Papers for the Border #9

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

“The New England Episode”

Original upload date: Sunday, 11/27/11

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Program:

  1. Intro (Jonathan Richman) (0:14)
  2. PftB Host Intro Cut-Up (0:20)
  3. “Emerson” (11:45) – Charles Ives*
  4. “Frolic Architecture” pt 1 (9:05) ~ David Grubbs/Susan Howe ~ Frolic Architecture (Drag City, 2011)
  5. “Hawthorne” (10:13) ~ Charles Ives*
  6. Frolic Architecture pt 2 (9:28)
  7. “The Alcotts” (4:55) ~ Charles Ives*
  8. Frolic Architecture pt 3 (12:22)
  9. “Thoreau” (8:28) ~ Charles Ives*
  10. “Whoever Disenchants” (1:11) – Josephine Foster ~ Graphic as a Star (Fire Records, 2009)
  11. “New England” (2:23) ~ Jonathan Richman ~ Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (Beserkley, 1976)

*These four movements make up Ives’s “Concord Sonata,” also known as “Piano Sonata No.2 ‘Concord, Mass., 1840-1860.'” This was originally released in 1962 by Time Records as S/8005 (stereo) and as 58005 (mono) under the title “”Concord” Sonata”. It was re-released on CD as part of Volume 5 of the “Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series” on the WERGO label, in December 2010. (Info from Discogs.com.)

**Frolic Architecture is the third CD recorded by the duo of avant-garde musician David Grubbs and poet Susan Howe. “Frolic Architecture” is the second of three long poems contained in Howe’s latest book, That This, published by New Directions in 2010. Please take a look at this link to get a visual sense of what it is that Howe is reading in these recordings.

Papers for the Border #8

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Original upload date: Monday, October 31, 2011

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Halloween Peter Hammill Immersion Session

Program:

  1. Dark Matter (6:56) from the solo album Sonix (Fie, 1996)
  2. Darkness (11/11) (7:00) from the Van der Graaf Generator album The Least We Can Do Is Wave (Charisma, 1969)
  3. Fogwalking (4:05) from the solo album A Black Box (S-Type/Virgin, 1980)
  4. Gog / Magog (In Bromine Chambers) (17:40) from the solo album In Camera (Charisma, 1974)
  5. A Ritual Mask (3:53) from the solo album Loops and Reels (Fie, 1992)
  6. Masks (7:00) from the Van der Graaf Generator album World Record (Charisma, 1976)
  7. Usher: selections from the solo album The Fall of the House of Usher: Deconstructed and Rebuilt (Fie, 1999)**
      1. Architecture (Act Two) (3:40)
      2. The Sleeper (Act Two) (3:18)
      3. I Shun the Light (Act Two) (3:45)
      4. She Is Dead (Act Five) (6:43)
      5. Beating of the Heart (Act Six) (5:19)
      6. The Haunted Palace (Act Six) (4:21)
      7. I Dared Not Speak (Act Six) (2:56)
      8. She Comes Towards the Door (Act Six) (1:06)
      9. The Fall (Act Six) (3:19)
  1. The Bells The Bells (4:08) from the solo album Loops and Reels (Fie, 1992)
  2. The Tower (interlude from “In the Black Room”) (2:44) from the solo album Chameleon in the Shadows of the Night (Charisma, 1972)
  3. White Dot (6:22) from the solo album Singularity (Fie, 2006)
  4. The Music of Erich Zann (24:58) Composed (1979) by John Geist (b. 1949) for quartet and narrator. Performed by Kronos Quartet with Peter Hammill at The Barbican, London, 22 July 1994. Text by H. P. Lovecraft.***
  5. The Wipe (1:51) from the solo album A Black Box (S-Type/Virgin, 1980)
* Loops and Reels was originally self-released by Hammill on cassette.

** The original Fall of the House of Usher album was released in 1991 on the Some Bizarre label.

***You can follow along with the text of  “The Music of Erich Zann” here
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Notes: The new — Halloween Edition — of Papers for the Border is alive! Alive! Episode #8: Hammillwe’en. Where we spend just over two hours exploring the darker side of the dark side of the artist known as Peter Hammill. Depressing? Hell no! Spinetinglingly unsettling and perhaps a little disquieting? Right on! Enjoy!

There are many wordless pieces of music herein, but the lyrics of the songs that aren’t can be found at the lyrics section of Peter Hammill’s website.

Papers for the Border #7

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Original upload date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Program:

1. Swedes (1:13) ~ Chris Corsano ~ Blood Pressure (Hot Cars Warp, 2006)

2. Initially This (2:38) ~ Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Stevie Wishart ~ The Compass, Log, and Lead (Intakt, 2006)

3. Boogie (3:58) ~ The Red Krayola ~ Hazel (Drag City, 1996)

4. Spane (5:24) ~ Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Oren Marshall ~ Trio Playing (INCUS, 1995)

5. The Wire (5:13) ~ Steve Lacy ~ Dreams (Saravah, 1975)

6. The Salome She Always Threatened to Turn Into (1:58) ~ Ashtray Navigations ~ Blues and Authentic River Songs (n/a, 2002)

7. Ballad (13:28) ~ Fe-Mail  ~ Blixter Toad (Ashpodel, 2006)

8. Arnhem 6 (1:47)

9. Arnhem 7 (1:40)

10. Arnhem 4 (1:41) ~ Maja Ratkje and Jaap Blonk ~ MAJAAP (Kontrans, 2004)

11. Of Strange Attractors (8:55) ~ Maja Ratkje and Jaap Blonk ~ Post-Human Identities (Kontrans, 2005)

12. Mini Four (4:04) ~ Sylvie Courvoisier, Joelle Leandre, Susie Ibarra ~Passaggio (Intakt, 2002)

13. Fossils Come Alive! (1:43) ~ The Curtains ~ Make Us Two Crayons on the Floor (Yik Yak, 2003)

14. My Love for You Has Turned to Life (0:40) ~ MV & EE with The Bummer Road ~Mother of Thousands (Time-Lag, 2006)

Papers for the Border #6

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Original upload date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Program:

  1.  “Friendly Galaxy” (1:17) ~ Sun Ra ~ Disco 3000 (Art Yard, 2009). Originally released in 1978 on the Saturn label.
  2. “HOIB 2” (17:09) ~ Hubbub ~ HOIB (Matchless, 2004).
  3. “Missouri Couple seeks Law Against Hunting + Drinking: : Dean St.” ~ (10:58) ~ Ecstasy Mule ~ Ecstasy Mule Contemplate Hunting & Drinking When the Rainbow is Enuf (Batterie, 2008).
  4. “The Long Hot Summer” (12:45) Charlotte Moorman, Jackson Mac Low, and others, from Cello Anthology (Alga Marghen, 2007). Performance recorded in 1964.
  5. “A Black Mass Part 1” (15:43) ~ Amiri Baraka and the Sun Ra Myth Science Arkestra ~ A Black Mass (Son Boy Records, 1999). Play written in 1965, recorded in 1968.

Papers for the Border #5

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Original upload date: December 14, 2010

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Program:

  1. “It’s Still ’56” (1:45) ~ Richard Buckner ~ Impasse-ette (Overcoat, 2002).
  2. Anti-Sex Anti-Wiretapping (Made in Taiwan)” (12:28) ~ God ~ s/t  (Little Enjoyer / Gameboy, 2005).
  3. “Contextual Part 3” (10:31) ~ AMM ~ Laminal  (Matchless, 1969/82/94).
  4. “Bug Day” (4:58) ~ The Fall ~ The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall  (Beggars Banquet, 1984).
  5. “Slide 9” (8:00) ~ AFCGT ~ AFCGT (SubPop, 2010).
  6. “Eclipse” (12:01) ~ Aki Onda ~ Ancient and Modern (Phenomena, 2003).
  7. “Opium War” (7:14) ~ Robert Wyatt ~ Radio Experiment, Rome, February 1981  (Rai Trade, 2009).

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Looking back on these songs nine months later, I’m finding it difficult to figure out what I was going for. I remember that the “Anti-Sex…” song was the nucleus; I really wanted to include a part of that sprawling recording. While researching the recording, I came across a review that likened the musicians known as “God,” Leif Erik Sundström & Bryan Eubanks, to another group of improvising musicians near to my heart, AMM. So I decided to throw an AMM recording into the mix, to see how it stood up next to the previous track.

The final two tracks were simply cuts from albums that I had obtained a week or two before putting together the podcast, and thought they were perfect for PftB. The Wyatt track got me thinking about war, and so when I was looking for a short opening song (I was originally going to include the Henry Cow song, “War”), i thought of the Richard Buckner track. Recorded in 2002, but containing, apparently, a much older recording, I believe this is Buckner’s unusually subtle way of making a statement regarding the Iraq War. The AFCGT album was sent to me by a friend, and I found myself fascinated by “Slide 9”.

Why the Fall? Well, The Wonderful & Frightening… had just been re-released in an “omnibus” edition, and I realized that it was the one Fall album I’d never really given a chance. Ever since my discovery of the band around 1994, I’d written this album off as unadventurous and boring. When I’m wrong, I am very wrong. “Bug Day” “goes out to,” as they say — and this episode is dedicated to — Matt O’Neal, a professor of entomology at Iowa State University, and a close friend of mine, as well as my son’s godfather. Matt is in the process of discovering the skewed genius of Mark E. Smith and the Fall.

Papers for the Border #4

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Original upload date: Saturday, October 2, 2010

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Program:

  1. Thorow (intro) (2:53) ~ Susan Howe & David Grubbs ~ Thiefth, Drag City, 2005.
  2. Flüchtige Baren (6:02) ~ Peter Brötzmann / Misha Mengelberg / Han Bennink ~ 3 Points and a Mountain… Plus, FMP (orig. released in 1979).
  3. Urchins at the Harp (6:20) ~ Volcano the Bear ~Guess the Birds, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, 2002.
  4. Thorow, Part 1 (3:26) ~ Susan Howe & David Grubbs ~ Thiefth, Drag City, 2005.
  5. Go Easy on the Fun Fund (2:30) ~ Solex & Maarten Altena Ensemble ~ In the Fishtank, vol. 13, Konkurrent, 2005.
  6. Fly Fly Fly (8:40) ~ Larry Ochs / Joan Jeanrenaud / Miya Masaoka ~ Fly Fly Fly, Intakt, 2004.
  7. Thorow, Part 2 (5:40) ~ Susan Howe & David Grubbs ~ Thiefth, Drag City, 2005.
  8. Le Chapelier (2:43) ~ The Hat Shoes ~ Home ~ RecRec, 2002.
  9. Quartet for the End of Time, Fifth Movement: Praise to the Eternity of Jesus (8:03) ~ Nadia Ratsimandresy & Matteo Ramon Arevalos ~ Messiaen et Autour de Messiaen for Ondes Martenot and Piano, RER, 2009.
  10. Thorow, Part 3 (2:50) ~ Susan Howe & David Grubbs ~ Thiefth, Drag City, 2005.
  11. A Change Is Going to Come (9:31) ~ Baby Huey ~ The Baby Huey Story ~ Water, 2006.
  12. Tomorrow Man (3:01) ~ Psycho & the Birds ~ We’ve Moved ~ Happy Jack Rock Records, 2008.

Papers for the Border #3

November 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Originally uploaded: 9/28/2010

Guided by Voices tribute

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Program (all songs are understood to be written and performed by Guided by Voices). The cover versions will have the performing band’s name in parentheses after the song title.

  1. “Broadcastor House” (1:08) ~ Clown Prince of the Menthol Trailer (Recordhead, 1994).
  2. “June Salutes You” (Sabia Sensivel) (1:33) ~ The Official Ironmen Rally Song  (Matador, 1996).
  3. “Bee Thousand” (1:30) ~ The Grand Hour (Scat, 1994).
  4. “Real” (2:27) ~ Wish in One Hand… (Jass, 1997).
  5. “He’s the Uncle” (1:38) ~ Under the Bushes Under the Stars (2CD UK version) (Matador, 1996).
  6. “Hey Aardvark” (0:51) ~ Static Airplane Jive (City Slang, 1993).
  7. “The Official Ironmen Rally Song ” (The John Candy) (2:48) ~ Under the Bushes Under the Stars (Matador, 1996).
  8. “Echos Myron” (Continental Combo) ~ Bee Thousand (Scat, 1994).
  9. “Red Gas Circle” (1:25) ~ Propeller (Scat, 1993).
  10. “Matter Eater Lad” (1:12) ~ (see #1).
  11. “Rubber Man” (0:34) ~ (see #6).
  12. “Weedking” (Monodecks) (4:17) ~ Propeller (Scat, 1993).
  13. “Sad If I Lost It” (George Belasco e o Cao Andaluz) (4:39) ~ Mag Earwhig! (Matador, 1997).
  14. “Pantherz ” (2:33) ~ Jellyfish Reflector (Jellyfish, 1996).
  15. “Curse of the Black Ass Buffalo” (1:20) ~ I Am a Scientist, (Scat, 1994).
  16. “Grandfather Westinghouse” (2:24) ~ (see #1).
  17. “Johnny Appleseed” (2:21) ~ (see #1).
  18. “Alien Lanes” (2:32) ~  (see #3).
  19. “What About It?” (1:37) ~ Vampire on Titus (Matador, 1994).
  20. Motor Away (Grasiela Piasson) (1:25) ~ Alien Lanes (Matador, 1995).

All songs are by Guided by Voices. All are performed by GbV except for 2, 7, 8, 12, 13, and 20: those are all cover versions from the album Don’t Stop Now: Um Tributo ao Guided By Voices (Transfusão Noise Records), and the artists are listed in parentheses after the song title in each case. The label has the album available for free download at http://transfusaonoiserecords.blogspot.com/. The GbV albums that the cover songs are originally from are listed in the same manner as the others.

This episode was intended to be a tribute to the “classic” era of Guided by Voices (1993-1996), upon discovering that this lineup would be reuniting and playing concerts. A departure from what would be the norm if the podcast had been around long enough to establish such a thing, this episode consisted entirely of GbV songs.

In keeping with the Papers for the Border ethos, the songs contained in this episode are mainly ones that are off the beaten path. Hopefully there will still be some discoveries to be made for the casual GbV fan. Enjoy!

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