1. Bobbi Humphrey - Please set me at ease
(‘Fancy Dancer’, Blue Note, 1975)
2. Sly & the Family Stone – Can’t strain my brain
(‘Small Talk’, Epic, 1974)
3. Christine Perfect – Close to me
(‘Christine Perfect, Blue Horizon, 1970)
4. Bernard Wystraete – Daydream
(‘Hits Variety’, Afa records)
5. Dj Lengua – Mi Camino
(Unicorno records, 2009)
6. Ras G & The African Space program – Brasillain dimes
(‘I of the Cosmos’, 2008)
7. Golden Music Orchestra – African Honeymoon
8. Damu the Fudgemunk - Colorful Storms (ruff instro)
(‘Spare Time’, Redefinition, 2008)
9. Mayer Hawthorne & The County - Just ain’t gonna work out
This is a list of feel good soul, funk, boogie and hip hop. Bouncy organs, lazy looping, and ‘ethnic’ percussion!
Can art be a vehicle for political change? Yes, I assume that a large part of Blair’s appeal (like Kennedy’s) is aesthetic, just as a large part of the Nazi appeal lay in its triumph of the will aesthetic. I suspect that many of the great cultural shifts that prepare the way for political change are largely aesthetic. A Buick radiator grille is as much a political statement as a Rolls Royce radiator grille, one enshrining a machine aesthetic driven by a populist optimism, the other enshrining a hierarchical and exclusive social order. The ocean liner art deco of the 1930s, used to sell everything from beach holidays to vacuum cleaners, may have helped the 1945 British electorate to vote out the Tories. -JG Ballard interview
What I don’t like about most pop albums is also what I don’t like about sugar. I feel elated for a while, but then the inevitable crash arrives and I swear it off for good. And though I always end up coming back for more, I can’t say that sugar sustains me. What I like about certain pop albums is when there’s something sickly at their core: Once the saccharine high wears off, I can still explore the muck and the sour, which do sustain me, and keep me intrigued. -Carrie Brownstein
” Jazzy Itteration ”
01. Eve Risser – Line
Around Robert Wyatt (Bee Jazz, 2009)
02. Dj Krush – Into The Water
Krush (Shadow Records, 1995)
03. New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Naima
Low Blow (Grover, 1997)
04. Pan•American – for ”aiming at the stars”
white bird release (Kranky, 2009)
05. Vidulgi OoyoO – Murmur’s Room
Aero (Fargo, 2008)
06. Jurassic 5 – If You Only Knew
Power In Numbers (2002)
07. Anita O’Day – Little Girl Blue
Anita O’Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart (1960)
note: One of those list. Choose several songs, put it inside mental blender and see what list comes out. I started with thinking, can I make some sweet pop list that doesn’t offend the “Lexus generation” listener of NPR (long story), but yet couldn’t possibly be aired on NPR. Not in this mix at least. But yet the list should make sense. What is something futuristic that is made out of known popular style. So, this is a straight forward jazz list, but in various recent pop manifestation. Almost holding up together. And I hope it’s pop yet not exactly mundane. I particularly like NY Ska rendition of John Coltrane’s Naima. The rest are standard MdM sound. cheers.
Photo: Guy Sargent.
He remembers what the brown owl sounded like while he was sleeping.
The man wakes in the frigid morning thinking about women.
Not with desire so much as with a sense of what is not.
Many days in the woods he wonders what it is that he has for so long hunted down. We go hand in hand, he thinks, into the dark pleasure,
but we are rewarded alone, just as we are married into aloneness.
- Jack Gilbert, Not the Happiness but the Consequence of Happiness.
- Tindersticks – Until the Morning Comes
Waiting for the Moon (Beggars /2oo3)
- Scott Matthew – Amputee
Scott Matthew (Defend / 2008)
- The Bony King Of Nowhere – Everything I Like
Alas My Love (Helicopter / 2009)
- Tord Gustavsen Trio – Curtains Aside
The Ground (ECM / 2005)
- Charlie Parker – Lover Man
Ornitology (Naxos / 2006)
note: A slight transition from mellow folk rock to jazz, I guess I’m trying to channel some sort of forlorn and romantic lullaby mode in here. Probably too much of a lysergic start for the weekend, but come Sunday I promise you’ll be grateful to find these ones in your collection.
Photo: Eames at 100: Evolving the legacy.
A single sneeze propels 100,000 droplets into the air at around 90 mph, landing on door knobs, ATM keypads, elevator buttons, escalator railings, and grocery cart handles. In a subway station at rush hour, according to British researchers, as many as 10 percent of all commuters can come in contact with the spray and residue from just one sneeze (or sternutation). That means as many as 150 commuters can be sickened by one uncovered achoo.
- Huffington Post: Swine Flu Survival.
- Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23
Inspiration Information (1974)
- Mos Def – Quiet Dog
The Ecstatic (Downtown / 2009)
- Skalpel – 1958
1958 (Ninjatune / 2003)
- Peder – The Sour
And He Just Pointed To The Sky (Ubiquity / 2007)
- Parov Stelar - Room Service
Charleston Butterfly (Etage Noir / 2006)
- Piers Fancini – If I
Tearing Sky (Dust Devil / 2006)
These days have been both the most crazy and boring days of my life. Going outdoors has become a surreal and overall depressing activity, what with everybody engaging in some sort of game of social distancing and giving nasty glares at people who are not wearing their masks. I miss human contact. People without fear nor distrust in their eyes. All I ever see these days are the sick and the robots.
” A smile in the Evening ”
01. Bill Laswell Sacred System – Bati
Book Of Exit (Dub Chamber 4) (Roir, 2002)
02. Harold Budd – the Plateaux of Mirror
Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (1980)
03. Ahmad Jamal – My latin
Picture Perfect (2000)
04. Jose James – Love
The Dreamer (Brownswood, 2007)
05. Aphex Twin – nanou2
06. telepopmusik – yesterday was a lie
genetic world (2001)
07. Junior Wells – Chitlin Con Carne
Hoodoo Man Blues (Delmark, 1965)
08. Ike Quebec – Favela
Bossa Nova Soul Samba [Bonus Tracks] (2007)
note: The aesthetic qualities of photography are to be sought in its power to lay bare the realities. It is not for me to separate off, in the complex fabric of the objective world, here a reflection on a damp sidewalk, there the gesture of child. Only the impassive lens, stripping its object of all those ways of seeing it, those piled-up preconceptions, that spiritual dust and grime with which my eyes have covered it, is able to present it in all its virginal purity to my attention and consequently to my love. By the power of photography, the natural image of a world that we neither know nor can see, nature at last does more than imitate art: she imitates the artist. – André Bazin
One of those evening. Letting my mind wanders and imagining if time moves in different loop. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What if they move in different order or overlap. What is the sound of tomorrow without wishing the yesterday go away or letting go the present. So here are some of my favorite sounds. They are all highly recommended albums. Bill Laswell’s Rior print, highly mutated jazz dub or Brian Eno/Harold Budd doing early ambient. Then the post bop jazz, sometimes before things turn free. Or Aphex Twin during its accoustic sampling phase. They are yesterday’s work, but not exactly yesterday either. Telepop on the other hand is pure nostalgia downtempo pop done today. The list ends with standard classics, but same beat texture as Jose James’s IDM drum. Standard MdM non rock selection. I tried to hold the mood the same, without falling into too much sentimentality. The soundtrack for flirting maybe?