I have shamefully few things to say about anything these days, maybe because I'm back to that extremely sleep deprived state in which nothing makes sense and I make bad decisions. Probably also because of the enormous amount of work I have to do. So this time, I won't write much and just share a few MP3's. If you read this blog, you've probably heard me refer to the "work rotation" quite a few times. The Work Rotation consists of music that I can listen to while reading, writing, processing things, and doing the random administrative tasks that go along with my job without getting distracted by the desire to sing along, tap my foot, dance, etc. etc. Pretty much everything in the Rotation is of the post-rock, prog-rock, or ambient variety. The rules for the playlist are that I have to add whole albums, not single songs, to lengthen the time it takes to play everything and avoid repetition. This is also because, while distinct, a lot of these artists start to sound like each other after awhile, so I like to break them apart from each other with big chunks of coordinated sound.
I added a whole bunch of things to the Rotation this week after my friend, Eli, suggested a last.fm "similar artists" station for me to listen to. If you haven't done this before, you should try it using the last.fm desktop client. It lets you create playlists and save songs you like to listen to later. If you are a last.fm user, you also have your own station that other people can listen to that basically just consists of songs from your favorite bands.
So here are some new and old things from the Rotation, perhaps to aid in your productivity, or just musical enjoyment:
The Timeout Drawer: broad grins from the boardingListen Buy
Boards of Canada: Telephasic WorkshopListenBuy
Do Make Say Think: White Light ofListenBuy
Explosions in the Sky: Yasmin the LightListenBuy
Hauschka: Watercolour MilkListenBuy
The Microphones: You were in the airListenBuy
A Silver Mt. Zion: More Action! Less Tears!ListenBuy
Stars of the Lid: That Finger on your Temple is the Barrel of my RaygunListenBuy
Johnnytwentythree: Last ExitListenBuy
Paego Paego: Life as a Camera Sees it ListenContact them about buying the album
Let the Airplanes Circle Overhead: I Laughed Until I Stopped LaughingListenBuy
CtrlAltDelete: All Our Greatest Memories Are in Sepia ListenBuy