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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Exotic Motifs and Various Taboos, Tonight on Explorers Room

Tune in tonight – 7-9 EST, on Give the Drummer Radio – for an evening of classic, top shelf Exotica (and some other, weirder stuff).  Hear Provocatif and other Exotic Motifs as we embark on a group-hallucination into mind jungles and industrial-grade touristic phantasmagoria.  Masters of the ancient universe await your induction to the absurd ceremony of a false bird god.  The drink of the evening shall be the Jungle Bird, of course:

Jungle Bird (Aviary Bar, Kuala Lumpur Hilton, c. 1978)
3/4 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
4 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz. dark Jamaican rum

See you there, you figments of the imagination!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tonight on Explorers Room: A Special Evening with Donovan

Tonight, my beamish ones, will be a night spent with one of the most splendid musical entities in the history of recorded sound.  An artist so inventive and clever and magical – and underrated, my god – that the mind can scarcely comprehend the majesty of it all.  It's hard to recognize a talent this massive when it's so humble and unassuming, but tonight we will spend an extra-long program wading into the briny bog of Donovan's luminous colours, shadow-jazz, and psychedelic pop. 

Come to my arms, my beamish boy (7-9 EST)

And don't ye worry if you miss this or any other show, my friends.  It's all archived and available for listening any time, right here (there's also a link in the sidebar to the right).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Science Fiction Fantasy Dioramas from Library Masters: Piero Umiliani- Tra Scienza e Fantascienza (1980); Roger's New Conception- Informatic 2000 (1982)

Here's a couple transcendent glimpses into science fiction worlds from two (or three, really) of the shining stars of library music.  I know these are rather old news for those who troll these bloggy waters, but with the landscape changing as quickly as it has been over the last few years, I figure it's nothing but good to keep these old links alive.  Though I sure wouldn't mind some upgrades.

This 1980 LP from Umiliani's own Omicron label (and under the pseudonym Moggi) is one of the first Umiliani records I'd ever heard (was it from 36-15 Moog? How can those days be so long ago now?), and a big hook for myself getting into him.  It's perfect science fiction music.  It achieves what it sets out to do with aplomb and beyond. This is a highlight of a majestic ouvre, and one of the most fun of his many electronic records.

It's also one of those lovely miracles of good album art.  The imagery is the perfect accompaniment to the music, evoking some equally-weird nonexistent companion piece to Fantastic Planet.

Particularly exemplary are "Cowboy Spaziale," "Bric Brac," and "Officina Stellare," but this whole slab is gold.

TRA SCIENZA E FANTASCIENZA (192, anyone have an upgrade?)

Equally good science fiction soundtracking music, and from an equally stellar body of consistently tremendous work, is Roger Roger and Nino Nardini's 1982 Crea Sound LP Informatic 2000 (credited to "Roger's New Conception").  This is as ecstatic and fresh as any of the best work this team has ever done.  The title track is one of the best library tracks I'll probably ever hear, and "Expectation" is a chunky, clunky delight.

INFORMATIC 2000 (again, 192)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Roger Roger and Nino Nardini: An Exotic Life TONIGHT on Explorers Room (7-9 EST)

Tune in tonight for an evening of exoticism from the peerless Roger Roger and Nino Nardini.  The program will feature selections from their masterwork, Jungle Obsession (of course), many of the selections from my compilation of a few years back, Obsession Exotique, and really quite a bit more.  Indeed, you might even interpret this as a heavily revised, much-improved version of that compilation, albeit in the format of a radio show. 

I look forward to seeing you all there! Oh and: ideally, you would all be listening to this while simultaneously enjoying such luxurious and diverting activities that you'd truly have no time to enter the fray of the commenting box.  However, if you are for whatever reason not so engaged in debauchery, meditation, or all-consuming fantasy, please do accept my invitation to come in and get a good lunatic discourse going.  I'll be happy to see you, I promise.

Also, new post coming tomorrow.  Until then:


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Other Planets, Other Rooms: New Age Tootscapes tonight on Explorers Room (7-9 EST)

Tune in tonight and dissolve your body into a incorporeal cloud of naked consciousness borne on wings of static signals.  Float the rivers of geologic time, sail the cosmos of the celestial soul.  Tonight is a voyage through an expanse of particularly thrilling New Age soundscapes, "East of the sun, and west of the moon... Outside time, and beyond space."  As usual, but different.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Music For Plants Tonight on Explorers Room

Tune in to Explorers Room tonight for an episode all about plant music.  Plantasia, its musical brethren, and more leafy library bits, a green sonic climatron for the benefit of your potted friends and a celebration of Spring as it springs to wondrous dewy life.  You bring your begonia, I'll bring my bromeliad.

I'm serious, by the way.  Get your plants in on this listening party.  Bring them into the room with you.  Or bring the speakers out to the greenhouse like a civilized person.  Tonight is for them, not you – you're just lucky to be here, if you think about it.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Legend of Vocal Exotica: Miriam Burton- African Lament (1961)

I did a post on this one four (!) years ago when Sleepy Lagoon was blessedly still active and had just posted a link on his site.  Sad to say, it's gone now.  Anyway, I played a few selections from this dazzling record on the radio show last week, and as a result got a few messages from folks in fruitless search for a live link.  I thought it might be wise to make a new post with a fresh link.  So here you are.

African Lament is a tremendous piece of work, one of those classically, formally exotica records that has a weird aura of specialness to it, a whiff of profound uniqueness without any radical digression, like Magne's Tropical Fantasy or Frank Hunter's White Goddess.  It's also more than likely the best piece of vocal exotica outside of the Yma Sumac ouvre.  Mournful, lush, utterly cinematic and faintly mystical stuff.  Especially tremendous are "Kalahari Bushman," "Apartheid," and the epic"Rites of Passage 1-3."


Friday, March 27, 2015

Death is Just Around the Corner: Flash Car- Lady Lindy (new single)

Flash Car's new single is out now over at bandcamp.  It's called "Lady Lindy," and it's so good.  It's just great.  Check it out.  I had the honor of being enlisted to do the cover art, so that which you see above is indeed one of mine.  Now go enjoy the tunes.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SAFARI and ADVENTURE tonight on Explorers Room

Come sit in with the Adventurer's Club and go on otherworldly safari tonight, on Explorers Room.  Where the savage bright in the jungle night, and a life for a life is law.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Explorers Room will be On and Right-On Tonight!

Tune in tonight for a special episode of Explorers Room.  Same great time (7-9 EST) same whiz-bang spot!


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