The Greatest Conversation

New Website!

Posted in Random Things by Brian Park on December 10, 2009

I’ve moved this blog over to its own domain: http://www.thegreatestconversation.com. Please check it out and update your RSS feeds, because I wont be updating here anymore. Thanks for reading.

The King Switches To Decaf

Posted in Mixtapes, New Music, Old Music by Brian Park on December 2, 2009

GJ Pearson is an artist who does a lot of whimsical, playful, and downright strange pieces. His taste in music is really really good, so I asked him to help curate a mixtape. Put this on and don’t let winter bum you out.

GJ Pearson – The King Switches To Decaf Mixtape
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Tracklist after the jump. (more…)

Bicycle Owners’ Manuals Used To Be Good

Posted in Random Things by Brian Park on November 23, 2009

A beautiful owners’ manual from an old Raleigh. The information in it is actually good too, unlike modern bike owners’ manuals. More photos after the jump. (more…)

Máximo Pujol Played By Jason Vieaux

Posted in Old Music by Brian Park on November 22, 2009

{I have no idea who this is, but he terrifies me and the photo is from here. Via Google Image Search of Jason Vieaux.}

Jason Vieaux is a classical guitar wunderkind, and he also has a lot of consecutive vowels in his last name. Máximo Pujol is an amazing Argentinian composer who is very fond of strong melodies and interesting chords. This is a beautiful song, listen on headphones or when it’s quiet.

Jason Vieaux – Pujol: Cinco Preludios – #2, Preludio Triston

ps. The album this song is from is for sale for retarded cheap on Amazon. Buy it if you feel so inclined.

Video: Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait

Posted in New Music, Video by Brian Park on November 21, 2009

I was really psyched on this video, as well as the song. A bit of controversy is happening though; I loved that the director, Keith Schofield, used William Hundley imagery, but it turns out he didn’t ask to use it. There’s a big e-fight going on about it, with lots of people calling Hundley a priss for being pissed off about the appropriation. I for one think its a somewhat shitty thing for Schofield to do, but I can understand making a video around random found imagery from the internets and not searching endlessly for attribution credits. I’m paraphrasing someone from that discussion, but the video is ffffound, the movie. Anyway, I wouldn’t have posted it if I didn’t think it was a great tune and a fun video.

(Via Booooooom)

Links

Posted in New Music, Random Things by Brian Park on November 18, 2009

{Photo is a beginning of the roll accident from Montreal last year}

The guy who runs Moonscape is a friend of a friend. He has great taste in music and apparently he’s “really into pirating,” so the site is a really good resource for full albums.

If you live in Victoria and are into drum and bass, my friends Greenlaw are having a CD release party on December 4th at Lucky Bar and you should go. Vid of their latest single/mix here. Tickets are $8 I think.

Just in case you haven’t heard about the new Yeasayer album, Odd Blood, its coming out February 2010. They’ve done some really cool 360° interactive videos and their new single is available for free HERE. Oh yeah there are boobs and peens in those videos, so don’t watch them with your grandmum. I’ve always thought Yeasayer might be a band that will survive the exploitation and subsequent abandonment of its genre; they write really good shit.

Defgrip‘s Harrison Boyce put up some great photos of Dave Emmens and David Lang on his blog a while back. Random.

Guilty Pleasures 2

Posted in New Music by Brian Park on November 18, 2009

More electro-ish shite that I’m loving right now.

 

Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl’s A Computer

I’m pretty sure every Guilty Pleasures post I make will have a Hyperdub track. This one is somehow both totally unremarkable and fucking beautiful.

 

Memory Tapes – Plain Material

Dayve Hawk, the guy behind Memory Tapes (and tons of other projects), really loves that “in the back of your garage” vocal sound, and though I usually don’t, it’s great here. Catchy and fun.

 

Swede:art – Wonkycarz

From the excellent ABC Alphabeat beat tape, this song is definitely ploddingly enjoyable in an electronic teddybear’s picnic way. They downplay the whole thing as just a beat tape, but this free online release is solid quality.

 

Hudson Mohawke – FUSE

Hud Mo’s new album Butter is out, and has lots of fucking strange sounds on it. This track is downright pretty.

 

{Some RSS feeds still not picking this shit up, see post to listen}

Hurrah For Little Cameras

Posted in Original Work, Random Things, Video by Brian Park on November 13, 2009

A quick video of things I’ve been up to these days, like destroying my camera and falling in the ocean. Also, sorry for the lack of music updates. I have a giant folder of tracks I’m loving and want to share with you, but I’m too busy to write anything coherent about them at the moment.

Autumn Mixtape

Posted in Mixtapes, New Music, Old Music by Brian Park on November 4, 2009

autumnmixtape

Here is a nice, self-indulgently moody mixtape for the fall weather. I’m not one to give you background music, so there are a few strange tracks in there, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

The Greatest Conversation – Autumn Mixtape

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Tracklisting:

1. Portishead – Deep Water

2. Marianne Faithful – Witches’ Song

3. DeVotchKa – This Place Is Haunted

4. Röyksopp – Silver Cruiser

5. Clark – Frau Wav

6. Elbow – Weather To Fly

7. Ralph Towner – Élan Vital

8. Kyle Eastwood – September Nights

9. The Swell Season – The Rain

10. Keith Caputo – The Girl I Love (Unfinished)

11. Strength in Numbers – No Apologies

12. Ólöf Arnalds – Englar Og Dárar

Sausage Links 2

Posted in New Music, Random Things by Brian Park on November 1, 2009

littleboots

Again, fun things from the internets:

I’m glad I’m not the only person who was bummed about Little Boots’ new sound. Maybe this signals the end of the honeymoon for me and synths.

Dutty Arts posted a great song by Washington Phillips, a 1920s gospel singer. I love the sound of whatever the instrumentation is, very cool. There is a great looking release called Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music (1924 – 1940) and Photography (1890 – 1950) that features some of Phillips’ music. I want. Also, I tried my hand at cleaning up that Phillips track; download here if you like. Sorry about some of the artifacts, but I like it better than the original anyway.

The BBC has this annoying habit of taking down their content, but they’ve had two great programs on recently. The radio show The Great Bleep Forward, and the TV documentary Synth Britannia are both interesting looks at electronic music and very worth trying to find through legally ambiguous means on the internet. (via Wire to the Ear)

When Flying Lotus has a birthday jam, you know it’s going to be good; or, as he described it, “surrealism, structured to bug-out and back.” The jam is a really fucking cool mix of electronic and traditional instruments, and thank god they recorded it: listen here. This is what I want my jams to be like. (via David Lang)

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