DJ Tom LG - Lost In a Fog
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Dusk Somewhere Far
February 22, 2015 12:55 PM PST
It has been a while since I recorded a classic country set. This is a one hour mix of western music spanning 20 years, from 1947-67 and sung by the finest ladies and gentlemen of the time. Hillbilly boogies, shuffles, sad ballads, trucker songs and western swing, recorded from original forty-fives and a few LPs. With spring in the air, I feel a draw to the desert. This is an imaginary road trip mix. The road is straight for a hundred miles. Yucca trees line deep valleys. The dusk settles. A moon crests the mountain. I am home, sort of. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(Photograph by me 2015)City From the Roof_02
February 21, 2015 10:34 AM PST
This is a part 2 of the last episode, in honor of Black History Month. Posted on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcom X. This is an hour long mix of 1960's-early 1970's soul, the kind of black music that was being recorded during his most significant decade and in the aftermath of his death. This continuation of ballads, souldies and up-tempo sides compliment the previous mix. This is dedicated to my friend Sayre, who has kept history alive in his own way and who has been an important influence in my DJ career. All songs have been recorded from original forty-fives. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)City From The Roof
February 01, 2015 02:35 PM PST
In honor of Black History Month, I have created this mix of sixties soul. If you wish to listen to an hour of sad, beautiful love songs, oldies and souldies, both uptempo and slow, then you've a found home in this new episode of Lost in a Fog. Recorded using forty-fives from the early 60's to the early 70's. Thanks for listening. -TLG
(photograph by me 2015)Landscape 012415
January 24, 2015 05:39 PM PST
Here's an hour long excursion into melodic dream pop, chillwave, post-punk and nu-gaze. If you liked my previous episodes Day fades, Night Turns Away and White Moon, Black Trees then you'll dig this one. Recorded directly from a bunch of atmospheric records. Thanks for listening! -TLG
(photograph by me 2014)Another Day After Yesterday
January 18, 2015 05:06 PM PST
It has been a very long tine since I have recorded a mix. I think this one will make up for my absence. It is my usual variety of 1950's-60's moody big band, rhythm & blues and smokey noir vocal oddities. All of the records used in this mix are from original forty-fives. Thanks for listening. -Tom LG
(photograph by me 2015)The River to Where?
May 24, 2013 09:29 AM PDT
The days get longer at the end of spring on the Island City. The blues is what we have and all to much of them. Here is an hour long diversion into the world of the blues, the only medicine that works against the opposing forces.
All of these records came straight from my original 45s from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. All electric blues ballads and assorted tempos of the deep emotions that the blues offer us in hard times. There are heavy themes on this mix heartbreak, sadness, despair, suicide, cheating, false-hearted love, anger, betrayal and an occasional moment of gentle love and complacency.
I've been reading the jazz musician Mezz Mezzrow's auto-biography written in 1946. I was struck by this passage he described listening to prisoners singing the blues at night while in his cell.
"This would get one of the other cats, and he'd yell, "Sing 'em brother sing 'em," trying to take some weight off himself. Then the first one, relieved of his burden because somebody has heard him, as if the Lord himself had heeded his prayer, answers back with a kind of playful resentment- he'd be admitting that he had the blues but he's coming out of it now and he can smile a little. So he comes back with, "You can make it, brother, but you'll never be the same." And now some third guy, who'd been listening to this half-sad half-playful talking back and forth, would feel the same urge and chime in, "You might get better, poppa, but you'll never be well." -Mezz Mezzrow
The sound of the music coming through the cells must have created a very unique atmosphere.
Thanks for listening, Tom LG
photo by rosey lakos
February 28, 2013 10:17 AM PST
The Island City has been good to us. The sun seems to be constantly be shining and the view from ClockVine Studios is truly amazing. This episode is like an answer to the last mix (Brick & Other Things) and features gentlemen vocalists singing about various angles of love. Each record is an original press 45 recorded between the 1950s-1960s. There is a wide range of music from the time period that may not be defined as rhythm & blues however the music all fits into that universe. The influences include blues, big band, soul and pop vocals. On this one I focused on the darker side of sound but there's still a few pieces that lighten it up a bit.
There's one interesting piece of music history here too. If you don't already know it the city that I live in, Alameda is known as the Island City. One of the songs on this mix was written by a local resident named Bobby Sharp and made famous by someone very well known. I thought it was fitting to include his song here since he just passed away in January.
Anyway here's the new one! Thanks for listening!
photograph by rosey lakos
February 06, 2013 07:24 PM PST
The change in atmosphere continues to present various moods in the studio lately. We're on to the second month of 2013 and I am ever so glad. Things are progressing mostly in a positive manner. We have moved from the cabin and settled into our 1920s apartment on the Island City. I've picked up a number of new gigs, recorded a few podcasts and have really gotten a good start on ClockVine this year.
When I get an idea for a podcast its usually while I am just listening to records for fun. I'll find a song and put it in a stack for later. The more digging I do the more records end up in that stack until I have enough material to record. Since I do not plan sets I always end up with a number of records that won't make it into the set. LIkewise I'm usually flipping through records while I am recording because there's usually something on the shelf that I neglected to pull. The result is a random creation of sound and emotion.
This set is particularly interesting because it has a narrative that differs from previous episodes. All of the records feature women R&B vocalists with one exception and its there for a reason. Its also partially based on the paradox of love. We have all loved someone who hasn't reciprocated the way we hope they would. We have all been hurt, lied to and deceived at some point. I know everybody has experienced the opposite also. We have all experienced hope, desire and given ourselves completely to love. It is a wonder that we can at once feel love and anger. I mean honestly who hasn't done the hurting themselves? At one moment we can express our deepest dreams to our loves and at the next feel like hiding and escape into the darkness. Is there anything more confusing? Love can be really, really horrible when we don't get it. On the other hand is there anything more amazing than love when it is good? Nope.
This mix will take you from the very first hurt through denial through forgiveness and hope and back to plain and simple hurt. It brings to light worry, regret and determination and it questions friendship and trust and how we manage to balance the two. This is a mix that we can all relate to on some level. It is an hour long journey into an all female soul, girl groups, rhythm & blues, vocal ballads mix from the early to late 1960s. All the records are straight from original press 45s. Thanks for listening. -TLG 2013
photograph by rosey lakos
(Dedicated to my dear friends m+n)Two Days and Something Else
January 22, 2013 06:51 PM PST
Here it is you guys. I know its been a long time coming but a lot has happened since I last recorded. This is not only my first mix of 2013 but it is also my first since moving back to to the east bay. I used to live at the end of a windy dirt road in the mountains in a small cabin in the forest but now I live in an apartment that was built in the 1920s and sits above an Indian food restaurant. The dramatic change that I have experienced as an artist over the last few months is staggering. At first the new view was overwhelming. The turntables are facing north in front of the windows and all I can see are turn of the century brick building rooftops and the 1932 Alameda theater facade with the giant neon "A L A M E D A" blade sign glowing a light red throughout the entire room. This is like living in an Edward Hopper painting during the day and a noir film after dark. It is incredible to say the least.
It has taken me two months to get my bearings and today at long last I found the drive to create a new mix. This is one of those beautiful 1950s-60s kitschy dark exotica, instrumental, sad ballad and spooky surf sorta experiences. Pretty much my favorite kind of music from these decades. Music with no real name for me. The sound like so many of my other sets can be kinda sad and melancholy but it can also be a bit more angry and tough.
I recently read a book called "Love is a Mixtape" by Rob Sheffield. Its a true story of a guy who's wife dies suddenly in his arms and how creating mix tapes with records gave him a way to communicate his grief. It was a form of communication between them until her death. Music has such a powerful memory connection and I have found a philosophy in communicating through it. This new mix is the result of many months of serious change that I have experienced in the last year. I am glad to be rid most of 2012. Here's to new music travels. Thanks for listening.
drawing by Lex Lakos (my nephew)The Last Leaf That Ever Fell
October 25, 2012 10:18 AM PDT
Here it is, the last podcast episode that I will ever record from this mountain cabin. I have lived here deep in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains for the last three years. This is the studio that I have recorded in since we came back here and it is now time for us to pack up our lives and go to a new destination.
It would be impossible to describe the events in my life of the last 10 months. All I can say is that I will never be the same man again. I have changed permanently and beyond the former human being that I was. This change was unintended and I was derailed for a number of months. Looking back at these events I would not be able to honestly say that I have a single regret. This is the year that I discovered the truest meaning of love and forgiveness. Let me state right now that there are few things more powerful on this Earth than the gift of true forgiveness. Nothing will set you free quicker, trust me.
So, here is what I have to express today, an hour long excursion into the contemporary universe of dreampop, synth, indie-electronic, post-punk, shoegaze and other assorted modern music from 2009-12. It is a combination of emotions and atmospheres that tie the last 10 months together. Ever song was recorded from the vinyl LPs or 7"s. Thank you for listening. -Tom LG
photo: rosey lakos 2012
This podcast is a collection of mixed vinyl narratives. All the tunes featured on these compilations come from records in my collection. 45s, LPs, 12"s & 78s. This is my art form.
"As we are increasingly sold to, and encouraged to define ourselves with genre stereotypes and media-fed personalities, a remarkable DJ is working to elevate above the noise and connect with that which runs through all music. DJ Tom LG takes his passion for music, from the earliest, scratchiest recordings made, through contemporary electronica and brings it all together, creating something unique and beautiful, while paying homage to the people and music that have made us who we are." -Cat Johnson 2009 www.houseofcat.net
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