Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Fred Frith/Bob Ostertag
Public Access Synthesizer Studio (PASS)
January 7 1983
A little background.....
PASS was a loft in NY where, as the name suggests, you
could rent all sorts of advanced electronic gear, you could
also rent the space out for performances. It was very
reasonable and artist friendly.
This tape comes from a late midnight set when Frith and
Ostertag were promoting their "Voice Of America" LP.
This tape, like the one I made that night is incomplete.
The set ran about 55 minutes total and consisted of 2
pieces . This tape is missing the first few minutes, the
applause and announcements in between the pieces and
the last few minutes. I cannot locate the tape I made.
A few years back I made a combination of all the extant
tapes that was almost complete....I may have even seeded
it back on Share The Groove....I probably traded it...can't
remember, but If anyone has that copy, please seed it as
mine has eluded me for months now.
On to the music.......
The first piece is a typical non-idiomatic free improv....
Fred plays his "tabletop" homemade guitars, and Ostertag
had a giant modular Synth and was manipulating tape
The second piece was one of the most astounding
avant-garde performances I had seen up to that time. It
consists of Ostertag reading from 2 sources....one is a TV
Guide fluff piece about some soap-opera actress rescuing
cats, the other is graphic quotes from victims of political
violence in El Salvador. He reads them both straight
through and then juxtaposes the 2 articles in a sort-of
live-action version of the William Burroughs cut-up
experiments, all the while Fred clatters along with this
narrative and Ostertag manipulates his synths. The piece
built to an incredible climax which left more than one
audience member gasping and slack-jawed....quite
powerful, if not a lot of fun....unfortunately the tape runs
out about 4 or 5 minutes short of the climax.
Sybarite - Grey Sky Bright - Cut Out Shape (Temporary Residence Ltd)
Jean-Michel Jarre - Diva - Zoolook (Disques Dreyfus)
Kraftwerk - Hall Of Mirrors - Trans Europe Express (Capitol)
Alice Coltrane - Sita Ram - Universal Consciousness (Impulse)
John Cale & Terry Riley -The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace At
Versailles - Church of Anthrax (Columbia)
Aki Onda - Buddha in New York - Jukebox Buddha (Staubgold)
Tackhead - Airborn Ranger - Friendly as a Hand Grenade (TVT)
Parlet - Wolf Tickets - The Best of Parlet (Casablanca)
James Brown - Soul Power - Star Time (Polydor)
Mother Fuyer - Chick Willis (7-inch)(Collectables)
Frank Zappa - Po Jama People - One Size Fits All (Ryko)
The John Sinclair/Doctor B. Show
Recorded January 2007 in
WHRW's Control Room 2
For playlist and downloadable MP3
of this segment, click here.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
THE BOTTOM LINE,NYC
1-MY MAFIA ( SOLO )
5-LULLABY ( I WAS WORKING REAL HARD )
6-WE'RE GONNA HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME TOGETHER
7-PRIVILEGE ( SET ME FREE )
8-AIN'T IT STRANGE
12-PALE BLUE EYES >
14-PUMPING MY HEART
1-MY MAFIA ( W/ BAND )
4-LAND > GLORIA
6-TIME IS ON MY SIDE
IN THE PAST THIS WAS DATED DEC.28,1975 BUT
AT THE END OF THIS SHOW PATTI APOLOGIZES
FOR NOT PLAYING MORE DUE TO HER HAVING
TO PLAY 3 SHOWS THE FOLLOWING NIGHT.
THE MASTER REEL WAS DATED DEC.27 AND THIS
DIALOG CONFIRMS IT.
DEC 26 - 28 , 1975
* Dec 28 - Because of ticket demand a third show at 2:00am was added (one of only two times this has happened in the history of The Bottom Line. The other time this took place was an Elvin Bishop engagement.)
The Velvet Underground - Guess I'm Falling In Love - Peel Slowly & See (Polydor)
Jefferson Airplane - Watch Her Ride - After Bathing at Baxter's (RCA)
Lothar & The Hand People - This Is It - Presenting (One-Way)
Robert Palmer - Give Me An Inch - Pressure Drop (Island)
Frank Zappa-Love Of My Life - Reuben & The Jets (1968 Mix)(Verve)
The Evolution Control Committee - Don't Miss the Great Snatch - Plagiarhythm Nation (http://evolution-control.com/)
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Wake Up & Make Love With Me - New Boots & Panties (Stiff)
James Brown & The Famous Flames - Tell Me That You Love Me (7-inch)
Wolfman Jack - Free Shots (7-inch)
Maggie Estep - The Stupid Jerk I'm Obsessed With - No More Mr Nice Girl (Imago)
R. Stevie Moore - Hours of Delight - Contact Risk (rsteviemoore dot com)
Ramones - Oh Oh I Love Her So - NYC 1978 (kingbiscuit dot com)
Eberhard Schoener - San Francisco Waitress - Video Magic (Harvest)
United States Of America - I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife for You Sugar - United States of America (Sundazed)
The Unlovables - Bein' In Love - Crush Boyfriend Heartbreak (Whoa Oh)
Lou Reed - Vicious - Transformer (RCA)
Vitamin C - I Know What Boys Like - More (Elektra)
Greg Keeler-Talkin Interface Blues
Amy Rigby - Dancing With Joey Ramone
Television - Little Johnny Jewel - The Blow-Up (ROIR)
Leno Lagrey - Mollusk on the Vessel - Architechtural Digressions (Recycled Carbon)
T Rex - Casual Agent - Futuristic Dragon (Rhino)
Elvis Costello - King Horse (Demo) - Get Happy (Rhino)
Dow Chemical CHEM-TV - Table of Life (cassette)
And remember -
John Sinclair is my guest DJ (live via tape)
next Wednesday, February 28, 2007,
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Due to the blizzard which is now in our face, the Doctor regrets that he was not be able to rock your morning drive-time this Wednesday (February 14th, 2007).
Doctor B. will be back in your loudspeakers again next Wednesday, February 21st at 7AM, weather permitting of course!
And don't forget, on Wednesday morning February 28th at 9AM, you'll hear a show which activist, poet, DJ and MC5 member John Sinclair
and I recorded at WHRW studios last month. Don't miss it!
In the meantime, check out this story, 'cos I think it's kind of important!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sometimes Why at The Haunt
In Ithaca Tomorrow (February 8, 2007)
Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany, February 8th 1974
Sowiloi Part 1
Sowiloi Part 2
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh
Gamma Anteria Part 2
Considered the most intense Magma line-up there ever was. The 1974 line-up is with Janik Top on bass, and Christian Vander at his very best. The sound is for collectors only (i.e. not hi-fi) but if you push the treble a bit, and close your eyes, you'll be right there.
Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe - Ottawa 1968 (Dagger)
The Electric Hole - Love Will Find A Way III - USA (Radish)
Clark Hutchinson - Free To Be Stoned - Retribution (Deram)
T Rex - Token Of My Love (alt) - Bolan's Zip Gun (Rhino)
The Splendors - Dirty Road - The Splendors (thesplendors dot com)
Richard & Mimi Farina - House Un-American Blues Activity Dream - The Best Of (Vanguard)
Les Petroleuses - Samantha Est Partie - French Fried Funk II (Kickin Records)
Herbie Mann - In Tangier - Stone Flute (Embryo)
Soul Coughing - Screenwriter's Blues - Billboard magazine promo disc (Warner Bros)
Sun Ra - Discipline 27 Part 2 - Concert for Comet Kohoutek (ESP)
Dr Seuss - The Left Sock Theives - The Cat In The Hat Songbook (Buddah)
Commodores - Brick House - Commodores (Motown)
Elvis Costello - New Lace Sleeves - Get Happy (Rhino)
The Pixies - Monkey Gone TO HEaven - Doolittle (elektra)
Velvet Underground - European Son - Norman Dolph acetate 1966
Elvis Costello - There's No Action (demo) - My Aim Is True (Rhino)
MG and the Escorts - A Someday Fool - Wyld Canada Vol 1
Paul Ritchie & The Cryan Shames - Come On Back - The Freakbeat Scene (Decca)
Don't forget -
The Doctor shares the studio with John Sinclair
on Wednesday, February 28th at 9AM!