meow:This is a song from under the floorboards... (Magazine)
This space is a repository for my net radio station news and the like. Sometimes, when reposting older news and playlists, I'll include my recent comments in bold italics. I keep the following station description at the top, since I kept changing it all the time.
meow: glitterbox:Freeform eclectronica: new and old. (Hehe, I'm so clever.) Music that falls through the cracks: electro, Italo disco, synth, post-punk, funk, old NYC favourites, obscure 70s/80s, idm, Detroit and other techno techno, acid, microhouse, bedroom bleeps, mash-ups and loads more.
NOT the same old "dance" or "electronic" selections. And when I play 8ties stuff, it's not the same old tunes everyone was already sick of by 1985. It IS quirky, new, and different, often obscure, always interesting and fun. I play whatever it is I'm feeling, from music for dancing to certifiable chillage and points inbetween. It's a great station for home, work or wherever. Playlists are carefully selected and sound quality is way better than it should be at this bitrate.
Latest station news appears, and is archived here.
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Netherlands (By far my biggest non-US markets. NZ in particular has been very dedicated)
Biggest US cities:
Los Angeles CA
Atlanta AL, GA, NC (Big ups to all 3. CA and GA are actually my two biggest markets by state. 'Cuz I've been to Georgia and California.)
Cleveland OH (Home of the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu!)
San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose CA
New York CT, NJ, NY, PA
Philadelphia DE, NJ, PA
Boston (Manchester) MA, NH, VT
Monterey - Salinas CA
Dallas - Fort Worth TX
Tampa - Saint Petersburg (Sarasota) FL
Denver CO, MT, NE, NV, SD, WY
Buffalo NY, PA
AOL or N/A AOL or N/A (huh? Basically any AOL listerners and anyone else Live can't pinpoint on the map. They do that, y'know. With satellites and black helicopters. AOL's servers have foil beanies on, so they're not as trackable. That's what the reptilians are for.)
Richmond - Petersburg VA
Springfield, MO AR, MO
Fresno - Visalia CA
Albuquerque - Santa Fe AZ, CO, NM
Jackson, MS MS
Flint - Saginaw - Bay City MI
Chicago IL, IN
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Current Mood: LiveJournal is a big pile of doody.
New tunes in the glitterbox this week and next and all-new playlists. My main playlist is now something like 30 hours. Gee... that's long! Additions include a good bit of old school electro (I mean the real isht) and booty as well as some 21st century trueskool. Good stuff.
I've been caught up in other things but will do those electro and nonsucktechnoandhouse mixes soon. I know I've been promising them for like forever.
Top 3 last week on the glitterbox:
1. The Human League - Don't You Want Me (Extended edit)
I probably forgot to mention how freakin' long this one is. And it works very well. I actually have 2 versions of this one, one of them old. I wanted to put a more standard mix of this in rotation, but all I got is this, plus the Dare ep, which is in pretty bad condition.
2. My Robot Friend - Why Won't You Call Me Back? (Matmos remix)
Masters (or something) of nervous robot pop get the electroid treatment by Matmos. Newish favourite. I really like this one. An older track "The Fake" (Zombie Nation remix) was pretty popular on my station last year and probably still is.
3. I-f - Secret Desire - I-f ep (Viewlexx)
I've been playing this one for awhile... ep is very recommended for electro fans. I like "Us and Ours and You and Yours" best, and pretty much everything on here. It does include a short version of "Space Invaders" although I liked the original Interdimensional Transmissions 12" better for that one -- and maybe people are all sick of that tune anyway. (I'm not, since I don't play it too often. And it remains one of the most popular tunes on my station.)
Most popular mix show: BOGBOX06 2.26.04 - Best of Glitterbox 2k3 6
Gutter Glamour - Rockist Favourites:
1. Banana Fish Zero - Party Wrecker
Most popular track from "New York City Rock 'n' Roll".
2. ESG - Moody
Un-remixed version, produced by Martin Hannett. I play the "Spaced Out" version a lot, too and more by them as well.
3. A Certain Ratio - Kether Hot Kneves
Way long and changes up in mood and bpm. Ends very funky. Title is probably a misprint -- it's "knives" -- but it looks kinda cool.
Cuz I play post-punk selections during the week as well, the GG charts are kinda skewed towards these.
Monday, March 29, 2004
No, actually I don't sleep. And don't sleep on this station.
Tonight I'll be playing my aleatoric synth tunes, most of which are nice chill-out material. Followed by a bunch of my own remixes and mash-ups, all of which are very fun. The show starts @ 10pm EST and will go twice as long as usual, until 2am.
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
1. The Human League - Don't You Want Me (Extended edit)
Wonderful back-in-the-day dancefloor reworking of their biggest hit -- and honestly, I've always liked this one.
2. Millsart aka Jeff Mills - Every Dog Has Its Day 3-D2
3. Konk - Baby Dee
Most popular mix show:
Kitty Glitter mixes - BOGBOX06 2.26.04 - Best of Glitterbox 2k3 6
Yay! I especially liked this one.
Gutter Glamour: Rockist Top 3:
1. Banana Fish Zero - Party Wrecker
2. A Certain Ratio - Kether Hot Kneves
3. The Rapture - Heaven
Note that only here will you find unmitigated NYC butt-rock played along with 20+year-old seriously-serious Northern soul by-way-of post-punk-funk. And the Rapture may be trendy (or once were) but I've been playing them for awhile -- and I liked Echoes a lot, thank you very much -- good stuff.
Monday, March 22, 2004
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Friday, March 19, 2004
And that's "Best Electronica Station Under 10K TLH" -- I don't like the word "electronica", but I'll take it. And that's in the 2004 Best Of Live365.com Awards.
Loads new tracks in the glitterbox this week and next... check it out! My various shows are going strong, too.
Finally, is making "glitch" mixes the easiest ass thing to do? Ever. I heard a few -- and I don't mean the Kid606 sort, which are more regurgitated hardcore and seem to have a good amount of effort put into them -- I mean the sort that just sound like somebody else's song run through buffer override effects. I will investigate.
Thursday, March 18, 2004
I forgot, but my station's 3 genres (as listed by Live365) have become Electro, Experimental and Punk -- which is pretty descriptive of what I play and where I wanna go. There's no choice for "Disco" and I'm afraid it would give people the wrong idea. I used to list under "Techno" but that's such a broad category as it is used on Live365, it's become rather worthless. "Punk" is cool as there are no choices for post-punk and no wave, and it also signals that I play rock 'n' roll sometimes, too. (All day Saturdays and Sundays). Electro, Experimental and Punk spells out "EEP!" which is pretty cool. Or if you choose to have the letter X stand for Experimental, it becomes "EXP", which can stand for Experimental itself. Or for the Ford EXP, a (probably crappy) little car from the 80s.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
...for hours on end! Self-medicated or not....
More stuff on Random Noise tonite... and it will probably go on a bit longer. Some lovely self-generative music, more aleatoric synthesizer brainphartz and maybe some mash-up mixes later on, although I might wait to play those on m1nx tomorrow nite. (They will becomre part of Random Noise however.) Thanks to everyone who's tuned in! I know it's very random, hehe.
Thinking about running Gutter Glamour for 4 hours on Wednesday (before Random Noise) as well... it's doing aiight, really. Originally, I thought I'd play it for an hour around lunchtime during the week... I might still do that.
Monday, March 15, 2004
1. Millsart - Every Dog Has Its Day 3-D2
2. Mr Fingers - Can You Feel It? (Original)
First 2 are no suprise, and if I start playing more techno and house, it's gonna be along these lines -- so sweet.
3. Konk - Baby Dee
Suprise here -- it's a GREAT tune, but it made a few people tune out the first time it came on. Now people must be catching up. Arty-latin-jazz-disco-influenced NY collective -- if you like Arthur Russell, Liquid Liquid, James Black and the Contortions even, you'll probably like them. (All are represented on the "New York Noise" compilation where this tune comes from.) I remember hearing one of their tunes in the 80s by chance and really liking it. I should track down more by them.
Sunday, March 14, 2004
puts "the extra into ordinary...
...the blues into my brown eyes,
and the turd into Saturday!" (Lunachicks) hehe
More goodies on Gutter Glamour, with loads more new tunes and more to come! Playlists are shaping up better and better. Still goes from 8 in the morning to 8 @ night Saturdays and Sundays.
More crap like what I play:
Helen Love (with Joey Ramone) - Punk Boy
Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot
Rufus Wainwright - Origin of Love
The Clash - All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts)
The Muffs - Big Mouth
It's actually doing pretty good, too! Thanks for listening!
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Wednesday nights from 8 to midnight EST. (Repeats Sunday at the same time.) Self-generative music, aleatoric "chance" music, modular meanderings, glitches and noise, ambient field recordings, sound collages, VGM (video game music), mash-up mixes and wierd isht that wouldn't normally make it on the radio.
...and playing right now.
Sunday, March 07, 2004
So what the hell was Joey on about in "Blitzkrieg Bop"? (Not even the friggin chorus sounded right--sounded more like "BlipBleepBlop")
Includes guitar tab, too! So you can learn to play along with the Ramones! Actually, their first lp is perfect to learn guitar with. Besides being hella easy to play, all of Johnny's guitar comes out of the right speaker!
1. The Things - Stupid (Tomorrow People rmx)
Stupid is as stupid does.
2. Manuel Mind & Valentino Tomas - Strange Sounds (ATOC's Robot rmx)
One of my most favourite tracks from ATOC's "A Touch of Class Sucks!" collection, a 2-record set that got a lot of play on my station last year. I think the British would say it got caned. This tracks sounds like... hmmm... imagine if, in the early-mid-80's, the BeeGees teamed up with Herbie Hancock and Bill Laswell to make breakdance tracks. Yeah, it kinda sounds like that.
3. Mr Fingers - Can You Feel It? (Original)
Ahh... yeah. Early house gem that's never been surpassed, and one of the most beautiful tracks ever. The organ riffs, in particular, are heartbreaking. It's lo-fi -- when I first got it, I was checking my levels and my needles and stuff -- but so fuzzy, warm and soft, you can't resist. And there's no improving on it. I like the vocal version and remixes a lot, too, but I chose the original cuz it's so sweet.
Dang, you'd think I'd be becoming a classic rave broadcast already. (Yeah, like I used to do, and may soon) Next thing you know, I'll be playing Joey Beltram and even "Dominator" next. Oops, yeah....
Friday, March 05, 2004
What did Johnny Rotten say in "Holidays in the Sun"?
"Cheap holiday in other people's misery."
And let gay people get married. I can't see the big deal. If you've got no problem with queer folk, then you should have no problem with them getting married. At least the state/civil level; and call it "marriage" with all the attendant benefits thereof. Noone's asking your church to accept it, and they shouldn't. Of course, if you have a problem with gay marriage, I'd be 99.9% percent sure that you have a problem with gay people. Britney Spears has done more harm to the so-called "institution of marriage" than have 3000+ people in San Francisco, and nobody's proposed a constitutional admendment against her. Of course, the harm she did was negligible, and I'm not sure if I'd have a problem with an anti-Britney admendment. Thankfully, she's getting old, and unlike Madonna, noone's gonna give an isht about Britney when she's 40.
Thursday, March 04, 2004
1. Zombie Nation & Cassy Britton - Unload
Older track -- it was old when glitterbox started up nearly a year ago, but I love it and it's still one of my faves.
2. The Things - Stupid (Tomorrow People rmx)
Little bit of new post-punk somethin-something.
3. Millsart - Every Dog Has Its Day 3-D2
More Jeff Mills. I guess I should add more soon... I'll be going a bit techno soon, briefly anyway.
Most popular mix show:
BIGMUFF1b 2.12.04 - Best of Glitterbox 2k3 4
yay! Still working on doing mixes on the computer, this one was my favourite so far.
...'cos I'm that cat at the bar toasting to the good life...
Hard to blieve, but as of last week, Meow/Glitterbox will have been on the air for a year already. Yay! Won't do any new mix shows this week, but will have a ton of new stuff next, starting with loads of new Glitterbox and Gutter Glamour trax. Mixes of new stuff, plus the end of Best of Glitterbox shows... it'll probably go all month. Random Noise will be on next week -- Wednesdays from 8 til midnite. (repeats the following Sunday at the same time.) Expect self-generative music, aleatoric, random whatever, modular meanderings, glitches and noise, ambient field recordings, sound collages, video game music and wierd isht that wouldn't normally make it on my radio (or anyone else's for that matter). Oh yeah, and some new mash-up mixes as well. Should be fun.
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Casioclash: Casiocore, except you're playing phoney 80's music. Actually, I busted stuff like this out all the time when I was little. To dress Casioclash, you kinda dress electroclash, except you get all your clothes from thrift shops--very bad 80's fashion preferably, or not really 80's at all. Your clothes should smell funny too. Truly trendy people will look down on Casioclash fans, which it will be really fun to be one for awhile, until Casioclash gets written up in some Random Trendy Fashion Magazine and then everyone will want to do it.
IDEBM: IDM meets EBM. Either a totally new freaky awesome blend... OR the ultimate in poser music.
Dumb & Ass: Drum & bass reduced to its stupidest and most basic elements. Endlessly looped tick-tock breaks, bassburps and hoovers. Actually that sounds a bit like some of my attempts at drum & bass... except mine are officially jungle since I use amens, and I hope most of what I do is a bit better than D&A Or maybe not. And what about T&A? Similar, but has tits.
Pants: Pants is as trance was... I know that this requires you to look back (at least) ten years ago, a time when most trance fans were in diapers -- that is, if they'd been concieved at all. Anyway Pants is as trance was, before goa started all sounding the same, before all those commercial crap vocal tunes, before Robert Miles. Pants is not, however, afraid to be a wee bit lazy and cheesy at times, so long as cheesiness is not the main order of the day. Think burrito rather than quesadilla. The important thing to realize about Pants is that it never takes itself too seriously. (See "progressive") It is simply euphoric party music -- better than hardhouse, hardtrance, new hardcore/freeform/whatever -- and you don't have to feel embarassed dancing to it. Actually, you should be proud to dance to Pants. I think it could actually be pretty big.
Regressive: The opposite of progressive. Simplistic versions of early rave music programmed and played on mod trackers. (No cheating and using a "groovebox", however hooking up a couple old Roland drumboxes and a sampler works) The cool thing about Regressive is that, as each stylistic iteration runs its course, the musical styles get older and older. One moment bad jungle (crossover with D&A?) will be the big thing, next it will be simplistic hardcore. Which will give way to bad acid house, and so on. Eventually, regressive will turn to electro, disco or Paradise Garage grooves -- at which point it may seem like it's actually going forward. Or it will warp all the way back to anthropologically correct Stone Age tribal music. But probably it would become big with hippies then, so it will have to die. And Nu-Regressive will be born, regressing from a new point in the not-so-distant past/future.
Shallow House: The opposite of deep house. Only the most painfully obvious diva vocals over the most annoyingly played-out commercial house grooves. Actually that sounds like a lot of house already.
Crisco: Crunky disco
Frisco: Fruity disco. Either made in Fruity Loops, or just really queer. Or both. Probably big at 1015 Folsom already.
Harddubbagcore: I made this one up over a year ago. I forget what the hell it was already. I know I replaced it with "Kittycore" which stands for whatever I want it to be; at the time Kittycore meant some kind of acidelectrorave mishmosh with some decent IDM thrown in. Actually, think Luke Slater's 2002 remix of Egyptian Empire's "The Horn Track."
Minuetek: Techno relieved of all African elements and "soul." The ultimate in Euro music. Eventually it will be played in waltz time. And electronic musical devices will be replaced by Baroque-era string and wind instruments. The ultimate in party music for the powdered wig and breeches set. Don't forget fans, petticoats and bustles for the ladies. And faux beauty marks for both. Only big in the European Union. Except for the British, who will have to be different and make up their own version, called UK-something-or-other.
NY Storage Shed: Across-the-pond version of UK Storage Shed. Which I DID NOT make up. (I saw it in a jokey list of genres in a record store.) I'm not sure what it is, apart from remembering one of the Chemical Bothers' stories about playing with a TB-303 in a storage shed in the English countryside when he was younger. I think I will make some NY Storage Shed.