In the age of digital music, we tend to skip through albums, or just listen to one or two tracks, missing some of the deeper cuts that may be brilliant. I am a big fan of the album format, and love to experience the entire album the way the artist intended. Listening to just one or two songs is like randomly reading a few chapters of a book and expecting to understand the completed work.
Like any music lover, I love to share what I'm listening to and discover some new things from friends. Here's my playlist for this week. Please put your lists in the comments section below, or interact over at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page. Cheers, Bret.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
The brand new album featuring new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Comes out on Tuesday, August 30 - order here.
U2 - Achtung Baby
I can't believe this came out 20 years ago. I remember buying it on cassette the day it came out at the Tower Records in Mesa, AZ. If you haven't heard, U2 is reissuing several different 20th Anniversary editions - read about it here.
JJ72 - I To Sky
This Dublin band only lasted a few years, but put out to really good records. This was their final album. Not available digitally, but you can grab it on CD for pretty cheap at the link below.
Scott Walker - Scott 3
Walker's 1969 third solo album.
Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
I picked up this LP at Rain Day Records in Olympia, Washington. Lots of identifiable influences from song to song, but nonetheless, there are some killer tracks on here.
Nirvana - Unplugged In New York
Pulled out the original, white vinyl that my brother and I bought when it came out. Such a great recording.
Nirvana - Live At Reading
Wow. A really great live performance from 1992. DVD & CD.
The Replacements - Tim
Bastards Of Young, Left Of The Dial, Here Comes A Regular = 3 reasons to buy this right now.
The Replacements - Hootenanny
The second album 'recorded at a warehouse in some godawful suburb north of Mpls.' :)
The Replacements - Let It Be
If you haven't heard the song Unsatisfied...
Stephin Merritt - Pieces Of April (Soundtrack)
The soundtrack to the Katie Holmes flick features nothing but songs by Stephin Merritt and some of his various bands.
The Magnetic Fields - The House Of Tomorrow
5 songs, 12 minutes. Check out the song Loves Goes Home To Paris In The Spring.
Active Child - You Are All I See
A friend of mine turned me onto this outfit late last year with their Curtis Lane EP and the brilliant I'm In Your Church At Night. This is their debut album, just came out this week.
Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
The latest album from the former Red House Painters singer. Some really nice classical guitar work.
Sun Kil Moon - Tiny Cities
Mark Kozelek puts together an entire album of Modest Mouse covers, completely re-imagining them.
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Gravity Rides Everything is such a cool song.
Tiger Army - Music From Regions Beyond
Their latest album from 2007. Be sure to check out frontman Nick 13's solo album
Vic Chesnutt - Little
The late Vic Chesnutt, bound to a wheelchair, was discovered by Michael Stipe. This was his debut album, produced by Stipe.
The Modern Lovers - s/t
The debut album from the Boston group. Recorded in '72, released in '76. Most of the album was produced by the Velvet Underground's John Cale.
Gavin Friday - Catholic
Really digging this new solo album from Friday, who once fronted The Virgin Prunes.
Cowboy Junkies - Demons
Released this year, featuring an entire album of covers by Vic Chesnutt.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
2006's 28-song double album.