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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Top 20 Singer-Songwriters of All Time

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Wed, May 7, 2014 at 8:56 AM
Johnny Cash - COURTESY OF THE LABEL
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  • Johnny Cash
There's something about the singer-songwriter, the self-contained musical artist whose compositions succeed largely on the strength of his or her imagination. When determining our top 20, we considered both solo artists, and singers who were the primary songwriters for their bands. -Nicholas Pell 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Top 20 Golden Age Hip-Hop Albums

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Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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  • The Pharcyde
Hip-hop's Golden Age marks what many believe to be the genre's zenith, when crackling funk, jazz, and soul samples mixed with banging boom-bap drums and lyrics that were really about something.

It was an era of rapid and remarkable innovation, both sonically and in terms of lyrics and delivery styles. Many debate what years constitute the Golden Age, but for our purposes it began in 1988 and ended in 1993.

Below, then, is our list of the 20 best Golden Age albums. They contributed to hip-hop's legitimacy as an art form, and without them contemporary hip-hop as we know it wouldn't exist at all. -Max Bell

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

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The 20 Most L.A. Albums Ever: The Complete List

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Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:17 AM
The Go-Gos - PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • The Go-Gos
From the Sunset Strip to the beach to the streets of South Central, L.A. has created one mythology after another in its music. Whether these images are embraced -  or shattered, as by South Bay punk rock - the dichotomy of a struggling inner city and bikini-clad rich kids in the hills gives L.A. a unique sound, a texture of noise that exists in different ways on the great records born in its neighborhoods.

Surveying that landscape and digging into the contributions of our musical pioneers, we've selected the 20 most quintessentially L.A. records. -Art Tavana

See also: The 20 Worst Hipster Bands

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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The 20 Most L.A. Albums Ever: 10-1

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Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 3:40 AM
Black Flag - EDWARD COLVER
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  • Black Flag
From the Sunset Strip to the beach to the streets of South Central, L.A. has for decades created one mythology after another in its music. Whether these images are embraced - or, say, shattered by South Bay punk rock - the dichotomy of a struggling inner city and bikini-clad rich kids in the hills gives L.A. a unique sound, a texture of noise that exists in different ways on the great records born in its neighborhoods. 

Surveying that landscape and digging into the contributions of our musical pioneers, we've selected the 20 most quintessentially L.A. records. -Art Tavana

See also: The Most L.A. Albums Ever: 20-11

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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The 20 Most L.A. Albums Ever: 20-11

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Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 3:17 AM
Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast - PHOTO BY SEAN TEEGARDEN
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  • Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
From the Sunset Strip to the beach to the streets of South Central, L.A. has for decades created one mythology after another in its music. Whether these images are embraced - or, say, shattered by South Bay punk rock - the dichotomy of a struggling inner city and bikini-clad rich kids in the hills gives L.A. a unique sound, a texture of noise that exists in different ways on the great records born in its neighborhoods.

Surveying that landscape and digging into the contributions of our musical pioneers, we've selected the 20 most quintessentially L.A. records. -Art Tavana

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Emotional Hardcore

Top 20 Emo Albums in History: Complete List

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Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 4:00 AM
Jimmy Eat World
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Few music genres inspire as many eye rolls as emo. But so-called "emotional hardcore" was an inevitable outgrowth of hardcore, which was itself a response to the commercialization of punk. Emo kicked off in the mid-1980s, when D.C. acts wanted to express themselves a bit more, shall we say, tenderly. The genre reached an aesthetic peak in the early-to-mid-1990s, as a second wave of emo spread through the Midwest. (Its mall-core nadir would come later, in the aughts, though the less said about that the better.) In any case, the through-line is a sensibility based on uncompromising worldviews, alternately melodic and explosive guitars, and lungs eviscerated in the name of earnestness. Here are the 20 best albums of the genre. -Patrick James

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Emotional Hardcore

Top 20 Emo Albums in History: 10-1

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Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:15 AM
Sunny Day Real Estate - SUB POP RECORDS
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  • Sunny Day Real Estate

Few music genres inspire as many eye rolls as emo. But so-called "emotional hardcore" was an inevitable outgrowth of hardcore, which was itself a response to the commercialization of punk. Emo kicked off in the mid-1980s, when D.C. acts wanted to express themselves a bit more, shall we say, tenderly. The genre reached an aesthetic peak in the early-to-mid-1990s, as a second wave of emo spread through the Midwest. (Its mall-core nadir would come later, in the aughts, though the less said about that the better.) In any case, the through-line is a sensibility based on uncompromising worldviews, alternately melodic and explosive guitars, and lungs eviscerated in the name of earnestness. Here are the 20 best albums of the genre. -Patrick James

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Top 20 Emo Albums in History: 20-11

Top 20 Punk Albums in History

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Emotional Hardcore

Top 20 Emo Albums in History: 20-11

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Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 3:45 AM
Jimmy Eat World
  • Jimmy Eat World

Few music genres inspire as many eye rolls as emo. But so-called "emotional hardcore" was an inevitable outgrowth of hardcore, which was itself a response to the commercialization of punk. Emo kicked off in the mid-1980s, when D.C. acts wanted to express themselves a bit more, shall we say, tenderly. The genre reached an aesthetic peak in the early-to-mid-1990s, as a second wave of emo spread through the Midwest. (Its mall-core nadir would come later, in the aughts, though the less said about that the better.) In any case, the through-line is a sensibility based on uncompromising worldviews, alternately melodic and explosive guitars, and lungs eviscerated in the name of earnestness. Here are the 20 best albums of the genre. -Patrick James

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Top 20 Emo Albums in History: 10-1

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hardcore

Top 20 Hardcore Albums in History: Complete List

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 9:44 AM
BAD BRAINS
  • Bad Brains

By 1980, the writing was on the wall: Punk rock might have been making headlines, but it wasn't moving units. The industry responded with the skinny tie bands, retroactively labeled New Wave, a safer, more accessible take on the back-to-basics energy of punk. The street reacted by buzzing its collective head, throwing out the fashion designers and putting the musicians in the driver's seat. The result was a rawer, tougher, more stripped down form of punk known as hardcore. Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits once called it "American folk music." Here are the 20 best albums of the genre. -Nicholas Pell

See also: The 20 Worst Hipster Bands

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hardcore

Top 20 Hardcore Albums in History: 10-1

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Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:45 AM
Minor Threat
  • Minor Threat

By 1980, the writing was on the wall: Punk rock might have been making headlines, but it wasn't moving units. The industry responded with the skinny tie bands, retroactively labeled New Wave, a safer, more accessible take on the back-to-basics energy of punk. The street reacted by buzzing its collective head, throwing out the fashion designers and putting the musicians in the driver's seat. The result was a rawer, tougher, more stripped down form of punk known as hardcore. Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits once called it "American folk music." Here are the 20 best albums of the genre. -Nicholas Pell

See also: Top 20 Hardcore Albums in History: 20-11

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