|Paul Schneider rocks on!|
So what makes someone's record collection crushworthy? Usually its the weird stuff that you like that you think no one else does. As a suburban teenager, my bar was pretty low. If someone had heard of (and liked) Radiohead, I thought they were pretty awesome. Now, as a jaded twenty-something who knows a lot of people with similar taste, I'm much pickier ("You like LCD Soundsystem, yeah, so does EVERYONE...").
Earlier, I did a post on musical dealbreakers; bands and artists so heinous, they are potential relationship-enders. These musical benchmarks are the opposite; bands and artists so supremely awesome, that if someone liked them, you'd respect them a little more for it. Overall, this list was much trickier to compile than the dealbreakers. They are not necessarily my favorite bands (Note: no LCD Soundsystem, no Black Keys), just the ones that seem obscure and rocking enough to earn my musical admiration. Below are my picks:
Jonathan Richman and/ or the Modern Lovers. Find him in the catalog!
Post-Punk: Wire, Gang of Four, Jesus and Mary Chain, etc.
Elephant 6 bands: Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control, etc.
Madvillain, Madlib, and MF Doom.
Any blues music from the Fat Possum Label. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford. Fat Possum's indie stuff is cool too!
Smart, Literate NYC Indie Rockers: The Walkmen, The National, etc.
Okay music geeks, what additions (or subtractions) would you make to the list?