Matthew Ingram’s fantastic Woebot blog was an inspiration to me as a critic. His voracious appetite for and catholic taste in music pushed me to expand my palate and listen to music others may have dismissed as lesser works. In short, Woebot had big ears and it didn’t hurt that he could write.
I’m finally reading his ebook, 100 Lost Rock Albums from the 1970s and it’s bringing back lots of memories. This is the music I fell in love with around the time Stephen Malkmus released Pig Lib and even name checked the Groundhogs on tour. Some of the ground Ingram covers is familiar, but what makes the book so rewarding are the impossible to find albums that rekindle my love for crate digging.
If you’re looking for a place to begin, check out this companion playlist on Spotify.