If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of singer/songwriter Fay Wolf, whose next album, Spiders, is scheduled for release November 8. Visit Fay’s site for samples of his music — after reading her Desert Island picks, of course!
The National, High Violet
One of the most recent albums that I can put on repeat for days and never tire of. Sad songs are my thing. “Sorrow” and every other track reaaaally get me. Right in the heartbones.
Ween, Pure Guava
When I first heard this album at age 14, I was in utter shock. I’d never heard sounds put together like this. Too many favorite songs to list, but you gotta love any band that titles songs “Poop Ship Destroyer” or “Reggaejunkiejew.”
Joni Mitchell, Blue
Though I grew up with music around, no one ever introduced me to the Greats. So when I finally stumbled onto “Blue”, a little late to the game, my body exploded. Lately “California” holds a special place, as I’ve come to call Los Angeles my beloved home.
Falsettos, Original Cast Recording – by William Finn & James Lapine
A heart-twisting look at a Jewish family, their ins and outs and ups and downs, and the impact of the HIV/AIDS virus. But Finn & Lapine made it timeless and universal by never actually mentioning the name of the disease in the show. Because it wasn’t about the specifics of the epidemic. It was about how we all live and love. …And the harmonies? Forgetaboutit.
Ani DiFranco, Living in Clip
Ani is arguably my biggest influence, along with early Tori Amos. This double live album is a g.d. masterpiece. And funny too. The version of “Overlap” is almost too much to handle.
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