Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 10/23/17

Hey, hey two weeks of liveblogging in a row?! Hard to believe, yet here we are. So tonight’s show is a little bit of a reaction to Mo’s last broadcast of “Style City” this past Sunday, combined with this grey, slow day leaking into my subconscious. 51d+tOoI0vL._SX355_

So the Oldfield stuff is definitely an odd choice for my show, but it makes sense, given the soundtrack of my week– Mo has been working up some new material, which is heavily reliant on similar long-form, futuristic sounds– I’d love to see a resurgence of albums like this! Plus, you’ve got to hand it to anyone who puts the following in their liner notes:

“This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment, please hand it into the nearest police station.”

Damn! At any rate, in keeping with Mo’s show, I’ve also decided on some rather May/December pairings– so Death Grips is pulling us out of Oldfield– equally futuristic, but with a different outlook, no doubt.

Philip Glass’s Powaqqatsi soundtrack started our second set off with the beautiful and bouncy “Serra Pelada,” a great cut that is just full of energy… which we siphoned right off with the Washed Out cut! I just found out about that album, “Mister Mellow,” the other day, and am really excited about it. Seems like good stuff so far, and the video is terrific. I have a tremendous respect for Mr. Rogers, so there is no hipster irony present in playing that cut– it is one of my favorites. If you heard it with a smirk on your face, go back and relisten, reflect on your choices, and do better moving forward.

The I.L.Y’s – Scum With Boundaries (from “Scum With Boundaries” on Third Worlds)
Luella & the Sun – Fly So Free (from “Fly So Free/We Got To Meet Death” 7″)
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells, Side 1 (from “Tubular Bells,” on Virgin Records)
Death Grips – Interview A (from “Interview 2016,” on Third Worlds)
Philip Glass – Serra Pelada (from “Powaqqatsi,” on Elektra Nonesuch)
Washed Out – Instant Calm (from “Mister Mellow,” on Stones Throw)
Mr. Rogers – Let’s Be Together Today (from same LP, on Small World Records)
Philip Glass – Anthem, pt.1
Philip Glass – That Place
Death Grips – Interview B
Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Part 1 (from “Equinoxe,” on Polydor)

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