Bonobo – Late Night Tales

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Album cover for "Late Night Tales: Bonobo"

I’m constantly humbled by how little I know about music. Bob recently offered me a humbling moment when he introduced me to Late Night Tales, a 20-year-old compilation series that I missed for the past 20 years.

As I sit in the wee small hours of Sunday morning, recovering from a marathon workday and recuperating so I can do it again tomorrow, I put on Bonobo’s set and let the sound fill the darkness.

I could write about this set for the rest of the night. I could write about how Dustin O’Halloran’s opener invites me to sink deeper into my chair and the puppy next to me to sink deeper into her puppy sleep. I could write about how Khruangbin takes a guitar line I hate and wraps it around me like a warm blanket. I could write about how “Baltimore,” the title track from Nina Simone’s worst album, takes on a poignant tone because the words are still true 40 years later. I could write about how Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece” beautifully fades into two minutes of silence that stretch into the night.

Instead, I sink into my chair and watch the puppy chase her puppy dreams. My body and mind relax. I don’t know how this set will sound during the day, but Bonobo’s late night tales are magical in the silence of starlight.

Released: November 17, 2013

About Chuck

Chuck is a lifelong music lover. He spent his 20s working as a professional musician before discovering he enjoys listening to music more than playing it. He knows a little bit about most genres, though electronic dance music, rock, and hip-hop are his favorites. Eleven albums/shows that transformed how he sees and hears the world (in order he encountered them): Fleetwood Mac Rumours; Van Halen Fair Warning; The Cure Standing on a Beach; John Coltrane Crescent; De La Soul Three Feet High and Rising; Puccini La Boheme (de los Angeles, Bjorling, Beecham); Everything but the Girl Walking Wounded; Carl Cox, Twilo, NYC, May 2000; Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.; Grateful Dead. Fillmore East, NYC, April 1971; Taylor Swift 1989.

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