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Found this @ http://www.CDNow.com today. They have J elaborating a little on his picks
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Minor Threat: Complete Discography
J. Mascis: "All their stuff is on one CD now, so call that an album. What I’m really talking about are the first two 45s. That shit and Ian McKaye’s other band, the Teen Idles, really hit me hard. Finally, punks who weren’t into drugs kicked ass and were suburban brats like me. I was so glad to find punks who weren’t junkies. Being from a hippie town, when I hit 15, it was an epiphany for me to find someone screaming about how drugs sucked. And they weren’t British either. I was hooked."
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Birthday Party: Junkyard (Remastered)
"The Birthday Party filled the void left by a dying hardcore scene. They were my favorite band when I started Dinosaur Jr. Nick Cave was also my fashion hero, helping me through my dark college days. It would drive my roommate crazy. He’d look at me like I was a retard. The Bad Seed EP is not an album, but that one was even cooler."
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Black Sabbath: Sabotage
"This blew my mind, especially with headphones on. ‘Thrill of It All’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. Ozzy, their whole thing is just the fucking best."
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Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street
"I went grocery shopping for my mom in junior high, skimmed eight bucks off the top and bought this. It’s hard to get sick of this one. The guitar interplay between Mick Taylor and Keith Richards is pretty much what my guitar style is based on."
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Stooges: Fun House
"Punishing excess. A relentless assault. Folksongs for a new generation. The best single side of a record, ever, by far. Hit after hit kicking your ass."
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Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
"I never understood why people thought of them as depressing. These guys rock hard."
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Wire: Pink Flag//154//Chairs Missing
"I just love it."
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Deep Purple: Machine Head
"One of the first albums that I stole from my brother. I didn’t understand the concept that records could get scratched up. I figured, if it didn’t skip, it was fine. It was under my bed, against the wall, without a jacket, but it didn’t skip when I played it. So, why was my brother yelling at me?"
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Sandy Denny: No More Sad Refrains-Anthology
"My favorite singer, pure and clear."