Want to get an idea of what I like? This is the place to start. Here are 10 essential albums, in no particular order, to get you started. This is not a top ten list, just some good tunes.
Pat The Bunny – Probably Nothing, Possibly Everything
Raw, Acoustic, Folk-punk by the man himself, Pat Schneeweis.
Bad Religion – Generator
Classic 1992 “punk” record from the incredible Bad Religion. Marks the shift to the band’s modern sound.
Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Groundbreaking 2006 album marking Brand New’s shift to harder post-rock perfection.
the Mountain Goats – The Coroner’s Gambit
John Darnielle, an acoustic guitar, his Panasonic RX-FT500 boom box, and some of the best song-writing on planet Earth.
Built To Spill – Keep It Like A Secret
Stays true to BTS’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic of layered guitars and punchy drums, while being the band’s most accessible record.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Experimental, instrumental, incredible.
mewithoutYou – Brother, Sister
Half spoken, Half screamed vocals. Lyrics drawn from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim spiritual writings. Experimental post-hardcore instrumentation. Somehow still amazing.
Russian Circles – Empros
Full of hard and loud layers of crunchy guitar with none of that silly singing nonsense.
Sleater-Kinney – One Beat
One of the best from Sleater-Kinney. That’s saying something.
The Stooges – Raw Power
Iggy Pop produced and mixed by David Bowie. Everything you ever dreamed of.