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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Chappell Mood Music Library


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear a survey of sounds from the Chappell Music library, with selections from nearly every release (volumes 1-24 or so) on the Chappell Mood Music sublabel & series,  which made extensive use of Roger Roger – and was home to many of his early experiments with unusual techniques and instruments (the Ondes Martenot in particular). Tune in for an extraordinary variety of sounds drawn from a very narrow field.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Savage and Sensuous Exotica and Jazz


Tonight in the Explorers Room we'll imbibe an extremely potent blend of exotica and jazz.  Yusef Lateef, Buddy Collette, Don Ralke, Chico Hamilton, and even Camarata hold court as bongos and flutes abound in steaming jungles and torrid nightclubs, and exotica standards mix freely with fresh inventions. 

As usual, 7-10:00. See you there.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: We're Back!

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Tonight, we return at long last to the atmospheric interior of the Explorers Room.  Let's get back into the swing of things with some sets built on chance-based strategies and daisy chains of word association.  Guaranteed to be full of twists and terns.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Year of the Compañero!


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we attempt to go into 2018 with fervor (before taking a three week absence, returning first week in February).  Ferocious French psych, dialectical Calypso, exhortations of comradery, ponderings as to what tomorrow holds, and more, much more.  Join me, tonight, to usher in another year from the exploratory interior.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: A Look Back at the Year That Was


Tonight we look back at another strange year in the Explorers Room with a program comprising one song from each show of 2017.  A retrospective overview of the year that was before we carry on upriver to the as-yet unknown territories of a new year. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Deep in Velvet, An Electronic Magic Carpet


Tonight in the Explorers Room: I just got my good turntable fixed, and Little Danny needs a fill-in for the Cool Blue Flame; that means we'll be lying around, digging in, and hearing five hours of extended cuts from even more dollar-bin records.  Just like that show from a few weeks back, but longer and deeper.  Mood music, latin, exotica, jazz, all sorts of great stuff I've found hiding in the dust – the banal, the sublime, and the subliminal.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Fantasies for Electromagnetic Tape


Tonight in the Explorers Room, we'll hear minimalist and experimental music, syncretic jazz, Turkish electronic sounds, South African masterpieces, and Don Cherry, among other things. Tune in, jump in the comments, hang out in the Room. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Exotica Gardens – Rituals and Ceremonies in Realms of the Unreal


Tonight in the Explorers Room, an evening of all-exotica pandemonium. We'll be taking a trip to exotic Tiki Gardens (a "South Sea Island Paradise in Florida"), exploring two venerable exotica compilation series – a more tweedy vision of exotica via the Britxotica! Trunk releases, and an extended sojourn in amongst the deranged offerings of the now almost-mythic Jungle Exotica series on Stripand consorting with both Satan and Pele in their respective infernos. Starting in just five minutes!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Papayas, Mangoes & Mompos


Tonight in the Explorers Room, a sundry array of sounds and fruits from 'round the world: tomatoes and nylons, mambos and cumbias, Calypso jazz, Indonesian cha-chas, hi-fi music from Brazil, mangos and papayas.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room – Piero Umiliani: Film Jazz, Synthi Times, Exotic Themes (Part Two)


Tonight in the Explorers Room we have another program dedicated to Piero Umiliani's extensive body of work, with an emphasis on psychedelic and erotic soundtracks, eerie library docu-exoticism, and a lot more synthi themes, recorded at Sound Work Shop on the Omicron label.  "Mah Nà Mah Nà" included this time, don't miss it!