Haruomi Hosono - Hosono House
"Honest to God, since I heard him, you know, I probably heard him about 10 years ago now, I've just been trying to rip him off...He's been my favorite thing to dive in to or listen to or try and emulate for a long time... There's a wealth in terms of what I'd like to achieve." - Mac Demarco on Haruomi Hosono
Thanks so much to the kindhearted geniuses at Light in the Attic for finally making some of Haruomi Hosono's solo records available to us in the U.S. for the first time. We are so lucky! Let us rejoice. Hosono House has been the only CD in the Tandem delivery van for months and months. The short drives between the bakery and the roastery have been perfectly complimented by whichever track happens to be queued up at that particular moment, each one adding its own soundtrack to the happenings of our little city. "Boku Wa Chotto" seems to make all the pedestrians on Congress St. walk in step to the beat while the leaves blow or the rains fall in slow motion. The bouncing rhythms and cow bell of "Fuyu Goe" and "Fuku Wa Uchi Oni Wa Soto" are especially germane when the weather allows for windows down. Here's hoping you let this here record get stuck on the turntable for a while. You shan't regret it. You might not be able to help it.
La Folie - Antigua, Guatemala
Guatemalas are BACK! We are beyond excited to start the season with our old friend, La Folie. This farm has been managed since 2003 by Luis Pedro Zelaya, a coffee agronomist who also owns and operates the Bella Vista Beneficio. It is orderly and clean; the rows of coffee are evenly spaced, the rows of gravillea shade trees are perfectly spaced and nearly identically sized. It’s a sight to see! It is an impressively managed farm and the continued growth in output and increase in quality over the years are testament to the detailed care that goes into it. This year we selected two lots from La Folie: this first offering sparkles with lemon candy sweetness. Enjoy!