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Darren H

An "art school" playlist

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I have three nephews who grew up in a home with few books, even less music, and the expectation that they would play -- and excel in -- sports. The oldest one is now a freshman in college, where he's studying architecture, and like a lot of sheltered kids his age he's enthusiastically discovering culture (which, in his case, reeks of weed). He and I both use Spotify, so I thought it'd be fun to spend an evening putting together a kind of cultural history of the art school playlist. So far it includes, in no particular order:

Miles Davis

John Coltrane

Love

Wire

Television

Pink Floyd

Neu!

King Crimson

The Stooges

Sonic Youth

My Bloody Valentine

Nick Drake

Roxy Music

David Bowie

The Velvet Underground

Nico

Portishead

Massive Attack

UNKLE

DJ Shadow

Mogwai

Bjork

Gang of Four

Richard Thompson

Big Star

Yo La Tengo

Pixies

Talking Heads

Radiohead

My plan is limit each group to only two or three songs and keep building this thing until it's a couple hundred songs strong. Who else should I add? And if you're trying to understand what I'm going for here, imagine that 19-year-old humanities major who's carrying around a copy of On the Road as conspicuously as he possibly can, the kid whose mind will be totally blown when someone shows him Blue Velvet.

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A little Nick Cave and Dead Can Dance for drama. Bruce Cockburn's Birmingham Shadows and Charity of Night for you know... Bruce. I also don't see any REM there.

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REM is one of those bands that so transcended the "art school" ghetto -- eventually -- that they don't seem at home in this playlist. I'll dig out some older forgotten songs, though. Nick Cave and Dead Can Dance are blind spots for me. Any particular suggestions?

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More additions:

Sun Ra's "Nuclear War" and some Monk and Reich.

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I would include the following;

Brian Eno

Peter Gabriel/Genesis

Kate Bush

Deerhunter

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REM is one of those bands that so transcended the "art school" ghetto -- eventually -- that they don't seem at home in this playlist....

Ah. Wasn't catching on to the vibe you were after.

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Are we trying to blow his mind, or keep it within some sort of reason? Maybe just throw some randomness out there to see what sticks? ^_^

Koenji Hyakkei

Maja Ratkje

Sunn O)))

Abesse 2/084

Boris

Jucifer

Alcest

Amesoeurs

Earth

Current 93

Hieronymus Bosch

Baroness

Death in June

Rome

Dillinger Escape Plan

Mastodon

Today is the Day

Neurosis

Onryo

Lustmord

Merzbow

Vidna Obmana

Lull

Toru Takemitsu

Arvo Part

Henryk Gorecki

Knut

Eskmo

Flying Lotus

...and I used to carry around Pynchon, Joyce or ee cummings like badges of honor. Now I make sure whatever movie or book I have with me is stored away out of sight. I no longer have that desire to explain myself or listen to another person's thoughts. Until reflecting on this thread, I didn't realize... that's a bit sad. When did I lose that optimistic fire?

Maybe this weekend I should stroll through a college campus with Finnegan's Wake tucked under my arm. :lol:

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A few additions - songs I would put on a compilation cd for my 19 year old, T. S. Eliot-reading-self to blow his little mind:

David Crosby - Music is love

The Beta Band - Dry the rain

Neil Young - Tonight's the night

Dirty Three - Authentic celestial music

Cocteau Twins - Loreli

The Cure - A forest

The XX - Night time

Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchindananda

Keith Jarrett - something from one of the live, moan-y solo albums

Obviously, these songs would fit together horribly on one playlist, but my 19 self would neither care nor notice. By the time he got to the bit where Neil Young comes in on David Crosby's 'Music is love' he would think he was in heaven.

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Tom Waits

David Bowie

Daniel Johnston

The Smiths

Paul Westerberg

Steve Earle

Tindersticks

And I'll second the Nick Cave and Dead Can Dance suggestions.

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Just got off the phone with my nephew. I can't remember the last time I had a 90-minute conversation with anyone in my family. ;)

Pair, I saw Sunn O))) live a couple years ago and have to admit that I didn't make it through the whole show. It wasn't the volume that did me in; I just couldn't get past the absurdity of it all.

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Pair, I saw Sunn O))) live a couple years ago and have to admit that I didn't make it through the whole show. It wasn't the volume that did me in; I just couldn't get past the absurdity of it all.

I definitely get that. Sometimes they work best for people in a random mix that includes a wide variety of other music, but if I'm in the right mood there's nothing I'd rather listen to.

You might want to skip Earth.

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I would definitely throw in some Boomtown Rats and Elvis Costello. Although, Costello may be in that "transcended art school" REM category mentioned above.

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Over the weekend, the playlist evolved and grew substantially and will probably continue to, as I'm now using it as a kind of radio station at work. Here's a link for any of you who use Spotify.

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Doing a little web development while listening. Thanks, Darren!

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I am completely enjoying this playlist.

It seems like Happy Mondays, Aztec Camera, and the Album Leaf would be fitting and nice additions.

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Glad you're enjoying it, Thom. I'm certainly enjoying the process of building it.

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Darren, I like your list too.

But it wouldn't be the worst thing if your nephew spends few years listening to music that we old people actively dislike.

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