Nov 13

here are some things crossing my desk*

something different today from sam: no pictures. just words….

Better days

On Twitter on a link to a review of the new BlackTape album, Andy posted, “Really great work Sam. Sounds like the better days in the past.” I love that people are checking out the new music and hearing the through-line from my earlier work. With that said, I replied, “Future/past. Always better days to come…” That’s how I feel about life: the future is filled with possibilities, and I can rewrite the story, and head toward what I desire. I know that’s not “goth” of me, and I know we sometimes have limitations that are hard to overcome; still, I try not to remain bummed out about life. Even with all of our challenges (political, emotional, societal, economical), there’s always a bit of grass growing through the pavement somewhere, with things to look forward to.

10 qs

Do you remember back in the 90s there was a UK zine named Music From The Empty Quarter? I recently heard from Deadhead, the editor, I think we last talked prior to my ’96 move to Chicago! It’s been a long while, really great to catch up. We’re doing a 10-question interview. I’ve posted the first 4 responses here. Next batch of qs will be answered and posted in a few days.

Projekt200 | 3CD $15

Projekt200 is more than a retrospective; it’s a work of art in its own right, a chronicle of Projekt’s journey from cult ethereal/ambient label to darkwave powerhouse.” – ReGen Magazine. Released over a decade ago in an edition of 2500, this is a beautiful 3CD collection of Projekt music. One disc of the early years, one disc of then-current artists, & one disc of ambient music. Alas, it was released right when CDs were dying at retail and people didn’t experience this lovely look at the PROJEKT roster (and it was certainly priced to high, because that’s the kinda thing you did back then when retail stores were clawing away a big chunk of the sales price). I have copies I’m selling at below my cost so people can hear and see this wonderful release.

LYCIA from Idie:youDie

“Speaking of Projekt, we somehow had no idea Lycia was dropping a new album last Friday, and now that we do know, it’s basically all we want to listen to. We loved 2015’s A Line that Connects (seriously, it was one of our top 10 records that year), and what we’re hearing from In Flickers is promising indeed: the group’s patented lush, shoegazey darkwave, enhanced with some upbeat drum programming and synthwork that we wouldn’t have expected but is hitting the spot.” Purchase CD or LP. 

Black Tape For A Blue Girl from Infrared Magazine<

“(To touch the milky way) is engaging, inviting, patient, melancholy and emotionally seductive. To say this is the best album of the year is not fair. The year is not up. This album is the reason I hate the digital age. I have to own this cd. If you are a fan of the band, that last statement is for you also. This is not a music file on a phone or a fucking stolen link. This is artwork, this is a band giving their passion and a passion I will play many times before I go to bed tonight. I love this cd so much, this band has yet to fail me. ” Purchase CD or LP.

Crossing my desk. I know, I know. What an outmoded metaphor. 🙂

Get ready for a new release this Friday!

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