For the past five years, my friend Chris and myself, have been sharing strange, beautiful, and often unheralded or forgotten sounds through streaming mixes and occasional writing. We released it under the moniker Echo Ocho. In November, we can officially consider Echo Ocho a record label, releasing music that we love and which is in keeping with Echo Ocho’s open-eared celebration of eccentric and deeply-personal music.

November 2nd was the official release date of our first reissue - I Saw You by Peter Kardas.

I Saw You by Peter Kardas

I Saw You is the distillation of Right Belief and Right Action, heretofore unknown private issue cassettes from 1986 and 1987 by Peter Thomas Kardas. A student of Guitar Craft and accredited member of The League of Crafty Guitarists, Kardas drew inspiration from Robert Fripp’s loop-based Frippertronics, but the expansive, introspective washes of synths and repeated phrases and vocalizations are utterly their own thing, conjuring the independence, awe and isolation of the remote Northern Californian landscapes in which they were created.

This record was produced in collaboration with Yoga Records.

You can pick it up at the Echo Ocho website, our Bandcamp page, or one of our distributors: Forced Exposure, Seance Centre, & Clear Spot.

You can also take a listen on Spotify, or right here:

In February I helped launch the Environments app for Numero Group. Environments is a historic catalog of long form field recordings by Irv Teibel that began as an unprecedented series of vinyl records, garnering widespread acclaim and selling millions of units.

This is the first proper iOS app that I had worked on and was a great learning experience. Working in Swift and xCode brought me back to some of early days working in Flash. I hope to get back to this space again soon.

So far the reception has been phenomenal. It was featured in Boing Boing, Atlas Obscura, and many others. Recently, there was a glowing review in The New Yorker.


This latest mix is called “Step Into Time” - Synth-pop for shut-ins, a planetarium for one.

Listening options:
  1. Miyako Koda - “A Story Teller Is The Sun” (Japan, 1998)
  2. Lila - “Step Into Time” (US, 1978)
  3. Andréa Daltro - “Kiuá” (Brazil, 1988)
  4. In Love With A Ghost - “I Was Feeling Down, I Found a Nice Witch and We’re Friends” (France, 2017)
  5. Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadians - “Feeling Sheepish” (UK, 1980)
  6. Mikado - “Anita” (France, 1985)
  7. Spike - “Baby Love” (Netherlands, 1982)
  8. Laurie Anderson - “O Superman (excerpt)” (US, 1982)
  9. Claire Hamill - “Stars” (UK, 1986)
  10. Vía Láctea - “Prana” (Mexico, 1981)
  11. Carl Matthews - “Be Like A Child” (UK, 1984)

My latest mix is called “Santa Fe” - An endless horizon of healing new age vibrations.

Listening options:
  1. Enno Velthuys - “Just Like Lucky Luke” (Netherlands, 1985)
  2. Roberto Mazza - “Esperidi” (Italy, 1991)
  3. Deuter - “Spirales” (Germany, 1985)
  4. Chas Smith - “Santa Fe” (US, 1982)
  5. Tseng Ta-yu - “Benediction From The Stars” (US, 1978)
  6. Gimmer Nicholson - “Charon’s Crossing” (US, 1981)
  7. Vía Láctea - “Ravi” (Mexico, 1977)
  8. Voldarepet - “Angst (edit) Part 1” (Mexico, 1977)
  9. Dave Clark & Walter Drake - “A Traveler’s Journal Found In The Mountains” (US, Unknown)
  10. Graeme Lawson - “Lutatia’s Dance” (US, Unknown)
  11. Jon Parmentier - “Cycles of Water” (US, Unknown)

In December, Chris (my partner at echo ocho) and I made a mix for Rádio Quântica. And today, I'm finally got around to posting it.

It's called "Endless Pathway" - a heady melange of cozy psychedelia and international head-nodders.

Listening options:
  1. Karma - “Tributo Au sorriso” (Brazil, 1972)
  2. Wendy & Bonnie - “Endless Pathway” (US, 1969)
  3. Steve Kuhn - “Time to Go” (US, 1971)
  4. Pierre Barouh - “Pépé” (France, 1982)
  5. Om Alex Khaoli - “Enjoy It” (South Africa, 1985)
  6. Wally Badarou - “Mambo” (UK, 1984)
  7. Keith Hudson - “By Night Dub” (US, 1981)
  8. The Sylvers - “I Know Myself” (US, 1972)
  9. Steve Elliot - “One More Time” (US, 1981)
  10. Robert Wyatt - “Yolanda” (UK, 1984)
  11. Alzo & Udine - “Something Going” (US, 1968)
  12. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - “Here’s Where You Belong” (US, 1967)
  13. The Millennium - “Just About the Same” (US, 1968)

My latest mix is called “Dream Theory” - Otherworldly ambience and spiritual invocations from the fourth world.

Listening options:
  1. Anno Luz - “Porquê” (Brazil, 1988)
  2. Jon Hassell - “Dream Theory” (US, 1981)
  3. Jean Hoyoux - “Ballade a Venus” (Belgium, 1981)
  4. Alex Johnson - “Passages I” (US, 1991)
  5. Alan Lamb & Sarah Hopkins - “The Winds of Heaven” (Australia, 1989)
  6. Piero Umiliani - “Pellegrinaggio al totem” (Italy, 1975)
  7. Joanna Brouk - “Atavesta” (US, 1981)
  8. Michael Levy - “Etude in the Archytas Enharmonic Genus” (US, 2016)
  9. Mkwaju Ensemble - “Ki-Motion” (Japan, 1981)

My latest mix is called “Endless Sleep” - moody rockabilly and country tracks perfect to soundtrack your next haunted drag race.

Listening options:
  1. Buddy Long - “It’s Nothin’ To Me” (US, 1959)
  2. Jody Reynolds - “Endless Sleep” (US, 1958)
  3. The Moonlighters - “Broken Heart” (US, 1958)
  4. Dub Dickerson - “Boppin’ In The Dark” (US, 195?)
  5. Johnny Waleen - “Mystery Train” (US, 1964)
  6. Juke Boy Bonner - “Running Shoe” (US, 1968)
  7. The New Bangs - “Go Go Kitty” (US, 1966)
  8. Lee Storm - “Tornado” (US, 1959)
  9. Johnny Lance - “The Big Tragedy” (US, 1963)
  10. Phil Gray - “Pepper Hot Baby” (US, 1956)
  11. Buddy Knox - “I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself” (US, 1959)
  12. Conway Twitty - “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” (US, 1968)
  13. Billy Barton - “The Devil, My Conscience and I” (US, 1958)
  14. Ken Davis - “Echo Rock” (US, 1958)
  15. Ronnie Dawson - “Rockin’ Bones” (US, 1959)
  16. The Novas - “The Crusher” (US, 1983)
  17. Terry Teene - “Curse of the Hearse” (US, 1962)
  18. Blue Knights - “Madness” (US, 1959)
  19. Hasil Adkins - “By The Lonesome River” (US, 196?)

My latest mix is called “The Mechanical Man" - Ride the short bus to Rock n Roll High School!!

Listening options:
  1. Jonathan Richman - “Rollercoaster By The Sea” (UK, 1977)
  2. Lesley Gore - “Sometimes I Wish I were a Boy” (US, 1964)
  3. Teddy Mack & The Mackinteers - “Hey, Hey Gypsy Woman” (US, 1964)
  4. Lou Christie & The Tammys - “Guitars and Bongos” (US, 1964)
  5. The Coasters - “Besame Mucho (Part 1)” (US, 1960)
  6. Bent Bolt & The Nuts - “The Mechanical Man” (US, 1966)
  7. The Outlaws - “Crazy Drums” (UK, 1961)
  8. Dion & The Belmonts - “I Can’t Go On (Rosalie)” (US, 1958)
  9. King Coleman - “The Boo Boo Song, Part 1” (US, 1967)
  10. The Chips - “Rubber Biscuit” (US, 1956)
  11. Jimmy Merrill - “A Woman’s Mind” (US, 1960)
  12. What Four - “Baby I Dig Love” (US, 1966)
  13. Eileen Barton with the New Yorkers - “If I Knew You Were Coming’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake” (US, 1950)
  14. John D Loudermilk - “Callin’ Doctor Casey” (US, 1962)
  15. Florian Monday & Hid Mondos - “Mondo” (US, 1963)
  16. The Dukes of Hamburg - “Pim, Pim, Pim” (US, 196?)
  17. The Popcorns - “The Counter” (Sweeden, 1962)

I know....I'm late. I have finally gotten around to posting about a trip Aleya & I took all the way way back in May when we went to Scotland and hiked the Isle of Skye.

Well, we tried to hike the Isle of Skye. The trail has 7 legs, but we only hiked five and half legs of it. While hiking the second leg, which follows the Trotternish Ridge, we were turned back half way into the route due to an incoming storm. This prevented us from getting a close look at the Old Man of Storr.

And the day we were to hike the last leg was the sunniest and warmest day of the entire trip. Rather than hike from Torrin to Broadford, we decided to drive around the island and make the most of the good weather - including finally hiking up to the Storr.

In total, we hiked 87 miles. Despite all the rain and sheep shit, I'd love to go back and do it again.

Check out more details and photos on the travel page.



Sound of Rassey

The Old Man of Storr, overlooking the Sound of Raasay.

My latest mix is called “The Greatest Name That Lives" - Your passport to dusty grooves from all corners of the globe.

Listening options:
  1. Emilia Contessa & Dengan Band - “Djula-Djuli” (Indonesia, 197?)
  2. Naang Naang - "Kon Aue Nam" (Burma, 1978)
  3. Saing Saing Maw - “Than Shin Ley Ye Khan” (Burma, 197?)
  4. Syamsudin - “Talang Denti” (Indonesia, 197?)
  5. Al Balabil - “Unknown” (?, ?)
  6. Enrique Males & Co - “Uaua Uanui” (?, ?)
  7. Persona - “Água” (Brazil, 1975)
  8. Francis Bebey - “Pygmy Love Song” (US, 1982)
  9. Marvin Kingsley - “We Got Not To Turn Our Back” (Nigeria, 1978)
  10. Sonny Oti & His Group - “Late Nite Husband (Excerpt)” (Nigeria, 197?)
  11. Lata Ramasar - “The Greatest Name That Lives” (US, 1980)