Recovery. A Remix.

Syllabication: re·cov·er·y
Pronunciation: [ri-KUH-vuh-ree]
Part of Speech: noun

Selected Definitions
1. a return to a state of normalcy, in health, mind, strength or other tangible concerns.
“signs of recovery in the housing market”
synonyms: recuperation, convalescence
antonyms: relapse, deterioration

2. the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
“a team of salvage experts to ensure the recovery of family possessions”
synonyms: reclamation, redemption
antonyms: collapse, decline

The next few installments of Jukebox Heart will be concerned with the concept of Recovery. Each of us deals with recovery in one form or another throughout the majority of our lives; in health, wealth, and other things less tangible. Sometimes the process of recovery is so trivial that our bodies do all the work for us and we hardly notice. Other times, this process can be so comprehensive that it consumes all of our resources without any guarantee of success.

We begin this series on Jukebox Heart with selections from the long out of print and now highly sought after anthology aptly entitled “Recovery”. This is a boxed set of ten 7-inch singles, released in 2008 in a limited run of 500 sets on the Fractured Recordings imprint. Twenty artists were commissioned to select a song from the past that had great personal significance to each of them and create an interpretation of that song in the style in which they have built their reputations and repertoires.

Of the twenty sides contained within Recovery, three were chosen for presentation here. The three artists whose sides were selected represent the artists with the most personal significance to me, as I struggle through my own jungle of Recovery…


Click here for BJ Nilsen


BJNilsen (b.1975, Sweden) is a sound and recording artist who since the early 90’s has been putting out work in various constellations. His music is primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans. He employs field recordings, often electronically treated, and in his work explores the perception of time and space as experienced through sound. His selection here is a wildly out of character sucker punch version of Joy Division’s Heart And Soul from which he strips all but the faintest whispers of text and context but recovers the urgency and rage of the original while creating a stomping dancefloor classic.

Selected Discography

(1999) North (Ash International)
(2000) Wood c/w Bridge/Field (Ash International)
(2001) Wind in collaboration with Chris Watson (Ash International)
(2003) Land (Touch)
(2006) “Sov Gott” appears on a split 12″ with Milan Sandbleistift (Licht-Ung)
(2007) The Short Night (Touch)
(2009) Man From Deep River in collaboration with Stilluppsteypa (Editions Mego)
(2010) The Invisible City (Touch)
(2010) Draught #1 cassette (Ash International)


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Austrian guitarist, composer, and electronic musician Christian Fennesz is recognized as a key figure and one of the most distinctive voices of electronic music today. His wide international reputation has been consolidated through his substantial contribution to new musical expression. The emphasis on the guitar texture and the burying of pop melodies under layers of effects are common features of Fennesz’s music. Ultimately, this is something that can be traced to the various Fripp & Eno collaborations of the 1970s; and the early guitar synthesis work of Chuck Hammer who recorded with Lou Reed and David Bowie. Also, the music of the Beach Boys has had an influence on Fennesz, as revealed by his cover of “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)” on the Plays EP. The Beach Boys influence is mentioned in a Pitchforkmedia interview, in relation to the album title, cover art, and melodic emphasis of his Endless Summer LP. His dissecton and recombination of this A-Ha anthem makes perfect sense, then, in the context of this discussion.

Selected Discography:

(1997) Hotel Paral.lel (Mego)
(1999) Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56′ 37″ Minus Sixteen Degrees 51′ 08″ (Touch)
(2001) Endless Summer (Mego)
(2004) Venice (Touch)
(2008) Black Sea (Touch)
(2010) Szampler (Tapeworm)
(2014) “Bécs” (Editions Mego)


Click here for Ryoji Ikeda


Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese sound artist who lives and works in Paris. Ikeda’s music is concerned primarily with sound in a variety of “raw” states, such as sine tones and noise, often using frequencies at the edges of the range of human hearing. The conclusion of his album +/- features just such a tone; of it, Ikeda says “a high frequency sound is used that the listener becomes aware of only upon its disappearance” (from the CD booklet). Rhythmically, Ikeda’s music is highly imaginative, exploiting beat patterns and, at times, using a variety of discrete tones and noise to create the semblance of a drum machine. His work also encroaches on the world of ambient music; many tracks on his albums are concerned with slowly evolving soundscapes, with little or no sense of pulse.

Selected Discography:

(1997) +/- (Touch)
(1998) 0°C (Touch)
(1999) 99 [for 20′ to 2000] (Raster-Noton)
(2001} Cyclo. (with Carsten Nicolai; Raster-Noton)
(2010) Dataphonics (Dis Voir)
(2013) Supercodex (Raster-Noton)

Bloggerhood Update

BBW_saxmanAdding another link to the Jukebox Heart bloggerhood. BeBop Wino is a terrific site focusing on “Honkers and Screamers, Be-Boppers and Doowoppers, Rockers, Rollers and Boogie Woogie Jukebox Chicks”. It provides a huge supply of downloads for postwar blues, doo wop and rhythm & blues. The downloads are supplemented by richly detailed information about the artists, the tracks, the sessions and just everything, including references for additional recordings for you to hunt out.

I discovered it after I landed a beat up copy of the original Aladdin pressing of The Best of The Five Keys. I googled the album and the first link that came up was to the BeBopWino blog describing the album. A little more cruising through the blog and it was obvious we had to link to it.

If you are a fan of this fine mid-20th century music, then add this to your list of must-reads.

Recovering long forgotten music…

Cover for Neon LP In yesterday’s Blogroll post, I mentioned some old blogs that are no longer active and have been deleted from the blogroll. I also mentioned some new additions.

For today, I saved the discussion for those blogs whose owners are burnt out on blogging, or whom, for other reasons, are no longer adding content.

One such site is No Longer Forgotten Music, who have been posting some of the BEST long-lost music on the site for years. I recently logged in to find the dreaded “Final Entry” notice, and noticed that a lot of the links were no longer functional. As it turns out, NLFM are not taking any of their links down, but many of them are on shared service sites that no longer operate.

Jukebox Heart has been in contact with No Longer Forgotten Music, and they have agreed to let us post the links that no longer work there. So, I’ll be feverishly researching his site for the broken links, and will be bringing them to you here on Jukebox Heart. Jukebox Heart is very grateful to No Longer Forgotten Music for allowing us to bring this music to you.

The first item I’m sharing here with you is the album by Neon, “A Day In The Land of Lost Horizons”. From the NLFM website: Neon were a four piece band from Eindhoven, The Netherlands, who, as far as I know only recorded this 12″, one of the two releases on Subdivision, a side label of Torso. The other one, by Phantom Limb, was posted by Phoenix Hairpins a while back. Music that is a bit lighter than Joy Division, and sounded like The Cure area ‘Seventeen Seconds’.

Here is a sample track.

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The Bloggerhood

Anyone who has ever run a blog, especially individual personal blogs, understands just what a love/hate relationship it is. You love getting your ideas across, you love exposing others to things YOU love, you love designing and redesigning your site, and you love feedback. You hate the fact that in order to make it happen requires work. A LOT of it. And it has to be consistent, because you can be forgotten about in a moment.

It’s no surprise that after a length of time doing it, individuals become discourage, lose interest or life itself just gets in the way and the fervor dies, and the new postings stop. Before long, entering the URL results in the sadness of seeing a “This Site Available!” ad with no forwarding address. Ugh.

So, it was time for Jukebox Heart to review our Bloggerhood – Who’s still here and who’s moved on. Who’s new, and who’s not so new but new to you.

Sadly, we say goodbye to Dick Destiny, IMotorAway, Little Hits, OxPopuli and Pehr. Pehr is especially painful because when they were in existence, they were also a wonderful independent label producing really great CDs.

I’ve added several others whose offerings will make you very happy. Welcome our new friends by clicking on the Bloggerhood menu in the sidebar at right and visiting our new friends and downloading something already! Welcome Ad Nauseum, Kapotte Muziek, Nostalgie de la Boue, and The Thing On Your Doorstep. As always, let me know if a link stops working, or if you have a great one you think should be on my list.

Jukebox Heart 25: Impact and Exhale

The most recent podcast from Jukebox Heart is presented to you here in two parts, Impact, and Exhale. You can read about each below, and listen to the full mix of the playlist shown after the text. Just click the arrow and music should begin to play. You will need Flash for the players to work.

Each of these podcast segments was debuted on my Jukebox Heart program on WZBC on July 4, 2013. Listen live every Thursday night from 10 PM to 1 AM Eastern Time. In Boston, over the air at 90.3 FM, worldwide streaming via

Jukebox Heart 25 Part 1: Impact


Once you were a normal human being. But your rapid ascension changed all of that. Your status as Lord of the World, leader of the Department of the Planetary Christ, is unchallenged. You have grown into a ghostly amazon, a dense and heavy metal, fast as mercury, solid yet viscous, flowing freely but shaped by what ultimately must contain you. You are lost along the highway that runs the entire length of the coast. You have no idea where you are, but you never lose sight of the sea. Your senses are guided by rockets flying just above the horizon. The final and essential result is the prediction of the angle of approach, which, until now, was not possible given your constraints. These inelastic boundaries damage you with each encounter. Impact and exhale, You push until he breaks; his defenses lowered, his flesh yielding to your will, finally allowing penetration. Five, ten, fifteen seconds, it’s over. Far from the established route. These newly discovered apocryphal gospels tell you everything you need to know.

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1 Actress – Ascending (R. I. P., Honest John’s CD, 2012)
2 Aeroc – Mahy (Viscous Solid, Ghostly International CD, 2004)
3 Adrien75 – Highway One South (Coastel Acces, Source Records CD, 2002)
4 Alog – Exit Virtuoso (Amateur, Rune Grammofon CD, 2007)
5 Alternative 3 – Rockets in a Beautiful Sky (Alternative 3, Lo Recordings CD, 2003)
6 Rupert Huber – 60x5sec (Open Air Radiotopia, Staubgold CD, 2002)
7 Altar Eagle – Breakdown (Mechanical Gardens, Type CD, 2010)
8 African Head Charge – Some Bizarre (Off the Beaten Track, On U CD, 1986)
9 23 skidoo – The Gospel Comes to New Guinea (The The Gospel Comes to New Guinea, Fetish CD, 1981)

Jukebox Heart 25 Part 2: Exhale


It’s not an adventure if things go according to plan. But then you ran out of money and you ran out of gas and then you ran out of hope in southwest Texas. You found a place that would give you a bed, and it was lucky for you that you still had your looks, because all you had to do in exchange was to swallow every night. Sometimes it was more than just the clerk. Sometimes it seemed like the whole damn town. Where is your lordship status now? Each bit of you that he takes brings you closer to nothing – the nothing that you were in lower Manhattan, on Pier 48, where your hands graced the sleek, cold wrought iron rails until streaks of morning sunlight poured in through the broken, painted windows. There must have been a hundred names, an alias for each new vision. You’d dream them up in the washroom near the fountain, or in the backs of vacant trucks. Anything not to reveal your true self. Exhale and impact. You are numb as you march in the parade, on display and yet invisible to the masses and impervious to touch. Here is where the story ends. The hero gets the girl and the villain gets the boy. And it’s all on the net before you even get settled for the night. Your long westward voyage is complete, and your final salvation, lost. What is left to say.

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1 Adventure – Loredo (Adventure, Carpark CD, 2008)
2 ADULT. – Pressure Suit (Resuscitation, Ersatz Audio CD, 2001)
3 Alva Noto – Bit (Transspray, Raster-Noton CD, 2005)
4 AGF – leavingWITHhope (Westernization Completed, Orthlorng Musork CD, 2003)
5 Aarktica – Twilight Insecta (Bleeding Light, Darla CD, 2005)
6 Abecedarians – Spaghetti Western (AB-CD, Caroline CD, 1988)
7 Andy Stott – Numb (Luxury Problems, Modern Love CD, 2012)
8 Alsace-Lorraine – The Labour Day Parade (Through Small Windows, Darla CD, 2001)
9 Alias and Tarsier – Dr. C (Helamonster Remix) (Dr. C EP, Anticon CD, 2006)
10 Adventures in Stereo – Sister Hurricane (Adventures in Stereo, Underground Sounds CD, 1997)

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And if that diamond ring don’t shine: Incredibly Strange Bo Diddley cover…


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This came in a collection of 45s I recently picked up. If ever there was a “Golden Turkey”, it is this. An instant classic.

“Bo Diddley” is a rhythm and blues and rock and roll song first recorded and sung by Bo Diddley at the Universal Recording Studio in Chicago and released on the Chess Records subsidiary, Checker Records in 1955. It became an immediate hit single that stayed on the R&B charts for a total of 18 weeks, 2 of those weeks at #1, and seven more weeks than its flipside (the B-side, “I’m a Man”). It was the first recording to introduce African rhythms into rock and roll directly by using the patted juba beat. It was Bo Diddley’s first recording and his first hit single. The song is featured on many of Bo Diddley’s compilation albums including His Best.

In 2012 the A and B-side pair were added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings.

The song is rhythmically similar to hambone, a technique of dancing and slapping various parts of the body to create a rhythm and song. It is lyrically similar to the traditional lullaby “Hush Little Baby”. When Bo Diddley started playing with it, his electric guitar amplified the patted juba with his backup musicians on maracas and drums unifying the rhythm. This combination of rock and roll, African rhythms and sactified guitar chord shouts was a true innovation and is often called a Bo Diddley Beat.

He first titled his version “Uncle John” but before he recorded it, he changed the title to his own nickname Bo Diddly, with an “e” added to the song’s title and his professional name by one of the Chess brothers.

Other Cover Versions:

.Buddy Holly: Single by Buddy Holly from the album Reminiscing
B-side “It’s Not My Fault” Released 1963. Recorded 1956 and 1962 at Norman Petty Recording Studios in Clovis, New Mexico. Buddy Holly recorded the song in 1956, but it was not released until the LP Reminiscing in 1963 and later became a single release. Buddy Holly on vocals/guitar and Jerry Allison on drums recorded “Bo Diddley” at one of their earliest sessions with producer/engineer Norman Petty at his recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico sometime in 1956. In 1962 Norman Petty overdubbed the demo of “Bo Diddley”, as well as others, with the Fireballs.

.The Shadows did a (vocal) cover version on the album Out of the Shadows (1962).

.It was also covered by The Animals in 1964.

.Bob Seger performed the song in a medley with Who Do You Love?, another Bo Diddley song, under the title “Bo Diddley.” The original studio recording, backed by Teegarden & Van Winkle, opens Seger’s 1972 album Smokin’ O.P.’s, and a live version with the Silver Bullet Band appears on his 1976 live album, Live Bullet.

.An energetic version by Janis Joplin is available on the 1999 box set Box of Pearls.

.More recently, steel guitar great Robert Randolph has covered the song at some of his live shows.

.The song was performed by a supergroup consisting of Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Little Walter on Super Blues in 1967.

.The Grateful Dead performed it with Bo Diddley himself at the Academy of Music in New York City, March 25, 1972. They went on to perform it by themselves, May 23, 1972 at the Strand Lyceum in London, England, the third to last show in their 1972 European tour. See the officially released Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead.

And in case you have never heard the original, here it is, played out on youtube on an original 78 RPM from 1955 on the Chess Records subsidiary, Checker Records.

The March

Finally. Hello again.

No excuses. has been inactive for far too long. We’ve been barely breathing in the background, maintaining the FM program and little by little redesigning the site to be a bit more user friendly. But you don’t care about that. Herewith is our first music entry in many, many months.

I’ve also been cleaning house at home and have come up with a few choice things to post here in the relaunch of I’ve had numerous requests for the material from this band, so I decided this would be the music to re-open

The band is The March, and they were active in the mid 1980s in Providence, Rhode Island. They gigged a lot in town at places like The Rocket, The Living Room and AS220. They were dark, decidedly postpunk, and definitely fans of Joy Division with songs patterned after Atrocity Exhibition and Interzone.


The March – “Otherself” cassette, plus three live performances

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The March – Ten Song Demo

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I was friends with Eric Moffat, lead guitarist, until he left Providence for San Francisco in search of better musical tidings.

There is little, if any, information remaining about the band. They officially released one cassette, Otherself. But their impact on the live scene cannot be overstated. At the time, I was doing radio at WCUW in Worcester, and Eric ran off a special copy of Otherself for me, which included three live tracks, and that cassette is presented here in its entirety.

Additionally, Eric gave me the 10 Song Demo as shown in the photo, including studio versions of songs they played live. I believe these songs remain unreleased to this day, and even many who saw the band live and knew them in the local scene have never heard these studio versions. The track listing, if it ever existed at all, is long lost.

The mp3’s you will listen to have been culled from cassette tapes that are over 25 years old, and as such, have suffered some age degradation. I’ve restored them as much as possible, but they are still not perfect.

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Updates to Jukebox Heart

You may have noticed a change in the appearance of Jukebox Heart.

We were running a very old version of WordPress, and because of an attempt to hack the site, I had to update the site to the most recent version.

Unfortunately, the template I was using is not compatible with the current version of WordPress, and all of the custom mods I made for were lost. The video functionality and “Press to Play” archival radio program feature have been temporarily suspended until I can complete similar modifications to make them work in the current configuration. Meanwhile, our main posts are working just fine, so please continue to enjoy these podcasts.

FM Broadcasts: Walking With Our Hands In The Air

We are all friends here. We share how we feel and talk about how we can help each other. But you and I…this is different. You are the wind and I am the trees. I love to pass the days with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. This is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. When all is said and done, you are a part of me. Help me put an end to what is killing you. You dream while wide awake. Your actions are disconnected from your emotions and conscience. What then must be done?

When a man has purposed to make a given thing, and has brought it to perfection, his work will be pronounced perfect, not only by himself, but by everyone who rightly knows. Our experience is not unique. As the fates unfolded, your vision became clear. This is not your great jubilee. Nowhere may you find the silver or the gold once promised. Every word that is spoken here points to this one thing: that this humiliating age has not succeeded in winning our respect. We are lost in a city of poets where the rain is milk and the sunshine is wet paint upon the soul.

Your sin is hardly original, your every move calculated for the weight of its trangression. But what is it that is inherently wrong? You long for your days in Europe when you walked with your hands in the air as if to hold the hands of God. A world away, a lost reality. You make it up as you go along. But your history is too contrived to recall. Like repeated genetic mutations, its very core changes with every revision. The so-called facts are too erratic to even repeat.

Yours is a random sorcery, beautiful lies fabricated from the brutal truths of a former life. Fling open the windows and let the birds fly away. You have no way of knowing where they are going or if any of them will ever return. The salty air blankets you and eases the torture you feel as you watch them depart. You run and hide as the soldiers approach, but the field is thick with roots and weeds too dense to cross.

We are all friends here. Nothing is sacred. You are under constant surveillance. The right words will save your life.


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Originally aired on March 2, 2011 on 90.3 FM WZBC Newton
This is Jukebox Heart Podcast #23
2:51:24 | 160.69 MB


This week’s Jukebox Heart concentrated on the art of the compilation. Each track presented was culled from a compilation or anthology. Compilations are often maligned in the music press for reasons that have always confounded me, that being a lack of cohesiveness. By nature, compilations often feature a widely varying offering of sounds, often combining more than a dozen artists and styles. The real art of the compilation is making these styles come together in a way that has some kind of purpose that is not so arcane as to be completely missed. We featured classic compilations such as The Elephant Table Album and Fruit of the Original Sin, all the way through to current compilations on the WZBC playlist.



Z’ev “Untitled Excerpt” from QED LP (NL Centrum)
Andrew Lewis “Project One” LP ALBUM (Produkt Korps)
Nam Jun Paik “My Jubilee ist Unverhemmet” from Fluxus Anthology CD (Anthology 1995)
Richard Huelsenbeck “Inventing Dada” from Futurism & Dada Reviewed CD (Sub Rosa 1990)
Marcel Fengler “Shiraz” from FUNF CD (Ostgutton 2010) –
Swamp Children “Flesh” from Fruit of the Original Sin CD (Interphon 1981)
DokUMent “Hand In Hand” from The Oblique Collection LP (xxx 1983)
Frohliche Eiszeit “Realitat!/Die welt ist Die Mehreit/Machden in der Eisbar” from Main Herz Ist Rhein LP (WNP1980)
Konstruktivits “Andropov 84” from The Elephant Table Album CD (Xtract)
Spartan Lover “Sex With A Woman” from Skweee Tooth CD (Ramp)
Goodiepal “Mutate” from Cashier Escape Route CD (City Center Offices)
Wicked Witch “Erratic Behavior” from Chaos 1977-86 CD Anthology
Dark Arts “Egeria” from The October Country LP (Nate Starkman & Son)
Orphx “RND” from Teknoir CD (Hymen 1999)
De Fabriek “Chase 2000” from Strength LP (Azteco 1986)
Bernard Hermann “Prelude/outer space/radar” from Forbidden Planets CD (Chrome Dreams)
Vivenza “Bruitiste” LP (RRRecords)
DDAA “The Big Apes” from Let the Pigeons in LP
A Tent “No Way of Knowing” from Perspectves & Distorition LP (Cherry Red)
Ultra Banda “Salinity & Brine” from Twenty Centuries of Stoney Sleep CD (Rune Grammofon)
The Hafler trio “Blanket Level Approach” from The Fight Is On LP (L. A. Y. L. A. H.)
Nocturnal Emissions “Ancora Icone” from TRAX XTRA LP (Trax)
Death in June “The Torture Garden” from From Torture to Conscience LP (New European Recordings)
The Duruttii Column “Hare Hunter Field” CD (Johnny Blue)
Can “Sunday Jam” from The Grandfather Paradox CD (BBE 2009)

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FM Broadcast: Empty Anthems and Silent Cries

It was something I did not say. Here is what I mean. What I meant to say. I watch the clock. I wait for words that never come. He was so busy trying to figure everything out, he hadn’t noticed that time was running out. She scratched his face during the confrontation. He fell to the floor. His high endeavors are an inward light. He fell to the earth. Still I say nothing.

Do not be anxious. Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow is a drag, man. Tomorrow is a king-size bust. Stay up all night and watch one infomercial after another, with lonely-hearts ads for beautiful-people wishes. More beautiful than you will ever know. It’s free to try. It costs nothing to play. Low risk, high consequence. Send random texts to people on your friends list to see who else is up. You’re under the delusion that you are safer staying awake and you’ll do anything to avoid the silence.

It was something I did not say. This time the words well up inside. Stand your ground and keep your distance. Empty anthems and silent cries. My dreams are tortured silhouetes. More beautiful than you will ever know. The bed feels as cold as ice. And as I rise, I step on landmines. Here is what I meant to say. Some days the faith eludes you. Do not close your eyes.

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Originally aired on February 23, 2011 on 90.3 FM WZBC Newton
This is Jukebox Heart Podcast #22
2:57:44 | 162.31 MB


Featured Release:

K. C. Accidental – Captured Anthems For An Empty Bathtub + Anthems For The Could’ve Bin Pills

An exciting new reissue from Arts & Crafts records in late 2010, the double CD package we featured tonight compiles the two long out of print releases from K.C. Accidental. K.C. Accidental was the original basis for the better known post rock ensemble Broken Social Scene. Formed in 1998 from Toronto, the core of the band consisted of Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin, and Began as just the two of them; The “K. C.” in the band’s name was taken from the initials of their first names. They released only two albums of mostly instrumental music. The duo’s debut album Captured Anthems for an Empty Bathtub was sold by Drew and Spearin exclusively through one shop in 1998 and quickly sold out.

KCA released a second album in 2000 entitled Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills on Noise Factory Records, with the track listing featuring six blank tracks of 4 seconds each before the six music tracks, the blank tracks representing the six tracks on Captured Anthems. When Captured Anthems was reissued by Noise Factory in 2003, the opposite was done (i.e. six music tracks followed by six blank tracks).

Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills also included contributions from Jason Collett, Evan Cranley, Emily Haines, Jason McKenzie, Jessica Moss, James Payment, Bill Priddle, James Shaw and Justin Small. Many of these musicians went on to work with Broken Social Scene, who released their debut album, Feel Good Lost on Noise Factory in 2001. Broken Social Scene also added a song with the title “KC Accidental” on their album You Forgot It in People.

The image above is of the original cover for Anthems for the Could’ve Bin Pills. The same image was used on the reissue, but additional text was added for the new cover.


Featured Artist:

Piano Magic

Piano Magic is a loose collective of sorts, with an ever-changing lineup originally inspired by bands like This Mortal Coil. Core member Glen Johnson formed the band in 1996 with Dick Rance with Dominic Chennel. Over the years the quiet bedroom project has expanded and changed as Johnson enlisted the help of friends, acquaintances, and moonlighters from other bands. The evolution of the band is quite complex due to its affiliation with so many artists, and a full bio for the band and and intricately detailed timeline of their activity and releases may be found on the band’s website. Their most recent recording as the entity Paino Magic, “Ovations”, features contributions from Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry and Peter Ulrich, and in he past have featured collaborations with Low’s Alan Sparhawk, among others.


Featured Label:


One of the best IDM labels to emerge at the end of the twentieth century, London’s Toytronic was founded in 1997 by Martin Haidinger and Tony Douglas. Martin Haidinger is a key figure in IDM and is also a member of Basic End, Das M, Das Programm, Der Raum, Die Kleinen Gärtner, Die Monotonen, Gimmik, Low Profile Society, M, Marvin Kirk, Num Num, Tape, TV-Vision, Wundertüte, and in a former incarnation also operated Tonträger Tapes while still living in Linz. Chris Cunningham, of Abfahrt Hinwil, also joined the operating staff of Toytronic at about the time the Neurokinetic compilation was released. He has recently released material on Toytronic as Point 7. One of the most important IDM imprints, Toytronic was known for Martin’s graphic designs as well as their habit of releasing a multitude of extremely limited edition hand-rendered versions fo each of its releases, as well as for their inclusion o limited edition comics and candy, included in a small portion of their general releases.


Other Notes:

Of particular interest to long time NCP listeners is the Narki Brillans record we played tonight. It is a recording from one of the original members of The Homosexuals, originally released in 1981 on cassette on the now legendary It’s War Boys imprint (Sarah Goes Pop, Milk From Cheltenham, etc). Remastered by Narki Brillans and reissued onto this lovely red vinyl LP, this recording has been shuttered away for 30 years. At a limited run of 265 copies, this LP will be harder to obtain than the original cassette. Go shopping!


Locust “Jukebox Heart” from Morning Light CD (Apollo 1997)
Gol & Charles Hayward “Dust” from Gol & Charles Hayward LP (Planam 2010)
Narki Brillans “I’ve Got U.S. Dollars” from Narki Goes into Orbo LP (War Extension 2010 (1981 Reissue))
Joachim Nordwall “I Am The Beginning Of Every End” from Ignition CASSETTE (Ash International 2010)
Pauline Oliveros “Performance 1970” from To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition Of Their Desperation LP (Roaratorio 2010)
Piano Magic “Untitled – I” from Son de Mar CD (4AD 2001)
K. C. Accidental “Save The Last Breath For Me” from Captured Anthems For An Empty Bathtub + Anthems For The Could’ve Bin Pills CD (Arts and Crafts 2010 (2000 Reissue))
Barbez “West Rogers Park” from Barbez CD (Important 2004)
Rothko and Caroline Ross “Traces of Elements” from A Place Between CD (Lo Recordings 2005)
Piano Magic “You and John Are Birds” from artists’ rifles CD (Rocket Girl 2000)
Miles Tilmann “Mid Point” from 3D Concepts, Pt. 1 – CD (Toytronic 2004)
Low Profile Society “B2 – Example 6” from 3D Concepts Part 3 CD (Toytronic 2004)
Abfahrt Hinwill “Triology” from Programm 2 7-INCH SINGLE (Toytronic 2001)
Piano Magic “Bad Patient” from Low Birth Weight CD (Rocket Girl 1999)
K. C. Accidental “Tired Hands” from Captured Anthems For An Empty Bathtub + Anthems For The Could’ve Bin Pills CD (Arts and Crafts 2010 (2000 Reissue))
Piano Magic “The Canadian Brought Us Snow (Isan remix)” from Panic Amigo 12-INCH (Morr Music 2002)
OCHRE “Sticklebrick Symphony” from Everything Is Green CD (Toytronic 2004)
Gimmick “Waveflies” from Neurokinetic CD COMP (Toytronic 2000)
Accelera Deck “U Can’t Skam the Twin” from Signal Flow LP (Toytronic 1999)
Piano Magic “Non-Fiction” from Wrong French 12-INCH (I 1996)
Piano Magic “A Trick of the Sea” from A Trick of the Sea: Bliss Out, Vol. 13 CD (Darla 1998)
K. C. Accidental “Silverfish Eyelashes” from Captured Anthems For An Empty Bathtub + Anthems For The Could’ve Bin Pills CD (Arts and Crafts 2010 (2000 Reissue))

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