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I’m back! (A Quick-Start Guide to DaveX)

November 16, 2015

Sorry for the gigantic delay. My last post of merit was written one year, six months, and nine days ago! To say that things have been a little rough is an understatement. Since that time, I have graduated from university, accepted a full-time position managing a community radio station, and gotten divorced. I’ve had more than a few close encounters with my depression, and have been just about as low (off and on) as I ever hope I’ll get. I’ve assured myself that it’s a terribly boring story, so I’m going to quickly skip you to the present with a handy “quick-start” guide:

I’m DaveX. I’ve been interested in sound for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t always know it. I’ve hosted numerous radio programs featuring experimental music, each with a focus on active listening. I have two children, “Mo” and “The Weasel.” I manage a small community radio station that is not unlike running The Muppet Show. I have problems with depression, but I’m still hopeful. I enjoy collecting records and tapes, reading, and circuit-bending. I make noisy things (and sometimes, I sell them!) I’m a vegetarian. I like comic books, photobooths, and kung-fu movies. Dee Snider saved my life, and I will happily read your John Cage fan-fiction.

This week, I’m on vacation from work, so I’m going to be getting back into blogging. To kick things off, I’ve uploaded my latest episode of “Music For Swimmers” to SoundCloud. You can listen to it online, or download the files. Ordinarily, this is a one-hour program, but Mo was sick today, so it’s closer to 2 hours and 15 minutes. The playlist is below– enjoy!

“Music For Swimmers” 11/15/15

Brian Chase “Feedback Drone” on Pogus Productions
Ross Bolleter “Piano Dreaming” on Pogus
Enzo Minarelli “The Weak Suits” on Pogus
RP Collier “Scum For DaveX” on RP Collier
Richard Pinhas “Efrim” on Cuneiform Records
Tony Youngblood “Light Has A Universal Meaning”
Tony Youngblood “Moderate Stimulation”
Tri Atma “Natural Loving” on Higher Octave Music
Tony Youngblood “Different Voices, Different Worlds”
Preston Ari Swirnoff “Maariv 1” on Last Visible Dog
César Bolaños “Sialoecibi, ESEPCO I” on Pogus
John Lennon, Yoko Ono “Two Virgins No. 1” on Negram
Leif Elggren “Soya” on Bananafish
OiMa “Brushman” on OiMa
OiMa “Prayer Wheel” on OiMa
Mooey Moobau “Love Bloody Love Food Sewer Food” on vosotros
Alok “Pool Weakness” on Lona Records
Oval “Standard Audio Frontend” on Thrill Jockey Records
Kiyoshi Mizutani, Hideaki Shimada & Kiyoharu Kuwayama “Chimere 1” on Monochrome Vision
Martin Denny “Quiet Village” on EMI Capitol
The Evolution Control Committee “hello” on Seeland
Steamboat Switzerland “VI” on Grob
Anaphylaxis “all yours” on Parasomnic Records/Mannequin Oddio
Pitz “Motet 6” on Oktadka
Pitz “Motet 7” on Oktadka
Anders Ostberg “Futuristic Experimental Music” on Chain Tape Collective
Chica X “Kickin The Kittens” on Nail In The Coffin
George Korein and the Spleen “There Must Be Somewhere” on George Korein
Tuft “Bathory” on Medusa Head Records
John Morton “Amazing Grace Variations” on Innova
Marcelo Radulovich “Turn On the Phone” on Titicacaman Records
Kanito “3” on NoType
Celluloid Mata “Convex” on ant-zen
Electropolis “Sailing The Flat Earth” on Innova
@c “77(1)” on Monochrome Vision
Kid Koala “Drunk Trumpet” on Ninja Tune
Tom Nunn “Skatchmat” on Edgetone Records
Matt Weston “Holler” on 7272music
Juppala Kaapio “Kagami Hebi (Mirror Snake)” on Last Visible Dog
Massimo Falascone & Bob Marsh “In Your Dreams” on Eh?
Loachfillet “Hell” on Resipiscent
Uladat “Guerra” on Black Tropical Records
Noah Creshevsky & If, Bwana “Cicada #4: Version Barnard” on Pogus Productions
Kenneth Gaburo “For Harry” on Pogus
Z’ev & Bob Bellerue “Felt, If Not Seen” on Phage Tapes

“Music For Swimmers” liveblogged playlist, 3/31/13

March 31, 2013

I’ll take the format from my last liveblog, and keep my thoughts interspersed throughout the playlist. It’s fun!

I started off with something a little off-kilter– Mo had a caller who was being rude about “just play some music already,” and being completely put-off about the whole ordeal of listening to radio…

Leif Elggren — Soya (from “Bananafish 16: Paradoxes of Enlargement”)
Big City Orchestra — Advise Pilot of Fire (from “Is Dead Long Live,” on Ubuibi)
My Fun — Fireworks (from “The Quality of Something Audible,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Phonopostal (from “Sonorine,” on The Land Of)
The Lesser Birds of Paradise — Untitled Track 11 (from “A Suitable Frame,” on Loose Threads)
Peter Wright — 5 Minutes + 24 Seconds (from “Pariahs Sing Om,” on Last Visible Dog)
Insect Ark — Lift Off (from “Long Arms,” on Geweih Ritual Documents)
Merzbow — Bamboo Honey (from “Deprogramming Music Vol. 1,” on Sacred Noise)
Brent Fariss — Three Spirit Recordings (from “Four Environments Collapsing,” on Kendra Steiner Editions)
Christian Bouchard — Trois Miniatures En Suite (from “Fractures,” on Empreintes Digitales)

Liveblogging while I cover a show…

March 26, 2013

I’m covering for another DJ today, so I quickly packed a bag and heading in to the station. I’ve got a fairly large amount of music with me, so this should be a fun time! Just for formatting kicks, I’ll insert the playlist between thoughts…

Coin Gutter — Timewise (from “All Your Dreams Are Meaningless,” on NoType)
My Fun — Black Sky (from “Idyll EP” on Test Tube

I figured out an interesting little “jog” technique using our CD players, quite by accident. I was not aware that you could trick it into staying put in active mode on a single frame of the disc– so I opened the Insect Ark cut with a little jog improv, which sounded great.

Insect Ark — Lift Off
Pierre-Andre Arcand — Paradoxal (from “Atlas Epileptic,” on Ambiances Magnetiques)

I noticed that the “Dj Trios” disc featured a track recorded at Bard College, whose “Office of Student Life Programming” assisted with putting on the original concert. Seems fun that we are now the unintended beneficiaries of their effort– thanks Bard College!

Christian Marclay, Toshio Kajiwara, Marina Rosenfeld — Annandale-on-Hudson, November 19, 2003 (from “DJ Trios,” on Asphodel)
Felix Lachance — Manege I (from “Cache 2009,” on CEC)

Jeez. Only when dealing with experimental music will a DJ find himself describing the Greek root words for “behind” and “anus” in relation to a family of fish. Luckily, the music is worth it. Hope you’re enjoying this!

Christoph Erb, Jim Baker, Michael Zerang — Opisthoproctidae (from “Erb, Baker, Zerang” on Veto Records)
Psychotic Quartet — We Are All 11 or 26 Dimensions (from “Sphaleron,” on Eh?)

Whew! Feeling tired tonight. As much as I enjoy filling in, I’m definitely going to enjoy getting back home. Plus, I won’t have Tom Selleck staring at me. I was using a pirate flag here at the station as a curtain between the master studio and my office, which has a big window (it used to be a studio as well). As near as I can tell, someone mistook the Jolly Roger for Old Scratch, prompting a quick switch on my part. In a pinch, Tom Selleck– via his “Mr. Baseball” days– made a decent substitution in movie poster form; his ample arm hair, twinkling eyes and thick mustache surely no match for anything cloven-hoofed. But now he stares at me, happily brandishing his ball bat. I’m not sure if we’re any better off.

Ministry of Rites — Embers (from “Grid,” on Edgetone)
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Beautiful (from “Beautiful,” on Edgetone)

“Music For Swimmers” liveblog/playlist for 9/30/12

September 30, 2012

I’m having some fun with old Contrastate material today– mixing stuff from the “English Embers” album with the “I” cassette, just because I like how it works together. Mo’s “Style City” broadcast was a good mood-setting today, blending some fairly off-kilter chiptunes stuff into a nice, workable mix. Maybe DJing isn’t the most amazing talent, but I’m still awfully proud; she’s definitely gotten the hang of things in the last couple years. I’ve got some nice recordings to share today as well– the “Hot Choice” album by Breakaway that I reviewed the other day, as well as a really nifty compilation album on Barge that I picked up for a Loren Connors cut, and ended up really digging across the album.

As a sidenote, if anyone from Nuun Records or Metamkine is reading this, thanks for sending the Pauline Oliveros/Jesse Stewart “Dunrobin Session” album. I found it lodged in the station’s currently-hoarder-worthy library room, where it had obviously been opened for me, and discarded. Not sure how long this one has been AWOL– but trust me, I don’t make a habit of ignoring Oliveros material, or any promos sent my way for that matter.

Contrastate — Invocation to the Rite of Birth (from “I,” on Direction Music)
Contrastate — The Rite of Birth
Contrastate — Northern Twilight (from “English Embers,” on Dirter)
The Fun Years — Electricity Is A Scarce Commodity (this, and next six, from “Innature,” on Barge Recordings)
The Kallikak Family — Purity Music, Purity Sound
Bird Show — Stay High
Polmo Polpo — Farewell to the Flyer
Loren Connors — Outside My Window
Animal Hospital — Late Summertime

“Music For Swimmers” playlist and commentary 7/29/12

July 29, 2012

So many things happening lately! I know I’ve been a bit spotty on my “Startling Moniker” duties, but  rest assured, it won’t become a “thing.” Give me a few weeks, and I think I’ll have it all working regularly again. Until that time, enjoy your playlist:

Henry Kaiser — Devil In The Drain (from “Devil In The Drain,” on SST)
Robert Horton — “I am not a centipede”, said Mary Poppins (for P.L. Travers) [from “Reading Sounds,” on Luovaja]
Bill Shute, Anthony Guerra — Deep Focus (from “Subtractions,” on Black Petal)
Iamheard — Hongistola (this, and next, from “Reading Sounds,” on Luovaja)
Haute Cuisine — Une Saison en Enfer
Daniel Kientzy, Tom Johnson — Tortue de Mer (from “Kientzy Plays Johnson,” on Pogus)
Glenn Weyant — Untitled #2, Disc 5 (from “Mystery Vault Files,” unreleased)
A Death Cinematic — The New World (from “The New World,” on Simple Box Construction)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 7/22/12

July 22, 2012

Playing some cool tapes today, along with some older stuff that I’ve been digging recently. I’m trying out blogging from my phone as well– seems more of a pain in the neck than anything, but might be interesting for less text-heavy posts. I hope you enjoy today’s show! Just as a reminder, you can catch “Music For Swimmers” (formerly “It’s Too Damn Early”) at its nice new broadcast time every Sunday afternoon from 5-6 p.m., CST.

Head Boggle — Plaid Days (this, and next two, from “Modern Language #1” on Snapped In Half Tapes)
Pulse Emitter — Bucolic Vortex
Carlos Giffoni — Pulpo
Ophibre — Untitled 1 (from “Basil Forests,” on Digitales Limited)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 6/16/12

June 17, 2012

I decided to play older stuff today– not necessarily in relation to its release date, but “older” in terms of when I last played it. I don’t think I’ve played any of these since 2005 at the latest, and it’s possible that one or two never made it on the show at all, but were just present in the mix happening behind-the-scenes. Wouldn’t that be fascinating by the way? To hear a mix of all the things I didn’t necessarily air, but that influenced what I did broadcast. I’d sure love to hear that! By the way, just a heads-up– the next episode of “Sounds Like Radio” is going to be kick-ass. I’m really getting the feel of that show lately, and I’m excited about this particular episode. be sure to tune in tomorrow and check it out.

Mira Calix – Routine (The Dancing Bear) (from “One On One,” on Warp Records)
John Oswald — O Hell (from “Plunderphonic,” on Mystery Tape Laboratory)
David Tudor — Rainforest Version I (from “Rainforest,” on Mode)
Zoviet France — Alchemagenta (from “Digilogue,” on Soleilmoon)
René Lussier, Martin Tétreault — Tellure (from “Qu’ouïs’je?” on Ambiances Magnetiques)
René Lussier, Martin Tétreault — Aventure
René Lussier, Martin Tétreault — Faufilure

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers” 6/9/12

June 10, 2012

Well, I just got done being interviewed for Emma’s “Pony Party 2012” edition of Style City, where we discussed “Friendship Is Magic,” favorite ponies, pony songs, etc. A pretty cool show, but a bit of a jumbled mess moving from one show to the other. Fortunately, I’ve got Pilesar’s “Radio Friendly” album from Public Eyesore to help me transition!

Jean-Marc Montera, Francesco Calandrino — Untitled #3 (from “Idi di Marzo,” on Eh?)
Pilesar — Slipping On Eggs On the Floor (from “Radio Friendly,” on Public Eyesore)
Pilesar — Hit The Door
Pilesar — My Friend Sunshine
Pilesar — Slight Case of Clown
Jacob Felix Heule, Bryce Beverlin II — Live at Art of This, Minneapolis, 8/3/10 (from “Intersects,” on Eh?)
Jean-Marc Montera, Francesco Calandrino — Untitled #4

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 5/6/12

May 6, 2012

Once again, covering Emma’s “Style City” today, so I decided to make excellent use of my additional 1.5 hours and play the entirety of Robert Ashley’s opera, “Now Eleanor’s Idea.” It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I’m delighted to bring it to a bigger, more awake, bunch of listeners. So many nice calls today about it, too. That always makes things nice! At any rate, if the playlist looks a little short today, remember that pieces 1 and 2 are awfully long! Thanks for listening– tune in next Sunday from 5-6pm CST on 91.1FM locally, or stream at WDBX if you’re somewhere more interesting. Until then, take care!

Stanislav Kreitchi — Voices and Movement (from “Voices and Movement,” on Electroshock)
Robert Ashley — Now Eleanor’s Idea (Complete! From “Now Eleanor’s Idea,” on Lovely Music)
Birchville Cat Motel — Kanji Email Dreaming (from “Curved Surface Destroyer,” on Last Visible Dog)
156 — Horse Drawn Carnage (from “156,” on Feast of Hate and Fear)
Tetsu Inoue, Carl Stone — .bitÅ (from “pict.soul,” on Cycling ’74)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early” 4/28/12

April 28, 2012

Today is the final broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” in this timeslot– from now on, you can hear the show from 5-6 pm (CST) under its new name, “Music For Swimmers.”

I also need to mention that this “Monolith Transmissions No. 0” cassette I’m playing right now is pretty awesome. A great package of mystery and noises, just my sort of thing!

Philip Gayle — Hadaka Denkyu Very Much (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
Philip Gayle — Howdy Elephant Tree
Philip Gayle — The Queensboro Bridge Song (Feelin’ Slumpy)
Francis White — Walk Through Resonant Landscape No. 5.2 (from “In The Library Of Dreams,” on Pogus)
Francis White — The Book of Roses And Memory
Amy Horvey — Marionette Lazarus (from “Catchment“)
Doctor Bob — PSA #1 (from “It’s About Time,” on Edgetone)
Doctor Bob — They Are Waiting
Doctor Bob — Seahorses and Flying Fish
Doctor Bob — Dreams of Prey
Doctor Bob — PSA #2
Tri-Cornered Tent Show — Aliens Left A Scar On My Back (from “Alien Trailways,” on Edgetone)
Tri-Cornered Tent Show — Twist The Sky
Nicholas Rejack — Monolith Transmission No. 0, Side A (from cassette of the same name, self-released)
Nicholas Rejack — Monolith Transmission No. 0, Side B
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pts. 1-3 (from “Music For Guitar + Computer,” on Pax)
Jin Dohyong — Showroom Dummies

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! “Music for Swimmers” 4/15/12

April 15, 2012

Today was the first episode of my show in it’s new 5-6pm Sunday time slot– I think it went very well! I’m used to having a lot more space to stretch out in, so this was different, but fun. Earlier, I compared the experience to working as a short order cook after spending a long time working entirely with crock pots. My special “no interruptions” arrangement with the station manager lets me avoid playing any promos or underwriting during my show, which definitely helps. I also did a lot more quick transitions than usual– I won’t do this for every show, but I wanted to kick things off with some improv mixing and collage. It felt right. Ordinarily, I intend to stick by my “no excerpts” rule, which may prove interesting in terms of focus during a one-hour show. There’s definitely a lot less room for error, though; I believe this may be an interesting challenge. If you heard today’s show, leave a comment and tell me what you thought. I’m curious how things went on your end. –DaveX

Margaret Noble — The Object of Power Is Power (from “Frakture,” self-release)
Strotter Inst. — #2 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer & Public Guilt)
Ian Yeager — Untitled no.3 (from “Music for Guitar + Computer,” on Pax Recordings)
Chefkirk, Ironing — Notorious (from “Notorious,” on Hymns)
Dan Joseph — Archaea Quintet (from “Archaea,” on Mutable Music)
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura, Philippe Petit — Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds, pts. 1-4 (from album of the same name, on Public Eyesore)
Art Jerks — Like Things (from “Dysphemism Treadmill,” on BatHotAxe (and OMG, George Korein has a Bandcamp. Go buy everything of his right now, no kidding.)
Philip Gayle — Pajama Turtles (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX #1 (unreleased)
Christopher Cichocki — Elemental Shift, pt.1
Noah Creshevsky — Tomomi Adachi Redux II (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)
Glenn Weyant — Electric Fan Sound Works (from “Electric Fan Sound Works,” on Sonic Anta)
Bill Shute, Anothony Guerra — Marion, Texas (from “Subtraction,” on Black Petal & Kendra Steiner Editions
Tom Hamilton, Peter Zummo — Trance For the Bopanon Set (from “Sylbersonic Trombone,” on Penumbra
PAS — Socrates Speaks (from “Experi-MENTAL Compilation 2,” on Alrealon
Violet — All Records Collapse (from “Violet Ray Gas & The Playback Singers,” on Zeromoon & Sentient Recognition Archive)
Don Campau — Planck Era (from “Jungle of Misunderstanding,” on Lonely Whistle)
Mystified — Rubber Cats (from “Iron,” on Turgid Animal)
Mystified — Sporadic Signal (from “Give Me Static,” on Hymns)
TD Skatchit, Karen Stackpole — Confined Canary (from “Skatch Surveillance,” on Edgetone)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — It’s Easy To Disappear Into This Fog (from “Civilian Life,” on Pax)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 4/7/12

April 7, 2012

Blue Sausage Infant — Afflicted By the Wind Disease (from “Manitou,” on Alrealon)
Blue Sausage Infant — Hosebag
Oubliette — Falls of Rauros (from “Tol Brandir” cassette on St. Petersburg Institute of Noise)
Blue Sausage Infant — Abdominal Frost
Jazzfakers — Flying Carpet Transport (this, and next three, from “Experi-MENTAL Compilation 2,” on Alrealon)
Invisible Hand — Evader
Violet — Blatta Blyad
The Expanding Man — Interpretation of Dreams
Baculum — East End Boys (from split, double cassette release Pregnant Spore/Baculum, on Phage Tapes)
Philip Gayle — The Queensboro Bridge Song (Feelin’ Slumpy) (from “Babanco Total,” on Public Eyesore)
Philip Gayle — Bi-curious Marsupials Underneath The Panels For the Walls of Purgatory
Philip Gayle — The Indexicality of My Middle Finger
Philip Gayle — Naked Brunch
Philip Gayle — Pajama Turtles
Seth Ryan — RCT 1-3 (from split, double-cassette release with Brandkommando, Seth Ryan, Fear Konstruktor, and Disgust on Phage Tapes)
Hobo Cubes — You Made Me Feel The Past (from “Inscriptions vol.1,” on Sacred Phrases)
Head Boggle’d — Diesel Power (from Head Boggle’d/Fossils split cassette on Middle James Co.)
Crank Sturgeon — Fuchs-Octubre (from “Fuchs-Octubre,” on Psych Form Records)

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)

Liveblogging! “Fashion Pickle” 2/24/12

February 24, 2012

I decided to be silly today while covering for another DJ’s broadcast– I’ve announced that the show is titled “Fashion Pickle,” and that it is a six-hour broadcast of Chinese opera, barbershop quartets, and feminist news. So far, nobody has called in to correct me that the “Rhizome” album is not (as stated) a mash-up of these three themes. It’s a derpy joke, but nobody seems to have noticed.

I’m doing my best to spread some knowledge, though! Two new releases from Pogus Productions, for real! I’m especially digging Leo Kupper’s latest, which again has birdsong/voice track with Anna Maria Kieffer– I can’t get enough of their recordings. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the entirety of today’s audience! I’ve had some seriously depressing, abusive calls come in this afternoon, including one local businessman who seems to have confused me with his personal jukebox. After a shitstorm of abusive AND supportive phone calls, I went on-air to lay out a quick history of bird and wildlife-inspired recordings off the top of my head. I don’t usually explain these sorts of things, preferring that listeners make their own connections and interpretations, but this seemed like a special case! I was also interested to receive a call from my station manager, who expressed his full support for my “seriously challenging shit,” a phrase which I now wish I could use on-air as my show’s tagline.

Lastly, go check out the beautiful photographs accompanying the writeup of “Lind Raud, Aastaajad,” at the Invisible Birds site. I want to go there!

Thanks for listening, everybody!

Merzbow, Richard Pinhas — Rhizome 2 (from “Rhizome,” on Cuneiform)
Leo Kupper, Anna Maria Kieffer — Kamana pt.1 (from “Digital Voices,” on Pogus)
Noah Chreshevsky, Tomomi Adachi — Tomomi Adachi Redux II (from “Rounded With A Sleep,” on Pogus)
T.D. Skatchit, Scott Looney — Despair (from “Skatch Surveillance,” on Edgetone)
Leo Kupper, Anna Maria Kieffer — Kamana pt.2
T.D. Skatchit, Scott Looney — Quiet Terror
Nels Cline, Andrea Parker, Tom Rainey — Pearly Turbo (from “Out Trios Vol. 3, Ash and Tabula,” on Atavistic)
Head Boggle — Birds Ynthi (from “Alto Coloratura In Synthesize,” on Catholic Tapes)
Head Boggle — Nthi
Head Boggle — Nthi PT.3
Loachfillet — The Automated Bowl of Soup (from “Electric Pond: Solar Solution,” on Resipiscent)
Jennifer Walshe — Nature Data (from “Nature Data,” on Interval)
Cebec — Transformer Substation (from “Serge Modular Users 2009,” on Resipiscent)
Hans Grusel — Quarintimes
Electronic Waste Product — Picket Fences
RP Collier, Eloine — Wedgework (from “Anchor Studies,” on Triple Bath)
Yannick Dauby, Murmer — Talv (from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad,” on Invisible Birds)
Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich — Kevad

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 2/18/12

February 18, 2012

It’s freakin’ Promo City over here, so next week is going to be awesome! I’m staring down new stuff from Tom Hamilton, idM TheftAble, and if, Bwana; not to mention a couple new ones from the Pogus label as well– Noah Creshevsky, Leo Kupper… goddamn, these guys know what moves me! If that wasn’t good enough, there’s also new stuff from the Cuneiform and Abzu labels, and a couple self-releases from brand-new folks– it’s always good to hear from new people, keep ’em coming!

I’m definitely looking forward to playing this Davis Redford Triad LP, “The Mystical Path of the Number Eighty-Six,” a Holy Mountain release that probably won’t make many journeys out of my home in the future. I hope you’re listening! (And hey, a big thanks to Lou’s Records in Encinitas, CA for helping me find this one!)

OMG, can’t believe I forgot (I told you this was a good night!) but I’ve also got two new LPs from ZeroMoon, whose “intelligent noise music” has always rung true to my ears– Blue Sausage Infant’s “Negative Space,” and “District of Noise Vol. 4,” which features Washington D.C. area noise artists. I won’t have time for both on today’s program, but you’ll definitely hear each over the next few weeks, most likely on both programs.

Lastly, The Claudia Quintet (with Theo Bleckmann) will be in St. Louis for a New Music Circle event on March 2nd at the 560 Music Center Ballroom. I’ll have some free tickets to giveaway next week, so make plans to listen in– maybe they’ll be yours!

156 — Expand and Contract (from “Taking A Look At A Moment Lost,” upcoming on Feast of Hate And Fear)
156 — Blasting
A Death Cinematic — When The Sun Settles Into the Horizon We Remember Our Rivers (from “The New World,” on Simple Box Construction)
A Death Cinematic — Mountains Choked With Smoke, Release the Trees Down Their Hillsides
A Death Cinematic — Sparrows Circle the Distance From The Gallows To the Sun
A Death Cinematic — Our Sorrows Pile Up In the Night’s Lament
A Death Cinematic — As The Lights Fissure The Night Skies, Our Eyes Grew Pale At the Horrors Beheld
A Death Cinematic — The New World
Davis Redford Triad — Hymn Of The Virgin Sun Queen (from “The Mystical Path Of The Number Eighty Six,” on Holy Mountain)
Davis Redford Triad — Smoke Signals In The Rain
Davis Redford Triad — The Mystical Path Of The #86
The Claudia Quintet — Crane Merit (from “Royal Toast,” on Cuneiform)
The Claudia Quintet — Keramag Prelude
The Claudia Quintet — Keramag
Blue Sausage Infant — Motion Parallax (from “Negative Space,” on ZeroMoon)

Covering for “Style City” 2/5/12

February 5, 2012

Mo was feeling unwell today, so I took over “Style City” for her this afternoon– with no plan to watch the Super Bowl, I probably ended up having more fun that I ordinarily would have! That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy her broadcasts, but let’s face it, I dig being at the controls even more. Today’s was a damn fine set, if I do say so myself. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

There’s no broadcast next week for either of us, though– we’ll be on the road– so be sure to re-join “It’s Too Damn Early” in its regular time on Feburary 18th, with “Style City” re-appearing on the 19th. Until then, take care!

Uladat – Purgatory (from “Uladat,” on Black Tropical)
Andrea Pensado — La Careta (from “Ktotam,” on ZeroMoon)
Wanda Group — Wetsuit Women (from “Bass Urine,” on NNA Tapes)
A Death Cinematic — Untitled (from “Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments,” on Simple Box Construction)
Irene Moon — Centrifuge Heart Sonicator (from “Zelphabet, Volume I“)
Kotra — Untitled (from “Ampere,” on Alku)
Chefkirk — Gross Pyramids (from “We Must Leave The Warren,” on Eh?)
Philip Skaller, Danny Holt — Aperitivo  (from “Music of Mark Dresser,” on pfMentum)
My Fun — Long Distance (from “This Is All I Had Time For,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Unwind
Head Boggle — Birds Ynthi (from “Alto Coloratura In Synthesize,” on Catholic Tapes)
Head Boggle — Nthi
Head Boggle — Nthi PT.3
Head Boggle — Fireball Mail
Conrad Schnitzler, Michael Thomas Roe, Masato Ooyama — Kluster 07 (from “Zelphabet” Volume K)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/28/12

January 28, 2012

I’m celebrating the 10th broadcast anniversary of “It’s Too Damn Early” today! Naturally, I’ve pulled out all the stops– I’ve got a ton of great music lined up for this show, so I hope you don’t miss it. Feel like calling in? 618-457-3691.

Andrea Pensado — Bicho Raro (from “Ktotam,” on ZeroMoon)
Mike Khoury, Hans Beutow — Untitled Side A (from “Two Sides of Khoury,” on Excite Bike)
Chefkirk — Gross Pyramids (from “We Must Leave The Warren,” on Eh? Records)
Leather Bath — Armistice (from “L” volume of “Zelphabet”)
Paul Metzger — Deliverance (from “Deliverance,” on Locust)
My Fun — Car Alarm Birds (from “This Is All I Had Time For,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Low
My Fun — Saturday
My Fun — Long Distance
Damion Romero –Untitled Side A (from “Missing Link,” on Hanson Records)
Lou Reed, Metallica — Iced Honey (from “Lulu,” on Warner and Vertigo)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 1/14/12

January 14, 2012

Loachfillet — The Automated Bowl of Soup (from “Electric Pond: Solar Solution,” on Resipiscent)
Eric Glick Rieman — The Past, Aerated (from “In My Mind, Her Image Was Reversed,” on Accretions)
Eric Glick Rieman — Reinventing Belief
Brent Fariss — Palestine (from “Four Environments… Collapsing,” on Kendra Steiner Editions)
Brent Fariss — Four Environments… Collapsing
Brent Fariss — Three Spirit Recordings
David First — Pipeline Witness Apologies To Dennis (from “Privacy Issues,” on XI Records)