Silk ‘n’ Sweater Mix

A softly knit mix for Fall.

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  1. Shadows From Nowhere – Blue Gas [1983]
  2. Childhood Portrait – M. Grechuta [1982]
  3. Waitin’ – Zenit [1986]
  4. In A Landscape – John Cage [1947]
  5. Crow – Yasuaki Shimizu [1981]
  6. Romance – Hiroshi Suzuki [1975]
  7. So Low – Carol [1981]
  8. Laura – Brian Bennett [1973]
  9. What You Are – Pete Brandt’s Method [1980]
  10. For Where Have You Been – Honeybus [1972]
  11. Bubble Gun – Hefner [2000]
  12. Cool & Get Up – Quartz [1979]
  13. Grey Skies – Turquoise Days [1984]
  14. Find It In Your Eyes – The System [1983]
  15. Audio Trip – Dreamatic [1991]
  16. Illusions – Optik [1991]
  17. Autumn – Richenel [1982]

Highs in the 80s Mix

Usually I like my mixes to create a specific ambiance or take the listener on a guided sonic journey, but this is just a random mix of 80s boogie, post punk, pop, minimal, Italo, and more. Some recent favorites, longtime guilty pleasures, and forgotten tracks I rediscovered while putting together a background soundtrack for Pump Project’s closing party a couple of weeks ago. Here’s to shade trees, cold drinks, and the crushing anxiety of existence in a degenerate world.

Previous summer mixes: 2017, 201620142013, 2011, 2011.

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  1. Skyfire – Ehri Ohono [1981]
  2. Roof Garden – Al Jarreau [1981]
  3. You Got Me Hot – Aquai [1985]
  4. Slow Motion Kisses – Furniture [1989]
  5. Into Your Eyes – Chris Taylor [1984]
  6. Wait Forever – In Tension [?]
  7. Show Me – Starpoint [1982]
  8. She’s Got the Beat – The Judy’s [1981]
  9. One on One – Hall & Oates [1982]
  10. Beauty & The Beat – Ivy [1983]
  11. Transformation – Nona Hendryx [1983]
  12. Walkin Down The Subway – Exxess [1984]
  13. Elegance of an Only Dream – Felt [1985]
  14. Too Late for Goodbyes – Julian Lennon [1984]
  15. Down on the Street – Shakatak [1984]
  16. Smile on My Face – Tres [1985]
  17. Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena – Bappi Lahiri [1985]
  18. NEO-PLANT – Koharu Kisaragi & Ryuichi Sakamoto [1986]
  19. Stolen Love – Advertising [1978]
  20. Underwater Girl – The Tweeds [1978]
  21. Stepping In the Light – Another View [1980]
  22. Ma Boom Fey (Zanzibar Mix) – Cultural Vibe [1986]
  23. S&M (Sexy Music – Rated X) – De De [1983]
  24. Infectious Smile – The Delmontes [1980]
  25. Sending All My Love Out – Emerson [1988]
  26. Din Daa Daa – George Kranz [1983]

Summer 2017 Mix

Just a quick mix I put together over the weekend. Unfortunately I lost all the music downloaded since 2014 when I transferred to a new laptop earlier this month. Didn’t realize it till after I’d already wiped the old one. Argh!!

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  1. Soul Sauce – Cal Tjader [1964]
  2. Ur Life One Night – Unknown Mortal Orchestra [2015]
  3. Friend Zone – Thundercat [2017]
  4. Feelin Love (Psychemagik Remix) – Paula Cole [2010]
  5. Summerdays – Weekend [1982]
  6. Goodnight Jack – Saint Etienne [1998]
  7. Riddles of the Spinx – Vinyl Williams [2016]
  8. Turn Me On – Dinner [2016]
  9. Malibu Fun – Midnight Magic [2016]
  10. Feel Up (Extended Version) – Grace Jones [1981]
  11. Love Island – Fatboy Slim [1998]
  12. Carmine – Fit Siegel [2015]

 

2016 Mix

2016

2016 can best be summed up in the words of a gay Black man.

I’ve debated on whether or not to publish a favorite song list for the year. In regards to elections here and all over the world, I knew that keeping the status quo in power meant keeping things easy/hidden for another 20 years (which I was willing to play along with), but it at least would’ve bought us some time. Instead, the difficult realities I’ve foreseen intuitively for years will have to be faced much sooner than we’re prepared to deal with them. It feels like America is a runaway train about to fall off a cliff and we are powerless to stop it.

So let’s get on with it… [DOWNLOAD]

  1. My Love Is – Little Wille John [1961]
    Via Left of the Dial on KUTX.
  2. Sally Free and Easy – Marianne Faithfull [1966]
    Trees and Pentangle (two of my fave English folk bands) have done covers of this song, I’m including this one because it’s the best thing I’ve found to fill a musical gap for me. I spent a ton of time this summer researching a soundtrack to go with my Redneck Goth project because my visual art concepts are heavily musically influenced. I have a soundtrack in my head whenever I’m producing something, and I looked all over for good music to connect with my project – what I feel are the roots of country and goth – and that’s folk music. Depressing stories dealing with love and loss. The two diverged somewhere along the way about 40 years ago, and the artists that combined both either took themselves too seriously or were too campy. You either sound like a bad country radio hit or lame/gritty background music from a premium TV drama. The aesthetic of my zine just doesn’t exist and yet I can hear it in my head – take pop country songs and reinterpret them as shoegaze, and vice versa, or something like Air’s City Reading. This is about the closest I can get for now.
  3. Choke, Thirst, Die – Coven [1969]
    This one goes out to the GOP.
  4. Fire and Rain – The Isley Brothers [1971]
    I’ve always had an appreciation for James Taylor’s songwriting, but not much so for his vocals and production. The Isley Brothers put forth a different effect on their covers of white songwriters on their album Givin’ It Back. I feel like I finally “get” this song for the first time in my life.
  5. Sortilegio – Silvano D’Auria [1974]
    My love affair with library and soundtrack music continues. No particular reason for choosing this one except to mention that I found it on Instagram via @twoheadeddogmusic. @texasvinyl is another one of my favorite feeds.
  6. 6.4 = Make Out – Gary Wilson [1977]
    I forget how I found Gary Wilson’s music, but the first things that came to mind were: 1) Is he still alive? and 2) He should come to Austin! #2 has happened already – Wilson played SXSW in 2011.
  7. If We Took the Time – Ted Coleman Band [1980]
    I didn’t get a ton of new music this year from sources other than my usual radio shows, programs, and podcasts – when I wasn’t listening to house music at the gym, which comprised the vast majority of my music consumption. Simon Harrison of Basic Soul provided several jams as usual, including this one. I’m making this one my motto for 2017.
  8. (Just) Tell Me Pretty Lies – Lee Ritenour [1981]
    More Basic Soul goodness.
  9. (We don’t need this) Fascist Groove Thang – Heaven 17 [1981]
    Graphic design guru Michael Bierut tweeted this song earlier this week. Couldn’t be more appropriate.
  10. Paris – Taxi-Girl [1984]
    French post-punk.
  11. Faces – Clio [1985]
    “Faces” and its B-side “Feel the Fear” have become some of my favorite Italo tracks ever.
  12. Nexus On the Beach – Roberto Musci & Giovanni Venosta [1987]
    In case you didn’t know it, all the cool kidz have been listening to vintage New Age music for the last couple of years. I first got into this genre last year and recently came back for more. Prediction: more shamanistic vibes to come in 2017, for we’re really going to have to center ourselves to deal with what’s coming.
  13. Ahead the Ship Sleeps – FaltyDL [2014]
    Via Groove Salad.
  14. Sea Bering – Bill Converse [2016]
    I had a chance to catch a couple of Bill Converse sets around town this year and it was a lot of fun.
  15. Cerulean – Chambray [2016]
    I discovered Jimmy Edgar and the ULTRAMAJIC label a couple of years ago on Instagram and have been a big fan of the label’s reinterpretation of 90s electro/rave/house music.

Finally, lest we forget, 2016 was the year that also gave us S I M P S O N W A V E.

Women in Psych Mix

WomenPsych

Female singers, songwriters and instrumentalists from the late 60s and early 70s.

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  1. World of Dreams – The Cake
  2. Sally Go Round The Roses – Grace Markay
  3. Hide & Seek – Feminine Complex
  4. What A Way To Die – Pleasure Seekers
  5. Twilight Dreamer – Earth & Fire
  6. Little Sadie – Trees
  7. Beauty – Mad Curry
  8. Tuesday – Birtha
  9. Hard Chargin’ Woman – Zephyr
  10. Lottery – Rochelle Rosenthal and the Kickball Queen
  11. No Warmth In My Life – Room
  12. People on the Highway – The Pentangle
  13. Number 33 – Jan & Lorraine
  14. God Bless The Chile – Fifty Foot Hose
  15. Evening’s Child – Savage Rose
  16. Port and Lemon Lady – Goliath
  17. Hazy Paradise – Earth & Fire
  18. I Am And So Are You – Affinity
  19. Eli’s Coming – Affinity

Re-linked Wydeflowers Mix

wyldeflowers

A vernal, verdant psych mix for spring.

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  1. Kites Are Fun – The Free Design
  2. Tomorrow – Strawberry Alarm Clock
  3. Oh, What A Lovely Day – Steff Sulke
  4. Last Night The Flowers Bloomed – Dave Travis Extreme
  5. In A Garden – Young Californians
  6. Love Story – Jethro Tull
  7. Easy Street – Eddie Howell
  8. The Ark – Chad & Jeremy
  9. Nature Boy – Gandalf
  10. We Gathered In Spring – Midlake
  11. Leaf And Stream – Wishbone Ash
  12. Bluebell Dance – Forest
  13. That’s The Way – Led Zeppelin

Texas wildflowers in the graphic: bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, dandelions, Indian firewheels, evening primrose, winecups.

extra~terresterial Mix

Room6-AllSpeechIsLabored_ThereIsNothingManCanSay.indd

This is a mix I started putting together last fall since Raw Paw was publishing several of my Rooms series in their gorgeous Alien zine (which is so much more than a zine – it’s really a beautifully printed art book). But I finally found some lo-fi electro tracks to fill in my perceived musical gaps. To accompany the mix, I’m including an unreleased Room that I’ve never included with show or publication submissions because I didn’t feel it was quite done, but fits the mood of this mix appropriately. Headphones recommended. [DOWNLOAD]

  1. Way Out Of Living – Linear Movement [2008]
    Pretty sure I either heard this on Intersonik (indie radio stream from Greece) or La Grieta (stream from Acapulco native living in Houston).
  2. Astral Decoy – Michal Turtle [1983]
    According to discogs, the title of this album is true – it was, in fact, recorded in a living room. Michael Turtle is an English jazz/electro composer who went on to compose music for TV commercials in Switzerland (which, considering the link between early electro and commercial/library music is not surprising). Found on YouTube via Music From Memory, the record label that re-realeased Leon Lowman’s work from the late 70s’/early 80’s, which I discovered via the Basic Soul podcast, of course.
  3. Birds of Paradise (dub version) – Peaking Lights [2011]
    Don’t know much about them, see #1.
  4. Opus 11 – Fifty Foot Hose [1968]
    My favorite female-fronted psych/electro/prog/jazz band from San Fransisco. Ahead of their time.
  5. Three Small Coins – Craig Leon [1982]
    Experimental/lo-fi/library-ish weirdness. Sounds a little bit like “Alone In Kyoto” from Air’s soundtrack for Lost In Translation. Pitchfork has more info here.
  6. Time Travellers – Galactic Warriors [2013]
    Koto reboot.
  7. Shadow World – Xeno & Oaklander [2009]
    See #1. I’ve basically had dozens of songs from these sources on file for several years that I love, but wasn’t sure what to do with.
  8. Southern Cross – 808 State [1993]
    Back when house/acid artists could put out a catchy club track and have the rest of their output be more composition-oriented. I think some artists in the late 80s/early 90s picks up where 70s prog/jazz/electro artists left off.
  9. Suite No. 5 in C Major (Jupiter) – Antoine Fouqeray [1747]
    Fouqeray was a court harpsichordist and composer for Louis XIV (that’s Louis quatorze), but according to Wikipedia he was also a huge asshole who divorced his wife and had his son put in prison (more like Fuck-er-ay). My graphic design clients at the Arizona Early Music Society turned me on to this shimmering piece. Some commenters on YouTube say that this version is played much too fast, but I like it.
  10. Fantasy – Kim Rapatti [2007]
    Industrial-goth-electro-tastic!
  11. Geomancy – Joel Graham [1982]
    Major proto-house happening here. Re-released on Music From Memory.
  12. Obsolete – 2nd Injection [1993]
    When I was 13, I heard on EdgeClub94 in Dallas about these things called “raves” that were, uh, apparently all the rave. So when I saw a compilation that had the word “rave” in the title in my BMG Music catalog, I had to order it. You can imagine my surprise when I first listened to Zoo Rave 2 and realized the music was much different than what was being played on this local radio show. Nonetheless, it still sounds cool now, and I’d like to pat 13-year-old me on the back for being so cool, even though I felt nothing close to it during those years.
  13. Welcome to the Pressure of Night – Mellowtron [1998]
    I remember buying this random drum & bass album at the record store in Barton Creek Mall during my freshman year of college. I probably took the bus out there by myself, which was another time in my life that I felt alone and not very cool. I believe I sold my CD at some point at Cheap-o’s, but apparently it’s quite rare now.
  14. Loomine (Creation) – Heinavanker [2007]
    Traditional Estonian runic song from Ambla Parish performed by the choral group Heinavanker, which gets their name from the Hieronymus Bosch triptych, “The Haywain.” Traditionally, this song performed by a girl swinging on a swing hung from a tree. Estonia has a wonderful polyphonic vocal tradition that is definitely work checking out.
  15. Prisme – Joel Fajerman [1979]
    Library interlude.
  16. Island Sunrise – Software [1988]
    Palm and laser.
  17. All Of Your Things (Blue Daisy Remix) – The RAah Project [2010]
    I have a harder time commenting on stuff that’s more contemporary… just wait till 2 mins. Magic!
  18. Transparency (How To Dress Well Remix) – d’Eon [2011]
    I love the 90’s R&B sound mixed with chillwave or whatever you’d call it. All I know is that I’d like to hear more of these kinds of mashups.
  19. On It (Seven Grams) – Slug † Christ ft. Stalin Majesty [2014]
    A commenter on Carles.buzz suggested this Southern rap track as a niche of auth music. A total Houston rap spin-off – not something I’d normally listen to, but super-catchy nonetheless. Also, the name Stalin Majesty totally makes me think of Buddha Stalin from Strangers With Candy (“Buddha Stalin is SO chronic!”).
  20. Dark Mist – Simon Benson [1979]
    Library interlude.
  21. Oxbow Lakes – The Orb [1995]
    I’m sure I’m not the only kid who got The Orb and Orbital mixed up. This was another BMG Catalog CD order that totally jarred me. I’d heard both Little Fluffy Clouds [1991] and Halcyon And On And On [1993] (and probably assumed It’s A Fine Day [1992] were all put out by the same artist) on EdgeClub in the around 1993 or so. While listening to Orbus Terrarum as a teen was a case of name recognition taking me by surprise again, it’s yet another example of dance artists that had massive club hits doing experimental, composition-oriented music that still sounds incredibly fresh today. At 7 1/2 minutes, “Oxbow Lakes” is one of the shortest tracks on the album and features a beautiful solo piano hook. I would have put my favorite, “Slug Dub,” which features among other things, a slowed down Led Zeppelin beat, but it’s almost 20 minutes long.
  22. Flower (King Britt’s Underwater Dub) – Soul Dhamma [1999]
    Welp, you’ve stuck it out for this long, you might as well sit through 11 minutes of illuminating, mind-expansion that’s like a combination of Deee-lite [1993] and Goldie’s Inner City Life/Pressure/Jah [1995 and 21 minutes long], and it’ll be over before you know it.

Art: Room 6: All speech is labored — there is nothing more a man can say
Digital Collage, 2014

2015 Faves

homerpallooza

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  1. When I Was A Child – Pearls Before Swine [Florida, 1969]
    I have so many Pearls Before Swine favorites, it was hard to pick just one. The ferventness of Tom Rapp’s vocals, his speech impediment, and occasionally esoteric lyrics seem to me a kind of harbinger of Daniel Johnston.
  2. The Ballad of El Goodo – Big Star [Tennessee, 1971]
    Another one that’s hard to pick a fave from. I remember hearing so much about these guys in the early 90’s, I just assumed they were a contemporary band. So watching the documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me a year or so ago was a rather surprising experience for me.
  3. Turn Around – The Beau Brummels [SF, 1968]
    Can’t remember where I found this one, it probably just stood out while streaming Fuzzy and Groovy.
  4. Jessye Lisabeth – Bobbie Gentry [Mississippi, 1968]
    I’d intended to make a Bobbie Gentry compilation when I roadtripped to New Orleans in October, but ran out of time. This takes me back to driving through the swamps on I-10.
  5. Spanish House – Felt [UK, 1984]
    Technically this is a leftover from 2014 as I’ve included Felt on a previous mix. They are one of my all-time favorite bands though, and again, hard to choose a track for. I listened to them a lot on the long drive out to the Marfa Myths festival back in March.
  6. Naima – Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers [NYC, 1971]
    Bachelor pad re-vamp of a John Coltrane tune. Probably heard on Luxuria Music.
  7. Too Much – Byron [Italy, 1985]
    Just a gorgeous Balearic track.
  8. Lonely Moments (Moog) – Robert Hall Productions [NYC, late 60’s/early 70’s?]
    Library music was the stock music for TV, film, and commercial soundtracks from the 50’s through the 80’s. Because there wasn’t a lot of industry pressure to sell records, some library artists were able to push boundaries in symphonic and electronic music. In other instances, composers were able to simply make music for their own pleasure, which gives the listener space to enjoy without much commercial context.
  9. Life On Mars – Dexter Wansel [Philadelphia, 1976]
    As usual, Basic Soul has turned me on to so much good music this year. I don’t think I’ve missed a single podcast in all the 9? years I’ve been listening. #DevotedFan4Lyfe
  10. Mongtomery Clift – Ajello ft. Jyoti [UK, 2015]
    I don’t know much about this track, but groovy house that sounds like part of an exploitation soundtrack? Yes, please! It also reminds me a bit of King Britt’s (as Sylk130) 1997 album, When The Funk Hits The Fan.
  11. Devil’s Run – Peter Jacques Band [Italy, 1978]
    We may have reached Peak Disco with this heart-pumping 8 1/2 minute track.
  12. You Just Love You – Recloose [UK, 2013]
    Ever since I got back into running earlier this year, I’ve been listening to a LOT of deep house music – both tech and soulful sub(sub?)genres – particularly Deeper Shades of House (since 2008!) and some podcasts I found via Deep Vibes. This one is more on the French tip, but unless you’re Simon Harrison (see remarks re: Basic Soul above), it’s difficult to throw a random deep house “chune” into a multi-genre mix.
  13. WTF (Where They From) – Missy Elliot feat. Pharell Williams [USA, 2015]
    It’s Missy: I mean, how can you not. Her wardrobe in the video is so good.
  14. Hot Sauce – Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators [Finland, 2015]
    If this song doesn’t make you wanna go all George Costanza, check your pulse.
  15. Mise Au Point – Jolie [France, 1984]
    Italo version of Jakie Quartz’s original pop hit.
  16. Go Away – Strawberry Switchblade [UK, 1984]
    And then there are times you find new things to listen to on Instagram.
  17. Hands All Over Me – Tamaryn [USA, 2015]
    Her set at Marfa Myths was so good, and Cranekiss came out on my birthday!
  18. Sunshine – Miranda Sex Garden [UK, 1993]
    Pretty sure I remember hearing this on the radio back in the day. Anyways, I am all about MSG’s combo of madrigal-style singing and goth/shoegaze-y rock.
  19. Pretend We’re Dead – L7 [USA, 1992]
    If I were running for president, this would be my theme song.
  20. Some Winters – Weyes Blood [USA, 2014]
    Love the Enya-channeling going on here. Unfortunately I missed her set in Marfa. Oh well, there’s always next year.
  21. Israel Suite – Rupture [France, 197?]
    Rare French jazz album that was re-issued this year. This excerpt is not necessarily my favorite bit from the entire 18-minute piece, but you can listen to the whole thing here.
  22. Morning Song – Leon Lowman [USA, 1982]
    I just heard this beach-y slow-burner for the first time two days ago. Sounds totally contemporary.
  23. Falling Down the Stairs – Blank Realm [Australia, 2012]
    Favorite line: “I got the cinnamon and skeletons”
  24. One Of These Days I’ll Get An Early Night – Camel [UK, 1977]
    Yacht jazz!
  25. How Far Will You Go… – Smokey [197?]
    Would someone PLEASE make a documentary about John “Smokey” Condon? And while you’re at it, Brett Smiley (how is this guy still alive)?
  26. Flashback – Yukihiro Takahashi [Japan, 1982]
    It’s all about that one lilting little chord change.