Ya boy Austen is back with a monumental exercise in self-indulgence. People ask all the time what Anthony's favorite albums of all time are, but he's too much of a coward to name them. Or he's just busy - some shit like that. I, on the other hand, have the balls and the excess of free time to compile my own list of favorites, which I'm posting here in three installments, divvied up by time period.
Now, I'm not delusional enough to think that most TND viewers give much of a shit what the managing editor's Top Whatever is, but the reception of my yearly lists up to this point has been pretty positive, so this post is here for whoever dug those. And because curation is the aspect of my job I enjoy most, these lists are simply fun to make.
This first page is dedicated to my decadal Top 10s from the music revolution of the 1960s up to the Naughty Aughts. It's a span of 40 years, of which I was alive for only six. So, I can't claim any connection to this music at the time of its release, but I do have some kind of sentimental attachment to every album here. I haven't really taken into account historical significance; basically my criteria is "if an album has given me a prevailing musical takeaway, it belongs on the list." Some have influenced me as a listener, some have (more importantly) inspired me as a sound designer and instrumentalist, and some have even helped shape my work in video. However, you won't be able to tell how exactly each one affected me 'cause I'm not a particularly great music writer, and bogging this sonic journey down with over a hundred blurbs doesn't sound very appealing to me anyway. This is basically a not-so-glorified playlist/cover art gallery; hopefully it's enjoyable as that. If you don't want to deal with our site player, which usually takes a few seconds to load and obviously doesn't autoplay, there are (incomplete) Spotify playlists at the bottom of each page. They don't flow very well, but there ya go.
Without further ado, let's kick things off with a "first CD I bought with my own money" meme that led me to buy a soprano sax and go from there:
Onto the new millennium:
2018 Updates: (60s) Teiji Ito and Serge Gainsbourg out, Terry Riley and France Gall in. Scott Walker's Brel covers replaced by the real McCoy. (80s) Swans and Scott Johnson out, Prince and Brian Eno in. (90s) Olivia Tremor Control in, Harry Partch replaces Sonic Youth in Honorable Mentions. (HM) Consume Red switched out for Rev Pekinese Opera.