Mastodon: Crack The Skye– Still great. Actually, rather unfortunately, I lost my cd of this (it may have been stolen at the carwash- that was the last place I saw it, but I thoroughly doubt those dudes are Mastodon fans), so I hadn’t had much chance to listen to it until I burned myself a new copy. In the metal world, no one does layering like Mastodon, and it really must be turned up pretty loud to get all the little interesting parts. That, and I’m deaf.
Beastie Boys: Check Your Head Remastered B-Sides– Perhaps more than any other record (save the Descendents’ Somery and the Minor Threat record), Check Your Head defined my teenage/highschool years. It was even in my cd player when I picked Dawn up for our first date (cute). I had tapes of tapes of bootlegs with these B-sides on them, so it brings back a lot of memories of causing/getting into trouble. And, more philosophically, it really inspired me to play music and broaden my horizons. These came as a free lossless download when I ordered the CYH Remastered vinyl, so I can finally replace my 96k mp3’s that were among the first digital audio files I ever encountered.
Wire: Chairs Missing– Bigger fan of Pink Flag, but I Am The Fly is a brilliant song, as the limeys might say. I’ve already listened to the record twice today. Interestingly enough, the last time I listened to it, according to iTunes was exactly 364 days ago. Also of note- if you want to remaster your records and have them sound great- get the Wire dudes to do it. I don’t know how, but they have the best sounding remastered catalog ever, especially considering they recorded it originally in the late 70’s with ultra-low budget punk gear. Even Jimmy Page can’t remaster that well.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven– This is some serious shit. I kid you not, I had to turn off the lights and light a candle to listen to this. And it worked. Aaaaatttttmmmmmooooosssssppppphhhhheeeeerrrrreeeee.
The record kind of sneaks into your brain like a parasite and feeds on your nerves, and you’re none the wiser. The 3rd “movement,” entitled Sleep, WILL fuck your shit up.