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Wrapup for 5/12/13

May 12, 2013

It’s nearing the end of the day, so I thought I’d make a quick appearance on Startling Moniker, and type to those few remaining readers with stalwart hearts and barren calendars. I suppose I hadn’t mentioned it, but I did make it through the transformation between “interim manager” and “station manager” proper. For what it’s worth, WDBX-FM is now under my care. It’s a big job, with lots and lots of small moving parts. I’m pleased to have a job that has positive and concrete effects on the world– it’s a good mix of activism, organizing, art, and thinking off the top of your head– it’s a wonder I’d have never guessed I’d be doing this someday.

As I mentioned in another entry, I’ve also gone back to college. I started last summer, and have one semester remaining. Everything went well this semester, including my independent study, which was a re-boot of “Sounds Like Radio.” For the “pilot” I interviewed Frank Rothkamm, whose work I perceive as fascinating, but near-inexplicable. After our talk, I can’t claim to fully “get it,” but I think I am finally getting some footholds on the material, and definitely a better sense of how to approach things. Although I’ve liked the space that two hours of “Sounds Like Radio” affords, I’ve re-envisioned it as an hour-long program– two hours is a lot to produce on a weekly basis, so I’ve unfortunately ended up with some weak broadcasts. The music is always good, but I feel like I haven’t been able to tie things together well enough. Between working and being a student, there’s just not enough time to do it properly. That being said, I’m quite excited about the hour-long format. I’ll definitely let you all know when the pilot airs– this probably won’t be for a couple months, though. In a college town, there’s not much use in bringing out new programming in summer.

I turned 35 this past month. No adventure was had this year, which was unfortunate. I’m not certain I really even did much to celebrate– I did buy a few new records. In truth, depression continues to take a heavy toll on me. I have good days and bad, and while I’ve gotten better at anticipating and working around it, the self-loathing and doubt have similarly stepped up their efforts. It’s hard to imagine needing to deal with this for the rest of my life, but that certainly seems to be the case. In the meantime, I’ve decided to use this summer as a convenient chronological excuse for getting in better shape. I’ve noticed that exercise seems to help even things out, so what the hell– even though I’d rather read a book, it seems I’m going to be taking a lot of walks, drinking water, etc. I say this with a Coca-Cola in front of me– there’s still 56 minutes left in this day, right? Anyways, yes, this is a total momblog post. Sorry about that. Random stuff, needs to be said, blah blah blah. Since you were all so kind to read it, here’s something awesome to dig on:

Liveblogging while I cover a show…

March 26, 2013

I’m covering for another DJ today, so I quickly packed a bag and heading in to the station. I’ve got a fairly large amount of music with me, so this should be a fun time! Just for formatting kicks, I’ll insert the playlist between thoughts…

Coin Gutter — Timewise (from “All Your Dreams Are Meaningless,” on NoType)
My Fun — Black Sky (from “Idyll EP” on Test Tube

I figured out an interesting little “jog” technique using our CD players, quite by accident. I was not aware that you could trick it into staying put in active mode on a single frame of the disc– so I opened the Insect Ark cut with a little jog improv, which sounded great.

Insect Ark — Lift Off
Pierre-Andre Arcand — Paradoxal (from “Atlas Epileptic,” on Ambiances Magnetiques)

I noticed that the “Dj Trios” disc featured a track recorded at Bard College, whose “Office of Student Life Programming” assisted with putting on the original concert. Seems fun that we are now the unintended beneficiaries of their effort– thanks Bard College!

Christian Marclay, Toshio Kajiwara, Marina Rosenfeld — Annandale-on-Hudson, November 19, 2003 (from “DJ Trios,” on Asphodel)
Felix Lachance — Manege I (from “Cache 2009,” on CEC)

Jeez. Only when dealing with experimental music will a DJ find himself describing the Greek root words for “behind” and “anus” in relation to a family of fish. Luckily, the music is worth it. Hope you’re enjoying this!

Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, Michael Zerang — Opisthoproctidae (from “Erb, Baker, Zerang” on Veto Records)
Psychotic Quartet — We Are All 11 or 26 Dimensions (from “Sphaleron,” on Eh?)

Whew! Feeling tired tonight. As much as I enjoy filling in, I’m definitely going to enjoy getting back home. Plus, I won’t have Tom Selleck staring at me. I was using a pirate flag here at the station as a curtain between the master studio and my office, which has a big window (it used to be a studio as well). As near as I can tell, someone mistook the Jolly Roger for Old Scratch, prompting a quick switch on my part. In a pinch, Tom Selleck– via his “Mr. Baseball” days– made a decent substitution in movie poster form; his ample arm hair, twinkling eyes and thick mustache surely no match for anything cloven-hoofed. But now he stares at me, happily brandishing his ball bat. I’m not sure if we’re any better off.

Ministry of Rites — Embers (from “Grid,” on Edgetone)
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Beautiful (from “Beautiful,” on Edgetone)

“Sounds Like Radio” Fall Campus Soundwalk, Oct. 23rd

October 17, 2012

WSIU Public Radio, a public media station of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology invite the general public to a Fall Soundwalk on the SIU campus on Tuesday, October 23 beginning at 12pm. The soundwalk will start at the rock wall located at the north entrance of the SIU Student Center and should last approximately one hour. A rain date for the event has been set for Tuesday, October 30 at noon.

Dave Armstrong, host of the WSIU Radio program Sounds Like Radio, will lead the soundwalk, which is being presented in association with the SIU College of Mass Communication & Media Arts’ Imagined Geographies Initiative.

“Soundwalks celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us,” says Armstrong. “I plan to introduce listening exercises to deepen the soundwalk experience for participants and to acclimate them to different ways of hearing their surroundings.”
Sounds Like Radio is a two-hour program on WSIU Radio that brings a unique perspective to everyday sounds. It features experimental music, avant-garde works, sound art, and field recordings. Sounds Like Radio airs Sundays from 3-5am and again from 10pm-12am. Comments, suggestions, and questions should be directed to soundslikeradio@wsiu.org.

About the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE)
The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE), founded in 2009, is a regional chapter of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology (ASAE), a membership organization dedicated to exploring the role of sound in natural habitats and human societies, while promoting public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration
of natural and cultural sound environments. ASAE is the United States affiliate of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

About WSIU
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU
stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at www.wsiu.org and on WSIU’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU’s programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the IIllinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 1/7/12

January 7, 2012

Okay, so it looks like Kendra Steiner Editions is getting added to my short list of favorite labels. How did I miss this for so long? I must be slipping. Folks, you need to hold me to a higher standard! But seriously, the latest addition is #214, so I have a lot to fill in. My birthday is in April, please give generously, haha.

Also, Dolphin Logic’s EP is almost out on Tundra Dubs. Listen in next week, and I’ll play some more of it. You gotta love an album with a track named “Wet Goddess.”

Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Emilio I-XXXII (from “Emilio,” on Kendra Steiner Editions)
Arvo ZyloQuicksand Eggs of a Beaten Pathos (from “333″ self-release)
Merzbow — The Spirit Indulges In The Sadness (from “Dead Zone,” on Quasi Pop)
Sabrina Siegel — Bottlecaps pt.1 (from “Bottlecaps,” on Kendra Steiner Editions)
Sabrina Siegel — Bottlecaps pt.2
Sabrina Siegel — Bottlecaps pt.3
Dolphin Logic – Nukular (from “Holographic Dreaming,” on upcoming EP for Tundra Dubs)
Dolphin Logic — Wet Goddess
DaveX — Free Air I (from “Free Air” self-release)

33

April 23, 2011

I’ve got about three more hours of birthday left, but I thought I’d do my traditional wrap-up now due to the massive amount of rainfall, and the resulting high probability of power loss. I turned 33 years old today, and managed to have a good amount of fun with it. One of my favorite improvising musicians, Tom Hamilton, performed a phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early” that blew me out of the water. I enjoyed it with my legs propped up, Coke in hand, and the studio monitors at a healthy volume. Although I know otherwise, it wasn’t too much of a mental stretch to imagine myself as the sole listener. It’s a fun conceit, and radio is quite good at providing this sort of mysterious experience. It reminded me of another listener who recently wrote to tell of taking an unscheduled break in his late-night drive to enjoy a drink and the setting moon after accidentally encountering “Sounds Like Radio” in mid-broadcast.

I think it’s important and interesting to let these urges actually move us, so I played along with a couple such miniature adventures today. While record-hunting, I came across a dusty old box of ping-pong equipment. Just the thing for the kitchen table, which ended in a highly-dedicated kids’ cheering section and much left-handed ping-pong action. The hanging light in the kitchen came into play more than once, and the sink appears to be in-bounds as well.

My search for photographic slides did not go as well, despite my unusual Craigslist call for help with making my birthday awesome. I’m still holding out hope for slides!

All this aside, I’ve got some time to myself right now, so I suppose I ought to attempt making some sense out of this year. Earlier, I wasn’t sure I’d really learned anything too important during this trip around the sun, and I suppose that’s true if the only measure of learning is to consider the knowledge one has added to the sum total. However, I think I’ve gotten quite a bit better at figuring out what actually means something to me. If you’ve been following my Litnoise adventure on Twitter, you’re no doubt aware that I’ve been reading a lot of Sinclair Lewis lately. At the end of “Our Mr. Wrenn,” the main character– who has spent much of the book in dreaming of faraway destinations– finds true happiness in a simple, loving relationship. In the closing paragraph, he whistles to himself while carrying home some potato salad. It’s hardly the dramatic tramping about Europe that he envisioned, but it not only works for him, it’s very much a real happiness.

Perhaps, in some ways, I’m finding a bit of myself in Mr. Wrenn. I think that’s nice, since I’ve often found it difficult to find these reflections of myself in others. If I’m finding them in a fictional character from a 1914 novel, that’s quite alright by me. As always, my habit of reading multiple books at once has yielded some especially interesting hybrid trains of thought between Geeta Dayal’s examination of Brian Eno’s “Another Green World” for Continuum’s 33 1/3 series, Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” memoir,” and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s second volume of “The Gulag Archipelago.” I’m not exactly sure where it’s all leading, but I am very pleased to be reading on a regular basis– as a side note, let me tell you that an e-reader definitely helps. I’m rocking three different ones, with multiple books going on each. Try it!

I also need to make a little nod and wave to Anla Courtis’ “Tape Works” album now. I’ve been listening to it a lot in the past couple weeks, just amazed at the simple and assuming work presented within. Listening to it is like being hit over the head with the motto “you can do this”. I think I can– perhaps this coming year will reveal the answer.

Birthday Wish #1

April 6, 2011

Seems like I really need one of these t-shirts. I like the Aldus, the Berkeley Systems, and of course the Sierra one! XXL, please…

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 3/19/11

March 19, 2011

I’m back from vacation, and starting today’s show a bit early– expect three hours of backlogged aural fuckery, mostly directed at your earholes, but perhaps splattering a bit on the head and neck. Put on your poncho (or properly secured headphones) and enjoy! –DaveX

PS– Thanks to everyone who clogged my mailbox when I was gone. I’m going to have an awesome time going through all these submissions! Thank you!

PPS– I mentioned a nice interview with BCO’s das, which can be found at Don Campau’s “Living Archive” website.

Gen Ken Montgomery – Crema di Roma (from “Birds + Machines,” on Pogus)
Le Syndicat — Deflagration (from “Timespace Losses,” on Monochrome Vision)
Le Syndicat, Merzbow, NBN — Vaccine

Le Syndicat — All Armi (Live at L’Abbatoir, Paris)
Big City Orchestra — Raga (from “Cockamame,” on Ubuibi)
Big City Orchestra — Nutshell, pt. 2
Big City Orchestra — Mediant, pt. 3
Merzbow — Bamboo Honey (from “Deprogramming Music, Volume 1″ on Sacred Noise)
Seeded Plain — Tarpaper Neutrality (from “Entry Codes,” on Creative Sources)

Seeded Plain — Vacuum Insect
Eddie the Rat — Involvulus-Ritual (from “My Malady,” on Mental Monkey Records)
Amy Horvey — People Deserving Something (from “Catchment,” self-release)

Michael Fahres, Jon Hassell, Mark Atkins — The Tubes (from album of the same name on Cold Blue Music)
Ryan Jewell — Espouse Elucidation (from “Eschew Obfuscation, Espouse Elucidation,” on Hot Releases)
Maurizio Bianchi — Plays the Clockwork Orange (from album of the same name, on Hot Releases)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 2/19/11

February 19, 2011

Following my disappointment at coming into the station to find insulting flyers about me, I decided to hold an “It’s Too Damn Early” support drive, asking listeners to call in. I am pleased to say that I had a number of lovely conversations with fine human beings, all of whom were similarly disheartened to hear about the poor start to my day. I also took the time to make a “remix” flyer, which I posted next to the original, for all to see. I’m not sure if they’ll be taken down later or not, so here they are. Be sure to click them to view full size! Update: Some station members believe that sharing the flyers is the equivalent of “giving the place a black eye,” and have requested that if I continue sharing the flyers, it might be best if it’s “by request.” If you feel like you need to see them, just e-mail me.

Enjoy your playlist!

Eyes Like Saucers — Owl Creek Bridge (from “Parmalee, Tribute To a Dog,” on Ikuisuus/Ruralfaune
Charlamagne Palestine — A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies (from album of the same name, on Cold Blue Music)
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — The Sun Don’t Wait (from “I’ll Meet You Halfway Out In The Middle Of It All,” on Edgetone Records)
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — War Is Terror, Terror Is War
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — I’m No Different From You Now
Eyes Like Saucers — Sea Song (from “Still Living In The Desert, And Mostly In My Own Head,” on Last Visible Dog)
Eyes Like Saucers — Delusion of Reference
Eyes Like Saucers — Still Living In the Desert (And Mostly In My Own Head)
Eyes Like Saucers — I Want To Believe
Conure — Amsterdam and 81st, A Reverie (from “Strings, Locations,” on Edgetone)
Conure — Feedback Location String
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra I (from “Gravity of Shadows,” on Greydisc)
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra II
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra III
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra IV
The Stumps — The Black Wood, pts. 1-3 (from “The Black Wood,” on LVD)

“ITDE” 12/18/10

December 18, 2010

I’ve had some solid response to last week’s call for scummy cassettes and ill-advised recordings. If making a tape ever got you beat up, and you managed to keep it on “record,” I want to hear it. I’m playing a Teddy Ruxpin tape right now– in stereo, with the audio data track. Thanks, Trash Ant!

So send those tapes (or microcassettes, or CDRs, whatever) to:

WDBX c/o DaveX
224 N. Washington St.
Carbondale IL 62901 USA

Sensible Nectar — Neurological Problem (from split w/ Casket at the Altar, on Violent Noise Atrocities)
Sensible Nectar — Liplike Structure (from “Tectonic Grind,” on Rainbow Bridge Recordings)
The Adjective Noun — The Adjective Noun3″ CDR #1 (from self-titled 3″ business card CDR set of 4, on Obsolete Audio Formats)
The Adjective Noun — The Adjective Noun 3″ CDR #2
Abortus FeverRecycled Tape (excerpt)
HarS — 50/50 (from “50/50″ limited edition c30)
Zipperspy — Recycled Tape (excerpt)
Teddy Ruxpin — The Wooly Whats-It Parade
Unknown — Deep Mind Tape, Astral Projection Side 2 (excerpt)
Unknown — Progression, August 1979
The Adjective Noun — The Adjective Noun 3″ CDR #3
Warm Climate — Saltwater Simplified (from “Camouflage on the River Wretched,” on Stunned)
Warm Climate — Trespassing
Warm Climate — We Wish You Rain
Warm Climate — More Wretched
DaveX — Free Air (from “Free Air” limited c60)
Captain Beefheart — Electricity
@c — Composition #77, pts. 1-6 (from “0°-100°,” on Monochrome Vision)

An interview w/ DaveX

December 14, 2010

Episode 42 of the “Ore: Theatre Intangible” podcast features an interview with yours truly, as well as an opportunity to hear my solo set from this year’s “Circuit Benders’ Ball.” I share my unique and spastic methods of music-making, some ideas about sound, and even recommend some cool new albums. You should listen!

Ore: Theatre Intangible, E042

DaveX, Live at the Circuit Benders’ Ball

December 1, 2010

And hey, be sure to check out some of the other videos from the Circuit Benders’ Ball as well– nearly everyone has more stage presence than I do, haha.

Hawk + Tippy Headroom = Free Air!

October 29, 2010

Long-time fan and YouTube maestro Sonney Dey wrote to let me know about his latest creation– I’ll tentatively describe it as an experimental hawk documentary, but as you can see, it’s so much more than just that.

Sonney’s video makes great use of a very old track of mine, “Tippy Headroom,” from my very first album, “Music For a Sick Cat.” The title is a play on actress Tippy Hedren (of “The Birds,”) as well as Max Headroom (style icon, and personal hero).

I still remember recording “Tippy Headroom” on the floor of my home. I had been inspired by a sound experiment described in a book about Jimi Hendrix, which I had read many years earlier, but found floating about in my brain that day– in a nutshell, Hendrix had been using headphone monitors to slowly feed back into his microphone, causing squealing pitches to occur. A tape delay setup helped to create a seagull-like sound he found quite interesting. Although I’d never heard a recording of this experiment, I suppose I had a pretty good idea of how it would turn out… resulting in “Tippy Headroom.”

As a reward for Sonney’s ongoing dedication to fully experiencing the Other through my music, I’m mailing him a bunch of cool stuff– including a copy of my latest release “Free Air.” There’s only a few of these left, from a way-limited edition of ten. Just $10 gets you a copy, so hurry up and get in touch if you want one.

“Free Air” comes with two long-form works originally intended for through-home surround systems, mixed specially for stereo. There’s also the nifty artwork, a bright red unicorn hand-printed by yours truly! The print is sealed and numbered, with the disc in a separate compartment.

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/23/10

October 23, 2010

Lots to do today! I’ve got the SIUC campus soundwalk coming up at 10:30, and also getting ready for a performance at the Circuit Benders’ Ball in Nashville. I’ve got some copies of my new “Free Air” CDR that I’ll be bringing along– I’m very happy with these recordings, so check them out! In the meantime, here’s your playlist:

The Painful Leg Injuries — Everything Put Here Was With the Best of Intentions (from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
Richard Pinhas — Hysteria (Palladium) (from “Metal/Crystal,” on Cuneiform)
Santiago Latorre — Alpha-Globin (from “Orbita,” on Accretions)
Santiago Latorre — Preludio
The Adjective Noun — Myspace Ruined Noise Music (Side A, on cassette of same name, on Obsolete Audio Formats)

Merzbow — Wind of Pain (from “13 Japanese Birds vol.7, Kujakubato,” on Important Records)
Merzbow — Black Swan (from “Merzbird,” on Important)

Richard Pinhas — Schizophrenia (Silver)

Duane Pitre — Koan (from “Origin,” on Root Strata)
Duane Pitre — Sun PM
Alvin Lucier — Wind Shadows

Upcoming!

October 21, 2010

I’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up this weekend, so here’s your guide:

1) New broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early” and “Sounds Like Radio.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, “It’s Too Damn Early” airs Saturday mornings on WDBX-FM from 4-6:30 a.m. “Sounds Like Radio airs twice a week Sundays on WSIU-FM, from 3-5 a.m., and from 10 p.m. to midnight. Both episodes are going to be amazing.

2) I’m hosting a soundwalk of the SIUC campus. If you’re interested, meet outside the Student Center on the North end at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. The soundwalk is free, and takes about an hour.

3) I’m performing in Nashville, as part of the Circuit Benders’ Ball. I’ll be employing “Lawrence Welk’s Secret Shame” for this show, which I have recently re-modified to include even more champagne secrets. The Circuit Benders’ Ball will feature performances by Tim Kaiser, Thriftstore Boratorium, CMKT4, Ben Marcantel, and others. There are also instrument-building workshops, visual art, and video projections. This is an all-ages event with tickets starting at $15 for general admittance, $30 including both workshops. For other ticketing information and a complete list of performers and workshops, visit Theatre Intangible.

4) I’ve got a new release out! “Free Air” is a CDR documentation featuring sound installations I originally created for multi-speaker through-home environments. Each copy comes with a sealed unicorn woodblock print, and is part of a limited and numbered edition of 10. These will be available first at the Circuit Benders’ Ball.

15 Albums

September 12, 2010

I’m barely on Facebook, but I still managed to run into this meme– list 15 albums that will always stick with you. Obviously, this will be super-difficult, mostly because I will have to resist the urge to go back and add more in the middle of the night. Here goes…

1) Crass – “The Feeding of the 5000″
2) Patti Smith – “Horses”
3) Jimi Hendrix – “Electric Ladyland”
4) Nirvana – “In Utero”
5) U.S. Maple – “Sang Phat Editor”
6) Metallica – “…and Justice for All”
7) The Ran-Dells – “The Martian Hop/Forgive Me My Darling (I Have Lied)”
8) Henry Cowell – “Piano Music”
9) The Yardbirds – “Heart Full of Soul/Steeled Blues”
10) Dead Kennedys – “In God We Trust/Plastic Surgery Disasters” (I’m not even going to pretend that I had the original, separate albums)
11) Subhumans – “From the Cradle to the Grave”
12) Rudimentary Peni – “Death Church”
13) John Cage, Lejaren Hiller – “HPSCHD”
14) Public Enemy – “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back”
15) The Diamonds – “Little Darlin’/Faithful and True” (I dig this version so much more than the original, by The Gladiolas.)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 9/4/10

September 4, 2010

We’ve officially kicked off the WDBX Fall Membership Drive, and as usual, I’m the one doing the kicking-off. If you’re a fan of “It’s Too Damn Early,” of community radio, or just of good music in general; I really hope you’ll consider making a donation to the station. We’ve had a tremendous burst of volunteer energy lately, and a lot of exciting things have been happening around here– getting out in public more, organizing the start of a digital station library, and getting our production studio back in working order.

Peter Gordon — Life is Boring (from “Star Jaws” on Lovely Music)
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling, Movement 1 (from “Formal and Informal Music/Pieces for Kohn” on Kvist)
Kospel Zeithorn — Kukkula 70 (from “Le Gril, vol. 2″ on Wooden Sherpa)
Mike Tamburo — Man of the Clock (from “Language of the Birds and Other Fantasies,”on New American Folk Hero/Music Fellowship)
Daniel Lentz — Dancing on the Sun (from “The Complete 10″ Series,” on Cold Blue Music)
Annie Gosfield — A Sideways Glance From An Electric Eye (from “The Art of the Virtual Rhythmicon”, on Innova)
Philip Blackburn — Henry and Mimi at the Y (same as above)
OiMa — Metatron (from “Totality” self-release)
David Barnes — Panic in Legoland (this, and next two, from “Sonic Circuits VI” on Innova)
Warren Burt — La Strega Bianca Della Luna II
Pedro Rebelo — 1st of 3 Shorts About Noise and Rhythm
Sun Ra — Other Worlds (this, and next, from “Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra vol. 1)
Liteworks — Bermuda Conference (from “Proud to Swim Home” on Backporch Revolution)
Liteworks — Liteworks
Liteworks — Looking Glass

Experimental Films at Dawn II

September 2, 2010

I’m going to be taking advantage of WDBX’s big flatscreen television on September 11th, hosting “Experimental Films at Dawn II” from 4-6:30 a.m. that Saturday morning. I’m keeping the selections a surprise, but you should come expecting lots of strange sights and sounds. This is a meatspace-only event, so there is NO corresponding broadcast or webstream– in other words, you gotta show up in person.

Afterwards, I’ll drag as many people who are still standing over to the SIRIS record sale– so be prepared to round the horn with me into the dawn, and then battle for obscure jazz LPs!

Swampfest, thank you!

August 8, 2010

Just got back from tonight’s Swampfest activities. I left rather early due to a jumbly stomach, but I still managed to have a good time. I saw sets from Dr. Responsible, Staring Problem, Not Healthy, and Marathon. I particularly enjoyed the Marathon set– there’s a lot of good, interesting sounds being wrung from that small pedal garden, congrats! Dr. Responsible had some unexpected juxtapositions of sounds that I dug, and Staring Problem’s style more than made up for the fact that I was unable to hear the vocals at all. I’m probably far too jaded to get much into hardcore by this point in time, but I did appreciate Not Healthy’s energetic performance. I know enough not to drop an unwanted opinion on them here– so let’s leave it at “they do what they do very well.” Sounds like they’re breaking up, so it might be a moot point.

I was happy with my own set, and am looking forward to mentally unpacking it over the next few days. There’s room for expansion on some of the core ideas, so I’m hoping this leads to some other places to explore.

Brandon– thanks for inviting me to be a part of Swampfest! And for everyone who caught my set, thanks for listening! –DaveX

WDBX DJ Spin Party wrapup

August 5, 2010

Attendance might have been a little light, but I think the first (hopefully, annual) WDBX DJ Spin Party went very well. I was happy to see so many DJs there, and also to finally see a couple I’d never had the chance to meet before. I am also happy to report that I encountered zero instances of “hooping,” which a late-night Google Images search had convinced me might be possible. An additional bonus was my discovery of “El Paisano,”  a Mexican grocery across the street, fine purveyors of real Coca-Cola– tall glass bottles, cane sugar. Well worth it!

At any rate, it’s always nice to chat with other DJs. Countryman (Rasta Revolution, 2-4pm Friday) has started me on Alpha Blondy as a means of entry to African reggae. Fortuitously, I have several Alpha Blondy mixtapes that I picked up as part of a larger collection some years ago, but had yet to listen to. So far, so good. Sarah (Scratchy Vinyl, 7-9 am Saturday) and I discussed Freddie McCoy and some of the other fun jazz stuff lurking in the vinyl stacks. We tossed around the idea of getting some index cards for the LP sleeves, in order to leave airplay info and track recommendations for one another– and perhaps getting a little “you might like…” box going as well. Jean (Grandma’s Jazz, 10-noon Saturday) showed off her neatly-formatted playlist printouts courtesy of iTunes. It made my Sharpie marker/notebook paper look much less professional, and taught everyone a valuable lesson about age, technology, and irony.

As for my set, it was received with the usual enthusiasm reserved for long Greyhound bus rides, complete with stoic looks of grim determination and furtive nips of alcoholic beverages. There was a distinct thinning of the crowd, but I did notice a few interested listeners. Star Child (4-6 pm Saturday) assured me that getting white people to dance is nearly impossible anyway, and had personally settled for claiming an audience member’s off-rhythm toe tap for his personal victory, so I can’t be too disappointed. Despite our best combined efforts to start a sing-along, I still had to fail everyone present for general lack of enthusiasm and play Little Fyodor’s “Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In)” as a means of behavioral correction. Truthfully, I really wanted to play this one anyway– DaveX FTW!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/31/10

July 31, 2010

I’ve got a lot of good stuff to share on today’s show, notably some recordings from Isoundercore that had a bit of a torturous path to the airwaves. Let’s just say that someone opened someone else’s mail and leave it at that, shall we? I

n other business, WDBX is hosting a DJ Spin Party on August 5th, from 4-8pm. I thought it was a great idea until I realized that it was in Turley Park, and open to the public. Let that sink in– it’s basically a last-hurrah for this year’s Sunset Concert Series. Granted, I’m all in favor of the end of the Sunset Concerts, but I doubt this will be the ironic coup de grâce I’ve got in mind.

It’s anyone’s guess as to whether I’ll attend, but you’d better believe I’m taking my turn at the controls if I do, all requests for “danceable” music aside. Way to be inclusive, there. I bet “Light On the Law” will be keeping one end of the gym bleachers warm along with The Bioneers. But seriously, it might be fun, and Carbondale will survive– after all, who’ll hear it? Alcohol isn’t allowed!

But hey, let’s talk about performances I’m actually interested in: on the 6th and 7th of August, there’s Swampfest. In truth, I have no idea what it’s called, but that’s not the point. It’s two days worth of music at The Swamp! Unfortunately, this occasion actually DOES mark the end of their underground music series. Coincidentally, I’ll also be there, performing on the 7th around 7-ish. I have something interesting worked up, so I hope you’ll be able to make it.

US Maple — Missouri Twist (from “Sang Phat Editor” on Skin Graft)
US Maple — Through With Six Six Six
Blue Sausage Infant — Gezundheit! (from “Flight of the Solstice Queens” on Zero Moon)
Alio Die — The Way of Fire (from “The Way of Fire” 7-inch on Drone Records)
Blue Sausage Infant — Why You Hate Salamanders
Blue Sausage Infant — Ashtray Man
Justice Yeldham — Shanghai (from the J-volume of “Zelphabet” series)
Aemae — Walking Along Edges (from “The Helical World,” on Isoundercore)
Aemae — 41667
Aemae — Translucent Tongues
Arastoo — Three (from “Three” side B, also on Isoundercore)
Virtual Cortex — Anxiety (from “Viral Cartography,” more info here and here.)
Virtual Cortex — Chant
Virtual Cortex — Clusters
Ville Moskiitto — Kanjonikostaja (from “Kupariluostari,” on Harha-Askel)
Robert Ashley — Atalanta (Acts of God), Volume 2, “Empire” (on Lovely Music)


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