Travels with Friends

It was there - and back again.

Things haven't really let up yet.

  1. River - Ibeyi
  2. Goda tungl - Samaris
  3. Jelita (Feat. Liyana Fizi) - Kyoto Protocol
  4. Flipside - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  5. Summer - Raf Riley, Etta Bond, Avelino
  6. Rivers in Your Mouth - Ben Howard
  7. Singapore - Tom Waits
  8. Pace Myself - Wen
  9. To the East - Electrelane
  10. Gooey (Gilligan Moss Remix) - Glass Animals
  11. Ghetto Organ - Jackie Mittoo
  12. Camilla - Swaai Boys
  13. Bird Calls #2 - Rudresh Mahanthappa
  14. Fanfare - Magic City Hippies
  15. Funky So-and-So - Sugarman Three & Co.
  16. Source - Fever the Ghost
  17. Ghostwriter - RJd2
  18. Two Brothers - Hanni El Khatib
  19. Superstylin' - Groove Armada
  20. Montreal - Roosevelt
  21. Ominous Cloud - Broadcast
  22. Ice Cream and Bonus Miles - DJ Phono, Solomun
  23. Zombie - Fela Kuti
  24. Corporate Butcher (Solomun Remix) - Tiefschwarz, Mama
  25. Sonsick - San Fermin
  26. Spicy Ice Cream - Way Yes
  27. Bullet - Kill J
  28. Purple Noise - Boris Brejcha
  29. Hourglass - Rodrigo Amarante
  30. Vhf - Uncle Skeleton
  31. The Bird - Kathryn Joseph
  32. Long Way Down - Hidden Charms
  33. Moonwalk Away - Goldfish
  34. Trouble is Real - Huckleberry
  35. Really Love - Body Language
  36. Just Can't Win - Lee Fields & The Expressions
  37. You - Gidge

Image: From Tod

Direct download: Travels_with_Friends.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

Our Socks

This month has been two weeks of massive overtime with Rumi putting together the pieces of a paper, followed by a visit home. The next two weeks have seen heartbreak in the hospital and in the family home.

Things are looking up though - wheels keep turning. At least we are aware of all the predatory credit cards now!


  1. Our socks forever more - This Is The Kit
  2. Jibal Alnuba - Debruit, Alsarah
  3. Make You Feel That Way - Blackalicious
  4. Cowboys and Gangsters - Scott M Mutant Disco Edit - Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9
  5. Ocean Death - Baths
  6. Kuar - Henrik Schwarz Remix - Emmanuel Jal, Henrik Scharz
  7. Big Parade - The Lumineers
  8. Calm It Down - Sisyphus
  9. Jesus Rhapsody, Pt 1 - Preacher & The Saints
  10. Goat Shepherd - Mirah
  11. Outta My System - My Morning Jacket
  12. Can't Stop Playing - Oliver Heldens & Gregor Salto Remix Edit
  13. Lolo (feat. Fatoumata Diawara & M.anifest) - Rocket Juice & The Moon, M.anifest
  14. Rainbow Tree - The Lemon Pipers
  15. Thor's Stone - Forest Swords
  16. Silver Timothy - Damien Jurado
  17. State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.) - Robot Toast Remix - Jim James
  18. Sad Days Lonely Nights - Junior Kimbrough
  19. Too Insistent - Trentmøller Remix - The Dø
  20. Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
  21. Fire - Lizzy Mercier Descloux
  22. Don't Stop Me Now - 2011 Remaster - Queen
  23. Bike Rider - Mungo's Hi Fi, Pupajim
  24. Heavy Seas Of Love - Damon Albarn
  25. You - Gold Panda
  26. New York Story - Lee Douglas
  27. Daylight - Aesop Rock
  28. It's Only Time - The Magnetic Fields
  29. Cirrus - Bonobo


image from: Bobbins

Direct download: Our_Socks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

Make the Road By Walking

A mess of a month - things have not only been tough to stay on top off work wise but additional catastrophes have struck close to home with medical conditions and relatives with bad relations. The entirety feels ominously close to falling into despair.

Luckily, I got some help - and I got to help.

Here's to the next year.

  1. Mr. Nichols - Cold Cut, Saul Williams
  2. NEW DORP. NEW YORK - Sbtrkt, Ezra Koenig
  3. Wolf - First Aid Kit
  4. Snatch It Back and Hold It - Junior Well's Chicago Blues Band
  5. Stolen Dance - Milky Chance
  6. Strasbourg / St. Denis - Roy Hargrove
  7. Our Generation (Hope of the World) - John Legend, The Roots, C.L. Smooth
  8. Cloud Dancer - Solomon, Ole Soul
  9. September - Earth, Wind, and Fire
  10. High School Lover - Cayucas
  11. Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotten
  12. Jazz - Mick Jenkins
  13. American Daydream - Electric Guest
  14. Take it Easy my Brother Charles - Jorge Ben Jor
  15. Hard to Say - Jaymay
  16. This Place the Place - Jason Treuting, Grey McMurray
  17. Work Work - clipping, Cocc Pistol Cree
  18. All About that Bass - Meghan Trainor
  19. Crowded City - The Messengers
  20. Cups - Lulu & The Lampshades
  21. Hunga Bulgar - The Destroyers
  22. Witness (1 Hope) - Roots Manuva
  23. Too Insistent (Trentemoller remix) - The Do
  24. Suspended Animation - The Millenium
  25. Attaboy - Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile
  26. Some Kinda Love - The Velvet Underground
  27. My Favorite Mutiny - The Coup
  28. Everything In Between - Human Element
  29. Make the Road By Walking - Menahan Street Band
  30. Eyes - Rogue Wave
  31. Bella Ciao - Chumbawamba


Direct download: 2014_December.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Miss your bones

This month - sweet jesus...right, this was put together as a soundtrack for Kate's flight back from Alaska. I was trying to catch up on work, mostly teachers workshops and DAPI staining yeast.

The Hobby Lobby case was in the news. Things were happening involving lab notebooks...

1. Home: Part One - Jamie Stillway
2. I'm Feeling Alright - Big Mama Thornton
3. Battez-vous - Brigitte
4. I Miss Your Bones - Hospitality
5. You Wish - Nightmares on Wax
6. If Life Was a Thing - DJ Vadim, Demolition Man
7. Fur Hildegard von Bingen - Devendra Banhart
8. Lost it to Trying - Son Lux
9. Bruises - Chairlift
10. Straight Street - Fiery Furnaces
11. Stranger Things Have Happened - White Fence
12. The Industrial Revolution (And How It Ruined My Life) - Voltaire
13. Green Starred Sleeve - UUVVWWZ
14. Qualifiers - Open Mike Eagle
15. Life's a Beach - Django Django
16. Moving Closer to the Sofa - The Limp Twins
17. Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name) - Chumbawamba
18. Offering - Black City Lights
19. Senses Working Overtime - XTC
20. Dumb Disco Ideas - Holy Ghost!
21. Song for Old People - Sherlock's Daughter
22. The Way We Move - Langhorne Slim, The Law
23. Summer Cum - Avi Buffalo
24. Cavity - Hundred Waters
25. You and Me - Yes Sir Boss
26. The Swimming Song - Vetiver
27. Walla Walla - Glass Animals
28. Waves - Electric Guest
29. Home: Part Two - Jamie Stillway
30. Tilt - Mountains

*** Extra Bonus Track - Hi Uner! Thanks for tuning in! ***
31. The World is Alive - Ezra Furman & the Harpoons

Image from Piled Higher and Deeper

Direct download: Miss_your_bones.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

F'ing Queers

Another playlist from K8. Here's to being queer!

  1. Gloria: In Excelsis Deo - Patti Smith
  2. Unsung - Helmet
  3. Never Wanted to Dance - Mindless Self Indulgence
  4. Strangers on a Train - Lovage, Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles
  5. Creamy Taco - Opiuo
  6. Flamboyant - Pet Shop Boys
  7. Vagina Mine - Puscifer
  8. Half Jack - The Dresden Dolls
  9. Daydreaming - Dark Dark Dark
  10. Piss Factory - Patti Smith
  11. Shamless - Ani Difranco
  12. Didn't it Rain - John Boutte
  13. Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John
  14. Bottom - Zap Mama
  15. Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox
  16. To Be Alone With You - Sufjan Stevens
  17. Our House - Crosby, Stills & Nash, Young
  18. Talkin' Bout a Revolution - Tracy Chapman


Direct download: Fn_Queers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

You Will Return

I can't even remember what has happened this month - between presentations and Monsterhearts and the visits of a lover - well it has been a hell of a blur.

  1. Opening Theme - Hybrid
  2. You Will Return - Quantic feat. Alice Russell
  3. Pools - Glass Animals
  4. Let I Go - Clap! Clap! Remix - Mop Mop, Clap! Clap!
  5. Before I Move Off - Mount Kimble
  6. On & On - Erykah Badu
  7. This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies
  8. In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  9. Infinity - Claude VonStroke Remix - Infinity Ink
  10. Deeper Shade of Soul - Urban Dance Squad
  11. Delicate Cycle - The Uncluded
  12. Na Skalkach - Bodek Janke
  13. Whole Wide World - Bahamas
  14. Younger Days - Hooded Fang
  15. Drive-in Movies - Ray LaMontagne
  16. Minnow Theme - Botany
  17. One Day - Sharon Van Etten
  18. Building Steam - Abney Park
  19. Berlin feat. Miss Platnum - Modeselektor, Miss Platnum
  20. Folk-Metaphysics - Milo
  21. Say Yeah - Tyvek
  22. Donut - Gui Boratto Remix - M.A.N.D.Y., Booka Shade
  23. Up! - The Black and White Years
  24. Me and Ms. Archer - Prints
  25. Perverted Undertone - Prefuse 73
  26. Dennehy - Serengeti
  27. Penitentiary - Houndmouth
  28. Animals - Baths
  29. Mambo Baby - Ruth Brown
  30. Big Mama's Door - Alvin Youngblood Hart
  31. The Process of Leaving - E-Vax

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Direct download: You_Will_Return.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Fuck You and Your Underground

Happy 101111 033 to me and my new fangled life. I'd be remiss if I didn't add that grad school is exhuasting and frustrating, note the bookending tracks - but that inbetween bouts of wildly oscillating terrors there are hints of hope and joy. Like a sandwich or something.

  1. Blood Sausage - Fuck You and Your Underground
  2. AM & Shawn Lee - The Signal
  3. Sweatshop Union - Time Machine (Feat. Mat The Alien)
  4. Gang of Four - At Home He's a Tourist
  5. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Cornbread and Butterbeans
  6. World's Greatest Dad - Then Up the Ladder
  7. They Might Be Giants - Old Pine Box
  8. Young Marble Giants - Brand - New - Life 
  9. Withered Hand - Religious Songs
  10. SBTRKT - Hide or Seek
  11. Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurting Thing
  12. Grizzly J - TOTORO
  13. Nick Lowe - I Read A Lot (welcomce to grad school)

Currently Reading: King City - or more realisticly Brandon Grahams RoyalBoilers.

Image from: same as the above.

Direct download: Fuck_you_and_your_underground_FL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

Itara Besigeya (The Other Summer)

If this summer has taught me anything it is that good friends are like physical objects that can be picked up at a later time in life, a time after you put them down to begin with of course, and also that they undergo changes in time, such as may be expected for an object coextensive with one's self. That is they exist in both space and time, and in a manner where, even if you do not observe them directly, they continue to persist.

  1. Sweatshop Union - Oh My
  2. Holy Fuck - SHT MTN
  3. Wire - Outdoor Miner (Long Version)
  4. Dick Justice - Cocaine
  5. Ty Segall - Caesar
  6. Admiral Fallow - Squealing Pigs
  7. April Smith - Colors
  8. Mekons - Trouble Down South
  9. Patrick Sky - Under All Flags
  10. Agent Ribbons - I'm Alright
  11. Liquid Liquid - Bellhead
  12. Wavves - Convertible Ballon
  13. Slim Harpo - The Hippy Song
  14. Beat Connection - Silver Screen
  15. Dom - Bochicha
  16. Keoki - Majick (Uberzone Remix)

Image From: Azumanga Daioh Currently Reading: The Scar by China Meiville Lastly: Thanks and well wishes to all my friends and family who so warmly reinvited me back into their lives this summer.

Direct download: Itara_Besigeya.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT


So.. .

I graduated. And then took a few weeks to relax and pack up and move (not in that order) - goodbye Brooklyn, goodbye Ditmas, goodbye undergrad, goodbye BC, goodbye lab mates and knowing what I'm doing.

Hello Pittsburgh, hello Carnegie, hello folks I don't know, hello a slower life, a safer town, a slice of hope, a machine to kill fascists.

Lastly, my adopted grandfather (and volunteer geneologist) has gone on to the other side. He is remembered fondly and in terms not suited to this genre of delivery. But his passing is noted and is, itself, passed over in silence.

  1. King Creosote - Bootprints | I've featrued them before here and this is another standout track of theirs, really good energy combined with a slick parsed down delivery, makes this into a toe tapping tune worthy of running from the cops over ala some trainspotting montage.
  2. Bell X1 - The Great Defector | This has been kicking around my que for a bit. I love the psuedo-Talking Heads open delivery and heart on the sleeve self confession over matters mundane. Too bad the album doesn't match the single.
  3. Black Pus - Juggernaut | Heavy man, real f'n heavy.
  4. Francisca Valenzuela - Quiero Verte Mas | Catchy tune with nice guggle bum pop hooks. 
  5. Frazey Ford - Blue Streak Mama | It takes a real solid piece to slow it down and still keep you going, inbetween the vocalist's low key delivery and the backburner walking rhythm this songs has got it going on.
  6. M. Ward - Flaming Heart | Oldie but goodie
  7. Blackbird Blackbird - Give You Everything | Nothing says summer like oversaturated keyboards with afro-pop jangle melodies and empty, ambitionless lyrics. Very early-esque MGMT.
  8. Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears - Humpin' | I'd actually meant to include Joe Lewis in another post but had to skip over it, this track got shunted in because of the low down funk it brings is just too much to pass up.
  9. 1,2,3 - Going Away Party | Song title releavance plus locale relocation - oh yes, I went there.
  10. Barclay James Harvest - Taking Some Time On | I really, really got into this track from BJH's 1970 debut. The psych'd out lyrics (For those who feel inclined / to talk about their mind) combined with the extended jam with roiling drum swells (unironic cowbell!) and swirling guitar (the jam happens mid song and as a closer, those damn hippies) add up to a reason to put on paisely.
  11. Jan & Dean - Heart And Soul | A solid pop gem from '61 with ascerbic undercurrents - dig the flat delivery on the chorus (much too thrilling). The song actually seems to pull out all the stops in the hook department featuring more change ups than an early era TMBG tune.
  12. Peter Wolf Crier - Crutch & Cane | What is this song about? Zanzibar? Freedom from hang-ups? Catchy as hell though.
  13. Charlie Mars - Listen to the Darkside | On a side note me and the babe and Nick (from pgh) caught Super8 at the theatre. Babe caught on to the Goonies/ET/Cloverfield mashup before any of us knew that was a thing. I think the zombie movie inside the movie is supposed to represent how Spielberg's early work has trapped him, turning himself into the movie which would not die. It is meta plus good, but you knew that already, right?
  14. Balmorhea - Clamor | You know what else happened? I got a drafting table off craigslist (of course) any way this fellow Steve Geist, nice kid, he's got it for sale for $40 so I go over and he's got a MoCCA poster with Craig Thompson's work on it - we chat about that a bit. Steve is gradu-macated from CMU and is off to Austin (stomping grounds of Balmorhea) to design UI. I am proud to have such a prestigious lineage for a draftign table. Take care out there man and have some fun.

Images from: Unknown (saw it on Chive but cropped it for more awesome)

Regards: Lewis Johnson

Reading: The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (A four and a half out of five stars here, people.)

Direct download: Hello_There_PGH.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

The Savages on the Moon

I wonder what would have happened if space was a tangible frontier. In that small sliver of time when there was an American Frontier we had the myth at arms length and the proximity compelled anyone and everyone to consider its' potential. Was the immediacy of the frontier the compulsion, a niggling sense of the other side, ever constant in the periphery of one's vision?Would our history of space exploration have been different if we had an Oregon Trail to Mars, if it could have been about space colonization?

If you imagine the frontier as a sponge which absorbs the excess and luckless then it is no surprise that high entry costs have prevented the expansion of mankind. It is the hardup, the deviant, the desperate, and the dreamers who live and die out there because they can't even manage just living here in polite company. Half these songs are about getting out there, the other half are about freaking out. 

This has little bearing on things, except that I desire to escape - and space seems like the last best place. Let me take a step back and think for a second on this - right, so apparently since last I posted some things have transpired. I am enrolled for grad school for this fall in a biology program, it is "not easy" I have been told. I am finishing up one month left. A few weeks really and then finals. This can not happen soon enough - not only have I become exhausted at the labor of it I have also become tired of pretending to care. It would have been diffierent if I had a class (besides Advanced Biochemistry) which was relvant to me. So it goes. 



1. Empire of the Sun - We Are the People 

2. Beautiful People - Get Your Mind Together 

3. YACHT- Dystopia 

4. The Savages - Gone To The Moon 

5. Buchanan Brothers - When You See Those Flying Saucers

6. Dave Edmunds - Playing With the Queen of Hearts 

7. The Black Keys - Howlin' For You

8. NewVillager - Rich Doors 

9. Shuggie Otis - Happy House

10. No Monster Club - Wish Me Well 

11. Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armeni

12. Marnie Stern - Patterns of a Diamond Ceiling

13. Explosions In the Sky - Trembling Hands


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Direct download: Savages_On_The_Moon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Got What I Came For

A very busy few last months have culminated in a huge success at my first grad school interview. I still have a few more interviews to go on - but without any hesitation I can confidently say that (baring any horrible tragedy) I will be working towards a Ph.d in the not so distant future.

F'n fantastic - now I just need to finish up my undergrad, which is much harder now that I can taste the freedom of the other side. Also I found out you can get some kickass microscopes from eBay for ridiculous prices.

A lot of other stuff happened - but I'm trying to to keep a Positive Mental Attitude so I'll hold off on the narrative.

Stand out tracks; deadmau5's "Hi Friend!" which is the titular feature of the show and served as a bolster for the research year, as after all it was what I came here for. (And look where that got me!). Esg - Dance is an tight low-fi rocker which easily slips into my top 100. A wild feat for an album cut in '83. I spent a lot of time listening to music without words as they often distract me if they are either 1) good lyrics, 2) novel lyrics, or 3) the reason for the songs existence. Not much of this lyricless music made the cut but Stillway and Bonham's "Insomniac Sunrise" certainly demanded a place on the playlist.*

The Challenges of Bringing -omics to the Clinics
deadmau5 - hi friend!
esg - dance
Young Marble Giants - Eating Noddemix
Broken Social Scene - Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl
Tame Impala - I Don't Really Mind
La Sera ‒ Devils Hearts Grow Gold
tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
Chilly Gonzales - You can dance (Fare Soldi Gonzobot rmx)
Stillway and Bonham - Insomniac Sunrise

Image From: Five Fists of Science

Currently Reading: The Universal Traveler, a Soft-System Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving And the Process of Reaching Goals by Don Koberg and Jimbagnall.

If you ever wonder what Ram Dass would have put out if he'd gone into cybernetic theory instead of eastern mysticism this is your answer. And it is good (if you like this kind of thing).

*Really short episode this time since the hosting company Libsyn has moved to a new platform and some of my dedicated space is presently occupied. Regular Size show next month (or thee months from now. Whatever.)

Direct download: Got_What_I_Came_For.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

Anoraking To Finals

Almost the holidays (and do I have a gift for you this year) and I may just barely make it. But the chances look good - one last push, right. I remember something about the light brigade at moments like these.

But the music! Got to love the music! It might be the worlds only saving grace 3 times out of 10.

Right anyways, so I missed last month, so this month is a bit of what I've been listening to for both.

The stand out tracks, too many to name, check out the opener by Anita Tijoux - it was going to be my birthday track but whatever. The Smiles make you feel good about the mugging and your lost wages. And the blessed return of Holy Fuck with the Tounces inspired sound track Red Lights. King Khan finally gets some air time - I don't know how I missed that scene. King Charles brings the fuzzed out love, Jeff Spec lays out some fantastic old skool against the Most Sampled Man in HipHop the epynoumous drummer for the funky James Brown in "Clyde Stubblefeild". And the Braids bring the orchestral twee pop - and the stand out modern compositions track from Hauschka, "Alexanderplatz" minimals its way to the blown out rusted tub thumping of Kidkanevil (with helps from the Bonobo) as our closer.

01. Anita Tijoux - 1977
02. The Smiles - Cala Cola
03. David Vertesi -  All Night, All Night, All Night
04. Holy Fuck - Red Lights
05. King Khan & The Shrines - Land of the Freak
06. MI + AMORE – Wise Blood
07. King Charles - Love Lust
08. Jeff Spec - Clyde Stubblefield
09. STRT SRNS – Wise Blood
10. Terry Ohms - Red Wine on White Pants
11. Broken Bells The - High-Road
12. Braids - Lemonade
13. Hauschka - Alexanderplatz
14. Kidkanevil - Ketto Revisited ft Bonobo

Image: From Cat and Girl - I wanted to reimagine a whole strip moved from the humanities to the sciences but am still working out the ramifications of it all. But it is also as a small signifier of my own expanse into the science minded bloggosphere where I am abetting my love of music with my other love - pragmatic evaluations of experimental observations

What I'm Reading Now: Getting What You Came For by Robert L. Peters (some fine advice there, highly recommended)


Direct download: Anoraking_to_Finals.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

Schools In

So we're into the home stretch - last year of undergrad and I can taste the sweet release. Oh there have been and will be trials and tribulations but back, far back, behind it all is the idea that I could do it. And the fact that I have or that I am.

And I am doing it now.

Here my theme: Golden Age

Feels good, man.


01. Swamp Cat - Timun Mas

(my neighb's - good folks)

02. Golden Age - Everything Will be Alright

03. Lissie - Kid Cudi's Pursuit of Happiness

04. Mike Alaska - Jerzy Borowicz recording

05. Go Home Productions - Smells Like Rockin Robin

06. Kaki King - Kiss With a Fist

07. Cookin' with Kurt - Soup du Jour

08. Youthless - Golden Age

09. Les Cowboys Fringants - Les Etoiles Filantes

10. Beat Radio - Golden Age

11. Joost Buis & Astronotes - Brokology

12. Julie Doiron – Consolation Prize

13. California Guitar Trio - Music for a Found Harmonium

14. The Orb - God Less America

15. Justin Townes Earle, 'Harlem River Blues'

Image from Ward Sutton over at the

Direct download: Schools_In.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

Vinyl for Vinyl

This summer Ana and I, in preparation for the "great long distance experiment" got to travel a bit around Maine and Canada and Vermont. On one occasion I had a prolonged discussion with a good man, here to be nameless to protect his reputation, about we humans and the big picture and what can be done about it all. It was a real and good pleasure and I hope I hadn't offended him as I usually do when I talk about these things.

Anyways - one last thing. I had mistaken Andrew Bird for Bobby Bare Jr. This is because Mr. Bare has a song which is close to my dyslexic heart called "Strange Bird" hence if I have a few in me I start mixing things up in a poor way; like saying that Andrew Bird has a senior version in the country and western scene. That is clearly not the case. Be sure to check out "Strange Bird" it's really good.

Anyways this is the short version which made the podcast:

01. Richard Hawley - As the Dawn Breaks

02. Six Organs of Admittance - The Desert is a Circle

03. Bill Callahan - A  Man Needs a Woman or a Man to be a Man

04. Agent Simple - Make a Right at Jordfallsmotet

05. Devandra Banhart - Shabop Shalom

06. The Felice Brothers - Run Chicken Run

07. Larkin Grimm - Dominican Rum

08. Port O'Brien - In Vino Veritas

09. The Precisions - New York City

10. Jens Lekman - A Postcard to Nina

11. Kid Koala - Its All Over

12. Townes van Zandt - Intro Joke from "Mr Gold and Mr Mud"

13. King Creosote - Camels Swapped for Wives

14. Adam Green - What Makes Him Act So Bad

15. Sleepy Jackson Lovers - Mourning Rain

And these are the tracks which got onto the Long Play version. Most of which can be found on previous podcasts of mine.

16.Adam Green - Castles and Tassels

17. King Creosote and Player Piano - Cod Liver and Orange Juice

18. Jill Barber - Oh My My

19. Bill Calahan - Eid Ma Clack Shaw

20. The Felice Brothers - Frankie's Gun

21. Cluthcy Hopkins Meest Lord Kenjamin - Brother John

22. Larkin Grim - Ride That Cyclone

image from: Magic Hat

Currently Reading: Locust - The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect That Shaped the American Frontier by Jeffery A. Lockwood

Direct download: Vinyl_for_Vinyl_-_Radio_Edition.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

A team with only I in it

One of these days I'll be in a situation to learn something by following someone else's example. Not that I'm bitter - just frustrated.


Chain and the Gang - Interview with the Chain Gang

Brian Eno  – Third Uncle

Fun Boy Three & Bananarama - 'Taint What You Do It's the Way That You Do It

Islets - Jasmine

Jill Barber - Oh My My

Panther Hands – Young, Gifted, and Brown

Mother Mother - O My Heart Luther Russel - A World Unknown

The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms

Blockhead - The Music Scene

The Pixies - Alec Eiffel

Brasstronaut - Requiem for a Scene


Image from: The very excellent short "Don't cry for me I'm already Dead"

Currently digging: Young Liars by David Lapham

Currently Reading: Short Protocols for Molecular Biology by Wiley Publishing (five stars!)

Direct download: 06_-_A_team_with_only_I_in_it.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

I Believe in Summer


Wow .. . Orgo is over. Sweet jesus. 


Richard Hawley - Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Devin Therrialt - I Don't Think I

Kulturini Project - Half Time Report

DJ Voodoo and the Liquid Method - Everybody thinks i'm high the remix '96 (DJ Kelley)

DJ Harvey - Track 01 (Black Cock Edit)

Teki-Latex - Answers Cut From Set

Siriusmo - Urlaub In Berlin

MGMT - Flash Delirium

MIA - Born Free

Monks - Blockhead

Moneybrother - Born Under a Bad Sign

Jacuzzi Boys - Bricks or Coconuts

Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime 

Dirty Three - Three Wheels


Image from the late great Teaching Baby Paranoia - you will be missed.


Direct download: I_Believe_in_Summer.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Uner's Big Day

Happy Birthday babe.

We're about to tear down that length of road to the distant vistas of tomorrow's tasks and I reflect on the fact that you've been with me for long enough that I can't comprehend what it will be like to be apart.

Things may get rough out there - and who knows what may happen - but it has been good, great, and nice and there may be more in store.


01. Blenders - Don't fuck Around with Love

02. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks

03. 123 - Confetti

04. Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

05. Los Mil Jinetes - Pastor de Elefantes

06. La Pompe Moderne - Plus Dur, Meilleur, Plus Rapide, Plus Fort (Daft Punk Cover)

07. Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

08. Archie Bronson Outfit - Hoola

09. GIFT - Workout Afterall

10. Lodger – Ciao

11. The Blow - Parantheses

12. Andrew Bird - Opposite Day

13. Alt Fenster – Clipée

14. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - The Worm in The Apple

15. Pelle Carlberg - I Love You, You Imbecile 

Image from: A Softer World. 

Currently Awesome:  The LHC.

Direct download: Uners_Big_Day.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Reaping What We Sow

Overworked and got Sick. Overworked and got Active Labelled Protein (I MADE THIS?!). Overworked and Snow Days. Overworked and got to Grad School. Overworked and Got Accepted. Overworked and working with Paul Pope. Overworked and Got Unemployed. Overworked and still making it. . . somehow.


Adam Green -  Castles and Tassels

Catl. - Church on Time

Egyptian Hip-Hop  - Nifeo

King Creosote, Player Piano and Pictish Trail - Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice

Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish

Hanoi Jane_Across_the_Sea

Caribou - Odessa

Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar

Surfer Blood – Neighbour Riffs

Kasper Bjorke - Efficient Machine

Sonny and the Sunsets - Stranded

The Oddword - Hello Goodbye 

Maxwell Panther - My Ex-Identity


Image From: Supremely Awesome -

Direct download: Reaping_What_We_Sew.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

The Many Versions of Serendipity

I had a dream the other night that I was taken over by some drive which sent me to the hinterlands of the pennisula and into those thick moist brambles of the pacific northwest - this thing in my head was a cancer and an infection. Like the Tasmanian Devils, right? But anyways I had brain cancer and the monster I was hunting out in those patagnian boodocks was it also cancer or real - a thing like that hallucination of a diseased mind only this was flesh and what if the cancer wasn't a cancer but an organism, a bacteria laying down pipe in the brain like an antenna to the broadcasts of it's own obscure gods.

1. Rae Spoon - Come on Forest Fire Burn the Disco Down

2. Ancient Astronauts - Everybody

3. Useless Eaters - Information Freak

4. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

5. Ocote Soul Sounds - Coconut Rock Deluxe

6. Bill Callahan - Eid Ma Clack Shaw

7. Hey Panny - Cop Car Demo

8. Orquestra - Afro-Brasileira - India

9. frYars - happY

10. Lost Boy - taste butter

11. The Almighty Defenders - All My Loving

12. Astronote - Weerdo (Rmx)

13. Noze - Drums

14. Helvetia - Old New Bicycle

Direct download: The_Many_Versions_of_Serendipity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Heavy Holidays What does it mean that in the weeks leading up to this that I fell into a deep attraction for the heavy ridden droned out sounds of the modern psychedelics? A faint whiff of better times and stronger hallucinogens - an escapist temptation edging in on the clean cut work a day world I've been consumed by? Maybe or maybe not.
Maybe "Junkies Runnin Dry" would have been a better track to open with. But no matter (and no drugs) I open with my neighbors whom are recorded here as the We Three Queens in a recording booth in Indonesia - ahh they are the best neighbors really. And a damn better way to open this than OpIvy (no disrespect, mon amor) - you know how it is.
As for the rest of these tracks and the rest of my life - a well here I admit that this is a monthly diary and the music is the food I feed on to live through it. Heavy times means heavy music, and so: Dad had surgery - he made it and is in better shape, though I haven't talked to him. My mom had one surgery for her leg and is getting the cancerous kidney removed on the 29th - the day after my sisters' birthday. Ana got another raise, got a 800 on the GRE, and has done a lot of hard work trying to mend the separate bits of life - at work, outside of work - together. I got to meet Joshua, who is cool. Her grandmother broke her hip, but is recovering. I got laid off, but yeah whatever, I only worked there for three years and got replaced by the boss's brother - so no hard feelings. Cam got laid off, he was the last non-foreman on the worksite a higher compliment to his industriousness there can not be - but even at that Montana's economy sucks too much. A new thing lives today by virtue of my will and others research grants. The world spins round.
So it goes.
To everyone everywhere I wish it could be better but I'm hanging round even if it never improves.
We Three Queens - Go Tell It On The Mountain
Butthole Surfers - Sweet Loaf
Man Man - Hurly Burly
White Shit's Shoobaryna's Final Signal (a collapse)
Francois de Roubaix - L'Homme Orchestre - Generique
Deerhunter - Spring Hall Convert
The Botticellis - Awaiting On You All
Time and Space Machine - More Cowbell
Jim Morrison - The World on Fire
Electralane - Spartakiade
When Strangers Meet - The Silk Road Project - Mido Mountain
Gak Sato - Hip Wagging Foot Shuffling (Amon Tobin Remix)
Moondog - Lament 1 (Bird's Lament)
Dan Deacon - Woof Woof
Zac Hryciak and the Jungle Beat - May the Warrior Be True
Family of God - Follow the Lights
Image from Over Compensating:

Follow the Lights People
Direct download: Heavy_Holidays.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

It's Everyday The busyness is everyday. Not even enough time to do this justice.

Hilarious the idea that this is a diary to help me remember these days - but that the days are so packed that I can't make time to remember them.

Anyways. Music is a constant - hell yes.

nomeansno- Everyday I Start to Ooze
Metatron - 10 Psychedelic Culture
The Time and Space Machine - The Joys of Living Un-hung Up
Blind Boys of Alabama - Run on for a Long Time
Capitol K - City
Al Caiola - Experiment In Terror
Bobby Bare Jr. - Stay In Texas
Fugazi -Waiting Room
Marc Shearer - Magma on My Mind
Blood Red Shoes - Its Getting Boring By the Sea
Matias Aguayo - Rollerskate (album version)
Doves - Kingdom of Rust (Prins Thomas Discomiks Instrumental)
Learn the Songs of Phil Ochs - That's What I Want to Hear
Pet Politics - When I Get Old
Sea and Cake - a man who never sees a pretty girl that he doesn't love her a little

thanks to Ana
Direct download: Its_Everyday_-_For_2009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:05pm EDT

August - Care Package August already? - I am surprised but yes apparently I missed July. huh.

Finished classes for summer - so yeah this was Physics and a film and fiction class. Happily I have good things to report from the conclusion of that as my GPA continues its trend unabated.

Sorrows in breaking as this month saw the leaving of:
Hannah from downstairs, is off to other Brooklyn 'hoods
Mollie, another import by way of Portland, is leaving to Princeton - we're all quite proud of her and, also, ashamed of ourselves.
Tim Krieder, of incomparable artist behind The Pain (see illustration), is walking away from stripping to take up a columinst job at the Times. Respectable stuff and lordy but I feel it.

So times are at a turning point, right? This month is heaving on the tracks of Lux and Ivy's from WFMU. Lux passed on not too long ago and this list was compiled by fans of his band The Cramps. The total is about 11 albums of selected tracks and they've been on heavy rotation here this summer. So ... here we go:

1. Candy Claws - Don't Turn Around
2. Jack Nitzsche - The Lonely Surfer*
3. Blues Rockers - Calling All Cows*
4. Lightnin Slim - Its Mighty Crazy*
5. Shinichi Osawa - Love & Peace
6. Bosstones - Mope-Itty Moope*
7. The Symbols - Do the Zombie*
8. Mcfadden and Dor - Noisy Village*
9. David Bowie - Oh You Pretty Things
10. Doctor Ross - The Boogie Disease*
11. John Buck and his Blazers - Forbidden City*
12. The Big Pink – Velvet (Gang Gan Dance Remix)
13. Sheriff and the Revels - Shombolar*
14. Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'*
15. Storey sisters - Bad Motorcycle*
16. Robert Mitchum - Ballad of Thunder Road*
17. Can - Turtles Have Short Legs
18. Roy Brown - Butcher Pete - Part 1*
19. Roy Brown - Butcher Pete - Part 2*

* Tracks are from Albums 1-3
Image From: The Pain
Comic I'm Currently Up to My Tits in: Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol

Direct download: August_Care-Package.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

The Tragic Sense of Life in Men And Nations Title from Unamuno.

Happy June - and what a summer! Record rain fall has preserved my mind from migranes and hallucinations of divinity. Summer classes have preserved my embalmed, pickled, and thoroughly petrified extracurricular activities. And yet, wondrously, only one week to go and then I am done with Spanish, which is a thing I never really liked - but admittedly it is a bit of fun even if you don't like it.

You see, and this isn't just me here, talking in a foreign language does things to your mind. I've been a language user for years and have always been bowled over from what a good chat can do to me - but another language . . . is more like an out of body experience of the mind than a hallucination of the tongue.

To embrace it I would like to share my new favorite Spanish idiom (narrowly beating out the phrase, "The Devil is the devil because he is old") - in espanol:
Pensar en la inmortalidad del cangrejo
that is ... as the cartoon lovingly illustrates:

Thinking about the immortality of crabs.

Generationals - When They Fight They Fight
Hey Penny - Cop Car (demo)
cazwell - Money Back
Get Back Quinozzi - Carpet Madness (demo)
Cheveu-Lola -langusta
Das Racist & Wallpaper. - Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper. Remix)
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Little Girl (Julian Casablancas)
Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha-  Orgasmatron (Motorhead)
Illinois - Shes So Blonde
SilverJews - SanFrancisco BC
The House of Apples and Eyeballs - Psychic Swelling
Regina Spektor - Machine
YACHT- Psychic City
Jimmie Rodgers - TB Blues
Vaqueros Paganos - Asesinos

Image from: Wikipedia's Entry on "Thinking About the Immortality of Crabs" Artist: Greg Williams
Online Comic I'm Currently Reading: Templar, Arizona
Direct download: Unamuno.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

Busyness And Birthdays A belated month - but only because of the harried pace of life. And while I would love nothing more than to dedicate my self (again) to the twin frivolties of 'fun' and 'communication of ones emotional state through artistic means' which drive this haphazard ship of woebegotten delights into the ragged rocks of alliterative allusions and malaproped metaphors.

All hands on deck our cavorting has run out of spare time.

So as a brief summary too congrats to Ana on her promotion and Molly on getting into her Doctoral program. Happy Birthday Craig and Ana. And lastly yay me. I did things too:

Short and Ugly Comic:
Quick and Brutal Video:

So that was then - also on a small not the format is going down from 80 min shows to a brief 50 min. this is mainly due to space and time considerations

Led Zepplin - Immigrant Song
Women - Black Rice (Green Go remix)
Krazy Baldhead - The End ft. Beat Assailant
Bruce Springsteen - Erie Canal
Lisps - Documents
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Feel The Drip
Elliot Smith - Twilight
Passion Pit - Little Secret (Nouveau!)
Cat Power - Love and Communication
Le-Face - Salvador Dali
Vagabondopera Kabarista - Farewell
Honeycut - Shadows
Curious Hands - Birthday Song For Ana (Ed.  thanks guys!)
Lynne Richards with the Jimmy Etta Orchestra - Hydrogen Nitrogen Potassium

Image From: Tori Miki

Direct download: Busyness_and_Birthdays.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

This Old Hobo Is a Go-Go Another month and things are still happening - downturns or no, lay offs or not, things proceed to decay at a pace unprecedented. To our vestigial ape descended brain parts this is another insult thrown by the modern world. We are overcome with despair at times by not what is happening, which is still too fast and recent to comprehend, but on what has just happened. So shuttered from the immediate and blinkered to the future we have to cast about for a path with the blind ineptitude of dumb stones rolling down hills. Anxiety, nervousness, fear and dread, ever present but also on the rise - marking higher on the measure of my own inner metric the the rising tide of ill happenings far beyond my ken or control. There is no ennui among destitute - since there is just too much which remains to be done.

Also Ana's birthday is this month - so there is that too. We're thinking of a party in the park with an anti-scavenger hunt.

Also, Sket and the Hobo - a project blog for me and Ana (and a compliment to the still undisclosed Autoshop project) has gone "live" with the completion of a poorly illustrated and woefully written 7 pager, soon to be published, maybe - by an online magazine. Or not. Who knows. So here are Hobo themed songs (three really) to celebrate.

Hobo Jug Band <- hobo song
The Beginning Of The End - Funky Nassau, Pt. II
The Who - the Kids are Alright
Benjy Ferree -Fear
The Standells  - Medication
The Holy Modal Rounders - Give The Fiddler A Dram
The Fugs - I Saw The
Southeast Engine - Black Gold
Death - Politicians
The Long Blondes - Once And Never Again
Soko - I'll Kill Her
TMBG - (She was a) Hotel Detective in the Future
Dan Deacon - Snookered
Casey and Brian - Rumble in the Jungle
The Moving Sidewalks - Set Me Free (Feat. Billy Gibbons)
Link Wray and the Raymen - Baby What You Want Me To Do
Les Ambassadeurs Internationales - Mousso Gnaleden
The Frames - Lay Me Down
The Raincoats - Fairytale In The Supermarket
Papercuts - Future Primitive
Girls - Hellhole Rat Race
Deertick - These Old Shoes <-hobo song
Rt. 78W Outlaws - Too Much Tequila
Ame - Rej (Sonar Kollektiv Orchester cover)

image from:
Darwin from Mikero - also as a tee-shirt
Bellisop - Philosopher for Hire (

Direct download: This_Hobo_Is_A_Go_Go.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Songs For February - Protein Electrophoresis Valentines Day Look I'll keep this brief as I've found little succor from expounding on this site to any length.
Instead let me divulge my recent doings - for diary purposes:
Got a 7 pager posted on Shifter Magazine about Bellisop. Not the best art I've ever made but hey.
Made me a composting bin. Ahh yeah I be mulch like a mother' now.
Semester 2 is GO!
After visiting Florida I now get to crash [on] the slopes of Vermont. Oh these wacky "doing things" thing is nuyts.

Also - got this here musical interlude:

Camisra - let me show you <snippet>
Sgt Pepper_s Lonely Hearts Club Band _Streetlab mix_
Larkin Grim - How To Catch A Lizard
Man Man-Easy Eats Or Dirty Doctor Galapagos
Lucky Dragons - Jean's Theme
Leadbelly-C.C. Rider
Owl Brain Atlas - Doktor Tongues
LCD Soundsystem-New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
Camper van Beethoven - Eye of Fatima
High places - From Stardust to Sentience
Ezrra Furman - Not Recognized-The Stakes are High
Company - <Snippet>
Firewater - Hey Clown
Kasey Chambers And Shane Nicholson - Jackson Hole
Mike Monday - Through the Keyhole
unknown - snippet
SoulWax Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band - A Fifth of Beethoven (Hidden Cat’s “Based on the Soulwax” Edit)
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart
M.Ward - Rave On
Dani Deahland Mike Gillenwater - TheSoundOfDisco
Wavves - So Bored
Of Montreal - Heimdalsgate Like A Promethea
Samara Lubelski - Taste the Candy
Royskopp - Happy Up Here
Port O'Brien - Fisherman's Son
Muck and the Mires - Hypnotic
Deerhunter - Saved By Old Times
Emperor Machine - Aimee Tallulah Is Hypnotised
George Harrison - I'd Like to Be a Pirate

Image from: The incontestable excellence of B. Patrick, Akimbo
In memory of:
Joseph M. Williams (1933-2008) who wrote The Phenomenology of Error which I found to be clear headed and rational a scare trait in composition studies. That he purposefully included 100 errors in it was both smart and funny.
"Real readers reading real texts don't respond to error as grammarians want them to. Nor, in fact, do the grrammarians."
Direct download: Songs_For_February_-_Protein_Electrophoresis_Valentines_Day.mp3
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Brief Interlude - Songs for January Another year - but this one seems to have more promise right?

It certainly seems that way. So lets keep our fingers crossed and kick it off by listening to my new favorite song that, according to Colin Larkin and a 1998 BBC poll is the worst album ever.

  1. Screaming Lord Sutch and the Heavy Friends - Flashing Lights
  2. Jimi Tenor - Bacon Alive
  3. Yo La Tango
  4. Afuche - Umm Champ Chemp
  5. Tradewinds - Mind Exscursion
  6. Do Make Say Think - Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
  7. Unknown Artist - Unknown
  8. Jackie Lee - Happy Vacation
  9. Peggy Sue and the Pictures - Once We Were Strangers
  10. Bill Cosby - Funky North Philadelphia
  11. Ratatat - Tropicana
  12. Lattie Moore - Pull Down the Blinds
  13. Wurzels - Rock DJ & Pushnoy - Satisfaction (Thanks to RadioClash!)
  14. Tower of Power - What is Hip
  15. The Ramones - Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio
  16. Linda Gail Lewis - Ain't Nothing Shakin
  17. The Whitest Boy Alive - Island
  18. Hoagy Lands - Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
  19. Takeshi Terauchi & the Bluejeans - So Ren Pushi (? Maybe ?)
  20. Puppini Sisters - Crazy In Love (The Real Tuesday Weld Remix)
  21. Fiery Furnaces - Here Comes The Summer
  22. Unknown Artist - Mama Loochie
  23. Detroit Cobras - I Wanna Holler But The Town's Too Small
  24. Quiet Village - Circus of Horror

Image from: A Softer World
Direct download: Brief_Interlude_-_Songs_for_January.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Belated November Hola,

Everything is late - lateness is the order of the day
If winding gyres were unwinding daydreams
And learning and learning is of the most dire
And the thing I could not do is just to pay attention
Mere distractions make me lose the world
At my best these are convictions
my eventual goals aligned with these passions.

  1. FloBots - We Are Winning
  2. Erykah Badu - Amerykahn Promise
  3. Human Highway - The Sound
  4. Dirtbombs - It's Not Fun Until They See You Cry
  5. Blitzen Trapper - God & Suicide
  6. La Lupe - Con El Diablo En El Cuerpo
  7. They Might Be Giants - Seven Days Of The Week (I Never Go To Work)
  8. Why - The Fall Of Mr. Fifths
  9. Alejandro Escovedo - Chelsea Hotel '78
  10. Mr. Scruff - Kalimba
  11. The Pica Beats - Poor Old Ra
  12. caUSE co-MOTION! - baby don't do it
  13. Ratatat - Mirando
  14. Cool Kids - What Up Man
  15. The Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop and Roll
  16. The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made for You
  17. The Chemical Brothers - Battle Scars (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation)
  18. The Raconteurs - Hold Up
  19. Cut Copy - Lights And Music
  20. Hauschka - Blue Bicycle
  21. Nathaniel Mayer - Village Of Love Going Back To The Village Of Love

Image From: Sconeborough
Congratulations to: American Progressives
Condolences: Nathaniel Mayer

Direct download: November.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Ramlbin Man - Songs for October Ramblin' Man....  Happy Birthday.

Listening to music makes me happy in some ways. Look, here I am listening to ... .. . good lord: Bauhaus of all things.... and I'm not in a bad mood. I actually remember Seattle '99, a studio with 5 friends. One of whom, Tom (mother' stills owes me for the phone bill) shooting coke and listening to this proto-industrial rumble. Good Times.

If music was invented today they'd make it illegal. Music is an altered state in the same way that a deep conversation is mind fuck. I hear the Special's "Ghost Town" and I remember that roadtrip where I totally faked fanhood cause I hoped to get laid.

How much of my current list is based off that premise? Shit, I may not be the best with the ladies, but all of them have turned me on to music which is in-arguably essential. The Pixies, The Talking Heads, Paul Oakenfold, Neutral Milk Hotel .. . I should make a list of the the sounds I got turned on to and who did it too me. Honestly, it would be a mixed bag, I should shelve that for a bit I guess.

I'm pretty mixed up about all this stuff actually. Torn between celebrating and crying have I been reduced to that?  I actually started to deal with deep buried emotional pain earlier this week, I might be getting to the point of maturity where I can spout masturbatory monologues of how life done me wrong and not actually be sarcastic anymore.

Ah shit! Another round! Round the sun - open the bottle and let us listen to this music that I like ... . .

I may never be Lester Bangs, I may yet be E. O. Wilson though. Fuck this life is getting on without me. I better lower that bar; I may never be myself but at least I won't be my dad.
Danbert Nobacon - Nixon is my dentist
I got my Obama shirt in the mail today. I do believe it is an omen. Got the Hope?
Hank Williams III - Pills I Took
This was suggested by a certain "Mike Dunn". no no not the track - which is my own twisted sensibilty but the artist. Google on that man and I do hope you see me.
BUKE & GASS - Rum for You (Edit)
No thanks I'll have the wine.
They Might Be Giants - The Shadow Government
Got their show at the Le Puisson Rouge. Man brings tears to my eyes.
Cult of Sue Todd - Burn Tampa
THE STAND OUT track - seriously not only do I find this in my heavy rotation but I also find myself absolutely floored over my own kick ass obscurity.
Charlie Haden - Song Of The United Front
Now this cat is cutting country tracks now a days and that is fine for what it's worth. But he cut his teeth with the Liberation Music Orchestra and that is bonus in my book.
Erin McKeown - Blackbirds
Also a suggestion from Mike - now who would have thought that in my yearly return to Missoula the only hombre with an updated playlist of suggestions is a Freak Folk fan?
Honest I didn't plan this.
Caesars - Jerk It Out
Of no bearing to this track, which is oversaturated 60's beach blanket bingo revivalism and nothing more, I must say that while in Missoula I had the chance to play a Dungeons and Dragons game with a group of Elementary Schoolers (let us just ball park the age as an average of 7) ...
Carla Bruni - Those Dancing Days Are Gone
Now that was exhausting and stupifiyng, good kids but they have the attention span of the cable news cycle. Now in returning to Brooklyn I may actually have the chance to play some 3.5 D&D with some local collegiate geeks.
Feist - 1, 2, 3, 4
If it happens it will be tough cause I know how distractions can do this to me where I lose focus on the important things and then wham 5 years later I'm wondering why I have a degree in Computer Science.
Howard Hello - Television
Which gets me thinking ... just how many CIS kids are where they are because of porn? I'm not saying that I wound up with this because of a brain wired in a pubescant formulation of priorities.. . . I'm just wondering. . . I don't see why it need be about me, right?
Jeffery Lewis - The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane
Well sure ... yes yes that is the other half of the equation about how I got here, yes.
Koufax - AnyMomentNow
See the important thing to remember is that is can all turn around right? That is why I've been working hard and going to school. To make this existence not merely about my mistakes but about my successes.
The LK - Private Life of a Cat
I really think that is all I have to say about this - I mean music is important to me and to my context as a person but this is getting ridiculous I'm just wasting time and space writing down my string of consciousness figuring out the set list.
Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo- Dances With Wood
Alright alright alright - this is about the music then not about me or some greater 'truth' about myself. Coincedentally this sounds like trance made via organic instruments.... hmmm.
Isobell Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Ramblin Man
Now do you see what a fine mess this is? I was supposed to be all somber when I was introducing this song. it is supposed to be a reflective consideration of my own compulsion to flee the emotional turmoils of my life -and how they are bound up in other people. How I both want to please
BPA - Toejam
them so they don't leave me and also run from them so that I don't have to be responsible for them.
Legendary Pink Dots - Torchsong
but really it is just a song, and it doesn't mean anything .. . and I'm just feeling messed up because of midterms and work and how my mom is doing ... she sasy that the physical therapy is coming along pretty ell and she may qualify to retire early. Which is kind of like happiness right?
Pernice Brothers - Discover A Lovelier You
But, actually, things are good. I mean sure they could be better, but that is always the case. If you take a large enough sample of the universe you find out that there is nothing permanent nor certain - and yet we still, by chance, exist. . .
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
And along with us are other chances and people and purposes. And sometimes you find yourself in college and sometimes you find yourself selling your plasma to the Portland blood bank to make rent.
The Be Good Tanyas-The Littlest Birds
Is anything a surprise? Have I finally quit being crazy? Was all the fun I had when young just a fluke of chemicals and not actually an appreciation of
Brooklyn Rider - Crosstown
the world as it really is? Yeah, actually I can pretty much believe that to be the case. I'd like to think that it is entertaining to third parties if I leave out the details that happened in between.
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead
Certainly it wasn't all just studio apartements and drugs? No. It was the kafkaesque moments of being escourted out of because after two weeks of coming to work and getting paid they realized I wasn't in their HR system.
The Velvet Underground - Rock & Roll
It was being fired from KFC for building a snowman, on off hours, in their parking lot ...
The Dandy Warhols - Easy
though admiteddly when it got smashed by that SUV and I threw the disembodied head at the windshield and it turned out to be the regional manager I couldn't particularly blame the store manager for his decision. Really, imagine his position.
Ezra Furman - We Should Fight
But that is what makes it all the more astonishing! Things have changed - I've changed! This summer I was the lab assistant to a immersive molecular biology course . .. 
The Slits - Ping Pong Affair
except it was at a community college.
Paul Oakenfold - Ready Steady Go
Is this it a string of anecdotes and misremembered memories? Didn't I use to have greater dreams? Do I taste the vomit of my body rebelling or is it the bile of my soul dying?
The Clash - Capital Air with Ginsberg
Is that enough self important omphalous gazing or what? Do I have to have god damn soliquiy with cabeza here to get a MacArthur?
Wynton Marsalis Septet-Juba And A O'Brown Squaw
This music list is as authentically an accurate representation of my self as one can expect in our modern age. Or at least can be expected from me.

image from: Berkely Breathed, "Opus" - hey I'm sure you get this all the time Mr. Breathed, but I really was influenced by your stuff when I was young and I've found it to be a well spring of wisdom throughout my life.

note to future self, you once lived with a girl, and every morning you woke up to find flowers at the foot of the bed. each of you thought the other had put them there. It turned out to be the cat though.

POSTSCRIPT: The birthday day itself was absolutely incredible featuring Central Park, Thai Food, Tequila shoots and a Mathematical based tattoo from Greenwich village, a walk in on Banksy's Pet Store, a dine and dash of margaritas and churros, a creepy deep house experience at club LOVE, and then the two hour train ride. Top it all off with a roll out of bed and go to morning Sunday class moment.

Thanks for everything Babe.

I guess I was just having a stupid moment there taking life seriously.

Direct download: Ramblin_Man-Songs_for_October.mp3
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Mixtape for Music 101 - CC1.3 09.19.08 Pitfalls of Compilations

Like every able minded wit in this new century's culture wars, I have a podcast. In all humility it is a simple affair, intended to be bi-weekly, it now struggles along at almost a monthly pace.

The original intent, beyond the glorious wealth and epic fame of being a podcaster, was to create a feedback loop of finding new music, making it available as a piece, and then, of course, finding more. Little did know the amount of time needed to put together one hour of music. I bete musicians feel the same, only more so.. .

Part of the issue is time spent listening to music. I had seriously underestimated the amount of time and attention that this requires. The basic necessity, to listen intently to a song, compounded by the ridiculous wealth in good music that our age best exemplifies, is basically absurd. Thanks to the internet, WFMU's Antique Phonograph show is as easily available as that Moxie Fruvous bootleg I got kicking around somewhere. By which I mean; the obscure areifacts are everywhere it just listening. And once you start you realize how endless it all is.

I spend more time now "culling the herd" than finding the selections. My average show starts at around three hours long - then I spend a few days listening and removing and adding on, until I've gotten to that CD-R sweet spot of 80 min. Usually another couple of days are spent juggling the order of tracks until their sequence is coherent. Another dat tweaking levels and getting the fades right, and often a last minute substitution or two. Fianlly the set list is compiled, and depending on time constraints I may link to the artists and I may write comments. In the olden days of "leisure time" I'd even record spoken bits to intro and seqway songs and sections. this is unlikely to happen now.

In the interests of saying something, here are the rationalizations for track inclusion and highlights for the mix I have here:

01 - Amon Tobin - Get Your Snack On
The heavy textures and repititive moments of this are given a lighter and jazzier feel by the diverse organic sounding palatte of samples.
02 - Matmos - Zealous Order of Candied Knights
Following on from that orgainc sound is Matmos who has made some of the most insightfult inroads of producing along thematic lines. This is from their Civil War album.
03 - People Like Us - My Son Jim (excerpt)
04 - Hifana - Wamono PV
05 - The Books - It Never Changes to Stop
06 - Kid Koala - Fender Bender
Probably on of the most skilled turntabilists of this generation. This is one of the more expansive tracks from his first album - it features a large variety of well meshed vinyl.
07 - Cex - OD'd on First Base
08 - Dj Food & DK - Let's Play Drums
From thier "Now, Listen!" album this "track" is not the best - but it has a very good beat, yes?
09 - Kid606 - MP3 Killed The CD Star
One of the more accessible tracks from this laptop artist, here edited to a more managable size.
10 - Mum - Abakvid Tvaer Hædir,,,,sundlau
11 - Dj Vadim - Dig Yourself Baby
12 - Prefuse 73 & the Books - Pagina Cuatro
13 - Dj Z-Trip & Dj P - Uneasy Listening Track 4
Off of their freely downloadable album of the same name.
14 - Amon Tobin - Foley Room
A studio heavy music concrete with a largely IDM influenced percussion the track is a step away from his earlier jazzy sound.
15 - Dj Shadow - Building Steam with a Grain of Salt (excerpt)
16 - Proem - Negativ - Bolt Action A17 - Proem - Negativ - Bolt Action A
17 - Skalpel - Tension
18 - Plastiq Phantom - Experimentation on Foreign Light
19 - Negativland - What's Music (excerpt)
20 - Radio Soulwax - paul simon - ladytron - (guitarsolo)
21 - Volcano The Bear - Five Hundred Boy Piano (excerpt)
22 - Richard Devine - block, variation
23 -Kid Koala - Basin Street Blues
24 - Squarepusher & MC Twin Tub - Full Rinse
25 - The Art Of Noise - How To Kill
26 - Man or Astroman - A Simple Text File
A wonderful printer piece, true electronica

image from: Nietzsche Family Circus

Coincidentally this is from a music diary for the Brooklyn College cc1.3 class. The mix itself was done in the vein of finding electronic music of a certain odd caliber after a discussion of the matter with the professor.

For those curious, yes, college is going well, thanks for asking. I may not be making these show too often anymore but it is a nice break from the studies - and in this case fits in well besides them.

Direct download: Music-101_CoreCurriculum-1.3_Mixtape.mp3
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Songs for July - It is all lucky catch 22's Oh
there ain't a cloud in heaven which has got more than a single silver lining. the lucky days do come and go but

is it just my life that is being lost in this town?
or someone else's life?
or something else of mine?

Does it seems like it's me changing - how do I know it isn't that I've found what someone else lost and since I've not got one of my own I have space to fill
and fill it I will

with whatever I find in this city specific sorrows. Like
the anonymity is really starting to get to me lately, maybe, but
who knew I needed definitions to be happy?

the last thing I want to do is burn it down, but there is that list.
The list of other things to try before I burn it all down.

I don't want poetry I want to punch someone in the throat.

I got accepted to Brooklyn College, but probably shouldn't go.
Sophie Tucker - School for Red Hot Mamas
Benny Sings - Get There
Fionn Regan - Hey Rabbit
Smog - Four Hearts in a Can
Drop nineteens - (plus fish)
ABBA - You Owe Me One
Modern Lovers - I'm Straight
Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling into Piece
Blind Boys of Alabama - Servant's Prayer Amen
Dustin's Bar Mitzvah - Artrocker (Feat. Dan Treacy)
Books - Read, Eat, Sleep
cLOUDDEAD - Physics of a Unicycle
Devo - Speed Racer
Black Moth Super Rainbow - The Afternoon Turns Pink
Robin Thicke - I'm A Be Alright
Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
Solomon Burke - Baby I Wanna Be Loved
Kung Babar Elefant
Spoon - Believing is Art
The Sea and the Cake - Polio
Damon Albarn - Closet Romantic
Matt Costa - Trying to Loose my Mind
Josh Ritter - Mind's Eye
The Guess Who - Rain Dance
Gaelic Storm - Nancy Whisky
The Mountain Goats - Blood Royal
The Sparrows - Wofee Woyaa He Ni (bra-dipo beat ga)
 [From Voodoo Funk welcome to town hope the show goes well]
atans rieger blakc metul 666 teh bark ov teh tevil vnd barg biekernis DER SECOND SONG FROM TEH EVOL ALBAM! - DER TRUE BLAKC ME
Image From: Big Fat Whale's The Classy Dozen

Direct download: July_-_is_all_just_lucky_catch_22s.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

To the Front! Brevity this day my loyal readers. A busted keyboard and little to prattle on about means that original text is at a premium and I shan't bother with the niceties.

So welcome to 2008 and enjoy two hours of some selected tracks. Like a very special after school special I hope that we can all learn a very important lesson from what just happened. And so, drugs are bad (or at least expensive), you don't need friends like that, and, of course, time is precious. Oh so precious - I wouldn't read this verbiage I spew grab the tracks and go do something for christ's sake.

Lets get started.

1) Sargasso Trio - Heels on Fire
Just about perfect. And this is the stand out track of the ol' cast.

2) The Field - Fall From A Height (Remix)
Tied and Tickled Trio - Aelita 1
The much ballyhooed Swedes in rough mix with the post jazz of the trio.

3) B.C. Camplight - Soy Tonto!
A masterful piece of eclecticity by a man I can really identify with.

4) Lisa Portelli - A Mon Meuble
I don't know French but I know what I like.

5 ) Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
The best electro-pop funk educated 2 step duo since the 80's.

6) Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma
And their back for a second track. Less Paul Simon more lerft field.

7) The Magnetic Fields - Three-Way
The opening track on their new album is this stellar piece of heavy drenched erotic propulsuion.

8) Enon - Mirror on You 
(site not epileptic safe) Need more noise and this time with lyrics? Another opening track.

9) The Shermans - Dumbhead
Let's bring it down with this jangle pop series of insults.

10) David Vandervelde - Nothin’ No
And let's bring in the fuzz with some psychedelic retrospective on the pressing interests of love.

11) The Whitsundays - Sorry James
Let us know put that to the task of age.

12) Dr. Dog - Ain’t It Strange
To close this set let's get a bit of Beatles-esque revival. Oh that is nice - a balm on the frazzled soul it is.

13) Tunng - Bullets
Is it a narrative, a survivalist trope on the dangers of forgetting and trying? A rumination on loss and life? A spectacular folksie sing along? yes

14) Steve Dawson - Fun Machine One
Get up and jig now. An open plain and ample night clothe this track and bring the guitar a quality of lyrical fire.

15) Miss Li - I’m Sorry, He’s Mine
"And it started like love should. I tole him from my best friend." Doesn't get any straighter than that.

16) Patrick and Eugene - Postcard From Summerisle
Oh that is nice piece of weird right there. Electronica can't do no wrong.

17) Midnight Juggernauts -
Dragonette's I Get Around (Remix)
A solid bass bin kick is elemental to any good groove. The vocal samples with additional reworking takes the head bop and hand dance into pure pop infection territory.

18) DJ Logic feat. Miri Ben-Ari
A very ambient track of Logic working with the instrumental hip hop violinist Ben-Ari.

19) Mandragora - La Cumparsita (Tango Christ Superstar)
A re-working (orgaicmash-up, jazz riff, etc) of the Cumparsita with Jesus Christ Superstar's bassline. Encore!

20) Hungry Marching Band - Gde Si Bre
This lively outfit just did a show that I missed. My greatest regret of the year so far. Coincidentally how cool is the album name: "Portable Soundtracks for Temporary Utopias"?

21) Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Mr. Reed just keeps getting better and by the gods of if this track hasn't aged half as well as the rest than the geometrical growth of goodness shall soon outstrip the entire catalog of crooning whelps of the present day. Saccharine pop bullshit and all.

22) Kerkko Koskinen - Sparkling Arsenic
A whirlwind orchestral set of the ex-Ultra Bra-ist with the Umo Jazz Orchestra. Sounds like Yoko Kanno with a spy movie OST.

23) Mariee Sioux - Wizard Flurry Home
Haunting and hurt - chills all around. But the warm instrumentation and rhythmic lyricism saves it from being a melancholic dirge or sap fest all to common in these tropes.

24) Mekons - Dickie, Chalky and Nobby
oh I needed this.

25) George Bush - Imagine

26) Grails - Silk rd
And this PDX track to give me a little room to breath before I go claustrophobic shit for brains insane on the closed in breathing that I feel when I think of the next 366 days.

27) Emir Kusturica & No Smoking Orchestra - Who killed the D.J.
Alas the song is too solid for the fog of memory to be contained in only by the original release and has spawned from the first the denizens of strange continents interjoined by oddity and inspiration.

28) MC5 - Kick out the Jams
Just what I needed to get the old blood sloshing around these old collapsed and bruised tubes to half aspirated ventricles and world weary capillaries. Join me now for the head long rush into what is bound to be a spectacular year.

image from:
Backing tracks:
Band Of Horses - Is there a ghost
Be Mine (Ocelot Mthrfckrs Remix)
Pratique - Death for Blushing Rogue
mini mix nine
Digitalism  - Idealism
Xiu Xiu - I Do What I Want When I Want
Blur - Country House

Direct download: To_The_Front_-_0108.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

A Zwarte Piet Holiday For the more perceptive of you - you may have noticed an interesting spelling of name than the common hum drum consonant-vowel-consonant type. For the more Dutch of you you may have not thought anything of it. And if your are as perceptive and Dutch as I am you'd be completely confused about nearly anything - especially this bit.

I'll cut right to the quick - I share my name with the Santa's black friends. The helpful and kind, and once enslaved, but now just friends, assistants to Saint Nick.

I could pillage this Sedaris piece for cheap laughs but I've got a classy angle here to up hold so I'll spare the sallacious back story of pseudo-sobriquets for another occasion when I'm feeling even more like boring everyone with a ham-fisted intro.

So here is David Sedaris and his "Six to Eight Black Men" from his Live at Carnegie Hall performance.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays from all of me to all of you.

Image from:
Subterranean Homepage News

Direct download: Christmas.mp3
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A Daily for today - 09.27.07

A brief but rousing little mini-cast cause my day is slow and indie pop is rocking the office headphones

Murder by Death - Dead Men and Sinners

A boisterous sea chanty gets the punk push in this piece by the blurred concept artists.

The Essex Green - Julia

A sweet memento is waiting to be claimed by this song by the now elsewhere and too busy to work on music music group Essex Green. No fear next time I hear them playing again I'll be sure to go.

Franz Ferdinand - Cheating On You

Boy wow these guy's will be big someday soon. That's right ttmt bringing you the freshness.

Hot Chip - Plastic

A shame I used up the popularity joke on Franz.

The Olivia Tremor Control - Grass Canons

Never forget the Elephant Six. Some great bands came of off such a small label

The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #2 (Laika)

Yeah I played them before too but that was a shitty live recording. Damn all this time And I still love that song. The rest of it, not so much.

CHAOS - Grune

A really really impromtu show includes the random members of the audience and these folks are keeping the dream of the anything goes alive and well.


image is the Warren Commision's report which came out today in 1964.
Direct download: A_Daily_092707.mp3
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