Good Music We Can Know

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.

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.