Favourite 2011 melodies mixtape

I came across this really nice feature to create your own, classic mixtape at one of my favourite blogs Das Kraftfuttermischwerk. The great thing about Everyone’s Mixtape is that it draws on YouTube, Soundcloud and Vimeo!

So, here’s my very special 2011 melodies mixtape for you. As you’ll hear, 2011 was a lot about textures, rare sounds, a lot of feeling, some folk, and a lot of remembering the 80′s, the 90′s, shoegaze and Twin Peaks, but also some amazing electronic songs.

There was one song that really blew my mind and make me shiver: Gang Gang Dance Glas Jar. A song like this happens only about once every 5 years. Despite its 11 minutes it had to be on the list, and the cassette had to start with it.

Enjoy, this is for you!

(Note: You have to click on the image, as it can’t be embedded as part of the post. I really have to do my own wordpress hosting.)

The playlist:

Gang Gang Dance – Glas Jar
Zomby – Natalia’s Song
John Maus – Quantum Leap
PJ Harvey – The Glorious Land
Wild Beasts – Reach a Bit Further
Still Corners – I Wrote In Blood
Zodiacs – Faraway Friend
Twin Sisters – Kimmi In A Ricefield
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Clams Casino – Motivation
Ada – Faith
Robag Wruhme – Wupp Dek
The Field – Is This Power

Any song I missed?

Nights in Washington

Nights in Washington are different. I don’t know exactly why and how, but I don’t feel the same need as in Berlin to be outside. Why is it that restaurants are so loud that you can barely talk? Don’t they check on the acoustic at all? It seems that the louder, the hipper the place. That’s why the German beergarden on 14th St is one of my favorite places in DC so far. You can actually hear what your friends are saying.

But I actually just wanted to write about how great it is to have some friends over, plug in my Berlin-made Pokketmixer, connect the varios iPhones, blackberries and computers, and enjoy the evening, and well, the night.

From Caribou’s Melody Day to Funkstörung and M.I.A., Disrupt and Hot Chip’s Boy from School, Rock the Casbah and Joy Division, switching to some classic Alan Vega (from this great ZE Records compilation), Los Lobos, and a song about a Venezuelan in New York, some Bill Withers, Sexy Eyes and Abracadabra, the Steve Miller Band, to even more classic Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

A great night to the sound of the city.

(I loved the idea of my friend Codru who posted his week in YouTube videos!)

Discovering Extra Life

While thinking what to write for the little post on this year’s Berlinale, and share with you my favourites of the the more than 20 movies I saw, I came across this crazy music video of Extra Life’s Head Shrinker on Stereogum. The video tries a little bit too hard to be weird, but the music is great. I very much love the sax solo! And the cool guitars.  It’s the first time I hear about these Brooklyn based guys.

Extra Life – Headshrinker from LOAF:TV on Vimeo.

And I hope I get my Berlinale post to you soon!

Moroccan dub

When I arrived in Rabat, I started to look around for blogs where I might find some information on places to go out, Moroccan musicians and artists. I was lucky that I found Culture Maroc. Unfortunately the blog was discontinued in early summer, but I stumbled upon a little pearl of a Moroccan electronic music producer and musician presented in one of the posts.

Dubosmium, living in Casablanca, produces an atmospheric Dub that he mixes with elements of traditional Arab and Moroccan music without becoming too folkloric. And when he backs out his bass, it’s getting really nice. He just published his second album this year called Green Elements with eight haunting tracks, three tracks are new material and five are remixes, on the the French netlabel Fresh Poulp Records. Both of his albums, the other one being the maxi Horionzontal Plane Polar Dub, a little rougher than Green Elements, are available for download for free. Listen to his music at myspace. This perfect landscape music has since been in the earphones at work, in the train, right now. Hopefully he’ll be making it to Berlin sometime next year, as I don’t see any shows coming up in Rabat.

Oudaden

Looking on one of my favorite blogs Awsome Tapes from Africa for Moroccan music, I came across Oudaden, a Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) band that caught my ear with its contemplative and mind-travelling sound.  Here’s a short portrait of the band from a festival website where they will be playing in February 2009:

Oudaden, one of Morocco’s mythical groups of the last twenty years, draws its inspiration from traditional Amazigh music. Their music is an innovative mix of typical bendir and nakus sounds; these traditional Amazigh instruments they combine with modern ones including banjo, electric guitar and tam-tam. In their universal lyrics they explore the subtleties of love as well as the economic and social difficulties of their region, bein g the spokespersons of Amazigh culture.

Also look at their quite colorful blog for some videos.