Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra * Bollywood – I love this track! bliss out to bollywood-based, extra-groovy electronica, with tablas, sitar, synths, and much swirl…..

Boom Bip * Third Stream laid back, bass-heavy, chilled electronica. fall into your weekend… [warning: the sample contains one *harmless* f-bomb].

Busdriver * Unemployed Black Astronaut – first off, this features the opening line “it’s the return of the happy black rapper.” what’s not to love? for fans of Aesop Rock and such. and if you think you don’t like hip-hop (you probably actually do), maybe try this one…

Oriole Quartet * Brother Michael, Won’t You Hand Down That Rope. From 1895! You can hear the 78 scratching on this one. A curiosity from waaay back. Kind of disturbing in some ways…

Penguin Cafe Orchestra * Flux. Most people classify this incredible ensemble as new age, but that’s lazy. this is groundbreaking acoustic ambient stuff from 1981 that anticipated both The Books and Animal Collective. a stunningly lovely piece.

Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. * Cloudscape for Peggy. Ambient ‘scape from what most people agree is the world’s first synthesizer ensemble. from 1970.

Ray Wylie Hubbard * Dust of the Chase. Quality songwriter material from this underrated progressive country artist. He’s got lots of great songs, this is just one… for fans of Jimmie Dale Gilmore and such.

APSE * Leer. This is a brilliant new band (who are playing tonight in NYC with the great Charles Atlas by the way), doing interesting post-rock music that is epic, sad, beautiful, and smart.

Machinae Supremacy * Elite. This is a very urgently requested band around here, so we’re happy we’ve finally gotten them into the Genome. the music is a blend of (get ready) metal and video game music. They hail from Sweden. Let the Norsemen rule (at least at Madden 2005).

and finally, I have to go back to the soft spot…

Cat Stevens * Trouble. I heard an Elliott Smith version of this yesterday, and it made me really want to hear it again.

until next week!


“Got to Get the Nerve” by Field Music – for fans of early xtc. My favorite record of the year so far.

“The Fence Feels its Post” by Frog Eyes – sorry, I just can’t explain the complex brilliance of this band. It’s just chills from start to finish… passion from Victoria Island in British Columbia.

“Our Love Lives” by Impossible Shapes – absolute brilliance! every time one of these songs comes on, I freak out.

“Internal Crash” by Loquat – beautiful pop from sf!

“Melody 1” by Tera Melos – incredible instrumental avant indie stuff.

“Crushed Bones” by WHY? – yoni wolf is a hip-hop ray davies!

and speaking of ray davies:
“Dedicated Follower of Fashion” by The Kinks

And from the more recent past:
“Subterranean Homesick Alien” by Radiohead.

I recently listened to OK Computer again and was surprised to discover that I might well think it’s the best record ever made (and yes, that includes the untouchables: Sgt Peppers and Pet Sounds).

Happy Friday!! Have great weekends! And maybe go out this weekend and buy these records, so as to hear these amazing songs in their natural habitat. I’ll post more next Friday!