Playlist: Heinali and Matt Finney

Matt Finney is an American poet who plays in the band Finneyerkes, and Heinali is a Ukranian composer. Together they make up Heinali and Matt Finney (catchy band name, right?), who play some of the most viscerally impressive and recognizable heavy music today. Heinali provides the music, and Matt Finney's poems provide the lyrics, delivered in spoken-word format. Their new album, Ain't No Night (which we reviewed here) was released on Monday, and can be purchased (along with a nice t-shirt) at Paradigms Recordings. The band's previous work is also available for download from their Bandcamp page.


BOOKS

Heinali:
1. Plato's Dialogues.
I get back to them from time to time.

2. Peter O.Gray ‘Psychology’ 5th Edition.
Got acquainted with this textbook via the 'Introduction to Psychology' Open Yale course. Would highly recommend to anybody who's eager to know how our mind works and why we do what we do. It's well-written and appealing, I would even say entertaining.

3. Eliseo Diego 'Los dias de tu vida' and other poetry.
Stumbled upon his book while was browsing the home library. Read a couple of poems out of curiosity and didn't even notice how the time stopped. There's something about Spanish language and poetry that never fails to captivate me. Maybe it is the ever-present most tender subtlety of heartache and loneliness. Elusive, but it couldn't elude the heart that suffered.

4. Richard Taruskin 'Oxford History of Western Music'
Instead of fixating just on facts, biographies and dates, like the most music history books do, Taruskin takes a different approach, building his work on bringing out the causes and reasons. I've been looking for this kind of approach for a long time and was quite happy when I discovered his books. Extremely informative and enlightening.

5. Tertulliani Opera Selecta.
I've decided to begin my theology study with Tertullian, reading him right now.

Matt:
1. Cormac McCarthy- ‘Blood Meridian’
It's become essential at this point but I finally made my way through it a few weeks ago. My mind is still processing it. Had so many nightmares by the time it was over. The Judge is easily the most frightening man I've ever read about. I might have to give it another go once my psyche recovers.

2. Raymond Carver- ‘Where I'm Calling From’
This is a collection of short stories from other collections but re-reading the ones that I already loved by Carver are amazing. He's probably had the biggest influence on me as a writer and I can't recommend him enough.

3. Neil Gaiman- ‘Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country’
I've been reading this piece by piece whenever I have enough money to pick up a new installment. I'm loving it so far. I've never read much comic book stuff outside of Batman stories but Gaiman is great and I'm gonna pick up some of his other novels once I'm through with this
series.

4. William Faulkner- ‘As I Lay Dying’
Read this a few months ago. My ex left it with me and I never gave it back. A classic.

5. Charles R. Cross- ‘Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain’
The most detailed and thorough book I've read about him. I picked this up when I was in 8th grade and I revisit it all the time. Highly recommended if you're a big Nirvana fan but since I get so much shit for liking them I guess I'm the only one.
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FILMS

Heinali:
1. Andrei Tarkovsky: ‘Nostalgia’
Tarkovsky was the last. In a sense in which Arvo Part is going to be the last in music. And what I love about his works the most, apart from the obvious, is that they grow inside you. They grow with you. We have to treasure this, we have to treasure his works because they remind us in this shallow speedy age of what we once were capable of, as human beings. How deep and strong we were capable to love. How much could we feel.

2. Andrei Tarkovsky: ‘Solaris’

3. Lars von Trier: ‘Antichrist’
I just think about it a lot.

Matt:
1. Control
It's a wonderful Ian Curtis biopic. Sam Riley, the guy who plays Ian, is spectacular and so is the rest of the cast. The replay value is high too. I've watched it about 30 times and I'll watch it whenever HBO puts it on.

2. No Country For Old Men
Not a big surprise from me but I love this movie and I've become even more obsessed with it because of this idea we've been having for a record at some point. I don't want to give too much away right now though. I'm probably gonna end up like Ed Tom.

3. Blue Valentine
This one hit close to home. It was like watching the last relationship that I was in played out by other people in front of me. Derek Cianfrance just hit the nail on the head. Ryan Gosling is pretty much me in that movie down to the awful hairline. Can't even lie, I was devastated by the time it was over.

4. Two For the Road
This is kinda like an older version of Blue Valentine. I watched it after the ex from the Blue Valentine section above recommended it to me. It's a great movie and Audrey Hepburn is so charming in it. I'm in love with her.

5. Observe and Report
Whenever I need something that isn't completely depressing. This movie is one of the funniest I've seen in a while and it's fucking dark.
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MUSIC

Heinali:
1. John Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell
If anybody was about to search for the origins of doom metal I would strongly suggest Dowland. He wrote dark depressed songs before it was cool! Well, actually melancholy was in fashion amongst nobility back then in 16th century. Jokes aside, this record of Hilliard Ensemble's performance of his works is on repeat all this year.

 2. Monteverdi's Madrigals
"let your tongue explore mine like the bee, leave upon my lips a smear of nectar. Bend your body's bough, let down your hair, allow yourself to ripen in my warmth. Urge my hands to ramble in your garden, encourage me to try its curious scent." Pure delight.

3. Arvo Part's Fourth Symphony
See Tarkvosky.

4. Hildegard von Bingen
To hear Hildegard after Gregorian chants is almost the same thing as hearing Monteverdi madrigals after the mass of others. A wonderful medieval garden with properly fitted antiphones, sequentias, tropes, is instantly metamorphosed when you come closer to Hildegard's music, that has in itself something else, something you didn't encounter yet. It's the vision. And, carried by the flow melodic variations, you feel you've just witnessed something amazing. A miracle, genius.

5. Russian Eastern Orthodox Bell Ringing.
Just don't get me started, I could go on talking about the bell music for hours.

Matt:
1. Sleepmakeswaves- ‘...And So We Destroyed Everything’
They're great friends of ours and they put out this album recently and it's mindblowing. I know a lot of people throw that word around but to people that have followed them since their first release to this know the change that these guys have been through. They took everything that made them great in the first place and showed us a side that we didn't even know was there. They came out with something new and inventive. It's one of the best albums of 2011.

2. This Will Destroy You- ‘Tunnel Blanket’
I think a lot of people write them off as a standard post rock band but they're missing out on such a great album here. If anything, this is a straight up drone record. I can't urge everyone enough to check this out.

3. Slow Head- ‘Night Glitters’
Another talented friend of ours who put out an amazing record that I can't stop playing. I'm not even sure if it's still available but hurry up and buy a copy before it's gone.

4. Wreck and Reference- ‘Black Cassette’
I got the recommendation from LURKER and, as always, Richard's review is spot on. They're one of the most inventive bands out right now and I'm proud to say that I own the last actual cassette they put out. Can't wait to see what they do next.

5. Sailors With Wax Wings
I'm gonna sound like such a kiss-ass since we're on R. Loren's Handmade Birds label but he's one of the best guys I know. I was already a big Pyramids fan before he reached out to us and then I found out that he was behind this project. It's extremely inspiring and we hope to have more hands help us stir the pot in the future but we probably won't be able to pull it off as great as he did here. Gorgeous album.

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