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10 April 2019

Be Kind


March was a little quieter on here than I'd intended. It's been another turbulent and hectic month (and April is the same too) dealing with care and health related issues around my Mum, and as is often the case there's been no end of hassle because things in our health service just don't seem to click together as well as you'd hope. Aside from her usual issues related to her M.S, she also has to contend with a kidney stone and many problems that have come along with it, including a serious and risky operation that has now been postponed twice. I'm not going to post too much more on it just now, but suffice to say, it's been challenging for her and for myself and my other half who have to juggle so much in dealing with everything on her behalf.

I'd been intending on posting something a little more uptempo, probably House of some sorts, but I've found myself going through more and more ambient / chillout stuff of late, so that's what I'm sharing this time. I'd been thinking of putting together something that felt emotive and I think a lot of the tracks on this selection are just that, for one reason or another and I felt the cover tied in quite nicely to that theme. You'll find the linked up tracklist below, if you enjoy any of the tracks in the mix, support the artists and purchase their music.

Fingers crossed the rest of April is a bit gentler and kinder than last month was.




Tracklist

01. Slow Meadow - Palemote
02. Fumio Miyashita - See The Light (Abridged)
03. A conversation with Rickie Lee Jones
04. Umber - All The Ships
05. Birds Of Passage - On Our Hands
06. Caught In The Wake Of Forever - Faultless Youth Declined
07. Weyes Blood - Everybody's Talking
08. The Green Kingdom - Bell Garden (ambimix)
09. candysomething - Sellotape
10. Levi Patel - Her Angled Beauty
11. Evan Bartholomew - Medicine / Healing
12. Good Weather For An Airstrike - Breathing (ft Inachus)
13. William S. Fischer - Chains
14. The Cinematic Orchestra - To Believe
15. Hampshire & Foat - The Solitude Of Certitudes (Parts 1 & 2)
16. Man Watching The Stars - Fields
17. Charles Bukowski on life
18. Agnes Obel - Poem About Death
19. Endless Melancholy - In Transition From Anxiety To Acceptance
20. Jonathan Fitoussi - Aquarius
21. Katarzyna Borek - Uranus for Craig Armstrong (Weather Storm)



3 April 2019

Mixamorphosis Discogs Store - Update #1


I've collected music for most of my life, from cassettes to vinyl and cd's, and now also digital. I'm at a point where I think it would be wise to thin out my collection to make way for (and help fund) new additions. When I recently set about redesigning the blog I did so with this in the back of mind, and you will find a dedicated tab under the header graphic which will take you directly to my Discogs store. You can also click [HERE]. I'll post a few pictures amongst this post to give an idea of what is most recently and currently listed as well as a playlist of some things in the store currently at the bottom of the post.


I used to buy and sell vinyl for many years and was an early adopter of Ebay, having a store there for several years. I enjoyed the process of picking up collections from auctions, pulling out what I wanted for myself and selling the rest on, either individually or in bulk. As time progressed selling on Ebay became less enjoyable as it started ramping up its pricing and making things more difficult with swathes of red tape. I closed my Ebay store around the same time as Discogs opened their Marketplace.


I had used Discogs (and contributed to it regularly under a previous i.d.) as a reference and cataloguing tool, which was great. I was never overly convinced it would make a great venue for sales because I always felt it would struggle to find the right balance of being the music database that it was initially set up to be and a venue for sales. I do think the original concept has become a bi-product of the marketplace, but it obviously works very well in that sense, and despite the obvious price gouging that goes on (or sharks as some call it) it does reflect the supply and demand aspect of any marketplace and provide a reliable place to match up the buyer and seller.


So far I have listed a bundle of 7" and 10", but have a few hundred 12"s, LP's and CD's to list. If anyone reading this has listened to my mixes over the years then you will have a fair idea of how wide ranging the selection that will be for sale will be. It will range from downtempo to techno, soul to acid, house to funk, ambient to rock. I'm trying to add a few each day, so keep an eye out. In terms of pricing, I am going to try and be very competitive with the current and previous pricing of items that are graded similarly. I really don't like the way some vinyl pricing has gone, and how it is driven, but at the same time I can't afford to not take into account other prices. Many of my records will have lost value, so the ones that seem to have gone up will compensate that. That said, for the most part, I'll look to be the cheapest (at the time of listing) of similarly graded items.