by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.



Abbey Lincoln - "Left Alone". Abbey Lincoln exaggerates her loneliness. She is not as alone as this. But this is what we do: we sing our sorrows in whole melodies. We shade our unhappy moments with stricken colours. We do not moderate. Listen to the trumpet and sax, painting a darker picture than the one they go home to. Listen to your heart, beating an acknowledging yes. But it is not so bad. It's a beautiful day, of rainstorms. It's not so bad. Listen to a sad song. [buy Straight Ahead, and rest in peace, Abbey Lincoln.]

Vijay Iyer - "Mystic Brew (Trixation Version)". "You're the Golden Boy, Cal. You catch every grounder, every fly ball, every bunt and near-homer. You lift more weights than any of the other guys. You bed all the girls. I seen you flip coins once - fifteen heads in a row. The light's always green, the sky's always blue, the elevator's always waiting when you get home. I know it's always been that way. Growin' up, you ran and jumped, you won, you ate red apples and drank clean white milk. You were never unrequited."

"But one day, Cal, you're going to wake up and you're not going to be the Golden Boy any more. You'll hit traffic. You'll miss your plane. You'll trip. And as the coin-flips stack up 50/50, as the balls slip out of your glove, it's gonna get hard. It's gonna get tough. You gotta bear it. You gotta persist. Keep the glints gathered in your eye. Because sooner or later, that gold is gonna be back. Princes become kings." [buy Historicity]


The dearly departed Falkirk-born band Arab Strap are reissuing their first two albums, Philophobia and The Week Never Starts Round Here. In honour of this, I invite you to revisit my Arab Strap farewell post from 2006 - I've reposted all of the MP3s. Buy the double-disc reissues from Chemikal Underground.

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Posted by Sean at August 16, 2010 10:46 AM

Man, I fucking LOVE it when you post older stuff, jazzy stuff. I never know where to start looking with either of them, and when I try I tend to lose patience with all the purely functional noodling, and acres and acres of identikit northern soul/funk sort of tunes.

Mystic Brew is really, really special. I'll be waking up to this for weeks to come...

Posted by Ryan at August 16, 2010 12:27 PM

I loved the subject of the writing.

Posted by sally at August 16, 2010 1:37 PM

relax yourself girl, please settle down
relax yourself girl, please settle down

Posted by humanbeing at August 16, 2010 3:48 PM

When are you writing a book or have you already?

Posted by camilla at August 19, 2010 11:23 AM

Holy cow, that Vijay Iyer song is amazing. A thousand thanks.

Posted by Cory at August 21, 2010 12:36 PM

Your take on Abbey Lincoln is like an exegesis of a psalm or something. Thanks for helping me UNDERSTAND what a song is for.

Posted by Sean at August 22, 2010 9:34 PM

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