Monday October 3 2022
Three-hour ambient mix, Joe Bussard R.I.P., Killing Joke’s “In Dub,” Rosalía at Radio City Music Hall, the slippery hill of life, axial edits, Oren Ambarchi, sad girl swag
I’ve managed to play this three hour ambient mix from Albert Salinas (Wooky) and Philip Sherburne twice, which is kind of weird. I am coming to hate the word ambient more than I have hated any other word, but I am using it because you will have some idea what I mean. Start your day with this and let it ride out—there is a lot of terrain covered by the buddies here.
Lance Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital remembers Joe Bussard. What a record label like Dust-to-Digital does is only possible because of record collectors like Bussard, in general and possibly also in the specific (though I should not speak on their behalf).
If you want to know how passionate and stubborn Bussard was, watch the embedded half-hour doc at the end (made by Lance and co.). Joe driving his cop-ass Galaxie into the yard of a moonshiner? Classic. The web of music is kept alive and strong by a cast of thousands. Is Blind Blake more important than the guy who saves the Blind Blake record for the future? I wouldn’t know.
Here is a new batch of blurbs for shfl. We got Daft Punk, John Martyn, The Field, Colleen, Björk, David Sylvian, Tim Hecker, Stars of the Lid, HAIM, and more. This batch from a few weeks ago has one I want to point out: Killing Joke’s In Dub — Rewind (Vol. 1), a modest collection of some dubs from that past thirty-odd years which outstrips so many albums that try more intentionally to do the same thing. Absolutely dub; absolutely not reggae.
As you gather from the photo above, I saw Rosalía at Radio City Music Hall. Nothing to add to what I’ve said repeatedly—there are no other musicians operating at this level right now. Almost two hours playing in her bespoke motorcycle outfit, singing her brains out, no outfit change (except for adding a massive black train to her motomini) and no real stage tomfoolery beyond adding a few small platforms. She sang!
Rachel Handler interviewed her partner’s grandfather, David, a few days before his assisted suicide. He says goodbye to his own life, point by point. It’s mesmerizing.
Physical Therapy did a trip hop special for NTS in May, which I just caught on repeat. Would we say trip hop is underrated? Seems like it’s not rated at all, frankly. Howie B. and The Prunes? Absolutely ‘90s legit.
This thread from Will Ross is about Mad Max: Fury Road and axial cuts. What does that mean? Tune in! Brilliantly done.
Estef and Sad Girl Swag is a TikTok staple at this point. Crushing red peppers? Totally swag. Crushing potatoes? Hard to say. Crushing plastic toy animals? Not swag.
Get hip to Oren Ambarchi’s humility in this Aquarium Drunkard interview and then buy his perfect new album, Shebang.