juno reactor

  • Thu
    Mar 19
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 22
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

heavy deep tracks

this week we go deep into some heavy tracks.fuse

i'll play a brand new song by umphrey's mcgee--their brilliant cover of the beatles' "i want you (she's so heavey)--a heavy song to begin with, but only made heavier by these heavyweight musicians. it was all recorded just before their des moines concert last summer, in abbey road studios. that and their song "puppet strings" will knock your socks off (with lyrics that go deep into the issue of how to live your life):

It's not like there's a book for this or something you could read;
'Cause I’ve looked around.
And I tried to fill these holes with other roles I never learned to play.
It seems like they always falter,
But how the hell should I know?

and then i'll play 3 heavies from the 1969 album featuring amazing musicians, fuse. they were trailblazers in heavy, virtuosic music, as were the amboy dukes, before ted nugent went off his rails and became an insane redneck.

but then i'll change styles while keeping the heaviness coming with "laughing gas" by germany's juno reactor.  

the highlight however will be the 23:00 vanilla fudge live masterpiece "break song," featuring--at least in my mind--bass player, tim bogert.

  • Thu
    May 23
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 26
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

amazing music from 5 years ago

2008 wasn't that long ago, but creative hindsight is still 20/20, and it's now easier to see the creative music we missed 5 years ago. that was the year that two juno reactorfascinating artists/groups released albums that are still hard to categorize, and still sound fresh and classical at the same time.

juno reactor (left) is brit ben watkins and an ever-changing ensemble of musicians, percussionists, and electronica. most famous for part of "the matrix" soundtrack (and others), their 2008 cd "gods and monsters" was an amalgam of electronica, es posthumustrance, world music, and avant guarde vocal mixes.

released in the same year was "cartographer" by e.s. posthumus ("e.s." stands for experimental sounds), a 21-century classical, electric ensemble of musicians, originating from l.a. brothers helmut and franz vonlichten. they've done music featured in "minority report," "lord of the rings," and others. but the music stands on its own, as more than background vibes for frodo's adventures.

classical music rocks on in the 21st century.

  • Thu
    Dec 27
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 30
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

holiday dance break

the end of the year is nigh. (the actual calendar year; not the mayan long-count calendar) this week i'm offering everyone a break from work and holiday vacations: juno reactorturn up remixes of juno reactor and infected mushroom, and dance, even if only in your head.

juno reactor is brit ben watkins, who composes and plays keyboards, but who also incorporates so many live musicians that you may forget you're listening to electronic dance music, and wonder if you're in the middle of the matrix (which is reasonable because he did music for "the matrix reloaded"). see if you don't think "pistolera" is the coolest song in the world and his 2012 remix of "laughing gas" is the heaviest.