Good Music We Can Know

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.