October. The latest SESHWYN studio is shaping up. Three men and a dog are now crammed onto a single sofa and it's forcing us closer than ever before. Winter is coming after all so I probably should be thankful for the body warmth.
Christy has been upping the levels, coming through with a new and improved recording set up and once again proving himself to be the brains of the operation. We've got several new ideas and plans to roll out in the not so distant future, but for now, we'll leave you with yet another audio adventure of the finest international oddities. Episode 13 has landed.
For those of you keeping count, the EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist has now surpassed 100 magical tracks and is suitable for every season, emotion or boardroom meeting that you could ever encounter in your everyday life.
Hanra delivered the first non-Spotify track this time around: Playtime Posse's 'The Perfect Recipe Mix'.
The brainchild of Patrick Schneeweis aka Pat The Bunny, this album marked a change of pace and genre from a man better known as the front man of several Anarcho-punk/Folk Punk bands. Now retired at the age of 30, this fun jaunt involves a funky beat, pretty funny lyrics and enough international food references to put even your local Cosmo to shame.
People often discuss the 'Soundcloud-era of music' that we're currently still entrenched in, and one of my favourite ever Soundcloud discoveries came in the form of The Joys Of Sleeping. A single song ('Dude York') got me hooked and I revisited their page for years before more material surfaced. An EP finally followed and I even conducted my one and only Second Guess interview with them. They're an important band to me and this very website so I hope you appreciate them as much as I do.
I can't believe it's taken me 13 episodes to play one of their songs and guys if you're reading this, I hope you're doing well. PS - where's the new music at?
What happens when you let Brian Eno record a No Wave band sound checking a song that they'd never performed before? You get a piece of musical history. James Chance & The Contortions. 'I Can't Stand Myself'. Avant-garde as fuck.
Thomas Diaz, one time member and vocalist of The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die (that really is the actual name of a band) probably felt too claustrophobic on stage with all those bandmates and went off to make music by himself. Only a few tracks exist under the name Sinforiano Diaz and various promised splits & releases have never seen the light of day so I hope you enjoy what we do have - '06331'.
When I heard the words Arthur Russell and New Wave I was instantly sold. For those unfamiliar with the name, much like James Chance, Russell was breaking boundaries in New York throughout the 70's and 80's; equally as avant-garde but rooted in disco instead of punk.
The latest album from his discography to be dusted off and given the re-release it deserves is 1982's Event Horizon by The Necessaries, in which Russell played keyboards, guitar, cello and of course sung. He died broke and obscure in 1992, and his music has only found the attention and adoration it deserved in the years since. RIP Arthur Russell.
Trust Hanra to leave us on a 10 minute Japanese Jazz funk track. Where he finds these tracks nobody knows, but he provides the goods once again in the form of Masayoshi Takanaka.
I wonder if the 'Insatiable High' he describes in the title refers back to the album's cover of a man running on a lonely desert road. I've heard of a runner's high, the euphoric feeling achieved by pushing your body to the very limit, the little understood chemical release that can carry people to running marathons. It could be about that, but it's probably about drugs.
Just like that, another month is over and I can only hope you've found something amidst our rambling to tide you over until next time. Hit us up over at @SESHWYN for more gems and WHO WOULD WIN fight scenarios. You could even send us love letters or videos of animals doing funny stuff if you'd like.
I hope to see you all once again in November, stay wrapped up out there people.