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Started when the first pandemic confinement hit, this is content that celebrates my past and informs a fresh vision forward. I have a fascination for experimental and challenging music and use it to inspire my creativity and many aspects of my daily drifts, so music does take center stage here. Glad if it resonates with you in some way and you discover something new here, in which case you should explore more and support the artists. Curated by Jorge Sampaio.

Boris - Boris At Last Feedbacker

Band: BORIS
Album: Boris at Last - Feedbacker (2003)
Track: Feedbacker Pt. 2 (14:54)

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I am always in awe when listening to this album and specialy this second movement - the longest and quietest - of the album. It always reveals a very particular shade of emotion as it brings some tasty old memories of around the same time this was released back in 2003 (Xmas day to be precise)... as it often happens when you listen to music that was played/playing during a significant life event. Because of such memories this track always feels nocturnal and wintery... cold and warm at the same time, like a drive at very late hours, window down, cigarette in hand summoning the deep thoughts.

Planning For Burial Annick

Band: PLANNING FOR BURIAL
Album: Matawan - Collected Works 2010-2014 (2017)
Track: Annick (06:12)

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Gybe - At States End

Band: GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Album: G_d's Pee At State's End! (2021)
Track: “Government Came” (9980.0kHz 3617.1kHz 4521.0 kHz) (11:36)

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Oren Ambarchi - Shade Themes

Band: AMBARCHI + O'MALLEY + DUNN
Album: Shade Temes from Kairos (2014)
Track: Temporal, Eponymous (11:28)

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Swans - To Be Kind

Band: SWANS
Album: To be Kind (2014)
Track: Just a little Boy (for Chester Burnett) (12:39)

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Glenn Branca - The Ascension

Band: GLENN BRANCA
Album: The Ascension (1981)
Track: The Ascension (13:09)

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Lice - Serata

Band: LICE
Album: Wasteland: What ails our people is clear (2021)
Track: Serata (05:54)

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Gybe - Asunder

Band: GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR
Album: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (2015)
Track: Piss Crowns are Trebled (13:50)

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Dakota Suite - Vampilia - The Sea Is Never Full

Band: DAKOTA SUITE & VAMPILLIA
Album: The Sea is never full (2016)
Track: The Sea is never full (Part 2) (27:07)

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Six Organs Of Admittance - Companion Rises

Band: SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE
Album: Companion Rises (2020)
Track: Haunted and Known (05:28)

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Slug - The 3 Man Themes

Band: SLUG
Album: The 3 Man Themes (1996)
Track: Oh Yeah! (07:11)

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Criminally underrated band from the fertile early 90's LA scene. I don't care much for CAN but I do like this cover of CAN's Oh Yeah! specially the last 2 minutes where it becomes a behemoth of noise-rock with that massive distorted bass taking the lead. Oh yeah, its high times.

Manes - Night Vision

Band: MANES
Album: Slow Motion Death Sequence (2018)
Track: Night Vision (04:24)

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Ural Umbo - S/t - 2010

Band: URAL UMBO
Album: Ural Umbo (2010)
Track: Stumbling upon blood and mercury (07:34)

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I Like Trains - Elegies

Band: ILIKETRAINS
Album: Elegies to Lessons Learnt (2007)
Track: We Go Hunting (03:25)

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Back in early 2008 I had the pleasure of being in PR meetings with the English band while working for a London based fashion brand. Fair to say that at the time I had all but lost my love for post-rock à la Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky... and interest in the genre was anchored solely on Godspeed You! Black Emperor or This Will Destroy You.. During those times I was into the more challenging sonic scapes of a then formidable rise in sludge and other atmospheric extremes (think Boris, Nadja, A Storm of Light, Russian Circles...) and I just couldn't touch it. But when listening to this album for the first time, it hit me that the band sounded like one of my all time favourite bands of the 80's: And Also The Trees. And I gave in.

Louis-jucker-coilguns

Band: LOUIS JUCKER & COILGUNS
Album: Play KraĚŠkeslottet [The Crow's Castle] & Other Songs from the Northern Shores (2020)
Track: Back from the Mine (03:55)

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The Sound - Contact The Fact

Band: THE SOUND
Album: From the Lion's Mouth (1981)
Track: Contact the fact (4:21)

Once there was ony Radio. And Radio hits recorded onto Cassettes. And then I started spending more time awake at night and the radio changed. There was Sex Pistols and Joy Division, The Cure and Siouxsie & The Banshees. And then there was The Sound. To call this album special is an understatement. Let's call it seminal. It is for me. In an era where you bought albums by word of mouth and cover art alone this album stuck with me for many reasons. It is still one of the albums I recommend the most to folks when talking about post-punk. Yes, most folks didn't pay attention to the band or the genius that was Adrian Borland. I was living in London when I got the news of his passing on 26 April 1999. It was a sad day. RIP

'Walking in the Opposite Direction' documentary

Anoice - The Black Rain

Band: ANOICE
Album: The Black Rain (2012)
Track: finale (edit) (07:07)

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Human Impact - Human Impact

Band: HUMAN IMPACT
Album: Human Impact (2020)
Track: E605 (05:21)

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Sweet Williams - That What

Band: SWEET WILLIAMS
Album: That What You Hit (2020)
Track: Dress Rehearsal (04:51)

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King Krule - Man Alive

Band: KING KRULE
Album: Man Alive! (2020)
Track: Comet Face (03:14)

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