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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)

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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)

“It’s Too Damn Early,” 3/3/12

March 3, 2012

Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able & if, Bwana — Megawho (from “MegaWHAT? Live at The Stone” on Ilse)
Tom Hamilton, id M Theft Able & if, Bwana — Megawhen
Warm Climate — Lost Teeth/Organ Donor (from “Edible Homes” cassette on Stunned)
Warm Climate — Cave In
Warm Climate — Edible Homes & Gardens/Synth Pads For Homeless
RP Collier, Eloine — Tonic Spanner (from “Anchor Studies,” on Triple Bath)
RP Collier, Eloine — Smog Index
Violet — Incapacitated By The Sun (this, and next five, from “Sonic Circuits, District of Noise vol.4“)
TL0741, Anthony Pirog — Busy Bees
Nine Strings Trio — Sacred Crow Scared Cow
Stylus — Combine.Monogram
Insect Factory — Slow Bloom
Janel Leppin — Music for a Film, The Recipe
Blue Sausage Infant — Negative Space (from “Negative Space,” on Zeromoon)
Blue Sausage Infant — Subferal
Abortus Fever — Untitled (from “Recycled” cassette on RRRecords)
Yannick Dauby, John Grzinich — Kevad (from “Lind, Raud, Aastaajad,” on Invisible Birds)
Yannick Dauby, Murmer — Suvi

“Sounds Like Radio,” 1/9/11

January 10, 2011

Here’s the playlist for this week’s broadcast of “Sounds Like Radio.” Remember, the show airs twice a week now– 3-5 a.m., CST, Sunday mornings; and later Sunday evening from 10-midnight. Tune in at 91.9 FM, or online at the WSIU live stream: http://www.wsiu.org/live

AGF (Antye Greie), Modyfier – Process Part 101 (Confusion Dripping From Me)
John Adams – Shaker Loops (from Nonesuch, 79360)
Haruki – Wetlands
Haruki – Posts and Fences
John Adams – Chamber Symphony (from Nonesuch, 79219-2)
Sculpture – Shiiin, Jet Stream, White Earphones

And while I’ve got your ear, (so to speak) consider adding your voice to that of 170 million other Americans who make use of public broadcasting. Let Congress know that public broadcasting funds are too important to be cut! I’ve added mine, so please do your part as well.

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/8/11

January 8, 2011

So far, just taking it easy for this broadcast. Some weeks, I feel like I’m pushing the music around, or wrestling with it– other times, it’s like following the music where it wants to go. In rare cases, such as this morning, the music carries me there. I hope you’re digging it too.

Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #1 (from “Monstranz,” on Everest Records)
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #2
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #3
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #4
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 1 (from “Subterranean Sky,” on Aural Terrains)
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 2
ANNA — Araignées (from “Araignées,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Motet, parts 1-10 (from “Motety i Jutrznia,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Jutrznia
Strotter Inst. — Minenhund pts 1-5 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer and Public Guilt labels)
Eloine — Threadbare Margins (from “Simpler Machines,” on DarbolisticRex)
Eloine — Bracket Migration

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/1/11

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! I’m celebrating the occasion with a mix of hyper-futurism, and the best of 2010– I haven’t got my official Top 12 Best Happy Neat-O List completely squared away, but you can bet that a lot of today’s broadcast will be making the cut. I’ve also brought in my vuvuzela, which is my friendly alternative to the gunfire I heard earlier this morning. It’s also way more fun– it sounds like a cross between a failing boat horn and a giant bumblebee!

But before we get to the playlist, let me tell you a bit about the future we’ve tuned into this morning. Connected as it is to this very moment (where generations of the future’s students who furiously sniffed insta-learn crystals in all night cram sessions will happily tell you is the moment where we collectively decided that theirs was the future we actually wanted) one can certainly understand our interest.

I’m sorry to say that direct knowledge of the future would melt your brain, as it is lacking the extra quantum mer-lobe that future generations will evolve during our time living in the sea during the Tri-Glacial Period. But I can get you close.

1) Put your right arm behind your head until it goes to sleep.
2) Rapidly inhale one tablespoon of cocoa powder through a thousand-dollar bill.
3) Listen to the following playlist:

RP Collier — Exegesis
Fat Worm of Error — Wipeless Two (from “Ambivalence and the Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Fat Worm of Error — Return of the Thin White Dook
Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate
KK Null — Tokyo August 15 (from Zelphabet, volume “K”)
Ava Mendoza — Don’t Pity Me (Up In Flames) [from “Shadow Stories,” on Resipiscent)
Ava Mendoza — The Furious Harpy Who Followed Me Everywhere
Gen Ken Montgomery — Birds & Machines (machine suite) [from “Birds + Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery — Birds & Machines (Bird Suite)
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Third Anomaly (Failure) [from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Records of North America]
The Painful Leg Injuries — Phosphorus! Of Course For Us!
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Confused Clone’s Mirror Moment
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Fourth Anomaly
The Painful Leg Injuries — Tropical Sabbaticals Traveled Subatomical
My Fun — Churning Surf (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Dunes
My Fun — Still Pointing, Recording Nothing
My Fun — Gasp
@c — Composition #77, pts. 6-8 (from “0°-100°,” on Monochrome Vision)
RP Collier — Detector Dreams
RP Collier — Plaxplex

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 11/27/10

November 27, 2010

I’m going on this morning, following Sneaky Pete’s six-hour all-Jimi Hendrix birthday show. There’s really no way to follow something like that, so I decided to simply admit as much on air. So while a six-hour chunk of Hendrix goes drifting out into space to be retrieved by alien radio archaeologists in the future, I’ll be taking a completely different heading and will now attempt to tack against the prevailing solar winds.

Grey Park — 10 Dollar Habit/Immediate Resignation (from “Halogen Ball,” on Negative Foundation)
The Free Players — On Another Side of the Blue (from self-titled album on Last Visible Dog)
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act I, A Deserted Beach
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act II, The House of Upsud
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act III, The Summit of a Mountain- Upon It A Crucifix (this, and next, from “Paris X,” on Furious Artisans and Innova)
Dane Rudhyar — Tetragram #3: Rebirth
No One Pulse — Kapok (from “LINGK,” on Lona Records)
Eddie the Rat — Sunny’s Up All Night (from “Insomnia Sound Bible,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Freak Out & Die
Eddie the Rat — Cough Up The Life Units
Sensible Nectar — Neurological Problem (from split c20 w/Casket At the Altar on Violent Noise Atrocities)
Sensible Nectar — Liplike Structure (from “Tectonic Grind,” on Rainbow Bridge)
Sensible Nectar — Hiding Microbe (from “Catholocyst,” on Chaosynod)
Sensible Nectar — Fuck Chamber (from “Death Panels,” on Danvers State Recordings)

Liveblogging! Playlist and commentary for “ITDE” 11/13/10

November 13, 2010

I’m tipping towards the noise end of things on today’s show– too much clarity this week, so here’s an aural kick to the head as a way of shaking things up. This “Species Traitor” disc from The Adjective Noun is doing the trick! It’s anybody’s guess how many of these are left out of the run of 37, but my money says you can still get a copy if you try. I’m recommending it– “Species Traitor” isn’t 100% perfect, but when it does come together, it’s well worth hearing.

I’m playing from “Musick For Two Machines” by Barry Chabala and Phil Hargreaves now. This is a double-disc release where both CDs are intended to be played simultaneously, with both players in shuffle mode. Kinetix did this for their album “Gestaltsystem 01: Possible Forms,” for the Monochrome Vision label, but the resulting albums are so remarkably different that I find I’ve enjoyed each very much on their own terms.

Nerfbau — Cochlear Phantasmagoria (from “Error Swarms,” on Resipiscent)
Nerfbau — Mechanical Camel Toes (Smell It My DNA)
Nerfbau — First Amoeba
Nerfbau — Arc of the West
Nerfbau — Specimen
The Adjective Noun — Species Traitor, pt.2 (from “Species Traitor,” on U.S.A. Surpasses All Nazi Genocide Records)
The Adjective Noun — Rebelyon Esklav, pt. 1 (from “Rebelyon Esklav,” also on U.S.A. Surpasses All Nazi Genocide Records)
The Adjective Noun — Rebelyon Esklav, pt.2
Barry Chabala, Phil Hargreaves — Musick for Two Machines (from album of the same name, on Whi Music)
Lois Laplace — Awake (from “Fine Sediment,” on Cycling 74)
Lois Laplace — Light and Shape
Lois Laplace — Forward Cathedral
Lois Laplace — Elevator Light
Lois Laplace — Erable
Eddie the Rat — My Little Red Stungun (from “Out Behind the 8-Ball,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Lela, My Familiar
Eddie the Rat — The Closet People
Eddie the Rat — Out Behind the 8-Ball

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 10/17/10

October 17, 2010

I’m listening in to the broadcast tonight– still trying to improve my vocal work! I hope you enjoy today’s episode of “Sounds Like Radio” on WSIU, and also that you’ll let a friend know about the show as well. We’re doing our pledge drive right now, so if you’re as excited as I am about getting to hear experimental music on public radio, be sure to give them a call at 1-800-745-9748. You can also donate online. Be sure to tell the operator that you enjoy “Sounds Like Radio,” or leave a comment in the online pledge area to that effect. Thanks!

Also, on the 23rd of this month, how about joining me for a soundwalk on the SIUC campus? We’ll start at 10:30 a.m., outside on the North end of the Student Center. It’s free, and a lot of fun– I hope you can make it!

Wow, very strange. I just heard my spot about pledge drive, which I announce. Unfortunately, it was run in the break during my show. So I essentially said that we were going to break, and then was immediately on again. A little discombobulating, haha.

Here’s the playlist for this week:

RP Collier – Leeway (from “Lamelaphone,” on Lonely Whistle)
My Fun – Easy Rest (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun – Murals
Christopher Campbell – Surface Streams Moonface (from “Sound the All Clear,” on Innova)
Christopher Campbell – All Clear
Frank Rothkamm – Overture (from “Amerika,” on Flux Records)
Frank Rothkamm – You’re In the Army Now
Mark Peter Wright – Commentary (from “Inanimate Life,” on 3 Leaves)
Mark Peter Wright – Untitled 2
Mark Peter Wright – Untitled 5
Glenn Weyant – Electric Fan Sound Works (from album of the same name, on Sonic Anta)
PD Wilder – Ilka Maka (from EP of the same name on Lo-Bango Sound)

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/16/10

October 16, 2010

I’m in the mood for some drone today, so get ready for some loooong tracks! The David First set is really terrific, absolutely top-notch. It was nice to get it on following the Alok mini– I’m not certain the extreme low end of his stuff came through too well on radio, but it sounded great here.

I’m about halfway through the show now… well, a little past half, and I’m crushed for time! I could do a few more hours this morning, easy.

Did I mention how amazing the new stuff from The Painful Leg Injuries is? No shortage of freaked-out response on that one! Better grab a copy, don’t you think?

Santiago Latorre — Orbita (from “Orbita,” on Accretions)
Santiago Latorre — Le Sobrevive,  Le Sobrevive A Todo La Frialdad
Alok 3/5 — C For Schubert (from “C” on Lona Records)
David First — My Veil Evades Detection, My Veil Defies Exhaustion, My Veil and I Divorce (from “Privacy Issues: Droneworks 1996-2009,” on XI Records)
Manilapede — Peninsula Overdrive (from “Manilapede,” on Turgid Animal)

Duane Pitre — Origin, Movement I: Sun AM (from “Origin,” on Root Strata)
Duane Pitre — Origin, Movement II: The Carpenter
Duane Pitre — Origin, Movement III: Yahweh

Bright Duplex — Egg Harbor (from “Strawberry Trust,” on Thor’s Rubber Hammer)
Bright Duplex — Luminous Pumpkinsockets
Bright Duplex — The Lady Is Waiting
Bright Duplex — Motorcycle Goodbye
Fat Worm of Error — Wipeless Two (from “Ambivalence and the Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Fat Worm of Error — Return of the Thin White Dook

Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate
Fat Worm of Error — Golden Nozzle
Warm Climate — More Wretched (from “Camouflage on the River Wretched,” on Stunned Records)
Warm Climate — Voice Over Headlights
The Painful Leg Injuries — Everything Put Here Was With the Best of Intentions (from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
The Painful Leg Injuries –The First Anomaly (Invasion)
The Painful Leg Injuries — A Million Billion Means Nothing To the Infinite Void of Nothingness
The Painful Leg Injuries — No Exegesis is Without Eisegesis

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/9/10

October 9, 2010

I’m really enjoying this David First anthology from XI Records! My recommendation– pick up a copy, play it loudly, and feel those drones push through the room.

I’m playing now from “Camaraderie,” a collaborative release from My Fun, John Ira Ebersole, and Kimberly Ellen Hall on The Land Of label. It’s a CD, paired with a lovely little book of Ebersole’s poetry. Of course, Hall’s amazing deign sense is throughout– if you’ve had a chance to check out any releases for The Land Of, you’ve encountered her work, and will recognize the style. This is undoubtedly a hallmark effort for the label, which I’m going to start recommending quite highly already.

David First — Zen Guilt/Zen Blame (from “Privacy Issues: Droneworks 1996-2009,” on XI Records)
Gregory Taylor — _a (from “Voiceband Jilt,” on Cycling ’74”
Gregory Taylor — _b
Gregory Taylor — _c
Gregory Taylor — _d
Blue Gene Tyranny — Spirit (from “Take Your Time,” on Lovely Music)
Merzbow — Live at the Henie-Onstad Art Center, 10/11/09 (on Prisma Records)
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — The Quiet/The Clumsy (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — I Grew Wings
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Easy Rest
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Murals
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Churning Surf
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Dunes
Warm Climate — Saltwater Simplified (from “Camouflage On the River Wretched,” on Stunned Records)
Warm Climate — Trespassing
Warm Climate — We Wish You Rain
Gen Ken Montgomery — Seelisch Unruh

Liveblogging! “Sounds Like Radio,” 10/3/10

October 3, 2010

I just realized that until the 9th, I get somewhat symmetrical dates! It all falls apart with a bang on the 10th, followed by a timed release of chaser symmetry on the 11th and 22nd– just enough to get me through. Anyways, I’m listening to “Sounds Like Radio,” digging on this Grundik & Slava track, which apparently never made the cut to an actual album. I wonder about what happened to it… I’ve always enjoyed that one, and I know it’s on at least one of my “Mystery Tapes,” as it put a smile on my face during one of my periodic “quality checks.” If you’ll allow me a quick digression, I should mention that two more Mystery Tapes have been released during the past 30 days. Keep an eye out for them, my tape distribution agents are widely scattered; occasionally, they do not even know they’ve been selected for the job!

Well, I’m a chatty thing. Two songs in, and I still haven’t got the playlist up. Yikes! Dig the similarities between the John Morton track and the Grundik/Slava cut. So many odd similarities!

I must’ve had a thing for bells when I selected these tracks. Seems like they’re popping up everywhere. Currently, listening to “Walking By the Refinery.” Eek, now there’s a promo with Somali soldiers. There’s a downer for you! Speaking of a downer, I think my vocals need to improve. Anyone have some tips for me? I think the sound is accurate, but they just seem a bit flat to me. Is it the lack of typical radio compression, etc, or something I could improve without too much trickery?

Digging on Glenn Weyant’s “Natural Electronics” right now. Sometimes, when I put together a show like this, I get a kick out of watching how low some of the levels are. I don’t think that many radio broadcasts explore such a wide range of dynamics, but of course, I have nothing more than my own experiences with radio to go on.

Wow! I had forgotten how well these two tracks fit together. I don’t think I even noticed the exact crossover point between “Natural Electronics” and “Essl Museum.”

Grundik Kasyansky, Slava Smelovsky, Chaos As Shelter – Lullaby for Little Ghostesses
John Morton – Solo Traveler (For 5 Voices and 5 Music Boxes) (from “Solo Traveler,” on Innova)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Hannafin – All The States Between, pt.II (from “All the States In Between,” on Pax Recordings)
Eric Glick Rieman, Lesli Dalaba, Stuart Dempster – Walking by the Refinery (from “Lung Tree,” on ReR)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Machine Suite) (from “Birds and Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery – Birds and Machines (Bird Suite)
Violet – Violet Ray Gas (from “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers,” on Sentient Recognition Archive and Zeromoon labels)
Glenn Weyant – Natural Electronics (from “In the DNA,” on Sonic Anta)
Mark Applebaum – Essl Museum (from “The Bible Without God,” on Innova)

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)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 10/4/08

October 4, 2008

You can all breathe easy– I’m going to keep doing “It’s Too Damn Early.” I had a low spot there, and things were close, but I decided after last week’s set that things felt right for continuing. I got a fun surprise today… an e-mail from Sonore Records informing me of their 10th anniversary. Although “It’s Too Damn Early” isn’t quite ten years old, that does mean my broadcasting history is– Sonore Records were among the very first to send me promotional recordings. I suppose that’s kind of nifty to think about.

I’ve played from a couple 3″ discs this morning– a lovely little Coin Gutter disc on Vanity Records, as well as some new (to me, that is) Ironing stuff, “The End of the Jackson Party.” Ironing actually sent along a few little buttons in his DJ care package. My daughter ended up gladly adding one featuring a large-mouthed cartoon man to her collection. “Just tell people it’s for a very cool dude from Florida called Ironing,” I said.

Ruins — Warrido
Ruins — Quopern
Morceaux de Machines — Multivision Espacial
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part I
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part II
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part III
Coin Gutter — Everyone Else Was Two
Matt Weston — “Millions of Yeah”
Ironing — The End of the Salsa Party
Ironing — Point of No Return
Ironing — Sear
Ironing — Peel
Ironing — Tender Eyes
Ironing — Jackson Party
If, Bwana –- Xyloxings
Noah Creshevsky -– Shadow of a Doubt
Noah Creshevsky -– Favorite Encores
Noah Creshevsky -– Intrada
If, Bwana –- Cicada #4Version Barnard

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/23/08

August 23, 2008

I’ve been in a relatively low-key mood for this broadcast. DJ Mo has been helping me get the station ready for the arrival of her guest DJ friends– they’re covering Kids Kamp in the next time slot. As I announced earlier, I played from the John Cage material made available to me by the OgreOgress label; these are recordings from their upcoming release of Cage’s “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Nine,” “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine,” and “Eighty”… I’ll be hosting the world premiere for “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine [Eighty-Three]” next week. Obviously, this is a pretty big deal for “It’s Too Damn Early,” and I’m proud to be part of Cage history in some small way.

Otherwise, I’m just trying to do the good volunteer thing– sprucing up the station a bit, since I’m relatively sure some of Mo’s friends have never been here before. WDBX has to make a good impression, you know? Also, The Land Of has me flustered! I screwed up the artist/album title last time I played The Green Kingdom’s disc “Laminae,” switching them up… and I did it again! Let’s hope Google cache didn’t nab me. Either way, it’s a really good album, and the package printing is lovely. Some of the Sweet Action guys were fondling it earlier. Had to suggest they find their own copy, thank you!

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — The Perforated Veil
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Queen of the Wires
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Myra
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Blue on White
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — The Radiator Hymn
The Green Kingdom — Late Summer
The Green Kingdom — A Hidden Stream (alternate)
The Green Kingdom — Fuji Apple
John Cage — Twenty-six
John Cage — Twenty-nine
Choi Joonyong — Hold (entire)
Robert Dow — Steel Blue
Robert Dow — Burnt Umber
Robert Dow — White Water (airflow)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/9/08

August 9, 2008

As Kleeer would say, “tonight’s the night.” Or the morning– whatever. Daniel Godston and Eric Glick Rieman are scheduled for a live set on the show, live from the Hi-Life Room. I’m pretty excited about this, and just hope it all goes well without any technical issues. I got into the studio a bit early, so I’m kicking off a three-and-a-half hour broadcast. Live sets are great, but I like playing albums too!

A hanger-on from Sweet Action had a very hard time believing Hong Chulki’s contribution to this show wasn’t the result of “porcelain.” Not sure what that means, exactly…

Still getting my end of the equipment set up. Three mics available, hopefully this will suffice. I’ve got to find some tape, so I can mark their channels now. It gets confusing! Here’s something from the Zelphabet series, off the “B” volume.

Dan Godston and Eric Glick Rieman have arrived– got lost a bit, and drove into Marion! They’re setting up now… there’s going to be a lot for me to reset around here after they pack up! No biggie, I’m more interested in the deconstructed Rhodes, which is VERY strange-looking.

WOW. Rieman and Godston have got one hell of a sound. We had a couple of avian guests arrive to fly around Godston’s head… I guess that covers their stated goal of working with “non-human animals,” eh? I ended up shooing them out with the help of some couch pillows, and they both made it safely back outdoors. Hope the photos turn out! We have an odd monitoring situation here at the station. They’re essentially forced to use a couple radios for monitors, and somewhat rely on the drift of sound outward from master control to help Godston know what Rieman is doing.

BTW, I learned I’ve been pronouncing his name wrong– Rieman is said “Ray-Man,” which I would have never guessed.

I have video, photos, and (hopefully) a decent audio recording of this session. I’ll be sharing all of this later on, but give me a couple days to relax before I tear into the various files. Until then, enjoy the next couple reviews– the secret is scheduling them ahead of time, haha.

Hong Chulki — Turntable, Without Cartridge 1
Hong Chulki — Turntable, Without Cartridge 2
Hong Chulki — Turntable, Without Cartridge 3
Ophibre — Music for .aiff & Magnetic Tape
Bob Bellerue — Fridge Tower
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — How Light, A Potato Chip
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — The Distance That Separates Dreams
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Spicule Maneuver
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Worm Anvils
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Shallow Weather
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Lucy Has a New Pet Kitty
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Ant Farm Morning
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Bernal Villegas, Oli Mayne — Terse Symmetry
Daniel Godston, Eric Glick Rieman — LIVE @ “IT’S TOO DAMN EARLY”, WDBX-FM

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/2/08

August 2, 2008

Today’s show started out strong, and so far, I’m very happy with how it’s going. Playing from the Cichocki/Shields/Rale split DVD-R was difficult without a television available to help select the tracks, but I checked it out ahead of time– hooray for auto-play! BTW, a dedicated TV and DVD player are next on my WDBX wishlist, should anyone feel generous.

Right now, I’m doing the “Rothkamm-centric” portion of the show I promised a couple weeks back. Taking my queue from Rothkamm’s studio multitudes, I too will be harnessing the power of technology to thicken the mix– at present, I am mixing from three Rothkamm albums– I wonder how many instances of the man this has yielded?

I think the Rothkamm mix went very well. I may have mis-labeled a couple of the track names in the playlist, however. It gets a little hard juggling that many discs at once! For the record; I used FB01, FB02, FB03, LAX, Just 3 Organs, and Opus Spongebobicum to create the mix. At present, I’m playing Carl Stone’s “Kreutz” from Nak Won, on the Sonore label. I sent a friend to a video of this played live the other day, so I figured I’d go ahead and play the album version this week.

I’m digging the Warm Climate disc, “Circle Dub/Regrettable Form,” on Phantom Limb. It’s going to take a few more listens to fully get my thoughts worked out on it, though. It just came in with another, which I’ve not yet had time to check out– maybe I’ll have a review for you this coming week!

Say Bok Gwai — Not All Chinese Are Good At Math
Kevin Shields, Cristopher Cichocki — Motorhands
Rale, Cristopher Cichocki — Tattered Syntax
Gen Ken Montgomery — Don’t Bring Those Things, Live Erloserkirche 3/19/86
Gen Ken Montgomery — New Age Machines pt.1
Husht — The Glycolysis of an Insistent Bird
Rothkamm — B and B Plus 33
Rothkamm — Independent Bernoulli Trials
Rothkamm — Half Man, Half Amazing
Rothkamm — Outdoor Heritage of New Jersey
Rothkamm — Reality OR Room in Hollywood
Rothkamm — Opusspongebobicum, Variation 23
Rothkamm — Opusspongebobicum, Variation 10
Rothkamm — Incident Outside Mesquite
Rothkamm — Ancient Meats
Carl Stone — Kreutz
“Blue” Gene Tyranny — Somewhere in Arizona 1970
“Blue” Gene Tyranny — Somewhere in Search of Heaven, A.D. 999
“Blue” Gene Tyranny — Somewhere Inside the Red Circle
Warm Climate — Rehearsal Repulsive
Warm Climate — Terminal City/Warm Winter II/Backstabbing Waitress
Absolut Null Punkt — Absolute Magnitude 1
Amere3 — Hiba
Amere3 — Rauli

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/26/08

July 26, 2008

Sweet Action filched on a promise to play local abstract electronics producer Chaos Kit‘s newest track, so I kicked off the show with it– not my normal thing, but not a bad beginning to this broadcast either. After that, straight into some heavy stuff from Ralf Wehowsky and Anla Courtis, on “Return of the Stone Spirits.” These two do some really good work together, and obviously play off one another’s strengths– RLW’s bizarre streak is a mile wide, and works perfectly alongside Courtis’ shepherding primitive tech back into the light.

Speaking of primitive tech– you should really see the computer we have here at Casa del WDBX. I think it is the world’s last all-wood PC, with the sap-based POS chip. Seriously, manatees get online quicker than this beast. Nevertheless, I’ve pushed on through to do some seriously lovely mixing tonight– more than one person will be quite upset if this broadcast doesn’t survive the recording process. Someday, Southern Illinois will enter the 20th century, and I’ll have a decent net connection… until then, it’s always a craps shoot as to whether there is a recording waiting for me when I return home.

I just noticed that local musician Ryan Oslance will be joining Ahleuchatistas soon. I know full well I was playing their stuff well before anyone in this area– according to my playlists, at least as early as April 2006– I’m thinking I may have to leverage this for a live set here at the station sometime!

Chaos Kit — Primer (Petro Laundry Mix)
Anla Courtis, Ralf Wehowsky — Cristalización espontánea
Anla Courtis, Ralf Wehowsky — Wege zur Besserung der Naturgeister
Anla Courtis, Ralf Wehowsky — Un pequeño hombre gris con cara cuadrada y ojos luminosos
Philip Jeck — Unveiled
Philip Jeck — Chime Again
Philip Jeck — Fanfares
Philip Jeck — Shining
The Gowns — White Like Heaven
Phthalocyanine — Ethiopian Runner
Contagious Orgasm — Heart Station
Philip Glass — Changing Opinion
Philip Glass — Lightning
Joan La Barbara — Shadow Song
Jack Lunetti, Don Brown — Untitled
Grouper — Disengaged
Grouper — Heavy Water
Muslimgauze — Baghdad Mind
John Oswald — Anon
John Oswald — O Hell
John Oswald — 2net
Bernard Parmegiani — Lumière Noire; Moins L’infini
Bernard Parmegiani — Lumière Noire; Instant 0
Bernard Parmegiani — Lumière Noire; Premières Forces – Premières Formes
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 3
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 4
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 5
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 6
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 7
Ahleuchatistas — Brilliant Danderkovs
US Maple — Mountain Top
George Korein — Too Many Days

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/5/08

July 5, 2008

Independence Day ran a little late for me, so I didn’t end up finding time to dig out all my firework-related programming– no biggie, though– I’ve still got a lot of great stuff I want to play. I started the show with something from Glenn Weyant, “Epistemological Grounds,” which makes use of some train recordings to nice effect… it also is holding the “train” theme in mind for me, having made a large portion of my previous week. I’ll have some video evidence to back this up by Monday. While I’m at it, I’ll have more of Weyant later in this broadcast!

Up next was Diamondhead, with their Eh? Records release “Dirty Realism.” Not a lot of flow between these two on an obvious level, but it’s what I wanted to hear, so I imagine listeners can deal. Oh, station break!

Well, I’m back. I’ve sorta been running two shows simultaneously for the past hour and a half– one for everyone out there in listener-land, and the other for some WDBX folks who happened to be in the Hi-Life Room this morning. That’s one of the great things about having a show here, just being able to pick people’s brains about new music, new sounds, etc… and of course, sharing some things I’m excited about as well. Lots of behind-the-scenes today, haha!

Eventually, I’m going to have to do my “stereo show” with two separate broadcasts– one for each channel. I need to look into how I will accomplish this without destroying the studio, though.

Right now, I’m playing from Laminae’s “The Green Kingdom,” (scratch that, reverse it! “Laminae” is the name of the album) which is the brand-new release on The Land Of. This is a label I’m very fond of mentioning to everyone, so if you haven’t managed to visit them online, I suggest you do that ASAP.

Next up, I’m going to play a small set of Aaron Jones’ work– he’s part of semi-local band Maggotapplewonderland. I’ll be playing more of their work this coming week, from their newest release “Shards of Subtle Being.”

I’m going to close the broadcast with the Glenn Weyant, as promised. This is from the latest installment of the Sonic Anta D-Construction Sound Subscription Service, which is a bitch to type, but a joy to hear. I thought I had everything when my double disc set of experimental bagpipe ensemble music arrived, but “Electric Fan Sound Works” put me over the moon. Thanks, Glenn! As per his request in the liner notes, I’m letting listeners live it up with the full 30-minute recording. See you next week!

Glenn Weyant — Epistemological Grounds
Glenn Weyant — Network Memory Resonance
Diamondhead — Ditry Realism (excerpt)
Sin:Ned/Nerve — Ghost Feeding Vessel
Robert Ashley — Concrete; The Old Man Lives in Concrete
Robert Ashley — Concrete; Ideas About Thinking
Robert Ashley — Concrete; O Mesopotamia
E. Doctor Smith, Seth Elgart — Lord Telford’s Ghost
The Green Kingdom — Indigo Afternoon (from the album “Laminae”)
The Green Kingdom — The Scarlet Ibis (from the album “Laminae”)
Aaron Jones — Untitled 1
Aaron Jones — Untitled 2
Aaron Jones — Untitled 3
Glenn Weyant — Electric Fan Sound Works

Wordle “cloud” versions of It’s Too Damn Early playlists

July 2, 2008

Via one of Ralph Lichtensteiger’s posts on the Silence list yesterday, I was introduced to a fun online tool for generating word clouds– Wordle. I’ve generally found tag clouds fairly useless, and an unnecessarily obtuse method for page navigation, but Wordle has a simple interface that lets users enter their own text for the cloud generation… I ended up entering three months worth of playlists, one at a time! My results are below, along with a meta-cloud featuring the entire three months combined, and a final cloud with multiple years worth of my early playlists.

These get a little squished with the blog’s formatting, so click the cloud for the full-size version, okay?

This first cloud is from April 26, 2008. As you can see, I was playing a lot of George Korein’s “Another Corpse” album!

Playlist for 4/26/08

I like the vaguely Greek lettering style for this cloud, from the April 4, 2008 broadcast. It’s fitting, given the conversation I was having with a Greek sound engineer that week about Brekekekexkoaxkoax, so I was amused when this font was randomly selected.

Playlist for 4/4/08

Here is the cloud for the April 12, 2008 broadcast. I’m having fun reading it as a poem: “Everything long, young girl eyesore.” Sounds like my spam filter!

Playlist for 4/12/08

From the April 19, 2008 broadcast… Karthik Kakarala ends up making the cloud without being played on the show– one of the perks of visiting the Hi-Life Room and nearly giving me a heart attack!

Playlist for 4-19-08

This is a good-looking cloud! Very “Times,” don’t you think? I also like the juxtaposition of “station, studio, beehive” in the upper right. How appropriate! Taken from the May 3, 2008 playlist.

Playlist for 5/3/08

I didn’t do much actual liveblogging for the May 17, 2008 broadcast; I’ll let this cloud speak for me. I wish “feral” showed up in more tag clouds…

Playlist for 5/17/08

The May 24, 2008 playlist generated this cloud– it’s funny how the thing I remember most about this broadcast (playing from the Bearly Queen disc near the end of the set) hardly shows up in the cloud. And Bikelophone is huge, haha! If the cloud only knew the Bikelophone track was just a few minutes long, versus BQ’s 18-minute monster…

Playlist for 5/24/08

Wow, I made a lot of these things. I sure hope you like Wordle clouds, ’cause I’m shoving them down your throat. This is made from the June 14, 2008 playlist. Again, it’s very difficult not to read as a poem: “Much nice ITDE sound download / miss work, got birds like cello intertwined.”

Playlist for 6/14/08

Looks like I played some of The Harmful Free Radicals, eh? Made from the June 21, 2008 set.

Playlist for 6/21/08

One day after the previous cloud, I did the June 22, 2008 broadcast— turned in this set, which is quite different in scope.

Playlist for 6/22/08

This was the result of combing all the above playlists, minus common English words. For some reason, this reminds me of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” movie poster.

Represents playlists from April to June, 2008

Here’s the biggie– many years worth of my playlists… I think I used 2006, 2005, and some from 2003. Entering these in was a pain in the ass, because there was no easy way to get rid of my original +++ used to separate playlist entries. Anyhow, it’s a nice birdseye look at my show’s earlier days. Feel free to leave links to your Wordle clouds in the comments section!

Comprises multiple years worth of early \