Rosalía + Lou Reed

Even a casual reader of other magazines that are not this email blogazine will know that Rosalía is the past, present, and future. She is it. Nobody is working harder or getting further. Today, Rosalía put out a new song, “A Palé.”

I’m grateful for everyone supporting this project and, to manifest that feeling, I’ve made three mixtapes. They can be downloaded here, for a week. Each one uses different parts of an interview album Lou Reed recorded in 1982 to coincide with the release of The Blue Mask. Most of the songs I used are new. Enjoy them all. Like and subscribe. Peace!

Halloween + Mixtapes

We figured it out! Subscribers—and subscribers only—are getting weekly mixtapes. Here is the first one. Free version buddies, this one is on the arm. The next ones you gotta pay for, as well as any seasonal surprises. All the text posts will remain un-paywalled, for the benefit of the musicians and anyone else in the mix. You can also just subscribe to keep things moving. Counseling does not pay much! I’m incredibly grateful to those who have already chipped in.

This mix features me, my son Jonah, The KLF, Jessica Ekomane, Hans Reichel, Kevin Drumm, Frank Ocean, and a few others. Have a great weekend!

A.S. Frere + Moritz Von Oswald + Mark Ernestus

Last week was the thirty-fifth anniversary of my grandfather’s death. The New York Times obituary is here and represented below.

My grandfather lived in Kent, where my mother is from. I only saw him three times. He could wiggle his ears and his hair was bright white. He and my grandmother, known as Wallace, were two of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He died two months after I got to college. I was affected by it more than I expected to be. He felt like a logical link to a world that I was only lightly connected to. We didn’t have the money to get over there very much.

Philip Sherburne interviewed Moritz von Oswald for Lapsus Radio, a weekly show on Spain’s Radio 3 dedicated to electronic music. Oswald’s work with Mark Ernestus for the Basic Channel label is foundational. There will be more talk about this later. Of this encounter, Philip says:

“This was my second time getting to interview von Oswald—the first was at Ableton Loop conference in Berlin a few years ago—so I knew what I was getting into. He can be reticent, and he professes not to want to talk about his past; with so much having been said about Basic Channel and Berlin dub techno, presumably he prefers to concentrate on the present and the future. But once you get him talking, he's actually incredibly open, warm, and very funny. After we recorded the radio show, which took place the day before we were to do an onstage Q&A at the Lapsus event where he'd perform a 42-channel surround-sound performance, we took a taxi together; the whole ride was spent with him brainstorming topics for our conversation while I frantically typed into my Notes app. I left him on Barcelona's tony Passeig de Gracia, where he headed off to buy his wife a present from an antique store. He's one of a kind.”

For now, there is a Spotify playlist below, which I started in 2011. I’ve set it to “collaborative”—get in there and add relevant stuff. Please limit it to work actually connected to Mark and Moritz or the label. In other words, no Burial, as much as that is formally sympathetic.

Frank Ocean and his (growing) team put up Episode 008 of Blonded Radio this weekend. The track listing was posted on Reddit, and 80% of the show is in the playlist below. (You’ll need Apple Music to hear the original episode.) To recreate the broadcast at home, let the playlist run and yell “Look at us! We’re in love!” every ten minutes. I love Frank’s music but he’s no Mr. Magic.

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NTS + Rosalía

I want you to have the best possible weekend. Here are some suggestions.

Listen to NTS every morning. I use their iOS app most of the time. (There are also desktop apps for Mac and Chromebook, if you are not tied to your phone.) I’m going to highlight two shows; a bit like homework, the best kind.

Time Is Away is remarkable, the kind of thing that makes you say “How did I not know about this?” Try the new episode, featuring Sebald reading from Austerlitz two weeks before his death, or an episode from January of 2017, which uses the speaking voice of John Berger. (The voice recordings are from way before that.) I can’t possible oversell what Jack and Elaine do in Time Is Away. They gather together obscure records and bits of the human voice (talking and singing); then they make all the sources speak to each other and create narratives that aren’t entirely narrative. Time Is Away episodes are not nearly as linear as the documentary genre demands, but they’re also sort of documentaries? Except for when they’re sort of utopian dreams? I have an interview with Jack and Elaine from last year that I will refresh, with their help, and post here soon.

Suncut uses the R&B continuum as a remit to explore the emotional extremities of the genre, as well as its history. Perfect for mornings. (All of these shows can be explored through the NTS archives.)

This weekend’s NYT mag Rosalía feature, written by Marcela Valdes, is one of the best music pieces I’ve read in ages. Everything I wanted to know about Rosalía’s flamenco training is in here. This essay also does justice to her sense of mission and the thoroughness of her craft. Here is what I wrote in June about Rosalía.

If you don’t know who pianist Paul Jacobs is, mentioned in the Rosalía post, I am going to tell you to buy something. I know! But you can’t stream it anywhere, not even on YouTube, and it is worth whatever you pay for it.

The Legendary Busoni Recordings is drawn from three different Nonesuch LPs recorded in the late Seventies. I want you to hear Busoni’s “Sonatia #1,” as Paul Jacobs played it. It has the same sense of connection between notes, the physical trace of embodied energy, that goes through all of Rosalía’s singing. This was her year, without any doubt, and she is good enough to have me missing Paul Jacobs, who she has nothing to do with.

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