Roy Stanfield asked me for some DC/Dischord music recommendations. I realized I am in danger of breaking my "if you tell a story or have a conversation twice you should have blogged it" rule, so here they are.
Dischord's "20 Years" album features some exciting music, but I've never talked to a non-Dischord fan who loves it. I was too close to some of the music to give fair recommendations. Most people consider the earlier albums the "classics," but I tend to love the ones that fell when I was 14-17 years of age, often the second or third wave of an artists' work (either by band or style). For instance, I don't have the same emotional attachment to Lungfish or Shudder to Think records that other people do.
But here's the list I recommended for Roy: Slant 6 - Soda Pop*Rip Off, Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart, Teen Idles - Minor Disturbance, Rites Of Spring - End on End, Nation Of Ulysses - 13 Point Program to Destroy America, Fugazi - In On The Kill Taker, and Hoover - Lurid Traversal of Rte. 7.