Mixtape: The Stars Down to Earth

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This is a six-part mix in tribute to one of my favorite bands: Stereolab.

Thirty tracks are culled from their vast discography—albums, EPs, singles, collaborations—and separated into the early, harder stuff (Fig. 1), the later, more loopy stuff (Fig. 2), and a combination of the two (Fig. 5).

Another thirty tracks (Figs. 3, 4, 6) sample their influences, from psychedelia and exotica to the Canterbury Sound and Krautrock.

This required a lot of research. Please don’t listen to it on your laptop speakers because it will sound terrible.

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Fig. 1: Glitter Dispatches
Fig. 2: Kemmermusik
Fig. 3: Long Time Reader
Fig. 4: Console Yellow
Fig. 5: Geometer
Fig. 6: Flywheel

If you like what you hear, my favorite Stereolab releases are: Switched On (Vols. 1 and 2), Mars Audiac Quintet, Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements, Peng!, The Groop Played “Space Age Bachelor Pad Music,” Dots and Loops, Emperor Tomato KetchupAluminum Tunes, the Low Fi and Miss Modular EPs, and ABC Music: The Radio 1 Sessions. Hell, it’s all good.

For Figs. 3, 4 and 6, in addition to archival interviews with Stereolab members, I relied on various internet forums to help identify the band’s influences, especially a remarkable old thread on the message-board-that-must-not-be-named. Thank you.

Feel the air (of another planet) with more mixes hereherehereherehereherehereherehere and here.

Layout by Kyle Kabel, with apologies to Gregory Vines.

 

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~ by ohkrapp on September 22, 2015.

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