Stereolab

It's like a blanket of sound; hypnotic. It drowns everything out. 

Neko Case

Her music is melancholy, beautiful, witty and lush. It's like a cup of coffee in music form.

Radiohead

Similar to Stereolab in that there's so much sound it's trance—like, good for focusing. Sort of like a white-noise machine but instead of white noise it's really good music.

Wilco

Wilco is to music what sweaters and wool socks are to clothes—warm, layered, covered in bark.

The Rolling Stones

If beef stew were music it'd be the Stones. Nothing goes better with writing than a big bowl of really hearty beef stew.


SEE IT: Michael Showalter comes to the Mission Theater on Wednesday, March 9, in support of his new book, Mr. Funny Pants. 9 pm. $14. 21+.