• KEPT MORNING MP3

    New Dog - "Sleeping Bag". A song that turns over, that shifts in its own shadow, as time goes on. It begins as direct address; it ends in solitary quiet, interwoven guitar. There is a guitar solo like a felled wood. There is movement in the air. Sleeping bag is an ugly phrase. But is anything more intimate than a shared bedroll? Two cocooned shapes, tall sky, earth that seems to go on forever. Touch and murmur...

    28.11.2013

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  • ZEN OF WOLVES MP3

    Okkervil River - "Down Down the Deep River". A song like a TV themesong, a glitzy red carpet for a stream of live audience-members, a deckled invitation to a man with a thin-stem microphone. The walls have hieroglyphics in fake neon, pink and orange. The cages are filled with tigers and lions. There are roars, there are cheers, there is the crash of pop-song cymbal and the ripple of pop-song guitar. People are waving...

    25.11.2013

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  • JUST SAY KNOW MP3

    Zomes - "Loveful Heights". A roaring knowledge, charging sincerity. A jungle, lush with certainty. A green, gold rainforest, where the birds sing only true phrases. A car that drives down the silver street and stops at the crosswalk, glances trading between driver and pedestrian. We make our vows with handshakes, metal rings; why not with sound, why not with organ, or singing, or the sudden permanence of when a reco...

    01.07.2013

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  • SWEE TART MP3

    Brahja Waldman's Quartet - "My Heart is a Real Thing". He keeps sending her love-notes on pages of paper. Why paper? she thinks. Why not on balloons, on cakes, on the sides of yachts? Every letter is the same thing - Dear ----, then ballpointed words, his signature. Nothing more than handsome phrases, sincerely written. No gold or silver; no cash value; not even a wax seal. Is this all he has? Later, after she has ...

    27.06.2013

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  • BRAIN FROTH MP3

    Team Wild - "Eugene"We never spoke the same language, and when she wanted me gone I fell asleep in the rain. I dreamt of all my stuff floating in water, and I wasn't there, but I was. I wasn't there at all, but I was. [Buy for 3$](image)

    26.06.2013

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  • BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND MP3

    Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Lovin' Blues". Bobby "Blue" Bland died yesterday. I saw him sing a few years ago, at the blues festival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His voice was still astounding and free. Maybe not as supple as in his youth but it flowed over his songs with the same astounding swiftness, as if it were melted butter. Still, my clearest memory of the show was the interest Bobby "Blue" showed in a young woman sitt...

    24.06.2013

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  • ARCHAEOLOGY MP3

    The Burning Hell - "Sentimentalists". I can't remember this ever happening to me before. A song that makes me remember something I have completely forgotten. Not a song that evokes a distant memory, that makes vivid something faded; a piece of music that brings back something that was lost. A mosquito in amber, resurrecting a brontosaurus.The memory's nothing remarkable: a wooden paddle-wheel, in the restaurant of a ...

    20.06.2013

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    20.06.2013

  • James Holden MP3

    James Holden - "The Caterpillar's Intervention"Attir the fox poses for a passport photo. His fur dusts his leather collar and his face has a cocky lift. They say don't smile in a passport photo, but if a fox can smirk, Attir is smirking. He lunches from a water fountain, and in the garbage can next to it he throws every other piece of ID away. His driver's license, his health insurance card, his SIN, even his Scope V...

    18.06.2013

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  • 9.6 MP3

    Sophie - "Bipp". That weird thing where you dive off a diving-board and never hit the water. Twists in the air, somersaults, fanning limbs, cannonball -- but no splash. No landing. No clap and spray. Suspended spinning in the air, cascading glints, longing downward -- and nothing. Ready and waiting. [buy](photo source: Collectie SPAARNESTAD PHOTO/Het Leven)

    17.06.2013

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  • THE CATERWAUL MP3

    Nü Sensae - "Raven Tussle"58 of the greatest seconds of screaming.[Buy the newest, Sundowning](image from consumeconsume)

    14.06.2013

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  • BÄ°Z BAKIM MP3

    Just a quick one today, before I run off to watch Owen Pallett unveil the 2013 Polaris Prize long-list. Cem Karaca - "Niksar"In solidarity with the protesters of Gezi Park. In solidarity with boldhearted gatherers everywhere, fighting for their neighbours. Especially if they are fighting without fighting. In solidarity with the family of Ethem Sarisuluk, struck by a tear-gas canister, now dead. Longings are utopian...

    13.06.2013

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  • Any Nested Mac MP3

    Bastardgeist - "Coast"How they make crayons. Truth serum†. Ox Tongue, chilled. A secret handshake, hands in pockets. The dawn an hour early. Flight plan explained. The synchronous footstep, the synchronous kiss, the synchronous moment when a book falls off the shelf and Germany invades Poland. A shower in reverse. Theatre of protest. A buckle, tightened. A suicidal tulip (Tulip?). Meaningless words, the way the...

    11.06.2013

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  • LOOKER MP3

    Mikal Cronin - "Am I Wrong". He goes in with the bumblebee washed off him. No more, no more, he says to himself. This time he is hornet. This time he is wasp. He weaves through the crowd with his stinger cocked, scanning each fabric and face, each glinting eye, for the one he wants. No, she's not here yet. No, she's not here yet. No, she's not-- yes there oh shit hold up. There is still some pollen on his sleeve. He...

    10.06.2013

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  • The Homeless Wanderer MP3

    Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou - "The Homeless Wanderer"I took Meena's son Patrick on a trip across the sea. Patrick was a genial boy, quiet, and like myself at that age, liked numbers and games. There was a daily game of Bingo on the ship, and we structured our days around this. And dinner. And a cocktail when the skies were the right colour of grey. That summer I didn't go to Africa, I took care of Patrick, who...

    07.06.2013

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  • WE'LL DEBRIEF LATER MP3

    We/Or/Me (with Anis Mojgani) - "From the Top of This Thing". Rolling up your sleeve, tying your shoe, polishing your glasses, priming your pan, tightening your knots, cleaning your gun, boarding your ship, raising your sail, sailing your sea, glimpsing your shore, baring your heart, baring your heart, baring your heart. Baring your heart, unburying your heart. Lifting heavy things off. Lifting light things off. Sitt...

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  • Other Boys MP3

    Eleanor Friedberger - "Other Boys"There was no pronoun smoother than the air that night. She, he, them, it, all good. Skateboard smooth, and a cool warmth like hell in a power outage. She glided, glode, glade along the tops of the neighbour's hedges to the bar, and there sang a boy in a beard, the light casting his face in still frames, ones you could hang on a nail in a cafe, or cut out and keep flat in a book. She ...

    05.06.2013

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  • LIGHT INSTRUCTION MP3

    Balacade - "Marigold (demo)". There's another "Marigold" too, a final studio version, but I prefer this drowsy one, waking, rousing itself from listlessness. A guitar solo like déjà vu, like fine gold thread, like the last strands of a dream. Andrew Reynolds revisits and remembers, traces out the year's silver lining. He is full of quiet confidence. He is full of modest hope. All day he carried a cymbal under ...

    03.06.2013

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  • IT TAKES A LOT MP3

    The Frogs - "The Benefits of AIDS (live 07/16/89)""...are you ready for this?"I have a 16 year old and nothing gets through to him. Nothing sparks his interest in anything. He'll spend hours in the bathroom, and when I go in there after, the mirrors are streaked in grease. He'll go for "walks" for hours at a time, especially in the summer. He intentionally schedules his work shifts to conflict with family events, I'm...

    31.05.2013

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  • SUCH POISE MP3

    Jai Nitai Lotus - "Mingus Clap". The Streets - "Turn the Page".I have a thing for the opening tracks on hip-hop tapes. Intros, overtures, songs like the Streets' "Turn the Page", or "Mingus Clap", by Montreal MC Jai Nitai Lotus. It is even better if these tracks have strings, the feeling of an advancing something. An army, a chain gang, a golem in clay boots. Mike Skinner's song is grim - steady glare, clenched fis...

    30.05.2013

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  • NOISESOME MP3

    Look Vibrant - "Plateau". Face-melting. Face-melting like drooping popsicle face. Like aging willow-tree face. Like Ark of the Covenant dance party. Face-melting like when the sun came out last night, across Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal, just before dusk. Face-melting like the sour happy terror of remembering your love for a friend, your love for a kitty-cat, your love of clamouring city-soaked daylight. If you fall...

    27.05.2013

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