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"I listened yesterday. It's no reflection on you but I could'nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing did'nt get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we're supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don't even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though. I like Joe Belock a lot." (Visit homepage.)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Approx. start time
robert ashley   atlanta   Options atlanta  lovely  1985  LP  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
robert ashley  the backyard   Options private parts  lovely  1977  LP  0:19:52 (Pop‑up)
robert ashley  automatic writing   Options automatic writing  lovely  1979  LP  0:43:41 (Pop‑up)
bob james & robert ashley  wolfman   Options explosions  esp  1965  LP  1:06:47 (Pop‑up)
pulse emitter  spaceship   Options planetary scale synth hypnosis  metal postcard  2014  CD  1:14:03 (Pop‑up)
alvaro  new towelsa don't dry   Options alvaro  squaeky shoes  2013  LP  1:19:14 (Pop‑up)
wha ha ha  nojari   Options s/t  recommended  1984  LP  1:23:06 (Pop‑up)
the young lions  laughing in the rocking boat   Options no news, strange rumours  plurex  1980  LP  1:25:48 (Pop‑up)
bohren & de club of gore  bei rosarotem licht   Options piano nights  ipecac  2014  CD  1:28:33 (Pop‑up)
blonde on blonde  you'll never know me   Options rebirth  janus  1970  LP  1:34:52 (Pop‑up)
stanley schumacher  no technique for three trombones   Options no technique for three trombones  musikmacher productions  2014  CD  1:46:51 (Pop‑up)
margareth kammerer  timeshaped face   Options why is the sea so blue  mikroton  2013  CD  1:51:26 (Pop‑up)
aleuda  passarinho   Options oferenda  carmo  1982  LP  1:54:48 (Pop‑up)
pierce turner  how it shone   Options it's only a long way across  beggars banquet  1987  LP  1:58:23 (Pop‑up)
yung wu  child of the moon   Options shore leave  coyote  1986  LP  2:03:22 (Pop‑up)
thalia zedek band  julie said   Options six  thrill jockey  2014  LP  2:07:52 (Pop‑up)
ava luna  crown   Options electric ballroom  western vinyl  2014  LP  2:11:40 (Pop‑up)
anne hytta  gorr   Options draumsyn  carpe diem  2014  CD  2:16:02 (Pop‑up)
d charles spear  wallwalker   Options doubled exposure  thrill jockey  2014  LP  2:28:06 (Pop‑up)
devin, gary and ross  the other side   Options honeycomb of chakras  feeding tube  2014  LP  2:31:33 (Pop‑up)
drekka  ekki gera fikniefnum   Options ekki gera fikniefnum  dais  2014  LP  2:45:58 (Pop‑up)
wd sampson  the natural skater   Options traveller  big road music  1987  LP  2:52:40 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06am George of Troy:

Morning John. Nice to hear a little tribute to Mr. Ashley.
Avatar 6:18am pierre:

Bonjour JA, bonjour listeners
Avatar 6:25am bibi:

hello john & allens !
i didnt know him, but sure people like coil got inspired by (1st track) or muslimgauze (2nd).
Avatar 6:26am John Allen:

hey gang!
Avatar 6:39am Malcolm:

this is great
Avatar 6:41am bibi:

hey malcolm, you are blond ! it makes 2.
Avatar 6:45am Malcolm:

blondes have more fun, especially if they are shetland ponies!
Avatar 6:46am Prashanth:

feeling very restless today...but the music is soothing. Thanks John.
Avatar 6:48am bibi:

yeah. or if wearing an impossible 70s haircut and a shiny static mic.
a pity these stars can be clicked just once, this backyard was brilliant.
Avatar 6:48am Prashanth:

reminds me of Karl-Heinz Stockhausen
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52am maestroso:

G'morning John, George, Pierre, Bibi, Malcolm & Prashanth!
Avatar 6:53am Prashanth:

@bibi and Malcolm: I have a theory about why many, esp. in Asia, consider blondes as attractive. Its simple: blonde reminds us of Gold...and Gold is often conditioned in our brains as a sign of prosperity, luxury, something superior. Hence, the attraction.
Avatar 6:53am Prashanth:

'morning, Maestroso! welcome to the banter republic :)
Avatar 6:54am bibi:

have you intentionnally chosen different languages' tunes or is his discography widely multilingual ?
hi maestroso.
i think prashanth is right, we are signs of luxury malcolm.
Avatar 6:57am fred von helsing:

Malcolm X asked why the white blonde was a cultural ideal. But it is not just his culture. People who've been to the Middle East tell me the same thing.
Avatar 6:57am Prashanth:

@bibi: a sign for luxury isn't luxury itself :) Remember roadrunner cartoons?? signs dont work with clever Roadrunners :P
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03am AndrewC.:

Best thing about being a white blonde, its hard to see I'm going grey. Plus everyone treating me like a cutural ideal of course.
Avatar 7:03am bibi:

seriously, it was initially sexually attractive to sapiens sapiens who migrated to (northern) europe.
i think now it's more about the omnipotency of western (european rooted) culture.
if it was just about rareness albinos would be the sexual ideal.
Avatar 7:05am pierre:

Also Blond has a connotation of purity, and clean. Whereas dark hair and red hair has both connotations of adventures / temptations.
Avatar 7:07am Prashanth:

@Fred: I dont think its whiteness that counts because what would explain south asians increasingly coloring their hair blonde?.... it also has a social conditioning factor like advertisement models since 50s...the number of blonde models is astoundingly high...and thus the perception of beauty which unfortunately is conditioned by the ad industry is increasingly biased towards blondes.
Avatar 7:07am Prashanth:

@Pierre: Gold...purest metal.
Avatar 7:11am Prashanth:

personally, for no factual reason, I tend to have less trust towards blondes than non-blondes. I dont know where that comes from but its definitely innate. May be its because I never grew up with blondes in my class or friend circles.
Avatar 7:12am bibi:

i think since cultures settled, cultures decide what are the canons (only canons).
in middle ages, slightly fat girls were the regular canon.
Avatar 7:12am John Allen:

du monde
Avatar 7:13am Prashanth:

@bibi: 'healthy' girls are always attractive to male hormones...dem child bearing hips cannot lie :P
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17am George of Troy:

"Purposeful Lady..." was my gateway to Ashley, eons ago listening to late night college radio. I didn't realize it was him until years later, but that piece really stuck with me (as most of his work has done since).
Avatar 7:21am Prashanth:

they should include the Spaceship in Buddha Box
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I have read that the blonde thing is because it evokes youth & hence youthful vitality - many times people are blonde in toddlerhood & change - & vulnerability & so femininity like that
- & also the genetic selection argument that it is a genetically recessive trait (as is red hair) ; demoralizing to think all one's Romantic notions come down to Darwinist instincts (like the hips, flushed lips & cheeks, &tc.) like this - but here we are...
- If it's breeding instinct for a rarer trait though - why are blonde woman desirable but not so much blond men (like myself) - ?? Barbie is Blonde & Ken is Brunette; this points to Culture more - after all - the ideals of weight & style change greatly even in our own Culture (whatever that is) - & I always think of African customs of distending necks w/ several rings or lip plates - or Japanese ideals being different from 'The West's' - &tc. ...Probably things like weight ideals are an interaction of Instinct & Culture - w/ Culture & changing conditions playing on different instinctual triggers @ different times...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- like - lipstick - how weird is that if you think about it...
Avatar 7:24am Prashanth:

@RRabbit: "why are blonde women desirable but not men"...good question.
Avatar 7:26am Prashanth:

here's a nice article "The American image of beauty: Media representations of hair color for four decades" written back in 1993. See reults in abstract. link.springer.com...
Avatar 7:28am Prashanth:

in short the authors write: The percentage of
blondes in each magazine, averaged across the past four decades, exceeded the 26.8% base rate of blondes in a White female sample. Assuming this base rate to be representative of the population from which it was drawn, this reveals that society's beauty standards of hair color conveyed by these media did not truly represent the population. This image delivers a message to society that blonde is a prominent ideal of feminine beauty. This message may have contributed to our cultural preoccupation with blondeness, much as media messages about thinness have fostered a distorted view of women's body weight and shape
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:28am maestroso:

Wow, this Wha Ha Ha is unfamiliar to me. Rare stuff.
Avatar 7:29am Brian in UK:

Hello John & co. Sterling H&M work last Sunday.
Bottle & blond are a marriage made in (a cosmetic factory)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Barbie - based on a German whore cartoon...
Avatar 7:31am Sem Chumbo:

And yet, why are there so few brunette jokes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...which is not saying I don't like tall thin blondes, of course...it would be hypocritical in my case, after all...
Avatar 7:41am Prashanth:

haha JA...blonde on blonde... you'll never know me... so true :)
Avatar 8:22am Alessia:

I guess, but it's only a supposition, that blonde recalls childhood, innocence and purity, instigating in men's brain the will of giving protection and tenderness which is a thing that a woman doesn't desire to feel towards a man, that's why women tend to mate with dark dudes for example.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48am common:

good morning john. everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52am George of Troy:

Fantastic set this morning, John.
Avatar 8:57am bibi:

i cannot blondify the star for this track, and this is an issue, john.
Avatar 8:58am bibi:

thx john, you are so reactive for solving blond problems.
nearly suspicious.
Avatar 8:59am John Allen:

no more dirty blonde jokes!
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