Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas: When I was in middle school, my neighbour George Moon (a producer/remix artist) gave me this record with instructions: "You gotta let it grow on you," knowing I was probably listening to Mariah Carey and Jewel.

Neu! - '75: Found this a little after high school when I started listening to Can and Kraftwerk. I started matching my guitar tones to this album.

Yes - Fragile?: First of two records (the other one was Björk, Debut) I listened to as a 9-year-old when I lived with my mom for a year (before moving back to LA permanently). I randomly selected this record and was just super lucky. I didn't know anything about music or bands outside of piano lessons, all I knew was that this was the best thing I'd ever heard. Still think so!

The Damned - Damned Damned Damned: For some reason this was one of five or so records I had in high school, not too surprised though because I was really into '77 punk at the time, I just can't remember where I got it. 'Neat Neat Neat' and 'New Rose' are amazing songs, punk or not.

Television - Marquee Moon: This album greatly influenced my guitar playing. I remember hearing Tom Verlaine's style and thought we probably came at guitar similarly; no formal training, just feeling. I still haven't gotten any guitar lessons because I'm scared of losing the surprise and gnostic feeling. It makes me semi-incompetent but I don't care.