A new Spotify mix: Dizzy Atmospheres

Au Cinema…..Lianne La Havas
100 Yard Dash…………Raphael Saadiq
Dizzy Atmosphere…………..Dizzy Gillespie
Djorolen………….Oumou Sangare
Vultures……………………………..Jana Hunter
My Name Is Trouble…………Keren Ann
Paperwhites……………….Miwa Gemini
Mouchoir de poche…………..Francoiz Breut
Something Good………………alt-J
Falling in Love Again……………..Marlene Dietrich
Iyo Djeli…………………Oumou Sangare
Kothbiro…………………………….Ayub Ogada
Rackwick………………………….The Magnetic North
Symphony No.1: 1. Moderately, Wistfully………Elliott Carter (Nashville Symphony)

Details on this list….

 

When I say “mix” I mean mix. This ones bounces around like an excited electron in a jar of iron cookies. We gave it a test run tonight. Steph was painting while I rearranged lines of code. At the end, she looked up and said “again please.”

Lianne La Havas

First up is Lianne La Havas and she’s a marvel. The 22 year-old British singer/guitarist has been on the ascent in the UK, where the title track to her new album reached #4. I actually discovered her via the NPR music blog, which ran a feature on her recently. Comparisons to Alicia Keys will probably follow, but I think she’s on a different track entirely. I love this album, her voice and the songwriting. This is what talent sounds like, kids.

Raphael Saadiq

“100 Yard Dash” by Raphael Saadiq is one part late 50’s Motown (including what sounds like vintage spring reverb on his voice) and one part modern soul. It’s a short song too, just like those old tracks. Anyway, Saadiq is a shot of YES for this mix.

Oumou Sangaré

Two tracks by Oumou Sangaré the sublime Malian singer. She’s from the historic Wassoulou region south of the Niger River and her music is as cool as anything coming out hipsterville, USA. Take that you Sad Thelma, you Skinny-legged Shawn. Also from Africa, Kenya, specifically, Ayub Ogada. This song was the closing track in the harrowing little film “The Constant Gardener.” The singer, Ogada, is also an actor you may recognize.

Jana Hunter at Casa Fauxmat, 2010

Including tracks from two people we know (#namedrop!), who have not only eaten dinner in our house, but slept over too. Like in PJs and sleeping bags (couch surfing while on tour). Those two are indie darling Jana Hunter and should-be-known-better singer Miwa Gemini, both friends from our NY days. They both have such distinctive sounds too. #fan

A bunch of French pop, as always — love Keren Ann (and yes, it’s KerEn). A dash of Be-Bop, the mix’s namesake, a tune by Diz. A new pop act called alt-J. Oh look what happens when you type that: . Steph’s occult-obsessed cousin says his kind love those goofy symbols. Darn hipsters, what’ll they think of next? ∆∆∆∆∆? Would I be dating myself if I said it looked like a row of Coneheads?

The closer:

Elliott Carter

Earlier this month, Composer Elliot Carter departed Planet Earth at the crisp age of 103. During his illustrious career, the man wrote prolifically (debutting new works as recently as this summer) and earned a lifetime of accolades including a Pulitzer and faculty positions at numerous music conservatories — among them: Peabody, Juilliard, MIT, and Yale. He was a true titan of modern classical music. This despite having studied literature, not music, in college (Harvard). A bit like Charles Ives in that way, back when it was acceptable to come into “serious” music outside formal collegate study. I propose that we tip a hat, raise a glass, or at least mumble a thank you to this impressive man. Go on, I’m waiting. Done? OK, thanks.

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