I hate and I love...

I'm trying to force my brain into thinking it's cold. It's really not working. I live in Miami these days, and the idea that this is called winter is somewhat disturbing. It was over 80 degrees today. How am I supposed to listen to all of my favorite winter tunes when the weather just doesn't match. Perhaps if I could get a gray sky for a day or two, then I could turn down the air conditioning real low, put on a coat and stay inside. In the meantime, my current plan is to continue listening to these winter favorites, old and new:

First, Johann Johannsson's "Odi et Amo" from his debut solo album on Touch, Englaborn. This album is an absolute stunner start to finish, and perfect for watching the light gray turn to dark gray during a missing sunset. If you ever wondered if computers have feelings...look no further than this song.

Second, Labradford's "Up To Pizmo" from their last album fixed::content on Kranky. If you've ever been in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the dead of winter on a road trip with nothing to do but shoot super 8mm film of empty parking lots and run down tobacco factories, then you just found the soundtrack to the film you made. A beautiful guitar duet from an under-appreciated band.

Finally, a new wintry discovery from Bologna, Italy (it's 28 degrees right now in Bologna, I checked). 3/4HadBeenEliminated is the name of the band, and I recently got their new album "A year of the aural gauge operation" on the Swedish label, Hapna. This is an excerpt from one of their longer tracks. I highly recommend tracking this album down; it's like a mix of This Heat, Fennesz / Philip Jeck, Blithe Sons, and the Bonnie Prince Billy team up with Marquis de Tren from Dirty Three. This is the sound of falling asleep near a fireplace whose contents have been reduced to embers.

Johann Johannsson - Odi et Amo
Labradford - Up To Pizmo
3/4HadBeenEliminated - In Every Tree A Heartache (excerpt)

p.s. photo by my wife, Sara.


  • At 6:07 AM, January 11, 2006, Blogger alan said…

    what a beautiful photograph!

  • At 6:24 AM, January 11, 2006, Anonymous jubilao said…

    [offtopic] Sr. Moka, le debía una pero yo soy insolvente, así que encontré a quien me hiciera el trabajo. Bájeselos a no ser que ya las tenga todas, jeje

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  • At 1:20 PM, January 11, 2006, Anonymous Moka said…

    Your wife is very talented, adam! I thought it was a painting at first, cool pic Adam.

    Jubilao, gracias por las recomendaciones, algunas ya las tengo, voy a checarlas, a por cierto, este post no es mio, es de Adam...

  • At 1:20 PM, January 11, 2006, Anonymous Moka said…

    Oh yes, love the songs too!

  • At 6:19 PM, January 11, 2006, Anonymous jubilao said…

    I'm sorry Adam! Lovely post!

  • At 7:57 AM, January 12, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Been ages since I heard something by Labradford, thanks. Sara could totally do ECM covers, does she do the photography for your label?

  • At 8:20 AM, January 12, 2006, Blogger like a eagle said…

    sara and I collaborated on two covers for The Caribbean on our label, and she uses her stuff on tons of our promo materials.

    she did a record cover for the group ROM who used to be on Counterflow, more recently Induce's record Cycle, and just yesterday she got asked to do the cover for the American Princes new album on Yep Roc. They're old friends from when we lived in Arkansas.

  • At 8:23 AM, January 13, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    I finally had time to listen to the Johan Johannsson track earlier, that's some good music right there! Do you know of Jeff Jank from Stones Throw. Sara should send him some stuff 'cos he seems to be into doing pretty cutting edge covers for that label. Will you be posting stuff from your label in the future. I'm really interested to hear what kind of stuff you release after getting an idea of your taste in music!

  • At 12:46 PM, January 13, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Finally got around to checking out Sara's website. She is a brilliant photographer. That's some of the best stuff I've ever seen.

  • At 11:33 AM, January 14, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    Hey eagle, I downloaded the songs and I must say THANK YOU (for "up to pizmo"), a friend burned me a disc with that song on it and never told me who was it. I was obsessed about that song because I always found it very beautiful but didn't knew the name of the band (ironically I have "mi media naranja" and didn't found any resemblance).
    Thank u. Oh its a shame that the 3/4 track is just an excerpt, it's very beautiful.


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