Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2007
This was one of those records I got just around the time I was transition out of punk and embracing indie rock. I don’t know where I found this record, but I got it and thought it was gorgeous. Listening to it now, it still is. It sounds like a classic, a record that should be revered fifteen years from now. The opener, “Elephant Woman” sounds almost epic, with Kazu’s pained vocals, the Pace Brothers swirling, whimsical yet haunting guitars and subdued drums, and Guy Picciotto’s beautiful production work. It sounds like the perfect song for the end of a movie (EDIT: This song was used at the end of the movie Hard Candy). It’s a record I’m adding to my long-running “Best Records of the Decade” list because shit, this is so gorgeous and different from any other record I’ve heard. Also, I am shirtless in this picture because I'd just gotten out of the shower. That and the record cover has a boob on it, and I thought I'd try to replicate that (but be less forward).