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“Style City” and “Music For Swimmers” playlists for 4/29/12

April 29, 2012

I’m covering for “Style City” today, which is kinda fun, seeing as how my own “Music For Swimmers” begins directly afterwards.

The BIG NEWS of the day, however, is that the WDBX Pledge Drive is OVER! Ms. Bags (a fan of “Style City”) agreed to meet the remainder of WDBX’s pledge drive goal of $13,000 singlehandedly, as an act of support for Style City’s Friendly Badger Group! If you’re confused, here’s the takeaway– that’s a pledge in the $2,000 range, and an amazing show of support for community radio here in Southern Illinois!

Thank you, Ms. Bags!!!

Grundik & Slava — Pattern In Time (from “…For Birds and Electronics,” on Stateart)
Eddie the Rat — Chasing The Sun (from “Once Around The Butterfly Bush,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Shortcut
Eddie the Rat — Once Around The Butterfly Bush
Zavolonka — For A Cuckoo (from “Plavyna,” on Nexsound)
Zavolonka — Painted Berries
RP Collier — Transponderize (from “Let Them Eat Flarn,” self-release)
Gutevolk — Twinkle Star’s Cycling Bolero (from “Twinkle,” on 12k/Happy)
Gutevolk — Light Parade
Gutevolk — Little Girl, Little Star
Gutevolk — Silo
Gutevolk — Moonlakers
Gutevolk — Wondering
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pt. 11 (on Pax Recordings)
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pt. 12
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer, pt. 13
—————-end of Style City playlist—————
If, Bwana; Trio Scordatura — The Tempest, Fuggit (from “E, And Sometimes Why,” on Pogus)
Felix Werder — The Tempest (from “The Tempest: Electronic Music,” on Pogus)
RP Collier — Aerie (from “Platz,” self-release)

Final reminder

April 15, 2012

Listen today at 5pm CST for my debut at the new time slot, and hear the end of “It’s Too Damn Early” in its late-night slot this coming Saturday at 4am CST.

Don’t forget!

April 14, 2012

DaveX debuts in his new time slot Sunday, April 15th, from 5-6pm CST on WDBX-FM. Don’t miss it!

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“It’s Too Damn Early” is moving to a new time!

April 12, 2012

After 10 years of broadcasting, “It’s Too Damn Early” is moving to a new time– 5-6 p.m. on Sunday evenings. You can catch the first episode at the new time this Sunday, April 15th at 5 p.m. I’ll be revealing the show’s new name as well, so don’t miss it!

For the next two weeks, I’ll transition everyone to the rowboats while covering my old late-night broadcast at 4 a.m. Saturday mornings. On April 21st, listen to my farewell “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast at the late-night time as I scuttle the ship live on-air.

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/21/12

January 21, 2012

Whew! I’m kind of tired out this morning. I was happy to take a few nice calls, though– it’s always nice to hear from listeners. Next week is the 10th anniversary of “It’s Too Damn Early” airing on WDBX-FM, so I’m pretty excited about that. Although I don’t have an exact count personally, this is about 500 shows! Seems like a fair number– I’ve missed some, but I’ve also covered a bunch. At any rate, it’s been a lot of fun, and I know I’ve had a great time learning about experimental music (as well as sharing it with you).

Alfred Harth — Adler_Kino 1166-1215 I# (from “Gift Fig,” on Kendra Steiner Editions)
Pailbug — First Pail (from self-titled album on Generate Records)
Pailbug — Second Pail
Pauline Oliveros — No Mo (from “No Mo,” on Pogus)
Yota Kobayashi — Kakusei (this, and next two, from “XXXII Concorso Internazionale Di Musica Elettroacustica E Rumore 2010,” on Monochrome Vision)
Sergy Khismatov — Spring Relapse
Sebastien Peter — Schatten
Crank Sturgeon — Breakfast With Crank Sturgeon (on RRRecords)
Eric Glick Rieman — Forgetting Belief (from “In My Mind, Her Image Was Reversed,” on Accretions)
Eric Glick Rieman — What’s Said, Reinterpreted By Future Hearers
Kevin Kastning, Sandor Szabo, Balazs Major — Triptych 1 (from “Triptych,” on Greydisc)
Kevin Kastning, Sandor Szabo, Balazs Major — Triptych 2
Kevin Kastning, Sandor Szabo, Balazs Major — Triptych 3

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 2/19/11

February 19, 2011

Following my disappointment at coming into the station to find insulting flyers about me, I decided to hold an “It’s Too Damn Early” support drive, asking listeners to call in. I am pleased to say that I had a number of lovely conversations with fine human beings, all of whom were similarly disheartened to hear about the poor start to my day. I also took the time to make a “remix” flyer, which I posted next to the original, for all to see. I’m not sure if they’ll be taken down later or not, so here they are. Be sure to click them to view full size! Update: Some station members believe that sharing the flyers is the equivalent of “giving the place a black eye,” and have requested that if I continue sharing the flyers, it might be best if it’s “by request.” If you feel like you need to see them, just e-mail me.

Enjoy your playlist!

Eyes Like Saucers — Owl Creek Bridge (from “Parmalee, Tribute To a Dog,” on Ikuisuus/Ruralfaune
Charlamagne Palestine — A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies (from album of the same name, on Cold Blue Music)
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — The Sun Don’t Wait (from “I’ll Meet You Halfway Out In The Middle Of It All,” on Edgetone Records)
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — War Is Terror, Terror Is War
Thollem McDonas, Rick Rivera — I’m No Different From You Now
Eyes Like Saucers — Sea Song (from “Still Living In The Desert, And Mostly In My Own Head,” on Last Visible Dog)
Eyes Like Saucers — Delusion of Reference
Eyes Like Saucers — Still Living In the Desert (And Mostly In My Own Head)
Eyes Like Saucers — I Want To Believe
Conure — Amsterdam and 81st, A Reverie (from “Strings, Locations,” on Edgetone)
Conure — Feedback Location String
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra I (from “Gravity of Shadows,” on Greydisc)
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra II
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra III
Kevin Kastning, Siegfried — Umbra IV
The Stumps — The Black Wood, pts. 1-3 (from “The Black Wood,” on LVD)

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.

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!

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!

WDBX History, pt. 14

December 27, 2009

This applicant is a little unclear on the whole “morning” concept.

WDBX History, pt. 13

December 27, 2009

THAT’S what I’ve been doing wrong all this time– the gimmick is, apparently, not having a gimmick. That’s a little Zen for you, eh? Also, are there any fans whose tastes cross the Kid Rock/Destiny’s Child divide?

WDBX History, pt. 12

December 26, 2009

There was no way that a little black bar could hide Mortimer’s identity to anyone with a passing familiarity of Carbondale music. Did Mortimer host a show? Does anyone have a recording of it?

WDBX History, pt. 11

December 26, 2009

YOU WILL APPROVE MY APPLICATION. MY DEEP, AUTHORITARIAN VOICE COMMANDS YOU.

WDBX History, pt. 10

December 24, 2009

Best line EVER. ‘Nuff said.

WDBX History, pt. 9

December 24, 2009

I bet this is one of the difficult aspects of managing the station– so many of us have had semi-official co-hosts. Does anyone know how many DJs we currently have on staff? Click the picture to make it big!

WDBX History, pt. 8

December 19, 2009

Put your hands together for the “Not Edgy, Not Controversia,l Not Corporate, Not Played Anywhere But On My Show, Super-Popular Rock Tunes Hour,” yay! Ironically, searching for “a fresh variety of music” brings up 15,300 hits… Be sure to click the note, and make it big.

~ORE~ History, pt.2

December 18, 2009

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that my first radio show was ~ORE~, which I co-hosted for two years with Tony Youngblood. Lately, I’ve been exploring the history of WDBX-FM, but Tony’s most THEATRE INTANGIBLE entry got me thinking about digging back into the history of ~ORE~. You’ll want to read the sister entry (fact: like ships, all blogs are female) before continuing here.

I’ve been with ~ORE~ in one fashion or another since it got started, at Southern Illinois University’s WIDB radio in 1998. By that time, I was a confirmed music obsessive, but I had yet to do anything with radio. Tony’s on-air collages caught my ear, and I started helping him compile raw material each week, which we would sift through during the live broadcasts. More often than not, the results were something of a trainwreck– but I gradually began to realize that I was building my listening skills, learning to improvise in a sound environment, and getting a serious education in composition as well. In effect, ~ORE~ was like experimental music bootcamp. The grind of producing a new episode each week with zero budget, amidst a full college workload was often intense. But ~ORE~ opened my mind to the possibilities of radio and music in ways that I hadn’t thought possible. I distinctly remember pitching one show idea to Tony that would take place entirely in engineering, re-routing cables and signals to see what would happen to the broadcast signal. Although we didn’t ever go through with this (admittedly rather hazardous) idea, the concept of multi-layered improvisation existing at all levels of the radio chain stuck with me– we could alter the music, we could alter the broadcast, we could alter the radios receiving it, we could alter the listeners… and they could alter us. The possibilities were simply staggering.

Tony and I had apparently soaked up Wu-Tang Clan’s greatest lesson, too– make it a franchise. Thus, the original ~ORE~ was endowed with “Prefab Audio Extrapolations” as a tagline. Even while fighting to keep up with a one-hour weekly broadcast, we were thinking of the future! At times, it seemed like anyone who was listening was actually AT the broadcasts, or helping make them. Although we were doing something amazingly different on the SIU campus, we didn’t exist in a bubble. Flyers and chalk were our outreach. Wednesday nights, we’d gather under the dim yellow lights of Faner Hall, and begin our amazingly huge chalk runs. We got our friends and family into it with us, making teams to cover as much of the 900-foot length of the breezeway as possible before the chalk bucket ran out. By morning, Faner was a pastel mess of dogs and cows spouting absurdist essays extolling the virtues of experimental radio, mixed with the inevitable Xeroxed flyers cooked up special for the occasion. Although the flyers rarely made much sense, we knew that they would reach others like us– weirdos, makers, noise-enthusiasts, record collector scum, freaks… our people.

When Tony graduated, I tried to carry on with ~ORE~ as best as I could. Now having found myself in the somewhat ironic position of being a more senior member of WIDB (I found this funny, because I had never officially joined), I made some effort to have a positive effect on the greater course of the station. But WIDB was floundering and directionless– and worse yet, it was splitting into two “factions”. On one side, WIDB had a core group of specialty-show DJs and music fans who were happy to continue WIDB’s long tradition of broadcasting in an oddball college radio format. They recognized that the freedom we were allowed for selecting our music brought with it a responsibility to showcase recordings and artists outside the mainstream, something that a commercial station cannot often do. On the other side, there were those who wished to emulate these same commercial stations, rendering WIDB little more than a warm-up “practice” space for those seeking jobs in corporate broadcasting. Worse yet, they wanted to cede more and more time to the automated programming, and were removing the specialty shows one by one.

The climate was rough, to say the least. WIDB had re-branded itself as “The Revolution,” an insipid and hollow slogan ironically describing whole days filled with nothing but a computer playing mp3 files in the back room for the bored, captive audience in the Student Center. I took to showing up at random times, shutting the PC off, and broadcasting miniature shows for anyone who would listen. Other DJs also stepped up to the plate– I heard others interrupting the automation as well, discussing the change over the air, or refusing to play the nonsense dictated by new programming rules.

But eventually, it got to be too much. I was tired, and ~ORE~ was beaten. I’d seen the new programming schedule, which literally crowned the station manager victorious by awarding him my old time slot. It reduced specialty shows by more than half, pushing them entirely to the weekends. The “Quiet Storm” broadcasting, which was arguably our most popular offering, was slashed dramatically. This was bizarro-world WIDB, and I wanted no part of it. On the night of the last ~ORE~ broadcast, the senior staff of WIDB was taking part in a pep rally on campus, attempting to out-shout other student organizations to show their spirit. I couldn’t think of a more fitting end to my days with the station– playing my favorite tunes to a dark student union, while the staff screamed about how amazing we were. After my last record was over, I posted some flyers to announce the occasion… and ~ORE~ Prefab Audio Extrapolations was dead.

Here’s some early flyer art for ~ORE~, and a bunch of other photos besides. I’ll do my best to explain them:

This was the core of the ~ORE~ family. I always liked this flyer, and felt that it represented us all well. Our “Mysterious DJ” was Will Bernel, AKA DJ Shad, AKA Willie Dynamite. I owe him a lot as a fellow DJ, and would love to chat with him again sometime!

This flyer is one of our “stealth” postings. Our flyers were often torn down by a campus Christian group, so I’d try to hide them in plain view for longer shelf life.

I love this one– “who gives a shit about our soundless room?!” Be sure to click these to see them large, okay?

On the surface, this one makes no sense whatsoever. In actuality, it describes the exact plot of “Doug’s Party,” our most infamous episode.

I re-worked the dialogue in this flyer many, many times, even employing it later at WDBX-FM.

I made this flyer in January of 1999, long before Franz Ferdinand would rip me off, lol.

Open these windows in a new tab– here, heeere, and heeeeeeeere— to see more of my flyer art!

Here’s Matty Smith, the station manager who was intent on turning WIDB into a total shitpile. As you can see, he was a complete tool. I got him to pose with a sign that had been posted at WIDB since I arrived, allowing me to subtly alter the content for greater veracity. Also present– a very young DJ Mo!

Here was Matty’s proposed schedule. See all the “pre-programmed” stuff? YIKES!

Long Live ~ORE~

I’ve got to imagine that WIDB is a different place now. New DJs, new ideas, and a couple solid webstreams have seen to that. Do yourself a favor and check them out— tell them DaveX said “hi”.

WDBX History, pt. 7

December 17, 2009

I love this applicant’s description of their proposed program– reminds me of the opening for Lily Allen’s “LDN” video. Keep narrowing it down, and you’ll only be playing XTC b-sides before you’re through! Also, dig the quotes on “useless”. I’m quoting him… who is he quoting? Click the picture to embiggen this mystery!

If you want me to grade on a curve, be sure to read the other WDBX History posts!

WDBX History, pt.6

December 16, 2009

Hey, Mikil– take a chill pill! Here’s how ya do it right… (click the image to enlarge it before your dull, lifeless eyes!)

For extra credit, review our other fine learning modules here.

WDBX History, pt. 5

December 16, 2009

Hmm… this show proposal includes The Who, Skatemaster Tate, Bruce Willis, and a ban on “hippie music”… If you think this must have sucked as much as I do, then click to see it big:

And because I love you, here’s Skatemaster Tate. Please watch until he describes “skate music,” it’s priceless!