My good San Antonian friend wrote me this:
Here’s how it works. You select ten CDs you’d take with you to a desert island. You can take them and no others. The only stipulation is that they must come from your current CD library. Modest anthologies (two, maybe three discs) are permitted, but, say, the dozen plus discs in the complete series of the late Isaac Stern, A Life in Music, would not be.
I’m assuming self-made mixes are out, even if they are single artist compilations made across albums – which is a lot of my collection. This holds even for many of my favorite artists, because I don’t tend to like everything on any of their albums. So Gomez, Dar Williams, Tom Waits, Pete Yorn, the Be Good Tanyas, Sarah Slean, Adam Ant, Ben Folds Five, Jonathan Richman, Luscious Jackson, Poe, They Might Be Giants, Solas, Greg Brown, and Ashley MacIsaac lose out because I bought their stuff, ripped it, and burned greatest hits collections for myself.
Boy does that narrow it down. Very efficient.
My 10 that could actually be purchased in stores:
- Soul Coughing – El Oso
- Cake – Comfort Eagle
- Faith No More – Introduce Yourself
- Moxy Früvous – You Will Go To The Moon (or Live Noise?)
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In
- Battlefield Band – Home Is Where The Van Is
- Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
- PJ Harvey – 4-Track Demos
- Sleater-Kinney – One Beat
- Liz Phair – whitechocolatespaceegg
If I could wait to leave for the desert island until after Katell Keineg’s new one came out, I would replace the PJ Harvey with that.