The Beach Boys –Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Brian's Instrumental Demo)  

I came across this Beach Boys demo on one of Bradford Cox's excellent / barmy Deerhunter mixtapes.

Mariah – Shinzo No Tobira  

Haunting music from an early 80s Japanese band that may well have been sent from the future. What are these instruments - electric flutes? As far as I can figure out (due to an unknowledge of Japanese) the band only recorded one album, but its a keeper.

No Kids – You Look Good To Me  

Like warming yourself on a Canadian musical fire, I'm a sucker for a bit of horn instrumentation. When working I get easy distracted by lyrics, so the music is either instrumental, or gently crooned like this one.

The Sea and Cake – All The Photos  

Krautrock-y soft rock that never gets tired for me. The lead singer, Sam Prekop, does lovely solo stuff too.

The Ethiopians – Train To Skaville  

I worked in a hat shop in San Diego for a summer ten years ago, and the manager - Bruce Zales - played The Pogues (i was hired because I'm Irish) and The Ethiopians on repeat. This is good music to work to, not only in hat shops.

Moondog – What's the Most Exciting Thing  

An amazing blind guy who dressed up as a Viking and busked on the streets of New York for three decades – what's not to like?

Jim O'Rourke – Not Sport, Martial Art  

Jim O'Rourke is one of my favourite musicians/artists. In addition to being in Sonic Youth for a bit and producing WIlco and Joanna Newsom albums, he has also recorded a number of fantastic solo albums, each named after Nicolas Roeg's films (without this somehow not being offputtingly pretentious)

John Maus – My Whole World's Coming Apart  

I realised the other day that John Maus is the real name of one of the Walker brothers, which I suppose is where this particular John Maus got his name from. He sounds a bit like he's being chased in this song, possibly through a spaceship.

Boards of Canada – Telephasic workshop  

All of Boards of Canada's music is particularly great to write to. For electronic music, It's amazing how fresh this sounds - considering it was released in 1997.

The High Llamas – Over the River  

It's not hard to imagine Kermit the Frog playing this. Borderline easy listening.

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