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Options August 26, 2014: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Live recordings from Skeleton Crew, Débile Menthol, and Reportaż [PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.]

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Artist Track Album Label Year
The In-Theme  Holger Hiller: Toyshopshoptoy   Options      
Skeleton Crew  side A (1982)   Options Live  RecRec  1984 
Skeleton Crew  side B (1982)   Options Live  RecRec  1984 
Débile Menthol  side A   Options Live en Europe, 1982–84  Unbeirrt eu D  1984 
Débile Menthol  side B   Options Live en Europe, 1982–84  Unbeirrt eu D  1984 
Reportaż  side A (1983)   Options Stay at Home  A.R.S.  1984 
Reportaż  side B (1983)   Options Stay at Home  A.R.S.  1984 
Plastic People of the Universe  Slavna Nemesis (1979)   Options Jak Bude Po Smrti  Globus  1998 
Out-Theme  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options      

Listener comments!

Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 12:01pm listener james from westwood:

Whoo! Back in from the deli just as the theme started. Howdy, Tony and all!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:01pm DCE:

hey fellow rhinoceri!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:01pm Doug Schulkind:

The Hissing of summer Tapes!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:03pm Tony Coulter:

Hello all! I am currently experiencing difficulties with the stream -- hopefully they won't be experienced on your end. May make it hard for me to comment today.... (Fingers crossed.)
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:04pm Rich in Washington:

Are you upstreaming without a paddle?
Greetings, Tony, Listener James, DCE, Doug, fellow listeners!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:05pm Kay:

Incommunicado desifinado
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:07pm DCE:

did you say Fred Frith was in this group? or did I mishear?
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:11pm Tony Coulter:

Hello again, everybody! Still dealing with problems over here -- hopefully not for much longer.

@ DCE: Yes, Frith was in this group....
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:11pm steve:

hey Tony and friends. 10 seconds in, i like where this is going.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:12pm Rich in Washington:

This is great. I have woefully little of Skeleton Crew in my collection - mainly on compilations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:12pm DCE:

yes, I can hear that now.
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 12:23pm listener james from westwood:

It's entirely new to me and I'm happy to make its acquaintance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:25pm cklequ:

This is reminding me a track on this old Eugene Chadbourne record i used to have on constant rotation.

Come to think of it, Fred Frith may have made an appearance or two on that album.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:26pm Gary:

Hola, Tapeheads
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:46pm DCE:

good use of samples
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:48pm Tony Coulter:

OK -- things seem to be calming down on the technical difficulties front. So, greetings again, everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 12:52pm DCE:

you mean you got the tape back INTO the cassette, Tony?
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 12:55pm Tony Coulter:

Yes! It was touch and go, but I managed to jam it in there.
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 12:59pm listener james from westwood:

There was probably a point at which scattered, shattered CDs overtook strands of discarded tape as the audio detritus one saw while creeping along a highway in heavy traffic. Now it's probably Microsoft Zunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 1:10pm DCE:

this is really good!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:11pm Tony Coulter:

@ Listener James: I used to see cassette tape hanging from trees -- can't get that with CDs.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:12pm Tony Coulter:

@ DCE: Glad you like it! Their two studio albums are well worth seeking out.
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 1:12pm listener james from westwood:

Tony: Not hardly! Not unless you hang 'em as holiday ornaments!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 8/26/14 1:24pm Carmichael:

OK, nice to finally listen to some hiss after a long time gone.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:24pm Tony Coulter:

Debile Menthol broke up way back in '84, but there were some excellent offshoots that were much more long-lived, like L'Ensemble Rayé and Nimal
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:25pm Tony Coulter:

Heya Carmichael!
  Tue. 8/26/14 1:27pm MrFab:

Durn, it's still cutting out on me. Maybe you can re-run this episode, Sir Tony.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 8/26/14 1:28pm Carmichael:

Me too, unfortunately.
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 1:28pm maestroso:

Me three. And in the middle of such an interesting piece.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 8/26/14 1:29pm Carmichael:

My iPhone just says "connecting ..."
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:29pm Tony Coulter:

Yikes! Sit tight. I'm crossing fingers left and right....
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 1:29pm DCE:

yeah, I don't think anything is playing right now, actually
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 1:30pm listener james from westwood:

Regular stream for WFMU was also giving me grief when I experimentally tried that, too.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:31pm Tony Coulter:

I am awaiting word form central command, as the problem doesn't seem to be on my end.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 8/26/14 1:32pm Rick from SC:

I can't work in this silence
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 8/26/14 1:32pm Carmichael:

Could the whole station be down?! No wonder the wind started blowing and kraken filled the skies!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:33pm Tony Coulter:

Should I whistle a tune?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 1:33pm DCE:

  Tue. 8/26/14 1:34pm MrFab:

Let's all listen to/comment on Duet For Theremin & Lap Steel til Tony comes back:
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:35pm Tony Coulter:

So no one's hearing anything? The tape is still playing....
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:36pm Tony Coulter:

I'm back!!! (I think.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 8/26/14 1:36pm Rick from SC:

all better now
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 1:37pm listener james from westwood:

There we be! Excellent!
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 1:37pm maestroso:

Yes, it's back.
  Tue. 8/26/14 1:37pm MrFab:

Yes! But I had to close the Pop-up and open it again for it to play.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:37pm Tony Coulter:

Ah, good. I think I will re-air this show at some point nonetheless.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:39pm Doug Schulkind:

If you re-start your iTunes or pop-up players, the show is still running on the stream.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:40pm Doug Schulkind:

Whatever problem is occurring, it is station-wide. People lost the audio for Joe Belock's show running over on the Mothership.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:44pm Rich in Washington:

Yay! You're back!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:45pm Doug Schulkind:

Our mighty Tech Buddha Jeff Moore is on the case. All praises to the TBJM!
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 1:48pm listener james from westwood:

Om mani padme TBJM!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 1:51pm Tony Coulter:

Funny thing about these lo-fi live recordings -- if you listen to them long enough, the ear adjusts and they start to sound just fine (to moi, at least). That's one reason I decided to play all live recordings today.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:05pm northguineahills:

@Tony: I just found some crappy mix tapes of mine from the 90s that baked in the sun and probably had drinks spilled on them, and except for the worst examples, they still sound ok by me.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:08pm Tony Coulter:

That'll be my next show: Tapes drenched in soda or maybe cat piss.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:12pm Rich in Washington:

@Tony: the Missus and I were talking about that very thing: your brain becomes the filter/descrambler of less-than-optimal media. I grew up in a distant, rural area and television reception and sometimes radio was wretched. I have tapes that are virtually unlistenable today but my mind can filter and optimize it internally.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:16pm Tony Coulter:

The only kind of sound I can't deal with is low-quality mp3's -- they hurt my ears, quite literally. They sort of create unpleasant vibrations in my inner ear. Other than that, I'm good.
  Tue. 8/26/14 2:16pm Dean:

The hi-fi/lo-fi theme here makes me think of Ward Marston, who has transcribed from 78s to digital numerous vocal recitals and operas from the turn of the 20th century. I wouldn't characterize the CDs as "hi-fi," but the sound is resplendent, not despite but because of the fidelity to the original media from which they were transcribed.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:23pm Tony Coulter:

Many of those early 78s seem to capture vocals in a very lifelike way -- orchestras, not so much, maybe.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:23pm Rich in Washington:

bad analog media doesn't seem to do that but, like you say, bad digital media seems really bad to my ears, too.
I wonder if youngsters who cut their teeth on Napster, etc. feel the same way.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:24pm Rich in Washington:

Bad, lo-rez MP3s or other digital files give me this weird resonant vibrational feeling in my neckbones. I have no idea why.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:28pm Tony Coulter:

Neckbones are the tuning forks of the soul, maybe?
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:32pm Doug Schulkind:

The neckbone is connected to the hissbone.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:38pm Tony Coulter:

Just checked, and the club where this tape was recorded is still in business. So, next time you're in Poznan, remember to check out Nurt.
  Tue. 8/26/14 2:39pm Dean:

"Next time you're in Poznan, remember to check out Nurt." If I had a nickel for every time I was given that advice...
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:40pm Tony Coulter:

... you'd be five cents richer?
  Tue. 8/26/14 2:40pm Dean:

More cowbell?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 2:54pm Ike:

Cool show, at least the parts where the stream wasn't cutting out. (Also had a bit of trouble towards the end of Trouble's show.) Maybe you could rerun those tapes eventually.
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 2:55pm Tony Coulter:

Hey Ike! I think I will do just that....
Avatar    Tue. 8/26/14 3:01pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, Tony, for the Tuesday hissage!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 3:02pm northguineahills:

Thanks Tony, another great tape hiss!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 3:02pm Tony Coulter:

You're welcome, Sir James!

Many thanks for tuning in, everyone -- see you next time!
Avatar Tue. 8/26/14 3:03pm Tony Coulter:

... and Sir NGH .....
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 8/26/14 3:05pm Stanley:

Heh heh.
I was listening all the time!
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