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Taking over Episode 61 are two longtime friends of the site with two markedly different hours of music. The first is a drifter, courtesy of FLORA founder Jamison Isaak (Teen Daze). Equal parts pastoral and cosmic, the mix feathers unreleased material from his British Columbia-based label with the sounds of contemporary New Age, jazz, and ambient practitioners and pioneers (Hiroshi Yoshimura, Laraaji). There’s an appearance by Japanese artist and Orchid Tapes-alum Atsuhito Omori aka Ex Confusion, a rippling Melody As Truth-released collaboration between Suzanne Kraft and D.K, as well as フジネットワークシステム (Fuji Network Systems), whose trail since 2016 has all but vaporized (now abstractly related to Bedlam Tapes).

The set closes under the care of Gigi Masin. The Italian minimalist composer and Music From Memory vet prefaces the piano work on his 2018 self-release KITE: “This collection contains some songs that I’ve made in the past few years, written to talk about dreams and love while waiting for new colors and new music. It’s like looking back at a garden of roses and flowers, hoping the next lawn is just as beautiful and bright.”

In short time FLORA has bloomed a bounty of relaxation recordings. Isaak’s 2018 EPs 1 and 2 were recorded primarily on piano (such as the uplifting “Us” below), while his latest tape, Spring Patterns, splays out with meditative guitar loops (full stream further down). These generous and gorgeous sets are suited for golden hours somewhere, under a tree or beside a window, paused and watching the shadows move.

Hour two is “a journey through pastures and depots, liveries and bayous, parlors and front porches, barnyards and haylofts” with Patient Sounds (intl) head M. Sage. We can picture our host grinning at his living room turntables, pulling spontaneously from a collection amassed in travels: undisclosed country-folk and blues compilations and dusty dollar bin nuggets, both old and new, showcasing distinctly American — Southern, Western, Appalachian — songwriting traditions (from Connie Converse up through Daniel Bachman). Full tracklist N/A, but it’s easy to imagine a few Polish cowyboys, Rocky Mountain resort hustlers, moonshiners, and lonesome crooners.

Hour One: FLORA Mix
??? – forthcoming on FLORA
Hiroshi Yoshimura – Soto Wa Ame – Rain Out Of Window
フジネットワークシステム – 1に向けて
D.K. / S.K. – Burn
Hiroshi Yoshimura – Deep Echoes
Laraaji – All Of A Sudden
Ex Confusion – Lilac In July
Pat Metheny Group – If I Could
Jackson Milas – December 21st
John Klemmer – Waterwheels
???
Gigi Masin – Kite

Hour Two: Southern Exposure by M. Sage

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Ahead of his new album out tomorrow, here’s a “Needlemix” and note from M. Sage:

“The process of recording my latest cassette, Needleworks, was intentionally primitive. I dramatically restricted by gear; my only sound source was running an old mid-century turntable I have through a few guitar effect pedals (reverb, analog delay), and then two loop pedals to create phrases, and so, compositions. I wanted to make something that sounds like the “computer music” that I make without using a computer at all. I ended up recording 50+ tracks/takes, and so, during this process, I ended up listening to TONS of records through this rig looking for sounds, textures, etc…I thought it would be fun to make a mix, a more traditional DJ set, on this rig, and so, I reassembled it last night and made this mix for you using the same rig I used to make my tape. There are no computer effects or “sampling” here, everything is live/improvised guitar pedals+turntable. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for listening.”

​T​om ​W​aits – ​Cinny’s Waltz​
​M​. ​S​age – ​S​troller ​C​ircuit
​S​ons of ​F​unk – ​P​​ushin’ ​I​nside ​Y​ou​ (instrumental)​
​Michael J.​ – ​R​ock w/ ​U​
​M​. ​S​age – ​R​uby ​R​uby
​D​ave ​B​rubeck – ​R​ising ​S​un
食品まつり a.k.a ​F​oodman – ​J​azz (Needlemix edit)
​V​ince ​G​uaraldi, ​B​​​ola ​S​ete, & ​F​riends – ​W​ine and ​R​oses
​M. Sage – Render (edit)
Sam & Dave – It Was So Nice While It Lasted​
Ahmad Jamal – Poinciana
Brooks Benton – It’s Been a Long Long Time
M. Sage – Bacchus & Friends

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

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Welcome to Lake Sage…

On a summer night, under a blood moon in 2014, Chaz Prymek (who records as Lake Mary) and Matthew Sage riffed in a Fort Collins basement and emerged with a set of devotional mountain folk instrumentals called Wolfwalkers in Daylight. That night their guitars aligned in language; a conversation between dark and light; bliss and sadness; a wordless dialogue that feels especially weighted upon playback in 2016. At the request of the artists, these songs are shared today, and dedicated to anyone struggling to process intense emotions.

Here are two poems by Octavio Paz selected and “(mis)translated” by Sage, followed by a few 35mm photographs of the Colorado front range taken at dawn:

Apparition

If a singular human is dust
Those who cross the plain
Are unified

Dawn

Fast cold hands
Retreat one by one
The darkness of bandages
Eyes awakening
Still

I am a life
At the center
of a wound still fresh

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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.