What we’re listening to: More Cowbell Edition


This week, instead of talking about the games we’re playing, we sharing what music, podcasts, etc. we’re listening to. Looking through the list, we’ve definitely got an eclectic mix of stuff. In the end though, I think I like Steve Fraden’s answer the best…classic!

So here’s what we’re listening to at our desks, on our iPods, and everywhere in between…

Liz Beetem, Artist: Throbbing Gristle, Foetus, The Legendary Pink Dots, Current 93, Imminent Starvation, Terrorfakt (although someone needs to hold an intervention between him and vocal samples), and fellow snooty-games-are-art-Silent Hill fan Yahtzee and his Zero Punctuation reviews

Ricardo Gonzalez, Not Hip Enough to be Square: Daft Punk – Discovery, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones, Metric – Live It Out

“Coach” Dan Geske, QA: Metallica – … And Justice For All, Chris LeDoux – Horsepower, Les Miserables 10-year reunion show, 97.9 FM “Mickey and Amelia in the Morning”, The Silly Soundtracks to Awkward Super Bowl commercials, the screams and shouts of wrestling spectators and coaches at a match on Saturday.

Megan Sawyer, Painting It Black: The Crow Soundtrack by Graeme Revell, various tracks from Rob Zombie, Sisters of Mercy, Voltaire, Switchblade Symphony and about a million other bands shuffled around on my iPod. In podcasts, I’m listening to episode 76 of NoobToob.com’s weekly game review thing.

Craig Lafferty, Football Fall Guy: Saliva – Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s that song from the PS3 commercials, the good ones with the morphing PS3. And they say advertising doesn’t work. I can’t get that song out of my head (or off my iPod).

Steve Fraden: My wife’s nagging voice.

Nate Ellis, Design Intern: Podcasts – 1up Yours, This American Life, The Instance, and 12 Byzantine Rulers. Music – VNV nation – Judgement, Wolfmother – Wolfmother, and Seal – System.

Brian Bloomfield: Death – Human, At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul, Nevermore – Politics of Ecstasy

Ruben Brown, QA Lead: Listening to DJ Biskit on Handzon Radio (Boomp-tsss-pap-tsss-boomp-tsss-pap-tsss-boomp-tsss-pap-tsss-boomp…)

Matt Grandstaff, Community Manager: 1Up Yours podcast, Full Moon podcast, Bungie Studios podcast, Radiohead – In Rainbows, Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!, Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight, The View – Hats Off to the Buskers.

Matt Ouzounian, Master of the Obvious: Queens of the Stone Age (pretty much everything by them), Flogging Molly (trying to get some of their new stuff a listen), and a variety of Science! related shows. Plus, if I go out, I’ll probably hear a bunch of pop stuff.

Ryan Ashford, QA Engineer and Audiophile: DJ Cam, DJ Krush, Nicola Conte, Jazzanova, Nuspirit Helsinki, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and… for a change of pace…Nico Muhly, Minus the Bear, Telefon Tel Aviv, and Husky Rescue.

Louis Riley, QA: Massive Attack – Blue Lines, Sizzla – Da Real Thing, Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030, Freeland – Now and Them

Nathan McDyer: Amon Amarth – With Oden on Our Side, The Mars Volta – The Bedlem In Goliath, Desaparecidos – Read Music/Speak Spanish, Mando Diao – Hurricane Bar, Mastodon – Blood Mountain

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Ex-Girl – Endangered Species, Holly Golightly – Truly She Is None Other, Experimental Aircraft – Love For The Last Time, The National – Cherry Tree

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Podcasts including Technology, Fresh Air, Pop Culture, Books and Food from NPR, This American Life, The Tony Kornheiser Show, Game Theory, Ethicist, NYT Front Page, Google Developer. Music – Coldplay, Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants, Maroon 5.

Jeff Browne, Level Designer: Currently listening to Flogging Molly on my iPod while I work. The Ol’ Beggars Bush and Factory Girls seemed to get played a lot.

Erin Losi: Paramore – Riot!, Juno – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Britney Spears – Blackout (don’t judge me!)

Jesse Tucker: Pantera – 101 Proof, Plug – Drum’n’Bass For Papa, Pixies – Death to the Pixies, Infected Mushroom – I’m the Supervisor

Ryan Salvatore, Art Intern: James Horner – A Beautiful Mind and Braveheart soundtracks, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones – Outbound

Aaron Mitschelen: GUST – Ar Tonelico Soundtrack, Fauxliage – Fauxliage, Tenpei Sato – … LOTS of his stuff, from lots of different CDs

Fred Zeleny, Musical Misfit: I’ve cultivated a very complicated musical collection – in the same way that a mad scientist may cultivate an extremely virulent strain of weaponized smallpox. My aural arsenal includes B-Star’s country/hip-hop cover of Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill A Man”, oddly hysterical metal-like Lordi’s “Devil Is A Loser”, and an assortment of excellent mashups from BootieUSA, DJ Earworm, and Mashuptown.

Mark Lampert, Sound Design: Battles – Mirrored, Delbo – Grande Finesse, any number of albums from The Fall and Frank Zappa.

Mike Lattanzia, QA: The Dreaming – Etched in Blood, Stabbing Westward, Mest, Last.fm

Mike Lipari: Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, The Stone Roses, A Perfect Circle.

Jonah Lobe: Syreeta – She’s Leaving Home, Kamikaze Hearts – No One Called You a Failure, Spoon – Black Like Me.

Dane Olds, Artist: Amon Amarth – With Oden On Our Side, At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul, The Absence – Riders of the Plague, The Black Dahlia Murder – Nocturnal.

Gary Noonan, Character Animator: Boards of Canada, Mogwai, Saru, Ulrich Schnauss, Little People, Underworld and Primus, of course.

Adam Adamowicz: Skinny Puppy, obnoxious house music, Shooby Taylor.

And Phil Nelson As Himself: The Cries Of A Losing TF Team, Opie And Anthony, Juno Soundtrack (Kimya Dawson = awesome), Impossibles – Anthology, (bunch of bands you’ve never heard of to make me sound cool).

Reader Comments

  1. Well, I see Inigo Montoya and Fessig in the pic, but I don’t remember the Count being that hairy.

    (I’m beginning to have strange mental images of Beth’s HR department flyering goth clubs with recruitment ads.)

    @ Erin, that Britney album’s supposed to be pretty good. All the cool people like it, apparently.

    If anyone has access to BBC television, Radiohead are performing In Rainbows on the Jools Holland show tonight.

  2. Liz, Brian, Matt and Nathan, you are all gods of music.

    Nathan: Is Amon playing around here any time soon? I want me some Viking Death metal action and the only prescription for my fever is more Amon Amarth

  3. I’m actually fairly surprised at how few of those I have heard of before, I didn’t think I was that far out of touch. Dan Geske is on his stuff with Les Miserables though.

  4. “Britney Spears – Blackout (don’t judge me!)”

    Too late.

    As for the rest of you.. No Blind Guardian!? You fail. Hard.

  5. On the flipside of Shades’s’s’ post, I’m surprised by how much on list I actually listen to on my erratically eclectic mix.

    This weekend will be themed by Morphine, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and that Robot High School song I can’t get out of my head.

  6. Man, I can’t believe we don’t have any trip-hop/IDM/chillout/lounge fans out there!

    I thought I’d see at least one familiar artist I listen to on our lists, but noooooooo.

    Though, I do give Ruben points for the house music =P. I r house-head.

  7. I’m from Italy so I am not riley knowing all of the bands you are saying but I love (long Time) and (May chemical romance)

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  9. Seeing Terrorfakt, Amon Amarth, Massive Attack, and Boards of Canada and Mastadon was cool but you guys that are into off the broken path electronica should check out Suicide Commando, Sanctum, and C-Tec while you metal heads should really really check out some Cephalic Carnage, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Dethklock. Seriously, I should have worked in the gaming field and not started school in speech path.