Associate Professor, Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6

 
 
 

Heavy Rotation

(Updated around the 7th of every month)

This is a thought I share with my students sometimes:  Religion is like music, music is like religion. 

First, judging from human history and human cultures, humans need both religion and music equally.  I don't mean individual humans.  Many don't care much for music, do they? And many individuals do quite nicely without religion, however you (or they) wish to define religion.  What I mean is that on the whole, people and cultures create music, they appear always to have done so, and they probably always will.  So too is it with religion.  The eternal existence of both religion and music seems so wide spread one might reasonably think humans cannot, or wish not to, exist without both.

Second, another feature they share in common is that our individual tastes always strike us as self-evident, as right.  You like country, or hate it.  If you hate it, you probably point out that it all sounds the same, it's all simplistic (about dogs, pick-up trucks, and broken hearts), and that's how you reject it.  If you like it, however, either it all sounds the same, and that's okay with you because you happen to like that, or it does not all sound the same to you because you are familiar enough with it to see the subtle differences.  All genres attract the same complaints from people who prefer another genre:  classical music, opera, classic rock, indie rock, boy bands, thrash metal, rap/hip-hop, ambient, techno, country, punk, jazz. People who are trapped within single genres, or who reject entire other genres, are like religious zealots:  their attraction or loyalty to one genre brings them to label other genres as inferior, repetitive, crap. But in truth, music touches us like religion.  We are either moved by genres/styles/artists or we are not.  Music can change you, and when it changes you it feels real; when music does not move you, it feels foreign. But I submit that whether you like a certain style of music or not has more to do with you than with the inherent qualities (or lack thereof) of that style. Like music, when religion moves us, we tend to think IT IS the best, and the rest is crap.  In keeping with the music/religion parallels, we even go so far as to characterise or stereotype The Other who likes music we hate:  we think less of them for liking boy bands like we think less of them for worshipping differently.  We often take it personally or feel hurt when someone dislikes a song, band, or genre we really like. We can feel that we're under attack when music we like has been criticised, just as we feel under attack when our religious figures are criticised.

Finally, humans have exhibited the same astonishing degree of creativity in both their creation of music and religion.  I never cease to be amazed at the manifold ways religious people have devised to think of the world, of each other, or to explain the unexplainable.  Likewise, I am constantly amazed that with so few available sounds, notes, and chords, people are still able to create new, and new sounding, music. 

I'll admit my preference is for new music; my appetite is nearly unquenchable.  But beyond that, my tastes are truly eclectic.  I can be moved to tears by Delibe's Lakme (opera) and Ani DiFranco (folky rock), Marilyn Manson (goth), To Rocco Rot (techno), and Stan Rogers (celtic folk).  I am drawn to small label and independent acts, but there are bands who are immensely popular despite making decidedly counter-corporate music (Radiohead and Bjork).  As a rule, I cannot abide corporate radio or "adult contemporary" (it all sounds the same!).  I listen to college radio (KEXP out of the University of Washington, CHRW out of the University of Western Ontario).  I follow developments, music news, tour schedules, and read the most intelligent reviews I have ever encountered at Pitchfork.  I look for music that in some way or another expresses something of the human condition in all its complexity:  rage, confusion, aloneness and loneliness, competition and cooperation, concern and selfishness, love, inquisitiveness, boredom. And sometimes I just plain like something, and couldn't tell you why.

I unapologetically share music files, but I also buy music from emusic (and I encourage you to also share and buy music). Other music sellers (rhymes with eye-toons) are evil for placing protections on music files that restrict how you use the music that you buy and that you own. I encourage you to become involved in music legislation. There is a Facebook group dedicated to this cause and the owner, and prof from Ottawa's second-best university has a very important blog on the subject (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/). It's not the case that I think musicians shouldn't be able to make a living at what they do. Of course they should be able to. It's that the old paradigm of musicians making the bulk of their earnings from record sales has been changed by technology and no amount of legislation can reverse that. The more effort record companies put into lobbying governments for legislation like this, the less effort they can put into actually keeping up with technology. Get involved.

Here's what I'm listening to most right now: September 5, 2012

Patrick Watson, "Adventures in your Own Backyard"
The Low Anthem, "Smart Flesh"
Anais Mitchell
, "Young Man in America"
Portugal. The Man
, "In the Mountain, In the Cloud"
GusGus, "Arabian Horse"
Beirut, "Riptide"
Das Racist, "Relax"
Girls, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost"
St. Vincent, "Strange Mercy"
The Field, "Looping State of Mind"
Cymbals Eat Guitars, "Lenses Alien"
Fleet Foxes, "Helplessness Blues"
Widowspeak, "Widowspeak"
We Were Promised Jetpacks, "In the Pit of the Stomach"
Megafaun, "Megafaun"
M83, "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming"
Mr. Heavenly, "Out of Love"
Explosions in the Sky, "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care"
The Roots, "Undun"
Real Estate, "Days"
Kendrick Lamar, "Section.80"
Shabazz Palaces, "Black It Up"
Atlas Sound, "Parallax"
Twin Sister, "In Heaven"
Wye Oak, "Civilian"

Older Music I've returned to recently

Bon Iver, "For Emma, Forever Ago"

The On-going History of Heavy Rotation

Lana Del Rey, "Born to Die"
O Paon
, "Courses"
Budos Band
, "The Budos Band III"
Extra Life, "Made Flesh"
Prince Rama, "Shadow Temple"
Burial, "Street Halo Vinyl"
EMA, "Past Life Martyred Saints"
PVT, "Church With No Magic"
Tune-Yards, " W H O K I L L"
The Dodos, "No Color "
Cults, "Cults"
Hooded Fang, "Album"
Eternia and MoSS, "At Last"
Icaeage, "New Brigade"
John Maus, "We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves"
Araabmuzik, "Electronic Dream"
Thievery Corporation, "Culture of Fear"
Battles, "Gloss Drop"
Galaxie, "Tigre et diesel"
SBTRKT, "SBTRKT"
Los Campesinos, "Hello Sadness "
Shabbazz Palaces, "Black It Up"
The Go! Team
, "Rolling Blackouts"
Kurt Vile, "Smoke Ring For My Halo"
Various Artists (mostly Andrew Bird), "Norman (Original Score and Soundtrack)
The Radio Dept., "Clinging to a Scheme"
The Autumn Defense, "Once Around"
SIn Fang, Summer Echoes"
Bonobo, "Black Sands"
SIlk Flowers, "Silk Flowers"
Surface of Atlantic, "A Frame Per Season"
Frog Eyes, "Paul's Tomb: A Triumph"
The Head and the Heart, "The Head and the Heart"
Cut Copy, "Zonoscope"
Gil Scott Heron and Jamie xx, "We're New Here"
Cass McCombs, "Wit's End"
Crystal Stilts, "In Love With Oblivion"
Penguin Cafe, "A Matter of Life..."
Crocodiles, "Sleep Forever"
Dan Mangan, "Oh Fortune"
Harlem
, "Hippies"
Radiohead, "TKOL RMX"
Tapes 'n Tapes, "Outside"
Suuns, "Zeroes QC"
Matthew and the Atlas, "To the North," and "Kingdom of Your Own"
Wire, "Red Barked Tree"
Yuck, "Yuck"
P.S. I Love You, "Meet Me At the Muster Station"
High Places, "High Places vs. Mankind"
The Fresh and Onlys, "Play It Strange"
Zola Jesus, "Conatus"
The Weather Station, "All Of It Was Mine"
Wu Lyf, "Go Tell Fire to the Mountain"
Amon Tobin, "ISAM"
Soft Moon, "The Soft Moon"
Mountain Man, "Made The Harbot"
Tim Hecker, "Ravedeath, 1972"
James Blake, "The Bells Sketch"
The Civil Wars, "Barton Hollow"
Beach Fossils, "Beach Fossils," and "What a Pleasure"
Bibio, "Mind Bokeh"
Karaocake, "Rows and Stitches"
Various Artists, "Ninja Tune XX (Traxx Remixes)"
Envelopes, "Here Comes the Wind"
Neon Indian
, "Psychic Chasms"
Avey Tare, "Down There"
Toro y Moi, "Under the Pine"
Youth Lagoon, "The Year of Hibernation"
Small Black, "New Chain"
Baths, "Cerulean"
Gold Panda, "Lucky Shiner"
Actress, "Splazsh"
Adam and the Amethysts, "Amethyst Amulet"
The War on Drugs, "Slave Ambient"
Washed Out
, "Within and Without"
Handsome Furs, "Sound Kapital"
Chad VanGaalen, "Diaper Island"
Wild Beasts, "Smother"
Bon Iver, "Bon Iver"
Austra, "Feel It Break"
Women, "Public Strain"
Dirty Beaches, "Badlands"
Junior Boys, "It's All True"
Lamb, "5"
Timber Timbre, "Keep On Keepin' On"
Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans, "The Falcon Lake Incident"
Hey Rosetta, "Seeds"
Little Scream, "The Golden Record"
TV on the Radio, "None Types of Light"
The Weakerthans
, "Left and Leaving," "Reunion Tour"
Josh Ritter
, "Hello Starling," "So Runs the World"
!!!
, "Strange Weather"
Chromeo, "Business Casual"
MIko, "Chandelier"
The Black Angels, "Phosphene Dream"
Warpaint, "The Fool"
The Tallest Man on Earth, "Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird"
The Thermals, "Personal LIfe"
Tamaryn, "The Waves"
Salem, "King Night"
Ariel PInk's Haunted Grafitti, "Before Today"
Cancer Bats, "Bears, Mayors, Scraps, and Bones"
Young Galaxy, "Shapeshifting"
Thao and Mirah, "Thao and Mirah"
Toro y Moi, "Causers of This"
Frightened Rabbit, "The Winter of Mixed Drinks"
Anthony and the Johnson, "Thank You For Your Love"
Swans, "My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky"
James Blake, "Klavierwerke EP"
Destroyer, "Kaputt"
How to Dress Well, "Love Remains"
Darkstar, "North"
The Extra Lens, "Undercard"
Death Cab For Cutie, "Codes and Keys"
The Antlers, "Burst Apart"
Jenn Grant, "Honeymoon Punch"
Low, "C'mon"
Girls, "Broken Dreams Club"
Diamond Rings, "Special Affection"
The Rural Alberta Advantage, "Departing"
Akron/Family, "S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT"
Dark Dark Dark, "Wild Go"
Aidan Knight, "Versicolour"
Royal Wood, "Lost and Found EP," "The Waiting"
The Decemberists, "The King is Dead"
Braids, "Native Speaker"
Bright Eyes,"The People's Key"
Robyn, "Body Talk"
The Dears, "Degeneration Street"
Elbow, "Build a Rocket Boys"
Lykke Li, "Wounded Rhymes"
Iron and Wine, "Kiss Each Other Clean"
J. Mascis, "Several Shades of Why"
Liars, "Sisterworld"
PJ Harvey, "Let England Shake"
Radiohead, "King of Limbs"
Tokyo Police Club, "Champ"
The Clientele, "Minotaur"
Ólöf Arnalds, "Innundir Skinni"
Blonde Redhead, "Penny Sparkle"
Dosh, "Wolves and Wishes"
DJ Kicks, Apparat
Kanya West,
"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
Breathe Owl Breathe,"Magic Central"
Owne Pallett, "A Swedish Love Story"
Sharon van Etten, "Epic"
Perfume Genius, "Learning"
LCD Soundsystem
, "This is Happening"
Oneohtrix Point Never, "Rifts"
Games, "That We Play"
Antony and the Johnsons, "Swanlights"
Matthew Dear, "Black City"
Youth Group, "Twilight Casino Dogs"
Of Montreal
, "False Priest"
Grinderman, "Grinderman II"
Black Mountain, "Wilderness Heart"
The Pinecones, "Sage"
Twin Shadow, "Forget"
Wintergloves, "All Red"
The Love Language, "Libraries"
Glasser, "Ring"
Brian Eno, " Another Green World," "Ambient 1: Music for Airports"
"Junip, "Fields"
Superchunk
, "Majesty Shredding"
Ceo
, "White Magic"
Wavves, "King of the Beach"
The Acorn, No Ghost"
The Slew, "100%"
Yukon Blonde
, "Yukon Blonde"
Misteur Valaire, "Golden Bombay"
The Walkmen, "Lisbon"
Das Racist, "Sit Down, Man," "Shut Up, Dude"
Deerhunter, "Halcyon Digest"
Land of Talk, "Cloak and Cipher"
S. Carey, "All We Grow"
Sufjan Stevens, "The Age of Adz"
Zola Jesus, "Stridulum II
Apollo Ghosts
, "Mount Benson"
By Divine Right, "Mutant Message"
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, "Dark Night of the Soul"
DM Stith, "Heavy Ghost" and "Curtain Speech"
Emeralds, "Does It Look Like I'm Here?"
Flying Lotus, "Cosmogramma"
Foals, "Total Life Forever"
Karkwa, "Les Chemins de Verre"
Julian Lynch, "Mare"
Lee Harvey Osmond, "A Quiet Evil"
Rae Spoon, "Love is a Hunter"
Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs"
Forest City Lovers
, "Carriage"
Inlets, "Inter Arbiter"
Janelle Monae, "The Arch Android"
Kele, "The Boxer"
Menomena, "Mines"
Male Bonding, "Nothing Hurts"
Silje Nes, "Ames Room"
Stornoway, "Beachcomber's Windowsill"
The Album Leaf, "A Chorus or Storytellers"
Wolf Parade, "Expo 86"
Gemini, "Wild Nothing"
Tame Impala, "Innerspeaker"
Tracey Thorn, "Out of the Woods"
Tegan and Sara, "Sainthood"
Elephant Stone, "The Seven Seas"
The Tallest Man on Earth, "Shallow Grave "
Land Of Talk, "Some Are Lakes"
M.I.A., "/\/\ /\ Y /\"
Sufjan Stevens, "All Delighted People EP"
Tiny Vipers, "Life on Earth"
The National, "High Violet"
Willie Isz, "Georgiavania"
Fruit Bats, "The Ruminant Band"
Ghost Bees, "Tasseomancy"
Mew, "No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry, They Washed Away"
The Most Serene Republic, "...And the Ever Expanding Universe"
The Knife, "Silent Shout - Limited Deluxe Edition"
Why?, "Eskimo Snow"
Here We Go Magic, "Here We Go Magic"
Kings of Convenience, "Declaration of Dependence," "Quiet is the New Loud"
Various Artists: OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer
The Morning Benders, "Big Echo"
Love is All, "Two Thousand And Ten Injuries"
Jonsi, "Go"
Broken Social Scene, "Rock Forgiveness Record"
Lhasa, "Lhasa"
Timber Timbre, "Timber Timbre"
D-Sisive, "Let The Children Die"
Bruce Peninsula, "A Mountain is a Mouth"
Frank Turner, "Love, Ire and Song"
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, "Kollaps Tradixionales"
The Tallest Man on Earth, "The Wild Hunt"
Erykah Badu, "New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)"
The Besnard Lakes, "The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night"
Zolas, "Tic Toc Tic"
Alpha, "The Sky is Mine"
Grizzly Bear, "Veckatimest"
Crystal Method, "Divided by Night"
Julianna Barwick, "Florine"
Jason Collett, "Rat A Tat Tat"
An Horse, "Rearrange Beds"
Mirah, "(a)spera", "Advisory Committee"
Memphis, "I Dreamed We Fell Apart"
Adem, "Love and Other Planets"
Okkervil River/Shearwater, "Sham Wedding/Hoax Funeral"
Titus Andronicus,"The Monitor "
Gorilaz, "Plastic Beach"
Moderat, "Moderat"
Local Natives, "Gorilla Manor"
Beach House, "Teen Dream"
Brown Shoe, "Vanity"
Best Coast, "Make You Mine"
Bill Callahan, "Sometimes I WIsh You Were An Eagle"
Memory Tapes, "Seek Magic"
Lou Barlow, "Goodnight Unknown"
The Big Pink, "A Brief History of Love"
Amy Milan, "Masters of the Burial"
Goldfrapp, "We Are Glitter"
Owen Pallett
, "Heartland"
Joanna Newsom, "Have One On Me"
GIl Scott-Heron, "I'm New Here"
Shearwater, "Golden Archipelago"
William Fitzsimmons, "Until When We Were Ghosts"
Micachu, "Jewelry"
Massive Attack, "Heligoland"
Charlotte Gainsbourg, "IRM"
Japandroids, "Post-Nothing"
Real Estate, "Real Estate"
Maps, "Turning the Mind"
Basia Bulat, "Heart of My Own"
Leif Vollebekk, "Inland"
Shout Out Louds, "Work"
Vampire Weekend, "Contra"
Think About Life, "Family"
Bombadil, "Tarpits and Canyonlands"
Retribution Gospel Choir, "2"
Los Campesinos, "Romance is Boring"
Sin Fang Bous, "Clangour"
Phoenix, "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"
Hexes and Ohs, "Bedroom Madness"
Seabear, "The Ghost That Carried Us Away"
Bike For Three, "More Heart Than Brains"
Hem, "Eveningland"
Bear in Heaven
, "Beast Rest Forth Mouth"
Charlotte Hatherly, "New Worlds"
Rain Machine, "Rain Machine"
Cryptacize, "Mythomania"
You Say Party! We Say Die!, "XXXX"
Various Artists, "5:5 Years of Hyperdub"
The Flaming Lips, "Embryonic"
Built to Spill, "There Is No Enemy"
Girls, "Album"
Volcano Choir, "Unmap"
Various Artists, "Kompakt Total 10"
Julian Plenti, "Julian Plenti is . . . Skyscraper"
Dinosaur Jr., "Farm"
Bibio, "Ambivalence Avenue," "The Apple and the Tooth"
Atlas Sound, "Logos"
The Clientele, "Bonfires on the Heath"
Clues, "Clues"
Glasvegas, "Glasvegas"
God Help The Girl, "God Help The Girl"
JJ, JJ No. 2
John Vanderslice, "Romanian Names"
Life Without Buildings, "Any Other City"
Various Artists, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"
Matthew Good, "Vancouver"
Ohbijou, "Beacons"
Patrick Wolf, "The Bachelor "
Said the Whale, "Islands Disappear"
Surface of Atlantic, "Ephemeral as We Speak"
We Were Promised Jetpacks, "These Four Walls"
The Antlers, "Hospice"
Young Galaxy
, "Invisible Republic"
The Deep Dark Woods, "Winter Hours"
Beast, "Beast"
The Decemberists, "The Hazards of Love"
The Art of Walking, "The Art of Walking"
Elliott Brood, "Mountain Meadows"
Dirty Projectors
, "Bitte Orca"
YACHT, "See Mystery Lights"
Great Lake Swimmers , "Lost Channels"
Dan Mangan, "Nice, Nice, Very Nice"
Hey Rosetta!, "Into Your Lungs"
Hawksley Workman, "For Him and the Girls"
Magnolia Electric Company, "Josephine"
Melba Toast, "Melba Toast"
The Mountain Goats, "The Life of the World to Come"
Muse, "The Resistance"
Senking, "List"
The Vines, "Melodia"
Fiona Apple, "When the Pawn Hits the Conflict He Thinks Like a King"
Kirsty Maccoll
, "The Stiff Years"
Outkast, "Stankonia"
Pedro the Lion, "Stations EP"
Hooverphonic, "The Magnificent Tree," "More Sweet Music"
Bill Laswell, Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze, "The Dark Side of the Moog 7"
"Two FIngers, "Two FIngers"
Wavves, "Wavves"
So, "So"
Horse Feathers, "House With No Name"
Passion Pit, "Manners," "Chunk of Change"
Bat For Lashes, "Bat For Lashes"
Camera Obscura, "My Maudlin Career"
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, "Outer South"
St. Vincent, "Actor"
Clem Snide, "Hungry Bird," "End of Love"
Woods, "Songs of Shame"
Black Diamond Bay, Calm Awaits"
Senking, "List"
Superchunk, "Leaves in the Gutter"
Youth Group, "The Night Is Ours"
Jeremy Enigk, "OK Bear"
The Cure, "4:13 Dream"
Apostle of Hustle, "Eats Darkness"
Vic Chesnutt, "Dark Developments"
Handsome Furs, "Face Control"
Hayden, "The Place Where We Lived"
The Field, "Yesterday and Today"
Sarah Slean, "Black Flowers"
Cibo Matto, "Stereo Type A"
"The Streets, "A Grand Don't Come For Free"
Blue October
, "Approaching Normal"
Junior Boys, "Begone Dull Care," "Body Language Six"
PJ Harvey and John Parish, "A Woman A Man Walked By"
MSTRKRFT, "Fist of God"
Hey Ocean!, "It's Easier To Be Somebody Else"
Wavves, "Wavves"
Dan Mangan, "Postcards and Daydreaming," "Roboteering EP"
Horse Feathers, "House With No Home"
Doves, "Kingdom of Rust"
Pink Mountaintops, "Outside Love"
Asher Roth, "Asleep in the Bread Aisle"
Propoghandi, Supporting Caste"
K-OS, "Yes!"
Bat For Lashes, "Bat For Lashes"
The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, "The Pains of Being Pure of Heart"
David Byrne and Brian Eno, "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today"
Ra Ra Riot, "The Rhumb Line," "Ra Ra Riot EP"
Cymbals Eat Guitars, "Why There Are Mountains"
The Mountain Goats, "Get Lonely"
Malajube, "Labyrinthes"
Belle Orchestra, "Recording a Tape the Colour of Life"
Serge Gainsbourg, "Histiore de Melody Nelson," "Cannabis OST," Bonnie and Clyde"
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "Beware"
Silversun Pickups, "Swoon"
Simian Mobile DIsco, "Attack Decay Sustain Release"
Hot Panda, "Volcano . . . Bloody Volcano
Gomez, "A New Tide"
Nick Cave, "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!"
Metric, "Fantasies"
Various Artists, "Dark Was The Night" (Red Hot and Blue Compilation)
Patrick Watson, "Wooden Arms"
Circlesquare, "Songs ABout Drugs and Dancing"
Grizzly Bear, "Yellow House"
Late of the Pier, "Fantasy Black Channel"
Human Highway, "Moody Motorcycle"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "It's Blitz"
Royksopp, "Junior"
Snow Patrol, "A Hundred Million Suns"
Charles Spearin, "The Happiness Project"
The Bicycles, "Oh No, It's Love"
Gentleman Reg, "Jet Black"
A.A. Bondy, "American Hearts"
K'Naan, "Troubador"
Deastro, "Keeper's"
Friendly Fires, "Friendly Fire"
Common Market, "Tobacco Road"
Mother Mother, "Oh My Heart"
Prurient, "Still Waiting"
My Morning Jacket, "Evil Urges
Little Joy, "Little Joy"
The Rural Alberta Advantage, "Hometowns"
Port O'Brien, "The Wind and the Swell"
Firewater, "The Golden Hour"
Elf Power, "In A Cave"
The Von Bondies, "Love, Hate, and The There's You
Lisa Hannigan, "Sea Sew"
Beirut, "March of the Zapotec/Realpeople Holland"
Animal Collective, "Merriweather Post Pavilion"
cLOUdDEAD
, "Ten"
Sixtoo, "Duration"
Julie Doiron, "Wooke Myself Up"
The Tough Alliance
, "New School"
Madlib, "WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip"
T.I., "Paper Trail"
The Welcome Wagon, "Welcome to the Welcome Wagon "
AC Newman, "Get Guilty"
Why?, "Alopecia," "Elephant Eyelash"
Telefon Tel Aviv, "Immolate Yourself"
Department of Eagles, "In Ear Park"
Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron, Fred Squire, "Lost Wisdom"
Andrew Bird, "Noble Beast"
Anberlin
,"New Surrender"
Gang Gang Dance, "God's Money"
Gui Boratto, "Chromophobia"
Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter III"
Los Campesinos!, "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed"
Q-tip, "The Renaissance"
Rae Spoon, "Superioryouareinferior"
Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains, "American Names," and "Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains"
Spiritualised, "Songs in A&E"
The Dears, "Missiles"
Angela Desveaux
, "The Mighty Ship"
Bon Iver, "Blood Bank EP" and "For Emma, Forever Ago"
Antony and the Johnsons, "The Crying Light"
Cold War Kids, "Loyalty to Loyalty"
Deerhunter, "Microcastle"
The Secret Machines, "Now Here and Nowhere," and "Secret Machines"
DJ /Rupture, "Patches," and "Uproot"
Elzhi, "The Preface"
Gentleman Reg, "Darby and Joan"
School of Seven Bells, "Alpinisms"
Final Fantasy
, "Has a Good Home"
The Roots
, "Things Fall Apart," and "Game Theory"
Neutral Milk Hotel
, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," "Everything Is"
Julie Doiron
, "Lonliest in the Morning,"
Weezer
, "The Red Album"
Richard Barbieri, "Stranger Inside"
Blackblack, "Blackblack"
Sixtoo, "Jackals And Vipers In Envy Of Man"
Lambchop, "OH (Ohio)," "Damaged"
TV On The Radio, "Dear Science"
Brightblack Morning Light, "Motion to Rejoin"
The Strokes, "Is This It?"
The Streets, "Everything is Borrowed"
Wolf Parade, "At Mount Zoomer"
Elliott Brood, "Ambassador"
Jamie Liddell, "Jim"
Ratatat, "Remixes Vol 1"
Róisín Murphy
, "Overpowered"
Martha Wainwright, "I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too"
The Cure, "Hypnagagic States"
Lykke Li, "Youth Novel"
Damien Jurado, "Caught in the Trees"
Lau Nau, "Nukkuu"
Flying Lotus, "Los Angeles"
Girl Talk, "Feed the Animals"
Stars, "Sad Robots"
Death Cab For Cutie, "The Narrow Stairs"
Ocean Colour Scene, "The Leyline"
Keane, "Under the Iron Sea"
Elbow, "The Seldom Seen Kid"
Okkervil River, "The Stand Ins"
King Khan and the Shrines, "The Supreme Genius of"
Jay Reatard, "Blood Visions"
Calexico
, "Carried to Dust"
Wintersleep, "Welcome to the Night Sky"
Lyrics Born, "Same !@#$ Different Pile"
Damien Jurado, "On My Way To Absence," "Where Shall You Take Me?"
Amiina, "AnimaminA"
Socalled, "Ghettoblaster"
Benga, "Diary of an Afro Warrior"
2562, "Aerial"
Erykah Badyu, "New Amerykah Part One (Fourth World War)"
Kelley Polar, "I Need You to Hold on While the Sky Is Falling"
Conor Oberst, "Conor Oberst"
Rosie Thomas, "These Friends of Mine"
The Bug, "London Zoo"
The Stills, "Oceans Will Rise"
Brendan Canning, "Somethign For All Of Us"
Brazillian Girls, "New York City"
Shearwater, "Palo Santo"
Grand Analog
, "Calligraffiti"
Stereolab, "Chemical Chords"
The Verve, "Forth"
Junior Boys
, "No Kinda Man"
The Mae Shi, "HLLYH"
M83, "Saturdays = Youth"
Subtle, "Exiting Arm"
Shad, "The Old Prince"
Quiet Village, "Silent Movie"
Titus Andronicus,"The Airing of Grievances"
Valet, "Naked Acid"
Tricky, "Knowle West Boy"
Shearwater, "Rook"
Atmosphere, "When Life Gives You Lemons"
Abe Vigoda, "Skeleton"
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, "Sunday at Devil Dirt," "Ballad of the Broken Seas"
Moby, "Last Night"
The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive"
Veda Hille, "The Riot Life"
Moodyman
, "Black Mahogani"
Ron Sexsmith
, "Blue Boy," "Retriever"
Man Man
, "Rabbit Habits"
Portishead, "Third"
Nine Inch Nails, "Ghosts I-IV"
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, "Sunday At Dirt Devil," "Ballad of the Broken Seas"
Santogold, "Santogold"
Matmos, "Supreme Balloon"
Matthew Dear, "Leave Luck to Heaven"
Moby, "Last Night"
The Felice Brothers, "Iantown"
Mogwai, "Young Team"
Atlas Sound, "Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel"
The Dodos, "Visiter"
Robert Forster, "The Evangelist"
Sigur Rós, "Með suð í eyrum við spilum end"
Au, "Au," "Verbs"
British Sea Power, "Do You Like Rock Music?"
Carl Craig, "Sessions"
Cut Copy, "In Ghost Colours," "Bright Like Neon Love"
Del the Funky Homosapien, "Eleventh Hour"
Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes"
Frightened Rabbit, "Sing the Greys," "The Midnight Organ Fight"
Goldfrapp, "Seventh Tree"
Hercules and Love Affair, "Hercules and Love Affair"
High Places, "03/07 - 09/07"
"Islands," "Arm's Way"
Kate Bush, "Aerial"
Kathleen Edwards, "Asking For Flowers"
Ladytron, "Velocifero"
Shout Out Louds, "Our Ill Wills"
M83, "Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts"
Ghislain Poirier
, "No Ground Under"
Beach House, "Devotion"
Holy Fuck, "LP"
Black Mountain, "In The Future"
Gnarls Barkley, "The Odd Couple"
Consonant, "Consonant"
Crystal Castles, "Crystal Castles"
Plants and Animals, "Parc Avenue"
Asobi Seksu, "Citrus"
She and Him, "Volume One"
Sun KiI Moon, "April"
Fuck Buttons, "Street Horrsing"
My Brightest Diamond, "Bring Me The Workhorse"
Scary Mansion, "Every Joke Is Half The Truth"
Sascha Funke, "Mango"
Steve Reich, "Music for 18 Musicians"
No Age
, "Nouns"
Vampire Weekend, "Vampire Weekend"
The Magnetic Fields, "Distortion"
Vic Chesnutt, "North Star Deserter"
Jason Collett, "Here's To Being Here"
September Collective, "All the Birds Were Anarchists"
DJ Vadim, "Sound Catcher "
The Real Tuesday Weld, "The London Book of the Dead"
Explosions in the Sky, "All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone"
Blitzen Trapper, "Wild Mountain Nation"
The Warlocks, "Heavy Deavy Skull Lover"
The Gutter Twins, "Saturnalia"
Explosions in the Sky
, "How Strange, Innocence," "Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever," "The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place"
Modeselektor, "Happy Birthday!" "Hello Mom!" "Death Medley"
Sarah Slean, "The Baroness "
Los Campesinos!, "Hold On Now Youngster..."
Andrew Bird, “Soldier On"
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Real Emotional Trash”
Tokyo Police Club, "A Lesson in Crime," "Smith"
Pinch, "Underwater Dancehall"
Matthew Dear,
"Asa Breed"
Midnight Jugernauts, "Dystopia"
God is an Astronaut, "Far From Refuge," "The End of the Beginning," "All is Violent, All is Bright"
The Field, "From Here We Go Sublime"
To Roccco Rot, "Kölner Brett"
No Age, "Wierdo Rippers"
Glass Candy, "Beat Box"
Yeah Sayer, "All Hour Cymbals"
Liars, "Liars"
Hot Chip, "Made in the Dark"
Born Ruffians, "Born Ruffians," "Red, Yellow, and Blue"
Cadence Weapon, "Afterparty Babies," "Breaking Kayfabe"
Christine Fellows, "Nevertheless"
Clogs, "Lullaby for Sue," "Thom's Night Out," "Lantern, "Stick Music"
Radio Citizen, "Berlin Serengeti"
Stars, "In Our Bedroom After The War," "Heart," "Set Yourself on Fire"
eels, "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations", "Oh What a Beautiful Morning"
Girl Talk
, "Night Ripper"
MSTRKRFT
, "Remixes"
Snowdon,
"Anti-Anti"
Studio
, "Yearbook 1"
Sunset Rubdown
, "Random Spirit Lover"
Talib Kweli
, "Eardrum"
The Go! Team
, "Proof of Youth"
Xiu Xiu
, "Fabulous Muscles," "Women as Lovers"
Wilco
, "Sky Blue Sky"
Cat Power
, "Jukebox"
The Rakes
, "Ten New Messages"
The Shins
, "Wincing the Night Away"
Sia
, "Some People Have Real Problems"
Destroyer
, "Trouble in Dreams"
Massive Aattack
, "100th Window"
Boys Noize
, "Oi Oi Oi"
Dearhoof
, "Friend Opportunity"
Diplo
, "Florida"
Earth
, "Hibernaculum"
Fiery Furnaces
, "Window City"
Justice,
"Cross"
The New Pornographers
, "Challengers"
Panda Bear
, "Person Pitch"
DJ Shadow
, "Endtroducing"
DJ Vadim
, "USSR"
UNKLE
, "Psyence Fiction"
Hayden
, "In Field and Town"
The Acorn
, "Glory Mountain Hope"
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
, "Scribble Mural Comic Journal"
Black Lips
, "Good Bad Not Evil"
Burial
, "Untrue"
God is an Astronaut
, "All Is Violent, All Is Bright"
Aparat
, "Walls"
Gnarls Barkley
, "St. Elsewhere"
Buck 65, "Situation"
Kyrie Kristmanson
, "The Kyrie K Groove"
Aesop Rock, "None Shall Pass," "Labor Days"
Basia Bulat, "Oh, My Darling"
Blonde Redhead, "23," Misery is a Butterfly"
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "Ask Forgiveness"
Cepia, "Natura Morta"
Daniel Lanois, "Shine"
The Dears, "Gang of Losers"
In-Flight Safety, "The Coast is Clear"
Sigur Rós, "Hvarf-Heim
Galaxie 500, "On Fire"
Luna, "Romantica"
Stereolab
Elliott Smith

Au Revoir Simone
, "The Bird of Music"
Imperial Teen, "The Air The TV The Baby"
Starlight Mints, "Drowaton"
Sebutones, "50/50 Where is Counts"
El Perro del Mar, "El Perro del Mar"
Sage Francis, "Human the Death Dance"
The Most Serene Republic, "Population"
Scanners, "Violence is Golden"

Prefuse 73, "One Word Extinguisher"
M.I.A., "Kala"
Modest Mouse, "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank"
Christine Fellows, "Paper Aniversary," "The Last One Standing"
Biosphere, "Shenzhou," "Dropsonde"
Múm, "Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy"
Patrick Watson, "Close to Paradise"
Stars of the Lid, "The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid"
Herbert, "Scale"

Architecture in Helsinki,
"Places Like This"
Bjork, "Volta"
Interpol, "Our Love to Admire"
Jens Lekman, "Night Falls of Kortedala," "When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog"
Los Campesinos!, "Sticking Fingers into Sockets"
Okkervil River, "The Stage Names"
Easy Star All Stars, "Radiodread" (reggae covers of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android")
The Besnard Lakes, "The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse"
Stars, "In Our Bedroom After The War"
St. Vincent, "Marry Me"
Tim Hecker, "Harmony in Ultraviolet"
Screaming Trees, "Sweet Oblivion"
Aphex Twin, "Selected Ambient Works"
Talvin Singh, "Ha"
The Geraldine Fibbers, "Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and my Home"
Deerhoof, "+81"
Bright Eyes, "Cassadaga"
Various Artists, "The Late, Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered"
M. Ward, "Post War," "Transistor Radio"
Golden Dogs
, "Big Eye Little Eye"
Feist
, "The Reminder"
Final Fantasy
, "He Poos Clouds"
The National
, "Boxer"
The Album Leaf
, "Into the Blue Again"
Mr. Lif
, "Mo' Mega"
Tapes 'n Tapes
, "The Loon"
Hayden
, "Elk Lake Serenade"
Bettie Serveert
, "Attagirl"
Martha Wainwright
,
"Martha Wainwright"
Bloc Party
, "A Weekend in the City"
Cat Power
, "You Are Free"
Clipse
, "Hell Hath No Fury"
The Coup
, "Pick a Bigger Weapon"
Diableros
, "You Can't Break the Strings of Our Olympic Hearts"
Dinosaur Jr.
, "Beyond"
Final Fantasy
, "He Poos Clouds"
Calexico
, "The Black Light," "Even My Sure Things Fall Through"
Death in Vegas
, "The Contino Sessions"
Vic Chesnutt
, "The Salesman and Bernadette," "Is The Actor Happy?"
Supergrass
, "Road to Rouen"
To Rococo Rot
, "The Amatuer View," "Veiculo"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
, "Show Your Bones," "Fever to Tell"
Wilderness
, "Wilderness"
Snow Patrol
, "Eyes Open"
Smog
, "Supper"
Booka Shade
, "Movements," "Darko"
Buck 65
, "Secret House Against the World"
CSS
, "Cansei De Ser Sexy"
Theivery Corporation
, "Cosmic Game"
Iron and Wine / Calexico
, "In the Reins"
Datarock
, "Datarock Datarock"
Brightblack Morning Light
, "Brightblack Morning Light"
Granddaddy,
"Just Like the Fambly Cat"
The Russian Futurists, "Our Thickness"
Peeping Tom, "Peeping Tom"
Patrick Wolf
, "Lycanthropy," "Wind in the Wires," "The Magic Position"
Yo La Tengo
, "I'm Not Afraid of You, and I WIll Beat Your Ass"
Peter, Bjorn and John
, "Writer's Block"
Pernice Brothers
, "Live a Little"
Sufjan Stevens,
"Seven Swans"
Jeremy Enigk
, "World Waits"

Antony and the Johnsons, “I am a Bird Now”
Lamb, "Lamb," "Fear of Fours"
Cocteau Twins, "Heaven or Las Vegas"
Death in Vegas, "The Contino Sessions"
Sufjan Stevens, "Illinois"
Palace Music, "Arise Therefore"
To Rocco Rot, "The Amateur View"
Belle and Sebastian, "If You're Feeling Sinister"
Arcade Fire, "Neon Bible"
Andrew Bird,
"Armchair Apocrypha"
The Appleseed Cast,
"Peregrine"
Ani Difranco,
"Reprieve"
Apostle of Hustle,
"National Anthem of Nowhere"
Band of Horses,
"Everything All The Time"
Beirut,
"Gulag Orkestar," "Lon Gisland EP"
Múm,
"Finally We Are No One," "Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is OK"
TV on the Radio,
"Return to Cookie Mountain"
Ladytron,
"Witching Hour"
Cloud Cult, "Aurora Borealis"
Belle and Sebastian
, "The Life Pursuit"
Califone
, "Roots and Crowns"
Cold War Kids
, "Robbers and Cowards"
The Decemberists
, "The Crane Wife"
Destroyer
, "Destroyer's Rubies"
Youth Group
, "Twilight Casino Dogs"
Of Montreal
, "Hissing Fauna, You Are The Destroyer"
Telefon Tel Aviv
, "Map of What is Effortless"
Steve Roach
, Proof Positive
Matmos
, "The Civil War"
Hot Chip
, "The Warning"
Moodyman
, "Black Mahogani 2"
Lupe Fiasco
, "Food and Liquor"
Death in Vegas
, "Scorpio Rising"
Ani DiFranco
, "Reprieve"
The Streets
, "The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living"
Pedro the Lion
, "Control"
Sufjan Stevens, "The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras"
Most Serene Republic, "Underwater Cinematographer"
K'naan, "The Dusty Foot Philosopher"
Minus the Bear, "Highly Refined Pirates"
Joanna Newsome, "Ys"

CSS, "Cansei De Ser Sexy"
Murder By Death
, "In Bocca al Lupo" (Thanks Dan L.!)
Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton, “Knives Don't Have Your Back”
Danielson, "Ships"
Built to Spill, “You in Reverse”
Four Tet, "Pause," "Rounds"
Katie Regan, “Puddles and Roots” (thanks Katie M.!)
Martina Topley Bird, "Quixotic"
Deerhoof, "The Runners Four"
Wax Tailor, “Tales of the Forgotten Melodies”
Camera Obscura, "Let's Get Out of this Country"
The Earlies, "These Were The. . ."
Herbert, "Bodily Functions"
The Magnetic Fields, "i"
My Morning Jacket, "It Still Moves," "Z"
Thom Yorke, "The Eraser"
Devotchka, “How it Ends”
Herbaliser, "Blow Your Headphones"
Muse, “Black Holes and Revelations,” “Absolution” (thanks Dan L.!)
Amy Millan, "Honey From The Tombs"
Sarah Slean, "Day One," "Night Bugs,"
Grant Lee Philips, "Nineteeneighties"
Mylo, "Destroy Rock and Roll"
Love is All, "Nine Times That Same Song"
Junior Boys, "So This Is goodbye"
Apostle of Hustle, "Folkloric Feel"
Sigur Ros, “Takk”
The National, "Alligator"
The Clientele, “Strange Geometry”
Joanna Newsom, “Milk-Eyed Mender”
Chad van Gaalen, “Infiniheart”
The Album Leaf, “Seal Beach EP,”In a Safe Place" (thank you Mel M.!)
Yo La Tengo, “Summer Sun”
Sunny Day Real Estate, “Diary,” “Rising Tide” (thank you Felan P.!)
K-OS, “Joyful Rebellion”
Clor, "Clor"
Flunk, “For Sleepyheads Only”
Animal Collective, “Feels”
Luna, “Rendezvous”
Regina Spektor, “Soviet Kitsch” (thank you Katie M.!)
Adem, “Homesongs”
The Strokes, “Room on Fire”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, “Clap Your Hands Say Yeah”
The Bravery, "No Brakes"
Husky Rescue, "Country Falls"
Broadcast, "Tender Buttons"
Andrew Bird, “The Mysterious Production of Eggs”
Various Artists, "Read: Interpreting Bjork" (covers of Bjork)
Cat Power, “The Greatest”
Ben Kweller, "Sha Sha"
Death Cab For Cutie, "Plans," "Transatlanticism," "Something About Airplanes"
Doves, "Some Cities"
Creeper Lagoon, "Remember the Future"
LCD Soundsystem, "LCD Soundsystem"
Youth Group, "Skeleton Jar"
At the Drive In, "Relationship Command"
Elbow, "Cast of Thousands"
The Fire Theft, "The Fire Theft"
Architecture in Helsinki, "In Case We Die"
Bright Eyes, "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn," "It's Morning, I'm Wide Awake," "Lifted...