Monday, November 9, 2015

The Million Year Trip, Vol. 36: ...And Two Heads Are Better Than One

These are the songs I played from 2:00pm-4:00pm during my DJ show The Million Year Trip on Sunday, November 8th on CHIRP Radio [Artist, “Song” (Album)]…

The Black Angels, "Linda’s Gone" (Clear Lake Forest)
Pure Bliss, "Thine Eyes" (I Need You Bad)
The Sword, "High Country" (High Country)
[LOCAL BAND!] Corrections House, "White Man’s Gonna Lose" (Know How to Carry a Whip)
Masterati, "Living Cell" (Rehumanizer)
!!!, "Every Little Bit Counts" (As If)
San Cisco, "Run" (egoFM, Vol. 4)
In Tall Buildings, "Flare Gun" (Driver)
Zombi, "Total Breakdown” (Shape Shift)
altopalo, "hahsnheads" (noneofuscared)
[LOCAL ARTIST!] Otis Brown, "Southside Chicago"
Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward, "That’s Why I Love You So Much"
All Them Witches, "Open Passageways" (Dying Surfer Meets His Maker)
[LOCAL ARTIST!] Topaz, "Singa"
Escort, "Dancer" (Animal Nature)
The Bucketheads, "Time and Space" (Hummingbird)
Tim Maia, "Do Leme Ao Pontal" (World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia)
[LOCAL BAND!] Secret Colours, "Into You" (Positive Distractions)
Neon Indian, "Baby’s Eyes" (VEGA INTL. Night School)
Automagik, "Pink Champagne" (Dark Haze EP)
[LOCAL BAND!] ONO, "Billy the Kid" (Spooks)
Horrendous, "Stillborn Gods" (Anareta)
Maritime, "Roaming Empire" (Magentic Bodies/Hearts of Bone)
[LOCAL ARTIST!] Ryley Walker, "Primrose Green" (Primrose Green)
[LOCAL ARTIST!] Brendan Losch, "Son of a Gun" (Low)
Frank Sinatra, "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" (Come Swing With Me!)
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, "Twisted" (The Hottest New Group in Jazz)
ATOMIC, "Start Stop" (Lucidity)

I'll be back on the air Sunday November 15th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with another set of great music...check it out on CHIRP Radio!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cold Moon

Cold Moon

Exercise is Really Good for You

Exercise is good for you. Even a LITTLE BIT of exercise, done regularly, is beneficial. This video explains why.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Chocolate Heart

Chocolate Heart (Naoto Fukasawa)

"Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty Vs. Foo Fighters)

[This is an article I wrote for CHIRP Radio.]

Winding your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well, another crazy day
You'll drink the night away
And forget about everything
This city desert makes you feel so cold
It's got so many people, but it's got no soul
And it's taken you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything…

The Original: A beautifully constructed and polished mix of smooth-jazzy psychedelic Pop from the glory days of Mighty FM radio, punctuated by one of the most distinctive choruses in 20th century music, a saxophone riff that screams Urban Angst.

The Cover: Replace the sax (and everything else) with electric guitars cranked up to 11 and slamming percussion, arranged in the “loud-quiet-loud” pattern of the ‘90s Seattle Rock sound Dave Grohl helped make famous with Nirvana.

Living in the Big City is fun. There’s lots of things to do interesting people to see and meet. But anyone who’s lived in an urban setting long enough will eventually have at least one moment of existential crisis. Maybe it’s around 4:00AM on the way home from the bar after a long week of working too hard. Maybe it’s after a particularly bad breakup with someone you assumed would be around for a while. “What does it all mean?” the soul demands. “Why am I wasting my life in this damn place?”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chile, 1939

Best Albums of 2014

[This is an article I originally wrote for CHIRP Radio.]

CHIRP Radio Best of 2014
Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2014. Our next list is from DJ and Blog Manager Clarence Ewing.

One of the reasons I like posting these end-of-year lists is it gives me the chance to read the choices of my fellow volunteers and discover a lot of great music I missed over the year. The hard part is finding the time and resources to listen to all this stuff. A nice problem to have, for sure. Now that Apple has decided to stop making iPods (one of the bigger and more symbolic stories in music news this year, IMO), will I soon have to worry about how I will carry around my entire music collection wherever I go, which I've decided is now my right? Walkman, it's time for a comeback!

#1Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (Constellation)
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On EverythingBUY: Reckless / Permanent / iTunes / Insound / Amazon

An earthy, swirling, sprawling musical riot/celebration from a Montreal ensemble that merges skill, passion, and civic pride into something you can file under the best kind of Post-Rock. This was the record that helped me get through Chiberia I.
#2You're Dead! by Flying Lotus (Warp)
Flying Lotus You're Dead!BUY: Reckless / Permanent / iTunes / Insound / Amazon

Flying Lotus takes us on a rapid-fire trip through a galaxy of digital beats heavily influenced by the sounds coming out of Chicago's Drill scene and soulfully mixed with Jazz and Rap. A notable achievement from a gifted musician. I highly recommend the video for the song "Never Catch Me," but I should also warn that you may want to have tissues nearby.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Recalling The Soundtrack to "Pulp Fiction"

[This is an article I wrote for CHIRP Radio's "Rediscovering Our Record Collections" series.]

There was a point in my life where I wanted to be a filmmaker. I still might be one at some point. Who knows? If it wasn’t for my obsession with music, I might have been a textbook cinephile by now, as intrigued by new releases and upcoming film festivals as I am now about new album releases and who’s on the program at the next big music festival.

I still have a strong interest in movies, though, and the picture that got it all started for me was Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. This was the movie that not only fascinated me to no end with it’s singularly unique style (made up of entirely of, I would soon learn, styles copied from a lot of other films), but also got me interested in movies as more than just something to stare at while I stuffed my face with popcorn.

It’s a great film. But what makes a film (or a song, or an album, or a painting, etc.) “great?” A big part of the assessment is subjective, but there are some factors that go beyond personal taste, one of which I think applies here. Like Birth of a Nation, Jaws, and Star Wars, this movie changed the way Hollywood made movies. Pulp Fiction, along with other films the Miramax production company released around the same time like Sex Lies and Videotape and Good Will Hunting, introduced the idea of the independent film (which has always existed around the edges of the industry) as great way for major studios to make money. The big-budget, high-concept movies that had dominated since the ‘80s would soon have to share theater space with “edgier” projects that focused on unusual stories, quirky characters, and the elusive idea of “cool” that New Wave, Avant Garde, and foreign cinema seemed to have more of than American cinema.