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 Daddy Lion, whose debut EP is out now. Visit the official site for samples of Daddy Lion’s music — after reading his Desert Island picks, of course!
Dinosaur Jr., You’re Living All Over Me
I discovered this record when I was in middle school and it has always held a certain untouchable place in my heart like a first cherished stuffed animal worn down from years of love. To this day, no other song evokes for me the strangely enjoyable feelings of yearning and sadness ”Little Fury Things” does.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/dLIPTOUH51I" width="600" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]
Bad Brains, Bad Brains
When I listen to this album, walking through staid, boring downtown Washington, D.C., I consistently have the same fantasy of Bad Brains playing live from a movable stage being pulled through the district with these songs roaring off the office buildings while thousands upon thousands of restless bored youth — and I along with them — run wild through the streets.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/QoQAZDdl4LY" width="600" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]
Brian Eno, Another Green World
Eno is a true genius and this is his finest work, in my opinion. I discovered this record in high school and I remember those first times hearing this music as being truly transporting and ethereal. Few albums can take you into a rich world of inner fantasy like this one can.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/gxFDPdCuasY" width="600" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]
The Stooges, Fun House
Everyone secretly wants to be Iggy Pop (and by extension Jim Morrison). Howling along to the bare-chested cries of Fun House is a ritually cathartic experience — some sort of sweaty sweat lodge full of blissful motor city madness. As far as I am concerned, this is the realest rock and roll record there is.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/8bX275Crxxc" width="600" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]
John Coltrane, A Love Supreme
Living on my desert island, barely staying alive off of coconut milk and the rare speared fish, I will likely become fairly malnourished. But the musical manna that Coltrane’s masterpiece provides will continually refresh and sustain my soul another day, with the hopes that I will soon be rescued from my forsaken prison of sand castaway in the sea.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/fth9UUa1Mfw" width="600" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]