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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: The Laughing String, A Science Experiment


Tonight's Explorers Room, in observance of the Fine Art of Goofing Off, will explore the weird world of the incredible Laughing String.  The Laughing String can bring joy and mirth into your home; this has been proven true, with the scientific realities of our day, in this time.  Those of you who are in analysis I think will understand the function of this object: lace the string around the group, or gang of cats, or around the periphery of your body, and wind it up tight. The laughter will come, at about mid-ships.

Please join tonight in this laughing experiment, and keep in mind that it is recommended to store the string in a little plastic container when not in use.  It has a kind of radioactive electronic thing about it which gets completely dissipated.  It's a sort of in-group thing. Make it swing while you go and try to hear all the sounds while you fall out.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: 100th Episode! White Goddess – King Kong


On this historic evening, the 100th night of the Explorers Room, we'll once again embark on exotic and surreal exploration: in search of the glorious monster, the king of all beasts, the great and powerful Kong; through the strange echoes and lost plateaus of Frank Hunter's classic Ondioline-exotica album, White Goddess; and feverishly revisiting some especially salient favorites from the very first show.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Avant-Alohas, Italian Minimalist Jungles, Inflatable Arcadias


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we return from last week's absence to traipse feverishly through disorienting jungles devised by exotica concrète and other strategies, including a lengthy sojourn to those of Italian minimalist/fourth world/ethnosurrealist outfit Futuro Antico, and some of the various offshoots of that collective scene.  We'll also spend some weird time in various visions of Hawaii, from indigenous Hawaiian avant-garde music, to bizarre conceptions of Hawaii in psych and outsider music, with some other stuff that's hard to classify filling in the gaps.  Should be a jungly one, sailors.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: M O T O R I K



Tonight's Explorers Room will be spent in perpetual motion, an exploration of the motorik sound – also referred to as lange gerade (long straight), endlose gerade (endless straight), or the Apache beat – mainly as practiced by its sort-of originators, Michael Rother & Klaus Dinger of the legendary krautrock duo, Neu!  We'll hear manifestations of motorik in Neu!'s various recordings, and its continuing evolution & influence in a variety of Dinger/Rother solo/side projects and collaborations with other krautrock luminaries.  Two lines, only occasionally converging, barrelling straight ahead at a constant speed, indefinitely.  No destination necessary.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: MARATHON MAN Week 2! Support WFMU!


Tune in tonight to the Explorers Room for WEEK TWO of the WFMU FUNDRAISING MARATHON.  I'll be playing awesome sounds from the various albums that are my lot to award as prizes, to you, provided you have the means, revolutionary fervor, love of music, passion for emancipated & emancipatory programming, and goodness of heart to donate to the cause, the righteous cause of keeping WFMU afloat and a-broadcasting, beaming via radiowaves and pneumatic internet tubes a multivalent, multi-platform, neverending supply of sonic sustenance for an otherwise sorely alienated world that isn't sure it feels like itself anymore.  Help, please, help. 

Help!

A pledge of $20 or more during my show will make you eligible for prizes (see above); a pledge of $75 or more will also guarantee you this years Explorers Room Premium (see below): Madness – The Feast of the Drum.  A collection of percussive ritual sorcery, imitation voodoo, bongo fetishisms, ethnographic hallucinations, the rare authentic, and throbbing mysteries from exotica's jungle night imaginary.  African drumming packaged as exotica, exotica packaged as ethnographic document, and all the ambiguities and fever dreams in between.

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TONIGHT: Each at the forge must do their duty! Strike while the iron is hot!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: MARATHON MAN, Week 1


Tune in tonight to the Explorers Room and dig my small part of the 2017 WFMU annual fundraising marathon.  Pledge to support a revolutionary organization that challenges the tyranny of sonic hegemony and consistently advances the cause of liberated music programming, all without underwriting or blood money to muddy the mission.  A world without WFMU is a worse world, so let's keep it around.  The only way that happens, and somehow this seems to work, is through contributions from listeners and human beings like yourself.

A pledge of $20 or more during my show will make you eligible for prizes (see above); a pledge of $75 or more will also guarantee you this years Explorers Room Premium (see below): Madness – The Feast of the Drum.  A collection of percussive ritual sorcery, imitation voodoo, bongo fetishisms, ethnographic hallucinations, the rare authentic, and throbbing mysteries from exotica's jungle night imaginary.  African drumming packaged as exotica, exotica packaged as ethnographic document, and all the ambiguities and fever dreams in between.

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TONIGHT: TAKE THE PLUNGE, MAKE A PLEDGE

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Storm Comin'



Tonight in the Explorers Room, sort of un-themed show of music I've been listening to this week and enjoying.  Lots of Keith Hudson, Mighty Sparrow, Eddie Harris.  You get the picture.  It'll be good.  It's my birthday this week, so I'm just playing music to please myself, basically.

TONIGHT, 7-10

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Indigenous Protest, Antropoloops, Aesthetic Expressions Of Psychedelic Funk Music


Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll hear protest, folk, and art music from American indigenous peoples; a healthy serving of ecstatic sound-collages from the deliriously brilliant Antropoloops project; and other psychedelic exorcisms from around and about this throbbing planet. 

TUNE IN DEAR LADY, TUNE IN DEAR MAN

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: I Mean Damn, Get Out of Your Seat!


Tonight in the Explorers Room, let's completely boogie out the room with some Nigerian funk, militant disco, purplefunk squiggle music, underground dance experiments, mutant reggae, and queer cosmic allegories.  Your explorers room is now a dancefloor: how will you use it, explorer?

And then tomorrow we see how the February 17 general strike will go.  Probably not very well, particularly without a strong union involvement, but dammit that's no reason not to participate.  Don't work, don't shop.  Stay home and goof off, which, as Henry Jacobs reminds us, is a creative act of radical self-determination.  Or follow Brother D's words of wisdom: go out and AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!

In the meantime, see you tonight, 7:00 sharp:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Expedition" Now Available at Printed Matter, Inc.


Very very pleased to announce that my book, Expedition, is now available at Printed Matter, an incredible organization "dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists' books" at 231 11th Ave in New York.  Pop in and check it out.  It's also in the online catalog, here.