If you don’t know Ellah A. Thaun it’s inevitable that you would someday (unless something awful happens to you or Thaun, which I doubt it even could).
Thaun is forever uploading these albums of dark psychfolk guitar and low register vocals, distortion coming in from any place that light might be able to break through (sometimes a hole in the wood of the wall or a window not quite covered) making recordings shift and bend so that nothing is how it could have been and everything is only this one way, weighted down by this accidental final way — the truth is that time has been passing so quickly for me that I’ll miss a whole year, I think. A whole year gone while Thaun was making music in France. Happy birthdays Ellah A. Thaun. Another one coming up.
Warrior Motel is the first Infinite Poolside mixtape. It features Ke$(sssssssh)ha’s Warrior album in full as it would be heard at or in a swimming pool.
I love this album to death and it has a lot going on (some things intentional some intuited) that were ignored due to K$’s flamboyant persona. I thought this might get fans of noise and experimental into the album/under the surface. There are moments of clarity from K$’s unapologetic female gaze to her ballads longing after a false yet prevalent nostalgia for both past and present that could be read as naive but is also rampant and universal. It’s true: no one’s getting out alive. Then Iggy Pop shows up — did everyone miss that? It’s a fun track as is that one with the guy from the Strokes though he totally mailed it in. K$ hoped Warrior would make people to take her seriously as an artist / singer and I don’t know if that happened for her, commercial success not withstanding. But regardless, Warrior's meant a fair amount to me with or without the swimmer's ear. Image is from a postcard featuring the poolside at Warrior Motel.
Notre ambiguïté moléculaire
I reviewed this tape but my review was terrible and I don’t think the magazine even printed it. Figure this means the music should just be recommended. Hey, look at this.
My review was all like, Hour of the Wolf island spooky this and symphonic lo-fi orchestral loner that. Tonight I bought a Liv Ullmann autobiography off some Craigslist guy who was selling off his film book library. We met on the corner and it was -14C but the dude wanted to chat. He asked if I was Swedish and said I would learn about “this film director named Ingmar Bergman” once I read the bio. I lied and said I’m not Swedish (fuck you guy!) and I faked out ignorance of Ingmar. You could tell the guy like, actually thought Ingmar was the greatest of all time. Which is shit I mean, fine I get that but, just no.
Vincent Bergeron (or Berger Rond) is a Quebecois composer who released this tape Notre ambiguïté moléculaire (which you cannot hear online in full) via la cohu and sent it to me to write about, which I always appreciate so much. I am meeting and failing to meet expectations in some way at this exact moment, but really what I just want is to say I love this cassette and listen to it all the time especially in the morning, and I love Hour of the Wolf because it’s sad but not too sad because mental health issues aside those vampires are ridic. Then I would like to add that when someone pretends they don’t know who Ingmar Bergman is or says they are not of Swedish decent, they might actually be avoiding conversation with you for personal reasons, no offense, and if someone doesn’t review your tape properly it might just mean they weren’t up to it because their head is a mess, but your tape rules and you should make a billion more.
Made this mix for a little while ago for a thing that never happened. Water world.
Mermaid Motel Mix
intro: Eden Wood
Lana Del Rey - Mermaid Motel (motel walls edit)
Doom Tickler - I’m Her Mom
Pussy Riot - Punk Prayer (True Womanhood Remix)
Pale Male - From The Lion’s Mouth, I Spoke Blindly (Unmastered Demo) (baby bat edit)
Butterclock - Crystal Eyes
Kreayshawn - I Just Wanna Be Your Friend
Sabrina Siegel - Prayer for Bees (taylor swift edit)
Taylor Swift - State of Grace (Acoustic)
Cassie - Thirsty
intermission: Eden Wood
How I Quit Crack - Power in tha Blood (snake oil edit)
Dolly Parton - God Won’t Get You
Ke$ha - Wherever You Are
Teaadora - Uncertainty Is Being
We could be soundcloud friends — Brigitte Bardon’t