July 20, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-07-19

Record Shelf of The Gods!

* J.S. Bach: Musical Offering (Leonhardt, et al.) (Seon LP)
* J.S. Bach: Concertos for 2 Harpsichords (Pinnock/Gilbert/English Concert) (Archiv LP)
* Stockhausen: Song of the Youths, Contact (WDR Studios) (Deutsche Grammophon LP)
* Miles Davis: Complete Live at the Blackhawk (d.1) (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Sun Ra: Interstellar Low Ways (Saturn/Universal LP)
* John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (Impulse!/MCA SACD)
* Herbie Hancock: Mwandishi (Warner Bros. LP)
* Herbie Hancock: Sunlight (Columbia CD)
* Toudie Heath: Kawaida (O’Bé LP)
* Charles Lloyd: Hyperion With Higgins (ECM CD)
* Charles Lloyd: Jumping The Creek (ECM CD)
* Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To Vol.1 (Pi CD)
* Billy Cobham: Spectrum (Atlantic LP)
* Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia LP)
* Third Rail: South Delta Space Age (Antilles CD)
* D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (EMI CD)
* D’Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin CD)
* Charlie Rich: Behind Closed Doors (Epic LP)
* Herman’s Hermits: Blaze (MGM LP)
* Grateful Dead: Formerly The Warlocks: October 8-9, 1989 (selections) (GDP/Rhino 6HDCD)
* Jerry Garcia Band: Garcia Live Vol.4: Sebastopol, CA 1978-03-22 (ATO 2HDCD)
* Kevin Ayers: Joy of a Toy (EMI/4MWB LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Cyclone (Virgin/Victor-Japan LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Force Majeure (Virgin LP)
* Chicago: II (Columbia/Rhino 2LP)
* Chicago: III (Columbia 2LP)
* Chicago: V (Columbia LP)
* Chrome: The Visitation (Siren/Cleopatra LP)
* Chrome: Alien Soundtracks (Siren/Cleopatra LP)
* Die Kreuzen: October File (Touch & Go LP)
* Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden (EMI LP/DVD)
* Freakwater: Dancing Under Water (Thrill Jockey LP)
* Beck: I Won’t Be Long (Fonograf EP)
* Beck: Defriended (Fonograf EP)
* Beck: Gimme (Fonograf 2EP)
* Porcupine Tree: In Absentia (Lava/Atlantic CD)
* Opeth: Deliverance (Music For Nations/Music On Vinyl 2LP)
* ISIS: Panopticon (Ipecac CD)†
* ISIS: In the Absence of Truth (Ipecac CD)†
* YOB: The Illusion of Motion (Metal Blade 2LP)
* Animal Collective: Here Comes The Indian (Paw Tracks CD)
* Wolves In The Throne Room:  BBC Session 2011 Annno Domini (Southern Lord EP)
* Wolves In The Throne Room: Celestite (Artemesia 2-45RPM LP)
* Lord Dying: Summon The Faithless (Relapse LP)



My amazing nephew, Brian Totoro, came through once again! After months of work, he delivered "The Record Shelf of The Gods" this week - and, wow, it's a thing of beauty. Standing eight-and-a-half feet tall, it weighs over 300 pounds and holds approximately 2000 LPs and several hundred seven-inch singles on the top shelf. Bolted to the wall, this thing is solid and stable - and a beautiful piece of furniture to boot. The really cool thing are the LEDs he installed along the underside of the shelves which not only effectively illuminate the album spines but change colors, flash, fade and otherwise provide a psychedelic light show during listening sessions. Awesome!

Vinyl Highrise

So the old crates have been moved downstairs into my studio and boxes of records have been retrieved from storage. For the first time in years, ALL of my vinyl is accessible. Woo-hoo! Thank you, Brian!


Speaking of vinyl, pressing of my LP continues to be delayed. I'll be sure to let you know when it arrives. In the meantime, feel free to pre-order a copy of Cosmologies over at Bandcamp. It really is happening - I promise!

July 13, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-07-12

* Venice Baroque Orchestra (Marcon/Carmignola): Chicago 2002-10-17 (FM 2CDR)
* Venice Baroque Orchestra (Marcon/Carmignola): Geneva 2008-02-28 (FM 2CDR)
* Iva Bittová: Iva Bittová (ECM CD)
* John Coltrane: Crescent (Impulse! CD)
* John Coltrane: Live at Birdland (Impulse! CD)
* Marion Brown: Vista (Impulse! LP)
* Keith Jarrett: Eyes Of The Heart (ECM 2LP)
* Chick Corea: Return To Forever (ECM LP)
* Return To Forever: Light As A Feather (Polydor LP)
* Return To Forever: Where Have I Known You Before (Polydor LP)
* Return To Forever: Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy (Polydor LP)
* Afrique: Soul Makossa (Mainstream LP)
* Other Dimensions In Music: Time Is Of The Essence Is Beyond Time (AUM Fidelity CD)
* Spring Heel Jack: Masses (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Duane Pitre & Cory Allen: The Seeker And The Healer (Students of Decay LP)
* Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 (selections) (GDP/Rhino 18HDCD)
* Pete Sinfeld: Still (Manticore LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Zeit (Virgin 2LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Rubycon (Virgin LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Ricochet (Virgin LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Stratosfear (Virgin LP)
* Pete Bardens: Seen One Earth (Cinema/Capitol LP)
* Uriah Heep: Look At Yourself (Mercury LP)
* Gary Higgins: Red Hash (Drag City LP)
* Echo & The Bunnymen: Porcupine (Sire LP)
* Opeth: Heritage (Roadrunner CD/DVD)
* Anathema: Distant Satellites (KScope CD/DVD)
* OOIOO: Gamel (Thrill Jockey 2LP)
* Triptykon: Melana Chasmata (Century Media 2LP)
* Sunn O))) & Ulver: Terrestrials (Southern Lord LP)
* Yob: Catharsis (Relapse LP)
* Wolves In The Throne Room: Celestite (Artemisia 2-45RPM LP)
* Mastodon: Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise 2LP/CD)†/‡
* White Hills: Heads On Fire (Thrill Jockey LP)
* Ancestors: In Dreams And Time (Tee Pee 2LP)
* Deafheaven: Roads To Judah (Deathwish LP)
* Syd Arthur: On An On (Harvest LP)†
* Syd Arthur: Sound Mirror (Harvest LP)†
* Mortals: Cursed To See The Future (Relapse LP)



Although pressing of Cosmologies is delayed, that gave Griffin and I time to finish up the first batch of printing for the cover so they will be ready to go once the LPs are in. I am really pleased with how it came out!

My intention was to make a work of art with a record inside - and that's exactly what it will be. There are several major variations, but each one is a hand-pulled one-of-kind print. There is nothing that looks like letterpress - the photographs don't do them justice!


Cosmomologies can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp. Thank you for your interest and support!

July 6, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-07-05


* Vivaldi/Richter: The Four Seasons Recomposed (DG 2LP)
* Adams: The Chairman Dances, etc. (San Francisco Symphony/De Waart) (Nonesuch LP)
* Eric Dolphy: Out There (Prestige/Fantasy LP)
* Warne Marsh/Lee Konitz Quintet: Live at the Monmartre Club (Storyville LP)
* Grachan Moncur III: New Africa (BYG/Actuel/Get Back LP)
* Alice Coltrane: Journey In Satchidananda (Impulse!/MCA LP)
* Muhal Richard Abrams: Vision Towards Essence (Pi CD)
* Dreams: Dreams (Columbia LP)
* Billy Cobham: Simplicity of Expression, Depth of Thought (Columbia LP)
* John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps (ECM CD)
* George Benson: Weekend In LA (Warner Bros. 2LP)
* James “Blood” Ulmer: America - Do You Remember the Love? (Blue Note LP)
* George Duke: Liberated Fantasies (MSP/BASF LP)
* George Duke: Master of the Game (Epic LP)
* Prince: Sign O’ The Times (Paisley Park/Warner Bros. 2LP)
* P.M. Dawn: Of The Heart, Of The Soul and Of The Cross: The Utopian Experience (Gee St. CD)
* Grateful Dead: Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA 1990-07-14 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Pink Floyd: Animals (PinkFloyd/EMI CD)
* Genesis: Abacab (Atlantic LP)
* Steve Hackett: Voyage of the Acolyte (Chrysalis LP)
* Chris Cutler & Fred Frith: Live in Prague and Washington (Re Records 45-RPM LP)
* Quiet Sun: Mainstream (Antilles LP)
* Rodriguez: Searching For Sugar Man OST (Light In The Attic 2LP)
* Steely Dan: Gaucho (MCA DVD-A)
* Dereck Higgins: Flyover (DVH LP)
* OM: Advaitic Songs (Drag City 2-45RPM LP)
* Boris: Noise (Sargent House 2LP)
* Anathema: Judgement (Music For Nations/Sony CD)
* Mastodon: Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise 2LP)
* Triptykon: Melana Chasmata (Century Media 2LP)
* Grails: Burning Off Impurities (Temporary Residence 2LP)
* Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop 2LP)
* Akron/Family: Set ‘em Wild, Set ‘em Free (Dead Oceans 2-45RPM LP)
* Akron/Family: S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans 2LP)
* Broken Bells: After The Disco (Columbia LP)
* London Grammar: If We Wait (Columbia 2LP)




June 29, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-06-28

Work in Progress

* Hesperion XXI (Savall): Esprit d’Arménie (Alia Vox SACD)
* Siegfried Palm: Intercommunicazione (DG CD)
* Sun Ra & His Solar Akestra: Visits Planet Earth (Saturn LP)
* Pharoah Sanders: In The Beginning 1963-1964 (ESP-Disk’ 4CD)
* Andrew Hill: Black Fire (Blue Note CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (Blue Note LP)
* Wayne Shorter: Etcetera (Blue Note LP)
* Herbie Hancock & Foday Musa Suso: Village Life (Columbia EP)
* Billy Cobham: Crosswinds (Atlantic LP)
* Stanley Clarke: School Days (Epic/Friday Music LP)
* Lenny White: Venusian Summer (Nemperor LP)
* Jean-Luc Ponty: King Kong: Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (Liberty/Friday Music LP)
* Weather Report: Mr. Gone (Columbia LP)
* Derek Bailey/Pat Thomas/Steve Noble: And (Rectangle LP)
* Pat Metheny Group: Still Life (Talking) (Geffen LP)
* Ketil Bjornstad/David Darling/Terje Rypdal/Jon Christensen: The Sea (ECM CD)
* Marc Johnson: Shades Of Jade (ECM CD)
* Myra Melford The Same River Twice: Above Blue (Arabesque CD)
* Julia Hülsmann Quartet: In Full View (ECM CD)
* Vijay Iyer: Mutations (ECM CD)
* People: 3xaWoman: The Misplaced Files (Telegraph Harp LP)
* The Necks: Sex (Private Music CD)
* Buckethead: Colma (CyberOctave CD)
* Roni Size: Reprazent (d.1) (Mercury 2CD)
* Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia 2LP)
* Bill Laswell: Invisible Cuba (BMG CD)
* William Onyeabor: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop 3LP)
* Saturday Night Fever OST (RSO 2LP)
* Grateful Dead: Miami Arena, Miami FL 1989-10-26 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Genesis: Selling England By The Pound (Charisma LP)
* Robert Pollard: Silverfish Trivia (Prom Is Coming EP)
* Slint: Spiderland (Touch & Go LP)
* Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino 2LP)
* Anathema: Distant Satellites (KScope 2LP/CD/DVD)
* Mastodon: Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise 2LP/CD)
* Ray LaMontagne: Supernova (RCA LP)
* Psychic Ills: One Track Mind (Sacred Bones LP)
* Beach House: Beach House (Carpark/Heart Break Beat LP)
* Beach House: Devotion (Carpark 2LP)
* Kvelertak: Meir (Roadrunner 2LP)
* Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar LP)



We are in the home stretch in preparing the release of Cosmologies, my new limited-edition vinyl album with drummer Sam Byrd. Although I have not heard from United about a specific pressing date, I would expect to have my records in hand next week (or sometime after the July 4 holiday). So exciting! 

There is still a little bit of printing left to do on the first batch of covers, but I am loving how it is coming together. Griffin even cut some plates on Isle of Printing's nifty laser cutter to create additional imagery to layer on top of the red, which you can see above. Keep in the mind that the photograph is a detail from the center of print, where it will be folded, so not representative of what the final cover is going to look like (and there will be significant variations from print to print). In any event, it is truly going to be a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can download a FREE digital copy of Cosmologies and pre-order the vinyl over at Bandcamp. Thanks so much for your support!