tommoody on Myocyte: “postpunk & disco” mix

Myocyte #130: October 1 01:oo UTC

Disco and “hard rock” were once poised as arch-enemies but tonight’s mix suggests a continuum where they exist side by side and even cross-pollinate. Postpunk music (new wave, synthpop, hardcore, etc) overlapped disco in ’77-’85 but the genres mostly stayed within their market niches. The first part of the mix skews towards “rock” and the second “dance” but the intent is to imagine them intertwined.

Tin Huey was an Akron OH band that only put out one LP, Contents Dislodged During Shipment (1978) on Warner Brothers. Many would categorize it as prog-rock but it’s also hard-rocking in the manner of fellow Akronites DEVO and The Bizarros. With its emphasis on horns, strident vocals, and sometimes forced-sounding zaniness, it could also be called a “Midwest Oingo Boingo” — though I prefer the Hueys’ music. Guitarist Chris Butler went on to fame and fortune with The Waitresses (“I Know What Boys Like,” “Christmas Wrapping”) but the “auteur” of the band arguably is Harvey Gold, who has a songwriting credit on 7 out of 11 songs.

Tonight’s mix begins with Gold’s “Armadillo” (1978), a 7 inch single release under his own name. The song shifts gears from prog to country to folk to avant garde, reveling in its own refusal to take itself seriously.

(As a biographical note, I have heard that several Hueys were in college at the time of the Kent State massacre and were deeply affected by that event. Much late ’70s “underground” music has an anger and nihilism that took the form of almost militant absurdity. Gold’s and Tin Huey’s singing wears its heart on its sleeve, but sarcastically: the lyrics are smart and cynical and frequently nonsensical.)

Next up is a 7 inch version of Tin Huey’s “Puppet Wipes” (1977), co-written by Gold and Ralph Carney, who also went on to later success, as a sought-after session “reed man.” A catchy, herky jerky DEVO-ish beginning is interrupted by a rockin’ middle section where Gold barks out barely-comprehensible phrases like an enraged street person ranting to himself.

Another cult band of this era is Tuxedomoon, which launched in San Francisco and then relocated to Belgium as arty expatriates. “Driving to Verdun” is a pretty synth dirge from their Belgian phase. This track is followed by Stuart Argabright, who had some club recognition with “The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight” (“women beat their men,” “the men beat on the drums” etc) from 1984. Tonight’s mix features Argabright’s later score for a 1989 CGI animation made by IBM, “Tipsy Turvy,” demonstrating Pixar-type effects, pre-Pixar. Synthy arpeggios flutter in the background as rubberized dinnerware sneezes, bounces, and crashes around on a tabletop.

Next we briefly detour into some jazzy prog from the UK that was going on at the same time as postpunk and disco and belongs in our imaginary de-genre-fied conversation. Canterbury duo Hugh Hopper and Alan Gowen perform “Elibom” (1980), on bass and keyboards, then ex-King Crimson percussionists Michael Giles and Jamie Muir join Flying Lizards leader David Cunningham for the gamelan-like “Cascade” (1983). These tracks mesh pretty well with Aksak Maboul’s Odessa (1984), another pretty synth dirge with an Eastern flavor, which cycles us back to Belgian art rock.

Rounding out our postpunk exploration are tracks by Chrome (Nova Feeback, 1977), The Bizarros (Lady Doubonette, 1976) and MX-80 Sound (Cry Uncle, 2005). Each features psychedelic guitar wailing and warbling, divorced from the hippie romanticism of psychedelia and placed into a harder, more cynical context. The overall sound of MX-80 changed between 1977 and 2005 from garage rock to pseudo-hiphop, but a constant has been Rich Stim’s relentlessly sardonic vocals.

“Pseudo-hiphop” might also cover the next track, “Let’s Glo” (1995) by Glo, an offshoot project of UK space-rock pioneers Gong. The “Gong vibe” can still be heard in the Tim Blake-esque analog synth sweeps and Gilly Smyth’s whisper poetry but otherwise this is a dance track falling somewhere between later New Order and UK triphop.

The “disco” section of the mix kicks off in earnest with a Chic produced track by Carly Simon (!) from 1982, titled “Why.” Bernard Edwards’ poppin’ funk bass and a haunting melody almost make us forget this is Carly Simon. Next up is some vintage Italodisco, Tullio De Piscopo’s “Stop Bajon” (1984), with a driving beat and catchy horns. And lastly, “disco” gets the deconstructionist treatment in Losoul’s “Remember Your History” (2000), with its various elements — four on the floor kick, bassline, rhythm guitar vamping — broken into segments, layered, and scientifically analyzed in the laboratory of German tech-house.

–Tom Moody

Intergalactic Wasabi Mix – Ep 828 – 2021/09/26

Tracklist:

Jensen Interceptor – Glide Drexter
Scape One – Ectosphere
Mr Dé – Shake It Baby (Original Mix)
Djedjotronic – LSD
Dopplereffekt – Cellular Phone
Drexciya – Wavejumper
Professor X – StatiX (Instrumental)
Goto80 – i124q
Underground Resistance – Charlie Hotel 155
Hypnolove – Come To My Empire (Arpanet Remix)
Der Zyklus – Elektronisches Zeitecho
Aux 88 – Electro Slaves (TF29)
Newcleus – Teknology
Egyptian Lover – Computer Love (Sweet Dreams)
Quadrant Six – Body Mechanic
Freestyle – Don’t Stop The Rock

Dally Rhythms – 2021.09.26

Tracklist

  • Causes – Teach Me How To Dance With You (Claptone Remix), B minor, 121 bpm
  • Framewerk – Pushing On (Original Mix), B minor, 122 bpm
  • Iyeoka – Simply Falling (Dogus Cabakcor Extended Mix), B minor, 122 bpm
  • Kavinsky feat. Lovefoxxx – Night Call (Joseph Westphal Edit), B minor, 122 bpm
  • Adam Curtain – Voodoo (Inxec Remix), Gb minor, 124 bpm
  • Alex Kentucky, Malin Bolay – Golden Crown (Fer Ferrari Remix), Gb minor, 124 bpm
  • Dajae, Riva Starr – In The Midnight (Mat.Joe Remix), Gb minor, 124 bpm
  • Der Fux, Ken Hayakawa – Ueber den Daechern featuring Julian, Gb minor, 123 bpm
  • Gino Patricio – Lounge Deepin, F minor, 121 bpm
  • Jamsoul – Limotrox 500 (Alex Philipp Remix), F minor, 121 bpm
  • Anturage – Let Me Tell You (Trav & Volta Remix), F minor, 122 bpm
  • Theground – Undercover (Original Mix), F minor, 122 bpm

Available for download in the archives.

SUYF! – Playlist 9/26/21

Songs inspired by a woman and a melody.

  • ARCHIVE
  • Suzanne – Pete Gabriel
  • Amelia – Joni Mitchell
  • Angie – The Rolling Stones
  • Julia – The Beatles
  • Guinnevere – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Isis – Bob Dylan
  • Michelle – The Beatles
  • Lola – The Kinks
  • Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
  • Wendy – The Beach Boys
  • Windy – The Association
  • Maybellene – Chuck Berry
  • Carol – Chuck Berry
  • Valleri – The Monkees
  • Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  • Maggie Mae – The Beatles
  • Maggie May – Rod Stewart
  • Athena – The Who
  • Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
  • Peg – Steely Dan
  • Peggy-O – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Candy – Iggy Pop
  • Candy-O – The Cars
  • Carrie-Anne – The Hollies
  • Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen
  • Victoria – The Fall
  • Alison – Slowdive
  • Alison – Elvis Costello
  • Veronica – Elvis Costello
  • Bernadette – Four Tops
  • Roxanne – The Police
  • Maria – Blondie
  • Polly – Nirvana
  • Violet – Hole
  • Francine – ZZ Top
  • Margarita – The Traveling Wilburys
  • Sylvia – The Eurythmics
  • Nancy – Frank Sinatra
  • Jolene – Dolly Parton
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

FroggyMe’s Fantastic Fantasy – Show Info

Show: FroggyMe’s Fantastic Fantasy
Host: FroggyMe aka FroggyBottoms aka Frogbert aka P*ter Funk

FroggyMe’s Fantastic Fantasy is a jazz-funk show, with lots of acid-jazz, nu-jazz, soul-jazz, hard-bop, jazz-funk, fusion, spiritual jazz, kozmigroov, funk, soul, R&B, boogie.  Lots of fun retro synth.  Sounds for a Saturday evening.

The majority of the show is from vinyl spun live, not digitized beforehand.

The show is at 0600 hours UTC on Sunday.  This becomes Saturday night or Sunday morning or afternoon depending on where you are.

Old info for posterity:

Saturday Edition
Time: 1:00-2:00 UTC Sunday (Saturday evening 6:00PM – 7:00PM PDT)
Style: Upbeat!

Sunday Edition
Time: 1:00-2:00 UTC Monday (Sunday evening 6:00PM – 7:00PM PDT)
Style: Deep new-age meditations for space travel and astral travel.

Genres to expect: Jazz, jazz-funk, soul-jazz, acid jazz, hard-bop, bebop, post-bop, spiritual jazz, kozmigroov, (jazz-rock) fusion, UK jazz dance, deep house, tech-house, acid house, filter house, hip-hop, electro, disco, space disco, groove, boogie, funk, quiet storm, slow jam, C64 remix, demoscene, space music, ambient, downtempo, drum & bass, jungle, jazz-step D&B, nu-jazz, new age, crystals, synth-pop, new wave, new romantic, industrial, trip-hop, ambient dub, tribal ethnic fusion, chip-tune, mega hits, broken beat, UK Garage.

FroggyMe will play music that will make you sing and laugh. You will dance because it is good. You will cry because it moves you emotionally.

Be prepared for an hour of funkaliciously jazztastic music!

And remember: anonradio is a service of sdf.org.

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e-mail: froggyme AT sdf.org

FroggyMe’s Fantastic Fantasy – playlist for Sept. 26th, 2021

Noel Pointer – Wayfaring Stranger – Phantazia (Blue Note)
The Crusaders – Chain Reaction – Chain Reaction (Blue Thumb)
Steve Khan – Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby
Maynard Ferguson – Invitation – Primal Scream
McCrarys – Love on a Summer Night
Smoke – What Goes Around Comes Around – Smoke
Azymuth – Last Summer in Ritz

Fania All Stars – Picadillo – Delicate & Jumpy (Fania)
Fania All Stars – Fania All Stars’ Cha Cha Cha – Delicate & Jumpy (Fania)
Groove Collective – Sabrosona (Song for Chucho) – Declassified
Groove Collective – Tito Puente – LIVE and HARD to FIND

George Benson – Breezin’ – Breezin’
George Benson – Love x Love – Give Me The Night
George Benson – Siberian Workout – Good King Bad (CTI)
Bob James – Sign of the Times
Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance

Average White Band – Pick Up The Pieces

Intergalactic Wasabi Mix – Ep 827 – 2021/09/25

Tracklist:

Kraftwerk – Airwaves (3D Rework House Remix Version By Davide Castagnoli Track DJ)
electric astronaut – Pocket Calculator/Dentaku (Kraftwerk cover) [project s7even (electric astronaut productions)]
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express (1991 Remix; 2009 Remaster)
electric astronaut – The Man Machine (Kraftwerk Cover) [project s7even (electric astronaut productions)]
Kraftwerk – It’s More Fun To Compute (Psycho Death Bot Remix)
Kraftwerk – The Robots (AudioBotz Remix)
Kraftwerk – Numbers (Ponyplay Remix)
K-nion – Aero Dynamik (Kraftwerk Remix)
Kraftwerk – Expo 2000 (Orbital Mix)
Kraftwerk – Das Modell (JCRZ Remodeled Bauhaus Vocal Remix)
Interfaith – Tour De France (as made famous by Kraftwerk)
CMO – Electric Cafe (Kraftwerk Cover)
Master DJDLX – THE FUTURE IS NOW ELECTRIC HIP HOP (CALLING OUT TO KRAFTWERK)
ЭЛЕКТРОНИК – MACHINE (KRAFTWERK REMIX)
DJ 247 – Kraftwerk Remix #2 – Numbers + Metal on Metal

Peripheral Vision #3: 20 September 2021

An intro to the UK ambient electronica scene, with a focus on the
group of sonic collagists associated with the Ghost Box label –
The Focus Group, Belbury Poly, The Advisory Circle, Beautify Junkyards, The Caretaker, John Foxx, et al. – and their sound sources: the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, 1970s TV incidental music, advertising jingles, public information films, station idents, and so on.

If you subscribe to Tidal, you can access the playlist here.

Belbury Poly Logotone – Belbury Poly (From An Ancient Star, 2009)

Breath – Justin Hopper/Sharron Kraus/Belbury Poly (Chanctonbury Rings, 2019)

Our Darkest Sabbath – Broadcast (Berberian Sound Studio, 2013)

Where Can You Scream? (Original Mix) – Mordant Music (Symptoms, 2009)

Vaganten – ToiToiToi (Vaganten, 2021)

Seed Ships Belbury Poly (From An Ancient Star, 2009)

Rowan – Sharron Kraus (Pilgrim Chants & Pastoral Trails, 2013)

Kuckuckswalzer – ToiToiToi (Vaganten, 2021)

From An Ancient Star – Belbury Poly (From An Ancient Star, 2009)

Through the Green Lens – The Focus Group (Ritual and Education, 2008)

Goliards- ToiToiToi (Vaganten, 2021)

Transmission Three: Briar Lane – Pye Corner Audio (Black Mill Tapes Vol. 1: Avant Shards, 2020)

Indica (Pye Corner Audio Remix, Glok Re-Edit) – Andy Bell (The Indica Gallery – EP, 2021)

Tomorrow’s World (2018 Remaster) – BBC Radiophonic Workshop (BBC Radiophonic Music, 2019)

The Equestrian Vortex – Broadcast (Berberian Sound Studio, 2013)

Model Country – Belbury Poly (From An Ancient Star, 2009)

Gathering – Pye Corner Audio (Black Mill Tapes Vol. 1: Avant Shards, 2020)

Corpus – ToiToiToi (Vaganten, 2021)

The Musical Education of FroggyMe and his influences.

There are many radio shows through the years, most of which are amazingly still on the air, that have influenced me. In this post, I will list them; if you like my show, you may like these shows as well. All have archives, live streams during the show, and are on terrestrial radio if you happen to live within reception.

Acid Jazz on KXJZ
Back in the summer of 1995 I was listening to the jazz radio station out of Sacramento State university as my dad drove us to the grocery store in our quaint mountain town, when this show came on called Acid Jazz. I had to stay in the parking lot and listen! When we got home, I continued to listen on the living room stereo, and have been listening ever since.
The show was started by host Steve Milne who was aware of the acid jazz, rare groove, jazz-rap and UK jazz dance scenes. He added it as a show to his Saturday night line-up, which started with his show Global Beat, a show be created as a response to the late 80s world music craze. While I enjoyed listening to Global Beat, I couldn’t wait for Acid Jazz to come on later in the evening.
Steve Milne still continues to guest host the show, but usually the host is the music director at KXJZ, Gary Vercelli. Another host named John Florek hosted the show from approximately 2002-2007. His take on the show emphasized funky and jazzy jam bands, and so was my education on groups like Particle, Jacob Fred Jazz Oddessy, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Skerik, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe/Robert Walter’s 20th Congress/Greyboy Allstars (though actually I already knew about the Greyboy Allstars and DJ Greyboy from Steve Milne’s 90s episodes of the show.)
I highly suggest you catch archived episodes on the website, and at archive.org, especially the Steve Milne hosted episodes. A good one to start with is this one in honor of Lee “Scratch” Perry. Also, I uploaded 4 partial episodes of the show that I taped in the 90s.
I actually don’t suggest you listen to the show live, as it conflicts with FroggyMe’s Fantastic Fantasy, so don’t do that, haha. The show used to be produced live in the studio, and I even chatted with Steve Milne on the phone when he was there during the show, but it is now produced as a podcast and aired at a later time, so there is no real reason to catch it live anyway, unless you are within reception of KXJZ and want the thrill of listening to it over terrestrial radio waves. The archives are sufficient for Acid Jazz, but for the remainder of the shows listed below, I do suggest catching them live, as they are live in the studio and it’s more fun that way.

Gilles Peterson Worldwide
Gilles Peterson started as a pirate radio DJ at Radio Invicta, playing soul jazz and jazz funk for all the UK jazz dancers from a ship floating off the shores of the UK (unless Radio Invicta was just in an attic, and I’m not going to look it up.) He later had influential shows on Jazz FM, Kiss FM, and went mainstream in 1998 on BBC Radio 1. I used to listen to him via RealPlayer 10 to catch his shows on BBC Radio 1. He has since moved to BBC Radio 6 Music, and I highly suggest catching his show. It’s a Saturday morning show in the US, Saturday afternoon for people in the UK.
He is the originator of the term “acid jazz” and founded both the Acid Jazz and Talkin’ Loud record labels. His current label is Brownswood, named after his house he keeps just to house his massive record collection.
If you hurry, he currently has episodes (they expire after a month) celebrating the unique sound of London club culture with Broken Beat in the early 2000s (with Bembe Segue, Bugz in the Attic, Masters at Work, IG Culture, 4 Hero, Domu, Two Banks of Four, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Da Lata, Paul Murphy, UNKLE, Ed Rush and Optical, DJ Shadow), and an episode celebrating Manchester and Liverpool soccer.
Shoot, as I type this I am being blown away by the Broken Beat episode, but I see that it expires in 8 hours. Oh well.

RISE/Listen Here
In the late 90s, Mark Maxwell started a spiritual jazz show called RISE on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. The description of the show was “RISE is a weekly creative jazz celebration of African roots, social consciousness and spiritual transcendence.” When I moved to southern California to go to college, I was blessed to discover this show and the amazing spiritual jazz scene in Los Angeles. The show was usually hosted by Mark Maxwell, with guest hosting by Ollie Bivins and Leroy Downs. Leroy Downs now has a great show on KCRW, and until a couple months ago, RISE was still going strong. Mark Maxwell decided to hand the show over to Ollie Bivins, and the show was rebranded Listen Here (named after the Eddie Harris song). Ollie Bivins with Listen Here continues the deep kozmigroov spiritual sounds that we had come to love on RISE. Unfortunately management at KPFK were idiots, and stole the time slot out from under Ollie Bivins, so instead the weekly show we were to continue, he’s only once a month. The show the other weekends is still good, but it’s just straight-ahead jazz, and clearly a prerecorded podcast, where-as Ollie is always live in the studio, and playing the deepest spiritual jazz vinyl and new releases. Expect to hear from labels like Impulse!, Strata East, Nimbus West, Milestone, and more.
His show is Sunday night into Monday morning midnight to 3AM in the Pacific time zone. If you are in the area, it’s on 90.7 FM Los Angeles. KPFK.org has archives of the show for a couple weeks. Listen Here is the 4th Sunday (Monday morning) of each month.
KFPK archives.

Innamissions
When I was on the acid-jazz email listserv, there was a weekly playlist always posted by a DJ at KUCI 88.9 FM Orange County, California, with a show called Swope Transmissions. His playlists were amazing, and when I started DJing at KUCI myself, I was happy to discover a friend of the classic Swope Transmissions show host. His name is J. Pulaski, and he has his own awesome long running show on KUCI called Innamissions.
He plays super groovy future soul, deep house, broken beat, and similar sounds from labels like Tru Thoughts, Ubiquity, BBE, Sounds in Colour, Ninja Tune, Mo’Wax, which is fitting since I believe he works at both Tru Thoughts and Ubiquity.
His show is every Monday evening on KUCI from 8PM-10PM Pacific. You can catch it live at KUCI.org. Typing this up, I just discovered they give him an encore broadcast on Sundays. Nice! And here is an interview with J. Pulaski.

Higher Ground
Another show I discovered from the acid-jazz email listserv was Higher Ground on CIUT in Toronto, one of snowdusk’s favorite radio stations! It is hosted by Jason Palma, and I loved reading his playlists in the 90s.
His show Higher Ground is still going strong, and has episodes on Thursday evening 8-10PM Eastern time. The station hosts time limited archives, so be sure to catch the show any time!

If you are interested in the acid-jazz email listserv I mentioned, it was archived by the moderator at that link. I don’t think it is live anymore, but if it is, I am definitely going to sign back up and get my playlists on it. The archives are full of good info about lots of music. The listserv was hosted by UCSD (I think the email was acid-jazz AT ucsd.edu), and in 2006 the archives moved to a UCSD server. Those archives unfortunately no longer exist, but the original archives from ~1995-2006 are at the aforementioned link. The list originally started in 1993. I started reading the archives around 1995, and joined in ~1998.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this, and I hope you enjoy some of those shows! –FroggyMe