Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Episode #8: Flowers of Evil: An Interplanetary Music Halloween


1. I'll Always Say Never to Always- The Manson Family Singers
2. The Black Rider- Tom Waits
3. The Bells- Lou Reed
4. Night of the Shape- Electric Wizard
5. Nosferatu Man- Slint
6. Burn the Flames- Roky Erickson
7. Janitor of Lunacy- Nico
8. At the Mountains of Madness- Blackfeather
9. I Hear Voices- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
10. The Spider and the Fly- The Monocles
11. I Need Your Head- Hasil Adkins
12. Frankie Teardrop- Suicide
13. Abschied- Nico
14. White Blur 1- Aphex Twin
15. Ave Satani- Jerry Goldsmith
16. Cannibal- Scratch Acid
17. Jordan, Minnesota- Big Black
18. I Put a Spell on You- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
19. Joan Dark- Bassholes
20. Jesse- Scott Walker
21. White Blur 2- Aphex Twin

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Episode #7: Hits of Sunshine


1. Prelude/To Claudia On Thursday- The Millennium
2. Take a Giant Step- The Monkees
3. Come Down Softly to My Soul- Spacemen 3
4. Postures (Leave Your Body Behind)- The 13th Floor Elevators
5. Supermarket- Fapardokly
6. Paranormal Echoes- Olivia Tremor Control
7. Poor Moon- Canned Heat
8. Don't You Feel Me- Damon
9. Positive Vibrations- The Soft Boys
10. She Understands- The Travel Agency
11. Can I Join Your Band?- The Creation
12. It's You- The Millennium
13. Kensington High Street- Dead Sea Fruit
14. Marking Time- Olivia Tremor Control
15. Superman- Clique
16. The Zoo- Mickey Lee Lane
17. Workshop/Vega-tables- Brian Wilson
18. Kites Are Fun- The Free Design
19.  Museum- Donovan
20. The Princess Turns the Key to Cubist Castle (excerpt)- Olivia Tremor Control
21. Up On the Sun- The Meat Puppets
22. Glad Girls- Guided By Voices
23. Turncoat Indian- The Apples In Stereo
24. Cabin Essence- Brian Wilson
25. A New Day- Olivia Tremor Control
26. Strawberryfire- The Apples In Stereo
27. Just About the Same- The Millennium

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Experiment #4: Harp of a Million Strings

It's amazing what a little echo can do. A long delay  with a slow decay factor turned a beautiful "sacred harp" song ("The Last Words of Copernicus" from Southern Journey Vol. 9: Harp of 1000 Strings) into an ambient wave of sound that hardly sounds like human voices.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Experiment #3: Can It Be?

Now here's an easy and fun little trick: take any 60's garage rock song, speed it up, and enjoy some kick-ass garage punk. This particular number, "Can It Be" by the Savoys (from Back From the Grave Vol. 3) also sounded great with some echo as well. First you'll hear the original, then the sped up punk version, then a more extreme version with an almost industrial sound. The tempo is about the same as the second version, but I increased the speed as well, which raised the pitch, and used more echo.

Experiment #2: Splint

I sped up Slint's (hence "splint") "Nosferatu Man" (listen to the original here) about 15% and added more bass. Not a radical change by any means, but now it's totally metal! Enjoy.

Experiment #1: Wallace Stevens + Can

In the mood for a highbrow mashup? Well, I've been fooling around with editing music lately, and I thought I'd share some of the more interesting results.  Here's a Wallace Stevens poem, "Tattoo," with an excerpt from Can's "Dead Pigeon Suite" (variation on "Vitamin C," from Ege Bamyasi). Interestingly, there's a song from Can's The Lost Tapes called "Evening All Day." Is this a reference to the line "It was evening all afternoon," from Stevens' great poem "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird?" Perhaps not, but I'm pleased by the coincidence.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Episode #6: Shake Eternity and Lick Creation


1. Flight from Ashiya- Kaleidoscope
2. Helicopter- Sand
3. Introitus- Dom
4. Osamu's Birthday- The United States of America
5. Wellen- Stolle & Member
6. Vom Himmel Hoch- Kraftwerk
7. Galactic Joke (a)- The Cosmic Jokers
8. The Flower- Sun City Girls
9. Aumgn- Can

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Molten Swedish Proto-Metal

I discovered Kebnekajse through the awesome The Day After the Sabbath blog. This was a project of Kenny Hakansson, formerly of Baby Grandmothers, who I have been planning on including on an Interplanetary Music episode for a long time now. Until then, enjoy this delightful bit of hard-driving Swedish chipmunk-rock.