Friday, December 2, 2016

FSOL: Environment Six!

Hi everyone,

I'm really excited to share Future Sound of London's new release, Environment Six. I love electronica, but I freely admit what I mean is I love some of what's released. Melodic, funky, mysterious, compelling music. Not the boring, samey, repetitive stuff that is most of what is heard at clubs and raves. FSOL gets that striving to make good music is hard, special work, and their sound is unique and lots of fun. So enjoy!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, November 18, 2016

Moby - Long Ambients 1 Calm. Sleep. (Part 2)

Hi everyone,

The rest of that wonderful Moby album. Life seems to be getting scarier week by week. Worry, act, but sometimes just turn it off and flow away...

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Moby - Long Ambients 1 Calm. Sleep. (Part 1)

Hi everyone,

I didn't realize when I picked this album how much calm would be needed. But then the November 8th US election came and went, and here it is, later. If you can, sink into this peaceful, salving music for a couple of hours.

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Orb's COW / Chill Out, World!

Hi everyone,

I love me some Orb, always have. Darker or lighter in mood and feeling, these guys know how to find a groove and follow it all sorts of cool places. So there is their new album, and I want to quote here what Allmusic.com says about it:

Ambient techno legends the Orb spent much of 2016 touring the world to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their seminal debut album, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld. During their travels, they engaged in several impromptu recording sessions, piecing together field recordings captured on tour, samples from records found at thrift stores, and highlights from their gigs.

So this is one of those albums put together while on tour, which sometimes works out really well, because the artists are in the creative head, and things just kind of cohere in new ways. This album is really fun. Super smart groovy fun. The sounds of a band really working together, inspired and delighted. Enjoy!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, October 14, 2016

Grouper: 3 Glorious Hours!

Hi everyone,

Grouper is new to me, the project of a California artist named Liz Harris. But after my last two shows, I wanted to find something ambient & fresh to my ears, & I ran into her work. Her music is dreamy, & her voice is gorgeous. I talked management into letting me put on a 3-hour show of her work. So this is one where you get real comfy, shut the curtains, smoke em if you got em, & let Grouper be your guide. You'll enjoy the journey :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, October 7, 2016

Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys!

Hi everyone,

Bill Monroe was something pretty unique in music. He "invented" bluegrass music, which is a folk music involving improvising on a melody, each instrument taking a turn while the others accompany. Sounds all egghead there, but it's really just a good time acoustic dancing music that I would argue gets folks as crazy dancing as any good rave out there. That's why I like it.

Monroe pulled together this new style from older ones, and his Blue Grass Boys took it on the road for years and years in the years around and after WWII. An hour of these tunes, and you will be panting with glee!

Oh, and I think next time back to the electric stuff. But this show and the last one were totally worth the detour! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, September 23, 2016

Show #100: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys!!!

Hi everyone,

Wow, 100 shows in nearly 8 years on the air. Never woulda thunk it :)

This 100th episode is, I guess, for me, but to share too. When I was little, long before I knew about Boards of Canada or Shpongle or Orbital or John Zorn or ANYBODY, I found in the attic a record called For the Last Time by Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (from 1974). I had a phonograph that nobody was using, and this was the first record I had for it.

I loved his yelps and yodels when he was excited. I loved his band. Happy songs, sad songs, all made to dance to. So I danced up in that attic a lot of days, by myself. Maybe people heard me and let me be. I don't know. But I think my love of music, like the kind of love that sticks deep and stays, began with Bob Wills.

It was his last record. He was old and sick, and he fell into a coma after the first day of recording with his old band that he had summoned for one more session. The next day, these old friends finished the record for him.

I didn't know any of this. I heard only love and happiness in it all. That's the part I think he wanted most to share.

For fun, I added some songs to fill out the hour from his glory days back in the '40s. Enjoy :) And thanks for listening. I feel so lucky to have a show!

PeaceNstarZ,
V