September 30, 2009

9th Wonder is down with the Care Bears

Hip-Hop producer 9th Wonder shows off his deep knowledge of TV and movie themes and challenges other producers to flip some off the wall tracks in this video.



9th Wonder came into the limelight after having a track on Jay Z's enormous "The Black Album", and remixing Nas' whole "God's Son" album into a release called "God's Stepson" in 2003. He has a smart, thoughtful, laid back persona that is in stark contrast to some of today's more flamboyant producers. He is also known for using Fruity Loops software which is available for $99, proving that the talent is in the man, not the expensive equipment.



Here is a sampling of 9th Wonder's work:







Now what I would like to see is 9th Wonder flip Small Wonder. Gettin' tricky on Vicki. Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!!

September 29, 2009

Celebrating the Cassette

Bow Wow Wow's first single. So Adam Ant on so many levels.


September 28, 2009

The Queen is Edge


September 25, 2009

What you should be doing this weekend : Cherry Bomb


DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
WITH CHERRY BOMB!


This is the night I do with 5 other super swell ladies. This month we are splitting up into three groups and tag team DJing. I am up first and will be sharing the slot with the lovely Miss Sara Gossett. She and I will start at 10:45PM and will play probably mostly rare 60's records from all over the world.

If that isn't groovy enough for you, each DJ team of ladies will have themed outfits cause we are crazy like that. Oh and it is FREE.

Saturday, Sept 26th 2009
Cous Cous : 900 West Frankin / RVA
10:45PM to 2AM
21+



This is the movie we will be playing on the big screen : Daisies.

September 24, 2009

WFMU Does It Again


Dang I wish I could go to this. Someone up North please attend and tell me all about it!

"Breaking news: for three nights October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd WFMU Fest takes over the Music Hall of Williamsburg for our very first ever big-scale multi-day curated concert event. Hot damn. Check out this lineup: Thursday October 1st: Krautrock pioneers Faust, with Cold Cave and Aluk Todolo opening! Friday, October 2nd: a home run punk fest featuring Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, Vee Dee, and Guinea Worms! Saturday the 3rd features the return of No Wave legends Teenage Jesus and the Jerks plus a triple attack setup of NYC noisemongers Sightings, Drunkdriver, and Talk Normal. Tickets will be available in advance via the Music Hall of Williamsburg's site starting September 3rd. We will not be broadcasting, so you better get on out and not miss this, it's gonna melt brains! More info on the bands after the jump:"

September 24th, 2009 : Cause & Effect : Daniel Johnston


Its hard to say what side is better to focus on, Outsider music legend Daniel Johnston and his influences (very much worn on his sleeve) or the rabid followers of Daniel who include Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Yo la Tengo, Beck, Tom Waits...and about a million others. Both would make for fantastic radio shows so we tried to combine the best of both worlds while also including a bit of 101 basic history on what exactly Outsider music is and what artists sound like who fall under that very broad term.

Tonight on Cause & Effect from 7PM to 9PM we will be playing many of the groups Daniel grew listening to, have played covers of live of, as well as his music but that ain't all. We will also be playing a sample of the hundreds of DJ covers by well known artists such as Death Cab, Beach House, Firehose, M Ward, and Spiritualized. To take the show one step further we have also included several sets of classic Outsider music such as Jandek, Roky Erickson, Wesley Willis, Syd Barrett, The Frogs, and Moondog too.

There are few genres where the musician truly sheds their skin and the final product is an uncensored, 100% pure reflection of their very being. The music is often painfully personal with a subtle shade of humor and with no professional training these people were driven to make songs; often with the idea of proper production or distribution be damned. This isn't a style of music for everyone but I don't think there is a more honest, expressive form of music out there.

And if you can't hear the pop genius behind Daniel's songs, you might want to get your ears checked.

You can listen to us on the dial in RVA at 97.3 FM or you can stream us live at www.wrir.org - again from 7PM to 9PM every Thursday.
























September 22, 2009

Killer Boing Boing Video Feature : Synesthesia

Fascinating! Be sure to check this out...imagine listening to a record and seeing colors..without using drugs.


"Boing Boing Video
presents a remix of "Synesthesia," a documentary directed by Jonathan Fowler, about people whose senses blend, or mix. For instance: a synesthete might see colors when listening to music, or taste flavors when hearing a spoken word."

The Daniel Johnston Shoe That Never Was



But should be!

I have been working on our next radio show which will be about Daniel Johnston and Outsider Music and came across a story about the DJ Converse shoe that has clearly been designed but never saw the light of day. I can only hope someone at Converse comes to their senses and makes these happen for real.

If you click on the link you can see more pictures of the shoe and a little more back story on them.




September 21, 2009

Charlotte Gainsbourg : MRI


The chain of events went something like this.

1. I read in Mojo that Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of Serge and Jane Birkin) is working on a new record called MRI and Beck is helping her out. The article goes on to explain that the record is called IRM ( French for MRI) because she suffered from a brain hemorrhage a few years ago and after her brain scan in the MRI machine, it was a sound she would never forget. Inspired by that scary jet engine like industrial noise, she wanted to apply it her third record. I thought it was really interesting that she was turning a life threatening health issue into art. Very inspiring stuff.

2. I have had friends and family also tell me that the sound of the MRI is something they would never forget and this article made me wonder. What does an MRI sound like?

3. This question and google search led me to this page where you can sample two audio clips.

4. I then found this site for Project MRI: "All the songs on this CD were based on a set of sample recordings of a real MRI machine. The artists manipulated the samples with various effects and audio software, using the output as their final composition, or using it as a backdrop for adding additional recorded tracks from various Instruments. "

5. Man (or woman) conquers machine. I like that.

September 17, 2009

September 17th : Cause & Effect : Math Rock


For a little change of pace instead of tracing one band's musical roots for two hours we decided to investigate the history of math rock.

We will start with some '60s and '70s jazzy / mathy / prog and then work towards the modern day breaking down the genre by both decade and region.

If you are unfamiliar with Math Rock, Wiki has a decent page on the subject here. I am also a big fan of the genre radio player on LastFm and you can check that out here.

The show lasts from 7PM to 9PM this evening and you can tune in on your dial in Richmond at 97.3 on the FM or stream us live at http://www.wrir.org/. I also just recently learned that you can download an application for your iPhone to stream the show live there as well and that can be found here.<>
The bands you will hear tonight will include: Gentle Giant, ELP, Slint, Nomeansno, Black Flag, Don Cab, Shellac, Rodan, June of 44, Maps & Atlases , and we can't forget Richmond's own Breadwinner.













September 15, 2009

Another Great Record Store Bites the Dust.

I hate coming across notices like this on line. Breaks my heart. Spaceboy Music RIP.

Spaceboy Music - CLOSED
Neighborhoods: South Street District, Society Hill
407 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

(215) 925-3032
www.spaceboymusic.com

September 14, 2009

How May I Direct Your Call

New respect for Keith Emerson and I am not just talking about his no shirt policy with shiny jacket and pants combo either. It gets crazy around the 2 minutes 7 seconds mark.


Venting

Each week I spend a lot of time preparing for my radio show and what I am amazed by most each week is the number of artists not available in the digital format. It would take an absurd amount of time to transfer my records to MP3s so I rely heavily on digital web stores to fill in the blanks of what I need to complete each set list.

I know this list could probably go on and on but here are some bands I that don't have their catalog up in the digital world and I really wish they did. I understand some artists are anti-MP3 but it is no wonder people turn to torrent sites to download this stuff for free. I am a stubborn freak and won't use those sites but I am starting to really appreciate why people turn to these kinds of sites.

Kinks
Shellac
Rapeman
Sonics
Wipers
Frank Zappa
King Crimson

September 10, 2009

September 10th : Cause & Effect : Yo La Tengo



Yo La Tengo have been bringing us quality rock and roll for a quarter of a century from the mile by mile city in N.J. I once called home, Hoboken. Their 13th release "Popular Songs" came out this week and to celebrate we will be dedicating two hours to the band.

A friend to the show, Dominic (thank you!) has been kind enough to create this week's play list filled with both YLT tracks as well as a bevy of band YLT have covered over the years. The band is well known for the love of playing covers, especially live, so our look at their musical influences comes from the band themselves.

Tonight's set from 7PM to 9PM will include music by: Dylan, Flying Burrito Bros, Sun Ra, Big Star, Half Japanese, Neil Young, The Feelies, The Condo Fucks, The Velvets, Sandy Denny and more.

You can check us out on the dial in RVA at 97.3, stream us live at http://www.wrir.org/, and last but not least you can download this app for your Iphone and stream us on your fancy cellular
http://www.publicradioplayer.org/
















September 6, 2009

Take That Immortal

The band Immortal has to wear make up to look evil....well this kid cries actual blood. Now that is some scary sh*t.


September 4, 2009

The Flying Nun Story

Watch the whole gosh darn thing here!

















September 3, 2009

September 3rd, 2009: Cause & Effect : Jay Reatard


Jay Lindsey AKA Jay Reatard from Memphis,TN has a fairly new record out on Matador called "Watch Me Fall" (his second solo studio record) and to celebrate we have picked out FORTY TWO blistering punk / garage / rock / avante-new wave classics for you. We will be playing tracks from the Jay Reatard catalog as well as several of his other bands and the rest of the set will be all about his influences and bands in his peer group.

Tonight you will also hear: Buddy Holly, GG Allin, The Lollipop Shop, Cheap Time, Dead Boys, No Bunny, The Go-Betweens, The Adverts, Urinals, Screamers, Oblivians, Wipers, Wire, Devo, and a series of classic tracks from your favorite old school New Zealand bands since Jay's new record is heavily influenced by them.

You can hear us on your transistor if you live in Richmond,VA at 97.3 or you can stream us live at www.wrir.org. Tonight from 7PM to 9PM.



























September 2, 2009

Things You Need But Didn't Know You Needed




Corpsepaint Creatures by Francesca Bunny Williams.

This was originally produced as part of the Creatures of the Night exhibition held at Supersonic Festival 2008. The screenprint was produced in July 2009 and first made available at Supersonic Festival 2009.

Limited Edition screenprint signed and numbered out of 40.

A2 size - 420 x 594 mm, 200+gsm (heavyweight paper)

Will be rolled and shipping in poster tube.

PLEASE NOTE. Each print is unique and quality (particularly where there are fine lines) will vary slightly from the original digital image.

September 1, 2009

Loves a Murder

Thanks Justin for passing this along to me. Crazy Germans. (1969 with an x-member of the Rattles)

Crass Documentary

Thanks Jeff for letting me know this existed. This is just a sample of a 65 minute documentary that came out a few years ago.