Thursday, July 6, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
an album to lull the oneironaut on to greater voyages. drift drift away.
ps yr thinking to yrself, how the fuck do i know what i'm getting with this album since this jerk just gets high & posts some vague description which probably doesn't even relate to the actual album but sounds nice in his head. good question. watch out for a novel here... i've been running this blog for five years now, have outlasted many of my peers (rip to my circle, yr sorely missed in the age of bland tidal advertisements shilling whatever the industry thinks you want to hear), & i think i have created a general aesthetic for this blog. although the music wildly varies from this album of traditional drumming of the nile which is gorgeous to french psyche rock to gamelan to narcocorridos to giallo jazz, i think the albums i choose from each genre are always great. i think we have come to an interesting time where the blog is dying out, & curation is now seen as a fool's errand since i can just open spotify & their algorithm will tell me what to listen to next. & while yes, the ease & convenience afforded by streaming services is nice, & the breadth of these sites is somewhat impressive, it acts to further isolate the listener inside the panopticon that is the modern technological hellscape. i will take this moment to praise all of my comrades who have kept it going (shoutout to my man flash), & to the ones who are missed (owl, ghostcap, mutant sounds, the list goes on & on). i would also encourage people to reach out to their heroes while they're still around & let them know that you appreciate them. while i'm at it, please get outside & enjoy the fresh air & gorgeous vistas that nature has provided for us for the last 12,000 years of our existence & we have been able to destroy in the last 150 years. & before you come at me with some fuckshit about "keep this just about music & not about politics," then maybe you haven't been here to spookcity before or not really fucked with me that way.i may edit this later to go on a longer scree about the industrial revolution fueled by the ever pervasive hydra of capitalism being the worst thing to happen to the earth (also yes, i know i'm typing this on a computer which is yes a byproduct but is also a tool to be used to disseminate the roadmap). the earth will be uninhabitable in less than a hundred years. welcome to the anthopocene indeed.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
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
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
Friday, March 17, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
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
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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.
Friday, January 13, 2017
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