Starting a record collection? Or trying to round out the one you have? Here's a list of 100 records, in alphabetical order, that most people can agree are essential listens. I picked based on two criteria: essentialness and availability. If there's no reasonable way you can pick up the album in store at any given time (and for under $40), it's not on there. If you'd like to head straight to shopping, check out this handy feature at our online store. Enjoy!
Atoms for Peace "Default" (live on The Daily Show, 9/15/13)
Atoms for Peace fans as well as fans of Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in for a treat last night when the group formed by Thom Yorke with Flea on bass stopped by the Daily Show on Comedy Central last night for both an interview and performance in which they did killer sounding live versions of the songs tracks "Default" (latest single off the band's current album Amok that was released back in February of this year by XL Recordings and for which the current tour is in support of), and "Harrowdown Hill" (off Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser from 2006, also on XL). Last night's performance was the first US set by the side-project supergroup originally formed four years ago in LA when they performed publicly for the very first time at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in early October, 2009.
In honor of the upcoming Record Store Day 2013, I decided to make a list of 20 records I think everyone should own on vinyl. Take this Record Store Day to build a nice foundation for your record collection. I picked this list based on pretty arbitrary criteria, including what critics generally think are great, what I think is great, what I think particularly sounds good on analog-warm vinyl, and what you won’t have to pay $100 for or scour for (e.g. no hard-to-find ’90s vinyl or things out of print). I also left it to one album per artist. These aren't in any particular order. Send any omissions to this list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just leave a comment!
In my mind, The White Album is the greatest Beatles album, but you can’t beat the utterly perfect one-disc punch of Revolver. It should go without saying that every Beatles album is essential and is worth owning on vinyl yadda yadda, but if you have to start somewhere, do it here. Their catalog was recently reissued on vinyl in stereo mix, so you should have no trouble finding them if you’re just starting out — and you should have no trouble finding quality replacements, if your old Beatles LPs are worn out.
Atoms for Peace, the new band featuring Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco, have announced their debut record, Amok, will be released Feb. 26 from XL. The band released their first single, Default, this week, which also includes the song “What the Eyeballs Did,” which does not appear on the album.
The band debuted in 2009, performing the entirety of Yorke’s The Eraser at Los Angeles’ The Echoplex (the band shares its name with a song on The Eraser, as well as a speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower). Since then, the band toured opening for Flying Lotus and played the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, while Radiohead released their eighth album, The King of Limbs.
You can here Yorke singing over an eerily beautiful electronic instrumental on the band’s official website, where you can also scroll over an apocalyptic L.A. landscape that includes many local landmarks (no Amoeba, although everything’s on fire so I guess that’s okay).
Good news for Bay Area Radiohead fans who can't make it down to the upcoming big Coachella Festival 2012 to see Thom Yorke and group perform. Radiohead will be playing at San Jose's HP Pavilion this evening, Wednesday April 11th before heading down to Coachella to perform along with a slew of other acts including the their two fellow headliners The Black Keys (who'll play Oakland's Oracle Arena May 4th) and Dr Dre. At the ever expanding annual Coachella Festival in SoCal - now a two weekend event that essentially repeats itself - happening this weekend and the following, April 13 - 15 and April 20 - 22, Radiohead will headline the two Saturdays - April 14th & April 21st. More info on Coachella tix here.
So in anticipation of both Radiohead's Bay Area concert tonight (Tix info) and their two Coachella sets below are some Radiohead videos, spanning their rich career. Included are "Fake Plastic Trees" from 1995's The Bends, "Paranoid Android" from 1997's OK Computer, "Everything In Its Right Place" from their fourth studio album, 2000's Kid A (still my personal favorite Radiohead album), and "Lotus Flower" from their eight studio album and their most recent album, last year's The King of Limbswhich, while maybe not their strongest work, is not bad at all. All of these Radiohead releases are available to buy at Amoeba in the three stores or online by clicking on bright blue font on the title from the Amoeba.com Shop where you will find tons more Radiohead items for sale including non album releases and vinyl versions of their albums. Click here to see full Radiohead list of releases for sale from Amoeba online.