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Options May 20, 2010: X-Ray Meatballs

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Liz & Keili with the Hoof and Mouth Sinfonia  The Cars That Go Boom   Options WFMU Marathon Finale 2009      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Venus Gang  Cosmic Daddy   Options Galactic Soul       
Ron Geesin  Organ in the Clouds   Options Electrosound      0:04:43 (Pop‑up)
Space Needle  Starry Eyes   Options Voyager      0:07:17 (Pop‑up)
Carl Simmons  If I, Honeysuckle Tendrals   Options Honeysuckle Tendrals Bonus EP 7"      0:12:10 (Pop‑up)
Liquidarlo Celuloide  Pradera Tóxica   Options Pradera Tóxica      0:15:21 (Pop‑up)
The C & B  Father's Dead   Options 1991 Pre-Shadow Ring Recordings      0:23:34 (Pop‑up)
Fred Astaire  Let's Face the Music and Dance   Options sdtk, "Pennies From Heaven"      0:25:27 (Pop‑up)
U.S. Girls  Lunar Life   Options 7"      0:38:17 (Pop‑up)
Tinkerbell Dance Studio  tr 5   Options Learn Ballet Step-by-Step      0:43:08 (Pop‑up)
Residents  Six Things to a Cycle, parts 3 & 4   Options Fingerprince      0:51:09 (Pop‑up)
Pierre Garnier  Anthropologie   Options V/a, "Babble"    Donna B's 2001 WFMU Marathon Premium  0:53:52 (Pop‑up)
Christmas Decorations  Sockdolager   Options Oomycota      0:56:24 (Pop‑up)
Mind Pollution  Nothing New   Options Your Pollution  1981  Denmark  0:59:15 (Pop‑up)
Philippe Sarde  Accidents   Options sdtk, "Ghost Story"      1:12:32 (Pop‑up)
Donald Pleasance, Glenda Jackson, et al  No Exit (exc)   Options No Exit      1:16:36 (Pop‑up)
Aphrodite's Child  Loud Loud Loud   Options 666      1:19:28 (Pop‑up)
Shake Shake Bolino  Please Pony Please   Options Don't Lose Your Friends 7"      1:35:35 (Pop‑up)
Tapani Varis  Fanitullen   Options Jews Harp      1:38:53 (Pop‑up)
Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs  Speak to Me / Breath   Options Dark Side of the Moon      1:41:30 (Pop‑up)
Boodle Boy  Entitled   Options S/t      1:44:33 (Pop‑up)
Roberto Cacciapaglia and Ann Steel  My Time   Options The Ann Steel Album      1:53:20 (Pop‑up)
Orphan Fairytale  Sing for the Old Tree   Options V/a, "Graag Traag" cassette      2:04:44 (Pop‑up)
Konono No. 1  Paradiso   Options Congotronics      2:10:35 (Pop‑up)
Marianne Rosenberg  Mister Paul McCartney   Options V/a, 23 Hits des Jahres      2:16:45 (Pop‑up)
Ozzie  Organic Gardening   Options The Parabolic Rock: 1975-1982      2:27:22 (Pop‑up)
Procedure Club  Nautical Song   Options Vermont II 7"      2:30:12 (Pop‑up)
Bladestoner  Dear High Reigndeer   Options S/t      2:33:44 (Pop‑up)
Günter Maas  Reise   Options Klangbilder      2:43:13 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  Thu. 5/20/10 12:03pm Ψ-Ns:

…completely different…
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:05pm Daniel:

Sounded completely different when Scott played it. Weird.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:06pm Duke of Earl Grey:

Hardy har har. "Completely different," yuck yuck yuck. I called it before you did it too. That's worthy of Karl Marx right there. Yes, Karl. No, not Groucho.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:25pm PMD:

Can someone please explain to me the greatness of this type of music? Liquidarlo Celuloide. I'm open to a lot of types of music, but the sounds on a repetitive loop - just drives me nuts. I guess since I don't like techno maybe it's the same concept. If you can explain the joy of that too, my life would be complete.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:28pm Todd 76%:

Anybody else having trouble w/ the flash player today?
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:29pm dc pat:

I think the slight variations in the noise (I suspect it's found sound by the way) is interesting to me. I would NOT pull this out at home and put it on while doing the dishes but this is definitely one of the reasons I listen to Scott. I like guitar feedback too. I can listen to a lot of that.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:31pm dc pat:

in visual arts, they say the negative space defines the positive space. that noisy stuff to me is like the negative space. That's all I can say about it. Otherwise I don't know why it appeals to me.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:32pm Scott:

Well, I sure wouldn't use the word "joy". But I like it - and it's much more than a loop, though repetition has its rewards; and I especially enjoy the subtle revelations that come when you stick with the harsh, gauzy, hidden, or long abstract stuff. Plus what dc pat said.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:33pm dc pat:

but then again, why does one like Beatles tunes? Can you really explain what it is about Taxman that makes you want to listen to it?
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:34pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

yes, I think you can--simply--beats, harmonies and melodies appeal to people!
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:34pm dc pat:

  Thu. 5/20/10 12:34pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

plus, the Beatles were cute
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:36pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

the why is harder--but I think it's hard-wired into the species. Even chimps like a good steady beat.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:37pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

  Thu. 5/20/10 12:38pm dc pat:

that's what I'm getting at. Why do we like any music whether it's noisy or catchy? Doesn't need a beat either, The San people of the Kalahari desert make simple droning music without beats on their bows that sounds more like the piece Scott played than a Beatles tune.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:38pm Some Guy:

The reason i like the noisy stuff, and specifically when Scott plays the noisy stuff, is the contrast with the other tunes. I guess this is kinda like the negative space argument. A Scott Williams set is more than the sum of its tracks.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:40pm jeff-m:

for me it's iffy whether I like a looping repetitive music. Was digging that that track though.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:40pm dc pat:

by the way, I also believe music is hard-wired in us like language.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:42pm Duke of Earl Grey:

DC Pat makes excellent points. Also maybe some brains enjoy trying to parse seeming randomness in attempts to find patterns.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:43pm dc pat:

There are times during a show by guys like the Ex when it's a complete mess of noise that I feel a certain kind of euphoria.

DoEG: Yeah, that too.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:44pm PMD:

I must say that I like Scott;'s more than I like techno. Maybe it requires attention? For me it's background noise that just irritates my ears because it's the same pitch(?) level so it turns into buzzing - like a bee in my ear. And those I just swat away. I really wanted opinions because it might be I need to train my ear - like supposedly learning how to drink scotch. (not with your ear, but I think you understand)
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:48pm PMD:

I had to go back and read other comments. dc pat - it's weird because I could listen to the African music you mention much easier than this other stuff. Natural vs technical? Does anyone ever play music like that with instruments? See how little I know...
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:49pm Cecile:

I am really liking minimal techno, it lets my brain fly free a little bit.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:52pm dc pat:

I never walk around with any music playing in my ears--never have--cuz I like to hear the noise of stuff going on around me. I tried walking around with an iPod but I hated it.

PMD: but see, that's just a matter of taste. You prefer different kinds of noisy stuff. Maybe softer timbres? There are some kinds of extremely repetitive forms of music from Africa that drive certain folks crazy.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:52pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

pure noise is hard to digest--even the most stalwart noise-fan will admit that--we like the challenge. noise is always a million times better live and with others, though. I don't listen to noise at home, but I love going to art spaces/coffee shops/DIY venues and just overindulging in it.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:54pm dc pat:

By the way, I'm putting together a feedback orchestra. Anybody interested? I'll need about 15 people. I'll conduct.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:55pm jgiles:

dc pat... in Washington DC?
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:55pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

that is an awesome idea--might try it myself here in CLE.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:56pm PMD:

what's a feedback orchestra?
Hey, and I can't listen to ipod either. I love the noise around me. And likely yes it's a matter of taste with respect to the music.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:56pm jgiles:

thanks Scott for playing my favorite Residents song
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:56pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

imagine 15 people with amps and contact mics...
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:57pm Boscpear:

Isn't this "Six things to a cycle" off the "fingerprince" album
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:57pm Cecile:

I listen on the bus, because I'm hearing too much personal info on cell phones. But off the bus, I'm with you guys on wanting to hear nature and cars and whatnot.
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:57pm PMD:

Oh my. I'd participate as long as I could wear earplugs! My job ends Friday and I'll have free time (PMD lives in VA)
  Thu. 5/20/10 12:58pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

earplugs would certainly be recommended!
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:00pm mick:

hey pmd, definately train your ears...it`s really worth it.
and as to noise and "real" instruments, check out the german new music ensable called zeitkratzer play lou reed`s metal machine music.......fantastic stuff : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv8cJneLJkU
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:01pm dc pat:

the Feedback Orchestra(©) is an idea I've had for a while. Don't have time for it now really. It would be basically improvisational but the musicians would take cues from the conductor who would attempt to control the piece somehow.

Cecile: TOTALLY on the bus. I hate cell phones. Really.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:03pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

yeah, cell phones are a f*&%&* scourge. So since it's a copyrighted idea I'll have to call mind somethng else. Like Noise Orgy.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:04pm dc pat:

yeah jgiles, DC. Interested? Like I said, too many other irons in the fire now but...
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:05pm dc pat:

DCE: How about "Mind Something Else"
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:06pm jgiles:

sorry dc pat but I live in NYC
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:11pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

yeah, I like that.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:13pm seang:

yes, all the gadgets out there are currently driving me insane--need some mitigation
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:20pm Duke of Earl Grey:

Sometimes the LOUD LOUD LOUD bleed of beats from other peoples' crappy earbuds on the train forces to use my own, even if I would otherwise prefer not to, lest I go bonkers... some kind of irony there eh?
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:27pm C-monkey:

nice call, Scott. also, http://www.lcdf.org/indeterminacy/s.cgi?76
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:31pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

no guilt for long trax...we luv em.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:34pm PMD:

thanks mick, btw. will listen
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:40pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

such dramatic music..are you doing something VERY IMPORTANT and LIFE-CHANGING?
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:42pm C-monkey:

yeah, he's cracking himself up over X-ray meatballs off-mic.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:43pm dc pat:

this tune rules.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:44pm Cecile:

Yay! Tapani Varis!
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:49pm dc pat:

wow, WAY better than the original. Is Coyne playing a guitar again?
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:51pm Sartre fan boy:

Hey, Scott, where can that No Exit recording be found? That is, what's its title and format?
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:53pm Scott:

dc pat, not sure who's doing what, but I'm digging. Can't figure out wtf Rollins is doing here, but Peaches does the Great Gig in the Sky caterwauling.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:55pm dc pat:

sounds interesting. Never thought I'd see Rollins and Flaming Lips in the same sentence, let alone album cover.
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:55pm Scott:

Hi Sartre fan boy -- it's an LP on Caedmon, 1968; directed by Howard Sackler
  Thu. 5/20/10 1:57pm Some Guy:

Amazon has a used copy of that No Exit LP listed for 30 bucks.
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:17pm dc pat:

talk about "noisy" and "Africans"...yay Konono No. 1
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:25pm robert:

aua, das tut weh.
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:26pm dc pat:

holy crap, she's singing to Paul so slowly that I can actually understand it.
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:31pm dc pat:

oh man, the Xmas lights! Those were the days....
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:32pm dc pat:

I'll leave translations to robert.
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:32pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

  Thu. 5/20/10 2:33pm Cecile:

  Thu. 5/20/10 2:33pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

the other OZZIE!
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:42pm Cecile:

Holy Diver, this is a strange cut.
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:47pm seang:

I can't believe DIO was already over 40 years old when I saw him in 1985. That is nuts!
  Thu. 5/20/10 2:49pm Cecile:

I saw him when he was 64 years old! And he still brought it.
  Thu. 5/20/10 3:15pm robert:

those were the days my friend, i thought they never end and so on.
what about: wunder gibt es immer wieder by katja ebstein instead of marianne rosenberg? thanks for leaving translations, dc pat.
  Tue. 5/25/10 4:25pm marie:

Sometime late in the first set, Scott, I realized that I love you.
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