Autobiographical Order: Nos. 301-400

Another 100 down! Here’s the rundown for those who missed ’em.

301. Peter Gabriel’s s/t and discovering music through covers

302. Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind and the power of a great metal song

303. Madvillain’s Madvillainy and learning about music in the best place—a record store

304. Fad Gadget’s Gag and having your assumptions challenged

305. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA and why they call him The Boss

306. Shuggie Otis’ Freedom Flight and grocery store standards

307. Duran Duran’s s/t and where it gets a little fuzzy

308. Kool and the Gang’s Ladies Night and the long search to find a song’s name

309. The Cure’s Pornography and completing the (close-to-flawless) discography

310. Crystal Castles’ II and what to do with problematic artists

311. Sparks’ No. 1 in Heaven and disco revelations

312. Mercyful Fate’s Melissa and metal that not everybody can get into

313. Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits and “entertainment through pain”

314. David Bowie’s Low, and whether or not an underrated Bowie album is a real thing

315. Mastodon’s Blood Mountain and sometimes the order breaks down

316. Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak and meme rock (unfortunately)

317. Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and why its reputation is earned

318. Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain and records that are 20 years older than I am

319. Duke Ellington and John Coltrane and jazz that’s maybe for everybody

320. Gang of Four’s Entertainment! and picking up records without hearing them first

321. Future Islands’ On the Water and why your favorite is sometimes the first one you heard

322. Wire’s Chairs Missing and figuring out my favorite band

323. Magazine’s Real Life and the thrill of a great riff

324. Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty and truly unique records

325. Cloud Nothings’ Here and Nowhere Else and why is everyone so young

326. Slint’s Spiderland and that weird Gilmore Girls scene

327. Pallbearer’s Foundations of Burden and why doom metal is perfect for vinyl

328. The Saints’ Eternally Yours and being immediately struck by that song

329. Giorgio Moroder’s From Here to Eternity and seeking to fill the gaps

330. Kenny Dorham’s Afro-Cuban and getting to know the music of the ’50s

331. Speedy Ortiz’s Major Arcana and losing my indie patience

332. Can’s Tago Mago and recognizing your nerdiness

333. Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast and being halfway to the beast

334. Ought’s More Than Any Other Day, hype and unfair backlash

335. Songs: Ohia’s Didn’t It Rain and beautiful music from an artist gone too soon

336. Wilco’s summerteeth and the sound of ending high school

337. Blur’s Blur and remembering your first Blur album

338. Restorations’ LP3 and albums everyone should hear but definitely haven’t

339. The Jam’s In the City and punk education

340. Devo’s Freedom of Choice and first memories of music videos

341. Caribou’s Our Love and streaks that are better than most

342. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ From Her to Eternity and one of my favorite moments on any record

343. Belle and Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister and going through phases

344. The Birthday Party’s Junkyard and being drawn to an album’s rawness and intensity

345. Death Cab for Cutie’s We Have the Facts and being emo in college

346. Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and personal superstitions

347. Grant Green’s Idle Moments and jazz for kickin’ back

348. New Order’s Low Life and everyone’s got their favorites

349. Love’s Forever Changes and diving into music of past generations

350. Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary and beginning a movement (sort of)

351. Baroness’ Red Album and a long personal journey into metal

352. Run the Jewels’ RTJ2 and records that don’t hold back.

353. Spoon’s Girls Can Tell and indie rock that doesn’t lose its flavor

354. Fugazi’s The Argument and cringeworthy quotes from politicians

355. Chavez’s Ride the Fader and willing vinyl into existence

356. Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities to Love and being excited for a reunion

357. The Beatles’ White Album and inviting hyperbole

358. Led Zeppelin’s IV and starting to prefer the deepest cuts

359. Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart… and a New York winter

360. Jessica Pratt’s On Your Own Love Again and perfect winter albums

361. Outkast’s Aquemini and cranking it up after a bike ride home

362. Duran Duran’s Rio and underestimating a pop group

363. Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and albums you need

364. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and learning to get Dylan

365. Cerrone’s Supernature and discovering space disco

366. A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders and records that made me love hip-hop

367. The Cure’s Three Imaginary Boys and vivid memories of its sleeve art

368. Eno/Byrne’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and records you’ve heard of, even if you haven’t heard them

369. Converge’s Axe to Fall and breaking a rut

370. The Cars’ s/t and monoculture

371. Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book and music that brings joy

372 & 373. Nick Cave’s Let Love In and Tender Prey and artists who are always changing, challenging

374. Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions and mandatory records

375. Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and owning my dad rock affinity

376. Miles Davis’ On the Corner and infamous LPs

377. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Henry’s Dream and the hardest song I ever memorized

378 & 379. Broadcast’s Tender Buttons and The Noise Made by People and the rare pleasure of sharing a fondness for this band with someone else

380. Al Green’s I’m Still in Love With You and a simple rule for buying Al Green records

381. Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit… and short-term obsessions

382. The Sound’s From the Lion’s Mouth and leaning on friends’ recommendations

383. The Sisters of Mercy’s Floodland and launching a goth night

384. Van Morrison’s Saint Dominic’s Preview and how good writing makes you want to hear music

386. Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information and my college radio days

387. The Police’s Reggatta de Blanc and “White Reggae”

388. Broadcast’s Future Crayon and bands with the best b-sides

389. Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage and deep dives and obsessions

390 & 391. Fela Kuti’s Zombie and Expensive Shit and why I know I’m in the right place when I hear these

392. Big Star’s Radio City and being introduced to one of the greatest bands

393. Tribulation’s The Children of the Night and why I enjoy being a metalhead

394. Gun Club’s Fire of Love and learning to love blues

395. The Sound’s Jeopardy and seeking to build the best post-punk collection in the west

396. Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration and the goth table

397. Speedy Ortiz’s Foil Deer, indie rock and getting older

398. Metz’s II and why you gotta pick up the coolest looking version sometimes

399. True Widow’s Circumambulation and why nobody does what they do

400. The Psychedelic Furs’ Talk Talk Talk, saxophones and new wave summers

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