Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SESSION 54: At Home With Rose

Experimental easy listening


This lot will not be hard on your ears. If you haven't listened to much in the way of experimental music then this is a good starter. I'll be listening to this for a spot of relaxation and reflection.

First three tracks are by Chris Watson under the name of zero.enmity. I met Chris on FB and he hooked me up with some tracks and they fit perfectly in this mix. You can find more of Chris's music on Last.FM. Chris is from New Zealand but has spent the last 20 years living in Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.

zero.enmity, i. Themes - Harmonic study on raag marva: I, Harmonic Study of the Rãg Marva, unreleased 2010. [5:56]
zero.enmity, ii. 'Mr Honda's Waterfall' - Harmonic study on raag marva: II, Harmonic Study of the Rãg Marva, unreleased 2010. [6:19]
zero.enmity, iii. Freeform - Harmonic study on raag marva: III, Harmonic Study of the Rãg Marva, unreleased 2010. [8:25]
Es, Säteet sun sielusta, Kesämaan lapset, Fonal 2009. [11:27]
Mount Eerie, Through the Trees, Wind's Poem, P.W. Elverum & Sun 2009. [11:33]
Max Richter, On The Nature of Daylight, The Blue Notebooks, FatCat 2004. [6:12]
Animal Hospital, Memory, Memory, Barge 2009. [16:50]
Cordouan, When all this is over we'll meet again, Love, MechanizedMind 2003. [8:41]
myrmyr, The Sea Returns, The Amber Sea, Digitalis 2009. [14:53]
Jessica Bailiff, Your Sounds Make Patterns In My Eyes, Old Things, Morc Records 2007. [4:46]
Gydja, A Siren Stood Hymning upon Each Circle, Umblicus Maris, Mystery Sea 2007. [11:23]
Alan Sparhawk, Sagrado corazon de jesu (second attempt), Solo Guitar, Silber 2006. [13:27]

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SESSION 53: At Home With Rose

Hushed tones in the psychedelic playground




NOTE: earlier show time of 8-10pm NZ time due to daylight savings in the US. Show remains the same time for listeners in the US.

It's the loveliest time of year at the moment - the mellow warm autumn days. The light seems less harsh and the warmth in the sun is not as intense. Leaves are starting to brown, the fruiting trees and vines are squeezing out the last of their crops. The evenings have a faint chill. This is my time of year. I'm not a summer person. I like the sun, but I don't like the sticky heat. The music for this mellow time is my favourite: psychy, folksy dirges and drones. Mumbling strange lyrics. Anyone would think I was a drugged-out hippy. Nah. Not my style. Perhaps in a past life. Heh.

First track up is by Gong - this is one from my childhood. I remember being interested in the funny drawings and hippy garb and the titles of songs like "Squeezing Sponges Over Policeman's Heads" from the album Camembert Electrique. It was good to have older brothers who brought lots of different music into the house. I wonder what I would be listening to now if it hadn't been for the good early influences from my two big brothers. Thank you Greg and Steve.

Isis came here in February - yet another band I have missed and I'm getting pretty annoyed with not having any money to get along to gigs. Perhaps I should see if I can start writing reviews so I can get tickets. Hmm, that would mean finding time to do such things, but perhaps something to think about. Am I a good enough writer? I guess that could be a stumbling block... I've stopped looking at what gigs are coming up. It's getting too depressing.

Sad to see that Matthew Crawley and Jim Rush, aka Strange News and Galesburg, have gone into retirement. Sounds like numbers at gigs were not high enough to keep them going financially. A damn shame because they organised for some pretty amazing people to grace our shores. Perhaps too many so that people were picking and choosing what to go to. Also perhaps a sign of the times of recession.

Gong, Dynamite/I Am Your Animal, Camembert Electrique, [4:33]
Rafael Toral, Glove Touch, Touch 25, [3:16]
6majik9, open templar ornaments (with strum), Solid Space, [7:03]
Bardo Pond, Despite The Roar, Mogwai/Bardo Pond - Split, [7:30]
HEALTH, Tabloid Sores, HEALTH, [2:51]
Bugskull, what's that light?, Communication LP, [2:42]
Claypipe, The Math of Random Fractures, Jewelled Antler Library Vol. 8: Wayside, Jewelled Antler Collective. [3:59]
Popol Vuh, Hosianna-Mantra, Tantric Songs/Hosianna Mantra, [10:20]
Jackie-o-Motherfucker, Beautiful September (We Are Going There), Fig. 5, [10:13]
Quetzolcoatl, I Dive For Secrets In The Gorge Du Verdon, Frannce Compilation CD1: Bleu, RuralFaune. [7:05]
Islaja, Rohkaisulaulu, Palaa aurinkoon, Fonal Records. [4:25]
Duncan Bruce, Celestial Vengeance, New Glass Tapu, If Records. [9:31]
Bleeding Heart Narrative, lillian gish, All that was missing we never had in the world, [6:01]
M. Pyres, Gravity Deluxe (wandering associate), & New Past Tense, [4:59]
Alistair Galbraith, This Time He Has Come, More Oar: A Tribute to Alexander "Skip" Spence, Birdman. [5:20]
Chamellows, Sneaks Whistle Boat, Rat Hearts. [3:19]
Hala Strana, Cantecul Miresei, The Jewelled Antler Library Book 1, Jewelled Antler Collective. [3:08]
Grouper, Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping, Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill, [2:53]
Hush Arbors, Magic Wood, Hush Arbors, [3:50]
Isis, All Out Of Time, All Into Space, In The Absence Of Truth, [3:04]
Hawkwind, Born to Go (Live Single Version Edit), In Search of Space, [5:04]
Cave, Encino Men, Psychic Summer, [8:04]

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

SESSION 52: At Home With Rose

Synth: let's face it, it's kinda fun.


No show last week as you probably realised. Family stuff. You know how it gets...

This week I'm collaborating with my friend, Greg Simpson, a connoisseur of synth.

Simple rules - one hour each. Greg's set TBA. Who will be up first? I think we're gonna flip a coin.

First of all - you can't go past our own Kraus for some decent synth. Crazy motherfucking shit that I love.

Oh, and check out BIPPP - French Synth Wave 1979-85 off Born Bad Records for some fun tunes.

Here's my mix (one hour):

BBC Radiophonic workshop, melodic group shapes, bbc radiophonic workshop - listen move and dance 1-3, 1962 EMI. [1:08]
Kraus, White Leather, Red, Green and Blue: 1998-2003, 2006 self release CDR. [3:00]
Edmond De Deyster, Reel 04 Excerpt 04, Selectie 01, 2006 Ultra Eczema. [5:36]
Klaus Nomi, Three Wishes, Simple Man (1982), RCA. [3:20]
TGV, Partie 1, BIPPP - French Synth Wave 1979-85, 2006 Born Bad Records. [3:18]
Barabara Morgenstern, Die japanische Schranke, The Grass is Always Greener, 2006 Monika Enterprise. [5:06]
Young Hearts of Europe, u-bahn x, A Tribute to Flexipop Vol. 2, CDR unofficial realease. [5:30]
Edouard Artemiev, Le Feu, Sibérie, La Saga De L'immensité, 1979 Le Chant Du Monde. [5:19]
Metal Boys, Carnival, So Young But So Cold - Underground French Music 1977-1983, 2004 Tigersushi. [1:46]
Kissing the Pink, In Awe of Industry, Naked, 1983 Atlantic. [3:18]
Lagowski, Vocal Impulse Test, My Life In An Insulation Test, 2008 electr-ohm. [4:27]
Vibo, Clinical Death Prolog, A Tribute to Some Bizarre Vol. 4, CDR, Unofficial Release. [2:49]
Disasteradio, Advanced Pancake Mechanics, Disasteradio, CDR. [2:43]
No Projekt, Childish Terror, Null Achtzehn, 2005 http://noprojekt.blogspot.com. [1:00]
Ahlgul Ouijaha, Metempsychosis of Prior Marble, Outro to Finale, 2007 AMENOREA. [6:45]
Deux, Game and Performance, BIPPP - French Synth Wave 1979-85, 2006 Born Bad Records. [3:43]

Here's Greg's mix (one hour):

Black Devil Disco Club, Dali, Presents: The Strange New World Of Bernard Fevre, 2009 Lo Recordings. [3:23]
Plastique de Rêve, Comme la vogue, Rêve de Plastique, 2009 Plastique de Rêve. [6:54]
The Emperor Machine, Lana Laila, Space Beyond The Egg, 2009 D.C. Recordings. [4:21]
Vincent Markowski, The Number Arkiv, Dirty Capsules, 2008 D.C. Recordings [4:59]
Joakim, Nebula Laughter, Watermelon Bubblicious, 2009 !K7 Records. [8:58]
Depth Charge, Mecha Squirrel, Pt. 2, Mecha Squirrel—EP, 2009 Schnozza Music. [4:19]
Premier Rang, Les corps humides — Single, 2009 Italians Do It Better. [5:24]
Fever Ray, Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Remix), Triangle Walks—Single, 2009 Rabid Records. [6:39]
Black Van, Yearning — Single, 2010, DFA Records. [6:09]
Desire, Mirroir Mirroir, II, 2009 Italians Do It Better. [5:18]
Parallel Dance Ensemble, Run, Run — Single, 2010 Parallel Dance Ensemble. [3:55]