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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Treasure Isle, Pleasure Dub

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we dig deep into one of our most beloved dub LPs: Pleasure Dub – a charming masterpiece of dubbed-out mid-60s rocksteady singles  from Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label, with music by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics and a superb mix by Reid's nephew, Errol Brown.  In addition to cuts from Pleasure Dub, we'll sample from Brown's two other dub LPs for Treasure Isle, investigate his later dub outings elsewhere, and have a thorough rundown of the outstanding originals by such greats as Phyllis Dillon, The Paragons, and John Holt. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tonight in The Explorers Room: Marathon Time is Again Upon Us! Let it be a Bacchanal!

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we kick off our part of the WFMU marathon with the first of two weeks of marathonning, fund-raising programming. WFMU is one of the few institutions in the world of music, or this cursed planet in general, that seems to be unambiguously good, so undubtedly worth your support. Bursting with unfettered creativity and unique expressions, so vast and vital that it contains 4 alternate streams – including Give the Drummer Radio, to which I am lucky to belong – and listener-funded, with no corporate underwriting. So please, keep freeform radio alive with as generous donation as you are able; along the way, you may win some prizes.  

For a pledge of $75 or more, you'll immediately get this year's Explorers Room DJ premium (and be in the running for prizes, more on that in a moment): Pagan Fruits & Other Rare Birds – Exotic sounds and modernist tabus (mambo, surf, percussion, jazz, organ music, etc.) from the Explorers Room record library. All ripped from vinyl right here in the Room.

For $20 or more you'll put yourself in the running for prizes (shown below), to be chosen by my cohost, Uncle Michael, throughout the show.  Really really good prizes this week, all but one is vinyl, with 3 double LPs in the mix!  

Donate here: 
OR, and this comes highly recommended if you have the means, become a Swag for Life member! (Still eligible for prizes, but so much more, too) Learn more about that here.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Mystik Sounds, Distant Pleasures

Tonight the Explorers Room is back in its proper slot, switching on with mystic pinball, colossal dub, whistling synth and distant saxophone. Join me for some world class bloops and squeeps. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tonight in the Explorers Room: On a Magic Isle, 'Neath a Lei of Stars

Tonight the Explorers Room returns from its accidental 2-week exile to swim in an all-vinyl sea of Hawaiiana.  Mystical romanticism and wide-eyed kitsch stroll together hand in hand in a fragrant moonlit garden, on a magic isle, as the surf sings its endless song. This is the hour, this is the moment.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Phantoms, Hoedads, Boo Boo Boo

Tonight the Explorers Room will be goofing around with its two functioning turntables to bring you an all-vinyl evening full of nose flute, jazz drums, unique guitar sounds, ersatz surf & water skiing music, calypso, avantgardisms & a vintage radio broadcast. Tune in, jump in the comments, explore with me pals.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Romance & Legend Vie for First Place in an Adventurous History

First off, I've gotten some messages asking me why I haven't been updating, or if the show is still on the air. It is, and I just got busy enough to slack off updating this blog about Explorers Room.  I'm back on it baby but also please know I will always be on every Thursday, unless I am sick, traveling, or my internet is down.  So you can check out the place where it's happenin' whether I posted here or not and I betcha I'll be there.

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear sundry beloved sounds, from jungle cumbia to Bembeya-Jazz to Italian library groove & have an extended look into the sacred, psychedelic nyabinghi of Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus' output in the 1970s, a truly splendid run of albums.

All that and more, here, 7:00-10:00 –

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Shadownoids and Vortex Funk, etc.

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Psychedelectric jazz, tropicosmic funk, shadownoid psych and marijuano mambo in a real whirling vortex of head sounds and grooves. Should be a real good one, friends, tune in tonight, 7-10:00.

And please! pledge according to your means to the October fundraiser – keep the good ship WFMU afloat, and uphold Explorers Room as one of its fabulous barnacles.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Cool Phase and Pop Distortions in the TeleMusic Library

Tonight in the Explorers Room we tunnel into one of the the great French library labels, TeleMusic, to hear pop distortions, cool phasing, baroque jazz and skiing themes. Covering volumes 0-21 of an extremely prolific run of consistently high quality releases. Excellent label, really cool sounds.  Tune in, jump in the comments, and if you're so inclined, donate to support WFMU, Explorers Room, the Drummer stream and all the excellent programs it broadcasts. To make a donation in the name of Explorers Room, use this link.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Typee

Tonight in the Explorers Room, an all-exotica adventure program inspired by Herman Melville's archetypal stranded-on-an-exotic-island tale, Typee.  Join me on the island as we jump ship, explore, find ourselves stranded in a strange land, and eventually return to the sea.


addendum: October is a fundraising month for WFMU, please help everyone stay on air and doing their best radio ideas by donating to FMU in the name of Explorers Room here: 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Hot Cool & Easy, Jazz Heat, Bongo Beat, Flashing My Whip

Tonight the Explorers Room has an evening of Latin jazz, calypso, reggae, and dub sounds to enliven and enlighten your late summer torpor.

You are excused from listening if you spend that time watching Lucrecia Martel's excellent film Zama.  Otherwise, come along and join, tonight, 7:00-10:00.