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Winter 2013, Kempton PA

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Listen/purchase: Analog Anagogue (vol. 1) by Archipelago

Today I am excited to present a project I’ve been slowly weaving together over the past year or so.  Posing the question what does my room sound like today, I’ve been starting my mornings with a meditation on the possibility of letting the guitar “play itself.”  In most cases sounds were recorded and layered with the playback disabled so that I would not be consciously aware of how the music was composed in the end.  As a songwriter and solo artist who has typically favored a methodical, obsessive degree of control over production, my ability to objectively value what I’ve made is significantly colored by the acute understanding of how I could have done it all differently.  But in this case I can finally appreciate something I technically created as much as it feels like it came from someone or somewhere else.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

All sounds were played on guitar, recorded to tape, and presented in two volumes, the second of which can also be found on the bandcamp page.

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johndarnielle:

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sad parenthood story time with nick cave

if I play anything with a d-beat on it, my son closes his hands into fists, moves them up and down real fast, and says “Mah! Mah!”

"Mah!" is how he pronounces "mosh"

I know other dads are right when they tell me the day will come when nothing I play will seem cool to him, it’s inevitable, but as of right now I am relishing this total victory over my teenage idol, Nick Cave

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This is crazy.  My mother, Susan Naddeo, made this painting for Laura Stevenson’s album Wheel, and I just stumbled across it on my dash from a completely independent source, free of its original context, where it has since taken on a life of its own and acquired tens of thousands of notes.  I tried to tell my mom that her artwork has gone viral, but I don’t think it has the same impact if you’re not really sure what tumblr is.

This is crazy.  My mother, Susan Naddeo, made this painting for Laura Stevenson’s album Wheel, and I just stumbled across it on my dash from a completely independent source, free of its original context, where it has since taken on a life of its own and acquired tens of thousands of notes.  I tried to tell my mom that her artwork has gone viral, but I don’t think it has the same impact if you’re not really sure what tumblr is.

(Source: uptomyhips, via anima8mundi)

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And here it is at long last, the video for the “The Mast”!  Thank you so so much to everyone who made this possible.  Working on this has been one of the highlights of my life, and I am eternally grateful.  Enjoy!

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I just moved upstate with my bandmates into a house in Rosendale, NY.  This is the attic, which is my bedroom as well as our practice/recording space.  There’s no heat, and the ceiling is formed in a strange geometric shape, but after years of living in closet sized rooms in Brooklyn it’s great to have some unused floor space just because.  I already feel right at home and have been working on a bunch of new songs, so you might see some demos cropping up soon.

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arlissparker:

It’s been a long time in the making… I hope you enjoy.

New Arliss Parker!!  Chris is a good friend, a long time Archipelago collaborator, and his new album Woods is gorgeous!  I’ve heard it in various stages of production over the last year or two, and all the work and thought put into it really shows.  Perfect for driving through snow filled valleys.  I would read a book to this too.  Or even take a walk in the woods.

Chris also filmed a beautiful music video for “The Mast”, which we’ll have more news about shortly, so stay tuned!

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Mixtapes!

I’ve made a few mixtapes for my friend Amy over the years, usually when she’s about to take a road trip.  Though they were certainly put together with a consideration of music she might like, I’ve always treated them as an opportunity to consolidate the music and species of sound that were affecting and influencing me at the time.  Many of the songs came from internet streaming sources, from artists with whom I wasn’t necessarily familiar but didn’t want to forget, albums I wanted to pick up, or songs that just had what I was looking for but couldn’t listen to any other way, and the mixtape was a convenient way to pull all of those disparate elements together for future reference.  I also really like how the slightly degraded, bass-heavy tape distortion gives the songs a unifying coloration, so all of the files below are digital transfers from the actual cassette tapes.  Each tape comes as three files, a “side A” and “side B”, along with a .rtf file with the track list.

Analogue Anagogue(Summer 2013, 90mins)

Mostly 70’s stuff pulled from youtube of bands I want to hear more of or from albums I want to keep an eye out for.

2 Sides 2 Every Summer - (Fall 2011, 90mins)

60’s and 70’s rock, country, folk, soul, etc.; mostly albums I had recently acquired and hadn’t fully explored yet.

Overnight Sensation - (Spring 2009, 120mins)

This one feels like a real time capsule and is entirely constructed from relatively unknown bands I was friends with on Myspace whose music I couldn’t readily access in any other format.  I was clearly digging on the beach-y, surf-y, garage noise pop thing that was taking off in Brooklyn that year.  I didn’t think to make a copy of the tape after I sent it to Amy, so when I got back from the post office I ended up reconstructing it from memory on a new tape that was half an hour longer in length, which allowed me to add some tracks back that I had been forced to cut out of Amy’s copy.

Sub Cities - (Summer 2009, 60mins)

And yet, even after the extra half hour to cram in more tracks, I found a bunch more and just threw them onto another tape.

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