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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Explorations of Egypt in Jazz

Tonight in the Room we'll be immersing ourselves in jazz selections with Egyptian themes, with all the exoticism, Orientalism, Afrocentrism, and Afrofuturism that implies. And with no small amount of selections from Sun Ra (and his cohort), for whom Egyptological themes were an absolutely essential aspect of the cosmology.  Prepare for an extremely spiritual night of jazzy magic as we travel both forward and backward in time (simultaneously) to an Egypt unconquerable by Napoleons, where the mummies were never unwrapped. Tonight, 7-10.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Lotus Lands and Oriental Mambos

Tonight we sojourn once again into total exotica.  Percussion, Orientalism, bird calls, mambo/rhumba/cha-cha-cha, Hawaiian lounge acts, etc. etc. etc. The good stuff.  May dip back in time a bit to some 78rpm-era exoticism.  I really can't wait to fill the Room with these tunes.  In the meantime, fix yourself a drink; I've been really swinging on this older, rather minimalist Planter's Punch recipe that's basically just equal parts rum, white cane sugar syrup, and fresh lime juice in crushed ice.  Extremely plantocratic stuff, elementally Caribbean, a perfect complement to the paradise humidity of this forthcoming lotus land of exotic sound.

See you there? 7-10.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (funk, jazz, children's delights)

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll have a thrilling assortment of funk, jazz, and children's music.  No grand theme to unite this particular evening, just a vague sensibility in search of a really, really enjoyable night of music.  Possible profundities may seep through the cracks if you meet me halfway. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: We Set the Mantrols for the Heart of the Sun (Cosmic Themes in Dub and Reggae)

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we go boldly forth into heavy heavy dubspace, in search of cosmic themes in dub and reggae, a little corner of music that is, or can be, as Afrofuturist as Sun Ra or Parliament-Funkadelic.  It's just endlessly trippy as well, so it should be a wild evening of sounds: heavy echo, laser synths, alien moogs, and bizarre vocals.  See you there, explorers, gazing at the cosmos through the bay windows of the Starship Africa.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Extended Meditations

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be easing our troubled souls with a variety of extended meditative compositions, including new age soundscapes, German synth music, field recordings, and ethnological forgeries.  Come join me for a dip in the embryonic waters.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Heat Waves, Echoes Hypnotiques

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll be once again trying to combat the oppressive summer heat with steamy hot night music – from Jamaica, West Africa, and elsewhere – teeming with echoes, echoey electric guitars, and revolutionary sentiment.  Let the sounds ring through the night like heat lightning in your soul, and cool thyself in righteousness.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Modern Sounds, Primitive Feelings – Martin Denny, the Prime Birdcall Years

"...a combination of the South Pacific and the Orient...what a lot of people imagined the islands to be like... it's pure fantasy though."
-Martin Denny, on his particular brand of musical Exotica
In the Explorers Room tonight we'll be conducting a survey of Martin Denny – his music, his themes, his wild animal cries – featuring some of the most interesting selections from his best Liberty LPs and a rundown of the various liner notes that accompany them.  You're going to want to listen with a cool tropical drink at hand; I recommend, for obvious reasons, the Jungle Bird.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Sonic Waters and Silent Worlds (Underwater Synth Music)

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll be cooling off with an evening of underwater synth music.  It's muggy out there.  It's hot. But in the ocean we'll be cool, at peace, submerged in wonder. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Exotic Forests and Enchanted Tangos

Last week, Explorers Room was to fill in for Give the Drummer Some AND the following show, Kaminsky Kamoutsky, for a 4-hour program. A power outage, sustained at exactly 5:58 and delivered by one whopper of a lightning storm, wrecked that whole scene.  Alas, alas, but tune in tonight to pick up that very show, retooled for a leaner meaner 3-hour regular slot: exotic forests and enchanted tangos with myself and all the other explorers, on this hot hot night, 7:00 - 10:00.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tonight in the Explorers Room: A Nature Walkabout with Sven Libaek

Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll be spending an adventuresome and lovely evening with one of our (I include you in this statement, dear reader, out of respect for your well-documented, impeccable tastes) very favorite composers in the world, the one and only Sven Libaek. A Norwegian by birth and Australian by choice, Libaek is a towering figure of Australia's recording industry and a highly idiosyncratic composer with a unique and instantly recognizable sound. This is the music of underwater film, contemplative shots of birds in flight, washed-out technicolor blues, search and discovery, natural wonder – documentaries, and dreams of documentaries. I'm not trying to impress with rarity or astounding feats of deviation and variety this evening; no, by gum, I'll be playing all the hits, from Inner Space to Nature Walkabout, and so on and so forth.  Tune in and walkabout with your fellow explorers through vistas of warm searching sound.


Also, I'll be out of town next Thursday, but to make up for it I'll be doing a 4-hour show on Tuesday, July 5, from 6:00-10:00.  So inform your secretaries so they can adjust your schedule accordingly.