Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
In addition to writing this weekly Motherlode and hosting a twice weekly radio show, I also manage a 24-hour online radio/stream hybrid hosted by WFMU. Called Give the Drummer Radio, the stream started two years ago as a scheme to able to continue broadcasting my long-running WFMU program after I moved away from NYC to Pittsburgh. Once I established that I could air my own show live on the stream, I began inviting other DJs and music obsessives to present their programs on the stream as well. Give the Drummer Radio now boasts seven different programs and more are on the way.
When human-powered programming isn't airing on the stream, its default mode is to play a continuously expanding library of adventurous recordings from all genres, regions, eras and contexts. To hear Give the Drummer Radio at any time, click here. To see the schedule of program airing on the stream, click here.
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Tenjo Sajiki & Singers Three ~ Rojin Tanteidan to Garigari Hakase no Hanzai
(Blog: Japanese Old Prog/Psych Rock)
"The record that was issued in 1972 as a collaborative work between famous drama collective Tenjo Sajiki leaded by Shuji Terayama and group Singers Three. All lyrics were written by Terayama and music was written by Makoto Wada - an artist (worked with Tadanori Yokoo), composer, director and experimentator. Actually the disk material were compositions for two Terayama's and Wada's drama performances: for the first, The Crime of Debuko Oyama (yet from 1967-68), for the second - Shadow Thief on famous comics motives. It belongs to rock music very indirectly - mostly it is a mix of a few old styles: European cabaret with a tart taste of decadence, pre-war jazz in Louis Armstrong vein, bright country with a merry banjo and Japanese theater." (Description [translated from Russian] by Day D)
Evan Parker ~ Zanzou
(Blog: Inconstant Sol)
Live in Sendai. Live in Hadano. Live in Yokohama. Gorgeous.
Lou Harrison & Richard Feliciano ~ Glossolalia/Gending Pak Chokro/In Celebration of Golden Rain
(Blog: A Closet of Curiosities)
"The music comes close to suspending all formula, all compositional technique. Objective, freed of human egos, it has a hypnotic quality but is not 'stoned': it's abstract, like the weather. The piece begins with the opposition of organ and gamelan, the former sprinkling thrusting gestures of notes among the serene bells and gongs of the gamelan; gradually the two forces are brought into a common world, and by the end a long repetitive figure in the gamelan pulls the organ along, setting the scene for the lengthy rhythmic close." (Description from an Oakland Tribune review, printed on the dust jacket)
Reyog Ponorogo ~ Gending Tari Dan Tembang
Civil War Reenactors
"Ponorogo is most well known for the reyog mask dance, which is said to have been created by one of the kings of Kediri in the 12th century. The performance re-enacts a legendary battle between Pujangga Anom, a minister from the court of Ponorogo, and Singa Barong, guardian spirit of the forest of Lodoyo. The former had aroused the anger of Singa Barong when he stole 150 tigers from the forest, apparently to be offered as a dowry payment for a princess of Kediri, whom the king of Ponorogo wished to marry." (Description by burntoutsavannahs )
Various ~ Context
(Blog: Mutant Sounds)
"This daft 'real people' private press mega-rarity is a document from South Side Senior High School circa 1970 and while plenty here spans the gap from drippy to corn-pone, there's a reason that this DIY piece has attained serious collector cache, as amidst the prosaic and the outright awful (unless do-see-do-ing your partner is your bag), you'll find outbursts of out-of-the-blue bedazzlement from the portion of this album reserved for Emmanuel Angel's two solo pieces, which sound rudely confounding and acid scrambled enough to be emanating from an ESP Records platter or from the Austrian cave that NWW-listers The Nomadia recorded their LSD psychodrama within." (Description by Vdoandsound)
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