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Drinks With Ferrara 03 – 28 December 2011

December 29, 2011
12:00 pm

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This week Tony Dushane came down with that cold that everyone seems to be getting around here lately, so he called out for a sub to host his regular show Drinks With Tony. I stepped up to the challenge, and a couple friends came down to hang out and pitch in. For the first two hours I was joined by vintage psych aficionado Koll The Polar Bear and DJ Aslan Moonbeam (host of S.C.R.E.A.M. For P.E.A.C.E. here on Radio Valencia), both of whom played selections from their respective music libraries and helped me polish off a fifth of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey here in the studio. At 8:00 PM Juan Rapido showed up for his scheduled broadcast of Dante’s Hot Tub, and he kindly let us three hooligans stick around to play some tunes. A fun time was had by all.

As for a playlist, well… I was too busy pouring shots and shooting the shit with me mates to keep notes of what we played (or even remember half of it when we did the track announcements in between sets). Sorry!

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Mindtrain 22 – 27 December 2011

December 27, 2011
10:41 am

This week’s broadcast wrapped up the year with one final edition of Mindtrain. I played some new and interesting music from Daniel Padden and Jac Berrocal, along with old and treasured classics by Frank Zappa, Faust, ZNR, Cockney Rebel, Julee Cruise, Chrystal Belle Scrodd and others, including rather long tracks by Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Mindtrain may have gone off the rails, but I’m not leaving Radio Valencia. Tune in next Monday night at the same time for an all-new adventure in underground radio. More will be revealed…

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Playlist for Mindtrain 22 – 27 December 2011

  • Dr. John, The Night Tripper – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya – Gris-Gris
  • Comus – Down (Like A Movie Star) – To Keep From Crying
  • Andrew Liles – Auto Manipulator (Gong Mix By Aranos) – In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions
  • Angelo Badalamenti – Frank Returns – Blue Velvet (Original Soundtrack)
  • 6 Comm – Winter Sadness – Content With Blood
  • Daniel Padden – Dancer’s Reverse – Ship Chop
  • Fred Frith / Rova Saxophone Quartet – Void Where Prohibited / The Up And Up – Freedom In Fragments
  • Daniel Padden – Rattling Belt – Ship Chop
  • The GTO’s – The Ghost Chained To The Past, Present, And Future (Shock Treatment) – Permanent Damage
  • Chrystal Belle Scrodd – Two Hot Pricks – The Inevitable Chrystal Belle Scrodd Record
  • Naked City – Rend Fou – Absinthe
  • Big Star – Downs – Third: Sister Lovers
  • Tor Lundvall – Night Walk – Seasons Sketches
  • Jean-Luc Ponty – Music For Electric Violin And Low Budget Orchestra – King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa
  • Jac Berrocal / David Fenech / Ghedalia Tazartes – Human Bones / Cochise – Superdisque
  • Amon Duul II – Deutsch Nepal – Wolf City
  • Faust – Untitled / Stretch Out Time – The Faust Tapes
  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Mr. Raffles / It Wasn’t Me – The Best Years Of Our Lives
  • Smooth Quality Instrument – Estrogeny Of A Thong – Audio Odditions Magazine CD Kompilation #1 (Compilation)
  • John Cale – Legs Larry At Television Centre – The Academy In Peril
  • Jac Berrocal / David Fenech / Ghedalia Tazartes – Zilveli – Superdisque
  • ZNR – Seynete – Barricade 3
  • Nurse With Wound – A Handjob From The Laughing Policeman – A Handjob From The Laughing Policeman
  • Julee Cruise – Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart (Tibetan 12″ Mix) – Peaks Mania EP
  • Current 93 – I Have A Special Plan For This World – I Have A Special Plan For This World
  • Slapp Happy – Mono Plane – Sort Of
  • Andrew Liles – Something To Do With Hans Bellmer In A Pub At Last Orders Using 15th Century Rural Magic By Bass Communion – In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions
  • Tor Lundvall – Ghost Girl (Re-Recorded Single Version) – Seasons Sketches
  • Darmstadt Pharmacy – Dead At The Exotica Museum – Audio Odditions Magazine CD Kompilation #1 (Compilation)
  • Dr. John, The Night Tripper – I Walk On Gilded Splinters – Gris-Gris
  • Nick Drake – Northern Sky – Bryter Later
  • Jean-Luc Ponty – America Drinks And Goes Home – King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa
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Mindtrain 21 – 20 December 2011

December 20, 2011
1:44 pm

This week’s edition of Mindtrain featured some music associated with the winter solstice, as recorded by Coil, Sorrow and Tor Lundvall, along with new releases from The Fall, Chrysta Bell and David Lynch. I also played some amazing psychedelic prog jazz-rock by Drum Circus, a Swiss outfit who put out one great record in 1971, included on Brainticket’s The Vintage Anthology (1971-1980) 4-CD box set which reissued that group’s three studio albums alongside other music projects by Joel Vandroogenbroeck, the leader of Brainticket.

The featured release was The Nude Paper Sermon by Eric Salzman, an avant-garde classical work (subtitled “Tropes for Actor, Renaissance Consort, Chorus And Electronics”) originally released on the Nonesuch label in 1969 and presently made available as a free download through the Avant-Garde Project.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 21 – 20 December 2011

  • Sorrow – Petite Cloche Faict Grand Son / The Final Solstice – The Final Solstice II (Compilation)
  • Joel Vandroogenbroeck & Santucci Scoppa – Tangana – Brainticket: The Vintage Anthology (1971-1980) (Compilation)
  • The Fall – I’ve Seen Them Come – Ersatz GB
  • Drum Circus – Magic Theatre – Brainticket: The Vintage Anthology (1971-1980) (Compilation)
  • Herbie Hancock – You’ll Know When You Get There – Mwandishi
  • Joni Mitchell – Rainy Night House – Miles Of Aisles
  • David Lynch – Strange And Unproductive Thinking – Crazy Clown Time
  • Coil – A White Rainbow – Winter Solstice (North)
  • Chrysta Bell – This Train – This Train
  • Cave Dwellers – At The Stroke Of Nine – Cave Dwellers
  • Henry Cow – Guider Tells Of Silent Airborne Machine: Olwyn Grainger / Betty McGowan / Lottie Hare – 40th Anniversary Box: The Road, Vol. 1 (Beginnings)
  • Drum Circus – La-Si-Do – Brainticket: The Vintage Anthology (1971-1980) (Compilation)
  • Mick Farren & The Deviants – Last Man – On Your Knees, Earthlings!!! (1967-2001)
  • The Fall – Happi Song – Ersatz GB
  • Larsen & Nurse With Wound – Cob-Kite Toy – Erroneous: A Selection Of Errors (Compilation)
  • Grace Slick – Come Again Toucan – Manhole
  • Eric Salzman – The Nude Paper Sermon: Tropes for Actor, Renaissance Consort, Chorus And Electronics (Parts I & II) – The Nude Paper Sermon (Avant-Garde Project AGP118)
  • Cyclobe – Red Demise – Luminous Darkness
  • Chrysta Bell – Polish Poem – This Train
  • Tor Lundvall – Ice – Ice
  • Beck – Black Tambourine – Guero
  • The Threshold Houseboys Choir – Distonto – The Threshold Houseboys Choir Amulet Edition
  • Coil – North / Magnetic North – Winter Solstice (North)
  • Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto / Ensemble Modern – Transition / Broken Line 1 – Utp
  • Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now – Both Sides Now
  • Coil – Christmas Is Now Drawing Near – Winter Solstice (North)
  • Claudine Longet – Snow – Hello, Hello: The Best Of Claudine Longet
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Mindtrain 20 – 13 December 2011

December 13, 2011
12:43 pm

This month marks the release of a new record from Kate Bush. Entitled 50 Words For Snow, it’s her first album of new material since Aerial came out six years ago. This is another conceptually articulated work in the thematic sense she’s become known for, and it got me thinking of a theme to base this week’s show on. Along with Kate’s new album in its entirety, I tracked down a wide range of snow-themed music to fill up the whole four hours of the program (and then some), from avant-rock to electronic to neo-folk and chamber music and all manner of pop and indie sounds. including selections from Michael Cashmore, Elliot Smith, Lisa Germano, Shirley Collins, Coil, Cindytalk, the Trash Can Sinatras and much more…

This program is the closest I’m going to come to doing a Christmas-themed edition of Mindtrain. And, due to imminent personal adversities on the event horizon, it may also turn out to be my last program of the year. So I wish you all Happy Holidays – 2012 is fast upon us!

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Playlist for Mindtrain 20 – 13 December 2011

  • Myrmyr – Hot Snow 1 / Hot Snow 2 / Hot Snow 3 – Fire Star
  • Michael Cashmore – My Eyes Open / The Snow Abides – The Snow Abides
  • Cindytalk – Memories Of Skin And Snow – Camouflage Heart
  • Joolie Wood – Melt With The Snow – Tales Of Colour And White
  • Cindytalk – Snowkisss – Wappinschaw
  • Death In June – Peaceful Snow – Peaceful Snow
  • Nico – Roses In The Snow – The Marble Index
  • Elliott Smith – Angel In The Snow – New Moon
  • Pluramon – Snow Bow – The Monstrous Surplus
  • Tor Lundvall – Snowy Morning – Yule
  • Rosa Mundi – The Snow Man – The Final Solstice II (Compilation)
  • Michael Cashmore – Snow No Longer – The Snow Abides
  • Anne Briggs – The Snow It Melts The Soonest – A Collection
  • Appliance – All The Words For Snow – Re-Conditioned
  • Michael Cashmore – Passed To Snow – Sleep England
  • Cocteau Twins – How To Bring A Blush To The Snow – Victorialand
  • Tor Lundvall – Blankets Of Snow – The Seasons Unfold
  • Coil – Driftmix – The Snow
  • Nine Horses – Snow Borne Sorrow – Snow Borne Sorrow
  • U2 – White As Snow – No Line On The Horizon
  • Michael Cashmore – Flowers Under Snow – Sleep England
  • Shirley Collins – Polly Vaughan – Fountain Of Snow
  • Pearls Before Swine – Snow Queen – Constructive Melancholy: Thirty Years Of Pearls Before Swine
  • Lisa Germano – Snow – Magic Neighbor
  • Pentangle – Rain And Snow – Reflection
  • Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band – Listen, The Snow Is Falling – Some Time In New York City
  • Kate Bush – Snowflake / Lake Tahoe / Misty / Wild Man / Snowed In At Wheeler Street / 50 Words For Snow / Among Angels – 50 Words For Snow
  • Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band – Steal Softly Thru Snow – Trout Mask Replica
  • The Pop Group – Snowgirl – Y
  • Coil – Snow Falls Into Military Temples – And The Ambulance Died In His Arms
  • David Sylvian – Snow White In Appalachia – Died In The Wool / Manafon Variations
  • Swing Out Sister – Alpine Crossing – Somewhere Deep In The Night
  • Cindytalk – On Snowmoor – The Wind Is Strong
  • Modern English – After The Snow – After The Snow
  • Coil – The Snow – The Snow
  • Nature And Organisation – Tracks 05-08 (Untitled) – Death In A Snow Leopard Winter
  • Tor Lundvall – The Falling Snow (Full-Length Version) – Yule
  • The Trash Can Sinatras – Snow (Original Mix) – Snow
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Mindtrain 19 – 06 December 2011

December 6, 2011
10:41 am

This week on Mindtrain I chose to feature the music of Iggy Pop, in honor of the two Stooges concerts at the Warfield on Sunday and Tuesday (wrapping up the 2011 tour, these dates were pushed back due to a broken foot sustained three months ago onstage in Romania). Aside from rare and essential outtakes from the first two Stooges albums (including selections from the 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions box set), I included a couple odd spoken word recordings by Iggy as well as a duet with Francoise Hardy.

Mixed in with these tracks were the usual eclectic array of strange and forgotten sounds, from the likes of Alva Noto, Waldteufel, Lady June, Sonic Youth and the Paris Sisters, among others. Around the bend and back again…

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Playlist for Mindtrain 19 – 06 December 2011

  • The Stooges – Freak (Later Titled “L.A. Blues”), Take 1 – 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions
  • Alva Noto – Postfabric – Transvision
  • Eve Libertine & Nemo Jones – Skating / I Took A Bus – Skating The Side Of Violence
  • John Moran – Act 1: The Murders (“The Prosecutor” At Death-Train Station Five, The Tate House) – The Manson Family (An Opera)
  • Mogwai – Chocky – Come On Die Young
  • Alva Noto – 10 – Transvision
  • Theandria – Small Satori Sips – Return And Change
  • Merry Clayton & Bernard Krause – Performance – Performance (Original Soundtrack)
  • Mimi – Fire And Roses – Soak
  • Larry Marotta – Anemic Cinema – Smatterings, Volume One (Compilation)
  • Mika Vainio – Open Up And Bleed – Life (…It Eats You Up)
  • Lady June – Touch-Downer – Lady June’s Linguistic Leprosy
  • The Leather Nun – Prime Mover / Death Threats – Force Of Habit
  • Iggy Pop – The Tell-Tale Heart – Closed On Account Of Rabies: Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe (Compilation)
  • Waldteufel – Das Wilde Heer Vom Horselberg – Rauhnacht
  • Pluramon – Difference Machine – Dreams Top Rock
  • Mogwai – Punk Rock – Come On Die Young
  • Psychic TV – This Is The Final War – Themes 4: Lady Jaye
  • The Stooges – Ann (Full Version) – The Stooges (Deluxe Edition)
  • The Paris Sisters – I’m Me – The Paris Sisters Sing Everything Under The Sun!!!
  • 400 Lonely Things – Wicklow Wood (For Boorman) – Be Still Life
  • Monica Richards – I Am Warrior – Infra-Warrior
  • Aphrodite’s Child – (Lemniscate) – 666
  • Big City Orchestra – For Ape Father – Reach For The Moon
  • Pixyblink – Charmed Whore – Withered Leaves
  • The Rolling Stones – Citadel – Their Satanic Majesties Request
  • Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness – Terminal Tower (An Archival Collection)
  • Scott Walker – The Church Of The Apostles – Pola X (Original Soundtrack)
  • Sonic Youth – Blink – Pola X (Original Soundtrack)
  • Ry Cooder & Buffy Sainte-Marie – The Hashishin – Performance (Original Soundtrack)
  • Lemon Kittens – Part Of Hettie’s Tradition – Spoonfed And Writhing
  • The Pop Group – Springer – We Are Time
  • Phillip Greenlief – Epitasis (For Rainer Werner Fassbinder) – Stalking Andrei
  • Can – Uphill – Delay 1968
  • The Stooges – Studio Dialogue / Fun House, Take 4 – 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions
  • Francoise Hardy & Iggy Pop – I’ll Be Seeing You – 100 Chansons
  • The Stooges – We Will Fall – The Stooges (Deluxe Edition)
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Mindtrain 18 – 29 November 2011

November 29, 2011
2:51 pm

This week on Mindtrain I featured selections from Gavin Friday’s recent CD Catholic. His first solo album in sixteen years, in its best moments it harkens back to his 1989 Hal Wilner-produced masterpiece, Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves. Then there were numerous excerpts from a couple of my favorite soundtracks: Ry Cooder’s score for Paris, Texas and Simon Fisher Turner’s ambient soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio. I also included a 30-minute recorded live performance from 1977 of an early orchestral work by Pauline Oliveros, To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition Of Their Desperation, released on LP a couple of years back. The rest of the show was comprised for the most part of bittersweet ballads and doleful dirges by the likes of This Mortal Coil, Red House Painters, Swans, Lisa Germano, Leonard Cohen and others: The perfect music to slit your wrists by…

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Playlist for Mindtrain 18 – 29 November 2011

  • The Jimmy Cake – Red Tony – Spectre & Crown
  • Ry Cooder – Paris, Texas – Paris, Texas (Original Soundtrack)
  • Swans – Miracle Of Love – Various Failures
  • Simon Fisher Turner – The Hills Of Abruzzi / The Dog Star / All Paths Lead To Rome / Fantasia & Childhood Memories / How Blue Sky Was / Light And Dark / Umber Wastes / Cafe Of The Moors – Caravaggio 1610 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Beck – Nobody’s Fault But My Own – Mutations
  • Red House Painters – Medicine Bottle – Down Colorful Hill
  • Scivias – Salvator – Lichttaufe 2 (Compilation)
  • Marc Almond & Michael Cashmore – The Lunatic Lover – Feasting With Panthers
  • Gavin Friday – A Song That Hurts – Catholic
  • Lisa Germano – All The Pretty Lies / Lullaby For Liquid Pig – Lullaby For Liquid Pig
  • Ry Cooder – No Safety Zone – Paris, Texas (Original Soundtrack)
  • Brian Eno & Rick Holland – West Bay – Panic Of Looking
  • Illusion Of Safety – Sedation / Quell – Sedation & Quell
  • Gavin Friday – Able – Catholic
  • U2 – With Or Without You – The Joshua Tree
  • Swans – I Remember Who You Are – Various Failures
  • Simon Fisher Turner – In The Still Of The Night / Michele Of The Shadows / The Waters Of Forgetfulness / Running Running / Frescobaldi: The Greatest Organist Of Our Time / The Hourglass / I Love You More Than My Eyes – Caravaggio 1610 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Swans – God Damn The Sun – Various Failures
  • Pauline Oliveros – To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition Of Their Desperation (1977 Performance, Parts 1 & 2) – To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition Of Their Desperation
  • Gavin Friday – It’s All Ahead Of You – Catholic
  • John Cale – I’m Not The Loving Kind – Slow Dazzle
  • Swans – Can’t Find My Way Home – Various Failures
  • Current 93 – Riverdeadbank – Thunder Perfect Mind
  • This Mortal Coil – Holocaust – It’ll End In Tears
  • Cave Dwellers – There Is A Quietening Now – Cave Dwellers
  • Ry Cooder & Harry Dean Stanton – I Knew These People – Paris, Texas (Original Soundtrack)
  • Brendan Perry – The Captive Heart – Eye Of The Hunter
  • Mono – Life In Mono (Alice Band Mix) – Formica Blues
  • Swans – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe Version) – Various Failures
  • Gavin Friday – Lord I’m Coming – Catholic
  • This Mortal Coil – A Single Wish – It’ll End In Tears
  • Swans – Blind – Various Failures
  • Leonard Cohen – Seems So Long Ago, Nancy – Songs From A Room
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Turntable Turkey Throwdown – 24 November 2011

November 26, 2011
5:24 pm

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The Turkey Turntable Throwdown took place this past Thanksgiving Night on November 24, 2011, beginning at 8:00 PM and going till 4:00 AM the next morning. This eight-hour broadcast was a live and unscripted experimental DJ collaboration involving multiple conspirators with unpredictable results, featuring the following perpetrators:

  • Ferrara Brain Pan of Forms Of Things Unknown (host of Mindtrain here on Radio Valencia each Monday at midnight) holding the fort down at Chez Poulet, home studio of Radio Valencia in San Francisco
  • Das & Ninah of Big City Orchestra (Das being the host of the Radio TroUBle program here every Thursday at midnight) transmitting remotely from the Chakra Chimp audio facility across the bay in Alameda
  • TradeMark G. & Frilly of The Evolution Control Committee (also hosts of their own Radio Valencia show The Sound Of Plaid on Thursdays at 9:00 AM) feeding into the remote stream from somewhere in Ohio
  • Univac (circuit-bending wizard extraordinaire) breaking the sound barrier out of Orange County, California

Plus cameo appearances by Radio Valencia DJs Bunnywhiskers and Mikl Em of Can Haz DJ.

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Mindtrain 17 – 22 November 2011

November 22, 2011
4:38 am

One year ago this week I awoke on a clear, chilly Thanksgiving morning, turned on my computer and logged in to Brainwashed.com to discover with shock and dismay that Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson had passed away in his sleep the previous night at his home in Bangkok. This week’s Mindtrain was loosely dedicated to the memory of this most seminal and influential Industrial musician, graphic designer and video director. Sleazy was a genius of musical production and pioneer in the art of sampling and programming procedures in experimental electronic music, beginning with his membership in Throbbing Gristle in 1975 and continuing on in the 1980s with his involvement in Psychic TV and his own long-running duo Coil with his late partner John Balance (whose death by accident in 2004 put an end to the band). After Coil, Sleazy moved to Thailand and remained busy and inventive, putting out a couple recordings each by the late projects SoiSong and The Threshold Houseboys Choir. Rather than ever compromise his own musical efforts, he made his bread and butter as a graphic designer with the British Hipgnosis firm in the 1970s and then as a music and commercial video director during the 80s and 90s.

The program featured about an hour’s worth of selections from Coil’s extensive discography, along with a variety of music old and new which evoked themes of departure, loss and separation as I remembered one of my favorite musicians. I played new music by Brian Eno, Haujobb and Suzanne Vega, alongside older releases from Lou Reed, Brainticket, Matching Mole, Keiji Haino, Red House Painters and others.

And with our newly improved podcast system I have capture the full four and a quarter hours of the show on my podcasts page, for those of you who chose not to stay up all night for the live broadcast.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 17 – 22 November 2011

  • Scott Walker – Farmer In The City – Tilt
  • Haujobb – New World March – New World March
  • Brian Eno & Rick Holland – Watch A Single Swallow In A Thermal Sky, And Try To Fit Its Motion, Or Figure Why It Flies – Panic Of Looking
  • Matching Mole – Gloria Gloom – Little Red Record
  • Brian Eno & Rick Holland – Panic Of Looking – Panic Of Looking
  • Cyclobe – Replaced By His Constellation – The Visitors
  • Psychic TV – I’m Making A Mirror – Themes 4: Lady Jaye
  • Illusion Of Safety – The False Mirror / Seven Years Later – The False Mirror
  • Lizzy Mercier Descloux / Rosa Yemen – Herpes Simplex – Press Color
  • Suzanne Vega – Language – Close-Up, Vol. 3: States Of Being
  • Pink Industry – What I Wouldn’t Give – New Naked Technology (2010 Remasters)
  • Peter Christopherson – In My Head A Crystal Sphere Of Heavy Fluid – Foxtrot (Compilation)
  • Keiji Haino – Track 8 (Untitled) – Tenshi No Gijinka
  • Brainticket – Egyptian Kings – Celestial Ocean
  • Cast (7) – Sounds And Dialogues – Kosmos: Soundtracks Of Eastern Germany’s Adventures In Space (Compilation)
  • Andrzej Morkowski – Der Schweigende Stern: Meteoritenschwarm – Kosmos: Soundtracks Of Eastern Germany’s Adventures In Space (Compilation)
  • Ruth Hohmann & Erbe Chor – Im Staub Der Sterne: Der Mensch (Part 2) – Kosmos: Soundtracks Of Eastern Germany’s Adventures In Space (Compilation)
  • Harmonia – Sehr Kosmisch – Musik Von Harmonia
  • Antlers Mulm – Filth In Several Styles – Of Withered Sparks
  • Bowery Electric – Fear Of Flying – Beat
  • Red House Painters – Rollercoaster – Red House Painters (Rollercoaster)
  • Beautiful Pea Green Boat – Paper House – Still Life
  • Tactile – Grief – Borderlands
  • Thomas Tallis / Kronos Quartet – Spem In Alium (Sing And Glorify) – Black Angels
  • Muszikas – Hidegen Fujnak A Szelek (Cold Winds Are Blowing) – The Prisoner’s Song
  • Scivias – Momotaro – Eisiges Licht (Compilation)
  • Marek Zebrowski & David Lynch – Night: City Back Street – Polish Night Music
  • Higher Intelligence Agency / Biosphere – Countdown To Darkness (Remix By Craig Morse) – Unreleased
  • Jane Birkin & Bryan Ferry – In Every Dream Home A Heartache – Rendez-Vous
  • Lou Reed – The Bed – Berlin
  • Coil – Remote Viewing 1 – The Remote Viewer
  • Coil – Escalation – The Angelic Conversation
  • Coil – Going Up – The Ape Of Naples
  • Nico & The Faction – Das Lied Von Einsanen Madchens – Camera Obscura
  • Suzanne Vega – Instant Of The Hour After – Close-Up, Vol. 3: States Of Being
  • ELpH vs. Coil – Ended – Worship The Glitch
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The Backwards Music Station – 17 November 2011

November 18, 2011
12:41 am

This week’s premiere edition of The Backwards Music Station focused on : Hits Of The 80s: Music for the MTV Generation. Songs you hated, songs you loved, songs you loved to hate. From cool bands like Captain Sensible and Wall Of Voodoo to wretched crap (Eddy Grant and Huey Lewis) and in between. You’ve heard it all before, but not like this…

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Playlist for The Backwards Music Station – 17 November 2011

  • eugaeL namuH – delioB gnieB – noitcudorpeR
  • kroW tA neM – ynnhoJ dooG eB – lausU sA ssenisuB
  • ruoF fO gnaG – mrofinU A nI naM a evoL I – !tnemniatretnE
  • sruF ciledehcysP – yaW yM evoL – woN reveroF
  • tellaB uadnapS – eurT – eurT
  • srennuR thgindiM s’yxeD – neeliE nO emoC – yA-eyR-ooT
  • sweN ehT dnA siweL yeuH – erauqS eB oT piH – !eroF
  • elsilraC adnileB – dnaS ehT nI elcriC – htraE nO nevaeH
  • CBA – evoL fO kooL ehT – evoL fO nocixeL ehT
  • !mahW – repsihW sseleraC – giB tI ekaM
  • doowylloH oT seoG eiknarF – xaleR – emoderusaelP ehT oT emocleW
  • elbisneS niatpaC – toW – tsriF sniatpaC dnA nemoW
  • bulC erutluC – noelemahC amraK – srebmuN yB ruoloC
  • annodaM – traeH ruoY nepO – eulB eurT
  • sniwT nospmohT – evoL fO emaN ehT nI – teS
  • selgnaB – naitpygE nA ekiL klaW – thgiL tnereffiD
  • eciloP – ennaxoR – ruomA’D sodnaltuO
  • 04BU – eniW deR deR – evoL fO ruobaL
  • segamI deretlA – yadhtriB yppaH – yadhtriB yppaH
  • derdnuH enO tucriaH – )lriG steeM yoB( strihS etiruovaF  – tseW nacileP
  • hcivoL eneL – rebmuN ykcuL – sseletatS
  • tnarG yddE – eunevA cirtcelE – egapmaR ehT nO relliK
  • srelgnartS – peeD nikS – erutplucS laruA
  • xovartlU – seyE yM nI sraeT htiW gnicnaD – tnemaL
  • gnuhC gnaW – syaD llaH ecnaD – evruC ehT nO stnioP
  • oodooV fO llaW – oidaR nacixeM – tseW ehT fO llaC
  • aneN – snoollaB deR 99 – snollabtfuL 99
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Mindtrain 16 – 15 November 2011

November 15, 2011
4:20 am

This week on Mindtrain I played a track from Univrs, the latest CD release by Alva Noto (still one of my favorite artists working the vein of minimalist glitch electronica). It’s another fine recording from this German musician, more beat-oriented than some of his other recent albums.

The featured album this time was Les Quatres Directions by French avant-rock multi-instrumentalist Dominique Grimaud. This is surely one of the strangest recordings from the past decade I’ve come across. Released in 2008, it’s an hour-long ritualistic post-modern journey through unfamiliar territory, employing a most atypical assemblage of acoustic and electronic sound sources and instruments.

The program was rounded out by the first side of the debut album from Sweden’s Algarnas Tradgard (Garden of the Elks), released in 1972 and still a psychedelic world-folk classic of avant-garde experimentation, along with extended works from Frank Zappa and Henry Cow, and the usual eclectic assortment of tracks from my library, ranging from Blood Axis to Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 16 – 15 November 2011

  • Algarnas Tradgard – Two Hours Over Two Blue Mountains With A Cuckoo On Each Side (Of The Hours, That Is) / There Is A Time For Everything, There Is A Time When Even Time Will Meet – Framtiden Ar Ett Svavande Skepp, Forankrat I Forntiden
  • Fovea Hex – A Hymn To Sulphur – Here Is Where We Used To Sing
  • A.C. Marias – There’s A Scent Of Rain In The Air – One Of Our Girls (Has Gone Missing)
  • Chris & Cosey – Cowboys In Cuba – Trance
  • Alva Noto – Uni Rec – Univrs
  • Gastr Del Sol – Our Exquisite Replica Of Eternity – Upgrade & Afterlife
  • John Cale – In The Library Of Force – Music For A New Society
  • Psychic TV – Eden 1 / Eden 2 / Eden 3 – Dreams Less Sweet
  • Henry Cow – Erk Gah (Hold To The Zero Burn), Parts 1-5 / A Bridge To Ruins – 40th Anniversary Box: The Road, Vol. 8 (Stockholm & Goteborg)
  • Edmund Welles – Curtains – Imagination Lost
  • Mick Farren & The Deviants – Arts Of Darkness – On Your Knees, Earthlings!!! (1967-2001)
  • Frank Zappa – The Gumbo Variations – Hot Rats
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Celestial Bliss – Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle
  • Dominique Grimaud – Les Quatre Directions – Les Quatre Directions
  • Coil – Enochian Calling II – The Angelic Conversation
  • Was (Not Was) – Zaz Turned Blue – Born To Laugh At Tornadoes
  • Angelo Badalamenti – Theme From The Comfort Of Strangers (Main Title) – The Comfort Of Strangers (Original Soundtrack)
  • Lisa Germano – Angels Turn To Devils – Rare, Unusual Or Just Bad Songs
  • Blood Axis – Between Birds Of Prey – The Gospel Of Inhumanity
  • Scott Walker – Cue – The Drift
  • Gavin Friday & The Man Seezer – Another Blow On The Bruise – Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves
  • Propaganda – Strength To Dream – A Secret Wish
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Mindtrain 15 – 08 November 2011

November 8, 2011
4:41 am

This week’s edition of Mindtrain served as a four-hour preview of the upcoming IAMINDUST experimental music festival. The festival happens over the course of three nights, November 10-11-12, at The Lab in San Francisco. Over twenty artists from the Bay Area and beyond are slated to perform at the festival, including Chrome, Illusion Of Safety, Thomas Dimuzio, Instagon, John Trubee, Nux Vomica and others. The program presented selections by virtually all of the featured artists, including many archival recordings and unreleased tracks, giving special focus to the the definitive work of longstanding post-Industrial sound artist Dan Burke aka Illusion Of Safety.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 15 – 08 November 2011

  • Dan Burke & Thomas Dimuzio – Deregulation / Closed Circuit / Upcoming Events – Upcoming Events
  • Night At Noon – Untitled – Unreleased
  • Kwisp – Teriyaki Vest Odyssey – Teriyaki Vest Odyssey
  • Nerfbau – Claws – Unreleased
  • Headboggle – Green Glass And Land Preserve Surround – Unreleased
  • The Rubber-O-Cement Speculum Fight – Small Dimethyl Bird Scalp Punch “Sd10” I/O Interface / “D1” 16 Line Digital Mad Foot Rocket Twist Envelope “5die2” File Bubble Airplane Skin Cellar 7)SEPSIS / HIGH CELL BIND ECHO: a) Hair Composition For Red Rubber Band Cable, b) Infection, Contamination – Medusan Magnetic Tape Hair-Head Autocorrelation
  • Nerfbau – Frozen Meat Leaker Locker – (Triskaidekaphobia) 13,000.00 Milliseconds (Compilation)
  • Dark Muse – Once Amid A Dream – The Fossil Dungeon Program No. 2 (Compilation)
  • Sci-Hi – Untitled – Urban Space Music, Vol. 1
  • James Goode – Spatio-Sensory Installation (Excerpt) – Audio Odditions Kompilation III: The IAMINDUST Chronicles 2008 (Compilation)
  • Death Of The West – Palace Of Swords – Unreleased
  • Future Blondes – Live At SXSW 3/15/2011 (Excerpt) – Unreleased
  • Chrome – I Am The Jaw – Read Only Memory
  • John Trubee – Angelic Overview – Radio Tokyo Tapes, Vol. 2 (Compilation)
  • Thomas Dimuzio – Admonium – 8th Annual Outsound New Music Summit (Compilation)
  • Instagon – Xtra Luggage Fee – Auricular Audio Magazine #15 (Compilation)
  • The Deglet Noor Fakirs – Live At Jawbone Canyon (Excerpt) – Unreleased
  • Nux Vomica – Levitation Into Air – The Crowning Of Nature
  • Cursed Chimera – Filth Is What You Made – The Glitch PATH
  • Nux Vomica – Intelligibles And Visibles – The Crowning Of Nature
  • Noisepsalm – 23rd AbDUBction – Auricular Audio Magazine #13 (Compilation)
  • Cloud Shepherd – Adaptive Happenstance – Future Now
  • Nihil Communication – We Are Violent – We Are Violent
  • Cursed Chimera – Taste Of Failure – The Glitch PATH
  • Illusion Of Safety – Projection Needs A Hook – In Session
  • Illusion Of Safety – Tolerance – In Session
  • Illusion Of Safety – Puer / Lilt – Of & The
  • Thomas Dimuzio – Live At IAMINDUST 2010 (Excerpt) – Unreleased
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Mindtrain 14 – 01 November 2011

November 1, 2011
12:30 pm

I’ve been planning this show for months now, pulling albums and tracks from my library of dark and disturbing music and adding them to an enormous playlist in iTunes. This past week I went through that playlist, weeding out many selections and keeping only the darkest and scariest examples of spooktacular music from many of my favorite artists.

The early recordings of Current 93 have always sounded extremely demonic and malevolent to my ears, and tracks from these albums took up a lot of the program, including many of the remixed versions which Andrew Liles released (issuing remixed versions of five entire albums between 2008 and 2009). Other artists from that post-Industrial milieu whose work fit into the ‘Dark 80s’ vein included (inevitably) Coil, Diamanda Galas and Lustmord. The disturbingly dark Rock In Opposition neo-medieval chamber music of Belgium’s Univers Zero figured prominently in the program as well as one of Magma’s most hellish selections. And finally I sprinkled in some more recent recordings from the 90s and 00s by Boyd Rice And Fiends, Apoptose, John Watermann and a few others. There was so much scary music to draw from in my collection I could have easily done a 12-hour special, but I think the concentrated assortment found herein will suffice.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 14 – 01 November 2011

  • White Noise – The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell – An Electric Storm
  • Current 93 / Andrew Liles – KillyKillKilly: A Fire Sermon (Remix) – The End Of Red Dreams: A Remix By Andrew Liles
  • Lustmord – Heresy, Part I – Heresy
  • Current 93 – From Broken Cross, Locusts – Dogs Blood Rising
  • Diamanda Galas – Cris d’Aveugle (Blind Man’s Cry) – Saint Of The Pit
  • Post Scriptvm – Crepusculum – Raspad
  • Forms Of Things Unknown – Black Candles & Pentagrams ‘N Shit, Parts I & II – Cross Purposes
  • Coil – Are You Shivering? – Music To Play In The Dark, Vol. 1
  • Current 93 / Andrew Liles – Alone Into The Alone (Remix) – Dead At Bar Maldoror: A Remix By Andrew Liles
  • 400 Lonely Things – Crickets Window – Tonight Of The Living Dead
  • Current 93 – Christ’s First Howling / Fields Of Rape – Live At Bar Maldoror
  • Rhea Tucanae & Pixyblink – Night-Gaunts – Fungi From Yuggoth
  • Univers Zero – La Musique d’Erich Zann – Ceux Du Dehors
  • Univers Zero – Jack The Ripper – Heresie
  • Diamanda Galas – Free Among The Dead – The Divine Punishment
  • Current 93 / Andrew Liles – Falling Back In Fields Of Rape (Remix) – Dogs Blood Ascending: A Remix By Andrew Liles
  • John Watermann – Second Shudder Project: Fitting The Gas Hose – Calcutta Gas Chamber
  • Boyd Rice And Fiends – Joe Liked To Go (To The Cemetery) – Wolf Pact
  • Univers Zero – Triomphe Des Mouches – Ceux Du Dehors
  • Magma – Ork Alarm – Kohntarkosz
  • Coil – Solar Lodge – Scatology
  • Current 93 / Andrew Liles – Maldoror Est Mort (Remix) – Dusk: A Remix By Andrew Liles
  • Lustmord – Section 3: Dark Companion – The Place Where The Black Stars Hang
  • Apoptose – Violet Silence – Schattenmadchen
  • Zola Jesus – Night – Stridulum
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Ferrara’s Haunted Jukebox – 27 October 2011

October 28, 2011
1:22 am

This week’s Thursday Night Wildcard slot served as a special Halloween edition of Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox, featuring two hours of dark and morbid, evil, scary music from my own extensive library of industrial, dark ambient and experimental recordings. This was but a teaser for the four-hour Halloween edition of Mindtrain which airs next Monday night at midnight. Included were choice selections by Lustmord, Coil, Diamanda Galas, Current 93, Univers Zero and others.

I’ve always had a special preference for all kinds of dark music, so it was a real pleasure to search through my entire music library to find the most creepy and disturbing tracks by many of my longtime favorite artists. Hopefully some of you will want to download the podcast and archive it for future listening whenever you’re in the mood for something scary…

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Haunted Jukebox – 27 October 2011

  • Diamanda Galas – La Treizieme Revient (The Thirteenth Returns) – Saint Of The Pit
  • Coil – The Hellraiser Theme – Unnatural History II: Smiling In The Face Of Perversity
  • Post Scriptvm – Ruins Of Men – Raspad
  • Pixyblink – 666 On The AM Dial – Ivy
  • NON – Theme From Dark Shadows – Blood & Flame
  • Lustmord – Section 1: Sol Om On – The Place Where The Black Stars Hang
  • Current 93 / Andrew Liles – From Broken Cross, Locusts (Remix) – Dogs Blood Ascending: A Remix By Andrew Liles
  • Diamanda Galas – The Litanies Of Satan – The Litanies Of Satan
  • The Virgin Prunes – Beast – A New Form Of Beauty
  • 400 Lonely Things – Cellar Company – Tonight Of The Living Dead
  • John Watermann – Fourth Shudder Project: The Black Milk Clasp (Clubbing, Tearing, Wrenching, Cutting, Spurting, Boiling, Processing) – Calcutta Gas Chamber
  • Nurse With Wound – Sheela-Na-Gig – Drunk With The Old Man Of The Mountains
  • Univers Zero – La Faulx – Heresie
  • Nico – Evening Of Light – The Marble Index
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Mindtrain 13 – 25 October 2011

October 25, 2011
4:39 am

This week’s edition of Mindtrain was devoted exclusively to ‘outside’ jazz recordings of the 1960s and 70s, with an emphasis on music by Gunter Hampel and artists in his circle, most notably Marion Brown, Anthony Braxton and Jeanne Lee (Hampel’s wife until her death in 2000). Many of the tracks I played were drawn from vinyl releases on Hampel’s own Birth Records label, most of which have been to this date unreleased on CD. One of these albums (featured here in its entirety) was Familie, a live concert recording documenting a totally improvised performance by Braxton, Hampel & Lee from 1972, recorded at the Theatre de Mouffetard in Paris on April 1 of that year.

Other artists whose work I chose to include on the program included Eric Dolphy (whose brief recorded legacy cast a huge influence on the jazz avant-garde across the decades following his premature demise in 1964), Archie Shepp and Patty Waters. Jazz is a genre I don’t give enough attention to on Mindtrain, and hopefully this program somewhat served to make up for that fact.

It bears mention that my first exposure to this music (free improvisation, avant-garde jazz or what you care to call it) was in the 1970s as a teenager growing up in Southeastern Massachusetts. Many nights I stayed up listening to late-night college radio on headphones, and it was on stations such as WBUR (Boston University), WBRS (Brandeis) and WBRU (Brown University in Providence, RI), that I was introduced to the recordings of Gunter Hampel, Marion Brown, Sun Ra and other forward-thinking jazz artists. Hopefully this edition of Mindtrain can serve to expose a handful of today’s listeners to this great music.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 13 – 25 October 2011

  • Archie Shepp – Blase – Blase
  • Eric Dolphy – God Bless The Child – In Europe, Vol. 1
  • Marion Brown – Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun – Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun
  • Gunter Hampel – Different Point Of View, Different Reality – Cosmic Dancer
  • Patty Waters – Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair – Patty Waters Sings
  • Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel – Gesprachsfetzen – Gesprachsfetzen
  • Eric Dolphy – Burning Spear – Iron Man
  • Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel – Exhibit A – Gesprachsfetzen
  • Gunter Hampel – Morning Song – The 8th Of July 1969
  • Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel – Tomorrow Is The Beginning Of The End Of Yesterday – Gesprachsfetzen
  • Gunter Hampel – Look At Me For What I Truly Am, Rather Than That What You Believe Me To Be – Cosmic Dancer
  • Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel – Improvisation – Reeds ‘N Vibes/li>
  • Eric Dolphy – Hat And Beard – Out To Lunch
  • Gunter Hampel – Purple Skies – Enfant Terrible
  • Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel – Arrow In The Wind – Reeds ‘N Vibes
  • Anthony Braxton / Gunter Hampel / Jeanne Lee – Familie (Parts 1 & 2) – Familie
  • Patty Waters – Wild Is The Wind – College Tour
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Mindtrain 12 – 18 October 2011

October 18, 2011
4:43 am

As I’m typing this blog entry, I’m listening to some amazing music by Gunter Hampel, ripped from out-of-print LPs released during the 60s and 70s and recently downloaded to my computer. This is some truly inspired free jazz, featuring the likes of Jeanne Lee and Marion Brown along with multi-instrumentalist Hampel, and I’ll definitely be playing some of this fine, hard-to-find-or-define music on my program next week.

This week’s show tended toward mostly somber and contemplative contemporary classical, ECM label third-stream jazz, and dark electronic/symphonic pop and ballads, except for some more raucous sounds from Cindytalk and our own Ure Thrall (aka Doktor Sleepless of the Interstellar Nihilism late-night program) toward the end of the show. And because I was pressed for time in putting together the music for tonight’s program (having recently started a full-time temp day job), I played a number of long pieces or song suites from the likes of Jonathan Bepler, Nurse With Wound, and Agnes Buen Garnas with Jan Garbarek.

The longest piece I played was an entire one-hour drone work from a CD collaboration by Finnish hard-edge post-Industrial analog electronic duo Pan Sonic and legendary NYC shamanic minimalist Charlemagne Palestine, released in the year 2000 as part of the limited edition Mort Aux Vaches series of Dutch radio broadcasts of contemporary experimental composers and musicians. Regular listeners of Mindtrain know by now that I’m a big fan of the drone school of minimalism, as I’ve featured long works by La Monte Young, Catherine Christer Hennix, Black To Comm and others on past programs. This untitled work by Pan Sonic and Palestine is a monolithic aural entity, building in harmonic density and volume over the long steady course of the recording. Essential stuff, seldom heard and long out-of-print.

And be sure to tune in next week for some psychically liberating free jazz from Gunter Hampel and company…

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Playlist for Mindtrain 12 – 18 October 2011

  • Cockney Rebel – Mirror Freak – The Human Menagerie
  • Luxuria – Stupid Blood – Beast Box
  • Jonathan Bepler – Air Prelude / Song Of The Vertical Field / Level Glass Nocturne – Cremaster 3 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Marianne Faithfull – Prologue / Sleep – A Secret Life
  • Antlers Mulm – White Tears – Of Withered Sparks
  • John Cage / Stephen Drury – Souvenir – In A Landscape
  • In The Nursery – Elegy – Trinity
  • Agnes Buen Garnas & Jan Garbarek – Margjit Og Targjei Risvollo – Rosensfole
  • John Surman – Not Love Perhaps – Private City
  • A.C. Marias – Some Thing – Time Was
  • Nux Vomica & Voice Of Eye – The First Gate – Fire Of The Unitive Path: Three Rivers
  • Nurse With Wound – The Little Dipper Minus Two (Echo Poeme Sequence No. 1) – The Little Dipper Minus Two (Echo Poeme Sequence No. 1)
  • Crass – Sentiment (White Feathers) – Christ: The Album
  • Heidi Berry – Cradle – Love
  • Pan Sonic & Charlemagne Palestine – Untitled – Mort Aux Vaches
  • Marc Almond & Michael Cashmore – Gabriel – Gabriel & The Lunatic Lover
  • Rykarda Parasol – The Thing They Love – For Blood And Wine
  • Dead Can Dance – Circumradiant Dawn – Spleen And Ideal
  • The Jefferson Airplane – Two Heads – After Bathing At Baxter’s
  • Istvan Marta / Kronos Quartet – Doom, A Sigh – Black Angels
  • Ure Thrall – Premonition 9/11 – Premonition 9/11
  • Cindytalk – Circle Of Shit – In This World
  • Antony And The Johnsons – Mysteries Of Love – I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy
  • Cockney Rebel – Death Trip – The Human Menagerie
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Mindtrain 11 – 11 October 2011

October 11, 2011
5:16 am

The featured release this week was Miraculous Mechanical Monster by Andrew Liles, concluding (for the time being, at least) my ongoing presentation of recordings from his richly diverse Monstrous series. This LP is the triumphant eruption of a sickly twisted and demented mind, as depraved as (and much funnier than) anything Frank Zappa ever put out. Thanks to Doktor Sleepless of the Interstellar Nihilism show for exposing me to this record (sick minds think alike, heh).

Other highlights of the program included C, a relatively early composition by Ryoji Ikeda (in ten parts), Vinny Golia’s music for contrabass saxophone, a couple long selections from the exemplary German dark ambient artist Apoptose, classic tracks by King Crimson and Alice Cooper, and songs from the Auricular Audio Magazine compilation series.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 11 – 11 October 2011

  • Ice-T – Midnight – O.G. Original Gangster
  • Ryoji Ikeda – C – 0 Degrees C
  • Nico & The Faction – Camera Obscura – Camera Obscura
  • Monica Richards – The Hunt – Infra-Warrior
  • My Boyfriend The Pilot – Blazing The Trail For A Stronger America – Auricular Audio Magazine #15 (Compilation)
  • Polyphonic Size – Nagasaki Mon Amour – The Prime Story
  • Zola Jesus – Swords – Conatus
  • Jan Steele – Distant Saxophones – Voices And Instruments
  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – Sleeping In A Jar – Uncle Meat
  • Vinny Golia – Single Booth Enclosure Third (Revisitation) – A Gift For The Unusual: Music For Contrabass Saxophone
  • Bennie Maupin – Excursion – The Jewel In The Lotus
  • 15 Degrees Below Zero – 3.12.1 / 2.19.2 – Resting On A
  • Waldteufel – In Den Zwolften – Rauhnacht
  • Black Light District – Die Wolfe Kommen Zuruck – A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room
  • Vinny Golia – The 15th – A Gift For The Unusual: Music For Contrabass Saxophone
  • Apoptose – Ba-137m – Schattenmadchen
  • Alice Cooper – Blue Turk – School’s Out
  • Lothar And The Hand People – Machines – Presenting Lothar And The Hand People
  • Andrew Liles – The First Heart Attack Was The Best / To Kill The Monster – Miraculous Mechanical Monster
  • The Penetralia – Battlestar Fucking Galactica – Smatterings, Volume One (Compilation)
  • Apoptose – Asche – Schattenmadchen
  • Pierrot Lunaire – Plaisir d’Amour – Gudrun
  • Antony And The Johnsons – The Lake – The Lake
  • King Crimson – The Night Watch – Starless And Bible Black
  • David Lynch & Dean Hurley – The Air Is On Fire, Part VIII (Distortion) – The Air Is On Fire
  • Roque Banos – Trevor’s Lair / Sleepless – The Machinist (Original Soundtrack)
  • A Pyxie Worm – I Cut My Doll’s Hair And Now She’s Bald – Auricular Audio Magazine #13 (Compilation)
  • Theandria – When Death To Either Shall Come – Rebirth
  • King Crimson – Fracture – Starless And Bible Black
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Drinks With Ferrara 02 – 05 October 2011

October 5, 2011
9:51 pm

I love filling in for Tony Dushane in this time slot, and it’s been a while since my last sub on Drinks With Tony. This is the second round of Drinks With Ferrara, and my programming sensibility leans toward old-school punk, psychedelia and easy listening, with heavy helpings of weirdness and musical derangement for the cocktail hour.

Tonight I led off with a rare BBC recording by perennial faves the Bonzo Dog Band, followed by a set that featured new tracks by Zola Jesus and John Cale amid stretches of post-punk, pop and experimental sounds. The new John Cale five-track EP is a far cry from the classic records of his early career, but good enough to make me look forward to the full-length CD that can’t be far off. The new Zola Jesus album Conatus is great though, a step forward in the direction of the previous CD. I’m excited about her upcoming gig at the Independent next month, having missed her recent visits to the Milk Bar and the Rickshaw Stop.

Then there was some locally produced music from saxophonist David Slusser and Edmund Welles, the world’s only heavy metal bass clarinet quartet. The Slusser recording is a few years old now, and it features Ralph Carney adding additional wind prowess to the tunes. The Edmund Welles track is from their latest CD Imagination Lost, the third one to come from this amazing foursome of fearsomely talented players.

This was a fun show, and I think you’ll enjoy the podcast (especially since we got the kinks all ironed out with regard to the audio problems with the live stream). I love butting the Last Poets up against Ol’ Blue Eyes, and sticking Jackie Gleason in the same set with the Virgin Prunes!

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Playlist for Drinks With Ferrara 02 – 05 October 2011

  • The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – Give Booze A Chance – The Complete BBC Recordings
  • Ryoji Ikeda – Channel X: Testone / Trans-Missions / This Is A Recording – 1000 Fragments
  • Andrew Liles – Side A (33 RPM): 2662002 / 1931982 / 1921980 / 2591980 – Monster Munch
  • Zola Jesus – Vessel – Conatus
  • Annie Anxiety – Cyanide Tears – Barbed Wire Halo
  • Vanessa And The O’s – Bagatelle – La Ballade d’O
  • John Cale – Hey Ray – EP: Extra Playful
  • Pere Ubu – Sentimental Journey – The Modern Dance
  • The Contortions – I Can’t Stand Myself – No New York (Compilation)
  • Nurse With Wound – Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’ – Huffin’ Rag Blues
  • David Slusser – Jazzdeath – Trouble In Tiretown
  • Television – Little Johnny Jewel (Parts 1 & 2) – Marquee Moon
  • Jaap Blonk – Der Minister II – Flux De Bouche
  • Edmund Welles – Watch Me Die – Imagination Lost
  • Henry Mancini – Floating Pad – Mr. Lucky
  • Lothar And The Hand People – Sex And Violence – Presenting Lothar And The Hand People
  • Lisa Germano – Candy – Lullaby For Liquid Pig
  • Annie Anxiety – Hello Horror – Barbed Wire Halo
  • The Last Poets – This Is Madness – This Is Madness
  • Frank Sinatra – I Get A Kick Out Of You – The Best Of The Capitol Years
  • The Virgin Prunes – Dave-Id Is Dead – If I Die, I Die
  • The Dresden Dolls – My Alcoholic Friends – Yes, Virginia
  • Jackie Gleason – Girl, Boy, Dance, Affair – Tawny
  • John Cale – Guts – Slow Dazzle
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Mindtrain 10 – 04 October 2011

October 4, 2011
4:44 am

This week on Mindtrain I opened the show with a lovely acoustic song by Mia Doi Todd from her CD Zeroone, a fine release I happened upon at the thrift store where I worked last winter. That was followed by a set dedicated to our beleaguered and beloved planet Earth, including one great long piece by Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas, and a cult classic by David Axelrod: Earth Rot (as timely today as when it was released back in 1970).

There was quite a bit of synth-based post-punk / post-industrial / new wave stuff in the show, and more of those fabulous Monstrous recordings that Andrew Liles has been putting out since last year. The last hour of the program featured an archival recording of a work in Just Intonation by microtonal composer Catherine Christer Hennix, The Electric Harpsichord – a hypnotic drone-based Minimalist masterpiece in the tradition of La Monte Young, recorded in 1976 but not released till 2010, in an expensive edition by Die Schachtel.

Please Note: We’ve been having technical issues with our live stream here at Radio Valencia during the past week. You may hear some intermittent signal dropouts during the first thirty minutes of the podcast for this show, but the rest of the program should sound fine.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 10 – 04 October 2011

  • Mia Doi Todd – Digital – Zeroone
  • Pearls Before Swine – I Saw The World / Another Time – Constructive Melancholy: Thirty Years Of Pearls Before Swine
  • Current 93 – Let Us Go To The Rose / All The World Makes Great Blood – Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre (The Broken Heart Of Man)
  • David Axelrod – The Signs (Parts I-IV) – Earth Rot
  • Pharoah Sanders – The Creator Has A Master Plan – Karma
  • Pink Industry – Pain Of Pride – New Naked Technology (2010 Remasters)
  • SPK – Walking On Dead Steps – Auto Da Fe
  • Propaganda – Frozen Faces – A Secret Wish
  • Chris & Cosey – Dr. John (Sleeping Stephen) – Exotika
  • Troum / Asianova / Voice Of Eye – Actualization (Parts 2 & 3) – Actualization / Excrement Of Old Dreams
  • Nux Vomica & Voice Of Eye – Tripod Of The Elixir – Fire Of The Unitive Path: Three Rivers
  • Andrew Liles – Twilight/Flashback – Mind Mangled Trip Monster
  • Everything But The Gargoyle – Pretty Blue Forever – Four Flies On Grey Velvet
  • Comus – Drip Drip – First Utterance
  • Andrew Liles – Entheogens For Diddy Men – Mind Mangled Trip Monster
  • Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – Freef (‘R) All – The Asmoto Running Band
  • Lisa Germano – Liquid Pig – Lullaby For Liquid Pig
  • Pixyblink – Ocean Floor – Cinder
  • Lisa Germano – From A Shell – Lullaby For Liquid Pig
  • John Cale – Sanities – Music For A New Society
  • Faust – Expecting S. In Love – Untitled (Klangbad Gold CD)
  • Marianne Faithfull – The Stars Line Up – A Secret Life
  • Chris & Cosey – Send The Magic Down – Take Five
  • Psychic TV – Thee Full Pack (For Bachir Attar) – Force The Hand Of Chance
  • Catherine Christer Hennix – The Electric Harpsichord – The Electric Harpsichord
  • David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti – Dwarfland / Love Theme – Mulholland Drive (Original Soundtrack)
  • Blondie – Sound Asleep – Eat To The Beat
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Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 06 – 03 October 2011

October 3, 2011
3:54 am

Tonight’s midnight edition of Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox was hastily thrown together at the last minute, as I decided to go into the studio and test out the new mixing board which got installed today. Things weren’t all connected like I thought they’d be, so there were a couple embarrassing minutes of dead air at the outset, as well as some distortion in the signal due to the very hot preamps in the channel strips of our new board (which will take some getting used to). Hopefully it didn’t sound too bad for the handful of listeners out there.

I played some stuff tonight by my friend Robert Turman, who put out a CD a couple years ago with Aaron Dilloway entitled Blizzard. Robert and I played together with Boyd Rice in an early trio during the late 1970s. After I dropped out, the group became NON and Robert stayed on for one or two records before NON became Boyd’s long-running solo project. I also played a long track by 400 Lonely Things, another friend’s project which I featured a couple weeks back on my regular show Mindtrain. And then there was some Cindytalk, Amon Duul II, and a mindbendingly hypnotic cover of a Spacemen 3 song by Bowery Electric.

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 06 – 03 October 2011

  • Blue Oyster Cult – Astronomy – Secret Treaties
  • Amon Duul II – Restless Skylight Transistor Child – Tanz Der Lemminge
  • Mick Jagger – Memo From Turner – Performance (Original Soundtrack)
  • Cindytalk – Everybody Is Christ – Camouflage Heart
  • Robert Turman & Aaron Dilloway – Track 03 (Untitled) – Blizzard
  • Bowery Electric – Things’ll Never Be The Same – A Tribute To Spacemen 3 (Compilation)
  • Jeff Buckley – Lilac Wine – Grace
  • Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity – When I Was A Young Girl – Streetnoise
  • Scivias – Passion – And You Will Fear Death Not
  • 400 Lonely Things – Bullfight At Swan Lake (A Tone Poem For Tchaikovsky, Sylvian And Gollum) – The Late Show
  • The Pale 3 – Opening (Sissi Search) / The Letter / Truck Attack / Straw – The Princess & The Warrior (Original Soundtrack)
  • Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother – Grace
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Mindtrain 09 – 27 September 2011

October 2, 2011
3:15 pm

This week I decided to feature The Conet Project in its entirety – That’s four CDs of recordings of shortwave numbers stations (totaling four hours and forty-five minutes), without interruption. You can read more about this extraordinary audio document here and here.

The fact of the matter is that I’ve been very sick with a head cold, and consequently I simply didn’t feel up to doing a regular show with four hours of assorted selections, coughing and sneezing over the air during track announcements. Next week I will return to the usual eclectic variety of music that I like to present on the program.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 09 – 27 September 2011

  • Dominic Frontiere / Vic Perrin – Control Voice Introduction – The Outer Limits (Original Television Soundtrack)
  • Dominic Frontiere – The Outer Limits (Main Title) – The Outer Limits (Original Television Soundtrack)
  • The Conet Project: Recordings Of Shortwave Numbers StationsTrack List
  • Dominic Frontiere / Vic Perrin – Control Voice Sign-Off – The Outer Limits (Original Television Soundtrack)
  • Dominic Frontiere – The Outer Limits (End Title) – The Outer Limits (Original Television Soundtrack)
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Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 05 – 24 September 2011

2:42 pm

This primetime edition of Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox was carefully programmed to get all our listeners charged up for Saturday night party action: Lots of old-school punk & glam classics from the 70s and 80s (and 90s, counting Lisa Germano and Faust), plus some high-energy post-bop and militant rap from Eric Dolphy and The Last Poets.

Some of these bands and songs go back to the time I was first exposed to punk rock. That happened one night when I tuned in to 12 O’Clock Rock, the long-running all-night program devoted to independent and underground rock, airing from midnight to six AM on Sunday mornings on KPFK (Los Angeles’ Pacifica Network public radio station). I discovered the show when I moved to San Diego the previous year and was a regular listener throughout the 1980s. The DJs changed over the years, but in 1977 Richard Meltzer, noted rock critic and lyricist for the Blue Oyster Cult, was the resident host. That night would have been sometime early in 1977 (I’m not sure of the month), and it was then that I first heard Television, Ultravox and The Stranglers. Meltzer played tracks from the debut albums by all three of those bands, and I instantly knew that something fresh and vital had emerged on the landscape. This was the most exciting music I’d heard since the early days of glam rock. It wasn’t till later that I read about the new scene and trend that was happening in rock & roll both in the UK and here in the States, but it wasn’t long till I had fully embraced Punk: the music and the whole scene and sensibility. Hearing “Satday Night In The City Of The Dead,” “Marquee Moon,” and “Peaches” for the first time that night was nothing short of revelatory. So tonight’s show is something of a tribute to Richard Meltzer, Andrea ‘Enthal and all the other DJs who stoked and sated my appetite for non-corporate rock & roll during the decade I spent in sleepy San Diego as a twenty-something college dropout.

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 05 – 24 September 2011

  • Ultravox! – Satday Night In The City Of The Dead – Ultravox!
  • The Modern Lovers – Astral Plane – The Modern Lovers
  • John Cale – Magazines – Caribbean Sunset
  • Pere Ubu – Non-Alignment Pact – The Modern Dance
  • Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color
  • The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – IV / Rattus Norvegicus
  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Sweet Dreams / Psychomodo – Live At The BBC
  • Roxy Music – Editions Of You – For Your Pleasure
  • Wire – 1 2 X U – Pink Flag
  • Metal Urbain – Cle De Contact – L’Age d’Or
  • Joy Division – Transmission – Permanent
  • Lisa Germano – Puppet – Happiness
  • The Fall – How I Wrote “Elastic Man” – In: Palace Of Swords Reversed
  • The Leather Nun – Fly Angels Fly – Force Of Habit
  • Neu! – Super – Neu! 2
  • The Last Poets – Wake Up, Niggers – Performance (Original Soundtrack)
  • Eric Dolphy – Aggression – At The Five Spot, Volume 2
  • Television – Marquee Moon – Marquee Moon
  • The Stranglers – Just Like Nothing On Earth – (The Gospel According To) The Meninblack
  • David Bowie – Queen Bitch – Hunky Dory
  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Death Trip – Live At The BBC
  • Faust – Fastened 60/60
  • Lou Reed – Goodnight Ladies – Lou Reed
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Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 04 – 22 September 2011

2:23 pm

For this show I got to occupy the Thursday Night Wildcard slot (formerly held down by K-Rob with Stimulus Regression Programming, now given over to a different DJ each week – anyone on our staff who wants to come in to the studio and do an unscheduled show, basically). The late Ira Cohen, the globetrotting visionary poet who left this plane/planet earlier this year, opened the program with a solo spoken word track from The Majoon Traveler, a fantastic collaboration with local DJ Cheb I Sabbah released by Sub Rosa some years ago. Andy Pratt‘s “Avenging Annie” was a WBCN classic from my younger days spent listening to the radio growing up back in Boston. The rest of the show was comprised of old favorites like Big Star, Lisa Germano and Sparks, along with a few more recent discoveries (I can’t get enough of the deleriously imaginative recordings Andrew Liles has been putting out over the past year or two). I don’t think it will be long before I come back and do another Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox some Thursday night soon…

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 04 – 22 September 2011

  • Ira Cohen – Imagine Jean Cocteau – The Majoon Traveler
  • Andy Pratt – Avenging Annie – Andy Pratt
  • Lisa Germano – Way Below The Radio – Slide
  • Sparks – Fletcher Honorama – A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing
  • Andrew Liles – Side A (45 RPM): 2662002 / 1931982 / 1921980 / 2591980 – Monster Munch
  • Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity – In Search Of The Sun – Streetnoise
  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – We Can Shoot You – Uncle Meat
  • Johanna Went – Christopher Boyce – The Club Years
  • The Virgin Prunes – Man On The Corner – Heresie
  • Scott Walker – The Bridge – Scott 2
  • Andrew Liles – Soiled Dreams And Disappointment – Muldjewangk, Morgawr & Other Monsters
  • Lol Coxhill – I Am The Walrus – Ear Of The Beholder
  • Big Star – The Ballad Of El Goodo – #1 Record
  • Val Denham – How Can You Love Someone? – The Fabulous Sound Of Val Denham
  • The Pale 3 & Beth Hirsch – The Tunnel – The Princess & The Warrior (Original Soundtrack)
  • Andrew Liles – Side B: Suck It / Fuck You / You Suck / Fuck It – Monster Munch
  • Stereolab & Nurse With Wound – Simple Headphone Mind – Simple Headphone Mind
  • Edmund Welles – Passive Illumination – Tooth & Claw
  • Big City Orchestra – Mental Hernia – Reach For The Moon
  • Sparks – Moon Over Kentucky – A Woofer In Tweeter’s Clothing
  • Tuxedomoon – No Tears – Solve Et Coagula: The Best Of Tuxedomoon
  • Hugo Largo – Second Skin – Drum
  • Big Star – September Gurls – Radio City
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Mindtrain 08 – 20 September 2011

2:03 pm

This week’s show opened with something of an endurance test for listeners: a twenty-minute piece of insistently repetitive minimalism from Anthony Moore, once-upon-a-time composer and founding member of the legendary avant-pop group Slapp Happy. Those who endured were treated to the usual eclectic smorgasbord of musical effluvia: Norwegian New Age and traditional British folk, ambient trance dirge and plunderphonic atmospherics, neo-classical industrial and neo-folk, classic progrock, dark wave and post-punk, etc.

I played a track from one of Andrew Liles‘ recent titles in his Monstrous series (a strange series it is, running the gamut from industrial porn and breakbeats to psychedelic folk), and I’ll be playing more from these recordings in the weeks to come. 400 Lonely Things is an underappreciated plunderphonic project with several fine albums to their credit, including the lushly ambient Barsoomian Lullaby volumes. Another set of music started out as an elegy for Olde England and proceeded through themes of declining empire and dystopia, featuring the music of Michael Cashmore, Phil Ochs, The Strawbs, and The Westbrook Blake Big Band‘s musical settings of the poetry of William Blake.

A featured artist was German industrial drone project Black To Comm (taking their name from a song by The MC5), and I played their 2009 CD Charlemagne & Pippin in its entirety: an astonishingly powerful work which sounds like being sucked into a glorious dark vortex of apocalyptic drone. Also included in the program were two long excerpts from the new two-disc soundtrack to The Great White Silence (a 1914 British silent film documenting a doomed voyage to the South Pole), newly restored by the British Film Institute and magnificently scored by Simon Fisher Turner. This entrancing example of long-form ambient music was bookended with some classic vintage 80s post-punk & synth-pop from Cindytalk and Pink Military (when was the last time you heard that band?)

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Playlist for Mindtrain 08 – 20 September 2011

  • Anthony Moore – Jam Jem Jim Jom Jum – Pieces From The Cloudland Ballroom
  • Kirsten Braten Berg & Ale Moller – Heiemo Og Nykkjen – Nordisk Sang: Music Of Norway (Compilation)
  • Miguel Frasconi – Dreams From The Body – Song + Distance
  • Andrew Liles – Swamp Thing (Bloodbath For Bunyip) – Muldjewangk, Morgawr & Other Monsters
  • A Bad Diana – Behind The Curtain Of The Sun – The Lights Are On But No-One’s Home
  • 400 Lonely Things – Pimalia – A Barsoomian Lullaby, Volume One: A Snow White Egg
  • Shirley Collins – Adieu To Old England – Fountain Of Snow
  • Current 93 – Good Morning, Great Moloch – Sleep Has His House
  • Michael Cashmore – Dream England – Sleep England
  • Fire + Ice – The Werewolves Of London Town – Birdking
  • Baby Dee – So Bad – Love’s Small Song
  • Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity – Vauxhall To Lambeth Bridge – Streetnoise
  • The Westbrook Blake – London Song – Bright As Fire
  • Phil Ochs – The Crucifixion – Pleasures Of The Harbor
  • Death In June – Jerusalem The Black – Rose Clouds Of Holocaust
  • The Strawbs – New World – Grave New World
  • Cindytalk – Muster – Wappinschaw
  • Hex – Diviner – Tarnation (Original Soundtrack)
  • Scivias – The Peach Boy – And You Will Fear Death Not
  • Cindytalk – Hush – Wappinschaw
  • A Bad Diana – Chant d’Amour / Da Mort – The Lights Are On But No-One’s Home
  • Simon Fisher Turner – The Great White Silence, Part Two (Excerpt) – The Great White Silence (Original Soundtrack)
  • Pink Military – I Cry – Blood & Lipstick
  • Black To Comm – Charlemagne & Pippin – Charlemagne & Pippin
  • David Bowie – A Small Plot Of Land – Basquiat (Original Soundtrack)
  • Simon Fisher Turner – The Great White Silence, Part Two (Excerpt) – The Great White Silence (Original Soundtrack)
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Mindtrain 07 – 13 September 2011

1:45 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Fluxus in 1961, and San Francisco’s Other Minds has organized three evenings of Fluxus-related events here in the city. Something Else: A Fluxus Semicentenary takes place on September 15-17, with a program of films, a radio special (not this one), and a performance event. So this week’s Mindtrain brings you four hours of music and sound art by some of the artists and composers involved with Fluxus.

Surely the most famous Fluxus artist is Yoko Ono, and examples of her work from her first two solo records are included here. And then there’s La Monte Young, the godfather of minimalism and the most famous composer you’ve never heard (recordings of his music are notoriously few and scarce). The only recording of any of his Fluxus-era pieces I could find was a bootleg including Poem For Tables, Chairs, Benches, Etc, so that 15-minute excerpt is included here, along with several other relatively early works ranging from the late 1950s (pre-Fluxus) to 1969 – including a rare archival recording of the legendary Dream Syndicate from 1964 featuring La Monte Young on sopranino saxophone along with John Cale and Tony Conrad on amplified violin and viola, Marian Zazeela on vocals and the hand drumming of Angus MacLise.

The third hour of the program was devoted to one hour-long work by Yoshi Wada entitled The Appointed Cloud, recorded in 1987. It’s a monolithic work of great majesty, and my favorite among the several archival recordings that have been released of Yoshi Wada over the past several years. The rest of the program was rounded out with compositions by Nam June Paik performed by Charlotte Moorman and himself, and other pieces by Jackson Mac Low and others, including Alison Knowles (who performs along with Yoshi Wada and others at the Other Minds concert on Saturday, September 17).

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Playlist for Mindtrain 07 – 13 September 2011

  • La Monte Young – Excerpt From Drift Study “31 I 69 c. 12:17:33-12:49:58 PM NYC” – Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music, 1948-1980 (Compilation)
  • Yoko Ono – Telephone Piece – Fly
  • Yoko Ono – Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City – Plastic Ono Band
  • Yoko Ono – You – Fly
  • Juan Hidalgo – Tamaran – Fluxus Anthology (Compilation)
  • Philip Corner – Car Passing At Night, Country Road In Maine – Fluxus Anthology (Compilation)
  • Alison Knowles – Natural Assemblage / Le Vrai Corbeau – Fluxus Anthology (Compilation)
  • Wolf Vostell – Elektronischer De-Coll/age / Happening Raum – Fluxus Anthology (Compilation)
  • Nam June Paik – Etude For Pianoforte / Simple – Works: 1958-1979
  • Yoko Ono – Toilet Piece / Unknown – Fly
  • Nam June Paik – My Jubilee Ist Unverhemmet – Fluxus Anthology (Compilation)
  • Nam June Paik / Charlotte Moorman – Sonata No. 1 For Adults Only – Cello Anthology
  • Jackson Mac Low / Charlotte Moorman – The Long Hot Summer – Cello Anthology
  • Nam June Paik / Charlotte Moorman – Waiting For Commercials – Cello Anthology
  • La Monte Young – Poem For Chairs, Tables, Benches, Etc. (Excerpt) – Der Zweck Dieser Serie Ist Nicht Unterhaltung (1957-1973), Vol. 1 (Bootleg)
  • Yoko Ono – Mind Holes – Fly
  • La Monte Young / John Schneider – Sarabande – Just West Coast: Microtonal Music For Guitar And Harp
  • Yoshi Wada – The Appointed Cloud – The Appointed Cloud
  • La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela – 31 VII 69 10:26-10:49 PM (From “Map Of 49’s Dream The Two Systems Of Eleven Sets Of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery”) – The Black Record
  • La Monte Young / The Theatre Of Eternal Music – 2 IV 1964: Day Of The Holy Mountain (Alternate Take 1) – The Dream Syndicate (Bootleg)
  • La Monte Young – Soundtone Installation 27/72 (Excerpt) – Der Zweck Dieser Serie Ist Nicht Unterhaltung (1957-1973), Vol. 2 (Bootleg)
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Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 03 – 08 September 2011

1:42 pm

Once again Ami LawLess sent out a call for a DJ sub for her regular show Cold Ones And Rolled Ones, and I’ve stepped up to the plate with another fine edition of Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox. My first intention was to make this show a spotlight on Iggy Pop in observance of the scheduled Stooges concerts at the Warfield next week, but Iggy broke his foot and the West Coast tour dates got postponed. Instead, this show turns out to be a celebration of misanthropy and mayhem, with particular attention to the words and music of Boyd ‘Mister Intolerance’ Rice – as well as fist fun with the Leather Nun, Madonna reading from the Book of Revelations, comic relief from Irr. App. (Ext.)… and Sparks!

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 03 – 08 September 2011

  • Von Sudenfed – Flooded – Tromatic Reflexxions
  • Black Randy And The Metrosquad – Trouble At The Cup – Dangerhouse Volume One (Compilation)
  • The Leather Nun – No Rule – Force Of Habit
  • The Pop-O-Pies – Fascists Eat Donuts – The White EP
  • Boyd Rice – The New Psychedelia – Standing In Two Circles (Bonus CD)
  • The Leather Nun – Prime Mover – Force Of Habit
  • Iggy And The Stooges – I Got A Right / I’m Sick Of You – A Million In Prizes
  • The Boyd Rice Experience – Hatesville – Hatesville
  • Sparks – (No More) Mr. Nice Guys – Sparks
  • Boyd Rice And Friends – People – Music, Martinis And Misanthropy
  • The Jeff Beck Group – Rice Pudding – Beck-Ola
  • Irr. App. (Ext.) – The Emperor Of Disgust – Radiant Black Future: Step Forward And Address The Present Amidst The Wreckage Of The Past
  • Arto/Neto – Pini Pini – N.Y. No Wave (Compilation)
  • Throbbing Gristle – Adrenalin – Heathen Earth
  • Madonna – Justify My Love (The Beast Within Mix) – Justify My Love
  • Boyd Rice And Fiends – People Change – The Registered Three
  • Steven Stapleton & Tony Wakeford – The Frightened City (Clubbed To Death Mix By Andrew Liles) – Revenge Of The Selfish Shellfish (Special Edition)
  • Psychic TV – Ov Power – Force The Hand Of Chance
  • The Leather Nun – F.F.A. – Force Of Habit
  • Boyd Rice – I Have A Dream – Standing In Two Circles (Bonus CD)
  • The Screamers – It’s A Violent World (Live At The Whisky, 1/7/78) – In A Better World
  • Metal Urbain – Lady Coca Cola – L’Age d’Or
  • The Stooges – L.A. Blues – Fun House
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Mindtrain 06 – 06 September 2011

1:38 pm

This week’s program began, as usual, with no particular agenda in mind… browsing through my music library and choosing tracks to play, then going over the sequencing in an iTunes playlist to see how to order them intuitively for thematic, conceptual or narrative flow with appropriate segues. I tend to focus on older recordings, while keeping an ear out for new releases that I can fit into the scheme of things. So you’ll find many of my old favorites here: Roxy Music, Faust, Michael Cashmore, Scivias and Pearls Before Swine, interspersed with sundry oddities and pop songs, such as that gorgeous rendition of “Black Hole Sun” by Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme.

The featured new release here is the debut recording by A Winged Victory For The Sullen, that being a duo comprised of Adam Wiltzie (from Stars Of The Lid) and composer Dustin O’Halloran (a name unfamiliar to me till now). It’s an exquisitely beautiful recording: seven tracks of wistful and austerely crafted ambient chamber music, scored for piano, strings and wind instruments. This is top-shelf material in a class with Arvo Part and Harold Budd.

And with the extended four-hour program length, I like to feature at least one long work of thirty minutes or more, so this week it’s The Death And Beauty Foundation, a project (belonging to British artist Val Denham) which was active in the 1980s, opening for bands like Psychic TV in the UK and issuing only one or two self-released cassette recordings. In 2008 Val passed this archival material into the competent hands of Andrew McKenzie (better known as The Hafler Trio), who mixed and produced a 53-minute CD composed of 21 short songs all sequenced into one mysterious, sprawling soundscape (indexed as a single track on the CD). Tonight we heard the entire album in the final hour of the program.

Next week, I’ll shine the spotlight on Iggy & The Stooges, in observance of their impending visit to the city for two concerts at the Warfield Theatre on September 12 & 13. And I’ll also be featuring material by various Fluxus artists (such as La Monte Young and Yoko Ono) on the occasion of the three-night Fluxus Semicentenary that Other Minds will present on September 15-17.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 06 – 06 September 2011

  • Faust – No Harm – So Far
  • The Virgin Prunes – Sandpaper Lullabye – A New Form Of Beauty
  • Roxy Music- The Bogus Man – For Your Pleasure
  • David Tibet & Steven Stapleton – The Dead Side Of The Moon – Octopus
  • Pearls Before Swine – Ring Thing – Balaklava
  • Scivias – Et Nos Servasti Eternali Sanguine Fuso – Mysteria Mithrae (Compilation)
  • Pierrot Lunaire – Mein Armer Italiener – Gudrun
  • Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme – Black Hole Sun – Lounge-A-Palooza (Compilation)
  • Steven Stapleton & Tony Wakeford – The Frightened City – Revenge Of The Selfish Shellfish
  • Coil – I Don’t Get It – The Ape Of Naples
  • Angelo Badalamenti – Theme From Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Original Soundtrack)
  • Coil – Copal – Moon’s Milk In Four Phases (Bonus Disc)
  • Henry Mancini – Lujon – Mr. Lucky Goes Latin
  • Julie London – Go Slow – Ultra Lounge, Vol. 6: Rhapsodesia (Compilation)
  • Nurse With Wound – The Self Sufficient Sexual Shoe – Rock ‘N Roll Station
  • Michael Cashmore – Track 5 (Untitled) – An Introduction To Suffering (Compilation)
  • Jack Nitzsche – Rolls Royce And Acid – Performance (Original Soundtrack)
  • Maja Elliott – Echo / Echo Craters / 1000 Water Craters On The Sea – 1000 Water Craters On The Sea
  • Brian Eno – By This River – Before And After Science
  • A Winged Victory For The Sullen – We Played Some Open Chords – A Winged Victory For The Sullen
  • Hector Zazou – Ophelie – Sahara Blue
  • Brian Eno – Everything Merges With The Night – Another Green World
  • Michael Cashmore – A Silence Song, Silent – An Introduction To Suffering (Compilation)
  • Scott Walker – Someone Who Cared – Stretch
  • Beaver & Krause – All Good Men / Waltz Me Around Again Willie / Real Slow Drag – All Good Men
  • The Death And Beauty Foundation – The Death And Beauty Foundation – The Death And Beauty Foundation
  • A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King, Parts 1 & 2 – A Winged Victory For The Sullen
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Mindtrain 05 – 30 August 2011

1:19 pm

Since there is just so much great music in my library and I’m so eager to share it with listeners, I recently decided to expand the show to four hours, beginning with tonight’s edition. This means twice the music, along with the opportunity to stretch out and feature some longer works in their entirety. Die Kunst Der Orgel, a live recording by Henry Cow from a live radio performance in 1978, is an astounding piece, three parts improvisation and one part composition, featured on tonight’s program in one unbroken 48-minute set. It comes from the amazing 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set which came out a couple years ago, available here. Tonight’s edition also featured a long piece by Frank Zappa, performed by The Mothers Of Invention in their greatest lineup as they appeared on Burnt Weeny Sandwich, one of the last albums they did together (released in 1969, after FZ had officially disbanded the group). And finally, I played a rare work by the contemporary 20th-Century classical composer Hans Werner Henze, entitled Essay On Pigs. This is one of Henze’s works that was released in the 1960s and 70s on the Deutsche Grammophon label, never reissued on CD. I originally heard this piece on a radio broadcast on WGBH-FM in Boston during the early 70s, and taped it off the air onto a cassette which I had for many years. Thanks to the amazing Avant Garde Project, this and other rare recordings of music by Henze and many other contemporary avant-garde composers of the late 20th-Century are once again available, digitized as uncompressed FLAC files transferred from the vinyl LPs with the utmost attention to audio fidelity, free to download along with extensive liner notes which have all been scanned and saved as PDF documents. This is a great resource for music of this ilk and era, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

And I rounded out the show with the usual diversity of contemporary sounds ranging from goth & post-punk to jazz dirge & fusion to orchestral soundtracks – including an exceedingly rare track by my favorite, Nature And Organisation (who I played on last week’s program).

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Playlist for Mindtrain 05 – 30 August 2011

  • Wim Mertens – Maximizing The Audience – Maximizing The Audience
  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – The Little House I Used To Live In – Burnt Weenie Sandwich
  • Spirit – Fresh Garbage – Spirit
  • Pierre Henry – Souffle 2 – Le Voyage
  • Eric Dolphy – Eclipse – Out There
  • Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Midnight Black Earth – Black Earth
  • Eddie Henderson – Moussaka – Inside Out
  • Henry Cow – Die Kunst Der Orgel: Bremen 1-5 / Erk Gah (Instrumental Extract), Parts 1 & 2 – 40th Anniversary Box: The Road, Vol. 8 (Bremen)
  • James Ray And The Performance – Edie Sedgwick – Best Of James Ray’s Performance & Gangwar
  • Nature And Organisation – A Dozen Winters Of Loneliness – A Dozen Summers Against The World
  • Fovea Hex – Carol XXI:XII:X – Hail Hope!
  • Tones On Tail – Lions – Pop
  • Yo La Tengo – Demons – I Shot Andy Warhol (Original Soundtrack)
  • Mazzy Star – Into Dust – So Tonight That I Might See
  • Nurse With Wound – Bearded Lady – Large Ladies With Cake In The Oven
  • Hans Werner Henze / Roy Hart, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble & The English Chamber Orchestra – Versuch Uber Schweine (Essay On Pigs), Parts I-V – The Henze Collection (Avant-Garde Project AGP64)
  • Savage Republic – Film Noir – Tragic Figures
  • Glenn Branca / Paul Daniel & The London Sinfonietta – Hadrian – The Belly Of An Architect (Original Soundtrack)
  • Jonathan Bepler – Interlude Saline (Parts One & Two) – Cremaster 2 (Original Soundtrack)
  • Pierrot Lunaire – Gudrun – Gudrun
  • Little Annie – Diamonds Made Of Glass (Christoph Heemann Remix) – Diamonds Made Of Glass
  • Steven Stapleton & Tony Wakeford – Walk The White Ghost / Lucifer Before Sunrise – Revenge Of The Selfish Shellfish
  • Christoph Heemann – Track 2 (Untitled) – The Rings Of Saturn
  • The Pop Group – We Are Time – Y
  • Fovea Hex – Lullaby XXI:XII:X – Hail Hope!
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Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 02 – 25 August 2011

1:11 pm

This week’s edition of Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox took the place of Cold Ones And Rolled Ones, as I subbed for that show’s regular host Ami LawLess (and will do it again for her in two weeks, while she’s out on some sort of sea cruise). Since Ami’s program is all about punk, hardcore and metal, I tried to focus on that kind of stuff, insofar as I have examples of those genres in my music library (not so much metal or hardcore, but a fair amount of old-school punk). And since variety is the spice of like, I added generous helpings of easy listening treasures as the surprise ingredient. It was fun pulling all of these disparate threads together, and I look forward to doing it again two Thursdays from tonight, when I’ll shine a spotlight on Iggy and the Stooges in observance of their two shows at the Warfield next month.

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 02 – 25 August 2011

  • Petula Clark – The Little Shoemaker – Her Greatest Hits
  • Chaotic Dischord – Fuck Off And Die – Their Greatest Fuckin’ Hits
  • Metal Urbain – Panik – L’Age d’Or
  • The Vibrators – Petrol – Pure Mania
  • Chaotic Dischord – I Am The Sturgeon – Now! That’s What I Call A Fuckin’ Racket (Vol. 1)
  • Ultravox! – Fear In The Western World – Ha!-Ha!-Ha!
  • Richard Hell & The Voidoids – New Pleasure – Blank Generation
  • The Stranglers – I Feel Like A Wog – No More Heroes
  • Oxbow – Burn – King Of The Jews
  • Diamanda Galas – Double-Barrel Prayer – You Must Be Certain Of The Devil
  • Coil – The Spoiler – Scatology
  • Metal Urbain – Hysterie Connective – L’Age d’Or
  • Les Baxter – Pantan – The Exotic Moods Of Les Baxter
  • Beaver & Krause – A Real Slow Drag – All Good Men
  • The Johnny Mann Singers – Heart Full Of Soul – Ultra-Lounge: On The Rocks, Part Two (Compilation)
  • The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra – Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) – The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Plays ABBA Classic
  • Johnny Mathis – Small World – Chances Are: 20 Original Hits (1957-60)
  • Scott Walker – Where Does Brown Begin – Stretch
  • Coil – The Sewage Worker’s Birthday Party – Scatology
  • Mary And The Boy – Bobby Peru – Untitled (Demo)
  • Oxbow – Bull’s Eye – Fuckfest
  • Stu Phillips – Tired Of Waiting For You – Ultra-Lounge: On The Rocks, Part One (Compilation)
  • Francis Lai – Vivre Pour Vivre (Instrumental) – Vivre Pour Vivre / Un Homme Et Une Femme (Original Soundtrack)
  • Chaotic Dischord – Fuck Religion, Fuck Politics, Fuck The Lot Of You – Their Greatest Fuckin’ Hits
  • The Pop Group – Thief Of Fire – Y
  • The Screamers – Punish Or Be Damned (Live At Mabuhay Gardens, 9/2/78) – In A Better World
  • The Screamers – If I Can’t Have What I Want (I Don’t Want Anything) – Demos 1977-78
  • Lizzy Mercier Descloux / Rosa Yemen – Rosa Vertov – Press Color
  • The Stranglers – Goodbye Toulouse – IV / Rattus Norvegicus
  • Mary And The Boy – Milkshake – Untitled (Demo)
  • Chaotic Dischord – Chainsaw Disasters (A Poem) – Goat Fuckin Virgin Killerz From Hell!
  • Buzzcocks – I Love You, You Big Dummy – Time’s Up
  • Chaotic Dischord – Anarchy In Woolworth’s – Now! That’s What I Call A Fuckin’ Racket (Vol. 1)
  • The Fall – Cruisers Creek – This Nation’s Saving Grace
  • The Fall – An Older Lover, Etc – Slates
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Mindtrain 04 – 23 August 2011

1:10 pm

This week’s show featured some longtime favorites (as usual) along with a couple recent releases. Principal Edwards Magic Theatre was a British prog/folk/rock troupe who released their first album on John Peel’s Dandelion label in 1969, entitled Soundtrack. It wasn’t a soundtrack to a film or stage production per se, but it could have been considered as such, given their theatrically ambitious concerts (the band consisted of over twelve members, including dancers and lighting technicians). I originally picked up this debut release as a 49-cent cutout from the K-Mart bargain bins, intrigued by the colorful sleeve design and song titles. I think it’s their best recording and the one that is most acoustically folk-oriented (they did two followup releases that sounded more typically conceptual prog-rock in style). It’s been reissued a couple times on CD and is an understated psychedelic gem, at times pretentious but quite tastefully executed. The other album I featured as the centerpiece of the program is another chamber/goth/folk classic from a couple decades later, the gorgeous debut from Nature And Organisation, Beauty Reaps The Blood Of Solitude. This was the side project of guitarist/composer Michael Cashmore of Current 93, and it fits in well with Current 93’s discography, capturing the spirit of that band at their peak during the early 1990s. N.A.O. didn’t last very long, unfortunately, releasing only two albums, the latter of which was an unfinished instrumental recording for piano and string quartet – both of which are long out of print and long overdue for reissue, though Cashmore has shown no interest in rereleasing these early works, sadly. I also played a couple tracks from the brilliant double-CD Headless by 6 Comm, long-running solo project of Patrick Leagas, founding member of Death In June. This recording was somewhat of a comeback for 6 Comm in 2006, and compared to the 80s darkwave synth-pop sound of their early stuff, was a major leap forward, drawing in a diversity of influences from Scott Walker to Dead Can Dance, along with a deepened and matured lyrical thrust imbued with a wealth of esoteric occult ideas.

A fine new release on the Sub Rosa label is The Heavenly Ladder, that being the first scholarly interpretation of the music of Adolf Wolfli to be recorded (earlier recordings such as the one by Graeme Revell were more or less surrealistic reimaginings of what the music was supposed to sound like). The CD comes with a full-color book with many reproductions of the original score/paintings and detailed notes on the deciphering of the scores by the performer Baudouin de Jaer. I’ll have to feature some more from this release on a future program. And a recently unearthed collaboration between Irr. App. (Ext.) & Nurse With Wound entitled 4 Orphans has some choice systematic musical derangements, of which I featured just one on this week’s show.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 04 – 23 August 2011

  • Cyclobe – Sleeper – Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window
  • Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – Enigmatic Insomniac Machine – Soundtrack
  • Ginger Baker’s Air Force – We Free Kings – Air Force 2
  • Little Annie – Viet Not Mine, El Salvador Yours – Soul Possession
  • Herbie Hancock – Water Torture – Crossings
  • The Jefferson Airplane – Chushingura – Crown Of Creation
  • Baudouin de Jaer / Adolf Wolfli – The Heavenly Ladder, Part 1: Assiisen=des=Mittel=Landes – The Heavenly Ladder
  • Irr. App. (Ext.) / Nurse With Wound – Rat-Size With Conical Headdress – 4 Orphans
  • Irr. App. (Ext.) – Ausloschen Der Unnotigen Lichter – Radiant Black Future: Step Forward And Address The Present Amidst The Wreckage Of The Past
  • 6 Comm – Again To Sleep… Awake! – Headless
  • Graeme Revell / Adolf Wolfli – Ebony Tower In The Orient / Water Fanfaare No. 1 – Musique Brut Collection: The Insect Musicians / Necropolis, Amphibians & Reptiles
  • Nature And Organisation – Introduction / Wicker Man Song / Blood Of Solitude I / Bloodstreamruns / My Black Diary – Beauty Reaps The Blood Of Solitude
  • Graeme Revell / Adolf Wolfli – Chimpnags-Apes Of The Union Canada: America – Musique Brut Collection: The Insect Musicians / Necropolis, Amphibians & Reptiles
  • 6 Comm – Let The Moon Speak – Headless
  • Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – The Death Of Don Quixote – Soundtrack
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Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 01 – 19 August 2011

1:08 pm

With Mindtrain on Monday nights, the music I choose to play leans toward stuff that is dark, strange and mysterious. For tonight’s unscheduled broadcast, subtitled From Skeeter Davis to Zola Jesus, I wanted to feature some of the more mainstream songs in my music library. There may be one or two ‘guilty pleasures’ among this playlist, but these are records I love and cherish without shame or irony. And aside from the Zola Jesus and Marc Almond tracks, these songs are all oldies but goodies, ranging from Top 40 hits of the 60s & 70s through New Wave and Indie treasures from the 80s & 90s (I regret now that I failed to include anything by Propaganda… maybe next time).

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Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 01 – 19 August 2011

  • Zola Jesus – Night – Stridulum
  • Tiny Tim – Welcome To My Dream – God Bless Tiny Tim
  • Marc Almond & Michael Cashmore – Boy Caesar – Feasting With Panthers
  • Linda Ronstadt – Long Long Time – Silk Purse
  • King Crimson – In The Wake Of Poseidon (Including “Libra’s Theme”) – In The Wake Of Poseidon
  • Procol Harum – A Salty Dog – A Salty Dog
  • Elton John – Come Down In Time – Tumbleweed Connection
  • Siouxsie And The Banshees – Dazzle – Hyaena
  • Buffalo Springfield – Expecting To Fly – Buffalo Springfield Again
  • Dune & The London Session Orchestra – Sea Song – Forever
  • Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning – Greatest Hits
  • k.d. lang – Constant Craving – Ingenue
  • Michael Gira – Blind – Drainland
  • Charlie Feathers – Johnny Come Listen (Version 1) – Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69)
  • Timi Yuro – Make The World Go Away – The Best Of Timi Yuro
  • Skeeter Davis – The End Of The World – The Essential Skeeter Davis
  • The Rose Of Avalanche – L.A. Rain – First Avalanche
  • Opal – Soul Giver – Happy Nightmare Baby
  • Luna – Bonnie And Clyde (The Clyde Barrow Version) – Penthouse
  • The Reivers – Translate Slowly – Translate Slowly
  • The Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe – The Psychedelic Furs
  • 10cc – I’m Not In Love – The Original Soundtrack
  • Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman – Tarnation (Original Soundtrack)
  • The Edge & Sinead O’Connor – Heroine – Captive (Original Soundtrack)
  • William S. Burroughs – Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eingestellt (Falling In Love Again) – Dead City Radio
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Drinks With Ferrara 01 – 17 August 2011

1:07 pm

In a last-minute bid for radio infamy, I took to the airwaves today from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, assuming control of the DJ booth for Tony Dushane, whose regularly scheduled show Drinks With Tony was cancelled this week. Doing a music show during the daylight hours gave me the opportunity to play some more mainstream or upbeat material than what I gravitate towards on Mindtrain. It still ended up being pretty weird and warped out. I had a good time and I hope to be doing some more substitute DJ shifts as the opportunity arises…

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Playlist for Drinks With Ferrara 01 – 17 August 2011

  • The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner – The Modern Lovers
  • Scott Walker – You’re Gonna Hear From Me – Scott
  • Jackie Gleason – A Taste Of Honey – The Romantic Moods Of Jackie Gleason
  • Petula Clark – A Sign Of The Times – Her Greatest Hits
  • Julee Cruise – You’re Staring At Me – The Art Of Being A Girl
  • Diana Rogerson & Andrew Liles – Can I Tempt You With All This? – No Birds Do Sing
  • The GTO’s – Wouldn’t It Be Sad If There Were No Cones? – Permanent Damage
  • The Peter Ivers Band & Yolande Bavan – Cat Scratch Fever – Knight Of The Blue Communion
  • White Noise – Here Come The Fleas – An Electric Storm
  • Coil – Things Happen – Love’s Secret Domain
  • Nurse With Wound – (I Don’t Want To Have) Easy Listening Nightmares – Alice The Goon
  • Forms Of Things Unknown – Shave ‘Em Dry ‘Til The Cows Come Home – Black Trenchcoats & Swastikas ‘N Shit
  • The Stooges – See That Cat (T.V. Eye) – 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions
  • Brainticket – Brainticket, Parts I & II – Cottonwoodhill
  • Coil – Disco Hospital – Love’s Secret Domain
  • Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Hard-Boiled Babe – Press Color
  • The Virgin Prunes – Come To Daddy – A New Form Of Beauty
  • Mars – Helen Forsdale – The Complete Studio Recordings: NYC 1977-1978
  • DNA – Horse – DNA On DNA
  • The Fall – Slates, Slags, Etc – Slates
  • John Cale – Sudden Death – Helen Of Troy
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Mindtrain 03 – 16 August 2011

1:05 pm

Mindtrain tends to focus on music from those recordings that have become favorites of mine over the past four decades, in other words, older and not-so-recent releases. There’s so much new stuff coming out each week that it’s impossible to check out all the potentially interesting music I hear about (and much of what I hear about is either through word of mouth or via the New Releases lists that Forced Exposure and Aquarius Records put out regularly).

But this week I have tried to feature some 2011 releases that seemed noteworthy or exceptional to my ears. First of all, there’s a spotlight on some new electronic music. Cyclo. (the project name has a dot on the end), not to be confused with Cyclobe (who I played on the first two programs), is a duo of Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai who put out one excellent CD in 2001 and just released their second one this year, entitled Id. Those two gentlemen are in my estimation the best artists working the minimalist ‘glitch’ vein of electronic music today, and their collaboration is as focused and compelling as you’d expect from having listened to their many solo recordings. Then there is another Carsten Nicolai project, in which he goes by his usual name of Alva Noto and teams up with Ryuichi Sakamoto. They’ve put out five CDs together over the years (including one with the Ensemble Modern), and the new one is every bit as quietly penetrating as the ones before. It’s called Summvs, a title which continues their practice of titling their pieces and albums with marginally unpronounceable strings of letters. If you’ve not heard the music of this duo, I would best describe it as a seamless union of the genre of ambient piano music a la Harold Budd with the electronic precision of lowercase glitch electronica. Beautiful. And thanks to Facebook, I recently discovered the music of one of my 600 friends, Fabio Minardi, who just put out a short album (free to download) entitled Genetic Control Frequencies, under the artist name FMcontrol. Trippy, brutal, extreme blasts of precisely organized analog noise, I was knocked out by how great this stuff is. You can check it out on his Soundcloud page at http://soundcloud.com/elixirfm.

Probably my favorite album to come out this year is the new Fovea Hex CD, Here Is Where We Used To Sing. Fovea Hex is essentially the creative vehicle for Clodagh Simonds’ extraordinary vocal compositions, although for this album she is joined by another wonderful Irish singer, Laura Sheeran. This music is enchanted and enchanting, magical and haunting, and both melancholy and uplifting at the same time. Musical comparisons with This Mortal Coil and some of the late Hector Zazou’s productions would be apt. This new CD is their second work, and it continues their practice of enlisting first-rate artists into the production, such as Brian Eno, Michael Begg and Colin Potter, of whom the latter two are featured on a bonus CD of extended remixes entitled Three Beams. This is New Age music with the gravity and profundity of Arvo Part.

I also felt compelled to include a track from a recently released live recording by the legendary British acid-folk band Comus, taken from their Swedish reunion gig from 2008. They do inspired versions of the songs from their first album on East Of Sweden, along with one impassioned cover, the Velvets’ “Venus In Furs.” The rest of the program consists of old classics from the 60s through the 90s, including an atypical song by Steppenwolf, from the first rock LP I ever bought (at age eleven), At Your Birthday Party. Enjoy…

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Playlist for Mindtrain 03 – 16 August 2011

  • Unrest – Imperial – Imperial F.F.R.R.
  • Patty Waters – Moon, Don’t Come Up Tonight – Patty Waters Sings
  • Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Pionier IOO – Summvs
  • Cyclo. – Id#00 – Id
  • Ryoji Ikeda / Iannis Xenakis – Per Se – Persepolis + Remixes (Edition I)
  • FMcontrol – GFHH Space Quadrant2 – Genetic Control Frequencies
  • Can – Future Days – Future Days
  • Steppenwolf – Mango Juice – At Your Birthday Party
  • Dave Ball – Mirrors / Sincerity – In Strict Tempo
  • Fovea Hex – Falling Things (Where Does A Girl Begin?) – Here Is Where We Used To Sing
  • Unrest – Champion Nines – Imperial F.F.R.R.
  • Myrmyr – Thunder Stars – Fire Star
  • Princess Tinymeat – Wigs On The Green – Herstory
  • Llovespell – Access – Every Song Is A Llovesong
  • The Sword Volcano Complex – The Other Side Of The World – Phosphorescent
  • Nico – Sagen Die Gelehrten – The Frozen Borderline (1968-1970)
  • Comus – Venus In Furs – East Of Sweden (Live At The Melloboat Festival 2008)
  • Faust – Lauft… Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald… Lauft [Alternative Version] – Faust IV (Deluxe Edition)
  • June Tabor & The Oyster Band – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Freedom And Rain
  • Fovea Hex – Cup Of Joy (Colin Potter Remix) – Three Beams
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Mindtrain 02 – 09 August 2011

1:03 pm

This edition of Mindtrain presented me with an opportunity my morbid sensibility did not want to pass up, as it fell on the 42nd anniversary of the evening on which Sharon Tate and three others were murdered by Manson Family members at the Polanski home on 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. At the time of the murders, I was too young to have paid much attention to the news. But I later became rather obsessed with Manson and his followers and what they did. As ‘True Crime’ goes, you can’t deny that it’s a fascinating case and a landmark event in the history of mass murderers. Yeah, I kind of got even more ‘into’ the whole thing during the Industrial music era when groups like Throbbing Gristle made it ‘cool’ to dig Charlie, but I don’t now (nor did I ever) wish to condone what they did to those people. Nevertheless, I continue to be fascinated by the dark extremities to which human consciousness and behavior is capable of venturing.

And so this program is dedicated to Charles Manson and to his followers and his victims, real and alleged, living and deceased. All the music on this show is related in some way to those people and what happened – either directly inspired by Manson, related to Sharon Tate and/or Roman Polanski, or poetically suggestive of the homicidal course of events on August 8th-9th, 1969.

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Playlist for Mindtrain 02 – 09 August 2011

  • Ilhan Mimaroglu / Freddie Hubbard – Sing Me A Song Of Songmy, Part I – Sing Me A Song Of Songmy
  • John Moran – Act 1: The Murders (Night Highway #1) – The Manson Family (An Opera)
  • Death In June – We Said Destroy II – All Pigs Must Die
  • John Moran – Act 1: The Murders (SUBJECT: The Beatles) – The Manson Family (An Opera)
  • Krzysztof Komeda – Through The Closet – Rosemary’s Baby (Original Soundtrack)
  • Death In June – All Pigs Must Die – All Pigs Must Die
  • John Moran – Act 2: The Family (SUBJECT: Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme) – The Manson Family (An Opera)
  • Carmine Coppola & Francis Coppola – Letters From Home – Apocalypse Now (Original Soundtrack)
  • Death In June – No Pig Day (Some Night We’re Going To Party Like It’s 1969) – All Pigs Must Die
  • Current 93 – KillyKillKilly (A Fire Sermon) – The End Of Red Dreams (A Remix By Andrew Liles)
  • Giddle & Boyd – Rocket USA – Going Steady With Peggy Moffitt
  • John Moran – Act 2: The Family (Charlie In A Field, Forever) – The Manson Family (An Opera)
  • The Beach Boys – Never Learn Not To Love – 20/20
  • Oxbow (With Kathy Acker) – The Stabbing Hand – Let Me Be A Woman
  • The Beatles – Helter Skelter – The Beatles (White Album)
  • John Moran – Act 3: The Hall Of Justice (Susan Atkins, On The Staircase Of Justice, Leading To Night Highway #3) / Act 3: The Hall Of Justice (The Family In A Courtroom, Manson Leaps At Judge!) – The Manson Family (An Opera)
  • Psychic TV – Always Is Always – Dreams Less Sweet
  • Psychic TV – Roman P – Godstar: The Singles (Part Two)
  • Krzysztof Komeda – Lullaby – Rosemary’s Baby (Original Soundtrack)
  • John Cale – Leaving It Up To You – Helen Of Troy
  • Current 93 – To Feed The Moon – The End Of Red Dreams (A Remix By Andrew Liles)
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Mindtrain 01 – 02 August 2011

1:01 pm

Underground Radio changed my life. Underground Radio was what they called freeform AOR FM stations back in the late 1960s. It was in 1969 that I first heard WBCN in Boston, and at that time it was one of the most radically unconventional ‘rock’ radio stations in the country. Although it was a commercial station, their DJs (they called them ‘airmen’ and some of them were female) were allowed to play whatever they wanted, with no restrictions, and you could hear music sets approaching an hour in length and featuring acid rock, Greenwich Village folk, Delta blues, free jazz, classical, comedy, and anything else, all mixed in together (usually sequentially, but some late-night DJs even did simultaneous mixes: I remember one night hearing a freeform collage made up of the new Firesign Theatre album, Ravel’s Bolero, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin’s “Je t’Aime (Moi Non Plus),” and an obscure spoken word piece by Toru Takemitsu). As Eric Burdon sang in “Spill The Wine,” “this really blew my mind!”

But things got even more interesting (and much weirder) one rainy Sunday afternoon when I was listening to WBCN on the car radio in my Dad’s Ford Falcon, and I heard Lumpy Gravy by Frank Zappa. I was twelve years old at the time, and I’d never heard anything as bizarre and unorthodox as this before. Like, #@%&*#^*+$#!*?#!, man! Hearing Zappa led me on a lifelong journey of musical discovery, and confirmed my outsider status as weird music aficionado. After that, I started buying every record by the Mothers of Invention, and reading magazine interviews with FZ in Circus, Crawdaddy and Creem, where he talked about Edgard Varese and Cecil Taylor, John Cage and Eric Dolphy, etc, and so I began exploring and buying music I’d never even heard before. And as I continued listening to ‘BCN, it wasn’t long before I discovered other artists such as Captain Beefheart, the Velvet Underground, White Noise and others, always passionately interested in discovering new and unusual sounds while remaining a rock & roller at heart.

But back in the 1970s (at least in Eastern Massachusetts where I grew up), WBCN wasn’t the only radio station that played music outside the mainstream. There were about half a dozen college stations in addition to the prestigious PBS outlet WGBH, all non-commercial and mostly clustered down around the low end of the FM dial, coming out of Boston, Worcester and Providence, R.I. If I got bored with what the DJ was playing on ‘BCN (and that station really started veering toward a more conventional AOR programming structure around 1972 or so, when they moved their studio from the heart of the red light district up to the top of the Prudential Building and started running commercials for motor vehicle companies and so forth). There was WBUR, coming out of Boston University, which had a lot of great jazz programming. And Brown University in Providence to the south had a great station called WBRU, and that was where I first heard Faust in 1973, around the time they signed to Virgin and released The Faust Tapes. This was another great mind expansion for me, and it led to my personal discovery of the whole previously uncharted territory of ‘import records’ and all the amazing bands from the UK and Europe who put out fantastically inventive music on labels that were not generally distributed in the US. So while I was getting into all this weird music, it was the same time as I was digging prog and glam stuff and the other groups who never made it onto American Top 40 radio, from Gentle Giant to Roxy Music.

And then Punk happened. And New Wave. And Industrial. An ever expanding musical universe, to the point where even the most dedicated musical explorer can’t begin to discover half of the stuff that’s out there these days, what with the explosion of the internet, independent record labels and distributors, bedroom musicians… and radio stations like this one!

So back when I was a teenager, holed up in my bedroom listening to Yoko Ono’s Fly on my Nikko receiver, Miracord turntable and Advent loudspeakers, I used to think that if I had a radio program of my own, I’d like to call it “Mindtrain,” after the propulsive, rocking freakout track of the same name on Yoko’s double LP. I’ve waited a long time to make this happen, and with the help of the people who’ve brought this station into existence, here it is!

The music on this first episode of Mindtrain runs the gamut from psychedelia to warped out trip hop, avant-garde jazz to adult contemporary, No Wave to dark ambient/industrial. Old favorites from my youth and fresh new releases from this past year. And this is only the tip of the iceberg, folks. Listen and enjoy…

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Playlist for Mindtrain 01 – 02 August 2011

  • Yoko Ono – Mindtrain – Fly
  • The Move – It Wasn’t My Idea – Message From The Country
  • Ildfrost – Poppycock – Possum Play Falcon
  • Cyclobe – Ayin Acla (Third Dream Of The Night Circle) – Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window
  • Pixyblink – Condemnation – Flameless Lantern
  • Paul Haines / Carla Bley & The Jazz Composers Orchestra – Why – Escalator Over The Hill
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky – Topo Triste – El Topo (Original Soundtrack)
  • Scott Walker – Wait Until Dark – Scott 2
  • Swing Out Sister – Somewhere Deep In The Night / The Vital Thing – Somewhere Deep In The Night
  • Cockney Rebel – Ritz – The Psychomodo
  • Mary & The Boy – Mama – Mary And The Boy
  • Rhea Tucanae & Pixyblink – Star-Winds – Fungi From Yuggoth
  • Mary And The Boy – Death / Cock – Mary And The Boy
  • Maki Asakawa – Flash Dark – Black
  • Paul Haines / Carla Bley & The Jazz Composers Orchestra – End Of Rawalpindi – Escalator Over The Hill
  • The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band – Could’ve Moved Mountains – Demonlover (Original Soundtrack)
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Mindtrain 00 – 26 July 2011

12:54 pm

What I play on Mindtrain is what I like – the music I’ve discovered and grown to love over the last forty-odd years of avid listening and collecting. There are no restrictions or discriminations as to style or genre or era, and the program is as much about breaking down musical barriers as it is about creating unexpected links and connections (call it ‘the art of the segue’). Some of it is old and some is new. Some of it is obscure and out-of-print, but much of it is available to those who take the time to hunt it down (that’s what the internet is for). I strenuously encourage listeners who discover new and previously unheard music on this program to Google artist names and visit www.discogs.com to learn more, and to support the music by purchasing digital or physical releases when available.

This initial test broadcast of Mindtrain was done from the remote studio of Doktor Sleepless (host of the Interstellar Nihilism program here at Radio Valencia). Song selections were made pretty much ‘on the fly’ as I was learning how to present my first radio show (ever). Clumsy segues between songs, dead air and flubbed track announcements were unintentional and more or less unavoidable. There is some fine music here, nonetheless (and the music is what this show is all about).

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Playlist for Mindtrain 00 – 26 July 2011

  • Cockney Rebel – Cavaliers – The Psychomodo
  • Grace Slick – Theme From The Movie “Manhole” – Manhole
  • Department S – Is Vic There? – Sub-Stance
  • Edmund Welles – When I Woke Up, Everyone Was Gone – Imagination Lost
  • Peter Ivers – Audience Of One (Alternate Version) – The Untold Stories
  • Gavin Friday & The Man Seezer – Dazzle And Delight – Each Man Kills The Things He Loves
  • Marc Almond & Michael Cashmore – The Sleeper In The Valley – Feasting With Panthers
  • Ordo Equitum Solis – Reis Glorios – Animi Aegritudo
  • Monica Richards – A Good Thing – Infra-Warrior
  • Bowery Electric – Deep Sky Objects – Bowery Electric
  • Ultravox! – Hiroshima Mon Amour – Ha!-Ha!-Ha!
  • Paul Haines / Carla Bley & The Jazz Composers Orchestra – Rawalpindi Blues – Escalator Over The Hill
  • Cyclobe – Augural Sun – Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window
  • Oxbow – Pannonica – Fuckfest / King Of The Jews
  • John White – Son Of Gothic Chord – Machine Music
  • Judy Nylon – Sleepless Nights – Pal Judy
  • Nature And Organisation – In Heaven – Third Terminal Position
  • Department S – Going Left Right – Sub-Stance
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