33. The Miles Davis Quintet – Workin'

LESSONS IN LONG COPY... The Miles Davis Quintet - Workin' |  Released: 1960 Prestige |  Produced: Bob Weinstock |  Genre: Long-form jazz |  FROM THE LINER NOTES...  Have you noticed that things seem to be getting smaller nowadays?  Must be a sign of the times. Take Toblerone, for example: fewer triangles of nougat-studded Swiss chocolate, … Continue reading 33. The Miles Davis Quintet – Workin'

32. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

I LEARNED THE HARD WAY... Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way |  Released: 2010 Daptone |  Produced: Bosco Mann |  Genre: Life lessons delivered through modern soul |  NOW I KNOW ABOUT YOU...  Some people have all the luck. You know the type. Swanning about with nary a care, never … Continue reading 32. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

31. Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise

I MADE A LOT OF MISTAKES... Sufjan Stevens - Come on Feel the Illinoise |  Released: 2005 Asthmatic Kitty |  Produced: Sufjan Stevens |  Genre: A multi-instrumental tribute to failure |  OH GREAT INTENTIONS, /  I'VE GOT THE BEST OF INTERVENTIONS...  Though musically brilliant, perhaps the thing I love most about  Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is … Continue reading 31. Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise

29. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

ATTENTION... MON AMI... Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven |  Released: 2000 Kranky |  Produced: Daryl Smith |  Genre: Sweeping post-rock soundscapes, punctuated by found footage vox pops |  IT TAKES MINUTE DETAIL... There is so much to talk about here: The cinematic, brutal beauty of this album's … Continue reading 29. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

18. Ikebe Shakedown – The Way Home

MUSIC TO WORK TO... Ikebe Shakedown  -  The Way Home |  Released: 2017 Colemine |  Produced: Ikebe Shakedown |  Genre: Instrumental neo-funk soul grooves |  LISTEN WHILE YOU WORK... Are all writers divas? If you've ever spent much time around one with a rapidly approaching deadline, then you could be forgiven for thinking so. And … Continue reading 18. Ikebe Shakedown – The Way Home

14. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

OLYMPIANS... Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport |  Released: 2009 All Tomorrow's Parties |  Produced: Andrew Weatherall |  Genre: Paul Oakenfold accidentally stumbling into a metal gig while having an extremely bad trip |  WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT... OK, yes: the band are called Fuck Buttons. Is that genius, or a really misguided move? It probably depends … Continue reading 14. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

13. American Water – Silver Jews

GLEAMING DETAILS... Silver Jews - American Water |  Released: 1998 Drag City |  Produced: Nicolas Vernhes |  Genre:  The drunk being thrown out of the comedy club who is still funnier than the comedian on stage. THAT TANLINE ON YOUR RING FINGER... In Franz Kafka's modernist classic The Trial (Original German: Der Prozeß, all quotations … Continue reading 13. American Water – Silver Jews