#tbt Silver Jews / American Water (1998)
American Water marked the first time that Silver Jews stopped being a Pavement side project (both bands, by the way, formed around the same time) and demonstrated their ability to be a band that puts out music that is just as good if not better than Malkmus’ main focus.
#tbt Tori Amos / Little Earthquakes (1991)
I had some trepidation about writing a #tbt review of this album since it doesn’t really fit the indie M.O. of this column, but to me it has always been an indie record, possibly because it was so different from everything else that was coming out at that time.
#tbt Sonic Youth / Daydream Nation (1988)
What many would consider to be the epitome of indie rock, Daydream Nation set the bar for with would later become one of the most iconic double albums to come out from a band not signed to a major label. So iconic, in fact, it was chosen by the Library of Congress to be preserved in the National Recording Registry in 2005.
#tbt Dinosaur Jr / Green Mind (1991)
I know many people would argue that I should pick an earlier Dinosaur Jr album, prior to the departure of Lou Barlow, but this was the album that introduced me to them, so nostalgia wins this round. Wikipedia calls Dinosaur Jr “Alternative Rock”, and to be quite honest, I have no idea what “Alternative Rock” means, aside from rock music that came out in the 90’s that wasn’t Ace of Base.
#tbt Supergrass / I Should Coco (1995)
Punk rock and Brit Pop. Is there a better marriage than the one in Supergrass’s debut, “I Should Coco”? I think not. This trio from Oxford, England, influenced by blues, punk, and pop music, released this culture and genre defying album in the 90’s, to critical acclaim.
#tbt Beck / Mellow Gold (1994)
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, and I found I was asking myself this question: “Do I really like Beck?” Odelay was a pretty great album, and he’s written some pretty good tunes since then. But I don’t recall ever purposefully putting on a Beck record and listening to it all the way through.
#tbt Nine Inch Nails / Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
Ah, the 70’s. For a decade that gave us some really terrible music, it really made way for some great, innovative stuff in the 80’s. Out of the ashes disco gave way to house and some really innovative electronic pop acts. Bands like Cabaret Voltaire and Depeche Mode were making sad music with synthesizers, which almost seemed like a contradiction at the time, but melancholy always prevails. It was from this cloth that Nine Inch Nails was cut.
#tbt Pavement / Wowee Zowee (1995)
I have to say, I had a hard time choosing a Pavement record to do this throwback column on. I initially wanted to go with the compilation record Westing by Musket and Sextant, but being that it is technically not a real Pavement full length release, I opted to go with Wowee Zowee, which might be their strongest and most popular album.
#tbt The Charlatans UK / The Charlatans (1995)
The self titled album from The Charlatans was their fourth effort and last record they released before the death of their original keyboardist Rob Collins. This record really shows how much of a key player Rob Collins was in the band, as most of the songs prominently feature leading riffs on the Hammond, Wurlizter, D6, clavinet, and piano.