Vernal Equinoxing – The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – April 2011

Spring is here and we’re seeing off another winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere, we are). To mark the equinox, I’ve dug into the archive folder and found a show I recorded in April 2011…six years ago. Time flies, eh? It’s not exactly all light and airy, though. You’ve got some some weird-prog, courtesy of Peter Hammill, skewed indie-pop from Stephen Malkmus, low-key folk from Laura Marling and even the De La Soul track is a cautionary tale. Still, enjoy the mix and the (hopefully) warmer days!

Tracklist:

Intro.
Kingdom Come (Arthur Brown)Spirit Of Joy (1973 Polydor Records)
Peter HammillThe Institute Of Mental Health, Burning (1975 Charisma Records)
Mercury RevDowns Are Feminine Balloons (1993 Columbia Records)
Laura MarlingDarkness Descends (2010 Virgin Records)
The Firesign TheatreRadio Hour Hour – February 15, 1970 (“23 Skid Row Intro/Cloud Ears/Uvan The Terrible/Chastushki”) (taken from the “Duke Of Madness Motors” set – 2010 Seeland Records)
The Electric BananaBlow Your Mind (recorded in 1968 – released in 1999 on Carnabeat Records)
Ash Ra TempelDer Lauf Der Giraffen (recorded in 1974 – released in 1996 on “The Private Tapes” collection – Manikin Records)
The Neon VioletsThe Search (self-released in 2011)
Stephen MalkmusKindling For The Master (2005 Matador Records)
Billie HolidaySome Other Spring (1939 Vocalion/Columbia Records)
De La Soul3 Days Later (1993 Tommy Boy Records)

—————–THE VINYL VAULT——————-

Procol Harum – “Shine On Brightly” (1968 EMI/Regal Zonophone Records)

Magdalene, My Regal Zonophone
In Held ‘Twas In I

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Listen and download here: The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – April 2011

Welcome Back, My Friends…

The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope is being switched on again! It’s been roughly four years since I created the last episode. Since then, I’ve only created one mix with the K.S. moniker, that I put on Mixcloud.

For those not in the know – the K.S. started as a demo mix for a possible radio show. I shopped it around to a couple of local radio stations, but they weren’t really interested in hosting the show. I decided to turn it into a podcast, which I ran monthly (or nearly) from 2008 to 2012. I meant to have a six-month break, but as sometimes happens, it was much longer.

The format was similar to a traditional radio show, where I would choose tracks, play a few, then talk about them. I would also have a section called ‘The Vinyl Vault’, where I would play a couple of tunes from an LP in my collection. This time around, I may stick with that format, or just create mixes with none of my dulcet tones in between the tracks. It’ll just depend what I’ve got time for.

My main influences for the podcast are The Greatest Show From Earth, a college-radio show broadcast on WWUH, in Hartford, Connecticut. I used to listen to the show regularly, in the 1990s and early 2000s. I believe it’s still a going concern and you can listen to it online. The other influence is the series of mixes called The Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble, created by The Future Sound Of London/Amorphous Androgynous. They were played on various radio stations in the UK from 1997 to 2009 – I managed to find most of them online, as ‘bootlegs’. There were also a few double-disc official versions released, but I prefer the radio ones – they have film dialogue and tracks that would take a long time and a lot more money to clear for use. I should also mention The Billboard Guide To Progressive Music by Bradley Smith, which turned me onto loads of bands and artists that I wouldn’t have known about. The late 90s Borders music crew I worked with (in Manchester, Conn.) also broadened my knowledge, so respect out to them, too.

To get the show rolling again – here’s an old episode, which is labelled ‘Show No. 8’, from early 2009, if I recall correctly. It’s a timely one, as it’s an ‘Election Special’. I’ll be working on a new mix, so enjoy this in the meantime. The track-listing is below.

K.S. Intro.
Alice CooperElected (Warner Bros. Records)
ParliamentChocolate City (Casablanca Records)
Matching MoleStarting In The Middle Of The Day, We Can Drink Our Politics Away (CBS Records)
Mick FarrenTrouble Coming Every Day (Logo Records)
Stevie WonderBig Brother (Motown Records)
Super Furry AnimalsPresidential Suite (Epic Records)
Bob Marley & The WailersThem Belly Full (But We Hungry) (Island/Tuff Gong Records)

————THE VINYL VAULT————

The Firesign TheatreI Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus (Columbia Records)

“An Audience With The President”

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CreamPolitician (BBC session – Jan. 1968) (Polydor Records)
The Steve Miller BandIndustrial-Military Complex Hex (Capitol Records)
Jurassic 5Great Expectations (Interscope Records)
XTCThe Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead (Virgin Records)
The TemptationsWar (Motown Records)

Listen and download here:

The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope – The Kaleidophonic Stroboscope Show No. 8