Sunday, November 8, 2015

New podcast! Plus some music to go with . . . the audio of the podcast??

Ok that doesn't make much sense. But there's a new episode of my podcast "Hunting for Candle-Ends" up. Mike and I discuss the genre of "Folk Horor." Specifically, British folk horror of the 70s, such as The Wicker Man, Children of the Stones, Blood on Satan's Claw, Penda's Fen and The Owl Service! You can hear it on soundcloud:

My show "Boojum Pudding" gradually became focused more and more on 70s British music as summer 2015 went on. The shows are interesting to me in retrospect because I was buzzing around the music genre of "hauntology" and the film/televsion genre of "folk horror" while lacking the term or enough knowledge to know exactly what I was looking for as far as music to play. For one show I spent a long while thinking about my love of British 70s children's shows such as Tomorrow People and Doctor Who and I was also thinking about the band Boards of Canada -- what was their sound? How does it really tie into the 70s science fiction? I'm sure BBC Radiophonic workshop is related, but how? Are there any other bands like Boards of Canada -- I googled it and couldn't find anything. Now I know that what I was looking for was the genre of "hauntology" but I had no clue at the time what that was.

For my August 29 show I had just rediscovered the 1973 movie The Wicker Man and was finding the similarities between folk music, the wicker man and children of the stones and trying to put my finger on what was special about it. This was before I'd heard of "folk horror" or realized it was a thing. Mostly I focused on the pagan part of this music for this show which you can hear below. There's some additional stuff at the beginning, please be patient.

Friday, September 4, 2015

What I Did on My Boojummer Vacation

This is technically not my last show of the summer, but next week I'll have a special guest who's a veritable EXPERT on a variety of music and so I'm going to be handing the reins over to him.

So tonight I'm going to do a bit of a BEST OF Boojum Pudding this summer, playing an exemplary song from each of the (14?) shows first hours. During the second hour I'll play my top tracks of the year, and then during the third hour I'll collage up all the sound collages from the summer. Maybe I'll even have some time for a few "goodbye summer" songs at the end.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wicker Men, Children of the Stones, and Pseudo-Pagans

Tonight we'll start with a quote from Gareth Edwards (of Children of the Stones and Blake's 7 fame) about how the 70s were all about pseudoscience, folk lore and general weirdness. Then we'll hear some audio proof before moving on to newer pseudo-pagans a la John Barleycorn Reborn.

As a teaser please like this:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Tonight VOLUME is on my show

I'll be putting away the 70s British folk vinyl for a week in order to feature some up-to-date right now live music -- namely that of musician VOLUME who will be Djing with me for the whole three hours tonight!

Check him out HERE.


Friday, June 19, 2015

c60: The Complete Home Recordings

Tonight I'll use as an excuse to play my favorite artists, playing songs that were recorded at home -- often without the intention of letting anyone else hear. Nick Drake, Vic Chesnutt, Jeff Buckley and more. Got suggestions? Call the station when I'm on. Or leave a suggestion below.

Midnight-3 a.m. EST. WCBN.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

c60: Jesus Freak Show -- Heaven On Their Minds

Ok, here's the setlist of the first hour of my show. In retrospect I probably should've saved the listener's request for Frank Zappa's "Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk" until after the main set since, while it could be said to be pro-Jesus, didn't really fit with the 60s-70s theme (it was recorded in 1988).

Would take me a little bit of work to get the audio up, but I will if there's interest.

Looks like I neglected to name everything I played originally when I was making the playlist. Hopefully this is accurate

The Byrds, "Jesus is Just All Right," Ballad of Easy Rider
Jack Van Impe, Excerpt from The Hooked Generation
Ralph Carmichael, Kurt Kaiser, "Natural High," Natural High
The Gospel Couriers, "Turn Me On, Light Me Up," More of the Gospel Couriers
Dust and Ashes, "Talkin Jesus Freak Blues," The Lives We Share
"If God is Dead," I Wonder
The New World "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Merv Rosell, Excerpt from Vietnam Voices
Frank Zappa, "Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk," Broadway the Hard Way
"Heaven On Their Minds," Jesus Christ Superstar
"The Head Muggis," The Carpenter
All Saved Freak Band, "Messed Up," Brainwashed
Ralph Carmichael, "I Looked for Love," I Looked for Love
Cliff Barrows, "The Man," Exciting Songs on the Way
Campus Life Presents, "Jesus Band" Friends
Godspell, "Day by Day"

Here's some pictures of funky albums, not necessarily all which I played:

Friday, June 12, 2015

c60: Jesus Freak Show

I used to live in Holland, MI and I used to pick through the copious thrift stores there and start collecting interesting looking lps -- largely religious, due to the area that I was picking in. A genre of particular attraction to me was christian music of the 60s and 70s specifically designed to be attractive to the disaffected youth of the day. See the above picture.

So I'm going to play a bunch of the records I collected, plus some general "Jesus Freak" music of the day. I might have to pull out Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar too.

I hope you find this enjoyable. I wanted to stress that I don't mean to promote nor denigrate Christianity by my choice of songs tonight. I could choose a variety of naive, awkward pro-drug music embracing Eastern mysticism and the occult from the counterculture as well -- but you've been hearing those songs on the radio for years . . . :)

Friday-Saturday midnight-3 a.m. EST. Listen?

Monday, June 1, 2015

No show on Friday, but listen anyway! And listen to the Latin Hour on Sunday. . .

I will be trading slots with Chris this week -- he'll be doing my Boojum Pudding slot and I'll be doing his Latin Hour on Sunday from 1-2.

Oooh is it a dumb joke to just play nothing but songs in Latin.

That's probably dumb.

I'll stick to Latin America.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Your Own Personal Forgotten Singer-Songwriter setlist, audio, and pictures

So here's the audio of the first hour of my 5/30 show. Little bit of St. James there at the beginning.

Here's the setlist for that first hour:

Douglas Adams, "The Painter" from Light Rain
Whole Wheat, "Chicago (For Donna, Sheila, Jesse and the People)" from All the Balloons
Carla Sciaky, "Harmonies" from To Meet You
Wichita Fall, "Going to Ohio" from Life is But A Dream
Dennis Lambert, "Bags and Things" from Bags and Things
Hanford, Bloom and Mazzacane, "Let Me Hold You For Awhile"
Mara!, "Streets of Forbes" from Images
Bennett Hammond, "Fetch the Doctor" from Walking on Air
Fred and Jenny Armstrong-Park, "Mister Fox (Pole & Yarnell)" from Wild Hog in the Woods
John Hartford, "Before They Tow My Car Away" from Iron Mountain Depot
Susan Taylor, "Through the Looking Glass" from Finally Getting Home
Sam Weis, "Deb at Work" from Hologram
Scott Appel, "Leaving" from Glassfinger

And finally, here are some pictures of cool album covers!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tonight's C60: Your Own. Personal. Forgotten Singer-Songwriter.

"Bah everyone has already found the forgotten singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s but not me. Wah, wah, it's no fun playing Skip Spence, Judee Sill or Linda Perhacs, everyone already knows about them. I want my own outsider artist. I want my personal acid casualty that I could show to everyone as my DISCOVERY. Some wide-eyed beardy or wispy manic pixie dream-girl that NOBODY ELSE KNOWS ABOUT."  -- My thoughts while sitting in my bubble bath.

So tonight I'm going to go through the Folk (and maybe some of the Rock) vinyl that wcbn has amassed over its years of existence and try to find obscure artists that I've never heard of and that you can't find on Spotify. I know that's not saying much, but maybe together we can find our Own. Personal. Forgotten Singer-Songwriter. . .

This is me. Geeked out about my next radio show. Please ask about my t-shirt.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dental Pain

Last night's show was a mess (like my dentifrice) so no setlist for YOU.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tonight's C60: Relaxing Air and Deep Tooth Drilling

Tonight's first hour of gentle musical sound collage neatly interspersed with nerve shattering drilling noises is inspired by my recent trip to the dentist. Please listen. at midnight-3 a.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Setlist from last night with an explanation

So here's the setlist from the first "hour" last night:

C60: I Really Don't Know Life At All

Joni Mitchell Both Sides, Now (1969)
Johnny Rivers Positively 4th Street
Lisa Hannigan Courting Blues
Pentangle Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
Shelagh McDonald Sweet Sunlight
Spirogyra Disraeli's Problem
Sallyangie Children of the Sun
Led Zeppelin Going to California
Cro-Magnon Caledonia
Faith No More Jizzlobber
Death in Vegas Your Loft My Acid (Single Mix)
Can TV Spot (Apr. 71)
Gong Melting Love
Weather Report Birdland
Charles Mingus Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now (2000)

I decided not to do an analysis on-air about why I played each song so as not to bore anybody, but I'll do that here. Some have more reason behind them then others, but here goes:

Thinking about Joni Mitchell's current medical condition made me want to listen to more Joni before she is no longer with us. I had been intrigued by her version of "Both Sides Now" which she performed at a tribute concert to her in 2000 (2001?).

Here's an artist creating her own swan song from one of the first songs she wrote. While great at first, her reworking of it brings much more gravity to the song -- while she thought she had looked at clouds/love/life from both sides at a young age, she truly has now.

So with the starting point and ending point of the set in mind I constructed the rest, using a list of "songs inspired by Joni," Joni's picks for her favorite songs on a Starbucks CD (which in retrospect I only used a litle) and my own free association. So, the second song I chose seemed appropriate to be Dylan and while Joni had chosen Dylan's "Sweetheart Like You" from Infidels, it said in the liner notes of the CD that the real first Dylan song that had inspired her (that you could write about anything) was "Positively 4th Street." And apparently Dylan preferred the Johnny Rivers version to his own, so that's the one I chose.

I then moved on to the British Isles, as it seems that Joni had a big influence on the folk scene there, Fairport Convention covered a couple of her songs, and Sandy Denny mentions her in her lyrics. Nick Drake too, I believe was inspired by her odd guitar tunings. Drake covered Bert Jansch's "Courting Blues" on a home tape and himself was covered several times by Lisa Hannigan so I liked hearing Lisa cover of Bert's song. I'm a big Lisa Hannigan fan.

We then touch on Pentangle (Bert Jansch's former band), and a great song from Shelagh McDonald who also covered "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" and even named her compilation album after it. Spirogyra and Sallyangie (featuring Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame) are both examples of that weird folk-rock that was produced in Britain in the 60s/70s that I find so intriguing. Sallyangie sing about "Children of the Sun" and so does Led Zeppelin in "Going to California" a song inspired by the band meeting Joni Mitchell. Apparently Robert Plant would even sing Joni's name sometimes while performing the song.

At this point things do get a bit weird and perhaps off-topic. Cro-Magnon is a real early example of noise rock from 1969 and then I moved to perhaps the oddest choice, Faith No More's "Jizzlobber." I definitely wanted to go off into weird realms and not just play all Joni or all folk and jazz music, and I think in part I was inspired by reading about the disease Joni believes she has, Morgellon's disease. The sufferers believes that they have colorful, painful fibers springing out of their bodies and often scratch their skin raw to get them out. Scientists seem to largely believe it's a neurological disorder but there are several sad YouTube videos of Morgellon's sufferers who don't think it's all in their head. So, thinking about the horror of this disease, be it mental or physical I was thinking of the most powerful scream I could and once I remembered how Mike Patton screams in this song it took me awhile to remember what song had this scream. I guess the connection too is that Cro-Magnon and Mr. Bungle feel like kindred spirits.

Death in Vegas carries us through with repeated sounds (and maybe an appropriate acid reference) as does the funky weird jazz/rock of Can and Gong before getting closer to a Joni association with Weather Report which feature Joni's long-time collaborator Jaco Pastorius (who also influenced Les Claypool -- weird world!) on bass. Then I had to play some Mingus, who Joni worked with shortly before he died. I didn't play his and her version of Goodbye Pork Pie hat, I just played the original.

And then closing with the 2000 version of "Both Sides Now" from the album of the same name.

I'll just leave it there. I set up a Spotify playlist if you're interested. Follow me I will follow you:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tonight's C60: I Really Don't Know Life At All

Tonight's first "hour" will be a set of music I'm calling "I Really Don't Know Life at All" inspired by Joni Mitchell, Joni Mitchell's favorite music, musicians that were influenced by Joni Mitchell and my own probably entirely irrelevant free association picks in the middle.

Tonight Friday May 15th starting at 11:59 pm EST (I just said that so you wouldn't get confused).

So check out tonight's ultimate mix tape -- and be sure to listen to both sides now. Sorry.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Three-hour format . . .

Thought I'd try a new format for these summer shows to get a chance to do the different things I like to do with radio. Each three-hour show will be split thusly:

Hour 1. C60 -- Ultimate Mix Tape! Roughly an hour of music curated and finely polished by me.

Hour 2. All New Music!

3. !?!?!?!?!!? Here's where things get a little bit confusing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Guess Who's Back

Boojum Pudding is back on the airwaves, on every Friday night/Saturday morning from midnight-3 throughout the summer! Please listen.