Saturday, December 31, 2011

fire and ice - an Icelandic mix

For such a small country, Iceland has produced a surprising number of excellent artists.  From Bjork to Mum to Seabear to Olaf Arnalds to Sigur Ros, it's really extraordinary the amount of wonderful music that comes from that island.

This last mix of 2011 is an Icelandic journey.  All the music is created by artists from Iceland.  The brilliant idea for it came from loyal listener, Kevin.  I wasn't sure how much music of Iceland I had in my collection but I was surprised to find quite a bit.

Icelandic music for me begins & ends with Sigur Ros & Bjork.  They are both in the mix, with Jonsi, from Sigur Ros, making multiple appearances.  In addition to the Sigur Ros tune, Jonsi contributes "Stokkseyri" from Riceboy Sleeps & "9" by Frakkur.

When Kevin suggested the mix & the title, he was thinking of Iceland as a land of extremes...glaciers & volcanoes, 24hr days & 24hr nights.  This mix doesn't swing too wildly from one extreme to another.  It's more ice than fire.  A few of the tunes do build in typical post-rock fashion, but generally things are fairly subdued.

I used two Johann Johannsson tracks fairly close together, which I normally don't like to do but the IBM track just seemed to fit perfectly with the preceding cut.  Plus I was just happy to be able to use that IBM track again because I LOVE it!

The pic in this post is from a terrific blog called "Stuck in Customs."  Check out the blog or go to his Flickr stream to see some amazing photos.  I'm a little tired of the HDR effect in photos but Tret Ratcliff does a really nice job with it & it definitely helps that he is shooting in unbelievable locations.

This was a fun mix to put together & I'd like to thank Kevin for suggesting it, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Amiina - Boga (from kurr 2007)
  • 06:01    Johann Johannsson - The Flat (from And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees 2009)
  • 08:15    Olafur Arnalds - Himininn er a hrynja, en stjornurnar fara per vel (from Variations Of Static 2007)
  • 12:05    Johann Johannsson - Part 2 Ibm 1403 Printer (from Ibm1401-A Users Manual 2006)
  • 15:50    Stafraenn Hakon - Veggur (from Gummi 2007)
  • 18:55    Valgeir Sigurðsson - Equilibrium is Restored (from Ekvilibrium 2007)
  • 30:54    Jonsi & Alex - Stokkseyri (from Riceboy Sleeps 2009)
  • 37:49    Sigur Rós - Álafoss (from () 2002)
  • 46:15    Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson - Sudurgata (from Children of Nature 1996)
  • 49:08    Bjork - Cosmogony (from Biophillia 2011)
  • 53:40    Frakkur - 9 (from songs for the little boy 2008)
  • 1:01:23   end

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I can hear the snow fall

For some reason,when I think of falling snow, the instrument that comes to mind is the piano.  Maybe it's from years of listening to Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas album.  So it's no surprise that there is a fair amount of piano music in this "snow" mix.

We didn't have any snow yet but I had been thinking about doing a "first snow" mix for awhile & decided to throw one together Friday night.  Then I woke up Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow on the ground.  Maybe next I should do a mix for winning the lottery. ;)

 As I said there is a lot of piano music in here.  Led by Nils Frahm, from his excellent Felt album.  A release that will end up on my best of the year list & one which everyone needs to hear.  I think this mix works well as an early season "snow" mix versus the more bleak mid winter drones that will show up later.

I expect to crank out at least one more mix before the end of the year.  Plus I'll have a year-end top 20 list, so start thinking of your own lists if you'd like to contribute.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Nils Frahm - less [erased tapes]
  • 05:20    Bernocchi, Budd, Guthrie - Heavy Heart Some More [Rarenoise Records]
  • 09:35    Deepspace - Whisper
  • 12:50   The Humble Bee - Sky Litter [cotton goods]
  • 15:22    Willamette - Echo Park [infraction]
  • 18:10    Pleq + Lauki - II (antonymes remix) [somehow recordings]
  • 24:44    Cliff Martinez - Wrong Floor [lakeshore records]
  • 25:45    Max Richter - eternal flowers question stars [Metropolis Movie Music]
  • 27:48    e and i - Pearls for Alma [cotton goods]
  • 29:40    Isnaj Dui - Always Close [hibernate]
  • 32:48    I've Lost - in this cold, empty place [future sequence]
  • 36:35    Diatonis - Whiring Above Our Heads
  • 40:00    Nils Frahm - Pause [erased tapes]
  • 44:25    Cliff Martinez - He Had A Good Time [lakeshore records]
  • 45:39    Harold Budd - Three-Fingered Jack [darla]
  • 47:40    Maps & Diagrams - Groghe(fort) [nomadic kids republic]
  • 51:00    S. Carey - Rothko Fields [jagjaguwar]
  • 54:50    Part Timer - seed collection [mobeer]
  • 58:20    Nils Frahm - Keep [erased tapes]

Friday, December 09, 2011


Mixcloud has started taking votes for Mixcloud Cloudcaster of the year.  So I'm basically shilling for votes.

If you click on the link it will take you to my Mixcloud page.  Unfortunately there is no simple "vote" button.  You have to "share" on Facebook to vote.  I hate that.  There are probably other cloudcasters I'd vote for but I don't like cluttering up my Facebook with random stuff like that.

Anyway, if anyone doesn't mind the Facebook sharing aspect, I'd really appreciate any votes you can throw my way.  Last year Low Light Mixes finished surprisingly high.

Thanks for your support.