8. The Anniversary – Designing A Nervous Breakdown
I’d been searching for this CD for a long, long time. The Anniversary put out two CDs before breaking up, and Your Majesty is a fucking masterpiece and is on my list of all-time favorite CDs. I kept hearing great things about their first CD, too, but I could never find it – until Avery just started playing it one day in our apartment. This is definitely one of the hidden gems of early 2000 pop-punk.
7. Shearwater – Rook
Speaking of all time favorite CDs, another is Okkervil River‘s Black Sheep Boy. Shearwater is a sideproject of theirs to focus on quieter music. Acoustic(ish) and somewhat mellow like A Weather but much darker and more menacing. A little embarrasingly, I have not yet heard Okkervil River’s new CD, hopefully I’ll check it out before next year’s list?
6. Why? – Alopecia
The first time I heard this CD I thought, “Oh wow, it’s a bunch of pretentious white Berkeley students rapping. Aren’t they clever.” They did have a couple of catchy songs, but I thought that was all there was to them. Luckily, Priya kept playing them and I caught on to why these guys are so great. Definitely a CD you have to listen through a few times before you can appreciate them. They’re a wee bit strange, so give them a listen to judge for yourself. The only proper music video is to my least favorite song of theirs, but what are ya gonna do.