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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

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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)

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,” 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

An interview w/ DaveX

December 14, 2010

Episode 42 of the “Ore: Theatre Intangible” podcast features an interview with yours truly, as well as an opportunity to hear my solo set from this year’s “Circuit Benders’ Ball.” I share my unique and spastic methods of music-making, some ideas about sound, and even recommend some cool new albums. You should listen!

Ore: Theatre Intangible, E042

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)

“Style City” debuts this Sunday!

November 16, 2010

I’ve got to brag on Mo for a bit– she’s started her own radio show at WDBX!

You can check out “Style City” this coming Sunday, November 21st at 3:30 p.m. CST. Here’s the link to listen online.

And a promo:

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! “ITDE” 10/30/10

October 30, 2010

I thought I’d highlight some Eddie the Rat recordings this week– I was listening to Pete Martin’s live set on “It’s Too Damn Early” from this last January (which I re-upped for readers at The Blogapus) and got some of his rhythms stuck in my head. Let me tell you, this is great music to listen to while building giant robot costumes out of cardboard!

Blue Sausage Infant — Gezundheit! (from “Flight of the Solstice Queens,” on Zeromoon)
Dr. Mint — Duel in the Deep (from “Visions and Nightmares,” on pfMentum)
Eddie the Rat — March of the Haydevil (Don’t Apologize for Universal Law pt.2) [from “Out Behind the 8-Ball,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Slither At the Stem
Eddie the Rat — Dance of the Puzzle Pieces
Eddie the Rat — Farewell to Edgar
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Carnival of Skatch (from the Edgetone release “T.D. Skatchit & Company”)
T.D. Skatchit & Company — From Beyond
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Popcorn Skatch
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Gargoyle
Eddie the Rat — Anamnesis #1 (from “Once Around the Butterfly Bush,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Mu (Unask the Question)
Eddie the Rat — Dim
PAS — Song for Deep Bass (from “The Lyre Speaketh”)
Univers Zero — La Faulx (from the remastered “Heresie,” on Cuneiform)

Univers Zero — Jack the Ripper
Eddie the Rat — Cannibal (from “Food For the Moon Too Soon,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — I Ovulate In Mode
Eddie the Rat — Spiritual Amnesia
Eddie the Rat — Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt.2
The Telescopes — The Hypnotic Pulse of the Motor Driven (from “#4,” on Antenna Records)
The Telescopes — Link #1

Upcoming!

October 21, 2010

I’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up this weekend, so here’s your guide:

1) New broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early” and “Sounds Like Radio.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, “It’s Too Damn Early” airs Saturday mornings on WDBX-FM from 4-6:30 a.m. “Sounds Like Radio airs twice a week Sundays on WSIU-FM, from 3-5 a.m., and from 10 p.m. to midnight. Both episodes are going to be amazing.

2) I’m hosting a soundwalk of the SIUC campus. If you’re interested, meet outside the Student Center on the North end at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. The soundwalk is free, and takes about an hour.

3) I’m performing in Nashville, as part of the Circuit Benders’ Ball. I’ll be employing “Lawrence Welk’s Secret Shame” for this show, which I have recently re-modified to include even more champagne secrets. The Circuit Benders’ Ball will feature performances by Tim Kaiser, Thriftstore Boratorium, CMKT4, Ben Marcantel, and others. There are also instrument-building workshops, visual art, and video projections. This is an all-ages event with tickets starting at $15 for general admittance, $30 including both workshops. For other ticketing information and a complete list of performers and workshops, visit Theatre Intangible.

4) I’ve got a new release out! “Free Air” is a CDR documentation featuring sound installations I originally created for multi-speaker through-home environments. Each copy comes with a sealed unicorn woodblock print, and is part of a limited and numbered edition of 10. These will be available first at the Circuit Benders’ 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” 10/2/10

October 2, 2010

Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.1 (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.2
Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.3
Daniel Francis Doyle — There Are Two Of You, LIVE at WDBX-FM
Daniel Francis Doyle — Learning Things At School

RST — Laser (from “Axes,” on Last Visible Dog”
RST — Moonlit Air
RST — Return To the Stars
Bios — After the Universe Consumes Us All, the Singularities Felt Particularly Useless (from “Retiring to Palermo to Make Apple Whine,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
Bios — It’s a Not a Paradox if It Doesn’t Hurt a Little
Christopher Campbell — Ritual Waking, Ritual Sleepwalking (from “Sound the All-Clear,” on Innova)
Richard Pinhas — GSYBE (thanks to) [from “Event and Repetition,” on Cuneiform)
TBC — Gute Luft (from “Gute Luft/Muskel,” on Drone Records)
id Battery — The Foot

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! “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!

“Sounds Like Radio” at a time you can hear it!

August 31, 2010

WSIU has been super-awesome to “Sounds Like Radio” this year– first, taking a chance on experimental programming– and now, scheduling “Sounds Like Radio” broadcasts for TWO times every Sunday!

Starting September 12th, you can hear “Sounds Like Radio” from 10 p.m. until midnight every Sunday evening. If you’re more of a morning person, you can catch it much earlier at the original time, from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday mornings. Personally, I hope you’ll listen to it twice.

Another exciting development is that the 10 p.m. rebroadcast is part of a really great line-up of shows– at 8 p.m., there’s “Rhythm in Bloom,” a locally-produced jazz show; and at 9 p.m., “European Jazz Stage,” from Radio Netherlands. I think it’s a great lead-in for experimental music, and a great time to tune in.