Really fun show last night!
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve last had a weekly show on CBN. So this site has not been updated since then. But here’s a holiday song sure to give us some holiday cheer.
What is it about Genesis that’s so funny? Don’t know, but Land of Confusion is hilarious and great. And the music video is horrifying.
The X song has a great beginning; I used it for a WCBN promo when we screened The Unheard Music, which is a pretty great documentary about the band.
Tom Waits may be the most-requested artist on my show, for what that’s worth, and 2:19 was a request.
3:00 PM Deadbolt Watongo
2:54 PM Swans Little Mouth My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope To the Sky Young God
2:49 PM Metz Negative Space Metz Sub Pop
2:48 PM Tom Waits 2:19 Brawlers Anti-
2:48 PM Tav Falco’s Panter Burns Come On Little Mama Behind the Magnolia Curtain Rough Trade
2:46 PM The Vibes Off the Cuff On a Night Like This Whittier
2:39 PM Protomartyr Jumbo’s No Passion All Technique Urinal Cake
2:31 PM The Knitters The Call of the Wreckin’ Ball Poor Little Critter on the Road Slash
2:31 PM X Hungry Wolf Live at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip Elektra
2:19 PM Genesis Land of Confusion Invisible Touch Atlantic Records
2:06 PM Rachmaninoff (New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor, Gary Graffman, pianist) Second Piano Concerto Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini, Second Piano Concerto Columbia
The similarities between Flipper and Jonathan Richman may go deeper than their at-the-time contrarian nature, but I’m happy that I was able to play them back-to-back.
Richman: “No, I want to play quieter.”
Flipper: “No, we want to play slower.”
This is another track off the same Flipper album:
|2:57 PM||Blonde Redhead||Sciuri Sciura||Blonde Redhead||Smells Like|
|2:56 PM||The Fall||Put Away||Peel Sessions||BBC|
|2:52 PM||Billy Childish||John Hardy||The Original Chatam Jack||Sub Pop|
|2:51 PM||The Breeders||Do You Love Me||Last Splash||4AD|
|2:41 PM||Jonathan Richman||French Style||Surrender to Jonathan||Vapor|
|2:34 PM||Flipper||Nothing||Generic Flipper||Subterraean|
|2:33 PM||Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney||Too Many People||Ram||Capitol|
|2:31 PM||Tiny Tim||Nowhere Man||1968 Beatles Christmas Disc||Capitol|
|2:29 PM||Hugh J and the Picnic||You Mean a Thing or Two to Me||Asleep||Action Pop!|
|2:13 PM||Tiny Tim||If I Had You||I Love Me||Seeland|
|2:11 PM||Blues Control||Boiled Peanuts||Blues Control||Holy Mountain|
|2:05 PM||Tyvek||Air Conditioner||Fast Metabolism||M’Lady’s/Water Wing|
|2:04 PM||Link Wray||Rumble||Rumble||Polydor|
|2:04 PM||Link Wray||Walking Bulldog||Rumble||Polydor|
|1:55 PM||Jib Kidder||Do It All the Time||Steal Guitars||States Rights|
|1:43 PM||Hindemith (Philharmonia Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri, conductor)||Mathis Der Maler||Hindemith, Bartok||Angel|
|1:06 PM||Boccherini (Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor; Janos Starker, cello)||Concerto in B flat Major||Janos Starker||Angel|
Just an hour today, pretty quick. A coincidentally Russian string of requests; the Prokofiev was the only thing I wanted to play for sure. The third and fourth movements of his Symphony No. 1 are incredible. The 3rd is also featured as the foundation of the gavotte in his wonderful ballet, Romeo and Juliet. I might like the chunk in the ballet better, only because it’s a little longer. I appreciate the brevity of the first symphony, but the melody is too nice not to splash around in for a while. The energy of the fourth movement of the symphony is a great testament to the young composer’s brilliant vision.
From the ballet:
From Symphony No. 1:
I have to say, the Marianne Faithful was sort of a mistake, but the Magnetic Fields song is nice.
|2:58 PM||Marianne Faithful||Broken English||Blazing Away||Island|
|2:54 PM||Big Star||Lady Sweet||In Space||Rykodisc|
|2:54 PM||Magnetic Fields||Asleep and Dreaming||69 Love Songs||Merge|
|2:40 PM||Prokofiev (Dresden Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, conductor)||Symphony No. 1||-||-|
|2:14 PM||Stravinsky (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor)||Petrushka, First and (part of) Second Movement||Petruska, Circus Polka||London|
|2:13 PM||Shostakovich (Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin, conductor)||Symphony No. 5, Second Movement||The First Releases: February 1967||Melodiya|
Theme of the Day: Days.
Heaps of requests came in for this one. Lots of tracks out there about all sorts of days. See below for playlist and mp3s of the show.
The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry featured one of the songs today; on it was written “Best debut ever? Yes!”, which seems slightly dated. Some replies written on the LP sleeve over the years were pretty comical.
Some of the not-quite-creative replies:
Hendrix’s debut is better
The Clash’s was better
Pretenders’ was better
REM’s was better
Gang of Four’s was better
Run DMC’s was better
Joy Division’s was better
and, finally, a zinger;
Guess what it’s NOT their debut. 3 Missing boys . . . was and it’s much better.
I mentioned a Butthole Surfers interview from September, 1984. You can read it here. Saw them a few years ago, and what a ball they have on stage! Pranking each other, fiddling with all sorts of looping and delay effects; all while the most extremely horrific B-movie gore scenes played on repeat on the screen behind them. The one that stands out in my memory is of a man standing still while two gigantic mallet things – like really gigantic, maybe the size of one of those big rolls of hay you see in fields sometimes – swing down in symmetry and explode the poor (by then) mannequin’s head. The fact that it was a faked scene was, by about the 30th viewing, the scariest part.
I mention that the Grass Widow song, Landscape, sounds a little sped up at a few parts. Not the whole thing, but enough to notice. Possibly some strange tape-related stuff going on maybe. Either way I’m glad I was wrong when I thought my LP was warped.
|2:59 PM||The Beatles||A Day in the Life||Sgt Peppers||Capitol|
|2:57 PM||John Hartford||Back in the Goodle Days||Aero Plain||WB|
|2:49 PM||Etta James||Sunday Kind of Love||The Essential||MCA|
|2:47 PM||John Lee Hooker||Rainy Day||Don’t Look Back||Point Blank/ Virgin|
|2:44 PM||Paul McCartney||Summer’s Day Song||McCartney II||Concord|
|2:38 PM||Les Savy Fav||Blackouts on Thursday||Inches||Frenchkiss|
|2:28 PM||Morphine||Thursday||Bootleg Detroit||Rykodisc|
|2:22 PM||DEVO||The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise||Duty Now for the Future||WB|
|2:21 PM||The Cure||Strange Day||Pornography||A&M|
|2:18 PM||The Cure||10:15 Saturday Night||Boys Don’t Cry||Fiction|
|2:05 PM||Grass Widow||Landscape||Past Time||Kill Rock Stars|
|2:01 PM||Wall of Voodoo||Tomorrow||All of the West||IRS|
|1:59 PM||Blur||Sunday Sunday||Modern Life Is Rubbish||SBK|
|1:52 PM||Fad Gadget||Saturday Night Special||The Best of Fad Gadget||Mute|
|1:51 PM||The Kinks||All Day and All Night||All Day and All Night||Rhino|
|1:45 PM||PJ Harvey||Perfect Day Elise||Is This Desire||Island|
|1:45 PM||Butthole Surfers||Day of the Dying Alive||Humpty Dumpty LSD||Midheaven|
|1:39 PM||Monotract||These Are the Hard Days I Can’t Forget||xprmntl lvrs||Ecstatic Peace!|
|1:26 PM||Naked Raygun||Strange Days||Huge Bigness||Quarterstick|
|1:24 PM||The Jesus Lizard||Sunday You Need Love||Bang||Touch and Go|
|1:20 PM||Rapeman||Just Got Paid Today||Nothing Short of Total War||Blast First|
|1:17 PM||Helios Creed||Weekends||Superior Catholic Finger||Subterranean Records|
|1:16 PM||Vivaldi (Philharmonia String Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor)||Winter||The Four Seasons||Angel|
Brian McCorkle, Valerie Kuehne, and Esther Neff made this a really special show! Brian, an old friend, and his fellow travelers put on a show at the Far House last night. They had some time before their next show in Cincinnati, so they were keen to get into CBN for a performance.
Performances by Brian and Valerie, and a brief interview at the end of the show highlight what talented and inspired individuals these folks are.
The three live in the Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn and regularly curate multidimensional performance art exhibitions. They are currently touring the Midwest. Brian and Esther went to school at UM and it was a real joy having them back in the CBN studios.
Brian and Esther’s operas incorporate a distinct idealogy. From their site:
Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff have been collaborating as “Panoply Performance Laboratory” or “PPL” for the past 6 years on work that combines conceptual music, sculpture, and performance art. Each site-and-context-specific performance theorizes compositional and constructive systems, ideological structures, modes of production, and epistemic geneologies via precise, viscereal actions. PPL perform barefoot, employing extended vocal techniques, using home-made instruments of sound and labor, manipulating sculptural objects stuffed with analog electronics, and operating crude wood/rope/plastic contraptions. Often participatory and created in the moment with a collaborating audience, PPL performances swing violently between the hyper-structural and the indeteriminate, dealing with causation, reaction, conception, cognition, and active human practices of construction and reality- projection.
I wish them well on their travels! For information on their various projects, see the links below.
Brian McCorkle (What Color Is Your Machine Gun, Big Plastic Finger, etc.)
The Supercoda (one of Kuehne’s projects)
And, for mp3s of the 2 hours of the show, click below.
Also, I hope to see everyone at WCBN’s Free Night at the Movies on Wednesday! ABC at 9pm; The Robot Vs. the Aztec Mummy!
|2:46 PM||The Raincoats||Off Duty Trip||The Raincoats||Geffen|
|2:45 PM||Silver Jews||Candy Jail|
|2:22 PM||Echo & the Bunnymen||Forgotten Fields||The Fountain||Ocean Rain|
|2:17 PM||Six Finger Satellite||Coke and Mirrors||Paranormalized||Sub Pop|
|2:14 PM||NOXAGT||Coefficient Ascender||NOXAGT||LOAD|
|2:10 PM||Grass Widow||Tuesday||Past Time||Kill Rock Stars|
|2:10 PM||Brian McCorkle||-Live in Studio-||-Live in Studio-||-Live in Studio-|
|1:39 PM||Strauss-Tausig (Jorge Bolet, piano)||Man Ist nur Einmal||Bolet at Carnegie Hall||RCA|
|1:29 PM||Igor Stravinsky (Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Stravinksky, conductor)||Symphony in 3 Movements||Violin Concerto and Symphony in Three Movements||Columbia|
Why does sad music make us happy? Not all of it does, of course, but I think some incredibly sad songs generate a great deal of joy because of our tendency to appreciate art that is truthful. There is no better example than Elliot Smith, whose intense suffering and eventual suicide deeply affect how his music is interpreted. His absolute genius at melody and song structure give to the listener a beautifully unique experience. For me, knowing that Smith tragically stabbed himself in the heart (a highly disturbing thought) makes this music incredibly and undeniably real. Genuine sadness that can make us happy to be alive.
The subtlety of some of the songs from today makes all the difference, and while sadness in art can certainly bring us down, appreciating the brilliance of its effect can be a great source of joy, just like Beethoven’s 15th String Quartet, written just after he recovered from an illness he thought surely would kill him.
Sad music that’s good is authentic, just like this LP sleeve … instagr.am/p/RqLzGoIaZB/
— Karl (@karlwill) November 5, 2012
|2:52 PM||Islands||Volcanoes||Return to the Sea||Equator|
|2:48 PM||of Montreal (request)||Old People in the Cemetery||Aldhils Arboretum||Kindercore Records|
|2:47 PM||Elliot Smith||King’s Crossing||From a Basement on a Hill||Kill Rock Stars|
|2:36 PM||Joni Mitchell||Big Yellow Taxi||Hits||Reprise|
|2:30 PM||Daniel Johnston||Speeding Motorcycle||Yip/ Jump Music||Eternal Yip Eye Music|
|2:29 PM||The Magnetic Fields||Epitaph for My Heart||69 Love Songs||Merge|
|2:18 PM||Joy Division||She’s Lost Control||Unknown Pleasures||Qwest|
|2:02 PM||Beethoven (Fine Arts Quartet||String Quartet 15 3rd Movement||The Late Quartets||Concert-Disc|
A special show today; Craig “Harry” Harrison stopped in on his way back to Queensland and played two hours of all Australian music. It was a good mix of styles and I had a ball listening. Hope John and Lilly get to listen!
Freeform with Karl today, all Aussie music! 1-3pm on @wcbn_fm
— Karl (@karlwill) October 29, 2012
|2:57 PM||The Presets||I Go Hard, I Go Home||Beams|
|2:54 PM||The Presets||Are You the One?||Beams|
|2:48 PM||Art Vs Science||Take a Look at Your Face||The Experiment|
|2:46 PM||TISM||(He’ll Never Be An) Ol’ Man River||Machiavelli and the Four Seasons|
|2:42 PM||Regurgitator||Couldn’t Do It||Regurgitator|
|2:40 PM||Spiderbait||Old Man Sam||P’Tang Yang Kipper Bang Uh|
|2:37 PM||My Mum Is the Best||Rhys Muldoon||I’m Not Singing|
|2:32 PM||Spiderbait||Monty||The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake|
|2:22 PM||Silverchair||Tomorrow||Tomorrow EP|
|2:19 PM||Grinspoon||Railrider||Guide to Better Living|
|2:15 PM||Tumbleweed||Stoned||Theater of Gnomes|
|2:09 PM||Jebediah||Puck Defender||Slightly Odway|
|2:03 PM||The Cruel Sea||Delivery Man||The Honeymoon Is Over|
|2:01 PM||Custard||Pack Yr Suitcases||Pack Yr Suitcases Single|
|1:57 PM||The Radiators||Fess’ Song||Feel the Heat|
|1:54 PM||Midnight Oil||Section 5 (Bus to Bondi)||Head Injuries|
|1:51 PM||The Saints||(I’m) Stranded||(I’m) Stranded|
|1:47 PM||Radio Birdman||Aloha Steve & Danno||The Essential|
|1:36 PM||Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds||Tupelo||The Firstborn Is Dead|
|1:32 PM||The Birthday Party||Mr. Clarinet||Hits|
|1:27 PM||The Beasts of Bourbon||Psycho||The Axeman’s Jazz|
|1:23 PM||The John Butler Trio||Zebra||Sunrise over Sea|
|1:19 PM||Powderfinger||The Day You Come||Internationalist|
|1:16 PM||Bernard Fanning||Wish You Well||Tea & Symphony|
|1:14 PM||You Am I||Purple Sneakers||Hi Fi Way|
|1:10 PM||Paul Kelly||From St. Kilda to Kings Cross||Post|
|1:07 PM||Xavier Rudd||Message Stick||White Moth|
One hour of radio seems like nothing! Rite of Spring is playing this Saturday at Hill Auditorium. Both are 100 years old. The Mariinsky Orchestra with Denis Matsuev on piano. Valery Gergiev conducting.
One of Frank Zappa’s favorite albums was the “World Wide Orchestra’s” recording of Rite of Spring. Turns out, it was Vanguard Records’ way of getting out of copyright honesty, and the recording was actually the San Francisco Orchestra with Pierre Monteux conducting – the conductor who premiered Rite of Spring in 1913 at which the piece nearly incited a riot.
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring rerelease via.me/-69gugx4
— Karl (@karlwill) October 22, 2012
WCBN has the same version that Frank Zappa listened to; complete with generic and strange LP art.
|2:54 PM||Tom Waits||Goin’ Out West||Bone Machine||Island|
|2:49 PM||The Jim Carroll Band||People Who Died||Catholic Boy||Atco|
|2:49 PM||Black Mountain||Modern Music||Black Mountain||Jagjaguar|
|2:48 PM||Swans||Your Game||Body to Body Job to Job||Young God|
|2:15 PM||Sleepytime Gorilla Museum||Sleep Is Wrong||Grand Opening and Closing||Seeland-Chaosophy|
|2:13 PM||Cline, Giffoni, Licht, Ranaldo||Nothing Make Any Sense||Nothing Makes Any Sense||No Fun Productions|
|2:03 PM||Stravinsky (World Wide Orchestra, which is pseudonymn for San Fran Symp Orchestra with Pierre Monteux conducting)||Rite of Spring||Rite of Spring, The Fertility of the Earth – Part 1||Camden|