December 29, 2011
News & Opinion: Our (unexpected) End-of-2011 Recommendation List
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
The new Bon Iver
The Avett Brothers
The Decemberists, The King is Dead
Hayes Carll, LMAG YOYO
John Cale's Paris 1919
Dum Dum Girls
Townes Van Zandt
The McGarrigles, Kate and Anna
Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito
Taj Mahal Trio
Arnold Dreyblatt: The Adding Machine
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.)
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
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
Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me
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.