Watch Holly from Zoo Animal get weird with Weird Visions. Digging “trust no one”.
Most of you might not know that I’ve been pretty active behind the scenes making mixes for over two years now through my mixtape club. I’ve mentioned it here and there but I don’t post the mixes publicly on the blog, but after today that’s going to change. I spend so much time crafting mixes that it feels dumb to only share it with my mailing list. So now, I’m going to post streamable versions to the best of my ability (not everything is streamable!) If you want the downloadable version you’ll have to sign up. Enjoy!
This will probably be the first time I’ve ever written about music produced from nature. I’ve honestly listened to this three times already. There’s a serene quality to it, almost trancelike. It’s the sound of crickets being slowed down. Two tracks play, the normal version and the slowed version beneath it. It’s truly haunting. Sounds like choir voices.
This is from a transcript from an interview on how composer Jim Wilson’s recording came to Robbie Robertson. I really like the way he puts it:
Mr. ROBBIE ROBERTSON (Recording Artist): This was the way of it. It is a river. It is a chant. It is the medicine story. It is what happened long ago. It is a bead in a story belt. It is what has been forgotten. It is the smell of sweet grass and cedar and prayers sent to the sky, father. It is a way, a tradition, the way it was always done. It is a feeling of warmth, the sound of our voices. Listen, I am dancing beneath you.
My friend Jeffrey is working on a pretty neat project and he’s invited the internet to help bring it to life, via Kickstarter! In an effort to support the music that he loves, he resurrected the lost art of the record club by mailing out a series of limited edition 7″ released quarterly. Along with the record, there will be a digital journal about the featured artist. Very cool concept.
Just $65 gets you your annual subscription! Who doesn’t love getting mail? Better yet, you get the story of the artist to give you context – it’s musical discovery made easy.
You can ‘back’ Singles Club right here.
Been digging this track from Post Louis called Pharma – off their EP This Could Be A Bridge. You can pre-order here.
The most recent episode of Shaking Through features the amazing band Celestial Shore ft Lorley Rodriguez from Empress Of. You can find out more about their session here. I’ve never heard so many references to gear.. I wish I knew just half of what they were saying… Sounds cool though.
I’ve been listening to the new Cass McCombs record Big Wheel and Others all week – honestly, it’s the first record I’ve really gotten into of his. I even met Cass once, he played a show I helped put on in LA – I had no context for who he was, really. He was kind, and odd. But he put on a great show – rootsy Americana, I guess. I’ve always known that Cass is a musician’s musician – so I assumed it was just something that I wasn’t ‘getting’ and just couldn’t fully understand because I didn’t have as sophisticated a musical palette as musicians. Which I now realize is a pretty silly since I’ve been digging this record so much. The record itself is quite sprawling – clocking in at 22 tracks – not abiding to any convention about song or album length – making music for music’s sake.
I’m off to Dublin and London for work for the week, but I’ll leave you to check out this record which should keep you occupied in the meantime. Enjoy one of my favourite tracks, below.