Please enjoy my latest Soft Scientist release, Dream Foam. Inspired by the film Wings of Desire (hence the nod to Nick Cave), a years-long desire to open a mix with Carl Orff’s Gassenhauer and the subconscious. Think: tinkling sounds, chilled sheets and night thoughts drifting like snow.
Carl Orff – Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedl
Psychic TV- The Orchids
The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
Arthur Russell – Being It
Abe Vigoda – Wild Heart
Nicolas Jaar – Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Moondog & The London Saxophonic – Bird’s Lament
Bonobo – Cirrus / Delia Derbyshire – Colour
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
Wings of Desire mirror scene and Nick Cave performance.
Gorgeous, hypnotic Laura Palmer-esque fan video for closing track, Dream Baby Dream.
Rose cover photo by Nick Knight.
This blog is becoming something of a Patti Smith shrine and here’s another memento for the altar: Patti reading from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves
& just because I love it so much, here’s a powerful rendition of Because The Night during a 1979 German concert. The look on that girl’s face in the front row? Rapture.
I’ve always enjoyed June Carter Cash’s version of “Ring of Fire” best. She wrote it about Mr. Cash who, of course, made it a huge hit with his own rendition. Got to wonder what June felt on the many nights she heard him singing back her words. Love and creativity make strange bedfellows. Take a listen.
I came up with this playlist over four years ago and it’s the one I always come back to. Of all my mixes, this is the one most centered around a certain feeling: sweet melancholy spiced with the gleefully bizarre (thank you, Screamin’ Jay). The only recent addition is the Susan Cadogan track which, admittedly, makes for an odd transition into salty Memphis Minnie, but what the hell. I couldn’t leave out either.
“Strip-Teas” is a little surf-inspired number from the soundtrack of one of my favorite films, Sedmikrásky (known as Daisies here in the U.S.A.), the standout of the short-lived Czech New Wave movement. Here’s a clip of a banquet-turned-food fight featuring the song. If you love mod girls behaving badly, do check it out.
The Arthur Russell and Marvelettes songs are two of my desert island jams. Neither are quite representative of what the artists are known for–too gentle to become big hits–but both are amazing tunes about loving that feeling of being too deep in love.
Living for Today
Atlas Sound – Valley of the Saroos (Joe Meek Cover)
Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
The Marvelettes – The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game
The Sweet Inspirations – Oh! What A Fool I’ve Been
Ann Sexton – It’s All Over but the Shouting
Susan Cadogan – I Keep on Loving You
Memphis Minnie – Black Cat Blues
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – She Put the Wammee on Me
Strip-Teas (from Sedmikrásky OST)
Los 4 Planetas – Dos Guitarras
Ken Boothe – Say You
Jean-Bosco Mwenda – Mama na Mwana (Mother and Child)
Thanks for listening!
Intuit woman in 1915 by the Lomen Brothers
A friend of mine requested a mix, which led to rediscovering 60s French singer Chatal Kelly’s haunting Caribou. An epic drum intro and mournful, girlish war cries makes this a standout in the cutesy yé-yé genre. The shivery, snow-queen feel is pitch perfect for these slightly melancholy days. Enjoy!
Apologies for the lateness; I meant to post this back in November. Please enjoy this mercurial cold-weather mix for the fieriest of water signs.
1. Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
2. Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
3. Jane Birkin – Kawasaki
4. Antena – Camino del Sol
5. Dusty Springfield – Spooky
6. Francoise Hardy – Le Premier Bonheur du Jour
7. Os Mutantes – Le Premier Bonheur du Jour
8. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Egyptian Reggae
9. Docteur Nico & Orchestre African Fiesta – Pauline
10. Orchestre De La Paillotte – Kadia Blues
11. William Carlos Williams – This Is Just To Say / Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
12. Fleetwood Mac – Albatross
13. Galt MacDermot – Coffee Cold
title quote by Adolfo Bioy Casares
A few things that have thrilled me of late:
Let’s Get Lost, a documentary about the decline of jazz musician Chet Baker, shot in the lushest of blacks-and-whites. It also features inexplicable and dreamy interludes with Flea and Chris Isaak.
Nicolas Jaar’s profoundly gorgeous Essential Mix for the BBC. Love the intro with Angelo Badalamenti describing the inception of the Twin Peaks theme.
The woman, I passed by, playing an out-of-tune but still upright piano beneath this archway in Fort Tryon Park.
Brian Eno’s ruminations on his childhood in this rambling, previously unpublished interview by the late Lester Bangs.
Last night I saw Patti Smith read in Brooklyn Bridge Park beneath a glorious sunset, electric turquoise and flamingo pink. She sipped turmeric tea and recounted her first meeting with Alan Ginsberg before launching into the footnote to Howl. She claimed the best dancers in the world are from South Jersey yet recited Piss Factory, which tells all you need to know about why she left. She read a lovely, sad little poem, Indian Rubies, about fetish objects and loss. She shouted out Pussy Riot, showed off her tour boots and urged the crowd to put their creative work first.
Thank you, Patti Smith.
photos: Amy Grimm