Saturday, August 20, 2016

FatBoy Slim's You've Come a Long Way, Baby!

Hi everyone,

The title of this album is taken, I think, from the old Virginia Slims cigarette ad. Something about women's lib in the 1970s. Our right to get cancer with our own special cigarette, or something.

Anyway, this album just kind of defies description, save it will bounce into your heart and your dancing shoes and get you up and moving along! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, August 12, 2016

Ian William Craig - Meaning Turns To Whispers


Hi everyone,

Here's a good description from IWC's website of this great 2012 record: "Meaning Turns to Whispers is a combination of piano improvisations and FM feedback loops, recorded over various winters in the last three years or so, and edited down/manipulated/degraded to reveal some of their hidden spaces."

It's a dark, grainy, dreamy record, old and timeless in its feel. I found it somewhat randomly, and have been enjoying ever since. I hope you do too!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, July 29, 2016

Portishead Live!

Hi everyone,

As a follow up to my Portishead show from a couple of weeks ago, this show features them live back in 1997 and 1998. The album was called Roseland NYC Live, but some of the songs were also from San Francisco and Norway. They also have an orchestra with them. It's well done, great fun, and a good way to turn on someone new to their music. Give it a try! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Portishead!!

Hi everyone,

This week's show is an extra long one (thanks for kind management) which features the three albums so far released by trip-hoppers Portishead. Their 1994 debut, Dummy; their 1997 album, Portishead; & their recent 2008 release, Third.

They are hard to describe easily because their music feels both organic and electronic, passionate and detachedly mysterious. But give them a listen and see if you don't decide to stick around till the end :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, June 3, 2016

John Zorn's Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27!

Hi everyone,


So my show has featured John Zorn quite often. And John Zorn has been putting out "Masada" volumes for awhile. This new volume features the piano trio of Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, and Tyshawn Sorey.

Zorn said about his project: "The idea with Masada is to produce a sort of radical Jewish music, a new Jewish music which is not the traditional one in a different arrangement, but music for the Jews of today. The idea is to put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together."

I can say, as more of a mystical psychedelic pagan than anything else, that Zorn's music is beautiful beyond religions, beyond naming, beyond any hindrances to anyone listening and loving it much. Give it a try!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, May 27, 2016

Chemical Brothers: Surrender . . . Come With Us!

Hi everyone,

Some groups you keep coming back to, and some of their albums are like touchstones to your life's memories. But sometimes the music is so good that sentiment is only a small part of the reason you like a record. I loved The Chemical Brothers from their first album, 1995's Exit Planet Dust. Their music is exciting, smart, danceable, very very groovy.

But of their bunch I think 1999's Surrender & 2002's Come With Us hold a special place for me. It's like they invented this corner where electronica, folk, rock, & groovy weirdness met, & then they made a whole lot of fucking awesome music at this corner.

It's a two-hour show, ends with a nod to da boss, who seems to let me get away with whatever indulgence I want. But, man! It's the Chems! They're fantastic! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, April 8, 2016

Underworld's Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future

Hi everyone,

Underworld has been around a long time, and some people feels bands that have done that lose their magic at some point and just slog anyway. But this British duo have made another great album. Deep grooves, sweet melodies, everything danceable as it gets. A surprise and a pleasure, and yet not a surprise! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V