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

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

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