In case you haven't heart, iHeart Detroit just launched a new alternative station, ALT 106.7. I'm so stoked about this, because it's totally for lack of a better term: me. I've been waiting for a station like this here in Detroit for a long time and am glad we get to have it in building as our sister station.
In honor of this new station, I put together a list of my ten favorite albums. Most of them are alternative, so I finally have a reason to share!
10. By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
-Not going to lie, number 10 was tough because I couldn't decide whether to put By The Way and Californication. Cali has some of their best songs, but BTW through and through is a better album with some stellar songs that were never released as singles (Tear, Dosed). I could listen to this one start to finish without a skip.
9. Time Bomb - Iration
-Love these guys. I highly recommend checking out their entire catalog. Very easy listening, good vibes, and it's catchy. Makes me want to live on the beach, and is comforting in the winter when I'm longing for summer. Highlights include Time Bomb, Wait and See, and Falling.
8. Oracular Spectacular - MGMT
-I spent majority of my early 20's wanting to be Andrew Vanwyngarden. How dope were those bandanas he would wear? This album was totally me: hippy, trippy, deep, psychedelic, ahhh this album was everything. I wanted to live in the Electric Feel music video. Highlights: Electric Feel, Of Moons Birds and Monsters, Time to Pretend
7. Bright Side of Life - Rebelution
-The kings of bringing good vibes. Can't be in a bad mood and listen to this album. Highlights: Outta Control, Attention Span, Lazy Afternoon
6. Chocolate and Cheese - Ween
-This album defined me in high school. It's weird, funny, deep, and great when you're stoned. Their entire discography is worth checking out. Highlights: Baby Bitch, Voodoo Lady, Freedom of 76
5. Morning View - Incubus
-I've seen Incubus more than I have any other band. I am a huge fan and Morning View is their best album. Highlights: Wish You Were Here, Aqueous Transmission, Are you In?
4. Continuum - John Mayer
-John could be one of the best rockers ever...if he chose to. If he never made pop albums or country and stuck with blues, he'd be an absolute legend. He still is, but he truly is one of the best to ever pick up a guitar, especially in our generation and Continuum shows off his skills as a muscian better than any other. Highlights: Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You), Vultures
3. Loverboy - Brett Dennen
-BD is my boy! I relate to him as a person and his music and message. All of his albums are great and he's always kind of changing genres between albums, but on Loverboy he really brings the funk, which I love! He killed it, would love to see more work like that. Highlights: Queen of the Westside, Must Be Losing My Mind, Only Rain
2. In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson
-Classic. Can throw this one on at any time and it's great start to finish. How could you not enjoy the relaxing beach vibes? Highlights: Better Together, Never Know, Crying Shame
1. Moondance - Van Morrison
-Best album ever. Van brings all the feels on this one, establishing himself as one of the best to ever do it. I love music that makes you think, reflect, and appreciate and this does all of them. The whole thing is a highlight, hence it's number one, but my true highlights are: Into The Mystic, And It Stoned Me, and Crazy Love