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:http://www.arthurmag.com/magpie/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/New-Orleans-DJ-set-by-Gabe-Soria-5-9-2010.mp3%5D
Download: Arthur Radio #17: The Shifty and the Shiftless w/ Gabe Soria 5-9-2010

This week’s playlist…
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Every Tuesday 7-9pm PST – Tune into West Coast Fog on LuxuriaMusic.com Radio for blissful California folk rock and psych sessioning


Who wouldn’t benefit from a weekly two-hour dose of jangling, sunshine-inspired chords and harmonies with an undeniable undertone of the strange and slightly melancholy? Every Tuesday night from 7-9pm PST, give your mind a little vacation and listen to West Coast Fog, a California-infused folk rock and psych radio show hosted by Erik R. Bluhm (Author of piece on Little Wings and the New Energy Movement, Arthur No. 13). Or, do you want to feel like you’re driving down Highway 1 with the radio on, right now? Download archived sessions of West Coast Fog here, and listen to them anytime you like. Don’t forget your sunglasses…

Expect only the choicest nugs from the Golden State 1965-’68.
Panhandle flashes, Sunset trips, and Love-in vibes.
Byrds, Bees, Dovers, Love, East Side Kids, Ashes, Airplane, Wildflower, and all that mess.
7 to 9 pm Pacific Standard Time every Tuesday evening,
It’s easy, just go to http://www.luxuriamusic.com/ and click on “listen” in the light blue bar…

The Way of The Riff: Contemplators Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) and Al Cisneros (Om) discuss roots, rock, rhythm and chess.

Originally published in Arthur No. 27 (Dec 2007).

Artwork by Arik Roper
Introduction by Daniel Chamberlin

My favorite story about Om, the bass and drum duo of Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius—the rhythm section of now defunct drone metal icons Sleep—takes place on the back patio of Los Angeles club The Echo. It’s a cool winter night in 2007 and we’re all gathered here—hippie goners, young punks, indie rock squares—to take in a few breaths of fresh air before the band takes to the stage inside. One group stands out from the crowd: two women and a guy who are having a whale of a time, gesticulating wildly and laughing like crazy. At one point the dude approaches a hipster who’s nervously dragging on a toothpick joint. Our man offers his flask to the young fellow and a confusing exchange takes place: I can tell that he’s looking to swap quaff for toke, but for some reason he’s having trouble communicating this. I catch on about the same time the stoner does, giving up the doobie to the guy and his gal pals: They’re deaf, this happy trio of Om heads. That’s how deep the band’s sensual, mantra-like music goes.

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