I never used to be able to read and listen to comics at the same time, but recently I’ve managed to adjust my mindset and at times it really adds to the experience.
Tonight I’ve been reading Hip Hop Family Tree and listening to the tracks mentioned throughout. It really maximises the experience; the beauty of Apple Musi being that I can easily and immediately find any of the tracks and play them instantly with no cost.
It reminded me of a thread I wanted to start.
I started listening to music while reading again because public transport can be a really difficult place to read if you’ve got some annoying fecker close by.
I started sticking in the headphones and listening to random albums that either had no lyrics or that I didn’t know the words to.
Here’s a few of my favourite pairings to get us started:
Y The Last Man & Wolf Alice: My Love Is Cool
Not a band I’d normally be into, a bit too poppy for my tastes, but this eclectic album has really grown on me and I find it elevated my re-read of Y.
I now really like the album as well and I think tonally it fits so well to that series.
Descender & Underground Resistance: Electronic Warfare Volume 2
The Sci Fi book is perfectly matched with the URs labels unique house style of Lo-Fi, off kilter, electro noodlings.
Revival & Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation & Goo. Plus Splashh: Comfort
I wanted to go with the grunge rock vibe on this one and these fit the bill. I think the Pixies would be a good option here too.
Rachel Rising & Boards of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest & Music Has the Right to Children
This elevated the horror elements of the book
Morning Glories & Deep Dish: Junk Science
Don’t know why it works, but it does. Wasn’t even a conscious pairing, I just felt like listing to Junk Science one sunny morning and it was a great experience while reading Morning Glories.