Making It Whistle in 2002

 

Thomas Fehlmann slams open my favorite of the Kompakt Total series, Total 4, with this track from his 2002 album, Visions Of Blah.  You need these albums.

 
 
Kompakt Total 4

Kompakt Total 4

Thomas Fehlmann's Visions Of Blah

Thomas Fehlmann's Visions Of Blah

 

Thanks Bro!

At the peak of my Ambient Raver phase, The Orb did this massive remix of The Grid's 'Crystal Clear'.  It's called the 'Clear, Like An Unmuddied Lake' remix.  Total jam.  I'd like to take a sec to give thanks to my brother for turning me on to so much music over the years.  Thanks Russ!

Reinbert de Leeuw & Erik Satie

Transient

This CD has probably spun around more than any other CD in my collection.  Beautifully slow performances.  Having never seen what he looks like till just now, this video of Reinbert de Leeuw performing nr 2 from Les Fils des Étoiles is a treat.  Such a character.

 
 

Artifacts of a Digital Life

Today, I peered into three hard drives that have been sitting still for two years.  Contained within are photos spanning all the way back to my first digital camera.  I am overwhelmed by the memories.  And I'm sad I hadn't documented more before this digital life began.

One thing I found is this video I made as a little tribute to our dog, Lily.  I forgot I made it.  It documents our daily ritual.  There's nothing remarkable about it, but it is from about six months before my wife became pregnant with our little girl.  Life was very different on that day.

The song is by Adelaide, who are a complete mystery to me.  I found their EP online years ago, and due to it's position in the alphabet, and my general "sure, let's listen to that one" decision on many early mornings, I have listened to this EP a lot.  The mood fits the footage and the way I feel right now like nothing else could.  If you make it past the end of the song, the close up wide shots of Lily make me laugh.

 
 

Andy Kaufman & Jerry Garcia

 
 

Jerry and Andy each only made one movie.  And they did it together!  Heartbeeps (1981) stars Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as robots finding love.  Jerry's guitar plays the voice of their robot baby.  And Henny Youngman's jokes are told by a robot names Catskil throughout.  It pays to watch the credits!

The movie was a flop, and killed Andy's movie career plans, but I liked it.  It's always nice to find a movie you didn't know about, especially when it has Randy Quaid offering a bag of beer.  A young Christopher Guest makes an appearance in a junkyard alongside Melanie Mayron (Thirtysomething).  And Paul Bartel & Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul) play their recurring husband and wife roles for a few minutes, too.  Overall, it's kind of a kid movie, but I guess I'll never grow up.  Netflix win.