JehovakillTwenty years ago, I spent the summer weighing, measuring, and terminating sea lampreys on the banks of the Chippewa River for the DNR. Like pets, beloved records tend to pick their owners, and these 20 selections, for whatever reasons, moved right in without asking and immediately started breaking shit. The only things missing from this list, besides the quivering mass of hornyhead chubs, northern hogsuckers, warmouth sunfish, indignant crawdads, and the occasional copper-bellied water snake that stood between me and Petromyzon marinus, are the 40 other great albums that got whacked along the way.

Julian Cope - Jehovakill
XTC - Apple Venus, Vol. 1
Destroyer - Your Blues
Jellyfish - Spilt Milk
Suede - Dog Man Star
Gillian Welch - Revival
The Auteurs - Now I'm a Cowboy
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Jeremy Enigk - Return of the Frog King
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Justin Sullivan - Navigating by the Stars
Shearwater - Rook
Radiohead - OK Computer
The Divine Comedy - Absent Friends
Flaming Lips - Soft Bulletin
Andy Prieboy - Sins of Our Fathers
Stew - Guest Host
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Gourds - Stadium Blitzer
Arcade Fire - Funeral