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june 2010

ten crucial records
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scissor shock's adam cooley's ten crucial records

After answering our 20 Questions, Scissor Shock's main mad-man Adam Cooley provided us with a list of his 10 Crucial Records. Not much has changed since the last article, although his latest release, the Hole in the Head of God EP, shall be coming out shortly. Additionally, Cooley continues to release expansive drone music under his Robe. moniker. Anyway, read on and be enlightened...



Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun. My biggest influence. They can do anything and everything and it sounds completely unique but still retains the spirit of all their other work. One of the most unique, brilliant bands ever.

Captain Beefheart - Ice Cream for Crow. I realize this isn't "technically" his best album, but I've always felt the biggest connection with it, for whatever reason. It has his most complex song on it ever ("1010th Day of the Human Totem Pole") and my favorite Van Vliet a capella song.

Gastr Del Sol - Upgrade and Afterlife. Brilliant, beautiful, fractured... somehow is completely unconventional but very tuneful.

John Fahey - God, Time, and Causality. Well, he's simply my favorite musician of all time, and this is his best album (and was his favorite of his own). This is a greatest-hits type dealie (with newly-recorded medleys of old songs) and also features a new song, which is his best song ever, in fact (the last song in the album, which is like 18 minutes long). It's almost too sad to listen to, knowing that this genius of music will never be heard from again.

Harry Partch - Delusions of the Fury. Another just brilliant, unbelievable musician. Is still way too far ahead of everything that has come out since. I will admit not even I (who has listened to this album 1000 times) can completely wrap my brain around all the intricate little details going on here... truely bizarre, brilliant music.

Slint - Spiderland. Guess this out goes without saying anything about, right?

Slowdive - Pygmalion. One of the few bands I've never been able to figure out completely. Like, how did they DO this stuff? You know, you can recognize certain things... "Okay, they used that effect there to get this sound. Okay, that sequence of chords used there suggests sadness and ... blah blah" But I still don't know what it is about this album.... because it's very very simple but it has some kind of otherworldly beauty I can't put my finger on that can't be summed up in words.

Sun City Girls - Horse Cock Phepner. Truly a brilliant piece of work.... everything they did is pretty brilliant really but this album changed a lot of things in my mind about music and life. A very influential album. Maybe not their best, but with nearly 100 releases, how do you even begin to answer what their "best" is?

Thinking Fellers Union Local # 282 - Mother of All Saints. Another from top-to-bottom brilliant band. Have like 200 songs and all of them are amazing. This is my favorite album, maybe because it's the longest.

Wire - Pink Flag. Well, I've simply listened to this album more than any other album ever made. I think that speaks for itself.


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