-I'M NOT THERE by Todd Haynes Breathtakingly beautiful, his provocative film about what music is, what it does to the people who make it, listen to it and love it, left me floating on a cloud. Truly a subject that Todd Haynes holds close to his heart, his musings about music have been slowly leaking out in his previous films; SUPERSTAR: the Karen Carpenter story and Velvet Goldmine. I am not a massive Dylan fan, but his music sounds perfect as it tumbles out of alien mouths, telling us the story of being human in America. The CD soundtrack is also a great compilation of interesting characters, some that didn't make it into the movie.
-Meg Baird, DEAR COMPANION
The first solo effort by Espers band member Meg Baird is a collection of traditional based and more contemporary covers, gorgeously sung and played. I still haven't been able to get this cd off my heavy roatation mix.
-SECOS & MOLHADOS
A band of profoundly skinny and campy Brazilians making the most tuneful,wacked out, dirgey pop tunes to come out of post Tropicalia Brazil. Massive stars in their homeland, Scott Williams was the man who
introduced their hard to find 70's sounds to most of us at the station, but then I found a budget re-issue at my local record shop. Strange indeed...
-FANS of WFMU who live far and wide, and communicate their affections, and their stories about where they are grooving to our free-form vibe.
-MARISSA NADLER live on This is the Modern World. Marissa and Miles win the "most gracious" award for continuing to play beautifully through a fire alarm and noisy visit by the JC Fire Department.
-COLLEEN live on Dave Mandl's show. A gorgeous performance by one of my favorite performers today.
-Panda Bear PERSON PITCH
I am a bigger fan of Panda Bear than of Animal Collective, simply because of the beauty of his cacophony.
-Vashti Bunyan SOME THINGS JUST STICK IN YOUR MIND
a beautiful 2 CD compilation of her early 1960's mod girl sounds, pre-Just Another Diamond Day. The second CD is a recording of her in her house alone on guitar, leading up to her folk princess-ness.
-SAVAGE PENCIL PRESENTS: LION VS. DRAGON in DUB on Trojan, one of several super heavy collections of Dub to come out this year. So very, very great...
-Wave Hill in the Bronx. One of the reasons I can still tolerate living next to 10 Million people in the NYC area, is due to the near proximity of this amazing place that offers startling flora and fauna in every season. Even covered in 6" of December snow, Wave Hill offers a panoramic view of the Hudson and the quiet of 19th century Hudson School Painters.
-Big Blood: Wacked out couple from Maine who can do no wrong. Every homemade CD we get in at the station is a gem to behold.
-BLOGS that have made me happy to have a computer:
Honey, where you been so long? Pre war Blues and more...
Magic of JUJU Great Reggae and Jazz oddities
Filles Sourires French babes, and an occasional guy