My tastes change all the time, of course, but here are 10 current favourites, culled from the "most plays" in iTunes.


Beethoven –  Piano Sonata No. 23  

esp. as played by Glenn Gould with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic.

I KNOW You're not supposed to like Glenn Gould for Beethoven; he's a Bach guy. But I love this version.


Amon Tobin – Proper Hoodidge


One of the many things I like about Amon Tobin, is you can buy lossless files direct from his site. I wish all musicians did this. I just got new speakers (used: a pair of Zu Druid Mark IVs), and this track makes the house tremble.

Brian Eno & David Byrne – Help Me Somebody

The entire album is one of the best of all time, and was waaay ahead of its time. This track makes me dance.

The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio  

The National has been one of my favourite bands for a few years (I've done 2 posters for them and have autographed copies of their CDs), and this is one of my favourite sing-along songs.


The Deep Dark Woods – Redwood Forest


This is a little-known Canadian band that a friend gave me a couple of CDs of, and has slowly worked its way up on my rotation list: this song in particular has a haunting twang and a great chorus.


Fever Ray – If I Had A Heart

I've been on a Fever Ray (& the Knife) craze ever since this album came out. This is another one that sounds great through my new speakers.

Sigur Rós – Salka  

This is a stand-in for about 25 tracks of Sigur Rós, all of which I love. I listen to them a lot when I need to concentrate and have to have something without [recognizable] words.

Prince – Purple Rain  

My power anthem. One of my secret desires is to get really, really drunk and sing this onstage... but I might need Prince to back me up.

George Frederic Handel – Israel in Egypt  

This comprises about 50 short choral works that make up the whole. It is a really weird one for me, because it's a religious (Christian) work and, being an atheist, I'm practically allergic to such things. But the words are hilarious—"Their land brought forth frogs! frogs! frogs!" and "The Lord is a man of war" and other nonsense, along with the wonderful mis-heard lyrics: "How they honour Dieter Rams!" "How, how is the mighty Fawn .... How, How is the mighty Swan ...!" Seriously, I listen to this a *lot*.

Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life  

No music list of mine would be complete without Leonard Cohen, who I've loved since I was 10 years old. This is a great track from a great album. His voice rumbles and rolls from my new speakers.


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