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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:


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Contemporary Sound Collage of the Funky Variety: sonar lee, tomorrow's nostalgia

Here's a fellow whose work I've been enjoying over the last year or more.  Coming out of Calgary and Saigon, and operating under the name sonar lee, he's delivered a wealth of adventurously experimental sound collages, shambling along on jalopy beats and loops, littered with overlapping spoken texts, and obfuscated by mists of murkiness.  Like a muddy river, into which someone has crashed an old bootlegger rustbucket full of books and exotic pigments.  Hallucinatory, highly textual, exotic, and with a totally collagist sense of juxtaposition: how could I not dig it?

Check out this representative jam in video form:

There's a few releases on bandcamp – I'm particularly fond of omphaloskepsis [filthy jazz] (very heady revolutionary vibes), and jimjilbang muzic [ ừ ] (some serious exoticism in the mix), but I'm excited to declare that there is also a new release, called tomorrow's nostalgia, which you should totally check out.  Endless discontinuitous samples, spoken word piled like leaves in the yard, a swirling sense of remembered unreality.  Particularly dig the opening two tracks, "ventrilophenia" and "phantom tuktuk."

Check it out:

sonar lee discography

tomorrow's nostalgia

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tonight on Explorers Room: Ships Upon Ocean and Jungle Dreams (7-9ish EST) TONIGHT

Tune in tonight for exotica, synthi times, percussive travelogue, and more.  No big theme tonight, just lots of great music, from Brian Eno to Pete Rugolo, all-exotic. 

Also, check out my book-for-sale, or don't. There is no gun to your head, you are free.  Breathe the air and enjoy the world while it lasts. Be human.  It is a pretty cool book though; I mean, I promise it won't crush the growing lightness in your soul or anything. Think about it.

Heading for the Horizon with Full Sails

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Expedition, in Your Hands: My Book is Available Now, Check it Out

I come to you today with some exciting news: Expedition is now available.  It really is.  I've had some really wonderful reproductions made, most satisfying in quality, and am using kickstarter to sell them (and hopefully, receive enough orders/funds to have more copies made, but that's a bridge to cross if it ever arrives).

If you're unfamiliar with Expedition, you can peruse it on my websiteExpedition is a collage book that I spent two years making, assembled from hundreds of exoticist bits from books and magazines (all of which is indexed).  It's an exploration of the tropes of exotica and the beats of the adventure narrative, done with great love, deep history, and a surrealist sensibility; it is exotica, but it also critiques exotica.  If you're interested in maybe thinking about buying one, check out the kickstarter page, which has all the information and the general pitch.  It has a pretty ok video at least.  Go on, check it out, I promise it won't bore you all the way to death.

The kickstarter campaign launched a few days ago, on Thursday.  Within 24 hours, we were almost a third of the way to the goal.  As of tonight, we're over halfway.  The campaign ain't over till one minute to midnight, December first – that's a lot of time to meet the goal.  This is happening.  We're going to make it, and more. If you pledge, you will end up with a book.  If we go over the goal, that just means that more people get books. So think of it as a preorder, and order a copy, if you're interested.  There's a lot to look at in there, stuff that just doesn't register when you look at it online; plus, it's a great-looking object – and dammit, it's meant to be experienced as a book!

Anyway, the whole shebang is intensely exotic, and I really think that if you're reading this site, you'll probably like it.