Hey Man, What Are You Listening To?

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Since I am literally and figuratively on the beach this week, I decided I should keep things a little more relaxed and light hearted. Yes, this week we are talking about music.

I know for some people, music and work don't mix. For those people, this is probably as far as you need to read. I personally started listening to music while studying when I was in college. Ever since, I feel much more productive when I have my headphones on, enjoying some tunes, blocking out my farting co-worker, and not having to listen to that guy who only talks in his "MD voice" on the phone.

I don't pretend to be any type of music connoisseur, but I thought I would supply my categories of chosen music and let everyone else weigh in with their own suggestions and preferences.

Productivity music - the most listened to category is productivity music. This is the music you put on when you need to get stuff done. For me, this is low on words, but still exciting enough to keep me going.

Relaxation music - it's Friday, Saturday, maybe Sunday. You decide it's time to get the "Black Eye" from Starbucks. You realize after finishing it in 5 minutes that it was a bad idea. You're stressed, you're over-caffeinated. Time to chill out for a minute...

  • William Fitzsimmons
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • M Ward (preferably solo)
  • The Magnetic Fields

Pump-up music - it's 8pm, and while you were feeling reckless and thought the dry-aged sirloin was a good idea, you knew it wasn't. You still have hours of work to crank out, and if you drink more coffee, you're going to have a nervous breakdown. Throw on some of this.

  • Rob Zombie
  • Drowning Pool
  • Sunset Rubdown
  • Childish Gambino
  • Avicii (no, don't even think about Skrillex, your work will end for the day, maybe your sanity)

Those Important Songs - these are the songs you throw on when you're to the point where you're ready to quit your job. They usually have a special place in your heart. I will share some of mine, but you might need to find your own.

  • Geto Boys - Mind of a Lunatic
  • Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff
  • Yes - Roundabout (get lost in the keyboard solo)
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Dead Wrong
  • Tupac Shakur - Hit 'Em Up

Hope you enjoy some of these picks. I am excited to hear what other people throw on. I am always looking to add new stuff to the rotation.

Comments (32)

Jun 22, 2012

For some unknown reason, I've been using the Top Gun songs (Highway to the Danger Zone, Mighty Wings, Playing with the Boys, Lost that loving feeling, take my breath away etc.) as my workout music, with great results.

I row to hard trance for the rhythm and speed but weights there's nothing better for me than the above.

For productivity music I use power metal, or bands like 30 seconds to mars, bullet for my valentine, some of the better lyriced eminem (his motivational stuff not his shout at Kim/parents stuff), and some more modern classical, (check out Future World Music - Ascension).

For relaxing, some chillout trance, or the more popular songs, that bounce around the charts these days.

Careful driving to productivity music, or workout music, you'll get there 10% quicker.

Jun 23, 2012
trazer985:

For some unknown reason, I've been using the Top Gun songs (Highway to the Danger Zone, Mighty Wings, Playing with the Boys, Lost that loving feeling, take my breath away etc.) as my workout music, with great results.

I row to hard trance for the rhythm and speed but weights there's nothing better for me than the above.

For productivity music I use power metal, or bands like 30 seconds to mars, bullet for my valentine, some of the better lyriced eminem (his motivational stuff not his shout at Kim/parents stuff), and some more modern classical, (check out Future World Music - Ascension).

For relaxing, some chillout trance, or the more popular songs, that bounce around the charts these days.

Careful driving to productivity music, or workout music, you'll get there 10% quicker.

I've actually been on a huge power metal kick lately. Rainbow, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall...aka "happy metal."

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Jun 22, 2012

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

Jun 22, 2012

Really digging your post man. Look up Nasty Feel on Grooveshark or something. Also, props for Childish Gambino.

Jun 22, 2012

http://www.puregrainaudio.com/videos/hollywood-und...
Hollywood Undead - Undead

Pumps up nicely; for regular spreadsheet work - some liquid fund (B-Complex, London Elektricity, Netsky, etc.). Relax to Mumford & Sons, Bombay Bicycle Club or any other indie / punk

Jun 22, 2012

Never thought I'd see Yes follow Limp Bizkit in a list.

Jun 22, 2012

Good list.

I'd add God is an Astronaut to the Productive list and Bon Iver to Relaxation.

Kudos on Explosions, hardly anyone I know likes their stuff.

Jun 22, 2012

BIG KRIT

Jun 22, 2012

For pump up music I usually listen to EDM sets like Alesso, Avicii, Tommy Trash or some dubstep. They're good because they're usually pretty high intensity and last for an hour or more and you don't really have to worry about finding new songs.

For chilling out country music does it for me. I'll basically listen to anything but I'm with OP, I am much more productive with music, I almost never take off my headphones unless I'm on a call.

hypem.com ; beatmyday.com ; exqlusiv.com are some of my more frequented websites.

I've also been thinking about getting a sirius xm internet radio subscription, has anyone used this at work?

Jun 22, 2012

meek mill, kid ink, tyga, rick ross, wiz

Jun 22, 2012
tmur:

meek mill, kid ink, tyga, rick ross, wiz

This

Jun 22, 2012

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk

Jun 22, 2012
TonyPerkis:

Do you play this while thinking of your intern?

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Jun 22, 2012

KENDRICK LAMAR, ODD FUTURE

Jun 22, 2012
BigBucks:

KENDRICK LAMAR, ODD FUTURE

F*ck your ethnicity

Jun 22, 2012

Turnpike Troubadours. Red dirt country music

Jun 22, 2012

Productivity music: turn on country playlist on Pandora
Relaxation music: Beirut, Magnetic Fields, Rachel Yamagata
Pump-up music: Streetlight Manifesto

Jun 22, 2012

Ace, if I had any SBs, would've given to you for Streetlight Manifesto mention. My favourites are Down Down Down to Mephisto's Cafe and We Will Fall Together though.

Jun 22, 2012
damngringo:

Ace, if I had any SBs, would've given to you for Streetlight Manifesto mention. My favourites are Down Down Down to Mephisto's Cafe and We Will Fall Together though.

Ah, they're brilliant. I can't pick a favorite, seeing as how they haven't recorded a song I didn't enjoy on any of their four albums.

Kalnoky is a bag of douche in person, but it doesn't stop the band from sounding like sex to the ears. They're my favorite musical group of all-time.

Jun 22, 2012

Rage Against The Machine for pump up

Jun 22, 2012

Pump up: Jay Electronica, New Order, Astral Projection
Productivity: Burial, Blackfilm and the entire Blade Runner OST
Relax: Iron Maiden, Gridlock, Cynic

Jun 22, 2012

OP, great call on Bela Fleck. Here's my list

Productivity:

Yonder Mountain String Band
Rolling Stones
Doc Dailey
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Relaxation music

A$AP Rocky
Head and the Heart
Bob Dylan
Buffalo Springfield
Bon Iver

Pump-up music:

Bruce Springstein aka the boss
My Morning Jacket
Lil Boosie
Pearl Jam
Black Keys (again)

Those Important Songs

Anything by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Weak Azz Bitch - Three 6 Mafia
Anything by DJ Screw
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Keg in the Closet - Kenny chesney

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.

Jun 22, 2012
Jun 22, 2012

Some of the stuff I have been listening to recently
Young the Giant
Carlos Santana
Outkast
Older B.o.b
Bruce Springsteen
Zac Brown Band (great summer music)

Jun 22, 2012
thepman:

Some of the stuff I have been listening to recently
Young the Giant
Carlos Santana
Outkast
Older B.o.b
Bruce Springsteen
Zac Brown Band (great summer music)

great call on zac brown for the summer

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.

Jun 22, 2012

Great thread OP..

For relaxation:

John Lennon
New Order/Joy Division
Grateful Dead
Vampire Weekend
Bob Dylan
Cat Power
Certain Tom Waits albums, love Nighthawks At The Diner
Random Hawaiian music, random Reggae

For Productivity:

...Vampire Weekend again
Smashing Pumpkins for some reason, I'll put on Siamese Dream or something
Jimmy Chamberlin Complex (Related to SP, great album)
Sometimes I like drone like Sunn 0))) or Boris, certain black metal albums (Later Burzum, etc.)

"Pump Up Music":

Lately it has mostly been Dubstep
Kryptic Minds
Youngsta
Horsepower Productions
Droid Sector
Goth-Trad
VIVEK
Balam Acab

Also a big fan of Black Metal for this purpose:
Bathory, especially Sign of the Black Mark
Celtic Frost
Early Darkthrone
Immortal
Craft
Wolves in the Throne Room for newer American

Listen to some of those and you will be sweating.

Also, I'm pretty sure I need to hear/see the LSO video once a week to keep myself going.

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

Jun 23, 2012

Heavy metal all the way all the time, with classic rock a close second.

THE WHO. That is all.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Jun 23, 2012

FLOCK OF SEAGULLS

Jun 22, 2012

I've been listening to progressive metal lately. Particularly Cloudkicker, and Animals as Leaders. T.R.A.M. for some good progressive/jazz fusion.

Jun 23, 2012
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Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Jun 22, 2012