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Ezra Furman’s “Favoritest” albums

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Posted by teibs On March - 22 - 2009

plastics@ZackTeibloom Ezra Furman and his guitarist stayed at my house Friday night, listening to records and having some Sparks. OK, Ezra just ate a strawberry cheese danish and milk, but I was having Sparks. I don’t think he ever parties.

Somehow the conversation shifted to favorite albums and Ezra started making a list, which he called “The Favoritest albums.” I’m pretty sure that’s not a real word, but I’m not here to get technical. The list is 11 albums long and has a five album subsection called “But what about…”

Here we go, in no particular order:

Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

Pinkerton by Weezer

Is This Is? by the Strokes

Live at Leeds by The Who

The Queen is Dead by the Smiths

Loaded by The Velvet Underground

Doolittle by the Pixies

Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan

Graceland by Paul Simon

rawpowerBut what about…

London Calling by The Clash

69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields

Raw Power by The Stooges

Astral Weeks by Van Morrison

Horses by Patti Smith

It’s a fascinating collection of albums, especially if you’ve listened to Ezra’s music. I know most of these pretty well, but I’m going to spend some time with them all and write another post picking out how I think the albums have shaped his music.

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