Long Live the King

Back in 2005, when Michael Jackson was cleared of charges that whatever we believe we don't really want to talk about right now, I was co-hosting Radio Squidco at free103.9. I did a two-hour live mix tribute to MJ called "The Emancipation of the King of Pop." I was happy he was found not guilty. I don't know what the hell went on in that house, but it seemed a lot better than "guilty."

It took some digging to come up with it. Which means I had to email my friend Kristen because I knew she had a copy and she had to dig it up. Thanks, Kristen.

I don't remember what a lot of the things in this mix are anymore, so sorry to whoever's sounds I lifted. I think I gave you credit four years ago, but it's not posted anymore.

The mp3 is right here.

And man, I took a little heat at WFMU's Beware of the Blog for writing something slightly about MJ over there. So I'll just say once and for all, I am not hating on MJ. I like some of his songs.

Creepy MJ doll by someone named Susan.


What I Podcasted This Summer by Kurt Gottschalk

I started my summer project today. A podcast through WFMU, The Brother Lucy Podshow, which will feature a full live concert every week. I'm trying to track down (and get permission for!) some downtown type sets from the 80s or so, but I'm also going to be sending out some newer things like ...

Like The Fiery Furnaces. Totally rock. I saw them at (le) Poisson Rouge a couple weeks ago, and have had the songs off the new record pounding through my head all week. Like for seriously. Like, I've been waking up with "Charmaine Champagne" pounding through my head.

Future shows will include full sets by The Pavones, Pramrod Sexena, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and more surprises. So follow this clicky and sign up. Why not? It's free.



Man, this blog is not in any order or anything. Like, I should be saying Ecstasy Mule will be all doing the Make Music New York this Sunday, 7:30, Ring Garden, Dyckman and Broadway, Manhattan. And I should totally be saying Vacant (my duo with Jen Mesch who hails from Empire, Michigan and how awesome a name for a town is that?) will be at Temple M July 5. Scroll down for that stuff. I already talked about it. I mean, scroll down if you want.

And scroll down for free stuff, like the short track "A Difficult Fortnight" and the long track "A Day in the Night." Those are both down below here too. I didn't mean for them to both have "night" in the name. I do like nighttime, tho.

And I've already posted about my solo guitar CD 24b as well. So why am I writing now? Pretty much because Squidco scanned the cover, or one of the covers, so I stole the image to put up here.

By the way, I made the covers from a copy of the 1976 military defense budget hearings. People ask about the cover more often than they ask about why the guitar is all distorted and messed up sounding.

So yeah, you can get the CD, CD-R, really, with a cover similar to the one pictured here, from Squidco or Downtown Music Gallery. Or from me, one way or another. Brucey at DMG wrote a nice review about my little record, too. Nepotism is a friend of mine.


Home Tapes is Killing Music

Here's some things about tapes.

I made a track for Dictaphonia Volume 2, a micro- cassette compilation on HalTapes. All submissions were recorded and submitted on microcassette. For "A Difficult Fortnight" I put my recorder inside the bell of my grandfather's alto saxophone and played as quietly as I could. The BBC news was on the radio outside the horn.

I'm going to make my track available here for a week. OK?

Secondly, Ecstasy Mule is all but poised to release racecar, a 30-minute electronic piece in two parts. It will be a limited edition of 50 or so cassette tapes. We recorded it, we just have to make them.

And lastly, I'm very excited to be working on a cassette release for I Think Like Art Critics Talk. I have some very big ambient punk ideas for this. It will come out in April, 2010.


More About Writing About Writing About Music

This review of Purple Rain comes courtesy my WFMU brother Tony C. He says he didn't write it, though.

This album from Prince was very popular during the mid 1980's. Which sold out concerts time in and time out. during that time Shiela E. would open up for him. During my first marriage, she loved Prince. She had all of his albums. Even the movie Purple Rain she owned.

However, Prince voice sounded terrible. It was to high and squeaking as though in pain and agony. His lyrics and story concerning Purple Rain is completely "Lame". I was forced to go to this concert, with my ex-wife, and I literately fell asleep it was so boring. And the concert shirt that she own looked demon possessed. The only positive note that he can play guitar, but it does not replace the other negatives that I indicated in this paragraph.

As so I do not recommend this album to anyone.

It got the rating that it deserves..... .5 but really deserves a -1000.

Thank you so very much!!

Frank Dud