365 Albums in 2011: #201-300

I’m still on track and crossed over the #300 threshold some time last week.  Less than  65 albums to go!  A good chunk of my time in July-August was spent listening to Beware of Safety rehearsal recording in preparation for our late August tour, so I there was a bit of catching up I had to do.

So.  You’ll see some definite odd balls in the mix here.  Something interesting happened around #216: Spotify.  I was a little unsure at first, but Spotify is freaking amazing.  Mindblowing for music discovery.  I can only imagine having this type of service growing up.  Granted, I’m not sure how healthy it is for music producers vs the consumers, but, sitting in the consumer mindset, I’m hooked.  Anyway, for some reason I got it in my head to revisit some of those albums from my childhood where I loved the single, but never explored the deeper cuts.  Albums like Coolio’s debut It Takes a Thief, or Jennifer Lopez’s seminal work On The 6.  And wouldn’t you know it: they’re fucking terrible.  Fortunately my trip through The Smashing Pumpkin’s back catalog was more pleasurable.

That said, the really important thing here is that my default reaction to the listen vs. not listen choice is shifting.  When Nirvana’s Nevermind celebrated it’s 20 anniversary, I read about some of Butch Vig’s previous productions, including Life of Crime by The Laughing Hyenas.  So I throw it on and I discover one of the most amazing drum set recordings I’ve ever heard (plus some cool tracks).  Finding Kaddish after hearing Berstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Hollywood Bowl was another enlightening experience.  Again though, it’s the desire to listen and the impulsive willingness to discover something new that I’m most excited about.  I’m seriously considering continuing this after the year is done.

One star (*) means a good record, and two stars (**) means something damn near perfect.

#201 Spirit of Eden* – Talk Talk
#202 Crux* – Emmalee Crane
#203 – Collection Vol. 3* – The Hated
#204 Kirlian Selections* – The Flashbulb
#205 Horsey Noises** – Venetian Snares
#206 Horse and Goat – Venetian Snares
#207 Filth – Venetian Snares
#208 Sabbath Dubs* – Venetian Snares
#209 Pink + Green – Venetian Snares
#210 Infolepsy* – Venetian Snares
#211 Red Extensions of Me* – The Flashbulb
#212 Pressure Drop: The Definitive Collection – Toots and the Maytals
#213 Pure Skin* – Navicon Torture Technologies
#214 Artistry of Exhaustion III* – Carbonscape
#215 Whistleblower* – Vladislav Delay
#216 Rumors* – Fleetwood Mac
#217 Fleetwood Mac* – Fleetwood Mac
#218 Find Candace* – Venetian Snares
#219 Earthworks* – Bill Bruford’s Earthworks
#220 Master Strokes – Bill Bruford
#221 Bersarin Quartett** – Bersarin Quartett
#222 It Takes A Thief – Coolio
#223 What’s Going On* – Marvin Gaye
#224 United* – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
#225 Confessions on a Dance Floor – Madonnna
#226 Symphony No. 2 (The Peak of the Sacred)* – Glenn Branca
#227 me And Light (Version)* – Lichens
#228 Tempered Restorations* – Lichens
#229 Litio Folk* – Lichens
#230 Madonna – Madonnna
#231 Fazo IV: La Kvalito de Speguloj* – Robert A.A. Lowe
#232 BernsteinConducts Bernstein: Kaddish & Chichester Psalms**
#233 On the 6 – Jennifer Lopez
#234 Winnipeg Is a Frozen Shithole – Venetian Snares
#235 Haab’* – Tzolk’in
#236 Tzolk’in* – Tzolk’in
#237 Mental Jewelry – Live
#238 Suicide (1977) (2002 Reissue)* – Suicide
#239 Trances/Drones* – Robert Rich
#240 Witching Hour – Ladytron
#241 The Chocolate Wheelchair Album – Venetian Snares
#242 Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding* – Venetian Snares
#243 The End of Innocence – Don Henley
#244 In Utero* – Nirvana
#254 Life of Crime* – Laughing Hyenas
#255 Rossz Csillag Alatt Született* – Venetian Snares
#256 Anima Re-Issue (HUUME15)* – Vladislav Delay
#258 The Pine – The Pine
#259 The Garden of Brokenness* – William Basinski
#260 A Man of No Fortune and with a Name to Come – Wim Mertens
#261 Variations for Piano and Tape – William Basinski
#262 Roseland NYC Live** – Portishead
#263 Third* – Portishead
#264 We Are The Night* – The Chemical Brothers
#265 Music For Airports* – Brian Eno
#266 My Life In The Bush of Ghosts* – Brian Eno and David Byrne
#267 Small Craft on a Milk Sea* – Brian Eno
#268 Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too – The New Radicals
#269 Flat Beat* – Mr. Ozio
#270 Analog Worms Attack – Mr. Ozio
#271 Passive Me, Aggressive You* – The Naked and Famous
#272 James Blake – James Blake
#273 Black Cherry – Goldfrapp
#274 Maxinquaye* – Tricky
#275 Black Magic Recordings (1910-1914) – Aleister Crowley
#276 Insides* – Jon Hopkins
#277 EP1* – Jon Hopkins
#278 My Downfall* – Venetian Snares
#279 Tummaa* – Vladislav Delay
#280 Sound and Silence: Remembering September 11* – Wordless Music Orchestra, Ryan
#281 Black Noise*  – Pantha Du Prince
#282 Further* – The Chemical Brothers
#283 Space Oddity – David Bowie
#284 II-MMX* – Clubroot
#285 Mars – Fake Blood
#286 The Name of the Band is the Talking Heads – Talking Heads
#287 There is Love in You* – Four Tet
#288 Dead Man’s Party* – Oingo Boingo
#289 The Pleasure Principle* – Gary Numan
#290 Gabriel* – Joe Goddard
#291 Temporary Pleasure – Simian Mobile Disco
#292 Moderat* – Moderat
#293 Gub* – Pigface
#294 Gish* – Smashing Pumpkins
#295 Walls* – Apparat
#296 Adore* – Smashing Pumpkins
#297 Machina/The Machines of God* – Smashing Pumpkins
#298 Garbage* – Garbage
#299 Happy Birthday! – Modeselektor
#300 Audio, Video, Disco. – Justice

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About morganhendry

I have been a musician and rocket scientist since 4th grade. I play drums/keyboards for the LA based instrumental rock band Beware of Safety (www.bewareofsafety.com), write electronic music as The Laterite Road (www.thelateriteroad.com), and just landed something on Mars (mars.jpl.nasa.gov). More info can be found at my website (www.morganhendry.com). Sign up here for updates on my many projects: http://morganhendry.fanbridge.com/
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