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Episode 91: Phasers on Stun

A while back, I called up a record store in Indianapolis to order a super-limited edition 12″ single The Flaming Lips recorded with Neon Indian.  After giving the clerk, Dan, my credit card information, we began discussing uber-obscure, hazy and psychedelic garage bands.  During that conversation, I remember Dan saying he listens to so much music that he doesn’t really stick with one record for very long…say less than two weeks.

Whether it’s due to owning too much music or it’s a sort of musical attention deficit disorder, I feel much the same.  While this may be problematic to some, I find that wearing out new albums always points me back to my all-time favorite artists and records.

I love 60s jazz and 90s indie rock; they are like musical comfort foods to me.  Enjoy.

  1. “Knife Rape” – Mothguts (III | Thor’s Rubber Hammer | 2009)
  2. “Spectrum” – Andrew Hill (Point of Departure | Blue Note | 1964)
  3. “Mykologics” – Mouse on Mars (Niun Niggung | Thrill Jockey | 1999)
  4. “Kazuality” – Blonde Redhead (Fake Can be Just as Good | Touch and Go | 1997)
  5. “Phasers on Stun/Sola Kola” – Yatsura (We Are Yatsura | Che Trading | 1996)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #91 (9/28/11)

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Episode 34: We Are Electrocution

One of the best albums of the 90s, Fugazi's "In On the Kill Taker"

Death has been on my mind a lot this week, as Jay Reatard, Mark Linkous and Alex Chilton have all recently passed. I tried to build an episode around their songs, but it just felt inadequate. Perhaps a better tribute would be just to encourage you to listen to Sparklehorse’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers in their entirety. You know, I am sure I will play their songs in future shows, but the one I started to record just felt a little off.

Instead, I went with my gut and just threw together a bunch of music I wanted to listen to. Hopefully my sensitivity doesn’t come off as too insensitive.

So I told my friend, Ben, that I had been on a Fugazi kick again this week. I felt validated in my song choices for the show when he said he had just listened to 13 Songs earlier that morning. Sometimes it’s merely coincidence when you discover someone’s also been listening to the same artist or album as you, but sometimes it feels like you’ve tapped into a sort of collective consciousness or whatever. Either way, it’s a sign, right?

Anyway, this weeks show…

  1. “We Are Electrocution” – Le Shok (We Are Electrocution/GSL/2000)
  2. “Eros” – Tortoise (Standards/Thrill Jockey/2001)
  3. “Antenne” – Kraftwerk (Radio-Activity/Capitol/1975)
  4. “Smallpox Champion” – Fugazi (In On the Kill Taker/Dischord/1992)
  5. “Three” – Selfmindead (Selfmindead/Solid State/1998)
  6. “Yippie” – Mouse on Mars (Niun Niggung/Thrill Jockey/2000)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #34 (3/26/10)

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Episode #19: Here Comes Everything

mouse on marsI should start by saying that I’ll take next week off.  That time off will give me an opportunity to plan out the next show.  I take suggestions for themes for every tenth episode, so please leave suggestions for episode #20 in the comments portion of this post.  I will consider any theme, but refrain from the trite (war, civil rights, abortion) or the absurd (alternative energy, British prime ministers, home schooling).  The more creative you are, the better the results will hopefully be.

Anyway, a word about volume.

I don’t master my shows.  What I do, however, is try to ensure everything hits the same peaks.  I don’t feel compelled to compress everything to a brick-shaped wave file, so you’ll notice that songs like “Everybody’s Talking” in this week’s show seem a little more quiet.  But, trust me, they do eventually hit roughly the same high points as the rest of the show.

I guess I should also comment on language.  Because I play music that I like and I don’t generally gravitate toward the vulgar, you won’t find too many expletives in these shows.  But I don’t buy all my CDs at Wal-Mart.  Capiche?


  1. “Wipe That Sound” – Mouse on Mars (Radical Connector/Thrill Jockey/2004)
  2. “What Matters More” – Derek Webb (Stockholm Syndrome/INO/2009)
  3. “Everybody’s Talking” – The Jazz Butcher (Patron Saints of Teenage/Creation/1994)
  4. “M.O.R.” – Blur (Blur/Virgin/1997)
  5. “Century” – The Mary Onettes (Islands/Labrador/2009)

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #19 (11/13/09)

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