Music for Studying: For the pop music snob

BlogDailyHerald likes study music, so over the next few days we’ll offer a different album/mixtape/playlist for students of all tastes and attention levels. When the studying gets tough, let the speakers earbuds get bumping.

Ever wondered what happens when the guy who wrote and produced Feist’s hit song “My Moon My Man” decides to record a live piano track to back the vocal track from 50 Cent’s immortal “Many Men?” Chilly Gonzales’s 2010 mixtape Pianist Envy, that’s what. In what might be his most enjoyable piece of work without Leslie Feist’s voice, Gonzales mixes sampled hip hop beats, live acoustic piano tracks, arrogant interview sound bites (Gonzales is a predictably self-obsessed music producer) and, of course, rap verses into a very solid mixtape. At 30 minutes, it’s the perfect length for banging out a round of practice problems before taking an hour to procrastinate on the Internet. For some beautiful, densely dialogic pop music, get access to the free tape via Gonzales’s website by entering any email address here.

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