microphones in the trees: December 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

# rewind 2011 ~ part VII & VIII


01. ghost woman blues - michael hurley | "fatboy spring" mississippi records
02. the psychic parish - ryley walker & daniel bachman
| "of deathly premonitions" plus tapes
03. behold the nereids under the green sea -
mark fry & the a. lords | "i lived in trees" second language music
04. revere - adam beckley | "revere" self-released
05. mary on the wall - grouper | "alien observer" yellowelectric
06. she'd like an hour - snails | "7" great pop supplement
07. ave b - matt valentine | "what i became" vinyl rip
08. la piramide di sangue - gianni giublena rosacroce | "la piramide di sangue" yerevan tapes
09. manguiti vivi! - cannibal movie | "avorio"sound of cobra
10. apostrophe lake - savaging spires | "s/t" critical heights
11. drawing water from a poisoned well - moonwood | "river ghosts" arachnidics
12. i - salvador cresta & fabito andrade | "una tarde en casa de edu, el trompetista" self-released

lejos ha quedado este 2011 de ser uno de tantos años de derovar discos y sellos. este rewind que desde luego no es el soñado, pero que tras la infección colectiva, y sin un sólo disco, es lo más a lo que he llegado. al menos está el regreso del verdadero acid-folk, tras 40 años, de mark fry, el rescate de material perdido del inefable michael hurley, el joven fingerpicking daniel bachman (un favorindo entre los descubrimientos del último año), matt valentine y, como no podía ser de otra forma, cannibal movie.

# rewind 2011 ~ part V & VI

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01 - aye yai yai yai :: laughing eye weeping eye | "where snakes & seers go", self released
02 - run little children :: daniel kroha | "folk Blues Stylings ", social music records
03 - free's :: bill callahan | "apocalypse", drag city
04 - before you go :: charalambides | "exile", kranky
05 - lunar zone :: moholy-nagy | "Like Mirage", temporary residence
06 - canto de lemanjá :: mia doi todd | "cosmic ocean ship", city zen records
07 - rest in peace :: prince rama | "trust now", paw tracks
08 - jeguol naw betwa :: mahmoud ahmed | "jeguol naw betwa", mississippi records
09 - sleeping buffalo grass :: april in the orange | "when a river meets the sea", sloow tapes
10 - impènku dhèk bengi kaé :: unknown artist | "street musicians of yogyakarta", mississippi records
11 - vivir en carlos paz :: salvador cresta | "imprenthapila ficheverden", self released
12 - henry saks :: pupa | "dias nublados en la penubra de su dormitorio", self released
13 - tenochtitlan sunbeam gun :: ocelote rojo | "pacarin", hollie records
14 - noctilumina - with anworth kirk :: jane weaver / demdike stare / the focus group | "the watchbird alluminate", bird records
15 - fly baby, fly :: the high llamas | "talahomi way", drag city
16 - orbits :: danny paul grody | "in search oflLight", students of decay
17 - neverride :: jennifer castle | "castlemusic", flemish eye
18 - i will lie down :: small sur | "tones", self released
19 - mi pupa come flores :: caballos y entusiasmo | "Hidromiel"
20 - improvisación de primavera helada :: smokey feather | "titulo sin", self released

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1- o que tinha de ser (what had to be) - antonio carlos jobim (the man from ipanema ) 1995 
2- sylvia - arthur verocai (arthur verocai) 1972
3- la vamos nos - eça y la familia (la nueva onda de brasil) 1970
4- sebastiana - costa (gal costa) 1968
5- planetario - geraldo azevedo & alçeu (psychedelic pernambuco) 2011
6- joão valentão - elis regina (dorival caymmi - minha história)
7- mar, amar - claudette soares (claudette soares) 1965
8- fly me to the moon - sonia rosa (golden bossa nova) 1970
9- chega de saudade - elizete cardoso (canção do amor demais) 1958
10- canto de xangô - baden powell & vinicius de moraes (afro sambas) 1990
11- guá - caetano veloso (jóia) 1975
12- menina mulher da pele preta - jorge ben (a tabua de esmeraldas) 1974
13- eu vim da bahia - gal costa (gal / bethânia / caetano / gil / tom zé eu - vim da bahia) 2002
14- trocando em miudos - nara leão (brasil maior vol 1)
15- namorinho de portao - gal costa (gal costa) 1968
16- coração vagabundo - gal costa & caetano veloso (domingo) 1967
17- la malaguena - tino contreras (el jazz mexicano de tino contreras) 2011
18- alegro piradíssimo - lula côrtes (psychedelic pernambuco) 2011
19- errare humanum est - jorge ben (a tabua de esmeraldas) 1974
20- insensatez - nara leão (dez anos depois) 1971

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download part v by la mar | download part vi by el nejo


uf... a estas alturas me faltan las palabras... tal vez lo que puedo decir dadas las circunstancias, es que vapaa les manda un yeah (por muy seria que parezca)... mola el inolvidable 2011 y su musicala, pese a lo poco que escuché y lo potencialmente loco que fue este ciclo de números...

la compi del nejo probablemente deba nombrarse "RErewind" :P

Friday, December 30, 2011

# rewind 2011 ~ part III & IV

01. op at heart ~ Sense | "split w/ min-y-llan", awkward silence
02. know where ~ Holy Other | "with you", tri angle
03. r o m a n c e ~ Goitia Deitz | "romance/coma" disc error recordings
04. midnight sun ~ School of Seven Bells | "benefit for the recovery in japan", antiopic
05. synthesist (remix by Blondes) ~ Harald Grosskopf | "re-synthesist", rvng intl.
06. a love so strong ~ Maria Minerva | "sacred and profane love", 100% silk
07. goddess eyes ~ Julia Holter | "tragedy", leaving
08. vow ~ Julianna Barwick | "the magic place", asthmatic kitty
09. into the night ~ La Feline | "echo ep", bs
10. what else is there to say ~ Brusque Twins | "visage musique volume 1", visage
11. too much to loose ~ Sun Glitters | "everything could be fine", ufolk
12. raindrops ~ Monster Rally & Rumtum | "mr&rt", waaga
13. boy from the sun ~ Niva | "feverish dreams", something in construction
14. expect ~ Balam Acab | "wander/wonder" tri angle
15. lazy hunter ~ Boy Friend | "boy friend ep", self-released
16. lilac ~ Blue Hawaii | "blooming summer", arbutus
17. incertitude et démission ~ Police des Moeurs | "visage musique volume 1", visage
18. am i safe? ~ Stand Up Against Heart Crime | "s/t", self-released
19. dreaming ~ Run DMT | "dreams", culture dealer
20. friends and stuff ~ Dreams West |"self-titled", self-released
21. altos lugares ~ High Places | "original colors", thrill jockey
22. oblivion ~ Grimes | "visions", arbutus
23. back in the dust ~ Gold Zebra | "visage musique volume 1", visage
24. endless summer ~ Still Corners | "creatures of an hour", sub pop
25. sister ~ Nite Jewel | "she's always watching you", yours truly
26. island song (Peaking Lights remix) ~ U.S. Girls | "girls on kraak", k-raa-k
foto: thomas van der zaag


01. lonesome lullaby ~ Woodpecker Wooliams | "patryoska", woolshop productions
02. mjt1 ~ Michael James Tapscott with Andrew Kenower | "challenger", digitalis limited
03. way of the crow ~ Jennifer Castle | "castlemusic", flemish eye
04. cities ~ Cabinet of Natural Curiosities | "blue highways", for arbors/for satellites
05. if i never touched you ~ Cap'n Jack | "aren't you ashamed?", nicknjack
06. love scene ~ Serfs | "sha la la la later on", cabin floor esoterica
07. mountainside ~ Village of Spaces | "alchemy & trust", corleone
08. soft glass ~ Vetiver | "the errant charm", sub pop
09. sea bed meditation ~ Jürgen Müller | "science of the sea", digitalis
10. primitiiti ~ Mpala Garoo | unknown
11. siberian girls ~ Monster Rally | "deep sea ep", gold robot
12. endless spring ~ Houses | "all night", lefse
13. breaking a heart ~ Fantasy Island | "avenue / evergreen", stroll on
14. california sunrise ~ Dirty Gold | "hidden treasures ep", self-released
15. in love, not limbo ~ Of Oceans | "of oceans ep", self-released
16. after cards ~ My Parasol | "after cards single", self-released
17. wichita forever ~ Andrew Pekler | "sentimental favourites", dekorder
18. celandine ~  Raajmahal | "celandine", digitalis limited
19. snowdrops ~ 2Muchachos | "prespring", self-released
20. sunday ~ Amen Dunes | "through donkey jaw", sacred bones
21. baby's arms ~ Kurt Vile | "smoke ring for my halo", matador
22. vanishig point ~ Ensemble Economique | "crossing the path, by torchlight", dekorder
23. phobos ~ Spiral Index | "gilded dawn", digitalis limited
24. free your energy field ~ High Wolf | "a guide to healing", bathetic
25. video games ~ Lana del Rey | "video games/blue jeans", stranger
foto: ryan kenny

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

# rewind 2011 ~ part I & II

 
01. missing you less ~ Margaret Dygas | "st", perlon
02. new ground ~ Andy Stott | "passed me by", modern love
03. tick of the clock ~ The Chromatics | "ost drive", lakeshore
04. under your spell ~ Desire | "ost drive", lakeshore
05. animal dreams ~ Sapphire Slows | "true breath ep", not not fun
06. like dunes ~ Motion Sickness of Time Travel | "luminaries and synastry", digitalis
07. your fingers the snake ~ Cankun | "ethiopian dreams", hands in the dark
08. graphics bloom ~ Nova Scotian Arms | "slow architecture", sweat lodge guru
09. all the sun that shines ~ Peaking Lights | "936", not not fun
10. the 5 ~ FWY! | "ca 80's ca 90's", brave mysteries
11. slim ~ James Ferraro | "far side virtual", hippos in tanks
12. modern through movement ~ The Advisory Circle | "as the crow flies", ghostbox
13. like glass ~ Charlatan | "split w/ Spare Death Icon", stunned
14. heiress to the throne ~ Silver Antlers | "pulling diamonds from dirt", self-released
15. wälzer ~ Kaboom Karavan | "barra barra", miasmah
16. fuji descent ~ High Wolf | "atlas nation", holy mountain
17. friends ~ Meg Baird | "seasons on earth", drag city
18. telepathy ~ Motion Sickness of Time Travel | "seeping through the veil of the unconscious", digitalis
19. nebula ~ Pulse Emitter | "spiritual vistas", expansive & cylindrical habitat modules 
20. i'm willing to stagger ~ Mind Over Mirrors | "high & upon", gift tapes
21. el bosque de los huizaches ~ Smokey Feather | "árbore en la cresta", luzzzalig / microphones in the trees
hace tiempo que no hacemos listas con lo mejor del año, cosas de la edad y la pereza supongo. el caso es que este año nos apetecía hacer algo, así que ahí va este recopilatorio con las canciones que ahora mismo más me llaman la atención ya que el oráculo del buen gusto, es decir, ana, está más perezosa que yo. aunque en cine estará de acuerdo en proclamar "melancholia" como la mejor peli, de "breaking bad" dirá que es la mejor serie y el universo lartigue como el mayor descubrimiento fotográfico supongo.
y sí, tenéis toda la razón del mundo, es verdad, faltan un montón de canciones, de discos, de artistas, de sellos. pero muchos de ellos ya han aparecido en el blog a lo largo y ancho de este 2011, en el que por ejemplo para mí el mejor disco es "the magic place" de julianna barwick y ni siquiera lo hemos reseñado, tampoco la sopresa más agradable del año; el sello hooker vision con un arsenal de discos devastador; reedbeds, mohave triangles, nova scotian arms, motion sickness of time travel, quite evenings, kon tiki gemini, etc... pensemos en este puñado de canciones como la postdata musical de un año tremendamente fértil. esperemos que el 2012 se porte por lo menos igual de bien. ahora ya os toca a vosotros y vosotras inundar los comentarios con los olvidados y olvidadas. opinen, opinen!
*feliz año*

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

rafi bookstaber

rafi bookstaber ~ greener pastures lp (humito, 2011)

"an allez-taeia of the body, earth breath and sweetness, a great sigh beneath the world tree. an attempt this time to say a few things simply, and be gone. about letting go of places that are family, not holding on too tight, the condition of waking up one morning and suddenly finding yourself alive on this great green planet, surrounded by the infinite… gorgeous solo outing from death chants member rafi bookstaber, and the first release on his new humito label" time~lag

¡humito!, greener pastures, matt valentine & erika elder, willie lane, árbore (high moon), bronze horse... demasiado bonito para decir que es bonito. 'ain't nothing blues': hope sandoval meets child of microtones.

dibujo: seth neefus

sold out / download

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

peter and the wolf

"I don’t know how he does it, but Red Hunter of Peter And The Wolf doesn’t know how to record a bad song. Songs from his old records have defined moments and even periods in my life. They’re the kind of songs I’ll never forget. This sort of attachment to artists is why it’s difficult for artists to meet expectations and live up to music they made before that has had time to grow on their fans. The new track Hazy Lions from the to be released record Easy Mountain grabs you like a smell grabs a memory when Dan Falcoberry, the perfect compliment to Red’s voice, harmonizes with herself in true Peter And The Wolf style. Just like the chorus “And every morning we transcend the past” this song transcends any expectations a fan could have had for these tunes." invisible children

Saturday, December 17, 2011

bonnie 'blue' billy


"open up your heart, let me come in
I have no hair on my chinny chin chin
you know I love you and I won't hurt you
I'm not the big bad wolf just little boy blue"
qué cosas, me pongo a ordenar y me encuentro este 7" en la estantería. ya casi 12 años de little boy blue, dentro de las múltiples reencarnaciones de mr. oldham, sin duda 'blue' billy es la más tierna. de cuando las versiones superan al original, de cuando anocheces en peitieiros y amaneces en austin, texas. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

sapphire slows

 "...it was with nuanced joy that we found ourselves spellbound and seduced by this young Tokyo gem-gleaner’s neon gallery of dynamic Casio nightlife masks, each of which is impeccably crafted and swathed in a fog basket of her effortlessly haunting Cocteau Twins-y shadow vox. There’s a wonderfully hushed vibe to Sapphire Slows’ most translucent tracks, beats materializing out of stray radio waves and metropolis static, electric piano memories washing away into the silent skyline of skyscrapers, synths congealing like synthetic whispers. The perfect soundtrack to urban insomniac wandering and wondering and lingering too long; almost like a Toyko take on Night Bus." not not fun

"Born in 1989, she started her solo project in Tokyo, spring 2011 . Tracks are all recorded in her bedroom, simply with one lap top and some keyboards. Her dance track expresses the space depth beneath the loneliness influenced by various electro music especially psychedelic chill-out." big love

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Euros Childs

Euros Childs of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Jonny, new album free to download (or donate) from his website, or buy a physical copy there too.

Monday, December 12, 2011

phil maggi

"A well appropriated musical and textural contrast can be an incredibly satisfying thing to hear. That way of combining ambient prettiness with noise and fuzz chosen by the likes of Fennesz,  Ous Mal and Belong for instance, or Barn Owl’s dusty twilight stasis atop a bed of doomed grunt. The feeling of having your brain pulled in several directions at once...

What we have with Phil Maggi’s ‘Ghost Love’ is a set of tracks that visits various outposts of experimental music and wraps them up into something that shimmers with droning organic ambience on one hand; on the other it guides the listener through a quasi-ritualistic experience set out through primitive percussive or mechanical rhythms, captured ethnic vocal loops and even some Leyland Kirby-esque ‘hauntology’ to push the unsettling atmosphere and support the record’s title..." Daniel W J Mackenzie, Fuid Radio


"Inspiré par Werner Herzorg, Leadbelly, Ennio Morricone, les musiques traditionnelles klezmer et Tibesti, Ghost Love est un disque atmosphérique. Mystique et méditatif. Sombre et halluciné. Une promenade apaisante et stressante, rassurante et flippante sur des sables mouvants et inconnus. Trippant." focus vif

mi and l'au

"After exploring their creative impulses through strings, horns, pianos, and varied folk influences, Mi and L'au decided to venture into a newer, more electric environment on their newest record. If Beauty is a Crime doesn't feature a single guitar. In fact, you won't find a traditional instrument anywhere on it. But, along with Mira and Laurent's redefined approach, something familiar found its way into their music. While making the album, both musicians noticed the specter of familiar melodies and rhythms haunting their work; the inspiration wasn't from a specific song or melodic line, but from a mood or an idea buried somewhere in the past. As they investigated this anomalous influence, they uncovered a shared memory of films enjoyed during childhood, specifically those scored by French composer François de Roubaix, who was known for his use of synthesizers, drum machines and folk elements. The connection between his work and their current endeavor was obvious. Subsequently, Mi and L'au immersed themselves in his music even as they continued to produce their own. Whether by fate or by coincidence, de Roubaix's music found its way into their lives just as they were beginning to explore what electronic sounds could do for them. So, in the end, they dedicated If Beauty is a Crime to François."

vuelven después de muchos años, como jakob olausson, hope sandoval o songs of the green pheasant. lo mismo pero diferente

foto: miroslav tichý

Sunday, December 11, 2011

jakob olausson

"At some point all great explorers, from Amundsen to Kishan Singh Rawat, come to an opening up and cast their minds across a big space. A clearing, a promontory, a look out from a place no one’s been before. Jakob Olausson ventured deep on Moonlight Farm, his debut for De Stijl in the winter of 2005. His singular expression returns on Morning and Sunrise, an explorer’s codex, a gaze through to what’s more important and less seen. The path yet traveled and the sun arcing over it. Morning and Sunrise is a different record from Moonlight Farm.
There is more electric guitar and it really whisks at your earbones, the playing is beautiful. Jakob’s singing glows more. It gives light and shows love as it reassures, makes no false promises, says: You can be understood. Honest as the elements, words like "loner" will be hung on Morning and Sunrise, and that’s okay, we associate clarity this potent with solitude. And this could be the most lucid psychedelic record ever, morning is just so clear, and anyway, it’s not really loner, because You are there all along." de stijl
welcome traveler

Friday, December 09, 2011

gianni giublena rosacroce

gianni giublena rosacroce - la piramide di sangue (yerevan tapes, 2011)

That is the new solo project by Stefano Isaia, the singer and frontman from our beloved Movie Star Junkies. Accompanied by his mate Dedalo666, Stefano – here as Gianni Giublena Rosacroce – explores new sounds closer this time to the Middle-Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. Armed with clarinet, cans, drums and percussions, piano and acoustic guitars, the duo has just plotted the debut album “La piramide di sangue” (“The blood pyramid”). Thirteen tracks like one texture of thin arabesques, woven with casbah flavours and North African sounds. One record with a strong esoteric and cabalistic mood, musically influenced by Muhal Richard Abrams, Maurice McIntyre and Moondog foremost. 100 copies.

segunda referencia de uno esos sellos que tanto nos gusta descubrir. no hubiese añadido otras influencias que me gusten más, quizá 'la piramide di sangue' no es tan orgánico y cerebral como moondog y muhal richard abrams sino que su magia, al igual que maurice mcintyre, es más ceremonial y con la vista fija en el middle-earth.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

monster rally & rumtum

"Monster Rally & RUMTUM is the collaboration of Ted Feighan (Monster Rally) and John Hastings (RUMTUM). The two natives of Cleveland met in Columbus through mutual friends and began bonding over a love of beat music. The project is the exploration of their shared musical tastes and features influences from a broad range of styles including hip-hop, psych-pop, dub, dance and funk. The EP, MR&RT, is a seven-track introduction to the sound of Monster Rally & RUMTUM and serves as a preview of what’s to come." waaga records
monster rally mola, y mucho, aquí tal vez no suena todo tan orgánico como en solitario. pero los complementos dub (vía rumtum) no alteran el vestido tropical, seguimos teniendo ganas de ponérnoslo y salir por ahí a bailar, o imaginarlo si finalmente nos quedamos en casa.

listen: raindrops / pre-order