Shara Worden, the mastermind and voice behind the New York art-rock band My Brightest Diamond, will headline the first show at the new downtown performance space the Square Room this weekend. Worden offered a list of music she's been listening to lately while stuck in Los Angeles traffic just before Thanksgiving.
Tom Waits, Bone Machine (Island, 1992)
I've been thinking a lot about alternative percussion sounds, trashy drum sounds. That's obviously such a great example of super-creative drum sounds.
Thelonious Monk, Monk's Dream (Columbia, 1962)
It's got the green and purple cover, with him in profile. [Worden hums the title track.] That's a great one.
They use a lot of compressors and sheets of metal and plumbing. I'm kind of fascinated by those kinds of sounds.
Musee Mecanique, Hold This Ghost (Frog Stand, 2008)
There's a museum in San Francisco with all these old player pianos and toys from 100 years ago, bizarre mechanical flipbooks. It's called Musee Mecanique, and this band takes its name from that.