OK. It's the day before Christmas. You're having a panic
attack. You still haven't bought presents for a few friends, and you're at a
loss as to what to get them. Never fear, ATN is here. Ten albums that would
make perfect gifts:
1) Oyster, Heather Nova: Highly emotional singer
who reminds us a bit of Patti Smith.
2) Wowee Zowee, Pavement:
There's a lazy desert vibe to their rock that is irresistible.
In Chains: For the alterna-headbanger on your list. Rocks like a wrecking
ball out of control.
4) Merkin Ball, Pearl Jam (with Neil Young):
Single of the year.
5) Mirror Ball, Neil Young (with Pearl Jam):
Rawest, Heaviest album of Young's and Pearl Jam's careers.
Lanes, Guided By Voices: Lo-fi recordings of songs that should be in the
Top 10. Beatles, Kinks, Bowie T Rex and other classics have influenced this
genius Dayton band.
7) Insomniac, Green Day: What can we say about
the punky pop trio that every 14 year old on your list loves?
Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Smashing Pumpkins: One of the best two
record sets every made, this rocks just as intensely as Siamese Dream,
there's just a lot more tunes.
9) Saturday Morning Cartoon's Greatest
Hits: Great collection of cartoon theme songs done up by the likes of the
Ramones, Sponge, Helmet and others.
10) Adios Amigo, Ramones: The
swan-song for the band that invented punk. And it kicks ass.