I have listened to a whole bunch of stuff!

Assigned listening

I definitely liked Boards of Canada. I had briefly tried some of their other stuff recently while I was down an IDM clickhole, and I should listen to more for sure.

Cafe Tacvba was trickier for me to get into. I'm not sure why, but I suspect that for whatever reason, the language barrier is more of an issue with them than it is with most other non-English stuff I've tried?

I'm still working on King Diamond and Mercyful fate. These actually weren't a full-on #inflictnick recommendation; I think @captnarrr said he "wouldn't wish them anyone" or something to that effect. : )


  • The Knights (Golijov: Azul, the ground beneath our feet, New Worlds)
  • Caroline Shaw (Partita for 8 Voices) thread
  • Osvaldo Golijov (La Pasión según San Marcos)
  • Arca (Arca)
  • Tei Shi (Crawl Space)
  • Yaeji (Yaeji)
  • Noname (Telefone)
  • Cigarettes After Sex
  • Eric Bibb (Migration Blues) thread
  • Matt Maeson (Who Killed Matt Maeson)
  • Sneaks (It's a Myth, Gymnastics)
  • Aimee Mann (Mentall Illness)
  • Goldfrapp (Silver Eye)
  • Kairos Quartett (Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2)
  • Diamanda Galas (The Singer) thread
  • Pauline Oliveros, (Four Meditations and Sound Geometries)
  • Karima Walker (Hands in Our Names)
  • Porter Ray (Watercolor)
  • Lea Bertucci (All That is Solid Melts Into Air)
  • Ottmar Liebert (Up Close)
  • Pallbearer (Sorrow and Extinction) thread
  • Glenn Gould (Goldberg Variations (1955, 1981, Zenph "re-performance") thread
  • Dopplereffekt (Gesamtkunstwerk)
  • Jan Jelinek (Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records, Music for Fragments, La Nouvelle Pauvrete)
  • Drexciya (Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller V1-4)
  • Inara George (Accidental Experimental)
  • Spank Rock (Everything is Boring and Everyone is a F---ing Liar)
  • Earl St. Clair (My Name is Earl)
  • Iver Kleive (Orgelmusikken Fra deUSYNLIGE)
  • Parlor Walls (Opposites)
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela (9 Dead Alive)
  • Sean Rowe (Her Songs, Madman)
  • Loscil (Sea Island)

Oh, also, I am probably obligated to include a link to this : )

Of these, I have particularly liked (and repeatedly listened do) Noname, Sean Rowe, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Parlor Walls, Iver Kleive, Karima Walker, Sneaks, and Yaeji.

The electronic and classical stuff on the list is a bit trickier for me to say whether I enjoy it. In some cases I do, but in many cases I would say that it is more interesting than enjoyable, I guess? But I'm into it? Or at least, I'm voluntarily listening to hours of it.

I was especially fascinated by the idea of Drexciya as science fiction/afro-futurism/WTF:

The group revealed in the sleeve notes to their 1997 album The Quest that "Drexciya" was an underwater country populated by the unborn children of pregnant African women who were thrown off of slave ships; the babies had adapted to breathe underwater in their mothers' wombs.

I would definitely like to find more stuff like Karima Walker's Hands in Our Names which sort of blends experimental music/sound design stuff with basically listenable singing? If that's not too horribly a pedestrian thing to want. (I really like Hands in Our Names. It reminds me strongly of how Kentucky Route Zero uses music and sound.)