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.

5star's picture

U2 - The Joshua Tree

Birdseeding's picture

I'm listening to three new 2011/2012 bands/artists with a typographic approach to band naming:

The Weeknd
WZRD (Bonus: Somewhat interesting type treatment to the Trade Gothic-esque type on the album cover: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:41ar5KYsRQL._SS500_.jpg)
JMSN (Bonus/Annoying: The album is called "†Priscilla†", with two daggers in it)

CanwllCorfe's picture

Mossy & The African Children's Choir - The Light

I love progressive house, I love African choral music, I would naturally love progressive house that samples African choral music.

Té Rowan's picture

My neighbours playing Uriah Heep's "Lady in Black" on their stereo. In my not-in-the-least-bit-humble opinion, it is among their best.

5star's picture

One of the first songs I learnt to play was Uriah Heep's Wizard! Almost makes me want to restring my guitars and play it again and again just thinking about it.

But right now I'm listening to The Wallflowers in particular One Headlight...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzyfcys1aLM

...I just knocked the branding for a client's party limousine biz clear out of the ballpark and through someones front window - somehow that song just seems to fit.

n.

timd's picture

Uriah Heep > Roger Dean > interest in lettering

Tim

5star's picture

+1!

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

Songwriters: LIVINGSTON, JAY / EVANS, RAY
Performed by: Doris Day

BrettR's picture

Of Monsters and Men
&
The Piano Guys
&
Ben Howard.

hemelahmed's picture

Trance music...

Amado's picture

tinnitus

marcox's picture

Near-final mixes of songs from my band's upcoming album.

Té Rowan's picture

Passacaglia/fugue BWV582 from the Páll Ísólfsson centennial album.

5star's picture

The Boss ...all.

CanwllCorfe's picture

Repitch - Irradial. Love it, love it, love it.

Té Rowan's picture

An OPL3, albeit an emulated one, trying its darndest to play some Pachelbel fugues.

Nick Shinn's picture


When I was at art school, the guy who lived in the flat below me would play this all night. I think I’m over that at last, and enjoying those long laid-back jams.


Not actually listening to this, but was reminded of similar hyper-dropshadow typography from the same time (c.1970).

5star's picture

Classic stuff, art school eh ... funky daze?

I'm currently listening to Marilyn Manson ...

Nick Shinn's picture

I’ve always had a soft spot for Stevie Winwood, along with Marriott and Burdon, because they were so young and soulful, barely older than me when I was first getting into pop music. A vicarious blackness, indeed. But by the time I went to art school in 1970 I really wanted to listen to stuff that was totally cosmic, eclectic and bizarre, or just plain obscure. So yes, I dug Traffic’s funky jamming, but was more into Mahavishnu and Zawinul. And you will still find me rummaging through old vinyl stores looking for albums on labels such as Turnabout and Nonesuch.

Ryan Maelhorn's picture

Steve_P, do you know about the ebow?

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=ebow&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:e...

Meanwhile I've been listening to Ligetti, more and more Ligetti. A little Schnitke, thrown in on the side.

marcox's picture

@Nick: Traffic was deeply uncool when my roommate turned me on to them in the postpunk early '80s, but that album was the soundtrack for more than one all-nighter during my brief stay in art school.

Té Rowan's picture

The same overambitious emulated OPL3, but this time it's aspiring to be the organ in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

BrettR's picture

Ever since I got my Sonos system for my home, the amount of music I listen to has probably exponentially. Highly recommend it.

Currently I am quite fond of Ben Howard, Paper Kites, Oscar Peterson, and Of Monsters and Men.

Té Rowan's picture

It usually does when you get yourself a new stereo.

Right now it's an old tape with Madness (Uncle Sam, Night Boat To Cairo, Embarrassment and Madness), Klaus Wunderlich and Franz Lambert among others.

Queneau's picture

Tenniscoats: Papa’s Ear & Tan-Tan-Therapy

Tape: Luminarium & Revelutiones

HÄPNA rules!

quadibloc's picture

Some time back in this thread, I've already described my musical tastes at length. Here, I'll just briefly mention that I've directed my attention again towards what was perhaps my favorite of the Manos Hadjidakis compositions sung by Nana Mouskouri (it was also sung by Aliki Vougiouklaki (Αλίκη Βουγιουκλάκη) who performed it originally in a movie from 1960 and Harry Belafonte): Mes s'afti ti varka (or Mes tin varka)... Μες σ'αυτήν τη βάρκα.

In fact, Anna Vissi, who sang "Min ton rotas ton ourano" (the original song on which All Alone Am I was based) at the Love Radio concert, also sang this one, at the "Unplugged" concert in Cyprus.

John Hudson's picture

The latest strangeness from Ane Brun.

BrettR's picture

I'll be quite frank here, I thought for sure that someone would have mentioned Justin Bieber in the course of this thread.

Thankfully there is still hope for typographers.

riccard0's picture

Brett, you realise you just did it, right? ;-)

Té Rowan's picture

I'd far sooner mention Morning Musume or the sub-group Mini Moni. Telephone! Ring! Ring! Ring! Bubblegum pop indeed.

Té Rowan's picture

Finlandia. Yes, that one, by Jean Sibelius. Ware: You gotta either play this one loud or feed the audio through an AVC.

Edit: Fuhgedaboutit. This clip has been deleted. It is pining for the fjords. It wouldn't VOOM if you put a million FLOPS through it. It is an ex-video.

Nick Shinn's picture

There’s this anecdote that Thomas Beecham was visiting with the Sibeliuses, and Jean cranked up the hi-fi so loud everyone else left the house and went into the garden. He said you had to have it that loud to hear all the orchestral details. Right. Dude would have been a head-banger in a later era.

Té Rowan's picture

Well, I'm sure you noted that the organ has a pretty wide dynamic range, at least on this track. First time around I wondered why the hymn was silent. Hence, the stated need to play it loud or ride the gain. Bells, I swear the Petri Sakari/Iceland Symphony recording has a lot less dynamic range!

Nick Shinn's picture

Just picked up the vinyl of Bowie’s 1973 album of covers from London groups 1964-67.
This slipped by me back in the day, but it’s not bad, his singing is over the top, the band solid and there’s some crazy arrangements, especially “See Emily Play”. That one kind of prefigures the Dukes of Stratosphear.
“Shapes of Things” is preposterous.
Laura Nyro’s Gonna Take a Miracle from a couple years earlier had the same kind of idea.
Another similar homage was GnRs The Spaghetti Incident?
No doubt lots of other artists have covered the songs they grew up on, as a package concept.

John Hudson's picture

Nick did you read the very interesting article about Bowie's music in a recent issue of the London Review of Books? I found this bit particularly interesting, and it sent me back to listen to 'Starman' more closely:

Trynka doesn’t often go into details about the music, which is perhaps just as well. In his discussion of ‘Starman’ he talks about its ‘opening minor chords’ when they’re nothing of the kind, and says that ‘the key changes from minor to major’ at the chorus. But there’s no key change, and it’s important that there isn’t: the effect Trynka’s hearing, the sense of ‘release’ and ‘climax’ he gets when the chorus kicks in, would be lost if there were. What happens is that for the first time, the melody hits the tonic; Bowie gets through 15 bars in F major without singing an F, and then on the word ‘starman’ he hits two of them, an octave apart. The octave leap is, as Trynka says, ‘an ancient Tin Pan Alley songwriter’s trick’, and the steal doesn’t stop there: the melody of the chorus is ‘lifted openly, outrageously’ from Judy Garland. Bowie privately called the song ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, and before long was singing Yip Harburg’s lyrics as well as Harold Arlen’s tune in live performances of ‘Starman’.

Nick Shinn's picture

No, I’ve let my subscription lapse.
But thanks, that’s really interesting!

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I would agree with most of it.
The thing that struck me most about Ziggy was its conception of live performance.
At the time, you’d go to a concert by the Who or Zeppelin and the set would be really long with a bunch of scruffy individuals wandering round the stage and jamming extended versions of their album tracks. The Dead at Glastonbury doing a 20 minute Dark Star. But Ziggy was different—the band were in matching outfits on a large empty stage, and they played the songs just like the record, 3 or 4 minutes each, while moving around in choreography. That, and the self-referentiality, it was quite a shock.

BrettR's picture

Seeing as we have a handful of audiophiles on this forum, it would be interesting some time to see what sound gear we are "rocking".

Sigur Ros has been quite good to me lately, and with the release of their new album today, my only assumption is that it shall not disappoint.

Té Rowan's picture

The noisiest party the Queen has ever the seen, aka the Diamond Jubilee Concert.

Nick Shinn's picture


Getting ready for the Stones’ Golden Jubilee, celebrating their first performance, July 12, 1962. Yes, we will be having a noisy party!

Té Rowan's picture

Were it Slade, you could probably feel the noize as well.

Nick Shinn's picture

Noddy quit the band twenty years ago, so not much chance of a jubilee there. Reunions not quite in the same class…

vilbel's picture

Have just listened to Comus - First Utterance. I get the feeling it's being hyped quite a bit lately, a friend recommended it, and it sure is great.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJp0rr54OU0

Té Rowan's picture

At least that explains what I've been wondering about for a long time – whatever happened to Slade.

5star's picture

Nick, that's going to be a blast!! Sure you will survive it?? The Stones haven't been the same since Wyman's bass groove left in '92 - and my favorite Stone's band of all times was with Mick Taylor!!!

Right now I'm just listening to some of Adele's music and my latest crush, Rita Ora...

n.

Nick Shinn's picture

Sure you will survive it??

Yeah, but I intend to get wasted!
Will be digging out the vinyl.

Té Rowan's picture

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pQxyQktNFwc – Dunno which is cooler, the showmanship or the actual playing. Seemed to me from the comments that some folk found it a bit too… well… revolutionary.

Té Rowan's picture

Hennyway, @Nick, there is a reasonable cover of "Sympathy For The Devil" at http://www.simnet.is/hljomsveitinlogar/mp3/mp3.htm

CorpusMilti's picture

Les Baxter

5star's picture

@Té, Oasis did a nice job covering of the Stone's Street Fighting Man ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk1CLm0FsuM&feature=artist

n.

5star's picture

...and speaking of my all time favorite band, check this Stone's video while it's still up ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MMgPbt9jhw&feature=related

...Worried About You.

n.

Demmy's picture

If you fancy something different, here is a full list of what I am listening to:-

http://www.gentleapocalypse.com/2011/01/gentle-apocalypse-recommends-son...

Té Rowan's picture

@5star – Talking of covers… Nutt'n as odd as hearing Metallica cover Whiskey In The Jar. I swear to all that is, I had to check and double-check and triple-check to be sure it wasn't Thin Lizzy.

Nick Shinn's picture

Emil Gilels, Beethoven, 1957:
http://typophile.com/node/93823

mili's picture

Night time music from 23:23 (that's Delay Trees' Rami Vierula's solo project)
http://2323music.bandcamp.com/album/softest-wave-etc

Té Rowan's picture

Concerto a Cinque op9n9 by Tomaso Albinoni off the Hallgrímskirkja H002 CD.

5star's picture

People Under The Stairs (PUTS) ...all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbHWJrtH_3U&feature=related

n.

vilbel's picture

Visions de l'amen by Olivier Messiaen. One of the greatest modern composers if you ask me.

Ed_Aranda's picture

Puscifer – Conditions Of My Parole

Broken Bells – Self-titled

wolfgang_homola's picture

Iggy Pop: Après
(nice new stuff: Iggy sings chansons in French)

... and music from Haiti:
Toto Bissainthe: chante Haiti
Boukman Eksperyans: Libete
Boukman Eksperyans: Revolisyon

John Lyttle's picture

Listening to Freddy Kempf – J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988
& a playlist on CBC Music.

And now for something that’s not completely unrelated … a typo-musical Twitter trend for you amusement: #typobands

5star's picture

U2 - Achtung Baby.

n.

Nick Shinn's picture

One of the greatest modern composers if you ask me.

Agreed. Vingt Regards is my favorite of Messaien’s works.
I once attended a performance of Quatuor pour la fin de temps in a church—the end was awesome, as the last violin note faded away.

Té Rowan's picture

The Dark Royal-Hued Lord's Instrument Of Immortality.

R.I.P. Jon Lord.

5star's picture

R.I.P. Jon Lord - your amazing keyboard grooves will live for ever!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6x8GGXrCFQ

Lazy...

n.

Té Rowan's picture

The opening concert of The Proms.

Té Rowan's picture

"The Art of the Finnish Kantele" (EUCD 1342)

Té Rowan's picture

"The Best of Classic Rock" (who'da thot ya could headbang to a symphonic orchestra uv alla dings?)

Té Rowan's picture

"Get Yer Boots On - The Best of Slade" Slade ROCKS!

5star's picture

Green Day ...all.

Wake Me Up When September Ends
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHa16644e-k&feature=player_embedded

...20 years has gone so fast.

n.

Té Rowan's picture

A "Thunderstruck" cover on a live-on-radio rock concert from the Fish Meal Factory in Borgarfjörður, E-Iceland, while watching streetlights cut conical patterns through the fog.

Té Rowan's picture

A radio show on Marel Blues Project, a blues band composed of Marel employees. Mebbe not the Bluesbreakers, but listenable all the same.

Té Rowan's picture

VoA's African Service on 15,580MHz.

Karl Stange's picture

Part of a playlist that is getting me through a particularly difficult day of working out OT feature code and other issues.

Spirit Bauhaus
Rub-Alcohol Blues Fiery Furnaces
Paradise Now (Remix) Meat Beat Manifesto
Lorelei Cocteau Twins
Retreat! Retreat! 65daysofstatic
One Beat Sleater-Kinney

CorpusMilti's picture

I'm loving the new Grizzly Bear songs.

oldnick's picture

I am listening to Clint Eastwood, and loving it.

Over the hill? The guy is a gifted jazz pianist, who made a living playing tough guys (Richard Burton once described his acting style as "dynamic lethargy'), but who is still—like many of his true ilk—sharp as a tack. The Republicans got bamboozled into giving him center stage, and are only now realizing—although only tacitly—that Eastwood made fools of the entire GOP and its Toontown ticket.

A definite ROFLMAO moment for me; in fact, it made my day, punk…

5star's picture

oldnick, you made my day!

Clint Eastwood, said "It's time for Obama to go".

Thanks steppin' up oldnick, I guess the Dems typical misrepresentation of even the simplest of matters is the most powerful hand in the world ... LOL ...sigh.

Or is it???

Next...

n.

oldnick's picture

Neil,

? Or: cool. BTW, I love your profile: you fill in the blanks beautifully.

Better watch out: some folks here might think that you are as loop as me…

5star's picture

:)

I'm expecting Morgan Freeman to do similar gig at the Dem's convention.

;)

n.

oldnick's picture

Neil,

You are absolutely correct; however, I think that the Dems are going to be a little wary about offering anyone an opportunity to present an unscripted "endorsement"—although not because they are any smarter than the Republicans. It's more of a "once burned, twice shy" kinda thing. The Oreo at the top of the ticket is a Chicago politician, after all…

marcox's picture

*edited to remove gratuitous, age-related insult*

Nick, I object to your use of the term "Oreo." Is there something intrinsically white about what Barack Obama has achieved?

hrant's picture

You can -and should- call anything what you truly believe that thing to be. The problems start when people (like... politicians) try to manipulate others by misrepresenting what they actually believe. The problems start when we believe democracy can lead to honest leaders.

hhp

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