September 7th, 2011 / 9:06 pm

What is the date of the recording of the last piece of music or album you felt genuinely emotionally affected by?


  1. bartleby_taco

      2005. I was listening to ‘Tender Buttons’ (Broadcast) last night and either I am being very generous with the idea of being ‘genuinely emotionally affected’ or maybe I have never really been affected by music to the degree that you might be implying (or at the very least it has possibly happened like all of three times in my life).

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  3. MJ

      Black Hole Sun. May ’94, I think. I don’t think I heard it at the same time, maybe the same year a little later.

  4. Frank Tas, the Raptor
  5. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Aeris’s Theme still gets me moist in the weirdest ways.

  6. ryan chang

      1994; morrissey’s “Vauxhall and I”

  7. bobby

      In late 2009 I heard Z-Ro’s, “Crack,” for the first time, which I assume was recorded in 2008. It hits my head and my heart parts. Maybe I’m just sentimental. 

  8. Colin

      December 8, 2009 was the release of an album I most recently felt emotionally affected by, but it was not the last album.  I don’t think there will be a last, don’t think there could be.  Probably something’s being recorded somewhere right now that I’d be affected by, for better or worse.  Music’s sweet like that.

  9. bobby

      “‘I hate you, bitch,’ is a thing of the past.” That’s how I felt about life at that moment, from then on. 

  10. MJ

      Yeah, when (spoiler) died… I have never felt so sad in my life. And when you finally fight Sephiroth, the music, and then you do the Omnislash on his ass…… !

  11. faith

      2010, Grass Widow

  12. MJ

      Z-Ro is coo. My homeboy keeps calling him the new Pac. No way. I can’t hate on him because he’s killing Houston.

  13. bobby

      I used to live in Houston. It ain’t Z-Ro that’s killing Houston. It’s Minute Maid field (No, it’s just missing Nolan Ryan that’s killing it).

  14. Michael J Seidlinger

      2011, Sleepmakeswaves, “…And Then We Destroyed Everything”

  15. Lincoln Michel

      When did Three 6 Mafia release “Stay Fly” again? 

  16. Anonymous

      2010.  Cocorosie.  “Grey Oceans”

  17. Frank Tas, the Raptor
  18. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      HTMLG should have a room. Just sayin’.

  19. Scott Riley Irvine

      1996. Rachel’s “Music for Egon Schiele.” 

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  21. Dawn.

      2008. In Ear Park by Department of Eagles.

  22. borus

      2006. Junip. Black Refuge EP. “Black Refuge”

  23. Lincoln Michel

  24. Lincoln Michel

      Does boredom count as an emotion? If so, let me go check when the latest Lady Gaga snorefest came out. 

  25. Rcdaley

      Good Intentions Paving Company, by Joanna Newsom. 

  26. Nathan Huffstutter

      2010. Phosphorescent, “The Mermaid Parade.” God damn it, Amanda, God damn it all.

  27. Snapdragon

      2011. Iron & Wine’s “Kiss Each Other Clean.” That’s the most recently released album that made me stop what I was doing, stare up at a corner of the room, and feel like I might wet myself. This last August.

      This morning (3pm for me) I also felt that way listening to Lee Morgan’s “The Rajah,” which was released in 1966.

      Thank fuck for music, is what I say.

  28. alex crowley

      feels too early to have any perspective on anything released this year (6 or 7 albums need some time to breathe), but beyond that the first that comes to mind is Deathspell Omega’s Paracletus (2010). I’ve been trying to process that for months now.

      from a different angle, I did nearly cry when I finally came to terms with how truly terrible and disappointing Mastodon’s Crack the Skye was in 2009.

  29. Brooks Sterritt

      1812 ;)

  30. tao
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  32. A H Lumans

      1981.  “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack.

      Heard the “Titles” song on my Ipod today whilst riding my bike to work. Nearly cried in the city park next to a liquor store.

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  34. humanimal

      oh shit, the ferraro was actually a late 2010 release. EG was a few months ago though, so 2011 is my actual answer.

  35. Trey

      did not know at the time that that omnislash was automatic, spent a fuckton of time winning the omnislash from that battle thing at the amusement park so I could use it in the last battle.

      no regretz

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  37. richard chiem

      2003 | Diane Cluck | ‘easy to be around’ |
      Oh Vanille / ova nil

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  38. Scordsmer

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      Lacrimosa by Zbigniew Preisner, written as part of his
      orchestral work Requiem for a Friend 
      in 1997, and used in
      Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life,
      which I saw in June with a good friend of mine in the Broadway Theater in SLC.
      It is a slightly remixed version of the song that plays during the creation of
      the universe scene, and neither myself nor my friend knew what was coming. For
      one, the volume in the theater was much too high to be comfortable. The song
      begins with the first images of the Big Bang–whisps of dark and red dust pass
      along on the screen as the music builds. Galaxies pop into and out of
      existence, and our focus on the screen is taken to just one galaxy seen edge on
      and then the lamenting voice of Lacrimosa begins to sing. I cover my ears for a second but then I don’t. The
      galaxy NGC4921 spins slowly while hundreds of other smaller galaxies encircle
      it, and the music is overwhelming, followed by giant slow moving molecular
      clouds whose densest knots begin to glow from the newly formed suns within
      them, each light almost a crescendo to this maddening, beautiful song, and then
      cut to a scene of the eta carinae nebula where stars are also being formed–cut
      to the horse head nebula in the constellation Orion, which itself is also a
      foundry of stars, and then cut to the Helix Nebula, commonly called by its
      nickname ‘The Eye of God’—when the Sun dies it will look like the Helix
      nebula–and the music’s volume is rising, you can feel the bass at the bottom
      of your stomach or reverberating in your teeth.  I own a telescope. I obsess about the sky, the sun, the
      moon. Take a second to look at the sun. it’s blinding, but that’s really it,
      hanging right there 93 million miles away. Try to see it as a 3D ball. This is
      what its like up close to a star. We really live here, and this is the idea I
      can’t get out of my head, and I can’t get this song out of my mind. This song
      now gives tone to that feeling for me, to feel that it is possible to see or
      feel the fleeting beautiful things we might be (but most are not) lucky enough
      to experience, that this is really happening.


  39. christopher.

      2007. Cloud Cult’s “The Meaning of 8”

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  41. Douglas

      After reading a ‘best of the 00’s’ article on metal, a genre i am by no means familiar with but honestly curious about, i scrolled through the comments were a person with a dying unicorn avatar asked the author to ‘boil things down’ to 3 albums. I chose one of the 3 at random, Pig Destroyer’s Phantom Limb (2007).

      I purchased it on iTunes around Christmas (2010) and just felt blown away by a few songs, particularly “Loathsome.”

      before that it might have been GY!BE’s F# A# (Infinity) (1998?) which a coworker burned for me in 2009 after he showed me a youtube video of the band’s music synched up with Glenn Beck.

      Oh, and a couple tracks from Hot Chip’s “Made in the Dark” give me that swollen heart feeling like I used to get when I was single and depressed.

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  46. rider

      Songs: Blue Driver and Be Kind to Me, Michael Hurley. 1972 and 1971

      Inspiration Information (album), Shuggie Otis. 1974

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  48. Craig Ronald Marchinkoski

      8/7/2010 between 4:55-5:55 p.m.
      saw the Earl Brothers lay it down at the podunk bluegrass festival.
      “hard times down the road” hit my chest and it hit it hard. 
      the song appears on their self-titled album
      released 1/1/09

  49. Craig Ronald Marchinkoski

      “just a smile a mile, and a smile from me, from you, and your mamma too…”
      how tight is shuggie’s bass

  50. Mark Folse
  51. Sam Ligon
  52. adrian

      2009. Joshua James. “Build Me This.” Track 10 (Daniel) is angry, uplifting, spiritual, and Bush-bashing, all at once. If that makes sense.

  53. Snapdragon

      She is amazing. Ova nil rips my heart out.

  54. Parker


      Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer

  55. Tyler Gobble

      2009-Stale Champagne by State Champion

  56. Shannon

      Son House & Blind Lemon Jefferson (1926–1941)

  57. Joethegray

      We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves by John Maus July 2011. 

      John Maus is basically one of the best musicians working on the scene today. He utilizes a lot of synth work and his lyrics are typically short and repeated often. For me his work just captures various emotions in such profound and sometimes haunting ways. 

  58. blm

      2011 – Bill Callahan, “Apocalypse”

  59. Hyruledungeon

      Belus, 2010. Glemselens elv

  60. Devin D. Booth

      That James Ferraro record is wonderful and bizarre. Have to check out Elite Gymnastics.

  61. Devin D. Booth

      Can’t tell if the question is looking for the most recent release to provoke genuine emotion or the recording date of the album most recently to have provoked such. Either way, the recording date seems less interesting than the music/album itself. Unless the real subject of inquiry is readers’ attitudes about whether music is or isn’t “what it used to be”. Which itself seems a lot less interesting than what readers consider to be an experience of genuine emotion, how often and under what circumstances those experiences occur, and what music or other recorded material is capable of producing them. But anyway: this afternoon I endured a two hour meeting distracted by the desperate need to listen to “Red Money”, recorded 1978 or early ’79 by David Bowie.

  62. jesusangelgarcia

      Yes, please. And the new Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, 2011. The Harrow and the Harvest.

  63. K.Sand

      A small band in Baton Rouge: England in 1819.  Named after a Shelley Poem.  They sound like a literary, English-speaking Sigur Ros, with a bit of Radiohead mixed in.  A male singer (the band’s song writer and composer) and a female opera singer and a french horn and an oboe and the entire thing is brilliantly moving.