Ira Kaplan: Five Songs I Love Right Now

The Yo La Tengo singer on five songs he loves, from the Afro Blues Quintet to Gastr Del Sol

The Afro Blues Quintet, "There Is a Mountain"

I loved Donovan when I was young, but I remember not loving his version of this song when it came out. To me, it wasn't up there with "Mellow Yellow" and "Sunshine Superman" and probably some more embarrassing favorites. By the time the Allman Brothers turned it into "Mountain Jam," I had come around to it. It's a beautiful song, and it's so cool that it can be turned into a 35-minute jam by the Allman Brothers — and this beautiful Afro-Cuban stomper. I got this version from the blog Funky16Corners. That's where I learned a lot of great R&B from.