Sorry for the lack of new mixes lately, everyone. The demands of planning for graduate school and other life-concerns have kept me from finishing mixes lately. But I promise good things are afoot. I’m working up multi-mix series focusing on Sound Library music, ‘issued’ under the Musique du Monde banner; another featuring more “post-post-punk” music that carries on the spirit and sounds of the post-punk pinnacle through the 80s to the 2000s; and an exploration of my favorite singer-songwriter music from the underrated early 70s period. There are also new Le Tour du Monde and Les Miniatures mixes I need to finish up. But odds are, there’s stuff already up you haven’t heard, so I recommend taking a look at the 52+ mixes that went up in Musicophilia’s first year–which I’m proud (and astonished) to say just went over 20,000 total listens earlier this week! I sure hope that means people are hearing (and then buying) things they never knew before! Thanks for listening and spreading the word.
October 4th marks the one-year anniversary of Musicophilia’s first post and first mix, and in that time the blog has featured almost one mix for every week (indexed here), which between them have been downloaded over 15,000 times with nearly 70,000 views and at least 200 subscribers. The “internet famous” 1981 Box Set from 2005 was finally made available in full to a broader audience; a whole new (fake) reissue label was born, Musique du Monde, to explore the wonderful sounds of the 60s and 70s; the Miniatures Series provided you full listening experiences in 2-minute doses; and the experimental and cinematic Sensory Replication Series hopefully found its way through a few headphones in the dark. Toss in a bunch of one-off mixes, single-artist features, fantastic guest-mixes and even a few full albums, and the blog now has a pretty substantial “back catalogue”.
[Note: Please take a moment to participate in the year-one Musicophilia poll, and leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for free Musicophilia-approved CDs, after the “more…” link.]
Hello everyone. My girlfriend posted last week to let you know why I’d gone silent, and I’m happy to be able to post myself today to let you all know I’m home after ten days in the hospital. The doctors say my illness is very unusual (a “lightning strike” of bad luck), and I remain on I-V treatment and have to return for many visits, but they seem confident I will recover fully. I want to thank all of you for your kind words and positive thoughts, and for your patience as Musicophilia and Musicophilia Daily have been silent. I’m regaining a lot of energy, and as I’m stuck home from work I hope to be able to finish up some mixes this week. Keep your ears open for further guest mixes from friends of Musicophilia The Harvey Girls this coming week. Thank you all.
[Update: 5/3 Download Link is down again. If you are an artist or label responsible for a particular work but do not wish it to be featured, please let me know and I will remove it. My sincere intention, as always, is to promote the artists’ work and help people discover it and purchase what is available. So listeners, as always, the music shared here is not intended to replace purchased music. Please support the artists involved, especially via independent shops like those linked in the right-hand column. ]
[Check out ‘No Heroes’-style bonus tracks, with links to the originals, as part of an ongoing series at Musicophilia Daily.] For a bunch of supposed futurist Marxist Modernist post-historical art-weirdos, the post-punk/New pop set were actually remarkably affectionate toward the music they grew up loving, “I Hate” graffiti t-shirts notwithstanding. And not just toward their Can and Roxy Music and Lee “Scratch” Perry albums that they all had, naturally, when they were 13 years old proto-Art School students. Sure, there’s an LP worth of voidoid Rolling Stones anti-covers of varying quality that can be pretty backhandedly complimentary in a Warhol sort of way. But at least in music, if not rhetoric, there was a lot of love for the radio of recently-lost youth: for Motown, for psychedelic bands and garage (the “first punk” kind) rock, for the Beatles, even for the occasional movie theme and crooner standby. The covers on this “newly discovered 2xLP” compilation “from 1982” are certainly not reverent, and few are straight (most are decidedly a little bent, befitting the zeitgeist), but few of them are detached, (wholly) ironic, or dismissive.
Post-punk is often quite catchy in its way, and so there’s plenty of singability, listenability, pop ability on display–some of which actually had some popular impact in the grand tradition of the commercial cover tune. The Beatles get channeled by Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Feelies, and Hecter Zazou. Lee Dorsey and Al Green are both faves, fueling Devo and Trio, Talking Heads and Orange Juice, respectively. There’s Motown and funk love to spare, with A Certain Ratio, Flying Lizards, Soft Cell and The Slits being careful to avoid direct theft they can’t pull off, but honoring the sources with their own quirks firmly displayed. Straight-up pop is in evidence with Lydia Lunch, Tom Tom Club, Lene Lovich, Plastics and Antena joining the Oldies parade–and even Psychedelic Furs tackling “Mack the Knife”. As for the “I Hate Pink Floyd” sentiment, Dolphins aren’t having it, and The Pretenders clearly don’t hate the Kinks. Lizy Mercier-Descloux and the Selecter take you to the movies, and XTC and The Cure of all people show Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix love. The Gun Club reach back to Robert Johnson, and Siouxsie’s Creatures laud The Troggs. Only Bauhaus and Japan cover material you’d think of as post-punk-approved–Eno and The Velvets–but they do it with aplomb. I can’t say most of this music eclipses the originals–be sure to check below for links to all of the source tracks–but it’s all a lot of fun. Full tracklist, artwork and download link–along with those originals links–at the “more…” link.
An unusual post today: I’ve been interviewed about the Musicophilia blogs, music and the internet, the role of the ‘geek mentor,’ etc. at the lovely Circle Into Square , “a Portland, OR based label, online magazine, and local artist community”. Conducted by the multi-talented Hiram Lucke of The Harvey Girls, the interview was very free-wheeling and a lot of fun. So check it out here, and be sure to look around the site while you’re there.
All nine mixes from the ‘1981’ Box Set are now available in full! That’s hundreds of key artists, the famed and the forgotten, from the apex of post-punk and the ascent of new-pop, synth-pop, and related artforms. Links to every mix are below, at the “more…” link. Don’t be shy–say hello, let me know if you dig what I’m doing here.
Things are still getting cooking over at Musicophilia Daily a few weeks in. Already there have been over 40 tracks shared, numerous links, and even an original review. There’s another feature I’d like to add– but in order to do so I’ll need your participation. I’ve already talked with half a dozen of you whom I know to be talented musicians; I suspect, given the sort of stuff we’re listening to here, that there are many more of you. And I would like to showcase music made by Musicophilia listeners, for other listeners. I know it wouldn’t be the biggest bit of publicity you’re likely to receive, but it would certainly be reaching discerning and passionate ears.
So if you’d like to be featured, leave a comment with a link to your music (be sure to use a working email address–nobody but me will see it). I can’t guarantee anything, but if what you’re doing seems like it might appeal to Musicophilia listeners, I’ll get in touch with you. I’d like to use one or two choice tracks to stream directly in the blog post, along with artwork or a photograph, which I’ll need you to supply; then I’ll write up a snappy blurb, and link to your site(s)/MySpace/Facebook/etc. I feel like this would really add something to what I’m putting together with these two blogs, so I would really appreciate your participation. I’m constantly honored to meet the thoughtful, passionate people the music we love brings here, and I’m always thankful you’re listening.
Just a quick note to apologise for the lack of new mixes in the last couple of weeks; hopefully the break has provided an opportunity for everyone to look back through the 30-odd mixes that have been posted in Musicophilia’s first five months. I’ve been busier than I expected; but hopefully it’s some consolation that things have been hopping over at Musicophilia Daily (including a new every-weekend feature of tracks from the ‘1981 Briefcase‘ mp3 disc). But don’t worry–I’ve still got a lot of mixes in various stages of completion, so things should be picking up again soon. Next in the queue is a series of new ‘Post Post-Punk‘ mixes, this time tracing out several central musical aspects of post-punk and its divergent permutations through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. With any luck, at least the first of these will be up by early the week of March 16. Since I’m blabbing–I’d also like to let everyone know that I’m always open to possibilities for guest-mixes, blog-swaps, etc., so if you’ve got an idea, let me know in a comment and I’ll write back to you as soon as I can. Thanks as always for listening!
One-quarter year in, and it’s been a heck of a trip so far. There’s been so much greater a response than I ever considered possible, and what began as “just a repository for old mixes” has become a real project, something that’s made a habit of which I was almost embarrassed seem worthwhile and quasi-respectable. Even my girlfriend has said she approves of my “time well wasted”. Three months, nearly 16,000 visits, 3,400 mixes heard, 21 mixes and albums posted, dozens of comments and links. I thank each and every one of you who has listened, downloaded, commented, corresponded, told friends, and linked to or blogged about the project. Your participation makes what could otherwise be a rather solitary hobby into something that feels like a community undertaking, and I encourage anyone to talk to me about cross-posts, guest-mixing, co-blogging, or any other project we can come up with. I’ve got a lot planned, nearly 20 mixes nearing completion or under way, so I hope the well won’t dry up any time soon, as long as people trust their ears to mine. This love of music is that much better when it’s shared. As always, comments are very much appreciated, so let me know what you’d like to see next, or suggest ideas, make requests, etc. Click the “more…” link for a visual summary of all the mixes issued thus far in chronological order, and a sneak-peak of what’s soon to come. Check here and here for more information about Musicophilia in general. Thanks, and I hope you’re enjoying the music.
Thanks & An Introduction
Musicophilia seems to have had an electronic guardian angel: in a little over 24 hours, the blog has had over 3,000 visits, with over 500 mixes downloaded! This one day now accounts for nearly one quarter of all the traffic Musicophilia has recieved in its just-over-two-months existence. This means a whole lot of people have potentially heard music they hadn’t before, which is the mission of the blog, and that’s exciting. So I can only say, thank you! And welcome to all the new visitors (look here for what I set out to do with Musicophilia). You were directed here for the ‘1981‘ mixes (of which there are at leats four more to be posted), and I am very proud of that project and happy to see it have a second life years after its original release. But I would also encourage you to check out some of the other mixes and series going here, which I’ll introduce below the “more…” link—please take a look.
Wow. One week, three mixes, 1,000+ views, 110+ downloads, numerous kind remarks and links. So much more than I expected, and it really makes me happy that that many people (seems like a lot to me) are hopefully enjoying the music. Thank you. More mixes, new and old, coming this week.