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Episode 99: Separate Torso from the Spine

Brian Eno, c. 1977

Apart from a couple friends, I just don’t hear many people discussing important bands like Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground or Joy Division. Even folks who pride themselves on listening to stuff outside the mainstream (Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Sam Bean, etc.) don’t seem to have or desire a sense of musical history. I’m not asking that everyone be a musical savant like me, but it would be nice to see folks do their research and not dismiss some music simply because it sounds old.

This point in probably best illustrated in discussing the work of Brian Eno. The dude is responsible for so much huge, mega-popular music, but folks don’t seem to pay attention to him. It’s difficult to overstate his influence on bands like U2, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, David Bowie and Devo. (If you’re reading this blog, I assume you already have  an unhealthy amount these bands’ music on your harddrive.) Yet rarely do I ever hear anyone talk about Eno’s solo work.

I don’t think it takes particularly artsy person to appreciate (most of) his work. I just think it takes an inquisitive person who wants to discover the source for a favorite band’s inspiration. Alright, enough proselytizing.

Enjoy the show.

  1. “Kurt’s Rejoinder” – Brian Eno (Before and After Science/Polydor/1977)
  2. “Vamos Companeros” – Harmonia & Eno ’76 (Tracks and Traces/Gronland/2009)
  3. “Dem Wanderer” – Cluster (Sowiesoso/Sky/1976)
  4. “What Lies Before” – Highspire (Aquatic/Reverse Reverse/2010)
  5. “While the Cold Winter Waiting” – Trentemøller (The Last Resort/Poker Flat/2006)
  6. “Soul Love” – David Bowie (Stage/RCA/1978)


Radio Free Raytown – Episode #99 (2/18/12)

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Ride on!

“No RFR this week?” was the text at 10:43 this morning.

I guess I set the bar a little high when I did about 60 consecutive weekly installments.  While I love blathering about music, I some other things have commanded my time recently.  In addition to my usual busyness this week, I interviewed at Hogan Prep High School, rehearsed for a wedding and recorded the soundtrack to a Kickstarter promotional video for a new musical.

That’s not to say I haven’t spent time with music this week.  My wife and I have made it through two-thirds of No Direction Home, and I’ve been spinning John Wesley Harding.  I’m still in awe of its clean, uncluttered mix.

One of our pastors preached on the first chapter of 1 Peter this weekend.  Peter’s use of ‘exile’ in the passage brought to mind David Bowie’s “Word on a Wing” where he belts out, “It’s safer than a strange land.”  I just couldn’t get that song out of my head during the sermon.  Peter also writes in that chapter about how God causes us to be born again, and there hasn’t been a day this week that the line, “Sweet name, you’re born once again for me,” didn’t run through my head.

I also got news that the student with whom I work will receive an award for Most Improved Student next Tuesday night at the annual student recognition night.  This means so much more to me than my nomination for support staff of the year.

Oh yeah, and that Kickstarter campaign video?  Here it is.  (And yes, that’s my cowboy hat he’s wearing.)

I’m exhausted.  I think I’ll take a nap so I can make it through tonight’s free concert with Sam Billen and Cowboy Indian Bear on the lawn of Johnson County Community College.

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Rotation (10/15/09)

I’ve decided to pare down my rotation posts to just five lucky albums.  Here they are for this past week or so, in no particular order.

  1. Built to Spill – You in Reverse (Warner Bros. 2006)
  2. David Bowie – Low (RCA – 1977)
  3. Sal Paradise – Welcome (Tooth and Nail – 1996)
  4. Guided By Voices- Human Amusements at Hourly Rates (Matador 2003)
  5. Neu! – Neu! 2 (Brain 1973)
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This weekend.

It was a good weekend.

Friday night, Katy and I went to a performance of what was billed as the Stuart Ashley Quartet at the Kemper Museum.  It ended up being just a trio.  (Or was that a joke?  The James Dean Trio was actually a six-piece…)  It was a great show, but probably not for the faint.  They played free jazz that took the listener through some tasty passages.  As is the case all too often with great performances, there were criminally few in attendance.  I guess it was such a good night that everyone was outside enjoying the weather and not inside a cool art museum having their minds blown by great music.

I delivered pizzas Saturday night and brought along David Bowie, The Cure and the Lost Dogs along for the ride.

I am working on my first discussion of album art for the site.  I will focus on Dave Brubeck’s Time Out.  So be looking for that and another episode this week.

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