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Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now

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Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now

This week's curator: Rusty Stallone of New York's legendary Generation Records.

Every week, titans of the music-sphere give Nerve their album recommendations. This week: Rusty Stallone of Generation Records, a legendary NYC record store that's survived seventeen years of music-industry turmoil by the sheer force of its collection.

Little Ann, Deep Shadows

Little Ann, Deep Shadows

Check out the whole album, seriously, but the track "Deep Shadows" is the most essential on the record. It's an amazing soul record. It was recorded in the sixties, but never sold a lot of copies then; luckily, it's been reissued. It's one of those hidden gems that you can't even believe is from back then — where you're like, why is she not huge and famous when all these other sub-par people are? 

Listen: "Deep Shadows"

Little Ann

Necros, Conquest for Death

Necros, Conquest for Death

This is just an essential punk album. These guys were Detroit hardcore pioneers.

Listen: "No One"

Necros

Government Warning, Paranoid Mess

Government Warning, Paranoid Mess

The song here that you need to check out is "Rot and Decay." It's eighties first-wave hardcore that's basically necessary listening for anybody who even thinks that they might like hardcore. 

Listen: "Rot and Decay"

Government Warning

Reigning Sound, Too Much Guitar LP

Reigning Sound, Too Much Guitar

"I'll Cry" is just a raucous garage track on an album perfect for anybody who wants to have a good time with a few beers on a Friday night. While crying, I guess.  

Listen: "I'll Cry"

Reigning Sound

Menahan Street Band, Make the Road By Walking

Menahan Street Band, Make the Road By Walking

This is another soul record. The whole album is pretty much one whole song to me, but I'll say that the title track, "Make the Road By Walking," is the most important. If you listen to that one song, you'll get hooked immediately. (Actually, either that or their cover of the theme from Rocky.) It's a great album to play on a Sunday afternoon when you're relaxing, cleaning your house, just hanging out with your ladyfriend or your boyfriend or your dog or your farm animal.

Listen: "Make the Road By Walking"

Menahan Street Band