Tuesday, February 16, 2010


The rules: list 50 records you can listen to start to finish and why. They don't have to be your favorite or in any particular order.

1. Cake - Fashion Nugget the why is easy--i f-ing love cake.  it was hard to pick just one album to include.
2. Adele - 19  one word:  brilliant.
3. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill  reminds me of middle school--i still know every word.
4. Ali Farka Toure - In the Heart of the Moon  absolutely beautiful music.  i grade to it all the time.
5. Amos Lee - Amos Lee  see "why" for number 1.
6. Anna Nalick - Wreck of the Day  brilliant songwriter.
7. Asa - Asa  political music at its best.
8. Barenaked Ladies - Stunt  reminds me of the fun times i had in high school theatre.
9. Ben Folds - Way to Normal  hands down one of the best artists ever--and a really great concert to go to!
10. Better than Ezra - Greatest Hits  they make me happy.  enough said.
11. Brad Paisley - 5th Gear 
see "why" for number 1.
12. Camille - Le Fil  she's the french bjork--the music is interesting and fun.
13. Ceu - Ceu  because i wish i spoke portuguese fluently.
14. Chico Science and Nação Zumbi - De Lama Ao Caos  i was exposed to this group my first semester of college.  it was new and fascinating.  i still love it.
15. Damien Rice - O  wow.  just wow.
16. Eli Young Band - Level  i'm totally this band's groupie.
see "why" for number 1.
17. Flobots - Fight With Tools  this album got me through a tumultuous first semester of teaching.  it contains hope.
18. The Fratellis - Costello Music  british punk.  need i say more?
19. Goldfinger - Stomping Ground  more than any of the other artists/songs that remind me of him, this album defines my relationship with my best bud.
20. Green Day - Warning  five words:  i wanna be the minority.
21. Hank Williams - The Complete Hank Williams  this is where i come from.  what i grew up listening to.
22.  Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales  absolutely fabulous songwriter. see "why" for number 1.
23.  Jason Mraz - Mr. A-Z  it's fun.  he's great. 
24. Jimi Hendrix - Blues  because there are few things better than hendrix's "red house".
25. Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions  this album reminds me of sitting for hours on end in the eesat building on campus reading and studying.
26. Kate Nash - Made of Bricks  a delightful brit with a potty mouth. 
27. The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society  i love it.  isn't that enough?
28. Live - Throwing Copper  reminds me of my sister.
29. Macaco - Ingravito  i long to be spicy and latin.
30. Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane  makes me remember the good times my best bud and i had while living together.
31. Massive Attack - Mezzanine  makes me focus--another grading fave.
32. MC Solaar - Chaptire 7  french rap.  what more is there to say?
33. Melody Gardot - Worrisome Heart  the best contemporary jazz i've heard in a while.
34. Muddy Waters - The Best of Muddy Waters  there is no blues without muddy waters.
35. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations  a new favorite.  it just rocks.
36. Nikka Costa - Can'tneverdidnothing  fun.
37. Orishas - El Kilo  cute latin boys rapping.
38. Otis Redding - The Very Best of Otis Redding  i don't know what i would do without otis.
39. Panjabi MC - Beware  panjabi rap.  AWESOME!
40. Patsy Cline - The Patsy Cline Collection  reminds me of being a little kid and cleaning the house with mom on saturday mornings.
41. Poe - Haunted  cool artist.  cool album.
42. Queen - The A-Z of Queen  because its freddy mercury and no one could rock an argyle bodysuit quite like him.
43. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic  reminds me of my sister.
44. Red Violin Soundtrack  great music from a great film.
45. Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack  because it's great.
46. Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend  what album list would be complete without sam cooke?
47. Stevie Wonder - Number 1s  see "why" for number 1.
48. Train - Save Me, San Francisco  see "why" for number 1.
49. Willie Nelson - Texas in My Soul  because there are few things on earth as good as willie nelson singing blue eyes crying in the rain.
50. Ximena Sarinana - Mediocre  she's awesome.

Honorable mentions:
Taxi Amarillo - Taxi Amarillo 
Zap Mama - A Ma Zone
Zac Brown Band - The Foundation
The Wombats - A Guide to Love, Loss, and Desperation
Ella Fitzgerald - The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Songbook

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