Wednesday, January 6, 2010

YEMEN, HHR 2009 comp, etc

as of the last couple years justin foley of the austerity program has been initiating year end music exchanges amongst some of his colleagues and friends. he has been gracious enough to ask me to participate, an invitation i gladly accepted. here is a link to the audio for my collection. below is an explanation of the exchange from justin's original solicitation letter as well as lyrics from the king midas sound track "earth a kill ya" which i thought were interesting in and of themselves (the track itself is included in the mix). the mix also includes selections from: arvo pärt, this heat, the bug, temple of not, hildur godnadottir, w.o.l.d., etc. another participant in the exchange, stephen o'malley, has linked his mix here. in addition to the mix generated for foley's YEMEN project, i thought it might be nice to do a year end collection of tracks from hydra head releases that came out over the course of 2009. i didn't include a track from every single release we did this year, but i gathered as much as i could manage at the moment, which encompasses the bulk of our output over the last 12 months. i've included some of my favorite 2009 album tracks from the following: pyramids with nadja, keelhaul, torche, xasthur, nihill, oxbow, everlovely lightningheart, khanate, big business, jodis, cave in, bergraven, bohren and der club of gore, and greymachine. you can grab the audio for that here . file sizes for both mixes are rather large as i wanted to preserve the fidelity of the original recordings where ever possible. i'll most likely pull both of these mixes down in the next couple weeks, so hopefully that will be ample time for most of you who want these comps to grab them.

original YEMEN invitation from justin foley:

"A good friend of mine does a CD exchange every year where people put together their own disc – a sampler of favorite stuff released that year. It’s great except for 3 things:

-Most of the 20 or so people who participate all like almost the same music.
-That is not the type of music I like.
-I suspect that just about none of them like the type of music I do.

So they’re all swapping Vashti and the Arcade Fire and ignoring the discs I send with Shitmat (awesome).

I want to do the same thing with people I suspect have a really excellent/broad taste in music that I would probably be interested in hearing. Some of the people I’m sending this to I know well, others I only sorta know. Still, I figure I’d love to hear what you’ve been listening to for the past year. Interested? Here’s what it would mean:

-You pull together your own best of 2009 CD. Preferably stuff released this year but if you’ve been on some great mining journey of years past, what the hell?
-Some time before, say, Jan 31, you send it to me. Physical CD or some uploading scheme, I don’t care.
-I pull together all of the CDs and upload them to a site – yousendit or something like that. The link is emailed back to you.
-You download it and have a bunch of music to listen to."


and here are the lyrics to to king midas sound's "earth a kill ya"
(transcribed to the best of my ability)

the earth will kill you if you try to kill it
your body heals you if you discipline it

in this time we have to live with earth
stop the relentless pursuit of money
everyt'ing have a soul
rivers, stones, plants, and trees all living
their power can be used and good, or destroyed
we shall all live again through births and deaths, spirits persist
live simple
you can't sell the earth for profit
it's to live, not to sell
the earth will kill you if you try to kill it

it's a long time now we organic
dem so called called scientists now catch on
why they wanna call we thinkin' primitive
when they first thought these drugs to poison
and look how they poison all the water
and sellin' it back to us in plastic bottles

the earth will kill you if you try to kill it
your body heals you if you discipline it

my stomach is no graveyard for the dead
plant t'ings, herbs, yams, callaloo
t'ings that come from the dust
[hu]man come from the dust
so you thought the west could make a system to live?
well, now we'll see who dead first
one thing i know, my liberty is my liberty

you see, my grandmother anytime she was sick
she would dream what see need to eat
and wanna talk abou' medicine?
she was in touch
she say all animals in the world could do this
why not [hu]man?
but it seems we lose this ability
just to keep in touch with what we need to live

the earth will kill you if you try to kill it
your body heals you if you discipline it


Unknown said...

The idea is great however would it be possible to do it in an on-line fashion my doubts of course concerning the copyright side of things. Also what would be the address we should send the CD to?
I'm not going to lie, I'm from Bulgaria and the kind of music I'm interested is really hard to obtain in CD or vinyl formats.

Jelle said...

Curious for your Hydra Head picks but the archive seems to be corrupt!

Nice idea!

TAAS said...

it's a very nice idea i preparing mine.
-Eus (Cyril)

TAAS said...


You can find my mix at the adress:

I'm very enjoying by this idea, but for your files (HHR too) and the Stephen's files when i've opened it's empty :( and WIn rar saying it's not complete.
If you have any problems (I hope no) with my link.

Again one time Thank for your show in Karlsruhe !!!! and the others in the past.

Here Dijon (fr) 5:47 pm listening Nadja and go to the work in few minutes.

Have a good day and say Hello for me at the American people ;)

Bye Cyril Collin aka -Eus

GaryOS said...

Excellent idea for expanding ones musical tastes. I look forward to listening to all 3 sets. Is there a probelm with you HH 2009 file? I'm getting a 404 error

Aaron B. Turner said...

HHR mix didn't upload correctly. i'm uploading it again now. should be available in an hour or so.
thanks for your patience.

Anonymous said...

The King Midas Sound lyrics carry some similar themes to Daniel Quinn's Ishmael series. You should read Ishmael if you haven't.

Shipp said...

thank you for the mixes mr. turner. can't wait to check them out

TAAS said...

hey All links is weel, Thank you !!! I was not able to put all that I would have wished because many are vinyl. Thank at JUSTIN FOLEY for this great idea and BIG share of music.

Snow day here.

Richard F. said...

Noticed in the tracklist you were not sure if the Nightbringer/Temple of Not split was 2009 or not. It's actually from 2005 on Full Moon Productions:

rawknerd78 said...

Thank you for the music! What a great idea, I think I will Spread this idea to some of my friends!

rawknerd78 said...

Thank you for the music! I love the idea.

Ned said...

I feel compelled to thank you for this if only for the Ethiopian jazz, which isn't something I ever envisaged myself saying, ever. That stuff is great. Can anyone recommend anything further in a similar vein?


awesome! i'm gonna do this shit also with some of my friends. grts!

dom said...

only just got the internet at my new place,
crushed i missed out on these comps!
any chance they could go up again for another week?