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so what are everyone's top 5 can't-live-without albums?

the list changes sometimes, but this is the basic structure

rubber soul the beatles

clap your hands say yeah clap your hands say yeah

the velvet underground & nico the velvet underground

in our gun gomez

boys and girls in america the hold steady

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1. Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn

2. Dr. Dre - The Chronic

3. The Rakes - Ten New Messages

4. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory

5. Damien Marley - Welcome To Jamrock or Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquour

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hmmm...

Marvin Gaye - The Best Of Marvin Gaye, Volume 2, The Seventies

Clipse - Lord Willin' / Hell Hath No Fury

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

Snowden - Anti-Anti

(changes frequently but these are staples in circulation for sure...)

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I could not possibly survive without these albums:

Television - Marquee Moon

Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

The Microphones - The Glow, Pt. 2

Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender

They get played so often its ridiculous.

Runners up... Phoenix - United, Animal Collective - Here Comes the Indian (hurts my soul not to include this), so many others...

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Pink Floyd - The Wall

Arcade Fire - Funeral

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Girl Talk - Night Ripper

Radiohead - Kid A

those are the albums that i really can't imagine my life without ... i feel like i should include some hip hop in there, but i can't think of a definitive album that really had as much of an impact on me as any of these.

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Okay this is tough, but here goes...

Bowie - Aladin Sane

Clash - London Calling

Kinks - Muswell Hillbiles

Neil Young - Tonight's the Night

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

WWhiskey, I think I could have Marquee Moon and Blonde on Blonde in my list too, damnit, now I want Blood on the Tracks on there! To much to list...

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1. Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister

2. Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs

3. Daft Punk - Discovery

4. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Shake the Streets

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dr octagon - octagonecologyst

underworld - dubnobasswithmyheadman

eugene mcdaniels - headless heroes of the apocalypse

portishead - dummy

octavius - electric third rail

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1. The Blood Brothers - Burn, Piano Island, Burn!

2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

3. Autechre - Amber

4. Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right to Children

5. Dr. Dre - 2001

I think I could listen to just these 5 albums for the rest of my life.

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right now they are

ollabelle-riverside battle songs

tom waits-orphans brawlers bawlers and bastards

abigail washburn-songs of the travelling daughter

bob dylan- love and theft

neko case-furnace room lullaby

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Paul Simon - Graceland

Beatles - Revolver

Islands - Return to the Sea

Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

Gorillaz - Gorillaz

bonus: David Bowie - The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust

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Kinks - something else

Crescent City Soul box set.

Modern Lovers - s/t

Reigning Sound - too much guitar

Dylan - blood on the tracks or blond on blond or...

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Islands - Return to the Sea

Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

Nice! I love those two! I saw Islands live a while ago, they were so good.

Is your handle a reference to Nick Diamond? Or whatever he goes by these days?

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These all sort of marked a turning point in my life.

Jawbreaker - Etc.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness

Minus The Bear - Highly Refined Pirates

At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command

Vagrant Records -Another Year on the Streets

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This changes all of the time but;

Midnight Marauders

Unknown Pleasures

Debut- Bjork

In The Aeroplane Over the Sea

Louder Than Bombs- The Smiths saved/are saving my life.

Surfer Rosa/Doolittle- cannot decide

36 Chambers

Throbbing Gristle- First annual report, which single handely got me into obscure, unconventional music.

Dan Bell- Blip, Blurp, Bleep.

No Cash- Run Your motherfucking Pockets

The VU and Nico.

Oh and the trainspotting soundtrack- the first one.

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Sonic Youth - Sister

...............yeah.

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nas-illmatic

Gangstarr- Moment of Truth

a Tribe Called Quest- The Low End Theory

Pinback-Blue Screen Life/Summer In abaddon

Beulah- The Coast is Never Clear

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at the moment:

Coil - Horse Rotorvator

Giorgio Moroder - From Here To Eternity

Christian Death - Only Theatre of Pain

Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the 36 Chambers

Prince - Hits & B-Sides

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Animal Collective - Here Comes the Indian (hurts my soul not to include this), so many others...

I got your back...

Animal Collective - Here Comes the Indian

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Raise Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Tha Tribe - Mad Hops and Crazy Stops (modern masterpiece, but google only retuns 49 results? weak. as a frame of reference, the latest Rakes album turns up 168 thousand results.)

Nas - Illmatic

Against Me! - Reinventing Axl Rose (punk rock's last stand)

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Jimmy eat world - clarity

turning point - 1988-1992

from ashes rise - nightmares

penfold - amatures and professionals

crossed out - discography

saves the day - through being cool

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dont know why i bother, this changes almost daily but these are some that have left the biggest impact...

red house painters - down colorful hill

my bloody valentine - loveless

mogwai - young team

sigur ros - agaetis byrjun

sonic youth - washing machine

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everything but the girl - amplified heart

the 6ths - wasps nests

they might be giants - apollo 18

foo fighters - colour and the shape

radiohead - ok computer

beck - sea change

guns 'n roses - appetite for destruction

paul simon - graceland

bruce springsteen - born to run

green day - dookie

pink floyd - wish you were here

pixies - doolittle

smiths - queen is dead

queen - night at the opera

bjork - debut

killers - hot fuss

REM - automatic for the people

elvis costello - my aim is true

rage against the machine - rage against the machine

pogues - red roses for me

oh.......it's not essential 20?

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everything but the girl - amplified heart

the 6ths - wasps nests

they might be giants - apollo 18

foo fighters - colour and the shape

radiohead - ok computer

beck - sea change

guns 'n roses - appetite for destruction

paul simon - graceland

bruce springsteen - born to run

green day - dookie

pink floyd - wish you were here

pixies - doolittle

smiths - queen is dead

queen - night at the opera

bjork - debut

killers - hot fuss

REM - automatic for the people

elvis costello - my aim is true

rage against the machine - rage against the machine

pogues - red roses for me

oh.......it's not essential 20?

haha. essential 20 works too. 5 is way too hard

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the blood brothers - march on electric children

joy division - unknown pleasures

christian death - only theatre of pain

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The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

The Replacements - Let It Be

Silver Jews - American Water

Mekons - Mekons Rock'n'Roll

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

HM; The Travelling Wilburys - Vol. 1

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