Category Archives: 12 – December

December 21: HAPPY CHRISTMAKWANZAAKKAH!

Yes, indeed! I can’t say it enough: Happy Christmakwanzaakkah!

This post is a little late for that, but here’s what I like about late greetings for things like Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, birthdays, the 4th of July, Martin Luther King Day, etc: it means you can extend the celebration. So by all means, extend Christmakwanzaakkah into the new year by listening to this special holiday show!

You can even celebrate with rubber bands…
and R2D2…
and C-3PO…

I know you’re aware that Bob Dylan sings Christmas songs from time to time. But did you know that Jimi Hendrix made a Christmas album? You do now. Also, it is no secret that one of my favorite things about this time of year is that I get to play the Destiny’s Child Christmas album on the radio. If the gods are a-listening, hear my plea! Revive Destiny’s Child! They are queens of the musical world.

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December 14

ooo, I found a box full of soul/blues/R&B 7″ records, and that’s how the show begins. Well, really it begins with James Brown (a new live album of a 1962 show at the Apollo!), just to set the mood.

I became preoccupied with some musicians’ nicknames…I suppose you can’t really choose your own nickname, unless you’re Marcel the Shell. Like Lynda Barry sez, you can only hope that you don’t get stuck with something like “The Smell”.

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December 7

I don’t intend for the following statement to be a deterrent to listening to this show, but: the first half of this latest installment consists of a failed experiment.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to accumulate the acumen and screw up the courage to fill an entire hour’s worth of air time solely with sound effects. I put together enough of em for today to occupy about 30 minutes. I built something like a narrative, which culminates in a rather creepy ambiance. And then, simply due to momentum, I keep the creep for a little while after the sound effects have done their business. My mood might have something to do with staying up all night and heading in to the station, buzzed and nearly hallucinogenic.

In any case, I think a new tactic is in order when it comes to utilizing sound. I really like an element of surprise, which often happens when someone follows a musical track with a straight-up sound. I’d like to apply that effect to a whole show’s worth of soundy sounds. This project is a work in progress.

Curious? Here ya go.

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