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Sonic Youth- Dirty, 1992

 
 

 
 

Lets work together today while we listen to this same album. Warning- most people will not like this album. But you probably know someone who does (it did make it to 83 on Billboard’s Top 100 in 1992).

 
 

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B000W1QX5S

 
 

This is a time machine back to a very different time. If you are a middle-aged former (never former!) punk rawker, you need this. This album came out summer of 1992. I don’t know about you, but that was a pretty great one for me. I was 15 years old and had just received a 1964.5 Ford Mustang. And I secretly taught myself to drive it during the days that summer, while my parents were at work.

 
 

But back to this album. If punk and grunge had a baby, and sent that baby to reform school where it hung out with some art-rock kids – this album is that baby.

 
 

Enjoy. Its ok to listen loud, fellow humans.

 
 

 
 

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Sabaton- The Last Stand, 2016

Let’s work together today by listening to this same album.

This one is different. It’s a metal band that only writes about specific battles or heroes. So history buffs AND metal heads will love this. For example, When the Winged Hussars Arrived is about the siege of Vienna in 1683. And the song is amazing. It’s a pretty good one to start with-

SABATON – Winged Hussars (Official Lyric Video)

If you want to listen to the full album its on, its here-

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B07RRY8FDW

This band is like nothing I have come across. Each of their songs has a correspdonding video on their history youtube channel that explains the history of the related battle.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw

They are from Sweden. And their live show involves a tank.

Do something worth singing about today, fellow humans.

Let’s work together today by listening to this same album.

This one is different. It’s a metal band that only writes about specific battles or heroes. So history buffs AND metal heads will love this. For example, When the Winged Hussars Arrived is about the siege of Vienna in 1683. And the song is amazing. It’s a pretty good one to start with-

SABATON – Winged Hussars (Official Lyric Video)

If you want to listen to the full album its on, its here-

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B07RRY8FDW

This band is like nothing I have come across. Each of their songs has a correspdonding video on their history youtube channel that explains the history of the related battle.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw

They are from Sweden. And their live show involves a tank.

Do something worth singing about today, fellow humans.

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Television- Marquee Moon, 1977

Television – Marquee Moon (1977) full Album

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Let’s work together today by listening to the same album.

 
 

Put something completely fresh in your head today. That is now 43 years old.

 
 

This is such a unique album. Such a unique sound. Its like you are hanging out in a party house with some wacky friends of yours who have British accents playing cool punk-ish (but totally palpable to anyone, no anger really) music that is just fun. And Tom Verlaine’s phrasing makes it clear he is enjoying himself and how cool he is.

 
 

Bass players- this is a great album showcasing how solid bass lines can really pull it all together.

 
 

Tons of bands list this album and band as one of their main influences.

 
 

Take a break from all this madness, fellow humans. And just listen to something cool.

 
 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_(band)

 
 

 
 

 
 

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Royal Blood- Royal Blood, 2014

https://music.amazon.com/albums/B00LXI93RO

Let’s work together today while we listen to the same album.

If you are like me, you need some motivation to go out for that post-Thanksgiving run. Or to complete an in-home workout quarantine style. Or shave.

This album is the motivation you need.

These guys flat out rock your ears off. I think its just 2 dudes, one of them with some sort of genius effect / pedal set up on his guitar so it can double as the main guitar and the bass. And the other dude on the drums.

I first came across these guys reading one of Tim Ferris’s (no relation other than the same convention used to make the possessives of our last names, and of course all letters of our last name except the E/A) books. He uses their song “Figure it Out” to break through writing blocks. I use this album to pump me up to do crazy things like run with a weighted vest. You could do that, or just put on an all-black outfit today and pretend you are in an action movie (we all need to do that sometimes), clicking that zippo to toss onto the gasoline you just poured on whatever cool thing you are about to blow up. Regardless, if I ever rob a bank this album will be in my headset fo sho.

Explicit lyrics warning. That’s ok- you need a little edge to kick all those extra turkey sandwiches’ s asses, anyway.

Be excited today, fellow humans. Or punch something. Whichever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Blood_(band)

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She & Him, ‘A She & Him Christmas’

She and Him- A Very She and Him Christmas, 2011

She and Him Christmas Album

Let’s work together today while we listen to the same album.

Every since Elf, I knew there was just something special about Zoe Deschanel. One of the youtube commenters put it best: “Her voice was made for Christmas music.”

There is also a really well done backing guitar on several of these tracks. Almost as if Dick Dale chilled out for a minute and joined Elvis’s backing band. The overall prod values on this are so sparse / spartan its really kind of jarring when you realize it. But what its doing really is showing of her voice.

And that is just fine with me.

Love each other today, fellow humans. Wherever you are.