Thursday, May 03, 2007

Sidsel - an engine for a lifetime

Tonite's episode of The Unwrinkeld Ear has been a long time in the making
We're going to refeature the amazing Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen,
whose "One" album on SOFA we have all been bending closer towards the speaker for.
And now we've got a big special on her past work:
a vocal trio called GACK!
a duo album with keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft
her collaboration with Punkt
a number or two from her UNDERTOW release under her own name
and phenomenon samples from inside Merriwinkle, her trio record with Christian Wallumr√∂d and Helge Sten
The sugary funk of electrical wiring cooking its rubber insulation never had it so good.
Not only that, we're gonna hear a Jessica Rylan cut that's been folding me over a lot
and some of my favorite documents of Celtic mouth music
It all happens between 21:00-22:30 LA time on - Thursdays
Don't mask your satisfaction with uncertain fidgets.
Last week's playlist:
Art Pepper
Steve Beresford/ Tania Chen
Furious Pig
Dead C
Jocy de Oliveira
Trad Gras Och Stenar
Yasemin Kunral
Lito Barrietos y su Orchestra
Asha Puthli
Phoebus People
Bob & Gene
Blue's Rhythym Combo
The Brothers Johnson
Caetano Veloso/ Gilberto Gil
Cecil Taylor Feel Trio

Sorry to append this to your post, Andrew - the Ear's a fine music show - but there seems no other way of communicating my alarm at what's happening to the station generally. This is directed at everyone, not at yourself.

I've tried posting my concerns to the list (as suggested on the website), but nothing came of that. Oh well, it's the Collective's list, and it's entitled to do with mails as it pleases. But I'm not letting it rest there, because I care about the station.

It's May 8, and yours is the only post since the MayDay police riot. The page seems even more out of date, with no news additions since March 24. You wouldn't know from the postings here that there's anything up with the world. I guess they don't call it lalaland for nothing.

What the fuck's going on with Kill? "A collective organization committed to using media production and distribution as a tool for promoting social and economic justice"?. How does 90% of the station's output express this mission? How does it express any mission?

I know some presenters covered what happened on May 1st. And some do news regularly. But amid the horrors of a criminal war, the aftermath of Katrina and continuing attacks by the lunatic right on rights and wellbeing, Killradio's political voice has fallen largely silent in the last two years.

Instead of fighting for change, the station's been reduced mostly to a diet of music of widely varying quality, most of it creatively bland and politically irrelevant.

I know November '04 hit everyone there really hard after everything they'd done to achieve a better result - I felt that just from listening. But it's 2007 now. America's different, and it's time for politics.

I don't tune into KillRadio for mall muzak, I've been listening for five years because I found information and inspiration in its critique of injustice and state violence. The music was a part of the mix rather than being nearly all of it.

Enough of the light entertainment, already. The world's awash with pop stations: nobody fucking cares about another one. It's time the Collective started performing the mission for which it was created, a mission for which there's an audience. If a station called Kill hasn't any fight, there's not much hope for it.  

hey dave thanks for the email.
we've been talking as a group about some of the things you brought up, and appreciate you chiming in.

we are currently working to get more political programming.

and we are working on restructuring the webpage so that we can update it more easily and put more up to date info on it.

your concerns echo some of the similar problems we've had internally as a group, but it's always good to hear it from the listeners perspective.

thanks, and hopefully you (and we) will see some action on these fronts soon.


Hey dave thanks for the comments. your concerns echo some things we've been discussing internally and things we are already wokring on.

for one, we are attempting to raise money for a redesign of our website so more people can update it it on a more regular basis with more topical items.

and we also are seeking more directly political programming.

we are working on the things that concern you!  

Hi, Andrew (and Anon)

Thanks for the understanding & helpful responses, especially after the show was unfortunate enough to have my unrelated criticisms attached to its announcement.

One thing I would like to add - could the station please revive the defunct listener message board? I know traffic there was minimal even before the virus attack, but it provided a forum for raising concerns before they became frustrations.  

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