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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! “It’s Too Damn Early,” 1/1/11

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year! I’m celebrating the occasion with a mix of hyper-futurism, and the best of 2010– I haven’t got my official Top 12 Best Happy Neat-O List completely squared away, but you can bet that a lot of today’s broadcast will be making the cut. I’ve also brought in my vuvuzela, which is my friendly alternative to the gunfire I heard earlier this morning. It’s also way more fun– it sounds like a cross between a failing boat horn and a giant bumblebee!

But before we get to the playlist, let me tell you a bit about the future we’ve tuned into this morning. Connected as it is to this very moment (where generations of the future’s students who furiously sniffed insta-learn crystals in all night cram sessions will happily tell you is the moment where we collectively decided that theirs was the future we actually wanted) one can certainly understand our interest.

I’m sorry to say that direct knowledge of the future would melt your brain, as it is lacking the extra quantum mer-lobe that future generations will evolve during our time living in the sea during the Tri-Glacial Period. But I can get you close.

1) Put your right arm behind your head until it goes to sleep.
2) Rapidly inhale one tablespoon of cocoa powder through a thousand-dollar bill.
3) Listen to the following playlist:

RP Collier — Exegesis
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
KK Null — Tokyo August 15 (from Zelphabet, volume “K”)
Ava Mendoza — Don’t Pity Me (Up In Flames) [from “Shadow Stories,” on Resipiscent)
Ava Mendoza — The Furious Harpy Who Followed Me Everywhere
Gen Ken Montgomery — Birds & Machines (machine suite) [from “Birds + Machines,” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery — Birds & Machines (Bird Suite)
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Third Anomaly (Failure) [from “The Anomaly That Had Gotten the Better of Me,” on OKS Records of North America]
The Painful Leg Injuries — Phosphorus! Of Course For Us!
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Confused Clone’s Mirror Moment
The Painful Leg Injuries — The Fourth Anomaly
The Painful Leg Injuries — Tropical Sabbaticals Traveled Subatomical
My Fun — Churning Surf (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun — Dunes
My Fun — Still Pointing, Recording Nothing
My Fun — Gasp
@c — Composition #77, pts. 6-8 (from “0°-100°,” on Monochrome Vision)
RP Collier — Detector Dreams
RP Collier — Plaxplex

An interview w/ DaveX

December 14, 2010

Episode 42 of the “Ore: Theatre Intangible” podcast features an interview with yours truly, as well as an opportunity to hear my solo set from this year’s “Circuit Benders’ Ball.” I share my unique and spastic methods of music-making, some ideas about sound, and even recommend some cool new albums. You should listen!

Ore: Theatre Intangible, E042

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 11/27/10

November 27, 2010

I’m going on this morning, following Sneaky Pete’s six-hour all-Jimi Hendrix birthday show. There’s really no way to follow something like that, so I decided to simply admit as much on air. So while a six-hour chunk of Hendrix goes drifting out into space to be retrieved by alien radio archaeologists in the future, I’ll be taking a completely different heading and will now attempt to tack against the prevailing solar winds.

Grey Park — 10 Dollar Habit/Immediate Resignation (from “Halogen Ball,” on Negative Foundation)
The Free Players — On Another Side of the Blue (from self-titled album on Last Visible Dog)
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act I, A Deserted Beach
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act II, The House of Upsud
Erik Satie — Upsud: Ballet Chretien; Act III, The Summit of a Mountain- Upon It A Crucifix (this, and next, from “Paris X,” on Furious Artisans and Innova)
Dane Rudhyar — Tetragram #3: Rebirth
No One Pulse — Kapok (from “LINGK,” on Lona Records)
Eddie the Rat — Sunny’s Up All Night (from “Insomnia Sound Bible,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Freak Out & Die
Eddie the Rat — Cough Up The Life Units
Sensible Nectar — Neurological Problem (from split c20 w/Casket At the Altar on Violent Noise Atrocities)
Sensible Nectar — Liplike Structure (from “Tectonic Grind,” on Rainbow Bridge)
Sensible Nectar — Hiding Microbe (from “Catholocyst,” on Chaosynod)
Sensible Nectar — Fuck Chamber (from “Death Panels,” on Danvers State Recordings)

“Style City” debuts this Sunday!

November 16, 2010

I’ve got to brag on Mo for a bit– she’s started her own radio show at WDBX!

You can check out “Style City” this coming Sunday, November 21st at 3:30 p.m. CST. Here’s the link to listen online.

And a promo:

Liveblogging! Playlist and commentary for “ITDE” 11/13/10

November 13, 2010

I’m tipping towards the noise end of things on today’s show– too much clarity this week, so here’s an aural kick to the head as a way of shaking things up. This “Species Traitor” disc from The Adjective Noun is doing the trick! It’s anybody’s guess how many of these are left out of the run of 37, but my money says you can still get a copy if you try. I’m recommending it– “Species Traitor” isn’t 100% perfect, but when it does come together, it’s well worth hearing.

I’m playing from “Musick For Two Machines” by Barry Chabala and Phil Hargreaves now. This is a double-disc release where both CDs are intended to be played simultaneously, with both players in shuffle mode. Kinetix did this for their album “Gestaltsystem 01: Possible Forms,” for the Monochrome Vision label, but the resulting albums are so remarkably different that I find I’ve enjoyed each very much on their own terms.

Nerfbau — Cochlear Phantasmagoria (from “Error Swarms,” on Resipiscent)
Nerfbau — Mechanical Camel Toes (Smell It My DNA)
Nerfbau — First Amoeba
Nerfbau — Arc of the West
Nerfbau — Specimen
The Adjective Noun — Species Traitor, pt.2 (from “Species Traitor,” on U.S.A. Surpasses All Nazi Genocide Records)
The Adjective Noun — Rebelyon Esklav, pt. 1 (from “Rebelyon Esklav,” also on U.S.A. Surpasses All Nazi Genocide Records)
The Adjective Noun — Rebelyon Esklav, pt.2
Barry Chabala, Phil Hargreaves — Musick for Two Machines (from album of the same name, on Whi Music)
Lois Laplace — Awake (from “Fine Sediment,” on Cycling 74)
Lois Laplace — Light and Shape
Lois Laplace — Forward Cathedral
Lois Laplace — Elevator Light
Lois Laplace — Erable
Eddie the Rat — My Little Red Stungun (from “Out Behind the 8-Ball,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Lela, My Familiar
Eddie the Rat — The Closet People
Eddie the Rat — Out Behind the 8-Ball

Special show/ticket giveaway

November 7, 2010

I’ll be covering “The Galaxy” tonight for Doug– so catch me from midnight until 2am, CST.

I’m also giving out free tickets to see Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet this Saturday, November 13th in St. Louis! These are ordinarily $15 each, and I’ve got two to give away tonight. When you hear me give out the number, be sure to call in!

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/30/10

October 30, 2010

I thought I’d highlight some Eddie the Rat recordings this week– I was listening to Pete Martin’s live set on “It’s Too Damn Early” from this last January (which I re-upped for readers at The Blogapus) and got some of his rhythms stuck in my head. Let me tell you, this is great music to listen to while building giant robot costumes out of cardboard!

Blue Sausage Infant — Gezundheit! (from “Flight of the Solstice Queens,” on Zeromoon)
Dr. Mint — Duel in the Deep (from “Visions and Nightmares,” on pfMentum)
Eddie the Rat — March of the Haydevil (Don’t Apologize for Universal Law pt.2) [from “Out Behind the 8-Ball,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Slither At the Stem
Eddie the Rat — Dance of the Puzzle Pieces
Eddie the Rat — Farewell to Edgar
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Carnival of Skatch (from the Edgetone release “T.D. Skatchit & Company”)
T.D. Skatchit & Company — From Beyond
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Popcorn Skatch
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Gargoyle
Eddie the Rat — Anamnesis #1 (from “Once Around the Butterfly Bush,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — Mu (Unask the Question)
Eddie the Rat — Dim
PAS — Song for Deep Bass (from “The Lyre Speaketh”)
Univers Zero — La Faulx (from the remastered “Heresie,” on Cuneiform)

Univers Zero — Jack the Ripper
Eddie the Rat — Cannibal (from “Food For the Moon Too Soon,” on Edgetone)
Eddie the Rat — I Ovulate In Mode
Eddie the Rat — Spiritual Amnesia
Eddie the Rat — Food for the Moon Too Soon Pt.2
The Telescopes — The Hypnotic Pulse of the Motor Driven (from “#4,” on Antenna Records)
The Telescopes — Link #1

Upcoming!

October 21, 2010

I’ve got a lot of cool stuff coming up this weekend, so here’s your guide:

1) New broadcasts of “It’s Too Damn Early” and “Sounds Like Radio.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, “It’s Too Damn Early” airs Saturday mornings on WDBX-FM from 4-6:30 a.m. “Sounds Like Radio airs twice a week Sundays on WSIU-FM, from 3-5 a.m., and from 10 p.m. to midnight. Both episodes are going to be amazing.

2) I’m hosting a soundwalk of the SIUC campus. If you’re interested, meet outside the Student Center on the North end at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. The soundwalk is free, and takes about an hour.

3) I’m performing in Nashville, as part of the Circuit Benders’ Ball. I’ll be employing “Lawrence Welk’s Secret Shame” for this show, which I have recently re-modified to include even more champagne secrets. The Circuit Benders’ Ball will feature performances by Tim Kaiser, Thriftstore Boratorium, CMKT4, Ben Marcantel, and others. There are also instrument-building workshops, visual art, and video projections. This is an all-ages event with tickets starting at $15 for general admittance, $30 including both workshops. For other ticketing information and a complete list of performers and workshops, visit Theatre Intangible.

4) I’ve got a new release out! “Free Air” is a CDR documentation featuring sound installations I originally created for multi-speaker through-home environments. Each copy comes with a sealed unicorn woodblock print, and is part of a limited and numbered edition of 10. These will be available first at the Circuit Benders’ Ball.

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” 10/9/10

October 9, 2010

I’m really enjoying this David First anthology from XI Records! My recommendation– pick up a copy, play it loudly, and feel those drones push through the room.

I’m playing now from “Camaraderie,” a collaborative release from My Fun, John Ira Ebersole, and Kimberly Ellen Hall on The Land Of label. It’s a CD, paired with a lovely little book of Ebersole’s poetry. Of course, Hall’s amazing deign sense is throughout– if you’ve had a chance to check out any releases for The Land Of, you’ve encountered her work, and will recognize the style. This is undoubtedly a hallmark effort for the label, which I’m going to start recommending quite highly already.

David First — Zen Guilt/Zen Blame (from “Privacy Issues: Droneworks 1996-2009,” on XI Records)
Gregory Taylor — _a (from “Voiceband Jilt,” on Cycling ’74”
Gregory Taylor — _b
Gregory Taylor — _c
Gregory Taylor — _d
Blue Gene Tyranny — Spirit (from “Take Your Time,” on Lovely Music)
Merzbow — Live at the Henie-Onstad Art Center, 10/11/09 (on Prisma Records)
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — The Quiet/The Clumsy (from “Camaraderie,” on The Land Of)
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — I Grew Wings
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Easy Rest
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Murals
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Churning Surf
My Fun, Kimberly Ellen Hall, John Ira Ebersole — Dunes
Warm Climate — Saltwater Simplified (from “Camouflage On the River Wretched,” on Stunned Records)
Warm Climate — Trespassing
Warm Climate — We Wish You Rain
Gen Ken Montgomery — Seelisch Unruh

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 10/2/10

October 2, 2010

Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.1 (from “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music,” on Kvist)
Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.2
Tom Hamilton – Crimson Sterling Mvt.3
Daniel Francis Doyle — There Are Two Of You, LIVE at WDBX-FM
Daniel Francis Doyle — Learning Things At School

RST — Laser (from “Axes,” on Last Visible Dog”
RST — Moonlit Air
RST — Return To the Stars
Bios — After the Universe Consumes Us All, the Singularities Felt Particularly Useless (from “Retiring to Palermo to Make Apple Whine,” on OKS Recordings of North America)
Bios — It’s a Not a Paradox if It Doesn’t Hurt a Little
Christopher Campbell — Ritual Waking, Ritual Sleepwalking (from “Sound the All-Clear,” on Innova)
Richard Pinhas — GSYBE (thanks to) [from “Event and Repetition,” on Cuneiform)
TBC — Gute Luft (from “Gute Luft/Muskel,” on Drone Records)
id Battery — The Foot

Liveblogging! “ITDE” 9/18/10

September 18, 2010

A little experiment with some super glue was enough to hold together a my Glenn Weyant disc– which had been cracked in the mail– long enough to allow a copy to be made. I’m going to play some of it this morning, to celebrate this small success. I’ve also got a lot of other cool things I’ll be sharing… including some minidiscs from Lona Records that I thought might be fun to re-visit.

I am digging hearing this RST disc “Axes” again. Haven’t listened to it for a while– now I remember how much I liked it in the first place. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Last Visible Dog remembers WDBX when those sweet new Futurians LPs come out this winter, too. I kinda doubt it, though– the day LVD can’t move 300 copies of Futurians on 180-gram vinyl, they should just hang it up. I better set $10 aside, eh?

Damn. I really LOVE this Gen Ken Montgomery release, “Birds + Machines”. GK, you had me at “birds.” But seriously, what a collection! I’m just about going bonkers over tracks like “Shoot Me Down,” which are just simply too much fun to hear. Big congrats to Pogus, who have obviously invaded my brain to figure out what I like.

Be sure to check the link for “Droneland Security,” so you can go listen to it for free. Also, just curious, what are people’s opinions on the Bandcamp website? I’m seeing it a lot more lately, and wonder how it’s working out for both ends of users.

Glenn Weyant — Natural Electronics
Chas Smith — False Clarity (from “Descent,” on Cold Blue Music)
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet — Umar at the Dome of the Rock, pts. 1 & 2 (from “Spiritual Dimensions,” on Cuneiform Records)
RST – Crystalline (from “Axes” on Last Visible Dog)
RST — Lords of Space
RST — The Gate of the Sun
Gen Ken Montgomery — Shoot Me Down (from “Birds + Machines” on Pogus Productions)
Gen Ken Montgomery — Treat The Hell Out Of It
Grundik & Slava — Pattern In Time (from “…for Electronics and Birds,” on Stateart)
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Manuel Mota, Gino Robair, Ernesto Rodrigues — Nosso Rosto Empire (from “Our Faceless Empire” on Pax Recordings)
Glenn Weyant — Droneland Security
Glenn Weyant — CicadasO, Moon — O (from “MoonOphonique, pt.II,” on Lona Records)
O, Moon — O (no.2)
O, Moon — O (no.3)

The Blogapus is ALIVE!

September 13, 2010

WDBX-FM’s new blog, “The Blogapus” is up now– you should check it out! I’m really proud to be helping get it off the ground, and get WDBX a stronger cooperative presence online.

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

Experimental Films at Dawn II

September 2, 2010

I’m going to be taking advantage of WDBX’s big flatscreen television on September 11th, hosting “Experimental Films at Dawn II” from 4-6:30 a.m. that Saturday morning. I’m keeping the selections a surprise, but you should come expecting lots of strange sights and sounds. This is a meatspace-only event, so there is NO corresponding broadcast or webstream– in other words, you gotta show up in person.

Afterwards, I’ll drag as many people who are still standing over to the SIRIS record sale– so be prepared to round the horn with me into the dawn, and then battle for obscure jazz LPs!

Liveblogging! Commentary for “ITDE” 8/7/10

August 7, 2010

In today’s news, DaveX was disappointed to receive two fairly clueless submissions in the morning’s post. Sources are sketchy, but police have held Iranian flamenco artist Mehran, and hipster space/children’s music band Astro Al for further questioning. Both are at the center of allegations stemming from a rash of recent spam promotional actions that resulted in the death of at least one DJ’s willingness to listen to anything mailed his way. Witnesses say that DaveX handled the incidents with typical panache, shelving one vanity pressing deep in the station archives, while donating the other to a local children’s music host.

After making my break from the third person narrative in which I was previously imprisoned, I took the opportunity to begin cleanup of WDBX’s final frontier– the Production Studio. This space has been the whipping boy and dumping ground for a huge variety of objects; I found everything from long-defunct Chinese takeout menus to ketchup packets, ages-old pledge forms promising a member’s newsletter (!) to shattered Mormon Tabernacle LPs. I’ve heard that we might be getting an overhaul of the Production Studio setup soon, so this de-junking will at least allow the technical folks to access the room without fear of acquiring tetanus.

Sadly, I discovered a copy of “Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers” from Zeromoon and the Sentient Recognition Archive labels that never reached my hands. Unfortunately, the disc is missing. This marks the third time in the past month that I’ve found one of my promotional mails stuck somewhere around the station– if you mail me something, be sure to put “c/o DaveX” in GIANT letters on it. Don’t worry, though. I’m going to hit Soulseek in a moment and see if I can’t dig up a copy to replace this one with. Maybe next week, you’ll get to hear it! Until then, take care.

Stefan Neville — 27 Sept 2002, Friday (from “Do Not Destroy,” on Last Visible Dog)
Stefan Neville — 30 Sept 2002, Monday
Stefan Neville — 01 Oct 2002, Tuesday
Stefan Neville — 02 Oct 2002, Wednesday
New Pledgemaster — Father Figure (from “Father Figure” on Chondritic)
Intrusive Thoughts — Dead Text (from “Drowning in Shit,” on Fuckist)
Intrusive Thoughts — Control Demon
Mike Hovancsek, Barry Chabala, John Cieciel — The Stomp (from “Point of Yucca, vol.1, courtesy of Mutant Sounds blog)
Pierre Andre Arcand — Portuaire (from “Atlas Epileptic,” on Ambiances Magnetique)
Pierre Andre Arcand — Elope
Pierre Andre Arcand — ww.org
Ido Govrin — Ground (from “Moraine” on Interval Recordings)
Ido Govrin — Push
Ido Govrin — Lateral
Ilhan Mimaroglu — Tract pt.1 (from “Tract,” on Folkways)
B. Killingsworth — Downed Power Lines (from “Electricity Poems,” on Backporch Revolution)
B. Killingsworth — Disconnected
B. Killingsworth — Wavelength
Ilhan Mimaroglu — Tract pt.2
Philip Jeck — Live 2/20/00 at ICC, Tokyo
Little Fyodor — That Was a Mistake (Live)

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” 7/31/10

July 31, 2010

I’ve got a lot of good stuff to share on today’s show, notably some recordings from Isoundercore that had a bit of a torturous path to the airwaves. Let’s just say that someone opened someone else’s mail and leave it at that, shall we? I

n other business, WDBX is hosting a DJ Spin Party on August 5th, from 4-8pm. I thought it was a great idea until I realized that it was in Turley Park, and open to the public. Let that sink in– it’s basically a last-hurrah for this year’s Sunset Concert Series. Granted, I’m all in favor of the end of the Sunset Concerts, but I doubt this will be the ironic coup de grâce I’ve got in mind.

It’s anyone’s guess as to whether I’ll attend, but you’d better believe I’m taking my turn at the controls if I do, all requests for “danceable” music aside. Way to be inclusive, there. I bet “Light On the Law” will be keeping one end of the gym bleachers warm along with The Bioneers. But seriously, it might be fun, and Carbondale will survive– after all, who’ll hear it? Alcohol isn’t allowed!

But hey, let’s talk about performances I’m actually interested in: on the 6th and 7th of August, there’s Swampfest. In truth, I have no idea what it’s called, but that’s not the point. It’s two days worth of music at The Swamp! Unfortunately, this occasion actually DOES mark the end of their underground music series. Coincidentally, I’ll also be there, performing on the 7th around 7-ish. I have something interesting worked up, so I hope you’ll be able to make it.

US Maple — Missouri Twist (from “Sang Phat Editor” on Skin Graft)
US Maple — Through With Six Six Six
Blue Sausage Infant — Gezundheit! (from “Flight of the Solstice Queens” on Zero Moon)
Alio Die — The Way of Fire (from “The Way of Fire” 7-inch on Drone Records)
Blue Sausage Infant — Why You Hate Salamanders
Blue Sausage Infant — Ashtray Man
Justice Yeldham — Shanghai (from the J-volume of “Zelphabet” series)
Aemae — Walking Along Edges (from “The Helical World,” on Isoundercore)
Aemae — 41667
Aemae — Translucent Tongues
Arastoo — Three (from “Three” side B, also on Isoundercore)
Virtual Cortex — Anxiety (from “Viral Cartography,” more info here and here.)
Virtual Cortex — Chant
Virtual Cortex — Clusters
Ville Moskiitto — Kanjonikostaja (from “Kupariluostari,” on Harha-Askel)
Robert Ashley — Atalanta (Acts of God), Volume 2, “Empire” (on Lovely Music)

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)