Ideas for 01/02/96: Romantic Cynicism

The 45 minute set, (starting at around 8 PM) will be on the theme of Romantic Cynicism, i.e. about the romantic appeal of grim, "realistic" cynicism...

Some music from Casablanca? Hm.

John Zorn	Spillane (1 - 25:12)	Spillane/Two-Lane Highway/
					Forbidden Fruit
A piece from back in 1987. Kicks with a woman screaming, goes off into private eye jazz with lots of quotes from Mickey Spillane.

The Last Poets	Illusion of Self (8 - 8:16)		Holy Terror
Kicks with a nice "cool" organ lead, too. "The holy terror becomes the holy blessing/family values caught in the act of undressing..." The whole urban grittyness thing goes well with the Spillane (I hope).

And for the finish:

Marshal 	Cynical Girl (9-2:51)	My Truck is My Home
or alternately:
Marshal 	Cynical Girl (5-2:34)	A Collection
(Is there any real difference?)

Which means, if this is going to be a 45 minute set, I'm going to need about 9 minutes of music to lead off with. (Maybe write something to babble myself? probably not this time...)

Oh, another thing, I want to use this for background music:

Malcolm Clarke	Earthshock (7 - 8:24)	Doctor Who, Vol 1 (soundtrack)
Ominous, and not too cheesy. Too bad I don't have any Blake's Seven music... Avon would fit right in to the theme of the 45 minute set.

And I was also listening to something else... that's right:

Gravediggaz	Mommy, What's A Gravedigga?	12"
Nice gothic (mildly cheesy spooky whistle loop) hip-hop. Cool babble. Flatlinerz has some possibilities too, even if real hiphopers think they're bunk.

Speaking of the goth thing, it might be cool to try and do a collection of gothic-jazz (or improv?). Most jazzy stuff definitely seems on the sunny side, how about some darker stuff?

Charles Mingus	Weird Nightmare			?
Ellery Eskelin
Brad Dutz
Anna Hommler
Gotta play some new stuff too, of course. I don't have much of a clue what's in the A-file right now.

Just picked up a CD I should try and use:

Bing Crosby	Swinging on A Star		Swinging on a Star
I think my original idea was to pair that with a reading from Bester's _Stars My Destination_.

Eeek. And I just came across another record I was looking for years ago:

Rolling Stones	Good Times			Out of Our Heads
A really nice, desperately sad version of the old Sam Cooke tune, with some perfect tubular guitar. It only sounds a little tinny in glorious mono vinyl, but hey, I got it for free...

So let's start working my way through the A-file:

Ann Magnuson	This Nothing Life (2-5:00)	The Luv Show
strummy guitar groove, in two halves "don't start to think" (ironic), then "this nothing life". Cool. Must use...

Ann Magnuson	It's a Great Feeling (6-3:00)	The Luv Show
"...this brain dead feeling", another upbeat ironic song about being a happy zombie.

There's a bunch of nice "ambient noir" stuff here:

dj Cheb i	Hamam (I4-4:45)         Swarm of Drones (coll.)
Rain sounds, chimes, drones, echoy voices, middle eastern style chants. Neat.

Oh, and hey, what about the Moe tape? There's a good track on there I'd like to play, and it'd go well with one of the chimier dark ambient things...

Iso Ambient	Melisma (16-1:57)       Swarm of Drones (coll.)
Very cool, dark synth-classical, fairly fast but not frantic, a year in the life, one hopes. NOTE: set CD player for CONTINUE. fade out high, rapid tinkerbell music at start of next track. Mix with?

Terminal Sect	Gun Worship (5-4:45)		The Gun Worship EP
  (591) 	suprisingly festive mix
Traditional industrial dance with Lost in Space "Danger,Danger" sample... oops, note prominent "shit" in the middle. Got to watch that before 9PM, unfortunately. God bless America.

New York Tango	Cuando Llora la 	Cabarute
   Trio		Milonga (2-3:25)
Slower tango, not too happy happy, if not as somber as I'd like...

My Pretty 	The Sad Arrogance	Cognitive Mapping 2
   Finger   	of Spacemen (24-2:42)	(collection)
Okay, slow grunge-folk. Can't quite hear the lyrics, though it seems like you ought to be able to.... the sad tone gets through.

Rebar		Das Math Girl   	Cognitive Mapping 2
   (669)	(9-3:03)        	(collection)
Slow, stark, but mostly silly "off kilter" lyrics, and prominent "shit" and "pissing", oh well.

Scott Jenerik  (3-3:45)			3000 Words
Local SF guy, sounds like crash worship with ominous echoy noise effects. This is a midtempo, a bit less noisy track.

Pale Face       Monotony (10-   )	Raw
Rocking "antifolk", everyone here doesn't have to be the same? monotony, it'll happen to you, I'm not paranoid... got a "fucking" in it that's maybe a little obvious. Maybe I'll just play instrumental music the whole show.

Magic Pacer	Queen of Flames	(6-  )  White Room
Poppy fast rocking track with old border cheese electronics swooping up and down. A little on the light side? Might go with classical/perhaps Glass?

Greg Osby	Pillars (1-4:41)	Black Book
Jazz, hiphop beat, woman recites over it leading up to a sarcastic remark about the pillars of her community.
Greg Osby	Intuition (9-4:45)	Black Book
Jazz, hiphop beat, woman and man whispers/chants in the background. Nice sound, kind of upbeat.
Greg Osby	Rockin Chair (3-4:52)		Black Book
Jazz, hiphop beat, woman raps fast and cold. Really nice hiphop the hip hop boys will never find...

Greg Osby	Fade to Black Medley	Black Book
  (659)		part a: Brother And a 
		Token    (10-4:48)
Jazz, hiphop beat, poetry about fear of black guys on the subway.

Trio De		Domaines (3-7:01)	Trio de Clainettes-Live 
Delicate, but dark, very abrupt bursts of "new music".

Trio De		Intineraire Bis (6-5:00)	Trio de Clainettes-Live 
Leads with high, spooky, almost annoying tones... these are clarinets?

Yoko Ono/IMA	Warzone (1-1:55)		Rising
Fast, kind of industrial rage.

Peter		Saint James Infirmary (2-4:07) Die Like a Dog
Nice, mournful jazzy stuff. About Albert Ayler.

Pain Teens	Swimming (1-2:51)		Beast of Dreams
Beautiful, not as noisy as usual for them... begins with an almost african sound, not quite like a thumb piano. "I'm drowning in ecstasy/sinking into a sea of bliss/we are transfixed..." wow, these lyrics would sound awful if her vox wasn't perfect.

Pain Teens	Coral Kiss (3-  )		Beast of Dreams
Slow spoken vox over tribal drumming, "angry little teeth, sharpened pearl cuts pressed and bitten, my brusided lips if I miss your coral kiss, does it matter? Does it?".

Charles Mingus	Myself When I am Real (2-7:34)	Thirteen Pieces
Nice, slow, contemplative stuff, fills in with some almost spanish rhythms in places. But is it dark enough?

Charles Mingus	Ecclusiastics (7-6:57)		Thirteen Pieces
A decade in the life. Tempo starts slow, goes all over the place. I like this a lot. Some gospel touches.

Sun Ra		Someday my  (2-7:53)		Salute to Walt Disney
		price will come
Leads with applause, and light piano that could've been recorded better. Eh... possible mix fodder, but this ain't all that melancoly to my ear. Baby. At 2 minutes in, horn comes in sounding a lot better, but still.

Sun Ra		Frisco Fog (3-3:19)		Salute to Walt Disney
Leads with applause, FADE IN. Fast, demented juggernaut.

Legendary	A Velvet Resurrection (4-5:55)	from here you'll
  Pink Dots					watch the world go by
Full lush sound, zooms in and around. Vox, spoken list: "I want to believe in the nobility of the human spirit..." This is great.

Now all I gotta do is piece this stuff together into a sets, and the sets into a show...

Clock DVA	Anti-Chance (9-5:50?)		White Souls in Black Suits
Industrial strangeness with clarinet/electronics duet. Cool. No vox. Rhythm emerges from the chaos? And then receedes.

Clock DVA	Contradict (7-   )		White Souls in Black Suits
Chaotic jazz-like honking fades in, and then switches to guitar (somewhere between Myles Boisen and Talking Heads) jamming with Adi Newton's voice, sounding like Genesis P. Orridge. "show me a contrast that will..."

Switchblade	Dissolve (2-  )			Serpentine Glitter
"Can you see me going down/I am screaming out loud/and the fear of god is in me now/dissolve/in the moonshine/I leave no trace/my visions have gone/far away from this place/ they've dissolved" slower.

Call this a set? Transistion to and from the Switchblades is going to be rough though:

Francis Wong	1:03 (4-2:29)			Chicago Time Code
Weird, singing into the flute with steady bass rhythm in background... this will do for a "gothic" jazz pick.

Switchblade	Gutter Glitter (9-3:47)		Serpentine Gallery
Leads with chime like (harpsichord?) melody. "Irridescent eyes of the seahorse rise/Treasures she loves others despise/a shooting star shan't fall very far/dim fireflies held in glass jars"

Aloof Proof    The Ghost Ship          Swarm of Drones (coll.)
   (590)       (I10-9:10?) (excerpt)
Sense of release, dark but relaxed, harpsichord like? Could follow murky accordion music?