==~   2020-05-01

under-known albums we can't stop listening to

Our Friday question this week was: what is an album you've listened to ~50+ times that not many people may know about or is under-appreciated? Based on the arbitrarily reliable practice of 'first thought, best thought', here's our list:

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  Corey Kohn
==~   2020-04-23

→ watch
I'm an American and you're embarrassing me.

I've been chatting with my cousin Vic, who lives in Philly, which has been hit hard by COVID-19, and he sent me a track his friend and neighbor made. Guessing many will identify with it ;-/

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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nv4_BZLytk&feature=youtu.be
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  Ara T. Howard
==~   2020-04-16

A one-hour escape (Ukraine ethno chaos-style)

Ukraine ethno chaos group Dakhabrakha are IMNSHO one of the best bands going these days. Fully in sync and endlessly creative, they are as melodic, harmonious (polyphonic, even), playful and tight.

Oregon's Pickathon is airing a concert a day from their archives, and Dakhabrakha's set ran yesterday. It was one solid hour of escapism. No raging plague, no crashing economy, no isolation - just a deeply talented band reaching across language and other borders to connect with their audience.

Notice how, at first, the crowd reaction is kinda "WTF IS this?" but by the end they're totally under Dakhabrakha's spell, all one, sharing the same remarkable moment. Reminds me of how much I miss live music.

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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esvQZayKyT4
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  Joel Davis
==~   2020-04-13

The Masking Tape

This set was originally created as part of an Afternoon Sound Alternative I did back in February on KGNU. It's barely pre-corona; the wave hadn't hit yet but it was in the air. Feels like the right mood in this time of virus: overall optimism in the face of a medical/political slowpocalypse.

Featuring music by: Hector Plimmer, Dizzyride, Yppah, The Heliocentrics, Solo Moderna, Childish Gambino (remixed by Funk Sinatra), Phil Cook, Jimi Hendrix (via Michmach vs Dj Tomahawk), The Lewis Express

Enjoy and thanks for listening.

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  Joel Davis
==~   2020-04-09

The hypnotic comfort of Numa Gama

I bought this album on Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago (Ok, I've bought a lot of music on BC during this lockdown) and can't stop listening to it (nor do I want to). A breadth of textures here; each song has its own feel, but they fit together like a nitrile glove. Numa Gama is a dynamite new discovery (for me, anyway). They split their time between Berlin and SE Brasil. Downtempo hypnotic electroacoustic trance from Numa Gama, Perfect for evening chilling, late night staring at the moon and defusing peak freakout moments.

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  https://album.link/us/i/1501868682
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==~   2020-04-07

Totally NOT Freaking Out

This mixtape was Selected, Sequenced, Mixed and Photochopped by dojo4 Resident DJ Joel Davis aka The Vibrarian

I mean, seriously...what is there to freak out about? Right?

Featuring music from: The Black Wizards, Memes, X, Aksak Maboul, Aphex Twin, Juana Molina, ELWD, Kaytranada, Talking Heads, Leifur James, Kamasi Washington, Skinshape, Lee Perry & The Upsetters, Emanative (feat. Tamar Collocutor), SOOHAN, The Space Lady, Mary Lattimore

Enjoy, and thanks for listening -- and wash your hands, y'all.

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  Joel Davis
==~   2020-04-06

NPR Live Sessions
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==~   2020-04-06

Pitchfork Isolation Check-in

The Isolation Check-In: New Music, Livestreams, Playlists, and More Amid Coronavirus

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  https://pitchfork.com/news/the-isolation-check-in/
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==~   2020-04-06

Metropolitan Opera Stream
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==~   2020-04-03

The incredibly comforting Beautiful Song of the Week playlist

I came across beautifulsongoftheweek.com a few months ago and would occasionally check in to hear the latest. Now, this Spotify playist (471 songs and 32 hrs long as of this post) has become an essential, regular part of our regular lockdown listening queue.

There are way (way) more hits than misses here. Put it on shuffle, let it ride and bring a comforting sense of calm to your environment.

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  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1oFD70EAvQ3sTxzWskaexO?si=qlIz1D_gTxG3yVgwVmA6Jw
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