inspiration     Feb 04 2015

A Survey of Taste

By K.T. Anthony Chan
Mapos Designer

As you may have already guessed, music is a huge part of the studio culture here at Mapos – there isn’t a moment that our office is occupied that music isn’t playing. We use Rdio, and keep a steady queue of albums and playlists streaming each day, though we never really know who is playing what! Mapos designer Anthony Chan endeavored to get to the bottom of this, and the result is a fun survey of musical taste (and distaste) that is part of what makes the Mapos atmosphere so great!

Deserted Island Music

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 5 albums, what are your picks?

Xinyang Chen, Designer

João Gilberto – JOAO

Air – Virgin Suicides

I, Origins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Camille Saint-Saëns – The Carnival of Animals Musical Picture

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico

Natasha Amladi, Designer

The Strokes – Room on Fire

Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves

Beyoncé – I Am… Sasha Fierce

M.I.A – Arular

Dizzee Rascal – Boy in the Corner

Justin Paul Ware, Designer

Paul Simon – Graceland

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Cold War Kids – Robbers and Cowards

Guster – Lost and Gone Forever

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

Julia Dann, Studio Manager

D’Angelo – Voodoo

Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer

The Stooges – The Stooges

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request

Madvillain – Madvillainy

Dani Alvarez, Designer

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico

Explosions in the Sky – All of the Sudden I Miss Everyone

Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues

Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

Colin Brice, Principal

Cracker – Kerosene Hat

Luna – Penthouse

Leonard Cohen – Death of a Ladies Man

Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy

Beck – Odelay

Caleb Mulvena, Principal

Sublime – Robbin’ The Hood

Beck – Stereopathetic Soulmanure

Queen – Flash Gordon

Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante

Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

K.T. Anthony Chan, Designer

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

The Kills – Midnight Boom

SOHN – Tremors

Kruder & Dorfmeister – The K&D sessions

Andy Kikta, Designer

Radiohead – Kid A

Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet      

Pixies – Trompe Le Monde

Neil Young – Greatest Hits (Compilation, but a good one)

Smog – Knock Knock

Adam Wiesehan, Designer

Flying Lotus – 1983

James Brown – In the Jungle Groove

A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory 

The Beatles –  A Hard Day’s Night

Anthology – Barrington Levy

Aaron Baseman, Designer

The Beatles – The White Album

Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Déjà Vu

Jack White – Under Great White Northern Lights

The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Frédéric Chopin – Impromptu in C Sharp

And now, a survey of general office loves, snubs, and other news

Maposians Gone Wild!

When the Principals are Away, Albums to Play

Childish Gambino – Camp

Drake – Nothing Was the Same

Awkwafina – Yellow Ranger

Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste

Bird of Paradise Mating Dance

When Clients Visit!

SOHN – Tremors

Lo Fang – Blue Film

Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves

Glass Animals – ZABA 

Getting Ready for the Weekend

Best “Mapos Friday” Songs


Beyoncé – “7/11”

Awkwafina – “NYC Bitche$”

Ace Hood – “Bugatti”

Unexpected Snubs

Artists that are Surprisingly Unpopular

Fleetwood Mac


Mariah Carey Merry Christmas

The Weeknd

The Banned List

Artists We’ve Banned (or wish we would)

Haim (according to Caleb)

Fleetwood Mac (according to Anthony only…)

Mumford & Sons (according to Dani)

Haim again (according to almost everyone)

The Other Banned List

stuff we like, but need a break from

Purity Ring – Shrines

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You

Warpaint – Warpaint    

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Most-Played Albums

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

SOHN – Tremors

Warpaint – Warpaint

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

Wild Cub – Youth

Jungle – Jungle

Temples – Sun Structures

alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone

Most-Played Songs

M83 – “Raconte-moi une histoire”

alt-J – “Hunger of the Pine”

Metronomy – “The Look”

Disclosure – “Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)”

Lorde – “Royals”

SOHN – “Lights”