IAMSEB REVIEWS is going to be a new feature on HI54 where UK illustrator Seb Westcott creates an illustrated summary of an album that’s been occupying a lot of Seb headphone time. The collaboration came about the way all good collaborations come about: Seb emailed me about this idea and I was like, “that’s a good idea, we should do that” and now we are doing that because internet. Follow IAMSEB on the Instagram for more great illustrations + future illustrated album reviews.
“When Napster was a thing, I used it to collect these songs on my parent's computer. I played them loud and flung myself around the basement until dinner was ready. I can't claim to have been a part of a community that listened to this music in a group setting, so I guess thats what I want to do now…
…If you can listen to this playlist at any point before the end of 2018, I promise to be listening to it as much as I can and maybe we'll be doing it together.
If you don't like it, think of it as a neat thing we are doing together as pals.
We'll do whatever you want after, I promise!”
- Tom from Frog
#1 - WHAT IS THE ONE ALBUM (OR EP OR SONG) THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE VERY NEXT MUSICAL THING THAT EVERYONE PRESSES PLAY ON THE NEXT TIME THEY FIND THEMSELVES THINKING “WHAT SHOULD I LISTEN TO NOW”?
These two guys used to be in Torngat, one of my favourite Montreal bands. What I love about their synth works, besides the great sounds and grooves, is how they get the machines going, without ever letting the machines run away. They exercise just the right amount of control over them.
#2 - WHAT IS THE ONE MOVIE OR TV SHOW THAT YOU THINK SHOULD BE NEXT IN EVERYBODY’S NETFLIX QUEUE (OK, DOESN’T HAVE TO BE NETFLIX, WE’RE ALL INTERNET ADULTS HERE AND KNOW HOW TO FIND ANYTHING ONLINE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER)?
This was the great director's last film. It is 24 static shots of nature, and animals (mostly birds), that last about 4 minutes each. If you are bored by slow cinema, this isn't for you, but if you can stay with it and bring your attention to it, it will be worth your while.
#3. I (AND BY “I” I MEAN “THE PERSON THAT IS READING THIS”) AM GOING TO THE BOOK STORE (OK, PROBABLY AMAZON) TO FIND THE VERY NEXT BOOK THAT I WILL BE PUTTING SOME EXTREMELY VALUABLE ‘ME-TIME' ASIDE FOR. WHICH BOOK WOULD YOU GET, IF YOU WERE ME (AND, I SUPPOSE, YOU HADN’T ALREADY READ WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO SUGGEST)?
He was one of a kind. I love his novels, but it's the short stories that I return to most often. "The Judgement" is one of my favourites. A precursor to Lynch. If you've ever had a nightmare about your dad, this one will hit close to home!
#4 - WHAT IS THE ONE WEBSITE (OR JUST ANY OLD INTERNET THING: APP, GIF, SERVICE, WHATEVER) THAT YOU WOULD GET REALLY DOWN IN THE DUMPS ABOUT IF IT WERE TO SUDDENLY GO AWAY?
I don't know much about this guy, except that he started a label in Japan in the 80s and put out a few records that I guess you would call "minimalist". He died young. This is the only record of his own music that I know of, and I listen to it often. Usually when I'm working.
#5 - AND FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / EATING / THINKING / QUITING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT MORE BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
Jojoba oil. Rub it in your hair, rub it on your skin, rub it on your friends.
I live in a city that is freezing half the year, and the radiators in my apartment suck all the moisture out. So jojoba is an essential oil.
OK folks, there you have it. Things that Daniel Isaiah thinks you should consider incorporating into your day/life. Before you log off and go find some Jojoba oil to rub onto your everything, make sure to follow Daniel on the Facebook & Twitter and then go listen / get the new album ‘Only One Left’.
“Love this new album from Jeff Tweedy. It has the melodic simplicity and catchiness of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco's early records, but with songwriting by a seasoned hand, someone who is emerging on the other side of middle age -- kids raised and out of the house, distractions receding, and existential questions front-and-center.”
If you like what you hear, consider adding this record to your own Bandcamp Collection, where you can write your own little review. You should also check the Bandcamp Collection of the above fan that's saying the above words (their name is linked), odds are good you'll discover even more gems.
Be a good human and watch this enlightening & sobering talk about where the world is going no matter how much we keep stubbornly trying to delay the change by propping up our corrupt pre-internet systems / masters. For real, find 1.5 hours somewhere for this & then let's go to work.
Bloggers have a tendency to write more words than is needed. Especially now that we can all just click something and make up our own mind. So, either the few words above got you wanting to push play, or you're ready to move on to something else. Round here, we call that a QUICK HIT.