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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: If the Drum is a Woman – March

Tomorrow, Trump will be inaugurated, ushering in a heightened normalization of discriminatory discourse and an escalation of persecutions and aggressions based on that discourse (among many other nightmares, undoubtedly).

The next day, there will be a Women's March in D.C., and many smaller regional marches and protests around the world.  I have my doubts that the big march will be as revolutionarily intersectional and class-conscious as it should be, or support a significant anticapitalist or anti-imperialist aspect (to my mind, crucial components of globally-minded feminism).  But I think this march will prove to be more than just a bourgeois exercise.  It will be an inevitably historic moment, and its message is ultimately not reliant on the aims and stated policies of the march's founders, or the media – in truth, the message of this protest is yet to be written, and when it is, it will be done collectively, by those in attendance.  

So tonight's show is an expression of solidarity to all the sisters and brothers and comrades who will be attending the march, and all its satellites – committing their presence and their voices to this demonstration of resistance, this continuation of the struggle.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Flash Strap Mix – "Vega-Tables: Eating Human Meat Under Friendly Observation" – For Food& Magazine

Very pleased to announce that a new mix of mine has just been put out by Food& magazine, entitled "Vega-Tables: Eating Human Meat Under Friendly Observation."  For their second issue, AliensFood& is an appealingly bizarre enterprise, focusing on "unusual encounters with food," an absurd idea for an ongoing publication.  There's an undeniable surrealism to the whole notion of smashing two unlike concepts together just to see what the resulting juice will taste like.  I like this.  I like juxtaposition, for its own sake or any other. Here's a little more in the way of description, if you care to learn.

Anyway, I did what I think is a pretty good mix/podcast that you can listen to on the site, and an attendant interview outlining some of my feelings relating to food, aliens, music, etc.  Check it out.  I also have a piece of art in the print magazine, so if you buy a copy, rest assured you'll see it there, looking back out at you.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: The Rebels are Coming to Town

Tune in tonight for a sprawling program of diaspora music, rapso, calypso-disco, funk, jazz, and political soul from Trinidad&Tobago, Ghana, Zambia, Angola, and pockets of the USA, among others.

That's a short, basic write-up, I know, but just know that the tunes tonight will be out of control.  See you there.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Through a Veil of Moon Mist – Adventures in Time & Space

Tonight in the Explorers Room, join me as we journey through time and space, to the future, to the moon, to planets and galaxies exotic and mysterious.  Space-age exotica, library themes, and early experimental electronics attempting to connote the unknown as we know it with bleeps, bloops, bubble sounds, echo effects, theremins (and ersatz theremins), tape effects, wordless vocals, and so on and so forth, into the future of sound as imagined by the stereowizards of the past....

Join me, tonight, 7-10. First show of the new year. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: A Look Back, Then Onward, Ever Onward

Tonight we look back at a year in the Explorers Room; I will play one song each from every show of 2016 (with the exception of some of the more recent shows, for which I'll play the songs I almost, or perhaps should have played).  An evening of retrospection before we make the leap to a new and probably even more horrifying new year.  Join me, tonight, in the Room.  7-10.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: A Do-Your-Thing Batucada (Strong as Thing, Sweet as Do)

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll be hearing long-form funk excursions, avant-Peruvian abstractions, woozy film jazz, and more.  Join me tonight for 2016's second-to-last Explorers Room.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Bahama Boat

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll be listening to music from the Bahamas, and music about boats.  I recently moved to Bahama, North Carolina, into an old house that's rickety and crooked and wood-paneled in a way that frequently makes me think of it as an old riverboat or clipper ship or something.  Obviously, it's not a boat which can travel, it's a mostly stationary house; and I don't live in the beautiful Bahamas, I just live in Bahama (pronounced, tragically enough, Ba-hay-ma) in a doomed state in a doomed nation, but it's the fantasy space bridging these concepts that is the lifeblood of the exotic, and anyway, I like songs about boats and I like Bahamian music, so let's just roll with it and see what happens.  Tonight!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Cover Art, the Cover as Art: Flash Car, Dying to Sing

I think this came out almost a whole month ago (I've been moving and let a lot of things get away from me recently), but better late than never I'm happy to post about this, for two reasons: one, I did the art for it, and two, the music is really good.

Actually, I did the art for half of it.  It's a split single for Third Uncle Records; one side is No One Mind doing a cover of "Land of Dreams" (art on that side by No One Mind's Ellis Anderson), the other is Flash Car (for whom I've done art before, and will do again – stay tuned for an upcoming LP with cover art by yours truly) doing a cover of the legendary Eddie Callahan's legendary track, "Dying to Sing."  Just as passionate and psychedelic as the original, faithful but not pointlessly so, with a cavernous, gargantuan outro and a synth solo that goes totally cosmic in the mode of Gert Thrue's Sound Painted Pictures of Cosmic Love.  Check it out:

Grab a cassette or check out the flipside here.

And stay tuned for more extremely exciting art news around these parts!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: African Queens, Tunisian Knights, and other Jazz Tropical Tabus

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be taking another swim in the warm and plentiful waters of exotic jazz.  Tabu, Night in Tunisia, African Queen, Flamingo, and more, ranging from Afro-Cuban rumba-exotica to modal experimentation, with lots of hot pounding percussion and mysterious shadowy flutes along the way.  Prepare to smolder.

It's also my first Explorers Room to be broadcast from my new home (and thus, new actual explorers room) in Bahama, NC.  So I'm excited to turn over this new frond and embark on a fresh series of Explorers Rooms.  Tune in for the first installment of a new era, tonight!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Psychedelic Chants and Dances

Tonight the Explorers Room returns, after a two-week absence, to bring you three hours of psychedelic chants and dances and lush music full of life.  Tune in and experience a sprawling, teeming, wild world of sound.

TONIGHT! 7-10! We're back!