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Friday, December 4, 2009


A swim through space / a flight through sea

Featuring Songs of the Humpback Whale (Capitol Records)

red two scorer - ROBERT FRIPP
speaking whale from my sea canoe - BROTHER RAVEN
search for delicious - PANDA BEAR
uranium - KRAFTWERK
ecstasy in slow motion - SPACEMEN 3
deep blue day - BRIAN ENO
dear grandma and grandpa - TORTOISE
sleepy time - RAYMOND SCOTT
part one - PAN AMERICAN
a4 - highlander - SPARE DEATH ICON
delta rain dream - JON HASSEL / BRIAN ENO
lyre of david - JONAS REINHARDT
fotschi tong - CLUSTER
how i spent my vacation - HOME & GARDEN
coconut - FEVER RAY
drum movie - VALET
tintarella Di.. - LA DUSSELDORF
zind - HELDON

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

La Banda Borracha

In honor of my sister's marriage to her man Xavier this Saturday, here's a track that's an old family favorite and represents the kind of atmosphere Dre and Xavi thrive in....

Download Mike Laure - La Banda Borracha

Congrats D & X!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Jonas Reinhardt - live in Olympia 11/5/09

It's a rare surprise these days - especially in Olympia - to go out to a show knowing little about a band and expecting much less, yet be totally surprised at how damn good they are.

Jonas Reinhardt played The Northern this past Thursday and they came correct. Their sound is both familiar and new. Familiar is the Krautrock influence, but what's new is the serious funk that they brought to it.

Jesse Reiner starts out the set with blistering and bobbing synths, Diego Gonzalez (Citay) and Damon Palermo (Mi Ami) lay down a tight bounce on bass and drums, and Phil Manley's (Trans Am) guitar both rides the rhythm and leads to the outer regions of kosmischen funk.

This line up has a record due out on Kranky early next year, which I can't wait to get my hands on. To appease my ears in the meantime, they were kind enough to give away copies of a solo synth effort that has been on loop since Thursday. I hope they don't mind that I share a track that's a standout in a record of galactic proportions, also available on Kranky.

"Worm Preach the Stuggling Fire" from:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kill For Total Peace - Kill For

Kill For Total Peace are a band out of Paris. Their new record is out on Pan European Recording. Obvious connections to the sounds of Joy Division, Suicide, and early Pink Floyd are on the surface, but there is much more to this band than simply regurgitating the sonic excursions of their musical forebears. Their debut album is a harsh yet lush psychedelic assault on the senses that you should hear.

It also has killer marker art a la Funkadelic:

Saturday, October 31, 2009


New effort from 1/3 of Portishead and 2 other guys - it sounds good.

Listen to the whole record:

Friday, October 30, 2009

Suara Parahiangan

A first posting of music encountered in Bali, although it as actually Sundanese music of West Java. This record can be heard in many shops and cd stores, so not particularly obscure. I like it.

Hear More Here

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Involuntary Post by Tarwater Series - 2nd Installment: A Hijacker Hijacked

Just Desserts? I'll let the reader decide. At least I have someone to keep me on my toes. Follow the story at Acknowledged Classic - a freshly acknowledged:
PS: AC, it's on..!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Click to Listen

Click to Download

00.00 Louvin Brothers : Satan is Real
03.20 Dion : He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
06.22 Paul Mauriat : Jesus Cristo
09.33 Violent Femmes : Faith
13.44 Louis Armstrong : Jonah and the Whale
16.34 The Incredible String Band : A Very Circular Song (edited)
18.46 Curtis Mayfield : Jesus
24.59 Alex Chilton : Jesus Christ
26.59 Johnny Cash : God is Not Dead

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bali Bamboo

Puri rocks the solo bamboo

Here's a taste of what's to come from Music Meltdown - Balinese and other Indonesian music straight from the source. Stay tuned for more visuals and audios to delight the senses.

And no, we didn't come home with that painting.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brother Raven live 9/12 Seattle

Check out sombre synth duo Brother Raven live this Saturday 9/12 at Rendezvous JewelBox Theater in Belltown, Seattle.

For a preview of their sound, download diving into the pineapple portal at the Gift Tapes blog.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Involuntary Posts by Tarwater Series - First Installment

Thus begins a new series at Slow Music Meltdown which highlights the insightful comments and contributions of the music historian and critic known as Tarwater.


"RE: 2 records I like

Okay, one more: Population II by Randy Holden. He briefly replaced
Leigh Stephens on guitar in some supposedly shitty late-60's iteration
of Bluer {sic} Cheer, before forming the duo* that would drop this, the Pink
of metal (seriously): half an hour long, not a wasted note,
amazing production, guitar tone, feedback control and all around
attention to sonic detail. Very minimal. Really, really loud,
regardless of volume. (They were sponsored by Sunn amps, here's the
gatefold proof:

{ }
) {sic}

Imagine two Sabbath freaks covering Electric Mud (except heavier.)
Totally rules, obviously. {Further insights beheld} here.

*The other member, Chris Lockheed, was responsible for drums and
keyboards. Live, he played them simultaneously."

1) All editor's input within original quoted text is between "{}", and some text
hyper-linked to help elaborate the experience of reading this Involuntary Post.

2) There is in fact an earlier missive that first inspired this series, but it will
have to follow as this installment is more immediately available. Stay tuned.

3) Sorry for the weird formatting - through a series of copying and pasting, this was the best I could do to get all original text without re-typing the whole thing.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wave Haze in Bali

Sitting poolside in Ubud, Bali, I reckon "Wave Haze" from Night Plane's forthcoming debut Chinese Shadows would be most appropriate (although a different kind of haze than that elucidated by Sr. Night Plane is felt here). I look forward to its release August 17th on Thisisnotanexit Records, as should any discerning Meltdown follower. A more detailed review may eventually follow (however discussions of indigenous Balinese music will likely takeover Slow Music Meltdown for the forseeable future.)

Please visit Acknowledged Classic for more details.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A&A Wedding Mix

Thanks to all the family and friends who celebrated with us on our wedding day!

Click Here to Download A2 Wedding Mix

Rebels Got a Hole In It - THE HALO BENDERS
Jacking the Ball - THE SEA AND CAKE
Our Way to Fall - YO LA TENGO
I Do Really Love You - CHUCK BERRY
I Hear You Calling - BILL FAY
We Have All The Time In the World - LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Tennessee - SILVER JEWS
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town - KENNY ROGERS AND NEW EDITION
Age of Consent - NEW ORDER
I Melt with You - MODERN ENGLISH
Lesson #1 - GLENN BRANCA
For the Love of You - JOHN HOLT
Laguna Sunrise - BLACK SABBATH
Winner's Blues - SONIC YOUTH

Friday, June 5, 2009

Rebel Monday June 8th - New Frontier Lounge

DJ Slow is back at the New Frontier Lounge, Tacoma, with house DJ Jason Diamond this Monday the 8th for Roots Rock Reggae Rebel Monday from 9pm on. $2 Red Stripes!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Music to Cruise in the Boat By

DJ Slow meets DJ P and his Unicorns on the shores of Lake St. Clair over the 2008 4th of July weekend in cloudy Oly, WA. Despite the gray weather, oysters and white wine were consumed on the water which inspired this mellow sunny mix that's BBQ-ready. As you can see, visiting LSC turns any hard Brooklynite into a freshwater-swimming, oyster-slurping, west coast-loving dude.

Please enjoy the mix, and I apologise for the omissions in the tracklisting as supplied by DJ P. Anyone who can name the missing tracks will have my respect, and I might even buy you a beer.

Linha do Horizonte - AZIMUTH
Didn't I - DORANDO
I Plan to Stay a Believer (Live) - CURTIS MAYFIELD
Clube de Esquinha No 2 - MILTON NASCIMENTO / LO BORGES
Sing Song - LEE OSKAR
Keep On Rolling - QUIET VILLAGE
Fio Maravilha - JORGE BEN
Acapulco Rain - HERBIE MANN
? - ?
Saida do Porto - JORGE BEN
? - ?
That's the Way It Goes - BLACK MERDA
Every Nigger is a Star - BIG YOUTH

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mekons' Rocketband

Check out a recent episode of This American Life that centers around the Classifieds in two Chicago papers. Particularly enjoyable (and relevant to this blog?) is an assemblage of a band of unfamiliar musicians by Jon of Mekons fame to record Bernie Taupin / Elton Johns' "Rocketman".

"Everybody likes Elton John a little bit".

Compelling version by William Shatner:


WTF has re-located to While I could pretend to discuss the change in address and fresh approach with particular insight, I think it best for the curious reader to do his or her own investigation.

Enjoy - I sure do.

Chrysler meets Holy Fuck

Inexplicable yet understandable:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Opsvik & Jennings: A Dream I Used to Remember

Opsvik & Jennings' new album is available for download at their website, It will leave you full of profound wonder and odd joy.

Catch them at Nublu in the East Village, NYC on June 15th for the record release party.

Friday, May 15, 2009

CHICROS: Radio Transmission out May 18th

(los) Chicros' latest album is a definite trip, as their mixes posted here on the Meltdown previously have indicated. I was lucky enough to be near when the record was being mastered, and no doubt these Parisian boys make a radio "concept" album that highlights their capacity to draw you in and rock you from various angles.

Check here for all the details.

Brother Raven

Brother Raven are a couple guys from Seattle that make music from synthesizers that will take you on a dreamy journey through outer sea and inner space.

This is what their new tape looks like:
Download it for free at the Gift Tapes Blog

Props to Casey at Eat Records / EVR for the intro to a band in my own backyard...!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rebel Monday at the New Frontier Tonight

Jason Diamond w/ guest dj slow spin roots and dub reggae from 9pm on at the New Frontier Lounge, Tacoma.

Here's a re-up of my Jamaican Showcase mix:

Download Jamaican Showcase

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Studies in Silver

silver apples of the moon - MORTON SUBOTNICK
radioactivity - KRAFTWERK
the carrier - BRIAN ENO - DAVID BYRNE
wrong ride - GROWING
rinky-dink o.s. type rip [remix] - THE SEA AND CAKE
drool - BLACK DICE
bad trails - BATTLES
gollum - HARMONIA
access control - TRANS AM
super now - BOREDOMS
temporary secretary - PAUL McCARTNEY
impossible guitar - PHIL MANZANERA
seen and not seen - TALKING HEADS
films - GARY NUMAN
never say goodbye - YOKO ONO
eje nlo gba ara mi - KING SUNNY ADE
gimmickry hoax sensation - TURN ON

Credit due to John Pilson for introducing me to the potential of a curated Google Image Search

Sunday, April 5, 2009

MOGGS live in Bay Area, CA - Friday the 10th of April!

I wish I could be there.....

w/Eternal Champions,
Polar Bears, Low Five.

Friday April 10, 2009
Phoenix Theatre
Petaluma, CA
8pm. $7. ALL AGES!

MOGGS on MySpace

Friday, March 27, 2009

We Carry On

Global financial turmoil, wars in distant or domestic lands, personal tragedy, failure or complacence, any number of discouraging obstacles. But humans have the capacity to overcome and move forward - we carry on.

I'm not posting this now because of any particular recent frustration on my own part, and this mix is in fact from last May. I just re-read the title and started thinking about what it could imply, and it's actually quite hopeful if you think about it. Heaven knows whole populations have overcome mountains more than I have ever been faced with.


So this mix isn't centered around any heavy theme I preface it with above. Again I just took it on the fly and started with a track I dug off a recent acquisition and tried to embellish with whatever else was recently inspirational or at hand. It takes a mellow turn at a later point, and then fully regains its raw energy for the finale. Carry on.

we carry on - PORTISHEAD
lavender - ONEIDA
steady as she goes - SHELLAC
spinning temple shifting - DANAVA
monza (rauf und runter) - HARMONIA
pot head pixies - GONG
le roi des mouches et la confiture de rouse - JEAN-CLAUDE VANNIER
grinderman - GRINDERMAN
oh! sweet nuthin - VELVET UNDERGROUND
will the circle be unbroken - JERRY LEE LEWIS
you don't know (demo version) - 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS
what would they know - LIARS
ghost rider - SUICIDE
snare hangar - BATTLES
got a mile, got a mile, got an inch - DON CABALLERO
wonderful witches + language meanies - THURSTON MOORE
tonite - MC5
parchment farm - BLUE CHEER
untitled (from movement lp)- THE GOSSIP

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eddie Bo - R.I.P.

Bucket's got a hole in it - a serious hole.

New Orleans giant of funk and soul Eddie Bo passed away March 18th, leaving behind a most impressive list of songs, and a hole in your bucket.

According to Wikipedia, he "released more single records than anyone else in New Orleans other than Fats Domino." In a seriously bumpin' musical town like the Big Easy, that ain't easy. Check your bucket, and when you find the hole, fix it up with this tribute mix compiled from some of Eddie Bo's many 45's, put out by

Download link: From This Day On...Eddie Bo Tribute 45 Mix**
- props to forgang of four for the link -

**After further research, dj slow has come across the blog which is the source of the tribute mix and includes a track listing: Second Line Social.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


The latest installment of the Chicrodelic Trip Series has arrived.

To quote its creator: "Attention elle est extrême."


Download RADIO DRUGS part 2 : Hard drugs
00.00 Radio Drugs
00.52 Lothar & the Hand People : Today is Only Yesterday's Tomorrow (edited)
03.32 Yoko Ono : Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage all over the City
07.40 Martin Arnold : Alone (featuring Judy Garland)
10.14 Dougal Reed : Go Your Own Way
14.33 They Might Be Giants : Boat of Car (featuring Johnny Cash)
15.43 Jeanne-Marie Sens : Tape Tape
18.17 The Incredible String Band : Creation (edited)
22.53 Jefferson Airplane : Never Argue with a German if you're Tired of European Song
27.27 Tiny Tim : Strawberry Tea (edited)


Monday, March 2, 2009

Chicrodelic Trip #2 : Johnny Rocket's Midnight Hour Show

Another radio transmission from our good friends in Paris, Chicros!

This time around we get sent back to Rock n Roll's days of innocence when doo-wop dominated the charts and your burger and malt shake came via rollergirl....

Hop in your car, pick up your lady, head to make-out point, and tune in to Johnny Rocket's Midnight Hour Show - who knows how far you'll go....

Download link: Chicrodelic Trip #2

0:00 The Marcels – That Lucky Old Sun
3:21 Rosie & the Originals – Angel Baby
6:49 Connie Stevens – Sixteen Reasons
9:02 Jan Bradley – Mama Didn't Lie
11:04 The Capris – Morse Code of Love
13:43 The Students – Every Day of the Week
16:11 Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters – Gone
19:05 The Clovers – Wonder Where my Baby's Gone
22:02 The Libertine Five – Can't Stand Me Now
24:37 Dion – Dream Lover
26:59 Ruben & the Jets – How Could I Be Such a Fool?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

MOGGS: amulat EP

The wait is over. After a mind-boggling array of pressing issues, we can finally enjoy the latest MOGGS release, amulat EP, on vinyl! Although it has been frustrating being privy to the delays, it was well worth the wait. Available as digital download from iTunes since November '08, dj slow has been thoroughly enjoying this EP via pod for a while. But as any vinyl-phile can attest, the real deal is just so much better - especially when it's a completely analog recording and has been as meticulously produced as all MOGGS output is.

Aided by a different guest musician on each track, amulat EP carries the drive and focus of the previous full-length, The White Belt is Not Enough, while MOGGS and contributing friends bring new sounds to the mix that further embellish their gripping, singular take on contemporary independent music.

Have a listen to amulat EP on MySpace, and pick it up on vinyl at the MOGGS website fast, as there is a limited quantity of 300 beautifully packaged 12" records available. If you're in the Bay Area, be sure to catch them this Thursday night at Casbar in Santa Rosa, CA. Their live show will give your neck the workout it's been needing since the last time you saw them.....