Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Xeno and Oaklander - Live

Nuit - Celeste.

From the Celebrations I missed.

Friday, November 21, 2008

short notice - NCP 1 tonight

I'm on the air again finally. tune into WZBC.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

X/O live at Wierd tonight!

Again, I wish I could be there but work commitments keep me stuck in Boston for the moment.

from the e-mail:
Hello all, due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict the John Wiese, Xeno and Oaklander, Zaimph, and Led er Est Show Wednesday at the Knitting Factory is cancelled, apologies to everyone for any inconvenience.

The Xeno and Oaklander show will now be moved to the WIERD weekly party this Wednesday featuring the return of guest DJ Anarexia(sic)! In addition John Wiese will be playing live at West Nile on Thursday night and Led er Est will be back at WIERD live on October 1st, so please come on out and support these great events! Info on the John Wiese show is below.

So this week WIERD proudly welcomes the return of Xeno and Oaklander for a live performance at midnite! This will be the most complex show Liz and Sean have ever done as they debut the a whole new set of trax from their forthcoming debut LP for the first time! It doesn't get any colder or rarer than this week...see you all in the WIERD...VR

Pieter, Glenn and Anarexia Spin Cold Wave, Minimal Electronic Music!
(Live Performance by Xeno and Oaklander at Midnite!)
WIERD @ Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St @ Delancy, NYC

Coming Soon to the WIERD World:
Thursday September 18th 10pm: John Wiese, Barry Weisblatt, MV Carbon with DJ Pieter from Wierd Records NYC, The West Nile, 285 Kent Ave (btw South 1st and South 2nd Sts), BKNY
Friday September 19th: Minimal LA and Pendu dot org Present Xeno and Oaklander, SSPS, Terrible Eagle, Birth(Los Angeles), and Chaos Magik Live at Fat Baby 112 Rivington St NYC
Wednesday September 24th: WIERD Presents a Live Performance by Envenomist!(Columbus, OH)
Wednesday October 1st: WIERD Welcomes the Return of Led er Est
Wednesday October 8th: WIERD Presents a Live Performance byThe Hunt(Two week UK Tour send-off party!)
Wednesday October 15th: WIERD Presents the NYC debut of WIERD Compilation Volume II artists Ronin
Wednesday October 22nd: WIERD Presents a Live Performance by Blacklist!(CMJ Festival)
Wednesday October 29th: WIERD Presents a Live Performance by Martial Canterel!
Wednesday November 5th: WIERD Presents the Minimal Electronic Pleasures of Further Reductions(Shawn NoEQ of Led er Est + Ms Katie Rose)
Wednesday November 12th: WIERD Presents the return of Xeno and Oaklander
Wednesday November 19th: WIERD Proudly Presents a Live Performance by Opus Finis(Miami)!
Friday November 21st: THE WIERD 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!! (Location TBC)
Wednesday December 3rd: WIERD Presents a Live Performance by Cult of Youth!
Wednesday December 10th: WIERD Presents the Return of Tobias Bernstrup!
Wednesday December 17th: A Very Rare WIERD Christmas Party featuring a Live Performance by Sleep Museum

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tuxedomoon - Live in NYC - Sept. 17, 2008

From the Press Release:

Usually more visible along the coast of the Mediterranean or the Baltic, legendary band Tuxedomoon will be making a rare appearance stateside in New York City for one show only at Le Poisson Rouge - a brand new multimedia art cabaret founded on the former site of the historic Village Gate.

Don't expect to see them repeat poses from their youth as Tuxedomoon seldom look back and, if so, more often than not, choose to refine and distort their past in terms concurrent with their muses of the moment. No room for '80s nostalgia here, their recent compositions feature a wide and surprising variety of styles, influences and themes gathered along their varied journey through space and time. Appearances of Tuxedomoon in the USA are unusual occurrences, there having been only 4 others in the last 21 years.

If you're in that part of the world, come witness this unique event.

Tuxedomoon, Gutbucket,
Wednesday September 17 at 10pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
www. lepoissonrouge. com / 212.505.FISH – phone / 646.478.
9197 – fax

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Der Baader Meinhof Complex

This looks excellent. I don't think it will arrive in the United States until sometime next year. (I was recently reminded of it in this post.).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Misery at Wierd Tonight - Epee du Bois Live (NYC)

from the e-mail:
an excellent party this week's WIERD is destined to be(he says in his best hackneyed attempt at an Aristo accent)as we welcome back WIERD's long time resident Master of the cloudy cold gloom Epee du Bois for a creepy dripping wet Korg MS-20 live performance at Midnite! And yes for all of you who emailed us to ask if Cheyney will be playing his WIERD Compilation V2 frozen dancefloor VRasterpiece(including the charming young lady who said she'd drive from Indiana to hear the cheery track live) the rumours are yes Monsieur Epee will indeed be performing 'Misery' live for the first time this week so cheer the fuck up everyone! As if that wasn't enough WIERD is proud to this week also play host to the long awaited record release party for Tamaryn's debut LP where she will have the full-length album of her idiosyncratic cold guitar gypsywave sounds available for the first time!

Pieter, M Canterel and The Speculator Spin a Miserably Minimal Mess!
Wednesday July 16th, 10pm-4am
(Very Rare Live Performance by Epee du Bois and Tamaryn Record Release at Midnite!)
WIERD @ Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St@Delancy, NYC

Monday, July 14, 2008

"Off the Cuff" NCP I - Friday July 11 2008 - playlist

Fri Jul 11th 2008 7.00pm–10.00pm

Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.

Time zone: Eastern

July Skies “Waiting to Land” from The English Cold CD ALBUM (make mine music 2004)
Hazard “Windmill” from Land CD ALBUM (Touch www.touchmusic.org.uk 2003)
Howie B “Five Days” from Freezone 3 CD COMP (SSR 1996)
Carlos Giffoni “There Are Other Gates” from Wierd Compilation Volume II: Analogue Electronic Music 2008 LP COMP (Wierd 2008)
Tuxedomoon “The Waltz” from Ten Years in one night Live LP ALBUM (Crammed)
Xeno and Oaklander “Celeste” from Wierd Compilation Volume II: Analogue Electronic Music 2008 (Wierd 2008)
Ruth “Mots” from Des jeunes gens modernes CD COMP (Naive 2008)
Coti “Tiptoe” from [metamoria\> (vibrant music 2001)
Bernard Bonnier “"I can't sing..."” from Casse-Tete CD ALBUM (Oral 2008)
Medikao “Detective” from Des jeunes gens modernes (Naive 2008)
Les Hurleurs “Hotel Varlin” from Ciel D'encre (Barclay 2000)
Robin Saville “Colin the lazy cormorant (part 1)” from Peasgood Nonesuch
Steven Brown “sous quell etoile suis-je ne?” from a tribute to polnareff
Francois Bayle “allures” from La Forme Du Temps Est Un Cercle CD ALBUM (INA GRM)
The Honeymoon Killers “histoire a suivre” from Les Tueurs de la Lune de Miel
Martial Canterel “Ascent” from confusing outsides LP ALBUM (genetic music)
Arbol “you travelled my heart inside out” (Lejos Discos 2008)
Brian Eno “Bone Bomb” from Another Day on Earth CD ALBUM (Hannibal 2005)
Yann Tiersen “la plage” from Les Retrouvailles CD ALBUM (Labels www.labels.tm.fr 2005)
Ben Watt “North Marine Drive” CD ALBUM (Cherry Red 1987)
Antena “Camino del sol” from Antena EP (Les Disques Du Crepuscule 1982)
Yann Tiersen “l'echec” from L'absente (Virgin France 2001)
Sylvain Chauveau “Nuage III” from Nuage CD (type records 2007)
Michel Polnareff “le bal des laze” from les premieres annees
The Durutti Column “head glue” from sunlight to blue... blue to blackness (Kooky 2008)
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd “Snowfall” from Mysterious Skin OST CD
July Skies “The Weather Clock” from The Weather Clock (EP) CD EP (make mine music)
Emak Bakia “Ils sont americanes?” from Despues CD ALBUM (Acuarela)

Epee Du Bois “Misery” from Wierd Compilation Volume II: Analogue Electronic Music 2008 (Wierd 2008)

Desormais “violent feelings often pass” from climate variations CD(intr_version)
Xeno and Oaklander “Non Senti” from The Wierd Compilation 2006 LP COMP (Wierd 2006)
The Ecstacy of Saint Theresa “Sooper Kosmos” from Free-D (Original Soundtrack) (Free Records 1994)
Laszlo Dubrovay “A2” from Live Eletcronic

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Holidays - radio - Metropolis

Happy Canada Day, Bonne Anniversaire Quebec, Happy Independence Day!

I will do 4 hours of radio on WZBC 90.3fm tomorrow night from 18:00 to 22:00 EST.

Listen in.

AND this exciting news: a Restored print of Fritz Lang's film METROPOLIS is in the works!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Locust - Your Selfish Ways

I just found this clip from French TV in 1998.

I still regret not seeing Mark Van Hoen play Mutek.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Lest we baguette

Suddenly I'm home after a bit drinking with my roommates. I realize this is raw and uncouth however I quite like it. I'm Listening to the FIRE ENGINES wondering why more people haven't heard of the genius that is the this band from Scotland. I will endevour to do my best to remedy this situation. (for give the grammar and misspellings) as if it were a remedy for past transgressions i hope for the future as manic impressions linger on and the truth comes fast and hard into this reality I look for consequence I wish i was in in Montreal for the summer to bask in the sun and enjoy the onslaught of music that the Quebecquois succumb to in such a fashion. I want to see the rest of Canada but Montreal has so much to offer its hard to give up. I work and I life towards this point.

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Passions -- video for the weekend

I'm in love with a German Film Star

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

It Seems

I never have time for this any more. I'd actually set aside some time this morning for this express purpose but now things have changed yet again. I'll have to look at this after work. I can't bear to have people looking over my shoulder while I am typing. Its too much. Needless to say, I want to get into so many issues that have been on my mind of late. I've had several busy weekends, I don't see the activity subsiding any time soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

RASTER-NOTON SHOWCASE tonight in Cambridge, Massachusetts

from the e-mail:

**Thursday, May 15, 2008**

Non-Event, Basstown, and the Goethe-Institüt Boston present


with SIGNAL + solo sets by

Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
(617) 868-MSEX
Doors: 9pm, Show: 10pm
21+ / Admission: $10

SIGNAL is a Raster-Noton supergroup, featuring Carsten Nicolai
(aka Alva Noto), Olaf Bender (aka Byetone), and Frank Bretschneider.
The trio performs intense, hypnotic music to a spectacular backdrop
of graphical information that reveals the complex geometry of the
sounds in play. Most of their sound sources are taken from a huge
memory bank of music from long jamming sessions dating from the early
days of Raster-Noton. These are processed and folded into a taut
and energetic web of rhythmic clicks, bristling static,
and deep bass pulses that are unexpectedly sensuous and undeniably
funky. Their most recent album, Robotron, was released in 2007 on
Raster-Noton. This will be SIGNAL's Boston debut.

mp3 of Signal, Robotron:

Video of Signal Live in Copenhagen:

Musician and visual artist CARSTEN NICOLAI (aka ALVA NOTO) works
in the transitional area between art and science. In his intensely
dynamic work, Nicolai plays with the rules of physicality. Clicks
and glitches are not used as ornamental additions, but make up the
essential elements of the work, which is often structured around
the rhythmic grooves of hip-hop and R&B. Nicolai has performed in
many of the world's most prestigious spaces including The Guggenheim,
MOMA SF, MOMA Oxford, NTT Tokyo, Tate Modern, and Venice Biennial.
His latest album, unitxt, will be out this summer on Raster-Noton.
This will be Nicolai's Boston debut. Website: http://www.alvanoto.com

FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER is a founding member of Raster-Noton and one
of the pioneering figures in ultra minimal post techno. Using the
most basic sound sources (sine waves and white noise), Bretschneider
creates minimal, flowing pieces with delicate textures and complex
rhythmic patterns. Described as "abstract analogue pointilism,"
"ambience for spaceports," and "hypnotic echochamber pulsebeat,"
Bretschneider's subtle and detailed music is echoed by his visuals:
perfect translations of the qualities found in music into visual
phenomena. His most recent album, Rhythm, was named one of The Wire
magazine's Top 50 Records of 2007. Website: http://www.frankbretschneider.de

Video of Frank Bretschneider Live:

OLAF BENDER (aka BYETONE) is a founding member of the Raster-Noton
label, as well as its lead designer. Bender creates his music digitally,
assembling sine tones into complex sound fabrics of deep sub-bass
and rhythmic clicks and crackles. He creates abstract animations to
support his abstract music —transforming the rhythm of the music into
a graphic equivalent, which he controls in real time. His new album,
D.O.A.T. (Death of a Typographer), is due out this summer on Raster-Noton.

mp3 of Olaf Bender, "Plastic Star":

Raster-Noton: http://www.raster-noton.de
Basstown: http://basstown.blogspot.com/
Goethe-Institüt Boston: http://www.goethe.de/boston
LEF Foundation: http://www.lef-foundation.org/

Non-Event concerts are supported in part by a grant from the
LEF Foundation.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

playlist - "off the cuff" wzbc - May 2, 2008

George ""off the cuff"" (NCP) May 2nd 2008, 7.00PM to 10.00PM

Played Artist Song Disk Year Label Note

7:04PM Arbol you travelled my heart inside out you travelled my heart inside out 2008 Lejos Discos
7:11PM Rothko Zurich Trains Bucolique Vol. 01 Arbouse
7:19PM Dorit Chrysler Sweden Monika Barchen: Songs for Bruno, Knut & Tom Monika Enterprise URL EMAIL
7:20PM The Radio Dept It's Personal Pet Grief 2006 Labrador
7:23PM Gas 1 Nah und Fern (Disk 1) 2008 Kompakt URL from 1996 first album
7:33PM Our Sleepless Forest Nomads The Wire Tapper 19 2008 Wire
7:38PM Snorkel The Conversation (Edit) The Wire Tapper 19
7:41PM Opto 5.10 am 2nd 2004 hobby industries
7:46PM David Kristian + Ryosuke Aioke 10 ghost storeys 2006 Cocosolidciti
7:58PM The Field over the ice From Here We Go Sublime 2007 Kompakt
8:14PM Gas 5 Nah und Fern (Disk 2) "Zauberberg" 2008 Kompakt from 1997 second album
8:15PM Mark Van Hoen Canyon of Descent Canyon of Descent unreleased mix
8:18PM Markus Guentner Altocomulus Opacus Pop Ambient 2007 Kompakt
8:27PM Main Maelstrom (K-RAA-K)3 Festival 2002 2002 (K-RAA-K)3
8:33PM Wim Mertens Shot One Shot and Echo 1992 Les Disques Du Crepuscule
8:38PM Les Hurleurs Il y a des jours Blottie 2003
8:41PM July Skies The Weather Clock The Weather Clock (EP) 2008 make mine music
8:47PM Lawrence Weiner Where it came from Fruit of the Original Sin (Expanded Edition) 1981 LTM
8:51PM Milenasong Streicheln Monika Barchen: Songs for Bruno, Knut & Tom 2008 Monika Enterprise
8:57PM Ghislain Poirier It's a War War War No Ground Under 2007 Ninja Tune
9:01PM Howie B Five Days Freezone 3 1996 SSR
9:07PM Gas 6 Nah und Fern (Disk 3) Konigtsforst 2008 Kompakt from 1998 third album
9:17PM Harold Budd Little Heart Avalon Sutra 2004 samadhisound
9:25PM Nine Horses birds sing for their lives Money For All 2006 samadhisound
9:32PM Gas 7 Nah und Fern (Disk 4) POP 2008 Kompakt from 2000 forth album
9:48PM The Berg Sans Nipple Melt Catalogue 2002 2002 Catalogue Records
9:56PM Richard Pinhas Iceland So Young But So Cold 2004 Tigersushi

playlist - April 11, 2008

George ""off the cuff"" (NCP) Apr 11th 2008, 7.00PM to 10.00PM

Played Artist Song Disk Year Label Note

7:02PM Drexciya Powers of the Deep Grava 4 2002 Clone
7:08PM David Kristian + Ryosuke Aioke 10 ghost storeys 2006 Cocosolidciti URL
7:23PM Lars Akerlund Volt (Extract) The Wire Tapper 19
7:29PM Mark Van Hoen vessel of light the last flowers from the darkness 1997 Touch URL EMAIL
7:33PM The Field over the ice From Here We Go Sublime 2007 Kompakt URL
7:37PM Tangtype Blank, Lackluster Eyes... Data Takes Over (Wire edit) The Wire Tapper 19 2008 Wire URL
7:45PM Obscure Celebrities Everest (Neue Mischung von KG) Gooom Tracks Vol. 2.5 2004 Gooom Disques URL
7:49PM Virna Lindt The Windmills of your Mind Moving Soundtracks 2008 LTM URL re-issue of Les Disques Du Crepuscule compilation
7:51PM Dorit Chrysler Sweden Monika Barchen: Songs for Bruno, Knut & Tom Monika Enterprise URL EMAIL
7:54PM Opto 5.10 a.m. 2nd 2004 hobby industries URL
8:08PM Arbol you travelled my heart inside out you travelled my heart inside out 2008 Lejos Discos
8:08PM Arbol nomi you travelled my heart inside out 2008 Lejos Discos
8:12PM Michael Rother Erlkoenig Fernwaerme 1981
8:19PM Band Apart O My Beautiful Song EP 1982 Crammed Discs URL
8:27PM Cosy Corner You Only Live Twice Moving Soundtracks LTM URL
8:31PM Barbara Morgenstern Wilderness Monika Barchen: songs for bruno, knut & tom
8:36PM Yann Tiersen La Rupture Tout Est Calme 1999 Labels URL
8:38PM July Skies The Weather Clock The Weather Clock (EP) 2008 make mine music
8:44PM Penguin Cafe Orchestra the sound of someone you love who's going away and it just doesn't matter music from the penguin cafe 1976 EG Records
8:58PM The Durutti Column A Beautiful Thought (Pt 1) Treatise on the Steppenwolf 2008 LTM URL
9:02PM The Durutti Column The Mothers and The Fathers Treatise on the Steppenwolf 2008 LTM URL
9:07PM The Durutti Column A Wolf of the Steppes Treatise on the Steppenwolf 2008 LTM URL
9:12PM The Durutti Column Interlude Treatise on the Steppenwolf 2008 LTM URL
9:16PM The Durutti Column The Title On The Cover Treatise on the Steppenwolf 2008 LTM URL
9:20PM Jay-jay Johanson Escape Poison 2004 Labels URL
9:24PM Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek Cello Recycling Cello Recycling/Cello Drowning 2007 Type URL EMAIL
9:36PM Ryuichi Sakamoto War & Peace Chasm 2005 KA'+B
9:41PM Unrecognizable Now between words In a cave or a coma 2008 perhlabel
9:46PM The Durutti Column Lullaby (Live) Treatise on the Steppenwolf 2008 LTM URL

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Pelle Carlberg - "I love you, you imbecile!"

I love you, you imbecile!

Its Springtime and this song makes me happy.

recent articles of interest

Highly Recommended article in the new Vanity Fair about Monsanto and Milk Production as described in Sign and Sight:
"In a report that is bursting its sides with information, Donald L. Barlett und James B. Steele describe how the chemical giant Monsanto is using genetically altered seeds and ruthless legal action to bring the American grain market under its control. Now the company has moved on to milk. The company is using legal action and campaigns to fight all farmers who label their milk as free of the Monsanto-owned growth hormone rBGH. "On this issue, the tide may be shifting against Monsanto. Organic dairy products, which don't involve rBGH, are soaring in popularity. Supermarket chains such as Kroger, Publix, and Safeway are embracing them. Some other companies have turned away from rBGH products, including Starbucks, which has banned all milk products from cows treated with rBGH." (related: Organic Valley's FAQ)

Also of note:
Stanley Fish's recent blog entry on the soon to be published book about French Theory in America. (the comments alone range from the ridiculous to the sublime)

Elif Batumann writes in the London Review of Books about the Graphic Novel.

A good article in the Boston Globe about Helmut Lachenmann's music.

And last but not least, Beppe Grillo's blog.

until next time

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Absolute Body Control / Wolf Eyes/ Martial Canterel / Carlos Griffoni - April 4th 2008

from the e-mail:
"This Friday, come on out to see a long WIERD evening of frozen cold electronics!!!

WIERD Records NYC and No Fun Fest Productions Present:

Absolute Body Control(1st ever show in the US!) : http://www.dirkivens.com/ , http://www.myspace.com/absolutebodycontrolbelgium
Wolf Eyes(Detroit) : http://www.wolfeyes.net/ , http://www.myspace.com/3801568
Martial Canterel(NYC) : http://www.mcanterel.net/ , http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=312255378
Carlos Giffoni(No Fun Fest/NYC) : http://www.carlosgiffoni.com/ , http://www.myspace.com/carlosgiffoni
DJ Pieter from Wierd Records

Friday April 4th, 2008
The Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY
Doors 9pm, Show at 10pm, 18+
Tickets available at the Mercury Lounge and Music Hall Of Williamsburg Box Offices, Other Music, and all Ticketmaster locations."

Wierd Records

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

WZBC - Playlist - March 28 2008 - "Off the Cuff"

"off the cuff" (NCP) with George 03.28.2008 07:00PM to 10:00PM

07:00PM The Field "over the ice" from "From Here We Go Sublime" (CD) on Kompakt
07:04PM Air Liquide "if there was no gravity" from "Red" (CD) on sm:)e records
07:08PM Bertuf "Nebulon Number 3 (remixed by Margo)" from "Goom Tracks Vol 2" on Gooom Disques
07:12PM Arbol "01_29" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
07:13PM Arbol "my life is full of rivers and mountains" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
07:22PM Cluster "avanti" from "Grosses Wasser" (LP) on Sky
07:23PM David Sylvian "Pollen Path" from "Dead Bees on A Cake" (CD) on Virgin
07:29PM Our Sleepless Forest "Nomads" from "The Wire Tapper 19" on Wire
07:33PM DDamage "Boggle" from "Active Suspension vs Clapping Music"
07:36PM Eglantine Gouzy & Landini "L.A." from "Monika Barchen: Songs for Bruno, Knut & Tom" on Monika Enterprise
07:40PM Snorkel "The Conversation (Edit)" from "The Wire Tapper 19"
07:43PM Ghislain Poirier "It's a War War War" from "No Ground Under" (CD) on Ninja Tune
07:48PM Adrian Sherwood "two versions of the future" from "becoming a cliche" on Real World
07:52PM Desormais "broken images and packets of light" from "Iambrokenandremadeiambroken..." (CD) on intr_version
07:57PM Nico Muhly "Mothertongue - Section 2" from "The Wire Tapper 19"
08:04PM Robert Lippok "The heart of Nuut picked by the Crows of Neu Koeln" from "Monika Barchen: songs for bruno, knut & tom" on Monika Enterprise
08:08PM Robert Wyatt "A Beautiful Peace" from "Comicopera" (CD) on Domino
08:09PM Dislocation Dance "San Michelle" from "Midnight Shift"
08:14PM Kaffe Matthews "Man Being Butterflies (extract)" from "The Wire Tapper 19"
08:17PM Gabrielle Lazure "Children's Tale" from "From Brussels With Love" on Les Disques Du Crepuscule
08:20PM Dorit Chrysler "Sweden" from "Monika Barchen: Songs for Bruno, Knut & Tom" on Monika Enterprise
08:24PM Illusion of Safety "Wherewithall (For Lauren)" from "The Wire Tapper 19"
08:37PM Arbol "you travelled my heart inside out" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
08:38PM Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkila "Engineer Strepetov's Curve (live excerpt)" from "The Wire Tapper 19"
08:39PM Gudrun Gut "Monika in Polen" from "Monika Barchen: songs for bruno, knut & tom" on Monika Enterprise
08:44PM Signal "wismut" from "Robotron" (CD) on Raster-noton
08:50PM Funkstorung "I want some fun (w Jay-Jay Johanson)" from "ViceVersa" on !K7
08:57PM Mark Van Hoen "Dark Roads" from "the warmth inside you" on Very Friendly
09:02PM Arbol "nomi" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
09:07PM July Skies "Branch Line Summers Fade" from "The Weather Clock" (CD)
09:12PM July Skies "Girl on the Hill" from "The Weather Clock" (CD)
09:16PM July Skies "See Britain By Train" from "The Weather Clock" (CD)
09:19PM Lars Akerlund "Volt (Extract)" from "The Wire Tapper 19"
09:22PM Martial Canterel "Listener Dead" from "Refuge Underneath" on Wierd Records
09:29PM Cluster "Grosses Wasser" from "Grosses Wasser" (LP) on Sky
09:48PM Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie "Snowfall" from "Music from the Film Mysterious Skin"
09:54PM Murmur "Description of the Between" from "Fermata" (CD) on Backporch Revolution

playlist for absent friends (wzbc - March 21 2008)

Fri Mar 21st 2008 7.00pm–10.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music.
Like everything else, times are approximate. Spinitron and this station are not liable for errors or omissions.
7:06PM Biosphere “Spring Fever” from Touch 25 CD COMP (Touch www.touchmusic.org.uk)
7:10PM Arbol “you travelled my heart inside out” (Lejos Discos 2008)
7:17PM Luke Haines “Rock 'n' roll communique No 1” from The Oliver Twist Manifesto
7:19PM Luke Haines “Oliver Twist” from The Oliver Twist Manifesto
7:22PM Luke Haines “Death of Sarah Lucas” from The Oliver Twist Manifesto
7:26PM Luke Haines “never work” from The Oliver Twist Manifesto
7:27PM Pan Sonic “Slovakian Rauta” from Touch 25 CD COMP (Touch www.touchmusic.org.uk 2006)
7:33PM The Durutti Column “Woman” from Someone Else's Party (Artful www.beggars.com)
7:41PM Robert Lippok “The Heart of Nuut picked by the Crows of New Koeln” from Monika Barchen: songs for bruno, knut & tom (Monika Enterprise www.m-enterprise.de)
7:49PM Arthur Russell “Keeping Up” from Another Thought (Point Music)
7:51PM Ghislain Poirier “Diaspora” from No Ground Under CD ALBUM (Ninja Tune)
7:55PM Adrian Sherwood “two versions of the future” from becoming a cliche (Real World 2006)
7:57PM Brian Eno “This” from Another Day on Earth CD ALBUM
8:04PM Gudrun Gut “Monika in Polen” from Monika Barchen: songs for bruno, knut & tom (Monika Enterprise www.m-enterprise.de 2007)
8:08PM David Fenech “le bruit des grenouilles” from Compilation BLOKHITON (UBIK)
8:14PM David Grubbs “show me who to love (live)” from (K-RAA-K)3 Festival 2002 CD COMP ((K-RAA-K)3 www.kraak.net 2002)
8:17PM July Skies “Branch Line Summers Fade” from The Weather Clock CD ALBUM
8:18PM July Skies “Girl On The Hill” from The Weather Clock CD ALBUM
8:22PM July Skies “See Britain By Train” from The Weather Clock CD ALBUM
8:27PM Purple Confusion “Return to Nassau” from the sound of the atom splitting CD ALBUM (Gooom www.gooomdisques.com 2002)

8:30PM Martial Canterel “Vichy Girls” from Views Beyond The City Walls (Tarantulla 2007)
8:33PM Vitesse “the saddest day” from A Certain Hostility (Parasol 1999)

8:37PM Arbol “nomi” from you travelled my heart inside out (Lejos Discos 2008)
8:41PM Infantjoy “Ghosts” from With (2006)
8:44PM Gnac “The Arrival of the Fog” (LTM www.ltmpub.freeserve.co.uk/ltmhome.html 2007)
8:50PM Tuxedomoon “Litebulb Overkill” from Desire CD ALBUM (Ralph 1981)
8:53PM Barbara Morgenstern “Wilderness” from Monika Barchen: songs for bruno, knut & tom
8:59PM Robert Wyatt “Stay Tuned” from Comicopera CD ALBUM (Domino www.dominorecordco.com 2007)
9:02PM Food “red algae” from Molecular Gastronomy CD ALBUM (Rune Grammofon www.runegrammofon.com 2008)
9:15PM Tara Jane O'Neil “This Morning” from in the sun lines CD ALBUM (Quarterstick 2001)
9:18PM The Durutti Column “Please Let Me Sleep” from IDIOT SAVANTS (fullfill 2007)
9:24PM Nine Horses “birds sing for their lives” from Money For All (samadhisound www.samadhisound.com 2006)
9:31PM Mark Van Hoen “Real Love” from Playing with Time CD ALBUM (Apollo 1998)
9:39PM Wim Mertens “multiple 12” from The Fruit of The Original Sin (Crepescule)
9:48PM Desormais “broken images and packets of light” from Iambrokenandremadeiambroken... CD ALBUM (intr_version www.intr-version.com 2003)
9:53PM Dissolve “Sunflower Search Engine” from Third Album for the Sun CD ALBUM (Kranky www.kranky.net 1997)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Steve Is Not Happy --

with respect to Scott McLemee's post.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

off for a day of film in Cambridge

On this blustery day I intend to go for a walk about.

From noon on the Boston Underground Film Festival takes over Harvard Square.
I hope to see a large portion of today's films.

I'll let you know.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tim Haslett RIP

Tim was one of the most knowledgeable and passionate people I have known. He was a very friendly guy, never pretentious and consistently hilarious. He will be missed deeply.

David Day's piece on Tim in the Weekly Dig.
From MSU State News -- Obituary.
A good post at moodmat, one on mudd up!, sQuare Productions, there is also a tribute as detailed on wayneandwax at the Enormous Room.

"Monday night, March 24, 9pm-1am, music in the spirit of Tim.
If you’re a local DJ type who knew him, come on out and bring a few rekkids Tim woulda liked.
Beat Research
Mondays at the Enormous Room with residents DJ Flack and Wayne and Wax
567 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
9pm to 1am, 21 plus, Free"

A few of Tim's Pazz and Jop lists on the Village Voice site from 2000 , 2002, 2003, 2004
I'd nearly forgotten how much he loved the Pernice Brothers.

There will be a memorial service Friday, March 21st at the Friends Meeting, 5 Long Fellow Park (off Brattle, near Harvard Square) at 3PM.

There has been too much death about lately. I wish it would stop.

audio tributes start tonight after 5pm on wzbc and Brian Coleman is coming in to do a special show on wzbc from 5-7pm this coming Monday, March 24, 2008.

UPDATE: Benny Blanco's blog has some Hardwired shows archived in his entry about Tim.

the greatest threat to music today

What's the greatest threat to music today?

Radio. Stations only play a tiny fraction of the music that's out there. If they would just open their doors and let all DJs choose their own records, it would encourage musicians to be more inventive.

-- Gary Numan, as interviewed by Laura Barnett in the Guardian UK yesterday.

100% agreement on this one-- luckily i have a show at one of the few radio stations in the United States that lets the DJs do just that. Non Commercial Radio is the only way to go.

Monday, March 17, 2008

new Durutti Column album "sunlight to blue...blue to blackness"

I just noticed Dave Simpson's piece in the Guardian UK's music blogs. Further down in the comments is this link to Hello Citizen blog featuring the attached artwork of the new Durutti Column album. I'd heard about it about a month ago but haven't seen the artwork until now. I think its brilliant, reminiscent of some of Ralph Gibson's work, real high contrast black and white photography. That said, i can't wait to hear the new album. A preview of the tracklisting can be found on the Kooky Disc site.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

July Skies - radio - tomorrow night

Tomorrow night from 7-10pm EST (19:00 - 22:00), I finally get my radio show back after a month's absence.

I will devote the second hour of my show to the work of July Skies, especially the new album, The Weather Clock, and The Weather Clock (EP).

Stay Tuned.

Monday, March 10, 2008

the gift she gave to me

the gift she gave to me - its often difficult for me to think of something harder, something explicit and concrete, anyone who has followed my whereabouts for any period of time is all too aware of this. its all sight, all touch, all sense-impressions mixed with abstract thought-- the love of the idea over the reality. the manner in which one frames an event, no matter how ridiculous. as long as it has an over arching purpose, or is explicitly the opposite, strangely all surface, it somehow keeps my interest, it goes beyond any kind of rational inquiry. oh, how i wish it would warm up a bit, so i could go for a long walk without freezing, so i wouldn't feel so housebound all the time. the inquiry continues: i answer with my petty troubles, my upset, my sweet discontent. i keep my body within a certain degree of control, that is my ambition anyway- it probably is as far from the truth as possible. my mind goes away again dreaming. a few moments ago, as I was walking home, i wondered about nostalgia, and whether it is by definition somewhat sugar coated, my inclination is to say no, that would be too sentimental, too kitsch. nostalgia can have an endearing harsher edge. i try to remember the good times, but too often sadness is mixed with joy, too often what i wish for nearly comes true. i can sense when something isn't entirely right, or when it will meet my expectations up to a point. i know i shouldn't force the issue but there are times when, well times when i feel i need to push it just to get answers, just to learn, how to plan my next move, when to persist and when to sit and wait. i am reminded of the silent, color 8mm bits of Alain Tanner's "Dans la ville blanche" (In the white city)-- what a beautiful film.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Rainy Days in New England

I've been listening to the brilliance that is the new July Skies album, The Weather Clock, for the past week and a half. This isn't really a proper review by any means, as I have some work to attend to but can't do much of anything until the disc is over-- its too compelling somehow. At the moment, I could listen to the track "the Girl on the Hill" over and over and over again. It comes at the right point in the album (being track three) it is quite a gift to the listener. As I haven't been doing radio for the past month, I've been lucky enough to see some good friends occasionally. In the meantime, I've spent it reading, listening to music and watching some British tv. Programs I grew up with, like Death of an Expert Witness, the PD James story, with Roy Marsden as Adam Dalgliesh.

The disc is over now. I have to run some errands before the rain starts again.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

parle moi...j'ai des choses a te dire

and so i wait and i wonder what might happen next. the feeling of distance overwhelms me. i make time by reading and exploring media-- its no excuse for pure experience. i am encouraged by this somewhat, considering the snow outside, the presence of words, the way she crafts a sentence or a tilt of her head. perhaps i finish books too fast-- i have to start another-- this inbetween time, when i'm not reading or focussing on something is too dangerous. i stop to wonder and think-- blurring the lines of common sense. letting my essence go for once-- out there, in the sunlight, taking a walk wondering when she might arrive again. current projects, apart from music reviews, include finishing "watching wildlife" by Cynthia Chris, starting "rogue male" by Geoffrey Household, starting a viewing of "Life on Earth" by David Attenborough, reconnecting with the world again. there are so few people i really want to see now-- and those i do live away from here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

the girl on the hill

Its already warming up out there. To the ones i think about every day- the ones who are filled with a bright light in their eyes. I wish things weren't so crowded here. I live in more of a a warehouse than a room at the moment-- at least that's what it feels like. I've got to run off now, walking to my next destination. The struggle for pleasure continues.

Also of note:

I'll talk more about these soon-- as I'm a bit pressed for time at the moment;

ARBOL "You travelled my heart inside out" (lejos discos)

and this just in:

JULY SKIES - "The Weather Clock" along with "The Weather Clock (EP)" both on (Make Mine Music)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

keeping up

i'm looking at a set of books, some i've purchased recently some that have been here for a while. i'm working my way through them one (sometimes two) by one. lately, i've been keeping myself informed on more topical things before delving into the specific. I heard the Berlin Film Festival wasn't all that hot. I've made a note about Suzie Templeton's animated version of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" appearing on PBS. I suppose I've been content to watch various world cinema at home and read. Its not that the cold has been excessively prohibitive, its more that I have been less motivated to go out and see people (with a few special exceptions). What does the future hold? More travel probably, less clutter, more open space.

(this is the best i can do without a good cup of strong coffee)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

the music of Karheinz Stockhausen this Friday Night on WZBC from 6-10pm

This Friday night I am not doing my radio show.

That said, my friend, John Straub, is using this opportunity to provide you with

From John's e-mail:


I will be programming a 4-hour radio special on the music of Karlheinz

I can't really see very many people wanting to listen to this many
different Stockhausen pieces in a row for 4 straight hours. I am
sending this program so people can "pick their battles" if interested.

I'm concentrating on his recordings from the 1960's, with just a
couple earlier pieces from the '50's and one later piece from the

6:00: I'm going to start with a 23-minute excerpt from Kurzwellen,
recorded in 1969. This is a personal favorite. Stockhausen's own
liner notes for the recording also put the piece into context by
looking back at a few of his earlier pieces that I'll also be
featuring, so I thought I'd read some of those notes as an

~6:30: Gesang der Junglinge (1956) An early classic mixing synthetic
sounds with the recording of a boy's voice singing a Biblical passage,
"Chant of the Adolescents in the Fiery Furnace"

~6:45: Kontakte (1958-1960) - piano & percussion playing along with
pre-recorded sounds on tape. I'll play the 1st 12 minutes.

~7:00: Momente (1962-1964) Side 1 of the mid-60's vinyl release on
Nonesuch. A cantata for soprano, choir, brass, percussion and
electric organs. A lot of commentators emphasize how this piece was
about "existence in the moment and ignoring the past," which is seen
as a hallmark of Stockhausen's most famous work.

~7:30: Mixture (1964): Electronics with Orchestra. I'll play the 2nd
half of this piece which is a mirror image of itself.

Stockhausen spent a lot of time in Japan in 1966, which had a big
influence on his late '60's work. The next few things tend to be less
complex and seem to be striving towards some kind of electronic world

~8:00: Telemusik (1966)

~8:20: Hymnen (1966-1967) - Electronic stew of various national anthems.

~8:30: Holger Czukay's "Boat Woman Song". This was my introduction to
Stockhausen. Czukay was a student of Stockhausen's in the early 60's
before he co-founded Can in 1968. This early solo recording from 1968
mixes shortwave radio signals from all over the world and recordings
of traditional Vietnamese and Cambodian singing. Obviously influenced
by Stockhausen's "electronic world music" especially Kurzwellen (Short
Waves). My interest in Can led me to this beautiful solo recording,
which led me to Stockhausen's Kurzwellen.

~8:40 Kurzwellen (1968) Here I'm going to play an excerpt from the 2nd
half of a 1968 recording. I will open the show at 6:00 with the first
half of a 1969 recording of the same piece. Performance of the piece
involves musicians responding to random short wave radio broadcasts.
The same timpani motif (a BBC station ID) happened to come over the
shortwaves during these two different performances. The different
reactions by the musicians to that identical stimulus is something
that intrigued Stockhausen about these two recordings of Kurzwellen.

~9:05: Helicopter String Quartet (1995) - Beginning in 1977,
Stockhausen spent most the rest of his life working on a 7-part
operatic opus called Licht. The 7 parts corresponded to the 7 days of
the week. Wednesday was one of the last pieces he completed in the
mid-1990's. His Helicopter String Quartet is part of that piece of
Licht. The Helicopter String Quartet involves each member of a string
quartet playing in a different helicopter with independent flight
paths. The musicians stay synchronized by wearing headphones in which
they all hear the same click track. The 1995 premier was performed by
the Arditti String Quartet. Here's a YouTube clip of a 2003


~9:35: Talk about Stockhausen's controversial quote on September 16,
2001. The excerpt from the quote that stirred up the controversy was
that the 9/11 attacks were, "... the greatest work of art that exists
for the whole Cosmos."

I will read the full quote and discuss the context.

~9:45: I will sign off and play an excerpt of the new recording of
Stimung (1968).

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Paul Hockenos on Joschka Fischer at CES Tonight - 5pm

Tonight at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

5:00 PM - 6:45 PM, Guido Goldman Room

"Back to the Barricades: Germany's Raging Debate About 1968"

Paul Hockenos, Political Analyst and Author of "Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic: An Alternative History of Postwar Germany" (recently published by Oxford University Press) (reviewed by Anson Rabinbach in the Nation here.)
Paul Hockenos' piece: "Left Behind: Romanticizing Germany's urban guerillas" in November/December 2007 issue of Boston Review here.

CES Special Event, co-sponsored by the American Council on Germany

Reception to follow.

Contact: Jason Beerman
Email: beerman@fas.harvard.edu

Friday, February 08, 2008

Berlinale 2008 - February 7-17, 2008

The Berlin International Forum of New Cinema just kicked off yesterday. Ekkehard Knörer recently published a good review of what is on the menu this year. A couple of films of note are Erick Zonca's "Julia" (director of "the Dreamlife of Angels", his new film stars Tilda Swinton), and Mike Leigh's new film "Happy-Go-Lucky".
Also of note is Isabella Rossellini's Green Pornos, exposing her fascination with entomology.

NOTE: Der Spiegel has an excellent section on the Festival.

NOTE: Good video on some of the smaller films on the IHT site.
Plus this roundup by Dennis Lim can be found there as well.

(to be updated)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

NCP I from February 1, 2008 WZBC - playlist

"off the cuff" (NCP) with George 02.01.2008 07:00PM to 10:00PM

07:09PM Colleen "blue sands" from "les ondes silencieuses" (CD) on Leaf
07:14PM Tara Jane O'Neil "The Winds You Came Here On" from "In the Sun Lines" (CD) on Quarterstick
07:20PM The Durutti Column "Messidor" from "Live in Bruxelles 13 August 1981" on LTM
07:22PM Tuxedomoon "III (April in Afghanistan) prototype of Crash 78" from "LOST CORDS" on Cramboy
07:30PM Felt "Evergreen Dazed" from "Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty" (LP) on Cherry Red
07:36PM Arbol "you travelled my heart inside out" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
07:42PM Arbol "nomi" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
07:46PM Arbol "avio" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
07:52PM Arbol "01_29" from "you travelled my heart inside out" on Lejos Discos
07:54PM July Skies "Garden Constellations" from "Dreaming of Spires" (CD) on Rocket Girl
07:59PM Gnac "The Arrival of the Fog" from "The Arrival of the Fog" on LTM
08:08PM Robert Wyatt "Stay Tuned" from "Comicopera" (CD) on Domino
08:08PM Gudrun Gut "Pleasuretrain" from "I Put A Record On" (CD) on Monika Enterprise
08:14PM Food "red algae" from "Molecular Gastronomy" (CD) on Rune Grammofon
08:19PM Band Apart "O My Beautiful Song" from "EP" (LP) on Crammed Discs
08:24PM Nine Horses "birds sing for their lives" from "Money For All" on samadhisound
08:34PM Martial Canterel "Foreign Birthplace" from "Refuge Underneath" on Wierd Records
08:37PM The Honeymoon Killers "histoire a suivre" from "Les Tueurs de la Lune de Miel" (CD) on Crammed Discs
08:41PM Martial Canterel "Ascent" from "confusing outsides" (LP) on genetic music
08:44PM Martial Canterel "Hausmann" from "Refuge Underneath" on Wierd Records
08:49PM Prothese "Tumeurs" from "B9 BIS (Belgian Cold Wave 1979-1983)" on LTM
08:54PM Martial Canterel "Vichy Girls" from "Views Beyond The City Walls" on Tarantulla
09:00PM Fennesz Sakamoto "trace" from "Cendre" (CD) on touch music
09:05PM Fripp & Eno "Ringing Beat" from "Beyond Even (1992-2006)" on Opal Ltd
09:13PM Steven Brown "This Land" from "Decade" on LTM
09:14PM Seefeel "charlotte's mouth (avant garde mix)" from "quique (redux)" (CD) on Too Pure
09:16PM Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie "Snowfall" from "Music from the Film Mysterious Skin"
09:23PM The Vertical Smile) "a return to satisfy (opium tears mix)" from "Tell Tale Signs of Earworm" on Earworm
09:29PM The Sound "Winter" from "shock of daylight" (CD) on renascent
09:34PM Richard Pinhas "Iceland" from "So Young But So Cold" (CD) on Tigersushi
09:45PM Gavin Bryars, Alter Ego, & Philip Jeck "The Sinking of the Titanic (excerpt)" from "The Sinking Of The Titanic" on Touch

Friday, February 01, 2008

Haven't we been dreaming long enough?

Tonight from 19:00-22:00 EST -- I'll be on the air at WZBC 90.3fm - wzbc.org for listening details.

I've got the new Arbol disc "You traveled my heart inside out" and some of Martial Canterel's backcatalogue among other items.

like that Band Apart song...

Stay tuned.

Friday, January 18, 2008

my voice, uh! - wzbc radio NCP 1 tonight

I'll be on the air tonight from 19:00-22:00 EST

My voice is extremely hoarse as I have a cold or some related illness.

Please bear with me. Expect longer tracks and possible live sets.

That is all.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Janko Raven

Since I've been slightly preoccupied lately, here is a special treat.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Chantal Akerman: Moving through Time and Space

Chantal Akerman: Moving through Time and Space
19 Jan—29 Mar 2008
In her first major US museum exhibition, Belgian-born artist Chantal Akerman presents five multimedia video installations dating from 1993 to the present. Best known for her politically charged pieces, the exhibition brings together D'Est, 1993, De l'Autre Côté, 2002, Sud, 1999, Là-Bas, 2006, and a new work created in Siberia especially for the exhibition. After its premiere in Houston, the show travels to the M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (1 May-6 July), the Miami Art Museum (16 October-18 January 2009) and the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (8 May-2 August 2009). Categories: Contemporary Video & New Media Contemporary (1970-present)

University of Houston, 120 Fine Arts Building 77204 - 40
+1 713 743 9530

(Information provided by: The Art Newspaper.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year! (reflections on the double)

A new day begins today.

But first, a moment for the past:

Recently, I finished reading The Memory Wars by Frederick Crews, which essentially dismantles the whole Freudian edifice and the 'recovered memory' movement. My head was buzzing with latent disgust with the whole Freudian project. Then I saw Francis Ford Coppola's version of Mircea Eliade's "Youth Without Youth". The film is, on the whole, pretty good. It is very faithful to the novel. However, by the same token, I wonder why would anyone want to make a film of this book. The book seems to be steeped in the application of Freudian theory (to some extent) to language. This is evidenced in the main character's project of recovery of the origins of language. The film also enlists the aid of a double. There are entire scenes where the main character (well played by Tim Roth) holds entire conversations with himself. This notion of the double or doppelgänger is reminiscent of Vladimir Nabokov's Despair, (or of Edgar Allen Poe's story "William Willson" which was filmed by Louis Malle amongst others) which was elegantly brought to the screen by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. These are just a few examples of the double in film and literature that I can think of at the moment. They are not without merit, however, in the case of "Youth Without Youth" they add another layer to the general impression that the director is going-for-broke obscurity. Prior to seeing the film, I read the novel and was prepared for the story. On the other hand, If I neglected to do so, I might have been a bit lost or at the very least would have left the film feeling I might have got more out of it had I read the book.