Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fluid Sketches - a Loscil tribute


I love the music of Loscil.

I have been listening to Loscil for ten years and I look forward to new releases more than ever.  Loscil made it into my mix of favorite ambient artists and my mix of favorite ambient albums of all time.  I consider Loscil music to be perfect ambient/electronic music.

Scott Morgan is the man behind Loscil and he has just released a new album - "Sea Island".  I knew I was going to like it even before I heard it and I was right.  This new recording is everything you'd expect from a Loscil album with some new twists.  In addition to the familiar electronics, the tracks here also utilize vibraphone, voice, violin and piano.

You can stream the album here... SEA ISLAND STREAM.

You can buy it here... SEA ISLAND at KRANKY RECORDS.

The first track on the mix is from "Sea Island".  I only included 3 Loscil tunes because posting on Mixcloud only allows 3 tracks from the same artist per mix.  So to get around that, sort of, I included a bunch of Loscil remixes in addition to songs that just sounded like they fit.

I hope you like the mix and if you do, support Scott by buying a shitload of his music. :)


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Loscil - Catalina 1943
  • 06:20    Rezo Glonti - Sun of Tibati
  • 11:00    Heathered Pearls - Beach Shelter(loscil grind remix)
  • 14:15    Loscil - Zephyr and Zephyr with wind and strings 
  • 18:50    Anjou - Readings
  • 23:40    Fieldhead - I'm fond of maps
  • 26:30    Benoit Pioulard - Florid(Loscil remix)
  • 31:35    Marconi Union - Weightless #2
  • 38:00    Deep Chord - Red Lantern part 3
  • 40:55    Dakota Suite - Things We Lost(Loscil remix)
  • 46:50    Ethernet - Into The Woods(Loscil remix)
  • 52:05    Loscil - Endless Falls
  • 59:08    end





Sunday, November 09, 2014

Sunday Morning Music vol. 9 - Fall Back



Here's another entry in the Sunday Morning Music series.  This follows the template fo earlier mixes - mostly instrumental, some vocals, some jazz, some old some new.  I called it Fall Back because it was intended to be posted last weekend when daylight saving came to an end but stuff always seems to get in the way.

My favorite cut in the mix is "Art Decade" by Dylan Howe from his excellent album, "SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin."  The album is a set of jazz covers of Bowie's Berlin instrumentals and it's awesome.  You can get it on Bandcamp here... SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin.  

The King Crimson instrumental is from the Elements tour box set which I picked up when I saw Crimson in Madison.  It was easily one of the best shows I've ever seen.  Their music has been such a part of my life for such a long time that at times the music was almost overwhelming.  I nearly cried when they played Schizoid Man for the encore.

Other excellent new music in this mix comes from Bill Frisell, Piers Faccini and Vincent Segal, Daniel Lanois and one of my favorite ambient albums of the year, "Headspace" by Tonepoet, which you can find here... Headspace.

Enjoy


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Bill Frisell - Lift Off
  • 02:00    Dylan Howe - Art Decade(Bowie cover)
  • 06:27    King Crimson - Fallen Angel(instrumental)
  • 07:56    Steve Tibbetts - Kuladzokpa
  • 09:05    Piers Faccini and Vincent Segal - The Closing of Our Eyes
  • 11:25    Tonepoet - With a Whisper It's Gone
  • 14:30    Bill Frisell - Reflections from the Moon
  • 17:35    The Antlers - Parade
  • 22:05    Land Observations - From the Heights of the Simplon Pass
  • 26:35    Masayoshi Fujita - Snowstorm
  • 29:50    Hopper and Gowen - Morning Order
  • 36:15    El Fog - Flip and Dub
  • 40:28    Daniel Lanois - Iceland
  • 42:52    Devotchka - The Winner Is
  • 45:53    Mahavishnu Orchestra - You Know You Know
  • 50:30    The Six Parts Seven - Now Like Photographs
  • 54:44    Islands of Light - Praeludium
  • 56:15    Wave Temples - Birds of the Looking Jar No. 3
  • 56:30    Alejandro Franov - Pasando el Mar
  • 1:00:05    end





Sunday, September 28, 2014

Slowcoustic


This mix grew out of a collection of vacation songs.  I wanted to put some tunes together for relaxing on the pier or around the fire.  Once I started finding songs I decided to make all of them vocal acoustic tunes and the rest just fell into place.  The whole mix is nice and slow and quiet.  And of course acoustic.

There are a few great covers here, like the Sarah Jarosz & Phosphorescent covers.  I was pleased to be able to finally use "Slumber My Darling" by Alison Krauss & Yo Yo Ma.  It's on my list of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.  

I used some all-time favorite artists in here - Avetts, Sufjan, Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, Paul Simon.  Mostly this is a mix of older songs with some new-ish cuts.  There's not much else to say other than I really like this mix, and I can see listening to it for years to come.

Enjoy.





T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    J. Tillman - Under The Sun
  • 04:20    The Avett Bros. - The Ballad of Love and Hate
  • 09:34    Andrew Bird - Night Sky
  • 13:28    Sarah Jarosz - Simple Twist of Fate(Dylan cover)
  • 18:15    Iron & Wine - Tree by the River
  • 21:39    Bob Dylan - Buckets of Rain
  • 24:55    Calexico - When Bellows Crack
  • 28:30    Alison Krauss & Yo Yo Ma - Slumber My Darling
  • 33:10    Boy & Bear - Fall at Your Feet(Crowded House cover)
  • 35:00    The Lumineers - This Must Be The Place(T Heads cover)
  • 38:17    Paul Simon - Hearts & Bones
  • 43:53    Bon Iver - For Emma
  • 47:15    Reigning Sound - Once More
  • 49:50    The Low Anthem - (Don't) Tremble
  • 54:00    Phosphorescent - Ya Hey(Vampire Wknd cover)
  • 59:40    Clem Snide - Find Love
  • 01:02:14    Paul Simon - American Tune
  • 01:05:55    Walter Martin - Sing to Me
  • 01:08:53    Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
  • 01:11:33    Fleet Foxes - Blue Spotted Tail
  • 01:14:10    J. Tillman - A Year in the Kingdom
  • 01:16:43    Iron & Wine - Sodom, South Georgia
  • 01:21:38    Damien Rice - The Rat Within The Grain
  • 01:24:24    Andrew Bird - Sovay
  • 01:29:00   Calexico - Better and Better
  • 01:31:17    The Avett Bros. - Famous Flower of Manhattan
  • 01:35:09    end



Saturday, September 13, 2014

16 Life Changing Albums



I just posted this same long note to Facebook and thought it might interest a few folks here.  I friend that I've known since my college radio days, posted 16 albums that were influential in forming his musical identity and nominated me to do the same.  These aren't necessarily my favorite albums of all time(though some are).  Some introduced me to new sounds or artists.These recordings form a timeline of my musical evolution. 

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Jethro Tull - Aqualung (1971)
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)
Genesis - Wind & Wuthering (1976)
David Bowie - Low (1977)
Brian Eno - Before & After Science (1977)
Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer (1977)
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (1978)
Brian Eno - Music for Airports (1978)
The Police - Outlandos d'Amour (1978)
Peter Gabriel - 3 (1980)
Talking Heads - Remain in Light (1980)
Bryne & Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth (1986)
Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return (1988)
Avett Brothers - Emotionalism (2007)



I was a high school freshman with mediocre music taste(Beatles, Elton John, Foghat), when my brother changed my life, musically.  In 1974 for my 14th birthday, he gave me 4 albums - David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Led Zepplin I, Rod Stewart - Every Picture tells a Story and Jethro Tull - Aqualung.  Bowie & Tull were very important in setting me on a path of musical discovery.

I remember listening to Pink Floyd on headphones, playing it on my parents giant RCA console stereo.  It blew me away & started a love affair with prog rock.  Speaking of prog, my entre to Genesis was "Wind & Wuthering" which is why it's on the list rather than "The Lamb."  I won the album from a local radio station & had no idea what the music was like. 20 or 30 albums later I guess I liked that first taste.

I didn't like Bowie's "Low" album when I first heard it.  But it grew on me & it was my introduction to Brian Eno.  I bought Eno's "Before & After Science" just because of his association with Bowie and that lead to a lifelong obsession with all things Eno.

I picked up the Tangerine Dream album because it was used in a William Friedkin film & I liked the Tubular Bell's cut he used in The Exorcist.  "Sorcerer" was probably my first all electronic album and played a big part in my love for synths.

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians is probably one of the best albums ever recorded.  I was completely amazed when I heard it for the first time.  Totally different from anything I'd heard before.

Eno's "Music for Airports" is crucial to my musical development because of the role ambient has played in my musical life ever since this ground breaking album.

I put the Police album on the list not because it is an all time fav of mine.  It's there because of the way it changed my thinking.  At the time it was released I was heavy into prog rock & I knew very little of punk or new wave.  Then along comes this tight, catchy three piece and I started to realize that music could be more than 5 minute guitar solos.

PG - 3 was a sonic adventure due to Gabriel's use the Fairlight CMI sampling synth.  It is another album that just blew me away.

"Remain in Light," and "Bush of Ghosts" are important because of the different sonic worlds they exposed me to.  

David Sylvian - Gone to Earth is on the list cuz it's awesome.  Steve Roach - Dreamtime continued my love of ambient music & expanded it even further.

The only recent recording on the list is The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism.  Banjo!  Who knew I could love the banjo?!  It's also on the list because it represents a shift in my taste toward more "normal" music, essentially indie music, in recent years.  I still listen to the old stuff and I make ambient mixes, but much of my time is spent tracking down new stuff from artists like Andrew Bird, Alt-J, Deep Sea Diver, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, The Antlers, Strand of Oaks, Phantogram, etc.

If anybody cares to share their list, please do so.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

halftribe September Ambient Mix


Back in July I featured a guest mix from halftribe.  It was an excellent mix & a nice break for me.  Well, Ryan Bissett(halftribe) has kindly offered another mix and I jumped at the chance to post it.

This mix is absolutely pure ambient bliss.  A beautiful collection perfect for any time of year or any time of day.  I've been listening to it at work and have used it as sleep material as well.  Give it a listen/download, I'm sure any ambient lover will enjoy this mix.

Also swing by Ryan's halftribe pages:

Halftribe Bandcamp

Halftribe Soundcloud


Halftribe Mixcloud



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 T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00'00 Steiner - Happiness And The Longing For Repetition (Unfinished)
  • 05'30 SandStars - Finally Night (Original mix)
  • 12'07 Stabilo - Viridity
  • 19'00 Brandon Hurtado - Merci Et Bonne Nuit
  • 21'50 Massergy - Baptisia
  • 27'48 Halftribe - Holy Ground
  • 33'25 Rdei - Untitled
  • 36'16 SandStars - Cold Voice (Original mix)
  • 41'21 Masaya Ozaki - Alkaline Days
  • 45'17 Halftribe - The Secret Garden
  • 51'10 Gareth Dickson - Harmonics


 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Leaving the Station

cinemagraph by Julien Douvier - http://juliendouvier.tumblr.com/
Sometimes I go through phases of music listening.  I'll listen to a bunch of old prog rock for two weeks then move on.  I pull out some old Cantebury Scene stuff from the 70s for awhile.  Then I'll go on an early 80s new wave binge.  Then Americana.  Then ECM jazz.

This mix came out of one such binge.  I've been listening to a lot of Jean Michel Jarre & Tangerine Dream lately.  Jean Michel Jarre was a college favorite of mine.  My girlfriend in college loved JMJ.  Which is probably why I married her - how many college girls like Jean Michel Jarre?!

While bingeing on JMJ & TD I knew that I wanted to use them in a mix and the train theme just seemed to flow naturally from there.  So the first two JMJ tunes I chose specifically because of the train sounds in them.  I think I'd like to do another berlin school mix with all artists and music from the 1970s.

Enjoy.





T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Tangerine Dream - Love on a Real Train
  • 03:40    Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields pt. 3
  • 06:33    Dadub - Arrival
  • 09:10    Miktek - Elsewhere(fade edit)
  • 14:40    Evan Marc + Steve Hillage - Resurface
  • 16:30    Tangerine Dream - Rain and Thunder(Sorcerer Cinematographic Score)
  • 23:00    Jean Michel Jarre - Ethnicolor II
  • 25:55    Grumbling Fur - Eyoreseye
  • 31:33    Mark McGuire - The Instinct
  • 37:25    ??? - ???
  • 41:20    Mohn - Saturn
  • 48:45    Plastikman - Locomotion
  • 52:45    Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe VII
  • 59:10    Tangerine Dream - The Dream Is Always The Same
  • 1:02:24    end



Saturday, August 02, 2014

Driving all night



You're driving,
and it's dark and it's raining,
and you're on the edge of the city
and you've been driving all night.
And you took a turn back there
but you're not sure it was the right turn.
But you took the turn anyway,
just kept going in that direction.
And somehow it looks sort of familiar,
so you just keep driving.

Hello. Excuse me.
Can you tell me where I am?

You've been on this road before.
You can read the signs.
You can feel your way.
You can do this in your sleep.


This is a mix I did for the good folks at Intergalactic.FM.  Head over there for this and a ton of other mixes and radio shows.

Like most of my mixes there is a starting point or inspiration that gets the ball rolling.  In this case it was the Laurie Anderson track "Lighting Out For The Territories" from her United States Live album.  The cut is so atmospheric and moody.  It immediately conjures up images of lonely highways, lonely songs and tires thumping on the pavement.

I had a hard time deciding between cuts that have a lonely country, twangy feel and songs that are more pulsating, driving electronic in nature.  In the end I ended up with a little bit of everything.  The two tracks with vocals definitely have a lonely, plaintive quality.  That same feel is also present in the Daniel Lanois tunes and the instrumental from The Antlers(whose new album is fantastic by the way).

The tracks from Prins Thomas and Brian Reitzell are of the more electronic driving type.  Both have an old kraut rock feel to them that I love.  A totally different feel is found in pieces by Terminal Sound System and Talvihorros, sort of weird Twins Peaks vibe.  Which makes sense because the Talvihorros track is actually the Twin Peaks theme.  Most of the rest of the tunes just sort of felt right for a theme of night driving.

Laurie Anderson makes 4 or 5 appearances in the mix.  All are variations of the opening track. Usually with other rhythms or road sounds added in.

Enjoy.




T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Laurie Anderson - Lighting Out for the Territories
  • 02:20    Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
  • 07:00    London Grammar - Wicked Game(cover)
  • 10:30    Laurie Anderson - New Jersey Turnpike
  • 11:53    Brian Reitzell - Auto Music 2
  • 18:20    Calexico - Hair Like Spanish Moss
  • 22:05    Cowboy Junkies - 200 More Miles
  • 27:25    Bexar Bexar - n.r.o.t.
  • 30:30    Watter - Rustic Fog
  • 35:25    Daniel Lanois - New Smoke
  • 37:30    The Antlers - Jupiter
  • 42:00    Terminal Sound System - Duchamp Falls
  • 46:10    Hidden Orchestra - Strange
  • 52:30    Prins Thomas - Kavaler
  • 57:45    Cliff Martinez - Driving to the Bonaparte
  • 58:40    Daniel Lanois - Bell Toll
  • 59:55    Talvihorros - Twin Peaks Theme
  • 1:03:20    end




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer sleeps


This is one of those mixes where the title pretty much says it all...Summer Sleeps.  I found that if I keep titles fairly straight forward and clear that plays on Mixcloud go up a bit.

I listen to music every night when I go to bed.  And lately I was getting bored with old sleep mixes so of course the solution is to make a new one.  There's not much else to say about this mix, just lay back and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00'00    Stephen Vitiello and Taylor Deupree - From the Fish House
  • 06'00    Manual - Last Light
  • 10'50    Moon Eye Lids - My Only Moon...
  • 18'30    Sonmi451 - Ruis
  • 25'20    Budd and Eno - Against the Sky
  • 29'00    James Johnson - Entering Twilight
  • 37'50    Steinbruchel - Home
  • 44'15    Kyle Bobby Dunn - Powers of None
  • 48'22    Ruben Garcia - Rainy Day
  • 52'20    Tom Heasley - Ground Zero
  • 1'00'50    St. Kilda - You Are In Every Dream
  • 1'03'53    Tonepoet - So Gently We go
  • 1'11'20    Tiny Isles - With Thanks Petal
  • 1'15'00    Alio Die and Saffron Wood - The Sleep of Seeds
  • 1'18'10    33bowls - Morning
  • 1'24'10    James Johnson and Stephen Phillips - Lost at Dunn's Lake
  • 1'40'44    end



Sunday, July 06, 2014

Halftribe guest mix


The timing on this could be better.  I've been very busy lately and haven't been able to do a mix.  So it's the perfect time for a guest mix.

This mix comes to us from Ryan Bissett who produces ambient music as Halftribe.  What I love about guest mixes is that I'm usually unfamiliar with many of the tracks.  And this mix does exactly that.  Only two artists were known to me before I heard this mix.  Thanks to Ryan for introducing me to even more new music that I'll never have enough time to listen to. LOL!

Halftribe music is one of the discoveries in this mix.  Any ambient music fan will appreciate the music of Halftribe.  Here are some useful links to Ryan's music...

Halftribe Bandcamp

Halftribe Soundcloud

Halftribe Mixcloud

Thanks for the mix!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00'00   Halftribe - Excursion 4
  • 06'48   Pines - Dowsing Rod
  • 09'06   Letna - Koritnik
  • 13'22   Ex Confusion - Two Things 
  • 15'19   Lost Trail - A Stained August For The Jetcrash
  • 18'36   Moshimoss - Homeland
  • 21'30   Letna - Mokra Gora
  • 24'50   Halftribe ft OJWoods - Sleep Song
  • 29'10   Sandstars - Separation Anxiety (original mix)
  • 32'15   Izzard - Airways
  • 35'15   Caught In The Wake Forever - Meditation In Exile #2
  • 37'15   Linear Bells - L'Oisseau
  • 48'36   Ben Woods - No Word From Above, 
  • 50'00   Easychord - With Your Feet On The Dash
  • 53'20   Tone Color - Drone
  • 55'09   Milkky Wayy - Drone Me
  • 57'52   Zudi - Thank You Mr Karoshi

Monday, May 19, 2014

Always & Forever - Americana Vol. 1

I know this blog is supposed to be about ambient music but over the years I've posted some outliers - "Quintessential Jazz" "Footsteps" "Psalms and Lullabies" "Sunday Morning Music" "Vox Electronix" and some other odd balls.  It gets a little boring just mixing nothing but floating ambient so it's nice to branch out every now and then.

This mix, "Always & Forever," is definitely on a different branch of the musical tree than ambient.  It's a collection of Americana style tunes that I've been listening to a lot lately.

I've been a fan of the Avett Brothers since my daughter introduced me to them 7 or 8 years ago.  Listening to the banjo as used by the Avetts and Sufjan Stevens started me on a path to enjoying stripped down, acoustic, country/americana/roots/whatever-you-want-to-call-it music.

Even though this mix is Americana music I think it still retains some of the Low Light Mixes feel.  Most of the tunes are simple and laid back.

There are two soundtracks represented here, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Nebraska."  I love the beautiful simplicity of the "Nebraska" soundtrack.  It always conjures up the black and white landscape images from the film.

Oops, there are three soundtracks used in this mix.  I forgot about "Inside Llewyn Davis."  Another of my favorite films from last year.  The job Oscar Issac did was fabulous and so I couldn't resist using two cuts from the album.

Also included in this mix are four artists that I heard for the first time in 2013, Elephant Revival, Valerie June, Johnny Flynn and Gregory Alan Isakov.  All excellent recordings.

Some other artists that I just had to include are The Avett Brothers because, well, they're the Avett Brothers.  Also Blessed Feathers because they are local duo that does awesome music.  And Andrew Bird because he has become my favorite all around artist over the last 2 or 3 years.

I hope you all enjoy this newest diversion from the ambient formula.  I like this mix so much that I'll probably do more.

Cheers.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Oscar Issac & Marcus Mumford - Fare Thee Well(Dinks Song)
  • 02:52    We Are The West - JV Tryouts
  • 07:00    Night Beds - Even If We Try
  • 10:50    Avett Brothers - Souls Like The Wheels
  • 14:40   Mark Orton - Their Pie
  • 16:40    Blessed Feathers - Everyone I Love Is You
  • 20:55    Delta Spirit - Devil Knows You're Dead
  • 24:15    Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer - The Survivors
  • 27:15    Elephant Revival - Spinning
  • 29:33    Valerie June - Somebody to Love
  • 32:57    Johnny Flynn - Einstein's Idea
  • 38:45    Andrew Bird - Lit From Underneath
  • 42:00    Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden
  • 46:22    Gregory Alan Isakov - A Suitcase Full of Sparks
  • 50:15    Sarah Jarosz - Floating in the Balance
  • 53:00    Andrew Bird - Danse Carribe
  • 58:05   Oscar Issac - Green, Green Rocky Road 
  • 1:01:08    Elephant Revival - Remembering a Beginning
  • 1:04:55    Mark Orton - Magna Carta
  • 1:07:24    end