The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

I almost didn’t include this essential album because it’s very well known, but I feel like it needs to be included. Let me reiterate one of the central ideas of this little blog: the album is a good and important form within music, and there is something unique you can get from sitting down, focusing,Continue reading “The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd”

Jaime – Brittany Howard

This is an album of constant innovation, a prog rock slamdown full of otherworldly harmony and perfectly calibrated rhythms. From the constantly interesting guitar grooves of “History Repeats” to the cinematic zoom-out of “Run To Me”, this album is perpetually confusing and always pleasing to the ear. Playing jagged harmonies with gentle synths, sweet guitarContinue reading “Jaime – Brittany Howard”

The Stage – Avenged Sevenfold

Do you like music, but wish it was, well, more so? This album is for you! It’s filled with awesome complex work; you may have already heard the Grammy-nominated title track and gotten used to its epic Fm-E riff and beautiful solos, but immediately following that are the beautiful triplet riffs and 4/4 chorus ofContinue reading “The Stage – Avenged Sevenfold”

Piano – EP – Yvette Young

A lot of people get mad when you call an EP made in 2019 classical, so it’s nice to be able to call an album of piano and violin something: piano math rock. I’m not going to get into any of the changing time signatures, as the constant rhythmic innovations of these beautiful compositions areContinue reading “Piano – EP – Yvette Young”

Replay – The Outfield

I love this album. Just listen to the first little bit of “Aladdin’s Cave” and you’ll be hooked in for more. (The time changes on that song are also cool.) The Outfield’s absolutely insane lead vocal harmonies are just as alluring as they were when this band recorded “Your Love”, and the harmonizing background vocalsContinue reading “Replay – The Outfield”

Nonagon Infinity – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

“Robot Stop” is actually the first song I ever recorded! I had arranged an acoustic cover of it that used a ska-punk rhythm to keep the pulse-pounding energy of the original version, a D-E-F-G (all major) chord progression to fit the insanity of the chorus, and put most of it in 4/4 so I couldContinue reading “Nonagon Infinity – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard”