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What you Rockin’ to?

This is an obviously quiet Friday afternoon, Labor weekend and all I guess. The phone hasn’t rang at all and I’m all alone in the office. Which usually means I can crank up the volume and listen to whatever I want. Currently in rotation Radiohead, followed by some Mexican Rock (oh yeah! it’s killer).

What music do you listen to when you work? Is there anything that gets you going creatively? Classical, Punk, Hip Hop, Polka?

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.29.2003 BY Armin
graham’s comment is:

currently-joe budden, dizzee rascal, new killing joke cd, arvo part (alina), dead can dance (always). i've got an underworld tune buzzing in my head because i'm doing a video for it.

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:17 PM
Andrew Shurtz’s comment is:

Ah yes, 'tis a slow, slow afternoon. I'm currently photoshopping dust off of a scan I just got back, and Expensive Shit by Fela Kuti is working wonders for my sanity. the beat keeps on going... Fela easily had the most outrageous and amazing life of any musician I've ever heard of.

Also currently in rotation:

Broadcast, HaHa Sound

Captain Beefheart, Strictly Personal

Ornette Coleman, The Complete Science Fiction Sessions

The Best of The Damned

I really love listening to noodly electronic stuff like Aphex Twin and Autechre when I'm in 'the zone', but right now my zone is back at my apartment drinking a mint julep.

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:18 PM
Patrick Bennett’s comment is:

As far as music goes, it must be on at all times while I work. (Good thing I'm the only person in my office and the boss.)

So since music is a given the selection must be as varying as possible. In one day my playlist will run through, roots reggae, German dance-hall, rock, drumb and bass, speed metal, electroclash, bhangra, traditional Indian music, Cuban hip-hop, tons of completely unclassifiable music and pop from Korea, Japan, Germany, Britain, Mexico and Sweden.

Highlights include Yoshinori Sunahara, Whale, White Zombie, Unkle, Tosca, Thievery Corporation, The Streets, The Pharcyde, Squarepusher, The Cardigans

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:21 PM
Bradley’s comment is:


- It's Time to Party

- Party Hard

- Party Till You Puke

- I Get Wet

- Tear It Up

Other days, Jane's Addiction, Mint Royale (Stop it! I'm straight!), Heat soundtrack, Underworld 100 Days Off, 28 Days Later soundtrack, and more Andrew W.K.

Party Hard!!!

Hey, anybody in Chicago wanna go see him in concert on Wednesday Sept. 3? No one, surprisingly, will go with me...

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:29 PM
jes�s’s comment is:

I hear you, Graham, we just did a video for a band called Less Than Jake, and I can't take that damn song off my head..

Lately I'm enjoying Zwan, Wilco, and Café Tacuba. But on those long nights before a deadline I crank up the live album by Underworld or some compilation by Sasha+Digweed or Christopher Lawrence to keep those brain cells awake...

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:31 PM
graham’s comment is:

i like andrew w.k.

there's a new album soon . . .

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:31 PM
Armin’s comment is:

> and Café Tacuba


On Aug.29.2003 at 03:33 PM
Sam’s comment is:

> and Café Tacuba


I second that!

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:37 PM
Tom’s comment is:

Buena Vista Social Club

dc Talk






Third Day

The Temptations

Al Greene

The London Symphony Orchestra

Destiny's Child



The Soggy Bottom Boys

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

John Coltrane

Foo Fighters

Tommy Guerrero



Duran Duran

The Normals

Audio Adrenaline

Russ Lee

Norah Jones

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:43 PM
jes�s’s comment is:

Armin, you know they are playing here in LA next week, together with Kinky? And you know who's got tickets?


On Aug.29.2003 at 03:45 PM
Andrew Shurtz’s comment is:

> and Café Tacuba


(checks allmusic.com)

Hey, these guys sound cool — what's their best album?

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:46 PM
Armin’s comment is:

>Hey, these guys sound cool — what's their best album?

Impossible question to answer. They are all good. The coolest thing is that they are all different. Their style changes every album. My favorite is Re, but it's not an easy listen at times. I think their strongest album is Reves/Yo Soy, a double album, one is instrumental and I get giddy every time I listen to it. Ashamed to admit, but haven't bought their latest one.

>And you know who's got tickets?

Ah! Wanna hear something even more awful? They were here in Chicago earlier this month and I had no clue. Missed them.

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:50 PM
Darrel’s comment is:

The one thing I *really* miss about the ol' gig was the open studio and loud stereo playing all the time.

The iPod with headphones in a cubicle just isn't the same :(

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:52 PM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Let's check iTunes...

The Mars Volta De-Loused In The Comatorium

Cat Power You Are Free

The Postal Service Give Up

Cave In Antenna

Iron and Wine

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Lot's of Def Juxt beats like Aesop Rock, El-P, Vast Aire, and RJD2

On Aug.29.2003 at 03:54 PM
jonsel’s comment is:

Bruce is at Giants Stadium on Sunday night, so he's loud in my car and on my iPod.

On Aug.29.2003 at 04:08 PM
vibranium’s comment is:


Shimmer Kids.

Call and response.

Olivia tremor control.

Neil Halstead.

and always in rotation: The Beach Boys.

On Aug.29.2003 at 04:21 PM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:


I heard he's a real prick. Requires Stonyfield Farms yogurt in his dressing room, but if there's a Lemon (I think) flavored one - the show is off!

I'd rather be a movie star... ;)

On Aug.29.2003 at 04:30 PM
anthony’s comment is:

Kiran, that The Mars Volta De-Loused In The Comatorium album is super dope, one of the best of the year.

On Aug.29.2003 at 04:49 PM
Rick G’s comment is:

Recently on my iPod:

Black Flag First Four Years

Cursive The Ugly Organ

Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic

Gunmoll Anger Management in Four Chords or Less

The Matt Skiba ep

...but also, this last week I've used Audio Hijack Pro to capture the audio from DVDs and I listen to them at work. I spent Monday listening to Pulp Fiction (Not the soundtrack; the actual movie audio) and today I've been listening to Fight Club. It's interesting if you know the movie well enough to follow.

I want to try it with Amelie, to see how good my French is.


On Aug.29.2003 at 05:02 PM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

Kiran, that The Mars Volta De-Loused In The Comatorium album is super dope, one of the best of the year.

Awesome you had it Anthony, I knew it was up your alley. Knocked me on my ass the first time I heard it. A weird combo of At The Drive In (ex-members are in the band), Bjork, and Rush - not that I've listened much to the last two but anywho... It's a true album.

Ever listen to Refused from Sweden? Similar sound.

I've used Audio Hijack Pro to capture the audio from DVDs

Smart fucking idea Rick. That app kicks ass.

On Aug.29.2003 at 05:40 PM
amanda’s comment is:

*the new Weakerthans album, which is amazing.

*the new Rancid album, which is pretty good.

*the waifs

*be good tanyas

*van morrision


what a wacky variety for me today!

i guess it fits because i just had some really wacky client meetings today. One client gave me a gift because he liked me work, a gift of petrified wood and buffalo hair. bizarre.

On Aug.29.2003 at 05:43 PM
Brent’s comment is:

Hell of a mix for me today (like most days):

Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Sheep on Drugs - greatest hits

Ministry - the mind is a terrible thing to taste

chill out in paris 2/by david visan

No Doubt - Rock Steady

underworld - dubnobasswithmyheadman

primus - pork soda

on the floor at the boutique - both the fatboy slim and lo fidelity allstars

Elvis Costello - spike

Joni Mitchell - Blue

On Aug.29.2003 at 06:08 PM
Seth’s comment is:

I'm usually just a lurker here, but music topics will almost always draw me from my stupor... On the deck right now is some Johnny Cash, Echo and the Bunnymen, the upcoming Death Cab for Cutie album, and a lot of Café Tacuba...

The Wife and I will be heading out to Bumbershoot here in Seattle on Monday to catch the New Pornographers and Café Tacuba as well... I'm bringing the MiniDisc, so if anyone wants a bootleg, just let me know.

Café Tacuba's latest album is a bit of a separation from their previous stuff as there's a noticeable lack of their traditional sound (a little more latin angle with instruments and rhythms) - it's much more of a rock album than what they've previously done. The nice thing is that having Dave Fridmann produce much of it gives it that tighty-tight tight Flaming Lips quality...

On Aug.29.2003 at 06:14 PM
JLee’s comment is:

+ Kelly Joe Phelps

+ Flaming Lips

+ Pete Yorn

+ Willy Porter

+ Beastie Boys

Hey Seth! I'm up here in Bellingham and can't make it to Bumbershoot, but check out the Pale this weekend if you can. Local B'ham boys do good!

On Aug.29.2003 at 06:50 PM
Matt Wright’s comment is:

The Latest Choice Picks:

The classics...

Iron Maiden


Van Halen


Avant garde...

The Party of Helicopters

Hot Water Music

Mars Volta

The Explosion

Hot Hot Heat

Hope you all caught Maiden on tour this summer...

On Aug.29.2003 at 06:51 PM
gary’s comment is:

David Sylvian Blemish

Neil Finn One Nil

Beck Sea Change

Peter Gabriel Long Walk Home

Michael Brook Cobalt Blue

On Aug.29.2003 at 08:08 PM
Mr. Jones’s comment is:

Music always gets the creative juices flowing.

Lately I been listening to Verve Remixed 1 and 2, anything from ESL, Babel Gilberto, and Frank Sinatra.

On Aug.29.2003 at 10:05 PM
Colin’s comment is:

I listen to mostly classical (generally mid-19th century to present). Way too much good stuff out there. I also listen to jazz (bop and beyond), latin music, rap (under-underground rap, especially), electronica (more of the chill-type stuff rather than the dance-type stuff) and occassionally the punk rock I listened to growing up. I can't really get into modern rock, be it indie, pop-punk, emo, rap-rock, whatever.

On Aug.29.2003 at 10:47 PM
Tracy’s comment is:

Hey Seth,

I'd love to score a New Pornographers and Café Tacuba bootleg!

On Aug.30.2003 at 12:45 AM
Davin’s comment is:


  • Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1971
  • Talib Kweli - Quality
  • Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe
  • Soweto Never Sleeps - Classic Female Zulu Jive
  • Beck - Sea Change
  • Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
  • The Beatles - Abbey Road (mostly Side 2)
  • Hayden - Skyscraper National Park
On Aug.30.2003 at 10:10 AM
Matt Cahill’s comment is:


Radio FG




Freefall Archives on Live365

On Aug.30.2003 at 03:37 PM
pk’s comment is:


dulce liquido (industrial from mexico! no way!)

dub sex (punk punk punk)

ruxpin (minimal, idm-ish)

wumpscut (german angsty industrial disco)

oghr (former skinny puppy resurfaces)

On Aug.30.2003 at 08:39 PM
big steve’s comment is:


Del / Hiero / Prince Paul


David Bowie

Talking Heads



White Label rmxs

and... ummm... Hilary Duff

On Aug.30.2003 at 09:04 PM
dan’s comment is:

norma jean

johnny cash

hot water music


denison witmer

living sacrifice

On Aug.30.2003 at 09:34 PM
Sage’s comment is:

The Mars Volta

Architecture in Helsinki

The Postal Service


Battle Axe Compilation

Modest Mouse (Moon and Antarctica)

FBI Radio station - New public station in Sydney - only 3 days old

Nick Drake

On Aug.31.2003 at 02:58 AM
stew’s comment is:

Pretty much anything by Matchbox Twenty :D

Oh adn teh Evanescence album

On Aug.31.2003 at 04:47 AM
eric’s comment is:

pile nearest the cd player:

bill withers: greatest hits

paul weller: days of speed

faithless: back to mine

dizzee rascal: boy in da corner

john cale: fragments of a rainy season

alpha: the impossible thrill

flute: risotto

king geedorah: take me to your leader

prefab sprout: two wheels good

peter gabriel: up

dukes of stratosphear: anthology

elton john: greatest hits 70-02

would have to agree with Kiran that just about anything that Def Jux has put out in the last couple has been solid gold.

intrigued by Cafe Tacuba

On Aug.31.2003 at 07:58 AM
ian’s comment is:

this is totally a plug, but it's on-topic. i work for the college radio station at vassar as the publicity director. we webcast and play a wide variety of music and public affairs shows. check us out here (the site design was def. inspired by speak up).

On Aug.31.2003 at 10:48 AM
Jonathon Russell’s comment is:

Jets to Brazil

Modest Mouse

Wilco (all of the Wilco albums and Mermaid Ave. with Billy Bragg)

and last but not least, John in the Morning on KEXP in Seattle. (I am in Kansas, so I can listen until noon.)

On Aug.31.2003 at 05:02 PM
Jonathan ’s comment is:

From Monument to Masses

Song of Zarathustra

This Machine Kills

Camera Obscura

Marz Volta

New Order

Joy Division



On Aug.31.2003 at 05:28 PM
Michael B.’s comment is:

Northern State Dying in Stereo

Punjabi MC Beware

Fountains of Wayne Welcome Interstate Managers

Dr. Lonnie Smith feat. David "Fathead" Newman Boogaloo to Beck

Glenn Gould The Goldberg Variations

Orchestra Baobob Specialist in All Styles

John Coltrane My Favorite Things

Sly and the Family Stone Fresh

On Sep.01.2003 at 07:18 AM
Amanda’s comment is:

I listen to spoken word. NPR, the BBC, old Dragnet radio shows, whatever.

On Sep.01.2003 at 07:55 AM
kyle’s comment is:

I've been listening to Lyfe...I saw him on Showtime on the Apollo and he brought the house down.

He's out of Toledo without national distribution, so I can't get ahold of his albums, but Audio Hijack saved the day and I can listen to the Showtime clip over and over...

Real Audio Clip

On Sep.01.2003 at 11:55 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

I've been listening to Lyfe...

Kyle, nice find. He's good.

On Sep.01.2003 at 02:33 PM
surts’s comment is:

A friend and myself just got back from Vancouver for the Radiohead/R.E.M. concerts, so I've been spinning them along with their opening acts Wilco and Dandy Warhols on my ipod. Aside from those, here's a couple more;

Blur: Think Tank

Hot Hot Heat: Make Up The Breakdown

Idlewild: 100 Broken Windows & The Remote Part

Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights

Morcheeba: Charango

New Pornographers: Electric Version

Super Furry Animals: Phantom Power

If those artists sound familiar, check out John in the morning at kexp.org

Another grab bag mix of music would be Punjabi Lounge (double cd) and Cinematic Orchestra: Man With a Movie Camera.

On Sep.01.2003 at 02:37 PM
Justin’s comment is:

Awh I'm so sad I caught this post late but I still feel led to share what I'm currently spinning.

+ Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium

+ Switchfoot - Beautiful Letdown

+ Jane's Addiction - Strays

+ Refused - Shape of Punk to Come

+ Radiohead - Hail to the Theif

+ Bjork - Vespertine / Greatest Hits

+ Deftones - Deftones

+ Hum - Downward is Heavenward

+ Sunny Day Real Estate - The Rising Tide

+ Tori Amos - Boys for Pele

On Sep.02.2003 at 07:34 AM
Adrian’s comment is:

Lamb - What Sound

Solea Amiphibia - Say "Infected"

Sasha - Air Drawn Dagger

Delerium - Chimera

Gotan Project - La Revancha del Tango

Chicane - Behind The Sun

Balligomingo - Beneath the Surface

LTJ Bukem - Journey Inwards

On Sep.02.2003 at 08:32 AM
Sarah B’s comment is:

This wet, dreary Upstate NY morning...Cake and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

On Sep.02.2003 at 10:02 AM
Khoi Vinh’s comment is:

I bet there's a really interesting meta-project in this... something that can visually chart the responses to this question (which I've seen posed numerous times to various blogs and discussion areas, but rarely with very interesting results) and give us an idea what the community's tastes really are. I mean, I see a lot of obscure chic here, but very little bling bling (for lack of better terms) and I wonder why? Wouldn't it be interesting to know? Someone give me a grant...

On Sep.02.2003 at 11:21 AM
Seth’s comment is:

Bummer, but el minidisc se muri�. No luck getting things to fly for the illicit taping of music, but I did get a lot of blurry photos and a few quicktimes of Cafe Tacvba.

We showed up too late to get into the the New Pornographers' show, but we had an absolute blast at the Tacuba show. If any of you have the opportunity to see these guys live, do not miss it. I'll have the pics up at the site in a day or so. If anyone else was there in Seattle last night, I was the tall blond white guy standing center stage and right on the back edge of the mosh pit... The funny part was the looks from everyone around me wondering how the guero knew all the words...

On Sep.02.2003 at 12:03 PM
Tan’s comment is:

So I'm also one of those people who must have noise in order to concentrate. Stereo, TV, street noise, whatever -- the more noise, the better.

I have an eccletic mix of things pumping through all day:


- This American Life

- Dido (still love it)

- Cake (Comfort Eagle)

- Elliott Smith (XO)

- Badly Drawn Boy

- Flaming Lips

- Cold Play

- any James Taylor

- Chris Cornell

- Radiohead

- Fugazzi

- any Van Morrison

- John Mayer

- Morcheeba (Big Calm)

- Diana Krall (the sexiest voice ever)

- the Vines

- White Stripes

On Sep.02.2003 at 09:46 PM
jumpingcow’s comment is:


in no particular order...

• radiohead - hail to the thief

• wilco - being there

• verve remixed 2

• mos def - black on both sides

• howie day - australia

• jeff buckley - live @ bataclan

• damien rice - o

• ben folds - speed graphic

• justin timberlake - justified (no, seriously)

• the roots - phrenology

what a great topic - we all know we're cooler than everybody else, so why not proove it thru the music we listen to at work?

On Sep.03.2003 at 08:28 AM
Kiran Max Weber’s comment is:

I bet there's a really interesting meta-project in this... something that can visually chart the responses to this question (which I've seen posed numerous times to various blogs and discussion areas, but rarely with very interesting results) and give us an idea what the community's tastes really are.

That would be cool, like some kind of Moodstats thing, which I've never used just seems like that. Or like the app that lets you broadcast what you are playing in iTunes at the moment. Harness those feeds into a graph of some sort. Anyone use that on their site?

On Sep.03.2003 at 10:29 AM
Patrick’s comment is:

For me one of the biggest perks in not working in an office anymore is being able to listen to music without headphones. My heavy rotation as of late:

- Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights

- Beck Midnite Vultures

- Doves The Last Broadcast

- Fischerspooner #1

- Groove Armada Love Box

- Frank Black & The Catholics Black Letter Days

- The Hives Veni Vidi Vicious

- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

- The Vines Highly Evolved

- !!!

Others that get played often: Guided by Voices, Yo La Tengo, White Stripes, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Man...Or Astroman?, Bjork, Dandy Warhols, Massive Attack.

On Sep.03.2003 at 11:17 AM
Todd’s comment is:

Beck - Sea Change

Mojave3 - Excuses for travelers

Neil Halstead - Sleeping On Roads

EVERYHTING Ryan Adams has been on, from Whiskeytown to the Graham Parsons tribute stuff.

Evan Dando - I swear that the Griffith Sunset EP is his best stuff ever.

Jay Farrar - Terroir Blues.

Mostly trailer park digs . . . but that's where I'm from.

On Sep.03.2003 at 04:53 PM
saw’s comment is:

jason mraz - howie day - the postal service - damien rice

On Sep.03.2003 at 09:13 PM
Mike’s comment is:

Dexter Gordon, Joe Henry, Artie Ball Swing Band.

On Sep.05.2003 at 08:02 PM
Sean’s comment is:

• black crowes

• chris robinson new earth mud

• days of the new

• tantric

rock on!

On Sep.08.2003 at 09:19 AM
brent’s comment is:

icky, snowy monday morning with long weekend on the mind...

pixies - doolittle

violent femmes - 3

tricky - blowback

orbital - in sides

the go-go's - beauty and the beat

anyone else having a weather crisis?

On Nov.24.2003 at 09:13 AM
Ginny ’s comment is:

wheat: hope and adams

beck: sea change

it's monday, it's grey, it's cold. i need something mellow.

On Nov.24.2003 at 09:18 AM
Mike Galindo’s comment is:

atdi... thats all you have to say....

On Aug.17.2004 at 11:16 AM