Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Music Is My Friend

Grant Snider, the creative and artistic mind behind one of my favorite comic blogs Incidental Comics recently updated his webcomic with an inspirational post called Some of my Best Friends are Records.  You can check it out below:

Pretty cool comic right?  Well, as soon as I read it I got thinking about which records of my own I would place in each category.  So, I've compiled a list of said records, and will share them with you now....

Records I've Loved Since I was a Kid:

Still great after all these years...even if Mustaine supports d-bags like Rick Santorum.

Countdown to Extinction

Records I Haven't Heard from Since High School:

Okay, maybe I have listened to this a bit since high school, but only like twice.  -The Rza, the Gza, the Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspecta Deck, U-god, Ghostface Killa and the Method Man!

Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers

Records That Always Want to Party Karaoke:

When I party, I karaoke party.  When I karaoke, I sing Aerosmith.  This album has all my hits: Cryin', Crazy, and What it Takes.

The Very Best of Aerosmith

Records That are Way Too Smart for Me:

This is one of those records you can find new meanings from even after hundreds of listens.  Shit is DEEP bro! 


Records Whose Coolness I've Tried to Imitate:

Is there anyone cooler then Johnny Cash?  Fuck no.  I'm not nearly as cool as Johnny, but I try.  I'm definitely lacking in the "badass" department.

When the Man Comes Around

Records My Other Friends can't Stand:

I mostly listen to music in private, but on occasion, I'll listen to some metal while my lady is doesn't go over very well. Her mock "death metal growl" is quite aggravating in a cute and hilarious way.  She basically will just snarl "Death, death, die, die!" and headbang or play air guitar until I turn the music off so she'll stop. 

The first time this situation happened I was listening to Deliverance.


Records That Help Me Relax:

This is where I go when I need to find my quiet place.  See you on the dark side of the moon. 

Dark Side of the Moon

Records I'm Working Up the Courage to Talk To:

Not totally sure why, but this is an Opeth album I've neglected for too long. 

Every time I see them live Akerfeldt will say something like: "This next track is from the My Arms Your Hearse record", and I'll be sad 'cause it means they're about to play a song I don't know.  

My Arms Your Hearse

So there they are.  What about you intrepid Battle Hymns readers? What albums would you put into these categories?

***"Some of My Best Friends Are Records" is courtesy of Grant Snider and Incidental Comics.***


Bryce L. said...

This is great. Reminds me of the 311 song "Hey you" - love song to music. I think they should add, "guilty pleasure."

Ryan said...

Ooh, Guilty Pleasure is a great category....though I would prolly plug Aerosmith into that category too!

Bryce L. said...

Yeah, I was gonna say, some of these categories pretty much cover it. :D

Anonymous said...

Great post! I'm thinking about what records I would choose for each of the categories. I'll have to let you know once I've narrowed down my lists!

Ryan said...

Thanks Anon! I'm looking forward to hearing what you chose for each spot!

Justin said...

Record I've Loved Since I was a Kid: Tool's "├ćnima". No explanation needed.

Records I Haven't Heard from Since High School: Anything by Pantera, Primus, White Zombie, Metallica. Great bands but I just can't listen to them anymore.

Records That Always Want to Party: Any Chemical Brothers album will do.

Records That are Way Too Smart for Me: The last few Radiohead albums have gone over my head.

Records Whose Coolness I've Tried to Imitate: Listening to High on Fire almost makes me want to get tattoos, a leather jacket and a motorcycle.

Records My Other Friends can't Stand: Obviously my non-metalhead friends can't stand metal. Rush would have to be on here as well.

Records That Help Me Relax:Peter Gabriel's "Passion: Music from the Last Temptation of Christ", Vangelis's "Blade Runner Soundtrack". Anything from Tangerine Dream or the Hearts of Space radio program.

Records I'm Working Up the Courage to Talk To: I know I'm supposed to like Bob Dylan and The Beatles but I just can't connect to the music. Maybe someday.

Ryan said...

Awesome list Justin! I definitely grew out of Pantera, Metallica, and White Zombie as the years passed.

Don't sweat the Bob Dylan...I can't get into his music either.