Strangely Soothing Songs

As it is Claude Debussy’s birthday, I thought I’d share some music I find soothing, in my own way. What you have to understand, though, is that people are just born with differently wired nervous systems. When they want to wind down or reenergize, different people will go to classical, or coffeehouse, or chill lounge, or even Coldplay. I just happen to be soothed by loud music with a groove. It seems to help if there are metallophones involved. Cut up vocal samples, too. If you notice any particular trend, seriously, let me know. But for whatever reason, these songs all occupy the same musical space in my soul. When I need it, these are examples of what get me and my particularly atypical nervous system when I need them to.

I’ve linked each video with a little description, and at the bottom of this post is an embedded YouTube playlist that will play them in the basically arbitrary order in which I thought of them. So come back to this post whenever you need it, weary traveler. Make a cup of hot tea and rest your feet by fire. Then jam the hell out. Enjoy.

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Embedding YouTube Playlists, Chilla Magilla

For some very confusing reason, when listening to a playlist there is no express way to view the list of all videos on one page. The only way I could figure out was to actually type out the playlist address. You can get the playlist code from the URL, which will be a string of characters following “list=” and beginning with PL. Type the following URL into your address bar:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAYLISTCODEHERE

When viewn (which is a word I just made up) on the playlist page, you can see the full list and get the code to embed it in your blog post or web page, which is awesome. I ran across an extremely pleasant chilltronica playlist today from, in true internet wit, TurdFergisson called Chilla Magilla. Highlights include Maynard’s side-side project Puscifer, Pretty Lights in all his rhythm-crashing glory, and some adorable/secretly gorgeous beats from Purity Ring. You can listen in its entirety below, and I’ve posted the tracklist as well. Neat trick, huh?

1. Working for a Nuclear Free City – Je Suis Le Vent
2. Purity Ring – Obedear
3. Tycho – A Walk
4. Boards Of Canada – Hey Saturday Sun
5. Pretty Lights – Somethings Wrong
6. All India Radio – Echo Other
7. Empire of the Sun – Country
8. Pretty lights – Make You Feel
9. Emancipator – First Snow
10. Phantogram – You Are The Ocean
11. Port Blue – Arrival At Sydney Harbour
12. Puscifer – Horizons
13. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed