Tons of Shit I Need to listen to rec'ed via AP.net members/reviews:
I don't care what plans you have, buy and listen to the other Thrice albums RIGHT NOW.
In this order:
3. The Artist in the Ambulance
5. The Illusion of Safety
6. Identity Crisis
Somery is a good starting point for the Descendents because it covers a lot of ground (it's essentially a "Best Of the Early Years") but if you dig a more polished sound, go for Everything Sucks or Cool To Be You. It's on the "poppier" side compared to the early stuff, but only because it has better production (which is a given--those albums both came out in 1996 and 2005 [I think?], respectively and the rest of the discography was all in the eighties).
It's weird. No matter how much music I've listened to, I still think I'm miles away from knowing everything about music. And that's fine by me, mostly because it's true. Few people I know is around a thousand times better-versed than me as far as music is concerned and still think they know very little about it.
A couple tracks later we're hit with “The Soup” which is, of course, prefaced with the famous Soup Nazi scene from Seinfeld. Wale's frustration with the state of hip-hop continues. Unlike other artists, he seems almost reluctant to accept fame (“What you thought was a prize is what I see as a blinder”) and tries hard to remain true to his roots (“They ask me why I never wear chains, but if you brought up how I'm brought up, then you probably feel the same”). Wale makes it clear that, although he's never sold a ton of albums, he's still making a mark on the hip-hop scene. He still feels like the sixth man at Interscope, but the recognition he has received has made a huge impact in his life. He finishes the second verse promising that he will keep rapping about what he feels is important, no matter how unacceptable it may seem to others. In terms of production, this song is fast and fun. Best Kept Secret did an amazing job mixing the sound of guitars and drums with scratches to make something that fits Wale's flow perfectly.
I don't really need to listen to everything out there. I just want to give everything a shot knowing that there are a million other people (Dangerous Summer drop!) who cares about "X" band. And I want the opportunity to support my favorite/soon-to-be-favorite bands as well.
If you're one of the awesome people who love rec'ing stuff to people who give a damn, continue being awesome then.