Sunday, July 27, 2014
This mix is about teenagers. For me it evokes spending a bunch of nights in a row at your best friend's house and lying in bed all day eating pop tarts and watching the SciFi channel, getting phone calls on the landline from guys in your class and maybe trying to get permission to meet them at the movies. I remember once my 8th-grade bestie's chainsmoking parents asked me to please wear more clothes around their house and I felt really weird about it. But there were great parts too, like feeling so comfortable in someone else's home that you could sit and read Stephen King's The Moving Finger for the tenth time while your bestie painted her toenails without feeling like you were being a rude guest. Not to mention getting to know another family's objects and smells and pets, and how to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night without stubbing your toes.
In this mix is UB40; a long clip of Angela Chase, because she is forever The teenager; a moment of Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor"; Cassie a few times; a clip of some chicks murmuring soothing nothings (probably somethings) from MRC051; Eroc; Mulder & Scully; Kurt Cobain on locating other Cobains the world over; Bartok's "Roman Kolinda Dallamok" (all those piano lessons our parents paid for); Jodie Foster seducing a lesbian couple in 1980's Carny; 2009's smash "Hyph Mngo" by electro-dub DJ Joy Orbison; and obviously Kate Bush on weird mom-daughter dynamics.
These little sound pastiches are a side project of mine that I'm not really sure what to do with. A kind friend used to play them on her radio show when she wanted to take long cigarette breaks, but the rate at which they're getting weirder isn't directly correlating with my technical skill and little rough patches glare harder through the airwaves, I've been told. So here's a recent one for just you.
I usually work from a film or a story that interests me. This one comes out of a strong interest I've had recently in Appalachian culture and extreme spiritual practices. The spoken portions are moments from the startling 1967 documentary Holy Ghost People, which reveals the world of a West Virginia Pentecostal community that practiced faith healing and snake handling. It's been called "one of the best ethnographic films ever made."
Later on you'll hear Lonnie Mackley speaking in tongues (I'm forgetting what track it's paired with, but I'll get back to you). Off the top of my head there's also some Brian Eno, a moment from the original Wicker Man, "Yellow" by Miles Davis from Aura, a cut of Vic Chesnutt introducing himself, "Murdergong" by Jib Kidder, a bit from MRC051, and Joe Meek - "I Hear a New World," which appears in the original film, and no doubt proves the sense of humor of the directors. Last up are a few lines from "Bright Morning Stars," an old Appalachian folk song about death.
Most of the music I've known of for a long time, but it's really nice the way that a familiar song will take on surprising meaning when it fits easily into a new context or narrative.
I hope you enjoy it.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Thanks to JRW for getting me hooked on Peter Murphy's solo work. Astoundingly beautiful, with the same meticulous construction as his Bauhaus sound. Retains the Victorian richness of classic goth culture, but slips a few industrial razors between folds of velvet.
Every track on Deep, 1989 from Rebel Rec/RCA Records, is a gem but Marlene Dietrich's Favorite Poem gives me little heart tremors. Playlist here.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Early electro classic out of Detroit. This recording, released 1983 by Fantasy Records, is now a staple of the genre and w0w 0:28, you are the sample from Lose Control.
Exuma is a district of the Bahamas and the stage name of Macfarlane Gregory Anthony Mackey, born 1942 on Cat Island. At 17, in 1959, Mackey moved to NYC to study architecture and played an active role in the '60s Greenwich Village folk scene. This is Exuma's first album, released 1970. His backing band is known as the Junk Band & had a rotating roster between work on The Obeah Man and their last album, Rude Boy, released 1986 by ROIR Records. Exuma toured with everyone from Patti LaBelle to Peter Tosh to Black Flag, and was awarded a British Empire Medal in 1978 for significant contributions to Bahamian culture (though Queen Elizabeth II as the monitor of Bahamian culture's enrichment is problematic at best).
Regardless, the man is obviously a mystic. His music showcases a rich variety of styles and media forms, including folklore, the saw-based rake & scrape, calypso, ballad, and junkanoo. A few posts of his better-known singles TK.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
This song feels very NSFW. Sort of like the Whisper Song. Part III of Loose Joints' three recordings, 1983. That cello at the start is the inimitable Arthur Russell doing something like a cello's nod to slap bass. Slap cello.