Tuesday's as good a day as any to hunker down in front of the desktop and crank out some work. Here are some playlists to pass the time as you break down those figures for the boss.
Greil Marcus’ October Real-Life Rock Top Ten (from Believer Magazine): every month the venerable critic pulls 10 musical "found objects" from the ether and writes about them for Believer Magazine. They've put together a Spotify playlist to go along with Mr. Marcus' findings. This month: the Shangri-Las, Amy Winehouse, Marianne Faithfull, Bruce Springsteen, Woods and more.
National Coming Out Day: the Village People, Elton John, Deniece Williams and, of course, Ethel Merman.
Eddie Murphy: "Axel F," the Supremes, Patti LaBelle, Ratt. Songs from movies you grew up with (if you're Gen X).
Songs about being underwater: Blondie ("The Tide is High"), The Beach Boys (naturally), and a song called "Friggin' in the Riggin'" by the Sex Pistols.
468 funk tracks from 1971-75: The Meters, Earth, Wind and Fire, the Isley Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone and much more. Hit shuffle and clear some space in your living room.
The ultimate Nirvana fan playlist: concise but not lacking in narrative flow.
Current U.K. top 100: for anyone who's wondering what they're listening to over there (e.g. Bon Iver... who knew?).
Music for the zombie apocalypse: from Naxos Records. Classical, naturally, and chilling. Requiems, psalms, etc. Mesmerizing.
Planet Money: really long and really cool, and not all about money. Cold War Kids, Foster the People, New Pornographers, on and on.
Huey Lewis and the News, Sports: best album... ever?