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Liveblogging! “Music for Swimmers” 4/15/12

April 15, 2012

Today was the first episode of my show in it’s new 5-6pm Sunday time slot– I think it went very well! I’m used to having a lot more space to stretch out in, so this was different, but fun. Earlier, I compared the experience to working as a short order cook after spending a long time working entirely with crock pots. My special “no interruptions” arrangement with the station manager lets me avoid playing any promos or underwriting during my show, which definitely helps. I also did a lot more quick transitions than usual– I won’t do this for every show, but I wanted to kick things off with some improv mixing and collage. It felt right. Ordinarily, I intend to stick by my “no excerpts” rule, which may prove interesting in terms of focus during a one-hour show. There’s definitely a lot less room for error, though; I believe this may be an interesting challenge. If you heard today’s show, leave a comment and tell me what you thought. I’m curious how things went on your end. –DaveX

Margaret Noble — The Object of Power Is Power (from “Frakture,” self-release)
Strotter Inst. — #2 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer & Public Guilt)
Ian Yeager — Untitled no.3 (from “Music for Guitar + Computer,” on Pax Recordings)
Chefkirk, Ironing — Notorious (from “Notorious,” on Hymns)
Dan Joseph — Archaea Quintet (from “Archaea,” on Mutable Music)
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Philippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds, pts. 1-4 (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
Art Jerks — Like Things (from “Dysphemism Treadmill,” on BatHotAxe (and OMG, George Korein has a Bandcamp. Go buy everything of his right now, no kidding.)
Philip Gayle — Pajama Turtles (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX #1 (unreleased)
Christopher Cichocki — Elemental Shift, pt.1
Noah Creshevsky — Tomomi Adachi Redux II (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)
Glenn Weyant — Electric Fan Sound Works (from “Electric Fan Sound Works,” on Sonic Anta)
Bill Shute, Anothony Guerra — Marion, Texas (from “Subtraction,” on Black Petal & Kendra Steiner Editions
Tom Hamilton, Peter Zummo — Trance For the Bopanon Set (from “Sylbersonic Trombone,” on Penumbra
PAS — Socrates Speaks (from “Experi-MENTAL Compilation 2,” on Alrealon
Violet — All Records Collapse (from “Violet Ray Gas & The Playback Singers,” on Zeromoon & Sentient Recognition Archive)
Don Campau — Planck Era (from “Jungle of Misunderstanding,” on Lonely Whistle)
Mystified — Rubber Cats (from “Iron,” on Turgid Animal)
Mystified — Sporadic Signal (from “Give Me Static,” on Hymns)
TD Skatchit, Karen Stackpole — Confined Canary (from “Skatch Surveillance,” on Edgetone)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — It’s Easy To Disappear Into This Fog (from “Civilian Life,” on Pax)

Don’t forget!

April 14, 2012

DaveX debuts in his new time slot Sunday, April 15th, from 5-6pm CST on WDBX-FM. Don’t miss it!

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Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 4/14/12

April 14, 2012

As you may know, this is my second-to-last broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” at my current late-night time slot. Starting tomorrow, I’ll begin broadcasting from 5-6 pm Sunday evenings! Ordinarily, I suppose I’d just move directly over, but since it’s pledge drive I’m being extra nice and covering my old spot. Oh well– that’s just more experimental music for you!

Leo Kupper, Barbara Zanichelli — Aviformes 1-3 (from “Digital Voices,” on Pogus)
Leo Kupper, Anna Maria Kieffer — Kamana 1 & 2
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dusting Off Dada (from “Shadow Machine,” on Pogus)
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Dryer Mouth
Philip Gayle — Feral Basil Pesto (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — E (and sometimes why) [from "E (and sometimes why)" on Pogus]
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — Ringing (Ano)the(r) Bell
Contrastate — Northern Twilight (from “English Embers” on Dirter)
David Dunn — With Zitterings of Flight Released (from “Four Electro-Acoustic Compositions,” on Pogus)
Sun Circle — Untitled (from “Sun Circle/Pregnant Moon” split cassette on NNA Tapes)
Daphne Oram — Tumblewash (from “Oramics,” on Paradigm)
Daphne Oram — Power Tools
Mystified — Deep Expression (from “Sand of Ages,” split cassette with Ctephin, on Black and Purple)
Mystified — Voices Drifting
Mystified — State of Disrepair

I need your help!

April 8, 2012

UPDATE: Thanks to your efforts, I will be moving to the new time slot! More details are available here.

An opportunity has come up for me to change the time slot of my long-running “It’s Too Damn Early” radio program. I would be able to broadcast in the daytime on the weekend, immediately following my daughter’s “Style City” broadcast.

I have had a request to transfer my show to a daytime slot in since last autumn, but the station manager wants to “think about it.” I thought it might be nice if anyone reading this could send him an e-mail– let him know that you dig experimental music on WDBX, and that you support moving “It’s Too Damn Early” to Sundays from 5-6 p.m. CC me in your mail, and I’ll give you a personal shout-out in my next show!

Thanks! –DaveX

Helpful Birthday Hints, #6 in a series of 12

April 7, 2012

I’ve got to step it up, there’s only 16 days to go until my birthday! (I imagine this applies to you as well, yes?)

Anyways– check out the Sacred Phrases label catalog. Lots of awesome tapes there! I’m particularly excited about the Hobo Cubes tape, but feel free to surprise me with something different and interesting.

Apologies for anyone listening to “Sounds Like Radio

April 1, 2012

Apparently, someone messed up and re-ran a show from two weeks back. I have no idea why– there’s a perfectly good, brand-new episode that was supposed to be running right now. So much for listening along and liveblogging the show! If you heard it already, I apologize. If not, perhaps this twist of fate was intended for you. –DaveX

Helpful Birthday Hints, #5 in a series of 12

March 31, 2012

So NNA Tapes did an eight-tape compilation of artists from Burlington, Vermont. Obsessive, unwieldy, obscure– it’s hitting all my buttons! Perhaps you can find a copy at Discogs, I bet.

Helpful Birthday Hints, #3 & 4 in a series of 12

March 29, 2012

Today’s hint is a double– two books from one of my favorite authors, Sinclair Lewis. You can choose from Ann Vickers or Bethel Merriday. Supposedly, Ann Vickers is a better read, but since I’m intending to read all of his books it really doesn’t matter. Go with the cheapest, or rich out and grab me both!

New things I learned today

March 25, 2012

Three terms– anthrophony, biophony, geophony. If I give you the context (soundwalks, etc) I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Some other interesting ideas from today’s workshop leader Andrea Polli (by way of Barry Truax) relate to hearing exercises, pre-soundwalk:

1) Listen for the most distant sound.
2) Listen for the nearest sound.
3) Listen for the loudest sound.
4) Listen for the quietest sound.

These were interesting, and a bit more difficult to discern at times than I would have guessed. We also spoke about soundmarks, sound signals, and the keynote– all terms I am familiar with, but it is always nice to refresh and re-think.

 

Helpful Birthday Hints, #2 in a series of 12

March 23, 2012

Today’s hint is posed as a question: do you like me in STEREO? Yes? Then I’ll need another mic cable. Oh look! I happen to have a link…

 

Helpful Birthday Hints, #1 in a series of 12

March 20, 2012

As is my custom, I’m hitting you over the head (repeatedly) with things I’d like for my birthday. I’m turning 34 this year, which is a pivotal birthday, as it marks the first time many of you will choose to send me a gift. I’m planning to remember it fondly for years to come, so please don’t let me down.

So here it is, my first Helpful Birthday Hint– boy, I sure do think this new book from Bernie Krause looks awesome. Even the title, “The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places,” is pretty darned great. It sure would be nice to read it someday around April 23rd.

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 3/10/12

March 10, 2012

Minotaur — Lillith Was Cold (from “Obsession,” on Phage Tapes)
Minotaur — Soldier
Bill Shute, Anthony Guerra — Subtraction (from “Subtraction,” on Black Petal/Kendra Steiner Editions)
Bill Shute, Anthony Guerra — Marion, Texas
Chefkirk — Quiet Nights, Quiet Dreams (from “Gross Pyramids,” on Rainbow Bridge)
RP Collier, Eloine — Fractal Episode (from “Anchor Studies,” on Triple Bath)
Head Boggle — Narrowcast Rehearsal (from “Solos In Auralize,” on Rainbow Bridge)
Head Boggle — Elm
Head Boggle — Fla
Piotr Michalowski, Jaime Rodriguez Matos, Christopher M. Skebo – Dyad One (from “Dyads,” on Abzu)
Piotr Michalowski, Jaime Rodriguez Matos, Christopher M. Skebo – Dyad Two
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Welcome To San Francisco (from “Civilian Life,” on Pax Recordings)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Sun Hypnotic!
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Easy To Disappear Into This Fog
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Yerba Buena
Seeded Plain, Hal Rammel — Hook and Eyespots (from split LP “Bad For Business / Seeded Plain & Hal Rammel” on Friends & Relatives)
Seeded Plain, Hal Rammel — Plaster Coach
Seeded Plain, Hal Rammel — Grotto Instinct
Seeded Plain, Hal Rammel — Corner Merchants

“It’s Too Damn Early,” 3/3/12

March 3, 2012

Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able & if, Bwana — Megawho (from “MegaWHAT? Live at The Stone” on Ilse)
Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able & if, Bwana — Megawhen
Warm Climate — Lost Teeth/Organ Donor (from “Edible Homes” cassette on Stunned)
Warm Climate — Cave In
Warm Climate — Edible Homes & Gardens/Synth Pads For Homeless
RP Collier, Eloine — Tonic Spanner (from “Anchor Studies,” on Triple Bath)
RP Collier, Eloine — Smog Index
Violet — Incapacitated By The Sun (this, and next five, from “Sonic Circuits, District of Noise vol.4“)
TL0741, Anthony Pirog — Busy Bees
Nine Strings Trio — Sacred Crow Scared Cow
Stylus — Combine.Monogram
Insect Factory — Slow Bloom
Janel Leppin — Music for a Film, The Recipe
Blue Sausage Infant — Negative Space (from “Negative Space,” on Zeromoon)
Blue Sausage Infant — Subferal
Abortus Fever — Untitled (from “Recycled” cassette on RRRecords)
Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich — Kevad (from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad,” on Invisible Birds)
Yannick Dauby, Murmer — Suvi

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early” 2/25/12

February 25, 2012

Today’s “Fashion Pickle” show gave me a lot of good ideas for tonight’s “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast– sometimes, covering for another DJ is pretty useful! Of course, that has very little to do with my excitement about this new release on Ilse, ” MegaWHAT? Live at The Stone;” which features Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able, and if, Bwana– it’s another one of those super groups I’m half-inclined is the product of some yet-to-evaporate dream.

Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able & if, Bwana — Megawho (from “MegaWHAT? Live at The Stone” on Ilse)
Wether — Chinese Grasp (from “Chinese Grasp” on Community College)
Leo Kupper, Barbara Zanichelli — Aviformes, pts. 1-7 (from “Digital Voices,” on Pogus)
Lasse Marhaug — Angelica 2011/05/20 (from cassette of same name on Robert & Leopold)
Yannick Dauby — Lind 07.06.03 Mooste (from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad,” on Invisible Birds)
Yannick Dauby — Raud 07.06.12 Podra
Yannick Dauby — Lind 07.06.04 Mooste #1
Yannick Dauby — 07.05.29 Tamme
Yannick Dauby — Raud 07.06.10 Latvian border
Yannick Dauby — Lind 07.06.04 Mooste #2
Yannick Dauby — Lind 07.06.04 Mooste #3

Covering for “Style City” 2/5/12

February 5, 2012

Mo was feeling unwell today, so I took over “Style City” for her this afternoon– with no plan to watch the Super Bowl, I probably ended up having more fun that I ordinarily would have! That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy her broadcasts, but let’s face it, I dig being at the controls even more. Today’s was a damn fine set, if I do say so myself. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

There’s no broadcast next week for either of us, though– we’ll be on the road– so be sure to re-join “It’s Too Damn Early” in its regular time on Feburary 18th, with “Style City” re-appearing on the 19th. Until then, take care!

Uladat – Purgatory (from “Uladat,” on Black Tropical)
Andrea Pensado — La Careta (from “Ktotam,” on ZeroMoon)
Wanda Group — Wetsuit Women (from “Bass Urine,” on NNA Tapes)
A Death Cinematic — Untitled (from “Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments,” on Simple Box Construction)
Irene Moon — Centrifuge Heart Sonicator (from “Zelphabet, Volume I“)
Kotra — Untitled (from “Ampere,” on Alku)
Chefkirk — Gross Pyramids (from “We Must Leave The Warren,” on Eh?)
Philip Skaller, Danny Holt — Aperitivo  (from “Music of Mark Dresser,” on pfMentum)
My Fun — Long Distance (from “This Is All I Had Time For,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Unwind
Head Boggle — Birds Ynthi (from “Alto Coloratura In Synthesize,” on Catholic Tapes)
Head Boggle — Nthi
Head Boggle — Nthi PT.3
Head Boggle — Fireball Mail
Conrad Schnitzler, Michael Thomas Roe, Masato Ooyama — Kluster 07 (from “Zelphabet” Volume K)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 2/4/12

February 4, 2012

I spoke with improvising percussionist and Chicago native Michael Zerang earlier today, who will be conducting a series of improv workshops at SIU on February 7th-9th, as well as a free performance on the 9th with the SIU Improv Unit at 7:30pm in the OBF. We have plans for a recording session on the 7th, so look to hear that in an upcoming episode of “Sounds Like Radio.” I aired the interview on today’s show– I may air an excerpt from it next week on SLR as well.

Loachfillet — Hell (from “Electric Pond: Solar Solution,” on Resipiscent)
Jeff Parker, Kevin Drumm, Michael Zerang — Onslaught (from “Out Trios Volume 2,” on Atavistic)
Uladat — Purgatory (from “Uladat” EP on Black Tropical)
Uladat — 777
Wanda Group — Wetsuit Women (from “Bass Urine,” on NNA Tapes)
Wanda Group — Yellow Gang
Nels Cline, Andrea Parkins, Tom Rainey — Ruination (from “Out Trios Volume 3,” on Atavistic)
Nels Cline, Andrea Parkins, Tom Rainey — Lower Story
Nels Cline, Andrea Parkins, Tom Rainey — Pearly Turbo
DaveX interview with Michael Zerang
Brains — Rictus (from “Unloaded,” on Edgetone)
Philip Skaller, Danny Holt — Flac (from “Music of Mark Dresser,” on pfMentum)
Philip Skaller, Danny Holt — Flocus

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/28/12

January 28, 2012

I’m celebrating the 10th broadcast anniversary of “It’s Too Damn Early” today! Naturally, I’ve pulled out all the stops– I’ve got a ton of great music lined up for this show, so I hope you don’t miss it. Feel like calling in? 618-457-3691.

Andrea Pensado — Bicho Raro (from “Ktotam,” on ZeroMoon)
Mike Khoury, Hans Beutow — Untitled Side A (from “Two Sides of Khoury,” on Excite Bike)
Chefkirk — Gross Pyramids (from “We Must Leave The Warren,” on Eh? Records)
Leather Bath — Armistice (from “L” volume of “Zelphabet”)
Paul Metzger — Deliverance (from “Deliverance,” on Locust)
My Fun — Car Alarm Birds (from “This Is All I Had Time For,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Low
My Fun — Saturday
My Fun — Long Distance
Damion Romero –Untitled Side A (from “Missing Link,” on Hanson Records)
Lou Reed, Metallica — Iced Honey (from “Lulu,” on Warner and Vertigo)

Litnoise from Knut Hamsun’s “Wanderers”

January 8, 2012

“At the first thrill of the organ I was torn from my setting and came near to sobbing. “Keep quiet, you fool,” I said to myself, “it’s only neurasthenia.”” –Wanderers

Read more sound/listening-related quotes at my Litnoise page!

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/8/11

October 8, 2011

Which year is it? Confusion reigns at the start of today’s outing– I’ve been sharing my post-apocalyptic dream of watching “The Three Stooges” while eating babies, setting the mood for what promises to be a very strange episode of “It’s Too Damn Early” indeed.

Mr. Blue Sky — Something To Read By
BKPR — Kollateral (from “BKPR” on Autumn Abattoir, Seasonal Affect)
Circle, Verde — Tower pt.1-4 (from “Tower,” on Last Visible Dog)
Skozey Fetisch — Seas Freeze (from “Spectral Freight,” on Crippled Intellect)
Skozey Fetisch –Solar Fibrillation
Skozey Fetisch — Structures Fandangled
Skozey Fetisch — Shirt Fengors
Skozey Fetisch — Subjective Fill
Dimitri Voudouris — Palmos (from “NPFAI/Palmos,” on Pogus)
Asmus Tietchens — Teilmenge 4 (this and next from “Ponder This…” on Submergence)
Merzbow — Pier 39

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early” 10/2/11

October 2, 2011

Today’s broadcast is a special edition, covering for my daughter’s “Style City” program, which ordinarily airs from 3:30-5pm CST each Sunday. Although she features chiptunes, electronica, and odd pop; I am playing my usual experimental fare. I decided to make three live 30-minute mixes of various recordings, and have been having a lot of fun with it.

Rev 99 — Radical Episcopalianism (from “Everything Changed After 7-11,” on Pax Recordings)
Uton, Valerio Cosi — Kiertoilmakristalli (from “Kaarmeenkaantopiiri,” on Fire Museum)
Beth Anderson — Torero Piece (from “Peachy Keen-O,” on Pogus)
Brenda Hutchinson — Star Stranged Banner (from “The Lab 20th Anniversary”)
My Fun — Black Sky (from “Idyll EP,” on Test Tube)
Catastrophic Mermaids On Parade — Lonely Eyes of Amnesia (from self-titled album on Urck Records)
Music From The Film — Opening Scene (from “World War Tree,” self-release)
Fonogram — 5×5 (One Second Bridge Reprise) (from self-titled album on The Land Of)
Gen Ken Montgomery — Seelisch Unruh (from “Birds + Machines,” on Pogus)
Rent Romus, Steven Baker, Thollem McDonas, Jon Brumit — Discussion (from “Bloom,” on Edgetone)
Thermo — Young Master (from “batofar Cherche Tokyo,” on Sonore)
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The Oval Language — 00:02:03 (from “Tapes Singles And Remixes,” on Monochrome Vision)
Dan Warburton — Al-Dhahiira (from “Profession Reporter,” on Aural Terrains)
Susan Fancher — Jovian Images (from “In Two Worlds,” on Innova)
Daniel Kientzy, Tom Johnson — Infinite Melody no.1 (from “Kientzy Plays Johnson,” on Pogus)
TD Skatchit & Company — Popcorn Skatch (from self-titled album on Edgetone)
Skozey Fetisch — Warp Fauna (from “This, Then,” on Resipiscent)
Hans Grusel — Quarentimes (from “Serge Modular Users 2009,” on Resipiscent)
Electronic Waste Product — Picket Fences
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Grundik & Slava — Lullaby for Little Ghostesses
Larry Polansky — 4-Voice Canon #7 (from “Four Voice Canons,” on Cold Blue Music)
Charlie Morrow — Feather (from “Toot!,” on XI Records)
Charlie Morrow — Very Slow Gabrieli
Larry Kucharz — 1990 no.4 (from “Unit 23,” on International Audiochrome)
Toshimaru Nakamura — Nimb #42 (from “Egrets,” on Asphodel)
Toshimaru Nakamura — Semi
PBK, Telepherique — Twilight Cue (from “Noise Ambient Connection,” on Monochrome Vision)
Seht — Epilogue (13 Seconds Over Aro St.) (from “Voice of the Taniwha,” on Last Visible Dog)


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