Slint - Spiderland
Slint – Spiderland

With scouring the internet for music as your hobby, you notice how PR helps bands a lot. Sifting through threads of fan chatrooms looking for name drops, I find a majority cite a stable cast of bands, those that are signed with some level of marketing. Even a single social media page is presence. Lots of web users who would cite internet browsing as a main activity can easily find information. Intuition at this point. Reunions have been all the rage as the internet allows listeners to discover previously unavailable music. It’s rare to find a band without any such presence. Almost like the members refusing to acknowledge its existence. When there’s no one talking about you, you quickly become forgotten, and with nothing to push or say there’s plenty of other noise to fill that space. For me, if the band isn’t on Spotify I think why bother chasing a record when there is plenty of other things I can listen to. All the while, there are records that sit fading into history, buried under new music and other growing entertainment. Like masterful novels sat on shelves of a public library that don’t get a glance. It’s always fun to recommend; a good book, a walk, best place to eat, strange buildings, music. It’s a part of sharing life. Doing so reaffirms to oneself they are participating and can affect others. Inclusivity, we want to like the same things. So discover the hard to find things and share them because the true thrill is that you can actually do so.

The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)

Brant Bjork – Jalamenta (1999)

Breach – It’s Me God (1997)

Cavity – Supercollider (1999)

Critters Buggin – Host (1997)

The Dandy Warhols – …The Dandy Warhols Come Down (1997)

Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (1999)

Fudge Tunnel – Hate Songs in E Minor (1991)

Into Another – Ignaurus (1994)

Karp – Self Titled LP (1995)

Rodan – Rusty (1994)

Seam – The Problem With Me (1993)

Shipping News – Save Everything (1996)

Slint – Spiderland (1991)

Soul Coughing – Ruby Vroom (1994)

Unwound – Fake Train (1993)

Weezer – Weezer (1994)


And, some millenials that came from this session:

Fugazi – The Argument (2001)

Japanther – Leather Wings (2003)

Internal Void – Unearthed (2000)

Sunna – One Minute Science (2000)


The 90s isn’t exactly lavished with praise for its heavy output in the mainstream, I got to admit. These LPs are some of what I’ve found worthy of sharing. From what I can hear, each have helped shape or define a spectrum of heavy sounds that have been developed and worked on in the internet era, a legacy that has been somewhat forgotten, buried under massive neglectful imitation.

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