1996

Somehow, it’s been 20 years since 1996 – perhaps the first year I started to really listen to music. Back then, I was enrolled in several CD clubs in which I’d buy an album and then receive like eight more for free in the mail. Life was weird before the internet took over. Anyways, here are my favorite records from way back when.

Beck, Odelay
Best track: “Jack-Ass”

Dave Matthews Band, Crash
Best track: “Two Step”

Fugees, The Score
Best track: “Killing Me Softly”

Jamiroquai, Travelling Without Moving
Best track: “Virtual Insanity”

Phish, Billy Breathes
Best track: “Prince Caspian”

Sublime, Sublime
Best track: “Doin’ Time”

The Wallflowers, Bringing Down the Horse
Best track: “One Headlight”

 

 

Khruangbin

Khruangbin

Khruangbin is a three-piece band from Texas, comprised of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald Johnson on drums. Taking influence from 1960’s Thai funk – their name literally translates to “Engine Fly” in Thai – Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool.

Listen to their debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You.

Whitney

Dreamy folk rock out of my sweet home Chicago. This is music that grows on you like a vine as songs evolve into multi-instrumental soundscapes of reverie. Listen to their debut album, Light Upon the Lake.  You’ll feeler cooler in no time.

Around the World

Globe Music

While by no means a definitive list, here are some international gems for your listening pleasure:

Algeria
Made In Medina, Rachid Taha (2000)

Argentina
Artaud, Pescado Rabioso (1973)

Australia
Lonerism, Tame Impala (2012)

Austria
Black Sea, Fennesz (2008)

Bahamas
Exuma, Exuma (1970)

Belgium
Djangology, Django Reinhardt (1949)

Bermuda
Oyster, Heather Nova (1994)

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bitanga I Princeza, Bijelo Dugme (1979)

Brazil
Acabou Chorare, Novos Baianos (1972)

Bulgaria
Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares: Volume 1, Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (1975)

Canada
Funeral, Arcade Fire (2004)

Chile
Alcachofa, Ricardo Villalobos (2003)

China
Fu Zao, Faye Wong (1996)

Colombia
Un Día Normal, Juanes (2002)

Croatia
Time, Time (1972)

Cuba
Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

Czech Republic
Bílé Inferno, Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek (1997)
Continue reading “Around the World”