November 3rd, 2008
Episode 188 of 745 episodes
On this edition of All Songs Considered we continue our talk with NPR reviewer and author Tom Moon about his new book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List. Tom describes the exhaustive research required to compile the list, and reveals some of his dumb-luck discoveries, like the late blues guitarist Blind Blake and reggae artist Hugh Mundell. We also look at some of the obvious classics that didn't make it in the book, including music from the psychedelic rock group Moby Grape and jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Plus, some of the artists who surprised Tom, like Latin jazz artists Cal Tjader, the hip-hop group Ultramagnetic MCs, and the hardcore punk band Bad Brains. This is a follow-up to our previous episode on must-hear recordings.