i first discovered her music in 1995, when i was in college. the first song i heard was “32 flavors.” it changed my life.
i went and bought all of her previous CDs, and have continued my journey with her music to this day. (last year’s which side are you on? is amazing, by the way.)
the first new ani album i bought was dilate, in 1996. i remember driving to best buy to get the CD at 10 am on its release day. i would have gone to papa jazz, but it opened at 11 am. i was a bit obsessive at the time.
to many ani fans, dilate is her best album. that’s saying a lot, considering she has 23 albums to date.
she recently announced that her older records are going to be remastered and re-released on vinyl. i got my copy recently, and it’s perfect.
“done wrong” makes me think of late nights with nothing but headphones. “shameless” makes me think of walking through campus. “outta me, onto you” makes me think of taking a road trip with my friends to athens, ga. the whole album brings me back to 1996.
i’m hoping she puts educated guess and/or to the teeth on vinyl, as well. those are my favorites.
3. godspeed you! black emperor: allelujah don’t bend ascend
4. cloud nothings: attack on memory
5. ani difranco: which side are you on?
6. chelsea wolfe: unknown rooms: a collection of acoustic songs
7. memotone: i sleep. at waking
8. theesatisfaction: awe naturale
9. jack white: blunderbuss
10. flying lotus: until the quiet comes
others: st. vincent + david byrne - “love this giant,” andrew bird - “break it yourself,” public enemy - “most of my heroes still don’t appear on no stamp,” the corin tucker band - “kill my blues,” swans - “the seer,” smashing pumpkins - “oceania,” the xx - “coexist,” anais mitchell - “young man in america”
feeling blessed that i was asked to speak at Ignite, an event that will bring together some top notch local media types.
from the official press release:
Join some of the media world’s top thinkers, influencers and technology luminaries as we show off the best Charleston has to offer in the engaging Ignite format. Presenters will share their personal and professional passions using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just 5 minutes.