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If you're stuck in 1997 like me, the new Third Eye Blind cd came out today. It's available for download on Amazon.com for $3.99.
http://www.amazon.com/Ursa-Major/dp/B002LFRXFC/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk?..."

If you're a fan of the band, this is not a bad album. It's more than worth $3.99.

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Favorite Memories: The two albums that stand out are The Ghosts That Haunt Me by Crash Test Dummies and Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet, both released in 1991.  The Ghosts That Haunt Me came out in the spring during my junior year of high school and Girlfriend came out in the fall during my senior year.  I was the first of my friends to discover either artist.  I actually bought The Ghosts That Haunt Me in its first week of release after seeing a video for the debut single, Superman's Song, on a new music showcase.  The video for Girlfriend was also instrumental in attracting me to the music as it featured really cool anime.  These two artists were part of my introduction to alternative music and I was, in turn, able to introduce them to a lot of my college friends.  This was especially true for the Dummies who, as a Canadian band, were unknown in the US when I started college in '92.  Two years ago, one of those college friends mentioned that she still associates Matthew Sweet's music with me. 

Most embarrassing: I'm going to have to go with Glee since I considered skipping them on this list.  The fact is I love the show, even though it's occasionally ridiculous.  And I love the music, especially the mash-ups.  On occasion, I even prefer their cover over the original.  I've gone so far as to download singles and make my own mixes of the songs that didn't make the albums.  But it's hard to keep up with roughly 4 albums a year and I haven't gotten anything from season 3 yet.  Maybe I'll borrow them from the library in the next week or two in order to get me through the summer lull.

Most recent: This is an easy one: Tom Waits' Glitter and Doom.  I grabbed a bunch of Tom Waits albums over the winter in anticipation of his newest album (Bad As Me).  Glitter and Doom, his live album from 2009, quickly became a new favorite.  I play it all the time in the car.  And, although I'm not always fond of live albums because of poor sound quality, I genuinely appreciate the fan interaction on several songs.  It's great to hear belly laughs in response to the jokes in Live Circus or the cheers in response to the boasts in Goin' Out West ("I look good without a shirt").

Once again we don't have a whole lot in common on the "G"s. We share a lot of artists (Rolling Stones and Elton John) but not necessarily albums. My favorite out of these would probably by the Gorillaz one. One of my favorites from the '00s. Outside of that I think for me it is just the Springsteen Greatest Hits one, which I haven't listened to in years.

I'm glad to included Glee, we all have stuff we are embarrassed of. I've never been a fan, but my boss is. So, whenever he has a party I am subjected to it.

My "H" albums

H.M.S. Gilbert & Sullivan, Gilbert & Sullivan

Hands All Over, Maroon 5

Hard Candy, Counting Crows

A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles

Hard Promises, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Nicholas Hooper

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone, John Williams

Harvest Moon, Neil Young

Heart Shaped World, Chris Isaak

Help!, the Beatles

Here Comes Science, They Might Be Giants

Here For The Party, Gretchen Wilson

Hi! How Are You Today?, Ashley MacIsaac

Highlights from the Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Highway Companion, Tom Petty

Highwayman, The Highwaymen

Hit the Highway, The Proclaimers

Home, Dixie Chicks

Home for Christmas, Sheryl Crow

The Honesty Room, Dar Williams

Horehound, Dead Weather

Hormonally Yours, Shakespear's Sister

HOT!, Squirrel Nut Zippers

Hot Fuss, The Killers

Hot Rocks, The Rolling Stones

Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

How To Become Clairvoyant, Robbie Robertson

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2

Human Touch, Bruce Springsteen

Human Wheels, John Mellencamp

Hurley, Weezer

If you have any Rolling Stones albums at all, then we have them in common.  I'm only missing three at this point (12x5, December's Children & Metamorphosis).

Travis Herrick said:

Once again we don't have a whole lot in common on the "G"s. We share a lot of artists (Rolling Stones and Elton John) but not necessarily albums. My favorite out of these would probably by the Gorillaz one. One of my favorites from the '00s. Outside of that I think for me it is just the Springsteen Greatest Hits one, which I haven't listened to in years.

My "H" Albums

Favorite Memories: This is always a tough category to decide but I'm going to have go with Tom Petty's Highway Companion.  This album was truly a Highway Companion for me.  It came out in 2006, when I was living in Alberta and it accompanied me on a lot of long prairie drives to places like Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat and Burdett.  I remember singing along as I drove.  And I remember being motivated to keep driving by songs like Big Weekend, Night Driver and Down South.  I even remember that this was one of the albums I played on the road when I traveled to a good-bye game of golf before moving to New York. 

Most Embarrassing: This one's a tie between HMS Gilbert & Sullivan and Here for the Party.  The Gilbert & Sullivan album is a compilation of songs from HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance.  I picked it up on a lark for silly songs like "I'm Called Little Buttercup" and "The Major General's Song" but I don't care for the rest of the album and don't listen to those songs very often either.  Here for the Party is a country album by Gretchen Wilson.  When you live out west, as I did for five years, you hear a lot of country music.  I ended up developing an ear for it and picked up a few albums but I don't have much use for this one anymore.

Most Recent: Horehound by The Dead Weather.  I was inspired by Jack White's recent solo effort to pick up the stuff he worked on between the White Stripes and Blunderbuss.  So I grabbed both of the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather albums from the library.  My early impression is that he had one good album and one mediocre one with each group, but it's possible that the other albums will grow on me in time. 

Albums we share:

Hands All Over by Maroon 5. I really don't remember this one at all. Maybe I'll listen to it to refresh my memory or something.

Highwayman by The Highwaymen. The title song is one of my all-time favorties.

Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin. Shouldn't surprise anyone as I am a huge Zeppelin fan. This is my overall favorite album of theirs. I remember cruising around on 635 in my Dodge Daytona late at night, listening to this on tape over and over again.



Travis Herrick said:

Albums we share:

Hands All Over by Maroon 5. I really don't remember this one at all. Maybe I'll listen to it to refresh my memory or something.

It's a great album with some very cool songs- Misery, Stutter, Just a Feeling...- but I think it may end up being their "forgotten" album.  It didn't garner the same attention as their debut and it was the last album that came out before their popularity skyrocketed with Adam Levine's appearance on The Voice. 

Highwayman by The Highwaymen. The title song is one of my all-time favorties.

Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin. Shouldn't surprise anyone as I am a huge Zeppelin fan. This is my overall favorite album of theirs. I remember cruising around on 635 in my Dodge Daytona late at night, listening to this on tape over and over again.

Its one of my favorites, too, though Physical Graffiti is probably tops for me.  I had a Houses of the Holy poster in my college dorm room.  I thought about mentioning it for my favorite memory entry but I realized that I had stronger memories about the poster than the album itself. 

RICHARD CHEESE: Over the weekend I discovered the music of Richard Cheese (he with the stage name of double-meanings). He is a singer who does lounge versions of pop, rock and alternative standards. That’s my schtick! Credit where it’s due, Tracy discovered him (singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) and knew I’d love it. We went to our favorite record store on Saturday, and she made me look somewhere else while she tracked it down. She wouldn’t even let me see what she had bought until she spun it back in the car. Over the weekend we ordered four more Richard Cheese discs, but none of the have “Bohemian Rhapsody”!

A new favrotie album? It seems like I have "discovered" a new favorite album. It is Shake the Sheets by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Since I bought it about a year and half ago it has always been in my ipod. Through all of the complete deletions and rebuilds of the library which I do from time to time, and all of the little ones as well. It doesn't have that one truly great song that I want to listen to over and over again. Yet, it also doesn't have that song or songs that I constantly skip over. Just a really good, solid album from top to bottom.

Now I am afraid to buy any more of their work, for fear of a let down.

I'm looking forward to lot of music that's coming out this fall.  Sept. 3 and 4 bring Mark Knopfler's Privateering and Matchbox 20's first album in ten years, North.  Sept. 11 brings Nelly Furtado (the Spirit Indestructible) and Bob Dylan (Tempest).  Carly Rae Jepsen's Kiss and the Killers' Battle Born show up on Sept. 18.  And then, two weeks, the Wallflowers' Glad All Over arrives on Oct. 2.  That's a lot of potentially cool albums from new favorites and old obsessions. 

My "I" albums:

I Bificus, Bif Naked

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin

I Want You, Savage Garden (ep)

I'm So Happy, I Can't Stop Crying, Sting (ep)

I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, various artists

I'm Your Man, Leonard Cohen

Icky Thump, The White Stripes

Icon, Bryan Adams

If On a Winter's Night, Sting

The Iguanas, The Iguanas

In Dreams: The Best of Roy Orbison

In Reverse, Matthew Sweet

In the Dark, Grateful Dead

In Time: The Best of REM

Inception, Hans Zimmer

The Inevitable, Squirrel Nut Zippers

Innuendo, Queen

Into the Great Wide Open, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim

It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Maroon 5

It's Only Rock 'n Roll, The Rolling Stones

It's Time, Michael Buble

Favorite Memories: Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.  This was another high school album for me (it came out in 1991) and I played it near constantly.  When I listened to it again recently, I still knew the lyrics to every song from the big hits like "Learning to Fly" and "Into the Great Wide Open" (with the Johnny Depp video) to the deep cuts like "Built to Last" and "You and I Will Meet Again."  There are fun songs (I love the lyrical craftsmanship of "Two Gunslingers") and tender songs ("Kings Highway" is simply beautiful; I remember being pleased when my college friend Sara Z. shared my love for this track).  I don't have a specific memory tied to this album like I do with Kings Highway.  Rather, I remember the whole thing with great fondness.

Most Embarrassing Album: Probably I Want You by Savage Dragon.  I often claim that I don't believe in guilty pleasures.  If you enjoy something, there's no reason why you should be embarrassed by it.  And, honestly, I like this dance track from 1997 but apparently not enough to have picked up the whole album as I only have the single.

Most Recent Addition: The Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods.  I'm a small Sondheim fan.  I love Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music but haven't gotten into some of his other shows as deeply.  I picked this soundtrack up from the library but haven't listened to it all the way through yet.  It would probably help if I saw a version of the show first (whether live or on DVD) so that I'd have a sense of the story. 

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