Sunday, May 27, 2012

FFFreakout: Podcast #42

Food Pyramid “Cosmo Canyon” Mango Sunrise LP/CD* (Moon Glyph
Nihiti “Sun Shatterer” For Ostland LP (lo bit landscapes
Gimu “The Silver Passage Missed” The Glorious Colours of Leaves in the Fall CS* (Constellation Tatsu
Gate “Sunshine” The Dew Line LP* (Mie Music
Suspensers “Duio/All You Little” Too Dumb To Live, Too Stoned To Die CS (Soft Abuse
Blanche Blanche Blanche “Superslave” Open Session Rock CS (OSR Tapes)
Video Nasties “Weak History Text” Amore E Rabbia CS (A Giant Fern
Cream Juice “Track 3” S/T CS (Orange Milk
Iibiis Rooge “Side A” (excerpt) Hespherides LP/MP3* (Weird Forest
Nil “A-O3” Nilmonic Process LP (Phaserprone
Henning Christiansen “Side A” (excerpt) Kreuzmusik FLUXID BEHANDLUNG Op 189 LP (KYE
Robert Turman “Lotek” Way Down LP (Dais
Oren Ambarchi “Salt” Audience Of One CD (Touch
Father Murphy “Jesus” split w/ How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck . . . 7” (Avant
Charlemagne Palestine & Janek Schaefer “Fables From A Far Away Future” (excerpt) Day Of The Demon LP (Desire Path
Amen Dunes “Ethio Song II” Ethio Covers 7” (self-released
Black Eagle Child “Running Around the Room” Go Around, Again LP* (Under the Spire
Hobbledeions “Untitled” Asyndeton CS (No Kings
Nurse With Wound “Rock ‘N Roll Station” Rock ‘N Roll Station CD (United Dairies
Nathan McLaughlin “Track 4-Side B” The Refrigerator is Emotional LP (Senufo Editions)
Wolf Fluorescence "Saranac Green Eyes" We're So Glad You're Home (Fabrica)
Robin Fox excerpt from Wired Open Day 2009 (Taiga)

Well, it has been a hectic couple of weeks and trying to carve out even a little scrap of time to do any writing has been a challenge. We’re already getting to work on the next podcast show, got the stopwatch and boombox working double time in preparation for this next one (*the FFF stereo tape deck died a painful death during the making of this show). But before we move on, we thought it would still be worthwhile to highlight some of the releases from this week’s show. First, we were caught slightly off guard by the latest full-length album from Nihiti. On their previous efforts they dealt in more restrained electro-acoustic dance and pop modes, but on For Ostland they veer off into a more bleak and absrasive maelstrom, blanketing their sound with layers of feedback and distortion that hints at band and label mate Viktor Timofeev’s recent solo album. “Sun Shatterer” and their cover of Marissa Nadler’s “Ghosts and Lovers” are perhaps the only outwardly song-like moments on the album, and both are keepers. In terms of straight-ahead pop music, albeit of the slightly quirky variety, we’re quickly becoming big Blanche Blanche Blanche devotees. Like fellow Vermonster, Son of Salami, BBB know how to pen these oddly heartfelt two-minute keyboard pop songs that are stripped down to the bare essentials. We see on the OSR Tapes website that this duo offers up their songwriting services. So, the question is: Would BBB compose a theme song for FFF? Moving on, if you’re a person that still wonders what distinguishes a good drone record from a bad one, then we’d like to submit two prime examples of drone awesomeness for you: 1) Charlemagne Palestine & Janek Schaefer’s Day of the Demon and 2) Open Wired Day 2009 that documents the live performances of Alan Lamb, Garry Bradbury, David Burraston, Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox at The WIRED Lab in Australia. Aside from both being beautifully packaged vinyl editions, these albums feature a group of masters creating rich and widely varied tones and textures. If you’re really curious about examples of bad drone music just write and we’ll randomly pull out something from the Box O’ Cassette Duds that we’ve amassed over the years. Lastly, in our quest for more amazing outer limits electronic sounds, NIL is now the current reigning champs. They’re bleeping brilliant.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

FFFreakout #313 - Dylan Day on KMSU (Aired on 5/24/12)

Bob Dylan "Ballad of Thin Man" from Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan "Worried Blues" from The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991
Bob Dylan "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" from The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991
Yo La Tengo "I Threw It All Away" from President Yo La Tengo
Bob Dylan "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" from Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan "Red River Shore" from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 (Rare & Unreleased) 1989-2006
Bob Dylan "Million Dollar Bash" from Basement Tapes
Low "Blowin' In The Wind" from A Lifetime of Temporary Relief
Bob Dylan "Forever Young" from Planet Waves
Bob Dylan "Quinn the Eskimo" from Biograph
Stephen Malkmus & The Million Dollar Bashers "Maggie's Farm" from I'm Not There O.S.T.
Bob Dylan "Shelter From the Storm" from Blood On The Tracks

In honor of Bob Dylan's birthday, KMSU played Dylan's music, or Dylan-related/inspired music, throughout the better part of today's programming schedule. This was our quickly assembled contribution to this annual event.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

FFFreakout #312 (Aired on 5/17/12)

Dennis Wilson "What's Wrong" from Pacific Ocean Blue
Retribution Gospel Choir "The Stone (Revolution!)" from The Revolution EP
? and the Mysterians "Are You For Real" from I Hate CDs: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection
Scritti Politti "Skank Bloc Bologna" from Early
Tarentel "Ghetto Ghosts" from Ghetto Beats on the Surface of the Sun
King Tubby "Ghetto Dub" from King Tubby's Meets Scientist at Dub Station
Steinski "Lesson 3" from What Does It All Mean?
The Suburbs "Waiting" (The Club Mix) from Waiting 12"
Joe Jackson "Got The Time" from Look Sharp
Elvis Presley "Baby, Let's Play House" from The Sun Sessions
The Police "When the World is Running Down . . ." from Zenyatta Mondatta
The Cars "Don't You Stop" from S/T
The Time "Jungle Love" from Ice Cream Castle
Beastie Boys "Sabotage" from Ill Communication
Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass "The Worksong" from Greatest Hits

Sunday, May 13, 2012

FFFreakout: Podcast #41 - Loud & Sad in-studio session

Loud & Sad “WF: #3” Whale Fall 1 CS (Digitalis Ltd.)
Loud & Sad “Example 3” False Intimacy (*forthcoming CS on Cae-sur-a
Loud & Sad “Blind Date” Unknown Species (*forthcoming LP on Greenup Industries)
Loud & Sad live in-studio session 
(Interview segment) 
Prayer “Dawn Chorus” (excerpt) Dawn Chorus split CS (Full Of Nothing
Nathan McLaughlin “Dawn Chorus” (excerpt) Dawn Chorus split CS (Full Of Nothing
(Interview segment) 
Nathan McLaughlin “The Car is Quiet” The Refrigerator is Emotional LP (Senufo Editions
Prayer “09032010” Species 1 (Sunshine Ltd.
(Interview segment) 
HMS “Track 5” HMS 3 (*unreleased)
Loud & Sad "Untitled" Lathe 1 7" (self-released)

On this week's podcast show, we were joined in the studio by Nathan McLaughlin and Joe Houpert, long-time friends and collaborators who record together under the name Loud & Sad. While McLaughlin currently resides in central Minnesota and Houpert still lives out East in Philadelphia, the two were meeting up to play a few shows together here in the Midwest over the next week and were kind enough to drop by the studio to perform a rare live set together as Loud & Sad. Later in the show, we got a chance to chat a bit with Nathan and Joe to ask them a few things about their work together and as solo artists. They also provided us with several tracks from some new and forthcoming releases of theirs to play throughout the show. Check out the following links for more information:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

FFFreakout #311 (Aired on 5/10/12)

Mother of Fire "Smoke" from Feral Children
The Bombay Sweets "Happy Birthday (To Your Petty Reasons) from S/T EP
Rocket From The Tombs "Seventeen" from The Day The Earth Met The . . .
Oren Ambarchi "Salt" from Audience Of One
Detainee "Speed Demon" from Vital Organs
Silver Jews "Smith & Jones Forever" from American Water
Food Pyramid "Burger Night" (version) from Mango Sunrise
Beastie Boys "Pass The Mic" from Check Your Head
Beastie Boys "Shadrach" from Paul's Boutique
Beastie Boys "Ch-Check It Out" from To The 5 Boroughs
Beastie Boys "I Don't Know" from Hello Nasty
Beastie Boys "Electric Worm" from The Mix-Up
Beastie Boys "Lighten Up" from Check Your Head
Beastie Boys "Shake Your Rump" from Paul's Boutique

Carl broke out some Beastie Boys' albums in the second half of today's show in honor of Adam "MCA" Yauch.


Thursday, May 03, 2012

FFFreakout #310 - Spring Pledge Drive Pt. 2 (Aired on 5/3/12)

Lee Hazlewood "Califia (Stone Rider)" from The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71)
Father Murphy "In Praise Of Our Doubts" from Anyway, Your Children Will Deny It
Trouble Books "Dead Bee In A Golden Bowl" from Concatenating Fields
Pumice "Ready To Rot" from Puny
King Tuff "Bad Thing" from S/T
The Bombay Sweets "You Are Not The Most Important Person In The World" from S/T EP
Peak Twins "Your Love" from Peak Twins/Scott and Charlene's Wedding Split
B.R. Garm "My Mind Is Gone and I'll Never Get It Back" from The 78th Morningtide 
Raymond Scott "New Year's Eve In A Haunted House" from Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights 
Sun City Girls "Esoterica Of Abyssynia" from Torch Of The Mystics
The Prissy Clerks "No Sir"
Linda Watkins "Down To The Sea" from Poetry Out Loud #6
The Faces "As Long As You Tell Him" from Five Guys Walk Into A Bar
Motion Sickness Of Time Travel "Beside the Quilted Lake" from Beko_Hobocult compilation

As of today, KMSU was under $2,000 towards reaching its goal for its annual Spring Pledge Drive. If you have an interest in what FFF is doing and believe in the importance of independent public radio in general, you can still pledge your support in any dollar amount by calling 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810. You can also pledge online at

On a different note, the Italian heavy-hitters, Father Murphy, are currently touring the U.S. and will be playing a show in Minneapolis on May 19th at the Triple Rock Social Club. This trio has been releasing some wonderfully confounding doomy art-rock over the past few years and are definitely worth checking out. For locals, though, you should certainly be marking off May 12th on your calenders for the KMSU Listener Appreciation Show featuring The Bombay Sweets, Prissy Clerks, and The Evening Rig. It's at The Red Sky Lounge here in Mankato and it's free, so there are no excuses. Be there!!