WRECK: Top of the Top of the Top of 2007
- wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: Show 1001/2: Top of the Top of
the Top of 2007
PTP in the ether: 88.3FM
Where purity & puerility are synonymous
streaming via internet:
14 & 21 January 2008
[music acquired or (re)discovered in 2007; not necessarily a 2007 release]
When I was young - I think I wasn't even 8 - I started following Top
40-type lists on pop radio stations, I kept my own lists, listening
intently, wanting to become American so bad and figuring the secret
was buried inside pop songs somewhere, listening to the announcements
of songs to hear what position they were in. Early on I already had
trouble fathoming the relation between position and quality. This was
a fundamental error: associating position in top 40 with quality.
This became the beginning of my evolution into someone who became a
champion of the underdog, of the B side, of the second single, of
bands just as good as the ones getting all of the attention. In terms
of taste or essential quality of song or group, there was no rhyme
nor reason - What did i know about payola? - for why some crappy
songs were in the Top 40 and others hit the bottom of the charts,
never to go any higher or didn't even reach the charts. I used to
collect the charts, slender slips of paper you could get at a variety
of music and book type stores, of the WENY [Elmira, NY pop radio] Top
of the Crop charts. I saved some of them, marked my faves and the
ones I was allowed to record on a reel-to-reel tape my father gave me
and recorded with a mike next to the radio and then marking the songs
as I recorded them. [Here's one I could locate for July 13, 1969: 1.
In the Year 2525 > Zager & Evans; 2. Spinning Wheel > Blood, Sweat &
Tears; 3. Crystal Blue Persuasion > Tommy James & the Shondells; 4.
Good Morning Starshine > Oliver; 5. Bad Moon Rising > Creedence
Clearwater Revival; 6. What Does It Take > Jr. Walker & the Allstars;
7. My Cherie Amour > Stevie Wonder; 8. One > Three Dog Night; 9. Love
Theme > Henry Mancini; 10. Color Him Father > Winstons; 11.
Israelites > Desmond Dekker; Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town >
Kenny Rodgers; 13. Ballad of John & Yoko > [Beatles?] John Lennon &
Yoko Ono // as you can see back then charts included 'anything and
everything', in any case, a fairly broad variety of styles.
My own top 40s back then and certainly now looked quite different
from what the radio was spinning. The end of the year meant missing
meals and arguing with my parents to let me listen as the radio
stations counted down each year with me religiously [compulsively -
what's the difference!] keeping up with the list countdown. This is
part of the weird ritual of assessing the year on 31 December. Trying
to make sense of it.
My lists have become legendary (if only in my own mind). Before [the
1960s] music came in a few formats: vinyl, tape, radio. Now I receive
music in the form of LPs, singles, cassettes [yes, still!], CDs,
MP3s, data files, MP3s attached to emails, downloads off internet
The final list order is not tight although the top 5 were pretty much
my tops for the year
It's been a good year for music that i received but we must wonder if
music actually has a utilitarian function: does it calm the savage
soul? Can music be a tool for some kind of peace, some kind of
betterment of society on some level. I believe so. You go as
muiscians to a territory undergoing strife and pain and you play and
people become different beings almost instantly. The music is
universal, you can jam with local musicians regardless of what side
of the strife they are on and in fact, thru music the combatants
quickly forget that they were fighting each other even WHY they were
fighting if that was ever clear. That is what music can do better
than politics. Get rid of the political/economic ambassadors and
bring in the musicians...
thanx to all of the labels and everyone who sent me music, the yodel
mp3s, the great cds of oddities. Thanx to my radio colleagues in
Paris: Black Sifichi and Laurent 1/2 Panou/Paonou, also thanx to Tony
and Dave at WFMU, and the PTP Jonges van de Vlakte and too many
others for making independent, uncommercial, non-hierarchic,
anti-bureaucratic radio continue on both the airwaves and the
internet as well as a sub-genre of literature.
-----------> 14 January 2008
In Full Bloom > Annea Lockwood 
Virtu > Day Care Centre 
Floating World 1 > Annea Lockwood 
I'm Your Captain > Grand Funk Railroad [f]
Floating World 2 > Annea Lockwood 
+ Rumba Tempo 3 > Rhythm 33 [20-yr-old rhythm maker machine]
+ Engels op Reis [language record]
Grasshopper Rumba > Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra 
Floating World 3 [exc] > Annea Lockwood 
Atno3 > Heller 
Pilgerfahrt > Stimmhorn 
2093hz.1 > Heller 
Propempticon > Jozef van Wissem 
togglorch > Heller 
Low Mass > Jozef van Wissem 
togglorch > Heller 
Grand Central Confessional > Jozef van Wissem 
Deer Stop > Goldfrapp 
Dress Up > Olivia Louvel 
Ritualistic Kick Boxing Music 8 > Various anonymous Mauy Thai musicians 
Aisha > Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects 
Down Old Church Lane > Coachmen vs Septimania 
The Guru Let Me Down > Um 
Multin > Gipsy.cz [k]
Polka Dot Com > Bertin 
Gitane > Dalida 
Eurasian Cynocephalus Birthdayparty > Cuta Kebab & Party 
Runnin' Away > Sly & The Family Stone 
Ritualistic Kick Boxing Music 1 > Various anonymous Mauy Thai musicians 
The Art of Hearing > Daniel Steven Crafts 
The Simple Way > Solomonoff & Von Hoffmanstahl [h]
-----------> 21 January
Vibration Ruling the Nation > Liquid Stranger 
Blood on My Hands > Shackleton vs Ricado Villalobos [a]
Dub Dub Save Me > Lump 
Still Random OR Burial of Music > Rothkamm 
Late Night Call > Emily Hay vs Marcos Fernandes 
From Beyond > Klaus Nomi 
True Romance at The World's Fair > Algebra Suicide [g]
Return > Klaus Nomi 
Adieu Schiller > Cyrill Schlaepfer 
Transition no. 1 > Cyrill Schlaepfer 
Schiller's > Cyrill Schlaepfer 
Entomodub 1 Remix > Lena 
Mary Long Tongue Version > Barrington Levy [n]
Version > General Echo [n]
Orbital Hora > Our Man from Odessa 
Stepping Dub > The Revolutionaries [n]
Periphery (Take Me There Mix) > Lena vs Black Sifichi 
Welcome > International Observer 
Hidjaz Ask > Up Bustle & Out vs Engin Aslan 
Stilles Wasser > Cyrill Schlaepfer 
Z Stukisch > Erika Stucky 
Dog Yodel > Mike Johnson [I]
All I Really Want To Do > Erika Stucky 
They Call It Existential Monday > Mikhail Horowitz vs Gilles Malkine
vs Lori Wilner 
Lookin' Good Polka > Polkaholics 
Punch > Antoine Berthiaume vs MaryClare Brzytwa 
Transition no. 4 > Cyrill Schlaepfer 
Giden Gitti > Up Bustle & Out 
Chanting Version / Chanting > Jim Nastic vs C. Dodd [n]
Hot Tip > Prince Django vs Lee Scratch Perry [n]
Tequila Gang Bang > Our Man from Odessa 
Anda Luz > Up Bustle & Out vs Benjamin Escoriza 
Leviathans Traum > Cyrill Schlaepfer 
-----------> Top Albums / full CDs
 o Cyrill Schläpfer: Die Waldstätte (Lake Luzern) [Truetone /
www.csr-records.ch] The secret audio lives of steamships and paddle
steamers. Gargantuan project reminds me of the audio equivalent of
Herzog's Fitzcarraldo film [4 CDs / 3 DVDs].
 o Lena featuring Black Sifichi: The Uncertain Trail [Sounds
Around / www.soundsaround.net] Psycho-active and psycho-geographical
electro-dub journeys to the end of this flat earth.
 o Erika Stucky: Suicidal Yodels [Traumton / www.traumton.de]
Yodeling meets the next generation of creative, inventive pop. [see
my website for more on her].
 o Up Bustle & Out: Istanbul's Secrets [Collision /
www.echobeach.de] Musicological collisions in a trippy setting.
 o Daniel Steven Crafts: Soap Opera Suite / Snake Oil Symphony
[Lutra, 1982] This long lost resource is an inspired LP of artistic
sampling as well as one of the essential sampling resource discs for
DJs. Great to have it back. Thanks Tony.
 o Olivia Louvel: Lulu in Suspension [Optical Sound /
www.optical-sound.com] Little Annie Anxiety fronting Portishead?
 o Mauy Thai: Ritualistic Kick Boxing Music [SP Bangkok] Before a
Thai kick-boxing fight, the boxers perform a ritualistic form of
prayer. Thanks Nina.
 o International Observer: Heard [Dubmission /
dubmission@...] Roots Dub jump-started for a spectacular
 o Lump: Dub [Future]. Thanx Kirk. Future MRI MIA style dub.
 o If, Bwana & Al Margolis: An Innocent, Abroad [Pogus /
www.pogus.com]. The enchanting Lorelei go on tour to cause midtown
 o Jozef van Wissem: Stations of the Cross [ncunabulum /
www.jozefvanwissem.com] Plunging into the ancient to emerge in a
post-modern antiseptic controlled-environment airport soundscape.
Time travel without all the hassle of packing your bags.
 o Liquid Stranger: The Invisible Conquest [Interchill Records]
Chillout dub at its best. Thanx Kirk.
 o Antoine Berthiaume & MaryClare Brzytwa: Bebe Donkey [Ambiences
Magnetiques / www.actuellecd.com] amazingly cool without for a moment
acting it or probably having the right haircut.
 o Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain [Mute / www.mute.com] From 2000,
Tremendously atmospheric record.
 o Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine: Poor, On Tour & Over 54 [No
Help Here / horowitz@...] Intellectual punnery and downright
 o Frank Rothkamm: LAX [Flux Records [www.rothkamm.com] Sounding
like it was the long lost soundtrack to Brazil the movie and as if it
has been produced in a dusty particle accelerator filled with Gummi
 o Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects: El Buya [Barbarity/RecRec]
Yes, this is from the mid-1990s but I just found it again after
playing it to death on my WFMU show back then. Moroccan industrial
 o Various Artists: Superbad: The Very Best of Blaxploitation
[Warner / www.warnerdance.com] pseudo-hip post-Tarantino youth like
to embrace this but despite that, there's a lot of great stuff on
 o OMFO: We Are the Shepherds [Essay / www.essayrecordings.com]
Wacked hipness with faulty vodka.
 o Coachmen vs Septimania: The Coahmen on Holiday in Septimania
[Commodify This / http://jdkingillustration.com] Basement Tapes
mangled in a leaky dungeon with the so-called brothers of the Shaggs.
 o Klaus Nomi: Simple Man [RCA] Operatic punk-drag glam at its
best. First famous person to die of AIDS.
 o Polkaholics: Polka über Alles [Polkaholics /
www.thepolkaholics.com] The link between polka and punk has never
been more obvious - the sound, the clothes, the speed
 o Sly & the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On [Epic Legacy /
www.slystonemusic.com] Difficult, elusive and cool: the confluence of
hippie and funk, peace and drugs, danceable beats and
 o Alan Bishop & Mark Gergis: Radio Thailand: Transmissions from
the Tropical Kingdom [SF] Thanks Rene van Peer. Sun City girls go
crazy collecting several thousand hours of music and sounds in
 o Vladislav Delay: Multila [Efa Imports] Atmospheric glitch with
textural extrapolations, venturing into ambient spectral waves of
suspicious geographic emotion.
 o Various Artists: Heimatklänge [Traumton / www.traumton.de]
Read my review of the movie. Online.
 o Heller: .01..05 [Optical Sound / www.optical-sound.com] Blip
Blip - learn the language people.
 o Annea Lockwood: Thousand Year Dreaming / Floating World [Pogus
/ www.pogus.com]. The sound of gravitational pull, of floating
objects, of thoughts scraping along unnamed film noir topographies.
 o Dalida: Bambino [Membran & SVM / www.membran.com]. Tragic
chanteuse flung herself out of a Montmartre apartment window.
 o Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra: Cugi's Cocktails [Mercury]
With a 60-year difference, he married Charo, the Pamela Anderson of
 o Joanna Newsom: Ys [Drag City] Weird Dylan Thomas meets Yeats
Middle Earth hippie stuff and there is her enchanting harp.
 o Air: Moon Safari [Source] Better than hip.
 o Visit Venus: Music for Tourism vol. 1 [Yo Mama's] This dates
from 1995. Thanx Kirk.
 o Various Artists: This is WORM Station [WORM /
www.wormstation.nl] Rotterdam meets the world inside out.
 o Day Care Centre: A Jumpin' Jackpot of Melody [Czecher /
 o Emily Hay vs Marcos Fernandes: We Are [Public Eyesore /
[a] o Shackleton: Blood On My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos Apocalypso
Now Mix) [Soundboy Punishments / Skull Disco] amazing piece of
hypnotic dark dubstep.
[b] o Matt Rogalsky: Sprawl (Western Magnetics) [Memory Like Water /
XI] 24-minute masterpiece.
[c] o Erika Stucky: All I Really Want To Do (Dylan) [Suicidal Yodels
/ Traumton] great yodeling take on a Dylan song where he actually
attempts a cracked yodel himself.
[d] o Gwen Stefani: Wind It Up [The Sweet Escape / Interscope] Much
better than people are willing to admit especially the video. And
there is great recycled literary-allusional yodeling. Smart.
[e] o Black Sifichi with Scotty Ross & Strings of Consciousness:
Midnight Moonbeams [outtake] Prefer this mix to the one on the
[f] o Grand Funk Railroad: I'm Your Captain [Capitol /
www.grandfunkrailroad.com] The first ambient rock record complete
with birds and the feeling of spaciousness induced by correct drug
[g] o Algebra Suicide: True Romance at the World's Fair [Buzzerama /
www.myspace.com/algebrasuicide] RIP Lydia, September 2007. Great
underground single. Lydia Lunch with a smile.
[h] o Solomonoff & Von Hoffmanstahl: The Simple Way [The Simple Way /
editor@...] Were the only band I ever saw that could outdo
the dissonance and errant noise that NY shoves into your soul. Like
all good revolutionaries, they cleansed your soul and made sure that
people got home on time.
[i] o Dog Yodel: Mike Johnson [Yodeling 40 years / Roughshod
http://hometown.aol.com/blackyodelno1/] This yodel connects the human
spirit to the fauna voice. Great piece of anthropological madness.
[j] o Defrost Oven Lisa Smith Klossner vs Strings of Consciousness
[k] o Gipsy.cz: Multin [Romano Hip Hop / Indies Scope /
www.indiesrec.cz] Wanted to like the entire cd but of 15 trax, 4 were
ok, and this one is excellent.
[l]o Sophie Tucker: There's Something Spanish In My Eyes [taken from
Willem Breuker's homage to Tucker for which I did the transcription
of the lyrics]
[m] o Anouk: Hi Hello, Hi Hello [Automatik Kalamity / Virgin France]
She is a really good strong Dutch pop singer somewhere between Janis
Joplin, Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morrisette.
[n] o Various Reggae singles. Purchased original label singles from
1970s. Treasure chest.
-----------> Lifetime Achievement Awards:
o Musicworks [cds 1-99] Canadian dedication to inventive sound.
o DrDr Jazz who has turned the ukulele into a tool of terror. No
wonder Michigan unemployment is the highest in the nation and GM has
o Various: Big Mag #1 & 2 [de Player] A magazine with vinyl and an
underground strategy for creative survival.
# I'm up to 404 shows on Patapoe. Will now go with the TOTAL number
of WTM radio shows at WFMU, Radio Libertaire, Radio 100 and - still
going strong - Radio Patapoe
# These are still lots of playlists in the works ptp 376/973 [Father
Show], ptp396/993 through ptp402/1000. Wanted to do something special
for the 1000 anniversary radio show but it passed me right by. Just
weirdly enough did a Goggle search on one of my all time faves Lizzy
Mercier Descloux, who in her punk funk Ze Records  was the
coolest dame in the world [hey, I was 24, new to NY, and she had a
great French accent, great messy hair, attitude and poetry and the
hottest music going], anyway I see that she died of cancer in 2004.
How did I miss this for 4 years?! Back in 2001 I was trying to
contact her to do an interview-article on her but true to form she
was basically unreachable. Almost all WTM shows are archived and
played randomly in off hours when the station is on autopilot
OTHER PATAPOE SHOWS:
o Jonges v/d Vlakte [Boys from the Plains]: "De cottonpickin' Jongens
van de cottonpickin' Vlakte" play a piquant, illuminating, and
playfully irritating mix of faulty music, of near-misses, of obscure
failures, of world music that is not from this world 19.00-20.30
[Dutch time, subtract 1 hr for UK, subtract 6 hrs for US East Coast]
Mondays @ PTP
o Dr. Doo Wop in a seance with reflection WAS on Radio Patapoe on
Sundays 17.00-18.00 Amsterdam time
o C2000: Whatever Whenever or aka yo momma, electropulp metal, we
hate hippies, hardcore jumpstylemetal, hiphopmetal,
punk-industrialmetal and meta-metal Mondays 20.30-22.30
o Psycehdelicatessen: obscure underground progressivica Sunday 20-24.
o De Oktoskoop: Kinderen /kid /children /rugrats and other
visionaries. Sat. 11.30-13.30
o No8ody: unformated*core, vr/ijly/stile*maz*up*zumbi*drones Saturdays 14-16.
o Radio Worm: Rotterdam-based radio collective presents inventive
programming to baffle all preconceptions. Midnight Sundays and in
o H=Bass: Klas-zeike Herrie [classic-sickness noise] Sunday 14-17
o Gelul met Krul: Bullshitting on the radio with intriguing guests
o Stront [Shit]: noise, lo-fi experimenting Wednesday 18-22
o HET PROGRAMMA: industrial lounge for collapsing people. Tuesdays 21:00
* Wreck This Mess-Paris @ Radio Libertaire, Paris 89.4 hosted by
Laurent Diouf 1/2 PanouPanou on Tuesdays 12:30-14:30 check
* Black Sifichi / Audiometric radio check <http://www.blacksifichi.com>
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