Stadiums & Shrines

 

Still beaming after a run of shows in Japan celebrating the release of Catch A Blessing on Geographic North, our own Matthew Sage circuit-bends Episode 68:

“This past March I traveled to Japan for the first time. It was something else. This mix features music by Japanese artists (prominently featuring some records I got at Meditations in Kyoto [the first international supporter of Patient Sounds])…it also features other sounds that feel how Japan felt on my trip there. Lots of excerpts from travelogue style musicology documents, field recording archivists, and ambient new age treasures. Lots of cross fading, overlapping, and palimpsestic blurring happening here too. Surreal is a word, but Kansai and Kanto are places.

“Consider this mix an impression, a story; fresh fine tuna, smoke filled basement clubs in Koenji playing obscure outsound over juiced PA systems, sakura girls taking cherry colored selfies on the palace grounds, ice cold asahi and seafood salad, passing cash with two hands at the neon 7-11 adjacent to the ancient shinto shrine, vertical life in a fabricated bamboo forest, matcha from a clay cup in the arcade quarter. It was all lovely and it was all disorienting. Here is a little stream on Nihon time, wabi sabi wandering in a circuit garden.”




Excerpt from ギター民謡をあなたに/津軽じょんから節 (Tsugaru Jon to the guitar folk song)
Excerpts from 日本野鳥大全集(1)野鳥の生活 (Japan Wild Birds Complete Works (1) Life of Wild Birds)
Samuel Baron – Excerpts from Music for Flute and Tape
Music of the Mountain Provinces Recorded by David Stifler – Plucked Bamboo Zither
Sosena Gebre Eyesus – “ባየነውም ጊዜ – Bayenewem Gize”
Excerpt from Music for the Guardhouse by Lieven Martens Moana
Manik Varma – Raga Bihagda (Mandirwa Aye Nahin Pritam)
Takashi KokuboA Dream Out to Sea – Scene 3
Haruomi Hosono – Original BGM
Excerpts from Edward Norbeck’s Folkways Library: Folk music of Japan
Excerpts from Fanafody: Recordings from Madagasikara
Excerpts from Dreams of India & China by Rip Hayman
Tomita – Venus, Bringer of Peace
Foodman – Uoxtu
Excerpts from 日本野鳥大全集(1)野鳥の生活 (Japan Wild Birds Complete Works (1) Life of Wild Birds)
Excerpt from ギター民謡をあなたに/津軽じょんから節 (From the Tsugaru Jon to the guitar folk song)
Melodia – The Rise of Early Morning
Excerpts from Edward Norbeck’s Folkways Library: Folk music of Japan

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Episode 67 transmits two parts aligned on a single purpose: emphasizing soft sounds of a late winter, 2019. The first collects a few weeks off-the-air into an hour of miscellaneous modes and moods. The second arrives from the bunker of Chicago-based private press record label and book publisher Patient Sounds (intl), who’ve been as deep in their work as ever, putting forth a consistent series of timely projects and releases, many of which are previewed in their set.

In the opening freeform portion, of particulate note is the tender folk of Montreal’s Jean-Sebastian Audet, formerly Un Blonde, now Yves Jarvis, once tuned to morning yellow, presently true to midnight blue for his ANTI- Records debut The Same But By Different Means. That LP was released last Friday, as was the hypnotic first album from Irish musician Maria Somerville.


Detroit sleeper Swartz et, last heard on one of our favorite albums of 2014, returned with A Living Thing, a visceral modular synth work limited to 30 ruby red cassettes. Out this week in a screen-printed jacket via RVNG Intl. is the 6th record from our friend and newly titled United States Artists Fellow in Music Roberto Carlos Lange aka Helado Negro. He presents the piece in focus:

“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you. The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”


Under the moniker Nivhek, Liz Harris (aka Grouper) recently surprise-released a slow spiraling stunner, recorded during and after residencies in Portugal and Russia. At the end of that walk is a just a glimmer from Light in The Attic’s essential new archival compilation Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980​-​1990.


Onto Patient Sounds’ hour, which Vamps in near-silence, courtesy of Will Long aka Celer, a minimal meditation on repeated acoustic piano phrases recorded to tape. After those scrambles an improvised jaunt from Francesco Covarino (percussion) and Matthew Sage (guitar and keyboards), from their recent collaborative CD. A curve in the set saunters past the entire A-side of a plunderphonic honky tonk beat tape from Regarding the Music of Others’ latest, Shank Trilliams. Waves of dense electronic atmosphere follow from A Crushed Rose (aka Apollo Vermouth’s Alisa Rodriguez) as well as two other tracks from Sage via his 2015 pseudonym Free Dust and a motif he composed for Patient Sounds’ annual Open Window listening period.



Hour One
Montedoro – Riflessi acquatici, Pt. 1
ssurfacing – i thought it was enough
Yves Jarvis – To Say That is Easy
Dave Harrington Group – Dreams Field
Maria Somerville – Brighter Days
Ogeon – Botos
Swartz et – A Living Thing
Helado Negro – Running
Teen Daze – Endless Light
Arrangement – Coconut Mango
Julian Lynch – Floater
Arp – Love Theme (Epilogue)
Natsukashii – Dunes
Nivhek – Walking in a spiral towards the house
Masahiro Sugaya – Umi No Sunatsubu
Mary Lattimore – Never Saw Him Again (Julianna Barwick Remix)

Hour Two: Patient Sounds (intl)
Celer – Vamps Side A excerpt
Francesco Covarino & Matthew Sage – A Knocked Urn
Regarding the Music of Others – Shank Trilliams – Side A
A Crushed Rose – Ocean Itself
Free Dust – Cruiser Lights
M. Sage – Open Window 2019 motif

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Across a series of American vistas appears an amphibian Where’s Waldo of sorts. He sleeps in abandoned playgrounds, he frequents novelty roadside attractions, he practices Tai chi in a parking lot, his movements strangely hypnotic. The character is a cryptic presence in three videos from Going Steady, the new album by Los Angeles-based musician, Driftless Recordings co-founder, and S&S Dreams alumnus Patrick McDermott. 3-D modeled out of the LP’s cover illustrated by Brian Blomerth, the frog becomes a fitting mascot for a collection of rolling instrumentals that scan immediately as serene yet wink a little more clever with each spin.

McDermott recorded Going Steady with friends (Julianna Barwick, Hayden Pedigo, Joel Williams, Hand Habit’s Meg Duffy, Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi), tapping into an appreciation for the way finger-picked acoustics play with the great outdoors. “This record is very rooted in California and the West, both in tradition and in concept,” he recently told Los Angeles Times. “I grew up on American Primitive guitar and this was sort of my modern ode to the genre. In a time that feels more complicated than ever — I was drawn to simple music.”

McDermott follows that mode further for episode 64, a sprawling set featuring classic and contemporary strummers and tinkerers.

00:01 – 07:30 – Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – Saudade Do Santos-o-Velho
07:30 – 13:43 – Chuck Johnson – Rigga Black
13:43 – 16:17 – Will Ackerman – Dance of a Death Bird
16:17 – 20:54 – Papa M – Pink Holler
20:54 – 25:25 – Marisa Anderson – Slow Ascent
25:25 – 27:44 – Barry Walker – Ediacaran Moonrise
27:44 – 31:38 – Richard Crandell & Bill Bartels – The Proeletarian Shuffle
31:38 – 33:22 – Loren Connors – Airs 2
33:22 – 36:37 – Itasca – Hummingbird Migration
36:37 – 40:09 – Rob Carr & Bill Kahl – Chocolate Kchiip
40:09 – 42:45 – Hayden Pedigo – Jade Rhino
42:45 – 48:55 – Sarah Louise – Field Guide
48:55 – 54:13 – Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – Song For Charlie
54:13 – 56:13 – North Americans – Stanley
56:13 – 57:16 – Papa M – Arundel

Going Steady is out now on Driftless Recordings.

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We first met Karen and Ryan Hover in 2011; they were playing SXSW wearing animal costume hats as Candy Claws. The next year it was metallic cardboard constellation masks for the Portals backyard show. These days they realize an immense cosmic pop universe as Sound of Ceres with bandmates Jacob Graham, Derrick Bozich, and Ben Phelan. Following shows supporting Beach House, and the release of Demonstration Tapes (the original material for 2017 LP The Twin on Joyful Noise Recordings), they return to Brooklyn this September to host an immersive exhibition residency with AdHoc at Alphaville.

Their spellbinding music expresses wonder for the natural world and the vastness of what lies beyond. Naturally, they dream. Sound of Ceres’ contribution to the series, “Solar Shaded,” which they offered to re-record as a band for the LP, glides above the Austrian Alps.

More recently they designed the dusk of episode 62, an elegant and curious opening hour. The guest mix collects rare treasures — Rexy’s synth-pop, Belgium duo Carol’s proto-coldwave, Woo’s warm-blooded new age — with orchestral touches of Tchaikovsky and Liška, barbershop harmonies (The Chordettes) and perception harmonics (Dolores Catherino).

Hover & crew also reveal a keen ear for soft-sounds in the present. Among those is a self-described shaper of “star-projecting music” Samira Winter, fellow dreamer White Poppy, and former Broadcast member Roj. Particularly thrilling (to me) is the discovery of symphonic dream pop project Mohagany, whose early 2000s output feels linked to Sound of Ceres’ DNA today.

This episode’s second hour, the deep night, is supplied by Sunset Diver. The Los Angeles-based cinephile and aural excavator, known in the daylight as Devin Johnson, released a tape in 2017 with Patient Sounds (“a bright textural bath, fragmented and frothed”). His latest, Seagulls (out now on KMAN 92.5) is a fascinating piece of plunderphonics fusing film samples with woozy, nostalgia-inducing instrumental patterns. Selections for his S&S set include the underwater loops of Julia Bloop (Crash Symbols), an impressionistic mood suite from Leland “Ahnnu” Jackson (Leaving Records), and windswept field recordings from Tokyo (Rhucle, Adhesive Sounds). Johnson sets it all up:

“I’ve always loved falling asleep to music. It’s such a peaceful feeling to have quiet sounds washing over you while you drift out of consciousness. This playlist was created with that in mind. It includes some of my favorite bedtime tracks mixed with ambient highlights from my own discography. Turn off the lights, turn down the volume, and tuck yourself in.”

Hour One: Sound of Ceres
Roj – Home Telescope Kit
Roberto Cacciapaglia – Sparkling World
Annette Peacock – Sky-Skating
Ennio Morricone – La Bambola
Ken Griffin – Marea Baja
Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite, Op 66 Panorama
Winter – Memoria Colorida
Rexy – Running Out of Time
Carol – So Low
Zdeněk Liška – The Black Sea
Woo – Hopi
Roj – Ludwig’s Children
The Chordettes – Soft Sands
Mahogany – Renovo
White Poppy – Magic Feel
Virna Lindt – Underwater Boy
Dolores Catherino – Temporal Parallax

Hour Two: Sunset Diver
Dedekind Cut – The Crossing Guard
Julia Bloop – Tenaya
Grouper – Come Softly
Sunset Diver – Nostalgia On Dangerous Ground
Ahnnu – Sugar In The Dark
Glassine – sunruse bench
Julia Bloop – holding hands on the precipice
Rhucle – Night Coast I
Sunset Diver – Sunken Treasure
Seth Chrisman & Nathan McLaughlin – I

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