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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options July 23, 2015: Sugar Life: Beach Trip (with Moebius)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Donn Preston with Shirley Bolt  Honolulu   Options Music for the BIG Scene – Sounds in Contrast  Contrast Recordings  1966?   
Dennis Wilson  River Song   Options Pacific Ocean Blue    1977   

Music behind DJ:
Syntonic Research Series 

The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore   Options

Environments: New Concepts in Stereo Sound • Disc 1 



Alessi Brothers  Do You Feel It?   Options Alessi    1976   
Alessi Brothers  Driftin'   Options Driftin'    1978   
Beach Boys  Til I Die (Desper Mix)   Options Landlocked    1970   
The Sandals  Wild as the Sea   Options Endless Summer    1964   
The Sandals  Trailing   Options Endless Summer       
The Sandals  Jet Black   Options Endless Summer       
Spike  Strange Age   Options Orange Cloud Nine       
Santo & Johnny  Reflections   Options Hawaii    1961   
Spike  Crazy Lazy   Options Orange Cloud Nine       
Paradise Island Trio  Pagan Love Song   Options Paradise Island       

Music behind DJ:
Lalo Schifrin 

Jaws   Options




(Flash Strap Pink Widow edit) 
Monte Moya & the Surfers  Summer Time   Options Percussionata       
Dennis Wilson  Time   Options Pacific Ocean Blue    1977   
Dennis Wilson  Pacific Ocean Blues   Options Pacific Ocean Blue    1977   
Ashra  Nights in Sweat   Options Tropical Heat    1991   

Music behind DJ:
Ash Ra 

Monsoon   Options

Tropical Heat 



Harmonia  Kekse   Options Deluxe    1975   
Cluster  Umleitung   Options Sowiesoso    1976   
Moebius & Plank  Rastakraut Pasta   Options Rastakraut Pasta    1980   
Moebius & Plank  Conditionierer   Options Material    1981   
Moebius & Plank  Missi Cacadou   Options Rastakraut Pasta    1980  with Holger Czukay on bass 
Moebius & Plank  Two Oldtimers   Options Rastakraut Pasta      again with Holger Czukay on bass 

Music behind DJ:
Bud Tutmarc 


Sacred Hawaiian Melodies 



Cluster  Hollywood   Options Zuckerzeit    1974   
Cluster  Caramel   Options Zuckerzeit       
Cluster   Rote-Riki   Options Zuckerzeit       
Cluster  Isodea   Options Grosses Wasser    1979   
Cluster   Fotschi Tong   Options Zuckerzeit       
Cluster  James   Options Zuckerzeit       
Moebius  Contramio   Options Tonspuren    1983   

Music behind DJ:
Santo & Johnny 





Moebius  Transport   Options Tonspuren    1983   
Moebius  Etwas   Options Tonspuren       
Moebius & Plank  Landebahn   Options Rastakraut Pasta       
Alessi Brothers  Seabird   Options Alessi    1976   
Spike  E_S_Rever   Options Orange Cloud Nine       

Music behind DJ:
Syntonic Research Series 

The Psychologically Ultimate Seashore   Options

Environments: New Concepts in Stereo Sound • Disc 1 




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Listener comments!

Avatar 7:00pm hyde:

beach party tonight!
Avatar 7:01pm e12:

Hey Explorers, glad to be tuned in live for once.
Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hyde, e12! old face, new face, lovely to see you both
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm melinda:

Hello all!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Hello Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm SeanG:

I'm strapped in
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

SeeeeeeeeeeeeeanG, welcome to the beach
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

This song is one of my favorite things, beyond all reason
Avatar 7:09pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 7:10pm glenn:

on a not really related note, i see a&p has filed chapter 11 again.
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

hello bob, have some okolehau
Avatar 7:11pm hyde:

the Pacific Ocean Blue LP is generally pretty good for a non Brian Wilson Beach Boy solo outing
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

hi glenn!
Avatar 7:13pm glenn:

howdy all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm SeanG:

steam is outta sorts
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm SeanG:

it's back
Avatar 7:15pm northguineahills:

I have the whole series of Environments: New Concepts in Stereo Sound LPs (I got four of them from my grandparents).
Avatar 7:15pm hyde:

i'm getting some dropouts here on the stream. is that just me?
Avatar 7:15pm ndbob:

yep seems to be back now
Avatar 7:15pm hyde:

@ngh whoa, nice! i only have gentle rain in a pine forest on vinyl.
Avatar 7:19pm Flash Strap:

Stream doin all right foe everybody?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm SeanG:

YES! feeling it!
Avatar 7:19pm hyde:

yeah, seems ok now
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

@Hyde: I really think Pacific Ocean Blue is tremendous stuff. Dennis' stuff on the 70's Beach Boys albums is pretty consistently great too
Avatar 7:22pm Flash Strap:

ngh: jealous of your set, man
Avatar 7:23pm Flash Strap:

really feel like the Alessi Bros have a sneakily mature songwriting style
Avatar 7:25pm northguineahills:

I found the rest at random thrift and record stores, I really love them for some reason.
Avatar 7:27pm northguineahills:

There are 11 in all.
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

yeah, I only have a few, most pretty wrecked. They're sublime somehow. I love that you can play some of them at two different speeds
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

one of the best Beach Boys songs, right here
Avatar 7:30pm hyde:

songbird vs raptor drama in my yard right now as a broad tailed hawk gets harassed by freaked out robins and catbirds
Avatar 7:31pm glenn:

"nature red in tooth and claw"
Avatar 7:31pm Flash Strap:

Perfect scene for a surf soundtrack
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

I like this record so much, I'm gonna let it play a few more
Avatar 7:33pm hyde:

i could cut my own environments lp if i wasn't listening to this
Avatar 7:34pm Flash Strap:

just watched the movie for the first time since i was a kid, anybody seen Endless Summer? pretty good right?
Avatar 7:36pm glenn:

i've seen the summer of '42. does that count?
Avatar 7:36pm hyde:

photography in that flick is great. it really makes you just want to grab a board and hit the waves.
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

no kiddin'. it makes you understand surfing, somehow
Avatar 7:38pm Richard from Venezuela:

Good evening Flash and all the listeners.
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Good evening Richard!
Avatar 7:45pm Richard from Venezuela:

First time listening this show. Very enjoyable.
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

Thanks, new friend
Avatar 7:52pm e12:

I'm gonna have to call it a night. Thanks though for a great time as always.
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

hate to see you go e12
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

love the take 5-ness of this
Avatar 8:00pm ndbob:

right Evan _"Till I Die" is a fave
Avatar 8:01pm ndbob:

and time to go - catch the rest on the archive!
Avatar 8:01pm hyde:

thinking about Endless Summer made me remember that Christian Fennesz record. I think I need to listen to that this weekend.

see ya, ndb.
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

it's my weekly heartbreak, watching you walk outta my world
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm melinda:

I like this Ashra.
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

me too! more than a lot of "better" Ashra even. it's like a great mix of trashy early-90's sounds and Holger Czukay's "Movies" album. plus, very exotic
Avatar 8:15pm northguineahills:

Thanks Flash, gotta skadoodle! See ya!
Avatar 8:22pm Flash Strap:

adios ngh, have a good one
Avatar 8:23pm hyde:

love this record!
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

me too! oh god how i love it!
Avatar 8:25pm Flash Strap:

these frog bog sounds? que exotico!
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

I mean, seriously, try putting this stuff on at your next beach/pool/whatever party. It'll do the trick, and as an added bonus, nothing will feel normal about it. Somebody else would just drop Jimmy Buffett and turn the souls of the world into cold golf balls
Avatar 8:35pm hyde:

the production on this one is just super cool, too
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

Are you a dude of krautrock, Hyde?
Avatar 8:43pm Flash Strap:

I'm curious to know what would go on your personal krautrocksampler, so to speak
Avatar 8:52pm hyde:

I have dabbled in Krautrock, though I'm no expert. I like Ash Ra Tempel, Neu and Faust a lot, and I'm a big fan of the sort of deeper psychedelic early Can LP's like Tago Mago. I also have a whole slew of Popul Vuh, though some of those records I like more than others.

ANd then there's Tangerine dream, of course. I was fixated on Phaedra in high school. Really love a lot of the soundtracks too (Sorcerer, especially).

I'm probably leaving lots of stuff out.
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

This track has top-tier composition, I think. I marvel at it's construction, the elegant beauty, the minimalist overlapping and intertwining
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

Can up through Landed is some of my favorite art or music ever made, and then I love Czukay's solo stuff too. Neu is great.
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

And then, there's the astonishing Zuckerzeit, which we'll hear in a moment
Avatar 8:56pm Flash Strap:

And I agree, Popol Vuh is sort of hit and miss for me too. Usually miss, loath as I am to admit it. Same for Amon Duul, which I never really understood the love for
Avatar 9:02pm hyde:

Can thru Future Days is the stuff I know best. Those LPs are almost all amazing. After that I don't know the records all that well....i just found Soon Over Babaluma the other day and listened to it just once so far. It didn't totally grab me, but I'll try again.

I also really like that Cosmic Jokers first LP. And I do also admit that I dig Amon Duul II a lot, myself. (I also left out Cluster since you were already playing it, but Cluster is great.)
Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

Soon Over Babaluma is the best post-Damo record, and one of their best records, period, in my opinion. Landed is also really grand, though its starts to show some weariness. After that it's tough until the spli, when they all did cool solo stuff. Definitely give Babaluma another deep listen or two, side two has some cosmic mysteries
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

I've never really given the Cosmic Jokers records a fair shake, since they're such notorious criminal enterprises, but I really should. As for Amon Duul, it is MY shame that I don't like them very much, not yours that you do.
Avatar 9:11pm hyde:

yeah, i won't give up on it even though i didn't really dig it at first. i'll give it a few more spins and see how it settles.
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

you won't regret it, I'll wager. We got any other krautrock lovers in this virtual space?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm SeanG:

Heino is god! :-)
Avatar 9:23pm hyde:

on another semi-related note, this morning before work I was playing those Peru records that you posted a long time back on your blog. Constellations especially I like a *lot*. Continents is cool too.
Avatar 9:25pm Flash Strap:

Oh good! Yeah, those are a lot of fun. Macchu Picchu has grown on me too.
Avatar 9:27pm hyde:

do you know anything about them? there doesn't seem to be much english language info about them that i could find in a cursory search. seems like they are Dutch, maybe?
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

Not much, I can't remember where they're from now... I know they are also the band Nova, pretty much, which was pretty popular in parts of Europe. Peru was the less commercial-oriented project
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30pm melinda:

Nice Moebius.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32pm SeanG:

long live moebius
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

Long Live Moebius
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

They are Dutch, Hyde, you were right about that.
Avatar 9:39pm Flash Strap:

Some of Nova's stuff is pretty good, too, but not as good or as Berlin-school as Peru
Avatar 9:43pm hyde:

with the Nova clue I found a little bit more. Apparently one of those Nova songs was a #1 hit in the Netherlands, which seems weird. I guess also one of the members (Rob Papen) is today a big software/hardware guy, he invented some sort of digital/analog hybrid synth called the Waldorf Microwave that has seemingly been used by some big names like Vangelis.
Avatar 9:45pm Flash Strap:

That's cool. I knew that had some hits – I think "Africa" was a hit too – but I had no idea about the microwave. Cool that Vangelis used one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45pm SeanG:

never heard these bros before, but diggin' the Alessi Brothers!
Avatar 9:46pm Flash Strap:

They're great Sean. Check out the whole first LP
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49pm SeanG:

Thanks Flash
Avatar 9:49pm hyde:

Ok, man, have fun at the beach + et cetera. See you in September. (See you, when the summer's done.)
Avatar 9:51pm Flash Strap:

The summer won't be done yet, if I have anything to say about it! August is still beastly
Avatar 9:51pm Flash Strap:

Thank you Sean!
Avatar 9:51pm Flash Strap:

And thanks to everyone else. Good night and see you later.
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