by Tavis, August 28, 2008 2:02 PM
Like the kid in high school who always made mix tapes, Tom Moon has compiled an authoritative cross-section of music, from classical composers to modern electronica artists, in 1,000 Recording to Hear before You Die. Each of his selections features not only an entire album, but also spotlights choice tracks and suggests further listening. For example, along with Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, Moon recommends The Cure's Head on the Door and Jeff Buckley's Grace. Though artists are primarily listed alphabetically, a unique index allows for navigation by such genres as "Lazy Sunday Morning" and "Headphone Journey." Following the advice from his high-school band instructor, Moon promises that "if you listen closely, there's always more to hear."