Epic Ten: Sharon Van Etten

After Sharon’s set had ended, and before Junip came on, Sharon took over the merch table. So, naturally, I had to buy something else now. I went up and asked her for Epic on vinyl, and then told her what a great set she had. She was super gracious and very nice. Overall, it was a cool experience.

Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska: The Album That Shaped My Fandom

In my opinion, the album is flawless, being highlighted by such other classics as “Mansion on the Hill,” “Atlantic City,” “Johnny 99,” and “State Trooper.” It is a darker somber record with stories of blue-collar people and the struggles they face.

Trouble Will Find Me: The National

To Me, all albums by The National are great, but Trouble Will Find Me holds a special place in my heart. It solidified my fandom, and will always be special to me for that reason.

Am I The Happy Loss?: Echo & the Bunnymen’s Porcupine, and More

My interest in Echo & the Bunnymen has always continued even if sometimes it’s been in the background. Echo & the Bunnymen have been a major part of my musical history, and education and are very important in my life.

The Club Is Open: Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanes

While the buzz that came with Guided By Voices’ breakthrough album, Bee Thousand was still strong they released their follow-up Alien Lanes in 1995.

The Head on the Door: The Cure

The Head on the Door is the sixth studio album from The Cure. The album was released in 1985 following up on the 1984 record The Top.

We Owe You Nothing: Fugazi’s Repeater

While not being a huge success at the time, Repeater is now considered to be hugely influential. In my opinion, it is a classic—an important part of music history. The list of bands influenced by what Fugazi was doing at the time is endless.

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