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2020-09-24: Good morning, friends. The sky is basically showing off this a.m.

2020-09-23: I love Elijah Knutsen’s album Blue Sun Daydream which respectfully builds on the Japanese …

2020-09-15: Good morning, friends. The lake is calm and colorful this a.m. — sets much-needed relaxing tone to …

2020-09-14: Good morning, friends. I haven’t given you a lake sunrise in a while so here’s a nice one to make up …

2020-09-13: The latest episode of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — has left the building. 🚀 …

2020-09-12: The excellent 1988 Tom Waits concert film Big Time has quietly appeared on Prime Video (US) … am I …

2020-09-10: Record stores are places of generous expertise. 🔗→ Some blog thoughts about the Other Music …

2020-09-09: Silver Apples keep popping in and out of consciousness. They were so weird, so ahead of their time, …

2020-08-30: The new episode of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — has hit the streets. This …

2020-08-29: Those walking are almost certain to have clearer minds than those sitting at home or standing around …

2020-08-28: Good morning, friends. Another impressive dawn out here on the lake this a.m.

2020-08-26: Good morning, friends. A warm glow over the lake this a.m.

2020-08-25: My 8D Industries label released an album last week from Gemini Revolution. The project is …

2020-08-24: The latest episode of my email newsletter is a love letter to the post office, inspired by the …

2020-08-19: Good morning, friends. An impressive mirror-display on the lake this a.m.

2020-08-15: 🔗→ Brian Eno: “… one of the reasons one makes music or any kind of art is to create the world …

2020-08-13: “The idea of Black Fire was that of a business undertaking,” Mr. Branch said. “There were some …

2020-08-13: 🔗→ 2020: An Isolation Odyssey This is fantastic. Just what I needed today.

2020-08-13: A little late posting this but didn’t want you to miss out on the psychedelic sunrise over the lake …

2020-08-12: 🔗→ Snow Ghosts: Haunting Images of Derelict Soviet Infrastructure

2020-08-11: “I don’t want to be remembered just because we were black,” says Kenny Gordon. “I want to be …

2020-08-11: Things I Learned from David Carr: A List → Here are some delicious words of wisdom that I grabbed from this tweet: • Listen when you enter a …

2020-08-11: Good morning, friends. A lovely combination of colors and cloud drama on the lake this a.m.

2020-08-10: I ran across this photo today in my journal, taken exactly two years ago off the Amalfi Coast, and I …

2020-08-10: Good morning, friends. Post-storm loveliness on the lake this a.m.

2020-08-09: An amazing interview with Shimmy Disc producer Kramer sent me stumbling down memory lane … so the …

2020-08-07: Good morning, friends. Another exquisite cloud display over the lake this a.m.

2020-08-06: 🔗→ New on the Blog: My new clicky keyboard, John Cage loved mushrooms, Craigstarter, listen to four …

2020-08-06: Good morning, friends. Dawn in full bloom on the lake this a.m.

2020-08-04: 🔗→ New on the Blog: Thinking out loud about how technological limitations (and stretching those …

2020-08-04: An iPhone box full of fungus caterpillar in Kham Tibet sold wholesale, is worth more than a fully …

2020-08-03: 🔗→ New on the blog: The Go-Go’s documentary, how to keep bands from fighting about money, a …

2020-08-02: 🔗→ Ryuichi Sakamoto Crafts the Perfect Playlist

2020-07-30: 🔗→ Brian Eno’s 1995 diary and essays book published in 25th anniversary edition I currently have the …

2020-07-30: Good morning, friends. An epic sky scene over the lake this a.m.

2020-07-29: I wrote about African Rhythms 1970-1982, a wonderful reissue of collected classic tracks by the band …

2020-07-24: Today’s #Worktones → Jon Hassell - Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) 🎵 Just …

2020-07-24: Good morning, friends. A big sky sunrise out on the lake this a.m.

2020-07-23: You must seat yourself in a bony armchair, preferably of Spanish style, with your head tilted back …

2020-07-22: Good morning, friends. Some brilliant sky hues on the lake this a.m.

2020-07-17: Today’s #Worktones → Museum of No Art 🎵 Clarinet, voice, synthesizer, effects. This solo work …

2020-07-16: Watched First Cow the last evening via VOD … it’s worth the critical hype, a tender film that …

2020-07-16: Once or twice a week, a man or woman will read out some words in Russian, such as “dinghy” or …

2020-07-16: For a glimpse at my ‘past life,’ here’s a Q-Burns Abstract Message DJ mix recorded …

2020-07-16: Good morning, friends. A vibrant glow presently on the horizon this a.m.

2020-07-15: 🔗→ I Captured Spaceships In The London Tube By Turning My Phone Upside Down

2020-07-15: “Time must pass until the average level of humankind’s development is sufficient for nonearthly …

2020-07-15: Mary Lattimore’s just announced forthcoming album is produced by and in collaboration with …

2020-07-14: Today’s #Worktones → Sharhabil Ahmed - Habibi Funk 013: The King Of Sudanese Jazz 🎵 This album …

2020-07-14: Good morning, friends. I welcome our lake’s reassuring serenity this a.m.

2020-07-13: Today’s #Worktones → Free Dust - Archive: Ash | Wave / Climate / Ripple 🎵 A collection of …

2020-07-13: These lenses and wires make events both vivid and uneven, warm to the the eye like the wobble of …

2020-07-13: Good morning, friends. A fiery dawn greets us on the lake this a.m.

2020-07-12: The new issue of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — is out and it’s …

2020-07-11: Last night I finally watched Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda — a fascinating profile of an incredible …

2020-07-10: Let me tell you about a dream I had last night. I’m alone in the record store I used to own …

2020-07-10: Good morning, friends. Some gorgeous cloud drama on the lake this a.m.

2020-07-09: “We chose Pylon because it is severe, industrial, monolithic, functional. We subscribe to a modern …

2020-07-09: [Julius] Eastman didn’t die for our historiographic sins. He died unsung. Who are we missing, now? …

2020-07-09: A gallery of vintage album cover art from the Folkways Records catalog → Folkways Eye Candy 🎵🔗

2020-07-09: 🔗→ Space Suit From ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Heads to Auction “The near complete space suit, also …

2020-07-08: Hi, friends. I would like your recommendations for an iPad email app. Some requirements: - plays …

2020-07-08: Good morning, friends. Big sky over the lake this a.m.

2020-07-07: This song from Uzbek rock band Yalla is seriously good. Discovered via this fascinating article → …

2020-07-07: 🔗→ How We Lost Our Attention + 🔗→ How I Got My Attention Back + 🔗→ The Attention Manifesto

2020-07-07: Good morning, friends. Some lovely colors on the lake this a.m.

2020-07-05: This weekend’s episode of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — has hit the …

2020-07-03: Today Perrière is still considered a national star — yet, like every story involving the feared …

2020-07-02: 🔗→ Milton Glaser’s Album Cover Designs

2020-07-02: Bandcamp spotlights ‘Nine Essential LPs’ from ‘Experimental Dub Label On-U Sound …

2020-07-02: I’d like to know the reason why this guy felt compelled to post this sign.

2020-07-02: Good morning, friends. Here’s the scene on the lake this a.m.

2020-07-01: New on the blog → Unpacking an ‘unnamed’ artist’s criticism of Bandcamp’s …

2020-07-01: This new interview with influential post-punk bass guitarist Jah Wobble is worth a read. My favorite …

2020-07-01: I just ordered 2 sheets of these hip hop postage stamps. 🎵

2020-07-01: Good morning, friends. A colorful sunrise this a.m. out here on the lake.

2020-06-29: It’s getting cosmic up in here today → The Kosmische Path Less Traveled: Nine Krautrock …

2020-06-27: Good morning, friends. There’s a golden streak over Lake Holden this a.m.

2020-06-26: The mind-boggling pervasiveness of nostalgia may reflect a deep pessimism toward the future. “If …

2020-06-25: Today’s #Worktones → Groupe RTD - The Dancing Devils of Djibouti 🎵 “The first ever …

2020-06-25: The reason the Speak & Spell, despite being a primitive device by modern standards, was such a …

2020-06-25: Good morning, friends. A clear dawn sky after the evening’s storms. All quiet on Lake Holden.

2020-06-24: Brian Eno: Beautiful things grow out of shit. Nobody ever believes that. Everyone thinks that …

2020-06-24: Solving a grocery store music mystery — how did one man’s unreleased song end up on an …

2020-06-24: Music critic Amanda Petrusich explains how she listens to music 🎵 Q: What’s your ideal way to listen to a record? (headphones, stereo, alone, with other …

2020-06-24: It is not entirely clear what the Kansas scribe was trying to achieve with his nonstop writing—or …

2020-06-23: Today’s #Worktones → Cello Octet Amsterdam - Canto Ostinato 🎵 “This piece is considered …

2020-06-23: … Annie Dillard once said: “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” But in this case, what …

2020-06-23: I finally updated my /now page. It was sitting in stasis since January, and that entry transformed …

2020-06-23: Good morning, friends. So this is happening on Lake Holden right now.

2020-06-22: I’ve never been one to work in dark dungeon basement studios with no daylight. Nor do I work in the …

2020-06-22: What would prevent the simulator from changing the laws of physics on a whim, to test parameters or …

2020-06-22: “I was looking to take this journey where we start off [with the] understanding that what we think …

2020-06-22: Good morning, friends. One low, dark cloud hugging the horizon.

2020-06-21: Happy Father’s Day

2020-06-21: I'm taking a full break from the email newsletter this weekend. There’s way too much on my mind right now — meaning I’m unable to pull focused thoughts …

2020-06-20: Amazing sky action for the solstice sunset.

2020-06-20: The Best Networking is Not Networking 🔗 Lots of good advice about networking in this blog post from 2015, especially for networking at …

2020-06-19: Today’s #Worktones → Julius Eastman - Femenine 🎵 A beautiful and contemplative …

2020-06-19: While I was outside taking my daily photo of pre-sunset dawn, this coyote and two of his buddies …

2020-06-19: Good morning, friends. Exquisite cloud drama on Lake Holden this a.m.

2020-06-18: On the blog → Incendiary and Extraordinary 🔗📝 Topics: Bandcamp’s Juneteeth celebration, …

2020-06-18: (Ex?-)filmmaker Shane Carruth shares his script and music sketches for the abandoned project The …

2020-06-18: Why do indie musicians put up with penny payouts? An excellent article with useful and thought-provoking info on the state of …

2020-06-18: Today’s #Worktones → Kosmose - Kosmic Music From The Black Country 🎵 More ‘far …

2020-06-18: Good morning, friends. Spot the moon.

2020-06-17: ❝ To understand where black liberation jazz may head next, it’s helpful to listen to where it’s …

2020-06-17: Procrastination Loops Craig Mod posted a Twitter thread yesterday on dealing with procrastination. He writes, …

2020-06-17: The latest First Floor newsletter offers advice on how to get journalists to notice your music Shawn Reynaldo’s doing amazing work with his First Floor email newsletter. His stated recent …

2020-06-17: Brian Eno’s Collaborative Albums With John Cale, Jah Wobble to Be Reissued Both albums are wonderful, with the Eno/Cale collab existing under the radar as an unheralded gem of …

2020-06-17: Today’s #Worktones → Will Brooks - Shopping 🎵 Twinkling experimental ambient from the Florida …

2020-06-17: Ghostly International, NYC-Based Indie Label, Merges With Secretly Group From ghost towns to Ghostly. I have a feeling this might not be the last indie label merger …

2020-06-17: They Live Alone in Ghost Towns After recently watching the documentary on Darwin, California, I’m even more fascinated with …

2020-06-17: The Worst Logos Ever, Redesigned 🔗

2020-06-17: Good morning, friends. Presently experiencing dawn calm on Lake Holden.

2020-06-16: featured on the blog → #Worktones: Ralph Kinsella, epic45, M. Sage Three remarkable albums to …

2020-06-16: ❝ Watched – and listened to – now, Handsworth Songs seems eerily (un)timely. The continuities …

2020-06-16: Today’s worktones → Rafael Anton Irisarri - Peripeteia 🎵 Irisarri’s soundscapes recall …

2020-06-16: Unsurprisingly, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s new documentary film Psychomagic, a Healing Art looks …

2020-06-16: Rupert Hine, Synth-Pop Music Producer, Dies at 72 NYT obituary for music producer Rupert Hine 🔗🎵 It’s an uneven album, but Hine’s work on …

2020-06-16: a $930 electric car 🔗 →

2020-06-16: Good morning, friends. A colorful clear sky over Lake Holden this a.m.

2020-06-15: A new blog post, adapted from the previous week’s email newsletter → Brightening the Forest 🔗 …

2020-06-15: A candidate for my new company slogan: “Deleting your Bcc’ed emails since 2003!”

2020-06-15: Today’s worktones → M. Sage - Cattails & Scrap Tactics 🎵 Beautiful music, ambient but in …

2020-06-15: Good morning, friends. A quiet dawn on Lake Holden as we gear up for the busy week ahead.

2020-06-14: The latest episode of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — has hit the streets. I wrote …

2020-06-14: Morning in Florida through the porch screen.

2020-06-13: The documentary films Children of the Arctic and Darwin share a director and fantastic scores from …

2020-06-13: As I contemplate adding more guitar-playing to my life this seems like a good day to revisit Captain …

2020-06-13: Good morning, friends. There’s an elite-level status sunrise over Lake Holden this a.m.

2020-06-12: Just out today + now playing → Kate NV - Room for the Moon 🎵 From the press release: “Conjured …

2020-06-12: Today’s worktones → epic45 - We Were Never Here 🎵 As lovely as can be. Shoegaze-flavored …

2020-06-12: On the blog → Not As Many Yesterdays 🔗📝 Topics: Isaac Asimov and our internet struggles. The case …

2020-06-12: State Moves Into Unannounced Goth Phase of Reopening 🔗🧛

2020-06-12: Good morning. Another serene dawn moment on Lake Holden.

2020-06-11: The second installment in Jon Hassell’s ‘pentimento’ series was just announced … …

2020-06-11: On the blog → Starting Points 📝🔗 Topics: Doing better, Other Music, disassociating music from …

2020-06-11: Good morning. Beautiful cloud textures over Lake Holden this a.m.

2020-06-10: Today’s worktones → Emerald Web - Valley of the Birds 🎵 From 1981, recommended by a music …

2020-06-10: On the blog → The Promise of Unending Knowledge 🔗 Mythical bird-women, buying vinyl for your room, …

2020-06-10: Good morning! After a week of gray clouds we finally get some beautiful colors on Lake Holden this …

2020-06-09: Stop Your Search Engines 🔗 In my slightly less agonizing situation, the trap is more of a bait and …

2020-06-09: Optimization Smackdown: Hustle Porn vs. Zen Porn 🔗 Hustle porn, as a kind of maximalism, would seem …

2020-06-09: Today’s ambient worktones → worriedaboutsatan - Time Lapse 🎵 Omnious (no surprise given the …

2020-06-09: Feeling like the book’s not really going to help this guy.

2020-06-09: The morning welcomes me with a contemplative dawn moment on Lake Holden.

2020-06-08: This began as a piece about how drive-in concerts will have people honking instead of applauding …

2020-06-08: In that podcast interview I posted a link to previously, I talked about a fanzine called The Bob …

2020-06-08: I’m in maximum gab mode for the latest episode of the Spot Lyte On… podcast. I …

2020-06-08: A Brazilian friend turned me on to a musical project named Uakti. He says: “They made their …

2020-06-08: ❝ You are a songwriter. You have the entire world to save and very little time to do it. ❞ — Nick …

2020-06-07: If Brian Eno’s Music For Airports isn’t languid enough for you then here it is …

2020-06-07: This week’s episode of my email newsletter Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care finally made it out into …

2020-06-07: Yesterday early evening I saw a tornado on the horizon. 🌪

2020-06-06: Ralph Kinsella - Abstraction EP 🎵 A stunningly beautiful ambient release with subtle shoegaze …

2020-06-06: On Robin Sloan’s collaborative experiment with William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops → …

2020-06-06: Sunrise peeking out through cloud slits.

2020-06-05: From last March but still relevant + worth a read → this Twitter thread from the Future of Music …

2020-06-05: Links for Bandcamp Friday: 🎵 Labels and Artists Directing Bandcamp Revenue to Black Lives Matter …

2020-06-05: Gray-blue wisps over Lake Holden once again this morning, beautiful but obscuring dawn’s glow.

2020-06-04: Moirage, a film by Stan VanDerBeek 🔗🎥

2020-06-04: Today’s worktones → Lunar Abyss & Tanith - Devachan 🎵 Pleasantly hypnotic ambient …

2020-06-04: Tomorrow Bandcamp waives its percentage take, giving 100% of sales revenue to its artists and …

2020-06-04: Today’s mood: distressed and dispirited. Again. The gray skies aren’t helping. But then …

2020-06-04: An audio snapshot from NYC via Sasha Frere-Jones → Five Minutes June 3 2020

2020-06-04: Status Update: Too Much Popcorn 🔗 Lulling sounds from Stephen Vitiello, a politically-charged movie …

2020-06-04: Dramatic grays over Lake Holden this rainy morning

2020-06-03: Fantastic Louvin Brothers ‘Satan Is Real’ cowboy boots 🔗

2020-06-03: More experimental ambient music for today’s work-mood → Stephen Vitiello - Buffalo Bass Delay …

2020-06-03: Home office music (AKA ‘worktones’) → Mark Van Hoen - Invisible Threads 🎵 Evocative, …

2020-06-03: That two-hour internet outage created some serious ‘lost at sea’ vibes.

2020-06-03: Good morning, friends. A reassuring sunrise over Lake Holden. For the moment, the air is calm and …

2020-06-02: “What will we look like when we emerge from our own meltdowns?” 🔗

2020-06-02: closing out today’s jazz journey with an intense, glorious, and legendary album → Sam Rivers - …

2020-06-02: more upbeat ‘70s jazz emanating from the home office speakers today → Larry Willis - Inner …

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2020-06-02: current home office soundtrack → Yusef Lateef - Hush ‘N’ Thunder 🎵 (it’s gonna be …

2020-06-02: It will be a challenge to make this a productive day. Luckily, the email inbox is mellow (maybe 3 …

2020-06-02: blackout → Anti-Racism Resources → Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund → Register to Vote

2020-06-02: Good morning friends. Dark clouds are giving way to dawn’s warm glow — hopefully a metaphor for …

2020-06-01: Facebook Employees Begin to Revolt 🔗 ❝ Facebook’s real risk here, as I see it, is getting branded as …

2020-06-01: Closing out the day. I’m amazed at the amount I got done + how focused I was despite how …

2020-06-01: Stand with Bandcamp to Support Racial Justice, Equality, and Change ❝ … this coming Juneteenth (June …

2020-06-01: I just added a page on our 8DSync site for a band I’m now representing, Mike Pace and the …

2020-06-01: It’s that time of day when I need some floaty ambient music to assist the internal focus …

2020-06-01: What It’s Like to Live in Boca Chica, Texas ❝ A sheriff’s deputy bangs on your door at 10pm …

2020-06-01: Today’s home office soundtrack → Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela - Rejoice 🎵 It’s a …

2020-06-01: This Mortal Coil - “Not Me” 🎵 A favorite song from my teenage years, rediscovered today. …

2020-06-01: Inbox: 14. Focusmate sessions booked: 4. This morning I’ll clear out the email and create my …

2020-06-01: “It’s all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.”

2020-06-01: Good morning, friends. It’s warm and hopeful on Lake Holden this a.m. as dawn quickly takes over.

2020-05-31: Snowcat Rising

2020-05-31: ❝ This 16mm film is a documentary segment focusing on the life of Alice Coltrane and her children in …

2020-05-31: ❝ Arguably the biggest single mistake the music industry made with music streaming was to think of …

2020-05-31: The 20 Best Resistance Movies → theplaylist.net/20-best-r… A great list from The Playlist. My …

2020-05-31: A new episode of my email newsletter — Ringo Dreams of Lawn Care — is out. Includes: 500 cars …

2020-05-31: obligatory first post Social media is a constant grievance but this week I may have hit a tipping point. I don’t use …