artroom playlist.

curious about this week's music... yes, it's a lot of bob marley.

a tribe called quest - mix
"almost famous" soundtrack
"amélie" soundtrack
the black keys - brothers
bob dylan - blood on the tracks
bob marley & the wailers - babylon by bus
bob marley & the wailers - kaya
bob marley & the wailers - live at the roxy
bob marley & the wailers - natty dread
bob marley & the wailers - rastaman vibration
bob marley & the wailers - talking' blues
john mayer - born and raised
michael kiwanuka - home again
morphine - the night
norah jones - little broken hearts
red hot chili peppers - mix
rubblebucket - mix
the xx - xx
"electronic meets organic" mix
"wayfarers" mix

artroom playlist.

some AP week artroom music....

beastie boys - mix
bob dylan - blonde on blonde
bob dylan - blood on the tracks
bob dylan - the freewheelin' bob dylan
bob dylan - highway 61 revisited
bob marley & the wailers - burnin'
danger mouse - mix
iron & wine - mix
new multitudes - s/t
michael kiwanuka - home again
norah jones - little broken hearts
rubblebucket - mix
vampire weekend - contra
'songs to stay in' mix
'focus' mix
'some wind' mix
'electronic meets organic' mix

its definitely been a bob dylan kind of week....

artroom playlist.

curious about this week's music???

'amelie' soundtrack
bob dylan - mix
bob dylan covers mix
bob marley & the wailers - catch a fire (jamaican version)
bon iver - bon iver, for emma for ever
danger mouse - mix
digable planets - blowout comb
the evens - the evens
iron & wine - our endless numbered days
michael kiwanuka - home again
norah jones - little broken hearts
radiohead - king of limbs, mix
ray lamontagne - mix
ryan adams - mix
sam cooke - the rhythm and the blues
thievery corporation - 'babylon central' soundtrack
vampire weekend - contra
zero 7 - simple things, when it falls
'electronic meets organic' mix
'showers flowers lion lamb' mix
&
lee perry - reggae genius: 20 upsetter classics

artroom playlist for the week

curious what you heard this week???

'amelie' soundtrack
band of horses - mix
beirut - the rip tide
the black keys - brothers
bob marley & the wailers- catch a fire
danger mouse & daniele luppi - rome
death cab for cutie - codes and keys, transatlanticism
the evens - the evens
jack johnson - mix
jack white - blunderbuss
little roy - battle for seattle
mazzy star - so tonight that i might see
nick drake - bryter layter, pink moon
norah jones - little broken hearts
mozart - violin concertos 1 & 2
real estate - days
the smiths - mix
thievery corporation - the mirror conspiracy
haydn - string quartet in c major, piano concerto in d major
'under the covers' mix
'snow day' mix
'wait, snow?' mix

artroom playlist

curious what you heard in class this week???

the black keys - brothers, el camino
bob marley & the wailers - catch a fire (jamaican version)
crosby, stills, nash & young - mix
death cab for cutie - mix
gorillaz - demon days
gotye - making mirros
horse feathers - house with no name
iron & wine - mix
jack white - blunderbuss
jakob dylan - women and country
new multitudes - s/t
jonsi - we bought a zoo (score)
m. ward - mix
morphine - the night
nick drake - bryter later, pink moon
norah jones - come away with me, little broken hearts
the notwist - neon golden
mozart - violin concertos #1-5
portishead - dummy, s/t
sam cooke - the rhythm and the blues
'wait, snow?' mix

the story behind the name

for many of you, the name of this website means nothing... it's symbol just an abstract shape...

read about "45" records here.

for me, it dates back to listening to my mom's records (both 45s and LPs) when i was growing up. i loved the size and personality of the 45. small record, big hole. we had an old jukebox in our basement.

i began working at Fantastic Records (who's store space is now some ritzy pittsford home furnishings store...) in high school and my love for and appreciation of music only continued to grow during this period, and on into adulthood.

i chose the 45rpm insert (see below, bottom right) as my logo - to represent my deep connection to and passion for music. over time i have stuck with the name in part because of the music connection, but also because i liked the idea of the multiple meanings for the word REVOLUTION.

45 revolutions per minute.

there it is. the story behind the name.

artroom playlist for this week

curious what you heard this week in the artroom?

"amélie" soundtrack
birdy - birdy
the civil wars - barton hollow
disable planets - blowout comb
dr. john - locked down
efterklang - magic chairs
iron & wine - our endless numbered days
norah jones - come away with me
mozart - violin sonatas (andrew manze, richard egarr)
the postal service - give up
rubblebucket - mix
sam cooke - the rhythm and the blues
thievery corporation - "babylon central" soundtrack
zero 7 - simple things
zero 7 - when it falls
my 'be present' mix
my 'solitude' mix
my 'focus' mix
my 'wait, snow?' mix
my 'old windows let the cold in' mix

artroom playlist for this week

wondering what you heard this week? here it is:

the civil wars - barton hollow
digable planets - reachin'
digable planets - blowout comb
efterklang - magic chairs
great lake swimmers - lost channels
haydn - symphonies #45, 94, 101, & 104
mazzy star - so tonight that i might see
mozart - violin concertos #1-5
the postal service - give up
ryan adams & the cardinals - cold roses
the shins - my classroom mix
the xx - s/t

zero 7 - another late night (dj compilation)
zero 7 - simple things

'the hunger games' soundtrack
my 'focus' mix
my 'wait, snow?' mix

artroom playlist for this week

curious what you've been hearing in class this week?

dawes - nothing is wrong
the delkany string quartet - haydn's string quartet in c major
the head and the heart - s/t
jose gonzalez - in our nature
junip - fields
moby - play
tuatara - breaking the ethers
the wooden birds - magnolia
zero 7 - simple things
zero 7 - when it falls
the hunger games soundtrack
my 'wayfarers' mix
my 'first sun again' mix

my top 12 albums of the decade

so its that time of year where people are making lists... and theres more of them this year than most because not only is it the end of the year, but its the end of the decade. it got me thinking about making my own list. my top albums of the 2000's. i gotta say, i was worried about music around the turn of the century/decade. really worried. but there were a ton of albums that given me confidence about the state of music, and creative thought in the world... and by the end of the decade, it seems that alot of this independent-minded music has started to win.

so here ya go - 12 albums to check out if you havent already. and if its been a few years since you've heard them, dig out the old cd or look them up on itunes and give them a fresh spin.

12. mastodon - crack the skye :: there are few really heavy albums that i can listen to on a regular basis (achilles and metallica withstanding)... but this is an album that consistently finds its way back into rotation. i think its because there is a real soul to it. its not just blast beats and screaming or groaning. the music is is powerful and heavy, but there seems to be a heart beating below the weight of the music. and there's great vocals.

11. pearl jam - backspacer :: a true return to form - full of muscular pop and rock songs and a few spectacular ballads. the vocals are strong, as are the melodies and hooks. if you liked pearl jam back in the 90s, you should definitely check this album out. its a concise half hour of great rock n roll.

10. john mayer - continuum :: i realize that this pick sounds wussy, but its a solid blues/folk/soul/rock album. its pretty perfect if you take off 'waiting for the world to change' (and just make it its own single). it sustains a continuous vibe throughout, and doesn't go in the normal cheesy lyrical directions that his records typically do.

9. the postal service - give up :: i think i have listened to this album more than any other album that has come out this decade, because it is perfect artroom music. when i first heard it, it was so fresh and different. ben gibbard's voice floats perfectly above and amongst the textural electronic beats. i can't wait for more music from this duo.

8. my morning jacket - it still moves :: my first introduction to one of my favorite bands. they are a wonderful mix of neil young and radiohead. it just feels like REAL music. 'nuff said.

7. modest mouse - the moon & antarctica :: to be honest, i didnt begin to love this album until after i heard their 2 more recent albums. but after hearing this album, it is obvious that it is their best work. it has an energy and flow that the others lack. this is a real gem of the turn of the century.

6. the black keys - attack & release :: i remember reading about the black keys in rolling stone - 2 dudes from crumbling urban ohio playing indie garage blues. it sounded like a cool premise, and with the addition of producer danger mouse, this album cooks. it has a wonderful atmospheric presence that accents the texture and sensitive muscle of the music.

5. arcade fire - neon bible :: indie rock that channeled springsteen. recorded in a church. tons of interesting instruments and multiple vocalists, both creating unique sonic textures. its a little dark but still manages to be uplifting. the perfect winter album.

4. radiohead - kid a :: this one shows up at the top of many many decade-end lists... and it deserves to be there for sure. i didn't think they would be able to top 'ok computer', but this took their fusion of rock and electronic elements to a new level. they were able to fuse passion and detachment into one cohesive package.

3. death cab for cutie - transatlanticism :: i have to thank rob & mandi on this one - they suggested i check this album out. i did, and havent looked back since. death cab has become one of my favorite bands - they have continued to grow and push since this record, but it still stands as their most complete statement. it felt so fresh when i heard it, and it remains that way today.

2. iron & wine - the shepherd's dog :: i loved sam beam's voice from the first time i heard it. but at the time, i was a bit bored by the minimalist instrumentation that backed it (basically just his guitar... very lo-fi recording). 'the woman king' ep came out, and i was more interested. but it lacked a full, solid body of songs. then came the 'the shepherd's dog', recorded with a full band. this, to me, is the quintessential indie folk album. off-kilter rhythms and instrumentation, dynamic shifts within songs as well as between songs, and abstract thought provoking lyrics. this album has been in constant rotation since it was released - and i have a feeling it will continue to be that way. it takes me someplace far away, but is still grounded here in the earth. listen to it and you'll get what i'm saying.

1. wilco - sky blue sky :: this album was all i could talk about for 6 months after it came out. its all i wanted to listen to, it was the first thing i recommended to anyone, and it showed up on all my mix cds. it is the closest thing to a perfect album that i can find - not just in this decade, but its up there with jeff buckley 'grace', pearl jam 'ten', and miles davis 'kind of blue' for me in the realm of complete, perfect musical statements. its not the most exciting album of all time (that title may to go mastodon 'crack the skye'), but with the addition of nels cline on guitar, jeff tweedy found his classic rock and avante-garde partner. this album is escape. its a worship of love and life. its simplicity and subtlety. if nothing else, listen to 'impossible germany' and see for yourself.