What are you listening to?

Joe Pemberton's picture

If you like the Strokes, you'll like The White Stripes even more. Happy and delicious.

blank's picture

The Threnody is definitely interesting, emotional, and powerful. Unfortunately I can tell it’s one of those pieces that loses quite a bit of power as a recording. I’ll have to keep watch for a performance.

Does anyone else feel that experiencing certain artistic events sort of turns down the volume on everything else? Between Wagner operas and seeing a 70mm print of Lawrence of Arabia, everything else seems smaller—especially experienced at home.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Sounds like you need to stop playing records on your 299$ stereo and buy a real hifi system James;o) lol

No, joke aside, you are absolutely right. Nothing can beat a well produced, well performed masterpiece experienced live or in the original format.

John Hudson's picture

The trouble I have with concerts -- and I'm talking here about serious music performances, of course -- is that they almost always want to give the impression of value for money, which means that there is usually two or more pieces on the programme, depending on the overall length. And not only am I usually only interested in hearing one of the pieces, but that's usually all I can manage if I'm going to really pay attention to the music. It's tiring to really listen to something!

Nick Shinn's picture

The trouble I have with concerts is when they tell you all about what you're about to hear.

blank's picture

I know exactly what you mean about long concerts. It’s hard enough for those of us who appreciate the music but in limited doses, but it can be really hard to get friends and family to go along knowing that before they get to the one really great work they have to sit through a debut from some new composer almost nobody has ever heard of and one or two other minor works. It doesn’t help that concert halls also have the most uncomfortable seats around.

pattyfab's picture

Cat Empire - ska-like band from australia

Nouvelle Vague - 80s covers in bossa nova style

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Gus Gus- Northern Lights!!!

John Hudson's picture

Tonight, the Be Good Tanyas' first two albums

[Just in case anyone was thinking that I only ever listen to mediaeval choral and 20th century orchestral music.]

Yesterday, James Macmillan's percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. Really loud. I've got the Evelyn Glennie recording too, but prefer the Colin Currie performance even though the recording quality isn't as good. Still, Glennie is a remarkable musician, despite being profoundly deaf since the age of twelve.

Endre Berentzen's picture

Hmmmm, Patricia!
Did Cat Empire make it to the States?
They were a small local band in Melbourne, Australia back in 2003. A friend of mine from my Melbourne days; Jumps is on the decks. I haven't heard of them since 2003. American tour hmmm, Good on them! Hope they come to Norway.

Stefan Seifert's picture

Smashing Pumpkins.
Done my best sensitive fonts listening to them


blank's picture

I’m starting off with Muse this morning. Reminds me that hockey season opens soon.

pattyfab's picture

Endre - Cat Empire played in Central Park this summer and a friend of mine saw them, bought the CD. I'm sorry I missed the show, he said it was phenomenal.

jupiterboy's picture

The Damned—Strawberries

Gus Winterbottom's picture

Vladimir Godar: Regina Coeli (you have to hear this; it's sung by Iva Bittova).

Pelecis: Conversation with a Friend; Concertino Bianco.

Mark Connor: Fanfare for the Volunteer.

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2.

Lilburn: Aotearoa Overture; Three Symphonies.

Bertrand's orchestral version of Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit (my favorite piano music).

Roussel: La Poeme de la Foret.

Alwyn: Piano Concerto No. 2.

Kremer: Hommage a Piazzola.

Saluzzi: Ojos Negros.

Bill Frisell: Good Dog, Happy Man. His version of Shenandoah is on my list of music for my memorial service.

In preparation for Christmas, Rick Sowash's Piano Trio #3, A Christmas Divertimento.

When I want to scare stereo salespeople, I use the last movement of Hovhaness' Mount St. Helens.

John Hudson's picture

Right now I'm listening to very good Persian traditional music on iTunes.

fontplayer's picture

I'm falling in love with the shuffle feature in iTunes. With over 700 mixed genre CDs, some of the mixes can be startling.

Some I've heard today:

George Jones (Country), Norah Jones (Pop), Dan Tyminski (bluegrass), Sam Cooke (soul/R&B), Kitka (Bulgarian/Eastern Europe), Beatles (Pop), Canadian Brass (Classical), Pedro Infante (Mexican), Miles Davis (Jazz), Astrud Gilberto (Brazilian Jazz), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (a capella African Vocal), Marty Robbins (Country), Jimi Hendrix (Rock), Stan Kenton (Big Band), Arturo Sandoval (Jazz), Swingle Singers (a capella Classical), Bob Dylan (Folk), Altan (Irish), Al Green (soul/R&B), Dolly Parton (Bluegrass), Los Tres Diamantes (Mexican Trio), John Lee Hooker (Blues), Connie Smith (Country), Beatrice Adriana (Rancheras), etc. mixed in with some that I didn't know I had, or who it is.

In my car I am locked out of the iPod controls, so I wait until I get home to see who it was.

This is such a blast. Sometimes the mix gets so incongruous I have to laugh out loud while driving down the road. It would be fun to make a radio station using this shuffle feature, just to imagine people all over the place going, "What the H...?"

Stefan Seifert's picture

Hey Fontplayer,

in my ears is John Lee Hooker right now.
Damned! He IS cool.


Quincunx's picture

John Lee Hooker is cool indeed

mili's picture

thanks to the iTunes shuffle I had this amusing playlist some weeks ago, the song names in a row almost make sense:

Nothing’s Impossible (Depeche Mode)
Straighten Out (Stranglers)
Touched By The Hand Of God (New Order)
A Touch Of Henry Moore (The Nits)
Writing To Reach You (Travis)
Rainbow Flows (Husky Rescue)
Carry Me (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Where The Wild Roses Grow (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Smile Like You Mean It (The Killers)
Blame It On Me (Barenaked Ladies)
What You Meant (Franz Ferdinand)
Mercy In You (Depeche Mode)
Unconditional (The Bravery)
The Seething Rain Weeps For You (Mew)
Starz In Their Eyes (Just Jack)
Coming Home (The Crash)
Aerial (Kate Bush)
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (The Smiths)
Dress Up In You (Belle & Sebastian)
Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) (Moby)
Now My Heart Is Full (Morrissey)

chiefdzp's picture

kenny garrett
spyro gyra
david sanborn
ramsey lewis
keith jarrett
larry carlton
chillout lounge
hill street soul
bb king
carmen (opera)
stan getz

fontplayer's picture

I've spent some time tonight at uTube listening to Feist, the lady with the quirky voice singing on the new iPod Nano commercial. Her delivery is so unusual. Sort of like Melanie mixed with a touch of Marc Bolan. I finally had to look up who was doing it. She has some other nice songs. I will probably have to buy something of hers.

I bet that commercial is a nice boost for her career. I can't be the only one checking her out.

blank's picture

Right now I’m hooked on Trent Reznor’s remix site: http://remix.nin.com/.

Posting his master tracks online for people to remix was brilliant. I can’t wait to see what he does without a record company holding him back.

paul d hunt's picture

junior boys: so this is goodbye {special edition}
i highly recommend this one.

will powers's picture

Every day, Thelonious Monk. For 45 years, every day, Thelonious Monk.

Keeps the blood thin, filters contaminants out of the air, calms the nerves. There's never enough.


Paul Cutler's picture

Django Reinhardt at the moment. Love the guitar tone - so tinny.


blank's picture

Are jazz labels generally RIAA members, or can I buy jazz without feeding the RIAA legal machine?

jupiterboy's picture

Every day, Thelonious Monk. For 45 years, every day, Thelonious Monk.

Ever listen to Herbie Nichols? Highly recommended.

Paul Cutler's picture

James - the RIAA keeps labels honest as well as serves as their police. Some of the biggest rip-offs in the music industry were perpetrated by "independent" labels, of course there is no shortage of stories about the majors, but at least they have to more or less play by the rules and pay me my royalties.

Young bands get taken advantage of a lot. The first single from one of my bands was put out by an "indie". I have never received one penny even though I wrote both of the songs and played guitar. The person running the indie has declared bankruptcy several times over. Ironically one of the songs from that single was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, resulting in a really good last couple of years royalty wise. Even more ironic is that I have never listened to their version of the song.

So unless you are buying a Sun Ra CD from Sun Ra himself - someone is in the middle and chances are they are up to no good.


Miss Tiffany's picture

I'm listening to Christmas music. I can't help myself. http://www.last.fm/user/typegirl

John Hudson's picture

Milanese liturgical chant. It's the feast of St Ambrose, after all.

blank's picture

The latest 4am mixtape from Warren Ellis. I kind of want to crank up the Wagner, but if I turn it up enough to hear the bass I Birgit Nilsson will wake up the baby next door.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

The Lassie Foundation
Bill Evans
Sun Ra
Serena Maneesh
The Lionheart Brothers
My Bloody Valentine
Dj Shadow

pattyfab's picture

Sharon Jones
Andrew Bird
Camera Obscura
Cat Empire
The Clientele
Flunk (thanks Tiff)
The Greyboy Allstars
My Morning Jacket
Nouvelle Vague
Malcolm Holcombe
Richard Hawley
Say Hi to Your Mom
Sufjan Stevens

all on my "recently added" playlist - this is a good idea btw if you want to go straight to your newest music. Another tip I picked up is to make an On the Go playlist of all the songs you want to delete from the iPod, anyone else find that you hear some song you don't like while you're listening on the road and then can't remember what it is when you get back to your computer? This is an easy way to remember, so you can trash them later.

lore's picture

Django Reinhardt at the moment. Love the guitar tone - so tinny.
Paul, did you see Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown with Sean Penn?

Aimee Mann
crazy bitch Amy Winehouse
and I have a crush on Elliot Smith. Sigh.

JHMcLellan's picture

Brandi Carlile
Simon and Garfunkle (always)
Mendelssohn (Italian Symphony)
Billy Joel
Five for Fighting
Rob Thomas
Keith Urban
Maroon 5
Marc Cohn

mjpatrick's picture

This thread is so cool. I was so happy to see the Weather Report album posted. I am still discovering them, although I've listened to Jaco's first album for some time now.

White Stripes - 2007 - Icky Thump... vinyl version which _completely_ blows away the CD
Andy Taylor - 1987 - Thunder [2006 Expanded Remaster Promo Sample] ... short run pressing that cost me a fortune on "the Bay"
Dead Kennedys - 2004 - Live At The Deaf Club
Kazumi Watanabe - 1987 - The Spice Of Life
Killers - 2007 - Sawdust
Kylie Minogue - 2007 - X
Superdrag - 1996 - Regretfully Yours
Chicago - 1972 - V [2002 Rhino Expanded Remaster]
Kanye West - 2007 - Graduation (Don't know much about Kanye, a coworker gave me the CD to listen to)

I bought a laserdisc copy of Jimmy Buffett: Live By The Bay, albeit more for listening than watching. Not on DVD, not one stinker in the setlist, Jimmy was in his prime for a great show.

I'm trying to find a few nice compilations of violin sonatas on CD (I am open to recommendations).

sant2007's picture

My list today:
R. Strauss; Elektra, Inge Borkh
Ike & Tina Turner - The Kent years
Django Reinhardt; Nuages - Jazz in Paris
Mozart; Requiem, Rudolf Kempe

paul d hunt's picture

at this moment? Sufjan Stevens' Joy to the World... mmmmm

blank's picture

The Foxboro Hot Tubs. Because when Green Day releases an experimental album on the internet for free, I sort of have to pay attention.

marcox's picture

Tell us more, James. Your link is less than instructive -- for me at least, I just get a seemingly non-clickable clock face. But "Green Day experimental album" sounds interesting...

pattyfab's picture

I get the link ok, and can listen to it, but when I click on "Download mp3s" I am told I don't have permission. Love the packaging.

OK, now it's downloading. You just have to try more than once it seems.

mlproject's picture

Camera Silens

Nigeria 70
-The Definitive Story of 1970's Funky Lagos

pattyfab's picture

Mike - you might also like this - West African 70s funk


Hiroshige's picture

If you're looking for some earthy funk, or a rich soul sound... no better place than Dusty Groove America


Sometimes I just go over there to get inspired by all the great, and not so great, cover art.

Chasography's picture

Between the Buried and Me - Colors

Chase Langdon

Nick Shinn's picture

For me, Christmas is all about nostalgia, so every year I dig out the Christmas vinyl.

First on deck:
Phil Spector's Christmas Album--Props to Phil for keeping the spoken intro in "White Christmas".

Also kinda kitschy:
A Liberace Christmas--As good an excuse as any for Lee to use the top octave!
Doris Day: Here Comes Santa Claus --makes me feel like a five-year old in a world with no cares.
Gene Autry: He'll be Coming Down the Chimney--"Yes by Gosh by Jimminy, he'll be coming down the chimney", a lyrical gem, and love the sound effects!

On the serious side:
A Festival of Lessons and Carols as Sung on Christmas Eve in Kings College Chapel Cambridge (1954)--Awesome old-school aristocratic accent of Sir John Sheppard, reading the lessons, and the schoolboy choristers are quite angelic.

Music for the Feast of Christmas (Ely Cathedral, c.1960)--A lot of really old tunes, 15th-17th century, with, for some reason, Messaien's "Les Anges".


I go to church at Christmas for the carols. Bit of a cheat, as I'm not religious.

BjornH's picture

Nice to read what you all are listening to, to listen I use songza. Legal and easy.

From my home area I listen to Mari Boine and Røyksopp.

dezcom's picture

Christmas is La Boheme time for me with tears and spicy Indian tea cuddled on the couch with family.


eliason's picture

The albums I pull out this time of year are Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas and (guilty pleasure) Elvis' Christmas Album.

Dan Gayle's picture

Ok, here's for the post-rock extravaganza:

1A) I just started my own myspace music page. Check it out.
An Echo and a Stranger's Hand

1B) Faunts new EP M4 - This band is like a perfect cross between the best parts of Sigur Rós and Radiohead. It's no exaggeration, they are that good. Super highly recommended.
Faunts Myspace

2) The Evpatoria Report - You've gotta hunt down their music online to listen to, since their distributor sucks, but it's totally worth it. Instrumental along the lines of Mogwai, but with heavier guitars.
The Evpatoria Report Myspace

3) Maserati - Like Pink Floyd? Particularly the delayed guitar work of David Gilmour on the Wall album? Maserati takes that basic guitar style and turns it into their entire sound. Very cool.
Maserati Myspace

dave bailey's picture

At work I've just been running through the Podcast of my DJ friends, which can be found here: http://playloop.podomatic.com/ check them out if you're into House music! From Deep House to Tech House, I can recommend pretty much every mix on there.

TypoJunkie's picture


Which is what I'm listening to now...I swear I'm about to go Crazy Kitten if they keep this up.

LogoMotives's picture

Currently listening to the Etta James Christmas album.

Jeff Fisher | Engineer of Creative Identity | Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

Ehague's picture

We were somehow listening to the Hanson Christmas record last night.

Koppa's picture

Jens Lekman writes a snappy postcard to Nina on his new album.

Lambchop tells it like it is.

The Books make great sound collages.

John Hudson's picture

Christmas music. But good Christmas music: vespers from Westminster Cathedral, a compilation of Orthodox nativity hymns, Praetorius' Mass for Christmas Day, and assorted seasonal chant.

Oh, and the fabulously wonderful 2Cd set of the Tallis Scholars singing William Byrd, which isn't actually Christmas music but was a Christmas gift.

poms's picture

I knew it that somebody here listening The Books – great, hi Koppa!!!

Stephen Coles's picture

I just gained new respect for Koppa.

Also loving the neopsychedlic band Yeasayer and their debut album "All Hour Cymbals".

Paul Cutler's picture

Paul, did you see Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown with Sean Penn?

Indeed I did Lore - fun movie. More than any other CD I listen to Golden Bowls by Karma Moffett. It's not really listening, it's more like living to it.


Hiroshige's picture

Amy Winehouse

...and over
...and over again.

Quincunx's picture

Kind of hooked to Ray Fisher at the moment. Any Scottish people on this board might have heard of her (since they're traditional Scottish songs). Very, very good singer.

paul d hunt's picture

a LOT of Indian music in hopes that it will help me understand the inner workings of Devanagari... somehow >^p

tamye's picture

Torchy songs and my new fave rave from Britain.

Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Al Green, old Tina.

...Muse - Supermassive Black Hole!

jupiterboy's picture

Always listen to Nina. Love the Nina.

I've been spinning Lee Hazlewood's Requiem of an Almost Lady. I started on Cowboy in Sweden but Requiem is very good if you like that sort of thing.


As Hiroshige points out, Dusty Groove is a great source, and I bet they still have copies.

That Amy Winehouse is really nice. I'd like to know more about how her arrangements come together.

nicholasgross's picture

Bad luck charms (Defunct Hobart fuzzy think-pop)
Scientists of Modern Music (up and coming Hobart Kraftwerk electro boogie)
Nation Blue (Ex-Hobart blistering shouty wall of sound breakup music)
Sufjan Stevens
Arcade Fire
The Wrens
Guided by voices

Ahh what did we do before whiny indie music and type? Does anyone know if there is a longer running thread on Typophile then this one?

Ch's picture

Miles Davis "On The Corner" 6 CD reissue/outtakes box set - totally awesome, beyond words.

Arve Henriksen: "Chairoscuro" - quiet tapestries form a Norwegian trumpeter with a nod to Jon Hassel.

Black Moth Super Rainbow: "Dandelion Gum" - post-rock psychedelic almost-intsrumental drone candy. excellent fun.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: "Raising Sand" - lovely folksy duets from you know who.

Terry Riley: "Lifespan/Les Yeux Fermes" resissue - early electronic soundtrack work from the master.

akira1975's picture

Priscilla Ahn’s EP
Benjamin Biolay “Trash Yéyé”
British Sea Power “Do You Like Rock Music?”

Chris Rugen's picture

I've got big projects on my plate, so I've got a lot of music on the 'Pod. Last night it was:

The Roots: Things Fall Apart
Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
The Shins: Wincing the Night Away, Chutes Too Narrow
Peter Bjorn & John: Writer's Block
Nina Simone: Nina Simone Sings the Blues
Fatboy Slim On the Floor at the Big Beat Boutique
Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights
Zoe Keating: One Cello x16 Natoma
Feist: The Reminder

And the list goes on...

Right now I'm getting my morning NPR fix, streamed from their site.

dezcom's picture

The Beatles, "When I'm 64"


Stefan Seifert's picture


jupiterboy's picture

Got the new Robert Wyatt, comicopera, which is very solid. Thought I would share this as I've never seen type on the surface of a record.

Mr. Wyatt explores some more traditional forms on this one, including some latin tunes. I hope this guy lives forever.

pattyfab's picture

Always listen to Nina. Love the Nina.

SAW the Nina! Her voice was shot but what a presence!

Tamye - check out Sharon Jones and the DAP Kings if you like Winehouse. Jones is the real deal. She is a 53 yr old former corrections officer from NJ, who lent her band to Winehouse for her American tour. She channels Aretha. Amazing.

jupiterboy's picture

SAW the Nina! Her voice was shot but what a presence!

Where? Was it in France?

It is something to see a great off their prime. Sometimes it can be even more sweet. Nina is some sort of force to me more than a voice. And her over-the-top playing is so crazy. Too bad we ran her out of the states, but I totally understand.

Grant Hutchinson's picture

Bellissima! by Martinibomb

pattyfab's picture

I saw her at the Beacon Theater in NY in the early 90s. The audience was out of control. It was a great show and she did not have any temper tantrums. So glad I went.

Dan Gayle's picture

Cat Power. Her new covers album "Jukebox" is awesome. The recording is spot on, with some of the best sounding drums I've heard in a long time.

And her voice is amazing.

fontplayer's picture

Evolution of the Trumpet by Arturo Sandoval (the more you know about jazz trumpeters, the more stunning this is) - Slim Whitman's Vintage Collection (Reliving the spirit of "Mars Attacks") - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (lovely)

Hiroshige's picture

Nitin Sawhney

Ciotóg's picture

My short list:

GOMEZ! (current fav)

The Wrens
The White Stipes
The Books

mili's picture

British Sea Power
the Killers

This thread shows me only two pages, weird.

Ehague's picture

Jolie Holland

Her Texas accent is so pronounced she sounds Australian.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I have a strong Texas accent. I thought people were kidding when they asked if I was from Australia. I'm so used to being kidded about my accent.

I put Jolie Holland's name in Pandora and got some great music to listen to. Thanks, Eric.


iffy's picture

A playlist I made in the fall called "Annual Report" obviously to listen to while working on an annual report.
Band of Horses
Beniot Pioulard
Elvis Perkins
Luke Temple
M. Ward
Miracle Fortress
Patrick Watson
Rogue Wave
Sea Wolf
Sparrow House
Vampire Weekend

fontplayer's picture

Man, I am so out of it, I don't recognize one name on that long list. Maybe I should see if the Smithsonian needs any more fossils.

Koppa's picture

Just got through a great experience on the shuffler...

and headed for another excellent 45 minutes or so...

Ehague's picture


An easy way to get up to speed on what all the kids are listening to non-ironically these days is to stream a college radio station for a couple of days. My alma mater's station is fairly decent. They regularly play about half the stuff on Katherine's awesome list.

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