Name Nick Pope
Album Moving Pictures
Artist Rush
I was seven years old when I first heard Tom Sawyer, the opening track on Moving Pictures, and I remember inquiring to my mother who was sitting at the kitchen table doing crosswords, " is that a girl singing?". Her reply was, " no, that's a boy". So I listened to the whole song and started getting new feelings I never got before from listening to music. Obviously I've heard music before this point; However, Rush made music fun, it made me feel good. Every year since I became a bigger Rush fan, and although I'm particular to their earlier 10+ minute long epics, the short, streamlined, songs on Moving Pictures are gold, every one of them. To me it's one of them rare albums where every track is a knock out punch. The lyrics, the melodies, the rhythm, the level of musicianship, have really created the perfect storm.

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Name Tom Swanberg
Album Self Titled
Artist The Eagles
It all started way back in my younger years, I was going to school in the middle of cornfields out in the Midwest. The small town I was living in had an amazing music scene, it was awesome, there were shows every night of the week ranging from new bands, old bands, cover bands, local bands and that one guy that can play the mouth harp awkwardly well. One day it all just stopped, the local venue booking company had just decided to close its doors. It devastated all of the venues there and most of them were forced to shut down. One of the venues I had visited most often usually for the weekend shows was one that was forced to close. A few weeks had gone by and the place was sitting vacant, then one day out of the blue a record shop showed up. That town had an interesting way of keeping the music culture around despite the recent happenings. I was strolling by and decided to stop in, the owner was still unpacking the remaining crates of records, and I had stumbled across the Eagles album. Believe it or not I was actually listening to the Eagles earlier in the day on Pandora, so I figured I would pick that one up to add to my collection.

Later that day crop circles started appearing in the nearby cornfields and the town went crazy. While everyone began to stock up on canned goods, pitchforks, and tinfoil hats I was at home relaxing on my couch rocking out to my favorite Eagles tunes.

Name Lewis Stanfeild
Album October Rust
Artist Type O-Negative
This was the first album that I bought with my own money, and it still holds its spot in my top 5 albums of all time, 21 years later.
People either love or hate this band, I happen to love them. There isn't one song on this album that I don't enjoy, although I could do without the cheesiness of "my girlfriend's girlfriend". A lot of people complain that this album's production is "too slick" but whether I'm blasting this on my stereo, or on a good set of headphones, I still hear things 21 years on that I haven't picked up on before. If you're a fan of hard rock or gothic music, I highly recommend giving this album a spin!

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Name Ed Zinz
Album Soul Discharge
Artist The Boordoms
I don’t remember where I got this album but it’s one of my most favorite. It’s on the Shimmy Disc label which also released GWAR, Ween and Bongwater. It’s described as noise rock, experimental rock and punk rock. I refer to it as Japanese Noise Punk. It’s fucking crazy and all over the place but has just enough structure to make it awesome. The type of music that my girlfriend would say, “what the hell are you listening to” about. If you’re open to experimental types of music give it a listen. Or play it when you have company just for shock factor.

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