Ten Records

a list of essential recordings that helped change how I hear things – some from a long time ago and some from more recently…


1. Melody Nelson – serge gainsbourg + jane birkin

runner up : Percussions – serge gainsbourg,  jane birkin/serge gainsbourg aka Je t’aime… moi non plus

2. Blues Run the Game – Jackson C Frank

runners up: any Nick Drake LP, Karen Dalton – It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best


3. Ethiopiques 4:  Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974- Mulatu Astatqé


some of the music on this collection was used in the Jim Jarmusch film Broken flowers

runners up: any volume in this series


4. The Singles – Sun Ra

2 takes of Love in Outer Space:


5. Live at the Old Quarter – Townes van Zandt

bonus studio version of Kathleen: http://youtu.be/QIi4cAK1vik

runner up: The Flatlanders – More A Legend Than a Band


6. VU + Another View – Velvet Underground

2 posthumous collections of velvet underground music – mostly surprisingly catchy and strong songs left off of proper VU albums.

runners up: John Cale – Fear, John Cale – Paris 1919


7. Forever Changes – Love

Neil Young was originally going to produce this LP and although he dropped out due to Buffalo Springfield commitments he did arrange the song The Daily Planet.

runner up – Odessey and Oracle – The Zombies


8. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers (Jonathon Richman and)


runner up: Kill City – the Stooges


9. Remain in Light – Talking Heads


runners up: Fear of Music, More Songs About Buildings and Food – both by Talking Heads


10. Music for Your Mother – Funkadelic


runner up: Osmium – Parliament




entertainment – gang of four

os afro sambas – baden powell + vinicius de moraes

comme a la radio – brigitte fontaine w/ areski + the art ensemble of chicago

second edition – public image ltd.

ege bamyasi – can

plastic ono band – john lennon