Dec 312014

The primary goal of 6forty project is simple – to be an objective and comprehensive on-line resource for independent music, and to spread the word to as many humans as possible. So I leave it up to the listeners to select their favorites. As long as they’re streaming, buying and sharing, my efforts have been a success. In my opinion, every record that I have promoted on the site this year is a favorite, and since selecting the ‘best’ is such a personal and unique decision for each listener, I’ve compiled a list of the records that were on heaviest rotation here at 6forty HQ throughout the year for your review and listening pleasure. Personal favorites? Definitely. Your favorites? That’s up to you to decide. I only ask a few favors – share the music that you love and encourage others to do the same. Even if you can’t afford to pay for releases, simply spreading the word is an invaluable benefit to the bands. Thank you!

Please note – further below is a compiled list (39-page PDF!) of the 2014 weekly releases posts. The document includes live links and release dates – countless hours of music to explore and enjoy. Feel free to download the PDF and share.

< 6forty project’s 2014 heavy rotation >

 

 

 

Whale Fall ‘The Madrean’  (released 16 December 2014)

 

 

 

Rumour Cubes ‘Appearances of Collections’  (released 18 August 2014)

 

 

 

Blueneck ‘King Nine’  (released 07 November 2014)

 

 

 

Jakob ‘Sines’  (released 21 October 2014)

 

 

 

Cecilia::eyes ‘Disappearance’  (released 12 May 2014)

 

 

 

Nothing ‘Guilty of Everything’  (released 04 March 2014)

 

 

 

Damascus ‘When Last We Met’  (released 25 November 2014)

 

 

 

Tides Of Man ‘Young and Courageous’  (released 04 February 2014)

 

 

 

…Of Sinking Ships ‘The Amaranthine Sea’  (released 25 March 2014)

 

 

 

Barrows ‘Red Giant’  (released 06 May 2014)

 

 

 

Sleepmakeswaves ‘Love of Cartography’  (released 04 July 2014)

 

 

 

Glories ‘Put the Beast Out of Mind’  (released 29 July 2014)

 

 

 

A Far-Off Reason ‘Tusen Nåler’  (released 15 September 2014)

 

 

 

Kermit ‘Litoral’  (released 07 April 2014)

 

 

 

SVK ‘Avernus’  (released 19 March 2014)

 

 

 

I/O ‘Saudade’  (released 14 February 2014)

 

 

 

Jet Plane ‘Loud To Sleep’  (released 07 October 2014)

 

 

 

I Spell It Nature ‘North’  (released 14 October 2014)

 

 

 

Wander ‘Mourning’  (released 07 January 2014)

 

 

 

I Am No Hero ‘Underwater Cities’  (released 03 January 2014)

 

 

 

Sora Shima ‘You Are Surrounded’  (released 16 February 2014)

 

 

 

Flyingdeadman ‘Sending Fires to the Sky’  (released 19 March 2014)

 

 

 

Swans ‘To Be Kind’  (released 13 May 2014)

 

 

 

Eupana ‘So Many Suns’  (released 01 December 2014)

 

 

 

obe ‘Partners’  (released 08 February 2014)

 

 

 

Talons ‘New Topographics’  (released 04 August 2014)

 

 

 

Waking Aida ‘Eschaton’  (released 02 June 2014)

 

 

 

Row Boat ‘In Between’  (released 11 April 2014)

 

 

 

Memory Drawings ‘There Is No Perfect Place’  (released 15 September 2014)

 

 

 

Beneath The Watchful Eyes ‘We Held Our Breath Until Our Hearts Exploded’  (released 15 February 2014)

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Nov 262014

the sounds of a still beating heart…

A 6forty project exclusive! Here’s the latest single from The Fortress (Berlin, Germany). ‘For Tomorrow’ continues the band’s exploration of gazing post-rock – blissful sonic melodies weaving through deep bass and driving percussion. A perfect teaser for new music to come. For more information about the band, and to hear their other releases, please visit the links below.

for tomorrow

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Aug 162014

In 1878, the Bell Telephone Company began to use two-wire circuits from each user’s telephone to end offices which performed any necessary electrical switching to allow voice signals to be transmitted to more distant telephones. These wires were typically copper, although aluminum has also been used, and were carried in balanced pairs separated by about 25 cm/10″ on poles above the ground, and later as twisted pair cables. Modern lines may run underground, and may carry analog or digital signals to the exchange, or may have a device that converts the analog signal to digital for transmission on a carrier system. Often the customer end of that wire pair is connected to a data access arrangement; the telephone company end of that wire pair is connected to a telephone hybrid.

In most cases, two copper wires (tip and ring) for each telephone line run from a home or other small building to a local telephone exchange. There is a central junction box for the building where the wires that go to telephone jacks throughout the building and wires that go to the exchange meet and can be connected in different configurations depending upon the subscribed telephone service. The wires between the junction box and the exchange are known as the local loop, and the network of wires going to an exchange, the access network.

All of the songs on 640.086 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.

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640.086

Jakob – Malachite  [00:00]
A Film in Color – i  [06:34]
Coma Stereo – Sevastopol  [15:33]
Leech – Gravity Head  [20:48]
I Am Sonic Rain – Fog Is Drowning Us  [29:42]
Indoor Cities – Waves To Decay  [36:03]
I/O – Warship  [40:41]
Glories – Just Be Remembered  [46:06]
Ranges – The Golden Apples of the Hesperides  [53:09]
Sora Shima – Fire-Arms / Cowboy Destroyer  [58:26]
Rendezvous Park – Closer To Being Here  [65:46]
Monsters Build Mean Robots – A Reverie For The Riots  [71:48]

640.086 playlist.pdf

 

with envious eyes

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Jul 162014

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was  being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiple in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most, terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment…

All of the songs on 640.085 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.

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640.085

Flying Saucer Attack – Wish [00:00]
Sigur Rós – Kveikur [05:23]
My Bloody Valentine – Who Sees You [11:15]
All You’ve Seen – Rift [17:18]
Constants – Mourning [22:22]
93MillionMilesFromTheSun – Waiting There (Noise) [27:28]
Hungry For Hands – Three [31:33]
Junius – Battle In The Sky [35:05]
The Cherry Wave – Cave/Wave [38:39]
Machines Learning – Punching The Rabbit [42:22]
The Virgance – Catch The Wave [46:45]
Nothing – B&E [53:30]
Slowdive – Primal [58:49]

The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells © 1898

Jul 032014

caspian . 12.28.09 wuml.fm

the raven 00:00
malacoda 07:17
(interlude)
of foam and wave 15:10
moksha 21:31
quovis 31:52
further up 32:58
further in 37:25
(words)
ghosts of the garden city 41:12
sycamore 51:09

caspian live 12-28-09

May 262014

“I follow the determined cat back across the ancient bridge. We seem to sail through the clouds on the river. I remember beautiful springs, the first fresh leaves, Easter eggs, cake in the shape of a lamb, the maypole, and a blue, blue sky.

I feel as though many others just like me have passed here before, and many will be walking forever after, in different times, different ages — like time travelers caught in one frozen universal second.”

The Three Golden Keys by Peter Sís, copyright © 1994 by Peter Sís, bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

This collection was on heavy rotation throughout a recent work road trip, and is dedicated to all of the lovely people who were with me the first few days of my adventure – Jake, Marion, Dan, Sander, Dani, Magda, Matt, George, Fil, and Kunal. Much of my week was spent on the motorways of Europe, traveling to/from meetings, offering ample time to reflect on the wonderful memories of Redshift weekend while the tunes and landscape rushed by…

All of the songs on 640.084 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.

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640.084

Empire of the Sea – South [00:00]
Mainline Divide – Beyond Recognition [05:33]
…Of Sinking Ships – Breathing Anew [10:16]
Tides of Man – Eyes Like Strange Sins [16:36]
Heights – Symphony For the Sky – Movement 3 [24:20]
Kermit – We Tripantu [30:23]
Kalouv – Namazu [35:14]
Arms Of Tripoli – 10th Graders Forever [39:11]
Do Make Say Think – Executioner Blues [44:31]
Flyingdeadman – Ilae [52:49]
The Gothenburg Address – Tangents [59:22]
Pg.lost – I am a Destroyer [64:44]
Years of Rice & Salt – Lola [74:05]

640.084 playlist.pdf

As of March 23, 2014, 83 6forty collections have been released, featuring 553 bands and 1108 songs. There are currently 20 collections available for streaming here on the site, and 25 have been uploaded to the 6forty youtube page. Click on the PDF below to view the compiled list. Apologies for the small font on the PDF – I had to reduce it to 50% in order to fit all of the columns across one page.

6forty Compiled 3-2014.pdf

Mar 192014

“Thus this place became the Verge of Wandering, the northernmost limit of our exile. From this valley, we found our way southward among the mountains, sojourning by decades and centuries among strange and distant lands, living as nomads among peoples who knew nothing of the Land and Fangthane. Perhaps at another time we will speak of such things. For the present, I will say merely that we found no home there. But neither have we returned to the Land.

“Once in each generation, however, we visit the Verge of Wandering. Here we remain for a season, or a year, or for several years, scouting the Land until we have discovered that Fangthane yet lives — that the Land has not yet been healed of evil. Then we depart to wander again.

“For a hundred generations and more, no Ramen has set foot beyond these mountains, except to observe the life of the Land, and to carry word.”

The Runes of the Earth by Stephen R. Donaldson. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Group USA) © 2004

All of the songs on 640.083 were either purchased legitimately or were offered for free. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site. For more information about the music featured on this collection, please click on the band names in the list below.

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640.083

Overhead, The Albatross – Telekenetic Forest Guard  [00:00]
U137 – Midsummer Field  [08:44]
Lights & Motion – Crystalline  [13:32]
Maven – The Hymn Of Her Innocence  [17:33]
Row Boat – Orkan  [23:51]
Beneath The Watchful Eyes – Letters From Zedelghem  [30:11]
Coldbones – The Hands Between Us  [34:43]
There’s a Light – We Choose to go to the Moon  [41:36]
Concords – Heed The Warning; Heed The Call  [45:46]
Líam – VI  [50:40]
Beyond This Point Are Monsters – K-Swiss Army Knife  [55:56]
The End of the Ocean – Verses From Our Captain  [66:16]
Ehgo – Long The Night  [70:15]

640.083 playlist.pdf

the dawning days

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Feb 232014

A wall of sound with flutes and strings
Rising on a wave of voices
Surrounded by your humble faith
Morning’s there to wake us in time, rain and sky

The world is breathing, living
But turning in its rage

When summer returns to its warm green fields
Everything slows
The sun fading, pastel in the breeze
Everything slows

The swallow swooping, migrating home
Everything slows…

Gems from my vinyl archive. Enjoy!

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640.082

Stereolab – The Light That Will Cease To Fail  [00:00]
The Wedding Present – Niagara  [03:23]
Crispy Ambulance – Bardo Plane  [07:30]
Pale Saints – A Revelation  [11:02]
Moose – Boy  [13:41]
Dif Juz – Cs  [17:20]
Lowlife – Given To Dreaming  [22:22]
Modern English – Dawn Chorus  [26:00]
Breathless – Is It Good News Today?  [30:37]
A Primary Industry – Gush  [35:27]
Cocteau Twins – Great Spangled Fritillary  [37:40]
The Wolfgang Press – That Heat  [41:42]
Ultra Vivid Scene – Medicating Angels  [46:05]
Lush – Monochrome  [54:19]

640.082 playlist.pdf

Excerpt from ‘Dawn Chorus’ by Modern English. Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd / Momentum Music Ltd.

always winter

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Feb 062014

“Meanwhile,” said Mr Tumnus, “it is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long, and we shall both catch cold if we stand here talking in the snow. Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?”  (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

On Monday morning, as I watched yet another snowstorm pummel our neighborhood, I put my iPod on shuffle, pressed play, and the first nine randomly selected songs worked so well together that I decided to use them for the 640.081 playlist. This is an outstanding collection of music – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Please support the bands by buying their records and going to their shows. Click on each band name for more info. All of the songs on 640.081 were either offered as free downloads, or were purchased legitimately. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site.

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640.081

We Are Lockhart – Just Know This…A Change Is Coming.  [00:00]
Esmerine – Where There Is No Love There Is No Justice  [05:53]
Dry River – Part 2  [11:42]
This Is Your Captain Speaking – Ascendans  [26:36]
MinionTV – Take Away My Gold Star  [33:07]
Suffocate For Fuck Sake – I Keep My Eyes On The Ground, Afraid Of Meeting Someone I Know  [38:40]
Clear Horizon – Distortion Song  [43:08]
Chiaroscuro – Philosophy Of Time Travel  [47:25]
Do Make Say Think – Chinatown  [55:01]

640.081 playlist.pdf

“Always winter but never Christmas.”