Sound Advice 

Jeff Shirilla lays it out for you.

Death rock, doom, punk, heavy metal -- Abdullah does it all. Frontman Jeff Shirilla shares his eclectic tastes to help you improve your CD collection.

What have you been listening to lately?

Fall has always been my favorite season to listen to music, and this year I've been trying to search beyond my tried-and-true Bauhaus and Joy Division records. Here's what I've found:

Pleasure Forever, Alter: The missing link between '80s goth and '70s Bowie-esque swagger. Killer stuff.

Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights: I admit this one is a guilty pleasure, since it's been hyped to death, but jeez, it's just so damn good.

The National, Alligator: I've never been a big fan of the self-indulgent pomp of the indie rock scene, and these guys easily fit into that clique, but you just can't argue with good, somber, maudlin songwriting, and this one's got that in spades.

What are some of the best albums to spin while getting loaded?

Depends on what kind of drunk you're looking for. Keep the Faith by Black Oak Arkansas fits the bill, if it's good ol' hell-raising you've got on your mind. On the other hand, if you'd rather cry into your beer, I suggest any greatest hits comp of Miss Tammy Wynette.

What do you like to listen to after a particularly bad day?

Dystopia, Human = Garbage. The perfect soundtrack for both hating the world and wallowing in your own self-pity.

What are some good records for getting that special someone in the mood?

Anything by Funkadelic. Their self-titled second album seems to really do the trick. A couple bottles of Wild Irish Rose couldn't hurt either.

Name some albums that should be avoided at all costs.

No specific records, but anything with the term "screamo" attached to it sounds about right. Kids these days . . .


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