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04 August 2008

I just listened to Van Halen's 1984 from beginning to end. What's the last album you listened to from beginning to end?[More:] I know in this age of MP3s it may be rare, but it might still happen.
Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats, which I listened to on the train ride to work this morning. Perfect Monday morning music... heh.
posted by BoringPostcards 04 August | 17:17
I believe it was Saxophone Colossus, the Sonny Rollins classic, but it might've been Ghost Rock, the newish Nomo album.
posted by box 04 August | 17:28
Nomo's Ghost Rock, some twenty minutes ago.

Ha, Box—just saw 'em last night! More electronics on this one. Dan's got some weird thing he said was called an eWind or something, which is some sort of electronic reed instrument.
posted by klangklangston 04 August | 17:32
Starless And Bible Black Sabbath, by Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno.
posted by bmarkey 04 August | 17:38
Supernature - Goldfrapp. well you DID ask...
posted by lonefrontranger 04 August | 17:48
Yeah, I like this album much better than New Tones (which I liked much better than the eponymous one). I think Ghost Rock is battling it out with Supreme Balloon and Born Broke (Brotzmann/Uuskyla) to be my favorite record of the year.

Other whole albums listened to lately: Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite, and David S. Ware's cover of it.
posted by box 04 August | 17:49
Pleasures of the Harbor by Phil Ochs. It was really a trip down memory lane and it sounds as good to me as it did back when.
posted by danf 04 August | 17:52
Supernature - Goldfrapp. well you DID ask...

Good album, lfr!
posted by BoringPostcards 04 August | 17:53
I listened to the new album by U.S. Christmas, Eat the Low Dogs, three times in a row today.
posted by syntax 04 August | 18:07
The new Paul Weller, 22 Dreams -- all glorious 21 songs (and 70+ minutes) of it!
posted by scody 04 August | 18:14
(er, that should be "all 21 glorious songs"...)
posted by scody 04 August | 18:14
It's an old, regional cd I finally found online. It's called "MSB" by the Michael Stanley Band. I was introduced to the band in the '80s, collected albums (most found in the bargain bins), and I was nostalgic for the songs. Then I found a website that carries the albums, ordered my favorite, and played it over and over before installing it on my iPod.
posted by redvixen 04 August | 18:24
About a week ago we started talking about Steely Dan and I wanted to play a specific song which I realized I only had on vinyl. So I fired up the ol' turntable, which requires a little switching around of speaker cable, and we listened to some of my awesome stacks of wax like "Aja" and Rod Stewart's "Every Picture Tells a Story," and "Astral Weeks," until LT negged that because he has this irrational dislike of Van Morrison.
posted by Miko 04 August | 18:40
Michael Stanley was all over the media in Cleveland when I was growing up. If memory serves, he simultaneously hosted a classic-rock radio show and an evening local newsmagazine program.
posted by box 04 August | 18:41
I just listened to the new Paul Westerberg record "49:00" in its entirety last night.

Before that, it was The Hold Steady's "Boys and Girls in America" on a long car ride with elizard.
posted by BitterOldPunk 04 August | 18:51
I still listen to tons of records from front to back. Not on vinyl, because I don't have the gear, but albums is how I like to listen to music. Usually, I go on jags where I listen to The Band's second record (the "brown" record) for 2 weeks straight, or All Mod Cons by the Jam, or...Oh man, one of my absolute FAVOURITES is the first Clash record. I really like the context that an album provides. I also really like remembering where in the musical timeline a record falls. The Rheostatics, a recently defunct uber-Canadian band also made great records, that ebbed and flowed wonderfully. The Weakerthans are really good at this as well.

This past weekend, we were at some friends' camp, and they had Bell's satellite service, which provides a number of lame radio flavours. We tried out the 80s, then settled on "Adult Alternative", and a song by starsailor came on. I commented that really, I might be able to dig the song, but that I didn't like the single song, on its own, you know?

Anyway, that's my thing. Since I had a cassette stereo in my car, I would record vinyl to tape and drive around listening to whole albums. I don't think I'll ever be able to get into satellite radio for that reason. I prefer my own dj'ing!

Oh, and how did you like 49'00" Bitter Old Punk? I liked lots of it, but I'm starting to wish Paul would use a studio and a producer again sometime.
posted by richat 04 August | 19:06
"Melody A.M." by Röyksopp

I listen in random modes mostly, but turtlegirl insists on having whole albums on the iPods. Audio engineers. geez.
posted by terrapin 04 August | 19:11
red vixen: LOL! My cousins in western Pennsylvania listened to the MSB for years in the late 70s. I never heard them anywhere else.
posted by terrapin 04 August | 19:16
Soundtrack to Passing Strange in the car this weekend on the way back from Boston. It's so good.
posted by rmless2 04 August | 19:39
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco. One of the few albums released in the last twenty five years that I keep going back to. Yea, I'm an old fart.

Danf, Pleasures of the Harbor, I haven't listened to that since I was a kid.
posted by octothorpe 04 August | 19:42
Fish Tales 1 - Tony De Vit.
posted by pompomtom 04 August | 20:17
I'm an album person, too. I like to think that albums are more than just a collection of songs that happened to be released at the same time, that they are grouped together for some reason. Of course, having started off listening to music on vinyl, that was also the most convenient way to listen, because it was such a pain to flick between albums, so maybe that colours my perception. Back when I was a teenager, that was the "proper" way to listen to music anyway (back when there were often different versions of songs on the album to the "single" versions that got played on the radio).
posted by dg 04 August | 20:30
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love. Still one of my all time favorites.

A friend and I once had a lengthy discussion about "perfect albums", albums that you are compelled to listen to from beginning to end because they are so freakin' fantastic as a single entity. Pink Floyd's "Darkside of the Moon" was one of them, and I think there was a 10cc and a Roxy Music album on the list, but sadly I can't remember them all now.
posted by evilcupcakes 04 August | 21:02
Having an iPod hasn't altered my desire to listen to entire albums whatsoever. It's made mixes a hell of a lot more thoughtless, but when I'm in the mood for a full album, on it goes, with no difficulty.

According to iTunes, the last album I listened to was Woodbine's Best Before End. I got damn close to finishing Laura Marling's debut album in one sitting, but I had errands to run...
posted by mykescipark 04 August | 21:26
The Into the Wild soundtrack (Eddie Vedder). That was awhile ago, though. I usually listen to podcasts or NPR. I feel all self-conscious now, like this post should be on "stuff white people like."
posted by desjardins 04 August | 21:50
Greatest Hits by the Eurythmics. I swear the versatility is such that from one end to the other, it's like listening to their entire career.
posted by stilicho 04 August | 22:39
Current 93 with The Black and Red Menstrual Show - "Christ and the Pale Queens, Mighty in Sorrow"
Current 93 - "Live at Bar Maldoror"
CTI - "European Rendezvous"
I was ripping some of my vinyl.
posted by Zack_Replica 04 August | 22:41
KT Tunstall - Drastic Fantastic + Live from Soho (burned onto a single cd)
Feist - Let it Die + The Reminder (burned onto a single cd)
Ben Lee - Ripe & Awake is the New Sleep (burned onto a single cd)
Tommy Tiernan - Something Mental
John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom

Those are the cds in my cd player right now for overnight listening.
posted by fluffy battle kitten 04 August | 22:44
The last 3 were The Harvey Girls, Fujiya & Miyagi, and Tegan and Sara. I can't remember names of albums. But all three are stellar. I think the Tegan and Sara album is....So Jealous. The F & M album might be called Transparent Things. I'm pretty much obsessed with it and listen to it morning noon and night every day.
posted by iconomy 04 August | 23:02
I listened to all four CDs of "Deep Ska" on Saturday.
Pop Levi's "Never Never Love"
Perez Prado's "Havana 3AM/Mambo Mania"
Battles' "Mirrored"
Panda Bear's "Person Pitch"

Love singles, but still love listening to albums as well.
posted by Hellbient 04 August | 23:14
Tristan Prettyman's Hello...x and Levon Helm's Dirt Farmer
posted by LoriFLA 04 August | 23:27
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
posted by Daniel Charms 04 August | 23:59
Just finishing Stereolab's Sound-Dust at the moment.
posted by D.C. 05 August | 00:31
Last Wednesday, on my 40th, I decided to put in Altered Beast by Matthew Sweet. It suited the occasion. I should pull out actual CDs more often.

At my friend's birthday party on Friday, we got on a Soundgarden kick and listened to SuperUnknown. I like that one, too.
posted by lilywing13 05 August | 00:33
Damn it, I haven't gotten the new Pop Levi yet. Everything I've heard from it blows away his first album by miles.
posted by mykescipark 05 August | 08:25
Listening to songs individually makes me itchy. 'S what happens when you're reared in a prog-rock household.
posted by Eideteker 05 August | 08:32
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, "Nine Tonight." I wish you asked this question three days ago so I coulda said Magma, "Udu Wudu," and Eideteker woulda been like, "Prog magog!" or something like that, maybe whatever that is in Kobaian: "Zeuhl noszfeuhl!"

I can play mp3s but I usually don't because I like to listen to records straight through, as the artist/producer intended. Some albums this doesn't matter. But take for example Tears for Fears' "The Hurting;" songs on it are nice and all, but the whole work taken together is awesome.

Actually, I just listened to Smithsonian Folkways' "Classic Blues vol. 1" collection, which I don't really count as an album, but tarnation that's a good damn record.

Don't get me wrong, I like mp3s, for chopping the good tracks out of a Booka Shade record, or pulling together a mix from my collection, but even then I listen to the mix start to finish, so the flow doesn't get scrambled.

Hell, sometimes I'll even play a whole album at once, my guitar accompanying my warble: Springsteen's "Nebraska" or Steve Earle's "I Feel Alright." Big chunks of Dwight Yoakam's catalog, too. Then I get to howling and they ain't nothing past that but the blues.
posted by Hugh Janus 05 August | 08:46
Flobots: Fight with Tools.

I stock the CD changer in my car and generally listen to the albums all the way through.
posted by Doohickie 06 August | 17:42
Star Wars Wedding || Bunny on a Hillside