My Favorite Recordings

Vulgar Fashion (Self titled)
Discovered by Jesse: 2014

Ancient Filth (Demo)
Neon Piss (Demo)


Mastodon, Crack the Skye
Discovered by Jesse: 2010
Favorite Song: The Czar
There's nothing wrong with this album; I only wish this had been recorded with the equipment and techniques used to create Dark Side of the Moon.

Nachtmistum, Black Meddle Part 2: Addicts
Discovered by Jesse: 2010
Favorite Song: No Funeral

Annihilation Time, Tales of the Ancient Age
Discovered by Jesse: 2008
Favorite Song: Just Guzzlin'
Annihilation Time are a high speed mix of Black Flag and Black Sabbath, and with Tales of the Ancient Age they continue to infect their vomit-stained skater punk rock n' roll with some pretty depraved 70's guitar solos. But even though some of their best songs are on this album, their must-hear material is spread out between all their albums. This One's for You, God and Annihilation Time II are really worth hearing too.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ire Works
Discovered by Jesse: 2007
Favorite Song: Mouth Of Ghosts
Whereas Calculating Infinity rewards the listener's perseverance with catharsis, The Dillinger Escape Plan's second masterpiece is pleasurable to listen through from start to finish. When the band strays from its patented blast of unpenetratable noise, it manages to evoke murky thoughts of unrequited love, Metroid boss battles, and other forgotten  memories (or were they only dreams?) Short packets of brilliance are packed densely throughout, and each is given just enough breathing room to make its impact felt before giving way to the next.

Rio Grande Blood, Ministry
Discovered by Jesse: 2006
Favorite Song: Lieslieslies
After a couple of misfires, Ministry's mainman Al Jourgensen returned with two blistering thrash albums targeted squarely at George W Bush. Together with 2004's Houses of the Molé, Rio Grande Blood satisfies with pummeling, infectious grooves and focused lyrics. These two albums are best enjoyed back to back, preferably while speeding through the vacant ranch lands of Texas. It's a shame that more people haven't heard these songs, because they're consistently solid. You won't want it to end, and when it does, you won't mind starting over from track 1.

10,000 Days, Tool
Discovered by Jesse: 2006
Favorite Song: Wings For Marie (Part 1)/10,000 Days (Wings Part 2)
In addition to the release of Ministry's Rio Grand Blood, May of 2006 also saw the emergence of Tool's 10,000 Days, a darker and dare I say more meandering journey through the haze that has surrounded Tool's music since 2001's Lateralus. Although this album's most poignant moments won't become clear without repeated listening, tracks 3 and 4 combine into something as mesmerizing as past masterpieces Third Eye and Parabol/Parabola.

Hazardous Mutation, Municipal Waste
Discovered by Jesse: 2006
Favorite Song: Guilty of Being Tight
I thought I'd never find a recording that I really liked from 2005, until I stumbled upon this one. This 80s hardcore thrash music is best enjoyed on vinyl, because the album's cover art is so good that it deserves to be seen at full size. Check out my blog about the Municipal Waste concert I attended in July of 2006.

Size Matters, Helmet
Discovered by Jesse: 2004
Favorite Song: Smart
This CD sounds very clean and pristine compared to the group's earlier muddy grooviness. The computer-aided precision here does away with Helmet's dirty, organic grunge noise, with initially detrimental effects. But the CD definitely got better with repeated listening. What makes this album so cool is that while past Helmet albums have each included three or four "perfect" songs and four or five annoying ones, this one contains only a single fingernails-on-the-blackboard moment (the opening verse of Surgery.) And after hearing the album several times, its opening and closing songs, Smart and Last Breath, begin to hold up against anything the band ever put out rhythmically or melodically during its previous incarnation.


Mit Gas, Tomahawk
Discovered by Jesse: 2003
Favorite Song: Mayday
Mike Patton's most accessible work in years is bounded by menacing birdsongs and hand-to-hand combat instructions from a VietNam vet who finally paid the price for his three pack-a-day Marlboro habit. Yeah, he's singing with an artificial larynx.

Cradle of Filth: Damnation and a Day

Discovered by Jesse: 2004
Favorite Song: A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon/The Promise of Fever
The first two tracks on this CD serve as one of the coolest intro sequences I've ever experienced in any medium.

The End of All Things to Come, Mudvayne
Discovered by Jesse: 2002
Favorite Song: Mercy, Severity
This one took me a while to figure out. Initially it sounded dense and muddy, but eventually the songs opened up.

Lateralus, Tool
Discovered by Jesse 2001
Favorite Song: Parabol/Parabola
Here Tool dances around the riffs and structures that exploded out of their previous album, Aenima, without ever reaching the same highs or lows. This album's lack of annoyances makes it great background music. But if you pay attention and let it sink in, it reveals itself to be an epic, meaningful album.

Radiohead: Amnesiac

Discovered by Jesse: 2002
Favorite Song: Hunting Bears

Dead Prez: Let's Get Free
I like this CD's political message, and for a group that focuses on lyrical content, Dead Prez do a pretty great job of constructing beats and melodies. This is the only CD listed here that I would consider as a 'manual for living' rather than as mere entertainment. Although I don't ascribe to Dead Prez's most paranoid, outrageous proclamations, such as "I don't believe Bob Marley Died from cancer, thirty five years ago I would've been a panther" and "Who shot Biggie Smalls? If we don't get them they gonna get us all", they're so catchy that I don't mind singing along.

Marilyn Manson: Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
Discovered by Jesse: 2000
Favorite Song: The Death Song
Marilyn Manson got really serious on this CD. Although the subsequent release of The Golden age of Grotesque confirmed my suspicions that Manson has little to say aside from that which serves only to make him appear intelligent, Holy Wood dupes the listener into believing that his critique of American culture has some golden nugget of truth buried within it–if only we were smart enough to put the pieces together and understand what he's saying.

Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile
Discovered by Jesse: 1999
Favorite Song: The Frail

Filter: Title of Record
Discovered by Jesse: 2005
Favorite Song: Cancer
I believe this is the most pummeling pop album ever recorded. Nevertheless, you may hear Take a Picture if you linger long enough at the grocery store magazine rack.

The Dilinger Escape Plan: Calculating Infinity
Discovered by Jesse: 2003
Favorite Song: 4th Grade Dropout
Listen with patience through the grating math-core aggression, and 'soap opera-core' ambience, and you will arrive at occasional, brief, and truly fulfilling interludes, most notably the beautiful '4th Grade Dropout' and 'Weekend Sex Change' sequences. The knowledge of what is coming will soon turn this impenetrable fog of thrash into a breath of fresh air.

System of a Down: System of a Down
Discovered by Jesse: 2002
Favorite Song: P.L.U.C.K.

Pearl Jam: Yield
Discovered by Jesse: 1998
Favorite Song: Push Me Pull Me

Primus: The Brown Album
Discovered by Jesse: 1998
Favorite Song: The Return of Sauthington Willoby

Helmet, Aftertaste

Tool, Aenema
Discovered by Jesse: 2001
Favorite Song: 3rd Eye

Marilyn Manson: Lunchbox
Discovered by Jesse: 2000
Favorite Song: Down in the Park (Gary Newman Cover)

Mad Season: Above
Discovered by Jesse: 1995
Favorite Song: November Hotel
This CD has the distinction of being the first one that I ever bought and paid for with my own money. Although Layne Staley is one of my favorite singers, my favorite track on this Disc is actually an instrumental.

The best thing I  heard on the radio in 1995 was probably Self-Pollution Radio, which I listened to on January 8 of that year, on 104.1 FM, Hartford, CT (Before it was taken over by Clear Channel, and long before its format was changed to hip hop and R&B). The Self-Pollution Radio program was hosted by Eddie Vedder, who broadcasted out of a rented Seattle house. The signal was picked up by many different radio stations nationwide. The program introduced me to several tunes that stick in my head to this day.

Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
Discovered by Jesse: 1999
Favorite Song: Ruiner

Pearl Jam, Vs.
Discovered by Jesse: 1998
Favorite Song: Rearviewmirror

Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine
Discovered by Jesse: 1999
Favorite Song: Know Your Enemy

Dr. Dre: The Chronic
Discovered by Jesse: 2005
Favorite Song: The $20 Sack Pyramid
There's nothing new under the sun, so the saying goes. And anything you're hearing in rap today, you could have heard on The Chronic back in 1992.

Nine Inch Nails: Broken

Discovered by Jesse: 1999
Favorite Song: Wish

Alice in Chains: Dirt
Discovered by Jesse: 1999
Favorite Song: Them Bones
I really love the first song 'Them Bones'. This CD ends just as strong, with "Would?". I like everything Alice in Chains did, but this CD contains more good songs than any other.

Pearl Jam: Ten
Discovered by Jesse: 1995
Favorite Song: Alive

Guns n' Roses: Appetite for Destruction
Discovered by Jesse: 2002
Favorite Song: All of Them!

Napalm Death: SCUM
Discovered by Jesse: 2009
Favorite Song: This album has songs?
The first grindcore album ever!

Metallica: Master of Puppets
Discovered by Jesse: 2003
Favorite Song: Master of Puppets

Martin Luther King Jr.: Beyond Vietnam
Discovered by Jesse: 2003