Friday, January 1, 2010

Mix #1- Available Light

From Wikipedia- "In photography and cinematography, available light or ambient light refers to any source of light that is not explicitly supplied by the photographer for the purpose of taking photos. The term usually refers to sources of light that are already available naturally (e.g. the sun, moon, lightning) or artificial light already being used (e.g. to light a room)."
Made this mix slightly ahead of time while vacationing at my mother's house in Michigan over the holidays, away from the vast majority of my music collection, just as the cloudy, snowy days were beginning to lengthen once more.
This is perhaps a very poor choice to begin sharing, as it features a number of musical conceits I'm well aware I have a rare patience for, including vocal gibberish, obscure atmospheres and epic noise guitar solos. I swear they won't all be like this.
That said, I think there are some real winners here, and a high proportion of dear friends.
In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the lovely So Low, So Love, So Long by Joshua Marcus (pictured above performing amidst the Justseeds installation Out of the Shell of the Old at Space 1026), who I had the honor of sharing a mini-tour with a while back, and even after hearing this song over & over, it continues to cut me to the core. This recorded version also has the bonus of featuring the members of Big Blood, one of my favorite current groups who are sure to be featured on forthcoming mixes. Also, props to Mayor Daley(from Chicago, of course), whose crushing set at Building 16 in Providence this summer was a real surprise favorite of 2009. And also, I must mention the untimely demise of Mr. Vic Chestnutt.
Download here.
1. Tucker Martine- The Dusk Singers
2. william basinski- Cobalt Pools
3. Vic Chesnutt- Rattle
4. Mississippi Fred McDowell- I'm Going over the Hill
5. Joshua Marcus- So Low So Love So Long
6. Incredible String Band- Dear Old Battlefield
7. Lungfish- Sing
8. Mayor Daley- Facial Expressions
9. Evangelista- You Are Jaguar
10. International Anthems For Irrational Numbers- The Walls
12. Les Batteries- Dernier solo avant l'autoroute
13. This Heat- A New Kind of Water
14. Kopir rozsywal bestar- unknown title
15. Elfin Saddle- Running Sheep
16. Walter Franco- No Fundo Do Poco
17. Tribo - Peba & Pobo
18. Pekka Streng- matkalaulu
19. Uke Of Spaces Corners- Frost Heave
20. Dawn McCarthy and Bonny Billy- Lay And Love (early version)
21. Josephine Foster- Trust in the Unexpected


  1. Great mix. That's my favorite This Heat song.

  2. love a mix with basinski on it!
    - daybe