Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network
The Oscar-winning soundtrack is eerie and tension-filled but highly listenable.

Gregg Allman Low Country Blues
A laid back collection of blues classics sung by one of the greatest vocalists of all time

The Cure Disintegration
The most majestic, depressing (sorry, you're working on a weekend) album of all time. On the CD it says "This record was made to be played loud." So spring for the remastered reissue and watch as your windows shatter.

Caribou Swim
A bouncy smattering of well-crafted techno-pop that motors along in a mesmerizing manner helping you keep your eyes off the clock and on the work so you can get outta there

Thievery Corporation The Mirror Conspiracy
This trip hop/dub collection from the Washington, D.C.-based duo—sprinkled with Brazilian, Jamaican, and French components—sounds as fresh as it did when it was released in 2000.

jj Kills
The mysterious Swedish duo Elin Kastlander and Joakim Benon mix ethereal pop with carefully chosen samples. Here, Kastlander coos sweetly over tracks cut with bits of Dr. Dre, M.I.A., Jay-Z, and Notorious B.I.G. Sounds odd, but it's genius.

Thelonious Monk Monk's Dream
By 1962, with his well-oiled band—tenor sax player Charlie Rouse and drummer Frankie Dunlop—the legendary pianist had become one of jazz's greats. This album shows them at their peak.