A few years ago, music writer Gary Suarez ( on Twitter) came up with :

“Each day in February, listen to one full album you’ve never heard, from start to finish. Write one tweet about it.”

I discovered it this year (now using hashtag ) and loved the idea. Seemed like the perfect thing to gently push me to check out some albums I’ve skipped for whatever reason over the years, meant to listen to but forgotten, etc.

Below are all 28.

It was a really good experience. I fell in love with a number of albums and bands and, over and over, wondered, “What took me so long to hear this?”

Day 1:

King Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader

Relentless, lo-fi, but feels warm and well lived in. Need more. ht @AdventuresDub

Day 2:

Allman Brothers Band – st

Blues rock melting pot much stronger for all the added ingredients, esp. psych+jazz+soul influence.

Day 3:

Slowdive – Pygmalion

Incredible Souvlaki follow up. Slower and more meditative, this might be their true masterpiece.

Day 4:

Echo & The Bunnymen

Was told ages ago I’d love this bc it is a precursor of so much I listened to in the 90’s. Yes.

Day 5:

The Special Pillow – Ancient History

1st song=drone rock masterpiece, the rest is solid psych pop if not reaching same heights.

Day 6:

Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire

Absolute scorchers cross paths, with a friendly nod, with stoned gospel poems.

Day 7:

Alice Cooper – Love It To Death

A handful of rockers filled out with a few mostly successful and definitely worth it experiments

Day 8:

J Dilla – Donuts

There is a lot happening here, but it all hits like a gentle massage for the overburdened brain. Sublime.

Day 9:

Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me

If this was the only album released in 80s, 90s indie rock still could have happened.

Day 10:

Tangerine Dream – Phaedra

The synths on this frequently cross between sounding like field recordings and electronic. Essential.

Day 11:

R.E.M. – Murmur

REM, or at least Michael Stipe, fully formed from the start. More REMish than expected based on knowing 90s best.

Day 12:

Ramones – Rocket To Russia

A point in rock history where everything got simple and crystal clear again for a minute.

Day 13:

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King

1st song didn’t grab me but 2nd did so I started the album over and made right with the universe

Day 14:

Lou Reed – The Blue Mask

Strong album with only a few minor misses. Title track roars while subtlety creates wonders elsewhere.

Day 15:

Suicide – st

Quietly throbbing, sneakily beautiful & pierced with sudden violence. Important fork in the road to where we are.

Day 16:

Can – Tago Mago

Drums lead in this monumental album of challenging – sometimes impossibly funky, sometimes discordant songs.

Day 17:

Steve Reich – Music for a Large Ensemble

Shimmering, lively, life-filled pieces based on repetition, but organic all the same.

Day 18:

Country Joe & the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind and Body

Psych in a pure/Promethean state reaching for some interesting heights at times.

Day 19:

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – From Her To Eternity

Everytime I listen to a Nick Cave album I wonder why he’s not on constant rotation at my house

Day 20:

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – The Message

A reminder that I have more homework. Doesn’t all land for me, but when it hits, it hits hard.

Day 21:

Rush – 2112

Tight playing, super proggy/indulgent (but mostly successful) a-side, hard rock b-side, but all feels of a piece.

Day 22:

Dr. John – Gris-Gris

Deep NOLA enmeshed, psych(iatric?) slow burners. Bad trips that feel good.

Day 23:

Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express

An appropriate album name – hypnotic, repetitive music with a strong feeling of movement.

Day 24:

Melvins – Lysol

Expertly crafted, crushingly heavy, slow burning sludge. Clearly a huge influence on drone doom and rightly so.

Day 25:

Savages – Adore Life

Excellent follow up to towering post punk debut. A more even listen if not quite as immediate and engaging

Day 26:

Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Most absorbing songs break furthest w tradition, are most somber or electric w snaking guitar.
Day 27:

The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms

Where have you been all my life??
Day 28:

Sun Ra – Space Is The Place

Atypically, the vocal numbers are the more out there (way out). Deep space and back and then some.