Luca Cimarusti, Reader music listings coordinator
The Weeknd chopped and screwed remixes: I realize that the idea of actually listening to chopped and screwed remixes (which are slowed down and intentionally skipped and scratched) may sound ridiculous. But when Abel Tesfaye's introspective R&B jams are given the purple drank treatment, their depth, beauty, and eeriness are majorly intensified. The best versions I've found are made by a DJ named Kp'da Truth.
Wax Idols, No Future: This recent HoZac release cannot find its way off of my turntable. Insanely hooky girl-fronted garage-pop played with maximum efficiency. Led by Hether Fortune, who's played in San Fran's Bare Wires, Hunx & His Punx, and Blasted Canyons, this record is full of excellently crafted gems that don't rely on the girly-girl gimmicks that the Best Coasts of the world often do.
Nirvana, everything: When the Nevermind 20th anniversary arrived back in September, I decided to revisit Nirvana's records and have ended up listening to at least one of them every day since. I feel like I get it now more than I did when I was younger. I especially love how blatantly they wear their influences: each song is a display of Rapeman, Pixies, Melvins, and Flipper worship.