Friday, December 16, 2016

Dream Weapons present: XMAS DELIGHTS VOL. V (+ I, II, III, IV) C60


My favorite Christmas tunes reminds why as a child the Yuletide used to be my favorite time of the year. An idealized daydream of what the festive season should be - or once was.

"The only listenable Christmas compilation…ever!" I half-jokingly added to my first volume in this series - cowardly washing my hands from responsibility while claiming my innocence (or wait that’s easter) for its questionable content. But four xmas-compilations later; it has grown to become my no. 1 genre of music! No not really - its not even a genre. But the best discoveries are usually either oldies, jazz, latin, folk/medieval or classically oriented - sometimes combined. And I love all of that.

So a Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you enjoy our antimaterialistic gift of music!


1. Pete Seeger - Carol of the Beasts (whistle version)
(French, Bernard LaMonnoye ca.1700)
2. Berry and Beth Hall - Christmas Eve
(Traditional English)
3. Kindred Spirits - Pat-a-Pan
(French 17/18th century - Bernard de La Monnoye)
4. Martha Bassett - Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
(Greek 4th. Century/English translation, 1864)
5. Modern Jazz Quartet - England’s Carol
(15-17th century England)
6. Zebra - Christmas Morning (part 1)
(Sean Bonniwell)
7. Margaret Whiting - While the Angelus Was Ringing
(Jean Villard Gilles & Marc Herrand, 1948)
8. Burl Ives - Jesous Ahatonia
(French-Canadian 17th century - Saint Jean de Brébeuf)
9. The Brothers Four - The Borning Day
(Traditional West Indian)
10. Tica Grau - Doneu-me Tonyetes
11. El Gran Trio - Navidad No Me Hagas Llorar
(Gerardo Santiago Jr.)

12. Vern Van Hovel and Joe Springer - Adorad al Nino / Come to Bethlehem
(Traditional Venezuelan)
13. Zuzana Lapcikova & Zuzana Lapcikova Quintet - Zavitej K Nam, Dite Male
(Bedrich Bridel, Czech/Bohemian Baroque) 
14. Banquo Folk Ensemble - Nowel Sing We Both and Some
(15th. century England)
15. Gisella - Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging
(Traditional German)
16. Jean Ritchie - The Holy Well
(15-17th century England)
17. Winter Star - March of the Kings
(Traditional French, 13th century)
18. Ensemble Gallei & Maggie Snasone - Nowell, Nowell: Tidings True
(15th. century England)
19. The Swingle Singers - Fall, Fall, Fall
(Peter Hunt)
20. Burnett Thompson - Drei Könige
(Peter Cornelius, 1856)
21. Sandra Arida & The Robert De Cormier Singers - Miladuka / Thy Nativity
(Traditional Syrian)
22. Ensemble Unicorn - Beata Progenies
(Leonel Power d. 1445)


We decided I’d might as well make a grand Xmas Delights Vol. I-V bonanza for our blog-visitors. A carefully designed and finely selected six hours of music in total to get you and your beloved ones through the holidays in one piece!

- In 2015 I shaped the cover art in a 1970’s christmas card kind of style (or rather stole Ivo Caprino’s and added my own title). One for the sophisticated listener. A purely european, traditional folk/semiclassical mix. Looks joyful and childish on surface but contains about 3/4 pure melancholic beauty and only 1/4 of festive joy.

- A little all over the place - mostly fun and filled with forgotten treasures. 100% vintage coziness and nostalgia-vibes guaranteed.

- Unquestionably my all-time sloppiest cover design job... ever. Imaging two young women dressed as babies for christmas presents. Hm - but the actual songs collected are as great as-or better than ever.

- The original and first. Back then I was yet to become this genre’s connoisseur par excellence* and the beginning of the pentalogy is naturally the closest to resemble a regular collection of christmas-tunes. Containing quite a few household names and a number of actual hits. Just the good stuff though.

*I’m not

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dream Weapons present: HYPNOPHOBIA C60


Hypnophobia is a mix that straddles a few different genres, twists and turns, but is meant to be listened to as a whole (headphones ideally). It treads the line between the coming tide of winter and the small hope of spring

- Prabha Devi

1. Dark Crystal - John Cameron
2. House on Haunted Hill - Frank de Vol
3. La Lecon Particulier - Kayoko Ishu
4. Iconoteca - Rino De Filippi
5. Naibu Eno Tukikage - Kenso
6. Drifting in time - Paul Williams
7. Die Weisse Alm - Sergius Golowin
8. Flying At Sunset - Elektriktus

1. Zikir - Okay Temiz
2. Omm - Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho
3. Moussa Berkiyo / Koubaliy Beriah La' Foh - Maleem Mahmoud Ghania with Pharoah Sanders
4. Swamp Girl - Chaino
5. Menina da Janela - Tribo Massáhi
6. Aranda - Naná Vasconcelos
7. Meditacao - Bruno Battisti D'Amario
8. Dope Head Blues - Victoria Spivey & Lonnie Johnson

Friday, December 2, 2016

Dream Weapons present: EPISODES OF INSECT LIFE C90 - an NTS radio special.

A collaboration for NTS radio containing nine songs from Sadhu Sadhu (who also compiled this mix), Prabha Devi and Moahaha each. Its really Dream Weapons Present: Dream Weapons Present - but I kept the strangely apt title of the L.M Budgen-book I reworked for our cover art instead. «He filled their listening ears with wondrous things» is its subtitle - and what we aim for. 


The Carmelite Nun of Lucon - Birth ☾
Christina Cha - White Lotus ♌︎
Jorge Gurascier - Sueno Otonal ⟡
Hideaki Eda & the Blaze - Sotsugyo No Kisetsu ☾
Yanti Bersaudara feat. Enteng Tanamal &  Pantja Nada - Sinbad ♌︎
Ferrante and teicher - What is This Thing Called Love ⟡
Abdallah Chahine - Rast - Taqsim: Ya Taira Tiri ☾
Yao Su Rong (姚蘇蓉) - 心聲淚痕 ♌︎
Patrice Sciortino - Aqualithes ⟡
Don Cherry - Tarot Will Teach You ♌︎
George Garanian & The Melodia Ensemble - Lullaby ⟡
Vladimir Cosma - Le Doute d’Ivan ⟡
Eric Demarsan - Ballade De L'humeur Vagabonde ♌︎
Les Djinns - L’ame De Poetes ☾  
Ernest J Gillegin - Moonlight Goblins ♌︎
Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians - Little White Lies ☾
Moki Kaaihui And His Orchestra - High Tide ♌︎
The Sacred Heart Choir - It’s Dark Mary ⟡
Turgun Alimatov - Эшвой курд ♌︎
Dedalus - Leda ☾ 
Jean Chohen-Solal - Ludions ⟡
Omar Khorshid - Al Hob El Awal ☾ 
Ralf Nowy Group - Sixteen Flutes ♌︎
Kenny Graham & His Satellites - Lullabye ☾ 
The Open Window - 4:00 A.M June, The Sky Was Green ⟡
Gabor Szabo - Galatea’s Guitar ☾ 
Max Roach - Twinkle Toes ⟡