MUSIC

(albums that are seriously worth checking out!!!)

Guitar Albums:

Mark Turner - Dharma Days (Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitarist)

Kurt Rosenwinkel - The Enemies of Energy

Kurt Rosenwinkel - Anything!!!

Wes Montgomery - Smokin' at the Half Note

Pat Metheny - Trio Live

Pat Metheny - Anything!!!

Barney Kessel - The Pollwinners

Van Halen - Anything (Eddie Van Halen, guitarist)

Paul Desmond/Jim Hall - Box Set

Sonny Rollins - The Bridge (Jim Hall, guitarist)

Lenny Breau - Live at Bourbon Street

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Between Nothingness and Eternity (John McLaughlin, guitarist)

Django Reinhardt - Anything!!!

Joe Pass - Intercontinental

Van Halen - Fair Warning

John McLaughlin - Shakti

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire

Oliver Gannon - Anything!!!

Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon - Two Much Guitar

Messugah - Chaosphere (Fredrik Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom, guitarists)

Pink Floyd - The Wall (David Gilmour, guitarist)

Pink Floyd - Anything!!!

Pat Metheny Group - The Way Up

Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love

Jimi Hendrix - Anything!!!

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Anything!!!

James Brown - Star Time Box Set (Jimmy Nolan, guitarist)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic (John Frusciante, guitarist)

Wes Montgomery - Complete Riverside Recordings

Seamus Blake - The Call (Kurt Rosenwinkel, guitarist)

Megadeth - Rust in Peace (Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman, guitarists)

John Mayall - The Bluesbreakers feat. Eric Clapton

Pat Metheny - Question and Answer

Ihor Kukuruhdza - As it was

George Benson - Witchcraft

John Scofield - Rough House

Paul Motian - Bill Evans (Bill Frisell, guitarist)

AC/DC - High Voltage (Angus and Malcolm Young, guitarists)

Wes Montgomery - Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides

Joe Pass - Portraits of Duke Ellington

Joe Pass - For Django

AC/DC - Back in Black

Rush - Hemispheres (Alex Lifeson, guitarist)

Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life

Led Zeppelin - Anything!! (Jimmy Page, guitarist)

Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won

Yes - Close to the Edge (Steve Howe, guitarist)

Otis Rush - The Essential

Pault Motion and the Electric Bebop Band - Anything!!!

Adam Rogers - Anything!

Not Necessarily Guitar Albums

Miles Davis - Anything!!!

Miles Davis - Legendary Stockholm Concert

Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come

Miles Davis - My Funny Valentine/Four and More

Miles Davis - Miles Smiles

Beatles - Anything!!!

Art Blakey - A Night at Birdland

Art Blakey - Ugetsu

John Coltrane -Soultrane

John Coltrane - Coltrane's Sound

John Coltrane - Giant Steps

John Coltrane - Anything!!!

Weather Report - 8:30

Weather Report - ANYTHING!!

Talking Heads - Sand in the Vaseline

Erykah Badhu - Live

Elvin Jones - Live at the Lighthouse

U2 - Anything!!!

U2 - Zooropa

Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual

Jay Z - Anything

Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Steely Dan - Anything!!!

Steely Dan - Aja

The Cult - Electric

Cypress Hill - Black Sunday

Ahmad Jamal - Live at Pershing

Outkast - ATLiens

D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

Dave Holland - ANYTHING!!!

Glenn Gould - Goldberg Variations (either!!)

Wings - Band on the Run

Jeff Buckley - Grace

David Bowie - ANYTHING!!

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Dexter Gordon - Our Man in Paris

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

Sloan - Navy Blues

Bill Withers - Greatest Hits

Charlie Parker - Anything!!!

Charlie Parker - The Complete Charlie Parker on verve

Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light

Peter Gabriel - US

The Clash - London Calling

Cake - Fashion Nugget

Tragically Hip - Phantom Power

Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle

Donny Hathaway - Live

Michael Brecker - Don't Try This At Home

Chris Cornell - Euphoria Morning

Tim Fuller - Dreaded Soul

Miles Davis - ESP

Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Duke Ellington - Far East Suite

Stevie Wonder - Anything!!!!

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

Bob Dylan - Highway 61

Nirvana - Anything!!!

Nirvana - Incesticide

Jaco Pastorius - Invitation

Chet Baker - It Could Happen To You

Radiohead - Anything!!!

Radiohead - OK Computer

Stravinsky - Petroushka

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Steve Reich - Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Clipse - Lord Willing

NERD - In search of

Aimee Mann - Lost in Space

Lou Rawls - Live!

Ella Fitzgerald - Anything!!!

Herbie Hancock - Anything!!!

The Police - Message in a Box

Charlie Mingus - Mingus at Antibes

Chick Corea - Now he sings, Now he sobs

Tower of Power - What is Hip: The Best of Tower

Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm

Rufus Wainwright - Poses

Keith Jarrett - Personal Mountains

The Band - Best of

The Bloomdaddies - The Bloomdaddies

Frank Sinatra - Live at the Sands

Simon and Garfunkel - The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Otis Redding - The Immortal

Interpol - Antics

Otis Redding - The Ultimate

Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan

Harry Connick Jr - Lofty's Roach Souffle

Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Dirty Projectors - Rise Above

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca

Vampire Weekend - Anything!

Feist - The Reminder

Elliot Smith - Either/OR

Ben Folds - Anything!!

Sleigh Bells - Treats

Joe Jackson - I'm the Man

Joe Jackson - Look Sharp

Van Morrison - His Band and Streetchoir

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Van Morrison - Moondance

Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey

George Robert Quintet - Tribute

Fleet Foxes - Anything!

Ryan Adams - Live at Carnegie Hall

Whiskeytown - Pneumonia

BOOKS​

Here's some great books although the list is ever growing so follow me on Goodreads:​

PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIOLOGY

Philosophical Histories, Biographies, and Starting Places:

Think - Simon Blackburn

The Conquest of Happiness - Bertrand Russell

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius - Ray Monk

A New History of Western Philosophy: Vol 1 - 4 - Anthony Kenny

Problems of Philosophy - Bertrand Russell

Informal Logic - Douglas Walton

The Conquest of Happiness - Bertrand Russell

Belief/Epistemology:

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast - Lewis Wolport

Counterknowledge - Damian Thompson

Voodoo Histories -David Aaronovitch

Nudge - Richard Thaler

Believing Bullshit - Stephen Law

Why People Believe Weird Things- Michael Shermer

Going to Extremes - Cass Sunstein

 

Psychology/Behaviour:


On Creativity - David Bohm

Driven - Paul Lawrence

The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahnemen

The Black Swan - Nassim Taleb

Freakonomics - Steven Leavitt

Conciousness Explained - Daniel Dennett

The Language Instinct - Steven Pinker

The Narcissicism Epidemic - Jean Twenge

Cracked - Dr Drew Pinsky

The Mirror Effect - Dr Drew Pinsky

The Authenticity Hoax - Andrew Potter

The Efficient Society - Joseph Heath

Flow - Mihalyi Czemihalyi

The Drunkard's Walk - Leonard Mlodinow
 

Economics

Filthy Lucre/Economics Without Illusions - Joseph Heath

Moral Philosophy/Ethics:

Utilitarianism - John Stuart Mill

Ethics - Gordon Marino

The Moral Landscape - Sam Harris

The Secret Knowledge - David Mamet

Justice - Michael Sandel

Prince - Machievelli

Arts​:

Three Uses of the Knife - David Mamet

Creativity - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Beauty - Roger Scruton

Eyes Wide Open - Raphael Fredrichs

Free Play - Stephen Nachmanovitch

Running/Sports

Brain Training for Runners - Matt Fitzgerald

Competitve Runner's Handbook - Bob Glover

Misc Non Fiction

Reefer Madness - Eric Schlosser

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - William Shirer

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do - Tom Vanderbilt

HUMOUR

Stuff White People Like - Christian Lander
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Christian Lander

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter Thompson

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail - Hunter Thompson

FICTION 

A Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan DoyleOne Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Average American Male - Chad Kultgen
The Moon and Sixpence - W. Somerset Maugham
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime - Mark Haddon

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Survivor - Chuck Pahlaniuk

Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham

An Equal Music - Vikram Seth

Animal Farm - George Orwell

Anthem - Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

The Brothers Karamazov - Fydor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment - Fydor Dostoevsky

The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham

Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

Jaws - Peter Benchley

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Mosquito Coast - Paul Theroux

Oddessy - Homer

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Ken Kesey

Sea Wolf - Jack London

Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence

Sorrows of Young Werther - Goethe

Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

BOOKS ABOUT MUSIC AND MUSICIANS (non instructional....for instructional books see Lessons page)

 

This Is Your Brain on Music - Daniel Levithan

Revolution in the Head - Ian Macdonald

Meet Me in the Bathroom - Lizzie Gordon

Temperamant - Stuart Isacoff

How to Disappear Completely: Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album - Marianne Tatom Letts

How Music Works - David Byrne

Red - Sammy Hagar

Effortless Mastery - Kenny Werner

Guitar Zero - Gary Marcus

Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown - David Menconi

Waiting to Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown - Thomas O'Keefe

Ghost Rider - Neil Peart

Travelling Music - Neil Peart