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Options April 1, 2020: It Can Be Simple (witnessing) (Show #662/707) | Download MP3

Everything easier, long drones, a story monologue, collage play near end.

With: Pythagoron, Brian Eno, Seconds, True Romance, Stars of the Lid, Leyland Kirby, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ken.

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Artist Track Album Year Comments New / Special Approx. start time
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  It Can Be Simple (witnessing)   Options Show #662, from July 17, 2019  2019      0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
 
Pythagoron™  Untitled (1)   Options Pythagoron  1977      0:00:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pythagoron™  Untitled (2)   Options Pythagoron  1977      0:20:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  So simple today   Options   2019    * ***   0:40:33 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014      0:41:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Young lovers monologue   Options   2019  Everywhere I go, people are talking. They're just talking. I'm not sure if they're talking about anything.

Last night, they talked and talked, up into an almost frenzied anxiety. And suddenly, there wasn't any talking. Suddenly, it was very sudden, no talking at all.

I thought maybe I heard...liquidy sounds...touching, sticking, rubbing...sounds of contact... It cast the talking in a new light. Maybe they didn't want to be talking at all.

I wondered what that transitional moment looked like. Who began it? And had that been the plan all along? Or was it just a plan for one of them? Maybe one of them really wanted to talk. The other one just wanted to feel. So they implicitly agreed to do both, take turns.

They closed the door. Not for very long. It wasn't much longer. And then she showed him to the door, and said goodnight. I didn't notice that he said anything. It didn't seem like they talked about it. I'm not sure how they felt. Satisfied, tired, desirous, in a trance, finished, infinite.

They've been here for about 20 years. Maybe they'll be here for another 60 more. I wonder what else they'll find to talk about. And what ways they'll find to move together. And who else they'll find out that they are. And how often will they feel complete, how often will they be striving, how often will they feel infinite. Maybe everything they know will be gone. And they'll be learning anew. They'll be adapting. And they'll be regressing. They'll be playing games, designed to keep them comfortable, and to relive their childhood, to relive their twentyhood. Maybe they'll always remember this night. Maybe he'll remember everything that was said. Maybe she'll remember everything that was felt. Or maybe only you'll remember.

I'm waiting up for you. I'm sitting around the corners. I'm off in the edges. I'm just waiting quietly. And I'm witnessing with curiosity, with kindness. I'm also trying to figure it all out. Maybe I'll be here for 60 more years. And maybe I'll remember this, and what was said, and what was felt.

Thank you for witnessing.
 
* ***   0:41:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Identification (waiting right around the edge)   Options   2019  I'll keep going until I'm done.  * ***   0:49:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014      0:51:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Find the way to make everything easier. It can be simple. You can decide.   Options   2019  Just a few things, just a few people, just what's right around you right now.  * ***   1:00:29 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Identification   Options   2019      1:01:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014      1:05:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Carly Rae Jepsen  Call Me Maybe (pitch and speed shifted)   Options     Layered with Brian Eno    1:32:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  New Space Music   Options Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (Expanded Edition)  2014      1:40:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Constrasts to simplicity. Up all night waiting in the shadows   Options   2019  I said good morning as she came from her morning run with her dog. The sun was behind her, rising. She glistened. She'd been running in the morning heat with her dog, as I headed off towards bed, up all night waiting in the shadows.  * ***   1:40:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  What else is left to do?   Options   2019  The alarm goes off. All the time's up. And then it goes quiet again. What else could I do? What else is left to do? There's nothing. Just nothing. There's nothing left.  * ***   1:42:26 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Will Geer, Rock Hudson (actors), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay), David Ely (novel), John Frankenheimer (director)  I sure hoped you'd made it, find your dream come true   Options Seconds  1966  (Maybe I never had a dream.) Life is built on wishes, and you've gotta keep plugging away at them. You can't give up, and you can't let the mistakes jeopardize the dream.    1:45:32 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stars of the Lid  Another Ballad for Heavy Lids   Options         1:49:21 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Leyland Kirby  This is the Story of Paradise Lost   Options Eager To Tear Apart The Stars  2011  (Possibly No Longer Distance)    1:49:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Murray Hamilton (written by Lewis John Carlino, David Ely)  I had to find out where I went wrong (it's going to be different from now on)   Options Seconds  1966      1:50:37 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Leyland Kirby  No Longer Distance Than Death   Options Eager To Tear Apart The Stars  2011  (Possibly This is the Story)    1:51:50 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  It's almost too late to start   Options   2019    * ***   1:53:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Patricia Arquette (actor), Quentin Tarantino (writer), Hans Zimmer (music), Tony Scott (director)  Sometimes it goes the other way, too   Options True Romance  1993  Amid the chaos of that day    1:53:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  That's it; as disjoint as reality   Options   2019    * ***   1:55:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Leyland Kirby  No Longer Distance Than Death   Options Eager To Tear Apart The Stars    (Possibly This is the Story)    1:56:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
 
Arturo en el Barco  Beth Dorris   Options Music for Students  2005  (Not in archive)     

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 7:50am Rand al'Thor:

Checking in now since I will probably forget to check in this evening.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 7/17 4:54pm chresti:

Hello!
Avatar 7/17 4:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Well come
Avatar 7/17 5:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Well come™
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:08pm fred:

Hello Ken and all, it's been a while
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:12pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm singing along with this catchy drone.
Avatar 7/17 5:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Repetitive hooks before coining of "earworm"
Avatar 7/17 5:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hiya, Henry, fred, chresti, and forgetting Rand.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:16pm Linda Lee:

just what i needed, frankly! hello.
Avatar 7/17 5:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

What we need
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:21pm Rich in Washington:

Get your Pythagor on!
Avatar 7/17 5:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I should've named this episode Untitled (0)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:22pm Webhamster Henry:

Untitled (null pointer exception)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:23pm listener james from westwood:

Been in since the start but was snowed under with work; hello, Ken and all!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:26pm chresti:

I hope this tone drives away mosquitos.
Avatar 7/17 5:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Tone loc
Avatar 7/17 5:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi, Linda, Rich, and james!
Avatar 7/17 5:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Warning: Something else will happen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 5:43pm Webhamster Henry:

I wonder if Pythagoron was using David Rayna's oscillators.
Avatar 7/17 5:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Oh you mean Pythagoron™?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:00pm Michael 98145:

ah
ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:02pm Rand al'Thor:

I remembered to check in. Hello all.
Avatar 7/17 6:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

mi
chael
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Enosophication !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:13pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Kenzo & last ever people
Avatar 7/17 6:14pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Never Remember, Revo+coela.
Avatar 7/17 6:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Too many notes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:25pm Ike:

Nothing lasts, nothing's first. Who's on nothing?
Avatar 7/17 6:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

There I go, back on third again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:35pm Michael 98145:

- maybe -
Avatar 7/17 6:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Reference to my Feb. 11, 2001 show on the Lower East Side, at the C.O.M.A. Winter 2001 Benefit for ABC No-Rio, where I played Britney Spears really really slowly for the high-browed experimental audience, very gradually bringing it up into disappointingly recognizable range.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:37pm Linda Lee:

fabulous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hah.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

You know Eno's down...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

Call me Eno.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:41pm Webhamster Henry:

A little PaulStretch on Carly might have been appropriate.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:42pm Rand al'Thor:

Eno call me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:45pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

me a clone
Avatar 7/17 6:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I think I'm a clone now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:46pm Ike:

Are we firing anybody else today? Let's all fire away. Pow pow pow!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:47pm chresti:

haha Ike@6:25
Avatar 7/17 6:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Gosh so obviously an inspiration for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Avatar 7/17 6:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Life is built on wishes, and you've gotta keep plugging away at them. You can't give up, and you can't let the mistakes jeopardize the dream.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:48pm Rich in Washington:

I finally just saw this film for the first time last month.
Avatar 7/17 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

"So you won't fall off" line also appears in Return to Oz gurney scene.
Avatar 7/17 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich, did you survive it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:49pm Rich in Washington:

It occurred to me that they should've ended Mad Men the same way.
Avatar 7/17 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

As mentioned before, this monologue suspiciously similar to one in THX 1138 5 years later.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:52pm Rich in Washington:

Walter Murch directed Return to Oz.
Avatar 7/17 6:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Walter Murch, takin' all the ideas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:53pm Michael 98145:

ciao, all
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:56pm chresti:

Thanks Kenzo!
Avatar 7/17 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Heeeeeey where ya goin. There's nothing
Avatar 7/17 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks thanks love and care and experiments
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:56pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Kenzo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 6:59pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks Kenzo - nice to have a listen to the legendary Pythagoron™! and now I have to see SECONDS.
Avatar 7/17 7:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Beware, harrowing. The Requiem for a Dream of its time
Avatar 7/17 7:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(while also having a lot of slow parts)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 7:00pm Rich in Washington:

It's quite good, Webhamster Henry. You won't be sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 7:01pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 7:02pm coelacanth∅:

(zo)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7/17 7:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

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Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 5:00pm chresti:

Hi Kenzo and last evers!
Avatar 5:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

chrestiwelcome.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 5:02pm fred:

Hello again Kenzo and time-shifters
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

everlasting greetings!
Avatar 5:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

fredhello.
Avatar 5:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Granny Spicy Tuna Salutations.
  5:08pm lulu:

i like it
Avatar 5:09pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi hi hi hi lulululu
Avatar 5:10pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Somebody was talking about a prank
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 5:20pm Doug Schulkind:

Hello, Ken Slastever!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:21pm Phillippe Bastille:

Chased here by Amanda. Hi everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:28pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

you don't love amanda?
Avatar 5:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Welcome for all reasons, Doug and Phillippe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm ParUbi:

Hello Ken, hi everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:36pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

ParUbi! I just put your postcard in the mailbox!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:38pm Phillippe Bastille:

@Granny not when I'm writing for work, no. No amanda. This drone is nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:38pm ParUbi:

Yay!, thanks GST!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:40pm ParUbi:

Those new age cults have good drones too! Just experienced a good one on Micah's show.
Avatar 5:41pm One Potato:

Ken'sLastEver makes quarantine bearable!
  5:49pm Kenzo:

Two potato three potato four, and Parubi
  5:53pm CC:

hi Ken... and everyone else!!!...
I've been hung up over at Irwin's show...I hope you all come and listen to Ken and Andy with us!!!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 5:55pm Kenneth From Hyde Parketh:

Helloeth!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:58pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

now i'm listening to ken on two streams!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm chresti:

Me too, blutooth in kitchen, desktop in living room.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

oooh, different rooms, even! fancy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm ParUbi:

My parakeets are digging it
  Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 6:02pm Isa:

Hello everyone! Thank you Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm Rand al'Thor:

Hello, all. Hope you're doing well.
  Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 6:14pm Isa:

Yes, hope you're doing well too Rand
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm chresti:

Thanks Rand, same to you!
Avatar 6:17pm Martinibomb:

Hi Kenzo!
Avatar 6:25pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hello there, CC, KFHP, Isa, Rand, Martinibomb!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Doug Schulkind:

MartiniBomb is everywhere!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:26pm Carmichael:

Hellosies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm Granny Spicy Tuna (e/em):

Maybe Martinibomb is Ken!
Avatar 6:32pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

All Carmichaels are welcome here.
  6:37pm ParUbi ¤¤¤¤:

Some remix!
  6:40pm ParUbi ¤¤¤¤:

Definitely an improvement!
Avatar 6:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I would like to point out that since the whole show was done live, then how you're hearing me, the mood, the drones, etc., is as present as the mood in me that drove me to be remixing that in that way at that moment.
Avatar 6:47pm Martinibomb:

Did you do a MIxxx show today?
  Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 6:48pm Isa:

That makes me feel closer to that mood
Avatar 6:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Next time, I'll try again. Love to you all today and yesterday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm Carmichael:

Next week's love was the best love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Rand al'Thor:

Thanks for the show, Kenzo. <3
  6:58pm Kenzo:

You will all find your way.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Year-End Fundraiser 2020 Swag For Life Member 7:01pm chresti:

Thanks Kenzo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm ParUbi:

Thanks, Kenzo!
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