April 04, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

1 VIOLENT FEMMES Violent Femmes 1983 (Rhino)

”My brother made me a mixtape when I was a kid: One side was the Doors, and one was the Violent Femmes. It’s acoustic music, but it has the energy of punk rock.”

2 FUGAZI 13 Songs 1990 (Dischord)

”On the side of Hawaii I grew up on, we only got the university radio station, so we’d get turned on to really good indie music. Fugazi came a few times when we were teenagers, and that meant a lot to us over there.”

3 PAVEMENT Slanted and Enchanted 1992 (Matador)

”My best friend in high school’s cousin is Stephen Malkmus. We’d started playing guitar, and tried to learn these songs.”

4 TAJ MAHAL Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff 1972 (Mobile Fidelity)

”Damien Lovelock of the Celibate Rifles was staying next door to me. He gave me Taj Mahal, and that’s how I got turned on to blues. From a punk singer.”

5 GREGORY ISAACS Night Nurse 1982 (Island)

”It was the biggest thing for a while in Hawaii, probably a lot bigger than anywhere else in the world.”

6 G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE G. Love and Special Sauce 1994 (Epic)

”A really good funky band. There’s not a song you want to skip.”

7 BEN HARPER Fight for Your Mind 1995 (Virgin)

”I was in college [at UC Santa Barbara] and a friend of mine showed up at my house and was like, ‘Let’s listen to one song off this new record I got. . .’ We ended up skipping class and sat there and listened and ate nachos.”

8 BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS Catch a Fire 1973 (Island)

”He’s definitely the most popular reggae artist ever, but it’s for a good reason. The songs are amazing.”

9 GREG BROWN Further In 1996 (Red House)

”When I became a dad, his songs took on a new meaning. He writes songs about family that blow you away.”

10 JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE Electric Ladyland 1968 (Warner Bros.)

”I went on a camping trip with my dad and had my Walkman I got for my birthday, and it was the only tape I brought.”

11 NICK DRAKE Time of No Reply 1987 (Hannibal)

”His songs are so sad they cheer me up.”

12 OTIS REDDING Remember Me 1992 (Stax/Fantasy)

”This is the record my wife and I fell in love to.”

The pro surfer-turned-mellow crooner’s new album, In Between Dreams, is out now.

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