Category Archives: Downtempo

(April 29, 2017): Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Pictures

From the 2011 debut album, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm.  After hearing Leftwich perform “With A Little Help From My Friends” on a 2012 tribute LP to the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, I went out and bought this debut. You sort … Continue reading

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(April 26, 2017): Mat McHugh x The Beautiful Girls – La Mar (The Ocean)

From the 2014 album, Sound / System / Version.  This was released by McHugh post The Beautiful Girls. It was a limited bonus disc that came along with the last Beautiful Girl’s release, Dancehall Days.  The tune first appeared on … Continue reading

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(February 13, 2017): Phoenix – Everything is Everything

From the 2004 album, Alphabetical.  The French Versailles band with the hits. I recall streaming KCRW at the time of this release and hearing it constantly. Many good memories around the entire LP right before a two year visit to … Continue reading

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(January 30, 2016): Air Liquide – Fuckdup (Campfire Version)

From the 2004 album, Let Your Ears Be The Receiver.  A song off the 14th and last long player released before Air Liquide — Ingmar Koch (AKA “Dr Walker”) and Cem Oral (AKA “Jammin’ Unit”) — called it quits.  Mary Applegate … Continue reading

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(January 20, 2016): Active Child – Hanging On

From the 2011 album, You Are All I See.  Active Child (Pat Grossi) had minimal help on this debut.  Tom Krell sings on one track and Garrett Ray drums on two others.  The song was also released as a free … Continue reading

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(January 19, 2016): Acoustic Alchemy – Drake’s Drum

From the 1988 album, Natural Elements.  Stewart Coxhead writes in the liner notes that this tune is meant to invoke Sir Francis Drake who he reports carried a band on his ships to entertain the crew at meal times.  The LP … Continue reading

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(November 30, 2015) – Anchor & Braille – If Not Now When

From the 2012 album, The Quiet Life.  Anchor & Braille is a side project of Stephen Christian (of Anberlin).  This is the second LP and while a couple of singles came out in 2014, it does not appear that another … Continue reading

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