See The Senators at Exo Bar with Rebekah Rolland. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. 403 N. 6th Ave. $7.
Joni Mitchell Blue
This album always brings me back to family, relationships, to falling in love with my wife. Admittedly, I didn’t love Joni when I was younger. Now I think she’s the most brilliant writer, and A Case of You might be as close to perfect as songwriting gets.
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
The blurring of lines between the very rough-hewn, organic sounds that Vernon plays against the synthesized make this album infinitely listenable. I hear something new in it every time I spin the record.
In my mind, this is the best album Dylan wrote. It really pushed the folk genre forward. I wish I could go back in time and hear Subterranean Homesick Blues again for the very first time.
Neil Young Harvest
I love this albums’ backstory - that Young pulled a masterpiece out of a moment, out of thin air. Harvest makes me want to write honest tunes.
For most of our band members, this album is the standard. One of the very best. I think it also was, quietly, a hugely important and influential record for the mid-2000’s and indie-folk that has followed.