pomegranate

autumn has arrived and here is an autumnal mix for your listening pleasure.

but a poem first:

persephone by eavan boland

The only legend I have ever loved is
the story of a daughter lost in hell.
And found and rescued there.
Love and blackmail are the gist of it.
Ceres and Persephone the names.
And the best thing about the legend is
I can enter it anywhere.  And have.
As a child in exile in
a city of fogs and strange consonants,
I read it first and at first I was
an exiled child in the crackling dusk of
the underworld, the stars blighted.  Later
I walked out in a summer twilight
searching for my daughter at bed-time.
When she came running I was ready
to make any bargain to keep her.
I carried her back past whitebeams
and wasps and honey-scented buddleias.
But I was Ceres then and I knew
winter was in store for every leaf
on every tree on that road.
Was inescapable for each one we passed.
And for me.
It is winter
and the stars are hidden.
I climb the stairs and stand where I can see
my child asleep beside her teen magazines,
her can of Coke, her plate of uncut fruit.
The pomegranate!  How did I forget it?
She could have come home and been safe
and ended the story and all
our heart-broken searching but she reached
out a hand and plucked a pomegranate.
She put out her hand and pulled down
the French sound for apple and
the noise of stone and the proof
that even in the place of death,
at the heart of legend, in the midst
of rocks full of unshed tears
ready to be diamonds by the time
the story was told, a child can be
hungry.  I could warn her.  There is still a chance.
The rain is cold.  The road is flint-coloured.
The suburb has cars and cable television.
The veiled stars are above ground.
It is another world.  But what else
can a mother give her daughter but such
beautiful rifts in time?
If I defer the grief I will diminish the gift.
The legend will be hers as well as mine.
She will enter it.  As I have.
She will wake up.  She will hold
the papery flushed skin in her hand.
And to her lips.  I will say nothing.

now the mix:

Pomegranate: Autumn Equinox 2010

Ashes to Ashes – Warpaint: Ashes to Ashes
Stay (just a little bit more) – The Dø: A Mouthful
Veronica Sawyer – Summer Camp: Young
Daughters of Darkness – Arab Strap: Scenes Of A Sexual Nature
Coda – The Dø: A Mouthful
The Sun Ain’t Shining No More – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Around the Bend
Tightrope (ft. Big Boi) – Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndrroid
Fuck You – CeeLo Green: Fuck You
Tighten Up – The Black Keys: Brothers
Doubt – Corin Tucker
Sun Hands – Local Natives: Gorilla Manor
You Won’t Let Me Down Again – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: Hawk
Love Fade – Tamaryn: The Waves
Cold War – Janelle Mónae: The ArchAndroid
Most Wanted – Cults: Cults
Yr Love – Holy Other: We Over
Kämpa – Drivan: Disko
Ready for the World – How to Dress Well: Love You Down
Thirteen – Big Star: #1 Record
Englar og dárar – Ólöf Arnalds: Við og Við
Undertow – Warpaint: The Fool

MY HFNY 2009 mix

two headed baby from the cathederal of junk in austin

it has been a two-headed baby of a year

here it is another turn done spun round about and we are at the beginning of the end of the beginning again. what a year – from the depths to the heights. filled with joy and delight at love found at the hiss of a serpent’s tongue amidst the rending and wild frenzy upon the mountaintop…to the mountain…let the dance begin. fed and fufilled by the laughter found among friends on a winter solstice evening around the fire enjoying wine, food, poetry and song, as you will…sustenance of the best sort. taking the next steps to open up a magickal current in my life to priest for she who must be adored in perfect love and perfect trust.

so here are some of the songs that crossed my deck this year, all of them new, all of them bom in one way or another. some of those that didn’t make the mix, the xx, harlem, balmorhea, lady gaga, neon indian, iron and wine, the mountain goats, haale…but then again many of them made the cut on other mixes. so here you have it, my annual excursion into what made me dance, sing, or sigh throughout the year. enjoy. luvmbloomin 2unyers…

merry yuletide and happy fuckin’ new year 2009…see you on the other side of the divide

art of revolution – bassnectar: art of revolution
transboulogne express – birdy nam nam: manual for successful rioting
freaks come out – yo majesty: freaks come out
bang (ft. m.i.a.) – rye rye: bang bang rock and roll
make her say (ft. kayne, common, lady gaga) – kid cudi: man on the moon
iamundernodisguise (vocal mix 1) – school of seven bells: alpinisms deluxe edition
when i grow up (hakan libdo’s encephalitis remix) – fever ray: when i grow up
you’ve got the love (xx remix) – florence + the machine: you’ve got the love
knotty pine – dirty projectors + david byrne: dark was the night
boogie – black joe lewis & the honeybears: tell ‘em what your name is!
heads will roll – yeah yeah yeahs: it’s blitz!
out at sea – heartless bastards: the mountain
the means – ume: sunshower
floating vibes – surfer blood: astro coast
when we swam – thao with the get down stay down: know better learn faster
elephants – warpaint: exquisite corpse
golden phone – micachu & the shapes: jewellery
fiya – tune-yards: bird-brains
my love – the bird and the bee: ray guns are not just the future
dreams come true girl (ft. karen black) – cass mccombs: catacombs

the final voyage of hedonistic h.e.a.d. on the s.s. kmoon

this here is the last issue of h.e.a.d. for hedonism on the coast of the columbia. nasty absentee landlord’s agent givin’ me n mine the boot. she is gonna get an earful tonite…hope you have enjoyed these musical meanderings and hopefully i might be finding a home other than the s.s. kmoon…

joseph chamberlain ‘televandalism’ liberated lyrics
bright eyes ‘tourist trap’ four winds
husker dü ‘never talking to you again’ zen arcade
marilyn manson ‘what comes around goes around’ live @ bbc1
dollar in my pocket ‘the come ons’ hip check
thirteenth floor elevators ‘you’re gonna miss me’ the pyschedelic sounds of the thirteenth floor elevators
led zeppelin ‘ramble on’ zeppelin ii
new pornographers ‘my rights versus yours’ challangers
the decemberists ‘the taín’ the taín
television ‘marquee moon’ live in thorntown 1972
violent femmes ‘blister in the sun’ add it up (1981-1993)
the pretenders ‘space invaders’ the pretenders
test dept. w/ birth gof ‘gwyr a aeth gatraeth (prologue)’ gododdin
thunderball w/ afrikka bambaataa ‘electric shaka’ cinescope
lauryn hill ‘lose myself’ surf’s up s/t
the gossip ‘standing in the way of control (remix)’ standing in the way of control rmmx
the come ons ‘keep the change’ hip check
fifteen ‘greed’ survivor
beastie boys ‘stand together’ check your head
tripping daisy ‘i got a girl’ i am an elastic firecracker
the pixies ‘i’ve got something against you’ come on pilgrim
husker dü ‘something i learned today’ zen arcade
shellac ‘steady as she goes’ excellent italian greyhound
front 242 ‘welcome to paradise’ never stop
nine inch nails ‘wish’ broken
nine inch nails ‘physical (you’re too)’ broken