Tuesday, December 22, 2009

O Tenenbaums!


I hesitated to have a music blog Christmas salute, but it's been weeks since my last post. (Sorry, finals.) Anyway, in the sort of spirit of the season I offer the only Christmas song that I don't hate with every fiber of my being. In fact, I quite adore it.


Since Christmas Time Is Here was featured twice in The Royal Tenenbaums, one of my all-time favorite films, I threw a Mark Mothersbaugh treat in your stocking as well. (I can roll with the whole Christmas thing if I can think about Wes Anderson while I'm doing it.)

Christmas or no, I hope you have a good week. Be brave -- it's almost over.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

1:43 In Heaven

Winter truly is the season for baroque.

You may or may not be a classical music fan, but it won't matter. This song will, for just a few bind-blowing seconds, send you straight to heaven.


I can't stop listening to it.

(From Bach's Cantatas #106, 118B & 198.)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jungle Bizness ('93 - '95)

Another jam from the miracle maker.

Actually, I'm no miracle maker. My dj days are far behind me, and it's been a good three years since somebody ripped off my turntables.

But about a year back I did throw together - cheating, via laptop - some absolutely timeless and flawless old school jungle clips for my now-defunct podcast. That now-defunct podcast has essentially turned into this music blog, and the link has long since died.


Here it is again, in all of its squinty-eyed fabulousness. Light a blunt and enjoy. (Bonus points if you remember this shiz from the first time around.)

I'm toying around with the idea of a Bay B Kane megamix after finals, so stay stoned. Er, tuned.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Origin Of Breaks

I have drum & bass in my blood. I've loved it and followed it ever since its first incarnations in the early 90s. Since then my tastes have drifted away from dance music, but I always check back from time to time with the massive drum & bass mix database to make sure the kids are still holding it the fuck down. (They are.)

So a few years ago I decided to look up as many breakbeats as I possibly could, in their original contexts, at their original tempos, and throw them all together in one five minute long history lesson.

Jason Herrboldt - Origin Of Breaks.mp3

As with the last mix posted, I no longer have access to the artists and song titles. But if you're a true b-boy or girl, you shouldn't even need to ask. If you're not, then yeah. You've been schooled. Breakbeat started in the 60s, motherfuckers.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Class Of '93 - Rave Hysteria Mixtape

A friend and I just watched 24 Hour Party People tonight, and it made me think of all the old dance music I used to listen to in the early 90s. It also made me want to re-upload this mix I made last year, which I think is no longer accessible on iTunes.

While making this mix I combed my archives for every rave, trance, breakbeat, jungle, and techno song I could find that was made on or before 1993 that I didn't hate. I dropped them all in my laptop, pressed frappe, and out came this megamix of early 90s candy raver nostalgia.


Track list:

  1. Utah Saints - Something Good
  2. 808 State - Cubik
  3. The Prodigy - G-Force (Energy Flow)
  4. Energizer - Touch The Energy
  5. Snap! - I've Got The Power
  6. Turntable Symphony - Instructions Of Life
  7. Voodoo Child - Voodoo Child
  8. Altern 8 - Respect Is Due
  9. The House Crew - Keep The Fire Burning
  10. T99 - Anasthasia
  11. Isotonik - Different Strokes
  12. Altern 8 - Infiltrate 202
  13. Bay B Kane - Good Good Sensi
  14. Project One - Smokin
  15. Aphrodite - Break Of Day
  16. Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon
  17. Sonz Of A Loop Da Loop Era - Far Out
  18. Q Bass - Deepa (NRG Remix)
  19. Moby - Next Is The E (Victory Mix)
  20. Altern 8 - Brutal-8-E (Just-For-Rick America Mix)
  21. Awesome 3 - Don't Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)
  22. Messiah - There Is No Law
  23. First Project - Right Before
  24. Altern 8 - Frequency
  25. Ruff Rider - You And Me
  26. Bizarre Inc - Dangerous Women
  27. Ruff Rider - Dance Mutha
  28. The Prodigy - Music Reach
  29. Altern 8 - Underground (8 Till L-8 Mix)
  30. Haywire - Let Me Be Your Fantasy (No Fantasy Phase)
  31. Tarsk - Get On Up
  32. Niko - Oh Yeah
  33. Smart E's - A Most Excellent Choon
  34. The Hypnotist - Night Of The Living E Heads
  35. Orbital - Halcyon + On + On (Hardcore Math User Re-Edit)
  36. Liquid - Sweet Harmony
  37. Smart E's - Bizarrely Odd
  38. Kemical Kids - Oh No
  39. Crunch - Devo (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  40. LA Style - James Brown Is Dead
  41. Bizarre Inc - Plutonic
  42. The Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea
  43. Moby - Next Is The E 
  44. Moby - Next Is The E (Cool World Mix)
  45. Bizarre Inc - Raise Me (Ascension Mix)
  46. Messiah - The Future Is Ours
  47. Kicks Like A Mule - The Bouncer (Housequake Mix)
  48. Messiah - You're Going Insane
  49. Nebula II - Seance
  50. The Prodigy - Charlie (Trip Into Drum And Bass Version)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

With Apologies To Al Franken

So I'm taking a "How To Study" class this semester, which is really a "Get Off Academic Probation Free" class, but that's neither here nor there.

We're doing a section on pre-test anxiety, and our teacher asked me to read a script out loud to the rest of the class as a kind of brief, guided meditation to introduce the students to relaxation techniques. (Can you see where this is going?)

The teacher asked everyone to close there eyes, then turned to me and signaled for me to begin reading. Just before, I managed to sneak my iPhone out of my pocket and hit the audio record button, and I wove the resulting audio in with a Stuart Smalley tape from the 90s. Honestly, what I go through for you people.


The schmaltz factor was so high that I practically broke out laughing before I was halfway through. Anyway, if you like the Stuart Smalley bit, you can download the entire CD at audible.com.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Unfinished & Unreleased

I spent almost every free hour I had during the summer of 2003 archiving my back catalog. I had a few minor-label releases, but almost all of the songs I created never saw the light of day.

Here are two songs that almost made it. Recorded around 2002, each song was written for a vocalist, and Sabedoria Profunda is just screaming for a horn solo. At one point I even had a horn player and a vocalist lined up, but it never quite came together.

Contains the following tracks:
(Also available as a zip.)

The A&R departments of the labels I was working with at the time seemed unimpressed and encouraged me to work on something else. These two songs are unfinished and unreleased, but hopefully not unloved.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ash On The Trees

I stumbled upon this song while trolling for material for this year's Halloween mixtape.

I thought it was OK the first time I heard it, but it really hit me when I fell asleep while listening to it. By the time the second movement kicked in, I was lost in a full-on Lovecraftian nightmare.


Absolutely fucking brilliant.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Thank You


Thank you to everyone who downloaded and/or enjoyed my 2009 Halloween mixtape! I had forty downloads, and 100 hard copies were distributed by hand to the flier tables of local cafes, second-hand clothiers, head shops, and music stores.

This has been the coolest Halloween ever.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Profane And The Profound


Dusk gives way to black night. The fog drifts pensively over the tombstones. A chill settles. Gomez and Morticia prepare to waltz.

What will it be? The profane, or the profound?

Maria Callas - Ave Maria

Two of my absolute favorites. I share them with you on this sorrow-filled night of bare trees, strange shadows, and dubious weather patterns.

Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Antichrist

So last night I tackled Lars Von Trier's brilliant new film Antichrist. I can see why there's so much eye-rolling on Rotten Tomatoes, but I can also see why it won accolades at Cannes. It cuts both ways.

At first I was darkly delighted by the few scenes of graphic violence (some involving close-ups of male and female genital mutilation), mutely amused by the more numerous scenes of what looked like slow-motion dream sequences, and utterly perplexed by the story itself.


For one thing, why is the film called Antichrist? What does the grief of losing an infant child have to do with the systematic extermination of women in the 16th century? I left it alone and went to bed.

Then I got up this morning.

Once I had a chance to not think about it on a conscious level -- and even dream about it -- the thrust of the film was suddenly not lost to me. There are still questions, even after I drilled the Wikipedia page for clues, but I feel like I'm finally able to gain some purchase on a concept that's proven for years to be as elusive as it is attractive: the essence of evil.

Evil is not a bastard spawn of faraway realms of demons and fire; it is not a supernatural force that drives unforgivable acts to their completion. It is us. It is you and I and everyone else who lives now or ever has lived. We are the beginning and the end of evil. The unspeakable acts we commit to one another are unprecedented in the age of the universe and are repeated nowhere else in all of existence.

That's the takeaway. There is something rotten in humanity. Men and women are basically evil, and nature -- the swirling chaos in which we find ourselves, and to the mercy to which we are forever bound -- isn't evil, but is a putrid and unforgiving beast that churns and spits with complete indifference to our plight. In other words, as the talking fox put it, "Chaos reigns."

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Unholy Winds

Etmenns Derokwis knows a thing or two about conjuring up the swirling winds of Satanic madness. Tonight we explore an epic hair-raising masterpiece that pushes the concept of black ambient to its absolute breaking point.

I was lucky enough to first hear this track on my iPod while shopping for groceries in a busy, well-lit store. I'm not sure I would have fared as well had I attempted a first listen at home after bedtime.


It starts out innocuously enough but then slowly escalades into a nightmarish episode of gale-force winds and howling acoustics. Just when you think it can't possibly get any worse, he adds yet another layer until you're completely surrounded by a thousand flocks of squawking, angry birds.

Allow me to risk a bit of hyperbole: This is quite possibly the scariest song I think I've ever heard. Try listening to it alone at night in utter darkness, and let me know if you make it all the way through.

I haven't been able to.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

European Gods

I don't want to get too lost in idol worship, but I will go on record now: if I ever meet the two dudes responsible for these European musical forces, I will immediately fall to my knees and proceed to lick their sweaty balls.

La Legion is a now-defunct Italian death metal band fronted by Gianluca Fontana, who has since formed the equally fantastic Enough To Kill. (MySpace audio streaming here and here.) Death metal meets thoughtful songwriting and oodles of technical prowess.

Dapnom is one of many creative arms of the enigmatic Meldhkwis, who breaks new ground while offering a slight nod to Aphex Twin's ambient days. (MySpace audio streaming here, interview here.) The best black ambient this side of the Styx.

These two relatively obscure European artists are completely blowing my mind this week, and I mean that part about the sweaty ball licking. I mean, just look at dude from Enough To Kill. Hello.

Monday, October 5, 2009

You've Been Sick


This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Black Light District

The darkness continues to descend. My favorite month sees another dreary upload in the form of yet another deliciously chilly Coil-related rarity.


Don't forget to say your prayers... backwards.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Speaking Of Coil...

I bathe in the moon's dark blood of vengeance, per se.


(...anyone recognize the sample at the beginning?)

Happy October, whores!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Exclusive Coil Remix

Hang on to your britches, you whores of Babylon. This year's Halloween mixtape will include an exclusive, never before heard remix of Coil's classic Cathedral In Flames.

Keep an eye on this URL. The zip file of the entire Halloween collection will be posted in early October, as soon as my upload ratio is refreshed.

I know, right? Exclusive Coil remix. Brand new. Free for you. (Stop touching yourself.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Elizabeth Fraser

No voice invokes an air of autumn quite like Elizabeth Fraser's. Since this is my favorite time of the year, I'm going to highlight artists that embody the spirit of the season.

Cocteau Twins dedicated an entire album to the beauty of the female name early in their career (Treasure). The female name is featured here tonight in three haunting selections of Ms. Fraser's later efforts.

Cocteau Twins - Alice
Yann Tiersen - Mary
Yann Tiersen - Kala
(By the way, I was delighted to see that Alice is used in the trailer for Peter Jackson's upcoming film, The Lovely Bones. )

Friday, September 18, 2009

Exclusive David Sylvian Remix

Here's a never before heard instrumental version of Sylvian's Maria. I was going to use it on this year's Halloween mixtape, but in the end I decided that it didn't quite fit.

The spoken words are by Donald Pleasence from John Carpenter's 1987 Prince Of Darkness.


Enjoy.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spooky Proof

Just in case there's any doubt this Halloween that I am the bunny rabbit caper.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Prototype Jungle... The Dirty Way

Who dat? For once I'm publishing my own shit.

Back in '93 a friend of mine who worshipped the movie Serial Mom -- OK, it was my dealer -- asked if I could sample his favorite line in the film and turn it into a song. Thus began a wholly inappropriate and thoroughly enjoyable exercise in technological jiggery.

I'm fairly confident that I was stoned off my sneakers during the production of each track.

  1. Lick Mommy's Feet
  2. Sunrise
  3. Sycamore

(Also available as a zip.)

Made with an Ensoniq ASR-10, a VCR, and about six dime bags of foot lickin' good weed.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Purple Eyes

"What happens when the intoxication of success has evaporated?"

They were just getting started, hitting their peak, and wrapping it up all at the same time. But what an impossible, blazing white-hot moment they captured in 1982: the perfect song.


Death to summer.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Halloween Mixtape Is Done

Brace yerselves, you fuckin' whores. After three months of sturm und drang, the 2009 Halloween mixtape is completely finalized. Etched in blood. Fin.

The track list has been submitted to Gracenote, the MP3s have been coded, and the evil clowns are waiting in the wings. The street date is October 2nd. A copy will be posted here for a free download the day before.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Scary Breathing FX


This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Aphex Twin - On Remixes

Another trip back to the early 90's.

While a far, far cry from the psycho-acoustic IDM mind-fuckery we've come to know and love, this early, melodic techno incarnation of Aphex Twin is like a whiff of fresh autumn air.

Break out your old candy raver accoutrements, light up a joint, and be a teenager again.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

90's House Mega Mix

I'm the first to admit that I haven't listened to 90's club music since, well, since the late 90's. But it's always fun to have a look back.


Made this one on my Ensoniq ASR-10. How's that for 90's?

It's a beautiful life.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Transmitting From The Basement Of Hell


This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Steely Dan - Gaslighting Abbie

Why am I posting this song? Because captures perfectly (if oddly) the spirit of a midsummer fling. No one lets in the fresh air like Steely Dan.


Have a great holiday weekend.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Caspian - Inside

This is the last track I recorded as Caspian back in 2004. I wish I could have finished this project and released it as an EP with remixes and B-sides, but life wound up taking me in a weird direction. Plus all my gear got ripped off two years later.

Anyway, here's the last official Caspian track. E-tones, this one's for you.


Enjoy.

Mithra's Childhood Remixes

Sometimes I indulge my guilty pleasures by listening to long-lost music treasures of my youth. Mithra (of Sociopath Recordings) took it one step farther: he remixed them.

Sparkling with the wide-eyed optimism and playfulness that is the unmistakable mark of youth, Mithra reinvents five classic tracks from the 80's and 90's and offers them in one EP. All five tracks are available to download for free at the Internet Archive website.

I highly recommend each and every one.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cyndi Lauper - She Bop (Dance Mix)

I actually saw this 12" single at a record store back in the mid-80's, and for some reason I'll never understand, I decided to buy something else.

I was all of fourteen and probably only had twenty dollars to my name, so painful decisions had to be made... but all this time I never forgot what the cover looked like.


This is one hit from the 80's that never seems to get old.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Caspian - Oak Street Bluesman EP

Here's an EP I finished well over 10 years ago, very much in the sprit of L.T.J. Bukem's Good Looking empire. (I had the honor of shaking Bukem's hand at the '99 Winter Music Conference, the year I dropped this EP. I haven't washed my hand since.)

Noite Sossegada was later released on the stunning Virtual Brazilia compilation, featuring works by Jazzanova and Miguel Migs.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mike Bennett's Hall Of Mirrors

I love talk radio, but lately I've been shifting away from news and politics. At one point, only a few months ago, I was subscribing to almost a dozen political podcasts.

Then, for some reason unknown to me, they all started to sound the same: like one big, long, boring drone. (Also the spinning was starting to piss me off more than usual for some reason.)

So I abandoned most of those 12 podcasts, kept the two or three I can't live without, and dispatched myself on a voyage of experimental music podcasts and audio books. Fiction seems suddenly important for some reason.

One of the first audio book podcasts I stumbled upon at the iTunes store wound up being an instant favorite. I highly recommend Mike Bennett's Hall of Mirrors series, any of them. I'm particularly fond of the four-part Salvation series, which kept me entertained during my mail-run walks about campus all last week.

Mike, who writes the stores as well as reads them, has a voice that is perfectly suited to the dark yet whimsical nature of the tales he tells. His British accent drips with faux-Dickensian malice and not a little naughty pleasure.

So I offer my thanks to Mr. Bennett. He is a breath of fresh air to someone who's been suffocating on non-fiction talking podcasts for far, far too long, and his stories leave me utterly delighted.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

OK-Ma - BwoyGal (Opolopo Remix)

I have no idea where I stumbled upon this joint, but it's been rockin' steady in my iPod for three solid years. I can't get enough of this song.


Hells yeah.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Caspian - Getting Over EP

In 2004 I made a strong effort to break away from a certain unnamed San Francisco indie dance label, and this involved making a demo. I only made 100 copies, and wound up giving most of them away as promos. The EPs consisted of four jazz and soul infused house gems in the spirit of Naked Music NYC.

I did not wind up landing a deal with another dance music label, but I did wind up with a nice collection of what was to be my last EP before all my gear got ripped off in 2006. Here is the EP for your consideration and enjoyment.





Peace out.

[Update 12/2016: just found the Getting Over remix parts in some old computer files.]

Thursday, June 11, 2009

2008 Halloween Mixtape


This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

Psychic TV - Tune In (Turn On Thee Acid House)


These are the first two acid house songs I ever heard, and I heard them while I was completely fucked in the mouth, balls-out tripping on high octane acid.

Fuck yeah.



Actually, these were only the first songs that grabbed my attention in what was to be a long night of being glued to the speakers while somebody's mixtape (this was still the 80's) played the most amazing music my young ears had ever heard.

I later learned that these songs -- and all the accompanying Jack The Tab / Tekno Acid Beat tracks -- were just two gems from the prolific Fred Giannelli period in Psychic TV's long history.

I'm proud to recall that fateful night that I made out with a 303 well before 303s were cool (at least in America). It was a little taste of acid during what I now know was the real acid era of electronic music, one I just barely missed.

Barely.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Don't Flail Me Now

This is the first song I've written and recorded in six years. I'm super thrilled to offer it here as a sneak preview to my annual Halloween mixtape, which will also be posted here in full later this fall.


It's been a blast to write, perform, and record an original song again. I really miss it, since my gear got ripped off a few years back. The simplicity of this piece lent itself nicely to the bare minimum of my voice, a MacBook, and TwistedWave 1.6.

Anyway, I hope this dismal little sonic morsel will whet your appetite for this year's Halloween playlist of horror soon to come.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

25 Random Songs About Me

OK, so I finally did it. Here are my 25 random iPod shuffles, with two small apologies.

I have an iPod Nano, which only has like 700 songs, for better or worse. Most of the space is saved for boring talk radio. And the other day I just loaded up Cocteau Twins' Lullabies To Violane Box Set, which is like 77 mp3s. (Unfair bias!) Those are my only two handicaps.

Had I made this shuffle list from my entire iTunes library of 2,864 titles, every other song would have been either Bach or Coil.

1. Prince & The Revolution - Alexa De Paris (Extended Version)
2. The New York Collegium - Telemann: Concert for Four Violins in C Major
3. Wix - Taken Back
4. Vladimir Horowitz - Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde - Isolde's Liebestod
5. Einst├╝rzende Neubauten - Steh Auf Berlin
6. Cal Tjader - Soul Sauce (Fila Brazillia Remix)
7. Coil - Fire Of The Green Dragon
8. Coil - Nature Is A Language
9. Sufjan Stevens - The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
10. Cocteau Twins - Oomingmak (Instrumental Version)
11. Coil - Stealing The Words
12. Cocteau Twins - Cherry-Coloured Funk
13. Cliff Martinez - La Cagaste
14. Thievery Corporation - Scene At The Open Air Market
15. Caspian - Private Detective
16. All The Pretty Things - The Gravity Of Your Smile
17. Joseph Haydn - Sonate 35 Moderato
18. Cocteau Twins - Alas Dies Laughing
19. Andras Schiff - Bach: French Suite #4 in E Flat BWV 815
20. Portishead - Small
21. Cocteau Twins - Those Eyes, That Mouth
22. Interpol - Roland
23. Bach - Fuge Nr.20 a-moll BWV865
24. Cocteau Twins - Laugh Lines
25. The New York Collegium - Telemann: Concerto For Oboe And Strings In C Minor

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Maya Angelou Frozen Dinners


I wish I could take credit for this one!

I was at a friend's house watching movies last night when, while raiding the freezer for ice cream, my friend saw a frozen dinner package from the corner of his eye. He laughed out loud and said, "I could have sworn it read, 'Maya Angelou Frozen Dinners'!"

We laughed for about ten minutes straight. I actually think I peed a little, I was laughing so hard.

Almost immediately afterward came my contribution to the hypothetical product line, I Know Why The Free-Range Chicken Sings. Above is a quick and dirty rendering of what we had in mind.

This was a moment of sheer comic genius, and it was all because of my friend's peripheral vision... or should I say prophetic vision? Patrick gets all the credit here.

I blame the chemo.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New This Mortal Coil?

No, This Mortal Coil hasn't reunited to make a new album (sadly), but they may have been reincarnated into an amazing, young British outfit called Antony & The Johnsons.

I heard one of their songs earlier this week (Another World - watch the video here) and I couldn't help but think of the painfully quiet and churning loveliness of TMC's last two albums.

You can find out more about Antony & The Johnsons at their website (free downloads!). I hope you will louvre them as much as I do.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wix - The Sweatshop Breaks EP

This is my 1996 EP about smoking weed. Every minute of every song is dedicated to this most excellent pursuit.

Heavily influenced by the intelligent jungle movement of the mid-‘90s, I took it upon myself to smoke as much buddha as I could lay my hands on and combine sampling, timestretching, jazz, breaks, vocals, and atmospherics into one stoned-out listening experience. The result is a collection of early drum & bass joints that pay homage to my (then) musical heroes.

(I heard they don't allow you to play this EP in rehab because it causes relapses on contact.)

Wix - Wanted.mp3
Wix - Oak Street Bluesman.mp3
Wix - New Word.mp3
Wix - Starflex.mp3

Fun side note: this EP had limited release (read: I handed out copies to everyone I could in the tri-state area), and yet somehow they know about it in Germany.

Stoned-out thanks go to Ray Keith, Bay B Kane, Miles Davis, Goldie, D'Cruise, Roni Size, Krust, Herbie Hancock, Dillija, Squarepusher, Moby, Andy C, John Coltrane, Photek, LTJ Bukem, Alex Reece & dj Pulse (same guy?), dj Rap, Danny Breaks, and KBEM FM in Minneapolis.

Old skool jungle! What, what?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser - All Flowers In Time

I think I might have been the only die-hard Cocteau Twins fan that didn't know Lizzie & Jeff were an item back in the mid-90's. I also hadn't heard their only musical collaboration until last year.

Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser - All Flowers In Time

Breathtaking.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Old Skool Jungle: Bake Sale EP!

I just loves me some old school jungle.

Today's offering is from my self-released 1994 EP Bake Sale, originally released under the moniker Wix. Made entirely with an Ensoniq ASR-10 that I had just recently learned how to drive under the influence of a fat, sticky dime bag.

Wix - Hyphereiod.mp3
Wix - Rockin' For Myself.mp3

Includes illegitimate samples of Led Zeppelin, Meat Beat Manifesto, 808 State, Prince, Brian Eno, Porno for Pyros and Gipsy.

Rewind.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Steely Dan - Peg (Bootleg House Remix)

I came across an old vinyl copy of Aja at a friend's yard sale in July of 2000, and it became immediately clear that no group can evoke and embody summertime like Steely Dan.

I don't think anybody can make Peg a better song, but it's always fun to hear and old favorite in a new context.

Steely Dan - Peg (Jason's Bootleg House Remix).mp3

Made with an Akai S-2000 and Cakewalk.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Audio Scrapbook: Election Night Mania

I thought I'd do my small part (from the far-off city of Minneapolis) to help ring in the Obama inauguration by posting an audio recording that has great meaning to me.

Election Night Mania.mp3

I recorded these sounds of victory and celebration coming through my open apartment windows with my Mac just an hour or so after the final election results became public.

Then I wandered outside, and it struck me that I've never been witness to something like this before in my life: People were shouting and waving their arms, hugging, wandering into the street to shake hands with strangers in their cars, and (of course) getting quite hammered. (At the time I lived on a corner near three bars and one very busy street.)

I think the Obama victory in November will be seared onto the national consciousness in a way that only a transformational moment can be. It is probably trumped in recent history only by 9/11. The current generations hold these two moments of history in their minds apart from any other.

These are our versions of JFK's assassination, of V-Day, of the Pearl Harbor attack: every one of us remembers exactly where we were and what we were doing on the morning of September 11th, 2001 -- and now I think the same can be said for the evening of November 4th, 2008.

This weekend's inauguration is a wonderful crown on Obama's amazing victory, and hopefully a new opportunity for America to rediscover its greatness.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jon Stewart: Equal Opportunity Mocker

This post has been migrated to my essay blog. The new direct link is here.

Caspian - In My Life (Original & Remix)

It's weird to think that I actually used to get paid to make music back in the day.

In My Life, written and recorded in December 2001 under the name Caspian, was definitely one of my favorite pair of songs to produce. They just fell into place after a six-month dry spell, and the label I was signed to at the time liked them enough to release them.

The pair was featured as a 12” vinyl-only release on Cosmic Flux Records in 2002, and the original version was later released on a Nikki Beach compilation.

Caspian - In My Life.mp3
Caspian - In My Life (Higher & Stronger Mix).mp3

I had turned my back on drum & bass around 2000, and this was (I think) one of my better stabs at 2-step (in the original), and straight-up, San Fransisco-style house music (in the remix).

Good times.

[Update 12/2016: just found the remix parts in some old computer files.]