Chapters are sorted by album . . .

Have any of those albums that immediately whisk you back to a certain time in your life? I’ve got lots. Here’s 13 of them.

Losing Streak by Less Than Jake. The first half of 1997. The post-Betsy-Gladish-breakup. Evenings in my bedroom. Weekends in my bedroom. Rides to school on the city bus. Discussing the true history of ska music in one of my many art classes. Smoking on smoker’s alley. The big car accident on Stevenson and Stanton.

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Lookit by Slapstick. Summer 1997. Working at Bost Truck Service. Getting way dirtier than I should have been at that job. Going to church at Elm Street Baptist. Driving the big van. Getting the Yoda doll that is still in my car to this day. Letters to Alex Ingram and Betsy Gladish. The best Super Summer ever.

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For Monkeys by Millencolin. Summer-Fall 1998. Driving the Geo Storm. Late nights working at McDonald’s. Late nights playing Final Fantasy VII. Bob dying.

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Hello Rockview by Less Than Jake. Fall 1998 – Spring 1999. The first year of college at Lincoln Land. Hanging out with Skip. The Great Mattress Factory Catastrophe. Eagerly anticipating the release of Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

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Goddamnit by Alkaline Trio. Fall 1999 – Spring 2000. The second year of college. The start of the Rad214 / Matthew era. Hanging out at Fred’s. Going to countless shows in Champaign and St. Louis. And Bloomington. Loving my job at Kohl’s.

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Hey Mercedes EP by Hey Mercedes. Winter 2000-Spring 2001. Living in my apartment. Learning to like emo. The end of the Rad214 / Matthew era. Working at Rent-A-Center. That weird wart-like thing formed on my left ring finger and it’s still there. Hanging out with that Mickey Gould guy. What ever happened to him, anyway?

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The Moon is Down by Further Seems Forever. Fall 2002. Living at Grandma’s. Going to SIU. Struggling socially. Skip and Aaron not returning calls. A mean girl named Kendal. Working at Hot Topic.

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American Football by American Football. Winter 2002-2003. Life on the upswing. Hanging out with Justin, who would later become the world’s worst roommate, but he was cool then. Getting to know Mikey & Brandon. Committing to the Vine(yard). Aaron & Courtney Kuhnert’s group.

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It Won’t Snow Where You’re Going by Park. Summer 2003-Summer 2004. Country Club Circle. Living with Justin and Adam and later John and Adam. Hot summer days playing video games. Walking to the mall, but still driving to work.

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Come On Feel the Illinoise! by Sufjan Stevens. Spring-Fall 2005. Jon Farn’s group. Jogging every day. Still working at The Shake. The trip to Arizona. The trip to Chicago. Some girl named Metiney.

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Wood/Water by The Promise Ring. Winter 2005-Spring 2006. Good thing this album is so good because that stretch wasn’t fun.
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Set Yourself on Fire by Stars. Summer-Fall 2006. Leaving Carbondale. Moving to Seattle.
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Frengers by Mew. Now. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I get the feeling big change is coming . . . and I’m pretty sure this album’s going to define it. If not, it’s still good music.
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2 responses to “Chapters are sorted by album . . .

  1. Just a few off the top of my head…

    Adore by Smashing Pumpkins. Summer of ’98. I was at the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. I was trying hard to date a girl who also liked the Pumpkins. She is now married to the guy she chose over me. Good thing. It was just puppy love for me.

    O by Damien Rice. Winter ’04. Nothing like morose Irish neo-folk music to supplement an already cold, drab and lonely winter in the Middle West.

    Keep It Together by Guster. Summer/Fall of ’04. I “discovered” Guster when they played a free show in the SIU Arena parking lot in April of that year. Alisha and I then saw them play the Myrtle Beach House of Blues on our honeymoon. Later in the summer, we hung out with new friends who also loved this album.

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