Summertime, it signals the return of the withering heat and also the time for my favorite outdoor activity - SWIMMING! I've already been swimming twice on the Middle Fork of the Eel River this summer, which is no easy feat from where I live. I have also waded into the milky back waters of a torrential Mill Creek. Lassen Peak, California's snowiest spot, is trying to shed its record snowfall from this year and it was pretty awe inspiring to see it flow just a few miles from it's headwaters on the south slope of Lassen. Plans are also in place for swimming on South Fork of the Eel River in the redwoods and, maybe...just maybe..., that elusive swimming hole at Dora Creek along the 101 that has eluded us for years, usually due to temperatures too low for swimming.
Of course, all this fun has put a serious damper on my 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). I've got some good ideas for both series moving forward but all of the summer fun dust will have to settle before I can actually do anything creative in terms of implementing these ideas. Let's talk again in the fall.
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 in the 530 for such a long time 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 few beers in the backwoods. In addition to being a testimonial 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 wa the perfect document to driving on a lot of lonely backroads this summer. First, to scatter my dad's ashes at his favorite out-of-the-way spot in the mountains and just seven days later a gentle companion on the road to one of my favorite out-of-the-way spots on the river. Mostly, this mix is 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)