Songs and albums I have to listen to before I die?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by amd4me, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. amd4me macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2006
    I am going on a long road trip and I want some good music.
    If all of you guys could list some songs or albums I should go buy, I would appreciate it!:)
  2. knelto macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2007
    If you like kind of ambient, instrumental music (pretty good for distance driving/random thinking/time wasting) check out:

    El Ten Eleven - El Ten Eleven
    El Ten Eleven - Every Direction is North
    The Mercury Program - A Data Learn the Language

    The Mercury Program has other albums but this is the only one I've extensively listened to. All three of those are on iTMS, too.
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    *edit* changing my post. i don't know about you, but these are ten albums i had to have listened to before dying. some notable tracks are listed in paranthesis. :)

    • u2 - joshua tree (with or without you, running to stand still)
    • oasis - (what's the story) morning glory (don't look back in anger, wonderwall)
    • death cab for cutie - plans (i will follow you into the dark, summer skin)
    • leona naess - leona naess (how sweet, christmas)
    • radiohead - the bends (my iron lung, fake plastic trees)
    • hole - live through this (softer, softest)
    • modest mouse - this is a long drive for... (custom concern, dramamine)
    • weezer - pinkerton (the good life, el scorcho)
    • eric clapton - unplugged (lonely stranger, old love)
    • the cure - disintegration (love song, lullaby)
  4. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    I'll start some albums off for ya, though you haven't given any guidelines:

    Kenna - "New Sacred Cow"
    Sufjan Stevens - "Illinoise" (really every Sufjan Album though :rolleyes: )
    Death Cab For Cutie - "Transatlanticism"
    Tarkio - "Omnibus"
    Medeski, Martin & Wood - "Combustication", "End Of The World Party (Just In Case", "It's A Jungle In Here", "Shack Man"
    The Postal Service - "Give Up"
    Return To Forever - "Where Have I Known You Before
    Sigur Rós - "Takk..." (though you cannot go wrong with them)
    The Whitest Boy Alive - "Dreams"

    Then there's Bob Dylan. Robert Zimmerman is amazing in his 40+ year career, writing some of the most memorable and historic songs ever in American culture. You cannot go wrong with any of these albums, they all offer different spectrums of his ever-changing style and/or historical songs and I adore (Though I adore every Dylan album in its own way :) ):

    Bob Dylan - "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" , "Bob Dylan" , "Blonde On Blonde" , "Bringing It All Back Home" , "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan", "Good As I Been To You", "Live At The Gaslight 1962 (if you have to pick only a few, pick this as one), "New Morning", "Nashville Skyline", "Street Legal", "The Times They Are A-Changin' ", .... it goes on and on.
  5. knelto macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2007
    Damn, dude... I dig your taste in music. I knew Kenna, Death Cab, Sufjan, and Postal Service, but ALL the other groups listed I just checked out and I like every one of them!
  6. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    Lateralus - Tool
    10,000 Days - Tool
    The Downward Spiral - NIN
    Sleeping With Ghosts - Placebo

    my 4 fav albums
  7. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    Thanks, I can send you some more if you're that interested, some I love but wouldn't consider them "albums to listen to before I die" ... PM me if you want some more or if you want some artists similar to others I listed :)

    I'll add a few more though :p
    Frou Frou - "Details"
    The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife", "Picaresque", "Castaways And Cutouts" (every album is great but especially those)
    The (International) Noise Conspiracy - "New Morning, Changing Weather", "Survival Sickness"
    Sigmatropic - "16 Haiku & Other Stories (Songs Based On The Poetry Of George Seferis)"
    Carla Bruni - "Quelqu'un m'a dit"
    The Mars Volta - "Frances The Mute", "De-Loused In The Comatorium"
    The Cinematic Orchestra - Any album
    Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Any album
    Modest Mouse - "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank"
    Sondre Lerche & The Faces Down Quartet - "The Duper Sessions"

    That's enough for now :D
  8. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    1. M.I.A. - Arular
    2. The Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House
    3. Peter, Bjorn and John - Writer's Block
    4. Feist - Let It Die
    5. Arcade Fire - Funeral
    6. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
    7. Dixie Chicks - Home
    8. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
    9. The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart
    10. Tegan and Sara - So Jealous

    Honorable Mention goes to Mike Doughty's "Haughty Melodic."

    CD's that were mentioned already but I strongly back-up:
    Frou Frou - Details
    Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
    Postal Service - Give Up
    Medeski, Martin and Wood - End of the World Party
    Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope
    Sigur Ros - Takk
    Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
    Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
  9. -kritter- macrumors regular


    Mar 8, 2007
    Youll either love or hate these selections, but they are in my opinion the most talented bands and individuals out there right now...and if you really disagree you have not seen Chris Thile play pieces of J.S Bach on the mandolin live...but anyways here are my suggestions to you...

    Nickel Creek-the album "Why Should the Fire Die"
    Chris Thile & The How to Grow a Band (Mandolinist of Nickel Creek, awsome solo albums such as, "Deciever", and "How to Grow a Woman From the Ground")
    Sean Watkins (guitar player of Nickel Creek, also has awsome solo albums such as, "26 Miles", and "Blinders On")
    Patrick Watson- the album "Close to Paradise"
    Andrew Bird-the album "Armchair Apocrypha"
  10. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2005
    Wired All Wrong - Break Out The Battle Tapes
    Keane - Under The Iron Sea
    The Faint - Wet From Birth
    Hot Hot Heat - Make Up The Breakdown
    Ima Robot - Monument To The Masses (First 5 songs off the album)
    Living Things - Ahead Of The Lions (Bom Bom Bom, God Made Hate)
  11. j26 macrumors 65832


    Mar 30, 2005
    If your road trip is to be at some considerable speed, any Rage Against the Machine works very well. Otherwise;
    Happy Mondays - Pillsn'thrills'n'bellyaches, or even better Squirrel & G-man
    Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
    Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
    Barenaked Ladies - Maroon
    The Levellers - Green Blade Rising
    Tracy Chapman's good for mile munching too

    If you do political, Chumbawamba (Tubthumper and UN are the best) and David Rovics (you can download free on soundclick) are great
  12. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Rodrigo Y Gabriela

    Red Lights Flash - check out "The Red Tape"

    Roots Manuva
    Roots Manuva - Dreamy Days
    Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)

    Aphex Twin - Avril 14th - Not offical video
    Aphex Twin - Boy Girl Song - Not offical video
    Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy

    The top three links are links to myspace pages so you can listen to a sample of their music. The last set of links are to a youtube video for the artist in question. Aphex Twin is extremely wide and the provided videos show this, thoroughly worth checking out. If you like Roots Manuva you basically have to own Run come save me
  13. paddy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2005
    The White Album, Sgt. Peppers, What's the story morning glory.
  14. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    pink floyd - the wall
    weezer - green
    beatles - revolver
    beach boys - pet sounds (your impression of them based on their radio hits are totally misleading)
    Procol Harum - shine on brightly
    Tom Waits - blood money
    frank zappa -we're only in it for the money
    violent femmes - violent femmes
    the white stripes - elephant
    led zeppelin - 4 (zoso)
    jimi hendrix - are you experienced

    Gosh, where would the list stop? There's so much friggen amazing recoded music out there!

    I'm assuming you already know more of the recent stuff, so I'm mostly listing older amazing music.
  15. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2003
    you wish
    You need these…

    Tom Waits (Raindogs, Black Rider, etc.)
    Tool (Undertow, Aenima, 10k days)
    Prince (Sign `o´ the Times, Parade, Rainbow Children, Musicology, etc.)
    Alice in Chains (Dirt, Jar of Flies)
    George Clinton (Any)
    Nirvana (Bleach, Incesticide, In Uthero, etc.)
    Blur (Think Tank, 13, Parklife))
    Smashing Pumpkins (Any)
    Pink Floyd (Works, The Wall, etc.)
    Rammstein (Any)
    RHCP (Out in L.A.)
    Beyoncé (None)
  16. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    "Ten thousand billion bottles of beer on the wall.."

    But seriously.. I second Rodrigo y Gabriela, though they're far, far, far better live.
  17. Howard Brazee macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO
    I have to listen to the best samples of as many genres of music as possible.
  18. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Before you die, definitely listen to the soundtrack for the movie Amelie, most of the music is by Yann Tiersen. The music on that album is so inventive and well constructed it blows my mind.

    I listen to a variety of stuff... here are some others to check out:

    Jawbox - Novelty
    Metric - Live It Out
    Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
    Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
    both albums by "The Most Secret Method"
    Hot Water Music - Forever & Counting
  19. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
  20. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Counting Crows - This Desert Life
    Counting Crows are often considered a really commercial poppy band, but this album shows what they're really like. Listening to this album all the way through is a quite weird experience. Get to know it, and once you do, sit down and listen all the way through on a good system, and you'll see what bliss is.

    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Again, another group who are often considered to be trash-rock. Sadly, they did get a bit trashy towards the end of their careers, but this album is them in their golden era. Truly a remarkable album and absolutely one of my favourites.

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    No need to mention who this is by. Probably the most important album in history. Still an absolute dream to listen to.

    Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
    Amazing piece of music. Well leave you soooooooo chilled out you wouldn't believe it.

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
    Probably second in the list from Sgt. Pepper's as the most influential and important albums in the history of music. Amazing experience to listen to all the way through, really takes you to some incredible places.

    Radiohead - The Bends
    Stunning album. I wish I hadn't been 5 years old when this album first came out, as it really must have been something else to listen to.

    Radiohead - OK Computer
    A stunning (and IMO superior) follow-up to The Bends. Really amazing soundscapes and puts some fantastic messages across.

    Sibelius - Finlandia
    One of the most fantastic pieces of music ever, IMO! Incredibly moving, so much so that it was banned due to the uprisings it caused.

    Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
    I recently bought this on Vinyl, and it honestly is the most amazing thing I've heard emanating from my stereo. Incredibly relaxing, and 'Corsair' is the most played thing in my iTunes library (1200+ plays).

    Adam F - Colours
    The album which invented Drum 'n Bass, but did it with style. Amazing soundscapes and very, very very stylish!

    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus
    The most important reggae album of all time! Essential music...

    Those are some of my top albums, but there are so many others.

    What you should do, is get SimplifyMedia, and add as many people as you can as friends. My screen name is 'killyp', and you can have a listen to my iTunes library. :)
  21. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    This recommendation gets my double seal of approval.
  22. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Hang on a second, did you just say "Fleetwood Mac - Rumours"

    :eek: :eek: :eek:
  23. Trooperof3 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Grand Buffet. Check them out! they are not well known but have some insanly great lyrics.
  24. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Yes, but which version of the hundreds available ;)

    My choice(s) would be:
    Neeme Järvi: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (With original chorus ending)
    Herbert von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra…

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