1. Abner Jay – My Middle Name Is The Blues
2. Serge Gainsbourg – 69 Année Érotique
3. Francis Bebey – Motema
4. Jackie DeShannon – Splendor In The Grass (feat. The Byrds)
5. PEACE!! – Get On The Way
6. The Petch Phin Thong Band – Soul Lam Plearn
7. Chief Brigadier Olu Oni & His Marathon System – Juju Marathon System
8. Alessandro Alessandroni – Asincronia
9. Baris Manco – Olum Allahin Emri
10. Meri Aakhon Mein Ek Sapna Hai – Edit (Featuring Mohd. Rafi & Pankaj Mittra)
11. Master Musicians of Java – Bendrong
12. The Crazy People – Head Games and Other Assorted Crap
13. Laura Ulmer – Amoureux D’une Affiche
14. Lawrence Martin – I Got My Music
15. Linda Brannon – Baby I Can’t Let You Go
16. The Jewel Gospel Trio – Too Late
17. Oronzo De Filipi – Magia
18. David Crosby – Orleans
19. Guitar Slim Green with Johnny & Shuggie Otis – Old Folks Boogie
20. Jimmy Tarbuck – Wastin’ Time
21. Ilian – Sometimes
22. Michele – Know Yourself
23. Frank Palmes – I’m Gonna Cross The River of Jordan Some of These Days
24. Rev. J.M Gates – Oh Death, Where Is Thy Sting
25. The Hykkers – Stone The Flower
26. Lord Sitar – I Am The Walrus
27. Mountain Bus – Sundance
28. The Myrrors – Entranced Earth
29. Linn County – Moon Food
30. Ultimate Spinach – Mind Flowers
31. Pastor T. L. Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir – Nobody Knows
1. Asha Bhosle – Mera Pyar Shalimar
2. The Velvet Underground – We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together
3. Kittu – Baby Let’s Dance Together
4. Don Cherry – Brown Rice
5. Peaking Lights – All The Sun That Shines
6. Ananda Shankar – Raghupati
7. Kishore Kumar – Zindagi Ke Safar Mein
8. Lesley Duncan – Love Song
9. Condello – Crystal Clear
10. The Brazda Brothers – Walking Into The Sun
11. The Seeds – Travel With Your Mind
12. 13th Floor Elevators – Slide Machine
13. Emitt Rhodes – Time Will Show The Wiser
14. Waynell Jones – Jaybird Boogie
15. Bo Diddley – Prisoner Of Love
16. Suni McGrath – Picnic On The Moor
17. Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band (12/31/69)
18. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman & Ustad Amjad Ali Khan – Alap, Gat Tritaal & Ektaal
19. John Fahey – Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker II
20. Bubble Puppy – Beginning
21. Fairport Convention – Matty Groves
22. Beacon Street Union – Green Destroys The Gold
23. The Poppy Family – I Thought Of You Again
24. Johnny & The Attractions – Young Wings Can Fly
25. Lata Mangeshkar – Aaina Wohi Rehta Hai
26. Suzanne Ciani – Wind In The Sea
27. Aphrodite’s Child – Loud, Loud, Loud
28. Neil Young – See The Sky About To Rain
29. Bob Dylan – Visions of Johanna
Welcome to 2015, friends! We’re psyched to kick of the year with this stacked show announcement–the first of many to come in this bright new year. For those unfamiliar with Columbian electronic experimental artist Lido Pimienta, prepare to be enlightened by one of the top musical forces on the scene right now. It all goes down January 23 at Smiling Buddha with Ken Park and Carl Didur providing support.
(Rod Serling Intro)
1. Peter Green – Apostle
2. Psychic Ills – FBI
3. Bardo Pond – Inside
4. Doomsquad – Kalaboogie
5. Rose Windows – Native Dreams
6. Zacht Automaat – We Can’t Help You If We Can’t Find You
7. Z O N E S – Sneaky Mist
8. Merrel Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty – A Visit With Ashiya
9. Group 1850- Steel Sings
As a music journalist, I receive a rather large number of press releases and pitches from a countless number of publicists and PR agents. Over the years, I’ve learned to sift through the sheer mass of these releases, preferring only to pursue musics sent by those with both a curated focus and a discerning taste. Some of these folks are constantly at the cutting age of “21st century music,” and falling behind on the bands they are representing means falling behind on what is current and relevant to the most discerning, critical-minded listeners in today’s vast musical world.
If music was to follow the global changes that have taken place over the past 50-odd years, what “should” it sound like today? I sometimes feel like I’m behind the times, simply because I’m still listening to bands that use instruments, and have real people playing them. Walk into these avant-garde venues in the deepest and most subterranean rooms in Brooklyn and, these days, and you’ll typically find one person controlling an array of equipment that is only sold in stores that opened within the past 10-20 years. Stores that are completely foreign to me. Take the guitar store down the street from my apartment, for example. Years back, it was a guitar store and a used guitar store split in two. Now, the used side is gone and it’s been replaced by a “studio” department that sells everything from oscillators to monitors to samplers to stuff where I really don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s a far cry from the four-tracks and basic studio equipment that The Beatles revolutionized on Sgt Peppers, or the drum machines and flangers of the 70s and 80s.
I was rather pleased to receive word from Woodsman guitarist Trevor Peterson last week, informing me of the completion of their new album and its forthcoming release in early 2014. It’s been almost three years since the Brooklyn-via-Denver trio put out their 2011 Rare Forms LP, an album that saw the group diverting from their instrumental path toward a more stoned-out, vocal-driven sound. But over the course of a handful of EPs since then, Woodsman gradually rerouted their musical course back to the cosmically transcendent soundscapes that began their humble beginnings. That vision is fully realized on the new, appropriately self-titled LP from which you can hear the first track, “Healthy Life,” below.
Baltimore’s Other Colors have been mining the well of “exploratory pop” music for the past few years, putting out home recordings driven by infectious melodies, vocal harmonies and atmospheric lo-fi production. Comprised of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Ryerson on guitar and vocals, Pat Berberich on bass guitar and vocals, and Dan Whatley on keyboard, guitar and vocals, the group teamed up with members of Dope Body and Wye Oak for their latest album, Free Thoughts, now available digitally and on cassette via Genpop. Stream it below.
Other Colors play our co-presented show in Toronto tomorrow night alongside Jacco Gardner and company. Details HERE.
Here’s the latest video from Brooklyn’s Superhuman Happiness, who are playing our show with Os Tropies tomorrow night at The Garrison in Toronto. Our very own Bearded Rainbow will be providing the evening’s projections. RSVP for the show here. We hope to see you there!
Our Solar System is a newly formed 10 piece musical collective—featuring members of Dungen, Life on Earth!, The Amazing, Me and My Kites and more—in which each musician represents an element of our solar system, whether it be a planet, an astroid belt or Pluto. Illustrating a journey through space, each planet was described in a few keywords, a fusion of the members’ mutual associations based on emotion and poetry rather than science. These keywords thus became the score they’ve been working on since.
On October 29, the good people at Beyond Beyond is Beyond will release Our Solar System’s debut album, Vårt Solsystem, recorded live one hot summer afternoon in the amphitheater at Raven mountain in Vårberg, and one cold November night at a magical party in an old movie theater in Kärrtorp. Each song is also named after an element in our solar system—many of the Swedish titles share the same spelling as their English equivalents, while others like “Asteroidbältet” aren’t too hard to decipher—drawing comparison to Miles Davis’ far out sonic journeys on Bitches Brew, as well as Alice Coltrane, Acid Mothers Temple, and Can.
Our Solar System is a community without a leader, a floating crowd of people, where everyone who wants to be part of creating within these cosmic frames are welcome. The dream is to one day see representatives of Our Solar System around the world, illustrating the concept in all the arts in all kinds of contexts for all kinds of audiences. Only your imagination sets the limits!
Listen to the first track (or planet), “Mars,” below.
Download/stream our August 2013 Mix below. Thanks to RavenVal for the art!
1. The Memphis Jug Band – K.C. Moan
2. Bruce Springstten – Tate Strooper (Mau Remix)
3. Can – …And More
4. The Seeds – Now A Man
5. Temples – Shelter Song
6. Night Beats – Outta Mind
7. 13th Floor Elevators – I Had To Tell You
8. The Deviants – Child Of The Sky
9. Steve Gunn – Trailways Ramble
10. Country Joe & The Fish – Sad And Lonely Times
11. Bert Jansch – Heartbreak Hotel
12. Beacon Street Union – Mystic Mourning
13. The Sea-Ders – Thanks A Lot
14. Anonymous – Pike River
15. Jacques Dutronc – L’espace D’une Fille
16. Khánh Ly & Trịnh Công Sơn – Goi Ten Bon Mua
17. Kraftwerk – Heimatklange (The Bells Of Home)