Slow Music Meltdown - A repository for mixes and other music miscellanea

Saturday, January 28, 2012


I learned last night of the death of Megaupload, a popular site for file sharing. Some may see this as a victory for anti-piracy; I would have to disagree and side with several professorial music bloggers whose archives of rare, out-of-print music is now gone from the interweb, perhaps forever.

This is a travesty as the intentions of these sites was not to take money from the pockets of Lady Gaga and the like, but to educate their legions of fans on the aural treasures to be found in far reaches of the world that may have never surfaced or be heard otherwise.

I'm not sure of any effort to combat this issue, but let's hope vaults will be re-opened someday soon.

Read more about the blogs affected at Bodega Pop.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

WXBC - Bard Radio


Once upon a time in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, while working towards my BA in photography, I hosted a radio program on WXBC, Bard College radio. It was called, as you might have guessed, Music Meltdown.

Organizing boxes of things from times gone by, I came across old cassettes of mixtapes from before I went digital, as well as the tapes from my first 3 shows on WXBC. I'd been meaning to transfer them for ages, and finally got around to it.

Here is show # 1, with episodes 2 and 3 coming soon - collections of random, on-the-fly musical tastes from my early-middle twenties (circa 2004) that went over both the internet and AM* airwaves. Check back for more of DJ Slow's WXBC Music Meltdown with shout-outs to friends lost and kept along the way, and also watch out for the Meltdown on Hollow Earth Radio every Saturday from 12-2pm PST starting February 18th.

Photo by ATL

*(At that time WXBC was on 540am in addition to being online - not sure if that broadcast still lives or not.)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wooden Records

Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck's brilliant work Years reads the rings from cross-sections of trees like slabs of vinyl to create a soundtrack of the trees' lives as translated by a piano.

Credit to Grist for tipping me off to this incredible piece of sound art.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Here's a sweet track apt for today's Northwest whiteout from a local band introduced to me about 17 years ago by my lovely, wonderful, pregnant wife. (4 weeks to go!)

You're doing an amazing job, Taffy B!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monster of Funk Jimmy Castor passes away

Jimmy Castor passed away today at the age of 64, cause of death as yet unknown.

Here is a video of a live performance of his classic cut Troglodyte (Cave Man):

Read more about his influence and contributions to funk and hip hop music at Vintage Vinyl News and Hip Hop DX.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Conrad Schnitzler - Live '72

A serious dig in the vaults by Seattle's Further Records unearths this live gem by one of Krautrock's founding fathers, Conrad Schnitzler.

Track 10 stands out as the most understated cut from the live set, while the whole record is not to be missed.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Judah Warsky - Painkillers & Alcohol / Asleep in the Train

2 tracks from Judah Warsky's upcoming solo debut on Pan European Recording are given glorious and cold visuals by Jamie Harley.

Check out more from JW's projects Chicros at Chicrodelic and Trinite on the French Lessons, Trouble Maker, and Colturky mixes.

Judah Warsky at Chateau Carignan, by ATL

Koudlam - Alcoholic's Hymn

Stunning video by Jamie Harley for another epic, nostalgic track by Koudlam.

Check out more by Koudlam at Pan European Recording as well as on my French Lessons mix.