The 12 MixTapes of Christmas [2018 version]

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These 12 Mixtapes of Christmas have got nothing to do with Randophonic’s other 12 Mixtapes of Christmas from two years ago, or even with Christmas (beyond being a gift to you). And they’re not actually mix tapes, or CDs for that matter – just mixes, each 49-minutes long, one posted to Randophonic’s Mixcloud for each day of Twelvetide (aka the Twelve Days of Christmas).

There’s no particular genre, no particular theme or agenda being pursued, beyond all selections coming from Randophonic’s ever expanding collection of used vinyl, which continues to simultaneously draw us back and propel us forward (sonically speaking) — music and noise and whatever else the world famous Randophonic Jukebox deems (or perhaps dreams) necessary toward our long term goal of solving all the world’s problems.

Bottom line: it’s five hundred eighty-eight minutes of music covering all manner of ground, from Roy Orbison to Curtis Mayfield to Can, Bob Dylan, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Kraftwerk, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and beyond (and that’s just from the first mix) — anything and everything, as long as it’s good.

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017. The Final Countdown*

Installment #17. of the Final Countdown aired in September 2018 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Selections available on this Youtube playlist (somewhat inaccurate).

The Final Countdown* is Randophonic’s longest and, if we’re doing it right, most relevant countdown yet – the end of result of a rather convoluted process that’s still evolving such is the existential nature of the project question: the 1297 Greatest Records of All Time right now right here. Whatever that means. What it means is dozens of radio programs if all goes to plan, and when has that ever happened?

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Installment #17 of The Final Countdown* went like this.

971. Frank Zappa – peaches in regalia
970. Cake – you turn the screws
969. Talking Heads – houses in motion
968. XTC – snowman
967. Badfinger – perfection
966. Police – voices inside my head
965. K-os – crabbuckit
964. Neil Young – human highway
963. Mary Clayton – Southern Man
962. J-Live – Satisfied
961. Primal Scream – stuka [ju-87]
960. Critical Point & Vikter Duplaix – messages
959. Lee Perry + Dub Syndicate – blinkers
958. Jun Togawa[戸川純] – Because the Night
957. Twilight Singers – Verti-Mart
956. Camel – song within a song
955. Klaatu – across the universe in eighty days
954. Autechre – Autriche
953. George Harrison – deep blue

Randophonic airs pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and/or download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook  page.

 

690. Nimrodel

Camel being a so-called second tier Prog Rock outfit (in other words, not King Crimson, Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd or ELP), Nimrodel (found on their second album Mirage) being epic in all the right ways. It starts with a parade, it works all manner of moods and changes, it’s actually inspired by Lord of the Rings, but at less than ten minutes (even including the parade) it doesn’t overstay its welcome. But rather it takes you to a green-tinged planet way off at the edge of time. Smooth and beautiful and even strong when it needs to be. It must’ve been 1974.

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39. The Solid Time Of Change

Installment #39 of the Solid Time of Change aired on Saturday June-3-2017 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

The Solid Time of Change is our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part Thirty-Nine of the journey went as follows:

  1. Focus – Hocus Pocus
  2. PFM – Dove … Quando [part 1]
  3. PFM – Dove Quando [part 2]
  4. Nektar – the dream nebula
  5. Nektar – it’s all in the mind
  6. Jethro Tull – My God
  7. Jethro Tull – slipstream
  8. Jethro Tull – Wind Up
  9. Camel – Nimrodel
  10. Renaissance – ashes are burning
  11. David Bowie – life on Mars
  12. Klaus Schulze – floating

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.

23. The Solid Time Of Change

Part Twenty-Three of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday November-26-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time starts a few minutes in). Youtube playlist (incomplete and not entirely accurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part Twenty-Three of the journey went as follows:

  1. Steve Hackett – ace of wands
  2. Camel – lunar sea
  3. Yes – astral traveler
  4. Led Zeppelin – the rain song
  5. Donovan- roots of oak
  6. Gentle Giant – experience
  7. Gentle Giant – I lost my head
  8. Velvet Underground – the murder mystery
  9. Supertramp – hide in your shell
  10. Frank Zappa – the torture never stops
  11. Grateful Dead – Blues for Allah
  12. Grateful Dead – sand castles + glass camels
  13. Grateful Dead – unusual occurrences in the desert

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.

21. The Solid Time Of Change

Part Twenty-One of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday November-12-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 selections from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part Twenty-One of the journey went as follows:

  1. Jeff Beck Group – Beck’s Bolero
  2. Mothers of Invention – Money Fragments
  3. Camel – lady fantasy
  4. Pink Floyd – let there be more light
  5. Pink Floyd – absolute curtains
  6. Pink Floyd – Atom Heart grooving
  7. Spirit – like a rolling stone
  8. Poco – Rose of Cimarron
  9. It’s a Beautiful Day – white bird
  10. Van Der Graaf Generator – pilgrims
  11. Amon Duul II – Kanaan
  12. Amon Duul II – phallus dei [edit]

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.

17. The Solid Time Of Change

Part seventeen of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday October-1-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins a few minutes in). Youtube playlist (not entirely accurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 records from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part seventeen of the journey went as follows:

  1. Sensational Alex Harvey Band – the man in the jar
  2. Strawbs -heavy disguise
  3. Strawbs – round and round
  4. Billy Cobham – stratus
  5. Harmonium – un musicien parmi tant d’autres
  6. Simon + Garfunkel – the boxer
  7. Electric Light Orchestra – Mister Kingdom
  8. Peter Hammill – Imperial Zeppelin
  9. Yes – we have heaven
  10. Yes – southside of the sky
  11. Queen – procession
  12. Queen – father to son
  13. Queen – white queen
  14. Camel – Snow Goose [the big edit]

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.

13. The Solid Time Of Change

Part thirteen of the Solid Time of Change  aired Saturday August-13-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

Podcast (Solid Time begins at around the 5 minute point). Youtube playlist (incomplete and probably inaccurate).

This continues to be Randophonic’s main focus, our overlong yet incomplete history of the so-called Prog Rock era (presented in countdown form) – 661 records from 1965 through 1979 with which we hope to do justice to a strange and ambitious time indeed, musically speaking.

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Part thirteen of the journey went as follows:

  1. Emerson Lake + Palmer – hoedown
  2. Raspberries – overnight sensation (hit record)
  3. Electric Light Orchestra – Mission [a new world record]
  4. Electric Light Orchestra – dreaming of 4000
  5. Queen – Seven Seas of Rhye
  6. Queen – my fairy king
  7. Barclay James Harvest – mockingbird
  8. Cat Stevens – miles from nowhere
  9. Doobie Brothers- clear as the driven snow
  10. Camel- song within a song
  11. Camel – another night
  12. FM – black noise [part-1]
  13. FM – headroom exerpts
  14. David Pritchard – an admission of guilt [excerpt]
  15. FM – black noise [part-2]
  16. Peter Hammill – dropping the torch
  17. Strawbs – lay a little light on me + hero’s theme

Fresh episodes air pretty much every Saturday night, starting 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook.

5. The Solid Time Of Change

Part five of the Solid Time of Change aired Saturday June-4-2016 c/o CiTR.FM.101.9.

 

Youtube playlist (possibly not the exact versions that were played). Podcast.

Also known as as the 661 Greatest Records of the so-called Prog Rock era, the Solid Time of Change is Randophonic’s current countdown project — an overlong yet incomplete history of whatever the hell happened between 1965 and 1979 – not in all music, not even in most of it, but definitely in a bunch of it.

What is Prog Rock? Is it different somehow from progressive rock, or for that matter, rock that merely progresses? These may seem like simple questions, but they are in fact doors that open unto some of the most complex enigmas of our time, which are best resolved by actually listening to the radio shows.

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Part five of our journey went as follows:

  1. Yes – every little thing
  2. Yes – I see you
  3. Yes – no opportunity necessary no experience required
  4. Traffic – 40,000 Headmen
  5. David Bowie – memory of a free festival
  6. Renaissance – a trip to the fair
  7. Supertramp – Rudy
  8. Camel – first light
  9. Genesis – horizons
  10. Genesis – Can Utility and the Coastliners
  11. Cat Stevens – Angelsea
  12. Pink Floyd – Sysyphus
  13. Pink Floyd – + Cirrus [edit]
  14. Pink Floyd – pigs [three different ones]
  15. Melodic Energy Commission – song of the Delatron revises the scene
  16. Bo Hansson – divided thoughts [attic reality]
  17. Bo Hansson – flight to the ford

Solid Time of Change #6 airs Saturday, June 11th at 11 pm (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options available within twenty-four hours.