Jesse Munoz started a fun meme, Top 10 Albums to Draw To. I love a fun meme even when it does end in a preposition. I generally like to space out when I'm working, I rarely know any lyrics or song titles. Sometimes I'll put on music that goes with the scene I'm working on at the time. These aren't necessarily my top 10 favorite albums but they are a few of my go-to records while working.
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BAD BRAINS :: The Youth Are Getting Restless :: Live in Amsterdam: The best live band in the history of the universe recorded live in concert. Studio recordings of these guys never did them justice. This is a great recording of these guys at their best.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE :: Loveless: Shoegaze? This is it. Behold the genius of Kevin Shields and the sweet whispering voice of Bilinda Butcher. Louder than any other band I've ever seen.
WIRE :: 154: Wire was a creative bunch of guys who don't always get the credit they deserve. A lot of the experiments on this album go off the rails but it's still my favorite of theirs.
JESU :: Conquerer: I don't know how Justin Broadrick pulls off the trick of making me feel like I'm floating on air while keeping it detuned and dark but he does.
HAMMOCK :: Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts: More of the floating thing. These two guys make the most beautiful music together. Mostly instrumental.
SIGUR RÓS :: Takk: Sćglópur is one of my favorite songs, I could listen to it on repeat for the rest of my life and be fine with it.
LADYTRON :: Witching Hour: Ladytron really filled out their sparse electronic sound on this record. I love them all but this is probably my favorite to work to.
ERIC B. & RAKIM :: Follow the Leader: Rakim is the greatest MC of all time (argue with me) but his monotone delivery makes for an excellent background drone if you don't wanna listen to his every word.
PIXIES :: Surfer Rosa: Right out of the gate these guys were amazing.
SPECTRUM :: Forever Alien: Sweet analog synths and spaced out vocals. I'll listen to anything Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember makes. From Spacemen 3 to Experimental Audio Research to Spectrum, it's always interesting. I saw him play a table full of Speak and Spells at the Black Cat one time, good stuff!