Musical comfort food

Since John asked. Stuff that didn’t change my life but that I can turn on and instantly get immersed in a certain place or time.

  • 69 Love Songs — The Magnetic Fields.  (speaking of trying way, way too hard, but occasionally pulling it off in spite of yourself)
  • Greatest Hits — Biz Markie
  • anything — The Carter Family (ok, this is in my “change my life” list too, but it’s OK. If you ever need a vacation from the modern world, nothing can snap you into a world of pre-media-saturation faster than a trip to the Appalachians with AP, Sara, and Maybelle.)
  • Turn on the Bright Lights — Interpol (yes, sometimes I listen to this even when Terri isn’t around)
  • Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy — Brian Eno
  • Another Green World — Brian Eno
  • The Sunset Tree — The Mountain Goats
  • A Radical Recital — Rasputina
  • Thanks for the Ether — Rasputina
  • Eye — Robyn Hitchcock
  • Moss Elixer — Robyn Hitchcock
  • Luxor — Robyn Hitchcock
  • Funeral — Arcade Fire
  • Satanic Panic in the Attic — Of Montreal
  • The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society — The Kinks
  • The Sunlandic Twins — Of Montreal
  • Muswell Hilbillies — The Kinks
  • The Singles (1960-1975) — Ike & Tina Turner
  • Speaking in Tongues — The Talking Heads
  • Red Roses for Me — The Pogues
  • If I Should Fall From Grace With God — The Pogues
  • Rum Sodomy and the Lash — The Pogues
  • Hell’s Ditch — The Pogues
  • Trans Europe Express — Kraftwerk
  • Highway 61 Revisited — Bob Dylan
  • Bone Machine — Tom Waits
  • Rain Dogs — Tom Waits
  • Discography — The Pet Shop Boys
  • Germ Free Adolescents — X Ray Spex
  • Nixon — Lambchop
  • The Modern Lovers — The Modern Lovers
  • various, ranging from the sublime to the painful — Jonathan Richman
  • The Pleasure Principle — Gary Numan
  • IV — Faust
  • Switched On, vols 1-2 — Sterolab
  • I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One — Yo La Tengo
  • Snap! — The Jam
  • Blacknuss — Rashaan Roland Kirk
  • The Inflated Tear — Rashaan Roland Kirk
  • Weather Systems — Andrew Bird
  • Thrills — Andrew Bird
  • Tender Buttons — Broadcast
  • Let’s Get Out Of This Country — Camera Obscura
  • The Dresden Dolls — The Dresden Dolls
  • In The Reins — Iron and Wine / Calexico
  • Hot Rail — Calexico
  • Vauxhall and I — Morrissey
  • Louder than Bombs — The Smiths
  • In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — Neutral Milk Hotel
  • We Shall All Be Healed — The Mountain Goats
  • Upstairs at Eric’s — Yaz