José Medeles shares video for new single ‘Golden’ feat. Chris Funk

Later this month drummer José Medeles is releasing a tribute album to guitarist and DIY iconoclast John Fahey titled Railroad Cadences & Melancholic Anthems. A record of guitar and drum duets, Medeles collaborated with 3 of his favourite guitarists, M. Ward, Marisa Anderson, and Chris Funk, to bring to life 11 new compositions of “improvised rendezvous inspired and informed by [Fahey ‘s] looseness and rhythmic idiosyncrasies”, as the press release explains.

Railroad Cadences & Melancholic Anthems is out on May 20th through Jealous Butcher Records and Medeles has shared the utterly bewitching ‘Golden” featuring Chris Funk (Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus) as the album’s second single. “When you have that kind of freedom, I believe you transform into that,” Medeles commented about the track and improvisational approach. “It takes him a minute to get inside the music, and when he does, it’s absolutely so solid.”, he said about Funk’s collaboration.

‘Golden’ comes with a video directed and edited by Rachel Blumberg, featuring found footage from the Prelinger Archives. Watch it now.

Mixtape #135

Originally from New York, and now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Rob Burger is one of the most creative forces on today’s music scene. Throughout the last two decades, as an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Burger has amassed a body of work that encompasses film scores, founding chamber music collective Tin Hat Trio and various collaborations with artists like John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Beth Orton and Iron & Wine, amongst many others. Burger has also made his name as a gifted solo artist and with his sublime new album, Marching With Feathers, arriving later this month, we are stoked to have him put together this beautiful and enthralling mix exploring the myriad influences at play in his music. Press play already!

  1. Can – Moonshake [Sunset Records / United Artists Records]
  2. Alice Coltrane – Sita Ram [Impulse!]
  3. Moondog – Viking 1 [Kopf / Managarm]
  4. Raymond Scott – Lightworks (Slow) [Basta]
  5. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou – The Song of the Sea [Buda Musique]
  6. John Fahey – Will The Circle Be Unbroken [4 Men With Beards]
  7. Tom Zé – Toc [Continental]
  8. Nino Rota – Il Giardino Delle Fate [Cam]
  9. Duke Ellington – Angu [Reprise]
  10. Eno / Byrne – Moonlight In Glory [Sire / Polydor]
  11. Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Final [Egg / Bureau B]
  12. Bernard Herrmann – Scene d’Amour [Sony / ATV Songs LLC]

Mixtape #46

We're huge fans of New Zealand's Orchestra of Spheres and their unique compositions, creativity, eccentricity and ecstatic live shows. Inspired by artists and bands from all over the place and a wealth of genres spanning from kuduro to free jazz and funk, from krautrock to Bornean sape music and Polynesian no wave prog, they are a singular band you oughta know if you don't already. Baba Rossa, E-Tonal-E, Tooth and Mos locos, who make up Orchestra of Spheres, all sent us awesome tracks for this month's mixtape. Give it a listen now!