Archive for September, 2007

DJ Mo on co-hosting “It’s Too Damn Early” & “Kids Kamp”

September 30, 2007

My trip to the radio station was fun! First, I woke up at 3:00 with my Dad. When we got to the radio station my Dad got a new CD!

I announced songs on the radio too.We listened and played music until 6:00. When it was 6:30 my best friend DJ Melts came to play Kids Kamp with us!

I think my favorite song was “Disco Duck”! Here is a picture of me dancing with Melts:

I made a few mistakes on the radio, I was pretty embarrassed. Last time I did better. DJ Melts had fun saying, “Hello, Carbondale!”


Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/29/07

September 29, 2007

Today, I have DJ Mo in the Hi-Life Room with me, helping broadcast this week’s edition of “It’s Too Damn Early,” which is already shaping up to be a good one. Following “It’s Too Damn Early,” I will also be covering “Kids Kamp,” again with the help of DJ Mo– and with one of her friends (whose on-air name has yet to be known.)

This is shaping up to be a rather light liveblogged entry. I can barely call this a liveblog, haha! Don’t let my silence get you thinking I don’t enjoy this music, though– that Ferren Fages stuff on Etude is fantastic, and I’ve had so much good listening time with that David Watson album so far… Obviously, I love the Robert Ashley double disc, “Now Eleanor’s Idea.” As always, Ashley is full of human insight, and has concocted yet another bizarre character set. While I know it’s just my opinion (and who am I to say?) I think Ashley is one of the most important and wonderful artists of our time. I should really play more of this next week!

If you enjoyed the Lona Records discs comprising the first hour of the show, be sure to check out their linked pages, and my meta-review of Lona material from earlier this week.It’s 6 a.m. now, so I’m kinda moving into Kids Kamp mode. Not as much musically, as just thinking about it. Running a kids show is quite a bit different than hosting an experimental one. Does anyone remember Captain Syrup’s Sound Spectacular? Well, there’s a reason why I cut that show short! Children’s programming is much more difficult than you’d think! All I have to do before Kids Kamp is make sure I play these Media Defender remixes– did you know I’m hosting a contest? Perhaps you should enter!

Okay, “It’s Too Damn Early” is over, and I have descended completely into the realm of Kids Kamp– disco, Disney, ducks… it’s a madhouse, but a LOT of fun! Melts and Mo (the DJs, duh) are dancing like crazy, and hilarity has official ensued. Weasels have attacked my playlist-keeping robot, so playlisting cannot continue at this time. Thanks for listening– a download should be available later today. –DaveX

Update: Something failed with the “It’s Too Damn Early” recording, but the entire Kids Kamp recording has survived. If you’re interested in DaveX’s version of a kid’s show, download it now for one-and-a-half hours of weirdness.

‘O’ — O
‘O’ — O
‘O’ — O
Moon — North Neptunian Pole Part 1
Moon — North Neptunian Pole Part 2
Alok — C for Schubert
The Painful Leg Injuries — An Ice Cream Truck Flipped Over and We All Got Some
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Broken Elevator’s Spiral Descent
The Painful Leg Injuries — A Life by the High Tension Wire
Ziya Tabssian — Entre nos peaux
Ziya Tabassian — Chante mon tambour
Ferran Fages — Mes rapid que l’ull
Ferren Fages — Tangent al dit
David WatsonDexter, pt.1
Robert Ashley — Now Eleanor’s Idea

Digital delivery = hope for diversity in music

September 28, 2007

As usual, I was thinking about music the other day, specifically about how so few artists receive airplay on radio. Although the statistics I have read are often contradictory, misleading, or biased in favor of propaganda from many sources; it is clear that the overall trend is towards greater ownership of media by ever-larger companies, with fewer “approved” artists receiving airplay.

It’s not really a ground-breaking concept. Commercial radio has been searching for a near-mythical perfect model of airplay for decades now– one awful scheme involved a series of colored lights which told DJs when to play certain cuts, and of course, today’s automated “Jack” stations are thoroughly researched beforehand to not only provide a sterile simulacrum of “shuffle mode,” but to milk those well-known singles to the last drop.Outside the tiny world of community radio, it seems that diversity is being strangled to death, curb-stomped, and memory-holed for good measure. Here in Southern Illinois, I am still somewhat surprised to note that neither of our two large malls feature any kind of music store– not even a bland Sam Goody. For the approximately 300,000 people comprising Southern Illinois, only Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and two local-owned music stores exist. Three of these are located in a single town. (more…)

Cloned human girls bored, turn to radio hosting

September 27, 2007

This week’s broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” will be followed by a special episode of “Kids Kamp,” hosted by DaveX, and DJ Mo— both of whom prefer their Photoshopping often and obvious. This should be an interesting broadcast, you won’t want to miss hearing whatever we think kids should be listening to!

Tune in online this Saturday morning, from 4-6:30 a.m. CST, for “It’s Too Damn Early’s” experimental stylings, or just drop in from 6:30-8 a.m. CST, to catch us pulling a kid’s show out of my hat!

Update: Looks like a friend of DJ Mo will be co-hosting as well! 

Lona Records multi-review showcase

September 26, 2007

Here are reviews of five different 3″ cdr releases from the limited series on Hong Kong-based Lona Records. The cdr series, inaugurated in late 2005, features experimental works in a variety of area of sound— drone, noise, sound art, etc– produced by label head Alok.

Seeing as how he’s the man in charge, I’ll start off with Alok’s challenging disc “C”; which follows a low sustained tone through an underbrush of piano phrases, cable crackling, and resonant hum. The single track, entitled “C for Schubert,” credits the Impromptu no.1 of Schubert’s Opus 90 as an “influence,” which it seems (to my rather untrained ear) to obliquely quote at times. Still, these would be rather free quotes– I think they’d be better thought of as half-remembered shadows of the original, and in this case, much better suited to Alok’s murky (but moving) vision.I also have to mention the fine use of implied movement in this recording. Without a reliance on ping-pong silliness, Alok imparts a strong feeling of traveling throughout his aural landscape. Regardless of whether this was his intent, or simply instinctual, the effect is remarkable and highly appreciated!

Next up is “Objects & Things,” by Lublin-based Mind Twisting Records co-founder Kim_Nasung, from the same series of 3″ cdrs. Like the Alok disc, “Objects & Things” is comprised of an odd blend of electronic and concrete sounds– static bursts reverberate in a shared space with blasts of buzzing tones, clanking metal, and something like a decaying tape of agitated choral voice. There is a sense of multiple layers of recording being present in a single time frame; attentive listeners should enjoy the mismatched spacial effects, creating a sort of “room-within-a-room” feeling.

The use of voice is also notable, both for its complexity and energetic approach. At the halfway mark, the vocal elements of “Objects & Things” become truly disturbing, guttural and cloaked in their own muttered cacophony. Due to this recording being constructed from three live performances, it has a nice live electricity to it, but is not necessarily linear. A rewarding listen, and certainly one to whet my taste for more from this artist.

There’s no secret that the split ‘O’/Moon 3″ cdr “MoonOphonique Part II” (with a companion disc on Burning Emptiness) was going to be my favorite among these Lona Records releases. I am an unabashed fan of ‘O’, and as such, will claim no journalistic objectivity whatsoever while reviewing this disc. Still, I can be truthful– I love it. In the short time I’ve had “MoonOphonique Part II,” I’ve listened to it dozens of times, rarely leaving the immediate area of my stereo. As one of the first ‘O’ recordings solely featuring Yann, it holds up well with previous work, warmly carving out a niche of understated electronic whine and puffs of acoustic guitar. It is a lazily aware recording, with the occasional embraced misstep that is the basis of so many ‘O’ works. As always, it is too short.

Helpfully, DDN (as “Moon”) steps in with two tracks of synth and bass that do a good job of departing from where ‘O’ leaves off. The contrast between Yann’s plaintive acoustic mini-melodies and DDN’s deep space swirlings is amazing; it is the difference between the using the moon to light the way toward home, and using it as a base to the stars. Great work all around– I’m definitely needing to get a copy of Part I!

Our fourth disc is “Tele,” by No One Pulse, an internet collaboration between Wong Chung-Fai and Chau Kin-Wai. Chung Fai has two previous solo discs on Lona, while Kin-Wai has released a multitude of works available through his Sleepatwork collective. Of the five discs reviewed here, this is easily the most electronic of the bunch, where chittering bits of data mixing fluidly along a pulsing series of tones provide the basis of the first track. There are some very interesting sounds I cannot begin to place, including something like the digital version of vinyl crackle that fills much of this piece. The first track doesn’t grab me entirely, though– there isn’t a lot of noticeable progression, despite the somewhat ‘busy’ background sounds.

The next track, “#4”, reminds me a little of David Tudor’s “Rainforest” composition. It is easy to imagine this as a field recording taken at dawn on a digital world. Where the first ten minutes of “Tele” are rather cold, this next ten are simply full of life– and as an experimental release, I commend the artists for including both works. As “#4” concludes, the sleepy digital forest has fully awakened– flocks of bit-torrent birds sheet across the skies, a wonderful ending to a terrifically-imaginative construction.

Speaking of evocative recordings, let’s finish off with “The Quicker Are the Encumbered,” by The Painful Leg Injuries, the main musical project of recent NYC-to-Austin transplants Bill and Suzanne Byrne. On this disc, the Byrnes treat listeners to no less than SIX tracks, all featuring their trademark looong titles– “An Ice Cream Truck Flipped Over and We All Got Some” being a good representative, and incidentally opening the disc. At about three-and-a-half minutes each, these cuts get in and out quickly, allowing Bill and Suzanne ample opportunity to throw a number of different ideas out at the listener.

On the aforementioned opener, the unfortunate ice cream truck is played by an equally unfortunate de-tuned siren, clattering into and out of existence in semi-melodic fashion, while all manners of chirping occurs just off-stage. It is simultaneously silly and disturbing, but fades out before any serious harm befalls our four-wheeled friend. On “The Broken Elevator’s Spiral Descent,” spastic drums and hyper electronic bell trees pitch wildly about the deck of a sinking carnival organ– I’m reminded quite a bit of Walter Weasel‘s eight-armed additions to Coltrane here, but again, the Byrnes change gears just before I get my comfy chair warmed up.

Then it’s on to crazed voices, toy piano, watery synths, and buzzing guitar noises! Rushes of icy synth horns! Birds in traffic! Tweaking drum machines! Robots chanting “blah blah blah,” and Harryhausen’s clockwork owl attacking an all-blind brass band! “The Quicker Are the Encumbered” simply does not let up, which is a serious feat across almost 23 minutes. Although I generally prefer mini cdrs which explore a small area in greater depth, Lona’s limited series promises genre-bending and experimental works, a concept which The Painful Leg Injuries surely deliver on throughout. Besides, listeners wanting more from the PLI have a few full-length releases available through OKS Recordings of North America, should “The Quicker Are the Encumbered” prove interesting…

All in all, I’m very happy with these discs, and looking forward to researching the Lona Records catalog more in the future. Be sure to catch my broadcast this week (9/29/07), as I will be playing selections from these discs– and don’t forget to check out the rest of their catalog– that Monitors mini and the Sin:Ned are calling my name, should anyone be searching out early Xmas presents for their favorite DJ!

David Watson – “Fingering An Idea”

September 25, 2007

“Listening to a disc of experimentally-minded highland bagpipe ensemble music with a head cold = not a real smart idea.” That’s the basic take-away lesson here, and also a bit more evidence that I care for my readers– while I enjoyed David Watson’s release for XI Records thoroughly, I’m pretty sure I’ll like it a lot more when I’m feeling better!

All joking aside, this is a terrific release: two discs comprising long-form works for bagpipes and guitars (separately). I am especially impressed with the “Dexter” disc, which features the bagpipe recordings. It positively leaps from my stereo, and quickly fills my house with shimmering drone of the fullest variety imaginable. Remembering the listening hints in my copy of XI Records head Phill Niblock’s “YPGPN,” I took a stroll through my home, experiencing the delight of passing through doorways and hearing the sounds from other rooms– the physical qualities of this recording cannot be overstated.

I am also seriously excited to finally hear someone (and on some tracks, there are as many as six pipers) use the bagpipes in this manner. I had grown tired enough of not hearing their potential put to any use outside traditional music that I had honestly given up on the instrument entirely. “Fingering An Idea” has effectively resurrected the bagpipes for me, especially on the second track, which is so alien to any pipe recording I’ve previously heard that I was completely amazed during my first listen.

The second disc, “Sinister,” features de-tuned guitar hammering from Watson; who was inspired to revisit one of his earlier cassette recordings from 1987. Presenting a scuttling and percussive sound of whipped and frisked guitars, Watson leaves behind the extraordinary fullness of “Dexter” for a more intimate setting.

Taken on it’s own, “Sinister” is a passable disc, though ultimately somewhat forgettable. The clangorous ringing of de-tuned chordwork grows tiresome, and seems directionless, or mildly repetitive. Unfortunately, I can’t take “Sinister” on its own– as a companion disc to “Dexter,” it is simply blown out of the water. Only in the fifth track does “Sinister” seem to take wing, briefly gathering some real energy, but ultimately returns to the haphazard and lackadaisical string attack.

As another small bit of grief, the liner notes to “Fingering An Idea” accomplish very little towards shedding any light on either disc. We are told about some specific recording details of the three “Dexter” sessions, but not given any way to tie these to specific tracks. “Sinister” is almost glossed over completely, merely stating some dry facts about what occurs during the recording, but revealing nothing of Watson’s intention or inspiration for the original.

Sadly, the guest-written liner notes by Anthony Coleman, Chris Mann, and Jon Rose are even more useless. Rose labors on about the history of the bumbass, Mann experiences serious difficulties with his shift key, and Coleman seems to have dropped in accidentally from another album. It’s more than a little bewildering, especially from XI Records, whose liner notes are usually so complete.

Ziya Tabassian – “Tombak”

September 25, 2007

“Tombak,” percussionist Ziya Tabassian’s first release for Ambiances Magnetiques; makes its break with more “classical” style tombak playing early on, introducing rubbing and scraping sounds not often associated with it. It’s a gentle way of letting listeners know Tabassian intends to search for new facets of this well-known instrument.

“Entre nos peaux” is a fine example of this search, beginning with a series of slowly cascading drawing sounds across the head of the tombak, which gradually form into a circular and continuous scraping sound of nail on hide. Tabassian forms these wild scratch noises into a ball of pink noise, possibly using his whole palm across the head– though the exact nature of how these sounds were realized is unimportant to enjoying them. When Tabassian allows the awesome low end of the tombak to emerge again, it bursts forth as a wounded beast, rushing and powerful… charging the listener and suddenly retreating.

Perhaps the most delightful aspect of “Tombak” is the obvious care that has gone into recording and reproducing the wide dynamic range Tabassian presents. The deepest tombak rumbles practically carry with them the scent of the resonating wood from which they arise, while the lightest touch of fingernail is also apparent.

Although there is nothing wrong with “Tombak,” I do find myself wishing for more in the way of an improvisational recording from Tabassian. I suspect there is a strong element of improvisation in this album, but with the “all pieces composed by” credit, it’s difficult to be sure. For me, the process of discovering and utilizing these new sounds is most interesting and I’d appreciate being let a little closer to that source than this recording seems to allow.

MediaDefender Remixes: Chopped & Screwed!

September 20, 2007

As many savvy filesharers are now aware, about 700 megabytes of anti-piracy goon squad Media Defender’s internal e-mails were leaked a few days back. No doubt this is a serious blow to the company; whose tactics included flooding meta-sites with fake torrents, hosting honeypot distro sites, and generally muddying the waters around p2p.

That the music biz employs such cretins should be no surprise– the industry has a long and well-documented history of criminal involvement, underhanded methodology, and questionable ethics– everything from payola scams to keeping artists too doped up to read a contract has been tried at one time or another.

So while all this new news is in many ways old news, there’s still the occasional pearl to be found among the half-digested roughage. Yes, contained within 700 megabytes of MediaDefender’s anxious lists of IP addresses used to spoof 12-year-olds secretively downloading Akon tracks while mom is in the other room, are the TOP SEKRUT PLANZ for creating “chopped and screwed” remixes of popular mp3s for use as decoy bait.

DJ Screw is rolling over in his grave right now.

Anyhow, here’s how they intended to do it. Nevermind that this would sound nothing like any chopped and screwed music ever created. MediaDefender are innovators in the field, enough playa hatin’.

“Hi Randy, after some internal discussion, here’s our preliminary list.

1) Intermittent glitching (“mech, intermit”) done in a way that’s more random sounding vs periodic.
2) Bit-resample, such that there is audible artifacting (sounds like a bad mp3 encode).
3) shifting channels (sounds like a speaker cut out). Again, the goal should be to sound somewhat random.
4) Laugh-track, at a respectable volume level.
5) Saw-tooth volume, so long as the volume goes to (or close to) zero, so that the track can’t be fixed by an inverse saw increase.
6) Beep, at a high volume

In the future, you might do experiments with static noise overlays (sounds like faulty recording equipment), voice over (public domain audio), and overlapping songs.

You probably don’t want to apply any effect for the first 30-60 seconds, so the user thinks they got a good track. We should take some care to ensure that when there is intermittent effects they happen in the same places so that it’s not possible to take the good portions of one version and splice them with the good portions of another version to get a complete (and perfect) third version.”

I like the last part, where they actually suppose that someone might try downloading multiple track versions, and piece them together to make a complete unaltered track. Let’s be honest here– does ANYONE do this? By the time your average Britney Spears fan can find multiple versions of the latest single at Mininova, isn’t that album already pirated all to hell? Someone willing to go to this effort is surely at the very bottom of a gigantic pyramid of listeners. It makes no sense whatsoever to target these people, unless you’re simply trying to milk the business for as long as possible.

All this aside, I’m a little disappointed I’ll never get to hear these remixes. They would surely have been more interesting than the older RIAA efforts. I’m sure my ears would have burned a little at hearing the flaccid and underdeveloped creative efforts of these corporate types, but they might have been interesting to keep in a sort of aural bell jar as sideshow curiosities– fit only to frighten the kiddies.

Update: If anyone wants to remix a song of their choice using these techniques, I’ll host it here. If two or more want to remix tracks in this fashion, we can have a contest, with a prize and everything. No fair sending two tracks from different e-mails, either. Upload your track to MediaFire, YouSendit, etc… and send me a message. –DaveX

Update #2: Here’s MY version of a Media Defender-style “chopped and screwed” track, using each of the approved remix techniques. I have used the new Britney Spears single, “Gimmie More” as the basis for this remix; I believe this falls completely within Fair Use. The remix also contains a sample from an open source-licensed audio book of Lawrence Lessig’s “Free Culture,” read by A.K.M. Adam.

Update #3: A few people have had difficulty with the download. Here is another link to try. Sorry for the trouble! (Ironically, this remix keeps getting taken down by the same people who encouraged such remixes as a way to discourage downloads. Way to go, assholes!)

No broadcast this week– consolation prize inside!

September 19, 2007

Just wanted to let everyone know– there will be no “It’s Too Damn Early” this coming weekend (9/22/07) because I have to get some stuff done, and won’t be around. Don’t worry, though, I’m not planning on making a habit of it! In fact, you’ll be getting a double-dose of me the following week, when I cover “Kids Kamp” as guest host. I may even try to recruit DJ Mo, whose knowledge of oddball Julie Andrews lyrics is increasing by the minute.


So no, it’s not the return of “Captain Syrup’s Sound Spectacular,” but I’m sure you’ll find my idea of children’s music to be rather… well, odd. I think that’s worth waiting an extra week for, don’t you?You don’t? Well then… why don’t you download one of these neglected “ITDE” broadcasts? Only one person downloaded the first, and the others have been brought in three times each– so chances are, you don’t have them yet.

“ITDE” 9/15/07

“ITDE” 6/23/07

“ITDE” 6/09/07

How about some free music?

September 18, 2007

As you know, I got shut out this year during WDBX pledge time. I’m a little disappointed, because I know that there are many listeners each week. Because WDBX gets almost 40% of it’s operating budget from its members, it is very important that each of us makes some effort to help out.

So although I don’t have another show that falls during pledge drive, I’ve made up my mind to get at least ONE pledge this year– I can’t have experimental music looking like the poor cousins to shows featuring nothing but the Grateful Dead– I’d have to claw my eyes out, start drinking Pepsi, or something equally terrible like that.

I got a stack of discs in from the Canadian Electroacoustic Community on Monday, shwag that they’re encouraging me to give away in exchange for your support of WDBX-FM. So here’s the deal– send me an e-mail with any pledge $15 or more, and I’ll send you a copy of “Cache 2006,” a 71-minute compilation of the ten highest-placing electroacoustic works submitted for the CEC’s “Jeu De Temps” competition. I’ll also toss in a WDBX sticker good for instrument cases, laptops, or auto bumpers.

I’ll need to know a little info from you, so I can fill out the pledge forms:

Name, address, phone (I’d guess this is optional), method by which you intend to pay (cash, check, money order) and the amount pledged. I have a limited number of copies, so be quick!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/15/07

September 15, 2007

Update: This broadcast is now available for download, as a single 64kbps mp3, recorded directly from the net stream. I encourage you to visit the artists and labels linked in the playlist– though I hope you support them better than you do for me, as I was COMPLETELY SHUT OUT this time around in the WDBX Membership Drive.  

Well, my blog host is having some problems tonight… not sure how the liveblogging will go. I’m also slightly annoyed because the time slot prior to “It’s Too Damn Early” has been filled by some random R&B show, which is apparently an excuse for this DJ to host a makeout session with his girlfriend, and his buddy to do the same. ICK. Topping it off, he tried asking me to let him go for one more song. Sorry, I have to sit in that chair later! I told him I like to start my show on time, which should be good enough for anyone, but he was making little comments under his breath as he left– so like I said, I’m slightly annoyed. This means no more 3-hour “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcasts, which I was really enjoying. It also means I’m always going to have this guy trying to bone me for an extra minute, which I hate. We’ll see how it goes.

Looks like the blog host folks are starting to get things sorted out. I hate it when they get “creative” on weekends.

Time is flying by tonight. I know it sounds whiny, but I miss that extra half hour. I guess it takes about that much just to get into “DJ mode” or something… I have so many things I want to play tonight, but I’m not going to be able to get to it all. Am I going to have to start making supplemental podcasts? Anyone interested in hearing something like this?

Regardless of my chronological problems, I have to say that so far, this has been a really beautiful show. Of course, Joan La Barbara recordings are always great, nothing new there… Keith Rowe and Evan Parker’s “Dark Rags” disc is really nice, and it was pleasant to give that a long listen. That’s a disc I picked up too early, didn’t understand, and more or less shelved until recently. As a side note, this is one of the best things about experimental music– I find that as I learn more, I enjoy more recordings. There always seems to be the chance that a recording I don’t like immediately will grow on me after I’ve heard some other relevant material.

The Conure album “The Generation of Our Grandfathers” is fantastic. Edgetone put out Nihil Communication’s “We Are Violent,” which showed me that they do release noise works, but this one takes it a lot farther, and has really deepened my appreciation for Edgetone’s good work.

The Ferran Fages disc from Etude Records, “Cancons per a un Lent Retard,” is also very well-done. I need a few more listens in before I can sum it up for you, but my initial impression is to recommend it. I’m sorry to say that I let Ziya Tabassian’s Ambiance Magnetiques disc “Tombak” sit for a while before I got around to playing it. Tabassian’s tombak playing is thrilling, both for his virtuosity and his willingness to explore the boundaries of his instrument’s capabilities. I’ll probably come back to this disc in my next broadcast.

Aaron Martin and Latralmagog were naturals to program near one another. Though their “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to music making leads to vastly different results, I enjoy reminding listeners that there are any number of musical instrument within arms’ reach right now! As a side note, both Martin’s “Almond,” and Latralmagog’s “A Finger Pointing to the Stars” have lovely packaging in addition to the music. “Almond” unfolds into a poster-sized one-sheet, and Latralmagog’s efforts have climaxed in a drilled paper sleeve, stenciled with woodcut-style typography. Intially, I mistook one of the letters, and read it as “A Finger Painting to the Stars,” which should definitely be reserved for the remix version.

In the last half hour, I worked through some of the Implied Sound/Public Guilt sampler, which has a number of unfamiliar bands turning in very nice work; and also got listeners toes wet in the black waters of the NITCo– Nail in the Coffin Records, now you know. Chica X (no relation to yours truly) is a youngster surely descended from some sort of Shaggs/Solex lesbian union, and her short-and-sweet self-titled disc is now among my very favorites. I played two tracks, which is practically half the disc… I’m going to have to get her first one, no doubt.

Lastly, a sniff of George Korein, from his Naked Mall Rats disc “Somewhere on the Internet”. I’m not surprised in the least to discover that this one is flat-out weird. Nevertheless, as an net junkie, I love it. You’ll hear more from this one next week for sure. Until then, visit the links. Many of these artists and labels have free tracks at the pages, or streaming audio at the least. Take advantage of it and take care until next week. Thanks for listening! –DaveX

Joan La Barbara — Cathing
Evan Parker, Keith Rowe — Dark Rag #1
Conure — The Generation of Our Grandfathers
Conure — Some Vowed Abstinence
Conure — At First, We Didn’t Believe It
Ferran Fages — Mes rapid que l’ull
Ferran Fages — Tangent al dit
Ferran Fages — L’ombra del dit
Ziya Tabassian — Impressions 1
Ziya Tabassian — Varashan
Aaron Martin — Karl Rove
Aaron Martin — Canopy
LATRALMAGOG — A Finger Pointing to the Stars, pt.1
Zu — The Last Portrait of Him Holding a Knife in his Right Hand
Destructo Swarmbots — Sipping on the Fog
Aluk Todolo — Untitled
Darsombra— Drun
The Psychic Paramount — Paris, part two
Chica X — Kickin the Kittens
Chica X — Hey Girl
Naked Mall Rats — There Must Be Somewhere

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/8/07

September 8, 2007

Update: This show is now available to download as a single mp3 file, taken directly from the net stream. Enjoy it, but do not use it as a substitute for purchasing the actual albums. If you enjoy something you hear, contact me to help you locate the label or artist.  

Tonight’s show is going to be a great one– all-noise, combined with the excitement of membership drive kickoff. This should introduce a interesting dynamic, with lots of stops and starts for the short breaks I have to make every so often!

What you believe this old oddmuse has been married ten years now? It’s difficult to believe, but true. Naturally today’s broadcast goes out to my better half, Miss Information, who has yet to appear on any of my broadcasts. That’s not to say she hasn’t worked her magic behind the scenes; many of my early broadcasts featured Miss Information’s four-track cutups, and she has been instrumental (excuse my pun) in finding ways to supply me with musical gear of all sorts over the years. Happy anniversary!

Finally, I want to thank the ONE person who clicked over to WDBX’s donation page yesterday. Of 183 views, you were the only one who gave it a whirl. Thanks is due, especially if you actually made a donation! For those of you who want to call your pledge in, the number is 618-457-3691.

Okay. Enough old business, let’s get to this broadcast! It’s about 3:45 a.m. right now, and I’m playing from Circle Six’s “Night in Kansas” album, which is just one of my absolute favorite noise discs– both harsh and evocative, a painfully resonant rural statement. I’m going to let it run for a while, it’s too interesting to cut short.

I just got my first caller of the day: “Can you play some Bob Dylan? No, I don’t know anything about experimental music. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Noise? I’m not a fan of noise, I’m a fan of talent. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck you!”

*sigh* Lovely folks around here, eh? Oh well, fuck her.

Obviously, it’s been a real bear trying to keep up with answering the phone, juggling the discs and controls, and keeping up liveblogging. So far, the playlist is looking accurate– so at least that’s good. I’m having a tremendous amount of fun programming in these short 15-minute blocks. It’s like painting small canvases, or working in minature. I’m finding much more of a distinct structure to each of these sound creations, rather than them becoming some interminable middle. Right now, I’m nearing the end of my meta-Mystified set, which could also be thought of as a really intricate introduction to Mystified’s “Balam” disc on the Bone Structure label. It’s nearly time for another pledge drive announcement, gotta go!

Another odd caller– a little tipsy, talking about how we was trying to tune the radio. It really bothers me when I get an obvious drunk on the phone, and they’re calling from the car. As if talking on a cell wasn’t bad enough while driving. Frankly, I hope the Merzbow sent him into a ditch. It’s better than killing some kid’s parent coming home from a crummy third-shift job. Bastards.

As always, I manage to claim total control of my broadcast, and have completely deviated from the all-noise set here in the last 15 minutes or so. I just really wanted to play this John Wanzel disc, “Pear,” which is not at all new… I just wanted to play it today for whatever reason. It’s a fun way to slow down the show a bit, and do something unexpected. I think I’m coming back to noise for the closer, though!

This show will be available for download sometime this weekend. Thanks for listening! –DaveX

Circle Six — Driving Into Kansas
Circle Six — Passing the State Line
Circle Six — Swan Song for a Kansas (Fred Phelps)
Circle Six — Night in Kansas
Circle Six — Waking Up/Waking Down
Pholde — Epicalyx
Otomo Yoshihide, MartinTetreault — Lyon no. 6, Live at Kafe Myzik
Anla Courtis — Respire un Cordero
Koichi Makigami, Ryoji Hojito — A Japanese Trembling
Koichi Makigami, Ryoji Hojito — A Candid Legend of the Second Floor
Halaka — False Breath
Tuat — God in Mummified Form
Tuft — Finally, the Mighty Sinkhole Opens Up And Swallows You All
Yoko Sato — Guitar and Voice Improvisation
Boyd Rice — Cruenta Voluptas
Masonna — Psychetronics Erectile
Cock ESP — Goin’ for Broke
Cock ESP — Noise Communes Work in Theory, But not in Practice
Cock ESP — Good One
Cock ESP — Long Gone Before Soundcheck (feat. Crank Sturgeon)
Cock ESP — Yankin’ the Powercord
Merzbow & John Wiese — Free Piano
Lexes — Bamboo
Pedestrian Deposit — Kogal Fascination
Kylie Mynoise — Hot Teens Hooked on Cosmetic Surgery
Kylie Mynoise — Torn by Jaws and Claws
Xiu Xiu — Clowne Towne (Nicetape! Version by The Cherry Point)
Tres Quatro — Hardcore Blastbangin’
Warbler — Untitled
Pho (feat. Rose for Bohdan) — Big Pimpin’
Matt Weston — Holler
Grey Park — 50sec Junction
Grey Park — Plane
Mystified — Quick Heat
Mystified — Don’t Ask
Mystified — Chirps and Oscillations
Mystified — Pale Hearts 4
Mystified — Diminiscape
Mystified — Distortion Field
Mystified — Balam
Merzbow — Hypersomnia
Merzbow — Minazo, untitled iv
Merzbow — Minazo, untitled i
Merzbow — Rice 1
Merzbow — Ecobondage
Merzbow — Anti-whaling Song pt.1
Merzbow — Blizzard for Acousmonium
Praew Jik — Perpetuation of her Holy Trinity
John Wanzel — Interlude II
John Wanzel — Pears in Iowa
John Wanzel — Interlude III
John Wanzel — Oedipus
John Wanzel — Capitalistic Ode of Linguistic Being
John Wanzel — Dance
John Wanzel — Unanswered Questions in Iowa
Rabbit Girls — Across the Sky

DaveX: Mythbuster!

September 6, 2007

Here’s a myth for you:

“I hate those sound-alike corporate radio stations. That’s why I enjoy the unique and varied programming provided by knowledgeable and passionate DJs at my local independent community radio station. Did I donate? Well, I’m a little light at the moment, but I’m sure it will all work out fine. I’ll donate next time.”

People, here’s the harsh reality–  211 visitors came to STARTLING MONIKER today, but not a single one clicked to visit the WDBX donation page. Not even to visit. If you thought about clicking, and didn’t… well, nobody did it for you. I’m not mad. I have hope that you’ll call during Saturday morning’s show.

I just wanted to kill this myth before it was too late. I’m looking forward to the upcoming broadcast, and I hope you are as well. It’s going to be a great one, even with the drive going on. Don’t miss it. –DaveX

It’s that time again!

September 5, 2007

Long-time fans of “It’s Too Damn Early” will know what I’m writing about– membership drive time at WDBX-FM!

On my upcoming broadcast, September 8th, I will be kicking off the WDBX Fall Membership Drive; which basically means that it’s a great time for you to send us a little money. As in the past, I may have a random bit of schwag for those who make a pledge– my policy has always been to surprise folks, though, and never to promise a schwag-for-pledge trade.

I reward generosity, not cunning.

Last I checked, fully two-thirds of the WDBX yearly operating budget came from memberships, so it is very important for you to be part of this drive. At the very least, I want you to call in to let me know you enjoy the show. (618) 457-3691

It’s amazing that radio stations like WDBX even exist, when you think about it– I air about 60 seconds worth of “announcements” every half-hour, with half of this usually promoting another WDBX show. I’m free to play practically anything I want, and I am given total control over the format and structure of the show itself.

In short, I am free to bring you the best experimental programming I possibly can every week of the year; usually with liveblogged commentary, a webstream, and a downloadable show! All I ask is that you help out in some small way once a year– $10 is great, but so is a stack of CDRs, a bundle of ‘zines, a tip-off about a new label, or your promise that you’ll get some friends to listen in the next few months.

Call in this Saturday morning, August 11, from 4-6:30 a.m., and let me know how you can help. I’d really appreciate it, and so will everyone at WDBX. (618) 457-3691

Oddly enough, the membership drive coincides with the second of my two ALL-NOISE broadcasts. Last week’s was structured in very long layers– this week’s will be all about stops and starts, necessitated by the structure of the drive itself. Should be interesting, to say the least!

Thanks! –DaveX

Strangest phrase to send your child to school with…

September 5, 2007

It’s a bit off-topic, but I thought I’d share… the strangest phrase to send your child off to school with:

This morning, I was having a conversation with my daughter (DJ Mo, remember?) while waiting for her school bus to arrive. She was describing a basic science experiment her class was performing– putting a plant in food-colored water to see how it travels up the stem. I mentioned to her how this process of experimentation was at the heart of science, and how that differed from religious “thinking,” which simply poses ideas and accepts them on faith.

The conversation progressed into a riff on science, with a lot of “what-ifs” being thrown around. My daughter told me that one idea she thought was especially interesting was to use a “machine” of some sort to put kids in, that could read their DNA and tell you what they’d be like when they grew up. I explained that while no such machine existed, that there are a number of things that could be examined to determine some of a child’s future, such as their eating habits and parent’s health.

Now, I’m pretty sure she was more interested in whether or not her brother’s hair was going to change from his rather unlikely blond to fit the rest of the family than the more questionable uses such a machine might pose, but I decided to talk with her a little about this anyhow.

I explained that some people had previously used the concepts of genetics to push for laws that would only allow “perfect” people to be bred, and to disallow others from having children. I explained that while genetics research could yield many interesting and useful results, that it was sometimes hard for some to draw an ethical line at where to stop– thus leading to the idea of eugenics. I cautioned her with the old sci-fi saw that in a world of eugenics, there might not be room for imperfect folks like us.

It’s heady stuff for 7:00 in the morning, and she was naturally a little upset to see some of the possible ramifications of her machine. As the bus pulled up, the driver opened the door. I called out after her, forgetting I was in full earshot of the driver:

“Have a great day at school, Mo! Don’t worry about eugenics!”

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 9/1/07

September 1, 2007

First off, I want to wish my son a happy birthday! He’s an “It’s Too Damn Early” veteran, having proved his mettle by sleeping through numerous shows– in master control, no less– while still a youngling. Although he’ll be curled up in bed, no doubt stealing my favorite pillow, this show goes out to him. Happy birthday, ‘Pucky’!

I’m an hour into the show now– there seems to be no real way for me to do any decent liveblogging– the broadcast is simply too demanding. I will try to keep the playlist updated, though. At present, I am utilizing four disc players, multiple instances of mp3 players, two turntables, a cassette player, and the Simultaneous Translator to create what you’re hearing. Now that I think I have many of the kinks figured out, I know next week’s show will be ever better!

Also– this playlist is NOT in order, not even close. I’ve done my best to get every track listed, but I may have neglected some– especially where a disc ran partially into the following track. Sorry!

Fe-Mail — Navrattan Korma
Brizbomb — Live at KBOO-FM 3/15/07
Electric Kitten Vomit — Gear
Electric Kitten Vomit — 17th Floor, Mae Smith
Tuft — Bloodbath
Ctephin — To Know
Circle Six — Glitch Core
Circle Six — White Swan
Circle Six — Cutting Up the Rest IV
Axes — Crystalline
Axes — Lords of Space
K. Stockhausen — Mantra (excerpt)
Sabrina Siegel — Drop Bow Down Cello
Scott Smallwood — Energex
~Ore~ — Spiro Speaks Out
Andrew Chadwick — German Vowels
Pholde — Terminal Division
Inu Yaroh — Guitar Noize
Praew Jik — Angeldust Wet Dream
Okamasan — 29 Needles
Praew Jik — Bleached Deluge in Negative 1st Movement
Sissy Spacek — Untitled
Friends Forever — Deep Space
Psicklops — Psicklops
KK Rampage — Lowlife Lousy Little Puke
KK Rampage — Self-obsessed and Humorless
KK Rampage — Fork in your Pussy
Occasional Detroit, Gaybomb — Check 1-2
Aube — Fast Tumbling Blaze
Non — Carnis Vale
Crude — Anomie live
Crude — Cultivate Unreliability Remix
Crude — Cyto-Fuck Thrust Remix
Crude — Jungle Workout
QR Ghazala — Ashes on the Altar
QR Ghazala — Valkyries Of Asgard
Mystery Hearsay — Illusive Embodiments
Aaron Martin & Machinfabriek — Cello Recycling
Merzbow — DAS
Ctephin — 300 Negative
Aube — Ricochet
Merzbow — Tract 3
Phroq — Frequency Ronin
Phroq — Kouhei, the Noisy Samurai
Merzow — 1339
Guilty Connector — Needles for Pins
Rubbish — Nine Kinds of Evil
DaveX — The Hummer
Noiser Luo — Fucking Noisehead
Noiser Luo — Repair the Radio
AUF — AUF, pt.1
Lexes — Bamboo
XDUGEF — Keep this a Secret
Mix Ape — 88 ft. Tape (excerpt)
Crank Sturgeon — Leavy Leir
Crank Sturgeon — Lo Mismo Ut Onger
Gen Ken Montgomery — Father Demo Swears
Mystified — Pressure
Mystified — Behemoth
Yermo — Yermo
Rapoon — Zoom Extract 2
Nagaoag — Yama Labam A (excerpt)
The Flying Luttenbachers — The Sun is Bleeding
Kurt Schwitters — Ursonate (excerpt)
Pythagora — Who Are You?
Masonna — Frequency LSD (excerpts)
Alok — C is for Schubert
Ophibre — Puzzle Piece
Muslimgauze — Tear Gas (pt.1)
Muslimgauze — Tear Gas (pt.2)
MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse — Buzzsaw Outlet
MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse — My Mic
MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse — Hit City
MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse — ppp
Francisco Lopez — Untitled #94
Deano Merino — Vomithose
Deano Merino — Spaceman
DaveX — ITDE Theme “Thrills and Kicks”
Merzbow — Rembrandt Assemblage

Update: The download for this broadcast is now available. Feel free to leave me a comment, and let me know if you enjoyed the show. Thanks for listening! –DaveX