Sending Zzzzzs Across the Pond [Music]

A sleepytime Mix for Howie, Tania and their goddess of knowledge.

Use the “Download Original” link or stream it from the player (it’s the bottom track).

Track List

  • Overdub - What a Wonderful Radiohead
  • David Bowie - Kooks
  • Cat Power - Wonderwall
  • Belle & Sebastian - The Fox in the Snow
  • Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights
  • Little Dragon - Twice
  • Ella F & Louis A - Summertime
  • D.R.I - Inspiration
  • Led Zeppelin - Bron-Yr-Aur
  • Air - Ce Matin La
  • The Beatles - Good Night
  • M. Ward - Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Aphex Twin - Avril 14th
  • Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
  • Brahms - Lullaby

Past Mixes

2007: Parental Mix
2006: Look Up! Get Down!
2005: Astro Mix
2004: Back and Forth

I’m not a pirate, I just grog a lot.

Porgy & Bess [Music]

Summer Time


Big BaDa Boom - 1 to 100 [Video]



A Path to Techno…

This collection of videos captures many of the tunes which lead me into the wild folds of electronic music.

Choice Cuts:

You were such a P.Y.T. [Music]

Justice - D.A.N.C.E. - Video directed by Jonas & François


Turtle Shells [Music]

I crafted a Welcome Home (from European adventures) mix for my folks. Mom isn’t home yet, but I was hanging out with Dad yesterday. I’d like to share the mix with you too. :)

Other than the Sufjan Stevens tracks, this is music I discovered in 2006 which didn’t fit on my Look up! Get Down! mix, slower tempos, more guitar and vocal oriented, less electronics.

Download or Stream: Parental 2007 (Mp3 mix)

Track List

01 - Amy Winehouse - Rehab
02 - Kym Tuvim - Fly Away
03 - Jamie Lidell - Multiply (In a Minor Key)
04 - Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
05 - Cat Power - The Greatest
06 - Marissa Nadler - Yellow Lights
07 - Alice Smith - Woodstock
08 - Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins - Handle With Care (Acoustic Mashup?)
09 - Mark Kozelek - You Ain’t Got a Hold on Me
10 - The Be Good Tanyas - When Doves Cry (Prince Cover)
11 - The Blow - Parantheses
12 - First Coat - George
13 - First Floor Power - Scissors, Bag or a Stone
14 - Piers Faccini - If I
15 - Marisaa Nadler - Famous Blue Raincoat (L. Cohen Cover)
16 - Sufjan Stevens - The Transfuguration
17 - M83 - Let Men Burn Stars

Past Mixes

2006: Look Up! Get Down!
2005: Astro Mix
2004: Back and Forth

I’m not a pirate, I just grog a lot.

Look up! Get Down! [Music]

Favourite Dance-tas-tic Tunes of 2006

Look Up! Get Down! (mp3 mix)

This is part one of three best-of-2006 mixes; an homage to sweaty parties, energizing beats, and the tangled interaction of musician and dancer. Arms flail. Feet shuffle. We resonate.

I’ve included some links to music videos and live performances below.

Track List

00:00 Soul Mechanik - Never touch that switch (Freeform Reform)
03:46 Emilie Simon - Never fall in love
06:30 Fujiya Miyagi - Collarbone
10:12 Clashing Egos - Aminjig nebere (I trust you) (Joakim’s Afrobot mix)
15:05 The Gossip - Listen Up! (MSTRKRFT remix) [video of original]
21:50 Rex The Dog - Everyday
26:15 Kitsune Maison - Kafka (Bag Raiders Remix)
31:00 Katerine - Etres Humains [video acoustic]
33:11 Lo-Fi-Fnk - City
36:53 Jamie Lidell - When I Come Back Around (Freeform Reform) [video]
42:33 The Rapture - Whoo! Alright - Yeah…Uh Huh (Simian Mobile Disco Remix) [video of original]
48:08 Spektrum - Don’t be shy [video]
51:05 Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS) - alala [video]
54:48 The Lovely Feathers - In the Valley
57:49 Caribou - Lord Leopard [video]
59:24 Subtle - midas gutz [video live]
62:00 LO2 - He Saw The Cat

Past Mixes

2005: Astro Mix
2004: Back and Forth

I’m not a pirate, I just grog a lot.

Astro Mix [Music]

I’ve been working on a year-end mix cd. It was a good year in music.

I’ve paired down to 80 tracks. Even with much pruning, it will be a multi-disc endeavor.

Here’s last year’s mix, in two sides:

UPDATE: (02 Jan 2007)

TrackList Side A

00:00 Busdriver- New Aquarium (57sec)
00:57 Bouga Akhenaton - Belsunce breakdown (3min 53sec)
04:50 Tom Waits - Big In Japan (13sec)
05:03 Buck 65 - Devil’s Eyes (2min 48sec)
07:51 Ken Nordine - Nutria (5sec)
07:56 Broken Social Scene - Cause = Time (5min 20sec)
13:16 Constantines - Lizaveta (3min 28sec)
16:44 The New Pornographers - The Bones Of An Idol (2min 43sec)
19:27 Feist - Mushaboom (3min 33sec)
23:00 Spoon - I Summon You (demo) (3min 49 sec)

TrackList Side B

00:00 Cal Tjader - Bye Bye Blues (8sec)
00:08 Stars - Calendar Girl (3min 53sec)
04:01 Spoon - I Turn My Camera On (3min 36sec)
07:37 The New Pornographers - These Are The Fables (3min 20sec)
10:57 Constantines - Soon Enough (3min sec)
14:43 The Books - if not now whenever (3min 20sec)
18:03 My Morning Jacker - Wordless Chorus (3min 59sec)
22:02 Soso - loss (3min 55sec)
25:57 Fermented Reptile - Intro (1min 17sec)
27:14 Buck 65 - Drunk Without Drinking (4min 10sec)
31:24 Camille - 1 2 3 (2min 32sec)

Note: All times are approximations.

I’m hosting these files on DivShare.

Leave a comment if you have problems downloading.

Chills Bells [Music]

Tomorrow is our winter Solstice (Northern Hemisphere).

Our tribal ancestors feasted on this shortest of days. They gave Thanks before the coming of the famine months.

Another cycle of the Wheel of the Year. You exist. Peace be the journey.

* * *

Erin pointed out this trippy wonder: SomaFM’s Christmas Lounge [Streaming Mp3].

People Before Profit [Music]

Don’t be fooled by pop-culture, there’s more to HipHop than bling and scantily-clad ladies.

Here’s ‘peg-city rapper John Smith with his track Kinship of the Down and Out, from the album Pinky’s Laundromat.

(Sam, your street gets a shout-out.)

Related: All Peanuts and Corn music videos on YouTube.

Personal Fav: John Smith’s Climb Everything, an homage to urban exploration in Winnipeg.
Explore your city yo!

Geeksta [Music]

I forgot to mention that the Nerdcore Hip-Hop Compilation was released earlier this month. My track, In a Way, can be found on Volume 3, Rare and Classic Tracks (quick bittorrent link).

The quality of tracks on these discs is varied, and you have to be fairly geeky to understand the inside-jokes that most of the tracks are built around. I guess that was the point: *nerd*core.

* * *

The net is awash in Scientology debate:

A quick run-down of Scientology doctrine from Wikipedia:

75 million years ago, [an alien ruler of the “Galactic Confederacy” named Xenu], brought billions of people to Earth in DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls then clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to wreak chaos and havoc today.

These evil alien souls can be removed from us if we pay to be audited. Auditing can also free us of Engrams, painful memories which are the single source of all human illness.

Eventually, if we pay enough, we get super-powers.

L. Ron Hubbard, wrote Sci-Fi pulp-fiction before he founded Scientology. ;)

Nerdcore [Music]

In a Way (a track I put together at Glutton University) will be featured on the upcoming Nerdcore compilation CD.

[Related: Nerdcore @ Wikipedia]

Off the hoozak.

A Rebel Yell [Music]

The Kamkars from the album Chant of Drums


The Kamkars […] fuse elements from their Kurdish folk music heritage with conventions from Persian classical music, using instruments from both. [They are a] family ensemble, consisting of seven brothers, one sister, and her son from Samandaj, in northwest Iran.


How To Tell If Your Friend Is A Robot

Left behind [Music]

In early 2003 I mined my record collection for samples to create the following musical-collage:

Wally Glutton - Things to come

I later made some changes to this track to produce:

Wally Glutton - Incremental Changes - Etc Mix

I’m not sure the changes improved the track. Actually, many of the voice samples are less intelligible on the this version.

The second version highlights the music of fellow Winnipegger Equanim. His album Instrumental Language is available online care of Balanced Records.


Last Friday I sent the following via email to some friends, as well as to ask.metafilter:

According to Leibniz, a theory must be simpler than the data it explains. In other words (for the nerds amongst us), understanding equals compression.

I challenge you to help me understand this via a thought-experiment:

Let’s take two experiences we are all familiar with: Pleasure and Pain.

Explain the difference between these two experiences.

There is (of course) no “correct” answer; however, I ask that you attempt to use as few words as possible to explain your answer.

If you’d like to add to the debate, hit me up with a comment. I’ll be compiling the responses this weekend.

It’s interesting to note that the question was removed from ask.metafilter for being too meta.


Via Uncle Ken in T-Dot:

  • Motorist throws food out of window.
  • Courier, disliking littering, picks up food and throws food back in car.
  • Motorist dumps coffee on courier.
  • Courier scratches car with key.
  • Road rage ensues.


And finally, from the stungeye archives: My Winnipeg, Against the Reality.

Twinkle [Music]

Stars kicked off their latest North American tour last night, here in Winnipeg.

They performed to a sold out crowd at the newly renovated Ramada conference centre. Their set heavily favoured their latest album, and was well received by the all ages crowd.

Some adjectives for description: honest, theatrical, emotional, humorous, raw, rock’n.

Stars are from Montreal. Their music is unapologetically poppy, and proves that pop isn’t always a synonym for crap.

Related: At least today’s pop music is an easy target for satire.

Dad Will Dig [Meme Propagation]

From Language Is A Virus:


Last Saturday we went to an Electro party at the 301 Overtoom squat (or ex-squat?).

"Squatting is the act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that the squatter does not own, rent, or otherwise have permission to use. Squatters often claim rights over the spaces they have squatted by virtue of occupation, rather than ownership; in this sense, squatting is similar to (and potentially a necessary condition of) adverse possession, by which a possessor of real property without title may eventually gain legal title to the real property. [...]

Besides places to live squats are often socially interesting places, hosting give-away shops, pirate radio stations, (often vegetarian or vegan) restaurants."

Squatting @ Wikipedia

There is a long history of squatting in The Netherlands, and throughout the rest of Europe. In Amsterdam their are squatted restaurants, bars, internet cafes, and of course apartments.

Despite political pressure and police evictions, there are a few remaining squats in Canada and the US.


On Thursday we'll take a train to Eindhoven and then fly to Dublin for the Oxegen festival.

Some of the acts I'm excited to see (in no particular order):

Thank you kindly [Music]

...for leaving the Scissor Sisters on my HD.

Banana moon [Music]

I made this mix for some friends. It's life, love, hills, and valleys.

Back and Forth [76.5 Minutes, 88 MB, MP3]

Mirrored-distribution provided by Coral.


  • Unkle - Back and Forth

  • Tosca Tango Orchestra - El Cholulo

  • Books - ps (Plays during El Cholulo: Guy and Girl "talking")

  • mcenroe and John smith - Same Old Faces

  • Ladytron - Seventeen

  • Matthew Barber - Tilt-a-whirl

  • Eels - Dirty Girl

  • Jack Johnson - Bubble Toes

  • The Decemberist - Red Right Ankle

  • Viktor Vaughn - Let me watch (feat. Apani b as Nikki)

  • Atmosphere - Trying to find a balance

  • The Long Winters - Blanket Hog

  • Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses

  • Science Fiction - Je reve de vous et je me revei

  • J-Live - Interlude for the babies

  • Cat Power - Baby Doll

  • My Morning Jacket - Just One Thing

  • The Beatles - Across the universe

  • Zero 7 - In Time

  • A3 - U don't dans 2 tekno anymore

  • Sufjan Stevens - All good naysayers, speakup! ...

  • The Weakerthans - A new name for everything

  • Johhny Depp reading Jack Kerouac - Madroad Driving

Beekind [Meme Propagation]

I heard a knocking at my window, just now. I discovered a woodpecker, climbing the wooden-edged frame, of the opened window, across the hall.




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