Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Bowerbirds- August 2nd, 2009
Last night Nick & I saw the Bowerbirds at Mississippi Studios, which is quite near my new place. It is not the first show I’ve seen since the Little One was born, but it was the very best show. Their new record, Upper Air, has been in frequent rotation since it came out.
There’s a lot to love about their music, but the most compelling thing to me is the constant connection to nature in the lyrics. There’s a real romance with the natural world in their songs (and their lives, it seems, read their blog Olive Hearts). Working on my book, I often felt like I was geeking out with the references to glaciers and whales and moss and birds, like others would find this maudlin. But I wanted the natural world to be a character with whom the heroine has a profound and complicated relationship. When I listen to Bowerbirds I feel a kinship, in this way.
OUR RECORD IS FINALLY DONE!!
My Mind has finally finished our first record! "Path Masher" is eleven songs on a 7" with a lovely front-artwork by Margaret Rolicki (click here or see attached file for a scan of the art and inserts).
If you'd like a copy of the record, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your current mailing address and I'd be delighted to send you one.
If you don't have a turntable/record player, here are the mp3s.
A few of the songs have been posted to our myspace page, so please have a listen.
Couple other things:
- In mid-August (probably Friday, Aug. 14th at 4500 Kingsessing) Hot Guts and we will do a "proper" release show for this record and the new Hot Guts 7" (also on Badmaster).
- "U.S. Out of My Mind/Stay Out of the Territories" -- a 60 minute cassette tape of improvised "jamz" and a couple of remixes from the same source material, featuring vocal and bass guitar contributions from Drums Like Machine Guns' Brian Morsberger. Soon available from Linear B Tapes.
- I've begun posting music at http://whosemindisitanyway.
blogspot.com/, so please have a look/listen.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I'm loving this single by Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Demon's Demands has been on repeat here for these past few days. It has a gritty psych-punk feel akin to early Wire or The Fall, in one of their more accessible moments. Their latest full-length, Primary Colours, is available now at eMusic. If in Portland, you can also get it at Exiled Records. That's where I picked up my copy of this 7". Then, I went and scored my digital copy from the Street Anger blog. Now, I'm going to spread the love and repost. Dig It!
Mediafire Download link: Eddy Current Suppression Ring- Demon's Demands(refreshed 1/31/10)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Pastels- "Nothing To Be Done"
The Bats- "Made Up In Blue"
Mediafire download links:
The Pastels- Sittin' Pretty (refreshed 2/2/10)
The Bats- Daddy's Highway (refreshed 2/2/10)
Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family- My Ancestors (refreshed 1/31/10)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger "The Long Harvest v.1-10" (Argo, 1966-1968).
A 10 record set of traditional ballads, performed in their British, Scottish & American forms. This is amazing stuff. I'm ecstatic about having stumbled upon the complete LP collection. To be digitized and posted ASAP, for your listening pleasure. Now I've got my work cut out for me....
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Portland happens to be blessed with a couple of totally dynamite Record Shops. They are- Exiled and Mississippi. Both are boutique stores that only stock what they like. What's more, they're thriving as neighborhood hotspots in spite of this here interweb. They're so great! I love me some record shopping, but I must say that, as a busy dad, I have less time than ever to troll through mountains of third-rate record bins searching for those hidden gems. I'm just more inclined to go visit these good folks- each happen to have two of the best curated small (& oddball) selections, new or used, that I have ever come across. What's more, both shops put out some amazing records themselves, usually limited to editions of 1000. I basically just snatch up whatever they release, and I have only been even mildly disappointed once or twice. Its downright inspiring to see them succeed in doing what they love, especially in context of the amazon/iTunes behemoth. They are a credit to their neighborhoods, to Portland, and also to the virtues of the small indie record shop. In fact, that's mostly what they sell... RECORDS!!!
Here's what I like most about each:
Mississippi Records: An unbeatable selection. Vinyl only, and some tapes. They also have a fantastic selecton of vintage stereo equipment at nice reasonable prices. You couldn't throw a rock in there and not hit a record worth having. From Irma Thomas to Animals and Men, I eagerly collect nearly anything they release. I encourage everyone out there to do the same. FYI, many of their earlier albums fetch nice sums on ebay now that they're out of print. That's why I'm at peace providing you, the reader, with the following link:
Mississippi Records Download Thread. I'd suggest starting with Washington Phillips, Lipa Kodi Ya City Council, Orchestra Regional de Kayes, Oh Graveyard..., 70s Thai Orchestra, Malcolm X Memorial and Last Kind Words. Well, they're all pretty much super. The only ones I'm not wild about so far are Ntsamina and The Rats- though I do love Fred Cole, especially Dead Moon.