Thursday, July 23, 2020

Can't Feel At Home




(oystered 59)

1. His Name Is Alive "~intro~ 'Last One' (excerpt)" Stars On E.S.P. (4AD)
2. The Howling Hex "Words" Knuckleball Express (Fat Possum)
3. Psychic Ills "Never Learn Not To Love" Never Learn Not To Love/ Cease To Exist (Sacred Bones)
4. Sonic Boom "Just A Little Piece Of Me" All Things Being Equal (Carpark)
5. Sun Araw "78 Sutra" Rock Sutra (Sun Ark)
6. France Jobin "p" Death Is Perfection, Everything Else Is Relative (Editions Mego)
7. Brett Naucke & Ryley Walker "Vocoder Divorce" I Am Aware We Do Not Save One Another Very Often (self-released)
8. Kyle Bobby Dunn "Cescon (field version)" Selected Ambient Expansion Pack (self-released)
9. Tom James Scott "Hapax" Mine Is The Heron (Students Of Decay)
10. Marcus Fischer "Arctic 3" Arctic/ Antarctic (Luxus-Arctica Int'l)
11. Rafael Anton Irisarri "Vanishing Points" Peripeteia (Black Truffle)
12. CV & JAB "Stone Circle" Landscape Architecture (Editions Basilic)
13. Christopher Bissonnette "The Desire To Destroy Beauty" The Wine Dark Sea (Dronarivm)
14. Élodie "Heure Dorée" Le Nid d'Ivoire (La Scie Dorée)
15. Simon Scott "Fen(ce)" Migrations (Touch)
16. Federico Durand "Jardin de Musgo" Alba (12k)
17. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma "Door With No Sign" Door With No Sign (Mexican Summer Looking Glass)
18. Corey Fuller "Sanctuary (b neptune's 'radio edit')" Sanctuary (self-released)

Arcing like a siren's blat that suddenly softens, skimming on water; buoyant in dusk's dimming light.

2020 coronavirus quarantine mix Q2. All songs released or reissued in 2020, except track one, 1996, His Name Is Alive.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

So Far Away, From My Friends




(oystered 58)

1. ~intro~
2. Zelienople "America" Hold You Up (Miasmah)
3. Vladislav Delay "Raakile" Rakka (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
4. Beatrice Dillon "Workaround Four" Workaround (PAN)
5. Stephen J. Malkmus "The Greatest Own In Legal History" Traditional Techniques (Matador)
6. Michael Grigoni & Stephen Vitiello "Transparent As A Hanging Glass" Slow Machines (12k)
7. Fabio Orsi "Vibra 02" Vibra (Fluid Audio)
8. Botany "Fourteen 45 Tails" Fourteen 45 Tails (Longform Editions)
9. Jan St. Werner feat. Mark E. Smith "VS Cancelled" Molocular Meditation (editions Mego)
10. Jeff Parker & The New Breed "Build A Nest (feat. Ruby Parker)" Suite For Max Brown (International Anthem)
11. Andrew Chalk & Daisuke Suzuki "Natsukodachi" Thanking You (Black Truffle)
12. Britton Powell "If Anything Is" If Anything Is (Catch Wave Ltd.)
13. Califone "By The Time Starlight Reaches Our Eyes [b. neptune edit]" Echo Mine (Jealous Butcher)
14. Six Organs Of Admittance "Two Forms Moving" Companion Rises (Drag City)
15. Matt LaJoie "Showers Over Birch Point" Everlasting Spring (Flower Room)
16. Richard Skelton "The Oracle Bone" The Oracle Bone (Aeolian)
17. Keith Fullerton Whitman "Broadcast's 'Echo's Answer'" Resonators (1) (self-released)

As worldly pleasures wave goodbye, music is and always has been an ideal vehicle for social seclusion; the perfect getaway tool. The unfortunate circumstance impacting all of us right now has provided me a little extra time to curate this rather wildly disparate set of restless isolationism and deep melancholy alongside more joyful tones, campfire pop and microdot escapism. Stay down.
[all songs Q1 2020 except ~intro~]

Sunday, October 14, 2018

I'm In Love, What's That Song?!



(oystered 57)

1. R.E.M. "The Flowers Of Guatemala" (Life's Rich Pageant, 1986)
2. ~false intro~
3. The Replacements "Can't Hardly Wait" (Pleased To Meet Me, 1987)
4. Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Songs From The Big Chair, 1985)
5. U2 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (The Joshua Tree, 1987)
6. Simple Minds "Alive & Kicking" (Once Upon A Time, 1985)
7. The Church "Under The Milky Way Tonight" (Starfish, 1988)
8. The Perfect Disaster "T.V. (Girl On Fire)" (Asylum Road, 1988)
9. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy "Angels" (Distressed Gentlefolk, 1986)
10. New Order "Love Vigilantes" (Low Life, 1985)
11. Modern English "I Melt With You" (I Melt With You, 1982)
12. Felt "Primitive Painters" (Ignite The Seven Cannons and Set Sail For The Sun, 1985)
13. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark "If You Leave" (If You Leave, 1985)
14. INXS "This Time" (Listen Like Thieves, 1985)
15. Love And Rockets "Waiting For The Flood" (Earth Sun Moon, 1987)
16. Bruce Springsteen "Growin' Up" (Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., 1973)
17. Talking Heads "And She Was" (Little Creatures, 1985)
18. Echo & The Bunnymen "All My Life" (Echo & The Bunnymen, 1987)

Inspired by an inspired lost found(!) weekend with old friends. Equal parts goosebumps, bedroom nostalgia, teenage lust, insecurities, school dances, talent shows...
Goin' wayback!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Electric Campfires (4)



(oystered 56)

1. Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri "Entre La Niebla" La Equidistancia (A Strangely Isolated Place)
2. Golden Retriever "Sunsight" Rotations (Thrill Jockey)
3. GAS "Narkopop 7" Narkopop (Kompakt)
4. Janek Schaefer "Falls From Favour" Glitter In My Tears (Room40)
5. Byron Westbrook "Ritual Geometry / Sympathetic Bodies" Body Consonance (Hands In The Dark)
6. Leyland 'The Caretaker' Kirby "Consolation/ I Still Feel As Though I Am Me [b. neptune mix]" We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives/ Everywhere At The End Of Time (History Always Favours The Winners)
7. Stephan Mathieu "Gisèle" RADIANCE X: Her Dark Gaze Drowned In Light (Schwebung)
8. Monster Rally "Vaqueros De La Isla" Flowering Jungle (Gold Robot)
9. Jon Porras "Still Life" Tokonoma (Geographic North)
10. The Fun Years "A Decade of Weakness Pt II" Heroes Of The Second Story Walk-Up (Spring Break)
11. Island People "Vogelsang" Island People (Raster-Media)
12. Alexis Georgopoulos & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma "Lost Summer" Fragments Of A Season (Emotional Response)
13. Taylor Deupree "Aoka" Somi (12k)
14. Auburn Lull "Mora=Mirage" Hypha (Azure Vista)
15. Olli Aarni "Hehkuva Tuuli" Nielu (Florabelle)

Saving the best for last—maybe. The set opens with what was the inspiration and motivation behind all six year-end surveys—a collaboration between Leandro Fresco, from Argentina, known for his spacious pop-ambient style and Rafael Anton Irisarri, whose sound, more often than not, is altogether more suffocating—the impetus being, to create better versions of Kompakt’s own yearly Pop Ambient dispatches, which, I’d like to think, the three Electric Campfires from this year, does fairly well. And, to feature only one song per release/ artist combination, showcasing just how much great music is being released—the three Electric Campfires alone cover 47 songs from 45 different releases and 44 artist combinations.

From lesser knowns to ambient veterans, the mix concludes with a strong one-two (three-four) punch. First, a nostalgic and unlikely take from Alexis Georgopoulos and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, recalling some underrepresented sounds--still--from the mid-‘80s, followed by a Taylor Deupree trifecta—first, a track from his Somi album, then two mastering jobs, the first, a vulnerable, deliberate and devastatingly charming track from Auburn Lull (song of the year?); the second, a lengthy nod out from Fennoscandia’s Olli Aarni, appropriately pure and classic.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Electric Campfires (3)



(oystered 55)

1. Yui Onodera "Nine Chairs To The Moon" Pop Ambient 2018 (Kompakt)
2. Marcus Fischer "Murmurations/ Variation Seven [b. neptune mix]" Loss/ Film Variations (12k/ bandcamp, self released)
3. Sarah Davachi "For Piano" All My Circles Run (Students Of Decay)
4. Loren Connors "Oh, My Beloved" Evangeline (Recital)
5. Growing "No Trace" Disorder (Important)
6. The Inward Circles "Scaleby, I" Scaleby (Corbel Stone Press)
7. Konrad Sprenger "Opening" Stack Music (PAN)
8. Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi "Burrata" Hotel Record (Black Truffle)
9. Aquarelle "Open Absence (Parts 1 & 2) [b. neptune mix]" Leave Corners (Debacle)
10. Billy Gomberg "9:21" A Changed Meaning (Strange Rules)
11. Bellows "A2 Untitled" Sander (Latency)
12. Maxwell August Croy & Sean McCann "Vesper" II (bandcamp, self-released)
13. Elodie "Le Temps d'Antan" Vieux Silence (Ideologic Organ)
14. William Basinski "A Shadow In Time [b. neptune edit]" A Shadow In Time (2062)
15. Roger Eno "Stasis Affected" This Floating World (Recital)

Part five of six, and second of three ambient-themed 2017 year-end surveys. Originally inspired by Kompakt’s yearly Pop Ambient compilations, this installment features more blissed out and ecstatic, glitched up, melancholic, pensive and reflective tracks from the likes of Marcus Fischer, Aquarelle, William Basinski, Oren Ambarchi with his partner Crys Cole, Richard Skelton and Andrew Chalk (as one half of Elodie) as well as Brian’s brother, Roger Eno, among many other notables.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tech-yes (1)



(oystered 54)

1. The Orb “4am Exhale (Dave Dk Accellerator mix)” Total 17 (Kompakt)
2. Lee Gamble “East Sedducke” Mnestic Pressure (Hyperdub)
3. Porter Ricks “Port of Tangency” Anguilla Electrica (Tresor)
4. Tilliander “Mokirian Tekno Trak” Compuriddum (iDEAL)
5. Voigt & Voigt “Tribute to a Greek God” Total 17 (Kompakt)
6. Ricardo Villalobos “Empirical House” Emperical House (a:rpia:r)
7. Inventing Masks “3’19”” 2nd (Error Broadcast)
8. Four Tet “You Are Loved” New Energy (Text)
9. Burnt Friedman & Mohammad Reza Mortazavi “Yek 132-11” Yek (Nonplace)
10. M.E.S.H. “Diana Triplex” Hesaitix (PAN)
11. Eric Copeland “Close Encounters” Goofballs (DFA)
12. Jürgen Paape “Always Disko” Total 17 (Kompakt)
13. Demian “Milestars” Total 17 (Kompakt)
14. Thomas Brinkmann “Sweetback” Retrospektiv (Third Ear)
15. NHK yx Koyxen “Finding” Exit Entrance (DFA)
16. Melchior Productions “The Hope” Superlongevity 6 (Perlon)
17. Jan Jelinek “Poren” Loop Finding Jazz Records (Faitiche)

Fourth overall 2017 year-end survey is an eclectic mix of electronic cuts, from after-party rave-downs, minimal dub and futuristic jams to crunchy techno grooves, anthemic and emotional dancefloor fillers, extended zone-outs and more effervescent and jazz mood-pieces featuring the likes of The Orb, Jan Jelinek, Ricardo Villalobos, Andreas Tilliander, Porter Ricks, Four Tet and more.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Universal Frequencies (2)

(oystered 53)

1. Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions "Let Me Get There (Acoustic)" Son Of A Lady (Tendril Tales)
2. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile "Over Everything" Lotta Sea Lice (Matador)
3. The Cairo Gang "Real Enough To Believe" Untouchable (god?)
4. Ducktails "Light A Candle" Jersey Devil (New Images)
5. Beck "Wow" Colors (Capitol)
6. Sun Araw "Orthus" The Saddle Of The Increate (Sun Ark)
7. Ariel Pink "Feels Like Heaven" Dedicated To Bobby Jameson (Mexican Summer)
8. Crescent "I'm Not Awake" Resin Pockets (Geographic)
9. King Krule "Cadet Limbo" The OOZ (True Panther Sounds)
10. Six Organs Of Admittance "Taken By Ascent" Burning The Threshold (Drag City)
11. Gunn-Truscinski Duo "Seagull For Chuck Berry" Bay Head (Three Lobed)
12. Wooden Wand "Mood Indica (Reprise)/ One Can Only Love [b. neptune mix]" Clipper Ship (Three Lobed)
13. The War On Drugs "Strangest Thing" A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)
14. Acetone "Smokey" 1992-2001 (Light In The Attic)
15. Roe Enney "Aquatron" Glare (Root Strata)
16. Peaking Lights "I'll Be In The Sky" The Fifth State Of Consciousness (Two Flowers)
17. Video Salon "Stars Reflecting" Video Salon (Not Not Fun)
18. Saint Etienne "London Like A Distant Sun/ Doods Brow/ Obvious [b. neptune's 'classic '90's threebanger' b-sides medley]" Dive (Heavenly)
19. Kelly Lee Owens "Bird" Kelly Lee Owens (Smalltown Supersound)

Second and final installment (3rd of 6) of my year-end surveys regarding pop and rock formats. Featuring a wide mix of artists, from Beck, The War on Drugs, The Cairo Gang, King Krule and Ariel Pink to the more experimental and underserved styles of Wooden Wand, Crescent and Sun Araw. Also, a highlight from the Acetone retrospective on Light In The Attic, an electrifying performance from guitarrorists Steve Gunn and John Truscinski, a surprising debut from Kelly Lee Owens, but most of all, a classic, exquisitely delicious '90’s b-sides medley from Saint Etienne, proving adeptly that they’re still able to create timeless intercontinental pop tropes. Tilt!