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[mix] staring out the windows is for love songs and house flies

November 13, 2015

va – staring out the windows is for love songs and house flies, a mix by cortez

mp3 / mixcloud

A new mix – first one since 2012. Other than that, it’s business as usual… feedback from friends and family leads me to believe this 12-track effort is musically very much in line w/ earlier stuff. Enjoy!

the ordells – sippin a cup of coffee
louis o connor – lonely and black
elyse weinberg – my, my, my
flako – eclosure
woo – 1001 decisions
erasmo carlos – largo da 2a feira
dennis brown – jah is watching you
dillinger – flat foot hustling
moritz von oswald trio – sounding line 3
mariah – utakata no hibi
lnrdcroy – i met you on BC ferries
daryll-ann – untitled
jay electronica & latonya givens – better in tune with the infinite


Great Expectations

October 27, 2015

pearson sound – freeze cycle (self-released, 2015)

UK producer David Kennedy in fine form. I must’ve played this track (and its companion) 20+ times over the last week. The sounds keep shifting and refuse to settle, offering unexpected sonic angles with what are really pretty limited means. Dig in to hear if the cycle locks you in as well.

buy these tracks direct from their maker here.


Suggestions for autumn listening

September 24, 2015

With the Holiday season officially over, the music industry has started its yearly fall offensive… more new and repackaged music than an omnivore like myself can handle. Some recent highlights suitable for windy afternoons walks and reacquainting yourself with the delight that is hutspot.

elyse weinberg – houses (from “greasepaint smile“)

Elyse Weinberg released a single album in the late sixties, after which she got caught in a web of personal growth and industry politics. The ever-interesting Numero Group has just released her hitherto unissued second album. Coarse, swinging, soulful and searching, “Greasepaint Smile” has aged beautifully and is sure to bring the singer some belated recognition. Oh, and if that guitar has a familiar tone – you’re right, it’s Neil Young.













kurt vile – lost my head there (from “b’lieve i’m goin down“)

I really like Kurt Vile. He sounds like he doesn’t really care and prefers to watch the world go by… except for the fact that he keeps releasing albums. And tours the world. His new album is a little more rootsy and natural-sounding than predecessor “Waking on a pretty daze“, but only a little. Kurt Vile mostly just does his thing, man. I don’t object when the results sound like the above.













dungen – ljus in min panna (from “allas sak“)

I almost gave up hope after five years of radio silence, but Dungen are back with a new album. The psychedelic Swedes have aged and mellowed a little, and their songs seem to have more texture and shade. Oh, and some added flutes… with which I have no qualms, but I know some people who can.not.stand the sound. Check out “ljus in min panna” (which means “light into my forehead” according to the friendly people at Google Translate) and hear for yourselves.













zachary cale – low light serenade (from “duskland“)

I’m in the dark when it comes to Zachary Cale, and will not write a blurb composed from quickly-googled tidbits. What I do know: I loved his album “Blue Rider” from 2013, his music is definite night-time listening and he is very, very, blue. “Duskland” offers more of the same in the best possible way. Fans of Steve Gunn and Sixteen Horsepower, check out his “low light serenade” above.


Mi Casio es sus Casio

September 10, 2015

claudette et ti pierre – zanmi camarade (tropical treats edit) (sofrito 2014)

Haiti, 1979 by way of Sweden’s Tropical Treats crew and the mighty Sofrito label. Perfect for the run of late-summer days my city is enjoying. Play loud and rewind!


Shared Saudade

September 6, 2015

lolita cuevas and frantz casseus – haitian folk songs (folkways 10″ mini-lp, 1953) / mirror

People on the move and displaced, either physically or emotionally, are very much on my mind this week. This suite of songs from Haiti offers gentle comfort. Recorded in 1953 for the interesting Folkways label, the combination of Casseus‘ guitar and Cuevas‘ voice spans eras and continents… pretty much everyone I played this to wanted more. Have the whole thing.

edit: updated link + added mirror link.

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Columbian Wave

August 3, 2015

elia y elizabeth – fue una lágrima

elia y elizabeth – la gran ciudad

Elia and Elizabeth, sisters from Columbia, recorded a batch of songs in the early seventies. I wasn’t particularly aware of their existence: physical copies are rare, I live in Holland and it is 2015 and not the early seventies. The recent compilation “La onda de Elia y Elizabeth” belatedly introduces these songs to a wider audience. I am a fan and have been playing it a lot over the past few months.

Naive and heartfelt vocals, slick and orchestral backing, traces of Spanish pop and the Italian library sound… sign me up. Two examples at the top of this post, but the whole thing is great.


Please to friend me

July 24, 2015


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