I’m often asked about my favorite albums to play while writing, which is a very nice question since I’m just some goober. Here are a few of my faves in rotation lately:
Toe – “the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety”
This one just narrowly edges out 2015’s “Hear You.” Toe is a fantastic post-rock band from Tokyo, with Kashikura Takashi’s drumming itself something to obsess over.
Thelonious Monk – “Thelonious Alone in San Francisco”
A best bet for Saturday morning, as it’s far more sparse than these other choices. Monk recorded this live at Fugazi Hall without an audience in 1959, making it something special for a quiet session alone.
The Perfect Sports – “Demo Songs”
Another Japanese mathrock group, but the energy is youthful and less polished here. I’m particularly infatuated with their “Demo Songs” collection from a few years back: