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Episode 100: I’m the tick, you’re the bomb.

Last month, my co-workers voted me as the Support Staff Employee Of the Year (SSEOY) in our school. This has allowed me to throw my proverbial hat in the ring for the district-wide SSEOY award. It’s tempting to merely view the process as tooting my horn: collecting three letters of recommendation, writing an essay about my educational impact and then, next week, interviewing before a panel.

Working on my essay regarding my educational impact served as the impetus for much thought on the paradoxical topic of recognition. We all want to be recognized, but we don’t necessarily want the spotlight on us. When the principal announced that the staff had voted for me, it led me to a conversation about humility with my student. He’s in eighth grade, so I’m sure he’s never really given the topic much thought. The conversation found me paraphrasing C.S. Lewis: humility isn’t merely thinking of yourself a little bit, it’s not thinking of yourself at all.

I received some attention from friends and acquaintances when I posted my fiftieth episode, so I expect I may get notifications or mentions in social networks for my hundredth show this week. I’ve been trying to formulate a response besides an obligatory “thank you for listening,” but nothing sincere quite comes to mind. I guess it’s because this show is, in part, an exercise in narcissism. But this show is also about sharing my love of music with you all, my fellow discerning lovers of music.

I have a large collection and knowledge of music, but it’s no good if it doesn’t benefit others. I am always excited to hear that folks have learned about a band or genre through my show. It’s also been cool to get responses from some of the bands I play and discuss (solicited or not).

I don’t think it’s an exercise in false humility to step aside while the spotlight’s on me to draw your attention to the dude who encouraged me to start this blog. My friend, Ben Helt, has made trips to record stores with me, ridden in the car with me while I dissect albums and has relaxed in my living room while I play him some of my favorite chillout music. He wanted me to channel my penchant for proselytism into a podcast. Thank you, Ben, for pushing me to do this.

Knowing I was approaching number 100, I emailed some friends and asked them to choose a song to discuss on this episode. I put no parameters on their choices, and I didn’t berate them when I disagreed with their song choices. The ones who appear on this show were incredibly respectful of my time, usually preparing their stories ahead of time. I think their preparation paid off for the listener, as well, with choice stories and brevity. Thank you to Joel, Russ, Jeff, and Shane, and to my wife, Kate. You all are the best!


  1. “Buggin'” – The Flaming Lips (The Soft Bulletin | Warner | 1999)
  2. “Upon 9th and Fairchild” – The Boo Radleys (Giant Steps | Creation | 1993)
  3. “The Way of Love” – Charlie Peacock (West Coast Diaries, Volume 2 | Sparrow | 1991)
  4. “24” – Red House Painters (Down Colourful Hill | 4AD | 1992)
  5. “Silhouettes” – Kissing Cousins (EP 1 | Velvet Blue Music | 2006)
  6. “Closer” – Jars of Clay (The Long Fall Back to Earth | Essential | 2009)
  7. “The Hearttaker” – Starflyer 59 (Americana | Tooth & Nail | 1997)


Radio Free Raytown – Episode #100 (3/23/12)

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Episode 85: Undressing the Soul

Taking a picture of Jeff Coffin taking a picture of Bird's grave on Monday.

The internet is an amazing thing.  I can’t imagine just how much farther I would have fallen into the pit of musical discovery if I had Allmusic, Wikipedia and YouTube available to me on my phone 13 or 14 years ago.  This week, I introduce musique concrète and play the work of Pierre Schaeffer, a movement and artist ridiculously far-removed from mainstream music, but brought near with just a mouse click.

I cannot emphasize this nearly enough:  if you are even a little curious about electronic music, you must own OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music.  It’s a compilation of ground-breaking electronic artists, from which I picked this week’s Pierre Schaeffer track.  To paraphrase Brian Eno from the liner notes, every aspect of how we experience music is influenced by these pioneers; everything is electronic, from assemblage of sounds in the studio to amplification at concerts.

On a completely unrelated note, I also discuss Robert Deeble’s new record, Heart Like Feathers.  Please join his Kickstarter campaign to get this thing released.  He’s an amazing storyteller, and just a fascinating artist.  Line his pockets, folks.

Enjoy the show.

  1. “Etude Aux Chemins De Fer” – Pierre Schaeffer (OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music | Ellipses Arts | 1948)
  2. “Kitchen Sink” – Amon Tobin (Foley Room | Ninja Tune | 2007)
  3. “Eclipse” – Robert Deeble (Thirteen Stories | Pete Records | 2004)
  4. “Redux: Porky, Boots and Floyd” – Jeff Coffin and Charlie Peacock (Arc of the Circle | Runway Market | 2006)
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