May 22, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-05-21

* Handel: Trio Sonatas, Op.2 & Op.5 (Academy of Ancient Music/Egarr 2CD)
* Herbie Hancock: My Point of View (Blue Note CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Speak Like A Child (Blue Note CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles (Blue Note CD)
* Bobbi Humphrey: Fancy Dancer (Blue Note LP)
* Ronald Shannon Jackson: Decode Yourself (Island LP)
* Myra Melford’s Be Bread: The Image Of Your Body (Cryptogramophone CD)
* Myra Melford’s Be Bread: The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12 CD)
* Fareed Haque Group: Cosmic Hug (Magnatude CD)
* Andy Bey: Experience And Judgment (Atlantic LP)
* Isaac Hayes: Shaft OST (Enterprise 2LP)
* Bob Dylan & The Band: Before The Flood (Asylum 2LP)
* Vashti Bunyan: Lookaftering (DiCristina LP)
* Art Bears: The World As It Is Today (Re Records LP)
* Skeleton Crew: Learn To Talk (Rec Rec LP)
* Jukka Tolonen: Crossection (Janus LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation (Virgin LP)
* Heldon: Third: “It’s Always Rock’n Roll…” (Disjuncta/Urus 2LP)
* Heldon: Un Reve Sans Consequence Speciale (Cobra LP)
* Joanna Brouk: Hearing Music (Numero Group 2LP)
* Jon Hassell: Earthquake Island (Tomato LP)
* Jon Hassell: Aka/Darbari/Java: Magical Realism (Editions EG LP)
* Steve Roach: Traveler (Domino LP)
* Steve Roach: Streams & Currents (Prokekt CD)
* The Chills: Kaleidoscope World (Normal EP)



As promised, here's a video showing my finds from the Music City Record Convention. Top shelf stuff!

May 16, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-05-14

* Esprit des Balkans (Hesperion XXI/Savall) (Alia Vox SACD)
* Debussy: Preludes, etc. (Thibaudet) (d.1) (London 2CD)
* Gigi Ryce-Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory/Cecil Taylor Quartet: At Newport (Verve CD)
* Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness (Impulse!/Verve CD)
* I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music in America, 1950-1990 (Light In The Attic 3LP)
* Jon Hassell: Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two (Editions EG LP)
* Jon Hassell: The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things... (Intuition/Capitol LP)
* Steve Roach: Light Fantastic (Fathom CD)
* Kevin Braheny: The Way Home (Hearts of Space CD)
* Lee “Scratch” Perry: Soundz From The Hotline (Heartbeat CD)
* William Onyeabor: Tomorrow (Wilfilms/Luaka Bop LP)
* William Onyeabor: Great Lover (Wilfilms/Luaka Bop LP)
* D’Angelo: Black Messiah (RCA 2LP)
* Cybotron: Sunday Night At The Total Theatre (Dual Planet LP)
* Heldon: Live in Paris 1976 (SouffleContinuum EP)
* Chrome: The Visitation (Siren/Cleopatra LP)
* Chrome: Alien Soundtracks (Siren/Cleopatra LP)
* Chrome: Half Machine Lip Moves (Siren/Cleopatra LP)
* The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros. HDCD)
* Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop 2LP)
* Nothing: Downward Years To Come (A389/Bandcamp EP)†
* Nothing: Guilty of Everything (Relapse LP)†
* Nothing: Tired Of Tomorrow (Relapse LP)(†)



Yesterday, I went to the first of what will hopefully be a semi-annual event, the Music City Record Convention, by far the largest record show ever in Nashville. With over 50 vendors from all around the region crowded into The Nashville Palace, it was a great dig! A video will be forthcoming...

May 9, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-05-07

* Esprit D’Arménie (Hesperion XXI/Savall) (Alia Vox SACD)
* Corelli, Marais et al.: La Folia 1490-1701 (Savall et al.) (Alia Vox SACD)
* Luening, Ussachevsky et al.: Early Modulations: Vintage Volts (Caipirinha CD)
* David Tudor, et al.: Imaginary Landscapes: New Electronic Music (Elektra/Nonesuch CD)
* Michael Askill: Rhythm In The Abstract: Selected Pieces 1987-1999 (Black Sun CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Dis Is Da Drum (Polygram CD)
* Bill Dixon: 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur (AUM Fidelity CD)
* Alice Coltrane: Journey In Satchidananda (Impulse! CD)
* Alice Coltrane: Ptah, The El Daoud (Impulse! CD)
* Alice Coltrane: Eternity (Warner Bros. LP)
* Leo Smith & New Dalta Ahkri: Go In Numbers (Black Saint LP)
* Larry Coryell: Lady Coryell (Vanguard Apostolic LP)
* Last Exit: Last Exit (Enemy LP)
* Marilyn Crispell Trio: Storyteller (ECM CD)
* Marcin Wasilewski Trio: January (ECM CD)
* Madlib: Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note (Blue Note 2LP)
* Dorothea Raukes: Deutsche Wertarbeit (Sky/Bureau B LP)
* Joanna Brouk: Hearing Music (Numero Group 2LP)
* Cluster: One Hour (Caroline CD)
* John Serrie: And The Stars Go With You (Miramar CD)
* John Came: Rhythmicon: Systems/Atmospherics (Mute CD)
* Japan: Tin Drum (Virgin LP)
* Sonic Youth: EVOL (SST LP)
* Boris & Merzbow: Sun Baked Snow Cave (Hydra Head 2LP)
* Boris & Ian Astbury: BXI (Southern Lord EP
* Isotope 217: The Unstable Molecule (Thrill Jockey CD)
* Isotope 217: Utonian_Automatic (Thrill Jockey CD)
* Isotope 217: Who Stole The I Walkman? (Thrill Jockey CD)
* Isotope 217: Mixed By Commander Mindfuck & Designer (Aesthetics EP)
* Mastodon: Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise 2LP)
* Intronaut: The Direction of Last Things (Century Media 2LP)
* FKA twigs: FKA twigs (Young Turks EP)
* FKA twigs: LP1 (Young Turks LP)



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May 1, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-04-30

* La Sublime Porte: Voix d’Istanbul 1430-1750 (Hesperion XXI/Savall) (Alia Vox SACD)
* Stockhausen: Ceylon/Bird of Passage (Chrysalis LP)
* Subotnik: Silver Apples Of The Moon (Nonesuch LP)
* Suzanne Ciani: Buchla Concerts 1975 (Finders Keepers LP)
* Keith Jarrett: Death And The Flower (ABC/Impulse! LP)
* Jayson Lindh: Ramadan (Metronome/CTI LP)
* Jayson Lindh: Cous Cous (Metronome/CTI LP)
* Spring Heel Jack: The Blue Series Continuum: Masses (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Tangerine Dream: Sorcerer OST (MCA LP)
* Lucifer: Black Mass (MCA LP)
* Gentle Giant: In A Glass House (WWA LP)
* Gentle Giant: The Official Live Gentle Giant: Playing The Fool (Capitol 2LP)
* Hatfield And The North: Hatfield And The North (Virgin LP)
* National Health: National Health (Visa LP)
* Kraan: Andy Nogger (Passport LP)
* Mainstream: Quiet Sun (Antilles LP)
* Heldon: Third: “It’s Always Rock’n Roll” (Urus 2LP)
* Heldon: Live in Paris 1975 (SouffleContinuum LP)
* Tortoise: A Lazarus Taxon (Thrill Jockey 3CD+DVD)
* Opeth: Throat of Winter (Roadrunner 7”)
* Electric Wizard: Electric Wizard (Rise Above LP)
* Yob: Catharsis (Relapse LP)
* Boris: Akuma No Uta (Southern Lord CD)
* Boris with Merzbow: Rock Dream (Southern Lord 2CD)
* Boris: Pink (Southern Lord CD)
* OM: Advaitic Songs (Drag City2-45RPM LP)
* OM: Ababa Dub (Alpha & Omega) (Drag City 12”)
* OM: Garden of Gethesemane (Alpha & Omega) (Drag City 12”)
* White Hills: Glitter Glamour Atrocity (Thrill Jockey LP)
* Wolf Eyes: I Am A Problem : Mind In Pieces (Third Man LP)
* Grails: Black Tar Prophecies Vols.4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence 2LP)
* Watter: This World (Temporary Residence LP)
* Krakatau: Water Near A Bridge (Trouble In Mind LP)
* Dahga Bloom: No Curtains (Captcha LP)



One of the most amazing things about the YouTube Vinyl Community -- a self-selecting group of record nerds who make videos about their obsession -- is the phenomenon known as "VCLT," which stands for the "Vinyl Community Love Train." This is what we call it when someone sends another VC-er records in the mail for no reason at all except to spread the vinyl love.

Now, believe me when I say that I did NOT get involved in the VC so that people would send me free records. No. I have plenty of records. In fact, one of the first things I did after I joined was to send stuff off to some of my favorite video-makers. It feels good to give a gift for no reason! Of course, I will admit that I also hoped that these folks would check out my channel, maybe give me a quick shout-out and help me get it off the ground. And, indeed, that did happen -- but it is this extraordinary spirit of generosity in the Vinyl Community that makes it so special and I have tried to keep the Love Train going over the years while also receiving numerous gifts from people all over the world. It truly is an amazing thing.

What's even more amazing is that the Vinyl Community is not just about the people brave enough to get on camera and babble about records. There is a huge group of folks who only watch and comment on videos -- but they also get in on the Love Train action. A guy who goes by the handle "MrTrendkill2" has been a faithful commenter of mine ever since I started and is a fellow Opeth fanatic. Not too long ago, he sent me their super-limited-edition seven-inch single from 2003, "Still Day Beneath The Sun" b/w "Patterns In The Ivy II" (Robotic Empire) -- a rare (and, needless to say, not inexpensive) slice of wax. I'm still blown away by this.

Then, yesterday -- totally out of the blue -- I got another package from MrTrendkill and dang if he didn't send me another hard-to-find Opeth seven-inch: "Throat of Winter" (Roadrunner) -- a Record Store Day exclusive from 2011, limited to only 1000 copies. But not only that, the sleeve is signed by the entire band! Holy cow! I am not worthy! He also sent me an interesting LP, No Curtains (Captcha), the latest from the heavy neo-psych band, Dahga Bloom. Favorite track (and title): "Adolph Hipster." Killer! Thank you so much, MrTrendkill, just amazing!

Anyway, here's a video: