Saturday, October 29, 2011

Radiovision Day 2 - We Be Tourists Now

 I had a really amazing day of seeing New York guys, and specifically Manhattan. I have to mostly thank fellow DJ James G. for leading is around the city, because I would have been stuck with my iPhone in front of my face if not for him.

We started the day with a free breakfast in the hotel, and then headed out to catch the F-Line to Central Park. We walked around a bit but decided to get going pretty quickly to find the New York Public Library, which I really wanted to see. We ended up heading around to see other stores and buildings, got some NY hot dogs, bought a shirt for my friend at the NBC store, ate a Magnolia Bakery cupcake, and only then did we get to NYPL, which was signified by both the twin lions and some Occupy protestors. We also got free kettle corn. Huzzah.

The library was my number one destination for the day, and I'm so glad we made it. It was so beautiful inside and out, and there were so many components to it: children's, microfilm, maps, reading rooms, exhibits, more microfilm, Jewish, local, etc. I explored that whole place and I'm so thankful my fellow DJs put up with it. I was a kid in a candy store. Little known fact: I geek out about libraries. I love them. I follow 'libraryporn' and 'librarianista' on Tumblr. I work at a library, and spend a lot of time thinking about how great libraries are, so it was fun to fantasize about walking up and down the stairs of the local section to grab maps and statistics to hand to eager patrons. *shiver*

Anyway, after that we decided we didn't have a whole lot of time, so we walked a ways and got some coffee at "The Bean" (which has damn good macaroons, coffee, and cool baristas to boot) and saw that we were magically across from "The Strand" which is a gigantic bookstore. On the front it literally says "18 miles of books." That's what we call heaven, ladies and gentleman. So after calming myself down I decided to soak in as much as possible, and decided that I couldn't do that calmly so I ran around the story reading the first few sentences of everything until James came and told me that the entire basement was used books and half-priced new books. I ended up buying a book for a friend about cats by William S. Burroughs, and a book by Edouard Levé about suicide. And a Strand pin. SUCCESS.

Next destination was Occupy Wall Street. This was an amazing experience to see these people put their hearts and souls into what they were doing. It made me feel so proud to see people doing the right thing at the cost of so much. I talked to quite a few people and got some great interviews recorded in the process. My favorite was talking to a man about the OWS Library that has been created in the past couple of weeks. Originally it started out as some people bringing a few books to read and making it communal. Then people started donating books. Then authors started donating books. Then companies started donating books. Eventually they had enough interest in the books, and some real librarians willing to volunteer, that they began to categorize them and to create a database at People's Library at Wordpress. I'll have another post about this I'm sure, because it was fascinating.

After some Ukranian goulash and Czech beer at Veselka, we headed over to listen to Joe Frank at the Metropolitan Pavilion, and let me tell you guys, it was a great way to start off the weekend. It was just Joe Frank and his guitarist, and he simply told us a story with simple background music. I also met Ken Freedman, the general manager of WFMU, and a man named Henry who was a fan of Joe Frank's and just there for the show but not the conference. You could feel the excitement and buzz about radio in the room, and I can't wait to talk to more people tomorrow.

After the event was done we decided to end the night with some Kenny Barron at The Village Vanguard, which was both very relaxing and stimulating.

Stay tuned for my account of WFMU's Radiovision and Record Fair!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Radiovision Day 1 - The Drive


This morning I woke up and headed to the WCBN headquarters at 6am with my 4 days worth of clothes, my laptop, and some homework to head out to NEW YORK CITY. First though, we went on our first group stop to Espresso Royale on State St. to stay up. Some how, that didn't help me and I zonked out pretty quickly as we listened to "Dakha Brakha" at my request. This is probably one of my favorite things about the trip is that everyone has good taste in music, everyone brought CDs for the car, and everyone likes listening to the radio. 

I had a fun time figuring out how to live blog, and have come to the conclusion that this is going to be fun. I downloaded a few blogging apps for my iPhone, including Blogger, Wordpress, and an audio recording app, all to go with the Tumbler and Twitter applications I already use occasionally. If you head over to the WCBN Wordpress blog, then you can see all of my live updates from the day. 

At Grimaldi's Pizza
A big highlight of the day was when we passed into New Jersey, and thus into WFMU territory. Real. Live. Radio, guys. It was glorious. The first few minutes confirmed for me that we were listening to freeform, because there were clicks, there were clacks, and there was a huge stereo-soundscape for my ears. I had listened to WFMU before streaming, but this was a totally different experience. As we were listening, The Dusty Show came on with Clay Pidgeon, where David, Pascal and I witnessed a beautiful piece of live radio. Clay Pidgeon started to play his recorded how through a cassette-to-computer cable of some sort, but it simply wasn't coming through clearly. We thought it was because we were going under a bridge, and then because there were towers by us, until Clay Pidgeon's voice came on loud and clear, signaling to his audience that he had messed up. I had never witnessed to Clay Pidgeon, but I got the instant sense that he had no social filter, but was a super genuine guy. Instead of playing some records lying around the station, or playing another program he might have, he stopped the show and turned it into a talk-show hour by taking listener calls and chatting with some other WFMUers. It was a real moment of improvised, freeform radio. It was an amazing way to come into the city.

I will have more updates throughout the weekend, but let me just say this: I think I'm really going to like this city. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Radiovision/Seducing Ira Glass

Hey ladies, gents, aliens, monkeys, whatever.

I have a good bit of news that you all might not know about my life currently but...I'm going to New York City for the first time this weekend for a radio conference!!! It's called Radiovision, hosted by WFMU, and is a newly born brain-baby of the WFMU peeps.

Here's the deal with the conference: 7 people from WCBN are going by car (10-hour drive, friends) to the conference, and staying for 4 days going to workshops, lectures, talking to people, hanging out with DJs, dreaming about radio, etc. for the purpose of improving the station. Our goal is to figure out what other stations are doing, put ourselves out there, and ultimately get an idea for the future of radio, and specifically WCBN.

Some highlights of people that are going to be there:
(this guy)

My plan is to seduce him so hard. I promise I'll come back with Ira Glass for WCBN. Just you wait...Seriously though, here are the presentations that sound super interesting to me for the Saturday symposium:
There are a lot of other presentations and panels, but these are the ones with links, and thus the ones that I know anything about. Honestly though, I could care less about that. I'm just excited to talk to other people that are as excited about radio as I am and have a little bit of fun while networking. Plus, it's my first time in NYC, so it has to be good. I hope that I fall in love with the city. I think I will. I expect to be fully verliebt.

I'll have more to report on once I'm back from the conference, but a small detail which hopefully you've deduced is that there will be no radio show from me this week. Never fear though! I will be back next week in full swing, and as over-jealous as ever! I will also ideally have a lot of pictures, a lot of notes, and a lot of videos to share with all of you, so stay tuned!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Freestailo #12 - 10/23/11

How the hell are ya, listeners?

Last night's show was really fun. The highlight of that was definitely when I had a caller that called in about 5 times with requests and suggestions for artists to listen to. His requests included Brian Eno, Public Image Limited, and The Jams. He also suggested André Popp, XTC, and Drums and Tuba. He even said that he was taping my show with a cassette tape, like in the old days. SO COOL. He loved that I was able to find all of the songs he wanted right away (the power of Grooveshark and YouTube). I also got a call from our very own Ed Special saying that he was enjoying the show. I also had a few friends on Facebook that listened for awhile. If I could have constant interaction while DJing, I would be happy as a clam. 

Other than all of that, the show was pretty mellow, not a lot of flub-ups. Pretty easy going, but really enjoyable, so I hope that you like it. Look forward to hearing from me soon about some big events that are coming up for me!

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. Slavic Soul Party: Baltika - Taketron
  2. Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling - Cornell 1964
  3. Radar Bros.: All The Ghosts - The Singing Hatchet
  4. Goats: Mutiny - No Goats, No Glory
  5. Mountain Goats: Snow Owl - Full Force
  6. Library Science: Bye Bye Birdy - Dolphin
  7. Etta James: The Jealous Kind - Seven Year Itch
  8. Chocolate: Conga Forte, Rico Cajon - Peru's Master Percussionist
  9. Roy Lisker: The Alvarez Hypothesis - Language Compositions Sound Poetry 1981-87
  10. Motohiko Hino: Continental Drift - Sailing Stone
  11. Bootsy: What's A Telephone Bill? - Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!
  12. Wilco: A shot in the arm - Summerteeth
  13. Madeleine Peyroux: Summer Wind - Half the Perfect World
  14. Hans Fagius: Johann Adam Reincken: Fuga, g-Moll - North German Baroque Music
  15. Jerry Butler: I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore - The Best of Jerry Butler
  16. Robert Anbian: The Day I Became White - I Not I (poems a stories)
  17. Debashish Bhattacharya: Drut Gat In Tintal - Raga Pahadi Jhinjhoti
  18. Hajime Wakai: The Legendary Hero - The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
  19. Mario Galaxy Orchestra: Rosetta's Comet Observatory 3 - Super Mario Galaxy OST
  20. Yuka Tujiyoko: Mario and Peach's Theme - Paper Mario OST
  21. Fennesz: Before I Leave - Endless Summer
  22. The Hi-Los: Shadow Waltz - The Orchestra Directed by Frank Comstock
  23. Brian Eno: Burning Airlines Give You So Much More - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
  24. Brian Eno: Third Uncle - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
  25. Public Image Limited: (This Is Not A) Love Song - Nouvelle Vague
  26. The Jams: That's Entertainment - Sound Affects
  27. Christian Eckert Quartet: Pelzhäubler - Up!
  28. Monty Python: Fish Introduction - The Meaning of Life
  29. Dark Day: The Metal Benders - Window
  30. Charles Manson: Eyes of A Dreamer - Charles Manson
  31. Karlophone: Penitentiam Agite - I Must Find This Karlophone...
  32. The Soul Providers: Lea's Rice Pudding - Soul Tequila
  33. Momus: Smooth Folk Singer - Folktronic
  34. Hank Williams: Cool Water - Alone With His Guitar
  35. Tujiko Noriko: anti-newton + (track 2) - I forgot the title
  36. Baaba Maal: Douwayra - Nomad Soul
  37. Delta 5: Mind Your Own Business - Disco Not Disco
  38. Blevin Blectum: Rockitship Long Light Years - Talon Slalom
  39. Pendragon: New England's Daughter - Passage to New England
  1. Library Science: Maybe it's the fact that the band is called 'Library Science,' but I was really digging this band. Like whoa. 
  2. Requests: I love requests. Period. I will always take them, and I will always find them no matter what. It's like a game for me. Thanks to everyone who gives me requests. Seriously. 
  3. Chocolate+Lisker: When I previewed the Lisker before I played the Chocolate, I knew immediately that I had hit gold. These lined up even better than I could have ever hoped. 
  1. Too many Enos: I didn't mean to play the first Brian Eno track. I really, and I mean really try not to play the same artist twice (unless I'm really on a kick). This was an accident though, because I meant to play the second Brian Eno track originally. Oops.
  2. Check composers: I shouldn't, but I assume that every good Nintendo soundtrack was by Koji Kondo. But it's not, clearly. The Wind Waker OST was actually NOT by Koji Kondo, as I put on the playlist, but by Hajime Wakai.
  3. Too much rock?: This is debatable, but I feel like I went too hard at the rock section today. What do you think?
Thanks again for the support guys. You have no idea how much it means. 

Layout Updates

I wanted to give you an update on what's been going on with my blog. I've made quite a few changes to the layout, and I want to make sure that it's all as clear as possible so that you can simply enjoy the new 'Futfutfutfut Freestailo!'

First of all, I added two new pages to the top orange bar under the header: 'About' and 'Downloads'. The 'About' section just explains how I became a DJ, and provides my e-mail address. Not super exciting, but worth a look. The 'Downloads' section is probably the best update. This section has direct links to every MP3 file that I've uploaded to the site, which means that YOU don't have to go back through the archives to find a particular show that you may have missed (unless you want to read my accompanying blog post, which in that case we can be best friends starting now).

Second update is the creation of a 'Futfutfutfut Freestailo!' Facebook page! So if you have a Facebook, please please please please like my show page. I also make it super easy for you, because there is a "Like" and "Send" button on the right sidebar under the "Labels" gadget.

Also...I just noticed...not a moment before I typed this...I HAVE 1000 VISITORS!!! 

This is really great, and it really gives me motivation to keep doing what I'm doing. Thanks guys. Keep listening, and give me feedback when you can.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Subshow #6 - 10/21/11

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Doo be da bi dow bidibidibidibi doooow. That's me scatting "greetings" to you all.

I got a call late Thursday night from my good friend Lady K, and she said that she needed some help desperately, otherwise she might lose her job. "I need you to sub for the 'Jazz 'Til Noon' show from 9am-12pm. Would you mind terribly?"
"Hurry Batman! To WCBN!"
Hell to the no I don't mind. I've secretly been plotting to snag a sub for that slot for a long time, but haven't told anyone about it. When I go in at 3am I often stare longingly at the jazz section, waiting for the day when I can raid and pillage and take entire piles of jazz records all for myself (and consequently my listeners).

Some interesting things happened on the show today though, friends. Many, many interesting things. To name a few: the power went out, the iPod input was not working momentarily, I left a lot of dead air space randomly, I had to do an EAS test for the first time, the next DJ was 20-minutes late. When the power went off, I literally screamed every curse word at the top of my lungs and started ripping through the log book to find out what to do next when Rob (a fellow DJ) came in and scared me and told me everything was going to be fine. Truthfully, I think it was a great learning experience, because now I will never be surprised by ANY of these things. I also learned that, in general, doing the jazz show is more laid back, because jazz tracks average at 7-minutes. A lot are 15-minutes, and some are just a few minutes (if they're straight standards with no improvisation).

Unfortunately, because of the power going out, I lost a good 45-minutes of my show, and a lot of tracks just didn't get recorded onto the automatic recording archive, which I'll indicate on the playlist. Fortunately (or annoyingly, depending on how you look at it), I was able to add an extra 20-minutes because of the next DJ's tardiness, so you get almost a full show anyway!
So anyway, let's get listening.

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. Marc Ribot: Break On Through - Party Intellectuals
  2. Rouge Ciel: L'Occupation - Veuillez procéder
  3. Ella Fitzgerald: Wave - Montreux
  4. James Morrison & Adam Makowics: Indiana - At The Montreux Jazz Festival
  5. Mark Kirschemann: Feed The Meter - This Electric Trumpet
  6. Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts: Tank! (Live @Shibuya AX) - Cowboy Bebop OST
  7. Golden Arm Trio: He LIes Like An Eyewitness & Disco - The Tick Tock Club
  8. Charles McPherson: Evidence - Manhattan Nocturne
  9. Hiromi: Brian - Brian
  10. Billie Holiday: Ain't Misbehavin' - The Voice of Jazz
  11. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Black Wall Street - The Race Riot Suite
  12. Stan Getz: Rainy Afternoons - Children of the World
<power outage>
  1. Benjamin Yee: Matt Steckler Interview @ Edgefest - WCBN Interviews
  2. Bob Brookmeyer: The Magic Shop - Through A Looking Glass
  3. Indigenous People: Indigenous People pt. II - Captures Live in Brazil
  4. The Funk Ark: A Blade WOn't Cut Another Blade - From The Rooftops
  5. Sarah Vaughn: City Called Heaven - Favorites
  6. Hadouk Trio: Hadouk Blues - Shamanimal
  7. Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk - At The Five Spot
 </power outage>
  1. Misha Mengelberg Quartet: Die Berge schützen die Heimat - Four In One
  2. Benjamin Yee: Matt Steckler Interview @ Edgefest - WCBN Interviews
  3. Duke Ellington: Star Cross Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) - Love Songs
  4. Duchese: Naître à jonquière (un vendredi soir après le souper) - Cordes à Danswer...suite saguenayenne
  5. Amanda Monaco 4: Procrastination - Intention
  6. John Lewis: The Queen's Fancy - European Windows
  7. Terumasa Hino: Cherry Hill Angel - Double Rainbows
  8. Urbie Green: Foxglove Suite - The Fox
  9. Joelle Leandre/William Parker: Duet one - Contrabasses
  10. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella abraça Jobim - He's a Carioca (Ele é Carioca)
  11. Dead Cat Bounce: Silent Movie, Russia 1995 - Chance Episodes
  12. Drew Gress: Low SLung/High Strung - 7 Black Butterflies
Badass moments:
  1. Ella singing Jobim?!: This was a really nice surprise. I've heard a lot of Ella, but I've never heard her sound like this, and hearing later Ella is always a joy anyway. I'll definitely be pulling this out again. 
  2. Misha Mengelberg: Hehehehe I literally squealed with glee when I heard this track. It was a nice, cute way to break up the set/unknowingly start the second half of my set. 
  3. Urbie Green: Oh man, this was some good stuff. If I had to pick a favorite track of the show, it would be this one. I think I placed it well in that section of the set, and it was a good long track as well.
Questionable moments:
  1. iPod input: I wanted so badly to start off my set with "Tank!" from Cowboy Bebop (which I played later), and I had my computer set up and everything. When I pressed the cue for the iPod input, my gut reaction, no joke, was, "It just needs a second." Then I realized it was never going to play. After some dubious language I was able to play a CD I had loaded, but that dead air is something I should have remedied a good 20 seconds earlier than I did. 
  2. Dead air: Not only did this happen with the iPod input fiasco, but it just kept happening. Way more than usual. I have no idea why. You'd think that when I'm really tired in the middle of the night, I would make more mistakes like that, but apparently it is not so.
  3. Power outage: Not that I can control this, but I definitely could have handled it better. It would have been a far worse time if my fellow DJ had not been wandering the station.
Please keep listening guys. I really enjoy hearing from you, whether it's in person, on Facebook, or whatever other means you may have of communicating with me. Comments are always welcome on my posts, and of course suggestions/hate mail/love letters and the like. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Freestailo #11 - 10/16/11

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Hey champs. I missed ya.

It's been a long weekend (both literally and figuratively), and I stupidly decided to pull an all-nighter for this radio show because a) It was fall break, b) I could, and c) I couldn't sleep anyway. Luckily I had a good friend of mine that decided to visit my radio show/hang out, which I was sooooo grateful for. It is so rare to have someone in the station with me, and it really puts me in a different place to have someone there, especially someone new.

Something that I really enjoyed that I've been doing a lot more of is actually listening to the stuff I intend to put on the air. You would think that would be a really simple thing, but sometimes I just don't do it. Sometimes I don't have time. Sometimes I think it's more fun if I don't. I think that what I've learned in the past few weeks especially is that it is DEFINITELY a good idea to cue up what I want and listen to at least 30-seconds of it. I think my show today would have been FAR less enjoyable had I not done that.

Also, here are the poems you heard on the show today, all from the book "Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke": Lament (Klage), The Last Evening (Letzter Abend), You, You Only Exist (Du nur, einzig du bist), Death (Der Tod). It's funny, but when I read this, time seems to go much slower than it actually does in my show. Interesting. Tell me if you have any suggestions for poems or short prose that I could read! I'm always looking for some.

In other news, just this week I was elected a student member to the WCBN Board of Directors!
I'm really quite honored, and I'm anxious to learn what makes WCBN tick. I went to the first board meeting this week, and it was so exciting! There was a lot of catching up to do about how the station operates, how the meetings operate, things about security and transmitters and so much stuff! I instinctively took notes like a dork, and then realized half-way through that I didn't need to, but kept taking them anyway because I didn't want to leave them half-finished.

Also: RADIOVISION IS COMING!!! And I'm really excited. Almost this excited:

I need to plan my Halloween costume.
I need to pick outfits.
I need to make sure to do laundry before I do.
I need to remember that it's still another week away.
I need to remember it's ONLY a week away.
I need to figure out how to do live blogging.
It'll be my first time in NYC, so wish me luck. Or better yet, give me suggestions. Or better YET, meet me there. While I'm at the conference I'll be networking the hell out of everyone I meet, making lots of friends, listening to a lot of radio, going to workshops and having my mind blown, and marrying Ira Glass. If you're reading this and you're going to be there, give me a holler.

Anyway, onto the playlist.

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. The Butch Thompson Trio: I'll Dance At Your Wedding - Live From St. Paul
  2. Sote: (track 2) - Dastgaah
  3. Officerfishdumplings: Six Months - Finds Your Way Home
  4. Deltron 3030: Positive Contact (album version - Positive Contact
  5. Frog Eyes: "Stockades" - Tears of the Valedictorian
  6. Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra: Ein Deutsches Requiem: II) Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Gedenksprüche, und Three Motets
  7. Concentrick: Special Elf - Tender Machines
  8. Lotte Lenya: "Lonely House" from Street Scene - The American Theatre Songs
  9. Animal Collective: Whaddit I Done - Sung Tongs
  10. Atmosphere: Puppets - When Life Gives you Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
  11. Hieroglyphic Being: Sex and Robots - Machines for Lovers LP
  12. Evel Knievel: Evel Speaks to the Kids - Evel Speak to the Kids
  13. Jay Blackton: You're a Good Man Charlie Brown etc. - You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
  14. Black Lung: Karmageddon - The Coming Dark Age
  15. Kraftwerk: Franz Schubert - Trans-Europe Express
  16. Mysterie: Dragana i slavei - Bulgarian Women's Choir
  17. The Glitch Mob: How To Be Eaten By A Woman - Drink The Sea
  18. Solomon Burke: What Good Am I? - Make Do With What You Got
  19. Either/Orchestra: Odwallah - radium
  20. Black Angels: Yellow Elevator - Phosphene Dream
  21. Gipsy Kings: A Mi Manera (My Way) - Bamboleo
  22. Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association: Sanjo Kayageum - New York City Global Beat of the Boroughs
  23. Fruit Bats: The Banishment Song - Tripper
  24. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich: Hamlet Act I - Hamlet and King Lear
  25. Prince Charming: various - Fantastic Voyage
  26. Skallander: Dismemberment - Skallander
  27. Art Pepper: Everything Happens to Me - Rediscoveries
  28. The Volga Choir: The Pear Tree - The Folk Songs of Old Russia
  29. Beck: Lonesome Tears - Sea Change
  30. The Meters: Stormy - Funkify Your Life
  31. M. Ward: Sad, Sad Song - Transfiguration of Vincent
  32. The Streets: Has It Come To This? - Original Pirate Material
  33. Yves Dueteil: A Mi-Chemin de L'Existence - Blessures d'Enfance
  34. Dizzy Gillespie: I Waited For You - Featuring Dizzy Gillspie
You know you love it:
  1. Rainer Maria Rilkeeeeeee: If you've been listening to my show, you probably know by now that I have a bit of an obsession with Rainer Maria Rilke, or at least with reading his poetry on my show. Part of it is because I have a whole book of his stuff and it's easy to pick up and bring with me. Part of it is because I really love speaking German. Part of it is that it's just really beautiful. 
  2. The Layering: I will call it such because there was no other layering in the show besides this I think, and it was rather extended, and rather epic, if I do say so myself. 
  3. Officerfishdumplings: This song was something I really enjoyed listening to once I listened to my show objectively in iTunes, but at the time I don't think I paid much attention. This balanced out the beginning of my set really nicely, and I think I'll probably go back to the station and rip it. 
Don't judge me:
  1. My speaking voice: I am so sorry if I sounded like a zombie during this show. I got maybe a 30-minute nap before my show, and I wasn't having the best of nights. Hopefully that doesn't make a difference!
  2. Not really feeling some of the songs: Yeah, so generally I really liked the show, but for some reason (possibly lack of sleep), I was pretty angry with how my selections were coming. My normal routine is to just grab things with funny names and/or covers from various genres around the station, but my luck was just not with me, multiple times. I think ultimately it came across far better than I thought, because I listened to SO MUCH MUSIC while other songs were playing to make sure that I didn't play something horrible. 
  3. Lonely House: I love Lotte Lenya. Let me just say that now so there's NO confusion. I am in love with her and we have a small flat in Manhattan with a cat. But I really wanted to hear her sing some German Kurt Weill songs, not English. Rawr. 
Seriously guys, tell me what you think. Do you like what I play? Does it make you want to dry heave? Do you hate my blog layout? Would you like to see a re-design? Do you hate downloading 3-hour files? Don't like/understand my video game references? Tell me what you need and I will do it. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Subshow #5 - 10/13/11

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Hi sleepwalkers.

So I had the brilliant idea to sub for James/Corey on Wednesday night/Thursday morning at 3-6am in the middle of the week. In some ways, it was the worst idea possible because of the total lack of sleep that I've had this entire week. In some ways it was great, because it forced me to go to bed at a reasonable hour.

Orson Welles, y'all.
Anyway, this was a good show guys. I've been listening to it, and I can confirm this. I enjoyed my balance this show, despite using more of the rock section than I intended. That is all beside the point though, because what I really want to talk about is the 'War of the Worlds' broadcast by Orson Welles that I played. I've been wanting to play this for a long time. Ever since I listened to Radiolab's segment about the original broadcast, and about its effect on listeners, and how it has been repeated with success absolutely stunned me. It was the first time that I realized that radio could really have a profound effect on its listeners, and that I also had that power as a DJ. I'm definitely not saying that as a WCBN DJ I can play 'War of the Worlds' and actually make you believe that martians are coming to Ann Arbor--I  have more faith in you than that--but it made me realize that I have the power to make you feel things you might not have known you could feel. Hear things that you didn't know existed. Combine sounds to created complicated emotions. Maybe I'm getting a little gushy, but this is why I love radio.

Something that I tried to do intentionally this time around was to keep long tracks playing without layering them constantly. I definitely layered tracks, and those were very special moments, but I reigned in my musical-ADD to account for how the listener would perceive changes in a set. For me, 4 minutes may seem like a long time, and it may feel that I need to change songs sooner, or layer something so that the listener doesn't get bored...but really it's just ME who is trying not to get bored. I think I need to learn how to relax and let music do its own job.

Here's the list!

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. Adjust: Escape from Detroit - Adjust
  2. Angel Villoldo: El Choclo - The Tango Project
  3. Illogic featuring Blueprint: Intro+The Only Constant - Celestial Clockwork
  4. Catalyst: Athene - The Complete Recordings vol. 2
  5. Red Red Meat: Variations on Nadia's Theme - Bunny Gets Paid
  6. Caroline: Winter - Caroline
  7. Orson Welles: War of the Worlds (original broadcast)
  8. Brizbomb: 070510AT05 - Radio Promo
  9. Alban Berg Quartett: Mozart: String Quartet KV 516 in g minor - Mozart: String Quartets 3&4
  10. Brizbomb: 070304BP01 - Radio Promo
  11. Koji Kondo: Majora's Mask Theme - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask OST
  12. Billie Holiday: Everything Happens to Me - The Voice of Jazz
  13. Prof. Debu Chaudhuri (sitar), Shafaat Ahmed Khan (tabla): Raga Desh: Alap and Jor - Prof. Debu Chaudhuri
  14. Animal Collective: The Purple Bottle - feels
  15. Old Empire: Queen City - Queen City Quandaries
  16. Edd Henry: Your Replacement Is Here - Eccentric Soul 009
  17. Errol Garner: Mistry - Sachal Jazz
  18. Slayer: Killing Fields - Divine Intervention
  19. Ectomorph: Ritmos Siniestro - Dada/Ritmo Siniestro
  20. Goethe: Erlkönig - YouTube
  21. Pía Leiva: Francisco Guayabal - Soneros de Verdad Presents: Pía Leiva
  22. Tokyo Police Club: Graves - Elephant Shell
  23. Jørgen Tjønnstaul: Urjen - Dei fyrste åra på radio
  24. Cat Power: The Greatest - The Greatest
  25. BrandonFX: "Waltz of Pain" Sad Song - Newsgrounds Audio Portal
  26. Kronos Quartet: Bach, Monks, and Shakespeare Meet in Water - Ghost Opera
  27. Küz: ? - Moist Filth
  28. Christopher Willits: milkweed - SMM vol. 2
  29. Andrew Bird: 11:11 - Bowls of Fire/The Swimming Hour
  30. Soviet Red Army Choir: Soviet National Anthem - Soviet/Chinese Propaganda
  31. Asuka Sakai: Fugue #7777 - Katamari Damacy Soundtrack
  32. Amanda Palmer: Creep (Hungover at Soundcheck in Berlin) - Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele
Sehr gut:
  1. War of the Worlds: I used a Mozart quintet that my friend suggested, which was the perfect thing to layer with this. Classical music supplements spoken word so perfectly, and can add a huge depth of emotion, since classical music shifts so constantly, and is complicated emotionally itself.
  2. Erlkönig/Ectomorph: This is definitely one of my favorite moments. I love this poem, and I love the Schubert art song, so this was a bit of a blast from the past. The reading went oddly well with the Ectomorph song, and interestingly enough--as if the Universe was sending its regards--the end of the Ectomorph LP started skipping in a pleasant enough place for the Goethe to keep playing out, which allowed me to fade out whenever I wanted. Thanks Universe!
  3. Soviet National Anthem: GREAT FIND! I can't wait to play more of these. I love the sound of this, and I love that it's called "Soviet/Chinese Propaganda," because it reminds me that propaganda comes in all forms, not just visual as we are so used to.
Nicht so gut:
  1. Choosing Amanda Palmer right before 6am: Yeaaaaaaah, so I'm not supposed to play swear words in songs after 6am. I didn't realize how close I cut it until I played the Amanda Palmer. That is her vocabulary. Not a huge deal, but something I need to be more conscious of when I play something from my personal library.
  2. Majora's Theme: I can't decide whether this was good or bad, so I'm going with bad. This was a bit of a weak moment, because I wanted to fill in some space after the Mozart finished, but before I started the Billie Holiday. I thought this would go well with the theme of the broadcast, but I think it created a weak patch of thoughtlessness on my part.
  3. Pauses: There were a few awkward pauses, but not a big deal. The beginning one was the longest because I forgot to pay attention to how long the legal ID was.
Partake and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

College Radio Day - 10/11/11

Hey all. I recently participated in College Radio Day with my fellow DJs at WCBN, and it was a pretty interesting experience. I signed up to DJ in the Diag for a half-hour slot, but it turned out that there was a lot more complication with getting the equipment set up, and then getting the internet to be fast enough to stream.

Meanwhile that was happening, I figured that if I couldn't DJ then I would hand out fliers. It's funny how sometimes it's easy to push a piece of paper in someone's face, and how sometimes you couldn't pay them to take it. The night before the big day I made the flier you see at the top while I was working. What do you think? Is it a keeper? After the reactions I got from a few friends, I thought to myself that maybe after my midterms are done (or to distract me from my midterms) I should redesign my blog with a classier, more minimalist style, á la Marlene Dietrich. Es ist eine gut Idee?

Anyway, so when I finally did start DJing, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought, because the set up was far from what I am used to in the station, and I had to kind of figure things out as I went along. I knew that I wanted to layer sounds, but I had to play around with the settings to make that a reality. Picking from a more limited collection of music was interesting as well. I'm really glad that I did it, and I think that WCBN really made an impact in the Diag that day, despite EVERY student organization in the universe picking that same day to promote their thing as well.

Something you might be wondering though: what is college radio day? I recently posted on the WCBN blog about it, so you should read that article, but in a nutshell, College Radio Day exists to save creative, non-restrictive college radio. It brings awareness to the talent and hard work that goes into college radio stations, and appreciates the diversity that they bring to communities that might only have Top 40 or public radio.

One way that the WCBN crew did this is through our e-mail list, which is our main form of communication. Eleanor asked, "What's your favorite college radio station that's not WCBN?" And everyone went nuts. It's one of the longest threads I've seen in awhile, and everyone had an opinion. Here are a few that they mentioned which I've confirmed have streaming iTunes links:

No go support college radio and listen! And seriously let me know if you'd like to see a new blog design, if my blog is hard to read, if there's anything I can do better. I want to know!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Freestailo #10 - 10/9/11

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Greetings, androids.

I felt a bit like a robot this morning when I went to the station, which I think was perhaps a good thing seeing as how my set turned out. I quite literally felt like a well-oiled machine, and only had a few flub ups. I also had a few listeners call in just to tell me how much they liked the show.

During the course of this set, I tried to purposely choose shorter tracks so that I could create a higher variety in a smaller amount of time than I usually do. I think it worked, since I normally don't have 42 songs on my playlists. I also felt that I was kept more alert by putting a small restriction on myself. And when I needed to, I would simply put on a longer track so that I would have time to go search for more albums. I think that I will try similar exercises to keep myself conscious of my decisions when I DJ.

As a side note, I will be DJing for College Radio Day in the Diag from roughly 11:40am-12pm. If you want some more information, check out this blog post I wrote for the station. There will be a lot of buzz going on, with flyers being handed out, crafts, live bands, and hopefully a gorilla suit. But to the list!

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. Os Mutantes: Panis et circenses - Os Mutantes
  2. GD Luxxe: Cold Mines - The 21st Door
  3. Marvin Gaye: It's Madness - Dream of a Lifetime
  4. Enno Voorhorst: J.S. Bach: Partita in A minor, GWV 1013 - Guitar Transcription
  5. Herbie Hancock: Minuit aux Champs-Elysées - Round Midnight Soundtrack
  6. Sam Roberts: Bridge to Nowhere - Chemical City
  7. Flying Lotus: Pickled! - Cosmogramma
  8. Florence + The Machine: Hospital Beds - Kiss With A Fist/Hospital Beds LP
  9. The Peasall Sisters: Fair and Tender Ladies - Home to You
  10. Femi Kuti: Truth Don Die - shoki shoki
  11. Celestial Navigations: Atlantis - Chapter V
  12. Europa: Quien Soy Yo - La ultima emotion!
  13. The Girls at Dawn: WCK - The Girls at Dawn
  14. Animal Collective: Derek - Strawberry Jam
  15. Cabarute: A Primera Vista - New York Tango Trio
  16. Hamster Theatre: A Reluctant Farewell - Carnival Detournement
  17. The Gyoto Monks: Guhyasamaja Tantra, Chapter II - Tibetan Tantric Choir
  18. Chris Kubick and Anne Walsh: (multiple tracks) - Conversations with The Countess of Castiglione
  19. Eddie Greensleeves: The Big Jack Kennedy Mansion - Humorous Folk Songs
  20. The Crystal Method: High Roller - Vegas Delux Edition
  21. The Doors: I Looked At You - The Doors
  22. Regurgitate: Putrid Serenity - Sickening Bliss
  23. Matthew Dear: Huggy's Parade, Good Girl - Backstroke
  24. Hyenas in the Desert: Album Radio Edit - Can You Feel It
  25. Bellemou & Benfissa: Li Maandouche L'Auto (The Man Who Doesn't Own A Car) - 1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground
  26. Romero: Sieston - Cuban Jazz Funk
  27. Geraldine Brookes/Blanche Yurka/Hurd Hatfield: Scenes from Romeo and Juliet - Scenes from Romeo and Juliet
  28. Ella Fitzgerald: Basin Street Blues - Jazz at the Philharmonic
  29. LJ Booth: Light of the Pearl - The Road That Leads Me Home
  30. Yolocamba I Tá: Popurri - Cara Cruz
  31. Hercules and Love Affair: Classique #2 - Hercules and Love Affair
  32. Francine: Uninstall - 28 Plastic Blue Versions of Endings Without You
  33. Johnny Cash: Lead Me Gently Home - Hymns by Johnny Cash
  34. Regina Spektor: Raindrops - (unreleased demo)
  35. Messer für Frau Müller: Euro-Friendship - Triangle, Dot & Devil
  36. The Bombhappies: Many Days - OK OK OK OK OK OK OK
  37. Dan Collet and the Swamp Cats: J' Menuit de Toi - Gaga for Ya-Ya
  38. Dave Kikosi: Spacing - Dave Kikosi
  39. Dame Satan: World's Collide - Ghost Mansion
  40. The Ensemble of Shanghai Beijing Opera House: Beautiful Scene of Spring - Night Thoughts
  41. Reeks and the Wrecks: Blue Ballroom - Knife Hits
  42. Ojos de Brujo: Silencio - Techarí

Well-oiled moments: 

  1. Gyoto + Castiglione: So weird, but I really liked it. I didn't do as much layering as I have done in the past, but this was a very simple, yet nicely layered moment if I do say so myself. I can't decide if I dragged it out too long or not, but I was really digging it. 
  2. Hamster Theatre: That was a nice treat for my ears. I loved how eclectic it sounded within the album, and even within the one track I played. It was also around this time from another DJ at the station saying that they were really enjoying my set, so that was a nice boost for the ego. 
  3. Regina Spektor: It's always a pleasure to listen to Ms. Spektor, and I usually restrain myself, but I got a request from a friend to playing anything Regina Spektor I wanted. I have a pretty deep collection of her songs, and there are so many old ones that are fantastic, but that no one hears. 


  1. Pauses: There were about 2 or 3 times when I accidentally pulled the switch down all the way to "cue" and ended up thinking that a track was playing when actually I was the only one who could hear it. The pauses aren't terribly long, but far longer than I'm comfortable with. Perhaps next time I will need to control my zeal when pulling switches.
  2. Too easy?: For some reason I didn't feel the same charge of adrenaline that I normally do when I'm DJing. I can't tell if it's because I've gotten so used to it now that I don't need to be running around the station as much, or whether it's because I wasn't putting as much thought into it as normal. 
  3. That one moment...: There was that one time where I accidentally started playing the next track of a CD that I had used earlier, just because I loaded CD 3 instead of CD2. Whoops. That level of hyperconsciousness where I don't do that is something I'm still working for. 
Don't forget to leave your comments/suggestions/ideas! I would love some feedback!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

"What It Is" #1 - 10/7/11

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What's up, funk muffins?

Guess who has two thumbs and did her first specialty show! This guy! Although DJing a soul show is not something that everyone does on their Friday night, I am convinced that it is the best way to spend a Friday night. I had a blast rifling through the CDs and records, and I've never gotten so many calls in one show. I also had the opportunity to dance and belt to soul all by myself in the studio.

While I was DJing I also talked to Manos (who DJ's Short Stack), and he said that he didn't know the soul CD collection very well, but he knows most of the soul stuff before 1980, whereas I've gotten to know a lot of the neo-soul, like The Budos Band, Bullfrog, Soul Investigators, what-have-you. I ended up showing him the Ike and Tina Turner Revue CD (which I play almost constantly), and he said that the Kent Records label (an offshoot of Ace Records) does a lot of Northern Soul music, which I've been trying to get at after watching the second episode of Skins US where Tea dances to some Northern Soul and it's just about the cutest thing ever. Here's a clip explaining a bit about Northern Soul music, and the style of dancing that goes along with it.

I also realized throughout the night that Daptone Records are the ones that put out a lot of the warm, buttery soul goodness that went into this show. I can't wait to get to know more of these labels so that I can have more assurance when I pull something off the shelves. As I've been doing my freeform show, I sometimes lean towards the soul section for some familiarity, so doing an entire show of soul music made me realize that I know the soul section pretty well now, and was able to call on a lot of favorites to play for you.

[Artist: Song - Album]
  1. Earth Wind and Fire: Let's Groove - Raise!
  2. Lon Rogers & Soul Blenders: My Girl Is A Soul Girl - Eccentric Soul 011
  3. Janelle Monae: Cold War - The ArchAndroid
  4. Rick James: Dance WIth Me - Street Songs
  5. The Budos Band: Unbroken, Unshaven - The Budos Band III
  6. Dyke & The Blazers: Why Am I Treated So Funky Bad? - We Got More Soul
  7. Cookie and the Cupcakes: Mathilda - By Request
  8. Bootsy: Yo-Mama-Loves Ya - What's Bootsy Doin'?
  9. The Fifth Dimension: Workin' On A Groovy Thing - The Age of Aquarius
  10. Bullfrog: Ya Ya - Bullfrog
  11. Black Joe Lewis: Boogie - Tell 'Em What Your Name Is
  12. Ike and Tina Turner: It's Gonna Work Out Fine - Ike and Tina Turner Revue
  13. Diana Ross & The Supremes and the Temptations: Funky Broadway - Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations
  14. Calypso King: Ma-Gee - Soul Strike
  15. Joe Tex: Finger Popped Myself into the Poor House - He Who Is Without Funk (Cast the First Stone)
  16. Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Invisible Man - Keep Reachin' Up
  17. Charles Bradley: No Time for Dreaming - No Time for Dreaming
  18. The Budos Band: Eastbound - The Budos Band
  19. The Servicemen: Are You Angry (A Capella) - Meet the Servicemen
  20. Parliament: Bop Gun (Endangered Species) - The Best of Parliament: Give Up The Funk
  21. Sly & The Family Stone: Soul Clappin' - Dance To The Music
  22. Spinners: Crossfire - Crossfire
  23. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: What Is This - Daptone Gold
  24. Andre Williams: Jail Bait - Mr. Rhythm
  25. Hot Chocolate: Cicero Park - Cicero Park
  26. ESG (Emerald Sapphire and Gold): Bam Bam Jam - Dance to the Best of ESG
  27. The Ravens: The Cadillac Song - Rarities
  28. Little Axe: Wake The Town - The Wolf That House Built
  29. Frank Williams & The Rocketeers: Good Things Pt. 1 - Eccentric Soul 007
  30. Cosmo: Hall of the Mountain King - Disco Single
  1. Transitions in General: I don't know why, but for some reason all of my transitions were just ACE. It was so easy to feel the flow of how the songs went in and out, and it was easy to feel what to transition to as well.
  2. Opening: I was talking to Manos as I was grabbing some records, and I knew in my heart that I needed to play Earth Wind and Fire for my first number. Right when I put it on, Manos was like, "That was a great way to open." I think it set up my groove for the entire set really well, and it kept me on my game.
  3. Requests!: Very rarely will I get so many requests, but I had a lot of people listening, and a lot of people really enjoying the show. It was a great boost for my ego, and I think it really fueled the rest of the show as well. One guy called in for "Dance With Me" by Rick James, and some cats from the People's Food Co-op called in for "Bop Gun" by Parliament. Sometimes requests can throw off your groove, but when the listeners clearly love soul this much to request something specific, I have total confidence in them.
What's Heidi Doin'?
  1. Forgetting how long my own show was: Um, wow guys. As I'm sure you'll notice when you listen, I forgot that my show was 2 hours instead of 1 hour. -_- Absolutely dumb mistake on my part. It didn't really affect my set, except that I had to play an extra long radio ID to find music. In some ways I think it helped, because thinking that my show was only an hour really kept me busy, and looking for ways to create a lot of variety.
  2. Choosing a 5-min radio ID: I didn't didn't need 5 minutes to find a couple more soul CDs, and I think it broke up the set a bit weirdly. Note to self: just don't play 5-min IDs.
  3. Last track ending: The last track I played was a single track, but on a full-size LP, which absolutely boggles my mind. I thought it would play for a good 10 minutes so that James would have time to load up some songs, but it ran out before the hour. Sorry James!
Bon appetit!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Freestailo #9 - 10/2/11

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Hey fools.

This show was pretty interesting for me, because while I was playing the set I was also being interviewed for a documentary by a film student at the university for her senior thesis. Apparently she's doing lots of interviews and taking lots of footage for a documentary on WCBN, and she was willing to come to the station at 3am to do it! It's always nice having some company at the station, especially that late/early. It was a lot of fun to talk about WCBN, freeform, and radio in general.

Anyway, in this show I had a couple of really great requests from a friend, which inspired a few more ideas for layering. I really hope that I can consistently take a couple of requests from friends, because I think it reminds me that people actually listen, and that people have the power to motivate and perpetuate a good show.

OK, let's just listen to it now.

Ze Playlist:
  1. Lesbian Water Bed: Stripper Mix - Best 130 BPM
  2. Margaret Cho: Intervention - Cho Dependent
  3. Nelson Riveros: It's All Right With Me - Camino Al Barrio
  4. Those Darn Accordians: Viva Sequin - Squeeze This!
  5. Forced Collapse: Consider The Weather A Failure - Consider The Weather A Failure
  6. Brain stories: Why Do Our Brains Need Sleep? - Brain Stories
  7. Stravinsky: Four Etudes for Orchestra - The Nonesuch Listening Booth
  8. Laxmi G. Tewari: Turkish Village Music - Turkish Village Music
  9. Crystal Castles: Untrust Us - Crystal Castles
  10. Peaches and Herb: Dream Come True - Sayin' Something!
  11. Raymonde: Ne Nommons - Raymonde et les Blancs Becs
  12. These Are Powers: Life of Birds - All Aboard Future
  13. Pui-Yven: Yi zu wu qu (Dance of the Yi Tribe) - China: Music of the Pipa
  14. Mahmoud Ahmed: Bèmen sèbèb letlash - éthiopiques
  15. Pieta Brown: Blind Dog Yell - Pieta Brown
  16. Tommy James: Bloody water - Travelin'
  17. Nova Lima: Bolero - Coba Coba
  18. Animal Collective: Also Frightened - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  19. Sandra Bernhard: You Make Me Feel Mighty Real (Edge Factor Dub) - You Make Me Feel Mighty Real
  20. Dominic Duval and the Equinox Trio: Solo Cello - Equinox
  21. Yann Tiersen: Till The End - Dust Lane
  22. Rufus Wainwright: Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk - Poses
  23. Ella Fitzgerald: Everytime We Say Goodbye - Ella: Love Songs
  24. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Owl - Love Is The Devil
  25. Grand Prix's: You Drive Me Crazy - Eccentric Soul 009
  26. Basil Rathbone/Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf - Peter, Tubby and Pan
  27. Ice Age: (side A) - New Brigade
  28. Perspective: The Eels - Perspective
  29. Vern Gosdin: Baby That's Cold - The Voice
  30. Cyne: Opera - Pretty Dark Things
  31. Various: Aluja - Yoruba Drums from Benin, West Africa
  32. DJ Scotch Egg: Scotch Circus - Drumized
  33. Jane Ira Bloom: Altair 4 - Like Silver, Like Song
  34. Yo-Yo Ma: Fugata - Soul of the Tango
  35. The Thievery Corporation: The Hong Kong Triad - Moom
  36. Tom Waits: All Stripped Down - Bone Machine
  37. Rufus Wainwright: Leaving for Paris No.2 - Release the Stars
  38. Tekachi: Amygdata - Arryhthmia 3
  39. rugar: a scent of europe - my girl, the princess
  40. Santiago Navascues: Granada - Music for the Spanish Guitar
  1. Crystal Castles + Turkish Village Music: For the love of all that is freeform, this was one of my favorite moments in all of my DJing. I absolutely cannot stress how perfectly these two tracks seemed to go together, and I can only hatch it up to improved luck points in the RPG called Life. 
  2. Rufus Wainwright: Thanks to the suggestions of a friend I played some Rufus Wainwright...and then I played some more. UGH. So good. I need more of that, I also need to keep it in mind for good layering content (or at least his more minimalist albums). 
  3. Chiptunes: I really love chiptunes. I get filled with girlish glee when I find that I've accidentally stumbled upon a chiptune artist in the station. Thus, when I found DJ Scotch Egg, I reacted appropriately and squealed at the top of my lungs. I also played some rugar for you all, who is one of my favorite chiptune artists, although he doesn't have much out there presently, but you can find his album at 8bitpeoples.
  1. Peter and the Wolf layering: Honestly, this was completely lackluster for me. I really hope that you all liked it, because I was painfully trying not to take the Ice Age record away from the layering. Maybe I should have, but sometimes I like to bathe in the uncomfortable mixing of inappropriately combined records. Next time I will have more reserve.
  2. Stravinsky Narration: Remember that time that I thought I was putting on a great recording of Four Etudes for Orchestra and then it turned out to be a commentary track that actually ended up skipping within 3 minutes? Yeah, me too. Never again. 
  3. Country: I'm sorry, but I'm really not a fan of country. I always go to the Folk section to grab some CDs, but I constantly have a fear that I'm going to pull a country artist...and today I did. T_T I tried to save it with some layering...but I'm not sure it worked.