Monday, July 27, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! - July 30 & August 1 (WRFI) and August 2 (WBDY-LP), 2020

Peter Green - End Of The Game - End Of The Game (Reprise)

Amon Duul II - Jail House Frog - Wolf City (SPV)
James Gang - I Don't Have The Time - Yer Album (MCA)
James Gang - The Bomber - James Gang Rides Again (MCA)

Incredible Bongo Band - In A Gadda Da Vida - Bongo Rock (Strut)
Dub Syndicate - Yes It's Bless - Acres of Space (EFA)

The Kinks - Love Me Till The Sun Shines/Harry Rag - Kinks BBC Sessions 1964-1977 (Sanctuary)
John Cale - Macbeth - Paris 1919 (WB)

Camper Van Beethoven - Cowboys From Hollywood (orig version) - Telephone Free Landslide Victory (Spin Art)
The Fugs - When The Mode Of The Music Changes - It Crawled Into My Hand Honest (Reprise)
Rudy Ray Moore - The Buggy Ride - Scratch That Itch (Vampisoul)

The Avalanches - A Different Feeling - Since I Left You (Modular)

Space Mix: List of Ingredients

Shri Ramamurti - Cosmic Meditation (album)
Mickey Hart-Airto-Flora Purim - The Gates of Dafos - Dafos (Ryko)
Bent Spoon Trio - Dinosaur - Lost In A Chinese Attic (BIM)
CAN - Sunshine Day & Night - Saw Delight (Mute)
Firesign Theater - W C Fields Forever (excerpt) - Waiting For The Electrician or Someone Like Him (MFSL)
Tonto's Expanding Headband - Riversong - Zero Time (Atlantic)
George Harrison - Under The Mersey Wall (excerpts) - Electronic Sounds (Apple)
Acid Mothers Temple - Cometary Orbital Drive - Mercury Lounge, New York, April 5 2016

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Announcement and Overview: Strange Oscillations With Mister E.

Strange Oscillations
WRFI 7-26-2020 - 5-6PM
with Mr. E.

Interview With Ithaca area musician and filmmaker Lexie Charlotte Moth Karmen Turner.

She talked about her latest albums (plural) and their imminent release dates, noise music, sound gear, tin cans, theology, ugly, hateful people, and her creative process among many other things.

See her web site at

Program repeats tomorrow (Monday, july 27, 2020) at 10PM on WRFI (88.1Mhz in Ithaca, 91.9Mhz in Watkins Glen). Also, online archive at

Monday, July 20, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! July 23, 25 (WRFI) and 26 (WBDY-LP), 2020

Stonepillow - There's Good News Tonight - Eleazar's Circus (London)

Neil Young - Computer Age - Trans (Geffen)
Stag Hare - Cortez The Killer - A Fundamental Experiment (

Joe Jackson - Do The Instant Mash - Look Sharp (A&M)
Electric Prunes - The Great Banana Hoax - Underground (Reprise)

Jefferson Airplane - Two Heads-Won't You Try - After Bathing At Baxter's (RCA)

James Gang - You're Gonna Need Me - James Gang Live In Concert (ABC)
Flying Lizards - An Age-Steam Away - Fourth Wall (Virgin)
Omnivore -Toast - Rounds (
Michael William Gilbert - Unwinding - Moving Pictures (Gibex)

Azymuth  - Morning (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix) - Azimuth (Deluxe Edition) (
Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell - Virus B - Radioaxiom (Palm)

Kid Koala - Scratchcratchratchatch Part 2 (excerpt) (
Melvin Jackson - Funky Skull - Funky Skull (Dusty Groove)

RJD2 - Uprock - In Rare Form (Bustown Pride)
Rolling Stones - Gomper - Their Satanic Majesties Request (Abkco)

Lenny Bruce - Arthur Godfrey Show -April 18 1949 - Arthur Godfrey & His Talent Scouts (Radiola)
Fred Lane and his Disheveled Monkeybiters - Cinderblock Man - Icepick to the Moon (

Mandrake Memorial - Sunday Noon - The Mandrake Memorial (Poppy)
King Missile - Cheesecake Truck - Mystical Shit (Shimmy Disc)

Kinks - Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains - Village Green Preservation Society (CD Reissue) (Castle)
Kinks - Days - Village Green Preservation Society (CD Reissue) (Castle)

Raglani - Impossible Love - Web of Light (Kvist)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! July 16th and 18th (WRFI) and 19th (WBDY-LP), 2020

Jimi Hendrix - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window - BBC Sessions (MCA)

Joejo (w/Johnny Dowd) - Angel Of Mercy - Cowpunk From Wilseyville (I-Town)
The Units - Cannibals - History of the Units-The Early Years 1977-83 (Community Library)
Gentle Giant - Way Of Life - In A Glass House (DRT)

Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven (Spin Art)
Curved Air - Vivaldi (BBC Live 1970) - Air Conditioning(CD reissue) (Esoteric)

Butthole Surfers - Helicopter - Widowermaker EP (Touch & Go)
CAN - Soup - Ege Bamyasi (Spoon)

DJ Me DJ You - Take Your Medication - Simplemachinesrock (Emperor Norton)
Fetish Lane - Peace Of Mind - Time - (

Faust - Why Don't You Eat Carrots>Meadow Meal - Faust & So Far (Collectors Choice)

Mick Farren & The Deviants - Deviation Street - Ptooff (Alive)

Procol Harum - Whaling Stories - Home (Esoteric)
John Cale & Terry Riley - Ides Of March - Church Of Anthrax (Wounded Bird)

Captain Beefheart - Mirror Man - The Mirror Man Sessions (Buddha)

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Review: Sonic Realisms, July 11, 2020 - 6PM - 10PM

Sonic Realisms, July 11, 2020 - 6PM - 10PM
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Inanimate Sound

From the profile: "Tara Escudero - Multi-instrumentalist, bowed saw and voice Robert Frisk - Percussionist"

First thing I saw was the performer (Robert) starting a reel-to-reel tape recorder. (ElectroZone said that Inanimate Sound is normally a two person act. Today Tara's [bowed-saw] part is performed by tape.) Robert plays the cymbals with two bows. Eerie. A bit sitar-like in places. Robert also plays xylophone and bowed vibes.

Human Resources
     (Search for "Human Resources Ithaca" on Google or Soundcloud)

From the profile: "Human Resources are Andrew Paine (laptop) and Matthew Grigorov (guitar and electronics) Two guys who have been improvising music together for ten years. The hypnotic sounds create journeys through vast landscapes of space and time."

Very spacey guitar, synth and samples sound piece. Nice steady electronic drum & perc beat to go along with the lovely guitar licks and synth drones. Starts off nice and mellow, then picks up the tempo about halfway through.


The 1943 surrealist film "Meshes In The Afternoon" plus another surrealist film with a medieval theme (this one in color) with Staticer's sweet, glowing ambient music in place of the original soundtracks. I think I like these versions better!

Bobby Pharaoh

From the profile: "Bobby Pharaoh is an artist, currently residing in Philadelphia, who partakes in low fidelity audio/visual experimentation. Pharaoh uses a dissociative combination of feedback loops, minimal synthesis techniques, and modified antiquated hardware to create an overstimulating consecution of synesthetic distortions."

His music is a lot more sit-up-and-take-notice than the ambient music of the previous two acts. Very buzzy, very aggressive. Very basic, intense, and crude but engaging visuals. One listener called it "arcadecore".

Nick Fagnilli

From the profile: "Nick Fagnilli is a composer, producer and synthesist in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Ithaca College with his Composition degree, Nick is starting out in a new city with his girlfriend and trying to find his way as a young adult and as a composer. He has spent his time in quarantine listening to records and reading scores, and he is excited to perform on his synthesizers for the first time in a long while."

Back to ambient spacey goodness. Looks like at least some of his synths are home-built. Could be wrong about that. Lots of wires and lights on one of them. Two keyboards that I can see on-screen. Music sounds more like a loose guitar performance than electronica. That, or the soundtrack to an imaginary sixties sci-fi movie. Some of it is punctuated by what sounds like firecrackers going off.

Grant Bouvier

From the profile:"Grant Bouvier is a sound and video artist, technologist, and educator based out of Philadelphia . His art and research typically deals with topics in DIY electronic music, instrument design, dead media formats, and glitch art as well as the sonic aesthetics of postdigitalism, hauntology, minimalism, and lost futurism. His favorite thing to do is to find lo-fi solutions to hi-fi problems, and he thinks its always best to build it (or break it) yourself."

More traditional seventies-style drone-tronica a la early Kraftwerk. Colorized scope traces on-screen with the music.

Billy Jackass 

From the profile: "the_electrozone: Billy Jackass is an Anishinaabe intergenerational place-bound historical construct dealing industrial ASMR on Cayuga territory. The duo is comprised of Shaawano and Cleo Keahna Warrior, both writers and multi-instrumentalists who promote survivance through voice and machine."

Industrial ASMR is right. Starts out with feather-light drones and indistinct but very present voices in the background. Things get buzzy after a few minutes, more in the mold of traditional electronica. Electronic noises and tape-manipulated voices enter the mix. At one point, Cleo reads a poem. What's that I see? An electric wooden flute? Fits the mix smartly as do Cleo's sampled electronic organ breaks and Shaawano's heavily-processed guitar notes.

Monday, July 06, 2020

BARTLEMANIA! July 9 & 11 (WRFI) and 12 (WBDY-LP), 2020

Amy Rigby - Dancing with Joey Ramone - Little Fugitive (
Ramones - I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement - Ramones (40th Anniversary Mono Mix) (Sire)

Mojo Nixon & World Famous Blue Jays - UFOs Big Rigs & BBQ - 7-inch (Diesel Only)
The 101ers - Keys To Your Heart - Fool's Gold (Chiswick)
Beatles - Old Brown Shoe - The Beatles Again (Hey Jude) (Capitol)

The Beatles - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey - The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)
The Beatles - Why Don't We Do It In The Road - The Beatles (White Album) (Apple)
Captain Beefheart - Moonchild - The Legendary A&M Sessions (Edsel)

Public Image Ltd - Public Image - First Issue (Virgin)
The Waitresses - The Comb - AKRON Sampler (Stiff)
The Vores - Amazing Offer - From The City That Brought You Absolutely Nothing (Out-Of-Print Records)

Nancy Tucker - Don't Needle Me - A  Little Stronger (Collie Flower)
Michael Hurley & Rebby Sharp - Wildgeeses- 7-inch (SOL)
Wild Man Fischer - Merry Go Round - An Evening With Wild Man Fischer (Bizarre)

Snakefinger - Kill The Great Raven - Boarding House SF CA Dec 3 1979
Russell Steinberg & Mike Brydalski - Watch Dub - Airwaves (BCMK)
Girls In The Nose - Funky Slide - Girls In The Nose (cassette)
Jan Akkerman - Bags Groove - Talent for Sale (Esoteric)

Bob Suber - Exile-Fear - The Arf Arf Contemporary Music Sampler Vol 1 (Arf Arf)
Suicide - Rocket USA (demo) - Max's Kansas City 1976 (Ram)
The Fugs - Four_Minutes_To_Twelve - Belle Of Avenue A (Reprise)

Frank Zappa - Bebop Tango Dance Contest Waterloo Canada Oct 18 1973

Drekka - Tonal 2 - Collected Works Volume 1 (
Eric Ross - Etude for Electric Piano & Synthesizer - Electronic Etudes (Op 18)-Songs For Synthesized Soprano (Op 19) (Doria)

Holger Czukay - Hollywood Symphony - Movies (Spoon)

Ager Sonus - Deciphering Hieroglyphs - Necropolis (