Feb 8 Reviews / Rediscovery...

Just one podcast this week. It's not because I was feeling lazy, just that two things didn't catch my ear I guess. Based on upcoming releases, I don't think that's gonna happen for awhile again.

As I wait for the 2007 release slate to really ramp up, I've found myself going back to a lot of older things in my collection and rediscovering them lately (some of this will lead to a special review feature or two in the future). Have you rediscovered (or discovered for the first time) anything lately?

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I am too damn lazy - I get www.thefilter.com to do it for me. Makes playlists and in doing so throws up loads of stuff in your iTunes that I had forgotten. The Loft anyone?

One that's been a recent discovery for me is Luke Vibert's Nuggets and Further Nuggets compilations. The world of library music was largely unknown to me until recently, and it just seems to be largely untapped resource in terms of quality, forward-thinking early electronic/jazz music. Incredible stuff.

BTW, great job with the site recently. We seem to be listening to/talking about a lot of the same stuff.

Fikret Kizilok: Zaman Zaman--Turkish Nick Drake

Black Moth Super Rainbow: Lost, Picking Flowers in the Woods

Washington Phillips - What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? "Beautifully haunting music from Phillips. His sweetly-sung Christian blues, bathed in a celestial haze of notes from an instrument that sounds like a child's music box, stand out amongst the work of guitar evangelists and street corner Scripture-ites of the era. Phillips' sacred porch songs provide evidence of a higher power, for how could man alone create music for the angels? These recordings sound remarkable from being from the 1920's."

Yeah, Cosmic Tones is amazing, esp. if you take into account when it was recorded (1961)!
If you liked "Cosmic Tones..." then I recommend...
"Magic City"
"Nothing Is..."
"Heliocentric Worlds Vol. 1 & 2"

Those records are all from the same period, roughly mid 60's output. Earlier works are a little more Big Band-esque and later stuff he kinda gets into synths a little too much for my taste.

I know very little about Sun Ra. Could you recommend me some records of his that are a good starting point? I've heard that "Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy" is amazing. Anything else I should seek out right away?

Sun Ra Sun Ra Sun Ra...
oh my god Sun Ra!

As for albums that I have redisovered of late. I would say "Washing Machine" by Sonic Youth or "NYC Flowers and Ghosts", which is a great album that was unfairly criticised. If I remember correctly, Pitchfork even gave it 0/10!

I would say the was the first constructive review I have read on the Prince Valium album. You make very valid points, rather than "this guy is Icelandic so he, therefore, sounds like Sigur Ros".

I bought the album a couple of weeks ago and would file it under: A grower.

A couple of unearthings as of late are UNKLE's "Psyence Fiction", Markus Nikolai's "Back", Aspen's "Are You That Retail Snob ?" and Jawbreaker's "Bivouac."

Beyond that, I've just been listening to stuff but nothing has been super exciting to me. I think this bloody cold weather is really knocking the wind out of me...

It's been a bit snowy in London, and I'm flying out to Norway for a short holiday tonight, so I've found myself listening to a lot of wintry, often Scandinavian music. I've finally caught up with Englaborn by Johann Johannson, which is wonderful, and his slightly less interesting Viroulegu Forestar.

More surprising is that, though I've had it for a while, I've finally been giving Bjork's last album Medulla the attention it deserves - I really think it's among her best stuff. I can't get enough those acapella-y sounds!

Otherwise, I've developed a new passion for Debussy. His La Mer, Danse sacrée et danse profane, and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun are so, so beautiful. He's shot right up into my list of favourite composers.

All this stuff has been vying for time in my stereo with Clark's Body Riddle - which has impressed me more than any electronica release has for a couple of years.

Well...it isn't rediscovering, but I kind of missed the Joanna Newsom rage since I was waiting for my copy of the 2xLP to get here (Drag City apparently was super bogged down because of the success!). Just got here in fact...

Anyway, now I see why it got onto your #1 indeed!

right after the new year started i checked out the first couple albums by orchestral manoeuvres in the dark. a stellar live cover of "joan of arc (maid of orleans)" from parenthetical girls finally prompted me to check omd out even though i had heard their name dropped here and there in the past and i'm very glad i did.
i also got a chance to listen to motohiro nakashima album reviewed here not long ago, and caught onto humcrush, cornelius, the embassy, and benoit pioulard a few months (or in regards to the embassy, a few years) late.

I would venture to say that a good portion of the stuff I've been listening to lately has pre-dated 1980. This includes...

Talking Heads - First five albums + Live releases (always, always can go back to this)
Can - First seven albums (eternal favorites)
This Heat Box Set (holy shit)
Holger Czukay - Canaxis (thanks for the recommendation, Ryan)
Igor Wakhevitch - Donc... box set (freaking insane)
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain, Before And After Science, Another Green World (inspirational)