Alternative Rock

Alt rock refers to rock music outside of mainstream, radio rock. Though there is no longer mainstream rock, so maybe it’s just what rock is now?

Head Carrier

Pixies: Head Carrier

Pixies are a pretty large touchstone for me in my musical evolution. It honestly started back in 1989 with Doolittle, and I subsequently, and quickly, dug back ...
Star Wars

Wilco: Star Wars

More than anything I just wanted the put this album cover on my site, as I don't really have any affinity for Wilco beyond a little dalliance with Yankee Hotel ...
Ten

Pearl Jam: Ten

Easily one of the top five influential and memorable albums of my college years. For those who thought Nirvana was too discordant and suicidal, Pearl Jam instil...
Nevermind

Nirvana: Nevermind

I put this CD on sitting in a dorm room at college and my mind melted right out of my ear. Like right out of my left ear and onto this single futon I had in the...
In Utero

Nirvana: In Utero

So you thought Nirvana was gonna go soft on their third album after Nevermind became one of the biggest albums of all time? Then you don't know Nirvana. Success...
Frank Black

Frank Black: Frank Black

The first solo effort from former Pixies leadman, Black Francis, finds him trolling through similar neighborhoods and sounds as the band's swansong, Trompe Le M...
Odelay

Beck: Odelay

The first time I heard this album was at a friend's house in New Jersey. It was during the summer and we were listening to what was actually a promo CD version ...
Melt

Artificial Joy Club: Melt

Another from the Interscope trash heap, I picked this one up years ago and really hadn't listened to it until recently. Obviously influenced by the success of G...
I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr.: I Bet on Sky

One could almost call Dino Jr. prolific at this point. This, their third album in five years since reuniting, feels like much more of a collaborative effort rig...
The Darcys

The Darcys: The Darcys

I saw these guys when they opened for Ramona Falls. I gave them not the likeliest chance in hell of digging them given the 'shoegaze' description of the band's ...
Wasting Light

Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

It's been a while since I've been a fan of Foo Fighters. Not because they've changed or lowered the quality of their output, but because my tastes have changed ...