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I have enjoyed these threads (What are you working on?, What are you reading?) and found them really inspirational. And I think a thread for music/pods/talks would be great for being exposed to new things you might not have found otherwise.

Personally I’m not much for podcasts, or haven’t found one that fits me, so I’m mostly listening to music.

This week I will listen to

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    I’m showing my age, but I don’t want to support any streaming music service that may some day yank my music out from underneath me. I thus have been curating the same ogg collection for over a decade.

    My most recent acquisition is the Earth Maiden Arjuna soundtrack. It’s lovely. You may have heard other things by Yoko Kanno, but wouldn’t recognise it.

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      Thanks for the tip, I love her songs too and of this I did not really know.

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      I’ve had a few songs from Death Grips - Exmilitary stuck in my head over the weekend and so played it twice today. Weird hip-hop industrial punk sounding band which samples everything from Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie, Pink Floyd…

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        Haven’t heard Death Grips before, Get Got was really good! Added to this weeks playlist :)

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          Oh, haven’t listened to Red Hot Chili Peppers in a while, thanks for reminding me.

          I think the evergreen-ness factor that contributes the most is nostalgia. Good memories you have attached to a song goes a long way in making a song last. Snow (Hey Oh) is one of those songs for me.

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            I wonder if there can be an algorithm to measure evergreen-ness of a song.

            Wouldn’t that be highly subjective?

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            I listen to a lot of podcasts, but when I’m working, or reading, or doing anything that requires attention, I prefer instrumental music in the Godspeed You Black Emperor vein. When I’m walking around, I’ve actually found Apple Music’s “For You” to be bearable, if a bit naïve (yes, Apple, I do like e.g. Baroness – I have all their records, no need to recommend them to me). I’ve heard good things about the Spotify weekly Discover playlists, but I have all this preference information in the Apple ecosystem that I don’t really want to have to reëxamine (wow, two diaresis?) so I’ll stick with this particular walled garden for now.

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              I mostly listen to the DEF CON radio on SomaFM it’s pretty great.

              I actually stopped using Spotify, I don’t see the need for it. I also didn’t like the permissions update.

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                I’m listening to Alan Watts - The Essential Lectures on, well, a myriad of topics.

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                  For really heads-down work, I tend to like non-vocal music, or music whose vocals I’ve completely memorized. Any ew-ish vocals tend to be distracting if I’m trying to work.

                  ( these are all albums! ) Good non-vocal stuff this week:

                  • Natural Selection 2 OST
                  • Neotokyo OST (soooo gooood)
                  • Black Sands by Bonobo
                  • Tango: Zero Hour by Astor Piazzolla

                  Good vocal stuff:

                  • Symbols by KMFDM
                  • Yes, Virginia by The Dresden Dolls
                  • Summer Sound Attack by Clutch

                  “Good” vocal stuff:

                  • BabyMetal by BABYMETAL
                  • The Dethalbum by Dethklok
                  • Black Sails At Midnight by Alestorm
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                      Nice!

                      Ten out of nine wageslaves agree, would spend nuyen on again.

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                        4chan is leaking, fam.

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                    In a prog metal mood as of late, so I’ve been stuck on Tesseract again. The things they are and aspire to through their music really resonate with me: groove-like riffs mingling with atmospheric and aggressive sounds from detuned guitars with mostly clean (read: non-cookie monster) vocals. Altered State is a beautiful album I re-discover periodically.

                    Also looking to venture into jazz one of these days, probably with some Coltrane.

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                      I’ve enjoyed Voyager (e.g. The Meaning of I) recently. I think it’s in the same territory as Tesseract - prog metal, clean vocals.

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                        Will check them out, thanks!

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                      I’ve been coming back to http://bassdrive.com for work and on the road recently.

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                        If I need some serious concentration on something I can’t beat silence. Noise ruins my concentration.

                        Otherwise, I’m always tuned to 91.9 WFMU - freeform radio curated by good DJs can’t be beat!

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                          Mostly chiptunes on the excellent Rainwave internet radio station http://chiptune.rainwave.cc/

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                            I also like the Spotify Discover Weekly quite a lot, besides that i can’t stop listening to God is an Astronaut’s Helios/Erebos, especially the opening track.

                            Also having :Of the Wand & the Moon: – The Lone Descent on my frequent playlist.

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                              God is an Astronaut is a great band. I listen to them and Lights Out Asia a lot while I am working.

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                              Mainly to this drone / experimental / ambient / techno stuff:

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                                Mostly MrSuicideSheep’s selections and Ghost in the Shell soundtracks from Yoko Kanno.

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                                  Inspired by the weird noises the 3d printers do next to my “office”, I got back to listening to Sonic Youth.

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                                    Boris - Feedbacker.

                                    Always and forever.

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                                      Муслим Магомаев (Muslim Magomayev) and Анна Герман (Anna German) on Apple Music.

                                      If you’re into psychadelic rock, you should listen to some stoner rock! Elder is a great small band from Boston.

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                                        The one podcast I’ve been enjoying lately is Talking Machines. http://www.thetalkingmachines.com

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                                          Pretty much the only thing I ever listen to is WCPE Classical, but occasionally I listen to 20s to mid-60s jazz/swing.

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                                            I just picked up the two Empathy Test EPs and have been listening to them pretty much all weekend (at least, when I’m not listening to the sound of me failing at XCom).

                                            I’m feeling in a bit of classic EBM/electro-industrial mood right now so there’ll probably be a lot of Neuroticfish (WHICH I AM SUPER EXCITED HAS COME OUT OF RETIREMENT), Assemblage 23, and Skinny Puppy this week.

                                            I don’t listen to many podcasts, because I tend to either get horribly distracted and miss what the casters are saying or forget that I’m supposed to be doing other things while listening. I have a very 1-track mind and music I know helps me keep it on track.

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                                              My music tastes change a lot throughout the week (or even day). Right now I am in a Quiet Company mood. I’ve been working on curating a focus playlist for a bit now and I have a few more curated playlists coming soon. Aside from that, I dig some of the stuff on the New Music Friday playlist and my personal Discover Weekly playlist.

                                              Also, if you haven’t seen the Spotify Found Them First website and subsequent playlist generator, I highly recommend checking it out. Found some great tunes from that.

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                                                Nirvana and Nahr. More than any, I am actually enjoying making music on my Windows Phone using http://sequencer.net/.

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                                                  Working a lot lately, so dubstep w/ vocals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HXvulyVd2A

                                                  Non-music? For podcasts it’s been: Revolutions, English History, History of Philosophy without any gaps primarily. Also listening to a medical grand rounds audiobook.

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                                                    New albums that came out Friday: Southland Mission (Phil Cook) and No No No (Beirut). They should also be available on Spotify, methinks.

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                                                      I’m gonna be listening to Misteur Valaire, Rainbowdragoneyes, and some Devin Townsend. Maybe Powerglove. It always help.

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                                                        someone reminded me of october project, so i’ve been happily relistening to my cds of theirs.

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                                                          Big fan of the mixtapes put together by Brand New Wayo

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                                                            I’ve been trying to write some music this week. I’m between big projects at work, so I’m taking the time to set up all my instruments and put myself into a more relaxed / playful mindset, rather than my more normal “grind grind grind” programming mindset. I had a fun noise/drone jam earlier this evening, played a bit of french horn and bass clarinet, and got all my hand percussion and bowed instruments set up nicely. I have one new song written and ready to record and decorate with arrangements, so that’ll probably be my day tomorrow.