For about a year now, I have been making nearly weekly visits to my local public libraries. Having always believed that the library was the location of the beginning of the dreaded research paper, I originally was hesistant to the idea of frequenting a public library. Yet when I found out that there was a hefty collection of CDs available for check-out, my phobia was put aside.
Of course the argument arises over whether you are allowed to rip the CDs onto your computer or not. Well, I believe that if you can read a whole novel or text book for free, why not listen to a CD on your computer for free also?
Anyways, I’ve decided to document my unique findings here on the blog for all to enjoy and learn. I’ll give you a blurb about the album, but no review (other blogs got that covered). I primarily hope to just share what I am able to find hidden throughout the shelves and give my opinion about whether it’s worth a listen.
Here’s my grading system:
Hidden Treasure: A+
Pick It Up: Good
Needs More Time: Currently average, but may be wrong
Back to the Return Bin: Fail
1. Black Flag- Damaged
This was quite a rare find. While most of the CDs on the shelves are from this decade, LAPH was fortunate enough to get their hands on this 1981 gem, which Rolling Stone put on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Featuring Henry Rollins on vocals, Black Flag deliver a raw, adrenaline-filled parade of So Cal punk rock on their first studio LP. The impression this album made on rock can still be heard on both coasts.
Grade: Hidden Treasure
2. Foo Fighters: Skin and Bones
Sometimes the true soul of a song, can’t be completely heard untill it’s stripped of all its distortion and studio effects. Such is the case with the Foo Fighters’ recording from their three-night stand at the Pantages Theater, in which they played all acoustic sets. It’s definately a refreshing listen after being drowned over the years from Dave Grohl’s edgy vocals and vicious riffs.
Grade: Pick It Up
3. Conor Oberst: Conor Oberst
To be honest, I haven’t spent enough time with this record yet. Though it seems as if Oberst plays with a sense of comfort and ease. Yet, I haven’t been drawn into this album like the previous two. This will probably require a deeper listen.
Grade: Needs More Time