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A “song quilt” for Boards of Canada’s

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 08, 2005

A “song quilt” for Boards of Canada’s The Campfire Headphase album. “Listening to the recording, I ignored song titles; creating images that represent the intangible connection between what I was hearing and what I was ‘seeing’ in my head”. There was a design site that did something like this several years ago…one of the Swanky sites, I think. Ring a bell?

We Work Remotely

Interview with Boards of Canada on the

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 03, 2005

Interview with Boards of Canada on the eve of the release of their new album, The Campfire Headphase. Their Geogaddi is one of my favorite albums of the last 20 years. (thx, lots of people)

Ahhhhhh!!!! Why didn’t anyone #$%(#&ing tell me

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 30, 2005

Ahhhhhh!!!! Why didn’t anyone #$%(#&ing tell me that Boards of Canada is releasing a new album next month? My excitement for this, it could cut glass, it could!

Thirteen favorite albums of the last twenty years

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 11, 2005

Spin magazine’s recent list of the best albums from the last twenty years (as well as MSNBC’s alternate list) got me thinking about what my favorites list from that era might look like. Since I’m not Spin and my musical opinion doesn’t carry any weight, I felt free to list what I like, influenced me, continue to find enjoyable, and will still listen to in the future instead of what’s actually good…whatever good means.

In rough chronological order and briefly annotated:

Conclusions: I seem to like all sorts of music, but the common thread is the mainstream-ness of these albums; they’re typically the most popular examples of a particular genre, style, or time period. Gangsta rap wasn’t that mainstream at the time, but The Chronic went multi-platinum. Nevermind was grunge for the mainstream, and The Downward Spiral was one of the few industrial albums to make it big. The same for Rave ‘Til Dawn, Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sigur Ros, if to a lesser extent.