Marya: A Life in Music
2000 – Radiohead – Kid A
I’ll just admit it right here, other than Cameron Crowe, that boyfriend I had freshman year of college probably had the biggest impact on my music taste as it stands now. Radiohead was another band he introduced me to, though when I first heard this album I really did not like it. After a couple of repeat listenings, though, I realized just how great it really was.
2001 – Pete Yorn – musicforthemorningafter
True story: after my first date with said boyfriend he gave me this album because I had said I liked Pete Yorn’s cover of Ever Fallen In Love, which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack. He said I had to listen to this album to really appreciate Pete Yorn. He was right. This is one of my Top Ten desert island type albums.
2002 – Avril Lavigne – Let Go
I turned 16 five days after this album came out. 16-year-olds often have questionable tastes in music. Let’s just leave it at that.
2003 – The Postal Service – Give Up
My brother went to college in 2003 and when he came back for Christmas break he said he’d discovered a great band and had burned me a copy of this album. I haven’t looked back since.
2004 – Arcade Fire – Funeral
I have to thank my friend Erin for introducing me to Arcade Fire and this album, which dominated a lot of my listening time for most of my college years. Somehow I still haven’t managed to see this band live. SOMEDAY.