#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.
“Television were the guitar mystics on the CBGB scene, mixing the howl of the Velvet Underground, the epic song lengths of Yes, and the double-helix guitar sculpture of Quicksilver Messenger Service.”
Album: Marquee Moon
Rolling Stones Ranking: 130
Television’s Marquee Moon feels like another album that I might have appreciated more if I were there when it released. Because I can’t go back in time, though, I’m stuck giving it a first listen today, where, to my ears, it sounds like another generic rock album from the 1970s. It’s not bad at all, and, in fact, I quite enjoyed it while listening to it. That said, I can’t really pinpoint a single track that stood out to me now, a day after finishing the album all the way through (at least) three times. This isn’t one I see myself returning to a lot, if ever.
Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.