Really fun OTR came out yesterday. Jesse and Zack talked about their favorite punk albums. When I was listening, as most probably did too, I was trying to think about my Top 10 as well. So I figured I’d put them here, in no particular order. Each one will link to a song that I like from the album, if you’re not familiar with them.
On the OTR list, they didn’t have all “punk” records, more like all punk and punk inspired records, so I thought I’d do that as well. The Lifetime song I linked to is in my Top 25 songs of all time. Probably my Top 10. But I never really thought about that list. Albums are hard enough as it is.
Ian Hogarth, co-founder of Songkick, has a great post up about a recent talk he gave. The part that stuck out for me the most (obv), concerned doing a startup in Music Tech. Which is probably the dumbest thing you could possibly do. Especially if you want to generate revenue. When Tom and I started, we didn’t intend to build a business. Sure we had it in the back of our minds, but in reality, all we wanted to do was build something great for our friends. 5 years later, and we still haven’t taken investment. We still do whatever we want. And we still don’t care what our competitors are doing. The only difference between this year and 2009, is this year our tech will facilitate millions upon millions of dollars worth of music and merch sales. In 2009, all we wanted to do was help some friends out. That’s the way you need to start in Music Tech. You need to do it for yourself. If you don’t do it for yourself, you’ll have nothing to keep you going when the times are tough. Which I can tell you, with absolute certainty, will happen frequently and without mercy.
What White Lung - Deep Fantasy, Reminds Me Of…
White Lung’s Deep Fantasy has become my favorite album of the year so far. What’s strange about that is there’s few albums that are this fast, this chaotic, and this flat out relentless, that really do it for me. But here’s what’s interesting, when I do find one that does it for me, it becomes an all time favorite album. An album that has me going, wow, this is just ridiculous, every single time I listen to it. There’s 3 albums that come to mind right away, when I think about what Deep Fantasy is doing for me right now. One is Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops. The second one is VOD - Imprint. Both of those don’t sound like Deep Fantasy at all. There’s not enough punk influence in it. Imprint has more than Cave In, so we’re getting closer. The third album is the one I think that makes a better comparison. At least in my eyes. That one is Misfits - American Psycho.
This album has that same fast, but still completely logical style, that always gets me. Fast isn’t enough. It needs to make sense. So much fast punk out there is just noise to me. I can’t process it. But this album, because of the quality of the recording, the simplicity of the riffs, and the pace of the songs, allows me to easily ingest it and understand it. Plus it’s catchy as all hell. Until Your Hearts Stops is like 4 of these albums combined. Imprint is like 3. Deep Fantasy is like 2. In my brain, it’s just math. It makes perfect sense to me.