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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Talking Heads + The Police + Rush + Simon

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Synchronicity
I always wondered how much of an influence the music i grew up listening to had on the sort of stuff I gravitate towards now days. I hope some of these “oldies” are a nice change of pace for everyone, hey i might even link this post to my Dad.

Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place

The Police – Synchronicity I

Rush – Tom Sawyer

Paul Simon – The Obvious Child

Burial+Alkan+Praveen+The Album Leaf

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Her Space Holiday
All the tracks today are remixes, all in which i feel stand strong comparable to the original track.
This Burial remix of Bloc Party is by far a favorite of mine in the last week, also i can’t find a digital version of it anywhere. I think what attracts me to Burial’s sound is the softening and quietening of that UK Garage low end, its done so well by him.
The Erol Alkan remix of Midlake sounds like a Fleetwood Mac cover to me but i just can’t put my finger on it. I’m glad its not this club bomb or noisy edit, he actually does add a great fullness to the track that is riding a thin line to being an AM Gold/beard and tinted glasses/amber lit wooden studio jam which isn’t a bad thing at all (puts on a Gordon Lightfoot LP and watches this commercial on mute).
Praveen does wonders with the track Pinconning, the resonance from the kick drum and accordion makes it sound like your listening to it while your underwater.
I was hoping with this last one that i could find an Album Leaf song that Album Leaf fans didn’t have, hopefully i did for some of you. As for the song it makes me jealous that i don’t have a xylophone or vibraphone to play on everyday but if i did have one i’d probably never get anything done.

Bloc Party – Where is Home? (Burial Remix) – purchase

Midlake – Roscoe (Erol Alkan Remix) – purchase

Benoit Pioulard – Pinconning (Praveen Says Stay Remix) – purchase

The Album Leaf – The Young Machines (The Album Leaf Remix) – purchase

Ratatat + The Chap + Mu-Ziq + Khonnor

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Mu-ziq
4 unique music groups here that i really appreciate their outgoing styles. Ratatat really did a great take on what you can do with the slide guitar sound and removed it and put it into a song that i’m not thinking “oh here comes a slide guitar country song”. Instead, i have this relaxing and colorful performance in my head that makes me picture some Central American theatre.
This Chap song when i first heard it flipped my world upside down(side note: for the typography fans out there have you noticed you can spell the word upside down like this using other letters of the alphabet: umop apisdn) i was shocked on the pushing and pulling i was going thru to just listen to a song, from a guitar melody thats accompanied with this heavy low end to just them whispering over a casio. The second half they just throw everything at you like “what were you thinking? you think we were just gonna make a cute alittle song for you?” wrong, they were just messing with you like that Simian vs. Justice video when everyone wakes up and soo much craziness is going on.
I can’t believe i didnt use my Mu-ziq posting for his remix of Aphex Twin – On but this album cover above will always catch my eye and it was favorite of mine when i was getting in IDM. First, the beginning of this song FORGET ABOUT IT it’s from another planet, just so you know Radiohead i love you but that’s how a spinning plate sounds times a thousand and 300 meters in diameter. Second, that breakdown with the synth melody going back and forth with the drum programming, pssssh what a genius then the last 30 seconds i’m in a hip hop track, i don’t know how to tell people what we just listened to but honestly Mike Paradinas brought it proper.
After those last 2 tracks i need a constant track that warms up and fades out. Type’s Khonnor i think made this song when he was 16, it’s if Dntel collaborated with Fennesz.

Ratatat – Montanita

The Chap – Auto Where To

Mu-ziq – Hasty Boom Alert

Khonnor – Man From The Anthill

Caribou + Air France + Cornelius + 7 Hurtz

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Air France
Since its mid summer i wanted to put up a few songs that have a good feel to them, some are songs that friends have given to me to check out this week and a few are older songs that needed to be dusted off and listened to again. You should be able to buy either of these tracks on Amazon MP3 except i think Air France(who is pictured above) isn’t available yet.

Caribou – Sundialing

Air France – No Excuses

The Avalanches – Since I Left You (Cornelius remix)

7Hurtz – Malibu

Dettinger + Koivikko + Pantha Du Prince

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pantha
Here is a small collection of tracks that might be filed under techno or dance but i would listen to as background music while i work. All 3 are pretty heavy on the lush and deep end and move along nicely, i guess you could file it under ambient techno or some other odd sub genre. The photo above is Pantha Du Prince, his whole record on Dial Records from last year was outstanding. I’m not sure what Dettinger does anymore since this track is from 1999 but has released since on Kompakt. The Sami Koivikko track is a remix by the duo Daso & Pawas from Cologne, DE. If you like these kinda of tracks, i’ll try to post more in the future. I’m just trying to change it up every once in awhile.

Dettinger – Untitled

Sami Koivikko – Sapphire (Daso & Pawas Remix)

Pantha Du Prince – Saturn Strobe

Loscil + Helios + I’m Not A Gun + Tim Hecker

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loscil - first narrows
Accuse my absence, my macbook needed to get repaired, so i decided to post 4 tracks for you today. First, Loscil who’s on Kranky Records and i have his cover up at the top of this post which is honestly in my top 5 favorite covers of all time no questions asked. I’ve read abit about Loscil, he gets his warm tones by sampling ticks and hisses from cassette tape and stretches out the sounds and thats how he gets such full warmth in his sound. As for the cover, i’m not sure who did it, all i know is that if there’s a poster of it somewhere out there send me a link to buy it please.

Helios is the second track, I’ve looked on my play count on iTunes and this track is in my top 10. It’s just a wonderful organic track, Keith brings in layer upon layer of melody from each instrument and add hints of adjustments that are all easy to just listen to and enjoy.

Third is a John Tejada side project with Takeshi Nishimoto as I’m Not A Gun, it’s very similar to musicians like Aeroc or Mercury Program which i posted earlier in the year. The attention to detail that John takes towards his own production always has me checking out everything he does. They go off a little on an experimental session in this track but bring it back to what catches my ear the most which is that first 8 second melody which i think could just go on forever in my opinion.

Finally, I had to add Tim Hecker “Dungeoneering” this song floors me, not to get cheesy but it feels like i’m in a air tunnel when i listen to this track. For someone known for doing lo-fi noise this is as pretty as it gets.

Loscil – First Narrows

Helios – Coast Off

I’m Not A Gun – Blue Garden

Tim Hecker – Dungeoneering

Doves: Firesuite

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doves
By the year 2000, all of the early 90′s shoegaze bands had either broken up (Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine, Ride) or either changed their sound altogether (Slowdive/Mojave 3, Catherine Wheel). While not purely a shoegazing act, Cheshire, England’s Doves brought a sense of beauty and ethereality to their music, similar to that of their shoegazing influences, with careful use of echo and reverb. The opening track from their debut album, Lost Souls, as Doves (previously they had played under the electronic moniker Sub Sub), Firesuite, displays all of their strengths. While a band like the Verve would take you on 9 minute space rock odysseys a la She’s a Superstar, Doves were capable of keeping it under the 5 minute due to a strong rhythm section. I am perplexed that there is not a YouTube live version of this track!

Doves – Firesuite

1971 Architectural Record Issue 2

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Cover
red circle
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ad
I grabbed some copies of this magazine because someone was going to throw them away. I’ve had them for awhile now and i thought i could share a few. I really love the red dot one, the dot just shows up randomly thru the magazine on black and white photographs. When i look at these older magazines i always wondered where they got all their typography, did these designers meet up and share? was there a mail-in ordering company for different types? hopefully i’m not treating the 1960′s-70′s like the stone age or anything to anyone but i always wondered about the process of graphic design was during that time to put out a well layed out higher end magazine.