Archive for September, 2010

At home, with Yamantaka Eye

September 27, 2010

Update: There’s some doubt that the person accompanying Yamantaka Eye in this video is actually Masami Akita, mostly spread by one dedicated commenter with a raging hard-on for finding mistakes made at STARTLING MONIKER. If you know the true identity of our Masami lookalike, let me know. But if you’re just going to fling your poo at bloggers, I’ll keep deleting your stupidity.

Update 2: Apparently, this commenter was so moved by the possible mis-identification of the interviewer that he has started his own YouTube account for the sole purpose of commenting on the video at that site.

Update 3: Comments are closed. If you want to help me correct mistakes on STARTLING MONIKER, that’s cool– just don’t start by calling me various names.

He’s being interviewed by Merzbow, too! This is some of the funniest shit I’ve seen all week. Absolutely hilarious to see Masami Akita so relaxed and being silly. Bonus points for Eye yelling at the propane heater thing.

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Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 9/26/10

September 26, 2010

I’m staying up and listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” so I thought I’d liveblog it– why not? Is it liveblogging if the show is pre-recorded? You can listen live at WSIU by clicking here.

Right now, I’m digging on “Cicadas,” from Glenn Weyant’s “…In the DNA” disc. It made a lovely outro to “Death of Bellflower” from Chaos As Shelter. Hmm… I just heard a promo for our “Powered By You” campaign, asking station members to contact Laura at 618-453-4343 about being on one of the “Powered By You” bits. I really enjoy hearing these! It sure would be neat to hear one from a “Sounds Like Radio” listener. I bet it would be awfully different! My 20th episode, “Powered By,” was actually dedicated to one of these folks; Ms. Hale, whose fascinating and lengthy history of public radio involvement was nothing less than inspiring. It would be interesting to know if she ever found out about this or not.

Well, that was actually a really nice way to spend the remainder of my day. I’m going to have to stay up and listen to myself more often! But seriously, this beats getting up at 3 a.m. to check out the show. Hooray for re-broadcasting! If you enjoyed the show, listen again next week for part two of this set, “Reflection and Influence.” It’s on from 3-5 a.m., CST; and again from 10-midnight, Sundays. Goodnight! –DaveX

Luftzucker
Name: Ernesto Diaz Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair, Ernesto Rodrigues
Name of CD: Our Faceless Empire
Track Label: Pax Recordings

Subliminal Clutter 1
Name: Gen Ken Montgomery
Name of CD: Birds + Machines
Track Label: Pogus Productions

Subliminal Clutter 2
Name: Gen Ken Montgomery
Name of CD: Birds + Machines
Track Label: Pogus Productions

All Records Collapse
Name: Violet
Name of CD: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
Track Label: Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive

Marionetki
Name: Violet
Name of CD: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
Track Label: Zeromoon, Sentient Recognition Archive

Death of Bellflower
Name: Chaos As Shelter
Name of CD: Electroacoustic Vol.8
Track Label: Electroshock

Cicadas
Name: Glenn Weyant
Name of CD: …In The DNA
Track Label: Sonic Anta

Morning Light Through Smokestacks
Name: Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster
Name of CD: Lung Tree
Track Label: ReR

The Anta Project
Name: Glenn Weyant
Name of CD: The Anta Project
Track Label: Sonic Anta

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 9/25/10

September 25, 2010

Today’s punishing bit of musical obsession comes packaged as a 4.5 hour long show. Yes, I dropped in early, after recording three episodes of “Sounds Like Radio” over at WSIU earlier in the evening. I’m taking my day around the horn! Since I was sick of hearing Bob Dylan sing about… well, whatever he was singing about last week (and the week before, etc) on the emergency programming, I figured I’d take one for the team and show up right after Mass Resistance.

Later on– “later” being Saturday evening, from 8-10 pm– I’ll be back, accompanying DJ Mo, who will be covering the “She” side of “He Said/She Said,” and taking her first turn at running the board. She’s got one hell of a synthpop extravaganza planned, so don’t miss it!

Myo — Semiological Guerrilla Warfare (from “Memory Gospel,” on Zeromoon)
Richard Pinhas — The ICS (from “Event and Repetitions,” on Cuneiform)
Richard Pinhas — P’tite SAB
Knurl — Talopia (from “Acidamide,” on Harsh Noise)
Stanislav Kreitchi — Ansiana (from “Ansiana,” on Electroshock)
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Sturm und Drang (at Sea) (from “Blaue Blooded Turen,” on Resipiscent)
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Blooded Door, pt.1
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Blooded Door, pt.2
Vladimir Martynov — Night in Galacia; As the Future’s My Witness (from “Night in Galicia,” on LongArms)
Vladimir Martynov — Night in Galicia; Ever These Shades Draw Me In
Vladimir Martynov — Night in Galicia; And there, in that other shade, you scatter the thronging clouds of flies
Vladimir Martynov — Night in Galicia; Like a Black Wind
The Holly Martins — Stairway to the Mezzanine (from “No No Yes No,” on Edgetone)
Christopher Campbell — All-Clear 1,2,3,4,5 (from “Sound the All-Clear,” on Innova)
Christopher Campbell — Interlude 1
Christopher Campbell — North Wind
Christopher Campbell — Diamond Marimba
Christopher Campbell — Shining Furrows
COMA — Ornamental Urban Shrubbery (from album of the same name, on Edgetone)
COMA — Gort, Klaatu, Barada, Niktoe
Peter Blasser — The Moon Camera (this, and next three, from “Sonic Circuits X, available through Innova.
Malte Steiner — Signale
Joachim Roedelius — Frag’s Pherd Hans
Sawako Kato — Crab
Atsushi Yamaji — Petsound
Mudboy — Solitron Wave (from “This is Folk Music,” on Last Visible Dog)
Mudboy — Solitron Waves

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)

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September 14, 2010

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The Blogapus is ALIVE!

September 13, 2010

WDBX-FM’s new blog, “The Blogapus” is up now– you should check it out! I’m really proud to be helping get it off the ground, and get WDBX a stronger cooperative presence online.

15 Albums

September 12, 2010

I’m barely on Facebook, but I still managed to run into this meme– list 15 albums that will always stick with you. Obviously, this will be super-difficult, mostly because I will have to resist the urge to go back and add more in the middle of the night. Here goes…

1) Crass – “The Feeding of the 5000”
2) Patti Smith – “Horses”
3) Jimi Hendrix – “Electric Ladyland”
4) Nirvana – “In Utero”
5) U.S. Maple – “Sang Phat Editor”
6) Metallica – “…and Justice for All”
7) The Ran-Dells – “The Martian Hop/Forgive Me My Darling (I Have Lied)”
8) Henry Cowell – “Piano Music”
9) The Yardbirds – “Heart Full of Soul/Steeled Blues”
10) Dead Kennedys – “In God We Trust/Plastic Surgery Disasters” (I’m not even going to pretend that I had the original, separate albums)
11) Subhumans – “From the Cradle to the Grave”
12) Rudimentary Peni – “Death Church”
13) John Cage, Lejaren Hiller – “HPSCHD”
14) Public Enemy – “It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back”
15) The Diamonds – “Little Darlin’/Faithful and True” (I dig this version so much more than the original, by The Gladiolas.)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/11/10

September 11, 2010

Three things:

1) Why aren’t you here, enjoying experimental films with us? There’s still time– get down to WDBX, and check ’em out!

2) What?! You forgot to make a pledge for the WDBX Membership Drive? Better take care of that pronto– call 618-457-3691, or donate online.

3) I don’t know how that blood-covered radio got in your bed… Oh look, a playlist!

Violet — Violet Ray Gas (from album of the same name on Zeromoon and SRA labels)
Frank Rothkamm — Betrothed of Wyoming (from “Ghost of New York,” on FluxRecords)
KK Null, Daniel Menche — 5 (from “Raijin,” on Asphodel)
Ritualistic School of Errors — Greasy Hair Draped Over a Precious Neck (from “Sweat-Stained Fancy Heaps for First-Rate Ladies” on Resipiscent)
Myo — Semiological Guerrilla Warfare (from “Memory Gospel” on Zeromoon)
Miya Masaoka, Audrey Chen, Hans Grusel, Kenta Nagai — Dialing (from Resipiscent)
Miya Masaoka, Audrey Chen, Hans Grusel, Kenta Nagai — Fuse
Frank Rothkamm — Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Opus 476 (this, and next, from “America,” on FluxRecords)
Frank Rothkamm — The Band Played On

ITDE + FB = WTF

September 10, 2010

So… “It’s Too Damn Early” is now on Facebook.

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry.

I sure hope you like playlists!

September 10, 2010

Because this little link will show you every “Sounds Like Radio” playlist! Why don’t you check it out, and see if you’re on a show or two? You might even be able to cheat and look into the FUTURE!

WDBX Membership Drive update

September 4, 2010

The WDBX Fall Membership Drive starts today; I got the ball rolling this morning during my “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast. I’m happy to say that a one of my favorite long-time listeners was kind enough to make a $250 pledge!

I’d like to see if we can’t continue this great momentum, and try to match it by next week’s show. The quickest way is just to give the station a call– 618-457-3691, and be sure to tell them that the pledge is coming in for “It’s Too Damn Early.” There’s a lot of nice thank-you gifts available this time around, so you might ask about those as well. You can also donate online, through PayPal.

I’ve seen the numbers this year– 41% of our total operating budget comes from member donations, so obviously these are very important to us!

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

Experimental Films at Dawn II

September 2, 2010

I’m going to be taking advantage of WDBX’s big flatscreen television on September 11th, hosting “Experimental Films at Dawn II” from 4-6:30 a.m. that Saturday morning. I’m keeping the selections a surprise, but you should come expecting lots of strange sights and sounds. This is a meatspace-only event, so there is NO corresponding broadcast or webstream– in other words, you gotta show up in person.

Afterwards, I’ll drag as many people who are still standing over to the SIRIS record sale– so be prepared to round the horn with me into the dawn, and then battle for obscure jazz LPs!