I've already spoiled that our year this time is 1994, but I have one big BIG asterisk to lay out: since I don't include live records in these, I'm afraid Nivana's MTV Unplugged album is not going to be in the field

good record, alas, tough shit

the groups have already been drawn, but I want to leave y'all in suspense a little bit, but for the time being, here are the 32 participants in the 1994 #AlbumBowl 

Aphex Twin, Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
Beck, Mellow Gold
Blur, Parklife
Green Day, Dookie
Guided By Voices, Bee Thousand
Hole, Live Through This
Jeff Buckley, Grace
Kyuss, Welcome to Sky Valley
Lisa Germano, Geek the Girl
Live, Throwing Copper
Manic Street Preachers, The Holy Bible
Massive Attack, Protection
Nas, Illmatic
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Let Love In
Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die
Oasis, Definitely Maybe
The Offspring, Smash
Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pearl Jam, Vitalogy
Pink Floyd, The Division Bell
Portishead, Dummy
The Prodigy, Music for the Jilted Generation
R.E.M., Monster
Soundgarden, Superunkown
Stone Temple Pilots, Purple
Suede, Dog Star Man
Sunny Day Real Estate, Diary
TLC, CrazySexyCool
Tom Petty, Wildflowers
Weezer, Weezer (The Blue Album)

1994 - Group A

1994 - Group B

1994 - Group C

1994 - Group D

1994 - Group E

1994 - Group F

1994 - Group G

1994 - Group H

a reminder: top two in each group go on to the Round of 16, ties broken by pot position

1994 - Round of 16, Match #1

1994 - Round of 16, Match #2

1994 - Round of 16, Match #3

1994 - Round of 16, Match #4

1994 - Round of 16, Match #5

1994 - Round of 16, Match #6

1994 - Round of 16, Match #7

1994 - Round of 16, Match #8

1994 - Quarterfinal #1

1994 - Quarterfinal #2

1994 - Quarterfinal #3

1994 - Quarterfinal #4

1994 - Semifinal #1

1994 - Semifinal #2

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1994 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

@derek you 7 people who already voted Downward Spiral - take it back NOW

@diffrentcolours hahaha thank you @derek for torturing my boyfriend, saves me the work of doing it :)

@derek either one is a good soundtrack to the angst of voting in this championship round so I guess we all win in a very gen x way

@derek literally anybody tell me with a straight face that either of these two albums are better than the blue album and I'll call you a liar

@Laser @derek they are both better, and I listened to the Blue album quite a bit. But then, I'm more a Pinkerton kind of person.

@derek love them both, but listen to Portishead more. It was also the better concert.

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