In my continuing effort to fully flesh out the local Salem Music Scene (and document some of these stories that are very quickly receding from memory), we offer this timely, holiday treat: The Kelly Taylor Show.
Kelly has played in almost 16 bands in his life, and is currently singing and playing in Years For Months, and decidedly rock and roll kind of combo. But there’s another side to his music, and a side that you will not get to enjoy on this program. Electronic might not be the right word to describe it, and already that should telegraph to you what kind of music Klaxun happens to be. I should mention here that there is a lot of Klaxun music in this show, and much of it is not credited. (It’s in the background.) But all of it is easy enough to find, and is well worth the effort.
This is our “Christmas” broadcast this year, part of my cooky idea to speak with a number of folks that I find interesting, something you might see on an old Variety Show, or hear on some other holiday broadcast. While we don’t exactly get very “holiday” centric on the other two shows (or even this one, for that matter), I offer smatterings of holiday fare, and we hope that with will yule-tide you over until you can get some real Christmas Music.
As has been the tradition on this show, we close things out with a broadcast from exactly 57 years ago, tonight! It’s Dimestore Radio Theater, with a Nero Wolfe story that is perfect for this time of year.
Thanks again, from all of us here at Mid-Valley Mutations. Happy Holidays.
The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)
Part I: The Door
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas * Illeagal Art (2001)
Part II: “It’s never left the hard drive.”
03.) Interview Part 1 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Jupiter * Klaxun * Close Without Saving * Apple Music (2014)
Recording with new technology, Haywire Studios, recording with old technology, taking advantage of the digital world, technology & control freaks, the development of arrangements (solo vs. full band).
Part III: “How many different haikus are there?”
05.) Interview Part 2 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Ripplets * Klaxun * Inside The Box * Apple Music (2014)
s07.) Hypertension * Klaxun * Hypertension * Soundcloud.com (2014)
08.) For * Klaxun * For * Soundcloud.com (2016)
Starting on a new song, finding the door, Some Chords by deadmau5, frustrations with EDM, dumb genre nonsense, the formula for predictable music, “cozies,” the freedom of boundaries, finding a voice within rules, the phone as a compositional tool, broken and expensive gear vs. what’s at hand, Caustic.
Part IV: “I’m sort of like Dr. Frankenstein with creative works.”
09.) Interview Part 3 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Demolution [Excerpt] * Klaxun * Demolution * Soundcloud.com (2016)
11.) AMBI3NT * Klaxun * AMBI3NT * Soundcloud.com (2017)
Not performance music, drummer stories, Years For Months, Mick of Northwest Notes, Stan & Andy of Easterly, resurrecting old songs, Come Back Maggie, writing a lot of songs, growing up in rural Oregon and discovering the guitar.
Part V: “Get Into It.”
12.) White * Plunderphonic * Plunderphonic * Mystery Tape Laboratory (1989)
Part VI: “As a kid I wanted to be David Bowie.”
13.) Interview Part 4 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part VII: Duck Duck Goose
14.) Egg Thief * Twink * Miniatures Volume 2 * Twink Tones (2014)
15.) Numb (Live) * Years For Months * Numb (Live) * Soundcloud.com (2017)
16.) Duck Duck Goose * Jupiter Skydive * Getting More Stupider * Bandcamp.com (2013)
Part VIII: “Drowning In Music.”
17.) Interview Part 5 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IX: Dimestore Radio Theater
12.) The Slaughtered Santas * The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe * 22 December 1950 * NBC (1950)