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Diabolical Crackers: Trans Am's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , September 8th, 2014 07:51

With new LP Volume X just out, the Washington D.C. trio split the top albums rundown three ways and self-pen us their Baker's Dozen

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When we were asked to compile a Baker's Dozen list of our 13 top favourite albums, we jumped at the chance. Then we immediately forgot about our task and left it until the last minute. Thankfully, the nice people at the Quietus has been very lenient with the deadline and we finally squeezed out this definitive list.

Despite our collective foot-dragging, compiling a list of Trans Am's 13 favourite albums is not a difficult task. We all grew up together, so our personal favourite albums and our bands' collective musical conscious can't really be separated. Growing up in the relentless suburbs of Washington, D.C., staking claims like "Van Halen is better than U2" or "Sonic Youth is better than Spin Doctors" are what helped us identify ourselves. This list could have been made in 1989 when our musical development was at its zenith. It's been a slow coast downhill since then.

Volume X is out now via Thrill Jockey; head here to get hold of it. Click on their image below to begin scrolling through Trans Am's choices

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Aron
Sep 8, 2014 5:17pm

Though I truly love some of the albums listed, nothing in Trans-Am's commentary or displayed attitude interests me enough to search out the others, to say nothing of listening to their own work.

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AlphaLoser
Sep 8, 2014 5:32pm

oh man Trio. germany's funniest band, seriously.

sunday you need love, monday be alone.

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exterminatethehumanrace
Sep 8, 2014 8:58pm

"Then the Black Album came out and I've never felt so betrayed."

YESSSSSSSSSSSS. The Black Album is the single most offensive sellout piece of shit in music history. "Justice" may have had an incredibly thin sound, but it still sounds METAL as fuck: airless, bleak, menacing. The Black Album is complete fucking garbage.

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scooper
Sep 8, 2014 10:05pm

In reply to exterminatethehumanrace:

i never had a problem with the production of 'justice,' and people's complaints about it have always sort of baffled me. in fact, i was stoked that the band had apparently been listening to a lot of husker du before recording the drums. it's a great album, and for me the production participates in why it's a great album.

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Flaming Telepath
Sep 9, 2014 1:20am

"nothing in Trans-Am's commentary or displayed attitude interests me enough to search out the others, to say nothing of listening to their own work."

I guess you lose then.

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Leroy Huggins
Sep 10, 2014 11:53pm

In reply to exterminatethehumanrace:

It's worse when a band/artist spends their career coming out with good music - whether pop and catering to the masses or something more arty - and then produces something with some vain attempt at commerciality but with no remote merit to anyone from the lowest-common-denominator to the die-hard fan to the music enthusiast to the pretentious neckbeard.... I'm thinking specifically "Caribbean Sunset" by John Cale, but anything Bowie released between 1984 til 1993, or Lou Reed between 1974 and 1982, Scott Walker between 1969 and 78 or (for the purposes of discussion) anything Metallica have done since (and not including) "The Black Album".
The Black Album was a different thing, but in terms of content it wasn't a bottle of chateau lafite with a turd in it, it was a glass of bucks fizz period. Not actually unpleasant and definitely good for certain types of party. Unlike Load and Reload which were just nobbly old shits with bits of sweetcorn sticking out the side or anything that came after which didn't even bother to consider the fecal ethos of detritus.

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NIK
Sep 12, 2014 5:19am

"It is also much better than the new, say, Sharon Van Etten album. And I haven't even heard her new record."

What an absolutely pointlessly negative statement. First of all why do hate on someone else's album when praising Rumours.

Secondly, you haven't even fucking listened to it. So it's an even more pointless thing to say.

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