Emergency sub session for The Bawd of Euphony, whose "Lick My Moody Guitar" show is a highlight of the KZSU schedule. The Bawd plays a variety of guitar-related music, from plaintive acoustic singer/songwriters to cryptic electric artsy noodling. He closed out his show with The Beatles' "I Want You" and the Notekillers track (which I'm listing here as the start of my shift).
Me, I was badly sleep-deprived and had been looking forward to turning in early this night. But I couldn't resist the chance to finally, at long last, sub for The Bawd (he has a terrible knack for needing subs on weeks when I'm out of town -- dude, stop that!). My plan had been to lead off with long, artsy, time-eating pieces (Seth Josel, listed near the bottom, was at the top of the list) ... but that Notekillers track got my blood pumping. Inspired, I did my best to run with it, keeping the rock alive for as long as I could.
Because I improvise my shows, a rock show is particularly terrifying. During my regular show, one "set" (three or four songs) gives me 20-30 minutes to plan what's coming next. That's because I play artsy jazz stuff; when you're dealing with three-minute rock songs, you're continually walking the plank. It's a rush. But if I have to do it more than, say, twice in a quarter, I'll take the time to pre-plan large chunks of a show.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Notekillers -- "Airport" -- Airport + Ants (D1st, 2006)
Awesome, fast, post-punk instrumental. This CD is essentially
a single, carrying two tracks of about 4 minutes each. This trio
played back in the late '70s and recently reunited with the help of
* Saws -- "Return to Whatever" -- Saws (In Tone, 2005)
Parts and Labor -- [untitled track 3] -- Live at KZSU (Outer A, 2004)
Instrumental math rock, heavy on the rock, recorded live in
our studio. Cool!
Metallux -- "Sunny Krakow" -- Victim of Space (5RC, 2006)
Electrelane -- "Suitcase" -- Axes (Too Pure, 2005)
The atmosphere of this track, which feels like an epic journey, called for a couple more tracks of epic-ness. So after a mic break, I tossed out this two-song set:
* Tokyo Electron -- "Electrify Me" -- Tokyo Electron (Empty, 2005)
* Banditas -- "Mirrors" -- Banditas (Last Drag, 2005)
Sparks -- "At Home, At Work, At Play" -- Propaganda (Island, 1974)
Amy X. Neuburg and Men -- "Naked Puppets" -- Sports! Chips! Booty! (Racer, 1995)
Mackey is a modern classical composer and an electric guitarist, so he's
got that youthful iconoclast thing going. He's recorded with the
Kronos Quartet, so
that tells you something right there.
This CD, which I've played
on the air before,
is a collection of Mackey pieces performed by/with the BMOP (who, by the way, rock).
So, it's a dose of classical into a show that, while quite varied and
adventurous, might not have trod that ground before. Like I said, it'll
be interesting to see if it worked.
This is an old, old favorite; you'll find it scattered around my
playlists going back at least six years. Herb Heinz, played before this,
is one of the "Men." His solo stuff is like proggy pop, heavy on the pop
side but full of keyboard tricks, sound effects, and odd time signatures.
Great stuff -- check out Herb, Amy, and their freinds at
? Steven Mackey with the Boston Modern Orchestral Project -- "San Francisco" -- Banana/Dump Truck (Albany, 2005)
I'll be very interested to go back to the tapes and hear if the rest
of the show worked. Here, I gave up the rock thing and went into artsy
stuff (using Herb Heinz and Amy X. Neuburg as a transition).
* Tarantella -- "Un Ano de Amor" -- Esqueletos (Alternative Tentacles, 2005)
Mackey is a modern classical composer and an electric guitarist, so he's got that youthful iconoclast thing going. He's recorded with the Kronos Quartet, so that tells you something right there.
This CD, which I've played on the air before, is a collection of Mackey pieces performed by/with the BMOP (who, by the way, rock). So, it's a dose of classical into a show that, while quite varied and adventurous, might not have trod that ground before. Like I said, it'll be interesting to see if it worked.
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
-- Go back to Memory Select playlists.
-- Bay Area free/improv music calendar: http://www.bayimproviser.com.