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Listen Ability Rating : If you can make it deep into the freedom that pours forth from the man with the sax you are rewarded with openness on the other side.

For this segment of time I have constructed a three part transition that anchors itself firmly in the year 1966. We are at Temple University and listening to one John Coltrane play "Leo." "This cat makes the horn go places I didn't even now existed", you take another puff on your joint and knowingly smile and nod your head.

With the use of the ipad and the ims-20 app Korg has made a cool instrument. The original hardware came out in 1978 and was introduction until 1983. The software is quite nice especially when attached to a midi keyboard externally. a nob turning, patch cording, key pounding barrel of fun!

We closed with the sounds of Miki Yui and a tune called Long Before, this is off of "Magina" and just came out in december of 2010. One Akio Suzuki says, "Music that my ears never want to hear through half-baked equipment."
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Direct download: smsd110228.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:02am PDT

Cage. Wendt, Orcutt and Schwitters

Listen Ability Rating: If the sound of acapella voices, beautifully mangled guitars and various ruminations on the occult grabs your fancy than this podcast is for you.

This episode starts out with the sounds of Bill Orcutt and Sad News from Korea, this is off of A New Way To Pay Old Debts, released in 2009 and just re released on CD. "It's an intense set of raw, blues-influenced songs that sound heavier than most of the guitar records in your collection put together!!"

From here we transition to Obscure #5 - Voices and Instruments - , which was released on Brian Eno's Obscure Records label in 1976. This record exists only on out of print vinyl and in the digital domain of downloadableness. It is a very quiet and beautiful record, featuring three compositions by Jan Steele on one side, and five compositions by John Cage on the other side. We heard Forever and Sunsmell [lyrics by E. E. Cummings, vocals by Carla Bley].

Next up is Zoo by Larry Wendt. He started his creative artistic activities in the mid 70s focusing on creating text-sound compositions. His works are widely represented in various radio programs and performances in different countries.

To close out the cast we were treated to Ribble Bobbie Pimlico by Kurt Schwitters. Performed by Die Schwindlinge.

Direct download: smsd110130.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm PDT

For Tomorrow We die

Listen Ability Rating: A CSI vs. Soap opera outakes mashup. You decide if he gets to the truth. Soothing to the mind and ears.

Delving deeper into meanings beyond fleeting hesitations. There is An Echo , A Stain, from Bjork's Vespertine album. Referring to the sound of a last breath as it moves thru space around the deathbed. An Armchair Traveller delivers up Walking Tracks. Referring to the footsteps we take down the long and circular road. Ending with Ben Frost and a Deconstructing Michael Gira from Evenings at Room40 and some sort of Untitled Transient.

In between, the sound fabric is woven with a tangle of the never ending line of people about to expire. The drama and the descent into nothingness. The image of a solitary figure against the afternoon sun, light streaming in from the open window, curtains floating around her, "I See You, Robin I SEE You!" and then it ends and the illusions fall away.

Enjoy!

Direct download: smsd101010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:13pm PDT

Enter A Time Machine

Listen Ability Rating: Going forward in the endless pursuit of time ... your ears are thus enabled to take an excursion you won't soon remember. Hauntology, Deep Dub, Cut and Paste, in other words.

A time machine operational manual is thus written, page one a reassembled version of Orson Welles radio theatre doing a bang up version of the HG Wells classic. Inkxpotter adds his own special chaos to the initial moments of transition.

Second decision is, Where to go? Or maybe better to decide if We Are After All Here. Off Broadcast and the Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age -- propelling us deeper on our jouney through time.

We have landed, yet the gauge that tells us where and when is broken. Above us rings the deep soul of King Midas Sound. His golden voice echoing thru the jungle and making the apes sway in their trees. Dreaming deeply of a cure and remembering, the Earth a Killya.

Deep into the tunnel we have ventured a sound beckoning endlessly to us, calling us to listen and embrace the message. Even though we awoke in the morning from A Cold Freezin Night , The Way Out is surely thru The Books. 

Enjoy!

PS. (don't miss The Books site.. a time machine unto itself!)

 

Direct download: smsd100828.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:45pm PDT

Born with a Pure Ox

Listen Ability Rating: Born of controversy and extremely good looks this slumdog is waiting to inhabit your ears.

One missing in action. One breath of Maya. One Born free. One Redhead in Distress. One man with a gun. One paranoid driver. One place in the sun.  One unruly Ox. One weilding a bone. One shadowy monolith. One horse thats ok. One naked Zarathustra. One voice in the tunnel. One echo. One man with a horn. One illness. One Pure unending sound. One stillness.

All this adds us to Strange Music in Small Doses.

Dig?

Direct download: smsd100724.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm PDT

No News is Good News

Listen Ability Rating: I'll give this one a seven because it's July and I wanted to finish this in June.

In this oversaturated media whirlwind that we currently survive in, that feeds upon and us and I upon it, I give to you a mix of noise and electricity and the sounds of distant callers wanting to be heard. So go on and listen!

Cut one is from the band Nice Nice, we heard "Pulp" from their album Chrome.

Cut two is from Water Tongue by the artist Aaron Martin.

Cut three is Part III (Excerpt) from Burning Star Core

In the immortal words of our hero, "I have a pain threshold that needs occasional relief..."

Enjoy!

Direct download: smsd100702.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04pm PDT

Free Association is our Downfall

Listen Ability rating higher than usual due to the power of free association. Should be digestible by many ears over widest possible taste range.

Free thinkers unite!

This segment involves the power that is Jennifer Stone emanating from a story she wrote, "Now it is today" Not that anyone would recognize it after the mess I just made on my editing table.

Stay always faithfull on the Slow Boat to China. And please continue to row, row, row your boat merrily down the stream of dreams. Sherriff John Brown is watching from the river so no speeding.

At the far end of our journey the Council of Loathing awaits and Retribution is on their minds.

Enjoy!

Direct download: smsd100519.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:56pm PDT

Pentagon Shooter Blues

Pentagon Shooter Blues

In a twist on the familiar musical form called the blues we journey into the mind of the lone shooter scenario. The voice floating over our intro piece by Isotope 217, "Solaris" off of Utonion Automatic, is one John Patrick Bedell aka " the pentagon shooter".

From the words of our protangonist thru John Zorn's "Great Lobby" from Filmworks 3 and into the "The Bourgeois Blues" by Leadbelly. It was written after Lead Belly went to Washington, D.C. (just like the Pentagon Shooter!) at the request of Alan Lomax, to record a number of songs for the Library of Congress.The song rails against racism, classism, and discrimination in general, with such verses as "The home of the Brave / The land of the Free / I don't wanna be mistreated by no bourgeoisie".

Amidst all this voyaging one must keep in mind that no matter how difficult things seem, "Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down." Eric Bibb off of Mali to Memphis.

As the light fades on the walk into the unknown, the final facts are revealed and summarized by a statement released by the family,

"We may never know why he made this terrible decision.

One thing is clear though - his actions were caused by an illness and not a defective character."

Peace out.

Direct download: smsd100425.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56pm PDT

A Pound of Flesh

The rolling sounds of electrifying fetishism bark at our ears. Konono No 1 "Ungudi Wele Wele" They are known to command more respect on international stages than at home. The global audience is ready for this.

In the middle Jegog: The Bamboo Gamelan Of Bali "Tabuh Pengawit: Gending Truntungan" (in case you wanted to know.) I thought this mirrored the exotic sound of Konono's electric thumb pianos quite well if I do day so.

At the end there was a edited version of Bardo Ponds "Cry, Baby, Cry", probably their only Beatles cover but dont take my word for that.

In the middle, the in between spaces, the media seeping into the cracks trying to unravel the false flag for exactly what it is. Make your own conclusions.

Direct download: smsd100331.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:27pm PDT

Leisure Highs, Inkxpotter, Harappian Night Recordings

Leisure Cairo flies Into Quinto

Listen Ability Rating:      " Depends on what you are looking for?"

Now that spring is upon us I have concocted my second cast of characters . February and the #2 of the number 10 and a milennium.

The track we started with was from Leisure Highs. And it features Blevin Blectum from Blectum from Blechdom & Eugene S. Robinson from Oxbow, LEISURE HIGH is an all-time obsession for all times. INTO QUINTO.

Inkxpotter mix 'The ghost of radios' and echoing thru the early days of its invention. we travel to a place, a theme be it rain on the roof, or a memory of being ill. A house we used to live in , a place we thought we knew and lost in thought, "Every sound is like a little death." repeating as we move thru this dimension...

We then wandered in to a tropical land where the light was low and Harappian Night Recordings gretted us there. Leaving nothing but , "Bare Cairo", for us to sink deep into.

 

Direct download: smsd100228.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm PDT