Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."
Question #57487 posted on 05/17/2010 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I really like Cognoscente's taste in music and I feel as though I'm in need of some good, new music (new is a relative term here, it doesn't necessarily have to be new to the world. Maybe just new to me). So, Cognoscente, do you have any rockin playlists that you care to share with the world? Is there any music that you've been obsessed with lately? Although I love my music, I'm getting tired of playing my same favorite songs over and over again and need something to spice it up!

- Swanhilda

A: Dear swan swan h,

Hey, thanks for the compliment! It's always nice to read kind words.

Let's see. As far as new new albums go, I have been digging:

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
I loved both their self-titled album and You Forgot It In People. This album just came out recently and it's a lot of fun to listen to.

New Pornographers - Together
I'm not as big a fan of the New Pornos as Claudio and Foreman are, but I liked Twin Cinema and I've been listening to this new one since it came out. Lots of good songwriting and fun indie pop.

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
I really like this album a lot. "Dance Yrself Clean" is an awesome opening track and "All I Want" is a gorgeous re-imagining of "All My Friends." Man, James Murphy has a lot of soul for a pudgy white guy.

Other stuff that's not brand spankin' new but I have been listening to a lot lately:

Arctic Monkeys - Music to get you energetic! The first two albums, especially, are really fun to listen to in the car. Beware: you WILL drive faster listening to it. Check out "Brianstorm" and "A View From The Afternoon."
The Last Shadow Puppets - A side project of the singer from the Arctic Monkeys, it's sort of a 60's British Invasion throwback. I really like it a lot. Check out "Standing Next To Me."
Passion Pit - A fun indie-electronica band with some catchy hooks. I recommend checking out "Sleepyhead" and "Little Secrets." Just TRY not to bob your head during the chorus.
Ladyhawke - She's a kiwi rocker chick. Not super crazy about her, but her song "My Delirium" is SO catchy. The music video is pretty trippy too.

Other than that I've just been listening to the usual mix of the Smiths, Radiohead, and R.E.M. with a sprinkling of some Interpol (Poor man's Joy Division) and Editors (Poor man's Interpol).

For a number of reasons, I've also been listening to a whole heck of a lot of the Magnetic Fields recently. If you aren't familiar with them, they are known for wrapping gorgeous lo-fi distorted electronica and acoustic melodies around heartbreaking lyrics. Just really profoundly sad, beautiful stuff. Check out this answer for a few links to get started.

Thanks for letting me talk about music!