Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE”

I’ve been talking with Don Campau from KKUT-FM’s “No Pigeonholes” about doing a bit more talking on-air. But here it is with less than an hour to go, and I still haven’t said a word! Maybe next week, Don…

I started off this morning’s broadcast with a bit of a flashback. The first Lexaunculpt track used to be featured in an early promo of mine, and one attentive listener noticed this. It’s nice to know people are still listening, especially after so long ago. Following this cut, and a little more in a similar vein, I played from a new Public Eyesore release– Anla Courtis, Seichi Yamamoto, and Yoshimi’s “Live at Kanadian.” I’m pretty pleased with this disc, and it’s as far out as you’d expect from the lineup. Speaking of which, wasn’t it just last week that I was writing about finally being “caught-up” with Courtis recordings? How odd that these two came so near to one another!

Last Visible Dog is always good for this time of day– the syrupy moments when the night begins transitioning into dawn. I think this time should have a proper name, but all those of us who’d care enough to bother are too tired.

Wondrous Horse! Yet more Vanessa Rossetto recordings! This girl never lets up, which is great, because there is a uniform goodness to everything she’s had a hand in so far. For this Fire Museum release (her first for the label was as Pulga) Salvatore Borrelli’s musical armada of instruments joins forces with Rossetto’s typical horde of noisemakers. “You got wondrous in my horse! You got horse in my wondrous!” But seriously, a good album– a touch of Valerio Cosi helps, too.

Jose Lewis Redondo’s “La Response est aux Pieds” from Etude Records was next. Etude has been turning out high-quality releases for as long as I’ve been aware of their existence, and this disc is no different. Redondo’s unique take on playing string instruments is a little bit Derek Bailey, and a little bit Rod Poole. Not so much a marriage of the two, mind you– just a jumping point.

Lexaunculpt – Plus and minus m
Eight Frozen Modules — In the Midst of a Breakdown
Eight Frozen Modules — Acute Episode
Anla Courtis, Seichi Yamamoto, Yoshimi — Live at Kanadian (excerpt)
Renderizors — Under the Wheels
Renderizors — Twister
Wondeous Horse — Non Dicible
Wondrous Horse — Ogni Intuizione e il Tangible Segno del Declino
Wondrous Horse — Fuoco Sacro
Wondrous Horse — Mentre ci Vediamo Misti a Foglie
Jose Luis Redondo — 2 8 2
Jose Luis Redondo — Dragon Gemini
Jose Luis Redondo — Young Blues
Gen Ken Montgomery — Drilling Holes in the Wall

2 Responses to “Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE””

  1. Drew Says:

    re: your comments on Pharyngula:

    I think it’s pretty presumptious of you to assert that being vegetarian is the only choice for someone who prides themselves on rationalism. Certainly, it makes some ecological sense to go vegetarian, but then, it also makes ecological sense to go naked and live in a tent. You scoff at the idea that “taste” is a sufficient reason to eat meat, but access to an entire category of of foods that can be cheaply and easily obtained and prepared in a wide variety of ways greatly increases one’s quality of life.

    If Americans eat less meat, I hardly think that Ethiopians will get more food; likely, instead, farmers will get less money for their meat, so the government will raise taxes to pay them to stop bringing meat to market. We already have enough food to feed the world many times over, the problem is fair distribution. So I don’t really buy the ecological argument for vegetarianism, although I’d be happy to listen to your side of the argument.

    Of course, I think I’m missing a large part of your argument– presumably, you believe that a cow has some sort of inherent right to live in a certain way in a certain place, or a cow must “desire” its freedom, even though under the right circumstances, to the best of my ability to see, a cow, like a typical house cat or pet dog, lives out its life happily on a farm before being painlessly killed.

    Of course we’re in agreement that to the extent that an animal is able to feel anxiety or suffer pain, these things should be avoided. I try to buy my meat locally, and if I had a way of knowing how the animals providing my meat were treated, I would certainly take that into account. But I’d like to hear your explanation for why it is clearly rational to avoid eating meat.

  2. Drew Says:

    If your argument is purely ecological, and not moral/subjective, then I have a question for you– if I looked at your diet, and found that one of the foods you regularly eat is much more ecologically sensible than the others, for whatever reason– maybe it takes less fertilizer, grows in a wider variety of climates, produces more calories/gram, whatever– would you switch to eating only that vegetable, if you could still live a healthy life? And, can you give your reasoning for why or why not?

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