Saturday, June 17, 2017

Medeski, Martin, & Wood's 20!

Hi everyone,

Allaboutjazz.com writes about this album: "In an ongoing celebration of its twentieth anniversary, Medeski Martin & Wood released twenty original recordings in digital form over the course of 2011. Sequenced in the order in which the tracks were released, the collection as a whole flows with the expert pacing of an MMW performance and, in truth, with much the same artful pacing as their best studio albums, such as Combustication (Blue Note, 1999)."

They don't tour as much as they did, but MMW have made a lot of great music over the years. This is a really nice stop along the way. Two hours of it! Including an older song to fill it out :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, June 2, 2017

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard's Flying Microtonal Banana!

Hi everyone,


I found this album somewhat randomly, but love these Aussie guys already. Here's what Pitchfork.com says about this record:

"Flying Microtonal Banana was the product of Gizzard king Stu Mackenzie acquiring a custom-made guitar modified for microtonal tuning, which allows for intervals smaller than the semitones that govern Western music. And since the new guitar could only be played with similarly tuned instruments, he reportedly paid his bandmates $200 each to also get their gear tricked out with microtonal capabilities."

And it weirdly nicely rocks end to end, whether you know the details or not! Enjoy!


PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bonobo's Migration!

Hi everyone,

Bonobo is the stage name for the English electronic artist Simon Green. This album is his 6th album. I happened upon him somewhat randomly, & am glad for it. His music has a kind of acoustic goodness inside his electronic playfulness. Drums, horns, keyboards, sometimes voices. Dancey, trippy, much fun! :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Actress' AZD!

Hi everyone,

Actress is the name of a British electronic artist named Darren Cunningham. I've long been a fan of his work because while the critics can point to his influences (Afrofuturism, for example), his art is not summed by these easily summable mentions. In other words, listen to his music, find its wild & different grooves, and leave the words, in this instance useless, far behind :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Great Patsy Cline!

Hi everyone,

Patsy Cline was one of the first great female country singers, who died in an airplane accident at the age of 30, back in 1963. Her songs are beautiful pieces of desire, loneliness, want. You will love an hour of this lady more than almost anything else :)

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Crystal Method's Divided By Night!

Hi everyone,

I like this album a lot. It rocks, bounces, & really sweeps along through its hour+ length. Some people don't give the Method the respect much anymore, but I think they've really come along the years with some deep funk in their hearts. Long may they roll . . .

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Crystal Method's Vegas!

Hi everyone,

Digging back some more for 'tronic-y goodies and how could I have not played this debut album by TCM? It's everything good about electronica back in the 1990s: swirly, fun, trippy, melodic, and such wild rhythms!


I got an extra hour this week so I added in the 10th anniversary remixes of this album done by Paul Oakenfold, MSTRKRFT, Hyper, Sta, Deadmau5, Koma & Bones, Tom Real vs. The Rogue Element and Myagi. 

Fantastic!

PeaceNstarZ,
V

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Future Sound Of London - Environment 6.5!

Hi everyone,

FSOL continues to make old school electronica that sounds fresh and new. Their sound over the years is like a single river running through many landscapes, changing, staying, a beautiful thing. Turn on, tune in, dream away with FSOL & me . . .

PeaceNstarZ,
V

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,
V

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,
V

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,
V

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,
V

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,
V

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,

V

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,
V