Monthly Archives: April 2013

Songs In the Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder (1976) After this double album (and change!), R&B, Motown soul, funk, gospel, jazz and pop would never be the same. Songs isn’t a bold first step for those genres, but rather a grandiose culmination of everything good about … Continue reading

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Ramones

Ramones (1976) After the Who, John Lennon and the Stooges came close, this LP officially started punk music. That was basically the last widespread cultural revolution pop music had. It became a trend, killing off the popularity of more pretentious, … Continue reading

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Another Green World

Brian Eno (1975) Very fittingly titled, this record is an intentionally prefabricated new world to explore. Every layer of sound is meticulously sculpted and manipulated to interact in a specific way with every other component. It’s evocative, creative, diverse, concise, … Continue reading

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Autobahn

Kraftwerk (1974) Does your band use a synthesizer? Well, here are the guys you have to thank for that. By no means were they the first to use the instrument, nor did they start its popularity, but they made it … Continue reading

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Here Come the Warm Jets

Brian Eno (1974) A hugely groundbreaking record wherein a brilliant sonic guru briefly explores everything from noise rock to krautrock to synth pop to glam rock to ambient to punk to dance to reggae, while integrating lots of classic styles … Continue reading

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Quadrophenia

The Who (1973) It would be too easy to call Quadrophenia boring (or humorless). But that wouldn’t be entirely true. Because for all of its apparent monolithic singlemindedness and its dour overarching concept, Quad contains multitudes. The overall impression it … Continue reading

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Meet the Residents

The Residents (1973) In case you weren’t aware, the Residents killed rock music in 1973. That’s it. Everybody go home, we’re done here. Okay, I know I already said that Frank Zappa pioneered parody rock and avant-garde noise. But these … Continue reading

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