Rat a what?

I've returned to work after a nice long vacation and snow assault. Stuck in St. Johns, I spent a lot of time curled up on the couch watching tv, playing card games, and eating too much holiday baking.  Sure I tried to leave the house, but waiting at the bus stop for 90 minutes inspired me to return to my warm couch and some cocoa.

After the snow started to melt, and about an hour of shoveling out the car, navigation through the icy city streets became quite the adventure. Chains in the boot, shovel in the backseat, and the newest Ratatat CD in the player, the drive was a welcome respite after a week stuck at home.

Now I've been a big fan of electronica music for as long as I can remember. Daft Punk is, of course, my number one listening choice.  However, last year I was turned on to Ratatat while relaxing with friends at the Oregon Coast. LP3 is the latest from them, and while their other albums are great, this one is practically perfect for driving around in a winter wonderland. I enjoy having a Ratatat cd playing in the background, as it helps me pretend I'm in a movie and they're part of the soundtrack of my life. It's very relaxing, and not as intrusive as some of the other albums I've recently been listening to.

If you've never given electronica music a try, don't worry. There are many different genres, and you're bound to find one that you'll like. Ratatat's LP3 is a definately a great place to start.