5 Records That Changed My Life - Chef Carolynn Spence
Hiring no-bullshit, Jersey-bred Carolynn Spence to revitalize the culinary offerings at iconic Hollywood starlet hideaway Chateau Marmont was an idea so crazy it actually worked. An appreciation for hearty classics reflects her stint at landmark NY gastropub, The Spotted Pig, as well as formative years in the city’s all-ages punk scene. This theme of authenticity extends into her record collection:
This very loaded question has had my head spinning. I’m going to cheat a little bit and give a couple records that are compiled. But these compilations have indeed changed my life.
Minor Threat, Discography
No other band defines me more. Ian MacKaye is a true supporter of independent thinking. All of his bands, collaborations & productions of all music Dischord is awesome and inspiring. The last Fugazi record was probably their best and the Evens is still killing it…
Husker Du, Zen Arcade
An Epic record with a more emotional punk feel and a lot of angst. You can feel the tension in this album. ‘Chartered Trips’ live will put your head back, eyes shut and fists clenched.
Treepeople, Something Vicious for Tomorrow/Time Whore
Doug Martsch. “I can’t get that sound you make out of my head.. I can’t even figure out what’s making it” is a quote in his later band, Built to Spill, but that’s how i felt when originally I heard and saw Treepeople. I couldn’t believe this guy had his guitar in such uncontrolled control if that makes any sense. Been a fan ever since.
Echo & The Bunnymen, Songs to Learn & Sing
The first band I truly rebelled to see. Got in so much trouble.. worth every bit of grounding…
Nuggets: Original Artifacts from the first Psychedelic Era 1965-68
I had heard this compilation a few years back and the music - some familiar, some not - had refreshed my love of rock n roll completely and made me appreciate all of the modern garage bands that are killing it live in small venues everyday!!
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