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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tonight on Explorers Room – Quiet Villages Revisited: Exotic Jazz and Other Phantoms

Tonight on Explorers Room we'll spend an evening in the company of a few of my favorite examples of exotic jazz. Sophisticated (and otherwise) jazz-ups of exotica, Afro-syncretism, Eastern picture-painting, and cool tropicalissimo – it all awaits you and your wonderful ears, tonight, 7-9. 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Eden Ahbez Emergency!

If you've yet to upgrade your Eden's Island from the cruddy rip that was floating around for so long, then I have some news for you: there's a nice rip of it over at Basic Hip Digital Oddio.  But go with haste, my child, for it's only gonna be there for you until Feb. 5.  That's how things are done over there.  HURRY. 

Eden's Island is about as essential and magical as an exotica LP can get.  If you miss out on this one, I do recommend the Black Sweat reissue, which sounds great, even though they fucked up the cover like a bunch of fucking clowns.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tonight on Explorers Room: Further Adventures in Percussion & Avant Garde!

Tonight Explorers Room will focus again on the intersection of weird/art music and percussion, this time moving out of the realm of exclusively library music and into the wilder, wider waters of international jazz and avant garde recordings.  Lots of unusual percussion sounds tonight, including a bountiful selection of kalimba and marimba.  Tonight, 7-9!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tonight on Explorers Room: Skeleton Dance–Accent on Library Percussion

Tonight on Explorers Room, we'll spend a little time with library music, with a particular emphasis on percussion and the works of Eddie Warner, Patrice Sciortino, and Camille Sauvage (and thus, his close collaborators Roger Roger and Nino Nardini as well), among others.  Not all of it is percussion-specific, and not all of those artists are percussionists per se, but all have a percussion record that serves as a jumping-off point before we wander off into huge funky breaks, dreamworld jazz, and rickety miniatures of the avant garde.  A Modernist Skeleton Dance awaits your little ears. 7-9ish, as you know.

Mallets Fall on Skins and Bones

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Explorers Room Filling in for Give the Drummer Some This Afternoon, 5-7

Today, 5-7, I'll be filling in for Doug Schulkind's Give the Drummer Some, playing a selection of exotica, space-age, library, and avant garde–AS USUAL–including some selections from the new Pierre Bastien record, which I quite like.  Let's have a nice afternoon together. If not, see you Thursday.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Explorers Room Returns, Only to Find that Bowie has Perished

Tonight, Explorers Room returns!  For good!

I had some exotic stuff lined up for this return program but then – David Bowie died.  Look, I'm sure you've all been eulogizing him and playing his records for the last four days–and god knows the peanut gallery has been piling on in their own well-meaning, know-nothing way–but I have to do a Bowie show tonight.  I have to, I have to.  Anything else would feel hollow.  Bowie is an art giant on the scale of Picasso or Stravinsky or Orson Welles, and my own admiration for his work goes far beyond fandom.  It's as though he were my mentor; at the same time, his distant genius made him feel like an Old Master, unfathomable and legendary.  He's both a sort of Leonardo da Vinci, and the professor who gave me deeper understanding of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. 

Anyway.  Tune in and we'll really dig into some Bowie together.  I promise it will be different from the usual fare, and we'll take some less-travelled pathways into this man who meant so damn much to us all, who changed everything he touched, who was so thoughtful and brilliant and innovative and just unbelievably talented.  This incredible, restless artist who created a body of work that is and always will be unparalleled and utterly awe-inspiring.  Tonight, 7pm until question marks.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tonight on Explorers Room: Last Show of 2015, don't miss it now!

Tonight's Explorers Room will be the last of 2015, as I take some weeks off to move out of the blighted zone of St. Louis and to a fairer land in ol' Carolina.  I'll be back as soon as humanly possible in 2016, full of the invigorating effects of voluntary displacement and well-rested, in a Christmastime way.  So don't miss tonight!  Themes of travel and exoticism abound, as you might expect, and I'll be cramming in as much vinyl as I can before I pack all these poor beautiful discs away and ship them 'cross the country.

7-9ish Tonight! See you there!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tonight on Explorers Room: Sounds for Baby

Tonight on Explorers Room: Sounds for baby, including selections from Raymond Scott's mindblowing series of synthesizer infant music and other chronicles of birth and electronic/exotic lullabies.  If you are a recently birthed human, I would consider this a do-not-miss program.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tonight on Explorers Room: Occult Sounds & Outsider Art from Allegory of Allergies

Tonight on Explorers Room, I'll pay homage to the long-ago fallen blog, Allegory of Allergies, where I (and many others of us, I'm sure) had my mind expanded – and my weirdness-threshold bumped way way up – by the incredible cult music, private-press, and outsider sound-art that was, for a blessed time, preserved there.  It will be a bizarre evening of idiosyncratic sounds in praise of all manner of deities and in search of unexcavated sound-caves. 

666 Tonight

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Cosmic+Juju

TONIGHT on Explorers Room: Cosmic Juju, sailing the funky pathways of the stars.  Lots of exhilaratingly huge tunes tonight, including some wonderful selections from the brand spanking new Mamman Sani release on sahelsounds.

It's gonna be a trip, my heads.  See you there: