" <- this line has given me SO much inspiration over the years, Sinfield is just an awesome lyricist.
    and lastly:
    "The gardener plants an evergreen, whilst trampling on a flower, i chase the wind of a prison ship to taste the sweet and sour"

    but apart from those three albums (lizards, court, and islands) i dont really listen to them much. But they still remain the best band my dad has showed me... besides floyd... okay i cant decide. I love my dad's music!