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Our collaboration with BlackForrestry continues. Witness – The End Is At Hand: Volume Three. Similar to volumes one and two, this homemade collection rounds up super-obscure, often private press, outsider psychedelic guitar and folk music from the 60s and 70s…all with the underlying theme of the Jesus People Movement.

During the early 1970s the Movement gained a certain amount of notoriety when mass media (Time and Life magazines) featured iconic photographs depicting throngs of hippies getting baptized in the Pacific Ocean + parading through the streets hefting signs that read “Jesus Loves You”. Out of this movement sprang a vibrant music scene, and while there were a number of bands that gained some recognition, many were under-heard, fading into oblivion. Until now. The below mix of Jesus-centric songs ranges in vibe from electric psychedelia to rural pastoral and beyond. And available for the first time in six years, be sure to snag the re-ups of two previous Jesus Movement mixes. Praise.

The End Is At Hand: Volume Three – Gonna Sing My Lord (1:32)

**playlist & volumes one and two after the jump . . .

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2009 BBC documentary tracing Neil Young’s career, culled from three hours of interviews shot in New York and California. Featuring Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Nils Lofgren, etc, the doc unearths previously unseen performance footage from Young’s personal archives.

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Debussy famously stated “Music is the space between notes.” Pioneering sound poet Joanna Brouk suggested, “If you want to know where my music came from, it was silence.”  Lisa Simpson, seated at the Jazz Hole nightclub in downtown Springfield, explained to a fellow patron that the key to understanding music was listening to the notes not played. (“Pssh, I can do that at home.“) Point here is: things happen in the spaces between phrases. The action’s in the space provided.

Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge are highly accomplished players. On his 2016 album Arclight, Lage — a child prodigy known for his work with Nels Cline — subtly blended country & western and jazz. Eldridge is no slouch either. A full-time Punch Brother, he’s worked with artists like Paul Simon, Justin Timberlake, T-Bone Burnett, and Elvis Costello. But on their second full-length collaboration Mount Royal, there’s no attempt to outplay or one-up each other. The duo understands the need for breathing room.

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Via Slumberland (January 20, 2017), The Proper Ornaments’ Foxhole – the sophomore collaboration between James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames). Riding a wave similar to that of Hoare’s latest project, Proper Ornaments glom onto that ambiguous sweet spot residing somewhere between twilight and dusk. Here’s the first taste . . .

The Proper Ornaments :: Cremated (Blown Away)

a3387338638_16A closer look at one of our favorite releases from last year: Tumblers from the Vault (1970 – 1972), the compiled recorded output (and beyond) of 70s Canadian trio Syrinx, whose boundary leaping music was lovingly excavated by experimental New York label RVNG Intl.

Syrinx bandleader John Mills-Cockell was a pioneering Moog enthusiast, but these recordings travel a spectrum far broader than ambient exploration. The title track is a widescreen composition of pastoral chamber synth, worthy of scoring a Kubrick film. “Ibistix” slithers and grooves with an Ethio-Jazz funk, stretching out into warbling alien terrains while “Field Hymn (Epilogue)” blends Renaissance formality with folk-jazz soundscapes. But the (seasonally appropriate) standout might just be “December Angel.” It’s a piece that is stunning, patient, and solemn – a winter paean of snow, sorrow, and wonder – its melancholy strings gliding across granular synth textures that predate Another Green World and Low.  It’s a breathtaking piece of electronic music – a synthetic conjuring of a dramatic symphony orchestra; a kind of retrofuturist opera that feels fresh even now, like its own form of new music. All this to say: this is a must-hear record – not just 1972 or 2016, but forever. High praise, indeed. words / c depasquale

Syrinx :: December Angel

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Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 464: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Alpha Beta – Astral Abuse ++ Trinidad And Tobago Steel All Stars – Do Your Thing ++ Unique Madoo – Call Me Nobody Else ++ Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi – I Beg ++ Sweet Breeze – Good Thing ++ Soul Throbs – Little Girl ++ Talking Heads – I Get Wild/Wild Gravity ++ Dub Syndicate – Out And About ++ Suang Santi – Dub Fai Kui Gun (Turn Off The Light, Let’s Talk) ++ Stomu Yamash’ta’s East Wind – Rian Race ++ Blur – Out Of Time ++ Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl ++ Sam Spence – Sunken Ship ++ Rhetts Hughes – Light My Fire ++ Petalouda – What You Can Do In Your Life ++ Gil Scott-Heron – Message To The Messengers ++ T.Y. Boys – Lekopokopo Single Moqashoa ++ Gabor Szabo – Caravan ++ Carsten Meinert Kvartet – One For Alice ++ Gene Boyd – Thought of You Today ++ Amral’s Trinindad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky ++ Menahan Street Band – Tired of Fighting ++ Arthur Russell – Make 1, 2 ++ Talking Heads – I Zimbra ++ Fela Kuti – My Lady Frustration ++ Joya Landis – Angel (Of The Morning) ++ Kool Blues – Since I Fell For You ++ Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Groovin’ with the Aces ++ The Fabulous Three – Django’s Soul ++ Bembeya Jazz National – Petit Sekou ++ CAN – I Want More ++ Serge Gainsbourg – Des Laids Des Dubs ++ Dwight Sykes – In The Life Zone

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.
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“Well, I’m gonna make myself a cup of Good Morning America, ya’ll want some?” While the news of last year’s reissue of the Twin Peaks OST was cool, this is personally what I’ve been waiting for: a vinyl issue of Fire Walk With Me. I was 16 when I picked up the CD upon the film’s initial release — soundtracking and possibly warping/haunting some formative years. Oh, well. Among other things, I have the collection to thank as my introduction to the late, great Little Jimmy Scott (via “Sycamore Trees“), and later on the music bed for my first radio show was courtesy of “The Pink Room“. Also, I’m pretty confident it was FWWM that finally led to my purchasing Julee Cruise’s indispensable 1989 debut, Floating Into The Night. While the score for the original series remains beautifully consistent, the companion soundtrack to Fire Walk With Me, like Lynch, is eclectically bizarre, humorous and surprising.

The reissue of Fire Walk With Me is out January 25th, via Death Waltz Recordings.

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