Autobiographical Order: Nos. 201-300

We made it through another 100, so if you missed any of them, here’s a list of the last 100 posts, with a short synopsis of each.

201. Japandroids’ Celebration Rock and albums where every song is a hit

202. Elliott Smith’s either/or and hearing your favorites in a new light

203. Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s F#A# Infinity and craving aesthetic darkness

204. Scott Walker’s The Drift and terrifying masterpieces

205. Digable Planets’ Blowout Comb and classic hip-hop favorites

206. The Roots’ Things Fall Apart and mind-blowing live shows

207. Bruce Springsteen’s The River, and how you can’t go wrong with The Boss

208. Al Green’s Call Me and how everyone needs a little Al Green

209. Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters and the funkiest of all time

210. Prince’s Dirty Mind and favorites outside the canon consensus

211. Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly and soundtracks without context

212. Cal Tjader’s Soul Sauce and unusual jazz gateways

213. Boris’ Pink and getting into, out of, and then REALLY back into metal

214. Botch’s We Are the Romans and realizing your friends were really wrong

215. John Coltrane’s Giant Steps and the oldest record in my collection

216. Depeche Mode’s Music for the Masses and being immortalized at a Seattle record store

217. Chelsea Wolfe’s Pain Is Beauty and good artists becoming great

218. Neko Case’s The Worse Things Get… and consistent greatness

219. Swans’ The Seer and intense commitments

220. Tim Hecker’s Virgins and haunted music

221. Gary Numan’s Pleasure Principle and my first DJ gig

222. Gang of Four’s Songs of the Free and $5 record swap finds

223. Tropical Popsicle’s Dawn of Delight and records your friends make

224. Love’s Da Capo and the hazards of used record bins

225. Horace Silver’s Song for My Father and how jazz means more to me as I get older

226. Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City and having reservations about this band

227. Mastodon’s Leviathan and playing catchup

228. John Coltrane’s Coltrane and hard-to-find, hidden record stores.

229. Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder and jazz music that cooks

230. Dum Dum Girls’ Too True and excellent progressions

231. Real Estate’s Days and perennial favorites

232. Andy Stott’s Luxury Problems and my kind of electronic music

233. Slayer’s Reign In Blood and perfect albums from imperfect bands

234. Talking Heads’ Remain In Light and art crashing the mainstream

235. The Smiths’ s/t and the difference in markets

236. Cal Tjader’s Soul Burst and more jazz gateways

237. English Beat’s Special Beat Service and the ska exception

238. The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead and an epic name-that-tune session

239/240. Two Beatles albums and dad-rock

241. Tones on Tail’s POP and internet discovery

242. Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city and being unstoppable

243. Death Grips’ The Money Store and music that isn’t for everyone

244. Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and bleak albums

245. Lou Reed’s Transformer and inscrutability

246. Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire and weird label compilations

247. Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness and songs that make your jaw drop

248. Mongo Santamaria’s Watermelon Man and buying a house

249. The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder and the song that kills a good album

250. Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter and great rainy-day music

251. Bill Callahan’s Dream River and contemporary legends

252. The Cure’s Happily Ever After and being the GOAT

253. Elvis Costello’s This Year’s Model and great drum albums

254. Prince’s 1999 and new relevance from old political statements

255. Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and people who are intense about the Stones

256. Real Estate’s Atlas and pleasant, laid-back listening

257. Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and LPs everyone should own.

258. The Smiths’ Hatful of Hollow and odd smells

259. St. Vincent’s s/t and growing with an artist

260. Depeche Mode’s Violator and songs everybody loves

261. War on Drugs’ Lost in the Dream and unexpectedly valuable records

262. Willie Bobo’s 1,2,3 and getting to know boogaloo

263. Ryan Adams’ Cold Roses and recognizing a great songwriter when you hear one

264. Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy and a sore spot on an almost-perfect album

265. Blondie’s Eat to the Beat and inexpensive luxuries

266. Roxy Music’s Siren and the trouble with canons

267. Gary Numan’s Telekon and the one-hit wonder fallacy

268. Judas Priest’s Screaming for Vengeance and my education in metal

269. The Cure’s The Head On the Door and the best band of the ’80s

270. Miles Davis’ Quiet Nights and noble failures

271. Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time and yeah I like dance music

272. Blur’s Parklife and the ’90s gap

273. Sleater-Kinney’s The Hot Rock and introductions to yr faves

274. Bryan Ferry’s Boys and Girls and feeling smoooooooth

275. Prefab Sprout’s Two Wheels Good and not caring about other people’s opinions

276. Psychedelic Furs’ Forever Now and adequately rated artists

277. Fugazi’s s/t and why everyone knows “Waiting Room”

278. Swans’ To Be Kind and a memorable road trip

279. Killing Joke’s Night Time and getting back to the live bucket list

280. Protomartyr’s Under Color of Official Right and getting in on the ground floor

281. Psychedelic Furs’ Mirror Moves and resurrection sunday

282. The Birthday Party’s Prayers on Fire and the “holy shit!” moment

283. Blue Oyster Cult’s Agents of Fortune and addiction to a riff

284. Prince’s Parade and the obligation to buy a Prince record when you see it

285. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life and new joys from old music

286. Cut Copy’s In Ghost Colors and being the center of a venn diagram

287. Darkside’s Psychic and balancing a weird mixture of atypical pleasures

288. Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure and the intangibility of coolness

289. Disclosure’s Settle and debuts that are hard to follow

290. Constantines’ Shine A Light and underrated cult faves

291. Kraftwerk’s Man-Machine and musical obsessions

292. LCD Soundsystem’s s/t and diminishing returns on coolness

293. Parquet Courts’ Sunbathing Animal and low-key great bands

294. Pixies’ Surfer Rosa and buying stuff for weird reasons

295. Ben Frost’s AURORA and miscounting

296. Wes Montgomery’s Best Of and early guitar influences

297. The B-52’s s/t and lonely fandom

298. Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Tide and impulse buys based on instinct

299. Future Islands’ Singles and ubiquitous hits

300. INXS’ Shabooh Shoobah and good artists with spotty catalogs


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