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Golestan Palace Tehran, Iran

appreciation for persian archetecture is one of the reasons i’ll forever be grateful to this website.
out of all this music journalism i’ve contributed to the annals of internet-written human history, this post about a mosque in shiraz, iran, is by far my most popular post. View Larger

vwillas8:

Golestan Palace
Tehran, Iran

appreciation for persian archetecture is one of the reasons i’ll forever be grateful to this website.

out of all this music journalism i’ve contributed to the annals of internet-written human history, this post about a mosque in shiraz, iran, is by far my most popular post.


First Podcast Released for The New Deal →

fantastic news from tonight. follow the link to enjoy a free download of their second set from last week’s show at the fillmore in maryland. it’s currently downloading for me, but apparently ‘gone, gone, gone,' a jamtronica classic in my eyes, is a major component of the recording. the reunification of this epic trio is a relieving sign that bodes well for future festival weekends.


glen porter - um

a discovery from this morning that i’m quite content with. project mooncircle has yet to disappoint me, previously responsible for such illustrious revelations as long arm, onra, ta-ku, daisuke tanabe, lomovolokno, robot koch, 1000names…..we’re talking about a pretty stellar ratio of treasures vs forgettable acts here. the label is based in berlin and boasts a roster spanning several continents, all of whom tend to favor rich, melodic arrangements, and a refreshing sense of exploration within their music. choruses and hooks are hardly the norm here.

the inclusion of such wide-ranging but unanimously potent acts reminds me of how i felt after finally acknowledging my long-maintained love of j dilla’s production, where it was an ongoing process of ‘oh, he made THAT?’ ‘wait, he made that too? i always loved that beat.’ etc….it all just made sense once compiled in one place. this label was an unrecognized champion of my heart for a long time, escaping celebration for far longer than i’d like to admit. now’s the time though, and the imminent future doesn’t look too bad for this bunch either.


hidden orchestra - vorka

it’s raining where i am right now. here’s some gorgeous music in case your aesthetic surroundings mirror mine. hidden orchestra, formerly the joe acheson quartet (and also sometimes labeled as joe acheson’s hidden orchestra), are a scottish ensemble who perform cinematic acid jazz….luxurious, lush, seductive, and much more generous with textures than your average band of musicians. their tunes harken back to an era far more romantic than our own, rife with intrigue and sensuality.


al green - full of fire

my song of the day today. al green has been mostly everywhere; i could even hear a band playing ‘let’s stay together' from the nearby mexican bar a few hours ago, but this tune stuck out just slightly above the rest in the end. the uptempo flow showcases rev. al at his funkiest, with a mostly-instrumental outro featuring some sweet trumpet licks.