AT YEAR END, I'm sharing favorite things from 2014. Today I'm focused on sounds — music and podcasts. Over the next week or so, I'll capture and share my favorite books, TV & film, tools, and this year's experiences here.
I listened to a lot of music this year, while creating The Sketchnote Workbook, here are some of the favorites I came back to again and again:
Ásgeir - In The Silence
Ásgeir's In The Silence was suggested by my friend Brian Artka. I pre-ordered the album and once it arrived, I've had it playing at work, in the car, and traveling. It's a blend of folk, rock and ethereal vocals from Icelander Ásgeir. Favorite tracks include King and Cross, Torrent and In Harmony.
- Ásgeir - In The Silence (Spotify)
- Ásgeir - In The Silence (iTunes)
- Ásgeir - In The Silence (Amazon MP3)
RAC - Strangers
RAC's Strangers came through the Song Exploder podcast. I love the 80s vibe. It provides me with an upbeat, energetic working soundtrack. Favorite tracks include Tegan & Sara's Hard to Hold, Matthew Koma's Cheap Sunglasses, and Katie Herzog's We Belong.
Reporter - Guggenheim
This album from Reporter turned out to be just what I needed to get deep focus while writing the manuscript for The Sketchnote Workbook. Repeated use created a habit: when this album started, I was instantly in a writing mindset. Favorite tracks include Bilbao and Berlin.
I've been a commuter since starting a contract design project in June, so I have more time for podcasts. Here are a few that stood out this year:
My pal Kris Hunt recommended Song Exploder with Hrishikesh Hirway. This is a podcast that deconstructs songs slice by slice using audio and interviews with the artists that create the track. Favorites include the Jeff Beal's House of Cards Theme and RAC's Let Go.
A recent addition to my listening list is Unmistakable Creative with Srinivas Rao. He has a great interview style that brings out the best discussions in his guests and make for good long-form listening. Favorites include Sarah Peck, Cal Newport, Jeff Spencer, and Joe Loya.
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
I hesitate to call Dan Carlin's Hardcore History a podcast, as his shortest episodes start at about 2 hours. This is effectively an audiobook feed on history, disguised as a mild-mannered podcast. It will get you thinking. Favorites: Wrath of the Khans, Blueprint for Armageddon, and Thor's Angels.
I hope you enjoy these audio discoveries as 2015 unfolds!