Daniel Jeremy Meyer – Demolishes Love (2017)

Came across this guy on a random Saturday morning listening to WFMU. Top notch singer/songwriter type. Songs are raw and tightly crafted, and take you on a journey to uncertain places. Sad or happy hard to say, probably a kind of blend. Life. Standout Tracks: One More Morning, Auburn & Crimson, My Gemini. Buy it: 

Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now (2005)

Mary Gauthier sings like she doesn’t give a fuck what you think, but she probably does. Hence the heartbreak. This album is lived in and you can live inside it. Amazing depictions of stragglers, bums and drunks. Life is hard, life is beautiful, life is short. Standout Tracks: I Drink Buy it: Mercy Now (Amazon) Stream:

Black Flag – Everything Went Black (1982)

Because they had so many different vocalists, this compilation album with Keith Morris, Dez Cadena and Ron Reyes singing the earliest “hits” is a perfect introduction to the mighty Black Flag. Also has awesome early radio commercials advertising shows at places like The Starwood. Essential listening. Standout Tracks: Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie (Keith Morris), Louie, Louie

Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)

Landmark blues based psychedelic album from power trio pioneers Eric, Bruce and Ginger. There are riffs on here like on Sunshine of Your Love, that maybe 80% of all adult humans will recognize. That’s pretty good folks. Budding guitarists or drummers start here. Standout Tracks: Outside Woman Blues, SWLABR, Tales of Brave Ulysses. Buy it: Disraeli