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The Tunes Were Right

The Tunes Were Right
Shortly before I launched The Stars Were Right I assembled a playlist of music that inspired the book. Over the last few months I have messed with it off and on but now I think it’s at a place where it’s sharable.

Check out the full playlist on Rdio ≫
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As a collection it’s a pretty eclectic mix, but Stars is a pretty eclectic book so in that regard I think it captures the tone. If you don’t want to stream the whole playlist you can listen to any song you want individually. I have the full playlist listed below. Click the artist name to find out more about that specific musician/band or click the song title to listen to that particular song on YouTube.

  1. Marion BlackWho Knows
  2. Titus AndronicusIn A Big City
  3. Billie HolidayGloomy Sunday
  4. Lotte KestnerFake Empire
  5. Lynyrd SkynyrdSimple Man
  6. Dropkick MurphysPrisoner’s Song
  7. Johnny CashRusty Cage
  8. Iggy PopThe Passenger
  9. MountainDon’t Look Around
  10. M83Midnight City
  11. Screamin’ Jay HawkinsShe Put the Wammee on Me
  12. Miles DavisI Waited for You
  13. ScorpionsThe Zoo
  14. Portugal. The ManPurple, Yellow, Red, and Blue
  15. Tom WaitsHold On
  16. Andrew BirdFake Palindromes
  17. Modest MouseFly Trapped In A Jar
  18. Those Darlins – Western Sky
  19. PixiesHey
  20. Tom WaitsCold Cold Ground
  21. Okkervil RiverWestfall
  22. Scout NiblettKidnapped by Neptune
  23. The Black Keys & RZAThe Baddest Man Alive
  24. The StoogesSearch & Destroy
  25. The Dead WeatherDie by the Drop
  26. Townes Van Zandt – Snake Song
  27. Bob DylanFixin’ to Die
  28. Noah GundersenOh Death
  29. The Flaming LipsLook…The Sun is Rising

And that’s it! I had a lot of fun making this, so look for more playlists in the future. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know what you thought! Would love the feedback!

If you haven’t read The Stars Were Right and want to know what this playlist is all about you can buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or from pretty much any ebook store.

Epic Music Mega Mix

Here is some music to write to: whether you’re character is storming the halls of valhalla hammer in hand, leading soldier into the climactic final battle, or relaxing in the inn and making a delicious sandwich, I am sure you’ll find the music in the mix below will make any scene—no matter how mundane—quite epic.

(Thanks to Kevin for sharing this with me.)


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Nightmare on Wax, Thought So

It’s rare when you discover a tool that helps you actually enhance your productivity, rarer still when it centers around what you listen to. Last week my friend Aaron Laibson introduced me to focus@will. Using curated content and adaptive audio technology (full explanation on how it works here) focus@will allows you to put on background music that enhances your focus on whatever you’re working on. I’m surprised how well it works. At first I was skeptical but after trying it out over the weekend I came away really impressed by what focus@will has accomplished.

So if you’re looking for something to help you focus at least try the focus@will beta. Leave a comment and let me know if it works as well for you as it did for me. I could see this becoming a tool I use for years to come.

(The image associated with this post comes from the album cover for Nightmare on Wax‘s 2008 album “thought so?” It happened to be playing while I wrote this post and I thought the album cover was too cool not to include it.)