Friday, March 24, 2017

Chemical Brothers' Dig Your Own Hole!

Hi everyone,

After a detour to visit with Johnny Cash for a few shows, and loving that, back to the ol' electronica. And here is the 1997 release from The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole. End to end crazy fun, including vocals by Beth Orton and Noel Gallagher. It's like an electronic suite or symphony and listening to the first track means listening to them all. I liked it then, liked it as much now. Wanna know how this electronica stuff works when it works super well? Dig this record.

PeaceNstarZ,
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Man in Black (American Recordings Vol IV-VI)!

Hi everyone,

The last three volumes of Johnny Cash's American series were hung over pretty heavily by Cash's worsening health. Not every song was about death, but it was certainly on his mind more obviously. I've picked an hour of songs, about a half-dozen from each of the volumes. Covers, originals, remakes of his own early works. Bit of everything. May we all live so far into our lives while still so engaged in the meaningful work of living. Enjoy :)

PeaceNstarZ,
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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Man in Black (American Recordings Vol I-III)!

Hi everyone,

Last show was devoted to an introduction, or just fun stroll for some, to the music of Johnny Cash. This show and the next will have music from the last few albums he recorded before his death in 2003.

The sum of it is that Cash was a well-known but neglected legend by the late years of his career. Dropped by Columbia Records, then Mercury, he signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings label. Rubin is kind of a super producer who is known for his work with U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others, encouraged Johnny to strip down to just him and his guitar, and that is what the first volume is. Volume II: Unchained, is a collaboration with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Volume III: Solitary Man, like the first two, won Grammys.

The albums feature cover songs (by the likes of Petty, Neil Diamond, & Nick Cave), new songs, and old Johnny songs done new. I've picked out 20 songs from this trio, and next time will feature more from the next three volumes. Enjoy!

PeaceNstarZ,
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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Man in Black (An Introduction)!

Hi everyone,

As some of you know, I will occasionally go off-topic to play some non-electronica favorite music of mine. Recently, someone gave me a big file of Johnny Cash music, and I spent a long happy night smoking the green and singing along, off-key of course. I picked out an hour's worth for you listeners, especially those who have never heard much, or enough, of the Man in Black. Enjoy! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Brian Eno's Ambient Series 3 & 4!


Hi everyone,

Ambient 3: Days of Radiance is actually an Eno-produced album that features the music of Laraaji. He plays instruments like the amplified zither and the hammered dulcimer. Very tribal. Very cool. Ambient feel even though it's not electronic.

Ambient 4: On Land is the last of the series. Wikipedia quotes Eno explaining: "the making of records such as On Land involved feeding unheard tape into the mix, constant feeding and remixing, subtracting and 'composting'"

They're just great albums! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Brian Eno's Ambient Series 1 & 2!

Hi everyone,

After featuring Eno's recent week on my last show, I decided to dig back a little bit his work. So this time is featured Ambient 1: Music for Airports and Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (done with Harold Budd). 

Eno talked about his goal to make music "as ignorable as it is interesting. . . intended to induce calm and a space to think . . ." So it's a strange experience, but it's special, worth the time to turn on and listen deeply in. Try it!

PeaceNstarZ,

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Brian Eno's The Ship & Reflection!

Hi everyone,

Anyone who wants to really appreciate electronic music has to listen to Brian Eno. His music is great and it's so influential on others. His music recent albums are The Ship from 2016 and Reflection just released. The first was inspired by the Titantic sinking, and the second is Eno making music to look deeper inward. They are both wonderful to let go to. Turn on my show, turn off the lights, flow on . . .

PeaceNstarZ,
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