Favorite Albums of Local Musicians- Part Two!

CLICK HERE FOR PART ONE! You can tell a lot about a person by looking through their trash. You can tell even more about a person by going through their record collection For example, I have an extensive number of ABBA records; so it is obvious I should not be trusted with major life decisions. You can tell even MORE about a person by finding out their top favorite albums of all time. We decided it was time to find out a little about the musicians around town and what their favorite albums were of all time-So We asked a ton of people for their favorite album- below is what we found out.

Matt Rosenberg-Ukulele player in Captain Chet Lawson's Snake Oil Revue.

1)Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band-Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)-This record is not generally a favorite among hard-core Beefheart fans--indeed, it is a re-recording of a superior record which-due to contractual nonsense-had never seen the light of day. Still, it is one of my favorites. It was my first Beefheart record; I'd picked it up after hearing his guest vocal spot on Zappa's "Hot Rats". Before hearing Bat Chain Puller, I did not realize that rock n' roll could sound like that. Beefheart makes declarations as he sings, positing a different reality that exists only in the context of this record. Not even on other Beefheart records do the lyrics take me to a place as unique as in this one.

2)The Monks-Black Monk Time-The history of this band and this record should be studied in every high school in America. Do yourself a favor and look them up on Wikipedia...then pick of the record.

3)The Screaming Blue Messiahs-Gun Shy-I've never felt that this record has been afforded as much respect as it deserves--probably because of the band's silly name and the general silliness of their other major-label release, "Bikini Red". But listen too it, rarely have I heard music so perfectly aligned with vocals and lyrics.


Kirra Vevina - Vocalist / Songwriter

1. Lana Del Rey - Born to Die / Paradise Edition

2. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions Their song "Bleeding Out", "Radioactive", and "Nothing Left to Say" inspired much of my own lyric structure, and helped me get through an extremely rough year. They're empowering.

3. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

Evan Benoit - Strummer and yelper for Badfellows

1. Pixies - Doolittle - The most perfect album I've ever heard. This was the exact moment I knew music would be in my life forever.

2. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks

3. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor - The only album from the last decade that I could call a masterpiece.

Kate Peters, vocals, Chris Peters Band.

1) Automatic for the People - REM. Listened to this album on the boom box in my bedroom in middle/high school a zillion times at least.

2) I am going to embarrass my rocker husband and my future child and pretty much everyone I know except my mother with this one but... Phantom of the Opera - Andrew Llyod Webber. If you really want to be a singer, the pros from the original casts of this and Les Mis and Miss Saigon etc. are incredible.

3)Good Thoughts - Sim Redmond Band. Look them up, they are awesome.


Chelsea Paolini- guitarist in People Skills.

1. Weezer-Pinkerton. Weezer was one of my first favorite rock bands as a pre-teen, as well as my first concert. This album is the perfect mix of distorted riffs, catchy choruses, and melodic guitar solos. I think almost every song on this album has a perfect bridge.

2. The Who- Quadrophenia . It's hard to put into words why I love this album, but the energy and passion put into making it is quite evident in the finished product. Although the "rock opera" story may be confusing to some, the songs by themselves are powerful and emotion-inducing.

3. The Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This was one of the first albums I remember hearing over and over again as a young child, and the songs will stick with me forever. Thanks to my cool parents!

Chris Peters- Chris Peters Band

1. Soul Asylum - Hang Time

2. Buffalo Tom - Let Me Come Over

3. The Beatles -White Album - This is the first record (literally) that I ever played air vocals & air guitar to. I was like 3 years old. Paul McCartney leaves me in awe.

Ron Noyes Ron Noyes Band

1 - Jeff Buckley "Grace" - This album changed my life.

2- Dave Carroll "Fling With The Cows Again" - If you don't know about this album, it's on you.

3- Paul Simon - "Graceland" - I cut this tape out of it's case in Zayer's at the counter and reintroduced my mother to Paul Simon in a new light.

4 - You asked for three, I'm giving you five because I need to. Nas "Illmatic" and 5) Wu Tang Clan's "36 Chambers" still run through my head daily.

Seth Wonkka - lead singer, guitarist for A Cold Lonesome Nowhere

1. Amos Lee - Amos Lee (self-titled 2005). This album introduced Amos' amazing vocal tone and songwriting to the world. He is by far my biggest inspiration. Track 3, Arms of a Woman is reason enough. That song blows me away every time I hear it.

2. Eilen Jewell - Queen of the Minor Key (2011). I could listen to her song Santa Fe from this album on constant repeat while driving across the country. The album is a great mix of country/folk/Americana. Again it's all about the vocal tone for me and Eilen never let's me down.

3. Something Corporate - Leaving Through the Window (2002). This album makes me feel young again every time I listen to it! It reminds of careless days going on random road trips and not having a care in the world. The song Woke Up In A Car still puts a smile on my face every time I hear it!

Brad Myrick

1. Billy Joel - Stormfront: This was the first cassette I tape I bought with my own money, and I had to put it on order at Pitchfork Records. It was my "gateway" to all the rest of Billy's music from before my time, and completely changed my life. Rockers, great lyrics, cool arrangements, and "And So It Goes" might just be the most beautiful song ever.

2. Toad The Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea: Toad had a bunch of radio hits, but never became as well-known as other groups from that period. I've shared this album with many people and they've all been blown away.

3. Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom: First crazy lead guitar player I ever heard who showed me it was ok to sing pop-style tunes with catchy hooks and still shred the hell out of a solo.


Rob Kleiner- Guitarist in Captain Chet

1. Beatles- Abbey Road

2. They Might Be Giants- Flood- This album was the first cassete I listened to on constant repeat. This was the first group that showed me that you don't have to follow all the rules and you can have fun with music.

3. Violent Femmes- Self titled


Delanie Pickering- Solo guitarist/singer

1. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble- Texas Flood
2. Big Bill Broonzy- Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues/ His voice is like a punch in the nose.

3. Tom Waits- The Heart of Saturday Night


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