Oct 25

Autumn Mix

Here’s my 2017 Autumn Mix, inspired by love and leaves and Halloween. 💕

Track List

01 00:00 Tandem Jump – Jonathan Richman
02 02:12 Give Paris One More Chance – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
03 05:02 Norrland – Gidge
04 06:49 The Murder Mystery (Closet Mix) – The Velvet Underground
05 14:21 Casket – Geneva Jacuzzi
06 18:03 Tubular Bells, Pt. 1 – Mike Oldfield
07 22:01 Under My Umbrella – Margo Guryan
08 23:49 At Home With Myself – The Cleaners From Venus
09 26:00 Space Age Love Song – A Flock of Seagulls
10 27:35 Two Thousand and Seventeen – Four Tet
11 29:19 Boots of Spanish Leather – Bob Dylan
12 33:46 Downtown Train – Tom Waits
13 37:20 Alpine Sketch – Christian Löffler
14 38:44 Le Petit Chevalier – Nico

Sep 28

Video: Aisha Badru – “Mind On Fire”

Aisha Badru has a gorgeous new video for “Mind On Fire,” from Nettwerk Music. The artist describes what the song’s all about on her site:

I’m happy to share my first single “Mind On Fire.” This song is a step back from my usual reflections on love. It’s about the revolutionary spirit that dwells inside all of us that often gets smothered underneath the mundane obligations and limitations imposed by society that keep our heads down and our attention focused on the small details of our lives which in turn holds us back from correcting the flaws that exist in the current state of the world and prevents us from truly being free. Thanks for listening <3

 

Sep 28

Video: Belle and Sebastian – “We Were Beautiful”

Belle and Sebastian has a new video for their song “We Were Beautiful,” which was created by Blair Young and filmed by Michael Sherrington, Nick Aiton, and Blair Young.

The video was “Filmed throughout Glasgow, from Crookston in the south-west, through the City Centre to Easterhouse and Cranhill.”

Sep 16

Yasuaki Shimizu’s “Music For Commercials” Reissued 30 Years Later

Yasuaki Shimizu’s “Music For Commercials” was first released in 1987, and even though it’s been flying under the radar since, it has garnered some notable attention, including being cited as an influence for Oneohtrix Point Never.

The opener, “Tachikawa,” immediately transports the listener to an enigmatic realm full of whish-es and bells, and from that point on any preconceived notions you may have had from the generic album title are gone. With the exception “Ka-Cho-Fu-Getsu,” which was written for a short feature and starts as a contemplative angelic piece that slowly weaves through sweeping rises and falls, beats, and meditative synths; all of the songs on the album are strange one to two minute sound snippets that were originally made for Japanese TV commercials.

The album has just been re-issued and is now available at Bandcamp. You can have a listen through it here.

Sep 15

Video: Destroyer – “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood”

I’m always excited when Dan Bejar’s band Destroyer, with their ’80’s vibes and poetic lyrics, introduces a new album. So I was elated to hear some new tracks from their forthcoming album ken, which is set to be released this October 20th.

Here is a video for “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” from ken, available on Merge / Dead Oceans Records.

Aug 19

LCD Soundsystem – “tonite”

LCD Soundsystem – “tonite” from american dream out September 1st.

Aug 09

Jessie Ware – “Midnight”

Jessie Ware has a soulful new song/video, “Midnight,” which was filmed at night on the island of Mallorca, Spain. The video was directed by Tom Beard and produced by Prettybird.

I was first introduced to the magic of both Jessie Ware and Sampha in their amazing 2011 duo, “Valentine,” which was directed by Marcus Söderlund:

Aug 03

Yumi Zouma – “December”

Recorded in the band’s home country of New Zealand, “December” is the first song from Yumi Zouma’s upcoming album, Willowbank, set to be released October 6, 2017 on Cascine.

Keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Josh Burgess commented on the band meeting in New Zealand to record the album, “It was as though there was a brief pause in all of our lives and we finally felt like a band from New Zealand… We were on home turf and creating from a place that felt fundamentally natural.”

Jul 08

Watch the Atmospheric “Time” from Tom Adams

Director Leo Plunkett sets the delicate, haunting piano and vocals of Berlin’s Tom Adams to the isolated, incredible terrain of the mountains of Norway in his short film/video for “Time.”

“Time” is from the album Silence, available here.

Jun 25

Kedr Livanskiy – “Ariadna”

Kedr Livanskiy has a lovely new track, “Ariadna” (ариадна), from the album of the same name which will be out September 8th.

The song was named after the Greek goddess Ariadne, according to her label 2MR, which also had this statement about the artist and her work:

Moscow’s Kedr Livanskiy (real name Yana Kedrina) confesses “Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment.” Livanskiy was born into a shifting and critical time for Russia. The Soviet Union had exhausted and old values were anathematized because of reconstruction. A sense of displacement drove Kedr to find herself. She’s escaped reality repeatedly in her explorations into the imagery and ideas of romanticism, mythical and fairytale themes which visibly bleed throughout her work and especially on her debut full-length ‘Ariadna’.