to begin.


as wicked storms rolled into spring park bay tyler, mike and i would plop a 6 ft sunfish into the angry, angry waters. our knowledge of sailing was nonexistent, and our ignorance made us fearless. 3 high school kids were beyond capacity for this mighty boat. and when the gale force winds got the better of our overzealous heeling, we'd capsize.

stretch, stretch to save our fallen crewman, scramble on the belly of the boat, and then heave all our weight on the keel to flip the beast back over.

soaked and with furious gray clouds above, we sailed onward, only to repeat this joyful turmoil.

ooh the beginning.

the answer to a legit experience on the ocean sea comes from a 35 ft ketch named cappella. she's on her way home to sweden. as of 2.17.11 mats, the 45 yr. old captain, is awaiting my arrival in st. vincent & the grenadines.

the following gnarnia is an attempt to document the journey from the southern caribbean and beyond.

i am no writer, i've never sailed in salt water, i haven't journaled in years, i have no idea what to do when i return home…but…i just bought my first pair of shorts in like 10 years…so…

these entires are meant for myself and anyone remotely interested.

this is.

The Valinor Collective

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

meltage vol. 1

it's about time to share the freshies, the meltage, the dripp initiators, the shiz that'll tear halters off and bust off buttons.
it's electro, crunchy, synthy, heavy, 8-bity, party, blissy, vibey, glitchy, dubby, robotic, goodies.

this is the meltage vol. 1

at age 18 Unicorn Kid is doing something right. he started producing at age 15 and now is making a name for himself with an 8-bit, dub/glitch style thats supah fresh. heres his single and a dope remix of a Gorillaz track. grab your controller.

Unicorn Kid - Dream Catcher

Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish(Unicorn Kid Remix)

let the keys lead you to some gnarballz. yet another electro duo. follow them.

Visitor - Los Feeling(Monsieur Adi Remix)

Mille is a swedish electro producer that i came across maybe 6 months ago. he must be all about N64 or SNES because these two tracks feel like you're crusin' USA for eternity.

Mille - Ghost Dancer

Mille - Crysteena

yet another youngen is tearing it up as of late and he goes by the name Muffin. yes, this little baked good is throwin it down at age 19 and taking you on a electro-rollerskating tour down Beach Rd.

Muffin - Beach Rd.

LCD Soundsystem will be dropping their alleged 'last album' ever this may, and yes, they are going out guns a blazin'. here is the opening track to their album This is Happening entitled Dance Yrself Clean. it may not begin with the qualities expected from something worthy of this post...its a patient. just wait for the remixes to start rollin out.

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

oh and a gnar mashup for good measure is always tight.
Deadmau5 vs. LCD Soundsystem - Soma Friends (French Government Boot)

sharing is caring.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

i think i can.

what would 'the little engine that could' be listening to as he climbed that grueling, relentless mountain?

most likely the following...

while staying in switzerland with a girl tyler and i met amidst moving about, The Album Leaf was unknowingly put on my ipod by her friend. I found it there while on a train traveling south. now forever this music takes me back to the rolling hills. with the release of their third album, i was reminded of how effin super they are. adorned with dreamy, inspirational melodies with a backbone of a delicate, complex drum tracks their songs will make you close your eyes during homework time or they will nestle themselves calmly in the back of your head as you diligently poke around on your ipad.

wait for the strings....oh the strings.

The Album Leaf - Until The Last

yes, that is who you think it is singing.
The Album Leaf - Over The Pond

leave it to Van to take me to Scandinavia. no doubt my fav artist, and no doubt will we hear from him again on The Valinor Collective.

wait for the piano....oh the piano

Van Morrison - Scandinavia

i fell out of the whole underground hip hop thing a couple years ago. but i came across this track and was like, word. i could do without Mobb Deep's back track, but its gnar sampling by Emancipator makes up for it all.

wait for the sampling of Jonsi.....oh the sampling of Jonsi

Emancipator Masup(Sigur Ros vs. Mobb Deep) - Shook

now, if that 'little engine' was chuggin and strugglin like 5-8 years ago? he'd pop in a pair of earbuds into that billowing smoke stack of his and get down on a lil Broken Social Scene. you think electronic music makes some madd buildups and then drops? It's All Gonna Break is as dynamic as anything tiesto gets down on. and with Broken Social Scene dropping in a couple weeks(if you BUY your tunes), i smell inevitable freshies.

wait for those horns....oh the horns.

Broken Social Scene - It's All Gonna Break

Broken Social Scene - Pitter Patter Goes My Heart

da whistle go.. wooo

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

come aboard.

this first track comes from a hungarian electro, dancey-ish, hazey, tour-guide-through-the-cosmos group called We Plants Are Happy Plants...Apollo will fly or trot you through a vast galaxy or endless meadow as you sip on a cup of tea or nostalgic juicebox while friends and family wave as you pass by.....its a journey

We Plants Are Happy Plants - Apollo

Mumford and Sons is a group i've just recently stumbled upon and although receiving severe backlash from sophi and hannah for liking them I still can't get enough. they like joni mitchell and ani difranco and as a result are completely discredited... i want to share two songs with you....Little Lion Man and White Blank Page will lead you into a thick, dark forest as the plucking banjo moseys its way to a progressive chanting chorus with a steady, thumping kick drum reminding you to tap your foot. be patient.

Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man

Mumford and Sons - White Blank Page

everyone is oh'ing over Jonsi's new album and solo project--lead dood from Sigur Ros. The single, Boy Lillikoi, was pre-released a few months ago and created some madd hype for this album. i want to share the opening track from his album entitled Go Do. Go Do, along with the entire album was a collaboration between Jonsi and Nico Muhly. Nico supplied the booming orchestral aspects of the album and made it truly soar. This track sets the pace for the whole album..which is...explosive.

Jonsi - Go Do

yea i'll do one more....they are the epitome of this blog.....Efterklang is a danish group that typically perform live with 14+ people. i had the pleasure a few weeks back to catch them here in chicago. they embodied the european persona to a T while performing...smiley, humble and generous. they posses something magical....something...perhaps? Elven?....?? they had complete control of everyone in the venue. feel what you will. good things.

Efterklang - Modern Drift

Efterklang - Mirador (Live)


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