Listening

This page gives the viewer an idea of my broad listening tastes. This page is approaching a chronicle of 10 years of listening! It clearly demonstrates the diverse musical landscape available to us today. Much of what you see below is *not* on the radio. No longer are we required to accept what Top 40 and Classic Rock radio dictate.

If you would like more information about any of this music, some of which is rare, please let me know and I’ll help you track it down. I especially hope that musicians will take to heart that the only way to expand your musical consciousness is by soaking up as much diverse music as possible. It is a true musician’s responsibility, regardless of physical ability, to expose their mind (and spirit) to all forms of music.

Oct 2006 – Dec 2006

  • Living in the Past – Jethro Tull
  • Niafunke – Ali Farka Toure
  • In the Heart of the Moon – Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
  • Miero – Värttinä
  • David Byrne – Rei Momo
  • Wyclef Jean – Welcome to Haiti Creole 101
  • Various Artists – Departures Global Underground
  • Quichua Marka – Runa Pacha Tushuri
  • Mohd Rafi – Legends
  • An Other Cup – Yusuf Islam
  • Orphans – Tom Waits
  • Talking Heads – Popular Favorites
  • Mule Conversations – Tom Waits interviews
  • Call of the Valley – Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Hari Prasad Chaurasia
  • Alan Lomax: Blues Songbook
  • Fela Kuti
    • The Two Sides Of Fela: Jazz & Dance
      Mississippi (1936-1942)
    • Afrodisiac_Open & Close
    • Army Arrangement
    • Expensive Shit/He Miss Road
    • The Best of the Black President
  • Kélétigui Diabaté – Midnight In Mali
  • Mamadou Diabate – Tunga
  • Rev. Gary Davis – If I Had My Way: Early Home Recordings
  • Hard Times Come Again No More_ Early American Rural Songs Of Hard Times And Hardships Vol. 1

Jul 2006 – Sep 2006

  • Very Best of Ray Charles – Ray Charles
  • Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou
  • Haitian Vodoo
  • Mali To Memphis: An African-American Odyssey (Putumayo)
  • Matisyahu – Live at Stubb’s: Austin, TX 2/19/05
  • REM – Automatic for the People
  • REM – Out of Time
  • Voyager Series: Voodoo Drums
  • Shout: The Very Best of Tears for Fears
  • Stevie Wonder – The Definitive Collection
  • Blue Man Group – The Complex Rock Tour Live
  • James Hand – The Truth Will Set You Free
  • Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason
  • Led Zeppelin II
  • CCR – Chronicle Vol. 2: Twenty Great CCR Classics
  • Classic Sound Effects
  • Gone With The Wind: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • The Rough Guide to Zydeco
  • Rhythms of Rapture: Sacred Musics of Haitian Vodou
  • Authentic Sound Effects, Vol. 1
  • Peter Gabriel – Still Growing Up (Live DVD)
  • Songlines sampler, May/June, July/Aug2006
  • Funkadelic – Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow
  • Mamady Ijalit Keita – African Drums – Traditional Mandingue Rhytms
  • Mariza – Transparente
  • Terranova – Sublime
  • Toumani Diabate with Ballake Sissoko – New Ancient Strings
  • Fela Kuti – The Best of the Black President
  • Various Artists – Document Records – Field Recordings Vol. 1_ Virginia (1936-1941)
  • Gary Burton – For Hamp, Red, Bags And Cal
  • John Coltrane – The Best Of John Coltrane
  • Larry Coryell – The Power Trio (Live In Chicago)
  • Mark Bracken – Bossa Nova Dreams
  • The Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 4_ Ethnic Music Classics (1925-48)
  • Various Artists – Document Records – Field Recordings Vol. 2_ North & South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas (1926-1943)
  • KIMMO POHJONEN – Iron Lung
  • Charles Mingus Modern Jazz Archive – 1922 – 1979
  • Beck – Guero, and Guerolito
  • Bob Dylan – Blues
  • Panic at the Disco – A Fever you can’t sweat out
  • Coleman Barks – Rumi: Voice of Longing
  • KAL (self-titled)
  • Seu Jorge – The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
  • Ali Farke Toure – Savane

Apr 2006 – Jun 2006

  • All Wood & Stones – John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley
  • One Song – Illumination Band
  • Sabbatum: Medieval Tribute to Black Sabbath
  • String Quartet Tribute to Iron Maiden
  • Plays Metallica by Four Cellos
  • Wilco (various)
  • Sgt Pepper – The Beatles
  • Immaculate Misconceptions
  • Kassi Kasse: Mande Music from Mali – Kasse Mady Diabate
  • Songlines sampler, Mar/Apr 2006

Jan 2006 – Mar 2006

  • Syria – Music of the Dervishes
  • Shaykh Hamza Shakkur and the Al-Kindi Ensemble (Damascus)
  • The Little Emo Quartet – String Quartet Tribute to Iron Maiden
  • String Quartet Tribute to Metallica
  • The Essential Guide to Arabia
  • Traditional Songs from Syria – Zein Al-Jundi
  • Stan Merzanis – Mia Zoe (Trad. Greek Music)
  • Dan Lanois – Albums: Rockets, Acadie, Belladona, Shine
  • Chris Whitley – Hotel Vast Horizon & Soft Dangerous Shores
  • Manish Vyas & Dina Awwad – Sufi Splendor – Music for Whirling Meditation
  • Rabindranath Tagore (Assoted pieces)
  • Aqnazar – Rumi
  • Ali Ekbar Cicek – Turkish Sufi Music
  • Mercan Dede – Sufi Dreams & Sufi Traveler
  • Sufi Brotherhoods & Street musicians, Tarodannt, Morocco: Dances And Trances_ Sufi Rites And Berber Music From Tarodannt Morocco
  • Songlines sampler, Jan/Feb 2006

Oct 2005 – Dec 2005

  • Ry Cooder – Chavez Ravine
  • Wild Tchoupitoulas (self titled)
  • George Harrison – Brainwashed
  • Youssou N’Dour – Egypt
  • Chris Whitley – Live At Martyrs
  • Tabla Beat Science – Tala Matrix, Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove
  • Songlines sampler, Jul/Aug 2005 , Sept/Oct, Nov/Dec
  • Johnny Cash – The Legend of Johnny Cash
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – FIne Tune Gold Collection
  • Hafiz – The Scent of Light (Sufi poetry)
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mustt Mustt

July 2005 – Sept 2005

  • Jai Uttal – Beggars & Saints
  • Chris Whitley – Weed
  • JoAnne Growney – Patchwork Quilt
  • Songlines sampler, May/Jun 2005
  • Sara Ayers Band – Cold Hard Dirty Truth
  • Tinariwen – Radio Tisdas Sessions
  • Nate Myers – Rise Above It/The Lonesome Plowboy

April 2005 – June 2005

  • Eric Clapton – Me & Robert Johnson (CDs & DVD)
  • Songlines sampler, Mar/Apr 2005
  • Chris Whitley – War Crime Blues
  • John Denver – Country Roads Collection
  • Mario Lanza – Best of Collection
  • Robert Johnson Complete Box Set

Jan 2005 – Mar 2005

  • Songlines sampler, Jan/Feb 2005
  • Rough Guide to Morocco
  • Devotional songs from http://wahiduddin.net
  • TaTaKu BEST OF KODO II 1994-1999
  • Yoshida Brothers – Frontier
  • Matsuri-Bayashi – Various Artists
  • Avenue Q Soundtrack

Oct 2004 – Dec 2004

  • Ahmet Calisir – Ney-niyaz (Mevlevi Rite)
  • Songlines sampler, Nov/Dec
  • Shankar & Gingger – Celestial Body
  • Tom Waits – Real Gone
  • Tinariwen – Amassakoul
  • Festival In The Desert
  • Tangle Eye – Alan Lomax’s Southern Journey Remixed
  • Jazz Standards (various)
  • John Hiatt – Little Head
  • John Hiatt – Crossing Muddy Waters
  • Sigur Ros – ()

July 2004 – Sept 2004

  • Bloomsburg to Bangladesh
  • Teka – Hungarian village music
  • Songlines samplers, July/Aug & Sept/Oct
  • Yo Yo Ma – Music from Around the World (sampler)
  • Justin Sullivn – Navigating the Stars (AWESOME!!!)
  • Slowlane – The Fine Art of Survival
  • Rufus Wainwright – Various
  • Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Bourbon & Rosewater
  • Jai Uttl – Kirtan: the art and practice of ecstatic chant
  • Keb’ Mo – (self titled)
  • Keb’ Mo – Just Like You
  • John Hiatt – Greatest Hits” The A&M Years 87-94

Apr 2004 – June 2004

  • Fade to Bluegrass (The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica)
  • Case 150 – Twang Pop
  • Bruce Young – Full & By
  • Bengali Folk Songs (various)
  • Eagles – Various
  • Eric Clapton – Me & Mr. Johnson
  • Bukhara – Musical Crossroads of Asia

Jan 2004 – Mar 2004

  • Trans-Global Underground – Yes Boss Food Corner
  • Coleman Barks – I Want Burning
  • Bhupan Hajatica – Modern Bengali Songs
  • Liszt – 10 Hungarian Rhapsodies
  • American Songs of the Wild Frontier & the Front Porch
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Soundtrack
  • Global Meditation – The Pulse of Life

Oct 2003 – Dec 2003

  • Shakti with John LcLaughlin
  • Oi Va Voi
  • Bhimsen Joshi
  • The Mahabharata Original Soundtrack
  • British Library International Music Sampler
  • Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  • Rough Guide to Bollywood

June 2003 – Sept 2003

  • Peter Gabriel – Up
  • Bombay Kings – The Very Best of the Bombay Kings
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Steeleye Span – Parcel of Rogues, Back In Line
  • Lots of Rev. Gary Davis (various albums)
  • Lots of Fairport convention (various albums)
  • Lots of Charley Patton (various albums)
  • Rough Guide to World Music Vol. 1
  • Ayub Bacchu & James
  • Miles – Best of Miles Vol. 2
  • Ian Anderson- Rupi’s Dance
  • Dembo Konte/Kausu Kuyateh/The Jali Roll Orchestra – Jali Roll [Revisited +1]
  • Shakti – Best of Shakti

Apr 2003 – May 2003

  • The Bodo Band (Hungarian Folk Music)
  • Various Hungarian groups such as Turel, Csik Zenekar, Eletfa and others.
  • Riverboat Records Sampler
  • Klezmer Music 1910-1942 (Folkways collection)
  • The Black Cat Orchestra – Mysteries Explained
  • Peoples Bizarre (self titled)
  • The Toids – Ruupert Dances in Fins
  • Musee Mechanique – The Zelinsky Collection Vol. 1
  • Transmission Trio – Tiny Beast
  • Dan Cantrell – Divided Loyalties (soundtrack)
  • Round One – Out of Round Records Sampler
  • Cambodian Pop?
  • Bakra Bata’ – Steel Drums & Percussion
  • Andes Mistigo – Guerreros Misticos

Feb 2003 – March 2003

  • Orchestra Batachanga – Manana Para Los Ninos
  • Flamenco Festival by Premium Music Collection
  • Beck – Midnite Vultures
  • Idjassi – Chants et Musiques de Georgie
  • Asian Dub Foundation – R.A.F.I.
  • Masters of Persian Music – Without You
  • Exploratory music from Portugal
  • Mark Thorpe – Moroccan Spirit

Sept 2002 – Jan 2003

  • The Very Best of Cat Stevens
  • A Tribute to Cat Stevens
  • Al Green – Green Is Blues
  • Peter Gabriel – The Shaking Tree
  • Beck – Sea Change
  • Jethro Tull – This Was and Minstrel In The Gallery


June – Aug 2002

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Star Rise
  • Chants soufis du Caire
  • Various compilations
  • Tom Waits – Alice, Blood Money


Dec 2001/May 2002

  • Jeremy dePrisco – Cadillacs & Tarantulas
  • Cheesy Middle Eastern collection by Worldscapes (good, but no liner notes)
  • Lightning Hopkins – Shaggy Dog, A Profile of Lightning Hopkins
  • Howlin’ Wolf – Rockin’ the Blues
  • ZZ Hill – Faithful & True
  • Tom Waits – Asylum Years & Live at Ebbets Field


Sept/Nov 2001

  • Live
  • Tom Dennehy
  • 80’s Compilations
  • Jethro Tull – A Passion Play


May/Aug 2001

  • Andrea Bocelli
  • CUSCO – Ancient Journeys
  • Steve Halpern (though I am still skeptical)
  • Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin – Makoto-Shinjitsu (Zen Meditation Music for solo shakuhachi)
  • Fragments of Zen


Mar/Apr 2001

  • Material – Hallucination Engine
  • The Best of Fono Records (Transylvanian, Hungarian & Romanian ethnic music)
  • Tom Waits!!!!!Small Change
    Rain Dogs
    Frank’s Wild Years
    Big Time
    Bone Machine
    The Black Rider
    Mule Variations
    Beautiful Maladies: The Island Years
  • Journey – Greatest Hits Live
  • Billy Joel – 2000 Years The Millennium Concert
  • The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery
    Lama Chopa: A Buddhist Tantric Celebration
    Tibetan Sacred Temple Music
  • Ottmar Leibert & Luna Negra – solo para ti
  • Troubadours of Folk – Vol. I
  • William S. Burroughs – Dead City Radio

Jan/Feb 2001

  • Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman, Catch Bull at Four
  • Yusuf Islam – A is for Allah
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dust to Gold
  • Dead Man Walking Soundtrack
  • Jai Uttal – Spirit Room

Nov/Dec 2000

  • Remains of Anatolia – Traditional & Contemporary Turkish Music
  • Axiom of Choice – Niya Yesh
  • Kumbha Mela
  • Iron Maiden – Brave New World
  • Rough Guide to Bhangra
  • Shafqat Ali Khan
  • Cat Stevens – Foreigner

Aug/Oct 2000

  • Ustad Zakir Hussain – Essence of Rhythm
  • Jethro Tull – Nightcap
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Magic Touch
  • Govinda – entwined & entranced
  • Atzilut – The Fourth World – Planetary Jewish Music
  • James Asher – Tigers of the Raj
  • atman – eternal dance
  • Buena Vista Social Club
  • The music of the Hmong people
  • Classical Music of Iran

May/July 2000

  • Various Hindi music collections
  • RUN DMC (first three albums)
  • Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
  • Various old Rap Dance tapes from the 80’s
  • dj Cheb i SABBAH – SHRI DURGA

Jan/Apr 2000

  • The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin – The Inner Mounting Flame
  • Ravi Shankar & Yehudi Menuhin – West Meets East
  • The Secret Language of Birds – Ian Anderson
  • James Asher – Tigers of Raj
  • Prayer – A Multicultural Journey of Spirit (various artists)
  • Mickey Hart & Planet Drum – Supralingua

Aug 99/Dec 99

  • Monsoon, featuring Sheila Chandra (Indian Pop)
  • Dennis Donnelly – Ya Feel Ta Heal (Blues)
  • Jethro Tull – J-Tull Dot Com
  • The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Swan Song (Pakistan Pop)

Jun/July 99

  • Nordic Roots CD Sampler
  • Tuva, Among the Spirits
  • The Music of Tibetan Buddhism (Rounder)
  • Dancing with the Dead (death rituals – NOT the Grateful Dead)
  • Afro Celt Sound System Volume #2 – Release

Apr 99/May 99

  • Tibetan Buddhist Chants/Ritual music
  • Beck – Odelay
  • Assorted world music CDs
  • Still way too many takes of my own songs…

Jan 99/Mar 99

  • Nameless local bands
  • Portugese pop
  • Beck (c/o WXPN) PS: This guy is a f**ing genius!
  • Way too many takes of my own songs…

Nov/Dec 1998

  • JRR Tolkien – Silmarillion (audio book)
  • John Denver (various)
  • Southpark Album: Chef Aid (extreme version)
  • Traditional folk songs (various)

Sept/Oct 1998

  • Ottmar Leibert – Leaning into the night
  • Orbitronik
  • Trilok Gurtu Collection
  • Bill Laswell (pick an album or project, I’m starting a collection)
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle
  • Chris Whitley – Dirt Floor
  • Lou Reed – Perfect Night Live in London

Jan/Aug 1998

  • Mississippi John Hurt
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn
  • Smash Mouth
  • Various Bill Laswell releases
  • Dead Can Dance – Spiritchaser
  • Sheila Chandra – Out on My Own, The Zen Kiss
  • Jai Uttal – Shiva Station

Nov/Dec 1996

  • Chris Van Kleave
  • Louise Taylor
  • John Lee Hooker
  • James Taylor
  • Don Mclean

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