Dana Buoy (Akron/Family): 5 Albums That Changed My Life
Dana Buoy of the band Akron/Family is out with the self-titled track from his forthcoming solo release, Ice Glitter Gold. To celebrate, he shared with TIDAL 5 albums that have profoundly affected his life.
This album is probably the single most influential album that I’ve ever heard. I found it when I was pretty young and I was immediately drawn in. The way that they created such a dynamic and explorative sound was mind-blowing to me. Jeff Parker’s guitar lines and way of playing has been such an inspiration. I love the way this band creates and the sounds that they produce. I was also getting very into Salvador Dali at the same time as this album, so these songs are forever connected to Dali’s art for me. Which I love.
Do Make Say Think, & Yet & Yet
I got into this album when I first moved to NYC. I had a Discman and three CDs (did I just date myself?!) that were in constant rotation. My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Built to Spill’s Keep It Like a Secret and Do Make’s & Yet & Yet. Although I could make a case for all of these albums as life-changing, Do Make’s was the most played and most influential. I would always wear my headphones while walking around the city with this album as my soundtrack. This record is space rock at its finest. I didn’t realize this band had two drummers for the longest time, so when I would try to learn the drum parts I would be trying to play both beats at the same time! Eek. I only thought, ‘I gotta meet this drummer!’
Dr. Dre, The Chronic
This is an album I convinced my mom to buy for me. She was a little hesitant because of the parental advisory sticker they put on it, but after a pretty influential argument on my part, she agreed. I never heard P-Funk before, so I didn’t know about the whole sampling aspect to this record for quite some time. All I knew was ‘bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay.’ This album is a classic. A producer who can rap and control the maestro. Such a dope sound. I think I listened to only this record for three months straight the summer I got it. (I def had that moment later when I finally DID hear P-Funk and was like, ‘Wait, this is a Dre song?!??’)
Talking Heads, Remain in Light
This album for me is one of the most creative records. The innovative use of sampling and looping they do here is super inspiring. The way they make it feel super groovy is a pretty amazing feat. I’ve taken so much from this album. As a big fan of Fela Kuti, I love the way the grooves on Remain in Light put you in a trance similar to that of Afrobeat. The way the lyrics have a kind of hip-hop feel to them is so dope. After knowing this album for so long, that it can still feel fresh to me is unreal. Good job, peoples.
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
Yeah, I loved putting this record on when I was ‘experimenting’ as a teen. (Honestly, I still put it on when ‘experimenting.’) And yes, I definitely put in on while watching the Wizard of Oz. So what? This record is incredible. Drop the needle, sit back and enjoy. It’s flawless.
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