I love all kinds of music. I’m kind of a music nerd. I began my writing career, if that’s what you’d call it, as a music journalist, albeit a half-assed one. But I never used to listen to music while writing. That is, until a few years ago.
Chalk that change up to loosening up a bit, unbuttoning my proverbial collar. My regular go-to stuff, like The Fall and Spoon, is off the table, since I can’t listen to versus-chorus-verse songs with lyrics while writing. Too distracting. The rhythms have to be more freeform and organic.
Classical and jazz…I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t listen to too much classical or jazz. They leave me cold. I’m a philistine, I guess. Specific bands and artists I can listen to? Aphex Twin. Boards of Canada. Can. Fela Kuti. Emeralds. The Field. Kolsch. Stars of the Lid. Angelo Badalamenti’s work with David Lynch. The Bladerunner soundtrack. Some of the soundtracky records from the Italians Do It Better label.