Knock Me Down - Red Hot Chili Peppers. I found $20 in front of the counter at Musicland when buying this tape in 1989. $20 was a godsend back then. Been a mostly devoted RHCP fan since. Finding another twenty when purchasing something Peppers related would cement my admiration. I'd even quit talking shit about Anthony.
One Chance - Modest Mouse. Good News For People Who Love Bad News is a top ten album of the 2000's. Talented, violent, and weird musicians can do great things when they focus.
Family Tree - Megadeth. Mustaine is a now a weirdo right wing birther. If he and the Ultimate Warrior got together for a podcast I'd certainly subscribe. As long as he keeps the politics out of his shows I'll continue to buy his music. This isn't his best work though. It's a notch above tolerable.
Forever Young - Chris Isaak. This isn't rock or folk or anything definable. It's just good, unique music.
You Gotta Let Me In - The Trews. A Canadian friend turned me on to this band. There's a taste of blue-eyed soul here, maybe a little gospel too.