Anoraking To Finals

Almost the holidays (and do I have a gift for you this year) and I may just barely make it. But the chances look good - one last push, right. I remember something about the light brigade at moments like these.

But the music! Got to love the music! It might be the worlds only saving grace 3 times out of 10.

Right anyways, so I missed last month, so this month is a bit of what I've been listening to for both.

The stand out tracks, too many to name, check out the opener by Anita Tijoux - it was going to be my birthday track but whatever. The Smiles make you feel good about the mugging and your lost wages. And the blessed return of Holy Fuck with the Tounces inspired sound track Red Lights. King Khan finally gets some air time - I don't know how I missed that scene. King Charles brings the fuzzed out love, Jeff Spec lays out some fantastic old skool against the Most Sampled Man in HipHop the epynoumous drummer for the funky James Brown in "Clyde Stubblefeild". And the Braids bring the orchestral twee pop - and the stand out modern compositions track from Hauschka, "Alexanderplatz" minimals its way to the blown out rusted tub thumping of Kidkanevil (with helps from the Bonobo) as our closer.

01. Anita Tijoux - 1977
02. The Smiles - Cala Cola
03. David Vertesi -  All Night, All Night, All Night
04. Holy Fuck - Red Lights
05. King Khan & The Shrines - Land of the Freak
06. MI + AMORE – Wise Blood
07. King Charles - Love Lust
08. Jeff Spec - Clyde Stubblefield
09. STRT SRNS – Wise Blood
10. Terry Ohms - Red Wine on White Pants
11. Broken Bells The - High-Road
12. Braids - Lemonade
13. Hauschka - Alexanderplatz
14. Kidkanevil - Ketto Revisited ft Bonobo

Image: From Cat and Girl - I wanted to reimagine a whole strip moved from the humanities to the sciences but am still working out the ramifications of it all. But it is also as a small signifier of my own expanse into the science minded bloggosphere where I am abetting my love of music with my other love - pragmatic evaluations of experimental observations

What I'm Reading Now: Getting What You Came For by Robert L. Peters (some fine advice there, highly recommended)


Direct download: Anoraking_to_Finals.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Schools In

So we're into the home stretch - last year of undergrad and I can taste the sweet release. Oh there have been and will be trials and tribulations but back, far back, behind it all is the idea that I could do it. And the fact that I have or that I am.

And I am doing it now.

Here my theme: Golden Age

Feels good, man.


01. Swamp Cat - Timun Mas

(my neighb's - good folks)

02. Golden Age - Everything Will be Alright

03. Lissie - Kid Cudi's Pursuit of Happiness

04. Mike Alaska - Jerzy Borowicz recording

05. Go Home Productions - Smells Like Rockin Robin

06. Kaki King - Kiss With a Fist

07. Cookin' with Kurt - Soup du Jour

08. Youthless - Golden Age

09. Les Cowboys Fringants - Les Etoiles Filantes

10. Beat Radio - Golden Age

11. Joost Buis & Astronotes - Brokology

12. Julie Doiron – Consolation Prize

13. California Guitar Trio - Music for a Found Harmonium

14. The Orb - God Less America

15. Justin Townes Earle, 'Harlem River Blues'

Image from Ward Sutton over at the

Direct download: Schools_In.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

Vinyl for Vinyl

This summer Ana and I, in preparation for the "great long distance experiment" got to travel a bit around Maine and Canada and Vermont. On one occasion I had a prolonged discussion with a good man, here to be nameless to protect his reputation, about we humans and the big picture and what can be done about it all. It was a real and good pleasure and I hope I hadn't offended him as I usually do when I talk about these things.

Anyways - one last thing. I had mistaken Andrew Bird for Bobby Bare Jr. This is because Mr. Bare has a song which is close to my dyslexic heart called "Strange Bird" hence if I have a few in me I start mixing things up in a poor way; like saying that Andrew Bird has a senior version in the country and western scene. That is clearly not the case. Be sure to check out "Strange Bird" it's really good.

Anyways this is the short version which made the podcast:

01. Richard Hawley - As the Dawn Breaks

02. Six Organs of Admittance - The Desert is a Circle

03. Bill Callahan - A  Man Needs a Woman or a Man to be a Man

04. Agent Simple - Make a Right at Jordfallsmotet

05. Devandra Banhart - Shabop Shalom

06. The Felice Brothers - Run Chicken Run

07. Larkin Grimm - Dominican Rum

08. Port O'Brien - In Vino Veritas

09. The Precisions - New York City

10. Jens Lekman - A Postcard to Nina

11. Kid Koala - Its All Over

12. Townes van Zandt - Intro Joke from "Mr Gold and Mr Mud"

13. King Creosote - Camels Swapped for Wives

14. Adam Green - What Makes Him Act So Bad

15. Sleepy Jackson Lovers - Mourning Rain

And these are the tracks which got onto the Long Play version. Most of which can be found on previous podcasts of mine.

16.Adam Green - Castles and Tassels

17. King Creosote and Player Piano - Cod Liver and Orange Juice

18. Jill Barber - Oh My My

19. Bill Calahan - Eid Ma Clack Shaw

20. The Felice Brothers - Frankie's Gun

21. Cluthcy Hopkins Meest Lord Kenjamin - Brother John

22. Larkin Grim - Ride That Cyclone

image from: Magic Hat

Currently Reading: Locust - The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect That Shaped the American Frontier by Jeffery A. Lockwood

Direct download: Vinyl_for_Vinyl_-_Radio_Edition.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Young Liars - Vol. 1 - Daydream Believer

Young Liars is a series put out by David Latham - I'll leave the critiques and insights for those more versed in these matters, suffice to say that I liked what I read. Not that it mattered - like nearly every series I jump at, I am looking at you Top10, Young Liars died to soon it's story untold. Not just a loss of a title but a loss of a unigue story. A rare thing at any time.

"Young Liars is a wholly different beast  It’s a VERY personal book.  No one could do this book but me because it’s about my brain and everything I like and feel.  Stray Bullets is like that.  No one else can possibly do it.  It’s why I could do things in Young Liars like put in song recommendations and it wasn’t gratuitous.  It was fun, yes, but it also fit the nature of the book.  It became a very unique place to work inside every months and is the toughest part of letting it go."

- David Lapham, from Mindless Ones Interview 

And if you like a thing and that thing has in it little musical references you'll do the only sensible thing which is to wrangle each track from the ether then string them together into a mixtape they were never intended to become. Mixtape Archaeology.

Here we go, from the top:

David Bowie - Let's Dance

Battles - Atlas

Suicide - Frankie Teardrop (Abbreviated Version)

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Another Morning Stoner

Wire - Strange

Tears for Fears - Mad World

Rolling Stones - Rocks Off

The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love

Pixies - Bone Machine

Sonic Youth - Shaking Hell

The Fall - Oleano

Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver

Thanks to Mindless One's and David Lapham

Image from:

Currently Digging: My Goodness: A Cynic's Short-Lived Search for Sainthood by Joe Queenan

Direct download: Young_Liars_Vol_1_-_Daydream_Believer.mp3
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A team with only I in it

One of these days I'll be in a situation to learn something by following someone else's example. Not that I'm bitter - just frustrated.


Chain and the Gang - Interview with the Chain Gang

Brian Eno  – Third Uncle

Fun Boy Three & Bananarama - 'Taint What You Do It's the Way That You Do It

Islets - Jasmine

Jill Barber - Oh My My

Panther Hands – Young, Gifted, and Brown

Mother Mother - O My Heart Luther Russel - A World Unknown

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

Blockhead - The Music Scene

The Pixies - Alec Eiffel

Brasstronaut - Requiem for a Scene


Image from: The very excellent short "Don't cry for me I'm already Dead"

Currently digging: Young Liars by David Lapham

Currently Reading: Short Protocols for Molecular Biology by Wiley Publishing (five stars!)

Direct download: 06_-_A_team_with_only_I_in_it.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

I Believe in Summer


Wow .. . Orgo is over. Sweet jesus. 


Richard Hawley - Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Devin Therrialt - I Don't Think I

Kulturini Project - Half Time Report

DJ Voodoo and the Liquid Method - Everybody thinks i'm high the remix '96 (DJ Kelley)

DJ Harvey - Track 01 (Black Cock Edit)

Teki-Latex - Answers Cut From Set

Siriusmo - Urlaub In Berlin

MGMT - Flash Delirium

MIA - Born Free

Monks - Blockhead

Moneybrother - Born Under a Bad Sign

Jacuzzi Boys - Bricks or Coconuts

Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime 

Dirty Three - Three Wheels


Image from the late great Teaching Baby Paranoia - you will be missed.


Direct download: I_Believe_in_Summer.mp3
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Uner's Big Day

Happy Birthday babe.

We're about to tear down that length of road to the distant vistas of tomorrow's tasks and I reflect on the fact that you've been with me for long enough that I can't comprehend what it will be like to be apart.

Things may get rough out there - and who knows what may happen - but it has been good, great, and nice and there may be more in store.


01. Blenders - Don't fuck Around with Love

02. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks

03. 123 - Confetti

04. Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

05. Los Mil Jinetes - Pastor de Elefantes

06. La Pompe Moderne - Plus Dur, Meilleur, Plus Rapide, Plus Fort (Daft Punk Cover)

07. Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

08. Archie Bronson Outfit - Hoola

09. GIFT - Workout Afterall

10. Lodger – Ciao

11. The Blow - Parantheses

12. Andrew Bird - Opposite Day

13. Alt Fenster – Clipée

14. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - The Worm in The Apple

15. Pelle Carlberg - I Love You, You Imbecile 

Image from: A Softer World. 

Currently Awesome:  The LHC.

Direct download: Uners_Big_Day.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Reaping What We Sow

Overworked and got Sick. Overworked and got Active Labelled Protein (I MADE THIS?!). Overworked and Snow Days. Overworked and got to Grad School. Overworked and Got Accepted. Overworked and working with Paul Pope. Overworked and Got Unemployed. Overworked and still making it. . . somehow.


Adam Green -  Castles and Tassels

Catl. - Church on Time

Egyptian Hip-Hop  - Nifeo

King Creosote, Player Piano and Pictish Trail - Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice

Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish

Hanoi Jane_Across_the_Sea

Caribou - Odessa

Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar

Surfer Blood – Neighbour Riffs

Kasper Bjorke - Efficient Machine

Sonny and the Sunsets - Stranded

The Oddword - Hello Goodbye 

Maxwell Panther - My Ex-Identity


Image From: Supremely Awesome -

Direct download: Reaping_What_We_Sew.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

The Many Versions of Serendipity

I had a dream the other night that I was taken over by some drive which sent me to the hinterlands of the pennisula and into those thick moist brambles of the pacific northwest - this thing in my head was a cancer and an infection. Like the Tasmanian Devils, right? But anyways I had brain cancer and the monster I was hunting out in those patagnian boodocks was it also cancer or real - a thing like that hallucination of a diseased mind only this was flesh and what if the cancer wasn't a cancer but an organism, a bacteria laying down pipe in the brain like an antenna to the broadcasts of it's own obscure gods.

1. Rae Spoon - Come on Forest Fire Burn the Disco Down

2. Ancient Astronauts - Everybody

3. Useless Eaters - Information Freak

4. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

5. Ocote Soul Sounds - Coconut Rock Deluxe

6. Bill Callahan - Eid Ma Clack Shaw

7. Hey Panny - Cop Car Demo

8. Orquestra - Afro-Brasileira - India

9. frYars - happY

10. Lost Boy - taste butter

11. The Almighty Defenders - All My Loving

12. Astronote - Weerdo (Rmx)

13. Noze - Drums

14. Helvetia - Old New Bicycle

Direct download: The_Many_Versions_of_Serendipity.mp3
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