A few years ago I gave away about 3,000 LPs to three friends and KXCI after realizing that I slapped an LP on the turntable about once every six months. That left me with (now) about 700 CDs.

Here’s what, over the following years, I find myself listening to. I’m not saying this is the best material in any of these genres — far from it — it’s just stuff I like and listen to repeatedly.

Check it out, you might like some of it:


  • The Doors, L.A. Woman — probably because I love playing Doors covers in bands.
  • Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks — when this came out in the ’70s it was the world’s greatest head cleaner.
  • Devo, Are We Not Men? — very funny, musically inventive, and contains the world’s best cover ever (“Satisfaction”)
  • Repo Man soundtrack. Absolutely great, the best of punk. My ex-GF/ex-wife saw the movie with me when it came out, and as we were walking out of the theater, after listening to me and the rest of the audience bust a gut over the horrors it contained, she said to me, “You Americans are sick!” (She was a colombiana — and she was right.)
  • Dead Kennedys, Too Drunk to Fuck (EP). Funny, explicit, and surprisingly hard to play up to speed.
  • Treat Her Right, Tied to the Tracks and the eponymous album. These guys later became Morphine, which IMO was a step down.
  • Jonny Chingas, Greatest Hits. A lot of very funny, pretty good stuff musically, including Se me paro (“I have a hard on”), and an indication of how much wonderful material this guy might have come up with if he hadn’t been killed in a drive-by. More enjoyable if you understand Spanish.


  • Willie Edwards, Everlastin’ Tears. The best blues album you’ve never heard — it sold about a thousand copies.
  • Doug Sahm, The Last Real Texas Blues Band. Yep, the same guy from the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados. (And, yep, that’s how they spell it.) Greasy r&b-oriented blues. The final cut, “T-Bone Shuffle,” has probably the world’s greatest walking bass line.
  • Sugar Thieves Live. The material is wonderful and this has two, count ’em two, great vocalists, either of whom could easily front a band. Absolutely killer.
  • Pinche Blues Band, Postal. My old band. I’m partial.
  • Randy Garibay, Barbacoa Blues. A great melding of Mexican/latin music and blues.


  • Charlie Mingus, Ah Um. If you don’t like this, you’re dead.
  • Misc. Artists, That’s The Way I feel. An ’80s compilation of Thelonious Monk tunes featuring everybody under the sun. Lots of great stuff, including a wonderful cut by (yes!) Todd Rundgren.
  • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue and On The Corner. Kind of Blue is probably the best LP ever for sitting on the patio and having a beer or a glass of wine at 3:00 a.m. On The Corner is a tremendous, ahead-of-its-time genre bender.
  • Jimmy Smith, The Sermon. One of the finest blues-jazz LPs ever, featuring B3 master Jimmy Smith, an incredible guitar solo by Kenny Burrell, and a couple of great sax solos.


  • Ray Barretto, La Cuna. Not for purists, but a wonderful Afro-Cuban CD featuring exceptional musicianship.
  • Luiz Bonfa, Jacaranda. Not sambas, but basically latin rock. Lots of great tunes and very good musicianship.


  • Al Perry and the Cattle, Losin’ Hand. Good songwriting, good musicianship, and very funny.
  • Junior Brown, Junior High. This is just a five-song EP, but if you’re going to have one Junior Brown album, this is it. Features his best version of “Highway Patrol.” (I think it’s also on three of his other CDs.)
  • Jerry Reed, Smokey and the Bandit II soundtrack. Jerry Reed was a terrible actor but a funny guy and one of the best guitarists ever.


  • James Brown, Live at the Apollo. The seminal funk album. “I’ll go crazy” is worth the price of admission.


  • Cheb Khaled and Safy Boutella, Kutche. Best rai album ever, with very good musicianship.
  • The Harder They Come soundtrack. Incredibly, this contains almost every reggae track worth listening to. (Yep, there ain’t a lot of ’em.)


  • Bela Bartok, Fourth String Quartet. Written in 1927, this is still in all likelihood the best string quartet ever written. In parts, it’s rock and roll-like.
  • Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time. Written in a POW camp in the early ’40s, this is probably the second best LP ever for sitting on the patio and having a beer at 3:00 a.m.

Zeke Bob says, “check it out.”


  1. Peter Jone says:

    Treat Her Right-nice to see someone else who’s aware of them! “I Think She Likes Me” is a classic tune; I saw them in Indy back in the day…and you undoubtedly know, Mark Sandman died on stage at the young age of 47! (And for me, Morphine was as good) I have to look up that documentary about him some day.
    An interesting aside-I moved to Richmond 3 years ago; one of my friends has known Dennis Danvers for years! I first read The Watch 14 years ago, never knowing I’d live here one day. Nice to see him get attention on your site!


    • Thanks for the comment. An ex-bandmate turned me on to Treat Her Right about 20 years ago, and I’ve always wondered why they weren’t more popular. Living way out west, I never saw them live and wasn’t even aware of them.

      Since then, in the bands I’ve played in, we always did “Everglades,” the Harlan Howard tune Treat Her Right covered on their first album. It’s a great tune and huge fun to play.

      As for Dennis Danvers, if you haven’t read it, I’d highly recommend his other sci-fi anarchist novel, “The Fourth World,” which IMO has a more compelling plot and much better character development than “The Watch.”


      • Peter Jone says:

        Yes, I saw your earlier mention of that book here last year. Been meaning to check library. I rarely take the time to re-read books (too many waiting for me!) but I did return to The Watch. Enjoyed it as much 10 years later, even dropped Danvers an email when I got here thanking him for the story. My friend and I are supposed to get together for a beer with him sometime. Should be interesting. Richmond is proving to be an interesting place!
        Just became aware of another VCU faculty member (Danvers is, to) who has enough of a musical presence to get a mention on Alan Haber’s “Stars of 2017” list at purepopradio.com His name is Scott Brookman, his band or record was “Smellicopters Two”. This is pretty good town for music.
        Enjoying your posts!


      • Thanks again. I’m almost out from under (temporarily) far too much work and will start writing more substantive posts again shortly.

        It’s cool about your meeting Danvers. His “Fourth World” is a great novel. My hunch is that he turned away from writing sci-fi because it’s far from lucrative. (Mick Farren seems to have followed the same path, moving from sci-fi to the supernatural/horror genre presumably because it sells better.) At least Danvers gave us the two novels which do present anarchism accurately, which isn’t all that common.


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