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Great Music: El Ten Eleven

elteneleven.jpgelteneleven-north.jpgOne of my favorite parts of the film Helvetica is the soundtrack. After buying the DVD, I checked the track listing to find out who the collection of artists were.

As it turns out, the California band, El Ten Eleven, has 9 of the 21 tracks on the film's soundtrack. I've found this selection of tracks a perfect mix. The band's instrumentals have a quirky, optimistic sound which helps me stay focused whether I'm driving, sketching, writing or designing on the computer.

I've found all 9 of the Helvetica tracks on Amazon MP3 (DRM-free), spread across their 2 albums: El Ten Eleven and Every Direction is North.

Tracks from the film include: Thinking Loudly, Lorge, Every Direction is North, Central Nervous Piston, My Only Swerving, 3 Plus 4, Hot Cakes, Fanshawe and Bye Annie, Bye Joe, Bye Michael, Bye Jake.

El Ten Eleven also features 5 of their tracks as PayPal-What-You-Want Downloads on their site, if you want to check out full tracks before you buy them.

Reader Comments (6)

Thanks for this Mike! Very mellow sound, seems like it would be great to have in the background while trying to get projects done. I popped the name into and lo and behold they were in there.

Thanks again!
January 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLance.Hill
It's hoppin'!
January 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterReuben Whitehouse
Lance, glad you like the tunes. I should have mentioned they were in Pandora � that was the first think I checked too.

Reuben, hope it keeps you hoppin' like a kanga! :-)
January 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Hey Mike. Yea I totally dig the soundtrack too. When I first watched the movie and El Ten Eleven came on, I was like I know these guys. Turns out they pop up on my Pandora station for TORTOISE - so if you like them you many enjoy Tortoise as well.
February 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralex harris - alexdesigns
Alex, thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to check 'em out! :-)
February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
In just over a month repeatedly listening to these two albums, I can verify that they are excellent for working to. Doesn't matter what -- reading, research, sketches, or production on the Mac.

Highly recommended for any work that requires concentration.
March 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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