Monday, March 31, 2014

Genre research project 32/1359: Eurodisco

Cerrone - "Give Me Love" (Supernature (Cerrone III))

Euro disco (or Eurodisco) is the variety of European forms of electronic dance music that first originated from disco in the 1970s; incorporating elements of pop, new wave and rock into a disco-like continuous dance atmosphere. Many Euro disco compositions feature lyrics sung in English, although the singers often share a different mother tongue.

Euro disco derivatives generally include Europop and Eurodance, with the most prominent subgenres being space disco of the late 1970s and Italo disco of the early 1980s. The genre has declined in popularity after 1985 in preference to synth rock and Hi-NRG, with a small revival of Italo disco in the late 1990s.

Compared to early US Disco most R&B and Soul influences were replaced by more electronic sounds using synthesizers, drum machines, faster BPM and metronomic, monotonous rhythms, often accompanied by lush and sweeping strings, the 'campness' and overemphasis on melody of Euro Pop and the disparate influences of Continental Europe local styles of music.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Container - "Slush" (Adhesive)

In case you like your electronic music in da trash instead of da club.

Playlist for 3-20-14

Hey guys!

Sorry for the massive delay in posting this but I've been real busy at work and in the evenings and I just didn't have the time or energy to get this out. My bad. But I'm here now. I'm here for you. With a list of songs that I played. Because you care. XOX

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Things that Are Square 3-20-14

(*) = New release

Gamers in Exile - I Am a Decent Man - Tigerbeat6 Inc.

The Knife - Heartbeats - Deep Cuts
ROVO - 極星 - Live at 日比谷野音
Tussle vs Konono No1 - Soft Crush - Tradi-Mods vs Rockers
Omar Souleyman - Ala Il Hanash Madgouga (The Bedouin Tattoo) - Jazeera Nights

(*) Container - Glaze - Adhesive
Death Grips - This Is Violence Now (Don't Get Me Wrong) - Government Plates
Techno Animal - Blood Money - The Brotherhood of the Bomb
(*) Xiu Xiu - Stupid In the Dark - Angel GuTs: Red Classroom

Chuck Roberts - My House - Can You Feel It? (For Johnny in Nashville, TN)
Jandek - C F - Blue Corpse
Roy Acuff - Lonesome Old River Blues - The Essential Roy Acuff
(*) Sun Kil Moon - I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love - Benji

(*) Frankie Cosmos - Birthday Song - Zentropy
The Mountain Goats - The Sign - Bitter Melon Farm
Teenage Fanclub - Sparky's Dream - Grand Prix
Palm Reader - In One Ear, Out the Other - Unlucky

The Hunt - Summer of Hate - The Hunt Begins
Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach for My Revolver - Signals, Calls, And Marches
The Dabbers - And I Was Like, And They Were All - And I Was Like, And They Were All
Jawbreaker - Kiss the Bottle - Etc. (For Renee in Santa Monica, CA)

(*) Babymetal - Gimme Chocko!! - Babymetal
Neurosis - Stones from the Sky - A Sun that Never Sets
Shearwater - Natural One - Fellow Travelers

Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid - Space Paranoid - Black Magic Satori

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Black Magic Satori

Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid - "Black Magic Satori" (Black Magic Satori)

In what, I believe, is the 11th variation of the band Acid Mothers Temple, AMT&SP is their homage to the stoner doom of Black Sabbath (with, of course, bushels of blotter paper thrown in). If you happen to have access to the mp3s of their super-limited-edition live album (which I THINK has them covering plenty of Sabbath songs), you can go ahead and send them my way and I will say plenty of good things about you on the radio.

Genre research project 31/1359: Dabke

Omar Souleyman - "Ala Il Hanash Madgouga (The Bedouin Tattoo)" (Jazeera Nights: Folk & Pop Sounds of Syria)

Dabke (Arabic: دبكة‎); "debka" is an Arab folk dance native to the Levant. It is popular in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Syria. A line dance, it is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions. The line forms from right to left. The leader of the dabke heads the line, alternating between facing the audience and the other dancers.

According to one folk tradition, the dance originated in the Levant where houses were built from stone with a roof made of wood, straw and dirt. The dirt roof had to be compacted which required stomping the dirt hard in a uniform way to compact it evenly. This event of cooperation is called ta'awon and from here comes the word awneh, meaning "help." This developed into the song Ala Dalouna (Arabic: على دلعونا‎), roughly translated, "Let's go and help". The dabke and the rhythmic songs go together in an attempt to keep the work fun and useful.

Recent developments have included increased use of electronic instruments, like synthesizers and drum machines.

[Editors note: When I was in the band Moon Pearl, we got to open for Omar Souleyman at his sold out show at the Echo, which was amazing. Now he's working with Björk. So I'm one degree away from Björk.]

[Editors note 2: Omar Souleyman holds the top three highest-rated albums in the "dabke" genre catagory on] 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Playlist for 3-6-14

Happy Friday, you guys!

I was in Japan all last week! I ate some of the best food I've ever had! Everyone is polite! Everything is clean! Beer costs way too much! It was very fun but I missed you guys. So I played you some music I heard in Japan on the show last night. You're always in my heart, listener-friend. <3 p="">
The playlist:

Things that Are Square 3-6-14

(*) = New release

Tom Waits - Big in Japan - Mule Variations

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Invader Invader - Nanda Collection
(*) Babymetal - Doki Doki Morning - Babymetal
Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi - A New Radiance Sprining Forth From Inside the Light - Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All the Mystery

(*) Media Jeweler - No Exit - No Exit
Giraffes? Giraffes! - When Catholic Girls Go Camping, The Nicotine Vampires Rule Supreme - More Silk for Milk-Mouth
Machinedrum - Sacred Frequency - Room(s)
(*) Container - Glaze - Adhesive

(*) St. Vincent - Digital Witness - St. Vincent

Playlist for 2-20-14

Hey guys!

Sorry for the delay in posting this! I was busy all day Friday and then Saturday I left to go to Japan for a while. Hope you don't mind.

And thanks to my friend Leah for coming and picking music and being a fun radio friend.

The playlist:

Things that Are Square 2-20-14

(*) = New release

Girls - Broken Dreams Club - Broken Dreams Club

(*) Marissa Nadler - Drive - July
(*) Warpaint - Love Is to Die - Love Is to Die
Hozier - Take Me to Church - Take Me to Chuch
(*) Sun Kil Moon - Truck Driver - Benji

(*) Angel Olsen - Hi-Five - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
The Twerps - Peculiar - Twerps
Still Corners - Don't Fall in Love - Don't Fall in Love/Wish
Kids on a Crime Spree - I Don't Want to Call You Baby, Baby - We Love You So Bad (For Renee in Santa Monica, CA)

Mika Miko - Will Bore - We Be Xuxa
Shannon and the Clams - Troublemaker - I Wanna Go Home
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Longmont Potion Castle - Y2K - Longmont Potion Castle Vol. 4

Jawbreaker - Save Your Generation - Dear You
Braid - A Dozen Roses - Frame and Canvas
Daddy's Hands - I Hate Z Pank - Daddy's Hands
Half Goon - Zoo - Terrorizer

Crass - Shaved Women - Best Before 1984
Rudimentary Peni - Teenage Time Killer - The EPs of RP
Conflict - The Guilt and the Glory - Employing All Means Necessary
(*) Xiu Xiu - Stupid in the Dark - Angel Guts: Red Classroom

Gandalf - Hang on to a Dream - Gandalf
Hawkwind - Brainstorm - Doremi Fasol Latido

Can - Vitamin C - Ege Bamyasi
The Fall - Totally Wired - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong