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Other People's Headphones: Seven Albums from Seven Skiers

There’s an old saying that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. But we can’t help it. Because if you’re a skier, you depend on music. Lean on it. Whether it’s in the morning on the way to the hill, skiing to it, or seeing a live show when you’re done, music is inextricably linked to our lives. Here are seven essential albums from seven different skiers.

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    The Knife Silent Shout I’ve noticed I tend to buy a lot more clothes and stuff while shopping if they are playing techno or electronic [like The…

 

The Knife Silent Shout

I’ve noticed I tend to buy a lot more clothes and stuff while shopping if they are playing techno or electronic [like The Knife]. I don’t know why that is, but it works. Not only do I appreciate their music, but I also like their approach to the music industry, like boycotting the Grammys to protest the male-dominated music industry and always wearing masks. I think they’ve got an interesting thing going on.  Michelle Parker, pro skier, Squaw Valley, CA

Karen O and the Kids Where the Wild Things Are OSTWherever you encounter Karen O—an East Village sidewalk, a tiny Brooklyn club, a huge stadium, or…

Karen O and the Kids Where the Wild Things Are OST

Wherever you encounter Karen O—an East Village sidewalk, a tiny Brooklyn club, a huge stadium, or your own headphones—you’re going to experience emotion, passion, stories and a grab bag of musicians. Her and her ramshackle companions, (the “Kids” here) helps me make it through the first four hours of this day editing photos from last winter. And surely this album will join me for a powder day in the not too distant future. —Nate Abbott, photographer, New York City and Frisco, CO

 Seal Seal This is my all-time favorite album for a few reasons. First, I love his voice and the melodies. Second, listening to this album takes me…

 

Seal Seal

This is my all-time favorite album for a few reasons. First, I love his voice and the melodies. Second, listening to this album takes me back to a time when so many cool things were happening in my life—I made the Canadian mogul team, started getting paid to be a skier, began traveling all over the world, and went heli-skiing for the first time. When Greg Stump used a bunch of Seal’s music in Groove, the deal was sealed (pun intended) for me.  Mike Douglas, pro skier, Whistler, BC

 

 Assembly of Dust Some Assembly Required I enjoy listening to all genres of music but currently I’m listening to these guys. They’re a folk-funk band…

 

Assembly of Dust Some Assembly Required

I enjoy listening to all genres of music but currently I’m listening to these guys. They’re a folk-funk band that cranks up some jams on their new album. AoD’s tracks are my soundtrack to a brisk fall before what is hopefully a long East Coast winter.  Mike Rogge, Marketing and Sales Manager for Meathead Films, Burlington, VT

 

Two Gallants Two Gallants  It’s rootsy folk-punk that sounds like Steve Earle if he’d grown up surrounded by mid-western metalheads instead of the…

Two Gallants Two Gallants

It’s rootsy folk-punk that sounds like Steve Earle if he’d grown up surrounded by mid-western metalheads instead of the Nashville Country Industrial complex and was slightly unsure of his sexuality. And with a higher voice.  Micah Abrams, writer for Skiing, Powder, and ESPN.com, Los Angeles, CA

 

Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life This is my favorite release of 2009, hands down. This band, a thinking-person’s blend of melodic ’70s punk and…

Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life

This is my favorite release of 2009, hands down. This band, a thinking-person’s blend of melodic ’70s punk and modern metal, just won Canada’s prestigious Polaris Prize awarded for creating the best Canadian album based entirely on artistic merit. Another reason to like them? The lead singer goes by Pink Eyes and he’s a scary-looking bald guy who smashes glass into his head on stage, even though he majored in women’s studies and has a wife and baby. I listen to it on the way to the mountains and away from the office after a very bad day.   Jake Bogoch, editor of Skiing, Boulder, CO

 

Led Zeppelin IV I cannot live without this album—an all-time classic that ripens with age (mine) and has such rich variety and depth that I'm…

Led Zeppelin IV

I cannot live without this album—an all-time classic that ripens with age (mine) and has such rich variety and depth that I’m constantly learning new things about the musical relationship of the four band members. Bonzo is a total madman, JPJ is a killer bassist, Page is one of the all-time greatest songwriters to ever pick up a guitar, and Plant, well, the band wouldn’t exist without his searing vocals.  Chris Davenport, pro skier, Aspen, CO