Launching Sunday: re/emergence

Premiering Sunday: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021; sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.

Beau Travail on CKUT Julia Kent guest mix

A million thanks to one of MY favorite artists, the incredible cellist/composer Julia Kent, for including “Beau Travail” in her recent guest mix for CKUT’s Free City Radio. The mix also includes songs by Sarah Davachi, Okkyung Lee, Fatima Al Qadiri, and more.

Julia describes the mix as, “Music from artists who have inspired and consoled me during this strange time, who have enabled me to travel without moving, and find a sense of connection through sound. In all these tracks I feel a sense of opening into something that transcends boundaries.”

Listen on Soundcloud or below.

New Series: re/Emergence

Coming soon: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.

More from the newsletter this week:
“Busy – and exciting – day on Friday as, after finishing my chat with Alison, I had my mind blown and face ripped off via email when Elizabeth Joan Kelly sent me her half of the first installment of re/emergence, our new ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations – I write the stories, read them, and she rips up, remixes, and transmogrifies those readings into her singular face-ripping/mind-blowing music: sometimes she’ll write the music to the story, sometimes I’ll write the story to the music. New collaborations are wondrous things – and a much-needed reminder of the connective power of social media at its best. re/emergence0001 debuts here, in mid-February’s Macro0040; you may consider the re/emergence to be thus announced.”

Stay tuned.

Electrojunkyard Episode 4

Airing today: a special New Orleans-themed episode of ElectroJunkyard, my bi-monthly show on Camp Radio in France, in honor of Carnival season. Homespun mixes of underground electronic music from the past, present, and maybe even the future. Airs at 7pm CET / 12pm CST. Listen at Camp Radio.

Episode 4 tracklist:

0:00 Sultana – Negrodasian Trappp [BLOOD MOON, self-released]
3:16 Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Iko Iko Remix [unreleased]
6:00 Remy Cosmo – Invited (To) [Weekend Loops Vol. 6, self-released]
9:24 Hawn – Store to Shore [For A Ride, Strategic Tape Reserve]
9:56 AF THE NAYSAYER – Adelheid. Movement II [Adelheid, self-released]
12:49 MJ Guider – Quiet Time [Sour Cherry Bell, Kranky]
18:03 The Unemployed – Funky Thing Pt.1 (Professor Shorthair Remix) [NOLA Breaks V.10, Superjock Records]
22:16 Maison Blanche – Neutral Ground [Reply Hazy, self-released]
26:46 Big Chief Jermaine, Big Chief Romeo, Ha Sizzle, David Walters, Olivier Koundouno, Bona Didolanvi – Whodat [Sewing Machine Effects, Jarring Effects Label]
31:29 Delores Galore – Don’t Stop Me Now [NEW GROWTH, self-released]
36:26 79rs Gang and Vela Vada – War Cry (Way Downtown Mix) [Expect the Unexpected, Sinking City Records]
40:39 Tank and the Bangas – Quick (radio edit) [WTUL New Orleans – Songs From the Basement Vol. 16, WTUL]
44:53 Special Interest – Street Pulse Beat (Ruth Mascelli Remix) [The Passion Of: Remixed, self-released]
48:58 Sexy Dex and the Fresh – SDTF [Don’t Play My B Sides, self-released]
53:38 edgeslayer – club pothos [DARK THOUGHTS, self-released]
55:59 Quintron and Miss Pussycat – Witch in the Club [Swamp Tech, self-released]

Image credit: SexyFunTimeHQ

Urban Mutant Highlights of 2020

Many thanks to DJ Bleek for including “Stay Safe” on the Urban Mutant Highlights of 2020, aired December 23 and 30 on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). “Stay Safe” was in Part 2, now on Mixcloud and below. Happy New Year to all and here’s hoping 2021 is an improvement. Until then, stay safe and stay home.

Favorite Albums of 2020: Part 2

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs.

Since it’s the end of the year, this month I figured I’d do a roundup of 20 favorites from 2020. I could probably do a top 50 but 20 will have to do. These are all wonderful and should give someone looking for new stuff a place to start. Part 1 is already on the blog, and part 2 is here in alphabetical order by album title:

Thanks to all of the fantastic artists who put out music this year. For more content like this, signup for MacroParentheticals.

Favorite Albums of 2020: Part 1

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs.

Since it’s the end of the year, this month I figured I’d do a roundup of 20 favorites from 2020. I could probably do a top 50 but 20 will have to do. These are all wonderful and should give someone looking for new stuff a place to start. And so, in alphabetical order by album title:

Part 2 will be in the December 20 issue of MacroParentheticals; signup to get it first, and you’ll be treated to a fascinating dispatch from Tyler every Sunday morning.

Urban Mutant guest mix archive and tracklist

Thanks again to DJ Bleek for inviting me to put together a mix for Urban Mutant on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). Loosely built around the 1973 movie The Wicker Man thanks to inspiration from Gazelle Twin & NYX’s new “Fire Leap” cover, you can listen on Mixcloud or below, and please support the artists whose excellent music you heard:

Gazelle Twin & NYX – Fire Leap
Alex Zhang Hungtai – This Is Not My Country
Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Lamentation (unreleased)
The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe (feat. Moses Sumney) [Lucinda Chua Rework]
Penelope Trappes – Burn On (Mogwai Rework)
United Bible Studies – The Star Of The Sea Moves Today To Its Rising
California Redemption Value – Highland Widow’s Lament
Murmur Mori – Willow’s Song (Italia)
serpentwithfeet – penance
Kadhja Bonet – Procession
Alan Morse Davies – Ys (excerpt; not yet released)
boom boom chickachickachicka wowow – Summer is icumin in – Extra Take (Drunk)