Filed under: Music | Tags: austra, electro-magnetism, emika, harmonia, jan hammer group, minimal synth, mix, podcast, severed heads, subway, synthpop, tara cross, taulard, the 6ths, thick pidgeon, units, xeno and oaklander
Well, here’s the yearly blog post. The yearly mix. This one doesn’t have any real specific theme, other than these are the artists I’ve been rocking out to over the past year. It’s been an intense year here in Stockholm, as I continue my rocky integration into Swedish culture, and a lot of these songs have been my soundtrack to that experience. Some of the bands are recent discoveries, and some are old favorites.
I recently went on a trip to Grenoble, and came back with a fantastic punk compilation called Sous Sol (thanks Raf!), a gorgeous handmade silkscreened CD made in the dreamy printing room at the 102 squat. I swear that everything they make in there looks like magic!
From this compilation I chose the song Fuir by Taulard, a snappy energetic blast of awesomeness. Xeno & Oaklander‘s latest album from 2011, Sets and Lights, had been on repeat for many a month. The song Blue is actually my second favorite track off that album, the first being Autumn’s Edge. Oh the glistening effervescing arpeggios! I am loving how polished their sound is becoming.
Always plundering the fast expanses of Stephin Merritt’s work, I came upon The 6ths’ last album Hyacinths and Thistles. I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would, but the song Oahu made it all worth while.
“It wasn’t meant to be, she had no time for me cause she was writing a novel…”
- Units – Cowboy
- Taulard – Fuir
- Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened (Remix Three)
- Xeno & Oaklander – Blue
- Subway – Lowlife
- Austra – Spellwork
- Emika – Count backwards
- Tara Cross/Unovidual – Touch Me Here, Touch Me There
- Thick Pidgeon – Subway
- Jan Hammer Group – Dont you know
- Harmonia – Kekse
- The 6ths – Oahu
Enjoy the mix!
Ps. Oh, and I’m now on Mixcloud! Come find me there.
Pps. I moved my old files so my old mixes no longer load anymore. Bummer. They were super old though. If you’d like a listen/download, don’t hesitate to post a comment in that mix’s post and I’ll re-up it!
Filed under: Art
I decided to create a special blog specifically for my flameworked glass.
You can check it out here!
Filed under: Music | Tags: electro-magnetism, italo disco, minimal synth, scandinavian synth
(You can download it as well by clicking the little down-arrow on the Soundcloud thingy above.)
It’s time for another mix! I lean towards cheerful music in winter for some reason (see Episode 2). Maybe just to keep my downtrodden sun-craving soul alive and kicking through the darkness.
You can download it above, or subscribe to the podcast using the following URL in iTunes:
- Blondes- Synthesist
- Pete Shelley- Witness the Change
- Eleven Pond- Portugal
- Primadonna- Flashing on the Floor
- Schmaalhans Weltraum- Samovar
- Det Gylne Triangel- Maskindans
- Grimes- Oblivion
- Com Truise- Sundripped
- Heartsrevolution- Teenage Teardrops (Pyramid Remix)
- Plastic Mode- NY Life
- Alden Tyrell- Hills of Honolulu
- Clockwork Orange- Sensation Boys
- Moß Garten- Moderna Kvinnor
- The Arms of Someone New- Beacon
- Big Ben Tribe- Heroes
I recently moved to Sweden and have been exploring some Scandinavian minimal synth lately, so I included some of that in there as well. Originally I wanted to do an all-Scandinavian mix, but I didn’t quite have enough super duper awesome material. Hopefully by next year I’ll be ready!
Tracks from Tromsø up North to Arendal in the South, tracks recorded as early as 1980 and up to 1988, tracks shorter than two minutes and longer than six, spanning dark wave, avant garde, synth pop and most genres in between; songs that were hits on Norwegian radio and songs that have been totally obscure for 20 years or more. Maskindans is an impressively broad and thorough presentation of the finest Norwegian ’80s electronics.
The whole thing is really quite good, and some of the tracks are really addictive. On my mix, the tracks by Clockwork Orange and Det Gylne Triangel were my favorites from this compilation. I found it quite adorable to read that more than half of the first pressings were snapped up by the Norwegian government for use in libraries, all the way from Oslo to the Russian border.
Some of my favorite modern bands of the moment are also featured on here, including Com Truise (who has a really nice looking website, btw) who I see just recently played Stockholm unknown to me (will. now. kill. self.) and Grimes. I have also been getting into Emika, but her music is in no way perky enough to fit on this mix. Perhaps after my perky wears off and I start wearing sunglasses and black velvet in the darkest depths of winter, I’ll make another mix more suitable to her. (Sounds fun!) But for now, here’s a very nice remix of a song from her recent self-titled debut.
Filed under: Art | Tags: 2011, boro, borosilicate, Brooklyn, displays, glass, jewelry, lampworking, lark isadora, larkisadora, pyrex, renegade craft fair
I was really impressed by the fashion of many of the fair-goers. I saw so many innovative jewelry pieces being worn- I got all sorts of new ideas.
My setup was small, so I tried to maximize space by making some vertical displays. One of them was an Xray I found on the ground in Chinatown, which I framed and then displayed necklaces over. It was a hit with the doctor in the crowd, who let me know that it was displayed backwards. The heart should be on the viewers’ right side. Good to know!
It was interesting to see what people were attracted to on the table. The steel wool definitely captivated people and drew them in to handle the pieces.
Filed under: Art | Tags: borosilicate, Brooklyn, clear, etsy, glass, lampworking, larkisadora, necklace, renegade craft fair
Sunday morning jewelry times! Made this one bright and early. I think I am going to do more of these. I really like the clear ones with the different heights.
Filed under: Art | Tags: borosillicate, Brooklyn, glass, jewelry, lark davis, larkisadora, necklaces, renegade craft fair, silver chain
Made this one today, it’s in the kiln as we speak!
I’m going to be sharing a booth at Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, next Saturday and Sunday.
Brown translucent beads made with Northstar Nile boro. They’ve got subtle blue interference shades, really nice.