Now that we're all in a mad rush to learn about bands we know nothing about, this could be a useful resource. Try to limit your recommendations to 1 album, 2 tops. If you disagree with someone, feel free to discuss/argue about it, and then maybe this thread won't die.
Stuff that maybe has some sort of consensus:
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds Bon Iver - Bon Iver (AND) For Emma, Forever Ago Avett Brothers - Emotionalism The Shins - Wincing the Night Away (AND) Chutes Too Narrow Foster the People - Torches Feist - The Reminder The Roots - Phrenology (Runners-up: Things Fall Apart, How I Got Over) Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star The Word - The Word Ludacris- Word of Mouf Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park T U N E Y A R D S - wHoKiLl AfroCubism - AfroCubism Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma Umphrey's McGee - Anchor drops (Bonus deeper cut: Mantis) Little Dragon - Ritual Union The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow Young the Giant - Young the Giant Fitz & The Tantrums - Pickin' Up The Pieces Dawes - North Hills Battles - Gloss Drop (Bonus "great stuff they probably won't play": Mirrored) Danny Brown - XXX SBTRKT - SBTRKT Phantogram - Eyelid Movies Big Gigantic - Nocturnal Kendrick Lamar - Section .80 The Kooks - Inside In/Inside Out The Antlers - Hospice (AND) Burst Apart Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls Das Racist - Shut up, Dude Ivan Neville's Dumsptaphunk - Everybody Want Sum Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Bonus deeper cut: Young Team) Ben Howard - Every Kingdom Grouplove - Never Trust a Happy Song Blind Pilot - 3 Rounds and a Sound ALO - Roses and Clover The Devil Makes Three - The Devil Makes Three White Denim - D Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - It's A Corporate World Kvelertak - Kvelertak Darondo - Let My People Go
Stuff people disagree about:
Radiohead - pretty much everything except pablo honey (various numbers of votes) RHCP - People like the older stuff. Who knew? Phish - way too many good choices to narrow it down Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (1) vs Bangarang EP (1) Dispatch - Gut The Van (2) vs Bang Bang (1) Alice Cooper - Killer (1) vs Billion Dollar Babies (1) vs DaDa (1) Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five (1) vs Whatever and Ever Amen (1) Childish Gambino - Culdesac (1) vs Camp (1) St. Vincent - Actor (3) vs Strange Mercy (3) Bad Brains - Bad Brains (1) vs Rock For Light (1) The Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil (3) vs 3 others (1 each) Trampled By Turtles - Palomino (1) vs Duluth (1) vs Blue Sky and the Devil (1) Delta Spirit - Ode to Sunshine (5) vs History From Below (3) The War on NO NO WORD!!!- Wagonwheel Blues (3) vs Slave Ambient (2) Sarah Jarosz - Follow me Down (1) vs Song up in her head (1)
Stuff with only one vote:
City and Colour - Little Hell Fruit Bats - Tripper Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History mimosa - hostilis Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic
Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma The Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires - No Time For Dreaming The War On NO NO WORD!!!- Wagonwheel Blues Kurt Vile and the Violators - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live in Hyde Park - Even if you know their material and don't love it, I'd say you should give this one a listen. This is what they sounded like live 8 years ago. Maybe they'll play like this again?
Disagree with you there. I find this recording to be very poor quality. Very disappointing.
For RHCP - Greatest Hits, or Blood Sugar Sex Magik