Animal Collective – Peacebone  

What initially appears to be a chaotic mess slowly forms into something complete, and eventually becomes something that makes sense and is even good. This is how I feel about most creative processes; it starts off broken, then gets better.

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea  

Full of heart and guts. My 10 songs could just be this whole album. Jeff Magnum, after recording this album, never made anymore music as he felt there was no way to improve on what he'd already done. I'm terrified of the day I make something I'm completely happy with.

Tune-Yards – Real Live Flesh  

Dirty and beautiful and stripped down. Again there's the rhythm out of seemingly un-rhythmical things. I'm sure there's a proper musical term for that.

Amon Tobin – Bloodstone  

It's just so tense and cinematic! I love it! It's almost impossible to listen to this without creeping around the room like a spy having invisible gun/fist fights in slow motion.

Connan Mockasin – It's Choade My Dear  

'Forever Dolphin Love'. 'It's Choade my Dear'. How could you not like this? 'I'm a china toad. But I'm in filing mode'. I don't entirely get it. But who cares!? It's something so strange and mysterious and I can't help but find it deeply satisfying.

David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes  

David Bowie is good.

Subtle, Wolf Parade – Middleclass Haunt  

So many things changing seamlessly into each other in the first minute! A dense emotional roller coaster. The Bohemian Rhapsody of er...rap? Not sure what this is. Look up the amazing Subtle music videos by SSSR.

Jeffrey Lewis – Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror  

A blunt, honest self-objectifying look at being an artist, wrapped up in a ridiculous dark & funny fable. I fucking love Jeffrey Lewis. He says things I feel but cannot possibly articulate.

Johnny Flynn – Sweet William  

A bit of romantic melancholic whimsy. Nothing wrong with that.

Mama Cass – Make Your Own Kind Of Music  

Kinda self-explanatory. I like listening to this when doing pitches:
'NO' I say.
'I want to do it like THIS! I don't care if that's not what the STUPID brief says! I am an ARTIST and I have my own unique BRILLIANT vision for what this project should be!'
I don't win many pitches.

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