Radio Fragments - Back again, no thanks to the airlines

Sad to miss lass week, but I was at the mercy of airline delays. Back now, though, and filled to overflowing with the urge to play great music...yup, that's what happens to me. I'm told it's adorable.

Your mileage may vary.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Angelique Kidjo, "Voodoo Child" (Benin, 1998)
Quindon Tarver, "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" (Australia, 1997)
Yellow Ostrich, "Whale" (US, 2011)
Gregorian, "Save a Prayer" (US, 1998)
Man City Lion, "Na Dii (Very Striking Girl)" (Thailand)
Suzy, "Noches" (Turkey, 1998)
Wolfmother, "California Queen" (Australia, 2009)
Coil, "Love's Secret Domain" (UK, 1991)
That Handsome Devil, "Rob The Prez-o-dent" (US, 2008)
Bauhaus, "A God in an Alcove" (UK, 1980)
Jim's Big Ego, "Someday Cafe" (US, 1996)
Blossom Dearie, "I'm Hip" (US, 1966)
The Bad Plus, "Comfortably Numb" (US, 2008)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Nina Simone, "Mississippi Goddamn" (US, 1963)
James Brown, "The Payback" (US, 1973)
Scout Niblett, "The Calcination of Scout Niblett" (UK, 2010)
Smoke Fairies, "Gastown" (US, 2009)
Tangle Eye, "Work Song" (US, 2004)
Bullion, "Say Goodbye To What" (UK, 2010)
The Herbalizer, "8 Pt. Agenda" (US, 2000)
Richard Cheese, "The Rockafeller Skank" (US, 2007)
Fatboy Slim, "The Rockafeller Skank" (UK, 1998)
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, "Thou Shalt Always Kill" (UK, 2007)
Timber Timbre, "Lay Down In the Tall Grass" (Canada, 2010)
Chris Cornell, "Billie Jean" (US, 2007)

Radio Fragments - Sillyness and Electronics

I was in an odd kind of mood tonight. There's a lot of great electronic music -- including a little something put together by a member of the Edmonds Community College Electronic Music club in 1984 (oh, don't tell me I can't or won't go obscure) -- and there's lots of strange cover versions. Ukulele version of a Replacements song? The Ramones performed by a silly brass band? Kraftwerk done as a Merengue? How about all three, and then a lot more.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Violent Femmes, "Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah (Means I Love You)" (US, 1995)
The Police, "Be My Girl - Sally" (UK, 1978)
The Colorblind James Experience, "Considering a Move To Memphis" (US, 1987)
The Decemberists, "The Ice of Boston" (US, 1997)
Looper, "Modem Song" (UK, 2000)
Beefy, "1-800-NERDCORE" (US, 2007)
Yello, "Koladi-Ola" (Switzerland, 1985)
Yuri, "Oi Va Voi" (UK, 2007)
Senor Coconut y Su Conjunto, "Home Computer" (Chile, 1999)
Kraftwerk, "Computer World 2" (Germany, 1981)
Boards of Canada, "Dayvan Cowboy" (Scotland, 2006)
Douglas Jorgeson, "The Primordial Past" (US, 1984)
The Bran Flakes, "They're Laughing At Me" (US, )
YACHT, "The Afterlife" (US, 2009)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Pink Floyd, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (UK, 1975)
Television Personalities, "I Know Where Syd Barret Lives" (UK, 1981)
Bright Little Field, "I'll Be You" (US, 2010)
The Nutley Brass, "I Wanna Be Sedated" (UK, 1999)
Pat Boone, "Enter Sandman" (US, 1997)
Dread Zeppelin, "When The Levee Breaks" (US, 1991)
Band of Skulls, "Light of the Morning" (UK, 2009)
The Slew, "Robbing Banks (Doin' Time)" (Canada, 2009)
Tubeway Army, "That's Too Bad" (UK, 1978)
Love and Rockets, "Lazy" (UK, 1987)
The Brian Auger Trinity with Sonny Boy Williamson & Jimmy Page, "It's a Bloody Life" (UK, 1972)
The Radio-Television Orchestra of Bosnia-Herzogovina, "Call To Prayer" (Bosnia-Herzogovina, 1998)

Radio Fragments - ...but Thursday's just as bad.

Wow, that rain is really something. Here's hoping that you're staying dry, wherever you are.

Some great tracks this time. Conan O'Brien doing a blistering Elvis cover, two different versions of 'Ice Ice Baby' (yes, that is a selling point), even something made entirely from samples taken from the Lord of the Rings movies. That's worth something, right?

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Pogo, "Murmurs of Middle Earth" (Australia, 2011)
Cheveu, "Ice Ice Baby" (France, 2011)
Big Daddy, "Ice Ice Baby" (US, 1991)
Smoke Fairies, "Gastown" (US, 2010)
The Soft Machine, "Breathe The Fire" (US, 2011)
Delicate Steve, "Butterfly" (US, 2010)
Interpol, "NYC" (USA, 2002)
Southern Culture on the Skids, "Voodoo Cadillac" (US, 1996)
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, "Lowdown Blues" (US, 2006)
Otis Spann, "The Hardway" (US, 1960)
R.L. Burnside, "Someday Baby" (US, 2004)
James Brown, "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine" (US, 1970)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Conan O'Brien & The Legally Prohibited Band, "King Creole" (US, 2010)
Lloyd Arnold & The Rockin' Drifters, "Nobody But You" (US, 1958)
These New Puritans, "Elvis" (UK, 2008)
Stockholm Syndrome, "Apollo" (US, 2011)
Cut Copy, "Need You Now" (Australia, 2011)
Circuit 7, "Video Boys" (UK, 1984)
Ultravox, "I Want To Be A Machine" (UK, 1977)
Over the Rhine, "Infamous Love Song" (US, 2011)
Destroyer, "Song for America" (Canada, 2011)
Peggy Lee, "Johnny Guitar" (US, 1954)
Bill Laswell, "Cybotron" (US, 2000)

Radio Fragments - Nostalgia for Two Weeks Ago

I had to skip two weeks of the show -- first for a business trip, then on account of the roads spontaneously turning into skating rinks -- and it really didn't take long to miss it. Being alone in the studio, lights down, late at night; playing my favorite music for an unsuspecting audience, singing along with the studio monitors turned up so I can't hear how bad I sing. Oh yeah, I missed it. Glad to be back at it this week.

It's been an interesting couple of weeks, as I've found myself back and exploring vinyl and some of the wonderful wird corners of the musical world that never made the transition to digital. A couple examples of that tonight, plus all the usual nonsense.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Cairo Cairo (w/ Natacha Atlas)" (UK, 2011)
The Smiths, "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" (UK, 1984)
The Editors, "Smokers Outside the Hospital Door" (UK, 2008)
Snake River Conspiracy, "How Soon Is Now?" (US, 2000)
The Dears, "Pinned Together, Falling Apart" (Canada, 2004)
Les Wangs, "Bombora" (France, 2003)
Guitar Wolf, "Can-nana Fever (Jet Version)" (Japan, 2004)
The Black Angels, "The Sniper" (US, 2010)
LCD Soundsystem, "You Wanted A Hit" (UK, 2010)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Cake, "Federal Funding" (US, 2011)
6th Infantry Brigade of the Nigerian Army, "Black and Proud" (Nigeria, 1973)
The Black Belles, "What Can I Do?" (US, 2010)
Deerhoof, "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" (US, 2011)
Hot Chip, "Shake a Fist" (UK, 2008)
Solex vs. Christina Martinez & Jon Spencer, "Galaxy Man" (Netherlands, 2009)
Hardcorps, "Water" (UK, 1986)
Space Raiders, "A Song For Dot" (UK, 1999)
Sheila Chandra & the Ganges Orchestra, "Not a Word in the Sky" (UK, 2001)
Huun-Huur-Tu, "Sarala" (Tuva, 1999)
Thai Elephant Orchestra, "Rain Forest" (Thailand, 2000)
Brian Eno, "Dead Finks Don't Talk" (UK, 1974)
Young Snakes, "Brains and Eggs" (US, 1981)
Ken Nordine & DJ Food, "Ageing Young Rebel" (US, 2000)

Forward to the past

For the last few months I've been fixated on vinyl. I'm not sure why exactly -- I gave it up back in the 90s and my CD collection grew out of control. A few years ago that turned into a large number of MP3s as I ripped all my CDs. Lately I've found myself listening to most of my music as lossy-digital copies played through the tinny speakers on my macbook and while it does the job and helps me prepare for the show, it really isn't the way to enjoy music.

And so I started thinking about what it is I enjoy about listening to music, and I realized that I miss two things: physicality and intentionality. It's convenient to pick a song or an album off the drive and press 'play', but it's a throw-away gesture. I could do it a hundred times and not really notice it. It's a different thing to flip through a row of records, pull one out, slide the plastic cover off, slide the paper sleeve out, take the record from the sleeve, put it on the turntable, clean it, turn the player on, position the needle, and let it drop. Yes, it takes many times as long, it's a bit of a hassle, but it's somehow more rewarding. And when you finally stop and sit and listen, you listen. I kind of like that.

I've been thinking about that a lot lately, it got to the point where I was literally dreaming about turntables. So it was time. I had an idea of the model I wanted, but I didn't want to make a decision like this without talking it over with someone more knowledgable than I. I did a bit of research and found that Turntable Treasures in Tacoma had the model I was considering, so we made the trip down.

Wow. That's all I can say. The guys at TT are amazing. Not only did they have the model I wanted, but they actually talked me out of it and into one step down, saving me $100. I don't know the last time a salesperson tried to talk me into spending less. And that's how I ended up with the Pro-ject Debut III (seen below).

But not only did they save me $100, but it turns out that with the purchase of a new turntable you get $100 worth of vinyl from their collection. Did I mention their collection? Oh right, it's not just Turntable Treasures, but it's also "The House of Records" (no, really, its on the sign). 120,000 albums...and you want me to pick just a few of them? That's just cruel. The picture below is about one quarter of the shop:

Yup, it's pretty badass. They are totally worth the trip if you are interested in vinyl or interested in becoming interested in vinyl.

Look for some new treasures on the show sometime soon!

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