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!


Rabbit Rabbit – Hush Hush (February 2012)

Shhh… I’ve just sneaked back in here to let you know about Rabbit Rabbit. Don’t make any sudden movements or loud noises – they’re as easy to scare off as a random thought. Oh, but once that thought grows roots and blooms, what fun!

Rabbit Rabbit is a gorgeous project by Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi, of multifaceted fame (from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum to Tin Hat and many other shards in between). Music by subscription – monthly 2, 3 or 5$ fee for the same content: a home-made music video, a new song, a very entertaining list of things to do that particular month, pictures and who knows what else? There’s a feeling of intimacy to this project – it manages to drive home the impact that the artists’ relationship with their friends, family and fans has on their creative output, inspiration and very livelihood. You want to be part of that, believe me. You want to have that vague feeling – it’s like none other. The delivery platform is called Rabbit Rabbit Radio, here it is, give it a look.

I find it spectacular that Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi would be the ones coming up with this – it’s like a conceptual culmination of the artistic shock-waves their music has been sending up and down spines throughout the world for many years now, in one incarnation or another. It makes perfect sense! There’s a disclaimer – as always, the music isn’t for everyone and for every mood. But, at the risk of repeating myself – I have never disliked anything these guys committed to tape or vinyl or what have you. I might not have understood much of it, or felt that it would take a few years of personal boundary-pushing to finally click with it (The Book of Knots, for example), but it has always been worth the effort.

Let me know what you think. See you soon! I’ve got one more ace up my sleeve, just you wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰