14 for 2014

Hello friends! I’m just stopping by to give you my 2014 wrap-up playlist. I’ve been working on this very hard, and I feel it’s finally acquired a certain elusive architecture, so here it is. There’s a lot of oddity on this one, as my life was filled with unusual and overwhelming events, so I feel that a jagged quality is in order for a yearly bottom line such as this. Please feel free to ask about the less common names on the playlist, I’d be happy to elucidate and impart some trivia, if I can. Cheers!

ZaRecords Mixtape 9: Languages

Remember how earlier this week I tried to get you to guess what the theme of the upcoming Mixtape would be, based on Radio Radio’s song? It’s time for the big reveal! For the 9th Mixtape, my friend Arni and I present to you songs performed in various odd, old and otherwise less-known languages throughout the world. We talk a little about the history of the languages and of the peoples they belong to, demonstrate a bit of ignorance here and there (for which we apologize and ask you to enlighten us in the comments or on Facebook, if you can) and have a couple of hearty laughs. Enjoy!

Radio Radio – Guess What! (2010)

Today, I invite you to amuse yourselves with this Jon Lajoie-esque song and video! (If you don’t know who Jon Lajoie is, be warned – his comedy is tremendously politically incorrect, and not for all tastes, but if you click, you stay clucked.) But wait, there’s more! This is a teaser for a new Mixtape I will be posting later this week. And, in theme with the song title, can anyone guess the theme of the mixtape? Be sure to take your shot in the comments or on Facebook. I’ll confirm the first correct guess. There might even be prizes involved. Enjoy!

ZaRecords Mixtape 8: Books

Time for another mixtape! A true one this time, not a simple top. I’m joined in this new musical discussion by my friend Ștefana, author of the ZaBooks blog, which some of you might know is the reason I started writing ZaRecords in the first place. I’m very glad to finally be able to catch her on a free day – we’ve been planning this podcast for years (literally). So, the 8th Mixtape is all about music inspired by or based on literary works – as you’ll see, we cover everything from novels to poetry, stopping by the playwright wilds and sending a wink to Edgar Allan Poe along the way. As you might expect, this one is a bit more wordy than the others – blame it on the theme! Enjoy, and be sure to leave us a comment with your impressions!

Top 13 For 2013

From my point of view, the year 2013 was a strange one insofar as music is concerned. I had much trouble writing about albums I liked – so much trouble, in fact, that I didn’t write much of anything. I felt assaulted by a cold, artificial tide of sound and I could only dive in once I learned how to reconnect to my trance/electronic music years. To be perfectly honest, the year as a whole has been peppered with tracks I loved, grinning sheepishly on entire LPs I struggled with. It’s not that 2013 was a drought year in music, it’s that this blog’s formula was not designed to accommodate it entirely and I was too uninspired to change said formula. In any case, I couldn’t let the year fade into the past without compiling this top 13, just as I tried to do last year. So, without further ado, here’s my top 13 tracks of 2013, in no particular order. I hope you guys find it enjoyable!