Submitted by John Roger Schofield of The Myriad (current album: You Can't Trust A Ladder - Floodgate Records)
My iPod favorites in all their splendid glory!
These are not in order of "most listened to." They are all equals in my grateful eye.
1. Murder By Death - In Bocca Al Lupo
Refreshing and literary. This is what clever story telling sounds like; this is the heart on an arduous cattle drive through lightning storms and whiskey bottles!
2. Joanna Newsom - Milk-Eyed Mender
Perhaps she has come down to us from the vaporous ether; and old soul with a poignant song for all of us...
3. Yes - Close to the Edge & Fragile
Thank GOD I finally bought some Yes records; methinks they're my favorite band for the ENTIRE 1970s; such bada** creativity!
4. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Neko's voice makes me swoon with delight, covered wagons and desert tempests notwithstanding.
5. Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands & Nino Rojo
This man's wit and distinct songcraft renders joy and laughter within my tired, touring heart. He is like a fine espresso shot to the old bones.
6. mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
I love these guys...they are gentle, amiable gentlemen one and all.... and this record makes me cry, especially the last track. Chills, folks, visceral chills.
7. Alisson Krause & Union Station - Lonely Runs Both Ways
Soft and subtle bluegrass, noteworthy musicianship, voice like an auric bell; melodies to die for; what else could one endeavor to want?
8. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited & Bringing It All Back Home
How have I never listened to Bob Dylan? Next time I see my dad I'm gonna holler such a sentence as this: "You showed me the BEATLES but NOT BOB DYLAN! ALAS! WASTED YEARS FORSOOTHE!"
9. Daft Punk - Human After All
These beats will make you spin into a whirling dervish of dogged happiness. I even danced to the point of perspiration one night to track two with my blasting headphones on. Nobody saw me, however, so it's our little secret. A fine ale and good music and solitude...what could be any better on God's green earth?
10. David McCullough - 1776 & John Adams
Historical books on tape whilst touring forever and ever the rolling hills of America; so wonderfully soothing and edifying. I will now begin listening to these gems for a second time. Repetition is the key to inculcated knowledge...well, that, and love of knowledge!
11. Devotchka - How it Ends
Thank YOU, Devotchka, for being a distinct diamond among so many pebbles!
12. Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill & Citizen Steely Dan 1972-1980
Yet another glorious band that I hadn't truly listened to until this year; the melodies and musicianship make my heart exuberant like a caffinated minnow within a sea of sultry espresso!
13. Thom Yorke - The Eraser
I will not use mere words for this record. The language fails.
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