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Albums That Changed My Life: Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive/Psychic Babble)

As part of a new weekly feature, we'll be speaking to various artists/bands and asking them which albums meant most to them over the course of their life and we couldn't be more pleased to have Colin Frangicetto of Circa Survive/Psychic Babble as our first contributor!

Led Zeppelin - IV

The first time I heard 'Black Dog', I'm pretty sure it changed my DNA. I was 12 years old and this was the first time that music sounded dangerous to me. I loved it. Amazing riffs, unmatched rhythm section, and a womanly yelp that to this day is one of the most distinguished and bad ass vocalists I've ever heard.

Nirvana - Nevermind

Just like everybody else in the world, I was at once confused by and yet infinitely intrigued by the weird dirty dudes making the noise in the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' music video. After I got the album I was obsessed. I immediately bought 'Bleach and was a fan til their unfortunate end. While they obviously changed music forever, I think it was their attitude that had the biggest impact on me personally.

Fugazi - 13 Songs

After Nirvana tainted my taste, I fell head over heels for punk rock and hardcore. I liked it all but the music coming out of DC and Dischord Records seemed to grip me the most. Once I had my fill with Minor Threat and Black Flag, I found Fugazi. They were mature but weird as hell and it sounded like what I was supposed to listen to after I turned 16. Thinking Mans Noise. '13 Songs' felt like looking at 13 weird post modern paintings. I didn't really understand what I was taking in but I could tell it was effecting me in profound ways. I met and interviewed Ian MacKaye with some of my closest friends for our school newspaper and he was the most gracious "rock star" I'd ever met. Once I realized he never would chose to be called such a thing, I decided I would never want to be called that either.

Radiohead - Kid A

No one would ever use this term back in 2000 but this was the ultimate game changer. After making my way from classic rock to alternative to punk and then even post punk, I was getting bored. What was left? Everything sounded stale and regurgitated. 'Everything In It's Right Place' is still one of the most inspired, original pieces of music I've ever heard. A brilliant producer told me a story about another brilliant producer listening to this album from start to finish and by the end was in tears...'It's perfect', he said.

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