|Top 25 Most Influential Albums, At Age 27|
I have so much music it really makes this impossible. But I am trying to generally list the 25 most important/influential albums in my life to this point. Who knows though. Next week it might be a totally different list.
I don't know why, but something about the way this guy bums through great song after great song just really gets to me.
Sink or Swim
No album has challenged me more. No woman has influenced my music so deeply.
Blues rock is in my bones thanks to these Clapton & Co.
Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins helped me see what a concise, precise and pleasing thing a tightly-knit pop song could be.
|5|| ||The Beatles|
A Hard Day's Night
What you dance around to in your pajamas as a child has a deep influence on what you dance around to in your pajamas as an adult.
L. A. Woman
Listened to no album more often in my college dorm room.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
My first inkling that r&b can be truly amazing.
|8||Buena Vista Social Club|
Buena Vista Social Club
This launched my love of Latin music, and Cuban culture.
Songs of Love and Hate
I never knew songs could be so poignant.
|10||Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young|
It's just one of the best pop/rock/country fusions ever recorded.
|11||Yo La Tengo|
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
My introduction to indie, and to noise.
The Lonesome Crowded West
Being introduced to Isaac Brock was like being introduced to my weird twisted mind-twin. I am still struck by how articulately sarcastic he is, and this album was the first.
|13|| ||Carlene Carter|
Without this album I never would have been exposed to pub rock, or to Nick Lowe, or the Stranglers, or the Jam. And all of that would have been a shame.
Led Zeppelin IV
It's hard to pick a Led Zeppelin album, but I think this is the most obvious choice.
The Black Light
My first Calexico album made me feel like even in my whiteness I have a culture of my own. I'm a white California son who memorizes Coen brothers films, knows knows a little Spanish and calls everyone dude. This is my music.
The Blue Album
Endless listening and fist-pumping.
I am a huge Jeff Tweedy fan, which led me to Wilco and other bands that mimic the Uncle Tupelo sound, including The Drive-By Truckers and Lucero.
|18||Belle and Sebastian|
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
This is what got me into sad bastard music.
Things We Lost in the Fire
No reason. This album is just awesome.
This reintroduced me to grunge as a forum for guitar rock. Or something.
My second taste of trip-hop. Unique because I pieced it together on (the then free) Napster long before it was released or anyone I knew knew anything about it.
If it weren't for the Stevie songs, this would be the best album ever.
|23|| ||Howe Gelb|
'Sno Angel Like You
I can't get over how cool gospel choirs all-of-a-sudden become, spinning this disc.
Introduction to Jazz.
|25||Townes Van Zandt|
Townes Van Zandt
Reshaped (or maybe just birthed) the way I think about American folk and country music.