Ideas for 01/02/96: Romantic Cynicism

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 into the theme of the 45 minute set.

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...

So far, I've got 36:19 worth of music. Need around 8:41 more...

Lead with some Johnny Cash?

Then some music from Casablanca? Hm.

Probably like to play a track of of "Into the Labyrinth" by Dead Can Dance, but I'll have to buy/borrow the damn thing to do it... sigh. It would go really well right before the Last Poets. I think it would take all the extra time though, which means no room for Johnny/Casablanca/etc. Have to start with Spillane...

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?)

Tag, after the last mic break and back announce:

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.

Ideally, I hack together a machine to use on the air, and write something to read/chant/rant. And also, this should fit thematically into a set, and set should fit into the show, and so on ad nauseum. So what'll it be? As usual, time is short...

Another thing: mic break babble should definitely be oriented toward the telecom deceny act.

"There's a bunch of things I was thinking about playing for you tonight, like some Terminal Sect, some Exene Cervenka and Lydia Lucnh, and so on, but the tracks I was interested in has some prominent four letter words in them, so I can't play them before 9 PM. God Bless America.";

"So I don't know, maybe I should stick to instrumental pieces, nice inoffensive things like tributes to Walt Disney... at least if they're performed by Sun Ra..."

"Incidentally, there's a bill up in congress that has a rider stuck on it that's essentially designed to stick the internet with the same mindless restrictions on free speech they've stuck with the broadcast media, even though the rationale they used in the case of the broadcast media doesn't apply to the internet at all, but maybe I should know better than to believe the public rationale for anything..." ;

"Anyway, if you're interested in this topic, you should definitely consider discussing it with our elected reps... note that boxer and feinstein are both apparently in favor of this... You can reach them at ";

"But all this is just my opinion of course, and it's not like I'm telling you what you should say to them, because as I understand it that would constitute a call-to-action, which is in another one of those legal gray areas that small radio stations like us have to worry about more than, for example, Rush Limbaugh. God Bless America." ;

"And if you're not into the internet or any of that computery stuff... you might want to get involved with this issue anyway, because the internet such as it is might not be there for two much longer..."; (Go in to beginning of Terminal Sect track with "Danger", "Danger" samples?) That's the Festive mix, but you'd have to fade it by the middle...

The sets below for the first two hours of the show are shaping up... I'm close to having about 10 of them, which means that two will have to be chopped (rule of thumb: you can't do much more than four sets of three tracks each in an hour).

Got to watch out for the duplications when working out the order the sets are going to go in. Two sets begin with Anne Magnuson tracks, two sets use Switchblade Symphony, etc.

They include about 20 A-file tracks, which makes it unlikely I'll dip below 10 by accident.

If you get a chance, think about segues, how to go about smoothing over musical discontinuties?

I think 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?

So here's a set, intended as a kind of a goth-mind fuck, I guess. (~17:47)

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"

Gravediggaz	Mommy, What's A 	12"
		Gravedigga? (~5?)
Nice gothic (mildly cheesy spooky whistle loop) hip-hop. Cool babble. Flatlinerz has some possibilities too, even if real hiphopers think they're bunk.

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

An okay set, (~14 mins???). Lead with pop, goes to rock, finishes with early DVA weirdness... The "don't start to think" could follow the political babble well.

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...

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.

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..."

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

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. (Another goth track might be better in this set, really...)

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?

Okay, here's an odd little short set (~8), dedicated to the rather mind-numbingly obvious propsition that it's a good idea not to be a hedonistic waste.

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.

Rolling Stones	Good Times (A5-1:55)		Out of Our Heads
Eek. Another record I've been seeking for years... 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...

Bing Crosby	Swinging on A Star ( -3?)	Swinging on a Star
A recent acquisition I should really try and use. I've been looking for it for years. I think my original idea was to pair that with a reading from Bester's _Stars My Destination_.

Add a gothic (or perhaps a "gothic") track, and we got a set here. Miss Murgatroyd might do pretty well.

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.

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?

Set Stucture: industrial/goth/mingus? Well, maybe RA/goth/Mingus?

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

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?". ((does this really go in this set? ))

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.

Call this a set: ambient noir/Moe!/goth (Miranda Sex Garden?)
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...

Here's a light weight, love-set I guess. Better crank some tape echo on the beginning of the Sun Ra to fill in the lousy recording. Can I do anything better with this material?

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.

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...

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.

I like this set, subtly about the fuzziness of identity... but it uses a Switchblade track I've currently got scheduled else where, so watch 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?

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. (Also used in another set?)

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.

I would *really* like to do something with this one track...

Greg Osby	Intuition (9-4:45)	Black Book
Jazz, hiphop beat, woman and man whispers/chants in the background. Nice sound, kind of upbeat.

And I'd also like to end a set with:

 		A Day in the Life	Magic Christain (or???)