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New Wave Reception

Posted in 2011, melty faces, men, mixtape, music, world with tags , , , on December 20, 2010 by Shiv

6 months ago, I began a blog of my own so that I could make podcasts, practice mixing. That blog, at this point, has become its own thing I suppose. While I’ve posted some several mixtapes, nothing after the original ‘cast. I thought I’d give this one a wider release. It’s one I’ve been thinking about for a while now.

Basis: It seems that last year’s chillwave movement — while it may have outlived GoogleWave — has officially become boring: utterly beached. Sun’s gone. Night’s come.  Teen – age – Ice – age. And with this Night, comes glimmering synths, handclaps & drummachines, croons. Consider Twin Shadow, who with his ’10/10′ Forget pulled it off all so well. With 2011, let’s usher in the overly sentimental, the too articulate. In 2011, let’s smile till it hurts.

Project: Here are some new wave tracks from all around the world. I’ve used several from a selection of killer vietnamese/german new wave tapes I’ve come across since September as well as some perhaps more familiar selections. I’ve done some reversing, some sampling of my own, and had a wonderful time mixing it all together. It’s a blast. I hope you like it. Fill up your pencaps and Have a Happy New Year.

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Posted in 2010, music on December 9, 2010 by John

I got this album yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to give it a real good listen, but from what I’ve heard, it’s weird enough and good enough to post here.

Autre Ne Veut – S/T (2010)

Altered Zones has an interview and mp3s.

Fur Arvo

Posted in God Almighty, music, NYT linking with tags on October 17, 2010 by John

I was happy to see Arvo Part pop up on the front page of today. The NYT Magazine did a profile of the minimalist composer for his 75th birthday.

At certain points in his life he was obsessed with seagulls and unlocking the secrets of Gregorian chants. That didn’t take. His system of “tintinnabuli” though, pairing melody with a second stabilizing line beneath the melody, became his musical and philosophical cornerstone.

A fascinating read about a fascinating mind.

Of course, I have some albums for you. The late seventies were when Part reached his mature period and when tintinnabuli really kicked in. These are two of his biggest releases from back then.

Alena (1976)

Tabula Rasa (1977)

be wilder mix+ape

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, mixtape, music with tags , , , on August 26, 2010 by Shiv

The summer vacation I thought I’d never have is ending. Tragic. ‘Thought I’d whip something up really quick for the both of us. Welcome to the night.

be wilder mix+ape

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Warmer Days #2 Rhumba & Juju

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, africa, milkshakes, music on August 19, 2010 by John

A busy, lazy summer has left me with little time for music. I was at least happy to find these two albums.

A Retrospective, Vol.1 is Congolese soukous/rhumba, once again borrowing a lot from Cuban music. Franco is a phenomenal guitar player. He wanders around the song with slick, clever riffs he just seems to come up with. Perfect summer jams.

Adé is a little stranger. He and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey were the two main Juju acts in Nigeria in the 70s and the rivalry between them led to push some boundries, and Juju Music is a great example of that.

Sadly not enough time to learn and dig. I need to get some Chief Commander. I feel like I’m only skimming the surface here with a couple “essential” albums. They are both very good though…  I’ll check back when I find something good.

Two albums for your late summer heatwave:


King Sunny Adé – JUJU MUSIC

Listen Log 8.7.10.

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, listen log, music with tags , , on August 7, 2010 by Shiv

Skeletal System are from San Francisco (I almost typed Brooklyn) and on their myspace, the first of their influences is Slowdive. I’ve liked the song “Dialogue” for a few weeks now, and the rest of the free EP I just found is (at this moment) living up to it. Some very quiet songs that remind me of Joy Division here, while others are lush and layered. It’s refreshing to hear a such a strong and earnest voice over all that synth.

Skeletal System EP

Skeletal System Cover Art

other than that, I’ve been listening to most of the things that are put up on this blog. MillionYoung, Wild Nothing. Good stuff. Oh, and the new Walkmen’s obviously good.

I’m going on a 5 day roadtrip. What are you listening to!

Little Fela

Posted in africa, Guns, music, the past with tags on July 13, 2010 by John

This piece does a good job capturing a little bit of the magic that was Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Ghariokwu Lemi, the artist that created the covers for many of Fela’s albums, talks about the man. Lemi seems like a pretty normal guy and to me at least, it’s interesting to hear his take on a “personality” like Fela.