In 1990, experimental avant-garde jazz saxaphonist John Zorn released the album Naked City, a fun, schizophrenic and noisy collaboration with Fred Frith, Joey Baron, Yamatsuka Eye, Bill Frisell, and Wayne Horvitz. Naked City (as the group became known) was about the most far out you could get, and Zorn’s exploration of what he “could come up with given the limitations of the simple sax, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums format” became the pinnacle of avant coolness. The result was a post-modern hybrid that cut up sequences as he saw fit and treated all genres equally: jazz, grindcore, country & western, and much more were allowed to coexist, even in the same song. The album has 26 cuts, several that clock in at under 30 seconds. Naked City is melodic and dischordant, familiar and unpredictable, sweet and explosive.
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This week’s album of the week will be Camper Van Beethoven’s New Roman Times. A true concept album, New Roman Times was the band’s 2004 reunion/comeback record after having been dormant for 14 years. The concept was strange (what would you expect from CVB?), but intriguing, involving a plot about a fictional America divided into smaller republics (most notably the secular Republic of California and the Fundamentalist Christian Republic of Texas) that are at war with one another. The band employs some none-too-disguised political jabs as well as indulges their taste for 1970s-style prog rock, mixed with Middle Eastern melodies and ska-based rhythms...All in all, a very fitting selection for KDRT’s Album of the Week in this very lively election season. Dug Deep hosts this edition of Album of the Week.
Grapevine and Golden Road DJ Rod joins Dug Deep for a special Mardi Gras program, featuring a stewpot full of New Orleans, including Louis Armstrong, the Meters, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more, plus a few Mardi Gras Indian and Cajun tunes for seasoning. Don't forget to mask up...Laissez les bon temps rouler!
This week on the Electric Compost Heap we will be spinning a midsummer's dream of musical madness, featuring tunes from Wanda Jackson, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Roosevelt Sykes and a couple tracks from the new Parquet Courts release, "Sunbathing Animal."
The Electric Compost Heap is live on KDRT every Wednesday, 7-9 pm PT.
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Thursday May 1st at 6 pm on the Album of the Week show, host Dug Deep will spin a masterwork by Barbara Manning from 1997 entitled "1212." The album is something of a collaboration with Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico... It features some of Manning's best work mixed with great covered material from Richard Thompson, the Bevis Frond, and more. Join us on Thursday May 1st, Beltane, and enjoy this fiery gem of an album.