Posts Tagged ‘ITDE’

Liveblogging! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/8/11

January 8, 2011

So far, just taking it easy for this broadcast. Some weeks, I feel like I’m pushing the music around, or wrestling with it– other times, it’s like following the music where it wants to go. In rare cases, such as this morning, the music carries me there. I hope you’re digging it too.

Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #1 (from “Monstranz,” on Everest Records)
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #2
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #3
Strotter Inst. — Monstranz, #4
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 1 (from “Subterranean Sky,” on Aural Terrains)
Thanos Chrysakis — Subterranean Sky 2
ANNA — Araignées (from “Araignées,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Motet, parts 1-10 (from “Motety i Jutrznia,” on Mind Twisting Records)
Pitz — Motety i Jutrznia; Jutrznia
Strotter Inst. — Minenhund pts 1-5 (from “Minenhund,” on Hinterzimmer and Public Guilt labels)
Eloine — Threadbare Margins (from “Simpler Machines,” on DarbolisticRex)
Eloine — Bracket Migration

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/16/10

October 16, 2010

I’m in the mood for some drone today, so get ready for some loooong tracks! The David First set is really terrific, absolutely top-notch. It was nice to get it on following the Alok mini– I’m not certain the extreme low end of his stuff came through too well on radio, but it sounded great here.

I’m about halfway through the show now… well, a little past half, and I’m crushed for time! I could do a few more hours this morning, easy.

Did I mention how amazing the new stuff from The Painful Leg Injuries is? No shortage of freaked-out response on that one! Better grab a copy, don’t you think?

Santiago Latorre — Orbita (from “Orbita,” on Accretions)
Santiago Latorre — Le Sobrevive,  Le Sobrevive A Todo La Frialdad
Alok 3/5 — C For Schubert (from “C” on Lona Records)
David First — My Veil Evades Detection, My Veil Defies Exhaustion, My Veil and I Divorce (from “Privacy Issues: Droneworks 1996-2009,” on XI Records)
Manilapede — Peninsula Overdrive (from “Manilapede,” on Turgid Animal)

Duane Pitre — Origin, Movement I: Sun AM (from “Origin,” on Root Strata)
Duane Pitre — Origin, Movement II: The Carpenter
Duane Pitre — Origin, Movement III: Yahweh

Bright Duplex — Egg Harbor (from “Strawberry Trust,” on Thor’s Rubber Hammer)
Bright Duplex — Luminous Pumpkinsockets
Bright Duplex — The Lady Is Waiting
Bright Duplex — Motorcycle Goodbye
Fat Worm of Error — Wipeless Two (from “Ambivalence and the Beaker,” on Resipiscent)
Fat Worm of Error — Return of the Thin White Dook

Fat Worm of Error — Mashed Potentate
Fat Worm of Error — Golden Nozzle
Warm Climate — More Wretched (from “Camouflage on the River Wretched,” on Stunned Records)
Warm Climate — Voice Over Headlights
The Painful Leg Injuries — Everything Put Here Was With the Best of Intentions (from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
The Painful Leg Injuries –The First Anomaly (Invasion)
The Painful Leg Injuries — A Million Billion Means Nothing To the Infinite Void of Nothingness
The Painful Leg Injuries — No Exegesis is Without Eisegesis

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 9/4/10

September 4, 2010

We’ve officially kicked off the WDBX Fall Membership Drive, and as usual, I’m the one doing the kicking-off. If you’re a fan of “It’s Too Damn Early,” of community radio, or just of good music in general; I really hope you’ll consider making a donation to the station. We’ve had a tremendous burst of volunteer energy lately, and a lot of exciting things have been happening around here– getting out in public more, organizing the start of a digital station library, and getting our production studio back in working order.

Peter Gordon — Life is Boring (from “Star Jaws” on Lovely Music)
Tom Hamilton — Crimson Sterling, Movement 1 (from “Formal and Informal Music/Pieces for Kohn” on Kvist)
Kospel Zeithorn — Kukkula 70 (from “Le Gril, vol. 2” on Wooden Sherpa)
Mike Tamburo — Man of the Clock (from “Language of the Birds and Other Fantasies,”on New American Folk Hero/Music Fellowship)
Daniel Lentz — Dancing on the Sun (from “The Complete 10″ Series,” on Cold Blue Music)
Annie Gosfield — A Sideways Glance From An Electric Eye (from “The Art of the Virtual Rhythmicon”, on Innova)
Philip Blackburn — Henry and Mimi at the Y (same as above)
OiMa — Metatron (from “Totality” self-release)
David Barnes — Panic in Legoland (this, and next two, from “Sonic Circuits VI” on Innova)
Warren Burt — La Strega Bianca Della Luna II
Pedro Rebelo — 1st of 3 Shorts About Noise and Rhythm
Sun Ra — Other Worlds (this, and next, from “Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra vol. 1)
Liteworks — Bermuda Conference (from “Proud to Swim Home” on Backporch Revolution)
Liteworks — Liteworks
Liteworks — Looking Glass

WDBX DJ Spin Party wrapup

August 5, 2010

Attendance might have been a little light, but I think the first (hopefully, annual) WDBX DJ Spin Party went very well. I was happy to see so many DJs there, and also to finally see a couple I’d never had the chance to meet before. I am also happy to report that I encountered zero instances of “hooping,” which a late-night Google Images search had convinced me might be possible. An additional bonus was my discovery of “El Paisano,”  a Mexican grocery across the street, fine purveyors of real Coca-Cola– tall glass bottles, cane sugar. Well worth it!

At any rate, it’s always nice to chat with other DJs. Countryman (Rasta Revolution, 2-4pm Friday) has started me on Alpha Blondy as a means of entry to African reggae. Fortuitously, I have several Alpha Blondy mixtapes that I picked up as part of a larger collection some years ago, but had yet to listen to. So far, so good. Sarah (Scratchy Vinyl, 7-9 am Saturday) and I discussed Freddie McCoy and some of the other fun jazz stuff lurking in the vinyl stacks. We tossed around the idea of getting some index cards for the LP sleeves, in order to leave airplay info and track recommendations for one another– and perhaps getting a little “you might like…” box going as well. Jean (Grandma’s Jazz, 10-noon Saturday) showed off her neatly-formatted playlist printouts courtesy of iTunes. It made my Sharpie marker/notebook paper look much less professional, and taught everyone a valuable lesson about age, technology, and irony.

As for my set, it was received with the usual enthusiasm reserved for long Greyhound bus rides, complete with stoic looks of grim determination and furtive nips of alcoholic beverages. There was a distinct thinning of the crowd, but I did notice a few interested listeners. Star Child (4-6 pm Saturday) assured me that getting white people to dance is nearly impossible anyway, and had personally settled for claiming an audience member’s off-rhythm toe tap for his personal victory, so I can’t be too disappointed. Despite our best combined efforts to start a sing-along, I still had to fail everyone present for general lack of enthusiasm and play Little Fyodor’s “Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In)” as a means of behavioral correction. Truthfully, I really wanted to play this one anyway– DaveX FTW!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 11/15/08

November 15, 2008

Sweet Action kicked off the first few minutes of this week’s “ITDE” with a nasty surprise– Tracy Chapman. Who knew Nick was such a fan? Anyways, it was supposed to be some Otis Redding for me, but he switched it! This is like drinking Pepsi when you think it’s going to be Coke. Nothing to do but hold your nose, and wait for the vomit.

I countered with some vintage DaveX material, and am currently swirling a bit of Jin Sangtae’s “Extensity of Hard Disk Drive” around my earholes to make sure no germy detritus has been left behind. But hey, cool things are on the horizon– I’m doing a live set tonight, just me and some processed balloon… and you might get to hear some more vintage DaveX, which I’ll be playing to illustrate points while being interviewed for an upcoming documentary about Southern Illinois experimental music!

As it turns out, keeping up a liveblogged playlist while being interviewed (and hosting a radio show) is very difficult. I will simply list materials used– if you’re super-interested in the exact order, let me know, and I’ll figure it out for you. Otherwise…

~OrE~ — Heavenly Noise (excerpt)
~OrE~ — Doug’s Party (excerpt)
DaveX — The Only Motion is Returning
EKV — Purification
EKV — MOVE
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Terse Symmetry
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Phosphorus
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Sonoric Clay
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Villegas, Oli Mayne — Fountain of Violet
EKV — 8onkey
EKV — We’re Having Problems
EKV — Incidental Damages
RP Collier — Dirigible
RP Collier — Prongulator
RP Collier — Over Valley
RP Collier — Yaw
RP Collier — Nightside
RP Collier — Jet Stream
Nils Butmann — Welcome
RP Collier —  2
Jin Sangtae — Fixed
Choi Joonyong, Hong Chulki, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide — 1/1
Choi Joonyong, Hong Chulki, Sachiko M, Otomo Yoshihide — 1/2
~OrE~ — Mr. Lincoln’s Party (excerpt)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 10/18/08

October 18, 2008

So now it’s official– I’m definitely back for good. I know some of you were holding your breath, wondering if I’d make good on leaving after Oct 11th, but I had too much fun with that broadcast to not stick around and sign up for next year’s. I’ll yak more about how everything went (and what exactly occurred) once I get more of the pix and video back.

Until then, let’s deal with today’s broadcast, eh? I started off with one of my new favorite albums, Jess Rowland’s “The Problem With the Soda Machine,” on Edgetone Records. This album is fantastic, and I’ve been listening to it quite a bit. There’s enough accessability here to attract a number of positive remarks from various callers, but still a healthy experimental basis– it’s not every day that lyrics come fully from internal company e-mails, haha. Actually, Edgetone has been really good to me this last week, with a nice big care package having come my way. I’m still working through it… believe it or not, some Jimi Hendrix boots crossed my path, which slowed my progress considerably. I’m kind of a sucker for mono Jimi. And do I dare mention the Martin Denny? Let’s just say that it’s a side-effect of moving into a very retro ranch-style house– you have to start playing exotica LPs and savoring the rich flavor of a very different American dream. And of course, there’s a lot of experimental qualities to these early stereo outings as well– I’m compelled to wonder about an alternate timeline where experimentation in music took a serious branch at Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Enoch Light…

Anyways, I’m playing Ministry of Rites “Grid” right now– not exotica by any means, unless you’re substituting radio squggles for the jungle animals, and shimmering blankets of electronic tone for the omnipresent chime tree! This disc is another of the Edgetone releases, featuring Rent Romus and Tobias Fischer. I think CJ Borosque would have made an interesting addition on some of these tracks as well– or hey, while I’m dreaming out loud, how about bringing Lx Rudis, Andre Custodio and Ernesto Diaz-Infante onboard for a supergroup? Call it “Crashing the Russian Ministry,” hahahahahahahaha

Alrighty, on to more Edgetone-love. Yep, you knew it would finally have to happen… I had to whip out some of my favorite, Eddie the Rat. “Out Behind the 8-Ball,” is tons of Pete Martin fun as expected. Sweet Action’s Brazilian co-host would dig a lot of the Rat’s polyrhythms, but he’s currently absconded to the back yard for conversation and cigarettes– his loss!

Jess Rowland — The Future of the Machines
Jess Rowland — The Problem With the Soda Machine
Jess Rowland — Unwrapping Invocation
Jess Rowland — Remove the Vending Machines (But Not Their Contents)
Jess Rowland — Unwrapping, pt.1
Ministry of Rites — Nightlight
Ministry of Rites — Saturnine Shores
Eddie the Rat — Out Behind the 8-Ball
Eddie the Rat — Pete Townsend is my Dad
Eddie the Rat — (Once Again, This Time Around the) Anhedonia Blooze
Olly Wilson, Thomas Fosnocht — Piano Piece
Gary Lee Nelson — Jabber
Damion Romero — Missed Offerings
Daniel Menche — Grand Perpetuator
Dave Phillips — Recycling
Matt Weston — Transistor Radio

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 10/4/08

October 4, 2008

You can all breathe easy– I’m going to keep doing “It’s Too Damn Early.” I had a low spot there, and things were close, but I decided after last week’s set that things felt right for continuing. I got a fun surprise today… an e-mail from Sonore Records informing me of their 10th anniversary. Although “It’s Too Damn Early” isn’t quite ten years old, that does mean my broadcasting history is– Sonore Records were among the very first to send me promotional recordings. I suppose that’s kind of nifty to think about.

I’ve played from a couple 3″ discs this morning– a lovely little Coin Gutter disc on Vanity Records, as well as some new (to me, that is) Ironing stuff, “The End of the Jackson Party.” Ironing actually sent along a few little buttons in his DJ care package. My daughter ended up gladly adding one featuring a large-mouthed cartoon man to her collection. “Just tell people it’s for a very cool dude from Florida called Ironing,” I said.

Ruins — Warrido
Ruins — Quopern
Morceaux de Machines — Multivision Espacial
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part I
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part II
Andrew Liles — The Dying Submariner, Part III
Coin Gutter — Everyone Else Was Two
Matt Weston — “Millions of Yeah”
Ironing — The End of the Salsa Party
Ironing — Point of No Return
Ironing — Sear
Ironing — Peel
Ironing — Tender Eyes
Ironing — Jackson Party
If, Bwana –- Xyloxings
Noah Creshevsky -– Shadow of a Doubt
Noah Creshevsky -– Favorite Encores
Noah Creshevsky -– Intrada
If, Bwana –- Cicada #4Version Barnard

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/23/08

August 30, 2008

Well, tonight is the night– I’ll be playing the world broadcast premiere of John Cage’s “Twenty-six with Twenty-eight & Twenty-nine,” one of the latest Number pieces to be released by OgreOgress. And of course, I have a lot of other great stuff as well, which you can discover as we move along.

I’ve practically been living with the Hazard material this week– for reason, it’s completely floating my boat, and I don’t mind the fact that I’ve listened to this album so many times in a row. I hate to minimize it, but it’s great packing music– sounds good anywhere in the house, and I don’t miss out on too much while busy with something.

On the other hand, I’ve been back into the electroacoustic swing of things as well. Lots more odd combinations of electronics, processing, and live work on my plate than usual. Always a nice thing! I’m quite taken with this Peter Zummo and Tom Hamilton album, “Sylbersonic Trombone.” It’s not much to look at, but the disc has got it where it counts. It’s on Penumbra, maybe you’ll go pick up a copy for yourself…

Matt Weston’s newest, “Not To Be Taken Away,” is pretty good work. The tracks are really free, unabashedly immediate, and full of surprises. I’ll definitely be playing more from this one next week. See you then!

Nils Bultmann, Roscoe Mitchell, Parry Karp, Paddy Cassidy — The Madness
The Lords of Outland — Dark Wanderer
The Lords of Outland — Do-gooders can run but they can’t hide
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Luggage Lost in the Dissatisfied Machine
Val-Inc — @
Val-Inc — Damba
John Cage — Twenty-six with Twenty-eight & Twenty-nine
Offthesky feat. Florian Ferbacher — Midlight
Harmonia 76 — Vamos Companeros
Hazard — Stream
Hazard — Barrier
Peter Zummo, Tom Hamilton — Raging Ions
James Ross — Bell Meditiation
James Ross — Brick Saw II
Dan Stearns — Day Walks In
Istvan Peter B’Racz — Slide’M2
Matt Weston — “Millions of Yeah”
Matt Weston — “Something Sensational in Every Issue”

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/23/08

August 23, 2008

I’ve been in a relatively low-key mood for this broadcast. DJ Mo has been helping me get the station ready for the arrival of her guest DJ friends– they’re covering Kids Kamp in the next time slot. As I announced earlier, I played from the John Cage material made available to me by the OgreOgress label; these are recordings from their upcoming release of Cage’s “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Nine,” “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine,” and “Eighty”… I’ll be hosting the world premiere for “Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine [Eighty-Three]” next week. Obviously, this is a pretty big deal for “It’s Too Damn Early,” and I’m proud to be part of Cage history in some small way.

Otherwise, I’m just trying to do the good volunteer thing– sprucing up the station a bit, since I’m relatively sure some of Mo’s friends have never been here before. WDBX has to make a good impression, you know? Also, The Land Of has me flustered! I screwed up the artist/album title last time I played The Green Kingdom’s disc “Laminae,” switching them up… and I did it again! Let’s hope Google cache didn’t nab me. Either way, it’s a really good album, and the package printing is lovely. Some of the Sweet Action guys were fondling it earlier. Had to suggest they find their own copy, thank you!

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — The Perforated Veil
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Queen of the Wires
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Myra
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — Blue on White
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores — The Radiator Hymn
The Green Kingdom — Late Summer
The Green Kingdom — A Hidden Stream (alternate)
The Green Kingdom — Fuji Apple
John Cage — Twenty-six
John Cage — Twenty-nine
Choi Joonyong — Hold (entire)
Robert Dow — Steel Blue
Robert Dow — Burnt Umber
Robert Dow — White Water (airflow)

BIG news, last minute– OMG JOHN CAGE

August 22, 2008

Feel like hearing some rare John Cage material? The folks at the Ogre/Ogress label have furnished me with some ONE-TIME ONLY material for tonight’s show– you definitely won’t want to miss out!

The best thing? This is only a WARM-UP for next week… I’ll have more details on Monday, unless I get excited and spill the beans tonight.

DJ Mo will be keeping me on my toes, though, as she readies herself for Kids Kamp. This week, yours truly is providing a cover for Mama C, and will be bringing all sorts of pre-teen craziness into the studio after my normal broadcast. Yeah, that’s right– it’s an invasion!

Returning DJ superstars Mo and Melts join with rookie platter-spinners Milky and Marbles for an all-out overload of kids’ music.

Even if your own tastes run a bit more extreme, strap the kiddies down for this one. It’s way better than Saturday morning cartoons! Feel free to call in at 618-457-3691.

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/16/08

August 16, 2008

I didn’t have a tremendous amount to say on this week’s show, at least not verbally. For those of you who tuned in, I did a lot of source-mixing which I think turned out very well. Please note the inclusion of my good friend Tony Youngblood in the playlist– his new album is finally out; I encourage you dig on it later today.

I got into a mood earlier today to hear Ernesto Diaz-Infante after reviewing an old 3″ cdr he collaborated on with Mike Khoury. The review isn’t live until Sunday, but duh– I like it a lot. Anyway, that’s why EDI is all over this playlist.

Warm Climate — 19th Century Blessings
Warm Climate — Can’t Forget To Know You
Tony Youngblood — On the Parking Lot
Brainiac — Juicy (On a Cadillac)
Mike Hallenbeck — 2 Turntables and a Microwave
Mike Hallenbeck — Elephant
David Rosenboom — Portable Gold and Philosophers’ Stones
Asher — Intervals (1-3)
Tom Hamilton — London Fix (excerpt)
GRKZGL — Antitulé
Ian Yeager — Music For Guitar + Computer
Mike Hallenbeck — Leaves Pressed Around a Microphone
EKV — Purification
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Antithesis
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Untitled track 1 (from pr90259)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — from Henry who just wrote
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Untitled track 3 (from pr90259)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Untitled track 4 (from pr90259)
Preston Ari Swirnoff — For A Room Full of Organs
Maurizio Bianchi — Sretsulkyz
Lx Rudis, Andre Custodio, Ernesto Diaz-Infante — Crashing the Russian Renaissance, Live @ Luggage Store Gallery, 6/27/02
Livestock — Lawndrop
Coin Gutter — Lift With the Knees

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/9/08

August 9, 2008

As Kleeer would say, “tonight’s the night.” Or the morning– whatever. Daniel Godston and Eric Glick Rieman are scheduled for a live set on the show, live from the Hi-Life Room. I’m pretty excited about this, and just hope it all goes well without any technical issues. I got into the studio a bit early, so I’m kicking off a three-and-a-half hour broadcast. Live sets are great, but I like playing albums too!

A hanger-on from Sweet Action had a very hard time believing Hong Chulki’s contribution to this show wasn’t the result of “porcelain.” Not sure what that means, exactly…

Still getting my end of the equipment set up. Three mics available, hopefully this will suffice. I’ve got to find some tape, so I can mark their channels now. It gets confusing! Here’s something from the Zelphabet series, off the “B” volume.

Dan Godston and Eric Glick Rieman have arrived– got lost a bit, and drove into Marion! They’re setting up now… there’s going to be a lot for me to reset around here after they pack up! No biggie, I’m more interested in the deconstructed Rhodes, which is VERY strange-looking.

WOW. Rieman and Godston have got one hell of a sound. We had a couple of avian guests arrive to fly around Godston’s head… I guess that covers their stated goal of working with “non-human animals,” eh? I ended up shooing them out with the help of some couch pillows, and they both made it safely back outdoors. Hope the photos turn out! We have an odd monitoring situation here at the station. They’re essentially forced to use a couple radios for monitors, and somewhat rely on the drift of sound outward from master control to help Godston know what Rieman is doing.

BTW, I learned I’ve been pronouncing his name wrong– Rieman is said “Ray-Man,” which I would have never guessed.

I have video, photos, and (hopefully) a decent audio recording of this session. I’ll be sharing all of this later on, but give me a couple days to relax before I tear into the various files. Until then, enjoy the next couple reviews– the secret is scheduling them ahead of time, haha.

Hong Chulki — Turntable, Without Cartridge 1
Hong Chulki — Turntable, Without Cartridge 2
Hong Chulki — Turntable, Without Cartridge 3
Ophibre — Music for .aiff & Magnetic Tape
Bob Bellerue — Fridge Tower
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — How Light, A Potato Chip
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — The Distance That Separates Dreams
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Spicule Maneuver
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Worm Anvils
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Shallow Weather
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Lucy Has a New Pet Kitty
Dalaba, Frith, Glick Rieman, Kihlstedt — Ant Farm Morning
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario Bernal Villegas, Oli Mayne — Terse Symmetry
Daniel Godston, Eric Glick Rieman — LIVE @ “IT’S TOO DAMN EARLY”, WDBX-FM

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/18/08

July 19, 2008

This week, I’m a bit more sure of this particular broadcast’s direction– sans Coke, it’s moving into something a bit more methodical than normal. Maybe a little slower? Hard to tell just yet, but I suspect I’m hearing things a little differently. At any rate, it should be fun to compare this playlist to others at the conclusion.

I’m really pleased with this New Haven Improvisers Collective disc, “Interference.” It’s a solid document of two improvised sets, and does an excellent job of getting a decent sound across to listeners. I’m guessing this is a well-organized collective, as this is the first release for their own NHIC Records imprint.

Right now, I’m playing some of Eddie the Rat’s “Food For the Moon Too Soon” album. This is also a live document, but has a surprisingly good sound quality, especially given the wide variety of instrumentation utilized throughout. Eddie the Rat is among the handful groups I’m sure I’ll never tire of hearing. The music always seems fresh, wholly original, and vitally necessary– any one of which is commendable by itself!

Ack. I just said a lot of really nice things about Rothkamm’s new “Opus Spongebobicum” disc– with the mic off. Well, at least there was a dramatic bit of silence before the start, eh? But seriously, I was mentioning that I am grateful and fortunate to be able to present Rothkamm’s work to you, as I sincerely believe he is one of the great talents of our time. I’m amazed at not only his prolific nature, but the high quality of his musical output– perhaps a Rothkamm-centric broadcast is in order for next month?

Boy, this Bearly Queen “Hair Palm Adventure” sounds like how my head felt yesterday– slow, murky, and muddled. But since the BQ is coming out of a speaker, I think I like it a lot better! Someone dropped off a bunch of cassette tapes here at the station “free cassettes” so naturally, I went through the entire box one by one. I found a 30-second answering machine tape, and did a little looping with the Bearly Queen material, just for fun. This is a great album, and definitely my favorite for the label, Finland’s Luovaja. Don’t sleep on this one!

Satanicpornocultshop — Anorexias Gas Balloon (Candy Says)
Satanicpornocultshop — Detachable P
Chris Cichocki — Lanimilbus Radiation
Chris Cichocki — Transmission
New Haven Improvisers Collective — Quantum Decoherence
Eddie the Rat — Food the the Moon Too Soon, pt. 1
Eddie the Rat — Cannibal
Eddie the Rat — I Ovulate in Mode
Frank Rothkamm — Opus Spongebobicum, Variations 1-32
Bearly Queen — Hairy Palm Adventures (about 30 minutes worth)
Husht — The Flight of Plankton
Husht — Morphogenesis
Husht — Threads

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/12/08

July 12, 2008

So far, I’m not sure where today’s broadcast is heading. As usual, I’m just trying to be open to possibilities suggested by the music. Discovery! As I look down, I see these words printed on the inside of Grundik + Slava’s “Frogs” album– “only frogs know…”

Flashlights — Eckords (excerpt)
Grundik + Slava — A Frog Gets Over His Fear of Water
Grundik + Slava — The Frog Gone Away With the Wind
Heath Watts, Dan Pell, Barry Chabala — A plater, a teacher, & a drummer walking into a rehearsal room (pt.1)
Heath Watts, Dan Pell, Barry Chabala — A plater, a teacher, & a drummer walking into a rehearsal room (pt.2)
Heath Watts, Dan Pell, Barry Chabala — A plater, a teacher, & a drummer walking into a rehearsal room (pt.3)
David Watson — Dexter pt.1
David Watson — Dexter pt.2
David Watson — Dexter pt.3
David Watson — Dexter pt.4
Brekekekexkoaxkoax — Haifa Hi-Fi
Arborea — Red Bird
Arborea — Ides of March
Arborea — Seadrift
Thomas Buckner, Annea Lockwood — Luminescence
Thomas Buckner, Petr Kotik — Conceptuality/Life (from Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking)

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 7/5/08

July 5, 2008

Independence Day ran a little late for me, so I didn’t end up finding time to dig out all my firework-related programming– no biggie, though– I’ve still got a lot of great stuff I want to play. I started the show with something from Glenn Weyant, “Epistemological Grounds,” which makes use of some train recordings to nice effect… it also is holding the “train” theme in mind for me, having made a large portion of my previous week. I’ll have some video evidence to back this up by Monday. While I’m at it, I’ll have more of Weyant later in this broadcast!

Up next was Diamondhead, with their Eh? Records release “Dirty Realism.” Not a lot of flow between these two on an obvious level, but it’s what I wanted to hear, so I imagine listeners can deal. Oh, station break!

Well, I’m back. I’ve sorta been running two shows simultaneously for the past hour and a half– one for everyone out there in listener-land, and the other for some WDBX folks who happened to be in the Hi-Life Room this morning. That’s one of the great things about having a show here, just being able to pick people’s brains about new music, new sounds, etc… and of course, sharing some things I’m excited about as well. Lots of behind-the-scenes today, haha!

Eventually, I’m going to have to do my “stereo show” with two separate broadcasts– one for each channel. I need to look into how I will accomplish this without destroying the studio, though.

Right now, I’m playing from Laminae’s “The Green Kingdom,” (scratch that, reverse it! “Laminae” is the name of the album) which is the brand-new release on The Land Of. This is a label I’m very fond of mentioning to everyone, so if you haven’t managed to visit them online, I suggest you do that ASAP.

Next up, I’m going to play a small set of Aaron Jones’ work– he’s part of semi-local band Maggotapplewonderland. I’ll be playing more of their work this coming week, from their newest release “Shards of Subtle Being.”

I’m going to close the broadcast with the Glenn Weyant, as promised. This is from the latest installment of the Sonic Anta D-Construction Sound Subscription Service, which is a bitch to type, but a joy to hear. I thought I had everything when my double disc set of experimental bagpipe ensemble music arrived, but “Electric Fan Sound Works” put me over the moon. Thanks, Glenn! As per his request in the liner notes, I’m letting listeners live it up with the full 30-minute recording. See you next week!

Glenn Weyant — Epistemological Grounds
Glenn Weyant — Network Memory Resonance
Diamondhead — Ditry Realism (excerpt)
Sin:Ned/Nerve — Ghost Feeding Vessel
Robert Ashley — Concrete; The Old Man Lives in Concrete
Robert Ashley — Concrete; Ideas About Thinking
Robert Ashley — Concrete; O Mesopotamia
E. Doctor Smith, Seth Elgart — Lord Telford’s Ghost
The Green Kingdom — Indigo Afternoon (from the album “Laminae”)
The Green Kingdom — The Scarlet Ibis (from the album “Laminae”)
Aaron Jones — Untitled 1
Aaron Jones — Untitled 2
Aaron Jones — Untitled 3
Glenn Weyant — Electric Fan Sound Works

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 5/24/08

May 24, 2008

I’ve been a bit lazy with the liveblogging lately, but I’m attempting to get back into form. I’m not exactly off to the best start with this one, because I’m already at the Sonderberg tape (a split with Ophibre, I might add) before I started typing these comments. Seems like I’m digging a lot of longer sounds/constructions so far this broadcast, so perhaps you’re in this mood as well? We’ll see how it goes…

I’ve got some Bikelophone recordings up next, live sound assembly from 2001. It’s been a while since I’ve heard this, but I wanted to bring it in for some reason. I’m as curious as anyone where this will lead.

Turns out the Bikelophone disc was a great transitional recording from Sonderberg’s sine tones into those of Satoru Wono– glad I brought it! Now I’m playing from one of Glenn Weyant’s D-Construction Sound Subscription Series of CDRs… a track called “Transition of Matter.” I’m actually really happy to hear this one, as it is very much something I would have liked to record myself. How wonderful to find someone having done it for me!

Oddly enough, I just had someone call in a request for Nicolas Bougaïeff’s “Noise at 6,” a recording from the JTTP Cache 2005 compilation. Not exactly the sort of request I’m used to receiving– it is both specific AND appropriate to my show, go fig! My caller was cut off partway through our conversation, however, so hopefully they’ll hear this.

Crass — Berkertex Bride
Costes — Ils Ont tue Costes
Charlemagne Palestine — Oberlin College Spectral Continuum
Eliane Radigue — Jetsun Mila (extract)
DaveX — Purification
Annea Lockwood — A Sound Map of the Danube (extract)
Adam Sonderberg — Untitled Music for Bell and Sine Tone
Stephen Schweitzer — Bikelophone, 12/12/01
Satoru Wono — Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise (extract)
Frank Rothkamm — B and B plus 33
Sabrina Siegel — Drop Bow Down Cello
Glenn Weyant — Transitions of Matter
Glenn Weyant — Matters of Transition
Nicolas Bougaïeff — Noise at 6
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Opiophobia
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain I
Thanos Chrysakis, Dario B. Villegas, Oli Mayne — Entrain II
Ernesto Tomasini, Fabrizio M. Palumbo — Stoo Kuinnutu
Bearly Queen — Lost in the Snow
Marina Hardy — Mkay
Marina Hardy — Cowgypsy

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 5/17/08

May 17, 2008

CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Blackness Of Dark Space or Spyder Dances With Wisdom
CJ Borosque, Robert M. — Luggage Lost in the Dissatisfied Machine
William C. Harrington — Even Thin Galaxies Can Grow Fat
Samuel Sighicelli — L’intelligence Petrolifere
Samuel Sighicelli — Immensite des Villes
Transvalue Book III — I Have These Tears
The Feral Blood of Swagger Jack — My Good Guts
The Feral Blood of Swagger Jack — No Camping

Beating you over the head with it

May 9, 2008

In case I hadn’t made enough mention of the fact, I’m hosting a screening for Cristopher Cichocki’s film “Elemental Shift,” and it’s THIS SATURDAY MORNING!

If you’re local, or if you’re willing to drive, I encourage you to drop in at WDBX from 4-6:30 AM May 10th. This is a great film, with great noise, and there might even be live music afterwards. Plus, I have stickers with which to reward random people of my choosing!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 12/15/07

December 15, 2007

Update pt.2: The full playlist is now posted. Net trouble at the station did not permit liveblogging, but at least you can see what I played. Overall, I enjoyed this show, and the few enthusiastic callers as well.

Update (from home) : The station computer was running very poorly this week, so I couldn’t maintain any sort of decent connection for liveblogging. Naturally, the recording failed– but I’ll post the remaining playlist later on today. This was a very good show, and another example of why you should always try to catch radio live!

So far, I’m not too sure where I’m taking this week’s show– or more likely, where this show is taking me. I’ve got a mix of old and new in my bag, so I’m just going to hold on and enjoy the surprise.

US Maple — Songs That Have No Making Out
US Maple — La Click
Flies Inside the Sun — White Walls
Kim Cascone – Statistically Improbable Phrases
The Mighty Vitamins — Kaw River Suite: Loops and Spirals
The Mighty Vitamins — Kaw River Suite: Stoppages
The Mighty Vitamins — Kaw River Suite: Turbulence
Thanos Chrysakis — Immanent Distance
Thanos Chrysakis — Isabelle
Thanos Chrysakis — Nekyomanteion
Judy Dunaway — Etude no.1 for Balloon and Violin
Tom Nunn — Loose Change
Tom Nunn — Skatchmat
Danielle Palardy Roger — Nnaaaooon
Neil Rolnick, Joan La Barbara — Body Work
Leo — Multiple
Leo — Cute Drops
Leo — B. Bill Bell
Mudboy — Lost
Mudboy — Running
David Watson — Dexter pt.1
The Free Players — All Time Sunrise
The North Sea — Albino Deer Transmission

Darren McClure — ST Fence
Darren McClure — Pink River
Darren McClure — KG Court
Naing Naing — Le Coq Megalo
Naing Naing — Brosse a Danse
Naing Naing — La Grenouille qui Veut Se Daire Aussi Brosse Que la Boeuf
Naing Naing — Webbed

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 12/8/07

December 8, 2007

Update: The download for this broadcast is now available. As always, I implore you to turn from your churlish ways– please visit the linked musicians and labels in the playlist below– and most importantly, support those you enjoy by purchasing their albums. Feel free to name-drop your favorite DJ when placing your order. I can’t guarantee you a 75% discount on your bill, but philosophers assure me that things can’t be proven not to exist, either.

I don’t have a lot to say this week, so I’m leaving the commentary rather sparse. Earlier, I answered the phone: “Yes, your radio is broken, whaddya want?” so you can see how it’s going around here. On the upside, I might have turned someone on to the Last Visible Dog label with the Vapaa disc– and that’s always a good thing.

Had to play a little Stockhausen on today’s show, obviously… gets me thinking about the media term “gatekeepers,” and how difficult it must have been to hear someone like Stockhausen when he was younger. I imagine if you weren’t in a major city, you probably couldn’t even order one of his recordings, could you? It’s a wonderful world in some ways now– it’s going to be very interesting to see how the simple availability of materials such as these affect our collective appreciation and understanding of the greater “whole” of art.

Some new stuff arrived from Lona Records yesterday. I had to check out the Maurizio Bianchi album “Zyklusters” first. I’m really digging it, but I’m not certain the description on the back isn’t a put-on, at least not without a dictionary. If anyone is “seeking the tumorigenic antithesis of the embryonal context in the dissonant framework,” please stand up.

I keep promising to write reviews, and I keep being a chump about following through. Can I call a truce? I’m tired out! My next review will definitely be Charlie J. Moneybags’ “An Evening With…” disc, even though it may not be a proper release. I don’t care. I have things to say about it, but I also have a lot of dishes to do. Surely, you can see the problem: Dishwater + Keyboard = Electrical hazard

Hot damn. George Korein/Naked Mall Rats is so much fun to listen to. Gotta love the track “I Just Wanna Pwn You,” with all the variations on how to pronounce “pwn,” lol. Speaking of things I can’t pronounce– “Phon°noir,” anyone? Seriously, folks… why do you do this to me? Between the Finnish, the pseudo-electronic IDM track titles, and the ASCII symbols; you’re killing me.

You can type degree symbols at home, though, and be just like your favorite experimental music blogger: activate your number lock button, hold down ALT, and type “167” on your number pad. º, easy!

Garth Kunkle — Shake it Like Jello and Make it Say Hello
Metis Yeti — Verdun Massacre
Hong Chulki — Without Cartridge 1
Mike Hallenbeck — Eventualities 01.1: Voice
Mike Hallenbeck — Shuffletronics #1: A Beginning, A Middle, And an End
MurmurDiscovery of Mother Voidness
Vapaa — Varjoista
Muck — On Any Given Day The Inspection From Within
Karlheinz Stockhausen — Kontra-Punkte Op. 1, For 10 Instruments
Maurizio Bianchi — Zyklusters
Charlie J. Moneybags — Hope
Naked Mall Rats — There Must Be Somewhere
Naked Mall Rats — I Just Wanna Pwn You
Naked Mall Rats — Moved By Your Emoticon
Naked Mall Rats — Stop Trolling My Life
Phon°noir — Embryo
Phon°noir — From Time to Time We Change Our Minds
Phon°noir — Airplane Traces in the Sky
Phon°noir — No More Sad Dreams
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:04
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — from Henry who just wrote
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:03
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — :57
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:05
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:02
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 3:08 Cranking up it’s pathos
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:02
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:03
Ernesto Diaz-Infante — 1:05