Do you remember those teenage dreams? For some it may be a recent memory, for others, it’s somewhat more distant. To the latter, teen dreams exist simply as faint, fading memories – idylls, fantasises, hopes and nightmares, never to be lived or experienced, destined only to be ravaged and degraded by time. The nostalgia for lost teenage dreams is balanced by the fact that the actual shape and substance of those dreams can no longer be recalled – it’s simply a sense-memory, an instinctual belief that something has been lost, but with no recollection of what the ‘something’ actually is. This mixtape somewhat boldy tries to capture that sense memory – a hankering for a past, refracted through the eyes of the future.
In June 2009, I gave away a free mixtape to new subscribers of FBi Radio during my ‘Disorient’ show. The mixtape, titled ‘Disorientation Session’, features a few tracks that you can find on the first two Discontent mixtapes (Mixtape One and Two), with additions from various artists that appeared regularly on the show’s playlists, or as earlier single posts on the Discontent blog. As an aggregator of the sounds found on the (somewhat short-lived) Disorient radio show, this will more than likely remain the only existing audio document.
This mixtape is inspired by David Keenan’s ‘Hypnogogic Pop’ article in August 2009 issue of The Wire. Keenan asserts that the phrase refers to “pop music refracted through the memory of a memory“, drawing its power from “1980s pop culture
I’ve finally just taken delivery of Salem‘s ‘Water’ 7″ on Merok, a tiny moment of tactile pleasure that prompted a post. Salem (Michigan trio John, Heather and Jack) do a good job of keeping themselves buried. Their music thus far