Well, I hadn’t intended to get back to “normal” with an uninterrupted flow, buy by the time I reached a “maybe I stop here” moment, we were a good hour in. So why stop there, right? All Newish tunes, with a turn toward the quieter side once you hit that George L Smyth piece… Enjoy.
As much as I enjoy looking back over the music that’s been sent to the show in the last year, pulling together a playlist is a bit of a chore–but a pretty cool one. The chore is not just pointing out what albums really made an impact on me; it’s also about giving you a nice, deep listen. There are 19 tracks to dig into in this uninterrupted journey (20 if you count my way of saying “Thank You” via Adam Werner), and having head-tested the flow a couple of times now, I can say–yeah, it’s a nice, deep listen.
As always, thank you all for listening in the year gone by. The subscriber base has grown beautifully. At the beginning of the year it was about 450; now it’s over 635. So welcome, and thanks for hanging out, and happy listening. More to come in 2019.
Sure, you’ve heard a fair amount of Phillip Wilkerson in the last few episodes, but that’s because he’s good and I like his music. So much, in fact, that between two solid sets from the Newish queue, you get to drop into 30 deep minutes with him. Or, uh, I mean…his music. Either way.
1.08.54 Christopher Sky, You’ve Been Gone Too Long, Vastness
1.14.13 Garo, Lisansky, Sea Songs
1.16.35 Joe Frawley, Lady of Shalott, Waterhouse
1.20.53 North Atlantic Drift, Glow, Departures
1.28.31 Steve Roach, Liminal, Mercurius
How did we end up here? It’s, like, 500 weeks later and I’m still doing a podcast. Huh. Must be all the good music that’s sent to me. Let’s play some. Extra-long show this time. Enjoy, and as I will say several times throughout: thank you so very much.
*As noted in the show, I had this from a Sampler. I found the actual album it came from for you. You’re welcome.
**I’ve added a link to the page for The Gatherings Vol 2, but I am not sure the album is commercially available. Instead, here’s a link to the track itself from Spacecraft’s Bandcamp page.
And yes, Wunjo remains a collector’s item for those who choose to search it out on the internet. And you should, because it’s magic. My policy here is to only provide artist-verifiable links where possible, and not links to random resellers.
*So it appears I was wrong about Hollan taking a workshop with Steve Roach. But here’s the story of the Holmes-Roach connection, in Hollan’s own words, which he shared on Facebook:
While I’ve never taken a workshop with Steve Roach, I must admit that he has been an influence, as well as an inspiration ever since I discovered his work in the late 80s. How he and I met is a bit of an interesting story. In 1990, while working as a baggage handler at American Airlines, I was loading baggage onto a flight bound for Tucson. I started pulling these big flight cases off the cart, when I noticed the name, Steve Roach. I’d discovered his music a couple of years earlier and had become a rabid fan. Like a giddy schoolgirl I ran up the jet bridge stairs and conned the ticket agent into giving me Steve’s seat number letting me onboard. Hands shaking, I asked him for his autograph. It was one of the first times any fan had asked him for one. I still have that autograph in my collection. Now, fast forward to 2004. I wrote Steve and told him this story, then asked him if he would be interested in letting me create an album cover (Lost Pieces, Vol.4) for him (my primary career is as an artist). He both remembered and obliged. I went on to do another album cover (immersion one), a tee shirt design (Circuit Mandala) and all the graphics for all four versions of his Immersion Station Apps. We’ve been friends for a long time and, while I make every effort to make music that is my own, Steve Roach does remain both an influence and an inspiration.