May 1, 2016

DJ Krush, "Sonic Temple"



Admirable sound mixing here, as the ambient audio textures of Tokyo merge with the electronic noises Krush makes with his turntables.

April 30, 2016

Tal Wilkenfeld, "Chelsea Hotel"



Tal doing Leonard. Only knowing her virtuoso prog leanings, I wouldn't expect this sort of thing. But she slays it.

April 24, 2016

Wussy, "My Parade"



It warms my heart to see nice things like success and recognition finally happen to Wussy. A beautiful performance of a beautiful song.

April 17, 2016

Tim Hecker, "Black Phase"



Hecker is back with a new LP. Tim put out couple of ambient and piano-based projects about five years ago that earned him a new audience. Now he's going with more layered electronics and taking a sonically complex approach. Very deep.

April 15, 2016

Céu, "Perfume do Invisível"



The lead-off track from the latest by Brazilian singer Céu. This record is a step forward for her, and it's as solid as a brick. My favorite Brazilian guitarist, Pedro Sa, is all over it too!

April 2, 2016

Maki Asakawa, "Ano Otoko ga Shindara"



Singer Maki Asakawa had a unique take on jazz that combined Japanese lyrics and musical traditions with French and American pop sounds. She died in 2010, leaving behind stacks of moody, smoky songs. Honest Jon's just compiled her best work, check it out.

March 31, 2016

Norman Westberg, "Bunny Bill"



A track from the latest Norman Westberg LP, "13." The long-player is all minimal drone work like this, really engaging and beautiful stuff. I love the way the guitar is barely present as an instrument. It just sorta peeks in every once in a while. The accompanying video is by Paul W. Rankin.

March 26, 2016

Cactus, "Parchman Farm"



Nice slice of classic garage-psych here. Oh, the heaviness. From 1970, an era when the harmonica player still sometimes gets the first solo.

March 20, 2016

Solar Bears, "Wild Flowers"



I'm a sucker for synth-based analog electronic freakouts, so of course this is an instant fawn for me. I was avoiding this act for a long while. Their name is too similar to my project (Solar Keys) so I was secretly hoping they were terrible. Nope!

March 17, 2016

Ween, "Purple Rain"



Aaron Freeman, aka Gene Ween, has a birthday today. Happy birthday, Gener. Here's the brothers Ween doing a Prince cover. The solo at the end eviscerates everyone in the room. This was recorded 22 years ago at Slim's in beautiful San Francisco. The person recording it was probably leaning against that stupid jackass wooden pole sticking up in the middle of the stage.