My Desert Island Playlist

I did it everyone! I truly picked my desert island songs. I spent days with this. I disciplined myself to only pick 10 songs. I kinda want everyone to listen to these songs in this exact order. Makes me cry actually. It’s the end of the world. I’ve escaped to an island and could only download 10 songs into my brain. These are the songs:

  1. Dark Star by The Grateful Dead (From the Live/Dead album)
  2. Seasons by Chris Cornell (From the Singles soundtrack)
  3. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd (From Wish You Were Here album)
  4. Right Turn by Alice In Chains (from SAP ep)
  5. A Day In The Life by The Beatles (From Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album)
  6. Starla by The Smashing Pumpkins (From Pisces Iscariot B-Sides album)
  7. Pneuma by Tool (From Fear Inoculum album)
  8. Coney Island Baby by Lou Reed (Title Track)
  9. Into Dust by Mazzy Star (From So Tonight That I Might See album)
  10. Release by Pearl Jam (From Ten album)

These tracks all have special meanings for me. Bands I love and songs I obsess over.

Now I invite you to list your 10 desert island songs below in the comments.

40 Years of Noe

Alice In Chains #Music #1995 

Alice In Chain’s self-titled, “Tripod,”album is one of the most gloomy and sluggish albums ever recorded. The cover features a three-legged dog (hence the title reference).

This would end up being their final studio album with vocalist Layne Staley. His drug addiction ultimately took his life. Layne’s voice here sounds more downcast but still powerful.

Honestly, it’s my favorite album because of how it feels throughout. It never got the acclaim it deserved. Although it’s a slothful sounding one, it remained intriguing without losing steam.

It’s a freak show. A nightmare of grinding sounds. It’s heavy! Grunge sounds are dominant still. Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley continue to harmonize well. The guitars shred as if busting through quick sand.

The lyrics are ambiguous and obscure more so than ever. Staley is so much more frightening, dark and creepy with his vocals. But don’t misunderstand me. This “Tripod” record is a masterpiece imho. It’s so beautiful!

On a personal note: It got me through the winter of 1995 and 1996 when I transferred colleges and broke up with my girlfriend at the time. I began my own frightening path of poetry writing content that ultimately freed me from the shame and guilt that surrounded me.

I think of the crappy red Ford Tempo I drove to school and how protected I felt with  Alice In Chains at my side.

What matters is I lived through it and that album was my best friend. Here’s a creepy video:

Album Reviews



Flashback Time

I want to talk about some music since I haven’t posted at this blog since December. Sorry I haven’t talk to you in a while. Was hibernating for the winter. So I feel like taking a little flashback to the fall of 1995. I was in my third semester of college and me and the boys were drinking and smoking late one night and listing to an EP by a band called Alice in Chains. The CD was simply titled SAP. It only consists of four tracks. But we must’ve played that particular album on repeat about 40 times on that evening for a cloudy haze of teenage escape from school and life on a Saturday night. But that EP was my lifeline to my friends for at least a decade until I ran into my friends again. The songs on that record were mellow and acoustic for the most part. The vocals and the harmonies were so hypnotic and really spoke to me and got me through many tough times.

Ann Wilson from Heart, Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, and Mark Arm of Mudhoney all make appearances on this campfire chill of a musical treasure. Chris and Mark sing along with Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell on “Right Turn” which is my personal favorite track. So the harmonies and the emotions just oooze into my soul. With Anne Wilson being my favorite female vocalist of all time, I was glad to hear her backing vocals on not just one but TWO tracks on the record. BROTHER and AM I INSIDE.

Of course, Layne Staley really steals the show here on this EP as this powerfully emotional singer that takes you, the listener, into a blackhole of despair and yet somehow brings you back into reality in the end with the silly hidden 5th track that sounds like insane circus punk music. But ultimately, Layne is such an incredible vocalist and its so sad he’s no longer with us. But the memory remains. Every time I hear these songs, I think of that night in college with my friends Nate and Geff.

Give it a listen for yourself: