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After 8-9 months of sporadic work and random late night sessions, there are now not one but three new White Lodge Mixes up on this site! The ideas behind some of these mixes have been brewing around in the back of my mind of seemingly years and I’ve finally put in the ear and brain muscle (well, the brain ain’t really a muscle, ain’t it?) to get them out of my mind and into a presentable format. The main concept behind these, especially mixes 003 and 004, are somewhat autobiographal: choosing tracks from a genre or movement in music that I was somewhat involved in at the time. These tracks are either favourites of mine, tracks that I myself felt were an important exhibit of that era, or tracks of bands/musicians that I had a bit of a personal relationship with.

Knowing that pretty much most of the people listening to this are going to be friends and people I know so these mixes, in themselves, are sort of friendship gifts in a way. Thanks for reading and listening!


WHITE LODGE 003 : A SOUNDTRACK TO BURNING YOUTH

A good window of a soundtrack to my teenage years as a hardcore kid and a lot of music springing forth from the underground scene across North America (and beyond) at the time. There’s a few 80s classics of the genre in here, including tracks by Embrace (not the British guitar band) and my favourites, Rites of Spring. There’s also a few groups more local to my area including Breakwater and Sparkmarker, who were quite impressionable on a young JJD and likely many young, doe-eyed kids across the Americas during their tours.
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WHITE LODGE 004 : DYE YOUR HAIR BLACK AND ABSORB ALL “WAVES”

In the transition from the mid 90s to the late 90s (I hit the mark of age 20 sometime in there), there was a vague exodus of kids playing hardcore and resurrecting what was possibly quite unfashionable at the time; a music they had some fascination and history growing up with. This music involved synths, futurism, and was buried by the post-grunge/punk of the the late 80s and early 90s. A number of early tracks have been chosen from groups that a few years later became quite well known and others being trailblazers that released one or two records that were unkindly buried and out of print (such as The VSS, Satisfact, etc.)
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WHITE LODGE 005 : SYNTH OR SWIM

A more sporadically built mix, “Synth Or Swim” features a lot of post-punk, synthpop, electro, and coldwave stuff that’s been in my library for a long time as well as a few more recent discoveries — some well known, some not — all roughly floating around in a time period between 1978 and 1984. There is a bit of a personal history history within; a story with me but all and all set up in a way that’s a good listen all round. Including tracks by John Foxx, Ike Yard, Japan, Ronny, Units, and more.
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Also check out White Lodge 002 : Sparkwood and Twenty-One for a mix of ambient and late night/dark space soundtracks…