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Lo-Fi: In Search of an Honest Aesthetic (Valisian Psycle: Part VIII)

Side A
Artist Song
Beat Happening
U.S. - Olympia, Washington 
Our Secret
Beat Happening (1983) 
Some Velvet Sidewalk
International Hip Swing (1993) 
The Halo Benders
U.S. - Boise, Idaho/Olympia, Washington 
On A Trip
God Don't Make No Junk (1994) 
The Gerbils
U.S. - Athens, Georgia 
Sunshine Soul
Are You Sleepy? (1998) 
Guided By Voices
U.S. - Ohio 
Exit Flagger
Propeller (1992) 
U.S. - San Francisco, California 
I Love John, She Loves Paul
Handsome Western States (1997) 
The Olivia Tremor Control
U.S. - Athens, Georgia 
The Gravity Car
Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle (1996) 
Panda Bear
U.S. - New York City 

Young Prayer (2004) 
Jad Fair
U.S. - Ann Arbor, Michigan 
The Sound Of Music - An Unfinished Symphony In 12 Parts (1990) 
Les Frogs
U.S. - Milwaukee, Wisconsin 
Love Me Or Die Bitch
Bananimals (1999) 
The Microphones
U.S. - Anacortes, Washington 
Song Islands (2002) 
The Unicorns
Montreal, Canada 
William, Clap Your Hands
Unicorns Are People Too (2003) 
All-Time Quaterback
U.S. Seattle, Washington 
Factory Direct
All-Time Quarterback (2002) 
U.S. - Dayton, Ohio 
Mountain On the Hill
Free Sentridoh, Songs From Loobiecore (2002) 
Franklin Bruno
U.S. - L.A. 
See It Now
Suggestion Box (1990) 
Half Japanese
U.S. - Ann Arbor, Michigan 
Fire To Burn
Greatest Hits (Disc 2) (1984) 
U.S. - Stockton, California 
Box Elder
Westing (By Musket and Sextant) (1993) 
Chris Knox
New Zealand 
Limited Liability
Songs Of You & Me (1995) 
Party of One
U.S. - Minnesota 
6 Million Anonymous Deceased
Caught The Blast (2003) 
Lou Barlow
U.S. - Dayton, Ohio 
Only Losers
Winning Losers: A Collection Of Home Recordings (1994) 
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
U.S. - Louisville, Kentucky 
I See A Darkness (1999) 
Eric's Trip
About You
Forever Again (1994) 
Side B
Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston
U.S. - Michigan/Texas 
Happy Talk
Daniel Johnston And Jad Fair (1988) 
U.S. - Chicago, Illinois 
Not Lonely Anymore
Burning Kingdom (1994) 
Neutral Milk Hotel
U.S. - Lousiana 
On Avery Island (1995) 
U.S. - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 
Grip Is Loose
Mezzanines (1998) 
Bright Eyes
U.S. - Omaha, Nebraska 
The City Has Sex
Letting Off The Happiness (1998) 
Bingo Trappers
White Bikini
Juanita Ave. (2001) 
Elliott Smith
U.S. - Portland, Oregon 
Southern Belle
Elliott Smith (1995) 
Kelley Stoltz
U.S. - San Francisco, California 
Fake Day
Antique Glow (2003) 
U.S. - Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
Naked Pilseners
I Hope Your Heart Is Not Brittle (1994) 
U.S. - Dayton, Michigan 
Perverted World
III (1991) 
U.S. - L.A. 
Burnt Orange Peels
One Foot In The Grave (1994) 
U.S. - New Hope, Pennsylvania 
Squelch The Weasel
God Ween Satan (1990) 
Simon Joyner
U.S. - Omaha, Nebraska 
The Christine EP (1999) 
U.S. - Charlottesville, Virginia 
International Airport (1995) 
U.S. - Memphis, Tennessee 
Crappin' You Negative (1994) 
The Apples in Stereo
U.S. - Denver, Colorado 
High Tide
Fun Trick Noisemaker (1995) 
The Magnetic Fields
U.S. - Boston, Massachussets 
Sad Little Moon
Holiday (1994) 
Tall Dwarfs
New Zealand 
The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Hello Cruel World (1984) 
Tobin Sprout
U.S. - Ohio 
Cryptic Shapes
I Stayed Up All Night Listening To Records (1998) 
R. Stevie Moore
U.S. - Nashville, Tennessee 
Tra La La La Phooey! (2004) 
The Vaselines
Scotland - Edinburgh 
Oliver Twisted
The Way Of The Vaselines - A Complete History (1992) 
Melody Dog
Tommorrow's World
International Hip Swing (1993) 
Half-Handed Cloud
U.S. - Knoxville, Tennessee 
Can't Even Breathe On My Own Two Feet
Learning About Your Scale (2001) 
The Mountain Goats
U.S. - California 
The Last Day Of Jimi Hendrix's Life
Ghana (1992) 
Daniel Johnston
U.S. - Austin, Texas/West Virginia 
Songs Of Pain: The Early Recordings Vol. 1 (Disc 1) (2000) 


The Valisian Psycle: An ongoing series of mixes inspired by (and in Tribute to) Valis; a means of saying "thank you" for his tireless promotion of present-day psychedelic music and for the numerous psychedelic publication recommendations he has made during the time I have come to know him.Lo-Fi: In Search of an Honest AestheticBy Jonathan Maier07/01/99"In hindsight, the 1980's seems to have been a decade flavored by both its prosperity and a sort of unintended decadence. So when the 1990's opened with a mild recession, that "excess" of the 1980's received a thorough backlash at the hands of a resurgent cultural and political movement. These were the environmentalists, who gained new life and tried to change the face of American culture away from the escalating use of the 1980's and back to the cry of conservation. Also during this period of change and transition, the digital revolution invaded many levels of the culture, including the popularization of the now ubiquitous compact disc in place of vinyl records and cassettes.That transition from analog to digital recording and playback technology brought about a change in the sound, or the aesthetic, if you will, of most popular music. Increasingly drum-machines, sophisticated synthesizers and samplers, and MIDI began to replace human performers. However this transition was not as rough and controversial as the change in tide from spending to thrift. In fact, this digital musical revolution went quite smoothly--and the pop, country, hip-hop, and other musicians of the day enjoyed more success than ever. At the same time this digital recording and reproduction technology made recording sound cleaner and crisper than ever before. To the general public, these changes went either unnoticed or embraced. But to some discerning musicians and audiophiles, this trend was disturbing. Smaller artists were being lost to an elite oligarchy of record labels and well-known studio musicians. `Real' musicians were being replaced with digital instruments played by computers, and even the sound of music was becoming cold...antiseptic. This was music taken too far by technology, just as the prosperity of the 1980's was taken too far by its decadence.Therefore just as a social reaction sprang forth in the form of environmentalism, a musical reaction sprang forth as well, although with much less fanfare. Dozens of individual artists around the globe created this little revolution by shunning studios, big record labels, and digital instruments altogether. In fact, they recorded only from their own home--their own living room, garage or basement. This music falls within the umbrella of "lo-fi," a reaction to the excessively "hi-fi" music of the 1980's and 90's, a reaction to the dishonest aesthetic of big budget recording artists, controlled by marketers and increasingly narrow niches of popular music.During the early 1990's these lo-fi musician--for they are truly musicians, and not mere recording artists--were noticed in their individual locales, and small labels began to recognize them and publish their music, most often on cassette, although sometimes on vinyl records and even occasionally on CD. The music of these early lo-fi releases stands as creative and unassailable as any new and innovative movement in the history of music.Bringing back the song as the heart of the musical endeavor...bringing the listener into the musician's very living room...that emotive, story-telling personal connection...that often-experimental, uninhibited, and sometimes spontaneous flash of genius...that transcendence of the culture of greed and shallowness...that is lo-fi. That is lo-fi music....lo-fi, an honest aesthetic."And, here we have the second of three double-disc stylistic explorations. How this musical journey brought me to this, I can not say for certain. But, nonetheless, I hope you enjoy!
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Date: 2/3/2007
Wow. Thoroughly fantastic - quite possibly my favourite in this series so far, and that's saying a lot.
Date: 2/3/2007
Keep them coming Chris, we love our Valis and the music.
anthony lombardi
Date: 2/3/2007
i echo alex on this one -- probably my favorite so far (& with a series as gripping as this, that's saying alot). absolutely love the NMH (one of my favorite songs from maverick genius jeff mangum), beck, elliott smith, pavement, unicorns, beulah, magnetic fields... etc etc etc, the list goes on & on, everything here is a winner
the bohannons
Date: 2/3/2007
You are awarded the bohannon blue ribbon for this first class tribute to the esteemed Valis. Bonus points for the inclusion of the Grifters.
Mark Petruccelli
Date: 2/3/2007
Yeah, this is truly killer (and I know so much more on this than on the balance of the series) Great notes as well.
Rob Conroy
Date: 2/3/2007
My hat is off to you for compiling this mix. It's unbelievably comprehensive and definitive.
Looks brilliant (if a little over-annotated!). Love the inclusion of Bingo Trappers. Juanita Ave. is a lo-fi masterwork. Very nicely picked tracks from Elliott Smith and Pavement, too.
Date: 2/4/2007
Utterly astonishing. I've been visiting Valis' blog site every day for the past couple of weeks to see what delights are on offer. Amazing stuff.
Date: 2/4/2007
I'm with Sammyg, "utterly astonishing" Chris. Love the Chris Knox, Tall Dwarfs and (Bloomfield NJ's own ;-]) R. Stevie especially. Hail Musicgnome! Hail Valis!!
Date: 2/4/2007
Know very little here, but as ever this is one more outstanding entry in a seemingly endless series of both you & Valis' favourite genre! I salute you - if I ever make it across the pond I'll try my damndest to spend a day with you trawling thru the record bins.
Date: 2/5/2007
Beautiful. Perfect.
Date: 2/5/2007
Nice package, again. Neat cover.
Date: 2/6/2007
Low recoding fidelity but the highest fidelity to true music. I'd love to give this little weasel a spin.
Date: 2/8/2007
Fucking brilliant series.
Date: 4/12/2007
This looks completely wonderful. Huzzah!