Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Genre research project 35/1359: Vietnamese Classical

Nhã nhạc is the most popular form of imperial court music, specifically referring to the court music played from the Trần Dynasty to the very last Nguyễn Dynasty of Vietnam, being synthesized and most highly developed by the Nguyễn emperors. Along with nhã nhạc, the imperial court of Vietnam in the 19th century also had many royal dances which still exist to this day. The theme of most of these dances is to wish the kings longevity and the country wealth.

Classical music is also performed in honour of gods and scholars such as Confucius in temples. These categories are defined as Nhã Nhạc ("elegant music", ritual and ceremonial music), Đại nhạc ("great music"), and Tiểu nhạc ("small music") that was chamber music for the entertainment of the king. In Vietnamese traditional dance court dances were defined as either van vu (civil servant dance) or vo vu (military dance).

Vietnamese Court Music, called Nac Dai Noi, or "music of the palace," can be performed by a twelve-instrument ensemble (for Dai Nhac music) or a fourteen-instrument ensemble (for Nha Nhac music). Nha Nhac corresponds to Chinese Yayue and Japanese Gagaku traditions.

[Editor's note: I am unsure if the Khac Chi Ensemble (above) classifies as Vietnamese Classical/Court Music, but that is how they were labeled on rateyourmusic.com, so...]

Monday, April 14, 2014

I ain't looking for that easy way out

Songs: Ohia - "Just Be Simple" (Magnolia Electric Company Co.)

How the heck do people listen to super sad music when they're feeling down? That's too much sad.

(This album is absolutely incredible, by the way.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Playlist for 4-10-14

You guys,

Will you do me a favor? Between now and April 21st, try to save $2.50 a week, and set it aside. That way, when our fund drive begins, you can call in to my show, pledge $5, and know that you helped fund non-profit radio in Orange County. You are more than welcome to donate MORE than $5, but if every person that listens donated $5 to the station, we'd be doing pretty well, I'd say.

And I can continue playing songs like these:

Things that Are Square 4-10-14

(*) = New release

Roy Acuff - Night Train to Memphis - The Essential Roy Acuff

Red Allen - Are You Washed in the Blood? - Classic Southern Gospel
Neko Case - Deep Red Bells - Blacklisted
Songs: Ohia - Lioness - The Lioness
Hasil Adkins - Blue Suede Shoes - Peanut Butter Rock and Roll

The Cramps - Rock on the Moon - Songs the Lord Taught Us
Hunx and His Punx - Lovers Lane - Too Young to Be In Love
Heathers - Wedding Song - Unreleased
(*) Cloud Nothings - Now Here In - Here and Nowhere Else

(*) Media Jeweler - No Exit - No Exit
Ponytail - Celebrate the Body Electric (It Came from an Angel) - Ice Cream Spiritual
Guerilla Toss - Pink Elephant - Gay Disco

(*) Babymetal - Catch Me If You Can - Babymetal
Deafheaven - Punk Rock/Cody - Deafheaven/Bosse de Nage Split EP

John Hodgman - Aliens, Love -- Where Are They? - TED 2008

(*) EMA - Neuromancer - The Future's Void
Chelsea Wolfe - I Let Love In - Unreleased
Schneider TM - The Light 3000 - 6 Peace EP
John Maus - Cop Killer - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

The Lucksmiths - Adolescent Song of Mindless Devotion - First Tape
The Diskettes - Art - The Diskettes

Allo Darlin' - Henry Rollins Don't Dance - Henry Rollins Don't Dance

Genre research project 34/1359: Hip Hop

Emerging mainly on the eastern coast of the United States in the late 1970s, hip hop is a form of music emphasizing rhythmic beat patterns and spoken delivery rather than harmonic melodies and sung vocals. Much of hip hop's roots can be traced to Deejay, a form of Reggae music that an immigrant DJ Kool Herc hoped to emulate in the Bronx borough of New York City. The style quickly took over in uptown neighborhoods such as Harlem and Queens, where many enjoyed the loose, afro-centric nature of the parties Kool Herc would put on. Adapting the format to Disco and Funk breaks rather than the reggae Herc was used to further enhanced the genre's appeal in urban communities.

The music quickly took over in New York and Connecticut while expanding across the United States and eventually other countries through the 1980s and 1990s. Eventually incorporating Soul and Jazz breaks into its musical lexicon, hip hop as it is known today continues to incorporate sampling of both popular and obscure tracks from the past and present that one or more MCs rap lyrics over in a stylized, rhythmic response or addition to the beat.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Babymetal - "Doki Doki☆Morning" (Babymetal)

Perhaps you've also been aware of Babymetal's only-in-Japan mix of idol pop and metal, as they've been putting out singles with incredible (see above) videos for the last couple years. But only recently have they actually put out a full-length album. In fact, I became aware of this album while in Tokyo last month and saw it advertised/played over Shibuya Crossing (Tokyo's analogue to Times Square). Because Japan will not only make something that sounds like this, they are marketing it not just to college radio weirdos, but the ENTIRE POPULATION. Japan is a different country, you guys.

Playlist for 4-3-14

Did you guys tune in for my birthday radio show? God, you better have.

I played these songs:

Things that Are Square 4-3-14

(*) = New release

Édith Piaf - La Vie en Rose - The Very Best of Édith Piaf

Kid Koala - Moon River - Unreleased (For Renee in Santa Monica, CA)
James Chadwick - The Wooden Floor - Worried Noodles
Yo La Tengo - Last Days of Disco - And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Parenthetical Girls - Be Careful Who You Dance With - Privilege

(*) Frankie Cosmos - Birthday Song - Zentropy
Iji - About a Girl - Soup/Salad
The Metasciences - Four-Color Love Story - Pencils Down
Watercolor Paintings - Telephone Wires - Open Your Mouth
The Unicorns - Tuff Ghost - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

Pavement - The Killing Moon - Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Ed.
Frank Black - Freedom Rock - Teenager of the Year
(*) The Men - Another Night - Tomorrow's Hits
(*) Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma - Here and Nowhere Else

(*) The Body - Alone All the Way - I Shall Die Here
(*) Indian - Rhetoric of No - From All Purity
Liturgy - Generation - Aesthethica
Pig Destroyer - The Octagonal Stairway - Adult Swim Singles Program 2013

Yvette - Pure Pleasure - Process
The Mummies - Stronger than Dirt - Death by Unga Bunga!!
The King Khan & BBQ Show - Shake Real Low - The King Khan & BBQ Show
The Muslims - Walking with Jesus - Parasites/Walking with Jesus 7"

(*) A Silver Mt. Zion - What We Loved Is Not Enough - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
(*) Nmesh - If I Tell You That I'm Happy - Dream Sequins®

(*) Marissa Nadler - Dead City Emily - July

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Genre research project 33/1359: Pashto Folk Music

Pashto folk music is the traditional music of the Pashtun people of Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan. Traditional forms include the epic songs of dastan and chaharbeita, and the folk genres loba and tappa. Common instruments include the harmonium and tabla, and the stringed tanbur, dambura and robab.