Fixed tempo fetishists and dance music dilettantes, beware, this is the first “Let’s Go Swimming!”
The songs here are both strange and beautiful. There are several forms of music on this live vinyl mix; psychedelic rock (Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band) , German rock (Can, NEU!), early electronic (Krafterwerk, Harmonia), field recordings (Tony Schwartz) and ambient music (John Hassell,/Brian Eno, Windy & Carl). But a genre survey this is not. The mix is my attempt at an evolving story, integrated according to musical, verbal or rhythmic meaning. Although not “dance music,” here the long passages without percussion still have pulse rhythms and primitive energies. In the spirit of “Let’s Go Swimming,” I played a lovely tune by Arthur Russell and ended the mix with “Keep On Doin’” by War – our one “dance record.” It is good for a mix to take you somewhere different and perhaps unsettling, but it seemed nice to leave feeling good! What you hear in this mix is protogenic electronic music mixed through the lens of late nights with Justin and Mazi, playing mostly old records without thinking about time or the body.
An all vinyl mix by Nathan Drew Larsen
Recorded live on May 14, 2010 in Logan Square Chicago.
1. Jon Hassell/Brian Eno, Chemistry, E.G Records Ltd. 1980
2. NEU!, Sonderangebot, United Artists Records 1972
3. Can, Aumgn, Spoon Records U.K. Ltd. 1971
4. Harmonia, Hausmusik, Brian Records 1974
5. Arthur Russell, Hiding Your Present From You, Audika Records 1986/2005 (Reissue)
6. The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Black Angel’s Death Song, Verve Records 1967
7. Kraftwerk, Stratovarius (exerpt), Vertigo 1970/1972 (Reissue)
8. Windy & Carl, Rhodes, Kranky 2008; with Tony Schwartz, Evening Coffee Shop, Folkways Records 1958
9. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Trust Us (tk9), Blue Thumb Records 1967, Sundazed Music Inc. (Reformatted Reissue) 2009
10. Tony Schwartz, Coal Delivery, Folkways Records 1958
11. War, Keep On Doin’, United Artists Records 1979