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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Directional Sounds, Polynesian Percussions, Cumbias Sabrosas


Tonight in the Explorers Room – another extremely exotic program, consisting of stereo-dynamic Directional Sound label exotica from John Evans aka Don Catelli; sublime cumbias, boleros, and gaitas from the truly exquisite Colombian outfit Los Diplomaticos aka Los Millonarios; and more, much more, in that exotic vein.  See you there, you know where. 7:00 - 10:00.

Monday, April 16, 2018

More Album Art & A Video



Two more bits of news from me today. First, check out this video I made for Barry Walker's song, "Ediacaran Moonrise" from his forthcoming album of pedal steel geologic time-dreams, Diaspora Urkontinent.

View it via the embed above or at the Gorilla vs Bear video premiere page.

The video is edited from various archival educational film reels, none of which were archived at any particularly high quality, so it inevitably has a very lo-fi look which I ultimately like a lot.  Barry's record is excellent as well, ambient diorama backdrops to the great slow drama of earth's formation, beautifully rendered in steel guitar.  Check it out here.



The next bit of new it pleases me to share is that friend of Flash Strap and comrade blogboy Spookcity, aka qualchan., has a new tape out with Andrew Weathers on Æescape Sounds, with a cover by me.  Dig the beautiful sounds and more images of the art here.  Pick up a copy for yourself, maybe.  

And here's a gallery of most of my other designs, have a look.

Friday, April 13, 2018

New Album Art: Sugai Ken, Tele-N-Tech-Da


Very pleased to report a new LP cover of my design is coming out on Discrepant! The album is Tele-N-Tech-Da by the extremely excellent Sugai Ken (whose 2016 album, On The Quakefish, gets a lot of play in my world), "a kaleidoscopic radio play inspired by the traditional Japanese art of Mingei."  It's really good; I listened to it a lot while working on the cover art (which is also derived from Mingei, naturally) and found it challenging, mysterious, and highly rewarding, dense with allusion and layers of meaning yet somehow very pleasingly sparse.  Check out the Discrepant page, where Sugai Ken has included an interesting statement.

Several more cover designs & other like items to post about in the coming days.  As usual, contact me by email if you're interested in commissioning work, my studio is in full swing and looking for more projects to tackle.


And here's a gallery of most of my other designs, have a look.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: The Essential Humor of Tropical Fantasy (& Ornithological Orientations)


Tune in tonight for an evening of outlandish, colorful, absurdly lively exotica, bordering on parody and bursting with birdcall, cinematic details, and musical comedy.  Featuring the Markko Polo Adventurers, Michel Magne, and a special set of music employing the birdsong as an integral, rather than decorative, element.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Land of Demons


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear a pulpy, psychedelic mix of western, library, ufo, and exotica sounds.  Join in the weirdness, compañeros! Tonight!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Extended Meditations & Seeking Beyond


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll decompress from marathon madness and go in search of truths and presences heretofore undreamt-of with a program of psychedelic extended meditations.  Come into the Explorers Room and get your receiving mechanism tuned to that particular frequency where secrets start to reveal themselves.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Marathon Week 2 – Support Independent Radio, Win Unusual Prizes!


Tonight is night #2 of Explorers Room's participation in WFMU's annual two-week long marathon, and once again we'll be drumming up pledges and giving away awesome prizes.  Come, join in the comments, and give the station some tender to keep it broadcasting the bizarre, wonderful music and utterly unique programs that it does so well, including of course The Explorers Room and all the other amazing shows on Give the Drummer Radio.  This is important, and worthy, so if you have the means, Compañeros, please donate.  Keep GTDR on the air, keep those servers firing, and help us pay for the bandwidth that brings you truly countless hours of archived shows. 

Show Tonight - 7-10:00

A $20 donation to Explorers Room (see the widget at the bottom of the post) will put you in the running for one of the nine prizes below, all but one of which are vinyl LPs this week.  $75 and over will not only put you in the running but will also guarantee you the prize of this years Explorers Room premium, 3 Taboos (And Other Exotic Motifs). Obscure and lesser-known exotica, only the best and strangest pearls found hidden in my dusty collection of exotica LPs.  Curated and ripped exclusively by yours truly, the first time I've ever actually really done that.  It's pretty good, I think.




Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Marathon, Prizes, Help Support WFMU!


Tonight in the Explorers Room we kick off our show's participation in WFMU's annual two-week long marathon, gathering up pledges and giving away prizes.  Come, join in the comments, and give the station some tender to keep it broadcasting the bizarre, wonderful music and utterly unique programs that it does so well, including of course The Explorers Room and all the other amazing shows on Give the Drummer Radio.

The world is upside down – maybe it always has been, but anyway, it still is.  Conditions are often bleak, the future intractably dark.  It seems like the world is bought, cooked, and soon to be drowned.  We need WFMU, not just because it's good radio, but because it's a large scale cultural project that anyone can access.  In a time when crushing, aggregated banality can be accessed via a bland cornucopia of subscription services, WFMU is right there for everyone, free, weird, and liberatory.  This doesn't just get us through another day in the proto-apocalypse, it inspires us to imagine and even demand better things – an essential revolutionary energy for human survival and emancipation.  So if you have the means, Compañeros, please donate.

Show Tonight - 7-10:00

A $20 donation to Explorers Room (see the widget at the bottom of the post) will put you in the running for one of the nine prizes below, all but one of which are vinyl LPs this week.  $75 and over will not only put you in the running but will also guarantee you the prize of this years Explorers Room premium, 3 Taboos (And Other Exotic Motifs). Obscure and lesser-known exotica, only the best and strangest pearls found hidden in my dusty collection of exotica LPs.  Curated and ripped exclusively by yours truly, the first time I've ever actually really done that.  It's pretty good, I think.




Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Game of Variants (Continuations on a Long String)


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll play another game of word association and chance-based song sequencing by taking our previous experiment (see here) and vaguely recreating it by choosing songs with similar (and ideally, the same) titles and putting them in the same order.  The two shows should be extremely disparate and yet unmistakably bound to each other.  Tune in for an evening of unusual transitions and bizarre choices.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Moving Worlds, Calypso Sketches, Freaking Out


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear an anxious, restless blend of exotic jazz, calypso, reggae, and profoundly psychedelic, intensely funky West African music.  Should be a good one, do tune in.