- Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett – Mon Amour (Synthesizer & Percussion, 1974)
I’m not sorry for the absence, because i’ve learned so much in that time. I’ve seen lizards, concrete and blue water. I’ve eaten my weight in chilli many times over.
Here’s a playlist dotted with casually sincere sounds and remarks. Hawkshaw & Bennett “Lords of Library music”, Velcro, a charming and highly adequate Melbournian, Madcliff & Brunelle with their forgotten gems of late 20th century Americana.
“Hello Beach Girls” is in there for good measure. Enjoy whatever weather you’re given, overcast days usually make for better photographs.
Image: Cover of Yellow & Green album by Baroness
I’m not dead, Motel de Moka is not dead…
It’s summer… So, let’s go swim!
Gracias a @inconexa, @sonicgu y @gatosingracia por su -indirecta- inspiración.
Image: Craig & Karl
“The Walkman changed the way we understand cities”. William Gibson
As a sociologist, writing about supermarkets would commonly turn into a strong critique of capitalism and its consequence on a consumer society. The exploitation of workers, and a whole etcetera of social disadvantages that I don’t wish to address right now, first and foremost because they give me tedium.
Back when I was studying sociology, entering a supermarket felt slightly worse than turning to the “dark side”. Buying in a supermarket meant that I had become an accomplice of the ‘global exploitation system’ no matter if the cart was full or if I only went in for a box of matches.
Now it’s been more than one and a half year since I left school and I have gradually reintegrated to the everyday world – the one where the prejudices of ideologies are replaced by doses of indifference.
Sunday after Sunday, when the clock hits 11 a.m. I have to go do the shopping for the week.
I’m not sure what happened, but it took a mere two weeks to let myself be seduced by the peculiar rationality of the supermarket. Maybe everything changed the day I decided to wear headphones. Here it is, readers, the selection of things I listen to while I decide between red or yellow apples, peanuts or chips, which brand of detergent I should get or which toothpaste removes more plaque.
Ever since I bring my music with me I feel like I’m altering the order of things in there. Of course it would be very naive of me to think that I’m in some way bringing down the system by doing so… in reality, I keep going back week after week because we’re always running out of toilet paper.
Henri Rousseau never went to the Jungle. He spent all his days in Paris and surrounds, meticulously painting images of nature that were anything but ‘natural’. He copied his designs from botanical gardens, zoo pamphlets, and children’s books, depicting animals that would never be seen in the same environment. Once he even painted a hand of bananas growing upside down. His paintings are naive, flat and disjointed.
This playlist is a musical equivalent to Rousseau paintings – “Jungle” music made by westerners. Electronic emulation of african sounds, drum machines instead of djembé. Starts off mellow before moving into more disjointed territory.
01. Joel Vandroogenbroeck – Kinderspiel
(Digital Project, 1989)
02. Brian Briggs – Aeo pts. 1&2
(Brian Damage, 1980)
03. Haruomi Hosono – Honey Moon
(Tropical Dandy, 1975)
04. Ralf Nowy – Holidays in Kenia
(Colours of Holidays, 1987)
05. Eric Vann – Random Pizz
(Bass Moods, 1987?)
06. No Zu – Tattooed Head (short)
(Tattooed Head, 2011)
07. Zazou, Bikaye + Cy1 - M’Pasi Ya M’Pamba
(Noir Et Blanc, 1983)
08. John Tender - Flowers from Fantasyland 1
(Fantasyland Vol.1, 1981)
image: detail of The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope, 1905
There are many blossoms of great beauty – many indeed. But they cannot compare with the beauty of the blossoms of blossom town, for these bossoms also have human feelings. – Sharebon. Books of Wits and Fashion. (Early Japanese Literature: An Anthology 1600-1900)
“Saturn Strobe. Recent Minimalist Extract. Moka’s Birthday.”
01. Goldmund - Gifts
The Malady Of Elegance (Type, 2008)
02. Brian Eno – Panic of Looking
Panic of Looking (Warp Records, 2011)
03. Hauschka - Mount Hood
Foreign Landscapes (Fat Cat, 2010)
04. Pantha du Prince – Saturn Strobe
This Bliss (Dial, 2007)
05. Helios - Convivium
Unleft (Unseen Music/Forced Exposure, 2010)
06. So Percussion – Aluminum
Treasure State (Cantaloupe, 2010)
07. Boxcutter - Panama
The Dissolve (Planet Mu, 2011)
Note: Everybody says Happy Birthday to Moka. (I am late again. But I think she will just grin this time.) I don’t have many albums in my head this year, so this one is not the usual edgy pop. Instead it’s a minimalism pushed all the way near pop sensibility. An old project, how to make less common music more accessible. Basically, it’s a pop music for 2 am. in the middle of cold winter. A little cold, somewhat alone, with a tinge of warm love. Imagine having a penthouse in Finland somewhere. 30th floor with a view of city and endless field of snow on the background. Late night. Put on a good headphone and watch the night float away… I’ve been watching a lot of japanese movie, this is my impression of minimalist mood and narrative links between songs. I think at least it’s functional and doesn’t wake up the neighbor.