My Music for Office Workers playlists now have a tumblr http://musicforofficeworkers.tumblr.com/ 

Over the past 5 years or so I’ve been putting together concentration-friendly playlists featuring Max Richter, Jon Hopkins, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, School of Seven Bells, Nico Muhly, Eluvium, Efterklang, Fka Twigs, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, M83, and a host of other wordless/instrumental or gentle or lightly uplifting tracks. All of this ambient/drone/electronic/post-rock music is compiled in a way that is aimed to help me (and you) focus, but they’re also quite good for putting on when you want to drift off on a train, plane or when insomnia gets the better of you.

They’re called Music for Office Workers (yes, that’s a gentle nod toward Eno’s incredible Music for Airports) and they now have a Tumblr blog so you can easily find all 7 of them in one place. If you’ve appreciated any of them, please pass the blog link on. 

If you REALLY enjoyed them, please consider making a small donation toward Drowned in Sound’s almost £1500 a month server bill.

My Music for Office Workers playlists now have a tumblr http://musicforofficeworkers.tumblr.com/

Over the past 5 years or so I’ve been putting together concentration-friendly playlists featuring Max Richter, Jon Hopkins, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, School of Seven Bells, Nico Muhly, Eluvium, Efterklang, Fka Twigs, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, M83, and a host of other wordless/instrumental or gentle or lightly uplifting tracks. All of this ambient/drone/electronic/post-rock music is compiled in a way that is aimed to help me (and you) focus, but they’re also quite good for putting on when you want to drift off on a train, plane or when insomnia gets the better of you.

They’re called Music for Office Workers (yes, that’s a gentle nod toward Eno’s incredible Music for Airports) and they now have a Tumblr blog so you can easily find all 7 of them in one place. If you’ve appreciated any of them, please pass the blog link on.

If you REALLY enjoyed them, please consider making a small donation toward Drowned in Sound’s almost £1500 a month server bill.

Thought-jangling piece about privacy and clickbait (linked above)

Even low-level fame looks like hell from the outside. That photo of Nick Cave and Johnny Greenwood yesterday was a prime example and it seemed no different than the paps and gossip rags who exploit personal moments for profit (although cynically I’m aware they share management, so…). And I realise what I do everyday is potentially part of the problem, which is why about four times a week people say “you can’t post this on the Internet, but…” as if I would turn something private into personal gain (a few cheap clicks? A dick move for some retweets?!). Sadly anyone vaguely working in journalism is tarred with the same brush as the very worst of “us”. No advance copies of major albums are sent to prevent people leaking it or teasing fanbases far in advance of the release with “i’ve heard it and you ain’t” bragging. Obviously <I>we</I> can’t be trusted with embargo dates or professionality when instantaneous outpourings and oneupmanship is The Game. The sad pathetic war for a second in the pissy-yellow light of internet fame.

What artists say in interviews and what we share online are just different versions of the same thing in the Attention Age (because I believe we’ve shifted beyond the era of Information and Communication already, sadly)