Posted: Sep 30, 2008 12:48 pm
What Josh said, minus the tea (unless I've got some!), plus maybe an illegal substance and/or a beer. I usually make a big deal out of hearing a record for the first time, so I make sure to get all comfortable 'n stuff, without any distractions, then put it on and listen away, usually while staring at the sleeve.
Otherwise, if I'm in a car, I blast it real loud so there are no distractions. That's one of my favorite ways to digest new music. I hate when people try to turn down my car stereo or constantly try talking when I'm blasting music in the car. Shut up!