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
The Chameleons - Strange Times
The Chameleons - Strange Times

The Chameleons - Strange Times

Jon Burke
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly

Curtis Mayfield - Superfly

Jon Burke
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Jon Burke
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

Rob Taylor
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld

The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld

Joseph Majsterski
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…..

Jon Burke
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

According to various histories, Black Sabbath took their name from the 1963 movie of the same name, starring Boris Karloff. Furthermore, the band was noted for making use of the “tritone,” a musical term that I’ll not bore you by explaining save to say that the nickname for such a musical interval is called “The Devil’s Interval.” You can’t make this stuff up. However, my favorite footnote is that Black Sabbath came to be during a period where flower power, folk music, and hippie culture were at their grooviest peak. At this point, I’d like to formally thank the Dark Lord Satan for delivering the music world from hippie music and flower power via the musical juggernaut Black Sabbath.

Steve Ricciutti
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Remain in Light

D R Pautsch
Sly & The Family Stone - There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Sly & The Family Stone - There’s a Riot Goin’ On

Sly & The Family Stone - There’s a Riot Goin’ On

Ljubinko Zivkovic