This week we’re looking at the music our developers are listening to, which is fun for me, because it gives me new bands to research. Given I rarely listen to the radio anymore (outside of Pandora), I’ll be sure to read up on some of the artists mentioned (looking up Ratatat as we speak). Oddly enough, most of my music purchases these days are based on reading about a band — not listening to them..
Speaking of bands I’ve read about, I had heard good things about The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I took a chance on it, and ended up really liking it. If you’re a fan of The Stone Roses, you might like it too.
Here’s what everyone else is rocking out to…
Nathan X, Associate Producer: Red Fang, Kyuss, Mastodon, Knights of the Abyss, Within the Ruins, Darkest Hour, The Hives, Spinnerette, Koffin Kats, Black Star, The Who, The Subways, The Go! Team, and Bad Brains.
Marisa Lyon, QA Tester: Eels, Gogol Bordello, The Indelicates, and the new Decemberists album.
Cory Dornbusch, QA: Carbon Leaf, Neal Mccoy, Brooks and Dunn, Hollywood Undead, Tool, A Perfect Circle… I don’t know I hit random.
Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Franz Ferdinand.
Mark Teare, FX Artist: Passion Pit!!!
Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Asobi Seksu, Cut Copy, The Standard, Bleach 03.
Megan Sawyer, Enviroment Artist: All American Rejects, New Found Glory, The Steeldrivers, Johnny Cash, Death Cab for Cutie, Morrissey, and about 8 dozen more bands. ;D
Craig Lafferty, Senior Producer: The Lonely Island â€“ I’m on a boat.
Chris Esko, Gameplay Programmer: The new U2 album, Jonathan Coulton, World War Z audiobook, podcast coverage of Game Developers Conference.
Louis Riley, QA: The Prodigy — Invaders Must Die, The Herbaliser — Same As It Never Was, Freestylers — Adventures In Freestyle.
Ryan Ashford, Programmer: Urban Myth Club, Amalgamation of Soundz, The Dining Rooms, Gorillaz, Lippie, Hird, Jose Gonzales, Nick Drake, Little Dragon, Dangerdoom, and Murs.
Dan Ross, QA: A Pandora station seeded with Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack.
Matt Killmon, Video Producer: RÃ¶yksopp, Fever Ray ,The Decemberists, Neko Case.
Jonah Lobe, Character Artist: Spoon, Ratatat, TV on the Radio.
Dane Olds, Artist: Mastodon — Crack the Skye, Wretched â€“ Exodus of Autonomy, Red Fang â€“ Self Titled, The Black Dahlia Murder â€“ Nocturnal, Knights of the Abyss — Shades.
Andrew Scharf: Thievery Corporation, RJD2, Ghostland Observatory, The New Pornographers, and Ratatat.
Tihana Tresnjak-Smith, QA: AC/DC, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Garmarna, Jakalope, and Tweaker.
Gary Noonan, Animator: Portishead, Boards of Canada, Mogwai, and Cinematic Orchestra.
Ryan Lea, Programmer: Dawn Landes, Frightened Rabbit, Say Hi, The Shins, Tilly and the Wall, Mates of State, Ratatat, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Submarines, and The Beatles.
Adam Adamowicz: Technoswampbillygrindcore.
Ray Lederer: Neko Case, Jamiriquai, Bowie, Gomez (yeah, I know), Brubeck, Big Audio Dynamite, Dr. Dooom (My 7xl has not yet been invented), Art of Noise, Lyrics Born, Captain Beefheart, Brazilian Girls, Beck… Can you tell I’m lazily browsing the beginning of my album collection?
Ruben Brown, QA Lead: Portishead, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Karizma, and Handzon Radio (mmp-tss-mmp-tss-mmp-tss-mmp-tss….).
Ricardo Gonzalez, Aural Enthusiast: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ocarina of Rhyme (so awesome BTW), whatever pops up on my “i am jen” Pandora station.
Brent Krische, QA Tester: The Jack Diamond Morning Show and whatever music plays on Mix 107.3
Michael Lattanzia, QA: The sweet sounds of power saws and drills as I continue building my modular tabletop gaming table for Warhammer/Mordheim… and maybe whatever is on the radio in the background.
Aaron Mitschelen, QA: Tenpei Sato (composer for NIS games like Disgaea and Prinny), Persona 3 and 4 soundtracks, MC Frontalot, Our Lady Peace.
Jesse Tucker, Level Design: Tobacco, Chachi Jones, and The Black Angels.
Nate Purkeypile, Ho Down Coordinator: This Will Destroy You, Boards of Canada, M83, and The Residents.