Daily Project: Rediscovering Classic Albums

100th post!

I have a long list of well-regarded albums that I have not given a proper listen, or haven’t listened to in a very long time. So in the spirit of a New Year’s Resolution, I’m going to knock out 30 of them. I’ll do one a day like a vitamin for 30 days. Suggestions are welcome.

Here we go!

1/19/10: GZA, Liquid Swords (1995)
1/20/10: The Replacements, Let It Be (1984)
1/21/10: Harvey Danger, Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone? (1997)
1/22/10: Billy Bragg & Wilco, Mermaid Avenue (1998)
1/23/10: The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin (1999)
1/24/10: Misfits, Walk Among Us (1982)
1/25/10: Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska (1982)
1/26/10: Public Enemy, It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
1/27/10: The Supremes, Meet the Supremes (1962)
1/28/10: Willie Nelson, Red Headed Stranger (1975)

1/29/10: The Smashing Pumpkins, Gish (1991)
1/30/10: Belle and Sebastian, Tigermilk (1996)
1/31/10: Modest Mouse, This Is a Long Drive For Someone with Nothing to Think About (1996)
2/1/10: Pavement, Wowee Zowee (1995)
2/2/10: The Sugarcubes, Life’s Too Good (1988)
2/3/10: Frank Zappa, We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
2/4/10: Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville (1993)
2/5/10: Judas Priest, Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
2/6/10: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Psychocandy (1985)
2/7/10: The Who, The Who Sell Out (1967)

2/8/10: The Hold Steady, Almost Killed Me (2004)
2/9/10: Ween, The Mollusk (1997)
2/10/10: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Take It From The Man! (1996)
2/11/10: Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
2/12/10: Ministry, The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989)
2/13/10: Portishead, Dummy (1994)
2/14/10: M.I.A., Arular (2005)
2/15/10: David Bowie, Hunky Dory (1971)
2/16/10: R.E.M., Murmur (1983)
2/17/10: The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! (1995)

UPDATE, 2/17/10: What have we learned?

Liquid Swords is a great, great album. Frank Zappa was fearless. Murmur is fantastic from start to finish, not one dud song on the whole album. Arular is a deft combination of sounds and styles, a party album with a conscience. I miss the Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins. Nebraska is a classic, in all its lo-fi, bedroom-recorded glory. The Flaming Lips can do no wrong. I probably should re-listen to Mermaid Avenue; it was good, but I didn’t quiiiiite get it. I really enjoyed both Sad Wings of Destiny and Meet the Supremes, they both got a lot of replays. All in all, 30 excellent albums.

This was so much fun that I’m going to continue rediscovering a classic album every day. Give it a try!


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