The earliest days of my radio career were always fly by the cliche of my etc., and even when I brought in records and music to play, I never had a plan. That sort of defeated the whole purpose. So much of my first 20 years of radio was realizing the connection between preparation and final product. While I was (and still am) not interested in sounding like “professional radio,” I have developed a tone that involves going in knowing more than I need to about the impending show. So when I had to make a last-minute change to the schedule, and this evening opened up, I had a flash of those early days, going in without a net, not exactly sure what to expect.
The results – available in the show you are hearing now – are surprising, certainly, as something that involved a number of unusual elements that made it a ways off the map further than we normally go. Suffice it to say, we managed to wrangle Uneasy Chairs into jamming with MKUltramegaphone on a brand new, un-rehearsed piece, where I selected and edited my sample far too quickly, and to top it off, completely re-designed my audio set-up just before show-time. It was a sort of madness I should never have entertained, and yet, it all worked in the end.
While we did play one, pre-recorded track on this show – the Хапчык track we opened with – this episode is entirely live, in a way that goes beyond how we normally define that. I like that about our show. Someone asked me recently about getting licensing for all the music we play on the show. I could tell they don’t really listen; we have so little pre-recorded music on the show, and when we do, it has almost never been released on a label, and when it is, it sort of sticks out. (I was recently contacted by an artist that was astonished to find that I was playing their stuff, happy to know it was still in circulation even thought it was from the 60’s.) I think the way we think about music is changing dramatically, and during the interview portion of the show, we talk about these changes, and our desires and goals in making art.
I really like this one, and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Largely because we really get out there, in the best possible way.
Time Codes Worth Noting:
0:09:08: Live Music / Soundcheck Begins w/ MKUltramegaphone
0:24:39: Set One Begins.
0:46.53: Uneasy Chairs Joins.
0:57:33: Interview Starts.
1:26.42: Set Two Begins
The Man In The Moon
Part I: Sound Check
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 7:12 * Хапчык * Хапчык * Self-Released (2017)
03.) Attention! (Soundcheck) * MKUltramegaphone * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part II: The Man In The Moon Part I
04.) Live * MKUltramegaphone w/ Uneasy Chairs * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: “Sound Opinions”
05.) Interview * Uneasy Chairs w/ MKUltramegaphone * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: The Man In The Moon Part II
06.) Live * Uneasy Chairs w/ MKUltramegaphone * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)