Nuggets 347 – Asleep on the Moon

In July 1969 I was 7. I pressed my nose up to our black and white Thorn TV to watch Apollo 11 land on the moon. After bouncing around in their bright white moon suits they retreated to the lunar lander, tidied things away, then slept. I remember thinking how odd it must have been to sleep so far away from home in that bleak place.

11 July 1969

12:54 a.m.– After checking with Mission Control to make sure all chores have been completed, experiments set up, and photographs taken, Aldrin starts back up the ladder to re-enter the LM.

1:09 a.m.– Armstrong joins Aldrin in the landing craft.

1:11 a.m.– The hatch is closed. The astronauts begin removing the portable life support systems on which they have depended for two hours and 47 minutes.

5 a.m.– Astronauts are told to go to sleep, after attending to final housekeeping details and answering a number of questions concerning the geology of the Moon.

On the 50th anniversary of that expedition I again thought about the astronauts sleeping on the moon. Here is my soundtrack to their uneasy slumber.

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Nuggets 274 – PostModTwo

Nuggets 274 - Postmodern 2

I struggle to define what Postmodern music is. I associate the genre with longer tunes, mainly instrumental and more jazz like than, say, Prog or Psychedelic. In spite of my conceptual difficulties, here is a whole mix of tunes with a postmodern vibe.

A playable playlist follows, or try this link to Grooveshark…

Nuggets 274 – Postmodern 2 by Paul on Grooveshark

Public Service Broadcast – 3 clips here… Post modern in all the senses. This band played at the recent Womad festival in New Plymouth. They would have been magnificent playing on the pond stage. Their latest album recycles space travel themed audio. Watch them play and be interviewed on KEXP if you want to find out more (it’s the third clip)

Chasing Rainbows from Epic, a 2012 collaboration between Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk, two German producers of note.

Listen to the whole album below…

Remurdered from Mogwai’s 2014 album – Rave Tapes . I saw Mogwai recently. Very loud. Nothing else to add. Did I mention that they were very loud?

Eat the City Eat It Whole by …And so i Watch You From Afar, the last track from their self titled album of 2009.  Instrumental rock with lots of sonic variety.

Anchoress by Polvo from their 2013 album, Siberia. I can’t find any clips of this tune, but here’s a clip to give you the vibe of this 1990’s band which recently started playing live again.

Last time this time last year by Maybeshewill from their 2009 album, Sing the Word Hope in Four-part Harmony

Save me from the Cyclops by Robert Savage from The Adventures of Robert Savage Vol.1. This is an obscure band from the 1970’s and no, there wasn’t a volume 2. I am probably tipping over into Prog, so what.

Darker My Love – Blue Day from the album 2 (2008)

Cousin – Tension at the Lido from And Other Relations EP (2011) from Brighton (UK, not Dunedin)

The Electronic Hole – Love Will Find A Way (part 3) from The Electronic Hole – The Electronic Hole (1970). Another obscure band.
Electronic Hole

Early Morning by The Collectors from Grass and Wild Strawberries (1969). Ditto

The Collectors

– All That’s Left Has Gone To Sleep from Abyssal (2008). Japanese noise merchants. Move over Mono. Different song follows, but you get the idea.

Scouter – Broken Scouter from Scouter (2011) (Boston, Massachusetts)

Hella – Netgear from Tripper (2011) (Sacramento, USA)

No video of this song, but check out the most excellent drumming

And this what they look like live.

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