At Left, a Free Form radio station I grew up with in Pittsburgh; they were truly eclectic and non-programmed from about 1968 to 1979. This was my older brother's favorite radio station; hence it was also mine. Don't look for it now, WYDD is long since gone. But Radio Anthrocide MAINTAINS.
As your host DJ Timothy continues into his annual late-Summer malaise that is exacerbated by a natural laziness compounded by a stifling depression, "theme" shows can be expected to continue to decline. We'll get back to all of that business in a few weeks- I'm particularly interested in producing an all-Soviet Era Prog broadcast, which should be a first and also should just rock- but for now, prepare for a few weeks of whatever-the-hell-I-feel-like-playing Radio Anthrocides, which should still be worthy of your time as I maintain a prodigious supply of music on the old hard drive and, of course, am possessed of unparalleled taste. So don't stop tuning in, is what I'm saying.
As for RA#16, other than a dread technical glitch which caused me to stop the show at the end of the third hour, I feel this was just a jack-damn dandy mix of stuff that- up 'till now- simply hasn't had a home on previous RA broadcasts. Starting with a wall of Post Punk and cheerfully daft-brilliant Art Rock, we got things going with one of my favorite artists of all time- Brian Eno- from unquestionably one of the finest albums ever made, Here Come The Warm Jets. It's kind of hard to believe that Wire and Gang Of Four have not been played up 'till now, but this has been the case, since I've been all Progged out since the beginning of this show. I took care of that this past week, playing a track that can only be described as brutal from Wire- "Mercy"- and the Gang checked in with "Damaged Goods", just another one of the almost-perfect songs on an album that just goes on and on with almost-perfect songs. There was also a somewhat-little-known track from Adrian Belew's Young Lions album, with really good vocals from David Bowie. This can be seen as perhaps the last decent music Bowie was ever a part of; sad but true, but going on twenty years now. This wouldn't have happened if he'd never got mixed up with David Geffen.
Other show highlights include New England Heavy-Psych monsters Euclid (a band that is all dead now- which is really creepy to think about) and their eleven-minute suite of songs that opened Heavy Equipment, an awesome guitar solo from a very young Steve Hillage playing with Arzachel, King Crimson from an aawesome show recorded in Berkeley, CA in the early 80's, my beloved Spirogyra led by the sneering genius of Martin Cockerham, an epic Folk rocker from the brilliant and beautiful Fairport Convention ("A Sailor's Life"), two tracks from the fabulous late 60's Psych-sploitation masterpiece from Rust, a marvelous bit of avant-guitar from Philadelphia's Glenn Branca and...oh ever so many other wonderful things. I enjoyed doing a strictly Free Form show so much that I'm going to do it again...and also because, as mentioned, I am severely depressed. Cheers to all, and I hope to see you again, as always, Saturday night at 8pm PST, and, as always, only on Radio23.org. - TKR
Setlist For Radio Anthrocide#16 Free Form Freakout
1) Brian Eno- "Needles In The Camel's Eye"
2) Wire- "Mercy"
3) Gang Of Four- "Damaged Goods"
4) Adrian Belew w/ David Bowie- "Gunman"
5) The Fall- "Lay Of The Land"
6) Euclid- "Shadows of Life"/"On The Way"/"Bye Bye Baby"
7) Arzachel- "Clean Innocent Fun"
8) High Tide- "Death Warmed Up"
9) Jericho (The Churchills)- "Justin And Nova"
10) Wishbone Ash- "Time Was"
11) Budgie- "The Author"
12) King Crimson- "Waiting Man"
13) Fairport Convention- "A Sailor's Life"
14) Spirogyra- "Cogwheels Crutches and Cyanide"
15) Rust- "You Thought You Had It Made"/"Rust"
16) Fairfield Parlour- "Aries"
17) Vampires Of Dartmoore- "Dance Of The Vampires"
18) Red- "Stiff Collar"
19) Glenn Branca- "The Spectacular Commodity"
20) Scott Walker- "Clara"
21) Centipede- "Septober Energy Part 2"