Song of the Day

Tippy’s Demise by Stars of the Lid (2007)


It’s almost impossible to survive without music in a job where I need to create all day.  I need something to kill the ambient office noise.  People’s whispered conversations, keyboards typing, phones ringing, papers crumbled and thrown into garbage cans, staplers stapling, copiers copying, busy bee workers doing busy bee work.  It’s too much of a distraction to get much done.  The most effective tool to combat ambient noise is to attack it with better ambient noise.  Stars of the Lid is perfect in this capacity.  For Mondays, especially, it relaxing and calming.  I like to proclaim things because it’s fun.  Here’s a proclamation: There is no better ambient music album ever recorded in the history of the universe than Stars of the Lid’s 2007 album And Their Refinement of the Decline.  Sorry Brian Eno, but it’s true.  It is a perfect album for calmness, restfulness, introspection.  I wouldn’t put it on to get yourself psyched up for a big football game, but it will work wonders in many other situations.  Try it and you’ll see what I mean.  Plus, it has some of the wackiest, irrelevant song titles ever (I hear you “December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface”).  If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have five albums with me, this would be one of them.  Something to calm the mind.  Then I wouldn’t need to hear those pesky island critters making noise at night, plotting to eat my ass.  Don’t let me DJ your shipwreck or this is what you’ll get.


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