01 January 2014


our best music albums/tracks/videos of 2013, a year of exquisite & sexy electronica...



1. Daft Punk - 'Random Access Memories'
2. of Montreal - "Lousy With Sylvianbriar'
3. Boards of Canada - 'Tomorrow's Harvest'
Big K.R.I.T. - 'King Remembered In Time'
Bonobo - 'The North Borders' 
6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 'Mosquito'
7. Atoms For Peace - 'Amok' 
8. Dr. Dog - 'B-Room'
9. Autechre - 'Exai'
10. Vampire Weekend - 'Modern Vampires Of The City'
11. Tennis - 'Small Sound'
12. Iron & Wine - 'Ghost On Ghost' 
13. Mutual Benefit - 'Love's Crushing Diamond'
Beach Fossils - 'Clash The Truth'
15. Julianna Barwick - 'Nepenthe'
16. Classixx - 'Hanging Gardens'
17. Dent May - 'Warm Blanket'
18. Kid Cudi - 'Indicud'
19. Young Man - 'Beyond Was All Around Me'


1. Vampire Weekend - "Hannah Hunt"
2. Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams - "Lose Yourself To Dance"
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sacrilege"
4. Big K.R.I.T. - "Bigger Picture"
5. Lisa Germano - "Ruminants"
6. !!! - "Get That Rhythm Right"
7. Atoms For Peace - "Ingenue"
8. Kid Cudi with A$AP Rocky & Kid Chip -  "Brothers"
9. Everything Everything - "Choice Mountain"
10. Boards Of Canada - "New Seeds"

11. Tennis - "Cured Of Youth"
R.J.D.2 - "Behold, Numbers!"
James Blake - "Retrograde"
Phosphorescent - "The Quotidian Beasts"
Foxygen - "Shuggie"
Grouper - "Being Her Shadow"
Charles Bradley - "Victim Of Love"
Colin Stetson - "To See More Light"
Jim James - "State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)"

20. of Montreal - "Obsidian Currents"
Gold Panda - "We Work Nights"
Yo La Tengo - "Ohm"
Islands - "Hushed Tones"
Iron & Wine - "Low Light Buddy Of Mine"
King Khan & The Shrines - "Darkness"
Toro Y Moi - "Studies"
Arctic Monkeys - "Mad Sounds"
Autechre - "T ess xi"
Devendra Banhart - "Für Hildegard von Bingen"

30. Dr. Dog - "Can't Remember"
Bonobo - "Emkay"
The National - "I Should Live In Salt"
CHVRCHES - "Under The Tide"
Janelle Monáe - "Dance Apocalyptic"
Still Corners - "The Trip"
Earl Sweatshirt - "Chum"
Blood Orange - "Chosen"
The Knife - "A Tooth For An Eye"

Young Man - "School"

40. M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"
Melt-Banana - "Infection Defective"
Mount Kimbie - "Break Well"
Pond - "O Dharma"
Pusha T with Kendrick Lamar - "Nosetalgia"
Beach Fossils - "Sleep Apnea"
Elvis Costello & The Roots - "The Puppet Has Cut His Strings"
Crystal Stilts - "Spirit In Front Of Me"
The Range - "Hamiltonian"
The Besnard Lakes - "The Specter"

50. Mutual Benefit - "Advanced Falconry"
Ed Harcourt - "The Cusp & The Wane"
Oneohtrix Point Never - "Problem Areas"
Stornoway - "Farewell Appalachia"
The Dodos - "Relief"
Deerhunter - "T.H.M."
Jagwar Ma - "The Throw"
Julianna Barwick - "The Harbinger"
Thee Oh Sees - "Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster"
Cecile McLorin Salvant - "Baby Have Pity On Me"

60. Akron/Family - "Until The Morning"
Wild Nothing - "Body In Rainfall"
The Replacements - "Busted Up"
Parquet Courts - "Stoned And Starving"
Moderat - "This Time"
Oblivians covering Paul Butterfield - "Loving Cup"
These New Puritans - "This Guy's In Love With You"
Cage The Elephant - "Telescope"
Darkside - "Paper Trails"
Harper Simon - "Just Like St. Teresa"

70. Boardwalk - "Crying"
Grizzly Bear - "Everyone I Know (Marfa Demo)"
Julia Holter - "Maxim's I"
Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - "Photon"
Man Man - "Deep Cover"
Drake with Jhene Aiko - "From Time"
Youth Lagoon - "Attic Doctor"
Phoenix - "Chloroform"
The Men - "Open The Door"
Classixx - "Holding On"

80. Kanye West - "On Sight"
Caveman - "Where's The Time"
Danny Brown - "Lonely"
Haim - "Falling"
The Octopus Project - "Pyramid Kosmos"
Valerie June - "Workin' Woman Blues"
Una - "Out Of The Dark"
Arcade Fire - "We Exist"
Bibio - "Look At Orion!"
Rhye - "The Fall"

90. Nihls Frahm - "Hammers"
Shannon & The Claims covering  Del Shannon - "Runaway"
Tim Hecker - "Prism"
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Holy Roller"
The Joy Formidable - "Forest Serenade"
Rouge Wave - "No Magnatone"
Local Natives - "Mt. Washington"
Russian Circles - "1777"
Nightmares On Wax - "Tapestry"
Wavves - "Beat Me Up"

100. Dent May - "
Dirty Beaches - "Belgrade"
Fuzz - "Sleigh Ride"
Deafheaven - "Irresistible"
Neko Case - "Ragtime"
Hamid Drake & Paolo Angeli - "Fuga Dal Mouse"
A$AP Rocky - "Phoenix"
Sébastien Tellier - "Coco"
Tricky remixing The Antlers - "Parenthesis"
Mikal Cronin - "See It My Way"

110. Múm - "The Colorful Stabwound"
The Haxan Cloak - "Dieu"
Paul McCartney - "Get Me Out Of Here"
Sigur Rós - "Var"
Camera Obscura - "New Year's Resolution"
My Bloody Valentine - "She Found Now"
Disclosure - "When A Fire Starts To Burn"
DJ Koze - "Royal Asscher Cut"
Sonny & The Sunsets - "Natural Acts"
Washed Out - "All I Know"

120. Franz Ferdinand - "Right Action"
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Dawn"
Nicolas Jaar remixing Grizzly Bear - "Sleeping Ute"
Ducktails - "International Date Line"
Yuck - "Memorial Fields"
White Fence - "Beat"
King Krule - "Baby Blue"
Jacuzzi Boys - "Double Vision"
The FIeld - "A Guided Tour"
Baths - "Inter"

130. Burial - "Come Down To Us"

Childish Gambino with Chance The Rapper - "The Worst Guys"
Quasimoto - "Youngblood"
King Tuff - "Lady"
Chelsea Light Moving - "Alighted"
Eleanor Friedberger - "Stare At The Sun"
Shearwater covering Jesca Hoop - "Our Only Sun"
Best Coast - "I Don't Know How"
M.G.M.T. - "Introspection"
Kurt Vile - "Wakin' On A Pretty Day"

Christopher Owens - "Riviera Rock"
Starlito & Don Trip with Singa B. - "Where Do We Go"
Portugal. The Man - "Atomic Man"
Midlake - "Vale"
Major Lazer with Laidback Luke & Ms. Dynamite - "Sweat"
Savages - "Strife"
The Strokes - "80's Comedown Machine"
Aloe Blacc - "Love Is The Answer"
A$AP Ferg - "Dump Dump"
Forest Swords - "Gathering"

150. DJ Rashad with Spinn & Taso - "Pass That Shit"
C.S.S. - "Teenage Tiger Cat"
Iceage - "Interlude".


Bob Dylan - "Like A Rolling Stone"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sacrilege"

Daft Punk - "Lose Yourself To Dance"

Atoms For Peace - "Ingenue"

Goldfrapp - "Drew" 

Janelle Monáe - "Dance Apocalyptic"

Yo La Tengo - "I'll Be Around"

Nihls Frahm - "Says"

Jagwar Ma - "The Throw"

Fiona Apple - "Hot Knife"


01 December 2013

30 November 2013

01 October 2013


all the spacier for being classically-inspired, any craziness to your own stream-of-consciousness will reveal itself and be suspended in time before the simplicity of Brian Eno's "Discreet Music", as if the trickling contemplations of millions - or, say, of everybody currently bustling through an airport terminal somewhere - were somehow imbricated in the glacially receding tones, peacefully frozen in a slow-motion waltz, a blue whale rising for a gulp of Antarctic air, before diving to rise again. one of Beck's songs off 'Sea Change' goes: "I press my face up to the window / to see how warm it is inside" - precisely what the chilly yet steamy windowpane of this piece accomplishes, compelling our awareness of our own warmth.

01 July 2013


The Graveyard Shift's complete 7-hour July 4th broadcast of the best music of '013 (so far), the first hour of which is comprised solely of musicians from San Antonio, Texas.

(click Wendy's sneakers)

01 May 2013


the links below feature the music of five electronically-disposed music-makers residing in #SATX. please show them love by following their respective Soundclouds...






art by Albrechto Alvarez.

01 March 2013


SXSW VI, reporting from Austin Texas. most every show below is free and some may offer free food/drink. click on names for event details.

early on TUESDAY, Fol Chen performs at Red 7 around 3 o'clock. Wavves at 10PM at Viceland, with Japandroids and Divine Fits to follow, promises to rank among the best closers of the week. Flying Lotus will also do a multi-media set at the Jones Center AMOA Arthouse.

WEDNESDAY, starting out at noon at Waterloo Records, we'll have to catch Thurston Moore's new project, Chelsea Light Moving, and we'll probably stay for Tegan & Sara at 2. then it's off to see either Peanut Butter Wolf at Red 7 or !!! at Lustre Pearl, with Dead Prez to end the evening early at Antone's (for $).

THURSDAY, Caveman and Foxygen play the Flamingo Cantina starting around 2, King Tuff plays the Scoot Inn at 3. then Waterloo again for The Joy Formidable at 4 and The Coup at 5. at 1100 Warehouse, they'll likely make us chose between Foxygen/Youth Lagoon and Toro Y Moi/Andy Stott - a fine outcome either way. lastly, Cafe Tacvba play the big bad Audiorium Shores at 8.

the Walkmen and Foxygen show at the Club De Ville on FRIDAY appears RSVP-ed out, but we'll try to get in anyway. earlier that day, Dosh performs at Holy Mountain around noon, Caveman and Phosphorescent perform at Red Eyed Fly around 3, and The Zombies (yes, Colin Blunstone's Zombies) perform at The Stage On 6th at 4. Divine Fits, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) and the big bad Flaming Lips close Auditorium Shores, with Daedelus monoming an after-midnight set at Emo's East (for $).

on SATURDAY, Austin's own Balmorhea opens the day at Mohawk at noon, and we may stay for The Thermals at 3. ...unless we missed The Zombies, in which case they're playing Waterloo at noon or Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop at 2. and if we somehow missed the most ubiquitous band of the festival, Foxygen plays Jo's Coffee at 4, with Phosphorescent and Heartless Bastards to follow. or Toro y Moi plays the Hype Hotel at 5. or Talib Kweli the Lustre Pearl at 6, or Thee Oh Sees at Clive Bar same time. or we might just make this a hometown music day, as three bands from San Antonio will tear up Flat Top Burger Shop starting at noon - Deer Vibes, We Leave At Midnight, and Hawks of Holy Rosary - a party thrown by KRTU Indie Overnight's Music For Listeners. it all depends on the motion of the ocean.

and if we haven't swam away by ST. PATTY'S DAY SUNDAY, the best new band in Austin, Megafauna, plays the historic Hole In The Wall at 10PM.

we also compiled a list of the best worst band-names playing the fest, for the comedy pleasure of attendees and non-:

Bleeding Rainbow
Guantanamo Baywatch
Energy Voidoids
Fat Fuxxx
Zero Skills
Diarrhea Planet
How I Quit Crack
Dead Earth Politics
Streptococcus Faggotrophia 
Ringo Deathstarr
Burgess Meredith
Did You See Those Bats?
Bombay Show Pig
The Goatbangers
The Blind Shake 
Timmy's Organism
Pernicious Phenom 
You Won't
...& the best band name ever: 
Manatees (from Memphis)!

01 February 2013


some mixies for the music lovers:

a little bit of 2013 so far, entitled "J all over your Believies".

some new orleans jazz, entitled "Panamanian Shcrimpffss".

and some excerpts from "The Graveyard Shift" on KRTU Indie Overnight.

"No doubt laughter was in part an external defensive form of truth. It was legalized, it enjoyed privileges, it liberated, to a certain extent, from censorship, oppression, and from the stake. This element should not be underestimated. But it would be inadmissible to reduce the entire meaning of laughter to this aspect alone. Laughter is essentially not an external but an interior form of truth; it cannot be transformed in seriousness without destroying and distorting the very contents of the truth which it unveils. Laughter liberates not only from external censorship but first of all from the great interior censor; it liberates from the fear that developed in man during thousands of years: fear of the sacred, of prohibitions, of the past, of power. It unveils the material bodily principle in its true meaning. Laughter opened men's eyes on that which is new, on the future. This is why it not only permitted the expression of an anti-feudal, popular truth; it helped to uncover this truth and to give it an internal form. And this form was achieved and defended during thousands of years in its very depths and its popular-festive images. Laughter showed the world anew in its gayest and most sober aspects. Its external privileges are intimately linked with interior forces; they are a recognition of the rights of those forces. This is why laughter could never become an instrument to oppress and blind the people. It always remained a free weapon in their hands."

01 January 2013



Fiona Apple - 'The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do'
The Bad Plus - 'Made Possible'
Tennis - 'Young & Old'
Here We Go Magic - 'A Different Ship'
Wild Nothing - 'Nocturne'
Nicolas Jaar with Various Artists - 'Don't Break My Love'
Lower Dens - 'Nootropics'
Dirty Projectors - 'Swing Lo Magellan'
Beach House - 'Bloom'
Nas - 'Life Is Good'

Blondes - 'Blondes'
Animal Collective - 'Centipede Hz'
Thee Oh Sees - 'Putrifiers II'
Ty Segall - 'Twins'
James Blackshaw - 'Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death'
Andrew Bird - 'Hands Of Glory'
Christian Fennesz - 'Aun: The Beginning & Ending of All Things'
Tame Impala - 'Lonerism'
Apollo Brown & O.C. - 'Trophies'
Black Moth Super Rainbow - 'Eating Us'

Beck - 'Song Reader'.


Dum Dum Girls covering Strawberry Switchblade - "Trees And Flowers" {End Of Daze}
Santigold - "Disparate Youth" {Master Of My Make-Believe}
Animal Collective - "New Town Burnout" {Centipede Hz}
Dirty Projectors - "Gun Has No Trigger" {Swing Lo Magellan}
Bats For Lashes - "Laura" {The Haunted Man}
Tame Impala - "Apocalypse Dreams" {Lonerism}
Sharon Van Etten - "All I Can" {Tramp}
Kendrick Lamar - "Good Kid" {Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City}
Daniel Rossen - "Saint Nothing" {Silent Hour/Golden Mile}
Tennis - "High Road" {Young & Old}

Grizzly Bear - "Yet Again" {Shields}
Fiona Apple - "Anything We Want" {The Idler Wheel...}
Lower Dens - "Brains / Stem" {Nootropics}
The Bad Plus - "Pound For Pound" {Made Possible}
Nas - "The Black Bond" {Life Is Good}
Regina Spektor - "Firewood" {What We Saw From The Cheap Seats}
James Blackshaw - "Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" {Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death}
Beach House - "On The Sea" {Bloom}
Raekwon with J.D. Era - "Soldier Story" {Unexpected Victory}
20. Thee Oh Sees - "Flood's New Light" {Putrifiers II}

Hilary Hahn & Hauschka - "Krakow" {Silfra}
Wild Nothing - "Paradise" {Nocturne}
Spiritualized - "Headin' For The Top Now" {Sweet Heart Sweet Light}
Lee Fields & The Expressions - "Still Hanging On" {Faithful Man}
Of Montreal - "Malefic Dowery" {Paralytic Stalks}
Here We Go Magic - "Make Up Your Mind" {A Different Ship}
White Rabbits - "Danny Come Inside" {Milk Famous}
Vijay Iyer Trio covering Michael Jackson - "Human Nature (Trio Extension)" {Accelerando}
Just Friends - "Avalanche" {Don't Break My Life}
Air - "Sonic Armada" {Le Voyage Dans La Lune}

Frank Ocean with Earl Sweatshirt - "Super Rich Kids" {Channel ORANGE}
The Antlers - "Zelda" {Undersea}
Dan Deacon - "Prettyboy" {America}
Ty Segall - "Thank God For Sinners" {Twins}
Andrew Bird - "Three White Horses" {Hands Of Glory}
St. Vincent and David Byrne - "The Forest Awakes" {Love This Giant}
Brian Eno - "Lux 2" {Lux}
The Walkmen - "Line By Line" {Heaven}
Heartless Bastards - "Only For You" {Arrow}
OC with Apollo Brown - "Caught Up" {Trophies}

Rufus Wainwright - "Montauk" {Out Of The Game}
Nathan Fake - "Rue" {Steam Days}
Patrick Watson - "Quiet Crowd" {Adventures In Your Own Backyard}
Get The Blessing - "Adagio In Wot Minor" {OC DC}
Divine Fits - "Shivers" {A Thing Called Divine Fits}
Micachu And The Shapes - "Fall" {Never}
Bumpy Knuckles with DJ Premier - "OwNiT" {KoleXXXion}
Leonard Cohen - "Anyhow" {Old Ideas}
Lotus Plaza - "Jet Out Of The Tundra" {Spooky Action At A Distance}
50. Father John Misty - "Funtimes In Babylon" {Fear Fun}

Gift Of Gab - "Market & 8th" {The Next Logical Progression}
Best Coast - "No One Like You" {The Only Place}
Antibalas - "Dirty Money" {Antibalas}
Beats Antique - "The Allure" {Contraption Vol. II}
Kimbra - "Good Intent" {Good Intent}
M. Ward - "The First Time I Ran Away" {A Wasteland Companion}
Chet Faker - "Cigarettes And Chocolate" {Thinking In Textures}
Lupe Fiasco - "Put Em Up" {Food & Liquor: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1}
Lambchop - "Gar" {Mr. M}
Cat Power - "Manhattan" {Sun}

Pond - "Allergies" {Beard, Wives, Denim}
Peach Fish - "So Crazy" {Suicide Girl}
B.o.B. - "Where Are You (B.o.B. Vs Bobby Ray)" {Strange Clouds}
Sleep Party People - "A Dark God Heart" {We Were Drifting On A Sad Song}
Titus Andronicus - "In A Big City" {Local Business}
Oposssom - "Girl" {Electric Hawaii}
Bowerbirds - "Walk The Furrows" {The Clearing}
Debo Band - "Akale Wube" {Debo Band}
Sigur Rós - "Fjögur píanó" {Valtari}
Rick Ross with Elijah Blake - "Presidential" {God Forgives, I Don't}

Mouse On Mars - "Wienuss" {Parastrophics}
Andrew Bird - "Lazy Projector" {Break It Yourself}
Mystery Jets - "The Nothing" {Radlands}
Oren Ambarchi - "Knots" {Audience Of One}
Diiv - "How Long Have You Known" {Oshin}
Actress - "Holy Water" {R.I.P.}
Shearwater - "Run The Banner Down" {Animal Joy}
Liars - "A Ring On Every Fingers" {WIXIW}
Jack White - "Hypocritical Kiss" {Blunderbuss}
Japandroids - "Younger Us" {Celebration Rock}

Metric - "Lost Kitten" {Synthetica}
Big K.R.I.T. with 8ball, MJG & 2 Chainz - "Money On The Floor" {Live From The Underground}
Luke Abbott - "Ovals" {Modern Driveway}
Ty Segall - "The Tongue" {Slaughterhouse}
Cody Chesnutt - "Where Is All The Money Going" {Landing On A Hundred}
Tame Impala covering Fleetwood Mac - "That's All For Everyone" {Just Tell Me That You Want Me}
School Of Seven Bells - "Low Times" {Ghostory}
Dandy Warhols - "Don't Shoot She Cried" {This Machine}
El-P - "Drones Over Bklyn" {Cancer 4 Cure}
Advance Base - "Summer Music" {A Shut-In's Prayer}

Earlimart - "I'm A Safe Inside" {System Preferences}
Rusko - "Love No More" {Songs}
Mission Of Burma - "This Is Hi-Fi" {Unsound}
Ty Segall & White Fence - "Tongues" {Hair}
Calexico - "Algiers" {Algiers}
King Tuff - "Loser's Wall" {King Tuff}
J Dilla - "Requiem With Allan Barnes (Blackbyrds)" {Rebirth Of Detroit}
Chris Cohen - "Heart Beat" {Overgrown Path}
Múm - "0,000orð" {Early Birds}
100. Jaill - "Perfect Ten" {Traps}

Islands - "Hallways" {A Sleep & A Forgetting}
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - "Mladic" {Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!}
Masta Ace with Pav Bundy - "Home Sweet Home" {MA_DOOM: Son Of Yvonne}
Clinic - "For The Season" {Free Reign}
The Shins - "For A Fool" {Port Of Morrow}
Clark - "Tooth Moves" {Iradelphic}
Miguel - "Pussy Is Mine" {Kaleidoscope Dream}
Antony & The Johnsons - "I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy" {Cut The World}
Voices From The Lake - "Circe / ST (VFTL Rework)" {Voices From The Lake}
Killer Mike - "Reagan" {R.A.P. Music}

Hot Chip - "Flutes" {In Our Heads}
Toy - "Motoring" {Toy}
Jason Lytle - "Matterhorn" {Dept. Of Disappearance}
Alabama Shakes - "I Found You" {Boys & Girls}
Pinback - "Diminished" {Information Retrieved}
Deerhoof - "Bad Kids To The Front" {Breakup Song}
Fanfarlo - "Tunguska" {Rooms Filled With Light}
Laurel Halo - "Wow" {Quarantine}
Grass Widow - "Disappearing Industries" {Internal Logic}
Krizz Kaliko with Tech N9ne - "Can't Be The Only One" {Kickin' & Screamin'}

Yppah with Anomie Belle - "Film Burn" {Eighty One}
Passion Pit - "Where We Belong" {Gossamer}
Au - "Epic" {Both Lights}
Errors - "Pleasure Palaces" {Have Some Faith In Magic}
Schoolboy Q - "Gangsta In Designer (No Concept)" {Habits & Contradictions}
Here We Go Magic - "People In The Darkness" {A Different Ship: Bonus Disc}
Mount Eerie - "(synthesizer)" {Clean Moon}
Dirty Projectors - "Here Til It Says I'm Not" {About To Die}
Burial - "Loner" {Kindred}
Sic Alps - "Rock Races" {Sic Alps}

Grimes - "Oblivion" {Visions}
Raw Poetic with Damu The Fudgemunk - "Hole Up" {Kilawatt V1.5}
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - "Major" {Out Of Frequency}
Surgeon remixing Oneohtrix Point Never - "Remember" {Dog In The Fog}
Of Montreal - "Georgie's Lament" {Daughter Of Cloud}
Twin Shadow - "Run My Heart" {Confess}
Qluster remixing Battles - "Dominican Fade" {Dross Glop}
Hiatus Kaiyote - "The World It Softly Lulls" {Tawk Tomahawk}
Ab-Soul - "Bohemian Grove" {Control System}
The Cribs - "Come On, Be A No-One" {In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull}

The Mountain Goats - "Cry For Judas" {Transcendental Youth}
Cloud Nothings - "No Future/No Part" {Attack On Memory}
Alt-J - "Something Good" {An Awesome Wave}
Matthew Dear - "Get The Rhyme Right" {Beams}
Julia Holter - "Goddess Eyes I" {Ekstasis}
Murder By Death - "Queen Mab (Instrumental)" {Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon}
The Evens - "I Do Myself" {The Odds}
Big Boi with Little Dragon and Killer Mike - "Thom Pettie" {Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors}
The Magnetic Fields - "All She Cares About Is Mariachi" {Love At The Bottom Of The Sea}
Andy Stott - "Expecting" {Luxury Problems}

151. Purity Ring with Young Magic - "Grandloves" {Shrines}
Ben Folds Five - "Sky High" {The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind}
Dr. Dog - "These Days" {Be The Void}
Crystal Castles - "Plague" {(III)}
Guided By Voices - "White Flag" {The Bears For Lunch}
Kool Keith - "New York" {Love And Danger}
Milo Greene - "Orpheus" {Milo Greene}
Jens Lekman - "The World Moves On" {I Know What Love Isn't}
Pop Etc - "Everything Is Gone" {POP ETC}
Tanlines - "Brothers" {Mixed Emotions}

Bassnectar - "Hologram" {Freestyle}
Aesop Rock - "Racing Stripes" {Skelethon}
Daphni - "Ye Ye" {Jiaolong}
Band Of Skulls - "You're Not Pretty But You Got It Goin' On" {Sweet Sour}
Esperanza Spalding - "Vague Suspicions" {Radio Music Society}
Ben Gibbard - "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)" {Former Lives}
Plants And Animals - "Song For Love" {The End Of That}
Orbital - "Beelzedub" {Wonky}
Gonjasufi - "The Blame" {MU.ZZ.LE}
JJ - "Times" {High Summer}

Taken By Trees - "Your Place Or Mine" {Other Worlds}
Dom Kennedy = " "P + H" {Yellow Album}
Paul Van Dyk with Austin Leeds - "Verano" {Evolution}
Anais Mitchell - "Coming Down" {Young Man In America}
Beth Orton - "Call Me The Breeze" {Sugaring Season}
Marsen Jules - "Swans Reflecting Elephants" {Kompakt: Pop Ambient 2012}
Moonface - "Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips" {With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery}
Swearin' - "Fat Chance" {Swearin'}
Maps & Atlases - "Bugs" {Beware And Be Grateful}
Lilacs & Champagne - "Morrocan Handjob" {Lilacs & Champagne}

Woods - "Cali In A Cup" {Bend Beyond}
The Lumineers - "The Dead Sea" {The Lumineers}
Squarepusher - "Stadium Ice" {Ufabulum}
Hunx - "Let Me In" {Hairdresser Blues}

...& 1 to grow on:

Ende Scneafliet - "Animals From Outer Space" {The Minimal Waves Tapes: Volume Two}


31 December 2012


congrats on avoiding the loss of your physical body/becoming a trans-dimensional being; here's a mix to celebrate corporeal existence: on Mixcloud or a downloadable version that snugly fits on a single CD. a toast to manatees everywhere below.

here's to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap
and to your(in my arms flowering so new)
self whose eyes smell of the sound of rain

and here's to silent certainly mountains;and to
a disappearing poet of always,snow
and to morning;and to morning's beautiful friend
twilight(and a first dream called ocean)and

let must or if be damned with whomever's afraid
down with ought with because with every brain
which thinks it thinks,nor dares to feel(but up
with joy;and up with laughing and drunkenness)

here's to one undiscoverable guess
of whose mad skill each world of blood is made
(whose fatal songs are moving in the moon

01 November 2012


please listen below to The Graveyard Shift's submissions to the International Radio Festival's Search for the Best US College Radio Show. and if you like what you hear, go over to Mixcloud and say so. take all the time you need; you have until December 1st.

01 October 2012


want to help At War with Dust write a song?

listen to this currently lyric-less composition called "Lost Pigs Of The Moon", then write down any feelings which arise as you're listening: any imagery or thoughts, fantasy-scenarios or poetic-sounding sentences, that come to mind. AWwD will write a song using your comments and upload it to their YouTube account once finished.

01 September 2012


Glen Pine (see above) has our vote for coolest motherfucker walking. listen to our 2nd attempt at a 'Best Of The Slackers'-mix here: Craft Beer On Tap. playlist below; comments and criticism welcome.

"Tin Tin Deo" {Redlight (1997)}
"Sermon" {Wasted Days (2001)}
"International War Criminal" {Peculiar (2006)}
"Old Days" {Wasted Days (2001)}
"And I Wonder?" {The Question (1998)}
"Make Me Smile Dub" {An Afternoon In Dub (2005)}
"Sarah" {Better Late Than Never (1996)}
"Body Double" {The Boss Harmony Sessions (2007)}
"86 The Mayo" {Peculiar (2006)}
"Watch This" {Redlight (1997)}
"Cooking With Tommy" {Redlight (1997)}
"I Shall Be Released" {Peculiar (2006)}
"Married Girl" {Slack In Japan (2006)}
"Please Decide" {Wasted Days (2001)}
"Work Song" {Better Late Than Never (1996)}
"I Still Love You" {Redlight (1997)}
"The Nurse" {Wasted Days (2001)}
"Don't Forget The Streets" {Self-Medication (2008)}
"Close My Eyes" {Close My Eyes (2003)}
"Rude And Reckless" {Redlight (1997)}

01 August 2012


it's a ball reconstructing old mix CDs; this one's from 2008, we think: "Speakeasy #14".

art by Chokboy.

& if you enjoy that, give our radio show a try: #Shift917.

this one goes out to seafarers everywhere...

"When we think freely, voyaging on the open sea, with nothing under us and nothing over us, in solitude, alone by ourselves - then we are purely at home with ourselves."

01 July 2012


to subscribe to our Spotify playlist of 2012's essential tracks (so far), click here: http://tiny.cc/ik27hwbelow is the track-list for The Graveyard Shift's Mid-Year Review broadcast.



Nicolette Good - "Call Me" {Monarch}

Hacienda - "You Just Don't Know" {Shakedown}
Mad-One with Ruler Why - "Crystals" {The Asylum}
Megafauna - "Love Project" {Surreal Estate}

-- Kirlian - "Undo Yourself" {To Merge}

Third Root - "Benedición / Down In SA" {Stand For Something}
Phonolux - "American Dream" {Nashville Fires}
Whiskey Ships - "I'm Not Don Quixote" {Soft Enterprise}

-- Ernest Gonzales - "Peaks & Valleys" {Natural Traits}

Merykid - "New Tricks" {I'm Wide Awake, It's Raining}
Mexican Stepgrandfather - "Stand For Something" {Occupied State}
The Tiago Splitters - "The Option To See" {The Tiago Splitters}
We Leave at Midnight - "New Year" {We Leave At Midnight}

-- The Texas Weather - "All-Out Freak Out" {The Fall, The Winter}

Mission Complete! - "Insomniac" {Emotionally Strong Enough To Be Your Man}
Hacienda - "Natural Life" {Shakedown}
The Lost Project - "Through My Eyes" {Where It Begins}
Yoshimoto - "Rainbows" {Lemmings To The Sea}

-- Ernest Gonzales - "The Heroic Lives of Particles" {Natural Traits}

Nicolette Good - "Marathon" {Monarch}


Here We Go Magic - "Alone But Moving" {A Different Ship}

-- Air - "Sonic Armada" {Le Voyage Dans La Lune}

The Dandy Warhols - "Sad Vacation" {This Machine}
Beach House - "Myth" {Bloom}
Father John Misty - "Fun Times In Babylon" {Fear Fun}

-- Hilary Hahn & Hauschka - "Krakow" {Silfra}

Andrew Bird - "Lazy Projector" {Break It Yourself}
Bumpy Kunckles with DJ Premier - "More Levels" {Kolexxxion}
Lower Dens - "Propagation" {Nootropics}

-- Air - "Parade" {Le Voyage Dans La Lune}

Dirty Projectors - "Gun Has No Trigger" {Swing Lo Magellan}
El-P - "Drones Over Bklyn" {Cancer For Cure}
King Tuff - "Loser's Wall" {King Tuff}
Tennis - "High Road" {Young & Old}

-- Clark - "Black Stone" {Iradelphic}

Patrick Watson - "Quiet Crowd" {Adventures In Your Own Backyard}
Spiritualized - "I Am What I Am" {Sweet Heart Sweet Light}
B.o.B. - "Where Are You (B.o.B. Vs Bobby Ray)" {Strange Clouds}
School of Seven Bells - "Low Times" {Ghostory}

-- Voices From The Lake - "Circe / ST (VFTL Rework" {Voices From The Lake}

Tennis - "My Better Self" {Young & Old}
Damu The Fudgemonk with Raw Poetic - "Hole Up" {Kilawatt V1.5}
Spiritualized - "Headin' For The Top Now" {Sweet Heart Sweet Light}

-- Lambchop - "Gar" {Mr. M}

The Walkmen - "Line By Line" {Heaven}
Santigold - "Disparate Youth" {Master of My Make-Believe}
Jaill - "Perfect Ten" {Traps}

-- Clark - "Tooth Moves" {Iradelphic}

The Shins - "Bait and Switch" {Port of Morrow}
Here We Go Magic - "Make Up Your Mind" {A Different Ship}
Of Montreal - "Dour Percentage" {Paralytic Stalks}

-- Grass Widow - "A Light In The Static" {Internal Logic}

Best Coast - "No One Like YOu" {The Only Place}
Rufus Wainwright - "Sometimes You Need" {Out Of The Game}
Gift of Gab - "Market & 8th" {The Next Logical Progression}

-- Orbital - "Beelzedub" {Wonky}

Daniel Rossen - "Up On High" {Silent Hour/Golden Mile}
Bumpy Kunckles with DJ Premier - "OwNiT" {Kolexxxion}
White Rabbits - "Danny Come Inside" {Milk Famous}

-- Disasterpeace - "Adventure" {FEZ}

Fanfarlo - "Tunguska" {Rooms Filled With Light}
Liars - "A Ring On Every Finger" {WIXIW}
Grimes - "Know The Way (Outro)" {Visions}
Beach House - "Lazuli" {Bloom}

-- Air - "Astronomic Club" {Le Voyage Dans La Lune}

The Cribs - "Come On, Be A No-One" {In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull}
Bowerbirds - "Walk The Furrows" {The Clearing}
Dr. Dog - "These Days" {Be The Void}

-- Blondes - "Lover" {Blondes}

Leonard Cohen - "Anyhow" {Old Ideas}
O.C. with Apollo Brown - "Caught Up" {Trophies}
Metric - "Lost Kitten" {Synthetica}

-- Chet Faker - "Cigarettes And Chocolate" {Thinking In Textures}

Plants and Animals - "Song For Love" {The End Of That}
Regina Spektor - "Firewood" {What We Saw From The Cheap Seats}
Here We Go Magic - "Made To Be Old" {A Different Ship} 

-- Yppah - "Film Burn" {Eighty One}

Santigold - "This Isn't Our Parade" {Master of My Make-Believe}
Jack White with Ruby Amanfu - "Love Interruption" {Blunderbuss}
Ab-Soul - "Bohemian Grove" {Control System}

-- Mouse on Mars - "Wienuss" {Parastrophics}

M. Ward - "The First Time I Ran Away" {A Wasteland Companion}
Heartless Bastards - "Only For You" {Arrow}
Raekwon with J.D. Era - "Soldier Story" {Unexpected Victory}

-- Actress - "Holy Water" {R.I.P.}

Beach House - "Wishes" {Bloom}
Daniel Rossen - "Saint Nothing" {Silent Hour/Golden Mile}
Lower Dens - "Brains / Stem" {Nootropics}

O.C. with Apollo Brown - "The Formula" {Trophies}
White Rabbits - "Are You Free" {Milk Famous}
Hot Chip - "Flutes" {In Our Heads}

-- Mount Eerie - "(Synthesizer)" {Clear Moon}

Dirty Projectors - "Dance For You" {Swing Lo Magellan}
Fiona Apple - "Anything We Want" {The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do}
Lee Fields & The Expressions - "Still Hanging On" {Faithful Man}

-- Get The Blessing - "Adagio In Wot Minor" {OC DC}

Islands - "Hallways" {A Sleep & A Forgetting}
Here We Go Magic - "People In The Darkness" {A Different Ship: Bonus Disc}
Sharon Van Etten - "All I Can" {Tramp}

-- Qluster remixing Battles - "Dominican Fade" {Dross Glop}

Kimbra - "Good Intent" {Vows}
Ty Segall & White Fence - "Tongues" {Hair}
Shearwater - "Run The Banner Down" {Animal Joy}

-- J. Dilla - "Requiem with Alan Barnes (Blackbyrds)" {The Rebirth of Detroit}

Sigur Rós - "Fjögur píanó" {Valtari}
Oren Ambarchi - "Knots" {Audience of One}

Esperanza Spalding - "Land Of The Free" {Radio Music Society}
Vijay Iyer Trio - "Human Nature (Trio Extension)" {Accelerando}.


01 June 2012


an NPR intern named Emily White wrote this, then a musician named David Lowery wrote this in reply, so we wrote what's below. comments welcomed.

Musicians are not entitled to a certain level of profit - that's somewhat arbitrarily determined by the state of our technology at a given time - any more than buggy-repairers were entitled to their same profits after the invention of the automobile. Time was, it was the sheet music that sold - not the recordings. Should guitar tabulature websites be outlawed too, since they take compensation away from the authors of tab books? Lowery's historical naiveté here is profound, as he spins idyllic yarns: "The accepted norm for hudreds [sic] of years of western civilization is the artist exclusively has the right to exploit and control his/her work for a period of time. ... By allowing the artist to treat his/her work as actual property, the artist can decide how to monetize his or her work. This system has worked very well for fans and artists." Leaving aside the question of whether artists have been fairly compensated throughout all of Western history until this very moment, what of that Pandora's box called RADIO which once promised to forever destroy the lives of working musicians? After all, why on earth would anyone buy the record if they could hear it for free on the radio?... Yet can one imagine the history of Rock 'n Roll or Jazz without this pest? And might how we over-reacted to that change in technology give us a clue about how to approach this new one, the Internet? Because, in point of fact, radio has been shown to have a negative impact on record sales [www.ftc.gov] and "illegal" file-sharing has been shown to have a neutral or slightly positive impact [www.unc.edu]. So perhaps radio DJs like ourselves are the real thieves and Lowery has simply misdirected his indignation.

Amidst all the Ayn Rand-like focus on the individual creator, what's most lacking in Lowery's perspective and those who share it might be a basic respect for the music commons and the community of listeners (or "looters") who make artistic creation worthwhile and who mold the shared cultural context which enables individual creation. Yes, the golden era of CD sales has come and gone. This isn't a "social injustice" and 14-year-olds aren't to blame for it. It resulted from amazing innovations, and thanks to them, more people today are better able to listen to more music than ever before. For those of us interested in spreading music foremost and profiting from it second, that's an unqualified societal good. Guilt-tripping listeners into unnecessarily limiting their capacity to appreciate music so you can try (and fail) to preserve some out-dated business-model, to us, puts one squarely on the wrong side of both history and morality.

Look, if someone were to loot a record shop, they'd deprive anyone else of buying those records. That's theft or destruction of private property. However, when someone copies a file, they do not similarly deprive anyone else. It's as big a difference as stealing a sheep and cloning one. The above article ignores this obvious distinction, not to mention sweeping the vast gray areas of copyright law under the proverbial rug, when it labels listeners "criminal" simply because they share.

Tell us, in Lowery's utopia, are we still allowed to hum a tune in our heads, or should we compensate musicians for that duplication of their copyrighted work as well? Can we sing along by ourselves, or will ASCAP and the RIAA come after us for that too, as when they attempted to shut down karaoke bars and prosecute middle school students? Can we lend a record to a friend, or does that abuse the artist by not making our friend buy their own? 'No listening while in the record shop!'. 'No copyrighted music in public libraries!'. 'No taping the radio!'. 'No DJing!'.

Imagining that if someone has however many 'illegally' downloaded songs on their computer they've somehow stolen the equivalent amount of cash out of the musician's pocket is to waste one's time counting fantasy dollars, because there's often little reason to believe that someone would've (or could've) paid for those songs anyway. Given declining sales (for which peer-to-peer file-sharing was NOT the primary cause), the choice isn't between well-compensated musicians and broke musicians but between broke musicians whose music isn't heard and broke musicians whose music is. Listeners are not the bad guys here.

For someone so concerned with rights, Mr. Lowery doesn't seem to value newfound freedom. Had a buddy not linked us to Napster in 1998, we still might be listening to only classical music and Billy Joel. The diversity of music we were exposed to via that site blew our underwater doors open. As broke teenagers, we would've never been able to afford all the life-changing sounds we heard by browsing people's libraries from all over the world. We're now musicians and radio DJs and we're morally certain that we would be neither had it not been for this unregulated 'criminality'. And we certainly haven't stopped. From Napster, we went straight to Soulseek and have never needed another file-sharing program. [Soulseek, incidentally, seems ever on the verge of failing to cover its operating expenses and funds itself through user donations - not exactly the "powerful commercial interests" Lowery waxes conspiratorial about.] We typically purchase our top three or four albums of the year (from San Antonio's lone local record store, Hogwild Records), but only after we've listened to them all year long at no charge. When money is tight, it doesn't do to gamble. The last CDs we bought were St. Vincent's 'Strange Mercy' and Radiohead's 'King Of Limbs', but we've likely listened to a 100 or more albums since then. We do convince others to buy albums due to our DJ-ing gigs, and we also have access to the radio station's library (copying from which isn't illegal, despite Lowery's accusations directed at Ms. White), but we won't hide behind these caveats. We attend at least one concert a month, and most recently saw Here We Go Magic at our favorite Austin venue, The Parish [which was amazing!].

That's us. So when anyone starts treating listeners as criminals, we get upset. When anyone starts reducing something we consider sacred to a mere commodity, we get upset. A song is not just a sellable good; it's a bit of magic that, when let out into the world, belongs to everyone. Music is not just entertainment; it's an integral part of culture. A 14-year-old in Texas, via a file-sharer in California, listening to Blackalicious for the first time when *they wouldn't have otherwise* ...shouldn't THAT moment be the non-negotiable part of this entire equation? Yet somehow the priceless quality of music gets lost in the numbers, especially when one presumes, by some holy writ we've yet to examine, that 11 tracks deserve no less than $19.99 plus tax from every consumer, from this point forward until eternity (adjusted for inflation). When someone says they have a superior compensation model, first they must demonstrate there won't be a loss in our exposure to as much music as manatee-ly possible. For us, that goal takes primacy. If we all agree that no one ought to have to put a quarter in their car radio to hear something new, then let's please think of the internet as one gigantic car radio.

So, Mr. and Ms. Musician, yesterday you made a good living selling a product that today not as many people want to buy - or, more often than not, can afford to buy. Why did you ever feel you were entitled to that standard of living? Why did you not prepare for the eventuality that it was a fluke or a fad? The vast majority of musicians have never been paid the big bucks, and this obviously didn't start with the mass migration away from cassettes and CDs. Why does every musician at every awards ceremony say, 'It's all about the fans' or 'It's all about the music', if they're so willing to exclude people from hearing their music in order to drive its price up? Since the tone of lecturing the young resonated throughout Lowery's piece, maybe it's the younger generation who will have to lecture the old guard: 'life doesn't owe you anything'; 'nothing was promised to you'; 'get a day job'; 'life isn't fair'.

A crucial confusion in Lowery's argument is his appropriation of anti-corporate rhetoric at the same time as he writes "in the case of corporate record labels, shouldn't they be rewarded for the bets they make that provides you with recordings you enjoy?". To present oneself as struggling for "the artists" against "powerful commercial interests" is laughable because it really masks a conflict between two sets of powerful commercial interests, with us - the musicians and listeners - caught in the crossfire. Of course making a living as a musician remains difficult, and we could use more monies from the Baby Boomers - whether through municipal grants or kickstarter campaigns - and less derision directed at Generation Ys: the very people who actively sustain the culture of music through their appreciation/participation, the very culture that folks like Lowery would rob. And what if someone is even more impoverished than the artists they can't afford to compensate? Should there be no music for the poors? How's THAT an anti-corporate stance?

The truly disheartening feature of this debate is the presumed absence of a people's movement and the concomitant de-politicization of music advocacy. It may seem like arguing for the plight of the starving artist is as a-political as it gets, but it disguises the fact that we're so used to settling for crumbs we've neglected to protest for a guaranteed income for *all* citizens and a robust endowment for *all* of the arts. Why does Lowery not suggest these solutions when faced with under-incomed musicians, instead of asking Ramen-nourished, in-debt-up-to-their-eyeballs college students to foot the bill for the enduring greed and short-sightedness of their elders? He writes that this ordeal is not the fault of corporations, that it's our generation's fault, and while that's factually just wrong, what of musicians' ethical obligation to resist a world ruled by corporations? Isn't protecting that industry a dereliction of our duty? We should use technology together to make the dominant players in the music industry obsolete, not cozy up to them as they try to squeeze the last drops of capital from a decreasing market share.

In sum: *we ought to make the pie bigger instead of pettily fighting over increasingly smaller slices of it*. That means letting as many people as possible into this big concert called the Internet. The old way of marketing music isn't the only option, but, crucially, if music loses its higher aim, it risks becoming just another profit-seeking enterprise. That's why, even for those who don't like to think about it, the tasks of art and politics are inextricably linked. And perhaps that at least is one point of agreement.