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[MIDWEEK MIXTAPE] FROM STEVE WYNN OF THE DREAM SYNDICATE

This week’s Midweek Mixtape is the creation of legendary Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn!

Below, enjoy Wynn’s ‘10 THINGS I’M DIGGING: TODAY, THIS HOUR, RIGHT NOW!

'Los Angeles,' Phosphorescent
This song has been a mainstay of my listening pleasure and inspiration for the last couple of years.  I just keep going back to it.  It’s like easy, syrupy medicine.  Goes down easy and leaves you feeling better and slightly drugged.

'Rated X,' Miles Davis
Sometimes you gotta splurge, sometimes you gotta let go and click that dreaded Amazon button.  I have been putting off buying the Miles Davis “On The Corner” box set for a while now—I already had much of the contents on other CDs and collections.  And then I saw it was out of print.  Holy shit.  I had to act fast.  I’m glad I have it now.  This is some disturbed, joyous, confrontational stuff.  

'Avant Gardener,' Courtney Barnett
In the footsteps of Joni Mitchell, in the footsteps of Liz Phair, in nobody’s footsteps but her own.  Transparent, poetic and catchy.  

'Under the Pressure,' The War On Drugs
There’s no shortage of press and hype on this one right now.  And all deserved. But I don’t understand why most of the ink (okay, no ink these days but you know what I mean) talks about Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.  Huh?  This is like the lost track from “Avalon” by Roxy Music with Mike Scott guesting on vocals.  And is there anything wrong with that?  Most certainly not.

'Highway 61 Revisited,' Bob Dylan
I was at a family dinner last night.  The conversation turned to Abraham, Isaac and the man upstairs.  I realized that my knowledge of said event comes largely from the first verse of this song which I recited word for word as the main course was served.  You can learn the bible in church, you can learn the bible from Dylan.  It’s all good.

'Foot of Pride,' Lou Reed
Speaking of Bob Dylan.  I’ve been covering a lot of Lou Reed songs lately (look for it on our upcoming tour).  Just seems like the right thing to do right now.  Guess what?  He was pretty damn good.  But sometimes I think that his best of many great vocal performances was on this cover of an obscure Bob Dylan song that he recorded at a Madison Square Garden tribute show.  And he’s reading off a teleprompter.  Who knows? Maybe that’s the key to a great vocal.

'Staying Alive,' Bruce Springsteen
….speaking of covers.  Pretty damn great version of a pretty damn great song.

'Heart of the City,' The Strypes
I know, I know.  What would Public Enemy say?  Don’t believe the hype? Well, okay.  They push all the right buttons but at least these kids know where to find the buttons.  And if you want to rip off Wilko Johnson’s guitar stylings, that’s all right with me, not to mention being hip enough to throw a Rockpile cover into the mix.  

'Driver,' Perfect Pussy
Sounds like so many of my favorite records (Husker Du, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine)—but here’s the twist.  It sounds like all of them being played at the same time.

'Happy,' Pharrell Williams
Hey, it’s been played to death. Hey, you’re sick of it. Sure. But it might be the best overplayed song in the last decade. And for my book, Pharrell, has turned out the best 3 pop singles of the last year. So, play on, play on.  


**The Dream Syndicate return to Europe next week for a string of dates in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, and Spain. Visit the band’s Belmont Bookings artist page
here for a full list of dates & more details.**

SUNDAY VIDEO : THE FENDER STRATOCASTER, CURVES, CONTOURS & BODY HORNS

Hey there

An awesome small celebration of the “Strat” from 1993!

-Enjoy!

Aldo

[Easter Weekend Mix] From Ora et Labora

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Have you heard the Passion of Matthew one too many times? Are you looking for something fresh to support this contemplative Easter time?

Here you’ll find a nice mix of danceable Dutch Christian music from 1960-1979, especially collected for you by your friendly, calvinistic, ambient/noise duo Ora et Labora. 

These songs come from some of the many denominations in our little country: there’s catholic salsa, apocalyptic schlager, 60’s garage-rock with a choir, an evangelical rock opera—and much, much more.

Enjoy!

Ora et Labora is a collaborative vehicle for Pim van de Werken and Tonnie Dieleman, in which they explore their obsession with Dutch religious culture. 

[MIDWEEK MIXTAPE] - BRIAN UND EVAN TUNE IT UP, A SLEEPY SUN MIXTAPE

So we had Sleepy Sun’s Brian Tice and Evan Reiss sending over mix tape tunes. Better prepare, I bet you never heard songs switch from Damien Jurado to Pusha T this smooth. THANKS GUYS! Auf Wiedersehen.

Find SLEEPY SUN’s current tour dates here

* Playing Manchester tonight *

truly yours,

Sugar & Spice


Brian und Evan tune it up - SLEEPY SUN mix tape. by Sugar & Spice on Mixcloud

SUNDAY VIDEO : SONG OF THE STREETS

Hey there!

Found this gem of a documentary on New Orleans Brass. A short about the history and significance of its brass scene and its role in the city.

-enjoy

Aldo

[MIDWEEK MIXTAPE] FROM GAP DREAM

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This week’s Midweek Mixtape comes from Burger Records band Gap Dream, who are touring Europe *now* via Galaxy People Booking.

After a show a Amsterdam’s famed Paradiso last Sunday night, frontman Gabriel Fulvimar & bassist Bobby May popped into the Red Light Studio on Monday evening to spin some of their favorite hits (and smoke a ton of weed.) 

Peep the pics and enjoy the jams!

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*Special thanks to Hugo Van Heijningen and Red Light Radio for their awesomeness.*

SUNDAY VIDEO: LAIBACH, PREDICTIONS OF FIRE

Hey there !

A documentary by American filmmaker Michael Benson , who documents the output of the ’80s group Laibach and the New Slovenian Arts (NSK), an artistic collective of painters, musicians and a theater group all dedicated to investigating the connection between aesthetics and the totalitarian state. Laibach’s shtick was to act, dress, sing, and talk like fascists, though they espoused no political doctrine at all. In Benson’s film, the guys in Laibach come off as a cross between Devo and Ozzy Osborne (heavy on the Devo with their stiff collars, groomed hair, and jackboots—like new-wave brown shirts. “Lust is dead, death is dead, God is dead,” they sing (in Slovenian), in a deep, heavy-metal chortle, while a techno-beat thuds in the background. No one smiles. It’s sort of…scary.

Benson’s filmmaking style contains echoes of a totalitarian aesthetic, as invented by the famous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Strong, iconic shots of rings of fire alternate with archival footage of flocks of school children doing calisthenics in unison, waves of marching boots, a line of rising flags. His method of combining “found” footage with up-to-date commentary is reminiscent of American experimental filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s work—which uses archival footage to poke at consumerism and artistic censorship, among other things. Here, Benson seeks to criticize the whole totalitarian aesthetic in the same way that the subjects of his film do—by adopting it themselves.

Enjoy

Aldo