Hello dashing humans.
This was a great show guys. I'm not even going to pretend it wasn't, because it was really awesome. I felt great about what I did, and I felt great about the choices I made, and the variety of selections I had. I do have to say that I had a little help from a friend for a few track choices though, and I think that really helped me get my show on the right foot.
Something I'm particularly proud of is that I paid a lot more attention to the content of what I was layering, rather than flying by the seat of my pants. I usually think about it as far as, "Well, I shouldn't layer this with that, because it would clash too much." I've gotten to the point where now I can start thinking like, "I should layer this with that, because of xyz."I never thought there was a different way of thinking about layering, but I think I understand now.
I've also been thinking lately that I might like to record some stories/interviews/whatever that I can share on the radio. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and two of my favorites are This American Life and Radiolab. Both of these shows focus on stories that they enhance with sounds, music, narration, and other kinds of layering, similar to the kind of thing that I do on my show, but much more carefully constructed. Although I probably don't have the time to do a full set every week, and although it won't be to the caliber of these shows, I think I would like to try creating something a bit more polished. It would also give me a good chance to learn how to use the production studio.
On another note, in this show I read some flash fiction by the author Josh Olsen, who I met at the Kerrytown Bookfest a few weeks ago. I'm so glad I got the chance to talk to him, because he is part of a cool project called Zygote in my Coffee. This is a poetry and short fiction collaboration site that publishes seasonal collections. The whole site reminds me of neo-pulp fiction, or poetry in the style of a raw film noir. Definitely check it out.
[Artist: Song - Album]
- Bobby Womack: Sweet Caroline - Greatest Hits
- Andrew Bird: Not a Robot, But a Ghost - Noble Beast
- Gotan Project: Rayuela - Tango 3.0
- Serge Gainsbourg: L'hotel particulier - histoire de melody nelson
- Fleet Foxes: Cascades - Helplessness Blues
- Yoko Ono & John Lennon: Sleepless Night - Milk and Honey
- Toulouse Chamber Orchestra: Concerto in G Major for 2 Mandolins - V by Vivaldi
- Ustad Vilayat Khan: Alap - Raga Khamaj
- Miranda July: Medical Wonder - The Binet-Simon Test
- Juiceboxx+Dre Skull: Sweat - Sweat
- Elk City: Turpentine - The Sea is Fierce
- Bio Ritmo: Bionic Boogaloo - Biónico
- Amandine: Firefly - This Is Where Our Hearts Collide
- Duke Ellington: Under Paris Skies - Ellington Fantasies
- The Chicken Chokers: Shoot Your Radio - Shoot Your Radio
- Dwayne Leftridge: The Majestic Hermit - Coming Out Of The Hermit's Cave
- Various: Hassapikos - Greek Folk Songs and Dances
- Captain Kangaroo and Friends: Getting the Treasure House Ready - Captain Kangaroo and his Friends Sing Songs of the Treasure House
- Pekka Savijoki: Hindemith: Sonate - The Virtuoso Saxophone
- The Mountain Goats: Song for Cleomenes - Beautiful Rat Sunset
- Alif Tree: L'Amor Nunca Muere - French Cuisine
- Huun Huur: The Orphan's Lament - The Orphan's Lament
- Bilie Holiday: Stormy Blues - Stormy Blues
- Bullfrog/Kid Koala: Bullfrog Theme - Bullfrog
- Halo: Deprivation - Degree Zero Point of Implosion
- Marcel the Shell: Marcel the Shell with Shoes - YouTube
- Kenny Neal: Lightning's Gonna Strike - Bayou Blood
- Jackson Coni: xibaba - Sujinho
- Dino Felipe: A Peach Bump With Friends - I'm You
- Samuel B. Charters: Maple Leaf Rag - Birth of Jazz
- Times New Viking: Side A - ??
- Encore: Love & Hate (Album Version) - Love & Hate (The Mellow Drama)
- Richard Buckner: hoping wishers never lose - Impasse
- Hardo Budoyo Ensemble: Ada-ada Srambahan, Srepegan nem - Shadow Music of Java
- Audion: I Gave You Away - Death Is Nothing To Fear
- Fishtank Ensemble: Pena Andaluz - Woman in Sin
- Animal Collective: Bluish - Merriweather Post Pavilion
- Fleet Foxes: Meadowlarks - Fleet Foxes
- Sea Wolf: You're A Wolf - You're A Wolf
Why you may love me:
- Fleet Foxes+Serge Gainsbourg: This was a particularly amazing layering, and I thank a friend for suggesting I layer "Cascades" with something. I was really happy with the groove that it achieved, and I also added a field recording that my same friend sent to me while I was DJing, which added a lot of depth to the sound I think.
- Miranda July+Raga Khamaj: This was an example of layering where it happens to sound completely natural that these two things might go together. No fighting. No extra tension. Just a melting of sound.
- Ghostly International: I really don't know why I haven't played more Ghostly, because I absolutely love everything that comes out of them. The Audion LP that I found was like aural gold.
Why you may hate me:
- Two folk songs: I didn't mean to play Dwayne Leftridge right after The Chicken Chokers. Or rather, I DID intend that, but I didn't realize that they both sounded pretty folky. Not a big deal, but I generally try to keep a nice variety of genre in my show.
- Talking too fast: I actually had a caller--another DJ I think--call in to tell me she liked my set, but had a lot of trouble understanding me when I read the events/concert information. I've been known to speak pretty quickly when I announce myself for auditions as well, so reminders are always welcome.
- Deliver of fiction: I took far too many pauses while deciding what to read, and if I had only prepared a bit better and marked exactly which pieces I wanted to read on-air, then I wouldn't have to search for appropriate ones.
Stay tuned guys. I love to know that people are listening.