A new 2-part mix has been uploaded to the MIXES/PLAYLISTS section: a retrospective of Canadian synth-pop, new wave, post-punk and more from 1978-1986. Check it out here:
This two-part mix makes up a 2-hour retrospective of Canadian synth, new wave, electronics and post-punk music with some select pop and space-rock tunes. From obscure, underground gems to select radio hits and everything in between that came out between 1978-1986. Parts 3&4, still to come, will be a personal selection of newer artists 1998 to now. MORE
The track “Your Secret Light Shines At Night” has been included on the latest Synthematic mix, which is administered and curated by the folks behind the fantastic Burning Flame blog. Here’s the track listing below:
Mania- Guilty Party
Gina X Performance- Plastic Surprise Box
Vivabeat- Man From China
The Associates- A Severe Boat of Career Insecurity
Simple Minds- Twist/Run/ Repulsion
Ian North- Remember My Name
Silk Flowers- Frozen Moments
Fad Gadget- For Whom The Bells Tall
Claps- Until Today
Soft Riot- Your Secret Shines At Night
Solid Space- New Statue
Montage Populaire- Separate Frames
Cube- Concert Boy
Rome Void- A Girl in Trouble
A little over one year ago a mix was posted on here called “Sparkwood and Twenty One“, in reference to the nighttime meeting point of various characters in the cult TV show Twin Peaks. It was intended to be filmic and mysterious, like wandering around late at night in the snow through some secretive forest.
This mix, Winter Waves and Cryptic Caves, carries out the same theme but broadens the stylings somewhat. It’s also worth noting the release years of the tracks included span over thirty years! Incorporating psychedelic drones, film soundtracks, electro-acoustics, slow ballads and minimalist electronics; the track selections for this total is a hair of being just under two hours of material, so grab yourself a beverage of choice and sink into where you are sitting. Best enjoyed in various states of consciousness or contemplation. I say this as I have a tendency to listen to such music when going to sleep or when sick in bed.
Try it on. Stay in out of the unforgiving weather. An atmospheric mix for listening to under the influence of medication (whether legal or illegal) or staring out the misted window thinking about bird’s feathers and dark matter.
1. THE FOR CARNATION | Being Held 2000
2. BLACKOUT BEACH | Biloxi, In A Grove, Cleans Out His Eyes 2009
3. LICHENS | Vevor of Agassou 2007
4. THIS MORTAL COIL | Waves Become Wings 1984
5. YELLOWKNIVES | Sweat Logic 2007
6. TANGERINE DREAM | Creation (Soundtrack to Sorcerer) 1977
6. MATER SUSPIRIA VISION | The Afterlife 2010
7. SUBPOENA THE PAST | Altitude On Ice 1998
8. AIX EM KLEMM | The Girl With The Flesh Coloured Crayon 2000
9. LALO SCHIFRIN | Main Theme (Soundtrack to THX 1138) 1971
10. RAMASES | Molecular Delusion 1971
11. CINDYTALK | Disintegrate 1989
12. TAMARYN | Golden Song 2009
13. UNWOUND | Abstraktions 1993
14. I†† | Ph▲sing 2010
15. ELISA WAUT | Russia 1985
16. BRUCE GILBERT | Work For “Do You Me? I Did.” (Part 3) 1982
17. COLIN NEWMAN | Fish 4 1982
18. SUSAN JUSTIN | Titles (Soundtrack to Forbidden World) 1982
19. JOHN FOXX | Film One 1980
20. CABARET VOLTAIRE | Partially Submerged 1978
21. GROWING | In The Shadow Of The Mountain 2005
22. ZOLA JESUS | Run Me Out 2010
23. SECOND LAYER | Black Flowers 1981
After 8-9 months of sporadic work and random late night sessions, there are now not one but three new White Lodge Mixes up on this site! The ideas behind some of these mixes have been brewing around in the back of my mind of seemingly years and I’ve finally put in the ear and brain muscle (well, the brain ain’t really a muscle, ain’t it?) to get them out of my mind and into a presentable format. The main concept behind these, especially mixes 003 and 004, are somewhat autobiographal: choosing tracks from a genre or movement in music that I was somewhat involved in at the time. These tracks are either favourites of mine, tracks that I myself felt were an important exhibit of that era, or tracks of bands/musicians that I had a bit of a personal relationship with.
Knowing that pretty much most of the people listening to this are going to be friends and people I know so these mixes, in themselves, are sort of friendship gifts in a way. Thanks for reading and listening!
A good window of a soundtrack to my teenage years as a hardcore kid and a lot of music springing forth from the underground scene across North America (and beyond) at the time. There’s a few 80s classics of the genre in here, including tracks by Embrace (not the British guitar band) and my favourites, Rites of Spring. There’s also a few groups more local to my area including Breakwater and Sparkmarker, who were quite impressionable on a young JJD and likely many young, doe-eyed kids across the Americas during their tours.
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In the transition from the mid 90s to the late 90s (I hit the mark of age 20 sometime in there), there was a vague exodus of kids playing hardcore and resurrecting what was possibly quite unfashionable at the time; a music they had some fascination and history growing up with. This music involved synths, futurism, and was buried by the post-grunge/punk of the the late 80s and early 90s. A number of early tracks have been chosen from groups that a few years later became quite well known and others being trailblazers that released one or two records that were unkindly buried and out of print (such as The VSS, Satisfact, etc.)
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A more sporadically built mix, “Synth Or Swim” features a lot of post-punk, synthpop, electro, and coldwave stuff that’s been in my library for a long time as well as a few more recent discoveries — some well known, some not — all roughly floating around in a time period between 1978 and 1984. There is a bit of a personal history history within; a story with me but all and all set up in a way that’s a good listen all round. Including tracks by John Foxx, Ike Yard, Japan, Ronny, Units, and more.
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Also check out White Lodge 002 : Sparkwood and Twenty-One for a mix of ambient and late night/dark space soundtracks…