115. public image

Public Image was the first single from Public Image Ltd, the concern that Johnny Rotten (aka Lydon) threw together amid the wreckage of the recently crashed and burned Sex Pistols. And it was damned good. Hell, even I liked it on first listen from my then mostly anti-punk perspective. A serious call to … seriousness, I guess, Mr. Rotten making the point that he was more than just a cartoon character, a gimmick, a punk, that he knew a thing or two about music, how to sing a song, make a record, take steady aim, hit them all where it hurts. And damn, what a bass line!” (Philip Random)

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155. Invaders of the Heart

“I first stumbled across Jah Wobble via his Bedroom Album, which was truth in advertising. It sounded exactly like a guy alone in his room with a multi-track recorder and various instruments, mucking around with various grooves and atmospheres, all cool and weirdly dreamy and easy to get lost in. But then a few months later, one of those moods (the one called Invaders Of The Heart) showed up in 12-inch extended play form, four dubbed up (and out) and ultimately quite powerful versions of the same track, bass now as big as a continent, everything else vibrating exquisitely from there. I’d never heard anything like it. I still haven’t really.” (Philip Random)

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275. death disco

There’s no shortage of rage in the Johnny Rotten (aka Lydon) discography, but nowhere else does so much sorrow show itself than in Death Disco (aka Swan Lake because it cops a bit of the Tchaikovsky melody), a track recorded immediately after the death of his mother (she requested some disco for her funeral). It actually hurts to listen to it, but in a good way (not that the whole album doesn’t lean that way) — the punk is revealed as all too human, just in case there was any doubt.

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17. reSEARCH

Invisible Cities, installment #17 of The Research Series aired in October-2018 on CiTR.FM.101.9.

The seventeenth of a planned forty-nine movies (without pictures), each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, theme or agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.

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17. Invisible Cities

Tom Waits – clap hands
Fred Frith – Navajo
Invaders of the Heart – good ghosts + invisible cities
DS Crew – frontier
Passengers – Plot 180 [edit]
Love + Rockets – all in my mind [acoustic]
Bauhaus – exquisite corpse
Olivia Tremor Control – late music 1
James – DVV
Man – c’mon [edit]
Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark – architecture + morality
Can – Come sta, la Luna

Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with Mixcloud streams usually available within twenty-four hours.

15. reSEARCH

Childhood + Steam, installment #15 of The Research Series aired in July-2018 on CiTR.FM.101.9.

The fifteenth of a planned forty-nine movies (without pictures), each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, theme or agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.

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15. childhood + steam

Bob Dylan – if dogs run free
Flying Lizards – in my lifetime
Mo Bama – ijimuge two
Faithless – childhood [deep]
Neu – isi
Can – chain reaction [edit]
Laswell Ambient – aum fragments
King Crimson – the mincer [abbreviated]
David Sylvian – ancient evening
Scaredy Cat – you and I
Brian Eno + Jah Wobble – steam

Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with Mixcloud streams usually available within twenty-four hours.

 

318. the order of death

Public Image Ltd‘s fourth album, 1984’s This is What you Want … This is What you Get is a mess, the end result of a major reconfiguration of what had been one of the essential post-punk units. Main man John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) was still on board, but previous compadres Jah Wobble and Keith Levine were both gone amid much drug and alcohol messing around and perhaps absconding with various master tapes. But the album wis not a complete write-off if only for its lead off track, The Order of Death, which is just a chant basically, the album’s title repeated and repeated to ultimately powerful effect. Or as Philip Random puts it, “… theme music for the movie I seemed to be stuck in at the time, the one concerning an entire culture going down in the sewage and bile of its own corrupt desires and obsessions. Or something like that.”

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13. reSEARCH

The Need, installment #13 of The Research Series aired June-24-2018 on CiTR.FM.101.9.

The thirteenth of a planned forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, theme or agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.

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13. The Need

Clash – if music could talk
Jimi Hendrix – stone free again
John Martyn – I’d rather be the devil [part 2]
Brian Eno + Jah Wobble – spinner
African Head Charge – crocodile shoes [excerpt]
Sun Ra – exotic forest
Drome – hinterland
Minutemen – you need the glory
David Pritchard – the march of Mallory Bat
CTI – the need
Simple Minds – brass band [2]

Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.

 

010. The Final Countdown*

Installment #10 of The Final Countdown aired Saturday-June-2-2018 (c/o CiTR.FM.101.9).

Tracks available on this Youtube playlist (somewhat inaccurate).

The Final Countdown* is Randophonic’s longest, most random and (if we’re doing it right) relevant countdown yet – the end of result of a long process that finally evolved into something halfway tangible in early 2018. The 1297 Greatest Records of All Time right now right here, if that makes sense. And even if it doesn’t, we’re doing it anyway for as long as it takes, and it will take a while.

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Installment #10 of The Final Countdown* went like this.

1110. Faze Action – moving cities
1109. Dalis Car – Dalis Car
1108. Tom Jones – help yourself
1107. Steve Miller Band – lucky man + gangster of love
1106. Can – come sta, la Luna [edit]
1105. Sufjan Stephens vs Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
1104. Curtis Mayfield – keep on trippin’
1103. David Crosby – Orleans
1102. Citywide Vacuum – carbon valence
1101. Medeski Martin & Wood – Strance of the Spirit Red Gator
1100. Sacred System – driftwork
1099. Synergy – terra incognita
1098. Residents – the ultimate disaster [edit]
1097. Jah Wobble + Holger Czukay + Jaki Leibezeit – trench warfare
1096. Guess Who – smoke big factory
1095. Flasket Brinner – Gånglåten
1094. Super Furry Animals – Juxtaposed with U
1093. Band [+Van Morrison] – 4% pantomime

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.

reSEARCH-08 – The Whole Day

Installment #8 of what we’re calling the Research Series aired May-5-2018 on CiTR.FM.101.9

The eighth of a planned forty-nine movies, each forty-nine minutes long, featuring no particular artist, working no particular theme, pursuing no particular agenda beyond boldly going … who knows? Or as Werner Von Braun once put it, “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” And we definitely have no idea where all this will take us.

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08. The Whole Day

citywide vacuum – carbon valence
Jah Wobble – sunshine
Agitation Free – you play for us today
Flying Saucer Attack – the whole day [partial]
Daevid Allen – I am [coda]
Can – spray
Sam Prekop – north south
Everly Bros – lord of the manor
Bob Dylan – father of night father of day
Jack Nitzsche – natural magic
Big Youth – lightning fragment
Holger Czukay – Hollywood Symphony

Further installments of the Research Series will air most Sundays at approximately 1am (Pacific time) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, with streaming and download options usually available within twenty-four hours via our Facebook page.