5 ALBUMS PAUL MARC ROUSSEAU LITERALLY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT!

Another Language - This Will Destroy You

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If you have Facebook (and you do) you will have no doubt scrolled past countless articles with titles like “Humans Need To Sleep In Order To Stay Alive” and “Sleeping: Do it. Please.” or “Whatever, I Don’t Care, I’m Just Saying I Did Some Research And I’m Probably Right.” If you have ever taken the time, as a responsible person should, to click one of these links and read the actual body of the text— not just the headline, like some irresponsible person— you may well know that if you wish to continue living, you must sleep at least 55 minutes per 24 hour period. Armed with this information, I now consider Another Language to be among the most important albums not only of my time but of all time. Without this album, I would never sleep. Scientists everywhere agree that I must sleep to live. Ipso Facto, I would surely be dead were it not for this record.

Barchords - Bahamas

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Gracefully hammered-on and plucked with solemn aplomb, the first notes of Barchords gently remind me that my existence is tenuous and am unlikely to survive without listening to completion. The record is a trove of clever, crystal-cut melodies drenched in enough reverb to make an old empty church blush— a church which, probably, will host my funeral in the event that I accidentally lose or destroy my copy. Because I will be dead.

Actor - St. Vincent

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There’s no getting around it: Annie Clark is a genius. Dark-Disney melodies meet woozy soundscapes, swirling together like a half vanilla, half chocolate soft serve. Dip that cone in Clark’s signature fuzzy, elastic tones and sprinkle some cheeky lyrics on the top- you’ve got a divine treat that’s both delicious and nourishing. I’ve had this record on repeat since its release in 2009 because as soon as the last song ends, an ominous feeling begins to take hold. An icy cold sweeps through my body— starting with my fingers, moving in towards my vital organs. My vision blurs. I hear a loud, menacing tone: a crescendoing whirr. This tone, this whirr, is one of unmistakable evil. The noise is evil. It is pure evil. Then, a shadowy figure— surely a harbinger of my imminent demise— arrives. It extends its arm, offering what I somehow in the moment know to be an invitation to a dark, pain-filled universe where I don’t exist and never did and never will. The best song is “The Party” and I need it to live.

My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello

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1977 was a good year. Jimmy Buffet released “Margaritaville,” Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, and My Aim Is True hit record store shelves. It was also the year I was born. I have no way of knowing this for sure, but I’ve always felt as though I exist as a direct result of this record. Sure, I wasn’t actually born for another 12 years, but that doesn’t mean that My Aim Is True isn’t my biological creator. I’ve repeatedly asked my “parents” about this and they, quite predictably, tell me that music albums do NOT have the requisite anatomy to facilitate human birth and that I should seek psychological council. Birth certificates can be faked. I couldn’t have lived without this album.  

The Ugly Organ - Cursive

The Ugly Organ - Cursive

Many years ago I was involved in an accident and had my heart replaced with an ultra-limited pressing of The Ugly Organ (root beer splatter 1/1 test press) and just as the doctors expected, I’ve been living a comfortable and complication free life ever since. Or, mostly complication free. I sometimes experience intense pangs of malaise, but in these times I assume the record has just reached one of it’s many tense culminating moments and allow it to pass naturally. Cursive is always an interesting, and in my case, required listen.

You can catch SILVERSTEIN alongside PIERCE THE VEIL during their tour of Australia later this month. 

EATONS HILL, BRISBANE
TUESDAY AUGUST 16  – All Ages
 
BIG TOP AT LUNA PARK, SYDNEY
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17  – All Ages
 
THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE
THURSDAY AUGUST 18  – All Ages
 
170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY AUGUST 20  – U18
 
170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY AUGUST 20 – 18+
MONDAY AUGUST 22  – 18+
 
ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH
TUESDAY AUGUST 23  – All Ages

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