[Music] Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Bajirao Mastani – Deewani Mastani

Sometimes a bit of levity is good to calm the nerves. Sanjay Leela Bhansali composed this charmer for the film Bajirao Mastani from 2015. Sumptuous listening in a time of hell. Thanks to Ignatios for sharing this with me earlier as well. It’s a blessing to have friends who bring you a wide array of […]

[Music] The Flies – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (1966)

I really like The Monkees. Sure, the TV show was a little corny, but the music was enjoyable. I particularly liked “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” which I always felt was their strongest track. I’ve heard Jimi Hendrix cover it, and of course the original done first by Paul Revere & The Raiders, and as […]

[Music] NERATERRÆ – Scenes From The Sublime

Our friend Alessio Antoni of NERATERRÆ is visiting us for the third time, and he brings along some of the finest composers in dark ambient music to collaborate with. Some of the participants in this album include Alphaxone, Dødsmaskin, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Mount Shrine, Phelios, Phragments, Shrine, Xerxes The Dark, George Zafiriadis from Martyria and Yann […]

[Music] Johan Troch – Bring Out The Stars

Mellow Sunday listening for your pleasure. Belgian guitarist Johan Troch has released an elegant new album which strides somewhere between a Steve Roach-influenced ambient style, a sublime and relaxed Bill Frisell, and a warm, loungy vibe. I really enjoy how relaxed this album is. Go through this track by track. It’s sumptuous.

[Literature] The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (First Riff: Introductions + Stories 1956-1959) — Biblioklept

IN THIS RIFF: Introductions Stories published between 1956 and 1959: “Prima Belladonna” “Escapement” “The Concentration City” “Venus Smiles” “Manhole 69” “Track 12” “The Waiting Grounds” “Now: Zero” Introduction I first read J.G. Ballard in high school. I found his work, somehow, after reading Burgess, Burroughs, and Vonnegut. I devoured many of his novels over the […] […]

[Music] Soyol Erdene – Soyol Erdene (1981)

Mongolia isn’t a place one thinks of when collectors talk about psychedelic music, but that’s exactly what Soyol Erdene, Mongolia’s cultural jewel (that’s what the name translates into) provide.  They mix a light psychedelic sound with elements of Merseybeat and folk rock.  A strange, but very satisfying, blend of genres.