The Microphones - It Was Hot, We Stayed In the Water (2000)

Genre; Lo-fi, Noise Rock, Pyschedelic Folk, Experimental


Mixtape : Lost Highway

Here's another mixtape for my friend under the coke sign. Download and enjoy.

Side A
[Excerpt of] Queens of the Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire off Songs for the Deaf
Sparklehorse - Gasoline Horseys off Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - For Kate I Wait off The Doldrums
Daniel Johnston - An Idiot's End off Songs of Pain
Jandek - Love, Love off Chair Beside A Weekend
Beat Happening - Down At the Sea off Beat Happening
Ween - Cold Blows the Wind off The Mollusk
The Decemberists - An Interlude off The Hazards of Love

Side B
Mekons - Lost Highway off Fear and Whiskey
Red House Painters - Dragonflies off Red House Painters I [Rollercoaster]
The Magnetic Fields - Desert Island off Holiday
The Microphones - (something) ver. 2 off It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water
Low - Sunshine off I Could Live In Hope
Girls - End of the World
Big Star - September Gurls off Radio City


Notable Jazz #2: Anthony Braxton, The Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Max Roach

I'll try to make this a regular feature on the blog. Here is some more avant-garde, post-bop, experimental big-band and free improvisation that have been jazzing from my headphones the past few days.
Low - I Could Live In Hope (1994)
Genre; Slowcore, Alternative Rock

Vladimir Kush


Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks (2004)

Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks (2004)

Genre; Modern Classical, Minimalism, Ambient

Big Star - Third (1978)

Big Star - 3rd (1978)

Genre; Power Pop, Alternative Rock
In other news, for those interested I have finished my top 100, which I'll now be completeing every six months to record my musical development. Here it is;

R.I.P. Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton of Big Star is confirmed to be dead. Big Star were a great influence on me and I'm sad to hear that he's now gone.

He died at the age of 59. May he rest in peace. Some Big Star albums will be featured on the blog as a tribute.


Mixtape: Cemetery Gates

This mixtape was mixed for Liz, under the moniker Samurai for the 2010 Mixtape Exchange. Here it is to download for those interested.

SIDE A (21:40)
1. Boredoms - Noise Ramones (0:31)
2. Spiritualized - Don't Just Do Something (6:51)
3. The Field Mice - Couldn't Feel Safer (3:44)
4. Sebadoh - Skull (2:25)
5. dEUS - 7 Days, 7 Weeks (3:53)
6. Beat Happening - Noise (3:23)
7. Tool - Intermission (0:56)
SIDE B (33:55)
1. Galaxie 500 - Tell Me (3:52)
2. Orange Juice - Felicity (2:53)
3. The Go Betweens - Streets of Your Turn (3:38)
4. Cocteau Twins - Athol-Brose (2:59)
5. The Smiths - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (3:34)
6. Felt - A Wave Crashed On Rocks (2:48)
7. The dBs - Big Brown Eyes (2:01)
8. The Clean - Whatever I Do is Right (2:32)
9. The Triffids - Bury Me Deep In Love (4:05)
10. Teenage Fanclub - Guilding Star (2:48)
11. Big Star - Thank You Friends (3:09)

Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra - Out to Lunch (2005)

Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra - Out to Lunch (2005)

Genre; Experimental Big Band, Electroacoustic, Free Jazz

Gas - Königsforst (1999)

Gas - Königsforst (1999)

Genre; Ambient, Minimal Techno

Earth - Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version (1993)

Earth - Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version (1993)
My ears burned after this.
Genre; Drone, Drone Doom Metal

An Analysis: Jeffrey Smart

Portrait of David Malouf by Jeffrey Smart (1980)

Here’s a definitive example of one of Smart’s works to present the signature characteristics that are frequently incorporated within his work.

The majority of Smart’s work is a blatant and frank representation of contemporary life, exploring pop art colours, commercialism, bleak skyscapes, seemingly obscure jobs, and the artificiallity of man conflicting with nature, providing both patent and incongruous perspectives and qualities to his work.

Smart commonly displays a sole protagonist, whom is almost always communicating implied loneliness and sometimes depression, symbolized by their glum facial expressions. Figures in Smart's work are regularly inanimate props in the composition. The protagonist’s face is never fully revealed, making the piece ambiguous and detached which furthermore gives the piece a sense of displacement, isolation and melancholy within the character, endowing some aspect of human relativity and emotion to the everyday life of the viewer. This interactual connection between the art and the viewer, and the human dimension of Smart’s work provokes a sense of sentimentality with the art, something that many contemporary artists fail to achieve.

Smart's subject matter is usually very metropolitan and quite orwellian, mundane and austere, but he deals with it to make it individual, employing colour and light to make these urban landscapes to be admired for their honesty. In his work, this piece included, the buildings are sparse and often singular, which emphasizes on the theme of isolation that Smart deliberately conveys.

Smart applies characteristics of pop art, road signs, propaganda and commercial logos in his work to give it a more realistic yet an indirectly more solitary feel which some critics have associated with Smart’s influence from post-industrial life. In several of his works, he replicates items in a linear fashion, which I compare to the likes of Warhol’s pop art printing. Smart repeatedly uses bright, primary and secondary colours to contrast the manufactured items from nature, in this case the containers. Bright and familiar colours like the ones used are often contextually associated with man-made plastics thus successfully gives these replicated props implied texture and plasticity.

In the midst of the vagueness and slight surrealism of the piece is an appealing yet somewhat dark humour and irony. Observe the tubing that the protagonist is handling – it twists and bounces unrealistically. The end of the tubing is directed to the viewer which exaggerates the bizarrity of the piece. The figure appears to be feeding this tubing into an irregularly placed tile in the center of the ground. Oddball jobs such as this frequently appears in Smart’s work.

Other notable works of Jeffrey Smart include;

Morning (1984)

The Reflective Arrows (1974)


VCR 3#

New She & Him video from the upcoming record.
It shouldn't be legal to be that cute.

Boredoms - Soul Discharge (1989)

Boredoms - Soul Discharge (1989)

I'll probably end up regretting posting this. This is crazy material as depicted in the kick-ass cover art.
Genre; Experimental Rock, Noise Rock

Beat Konducta - Volumes 3-4: Beat Konducta in India (2007)

Beat Konducta - Volumes 3-4: Beat Konducta in India (2007)

Genre; Instrumental Hip-Hop, Bollywood


Grateful Dead - Live/Dead (1969)

Grateful Dead - Live/Dead (1969)
I strongly recommend this.
Genre; Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada EP (1999)

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada EP (1999)

Genre; Post-Rock, Experimental Rock

Mark Linkous

Today, Mark Linkous (the man behind Sparklehorse) committed suicide at the age of 48. He was a huge influence on me and my musicianship as one of the first real alternative bands I was exposed to some time ago. Here's Sparklehorse's first record, Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, which I recommend strongly. Radiohead had great respect for Sparklehorse as they opened for them in 1996 where Linkous overdosed on alcohol and antidepressants in his hotel room, leaving him in a wheelchair for six months.

Genre; Indie Rock


Jeppe Hein @ PICA 28/02/2010

This weekend, I went to see an exhibition belonging to acclaimed Danish minimalist artist Jeppe Hein, whose works incorporate a fusion of thought-provoking and abstract sculptures, challenging architecture and an intriguing use of lighting and experimentation to create conflicting moods and ambiguity.

The installation that attracted me most was a cubic, padded seat that faced opposite a large mirror. Once seated, the chair expels steam, and as you observe yourself in the adjacent mirror, the steam consumes your body, until it the gas disperses away. A simple yet effective piece.

Here's some of his other, more popular work;

Official website.