Archive for August, 2009

Torrents, updates

August 29, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

Here’s a couple more torrents. As you may have noticed lately, these are not full episodes– I simply can’t get my recording device to reliably function for the duration of the show, so I’ve been just trying to make sure I get the phone-in and guest performances, with a bit of showtime surrounding each. I’ve got my eye on a new Sony S-Series Walkman, which could definitely solve my problem, but this is a purchase for next year. For now, keep your chin up!

8/22/09: Live phone-in set with Ironing. Overall, a pretty darn good show.

8/29/09: Mainly, this broadcast was a bit muddled, but only because I just didn’t seem to have my head about me. Black Beast of Arrrghhh phones in, to the delight of local guests.

As for the titular “update.”I’m back to broadcasting from 4-6:30 a.m., with the introduction of a hip-hop show into the 2-4 a.m. slot. No more 3.5 hour shows! Currently, I’m looking for more phone-in guests, with dates starting in November. I’m also considering some changes to how I handle reviews on STARTLING MONIKER– possibly introducing more short reviews bracketed by a weekly “featured” review/discussion that breaks down an album in greater depth.

With both my younglings now in school, I have quite a bit more time on my hands during the day, so I’ve been trying to figure out good ways to use it without going nuts. However, after nearly 10 years of watching kids, this is a fairly large adjustment for me to make– you’ll have to forgive me for a while as I sort things out. I think I’ll give myself until October to make any big changes at STARTLING MONIKER, and just focus on some early (and much-needed) spring cleaning around the house instead.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/29/09

August 29, 2009

Another year, another Fall Membership Drive! If you enjoy “It’s Too Damn Early,” I’d love to hear from you this time around– 618-457-3691… even if you’re not planning to make a pledge, seriously!

Today, my phone-in guest will be Black Beast of Arrrghhh, who I’m really looking forward to hearing. I’m also planning to make a call to Hal McGee’s “Automatic Confessional,” which I sort of broke last week. Damn me and my clumsy robot fingers!

Judy Dunaway, Tom Chiu — Etude No. 1 For Balloon and Violin
Randall Hall — Carnivore
Sparkle Girl — A Series of Tubes
Mark Sonnenfeld — Nagging Haunt
Igloo Martian — The Pocket-Sized Beat
Enstruction — Agglomeration
The Lexington Steele — Untitled No. 1 (for Shirley)
Cellular Terror — Electronic Fingerprints
Witch With Flying Head — They Call Him Neato Bombeleato
Dave X — Wire/Recorder
Kathy Burkett — Japanese Dachshund
minimum of none — more talk
Bryce Beverlin II — Mounded Cramphole
Halaka — Everyone Told Me I Was Great
DaveX — Jam Up/Jelly Tight
Black Beast of Arrrghhh — Live Phone-In set for WDBX-FM, 8/29/09
Dan Warburton — Al-Sabaah
Dan Warburton — Al-Dhahiira
Up-Tight — Daydream Believer (from “Live at the Lucrezia” DVD, Last Visible Dog Records)
Big City Orchestra — Noize Piece for 4 Shortwave Radios
Big City Orchestra — Kreuz
Big City Orchestra — Zeloso
DaveX — Improv With Radio and Transmitter
Eyes Like Saucers — Still Living In the Desert

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/22/09

August 22, 2009

No telling how next week will pan out, but for now, WDBX has a new DJ programmed in the 2-4 a.m. slot– meaning that I won’t be doing anymore of these fun long shows for a while. Oh well! I suppose I could use the extra sleep.

Thankfully, this won’t affect any of the really cool guests I have scheduled for the next couple months, including tonight’s phone-in guest, Ironing. I’m really looking forward to chatting with this guy; not only does he run the terrific Hymns label, but he’s a fellow enthusiast of the microcassette format.

Wow, today has been unexpectedly heavy– Mammal obviously gives us a huge push in that direction, but Larval and The Transhumans are definitely keeping it going. I had actually forgotten how good the Larval album (“Obedience,” on Cuneiform) actually is! I had been playing it earlier today at home, noting that it sounded particularly awesome on my homemade through-house surround setup. Naturally, I had to get it on today’s show!

As for The Transhumans, I just don’t play their “Into the Maelstrom” enough. I’m perpetually amazed at how in-control this recording is, despite the high level of apparent chaos. I’ll probably play a few tracks from this disc– the overall arc of the music is one of the great qualities of this album.

Got a lot of calls about the Rich West “Mayo Grout’s Known Universe” recording. Apparently, Southern Illinois is keeping it weird. If you dug this and The Transhumans, you’re in luck– they’re both on the pfMentum label!

Bob Marsh wrote me this week, to hip me on his M! & M? project, a series of collaborations with a mysterious Italian fellow (the M?) of the duo. Marsh was debating whether to send me a CDR or just point me to the download, having apparently experienced the futile feeling of having a near-universally appreciated album (“Eight,” which I’m playing later) get great reviews, airplay, and still eat his budget. I always advise folks to send me a disc– it’s just easier– but if it’s between me hearing it or NOT hearing it– point me at the download!

I also played from Marsh’s “Nine” recordings, postcard-sized compositions made from alternations to a 1987 Michelin Road Atlas of France, which Marsh has been sharing with other musicians.

Okay, I tried phoning Hal McGee’s “Automatic Confessional,” but got hung up on twice. I guess I’ve been terrible. My insects and birds will have to wait until next week to become famous. As a runner-up prize, I’m now playing from volume 3 of “Dictaphonia,” the microcassette compilation McGee has been curating of late. See? No hard feelings about the confessional!

Eeek. My needle drop is showing.

Ironing will be calling in anytime now. Exactly when is anybody’s guess. Stay tuned!

Well, we are currently LIVE with Ironing, who is taking a walk in a park with some ducks. This is definitely going to be a memorable phone-in set, especially as Ironing’s microcassette contributions gradually take over the setting. I’ve also been promised that our journey will end in a Waffle House, for the live interview portion. Perhaps we’ll also be able to hear some yummy waffles being eaten. Mmmm, waffles.

Mammal — Repulsion
Larval — One Day I Just Kept On Walking
The Transhumans — Into the Maelstrom; Part Two: Descent (Approach)
The Transhumans — Into the Maelstrom; Part Two: Descent (Passage)
The Transhumans — Into the Maelstrom; Part Two: Descent
Rich West — I’m a Cockroach: Adapt, Adapt (pt.1)
M! & M? — New York Minute
M! & M? — Etude
M! & M? — Tarantella
M! & M? — Heart of the Matter
Bob Marsh — Nine Mine
Bryan Day — Day Nine
Larval — Last Ditch
DaveX — Phoning Hal McGee’s Automatic Confessional With Insects & Birds
Neonwork — Panic Attack
Mannequin Hollowcaust — Shrapnel Bath
Karl J. Paloucek — Phonorail
Justin Robert — Nylon/Mylar
Carl Holmes — Impulse Response
Ooy — Subway
Fludd — Reso-Nuances
JLIAT — Beethoven’s 9th, Bonus Track (Movement 5)
Bisexual Swinger — The Exercist
Alan George Ledergerber — I Like To Scare Myself
Stirner — digita4dictaphonia
auvikogue — heimart/exp – lost concert series vol.1
Bright Duplex — It’s Geese
Bright Duplex — Church of the Rosy Porky Pine
Lesson Lesson Lessen Relearn — Ultra Cultural Bummer (from split 7″ w/ Russian Tsarlag, on West Palm Beotch Records)
Russian Tsarlag — The Master’s Speech
Boris Hauf — Return of the 8 Bobs
Marina Hardy — No Bones
Earzumba — Trotando Riesgos
Ironing — LIVE phone-in performance for WDBX-FM, 8/22/09

WDBX-FM back online!

August 20, 2009

I’m happy to report that WDBX-FM is now back online with a new webstream— the file is an .m3u, so you can play it with pretty much any program, including VLC and iTunes. I did notice that we’re back down to a 64kbps stream from our brief time together in 128kbps, so there’s still room for improvement.

More torrents for you to ignore

August 16, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

Here’s the two most recent shows– and I’m re-posting links to the three previous ones, since they were mostly ignored. Shame on you all!

8/8/09: Unless you own a Brekekekexkoaxkoax DVD, cool microcassette recordings of Nassau from Ironing, and an alternate version of Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” you’d better grab this episode!

8/15/09: Here’s a no-brainer for you… Ernesto Diaz-Infante AND Mike Khoury do live phone-in sets. You get a car! You get a car! YOU get a car!

…and three older torrents (but good ones, for real!)

7/25/09: Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time!

8/1/09: Focusing entirely on St. Louis drone king Mystified’s phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early,” along with the lovely bit of transitional period between Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” and Mystified’s generative synthesis bath. Duh, grab it!

8/3/09: DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/15/09

August 15, 2009

Looks like the stream is down again. Apparently, keeping a web connection functioning in Southern Illinois is an arcane art not yet mastered by the locals at Mayer Networks. On the upside, now WDBX has TWO broken streams– a Microsoft-licking MMS protocol for anyone doubly unlucky to love Windows Media Player AND infinite connect times– also, a url-to-nowhere .pls link for those who want a little silence with their VLC.

That’s progress!

I got an e-mail a bit earlier from Focus Group. Due to a late start in Chicago, they’re definitely not going to be able to make it down for today’s show. If you were excited about this (and you’re local) catch them at The Swamp tomorrow night. I still have Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Mike Khoury on the phone-in bill for tonight, though– all is not lost!

I’ve been playing from some of the Mike Khoury and Ernesto Diaz-Infante albums I first heard; “Insignia,” on Public Eyesore… “Tepeu” and “Ucross Journal” from Pax Recordings.

25 minutes until the first guest!

Currently playing from Offthesky’s album, “Creek Caught Fire” on The Land Of label. I figured it would fit well with the overall laid-back feel of this particular broadcast, and I was right!

On the other hand, I don’t want everyone getting TOO comfortable. I’m shaking things up a bit with the “Ruptures” section of Stephane Roy’s triptych, “Trois petites histoires concretes” from the album “Migrations” on Empreintes Digitales.

Currently on-air with Ernesto Diaz-Infante, LIVE! I sorta blew the interview portion– sometimes, I’m just not very good on the phone. As long as you’re digging his set, I’m happy, though!

…going to try not screwing up the Mike Khoury interview portion, haha.  Ernesto’s contribution this morning was lovely, I’m very happy about this, despite my lack of phone skills. Be sure to check out Pax Recordings if you’re interested in more of his work.

Whew! This interview went much more smoothly– just goes to show you how spastic I can be sometimes. A bonus… I just found out that there’re more Khoury/Hansen material online. Currently, Khoury is tearing it up with a hands-free cell mic attached directly to his violin. This is some pretty awesome stuff. Check out Entropy Stereo and Detroit Improvisation for more information.

Neil Rolnick — The Economic Engine: Traffic
Neil Rolnick — The Economic Engine: Farm to Factory
Neil Rolnick — The Economic Engine: Opaque Air
Neil Rolnick — The Economic Engine: Hutong to Highrise
Mike Khoury, Jason Shearer, Ben Hall — Six and Lodge
Mike Khoury, Jason Shearer, Ben Hall — 8 Mile, Between Woodward and 75
Mike Khoury, Mike Hansen — Untitled 3, from “Strings” on Rypas
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Ucross Improvisation I
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Ucross Improvisation II
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Ucross Improvisation III
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Ucross Improvisation IV
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Ucross Improvisation V
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Synthesis
Offthesky — Safety Snake Hole
Offthesky — Still Wisher
Offthesky — Cloud Spotting
Stephane Roy — Trois petites histoires concretes; Ruptures
Stephane Roy — Trois petites histoires concretes; Micro-confidences
Stephane Roy — Trois petites histoires concretes; Pythaghorizons
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — LIVE phone-in performance for WDBX-FM, 8/15/09
Potpie — Blues for the Lower 9
Liteworks — Liteworks
Mike Khoury — LIVE phone-in performance for WDBX-FM, 8/15/09
Neil Rolnick — Real Time
LX Rudis — Audible Method 1.43 (excerpt)

Upcoming broadcast preview!

August 14, 2009

In just a few hours– Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Mike Khoury will each call in for solo telematic performances, while Focus Group and Falcon Buddies will attempt to set a world land speed record to get to WDBX in time for… well, nobody really knows just yet. We have actually considered the idea of a phone-in set performed while they drive from Chicago, no kidding.

This will be a wild and weird episode of “It’s Too Damn Early,” so don’t miss it. For now, you can listen online here, or at 91.1 FM.

Video evidence of my time as a Humannequin!

August 12, 2009

For some reason, they believe my name was Steve, but that’s okay– I briefly tried to be “in character” anyway, as a London-based umbrella salesman. My pitch was interrupted by a hoodie sighting. This was a lot of fun– you gotta try it sometime!

My life as a Humannequin

August 12, 2009

As part of London College of Communication’s “This Is Why We Meet” series of installations; Catarina Chaby, Daniel Camacho, Eleonora D’Acci and Yana Naidenov have created a set of interactive “humannequins” currently living outside an office in London.

Callers to the installation’s Skype address inhabit a humannequin, which allows them to see and hear passers-by with full audio and video feeds in real time. For my part, I chatted with Eleonora (unfortunately butchering her name a couple times before settling on Elly, sorry!) and playing some music as well– The Very Best’s “Warm Heart of Africa,” which is quite high in my personal playlist at the moment. I suggested that we should get a conference call going between the Humannequins and the Telemegaphone Dale, an installation located on top of the Jøtulshaugen mountain overlooking the idyllic Dalsfjord in Western Norway which broadcasts callers from a seven-meter tall loudspeaker array to the village below. It’s not often that a Humannequin can shout from a mountain, is it?

We also discussed the curious ability of so many Londoners to be able to walk right past, without any notice, the unlikely sight of people having a conversation (or a dance, as it were) with a mannequin. I’m guessing this is a big-city phenomenon. Still, I spotted my first English hoodie in the wild; and met “Emma,” my temporary Humannequin spouse. I offered her my umbrella, but she appeared comfortable with her blanket despite the rain, making no effort whatsoever to meet my gaze. We did, however, have a bit of conversation amongst ourselves– possibly our first since meeting, haha.

Calls to the Humannequins are taken between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., until Sunday, August 16th. Skype to: getalife.thisiswhywemeet to become a Humannequin yourself!


Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/8/09

August 8, 2009

A quickie– I’m really digging this disc Marcelo Radulovich mailed me, “Mercurio.” It’s a particular sound I guess I’ve been missing lately, like a vitamin deficiency or something. Anyways, I’m better now.

Hey, I’m actually sounding decent on the mic today. Almost like I’m wide awake.

BTW, there’s no streaming signal AGAIN. I’d say that our net provider was conspiring against my show, but this would require organization and some actual effort. In the meantime, I’m going to assume that the WDBX main page’s new stream addy reflects some move on their part towards a better streaming solution, and not just a coding error. Positivity!

Warm Climate — Bricklayer
Warm Climate — Goldminer
Warm Climate — Can’t Forget To Know You
Marcelo Radulovich — Turn On the Phone
Marcelo Radulovich — Purge It From the World
Marcelo Radulovich — Paris Ampheta
Matt Weston — Holler
Matt Weston — Do You Hear Me?
C Spencer Yeh — Three Synthesizers March 2008
Alan Licht — Remington Khan (“Hearing Test” mix/12=string version)
Black Beast of Arrrghhh — Vietnamese Democracy (excerpt)
Ville Moskiitto — Kupariluostari
Ville Moskiitto — Kuhnuritanssi
Cheer Accident — Blue Cheadle
Brekekekexkoaxkoax — For Carmen Resendez (from “Two Videos” DVD)
Ironing — Live My Life
Ironing — Whenever You’re Lonely
Ironing — Lots of Kisses and Hugs
Ironing — Keep Spending Money
Ironing — Before You Lock Your Love Away
Ironing — Like What an Asshole
Ironing — You Wasn’t Worth My Time
Hong Chulki, Lee Hangjun — Cracked Shared (from “Expanded Celluloid, Extended Phonograph” DVD on Balloon & Needle)

Preview of tomorrow’s broadcast

August 7, 2009

Tomorrow is wide open– anything goes. I have considered re-visiting the old Sound Museum format for a week, a particular odd (but fun!) destination– then again, I may just play a barrage of multiple layers, with a different show going on each stereo channel. Who knows? Tune in and find out!

This big show will impress her… friends!

August 4, 2009

August 15th is going to be incredible for “It’s Too Damn Early” listeners– even if it’s shaping up to be a hectic morning for me. Here’s what’s on the schedule:

First off, we have two phone-in guests that I’m VERY excited about. Ernesto Diaz-Infante, whose work includes everything from ethereal piano to improv noise, has been one of my favorites since hearing his 1999 release “Ucross Journal.” At the time, I wasn’t sure what to do with it exactly, but I’ve certainly paid attention to its continued ability to capture my attention and interest over the years.

Mike Khoury, whose free violin improvisations have featured on many of my broadcasts, will also be phoning in his own performance. I don’t know exactly what to expect from either of these guys, so you’d better just tune in and find out for yourself.

If this wasn’t enough, I’m also playing host to visiting musicians in the Hi-Life Room. Direct from a bill with Dan Godston the previous evening, I’ll be joined by Focus Group and Falcon Buddies. I’ve challenged Focus Group to showcase their experimental leanings– and while the rabid prog-fans at the following night’s Swamp show will surely give them a pass, I plan to lay a similar request with Falcon Buddies.

on purpose for money

Feeding you torrents

August 4, 2009

(Quick note: the torrent files referenced in this post are being replaced with new links. Sorry for any confusion. –DaveX)

These are all must-haves– two live sets, and one DAYTIME broadcast! As always, I encourage you to SEED these torrents when you’re through downloading. A handful of you are good about this, but most are not. Seeding past your completed download means faster times for other listeners, and a healthier torrent. So seed already!

Here’s my latest batch:

7/25/09: Not quite the full show, but enough to cover Lonely Procession’s live set, and a lot of weirdness on either side. Well worth your time!

8/1/09: Focusing entirely on St. Louis drone king Mystified’s phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early,” along with the lovely bit of transitional period between Alan Licht’s “Remington Khan,” and Mystified’s generative synthesis bath. Duh, grab it!

8/3/09: DaveX stars as a teen hockey player well-liked and respected among his coaches and teammates. He battles to hide the truth from his elders and peers — that he is actually an enormous lizard. A special daytime broadcast also featuring long-time listener favorite DJ Mo, and a subliminal animal theme!

Eat all the torrents you want-- but be sure to seed!

Eat all the torrents you want-- but be sure to seed!

Soooo close!

August 3, 2009

I was really kinda hoping to win the Tetris Cube in BoingBoing Gadget’s fiction contest— but that was the third place prize, and I came in a “special mention” fourth. Rob sez: “If I weren’t in a formal fiction-reading mood, this purple cow would have won by a space mile. Rather than endure any attempts to describe it, just go and check it out.”

*sigh* Just like me to be TOO mutant for the mutants! I guess I’ll have to just enjoy my BBG bump, and try again next time, eh?

Liveblogging! Commentary for SPECIAL broadcast, “ITDE” 8/3/09

August 3, 2009

If the stream is working, you can listen here. If it’s not working, feel free to pack up your family and move to Southern Illinois. I’m at 91.1 FM.

DaveX — Thrills & Kicks (ITDE Theme)
Rose for Bohdan — Ride My Bike
Miss High Heel — Pity Squashed Your Flowers
Sounds of American Doomsday Cults — Call for Protection
Darren Copeland — They’re Trying To Save Themselves
King Ghidorah — Bring the Head of Michael Brown
Armpit — Whiskey Bottle (Live Special Olympics Party)
Neil Rolnick, Joan LaBarbara — Body Work
Frank Rothkamm — Chelsea Girl
Ume — The Down Low Slow Down
Satoru Wono — Tango no.5
Frederique Bruyas — Christophe Tarkos; Poeme Choisi in Pan, Editions POI
Sissi Spacek — Sequins
Merzbow — Woodpecker no.2
Eddie the Rat — March of the Haydevil (Don’t Apologize for Universal Law pt.2)
Henry Kaiser — Meet the Flintstones
Alan Licht — Muhammed Ali & The Crickets
Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet — Pulse Widthed Door
Na — I’m Going To The Cold Bank
Harout — Live at Laney Flea Market (From “Gold Record Studio”, Edgetone Records)
US Maple — Through With Six Six Six
Mooey Moobau — McDonald’s Mouse vs. The Toilet Seat Cat
Fe-Mail — Interlude 1 (from “Blixter Toad”, Asphodel Ltd.)
RP Collier — Zaltr
Bjork — Declare Independence

Don’t forget this

August 2, 2009

I’m hosting a special broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early” this Monday, August 3rd, from 6-8 p.m. Witness the firepower of this fully-armed and operational DaveX in a rare daytime setting. With a bit of luck, our webstream may even be back online! If it’s not, be sure to send me your wrath in e-mail form, so that I may pass it on to Those In Charge.

itde special presentation

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/1/09

August 1, 2009

WDBX’s streaming signal is down again. Second time I know of today. Can’t say I’m too happy with the new stream provider– not only have they stuck us with this Windows-centric garbage MMS stream that won’t play decently on much of anything, but now they can’t even keep it awake for 24 hours at a stretch. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Can you do better? Want to keep a radio station as a pet? Call us!

St. Louis drone king Mystified is today’s guest! He’s going to be working up a live generative piece for us, which I will be slowly bringing into the show around 4:15… this should be very cool. I’ve got my recorder off right now, which is really too bad because the Alan Licht stuff is terrific, but I want to conserve battery life to make sure Mystified’s set is captured properly!

Well, THIS has never happened before! I just went to queue up a CD (The Renderers, “Monsters and Miasmas” on LVD) when it literally crumbled in my hand. It broke as easily as if it had been made of crumbly chocolate, not in any way like a shattered CD. I actually looked at it for a while as if it was a joke, just dumbfounded by this strange occurrence! This has got to be a total fluke. I’m going to have to see if this one is online– I don’t suppose there’s harm in downloading a replacement promo if I find it.

Merzbow — Don’t Steal My Goat, pt. 1
Andrea Neumann, Toshimaru Nakamura — 1 (from “Aton”)
Andrea Neumann, Toshimaru Nakamura — 2 (from “Aton”)
Alan Licht — Remington Khan
Mystified — LIVE, phone-in set for WDBX-FM 8/1/09
Belltonesuicide — Phallanx Reprimand
Belltonesuicide — My Species Will Go Extinct
Neil Rolnick — Hammer & Hair (with Todd Reynolds and Kathleen Suprove)
Mark Applebaum — Essel Museum
Black Republican Caucus — Untitled, from “Shrek the 3rd: The DVD”
Mike Khoury — Untitled (from “Solo Renegade #9″ mini-cdr, on Lost Treasures of the Underworld label”