Like anyone reads this shit, right? Really I'm just doing this for my own sake.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles: To me it's everything an album should be. Diverse, experimental, taking on different genres, forms, style, etc. It's innovative and contains some of their best material.
Music Has The Right To Children - Boards Of Canada: I consider this the best electronic album. They go to so many places, hardly a weak track on the album, and they do so much musically, compositionally, production-wise, etc.
Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd: Really cliche pick, but they manage to produce an album that feels like a novel, one giant song, while still managing to be diverse on each track and give its own unique identity. It's great how they revisit themes from other tracks.
Young & Old - Tennis: Although this isn't as diverse an album as the others, each song is catchy and enjoyable to listen to, and it's produced beautifully with indie rock at its best. However the real reason this is one of my favorite albums is because their singer, Alaina Moore has the most beautiful voice I've ever heard in my life, and each song showcases it perfectly. Her voice alone makes me fall in love with each track.
Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles: To me, this album is like a slightly weaker Sgt. Pepper. Every track is great, and there are so many innovations on this one as well. The three powerhouse tracks that really give this an edge for me are "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Hello Goodbye" and "I Am The Walrus."
Del Este De Los Angeles - Los Lobos: This is Mexican music at its best for me. Despite the fact that Los Lobos are very well-known for their Rockabilly music, it's amazing how they actually play all these old Mexican instruments, and these are well-orchestrated ensembles. Their solos are amazing and always fit with the backing chord harmony, and each song is a perfect rendition of Mexican classics.
Ventura - Los Hermanos: It's a pretty large album for modern rock. They always maintain a Brazilian feel, while giving each track its own identity The two main songwriters, Marcelo and Rodrigo, really balance each other out, with Marcelo being more experimental and Rock influenced, while Rodrigo is more latin and romantically influenced.
At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band: This album well always hold a special place for me, because the 13 and 20 minute versions of the songs "Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post" were songs that I obsessed learning over. I learned each of them almost note for note and by ear, and that experience became what I consider the most important development in me becoming a guitarist.
Santana - Santana: This is just his best album. Every track is great Santana, and it's him at his prime.
Days to Come - Bonobo: The earthy cool Jazz sound of this album is really well done, and Bajka's voice on some of these tracks just fit so well. It's perfectly produced (like all Bonobo) and his choice of instrumentation is great.
I noticed some discussion on my threads on UG, and it basically said "His threads suck and they still get a ton of replies."
Well, here's why.
First, why do I make threads: I log on to UG, and none of the discussions particularly interest me. So I make one that does. End of story.
Now, why do they tend to often exceed 100 replies or more? Because I usually consider these things:
- The thread promotes discussion and banter between users.
- The thread is about a topic users would actually be interested in.
- I also make sure my OP doesn't have any typos or unintended sexual innuendo for the thread to get derailed.
- Sometimes I make a thread where UGers can talk about their feels. I had one that was really successful where we shared stories of times we made dumbasses of ourselves with girls we like.
Basically after considering that stuff, I make the thread. Sometimes I make threads that have nothing to do with any of that, and usually I'm making it for a personal reason and it doesn't exceed more than a few replies.
That's mainly what this blog is about. I'm generalizing of course and there's always exceptions here and there, but this is my opinion.
I'd say if you take 90% (or often even 100%) of the music a person likes and listens to, the main thing that dictates what they like is determined by the reality that they either live in, want to live in, or strongly appreciate.
If a person loves to go dancing at clubs, drinking liquor and partying in metropolitan areas, they'll be much more likely to like someone like Lady Gaga than Nickelback. If people grow up in a ghetto black neighborhood, they'll prefer gangsta rap over Shania Twain. It's because they relate to their music, and they understand it.
When a person doesn't like music, like say country, he probably doesn't like the environment of country music (southern U.S., white republican America, etc.). Or if a person likes a genre of music, but doesn't like a certain artist in that genre, perhaps it's because to them, the artist does a poor job of representing that environment.
But this doesn't just go with a person's environment, but like I said, their entire reality. Their perspective, the way they see the world, their opinions, their experiences, etc. People like break up songs the most when they're going through a break up and can relate.
Also, musicians are more likely (but no exclusively) to like music with high technical skills. More often I meet people who listen to Liszt or Alkan who play an instrument than don't. Or if a person doesn't play a musical instrument, but still enjoys Liszt's etudes or something, as I said earlier, he strongly appreciates and admires virtuosity. This doesn't have to be just with technical skill, but it can be composition, production, etc.
So I don't agree with criticism of music based on things like lacking technical skill, or compositional complexity, or even poor music production. A piece of music doesn't have to be technically advanced or compositionally complex in order to accurately represent a reality or perspective a person might have. When a person criticizes music because of its composition, technical requirements, or they just say they don't like it, it's ultimately saying "this music does not match the way I perceive (or want to perceive) the world."
There was once a child who's family was very rich. He could have anything his heart desired. One day, his father came up to him:
"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?"
The father expected a response like "A new computer" or "a newer "iPod", but his response was: "Well....honestly, father? You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing" "What is that?" "A pink ping pong ball." The father got very confused, but he decided not to ask questions.
On the boy's birthday, the father gave the boy one pink ping pong ball. The boy put it on his desk and went to bed. The father went to his room the next morning and the ping pong ball was gone. The father decided his son might feel bad about losing the gift, so he decided not to ask questions.
The next year came and the father went up to the boy:
"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?" "Once again, dad; You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing" "What is that?" "A set of pink ping pong balls" The father got very confused again, but he decided not to ask questions.
The father bought and gave his son a set of pink ping pong balls. The boy once again set them on the desk and went to bed. The father went to the boy's room the next day and the set was gone again. He decided not to ask questions.
The next year came
"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?" "Once again, dad; You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing" "What is that?" "A box of pink ping pong balls" The father got very confused again, but he decided not to ask questions.
The father bought and gave his son a package of pink ping pong balls. The boy once again set them on the desk and went to bed. The father went to the boy's room the next day and the package was gone again. He decided not to ask questions.
The next year came
"Hey son. Your birthday is coming up. What would you like us to get you?" "Once again, dad; You have given me all I could ever want. However, I still would like on thing" "What is that?" "An entire factory that makes pink ping pong balls" The father got very confused again, but he decided not to ask questions.
The father bought and gave his son an entire factory that makes pink ping pong balls. The next day, the father went to drive to the factory, and saw it was gone. He could not believe it. He drove to his house to ask his son what happened all these years. On his way, he received a phone call from his wife:
"Our son accidentally was hit by a car. He's in the hospital"
The father frantically drove to the hospital to see his son. When he arrived in the room, his son was in critical condition.
"Son, are you okay?" "I don't know...I might not make it" "Want do you want? I will do anything for you right now. If this if your last moment, I want it to be as pleasurable as possible." "All I want is one pink ping pong ball" "Son, I must ask you; what did you do with all of those pink ping pong balls over the years?" "I promise I will tell you as soon as you complete my last wish"
The father quickly drove, bought a pink ping pong ball and gave it to his son.
"Thank you father..." "...your promise? I'm sorry, but I have to know what you did with all of those pink ping pong balls" "I....I...." "YES?!" "I....I...I......."