new releases | recent discoveries | miscellaneous
1.1.2016 – 4.10.2016
new releases | recent discoveries | miscellaneous
1.1.2016 – 4.10.2016
“I am afraid I cannot convey the peculiar sensations of time traveling. They are excessively unpleasant. There is a feeling exactly like that one has upon a switchback — of a helpless headlong motion! I felt the same horrible anticipation, to, of an imminent smash. As I put on pace, night followed day like the flapping of a black wing. The dim suggestion of the laboratory seemed presently to fall away from me, and I saw the sun hopping swiftly across the sky, leaping it every minute, and every minute marking a day. I supposed the laboratory had been destroyed and I had come into the open air. I had a dim impression of scaffolding, but I was already going too fast to be conscious of any moving things. The slowest snail that ever crawled deshed by too fast for me. The twinkling succession of darkness and light was excessively painful to the eye. Then, in the intermittent darknesses, I saw the moon spinning swiftly through her quarters from new to full, and had a faint glimpse of the circling stars. Presently, as I went on, still gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of blue, a splendid luminous color like that of early twilight; the jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.” H.G. Wells ‘The Time Machine’ – first published in 1895
All of the songs on 640.089 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.
640.089 (click the arrow below to play)
Maybeshewill – Farewell, Sarajevo [00:00]
Caspian – Sad Heart of Mine [05:14]
cataya – sombre sommeil [09:42]
Compass & Knife – The Setting of the Old Sun [18:50]
Mr Dog The Bear – Sawubona Sikhona [23:51]
Waking Aida – Jilted Surfers [29:32]
Fleur de lis – Blaa [35:01]
Sejd – Båtsman [39:10]
All shall be well (and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well) – Some Speak of the Future, Others of the Past [46:21]
Ranges – They Denied That Wishes Were Horses [53:55]
Shy, Low – Nostos [58:35]
R A N G E S :: The Gods of the Copybook Headings
In my role as ‘curator’ of 6forty project and radio, I’ve been very fortunate to develop friendships with many bands from all over the world, and most of time, those friendships exist entirely ‘in the cloud’ via social media and email. But regardless of the fact that we’ve often never met in person, there’s one thing we all share – a love for a style of music that is passionate and intelligent; created by hard-working musicians who aren’t primarily driven by fame and ‘air time,’ but who are writing deeply expressive music that tells their collective stories. Bozeman, Montana is home to one of the bands that perfectly exemplifies this ethos. When I listen to the music of Ranges, I’m re-living their experiences, visualizing their environment, traveling along with the band as they pour their heart and soul into the music. They’re writing instrumentals that not only embrace the inherent power found within a song’s quiet moments, but also confidently deliver soaring guitars, driving rhythms, and layers of perfectly epic and beautiful noise.
The band has generously offered to have 6forty project feature one of the songs from their outstanding new record ‘The Gods of the Copybook Headings.’ The track ‘Robbing Selected Peter to Pay for Collective Paul’ is available to stream via the link below. As soon as you click that play button, you’re hit immediately with a massive wall of sound that slowly transitions into a lushly relaxed and melodic instrumental. There are many similar moments throughout the new record – the swells are expansive, the quiet is comforting, and at its core is a sense of ‘completeness’ that leaves you feeling the same way you would after finishing your favorite novel or watching your favorite classic film – utterly satisfied.
Please enjoy this 6forty project exclusive, and make sure to support the band by purchasing their merchandise. You’ll find a link below to their upcoming record, as well as to their equally amazing earlier releases. And if you’re fortunate enough to live anywhere near Bozeman, Montana, please go see them when they play live – you won’t be disappointed. A huge thank you to CJ Blessum for giving me the opportunity to feature his band’s newest single here on my site, as well as for the generous Ranges surprise packages over the years. And most importantly, for being a part of a band that continues to deliver such lovely sounds for our continued listening pleasure – I look forward to enjoying their collective output for many years to come…
The Gods of the Copybook Headings
releases February 26, 2016
Written and performed by R A N G E S
C. Blessum • J. Caldwell • E. Demarais • M. Levy • W. Raska
Recorded & mixed by C. Blessum at The Low Country, Bozeman, MT.
Mastered by D. Coutant at Sun Room Audio.
Artwork, production, and distribution by A Thousand Arms.
Copyright MMXVI – A Thousand Arms Music
Ranges Music >> http://rangesmusic.com/
The Sea of Izabella was considerably colder than Candy had expected. It was gaspingly cold; iced-to-the-marrow cold. But it was too late for her to change her mind now. With the ball knocked out of the cup by Mischief’s bullet, the Sea of Izabella was retreating from the jetty at the same extraordinary speed at which it had first appeared. And it was carrying Candy and the John brothers along with it.
The waters seemed to have a life of their own; several times the sheer force of their energies threatened to pull her under. But Mischief had the trick of it.
“Don’t try to swim,” he yelled to her over the roar of the retreating seas. “Just trust to Mama Izabella to take us where She wants to take us.”
Candy had little choice, she quickly realized. The sea was an irresistable power. So why not just lie back and enjoy the ride?
She did so, and it worked like a charm. The moment Candy stopped flailing, and trusted the sea not to harm her, the Izabella buoyed her up, the waves lifting her so high that on occasion she caught sight of the jetty and the lighthouse. They were already very far off, let behind in another world…
Clive Barker ‘Abarat’ 2002 Harper Collins Publishers
We Lost The Sea – A Gallant Gentleman [00:00]
We Stood Like Kings – Volchovstroy [06:04]
Alma – The Lighthouse [15:23]
Spurv – Passacaglia (fugler med ord i nebbet) [21:16]
A Shelter In The Desert – Todo podrá estallar, pero siempre habrá una adelfa que nacerá de entre los escombros [35:29]
Signal Hill – Freelance Forest [44:22]
New Century Classics – Post-Cards [51:51]
Aesthesys – Scrolling In Mind Images Of The Past Day Before Falling Asleep [57:30]
…Of Sinking Ships – Comforted By Predictable Current And Tide [62:00]
Tides From Nebula – Let It Out, Let It Flow, Let It Fly [68:40]
Goodbye, Kings – Memoire [73:40]
All of the songs on 640.088 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 above.
It’s the goal of 6forty project to be an objective and comprehensive on-line resource for independent music; a vehicle to spread the word to as many ears as possible. As long as listeners are streaming, buying and sharing the releases that they hear on a 6forty mix tape, on the radio stream, or on one of the 6forty social media feeds, my efforts have been a success. So when it comes to the end-of-the-year ‘favorites’ list, I’ll leave that decision up to you. For your listening pleasure, I’ve compiled a list of the records that were on heaviest rotation here at 6forty HQ throughout the year. 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!
At the end of this post is a compiled list of the 2015 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 2015 heavy rotation >
We Stood Like Kings ‘USSR 1926’ (released 30 October 2015)
We Lost the Sea ‘Departure Songs’ (released 23 July 2015)
Oiseaux-Tempête ‘ÜTOPIYA?’ (released 5 May 2015)
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving ‘Yield to Despair’ (released 17 April 2015)
Spurv ‘Skarntyde’ (released 11 May 2015)
Maïak ‘A Very Pleasant Way to Die’ (released 20 March 2015)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor ‘Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress’ (released 31 March 2015)
Pauwels ‘Elina’ (released 26 January 2015)
Listen, Earth ‘Embark’ (released 27 January 2015)
The Declining Winter ‘Home For Lost Souls/The Waning Mill Chronicles’ (released 23 March 2015)
Flies Are Spies From Hell ‘Underdog Underfoot’ (released 2 April 2015)
Tidings ‘Death Leaves a Bright Trail’ (released 1 May 2015)
End Year ‘Kursk’ (released 4 January 2015)
A Shelter In The Desert ‘Pequeñas Hiroshimas’ (released 21 July 2015)
Caspian ‘Dust And Disquiet’ (released 25 September 2015)
Fleur de Lis ‘In the midst of chaos there is stillness’ (released 22 October 2015)
Shy, Low ‘Hiraeth’ (released 13 November 2015)
Fourteen Nights At Sea ‘Minor Light’ (released 20 November 2015)
Glasir ‘Unborn’ (released 10 May 2015)
Alma ‘Alma’ (released 3 August 2015)
Doomina ‘Doomina’ (released 26 November 2015)
Waking Aida ‘Full Heal’ (released 25 September 2015)
Compass & Knife ‘The Setting of the Old Sun’ (released 17 November 2015)
Legendary Skies ‘Novarupta’ (released 10 April 2015)
The Living Sleep ‘Remnants’ (released 19 March 2015)
Celestial Wolves ‘Illusive Landscape Of Expression’ (released 5 December 2015)
Sannhet ‘Revisionist’ (released 3 March 2015)
Rachel Grimes ‘The Clearing’ (released 26 May 2015)
– cheers! Michael
640.2015 new releases | discoveries | miscellaneous
Close to the Source . Kristin Hersh live at the Tin Angel
Philadelphia . PA . October 27 1999
With the year 1926 came an outstanding event in Baldwin’s history, for at that time the Works was ready to build its sixty-thousandth locomotive. To symbolize this event President Samuel M. Vauclain planned and built a huge three-cylinder compound, high-pressure locomotive. It was of the 4-10-2 type and closely resembled engines with this wheel arrangement on the Southern Pacific Railroad. To safely accommodate the high boiler pressure of 350 lb. per square inch, a water-tube firebox was used.
The Baldwin 60000 was designed to be the best locomotive ever made. It weighs about 350 short tons, including tender, and can pull a load of up to 7,000 short tons. Its top speed is 70 mph (110 km/h). 60000 was very innovative, carrying unusual technology, including the water-tube firebox. This was intended to improve efficiency, but the tubes tended to burst inside the firebox. It is also a compound, expanding the steam once in the inside cylinder and then again in the two outside cylinders. Although compounding increased efficiency, it was an extra complication that the US railroads had mostly rejected by the middle twenties. Also, the weight and length of the engine was too much for all but the heaviest and straightest track.
This locomotive was experimental and was meant to be the model for future development.
All of the songs on 640.087 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.
From the book The Locomotives that Baldwin Built by Fred Westing (Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, Pennsylvania)
Mooncake – Rf 104 [00:00]
Maïak – I Am Not a Man, I Am a Free Number [11:13]
Astralia – Heading Home [22:24]
Listen, Earth – Antioch [29:40]
End Year – post-script [36:57]
Sleepstream – The Nacre Top of The Sky [42:28]
Black Clouds – Divide (It’s Not As If We Mattered, Part 3) [50:35]
Jakob – Resolve [55:55]
This Patch Of Sky – Time Destroys Everything, But Our Foundation Remains [65:09]
Rumour Cubes – Research and Destroy [73:11]
NOMADS – Sunset on The Range [78:26]
Whale Fall – The Madrean [84:20]
640.087 is coming – hang in there. For now, here’s a list of current 6forty project links. I highly recommend checking out the radio station!
6forty project on the web > http://www.6forty.com
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6forty project on youtube > http://www.youtube.com/6fortyproject
6forty radio (web browser) > http://www.6fortyradio.com/
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6forty radio on facebook > https://www.facebook.com/6forty.radio
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)
– cheers! Michael