About Floodwatchmusic

J. Ben Leonard writes for listeners, bluntheads, fly ladies, and prisoners. A sensitive guy, he tends to cry on Cooley High when Cochise dies.

He currently inhabits the municipality of Providence, Rhode Island and on rare occasions he writes 55-word stories.


What exactly is Floodwatchmusic?

Floodwatchmusic is/was an audioblog that was updated semi-regularly from 2006-2008.

Why hasn’t it been updated since the Iron Age?

At the moment, Floodwatchmusic is in a spell of hibernation while I focus on other projects.  But by all means, please feel free to explore the two and a half years’ worth of archives.


What are your top 25 favorite hip hop records?

Glad you asked. Check here.

What are your all-time favorite records, regardless of genre?

This list changes constantly depending on my mood, but the following fifty or so records tend to come to mind when thinking about my favorites:

Black SheepA Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Mercury 1991)
BrightBright (Ba Da Bing! 1996)
Camper Van BeethovenII & III (IRS 1986)
CarcassHeartwork (Earache 1993)
Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (4AD 1983)
Ornette ColemanSkies of America (Columbia 1972)
Alice ColtraneUniversal Consciousness (Impulse! 1971)
John ColtraneMeditations (Impulse! 1965)
Miles DavisMiles Ahead (Columbia 1957)
Miles DavisAgharta (Columbia 1975)
Dinosaur JrGreen Mind (Warner Bros. 1991)
Eric DolphyOut to Lunch (Blue Note 1964)
Einstürzende NeubautenDrawings of Patient O.T. (Some Bizarre 1983)
EmperorAnthems to the Welkin at Dusk (Candlelight 1997)
Brian EnoApollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (EG 1983)
EnslavedRuun (Candlelight 2006)
The Flaming LipsTransmissions from the Satellite Heart (Warner Bros. 1993)
Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted and Black (Atlantic 1972)
Marvin GayeI Want You (Motown 1976)
GodfleshPure (Earache 1992)
Isaac HayesTruck Turner – Original Soundtrack (Enterprise 1974)
HerbertAround the House (K7! 1998)
HumDownward Is Heavenward (RCA 1998)
JawboxFor Your Own Special Sweetheart (Atlantic 1994)
Jeru the DamajaThe Sun Rises in the East (Payday 1994)
LoftusLoftus (Perishable 1998)
Meat PuppetsUp on the Sun (SST 1985)
MelvinsStoner Witch (Atlantic 1994)
Charles MingusThe Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impuse! 1963)
Ennio MorriconeOnce Upon a Time in the West (RCA 1969)
Mouse on MarsIdiology (Thrill Jockey 2001)
My Bloody ValentineLoveless (Sire 1991)
OpethBlackwater Park (Koch 2001)
OrbOrbvs Terrarvm (Island 1995)
OrbitalIn Sides (FFRR 1996)
Public EnemyFear of a Black Planet (Def Jam 1990)
Sam PrekopSam Prekop (Thrill Jockey 1999)
R.E.M.Murmur (IRS 1983)
Shudder to ThinkPony Express Record (Epic 1994)
Sonic YouthSister (SST 1987)
Stars of the LidThe Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid (Kranky 2001)
StereolabTransient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements (Elektra 1993)
StereolabDots and Loops (Elektra 1997)
The StylisticsThe Stylistics (Amherst 1971)
Sun RaThe Magic City (Evidence 1965)
SwervedriverMezcal Head (A&M 1993)
SwansSoundtracks for the Blind (Young God 1996)
Talk TalkLaughing Stock (Polydor 1991)
TortoiseTNT (Thrill Jockey 1998)
UnderworldSecond Toughest in the Infants (TVT 1996)
XTCDrums and Wires (Virgin 1979)
Yo La TengoElectr-O-Pura (Matador 1995)
John ZornThe Big Gundown (Nonesuch 1986)

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