Fall equinox always reminds me of John Coltrane’s birthday (September 23). One of the great musicians of the last century, I’m sure most are aware of some of his work. I think what is most striking to me is the soul he put into the music and outside the music into his life. A spiritual searcher and gentle, contemplative man, his album “A Love Supreme” is an apex in jazz, art and music. It’s an album to listen to in tough times, calm times, quiet times and really any time. One always worth another listen.
I’m not fond of tributes, but this last Friday, I wanted to play a Coltrane song or two and wound up playing Dwight Trible’s wonderful vocal version of “A Love Supreme”. I hear the song as a tribute to Coltrane’s music and life with great performances from all the musicians and a tight arrangement. The rest of this set has nothing to do with Coltrane outside of being soulful and sweet.
My Conversation – Slim Smith
President a Mash Up the Resident – Shorty the President
Tribute to Slim Smith – Tyrone Downie
Eternal Drums – Bongo Herman & L.E.S.
Always Together – Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths
Danger In Your Eyes – Don Evans and the Paragons
One in the World Style – Niney The Observer/King Tubby
Gedowa – Abyssinia
A Love Supreme – Dwight Trible
La Ritournelle – Sebastien Tellier
Yardbird Suite (Saint Etienne remix) – Rebop/Herbie Mann
Aganju (Latin Project remix) – Bebel Gilberto
Skyy High (Yam Who? mix) – Raphael Saadiq
I’ve Been Waiting – Incognito
Spacefruit – SA-RA Creative Partners
My buddy harbour put together this mix of deep dub techno and electro resolutions. I love this sound. Puts the night sky and distant stars within reach. Echoing sonic pulses dissolving into a night fog. Neither forlorn nor yearning, yet slightly meditative. The world at peace in constant evolution and change.
Eternal Finale – Radio India
Espenhain – Marko Furstenberg
8 Finds a Way – Rhythm & Sound
Fine Metallic Dollar – Andy Stott
Rauta (Girl Remix) – Trentemoller vs. DJ Lab
Ok – Ben Klock
Basic – Robert Babicz
Justify (Will Saul and Mike Monday remix) – Ramadaman & Appleblim
Dem Never Know (Sleeparchive Remix) – Rhythm & Sound
Corebox – Marcel Dettmann
Hustler (Shackleton Remix) – Simian Mobile Disco
Above 90 – Peter Van Hoesen
Glitch Dub – Emvee
Whats With My Friends? – Richard Villlalobos
Puttin It Out (A Made Up Sound Remix) – Jason Fine
Black Sun – Kode 9
Another Wedged Chicken (Martyn mix) – Shed
6 – Various Artists (aka Torsten Pröfrock)
Audio1995#8 – T++
Icebarg – EOC
Co Opt (Version) – Antiguo Automata Mexicano
Flashpoint – Jus Wan
Icon – F
Radio, where for art thou, radio ? Where hast thou gone ? Commercials and bleeps, iced chains and angst, smoothed out instruments and popless pop, talk, talk, talk and schlock. Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t tune in for very long. Just isn’t much music on you anymore, radio. We’ve heard it all before, most of it.
I was listening to this set by AJB, a frequent DJ collaborator at Mua, and thinking “this is what modern radio could sound like.” Great songs, a mix of indie, downtempo, electronic and hip hop. Catchy, relaxing, upbeat and mixed on point throughout. I’ll get a song list up soon. In the meantime, check the vibes and enjoy some flavor ice.
I had the opportunity to do a radio program this week thanks to the grace of DJ Rawman. He’s been running a program for 10 years now on Cal Berkeley’s KALX 90.7 FM. That’s a long time to be pushing new sounds on college/community radio. He’s definitely a veteran in service, a finely tuned DJ, vinyl digger, and sonic maestro. He can be found at Mua, Jupiter Bar and other spots in the Bay.
The Shortwave Radio program focuses on Electronic styles of music. He also helps to produce a Difficult Listening program for the station, but we’ll save that one for a future date. Here’s the program from last Sunday/Monday and some further links.
What Does Your Soul Look Like Part II – DJ Shadow
Chef d’Oeuvre – Jon Appleton
Time Dilated by Matter – Timeblind
90121 – Spatial
Ray of Hope – Quantec
The Rope Tightens (Badawi Remix) – Shackleton
Attack of the Giant Killer Robot Spiders! – Pinch
Diesel – Kulture
As We Enta – Darqwan
Confused? – Darqwan
Bombscare Remix – 2 Bad Mice
Space Ex – Blue Daisy
All Is Full Of Love (Secondotted) – Bjork mit Funkstorung
Simperton – The Black Dog
Avant Derniers Pensees – Erik Satie
Aeromonarchs Attacks – Kontext
Untitled – Breakage
Anaconda – Untold
Waterfalls (Peverelist Remix) – 2nd II None
It’s not always gospel. It’s not necessarily expression. It’s not the truth, but it is spiritual. Music, that is. Manipulations of sound both conscious and extremely subconscious. Open to all. I like to believe music be it your favorite song, an inviting instrumental passage or a bunch of “noise” comes from a place of spirit to which it dissipates once it passes into the air. Good or bad judgements play no part in the creation process. I find myself often fascinated by particular combinations of sound, melody and rhythm. I like to think we all do. I search for music that fascinates over the duration of its playing. I think that’s the primary criteria in shaping from which songs/pieces/tracks I derive enjoyment or inspiration.
Following mix is hopefully reflective of this. There are a couple of beautiful moments, I think you’ll feel. Tracklist below (58 mins).
Unexpected Delight – Flying Lotus & Laura Darlington
Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson
My Heart Is Beating – Preeti Sagar
Pretty Little Ditty – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rituel – Jean-Félix Lalanne & Yan Vagh
moog jam – Soundspecies
Artsy Remix (feat. the Grouch) – edIT
Get Familiar – Bullion / Paul White
The Fucking Formula – Dorian Concept
Swiss Glide – Michna
Sankofa – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Yadda Yadda – Will.i.am
We Milk Life But Skank Smooth (Grant Phabao Remix) – Jon Kennedy
Zulu – Africans With Mainframes
I See Who You Are – Bjork
Spacebass – Boxcutter
Time Wars – Paul White
Hear the Sun – Linkwood
We Will Rock You (Taut French Joel Mix) – Queen
Solid Air – John Martyn
Yo it’s my third go at blogging. First 2 died with a post or two. Nothing to write. No purpose. No mission. No aim.
Just going to keep it simple. Playlists, some mixes, a rant, a rave. This and that. More tedium. Less words. Quiet songs. Loud lyrics. Old rhythms sparkling new sounds. A touch of heart. Noise amidst the noise. City sights. Cultural bias. Inside out. On foot. Green grass. Blooming flora. One perspective. Filtered water. Ambient choices. All pent up and dreaming on crunk.