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Time to wrap up 2017!  If you're a Mixcloud or eDEEJAY.com member, you'll know the show has moved on to the first session of 2018 ... but here in the blog, we strive for completeness, and that means closing out 2017 with a post for each show.  You'll find the latest entries up top (for older issues, scroll down -- and note that there's now a separate archive page for 2016 shows.)  And remember: text in bold/red links to the complete set-list for the show.

 

 

 

Each year my go-to music blog, Said the Gramaphone, posts a list of "100 favourite songs" & this is my introduction to music I wouldn't otherwise know about. For the last several years, I've been making up my own mini-playlists from each year’s StG bounty; it's a task that causes me to listen intently & think about what I really like & why. It's my party.

(Check out the original list of 100 from 2017 at http://www.saidthegramophone.com/archives/best_songs_of_2017.php )

This year I focused on 33 of the 100 songs on Sean’s list & then winnowed that down to 15 solidly impressive tracks, ranging thru hip hop, world music, pop & a few uncategorizable moments. A common thread seems to be impeccable production skills (the killer track being the FourTet Remix of Mura Masa's Lovesick ft A$AP Rocky) but there are many poets of the heart here as well. Familiar names like Drake, Selena Gomez & Lorde share emotional space with strangers like Leif Vollebekk, Yaeji, & Nilüfer Yanya.

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If you, also, saw the movie Interstellar ... and if, like me, you remember the sensation of awed dread as you realized (perhaps just before the words were spoken on-screen) that those weren't mountains on the horizon, but instead an vast oceanic wave headed your way, then you will be ready for the sense of cosmic enormity that unites these selections, including work from Diatonis, Carbon Based Lifeforms, All India Radio, Matt Coldrick, and Brian Eno.

Like the revelation of that wave's approach, these 90 minutes also offer an opportunity to recognize our place in the scale of things. Oh, and to understand that no emotion, no matter how good or how bad it seems in the event, outlasts our comprehension of it --- just like our sensation that another year has come to a close, when in the larger view, the cosmic view, there is no close, and the wave just rolls on.

Roll on with me, into the new year, with hope, if you can..

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This 68 minute set offers a selection of readily recognizable jazz varieties, from the work of sometimes austere northern Europeans like Nils Frahm, Jan Garbarek, and Bugge Wesseltoft to recognized American masters like Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Art Pepper. I was lucky enough to also rope in some new and newish releases from UK's brilliant Matthew Halsall; more from him on future shows.

Entertaining us on the roll towards home are Chris Coco and Mr. Signout as the flow carries us into less standard, more lightly jazz-inflected territory, and honestly, the transition seems natural to me ... here's hoping you're open to the experience also.

Speaking of which, there’s possibly a bit of prefiguring going on here, a subject in which perhaps Professor Ouija will eventually take an interest….

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If you are familiar with the work of poet Dylan Thomas, you may recall that in 1952 just before he died, he was in America to record some of his work for the Caedmon label; they weren’t intending to record his prose poem, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, but had the time & went ahead with it. And then he was gone.

In 2007, as one in a series of Christmas shows I’d been doing each year, I had the idea to set this piece to music; for its 10th anniversary, I’ve buffed it to a nice new shine, and present it here for the first time.

Through his words, you learn what Christmas was like for children in Wales around the turn of the 20th century, a family-oriented simplicity that may amaze you. I believe the poet’s words are enhanced just a bit through the evocative musical accompaniment, and hope that you’ll agree.

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Elevation offers 70 minutes of jazz & jazz-influenced music, starting out mild & thoughtful but rising to a greater energy level over the course of the session, all with the purpose of taking you to a higher plane. The wind beneath your wings on this upward journey comes courtesy of Nostalgia 77, Liz Story, Joshua Redman, Digby Jones, Nils Petter Molvaer, the Jack DeJohnette/Matt Garrison/Ravi Coltrane Trio and more.

A personal note about that Digby Jones track, which I first heard on 2001's Café del Mar Vol. 8 shortly after it was released, and which I think has held up remarkably well for a 'cocktail lounge' piece. Until that moment, most of the electronica I'd been consuming as part of my musical explorations was House, but because I'd gotten here via the 'world music' path, I was looking for something a little less 4/4, which I found in downtempo; Pina Colada was the door into a world that became my favorite place to be.

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The view this Thanksgiving season is of the golden light filtering down thru the leaves, with summer dwindling down to just a spark in the review mirror, and the prospect of friends and family, vacation time, holidays and parties all contributing to the glow in your mood ... enjoy it in the company of this new collection of deeply lush downtempo, including tracks from Sade, EMO, Bliss, Bonobo ft Rhye, Emancipator, Jonn Serrie and more.

Special love to Andreya Triana and Lounge Glasses Project for two stellar tracks which coincidentally combined to suggest the show title, just as I was finishing up my re-read of Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon. As those of you familiar with the book’s sub-theme of the massive weight of gold metal will recollect, vast wealth can be an enormous burden. Find your gold in the people and the things you love.

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Chillout with a wistful edge, sweet and uplifting, this collection of tunes includes remixes of two favorites (one each from Bliss and from Scott Hardkiss) that will be familiar to you committed BeatConscious streamers. Newer tracks from Urban Phunk Society, Polaroid Notes, and Sizzle Bird; classics from Jon Hopkins, Guardner, Lemongrass & Ishq -- all contribute to the soothing vibe.

You deserve a break today, if only for an hour -- but an hour is enough for a deeper journey, so indulge yourself!

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During the week it took for IRMA to actually hit us, it was always possible the system would weaken & dissipate; it might become a storm, it might just be a cloud passing us by. I had started work on two different shows & in the circumstances, gave one the working title of Storm, and the other, Cloud; storm was published as Storm Chills, once we saw the system wouldn’t weaken until after damage had been done, followed shortly thereafter by In Recovery.

That left Cloud ... Left it until after the storm, the clean-up & then the concern over what would become of MARIA which, in turn, passed SW FLA by. Left it til after vacation, when the intention shifted as I joined my hosts in watching The Vietnam War documentary, the opposition to which is felt by many to be the source of a modern cultural divide that persists to this day. Just as having our country's economic vitality once based in slavery was a cloud on our concepts of freedom that lasts to this day.

Because of those influences, this show became more folk/protest oriented, although there is also a nod to Bladerunner 2049 embedded in there, too (as that movie tackles the questions of what it means to be human, and whether any culture should get a pass on slavery simply because they have created the beings they enslave). Bringing the word are Tracy Chapman, Ritchie Havens, Neil Young, Sade, Willi Wright, and the spirit of the whole guitar-strumming era of woke folk.
 

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In early 2006, about six months after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, NPR broadcast an interview with some residents of the city, including members of the Mardi Gras Indians who "mask" during the festivities; I was moved by the comments of Big Chief Darryl Montana of the Yello Pocahontas group, and I built a show called “Empathy” around a bit of that clip.
Working on the current show, which is so imbued with the emotions raised by this year’s storms, I remembered that interview and understood how his words would describe the situation of so many people in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, here and in the islands. We are all in transition, and that's putting it mildly. Hopefully, we’re in recovery as well.


Bringing you the feels this time are Bliss, Cinematic Orchestra, Blank and Jones, Chris Coco, Euphoria, All India Radio (accompanying Darryl Montana), Underwolves, Solid World, SoulGalaxy, and more.

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The final title of any show of mine develops as the overall vibe of the session takes shape, but while it’s being built, it just has a working title. The late August working title of this set was "toolate" b/c I knew there wouldn't be time to post it that month.


And then suddenly, we had to get ready for a Cat. 5 hurricane whose diameter was greater than the north/south length of Florida. People watched in growing horror, uncertain what to do until, for some, it was too late to leave. But I don't leave; like my neighbors, I harden the house and hunker down.


It's times like these when you need a generous serving of what might be called Muscular Chill to help you thru the effort of preparing to face an epic storm, balanced by the need to remain frosty & not freak out.


I'd like to tell you I had this on repeat during those scary days; in reality, it was 24/7 storm reporting. But when YOUR storm comes, I do believe this will help.

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Just about 10 years ago, as my ex and I were disengaging for what would turn out to have been the last time, I came back from a trip to his place in No. Carolina and cooked up this set in the emotional coals and ashes of that visit. And posted it as the 2008 Valentine’s Day sesh on mmRadio.


This year, I got some inspiration regarding reworking older sets & that sent me back for a fresh take on this collection of R&B-flavored tunes. I like to think the vibe is deeper now, and smoother, and maybe a little bit less weighty, if you get my drift =;^)


The smooth soul / R&B results include work from Remy Shand, Vice Lounge, Cinematic Orchestra, Groove Theory, Kool & the Gang remixed by De-Phazz, Praful and more.


I've always thought the original cover image was solid breakup gold, so I kept that and the title... but relax! There are no terms or conditions that accompany this mix.

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You look stressed – and who could blame you, things being the way they are.


Here's a collection of tunes that catches you at an energetic height with some intense and sparkly tracks, then gently works all the pent-up tension out of you, bit by bit, until you reach that moment where you can begin to unwind. I suspect you will have company – so many of us getting exhausted from living on the edge, looking for that same opportunity to just let go of the turmoil, grab a little personal time and chill for a bit.


The trick we're trying to pull off here, of course, is to chill you without robbing you of your energy. The line-up chosen for this task includes Praful, Nicolas Jaar, Clif Martinez, Olafur Arnalds, Tep No, Lilly Ahlberg, and many more.

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Here, have a seat, get comfy, let me freshen up your drink, take your time, but by all means, explain yourself.


What you think, what you believe, what you prefer, what you won't put up with ... From something as simple as the music you enjoy to something as profound as your feelings about religion or having children, sooner or later someone's going to press you to explain yourself. Should you feel obliged to satisfy them? There was a time when polite deflection was enough but apparently, where we are now, it seems each one of us must choose a side. I wish for you the courage, confidence and inner peace to make your stand. Let this collection soothe and strengthen you, courtesy of contributions from Grace Kelly, Beady Belle, Emancipator, Tycho, The Warheads, and many more, opening with the latest by Irresistible Force from the new release, Kira Kira -- for which, much thanks to Robin.

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While my preferred form of jazz is the sultry, smoky late-night jazz club vibe, I can always find the time for a session that focuses on the bright energy that lifts the spirits and moves the bodies in those same jazz clubs a little earlier in the evening ....


The range of players in this set runs from the way-back sound of Coleman Hawkins, Ethiopia's Tezetaye Atchi Lidj, and James Carter thru some of today's practitioners -- Kirk Degiorgio, Urban Chill, Future by Design, and Jazzanova, to name a few.


Drop in and spend an hour whenever you need to replenish your own bright energy ... we’ll save a seat for you.

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When it's blazing hot all day, who could blame you for looking forward to the night: The end of the glare, the end of frantic activity -- making money or making an impression, depending on your personal style -- in short, the end of obligations to others and the beginning of your free time. Guard it jealously, or share it with a select few, but make the most of this precious resource. This is when you recharge.


Bringing your nightsong this time are Tosca, Bonobo, Michael e, Lenny Ibizarre, Nena, and other experts in the art of musical repair for your mind, body and soul.

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Well! That's the latest -- hope you'll find something that suits your mood!  The rest of the year's archive is available below, Hardy Scroller, and at the very bottom, links to the previous years' shows.

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The buzz is on


Previous Features: 

The older 2017 shows are covered from this point downwards, and after that begins the archive of 2016 shows.  Links to prior years' archives can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

The right to petition government for redress of grievances is the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one's government, without fear of punishment or reprisals. In the United States, the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifically prohibits Congress from abridging "the right of the people...to petition the Government for a redress of grievances".


As this particular July 4th rolls around it seems especially appropriate to keep those rights in mind while spending your holiday (if it *is* a holiday for you) in safe and happy celebration; trust in JAH and keep your powder dry. Old friends and new talent keeping you company include Thievery Corp., Bill Laswell, Noiseshaper, Martha Velez, several from the Dubmatix group of artists including the Resonators and AMJ Meets RSD, plus Zephaniah from the Handsworth Explosion collection, courtesy of Sugar Shack Records.

 

And, just on a personal note, this July 4th holiday marks a special turn toward freedom for me as well ... after a half-century in the traces, I believe from this point forward, my time is my own.  Arranging for the change and making sure all my ducks were in a row was my primary distraction for the past six months (that, and a certain prominent social situation that I have shared with everyone else in ... well, in the world, it's fair to say ... during that same time frame.)  No pity plea! There's very few things that could make me happier than having reached this interim destination; looking forward to the rest of the ride.

 

By the way, the art on this Dub & Dubber set is "Freedom of Speech" by African-American artist Faith Ringgold.

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So you may ask yourself, why can't we all just relax, why can't we be our best selves more often, why can't we live together in peace? Well. The answers (depending on who you ask) are various and complex, but virtually everyone will end up telling you That's Just The Way It Is. They may point to 'human nature' or they may blame capitalism or any of the other isms that drive politics and the economy all over the world ... I doubt you will find the kind of agreement about causes that would leave you feeling convinced.


Here's my suggestion: turn away from trying to understand the "we" question, and just focus on the one thing you can actually influence: yourself. Why can't I relax? Why can't I be my best self more often? Why can't I live together with other people in peace and understanding?


Lighting the way: Alex Cortiz, Blackfish, Deep Dive Corp., Kaya Project, and more.

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Let's have a sunrise greeting that lifts our spirits -- something smooth, sweet and elevating, the perfect addition to a holiday weekend (if you're in the US) or any circumstance that makes you glad to be alive.


Contributions from Tycho, Adham Shaikh, Paloma, Chris Zippel aka Genuine, Slop Shop and more should leave you feeling peaceful, relaxed and ready to take on the world (even if you're in no hurry to do so.)

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Winter being pretty much over in most places, this seems like an opportunity to remind you of good times right around the corner... In fact, that reminder might be even more important in places where the last of winter weather is still clinging. Take heart: spring is settling in and the warmth is making promises you'll soon benefit from, promises about sandals, shorts and swimsuits.


My suggestion would be that you mix yourself a tropical cocktail, sit in a sunbeam, pop in your earbuds, and give your mind a mini-vacation.


This tropical chill jam features music from Bonobo's newest release along with tracks from Afterlife, Timewarp inc, Tycho & Rob Garza of Thievery Corp, and more.

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Like the pivot point in a complex mix set, we've collectively changed direction just a notch and that's enough for me to cheer up for a moment, so I'm here with some music from the past couple of years that should put a bit of spring in your step. Spend an hour with me with a smile on your face and the belief in your heart that – whether we are talking about romance, politics, our personal finances or our Weight Watchers check-in, it doesn't all have to end in tears. It still may -- of course! But it doesn't HAVE to, and that's the light we're heading toward atm ... If you need your spirits lifted, come along with me.

Performances this time from Parra for Cuva, Junge Junge, Felix Jaehn, Sam Feldt, New Order, Blank and Jones, Afterlife, and more.

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There's hints of spring in the air, and possibly not only in the semi-tropics where I live ... I hear they had a little spring up in NYC until it got crowded-out with a new snow storm... If you can't depend on the weather, then you'll have to let the music warm you up.

Late 2016 brought plenty of new roots music, including offerings from Vibronics / Conscious Sounds, Morgan Heritage, AMJ Meets RSD, Jim the Boss, The Hempolics, and the Zion Train remix album Versions -- big up to the Dubmatix crew for keeping me connected! I also checked the crate, so you'll hear UB40, Thievery Corporation, Djosos Krost, Dubblestandart, Resonators & My Neighbor Is.

Light it up and stay warm!

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Well. There's no doubt that all the doubt and worry will catch up with you at some point, that you'll be a little overwhelmed, or perhaps deeply concerned, or outright fried. No direction home, as Bob said ... and at times like that, you'll take a ticket to anywhere.


But look here, I've got a ticket to someplace relatively sane, interesting for all the RIGHT reasons, rather than those that leave you torn between horror and laughter ... someplace calming and spirit-lightening. It's a ticket to just drop in, stay an hour, feel better, and then go get back to whatever you were trying to do when you got distracted.


Along for the ride: Gelka, Hefner, Gary B, Aromabar, Bon Iver, Jan Garbarek, and more -- including another new track from Internaleye. Come back refreshed!

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Let's spend an hour together -- you never know what might get done, but I'm pretty sure we'll end up relaxed and happy.


Pitching in to make things comfortable are some old friends: Blank and Jones, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Kaskade, The Grooveblaster, The Warheads, and Afternoons in Stereo. There’s new music as well, including Paolo Morena from the Touched 3 collection, and opening the show, there's new music from Internal Eye (http://internaleyemusic.com/home ).

 

Make yourself comfortable: there's no rush.  This hour is ours.

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Time once again to select a set from the new “Said the Gramaphone” year-end collection (the whole list is here: http://www.saidthegramophone.com/arch... ) ... It's My Party: the 2016 version.


Those of you who’ve heard the Lux et Amor session have already had the pleasure of the Bon Iver track; pleasure enough, I’m betting, to not mind hearing it again. Beyond that, I was most moved by songs with a folkie vibe this time around: from the basic guitar/voice arrangement of Sarah Toussaint-Léveillé's French-language offering, or the sweet lazy sounds of Maggie Rogers, Whitney, and Georgia Ruth, to the layered, textured sweep of Drowzy, Snowblink, and Shearwater ... to my ear, these all represent the folk music ethic in some way. That doesn’t mean everything’s quiet & soft: hi-energy tunes from Sinead Harnett, Jenny Hval, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will woke you.

And in these times, a special mention goes to Leonard Cohen's You Want It Darker.

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It was dark, so I tried for a little light; it was a bit gloomy, so I tried to make it a bit brighter; it was harsh and ugly, so I tried to smooth it and soothe it. I had help: Nils Frahm, Zero 7, Kush, Chris Brann, All India Radio, Chris Brann and a couple of tunes courtesy of the Said the Gramaphone Best of 2016 list from Bon Iver and Waclaw Zimpel, among others.

 

Starting the year off with Lux et Amor, hoping for the best ....

 

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THE LAST OF THE 2016 SETS:

 

Coincidentally, while pulling this show together, I was reading China Mieville's "Kraken", which had me thinking about resistance when faced with the possible end of all things. Nothing, you'd think, would be so horrific in real life as in Mieville's imagined London end-times; nonetheless, resistance would always seem hard, compared to whatever discomfort we're used to. And yet. Your existence, your freedom, your resistance. Make it worth it.

Shining a light along the way will be Jon Kennedy, Charles Webster, Andreya Triana, Bonobo, Freedom Satellite, Gelka, 351 Lake Shore Drive, Maya Jane Coles, and more.


Best to you in the New Year, everyone: Shine a light of your own.

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Previous shows (most recent first) are featured in the archives,
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2012 archive
2011 archive
2010 archive
 2009 archive
 


 

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