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A Return

Sorry about that momentary, ten week, lapse in posts here. I kind of moved to Paris and really have not entirely escaped its enrapturing grasp yet. Regardless, I’ll be moving to New York City shortly. I’ve been going back to a lot of the older tapes/records I’d been listening to and trying to sort out new bands material I like that will fit nicely into a mix together. Also, something pretty major in the works with Ol’ Naturalismo. In the meantime stay on the lookout for a rad mix from Jessica. She knows what’s up, check it out. A trusted source.

KOKOMA // Summer Nights Mix

Bodies in the sand
Tropical drink melting in your hand
That’s where we wanna go
Way down to Kokoma

Download: KOKOMA §ummer Nights mix

MU mirror link

I guess in other parts of the country peoples summers are winding down. In San Francisco summer nights are just beginning to crawl into the picture. This mix is a bit dark, dare I say, quite goth? But good goth, like melodic Belgian coldwave goth not cheesy eyeliner industrial goth.  I feel like that’s the way things are going, or at least that’s what I’ve been drawn to lately. It’s also mostly new songs, which is pretty exciting to me since I’ve also been pretty stuck in the early eighties and nineties scouring tapes for another upcoming mix.

The vignette I imagined it to score would be something along the lines of:

Haunted summer night spiraling outward from a shitty party in the city, stumbling to car in pursuit of better places outside of places, city skyline increasingly in distance, cold light, making it to coast and passing out as fog clears and the sand glows under the pale light of the moon. Etc, etc. You know, an average San Francisco night.

Anyways, this is it from me for a bit. Well, until I drop the other sunnier side to this mixtape, Golden Gloom, my mixtape embassy to the west later next week. I am off to Belgium and France and anywhere else I decide to visit on whim while in Europe for the better part of the month. Eventually upon my return I plan to make my home out in NY. Any readers interested in putting me up along my European trip let me know. Or if you recommend I visit anywhere that these songs might fit nicely into?

So long West Coast ((())))))))))\\

Download: KOKOMA §ummer Nights mix

Highlights and Tracklist:

Xymox – No Words

I played this track at the Naturalismo Presents: Sleep Over & Pure Ecstasy show and had a few people come up asking who it was. This is an earlier (and much better take) of the song from an early E.P. by them before they became the Clan of…it’s some serious Maus-level type addictiveness. From 1984ish.

Airbird – Part of the game

Something so sweetly sinister about this track. I haven’t really listened to much Brian Wilson this summer, but the Beach Boys tinged guitar licks in this dark track satiate on a similar level.

The Reekers – The Girl Who Faded

Incredible acetate demo cut by some lost Bethesda 60’s band, super brooding and catchy.

Felt – Ferdinand Magellan

Lawrence is god.

Tracklist

1. Airbird – Part Of The Game
2. SLEEP ∞ OVER – La Rose
3. The Antlers – When You Sleep
4. Balam Acab – See Birds
5. Wicked Fag – Spiky Sharp + Needle Belt (Long Version)
6. Sisters Grimm – Tar Baby
7. Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrop’s Drops
8. Tamaryn – Love Fade
9. Minks – Our Ritual
10. The Crystal Set – fool
11. Xymox – No Words
12. John Maus – Bennington
13. Fanuelle – Order
14. Anna Domino – Everyday I don’t
15. Sharon People – Wilderness
16. Pigeons – Envie
17. Suzanne – Shendah
18. The Reekers – The Girl Who Faded (acetate)
19. The Cure – Pirate Ships (RS Solo) (Rough Mix) (Vocal)
20. Biff Bang Pow! – It Happens All The Time
21. Felt – Ferdinand Magellan

Sleeeeeep

====/==== Time Warp back about a month ago…====/====

San Francisco at its best is, a pretty cool city all around. San Francisco at its worst is something beyond your wildest nightmares. The mission district is normally a refuge from most things SF-weird but on weekends all bets are increasingly off as a small, mundane bourgeoisie war of attrition and stroller-bound families picks up speed. That’s almost getting ahead of myself, lest not forget the desperate attempts of the aging tech-centric city folk trying to eek out some semblance of identity using a drugs first, ideas after approach. For the inexperienced, you might find yourself in the middle of some burning man tinged rave out, left stuttering as you flee what appears to be spillover from the set of waterworld. Just one of the many San Francisco delights. It’s not all bad here, in fact San Francisco is probably the perfect city in some ways- usually revealing itself the moment you flee it for one of its majestic natural escapes to the north or south. Wait.

I’m still collecting my thoughts after a whirlwind of a show played emphatically by Pure Ecstasy, SLEEP OVER and Rangers despite San Francisco doing its best to destroy them. Their ability to shrug off towed cars, rogue bookers, and impending free-jazz-hard acid funk dj’s and go on to play some of the best live sets I’ve seen in the city was nothing short of amazing. They quickly conjured melodies that transcended some pretty stifling vibes to be honest and it was beyond refreshing to be in the company of many others who were wanting a piece of that same sweet headspace. Yes San Francisco, they overcame and tricked you into having a good weekend night event. Take that.

Strike 3 San Francisco.

Dog Song from Made The Harbor


Eternal Tapestry

Eternal Tapestry have been making the kind of album that I had always hoped would be lurking out there somewhere, creating something that is new and sprawlingly and vividly alive out of electric guitars and long improvised passages. I don’t think they ever play the same riff twice. Instead, the riff is slowly allowed to runs its course and a beautiful dynamism develops. Within a minute or two, I can’t help but feel the radiance and climb all of their reveries. 

Their most recent full lengths are available on LP here or here, and check out a couple of my favorite tracks from The Invisible Landscape below.

Cathedral Of Radiance

Pyramid Vision

 

I’ve given up on San Francisco providing me with a summer so I’ve been relegated to staying inside and finding bizarre pop songs that conjure some of that obscured balminess. Michel Pagliaro is like the French-Canadian George Harrison, channeling some full blown All Things ’71 guitar here that has been suiting me quite fine. Also check out this KILLER single by him from the same year, that is actually a bit more Lennon-tinged:

Michel PagliaroSome sing some dance

Merrell Fankhauser may or may not have become a Hawaiian cult leader by the time this video was cut, but damn if it isn’t catchy as hell. He’s most well known for his HMS Bounty project from the late 60’s that pysch collectors obsess over. His solo album Maui from 1976 has a lot of hidden gems on it. It kind of has a beachier Dylan Self-Portrait era vibe. So, pretty much perfect. Listen to this single first actually, I think it’s his strongest song from the period:

Merrell FankhauserI saw your photograph