Transmissions from Mars – A soundtrack for the Republican Debates

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Serendipity is my friend: here’s how I got around to making this “song” or “track.” I was checking email yesterday around 4:50 and noticed in my Gmail window that there would be yet another of what seems to be an interminable procession of Republican debates, being streamed online by CBS. So at 5:00 I tuned [...]

Mixtape: July On The Deck

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Spring and summer in Portland have had shall we say, their vagaries, and yet there have been so many of those evenings recently where the sun doesn’t set until almost 10PM, that I’ve had lots of time to listen to some albums, old and new, via the trusty 21 year old boombox that accommodates my [...]

Want to stop the decline of music sales? Then do this

Friday, July 8th, 2011

[Updated July 10] What you see above is the Brian Eno double-vinyl, double-CD plus hardbound book and free MP3 downloads package that I ordered a couple of months ago from Bleep in the UK. All the above was only $54.00 plus shipping. I say only because I believe this package and the added value it [...]

Brian Eno and Rick Holland: Drums Between the Bells

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that as Brian Eno gets older his musical output continues to be both prolific and groundbreaking. His new album ‘Drums Between the Bells‘ arrives any day now. It’s a collaboration with the poet Rick Holland and is a marvelous piece of work. Eno takes his audience seriously and is not one [...]

Would you like one MP3 or ten?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I think I know the answer, so here goes – 10 free MP3s to kick off your week. Aesop Rock Arch Cape – Bron Y Aur Stomp The Bad Plus – Karma Police Beach House – Zebra Brian Eno – Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch [The BBC Sessions] Grass Widow – 11 of Diamonds DJ Shadow [...]

Noah and Nathan Rice, a short film and some Brian Eno

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

At this First Thursday event in Portland, Or, held at the studio of I came across this film by the artists Noah and Nathan Rice. The film was shown as part of their art opening “Doubts About My Faith in the Color of Emeralds” and was done in collaboration with Rory Magnus and Ben [...]

Ten MP3s For Your Easter Weekend

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Florrie. Photo by Eleni Mettyear. Eleni on Flickr. After further digging through the digital record crates, I found these gems for you. Florrie – Panic Attack [Fred Falke Extended Mix] Hot Chip – I Feel Bonnie [feat. Bonny "Prince" Billy The Ruby Suns - Closet Astrologer An Horse - Listen [Bodega Girls Remix] Brian Eno [...]

The Musicians Are Complaining Again

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

I hate to say it, but every time I have an idea or two about how musicians might be able to embrace the web to further their career, it’s always the musicians themselves who write in with the most negative comments. This suggests to me that there is a distinct lack of ideas amongst musicians [...]