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A schadenfrauden by heart, I'm really getting into Facebook -- checking who got fat and who turned gay. And I also have to admit, I check that and perezhilton.com 5, 10, 20 times a day. Ahgggg, whatever. Those sites update so much they're like the moving pictures of the new 2nd millennium internet age.

Sick, sick shit.

With that said and off my chest, I'm sure you've received/wrote the '25 things about you' note. I think 60 minutes did a segment on it. [I made that up at first. But it turns out that there actually was a segment] Well, mine's about music. With the start of this here blog, I decided to toss it up here. Enjoy?

My top 25 influential albums, in semi-chronological order. Wahhhhasd;lkfjasl;dfjka;jdf;aljda FACEBOOK thbbbbt.

1. MXPX - mixtape
I stole this from the gym's stereo during volleyball practice. I was in... 10th grade? 1998. I don't know who owned it, but I took it. Most if not all my friends were really into Dave Mathews Band. I wasn't. So this was the first tape that helped me look for something else.

2. The Anniversary - Designing A Nervous Breakdown.
My favorite. So influential for me... always reminds me of 12th grade and years after. On repeat. Still feels the same. Like a nice hot shower or cold splash of water to the face.... right.

3. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
I think I lost my virginity to this album.

4. Modest Mouse - The Moon And Antarctica
Modest Mouse was a big deal for me at the time. I was taking this art class in 2002 and bonded with the cool girl over this album. We became best friends and traded music.

5. Operation Ivy - Energy
This was my (should still be if I belonged to a gym) workout album. For years. Each song would represent a pace I'd set for myself. Crazy, actually. And so good. I seriously recommend working out to this.

6. Dischord Comp: 1981 - The Year In 7"
Introduced me to Minor Threat and so on and so forth

7. Bad Brains - Bad Brains
Introduced me to the way of the PMA.

8. Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
While taking classes at santa monica college, I became the cool girl in class because of this album on my ipod. ELllllllll - Ayyyyy.

9. Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary
Um, well. Guilty pleasure! Fangirl status.

10. Daniel Johnston
Started my segue into weird music. Pretty overall influential and intimate. A lot of lonely late night listening sessions.

11. Desmond Dekker - whatever the internet gave me
Introduced me to the way of the rudegirl.

12. CocoRosie - Le Maison de Mon Reve
What can I say... I fell in love to this album.

13. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
This was my mid afternoon prayer or something. Another on repeat album. But doesn't ring in the same when I listen to it now. But it was my first taste of lo-fi... so.

14. Rough Trade Shops - Indiepop, 2 disc comp
I had buyers remorse at first. But surely this was the most influential purchase. Brought me into the world of rough trade.

15. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
By far, by far... my favorite band. This deep cleaned my ears.

16. C86, comp release by nme and rough trade
Fuck fuck fuck. Such a great find for me. Expanded my brain and taught me so much about music.

16. Neu!
Holy shit this blew my minnnnnnnnnnd. And still does.

17. The Birthday Party - Junkyard
This gave me nightmares. And made me laugh.

18. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Extended my faith in music, 10 fold. Cornerstone album.

19. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
I had so much fun to this.

20. ESG - Come Away with ESG
This album told me it's ok to dance.

20. Wipers - EVERYTHING
Fuck, this band rules. Music rings in so sharp and reminds me that its ok to write juvenile lyrics. The best thing to come out of Nirvana's vagina. Ok okkkkk. Listen. Just to clarify... I'm not saying the Wipers literally came from Nirvana's love box. The Wipers were around over a decade before Nevermind. But what I am saying is that, I have Kurt Cobain and the canonization of his musical influences to thank for bringing the wipers and greg sage into my life. rip kurt. fuck you courtney.

21. Karen Dalton - In My Own Time
I was on an east village folk kick. Finding her erased everything I previously thought I knew of bob dylan.

22. Roxy Music - Self titled
I mean, much respect always for Brian Eno. But this album (and for your pleasure) is so completely essential to the buddings of music making. Such collaboration. Raw and on the verge type of essential shit.

23. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
On a roadtrip I had an epiphany with this album. And the fact that every fucking song is a fucking single. Impossible.

24. Fehlfarben - Monarchie Und Alltag
On the search for the perfect post-german language rock album and this was it.

25. Gun Outfit - Demo 2008
This is what I BELIEVE music should be. Looking forward to new releases in 2009.

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