Standing in the moon shadow of a 100 million year old rock formation in the high desert, a calm sensation washes over you as you truly realize just how insignificant you are in space and time, and how freeing that feels.
Last week the Nativen team answered the siren call of the California wilderness and traveled to Joshua Tree for Desert & Denim, an annual gathering of like-minded, maker-driven small companies. We spent our days immersed in workshops and conversations, and our nights flowed into a soundscape of fantastic music, which has inspired this month’s mix.
Gnome Life Records rolled out a dreamy, star-lit evening featuring Shay Roselip and The Range of Light Wilderness, whose layered, reverby guitars rippled and stretched out on the night air and wrapped us in a blanket of etherial sound.
Then we dove into some psychedelic honky-tonkin' at the legendary Pappy & Harriet’s where Pow! delighted us with charisma and grit; Dirty Fences smacked us in the face with filthy glam and bullet-proof drumming (men in old lingerie and tight animal print never disappoints); and Mondo Drag transcended this dimension with their swirling, writhing organ steering us home to the stars.
Late winter is a time of shedding our skin, of travel, rejuvenation, and exploration. New roads, new adventures, a new click on the radio dial. Get out there and reach for that light!
- King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - The River #2
- Love - Can't Explain
- The Allah-Las - Ferus Gallery
- Shuggie Otis - Sweet Thang
- Brian Jonestown Massacre - Anemone
- Dr John - You Lie
- The Range of Light Wilderness - Hearts On Fire
- Jessica Lea Mayfield - Grown Man
- The Velvet Underground - Run, Run, Run
- Hinds - Easy
- Vetiver - You May Be Blue
- Mondo Drag - Light As A Feather
- The Seeds - Can't Seem To Make You Mine
- Sandy's - Listen To My Shells
- Devendra Banhart - Hey Mama Wolf
- Shay Roselip - Sweet Salutation
- Shovels & Rope w/ Shaky Graves (Neil Young) - Unknown Legend