Friday, July 25th, 2008 ... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ... KZSU, 90.1 FM

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He says he can't read music and often doesn't play a "real" instrument, but Moe! Staiano has become a force in the local creative-music scene. His newest band, Mute Socialite, puts creative music in a nice, loud, post-punk box with a razor-blade bow on top.

Moe! does awesome solo percussion performances, and of course he leads Moe!kestra, a crazy improv/game-piece big band that I've noted here and especially here. He was also an original member of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

In putting up a new band, Moe! went for a combination of complex composed parts and free-abandon improv. It's thick and noisy, with Ava Mendoza's guitar providing the thrust and ignition, and Alee Karim providing a throttling, ten-ton bass. On top of that, the band has two drummers: Moe! and Shayna Dunkelman, doubling up the intensity.

The music moves fast, turning corners sharply and piling on the dissonant chords. I keep wanting to call it instrumental punk, but it's more a post-punk sound with influences from the prog-metal world. Some songs go for crisp rhythms and even tuneful lines, so you can rock out and enjoy your brutal harsh noise all at once!

Exciting things are in the works for the band. In our interview during the show today (which included, via speakerphone, all four band members and new addition Liz Allbee) Moe! mentioned they've done a studio session with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum member Dan Rathbun, stuff that he's hoping to release on a 7" soon. href=""target="new">Keep watching.

Separately: Yesterday marked my 10th anniversary of being on the air here at KZSU. (Go ahead. Look it up.) To celebrate, I kicked off the show with my favorites of the quirky pop songs I've been overplaying during the past decade.

Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.

Bill Bruford's Earthworks -- "Bridge of Inhibition" -- Bill Bruford's Earthworks (E.G., 1987)

The Beth Lisick Ordeal -- "Hit and Run" -- Pass (DuNord, 1998)

Lounge Lizards -- "Yak" -- Queen of All Ears (Strange & Beautiful, 1998) Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet -- "Big Bottom" -- Agrippa's 3 Books (Zeroth Law, 2005)

John Lurie -- "Big Trouble" -- African Swim and Manny & Lo (Atavistic, 1998)

Godley & Creme -- "I Pity Inanimate Objects -- Freeze Frame (Polydor, 1979) Amy X. Neuburg and Men -- "Naked Puppets" -- Sports! Chips! Booty! (Racer, 1995)
Allette Brooks -- "Silicon Valley Rebel" -- Silicon Valley Rebel (self-released, 1999) Jim Black -- "Boombye" -- Alas No Axis (Winter & Winter, 2000) King Crimson -- "Elephant Talk" -- Cirkus (Virgin)

* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library

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