Third Light Home, July 2020

I guess when Omnibus hit upon May this year to publish Listening to the Wind: Encounters with 21st Century Independent Record Labels they weren’t counting on a worldwide pandemic closing all bookstores across the planet — but there you have it. Regular listeners will know the book has been brewing for a while, so thanks very much if you get a chance to pick one up (in the UK from either Blackwell’s, The Flood Gallery or The Wire bookshop when that reopens; hopefully in all good bookstores worldwide from July). More good timing: just as we emerge from lockdown, here’s a three-hour set that takes in just part of part 3 of the book: the road trip from Chicago down through Cincinnati south to Atlanta and North Carolina, pulling together the likes of Jeff Parker, Angel Bat Dawid, Caroline No, Moses ‘Doorman’ Williams, Paul Bowles’ 1959 recordings from Morocco, Jake Xerxes Fussell and Terry Allen. Scott (International Anthem), Alex (Students of Decay), Lance and April (Dust-to-Digital) and Brendan (Paradise of Bachelors) were all fine and engaging hosts and interviewees. (As was everyone — New York, Massachusetts, Chicago again: next show.) So thanks again to them, and thanks for listening — peace & love in these times. Doug’s mightily expanded part 3 playlist on Spotify is here; the QWFWQ v Silentgroundsman soundclash is here. To paraphrase Ryley Walker — who once scrawled over a copy of one of his lps in a shop, ‘Put this back in the bin, buy Miles Davis Live-Evil instead’ — switch off and tune into these two.

NYE Party Mixes 2012

We asked a few of our DJ’s to put together a mix for us for your NYE shenanigans, and here they are. First up,  Ade gives us a sprawling, epic, mashup laden, multi-layered technicolour assault on the D-Floor. It’s the sort of mix that you’ll be into, and your girl/boy-friend’s workmates won’t make you turn off after 2 minutes.

NYE mix 2012 : Ade – The Technicolour Climax by Seeks Music on Mixcloud

Arge & The Brain are also threatening the dance floor with this tight mix of their own peculiar brand of good time electronica. It’s a choice selection from the last year, all mashed up and ready to serve at a party of your choosing.
Just add booze.

NYE mix 2012 : Arge and The Brain – the best of 2011 party mix by Seeks Music on Mixcloud

This next mix is a pretty serious document of the great and the good in roots-rock-reggae. KB brings us an exhaustive mix as he delves into his archives to uncover a heavyweight  mix. It’s a journey of over 2 hours (and 88 tracks) of classics, dubs and version excursions.

NYE mix 2012 : KB – Planetaria by Seeks Music on Mixcloud

Low End Theory offers up some bassness for room two of your house party. Serious Dubstep selections for the one night of the year you’re not gonna catch too much heat for flexing your sound system.

NYE mix 2012 : Low End Theory – Sub Workout by Seeks Music on Mixcloud

And Finally, this just in … “So here’s a Rock flavoured eclectic mix for all those who feel that dance music has become the knee-jerk reaction to all things celebratory. Don’t get me wrong I love a good mix but I’m often with those people at house parties dying to hear the Stones or Queens of the Stoneage and kick the shit out of the kitchen! So if you’re more Jack White than Barry White this mix is for you. We’ve got some Krautrock, soundtracky stuff, out & out Metal, even some beat matching & an exclusive Antiswarm mash up of Peaches and AC/DC to sweeten the deal. Enjoy.”

NYE mix 2012 : KB’s Planetaria

KB delves into his archives to uncover a heavyweight roots-rock-reggae mix.
A journey of over 2 hours of classics, dubs and version excursions.