Arthur Radio Transmission #17: The Shifty and the Shiftless

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This week’s episode comes slightly delayed, as Ivy Meadows was put behind bars for two days as punishment for doodling an eyeball on an ad in a New York City subway station. Meanwhile, Hairy Painter ventured to his alternate Vermont dwelling, answering the call of fresh, tree-filled air, far away from humming internet hubs and the unpredictable whims of the NYPD. In both locations, Arthur Radio co-hosts are happy to know they can sit back, turn on Transmission #17, and revel in the realization that life on the outside is so, so sweet…

Writer and Arthurhead Gabe Soria on his live DJ Mixtape, “The Shifty and the Shiftless” (@ 55 mins):

This hour of New Orleans music was an attempt to convey the almost
science-fictional collision of alternate universes that co-exist in
New Orleans at any given moment. Punk trad jazz, wheezy sea
shanties, bar rock, in-the-pocket funk, teeth-rattling bounce — it’s all
different, yet all the songs share some weird common genetics. It’s
humid, it’s melodramatic, it’s the sound of a living, breathing,
sweating and completely unique city. Meant to be listened to with an
ice-cold bottle of beer or two close at hand.

Stream it: [audio:
Download: Arthur Radio #17: The Shifty and the Shiftless w/ Gabe Soria 5-9-2010

This week’s playlist…

[Hairy Painter + Ivy Meadows DJ Set]

daniel higgs – creation moan
mohammed al madloul – unknown (choubi)
matmos – rag for william burroughs
richard nonas – what do you know
loosers – daeh sti no cigol
pelt – a stone for angus maclise
holy model rounders – love is the closest thing
robbie basho – the grail and the lotus
eyes and arms of smoke – black hoists of dawn
earth – ouroboros is broken
freedom serenade – galactic interlude
tony conrad / jutta koether / john miller – xxx macarena

[Gabe Soria’s New Orleans DJ Set: “The Shifty and the Shiftless”]

pie lady call
511 players – upa lazy river
the banana splits – in new orleans
choppa – whooaa
mc trachiotomy – rigdets
ricky b – y’all holla
the valparaiso men’s chorus – so early in the morning
professor longhair – red beans
james booker – feel so bad
happy talk band – mugger love lullabies too
krewe of eris – miss precious little
r. scully and the rough seven – give up your dreams
why are we building such a big ship? – ti ni nee ni nu
quintron & miss pussycat – dream captains
loose marbles – take me out to the ball game

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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