Travels with Friends

It was there - and back again.

Things haven't really let up yet.

  1. River - Ibeyi
  2. Goda tungl - Samaris
  3. Jelita (Feat. Liyana Fizi) - Kyoto Protocol
  4. Flipside - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  5. Summer - Raf Riley, Etta Bond, Avelino
  6. Rivers in Your Mouth - Ben Howard
  7. Singapore - Tom Waits
  8. Pace Myself - Wen
  9. To the East - Electrelane
  10. Gooey (Gilligan Moss Remix) - Glass Animals
  11. Ghetto Organ - Jackie Mittoo
  12. Camilla - Swaai Boys
  13. Bird Calls #2 - Rudresh Mahanthappa
  14. Fanfare - Magic City Hippies
  15. Funky So-and-So - Sugarman Three & Co.
  16. Source - Fever the Ghost
  17. Ghostwriter - RJd2
  18. Two Brothers - Hanni El Khatib
  19. Superstylin' - Groove Armada
  20. Montreal - Roosevelt
  21. Ominous Cloud - Broadcast
  22. Ice Cream and Bonus Miles - DJ Phono, Solomun
  23. Zombie - Fela Kuti
  24. Corporate Butcher (Solomun Remix) - Tiefschwarz, Mama
  25. Sonsick - San Fermin
  26. Spicy Ice Cream - Way Yes
  27. Bullet - Kill J
  28. Purple Noise - Boris Brejcha
  29. Hourglass - Rodrigo Amarante
  30. Vhf - Uncle Skeleton
  31. The Bird - Kathryn Joseph
  32. Long Way Down - Hidden Charms
  33. Moonwalk Away - Goldfish
  34. Trouble is Real - Huckleberry
  35. Really Love - Body Language
  36. Just Can't Win - Lee Fields & The Expressions
  37. You - Gidge

Image: From Tod

Direct download: Travels_with_Friends.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

Our Socks

This month has been two weeks of massive overtime with Rumi putting together the pieces of a paper, followed by a visit home. The next two weeks have seen heartbreak in the hospital and in the family home.

Things are looking up though - wheels keep turning. At least we are aware of all the predatory credit cards now!


  1. Our socks forever more - This Is The Kit
  2. Jibal Alnuba - Debruit, Alsarah
  3. Make You Feel That Way - Blackalicious
  4. Cowboys and Gangsters - Scott M Mutant Disco Edit - Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9
  5. Ocean Death - Baths
  6. Kuar - Henrik Schwarz Remix - Emmanuel Jal, Henrik Scharz
  7. Big Parade - The Lumineers
  8. Calm It Down - Sisyphus
  9. Jesus Rhapsody, Pt 1 - Preacher & The Saints
  10. Goat Shepherd - Mirah
  11. Outta My System - My Morning Jacket
  12. Can't Stop Playing - Oliver Heldens & Gregor Salto Remix Edit
  13. Lolo (feat. Fatoumata Diawara & M.anifest) - Rocket Juice & The Moon, M.anifest
  14. Rainbow Tree - The Lemon Pipers
  15. Thor's Stone - Forest Swords
  16. Silver Timothy - Damien Jurado
  17. State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.) - Robot Toast Remix - Jim James
  18. Sad Days Lonely Nights - Junior Kimbrough
  19. Too Insistent - Trentmøller Remix - The Dø
  20. Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
  21. Fire - Lizzy Mercier Descloux
  22. Don't Stop Me Now - 2011 Remaster - Queen
  23. Bike Rider - Mungo's Hi Fi, Pupajim
  24. Heavy Seas Of Love - Damon Albarn
  25. You - Gold Panda
  26. New York Story - Lee Douglas
  27. Daylight - Aesop Rock
  28. It's Only Time - The Magnetic Fields
  29. Cirrus - Bonobo


image from: Bobbins

Direct download: Our_Socks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

Make the Road By Walking

A mess of a month - things have not only been tough to stay on top off work wise but additional catastrophes have struck close to home with medical conditions and relatives with bad relations. The entirety feels ominously close to falling into despair.

Luckily, I got some help - and I got to help.

Here's to the next year.

  1. Mr. Nichols - Cold Cut, Saul Williams
  2. NEW DORP. NEW YORK - Sbtrkt, Ezra Koenig
  3. Wolf - First Aid Kit
  4. Snatch It Back and Hold It - Junior Well's Chicago Blues Band
  5. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance
  6. Strasbourg / St. Denis - Roy Hargrove
  7. Our Generation (Hope of the World) - John Legend, The Roots, C.L. Smooth
  8. Cloud Dancer - Solomon, Ole Soul
  9. September - Earth, Wind, and Fire
  10. High School Lover - Cayucas
  11. Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotten
  12. Jazz - Mick Jenkins
  13. American Daydream - Electric Guest
  14. Take it Easy my Brother Charles - Jorge Ben Jor
  15. Hard to Say - Jaymay
  16. This Place the Place - Jason Treuting, Grey McMurray
  17. Work Work - clipping, Cocc Pistol Cree
  18. All About that Bass - Meghan Trainor
  19. Crowded City - The Messengers
  20. Cups - Lulu & The Lampshades
  21. Hunga Bulgar - The Destroyers
  22. Witness (1 Hope) - Roots Manuva
  23. Too Insistent (Trentemoller remix) - The Do
  24. Suspended Animation - The Millenium
  25. Attaboy - Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile
  26. Some Kinda Love - The Velvet Underground
  27. My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup
  28. Everything In Between - Human Element
  29. Make the Road By Walking - Menahan Street Band
  30. Eyes - Rogue Wave
  31. Bella Ciao - Chumbawamba


Direct download: 2014_December.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Miss your bones

This month - sweet jesus...right, this was put together as a soundtrack for Kate's flight back from Alaska. I was trying to catch up on work, mostly teachers workshops and DAPI staining yeast.

The Hobby Lobby case was in the news. Things were happening involving lab notebooks...

1. Home: Part One - Jamie Stillway
2. I'm Feeling Alright - Big Mama Thornton
3. Battez-vous - Brigitte
4. I Miss Your Bones - Hospitality
5. You Wish - Nightmares on Wax
6. If Life Was a Thing - DJ Vadim, Demolition Man
7. Fur Hildegard von Bingen - Devendra Banhart
8. Lost it to Trying - Son Lux
9. Bruises - Chairlift
10. Straight Street - Fiery Furnaces
11. Stranger Things Have Happened - White Fence
12. The Industrial Revolution (And How It Ruined My Life) - Voltaire
13. Green Starred Sleeve - UUVVWWZ
14. Qualifiers - Open Mike Eagle
15. Life's a Beach - Django Django
16. Moving Closer to the Sofa - The Limp Twins
17. Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name) - Chumbawamba
18. Offering - Black City Lights
19. Senses Working Overtime - XTC
20. Dumb Disco Ideas - Holy Ghost!
21. Song for Old People - Sherlock's Daughter
22. The Way We Move - Langhorne Slim, The Law
23. Summer Cum - Avi Buffalo
24. Cavity - Hundred Waters
25. You and Me - Yes Sir Boss
26. The Swimming Song - Vetiver
27. Walla Walla - Glass Animals
28. Waves - Electric Guest
29. Home: Part Two - Jamie Stillway
30. Tilt - Mountains

*** Extra Bonus Track - Hi Uner! Thanks for tuning in! ***
31. The World is Alive - Ezra Furman & the Harpoons

Image from Piled Higher and Deeper

Direct download: Miss_your_bones.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

F'ing Queers

Another playlist from K8. Here's to being queer!

  1. Gloria: In Excelsis Deo - Patti Smith
  2. Unsung - Helmet
  3. Never Wanted to Dance - Mindless Self Indulgence
  4. Strangers on a Train - Lovage, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles
  5. Creamy Taco - Opiuo
  6. Flamboyant - Pet Shop Boys
  7. Vagina Mine - Puscifer
  8. Half Jack - The Dresden Dolls
  9. Daydreaming - Dark Dark Dark
  10. Piss Factory - Patti Smith
  11. Shamless - Ani Difranco
  12. Didn't it Rain - John Boutte
  13. Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John
  14. Bottom - Zap Mama
  15. Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox
  16. To Be Alone With You - Sufjan Stevens
  17. Our House - Crosby, Stills & Nash, Young
  18. Talkin' Bout a Revolution - Tracy Chapman


Direct download: Fn_Queers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

You Will Return

I can't even remember what has happened this month - between presentations and Monsterhearts and the visits of a lover - well it has been a hell of a blur.

  1. Opening Theme - Hybrid
  2. You Will Return - Quantic feat. Alice Russell
  3. Pools - Glass Animals
  4. Let I Go - Clap! Clap! Remix - Mop Mop, Clap! Clap!
  5. Before I Move Off - Mount Kimble
  6. On & On - Erykah Badu
  7. This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies
  8. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  9. Infinity - Claude VonStroke Remix - Infinity Ink
  10. Deeper Shade of Soul - Urban Dance Squad
  11. Delicate Cycle - The Uncluded
  12. Na Skalkach - Bodek Janke
  13. Whole Wide World - Bahamas
  14. Younger Days - Hooded Fang
  15. Drive-in Movies - Ray LaMontagne
  16. Minnow Theme - Botany
  17. One Day - Sharon Van Etten
  18. Building Steam - Abney Park
  19. Berlin feat. Miss Platnum - Modeselektor, Miss Platnum
  20. Folk-Metaphysics - Milo
  21. Say Yeah - Tyvek
  22. Donut - Gui Boratto Remix - M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade
  23. Up! - The Black and White Years
  24. Me and Ms. Archer - Prints
  25. Perverted Undertone - Prefuse 73
  26. Dennehy - Serengeti
  27. Penitentiary - Houndmouth
  28. Animals - Baths
  29. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown
  30. Big Mama's Door - Alvin Youngblood Hart
  31. The Process of Leaving - E-Vax

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Direct download: You_Will_Return.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Fuck You and Your Underground

Happy 101111 033 to me and my new fangled life. I'd be remiss if I didn't add that grad school is exhuasting and frustrating, note the bookending tracks - but that inbetween bouts of wildly oscillating terrors there are hints of hope and joy. Like a sandwich or something.

  1. Blood Sausage - Fuck You and Your Underground
  2. AM & Shawn Lee - The Signal
  3. Sweatshop Union - Time Machine (Feat. Mat The Alien)
  4. Gang of Four - At Home He's a Tourist
  5. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Cornbread and Butterbeans
  6. World's Greatest Dad - Then Up the Ladder
  7. They Might Be Giants - Old Pine Box
  8. Young Marble Giants - Brand - New - Life 
  9. Withered Hand - Religious Songs
  10. SBTRKT - Hide or Seek
  11. Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurting Thing
  12. Grizzly J - TOTORO
  13. Nick Lowe - I Read A Lot (welcomce to grad school)

Currently Reading: King City - or more realisticly Brandon Grahams RoyalBoilers.

Image from: same as the above.

Direct download: Fuck_you_and_your_underground_FL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

Itara Besigeya (The Other Summer)

If this summer has taught me anything it is that good friends are like physical objects that can be picked up at a later time in life, a time after you put them down to begin with of course, and also that they undergo changes in time, such as may be expected for an object coextensive with one's self. That is they exist in both space and time, and in a manner where, even if you do not observe them directly, they continue to persist.

  1. Sweatshop Union - Oh My
  2. Holy Fuck - SHT MTN
  3. Wire - Outdoor Miner (Long Version)
  4. Dick Justice - Cocaine
  5. Ty Segall - Caesar
  6. Admiral Fallow - Squealing Pigs
  7. April Smith - Colors
  8. Mekons - Trouble Down South
  9. Patrick Sky - Under All Flags
  10. Agent Ribbons - I'm Alright
  11. Liquid Liquid - Bellhead
  12. Wavves - Convertible Ballon
  13. Slim Harpo - The Hippy Song
  14. Beat Connection - Silver Screen
  15. Dom - Bochicha
  16. Keoki - Majick (Uberzone Remix)

Image From: Azumanga Daioh Currently Reading: The Scar by China Meiville Lastly: Thanks and well wishes to all my friends and family who so warmly reinvited me back into their lives this summer.

Direct download: Itara_Besigeya.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT


So.. .

I graduated. And then took a few weeks to relax and pack up and move (not in that order) - goodbye Brooklyn, goodbye Ditmas, goodbye undergrad, goodbye BC, goodbye lab mates and knowing what I'm doing.

Hello Pittsburgh, hello Carnegie, hello folks I don't know, hello a slower life, a safer town, a slice of hope, a machine to kill fascists.

Lastly, my adopted grandfather (and volunteer geneologist) has gone on to the other side. He is remembered fondly and in terms not suited to this genre of delivery. But his passing is noted and is, itself, passed over in silence.

  1. King Creosote - Bootprints | I've featrued them before here and this is another standout track of theirs, really good energy combined with a slick parsed down delivery, makes this into a toe tapping tune worthy of running from the cops over ala some trainspotting montage.
  2. Bell X1 - The Great Defector | This has been kicking around my que for a bit. I love the psuedo-Talking Heads open delivery and heart on the sleeve self confession over matters mundane. Too bad the album doesn't match the single.
  3. Black Pus - Juggernaut | Heavy man, real f'n heavy.
  4. Francisca Valenzuela - Quiero Verte Mas | Catchy tune with nice guggle bum pop hooks. 
  5. Frazey Ford - Blue Streak Mama | It takes a real solid piece to slow it down and still keep you going, inbetween the vocalist's low key delivery and the backburner walking rhythm this songs has got it going on.
  6. M. Ward - Flaming Heart | Oldie but goodie
  7. Blackbird Blackbird - Give You Everything | Nothing says summer like oversaturated keyboards with afro-pop jangle melodies and empty, ambitionless lyrics. Very early-esque MGMT.
  8. Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears - Humpin' | I'd actually meant to include Joe Lewis in another post but had to skip over it, this track got shunted in because of the low down funk it brings is just too much to pass up.
  9. 1,2,3 - Going Away Party | Song title releavance plus locale relocation - oh yes, I went there.
  10. Barclay James Harvest - Taking Some Time On | I really, really got into this track from BJH's 1970 debut. The psych'd out lyrics (For those who feel inclined / to talk about their mind) combined with the extended jam with roiling drum swells (unironic cowbell!) and swirling guitar (the jam happens mid song and as a closer, those damn hippies) add up to a reason to put on paisely.
  11. Jan & Dean - Heart And Soul | A solid pop gem from '61 with ascerbic undercurrents - dig the flat delivery on the chorus (much too thrilling). The song actually seems to pull out all the stops in the hook department featuring more change ups than an early era TMBG tune.
  12. Peter Wolf Crier - Crutch & Cane | What is this song about? Zanzibar? Freedom from hang-ups? Catchy as hell though.
  13. Charlie Mars - Listen to the Darkside | On a side note me and the babe and Nick (from pgh) caught Super8 at the theatre. Babe caught on to the Goonies/ET/Cloverfield mashup before any of us knew that was a thing. I think the zombie movie inside the movie is supposed to represent how Spielberg's early work has trapped him, turning himself into the movie which would not die. It is meta plus good, but you knew that already, right?
  14. Balmorhea - Clamor | You know what else happened? I got a drafting table off craigslist (of course) any way this fellow Steve Geist, nice kid, he's got it for sale for $40 so I go over and he's got a MoCCA poster with Craig Thompson's work on it - we chat about that a bit. Steve is gradu-macated from CMU and is off to Austin (stomping grounds of Balmorhea) to design UI. I am proud to have such a prestigious lineage for a draftign table. Take care out there man and have some fun.

Images from: Unknown (saw it on Chive but cropped it for more awesome)

Regards: Lewis Johnson

Reading: The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (A four and a half out of five stars here, people.)

Direct download: Hello_There_PGH.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

The Savages on the Moon

I wonder what would have happened if space was a tangible frontier. In that small sliver of time when there was an American Frontier we had the myth at arms length and the proximity compelled anyone and everyone to consider its' potential. Was the immediacy of the frontier the compulsion, a niggling sense of the other side, ever constant in the periphery of one's vision?Would our history of space exploration have been different if we had an Oregon Trail to Mars, if it could have been about space colonization?

If you imagine the frontier as a sponge which absorbs the excess and luckless then it is no surprise that high entry costs have prevented the expansion of mankind. It is the hardup, the deviant, the desperate, and the dreamers who live and die out there because they can't even manage just living here in polite company. Half these songs are about getting out there, the other half are about freaking out. 

This has little bearing on things, except that I desire to escape - and space seems like the last best place. Let me take a step back and think for a second on this - right, so apparently since last I posted some things have transpired. I am enrolled for grad school for this fall in a biology program, it is "not easy" I have been told. I am finishing up one month left. A few weeks really and then finals. This can not happen soon enough - not only have I become exhausted at the labor of it I have also become tired of pretending to care. It would have been diffierent if I had a class (besides Advanced Biochemistry) which was relvant to me. So it goes. 



1. Empire of the Sun - We Are the People 

2. Beautiful People - Get Your Mind Together 

3. YACHT- Dystopia 

4. The Savages - Gone To The Moon 

5. Buchanan Brothers - When You See Those Flying Saucers

6. Dave Edmunds - Playing With the Queen of Hearts 

7. The Black Keys - Howlin' For You

8. NewVillager - Rich Doors 

9. Shuggie Otis - Happy House

10. No Monster Club - Wish Me Well 

11. Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armeni

12. Marnie Stern - Patterns of a Diamond Ceiling

13. Explosions In the Sky - Trembling Hands


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Direct download: Savages_On_The_Moon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT