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Heaven and Earth

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Mixed by Waxsarcastic.

The Playlist:

Big River – The Secret Sisters
Could’ve Told You Before I Met You – John Martyn
Fallin’ Rain – Link Wray
Carry Me On – Arc Angels
Stay Away Girl – The Greenhornes
Cold+dark+wet – Greg Brown
Lolita – Eric Von Schmidt
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
Tijuana – J.J. Cale
Vampire Blues – Wooden Shjips
St. James Infirmary – Louis Armstrong
Artificial Paradise – J.J. Cale
Cruel Reminder – Heatmiser
George Jackson – Bob Dylan
Heaven and Earth – John Martyn


Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Augustophile by UpWithIt Radio Hour


Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Direct from Amsterdam, Noboru Watanabe, aka Blackford, returns with Hai!

Hai! by UpWithIt Radio Hour

cignol- commaspace
plaid- tokyo drive
claro intelecto- peace of mind
clark- vengeance drools
tunng- woodcat
mum- we have a map of the piano
mobius band- say you will
michna- believe in it
unknown- yep
mc 900 foot jesus- falling elevators
brubaker- bitter taste
beans- shock city maverick
boom bip- do’s and don’ts

Old Flesh

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Old Flesh by UpWithIt Radio Hour

Kaki King – Frame

The unusually placid first track from her 2004 album Legs to Make Us Longer. The whole thing is pretty amazing – percussive, angular, and funky acoustic instrumentals. Buy it here. David Cronenberg fans might recognize the creepy audio sample I added from his first feature, Shivers.

Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon

Does anything really need to be said about this eponymous title track from her 1970 album? This is prior to the Joni period I’ve always been obsessed with (Court + Spark – Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter), but every time I hear that 12-string intro, I get chills. Buy it here.

White Elephant – More to Love

Lovely piece of mellow acoustic magic. Buy it here, and check out that lineup!

Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues

Beautiful slice of melancholy from her fantastic 2004 album Time the Revelator. Buy it here.

Sufjan Stevens – Jacksonville

From his highly acclaimed Illinoise album, this is a more or less perfect piece of country-tinged acoustic pop. Buy it here.

Scott Walker – On Your Own Again

Scott 3 and Scott 4 are some utterly bizarre, and completely fantastic albums. This is a wee little sad song from Scott 4. That voice! Also recommended is the 2009 documentary about him, 30th Century Man. Buy it here.

Linda Perhacs – Dolphin

From Parallelograms, one of the strangest, most beautiful rainy-day records I’ve ever heard. Buy it here.

Serge Gainsbourg – Ah, Melody

Widely considered his most coherent, solid album, Melodie Nelson is, indeed, a masterpiece. Buy it here.

Terry Callier – Dancing Girl

Why isn’t Terry Callier a household name? This epic track is from the incredible What Color is Love album. Buy it here.

Kenny Rankin – Killed a Cat

Skirting that gloriously fine line between Velveeta and Roquefort, the late, great Kenny Rankin was responsible for some beautiful not-that-guilty pleasures in the early 70′s. This is from Silver Morning. Buy it here.

Los Lobos – When the Circus Comes

Another underrated band! Phish has been known to cover this sad song, but nothing beats the original, from the Kiko album. Buy it here.

Blitzen Trapper – Stolen Shoes and Rifle

One of a few “neo-roots” bands that have somehow garnered some temporary critical praise from the fickle indie community. This is from their first full-length album Furr. Buy it here.

Philip Selway – The Ties that Bind Us

What a surprise this was. Radiohead’s drummer released a solo album on Nonesuch last year, an unexpectedly nuanced, mellow, acoustic affair about fatherhood and maturity. It went down really easily, and holds up really well. One of my favorites from last year. And look at that album cover! Buy it here.

Matthew Sweet – Eskimo

Altered Beast was easily one of the best and most underrated albums of the early 90′s. This is a demo from those sessions, from a CD single (remember those?). Buy it here.

Sia – The Bully

Co-authored by Beck, and it shows. Sia has a tendency to, uh, overdo things a bit, but this is just lovely. Buy it here.

Ween – Mutilated Lips

Just couldn’t resist this one. From The Mollusk. See them live, if you can – it just might change your life. Buy it here.

Siamese Spring

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Siamese Spring by UpWithIt Radio Hour


Adrien’s Year in Music: 2010

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Time for another year in review:

A lot of my listening is done on headphones as I drift off to sleep at night. This year I found that a playlist made of string quartets by Béla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich and Anton Webern worked really well as send-off music. To paraphrase what someone once said: If you can fall asleep to it, it’s good music. I believe this to be true, because if there’s something amiss with it, the unconscious mind will be bothered and it won’t let your conscious mind shut down.

Another good choice to enter the alpha state with is Wind Shift by Spectra Ciera. This is some really tasteful chill out music that doesn’t use drones so much as the sounds drift in and out like gentle breezes. Check out the guy’s blog because he seems to release a lot of stuff on net labels. My sleepy time music of choice in 2009 was the debut double album Entering The Ocean by Children Of Ishizuke Tree, a guitar duo from Belarus who make ambient drone music. I just figured out (today!) that they had a second release in 2010: Chameleon Starship, another double album downloadable for free on the Clinical Archives netlabel, hosted on, so I’m looking forward to drifting off to this one in 2011.

So I guess there has been a resurgence in the 60′s garage rock sound. I say “I guess” because I never really know what’s going on in current music circles until I look at all the “Best of” lists at the end of the year. Well, I’ve listened to a bunch of it and one release that really stands out is Innerspeaker by Tame Impala. This one has it all: cool guitar playing, prominent bass lines, great sounding drums and catchy vocal melodies (the singer sounds like Revolver era John Lennon). Check the lead-off track It’s Not Meant to Be on youtube.

“Whattttt….all this time I thought this was a man’s voice” – One of the comments on this youtube video. Less rockin’ and more heartfelt is the album Teen Dream by Beach House. This is a beautiful record that transcends the retro category. Until today I assumed a man was the singer, because the singer reminds me of Jim Quarles of the Human Expression (one of my favorite garage bands actually from the 60s), but it turns out to belong to Victoria Legrand. The point is there are vocal melodies and guitar hooks that will stay with you for days if you give this one a good listen.

This year also found me reacquainting myself with some of my favorite Bob Dylan albums: Nashville Skyline (1969), New Morning (1970) and Oh Mercy (1989). My favorite songs on these albums are short, straightforward tunes. Dylan seemed to want to get away from his signature style of intellectual folk and embrace a lyrically simpler pop music. Critics seem to prefer the John Wesley Harding album, which fits in the era of Nashville Skyline and New Morning. I like that album but I don’t love it the way I do the other two. I guess I prefer happy/wistful crooning Bob over apocalyptic Bob. Oh Mercy has some of my favorite Dylan songs, like Man in the Long Black Coat, Most of the Time and Shooting Star. Overall, Daniel Lanois’ tasteful production has aged very well and how many albums from 1989 can you say that about?

Another old favorite I fell in love with again was James Brown. Now, silly me, I never bothered to rip my copy of the Star Time box set, but I do have a 2 CD collection in my iTunes called Foundations of Funk – A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 and it’s one hell of a compilation. Highlights for me include live recordings of Introduction & Out Of Sight & Bring It Up (Live) and There Was a Time. The former has a wonderful introduction by the MC followed by a medley of songs that has everything from blistering drum & bass tempo grooves to mid tempo funk with stops and starts, fills, diminuendos and crescendos. You can really hear James working himself and the crowd into a frenzy while you marvel at the band’s ability to do some unbelievable stuff. The latter is my favorite version of There Was a Time. The band chugs away at this groove as James reminisces and you are transported by train, on your way to Augusta, GA. On Brother Rapp it’s just nice to hear James having fun with the band.

Did you know house music is not just for dancing in clubs? It also works well for doing chores around the house (!) or getting you pumped up for the day ahead on your bus ride to work. Now, the line between house music that’s great and house music that is annoying is very fine indeed. And there are tons of uninspired house records. You could search for days without finding a good one. So what you need is a good curator, whose taste you can trust. Enter house music producer and label runner Jimpster. He’s nice enough to DJ the Freerange Records podcast one a month (it’s actually bi-monthly with the other podcasts DJ’d by Matt Masters) and it may just be all the house music you need.

So Joanna Newsom has a new album out this year. I haven’t had a chance to sit down with it yet but I’m looking forward to it. I pretty much ignored her second album Ys, after being somewhat amused by her first album The Milk Eyed Mender. However, last month I had the good fortune to really listen to her three song EP Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band from 2007 and oh my goodness if it isn’t a work of genius. Is this girl working her way up to the ranks of Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell? It could be. The interplay on this EP with the Y Street band is, in a word, sublime, and her voice, while still dynamic, is not quite as polarizing (and no longer as annoying) as it was on her first album. Keeping my fingers crossed that the new album, Have One On Me reaches similar heights. Who knows, I might even go back and give Ys a listen.

2010 was also a good year for revisiting golden age Krautrock classics. We saw remastered, career-spanning box sets from both Kraftwerk and Neu! and the double disc compilation Deutsche Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972-83 on Soul Jazz Records, not to mention releases from bands like Caribou and Four Tet, who, to these ears, wear their Kraut influences on their sleeve. But the biggest revelation, for me, was that I had after all these years somehow missed the fact that Deluxe by Harmonia (1975) is a monumental classic in the genre. You’d think I would have figured that out by the time I got out of college, but no, somehow it slipped through the cracks of my obsessive sifting through releases of genres past.

Last, but not least, one new genre that has been dominating the airwaves of my home in 2010 is children’s music. So far, my (and Mommy’s and baby’s) favorite release gleaned from the library is Oops by Dan Crow (1988). Dan has a cuddly, folksy, guy-next-door appeal, but he doesn’t over do it and he keeps things simple. On a daily basis I get at least two Dan Crow songs stuck in my head.

Other 2010 releases of interest:

I Am Love (Soundtrack) by John Adams – For me it’s like a John Adams best of and a great introduction to a composer who will appeal to fans of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. In fact I’d take John Adams over Philip Glass any day.

You’ll Be A Hero Soon, Speaker by Ten and Tracer
Moody and spare IDM in the vein of early Boards of Canada.

I’m Not As Good At It As You by S – Jenn Ghetto’s very personal songwriting comes through strong and clear on these spare sounding recordings (nothing but multitracked vocals and clean electric guitars) but I’d love to hear these songs covered by other rock bands, too.

The People’s Record by Club 8 – Is this the Swedish Vampire Weekend? I wouldn’t know because I don’t listen to Vampire Weekend but this is some upbeat, afro-pop influenced stuff.

Harmonie Park by Wareika - Hey, is anyone one doing improvised music over a house music beat? Yeah, these guys! Other notable house albums: Asper Clouds by Christopher Rau, Glass Eights by John Roberts, The Modern Deep Left Quartet by Cobblestone Jazz.

Minotaur by The Clientele – Before the explosion of late 60s style retro bands we are seeing today, The Clientele were making well crafted jangle pop songs with nods to The Byrds, The Zombies and 60′s garage rock, and they are still going strong with tremolo’d, finger-picked, electric guitar work that’s as beautiful as ever.

Palpitations by Tawdry OtterWell, I had to throw this one in, didn’t I?


Monday, December 6th, 2010

Mixed by Levent.

Season’s Greetings, friends!

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Every Man a Superman

Monday, October 25th, 2010

It has been a long time coming, but Levent is finally back with some autumnal treats. The playlist and notes are coming soon.
Every Man a Superman by UpWithIt Radio Hour


A Heady Brew

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Adrien75 returns with A Heady Brew.
A Heady Brew by UpWithIt Radio Hour


Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Hi! It’s been a while. Apologies for the lack of updates – we’ve been busy raising children, making a living, making music of our own, and more.

New mixes are on the way, though, and they will be worth the wait.

Meanwhile, check out this amazing new Flying Lotus video:


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