Archive for July, 2004

July 26, 2004

50 Favorite Albums

These are all CDs I love and make me happy from start to finish when I put them on. I guess they are the best albums I have ever heard. I know I can’t fit a few albums, but I don’t think I can take anything off. I realize a list of albums is pretty useless to people, so I put my favorite song from each album. But, this isn’t a list saying, “You should love these albums too.” It’s my personal list. If I do inspire others to listen to any of these artists, then great.

1. Air – Moon Safari (All I Need)
2. Tori Amos – Boys For Pele (Muhammad My Friend)
3. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (Hey Ladies)
4. The Beatles White Album (While My Guitar Gently Weeps)
5. Beck – Sea Change (Round The Bend)
6. Belle And Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap (Is It Wicked Not To Care?)
7. Ben Folds Five – S/T (Philosophy)
8. Bjork – Vespertine (Hidden Place)
9. Chemical Brothers – Surrender (Out Of Control)
10. Clinic – Internal Wrangler (The Return Of Evil Bill)
11. The Dandy Warhols Rule OK (It’s A Fast Driving Rave-Up….)
12. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (River Man)
13. Goldfrapp – Black Cherry (Crystalline Green)
14. The Happy Mondays – Pills, Thrills, & Bellyaches (Bob’s Yer Uncle)
15. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (She Has Fast Cars)
16. The La’s – S/T (Looking Glass)
17. Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy (Over The Hills And Far Away)
18. Leftfield – Leftism (Song Of Life)
19. Madonna- Ray Of Light (Swim)
20. Massive Attack – Protection (Protection)
21. Miss Kittin – I.Com (Allergic)
22. Muse – Absolution (Apocalypse Please)
23. Natural Born Killers Soundtrack (The Future – Leonard Cohen)
24. Nine Inch Nails – Broken EP (Gave Up)
25. NOFX – I Heard They Suck Live (Soul Doubt)
26. Pearl Jam – Ten (Black)
27. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (Up And Down)
28. The Postal Service – S/T (The District Sleeps Alone Tonight)
29. The Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation (Speedway)
30. Pulp – We Love Life (Sunrise)
31. Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R (Better Living Through Chemistry)
32. Radiohead – The Bends (Street Spriit (Fade Out))
33. The Raveonettes – Chain Gang Of Love (That Great Love Sound)
34. R.E.M. – Automatic For The People (Find The River)
35. Sasha – GU13: Ibiza (Mercury & Solace – BT)
36. Sasha & Digweed – Northern Exposure: Expeditions (Waters Of Jericho – Head Honcho)
37. Dave Seaman – Renaissance: Awakening (Love Has Come Again – Human Movement)
38. The Shawshank Redemption Soundtrack (And That Right Soon)
39. The Shins – Oh Inverted World (Girl Inform Me)
40. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (There Is A Light That Never Goes Out)
41. The Sneaker Pimps – Becoming X (Spin Spin Sugar)
42. Television – Marquee Moon (Marquee Moon)
43. Trainspotting Soundtrack (For What You Dream Of – Bedrock)
44. Tricky – Maxinquaye (Suffocated Love)
45. Paul Van Dyk – Out There & Back (Tell Me Why (The Riddle))
46. Velvet Underground & Nico (Venus In Furs)
47. The Verve – A Storm In Heaven (Virtual World)
48. The Von Bondies – Raw & Rare (It Came From Japan)
49. The White Stripes – De Stijl (Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise)
50. Wire – Pink Flag (Three Girl Rhumba)

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July 5, 2004

Ferry Corsten

I own, to some, a ridiculous amount of DJ mix CDs. Ever since I was 12 I have listened to club music. It is my first musical love. I’d estimate I own 60 – 70 mix albums. I own 1 – 25 of the Global Underground series, so that is 24 right there. (Yes, 24. #2 is a t-shirt, not a CD) I own 12 by Ferry Corsten alone. My girlfriend recently said that she expects club music to either move or transport you. She was 100% right. What I realized tonight is that Ferry Corsten does both. I’m listening to his Trance Nation 2001 in my car, and driving tonight felt unlike anything I have ever felt. I felt disembodied. Which probably isn’t a good thing. Ferry Corsten is always exciting to me because he has no use for the long intros and outros to club tracks. He gets to the point, and each trakc lasts 3 – 4 minutes. This is how he can mix 18 tracks in 7 minutes. But, the reason why he is so amazing is that his actual mixing never falters. He can seamlessly mix tracks without those long intros and outros. His track selection is perfect too. He doesn’t hit you over the head with same sounding track after same sounding track. He doesn’t rely on vocal tracks, nor instrumental tracks. He mixes it up and he always keeps it interesting. He certainly uses the big floor fillers, but then he’ll throw on a few lesser known tracks as well. Basically, Ferry Corsten is the perfectly balanced club DJ. And, as I found out tonight, he’s able to put you in a different mindstate. So, if you ever see his name on anything, which is rare in the US, he gets my highest recommendation.