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Start the day off fresh -- and jump-start your mind -- with this creative mix of airy and invigorating electronica.
King Midas Sound,
A champion of pop art and the original manager of The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol left an indelible impression on American pop culture. Listen to songs from the musicians who congregated at The Factory during the '60s and '70s.
The Velvet Underground,
The Rolling Stones,
These modern compositions can soundtrack your next conversation about post-surrealism in contemporary art -- or they can be the center of a lively discussion themselves.
Plunge into a Lynchian state of mind through this off-kilter mix of the macabre, the bluesy, and the eerie that embody the wonderful and strange confusion of David Lynch's world.
Au Revoir Simone,
John Lee Hooker
Are you looking to sit and chat with the girls while exerting your DIY skills? Gab and craft up a storm with this indie rock playlist.
Belle & Sebastian,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tired? Angry? Need some peace of mind? Put down whatever you're doing and enjoy some relaxing and inspiring musical moments at a nice slow tempo.
This calming and cleansing ambient soundscape will ease you into a more peaceful state of mind.
Relaxation Music Series
Let your mind wander towards a hazy field of flowers, a night sky filled with shining stars, or a clear, blue, cloudless day. This collection of ethereal tracks will give you a sense of short-term detachment from your own noisy thoughts.
Idyllic electronic sounds that evoke expansive rural vistas, from expressive Teutonic rock (Neu!, Cluster, Brian Eno) to deep-listening drone (Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Emeralds).
These rock & roll visionaries and avant-garde pioneers blew minds and influenced future generations with their cosmic creations.
The Velvet Underground,
Roky Erickson And The Aliens
Beginning in the mid-60s, R&B changed as much as rock did, adding experimental sounds, mind-expanding moods and political consciousness. Explore over four decades of psychedelic soul and black rock.
Sly & The Family Stone,
Jimi Hendrix Experience,
Create your own soothing sense of peace with this collection of soothing, hypnotic R&B, both indie and slightly more mainstream. These singers' beautiful falsettos and yearning melodies will give you peace in the middle of any kind of chaos.
These underground hip hop musicians fuse their beats to IDM, trip hop, indie, and electronic music for a sound that crosses traditional regions and rap borders.
Jay Dee (A.K.A. J Dilla),
De La Soul
African "desert blues" is just about the biggest sound in world music circles today. Blending western forms with African soul, plus a healthy dose of amplification, it's a hypnotic sound that speaks hauntingly of the place and its people.
Ali Farka Touré,
Embark on an atmospheric musical journey featuring trippy electronica, drum & bass, indie rock, and reggae. Hallucinogens optional.
Soothing doesn't have to mean boring. Expand your musical horizons while unwinding at the end of a long day with this wide-ranging set of acoustic guitar tunes.
The seismic cultural shifts of the late '60s didn't escape Brazil which experienced its own artistic revolution, dubbed Tropicalismo, or "Tropicália." Combining Brazilian pop with bits of British and American psychedelia, this movement influenced the music of David Byrne, Beck and more.
Drawing on influences from traditional folk, psychedelia, and elsewhere, freak folk was born out of the "New Weird America" cultural movement in the mid-2000s. Listen to the sounds inspiring a new generation of hippies and expanding the definition of folk music.
A unique selection of stirring laments, sobering reflections, affecting pleas, and chilling whispers that can depress and uplift concurrently.
The playlist from the most creative and interesting party you've ever been to; a liberating mix of cool, uptempo, and non-traditional party music from many eras and many corners of the world.
The films of Jim Jarmusch epitomize cool. This playlist features the old treasures and commissioned scores that have soundtracked Jarmusch's distinctive work.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse,
Bobby 'Blue' Bland
Musician, artist, and writer, David Byrne has been publishing monthly playlists from his record collection on his website since 2005. Listen to all of his playlists here.
Fabrizio De André,
Fuzzy, noisy, primal rock where passion is paramount has existed almost as long as rock itself. Explore the history of lo-fi from the garage-psych '60s through the post-punk '70s and the DIY '90s until today.
R. Stevie Moore,
The Mountain Goats,
Guided By Voices,
Neutral Milk Hotel
Explore new and historic divas and divos, singing the legendary arias from all the most famous operas of the last 300 years.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
Eccentric -- but not "outsider" -- artists who never fit in with any era or movement, from Scott Walker and Frank Zappa to R. Stevie Moore and The Residents.
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band,
Modern female songwriters inspired by the off-kilter vocal and sonic sensibilities of music maverick Kate Bush.
It wasn't all peace and love; feel the bad vibes of the psychedelic void with artists from the 1960s to now.
The Velvet Underground,
Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Organic and electronic sounds are far from mutually exclusive in this eclectic set that ranges from Kraftwerk to Bon Iver and mixes the natural and synthetic to mesmerizing effect.
Badly Drawn Boy
The organic, psychedelic melodies of indie and freak-folk create a peaceful atmosphere, allowing you to commune with nature as you wander through the woods to your weekend cabin.
MV & EE
Join Peggy as she hooks up with her friend Joyce Ramsay and explores New York's cultural underground, from mind-expanding happenings to impromptu loft parties and free-spirited concerts in the park.
The Velvet Underground,
A look at the minimalist approach to composing music, with works ranging from modern classical to Japanese new age.
Manhattan was the center of jazz in the 1950s and '60s, from post-bop to modal experimentation to the controversial "New Thing" of free jazz. Revisit that vibrant time and place.
Get to know the music of the best known child prodigy and classical rock star in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Alicia De Larrocha,
Academy Of St. Martin-In-The-Fields,
The most influential (and at times controversial) composer of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky embraced new music styles and expressed the turmoil of his era.
L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande,
Michael Tilson Thomas
Get intimate with these lushly arranged records full of artful elegance.
Feel right at home in the legendary Hotel Chelsea in a room next to Tom Waits and below the ghosts of Sid and Nancy with these classics and deep cuts about sleaze and seduction.
The musicians who played on Miles Davis's pioneering jazz-rock albums, such as Bitches Brew, graduated to their own groups after working with the mercurial trumpeter. Here's the first wave of Miles's fusioneers, along with some extended family members.
The American punk underground spawned some of the most creative, fiery and fiercely independent bands of the 1980s. Listen to the groups that paved the way for grunge, emo and pop-punk's commercial ascent in the 1990s.
A Juilliard-trained pianist, Nina Simone was as comfortable with Broadway standards as she was with fiery, polyrhythmic rave-ups. Listen to some of the best songs from her influences and contemporaries, and the songs she covered with her unmistakable voice.
This is the funky, abrasive, and distinctive sound of downtown NYC's various post-punk scenes of the late '70s and early '80s.