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.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

My jam of the this very moment:

Cobblestone Jazz—5th Element

Mikey :-)

smongey's picture

recently added artists:

Air France — No Way Down
The Black Ghosts — self-titled
Caribou — Andorra
The Cinematic Orchestra — Ma Fleur
Jens Lekman — Night Falls Over Kortedala
London Funk Allstars — Flesh eating disco zombies
M83 — Saturdays = Youth
The Octopus Project — One Ten Hundred Thousand Million
Ratatat — LP3

The lot of them on shuffle and I'm sorted for a few hours.

robbiefa's picture

Are we talking about when we are designing… cause I listen to some strange things…


I also love listening to…

We are Scientists…

tearsforsappho's picture

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: Live at Radio City

Best tracks: "The Maker" and "Down By the River". A better cover of that song, I have not heard.

blank's picture

Double Helix. Because free trip hop is good.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Current albums:
Television: Marquee Moon
Superchunk: Foolish
Aimee Mann: @#%&*! Smilers
Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Get Happy!!
Tom Verlaine: Warm and Cool
The Jesus Lizard: Goat
Harry Nilsson: Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best of...
Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue (+ Bambu)
Red House Painters: Retrospective
Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Almost Blue
David Bowie: Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Current songs:
Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Blinded by the Light
Chaka Khan & Rufus: Tell Me Something Good
Morrissey: Every Day Is Like Sunday
Matthew Sweet: Time Capsule
Stone Temple Pilots: Creep
Lipps, Inc.: Funkytown (Long Version)
Luna: Bonnie and Clyde (Clyde Barrow Version)

ewalthert's picture

Mostly I'm listening to dublab because it really adds up to my working-day and listening experience. I even donated a experimental typeface to their fund-racer which is still on till 19. November 10 AM PST (19.00 Middle European Time). protondrive

If you donate more than 50$ you will get a price-package including this typeface, an exclusive mix-cd by dublab-dj Jummy Tamborello (Dntel, Postal Service, James Figurine), and a lot of downloads.

I hope this advertising was not to rude!

And it will come even with a folder of sound-files:

will powers's picture

Mahavishnu Orchestra.

"Inner Mounting Flame."


Trying to keep people out of my office.

And to get in a better mood for the coming day.


hrant's picture

Edgar, great stuff! The font, and the distribution scheme.

Maybe make a smaller-size version too with fewer "waves" per letter.


fredo's picture

At the office, right about now: Deerhunter: Microcastle, PJ Harvey: White chalk.
In the car: the Triffids reissues, mainly Beautful Waste and Other Songs.
Some music seem to work better in cars.

Paul Cutler's picture

Cabaret: Lotte Lenya and Ute Lemper.

Franco & TP OK Jazz

Glen Gould

Russian/Eastern block choral music

Corsican and Sardinian polyphony

As for the car - classical - it helps keep me calm while I fight through the firestorms of LA

Miles Davis late 50s early sixties - pre-electric

Jimmy Scott

Fado: Amalia Rodriguez and Misia

Greek Pontic


for Hrant - waves? Listen to Mauricio Kagel Der Schall - waves


love this thread…

All statements are subject to change without notice.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Jomanda- Got a Love for You (album version)

Kemetic Justice- Deep Nsyde

Kemetic Justice- For Your Love

Ian Pooley- Coracao Tambor (Swag Ritmo Dub)

These are the jams of my life for the moment.

Mikey :-)

jupiterboy's picture

Bruckner's 8th/Karajan, and also pulled the Heavy Vegetable, Frisbee CD out of a player after the move. Have not heard that in a while.

agarzola's picture

Horses In the Sky
by The Sound of Animals Fighting
from their album Lover, the Lord has Left Us

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Will food for type.

DrDoc's picture

Resurrecting threads is fun!

I have been listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective's new album, on repeat for three dsys now. It's like a concentrated dose of serotonin administered through headphones.

Chris Rugen's picture

The Stones Throw podcast. It's a mixed bag, but there's some really great stuff on there.

will powers's picture

Not listening to anything right now. But this month we go to 4 chamber orchestra concerts each weekend. Part of the International Chamber Orchestra Festival. In addition to the local band, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, 4 other bands are coming from Europe and the SF Bay Area (poor guys, it is butt-freezing cold here this month; at last, thank god).

This is an amazing concentration of chamber orchestras: some of the best on the planet.

Twenty concerts for $100. Everything from baroque to Right Now.


A wonderful change of pace from our usual listening habits.


Miss Tiffany's picture

Architecture in Helsinki and Ladyhawke and Ingrid Michaelson and Stereophonics

Stefan Seifert's picture

Sigur Ros

nina's picture

"Sigur Ros"
:-) That was my major obsession about two months ago.
Now it's System of a Down! Eclecticism in music rocks.

Theunis de Jong's picture

Usually light, nondescript pop music for me, although I like the occasional head bop to keep the fluids going: latest CD I bought is "All Hope Is Gone", Slipknot.

Dan Gayle's picture

The Foreign Resort

Nick Shinn's picture

web radio: WNYC2

speter's picture

Right now I'm into the Berber blues: Tinariwen, Terakaft, and Toumast.

mili's picture

the latest offerings from Morrissey and Franz Ferdinand, assorted songs by the Decemberists and Travis.

Quincunx's picture

I'm listening to whatever Last.fm plays me at the moment.

jupiterboy's picture

sweet silence. the inlaws have left the house.

Sye's picture

i'm really liking the new prodigy album 'invaders must die'

Paul Cutler's picture

Golden Bowls by Karma Moffett
and then again…

I also like jupiterboy's choice - 4'33"…
Every environment is music.


All ideas, theories and statements are subject to change without notice.

AGL's picture

[ Puchini - Tosca ]

E lucevan le stelle

Stefan Seifert's picture

Recently I enjoy
working with Razorlight, „Razorlight“, 2006
Great album!


AGL's picture

I just put a couple of comments here that were kind of from another age.
The other day I was working and this song popped out in the radio and, actually I stop for a minute to hear this.

This, gentlemen, was a Number One Hit in 1972, I guess. No matter, this stuff is tremendously well conceived.
It had to be a latino musician, to come up with this lovely song.

Enjoy in relaxation.


AGL's picture

Oh, the title:


SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Eric Delay “Forbidden Love”

Vector Lovers “Boulevard”

Martinez “Night Dub”

DJ Pope with Sheila Ford “Moody State of Mind”

Wighnomy Brothers “Summertime (26 Grad Matthias Tanzmann Remix)”

Wighnomy Brothers “Summertime (3 Grad Und Regen Till Remix)”

By the way... I stopped buying music from iTunes. I want full CD audio quality not compressed and stressed beats.

I been buying WAV files which are almost $3 track and regular compact discs which sometimes are much cheaper.

Mikey :-)

spark's picture

I can listen to almost anything when I am lettering or designing logos, but when I am doing actual calligraphy I need something with a hypnotic groove. Last night I just could NOT get into a project so I set the alarm for 5 AM and turned on entranced.fm on the itunes radio stream. With the right beat I can get into the flow instantly instead of banging my head against the wall.

My main playlist right now is Bombay Dub Orchestra, Gotan Project (nuevo tango),Beyman Brothers and everything and anything by Leonard Cohen (I saw him in concert last month and it was the most amazing stage performance by a musician I've seen in my life.) So "I'm Your Man" is definitely on my list. Even though they are ancient, I still find that Pat Metheni's OffRamp, Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon or The Pearl and Keith Jarrett's Koln concert get me into a great creative space.

eliason's picture

Otis Rush

will powers's picture


SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Sven Weisemann “Kiss Of Abana”

Sven Weisemann “Ojui”

Blaze “Lovelee Dae”


Laurent Garnier “The Man With The Red Face”

My name is Mike Diaz and I have been iTunes-free since April.

Mikey :-)

faraqat's picture

Currently rediscovering "The Downward Spiral" by NIN... a few weeks ago I attended their last concert in Europe... and felt it was time to get all their cds from the shelves and play them again...

idiidiiidesign's picture

just coming home from my holidays i heard about will powers' death and came here to look up what he used to be listening to. i never got to know him face to face but am amazed by what people are telling about him. it deeply moved me to be able to read his postings about his music. and his last post is a really good joke: ›tinnitus‹.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

The zestiest disco-edit in the history of mankind:

Dancin Days - Mad Mad Mike (Big Bear Records)

Mikey :-)

xo's picture


Chiptune is awesome.

John Hudson's picture

Welcome back to the thread that never dies!

Lately I've been listening, contrastively, to the LSO performing Handel's Sarabande (the classic recording used for Stanley Kubrick's film of Barry Lyndon), and Einsturzende Neubauten's magnificent version of Morning Dew.

5star's picture

Good year for Handel for sure.


Depeche Mode ...all.

Share these two with y'all..


Sindre's picture

When drawing this, these have been recurring items in my playlist:

H.I.F. Biber: "Missa Bruxellensis" (Jordi Savall et al.)
Monteverdi: "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria" (Sergio Vartolo et al.)
Nils Petter Molvær: "Khmer" (the ultimate record for all kinds of time-consuming, repetitive work)
My Bloody Valentine: "Loveless" (and "Glider" and "Tremolo" EPs)
Sigur Rós: "Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust"
Beethoven: String Quartets 12–16 (Alban Berg Quartet)
Eno & Burne: "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts"

nina's picture

> Eno & Burne: "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts"

Best ever.
I like Khmer, too, but in moderation.
Are you on last.fm Sindre? It seems that we might have some compatibilities. :)

BTW/on-topic: New Massive Attack album has some gems on it.

mili's picture

Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Vampire Weekend and the Specials have been played a lot lately, both in the kitchen and near the computer.

Sindre's picture

Nina, I enjoyed last.fm for a while, but I got more than a little annoyed when they demanded money after thirty tracks. Only citizens of US, UK, Germany and Ireland can use it for free after that short trial period, apparently. It's not that this service isn't worth three Euros a month, but geographical discrimination isn't a business model I want to support. Yes, I'm a grumpy old guy.

And yes, I just listened to some clips from "Heligoland", and I thought most of them sounded mighty fine. I was never a huge fan in Massive Attack's heyday (being a Portishead-guy), but that may change.

What do you think of Eno and Burne's 2008 collaboration, by the way?

nina's picture

Ah, dunno – I don't really use last.fm for listening to their «radio», just for scrobbling, looking at charts and checking out other people's music.

Everything that happens will happen today: I was extremely excited when it came out, and then extremely disappointed. I thought the type on the cover was the most exciting thing about it by far… Maybe I should give it another try. Did you like it?

Heligoland: I find it very hard to listen to the entire album because the first track is so damn good. I like Portishead too, but not always. It's a bit further down the «always great» vs. «sometimes annoying» axis for me. :-)

Sindre's picture

Nope, I don't like "Everything that happens ..." at all. Its spirituality sounds forced and not felt, and I hear none of that detached, highly intelligent cheekiness which made "My life ..." what it is. And where's Eno? I hardly hear him at all.

I hear you on the annoying qualities of Portishead, I don't listen much to them anymore. But in several ways, the "Dummy" album had a (quite unexpected) life-changing effect on me back in the mid-nineties, and that's worth a lot.

Do you know My Bloody Valentine? I missed them back then (as everyone else did), and discovered their unique kind of music only a few years ago. I'd say they're the only truly innovative band of the nineties.

Paul Cutler's picture

I didn't miss them. I saw them at The Palace in Hollywood with about 800 other folks back in the day. They ended up their set with 20 or so minutes of "noise". It was wonderful. Shoegazing at it's best.


nina's picture

Thanks for the tip, will check them out. Sure sounds intriguing.

Sindre's picture

Please do, Nina. And try again if you don't get it at first listen. They use(d) grotesque amounts of distortion, and the mix is seemingly impenetrable. If you don't give up, you'll be richly rewarded. (That's a promise from a classically trained musician, who doesn't really care about rock music, except when it's bloody brilliant.)

The only thing worth listening to is "Loveless". (And the above-mentioned EPs.) Their first album, "Isn't Anything", is no good at all.

Paul, was that the July 5th, 1992 concert, their very last before the 2008 comeback? I'm envious. I saw (or rather heard) them in Oslo in the summer of 2008, and it sounded just like the records. Amazing!

Panda's picture

This is my actual AIMP albums list:

  • Radiohead - In Rainbows
    Tim Buckley - Starsailor
    Portishead - Third
    Massive Attack - Mezzannine
    Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin
    Jhonny Cash - The Best Of...
    Regina Spektor - Far
    Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
    Sigur Rös - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (or something like that)
Sindre's picture

You're a man of taste in music, Gerardo (as far as I'm concerned). I've never heard of Beirut, but the title alone of that record sounds intriguing. Look nine posts up for the correct spelling of that great Sigur Rós album.

Paul Cutler's picture

You expect me to remember the date? :)

I believe it was their last LA show before they "retired". I work for a concert promoter and used to do house sound in LA clubs so I have seen a few shows in my time. My company did them last year at the Coachella festival, missed that one.

Whenever it was, it was very cool, and I am/was a terrible music snob.


Panda's picture

Wow, thanks! I've read your list and couldn't recongnize any of those artists. Except for Beethoven and My Bloody Valentine :P

You made me wanna listen to classical music!

Sindre's picture

Then you're in for a lot of treats. For people not used to classical music, I highly recommend the first item on my list. It's rather obscure (as most early Baroque music is), but one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created, in my opinion. Read about it here.

Igor Freiberger's picture

My list this week:
Dvorak – 9th Symphony, Cello Concerto
Orff – Carmina Burana
Maria Gadú – Maria Gadú
Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
Vítor Ramil – À beça, Tango
Maria Bethânia – Various from '70s and '80s
Smiths – Hatful of Hollow
Jorge Drexler – 12 segundos de oscuridad
Uakti – Amazon Rivers (from Philip Glass)
Ekseption – First albums
and silence.

Panda's picture

Jorge Drexler y sus 12 segundos de oscuridad... Muy bueno!

Igor Freiberger's picture

Holla Gerardo. Entre los cantantes latinos, me gustan muchísimo Drexler, Páez, Sosa y Viglietti. ¿Te gusta Vitor Ramil, el autor de 12 segundos?

Dan Gayle's picture


I've been listening to these recently:

  1. The Eels new album End Times is fabulous.
  2. Jonsi of Sigur Ros is coming out with a new solo album. I have about half of the tracks already (legally) and the set is good.
  3. Live versions of Bon Iver (Get the podcasts from NPR in iTunes.)
  4. Live versions of Beruit (available at Archive.org

My Last.FM page

Igor Freiberger's picture

Is Sigur Rós a kind of musical Caslon between type designers?

(Just kidding, I like it too!)

Bernard B's picture

@ewalthert This Sonic Waves is a great concept! I love the numerals and their 'italic' style.

wolfgang_homola's picture

Rowland S. Howard: Pop Crimes

What a pity that it's his last album ...
He always was so much better than Nick Cave.

Aaron Moodie's picture

The Phoenix Foundation
Grizzly Bear
Miike Snow
Bon Iver
RRR live stream

Arno Enslin's picture

@ victor ivanov

Some years ago I had a phase, in which I had consumed Nick Cave’s Let love in excessively. It was and is a holy album for me. I can recommend it not only because of the music, but also because of the sound quality. Later I bou… pirated in this case Silence is sexy from "Die Einstürzenden Neubauten". This album was very inspiring.

Since a few days I have cold. In the middle of a cold, I mean a few days after beginning of the cold, I always feel comfortably numb (like in Pink Floyd’s The Wall). And Amy Winehouse’s Frank is just the right thing for the middle of a cold on a slightly gray Good Friday. I just hover in her In My Bed.

Paul Cutler's picture

Mass in Bb Minor
Russian State Symphony Capella
Prelude to the Ceremony of the Whirling Dervish

In honor of Good Friday.


Jongseong's picture

I've recently rediscovered the song "Nkryptd" by Xripeen Wire, a Kenyan band. Strangely fitting for Good Friday. Shame there's virtually zero information on the internet about them.

russellm's picture

I am listening to the endless menu-loop on Breaking Bad, and getting a little tired of it. Time to find the remote.

John Hudson's picture

Lots of baroque music, some of which I haven't listened to since the 1980s. Huge amounts of Handel, and joining in with gusto on ‘All we like sheep’.

Nick Shinn's picture

The birds outside.

hrant's picture

Indeed, nature's music makes ours seem idiotic.


.00's picture


david h's picture

Pink Floyd

Arno Enslin's picture

Grobschnitt by Grobschnitt. Very lossy MP3. Terrible sound quality.

Paul Cutler's picture

>"Vincebus Eruptum" Blue Cheer.

Love it. Also saw them 3 times.

If you like that check out Alice Cooper's first album. Out of control psychedelia, they were actually making fun of the hippies.


Paul Cutler's picture

>Indeed, nature's music makes ours seem idiotic.

Cage knew this.

Nature's everything makes us seem idiotic.


.00's picture


blank's picture

Lots of rockabilly.

russellm's picture

heavy-metal Iron Maiden wannabe - some band with an appallingly bad vocalist without any hint of the inhibitions that would normally go with such a terrible voice. Not through any choice of my own. My son has a wide-ranging taste in music. Not all of it is good :o) .

After much complaining he's put on Aria, a Russian Heavy metal band.

John Hudson's picture

Hrant: …nature's music makes ours seem idiotic.

I live in a rural environment on an island in one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. I walk in the woods or on the beaches almost every day. I listen with pleasure to the sounds that nature produces. And I have to say that a very large amount of the sounds produced by individual species of animals and birds are limited and repetetive. I think you would be hard pressed to find another species that produces anything like the range of sounds that humans make, or that orders those sounds in so many different ways.

Arno Enslin's picture

@ John

You don’t seem to have a neighbor who is penetrating your wall with his drilling machine. The range of human sounds is wider, but the quality average is lower in comparison to the sounds that nature produces. But I agree with you. As impressive the sounds of nature are, they are not art.

faraqat's picture

"The Specials", and now I feel like dancing and getting away from the computer! :)

hrant's picture

Arno, yes, they are Design.
To me, far more beautiful and interesting.

John: when I listen to nature, more than hearing things I feel a depth that's qualitatively lacking in our compositions. That said, to be fair, and like Midnight Oil said, we're part of nature too. So it is our unrehearsed aural contribution that I value more.


vinceconnare's picture

KASABIAN. <- (full stop)

blank's picture

The sound of nature is nothing. If you really want to hear something special drive out to the middle of the painted desert during January when all the tourists are staying indoors. There’s nothing quite like the sound of myriad acres of quiet.

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