June 2011: Laughtrack MP3 Mix No. 6

Mix number six emphasizes electronic music in one form or another, with just a few exceptions, including a pair of chansons and a particularly unusual African tribal recording from Staring into the Sun. I hope you find them as entertaining and revealing as I did.

Hearing Mick Harvey’s interpretation of Gainsbourg’s “Aux Enfants de la Chance” was particularly surprising: without a doubt, hearing those lyrics in English changes the way I hear the song altogether, and it adds some humor that I only half detected before. Mick’s production is more to my liking, too, as a lot of the latter Gainsbourg stuff has soft edges that I can’t stand in pop music.

Overall, there’s more new music this month than last, including a pair of Bureau B reissues, new memories from The Caretaker, and a cut from Asva’s latest album on Important, which is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. Coil shows up as well, and with particular purpose: Love’s Secret Domain is 20 years old this month. I’ll have a review celebrating its anniversary up on Brainwashed either this week or next, and I’ll eventually publish it here. After listening to it for close to 15 years, I’m still hearing new sounds and having new thoughts about it; it’s easily one of the ten or 15 most important records to me, and probably the one most responsible for my love of electronic music. Check it out if you don’t know it.

For next month, I plan to assemble a one-track mix of all the music I’ve left out of these compilations, mostly because they’re quite long and I’d rather edit them together than post them in their entirety. Michael Pisaro, Jim O’Rourke and Christoph Heemann, Tod Dockstader, Catherine Christer Hennix, and Eliane Radigue will be among the included artist;. hopefully that will be ready before the end of June.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy the music, and if you do, please support the musicians by purchasing their records, MP3s, or whatever is available.

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  1. Mick Harvey, “To All The Lucky Kids (Aux Enfants De La Chance)” from Pink Elephants (1997) — written by Serge Gainsbourg
  2. Angus MacLise, “Shortwave-India” from Invasion of the Thunderbolt Pagoda (1999) — recorded between 1968 and 1972
  3. You, “Hallucination Engine” from Electric Day (2011) — originally released in 1975
  4. Pierre Schaeffer, “Cinq Etudes De Bruits: Etude Violette” from An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / First A-Chronology 1921-2001 (2002) — composed in 1948
  5. Asva, “Birds” from Presences of Absences (2011)
  6. Can, “Sing Swan Song” from Ege Bamyasi (1972)
  7. Grouper, “Alien Observer” from Alien Observer (2011)
  8. Hans-Joachim Roedelius, “Wasser Im Wind” from Wasser Im Wind (2011) — originally released in 1982
  9. Coil, “Titan Arch” from Love’s Secret Domain (1991)
  10. SPK, “Cry from the Sanatorium” from Leichenschrei (1982)
  11. Rolf Julius, “Music on Two High Poles (1972)” from Early Works Vol. 1 (2004)
  12. Dirashe Tribe, “Syncopated Panpipes” from Staring into the Sun (2011)
  13. The Caretaker, “Libet’s Delay” from An Empty Bliss Beyond this World (2011)
  14. Serge Gainsbourg, “Cargo Culte” from Histoire De Melody Nelson (2001) — originally released in 1971
swimmers on the beach, found in Life magazine

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