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
The sun fading, pastel in the breeze
The swallow swooping, migrating home
Gems from my vinyl archive. Enjoy!
All of the songs on 640.082 were purchased legitimately. 6forty project does not support unauthorized downloading of the records that are featured on this web site.
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]
Excerpt from ‘Dawn Chorus’ by Modern English. Published by Beggars Banquet Music Ltd / Momentum Music Ltd.
“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.
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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]
“Always winter but never Christmas.”
Descending toward the trees, Pitchwife began to sing. His voice was hoarse, as if he had spent too much of his life singing threnodies; yet his song was as heart-lifting as trumpets. His melody was full of wind and waves, of salt and strain, and of triumph over pain. As clearly as the new day, he sang:
“Let breakers crash against the shore–
let rocks be rimed with sea and weed,
cliffs carven by the storm–
let calm becalm the deeps,
or wind appall the waves, and sting–
nothing overweights the poise of Sea and Stone.
The rocks and water-battery of Home endure.
We are the Giants,
born to live,
and bold for going where the dreaming goes.”
“Let world be wide beyond belief,
the ocean be as vast as time–
let journeys end or fail,
seaquests fall in ice or blast,
and wandering be forever. Roam–
nothing tarnishes the poise of Sea and Stone.
The hearth and harbotage of Home endure.
We are the Giants,
born to sail,
and bold to go wherever dreaming goes.”
And when at last the storm broke, opening a rift of clear sky across the east, there against the horizon stood the lorn stump of Coercri’s Lighthouse. Upraised like a stonework forearm from which the fist had been cut away, it defied weather and desuetude as if it were the last gravestone of the Unhomed. (Stephen Donaldson ‘The Wounded Land’ 1980 Del Rey Books)
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Giants – The Palace Stands In Its Proper Place [00:00]
Heights – Trick Of The Light [04:29]
Glorie – Looking Through The Mirror [09:53]
Magma Waves – Fujise Shinzo [13:51]
Willow – When The Sea Called Our Names [22:15]
Afformance – Angel Playing With Foam On The Vaulting Keystone [30:20]
Arbor Lights – Interstellar [34:38]
Random Forest – See The Storm [40:00]
Bombardier – I Am The Danger [45:09]
Degree of Arc – The Marcher [52:03]
Chasing Traits – Sparrow [58:46]
I Am The Architect – Louis The King [62:50]
Audrey Fall – Medem [71:57]
Wander – Valor [75:11]
Richard Parker – Tempus [79:24]
Image by Clarkson Stanfield, R. A. (unsigned), 1855, for the private theatricals at Campden-House, Illustrated London News
2013 new releases, new videos, and recent discoveries (complete list – 52 weeks)
At the center of the Sky Chamber is a reflecting pool of dreamsteel, its surface a perfect unrippled mirror. Four chairs surround it; three are occupied. The magi have little care for the ungifted custom of setting the highest-ranked to gaze upon their inferiors. When so much business is transacted in thought, physical directions begin to lose even symbolic meaning.
Patience takes the open seat, and reaches out to the other three arch-magi. It’s as easy as joining flesh-and-blood hands. Archedons and archedamas pool energies, crafting a joined sigil, an ideogram that fills the room for an instant with the thought-shape of four names:
The names are meaningless, traditional, having nothing to do with the personal qualities of their holders. The fused sigil proclaims the commencement of formal business. The light in the chamber dims in response; the early-evening sky is replaced by a bowl of predawn violet with a warm line of tawny gold at the horizon. Archedon Temperance, seniormost of the four, sends forth:
-We return to the matter of the black contract proposed by Luciano Anatolius of Camorr.-
<< The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch 2013 by Del Rey, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group >>
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Barrows – Apparition by Moonlight [00:00]
Oak – …and beyond [06:52]
The Pirate Ship Quintet – Horse Manifesto [09:55]
[interlude] Set Fire To Flames – Love Song For 15 Ontario (W Singing Police Car) [17:13]
The Nightblooms – Butterfly Girl [20:27]
Caspian – The Heart That Fed [27:48]
Mogwai – I Am Not Batman [34:13]
Mogwai – Tuner [37:45]
[interlude] Set Fire To Flames – Two Tears In A Bucket [40:40]
The demon took apart his life, moment by moment, instant to awful instant. It lasted a hundred years, perhaps, or a thousand – they had all the time there ever was, in that gray room – and toward the end he realized that the demon had been right. The physical torture had been kinder.
And it ended.
And once it had ended, it began again. there was a self-knowledge there he had not had the first time, which somehow made everything worse.
Now, as he spoke, he hated himself. there were no lies, no evasions, no room for anything except the pain and the anger.
He spoke. He no longer wept. And when he finished, a thousand years later, he prayer that now the demon would go to the wall, and bring down the skinning knife, or the choke-pear, or the screws.
“Again,” said the demon.
He began to scream. He screamed for a long time.
“Again,” said the demon, when he was done, as if nothing had been said.
It was like peeling an onion. This time through his life he learned about consequences. He learned the results of things he had done; things he had been blind to as he did them; the way he had hurt the world; the damage he had done to people he had never known, or met, or encountered. It was the hardest lesson yet.
“Again,” said the demon, a thousand years later.
He crouched on the floor, beside the brazier, rocking gently, his eyes closed, and he told the story of his life, re-experiencing it as he told it, from birth to death, changing nothing, leaving nothing out, facing everything. He opened his heart.
When he was done, he sat there, eyes closed, waiting for the voice to say, “Again,” but nothing was said. He opened his eyes.
Slowly, he stood up. He was alone.
At the far end of the room, there was a door, and as he watched, it opened.
A man stepped through the door. There was terror in the man’s face, and arrogance, and pride. The man, who wore expensive clothes, took several hesitant steps into the room, and then stopped.
When he saw the man, he understood.
“Time is fluid here,” he said to the new arrival.
excerpt from “Other People” © 2001 by Neil Gaiman. First published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 101, nos. 4 and 5.
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Psychodeus – Maelström [00:00]
Locrian – Visitation From The Wrath Of Heaven [09:24]
Ear Trumpet – Shower Frenzy [16:15]
Teith – This Buffalo Wings Café Is A Wi Fi Hotspot [19:27]
The Psychic Paramount – Echoh Air [24:10]
Stereolab | Nurse With Wound – Animal or Vegetable (A Wonderful Wooden Reason…) [30:13]
Fly Pan Am – Sound-Support Surface Noises Reaching Out To You [43:40]
Jessamine – Continuous [50:45]
Third Eye Foundation – Next Of Kin [57:36]
Labradford – Banco [63:45]
Flying Saucer Attack – Present [69:52]
Magnog – Lost Landing [74:01]
Soundsmith – Sinking Upwards [79:49]
Sonic Youth – Protect Me You [82:40]
Spacemen3 – Suicide (Live) [87:58]
My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger. [Aldous Huxley]
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Exilym – Transmission n#xxx [2:38]
The Pirate Ship Quintet – That Girl I Used To Live In [8:12]
Leech – Hands Full Of Hearts, Heart Full of Head [11:19]
TrucitatE – Nemesis [7:19]
This Is Your Captain Speaking – Welcome [6:27]
Saltland – ICA [4:08]
Kendra Smith – Earth Same Breath [3:26]
3epkano (Der Golem) – My Unshaped Form [5:20]
Deadhorse – Visionaries [5:49]
Lander Configurations – I Killed A Spider [10:33]
Sigur Rós – Hrafntinna [6:22]
Slowdive – Miranda [4:49]
Blueneck – Revelations [9:15]
Every year, I compile a 6forty collection that features the music that was in my ears while beach front with my family at the Outer Banks (South Nags Head, NC, mile post 19.5). I ended up working a bit more than I had anticipated, and several of those sessions were long – I found myself queuing this playlist repeatedly while I stared at my laptop screen. I’m confident that you’ll enjoy the mix as much as I do. It’s 102 minutes of perfect rock music.
Luckily, we spend two weeks in OBX, so there were still many moments that weren’t consumed by work. We cooked amazing meals, drank outstanding beers (courtesy of my brother’s brewery), built the best drippy castles, fought the waves, threw a few jellies, and managed to not burn down the neighbor’s house with fireworks. A typical Kegg family annual adventure at the beach. Although I’m not at all pleased with many of the recent political decisions being made in North Carolina, so it may be time to move the party to a friendlier state.
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Lavinia – New Blood [00:00]
In Violet – We’re All Dying, Says Sylvia [05:33]
Set and Setting – Spiraling Uncertainties [10:32]
jakeL – We Forgave It All [18:12]
Vasudeva – Ritual / In Lieu Of Youth [23:43]
Damascus – Heights [29:33]
North End – Gabardine [38:10]
Psychojet – Epic Succeed [41:59]
The Jezebel Spirit – Baby’s Gonna Die, Don’t Get Rich [45:38]
La Fin du Monde – Saint of Killers [52:48]
Emphasis – Sun Falls Earth Rises [58:50]
The Coma Recovery – Illuminator [67:21]
Kafka – Rewind Part 2 [75:34]
Mandelenda – Nomuras’ Bloom [81:10]
Overhead, The Albatross – Think, Thank, Thunk. [86:55]
Coma Cloud/Crows Labyrinth – Sunrise Finale [96:07]
The elements of the strange orb were immediately calculated, and it was at once conceded by all observers, that its path, at perihelion, would bring it into very close proximity with the earth. There were two or three astronomers, and these of secondary note, who resolutely maintained that a contact was inevitable. I cannot very well express to you the effect of this intelligence upon the people. For a few short days they would not believe an assertion which their intellect, so long employed among worldly considerations, could not in any manner grasp. But the truth of a vitally important fact soon makes its way into the understanding of even the most stolid. Finally, all men saw the astronomical knowledge lied not, and they awaited the comet. Its approach was not, at first, seemingly rapid; nor was its appearance of very unusual character. It was of a dull red, and had little perceptible train. For seven or eight days we saw no material increase in its apparent diameter, and but a partial alternation in its color. Meantime, the ordinary affairs of men were discarded, and all interests absorbed in a growing discussion, instituted by the philosophic, in respect to the cometary nature. Even the grossly ignorant aroused their sluggish capacities to such considerations. The learned now gave their intellect – their soul – to no such points as the allaying of fear, or to the sustenance of loved theory. They sought – they panted for right views. They groaned for perfect knowledge. Truth arose in the purity of her strength and exceeding majesty, and the wise bowed down and adored. Edgar Allen Poe, The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion, The Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, ©1983 by Running Press
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Man Mountain – What Has Been Will Always Be [00:00]
These Hands – Within / From Behind Closed Eyes [09:52]
Red Room Cinema – The Nation Is On Fire [16:55]
Maybeshewill – Relative Minors [25:51]
Bear The Mammoth – In Absence Of Gravity [32:12]
Sleeping Bear – All That You Love Will Be Carried Away [40:48]
MinionTV – She’s A Sleeper [46:13]
Caspian – Gone In Bloom and Bough [49:35]
Empress – Homeward Sounds [59:45]
Flying Saucer Attack – Feedback Song [65:12]
Hood – Winter Politics [70:47]
Wired To Follow – Lucy [74:45]
Movietone – Mono Valley [82:25]
Do Make Say Think – Greed Waltz [87:07]