I spend quite a bit of time at my desk listening to music through plugged-in earbuds. When I'm working, my favorite type of music is the kind that's intense enough to fuel productivity and hypnotic enough to zone out. For this reason I spend a lot of time at work listening to Miles Davis
, Steve Reich
, John Coltrane
, and plenty of electronic music. Lately I've added one of my favorite bands, German rock group Can
, to the mix. Yesterday I was listening to the 1970 compilation Soundtracks
—a collection of the group's early contributions to films—and got into a serious zone while listening to "Mother Sky," a monster krautrock superjam and penultimate track on the album. Over a repeating, slightly variating two-note bass line by four-string freak Holger Czukay
and four-armed drumming by Jaki Liebezeit (ranked number three in Stylus
magazine's "50 Greatest Rock Drummers"
list), guitarist Michael Karoli and keyboardist Irmin Schmidt layer textural sounds and Ginsu-sharp guitar around singer Damo Suzuki's bizarro, breathy, alien incantations. It is the best way you can spend nearly 15 minutes today.