Thursday, May 31, 2012

Holy Other ‎– With U (2011)

I'm doing the shuffle thing and have lately had a good string of tracks that carry a similar mood - nothing earth shattering just a nice consistent groove - and then this one drops in...

I had that moment of "Whoa, who is this?"

Well, this is who it is.

Draws comparison to Balam Acab and Salem but comparisons only get you so close.

High recommendation.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Trip Hop Anthology Volumes 1 and 2

Trip Hop Anthology (2006)

Thought of these while shuffling...

Classic compilations, essential to anyone's collection.

Aside from the Headz compilations these are probably the best compilations to give to someone unfamiliar with one of the defining music styles (as abused as the genre title is) of the 90s.

Trip Hop Anthology Vol. 2 (2010)

The second compilation which I didn't even know about until not too long ago.

Four discs of tracks will keep you lost in blissful reminisce for days.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Wired Day 2009

New vinyl only release featuring Alan Lamb and other "sound" composers just came out.

If you aren't familiar with his work, he is most known for his releases featuring raw recordings of abandoned telephone wires in the Australian outback.

Not what we usually think of as music but it is some of the most compelling and intriguing headphone music I've ever listened to.

Just picked this one up on vinyl (black vinyl...didn't get in on time for the clear versions.).

As a teaser, here's a Mixcloud mix that you might find interesting.  The mix features snippets from this release as well as sample from other Taiga catalogue.


TAIGA Records (SCV Podcasts 123)

P.S. Go here to learn how to DL this as an mp3.  It's sweet.

Oh, and folks are already buying 'em only to try and sell 'em at an inflated price (sadly, such is the nature of the vinyl market today).


Monday, May 21, 2012


Stumbled across this on the waybackmachine (now

This is when life was less complicated and the whole blogging thing was relatively new and was a lot of fun.  Met some great folks along the way and was immersed in the relatively carefree world of sharing record collections with people from around the world.

It's still fun but things have changed, moved underground and music has proliferated exponentially.  It's an amazing time.

Hard to imagine that I've been at this for just about five years.  While I don't have the time I used to, it's still always fun to share music that has been important to me or presenting treasures discovered while virtual digging.

For a trip back in time, check it out, see if it brings back memories.

For those who have stuck around, thank you.  Your visits here and comments and contributions are appreciated more than you'll ever realize.

Drop me a comment and reminisce if you've been around for a while!  Would love to hear.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Rrose x Bob Ostertag – Motormouth Variations (2011)

Another gem of an album, akin to the work of Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker's analogue experiments as Suum Cuique (who has a new album out...vinyl ordered and en route to my mailbox...).

There is a strange appeal to this kind of music, something like immersing yourself into The Matrix and finding that it is quite musical, with the help of humans to extract it out.

Guess it's the perspective that allows me to hear a beat at the gas pump or the washing machine with a lopsided load as it dances across the basement floor.

For the adventuresome...

This is the original release with Bob Ostertag's original source material so you can experience for yourself the manipuluations to create the variations.

Will this change your life?  Probably not.  But it should create a fissure large enough to find beauty in the strangest of places.



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Third Eye Foundation - Oumupo 1 (2004)

The Dark from Third Eye Foundation (aka Matt Elliott) was one of 2010's best.

This is his mix from the Oumupo series on the Ici D'Ailleurs label out of France.  Other well known artists who mixed for the label include DJ Krush, Kid Loco and Rob Swift.

Here are the rules of the mix:

All tracks mixed, added and transformed by The Third Eye Foundation.
Oumupo stands for: "Ouvroir de Musique Potentielle" and refers to the Oulipo movement in French literature. 
Each release in the series contains a mix composed of selected tracks from the Ici D'ailleurs & 0101 catalogues + a 16 pages comic strips. Both the mix and the comics obey rules detailed in a charter included in each release's booklet, and sometimes other constraints requested by the artists themselves.
Constraint requested by Matt Elliott for this release: Ici D'ailleurs had to choose the titles to be mixed.

There is something strangely compelling about this music, kind of like taking some New Orleans jazz and giving it the William Basinski Disintegration Loops treatment.

Highly recommended.



Sunday, May 6, 2012

60 Minutes of Mo Wax Shit (1997)






RIP Adam Yauch (aka MCA)

I saw this this morning at about 2 a.m. after a night of non-sleep. For whatever reason, it almost brought me to tears. Perhaps you've already seen it...

In 1986/1987, as a freshman at university, Licensed To Ill had just dropped and it was on constant rotation in my room for the entire year. 

Went and saw the Beastie Boys on that tour (with Fishbone and Murphy's Law).  All I really remember about the set was the giant phallus in the middle of the stage.  This sheltered suburbanite's worldview was slowly expanding and breaking free from the obligatory classic rock diet.

Hard to believe that 25 years have passed.  The Beastie Boys grew up (just compare the lyrics to "Bodhisattva Vow") and so did we.

Perhaps it was the loss of youth along with the loss - at too early an age - of Adam Yauch, but I was deeply moved.

I know next to nothing about Coldplay but there is just something about this track, especially the audience chiming in with every lyric, that is quite touching. Music is a unifying force.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

B&N, Coffee and CQE...

I am studying for the Certified Quality Engineer exam.  Yep, geekdom is official.  And I'm cool with that.  At least I am getting paid for it.

Anyhow, studying at a large book retailer (the photo above showed up with a quick B&N search and seemed fitting) with a venti coffee of another famous brand name while utilizing a PDF version of the study material on my tablet manufactured by yet another brand name yielded a pretty nice playlist.

I've noticed that if you throw in The Conet Project to any mix it really adds a nice flavor to it, kind of creating something of a dream universe out of which music flows.

Anyhow, here's the mix (still not sure why info is missing in the snapshot...):


Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - In Dub We Trust (2012)

Finally was able to get off the weekend job but that removes the 24 hour stretch of time over the weekend when I could listen to, explore and share new music.

Stumbled across this one due to a bunch of artists I currently listen to and discovered it was free. Then it went on hiatus.  Now it's back and it's crazy good.

Great website representing some up and coming electronic musicians, many who have seen releases on well known and respected labels (e.g. ZeECc, Silent Season, etc.), that carry the much tagged 'dub' sound.

30 tracks over 3 hours of quality music on this comp.  Plus there are literally hours and hours of free music available as well.

Please, please, please show some support, if able.  Send $1, $5, $10 (you get a bonus if you do).

Do something.  Need to keep sites like this alive.