Summertime, it signals the heat and the time for my favorite outdoor activity - SWIMMING! I've already been swimming twice on the Middle Fork of the Eel River this summer, no easy feat from where I live. I waded into the milky back waters of a torrential Mill Creek as Lassen Peak tries to shed its record snowfall from this year and plans in order for trips to the Sacramento River, South Fork of the Eel River, and maybe (finally) that elusive swimming hole at Dora Creek along the 101 that has eluded us for years for one reason or another, generally the not-quite-warm-enough-for-swimming temperatures of September. All this fun has put the damper on plan to have two mixes per month out and on time - one for the dancefloor (The CONDUIT), the other for head-expandsion (Back to Mine) and to invest more time into pro'ing the two programs up for possible syndication so there's that but I've spent my downtime thinking about ways to present the pair of two hour music installments that I call my link to the outside world. I've got some good ideas but all of the summer fun dust will have to settle before I can actually do anything creative in terms of implementing these ideas.
Well, enough about the nuts & bolts of this operation, let's talk about the music. My latest afterhours mix (Vol. 5!!) is a little more introspective than the others in this series. It was originally intended to be a companion piece to CONDUIT 07 - Are We Here?, a goodbye statement to my good friend and musical compadre, Logan 5. Peter has been such a big part of my musical experience living in the 530 for so long, that I wasn't going to let him leave without a proper sendoff. In the process of that sendoff, summer began and a lot of fun trips began eating up my free time putting the posting of this mix off until a later date. In that time, Are We Here? took on new meaning, providing the soundtrack for getting lost in the wilderness on unmarked roads and how you rectify that situation by having a good laugh and a beer in the backwoods. In addition, to my good friend's passage to a new life, All That Remains, also began to take on a new life as it aged. It's the perfect document to driving on a lot of lonely backroads, first to scatter my dad's ashes at his favorite out-of-the-way spot and just seven days later a gentle companion on the road to one of my favorite out-of-the-way spots. Mostly, it's a reflection on the passing of time and our mortality all set in an expansive, pastoral musical backdrop. And isn't that what summer is all about?
Keep a watch on the sandman of time
Will he gaze into your eyes or mine?
Will he knock on your door and invite you to the other side?
Catch him writing the score as he takes you on another ride
Hang on tight boy, you're starting to slide
Chris Bell - Speed of Sound
Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle
Vondelpark - California Analog Dream
John Martyn - Small Hours
Nick Galemore - Repeated Voids
Azul Project/Stryke - Ain't No Sunshine
The Analog Roland Orchestra - Aftermath
Cluster - Manchmal
Tones on Tail - Lions
Die Vogel - Everything feat Sophia Kennedy
Len Leise - El Modelo
Mark Barrott - Sacred Islands
Little River Band - Light of Day
L.U.C.A. - In The Sun
Pink Floyd - I'm A Cliche Edit Service #35 by Monoblok & PSLKTR
The Clash - The Magnificent Dance
Rhythm & Sound - Mango Drive
Howie B - Under the Boardwalk
Shabazz Palaces - The Ballad of Lt. Maj. Winnings
Burt Bacharach - South American Getaway
Burt Jansch - All This Remains
Rare Bird - Passing Through
Super Furry Animals - Download
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
Irma Thomas - Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)