Friday, May 02, 2008

Composition Camp

The Unwrinkled Ear has set a new stage for home radio, and you can listen to last night's broadcast right here:

May Day being an appropriate day for homing in, we did.

Instead of previewing what I might get into, you can know for sure:

Hecker and Haswell remixing Popol Vuh's "Aguirre I"
Tanzsuite mit Deitschlandlied by Helmut Lachenmann (excerpt)
Genevieve Foucrolle playing Comp. 171. by Anthony Braxton (excerpt)
Parade - Heaven And
Thoughs were the Days - LaVice and Company
Sehnsucht and Justice - E. Jandl/ L. Newton/ W. Puschnig
All Reactionaries are Paper Tigers - Mao 7"
Cherrystones - Eugene McDaniels
Kol Basti - Boris Mango
Hold Tight by Fats Waller performed by Lovens/ Chadbourne/ Wogram/ Takase/ Mahall/ Heberer
Reshmi Ujala Hai - Asha Bhosle

shrugs bring blood

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Palpable Radio

Like feeling the warmth from someone else's blush, tonite's show is going to radiate.

Phog Masheen is coming in to dehollow a trumpet
and to get in gear for that live set we'll bookend it with
Haswell/ Hecker's remogrification of Popol Vuh's 'Aguirre'
and on the other side the LOW DYNAMIC ORCHESTRA of Sten Sandell

palp it at 9pm tonite on
Pacific time.

Thanks for the great response to the last unwrinkled ear shindig with the hair chorus et al. You can hear that one, as you can all the archived unwrinkled ear shows since 2004, at specifically for last week

and here was that set list:
Sam Moore/ Leroy Smeck - Dear old pal of mine
Robert Parker - the Hiccup
Carlo Actis Dato - Witches
YBO squared - #4
Franz Hautzinger - Sakke/ Belga/ Sophia
Golem - School of Dance
Novi SIngers - Misfit
Paul Dutton - For the Johnsons
Point 4 - Sideshadow
Brazil - goran
Grubbs/ Gustafsson/ Selder - Pumpkin Creek
Brazil - Otou-chang
Rene Joly - Parfum d'une fleur
Altyrone Deno Brown - Sweet Pea
Thin Lizzy - Vagabond of the western world
Majestic Arrows - Make a time machine
Mahmoud Ahmed - Gizie degu neger
Ward/ Hawkins/ Lash/ May - Basenji
Kan Mikami - disc 1, #5
Int'l Harvester - #12 i think
Bing Selfish -Relativity
Steamboat Switzerland - 7:5
Wailers -gonna get burned
Johnny Barfield and S.O.U.L. - soul butter
Mike Ladd - Barney's girl
Andrea Centazzo/ Tom Cora - duet 1980

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

hair chorus

Instead of acting like a bunch of gangsters waiting for a visit from the razortooth fairy, please welcome the return of The Unwrinkled Ear back on the radiowaves this evening.

The show will be broadcast beginning at 21:00 PST on Thursday

I'd like some 1920s musical saw duets with Hawaiian guitar so we'll have Sam Moore and Leroy Smeck dole out a couple

There's a quartet of Hawkins Lash May and Ward called Barkingside on the consistently compelling Emanem label that speaks Basenjis to all available

Thanks to the Bandit label, Altyrone Deno Brown's "Sweet Pea" session can come to yet another bloom tonite

Can I get a chorus of "Hair Y'all!"?

Yay! Sam Moore - one of my heros. Thank you for that!

All the best,

Saw Lady  

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Birthday/ music

After another brief hiatus
spent musically marshalling puppets
(the shows were great - thanks for coming!)
the Unwrinkeld Ear returns to the waves tonite
exposing the fleers of uneasy pleasures
and the licked shadows of notes
from 21:00-22:30
We'll hear:
Steamboat Switzerland
and fun vocal stuff to suit the mood
of post-birthday aggling
And be forewarned that next year
when I turn 33
I'll be celebrating 33 and 1/3 only
so the party will be around June 20 
Our last show
recorded a couple weeks ago and available here  
Furt + John Butcher/ Rhodri Davies/ Paul Lovens/ Wolfgang Mitterer - temperature
Sandell/ Berthling/ Ljungvist - trio 3
Kaori Osawa - Soda Funk
Luie Luie - Tastee Touchy
Dill Ensemble - Wueqfeth utt norla suite 3rd "ephia"
Kazuhisa Uchihashi/ Tatsuya Yoshida - R
Gnu - Bells
Hose - hanyu-rokko on the seabded
Kuchiroro - Starflight/ Planetarium version
Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed -uuta ayasketom
Henri Chopin - La Ventre de Bertini
" " - Les Mandibules du Dejeuner sur l'herbe
" " - 2500, Les grenouilles d'Aristophanes
Quarteto em Cy - Modinha
Sainkho Namtchylak/ Jarrod Cagwin - Dance of an old spirit
Glerum Omnibus - Bill's Hairdo
Oshima Tereyuki - rootrum
Actis Dato/ Baldo Martinez - Festa
Lyrics Born - Top Shelf
The Thing/ Cato Salsa Experience/ McPhee - The Witch
Szilard Mezei International Ensemble - Breezy Draught

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Unwrinkled Ear Back

There are many open positions for barbacks being advertised in newspaper employment listings all over the world.
But we will have ear backs tonite.
From 21:00-22:30 PST on, Thursday
I really loved the Furt record from last year, so we'll furt that.
I have also been enjoying Kaori Osawa's new solo disc "Aluminum," so aluminum.
And Tatsuya's duos with Uchihashi - thanks Kenny! - need to be spread out.
Henri Chopin died in the interim between our last show and tonite's, and he deserves a tribute.
Don't forget about our archives at
It's a radio show for people who find movies too slow

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

tune out the angels and tune into the world

The Unwrinkled Ear has two announcements.
The first, easiest:
Tonite from 21:00-22:30 California Time, Thursday on
we will do a special on Paal Nilssen-Love's new label, PNL records.
They've released a duo by Paal with Lasse Marhaug and another of Paal with organist Nils Henrik Asheim.
And we'll also do a big feature on composer, violist and bassist Szilárd MEZEI.
We'll taste solo, duo, trio, quintet stuff all the way up to ten piece ensemble work from this incredible Hungarian/ Serbian/ Yugoslavian musician. 
The second announcement, much harder:
the Jazzgalerie in Nickesldorf, Austria is under attack by the Austrian government. 
More details in the two attachements.
The Unwrinkeld Ear would not exist were it not for the incredible work of this concert venue over the last 30 years. As I understand it, the government is accusing Hans of running his establishment - which has championed improvised music and musicians from all over the world - solely for his own personal enrichment, thus charging him for years of back taxes. Obviously, if his venue can deeply affect the life of a boy from South Carolina, his work in the Austrian countryside is not just about himself. 
If you have an interest in supporting the music you hear on The Unwrinkled Ear, please take the time to write an email to the email addresses provided in the attachment, and consider helping any other way you can.  
Tune in tonite

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

pump trust

Like a mood inflating balloon,
the Unwrinkled Ear rises 
on tonite
                                 - 21:00-22:30 PST Thursday  
, Ear splashes being our only
antenna measure
Baroque Jazz Trio (1970)
& Gunter Sommer (1988/ 92)
will be heard

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

weird soup quadrant

swirl the gown, swish the tub
jazz is a good backrub
I'll prove it with some Sven-Ake Johansson vocals
and Urs Voerkel fingers
tonite on The Unwrinkled Ear
21:00-22:30 PST Thursday
This is what we played last week:
Siewert/ Horvitz/ Hinteregger/ Dafeldecker/ Buck
Lightnin Rod
Zu + Gustafsson
The Cult
Veryan Weston/ Satoko Fukuda/ Hannah Marshall
Charles Amirkhanian
Robert Wyatt
Parson Sound
Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band
Altered States
Comforts of Madness
Oscar Pettiford
Sun Ra
Archie Shepp
Ake Hodell
Los Chipis
Elliot Sharp/ Charlotte Hug
Paul de Vree
Fred Lane
Carter Family

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

coffee and bee-sting cakes

Over 3,000 2nd rate graduate students thought of Jim Morrison's "weird scenes inside the gold mine" when they first learned of Plato's cave.
They all have jobs working for NPR now.
I do a show on from 21:00-22:30 PST on Thursdays.
Tonite's grist will flower.
:The Schismatics - Magda Mayas - Parson Sound - the new John Butcher solo record:
My bell said ring and rang.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007


If mosquitos have lately been singing their good luck into your skin, i've got something for that...a little bad smile.
The Unwrinkeld ear radio program will feature an alphamaiden guest in the studio tonite, and we'll play music by:
Eddie Gale
the Eple Trio,
and I'd like to play the song "Lame Cafe" by The Unawares for your human pleasure.
The show will be broadcast live on the internet at from 21:00-22:30 Pacific Coast time, and then a couple days later it will be archived on
As one of last week's listeners called up and asked me:
"What the fuck wormhole did you get snorted inside?"

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

reverse vixen burst

While compartmentalization seems to be the order of
the day as far as surviving modern life is concerned,
the artistry of Mike Cooper makes a case for
deslotting such harsh zoning.
With formidable creativity, this guitarist pursues
field recordings, improvisation, electronics, country
and Hawaiian music.
We're going to hear a bunch of it on from 21:00-22:30 PST Thursday
We're also going to bathe in the windy grit of
saxophonist Martin Kuchen's new solo record on Sillon
and the new Potlatch sax
quartet "Propagations" featuring Marc Baron/ Bertrand
Denzler/ Jean-Luc Guionnet and Stephane Rives.
If you can figure out how to photograph an active
throat tickle (cough itch), email us back and you can
win/ absorb a free download.  

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Haden in the studio

The Unwrinkled Ear returns tonite with bassist Josh Haden live in the studio.
He'll play a bit, talk about the revival of his band Spain, spin some records and unwrinkle all the while.
We've been away working on other things for three weeks, so please put your ribs back on the heat and tune in to from 9:00-10:30 PST Thursday
I can already smell the lumps.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

ear trumpet remedy

It wouldn't be offensive if it wasn't so hidden, that need to have more sound inside.
Relief comes in the form of guests tonite on The Unwrinkled Ear.
We'll have a live performance of a duo on ukulele, gameboy and voices:
Casey James and The Staypuft Kid 
This will be braodcast on the internet at from 21:00-22:30 PST Thursday
A recent piece of writing about the Konfrontationen festival in Nickelsdorf is online now, and written by me:  
It will be like the melting of some sweet reward in the mouth,
then we'll be off the air for two weeks, and back on Sept. 27th,
faith without reason.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

naturally mad pianos

Put down that box of oily rags, a royal flush has never inaugurated a good BBQ sauce.
Round II of the Nickesldorf Konfrontationen 2007 Recap kicks off tonite 21:00-22:30 PST  
I'll be joined by one of my attendant Blue Guerillas for tonite's program, as we start where we left off a couple weeks ago: Saturday afternoon at the Kleylehof with Pendler.
I've got a bunch of special stuff picked out by
Johannes Bauer
Mike Cooper
New Directions in Appalachian Music
and of course those fellas in the Townhouse Quartet - Sten Sandell
         Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten,
                         Paal Nilssen-Love
and the inestimable Evan Parker  
Even if you think you've done it all - steroids, uppers, downers, coke, poppers, Oprah - this good music will make them all pale

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Max Roach

The Unwrinkled Ear's show this week will feature one CD by Max Roach.
It's one record that changed my life completely, and I would have been a completely different person if I hadn't heard it.
Tune in as I pay tribute to the incredible work of Max Roach tonite on
Thursday from 21:00-22:30 California time
Rest in Peace and Rhythm Mr. Roach

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Crocodiles remember all the konfrontationens

The Unwrinkled Ear is keeping that fish in the birdcage
and starting the Konfrontationen 2007 Recap today
We'll hear recordings from the groups that played on Friday, and maybe have a chance to get into Saturday a bit too.
It's a way of remembering the crocodile.
We'll hear, at least:
Frank Gratkowski and Misha Mengelberg
Franz Hautzinger's Oriental Space
Barry Guy New Orchestra
Han Bennink and Terrie Ex
Some extra Mazen stuff and a little bonus Mats too
listen between 21:00 - 22:30 Pacific time on Thursday
Unwrap your tongue from that tree, and experience a taste.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Switch from Thursday to Wednesday temporarily

In order to accomodate some great musicians from Hamburg - the duo incite/ - The Unwrinkled Ear will be doing this week's radioshow tonite!
Wednesday Not Thursday!
from 21:00-22:30
(This means that the Nickelsdorf 2007 Konfrontationen recap begins NEXT WEEK, rah rah)
Tonite brings the electronic profit

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Inside the Tingle Jangle

Last week we were semi-bad boys. We said we were going to play only Yugoslovenian music from one record store, and we played some Italian stuff too. And even some Brazilian hip-hop at one point.
But the thing that mattered was that we did limit ourselves to music that we found in Ljubjana.
And Italy's a neighbor anyway.
The thing is, this week's episode of The Unwrinkled Ear will exclusively feature non-yugoslovenian music and non-konfrontationen related musics that were found in Austria and Slovenia.  
This music will be broadcast from 21:00-23:00 Thursday night Hollywood time on
We're going to hear radio work (more like spiele) from Ferdinand Kriwet
Dudu Pukwana in a Johnny Dyani Quartet
OKWESS International featuring saratong inventor Roger Lendu
Mediteranean Honky Tonk from Carlo Actis Dato's 2002 band
Ernst Jandl's mouth
you stir, i'll pour, keep up with the rivets
Last week's playlist:
Rani Mraz
El Bimbo
Rita Pavone
Ivica Serfezi
Krunoslav Slabinac
Tri Palme
Brenton Wood
M. Efekt & Ridi Kamil Hala
Goran Eregovic
Sandy Lopicic Orkstar
Miro Ungar
Zafir Hadzimanov
Andre Abujamra feat. Xis
Leb i Sol
Herbert Joos
Cliff Richards
(available to hear here -
Next week will be the Konfrontaionen 2007 recoup

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Yugoslovenian spinning

The Unwrinkled Ear has returned from a central european foray into deep musical thrills.
Tonite's thursday show on from 21:00 - 23:00 will uncover what got sniffed out at a Ljubljana record store called Spin 
masterpieces from the ljubljana rock/ punk/ freak canon will be heard:
yowsuh, it's gonna be a slow chew to get through all this good stuff, so pat that belly and sit up. this show will be the first of three exploring the unwrinkled ear's recent adventure with his blue guerillas. the next show will be devoted simply to any music found on the trip; the last show will be devoted to illuminations delivered by the jazzgalerie's 2007 konfrontationen in nickelsdorf.
intimate by design ya'll 

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

feelin festy

Tonight's cooking on The Unwrinkled Ear will feature artists playing at this year's Konfrontationen in Nickelsdorf
The show can be heard on from 21:00-22:30 Hollywood time on Thursday
Some of the artists we'll get to are Clayton Thomas, Barry Guy, Terrie Ex, Eugene Chadbourne, Sten Sandell, Ivar Grydeland and Sherif Shenaoi
The radio show will be on hiatus for two weeks, but if you're in Vienna on July 11th, come see The Unwrinkled Ear live w/ His Blue Guerillas at the rhiz.
It'll be a night of funk and psychedelia.
Even if you're not given to hugging, you'll want to embrace this.
Last week's show featured:
Houle/ Parker/ Delbecq
Leroy Hutson
Cheer Accident
The Trees Community
Sammy Davis Jr.
Lovens/ Mahall/ Takase
Eddie Okonta and his Top Aces
Bob Welch
Furt + Phil Minton
Modern Jazz Quartet
Simon Desorgher/ David Stevens 

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