Chimney: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Chimney: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Chimney (a.k.a. producer and musician Dan Molad) has made his bones drumming for Lucius and producing for the likes of Pavo Pavo, San Fermin, Luke Temple, JD McPherson and Here We Go Magic. On June 23, however, Molad steps out on his own with his debut self-tiled record.

As the release date draws closer, Molad took some time to ruminate on some records that changed his life. Check those out below and make sure to mark down the 23rd on your calendar.

Stand by Me Soundtrack

This record is probably the first LP that I remember physically placing on a record player, needle to grooves. I remember just losing my shit listening to ‘Yakity Yak,’ air sax and all. I was probably five years old or so and it’s wild to think however many years later these songs and this film stands the test of time…

Guns N’ Roses, Lies

It was tough to choose between Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion 1&2 or Lies…but this was a hand-me-down from my older sister that started my childhood G N’ R obsession. When I was in fifth grade, I probably listened to ‘Patience’ and watched that music video a bazillion times. The combination of Axl and Slash was the coolest thing in the world! I have photos of me as a child singing with a bandana and ball cap on my head… I think something that Axl and Tupac both partook in.

The Beatles Anthology Series

I was a bit of a late-blooming Beatles fan… I mean… I guess thirteen isn’t THAT late, but considering that my nephews are two years old and sing ‘All Together Now,’ ‘Octopus’ Garden’ and ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ ‘til the cows come home…maybe that’s an unusual gauge, but I’ll definitely be making sure that my kids experience them at that age! Anyway, I remember being so pumped to get on the couch with the fam with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and watch the series.

At the time, TV was my gateway to all new music. And I think it took me hearing these broken-down demo versions of some of these songs for them to really sink in. I would say I’ve probably listened to these records (especially Anthology 3) more than the actual records! I think I have always had an affinity for demos. It’s the human element. It kind of brings these super stars down to earth a little bit. It’s funny how precious artists can be about sharing works in progress and oftentimes it’s what people want to hear the most!

A Tribe Called Quest, Beats, Rhymes & Life

The first time I heard Tribe was the song ‘Phony Rappers’ in a Planet Earth skate video. Skate videos were my gateway into hip-hop. I remember listening to MCs like Tribe, Busta Rhymes, The Roots and KRS-One in my friend Nathan’s shitty old Bronco with his much nicer car stereo. The satisfying sonic palette of sampled breaks mixed with hi-fi low end and unique chord progressions was and still is some of my favorite stuff to listen to.

Mr. Bungle, Disco Volante

This band is to me what I think Pink Floyd was for everybody else. The amount that this band stretched the limits of genre and sonics was unprecedented. It’s crazy to think this band released this album on a major label! As far as I am concerned, Mike Patton is to rock what Ornette Coleman is to jazz. I heard this record for the first time in ninth grade and it’s still as hip to me as it ever was.

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