Date Night: The Joshua Tree Live

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by John Ellis

This evening, U2 stops in Washington DC on the band’s The Joshua Tree tour. Released thirty years ago, en route to selling over 25 million copies, The Joshua Tree propelled U2 to superstar status. Containing the singles “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “Where the Streets Have No Name,”[1] The Joshua Tree is one of the greatest albums in rock history. Depending on the day, it’s also my favorite album of all time; it’s biggest competition being Achtung Baby, another U2 album. In fact, when asked, I usually name U2 as my favorite band of all time. All that combined has left me as giddily excited as a ten-year-old on Christmas Eve as I impatiently count down the remaining hours before tonight’s concert.

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10 Albums to Take to a Deserted Island

deserted island music

by John Ellis

While claiming to be a beach connoisseur may be a stretch, having grown up in Florida does give my opinions about all things beach related some validity[1] – likewise, if someone grew up in Canada, I’ll defer to their opinions about the best types of snowshoes and maple syrup. In other words, growing up in Florida means that I’m probably better qualified than most to determine which items should be taken along in the event that an individual finds himself or herself exiled to a deserted island.

The concept for this list is fairly self-explanatory – if I were banished, for whatever reason, to a deserted island and I could only take along ten albums, which ten would I choose? But, I did give myself one rule – I’ve limited myself to albums that I currently own; which doesn’t necessarily narrow it down since there are over six hundred albums in my music library. I’m also operating under the assumption that whatever equipment needed to play the albums will be on the island. I mean, it would be a Geneva Convention violating level of torture to show up to the island with ten albums in tow only to find out that there was no way to play them.

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