April 25, 2012

io9's Top 100 Albums for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nerds

We mostly try not to pigeonhole ourselves here, but the run down of "100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To", albums 71 through 100, that Charlie Jane Anders and Cyriaque Lamar recently assembled for long time king-nerd blog io9 was too much to resist. The fist installment in an ongoing series, their introduction covered some incredible ground that ends on Fela Kuti; granted his song "Zombies", about the Nigerian government's obedient soldiers, is a bit of a stretch, but damn if it isn't one of his best tunes. Some standouts for me included French jazz pianist Alain Goraguer's soundtrack for the illustrated Franco-Czech masterpiece La Plan├Ęte Sauvage; Bo Hansson's engrossing Music Inspired by the Lord of the Rings, which has aged as well as Goraguer, if in a more "head culture" direction; and a dark but goofy post-Lunar-massacre folk song from the Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice's Moon Colony Bloodbath, a tour-only concept EP that described a network of organ harvesting colonies on the moon. Check out a few of the songs they posted below and click through to check out the rest. (via io9)

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