Friday, October 22, 2010

Stream: End of Radio Soundcloud Mix #4

With my regular co-host Jon Staph on what we'll go ahead and call a self-imposed sabbatical, and my two potential back-ups both tied up this weekend, it's looking like it'll be another couple weeks until the next End of Radio podcast drops in your lap. Instead, I've got a new mix to keep you occupied if you're simply jonsin' for some recommendations. Nothing too obscure this time out, but after the mostly synthetic environs of our electronic-oriented third mix, I decided to plug back in and temporarily give the power back to the electric guitar, which is the only way I can loosely tie these songs together. Some of it is relatively recent, though all in all it covers a fair amount of ground in just 8 songs and 55 minutes, from free-improv freak-folk (Wooden Wand) to Japanese psych-rock (Ghost) to classic 90s guitar pop (The Wrens). I also threw in a couple of live rarities: one a white-hot cut from the early prog fusionists the Soft Machine, and one an improvisation from an intimidating early-aughts collaboration between Christian Fennesz, Oren Ambarchi, and a handful of other cutting edge noise and ambient artists (it also represents this playlist's only dabbling in pure abstraction). For your own benefit: turn this one up.

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