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Options March 22, 2018: Extended Meditations & Seeking Beyond

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
  Intro          
Joel Vandroogenbroeck  Meditative Contemplation   Options Meditations, Vol. 2  Coloursound  1980   
Broadcast  Lunch Hour Pops   Options Haha Sound  Warp  2003   
Nick Arkle  Cloud-Henge (Side B)   Options Cloud-Henge  N.A.M.  1983   
 
Music behind DJ:
 
Cloud-Henge (Side B)          
High Ceilings  Parka Lounger   Options High Ceilings  Sun Ark  2014   
Broadcast  Test Area   Options Echo's Answer  Warp  1999   
Kelan Phil Cohran   Meditation   Options Meditation  Katalyst Entertainment  1996/2013  Harp, Kalimba, Cornet, Zither – Kelan Phil Cohran; Keyboards, Bass, Guitar – Malik Cohran; Recorded in 1996 by Atiba Johnson at his studio in Chicago. 
 
Music behind DJ:
Alain Kremski 
Prières Et Méditations Secrètes   Options Musiques Rituelles Pour Cloches et Gongs  Auvidis  1979   
Don Cherry  Meditation   Options Modern Art  Mellotronen  1977/2014  Rec. 1977 at the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art 
Charles Rouse  In His Presence Searching   Options Two Is One  Strata-East   1974   
The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble  The Seeker   Options Three Gentlemen from Chikago  Moers Music  1981   
Eddie Gale  The Gleeker   Options Black Rhythm Happening  Blue Note  1969   
Eddie Gale  Song of Will   Options Black Rhythm Happening  Blue Note  1969   
Ya Ho Wha 13  Journey Thru An Elemental Kingdom   Options Penetration, An Aquarian Symphony.  Higher Key Records  1974   
Moondog  Cosmic Meditation   Options Elpmas  Kopf  1991   
 
Music behind DJ:
Moondog 
Cosmic Meditation   Options Elpmas       
Duke Ellington  Lost in Meditation   Options        
Ariel Kalma  Musique Pour Le Reve Et L'Amour   Options Musique Pour Le Reve Et L'Amour    1981   

Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 6:39pm Flash Strap:

Ah, hello explorers! Tonight, we'll decompress from marathon madness with a program of psychedelic extended meditations

Juuuust about to get rolling here
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 6:59pm Flash Strap:

ok let's roll
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 6:59pm doctorjazz:

Hello, too busy to meditate, HI!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:00pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doc!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:01pm Flash Strap:

That's ok Doc, the Explorers Room meditates for you so you don't have to
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:02pm doctorjazz:

I'm more likely to medicate...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:03pm northguineahills:

Joel Vandroogenbroeck, new to me!

(doctorjazz is full of good ideas)
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:04pm Flash Strap:

the truth is, i scarcely ever do anything that would be described as classical meditation, I just like music that's designed to induce or accompany it
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Hi NGH! Vandroogenbroeck is perhaps best known for being in Brainticket, but he did a stellar run of Coloursound library LPs, of which two were dedicated to meditation, and this is from the second one
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:06pm doctorjazz:

Joel V..... is a new name to me as well (and not an easy one to say).
My wife meditates-she's had me try it a few times with her, I want to jump out of my skin when I do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:06pm northguineahills:

y mi tambien, Flash (although it accidentally happens on a rare occasion).

Oh, I know Brainticket (thanks to Bryce)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:06pm listener james from westwood:

In since the start, but just checking in now. How do, all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:08pm Little Danny:

Hi Flash and all listeners/commenters!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Hi there Listener James!

@Doc- I meditate in other ways, listening to music, making art (particularly when giving over to the automatic processes), zoning out in the woods or at the shore... but sit me cross legged on the floor and I'm on fire, I fucking hate it
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Hi Brother LD
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:10pm Little Danny:

Nice segue into Broadcast
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:10pm northguineahills:

Trish!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:11pm Flash Strap:

Love this song of theirs in particular, extremely partial to the writing
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:12pm Flash Strap:

it's a good mental health song
  Thu. 3/22/18 7:15pm ike:

Ooooooooo
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:16pm Flash Strap:

Hi Ike!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:20pm Flash Strap:

I played side A of this cassette last time I did an "extended meditations" show, it's a great tape
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:22pm Flash Strap:

can be found here, at the always highly recommended Sounds of the Dawn: soundsofthedawn.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:22pm hyde:

aw crap. i missed Broadcast. i love that record
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:23pm Flash Strap:

I'll play another Broadcast just for you pal
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:25pm listener james from westwood:

I sit for 10 min each morning after the shower and meditate. No mantra or focus other than my breathing, just do my best to let thoughts pass. When they don't, it shows me I have something to address further. So for me it's a good tool for surfacing issues.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:25pm Flash Strap:

that sounds extremely wise, James
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:26pm hyde:

haha, can always count on you. luckily, i also like this Nick Arkle (i think i got this off Sounds of the New Dawn)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:26pm Scraps bink bonk:

h’lo ho h’rm
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:30pm Scraps bink bonk:

I can’t believe this, but three hours ago I played Joel Vandroogenbroeck Meditations Vol 2!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:31pm Little Danny:

Carolyn in Alpine is the best. She's one town over from me out here in west Tejas.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:33pm Scraps bink bonk:

I was putting that on my mp3 player. Have several Vandroogenbroeck.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:35pm Flash Strap:

That's crazy Scraps! what are the odds?
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:36pm Flash Strap:

also, Hello Scraps! warm welcome
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:39pm Scraps bink bonk:

Even better than the Meditations albums are =Biomechanoïd= and =Industrial Retrospect=, I think
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 7:39pm βrian:

Good evening, Monsieur Strap. Settling into the waves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:40pm Scraps bink bonk:

And hi Flash Strap!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:42pm Flash Strap:

Hi Brian!

@Scraps: I'm extremely partial to Lost Continents & Birth of Earth, some of my fave library records ever. Also quite like South East Asia
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:43pm Flash Strap:

Biomechanoid is super intense and good tho I agree
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:49pm northguineahills:

huh, I don't have this Broadcast album. WHY!!!!?????
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:49pm Scraps bink bonk:

And =Computer Blossom=!

I like the better of his Library stuff much more than Brainticket.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:49pm Flash Strap:

Broadcast doesn't get enough credit for always having insanely good drums
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:50pm Flash Strap:

I agree Scraps!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:50pm Flash Strap:

it's a single, more often found on the comp Future Crayon
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 7:51pm Little Danny:

Totally agree re: Broadcast drums!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:51pm Flash Strap:

which I wouldn't be surprised if you did have, NGH
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:54pm Flash Strap:

This is such an amazing performance
  Thu. 3/22/18 7:55pm zonk ludlow:

Hi Flash & fellow explorers. Great to see the love for Broadcast. For anyone interested there a couple of lovely mixtapes put together by Trish Keenan easy to find on the web
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 7:55pm βrian:

@Flash: You really should consider redesigning your playlist. The color scheme is very appealing, but the readability is in the gutter.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:56pm Flash Strap:

Hi Zonk! Those playlists are very good
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 7:57pm Flash Strap:

duly noted Brian. hate to be at gutter-level in anything
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 7:58pm βrian:

(Exquisite noise, of course.)
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:01pm Flash Strap:

Yeah Cohran has that magic, everytime
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:03pm northguineahills:

I believe I've only read about Cohran, never heard him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:06pm hyde:

love this
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:07pm melinda:

howdy explorers!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:07pm Flash Strap:

Every thing Cohran has done is excellent. Sometimes I wonder if I play him too much on the show. Other times I think I should try to play every last thing he's ever done.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:07pm Flash Strap:

Howdy Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:08pm hyde:

and, i will also go to bat for Broadcast drums
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:08pm hyde:

hi melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:08pm northguineahills:

yeah, the drums on Haha Sound are superb.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:10pm Flash Strap:

especially so
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:13pm Gilly:

Cheers from rainy Los Angeles
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:15pm northguineahills:

I used to see Broadcast vinyl at record stores that were usually techno/house only.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:16pm Flash Strap:

Hi Gilly! I heard you were having bad weather over there
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:16pm Gilly:

Yeah it's pretty bad. I'm in a relatively safe area for now. Hopefully no landslides
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:17pm Gilly:

Show tonight is perfect with this weather
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:17pm Flash Strap:

I didn't know landslides were even on the menu!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:20pm Flash Strap:

this is probably the longest single track I've ever played
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:20pm hyde:

searching for the Trish Keenan mix, i saw there was a link on Root Blog so i went and nostalgically clicked it, but alas, it was dead
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:21pm Flash Strap:

damn, I think that's where I heard it too
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:21pm spookcity:

this song is superb my man!

& @hyde ~ i think i may have that one, yr talking about her motor mix or whatever it's called? i forget at the moment
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:22pm Flash Strap:

Hi there Spook!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:22pm Little Danny:

@NGH: that mighta been because Broadcast was on Warp Records, a dance-oriented label
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:23pm hyde:

@spook yeah, that's the one
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:23pm hyde:

@spook motorway mix, to be clear
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:25pm northguineahills:

True LD!

@Gilly: I suppose Flash shouldn't play a certain Thin Lizzy song. Stay safe!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:28pm Flash Strap:

it just keeps unspooling, this one
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:29pm spookcity:

https://mega.nz/#!pI5iVKTA!Ww2fjwVDDG8lycALhFvuXB302WjVQ1mSlIyr3klOHrM there ya go
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:29pm spookcity:

hey ole chum! how are ya?!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:30pm Flash Strap:

pretty good pal, nice to have you in the room
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:31pm spookcity:

been too long, always know yr gonna deliver the goods
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:34pm northguineahills:

Ok, jumping ship, leaving work at a sanish hour yet again. I hit the double 21 at midnight, so I'm off for a drink (actually, it seem most thursday evenings I go for a drink after listening to Evan. Cheers-y-OOOs todos!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:35pm Flash Strap:

hate to see ya go, love to know your work day has come to an end
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:35pm hyde:

thanx for that mix, spook. somehow i never had it.
  Thu. 3/22/18 8:36pm spookcity:

no prob hyde, anytime ;) it's a great mix. rip to a great
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:37pm hyde:

@spook i also love that Steve Hiett record you posted!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:43pm Flash Strap:

Don Cherry is so cool
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:46pm hyde:

yep
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:47pm Flash Strap:

always been a big fan of the cover of this wild Rouse joint: img.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:49pm hyde:

@Flash it uses my favorite 70's font for the title
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:51pm Flash Strap:

yeah that Rollerball font! I was just looking at a really cool Onibaba film poster that, unlikely enough, uses about the same font: plakatfiu.com...
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:52pm Flash Strap:

what a cool track, damn
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:53pm Flash Strap:

the great Calo Scott on Cello
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:55pm Little Danny:

"Rollerball font" nails it, hyde
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 8:57pm Flash Strap:

I played a great Malcolm X tribute track from this album a few shows back, but this is the best cut on the record imo
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 8:59pm Little Danny:

This is great and totally new to me. This must be Cohran-connected somehow, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:02pm hyde:

the Moers record catalog in the early eighties is just crazy good
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:03pm Flash Strap:

as far as i know, the only connection is the Chicago scene, actually. None of the personnel seems to have played with Cohran, though they did play on that Infinite Spirit Music ‎– Live Without Fear LP that got reissued a little while back. Among a lot of other stuff, inc. quite a few Ethnic Heritage Ensemble releases, none of which I've heard besides this
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:04pm Little Danny:

Thanks for the intel, Evan!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:05pm Flash Strap:

no prob. realizing I need to dig a little deeper on these gentlemen myself
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:05pm Flash Strap:

the minimal kalimba is SO cohran tho
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:10pm Flash Strap:

this is just one of the greatest records ever
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:13pm doctorjazz:

Cool hearing the "meditative" jazz recordings! (interesting to hear Rouse described as "wild", he was very button down in the Thelonius Monk Quartet (Maybe Monk laid claim to all the wildness...)

Gotta go now, thanks Evan!
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:16pm Flash Strap:

That particular Rouse LP is weird enough to be wild, anyway!

Thanks Doc, catch ya later!
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 9:19pm quinn:

This is perfect. I'm doing very repetitive, detailed drawing right now for work. Takes it from tedious to transportive.
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:21pm Gilly:

Nice to get some Source today :)
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:21pm spookcity:

that hiett is the bees knees, as is this father yod cut. some of those folks live just a coupla hours away from me.
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:22pm Gilly:

@quinn funny I'm doing the same
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:22pm Flash Strap:

Hi Quinn! I can relate to that, I listen to this stuff when I draw all the time, helps me hold concentration. I think drawing is the closest I come to a true meditative state
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:23pm Flash Strap:

@ Gilly: that is so good to hear
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:24pm Flash Strap:

that's cool, Spook. makes sense. weird to think of those people still walkin' around. what's Sky Saxon up to these days i wonder?
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:24pm Flash Strap:

whoops, he passed away in 2009
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 9:24pm quinn:

Gilly, what are you drawing? I'm working on an ikat-style print for a client... drawing all those little lines by hand. There's gotta be a better way.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:25pm Flash Strap:

sounds cool though
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:26pm Flash Strap:

man, this makes me wish we had geezerette with us, she's always drawing during the show too
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:27pm spookcity:

don't think i had heard this particular moondog gem before this, what a lovely number. they live out in yelm along with the ramtha folks, who include salma hayek amongst their esteemed number
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:28pm Flash Strap:

i did not know that
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:29pm Gilly:

@quinn I'm working on CAD drawings for a client, so very schematic. Lots of tedious pointing dragging and clicking :(
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:30pm Flash Strap:

Elpmas is definitely one of the best,most unique, overlooked Moondog records. Absolutely genius album from start to finish
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:30pm Gilly:

Resisting the urge to make a beer run haha. This rain may prevent it
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:33pm Gilly:

I love this but this isn't *that* Moondog right?
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:34pm Flash Strap:

if you mean the Viking of Street Minimalism, it is indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:34pm melinda:

Soothing.
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:35pm Gilly:

Ah ok. I'm only barely slightly familiar. Thanks.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:35pm Flash Strap:

seriously, this is a must-have record - once you hear what all it contains (inc. extensive use of sampler!), you will know why. Highest imaginable recommendation.
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:37pm Gilly:

Thank you!

Random thought. WFMU is a far better place to hang out than Facebook. So if you're deleting, it's no loss at all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:42pm melinda:

Good doc about the Source Family.
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:42pm Gilly:

I'm friends with the other Djin from the Source Family. Not Skye, who I didn't know was also called that in the family
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:45pm Flash Strap:

I was wrong about that, he went by Sunflower in the Source Family
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:46pm Andrew Waterloo:

good evening
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:46pm zonk ludlow:

Moondog, a true force of nature. Loved the show Evan, state of bliss right now in Australia. Until next week take care one and all.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:47pm Flash Strap:

I always make that mistake because I think of him on guitar... Djin plays guitar on that album. Amazed you know him! genuinely some of my favorite psychedelic guitar on record
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:47pm Flash Strap:

Hello Mr. Waterloo! Thanks and see you next week Zonk
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:48pm Gilly:

Oh that makes sense. I havent heard that one in a really long time and think I should probably revisit
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:48pm Gilly:

Yeah, Djin is up in Mount Shasta these days. Still playing music
  Thu. 3/22/18 9:50pm Gilly:

Funny, this particular Ariel Kalma record gets a lot of play in my home but was having trouble placing the drone until the playlist updated
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:50pm Flash Strap:

cool, really glad to know that he's still playing
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:52pm Flash Strap:

maybe the first Ariel Kalma record I ever heard, and still one of my faves
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 9:53pm quinn:

I also enjoy playing the "I love this album! Wait... what is it?" game w/ WFMU
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:53pm Little Danny:

Stellar show, Evan! Always very inspiring over here
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:53pm melinda:

Beautiful.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:53pm Flash Strap:

@Quinn; haha, i do that all the time
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:54pm Flash Strap:

thanks LD!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:55pm hyde:

thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:55pm Little Danny:

"Sunflower" is a perfect pseudonym for Sky Saxon
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:56pm Little Danny:

C'mon along my friends! wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 3/22/18 9:56pm melinda:

Thanks Evan! Nice post-marathon relaxer.
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:57pm Flash Strap:

I'm glad you think so Melinda! exactly what i had in mind so i'm pleased to hear it
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:57pm Flash Strap:

thank YOU hyde! have a good one
Avatar    Thu. 3/22/18 9:58pm quinn:

thank you again
Avatar Thu. 3/22/18 9:59pm Flash Strap:

my great pleasure Quinn. best of luck with that drawing!
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