Free improvisation is difficult by nature, and the practitioners of this kind of music often realize that it has to become a lifestyle before it can really become great music.
Fortunately, there is a thriving and incredible free-improv scene in Oregon right now, with a number of great collectives and groups forming to produce some incredible sounds. And, as I’m sure you could guess, this is perfect for Mid-Valley Mutations, because I get a chance to introduce listeners to groups like Toadstool.
Consisting of new and older members of the local scene, this group is working hard to continue to lessons learned from free-improv of the past, while incorporating elements of electronic noise and rock music gracenotes to incorporate some of the interesting musical developments of the last couple decades. But at the heart of this kind of music is jazz, a
kind that is focused on musical exploration and experimentation that speaks to the center of what our show is all about. Currently, there isn’t much outside of the few tracks on their Soundcloud Page, and I would keep a link to their WordPress Page, too, for news. But all of that speaks more to the live experience of Toadstool than anything else. When you are in the room with these gents, there is an electricity to the performance that is both breathtaking and exquisite. And, lucky for you, it’s all here on our program this week.
In this episode, join us for two live sets, and an interview. And, to cap things off, we present another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this week with Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. It’s all part of the way we like to kick-start the weekend.
We also mention the Pledge Drive, which begins 3 June and runs through 9 June. For the drive, I’m offering a record from my personal collection as a gift to everyone who donates to KMUZ. Get a cool record and keep the station on the air! And, let people like Toadstool have a place for them on local radio.
Part I: Suzy Who?
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Baby Suzy Sez What? * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
Part II: Blossoming
03.) Blossom * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
04.) Live Set 1 * Toadstool * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Medicine Men
05.) Medicine Man * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
06.) Interview * Toadstool * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Again
07.) Live Set 2 * Toadstool * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Awakening * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
Part V: Dimestore Radio Theater
09.) The Case of the $100,000 Legs * Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar * 14 April 1949 * NBC (1949)