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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.


TYPEE or HAPPAR?

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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Chappell Dance and Mood Music Library


Tonight's Explorers Room follows up on a previous special program focused on the Chappell Mood Music library series (archived here) with another Chappell showcase, this time the Dance and Mood Music series.  Grooves abound, with heavy drums, blaring guitars, and wild organs, but there's enough Baroque oddities, exotica, and small-ensemble jazz to keep it extremely varied as we run through the series from Vol. 1 (1966) to Vol. 21 (1973).  Tune in, get your library card.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: The Absence of Myth – Language Surreal, Art Divine

 Tonight in the Explorers Room, a game of word associations using words randomly selected from the writings of Georges Bataille as a catalyst. A cadavre exquis for your living ears. Tune in tonight 7-10:00.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: BANG BOING BUZZ


Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be treated to an evening of the psych/garage, TV themes, girl groups, teen ideas, and ruthless avant gardisms that really tickle me right now. Should be pretty fun. Please join us with your ears or drop out into the comments.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Hey Hey Hey!, Funk Drops, Liquid Sounds, Etc.


Tonight's Explorers Room will be another all-vinyl excursion into recent acquisitions and current favorites, plenty of cha cha / mambo / etc., funky jazz grooves, harp, unusual vocals, and some rollicking selections from the Jazz Heritage Series.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Drums, The Mystery Of


Tonight the Explorers Room returns, bringing with it a quartet of drum exotica LPs with similar covers but very different sounds, and a look at some of the great works of the Divine Drummer himself, Guy Warren of Ghana.  Come dig the drum sound with me.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Galaxy Room


Despite reports to the contrary, Explorers Room is in fact happening tonight. This evening, your intrepid host will return just in the very nick of time to sit down and play for you a program of kosmische music.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Undersea Philosophies and Inscrutable Microscopics


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll cool off with special vibrations of synthesized sound – aquatic, microscopic, surreal and exotic – a throng of holographic birds and inscrutable taxonomic arrangements.  Join in and get molecular with me and all the other giant sunfish.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Freedom Death Dance / Class & Subject


Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll hear protest jazz, Maoist agitprop&hip hop, recurring riddims, and more. Follow the 4th by upholding revolutionary thought with me tonight.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Jungle Train, Jazz Concerto, Esoteric Everest


Tonight in the Explorers Room: a few interesting selections from Everest Records and their fantastic album covers, a jazz concerto or two or three, and a long leafy ride through the jungle as we explore the world of train-themed exotica.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Boys on the Beach


Tonight the Explorers Room is coming live from a rambunctious beach trip – an ode to the beach, being there with your pals, and getting weird.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Sex Power Mambo


Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be nodding along to a collection of exotic library music, erotic soundtracks, and exciting jazz & mambo with an exotica finale. Firing up in one hour. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Filling in for Neighbors Noise


Tonight, Explorers Room is filling in for Jesse Kaminsky's Tuesday night program, Neighbors Noise.  Tune in for an evening of mystery music, 7:00-10:00.  See you there, I hope! Or see you Thursday.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Back on the Beach


Tonight, Explorers Room returns! We're back on the beach, my friends, and we'll be hearing a program of surf, exotica, passion & melodrama of the teen pop variety, waves and gulls, and reggae wizz-dom.  Tune in!

(PS - be forewarned that next week, in addition to my usual slot, I'll be filling in for Jesse Kaminsky's program from 7-10. So tune in to that as well.)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Forbidden Jazz, Kapu Dreams


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll have another all-vinyl program of organ weirdness, all-time great exotica, and exploratory jazz.  Unless the power outage at the station persists, in which case, we won't have anything, I guess (edit: all was solved in very good time, by heroic men and women at WFMU headquarters).  Either way, I'll be off in the jungle honeymooning for the rest of May, and won't return to the Explorers Room until June 7th. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Jungle Bongo, Taboo Lagoon


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear another program exploding with exotica: bongo exotica, vocal exotica, surf exotica, and a whole set of lagoon-themed weirdness as well.  Lots of variations on the classics tonight, with multiples of Taboo, Jungle Drums, Flamingo and Sleepy Lagoon making major appearances.  Tune in tonight, 7-10:00 EST.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Album Art!: Flash Car – Wardobe


It's album-droppin' season. Once again extremely pleased to report another album cover making its debut in the world, this time by Flash Car (for whom, you may remember, I've done a few things in the past, including this Eddie Callahan cover cassingle on Third Uncle, and this killer 45).  This time around it's no single but at long last a full-length LP of heavy synth, psychedelic rock, & baroque pop.  It's a monster of an LP and I'm extremely pleased with how the cover turned out, if I may.   

WARDROBEcheck it out, here.  On bandcamp and also on limited release vinyl, details on the latter forthcoming. 

And, once more, check out this gallery of album covers I've done, if such a thing might interest you.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Directional Sounds, Polynesian Percussions, Cumbias Sabrosas


Tonight in the Explorers Room – another extremely exotic program, consisting of stereo-dynamic Directional Sound label exotica from John Evans aka Don Catelli; sublime cumbias, boleros, and gaitas from the truly exquisite Colombian outfit Los Diplomaticos aka Los Millonarios; and more, much more, in that exotic vein.  See you there, you know where. 7:00 - 10:00.

Monday, April 16, 2018

More Album Art & A Video



Two more bits of news from me today. First, check out this video I made for Barry Walker's song, "Ediacaran Moonrise" from his forthcoming album of pedal steel geologic time-dreams, Diaspora Urkontinent.

View it via the embed above or at the Gorilla vs Bear video premiere page.

The video is edited from various archival educational film reels, none of which were archived at any particularly high quality, so it inevitably has a very lo-fi look which I ultimately like a lot.  Barry's record is excellent as well, ambient diorama backdrops to the great slow drama of earth's formation, beautifully rendered in steel guitar.  Check it out here.



The next bit of new it pleases me to share is that friend of Flash Strap and comrade blogboy Spookcity, aka qualchan., has a new tape out with Andrew Weathers on Æescape Sounds, with a cover by me.  Dig the beautiful sounds and more images of the art here.  Pick up a copy for yourself, maybe.  

And here's a gallery of most of my other designs, have a look.

Friday, April 13, 2018

New Album Art: Sugai Ken, Tele-N-Tech-Da


Very pleased to report a new LP cover of my design is coming out on Discrepant! The album is Tele-N-Tech-Da by the extremely excellent Sugai Ken (whose 2016 album, On The Quakefish, gets a lot of play in my world), "a kaleidoscopic radio play inspired by the traditional Japanese art of Mingei."  It's really good; I listened to it a lot while working on the cover art (which is also derived from Mingei, naturally) and found it challenging, mysterious, and highly rewarding, dense with allusion and layers of meaning yet somehow very pleasingly sparse.  Check out the Discrepant page, where Sugai Ken has included an interesting statement.

Several more cover designs & other like items to post about in the coming days.  As usual, contact me by email if you're interested in commissioning work, my studio is in full swing and looking for more projects to tackle.


And here's a gallery of most of my other designs, have a look.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: The Essential Humor of Tropical Fantasy (& Ornithological Orientations)


Tune in tonight for an evening of outlandish, colorful, absurdly lively exotica, bordering on parody and bursting with birdcall, cinematic details, and musical comedy.  Featuring the Markko Polo Adventurers, Michel Magne, and a special set of music employing the birdsong as an integral, rather than decorative, element.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Land of Demons


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear a pulpy, psychedelic mix of western, library, ufo, and exotica sounds.  Join in the weirdness, compañeros! Tonight!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Extended Meditations & Seeking Beyond


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll decompress from marathon madness and go in search of truths and presences heretofore undreamt-of with a program of psychedelic extended meditations.  Come into the Explorers Room and get your receiving mechanism tuned to that particular frequency where secrets start to reveal themselves.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Marathon Week 2 – Support Independent Radio, Win Unusual Prizes!


Tonight is night #2 of Explorers Room's participation in WFMU's annual two-week long marathon, and once again we'll be drumming up pledges and giving away awesome prizes.  Come, join in the comments, and give the station some tender to keep it broadcasting the bizarre, wonderful music and utterly unique programs that it does so well, including of course The Explorers Room and all the other amazing shows on Give the Drummer Radio.  This is important, and worthy, so if you have the means, Compañeros, please donate.  Keep GTDR on the air, keep those servers firing, and help us pay for the bandwidth that brings you truly countless hours of archived shows. 

Show Tonight - 7-10:00

A $20 donation to Explorers Room (see the widget at the bottom of the post) will put you in the running for one of the nine prizes below, all but one of which are vinyl LPs this week.  $75 and over will not only put you in the running but will also guarantee you the prize of this years Explorers Room premium, 3 Taboos (And Other Exotic Motifs). Obscure and lesser-known exotica, only the best and strangest pearls found hidden in my dusty collection of exotica LPs.  Curated and ripped exclusively by yours truly, the first time I've ever actually really done that.  It's pretty good, I think.




Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Marathon, Prizes, Help Support WFMU!


Tonight in the Explorers Room we kick off our show's participation in WFMU's annual two-week long marathon, gathering up pledges and giving away prizes.  Come, join in the comments, and give the station some tender to keep it broadcasting the bizarre, wonderful music and utterly unique programs that it does so well, including of course The Explorers Room and all the other amazing shows on Give the Drummer Radio.

The world is upside down – maybe it always has been, but anyway, it still is.  Conditions are often bleak, the future intractably dark.  It seems like the world is bought, cooked, and soon to be drowned.  We need WFMU, not just because it's good radio, but because it's a large scale cultural project that anyone can access.  In a time when crushing, aggregated banality can be accessed via a bland cornucopia of subscription services, WFMU is right there for everyone, free, weird, and liberatory.  This doesn't just get us through another day in the proto-apocalypse, it inspires us to imagine and even demand better things – an essential revolutionary energy for human survival and emancipation.  So if you have the means, Compañeros, please donate.

Show Tonight - 7-10:00

A $20 donation to Explorers Room (see the widget at the bottom of the post) will put you in the running for one of the nine prizes below, all but one of which are vinyl LPs this week.  $75 and over will not only put you in the running but will also guarantee you the prize of this years Explorers Room premium, 3 Taboos (And Other Exotic Motifs). Obscure and lesser-known exotica, only the best and strangest pearls found hidden in my dusty collection of exotica LPs.  Curated and ripped exclusively by yours truly, the first time I've ever actually really done that.  It's pretty good, I think.




Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Game of Variants (Continuations on a Long String)


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll play another game of word association and chance-based song sequencing by taking our previous experiment (see here) and vaguely recreating it by choosing songs with similar (and ideally, the same) titles and putting them in the same order.  The two shows should be extremely disparate and yet unmistakably bound to each other.  Tune in for an evening of unusual transitions and bizarre choices.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Moving Worlds, Calypso Sketches, Freaking Out


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear an anxious, restless blend of exotic jazz, calypso, reggae, and profoundly psychedelic, intensely funky West African music.  Should be a good one, do tune in.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Chappell Mood Music Library


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear a survey of sounds from the Chappell Music library, with selections from nearly every release (volumes 1-24 or so) on the Chappell Mood Music sublabel & series,  which made extensive use of Roger Roger – and was home to many of his early experiments with unusual techniques and instruments (the Ondes Martenot in particular). Tune in for an extraordinary variety of sounds drawn from a very narrow field.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Savage and Sensuous Exotica and Jazz


Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll imbibe an extremely potent blend of exotica and jazz.  Yusef Lateef, Buddy Collette, Don Ralke, Chico Hamilton, and even Camarata hold court as bongos and flutes abound in steaming jungles and torrid nightclubs, and exotica standards mix freely with fresh inventions. 

As usual, 7-10:00. See you there.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: We're Back!

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Tonight, we return at long last to the atmospheric interior of the Explorers Room.  Let's get back into the swing of things with some sets built on chance-based strategies and daisy chains of word association.  Guaranteed to be full of twists and terns.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Year of the Compañero!


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we attempt to go into 2018 with fervor (before taking a three week absence, returning first week in February).  Ferocious French psych, dialectical Calypso, exhortations of comradery, ponderings as to what tomorrow holds, and more, much more.  Join me, tonight, to usher in another year from the exploratory interior.