Stadiums & Shrines


Sila Ptahi makes abstract beat tapes which, save for two released with Nekubi Tapes and Haju Tapes, are shared anonymously on SoundCloud. For Episode 59, Ptahi assembled an hour-long block of dust-covered soul and hip-hop, heavily optimized for headnods. Selections traverse syrupy sampledelia, jazzy instrumentals, and time-warped balladry, with careful attention paid to texture and tempo.

The episode’s second block catches up with 2018. A pastiche of new modes, the set kicks off with Jon Bap‘s frenetic new jack swing, Akiko Kiyama‘s scattered percussion, and Meitei / 冥丁‘s mood tribute to 19th-century painter Kawanabe Kyosai. Onto Anenon‘s latest fusion (of soprano sax, piano, synth and field recordings) on Friends of Friends, spacious dream-folk from Montreal songwriter Alexia Avina (courtesy of Cuddle Formation’s label Never Content), followed by woodwind drone via Eve Essex‘s tape out today on Soap Library. Next is a Séance Centre-reissued 1987 cut by Mexican guitarist/synthesist Eblen Macari, a Balearic night drive from Sydney’s Angophor, buzzing free jazz from Japan (that’s woodblue on MPC, Yudai Suzuki aka Multi purpose studio on trumpet, and Hiroko Arima on stone), and, finally, a tender bedroom-pop outro from New York-based artist Grub (hat tip, Tyler).

Hour One: Mix by Sila Ptahi
Hour Two: Freeform
Jon Bap – Voice Memo from 2013 / _Stuck_
Aalko – Body & Soul
Meitei / 冥丁 – Kawanabe Kyosai / 河鍋暁斎
Anenon – Open
Alexia Avina – Bird
Eve Essex – Here Appear
Eblen Macari – Supernova en Macuspana
Angophora – Uncarved
Hiroko Arima, Multi purpose studio, Woodblue – re-flectionB
Grub – Baby in the Sea


S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.



At the start of 2017, in a particularly bleak January, Denver-based artist Madeline Johnston — who records drone-pop music as Midwife and Sister Grotto — released a video for the song “Name.” Its first minute is silent. A guitar is tied to the back of a pickup truck with an amplifier switched on in its bed. A phrasing of chords begin; the truck pulls the guitar across pavement and down dirt roads, disrupting the debris of a solemn Midwest stretch. Johnston’s voice obscures in the mix, nearly clipping the audio as it rises into shouted refrains including the defiant “I’m not at home.”

Simple and devastating; the blunt image communicates anger, grief, and resilience. I keep returning to it. Johnston’s album Like Author, Like Daughter is said to represent her final days as a resident of Denver DIY venue Rhinoceropolis, which closed during the politically motivated assaults on creative spaces ushered in with the country’s new administration. In this context, “Name” aches as an anthem for cultural displacement, an ode to the expanding void.

Like Author, Like Daughter is out on Whited Sepulchre. Johnston made S&S a mix of her own material; entirely unreleased save for one track (the last), featuring collaborations with Tucker Theodore of Inanambulance Recordings and Allen Karpinski of The Six Parts Seven. Like her album, these thirty minutes are heavy and beautiful. Episode 58 is lucky to host them in the top half.

The show’s bottom half is lighter, flipping to a few favorites as of late: Olympia dream-pop group CCFX (DFA), Vancouver producer Yu Su’s latest ambient jazz cut via New York label Arcane, a highlight from Lee Noble’s new tape of synthesizer suites (Pale Blue), and one of ten transcendent piano studies from the hands of Billy Cigarette. Additional visual references, below.

Part One: Madeline Johnston’s set
Midwife- Unborne
Midwife – Already Gone
Tucker Theodore – Placeholder
Midwife – Runner
Allen Karpinski & Tucker Theodore – My Reasons
Sister Grotto & Tucker Theodore – I Don’t Want To Love

Part Two: Freeform
CCFX – The One to Wait
An Luu – Pourquoi Tu Me Fous Plus Des Coups
Dip In The Pool – Transit
Yu Su – I’ll Say When I Can
Lee Noble – Elektra
I Am Just A Pupil – Algorithm
Marcus Fischer – 170211 – Dual Deck Piano Loop RRR
Billy Cigarette – Ecstasy


S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.



With its multi-month orbit now complete, the August transmission from resident Dev Sherlook has returned for archival processing. His set includes recent Mood Hut release Neo Image, two highlights from London-based new age label New Atlantis‘ first compilation, Huerco S’ morning lift of Konx-om-Pax, the Astro Nautico debut from analog synthesists Seph & Morgan, and a wealth of era/earth-spanning obscurities.

Interior – Park
Carl Sagan – The Pale Blue Dot
Neo Image – Crystal Pool
George FitzGerald – Frank is Sleeping
Paul Horn & Steven Halpern – Touchstone
Soda Lite – Mara Santo
Strawberry Alarm Clock – Shallow Impressions
Suso Sáiz – Un Hombre Oscuro
SW – Untitled B2
Konx-om-Pax – Beatrice’s Visit (Huerco S – The Morning Version)
Batak music (from Spirit of Indonesia LP)
Seph & Morgan – Unity
Kenji Exilevevo – Read by Hikari
Pierre Dutour – Magic Lake 1
New World Science – Coral Riff
FSOL – Lifeforms (paths 4,5, & 7) [edit]
Plantasia – Music to Soothe the Savage Snake Plant
久保田麻琴 – Sudanese lullaby
Scott Gilmore – Europe
Nat Evans – Gradient
Hiroshi Yoshimura – Signal F
Elodie – La Porte Ouverte
Ann Mortifee – Overture from The Ecstasy of Rita Joe
Chuck Johnson – Calamus
Toyohirakumin – ポール・タウン
Mel Torme – Moonlight in Vermont

S&S Radio broadcasts every now and then on Newtown Radio.


Trees rustling adraft and agusto as the skies improvise, intertwined in the reeds and soft quavering limbs. Shadows mimic ripples, here against the wall of a home in first light. An apt backdrop captured by the artist and paired for a swaying series of exhales. A single take from the saxophone by this longtime friend of ours, New York’s Bill Gillim aka Megafortress. He plays the instrument with curiosity, his notes curving at free will, serving the air in which these leaves, at ease, sprightly agrooving.

The piece is a solo performance, free of overdubs and light on effects, as per the simple parameters of Instrumental I, the latest Driftless Recordings compilation. The digital release, out November 3rd, also features works on piano, cello, Wurlitzer, and flights of the guitar variety by Zachary Cale, Hayden Pedigo, and more.

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