Earth > Power > Cosmos

2 tracks from Super Record (1975), the first album of the veteran underground musician from Japan Magical Power Mako.

Magical Power Mako, Sound, Mother Earth
Magical Power Mako, Cosmos Sandglass

Heroica ! (ultimate heroism in music)

Johann Heinrich Füssli, Perseus Returning the eye of the Graii

Alessandro Brugnolini, Anna
Riz Ortolani, Day of Anger
Giorgio Moroder, Rotwang's Party


Mort à la poésie

Brigitte Fontaine, Il se passe des choses
Alain Bashung, J'ai longtemps contemplé
Katerine, Mort à la poésie (Black session)


Le futur n'est plus ce qu'il était

Adrien Missika, Postcards

Leyland Kirby, Not Even Nostalgia Is As Good As It Used To Be, from "Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was" (2009)


Tout le bonheur du monde

Eugène Chrevreul, Light Spectrum, 1864

David Daniell, The Hideout, 38'23'', 2008


Soft Power vol. 2

BMW M3 Race Version Art Car by Ken Done, 1989

Following my first post from November 2009 (Soft Power vol. 1, 1968-1988), here are 21 contemporary Soft Rock anthems for entering the new decade, updating the research up to 2009. + As Nick Hornby writes, about compilations, that it is absolutely forbidden to put 2 tracks of the same artist in one selection, a special bonus track by Steely Dan playing an heroic live version of their masterpiece Do it Again.

Get part. A here and part. B here.


01. David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Forbidden Colours
02. Dire Straits - So Far Away
03. Hall & Oates - Romeo Is Bleeding
04. Prefab Sprout - The Sound of Crying
05. Bruce Sprinsteen - The River (live in Stockholm)
06. Big Star - Thirteen
07. Eliott Smith - Angeles
08. Tortoise - TNT
09. Jim O'Rourke - Ghost Ship In A Storm
10. Death Cab for Cutie - Kicked In
11. The Shins - Sleeping Lessons
12. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
13. The High Llamas Put Yourself Down
14. Gonzalez - Slow Down
15. The Magic Numbers - This Is A Song
16. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)
17. Midlake - Roscoe
18. Joan of Arc - Just Pack or Unpack
19. Wilco - Impossible Germany
20. Elvis Costello - In The Darkest Place (Burt Bacharach cover)
21. Sébastien Tellier - La Dolce Vita

22. Bonus track : Steely Dan - Do It Again (Live at The Record Plant, Los Angeles)


Best of Video Clip (-06.2-)

Best of Video Clip (-06.1-)

Best of Video Clip (-07-)

Islanders part. 2

Robert Smithson, Detail of Mirror and Crushed Shells showing map of Sanibel Island, Florida

On July 9, 1969 Robert Smithson wrote the following letter to Andy Warhol about Mirror and Crushed Shells:

"Dear Andy, This is to certify that the Mirror with Crushed Shells (Sanibel Island) is an original work of art. It consists of three mirrors which may be restored if broken, and one burlap bag of crushed shells collected by the artist at Sanibel Island, April, 1969. If any shells are ever lost, the owner has the right to restore the work by collecting more shells from Sanibel Island (northern part of island – see map of site which is part of the work). The three mirrors are held in place in a corner by the pressure of the shells only. (See photo). The work is owned by Andy Warhol, and can not be duplicated.

Signed Robert Smithson"

Michel Genest, "Islands of Paradise", from Ascension
Polwechsel/Fennesz, "Framing 8", from Wrapped Islands
Ducktails, "Island Flavor", from Backyard
Pocahaunted, Ashes Is White, from Island Diamonds
Stellar Om Source, "Island Best", from Ocean Woman
Beach House, "Turtle Island", from Devotion
Deerhunter, "Calvary Scars", from On Platts Eyott Island (Platts Eyott Session)



Massive Exotica Weirdness

A massive post full of Exotica Weirdness unpolished diamonds and epic rarities, just to set the tone of the year to come.

Korla Pandit, The Banjello
Charles Trees, Exodus
Yamasuki Singers, Yama Yama
Haruamoi Hosono, Shambhala Signal
J.A. Adofo & City Boys International, Medo Wiase
Araconga, Sambeamos
Rabbi Nuftali Zvi Margolies Abulafia, Misirlou
Janco Nilovic, African Dream
Les Baxter, Pyramid of the Sun
John Van Eps, Prowler
Pierre Louvet, Kenacontaquine
Kisanzi Congo, Soif Conjugale
Johnny Guitar, Bangkok by Night
Omar Souleyman, La Sidounak Sayyada
Dush & Blackdown, Kuri Pataka
P.M. 7 / Jupiter, Sawan Bangkok
Konono n°1, Paradisio
Muslimgauze, Jerusalem Knife
Kasai Allstars feat. Tandjolo, Koyile / Nyeka Nyeka
Sobanza Mimanisa, Kiwembo
The Son of a P.M., Cho Cho Chan
Souad Abdullah, Unknown title
Group Bombino, Tenere

"So... you wrote a score for that !?"

Frank Zappa at 22 playing a bicycle.