Booker T. and the MGs, "Time Is Tight"
Always love it when Booker T. and the MGs show up. This is from early in volume 2 of the Stax compilations.
Melvins, "Magic Pig Detective"
Stoner Witch was one of the trio of albums that the Melvins made for Atlantic, as part of their most accessible period. So, of course, right smack in the middle of it is an abstract piece of pure noise leading off a track. Because Melvins. Anyway, Stoner Witch is magnificent, and I highly recommend it.
Vertigo, "Coming Down"
At the end of my sophomore year, I had basically packed everything up for the summer, and was pretty much just sitting around in my room, waiting for when I'd need to go to the airport. Somehow, I'd managed to also pack away all my CDs, leaving me with nothing to listen to. An emergency trip to the record store yielded this album among a couple others, and I listened to it an awful lot that afternoon and on the flight home. As a consequence, this album always sounds a little to me like an empty dorm room.
The Apples in Stereo, "IV. From Outside, In Floats A Music Box"
Yeah, whatever, Apples in Stereo.
Mobtown, "Pets Go To Heaven"
A repeat, so onword to another song!
Dr. Dre, "Forgot About Dre"
Dr. Dre managed to reinvent himself multiple times, with his work with N.W.A quite different from The Chronic, which in turn is quite different from 2001. 2001 suffers from a bit of a bloated track list as well as more pedestrian rap performances compared to The Chronic, but it's still an impressive record.
(NB: I don't usually list the guest artists on tracks, because it makes sorting things strange. But, of course, this was Eminem.)