Archive for October, 2017

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 10/30/17

October 30, 2017

Tonight, we repeat an episode of “It’s Too Damn Early,” from May 8, 2010– with commentary and additional sound– in a time-shifted radio experiment joining past and present! The playlist and liveblog will be here, see the WDBX Archive if you missed the show live.

So far, I am digging this Hong Chulki. I had forgotten how truly wild and raw this album feels. It’s nice to get back into this. I still own the discs, of course, but haven’t played them in quite some time.

You know what’s unsettling? Being in the bathroom, and hearing your own voice pop on the monitor to announce the next song. That is truly weird. And yeah, Leif Elggren is pretty weird, too. “Two Thin Eating One Fat” has to be one of the more unsettling things ever recorded:

Two Thin Eating One Fat appears to be much more personal documentation of their dream communication – it features recordings of themselves quietly mumbling through a number of meandering narratives marked by a strange political rhetoric and the repeated phrase, ”let me in”. Thick metallic drones, distant pounding drums and rhythmic exercises with a Piezo buzzer accompany and at times interrupt the ongoing murmur.”


I decided to add some of “Soya Bean” into the mix of The Animist, just for fun. It also uses that odd vocal processing– speed-altered recordings, etc.

Seems like we are into the James Wyness now, though I will admit that I didn’t remember it being this noisy. I wonder if I skipped something in the original playlist? This definitely seems to be an odd detour. Regardless, I am enjoying it– bursts of static, occasional percussion, squealing and wildness. Fun!

I’d like to wait through this cut, and then bring in some new material– I have an EP from the Jorge Arana Trio, “Oso,” which is pretty good proggy jazz fusion. I was in Kansas City at Vinyl Underground/7th Heaven record shop, and asked for good local stuff– ended up with several cassettes and this lovely purple vinyl limited edition.

Listening to Sabrina Siegel now. At one point, we were somewhat in touch– I had greatly enjoyed several of her releases, particularly “Grace/Precarious,” a simultaneously clever and in-depth listen. It seems like between depression, returning to school, and working at WDBX, the demands on my time and energy caused me to inadvertently drop a lot of those sort of contacts. Although I think my skill presenting experimental music (and listening) has improved with time, I have lost a lot of ground toward being as connected as I once was. I can’t help but feel sad about this.

The I.L.Y’s – Scum With Boundaries (from “Scum With Boundaries,” on Third Worlds)
Hong Chulki — Without Cartridge 1 (from “With/Without Cartridge” on Balloon & Needle)
Hong Chulki — Without Cartridge 2
Merzbow — Graft #1 (excerpt) (on Cold Spring Records)
Leif Elggren, Thomas Liljenberg — The Animist (from “Two Thin Eating One Fat” on Fireworks Edition)
Leif Elggren — Soya Bean
Coin Gutter — Asthamtics fo Faliure (from “Asthmatics of Failure” on Panospria)
James Wyness — Temper Temper (from “Jelly Leg” self release)
Style City — The Happening (from “The Happening” self-release)
Jorge Arana Trio — Foredoom (from “Oso EP,” on Haymaker Records)
Jorge Arana Trio — Kallisto
Jorge Arana Trio — Crime of Passion Fruit
Sabrina Siegel — A Silent Forest 2 (from “A Silent Forest” on Clinical Archives)
Ryonkt — Day 1 (from “Window to the Room” on Under the Spire)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 10/23/17

October 23, 2017

Hey, hey two weeks of liveblogging in a row?! Hard to believe, yet here we are. So tonight’s show is a little bit of a reaction to Mo’s last broadcast of “Style City” this past Sunday, combined with this grey, slow day leaking into my subconscious. 51d+tOoI0vL._SX355_

So the Oldfield stuff is definitely an odd choice for my show, but it makes sense, given the soundtrack of my week– Mo has been working up some new material, which is heavily reliant on similar long-form, futuristic sounds– I’d love to see a resurgence of albums like this! Plus, you’ve got to hand it to anyone who puts the following in their liner notes:

“This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment, please hand it into the nearest police station.”

Damn! At any rate, in keeping with Mo’s show, I’ve also decided on some rather May/December pairings– so Death Grips is pulling us out of Oldfield– equally futuristic, but with a different outlook, no doubt.

Philip Glass’s Powaqqatsi soundtrack started our second set off with the beautiful and bouncy “Serra Pelada,” a great cut that is just full of energy… which we siphoned right off with the Washed Out cut! I just found out about that album, “Mister Mellow,” the other day, and am really excited about it. Seems like good stuff so far, and the video is terrific. I have a tremendous respect for Mr. Rogers, so there is no hipster irony present in playing that cut– it is one of my favorites. If you heard it with a smirk on your face, go back and relisten, reflect on your choices, and do better moving forward.

The I.L.Y’s – Scum With Boundaries (from “Scum With Boundaries” on Third Worlds)
Luella & the Sun – Fly So Free (from “Fly So Free/We Got To Meet Death” 7″)
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells, Side 1 (from “Tubular Bells,” on Virgin Records)
Death Grips – Interview A (from “Interview 2016,” on Third Worlds)
Philip Glass – Serra Pelada (from “Powaqqatsi,” on Elektra Nonesuch)
Washed Out – Instant Calm (from “Mister Mellow,” on Stones Throw)
Mr. Rogers – Let’s Be Together Today (from same LP, on Small World Records)
Philip Glass – Anthem, pt.1
Philip Glass – That Place
Death Grips – Interview B
Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Part 1 (from “Equinoxe,” on Polydor)

Liveblogging! “Music For Swimmers,” 10/16/17

October 16, 2017

Wow! Back to liveblogging! Who would have guessed? I felt weird tonight, and wanted to play something familiar AND unfamiliar, all at the same time. An old show sounded like just the right thing– plus, I have a scratchy throat… it’s THAT time of year, argh.

Here is a link to the original liveblog for the “It’s Too Damn Early” broadcast I am airing tonight: HERE DANG JEEZ which I plan to not only liveblog about, but perhaps do some commentary for on-air as well. Currently, we are listening to this Chaos Kit cut. I’m sure this would not have ordinarily made it onto my show back in the day; it’s way too straight-forward and techno-ish, but it seems I had some situation where Sweet Action Radio had promised to play it, and then didn’t… I’m too nice!

I have reproduced the original playlist below. Because “It’s Too Damn Early” was a half hour longer than my current show, I will not have time to play everything in this list. I’ll do my best to figure out where it actually stops, and make a note of it.

Damn– Courtis and RLW still hold up. This stuff is nuts. I am definitely going to have to follow up on both. I’m a little sad that I haven’t– I wonder how much of a theme “dissatisfaction with my effort” will be in today’s liveblog, oh.

Not sure where we are in the mix right now. My suspicion is that this crazy duo is still at it– I’m detecting some hint of strings in the mix, and the crackle makes me think of Courtis and some lo-fi element worming its way about. So far, I like the dynamic of this show, although some of the breaks between cuts have been wonky. I wonder what was happening then?

I spoke on-air just now a little bit about this portion of the show– how, back when I was doing “ITDE,” the show’s shape was always about traveling through the nighttime into the dawn. Every show carried with it some sort of rebirth, even if into dim winter mornings or darkened rainy days where the sun never arrived. I always thought of this section of the show as something like a marathon– the area where it would be unwise to sprint– circadian rhythms would hit hardest here; between 4 and 5am is a no-man’s land for the waking dreamer. Now that I am listening fully, I can feel how tired I must have been while I played these cuts.

This Philip Jeck is fucking gorgeous. Goddamn.

Anyways, what is this? I am trying to pick up old threads, it seems. Maybe I lost something useful somewhere along the way? I have been watching a lot of old family VHS tapes lately, and it has definitely produced more nostalgia than expected. The more surprising effect has been realizing how many things it is possible to simply forget. Often, I feel like I am watching someone else when I see myself on-screen– I can’t recognize my motives, my perception, my voice. It is unnerving to see this David unmoored in the past, floating just beyond my reach. Listening to this show feels like swimming out to see if I can reach him. I don’t suppose these waters will get me all the way there, regardless.

It is almost cruel that tonight’s broadcast cannot end in dawn– this music is carrying me to a promise of dawn, I can feel it. But when I leave, it will be midnight. Philip Glass brought us back from the halfway point in style with Joan La Barbara riding side-saddle– an interesting choice. Was this from North Star? I don’t think so… I didn’t yet have that recording when this originally aired. Now here is Muslimgauze– almost surely the last of the nighttime riders.

Oh! Tim Buckley makes a surprise appearance! Now everything is revealed– Glass, La Barbara, and Jones were merely his heralds.

Parmegiani still holds up, but that’s not really a surprise. I only have 25 minutes left. Today’s show has really gone quickly! It’s going to feel a little weird to have this one undone– by the time we move into the next program (“Onslaught of Steel”) there will be about 25 minutes of time remaining in the original broadcast.

Just got a caller– he was a little confused about what we are hearing. Probably just confused about the music in general. I’d like to say he was intrigued about today’s show-within-a-show format, but that might be too hopeful. The call definitely reminded me of calls I used to get when I first got into radio– reactionary, upset, frustrated, angry– and although those elements were present in small amounts, I can’t say today’s caller was altogether unpleasant– a mix of mild bewilderment and skepticism, as if to say “you know this can’t possibly work, right?” Sorry, but if you’ve been touched unexpectedly, I’m putting it down as a win. YOU don’t just get to walk away from this.

It’s a strong possibility that I will be returning to liveblogging shows in the future. I have to admit that I had enjoyed doing this, and I like the feeling of “putting it out there” for readers to see what happens behind the curtain. I am thrilled to be able to point you directly to the WDBX Archive in case you missed this broadcast– it is available to stream for the next two weeks, just select “Music For Swimmers” from the drop-down list of programs.

Chaos Kit — Primer (Petro Laundry Mix)
Anla Courtis, Ralf Wehowsky — Cristalización espontánea
Anla Courtis, Ralf Wehowsky — Wege zur Besserung der Naturgeister
Anla Courtis, Ralf Wehowsky — Un pequeño hombre gris con cara cuadrada y ojos luminosos
Philip Jeck — Unveiled
Philip Jeck — Chime Again
Philip Jeck — Fanfares
Philip Jeck — Shining
The Gowns — White Like Heaven
Phthalocyanine — Ethiopian Runner
Contagious Orgasm — Heart Station
Philip Glass — Changing Opinion
Philip Glass — Lightning
Joan La Barbara — Shadow Song
Jack Lunetti, Don Brown — Untitled
Grouper — Disengaged
Grouper — Heavy Water
Muslimgauze — Baghdad Mind
John Oswald — Anon
John Oswald — O Hell
John Oswald — 2net
Bernard Parmegiani — Lumière Noire; Moins L’infini
Bernard Parmegiani — Lumière Noire; Instant 0
Bernard Parmegiani — Lumière Noire; Premières Forces – Premières Formes
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 3
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 4
———–today’s show cuts off here——-
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 5
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 6
72 Desperate Rebels — Untitled 7
Ahleuchatistas — Brilliant Danderkovs
US Maple — Mountain Top
George Korein — Too Many Days