i was going to make this issue a jazz one, but then i realized that it is january. it is not yet jazz season. it is still winter-music season. jazz wil have to wait. so, in order to take full advantage of january and all of its associations and habits: here is a bunch of instrumental music.
medeski, martin and wood are an incredible funk trio. they make really good music, and have each been in a ton of bands. this is one of my favorite songs of theirs. bonobo is a regular fixture here, and yes, this is another song off "black sands". i just really like that album. you remember four tet, too - this song is off his latest album, which is from maybe the start of this year.
m. ward is good too. this song is called a "duet for guitars", but he can play the entire thing by himself, unaccompanied. the guy's incredible. dirty three are a three-piece band consisting of a dude on drums, a dude on guitar, and a dude who alternates between mandolin and violin. mostly violin. they're really good and have been extremely prolific - explosions in the sky has cited them as one of their chief influences, which gives them a thousand bonus points. this is the first song of theirs i ever heard. do make say think make really good, slightly unsettling instrumental music. they were on here sometime within the last year or two. they're great, and this is one of their more accessible songs.
telefon tel aviv are an incredible glitchy electronic band. this song might take a little bit of effort, i'm sorry if you don't like it, but this entire album is one of my favorites ever, and this song really captures the feel of their music. mum are a great, relaxing band; lots of their songs have words, but this one doesn't really. this version of the song is off of a remixes album - i really like the crunchiness of that recurring sound. this is one of my favorite songs. good for night-time and rain.
here's a story about night-time and rain: a few nights ago, we had a pretty big storm by sf standards. i was internetting in my room in the dark, working on my parking project, and switched to twitter for a second to goof off. this "emergencies in sf" account had put out a PSA about a power outage in sf, and i thought "man, i wish the power'd go out here, i love it when that happens during storms." the next day i noticed that our microwave clock had reset, and i asked my roommates about it. turns out that the power was in fact out at our house for a good few minutes exactly when i was reading about the power outage, and i just didn't notice because i like to internet on my laptop with the lights off. whoops.
anyway, back on topic. this last song is by sufjan stevens. it is very long, so this issue is one song shorter than usual, because as it turns out, my current setup actually limits the amount of music that i can put up in one issue. anyway, whatever, this is a really good song; the intro is super-long, and i can't tell whether or not you'll like the stuff the guitar's doing, but if you give the song a chance, it will reward you.
every month, i'll put up a new mixtape on the right side of this inter net site, and some words having to do with that mixtape will run down the left side. some tapes will have more or fewer songs than others, and sometimes tapes will have themes. i hope that the one thing that they will all have in common will be that they are all made of good music, and that my mom and anyone else who cares to listen to them will find new music that they like by listening to these things.
which reminds me: this site is a birthday present for my mom. because, in the words of a wise otter, my mom should always get presents because she is my mom. for the technically inclined: this site is powered by php, duct tape, sheer force of concentration, and a modified version of opentape.
my name is jrheard.