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Electric Fushitsusha Ragtime Listen Ability Rating: One part beef heart, a dash of rag, two pounds nerve snapping Japan psych - rock. Mix thoroughly! (17:36, 20.9mb)

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band give us a jolt of "Electricity" from his 1967 debut album Safe as Milk.  BBC DJ John Peel once stated, "If there has ever been such a thing as a  genius in the history of popular music, it's Beefheart ... I heard echoes of his music in some of the records I listened to last week and I'll hear more echoes in records that I listen to this week."

Up to my old tricks I've come up with a piece titled "Carousel to Hell." I've turned on the Inkxpotter deconstruction machine and this week it was fed a Scott Joplin midi file titled, "Original Rag." After a few days of working on this I found I had conjured flying dinosaurs and other airborne creatures doing wide circles in the sky in my dream time. If you listen to it the same may happen for you. Inkxpotter exclusive!

The title of our last selection by Fushitsusha was what initially sucked me in, "Don't Be Afraid. Even If Your Nerves Snap, You Can Tie Them To A Fragment Of The Universe..." Who could walk away from a title like that? "The sounds this music contained seemed to suggest nothing so much as the primeaval mythic soul-soup from which all music originated." Listener you have been warned!
Direct download: smsd060129.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19pm PST

Mixmaster Bach vs. Laibach Listen Ability Rating: Some heavy sampling, heavy beats, and basterdized Bach!

Mixmaster Mike opens up the show with "A Can of Ass Kicks". I pulled this one off of a Wire compilation CD, can't say if it's available elsewhere but it's definitely a kick. One of the premier scratch artists of the day, Mixmaster Mike got his initial itch for vinyl while growing up in San Francisco listening to his uncle's extensive record collection.

Since there is a bit of a Bach theme going on here (don't ask me how the Mixmaster fits in) the Inkxpotter mix this week offers up a rendition of the Lute Prelude in D minor by JS Bach . Along with some scientific facts thrown in for good measure, oddness is let loose once again. Inkxpotter Exclusive!

Laibach brings this Bach frenzy to a close with W.A.T. or "We Are time". "On WAT Laibach accelerate once more dragging audiences into their own temporal zone, conjuring up the normally hidden forces supporting the regimes that govern our reality. Nothing and no one is spared interrogation by Laibach and the effects of its interventions are irreversible. WAT interrogates both Laibach's own history and the desires and projections of its audiences." Fun stuff!
Direct download: smsd060122.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm PST

Off on another Blues binge... Listen Ability Rating: As the title suggests the "blues" dominate this episode. Not your standard 12 bar variety though, tonight we've got Tuvan throat singers and primal improv rounding out this collection of sounds.

With the blues at the forefront we start off this podcast with a cut from the Genghis Blues soundtrack. This excellent movie chronicles the journey of blind blues musician Paul Pena and his journey to Tuva in the mid nineties. He first heard the sound of Tuvan throat singers ten years earlier on a short wave broadcast and amazingly taught humself how to sing in this way and also how to speak some of the Tuvan language. We listened to a duet with Kongar ol-Ondar titled "Sunexin Yry (Soul's Song)."

In searching for a way to incorporate the blues I have taken my own unique Inkxpotter path. Of course it didn't start out so obvious but after a few unsuccessful attempts at using samples of blues artists I decided to take another route entirely. So for this weeks Inkxpotter mix we have a scientist talking about "Blue Moons", it's got blue in it so I figured that was close enough. Along with some samples recorded at the piano we have this weeks Inkxpotter mix. "Blue Moon." An Inkxpotter exclusive!

Going even farther out in the realm of what is the blues we listened to "The Natural Bridge," by the No-Neck Blues Band. (This is an odd link but somehow I think it is related to the band, see for yourself.) The No-Neck Blues Band are.a loose collective of New York and Boston improvisers that was first assembled in 1992 by, among others, multi-instrumentalist Keith Connelly and percussionist Dave Nuss. Their recordings are mainly devoted to long chaotic instrumental jams. Their basic method is the free-form psychedelic freak-out, enhanced with ritual percussive passages and spastic discordance. My kind of band!
Direct download: smsd060116.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28pm PST

Bob from South Dakota and so much more! Listen Ability Rating: I've been up to a bit of remixing lately as this podcast will show. Nice sounds, aggressive sounds, strange sounds, and Bob sounds.

Beginning the show I've mixed together John Zorn, French electronica group aMute and Bob Dylan from way deep in a reverb canyon. This flows for a while until the Art Bears snap us out of it with "Democracy" from The World as it is Today..

For the weekly Inkxpotter Mix (the real mix!) I've taken the words of a fellow Podcaster from South Dakota named Bob. His site is called The Podcast Reviewer. He did a review of Strange Music in Small Doses last week and I wasted no time in cutting and pasting his words into a tasty morsel entitled "Bob, from South Dakota." Have a listen and hear what he has to say about your favorite podcast :) Inkxpotter exclusive!

Lastly we listen to Soul Coughing from Ruby Vroom and the cut was "Supra Genius". This cut from the !995 Cd is a winner. Soul Coughing  was a New york-based band whose music blended elements of hip-hop, jazz, and rock. Their style of music was described by members of the band as "deep slacker jazz."
Direct download: smsd060108.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07pm PST