What Are You Listening To?

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You know what Kotaku's semi-nightly open thread needs? Or could possibly benefit from? Themed Tuesdays. Yeah, let's guide this off-topic conversation toward the new world of music. Yes, that can include video game music!

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How about, let's say, once a month we share our current playlists so that we can turn each other on to music new, classic and overlooked. We'll roll other themes through Tuesday nights, focusing on other subjects, so we can keep this conversation fresh. Sound good? Good! I'll start.

I'm in the process of dumping my entire CD collection, burning it to hard drives and passing on those discs to people who still enjoy physical media. That means I've been listening to less-new stuff—Interpol's Antics, Man... or Astro-man?'s Project Infinity, Beck's Sea Change and Billy Bragg and Wilco's Mermaid Avenue. This past week, I've also been listening to iTunes purchases like ceo's White Magic, LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening and Gui Boratto's Chromophobia.

How about you? What's on your playlist? If you hate music, here are some other things to talk about.

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I've been listening pretty obsessively to The Mountain Goats recently. Amazing (and amazingly depressing) indie with folk roots. John Darnielle is the most amazing songwriter I think I've ever heard, each song is an expertly crafted story.

Here are two songs from an autobiographical album, The Sunset Tree:

(Dance Music) [www.youtube.com]

(Up the Wolves) [www.youtube.com]

And here are two songs from an album titled Tallahassee, entirely about a couple with a terrible, terrible relationship who have moved to Florida in a desperate attempt to fix their horrifically broken marriage. It doesn't work out, and this album chronicles their dark spiral downwards.

(Old College Try) [www.youtube.com]

(Alpha Rats Nest) [www.youtube.com]

Seriously, this band is amazing.

Not video game related at all.