FM Broadcast: The Privilege of The Righteous

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Originally aired on 90.3 FM WZBC Newton, February 16, 2011
This is podcast #21.
2:58:33 | 164.57 MB

Free from static and jammed signals, his spirit error is fixed. Fixed in air with resolute intellect, he joins the community of the healed. He communicates the Love of God in the language of healing. He shall not be afraid. He shall not be moved. He is certain in his purpose. He has searched his soul for the new eternal answers. Soul-searching is actually personal goal setting in its infancy. The problem at hand is that for many people that infant never grows to maturity. Yet, he is a righteous man; he shall not be afraid of evil tidings. His heart is fixed. His spirit is fixed. iFixer v1.0. His soul is no longer broken.

Your faith may not fail. Situation ethics always supposes some kind of hypothetical circumstance in which there is no solution that is morally right. No temptation has overtaken you that hasn’t confronted anyone else in the past. The only way out is through. And I would walk through fire for you. Can I not, at least, expect the same in return? Herein lies the dilemma: what is not true?

Once you have experienced a failure of faith, nothing is ever certain again. Even the smallest incongruity is a suggestion of deception perpetrated by a figure of relative importance. You have been lied to, that is certain, but by whom? You exist in that realm of self-doubt where action is not necessarily governed by reason, where myth is often mistaken for knowledge and where truth has many interpretations. This is at once a place where one bridges gaps and assigns meaning according to one’s own personal science.

We understand exactly what it is we’re doing and what effect we’re having. We tend to accept the blame for problems that are not of our own making. We reconsider those assumptions which meaning and purpose to who we are and what we do. Prescriptive. Causal. Paradigmatic. In many ways we are our assumptions. We take actions on the basis of assumptions that are unexamined and we believe that others are reading into our actions the meanings that we intend. We justify what we do by thinking that the unconfirmed evidence of our own eyes is always accurate and valid. We build bridges and we wait for them to twist and collapse in the wind, like so many other shoes that drop at exactly the wrong time. We sit and quietly listen to an isolated moment. And we hope for the best.

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We are almost finished catching up to the current FM broadcast. Meanwhile, we’ll post each past broadcast until we are up to the minute…

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Featured Releases:


Brume – End of Symptom Dump

While Christian Renou, aka Brume, had a multitude of cassette releases predating this LP, this single side of an LP shared with La Nomenklatur was his first outing onto vinyl. It remains one of my favorites, and we chose to play this early piece as a Happy Birthday wish to him.

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Sonic Youth – Simon Werner A Disparu

Just how a band can remain intact for thirty years and develop a signature sound which is continually updated to remain fresh is a one of life’s glorious mysteries. Receiving lots of mixed reviews, I’m personally grooving on a lot of the old school style material to be found here on which I cut my sonic teeth. This expands and augments a lot of the music made for the movie of the same title. It’s admittedly rough edged and demo-sounding, like most of the output on the band’s SYR imprint, but as such, ultimately, that is one of the more endearing qualities of this thing. We are loving it…

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Last Trax:


Data Bank A: “Spiritus Sanctus”

Local (well, Lowell, anyway) artists loosely associated with Boston’s early 80’s post-industrial scene (see: The Oblique Collection and Drastic Perversions compilations.) Andy Szava-Kovats’ Data Bank A project began in 1983, releasing several cassettes and LPs before escalating to international attention. The track played tonight is culled from their recently released Greateas Hits collection but is also the title track to their debut cassette album. The image shown above is from the original cassette.

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Playlist

Robert Hampson “Umbra” from Vectors CD (Touch 2009)
Mountains “Map Table” from Choral CD (Thrill Jockey 2009)
Mountains “Telescope” from Choral CD (Thrill Jockey 2009)
Nurse With Wound “A New Dress” from A Bead to A Small Mouth LP (Barooni 1990)
Brume “End of Symptom Dump” from Split LP w/ La Nomenklatur LP (La Legende Des Voix 1989)
Sonic Youth “Simon Werner A Disparu – I” from the self-titled LP (SYR 2011)
Geist Erfahrer “Watery Return to the Children’s Land” from The Quiet Failings of Geist Ehrfarer CD (Backpack Evolution)
Merzbow “Kimigayo” from Anthems LP (Trax 1983)
Helios “Come With Nothings” from Caesura CD (Type 2006)
Cindytalk “Debris of A Smile” from The Crackle Of My Soul CD (Editions Mego 2009)
Near the Parenthesis “Good Night” from Music For The Forest Concourse CD (n5MD 2010)
Haammock “The Backward Step” from Chasing After Shadows, Living With the Ghosts CD ALBUM (Red Eye)
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words “Himmelscheibenden Herzen” from Lost In Reflections CD (Killer Pimp)
Sonic Youth “Simon Werner A Disparu – II” LP (SYR 2011)
The Caretaker “Petsistent Repetition of Phrases” CD (Install 2010)
Data Bank A: “Spiritus Sanctus” from The Best of Data Bank A CD (True Age Records 2010)

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FM Broadcasts: The Antagony and the Ecstasy


a.k.a: Disambiguous Din, Disingenous Drums and Other Deleterious Dissimulations
Originally aired February 9, 2011
This is Podcast # 20.

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In acoustics and specifically in acoustical engineering, background noise or ambient noise is any sound other than the sound being monitored. Calling some signal or sound noise is often a subjective distinction. One person’s maximum-volume music listening pleasure might be another’s unbearable noise. By measuring the spatial relationships of elementary domestic sound, composition and construction is immediately assisted. In this case the product of the investigation is a sound level contour map. “We’re so conditioned to experience the world through our eyes that the other senses really suffer,” English says. “It’s always interesting to go into a space you know very well and then close your eyes.” The following objects use the seemingly trite sound of a door bell as its starting point to create and suggest alternatives to the generic sound-scapes of everyday life that we often take for granted. Money. Coffee. Cigarettes. Utopia.

And yet, I was desperate to rid myself of these irritating, annoying sounds. Cerumol ear drops. Earex ear drops. Otex ear drops. Nothing works. The pounding never stops. Pushing deeper, the eardrum buzzes. Fill your ears with wax and wicks. Burn the candle at both ends. Even before the 16 careening dancers come into view, even before the explosion of swirling, brilliant colors, you feel it. The drumming. The pulse of drumming rhythms hits in the chest, shivering and shimmering, the spine ignites. See the robot drummer who prefers playing drums to squashing humans like flies. This machine rages against you. Striker. Slider. Solenoid Motor. USB Connectivity and Wifi Compatible. His ardor never sours.

Here and now, the beat goes on. The lies expand into canyons. The canyons become streets. The streets are wet with the rain of days and glimmer with the lights of night. You cannot stop us. Our drumming is a blindsiding distraction making way for the soundless message of death. Unplug your ears; there will be no fireworks.

February 9, 2009. A quiet night at the Z. Long luxurious expanses of drums and madness. An icy cold night. The Antagony IS the Ecstasy…

Playlist:

Locust “Jukebox Heart” from morning light CD ALBUM (Apollo)
Locust “Folie” from Morning Light CD ALBUM (Apollo)
Dirtbombs “Bug in The Bass Bin” from Party Store CD ALBUM (In the Red)
William Hooker “The Spirits Return” from Radiation CD ALBUM (Homestead)
Rova Saxophone Quartet “Thats How strong” from The Removal of Secrecy LP ALBUM (Metalanguage)
ANP “Live in Binsparck Tokyo 2003” from Absolut Null Punkt CD ALBUM (Important)
zZz “Ecstasy” from the Sound of zZz (Howler)
Keith Fullerton Whitman “Disingenuousness” LP ALBUM
Black Dice “Big Drop” from Beaches and Canyons CD ALBUM (Dfa)
Trevor Wishart “Imago” SINGLE (Pan)
Hazard “Wire Netting” from north CD ALBUM (Ash International)
Seefeel “Seefeel” CD ALBUM (Warp 2011)

FM Broadcasts: The Optimist’s Easy Magic

Mark Twain said, “There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist,” but I disagree. I’m more inclined to agree with Voltaire who said that Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. Optimism is often the space between what we wish to be and what we are; the difference between half-full and half-empty. It is a trick of the perception. It would seem that still, afer all these years, perception is thought to be a passive porcess. Rather this is just an excuse for laziness. It becomes an issue of having to choose between two evils and selecting the one you’ve never tried before. It is guilt coupled with pleasure, and pleasure coupled with guilt. Some view caution as pessimism while the optimist is blind to the thorns of the rose. I view pessimism as a healthy dose of realism and optimism as a messenger’s bag of magic trix slung over your shoulder, always at the ready but never in the way. Just what makes that little old ant think he can move that rubber tree plant…

February 2nd marks the week that Jukebox Heart became part of the regular programming on WZBC. Wednesday Nights at 10PM eastern time. We are back after a long absence from the WZBC frequency. While Jukebox Heart will still pull out the occasional hourlong-mix podcasts as we have been doing all along, these FM broadcasts, being a regular weekly event, will quickly outnumber those. As such, I’ll be treating these just like those others, giving each a unique name and mini-rave essay cut-up thing as before. Long time readers know that these are drawn somehow from the audio content. It’s left as an exercise to the reader to figure out just how…

So, this week, let’s all take a breath now and then, let’s nurture our secret easy magic power and get in touch with our optimism, and most of all, let’s resolve to trust in our pessimism, our personal yin and yang, as each struggles for dominance…

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Original Air Date: February 2, 2011
2:56:55 | 166 MB

Playlist

Locust “Jukebox Heart” from Morning Light CD ALBUM (Apollo)
Bookmobile “InYrWindow” from Keys CD ALBUM (Woodson Lateral)
Wechsel Garland “Grosse Erwartungen” from Wechsel Garland CD ALBUM (Morr Music)
King of Spain “Seamless Spotless Sidewalks” from Entropy CD ALBUM (New Granada)
Bumcello “Involuntary Slavery” from Bumcello CD ALBUM (COMET)
Efterklang “I was Playing Drums” from Magic chairs CD ALBUM (4AD)
Bows “King Deluxe” from Blush CD ALBUM (Too Pure)
Remote Viewer “I Think I’d Like It On The Other Side” from PARAPULSE TUCK
Schema “We Think We’re Sane” from Schema CD ALBUM (5 Rue Christine)
Toe “cELLO” from Variant CD ALBUM (Truckstop)
Merzbow “Tadpole” from Merzbeat CD ALBUM (Important)
Dr. M. G. Morgan “Dawn Chorus with Whistlers” from Out of This World LP ALBUM (Road Recordings)
Perrey & Kingsley “Fallout” from Kaleidoscopic Vibrations LP ALBUM (Vanguard)
Jean-Jacques Perrey “Island in Space” from The Amazzing New Sounds of… LP ALBUM (Vanguard)
Perrey & Kingsley “Spooks In Space” from The In Sound from Way Out LP ALBUM (vanuard 1966)
Jean-Jacques Perrey “The Mexican Cactus” from The Amazing Electronic Pop Sounds of… LP ALBUM (Vanguard)
Perrey & Kingsley “Girl From Venus” from The In Sound From Way Out LP ALBUM (Vanguard)
Pluxus “Electroplux” from FAS2 CD ALBUM (Slowball)
Stewart Walker “White Noise On The Horizon” from Reclamation CD ALBUM (Persona)
Yeasayer “Sunrise” from All Hour Cymbals CD ALBUM (We Are Free)
Antioch Arrow “Too Bad You’re Gonna Die” from Gems of Masochism CD ALBUM (Three One G)
Neptune “Donkey Skin” from Patterns CD ALBUM (Self Release)
Castanets “This is the Early Game” from In The Vines CD ALBUM (Asthmatic Kitty)
Various Artists “Records Digest” OTHER ALBUM (People In A Position To Know)
Prints “Easy Magic” from Prints CD ALBUM (Temporary Residence)
Simpatico “Arrogance” from The Difference Between Alone and Lonely CD ALBUM (Matinee)
Mahogany “Optimism” from The Dream of A Modern Day CD ALBUM (Darla 2001)
Mid Air “Tape Loop Dance Party” from Tape Loop ep CD ALBUM
Marumari “Super Botany” from Supermogadon CD ALBUM (Carpark)
Bitcrush “Every Sunday (Winterlight remix)” from From Arcs To Embers CD ALBUM (N5md)

Featured Release:

“Out Of This World”
Another “Sounds Of Out Times” recording by Cook Laboratories.

Presented here following a Merzbow track and as a tongue-in-cheek precursor of Power Electronics, this fascinating record was released in 1956. I was going to be a bad boy and just play the audio track and make up a lugubrious artist and title and send all my friends into a rush looking for their own copy. But the rest of the record was so much fun, I just kept it all in.

From the liner notes:

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Featured Artist:
Gershon Kingsley & Jean Jacques Perry


I was lucky enough to obtain three LPs by these prolific artists in a 99 cent bin at our local cool record chain. These records are wacky fun but also the stuff of genius. I featured a few tracks from each, see the playlist above. Right click on any of the album covers below to see a larger version of the image.

German-born Kingsley fled Deutsches Reich to Israel and began his career in music as a pit conductor for Broadway musical shows after graduating from the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Perrey was a French accordion player and medical student who abandoned his studies after meeting Georges Jenny in Paris in 1952. Jenny was the inventor of the Ondioline, a vacuum tube-powered keyboard instrument that was a forerunner of today’s synthesizers and was capable of creating an amazing variety of sounds. Its keyboard had a unique feature — the keyboard was suspended on special springs that were capable of introducing a natural vibrato, if the player moved the keyboard from side to side with the playing hand. The result was a beautiful, almost human-like vibrato that lent the Ondioline a wide range of expression. The keyboard was also pressure-sensitive, and the instrument had a knee volume lever as well. Jenny hired Perrey as a salesman and demonstrator of the new instrument. As a result he came to the attention of French singer Édith Piaf, who sponsored him to record a demo tape that later facilitated him access to work and live in the United States between 1960 and 1970.

Perrey and Kingsley came together during Kingsley’s stint as a staff arranger at Vanguard Records, an independent label in New York City that specialized not in avant-garde music, but in folk music. At that time, Perrey was experimenting with tape loops, which he had been introduced to by the French avant-garde musician Pierre Schaeffer. Each loop was a laboriously hand-spliced assemblage of filtered sounds, pitch-manipulated sounds and sometimes even animal calls. The end result of their first collaborative effort in 1966 combined Perrey’s tape loops, and his inventive melodies with Kingsley’s complementary arrangements and instrumentation. The resulting album was filled with tunes that sounded like music from an animated cartoon gone berserk. Their first LP was titled The In Sound From Way Out! and was released on Vanguard Records that same year. Since this was decades before the advent of widespread digital technology, each tune took weeks of painstaking editing and splicing to produce.
The twelve rather whimsical tracks bore names like “Unidentified Flying Object” and “The Little Man From Mars” in an attempt to make electronic music more accessible to the general public. In fact, “Unidentified Flying Object” and another of the album’s cuts, “Electronic Can-Can” eventually became theme music for “Wonderama,” a Metromedia Television children’s program of the early 1970s. Though most of the melodies were original, two borrowed from the classics. “Swan’s Splashdown” was based on Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Little Swans” while “Countdown At 6” borrowed from Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours. The final cut on the album, “Visa To The Stars” is co-credited to “Andy Badale,” who would go on to fame as Angelo Badalamenti, arranger of the music in many of David Lynch’s movies. In contrast to the rest of the album, “Visa To The Stars” is a more serious gesture and lacks the unusual sound effects of the other eleven cuts. It is highly reminiscent of the style of Joe Meek and his hit, “Telstar” by The Tornados. Perrey’s Ondioline carries the melody throughout.

Their second and final collaborative effort came in 1967 with the release of Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Spotlight on the Moog. This was a similar sounding effort, but instead of all original compositions, the album was mostly versions of popular songs of the day. In this album, Perrey’s tape loops and effects were added in post-production after Kingsley’s orchestrations were recorded, a technique now commonly used by electronic artists to this day. The album was one of the first to use the new Moog modular synthesizer, a massive, complicated electronic instrument resembling an old-style telephone switchboard. The album also bore two notable singles. In fact, the Moog album was released a year and a half before the release of Wendy Carlos’ ground-breaking Switched-On Bach. “The Savers” would go on to fame in 1968 as the Clio Award-winning music for a television ad for No-Cal diet drinks, and in 1972 as the theme to the American television game show “The Joker’s Wild”. About the time “The Savers” was being used on television, engineers with the Walt Disney Company were at work on a new parade at Disneyland Park, the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” The idea was to cover floats with thousands of electronically-controlled colored lights and to set the show to music. Paul Beaver and then later Disney musician Don Dorsey helped rework a Perrey-Kingsley composition called “Baroque Hoedown,” an upbeat, almost sparkling number best described as “harpsichord gone country.” It would become the underlying theme song of the parade for the next three decades at Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Disney’s California Adventure Park and is still in use today at Magic Kingdom.
Several segments of Sesame Street produced in the 1970s also made use of music from The In Sound from Way Out, as did other television programs, such as “The Red Skelton Show.” A skit from the October 23, 1979 airing of Saturday Night Live titled “Jeopardy! 1999” used “Unidentified Flying Object” as the opening and closing themes.

Though Perrey and Kingsley never enjoyed tremendous commercial success, their music inspired a generation of musicians and was used (and still is used) extensively in advertising. Moog Indigo, a Jean-Jacques Perrey solo album from 1970 featured a cut called “E.V.A.” (also co-written by “Andy Badale,” aka: Angelo Badalamenti). This slow, funky track is one of the most sampled in hip hop and rap music history. In the U.K., pioneered by Kenny Everett, DJs extensively used their tracks as continuity music or took clips for use as jingle backing from the late ’60s and early ’70s. In the U.S., it is currently being used in a TV ad for Zelnorm, a prescription medication for female irritable bowel syndrome. The same album produced “The Elephant Never Forgets” which is still being used as the theme of the Televisa sitcom, “El Chavo del Ocho.” Even the Beastie Boys (who asked permission from Perrey and Kingsley) used both the title and cover art of P & K’s first album for their own The In Sound From Way Out! album in 1996. Gershon Kingsley’s biggest contribution to mainstream pop music came in the early 1970s as the composer of “Popcorn,” the single biggest hit of the German phantom-band “Hot Butter”, led by American Stan Free.

Their work for Vanguard is available on a three-CD set called The Out Sound From Way In! The Complete Vanguard Recordings. The bonus CD features two remixes of “E.V.A.” by Fatboy Slim, remixes of “Winchester Cathedral” and “Lover’s Concerto” from Kaleidoscopic Vibrations as well as “Electronic Can-Can” and “Unidentified Flying Object,” each by techno artists Eurotrash.

Perrey has released four new CDs since the year 2000: Eclektronics – recorded in 1997 with musician David Chazam (Basta, 2000), and Circus of Life – recorded in 1999, with musician Gilbert Sigrist (PHMP, 2000). Perrey released The Happy Electropop Music Machine (2006), and Destination Space (2008), with musician and arranger Dana Countryman.

Perrey lives in France, and is in high demand for lectures and concerts all over the world. In August 2006, Perrey gave a concert tour with Dana Countryman, of Seattle, San Francisco and Hollywood, to support the release of “The Happy Electropop Music Machine” CD. Perrey performed in Russia, in April of 2007 with David Chazam, and Perrey and Countryman did a concert in Norway in September of 2007. In 2008, Perrey and Chazam performed in Bucharest, Romania, and in 2008, Perrey and Countryman gave concerts in Newcastle, England, New York City and Montreal, Canada to support the release of their “Destination Space” CD, also on Oglio Records.

Gershon Kingsley lives in New York City, and in 2007 was a featured performer, and received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at “MOOGFEST”, an annual celebration of Dr. Robert Moog and his synthesizers.

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FM Broadcasts: January 20, 2011

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The humble 45: Once a majestic barometer of a newly defined and organized youth culture that set the paradigm for generations to come, now reduced to cheap craftware for applications such as the one shown above. I admit. I’ve decorated with 45s in the past. Once, for the fabled Fast Forward record shop in Providence RI, I created a fabulous mobile made of discarded and abstractly painted 45s that swirled around the store for years.

Last year, 2010, was the 60th anniversary of the 45. That new technology and rock and roll music, born almost simultaneously, became a single world-shaking phenomenon; upstart labels broke into the market, giving us the first wave of truly indpendent record labels, predating the punk explosion by almost 25 years, while major labels tried to outfox each other and win market share. Sound familiar?

To mark this significant anniversary, Jukebox Heart has featured nothing but 7″ vinyl recordings for this entire program. WZBC’s No Commercial Potential, a block of programming on WZBC of which Jukebox Heart is a proud part, is no stranger to the 7″ single. And while the 7″ 45 was a natural medium for the two-and-a-half minute top 40 pop tune, the format presents a few interesting constraints to artists working within the NCP-esque genres. I think it makes for an interesting stylistic shift, and I think you will be able to detect it while listening.

So, Jukebox Heart dug deep in the personal stacks and those in the WZBC library to create this mix spanning the entire No Commercial Potential era, from 1979 through 2011.

There were two Featured Labels in this installment of Jukebox Heart:


We played a multitude of tracks from The Touch Sevens series. Several are out pf print now, but click on the link to the page in the Touch shop where these are sold and you will see many of them featuring, of course, the photography and design of Jon Wozencroft.


n5MD, from its humble beginnings as the world’s first indepenedent label to feature Mini-Discs as its main format (n5MD is an acronym for “no 5s! Mini Discs!”), managed to rebound wonderfully when Sony pulled the plug on that format. Now they are one of the most prolific US electronica imprints with artists such as the wonderful Lights Out Asia, Subtractive Lad and many others, with a catalog featuring more than 80 bautifully designed high quality recordings. Early on, they released a series called “SE7EN” of seven 7-inch singles all designed to appear as a complete set. Tracks from each of those were featured here.

In addition you will find a few extroadinarily rare recordings here, such as the legendary “I Am Strange Now” from Italy’s mysterious Plath, and an early single on the Independent Projects label featuring a pre-Savage Republic Bruce Licher incarnation known as The Bridge.

Playlist

Asmus Tietchens “Schrit Um Schrit” (Die Stadt)
Fennesz-Jeck-Matthews “Jeck Plays Matthews” from Amoroso (Touch)
Chris Watson “3M” from Oceanus Pacificus (Touch)
Oren Ambarchi “Bleeding Shadow” from Destinationless Desire (Touch)
Kapotte Muziek “Korperlaute” (Korm Platics)
White “Go On With The Gong” (Swill Children)
Bozidar Brazda “Taste” (Wet West Eat East)
Plath “I Am Strange Now” (Plath)
Phonophobia “Feed Me” (Avantgarage)
The Bridge “Assault on Base 4” (Independent Projects)
Casio Casino “Sun 4597”
Bovine Over Sussex W “Near Mint” (Oska)
Blurt “The Fish Needs A Bike” (Armageddon)
Blurt “My Mother Was A friend of the Enemy of the People” (Test Records)
Loess “Nomon” (n5MD)
JVox “Sunshine” (n5MD)
Proemm “Standard Naming Convention” (n5MD)
Damiak “Enojon” (N5md)
Spark “Missed opportunities” (n5MD)
Hood “Winter Will Set You Back” (Misplaced Music)
Piano Magic “What does Not destroy Me”
Casiotone for The Painfully Alone “STSNC Instrumentals” (PIAPTK)
The The “Cold Spell Ahead” (Some Bizarre)
The The “controversial subject” (4AD)
The Fast Set “Junction One” (Axis)
Out on Bklue Six “Johnny/Magadon Sunday” (Hungry Room)
P. Children “Social Life” (SSS)
Meteorites “Milkman (Version)” (EFA)
Peter Plate “History Comes Around Like Snipers On A Rooftop” (Kill Rock Stars)
Nun “Margine” (Private Pressing)
Area C “Track With A Knife” (Trensmat)
Bee Queen “Summer Rain” (Drone Records)
A Mouse Orchestra “A Lump In Your Throat” (Robot)
Avenue Vendome “Analog Robot Cartographic Program”
Barbez “Mexico City Impression” (Important)
Fennesz “A Shadow Passes By” from Transition (Touch)
Jim O’Rourke “Despite The Water Supply Part 1” (Touch)
Mika Vainio “Behind the radiators” from Behind the Radiators (Touch)
AER “Headphones” (Touch)

FM Broadcasts: January 13, 2011

We continue to catch up to the most current Jukebox Heart broadcast. Meanwhile, here’s what we were doing just a few weeks ago on WZBC, 90.3 FM in the Boston area. Remember, to listen live remotely, you can stream us from WZBC’s website, or you can use the TuneIn Radio app for your smart device and take us with you everywhere…

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Featured Releases:

Jukebox Heart regularly selects one or more releases to be featured during the show. The featured releases have several key selections played on the air and a more in-depth review of the release is presented. For this edition of Jukebox Heart, there were two featured releases:

Featured Release: Dollboy Meets Sone Institute “The Sum and The Difference”
CD EP (Front And Follow)

Comprising seven short tracks, The Sum and The Difference is intended to be heard as one 17 minute piece and although each track has it’s own character there is a definite bluring of edges which makes this feel a very considered work, rather than a collection of tunes put together for the sake of it. A relay like recording approach where material was swapped, reworked and added to, has resulted in both artists being given room to shine. As two very individual voices this could easily have ended up as a sonic battle but there is a subtlety at work here that allows each to explore their own ideas as well as embellish upon the other’s.

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Featured Release: Various Artists – District of Noise Volume 3

Sonic Circuits presents District of Noise Volume 3. In celebration of the 2010 festival of out-there sounds, Sonic Circuits has compiled the third edition of this series featuring experimental music of all sorts from the Washington, DC area. Volume 3 comes in two parts; a vinyl LP of 100 locked grooves created by 20 DC area artists, and a companion CD compilation of 21 tracks, many of which use material from the LP as starting points for their compositions. LP artists include BLK W/ BEAR, Blue Sausage Infant, Bushmeat, Borborites, Cash Slave Clique, DC Tunnel Collaborative, Fast Forty, Gestures, Janel & Anthony, Jeff Carey, Leo Svirsky, Many Spaceships’ Solar Jaunt, Mercury Fools the Alchemist, Nine Strings Trio, Pilesar, RDK, Sean Peoples, TL0741, Tone Ghosting, Violet.

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Featured Label:

By now, we’ve figured out the importance of independent labels to the proliferation of our beloved music. Jukebox Heart frequently selects an independent label to feature in the show. The criteria for selection are loose and varied, but the most important is the label’s unique vision and execution. This week’s Featured Label is Important Records.

Important’s catalog is so prolific, boasting over 300 releases, that it is impossible to perform due diligence in a single passage of Jukebox Heart. Instead, I chose to feature the tracks most recently listened to in my household. See the playlist below for tracks from the Important Records roster.

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Last Trax:

Our Last Trax feature is a single track selected for the closer of the show. It is something special for the listeners who stick with us until the very last moments. This week’s Last Trax is from the mysterious local ensemble The Phenomenological Boys.

Phenomenological Boys – Goodbye, from “Where’s The Magic In Music?”
These are magical home recordings from an magical and mysterious ensemble. They have a prior album on Tomlab from 2002, but the only obvious connections to this are the personnel. Otherwise, it answers no questions, and tells you no lies. Reportedly the band has never played out, so there are no eyewitnesses that the band actually exists. However, I purchased this from Angela herself at her shop in Central Square, but it was the only copy she had, and I don’t know anyone else who has one.

Playlist:

Locust “Jukebox Heart” from Morning Light CD ALBUM (Apollo)
Zurich “The Mastmaker” LP ALBUM (Important)
Dollboy Meets Sone Institute “The Sum and The Difference” CD EP (Front And Follow)
Autodigest “A Compressed History of Every Bootleg Ever Recorded” CASSETTE (The Tapeworm)
Uns “Says #2” from What Does The Brain Have To Do With it? CD ALBUM (CIP)
Bulbs “Salter Path” from Emerald Isle LP ALBUM (Important)
Sun “Help yerself” from I’ll Be the Same LP ALBUM (Important)
Holy Sons “I’m Surrounded” from Criminal’s Return CD ALBUM (Important)
Holy Sons “Drifters Sympathy” CD ALBUM (Important)
The Mamuthones “In The Wood” from Sator CD ALBUM (Boring Machine)
Lawrence English “Without Sanctuary” from Incongruous Harmonies 7-INCH SINGLE (Touch)
Philip Jeck and Marcus Davidson “London Tenderberry” from Spliced 7-INCH SINGLE (Touch)
Headdress “The Lost White Brother” from Lunes CD ALBUM (No Quarter)
Angel “Bones in the Sand” from Kalmukia CD ALBUM (Editions Mego)
Various Many selections from District of Noise Volume 3 100 Lock Grooves LP ALBUM
BLK w/Bear “Watch Me Pull a Rabbit Outta Your Name” from District of Noise Volume 3 CD Album
Sean Peoples “Alton” from District of Noise Volume 3 CD Album
Black Dice “Seabird” from Beaches and Canyons CD ALBUM
Young People “The Mountain” (Too Pure)
Simpatico “School Life” from The Difference Between Alone and Lonely CD ALBUM (Matinee)
The Fitness “Call Me For Together” from Call Me for Together CD ALBUM
The Gossamer Years “Subway Assailant” CASSETTE ALBUM (A State Of Flux)
Soviet “Candy Girl” from We Are Eyes, We Are Builders CD ALBUM (Head)
Phenomenological Boys “Goodbye” from Where’s The Magic In Music? CD-3, private release.

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Jukebox Heart 018: Jukebox Heart Is Not Bitter

Happy Valentine’s Day, Jukebox Heart style. Originally inspired by the stench of dead rose water and the flying shards of a shattered vase, by the shocking gross-out discovery of tiny worms in the chocolates after you’ve eaten half the box, by the sudden panic of a pathetically miscalculated Valentine card striking seconds after leaving the post office, and by the resentful misdemeanor of another’s relentless, unassuming popularity, these 22 tracks capture the essence of a Valentine’s Day gone horribly wrong. These are the divas of Jukebox Heart. These are not your typical divas – no Babs or Billie or Judy or Liza. Rather, these are, for the most part, the women scorned, the hoofers climbed over by the likes of Joan Crawford, the never-would-be’s, the Valentines that never came. These songs go for the jugular with a crippled, vulnerable warble, a single broken note, or a gravelly, throaty melody suggesting the passage of years and the consumption of many things illicit – all for the sake of a love gone bad. For best listening, one should be lying on one’s back, in a dark room, smoking vertically poised cigarettes, with a nearly full ashtray balanced on the breastbone beside a half-empty tumbler of boozey goodness. Click on the arrow below to hear many a torchlighter croon, and click on her picture below to learn more than you ever wanted to know about her music. High marks will be given to anyone who can identify – before looking! – all of the ladies below. Extra credit if you have tears in your ears from lying on your back, crying, sighing and dying. All of these are presented in their original format – surface noise be damned – for that extra touch of historical sincerity. Each page opens with the single track of the artist, too, to help you match the face to the song. Savvy listeners will also know how to download the individual tracks for their very own as well..

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The Playlist. Can you match the song to the lovely diva below?

Timi Yuro – Hurt
Miss Toni Fisher – The Big Hurt
The Ronettes – How Does It Feel?
Shelley Fabares – Johnny Angel
Dodie Fields – Miss Lonely Hearts
Marcey Joe – Sine Gary Went In The Navy
The Shirelles – The Dance is Over
The Chantels – He’s Gone
Lilian Leach and the Mellows – Smoke From Your Cigarette
Esther Phillips – Double Crossing Blues
Lavern Baker – Tomorrow Night
Wynona Carr – Should I Ever Love Again?
Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry
Gloria Lynne – I Wish You Love
Sarah Vaughan – You Go To My Head
Dodie Stevens – Poor Butterfly
Etta Jones – Don’t Go To Strangers
Ketty Lester – Once Upon A Time
The Shangri-Las – Remember (Walking In The Sand)
Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me
Patty Duke – Don’t Just Stand There
The Angels – Cry Baby Cry

FM Broadcasts: January 6, 2011

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As we continue to catch up to the most recent FM broadcast on WZBC, here’s another 3-hour extravaganza of music as broadcast over WZBC on Januray 6, 2011. The above image is taken from a multi-colored image imprinted on a T-Shirt made exclusively for WZBC. Image design by longterm WZBC DJ and artist extraordinaire, James Kraus, AKA Artguy.

Featured Label:
Junior Aspirin Records
Junior Aspirin is perhaps one of the most overlooked labels ever, with some immediately classic records you know you will be searching for twenty years from now. We featured tracks during the broadcast from Advanced Sportwear and the tragically now defunct Kill 7 Stamina 12, but you can hear more of their output in their Label Spotlight feature here on Jukebox Heart. Click here.

Featured Releases:
The North is Protected
Special catalogue release for the Nordic Pavillion exhibition “The North Is Protected” at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. Featuring Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren

Long Division With Remainders
From our lovely friends at Front and Follow in Manchester. Long Distance With Remainders is a collaborative experimental music project formed in the long cold spring of 2006, by husband and wife duo Helen and Justin, and now including people across the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. Source material was sent to a variety of artists and remixed results were posted to the website for free download. Recently, a collection of thes projects was remastered and lovingly packaged into a four-CD boxed set. Selections from the box set are featured here.

Last Trax: Luc Ferrari “Heterozygote” from L’Ouevre Electronique CD (INA GRM)
The Last Trax feature is something I select especially for listeners who have managed to hang on until the last minutes of the show. The work and aesthetics of Luc Ferrari continue to have a singular impact on several generations of American avant-garde composers. The compilation featured here is one of a handful that thoroughly anthologize his life work, and the track selected is a personal favorite.

Originally released in 1969 on the hyper rare Philips LP:

Playlist:
.Locust “Jukebox Heart” from Morning Light CD (Apollo)
.Advanced Sportswear “Post Observation Post” CD (Junior Aspirin)
.Brokeback “50 Guitars” from Looks at The Bird CD (Thrill Jockey)
.Jackie-O Motherfucker “The Magick Fire Music” from The Magick Fire Musick CD (ATP)
.Lol Coxhill “Feedback” from Ear of the Beholder LP (Ampex)
.The Moog Machine “Hey Jude” from Switched On Rock LP (Columbia)
.Linda Aubrey Bullock “Ray of Dark” CD (Sedimental)
.Roberto Opalio/Maurizio Opalio “A” LP (Important)
.Emily Wardill “A Lake of Blood” from Remove Celebrity Center CD (Junior Aspirin)
.Skill 7 Stamina 12 “80 Metres” from Skill 7 Stamina dead LP (Junior Aspirin)
.Skill 7 Stamina 12 “Sofa” 7 inch single (Junior Aspirin)
.Skill 7 Stamina 12 “Robotics With Strings” CD (Junior Aspirin)
.Dead Voices on Air “Zeehond” CD
.Phanton Airwaves “Meet The elephant” from Perryville Battlefield CD
.The Nordic Pavillion presents “The North is Protected” 10-INCH (Sahko)
.Spool Ensemble “Long Division with Remainders” CD (Front and Follow)
.Sone Institut “Long Division with Remainders” CD (Front and Follow)
.The Abominable Mister Tinkler “Long Division With Remainders” CD (Front and Fiollow)
.The Truth About Frank “Long Division With Remainders” CD (Front and Fiollow)
.Luc Ferrari “Heterozygote” from L’ouevre Electronique CD (INA GRM)

Bloggerhood: Love and Mathematics

New addition to the Jukebox Heart bloggerhood: Love and Mathematics.

Love and Mathematics is run by WZBC – DJ Peter Ireland and in addition to providing CD reviews and links to videos and such also provides excellent coverage of Boston’s local music. Click on the link in the Bloggerhood column at right and check it out…

FM Broadcasts: January 3, 2011


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Featured Label:

Ultra Eczema

The most talked about and rabidly collectible label out of Antwerp, Belgium. The most challenging and egaging noise, improv and dramatic sounds imaginable, each in a hand-screened or otherwise difficult-to-produce package and severely limited. Gorgeous.

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Featured Release:

Lasse Marhaug – The Orange Dome Chronicles
Double 7-inch single in gatefold packaging
Auto-Fact Records

In later years Lasse Marhaug has almost become synonymous with Scandinavian Noise. From his “camp” in Trondhem, Norway, he’s been launching release after release with brutal and often “witty” noise both under his real name and with groups such as DEL and parts of the Origami Republika projects. Lasse has also worked with some of the “legends” such as Merzbow and Aube, and played before Einstürzende Neubauten.

Complete Playlist for January 3, 2011:

.Locust “Jukebox Heart” from Morning Light (CD,1997) on Apollo
.M83 “Facing That” from M83 (CD, 2001) on Mute
.Led Er Est “CC Exit” from Dust On Common (LP, 2009) on Wierd
.Xeno & Oaklander “4th Wall” from Sentinelle (LP) on Wierd
.Pere Ubu “Codex” from Dub Housing (LP, 1978) on Chrysalis
.Data Bank A “Never Let Me Down” from Cover Story (CD) on True Age
.Data Bank A “The Girl With the Patent Leather Face” from Cover Story (CD) on True Age
.Dance Chromatic “Dance Chromatic” from Dance Chromatic (CD) on Dance Chromatic
.Bellows “Handcut” from Handcut (LP, 2009) on Biplano
.Florian Hecker (LP) on Editions Mego
.Leo Coomans “Basement Recordings 1978-1982” from Basement Recordings 1978-1982 (LP) on Ultra Eczema
.Glands Of External Secretion “Venison” from Meat Receiving (LP, 2009) on Ultra Eczema
.Kito Mizukuni “O TonakiTouge De Hagureta KMR” from O TonakiTouge De Hagureta KMR (LP) on Ultra Eczema
.Preggy Peggy & Lazy Baby Makers “Not A Dry Eye in G-Unit” from Get an Ace Case of the Measles (LP) on Ultra Eczema
.X04 “Lost Signals” from Lost Signals (LP) on Ultra Eczema
.Takis “Pendulus Magnetiques” from Pendulus Magnetiques (LP) on Alga Marghen
.Jean Smith “Charcoal Ladder” from Carboni Angel (7 Inch) on Kill Rock Stars
.Tribes of Neurot “The Insect Project” from the Insect Project (CD) on Neurot
.Lasse Marhaug “A Sheep in the pineal Gland” from The Orange Dome Chrinicles (7 Inch, 2008) on Auto Fact
.Lasse Marhaug “Prisoner of Venus” from The Orange Dome Chrionicles (7 Inch, 2008) on Auto Fact
.Lasse Marhaug “Plasma Is Cold” from The Orange Dome Chronicles (7 Inch, 2008) on Auto Fact
.Lasse Marhaug “Kustom Distortion Kommandos” from The Orange Dome Chronicles (7 Inch, 2008) on Auto Fact
.Pissy Little Cousin “Koolwerk and Kool for Kats” from Koolwerk and Kool for Kats (7 Inch) on Plastique & Deathless
.Evidence “Growroom” from Growroom (7 Inch) on Televaw
.Alderandelius “King of Pop” from King of Pop (7 Inch) on Skam
.Halkyn “Winter Hill” from Winter Hill EP (7 Inch) on 555 Recordings
.Populous “Blood red Bird” from Blood red Bird (7 Inch) on Morr Music
.Long Weekend “Mould” from Mould (7 Inch) on 555 Recordings
.Alvin Curran` “Under The Fig Tree” from Under The Fig Tree (LP) on Staubgold
.Fennesz/O’Rourke/Rehberg “Black Sea” from Black Sea (CD) on Touch

Big Ten Inch: A Letter To Elvis Presley

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Using samples in pop music is not something that appeared with the emergence of digital technology. Pop music in the 1950’s witnessed DJs and studio wizards of the time creating what became known as “Break-In” records, where snippets of well know pop songs were dropped into recited narratives to add a tongue-in cheek, ironic element to the telling of the story. Made famous first by Dickie Goodman and the famous “Flying Saucer” records, this tape-splicing tehnology spawned a rush of similar break-in records. The same tape-cutup technology was used to create Goodman’s hit “Mr. Jaws” in the mid-1970s.

Of course, established publishing houses were furious, and coyright infringement debates began flying. The more controversy, the more records were made. Sound familiar? In an attempt to limit the production of new “break-in” records, the publishing houses demanded an increase from the standard two-cent royalty for each song used, quadrupling it to eight cents per song from each of the new “break-in” discs.

One of the rarest and most and strangest of these break-ins is “Dear Elvis”, told by a mysterious teenager named Audrey. This ‘madrigal with mimicry’, which contains snippets from Elvis Presley’s ‘Baby let’s play house’, ‘Milkcow blues boogie’ and ‘I don’t care if the sun don’t shine’, peaked at #87 on the Billboard hot 100 on September 22, 1956. Variety reported that Plus Records, who pressed 53,955 copies of this ‘break-in’ record, sold only 30,000 copies before the increased royalty rate was assessed. As part of a settlement agreement, Plus Records turned over the master of ‘Dear Elvis’ to the publishing houses, who promptly destroyed it. Regarding the composer credits, ‘C B Samuel’ is believed to be a pseudonym for the Plus Record label’s owner Samuel Kaufman.

The best part of this is the last 30 seconds…