Dec 20, 2014

Loveshadow - Kisses On Lips ( The Mistletoe Mix )

This Loveshadow mix was posted at ccMixter.org in November of 2007.  It was featured on a Black Sweater, White Christmas radio program, but never got a BSWChristmas post.  Here goes...

Mistletoe Dance, Photo by
Loveshadow's work forms part of the backbone of ccMixter.  And that is part of the joy of the creative commons remix site.  A collective dedicated to putting a wide variety of really great sounds out there and then building on the body of work...always building.  If you haven't been there, well...

The building block that Loveshadow used here was provided by a year-long project by calendargirl to put up a vocal track each month to challenge the mixters.  Some great tunes were generated including this one.

Mixter Gurdonark (friend of BSWC) explains:


I like that you make this mix so much fun. It’s great that you play in the field of holiday novelty, and yet you do more than merely an obvious send-up, but create your own mistletoe- verse in which this song makes sense. The interweave of vocal and insturments is good, and the little sequenced keyboard/bell around where the lyric “spider” pops up is good.
But mostly, you stretch, and you go places that people sometimes imagine they’re too hip to go, and you show there’s a lot of fun up on them thar asteroids.
I don’t think they’ll be playing this one at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth any time soon, but it’s great to hear the nods to country in this wonderfully odd mix.

Merry Christmas...enjoy the season.

Loveshadow - Kisses On Lips ( The Mistletoe Mix )

PK Jazz Collective - Red-Headed Woman

Not much information on this Russian artist,  but PK Jazz Collective has a number of releases out there since they started in 2012.  The Collective's leader is Korotin Vyacheslav

This the title track from a Southern City's Lab release that came out this past September.   Here is the label's description:


After several experiments with psychedelic and jazz rock, collaborative projects with different style musicians and poets, Pk Jazz Collective have returned to old rock traditions of making music. "Red-Headed Woman", released on Southern City's Lab has became an expression of Pk Jazz's musicians experience in perception of "how to make simple but impressive rock album

Thanks to CCTrax.com providing such a great site for finding and enjoying such a wide-range of music and musical styles.

PK Jazz Collective - Red-Headed Woman

Dec 19, 2014

Texasradiofish - Holiday Funky Blues (featuring Snowflake)

More Songs of the Season from ccMixter.org for your seasonal enjoyment.  This one is a straightforward blues project.  Smooth, delightful and poignant.  Texasradiofish mixed it up from vocal supplied by fellow mixter, Snowflake.

Texasradiofish is Electronico and ElRon XChile, musicians, composers & producers living in Galveston County, Texas.

Here are the words of Snowflake: 

wow, fits like an old soft shoe! amazing. i’m pleased as punch! i’ll be playing this on our famous Loveis Shrimp Boat (where he lost an eye in a fishin’ accident) - we’ll ring in the season with the down home blues.

Follow the Songs of the Season link to find a veritable smorgasbord of holiday music...something for everyone's taste, believe me.

Texasradiofish - Holiday Funky Blues (featuring Snowflake)

Santa Nebula - Dim Down and Up Brother

Today's release from MAV [0kbps] Records hit the net last month.  I don't have any information on the artist.

Hard to describe, but it has an excellent feel with some intriguing vocals.  

I'm going to give it the BSWChristmas tag based on the artist's name, but it probably isn't in the holiday spirit.  

Well, perhaps it is...in the sense that everything seems to be somehow related this time of year.  

Remember, 6 days...maybe time to put together that CC mix tape that you know someone wants and needs.

Enjoy

Santa Nebula - Dim Down and Up Brother

Dec 18, 2014

Aydio - Deltitnu

Deltitnu is the title track from a 2009 release on the Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel.  I'm loving the vibe...funky, sultry and smooth.  Hat tip to the bloggers at http://agier.blogspot.com/ for curating this release last week.  It's a find.  From the archives.org description:


The tracks graduate lightly one into one another, painting beautiful dreamy soundscapes with a wonderful ornate melange of groovy basslines, dub soulful guitars, phat beats and expanded ambience. If you feel the Groove Armada and Morcheeba's chilled trippy vibes, you'll definitely fall in love with this release!

Very nice.  Recommended

Aydio - Deltitnu

Dec 13, 2014

Scomber -Winter (Here comes the Snow*)

Featuring mixter Loveshadow, this remix from ccmixter.org's Songs of the Season - Remix project is a lovely, jazzy ode to my favorite season.  Looking out the window I see snow on the ground and the lyrics of this tune really get at the core of the experience:  


Then here comes the snow 
Hope to catch it fall! 
Think of me when summer’s light has ended 
shadows dark my warm extended 
‘cause here comes the snow 
(Here comes the snow)

It is really nice to dip back into the ccmixter winter sounds.  I'm going to keep an eye on the project to see how the season unfolds.

Scomber -Winter (Here comes the Snow*)

Dec 10, 2014

Stefan Kartenberg - Xmas Trees Aint Getting Shorter

O.K., we are getting closer and closer to the day.  Time for some BSWChristmas magic.  (Where are you, Subsystem)?


ccMixter.com has always been a go-to for great Christmas music mixes with a Creative Commons license.  And, this year does not disappoint.  The lyrics were uploaded by mixter Scomber a few years ago and this 2014 mix from Stefan Kartenberg has a very nice feel.  I'm ready for the holiday.
Stefan Kartenberg - Xmas Trees Aint Getting Shorter


Dec 6, 2014

DubRajah - Ngezi

Peaceful and serene are two words that describe this release by DubRajah from the netlabel, Dubophonic. The sounds of Africa via Moscow provide a great listen. Found this release, called Enkang, on the Netlabel aggregator, CCTrax.com

 Some words from the netlabel about the artist and release: 


"Enkang" means "homestead" in Maasai language. Maasai is one of the very few tribes who have retained most of their traditions, lifestyle and lore. "Enkang" is also the name of DubRaJaha's EP, which was recorded in the period from Autumn 2013 till Summer/Autumn 2014 in Arusha (Tanzania), Stone Town (Zanzibar, Tanzania), Wete (Pemba, Tanzania) and Moscow (Russia). 

 I chose the magical "Ngezi" to share here, but wise ones will visit CCTrax.com to download the entire release. 


  DubRajah - Ngezi

The Bran Flakes - Here Comes Santa

Nov 27, 2014

Bubamara Brass Band - Black Cat, White Cat

Wow, I forgot how fun this can be.  Found this gem on archives.org.  It is originally from a film by the same name that was directed by Emir Kusturica.  Balkan big band is the genre and I can't get enough of it.


There are four tracks on the archives.net release to enjoy.  Here are some notes from the release:
This orchestra possesses tremendous positive power which, apparently, should be the integral attribute of the Balkan music, but is far not at each foreign collective it turns out such shaking and positive. «Bubamara Brass Band» – a pleasant exception.
Bubamara Brass Band - Black Cat, White Cat



The new wave of interest to the Balkan music in world scales has been provoked by launch of the well-known Yugoslavian director of Emir Kusturica. Hasn't avoided its influences and Russia where among the other structures which have addressed to a musical heritage of the Balkans, the Moscow orchestra «Bubamara Brass Band» maestro Alexander Kashtanova is brightly allocated.

There is also a wikipedia entry on the film that is worth reading.