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Ridgewood Radio features concert recordings by adventurous bands and experimental musicians and restored archival tapes from private and institutional collections captured at venues large and small across the five boroughs of New York. It is produced by David Weinstein and Outpost Artists Resources operating out of the Ridgewood section of Queens, NY, where you'll find more yellow bricks than on the road to Oz and the cemetery of your choice is never more than a few blocks from home.

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Options August 29, 2018: Strange Bands

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Stereograph, Loop the Loop, Coney Island, New York, 1904. “Stand on your head for a dime, ten cents”.

Strange Bands: the deliciously unorthodox Tohban Djan (Ikue Mori & Luli Shioi),
Nick Didkovsky & Valeria Vasilevski with Doctor Nerve,
the Estonian speed groove band Ne Zhdali,
and an unreleased, unheard track by Christian Marclay.

Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Ne Zhdali  Bossa V   Options Rhinoceroses and Other Forms of Life  AYAA Disques  1989  From Tallinn, Estonia, Ne Zhdali means "unexpected" and comes from the title of a 19th century painting by Ilya Repin. 
Malawi Mouse Boys  Kulira Kwambewa   Options Forever is 4 U  Omnivore Records  2016  Ridgewood Radio Theme https://lovesupportunite.org 

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Standing on my head indeed. 
Tohban Djan  Live Concert Recording   Options Roulette Concert Archives  Roulette Intermedium, roulette.org  1989  A digest of two sets performed during the New Music America Festival 10th Anniversary. Luli Shioi, vocals and bass; Ikue Mori, drums and percussion; Davey Williams, guitar; Hahn Rowe, violin; Zeena Parkins, accordion. Studio versions released as the Poison Petal album on NATO. 
Nick Didkovsky  The Monkey Farm (live concert recording)   Options Roulette Concert Archives  Roulette Intermedium, roulette.org  2001  The guitarist/composer’s setting of stories by Forever Einstein’s Charles O'Meara, aka CW Vrtacek. With theatre director Valeria Vasilevski reading and real-time voice warping using software designed by Phil Burk, Robert Marsanyi, and Didkovsky. Didkovsky’s band Doctor Nerve completes the ensemble: Michael Lytle - Bass Clarinet, Greg Anderson - electric bass, Leo Ciesa - drums, Yves Duboin - soprano sax, Rob Henke - trumpet, Kathleen Supove - computer. A studio mix of this concert was released on Punos Music in 2009. 
Ne Zhdali  Rhino (I-IV)   Options Rhinoceroses and Other Forms of Life  AYAA Disques  1989  From high school to the Russian Army to experimental theater to this: Leonid Soybelman, (guitar, vocals), Ilja Komarov (bass), and Andrei Kulagin (aka "Bitty" or Victor Bitlovsky; vocals, keyboards, euphonium), drummer Vitaly Redchits, trombonist Oleg Davidovitch, trumpeter Veeremaa Vadim, and keyboardist Avi Nedzvetsky. See more above. 
Christian Marclay  Live Concert Recording   Options Roulette Concert Archives  Roulette Intermedium, roulette.org  1987  Unreleased solo for turntables. 
Arnold Dreyblatt and the Orchestra of Excited Strings  International Dateline   Options The Adding Machine  Cantaloupe Music   2002  The composer using his overtone series-derived scales with Cello – Mark Stewart, Cimbalom – Evan Ziporyn, Double Bass, Bass [Excited Strings Bass] – Robert Black, Electric Guitar [Modified] – Jeff Lieberman, Percussion – Danny Tunick, Violin – Laurel P. Smith. 

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Listener comments!

  5:51pm Doctor Nerve:

Looking forward to the show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Webhamster Henry:

Or: for those listening to the archive, backward to the show.
Avatar 2:59pm david w:

Welcome to the Doctors Nerve! And Henry wherever you are in time and space!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm steveo:

howdy! more bossa!
Avatar 3:01pm david w:

Yeah, weird how that happens! Hey steveo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm doctorjazz:

Hi, sounds great!
Avatar 3:03pm fred:

Good afternoon David, Ruth, and listeners
@Ruth: that elevator in the Pompidou Center will be closed for a year at least
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm here, in the Ridgewood Dimension!
Avatar 3:06pm TDK60:

Just got in from the heat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Ridgewoodians! Would've come in for last week's show at 3, so I deferred, and that 5-hour wonder was indeed best listened to in one glorious sitting.
Avatar 3:08pm david w:

doctor of another flavor! Henry is in real life, TDK joins the sweltering masses, and James! You are too kind...
Avatar 3:10pm fred:

This Tohban Djan set starts wonderfully. The vocals sometimes remind me of Okinawan music, which I love
Avatar 3:10pm david w:

@fred... Ruth remembers that escalator as a headphone epiphany as she developed into the noise band hostess for downtown NYC. Long story, someday hope she writes the book.
Avatar 3:13pm david w:

Yes, Fred. I learned that about you during Mayuko's show this week. I still have to catch up on that stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:16pm listener james from westwood:

I always hate to dive into FMU programs after they've started. I feel like I've skipped part of the narrative. Best taken in full.
Avatar 3:18pm david w:

When I come late to a show I always find myself researching the links and references that piled up in the comments and missing out on the live action!
Avatar 3:23pm northguineahills:

Tohban Djan, new to me, but I know all of the players!
Avatar 3:28pm david w:

The band barely lasted a year, I believe because the lovely USA was unkind on the alien Shioi who had no patience for the bull.
Avatar 3:29pm fred:

@David: To spare you another shock, I'm a huge fan of Mongolian long song (urtiin duu). Byambajargal Gombodorj is my favorite singer. When she performed in Paris a couple years ago, I delayed heart surgery to see her, walked into the hospital the next day
Avatar 3:32pm david w:

More sweets for me, Fred! And once again I am reminded of the book you are going to write, perhaps as a companion to Ruth's!
Avatar 3:36pm fred:

Heh, I'll get writing when she does, then
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43pm Webhamster Henry:

I put in for New Music America, but I don't think they fell for my categorization of "autoharp" as "World Music".
Avatar 3:46pm david w:

NMA fell short partly because the promise of inclusion was only partly delivered and bitterness ensued. The loudest voices...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Webhamster Henry:

They failed because of the lack of autoharp acts #itsallaboutme .
Avatar 4:03pm northguineahills:

I know Nick's work, but the rest of the ensemble are new to me!

@Henry: I played a duet down here w/ my wife w/ me w/ samples and found percussion, and her w/ autoharp and a battery of petals. (oddly, the first time we played together).
Avatar 4:09pm fred:

@ngh: petals or pedals? If the former, I'd really love to see that
Avatar 4:11pm david w:

Everybody in this band has made a real contribution to the downtown scene but in diverse ways. Didkovsky ic a connector.

And the autoharp is making a comeback! Ever hear of Dendera Bloodbath?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm Webhamster Henry:

Nope! But I play Autoharp with fellow autoharpist Brian Dewan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13pm Webhamster Henry:

Didkovsky, though, doesn't use autoharps.
Avatar 4:15pm fred:

@Henry: sorry for the awkward introduction to Juanjo, but awkward is the way I roll
Avatar 4:15pm northguineahills:

@fred: pedals, but I have played petals and another time a house plant.
Avatar 4:15pm david w:

I bet he owns one!
Avatar 4:16pm david w:

Didkovsky that is, but he probably has house plants too.
Avatar 4:17pm northguineahills:

(also have played w/ dried chilies my band mate got from Burkina Faso).
Avatar 4:25pm fred:

@ngh: great stuff, but don't go try and play a gator, I don't want to see you headlining the wrong kind of Florida story
Avatar 4:26pm david w:

I bet dried chiles make a nice crinkling sound, but don't touch your eyes (or pee).
Avatar 4:32pm fred:

A former coworker was in the Red Army at the time of the Chernobyl accident. His train from Kazakhstan to Armenia just got through a hub when the alert came, so he didn't get sent there
Avatar 4:34pm northguineahills:

@fred: Are you kidding, I'm now Florida Man, doing whatever Florida man can ("hold my beer and watch this!")
Avatar 4:35pm david w:

I believe the Estonians in this band have dispersed across Europe to avoid another toxic threat.
Avatar 4:35pm northguineahills:

I'm nearly immune to chilies and my skin, If I rub my eyes w/ the hottest chilies, I just get a mild annoying burning sensation.
Avatar 4:44pm fred:

"rub my eyes with chillies" I'm afraid he's gone full Florida on us, folks, he may be too far gone by now
Avatar 4:50pm fred:

Rare to hear a good turntablist set these days. Joke Lanz can pull it off
Avatar 4:51pm david w:

Agreed. I believe Christian still performs with his old turntables now and then. Still fresh, almost dependably brilliant.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Webhamster Henry:

Sounds like Marclay had his hands on some Carl Stalling material!
Avatar 4:56pm fred:

Kid Koala is still good, though not as good as when he blew my mind playing Moon River 10 years ago
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, David and Ruth!
Avatar 4:58pm david w:

You are all great, thinks to you!
Avatar 4:58pm Mary Wing:

Is it done?
Avatar 4:58pm david w:

Think thank thunk.
Avatar 4:59pm david w:

Get ready Mary!
Avatar 5:00pm northguineahills:

Ack, missed Marclay b/c of work!
Avatar 5:00pm fred:

Thanks David
(and Ruth, don't get too quick to start writing that book now that I've kinda committed to match)
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