Tom Waits - Blue Valentine
Tom Waits - Blue Valentine

Tom Waits - Blue Valentine

Kevin Orton
X - Under the Big Black Sun
X - Under the Big Black Sun

X - Under the Big Black Sun

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Firstborn Is Dead
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Firstborn Is Dead

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Firstborn Is Dead

Kevin Orton
The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms
The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms

The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms

Garry Cobain and Brian Dougans, working together as The Future Sound of London, or FSOL for short, are rightfully viewed as among the grandmasters of the British electronic scene in the 1990s. And nowhere was their brilliance more obvious than in their second album, 1994's Lifeforms. A double album spanning over an hour and a half of music, Lifeforms saw the band moving confidently into the psychedelic ambience they'd dabbled with under the name Amorphous Androgynous. But while that was a hazy, floating piece of work, Lifeforms is a fully realized, thematically coherent masterpiece. The album is far better when experienced in its entirety rather than as individual songs.

The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

Maybe it was the setting. The dank, suffocating basement of a French villa on the Riviera that used to be the vacation getaway for a high ranking Nazi officer was far from the ideal place to make a record. The guitars were constantly falling out of tune, the rooms were too small, such that musicians would be in different rooms alone, trying to play cohesively despite the maze of electrical cords and wonky acoustics, and the heat and stifling humidity made everyone miserable.

Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - Nevermind

Nirvana - Nevermind

The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour

Kevin Orton
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

The Stooges - Fun House
The Stooges - Fun House

The Stooges - Fun House

Mark Moody
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Jack Kiser
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance

Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance

January 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Pere Ubu’s debut album, The Modern Dance.  Sole constant and leader, David Thomas, would likely dismiss a milestone such as that as not accounting for much in the scheme of things.  Perhaps it doesn’t, but taking a hard left from the New York punk scene of the day, Cleveland based Pere Ubu have made a career of “letting their freak flag fly” and not following the trend of the day if they were ever even aware of what the trend may have been. 

Mark Moody
The Replacements - Let It Be
The Replacements - Let It Be

The Replacements - Let It Be

Jon Burke