Wednesday, November 30, 2005


WMUH Playlist for 11/25- Black Friday/Buy Nothing Day/Still Stuffed Day

WMUH 91.7 FM
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pa.

Mystic Moods Orchestra - cosmic sea - cosmic force
The Brothers - you can't win -- v/a: Best of B-boy Records
(N) Oxford Collapse - Celebrity Art Party (Embarrassment Cover) - 12"
Dog Faced Hermans - viva - bumb and swim
(N) Old Time Relijun - burial mound - 2012
The Visible Targets - mechanical man - 12"ep
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas - kyen kyeen Bi Adu Mau - s/t lp - Ofori Bros (Ghanaian Afro-beat/Highlife)
Madchild - like a tech - 7" (mid-90s indie hip-hop)
Bruce Haack - Captain Entropy
Pierre Henry- teen tonic - Messe Pour Le Temps Presnet et musiques concreted de Pierre Henry pour Mauruce Bejart
Max B - Bananaticoco Part I - 45
Young Flowers -- Menilmontant - Quiet Days in Clichy --Original Film Score
(N)Snuff -- song from a tribute to Guitar Wolf
Corm -
(N) The Beautiful New Born Children - a good day - hey people
Thick Pigeon - crime
Harrison Sands (music by skin flesh & bones) - paying the bills - 45 -ultra (dub reggae 45)
Tim - Spraypaint the Walls (Black Flag cover) -- cdr -- (a guy named Tim from New Jersey does mostly cover songs of punk rock hits--just him and a guitar--kind of fun)
(N) hella - tokyo 513 - home boys???
(N) the Double - up all night --
White Noise - firebird - an electric storm (finally found this eclectic late 60s avant electronic/pop record--in a dollar bin no less!)
crazy hearts - arms are up -

--Show started off a bit off. Weird beginning because the dj before me decided to just up and leave the station --didn't leave on any music, didn't leave on any cues or anything---didn't even say a word. So, I had to scramble around putting up long psa's to fill the gaps til I got ready. Really strange. Never had that happen before! Guess he had plans to go shopping maybe??

--Got a couple of interesting calls. One guy said he was recording the program. Wanted to hear more of the same "weird stuff" (Admittedly, Bruce Haack IS weird). Didn't know what to say to that, but I like getting calls.

-Bruce Haack (yes, that weird guy)--I played the cut 'Captain Entropy' for the lp of the same name. He was this guy who did some pretty out there electronic composed childrens records. He worked with John Cage and LaMonte Young--so despite his name--he wasn't just a hack--he was Bruce Haack! I think there is a recent tribute compilation to him featuring Beck and Stereolab amongst other indie rock faves. Was lucky enough to find a Near Mint copy of this one at a thrift!

-I think we will be back on the air this Christmas/Winter Break. So brace yourselves--we've got a lot to share and you've got a lot to hear!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Berliner Recordings

Above is a photo of one of 10 Berliner Records I found in a cheap boxlot at an auction a couple of months ago. Also pictured is the mail package it was presumably in.
Don't know what they are or what thier significance is?
Neither did I until I did some research on them.
These were some of the earliest recordings ever made. Actualy Emile Berliner was the guy who created the disc format of records that were first seen and heard by the public in the 1890s. Before him, only cylinders were made.
Berliner invented the Gramophone player. Learn more about him here.

The one pictured above is different from other Berliner recordings in that it did not include the usual stamp that was common on most Berliner's. This one was blank. It was also recorded by a Geo Gaskin on Oct. 29, 1895 (over 110 years ago!)

Another thing I found out when doing some internet research on Berliner was that the artist/musician had to record upwards of 100 times a day. Due to the rough recording devices these pioneers used--they could only record a few at a time--meaning that it is quite common for the ones that exist today--to be unique recordings.
Also--it probably meant that by the end of the recording sessions--the voice or hands of the musicians were exhausted beyond belief!

The quality of these recordings is pretty poor compared to todays standards--or even what came about say 20 years later.

They are pioneer recordings, and are certainly interesting pieces to hear--time capsules of music and recording history of the late 19th century.

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