Thursday, February 14, 2013

The tyranny of consensus?

Hi Dear Readers, school and work have kept me away from blog updates for a while now, but that will change as things settle. In the meantime, check out this provocative article from Occupy Wall St. and see what you think. At the height of the Occupy movement, we attended some General Assembly meetings, and well...let's just say it's a wonder they could get anything done.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20 for January 2013

The first month of the new year was a busy one, with much work, not much posting, but a great surge of listeners to Ear Candle Radio! The chart toppers include: a rare full-length version of "Spare Chaynge" that has since been scrubbed from the internet, but is a fascinating glimpse into a group of improvising minds; a new track from Cryptohelix, the new project of Phil Lollar, formerly of mid-80s San Francisco punk band MJB; a Mountain Goats song with one of the most sumptuous horn riffs I've heard in years; tributes to the recently fallen (Fontella Bass fronting the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Ray Collins fronting the Mothers Of Invention); a playful dub jam from our own Granite Countertops; and so much more! Join the fun here.

1. The Pretty Things - There Will Never Be Another Day - Emotions
2. Slim Gaillard - Dunkin' Bagel - Vout For Voutoreenees
3. Jefferson Airplane - Spare Chaynge (Complete) - The After Bathing At Baxters Sessions
4. Cryptohelix - Sun Sets On Empire - Cryptohelix
5. Tarnation - Burn Again - Gentle Creatures
6. The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth - Transcendental Youth
7. The Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass - Theme De Yoyo - Les Stances a Sophie
8. Robert Wyatt - Sea Song - Rock Bottom
9. Patti Smith - Tarkovsky (The Second Stop Is Jupiter) - Banga
10. The Lijadu Sisters - Life's Gone Down Low - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria
11. Jah Wobble & Keith Levene - Understand Dub - Yin & Yang
12. The Granite Countertops - Picking A Fight - Crashing Into The Future
13. Go Team - Bikini Twilight - Go Team 7" Vinyl
14. David Bowie - Fantastic Voyage - Lodger
15. Rufus Thomas - Itch And Scratch (Part 1) - The Funkiest Man Alive: The Stax Funk Sessions 1967-1975
16. Roger Ruskin Spear - Make Yourself A Happiness Pie - Electric Shocks +
17. They Might Be Giants - The Bloodmobile - Here Comes Science
18. LaVern Baker - Jim Dandy - Soul on Fire: The Best of LaVern Baker
19. The Mothers Of Invention - You Didn't Try To Call Me - The MOFO Project_Object
20. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard - Flag of Triumph - Old Devils