Stadiums & Shrines
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Last February, Dan Goldberg (aka The Spookfish) performed in a sling at Palisades. His guitar resting upright on a stool, he strummed awkwardly and adequately, each focused, wincing movement endearing him more. This personal challenge not to cancel the set (after dislocating his shoulder in a snowstorm) became the essence of the set; the arrangements took on a certain vulnerability in the light of that particular night.

Also planned that week was a session with Brooklyn-based violinist, Nicole Ruggiero. The two had met not long before, and the open-minded newness of their first creative encounter can be heard across these improvised takes, as well as in between them—Nicole laughing after ‘Improvisation 1’, Dan noting fatigue as ‘4’ unravels, etc. Mixing “harmony and dissonance,” frames Nicole, the collection feels like a capsule of a moment. Raw and fleeting, finished yet pleasantly incomplete.

The lead track appeared in Sam Ray’s Art Week 2016 compilation. Now the full set is up at SoundCloud, paired with an image by visual artist Symbios.

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Aired well past midnight (oops), Episode forty-five spans new music from Huerco S., Jenny Hval, French pop artist Laure Briard and more, before settling into the entire A Side of a recent tape from Sister Grotto (out on braeyden jae‘s label Heavy Mess).

M/M – La Luna
Irma Thomas – Ruler Of My Heart
Huerco S. – The Sacred Dance
Vincent Bell – Goin’ Out Of My Head
Hubble – Nude Ghost
Thom Fekete – Treason
Laure Briard – Toi et moi
John Fahey – Old Fashioned Love
Ryley Walker – The Halfwit In Me
Softest – Wish I
Jenny Hval – Female Vampire
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Along the Isar
Jessie Mae Hemphill – Take Me Home With You, Baby
braeyden jae – Obscured and Waiting
Sister Grotto – Blindside

S&S Radio broadcasts every other Tuesday night on Newtown Radio.

Australia

 

The day of the sun — the only day fish can swim through the hydroelectric arches, and if timed perfectly, and executed with cunning and finesse, can leave the fish transformed. Pitched up the food chain. Scales replaced by hide, and gills for lowing lungs.

Peak fishing season though, as the schools, rustled, shimmer back from coral pastures, crossing the bays. One attempts the rite, quick as light and graceful fins. Yolks the falls, bells all jangling and ripples as it becomes reborn, a bovine wonder. Bullseye.

These men of lures in hip-waders throw lines, now lassoing into their wakes, tangling with horns and snarling their rods. They reel them in and pack their tackle and hitch their catch and creels. One holy head bellows a first and clumsy moo and scares the school back past the breaker.

One fisherman turns to the other fisherman, “I guess we’re cowboys now.”

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Saccharine is Montreal-based artists Katie Lee and Rafferty McMahan.

Dreams is an ongoing project where we ask our favorite artists to create a piece of music inspired by a handmade collage.

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There’s an especially nocturnal tint to Episode 44. Its opening hour comes courtesy of M. Sage, who arranges a “Field of Questions” to consider/lay in. The highly pleasant, pillowy mix of folk and strings includes a few new/unreleased pieces from Lake Mary and Sage himself.

The second hour finds us in the studio with Andrea Praet, co-founder of The Uplift Project. An impromptu chat about sleep hacks & meditation sets up our closing sequence, ears primed and eyelids heavy.

[00:00 – 54:30] “Field of Questions” – An S&S Guest Mix by M. Sage
Elephant Micah – You Take My Senses With Longing
Bitchin’ Bajas and Bonnie Prince Billy – May Life Throw You A Pleasant Little Curve
M. Sage – Magnolia Report
Scott Tuma – True History
Robbie Basho – Rocky Mountain Raga
Padang Food Tigers – Little Smiler
Boxhead Ensemble – Cats Cup
Lake Mary – Aumakua
Angel Olsen – You Don’t Know (Helen Shapiro)
Talk West – Buddah TV
Lake Mary and M. Sage – Down Home
Daniel Bachman – West 45th St.
M. Sage – Waterloo
Bill Callahan – Free’s

[55:30 – 01:03:30] chat w/Andrea
North Americans – Quinn (Dreams of Germany)
Robbie Basho – The Polish Rider
Sarah Louise – Floating Rhododendron
Lomelda – Late Dawn*
Soccer Mommy – Benadryl Dreams
Robbie Basho – The White Princess
Mark Pritchard – Under The Sun
Braids – Companion
Antonymes – Towards Tragedy and Dissolution
Cross Record – Lemon
Mutual Benefit – The Hereafter

S&S Radio broadcasts every other Tuesday night on Newtown Radio.

4E

 

“… with all my faiths and fears – in humanity, the power of presence, performance, the dark, death, Nina Simone, friendship, lonelier lonelier songs forever. But it’s a no pressure thing. Just keep it up out there. It’s always worth it.”

Hannah Read closes her recent tumblr post, describing the night she snuck into a recital hall in Waco, Texas to record 4E*. The album is a solo take on her band’s 2015 release, Forever. And far more; in this constraint the stories breath differently, Read’s delivery is nuanced and timeless (a quality Gold Flake Paint paints so well in their preface, and others have rightly praised).

She sings of a universal Americana. Hills that roll ‘forever on’, wildfires in fields, the stars at night, ‘dreaming of driving way up north’ (“Brazos River”, “Columbia River”), waiting for the sun on “Late Dawn”—holding that last refrain just long enough to see it break the treeline. The imagery has purpose, a guiding light to existential reflection: love, loneliness, and home.

4E* is available at bandcamp and through Austin-based non-profit, Punctum Records.

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