Off-the-cuff music recommendations

Last night a friend posted on Facebook, looking for recommendations for new music to take on a long road trip. In a few minutes, I sent over a list of six albums from different genres, chosen not only for being great albums but also for being relatively obscure – if I recommend someone check out Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, for example, there’s a decent chance it’ll be a wasted recommendation.

Here’s what I came up with:

If I weren’t constrained by trying to come up with music that would be new to people, I might also recommend The Suburbs, The National’s High Violet, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, Van Morrison’s Moondance, Cat Stevens’ Tea for the Tillerman, Nickel Creek’s This Side, and Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides.