2014 new releases, new videos, and recent discoveries (up to March 17)

2014 releases to March17.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.

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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.”

Jan 202014

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–
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–
and 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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640.080

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]

640.080 playlist.pdf

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)

2013 releases.pdf

Dec 062013

Oiseaux-Tempête  ::  a review

the sky chamber

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Nov 192013

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:

-Patience-Providence-
-Foresight-Temperance-

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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640.079

-patience-
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]

-providence-
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]

-foresight-
Laura – Visitor   [44:17]
Blueneck – Sirens   [51:27]
[interlude]  Set Fire To Flames – When Sorrow Shoots Her Darts   [57:52]

-temperance-
Mono – Nostalgia   [60:51]
Doomina – Gizmo   [71:20]
Set Fire To Flames – Fading Lights Are Fading Reign Rebuilder (Tail Out)   [80:40]

640.079 playlist.pdf

Oct 252013

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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640.078

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]

640.078 playlist.pdf