Good Music We Can Know

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Indigenous Protest, Antropoloops, Aesthetic Expressions Of Psychedelic Funk Music

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll hear protest, folk, and art music from American indigenous peoples; a healthy serving of ecstatic sound-collages from the deliriously brilliant Antropoloops project; and other psychedelic exorcisms from around and about this throbbing planet. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: I Mean Damn, Get Out of Your Seat!

Tonight in the Explorers Room, let's completely boogie out the room with some Nigerian funk, militant disco, purplefunk squiggle music, underground dance experiments, mutant reggae, and queer cosmic allegories.  Your explorers room is now a dancefloor: how will you use it, explorer?

And then tomorrow we see how the February 17 general strike will go.  Probably not very well, particularly without a strong union involvement, but dammit that's no reason not to participate.  Don't work, don't shop.  Stay home and goof off, which, as Henry Jacobs reminds us, is a creative act of radical self-determination.  Or follow Brother D's words of wisdom: go out and AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

In the meantime, see you tonight, 7:00 sharp:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Expedition" Now Available at Printed Matter, Inc.

Very very pleased to announce that my book, Expedition, is now available at Printed Matter, an incredible organization "dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists' books" at 231 11th Ave in New York.  Pop in and check it out.  It's also in the online catalog, here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Songs of Blood and Fire

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be hearing a program of Jamaican music with revolutionary & polit(r)ic(k)al overtones, among other subjects of passion & righteousness.  Lots of stuff by/produced by Lee Perry, Joe Gibbs, Keith Hudson, and Niney the Observer, from all-time, I-know-you-know-them full metal classics to dubplates, b-sides, and album tracks. 

The current state of things dictates that we must listen to and learn from various resistance musics dating to earlier days – and other regions, geographically speaking – of the struggle; additionally, under even the most utopian imaginable circumstances, this music would be too good not to play.  See you tonight, 7-10, in the usual room.  Devils beware, you ha fe get a beaten.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Hear the Helicopter, Hear the Thunder – In Memoriam Jaki Liebezeit

Tonight's Explorers Room will be a sort of tribute to the fallen god of drum, Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit.  Liebezeit, as you probably know, died of pneumonia on January 22nd.  At that time, I already had an entire show planned – and since portions of it concerned relevant protest and immigration issues I figured it best not to postpone – but I still wanted to do a show in memoriam of this great artist and master drummer.  I hope you won't mind if it's a week late, so to speak. As though it's ever the wrong time for Can.

Back in October 2016, I dedicated three consecutive programs to Can and their various activities, together and apart.  With those shows, I played most of the material from (what I consider to be) their prime, the run of LPs from Soundtracks to Landed, as well as most of my favorite tracks from their best solo/post-Can projects.  Of course, I could put together a show of all the stuff from those albums that I didn't play and it would be just as good – such is the greatness of Can, the greatest band – but tonight I think I'll mainly play stuff from areas I didn't get to last time around.  That means pulling from the great wealth of bootlegs, live performances, and studio outtakes, as well as some of the best tracks from their LPs in the post-Landed 70s: Flow Motion (probably the best of this period), Saw Delight, Can, Out of Reach.  Far from their best albums, but nonetheless excellent, and inevitably full of great work. Mindblowing stuff, actually, and often overlooked.  There will be an emphasis on drum-heavy tracks, of course.  Tonight will take us to space, my friends, and thus a millimeter closer to brother Liebezeit, so dearly missed on this wretched earth.

In the meantime, or whenever, check out the archives of my previous Can shows:

October 1, 2015: Communism-Anarchism-Nihilism: CAN, the Greatest Band
October 8, 2015: Let's Get Cool and Normal in the Pool with Holger Czukay (Can Members, Post-Can, Pt. 1)
October 15, 2015: Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, & Damo Suzuki (Can Members, Post-Can, Pt. 2) 

Also check out fellow GTDR host Jesse Kaminsky's (of Kaminsky Kamoutsky) tribute to Liebezeit here

Then join me tonight in the Room for some drummin' from the other side of the mind