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#9…Top 10 Albums of All Time…because 5 just wasn’t enough! August 3, 2010

TNT’s #9
9. Affirmation by Savage Garden – I’m not embarrassed to have this album on my list (although a certain twin sister of mine might disagree); can’t hide the truth.  Although this was their second (and last) album recorded as a duo, it was the first one that I fell in love with.  I had such a deep connection with the songs that I couldn’t help but to hit the repeat button after each song came to an end.  “Two Beds and a Coffee Machine” makes me cry every single time I hear it, regardless of where I am.  “Affirmation” was the song that inspired me to live by the way of Karma, or at least start learning about what it really is.  It felt like this track opened my eyes and opened my mind to how I wanted to live my life.

Mark’s #9
9. Community Music by Asian Dub Foundation – One of the most abrasive and unique albums that I have ever had the pleasure of discovering randomly.  Rock, punk, reggae, dub, begali beats, drum and bass and electro music get furiously mashed together under the politically charged lyrical explosion from then-current front man Deedar Zaman. Incredible, and catchy.

Angela’s #9
9. From Here to Infirmary by Alkaline Trio – Like so many of my fellow NVMP staff, this record from the trio holds significance and stands out as one of their definitive albums.  It’s a solid record.  What more can we say about it?  Go Alkaline Trio.

Stigz’s #9
9. The Sufferer and The Witness by Rise Against – Splendid lyrics and raw, gritty in your face power to each verse and chord.  The soundtrack to a revolution.

Klone’s #9

9. Core by Stone Temple Pilots (1992) – Another gem from the early 90s, the debut album that helped Stone Temple Pilots rise to fame, interestingly enough due to the common misconception that the band was an Eddie Vedder side-project – the music video for their first single “Plush” featured distorted video footage of front man Scott Weiland, coupled with the similarity between his voice and Vedder’s served to cause mass confusion.  The rest of the tracks on the album were a powerhouse of a new brand of rock dubbed “Alternative”, as it served to break the lingering hold of the 80s rock glam bands on the mainstream, while adopting some of the structure and grittiness of metal and grunge.  Almost 20 years later, STP is still on the scene, and albums like “Core” prove why.


#4…Top 5 Albums of All Time July 13, 2010

TNT’s #4
4. The Living End by The Living End – Australian punk can never be wrong.  When I heard the song “Prisoner of Society” for the first time, I had no clue who sang it but I was obsessed; it grabbed my attention like an airhorn in a library.  I love the entire album, but my favorite song is “West End Riot”.

Angela’s #4
4. Thriller by Michael Jackson – It’s Michael Jackson’s thriller…do I really need to explain this??  Even though I have never been one of his crazed fans . . . when the King of Pop died, it made me sad.  Similarly, he was the KING of Pop…that is a moniker truly earned in the music industry.  And rightfully so, you can not deny how he was iconic and extremely influential to music (even that is an understatement).  And Thriller?  It’s fucking Thriller dude, come on.

Klone’s #4
4. Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977) – Two years before I was born, this epic album was released, a collection of musical masterpieces amounting to the closest thing to a rock opera that had never been performed theatrically.  Originally begun in 1974 as a workshop project called Neverland, songwriter Jim Steinman set out to do a sci-fi modernization of the Peter Pan story.  The core songs of the project became this historic album that almost never was.  Like many strokes of genius, this project was rejected by almost everyone in the music industry in the mid-to-late 1970s, that is until Tod Rundgren got a hold of the music being shopped around and decided to run with it, even though he found it more hilarious than serious and awe-inspiring.  The album has sold more than 43 million copies in the 30 years since its release, and annually sells 200,000 copies.  From first note to final, this album unfolds a story that is screaming to be made into a film or a theatrical production, the story of Romeo & Juliet romance between damned biker who meets his demise in a horrific motorcycle accident and an angel in the afterlife (my personal interpretation).

Mark’s #4
4. Shifting Skin by ON – I discovered this highly under-rated gem courtesy of one of Matt Pinfield’s radio shows, where he glowed about the upcoming solo release from former lead singer of alternative rock band Failure, Ken Andrews.  What followed in the ensuing minutes was three minutes of catchy electro rock bliss of the album’s first single,  “C’mon Collapse”.  This album didn’t leave my CD player for months.  I credit this album with introducing me to the wide and varied musical world of Ken Andrews, and allowed me to discover dozens of other associated acts, like the amazing Charlotte Martin.  Thanks Ken!

Dan’s #4
4. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette – Released in 1995, Jagged Little Pill launched Alanis’s music career and spawned half an album of hits.  From the ex-boyfriend assault ‘You Oughta Know’ to the lovey ‘Head Over Feet,’ Alanis was a chick with edge.  I still love this album.

Stigz’s #4
4. From Here To Infirmary by Alkaline Trio – One of my favorite bands, one of their best albums, with awesome grooves on the entire CD.


#5…Top 5 Albums of All Time July 12, 2010

You know an album has to make your Top 5 list if:
A) You love every single song on the album
B) You randomly hear a song from said album and when it ends, you immediately start singing the next song on the album
C) You don’t know how you got through life before hearing any or all of these songs
D) You think everyone under the sun should enjoy the album as much as you do, or at the very, least give it a try
E) All of the above.

I think the answer is obvious, but if you need clarification, the only possible answer is E) All of the above.

TNT’s #5
5. From Here To Infirmary by Alkaline Trio – This album gave me my first taste of Alkaline Trio.  Maybe it was my age, but for some reason every song made sense.  Musically and lyrically speaking, I feel that From Here To Infirmary is their greatest album.  I can’t even pick a favorite track off of this one, they’re all amazing.  Yet again, guitar slides and clever lyrics had me hooked.  If you’ve never listened to this album drop everything and buy it.

Angela’s #5
5. Just The Best Party by World/Inferno Friendship Society – This is a band I’ve followed around, gone to more shows than I can count, and gave me a sense of community within the underground punk scene.  But this is my favorite album by them. from start to finish it’s an incredible piece of work full of that upbeat, rebel class that only this band can convey.

Klone’s #5

5. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins (1993) – This is easily one of the few select albums I can say I’m glad I was alive and aware of music when it was released.  Anyone who likes, nay loves Smashing Pumpkins cherishes this album because of its significance.  Even upon the first listening, you can feel the longevity of those tracks that would become classics among the foundation of this grunge-era monolith contemporary of the likes of Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.  “Cherub Rock” changed me the first time I heard it, and is the single track that made “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” a MUST HAVE for my Xbox 360 library, while tracks like “Today” and “Disarm” were instant pieces of musical history.  “Soma” was a track that served as my personal escape from the complexities of early adolescence, and was probably the single track that made me realize what an important and amazing album Siamese Dream was.

Mark’s #5

5. Dead Can Dance by Dead Can Dance – What do you get when two Australian punk-rockers move to England and start a band that melds tinges of punk with gothic, dark wave and world music?  This incredible debut album that is in a world all its own.  Their self-titled debut is a difficult record to classify; it can best be described as a melodic symphony of chaos sound, featuring drum programming, down tuned and at times, distorted guitars mixed with deeply resonating bass lines, heavy percussion, punk drumming and dulcimers thrown in for good measure.  Exhausting?  Yes, but it’s the fantastic mixture of genres and exotic melodies that draws me in and keeps me constantly fascinated.

Dan’s #5

5. Fantasies by Metric – It’s just a phenomenal album that has everything from upbeat, synthy rock to slower, darker songs.

Stigz’s #5
5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers – One of the albums that put this band on the map – more so than Mother’s Milk – this album has some great feel good jams and some deep introspective tracks.  Solid all around.