I've noticed that my energy level (particularly in the morning) is tied to what I am listening to in a somewhat dialectical way. This is also why I don't listen to much Iron & Wine at work. There is also a connection to the time of day and the ambient lighting. Specifically, I've found that if it's light and warm outside, I want something upbeat - and the hotter and brighter it is, the more pronouced is this phenomenon. On a hot, sunny day, I'll tend to put on something hard and fast. The reverse is also true : on a late winter afternoon when it's starting to get dark, I'll put on something much cleaner and mellow.
Marks The Spotify
So I finally starting using spotify at work. I actually jumped through a few hoops (and you have to) to register with Spotify *without* tying it to my facebook account. I like having more control over what sites know what I'm doing on other sites.
As for the service itself, I find it pretty cool. It's like Pandora, but you can choose exactly what you listen to, which is a big plus. It's a great way to look up new music, too. And there are Windows, Mac and Linux(debian) clients available.
Over the last month or so, I've been listening to a *lot* of irish/celtic and sea-shanty type stuff. Old irish folk songs, sea ballads from newfoundland, etc. For a guy who doesn't drink, I like this stuff way too much. It also seems fairly thematic with some of our current games.
I've been listening to a lot of Great Big Sea. Their live album Road Rage is very enjoyable to listen to all of. I like a smattering of the rest of their stuff, and I've purchased quite a few of their songs from itunes.
The Young Dubliners' With All Due Respect is good enough that I want an actual physical copy of it. It reminds me a lot of Dropkick Murphys, but all of the tracks are traditional songs. Their other albums are "ok" and, while there's a song or two from them that I like, they struck me as more straight up pop/rock as opposed to irish punk/rock.
Lastly, I've really enjoyed quite a few tracks from The Elders, specifically ones from American Wake and Pass It On Down. I like about 1/2 to 2/3 of their songs, but this limitation is not for the usual reasons. In this case, it's that I like all of the songs sung by their primary singer. Those songs have a nice irish-rock feel, and the guy's accent is great. The other songs aren't bad, but the other singer in the group has a rather thick southern US accent, and most (though not all) of those songs sound more like country-rock - a genre I'm not particularly fond of.
When I've not been listening to that sort of music in particular, I've been listening to a lot of live albums. The Weakerthans' live record is pretty great, and I've been enjoying listening to multiple Barenaked Ladies' performances. Their randomness is always fun.