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Music of all kinds that hits me in the pit of my stomach, all arranged to find your sweet spot, too. Plus radio shows from the 1940s & 1950s: dramas, mysteries, sci-fi, detectives, and more.

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Options June 23, 2008: Show 192: from Rhys Chatham To Jajouka (listen to entire show / each individual set / each individual song)

Show time: 12 AM - 3 AM

The start and end times for each individual set and each individual song are exact.

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Special
 
Set 1: Just think: only 34 minutes to climb one of the summits of rock. (Listen to this set: )
Rhys Chatham  Guitar Trio Pt. 1, Brooklyn (CD 1, track 1) (Listen: )   Options Guitar Trio Is My Life!  Radium  How do you take a single chord and make it into one of the summits of rock? This is how. Sure - - you could call it minimalist, "downtown," heavily influential on everything and everyone from Sonic Youth to Robert Longo....Forget all about that. Get swept along in the ecstatic wave of sound and just FEEL it. Supreme. And a hell of a lot of fun.

And this goes for Part 2, Brooklyn, which follows.
 
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Rhys Chatham  Guitar Trio Pt. 2, Brooklyn (CD 3, track 3) (Listen: )   Options Guitar Trio Is My Life!  Radium  Unlike the way the concerts are split up and separated on the 3 CD set, we now hear the second half of the Brooklyn concert right after the first - just the way nature intended. This piece rocks even more intensely than Part 1.

Exciting music....and relaxing.
 
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Mic break between Sets 1 & 2. Background music played during it:
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4) (Listen: )   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 2: the old radio show portion of the evening.
Radio City Playhouse  Long Distance (Listen: )   Options originally broadcast July 3, 1948.  (no label)  Jan Minor stars, in an extraordinary, almost-solo performance.

The story: a wife desperately calls to prevent the execution of her innocent husband. It's 1/2 hour to the execution - and it all happens in real-time.

From Dunning's Encyclopedia Of Old Time Radio: "Jan Minor created a minor sensation...." Radio Life said: "Not since Aggie Moorehead's tour de force in 'Sorry, Wrong Number' has an actress caused such a one-role stir."

First episode of Radio City Playhouse.

On from 1948 to 1950, Radio City Playhouse featured solid dramas, often with veterans of New York stage and radio (remember: there was no TV then!). Shows were often written by well known writers of fantasy and suspense, such as Ray Bradbury, Cornell Woolrich, and Agatha Christie. Shows often turned "on life and death situations, with strong male-female roles." (John Dunning, The Encylcopedia Of Old-Time Radio)
 
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Mic break between Sets 2 & 3. Background music played during it:
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4) (Listen: )   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 3: the psych rock portion of the evening. (Listen to this set: )
MGR  Shipping Gold (track 1) (Listen: )   Options Shipping Gold / Calling For Vanished Faces (split CD)  Barge  Relaxing, mellow psych feel for most of it, sounds like they too have found the lost chord, often atmospheric, gets kind of avanty last 4 minutes. On a split CD with Xela. MGR = Mustard Gas & Roses.

At times, just magnificent.
 
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LSD Pond  We Are LSD Pond: 2nd Version (CD 2, track 1) (Listen: )   Options LSD Pond  Archive  Nice and resonant, even sweet and mellow at times, has a rough edge, gets rockier, then hard-edged and even swirly, easy-tempo psych rock, fine psych rock jam, very quiet end. LSD Pond is comprised of members of LSD March, Bardo Pond, New Rock Syndicate.   
Skullflower  Godzilla (track 8: faded out at -2:08) (Listen: )   Options IIIrd Gatekeeper  Crucial Blast  Anticipatory opening --> steady state and easy(+) tempo psych rock, instrumental, squally guitar, sort of a reflective feel....unless you play it loud!   
a place to bury strangers  breathe (track 6) (Listen: )   Options a place to bury strangers  Killer Pimp  Very quiet opening seconds --> easy(+) tempo psych rock.  ***  
Kinski  Punching Goodbye Out Front (track 8) (Listen: )   Options Down Below It's Chaos  Sub Pop  Sustained easy+ tempo psych rock.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 3 & 4. Background music played during it:
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4) (Listen: )   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 4. (Listen to this set: )
Master Musicians Of Jajouka  Your Eyes Are Like A Cup Of Tea (track 6) (Listen: )   Options Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka  Point Music  Quiet solo flute --> percussion comes in and the beat gets faster and hypnotic.

Living in a hilltop village in Morocco and playing music descended from the Roman festival of Pan, they were *discovered* by the Beat poets of the 1950s and the Rolling Stones....This piece gives perhaps only a slight indication of what they do during the week-long festival itself.
 
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Trevor Watts Moire Music Drum Orchestra  Brekete Takai (track 8) (Listen: )   Options A Wider Embrace  ECM  An alto sax like a snake charmer over African drums and electric bass.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 4 & 5. Background music played during it:
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4) (Listen: )   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 5: some soul-jazz, and a fairly quiet way to end the show. (Listen to this set: )
Don Wilkerson  Senorita Eula (track 8) (Listen: )   Options Blue 'n' Groovy Volume 2: Mostly Modal  Blue Note  Easy-cooking soul-jazz.   
Duke Pearson  Wahoo! (track 10) (Listen: )   Options Blue 'n' Groovy Volume 2: Mostly Modal  Blue Note  Soul-jazz, on the quieter and mellow side.   
 
 
End of show mic break. Background music played during it:
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4) (Listen: )   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   

Listener comments!

  Mon. 6/23/08 12:20am Droll:

I cannot rightly apprehend the kind of confusion that would split a G3 performance. Thank you for restoring order to my cosmic debris.
  Mon. 6/23/08 12:50am mary:

So, you are the DJ playing the radio plays. I am so happy, that I know where to find it.
I was at the Brooklyn GUITAR TRIO. Yep. Fantastic.
Great- excellent music and a radio play late late Sunday night.
  Mon. 6/23/08 12:58am ?:

Damn the legal ID! This show is almost guaranteed to leave me in suspense!
  Mon. 6/23/08 1:19am david:

hey, i listen in portland oregon!
  Mon. 6/23/08 1:57am Mark:

Andrew - Great set so far... Thank you sir!
  Mon. 6/23/08 2:41am Mike B.:

so nice. so right....
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