Misirlou

I heard it most recently in an old episode of M*A*S*H, the gang were dancing around to it in one of the tents, at the time of the Korean war it would have been a hit song. I’ve heard it on Mad Men, when Don Draper finds himself in L.A and the object of a…

Csound and sanity

This is a clip from an old Sega Master System Game called Fantasy Zone. While you might not be familiar with this particular game, there’s likely to be some sort of computer game that upon hearing, takes you right back to your childhood, back to the days when you had nothing better to do with…

Beyond listening

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you love music, and that you use it to help, heal, transcend and enhance aspects of your life. Whether it’s to numb and nullify, to empower, enrage or simply to accompany your walk to work, music has the power to affect mood. For many, music acts as…

Prosodi J – Ichi (One)

Always keen to support people who put it out there, I thought I’d share an album sent in by Prosodi J (clever play on prosody & DJ?) called Ichi (One). Listen here to find out what happens when a British born composer creates music in California with a Japanese flavour. Prosodi J describes what he…

Nature Boy

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I just wanted share a song that I love. It’s the old jazz standard Nature Boy, by a pianist called Roger Williams. I first heard this version watching a movie called Untamed Heart (an old Christian Slater classic) back in the days before the internet. As the years…

Independent People

I was going to profile an Australian artist called Ben Frost. A friend recently sent a link to his School of Emotional Engineering song To Be Continued/Refrain and I thought it was pretty nice. I like the self-aware crackling and the effect on the piano. I like the whispers, the echoes and the repetition. As…

Earth and Mt Eerie

I met with Phil Elverum from Mt Eerie on Sunday night, he’s doing a tour and was playing the Union Chapel in London. I interviewed him for the guys at TOKAFI. While I waited for him to arrive I chatted with some guys from the headlining band, Earth, namely Dylan Carlson and for this tour,…

Made for Television

I don’t watch a huge amount of TV but I have noticed the quality of programmes improving in recent years. I think an important factor of the success of any TV series is of course the music. I can still sing all of the tunes from my favourite childhood  TV shows. I remember feeling sad…

Profile: Peter Broderick

I’m sure Peter Broderick’s debut album Float will turn up on this blog some day. It is essential listening for any instrumental and neoclassical music lover. But today I’m not going to limit this man’s contribution to one album. He is a prolific maker of beautiful music and at only 25 yrs of age, looks set for a big career.

Album Review: The Heliocentrics and Mulatu Astatke (2009)

The first time I’d heard of Mulatu Astatke was in Jim Jarmusch’s film Broken Flowers (2005). I became obsessed with a track from the film called Tezeta, by Astatke from the Afro-Latin Soul album. Known as the father of Ethiopian Jazz, Astatke’s music reflects his experience, born in Ethiopia, musically trained in the UK and…