Father's Day Weekend Plans: Going tonight to Brother-in-law's cabin by Rush Lake with father-in-law, other brother-in-law (who's had that status under a month), my son (HPR) and my 4-year-old nephew (son of the BiL whose cabin it is). Gonna be fishing on Rush Lake... bought my first license in maybe 5 years. As my wife is one of three sisters (with no brothers), the only blood relations are to the two boys (to their fathers and grandfather).
Our wives and daughters are coming up on Sunday.
I don't know if I'll play any tunes, although the older BiL is a fan of Black Moth Super Rainbow, so we've got some overlap in tastes.
(This was just filler as there was no post and I had my list ready.)
The Light Is Leaving Us All appears to be Tibet's best album since the inimitable Black Ships Ate the Sky.
C93 doesn't perform much, so apologies for the clip' poor vocal mix. If you want to make out the words, here's the studio version.
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This week's music discovery: Locust Fudge, an early-90's alternative group from Germany, half of which was Dirk Dresselhaus, the man who would later record as Schneider TM. Their first two albums would have fit nicely between the Beck and Sonic Youth albums released at the time (1993 and 1995). Their third album was released last month. I've mostly listened to "Relativity Check" as the title sounds close to the Schneider TM hit "Reality Check", and as Schneider TM recorded it solo a few years back for a soundtrack. For more cred, I'll mention that J. Mascis plays guitar on the first track! I totally would have been into this band when those first two albums came out if they had been on a DGC records compilation or similar.
Completely cleared my iPod and built it back up from scratch, in preparation for a family road trip to the Outer Banks of NC.
The kids and wife don't need the dozen hours each of Aaron Dilloway, Pan Sonic, Alice Coltrane, etc.
But I also need to be aware of content and language. (For reference: kids are ages 6-14.5)
"Best of?" Given the limited scope of what I've actually listened to, I'll just call it my favorites.
Album of the Year: Alice ColtraneWorld Sprituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (link)
Not a "new" album, but as the first wide release of this music, but new nonetheless. These songs were selected from four albums of Hare Krishna worship music Alice released between 1982 and 1995. Originally available only on cassettes directly from her ashram, the music has been re-mixed and re-mastered (not "remixed" though, just cleaned up). At many times this year, I've wanted to listen to nothing else. I have a hard time describing it... It's so many things together yet at the same time it sounds so detached from time and context. Hindu chants as gospel singing. Massive synths that feel like they should be from a specific date, but are more sui generis.
Honorable mentions in no specific order: GasNarkopop (link)
17 years since Pop and Wolfgang Voigt picks up the Gas moniker and dusts it off. It must be like riding a bicycle, because this is of the same stuff.
Sylvan EssoWhat Now
What if the Postal Service was more than a one-off, and the singer was a female with a lot of Americana influence, and the electronic musician was there in person rather than via tapes in the mail? It would be a lot like this.
Sarah DavachiAll My Circles Run (link)
Great near-classical ambient. Even though Gas is back doesn't mean those who took up that torch can't make their own great albums. Bonus marks for last year's Vergers, which I only first heard in the last weeks of 2016.
Aaron DillowaySwitches (link) The Gag File was touted and press-released, but I think this is a lot better, though I've learned nothing else about it. Noise-tape loops as Dilloway does them. Dread and menace.
Julien BakerTurn Out the Lights
Probably the only one that will show up on others' lists. A worthy follow-up to Sprained Ankle.