Friday, August 12, 2005

1130 kHz

It recently occured to me that I've never actually discussed in this blog exactly what kind of music I play on Seldom Heard Radio. I frequently post playlists to give readers a taste of the range you might hear during the broadcast. On the air I announce the show as "a freeform blend of esoteric music from the 1960's to the present". This isn't 100% true because I've played music from the 1930's, 40's and 50's (in small doses) as well over the years.

Because I love a variety of music it's easier for me to explain what you won't hear on Seldom Heard Radio. What you won't hear: rap, 95% of what has been called "country" music (since 1975 anyway), gospel music (though I have played less heavy handed Christian bands before) commercial pop ala Britney Spears, and klezmer music. Everything else is fair game.

I prefer "indie" music ... non-commercial music of all genres performed by people who have a passion for their craft. I also go wild for psychedelic folk music which has been called wyrd folk. During any given broadcast you could hear anything from R. Crumb and his Cheap Suit Serenaders to the Thievery Corporation all in the same set!

Monday, August 08, 2005

Red Favorite

A few months ago, Jeremy Pisani sent me a copy of his self-released debut cd which will soon be issued by Spirit of Orr. I listened to it a couple of times and placed it in my "must play on Seldom Heard Radio" stash of cds but haven't actually revisited the cd until recently. Recorded between 1996 and 2003, this selection is a gem.

The cd opens with "Starry Sky" which is like listening to a radio broadcast from another time magically intended for your ears only. The next piece "First" opens like a dreamy raga and evolves toward deeper meditations. By the 5th track "Green Hill Beach" we move into a bluesy psychedelic freakout that segues into a quiet electric guitar passage. The 12th track is a mystery track that is reminiscent of Fischbach & Ewing's underground classic 3LP set A Cid Symphony.

This Red Favorite cd is psychedelic folk music at it's purest and resonates a timeless quality to immerse yourself in. For more information please see

Jeremy is also involved with the cd-r label Elefantplatte Records which is unearthing some very cool seldom heard music from the vaults of the mind. These are the types of projects that I feel like a little kid in a record store when I come across them ... it's a warm glow to know someone is re-discovering this excellent yet obscure music and releasing it in the DIY spirit.