10 “best” music albums everyone should own.

RABBIT SONGS by Hem

“Restless stars through the trees
Enough to fall to our knees
Make no sound so no one sees”

Idle (The Rabbit Song) (mp3)
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TUNNEL OF LOVE by Bruce Springsteen

“It ought to be easy ought to be simple enough
Man meets woman and they fall in love
But the house is haunted and the ride gets rough
And youve got to learn to live with what you can’t rise above
if you want to ride on down in through this tunnel of love..”

Tunnel of Love (mp3)

S / T by David Pajo

“How far you are when close
How near to me when gone
The dark is full of ghosts
That howl into the dawn
That howl into the dawn
The sky has opened
The power is down
Deserted in this town
High lonesome moan”

High Lonesome Moan (mp3)

THE TRINITY SESSION by Cowboy Junkies
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THE CAUTION HORSES by Cowboy Junkies

“There’s something about an afternoon spent doing nothing
Just listening to records and watching the sun falling
Thinking of things that don’t have to add up to something
And this spell won’t be broken
By the sound of keys scraping in the lock..

Maybe tonight it’s a movie
With plenty of room for elbows and knees
A bag of popcorn all to myself,
Black and white with a strong female lead
And if I don’t like it, no debate, I’ll leave…”

Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning (mp3 from The Caution Horses)
Dreaming My Dreams With You (mp3 from The Trinity Session)

I CAN HEAR THE HEART BEATING AS ONE by Yo La Tengo

“Feeling like a kid again, my eyes are glued to the floor
I hope I mumbled goodbye as you walked out the door
The damage is done”

Damage (mp3)

MIDNIGHT DRIFTER by the Whiskey Folk Ramblers

Moanin’ Rag

THE LION’S ROAR by First Aid Kit

I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June
If you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too
No, I’m not asking much of you
Just sing little darling, sing with me

Emmylou

THE TRAGIC TREASURY: SONGS FROM A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by The Gothic Archies

“The Gothic Archies is the Gothic rock-bubblegum pop band of celebrated songwriter Stephin Merritt, also of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, and Future Bible Heroes. Merritt is the only member although he hopes to acquire more soon. What makes this band different from The Magnetic Fields is that any glimmer of hope is absolutely extinguished. The current Gothic Archies project is The Tragic Treasury: Music for “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, a compilation of theme songs written for each of the 13 volumes of Lemony Snicket’s “Series of Unfortunate Events” book series.”

Smile! No One Cares How You Feel (mp3)

HISTOIRE DE MELODY NELSON by Serge Gainsbourg with Jane Birkin

Nothing compares to Serge and Jane. They are the best of the best. And this album influenced so many musicians from Beck to house- it deserves its own space on your shelf. The layers of beats and sounds, the textures, are intoxicating.

Cargo culte (mp3)

Please sample the tunes and enjoy. Some of them exist in a format that doesn’t allow me to use the webplayer, so you just have to download to sample. Then hop on over to iTunes or your preferred indie music distributor and get the pay to play so this poor mother doesn’t get into any financially excessive trouble.