Posts Tagged ‘experimental music’

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 4/22/12

April 22, 2012

It’s just one day until my birthday, which is turning out to be a combination of “I forgot,” and “I’m broke.” If you listened to “Music For Swimmers” today, at least take the time to tell a friend about the show– 5-6pm CST, every Sunday evening on WDBX-FM. Thanks!

Here’s your fine playlist:

KK Null, Scumearth — Time-Quake (from “K.K. Null + Scumearth,”on Phage Tapes)
American Band — Out Nurture (from “Low Fiction,” on Hot Releases)
Guillaume Coutu Dumont — Arianne Secret (from “Cache 2001” on CEC)
Matt Weston — This October, All Octobers (from “Seasick Blackout,” on 7272 Music)
Stefan Udell — Ollie Noseblunt To Backside Tailslide (from “Cache 2001,” on CEC)
Violet — In Capacitated By The Sun (on “Sonic Circuits: District of Noise vol. 4,”)
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt I (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Yannick Dauby — Raud 07.06.03 Saaropera (from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad,” on Invisible Birds)
Ophibre – Untitled #2 (from “Puzzle Pieces,” on Oph Sound Recordings)
Ironing — Your Oxen Have Drowned (from GayBomb/Ironing split LP on Hymns)
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — Cicada 4AA (from “E (and sometimes why),” on Pogus)
Noah Creshevsky — La Sonnambula (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 3/24/12

March 24, 2012

Grey Park — Clue (from subscription series)
Muslimgauze — Jah-Mearab (from “Jah-Mearab,” on Staalplaat)
K2 — Secret Cold Storage (from “Abdominal Electricity,” on Phage Tapes)
Evol — Rave Slime, Untitled A1 (from “Rave Slime” LP on Alku)
Custodian — Untitled side A (from “The Weight of Tension,” on Phage Tapes)
Custodian — Untitled side B
Sister Overdrive — Honey, Side B (from “Honey” on Organized Music From Thessalonki)
Arvo Zylo, Cock ESP — Imps of the Perverse (from “Fuck ESP,” on Rainbow Bridge + EF Tapes
Muslimgauze — Woman Prefer Izlam
Evol — Rave Slime, Untitled B
Ikeburo Dada Promo mini-CDR — Untitled #1 (from the Ikeburo Dada label)
RP Collier, Eloine — Dumbwaiter (from “Anchor Studies,” on Triple Bath)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 3/17/12

March 17, 2012

Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able & if, Bwana — Megawhat Skot (from “MegaWHAT? Live at The Stone” on Ilse)
Z’ev, Bob Bellerue — Felt, If Not Seen (from “Felt, If Not Seen,” on Phage Tapes)
Brandkommando — Reform (from split, double-cassette release with Brandkommando, Seth Ryan, Fear Konstruktor, and Disgust on Phage Tapes)
Brandkommando — Fighter
Minotaur — The Hunger In Her Womb (from “Obsession,” on Phage Tapes)
A Death Cinematic — The New World (from “The New World,” on Simple Box Construction)
Pregnant Spore — You Can Have Whatever It Is You Want pt.1 (from split, double cassette release Pregnant Spore/Baculum, on Phage Tapes)
Pregnant Spore — You Can Have Whatever It Is You Want pt.2
Hiss Nausea — Pyramid Glue (from “Hiss Nausea/Nolls” split cassette on Hyster)

“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

“Sounds Like Radio,” 1/9/11

January 10, 2011

Here’s the playlist for this week’s broadcast of “Sounds Like Radio.” Remember, the show airs twice a week now– 3-5 a.m., CST, Sunday mornings; and later Sunday evening from 10-midnight. Tune in at 91.9 FM, or online at the WSIU live stream: http://www.wsiu.org/live

AGF (Antye Greie), Modyfier – Process Part 101 (Confusion Dripping From Me)
John Adams – Shaker Loops (from Nonesuch, 79360)
Haruki – Wetlands
Haruki – Posts and Fences
John Adams – Chamber Symphony (from Nonesuch, 79219-2)
Sculpture – Shiiin, Jet Stream, White Earphones

And while I’ve got your ear, (so to speak) consider adding your voice to that of 170 million other Americans who make use of public broadcasting. Let Congress know that public broadcasting funds are too important to be cut! I’ve added mine, so please do your part as well.

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/8/11

January 8, 2011

So far, just taking it easy for this broadcast. Some weeks, I feel like I’m pushing the music around, or wrestling with it– other times, it’s like following the music where it wants to go. In rare cases, such as this morning, the music carries me there. I hope you’re digging it too.

Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #1 (from “Monstranz,” on Everest Records)
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #2
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #3
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #4
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 1 (from “Subterranean Sky,” on Aural Terrains)
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 2
ANNA — Araignées (from “Araignées,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Motet, parts 1-10 (from “Motety i Jutrznia,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Jutrznia
Strotter Inst. — Minenhund pts 1-5 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer and Public Guilt labels)
Eloine — Threadbare Margins (from “Simpler Machines,” on DarbolisticRex)
Eloine — Bracket Migration

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/1/11

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! I’m celebrating the occasion with a mix of hyper-futurism, and the best of 2010– I haven’t got my official Top 12 Best Happy Neat-O List completely squared away, but you can bet that a lot of today’s broadcast will be making the cut. I’ve also brought in my vuvuzela, which is my friendly alternative to the gunfire I heard earlier this morning. It’s also way more fun– it sounds like a cross between a failing boat horn and a giant bumblebee!

But before we get to the playlist, let me tell you a bit about the future we’ve tuned into this morning. Connected as it is to this very moment (where generations of the future’s students who furiously sniffed insta-learn crystals in all night cram sessions will happily tell you is the moment where we collectively decided that theirs was the future we actually wanted) one can certainly understand our interest.

I’m sorry to say that direct knowledge of the future would melt your brain, as it is lacking the extra quantum mer-lobe that future generations will evolve during our time living in the sea during the Tri-Glacial Period. But I can get you close.

1) Put your right arm behind your head until it goes to sleep.
2) Rapidly inhale one tablespoon of cocoa powder through a thousand-dollar bill.
3) Listen to the following playlist:

RP Collier — Exegesis
Fat Worm of Error — Wipeless Two (from “Ambivalence and the Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Fat Worm of Error — Return of the Thin White Dook
Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate
KK Null — Tokyo August 15 (from Zelphabet, volume “K”)
Ava Mendoza — Don’t Pity Me (Up In Flames) [from "Shadow Stories," on Resipiscent)
Ava Mendoza -- The Furious Harpy Who Followed Me Everywhere
Gen Ken Montgomery -- Birds & Machines (machine suite) [from "Birds + Machines," on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery -- Birds & Machines (Bird Suite)
The Painful Leg Injuries -- The Third Anomaly (Failure) [from "The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me," on OKS Records of North America]
The Painful Leg Injuries — Phosphorus! Of Course For Us!
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Confused Clone’s Mirror Moment
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Fourth Anomaly
The Painful Leg Injuries — Tropical Sabbaticals Traveled Subatomical
My Fun — Churning Surf (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Dunes
My Fun — Still Pointing, Recording Nothing
My Fun — Gasp
@c — Composition #77, pts. 6-8 (from “0°-100°,” on Monochrome Vision)
RP Collier — Detector Dreams
RP Collier — Plaxplex

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 11/27/10

November 27, 2010

I’m going on this morning, following Sneaky Pete’s six-hour all-Jimi Hendrix birthday show. There’s really no way to follow something like that, so I decided to simply admit as much on air. So while a six-hour chunk of Hendrix goes drifting out into space to be retrieved by alien radio archaeologists in the future, I’ll be taking a completely different heading and will now attempt to tack against the prevailing solar winds.

Grey Park — 10 Dollar Habit/Immediate Resignation (from “Halogen Ball,” on Negative Foundation)
The Free Players — On Another Side of the Blue (from self-titled album on Last Visible Dog)
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act I, A Deserted Beach
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act II, The House of Upsud
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act III, The Summit of a Mountain- Upon It A Crucifix (this, and next, from “Paris X,” on Furious Artisans and Innova)
Dane Rudhyar — Tetragram #3: Rebirth
No One Pulse — Kapok (from “LINGK,” on Lona Records)
Eddie the Rat — Sunny’s Up All Night (from “Insomnia Sound Bible,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Freak Out & Die
Eddie the Rat — Cough Up The Life Units
Sensible Nectar — Neurological Problem (from split c20 w/Casket At the Altar on Violent Noise Atrocities)
Sensible Nectar — Liplike Structure (from “Tectonic Grind,” on Rainbow Bridge)
Sensible Nectar — Hiding Microbe (from “Catholocyst,” on Chaosynod)
Sensible Nectar — Fuck Chamber (from “Death Panels,” on Danvers State Recordings)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/30/10

October 30, 2010

I thought I’d highlight some Eddie the Rat recordings this week– I was listening to Pete Martin’s live set on “It’s Too Damn Early” from this last January (which I re-upped for readers at The Blogapus) and got some of his rhythms stuck in my head. Let me tell you, this is great music to listen to while building giant robot costumes out of cardboard!

Blue Sausage Infant — Gezundheit! (from “Flight of the Solstice Queens,” on Zeromoon)
Dr. Mint — Duel in the Deep (from “Visions and Nightmares,” on pfMentum)
Eddie the Rat — March of the Haydevil (Don’t Apologize for Universal Law pt.2) [from "Out Behind the 8-Ball," on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat -- Slither At the Stem
Eddie the Rat -- Dance of the Puzzle Pieces
Eddie the Rat -- Farewell to Edgar
T.D. Skatchit & Company -- Carnival of Skatch (from the Edgetone release "T.D. Skatchit & Company")
T.D. Skatchit & Company -- From Beyond
T.D. Skatchit & Company -- Popcorn Skatch
T.D. Skatchit & Company -- Gargoyle
Eddie the Rat -- Anamnesis #1 (from "Once Around the Butterfly Bush," on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat -- Mu (Unask the Question)
Eddie the Rat -- Dim
PAS -- Song for Deep Bass (from "The Lyre Speaketh")
Univers Zero -- La Faulx (from the remastered "Heresie," on Cuneiform)

Univers Zero — Jack the Ripper
Eddie the Rat — Cannibal (from “Food For the Moon Too Soon,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — I Ovulate In Mode
Eddie the Rat — Spiritual Amnesia
Eddie the Rat — Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt.2
The Telescopes — The Hypnotic Pulse of the Motor Driven (from “#4,” on Antenna Records)
The Telescopes — Link #1

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 10/3/10

October 3, 2010

I just realized that until the 9th, I get somewhat symmetrical dates! It all falls apart with a bang on the 10th, followed by a timed release of chaser symmetry on the 11th and 22nd– just enough to get me through. Anyways, I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” digging on this Grundik & Slava track, which apparently never made the cut to an actual album. I wonder about what happened to it… I’ve always enjoyed that one, and I know it’s on at least one of my “Mystery Tapes,” as it put a smile on my face during one of my periodic “quality checks.” If you’ll allow me a quick digression, I should mention that two more Mystery Tapes have been released during the past 30 days. Keep an eye out for them, my tape distribution agents are widely scattered; occasionally, they do not even know they’ve been selected for the job!

Well, I’m a chatty thing. Two songs in, and I still haven’t got the playlist up. Yikes! Dig the similarities between the John Morton track and the Grundik/Slava cut. So many odd similarities!

I must’ve had a thing for bells when I selected these tracks. Seems like they’re popping up everywhere. Currently, listening to “Walking By the Refinery.” Eek, now there’s a promo with Somali soldiers. There’s a downer for you! Speaking of a downer, I think my vocals need to improve. Anyone have some tips for me? I think the sound is accurate, but they just seem a bit flat to me. Is it the lack of typical radio compression, etc, or something I could improve without too much trickery?

Digging on Glenn Weyant’s “Natural Electronics” right now. Sometimes, when I put together a show like this, I get a kick out of watching how low some of the levels are. I don’t think that many radio broadcasts explore such a wide range of dynamics, but of course, I have nothing more than my own experiences with radio to go on.

Wow! I had forgotten how well these two tracks fit together. I don’t think I even noticed the exact crossover point between “Natural Electronics” and “Essl Museum.”

Grundik Kasyansky, Slava Smelovsky, Chaos As Shelter – Lullaby for Little Ghostesses
John Morton – Solo Traveler (For 5 Voices and 5 Music Boxes) (from “Solo Traveler,” on Innova)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Hannafin – All The States Between, pt.II (from “All the States In Between,” on Pax Recordings)
Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster – Walking by the Refinery (from “Lung Tree,” on ReR)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Machine Suite) (from “Birds and Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Bird Suite)
Violet – Violet Ray Gas (from “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers,” on Sentient Recognition Archive and Zeromoon labels)
Glenn Weyant – Natural Electronics (from “In the DNA,” on Sonic Anta)
Mark Applebaum – Essl Museum (from “The Bible Without God,” on Innova)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 9/18/10

September 18, 2010

A little experiment with some super glue was enough to hold together a my Glenn Weyant disc– which had been cracked in the mail– long enough to allow a copy to be made. I’m going to play some of it this morning, to celebrate this small success. I’ve also got a lot of other cool things I’ll be sharing… including some minidiscs from Lona Records that I thought might be fun to re-visit.

I am digging hearing this RST disc “Axes” again. Haven’t listened to it for a while– now I remember how much I liked it in the first place. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Last Visible Dog remembers WDBX when those sweet new Futurians LPs come out this winter, too. I kinda doubt it, though– the day LVD can’t move 300 copies of Futurians on 180-gram vinyl, they should just hang it up. I better set $10 aside, eh?

Damn. I really LOVE this Gen Ken Montgomery release, “Birds + Machines”. GK, you had me at “birds.” But seriously, what a collection! I’m just about going bonkers over tracks like “Shoot Me Down,” which are just simply too much fun to hear. Big congrats to Pogus, who have obviously invaded my brain to figure out what I like.

Be sure to check the link for “Droneland Security,” so you can go listen to it for free. Also, just curious, what are people’s opinions on the Bandcamp website? I’m seeing it a lot more lately, and wonder how it’s working out for both ends of users.

Glenn Weyant — Natural Electronics
Chas Smith — False Clarity (from “Descent,” on Cold Blue Music)
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet — Umar at the Dome of the Rock, pts. 1 & 2 (from “Spiritual Dimensions,” on Cuneiform Records)
RST – Crystalline (from “Axes” on Last Visible Dog)
RST — Lords of Space
RST — The Gate of the Sun
Gen Ken Montgomery — Shoot Me Down (from “Birds + Machines” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery — Treat The Hell Out Of It
Grundik & Slava — Pattern In Time (from “…for Electronics and Birds,” on Stateart)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair, Ernesto Rodrigues — Nosso Rosto Empire (from “Our Faceless Empire” on Pax Recordings)
Glenn Weyant — Droneland Security
Glenn Weyant — CicadasO, Moon — O (from “MoonOphonique, pt.II,” on Lona Records)
O, Moon — O (no.2)
O, Moon — O (no.3)

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

“Sounds Like Radio” at a time you can hear it!

August 31, 2010

WSIU has been super-awesome to “Sounds Like Radio” this year– first, taking a chance on experimental programming– and now, scheduling “Sounds Like Radio” broadcasts for TWO times every Sunday!

Starting September 12th, you can hear “Sounds Like Radio” from 10 p.m. until midnight every Sunday evening. If you’re more of a morning person, you can catch it much earlier at the original time, from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday mornings. Personally, I hope you’ll listen to it twice.

Another exciting development is that the 10 p.m. rebroadcast is part of a really great line-up of shows– at 8 p.m., there’s “Rhythm in Bloom,” a locally-produced jazz show; and at 9 p.m., “European Jazz Stage,” from Radio Netherlands. I think it’s a great lead-in for experimental music, and a great time to tune in.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/7/10

August 7, 2010

In today’s news, DaveX was disappointed to receive two fairly clueless submissions in the morning’s post. Sources are sketchy, but police have held Iranian flamenco artist Mehran, and hipster space/children’s music band Astro Al for further questioning. Both are at the center of allegations stemming from a rash of recent spam promotional actions that resulted in the death of at least one DJ’s willingness to listen to anything mailed his way. Witnesses say that DaveX handled the incidents with typical panache, shelving one vanity pressing deep in the station archives, while donating the other to a local children’s music host.

After making my break from the third person narrative in which I was previously imprisoned, I took the opportunity to begin cleanup of WDBX’s final frontier– the Production Studio. This space has been the whipping boy and dumping ground for a huge variety of objects; I found everything from long-defunct Chinese takeout menus to ketchup packets, ages-old pledge forms promising a member’s newsletter (!) to shattered Mormon Tabernacle LPs. I’ve heard that we might be getting an overhaul of the Production Studio setup soon, so this de-junking will at least allow the technical folks to access the room without fear of acquiring tetanus.

Sadly, I discovered a copy of “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers” from Zeromoon and the Sentient Recognition Archive labels that never reached my hands. Unfortunately, the disc is missing. This marks the third time in the past month that I’ve found one of my promotional mails stuck somewhere around the station– if you mail me something, be sure to put “c/o DaveX” in GIANT letters on it. Don’t worry, though. I’m going to hit Soulseek in a moment and see if I can’t dig up a copy to replace this one with. Maybe next week, you’ll get to hear it! Until then, take care.

Stefan Neville — 27 Sept 2002, Friday (from “Do Not Destroy,” on Last Visible Dog)
Stefan Neville — 30 Sept 2002, Monday
Stefan Neville — 01 Oct 2002, Tuesday
Stefan Neville — 02 Oct 2002, Wednesday
New Pledgemaster — Father Figure (from “Father Figure” on Chondritic)
Intrusive Thoughts — Dead Text (from “Drowning in Shit,” on Fuckist)
Intrusive Thoughts — Control Demon
Mike Hovancsek, Barry Chabala, John Cieciel — The Stomp (from “Point of Yucca, vol.1, courtesy of Mutant Sounds blog)
Pierre Andre Arcand — Portuaire (from “Atlas Epileptic,” on Ambiances Magnetique)
Pierre Andre Arcand — Elope
Pierre Andre Arcand — ww.org
Ido Govrin — Ground (from “Moraine” on Interval Recordings)
Ido Govrin — Push
Ido Govrin — Lateral
Ilhan Mimaroglu — Tract pt.1 (from “Tract,” on Folkways)
B. Killingsworth — Downed Power Lines (from “Electricity Poems,” on Backporch Revolution)
B. Killingsworth — Disconnected
B. Killingsworth — Wavelength
Ilhan Mimaroglu — Tract pt.2
Philip Jeck — Live 2/20/00 at ICC, Tokyo
Little Fyodor — That Was a Mistake (Live)

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)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 11/15/08

November 15, 2008

Sweet Action kicked off the first few minutes of this week’s “ITDE” with a nasty surprise– Tracy Chapman. Who knew Nick was such a fan? Anyways, it was supposed to be some Otis Redding for me, but he switched it! This is like drinking Pepsi when you think it’s going to be Coke. Nothing to do but hold your nose, and wait for the vomit.

I countered with some vintage DaveX material, and am currently swirling a bit of Jin Sangtae’s “Extensity of Hard Disk Drive” around my earholes to make sure no germy detritus has been left behind. But hey, cool things are on the horizon– I’m doing a live set tonight, just me and some processed balloon… and you might get to hear some more vintage DaveX, which I’ll be playing to illustrate points while being interviewed for an upcoming documentary about Southern Illinois experimental music!

As it turns out, keeping up a liveblogged playlist while being interviewed (and hosting a radio show) is very difficult. I will simply list materials used– if you’re super-interested in the exact order, let me know, and I’ll figure it out for you. Otherwise…

~OrE~ — Heavenly Noise (excerpt)
~OrE~ — Doug’s Party (excerpt)
DaveX — The Only Motion is Returning
EKV — Purification
EKV — MOVE
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Terse Symmetry
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Phosphorus
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Sonoric Clay
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Fountain of Violet
EKV — 8onkey
EKV — We’re Having Problems
EKV — Incidental Damages
RP Collier — Dirigible
RP Collier — Prongulator
RP Collier — Over Valley
RP Collier — Yaw
RP Collier — Nightside
RP Collier — Jet Stream
Nils Butmann — Welcome
RP Collier –  2
Jin Sangtae — Fixed
Choi Joonyong, Hong Chulki, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide — 1/1
Choi Joonyong, Hong Chulki, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide — 1/2
~OrE~ — Mr. Lincoln’s Party (excerpt)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 10/18/08

October 18, 2008

So now it’s official– I’m definitely back for good. I know some of you were holding your breath, wondering if I’d make good on leaving after Oct 11th, but I had too much fun with that broadcast to not stick around and sign up for next year’s. I’ll yak more about how everything went (and what exactly occurred) once I get more of the pix and video back.

Until then, let’s deal with today’s broadcast, eh? I started off with one of my new favorite albums, Jess Rowland’s “The Problem With the Soda Machine,” on Edgetone Records. This album is fantastic, and I’ve been listening to it quite a bit. There’s enough accessability here to attract a number of positive remarks from various callers, but still a healthy experimental basis– it’s not every day that lyrics come fully from internal company e-mails, haha. Actually, Edgetone has been really good to me this last week, with a nice big care package having come my way. I’m still working through it… believe it or not, some Jimi Hendrix boots crossed my path, which slowed my progress considerably. I’m kind of a sucker for mono Jimi. And do I dare mention the Martin Denny? Let’s just say that it’s a side-effect of moving into a very retro ranch-style house– you have to start playing exotica LPs and savoring the rich flavor of a very different American dream. And of course, there’s a lot of experimental qualities to these early stereo outings as well– I’m compelled to wonder about an alternate timeline where experimentation in music took a serious branch at Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Enoch Light…

Anyways, I’m playing Ministry of Rites “Grid” right now– not exotica by any means, unless you’re substituting radio squggles for the jungle animals, and shimmering blankets of electronic tone for the omnipresent chime tree! This disc is another of the Edgetone releases, featuring Rent Romus and Tobias Fischer. I think CJ Borosque would have made an interesting addition on some of these tracks as well– or hey, while I’m dreaming out loud, how about bringing Lx Rudis, Andre Custodio and Ernesto Diaz-Infante onboard for a supergroup? Call it “Crashing the Russian Ministry,” hahahahahahahaha

Alrighty, on to more Edgetone-love. Yep, you knew it would finally have to happen… I had to whip out some of my favorite, Eddie the Rat. “Out Behind the 8-Ball,” is tons of Pete Martin fun as expected. Sweet Action’s Brazilian co-host would dig a lot of the Rat’s polyrhythms, but he’s currently absconded to the back yard for conversation and cigarettes– his loss!

Jess Rowland — The Future of the Machines
Jess Rowland — The Problem With the Soda Machine
Jess Rowland — Unwrapping Invocation
Jess Rowland — Remove the Vending Machines (But Not Their Contents)
Jess Rowland — Unwrapping, pt.1
Ministry of Rites — Nightlight
Ministry of Rites — Saturnine Shores
Eddie the Rat — Out Behind the 8-Ball
Eddie the Rat — Pete Townsend is my Dad
Eddie the Rat — (Once Again, This Time Around the) Anhedonia Blooze
Olly Wilson, Thomas Fosnocht — Piano Piece
Gary Lee Nelson — Jabber
Damion Romero — Missed Offerings
Daniel Menche — Grand Perpetuator
Dave Phillips — Recycling
Matt Weston — Transistor Radio

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 10/4/08

October 4, 2008

You can all breathe easy– I’m going to keep doing “It’s Too Damn Early.” I had a low spot there, and things were close, but I decided after last week’s set that things felt right for continuing. I got a fun surprise today… an e-mail from Sonore Records informing me of their 10th anniversary. Although “It’s Too Damn Early” isn’t quite ten years old, that does mean my broadcasting history is– Sonore Records were among the very first to send me promotional recordings. I suppose that’s kind of nifty to think about.

I’ve played from a couple 3″ discs this morning– a lovely little Coin Gutter disc on Vanity Records, as well as some new (to me, that is) Ironing stuff, “The End of the Jackson Party.” Ironing actually sent along a few little buttons in his DJ care package. My daughter ended up gladly adding one featuring a large-mouthed cartoon man to her collection. “Just tell people it’s for a very cool dude from Florida called Ironing,” I said.

Ruins — Warrido
Ruins — Quopern
Morceaux de Machines — Multivision Espacial
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part I
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part II
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part III
Coin Gutter — Everyone Else Was Two
Matt Weston — “Millions of Yeah”
Ironing — The End of the Salsa Party
Ironing — Point of No Return
Ironing — Sear
Ironing — Peel
Ironing — Tender Eyes
Ironing — Jackson Party
If, Bwana –- Xyloxings
Noah Creshevsky -– Shadow of a Doubt
Noah Creshevsky -– Favorite Encores
Noah Creshevsky -– Intrada
If, Bwana –- Cicada #4Version Barnard

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/23/08

August 30, 2008

Well, tonight is the night– I’ll be playing the world broadcast premiere of John Cage’s “Twenty-six with Twenty-eight & Twenty-nine,” one of the latest Number pieces to be released by OgreOgress. And of course, I have a lot of other great stuff as well, which you can discover as we move along.

I’ve practically been living with the Hazard material this week– for reason, it’s completely floating my boat, and I don’t mind the fact that I’ve listened to this album so many times in a row. I hate to minimize it, but it’s great packing music– sounds good anywhere in the house, and I don’t miss out on too much while busy with something.

On the other hand, I’ve been back into the electroacoustic swing of things as well. Lots more odd combinations of electronics, processing, and live work on my plate than usual. Always a nice thing! I’m quite taken with this Peter Zummo and Tom Hamilton album, “Sylbersonic Trombone.” It’s not much to look at, but the disc has got it where it counts. It’s on Penumbra, maybe you’ll go pick up a copy for yourself…

Matt Weston’s newest, “Not To Be Taken Away,” is pretty good work. The tracks are really free, unabashedly immediate, and full of surprises. I’ll definitely be playing more from this one next week. See you then!

Nils Bultmann, Roscoe Mitchell, Parry Karp, Paddy Cassidy — The Madness
The Lords of Outland — Dark Wanderer
The Lords of Outland — Do-gooders can run but they can’t hide
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Luggage Lost in the Dissatisfied Machine
Val-Inc — @
Val-Inc — Damba
John Cage — Twenty-six with Twenty-eight & Twenty-nine
Offthesky feat. Florian Ferbacher — Midlight
Harmonia 76 — Vamos Companeros
Hazard — Stream
Hazard — Barrier
Peter Zummo, Tom Hamilton — Raging Ions
James Ross — Bell Meditiation
James Ross — Brick Saw II
Dan Stearns — Day Walks In
Istvan Peter B’Racz — Slide’M2
Matt Weston — “Millions of Yeah”
Matt Weston — “Something Sensational in Every Issue”

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/23/08

August 23, 2008

I’ve been in a relatively low-key mood for this broadcast. DJ Mo has been helping me get the station ready for the arrival of her guest DJ friends– they’re covering Kids Kamp in the next time slot. As I announced earlier, I played from the John Cage material made available to me by the OgreOgress label; these are recordings from their upcoming release of Cage’s “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Nine,” “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine,” and “Eighty”… I’ll be hosting the world premiere for “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine [Eighty-Three]” next week. Obviously, this is a pretty big deal for “It’s Too Damn Early,” and I’m proud to be part of Cage history in some small way.

Otherwise, I’m just trying to do the good volunteer thing– sprucing up the station a bit, since I’m relatively sure some of Mo’s friends have never been here before. WDBX has to make a good impression, you know? Also, The Land Of has me flustered! I screwed up the artist/album title last time I played The Green Kingdom’s disc “Laminae,” switching them up… and I did it again! Let’s hope Google cache didn’t nab me. Either way, it’s a really good album, and the package printing is lovely. Some of the Sweet Action guys were fondling it earlier. Had to suggest they find their own copy, thank you!

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — The Perforated Veil
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Queen of the Wires
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Myra
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Blue on White
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — The Radiator Hymn
The Green Kingdom — Late Summer
The Green Kingdom — A Hidden Stream (alternate)
The Green Kingdom — Fuji Apple
John Cage — Twenty-six
John Cage — Twenty-nine
Choi Joonyong — Hold (entire)
Robert Dow — Steel Blue
Robert Dow — Burnt Umber
Robert Dow — White Water (airflow)


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