It’s Independence Day here in America today. Which means barbecues, fireworks and a general casual summer party feel to the whole day and coming weekend. To me, Dick Dale sounds very “American” and this is a pretty great song of his (even if the video is cheesy).


Nitro by Dick Dale

Wet Salt by Psapp

A few months ago, I spent some time in a fishing village in southeast Asia with a few friends making art. On our last night together, we had a bit of a party involving music and lots of laughs. Some of the guys in the village had a reggae band and a few of the gals on the trip got up and performed with them.

One of the highlights of the night was Rachael performing Can ‘t Let Go. Uh-Mazing. I don’t have video of Rachael’s performance or the trip in general, just fond memories…

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Can’t Let Go by Lucinda Williams

Already a good song, now with more Kristen Wiig.

Not a terrible movie either as long as you forget ANYTHING you might know about the original short story or the Danny Kaye movie version.

“…in June, pretty baby, in June…”

Stone Flower

25/05/2014 — Leave a comment

Another from my trip earlier in the spring…

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Lately, there are two times of day when I listen to music most— early in the morning on my way to an office and late at night trying to concentrate on work or pet projects. Despite being a morning-ish person (in that I like being up early once actually up) I’m not necessarily firing on all cylinders immediately, not every day at least. So, it may not be surprising then that the soundtrack to my morning walk to the train is often pretty chill.. something with a bit of a rhythm for walking and that I can ignore a little while sharpening my focus.

Here’s a track that finds its way into the mix some mornings:

Cirrus by Bonobo

“‘Cuz all is fine… Loneliness is just a state of mind…”


Whispering at the top of my lungs by Tim Christensen

I used to live by a freight train line in college. Later, when I lived in Oakland, trains weren’t too far off either. In fact, Amtrak trains would run down the Embarcadero during the day sometimes (Like this). Later still, I worked across town and had to cross loads of freight tracks to get to a space big enough for presses and print-related equipment.

This song reminds me most of Oakland as dusk approached in my strange little corner of the city. Where does it take you, dear readers/listeners?

Minas De Cobre by Calexico

Couldn’t decide on a single track this week, instead here’s Tycho‘s latest LP if you haven’t already heard it.

Triad

01/05/2014 — Leave a comment

Rather like the implied light source of the orange in this. Also always like the triad of blue, orange and red together.

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Last month, this was part of my view. It’s been a few busy weeks since then and about time (overdue, really) to start sharing pictures, I think…especially after torrential rains for the last two days! More soon…

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It’s a little hard for me to believe that it’s been almost twenty years since this album came out, but it’s still a good one in my book. Looking forward to revisiting this album later this weekend while driving.

The Pod by Hum

Wmotd, Week 16

18/04/2014 — 1 Comment

I like to walk. A lot. I like to hike in the woods but also explore the cityscapes on long urban walkabouts. I used to always have headphones on when walking but these days I mix it up— sometimes with headphones, sometimes without simply enjoying the environmental soundtrack.

What do I listen to while I walk? All sorts of things. It really depends on my mood or the weather or what I’m working on and trying to think about. What does all of this have to do with your weekly installment of music to be shared and enjoyed? While on my walks, I sometimes like to listen to this piece to help me think.

This week’s selection comes from Thomas Newman, perhaps best know for his film soundtracks. This music was used for the end titles of 2004’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Enjoy!

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