Friday, June 30th, 2006
... 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
Another fill-in during interim, this time for Natalie, who's up and
graduated. Filled the first half with long-form pieces, allowing me
to prepare pop and rock sets for the second half. I'd hoped to get
into country/folk as well, just because there are lots of CDs in rotation
along those lines that haven't gotten played much (or played at all).
The contrarian in me loves to look up the forgotten CDs in rotation
and give them some love.
I ended up doing three shifts today: This one, my regular shift, and
the Prog Mountain special after that. (Although, to be honest, I don't
do much for the Prog Mountain shows -- Ragnar and Zuss bring in all
the music we need.) Makes for a tiring day, but we do need bodies to
fill the airwaves during these weeks between quarters.
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
* Micro Journey -- [untitled track 2, excerpt] -- Micro Journey Vol. 2 (self-released, 2006)
Various field recordings -- actually taped conversations -- plus
snippets of guitar rehearsals, all strung together in a found-sound
manner (my guess is the tape recorder was turned on and off sporadically
over the course of a few days or weeks). Interesting experiment; I once
did something similar recording the various sounds of a clock radio,
from stations to static to the alarm, in one continuous five-minute
stretch. The results, both for me and this project, come out sounding
strangely artsy ... I know that with my recording, lame as it was, I
came out feeling like I'd actually learned something.
* Lalgudi G. Jayaraman -- "Aalaapana (ragam) -- Singing Violins (Felmay, 2005)
With Jayaraman's son and daughter (Lalgudy G.J.R. Krishnan and Lalgudi
J. Vijayalakshmi, not necessarily in that order) also on violins, accompanied
by traditional Indian instruments, the mridangam and kanjira.
The result is some nice Indian music, on violins of course, with a swaying,
bright feel. Unsure if stores would file this under "L" or "J" ... Indian
names are rather complex; it's more than just the "surname-goes-first" rule
that Pacific Asian cultures use. Then again, I'm probably just thinking
about this too hard.
* Francois Carrier -- "Happening (One)" -- Happening (Leo Records, 2005)
This particular piece is a nice 33-minute journey, all improvised but
including some relaxed rhythmic pulsing here and there for a bit
of a conventional sound, as well as some fiery moments. Featuring
Carrier on sax, Mat Maneri on viola, and Uwe Neumann on sitar, along
with Michel Lambert (drums) and Pierre Cote (bass).
-- 7:00 p.m. --
* Christian McBride -- [About 1/2 hour of Disk 2, a continuous jam] -- Live at Tonic (Ropeadope, 2006)
I just dug into the second of the "extended jams," as I called them, on
Disk 2. Featuring Charlie Hunter (guitar), Jenny Scheinmann (violin), and
Geoffrey Keezer (organ) in a long funky strut that's split into multiple
tracks on the CD.
* Levy -- "Rotten Love" -- Rotten Love (One Little Indian, 2005)
This took me up to the 7:30 a.m. mark, at which point we're required to
read the KZSU Concert Calendar listing (available at kzsu.org under
"Resources"). Used that
as a breaking point, then dove into the pop stuff.
Guitar pop, fast and danceable but kind of moody ... a British
'80s influence, I guess.
* The Lovely Sparrows -- "Glad Rangers" -- Take Your Hat Off, You Godless Bastards [7"] (Saint Oliver's Head, 2005)
Who names their 7"s? Cool idea, actually. Fast guitar pop
here, plus a bit of synth. Yeah!
Pernice Brothers -- "7:30" -- World Won't End (Ashmont, 2001)
* Na -- "B" -- Na Is Nice (Pax, 2006)
Experimental pop, kind of. From Japanese folks living in Seattle.
This one's a gentle, childlike guitar-and-piano figure overlaid with
some fun, wacky percussion. Elsewhere you get dissonant guitar and even
the all-out screaming that you'd kind of expect when a review mentions
"experimental" and "Japanese."
* Dead Language -- "Step It Up" -- Dead Language (self-released, 2006)
An EP of what could be called glam rock -- it's definitely got that
power/volume to it, maybe without the prententions. The singer's got that
kind of theatrical voice, though.
* Manband -- "Lack of Concentration" -- V/A: Compulation Volume Two, Songs from North Carolina (Pox World Empire, 2005)
Decent guitar pop, with a three-chord base and a bright happy
high-school kind of feel (not meant in an insulting way).
-- 8:00 p.m. --
* Brian Kenny Fresno -- "Generator" -- Live on KZSU (Outer A, 2006)
Fun guy. Hailing from Fresno (he flips an applause switch every time
he mentions the city), he does solo shows with overdubbed loops of his own
vocals (including cool harmonies)
and his Warr guitar. Has the feel of novelty folk kinds of
music: great sense of humor, friendly stage presence, etc. This song is
about the disaster of going to a concert where they lost power and couldn't
play ... another one on the CD is about how he got dumped by Fresno's
arts community and rejected by Burning Man for "harshing people's mellow."
* Visitors -- "Visitors" -- V/a: Prog Is Not a Four-Letter Word (Delay 68, 2005)
Band from France (to avoid confusion with any other "Visitors").
It's got a very prog sound, bouncy and quirky, in alternating 6/8 and 7/8
phrases. This kind of broke the "cool guitar rock" mode of the show, but
it was a nice way to promote the Horror of
Prog Mountain show that I'd be doing later in the evening.
* Arctic Monkeys -- "Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secure" -- Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Domino, 2006)
Overexposed British pop band. I stuck this into my screening pile
for the show just to hear what they sounded like -- I'd seen all the
press around this CD but hadn't heard it yet. I have to admit, I liked
it a lot. Fast and confident, this track features rapid-fire lyrics
and a kind of sneering, smarmy attitude.
Sixteen Horsepower -- "For Heaven's Sake" -- Low Estate (A&M, 1997)
A random pull from the library -- gotta include one in every
pop/rock show! Wailing, heavy rock with a tiny bit of country twang.
I guess you could call them "alt.country," but they seem a lot heavier
than what I associate with that label. Maybe I just don't listen to
enough alt.country. Anyway, a total downer in an otherwise upbeat,
poppy set, but in true DJ-geek form, I couldn't resist the transition
it presented. By skipping some of the intro (apologies to the band!),
I was able to start this track on a first-strike chord that followed
the final, nearly a-capella, line of the Arctic Monkeys track. So,
you had: "... doors are secuuuure."/BAM! Anyway, it sounded cool to me.
This is what runs through DJs' minds early in the morning.
* Abner Trio -- "Godzilla" -- Distant Thunder of the Sacred Force (Joyful Noise, 2005)
Despite references to "Godzilla," "thunder," and "noise" above, this
is happy guitar pop. Quite nice, a bit dreamy.
* Frequent Flyer -- "Paris Blue" -- Frequent Flyer (Pan-Ami, 2004)
Even more dreamy than the Abner Trio, above, this was a nicely
swingy, lush pop ballad that harks back to '60s kind of Britpop.
(And yes, it's "harks back," not "harkens," believe it or not.)
Performed by Jarond Gibbs, who is the band, kind of in that
Cat Power / Mountain Goats way.
* Pink Mountain -- "Deus Ancien" -- Pink Mountain (Frenetic, 2006)
Great, great, noisy avant-rock. You've got Sam Coomes of Quasi
doing vocals -- sometimes lyrics, sometimes just sounds or "aaah"s --
along with a crack band of local jazz/improv/experimental guys:
Gino Robair (drums), John Shiurba (guitar), Kyle Bruckmann (oboe, synths), and
Scott Rosenberg (sax et.al.).
(Rosenberg isn't local but used to be, so he counts.)
Definitely rock stuff, as opposed to
jazz or improv: lots of loud guitars and heavy beats (for the tracks
with beats); also lots of sonic explosions and shrieky noise.
* = 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.