I like a lot about Courtship Ritual’s debut record. Overall it has a rather more processed sound than is to my general taste, but the record works for me.
When it comes down to it, though, it’s about Monica Salazar’s voice. If you’re looking for something to tide you over until the new She Keeps Bees record comes out to satisfy your addiction to Jessica Larrabee’s singing, this is worth a listen while you wait.
i heard this on Songza’s Lush Life channel yesterday and i was like “what the fuck is this?” so i pulled out my phone, saw that the band was called KhruangBin, went to SoundCloud, and i’ve been obsessed with their sound for the rest of the day and night. they call it Thai Funk. I call it awesome.
“That way we can keep on doing what we do, and we’ll always be here with our ears to the ground, and with cds full of metalcore pitbulls, death metal parrots, gamelan playing elephants, recordings of glaciers cracking, ice melting, zamboni’s, life support systems, drag races, audience applause, and of course self flagellating Norwegian dwarves, moaning telephone wires, recorded exorcisms, acapella straight edge metalcore, high school battles of the bands, movie theater organ music, Christian psychedelic folk, Bhangra Black Sabbath as well as all the metal, indie rock, electronica, punk rock, reggae, dub, sixties psych, krautrock, classic rock, country and anything else your heart may desire.”—
aQuarius recOrds New Arrivals email #454
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you don’t spend the early hours of your Saturday morning drinking coffee and reading the Aquarius Records new arrivals email, you’re missing out.
It was a tough week from a number of directions, and one that left me with a lot of thinking to do. But first I need to make it through a ridiculous day, with a little help from a simple, gentle, lovely Buddy Holly cover.
Periodically, for no clearly defined reason, I end up falling down the obscure bands of the ’60s rabbit hole. It seems like it often starts from a night of insomnia — this is the music I reach for in sleepless early morning hours.
So, yes: I’m not too deep yet, but I have started down the hole. Drop some food down if you don’t hear anything from me in the next day or so.
The digital world eliminates distance in the physical world.
It may be nitpicking, but "eliminates distance" feels wrong to me; the best phrase I can come up with off the top of my head is "re-contextualizes distance."
Physical proximity (or lack of it) doesn’t disappear in digital contexts, it just doesn’t necessarily play the role that we expect from our accumulated decades of experience with physical world relationships.
Knowing that you live so far away from someone that your digital relationship will never spill into the physical world can be a catalyst for a relationship in the digital world, rather than a barrier; physical distance (or the idea of it) can be key in the digital world, just not necessarily in ways that correspond to its physical world role.
In the next few years I fully expect to see a new generation of “social” software that is much less tied to physical world definitions of what constitutes identity and relationships.