Entries in soft pop (17)

Sunday
Feb012015

Gentle Daps XII: DAPS DYNASTY — 2-Hour Anniversary Special

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The first Gentle Daps episode was published one year ago today. The series is now 12 episodes deep, and to my delight it has become the most streamed and downloaded segment of ANTS Podcast. To say this was unexpected would be an understatement. I would never have predicted that a highly personal archive of soft pop and new age guilty pleasures would perform better than the rest of the podcast. Beyond that, I've had the privilege of securing episodes from some truly great guest contributors.

As a little token of my appreciation for embracing the Daps series, I've decided to splurge and offer up this two-hour special, which equates to about three or four episodes worth of content.

Check back for a very special guest Daps mix later this month!

  1. John Keating - "Haley's Largo" [19?? / Public Information, 2014]
  2. Don Muro - "Island in the Sky" [Sine Wave Records, 1977 / Flannelgraph Records, 2013]
  3. Paul Immanuel Owens & Brian Haines - "Beyond the Bell Tower" [S/R, 1988]
  4. Stevie Wonder - "The First Garden" [Motown, 1979]
  5. Edgar Froese - "The Light Cone" [Virgin]
  6. Laurie Spiegel - "East River Dawn" [Philo, 1980 / Unseen Worlds, 2012]
  7. Allan Holdsworth - "Oneiric Moor" [Restless Records, 1992 / Eidolon Efformation, 2013]
  8. Cat Stevens - "Kypros" [Island Records, 1977]
  9. Global Communication - "4 14" [Dedicated, 1994]
  10. Eric Serra - "Deep Blue Dream" [Virgin, 1988]
  11. Lewis - "Love Showered Me" [R.A.W. Records, 1983 / Light in the Attic, 2014]
  12. Art of Noise - "(Three Fingers of) Love" [ZTT, 1985]
  13. Michael Stearns - "Bell Tear" [Sonic Atmospheres, 1986]
  14. Vangelis Katsoulis - "The Slipping Beauty" [Utopia, 1988 / Into the Light Records, 2014]
  15. B12 - "Static Emotion" [Warp Records, 1993]
  16. Steve Miller Band - "Harmony of the Spheres 1" [Italian X Rays, 1984]
  17. Jordan de la Sierra - "Sphere of Sublime Dances" [Unity Records, 1977 / Numero Group, 2014]
  18. Joe Sample - "Mirage" [MCA Records, 1985]
  19. Ry Cooder - "Johnny Handsome (Main Theme)" [Warner Bros. Records, 1989]
  20. Steve Hillage - "Shimmer" [Virgin, 1996]
  21. Steven Halpern & Dallas Smith - "Kyoto 1999" [Hear & Now Records, 1984]
  22. Cybe - "Painting No. 7" [Sonic Report, 1981]
  23. Haruomi Hosono - "Luminescent-Hotaru" [Yen Records, 1982]
  24. Jaco Pastorius - "Okonkole y Trompa" [Epic, 1976]
  25. Moondog - "Introduction & Overtone Continuum" [Kopf, 1991]
  26. Susumu Yokota - "Amanogawa" [Skintone, 1998]
  27. Jon Hassell - "Empire III" [Editions EG, 1983]
  28. Joe Zawinul - "The Great Empire" [Columbia, 1986]
  29. Barry Adamson - "Reverie" [Mute, 1992]
  30. Phil Manzanera - "Europe 70-1" [Editions EG, 1982]
  31. Jack DeJohnette - "Four Levels of Joy" [Prestige, 1974]
  32. Joe Walsh - "Inner Tube" [Asylum Records, 1978]
  33. Ashra - "77 Slightly Delayed" [Virgin, 1977]
  34. Craig Kupka - "Clouds I" [Folkways Records, 1981]
Sunday
Jan182015

Gentle Daps XI: The New Age Revival… Continued

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My original new age revival spotlight from June has been the most-streamed Gentle Daps episode so far, so it makes sense to kick off 2015 with a revisitation of this curious trend, which has been on the rise over the past few years and hit its peak in 2014. I've covered it rather extensively here on the blog, and things haven't slowed down for new age since my coverage began.

Here's to many more months of healing!

  1. Gaussian Curve - "Impossible Island" [Music From Memory]
  2. Jasper Lee - "Plateaux of Easy Feelings" [Noumenal Loom]
  3. Ashan - "Offerings" [Inner Islands]
  4. DBGE - "The Cumulus" [Scanline Society]
  5. Quiltland - "A Second Theme" [Astro:Dynamics]
  6. I Am Just a Pupil - "Heart Strings" [Twin Springs Tapes]
  7. Brenda Ray & A.r.t. Wilson - "Shimmer and Sway (Dawn Dance)" [S/R]
  8. Panabrite - "Voice Prothese" [Cosmic Winnetou]
  9. Arc of Doves - "Winter Light" [Rohs! Records]
  10. Softest - "Of Love and Fear" [Inner Islands]
  11. Opaline - "New Realities" [Phinery]
  12. Demonstration Synthesis - "Behind U" [Phinery]
  13. Crown of Eternity - "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo" [S/R]
Saturday
Dec132014

Gigi Masin - "Talk to the Sea"

Sunday
Nov232014

Gentle Daps X: Guest Mix by Tanner Beam

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This is Tanner's third ANTS Podcast contribution. This time around he's taken a timeout from the smooth disco-house of his previous offerings to share this small wealth of dad-centric guilty pleasures for Gentle Daps.

  1. Yes - "The Solid Time of Change" [Atlantic, 1972]
  2. Trevor Rabin - "The Cape" [Elektra, 1989]
  3. Biosphere - "Ride" [Origo Sound]
  4. Can - "Ping Pong" [Harvest, 1978]
  5. Tears for Fears - "The Marauders" [Fontana, 1996]
  6. Aphex Twin - "i" [Apollo, 1992]
  7. Black Sabbath - "FX" [Vertigo, 1972]
  8. Paul Horn w/ Ralph Dyck - "Voyager II" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
  9. The Alan Parsons Project - "Nucleus" [Arista, 1977]
  10. Andreas Vollenweider - "Lunar Pond" [Colomba, 1982]
  11. Black Sabbath - "Solitude" [Vertigo, 1971]
  12. Fleetwood Mac - "When I See You Again" [Warner Bros. Records, 1987]
  13. Jethro Tull - "Cheerio" [Chrysalis, 1982]
  14. Harold Budd & Cocteau Twins - "Bloody and Blunt" [4AD, 1986]
Sunday
Oct052014

Gentle Daps VIII: Halloween Special

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Gentle Daps takes a detour into the dreary, paranormal realms of soft goth and industrial, dream pop, dark ethereal, ambient, prog and horror cinema for this lengthy Halloween special.

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  1. Lycia - "Pygmallion" [Projekt, 1983]
  2. Ragnar Grippe - "Postlude" [BIS, 1982]
  3. Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante & Fabio Pignatelli - "Tenebre (Reprise)" [Cinevox, 1982]
  4. Alien Sex Fiend - "Seconds to Nowhere" [Anagram Records, 1985]
  5. SPK - "Palms Crossed in Sorrow" [Nettwerk, 1987]
  6. Cranes - "Watersong" [Dedicated, Dedicated, 1991]
  7. Ministry - "Dream Song" [Sire, 1989]
  8. Mick Karn - "The Tooth Mother" [CMP, 1995]
  9. Charles Bernstein - "A Nightmare on Elm Street: Main Title" [Varèse Sarabande, 1984]
  10. Japan - "The Width of a Room" [Virgin, 1980]
  11. B.E.F. - "Decline of the West" [Virgin, 1981]
  12. Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook - "Clouds" [4AD, 1987]
  13. Dead Can Dance - "Ocean" [4AD, 1984]
  14. Lustmord - "Mass" [Side Effects, 1985]
  15. Bel Canto - "Capio" [Crammed Discs, 1987]
  16. Front Line Assembly - "Eastern Voices" [Dossier, 1987]
  17. Ralph Lundsten - "Ristningar" [His Master's Voice, 1969]
  18. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth - "The Rock" [MCA Records, 1982]
  19. John Carpenter - "The Fog: End Credits" [Varèse Sarabande, 1984]
  20. Alice Cooper - "Years Ago" [Atlantic, 1975]
Tuesday
Aug052014

Gentle Daps VI: Guest Mix by Derek Jenkins

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Derek Jenkins is an Arkansas-born and Hamilton, Ontario-based teacher and longtime film writer. On the music hobby tip, he has a background in radio and has kept himself busy over the past few years with an excellent and broadly eclectic monthly mix series, which is always chock full of deep finds. I'm very happy to present his Daps contribution, which is my favorite in the series so far.

Tracklist after the jump.

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Quiltland - "Il Vostro Paesaggio" Video

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