Starbucks Blues (Three Lists for Soulful Night)


… What binds me thus in my singularity to the absolute singularity of the other immediately propels me into the space or risk of absolute sacrifice. There are also others, an infi nite number of them, the innumerable generality of others, to whom I should be bound by the same responsibility. -Derrida. Gift of death. pp. 68.

Three Lists for Soulful Night No.2

01. Cat Power(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The Covers Record (2000)
02. Me’shell Ndegéocello Better By The Pound
Cookie (The Anthropological Mixtape) (2002)
03. Ray Brown TrioStarbucks Blues
Live At Starbucks (1999)
04. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Phantom Of The Panter
Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 (Strut Records, 2009)
05. Al Hirt - Harlem Hindoo
Soul in the Horn (1967)
06. Jill ScottHe Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)
Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1 (Hidden Beach, 2000)
07. Aretha FranklinOne Step Ahead
Aretha Franklin: One Step Ahead From 7″ (Columbia, 1964?)

note: Bittersweet tracks, my imagination what perfect blues mood ought to be. Road weary, aware of that tension of push and pull of sentimental other. I need this after listening to so many abstract rock (you will get to listen to that messy list. hah.) at anyrate. I hope it is listenable in sentimental way. The list has tried and true blending balance with various blues in all its night form. A mixture of old, new and the classic. Short and bittersweet. enjoy.

see also : Three Lists for Soulful Night
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Category: Bedroom playlist, Soul


Acoustic. Texture exercise list.

01. The Bad PlusLithium
For All I Care (Heads Up, 2008)
02. Songs: OhiaThe Body Burned Away
Ghost Tropic (Secretly Canadian, 2000)
03. Iron & WineLove Vigilantes
Around The Well (Sub Pop, 2009)
04. BarzinSoft Summer Girls
Notes to an Absent Lover (Monotreme Records, 2009)
05. Hope Sandoval & The Warm InventionsBlanchard
Blanchard (single) (2009)
06. Kings of ConvenienceMrs.Cold
Declaration of Dependence (2009)

note: A short acoustic list that MdM likes to post. It is about voice, instruments in the background, story to tell, and million memory flooding in a conversation. I like these pieces. Lithium is a nirvana cover with acoustic free jazz. remember grunge and Nirvana? Well, the memory now creeps back. Song:Ohio on the other hand deserves more recognition. His work around 2000 uses incredible detail on accoustic like noone else. The body burns away is an epic incantation from a deeply spiritual album. The rest are delicious pieces from standard acoustic lover vault.

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Category: Acoustic, Bedroom playlist

Gently Sailing Toward the Future

In sullen light of the inauspicious day.
Now, free, by hazard’s quirk, from the common ill
Knocking our brothers down, we strike a stance
Most mock-heroic, to cloak our waking awe
At this rare rumpus which no man can control :
Meek and proud both fall; stark violence
- Channel Crossing – Sylvia Plath

Mid 2009 exploration. no.1

01. The Lounge LizardsQueen reprise
Queen Of All Ears (Strange & Beautiful, 1998)
02. Sholi - Dance for hours
Sholi (Quarter Stick, 2009)
03. Minutemen - Maternal Rite
The Politics of Time (Sst Records, 1984)
04. BelliniSusie
The Precious Prize Of Gravity (Temporary Resident, 2009)
05. Sir Richard BishopCemetery Games
Polytheistic Fragments (Drag City, 2007)
06. DeerhoofCarriage
Halfbird (Menlo Park, 2001)
07. Glorious StrangersMove it time
New York Noise 2: Music from The New York Underground 1977-1984 (Soul Jazz, 2005)
08. PeachesSet It Off
The Teaches Of Peaches (Efa Imports, 2000)
09. IranBaby Let’s Get High One Last Time Together
Dissolver (Narnack Records, 2009)

note: MdM has been slacking off in rock department. So here is the first of short series exploring punk rock. Ever hear that old claim about rock being the step sister of music. All lyric and surface, but structurally not very satisfying. Well, here are several recent pieces that has complex rhythm structure while keeping the compactness of rock as popular music. I like ‘Sholi’. Its steady graceful lyricism on top of math rock like sound famous of Touch and Go records. It has wildly varying tempo and rhythm, I promise you. The rest are a homage of classic punk sound and structure with a nod to free jazz. Maybe what I am hoping to find is a combination of easy to digest popular culture, rock lyricism and wildly futuristic free jazz. Yes, it’s impossible, but I’ll give it a try anyway. The second one will draw tear, I promise.

image: Big Hug/Kama (2003)., Franziska Furter (Swiss, born 1972) Watercolor and pencil on paper, 7 3/4 x 10 3/4″ (19.7 x 27.3 cm). The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2009 Franziska Furter.

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Category: Rock

Post Michael Jackson House


This is a bizarre end to a bizarre life, made all the more bizarre by the fact that Jackson, who was unlike anyone else in so many ways, made his name performing music that convinced everyone else that he was like them in so many ways. His best songs tapped into universal emotions: jealousy, lust, anger, confusion, and, frequently at first and less often as he aged, joy. There was abiding hope that he would one day return with a record worthy of his talents, and though in recent years it seemed unlikely, he specialized in the unlikely. Everyone knows the songs. Jackson leaves behind three children and hundreds of millions of fans. – Michael Jackson, 1958-2009


The List Moka was listening while snorting coke at Monte Carlo party using a roll of crisp C-bill from MdM fund drive. Picture above was the proof.

01. Florence And The MachineCosmic Love
Lungs (101 distribution, 2009)
02. Mock & Toof - underwater demo version
Underwater (Dfa Records, 2008)
03. Maximilian Loppround the block
Disappear (Toptrax, 2008)
04. Kaskade4 AM (Adam K & Soha Radio Edit)
Strobelite Seduction (Ultra Records, 2008)
05. Bronski BeatLove & Money
Age of Consent (1983)
06. DJ Schmolli - Justice For Billie Jean
Schnipseljagd Vol. 7 (2008)
07. Michael JacksonThe Way You Make Me Feel
Bad (1987)

note: A list I made around the time Michael Jackson passed away. I thought he was a significant pop figure that deserve a note. What I remember from him is his ‘Bad’ album, I like his ballads. They are incredibly sweet, but the up tempo disco stuff not so much. The strict rhythm leave me somewhat antiseptic. (I was listening to a lot of jazz at that time.) But maybe it suppose to be that way, a little like a late night party, somewhat exhausted, but the excitement still linger. The energy and sentiment doesn’t quite match each other but the heart refuse to let go. So here is a little late night post party list. Excess and decadent sort of party, just like the 80′s. House. One to remember the King of Pop.

btw, Undomondo has a little podcast from Kompakt. Excellent minimalist house mix.

PS. thank you everybody for the fund drive. (If the site goes a little glitchy for few days. be patient, use MdM forum.)

image: Lolitas avant-garde foto

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Category: Pop

Fund Drive 2009 – Final update!


Wanda JacksonLet’s have a party
Wanda Jackson (1958)

We’ve finally reached our goal for this year! I hereby declare our fund drive 09 officially over! Yeahy!
Thank you so much to those of you who donated as well as our kind readers who are constantly supporting us with their comments and their emails.  Thank you, once again.

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Category: Motel de Moka

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down. [1]

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! `I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) `--yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.) [2]

O long-silent Sybil,
you of the winged dreams,
Speak out from your temple of light
as the serious constellations
with Greek names
still stare down on us
as a lighthouse moves its megaphone
over the sea
Speak out and shine upon us
the sea-light of Greece
the diamond light of Greece

Far-seeing Sybil, forever hidden,
Come out of your cave at last
And speak to us in the poet's voice
the voice of the fourth person singular
the voice of the inscrutable future
the voice of the people mixed
with a wild soft laughter--
And give us new dreams to dream,
Give us new myths to live by! [3]

So our princes who have lost their principalities after many years’ of possession shouldn’t blame their loss on fortuna. The real culprit is their own indolence, going through quiet times with no thought of the possibility of change (it’s a common human fault, failing to prepare for tempests unless one is actually in one!). And when eventually bad times did come, they thought of •flight rather than •self-defence, hoping that the people, upset by conquerors’ insolence, would recall them. This course of action may be all right when there’s no alternative, but it is not all right to neglect alternatives and choose this one; it amounts to voluntarily falling because you think that in due course someone will pick you up. If you do get rescued (and you probably won’t), that won’t make you secure; the only rescue that is really helpful to you is the one performed by you, the one that depends on yourself and your virtù. [4]