BEAR IN HEAVEN's new record Beat Rest Forth Mouth.

no leaked files here... sorry. they're my good friends and I think they wouldn't be too pleased if I did that...just a mention.

there are some preview tracks available out there in the inter-nest.

the artwork is oddly striking. check out more by the artist, Laura Brothers, here



Here is a sketch of an idea of a part of a song. A few weeks ago, I set a goal that I would finish a Diamond Age album by Jan. 1st., and well- it's been a little slow going! I have been recording much in the same process as "Beguiling the Hours" that is, with barely enough gear to make it happen. I am sad that I killed the old Kawai keyboard. the Casio replacement $30 keyboard is a total piece of shit and I have to squeeze out a sound that doesn't completely sound awful... But I have acquired a Baldwin Fun Machine organ that I've been tinkering over the past few months.

This track needs a few things to "fix" it, but at any rate- here is an early mix.



sUMMEReNDS MIX (via birdandwhale)

sUMMEReNDS mix Disk 1:

1. Caravan - Asforteri 25
2. Dorothy Ashby - Soul Vibrations
3. Módulo 1000 - Curtíssima
4. Som Imaginário - Ascenso
5. Ananda Shankar - The River
6. Ray Cathode - Waltz In Orbit
7. Os Brazoes - Espiral
8. Bwana - La Jurumba
9. The Byrds - So You want to be a Rock'N'Roll Star
10. The Equals - I can See but You don't Know
11. Hasil Adkins - The HUNCH
12. Mustafa Ozkent Orchestra - Dolana
13. Gareth Williams - Anger or Fire
14. Piero Piccioni - Babylon I'm Comin'
16. The Troggs - I Want You
17. Love - My Little Red Book
18. Jacques Dutronc - Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous
19. The Creation - I Am the Walker
20. Pink Floyd - See Saw

sUMMEReNDS mix Disk 2:

1. The Index - Eight Miles High
2. Dara Puspita - To Love Somebody
3. Prince Jazzbo - Fool of Love
4. Fábio - Lindo Sonho Delirante
5. Piero Umilani - Dynamique en Tension No. 1
6. Ennio Morricone - Un Altro Mare
7. Sophie Daumier - Femme Femme
8. The Moments - Ride Your Pony
9. King Tubby - satta dub
10. Soft Machine - Dada was Here
11. Embryo - Hackbrett-dance
12. Venus Gang - Evil Times
13. Family Fodder - Savoire Faire
14. Usha Iyer & Asha Bhosle - I Love You
15. Liliental - Wattwurm
16. Broadcast - Pendulum
17. Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Riversong
18. Armando Trovajoli - Vedo Nudo (diva waltz)



BIRD AND WHALE is a site created by a good friend of mine, Brad Loving. I've been lucky to have been asked to post some digital "mixtapes" for the past year and a half and here are a few of them... I urge you to check out the all mixes on the site. Dante Carfagna's Another Time Another Place kept popping up on my ipod and I really couldnt figure out where i got what I thought was this amazing Smithsonian Folkways record...? Even down to the cover artwork- it is that perfect. The Numero Group's Rob Sevier's mixes are dizzying sound collages of trance music from all over the globe. Of course Brad's mixes are solid as well as John Herndon, Bundy K Brown, Paul Duncan, Need Windham....etc. Anyway, there are so many great mixes on the site. Here are a few that I have previously posted...

1 Roy Budd - Goodbye Carter! - Get Carter OST

2 Embryo - Abdul Malek - We Keep On

3 Assim Assado - Rock Blue - Assim Assado

4 Aphrodite's Child - The End of the World - The End of the World

5 The Kinks - King King - Arthur

6 Erasmo Carlos - 26 Anos De Vida Normal -

7 Bo Diddley- Bo Diddley

8 Pnoom- CAN - Delay 1968

9 Sire Victor Uwaifo - Dododo - Guitar-Boy Superstar

10 Serge Gainsbourg - 69 année érotique - Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg

11 Silver Apples - Ruby - Contact

12 The United States of America - Cloud Song - The United States of America

13 Robert Wyatt - To Caravan and Brother Jim - The End of an Ear

14 Nelson Angelo e Joyce - Comunhao - Nelson Angelo e Joyce

15 Nirvana - Take This Hand - Story of Simon Simopath

16 S. Brunolini - Polyphony - SpeedBall Experience comp.

17 Kevin Ayers - Girl on a Swing - Joy of a Toy

18 Krzysztof Komeda - Sarah In a Bath - Fearless Vampire Killers OST

19 Bob Marley - I'm Still Waiting - Songs of Freedom comp

20 Caravan - Ride - Caravan

21 The Pretty Things - What's the Use - Parachute

22 Lee Perry and the Upsetters - Bad Walking - Cloak and Dagger

23 White Noise - Visitations

24 Paul Giovani - Willow's Song - The Wicker Man OST

25 Ron Wood - Mystifies Me - I've Got My Own Album To Do

26 Song of the Siren - Tim Buckley - Starsailor

1 Ennio Morricone - Dialogo N.1

2 Krzysztof Komeda - Alfred In The Crypt

3 Nino Rota - Main Titles Toby Dammit Theme

4 Technical Space Composer's Crew - Boat Woman Song (edit)

5 Ennio Morricone - 1970

6 Ennio Morricone - Le Fotografie

7 Krzysztof Komeda - Vampire Corners

8 Nino Rota - Toby Dammit Theme Slow Fox

9 Ennio Morricone - Il sogno

10 Nora Orlandi - Obscure Remembering

11 Ennio Morricone - Astratto II

12 Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra - Love In Space

13 Piero Piccioni - The Trap

14 Nora Orlandi - Descending

15 Nora Orlandi - Body Fox

16 John Barry - My Love Has Two Faces (Instrumental Demo)

17 Nino Rota - Ninna Nanna

18 Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier - Teen Tonic

19 Ennio Morricone - La Bambola

20 Piero Piccioni - Con o senza sole

21 Goblin - Sighs

22 Nino Rota - Aria Di Roma - Main Titles

23 Ennio Morricone - Il Clan Dei Siciliani

1 NINO NARDINI / BOREDOMS - afro beat (loop) > Music For Dancefloors - Cream Of The Chappell Sessions /LIVWE!! > Super Roots 9
2 BRiGITTE BARDO - contact > Brigitte Bardo Show
3 UR (SECRET CHIEFS 3) - drive > 7"
4 BEAR IN HEAVEN - shining and free > Red Bloom of the Bloom

5 SERGE GAINSBORG / CLUSTER - premiers symptômes (4 second loop) > L'homme à la tête de chou / Rote Riki > Zuckerzeit
6 LUNGFISH- love is love > love is love
7 THE BEAT - twist and crawl dub > rough trade cassette 81
8 ALKA YAGNIK & Chorus- aaja sajan aaja > Kahal Nayak OST
9 BROADCAST - microtronics #2 > microtronics ep
10 EPMD - you gots to chill > strictly business
11 J DILLA - walkinonit > donuts LP
12 CAN - ...and more > I want more 7"
13 SOUND DIMENSION - real rock > Soul Jazz Studio One Rockers comp.

14 KIM JUNG MI - 햇님 > Now
15 DREW RYDBERG - kasey kasem death dedication remix?
16 HARVEY MILK - women dig it > My Love is Higher Than Your Assessment of What My Love Could Be

17 ENNIO MORRICONE - Piume di Cristallo (Alternate Version) > L`uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo OST
18 PAN SONIC - Lomittain > A
19 Alessandro Alessandroni/Nora Orlandi - Lo Strano Vizio Della Signor Wardh : The Bondage suite 3 > Music For strange situations
20 SYD BARRETT - late night > Wouldn't You Miss Me?


UNIT 1996 4-Track Tapes

UNIT was a band that you might have seen if you mistakenly stumbled into the Somber Reptile, the Wreck Room, JW Dobbs (?) Homage (that building that became the old eyedrum) or that one place across from the taco bell on Ponce de Leon....maybe even the midtown (i think it was called) frijoleros on Peachtree St. in ATL circa 1994-1996. Those fine establishments where you could book a show on a Friday by calling on the Tuesday before. One of those clubs where the door guy asks "who are you here to see?" and puts an X next the band name you told him. The best payment system ever. Maybe you even threw something at them, or spit at them because they didnt play METAL. Maybe you were there to see the Martians and UNIT happened to be playing first.

Pulled from the original 4-track tapes a month ago and salvaged "remastered" via computer techmology, this is THE definitive recording of UNIT. These are pretty much live takes in the practice room at Black Box rehearsal Studio. We were so so tragically stoned all the time and had little or no clue about recording, booking or eh-um, playing THAT good...

There are a few moments where this doesn't sound "terrible", but I have to say it mildly depressed me at the amount of extreme guitar wankage going down on this shite. Looking back on this, I remember practicing A LOT. and we actually have sounded "better" than these recordings. I will continue telling myself this.

so yeah, to make this more of a beating of a listen, it is included as one single 44:13 track of failed attempts. Failure is the best! All hail FAILURE!!!

I wish I could remember the track names. here's some new track names instead....





The unreleased album from Coals to Newcastle... they called it a day shortly after completing this. Members went on to The Angelus, Faceless Werewolves, The Aleph, Dream Tigers, Tang Lung, and make music for video games....Have I missed anything?

Recorded 1998 (?) on 4-track and 8-track in Denton, TX

Mixed by Rawly Pickens

Matt Chaney - Guitar, Vocals

Matt Piersall - Keyboards

Mike Raines - Drums

Emil Rapstine - Guitar, Vocals

Baldomero Valdez - Bass Guitar


MANDARIN. one "lost" track.

An unfinished track from an album that never was... Album #3 from Mandarin. killed the band...Or was it the West Coast tour? Nobody knows for sure. Not even those involved. Shortly after the demise, Jayson Wortham packed up the tunes from "Album #3" (afterall, they WERE his for the taking) and went on to form Dove Hunter.


This 1996 side project fronted by Hira of the BOREDOMS is a classic space rock album, and pre-dates the Boredom's psyche stuff by a few years. It brings to mind the images Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in Blade Runner describes in his pre-death monologue-

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off ther shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain... Time to die...."


LADDIO BOLOCKO were an incendiary live band formed in 1996 featuring former Zeni Geva and Dazzling Killmen drummer Blake Flemming, the spidery guitar wizardry of Drew St. Ivany, Marcus DeGrazia on horns, and Ben Armstrong on Bass and Guitar. I remember sifting through the mail at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios looking at the cds submitted by bands for booking and I came across "In Real Time" and it blew me away. It was probably the 1 out of 500 mailed submissions that was actually GOOD- wait a minute, this is actually GREAT!

They never made it to Denton due to canceling the tour (or at least coming through TX). They finally came to Dallas a couple years later, opening for Trans Am @ TREES. I don't think very many people knew what they were in for, and in this recording from the night before at EMO'S (Austin, TX) though it is not the best *quality-wise, this showcases them at possibly the peak of their short life span... Rarely have I seen a band command attention to an entire audience of people who have never heard them from the beginning of the set.

The band split up shortly after this tour and St. Ivany and Armstrong went on to form The Psychic Paramount, and Flemming and DeGrazia went on to form Electric Turn to Me. I just found out Flemming was also the drummer for the Mars Volta and toured with them on their tour opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers...

NO QUARTER reissued their complete discography on a 2-CD set called "The Life & Times of Laddio Bolocko"(which is now out of print again...) as well as releases by The Psychic Paramount

*there was a scratch on the original CD...some skipping noise toward the end of the set. and it is not indexed. Yep, one 39-minute long track. I can't even remember how I got this recording. I think I traded some other live recording for it? I'd love to get a copy of the original...


Shows of Yore #4 (Papa M) and #5 (Wiring Prank)

(rubber gloves ten years ago)

I recently moved into a new house and while unpacking, I cracked open the old CD vaults before again stashing them away in the closet again. I think a lot of this stuff has remained unopened for 6 years or so... Some questionable/embarrassing stuff in there for sure, but every once and a while I would find something and have to put it on and re-listen to it. Back in the day, I used to record shows with a DAT recorder and sometimes I guessed right with the mic placement and the levels and it actually worked out. These are two shows that for the most part fall in that category.

Papa M was a solo project from David Pajo from seminal 90s bands Slint and original member of Tortoise who went on to start Aerial M, and then Papa M, Pajo, and Dead Child. This is a show on November 21,1999 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. This is from his last forays in the "post-rock" genre supporting his drag city album "Live from a Shark Cage" but you can hear an slight leaning toward the folk he has been playing for the past 6-7 years. The great Alan Licht played guitar on this tour. Apologies for setting a mic next to the people chatting throughout a good amount of this show. But that's the way it was (still is?) most of the time at RGRS...

Wiring Prank were an exceptional Denton band. I remember seeing them as early as 1997 at the Argo in the BIG ASS BEER days. I saw recently in DFW/DIY blog posted an EP (?)... which was a bit more in the June of '44 zone than this show from 1999. They transformed into a much more melodic, introspective, and for lack of a better word "slowcore" band. They have never released material from this period... This band features Bryan VanDivier (now plays drums for Tre Orsi) on guitar/Bass Six(?), a couple of Sams (last names please), and Will Johnson (um...) on drums. They actually opened for Papa M, but I thought the recording from the two songs from this show a few months prior was a bit more "spirited". I am unsure where this show was....perhaps the Old Dan's Bar?



This is a recording of Paul Duncan from a brief tour of the Southeast in 2007. This was at the Earl in east ATL... I have fond memories of this tour. Some of the funniest shit happened...



This is from Baptist Generals/Centro-matic US tour in 2005. A bit different than what they have become in the past few years- this is the "plugged-in" version of the band. After hearing it again, I cant decide if I think it's "too rocked out" or what? yeah, perhaps at times! There is some "charm" to it though... But I did notice is that Chris Flemmons stands out, and is and always has been the focus and the reason why this music is great. I was lucky to play in this band for a while and I have to admit it was a bit hectic at times but there were some great shows... This was from a weird night that we played with this turd of a songwriter named Jesse Malin who urged us to play our opening slot right on time which we did, then waited for nearly an hour and a half after we were done to play second, thus leaving Centro-matic with the 130AM slot and a few hangers on who were wasted enough to stay. And it was fucking cold that night- yeah, It's BUFFALO! Anyway, this is a recording made by the sound guy that night. It does sound a bit on the straight-to-the-board side of live recordings, but it's still a pretty good show.

Baptist Generals (tour 2005)

Chris Flemmons
Ryan Williams
Peter Salisbury
M. Leer
David Douglas



These are various "unreleased" tracks I put together for a free download on life and living records site to go along with this other album I recorded called "Beguiling the Hours" which is a reinterpretation of a record by Gareth Williams and Mary Currie (which I may post here in the near future, since I think nobody really downloaded it from LALR anyway)


The Ditch Kids were a great band. Stuck somewhere between Trans Am and Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts theme, they were around Denton, TX long ago and I don't think they ever recorded in a studio...I'm pretty sure this is one of the last shows they played and I think it captures the essence of what they had going on. Kyle went on to Become THE NIGHT GAME and still wanders the streets in various urban jungles at night, Adam moved to NYC and plays in the Hungry March Band and with Silver Arrows. I'm not sure what happened to Roberto...

Roberto Barsi - Keyboards and Guitar
Kyle Cheatham - Vocals and Bass
Adam Loudermilk - Drums and Percussion