In Search Of Lost Time

I really enjoyed inexhaustible create digger and sonic librarian Ian Nagoski’s mix for NPR: In Search Of Lost Time – Spinning The Grooves Of Vintage Recordings From Around The World.  Here’s a short video documentary of Ian compiling songs for this past years compilation from Tompkins Square, To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-29.

RE: flections, solutions, & minders

The last year was a great year, filled with so much goodness, old and new friends, new places and spaces, great memories all around.  I blinked and the past year passed right in front of me.  I guess my only real complaint is that I wish the world would stop spinning so fast.  Here’s to an amazing 2012! As opposed to last year, I’m not listing any of the pros or cons of 2011, but what I am listing here is a list of reminders for the future year and some small things I would like to resolve to do – or at least resolve to do better – this year.

1.      Don’t Forget How Powerful Small Steps Are

I tend to be discouraged by big projects so I need to remind myself to break things down into smaller chunks.  I think this also helps with my sense of accomplishment too – when I have smaller items I complete each day I can celebrate in getting closer to finishing the big project and not be intimidated by it.

2.      Be Positive & Keep It Going

I’ve been told that I am overly optimistic about things, but I know I can do better.  My girl is very positive and her amazing energy rubs off on me too.  I just need to keep looking on the bright side and to avoid getting frustrated when I am deep in a task.I’m making progress and working hard.  I plan to keep up the positive vibes to keep the momentum going.

3.      Fail More and Fail Better

I am trying to embrace failure.  If I’m not failing it means I am not challenging myself and not climbing to the next level, whatever that means.

4.      Drink More Water

I love water.  I should be drinking more of it.

5.      Sit Up Straight

I tend to get a little slouchy in the office chair at work.

 

Annoying & Self-Indulgent List Of My Favorite Music of 2011

I always end up taking a couple of weeks (see last year) to reflect on the past year and go through and collect my favorite albums.  It seems like it takes me longer and longer to formulate and organize these reflections.  I don’t know if this is indicative of the sheer speed life moves now or the overwhelming amount of media and memories to process over the last 12 months.  Everything on this list (mainly in the honorable mention section) I listened to at least once.  I’ve focused on just new records this past year as even this list has gotten a little out of control for me… I’ll let you know if I forgot anything (which always happens…).  So, here’s my list for 2011:

  1. Rustie – Glass Swords (Warp)
  2. Real Estate – Days (Domino)
  3. James Blake – James Blake (Universal) & Enough Thunder EP (Atlas)
  4. Battles – Gloss Drop (Warp)
  5. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact (4AD)
  6. Gil Scott–Heron & Jamie XX – We’re New Here (XL) & Jamie XX – Far Nearer 12” (Numbers)
  7. Metronomy – The English Riviera (Because Music)
  8. Sepalcure – Sepalcure (Hotflush)
  9. Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun (Hyperdub)
  10. Sun Araw – Ancient Romans (Drag City/Sun Ark)
  11. Cant – Dreams Come True (Warp)
  12. Pete Swanson – Man With Potential (Type)
  13. Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil (Polyvinyl)
  14. The Necks – Mindset (ReR)
  15. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company)
  16. Bibio – Mind Bokeh & K Is For Kelson EP (Warp)
  17. Lawrence English – The Peregrine (Experimedia)
  18. Peaking Lights – 936 (Not Not Fun)
  19. Thank You – Golden Worry (Thrill Jockey)
  20. SBTRKT – SBTRKT (XL)
  21. Steve Hauschildt – Tragedy & Geometry (Kranky)
  22. Zomby – Dedication & Nothing EP (4AD)
  23. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 & Dropped Pianos (Kranky)
  24. Ricardo Villalobos/Max Loderbauer – Re:ECM (ECM)
  25. Nicholas Szczepanik – Please Stop Loving Me (Streamlined)
  26. Woods – Sun & Shade (Woodsist)
  27. Washed Out – Within & Without (Sub Pop)
  28. Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine & Freaking Out EP (Carpark)
  29. The Sea & Cake – The Moonlight Butterfly (Thrill Jockey)
  30. Glenn Jones – The Wanting (Thrill Jockey)
  31. Sandra Cross – MM’s Bar Recordings (Trunk)
  32. Pinch & Shackleton – Pinch & Shackleton (Honest Jons Records)
  33. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra Mixtape (Self Released)
  34. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Software/Mexican Summer)
  35. Destroyer – Kaputt (Merge)
  36. Bill Orcutt – How The Thing Sings (Editions Mego)
  37. Future Islands – On The Water (Thrill Jockey)
  38. Hype Williams – One Nation (Hippos In Tanks) & Kelly Price W8 Volume II EP (Hyperdub)
  39. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread (Drag City)
  40. Zomes – Earth Grid (Thrill Jockey)
  41. Andy Stott – Passed Me By EP & We Stay Together EP (Modern Love)
  42. Widowspeak – Widowspeak (Captured Tracks)
  43. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Kranky)
  44. Beirut – Rip Tide (Pompeii Records)
  45. Chris Watson – El Tren Fantasma (Touch)
  46. Okkyung Lee – Noisy Love Songs (Tzadik)
  47. Dominik Eulberg – Diorama (Traum Schallplatten)
  48. Fennesz & Sakamoto – Flumina (Commmons)
  49. Eliane Redigue – Transamorem–Transmortem (Important)
  50. Radiohead – The King of Limbs & Remix 12”s (Self-Released/XL)
  51. Burial – Street Halo 12” (Hyperdub)
  52. Bee Mask – Elegy For Beach Friday & Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico (Spectrum Spools)
  53. Tape – Revelationes (Immune/Hapna)
  54. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse (Drag City)
  55. DRC Music – Kinshasa One Two (Warp)
  56. Zola Jesus – Conatus (Sacred Bones)
  57. The Advisory Circle – As The Crow Flies (Ghost Box)
  58. Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder (TriAngle)
  59. Amor De Dias – Street Of The Love Of Days (Merge)
  60. John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves (Domino)
  61. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion (Slumberland/Fortuna Pop)
  62. Charalambides – Exile (Kranky)
  63. Grouper – AIA-Alien Observer/AIA-Dream Loss (Yellowelectric)
  64. Moon Wiring Club – Somewhere A Fox Is Getting Married & Clutch It Like A Gonk (Gecophonic)
  65. Matthew Friedberger – BOX (Thrill Jockey)
  66. Kangding Ray – OR (Raster–Noton)
  67. Ducktails – Arcade Dynamics III (Woodsist)
  68. Michael Chapman – The Revenge & Resurrection Of The Clayton Peacock (Ecstatic Peace)
  69. Junior Boys – It’s All True (Domino)
  70. Tom Waits – Bad As Me (Anti)
  71. Kurt Vile – Smoke Rings For My Halo (Matador)
  72. Biosphere – N-Plants (Touch)
  73. City Center – Redeemer (K Records)
  74. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
  75. Mark McGuire – Get Lost & A Young Person’s Guide To Mark McGuire (Editions Mego)
  76. Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer (Merge)
  77. Love Inks – E.S.P. (City Slang)
  78. Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Horizontal Structure (Honest Jons)
  79. Sea Pony – Go With Me (Sub Pop)
  80. Friendly Fires – Pala (XL)
  81. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favors the Winners)
  82. Applehead – Applehead (Pre-Cert Home Entertainment)
  83. Sleep ∞ Over – Forever (Hippos In Tanks)
  84. Machine Drum – Room(s) (Planet Mu)
  85. High Places – Original Colors (Thrill Jockey)
  86. Container – Container (Spectrum Spools)
  87. Vetiver – The Errant Charm (Sub Pop)
  88. James Pants – James Pants (Stones Throw)
  89. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Naive)
  90. Mikal Cronin – Mikal Cronin (Trouble In Mind)
  91. People Like Us – Welcome Abroad (Illegal Art)
  92. Laurel Halo– Hour Logic EP (Hippos In Tanks)
  93. Donato Dozzy – K (Further Records)
  94. Kuedo – Severant (Planet Mu)
  95. Sir Richard Bishop – Graviton Polarity Generator (Social Music Subscription Series)
  96. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)
  97. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Volume 2– Judges (Constellation)
  98. Fennesz – Seven Stars EP (Touch)
  99. Cut Copy – Zonoscope (Modular Recordings)
  100. Forma – Forma (Spectrum Spools)

Honorable Mention (In Alphabetical Order):

Adventure – Lesser Known (Carpark), Æthenor – En Form For Blå (VHF), Africa Hitech – 93 Million Miles & Do U Really Wanna Fight? EP & Out In The Streets EP (Warp), Alela Diane & Wild Divine – Alela Diane & Wild Divine (Rough Trade), Alva Noto – Univrs (Raster Noton), Alvarius B – Baroque Primitiva (Poon Village/Abduction), Amen Dunes – Through Donkey Jaw (Sacred Bones), Anne-James Chaton – Evenements 09 (Raster-Noton), Anti-Pop Consortium/Matt Shipp/William Parker – Knife In The Water (Thirsty Ear), Apache Dropout – Apache Dropout (Family Vineyard), Arkist & Kidkut – One Year Later 12” (Hotflush), Atlas Sound – Parallax (4AD), Autre Ne Veut – Body EP (Hippos In Tanks), Bahamas – Pink Strat (Universal), Barn Owl – Lost In The Glare (Thrill Jockey), Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure EP (Captured Tracks), Belong– Common Era (Kranky), BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa – Big Shadow Montana (The Helen Scarsdale Agency), Björk – Biophilia (Nonesuch), Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass (Rock Action Records), Blouse – Blouse (Captured Tracks), Blue Daisy – The Sunday Gift (Black Acre), Blues Control & Laraaji – FRKWYS Volume 8 (FRKWYS), Bon Iver – Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar), Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town (Drag City), Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin – FRKWYS Volume 7 (FRKWYS), Boxcutter – The Dissolve (Planet Mu), Braids – Native Speaker (Kanine), Brian Eno – Drums Between The Bells (Warp), Brilliant Colors – Again & Again (Slumberland), Brown Recluse – Evening Tapestry (Slumberland), Brute Heart – Lonely Hunter (Soft Abuse), Burial/Thom Yorke/Four Tet – Ego/Mirror 12″ (Text), Bvdub & Ian Hawgood – The Truth Hurts (Nomadic Kids Republic), Cass McCombs – Wits End & Humor Risk (Domino), Charlatan – Triangles (Digitalis), Chris Watson & Marcus Davidson – Cross-Pollination (Touch), Chrome Sparks – My <3 (Self Released), Clams Casino – Instrumentals (Type) & Rainforest EP (TriAngle), Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years (Matador), Comet Gain – Howl Of The Lonely Crowd (What’s Your Rupture?/Fortuna Pop), Cornershop & Bubbly Kaur – And The Double–O Groove Of (Ample Play), Craft Spells – After The Moment (Captured Tracks), Cults – Cults (Columbia), Danava – Hemisphere Of Shadows (Kemado), Danny Paul Grody – In Search Of Light (Students Of Decay), Date Palms – Honey Devash (Mexican Summer), David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time (PIAS American), David S. Ware/Cooper-Moore/William Parker/Muhammad Ali – Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity), Deadbeat – Drawn & Quartered (BLKRTZ), Derrick Carter – Fabric 56 (Fabric), Dirty Beaches – Badlands (Zoo Music), DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better & I Gotta Rokk EP (Island), Doug Shipton – Dedicated Swallower Of Fashion Mix (B-Music/Finders Keepers), Drake – Take Care (Universal), Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop), Emika – Emika (Ninja Tune), Eternal Tapestry – Beyond The 4th Door (Thrill Jockey), Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery (Thrill Jockey), Factory Floor – Two Different Ways (DFA), Feist – Metals (Cherrytree/Polydor), Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop), Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure (Software), Francisco Meirino – Recordings Of Voltage Errors, Magnetic Fields, On-Site Testimonies & Tape Tension (Misanthropic Agenda), Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador), Ga’an – Ga’an (Captcha Records), Galapagos – Sounds Volume 1 (Chill Mega Chill Records), Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony), Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter EP (Italians Do It Better), Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo (Ovni Records), Handsome Fures – Sound Kapital (Sub Pop), Harold Budd – In The Mist (Darla), Holy Other – With U EP (TriAngle), How To Dress Well – Just Once EP (Love Letters Ink), HTRK – Work (Work, Work) (Blast First Petite/Ghostly International), Hudson Mohawke – Satin Panthers EP (Warp), Hyetal – Broadcast (Black Acre), Iceage – New Brigade (Escho/Dais/What’s Your Rupture?), Implodes – Black Earth (Kranky), James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual (Hippos In Tanks), Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting (Polydor), Jane Weaver & Septieme Soeur – The Watchbird Alluminate (Bird/B–Music), Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Def Jam), Jean-Claude Vannier – Roses Rouge Sang (B-Music/Finders Keepers), Jim O’Rourke & Christoph Heemann – Plastic Palace People Volume 1 & 2 (Streamline), Johann Johannsson – The Miners’ Hymn (Fat Cat), Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit (Bella Union), Julian Lynch – Terra (Underwater Peoples), Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty Records), Kaboom Karavan – Barra Barra (Miasmah), Kate Bush – The Director’s Cut & 50 Words For Snow (Fish People), Kieran Hebdan/Steve Reid/Mats Gustafsson – Live At The South Bank (Smalltown Superjazzz), King Midas Sound – Without You (Hyperdub), Kitchen’s Floor – Look Forward To Nothing (Siltbreeze), Kyle Bobby Dunn – Ways Of Meaning (Desire Path), La Sera – La Sera (Hardly Art), Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know (Virgin), Lego Feet – Lego Feet EP (Skam), Leyland Kirby – Eager To Tear Apart The Stars (History Always Favors The Winners), Light Asylum – In Tension (Mexican Summer), Liturgy – Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey), Lone – Echolocations EP (R&S), Low – C’mon (Sub Pop), Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic), Maria Minerva – Tallinn At Dawn & Cabaret Cixous (Not Not Fun), Marissa Nadler – Marissa Nadler (Box Of Cedar), Martyn – Ghost People (Brainfeeder), Massive Attack & Burial – Four Walls 12″ (Vinyl Factory), Matthew Herbert – One Pig (Accidental), Matthew Mullane – VDSQ Solo Acoustic Volume 4 (Vin Du Select Qualitaire), Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do? (Universal), Memory Tapes – Player Piano (Carpark), Meredith Monk – Songs Of Ascension (ECM), Mi Ami – Dolphins EP (Thrill Jockey), Mika Vainio – Life (…It Eats You Up) (Editions Mego), Miles – Facets EP (Modern Love), Mist – House (Spectrum Spools), Moby – Destroyed (EMI), Moon Duo – Mazes (Sacred Bones) , Motion Sickness Of Time Travel – Luminaries & Synastry (Digitalis Recordings), Mountains – Air Museum (Thrill Jockey), MV & EE – Country Stash (Three Lobed Recordings), Neon Indian – Era Extrana (Static Tongues/Mom & Pop), Noveller – Glacial Glow (Weird Forest), Omar Souleyman – Haflat Gharbia (Sublime Frequencies), Oneida – Absolute II (Jagjaguwar), Peter, Bjorn, & John – Gimme Some (Cooking Vinyl), PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Island/Vagrant), Plaid – Scintilli (Warp), Prefuse 73 – The Only She Chapters ( Warp), Prurient – Bermuda Drain (Hydra Head), Psychedelic Horseshit – Laced (FatCat), Pulse Emitter – Spiritual Vistas (Expansive/Cylindrical Habitat Modules) , Pulseprogramming – Charade Is Gold (Audraglint), Quilt – Quilt (Mexican Summer), Radu Malfatti/Keith Rowe – Phi (Erstwhile), Ras G – Down To Earth (Ramp Recordings), Robag Wruhme – Thora Vukk (Pampa Records), Roll The Dice – In Dust (Leaf), Roska – Error Code 12” (Hotflush), Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire (Capital), Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces (Constellation), Sandwell District – Feed Forward (Sandwell District), Sean McCann – The Capital (Aguirre Records), Seefeel – Seefeel (Warp), Sic Alps – Napa Asylum (Drag City), Sidi Toure & Friends – Sahel Folk (Thrill Jockey), Six Organs Of Admittance – Asleep On The Floodplain (Drag City), Skoal Kodiak – Kryptonym Bodliak (Load), Slug Guts – Howlin’ Gang (Sacred Bones), Smegma & Jozef Van Wissem – Suite: The Hen’s Teeth (Incunabulum), Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum Records), Soft Moon – Total Decay EP (Captured Tracks), St Vincent – Strange Mercy (4AD), Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic (Domino), Still Corners – Creatures of An Hour (Sub Pop), Strange Boys – Live Music (Rough Trade), Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics EP (Kanine), Tennis – Cape Dory (Fat Possum Records), The Alps & Tauba Auerbach – Easy Action (Mexican Summer), The Amazing – Gentle Stream (Subliminal Sounds) , The Antlers – Burst Apart (Frenchkiss), The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow (Sensibility Music), The Demos – Lovely (Young Lion Of The West), The Field – Looping State Of Mind (Kompakt) , The Horrors – Skying (XL), The Men – Leave Home (Sacred Bones), The Psychic Paramount – II (No Quarter), The Spits – The Spits (In The Red), The Weeknd – House Of Balloons EP (Self-Released), Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania & Carrion Crawler/The Dream (In The Red), Theophilus London – Lovers Holiday EP (Warner Brothers), Thundercat – The Golden Age Of Apocalypse (Brainfeeder), Times New Viking – Dancer Equired (Merge), Tinariwen – Tassili (Anti), Tom Carter – All Ahead Now (Root Strata), Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – Trouble Books & Mark McGuire (Bark & Hiss/Wagon), TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light (Interscope), Tyler, The Creator – Goblin (XL), Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Fat Possum Records), Ursula Bogner – Sonne=Blackbox (Faitiche), Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls (Slumberland), Vivian Girls – Share The Joy (Polyvinyl), Vladislav Delay – Vantaa (Raster-Noton), Vladislav Delay Quartet – Vladislav Delay Quartet (Honest Jons Records), Walls – Coracle (Kompakt), Water Borders – Harbored Mantras (TriAngle), Wet Hair – In Vogue Spirit (De Stijl), White Denim – D (Downtown Music), White Hills – H–p1 (Thrill Jockey), Wilco – The Whole Love (Anti/dBpm Records), Wild Beasts – Smother (Domino), Wild Flag – Wild Flag (Merge), Wiley – 100% Publishing (Big Dada Recordings), William Parker – Crumbling In The Shadows Is Fraulein Miller’s Stale Cake (Centering), Wire – Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag), Wooden Shjips – West (Thrill Jockey) , WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (LYF Recordings), Wye Oak – Civilian (Merge), Xander Harris – Contamination (Self-Released), Yalls – Yalls (Self-Released), Young Montana – Limerence (Alpha Pup Records), Yuck – Yuck (Fat Possum Records), Zwischenwelt – Paranormale Aktivitat (Rephlex)

Star Wars Uncut: The Director’s Cut

This community project to re-film the first Star Wars movie – 15 seconds at a time – is finally online after being edited.  It won an Emmy award in 2010.  For more information, see the website, vimeo, and blog.  Also, check out Wookiepedia if you have other Star Wars queries.

Live Music!

Just like the modified record sleeves I posted here, these sleeves are missing the dearly departed.  Can you figure out who is missing?

From the blog LIVE! and check out here too.

Shut Up and Play The Hits

I try not to be a sucker for sentimentality, but now I gotta see this.

Shut Up and Play The Hits

I try not to be a sucker for sentimentality, but now I gotta see this.

The Obliteration Room

In this installation by artist Yayoi Kusama, entitled The Obliteration Room (part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art), a large living area, including every wall, chair, and table – and including a working piano – were painted a brilliant white (see here also).  For two weeks the museums tiniest visitors (kids!) were given colored stickers to decorate the space.  Here’s what happened: