Symphony of Science - Carl Sagan - A Glorious Dawn

I don't think it's overstating the matter to say that the PBS series "Cosmos" was influential -- key, even -- to who I became and my view of the universe; also, it helped establish my love of electronic music.

So, color me surprised and delighted to find that some enterprising soul took some of Carl's monologue, autotuned the heck out of it and pulled it together into something that approximates a song. Heck, it's even available on vinyl!

I'll try to hunt down a copy for the show sometime soon, but for now I'm pleased to link to it. Enjoy.

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Radio Fragments - Themes, I've Had a Few...

Thanks to everyone who commented on last week's "decades"-themed show. It's always fun to have something to base my song selection around. This week isn't quite as coherent, I've got a few different themes going on.

There's the set of music performed by science fiction actors, that's always a lot of fun; there's a set looking at the first three single released on the ever-so-influential Mute label in the late 70s, mmmm new wavey. There's a set of great fuzzy psychedelic from the last 40 years and from around the world. And, finally, I've got the first song from Brian Eno's first album, and the last song from his most recent album, looking at the bookends of his career (so far).

Oh, and then all the other stuff, like some great new music by The Orb & David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) which is just outstanding. And that's just one little 2 hour show. Tune in and enjoy.

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)

Brian Eno, "Needles in the Camel's Eye" (UK, 1974)
Arling & Cameron, "Dirty Robot" (Netherlands, 2001)
S.P.O.C.K., "Dr. McCoy" (Sweden, 1998)
William Shatner, "How Insensitive" (US, 1967)
Brent Spiner, "Oye Como Va" (US, 1997)
Leonard Nimoy, "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" (US, 1968)
Bill Mumy, "The Ballad of William Robinson" (US, 1997)
Over the Rhine, "How Does It Feel" (US, 1992)
Matthew & The Arrogant Sea, "Pretty Purple Top Hat" (US, 2008)
Andrew Bird, "Hot Math" (US, 2010)
Timber Timbre, "Lay Down In the Tall Grass" (Canada, 2009)
Area Code 615, "Stone Fox Chase" (US, 1969)
David Byrne & Brian Eno, "Strange Overtones" (US/UK, 2008)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

The Normal, "Warm Leatherette" (UK, 1978)
Fad Gadget, "Back to Nature" (UK, 1979)
Silicon Teens, "Memphis, Tennessee" (UK, 1979)
Ofo & the Bad Company, "Allah Wakkbar" (Nigeria, 1972)
The Canadian Rogues, "Keep in Touch" (US, 1966)
The Black Angels, "Yellow Elevator #2" (US, 2010)
Selda, "Bundan Sonra" (Turkey, 1976)
Dengue Fever, "Seeing Hands" (US/Cambodia, 2008)
Jean Michel Jarre, "Love Love Love" (France, 2000)
Natacha Atlas, "Yalla Chant (Transglobal Underground Remix)" (Belgian, 2000)
The Orb with David Gilmour, "Metallic Spheres" (UK, 2010)
Brian Eno, "Late Anthropocene" (UK, 2010)
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Radio Fragments - Decades-a-Go-Go

I always enjoy it when people make requests or suggest something for me. In part because it assures me that people are out there, in part because it often leads to new music, but a lot because it makes me think about music differently.

In this case, someone requested an all-oldies show, 20s-60s. This got me thinking about how my musical tastes have changed or stayed the same. So, while I will be doing the 'before I was born' show soon, tonight I'm looking at 20 years. What I've got on my ipod today in 2010, what I had on mix CDs in 2000, and what I had on mix tapes in 1990 -- each group gets about 1/3 of the show, hilarity ensues.

Hope you enjoy the show, keep those suggestions coming!

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)

!!!, "AM/FM" (US, 2010)
School of the Seven Bells, "Wired for Light" (US, 2008)
The Postal Service, "Sleeping In" (US, 2003)
Bombay Bicycle Club, "Ivy and Gold" (UK, 2010)
Bombay Laughing Club, "Suba Deba" (Canada, 2007)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums, "Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood" (Sweden, 2010)
Shit Robot, "Losing My Patience" (Ireland, 2010)
LCD Sound System, "I Can Change" (US, 2010)
Son House, "Death Letter" (US, 1965)
Senor Coconut, "Showroom Dummies" (Chile/Germany, 2000)
DJ Krush, "Nick Wiz - Four Elements John Klemmer - Yes to Life Beats International - Just Be Good to Me (a cappella)" (US, 2000)
Boards of Canada, "Turquoise Hexagon Sun" (Scotland, 1998)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

William Orbit, "Triple Concerto (Beethoven)" (UK, 1995)
LTJ Bukem, "Journey Inwards" (UK, 2000)
Photek, "Lost Blue Heaven" (UK, 2000)
Love & Rockets, "Holy Fool" (UK, 1998)
St. Etienne, "Split Screen" (UK, 1998)
Thomas Dolby, "One of Our Submarines" (UK, 1982)
Joy Division, "Colony" (UK, 1980)
Skinny Puppy, "Tin Omen" (Canada, 1989)
Pink Floyd, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts. 1-5" (UK, 1975)
Led Zeppelin, "Ramble On" (UK, 1969)
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Found Sound - Call for the time, in 1950

It's no secret that I love little snippets of sound from other eras, and this is a great one.

These days, you're never at a loss for the exact time. Everyone has a phone with them with the time, and if you really want, you can go to the online... you can even automatically set your PC to that source. Pretty cool.

Before that, there were radio stations, or you could call this number as captured on a wire recorder in 1950...first off, she just has an awesome voice, second...she's doing it live! (Don't believe me? Wait for the sneeze :)

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Radio Fragments - Happy Halloween!

A blustery night out there, just perfect for 2 hours of music that is dark, spooky, angry, screamy, depressed, or sometimes just silly. It's Halloween, after all! Bauhaus, Electric Hellfire Club, Siouxsie, Ministry, Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Alien Sex Fiend, DJ Spooky, and a lot more. Did I mention there's a death metal band singing a children's song? But of course!

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)

Rev. Horton Heat, "Halloween Dance" (US, 1998)
The Police, "A Kind of Loving" (UK, 1982)
Bauhaus, "In The Night" (UK, 1982)
Dead Kennedys, "Halloween" (US, 1982)
P.J. Harvey , "Wind" (US, 1998)
Richard Thompson, "Season of the Witch" (US, 2003)
Electric Hellfire Club, "Halloween Medley" (US, 1995)
Gary Numan, "Down in the Park" (UK, 1979)
Siouxsie & the Banshees, "Halloween " (UK, 1981)
Ministry, "Every Day is Halloween" (UK, 1981)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Black Sabbath, "Black Sabbath" (UK, 1970)
Dr. Samuel Hoffman, "Theremin Solo" (US)
Marilyn Manson, "I Put a Spell On You" (US, 1995)
Macabre, "The Cat Came Back" (US, 2004)
The Aquabats, "Radiation Song" (US, 2000)
Cake, "Pentagram" (US, 1994)
Alien Sex Fiend, "Now I'm feeling Zombified (Extended Version)" (UK, 1991)
Death in Vegas, "Aisha" (UK, 1999)
DJ Spooky, "Journey (Paraspace Mix)" (US, 1995)
Anja Garbarek, "Strange Noises" (Norway, 1996)
David Bowie, "Please Mr. Gravedigger" (UK, 1967)
Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me" (US, 1992)
Frank Zander, "Der Ururenkel Von Frankenstein " (Germany, 1969)
The Strangeloves, "I Want Candy" (US, 1965)
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