Jun 302011

This playlist has a really nice relaxed movement – perfect to keep me focused and on-task through these intense work days.

Most of these records are available to purchase online. Please let me know if you need any information about the bands. There are a few rare/limited  items on this playlist, so if you like what you hear, but are unable to find the records, send me an email or contact me via the 6forty FB page.

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Michael Brook – Lakbossa (live)   0:00
Matt Stevens – 8.19   6:12
Fontanelle – Floor Tile   11:40
Broken Social Scene – Love and Mathematics   18:11
Lowercase Noises – A Haunt of Jackals   23:56
The Echelon Effect – Defying Gravity to Reach You   30:55
Fibreforms – Knest (Griffinplate I)   38:13
A Produce – Native Pulse   42:03
Good Weather for an Airstrike – The Beginning of the Rest of Our Lives   46:53
Kiln – Dodecatheon   49:38
Fibreforms – Untitled Bright Format   53:55

 Posted by at 7:39 am
Jun 172011

“The lid of the sepulcher had been carved into a likeness of the man whose bones lay beneath, but the rain and the wind had done their work. The king had worn a beard, they could see, but otherwise his face was smooth and featureless, with only vague suggestions of a mouth, a nose, eyes, and the crown about the temples. His hands folded over the shaft of a stone warhammer that lay upon his chest. Once the warhammer would have been carved with runes that told its name and history, but all that the centuries had worn away. The stone itself was cracked and crumbling at the corners, discolored here and there by spreading white splotches of lichen, while wild roses crept up over the king’s feet almost to his chest.”  (George R.R. Martin, A Storm Of Swords, copyright 2000)

Please support the bands by buying their records and going to their shows. All of these releases are available to download and/or purchase online.

The artwork for this collection is titled ‘Rainstorm’ and was done by my daughter when she was 5. The other day, while compiling the playlist and listening to the bands, I noticed how well it worked with the theme, so I figured that I would use it for #42.

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Labirinto – Reverso  (00:00)
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – American Motor Over Smoldered Field  (13:20)
Industries Of The Blind – The Lights Weren’t That Bright, But Our Eyes Were So Tired  (25:02)
8mm Orchestra – One Small Step (30:36)
Stubborn Tiny Lights vs Clustering Darkness Forever OK – Through Valleys (36:33)
Johnnytwentythree – Red Bird  (57:00)
Mono – Burial At Sea  (63:56)

640.042 playlist.pdf

 Posted by at 9:24 pm
Jun 042011

Early summer 1990, I had just graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and hadn’t found a job, so my friend Todd and I packed up his Honda Civic and drove around the country. Here’s the long run-on sentence describing the route – We started in Pittsburgh PA, went south, and then all the way across Texas, up into the canyon states, and then across the desert to Los Angeles, up the coast highway to Seattle, down through the pacific northwest and then across the central states, and straight east back to Pittsburgh. I had $300 cash in my pocket, and a credit card (a Discover card – which to my dismay, was a new card at the time, so it wasn’t accepted at many places west of the Mississippi). Most of the days were spent driving between campsites and experiencing the whirlwind of Americana and many of the glorious wonders that Mother Nature and Friends have given us all over the country. Many pictures were taken from the passenger seat of the car (the film canister kind – remember when photos weren’t JPGs?!). ‘Zzyzx Rd’ is one of my favorites. I have a vivid recollection of that day. The weather was perfect, the scenery was perfect (we were driving through the Mojave Desert), great music was playing (many many mix tapes!), the trip had gone really well up to that point, and even though we were constantly driving, we were still having a blast.

Please support the bands by buying their records and going to their shows. All of these releases are available to download and/or purchase online.

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Brontide – Matador   (0:00)
Adebisi Shank – Genki Shank   (6:06)
Listing Ships – Equus Ager   (10:53)
The Fierce And The Dead – 10×10   (15:35)
Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952   (20:00)
Sleepmakeswaves – (Hello) Cloud Mountain   (27:01)
The Picturesque Episodes – Gloom And Doom   (30:22)
Friend? – Slaps   (38:56)
Bleaklow – The Sunless Country III   (44:06)
Russian Circles – Death Rides A Horse   (50:35)
Bardo Pond – Bog   (56:24)

640.041 playlist.pdf

 Posted by at 9:27 pm