Archive for August, 2010

“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.

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Liveblogging! “ITDE” 8/28/10

August 28, 2010

There are three things to understand about this week’s broadcast:

1) I’m taking you somewhere out past the border, where you will board a starship.
2) I really love Henry Cowell.
3) Francisco Lopez makes an unlikely, but workable, counterpart to farting noises.

Latralmagog — A Finger Pointing To the Stars (from self-release of the same name)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny, Thomas Buckner — Somewhere in Arizona (from “Somewhere in Arizona/The Invention of Memory” on Mutable Music)
Robert Normandeau — Chorus (this, and next two, from “The Virtual Rhythmicon,” on Innova)
Jeff Feddersen — This Time I Want Them All
Matthew Burtner — Spectral for O
Murmur — Description of the Between (from “Fermata,” on Backporch Revolution)
Failing Lights — The Submarine Twilight (this, and next, from “Zelphabet” volume F)
Francisco Lopez — Untitled #210
Ritualistic School of Errors — Pancakes Soaked, Started Bucking (from “Sweat-Stained Fancy Heaps for First-Rate Ladies,” on Resipiscent)
Philip Corner, Steve Peters — Gong(Cymbal)/Ear In the Desert (from album of the same name on Innova)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 8/21/10

August 21, 2010

Zeromoon was kind enough to replace a promo that had been lost in WDBX’s mail, so I was able to play Violet’s “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers” this week– this is a damn good album! I had the advantage of listening to it the other morning on my whole-house speaker system, which just sounded fantastic. I’d been particularly looking forward during this morning’s broadcast for the climax of “Marionetki,” which had really surprised me during my first listen… sometimes, I wonder if I have imagined these moments!

Violet — All Records Collapse
Violet — Marionetki
Violet — Plague Numbers
Pawn — Snow Piles
Pawn — Winter Came Again
Pawn — Fallen
Alvin Lucier — Music For Solo Performer

(remainder will be posted later on)

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

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)

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!

Swampfest lineup

August 5, 2010

It’s hard to imagine anyone attending Swampfest needing to know the lineup, given the astronomical chance that they’re also part of it– but since Babiemecca put it up, why not? Check it out:

FRIDAY AUGUST 6TH:
MLA For Matt
Freedom Ride
Big Sex
Oblive
Malaria
Tapeworms
Of Course You Realize…
Michael Brown & Danny Lighty
Drunk Virago
Himalayas
Secondary Modern
and an Ape reunion!

SATURDAY AUGUST 7TH:

Kangaroo Rats
Sprickets
Alpha Villain
Marathon
Dave X
Staring Problem
Dr Responsible
Deth Warrant
Black 40s
Black on Brown
Rob Jacobs and his band
Community College
Solar Shadows

Both days kick off at 4 p.m.

Tomorrow– WDBX DJ Spin Party

August 4, 2010

Be sure to make it to Carbondale’s Turley Park tomorrow, August 5th, from 4-8 p.m. for WDBX’s DJ Spin Party. I’ll be doing a short and strange set, complete with a sing-along opportunity– your group effort will be judged and rewarded (or punished!) accordingly. If you can’t make it to the park, be sure to tune in; we’re broadcasting everything live!