Top 5 Records That Changed Your Life Vol #2January 27, 2008
Vol #2 of the “Top 5 Records That Changed Your Life” posts features Edwin Turner, local teacher and blogger, and Samantha Jones, Gainesville musician, yoga teacher, and mother.
Here is Eddie.
…and his contribution.
“R.E.M.–Out of Time
My dad, of all people, bought this for me in the sixth grade when he gave me a discman for Christmas. It was like the first CD I owned.
I bought this on tape in the seventh grade. I was cherry picking the Pump up the Volume soundtrack for artists like Pixies and Sonic Youth and Rollins Band. I used to ride my bike to Vintage Vinyl on the weekends and buy used cassettes. I have this wonderful memory of listening to this album for the first time riding home on my bike, and then listening to it repeatedly in the front yard, playing basketball until it was dark and time to come inside.
Bob Dylan–The Freewheelin Bob Dylan
This is still one of my favorite albums. I always liked Bob Dylan, even when I was really little; I just liked his voice. I never had to “get into” Dylan. Another one of the first CDs I ever owned. It’s such a great album, everyone should own it, really.
Gastr del Sol–Upgrade and Afterlife
One of my favorite all time records. I got this when I was, like, a senior in high school I guess. It really freed up my idea about what music could be, how a person could make music, what was beautiful and what was harsh.
Public Enemy–It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Down
The first album I ever bought for myself. It was on tape. This was probably, 1989, 1990. If it seems like I’m trying to build hipster street cred, I willingly add that the second album I ever bought for myself was a Fresh Prince cassette. In the late eighties, I simply liked all rap: Ice-T and NWA were categorically equal to M.C. Hammer.”
Eddie’s blog, Biblioklept, is here – http://biblioklept.wordpress.com/.
…..next up is Samantha Jones.
…and here she is (perfroming with the now defunct band Slang)
..and her list…
“Bad Brains “i against i” – This record is the reason I SHRED on guitar!!
Cap’n Jazz “Analphabetapolothology” – When I first split up with Chuck I decided I wanted to teach yoga all the time. I used to listen to this album and do this crazy yoga dance. Very freeing.
Lightning Bolt “Wonderful Rainbow” – (Sorry, another yoga story) I would listen to this record over and over again while learning to stand on my hands or forearms. very intense music for a very intense yoga practice!
Dag Nasty – Anything by this band. I don’t know why. These songs just made me feel ok when all else was teenage angst and disillusionment.
Iron and Wine “The Creek Drank The Cradle” I would crank this record and dig and dig and dig in my garden. Best crop ever.
I know there are probably some records that affected me before like, ten years ago, but these are the ones that leap to mind. You know, short term memory and all.”
Samantha has been in a handful of Gainesville Bands, including Bitchin’, Rumbleseat, and Slang. You can listen to her current projects, Cassette and The Deep and Holy Sea, at these links.