Ah, May. A month signaled by warm days, sporadic rainfalls, and enough lethargy to blot out the sun from students everywhere. As we begin to wind down and plan our summers and look forward to next year, we here at The Paper Wolf have been winding down, as well. And, what better way to wind down than with your favorite music? That’s the question on our minds here in the Publication Room today between the staff of your school newspaper. We’ve collected opinions from each of the staff members on their three favorite albums (sadly without the seniors, who are preparing to graduate this week). What do you think? See any of your favorites? Either way, sound off in the comments section below.
“I would have to say that number one is probably Since I Left You by The Avalanches. There really isn’t much like it. The album is almost entirely comprised of thousands of samples that collectively make a very cohesive and awesome album. I’ve heard it classified as electronic, but it’s really only electronic in the sense that the sounds were put onto a computer. It makes you nostalgic of the older days of spinning a record on the player with mom and dad. My second pick would have to be You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine by Death From Above 1979. The album was created by two guys who were told by their label that a band with only bass and drums would never make it. Proving them wrong, they combined electronic dance with noisy punk to make something really special. The overall tone may sound abrasive, but the lyrics are actually well thought-out and pleasant. It’s a great one to get the mind racing and the blood pumping. My third pick would have to be Gold Fools by Spanish Prisoners. This album is smooth psychedelic rock, infused with intriguing lyrics. Every song is different, yet all are great.”
“For my top three albums, one would have to be Homework by Daft Punk because it was before the modern age of electronic music, and it really sets the stage of what electronic music is today. A second would be Dawn Metropolis by Anamanaguchi. They found a way to make their music rhythmic and great, but it’s also very nostalgic because of how it uses chiptune and video game sounds to bring you back to playing video games as a child. It’s also a great mix of rock and chiptune. My third would be The Money Store by Death Grips because although I’m not usually a fan of hip hop or rap, something about the abrasiveness of their music is hypnotizing. Plus, MC Ride is a great singer. I enjoy how they combine noise rock, electronic, and rap to make great music.”
“First pick is Fragile by Yes, and I pick that because it has some of the best songs in the progressive rock genre. The instrumentals are really nice, too, and it’s a great, diverse album. Second pick is Can’t Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan. I like this album because, not only was it Steely Dan’s debut album, it’s also the most complete in that it has a touch of every genre. It also laid the groundwork for other Steely Dan albums. Third pick is Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt. Tragic Kingdom has some of the most energetic songs you can find in alternative rock, and it was really No Doubt’s biggest and best album. It is really an eclectic album for the ska genre, which can get generic.”
“My first pick is The Black Key’s Brothers. It’s really great bluesy rock. Second would be the Arctic Monkey’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, which is energetic British punk rock. Third is Tame Impala’s Lonerism, which has a nice psychedelic feeling to it. These are my go-to albums anytime I just need to plug in and listen to some good music.”
“I am picking Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours because that album came after the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, and it tells the story of what was happening at the time. Plus, the music and harmonies are amazing. My second would be Keb’Mo’s Slow Down. I actually had a hard time picking which Keb’Mo’ was my favorite because they’re all so good. He’s my go-to when I’m just hanging around the house. My third would be Jason Mraz’s Waiting For My Rocket To Come. Jason is extremely musically talented, and every song on the album is awesome and has a different feel to it.”
Most of the albums above have been linked via Grooveshark. If not, they are likely available on Spotify or iTunes.