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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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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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