Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Roches - Nurds (1980)


Or, in other words:


I love these women and their music. If you're into "Rise Above"/"Bitte Orca"-era Dirty Projectors, you'll thank history for that time in the late 70's when NYC punk and the Kitchen crowd cross-pollinated with Americana in the form of these sisters and their songs.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

imaginary radio mix 8.1

Sounds for the thick of summer...




horace andy - something on my mind
seu jorge & almaz - everybody loves the sunshine
roland bocquet - l'abeille
helado negro - lengua larga
dustin wong and takako minekawa - elastic astral peel
the pyramid - summer evening
bjorn torke & prins thomas - arthur
duster - gold dust
world standard - mirage
x.y.r. - dolphin smile
music from "lines horizontal" (Norman McLaren 1962)
khotin - something is happening to me
dj sports - stellar clusters
bobbi humphrey - mestizo eyes
steve hiett - standing there

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hajime Mizoguchi ‎– Halfinch Dessert


Some very soothing arrangements from this violinist / composer. Reminiscent of some of Ryuichi's soundtrack work or Seigen Ono's music... some nice world music/synth touches throughout. Ride out on this one as the sun sets on Sunday... Thanks to Okonkole y Trompa for exposing me to this! 

  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Plone - For Beginner Piano (1999)


Breezy, bubbly, electronic pop, mostly instrumentals. Sounds like these guys were really into collecting old synths and drum machines, it's an analogue fetishist's cloud nine. Moments of self-titled debut era YMO.

Here's "Plock," thanks to the Chimneys over at Dream Chimney for introducing to this piece of 90's gold: 





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Manzanita




Thought I'd share some music of my own. These are some tracks I was working down in late 2015 - early 2016, I'd bought a cheap synth earlier in the year and wanted to make my prog-noise-whatever masterpiece. I like the arrangements, it felt funny not putting this out there, so there it is for your perusal. If you want a zip file of the album, message me in the comments and we'll work it out. 

Enjoy!

Steve Hiett - Down on the Road by the Beach (1983)


A wonderful, warm piece of music. These guitars sound like how I want guitars to sound, like JJ Cale playing through a Jazz Chorus with a ton of reverb. Recorded with members of Moonriders, Sadistic Mika Band and Elliott Randall from the one and only Steely D. Great songs, feels for miles... put the top down and drive off toward the sunset. 



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bjorn Torske & Prins Thomas: "On U"

On repeat.


Deram Dayze (Compilation, 1987)


Lovely compilation of 45's from the British label featuring, right off the bat, a young Cat Stevens singing a jaunty song about Jell-O ties and boots made out feathers, some tasty psychedelia, and, for my purposes, the 2 songs recorded by The Pyramid, a group featuring Steve Hiett (who would go on to record "Down on the Road by the Beach," I'll post that later...). It's pretty much all about "Summer Evening," folks.

  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Natural Creation Mix



Some strange bedfellows here, but it works, I think.

Tracklist: 

bob dylan - all the tired horses
dj zozi - mellow vibe
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Bobbing Beams of Light
silver apples - lovefingers
susumu yokota - nisemono no uta
ian boddy - into view
hector zazou - vera c
lawrence - untitled #9
seigen ono - waterfront
jefferson airplane - today
john fahey - let go
john bender - 27b4
thundercat - is it love?
georgia - canal din (open voice)
iury lech - de la melancolia

Thanks to OPIUM HUM and Listen to This! blogs for sourcing some of these gems. Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Suburban Lawns - Suburban Lawns (1981)





^^^ favorite song / video of 2017. Called it. Nothing's gonna top this. Everyone else give up ^^^



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ikue Mori - Painted Desert

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Sharing this one purely on the promise of the first track, which I put on a mix years ago. Revisited said mix on a drive up the California coast last week and fell right back into the feelings "Mojave" produces, the heat shimmer of those twin tremolo guitars, the gorgeous simplicity of Mori's drums. From the vertiginous swells of "Medicine Man" to the panned call and response of "Santa Ana Excursion," the whole album is music with a sense of space - I want to walk around in these sounds.

Mori is joined here by Marc Ribot and Robert Quine (sometime soon I'll get around to sharing Quine and Fred Maher's "Basic," another bonafide masterwork of texture and space). Fans of Durutti Column and Rangers will find much to love here.


  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Apmonia Mix

New mix over at the cloud.


Maybe this'll become a regular thing!

Tracklist:

samuel beckett - from 'watt'
la monte young - excerpt from the 'dream house' album
glenn copeland - sunset village
quicksails - faith feel
znr - solo un dia
suzanne kraft - fragile
grand veymont - je cours après avant (excerpt)
roomful of teeth - partita II. Sarabande
robert ashley - the backyard
grand veymont - je cours après avant (excerpt)
jansen / barbieri - breaking the silence

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dorothy Ashby - Django/Misty


Stumbled upon this on u-toob. Always down for a little Dorothy A. These all sound like solo recordings, I'm not really hearing any overdubs, just Mrs. Ashby doing what she did best on her harp. Looks like her last studio recording. 

The album artwork is by Yoko Ochida, who, yes, did the Henri Rousseau-like cover for Midori Takada's Through the Looking Glass, which you can snag here.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Grand Veymont - S/T EP

I just got back from seeing this band. Fantastic. I was hearing Broadcast, kosmische (one of their tags on bandcamp is 'krautrock de salon' - dig it), Stereolab, Terry Riley... I'm going to be singing their praises for quite a while, I think.

Enjoy!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Join In - Kentalope Island



Can't remember when I came across this one, probably during my obsessive Eroc phrase (he's on the boards for this one). The title track's a killer instrumental that mellows out halfway through. 70's rock from Germany that's more proggy than psych-y. Guru Guru vibes throughout.

Worth it for the title track alone.

A very dedicated fan has provided lots of info on the album/group in the comments thread on discogs. Thanks ShakeYeahbouti!!!

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

ZNR - Barricade 3


I think I came across these guys through a mix (maybe one of Jiro's?). Hector Zazou is the Z; Joseph Racaille (which has to be a stage name, it would be too cool to just be named "Joseph Scum") is the R, thus, Z'n'R. 

This one's all over the place, but is held together by the laid-back feel and willingness to experiment shown by the two (? - in any case, it feels like two) performers. Occasionally my Soft Machine whimsical proggy funny-bone is tickled. Electric pianos, synthesizers, (sometimes treated voice), guitars... singing/speaking in English, Spanish and French sometimes all in one song. Good for Sunday morning mental puttering.




Postscript: From time to time, I stall a bit with this blog/music blogs in general, the community produced (or lack thereof), etc. Today, while researching for a mix I'm putting together for friends (a primer on reggae), I revisited what we could call a "frozen blog" - one of those wonderful archives teetering forever on the precarity of sudden removal. No posts for over five years. All the links are dead. But it still exists, like a virtual cemetery, for you to go traipsing through if you have an inkling. A snapshot in time of a fellow traveler's explorations in taste, and one of my early inspirations for starting this site: Big Head Stevenson

  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Buddy Emmons - Steel Guitar Jazz (1963)


Warm vibes for the beginning of spring. Right up there with Chet Atkins' Hollywood album in terms of gorgeous guitar nostalgia-for-a-time-that-never-existed-/-that-you-never-lived-though. Try walking around in a grumpy mood with this coming through your headphones. Impossible. 





Saturday, February 25, 2017

Glenn Copeland - "Ghost House"


I first came across Glenn Copeland's music via the ever-impressive Listen to This! blog, who posted his 1986 masterpiece "Keyboard Fantasies" last year. Go check it out over there if you haven't heard it, or, better yet, buy it here or here (just rereleased on vinyl by Invisible City). 

I just got finished watching Loving. It messed me up. Most everything I see and hear about my country these days messes me up. Imagining the brutality of daily existence for the Loving family, living in a place whose local police and legislators didn't want them, the legal body that was them, yet furtively inhabiting that space, a space that was always under threat of being violated, shattered in the night... it burns me up, but their defiance and intractable will to go on assuages any pain I feel, sitting in a room thousands of miles from home, a home that terrifies me more and more each day. The persistence of  love assuages terror.


I think Glenn Copeland's music would have made a perfect compliment to the soundtrack of Loving, which, like so much of Jeff Nichols' work, is so much about the silent strain of human contact, about what should come bursting out of people in hot words but instead lingers painfully in faces, in Southern eyes sometimes welling with tears. Copeland calls out to his love, lamenting their (permanent?) absence from their home become a house, a ghost house. So much of Loving revolves around homes, those intimate spaces we so often taken for granted as private; however, history can shatter one's sense of propriety with the brusqueness of a flashlight on a marital bed. When Copeland wails, "My flesh a naked window here waits for you," he offers up the leap of faith that is love, the possibility of reunion to-come (in that tradition of Derrida's wonderful coinage, à-venir, the future as always to-come and thus never closed, an idea I need to keep close at heart now, always).

Rather than post Copeland's album for download, I've provided her song above. The whole album is beautiful and can be bought directly from the artist here

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams - Third Plane


Some highly pleasurable excursions from these three, who previously got their ya-ya's out as members of Miles' second quintet. Vibes to contemplate by. 



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hi there! Repost from Microphones in the Trees

Happy new year, folks. No new albums to post at the moment, but I noticed that Microphones in the Trees posted a review of the new album by Baltimore natives Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal, "Versatile Ambience." Thought I'd add my praise to the solid review from MitT; I've had the pleasure of seeing Rod perform many times over the years, and his new collaborations with Tiffany are breathtakingly lovely. Really happy to see/hear an album's worth of these tunes emerge. Please check out their music here and buy a copy of the tape!

Here's a video of Rod and Tiffany doing what they do, inimitably, at an iteration of a yearly art showcase I put on w/ friends in the Baltimore area: