Pattern: Catrin Lewis.
Living in Mexico City right now and it might be the first time in my life that summer has felt dim. The sun is barely a spot we see one or two hours each day and you go to bed without feeling you’ve caught a fever. This playlist captures my current mood in this summer, in this city. File it under groovy mellowness. Cloudy with a chance of blinding rays of light. It feels good to be back.
- 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.
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
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.