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  • Desert Island Albums

    Apr 28 2007, 20:04

    I recently challenged a friend of mine with extensive musical tastes to think of ten albums he would take with him on a desert island. The results were interesting, and they got me thinking to what my ten desert island albums would be, other than the obvious - a large inflatable album and two shaped as oars. My friend tried to include albums of many different genres to fully capture his diverse tastes. My approach would be to find albums that wouldn't get old, or which I wouldn't get tired of, since a stay on a desert island would probably be a long time. Here are some of my picks:
    1. Dark Side of the Moon
    The first that comes to mind. My favourite.
    2. Franz Ferdinand
    The only downside: no Outsiders
    3. Live It Out
    This was a tough decision over which of the two Metric albums to include.
    4. Abbey Road
    My new favourite album. The second half is amazing.
    5. At War With The Mystics
    I think I prefer the first four tracks from Yoshimi, but this is a more complete album in my opinion.
    6. By the Way
    7. Night at the Opera
    No synthesizers!
    8. Moondance
    Classic.
    9. Guero
    This one could change.
    10. Riot on an Empty Street
    My other new favourite album. Plus, this album has the track Cayman Islands, so that would be appropriate to an island stay.
    What do you think?
  • Top Ten Albums

    Lug 13 2006, 4:18

  • Top Ten Artists

    Lug 13 2006, 4:01

    Here's a list of my favourite all-time bands.

    Artists
    1.Pink Floyd
    Always and forever my favourite band. Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Hereare the greatest albums ever made, and Meddle, Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds are excellent. Not only does their music interest me, but the band itself is something to be studied.

    2.Franz Ferdinand
    My favourite band of this generation. I've seen them twice live now, in Minneapolis and Calgary, and they were excellent. I want to be Alex Kapranos. His cocky swagger and killer vocals, with Nick McCarthy's lovely tunes and the rhythm that gets me moving provided by Bob Hardy rumbling bass and Paul Thompson's locomotive drumming all mashed together create a wonderful sound I can't get sick of. I love the people and personalities of these guys too. I want to meet them.

    3.Metric
    I'm in love with Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?. The bass + guitar always get my head banging, best exemplified by Hustle Rose. I saw them live a few months ago and I love them even more now. They're great live, you can see all the energy provided by Emily Haines.

    4.The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    The greatest guitarist of all time, but you already knew that. I love Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell too. Noel's bass is what really gets Fire moving and Mitch's drum battles Jimi's axe all throughout Manic Depression. A wonderful combination of blues and rock.

    5.The Zutons
    The first band I discovered on my own, sorta. I was watching Yahoo Music Videos at random and Pressure Point came up. I was immediately hooked. I still think it's one of the catchiest songs around. The next day I bought Who Killed The Zutons? and it blew me away.

    6.The Beatles
    Probably the best band of all time. Certainly the most influential.

    7.Coldplay
    They put on the best live show I've ever seen. Before seeing them in Minneapolis I enjoyed them, but since then I've really grown to love them.

    8.Weezer
    When I first started listening to music, the only thing I ever listened to was Weezer. I was obsessed. Since then I've outgrown them, but I will always owe them a great debt.

    9.Guess Who
    Home town favourites. In the late sixties they were one of the biggest bands on the planet. I recently saw Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman play live and it was incredible to hear the sheer amount of hits produced by these men and still come away wanting to have heard some more they missed.

    10.Stars
    This tenth spot fluctuates, but right now I am in love with Stars all over again. Set Yourself on Fire is superb once you cut out all the sex songs.