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Date: Sunday, 09 Mar 2014 23:37

Image:  Leonid Tishkov

For Giselle.

Remember this?
Just a bunch of fresh stuff to make more easy the long and winding road to sleep…if you have narcolepsy or insomnia.
If discomfort continues the only solution is difenhidramina.
Enjoy it.
& Good Night!.

The complete Midnight Tempo series: I, II, III & IV

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Author: "schils" Tags: "Beats, Bedroom playlist, Hip hop, Motel ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 23:58

Nomen est omen

1.-Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Stick Figures in Love
Mirror Traffic (Matador, 2011)
2.-Yo La Tengo -Be Thankful For What You Got
Little Honda (Matador, 1998)
3.-Atlas Sound-Mona Lisa
Parallax (4ad, 2011)
4.-Belle & SebastianFunny Little Frog
The Life Pursuit (Rough Trade, 2006)
5.-Jorge DrexlerUna canción me trajo hasta aqui
Amar la trama (2010)
6.-Los Amigos Invisibles - Bruja (Masters At Work Remix)
Luaka Bop Remixes
7.-Vinicius Cantáuria - A Dor
Silva (Hannibal Records, 2005)
8.-Maria Rita - Dos Gardenias
s/t (2003)

1.-These New PuritansThis guy’s in love with you
Field Of Reeds (Infectuos Music, 2013)
Sunbather (Deathwish Inc, 2013)
3.-RhyeThe Fall (Instrumental)
The Fall (2013)
4.-Four TetAnd then patterns
Everything in Ecstatic
5.- Aphex TwinAvril 14th
Drukqs (Warp, 2001)
6.-Zero 7 - Futures 
The Garden (2006)
7.-Robag Wruhme - Tulpa Ovi
Thora Vukk (Pampa, 2011)
8.-Dj SprinklesHouse music is  controllable desire you can own
Midtown 120 Blues (Mule, 2009)

I don’t remember exactly when was the last time I did my homeworkk while I was still a student (Dissertation doesn’t count) but what I do remember is that I had to put some music on while I was on it (there are a few activities in my life where I don’t realy make any use of music, sleeping is one of them, but I do play music to get some sleep).

As sociologist, most of my homework was about the same: reading, reading and more reading. Therefore, I always tried to listen something that didn’t requiere much of my attention, thus I could keep focus on what I was doing. At that time, I already stopped listening to bass-guitar and drums  music, I started to venture myself into that stuff that many call techno minimal. Naively years after during the first days at work I got to formulate the idea that the only thing that was worth of being there, o reaching that stage of my life, was that you don’t get assigned homework, anymore. Fatal mistake: where I work -at least while I am at the office- I’m not allowesd to play music. It is forbidden for reasons I can’t give any other name than just absurd.

I know somebody that still does homework (By the way, I wonder how many of our readers still do homework?) and that fact gave me a good reason to come back from the shadows. Ligia (aka Fiorella) besides of doing her homework, she draws hence the following playlist is meant to her, divided in 2 parts. The first one, for drawning it contains some tracks that go from melodic to slow ones. For me, that the only thing I can draw are bears (well, the exact and always same one bear) I have no idea of the proper process of drawing correctly (otherwise, I will be drawing bears like a pro). It is an activity that I respect very much (even more when you realize you have no talent or imagination). Lastly, the second one, it is oriented for reading in a very relaxed tone. Ironically, it was easier for me to create the first list than the second one.

I thank to Moka, since a couple of tracks were borrowed from Moka’s playlists on Spotify (Seriously, all of them are great!).

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Author: "schils" Tags: "Bedroom playlist, Electronic, Motel de M..."
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Date: Friday, 13 Dec 2013 02:23

Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Listen: And In Truth

“Stetson is a master of overblowing and multi-phonics, which he has finessed to the point where his circular breathing has allowed him to play what sound like several other entirely distinct lines of song. Others frequently achieve this by live sampling and looping, but Stetson insists he doesn’t use such techniques, which makes for an extraordinary aural illusionism… The 15 minute ‘To See More Light’ contains Stetson’s most confounding sleight of hand, as he layers up gasping, phlegmatic fanfares over Nautilus-spiralling notes, then produces the real-time effect of slurred tape speed. On ‘Hunted’ and ‘Brute’, though, he pushes overblowing into realms previously only accessible with a fuzz pedal, finding timbres in the saxophone’s tubing that are rarely brought out. This gives Stetson’s sweeter melodies a bitter, eye watering sting.” ~ The Wire.

Eric Copeland – Joke in the Hole

“Joke In The Hole walks a tricky tightrope between cut’n’piece electronica in the Steinski vein and the more serious art gallery fare that Black Dice tend to lean towards – the ‘auditory instalments’ of musique concrete. With the levels way in the red and the aura of a 1000 musical moments swarming, there’s no end and no beginning to Copeland’s insectoid blur, with absolutely zero meaning to be derived from his choices of what style to combine. It just is: mindless, unfathomable – a little like the digital fracas of our online lives.”  ~ John Calver, FACT magazine.

Haim –  Days Are Gone 

“Did you love the sound of the hit parade in the seventies? How about the eighties, or the nineties? The Haim sisters have ingested several decades’ worth of radio pop, processed it, and spat it back out in the form of eleven pert, precise songs. For sheer pleasure per measure, Haim can’t be beat in 2013.” ~ Jody Rosen, New York Magazine.

John Wizards – Self Titled (Planet Mu)
Listen: Lusaka by Night

“The solo (and sometimes band) project of Cape Town’s John Withers is somewhere between indigenous and pastiche. Instead of hewing to one style, he jumps all over the map, as likely to affect a South African house strut as he is to nick a West African guitar riff. His self-titled debut album for Planet Mu has all the giddy reverence of a musical explorer, plus a perky personality that makes it pretty much irresistible.” - Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor.

Lusine – The Waiting Room
 (Ghostly International)
Listen: By This Sound

“The Waiting Room has none of the social anxieties or insecurities bound within the downtempo Minimal Techno and light Glitch elements of its ancestor, focusing instead on a sound that is more hopeful and progressive, a sound that looks towards the future while we are stuck in this limbo state. It is the sound of change and separation, those final moments of preparation sat anxiously in the departure lounge waiting for the flight to take you away from your better half, but even then it still manages to end on a chipper and hopeful note.” - The Skinny.

Sapphire Flows – Allegoria (Not Not Fun)
Listen: As You Know

“Allegoria is a strong entry point into Sapphire Slows’ music and a varied enough recording to never really become a chore, even if several songs seems content to coast on her formula. But Hiramatsu’s first proper album is also important because it is a strong representation of what a particular Tokyo music community has been playing around with for several years now. Allegoria is an excellent distillation of this in-the-shadows scene.”  ~ Patrick St. Michel, Pitchfork.

Slow Machete – Evening Dust Choir (SMTG)
Listen: Until Your Father Sleeps

“Even though this was recorded during Shaffer’s many volunteer trips to Haiti, this album is not polemical in its message. It is an album that is truly a tribute to Haiti’s spirit, raw and uninhibited and unbridledly beautiful. The harmonium‘s sound is lushly organic and, mixed with the vocal and other samples, creates a sonic tapestry of something akin to peaking behind the curtain of a really cool place.”  ~ Tony Tileva, Vinyl District.

These New Puritans – Field of Reeds (Infectious Music)
Listen: The Light in Your Name

“Field of Reeds is the moment These New Puritans arrive as something more important than a tangle of neuroses iterating as a rock band — this is cohesive, full, and satisfying because of, not in spite of, its complications, absences, and general knottiness. This record demands attention, and once you’re through the door, it engages and encourages description, contemplation, thought; it wants worrying at. Field of Reeds may initially come across as inhumanely taut, straining, and indistinct to begin with, but this is the sound of precociousness finally arriving at a purpose.” ~ Alex Griffin, Tinymixtapes.

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

“On their third album, Vampire Weekend’s songwriting has reached master-craftsman level: The band now truly merits mention alongside Paul Simon, the grandee to whom they’ve often been compared. Their vaunted “Afro-pop” stylings are now just one influence audible in a sound that takes in Brill Building pop, indie rock, hip-hop, and more. As a lyricist, Ezra Koenig is sounding like the heir not just of Simon but of Lorenz Hart: a wise, sour, New York Jewish wit, tossing off aphorisms and aperçus in songs like “Ya Hey,” which moves effortlessly from high to low—from Exodus 3:14 to 19th Nervous Breakdown.” ~ Jody Rosen, New York Magazine.

Widowspeak – Almanac (Captured Tracks)
Listen: Ballad of the Golden Hour

“Musically and conceptually, Widowspeak’s America — and Americana — derives its unique definition from both tradition and modernity: the cheery calm of the past mixed with the sulky paranoia that comes from expansion and war and modern growing pains. Armed with bolstered production and the band’s strongest songcraft to date, Alamanac represents not only the next step for Widowspeak, but perhaps the next point in our never-ending discussion of what “real” folk is in the 21st century.” ~ Zcamp, Tinymixtapes.

Xenia Rubinos – Magic Trix (Jaba Jaba Music)
Listen: Ultima

“Rubinos has a voice like the view through a bay window, expansive and mutable; Buccelli plays the drums with a determined specificity, as if reminding his kit every few bars of what it was meant to do. Rubinos works with a small sampler, which she uses to trigger recordings of the sound of her own voice, keyboard parts, and a creaky door. The result is rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre.” ~ Sasha Frere Jones, New Yorker.

Young Galaxy – Ultramarine (Paper Bag Records)
Listen: Fall for you

“What truly makes Ultramarine penetrate beyond the passé realm of feel-good electropop, are the subliminal hints of evanescent existence scattered amidst the stardust. All dreams must come to an end. Until then, McCandless intends to make the most of what precious time remains. “Come sleepwalk with me,” she beckons, and with that she whisks you away to a sparkling synthetic azure.” ~ Pretty Much Amazing.


Note: In 2012 and 2009 I didn’t had time to write my own thoughts on my favorite records from those years and I didn’t end up publishing the final results. Our favorite records from each year can easily be found on our ‘Best Indie Albums‘ list, however I love making proper year-end lists since I can expand on the reason I love these albums and I can get to recommend over 12 of them instead of two or three. Once again, I wasn’t planning on publishing a list due to lack of time to write my own thoughts but I’ve decided to borrow snippets of reviews from other sources that rated them favorably. If for any reason you want to hear my actual opinion or discuss any album in here with me you’re all welcome to do so in the comments section.

As a plus, there’s more of my favorite records of this year as well as a list of my favorite songs on my Spotify profile. I still haven’t cleaned up those lists so there’s stuff in there that I need to add/remove, I expect to have them nice and tidy some day around January.

Spotify links: Favorite Songs 2013 + Favorite Albums 2013.

Moka’s Top Albums from Previous Years: 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006.

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Author: "Moka" Tags: "Motel de Moka, Motel, de, Moka"
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Date: Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 20:19

Photo: The Swamp

“Neo-Hoodoo is the 8 basic dances of 19th century New Orleans’ Place Congo- the Calinda, the Bamboula, the Chacta, the Babouille, the Conjaille, the Juba, the Congo and the VooDoo- modernized into the Philly Dog, the Hully Gully, the Funky Chicken, the Popcorn, the Boogaloo and the dance of great American choreographer Buddy Bradley. ”
― Ishmael Reed

Late Summertime Voodoo Blues

I suck at holding down this fort and compromising myself to update at least once a month. Here’s an overdue summer playlist. Slow and sensuous, but not mellow. Getting blitzed at some bar deep south or maybe drinking on a porch in the middle of nowhere. Maybe fantasizing about it while cleaning your house because you’re drinking tea when you’d rather drink bourbon.

Notes: I’m happy to announce that reader Canis Major actually followed my million dollar advice from the last post and took that perfect Jacqueline Taïeb song and turned it into a wicked Jay-Z styled sample. Here you go, share the love.

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Author: "Moka" Tags: "Blues, Blues"
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Date: Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 22:47

 Image: Johan Prag.

A record producer. One of several dreamjobs I often fantasize about but will never have the guts to actively pursue. All said and done, I’ve actually been collecting throughout the years songs I’d love to sample if I were in fact a producer. I wont spill all the beans in this post but I will share with you 8 songs that I guarantee will get you enough money to buy at least 100 persian rugs and a yacht if treated properly. If I start seeing some of these choices in popular hip hop songs two or three years from now I’ll probably die in an envy fit. Do we have any producers amongst our readers? We do have Andras Fox posting awesome playlists every now and then over here and he makes some great sample-based music. Will he take my sample advice?
Either way, producer or not, these songs are amazing on their own and you wont regret adding any of them to your collection.


Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandObservatory Crest
Bluejeans & Moonbeams (1974)

It’s strange having the Captain showing off a romantic mood. This is such a lush intro, the first time I heard it I looped it about a dozen times thinking about all the little details and melodies you could add on top off it. To my knowledge no one has touched it yet which feels unexplainable to me (although Kid Loco did sample another mellow Beefheart song off this album for his track “she woolf daydream” and made a good job with it).

Dennis WilsonThe Dreamer
Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

We really need to have more bass harmonicas in pop music. The funky riff in this song sounds more akin to Steely Dan or Little Feat than the Beach Boys. It’s almost heavy metal blues albeit with a gorgeous, relaxed groove. I feel like you could amp this up a bit to create a badass loop.

Psychedelic FursDumb Waiters
Talk Talk Talk (1981)

Another badass intro. At first I thought it was a synthesizer but I think it’s actually a saxophone and a guitar played at the same time. The whole mood of the song is very vicious so I think this one could fit a sleazy mood if it comes to that.

Jacqueline TaïebLe Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts
Bravo / Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts 7″ (1967)

I’m always raving about this song. Not only is this one of my favorite songs from all time, the horn section is completely sample-worthy, very catchy and upbeat. I’ve heard some edits of this one on soundcloud but nothing that makes me go crazy yet. I imagine it would fit best in an R&B track, it’s got that loose-limbed, organic quality that made ‘crazy in love’ and ’1 thing’ such huge hits. It also has one of those jumpy ye-ye basslines that stands pretty well on its own. Check out her ‘Bravo’ EP for extra horn goodness.

Lucio BattistiAncora tu
La Batteria, Il Contrabbasso, Eccetera (1976)

This is such a corny song but those flamenco disco guitars and that vintage synth figures on the verses are too catchy to be wasted. I’d love to isolate those and give them a better backbone, the drums and bassline are there but they don’t do anything special and they sound very tiny.

Marcos ValleParabéns
Contrasts (Far Out, 2003)

Smooth Brazilian-disco. This song is actually based around a sample of Marcos Valle’s own track ‘Wanda Vidal’ from 1971. I chose this one over the original since I like it way better and it has been remastered already. They also added a funky bassline and percussion to the mix. It gives you a better chance to pick whichever version has a better chance of clearance.

Esmeray –  Ayrilik Olsa Bile
Unutama Beni / Ayrılık Olsa Bile 7″ (1974)

I might be wrong but I’m fairly sure this song is actually a cover from an english song, I can’t find any information on it but I’m almost positive I’ve heard it in some other shape. I think it was even sampled on a hip hop record already? (I don’t know if I just dreamt about it, if you have any additional info on this one I’ll be infinitely grateful). Either way, despite the recording being lo-fi, this one oozes a subtle, domestic psychedelia vibe that it’s hard not to fall in love with. Also handclaps + humming.

William OnyeaborBetter Change Your Mind
Atomic Bomb (Wilfilms records, 1978)

Well, the production on this one is very low budget so it sounds very dusty, but there’s plenty of tidbits on this one that if mastered properly would make for some really funky loops. That intro alone is worth enough to bring it back from the dead.

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Date: Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 17:38

Photo: Alison Brady.

Flor y ano polis. I’ve been meaning to do a latin summer playlist for a while now, there’s so many songs I want to share that I just can’t decide on a particular genre, and thus, this one goes all over the place: boogaloo, rumba, cumbia, son, salsa and even some spanish quasi-reggae. It’s a bit eclectic but I assure you they’re all highlights in my collection, and if you have any pulse in you they’ll make you dance a little dance, lust for a sip of a tropical cocktail and daydream about an utopian caribbean paradise that never ends.

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Author: "Moka" Tags: "Jazz, Jazz"
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Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:00


I give him all my love
That’s all I do
And if you saw my love
You’d love him too
And I love him
- And I love Him


” List for Every Loyal Readers Out There who has been Following MdM. No.1 “

01. Esther PhillipsAnd I Love Him
And I Love Him (1965)
02. Dimitri from ParisNothing to Lose {From the Party}
Sacrebleu (Yellow Productions, 1996)
03. The Dining RoomsMilano calibro 9 (madrid de los austrias woman in the party mix)
Versioni Particolari 2 (Schema Records, 2006)
04. Cinematic OrchestraAnd Relax!
Motion (Ninja Tune, 1999)
05. Nicola ConteJazz Pour Dadine
Jet Sounds Revisited (Schema Records, 2000)
06. Ulrich SchnaussNobody’s Home
Far Away Trains Passing By (Domino Recording Co., 2008)
07. Fantastic Plastic MachineLove Is Psychedelic
Beautiful (Emperor Norton, 2001)

Note: Hi everybody. Thanks for all the nice words. That was touching. It’s been hard finding time for me, few lists that I made hasn’t been all that coherent, most ends up sitting and waiting. At MdM, I think we sort of have an unspoken pact that if we have nothing to say, then we shouldn’t post. Pace of posting and flow go up and down depending on everybody’s mood. And lately, I for one hasn’t listened to enough tracks to make nice lists to post. I don’t have much to say.

So where do we go from here? Well, I follow Moka. She is the brave leader. Frequency will not up significantly tho’. That’s a big problem.

About this list? It’s mood music. Afternoon Coffee and cigarettes types of soundtrack. It’s classic MdM’s style downtempo mood filler for breezy late spring day. I want a series of list for everybody who likes MdM. Classic MdM’s posts that people come to listen. This one comes with a tinge of melancholy, but perfectly balanced musically. Summer is coming after all. Try the Esther Phillip’s track. It’s a classic soul track.

image: MagnumVigo

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Author: "squashed" Tags: "Electronica, Soul, Electronica,, Soul"
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Room Call   New window
Date: Sunday, 05 May 2013 19:05

Hello, there. We’re still alive.

I’ll be honest, I’ve been thinking about closing the motel. I keep moving places and I never know for sure how much free time I’ll get in future weeks so it becomes difficult for me to update the place as much as I did back then,  also the format for most mp3 blogs has shifted into soundcloud samples of current music. I feel the format is kind of messy to implement into MdM, when we were all about loose and free thematic playlists after all.

I’ve also been paying the hosting costs for almost two years now and it feels like clinging into nostalgia when I have only posted like 6 times in the past year. Asking for donations feels unjust for this same reason.

So, I’ll clear out the place. This is not a goodbye. It means I’ll release all my pending posts (which are quite a few), before closing out the motel. I’ll see you soon.

Author: "Moka" Tags: "Motel de Moka"
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Date: Monday, 24 Dec 2012 00:15
Art by Barry McGee

Christmass is a party time, so there is a little collection of my favourites remixes from this year.
I Hope you enjoy.
And in the name of Motel de Moka members we wish you a happy holidays.

Check my top albums here & my mixed albums here 

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Author: "schils" Tags: "Beats, Bedroom playlist, Electronic, Ele..."
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Date: Monday, 12 Nov 2012 00:45


Image vía Snapshots 2012

I leave my cave to share my loneliness…
And say Hi!
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Author: "schils" Tags: "Blues, Motel de Moka, Rock, Blues,, Mote..."
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Date: Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 14:19



    • Pharrell & The Yessirs – That Girl
      Out Of My Mind (2007) 

…or Music for make babies.
I hope you had a great summer.

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Author: "schils" Tags: "Electronica, Hip hop, Motel de Moka, Pop..."
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Date: Monday, 30 Jul 2012 18:32

Pattern: Catrin Lewis.

Living in Mexico City right now and it might be the first time in my life that summer has felt dim. The sun is barely a spot we see one or two hours each day and you go to bed without feeling you’ve caught a fever. This playlist captures my current mood in this summer, in this city. File it under groovy mellowness. Cloudy with a chance of blinding rays of light. It feels good to be back.

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Author: "Moka" Tags: "Bedroom playlist, Pop, Bedroom, playlist..."
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Date: Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 14:01

  • Alan Hawkshaw & Brian BennettMon Amour (Synthesizer & Percussion, 1974)
  • VelcroOne Day (One Day, 2011)

I’m not sorry for the absence, because i’ve learned so much in that time. I’ve seen lizards, concrete and blue water. I’ve eaten my weight in chilli many times over.

Here’s a playlist dotted with casually sincere sounds and remarks. Hawkshaw & Bennett “Lords of Library music”, Velcro, a charming and highly adequate Melbournian, Madcliff & Brunelle with their forgotten gems of late 20th century Americana.

“Hello Beach Girls” is in there for good measure. Enjoy whatever weather you’re given, overcast days usually make for better photographs.

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Sleepless   New window
Date: Sunday, 15 Jul 2012 03:01

 Image: Cover of Yellow & Green album by Baroness

I’m not dead, Motel de Moka is not dead…
It’s summer… So, let’s go swim!

Gracias a @inconexa@sonicgu y @gatosingracia por su -indirecta- inspiración.

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Author: "schils" Tags: "Electronic, Hip hop, Motel de Moka, Pop,..."
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Date: Sunday, 08 Apr 2012 03:04


Loving tenderness abounds for all
from the darkest
to the most eminent one beyond the stars,
- Hildegard of Bingen


Afternoon Easter 2012

01. Anouar BrahemEté andalous
Le Voyage De Sahar (ECM, 2006)
02. Art TatumLover
Body and Soul (A Jazz Hour With, 1996)
03. Sarah VaughanEasy Living
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1978)
04. Blossom DearieOur Love Is Here to Stay
Once Upon a Summertime (1958)
05. FridgeDrum Machines and Glockenspiel
Happiness (Temporary Residence, 2001)
06. Múm - Away
Summer Make Good (Fat Cat, 2004)
07. The RootsThe Return to Innocence Lost
The Roots (1999)
08. Explosions in the SkyGreet Death
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (Temporary Residence, 2001)

note: Happy Easter everybody. First, is everybody still in one piece? earthquake and all a while back. second sorry for not posting anything lately, but what’s new. Anyway, a little lazy afternoon list. It doesn’t have new songs, but made it fresh, so it should actually be “lazy afternoon”. As for the theme, maybe easter-ish. Love, redemption and death. I personally find it odd right now that life has to be redeeemed with death, seems so dark. With war going on and stuff. Why can’t they create a religious holiday to remind people not to be so bloody and destructive. sort of “chill” day. Nobody shall die holiday. It may not be all that grand, but at least it won’t be so dark. And yeah, the list is a bit dark at closing in keeping with my “see what I mean” mood. Love, death and destruction.. where is the redemption here and now? … ok. I am shutting up now. :D happy holiday everybody.

image: Ed Yourdon

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Date: Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 05:15

 Image: Craig & Karl

The Walkman changed the way we understand cities”. William Gibson

As a sociologist, writing about supermarkets would commonly turn into a strong critique of capitalism and its consequence on a consumer society. The exploitation of workers, and a whole etcetera of social disadvantages that I don’t wish to address right now, first and foremost because they give me tedium.
Back when I was studying sociology, entering a supermarket felt slightly worse than turning to the “dark side”. Buying in a supermarket meant  that I had become an accomplice of the ‘global exploitation system’ no matter if the cart was full or if I only went in for a box of matches.
Now it’s been more than one and a half year since I left school and I have gradually reintegrated to the everyday world – the one where the prejudices of ideologies are replaced by doses of indifference.
Sunday after Sunday, when the clock hits 11 a.m. I have to go do the shopping for the week.
I’m not sure what happened, but it took a mere two weeks to let myself be seduced by the peculiar rationality of the supermarket. Maybe everything changed the day I decided to wear headphones. Here it is, readers, the selection of things I listen to while I decide between red or yellow apples, peanuts or chips, which brand of detergent I should get or which toothpaste removes more plaque.
 Ever since I bring my music with me I feel like I’m altering the order of things in there. Of course it would be very naive of me to think that I’m in some way bringing down the system by doing so… in reality, I keep going back week after week because we’re always running out of toilet paper.
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Date: Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 17:45

Photo still: Hotel Chevalier

Wes Anderson’s long withstanding obsession with mellow, baroque pop and british invasion bands is fascinating to me. I keep uncovering my new, old favorite song every time I see one of his movies. I even have a playlist dedicated to his films, filled with songs and artists I discovered thanks to him and a few more songs that I think would fit in his next hypothetical movie. I’ve no idea what his next movie will be about but I’ve been thinking that his mostly muted, awkward characters would develop grandly in a fast-paced environment. It could be an interesting contrast. How about a movie about a speed racer? Or better yet, a road movie? A film about the life of a motorcycle drifter and his dreams of finding someone and settling down. Keep that thought while listening to this playlist. Hope you enjoy.

It seems film directors are returning to the truths all pop music devotees have long tattoed to their heart: the collision of medium and man matters not, if it don’t sound good. In a recurring series tracing the links between movies and the pop music scores to which they owe so much, we’ll look at Wes Anderson’s ultra-stylized The Royal Tenenbaums and its mastery of the perfect pop music score. Film and cinema. Consider it a two-fer and settle in nice and close.

Pop culture fans tend to be self-mythologizers, building an odd nest out of the twigs and scraps of the movies and albums around them and claiming a place beyond themselves from the miasma that evolves. We force the arts into defining elements of ourselves, and copy and paste the way we might live up to them. Wes Anderson’s film is a masterwork of just this self-mythologizing. The grandiose characters—part cartoon-script and part Shakesperean tragedy—, the exaggerated costumes—from Mr. Sherman’s almost neon-blue jacket to Chas’s funereal black Adidas jumpsuit—and even Anderson’s Hitchcockian auteurism and its use of the same actors in widely-divergent roles links each movie to a larger awareness than any single film can lay claim to. Hints are given and fingers are pointed, but the links are there for the audience to follow at their choosing. Anderson rubs things smooth with his hyperstylized sets and costumes, but ultimately the film depends on pop music to connect itself to a world beyond its own colorful walls, and thus to blend the myth with the movie until there’s no longer any differentiating between the two.

- A kiss after supper: The Royal Tenenbaums by Derek Miller.

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Author: "Moka" Tags: "Folk, Pop, Rock, Folk,, Pop,, Rock"
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Date: Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 20:40


In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.” The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta) where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Second Vatican Council calendar. February 14 is also celebrated as St Valentine’s Day in other Christian denominations; it has, for example, the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of the Church of England and other parts of the Anglican Communion. – wiki


Valentine day list. No.2. late

01. The Velvet UndergroundPale Blue Eyes
The Velvet Underground (1969)
02. The Lovin’ SpoonfulCoconut Grove
Greatest Hits (Buddha, 2000)
03. Bert JanschA Woman Like You
Birthday Blues (1969)
04. Moby GrapeSitting By The Window
Moby Grape (1967)
05. Arlo GuthrieMy Creole Belle
Running Down The Road (Rising Son Records, 1970)
06. Richard Hell & the VoidoidsNew Pleasure
Blank Generation (1977)
07. The KINKSEverybody’s Gonna Be Happy
The Ultimate Collection (2003)


Note: A short list for lazy evening Valentine Day. Highland, british invasion rock. Definitely groovy 60′s.  I guess you can say this is MdM version of a box of chocolate. So don’t play the list too many times. Just enough. And happy V-day to everybody out there.


Image: trustypics

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Date: Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 04:36

1. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)
Listen: Anteroom

Martyrs are not victims. There is no self-pity or cool detachment to their pain. This is the mantra by which Erika M. Anderson lives in her songs. Past Life Martyred Saints is an intimate but uncomfortable album, it will make you feel guilty for the hearts you’ve torn apart and it will make you feel weak for all the times you’ve been hurt and felt victimized for it.

2. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation)
Listen: Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun

The first time I heard Colin Stetson he was the opening act for Godspeed You! Black Emperor and it was absolutely mind-blowing. Some of us mistook him as a sound engineer and were caught completely by surprise when he started playing. One by one we fell into a silent trance as he created out of thin air the most magnificent, heartbroken beasts I’ve ever heard from a one man band. Recorded in one take with no overdubs, Judges captures the thrill of hearing him live with precision. Not only is the record technically impressive and conceptually novel but also highly compelling at a musical level. Inspired by post-rock and electronic pioneers, Stetson favors sonic aesthetics over experimentation, every deviation sounding calculated enough as to not scare the feeble away but smart enough to hook the most demanding listeners.

3. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
Listen: Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

Experimental hip-hop that finds its roots on avant-garde jazz acts such as Sun Ra instead of disco and funk. I’ll be completely honest, english being my second language I have a hard time trying to understand hip hop lyrics, so I suck at appreciating the genre for one of its defining features and yet the multiple twists and turns in Black Up give it a replay value like few other albums I heard this year. Breezy, psychedelic and extremely unpredictable.

4. Braids – Native Speaker (Flemish Eye)
Listen: Lemonade

Native Speaker feels to me like an erotic reinterpretation of Animal Collective’s ‘Feels’; on one hand it has the same approach in creating pop music: Loops of haze, rock instruments stretched to odd realms and cryptic lyrics; on the other one, we’ve never heard Animal Collective create songs as deeply personal and carefully constructed as the ones in Native Speaker. There’s a definite streak of innate sensuality and maturity which gives the music a whole new level of influence and meaning.

5. Robag Wruhme – Thora Bukk (Pampa)
Listen: Wupp Dek

It’s always a treat to hear a producer who is proficient and well known around the techno community turning away from the dancefloor to release music that borders outside of their usual field of expertise. Thora Vukk is Wruhme’s exploration of his music’s more melancholic, contemplative side, while keeping the sense of tension and attention to detail that he has perfected as a techno producer. The result is warm, gorgeous album that is fascinating, at least on an aesthetic level. Chillroom microhouse.

6. Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania (In the Red)
Listen: I Need Seed

Of all the indie bands that have adopted the garage rock influence, Thee Oh Sees are, in my humble opinion, one of the most fun around. At 16 tracks, Castlemania is their longest album to date yet there isn’t a single song in here that outwears its welcome. Every track keeps things fresh by throwing a wild, eccentric touch into the mix which makes them sound like a forward thinking, modern band that isn’t particularly concerned with revisionism.

7. Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell – Lágrimas Mexicanas (E1)
Listen: Aquela Mulher

One of my favorite discoveries this year was Vinicius Cantuárias’ music; an elegant sort of Brazilian jazz that seems to fit all my moods and seasons. On ‘Lágrimas Mexicanas’ he is joined by guitar-virtuoso Bill Frisell and the result is a very colorful sound that switches between Frisell’s heavily geared, atmospheric stylings and Cantuaria’s Brazilian sensibilities. Although it doesn’t quite bring anything new to the table this album is an absolute pleasure to listen to.

8. Chain & the Gang – Music’s not for Everyone (K)
Listen: Why Not?

Chain and the Gang frontman, Ian Svenoniu comes up with an upfront, snobby attitude and the unruly approach of a punk star, rocking out unironically while critiquing the very own genre’s conventions. Mordant and unusually funny, the enjoyment of this album depends on how much you appreciate tongue in cheek sloganeering and cynicism.

9. Crystal Stilts – In Love with Oblivion (Slumberland)
Listen: Through the Floor

While Thee Oh Sees sound like they are pretending they’re a 60′s garage band that travelled in time to use today’s technology, Crystal Stilts behave like gravekeepers. They think of their dead idols as purveyors of a sound now rotten and decomposed, creators of long forgotten anthems that are now bathed in a ghoulish atmosphere. Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to undig them. The dead should remain buried deep underground. Leave them be. Hear what their spirits are whispering and reinterpret it for any of us living that might still be listening.

10. The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts (Memphis Industries)
Listen: Ready To Go Steady

I remember being annoyed by the songs in ‘Thunder, Lightning, Strike‘ when I first heard them back in 2004. It took me 4 years to finally understand, digest and admire the band, nowadays it has become one of the most treasured pieces of my music collection. When ‘Rolling Blackouts’ came out earlier this year I already knew what to expect, the energy of a horny, raging bull charging into a room filled with cheerleaders, brass-blasting walls of sound and a complete lack of subtleness. If this sounds like your thing, then it is as amazing as it sounds.

Note: I’ve had this post ready for months now, almost thought of killing it and storing it in the fridge… I mean it’s probably a bit late for best-of lists but maybe it will help you discover something you missed out. Hope you enjoy.
Also: Schils Favourite Albums 2011 & his Top Mixes and Compilations.

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Date: Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 03:00

Henri Rousseau never went to the Jungle. He spent all his days in Paris and surrounds, meticulously painting images of nature that were anything but ‘natural’. He copied his designs from botanical gardens, zoo pamphlets, and children’s books, depicting animals that would never be seen in the same environment. Once he even painted a hand of bananas growing upside down. His paintings are naive, flat and disjointed.

This playlist is a musical equivalent to Rousseau paintings – “Jungle” music made by westerners. Electronic emulation of african sounds, drum machines instead of djembé. Starts off mellow before moving into more disjointed territory.

01Joel VandroogenbroeckKinderspiel
(Digital Project, 1989)
02. Brian BriggsAeo pts. 1&2
(Brian Damage, 1980)
03Haruomi HosonoHoney Moon
(Tropical Dandy, 1975)
04. Ralf NowyHolidays in Kenia
(Colours of Holidays, 1987)
05. Eric VannRandom Pizz
(Bass Moods, 1987?)
06. No ZuTattooed Head (short)
(Tattooed Head, 2011)
07. Zazou, Bikaye + Cy1M’Pasi Ya M’Pamba
(Noir Et Blanc, 1983)
08. John TenderFlowers from Fantasyland 1
(Fantasyland Vol.1, 1981)

image: detail of The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope, 1905

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