“Shore Leave” – Tom Waits
I started working on BONES after Tom Waits came to me in a dream. o the man who started me down this path will start this mixtape too. The best part about Tom Waits is his ability to create a universe, and be a character in that universe. This track oozes mood and it’s one I find myself always coming back too.
“I Sit on the Ridge at Dusk” – Dirty Projectors
I think of it in the same way I think of Bitches Brew by Miles Davis. Both are groundbreaking albums that are so far afield of their contemporaries that it’s impossible to have a casual conversation over them. The Getty Address, like Bitches Brew, demands your full attention.
“Hwahwa” – Thomas Mapfumo
Known as “The Lion of Zimbabwe” Thomas Mapfumo was imprisoned and effectively exiled from Zimbabwe for his songs protesting the white minority government. He calls his style of music Chimurenga, which translates to something like “The Struggle.” It kicks ass.
“Moondog Dialogue” – Moondog
Louis Thomas Hardin was a complete original. He was also known as “The Viking of 6th Ave” because, well… he would dress as a Viking and perform his music and poetry on 6th Avenue. Moondog goes from messy lo-fi percussion meditation one track, straight into a classical cannon on pipe organ on the on the next track. And it’s not jarring in the least! Fantastic, eclectic stuff.
“Two Urns” – Windhand
“Silver Apples of the Moon” – Morton Subotnick
Put it in your ears puny mortal! Your brain belongs to me now! HUEHUEHUEHUE!
“The Anthropophage” – The Ghost of Electricity