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

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

 

The low-hanging gloam of America’s Pacific Northwest is a distinct presence; it traces treetops and seeps between ridges, regularly enchanting the landscape. Jeffrey Silverstein, one half of ambient folk duo Nassau and a relatively new resident of Portland, is a quick study to the region and its atmosphere. He wrote and recorded his debut solo EP in a Ford motorhome-turned-studio nestled on the coast of Washington during a week-long residency. The five songs linger for longer, understated in delivery but rich with purpose; an apt addition to the ever-mindful Driftless Recordings catalog.

Today, Silverstein shares the second single from How On Earth, which coincides with the birthday of the song’s inspiration, his late grandmother. Further, “Finds You Well” is paired with a mix. He introduces both, below.

“This tune is for my grandmother, Ruth Silverstein, a strong, resourceful, and deeply caring woman. In August, on the last day of driving across the country with my wife to relocate to PDX, I got the call that she had passed. We were on our way to beginning a new chapter of our life – she was doing just the same. It felt like she was coming along for the ride. She always told me, ‘if you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.’ I always took that to heart and wanted to write a song that honored her spirit.”

“Portland, Oregon has felt like home faster than any city I’ve ever lived in. I am consistently in awe and am grateful for the access to nature that exists inside city limits and the Pacific Northwest at large. Being able to see Mt. Hood from different vantage points is comforting and a consistent reminder of our connection to the natural world. For this mix, I chose songs made primarily from artists who live or have lived in the PNW. The first tune, Yo La Tengo’s ‘Leaving Home’ comes from the soundtrack to Old Joy, one of my favorite road movies of all time. It is entirely shot in the Cascade Mountain range and stars Will Oldham. Thought it would serve as a nice entry point to the rest of the music. Hope you enjoy. Be easy.”

Yo La Tengo – Leaving Home
Grails – Canyon Hymn
Barry Walker – Ediacaran Moonrise
Grouper – Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Benoît Pioulard – Foxtail
The Langley Schools Music Project – God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
Michael Hurley – I Stole the Right to Live
Gun Outfit – Landscape Painter
Lake – Breathing
The Microphones – I Felt My Size [Acoustic]
Karl Blau – Thats How I Got to Memphis
Shelley Short – Hills And Tracks
Marisa Anderson – Pulse
Eternal Tapestry – Ancient Echoes
Jeffrey Silverstein – All Hands Raised
Jackie-O Motherfucker – Hey Mr. Sky

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

 

A few years back S&S was taken by Small Hours, a spiritual ode to John Martyn’s 1977 waterfront classic in the form of static loops and field recordings by Belarusian artist Kirill Mazhai. Soothing, seamless, reliable, the sequences have a way of lightly draping any number of environments, true to its name, in the most modest, smallest of moments.

Mazhai followed-up the album this past July with a now sold-out cassette called You Don’t Belong via Amsterdam’s Shimmering Moods Records (CDs in handmade sleeves still available). The tributes this time are present and more personal: “A house by the lake, an apartment on the first floor, a park in the middle of the city — the places that stuck with me for a long time and don’t let go.” Instructions implied, the artwork is a Google Maps-inspired watercolor by Antonina Sotnikova and the track titles are coordinates; if curious, plugging them in give literal ground to the abstract. Sonically, it corresponds well with its predecessor as a soft cycling of impressionistic tones set between wistful melancholia and bliss. For its author, the music brought closure after a season of transition.

For episode 65, we handed everything to him.

“The first hour of the mix is more melodic, airy and light, while the second hour is more lyrical, dark and moody, like a day/night thing, I think. This mix contains my favourite music from past few years (Kali Malone, Ellen Arkbro, Federico Durand) and some inspirational stuff (Sarah Davachi, Carl Stone, Ian William Craig), some of the electronic music from my childhood (Jonn Serrie, Parks), some tracks from my friends (Foresteppe, Intern) and few of my own currently unreleased tracks.”


Hour One: Day
Kali Malone – Locus of Repetition
Ellen Arkbro – Mountain of Air
Carl Stone – Banteay Srey
Meyers – Struggle Artist
Kara Lis Coverdale and LXV – Disney
Jonn Serrie – The Far River
r beny – the sea’s sullen green
Emily A. Sprague – Dock / Water Memory 1
Kirill Mazhai – N60.571260 E30.226697
Sarah Davachi – Buhrstone
Parks – Full Moon

Hour Two: Night
Federico Durand – Las estrellas giran en el pinar
Foresteppe – s02e19
Kirill Mazhai – All Wounds Explained
Ian William Craig – A Single Hope
Mirrorring – Fell Sound
Windy & Carl – The Silent Ocean
Many Rooms – Dear Heart
Angelo De Augustine – Carcassonne
Intern – A Day Off
Kirill Mazhai – Lenta

 
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