July 29, 2011

Someone Else Talking: The Mallard’s Dylan Tidyman-Jones

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Someone Else Talking finds us harassing a musician long enough that they cough up the fascinating gems that are their current inspirations.  Be it music or food or film or folly, we want to know what’s getting these people up in the morning.  And because we want to know, you get to read about it.

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Dylan Tidyman-Jones is many things.  The drummer for the one time one-woman show The Mallard (and a performing guest at our 5th Anniversary Spectacular), a sensational guitarist and musician in his own right (check out the amazing Up On The Good Floor for proof of that), and, to our great delight, a veritable fountain of musical knowledge.  Fresh from a trip in to the spiritual and natural world we pinned down the lithe Tidyman-Jones and dragged a few musical bits from him.

Expect a new album from Sir Tidyman-Jones in the relatively near future.

Dylan Tidyman-Jones – Antelope

I spent most of last week visiting friends in Yosemite. It was the perfect antidote to the last six months (spent in the city with my face pressed into the glow of my laptop). We climbed up and swam in the devil’s bathtub, explored caves, walked through moonlight in the forest, spoke with deer about the navigation of portals, drank beer, and laughed together under an open sky.

There were all these healthy-looking German families everywhere, pointing up at waterfalls and granite peaks. When we crossed paths, they would smile, nod fondly, and admonish their children to clear the way. In gratitude, here are a handful of soothing tracks from 70′s Deutschland. If I’d brought my device with me to the wilderness, these would have been the soundtrack.

Cluster – Es War Einmal from the album Sowiesoso

Can – One More Night from the album Ege Bamyasi

Neu! – ‘Leb’ Wohl’ from the album NEU! 75

Harmonia – Watussi from the album Musik von Harmonia

Popol Vuh from the soundtrack for the film Aquirre the Wrath of God

September 15, 2009

The Daily Choice: Brian Eno & Harmonia – Trace

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Just when you think you’ve got Brian Eno and his massive catalog pinned down, all of sudden some strangers from a foreign land place a manila envelope with strange electronic rumblings from 1976 caterwauling about inside.  Brian Eno met Harmonia (featuring members of Cluster of Neu) in ’76 and this, something of a “ambient classic” was crafted.

I usually stay as far away from “ambient classics” as possible, but Brian Eno is a maniacal genius and I just couldn’t help but dig in to an obscure reissue of his.  And what I found was a collection of songs that had me feeling like I was a cyborg, stuck in an elevator, malfunctioning slightly after downing a case of whip-its.  It was fuzzy, and sort of robotic, but also kind of soothing, like a fake beach, with an LED sun and plastic palm trees.

Brian Eno & Harmonia – Trace