One year ago, I moved to Manhattan and, as a lifelong DJ, my heart was broken when I was forced to leave my decades-old record collection in storage and make my move with only my turntables. Over the past year, I have slowly added to my new collection here, but the cost-of-living increase meant that I’ve had to become very selective about these additions.
Not all of these records came out over the past year but they are some of the ones that I chose to pursue and collect during that time.
Mixed live on July 10, 2022, exactly one year after my move, as a love letter to my new record collection, home, and life.
52 minutes of the best music representing the best 52 weeks of my life so far.
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- Angel Du$t – All the Way Dumb
- Bad Brains – Destroy Babylon
- Pop. 1280 – Noncompliant
- Surprise Chef – Deadlines
- Seaworthy & Matt Rösner – Spencer Creek Pt 1
- Widowspeak – Unwind
- Black Marble – Try
- Joy Orbison – Runnersz
- Gimmik – Form2
- Erika de Casier – Friendly
- Warpaint – Like Sweetness
- Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Kuni
- Yumi Zouma – Honestly, It’s Fine
- Pickle Darling – Achieve Lift!
- Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – Mariella
- Matt Duncan – Beacon
The endless echoes that surrounded me led me to believe it was all a dream but also something desperately worth remembering upon waking.
Separate instances in the vault
Now and forevermore, coming soon
Some of that real-deal right-path shit
The extra layer of dazzle
Riding the dynamic vortex between The Sirens and Ulysses
The friction and grit of cosmic incoherence
My ticket to the hyperstation spoken of in Daydream Nation
All facets, all faces, across the arrow of time
The startup chime of father circuitry
I conjured you out of darkness to lay waste to this reality
Our progress report through the veil
Soft undulations of humming and focused breath
The subtle but mindful shift that finally brings it all into alignment
Twelve rudeboys say hi
Still searching but I did find some of these along the way…
The third choice for a shotgun assassin
Charisma behind shark eyes
Hunger for candied apples
Days of long thought
Directions dug up from the memory banks
Swimming atop fearsome depths
The paths grown too wild to maintain
Puzzling flirtations over Fangoria
Structural integrity of sandcastles
Correct before collapse
Satiated but starved by dreams too small
The momentum to keep you aloft
Maximal efforts toward opening boxes and checking in on cats
Bending reality with observation
The beautiful smile at the edge of oblivion
Days lost to malaise
Shifting computation to a more efficient domain
Translation along an axis
The calculatory system overlying everything
The untethered diving bell plumbing the depths of solitude with no intent to surface
Keeping the basket mesh free of debris
Indulging the ecstasy of destruction
Ridiculous but not pathetic
Follow the fractal down
Everything can be art if you stare long enough.
Fish oil and positive thinking
Autopilot to the bottom of the sea
Crisp and gentle Tokyo air
Lonely fantasies, your specialty
Grains of experience form islands of repetition
The sun on the other side of time
Reason vs Romance
Frequency receptors attuned to her sonic touch
Monet’s garden was prettier than his art
Lips and fingertips channel magic between mediums
Pulse train brain
Opening up the sensation limiter
Action removes obstacles
Each day, it becomes more habit than chore
I can’t see the conductor but it sounds fantastic.
Occupy reality generation
Low-key high productivity
Mode set to chill
Intuition : Cognition :: GPU : CPU
The varied paths between 0 and 1
Who’s to say what is and isn’t real any more? You had asked to borrow my lab notes, here they are:
The wordbox on your shoulders
Immediate state change
The desire of elegant simplicty
Having to open Schrödinger’s box yet again
Collapsing on autopilot
Perseverance beyond all reason
A farewell before waking
Zoning out and tuning in
We’ve seen it all before
Skilled at eyecraft
I’m in a weird limbo at the moment but I’m still broadcasting from the other side.
Thinking about thinking less
The oddest flower can be the most entrancing
Pump Up the Volume into the Abyss
Weeding out the misfires
A spine on both sides
Drake and his equation
Dipping the tip
A mild winder
What’s the difference between sweet rain and slow motion?
Everything begins with the bass and the drums
WRFL is the University of Kentucky’s student radio station here in Lexington and it has played a significant role in my life over the years since it first started back when I was in high school. I had a weekly radio show there from 2006 to 2016 and also served for a while as the RPM/Dance Playbox Director. Five years of that run were an all-vinyl Dubstep show called The Subset (from 2006 – 2011).
I recently have been going back and listening to some of my old shows and thought it might be fun to share some of them. Also, it’s an exercise to exorcise some of my perfectionist demons. Until now, I’ve never shared any of my shows because I’ve been too embarrassed of my mistakes in mixing but I’m realizing that it is important to also acknowledge my successes so there you are. I may add more in the future but, for now, here’s one from almost exactly 10 years ago.
The Subset July 8, 2009 (10PM – Midnight):
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Also, earlier this year, Brian Connors Manke invited me to guest on his Alumni Show so I thought it would be fun to throw that up here too. It’s a decent representation of a bunch of the other genres that I’m into.
Alumni Show January 1, 2019 (Noon – 2PM):
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Jan Jelinek has recently repressed two of his most classic albums on vinyl through his own label, Faitiche. I’ve been searching for copies of both of these for years so I’m relieved to not have to spend Discogs-level pricing in order to have them. You definitely need to check both out if you are unfamiliar!
Jan Jelinek – “Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records”
Gramm – “(Personal_Rock)”