Loving tenderness abounds for all
from the darkest
to the most eminent one beyond the stars,
- Hildegard of Bingen
” Afternoon Easter 2012 ”
01. Anouar Brahem – Eté andalous
Le Voyage De Sahar (ECM, 2006)
02. Art Tatum – Lover
Body and Soul (A Jazz Hour With, 1996)
03. Sarah Vaughan – Easy Living
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1978)
04. Blossom Dearie – Our Love Is Here to Stay
Once Upon a Summertime (1958)
05. Fridge – Drum Machines and Glockenspiel
Happiness (Temporary Residence, 2001)
06. Múm - Away
Summer Make Good (Fat Cat, 2004)
07. The Roots – The Return to Innocence Lost
The Roots (1999)
08. Explosions in the Sky – Greet Death
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (Temporary Residence, 2001)
note: Happy Easter everybody. First, is everybody still in one piece? earthquake and all a while back. second sorry for not posting anything lately, but what’s new. Anyway, a little lazy afternoon list. It doesn’t have new songs, but made it fresh, so it should actually be “lazy afternoon”. As for the theme, maybe easter-ish. Love, redemption and death. I personally find it odd right now that life has to be redeeemed with death, seems so dark. With war going on and stuff. Why can’t they create a religious holiday to remind people not to be so bloody and destructive. sort of “chill” day. Nobody shall die holiday. It may not be all that grand, but at least it won’t be so dark. And yeah, the list is a bit dark at closing in keeping with my “see what I mean” mood. Love, death and destruction.. where is the redemption here and now? … ok. I am shutting up now. :D happy holiday everybody.
image: Ed Yourdon
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
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Today’s list is nostalgic, and includes a track by John Fahey (who I initially discovered on this very website). It’s slightly warped playlist to listen to on a sunday drive. Just like the pumpkins in the photo, it’s earthy and organic, but in a slightly bent and malformed way. Folky, country, electronic and exotic. A few of these original pressings fetch a mighty dollar online, so enjoy the rips.
1. John Sangster - Sunrise
(Australia And All That Jazz Vol.1)
2. Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day
(Just Another Diamond Day)
3. John Fahey - In Christ There Is No East Or West
(The Legend Of Blind Joe Death)
4. Matthew Young - Dummy Line
5. Matthew Larkin Cassell – In My Life
6. Tony Wilson – I Can’t Leave it Alone
(I Like Your Style)
7. Nino Nardini & Roger Roger – Tropical
We arrived at the roller rink well after dark. I paid my $7 to the cashier, who took the money and scurried off to find me a pair of skates. A large concrete rink was surrounded by floor to ceiling blue carpet, and the tile work was almost an optical illusion. Presumably, nothing had been modified since the early 1980s when the rink opened – including the signage, which warned pay-phone users to keep calls under 3 minutes.
Regrettably, the music didn’t fit the decor – so this my playlist for a slightly creepy 80′s roller rink. ‘Roller disco’, but not as you know it.
1. Doug Hream Blunt – Gentle Persuasion (short version)
Gentle Persuasion (1990s?, Self Released)
2. Dave Graney – Night of the Wolverine 4
Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide (Liberation Music, 2011)
3. Little Beaver – Party Down pt. 2
Party Down (1975 TK records)
4. Lee Edwards - Equal Love Oppertunity pt. 2
Shades Of Love
5. George Smallwood & Marshmellow – Lady Disco (demo)
7″ Single, (Reissued 2011, P.P.U. Records)
6. Rework - Jogging Beat
7″ Single (Playhouse, 2005)
Darling, you think it’s love, it’s just a midnight journey.
Best are the dales and rivers removed by force,
as from the next compartment throttles “Oh, stop it, Bernie,”
yet the rhythm of those paroxysms is exactly yours.
Hook to the meat! Brush to the red-brick dentures,
alias cigars, smokeless like a driven nail!
Here the works are fewer than monkey wrenches,
and the phones are whining, dwarfed by to-no-avail.
Bark, then, with joy at Clancy, Fitzgibbon, Miller.
Dogs and block letters care how misfortune spells.
Still, you can tell yourself in the john by the spat-at mirror,
slamming the flush and emerging with clean lapels.
Only the liquid furniture cradles the dwindling figure.
Man shouldn’t grow in size once he’s been portrayed.
Look: what’s been left behind is about as meager
as what remains ahead. Hence the horizon’s blade.
Josep Brodsky, Seaward.