Archive for March, 2008

About yesterday’s broadcast…

March 31, 2008

For those of you who heard it, I apologize. WDBX manager Brian has been pushing us to adopt some aspects of the approaching format change at our station, with the idea being that the shift from a more free-form station to the “JackFM” programming in August won’t be too sudden for listeners. For now, we’re just basically supposed to keep off the mic as much as possible, and air selections from the “A” playlist at the top and bottom of each hour. At the mid-hour, we can play cuts from the “B” pile, and for every half hour past two hours (like my show, which is two-and-a-half hours) we’re allowed to work in any material we wish. So basically, I’ve got shit like the frakkin’ Eagles sucking up 7 minutes with “Hotel California,” and then I get hit with George Thorogood’s 8-minute craptastic “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” at the 15-minute mark!

I felt like I was gonna lose it, even though I’ve been trying to be cool about this. I know Brian is trying to do the right thing, and that the Jack stuff is still a few months off, but I’d rather just go out playing stuff I like than easing listeners into a puddle of vanilla bullshit.

Anyways, some of the DJs have put together an online petition; and even though it’s been made perfectly clear to us that the deal with SparkNet is solid, I’d appreciate all of you signing. At the very least, it’s a list of people SparkNet knows won’t be listening to this nonsense come August.

“The Optimod, the Transmitter, and the Danube”

March 29, 2008

Sound and vision collide in odd ways during my show. Here’s our Optimod 8000, a piece of vintage sound processing equipment circa 1975. Probably not what you’d find at one of those slick corporate broadcasters’ studios– but it’s part of the chain that gets my show out on the airwaves, so I’m not complaining.

Anyways, from this vantage point you get a blend of the transmitter and cooling noise; Annea Lockwood’s “Sound Map of the Danube;” and the mini lightshow provided by the Optimod.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/29/08

March 29, 2008

UPDATE: Despite having even less sleep than normal, I’ve managed to upload this broadcast. You can bring it in now, as a single mp3 file. As always, take the money you saved by downloading the Gigli director’s cut, and bestow it upon the artists and labels linked below.

I’ve started off today’s broadcast with some Scott Smallwood, a little side project he released on Televaw back in 2002. Sweet Action had been talking about 8-bit music for the past few weeks– figured I’d bring in a nice minidisc with some to share.

Through the security peephole on WDBX's back door. See our pretty antenna tower?

Speaking of minidiscs, Wether’s “Skin Atonement” on Hymns is a monster. I know I’ve talked it up before, but I don’t mind doing it again. If there’s copies of this one left, be sure to grab one. Hymns is an amazing label, and definitely among my favorites for new and surprising releases.

I’m continuing the mini marathon now with the Rubbish half of the double 3″ Roil Noise release “In Praise of Forgotten Gods.” This is positively laid-back for Rubbish, but is one of my favorite of his recordings so far. Sweet Action seems to dig it too, though the ziploc packaging presented some trouble for his night-addled coordination, haha. Reminds me of the time I tried opening the “Live in Japan” Monotract album.

Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, and Oli Mayne claim the second release for the Aural Terrains label with “Palimpsesto;” a mostly low-key disc exploring deeply within prepared piano, vibraphone, drums, and electronics. As with Chrysakis’ “Klage” album, the recording quality is perfect– a real bonus for those who will enjoy reveling amongst the glassine structures with headphones.

For all the Southern Illinoisians in the know about local history, allow me to present “Conceptuality/Life,” from Thomas Buckner’s new release on Mutable Music. This track features text taken from former SIUC prof Buckminster Fuller’s “Synergetics,” with a physical construction to match one of Fuller’s main concepts about systems being more than the sum of their parts.

Speaking of sums– here two tracks from The KBD Sonic Cooperative’s “Four Plus One,” available on the Eh? portion of Public Eyesore. This is a really nice disc, with a lot of breathing room for all the sounds. Impressive improvisation, without unnecessary fireworks. Putting the “bing” on my cherry was an e-mail I received last week from fellow blogger and ITDE listener Jake, who was excited to hear The KBD Sonic Cooperative, as they are from his area. Jake not only hepped the KBD to their burgeoning airplay down south, but hooked me up with contact info for a wealth of experimental artists and bands in the Northwestern Ohio area. I’ll be following up on each of these in the next couple weeks– expect to see my obsession pay off big dividends for you, at least in terms of cool new stuff to hear! Want to thank Jake? Pick up a copy of his first label-released album

Last week, I played from the first of Annea Lockwood’s “A Sound Map of the Danube” discs, soon to be released on Lovely Music Ltd. I’m enjoying playing and listening to this set, much more than even I would have guessed. I’m starting to think of this last half hour as my Charles Kuralt “nature” moment, albeit much longer than those 60 seconds. If you enjoy this one, be sure to check out her “A Sound Map of the Hudson River” as well.

sCAUGHT — Insert Coin
sCAUGHT — Fever
Wether — Selective Reasoning
Wether — Silver Flood
Wether — Torrid
Rubbish — In Praise of Forgotten Gods
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Terse Symmetry
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Phosphoros
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain I
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain II
Thomas Buckner, SEM Ensemble, Petr Kotik — Conceptuality/Life
The KBD Sonic Cooperative — Untitled 14
The KBD Sonic Cooperative — Untitled 5B
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Donauwirt to Samorin
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Esztergom to Keselyus
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Batina to Vukovar
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube, Geese to Dobra

More music you don’t want!

March 29, 2008

I didn’t hear anyone clamoring for me to upload the last three broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early,” but I’ve put them up for free download anyhow. Either you all stayed up to hear it live, or your passion for new experience is as dead as beef.

Here’s what you’re missing:

3/8/08: Otherwise known as “DaveX gets stood up by his live guest, transforms creeping sense of disillusionment and depression into live improv catharsis.”

3/15/08: The “Golly, DaveX sure likes them organs” broadcast.

3/22/08: AKA “Fancy Blogging”… In which our hero trots out big words like “hypernumerally,” “Eohippus,” and “Zelphabet”

The links above connect straight to their respective download. Playlists can be found in the original liveblogged entries here, there, and everywhere.

Who wants a new book?

March 27, 2008

The last book trade went so well, I’m doing it again! This time around, I have a copy of “Worlds of Music,” in its third edition. This is a hardcover copy in good condition outside of a missing dust jacket. But hey, who cares about dust jackets, right?

There’s contributions from David Locke, Mark Slobin, Linda Fujie, and others– with chapters on many places around the world, and is a pretty terrific text for anyone interested in learning more about ethnomusicology. There’s even diagrams for building diddley bows, a slide veena, and panpipes. “Worlds of Music” is over 500 pages long, and originally came with a CD. I got my copy used, so I don’t have the disc… but I have seen it on Soulseek, etc. New copies of the book sell for $75, but apparently used copies go for as low as a penny on Amazon, so it seems you can send me anything you think is a fair trade!

Regardless, the same rules as last time apply. I’ll hold a decision on whose trade wins the book for 10 days, with preference going to music-related books and items. I don’t want anything to do with the following books:

1) Anything with GLBF Star Trek characters using the holodeck to create Orion slave boys.

2) Anything by John Grisham, Dan Brown, L. Ron Hubbard, or any of Frank W. Dixon’s additional pen names.

3) Fan-fic! (Unless it is John Cage fan-fic.)

4) Anything that changed your life, and made you buy 25 copies that you now give away to complete strangers.

5) Books designed more for displaying on coffee tables than for actually being read. 

Good luck!

WTF?! Yet more liveblogging!

March 22, 2008

Surprise! DJ Mo and I are hosting Kids Kamp, filling in for the absentee Mama C, who is visiting friends up North. We’ve got a bunch of kids’ music ready to go– including those odd things that I think qualifies as kids’ music, but probably isn’t. I’m 10 minutes off the start now…

Lots of singing going on now, and a Beach Boys “c-side” on the way. Everything has gone well– Bird School is Awesome! Expect this to now become a regular feature, seriously…

Kool and the Gang — Get Down On It
Rick Dees — Disco Duck
Annette Funicello — Pineapple Princess
Beach Boys — Surfer Moon
Punky Brewster Theme song
Carl Sandburg — The Two Skyscrapers Who Decided to Have a Child
My Fair Lady — Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?
Bert — La La La
Cookie Monster — C is For Cookie
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke — Chim Chim Cher-ee
Our Lesson: “Give Me a Kiss”
Cat Stevens — Peace Train
Collective Soul — Gel
Triplets of Belleville — Opening Theme
Mahna Mahna and the Snowths — Mahna Mahna
Klaus Badelt — He’s a Pirate
Bert — Doin’ the Pigeon
Ernst Wolff — Bauernlied
Sesame Street — One of These Things
Sesame Street — The Word Family Song
Weird Al Yankovic — White and Nerdy
Michael Jackson — Bad
Beatrice Lilley — I Hate the Spring
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam — Nimbooda
Mickey Mouse Disco — Mousetrap
Robin Gibb, Muppets — Sesame Street Fever
Harry Belafonte — The Banana Boat Song
Our Lesson: “Bye Bye, See You Later”

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/22/08

March 22, 2008

UPDATE: My slackin’ ass finally got this broadcast uploaded as a single mp3 file. Holy Church of the Subgenius, Batman! As always, support your favorite artists and labels with actual cash money– just because I got it free doesn’t mean you can, haha.

Co-hosting this morning’s broadcast with me is my daughter, DJ Mo. I started off with Frank Rothkamm’s amazing new release, “Just 3 Organs,” a hypernumerally-obsessed series of mind-bending compositions frightening not only for their mathematical bent, but the strikingly natural way Rothkamm approaches this sort of layering.

I’ve now moved on to Vanessa Rossetto’s album “Misafridal,” on her Music Appreciation imprint. I’m playing the track “Eohippus,” which I’m dedicating to The Digital Cuttlefish, and his wonderful poem about last night’s ultra-ironic flap over PZ Myers being expelled from “Expelled.”

“So this little movie trip is
Like a Trojan Eohippus
That delivered Richard Dawkins deep within the fortress walls”
(full poem here)

How about some Arcane Device? This track is part of the first Zelphabet compilation, being a remix of original and unreleased David Lee Myers recordings made from 1987 to 1993.

I’m taking the hour from 5 to 6 a.m. to play from Annea Lockwood’s superlative 3-disc treasure “A Sound Map of the Danube.” This is already among my most highly-regarded works, and I’m sure that many of you will enjoy it as well. This is a perfect example of needing to hear something in its original, lossless format. I’m afraid radio will not totally render the incredible sound quality of these discs. And hey– my new headphones are paying off big time with these recordings!!

I thought I’d play this live recording of the KBD Sonic Cooperative, from their recent release on Eh? Records, “Four Plus One.” In a show filled with longer cuts, who will mind one more? Besides, I’m always happy to put more no-input mixer into the aether!

I’ll have this show available as a download a little later on today, providing my program didn’t crap out on me. If you’re lucky, I’ll upload last week’s broadcast too! It’s a killer set, so don’t miss it.

Frank Rothkamm — Sleepy Bullet
Frank Rothkamm — Encounter With Remarkable Trees
Frank Rothkamm — Younger Critics 0f New York
Vanessa Rossetto — Eohippus
Arcane Device — Seventeen Ambiguous Figures
Squid Fist —
Kirmann_ — Liza
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube; Bregquelle to Immendingen
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube; Fridingen to Ulm
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube; Lauingen to Weltenburg
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube; Inzell to Badesee
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube; Orth to Haslau
The KBD Sonic Cooperative — Live at The Bohemian National Home, Detroit 11/8/07

Playlist for “ITDE” 3/15/08

March 21, 2008

UPDATE: I finally got this broadcast uploaded as a single mp3 file. Sorry about the wait! As always, support your favorite artists and labels with actual cash money– this stuff doesn’t pay for itself.

Body Collector — La Santisima Muerte
Ophibre — Untitled Music for .aiff and Magnetic Tape
Achim Wollscheid — 3 Transformations for Xylophone
Jess Rowland — The Waves Sound Sometimes Close and Sometimes Far Away
Preston Ari Swirnoff — Maariv 4, For Four Tape Machines
Preston Ari Swirnoff — Maariv 2, For A Room Full of Organs
Frank Rothkamm — Kris Kristofferson of the Avant-garde
Frank Rothkamm — The Irvine Master Plan
Frank Rothkamm — California Pink-a-Pades
Frank Rothkamm — Half Man, Half Amazing
Frank Rothkamm — Grand Ducal
Frank Rothkamm — Sleepy Bullet
Diamondhead — Dirty Realism (extract)
Big City Orchestrea — Alto
Big City Orchestrea — Counterpony
Big City Orchestrea — Street Fighting Man

Apparently, that anti-drug commercial was wrong.

March 9, 2008

A couple weeks back, DJ Mo was showing me her newly-acquired cootie catcher-making skills. If you’re not completely dessicated by age, you will remember these scraps of folded paper also served as fortune-telling devices. Some panels promised mansions and money, others told of boogers and living in the dump. None were quite like Mo’s, which reveals three unique qualities of one’s grown-up self to the bold seeker.

Knowing that I would be curious what might come her way, Mo took the time to put the results in a chart for me, labeled Future:


I think I laughed for about 15 minutes straight, seriously.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 3/8/08

March 8, 2008

UPDATE: I finally got this broadcast uploaded as a single mp3 file. Sorry about the wait! As always, support your favorite artists and labels with actual cash money– creative folks have to eat too.

Well, I’m pissed off. For whatever reason, Craig Colorusso hasn’t shown up for the live broadcast we set up some months ago. I have 20 minutes of airtime remaining, and I’m feeling like an idiot for promoting this broadcast in the first place.

The folks who came to hear him went home half an hour ago– these being the same cool people who brought two professional digital video cameras with them to film the performance. Big thanks to the Carbondale Nightlife, who got a nice write-up in their paper… and of course, thanks to all those at home who were tuning in.

Sorry this didn’t work out.

Anyways, the burden is now on Colorusso. Hopefully, there was some compelling reason for standing up my show. When I find out what it is, I’ll share with you all. Until then, have the best day you can.

Diving Bell — Diving Bell
Matthew Welch, Craig Colorusso — Rusted Breath Quiet Hands
Asher — Intervals (extract)
Mor Monsen — Vangsaa
Mor Monsen — Ramah
Brekekekexkoaxkoax — Shoham
Bastard Noise — Skull Wave (extract)
New Juche — Nom Salvo
New Juche — Mission to Ranong
Mike Hallenbeck — Leaves Pressed Around Microphone
Mike Hallenbeck — Silent Night (Shepherds Quake)
George Korein — Rotodrone Encroaching!
Axes — Lords of Space
Thomas Buckner, Annea Lockwood, Etel Adnan — Luminescence
Praew Jik — Perpetuation of Her Holy Trinity
Rod Poole — Kaledoscopic Sunday
Preston Ari Swirnoff — For Piano and Electronics
Preston Ari Swirnoff — For a Room Full of Organs
Phil Hargreaves, Barry Chabala — Musick for Two Machines (~40 minutes worth)
Vanessa Rossetto — Imperial Brick

Craig Colorusso LIVE at “ITDE”

March 7, 2008

I’ve actually written about Craig Colorusso’s upcoming live set on “ITDE” dozens of times now in e-mails, and a couple press releases, so forgive me this copy-paste:


“MB 89 is an attempt for me to play a continuous piece of music that spans the greater part of my life,” says Colorusso, who began the performance of MB 89 in 1997. “Unlike a composition with a discrete beginning and ending that may be played over and over, MB 89 is a composition played once, continuously; spaces between performances are to be treated as musical rests. Instead of many starts and finishes, there is constant music. Thus MB 89 is a reference point in my ever-changing life. The presentation of MB 89 has evolved into a timeless environment for people to enter and exit at will. The concept for this installation is to create a space of subtle movement where people can be part of the environment and absorb MB 89 any way they like.”

I really want you to hear this, so be sure to check it out. As always, “It’s Too Damn Early” starts at 4 a.m. CST Saturday morning. If you’re local, tune to 91.1 FM. If you’re fortunate to live somewhere outside this mess of snow and ice, try listening online. In addition to the live performance, I will be playing from works featuring Colorusso in one way or another. Feel free to call in at 618-457-3691. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

(And don’t forget, you can experience the full installation of MB 89 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center Saturday night!)


March 3, 2008

Someone let me have the keys to local blog “Carbondale Bytelife”. I took it for a spin, but that Blogger platform is slow and unresponsive– a bit like driving a Ford Tempo with a load of plywood strapped to the trunk. Nevertheless, for all the DaveX completists out there who have to snort up every stray crumb of my writing, here’s the link. Not sure how much there will interest those outside Southern Illinois, otherwise…

Vacation show!

March 1, 2008

My vacation shows are rare broadcasts, but are easily described– I play whatever I want, OUTSIDE the realm of experimental music. Once or twice a year, I have to do this to keep my sanity. It’s also my chance to rectify the fact that so little of this stuff gets played on radio either, a sad fact due entirely to corporate radio’s bullshit attitude toward music and listeners. This playlist might seem a little strange, but not so strange as the answer to the question I hope you ask yourself:

Why don’t I hear any of this stuff on MY local radio?

7-11 — The Slurp
The Ran-dells — Martian Hop
8-Bit Construction Set — Saucemaster
David Ingles — Paralyzed
Jimmy Swaggart — God Took Away My Yesterdays
Dean Martin — Houston
Lenny Dee — Plantation Boogie
Acker Bilk — Stranger on the Shore
Louvin Brothers — In the Pines
Willie Nelson — By the Rivers of Babylon
Elvis Presley — Funny How Time Slips Away
Jerry Lee Lewis — Lovesick Blues
Pete Johnson — Death Ray Boogie
Ray Charles — I Can’t Stop Loving You
Al Green — Light My Fire
Otis Redding — Try a Little Tenderness
James Brown — Hot Pants
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey — Inter-Reformers A Tunde
Jimi Hendrix — Bold As Love
John Spencer Blues Explosion — Full Grown
Southern Culture on the Skids — Camel Walk
CRASS — I Can’t Stand It
CRASS — Shaved Women
Rudimentary Peni — Pig in a Blanket
Ministry — Jesus Built My Hotrot
Nirvana — Negative Creep
Nirvana — Aneurysm
Mammal — Repulsion
Swans — Feel Happiness
NIN — Gave Up (extract)
Meat Burger — Rotten Kid
VA — Space 1999
Jesus Christ Superstar — Pilate and Christ
Rick James — Cold-Blooded
Yngwie Malmsteen — Black Star
The Pixies — Into the White
Patti Smith — Land
China Pig —