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/ April 26, 2017 / Comments Off on Büdi Siebert: Hmm… (1983)

Büdi Siebert: Hmm… (1983)

New age records shouldn’t sound (or look!) as fun as German Büdi Siebert’s Hmm…, but I wager no one ever asked Büdi where his records should be classified. If I could compare him to anyone, it would most likely be Don Cherry, a similar artist who has no specific style but a magnificent taste in music. Straddling […]

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/ April 7, 2017 / Comments Off on Michael Karoli & Polly Eltes: Deluge (1984)

Michael Karoli & Polly Eltes: Deluge (1984)

Even for me, what I’m going to write next seems something out of a fever dream. Polly Eltes, elite, English model/actress seen in the pages of Italian Vogue, and on the catwalks of Europe, teams up with CAN guitarist Michael Karoli to create a forward-thinking blast of Fourth World dub music. If I didn’t have […]

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/ March 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Mix: 3. What Do You Do When It’s Spring?

Mix: 3. What Do You Do When It’s Spring?

In a way, rebirth is exactly what my third mix is about. Taking cues from various feelings springtime evokes, I wanted to compile a set of songs that moved in concert with the season. By themselves, each song has a faint musical seed that germinates and blooms into a much more pronounced, powerful direction. However, taken as part of a whole, despite […]

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/ December 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Mix: 2. Quiet Departures

Mix: 2. Quiet Departures

All I could think about while creating this second mix was Kapalbhati Pranayama. I wanted to treat you to two hours of music that exactly presented what this idea means to me. Kapalbhati Pranayama is the sanskrit phrase for “Breath of Fire”. In a cross-legged, seated position one tries to create internal heat without actually moving the […]

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/ November 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Anugama & Sebastiano: Exotic Dance (1988)

Anugama & Sebastiano: Exotic Dance (1988)

  “Rhythmic music for African dance, Dervish rituals, and belly dance. Music for turning on accumulated energy.” — That’s what the liner notes to Anugama & Sebastiano’s Exotic Dance released on German record label Nightingale Records state boldly and clearly. For once, who am I to disagree? I boldly remember when I was a young kid […]

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/ November 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Phantom Band: Phantom Band (1980)

Phantom Band: Phantom Band (1980)

Who or what is the Phantom Band? Unknown, or unheard, by even the most die-hard CAN fan, this side project by founding CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit and late-CAN era bassist (and ex-Traffic member) Rosko Gee finds them exploring the most trance-inducing part of CAN’s music – their reggae and African musical influences – to surprising results. It’s […]

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/ September 14, 2014 / Comments Off on Walter Wegmüller: Die Herrscherin (1973)

Walter Wegmüller: Die Herrscherin (1973)

Walter Wegmuller There’s a lot of envisioning in my pick of the day. Walter Wegmüller, a Swiss-born renaissance man; part poet, painter, musician, and mystic, joined up in 1973 with some then little known Krautrock musicians like Manuel Göttsching (from Ash Ra Tempel) and Klaus Schulze…who later became giants in the scene, and some lesser known […]

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/ September 12, 2014 / Comments Off on Rodion G.A.: Stele si lumini (1980)

Rodion G.A.: Stele si lumini (1980)

Rodion GA – (Rodion pictured far right) In Cluj, Romania, in the year 1975, a young man, Rodion Ladislau Roșca, in the throes of Nicolas Ceaușescu’s attempt to introduce a kind of North Korean-style communist cult control, whittled away DIY-style making some of the most unique grooves to come out of Europe. Defiant to his core, […]

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/ August 16, 2014 / Comments Off on Popol Vuh: Kleiner Krueger and Morgengruß (1974)

Popol Vuh: Kleiner Krueger and Morgengruß (1974)

Daniel Fichelscher and Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh There are many roads to lead to the same destination. As I continue finding new ways to take this theme I have running in my head for August, a grand driving playlist (just a snapshot in time for this year), I have to resolve that not all […]

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/ August 15, 2014 / Comments Off on Kevin Ayers: Decadence (1973) and Margaret (1971)

Kevin Ayers: Decadence (1973) and Margaret (1971)

Kevin Ayers – 1973 As August saunders on, with way too much energy (good and bad) this year, I think its about time to aim the direction of my theme to a place that requires less propulsion. At the end of the day you want to pump people up who are hearing the driving playlist, […]

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