Wednesday Winddown: Lost in Space

Sometimes in order to chill out, you've got to look up to the stars and maybe try to hitch a ride to whatever comet David Bowie grabbed a hold of back in the day. I've kept a playlist on my phone for a while called, so thoughtful, "Space Stuff." If you want to blast off to space with me for a while, check out the playlist below. Or if you want to give your seven year old self some nightmares, get into a time machine, de-age however many years that would be, and watch that version of "Lost in Space" with the CGI spider monster that was nothing short of terrifying before we knew whether CGI was realistic enough to actually count as scary.

Wednesday Winddown: People Are People

I really like AJJ (the band formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad). Alternating funny, smartly socially commentating, and emotionally heavy hitting, they are for me one of the best folk (/folk punk) acts around. This week's Wednesday Winddown playlist is inspired by their songs "People," "People Ii: The Reckoning," and "People II 2: Still Peoplin'", because god I love some people sometimes, because people are the greatest things that happen. Check it out and chill out, won't you?

Audio Drama Sunday: It Makes A Sound

Everyone, I think, has some piece of music that sticks with them from when they were kids. It could be a song that you remember hearing on the radio, a concert that you saw, some little song someone close to you would sing; something which stays with you over the years, and takes on an outsized status in your memory as the music of your childhood. For Dierdre Gardner, it's the music of Wim Faros, a local prodigy, who played at a birthday party in a golf club. #rememberwimfaros

Wednesday Winddown: Sleep In A Hammock

Post-rock and ambient guitar music are definitely high on my list of types of music to relax to. Hammock, the guitar duo from Tennessee, has been a fast favorite of mine since I first listened to some of their music from an autoplay suggestion several years ago. I've put together a playlist of my favorites, as well as a few that I think will be interesting to someone new to their style of music. Kick back, relax, and maybe take a nap with the playlist below!

Album Review: “What.” by Bo Burnham

"What.", the 2013 album by Bo Burnham is wonderful, weird, and doesn't care what you think of it because it's an inanimate object and art is a lie anyway. Musically solid, intellectually fascinating, and fantastically full of unexpected turns, "What." is an album that I've found myself re-listening to again and again for weeks. Find out why after the jump!

Ambient Guitar Cover: Good Riddance

It's the middle of the week again, and that means time to take a chill, destress, and get ready for the rest of the work week. This week, I've done an ambient guitar cover of Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." Check it out below!

Wednesday Winddown: Post Rock

Sometimes you just need to stretch things out, and take some time to get there. This attitude is something that I deeply appreciate about post rock music as a genre. With an inclination towards opening up the soundscape, not shying away from drums to the extent that ambient music usually does, and soaring build ups all come together to something of a journey as a listener. If you could do with something to wind down to, check out the playlist I've collated below; the first is perhaps my single favorite song!

Three Top Tips for Choosing Your Background Music While Working

I, like many people, have a tendency to live behind my headphones, burning through podcasts, listening to whatever the music algorithms decide is supposed to be next (or one song on loop.  For days on end...

Wednesday Winddown: Beach Vibes

Hey Everyone!  It's halfway through the work week, and I'm pretty sure that we're all overdue for a little bit of a chillout.  This week on the Wednesday Winddown, it's a beachy vibes kind of a day.  Check out the playlist below for the tunes that I'll be playing when I hit the road out of the office.  ...Or just blast it while you're working, I'm not your boss or the headphone police.  Cheers!