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Options September 11, 2012: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Assassin of Silence, plus pragVec (PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.)

Artist Track
THE IN-THEME  Holger Hiller: Toyshopshoptoy   Options
Jim Curnutte: Pre–Assassin of Silence demos, 1966–1975
Troubles (1966)   
Look Around (1973)   
Which Parts (1974)   
Right for You (1974)   
Bad Ju-Ju (1974)   
I Remember a Daydream (1975)   
Wake in the Morning (1975)   
Is It All Over (1975)   
Assassin of Silence: "Beneath All the Madness" demos & alternate mixes, 1977–1979
Linwood and Gillham (outtake, 1977, “Factorial" track)   
Plots and Scandals (non-LP mix, 1977)   
Always Structured (non-LP mix, Curnutte solo, 1977)   
Space Out (unfinished unreleased track, intended for "Beneath All the Madness," 1977)   
I'm Really Trying Hard (take 2/ rough mix, 1977)   
Oblivious (non-LP mix, 1977)   
I'm Disconnected (first non-LP mix, 1979)   
She's Just (non-LP mix, 1979)   
Someday (2nd version w/ synths, 1977)   
Someday (non-LP version demo, 1977)   
Assassin of Silence: Live, 1979
Oblivious (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
I'm Disconnected (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
She's Just (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
I'm Really Trying Hard (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
Plots and Scandals (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
Always Structured (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
Someday (from “Beneath All the Madness”)   
Is It All Over (unreleased track)   
Jim Curnutte / Assassin of Silence: "Phaze Shifter" demos, 1977
Intro (JC solo)   
Phaze Shifter (JC solo)   
Space Cadets (JC solo)   
Friends (JC solo)   
Resistance (JC solo)   
Shift Control / Walking in the Moonlight   
Phaze to Exit (never released, intended to end album)   
Jim Curnutte: Post–Assassin of Silence demos, 1980–2005
Time Cube ("Factorial" track, alt. mix of non-LP version, 1980)   
Safety (1983)   
Looking Good (1983)   
Lonesome Stranger (1983)   
Match Burns (from unreleased LP "Full Blown Hostile")   
Teenage Suicide ("Full Blown Hostile" track, alt. mix, 1983)   
Come Again (from "Trapped Inside of It All" demo album, 2005)   
pragVec: Radio Session, 198?
Third Person   
By the Sea   
Rural Erotic   
THE OUT-THEME  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options

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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:57am tonyc:

Hullo dere. Lots and lots of Assassin of Silence today, with a dollop of pragVec on top.
  11:57am Carmichael:

Alrighty then. Hello Tony. Eagerly awaiting the hiss.
  11:58am Dervish:

Isn't it funny how every assassin has two asses?
Avatar 11:59am tonyc:

Hey Carmichael and Dervish!
  12:00pm listener james from westwood:

good tuesday, tony and fellow hiss liss'ners!
  12:01pm Dervish:

Hi Tony! Great to be. Hear.
Avatar 12:02pm tonyc:

Hiss'ners? Hello there, James!
  12:03pm BSI:

Cheers, bretheren & sisteren!
Avatar 12:05pm tonyc:

Hola, BSI!
  12:07pm BSI:

Not familiar with these particular Assassins, though I'll admit the ears perked up at what appeared to be a Bob Calvert / 1978-era Hawklords reference in the name...
Avatar 12:09pm tonyc:

Not sure if the name is a reference to Calvert & Co. -- but it certainly could be!
  12:10pm kat330:

Hi, Tony and all double ass in da house!

I predict a very low pressure of keys this entire week. If you have our weather and not under a work whip, you'd be outside and away from your keyboards, too! But my ears will still be tuned it outdoors.
Avatar 12:13pm tonyc:

A low-pressure key front? Greetings, Kat!
  12:15pm kat330:

Seriously, it is *perfect* weather -- finally -- and I won't squander it inside. I'll try to come in to peck out a note here and there, but no promises. Later! :)
  12:24pm Mean Mr Mustard:

hi all,
weather here (Manchester UK) is rain, rain, rain, same as all summer and unfortunately every summer!
Avatar 12:28pm tonyc:

Nice to ketchup with you here, Mr. Mustard!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm North Fork:

I relish being the opportunity to listen.
Avatar 12:35pm tonyc:

Welcome, North Fork -- though for relish, mustard, and ketchup North Spoon might be better.
  12:36pm listener james from westwood:

i'll be out in this lovely weather today, but sadly (a) to drop a car off for repairs and (b) before tape hiss is through. :(
Avatar 12:38pm tonyc:

By the by, these are all demos for songs that never came out.
  12:41pm Carmichael:

Did Assassin really only put out 1 official album? Beneath all the Madness is the lone disc I could find. Shame ...
Avatar 12:42pm tonyc:

@ Carmichael: Two albums, plus a Curnutte solo LP.
Avatar 12:43pm tonyc:

Avatar 12:44pm tonyc:

  12:44pm Carmichael:

Ya, I saw the Factorial solo. What is the other album?
Avatar 12:45pm tonyc:

It's called "Phaze Shifter" and came out in '80.
  12:45pm Manuel Van Brüssel:

Ahoy everybody!
  12:47pm Carmichael:

Thanks Tony!
Avatar 12:48pm tonyc:

Ahoy, Captain Manuel!
  12:56pm Manuel Van Brüssel:

just cabin boy ahoy Tony ahoy! many yyyys...
Avatar 12:56pm tonyc:

Hey - is the way I'm doing the tracklist today weird for those of you following along in itunes or the like?( I'm putting the track titles under artist, since I have set headings.)
  12:56pm rock_0la:

Ahoy Tony! Ahoy Manuel Van B!
Todo bien?
  12:58pm Carmichael:

This sounds very Cars/80-ish in general. Interesting for late 70s recording. Curnette's solo stuff sounded more psychedelic/classic rock. To me, anyway.
Avatar 12:58pm tonyc:

Hola, rock-Ola!
Avatar 1:00pm tonyc:

@ Carmichael: You're right about the progression. By the early '80s he was doing minimal synth (on some tracks anyhow). And agreed about the Cars...
  1:09pm listener james from westwood:

from my standpoint the track listings are quite clear. as this isn't being archived, putting titles in that field won't munge up playlist searches, so this is quite intuitive for the way you're doing whole "albums."
Avatar 1:10pm tonyc:

Thanks, listener james -- that's exactly how I hoped you'd all see it!
  1:11pm Ricardo Montalban:

So many New Wave bands of this era sound like an amalgam of Talking Heads and Cars doing Roxy Music.
  1:12pm Manuel Van Brüssel:

@ rock-Ola todo perfecto! cleaving the waves, discovering the assassins!
Avatar 1:13pm tonyc:

@ Ricardo Montalban: But not too many sounded that way in '77! Assassin of Silence should have gotten a little more attention than they did, methinks (i.e., zero attention).
  1:15pm listener james from westwood:

also? hooray for freeform radio and the ability to play whole albums!
  1:18pm rock_0la:

Jim Curnutte rules (sometimes feels like Jim the Morrisson is just 'round the corner ... or is it me?)
Avatar 1:19pm tonyc:

@ listener james: Well, no whole albums here today, of course -- but long sets by the same artist, yes!
Avatar 1:20pm tonyc:

@ rock-Ola: Yes, I do see Morrison peeking around the corner....
  1:21pm Ricardo Montalban:

@tonyc: I was just making my obligatory, general New Wave statement. Not necessarily waxing critical of the Assassins. That was such a vibrant era, so many cool, lost bands to rediscover.
Avatar 1:21pm tonyc:

Two versions of this track 'cause it's a favorite....
  1:22pm rock_0la:

Two is 2 times better ! #lovemetwotimes
  1:25pm rock_0la:

Psycho' Garage-ish after time it is. (Someday)
Avatar 1:26pm tonyc:

@ Ricardo M: Understood! Guess I just feel a bit bad for them that their two album were such total flops, so I reflexively act defensively on their behalf.
  1:28pm listener james from westwood:

must jet outta here. really great stuff today. thanks as always, tony, and see y'all later!
  1:29pm Ricardo Montalban:

It's great stuff! I always feel kind of bad for those records by artists that seemed to have faded into the dust of oblivion. I wonder if they become accountants or something. Hopefully they don't despair the seeming apathy of their respective time and can enjoy their legacy.
Avatar 1:29pm tonyc:

Thanks for stopping by, james! See ya....
  1:32pm rock_0la:

Wild Turkey is pouring. 1 for you too Tony ... Cheers from rainy Brussels! really good stuff out there, thx for Djaying
Avatar 1:34pm tonyc:

Thanks, rock-Ola! I raise my cup of coffee to you!
Avatar 1:51pm tonyc:

Here's Curnutte in minimal synth mode: www.youtube.com...
  1:54pm northguineahills:

@rock_0la: I was thinking the same thing (about the J. Morrison comparison.
  2:03pm rock_0la:

@northguineahills comparison is often a pain in the ass but bckgnd influence can't be ignored and here obviously ... ;)
Avatar 2:18pm tonyc:

Sadly, neither the Assassin of Silence LPs nor the Curnutte solo have ever been reissued. "Phaze Shifter" is the easiest to find second-hand; the others can get pretty expensive. And remember, what you're hearing today are just demo versions of album tracks -- the albums themselves sound pretty different.
Avatar 2:22pm tonyc:

Coming up at the end of today's show: a pragVec Peel Session.
  2:22pm Ricardo Montalban:

That set was amazing!
Avatar 2:25pm tonyc:

Glad you liked it, senor!
  2:28pm Manuel Van Brüssel:

i really enjoyed the shift ctrl/ walking.. and the Phaze to Exit songs; the guitar sound is really lovely, who is playing?
Avatar 2:31pm tonyc:

@ Manuel: Probably Curnutte -- but possibly Larry Knight, who plays lead on the finished version of the album. He played bass with Spirit for a while.
Avatar 2:31pm tonyc:

Knight did, that is.
  2:31pm rock_0la:

Great stuff Tony! Thx again for sharing
as the sun is going down here I wish you all the best. Talk to you soon amigo!
Avatar 2:32pm tonyc:

See you, rock-Ola! Thanks for tuning in....
  2:45pm rock_0la:

too bad it's never been released ... "Full Blown Hostile". fancy crunchy bites and fuzzy slices all the way. love it!
Avatar 2:46pm tonyc:

Stayed tuned next for pragVec after this track....
Avatar 2:49pm tonyc:

@ rock-Ola: I imagine someone decided the lyrics on "Full Blown Hostile" were a bit too much!
  2:56pm Doug S.:

As the Tape Hiss fades into frothy white noise, hark the approaching sounds of two new radio shows ready to crash against the beach!

At 6pm, Give the Drummer Some [http://bit.ly/PfaqUT] pays tribute to New Yorkistan on this solemn anniversary.

At 7pm, Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse emanates live from the expansive bunker in Providence, RI when Jesse Kaminsky plots his devious programs.

Immediately following Herr Coulter here on the Drummer Stream will be these mad geniuses, playing for love and supper:

Los Dinamiteros
Johnny Alf
Noriel Vilela
Bert Jansch
Sir Robert Charles Griggs
Kitty Wells
Brown's Ferry Four
Charlie Aldrich
Buddy Walton
Instant Ralston
The Fabulous Mark III
Shamshad Begum
Bobby Hackett
Bob Howard
Newsston & His Café Society Orch.
Jabulani Quads
Los Camperos
Los Zafiros
and more
and more
and eternally more...
  2:58pm Brass Knuckles:

Cheers, guys.
Avatar 3:02pm tonyc:

Man, did I mess up the track titles for that pragVec set -- but thanks for listening anyhow! See yaz....
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