Archive for April, 2011

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/30/11

April 30, 2011

I had a little fun mixing my somewhat dramatic readings of creepy ghost stories from Reddit into today’s broadcast, and also found that I couldn’t get enough of the first “scummy” track from RP Collier– I had to play it a second time, just for good measure!

Richard Pinhas — GSYBE (thanks to) (from “Event & Repetitions,” on Cuneiform)
Area C — Star Names (from “Haunt,” on Last Visible Dog)
Eric Leonardson — Eko (from “The White Airplane,” on Brazildisc)
Eric Leonardson — Handwriting
Eric Leonardson — Quite The Riddle
Eric Leonardson — A Siege
0 OK, 0:1 — Tafel 00 (from “Tafelmuziek”)
0 OK, 0:1 — Tafel 18
0 OK, 0:1 — Tafel 25
Aemae — Qaadah (from “The Helical World,” on Isounderscore)
Violet — All Records Collapse (from “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers,” on SRA and Zeromoon)
Violet — Marionetki
Violet — Plague Numbers
Rodrigo Costanzo, Ray Evanoff, Iain Harrison — Fig.1 (from “16 Figures,” self-release)
Rodrigo Costanzo, Ray Evanoff, Iain Harrison — Fig.2
Rodrigo Costanzo, Ray Evanoff, Iain Harrison — Fig.3
Rodrigo Costanzo, Ray Evanoff, Iain Harrison — Fig.4
Rodrigo Costanzo, Ray Evanoff, Iain Harrison — Fig.5
Rodrigo Costanzo, Ray Evanoff, Iain Harrison — Fig.6
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX, pt.1  (otherwise unreleased)
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX, pt.2
Gen Ken Montgomery — Crema di Roma (from “Birds + Machines,” on Pogus)
Gen Ken Montgomery — MC Extraordinaire: Ann Craig
Area C — Haunt
Mystified, The Ghost Between The Strings — Rivers of Midnight Ice (from “Ghostbone,” on Dark Meadow)
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — The Felling Method (from “Rarebit,” on Transparency)
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — To Bone A Bird
Eric Leonardson, Steve Barsotti — Round Airy Light On Dark
RP Collier — Scum for DaveX, pt.1 (an encore!)


April 23, 2011

I’ve got about three more hours of birthday left, but I thought I’d do my traditional wrap-up now due to the massive amount of rainfall, and the resulting high probability of power loss. I turned 33 years old today, and managed to have a good amount of fun with it. One of my favorite improvising musicians, Tom Hamilton, performed a phone-in set for “It’s Too Damn Early” that blew me out of the water. I enjoyed it with my legs propped up, Coke in hand, and the studio monitors at a healthy volume. Although I know otherwise, it wasn’t too much of a mental stretch to imagine myself as the sole listener. It’s a fun conceit, and radio is quite good at providing this sort of mysterious experience. It reminded me of another listener who recently wrote to tell of taking an unscheduled break in his late-night drive to enjoy a drink and the setting moon after accidentally encountering “Sounds Like Radio” in mid-broadcast.

I think it’s important and interesting to let these urges actually move us, so I played along with a couple such miniature adventures today. While record-hunting, I came across a dusty old box of ping-pong equipment. Just the thing for the kitchen table, which ended in a highly-dedicated kids’ cheering section and much left-handed ping-pong action. The hanging light in the kitchen came into play more than once, and the sink appears to be in-bounds as well.

My search for photographic slides did not go as well, despite my unusual Craigslist call for help with making my birthday awesome. I’m still holding out hope for slides!

All this aside, I’ve got some time to myself right now, so I suppose I ought to attempt making some sense out of this year. Earlier, I wasn’t sure I’d really learned anything too important during this trip around the sun, and I suppose that’s true if the only measure of learning is to consider the knowledge one has added to the sum total. However, I think I’ve gotten quite a bit better at figuring out what actually means something to me. If you’ve been following my Litnoise adventure on Twitter, you’re no doubt aware that I’ve been reading a lot of Sinclair Lewis lately. At the end of “Our Mr. Wrenn,” the main character– who has spent much of the book in dreaming of faraway destinations– finds true happiness in a simple, loving relationship. In the closing paragraph, he whistles to himself while carrying home some potato salad. It’s hardly the dramatic tramping about Europe that he envisioned, but it not only works for him, it’s very much a real happiness.

Perhaps, in some ways, I’m finding a bit of myself in Mr. Wrenn. I think that’s nice, since I’ve often found it difficult to find these reflections of myself in others. If I’m finding them in a fictional character from a 1914 novel, that’s quite alright by me. As always, my habit of reading multiple books at once has yielded some especially interesting hybrid trains of thought between Geeta Dayal’s examination of Brian Eno’s “Another Green World” for Continuum’s 33 1/3 series, Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” memoir,” and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s second volume of “The Gulag Archipelago.” I’m not exactly sure where it’s all leading, but I am very pleased to be reading on a regular basis– as a side note, let me tell you that an e-reader definitely helps. I’m rocking three different ones, with multiple books going on each. Try it!

I also need to make a little nod and wave to Anla Courtis’ “Tape Works” album now. I’ve been listening to it a lot in the past couple weeks, just amazed at the simple and assuming work presented within. Listening to it is like being hit over the head with the motto “you can do this”. I think I can– perhaps this coming year will reveal the answer.

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/23/11

April 23, 2011

Update: OMG Tom Hamilton is kicking some serious ass.

Hot damn, it’s my birthday. I’m kicking it off right with a special broadcast of “It’s Too Damn Early”… Tom Hamilton will be phoning in this morning! I’m looking forward to it– and of course, I’ll be playing a lot of interesting new things as well. There’s adventuring to be done today! In the meantime, enjoy your playlist:

Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson – Horpma I (from “Horpma,” on Carrier)
Mystified, The Ghost Between The Strings — Glacial March (from “Ghostbone,” on Dark Meadow Recordings)
Mystified, The Ghost Between The Strings — Fear Is A Force
Brian Eno — M386 (from “Music for Films“)
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — Walleye Spawn (from “Shadow Machine,” on Pogus)
Tom Hamilton, Bruce Eisenbeil — The Salt Eaters
Anla Courtis — Respire un Cordero (from “Tape Works,” on Pogus)
Anla Courtis — Reducido a Hemorragia de Merluzas
Anla Courtis — Studio for Wire Plugs
Anla Courtis —  Invisible Clown Sonata
Frank Rothkamm — Outdoor Heritage of New Jersey (from “FB02,” on Flux Records)
Frank Rothkamm — Astronaut of Inner Space
Jesse Paul Miller — Lani Hua Moana (Sky Egg Ocean) (from “Huelo, Tail of a Beast,” self-release)
Tom Hamilton — Modhera (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Vapaa — Tuhannet Vuodet (from “Hum Hum Hum,” on Last Visible Dog)

Save me from the nightmare closet!

April 16, 2011

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my daughter’s broadcasts, tomorrow will present a nice opportunity for you. Not only can you dig on her fine selections of open-licensed chiptunes and abstract electronics, but you can also help me avoid cleaning the nightmare closet! You see, we have a little wager going– whoever gets more pledges during WDBX’s Spring Membership Drive wins. I get sticks picked up out of the backyard, or she gets her closet cleaned and organized. If you have kids, you might understand the value I place on staying far from her closet!

At any rate, she’s trailing me by $60. Throw one of us a bone, and become a member of WDBX at the same time. Community radio is absolutely worth supporting– just have a listen to your local corporate stations if you don’t believe me!

Phone in your pledges: 618-457-3691. If you want to talk with us, make sure you call between 3:30 and 5pm, Central time. Thank you!

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/16/11

April 16, 2011

It’s Spring Membership Drive time at WDBX now, so if you’ve been enjoying my shows all year, I’d really dig it if you’d consider making a pledge to support the station. Either phone in: 618-457-3691, or donate online. A large portion of our yearly budget comes from member donations– without your help, WDBX cannot exist!

That being said, enjoy your playlist:

Peter Gordon — Life Is Boring (from “Star Jaws,” on Lovely Music)
Gustavo Aguilar — The River (from “Looking for Aztlan,” on Acoustic Levitation)
John Morton — Amazing Grace Variations (from “Solo Traveler,” on Innova)
The Holly Martins — Stairway to the Mezzanine (from “No. No. Yes. No.” on Edgetone)
Negativland — Style (from “Crosley Bendix Radio Reviews,” on Seeland)
Glenn Weyant — Natural Electronics (from “In the DNA” on Sonic Anta)
Edward Ruchalski — Truro (from “Radio Journal,” self-release)
Edward Ruchalski — Ghost Harm
Jesse Paul Miller — The Flower’s Dream (self-release, from album of the same name) (NOTE: Help fund Miller’s 2-week residency at the Mamori Sound Project in the Brazilian rainforest through Kickstarter!)
Vapaa — Nåky Alas (from “Hum Hum Hum” on Last Visible Dog)
Vapaa — Ajan Odotus
Blue Sausage Infant — Locust of Control (from “Flight of the Solstice Queens,” on Zeromoon)
Tzii — Something (this, and next 2, from “Brussels Tape Run,” on Staaltape)
Ripit — 8 Brickwall
Ayemeric De Tapol — Schaarreek Double Speed
Merzbow — Bamboo Honey (this, and next, from “Deprogramming Music” on Sacred)
Ashrae Fax — Pan Pursuing Syrinx
The Frogs — Gwendolyn Macrae (from “My Daughter The Broad,” on Matador)

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 4/19/11

April 9, 2011

I’m kicking off the WDBX 2011 Spring Membership Drive this morning! If you want to support WDBX-FM, give us a call right now to make your pledge: 618-457-3691.

Membership Drive time is super important to us– 42% of our operating budget comes from these pledges. Help keep us on the air, and make your pledge right away!

Here’s another bit of interesting news– I’ll be covering another DJ’s timeslot later this evening, from 8-10 p.m., CST. If you have trouble being a part of my live broadcasts, this might be your best chance at catching me. As always, you can listen to the stream live right here.

Negativland — Time Zones (from “Escape From Noise,” on Seeland)
Frank Rothkamm — Chelsea Girl (from “Frank Genius Is Star Struck,” on Flux Records)
Frank Rothkamm — La Vie
Frank Rothkamm — Black in the Sky
Vapaa — Ajan Odotus (from “Hum Hum Hum,” on Last Visible Dog)
Vapaa — Sarastaa
Big City Orchestra — Tara’s Theme from ‘Gone With The Wind’ (from “Love Film Greats,” on Ubuibi and Roil Noise)
Rune Lindblad — Nocturne (from “Death of the Moon,” on Pogus)
Dual — Ceem (from “Keimar Sty,” on Coombe)
If, Bwana — Cicada #4: Version Barnard (from “Favorite Encores,” on Pogus)
Noah Creshevsky — Favorite Encores (from split Pogus release above)
Negativland — Squant (from “Crosley Bendix Radio Reviews,” on Seeland)
Area C — Outside the Flaming Body (from “Haunt,” on Last Visible Dog)
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Spontaneous Fracturing of Heavy Metal (this, and next five, from “Men In White Coats” split release on OKS Recordings of North America)
El Plan de Aquavodka — An Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs But It’s Alright
The Painful Leg Injuries — A Church Hymn About the Simplicity of E. Coli
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Timecube Cubed
The Painful Leg Injuries — Venus Williams Relies on Frequencies From the Mars Effect
El Plan de Aquavodka — The Thames Remembers Mr. Handel Still
Brian Eno — Final Sunset (from “Music For Films,” on EG)
Thollem McDonas — If You Fall To Your Death (from “I’ll Meet You Halfway Out In the Middle Of It All,” on Edgetone)
Thollem McDonas — Penetrating Idea
John Corbett — Cold Sweat (from “I’m Sick About My Hat,” on Atavistic)
John Corbett — Speed Hump
Fat Worm of Error — Return of the Thin White Dook (from “Ambivalence and the Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate
Melt Banana — Ketchup Mess
The Swirlies — Pancake (from “Blonder Tongue Audio Baton,” on Taang Records)
US Maple — So Long Bonus (from “Talker,” on Drag City)

Birthday Wish #2

April 6, 2011

How about making a pledge to WSIU, and let them know you’re fan of “Sounds Like Radio” while you’re at it?

That would be six kinds of awesome, so give them a call now: 1-800-745-9748

“Sounds Like Radio” is currently in its second broadcast year, and everyone at WSIU has been super supportive of the show. If you’ve been enjoying the broadcasts (or if I’ve been playing your recordings) then I’d dig it if you’d consider making a pledge.

Remember– a pledge is like a promise, so it’s okay if you’d broke now. Just catch it up later!

Birthday Wish #1

April 6, 2011

Seems like I really need one of these t-shirts. I like the Aldus, the Berkeley Systems, and of course the Sierra one! XXL, please…

Too long for Litnoise, sounds from “The Job”

April 4, 2011

I’ve been reading “The Job,” by Sinclair Lewis. It’s been a source of great sound-related quotes that I’ve been mining for my Litnoise project at Twitter. Here’s a quote from a particularly nice section, where the protagonist first manages to catch her breath upon arriving in New York City:

“Una gave herself up to impressions of the city: the voices of many children down on Amsterdam Avenue, the shriek of a flat-wheeled surface car, the sturdy pound of trucks, horns of automobiles; the separate sounds scarcely distinguishable in a whirr which seemed visible as a thick, gray-yellow dust cloud.”

Of course, I have lots more at Litnoise on Twitter. I’d love it if you’d follow me– give it a shot!

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 4/2/11

April 2, 2011

If you’re enjoying today’s broadcast– and you’re near enough to make it on time– be sure to come out for tonight’s “Evening of Radio Art & Surround Sound Works” in the Christian H. Moe Theater on the SIUC campus. There are a lot of really nice pieces that will be played, and a live set from Eric Leonardson as well.

Thollem McDonas — Living Is The Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Done (from “Solo Piano,” on Pax)
Univers Zero — Soubresauts (from “Clivages,” on Cuneiform)
Univers Zero — Apesanteur
Univers Zero — Three Days
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt I (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt II
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling Mvt III
Christopher Roberts, Mark Morton, James Bergman — Around the Hearth (from “Trios for Deep Voices,” on Cold Blue Music)
Christopher Roberts, Mark Morton, James Bergman — Kon Burunemo
Hiss Nausea — Pyramid Glue (from “Hiss Nausea/Nolls” split cassette on Hyster Tapes)
Varropas — Moln På Drift 1978 (from “Second One,” on Hyster Tapes)
Myo — Emergent Citrus Feedback Multiphonics / Lipoma 02 v2 (from “Memory Gospel,” on Zeromoon)
Myo — Tibersund 02
Myo — People Are So God Damn Fucking Selfish
Myo — Memory Gospel