I watched the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix last night, and the effect is lingering. The list of reasons why Nina Simone remains the High Priestess of Soul is extensive and beautifully elucidated in this film, so I won’t enumerate them here. However, I will point out that throughout the film (and her […]
I’d been working my way through the XLR8R podcast archive, and was listening to a mix by the Crystal Ark. It opened with some soothing ocean sounds, then a (surely magical) man began reciting this prayer/affirmation/mantra with majestic intonation and absolute certitude. WHAT? IS? THIS? Why had I not heard it before? How is he […]
As Blurt so aptly states, “Mountains composes the soundtrack to dreams you didn’t know you had.” (via Thrill Jockey) The longstanding duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg have just blessed us with a new record! The album’s title “Centralia” shares its name with a long-abandoned Pennsylvania mining town that’s now home only to a […]
Admittedly, I am late to this party. The Brooklyn-based Future Shuttle has been “channeling the auditory connections between meditative mantras and nû-age primitivism since the Spring of 2009”. I want to do my part to send this far and wide, as the world can definitely use more beautifully-crafted lysergic kosmiche jams. Here’s a little bio, […]
Silence certainly has its place in yoga and meditation, but I also love a good spiritual soundtrack. This Transcendent Music series will highlight high-vibration music that can be an enhancement to your practice. I will first introduce you to Saito Koji‘s latest fuzzwash fantasy, Guide. From Disquiet.com: “A new year calls for a stellar dawn, […]
As a female musician, it always warms my heart whenever I see a woman playing some badass guitar. I felt the same way when I first discovered Sister Rosetta.