If I were to be named 'Secretary Of Essential Music' by the new President Obama, I think I would name 10 or 15 albums that would be standard issue to all kids. I think we'd hand them out maybe when they are 15 or so...before the roots of bad pop music have taken to strong a hold on them.
Albums like Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks', Dylan's 'Blonde On Blonde', Pavement's 'Slanted And Enchanted', and most definitely Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.' I was listening to that record for the first time in a long time tonight, and man has it held up well over the years....it actually sounds better now than the first time I heard it!
Neutral Milk Hotel - 'Ghost' MP3