Most of the ingestors who work at Murfie have some sort of musical background – or at least some small obsession with music. There’s one set of speakers to go around the ingest room, and thanks to booming business (YAY!), at any given time there could be as many as six ingestors. Which means 12 hands and 12 ears fighting for the right to the speakers.
There’s no doubt that everyone has their own preference in music. In a room full of music junkies, you’re hoping to win over your fellow comrades with your superior musical taste – with the ultimate goal of claiming speaker duty. Who doesn’t wanna be “that guy?” The one that is always playing the best music.
If you think about it, there is quite a lot of pressure in many situations where musical pickings can win you friends or foes. Take road trips for example. You’re driving. Your friend has your iPod. You tell them to put on your “Fun Times” playlist. Cuz it’s the bomb. And then soaring over your dashboard is Bonnie Rait’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
“Oh…ha…ha…that’s funny…that must have been an accidental add…from my…um…sister…ha…ha…” When in reality, one too many times you’ve driven home in broad day light belting this song at the top of your lungs while tears collect in your cup holders.
There is always the distinction between what we listen to in public, and what we listen to in private. Unless you are one of our ingestors, Tynan, who proudly admitted that when he has a hold of the speakers, he plays Lady Gaga or Beyonce. And when he is alone? He just plays Beyonce. Tynan often loses his speaker privileges in the ingest room.
Victor and I are other classical cases of musical insecurity. On the rare occasion that Victor is alone working a midnight shift, you can hear him passionately singing The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway Edition) from 3 floors down. Sorry Vic, busted. But during his day time shifts when everyone else is around, he opts for Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light.”
When I want to impress my colleagues with my well rounded musical taste, I put on Jay-Z’s The Black Album. Let’s be real here. Who doesn’t love Jay-Z? But if someone were to ever peer over my shoulder at my Pandora station when my headphones are in…they would find Jason Aldean Radio. Closet country music lover. Right here.
To each his own when the headphones are in! That is about all I can say to that. But in case you find yourself in a social situation that requires good jams, here is a number of albums that will probably win you the question, “What are we listening to? It’s awesome.”
13 albums to play so people think you are cool:
- Ratatat – Classics
- Jay-Z – The Black Album (Biased perhaps, but that doesn’t change the magnitude of greatness that is this album.)
- Styx – Greatest Hits (Long live this album. Every generation can and should appreciate The Styx.)
- Miike Snow – Miike Snow
- Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind (Although no one may ask you “Who is this?” there is no doubt that your peers will go crazy the second “Semi-Charmed Life” comes on.)
- The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
- The Cults – The Cults
- Otis Redding – The Very Best of Otis Redding (Your friends will like Otis Redding if they like smiling.)
- The Black Keys – Brothers
- Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (She has been plastered over the media scene in the last couple of years, but have you actually listened to her music? It’s fantastic. RIP, you goddess of talent.)
- Sublime – Sublime (Playing this album says something about your ability to “be chill” – a desirable quality when trying to win friends over.)
- Broken Bells – Broken Bells
- Glitch Mob – Drink The Sea (Two options with a Glitch Mob album: your friends will either be concerned about the life path that led you to listen to such music or they will become equally addicted. It’s well worth the risk.)