September 30, 2017

Songhoy Blues, "Al Hassidi Terei"



From Mali. I missed this when it came out in 2014, but the band has been getting some attention lately, and this song has been on repeat since I first heard it a few weeks ago. The video takes the whole thing up another level. So incredible!

July 31, 2017

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith



Another solo performance on a Buchla. This is California composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith playing the Buchla Music Easel. Cool instrument, warm sounds.

July 14, 2017

Grateful Shred, "Cumberland Blues"



LA hipsters faithfully cover the Dead. Sorry but this is just delightful.

July 8, 2017

YEK: Burnt Friedman and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi



Hey kids, do you like polyrhythms?

July 3, 2017

Wand, "Plum"



There's a new Wand record coming in the fall, and this is the first single. Loving the dueling vocals, loving the bobbing bass part, loving the ducks.

June 27, 2017

Ty Segall, "Break a Guitar"



More supreme weird rock from Ty. Be sure to watch all the way to the end for the payoff. Best comment on the YouTube video: "I didn't know Marc Bolan fronted Black Sabbath?"

June 25, 2017

Elza Soares, "Mulher do Fim do Mundo"



Heavy emotional stuff from the queen of Brazil.

June 17, 2017

Quantic & Nidia Góngora



Quantic was living in Cali, Colombia for years, producing brilliant records with musicians and singers that fused reggae, cumbia, Caribbean sounds. This is the latest collab, and likely his last from Cali (he moved to Brooklyn). Singer Nidia Góngora hails from an Afro-Colombian community and brings some West African-flavored folkloric singing to Quantic's thick and slick thump.

June 7, 2017

Suzanne Ciani



Happy belated 71st birthday to electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani. Here's a 40-minute solo performance on the Buchla synthesizer from earlier this year.

June 3, 2017

Dungen, "Häxan"



Dungen has been around for 18 years. The Swedish band exploded in the American underground in 2003, toured here for a few years, then went quiet. Now they're in the midst of a stellar second act. Here they are performing a piece of the soundtrack they wrote for an old silent film, which they've been spending this year performing beneath at screenings.