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"I listened yesterday. It's no reflection on you but I could'nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing did'nt get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we're supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don't even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though. I like Joe Belock a lot." (Visit homepage.)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Approx. start time
the leaders  luna   Options out here like this...  black saint  1988  LP  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
m'boom  mr seven   Options collage  soul note  1984  LP  0:08:30 (Pop‑up)
rufus reid trio  no place is like the end of the world   Options perpetual stroll  theresa  1981  LP  0:19:14 (Pop‑up)
munoz  the shepherd's chant   Options rendezvous with now  india navigation  1978  LP  0:29:05 (Pop‑up)
robert wood and woodlands  tombac   Options live at lons le saulnier, 1974  monster melodies  1974/2016  LP  0:51:31 (Pop‑up)
swimming in bengal  track 1   Options ashes for gwynn  lather  2014  CD  0:57:57 (Pop‑up)
linda sharrock  f   Options gods  golden lab  2016  LP  1:19:04 (Pop‑up)
daniela casa  esodo   Options societa malata  dagored  1975/2016  LP  1:36:20 (Pop‑up)
alessandra novaga  movimenti lunari   Options movimenti lunari  blume editions  2016  LP  1:41:41 (Pop‑up)
suicide  harlem   Options a way of life  wax trax  1989  LP  1:48:03 (Pop‑up)
alan vega / martin rev  sufferin' in vain   Options suicide  antilles  1980    1:53:59 (Pop‑up)
telebossa  o luar   Options garagem aurora  staubgold  2016  CD  2:10:25 (Pop‑up)
limpe fuchs  wellen   Options gestrupp  play loud!  2016  LP  2:16:52 (Pop‑up)
daniel lentz  lascaux   Options on the leopard altar  icon  1984  LP  2:24:00 (Pop‑up)
toshinori kondo & ima  black dance   Options metal position  polydor  1985  LP  2:33:14 (Pop‑up)
inoyama land  apple star   Options danzindan-pojidon  yen  1983  LP  2:37:38 (Pop‑up)
play  chasing the sun   Options   survival  1982  12"  2:42:45 (Pop‑up)
the lavender flu  la-bas / he hides from teh mirrors   Options heavy air  holy mountain  2016  LP  2:49:03 (Pop‑up)
steve gunn  ark   Options eyes on the lines  matador  2016  LP  2:55:14 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09am George of Troy:

Hola, John.
Avatar 6:11am John Allen:

hey GoT!
Avatar 6:12am Sem Chumbo:

Great day in the morning, it's John and GoT. Hello, there.
Avatar 6:14am John Allen:

for starters, you guys ok with mid-late 80s post free-jazz? I need to get thru a few of these records...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17am George of Troy:

I'm in. New haul?
Hey, Sem.
Avatar 6:19am Sem Chumbo:

Take the helm, Cap'n John, chart your course.
Avatar 6:21am John Allen:

i'm just on a new kick, lowbidding on the second half of the 80s..cept this one here from 81.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25am AndrewC.:

Stupid broken headphones. This would not be the first time I've sat and listened for half an hour thinking that it all sounds a bit thin and weedy today. Then I jiggle the headphone socket, and we're back to life. Grr. Can I have my half hour back?
Avatar 6:28am John Allen:

everyone, Andrew want's a redo of the first half hour/ Should we give it to him?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28am AndrewC.:

I promise to go to the archive this afternoon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32am George of Troy:

"...and that thin, weedy sound that seemed to go on for a half hour... was that the record, or my headphones?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40am AndrewC.:

@George the only real solution to that problem is to stop listening to avant garde records. Unacceptable unfortunately...
Avatar 6:42am Sem Chumbo:

Steady as she goes.
@AndrewC.: good to know your limits:-D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:44am maestroso:

Well, this Munoz sure kicks arse
  7:12am Cooh John:

Good morning JA and allenites. Helping me get over the hump.
Avatar 7:13am Sem Chumbo:

Been great this AM, John. Now off to the default world, an decidedly worse prospect by many orders of magnitude than swimming in Bengal. Later, all.
  7:22am Cooh John:

This is getting me to run up the hump.
Avatar 7:36am Wild Neil:

PEACE John et al...Linda Sharrock is pretty out there....Free Jazz goes FAR beyond Prog Rock in terms of...unusualness for sure...@John Allen et al, would you call Mats Gustaffson Free Jazz or more Psychadelic Jazz?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39am common:

good day!
Avatar 7:41am John Allen:

how about free improvisor. i do not support the term psychedelic jazz. it sounds like a lazy construct
Avatar 7:46am Wild Neil:

This Alessandra Novaga song sounds like outer space sounds....so the title makes sense!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49am Michele:

Hi John Allen
Avatar 7:49am John Allen:

hey michele
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53am common:

Avatar 7:53am Wild Neil:

This Suicide song has a lot of unresolved tension due to the continuous synthesizer chord, with no release of tension. Its a tense song....
Avatar 7:57am Wild Neil:

RIP Alan Vega.....I never heard his music until I came here to WFMU...he was fairly old actually...this song is vaguely menacing...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01am Ken From Hyde Park:

Good gravy! What is this speaking?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03am Ken From Hyde Park:

OK...Ben Carson, evidently.
Avatar 8:04am Wild Neil:

The record is skipping I guess...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06am Ken From Hyde Park:

I meant to ask "who is speaking?" Brain not fully in gear yet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10am AnAnonymousParty:

So I'm running the new v8 version of the Stereo Tool for winamp, The oscilloscope window is showing a pretty stable sinusoidal waveform for the Alessandra Novaga piece, for those keeping score.
Avatar 8:12am John Allen:

ok anon, you get to lead the class today
Avatar 8:17am Wild Neil:

@Anon-do minor key songs (that I generally prefer) have a distinct waveform, or is it just shifted left or right, assuming all rhythm and volume is the same which is of course impossible just like this question is impossible?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31am AnAnonymousParty:

@Neil, short answer: no. The only real difference between a major and minor key is the pattern of intervals between notes in the scale. Any given note wouldn't look much different than another except for frequency. But a spectral analysis might show some differences ... but now I wonder if you'd see a difference between a piece played in a major key vs one played in that major key's relative minor key.
Avatar 8:43am bobdoesthings:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45am George of Troy:

Super set this morning, John. The Sharrock was a blast, and that Novaga album has caught my ear more than once over the last few weeks.
Avatar 8:47am bobdoesthings:

@neil - chords are constructed from the scale they are in. major chords are basically 1-3-5.. meaning if the root note of the chord is a C.. the scale for C (I chose C because it has no sharps or flats) is C-D-E-F-G-A-B so a major chord is C-E-G.. to make it minor the intervals are 1-flat 3rd-5. so by making the third note in that scale flat you create a dissonance between the notes and you get a 'sad' sounding chord. jazzy chords throw in a 7th.. and it gets more complex from there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54am AnAnonymousParty:

Ah, well if you were comparing the waveform on a scope of say a C major chord and a C minor chord, you would see a difference, but it would probably be pretty subtle, not something you could pick up in a stream of music and identify it as major or minor based just on casually looking, especially if there is anything else going on.
Avatar 8:55am bobdoesthings:

Thanks John Allen!
Avatar 8:55am Wild Neil:

Great show John! Music theory is a really really deep subject....
Avatar 8:57am bobdoesthings:

@neil - it can be.. but also you don't need to know any of that shit to ROCK!
Avatar 8:57am John Allen:

Neil, what anon. is saying is that you won't necessarily see things the way they feel to you. thanks anon. see ya'll next week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00am AnAnonymousParty:

Next week we'll explain why the same note played on a violin and a bassoon looks different on a scope...
Avatar 9:00am Wild Neil:

This Steve Gunn is awesome!
Avatar 9:00am Wild Neil:

This Steve Gunn is awesome!
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