This was a really tough decision to make. These are the 5 albums that I feel like influenced me the most in the last decade, that I will continue to enjoy.
1. The Format - Dog Problems No other album blew my doors in creatively than this record. Tons of great bands released good records in the past decade, but Nate Ruess and Sam Means knocked one out of the creative park, so to speak, with Dog Problems. For my money, there was no album in the last decade that had as much REAL contemporary heartbreak or brilliant, cascading arrangements. The Format split in 2008. Ruess went on to form Fun. and released an incredible record, "Aim and Ignite", this year. Dog Problems will stand the test of time, though.
2. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP Dark, phenomenal lyrics and brilliant production from the legendary Dr. Dre sent The Marshall Mathers LP straight to the top of the charts. No one was quite prepared for just what was waiting inside the twisted mind of Eminem. Marshall Mathers made an album about RAPING AND KILLING PEOPLE, and we, as a society, embraced it. Arguments could be made that his act has grown stale now, but it can't be disputed that at the turn of the decade, Eminem reigned supreme.
3. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf This 2002 release from Queens of the Stone Age featured the monstrous Dave Grohl at the kit. Josh Homme and crew proved that they are the greatest stoner rock band in the world. From the opening seconds, Songs for the Deaf takes you on a journey through a desert of absolutely inescapable guitar-rock madness. Like a bad acid trip, Songs for the Deaf will stick with you forever.
4. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You A pleasant surprise of an album from a group described as "alternative bluegrass". I was only recently turned on to The Avett Brothers, but I and Love and You is an album that has a great, legitimate feel, from front to back. This album makes me question whether it's in my genetic code to enjoy great banjo playing. Regardless, The Avett's latest effort is top notch.
5. Motion City Soundtrack - Even if It Kills Me Motion City Soundtrack turned to Ric Ocasek to help produce their 2007 release, Even if It Kills Me, and the finished product shows great pop sensibility and anguish. Every melody on this album is infectious and just grabs you by the teat. Justin Pierre's howling vibrato floats over every single one of these songs perfectly. It's hard for any self-described mess of a man not to relate to every single track on this record
I've been up and down a lot in the past few years. I've been smack dab in the middle of more shotgun relationships and radical binges than my body probably could have imagined. It's been a long series of months for yours truly. I've been spending the better part of said months valiantly attempting to document it all.
This brings us to "Songs for a Halfway Home"
"Songs for a Halfway Home" follows a series of my most promising mistakes, both candidly and retardedly. This album is about coming to terms with those mistakes and almost certainly never learning a single lesson from them. At the end of the day, you still never quite feel like you're where you need to be. I love that about life.
We will be releasing "Songs for a Halfway Home", in it's entirety, for free download very soon. The album, as it stands, contains 11 songs. They are gutwrenchers. They are thrillseekers. They are everything that great rock music should be. I promise.
Hey everyone! This is my first blog post on AP.net. I'll more than likely be posting updates regarding my band, THE SCORE, (myspace.com/rockthescore) along with some personal opinions, ramblings, bullshit, lasagna recipes, etc.
Let me fill you in on what's what with The Score.
We finished recording our new full-length record, Songs for a Halfway Home. I'm really proud of it. I wanted to make the type of record that I grew up listening to and loving, a non-stop, no-filler, powerhandy of a record that is terribly, terribly personal. We produced a lot of it ourselves, with some extra help from our friend, Ace Enders. The album is in post-production right now.
All of the songs are very very dear to me.
Bayside's new album "Shudder" is my favorite album of the year so far. You, Me and Everyone We Know will have an awesome new EP. Life is good.