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November 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Phil

I looked at my iTunes the other day to check my album count by artist. I’m getting a lot of single songs lately vs entire albums, so this doesn’t necessarily skew to my current tastes, except to what extent my tastes are timeless. Though now that I look at it, this would be a pretty accurate list of what I would take if stranded on a desert island.

3 albums: Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Arcade Fire, Fugazi, George Winston, Jay-Z, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Radiohead, The Samples, Sigur Rós, Smashing Pumpkins

4 albums: Led Zeppelin, Pixies, a Tribe Called Quest

5 albums: Beastie Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Jane’s Addiction, Midnight Oil, R.E.M.

6 albums: Greg Brown

9 albums: U2


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    • 1 sacha // Nov 26, 2009 at 11:13 pm

      Timeless it is! Happy Thanksgiving to you three from me.

    • 2 Phil // Nov 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      So while we’re on the subject of albums, here are my best complete albums of all time.

      I fully recognize and endorse that a really good album can become the Greatest Album Ever due to autobiographical circumstances. Most of these have a pretty direct connection to high school, college, or ski racing.

      Sugar - Copper Blue
      Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
      Big Head Todd - Sister Sweetly
      Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
      Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
      Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
      Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
      George Winston - December
      Greg Brown - In the Dark With You
      John Digweed - Bedrock
      Chicane - Behind the Sun
      Pixies - Surfer Rosa
      Pixies - Trompe le Monde
      R.E.M - Murmur
      Jane’s Addiction - Nothing’s Shocking
      Jane’s Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
      Radiohead - The Bends
      Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
      A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
      Rage Against the Machine
      U2 - Joshua Tree
      U2 - Achtung Baby
      Pearl Jam - Ten
      Alison Krauss & Union Station - So Long, So Wrong
      Bob Marley - Legend (the vinyl that I grew up with is a little different than the CD, though. Also, best-of albums should maybe be DQ’d)

      I’m sure I’m forgetting some…

      Some honorable mentions that still need to stand the test of time for me:

      Ryan Adams - Jacksonville City Nights
      Arcade Fire - Funeral
      Sigur Rós - Takk
      A whole number of techo DJ mixes

    • 3 Jorge // Dec 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

      You’re missing some house music mixes from an old friend in Chicago ;).

      Saludos from Jorge. Espero que te tu, tu esposo, y tu hijo esten bien.

    • 4 Phil // Dec 1, 2009 at 8:06 pm

      ha! that’s funny, i was going back and forth about putting bobby & steve’s garage city on the list.

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