In 2015 Bob and I played a show together at Mothership Music (as part of the group I sometimes perform with, Dead Air Fresheners). The show was incredible, but what stood out for me what how I managed to get his songs stuck in my head from that night. Where so many experimental acts do everything to resist certain kinds of musicality, Bob managed to synthesize heartfelt, earnest performances with extremely experimental performance and structural techniques, and emphasized improvisation over other skill and attributes.
And yet, stumbling out of this music store that night, I was humming Bob’s tunes. He was clearly surrounded by friends and fans at that show, but from that moment on, I was one of them.
Bob’s record label, Personal Archives, has been a supporter of this program since the beginning, and this isn’t the first time he’s graced our airwaves. (We did a ton of tour support for him in 2016, which culminated in a phone interview in October.) What I’ve really enjoyed about getting to know Bob is that he is as much musician as he is philosopher, and he manages to give me both those and more facets of his incredible personality, all in this live radio event.
This one sort of speaks for itself: two friends, hanging out, with music in their hearts. I have a feeling you’re gonna like this one.
Bob Bucko Jr., LIVE!
Part I: “Between Personal Ineptness and the adage ‘Never Meet Your Heroes.'”
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) When In Home Do As The Homans Do * Conformity Contortion Perception Management * Personal Archives (2017)
03.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 3 April 2015 At Mothership Music * Unreleased (2015)
Part II: Heart
04.) Performance 1 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Head
05.) Interview * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 4 April 2015 on What’s This Called? * What’s This Called? (2015)
07.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 25 June 2011 at Unforgivable Records * Unreleased (2011)
Part IV: Soul
08.) Performance 2 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Torture Mocks Once At Every Man’s Boredom * Conformity Contortion Perception Management * Personal Archives (2017)
Part V: One More
10.) Performance 2 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Shed No Tears * Bob Bucko Jr. * 2017 Spring Tour * Personal Archives (2017)
Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents
12.) The Little Man Who Wasn’t All There * Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar * 29 October 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)