Tuesday, June 6, 2017

qualchan. ~ vera's dream. c20 now available!

my newest album, vera's dream., has come out through the wonderful aescape sounds label outta beautiful austin, tx. i spent a lot of time on this album, & i think it might be my best yet. it continues off from the sounds i was exploring on my last tape, the spectacle., a sour take on new age inspired by robert turman, dj screw & ernest callenbach's ecotopia.

i have also posted my latest smoke signals mix over at mixcloud, because let's face it, most everyone these days streams music, so i thought i'd make it easier. a summery blast of screwed dreampop & minimal synths, it arrives just in time for you to get lost in the clouds.

purchase the tape here

listen to smoke signals vol VI here

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017


beautifully enchanting stuff from bary fateh ali khan. soothing music for these troubled times.

ps have about ten tapes left still of the ustad vilayat khan bootleg, hit me up if you wanna cop one.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

will be back soon.

till then i'll leave you with this song. bought this tape recently, this is my fucking jam. the rest of the album is questionable, but young lover is fire. catch ya on the flip.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

catch me on the air today!

i'll be guest dj'ing along with my friend of the estimable blog walkingtrees, today at 4pm -6pm pst where we'll be spinning electro funk for the first hour, & then i'll be playing a song off of my tape coming out this summer, as well as some of my influences, & closing out the set with the first side of ustad vilayat khan's tribute to ameer khusrau which i recently bootlegged on tape. i have them for sale in portland at exiled records, mississippi & musique plastique, & in seattle at wall of sound & spin cycle. if you'd like to order a copy, email me or leave a comment.

listen to the show here

Saturday, March 25, 2017

qualchan. ~ smoke signals reupped.

vol I

vol II

vol III (which came as a companion piece to my tape, ninety nine flowers, which you can still pick up here https://illuminatedpaths.bandcamp.com/album/ninety-nine-flowers )

thought some people might like to hear the first three screwed mixes of mine since i've posted volumes IV & V recently. & a huge huge favor. if anyone out there has my age of the shrug mixes or my mountaineering mixes, i will make you yr own mix or make sure you get a copy of the two new tapes i have coming out this summer. thank you so much y'all for five years & a ton of great memories!

a good friend, al boudreau (who designed the cover for vol III & records under effed https://effedmusic.bandcamp.com/ ) pulled through with vol II of a young person's guide to mountaineering, would love to add all the other volumes of my mixes here for easy grabbing!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

higher & higher.

gorgeous romani record, gabi has the voice of an angel. perfect way to start a sunday morning with coffee & a smoke.

Friday, March 17, 2017

memories of water.

really lovely folk record from 84. if yr a fan of the basho/fahey/etc school, you'll be a fan of this.

Monday, March 13, 2017

beyond the clouds.

swishy avant flute shit from the 80's for the folks stuck inside their apartments on a rainy evening.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ten am stroll.

to keep with the theme of cool guy french jazz, we have this jammer from 75. it reminds me at times of giallo jazz & other times tropicalia, this is a great album to clean yr apartment to at nine in the morning.

Monday, March 6, 2017

i will return.

nothing mind blowing here, but just really nice cool french jazz from the mid nineties with avant touches here & there. definitely has some slight eastern vibes to it, but doesn't veer full into romani territory. great afternoon jams.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

qualchan. ~ smoke signals vol V.

here is the latest smoke signals mix. i recently got fired, so the songs are a little more downbeat than usual, perfect for the gray weather we're having here in cascadia. smoke some weed & get lost in the mix.

ps decided to switch over to mega since zippyshare has gotten to be really buggy.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

qualchan. ~ smoke signals vol IV.

time to get lost in yet another one of my murky mixes of screwed electronic jams & dancefloor gems. meant for nite flites fueled by tussin & weed.

ps coming up on five years of the blog. feels like an eternity.

Friday, February 10, 2017

rip gianfranco plenizio.

in the awfulness that has been 2k17, i think the maestro got short shrift in his passing, getting no notice anywhere. his music is beautiful & serene, & his passing is a heavy blow. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

this fucking song pt 2.

such a feel good song. what perfect way to welcome the apocalypse then to listen to this.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

new wave.

i was thrifting recently & ran across this tape. i've never heard yanni before, i just always knew as a punk i was supposed to hate him, but this was released on private music (run by peter baumann of tangerine dream) & it was only ten cents, so i figured why not. i am so glad i took a chance, this album is amazing. it's kinda windham hills at points, but is really catchy in a cheesy kinda way. just trust me, you'll really love this album. sorry for the shitty bit rate, but it's free, & really you should just go buy a copy. i am sure there are tons of copies floating around for real cheap on the webs or in yr local goodwill.

this fucking song.

such a jammer. on par with that frank m gem i posted a while back. i'll get back to posting soon enough.

Friday, January 13, 2017

qualchan. ~ the spectacle. c42 out today!

the spectacle. was written in late summer/early fall of 2k16 & is influenced by ted kaczynski's anti-tech revolution: why & how & guy debord's the society of the spectacle. it is my sour take on new age & reflects my feelings towards the alienation of humans from each other & from nature & the rising wave of automation pressed on by late stage capitalism & what that means for human society at large.

buy the tape