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Radio Eclectus #76: Radical Xmas music (Dec. 24, 2020)

Radio Eclectus #76: Radical Xmas music (Dec. 24, 2020)

Playing tracks by

The Residents, Susan Alcorn Quintet, Eric Nathan, Geneva Skeen, Zad Moultaka and more.

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global noise chart, 4th in the global classical chart, 38th in the global chillout chart, 41st in the global ambient chart and 46th in the global jazz chart.

Fulfill your holiday ear-cleaning needs with Radio Eclectus. We continue our Harold Budd memorial with a broadcast premiere: two exquisite items from his final Seattle performance, with bassist Keith Lowe, recorded in 2009. We honor the birthdays of Elise Kermani (60), Libby Larsen, Maggi Payne (75) and Clarence Barlow (also 75), the latter joining Max Richter to contribute two last Beethoven 250th anniversary items for the year. We dig deep into our library for seasonal novelty items by John Cage, King Missile, The Residents, The Dollyrots and Daniel Johnston, along with an underappreciated operatic adaptation of Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner. Haunting new tracks by Robin Haigh, Geneva Skeen, Eric Nathan, the Susan Alcorn Quintet, and Zad Moultaka (featuring Fadia Tomb El-Hage) round out the playlist.

“Start your holiday isolation with the relentless and impenetrable sound of difficult music…on Radio Eclectus” -Sailor Dog Handel

Annotated playlist & photo credits in Comments.

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Annotated playlist for show #76⠀
Intro and SET 1: Get the noise out of the way⠀
1. [2:33] The Residents: Fire (Santa Dog '72). From Santa Dog EP (Ralph Records, 1972, reissued 1988 as Santa Dog '88). NOTE: First published recording by The Residents⠀
2. [4:16] Susan Alcorn Quintet: Circular Ruins. From Pedernal (Relative Pitch Records, 2020) with Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Mark Feldman (violin), Michael Formanek (double bass), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ryan Sawyer (drums)⠀
3. [14:04] Eric Nathan: Omaggio a Gesualdo. From the space of a door (BMOP/sound, 2020) with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose (conductor), Joel Gordon (engineering)⠀
4. [19:25] Geneva Skeen: Mirror Glimpse. From Double Bind (ROOM40, 2020)⠀
5. [24:09] Zad Moultaka: Where is Light?. From Masārāt: Fadia Tomb El-Hage sings Lebanese authors and composers (Orlando Records, 2020) with Fadia Tomb El-Hage فاديا طنب الحاج (contralto), Fragments ensemble⠀

Voice break [29:50]⠀
1. [33:46] King Missile: Jesus Was Way Cool. From Mystical Shit (Shimmy Disc, 1990) with John S. Hall (words), Chris Xefos (piano)⠀

SET 2: Christmas with Thornton and Paul [35:38]⠀
1. [37:02] Paul Hindemith: The Long Christmas Dinner/Das lange Weihnachtsmahl (excerpts from both the English and German versions). From Das lange Weihnachtsmahl (Wergo, 2005) with Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Ursula Hesse Von Den Steinen (alto), Herman Wallén (baritone), Michaela Kaune (soprano), Rundfunk-sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski (conductor) and from The Long Christmas Dinner (Bridge Records, 2015) with Camille Zamora (soprano), Sara Murphy (mezzo-soprano), Jarrett Ott (baritone), Glenn Seven Allen (tenor), Catherine Martin (mezzo-soprano), Kathryn Guthrie (soprano), American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein (conductor). NOTE: Composed 1960–61⠀

Voice break [1:00:19]⠀
1. [1:03:09] The Dollyrots: Santa Baby (2020). From A Dollyrots Christmas EP (Bandcamp, 2020) with Kelly Ogden, Luis Cabezas⠀

SET 3: Birthdays [1:05:15]⠀
1. [1:06:46] Maggi Payne: Gamelan. From Ahh-Ahh (Root Strata, 2012, reissued 2020 by Aguirre Records). NOTE: Composed 1984–1987 for the Bay Area performance group Technological Feets⠀
2. [1:09:49] Libby Larsen: Impromptu. From Brush Strokes: New Works for Woodwind Trio (Navona, 2020) with Athenia Chamber Ensemble: Alison Brown Sincoff (flute), Michele Fiala (oboe), Matthew Morris (bassoon), Jeff Redefer (recording session engineer). NOTE: Composed 1975/1998⠀
3. [1:12:35] John Cage: Five Songs for contralto - 2. little Christmas tree. From As it is (ECM, 2012) with Alexei Lubimov (piano, prepared piano), Natalia Pschenitschnikova (voice). NOTE: Composed 1938⠀
4. [1:16:13] Robin Haigh: Samoyeds. From I hope this finds you well in these strange times, Vol. 1 (Nonclassical, 2020) with Ligeti Quartet: Mandhira de Saram, Patrick Dawkins (violins), Richard Jones (viola), Val Welbanks (cello)⠀
5. [1:23:01] Ella Dread, Lone Nomad: Quickly Now. From Music on the Verge of Reality (Spring Valley Tapes, 2019) with Elise Kermani AKA Ella Dread (voice), Don Malone AKA Lone Nomad (electronics). NOTE: Recorded 1996⠀
6. [1:34:17] Bob Dorough: Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern). From Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia, 1962, reissued 2009 in Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection, No. 17) with Bob Dorough (voice, piano), Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Frank Rehak (trombone), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Willie Bobo (bongos), Gil Evans (arrangement)⠀

Voice break [1:37:00]⠀
1. [1:41:50] Robert Moos: Frosty the Snowman (by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson). From Have a Shitty Christmas (MooseHaus Records, 2020)⠀
2. [1:43:12] Joe Johnson, Steve Rice: Rudolph the Brown Nose Reindeer. From Rudolph The Brown Nose Reindeer (Snetromedia, 1986) with Joe Johnson (vocals), Rudy and the Reindeer⠀

SET 4: Barlow recomposes Beethoven [1:44:44]⠀
1. [1:46:06] Clarence Barlow: variazioni e un pianoforte meccanico. From Musica Derivata (hat[now]ART, 2000) with John Snijders (piano, Yamaha Disklavier). NOTE: Composed 1986⠀

Voice break [2:10:37]⠀
1. [2:11:55] Daniel Johnston: Christmas in the Loony Bin. From Merry Christmas (Stress Records, 1988) with Daniel Johnston (voice, guitar)⠀

SET 5: Harold Budd (1936–2020) [2:14:53]⠀
1. [2:17:26] Harold Budd, Keith Lowe: 2 untitled improvisations. Recorded Live at Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, June 11, 2009. With Harold Budd (piano), Keith Lowe (bass with digital delay), Rob Angus (recording engineer). NOTE: Broadcast premiere⠀
2. [2:29:04] Maggi Payne: FIZZ. From Arctic Winds (Innova, 2010)⠀
3. [2:39:23] Max Richter: Opus 2020. From Beethoven - Opus 2020 (Deutsche Grammophon, 2020) with Elisabeth Brauß (piano), Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Dirk Kaftan (conductor)

Radio Eclectus

Photo credits: Zad Moultaka via the artist, Eric Nathan by Rebecca Fay, Elise Kermani via the artist, Paul Hindemith by Rudolf Heinisch, Libby Larsen via the artist, Clarence Barlow via UCSB, Susan Alcorn musician via the artist, Max Richter via Wikimedia Commons, Harold Budd by Masao Nakagami, King Missile via John S. Hall, The Dollyrots via the artists, Daniel Johnston via the artist, John Cage by Marion Kalter, Maggi Payne via the artist, Geneva Skeen via the artist, Robin Haigh by William Marsey.