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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Extended Meditations

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be easing our troubled souls with a variety of extended meditative compositions, including new age soundscapes, German synth music, field recordings, and ethnological forgeries.  Come join me for a dip in the embryonic waters.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Heat Waves, Echoes Hypnotiques

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll be once again trying to combat the oppressive summer heat with steamy hot night music – from Jamaica, West Africa, and elsewhere – teeming with echoes, echoey electric guitars, and revolutionary sentiment.  Let the sounds ring through the night like heat lightning in your soul, and cool thyself in righteousness.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Modern Sounds, Primitive Feelings – Martin Denny, the Prime Birdcall Years

"...a combination of the South Pacific and the Orient...what a lot of people imagined the islands to be like... it's pure fantasy though."
-Martin Denny, on his particular brand of musical Exotica
In the Explorers Room tonight we'll be conducting a survey of Martin Denny – his music, his themes, his wild animal cries – featuring some of the most interesting selections from his best Liberty LPs and a rundown of the various liner notes that accompany them.  You're going to want to listen with a cool tropical drink at hand; I recommend, for obvious reasons, the Jungle Bird.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Sonic Waters and Silent Worlds (Underwater Synth Music)

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll be cooling off with an evening of underwater synth music.  It's muggy out there.  It's hot. But in the ocean we'll be cool, at peace, submerged in wonder. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Exotic Forests and Enchanted Tangos

Last week, Explorers Room was to fill in for Give the Drummer Some AND the following show, Kaminsky Kamoutsky, for a 4-hour program. A power outage, sustained at exactly 5:58 and delivered by one whopper of a lightning storm, wrecked that whole scene.  Alas, alas, but tune in tonight to pick up that very show, retooled for a leaner meaner 3-hour regular slot: exotic forests and enchanted tangos with myself and all the other explorers, on this hot hot night, 7:00 - 10:00.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: A Nature Walkabout with Sven Libaek

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be spending an adventuresome and lovely evening with one of our (I include you in this statement, dear reader, out of respect for your well-documented, impeccable tastes) very favorite composers in the world, the one and only Sven Libaek. A Norwegian by birth and Australian by choice, Libaek is a towering figure of Australia's recording industry and a highly idiosyncratic composer with a unique and instantly recognizable sound. This is the music of underwater film, contemplative shots of birds in flight, washed-out technicolor blues, search and discovery, natural wonder – documentaries, and dreams of documentaries. I'm not trying to impress with rarity or astounding feats of deviation and variety this evening; no, by gum, I'll be playing all the hits, from Inner Space to Nature Walkabout, and so on and so forth.  Tune in and walkabout with your fellow explorers through vistas of warm searching sound.


Also, I'll be out of town next Thursday, but to make up for it I'll be doing a 4-hour show on Tuesday, July 5, from 6:00-10:00.  So inform your secretaries so they can adjust your schedule accordingly.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Wind and Surf – Melodrama, Mysticism, Atrocity

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be swimming through an evening of surf–furious, dreamy, or exotic, as the case may be–and sounds of melodrama and temptation inspired by Douglas Sirk, Gone with the Wind, and Kenneth Anger.  With a diversion into Native American themes, I think.  So it's a night of some variety and, I hope, much interest.  See you there, don't miss it now.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Los Dinosaurios / Cuando Los Dinosaurios Dominan La Tierra by Personal Mythologies with Art by Yours Truly

Bit of a late announcement as this came out back in April, but better late than never: check out this EP (on Hooded Records) by Personal Mythologies, LOS DINOSAURIOS, for which I did the cover art.  The B-side, "Cuando Los Dinosaurios Dominan La Tierra," is particularly choice, a totally primordial synth landscape creeping with primitive life and dark shapes.  Order a copy and it comes on white 12" vinyl, with that art I did right there, right there on the sleeve.  Pretty cool.  

''We live in a age of dinosaurs. All around us enormous, social, economic, and political behemoths lumber through destroyed environments, casting life threatening shadows over the entire planet. there is a titanic struggle taking place in our communities as Capitalist-Rex and State-asaurus struggle to fill their bellies with more resources and power while fending off the claws of competing species such as the newly savage Pterror-dacyls. The battle between these giants is terrible and rages on, but it cannot last. Evolution is against these doomed tyrants. Already their sun is dimming and the bright eyes of others gleam in the darkness, demanding something else.''

Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs - Technologie und das Unheimliche.

I like doing LP cover art, by the way.  I do it a lot.  Hit me up if you have needs in this department. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Tanganyika Tiger Voodoo Konga (Shipwrecked on Planet X)

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll have a classic episode full of adventure stories, voodoo, exotic jazz, bonafide all-time great exotica, and psychedelic weirdness.  Don't miss this one, explorers, because it will be a great deal of fun.


Thursday, June 9, 2016


Tonight, Explorers Room does more than just its regular duty and fills in for The Cool Blue Flame for a total of five hours of teeming radio, dedicated to the works of prolific artist/project Sun Araw.  Containing multitudes and endless experimentation, Sun Araw's music envelopes like a primordial, swirling lake of ancient phantasies and modern anxieties–perhaps the most genuinely, thrillingly psychedelic music of the 21st century so far, shot through with rich veins of exoticism and penetrating avant-gardism.

Tonight's program will feature a great variety of wide-ranging selections from throughout Sun Araw's sprawling body of work, including associated acts emanating from Cameron Stallones, the human who is Sun Araw, and from his Sun Ark studio.  Prepare for an intensive immersion in this sweat lodge of sound, as you will be taken on patrol into heavy jungles of sound-ruins, nightcrawling through pools of danger, and set free-floating like a molecule in an empty room of light.  Bring your heads and also their lids.