Desert Island 5

If stranded on a desert island (with, of course, electricity and a stereo) the 5 CDs I'd have to have:

1. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere by Neil Young

2. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron and Wine

3. Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

4. It's a Wonderful Life by Sparklehorse

5. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

This list has evolved over the years with few changes. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Dark Side of the Moon, and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea have always been in the top five while the other two slots are always up for debate.

What are your Desert Island 5?



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1. Disintegration by The Cure
2. Big Science by Laurie Anderson
3. Sister Drum by Dadawa
4. Ardor by Love Spirals Downwards
5. Remain in Light by Talking Heads

I never get tired of these albums. A couple of them are a little depressing but hey, I'm stranded on an island.

Sent by Jason Viola | 3:56 PM | 2-22-2008

In no particular order:

OK Computer - Radiohead
Clouds Taste Metallic - The Flaming Lips
Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
Real Gone - Tom Waits

Sent by Kyle | 3:56 PM | 2-22-2008

1. Its Too Late to Stop Now - Van Morrison (for passion, the hook and sweet melody)
2. The Bends - Radiohead (texture with energy)
3. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis (if I were stuck on a desert island this would fit my mood)
4. Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (because I'd miss my baby)
5. Alligator - The National (I just like everything about it)

Some great albums can get old, but everytime I put one of these in my heart skips a beat with the opening phrase...

Sent by Casey Cregg | 4:01 PM | 2-22-2008

1. Abbey Road - Some group of British lads..
2. If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle & Sebastian
3. Oh, Inverted World - The Shins
4. Ziggy Stardust - Bowie
5. Person Pitch - Panda Bear

Well that was harder than I thought...

Sent by David | 4:03 PM | 2-22-2008

You know Robin, I'm trying to clean my office...there are stacks of CDs here, yours is a mess too, and now I feel compelled to drop everything and put my list together, it is just insane trying to pick 5, but if you can then I surely should! (I liked your list by the way).

1. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band -The Beatles
2. Funeral - Arcade Firel
3. I Want to see the Bright Lights Tonight - Richard & Linda Thompson
4. More Songs About Buildings and Food - Talking Heads
5. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

Thanks, Bob! A grateful nation breathes a sigh of relief! -- rh

Sent by Bob Boilen | 4:19 PM | 2-22-2008

"The Velvet Underground and Nico"
"London Calling"
"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"
"Weezer" (The Blue Album)
"Kind Of Blue" (Miles Davis)

I think this gives me the best chances of maximizing replay value, even if I can't represent anywhere close to the genres I wish I could. These albums are diverse and singular, and every replay still yields new things to love.

Sent by Brendan K. | 4:45 PM | 2-22-2008

Coming up with just five is, of course, an impossible task. If I had done this an hour earlier or an hour later, all five might be different. Well, maybe not - London Calling and Abbey Road would probably be on regardless of when I wrote the list. With that having been said:

1) The Beatles - Abbey Road
2) Nirvana - Unplugged in New York
3) The Clash - London Calling
4) PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
5) Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Sent by Josh Burnett | 4:47 PM | 2-22-2008

1) A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
2) Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
3) The National - Boxer (but only if I can take the bonus track "Blank Slate")
4) Catherine Wheel - Chrome
5) Nas - Illmatic

Wow, that's tough. I'm going to want to revise this shortly.

Sent by Kevin | 5:01 PM | 2-22-2008

1) The Reminder - Feist
2) Reading, Writing, Arithmetic - The Sundays
3) Dig Me Out - Sleater-Kinney
4) OK Computer - Radiohead
5) Desire - Bob Dylan

Pairing it down to five is awful... Maybe your next column could be about your deserted island mix CD... Your 15 favorite songs?

I bought In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Fantastic album, thanks for bringing them to my attention...

Sent by Finn | 5:52 PM | 2-22-2008

Band of Horses-Everything All the Time
Bonnie "Prince" Billy- I See A Darkness
Le Tigre- Le Tigre
Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Sent by Kelly davies | 6:48 PM | 2-22-2008

I failed. Unable to wither my choices to a mere five albums, I am forced to post my favorite six in no decided order:

The Modern Lovers by Jonathan Richman
thiopiques, Vol. 4 by Mulatu Astatqe et al.
The Name of This Band is Talking Heads by Talking Heads
Pink Moon by Nick Drake
Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
Abbey Road by The Beatles

Sent by Aaron Wilson | 10:30 PM | 2-22-2008

Whenever I have to make this list I can right away come up with three definitive albums that seem to always make the list.

1. Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
2. Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things
3. The Mars Volta - De-Loused In A Comatorium

But if i were to inhabit a desert island in 2008 the remaining two would most likely be:

4. Elliott Smith - XO
5. Sleater-Kinney - One Beat

Sent by Kyle Ramsey | 8:03 AM | 2-23-2008

But there'd be an independent record shop around the corner, right?

1. Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
2. Chairs Missing - Wire
3. Self titled - The Futureheads
4. Daisies for the Galaxy - Eels
5. Talking Book - Stevie Wonder

Sent by Mac Coldwell | 8:32 AM | 2-23-2008

in alphabetical order:

Endtroducing by DJ Shadow
Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones
Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis
Time Out Of Mind by Bob Dylan
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco

Sent by Dave | 1:39 PM | 2-23-2008

o.k., before I change me mind again..

1. In the Airplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

2. Funeral - Arcade Fire

3. From Our Living Room to Yours - The American Analog Set

4. The Blue Album - Weezer

5. Live in Chicago - Ween

Sent by Josh Pearson | 3:18 PM | 2-23-2008

Exile on Main Street-Stones
King Of California-Dave Alvin
Sweet Old World- Lucinda Williams
Blonde on Blonde-Dylan
Let us Now Praise Sleepy John- Peter Case

but ask me again in an hour and these might not make the top 10!

Sent by Phil | 5:29 PM | 2-23-2008

- Daniel Lanois: Acadie
- Scott Walker: Scott 3
- John Lennon: Imagine
- John Cale: Paris 1919
- Oblivians: ...Play 9 Songs With Mr. Quintron

Meh - five is too small a number. I'm sad I didn't get to bring any prewar folk and blues, but there were too many albums to pick from. I also opted to leave behind all my Tom Waits, L.Cohen, Dylan, Bowie, Eno, Roxy Music and Beatles albums because I simply couldn't pick one. Hm... I also would have liked to bring Holy Modal Rounders 1 & 2, but there was just no room! Lastly, I assumed that I'd be able to have a few books, too. Otherwise, I'd would include a spoken word album - Ivor Cutler's Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol. II

Sent by Pablo | 5:46 PM | 2-23-2008

In no particular order:

1. The Postal Service - Give Up
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. The Band - The Band
4. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
5. Weezer - Pinkerton

Sent by Neil | 6:22 PM | 2-23-2008

1. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

2. Broken Social Scene by Broken Social Scene

3. Funeral by Arcade Fire

4. Parachutes by Coldplay

5. Birth Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat

Sent by Chris Givens | 8:15 PM | 2-23-2008

silver jews- american water
viva last blues- palace music
another green world- eno
neil young- on the beach
os mutantes- os mutantes

Sent by dk | 9:56 PM | 2-23-2008

Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Gillian Welch - Soul Journey
Jeff Buckley - Grace

Sent by julia | 12:25 AM | 2-24-2008

Completely off the top of my head:

1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - NMH
2. The Sunset Tree - The Mountain Goats
3. Abbey Road - The Beatles
4. Picaresque - The Decemberists
5. Illinois - Sufjan Stevens

Sent by Sophie | 4:24 AM | 2-24-2008

I love all of that but is pink floyd really npr? I mean more people know that song morethan anything else on that list... just saying. I am going to say though, i love neutral milk hotel. I do sing to that song in the shower. lol!

Sent by Kaylin | 9:52 AM | 2-24-2008

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Radiohead - OK Computer
Sigur Ros - Takk
The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band
Portishead - Dummy

Sent by Nick | 12:03 PM | 2-24-2008

1. Unplugged in New York- Nirvana
2. Ten- Pearl Jam
3. Either/Or- Elliott Smith
4. Pink Moon- Nick Drake
5. Matchbox 20- Yourself or Someone Like You

Sent by Brad | 4:14 PM | 2-24-2008

In no particular order:

Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
Boys and Girls in America - The Hold Steady
Our Endless Numbered Days - Iron and Wine
Alive 2007 - Daft Punk
Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan

Sent by Kyle | 11:29 PM | 2-24-2008

Featuring "Birds" - Quasi
Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin
Funeral - Arcade Fire
Keep It Like a Secret - Built to Spill
Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement

Sent by Michael | 9:13 AM | 2-25-2008

1)Astral Weeks- Van Morrison
2)Bringing it all Back Home- Bob Dylan
3)Os Afros Sambas -Baden e Vinicus
4)Y's Joanna Newsom
5) Play Me Sweet and Nice- Marcia Griffiths (I mean Come on it IS a desert island! we need some reggae!)

Sent by Johnny Dance | 11:18 AM | 2-25-2008

Okay, I've now spent more time thinking about this than I did selecting my last car. Five is waaaayy too few:

1. The Beatles - Revolver
2. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
3. Joni Mitchell - Blue
4. Paul Simon - Graceland
5. Three-way tie: Van Morrison - Moondance; Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky; Neil Young - Zuma

Very fun game; thanks!!

Sent by Betsy | 3:18 PM | 2-25-2008

1. Revolver- Beatles
2. Moondance- Van Morrison
3. Wildflowers- Tom Petty
4. Soul Journey- Gillian Welch
5. Harder They Come soundtrack

Sent by Joram | 4:37 PM | 2-25-2008

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
Talking Book - Stevie Wonder
Genius of Modern Music pt. 2 - Thelonius Monk
Soup - Blind Melon
Sam Cooke: Portrait of a Legend 1951-64 - Sam Cooke

Sent by Emily | 4:55 PM | 2-25-2008

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
The Soundtrack to Kansas City, which someone took from me long ago, which I would most likely move to a desert island just to be grace with it again!

Sent by Steven Kimmi | 12:18 AM | 2-26-2008

Wilco - Y.H.F.
Dylan & the Band - Basement Tapes
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Minutemen - Double Nickels on The Dime

Sent by Brian Garcia | 11:21 AM | 2-26-2008

1) Familiar Espionage - Algernon
2) I Am a Bird Now - Antony and the Johnsons
3) How It Ends - DeVotchka
4) 7 Principles of Leave No Trace - Edison Woods
5) Songcatcher Soundtrack

Sent by Laura Hawbaker | 2:38 PM | 2-26-2008

1. Stars- Set Yourself on Fire
2. Jamie Cullum- Twenty Something
3. Ben Allison- Peace Pipe
4. Pieter Wispelwey- Bach Cello Suites
5. Amadou et Miriam- Dimanche A Bamako

Sent by Trevor | 3:55 PM | 2-26-2008

In no particular order:
1. Exile on Main Street - Stones
2. Remain in Light - Talking Heads
3. Court & Spark - Joni Mitchell
4. Something by Beethoven (not sure exactly)or Abbey Road - Beatles
5. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
6. Blood on the Tracks - Dylan
Boy, it's hard to just pick five.

Sent by Susan Akers | 4:09 PM | 2-26-2008

Ok, I did 5 already but I checked my CD Case and it carries 25 CDs so theoretically I've got 20 more choices...

6. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane (Yearning at it's uttermost)
7. Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones (Letting loose at it's uttermost)
8. Queen II - Queen (I thought "This is weird...but beautiful" - before they
entered Pop mainstream)
9. Eat a Peach - Allman Bros (Duane makes my top 5 and the next level)
10. Beatles - White Album (If just for Revolution, but there is so much more)

Sent by Casey Cregg | 4:21 PM | 2-26-2008

The Scandelous Accounts of My Youth -Kelli Rae Powell
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below -OutKast
Songs From A Room - Leonard Cohen
Bettye Swann -Bettye Swann
Downhearted Blues: Live At The Cookery -Alberta Hunter

Sent by Angie | 6:00 PM | 2-26-2008

I'm gonna be as weird as I wanna be on my island.

Cardiacs - On Land and in the Sea
Daevid Allen - Good Morning
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Slapp Happy/Henry Cow - Desperate Straights

Sent by schlep | 8:22 PM | 2-26-2008

If I wanted to thrive and prosper and not end up talking to a volleyball, I wouldn't bring anything but AC/DC and a well groomed mustache.

Sent by dawgpoundz | 9:10 PM | 2-26-2008

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Ella Fitzgerald - The Duke Ellington Songbook

...i think.

Sent by Rachel R. | 12:25 AM | 2-27-2008

Dear Catastrophe Waitress - Belle & Sebastian
The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley
O - Damien Rice
Only Whispering - Josh Woodward
Begin to Hope - Regina Spektor

Sent by Hannah | 4:34 PM | 2-27-2008

My 5 are:
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams
Scarecrow, John Mellencamp
Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
Take Five, Dave Brubeck
Nomads, Indians and Saints, Indigo Girls

Sent by Joel High | 9:56 AM | 2-28-2008

1. The Kinks: Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
2. Marvin Gaye: Live in Montreaux 1980
3. Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days (happy to see that on your list)
4. Graham Central Station: Graham Central Station
5. Old And In The Way: That High Lonesome Sound

Sent by Chris | 11:24 AM | 2-28-2008

1. Neurosis- Through Silver in Blood
2. Jesu- Conqueror
3. Tom Waits- Frank's Wild Years
4. Earth- Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method
5. David Bowie- Low

Today anyway.

Sent by Joseph M. | 12:54 PM | 2-28-2008

1. Abbey Road- The Beatles
2. Graceland - Paul Simon
3. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel
4. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco
5. Broken Social Scene (Self Titled)

Sent by Antony A. | 1:41 PM | 2-28-2008

no order

1. london calling- the clash
2. Revival - gillian welch
3. Blood on the Tracks- Dylan
4. The Shepherds Dog - Iron and Wine (to get that tribal feelin going)
5. Electric Ladyland- Hendrix

Sent by Matthew P | 3:04 PM | 2-28-2008

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Radiohead - OK Computer
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Sent by Mizidy | 9:55 PM | 2-28-2008

The Nightfly - Donald Fagan
Rockpile - Rockpile
Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
The Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

Sent by Jim Smith | 6:06 AM | 2-29-2008

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Radiohead - Kid A
Sigur Ros - Takk
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sent by dsjoo | 2:05 PM | 2-29-2008

1. The Beatles- The White Album
2. weezer- The Blue Album
3. Smashing Pumpkins- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
4. Elliott Smith- New Moon
5. Bear vs. Shark- Right Now You're in the Best of Hands

(yes, i know three are double albums, but an album is an album is an album. so there)

Sent by Josh | 3:40 PM | 2-29-2008

Leaving out the big obvious ones (O.K. Computer, Pet Sounds, all Beatles and Wilco...)
Bright Eyes/Fevers and Mirrors
Social D/ Live at the Roxy
Lou Reed/ Berlin
Bishop Allen/The Broken String
Johnny Cash/ American V

Sent by Russ | 7:25 PM | 2-29-2008

Silverchair - Diorama
Jump Little Children - Magazine
Jeff Buckley - Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

Sent by Sarah | 9:34 PM | 2-29-2008

Calexico - Feast of Wire
Drive By Truckers - The Dirty South
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon, because I can't live in a world without being able to hear David Gilmour's guitar solo on "Time"
Afghan Whigs - 1965
Any Beach Boys "Best Of" that would include "In My Room," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Don't Worry Baby," and "God Only Knows."

That was insanely difficult.

Sent by Doug Douglas | 10:27 PM | 2-29-2008

Beatles - White Album
Stones - Beggars Banquet
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
White Stripes - Elephant
Pat Metheny - Letter from Home

That was interesting.

Sent by WanYe | 2:23 AM | 3-1-2008

1. Telefon Tel Aviv - Map of What Is Effortless
2. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
3. Deftones - White Pony
4. Incubus - Morning View
5. Radiohead - Kid A

My personal favorite at the top adds a sense of irony to the situation as well.

Sent by Nick Woodring | 10:10 PM | 3-1-2008

Can I just say that I really, really don't like radiohead. Ugh.

Thank you for letting me have that.

Sent by mk | 2:23 AM | 3-2-2008

Geez, only 5? :D Okay...

1. Abscondo - Midnight Snow
2. Damien Rice - 9 or O
3. Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk
4. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - The Swell Season
5. Leonard Cohen - The Best Of

Sent by Freedom | 1:52 PM | 3-2-2008

1. The Church - Starfish
2. The The - Mind Bomb
3. Peter Gabriel - Passion, Music for The Last Temptation of Christ
4. Midlake - Trials of Van Occupanther
5. R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction

Sent by Catch | 7:24 PM | 3-2-2008

Grandaddy - Sumday
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Pixies - Bosanova
Wilco - Summerteeth
Thompson Twins - The Gap

Each of these albums flow like fine wine.

Sent by Norman Hawthorne | 9:36 PM | 3-2-2008

Bob Marley-Live

Modest Mouse-Good News FPWLBN

The Band-The last Waltz

Elliott Smith-From a basement on the hill

Stevie Ray Vaughn-Texas Flood

Sent by Jinny | 1:12 AM | 3-3-2008

1. Action Packed - Richard Thompson (a great best-of)
2. Time Out - Dave Brubeck
3. The River - Bruce Springsteen
4. There Goes Rhymin' Simon -- Paul Simon
5. Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
likewise leaving out the obvious. these stand up to repeat listening -- if i had them on vinyl, they'd all be trashed

Sent by KatM | 1:49 AM | 3-3-2008

1. Sgt Pepper - Beatles
2. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
3. Kid A - Radiohead
4. Illinoise - Sufjan
5. It Still Moves - My Morning Jacket

Sent by Seth | 12:24 PM | 3-3-2008

Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes
Kevin Gilbert - Thud
The Band - Last Waltz
Wilco - Summerteeth
ELO - Out of the Blue

Sent by Dharma Bomb | 1:39 PM | 3-3-2008

First three are absolute:
1. Buena Vista Social Club
2. Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
3. Paul Simon - Graceland
4. Jaco Pastorius - the self-titled album he did with Herbie Hancock in '76
5. E.S.T. - can't really decide which one - Viaticum, I think.
I'd like a reggae album in the mix, but I can't narrow it down to one particular album/artist. Maybe a "Sara complilation" would work best. I wouldn't know which one to swap out.

Sent by Sara | 5:19 PM | 3-3-2008

From reggae-tinged trip hop, to genre-jumping alternative, soothing folk, upbeat stoner rap, and endless psychedelic guitar freak-outs. Don't bother sending help!

1. Tricky -- Maxinquaye
2. Beck -- Mellow Gold
3. Cat Stevens -- The Very Best of...
4. Cypress Hill -- Black Sunday
5. Dead Meadow -- Shivering King and Others

Sent by Showmefar | 9:03 PM | 3-3-2008

Here you go

1. Born To Run-Springsteen
2. Joshua Tree- U2
3 Infidels- Bob Dylan
4. Steal Away- Charlie Haden/ Hank Jones
5. Being There- Wilco

Sent by Mark B | 2:21 AM | 3-4-2008

so tough...
1. radiohead: the bends
2. old 97s: fight songs
3. van morrison: moondance
4. jeff buckley: grace
5. r.e.m.: automatic for the people

although, i'm really tempted to swap in rusted root's when i woke for the island vibe (and the pittsburgh connection)

Sent by maria | 9:59 AM | 3-4-2008

I cant choose 5 albums, but I made once the island top 5 songs, so here we go :
Wake up - Arcade Fire
Shine on you crazy diamond (Part I-IV) - Pink Floyd
Nothing can stop us - Saint Etienne
Turn your lights down low - Bob Marley
Sitting on the dock of the bay - Otis Redding

Sent by Fidatch | 6:03 PM | 3-5-2008

1. Bright Eyes - Lifted, ...
2. Radiohead - Amnesiac
3. Time of Orchids - Namesake Caution
4. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
5. The Frames - The Cost

I need to get NMH. I'm sure it would be on my list if I ever got around to listening to it.

Sent by Matt Ward | 8:14 PM | 3-6-2008

My 5 Discs would be:

Historical Conquests of - Josh Ritter
The Wall - Pink Floyd
Best of - Leonard Cohen
The Stone Roses
Bossanova - The Pixies

Sent by Sanjit Ganguli | 5:09 PM | 3-7-2008


The Triffids - In The Pines
Blur - Park Life
Snow Patrol - Final Straw
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Tierney Sutton Band - On the Other Side

this week, at any rate

Sent by kathy k. | 11:09 AM | 3-14-2008

Stooges - fun house
Beach Boys - pet sounds
Wire - chairs missing
Jesus & Mary Chain - stoned & dethroned
Carole King - tapestry

Sent by McCormack | 8:24 AM | 3-17-2008

Radiohead - OK Computer
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
"O Brother Where Art Thou?" Soundtrack
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Rodrigo y Gabriela

If I also had a guitar, a tuner, and plenty of strings on the island, the list might be different too...

Sent by Bishr | 7:41 PM | 3-17-2008

Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
Siamese Dream - The Smashing Pumpkins
The Woods - Sleater Kinney
Mclusky Do Dallas - Mclusky
Radio Amor - Tim Hecker

Sent by xistentialkid | 11:02 PM | 4-17-2008

Can I just pleeeeeeeease take my iPod? Even with the patch cable and charger it still takes up less room than the CDs! Please???

Sent by Mike Sanders | 11:25 PM | 4-20-2008

Oh man, this is tough especially taking just one band's album

Guster - "Keep It Together" (hard to choose which album)
Josh Ritter - "Historical Conquests.." (again, tough to choose between this and "Animal Years")
Weezer - "Blue Album" ("Pinkerton" is a close second)
Decemberists - "Crane Wife"
The Frames - "Set List"

But, to quote Dwight Schrute...I'd hollow out and fill one CD case with " waterproof matches, iodine tablets, beet seeds, protein bars, NASA blanket and, in case I get bored, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. No, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Question: did my shoes come off in the plane crash? "

<:em> thanks for this :)

Sent by Brad | 1:46 AM | 4-23-2008

1. Traveling Wiburys
2. Beatles-Revolver
3. Bob Dylan-Highway 61
4. Firewater-Golden Hour
5. Neutral Milk Hotel-In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Sent by Ned Meier | 10:55 PM | 4-23-2008

that's so cool that there are so many neutral milk hotel fans! wow, i never knew. aeroplane is such a great album.

1. more songs about buildings and food -talking heads
2. pet sounds -beach boys
3. 69 love songs -the magnetic fields
4. andrew bird & the mysterious production of eggs -andrew bird's bowl of fire
5. the rise and fall of ziggy stardust -david bowie

Sent by Alison | 3:34 AM | 4-25-2008

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
The Beatles - The White Album
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Yes - Fragile
The Police - Outlandos D'amour

Front loaded with the double albums! I couldn't bring myself to include any records made after my 6th birthday. Maybe if we extended it to 10. More Songs About Buildings and Food was #6. I'll miss it on the island.

Sent by John McAteer | 3:15 PM | 5-8-2008

Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Built to Spill - Perfect From Now On
Beatles - Beatles (White Album)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Camper Van Beethoven - Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

Sent by Dagnabbit | 8:10 PM | 7-23-2008

It is so cool to see that most (if not all) of my five are also on other folks lists. Does that mean that I am not hip and original or just that good music is good music. (or that all NPR geeks have the same taste in music)
In no particular order:
Abbey Road - The Beatles
In an Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
Songs in the Key of Life (including the bonus record) - Stevie Wonder
Ella and Louis - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan

Sent by CHC | 8:13 PM | 8-15-2008