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)

December 9 Guest Mix on Urban Mutant

Thanks to DJ Bleek for inviting me to put together a mix for the December 9 episode of Urban Mutant on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). The mix is loosely built around the 1973 movie The Wicker Man thanks to inspiration from Gazelle Twin & NYX’s new “Fire Leap” cover. Artists include Alex Zhang Hungtai, The Cinematic Orchestra, Moses Sumney, Lucinda Chua, Penelope Trappes, Mogwai, United Bible Studies, California Redemption Value, Murmur Mori, serpentwithfeet, Kadhja Bonet, Alan Morse Davies, and boom boom chickachickachicka wowow, plus an unreleased track from me. I’ll post the full tracklist and Mixcloud here after it’s up, or listen live at 5pm CST.

Urban Mutant and Journey Into Mystery

Thank you to DJ Bleek for including “Stay Safe” on this week’s Urban Mutant on KHUH LP Seattle, and to DJ Stealth for including “Blue Moon Frequency #2b [Fall Mix]” on Journey Into Mystery on Mana’o Radio in Maui. Archived episodes are on Mixcloud and the Mana’o Radio website, respectively.

“Harm” in Adjusting the Lens Fest tonight

Unrequited Leisure’s Adjusting the Lens Fest includes my video for “Harm.” Catch it on YouTube (or below) tonight at 6pm CST. Tonight’s program also includes videos by Jason Bernagozzi, Keaton Fox, Lena Chen, Molly Baber, Erica Merritt, Parker Phelps, Aaron Oldenburg, Mark Franz, Barrett White, Lex Turnbull, Eric Souther, Klypi, and Lyndsey Walsh. See more info at the Unrequited Leisure website and tune in for the rest of the festival Saturday and Sunday. And if you’re in Nashville, you can see the whole thing at 507 Hagan St December 3-6, 11am-6pm (11am-9pm on Saturday 12/5).

About Adjusting the Lens: FEST:
This screening program brings together a diverse group of regional, national, and internationally recognized artists, selected by the team at Unrequited Leisure. Adjusting the Lens is a series of traveling screening events started in 2018 by Clint Sleeper and Chalet Comellas Baker.

These events are organized around thematic selections of works and have been presented in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. This year we are launching a hybrid version of the project, featuring new online programming each day along with a presentation of the full program running on loop in our physical gallery space, Unrequited Leisure, in Nashville, TN.