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365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 29

Killing Joke – Night Time

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It’s pretty hard to overestimate the importance and influence of Killing Joke when you’re talking about—for lack of a better term—alternative rock.

There is a sweet spot in the history of this music where early angst begins to mature, but doesn’t yet fade. The Replacements nailed that spot. As did Ministry. As did REM. As did Husker Du. And so forth.

Killing Joke nailed it with this album.

If you have any doubt as to just HOW impactful Killing Joke—and this album—are, listen to “Come As You Are” by Nirvana. Nirvana is arguably alternative rock’s greatest triumph. But for all intents and purposes, the music of “Come As You Are” was recorded by Killing Joke six years prior.

There is of course a supplemental conspiracy theory that suggests The Damned beat them all to the punch with their 1982 song “Life Goes On.”

The real point is, Killing Joke was a killer band, and their mix of punk ferocity, dance floor aggression, and socio-political rebellion made for truly necessary music.


9 Months of #365DaysOfAlbumRecommendations!

#365DaysOfAlbumRecommendations

Startin’ to feel like we might actually make it all the way!

It’s been a pretty remarkable journey, this whole process. I’m grateful for the opportunity to think about and re-engage with so many amazing recordings, and I’m just so thrilled that literally thousands of you have been checking in to read and listen as well. Music is a magical thing, no question about it. So without further ado, here are the 273 albums I’ve recommended from Jan 1 – Sep 30:

  1. Muddy Waters  – Rare & Unissued
  2. Skip James – She Lyin’
  3. Albert King – I’ll Play The Blues For You
  4. Dave Van Ronk – Folksinger
  5. Robert Pete Williams – Louisiana Blues
  6. The Best of Nina Simone
  7. Johnny Winter Progressive Blues Experiment
  8. Don’t Mess With Miss Watkins
  9. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Autobiography in Blues
  10. Howlin’ Wolf – His Best – Chess 50th Anniversary Collection
  11. Chris Whitley – Dirt Floor
  12. Bo Diddley
  13. Janis Joplin – I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again Mama
  14. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand The Weather
  15. Kelly Joe Phelps – Shine-Eyed Mister Zen
  16. Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces of a Man
  17. Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth
  18. The Victoria Spivey Collection 1926-1937
  19. Phil Ochs – All The News That’s Fit To Sing
  20. Joseph Spence – Good Morning Mr. Walker
  21. Clara Smith – The Essential Clara Smith1924-1929
  22. Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
  23. John Mooney – Comin’ your Way
  24. The Pretenders – Learning to Crawl
  25. Manifesto Mix Tape Vol. 1
  26. Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol I & II
  27. Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack
  28. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  29. Greg Brown – Slant 6 Mind
  30. Tim Buckley  – Dream Letter, Live in London, 1968
  31. Muddy Waters – Folk Singer
  32. Bukka White  – Sky Songs
  33. The Brothers Johnson  – Look Out For #1
  34. Ivie Anderson – It Don’t Mean A Thing
  35. Oscar Levant  – Levant Plays Gershwin
  36. Blind Willie McTell – Last Sessions
  37. Leon Redbone  – On the Track
  38. Guitar Slim – I Got Sumpin’ For You
  39. Soul Coughing – Ruby Vroom
  40. Fred McDowell  – Levee Camp Blues
  41. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers – Crusade
  42. Angelique Kidjo – Oremi
  43. At Home With Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  44. Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat
  45. Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain
  46. Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers
  47. Stray Cats – Built for Speed
  48. Charley Patton – The Complete Recordings 1929-1934 (Disc 1)
  49. Lonnie Johnson – Vol 1. 1937-1940
  50. The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
  51. Chuck Berry – After School Session
  52. Junior Kimbrough – Sad Days, Lonely Nights
  53. Mississippi John Hurt  – 1928 Sessions
  54. Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna
  55. Jelly Roll Morton – Oh, Mister Jelly
  56. The Mississippi Sheiks – Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vols 1-3
  57. Kokomo Arnold – Restored and Remastered Hits
  58. Roy Rogers – Chops Not Chaps
  59. Irma Thomas – Wish Someone Would Care
  60. Woody Guthrie – The Asch Recordings, Vol 1-4
  61. James Brown’s Funky People (Part 3)
  62. Doc & Merle Watson – Down South
  63. Dolly Parton – The Grass Is Blue
  64. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
  65. Albert Collins – The Complete Imperial Recordings
  66. Dolores Keane  – May Morning Dew
  67. Bessie Smith – The Complete Recordings Vol. I
  68. Lyle Lovett – Joshua Judges Ruth
  69. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Loves
  70. Robert Petway – Catfish Blues
  71. B.B. King – Live in Cook County Jail
  72. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
  73. Grant Green – First Session
  74. Son House – Father of the Folk Blues
  75. Alvin Youngblood Hart – Big Mama’s Door
  76. The James Cotton Blues Band
  77. The American Graffiti Soundtrack
  78. Willie Dixon – I Am The Blues
  79. Memphis Minnie – All The Published Sides 1929-1937
  80. Charlie Christian & Dizzy Gillespie – After Hours
  81. Blind Lemon Jefferson – The Complete Classic Sides Remastered Chicago 1926 Disc A
  82. Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan
  83. The Yardbirds For Your Love
  84. Bukka White – Mississippi Blues
  85. Hank Mobley – Workout
  86. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe as Milk
  87. Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones
  88. Mance Lipscomb – Texas Sharecropper & Songster
  89. The Beat Farmers – Van Go
  90. Sleepy John Estes – I ain’t gonna be worried no more
  91. Eric Dolphy – Outward Bound
  92. Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions
  93. Rev. Gary Davis – At Newport
  94. Bob Dylan – Bringing it all back home
  95. Robert Wilkins – The original Rolling Stone
  96. Edwin Starr – War & Peace
  97. Ma Rainey – Mother of the blues
  98. Jessie Mae Hemphill – She-Wolf
  99. Little Jimmie Dickens – Raisin’ The Dickens
  100. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
  101. Grant Green – The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark
  102. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball
  103. Louis Armstrong – The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings
  104. Dock Boggs – Country Blues : Complete Early Recordings
  105. Thelonious Monk – Plays Duke Ellington
  106. 16 Horsepower – 16 Horsepower
  107. Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, “From The New World” / Symphonic Variations
  108. Bix Beiderbecke – 20 Classic Tracks
  109. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
  110. Willie Nelson – Teatro
  111. Billie Holiday & Lester Young: Complete Studio Recordings
  112. Fred McDowell – Long Way From Home
  113. Dwight Yoakam – Guitars Cadillacs Etc, Etc.
  114. Benny Goodman – Complete Capitol Trios
  115. Blind Boy Fuller – Volume 1: 1935-1938
  116. Ella Fitzgerald – Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
  117. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Blue Jean Bop
  118. Los Lobos – Kiko
  119. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
  120. Johnny Horton – The Spectacular Johnny Horton
  121. Hungry Dog Brand – Boy Meets Dog
  122. DI3 – Torch
  123. Eagle-Eye Cherry – Living In The Present Future
  124. Colin Brooks – Blood and Water
  125. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy – Soundtrack
  126. Dusty Wright – Elevened
  127. Will Scott – Gnawbone
  128. Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
  129. Billie Holiday – Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia, 1933-1944
  130. The Clash – The Clash
  131. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
  132. Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Comin’
  133. Cream – Fresh Cream
  134. Big Mama Thornton – Essential Recordings
  135. Frank Sinatra – sings for Only The Lonely
  136. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Extra Width
  137. Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
  138. Tracy Chapman – Our Bright Future
  139. Bob Log III – My Shit Is Perfect
  140. Joe Cocker – Mad Dogs & Englishmen
  141. Tomasz Stańko – From The Green Hill
  142. Paul Chambers – Whims of Chambers
  143. Booker T. & the MGs – Green Onions
  144. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
  145. J.J. & Kai: The J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding Trombone Octet
  146. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  147. The Shangri-Las – The Complete Collection
  148. Furry Lewis – In His Prime 1927-1928
  149. Phil Ochs – A Toast To Those Who Are Gone
  150. The Clash – Give ‘Em Enough Rope
  151. Skip James – Greatest of the Delta Blues Singers
  152. The Original Sonny Boy Williamson
  153. Leon Redbone – Champagne Charlie
  154. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
  155. Gillian Welch – Hell Among The Yearlings
  156. Beth Gibbons – Out of Season
  157. Buddy Holly – A Rock & Roll Collection
  158. Mance Lipscomb – Vol. 5, Pure Texas Country Blues
  159. Jimmy Reed – Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby – Singles As & Bs 1953-1961
  160. Fats Navarro – The Fats Navarro Collection, 1943-50
  161. Jeffrey Halford & The Healers – Lo Fi Dreams
  162. Lennie Tristano & Warne Marsh – Intuition
  163. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Let Love In
  164. Bill Withers – Just As I Am
  165. Jacques Brel – Enregistrement Public à l’Olympia 1964
  166. Leroy Carr – The Essential
  167. Etta James – At Last!
  168. Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders
  169. John Mayall – Bluesbreakers (w/ Eric Clapton)
  170. Ted Hawkins – The Final Tour
  171. Elmore James – Slide Order of the Blues, The Singles As & Bs 1952-1962
  172. Ida Cox – Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Vol. 1, 1923
  173. Hoagy Carmichael Sings Hoagy Carmichael
  174. Blind Willie Johnson – The Complete
  175. Thelonious Monk – Monk Alone: The Complete Solo Studio Recordings of Thelonious Monk 1962-1968
  176. The Replacements – Tim
  177. Bad Company – Bad Company
  178. Duke Ellington – Money Jungle
  179. Bill Evans – Interplay
  180. Big Joe Williams – The Essential
  181. Kiss – Love Gun
  182. Mississippi John Hurt – Complete Studio Recordings
  183. John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen
  184. The Doors – The Soft Parade
  185. X – See How We Are
  186. Charlie Parker – With Strings
  187. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  188. Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  189. Billy Bragg – Back to Basics
  190. Sleepy John Estes – I Ain’t Gonna Be Worried No More 1929-1941
  191. Tommy Johnson – 1928-1929 Complete Recorded Works
  192. The Rolling Stones – Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol 2)
  193. Lightnin’ Hopkins – The Complete Aladdin Recordings
  194. Ray Charles – Pure Genius: Complete Atlantic Recordings 52-59
  195. Aretha Franklin –  Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  196. Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus
  197. Townes Van Zandt –  High, Low And In Between
  198. Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard
  199. The Bodeans – Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams
  200. Junior Wells – Hoodoo Man Blues
  201. Mance Lipscomb – You Got To Reap What You Sow, Texas Songster, Vol. 2
  202. Johnny Cash – With His Hot And Blue Guitar
  203. Tony Joe White – Black & White
  204. The Ramones – The Ramones
  205. Cesária Évora – Café Atlantico
  206. Issa Bagayogo – Mali Koura
  207. Seán Tyrrell – The Orchard
  208. Malkit Singh – Sikh Hon Da Maan
  209. Anonymous 4 – Hildegard von Bingen, 11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula
  210. Peter Tosh – Equal Rights
  211. Dmitri Shostakovich – The String Quartets
  212. Charley Patton – The Complete Recordings 1929-1934 (Disc 2)
  213. Blind Blake – All the Published Sides 1926-1932
  214. Blind Willie McTell – Classic Years: 1927-1940 (Disc 1)
  215. Leadbelly – Important Recordings 1934-1949
  216. Blind Lemon Jefferson –  The Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Atlanta & Chicago 1926 Disc B
  217. Johnny Azari – Songs From A Motel Room
  218. Legends of Country Blues
  219. Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
  220. Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan
  221. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
  222. Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
  223. Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding
  224. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
  225. Dr. John – Gumbo
  226. Dr. John – Gris Gris
  227. Nina Simone – Little Blue Girl
  228. The Carter Family – The Carter Family: 1927-1934
  229. Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl
  230. Koko Taylor – Koko Taylor
  231. Social Distortion – Prison Bound
  232. Slim Harpo – The Excello Singles
  233. The Kinks – The Kink Kontroversy
  234. The Meters – Look-Ka Py Py
  235. Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour
  236. James Brown – Live at The Apollo (1962)
  237. Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads
  238. Hank Mobley – Soul Station
  239. Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
  240. Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe
  241. Joan Baez – Diamonds & Rust
  242. Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline
  243. Charlie Musselwhite – Stand Back! Here comes Charley Musselwhite’s Southside Band
  244. Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – Pressure Cooker
  245. Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal
  246. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy A Thrill
  247. Art Tatum – The Complete Solo Masterpieces
  248. Randy Newman – 12 Songs
  249. Waylon Jennings –  Lonesome, On’ry and Mean
  250. Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter – Beyond the Sunset
  251. Townes Van Zandt – For The Sake Of The Song
  252. Steve Earle – Train a Comin’
  253. Portishead – Dummy
  254. Ministry – Rio Grande Blood
  255. Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  256. Gerry Mulligan-Chet Baker Original Quartet: Complete Recordings (Master takes)
  257. Link Wray – Link Wray & The Wraymen
  258. Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs and Stories
  259. Professor Longhair – Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Complete Recordings 1949-1962
  260. Little Eva – The Locomotion
  261. Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
  262. Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica
  263. Christy Moore – Back Home In Derry
  264. Sinead O’ Connor – Sean-Nos Nua
  265. The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & The Lash
  266. Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy & Dial Master
  267. Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours
  268. Mississippi John Hurt – Last Sessions
  269. Louisiana Red: My Life With Carey Bel
  270. John Lee Hooker – The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker
  271. Frank Stokes – The Victor Recordings (1928-1929)
  272. Dire Straits – Dire Straits
  273. The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go

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