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Some Assembly Required is a weekly audio art show focused on works of audio appropriation. "Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions and turntable creations." More information, online at: www.some-assembly-required.net

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Rokhausen Seattle's Rokhausen was born in New Jersey and got started in music by taking the noises he recorded in his parent's garage and mixing them together using their old computer. That's about all I can find out about him, aside from the fact that he has a track on Motown Meltdown, Volume Two! So, let's focus on the compilation... Taking advantage of a little known collection of discs which were intended for Karaoke and feature the actual backing tracks heard on more than a few classic Motown records, the Motown Meltdown series is built entirely upon these pilfered godsends. Each of the source records ("The Motown Master Recordings Karaoke by Singing Machine") contains eight songs by the original artists, with separated stereo channels. On one side you hear the classic Motown hit's instrumental, and on the other the vocal. That is a pretty amazing find for any sound collage artist (not to mention a mashup artist) and the results are all over the place in a very good way. Check out Motown Mashups 2 HERE. I wish I could tell you more about Rokhausen specifically, but for now just check out his track in Episode 261 of Some Assembly Required. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Rohausen... *Name:Rokhausen *Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Dijet Bidet Spret, The Flaming K Holes, Bristol Pete: The Human Bassline *Do you use a pseudonym? As of May 23, 2013, no. *Members: Tony *Founding Members: The Tonies *Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I use computers! *Another genre descriptor: Breakcore: land of a thousand, masturbatory edits. Electronic rok music. Dumbstep. B.O.R.O.N. *Location: Currently loafing about in Seattle, WA. *Original Location: Neu Juhzee *What is your creative/artistic background: Data entry *History: Christ, it's been... 17 years now!? I was about 13 years old when it started. I totally screwed up our family computer trying to get the sound working for some crappy game about dinosaurs. I was told that I'd be grounded until I fixed it. And that's how I really got to know about our computer's sound card and what it can do. Around that time my parents bought me a guitar but I was more content to go out to the garage and bang on things with a tape recorder, then dub it back onto the computer for editing. I was using this application in Windows 3.11 called Pocket Recorder to mix and edit. The results were really awful and a lot of fun. Really awful. *Born: I was born in a suburb outside of Newark, NJ when Lipps Inc's “Funkytown” was dominating the Billboard charts. *Motivations: I do it to keep myself amused, busy, and comfortably estranged from most of what's going on in the world around me. *Philosophy: I once had this American Literature professor who'd hang out at the local bars around town. He almost always showed up late for class, giving some excuse that involved taking his kids to a public pool. He'd sometimes give us assignments that were impossible to complete in a satisfactory manner, while not telling us that he was grading on a generous curve (ie: read Moby Dick and write a ten page paper on it in two days time). During lecture he'd entertain us with long swaths of silence, inexplicably break into the “Happy Birthday” song, and flippantly comment on the quality of his bottled water. All of this drove a lot of his students absolutely bananas. I began catching onto his routine at some point, and while drinking with him in a bar one night I asked him why he played this sadistic game with his students. He stared at the bottles behind the bar and in a tone of utter sincerity he replied, “I wake up every morning, I splash cold water on my face, and I look in the mirror and ask myself... How can I f*** with people today?” *How would you like to be remembered: As the Mothman. *Web address: http://www.rokhausen.net http://www.soundcloud.com/rokhausen http://www.myspace.com/rokhausen www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 261, Some Assembly Required 01 DJ Tripp – “Just Stop Believing” 02 Gitar – “TV Dinners” 03 Realistic – “Trademark massage” 04 DJ Lobsterdust – “Love City” 05 People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz – “Harpo Boulevard” 06 Escape Mechanism – “House Of The Haunted Ink Bottle” 07 Girl Talk – “Don't Stop” 08 Rokhausen – “Since I Decided to Go” 09 Splatt – “Hedvig Nagila” 10 Go Home Productions – “Don't Hold Back, Sweet Jane” 11 The Tape-beatles – “Another Blue Night” 12 The Orb – “Little Fluffy Clouds” 13 Osymyso – “It’s All About Fun, Right?” 14 Wayne Butane – “Dr. Entozoan And The Pressed Ham Caper (segment)” 15 Tristan Shout – “We Are All Made Of Dead Stars” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR261.mp3
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Merry Christmas from Some Assembly Required! - (2010) NEW SAR Christmas Episode - (2005) SAR Xmas Mix www.some-assembly-required.net
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DJ Angelo The UK's Angelo Tun (DJ Angelo) has been mixing, DJing and tutoring turntablists for over a decade. He's been featured on the BBC and performed around the world with artists such as Krafty Kuts, The Scratch Perverts and DJ Yoda. Check out his Christmas scratch track on our 2010 Christmas Special HERE. He's won numerous DJ competitions, including the Gemini Extreme V National DJ Competition (twice), and was the very first turntable specialist at djtutor.com. His free video tutorials on subjects such as scratch technique and beat juggling have become some of the most watched tutorials on YouTube. The artist has also worked professionally with companies such as MTV, Nokia and Red Bull. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with DJ Angelo... *Name: DJ Angelo *Are there any additional names used to describe this project: My full name is Angelo Tun. *Members: Just me (and my turntables!) *Founding Members: Me! *Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Turntable Creations - I’m a turntablist, party DJ, producer/remixer, DJ Tutor, videographer…….video-game enthusiast! After soon getting bored with mixing and blending music, I explored turntablism which satisfied my desire to use turntables to the fullest, and I discovered ways of harnessing the turntable as a musical instrument. I now try and represent the entire art of DJing and have tried my hand at club DJing, DJ battles, producing mixtapes, conceptual turntable compositions, music production, performing with other musicians, teaching DJing etc. *Another genre descriptor: I describe my sound as “Feel Good Fusion” because when I perform live, I cut and blend a lot of different genres to create good vibes for my audience. Aside from the turntablism, I first and foremost enjoy rocking parties and I try to embody everything that a DJ should be as an entertainer. *Is there a story behind your name? It didn’t take too much thought! When I was younger, I did use the name “Scratchmo” for about a year before I decided it sounded ridiculous, so just opted for my name to keep things simple! *Location: I’m based in the UK , currently living in the Midlands, near Nottingham. *Original Location: I’ve lived all over the UK , starting out in Brixton, London. *What is your creative/artistic background: Since I was a child, I’ve always been into music and technology so when I discovered DJing, I immediately knew it was something I wanted to do. I’ve also really been interested in video since my father bought a camcorder when I was 7 years old. After school, I studied a Media Technology degree at university and now I guess I’m able to tie all of my passions together. *History: I’ve been a DJ for about 14 years in total but only went full-time at it 5 years ago. *Born: I was originally born in Rangoon, Burma but my family emigrated to the UK when I was a baby. *Motivations: I’m motivated to make a significant impact with people from all over the world, and use the art of DJing to communicate and promote positivity. Having been a DJ for years, I’ve experience first-hand just how powerful music is as a universal language, and the direct relationship it has with human emotion. Turntablism has the ability to convey this on a higher level… I honestly feel that I was destined to be a DJ because, it’s something that came very naturally to me and I’ve loved it since I was at school. Even though I may have ventured on other career paths, I could never contain my love of music and my passion for entertaining people. *Philosophy: I’m passionate about keeping the “lost art of DJing” alive and showcasing turntablism to bigger audiences and bigger platforms. Despite technology hurtling forward at a great pace, turntablism has and always will be about human skill, creativity, and dedicated years of practice - a culture that surely deserves respect! In recent years, I discovered my ability to teach and inspire others and I now produce popular turntablism tutorial videos for DJ Tutor and YouTube, as well as hosting numerous community DJ classes and workshops. This helps me to share important information about the artform I know and love, to a new generation of DJs. Reaching my own potential is a personal goal and so I always encourage my students to be the best they can be. *How would you like to be remembered: I would like to be remembered as a genuine all-round DJ entertainer, who drew his inspirations from pioneers such as Grandmaster Flash, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Craze, and DJ Kentaro. In turn I hope to have inspired new DJs to discover turntablism and to continue elevating the artform. *Web address: www.djangelo.co.uk www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 25, Some Assembly Required 01 Christian Marclay - “Maria Callas” 02 Philip Strong - “Plunderphile” 03 David Shea - (untitled) 04 Mr. Meridies - “Remember” 05 Lecture on Nothing - “Potato” 06 Stock, Hausen and Walkman - “Stripper” 07 Christian Marclay - “His master’s voice” 08 The Bran Flakes - “Fun land five” 09 Magwheels - “Impossible to accept” 10 DJ Shiro - “Science friction” 11 Negativland - “The gun and the bible” 12 Dktr - “Shut me up” 13 Double Dee and Steinski - “Jazz” 14 Surface Noise - “LTO (distended remix)” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD

Direct download: SAR25.mp3
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Happy Holidays... Check out our Special 2010 Christmas Episode HERE. As you may know, the 12th Anniversary of Some Assembly Required is just around the corner. January 24, 2011 will mark the end of one dozen years of programming. The news today is that it will also mark the end of the show, as I've decided to make the twelfth year the last. It was a tough decision, made over the past summer as my wife and I became parents for the first time. I'm looking forward to taking all the special attention this program has taken for so long, and giving it to my family. Thanks to everyone who has shown us kindness over the years. This is an unusual program, and the level of its small success has been amazing, especially considering how far off the radar so much of it has been. It's not as true now as it was in 1999, but sound collage is still a genre which smacks of the underground, and I'm very proud to have been able to expose so many people to it. Some Assembly Required has been in syndication as well, since 2001, where it quickly went from those 1st three stations in Monticello, Chicago and Minneapolis to well over sixty, just a couple of years later. The number of syndicating stations has fluctuated over the past decade, but we've been at least two dozen strong since 2003. I'd call that a success, especially when considering the often challenging nature of our programming, and the largely unimaginative character of most stations on the radio. Thanks again for your support and for all the email. It's been great getting so much feedback, from all around the world. With a little encouragement I'm sure I could be convinced to produce an annual update or two. We'll see how I feel after a year off. If you've got something nearly 100% sampled which you'd like me to hear, I'll be maintaining my new Post Office Box indefinitely and would look forward to hearing new sound collage for a long time, I'm sure. Stay tuned for the final episode in January and don't forget to take a listen to the new Christmas Theme. The Special 2010 Christmas Episode is available HERE. Thanks for listening! Jon Nelson www.some-assembly-required.net
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Merry Christmas from Some Assembly Required! I couldn't wait until Christmas Eve to upload this week's episode... It should start airing around the country closer to December the 25th, but for now you can enjoy it here as a Podcast. As I said when uploading the first Xmas Mix, in 2005, Christmas is pretty much the only holiday I still get excited about, and I've been working on this episode for the past couple of months actually, trying to get it just right. I think it turned out pretty good. Check it out HERE. It's been five years since the last Christmas Theme! In fact, the Podcast began on December 21, 2005 with the first Xmas Mix (Still Available HERE) and I started uploading actual episodes a couple of weeks later, in January (2006). So, next month will be the 12th Anniversary of the show AND the 5th Anniversary of the Podcast. Yeah! It's been a great five years on the web, and twelve on the air... Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas, Jon Nelson - (2010) SAR Christmas Episode - (2005) SAR Xmas Mix www.some-assembly-required.net
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Solcofn Solcofn's Phil Russell has been making music for about a decade. The Washington DC based artist also produced DC101's "Flounder's Mashups" from 2004 - 2008 and has continued to be involved with the radio program. You can hear a good example of his take on Bastard Pop in our 2010 Christmas Episode (#260) HERE. Russell is also a remix producer and musician, with releases on online label's Corpid and Kusic. You can check out at least a couple of his albums and a load of links to mashups at his website. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Solcofn... *Name: Solcofn *Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No *Do you use a pseudonym? Solcofn *Members: Phil Russell *Founding Members: Me *Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital Deconstructions is pretty cool. I just make mashups and original music. Nothing too fancy and I don't have a fancy name for what I do...I just do it. *Is there a story behind your name? There was a band called soul coughing and I was a huge fan. All I could get on my license plate for my car was solcofn and over the years people started a nick name of sol and it just stuck. I've been using it for years now. *Location: Washington D.C. *Original Location: Military brat, so I moved around a lot over the years. *What is your creative/artistic background: I took a year of Piano and three years of Drums when I was younger. That really helped out when doing mashups and original music later on in life. *History: I have been making music in various forms for well over 10 years now. I started doing digital music in the late 90's, making odd sound collages or compositions with a friend and then I branched of on my own. *Born: I was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1975. *Motivations: The mashups were a way for me to have fun and put my own take on tunes that I loved or hated. The original music was a way for me to vent my feelings. It helped a lot! *Philosophy: As far as the originals go, I want my music to take you on a journey. If you feel that you have been taken on a trip away from your day to day troubles, then I have done my job. *How would you like to be remembered: As an honest and good person who just wanted to provide some happiness in an often dreary world. *Web address: www.solcofn.com www.some-assembly-required.net
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A few Early Recommendations for Christmas Cheer... I've got my 2010 Christmas Episode all ready to go. It's going up this weekend - Stay tuned! [update: Now Available HERE]. In the meantime, here are some Xmas Collage Albums which are definitely worth checking out... The Found Sound Orchestra - "CHRISTMAS MIDGETS" I'm still kicking myself for missing out on the Found Sound Orchestra's NEW Christmas Album, "Christmas Midgets". Formerly known as team9, The Found Sound Orchestra is taking all of their mashup skills and pushing them in just a slightly different direction these days. This album is destined for greatness! Check it out HERE. Various Artists - "SANTASTIC V: SNOW, MAN!" I got ahead of myself this year, I was so excited about doing another Xmas Mix, and this is another album I missed in the process. This is a really good series, and you can find all five of them linked to from DJ BC's website. Check it out HERE. "Kittinfish Mountain's Christmas Conundrum" There are so many I could list, but I'll stick to just these three for now. Released in 2006, Kittinfish Mountain was totally new to me. A sugar rush of sound collage, this should round things out nicely... Enjoy! Check it out HERE. Stay tuned for the Some Assembly Required Christmas Special - Available This Weekend... Thanks for listening, Jon Nelson www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 260, Some Assembly Required (2010 Christmas Special) 01 Divide & Kreate – “Blitzkrieg Santa” 02 Wayne Butane – “A Very Special Wayne Butane Christmas (segment)” 03 Voicedude – “Carol Of The Burgers” 04 samflanagan – “Frosty DMC” 05 Whimsical Will – “Christmas Cut-Up (1985)” 06 People Like Us – “Jingle Bells 1” 07 Divide & Kreate – “Jingle Jane” 08 DJ Angelo – “An Alternative Christmas Message” 09 Kittinfish Mountain – “Frosty the Snowman” 10 The Bran Flakes – “Here Comes Santa” 11 Wayne Butane – “A Very Special Wayne Butane Christmas (segment)” 12 People Like Us – “Silent Night” 13 Martinn – “Brave Bells Of Scotland” 14 Buchanan & Goodman – “Santa & The Satellite” 15 Buchanan & Goodman – “Santa & The Satellite Part 2” 16 King Of Pants – “Alala Falala Hasselhoff” 17 ATOM - “You Should Be A Freaky Christmas, Baby” 18 Wayne Butane – “A Very Special Wayne Butane Christmas (segment)”” 19 Solcofn – “Nude Christmas” 20 dj BC – “Imagine Santa” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR260.mp3
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Episode 43, Some Assembly Required (featuring our 2002 interview with People Like Us) 01 People Like Us - “Caciocavallo” 02 People Like Us - “Oompah Pumpah” 03 People Like Us - “Repeat to fade” 04 People Like Us - “More plunderblunders” 05 Over the Edge - “Bright giant love balls and roll call” 06 People Like Us - “If someone touches you” 07 Over the Edge - “Nice music” 08 Cyclobe - “I believe in mirrorballs” 09 People Like Us - “Dolly pardon” 10 People Like Us - “Whistle song” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR43b.mp3
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Episode 90, Some Assembly Required (featuring our 2004 interview with Negativland's Mark Hosler) 01 Negativland – “Theme from a big 10-8 place” 02 Negativland – “(debut CD, track 2)” 03 Negativland – “(debut CD, track 7)” 04 Negativland – “Dear Mary” 05 Negativland – “Christianity is stupid” 06 Negativland – “The Perfect Cut (rooty poops)” 07 Negativland – “The Way of It” 08 Negativland – “You Must Respect Copyright” 09 Negativland – “The gun and the Bible” 10 Negativland – “Why is this commercial” 11 Negativland – “Our National Anthem” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR90b.mp3
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Uploaded this weekend's episode a few days early and there's no new Q&A for a couple of weeks so I thought I'd make an entry here at the blog... Our 12th anniversary is coming up in January... AND the 50/50 CD is now available for Pre-Order! It really turned out great, if I do say so myself. For more information, visit the 50/50 page HERE. I was also thinking about offering Some Assembly Required Tshirts at a discount, through the end of November. If you want a Tshirt for only $6, just make a note of it when making a $6 donation, at the Support Page. Don't forget to say what size you're ordering... And I'll add a Tshirt to your 50/50 Pre-Order for an extra $2 through the end of November as well. We're only asking $10 for the CD, so just make a note about adding a Tshirt when making a $12 donation at the Support Page. Be sure to indicate what size you'd like (S, Med, L, XL only). There, how's that for a blog post... :) Thanks for listening! Jon Nelson www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 27, Some Assembly Required 01 Realistic - “Information retrieval” 02 Sarah Jane Smith - “Zan” 03 Negativland - “I believe it’s L” 04 Zoviet France - “Fugitive” 05 Freddy Fresh - “Music for the younger set” 06 Lecture on Nothing - “Brain surgery” 07 Wobbly - “What relationship” 08 Kristine H. Burns - “Somewhere...” 09 John Oswald - “Anon” 10 The Tape-beatles - “The Changing world” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR27.mp3
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Anton Mobin Anton Mobin is French Radiophonic Composer, music teacher and radio producer, Anthony Baron. Primarily an improvisational musician and radio producer, Baron has produced sound pieces for dance, theater and radio installation since 2000. Anton Mobin also works in collaboration with members of the H.A.K. Collective, since 2002, and works regularly with artists such as Ayato (Crash Duet), Thomas Thiery (Tham Duo) and Victor Jorge (Obscurantine), to name just a few. His work is archived on the experimental label, H.A.K. Lo-Fi Record. You can find a :50 collage by Anton Mobin on our upcoming Compilation "50/50". Click HERE for more information. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Anton Mobin... *Name: Anton Mobin *Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Nope *Do you use a pseudonym? Yes *Members: Only me *Founding Members: Anthony Baron *Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: “Tape manipulations” seems to be the best term to describe my approach of Sound. As I record all I heard every day since a long time; first on analog support (cassette), then numerically thanks to a Nagra recorder. Fascinated by the peculiarity offer by sounds of the everyday life; field recordings and sound effects are the essential elements of my work naturally directed to an Extensive Concrete Music. *Another genre descriptor: I like to use Extensive Concrete Music to describe my radiophonic compositions. Then, Pling Plong music is the term which define the best my live act when I play springs and others metal objects. *Why you use this descriptor: “Extensive Concrete Music” was used by Phlow Magazine in a review of my “Micro-Climat” soundwork, and “Pling Plong” music was used by Rinus van Alebeek in one of his article to describe my performance in Berlin. *Location: Paris, France *Original Location: I was born in 1979 in Orléans (in the center of France at 100 km in the south of Paris). *What is your creative/artistic background: Briefly, I started Music with piano and guitar when I was 12 years old to finally playing bass in many rock and improvised music bands. Then, I became a guitar teacher for young and very young children in music school. Since 2006, I joined ARTE Radio as radio producer and curated my own broadcast show on the webradio KKWNE. In parallel, I perform live with various international artists through an experimental practice with an approach done wonders for the self-confidence on the music improvised towards an intuitive music. Lauding a radical practice, my approach is energetic, spontaneous and strongly strewed with radio segments. *History: soon 10 years ! *Born: Anton Mobin is born during a bass recording session in Orléans in 2000 for an album of Ayato (a highjacking composer). He tells me, “I found a name for you: Anton Mobin” and I said “oh, I hate Amon Tobin; ok !! that’s great !!” Like the music descriptor, I enjoy letting the friend find right words. *Motivations: To create is for me a necessity of every day. A way of Life, I suppose. Meet and connect people. Traveling motivates me. *Philosophy: Life is Sound and Sounds are my everyday life. *How would you like to be remembered: Like a fascinated activist. *Web address: http://www.arteradio.com/ http://h.a.k.free.fr http://antonmobin.blogspot.com/ http://audioblog.arteradio.com/ANTON_MOBIN/ http://audioblog.arteradio.com/impronet/ http://stream.cannibalcaniche.com/ www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 259, Some Assembly Required 01 TiM G – “Voodoo Problems” 02 Michael Gregory – “Magical Streamys Remix” 03 Michael Gregory – “Auto-Tune The News #7” 04 DJ Lobsterdust – “NirGaga” 05 Gitar – “Educator” 06 DJ Nikoless - “Disc vs. vinyl (You decide...)” 07 I Cut People – “A Few Good Product Placements” 08 Party Ben – “Fischervana (smells like emerge)” 09 G3RSt – “Bloom To Me” 10 Escape Mechanism – “What's Happening” 11 Escape Mechanism – “Vaya Con Dios” 12 Escape Mechanism – “Details” 13 Negativland – “The Gun And The Bible” 14 Brat – “Easy Heaven” 15 John Oswald – “Black” 16 The Evolution Control Committee – “Hillbilly Beatboxing” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR259.mp3
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Christopher DeLaurenti Christopher DeLaurenti is a Washington based composer living in Seattle. He's also a sound artist, performer and music journalist, having writen a column for The Stranger for eight years, as well as essays for publications such as Tablet, The Tentacle and 21st Century Music. His most recent work, titled Secret Songs Of Your Surroundings is an interactive soundscape, installed on the A Line bus transit corridor in Washington State. There are at least a half dozen collections of his work, much of which is available to download for free at his website. We received 3 Camels For Orchestra several years ago now and played the title piece (all three parts) in Episode 28. Check it out HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Christopher DeLaurenti... *Name: Christopher DeLaurenti *Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Except for collaborations, I use my own name, Christopher DeLaurenti. *Do you use a pseudonym? I probably should, but even after a few legal hassles over my work, I haven't. I just don't feel enough of a division between living my life and making my art to justify coming up with one. *Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: It depends on what I am making; I've made pieces with sine waves, field recordings, ultra-processed sounds, as well as composed for acoustic instruments. Appropriation - of myself, of others - is one way I approach composing. For pieces I make exclusively from commercial recordings, I like John Oswald's term plunderphonics. *Location: I'm from Seattle. *What is your creative/artistic background: I come from long line of musicians. I've been creating with sound since I was a kid in the 1970s and composing with commercial recordings since the late 1980s by splicing bits and fragments of songs I like together. *History: My first album, "Three Camels for Orchestra," was released in 1995. *Born: I was born in 1967. *Motivations: I love to listen. I make things I want to hear again. *Philosophy: I could go on about this for hours, so I'll just address appropriation: When I create, I'm not only sharing sound but how I listen. Since listeners stand a greater chance of already having heard a commercial, more or less popular recording, my plunderphonics not only reveal how I listen but do so more transparently than anything else I make. *How would you like to be remembered: As someone who made and found interesting things for the ears! *Web address: www.delaurenti.net www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 28, Some Assembly Required 01 The Evolution Control Committee - “By the time I get to Arizona” 02 Stock, Hausen and Walkman - “Stripper” 03 Steev Hise - “Words in my mouth (song in my head)” 04 Christopher DeLaurenti - “Three camels for orchestra” 05 Christopher DeLaurenti - “Three camels for orchestra” 06 Christopher DeLaurenti - “Three camels for orchestra” 07 Ruth Anderson - “Sum” 08 Double Dee and Steinski - “Lesson 3 (history of hiphop)” 09 Magwheels - “We’ll create...” 10 The Bran Flakes - “Put a hump in your back” 11 The Button - “Lost contact” 12 Negativland - “Sycamore” 13 Wobbly - “d fave / ww21x” Use this address, for your pod software: http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
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Gary DiBenedetto Gary DiBenedetto is a sound sculptor and electroacoustic composer from Brooklyn, NY. Moving from more traditional jazz instrumentation into multimedia-interactive art, he's released three CDs and made several compilation appearances, since the mid 90's. His works have been performed around the world. He's held Guest Residencies at Peters Valley and Newark Museum, and his awards include the 2006 KOA International Kinetic Art Competition and the NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship. His most recent work, a 15 piece solo multi-media installation, was on display at Hunterdon Art Museum, in Clinton, New Jersey. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Gary DiBenedetto... *Name: Gary DiBenedetto *Members: Gary DiBenedetto *Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: My “classical” electroacoustic works are derived from sounds recorded in natural and industrial environments. “A Drop in the Bucket,” the title track on my second CD, is representative of what I would consider to be one of the schools of classical electroacoustic composition. The sound source for this composition was a single drop of liquid. Since composing the pieces on “Twin Towers”, released by Electroshock Records, I have spent much of my time creating multimedia interactive sound sculptures. At present I would classify myself as someone experimenting with a combination of kinetic manually driven sound sculptures and electroacoustic composition in staged performance. *Another genre descriptor: (see above) *Location: I am from central New Jersey but like to identify myself as someone born in Brooklyn. *Original Location: Brooklyn, NY *What is your creative/artistic background: I started out as a jazz drummer; then classical flutist; jazz saxophonist; electroacoustic composer; and now multimedia-interactive artist. In all of these fields, the intent has been to “push the envelope” - to explore new forms of expression. *History: (How long have you been working?) All my life. *Born: I was born in Brooklyn in 1948. *Motivations: It’s my passion. I love the intellectual stimulation. *Philosophy: Even though many people may not perceive it, I am working with very conservative traditions. My compositions incorporate classical form and serial and traditional melodic and harmonic theory. As with my compositions, my sculptures aspire to classic traditions including composition, form and texture. In all of my work the most important element is connection to the audience. I hope the use of classical form and familiar environmental sounds enhances this possibility. Likewise, my sculptures, besides incorporating classical tradition, have manually driven audio components that encourage audience participation. Much of my work contains political and social commentary. And, it is in this realm that I feel my role as an artist is most connected. *How would you like to be remembered: A somewhat controversial fellow. *Web address: www.garydibenedetto.com www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 29, Some Assembly Required

01 Negativland - “The perfect cut (11 minutes)”
02 Lecture on Nothing - “Grab and pull”
03 Gary DiBenedetto - “Battle”
04 Big City Orchestra - “Drums”
05 The Avalanches - “Summer crane”
06 Jane Dowe - “Bust a move”
07 Alamout Black - “Traitors”
08 The Bran Flakes - “Welcome to the human race”
09 Wake Up And Listen - “Hooked on smak”
10 Dad’s New Slacks - “144 arguments for the elimination of television”
11 Chumbawamba - “Pass it along (mp3 mix)”
12 Glockenspiel - “When the record goes around”


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The 50/50 CD compilation is now available for pre-order

Compiled by Some Assembly Required and mnartists.org, the new album contains fifty sound collages by artists from around the world.

Each miniature sound collage clocks in at exactly fifty seconds in length. Click HERE for more information...


Here's a list of Q&A's with 31 of the 44 collage artists represented on the compilation:



Jim Allenspach


B’O’K


DJ BC


Beatrix*JAR


The Beige Channel


Ros Bobos


The Bran Flakes


the Cranial Fishers


Ellipse Elkshow


Fortyone


Joe Frawley


Futuro


Grateful For The Dead


I Cut People


Idiom Creak


DJ Lobsterdust


Los Kinkos


Tim Maloney (Naked Rabbit)


notv


Orchid Spangiafora


Realistic


Alyce Santoro



Savage Ohms


John Schnall


Jeffrey Sconce


Silica-Gel


The Square Root Of Evil


stAllio! (Animals Within Animals)


Timmy The Tapeworm


Value Village People


Robert Voisey


Order the CD HERE.


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Flying White Dots

Bryan Whellams has been going by Flying White Dots for just a few years now. Though he's been DJing since about 1994, he started producing mashups about a decade later, and there have been four albums since 2006.

Radio One, XFM and of course Some Assembly Required have all paid attention to FWD. You can download all of his records, including a couple of EPs, at his website's download page. Check out the main site HERE, and take a look at his myspace page HERE.

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Flying White Dots...


*Name: Flying White Dots

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No

*Do you use a pseudonym? Yes

*Members: 1

*Founding Members:
Bryan Whellams

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations:
Digital deconstructions cos I do it all on a computer.

*Another genre descriptor: Psychedelic textured mashups.

*Is there a story behind your name? A Google search on "staring at the sky" brought up an article saying "staring at the sky for a long time what are those flying white dots you see".

*Location: Brighton, England

*Original Location:
Middlesex, England

*What is your creative/artistic background: Musician and DJ

*History: 3 years

*Born: Middlesex, England, 1974

*Motivations: I have no idea, because I don't make any money out of it, it doesn't get me any work, doesn't get me laid and I'd rather be doing something else most of the time. Then again, I normally like the end product and it's quite nice getting a track played on the radio.

*Philosophy: To make something that sounds nice, is a bit different and flows nicely as an album.

*How would you like to be remembered:
The mysterious one who made a few decent albums.

*Web address: www.flyingwhitedots.com


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Episode 258, Some Assembly Required

01 Coldcut – “Beats & Pieces”
02 Twink – “Boys And Girls”
03 DJ Earworm – “United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop)”
04 North American Boat Show – “Our Image”
05 Junk Culture – “That's Not Me”
06 Lenlow – “Do Your Thing to the Music”
07 Extrakd & Eddie Def – “Brain Confusion”
08 Ros Bobos – “I Understand, Peter”
09 Flying White Dots – “There Is Love”
10 People Like Us and Matmos – “Home-Roam-Play”
11 g4gorilla – “I Wanna Dance With One Of These On My Mind”
12 Jeffrey Sconce – “Lonely people”
13 The Bran Flakes – “Pure Love”


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Robert Voisey

NYC composer Robert Voisey is one of the artists featured on our upcoming CD compilation "50/50" (which, after a few delays, is coming out very, very soon - stay tuned!). His track is titled Oregon, and I'm told he plans to compose 49 additional fifty-second tracks for each of the fifty states. I'm really looking forward to hearing the final result...

He has directed a similar series since 2003. His 60x60 Project is one of many efforts to promote the music of contemporary composers. A composer himself, Voisey writes mainly electronic and chamber music. He's written for theater and film, and collaborated with poets, dancers and video artists, since the early 1990's. 2009 saw the debut of his ten minute opera, "Poppetjie," at Carnegie Hall, in New York City.

For more information, check out his website HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Robert Voisey...


*Name: Robert Voisey

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: My name is Robert Voisey, I am a composer living in New York City. Many know me for the work I do with Vox Novus and the 60x60 project.

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: “Oregon” is a work from a series named "States" which I started in honor of the 50/50 project. States uses 100 % post-production samples to create original sound collages. States uses a new style I have been working on that I think closely relates to sound collages, but can be called mash-ups, hyperrealism, plunderphonics, etc, but I am not interested in self defining my music and techniques. I will leave that to the press, academics, and musicologists.

*Location: New York City

*Original Location: Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, I spent most of my younger years in the greater Tri-State area of the greater metropolitan area of New York; later I traveled a bit and spent a significant amount of time in Israel and South Africa.

*What is your creative/artistic background: I grew up in a working middle class family and naturally took to computers. No one realized I was creating computer sound compositions at an early age. I always sang from as early as I could remember. In college I made the leap from computer science to music composition; spent a few years in Israel getting a crash course in real world composition, then came to New York City in search of a bigger pond.

*History: I have been in NYC for 16 years promoting contemporary music. Much of my work has been through the company I created, Vox Novus and its projects like 60x60 and the Composer's Voice concert series.

*Born: December 8, 1969

*Motivations/Philosophy: I write music because I have to; it keeps me sane. Otherwise it is too hostile of an environment to seriously consider it; this is why I do everything else. I don't believe an artist should put up with an incredibly difficult life just to accomplish simple living requirements and have their artistic work suffer. So, I try to make it a little easier for everyone, hence Vox Novus, 60x60 and Composer's Voice, etc. I think that art in general is an abstract form of communication from the artist to their audience relating the human condition and life in general. I believe music and art is an essential part of our society, culture, and community. My biggest motives in my music is to express feelings and ideas on a very primal level.

*How would you like to be remembered: I am not so interested in how I want to be remembered. Time will tell. And I don't really have any control of what the future says or does. I think the best any artist can do is be true to their art.

*Web address:
www.vonnovus.com
www.robvoisey.com
www.voxnovus.com/60x60


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Episode 31, Some Assembly Required

01 The Bran Flakes - “The final countdown to extinction”
02 People Like Us - “Sound escape part 1”
03 People Like Us - “Sound escape part 2”
04 People Like Us - “Sound escape part 3”
05 Public Works - “Numbers (side B)”







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Episode 257, Some Assembly Required

01 The Evolution Control Committee – “Like You Use Meâ€
02 DJ Tripp – “Without me (Vader mix)â€
03 Michael Gregory – “Auto-Tune The News #5â€
04 DJ Squid Viscus - “Stairway to Hellâ€
05 Music From The Film – “Fireâ€
06 Lobsterdust – “It's Fun To Smoke Dustâ€
07 The Beat Junkies - “Scratch Monopoly IIâ€
08 Dsico – “Burn Baby Burnâ€
09 Cassetteboy – “Scrap Heap Servicesâ€
10 Okapi – “Ti Chiamero' 10â€
11 The Evolution Control Committee – “Freaky Peopleâ€
12 Deskhop – “End of Historyâ€
13 Laso Halo – “I'll Fight Maxâ€
14 Myeck Waters – “Get out of the wayâ€
15 The Kleptones – “This Song Smellsâ€


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Deskhop

Ian Wells is a student at Cornell University. He's been recording since his teens and releasing work as Deskhop since 2008. You can currently find two albums at his website, with a third in process. Check out his website HERE.

Wells uses Ableton Live to mix his sound collage, both live and in the studio. Often referred to as Glitch Pop, Mashup, or some kind of a mix of the two, the live performance of this music is just one of the things which sets it apart from the sound collage you may be more familiar with. This is more of a party than a performance, and Wells likes to keep it moving.

Check out Deskhop in Episode 257 HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Deskhop...


*Name: Deskhop

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No

*Do you use a pseudonym? Deskhop

*Members: Ian Wells

*Founding Members: Ian Wells

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations:
I don't use tapes or turntables, so 'digital deconstructions' I suppose.

*Another genre descriptor: No -- this sort of music has gained a lot of popularity, and you don't really need many descriptors to get people to know what you're talking about anymore.

*Is there a story behind your name?
The creation of “Deskhop†had something to do with combining white-collar, boring stuff, like desks, with its apparent contradiction, hip hop. I'm pretty sure that was the thought behind it. At any rate, I think the theme of contradiction -- or pairing of opposites -- has played a big role in this project from the start. I never thought about this theme, explicitly, but it emerged maybe as a consequence of the medium I work in, or of the desire to see things conflict, to imagine the worst that can happen and to turn that into a reality.

*Location: I go to school in Ithaca, New York, at Cornell University. So that's where I'm from, for now.

*Original Location: Massachusetts.

*What is your creative/artistic background: I used to go to a drawing class, when I was 10 or 11.

*History:
About six years, though I didn't start releasing music to the internet until 2009. Back then, it was just me and a friend recording guitar, sampling ourselves, cutting things up and messing with it. I gradually got deeper into the digital side of production -- this was what really excited me from the start.

*Born: 1989, in Massachusetts.

*Motivations: I'm not sure why I make the sort of music I do. But making music on the computer, in general, is more like a nervous tick for me. I'm not so much motivated as I am drawn to it. It can be fun, a lot of times, and it keeps me excited. But other times it's more of a habit. I'm trying to break out of that habit and reexamine why I do this -- not with the intention of stopping (that would never happen), but maybe of changing directions. So it's a good question and I have no real answer right now.

*Philosophy:
I think it should be clear, even from a preliminary listen, that my work presupposes a sort of strong version of eliminative materialism. Granted, the early stuff (circa Spaceheater) was definitely more reductive. But the album I'm working on now -- the album I've been working on for the last year -- takes a more radical stance.

*How would you like to be remembered: As a noble savage.

*Web address:
www.deskhop.net
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deskhop/99672323789



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Los Kinkos

Los Kinkos is Portland's Michael Sean. His back story reads like so many notable sound collage artists, and how they started out. I especially responded to the story about his dual cassette deck's meticulous pause buttons. I wore mine out actually, back in the day, with all of the pause button edits (and re-edits). I'd purchased some kind of insurance plan and had it refurbished at least three times... money well spent, in the years before digital audio workstations.

Sean spent the 90's working on a variety of creative projects. He played in a rock band, did some time in college radio and produced a zine for a few years before getting into sample-based production. He started work as Los Kinkos around 2004 and it looks like he's released about four albums. There's sure to be more about Los Kinkos online in the years to come. In the near future, look for one of his tracks on our 50/50 compilation.

Check out his myspace page HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Los Kinkos...


*Name: Los Kinkos

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No

*Do you use a pseudonym?
Yes, Los Kinkos is not my real name

*Members: Just me, technically, and a cast of thousands, technologically.

*Founding Members:
Michael Sean (a.k.a. Sean Miguel)

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I started off doing "tape manipulations," but at this point it'd all fall under "digital deconstructions."

*Another genre descriptor:
I'm still hoping to find a good name for this stuff. While I dig the cleverness of terms like "Plagiarhythm" and "Plunderphonics," it's disappointing to see so much focus on the illegal aspect of sampling. Plagiarism, plundering, bootlegs -- these word associations make it too easy for people to lump it in with piracy. In the 90's, when people were getting sued left and right, such wordplay had a rebellious nature. But the mainstream has finally caught up, and the climate for sample-based creations has greatly improved (I mean, Girl Talk was in an ad for Microsoft, of all things). Such terminology seems kind of self-defeating now. I think it holds back the really good stuff from being treated as music, or possibly even art, rather than just a prank or outright thievery.

*Location: Portland, OR

*Original Location:
I grew up in the heart of the Heartland (Iowa)

*What is your creative/artistic background:
I've made mixtapes since I can remember, both for myself and for friends. I grew up with those crappy all-in-one shelf systems, and I used to have one with the most precise pause button. It left no clicks or spaces and allowed me to butt songs right up next to each other. I used up every inch of the audiocassette. In between 'proper' songs would be movie dialogue, quick excerpts from comedy records, bits from instructional tapes, short skits, and anything else I could run through that tape deck. It was a wonderful primer for the basics of sound collage.

One day I discovered that, unlike most dual cassette decks, you could play both tape decks at the same time and they'd come through the speakers together. This was years before I had access to (or even knew about) mixers or 4-tracks or computers, so it was a revelation. It opened me up to the possibilities of layering sounds. I used to play a music tape on the left, and something else on the right, like a sound effects tape, a stand-up comedy album, or an instrumental movie score. A lot of times it was nonsense, but when the juxtapositions clicked it was fantastic.

I was briefly in an alternative rock band during high school (circa 1991), and did a few stints in both college and pirate radio (1992-96). I produced a cut-and-paste/poetry zine for a few years (1994-97), and then got into the lo-fi bedroom 4-track thing (1996-2000). It was around this same period that I began toying with sampling. Early attempts were done with the classic tape deck to tape deck method, slowly building loops and layering them. I also frequently employed the Casio SK-1 keyboard, which allowed you to sample a second or two of audio from either a built-in mic or a line level input.

These experiments soon graduated to the computer, although they were still quite limited by the technology of the mid-1990s. The ever-expanding web of the internet provided an endless supply of research, discovery, and inspiration. The explosion of mash-up culture around the turn of the millenium only added to the fire that was being lit under my ass. It wasn't long before I procured some decent sound editing software and began trying my hand at completely sample-based music. In 2004, I began working on the material that would become Los Kinkos.


*History: I've been doing sample-based music as Los Kinkos since about 2004, working off and on whenever free time allowed. Mostly I was sketching out concepts, testing ideas, and amassing and cataloging samples for eventual use. It's just in the last two years or so that I've really started to produce what I consider finished tracks.

*Born:
I was born in December of 1973. The Los Kinkos stuff began in Portland around 2004.

*Motivations: I love the possibilities of sampling, and I love the spectrum of styles represented on a program like Some Assembly Required. I hear lots of stuff that inspires me, and I also hear stuff that frustrates me. Both aspects motivate me to create something myself. In the end, I'm trying to make the sort of thing that I always wanted to hear.

*Philosophy: I'd say my overall vision is to do work that finds a happy medium between the beat-driven mixes of Steinski and the less danceable collages of John Oswald, while retaining the sense of humor found in both. I'd also like to contribute to the idea of sampling as an art and not just a derivative production shortcut. As Jean Luc Godard said, "It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to."

*How would you like to be remembered:
With a smile.

*Web address:
http://www.myspace.com/loskinkos


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Episode 32, Some Assembly Required

01 The Bran Flakes - “Collage collageâ€
02 Wobbly - “My turn to eat meâ€
03 Lecture on Nothing - “Fresh makeupâ€
04 Tim Maloney - “Thunderclockâ€
05 Kid Koala - “Barhopper 1â€
06 The Tape-beatles - “New thoughtâ€
07 David Shea/DJ Grazhoppa - “Tasty cakeâ€
08 Kid Koala - “Barhopper 2â€
09 Realistic - “Looking for a handoutâ€
10 Negativland - “Voice inside my headâ€
11 The Avalanches - “Frontier psychiatristâ€
12 Steve Dirkx - “I believe itâ€
13 The Art of Noise - “Dragnet ‘88â€
14 Double Dee and Steinski - “Voice mail: the sugarhill remixâ€


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Episode 164, Some Assembly Required
(Featuring our 2007 interview with Realistic)

01 The Evolution Control Committee – “Darwin at Fifteenâ€
02 Realistic – “Magnetic Home Poetryâ€
03 Realistic – “Larry Likes Greetingâ€
04 Realistic – “The introduction dittyâ€
05 Realistic – “Sq-80 Buzzâ€
06 Realistic – “Conversation Heartsâ€
07 Realistic – “Eyebeam poundingâ€
08 Realistic – “Looking for a handoutâ€
09 Realistic – “Hopeless Romantic Tragedyâ€
10 Realistic – “The Camera Trackâ€
11 Realistic – “Trademark Messagingâ€
12 Realistic – “Ex-corporate Dreamâ€


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Episode 33, Some Assembly Required

01 Lecture on Nothing - “Opinionsâ€
02 People Like Us - “My son Jimâ€
03 Joseph Hyde - “Manicâ€
04 The Evolution Control Committee - “I want a cookieâ€
05 Silica-Gel - “Blurpy blipâ€
06 Splatt - “The tao of junkâ€
07 Antediluvian Rocking Horse - “Leunigâ€
08 Negativland - “(Guns) Thenâ€
09 The Evolution Control Committee - “No time for yesâ€
10 Steve Fisk - “Break on thruâ€
11 Jim Allenspach - “Not normalâ€
12 Z-Trip - “Rockstar IIâ€


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Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm PDT

Episode 85, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2004 interview with Christian Marclay)

01 Christian Marclay/Gunter Muller – “Love gasolineâ€
02 Christian Marclay – “Jimi Hendrixâ€
03 Christian Marclay – “Detroit, 12/21/02â€
04 C. Marclay/G. Muller – “Je Ne Vous Oublierai Jamaisâ€
05 Christian Marclay/Gunter Muller – “pfiffâ€
06 Christian Marclay – “Don’t stop nowâ€
07 Christian Marclay – “Johann Straussâ€
08 Christian Marclay/Gunter Muller – “Vitaliumâ€
09 Christian Marclay – “Annandale-on-Hudson, 11/19/03â€
10 Christian Marclay – “New York, 9/17/00â€
11 Christian Marclay – “One thousand cyclesâ€


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September 5, 2010

This week's Q&A is with Timmy The Tapeworm's James Allen (check it out HERE). I actually had new Q&A's with two of the artists featured in last week's episode (#256), so I decided to post one last week (Junk Culture), and then a new one again this week, as we've already run a Q&A with The Freelance Hellraiser, who is our featured artist in this week's episode (#147, featuring our 2006 interview with the artist).

So, yeah. That should clear things up, I hope. Check out this week's Q&A with Timmy The Tapeworm HERE, or just scroll down a bit...

thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


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Timmy The Tapeworm

Timmy The Tapeworm is the Twin Cities' own James Allen. Check out his :50 track on the SAR/mnartists compilation "50/50", featured in Episode 256. It's a stand out.

Allen is a recent graduate of the The Art Institutes International Minnesota, a noise artist and freelance Graphic Designer, living in Minneapolis. His work has been featured on at least a dozen compilations, including 2008's 612noise, on the insides music label.

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Timmy The Tapeworm...


*Name: Timmy the Tapeworm

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Depeche Node, Japeworm

*Do you use a pseudonym? (Yes)

*Members: One, with the occasional tapeworm.

*Founding Members: James Allen

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: All of the above, but often not. Or, perhaps more.

*Another genre descriptor: Most of my work can probably be described under terms like mash-up, breakcore, or noise. But then there's the work that's not quite any of those that I often refer to as DnB for those with attention disorders, or ADHDnB, for short. However, when I'm too lazy to explain anything, I just say it's Wormcore, and leave it up to whoever to figure it out.

*Is there a story behind your name? I was convinced that I had a tapeworm living in me during the summer of 2005. It was a lonely summer, so, excited to have company, I became rather fond of having a tapeworm. He became my friend. I later found out that I never had a tapeworm, just a high metabolism.

*Location: Minneapolis, MN

*Original Location: Bad medical advice

*What is your creative/artistic background: In short: I went to school for Graphic Design. I use that knowledge for the occasional freelance. I do the occasional art show thing. More often than not, the music thing works out better. It's also more fun.

*History: Summer 2005

*Born: 1985—MN

*Motivations: Making tangible versions of the sounds in my head and other bad cliches.

*Philosophy: There isn't a set "philosophy" behind my work, it's more a means of keeping myself from having a nervous breakdown.

*How would you like to be remembered: I am still uncertain.

*Web address: Until there is more time:
http://myspace.com/timmythetapeworm
http://www.last.fm/music/Timmy+the+Tapeworm


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Episode 147, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2006 interview with The Freelance Hellraiser)

01 The Freelance Hellraiser - “Just Can't Get Enough Pillsâ€
02 The Freelance Hellraiser - “City Grammarâ€
03 The Freelance Hellraiser - “A Stroke Of Geniusâ€
04 The Freelance Hellraiser - “Step On Man “
05 The Freelance Hellraiser - “What About Going Down?â€
06 The Freelance Hellraiser - “Wonder womanâ€
07 The Freelance Hellraiser - “It Ain't Hard To Tellâ€






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Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm PDT

Junk Culture

This week's Q&A is with Junk Culture's Deepak Mantena.

There's not a whole lot to be learned about Junk Culture, on the internet (at least, not at the time of this writing). Thanks, however, to a link to his twitter account, I can tell you he appears to be a fan of Freaks & Geeks, Julia Roberts and Sudoku... So, that's kind of interesting.

A look at his biography information on Facebook only reveals that a boy band by the name of Lyte Funky Ones was an American three-man pop/rap group consisting of Rich Cronin, Devin Lima and Brad Fischetti, and no, I don't think that has anything to do with anything... not really.

It CAN be said that Junk Culture has been performing a lot of shows, including four with label mate, Girl Talk, last year, and also that there are a couple of videos to view at their website. Check it out HERE.

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Junk Culture...


*Name: Junk Culture

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: Not yet. Brorock, maybe?

*Do you use a pseudonym?
Not yet.

*Members: Two (Deepak Mantena & Nitin Mantena) - I sing and play samples and record the jams and my brother Nitin plays drums. My friend Harrison is going to be playing drums for me on a tour with Tobacco in September.

*Founding Members: Just me.

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I haven't exclusively defined the means by which I make music because for my music making purposes the means are the least important thing to me. I want the freedom to make music with any tools I want without letting the tools define the band.

*Another genre descriptor: Genre-wise I've been thinking of my music as cosmic r&b, which I think is especially apt for how I want the material moving forward to sound.

*Why you use this descriptor:
I really love the production of a lot of 90’s r&b music, from the instrumentation to the vocal treatment. It's something I kind of wanted to emulate in some of my new material. I guess the cosmic part is because the new material is not straight up r&b, it's definitely a little out there. Plus I have a huge interest in outer space and astronomy, so I guess all that stuff just made it feel like an apt way to describe some of the new material, which I feel is quite a bit different than the first record. (I had released music for 6 years prior under another name that just didn't seem to represent the material anymore. So looking through my record collection one day looking for something to listen to, I saw OMD’s “Junk Culture†and it just clicked. It really made sense with the material.)

*Location:
I've from Oxford, Mississippi, where I've lived most of my life.

*Original Location: Idaho

*What is your creative/artistic background:
I've been playing and recording music since I was kid. I started on piano and guitar, but once I discovered the computer that became a new instrument to make music with. At the same time I've always loved doing stage plays when I can and working on short films. So those three things continue to spiral into taking up the largest amounts of my time.

*History:
Junk Culture has existed since October of 2008, but I put out two records on my own under a different name years and years before that.

*Born: Nitin and I were both born in Idaho.

*Motivations: Despite being a huge fan of music, it's still inexplicable to me how certain songs can make me feel the way they do. That's something that transcends conscious reasoning, for me at least, and my motivation is to try and explore that with my own music.

*Philosophy:
So far, my goal is simply to record material that evokes a strong emotion of some sort in myself. Not just this song makes me happy or sad or something, but strong emotions that have a physicality to them, that are ambivalent even, that I can feel in my stomach. If my material can accomplish that on some level for me, I'm happy to have people hear it in hopes that they'll have a similar reaction. I should say, these high level things are important to my process, but it's not my intention to be heavy handed about this stuff with my listeners. If people listen to my work and get something out of it, I'm pumped, even if it's not what I intended for them to feel.

*How would you like to be remembered: For being inconsistently funny on Twitter.

*Web address:
http://junkculture.biz
http://twitter.com/ilikepants


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Episode 256, Some Assembly Required

01 DJ Danger Mouse – “Dirt Off Your Shoulderâ€
02 John Oswald - “Don'tâ€
03 Junk Culture – “My Two Handsâ€
04 Whimsical Will – “Hey Iron Man!â€
05 Noisy Stylus – “Broccoli Warsâ€
06 Donna Summer – “Heels Over Headâ€
07 Hal Willner – “Do You Hear Me? (No Pie) With Jack Webbâ€
08 DJ Lobsterdust - “Walkin Out Yo Girlfriendâ€
09 Okapi – “Everything Must Change, P. 1â€
10 Okapi – “Everything Must Change, P. 2â€
11 Realistic – “Looking for a handoutâ€
12 Alien Army – “Destroyâ€
13 The Bran Flakes – “Step by stepâ€
14 Negativland – “I Believe It's Lâ€
15 Timmy The Tapeworm – “Creâ€
16 Go Home Productions - “Virgin O'Riley


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Direct download: SAR256.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15am PDT

August 22, 2010
(Updated)


A Brand New Episode is scheduled for next week, so stay tuned...

It's been awhile since I talked about all of the older Interview Episodes we've been featuring around here lately, so check out the list below, with links to each respective download...

This week's episode features our 2004 interview with Omer Fast, along with the complete soundtrack to his amazing video collage, "CNN Concatenated". Fast has a new solo exhibition opening next month at gb agency in Paris. Be sure to check out his page at their website, if you've never seen the full video for CNN Concatenated. Click HERE and then the "Online Preview" link to find the full 18+ minute video collage...

Also, remember, our Interviews Page has a list of every artist we've ever interviewed on the show, along with links to each and every episode. Check it out HERE.

Here's that list of recent episodes:

Omer Fast (2004)
DJ Qbert (2008)
Wobbly (2002)
RX Music (2007)
Emergency Broadcast Network (2007)
Don Joyce (2001)
The Evolution Control Committee (2003)
The Tape-beatles (2002)
The Bran Flakes (2004)
John Oswald (2001)


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


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Episode 83, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2004 interview with Omer Fast)

01 Antediluvian Rocking Horse - "Convoluted plot machine"
02 The Bran Flakes - "A musical computer"
03 The Evolution Control Committee - "Computers"
04 The Tape-beatles - "The human machine"
05 The Tape-beatles - "Byways of ghostland"
06 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 1)"
07 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 2)"
08 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 3)"
09 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 4)"
10 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 5)"
11 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 6)"
12 Omer Fast - "CNN Concatenated (Part 7)"
13 B'O'K and ADMacHine - "Ha'ah'ah Y'aas E'eh"
14 Buttfinger - "Machine five"
15 DJ Pantshead - "Machines dehumanize"
16 Mr. Dibbs – “Machineâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR83.mp3
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Episode 221, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2008 interview with DJ QBert)

01 DJ Broken Window - “Hair, nails, percolatorâ€
02 notv - “And Who Are Youâ€
03 The Evolution Control Committee - “Ritalin Ruckus (Track 13)â€
04 DJ QBert - “Scroll Of The Wrist Beamâ€
05 DJ QBert - “Fourteen (Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik)â€
06 DJ QBert - “Three (Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik)â€
07 DJ QBert - “Movement 1: Quadraphonic Element Downloadâ€
08 DJ QBert - “Movement 2: 6 Fingered Furyâ€
09 DJ QBert - “Movement 3: Inside-Out Body Warpâ€
10 Christian Marclay - “One Thousand Cyclesâ€
11 DJ QBert - “Untitled (live)â€
12 Invisibl Skratch Piklz - " Invisibl Skratch Piklz vs. Da Klamz Uv Deth"


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Direct download: SAR221.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:10pm PDT

The Superfools

The Superfools are in fact one person, New Mexico's James Melendrez. He's a screen printer, artist and DJ, influenced by "everything he comes in contact with, from cds found at the public library, to the bizarre conversations overheard on the bus, or television commercials". There are at least a dozen different albums to download at his website. Check it out HERE.

Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with The Superfools...


*Name: The Superfools

*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: James Melendrez aka The Superfools

*Do you use a pseudonym? (Yes)

*Members: James Melendrez

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: It's sample music.

*Is there a story behind your name? The Superfools got its name from the 80's song “We built this city on rock and rollâ€. I used it as a sample track on the first album. That first album spoke to me with its words that came from other artists.

*Location: I'm from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

*Original Location: Grew up in Dallas, Texas and was born in El Paso, Texas in 1977.

*What is your creative/artistic background: I work as a successful screen printer in Albuquerque, working on movies and TV shows and political printing. Also a part of a Union for printing. Started to make music in the summer of ’99, jumping from computer to computer. I quickly became friends with anyone who would let me use their music programs.

*History: The Superfools started as a joke with my friends to see who could make the best mix tape. I joined a college radio station around that time at New Mexico State University. My show was called the Jesus show and I played my first album on air. The Program Director was not all that happy, but Superfools was getting a lot of buzz over the things I was doing. I was DJing at a lot of local bars at the time.

*Born: 1977

*Motivations: My motivation comes from a basic need to make art because I'm an artist. It's just in us as artists we have to create. Also I get a motivation each time I create something new. It makes me want to create more and do better. Artists are just born with this basic need to create from birth.

*Philosophy: The philosophy behind the band? Don't know because the fools are always changing and I sometimes have no control over my subject matter. Pop culture just happens.

*How would you like to be remembered: I would like to be remembered as a really good concept artist.

*Web address: http://typodmary.com/superfools.html


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Episode 255, Some Assembly Required

01 Top Rawmen - “Symphony 3000 (feat. Yeroc, Nando, Nomad, Mike C and Jay Slim)â€
02 Michael Gregory – “Auto-Tune The News #8â€
03 MadMix Mustang – “Take Me On The Crazy Trainâ€
04 People Like Us & Wobbly – “Painâ€
05 Gitar – “Heyâ€
06 Gitar – “Stupid Umsâ€
07 The Residents – “Beyond The Valley Of A Day In The Lifeâ€
08 Overdub - “Mixed Farmâ€
09 Wobbly – “Puddle. Uh. Uh Uh Uh Uh Uh. Puddle.â€
10 Big City Orchestra – “Untitled (Consumer CD)â€
11 The Evolution Control Committee – “Don't Let The Devil Blow Your Mindâ€
12 Deskhop – “Get Lit Upâ€
13 Ruckus Roboticus – “A Child's Introduction To Drumsâ€
14 The Superfools – “Music makersâ€
15 Gitar - “Helicopter Cruiseâ€
16 The Freelance Hellraiser - “A Stroke Of Geniusâ€


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Direct download: SAR255.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:40am PDT

August 1, 2010

We've played eight of our favorite interviews over the course of this past quarter, and I hope you've been enjoying the show. I plan to continue with this series, on a smaller scale, over the next several months, in order to make room for some brand NEW episodes, starting next week with Episode 255...

There will also be some new Q&A's coming up. If you've been a fan of this series, stay tuned for online features with artists such as Flying White Dots, Junk Culture, Los Kinkos, Rokhausen, The Superfools and Timmy The Tapeworm. I'm hoping to work on more as well, so stay tuned!

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


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Episode 34, Some Assembly Required

01 DJ Shadow - “You can’t go home again (LP version)"
02 Adkins - “Breakingâ€
03 David Shea - "(Untitled)"
04 Public Works - “Vesicleâ€
05 Freddy Fresh - “Ride me in the sunshineâ€
06 John Oswald - “Vaneâ€
07 DJ Qbert - “Electric eye beam abductionâ€
08 Mr. Meridies - “Easyâ€
09 Think Tank - “Kobiyashi Moruâ€
10 Freddy Fresh - “Humdingerâ€
11 Negativland - “A nickel per fish sandwhichâ€


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Direct download: SAR34.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

Episode 39, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2002 interview with Wobbly's Jon Leidecker)

01 Chopping Channel - (untitled, live 5/99)
02 Wobbly - “Only Musicalâ€
03 Natasha Spencer - “The house she flew in on (excerpt)â€
04 PLU/JBHP/Wobbly - “Heads offâ€
05 Chopping Channel - (untitled, live 5/99)
06 PLU/JPHP/Wobbly - “Yodel Bomberâ€
07 Wobbly – “Yo Yo Yo Yoyo Yo, Hey...â€
08 John Oswald - “Funky X (excerpt)â€
09 Wobbly – “Make You We We Go Man Go Yo Midyididiyidâ€
10 Wobbly – “Girl. I Getchoo. Oh Oh Oh.â€
11 Wobbly - “Clawing your eyes out down to your throatâ€
12 Wobbly - “Worry don’t thingâ€
13 Wobbly - “Losing blookâ€
14 Wobbly - “Hard, like duckâ€
15 Wobbly - “Vingt regards (no. 15)â€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR39.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:57pm PDT

Episode 189, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2007 interview with RX Music)

01 RX Music – “White linesâ€
02 Steinski and Mass Media – “It's Up To You (Television Mix)â€
03 Steev Hise – “Nexus 6â€
04 The Bots – “Bushwackâ€
05 Wax Audio – “A Day Of Horrorâ€
06 RX Music – “Sunday Bloody Sundayâ€
07 RX Music – “Dick Is a Killerâ€
08 RX Music – “My generationâ€
09 RX Music – “My name is Rxâ€
10 The Evolution Control Committee – “Bush speech (corrected - part 1)â€
11 RX Music – “Imagine/Walk on the wild sideâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR189.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:50pm PDT

Episode 35, Some Assembly Required

01 People Like Us - “Serenadeâ€
02 The Bran Flakes - “Everybody pay attention nowâ€
03 Turntable Trainwreck - “Cubicle 38 droplift bluesâ€
04 Nubile G and the Spurious Whiz - “Your jolly giantâ€
05 Christian Marclay - “One thousand cyclesâ€
06 Severin 24 - “Teepee (live)â€
07 Steev Hise - “How to use borrowed ideasâ€
08 Escape Mechanism - “Why does the light fall?â€
09 Realistic - “Handicap bathroomâ€
10 Girl Talk - “Fun in the sunâ€
11 The Tape-beatles - “You people are in great dangerâ€
12 The Avalanches - “Radioâ€


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Direct download: SAR35.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:16pm PDT

June 12, 2010

The last two weeks have been part of an ongoing effort to revisit some of my favorite interview episodes. We started with John Oswald and the Bran Flakes, last week was The Tape-beatles, and this week we revisit Episode 57, featuring our 2003 interview with the ECC's Mark Gunderson.

Which is why I'm posting, as I've just checked out an advance copy of the Evolution Control Committee's upcoming release, and I have to say it's awesome! We'll be playing some tracks off of it in the coming quarter, so stay tuned for that, and if you're a fan traveling in the Pacific Northwest during the first weekend of July, you'll want to take special note: The Evolution Control Committee will be performing four shows, with The Bran Flakes, July 2nd through the 5th...

Click HERE for more info about the tour, which they’re calling “The ALL RIGHTS RESERVED... NONE ®ESPE©TED! Tour”, and stay tuned for more info about the ECC's new CD, which should be out later this year (2010).

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


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Episode 193, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2007 interview with EBN's Gardner Post)

01 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Get Down (ver. 2.2)â€
02 Emergency Broadcast Network – “EBN Station Promoâ€
03 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Kill The Enemyâ€
04 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Move Toward The Middleâ€
05 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Watch Televisionâ€
06 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Homicidal Schizophrenic (A Lad Insane)â€
07 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Electronic Behavior Control System (ver. 2.0)â€
08 Emergency Broadcast Network – “3:7:8â€
09 Emergency Broadcast Network – “State Extensionâ€
10 Emergency Broadcast Network – “We Will 'Raq Youâ€
11 Emergency Broadcast Network – “What's Happening?â€
12 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Total Smoothnessâ€



Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR193.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:10pm PDT

Episode 08, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2001 interview with Negativland's Don Joyce)

01 Negativland - “Time zonesâ€
02 Negativland - “Yellow, black and rectangularâ€
03 Don Joyce - “We’ll be right backâ€
04 Over The Edge - “Mertz, A force of nature, hard
and soft thinking, the good life, carsâ€








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Direct download: SAR08.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:34pm PDT

Episode 36, Some Assembly Required

01 Lecture on Nothing - “I need a doctorâ€
02 Tom Recchion - “The drinking doctorâ€
03 Realistic - “Magnetic home surgeryâ€
04 Negativland - “Yellow black and rectangularâ€
05 The Avalanches - “Frontier psychiatristâ€
06 Buttfinger - “Anxiety as a clinical indicator/sad careerâ€
07 Steve Fisk - “I wish I were dead (part 1)â€
08 The Bran Flakes - “Face another day (2148)â€
09 Lecture on Nothing - “Brain surgeryâ€
10 Corporal Blossom - “Plastic jobâ€
11 Silica-Gel - “Beauty bugabooâ€
12 Big City Orchestra - “Carter’s little liver pillsâ€
13 DJ Qbert - “Inner space dental commanderâ€
14 The Evolution Control Committee - “I want a cookieâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR36.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:16pm PDT

Episode 57, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2003 interview with The Evolution Control Committee)

01 Evolution Control Committee - “I want a cookieâ€
02 Evolution Control Committee - “I don’t careâ€
03 Evolution Control Committee - “Computersâ€
04 Evolution Control Committee - “Nearly no time for yesâ€
05 Evolution Control Committee - “No time for yesâ€
06 Evolution Control Committee - “Acid familyâ€
07 Evolution Control Committee - “Helloâ€
08 Evolution Control Committee - “Breakfastâ€
09 Evolution Control Committee - “Tootâ€
10 Evolution Control Committee - “Lunchâ€
11 Evolution Control Committee - “5000 BCâ€
12 Evolution Control Committee - “Dinnerâ€
13 Evolution Control Committee - “Goodbyeâ€
14 Evolution Control Committee - “Rebel without a pauseâ€
15 (2 Many DJs) - “Push it/no funâ€
16 (2 Many DJs) - “Smells like bootyâ€
17 Evolution Control Committee - “Rocked by rapeâ€
18 Evolution Control Committee - “Don’t miss the great snatchâ€


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Direct download: SAR57.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:55pm PDT

Episode 30, Some Assembly Required
(featuring our 2002 interview with The Tape-beatles)

01 The Tape-beatles - “Scream scream screamâ€
02 The Tape-beatles - “Sing sing sing (sing sing)â€
03 The Tape-beatles - “Listen to the radioâ€
04 The Tape-beatles - “From the tide or the windâ€
05 The Tape-beatles - “Desireâ€
06 The Tape-beatles - “XT92-007â€
07 The Tape-beatles - “Frog storyâ€
08 The Tape-beatles - “Mind problemsâ€
09 The Tape-beatles - “Grave implicationsâ€
10 Public Works - “Foundationâ€
11 The Tape-beatles - “The changing worldâ€
12 The Tape-beatles - “Joy and powerâ€


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Direct download: SAR30.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:06pm PDT

Episode 40, Some Assembly Required

01 Dreamies - “Program 10â€
02 Dreamies - “Program 11â€










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Direct download: SAR40.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:58pm PDT

May 23, 2010

This week's episode is the second in a scattered series of previously aired SAR Interviews. You can listen to my 2004 interview with both members of The Bran Flakes HERE.

Episode 99 was a lot of fun to work on. The Bran Flakes are a fun breath of fresh air, which is a big part of why I love returning to their work as often as I do. Check out this week's episode to see what I mean, and for a little more info, look HERE for our online Q&A with them as well...

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


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Episode 99, Some Assembly Required
(Featuring our 2004 Interview with The Bran Flakes)

01 The Bran Flakes – “Mutual admiration and loveâ€
02 The Bran Flakes – “Cool fresh apple ciderâ€
03 The Bran Flakes – “Call Me Patchesâ€
04 The Bran Flakes – “Hollerin’ linguisticsâ€
05 The Bran Flakes – “(theme to) the Mickey Mouse Clubâ€
06 The Bran Flakes – “Praise the lordâ€
07 The Bran Flakes – “Perversion for profitâ€
08 The Bran Flakes – “A Susie Moppet singtime sing-a-long songâ€
09 The Bran Flakes – “The magical fairy princessâ€
10 The Bran Flakes – “Collage collageâ€
11 The Bran Flakes – “The hello showâ€
12 The Bran Flakes – “Let us praise him children!â€
13 The Bran Flakes – “Funny funnyâ€
14 The Bran Flakes – “Love me happyâ€
15 The Bran Flakes – “Buttermilkâ€
16 The Bran Flakes – “Bouncesâ€


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Direct download: SAR99.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:47am PDT

May 16, 2010

This week's episode is the first in a scattered series of previously aired SAR Interview episodes. I thought I'd start with my 2001 interview with John Oswald.

Episode 16 was recorded and aired just prior to Oswald's appearance with Wobbly at the Bryant Lake Bowl, in Minneapolis, for that year's Sound Unseen. It was one of our very first events, and I still look back on that fall with very fond memories... Enjoy!

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


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Episode 16, Some Assembly Required
(Featuring our 2001 Interview with John Oswald)

01 John Oswald - “Pretenderâ€
02 John Oswald - “Brownâ€
03 John Oswald - “Anonâ€
04 John Oswald - "Grayfolded (Untitled track)"
05 John Oswald - “Angleâ€
06 John Oswald - “Mad modâ€
07 John Oswald - “Urgeâ€
08 John Oswald - “Case of death (part one)â€
09 John Oswald - “2 netâ€
10 John Oswald - “O’hellâ€
11 John Oswald - “Dabâ€
12 John Oswald - “Sonic Euthanasiaâ€


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Direct download: SAR16.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

Okay, with a little help from my friends (and thanks for the feedback!), both the blog AND the podcast have now proven to be up and running just fine. Things should continue from here as they always have.

Thanks again for the feedback, and although I don't foresee any problems, please do feel free to let me know directly if there are... My contact info is: assembly (at) detritus.net

thanks again,
Jon Nelson


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Category: -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT

Episode 42, Some Assembly Required

01 Girl Talk - “Let’s start this party rightâ€
02 Double Dee and Steinski - “Lesson 2 (James Brown mix)â€
03 Klarc Qent - "Erroneous Data (track 3)"
04 Dum Dum TV - "Parti-colored irregular sonic (track 6)"
05 Ros Bobos - “Very truly yoursâ€
06 Steev Hise - “Objects swallowed and inhaled (segment)â€
07 Akufen - Deck the houseâ€
08 The Freelance Hellraiser - “I just can’t get enough pillsâ€
09 The Tape-beatles - “Another blue nightâ€
10 People Like Us - “Ursula fahrt skiâ€
11 Mix Master Mike - “Schwartz vs. aghaartaâ€
12 The Tape-beatles - “Waves of wavesâ€
13 People Like Us - “Oh noâ€
14 The Avalanches - “Extra kingsâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR42.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:52am PDT

The good news is that the blog appears to be working the way I expected it to... Unfortunately, I can't yet tell whether the podcast has been affected. I think I need to make one or two small updates to the settings at Feedburner, but I'm not quite sure about the details.

In the meantime, if you have any feedback about the changes taking place (were you able to find this week's podcast the way you are used to?), please get in touch! I can be reached by email, at:
assembly (AT) detritus.net

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


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Category: -- posted at: 9:15pm PDT

May 9, 2010

Seven of the artists in this week's episode (#42) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these seven to start...



SAR Q&A with Ros Bobos


SAR Q&A with Steinski (Double Dee & Steinski)


SAR Q&A with The Freelance Hellraiser


SAR Q&A with Girl Talk


SAR Q&A with Steev Hise


SAR Q&A with People Like Us


SAR Q&A with The Tape-beatles


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


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Category: -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

Well, it looks like it worked! With a little help from my brother, and stAllio!, the SAR Blog has successfully migrated to its new spot here, at:
http://www.blog.some-assembly-required.net/

Blogger has informed me that our feed subscribers will need to update their feed subscriptions to the following:
http://www.blog.some-assembly-required.net/feeds/posts/default

So, hopefully people will get the message about that somehow. I will look into how this will affect the podcast this weekend, and hopefully be ready to continue podcasting by next weekend... Again, wish me luck...

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


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Category: -- posted at: 7:38am PDT


This blog is now located at http://www.blog.some-assembly-required.net/.
You will be automatically redirected in 30 seconds, or you may click here.

For feed subscribers, please update your feed subscriptions to
http://www.blog.some-assembly-required.net/feeds/posts/default.
Category: -- posted at: 6:51am PDT

April 29, 2010

OK, here we go...

I'm posting a bit early this week, as I'll be "migrating" my blog this afternoon. In a worst case scenario, things crash and burn and then I won't be able to post this weekend, so I decided to upload Episode 45 before making the move...

Up until now, Blogger has supported "FTP publishing", and hopefully after I move everything over to their servers, things will still work as smoothly as they have been. I've been podcasting for about five years now, with very few problems, and that's saying a lot for a technophobe like me!

So, check out this week's episode (#45 - the last episode of our 25th quarter). We've got some special programming coming up next quarter, before we settle in for more new episodes, later in the summer, and then for the rest of the year. In the meantime, stay tuned for a collection of some of my favorite interview episodes, for the next few weeks!

Wish me luck with the transfer... there should be a note soon about changes in the URL, etc. You'll have to update your bookmarks, or subscriptions, and/or who knows what else. Sorry for the inconvenience... I hope you'll stick with us. You can always find each week's new episode here at some-assembly-required.net, no matter what happens...

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


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Category: -- posted at: 7:50am PDT

Episode 45, Some Assembly Required

01 John Oswald - “Beatlesâ€
02 John Oswald - “Dabâ€
03 Realistic - “Rosie Blackman overdriveâ€
04 Realistic - “The introduction dittyâ€
05 Steev Hise - “Tokyo dynamiteâ€
06 Steev Hise - “Wantâ€
07 The Bran Flakes - “The enchanted busâ€
08 The Bran Flakes - “Lovely sleigh rideâ€
09 Lecture on Nothing - “(Untitled)â€
10 Lecture on Nothing - “Country butâ€
11 Big City Orchestra - "(Consumer, track 47)"
12 Big City Orchestra - "(Consumer, track 49)"
13 Escape Mechanism - “No reasonâ€
14 Escape Mechanism - “Wake upâ€
15 Wobbly - “A camel for cidillaâ€
16 Wobbly - “Non 120â€
17 Klarc Qent - “(Erroneous Data, track 11)â€
18 Klarc Qent - “(Erroneous Data, track 12)â€
19 Negativland - “A most successful formulaâ€
20 Negativland - “The greatest taste aroundâ€
21 The Avalanches - “Since I left youâ€
22 The Avalanches - “Stay another seasonâ€


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Direct download: SAR45.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:36am PDT

April 25, 2010

This week's episode represents the first really big taste of our upcoming CD compilation! Check out Episode 254 HERE.

To mark the occasion of the show's 10th Anniversary, in 2009, Some Assembly Required and mnartists.org teamed up to invite sound collage artists from around the world to submit fifty-second tracks composed of at least 50% post consumer material. The upcoming album, titled "50/50", has been taking a bit longer than expected, but rest assured, a final push is under way, and the release is coming very soon. In the meantime, check out some of what I think are the standouts, in this week's episode (#254).

Since about twenty of this week's tracks are less than a minute long, there are an unusually large number of artists featured this time around. The list of artists who have previously responded to the SAR Q&A is therefor a bit longer as well...

There are over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE, but for now, check out these twenty one...



SAR Q&A with A plus D


SAR Q&A with B'O'K


SAR Q&A with dj BC


SAR Q&A with Beatrix*JAR


SAR Q&A with The Beige Channel


SAR Q&A with Ros Bobos


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with Cassetteboy


SAR Q&A with The Coherent Encoherence


SAR Q&A with Joe Frawley


SAR Q&A with I Cut People


SAR Q&A with Idiom Creak


SAR Q&A with DJ Lobsterdust


SAR Q&A with Orchid Spangiafora


SAR Q&A with Osymyso


SAR Q&A with Realistic


SAR Q&A with Alyce Santoro


SAR Q&A with Jeffrey Sconce


SAR Q&A with Silica-Gel


SAR Q&A with stAllio! (Animals Within Animals)


SAR Q&A with DJ Zebra


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 1:17pm PDT

Episode 254, Some Assembly Required

01 DJ Zebra – “Oh Brother Rayâ€
02 DJ Haste – “Surgical Spirits (Operation on the Turntables)â€
03 Alyce Santoro – “Please Don't Be Longâ€
04 DJ Lobsterdust – “Today It's Onâ€
05 The Bran Flakes – “Apricot Ballsâ€
06 CxFx + The Toilet – “Not Againâ€
07 The Found Sound Orchestra – “Nifty Fiftyâ€
08 Idiom Creak – “Video Gamesâ€
09 I Cut People – “Rock Bottomsâ€
10 dj BC – “Sweet America In 50 Secondsâ€
11 Los Kinkos – “50 Snippets Deepâ€
12 Jeffrey Sconce – “Catherine Lintonâ€
13 Orchid Spangiafora – “Half Rightâ€
14 A plus D – “You Believe Me All Night Longâ€
15 The Coherent Encoherence – “Walking On Fire With Golden Feetâ€
16 Osymyso – “Think And Singâ€
17 Idiom Creak – “Jet-Powered, Monkey-Navigatedâ€
18 Ros Bobos – “Beneath The Golden Skyâ€
19 Cassetteboy – “Brewster's Millionsâ€
20 Joe Frawley – “Crush Materialâ€
21 Timmy The Tapeworm – “Creâ€
22 Robert Voisey – “Oregonâ€
23 The Beige Channel – “Lifetime Pop Headâ€
24 Realistic – “Marsupial Methodâ€
25 B'O'K – “A Piece of Meatâ€
26 Mr. Rusty – “Don't Stop The Empireâ€
27 Silica-Gel – “You Bear-Gram Herâ€
28 Beatrix*JAR – “Let's Make Some Soundsâ€
29 stAllio! – “Fifty Seconds Of Kickin Itâ€
30 McSleazy – “No Looking Downâ€


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Direct download: SAR254.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:13pm PDT

April 18, 2010

Three of the artists in this week's episode (#46) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these three to start...



SAR Q&A with Ros Bobos


SAR Q&A with Steve Fisk


SAR Q&A with Nubile G and The Spurious Whiz


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 12:25pm PDT

Episode 46, Some Assembly Required

01 Kool DJ E.Q. - “Death of hip-hopâ€
02 Mag Wheels - “Facelift photosâ€
03 Nubile G and the Spurious Whiz - “Your jolly giantâ€
04 Ed Chang - “Cut!â€
05 2 Many DJs - “Push it/no funâ€
06 Steve Fisk - “Lying in Texasâ€
07 Manifest with Mr. Thing - “Unorthodox turntabular anglesâ€
08 Ros Bobos - “Emergency bingoâ€
09 The Asteroid - “No more vitaminsâ€
10 Moisten Before Use - “Media overloadâ€
11 David Shea - “Holy mountain/Jetvana/Pure landâ€
12 Akufen - “Deck the houseâ€
13 McSleazy - “Don’t call me Blurâ€


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Direct download: SAR46.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:33am PDT

April 11, 2010

This week's episode features a record number of "Break-In" records, and with only two by legendary "King of Novelty", Dickie Goodman, you can hear just how influential Buchanan and Goodman really were. Check out some inspired work by artists such as Ed Solomon, Super Stu, Allen Dennis & The Disco Turkeys, and even comedian Albert Brooks, in Episode 253, HERE.

Thanks to Wayne Butane, who shared some of his novelty record collection this episode...

Also, be sure to check out the nine artists in this week's episode (#253) who previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these nine to start...



SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with Wayne Butane


SAR Q&A with DJ Earlybird


SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions


SAR Q&A with Jon Goodman (Dickie Goodman)


SAR Q&A with Frenchbloke


SAR Q&A with Laso Halo


SAR Q&A with Osymyso


SAR Q&A with People Like Us


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 8:00pm PDT

Episode 253, Some Assembly Required

01 Dickie Goodman – “Mr. Jawsâ€
02 Dickie Goodman – “Mrs. Jawsâ€
03 George & Lewis – “The Return Of Jerry Leeâ€
04 Phil Milstein – “The killer (Jerry Lee) “
05 Albert Brooks – “Party From Outer Spaceâ€
06 The Astronaughts – “The Astronaughtsâ€
07 Laso Halo – “Stanleyâ€
08 The Missies – “The Space Shipâ€
09 The Bran Flakes – “Collage Collageâ€
10 The Lonely One – “A Letter To My Loveâ€
11 Frenchbloke – “Dream Houseâ€
12 Wayne Butane – “Countdown For George (segment)â€
13 Super Stu, Allen Dennis & The Disco Turkeys – “The Great Debateâ€
14 People Like Us – “Dead Radioâ€
15 Harold Hardsell – “Speaking Of Streakingâ€
16 Osymyso – “On Osymyso! No?â€
17 5-Year-Old Humorous Dian – “Interview With Mr. Kâ€
18 DJ Earlybird – “Superstition can't buy me loveâ€
19 Ed Solomon – “The Beatle Flying Saucerâ€
20 Go Home Productions – “Walrus Mamaâ€


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Direct download: SAR253.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 12:18pm PDT

April 4, 2010

Five of the artists in this week's episode (#47) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these five to start...



SAR Q&A with Buttfinger


SAR Q&A with Kelly Patrick Ryan (Happy As F***)


SAR Q&A with Bob Ostertag


SAR Q&A with Silica-Gel


SAR Q&A with The Tape-beatles


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 9:26am PDT

Episode 47, Some Assembly Required

01 John Oswald - “Springâ€
02 The International Bankers - “Void transactionâ€
03 The Tape-beatles - “You have to participateâ€
04 The Tape-beatles - “Candidateâ€
05 The Tape-beatles - “Flowers for dead heroesâ€
06 Silica-Gel - “Scratch and scream/Too natural actionsâ€
07 Buttfinger - “Wham!â€
08 Project Data Control - “Dusk to dawn in Brooklynâ€
09 Happy As F*** - “Do you?“
10 Bob Ostertag - “Tears on the sand in the fierce companionship of thirstâ€


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Direct download: SAR47.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:22am PDT

March 28, 2010

Eight of the artists in this week's episode (#252) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these eight to start...



SAR Q&A with A Plus D


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with E-603


SAR Q&A with The Evolution Control Committee


SAR Q&A with Don Joyce (Negativland)


SAR Q&A with Phineas Narco (National Cynical Network)


SAR Q&A with team9


SAR Q&A with Wobbly


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 6:08pm PDT

Episode 252, Some Assembly Required

01 The Hop La! - “Aych 2 Ohâ€
02 The Bran Flakes – “The Hello Showâ€
03 TS/Matix – “Symphony of Solaceâ€
04 Mixmaster Mike – “Rebel Enforcerâ€
05 Wobbly, Phineas Narco, and The Evolution Control Committee – “Beatlerape liveâ€
06 Glee Cast – “It's My Life Confessions, Part II (A+D Bootie Edit)â€
07 E-603 – “The Right Kindâ€
08 Bill Holt – “Are You a Friend?â€
09 team9 - “Chilled Monkeyâ€
10 The 180 Gs – “Car Bombâ€
11 Negativland – “Car Bombâ€
12 A Plus D – “Stardust Kidsâ€


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Direct download: SAR252.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:21pm PDT

Episode 251, Some Assembly Required

01 Go Home Productions – “Missing Groovejetâ€
02 Antediluvian Rocking Horse – “Leunigâ€
03 People Like Us – “OB & Cha Chaâ€
04 People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz - “Honeysuckle Rose & Perpetuum Mobileâ€
05 Mixmaster Mike – “Unidentifriedâ€
06 Think Tank - “Anticipatory Retaliationâ€
07 Christian Marclay – “Louis Armstrongâ€
08 Dunproofin' – “Groove Is In The Girlsâ€
09 The Tape-beatles – “Beautiful Stateâ€
10 Kid Koala – “Drunk Trumpetâ€
11 Ros Bobos – “Role Playing With Cultic Overtonesâ€
12 ToToM – “If I Had a Lifeâ€
13 Virgil Howe (Sparo) - “No Clownsâ€
14 dj BC – “Shorty Shutupâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR251.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 3:28pm PDT

March 21, 2010

Nine of the artists in this week's episode (#48) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these nine to start...



SAR Q&A with Antediluvian Rocking Horse


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with The Button


SAR Q&A with The Freelance Hellraiser


SAR Q&A with Kelly Patrick Ryan (Happy as F***)


SAR Q&A with Lecture On Nothing


SAR Q&A with Public Works


SAR Q&A with Realistic


SAR Q&A with Rob Swift


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 11:58am PDT

Episode 48, Some Assembly Required

01 The Bran Flakes - “Step by stepâ€
02 Antediluvian Rocking Horse - “Lost sky daffodilâ€
03 The Button - “I don’t careâ€
04 Tom Recchion - “Mindless dreadâ€
05 Lecture on Nothing - “Forward to victoryâ€
06 Realistic - “Bundle of doubtâ€
07 Public Works - “Persuasionâ€
08 Antediluvian Rocking Horse - “Ratus Sapiensâ€
09 Happy as F*** - “Lil’ swine o’ mineâ€
10 DJ Rob Swift - “The age of televisionâ€
11 Kurtis Rush - “One minute lovecatâ€
12 The Button - “The system that never failsâ€
13 The Freelance Hellraiser - “A stroke of geniusâ€


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Direct download: SAR48.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:12am PDT

March 14, 2010

Eleven of the artists in this week's episode (#251) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these eleven to start...



SAR Q&A with Antediluvian Rocking Horse


SAR Q&A with dj BC


SAR Q&A with Ros Bobos


SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions


SAR Q&A with Virgil Howe (Sparo)


SAR Q&A with Kid Koala


SAR Q&A with Christian Marclay


SAR Q&A with People Like Us


SAR Q&A with Ergo Phizmiz


SAR Q&A with The Tape-beatles


SAR Q&A with Think Tank



Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 1:04pm PDT

March 7, 2010

This week's episode features a "Family" theme, including a short interview session with my own mother and father, just for fun. Originally aired in 2003, it's the last episode to add to the archive of "other" interviews, located HERE. I created the page to feature some of the interviews/specials which didn't exactly fit into the category of artist interviews (you can find the main Artist Interview page HERE, by the way).

Ten of the artists in this week's episode (#49) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE.

Check out these ten to start...



SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with Steve Dirkx


SAR Q&A with The Evolution Control Committee


SAR Q&A with Laso Halo


SAR Q&A with Lecture on Nothing


SAR Q&A with Don Joyce (Negativland)


SAR Q&A with People Like Us


SAR Q&A with Public Works


SAR Q&A with Realistic


SAR Q&A with Silica-Gel


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 4:58pm PDT

Episode 49, Some Assembly Required

01 DJ Bombjack (feat. Ben Grim) - “The brothers Grim sideshowâ€
02 Steve Dirkx - “Mother of the skyâ€
03 The Bran Flakes - “Mutual admiration and loveâ€
04 John Oswald - “Motherâ€
05 Negativland - “Perfect scrambled eggs (live)â€
06 Lecture on Nothing - “The heimlich maneuverâ€
07 Silica-Gel - “Mom happyâ€
08 Realistic - “Mother’s maidenheadâ€
09 Public Works - “Progenyâ€
10 People Like Us - “My son Jimâ€
11 Ill Media - “Brother in the backâ€
12 The Evolution Control Committee - “Acid familyâ€
13 DJ Shadow - “Organ donorâ€
14 Laso Halo - “Sleepy time jazzâ€
15 Anon - “My name is funk soul brotherâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR49.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:37pm PDT

February 28, 2010

This week's program is the 250th episode produced since we started syndicating Some Assembly Required. The milestone was marked by choosing a baker's dozen of my favorite sound collages...

Also note the fact that episodes 50-250 are now available to download, for free, at our website. As the main focus of this blog was to make the program available online, this feels almost as significant as finishing the 250th episode! Check out our full list of available episodes HERE.

Ten of the artists in this week's special episode have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. There are over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these ten to start...



SAR Q&A with B'O'K


SAR Q&A with Big City Orchestra


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with DJ Cal


SAR Q&A with Divide and Kreate


SAR Q&A with Steinski


SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions


SAR Q&A with DJ Marvel


SAR Q&A with Don Joyce (Negativland)


SAR Q&A with Wobbly


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 5:14pm PDT

Episode 250, Some Assembly Required

01 Go Home Productions – “Ray of gobâ€
02 Akufen – “Deck The Houseâ€
03 Negativland – “Time Zonesâ€
04 B'O'K – “Breaking Windowsâ€
05 Double Dee & Steinski – “Jazzâ€
06 Alien Army – “Jazzâ€
07 Wobbly – “Only musicalâ€
08 Divide and Kreate – “It's a fine holidayâ€
09 Big City Orchestra – “Bulldogâ€
10 DJ Cal - “Nona Drove All Nightâ€
11 DJ Marvel – “Turntable Menaceâ€
12 The Bran Flakes - “Turn The Channel, It's Another Commercialâ€
13 Totom - “Paint the Undergroundâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/some-assembly-required/JSpD
Direct download: SAR250.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:03pm PDT

February 21, 2010

Nine of the artists in this week's episode (#52) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these nine to start...



SAR Q&A with Antediluvian Rocking Horse


SAR Q&A with Big City Orchestra


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with Eddie Def


SAR Q&A with Escape Mechanism


SAR Q&A with Girl Talk


SAR Q&A with Christian Marclay


SAR Q&A with stAllio! (Animals Within Animals)


SAR Q&A with The Tape-beatles


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 7:32pm PDT

Episode 52, Some Assembly Required

01 Kumquat - “Backneckâ€
02 The Bran Flakes - “In the final hours there was a frying panâ€
03 Girl Talk - “Killing a material girlâ€
04 Christian Marclay - “Dust breedingâ€
05 Alien Army - “Daily nightmareâ€
06 stAllio! - “Boo!â€
07 David Shea - "(Untitled)"
08 Antediluvian Rocking Horse - “A Perry Mason momentâ€
09 Escape Mechanism - “Determinedâ€
10 The Tape-beatles - “Chillingâ€
11 Big City Orchestra - “F the leaderâ€
12 Ingrid De Lambre/Eddie Def - “Poeisies, scene 1 le bluesâ€
13 The Bran Flakes - “Example 16aâ€
14 Kid606 - “Smack my glitch upâ€


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Direct download: SAR52.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT

Chris Strouth

Chris Strouth is a Minnesota producer, working in film, television, music and theater. He's had a hand in the production of well over 300 records, and recently directed his first feature film, "Unconvention." The political documentary, which premiered in 2009, at the 27th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, is a creative look at the 2008 Republican National Convention, which took place amid a storm of media, in Minnesota. Check it out HERE.

I was the fortunate receiver of a music review by Mr. Strouth in 1999, and we somehow got in touch soon thereafter. Maybe a year or two later, I asked him if he'd join me in studio to talk about the history of electronics and appropriation in Minnesota music. The special episode aired in 2002. It was a casual conversation, just scratching the surface of all that has gone on here, but engaging nonetheless. Check out Episode 26 HERE.

Strouth has pretty much done everything from writing and design, to performance and composition. His resume includes names like Hair Police, Rifle Sport Gallery, Depth Probe and Twin/Tone... If you're from around the Twin Cities, and have been for awhile, then no doubt you can appreciate what this guy's been up to, and for how long. He's worked extensively with The Weisman and Walker Art Museums, and written and directed theater pieces at Red Eye, where he was also involved with their music program. Check out his newest music project, Paris 1919, HERE.

Check out his blog, "Tales Of The Idiot" for much more information, and his entry at MPR's Minnewiki, HERE. Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Chris Strouth...


*Name: Paris1919

*Members: Chris Strouth

*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: Digital deconstruction, I use a small arsenal of Ableton Live, and Reason and roughly a zillion plug ins. I tend to use a lot of micro sampling where I am just using a fraction of the original sample cel. It’s very rare in my work where you can tell where the source material is from. The track on your episode is a rare exception.

*Location: MPLS, its a great city to work in. When I started there wasn't much of an experimental scene here at all. Now it's rife with it. You can't swing an emo kid without running into an experimental night somewhere.

*What is your creative/artistic background: That’s a loaded question, but the short version is I am a producer and probably to a larger point an instigator. I have worked in every form of music I can think of except for new country, made movies, TV shows, theater, played in major museums and crap rock joints. This group (Paris1919) represents a new thing for me in that it’s my first solo project since 1987 - yes, I am old.

*History: Jesus, don't make me recount that, if you really care look it up.

*Born: July 28, 1968 (please note same birthday as Marcel DuChamp).

*Motivations: No idea, I started making noise music in High School listening to John Zorn and David Van Tiegham and got my first sampler, The supper classy Casio Sk1, and was hooked. Then I started in groups and wound up doing everything from techno to rockabilly, neo classical and jazz. Eventually I just found that I had a lot to say and I needed to build a new language to say it.

*Philosophy:
My motto is “as I live and learn, dig and be dug in return." - Langston Hughes

*How would you like to be remembered:
There's a paraphrased line in a Dave Clark 5 song that sums it up: "He was young with all of his mite."

*Web address: http://soundcloud.com/paris1919


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Category: -- posted at: 7:07am PDT

Episode 249, Some Assembly Required

01 DJ Earworm – “Stairway to Bootleg Heavenâ€
02 The Evolution Control Committee – “Whole lotta royalty paymentsâ€
03 Thomas Dimuzio – “Yawriats Ot Nevaehâ€
04 John Oswald – “Powerâ€
05 Splice of Life Faculty – “Spliceway to heavenâ€
06 Aggro1 - “Behind these immigrant eyesâ€
07 Chris Strouth – “Whole Lot Of Loveâ€
08 DJ Doc Rok – “Roc Boysâ€
09 The National Cynical Network – “Stairway to Heaven Versions Medleyâ€
10 Go Home Productions – “Morzeppelinâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR249.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:41pm PDT

February 14, 2010

Six of the artists in this week's episode (#249) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these six to start...



SAR Q&A with Aggro1


SAR Q&A with Thomas Dimuzio


SAR Q&A with DJ Earworm


SAR Q&A with The Evolution Control Committee


SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions


SAR Q&A with The National Cynical Network


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 2:30pm PDT

February 7, 2010

Eleven of the artists in this week's episode (#51) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these eleven to start...



SAR Q&A with Ros Bobos


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with The Button


SAR Q&A with Dsico


SAR Q&A with DJ Marvel


SAR Q&A with Negativland (Don Joyce)


SAR Q&A with People Like Us


SAR Q&A with Realistic


SAR Q&A with Splatt


SAR Q&A with Donna Summer (Jason Forrest)


SAR Q&A with The Tape-beatles


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 7:51am PDT

Episode 51, Some Assembly Required

01 The Bran Flakes - “Autumnâ€
02 Splatt - “The 60’s were so beautiful, manâ€
03 Donna Summer - “What you truly needâ€
04 T. Hecker - “Sammy loves Eddie hates Davidâ€
05 Negativland - “Freedom’s waitingâ€
06 Ros Bobos - “I Gotcha!â€
07 The Button - “For the lordâ€
08 John Oswald - “Angleâ€
09 Hal Willner - “Whoops, I’m an Indianâ€
10 Tea Choir - “Wah choir with steel drumâ€
11 People Like Us - “Scott Slimâ€
12 Realistic - “Beating carpet mitesâ€
13 The Tape-beatles - “Black black (long version)â€
14 Randy Greif - “History lessonâ€
15 Deejay JC - “State of the onion 2003â€
16 Dsico - “Can’t knack the hidingâ€
17 DJ Marvel - “Turntable menaceâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR51.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:17am PDT

January 30, 2010

Four of the artists in this week's focus on Minnesota based artists (Episode 26, with special guest, Chris Strouth) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these four to start...


SAR Q&A with Escape Mechanism


SAR Q&A with Orchid Spangiafora


SAR Q&A with Splatt


SAR Q&A with Think Tank


Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
Category: -- posted at: 2:58pm PDT

Episode 26, Some Assembly Required
(2002's Minnesota theme, with Chris Strouth)

01 Splatt - “The Usualâ€
02 Sarah Jane Smith - “Did not come backâ€
03 DJ Abilities - “Well beingâ€
04 John Richey - “11 Studies in noise and dialectic (segment)â€
05 Ts & Filmore Diggz - “Sex and violinsâ€
06 Escape Mechanism - “Cultureâ€
07 Dada Legion - “The New #2â€
08 King Paisley and the Psycho-del-ics - "(Untitled)"
09 Mindphaseone - “Ticki tickiâ€
10 Orchid Spangiafora - “Trapped heir suite (Part one)â€
11 Think Tank - “A Knife & a forkâ€


Use this address, for your pod software:
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Direct download: SAR26.mp3
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50/50

Our tenth anniversary was one year ago Wednesday (1/27), and as the call for submissions for the 50/50 Compilation was made to commemorate that event last year, it seems like this might be the best time to make an announcement about the upcoming release!

If all goes according to plan, we'll be releasing a limited edition CD within the next month or two, and I have to say it's definitely been worth the wait. Large segments of this fifty track compilation have been stuck in my head for quite a few weeks now, and that's not something I've always been able to say - not even about some of my very favorite sound collages...

We'll have the full details, including artwork and a list of contributing artists in the next week or so. Until then...

Thanks for 11 great years!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
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January 23, 2010

Eight of the artists in this week's program (Episode 248) have previously responded to the SAR Q&A. You can read over 150 of these online artist features at the Some Assembly Required website HERE. Check out these eight to start...


SAR Q&A with The Bran Flakes


SAR Q&A with Go Home Productions


SAR Q&A with The Kleptones


SAR Q&A with Lecture On Nothing


SAR Q&A with Osymyso


SAR Q&A with Stock, Hausen & Walkman


SAR Q&A with DJ T-Rock


SAR Q&A with Twink


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 248, Some Assembly Required

01 The Found Sound Orchestra – “Little La Laâ€
02 Stock, Hausen & Walkman – “Vinyl retentiveâ€
03 The Bran Flakes – “Feelingsâ€
04 The Kleptones – “1800 War Of Confusionâ€
05 Pop Will Eat Itself – “There Is No Love Between Us Anymoreâ€
06 Twink – “Hammerâ€
07 Phil Milstein – “Louieâ€
08 The Kleptones – “Boâ€
09 DJ T-Rock – “Out of Controlâ€
10 Osymyso – “The Return Of An Old Friendâ€
11 Contemporary Casuals – “This Is All Wrongâ€
12 Lecture On Nothing – “It Means Nothing To Youâ€
13 Go Home Productions – “Work It Out With A Foxy Ladyâ€
14 Emergency Broadcast Network – “Electronic Behavior Control Systemâ€
15 DJ Shadow – “Mutual Slumpâ€


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Two to check out...

It's been a good month for those of us interested in the history of appropriation in sound collage and music. There are at least two new programs worth checking out...

First of all, Jon Leidecker's series on the history of sampling in music and audio art ("Variations") has recently progressed to chapter four, as of about a week or two ago. I've really been enjoying this extremely insightful and in-depth look into the world of sound collage. The first three installments of "Variations" covered everything from the very early 1900s all the way through to the 1970s, and episode four picks up from there, moving into more and more familiar territory, as it continues.

There are at least three more episodes planned for the series as well, making this one of the most detailed histories of the genre/movement, to date. I've been collecting and researching this kind of music for well over a decade myself, and its remarkable how much more I've learned, in the past few months, just by listening to the first four episodes of this series. It's definitely worth checking out. You can check out episodes 1-4 of "Variations" HERE, and stay tuned in the coming months for new installments, as well...

I've also just learned that the new documentary, "Copyright Criminals" will be airing on Public Television at various times this month. The program, which also offers a history of sampling, especially focused on the genre of hip hop, had its broadcast premier on PBS yesterday (January 19), with additional airings and rebroadcasts to come, throughout the next week or so, at least. Check out the Copyright Criminals website for more information... I'm hoping to catch it here in Minnesota, this week!


Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
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January 16, 2010

Our 11th Anniversary is fast approaching, and with it will come some big news, so be sure to tune in next week...

THIS WEEK seemed like as good a time as any to upload 2003's special anniversary episode, celebrating our... 4th Anniversary? Yes, for some reason there was some attention being paid to this seemingly un-noteworthy anniversary (check out the 2003 Arts feature in the Minneapolis Star Tribune HERE). My guess is that perhaps we just weren't sure we'd make it to the much more interesting 5th Birthday, the very next year...

I honestly don't remember the reasoning at the time, but nevertheless, here it is, the amazing 4th Anniversary Special episode of Some Assembly Required (episode 44)... as it aired about seven years ago, next week...

Thanks for listening!
Jon Nelson


www.some-assembly-required.net
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Episode 44, Some Assembly Required
(2003's 4th Anniversary Episode)

01 The Button - “Introâ€
02 The Button - “The Subconscious mindâ€
03 Steinski - “The Motorcade sped onâ€
04 Evolution Control Committee - “I Don’t careâ€
05 The Tape-beatles - “Reality of matterâ€
06 Steev Hise - “Stuck together, falling apartâ€
07 Splatt - “I was standing in my kitchenâ€
08 Cast of Thousands with Escape Mechanism - "Untitled (recorded live, 11/99)"
09 Martian Gin Honky - “Death in his own mindâ€
10 People Like Us/Wobbly/Matmos - “Dolly Pardonâ€
11 Laso Halo - “These high-frequency signals are then beamed out...â€
12 Silica-Gel - “Pssstâ€
13 Monster - "(unknown)"
14 DJ Shadow - “Midnight in a perfect worldâ€


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Episode 247, Some Assembly Required

01 Mad Mix Mustang – “I Got More Than A Feeling (Long Version)â€
02 J.O. Mallander – “In Realityâ€
03 Mixmaster Mike – “Jack Knyfeâ€
04 Gel-Sol – “Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld (segment)"
06 Jimmi Jammes – “War Cowboysâ€
05 Gel-Sol – “Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld (segment)"
07 DJ Earworm – “United State of Pop 2008 (Viva La Pop)â€
08 Wobbly – “Made Happyâ€
09 Jeffrey Sconce – “Brandenburg Meth Swanâ€
10 Richard Trythall – “Ommagio A Jerry Lee Lewisâ€
11 E-603 - “Push 'Em Upâ€


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Direct download: SAR247.mp3
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