NOW PLAYING: Covid-19 Quarantine

Albums in my iTunes queue for today for around the house listening. Lot of around the house time these days - even more than usual - but the usual still involves A LOT of around the house time.

  1. Richard Dawson - 2020
  2. Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
  3. Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
  4. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together
  5. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts VI: Locusts
  6. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
  7. Wilco - Summerteeth
  8. Paul McCartney - McCartney II
  9. Julia Holter - Aviary
  10. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
  11. Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
  12. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Making drones in Tardigrain & Nils in AUM

I made a video to show how I’m using AUM to process live guitar. My first efforts at making weird drones in the granular & glitchy sampling apps Tardigrain & Nils. All done on my iPad.

→ ONCE in Royal (more traditional acoustic version)

“And he shares in all our sadness And he sahres in all our gladness”

→ ONCE in Royal (fast and slightly noisy version)

I’ve been working on some Christmas arrangements. Please enjoy this one. I try to show my love for the carols of yore through reinterpretation. Even though my vocals didn’t come out well in this version (I’ll revisit those at some point) it was still fun to put this together.

Lo HOW a Rose (Acoustic)

I’ve been working on some versions of classic Christmas church songs. Hope you enjoy it.

Three Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movements

I’ve just been watching several takes on one of my favorite piano pieces: the presto finale of Beethoven’s Sonata Number 14, “Moonlight.” Seven of the most gut wrenching and thrilling minutes of music that will ever exist. It moves me to the edge of my seat.

Check these out and see who you like best. It’s interesting to see the differences in approach and interpretation of 3 players in starkly different stages of life: a child prodigy, a young player at peak ability, and an old gentleman.

If you watch each of these all the way through, I think you’ll discover that classical music is far from set in stone. It is still a lively conversation spanning hundreds of years.

Wilhelm Kempff

Jonah Ho

3rd movement begins at 7:59

Valentina Lisitsa

→ Nova +4: Music for prefab home

I find it enchanting that a Japanese maker of prefabricated homes commissioned an accompanying soundtrack for said homes. Features a blend of natural and synthesized sounds to make one feel right at home in front of the hearth.

Now Playing: 1 August 2019

Albums in my iTunes queue for today for around the house listening.

  1. Rich Mullins — Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth
  2. The 1975 — I Like it When You Sleep
  3. Burial — Subtemple/Beach Fires
  4. Hillsong United — Wonder
  5. Eno & Byrne — My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
  6. Destroyer — Kaputt
  7. Beach House — Depression Cherry
  8. Tetsu Inoue — Inland
  9. Jim O’Rourke — Sleep Like It’s Winter

→ NYT Popcasts on Hootie & the Blowfish

I can vividly remember the absolute radio dominance of Hootie during my high school years. The time has now come for us to admit that they were, and are, a great band. Songs so catchy, but also secretly profound.

→ New Burial this June

Time for a new Burial EP. I enjoy his music and admire his patterns of recording and releasing.

→ Diddy's wax head

Strangely, I had just been reading about J. Cole’s alleged altercation with Diddy during the NBA All Star game last night. Then today I read about the unfortunate fate of Diddy’s wax sculpture. Coincidence?

Hard Times Come Again No More

I’ve been working on some ambient-esque instrumental guitar songs for the past few weeks - I’m arranging some old old Stephen Foster traditionals - please check out the first one I finished, “Hard Times Come Again No More.”

I hope you enjoy and find the song relaxing.

→ New music from Stars of the Lid

I’m excited, and I wish I still lived in the Midwest. I’d trek over to Chicago for this. I hope it’s a sign that the duo still has another album in them.

→ Jim O’Rourke interview in Stereogum

I’ve been recently digging the music of Jim O’Rourke. He produced my favorite Wilco albums and was a fully tenured member of Sonic Youth for several years, but I frequently play his more recent solo work around the house, including the recent “ambient” effort Sleep Like It’s Winter.