December 29, 2011

News & Opinion: Our (unexpected) End-of-2011 Recommendation List

By: Sally Haldorson @ 10:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We here at 800-CEO-READ produce a lot of lists throughout the year. We offer a monthly and year-end Inc./800-CEO-READ Best Seller list. We present another monthly list of Jack Covert's selected titles. We also announce our Business Book Award for the previous year in January. Last year, we posted a retrospective of the Highlights and Happenings from 2010.

So I thought we'd close the year with a different kind of list. One of our favorite features in our newsletter, The Keen Thinker, is our list of recommended listening. That's right: we hope to add a little spice to your work day, or your reading time, by letting you in on what music we're currently listening to.

Why is a business book seller talking music? Well, the pre-business-book-expert Jack owned a record store, and even though Jack changed careers long ago, it's no surprise that music--both listening to it and making it--is an important part of our office culture. So we give you a peak at what we're listening to so that you can both get to know us better, and get directed toward some music you might not discover on your own.

Here's our list of tunes and music makers that we recommended throughout 2011:

Ginjah: Never Lost my Way
Heartless Bastards
The new Bon Iver
The Avett Brothers
Adele, 21
The Decemberists, The King is Dead
Hayes Carll, LMAG YOYO
John Cale's Paris 1919
Dum Dum Girls
Cuckoo Chaos
Townes Van Zandt

The McGarrigles, Kate and Anna
Leonard Cohen
Texas Tornados
Hazmat Modine
Michelle Shocked
Louis Jordan
Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito
Taj Mahal Trio
Imelda May

Arnold Dreyblatt: The Adding Machine
Deaf Center
Tim Hecker: "RAVEDEATH, 1972"
Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed: "Takabel!"
Makit Dolan Muqam Troupe: "The Uyghur Muqam"
Vieo Abiungo: The World is Still Yawning
The reissue of the 70s LP of The Master Musicians of Jajouka
Diary of a Madman (Yes, Ozzy.)

Katy Melua
Cyndi Lauper
The TeddyBears
Tori Amos, the instrumental "Sin Palabras" based on her newest classical CD Night of Hunters
Erasure, their 17th studio album, Tomorrow's World
The Bangles' new CD
Blondie's new CD Panic of Girls

S. Carey
Sharon Van Etten
20 Odd Years by Buck 65
Alice Coltrane's Journey In Satchidananda
Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler, by Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble
Anything Richard Buckner has ever done, but particularly his latest, Our Blood
Moth by Mick Turner

Sally locks into a Pandora station that plays Baroque music, said to increase productivity & focus

Barn Owl
Timber, Timbre
Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me
Peaking Lights
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie

Todd mans our warehouse area while listening to the blues.

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.