You know how some weekends you have the best intentions in the world and then they all fall to shit? Well, mine didn't exactly fall to shit — it's just that the live music that I was hoping to see either didn't pan out, conflicted with scenes/events that I wanted to attend (like LA Weekly's anniversary bash), or … well … didn't make the cut. So sue me for having an extracurricular life.
Instead, for most of the weekend I played records, read, watched movies, played more records, cooked, etc. I enjoyed music not on a stage but on my turntables. Oh, and I made a podcast out of it, something that I've been doing for my Facebook and MySpace peeps for the past few months. These will start being a regular part of the Weekly's online offerings.
For this installment (which is embedded below, but you can click here to check it and the others at Soundcloud — and download each as an mp3), we dive into the work of the acoustic and how it mixes with the electric and electronic. Artists include, among others: John Fahey, Matmos, Mujava, Portishead, Easternburia (a Boredoms offshoot), Of Montreal, the Dixie Cups, Diplo, Chris and Cosey and Adult. Of particular mention are the old-as-hills 78 rpm sides that I tossed on, all of them courtesy of the great Mississippi Records out of Portland, Oregon. The label has been putting out remarkably diverse LPs of odd old sides of late, the most recent being a great collection of sanctified blues called Fight on, Your Time Ain't Long. . (The best one, called I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore, would have been my favorite record of the year had it not come out in 2007; I am still obsessed with it, and listen to it all the time.)
Anyway, it's below. (Note: As a rule, I'm staying away from any artist who might freak out that their stuff is included in an mp3 podcast. So you won't be hearing any Prince or Rolling Stones or Metallica, etc. But if you are a copyright holder and are pissed that you're on this podcast without permission, send an email and we'll excise your track from it. No harm, no foul. Otherwise, enjoy the music.)