Sound Advice: From the Creative Staff

by Jonathan Galbreath

7 March, 2011

Filling the space between vegan burritos and the importance of Rosanne Barr on the 20th century brood, is a cornucopia of sounds.

Music is important to us.  Music is design.  Music plays with a virtually endless palette, space, volume(s).  Music can affect in ways that are uncomprehendable.  Music is a Red Bull for the everyday dreamer.

I am very fortunate to work with two very talented musicians, Ryan and Parker.  We all have similar styles to approaching music, but we all have very different reference points from which form opinions.  Last week, I recall references to Post-Beber, Gamelan and Dr. Detroit (starring Dan Aykroyd).

Forming opinions to discuss an album is very similar to deciding whether or not you like a design or design style, but still knowing whether or not it’s “good”. And, being able to explain, “why”?

So, what are we listening to? Below you’ll find a list of gems. Some are new, some are classics, some will be classics.

Radiohead: The King of Limbs

All I have to say about this is when Radiohead releases new music, it is more like an event.  Whether or not this album is monumental or a flop…we all feel it’s important to pay attention to Radiohead.

As for the remaining selections, we’ll spare you our personal critiques and spare you the thoughts of others.  Have a listen, and let us know what you think.  If you wanna talk shop, you know where to find us!

From Left Top: Muslimgauze – Lazhareem Ul Leperm, Brian Eno – “Making Space”, Mos Def – “Black On Both Sides”, Eric Dolphy – “Out to Lunch”, Four Tet and Burial – “Split: Moth/Wolf Cub”, Mount Kimbie – “Crooks and Lovers”, James Blake – “Klavierwerke”, Grouper – “Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill”, Bon Iver – “For Emma, Forever Ago”