I figured Dar Williams’ “Are You Out There?” would be a fitting goodbye to KZME. 

Tune in tonight for the final live broadcasts on KZME: Deborah at 5pm, and a farewell starting at 7pm.

Here’s the album version of the above.1  I’ve transcribed the lyrics by hand; I guess I did it ‘cause.

Perhaps I am a miscreation,
no one knows the truth,
there is no future here

And you’re the DJ speaks to my insomnia,
and laughs at all I had to fear,
laughs at all I had to fear

You always play the madmen poets,
vinyl vision, grungy bands,
you never know who’s still awake,
you never know who understands

and are you out there, can you hear this?
Jimmy Olson, Johnny Memphis,
I was out here listening all the time.

And though the static walls surround me,
you were out there and you found me,
I was out here listening all the time…

Last night we drank in parking lots,
and why do we drink,
I guess we do it ‘cause

And when I turned your station on,
you sounded more familiar than the party was
you were more familiar than the party

It’s the first time I stayed up all night,
it’s getting light, I hear the birds
I’m driving home on empty streets,
I think I put my shirt on backwards

are you out there, can you hear this?
Jimmy Olson, Johnny Memphis,
I was out here listening all the time.

And though the static walls surround me,
you were out there and you found me,
I was out here listening all the time…

And what’s the future, who will choose it,
politics of love and music,
underdogs with turntables,
indie versus major labels,
there’s so much to see through,
like our parents do more drugs than we do…

Corporate parents, corporate town
I know every TV set that has ‘em lit
they preach that I should save the world,
they pray that I won’t do a better job of it,
pray that I won’t do a better job…

So tonight I turned your station on,
just so I’d be understood,
instead another voice said I was just too late and just no good…

Calling Olson,
Calling Memphis,
I am calling, can you hear this?
I was out here listening all the time
and I will write this down and then
I will not be alone again
yeah I was out here listening
oh yeah I was here listening
oh yeah I am out here listening all the time…

 
1. Yeah, sorry the live video is from a competitor to terrestrial radio. Her story was too good to pass up.

taiganaut:

Of course The Lowest Pair come up on shuffle right now and speak my heart with “Pear Tree.”

There isn’t a copy of the album version that I can find online for streaming, but you can buy it for a buck.  Meanwhile, you should watch this video because their dynamics are like this every. time. and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them at a house concert among other shows.

Here’s another favorite of mine off their album 36¢, “Oh Susanna.”

Kendl Winter currently resides in Olympia, Washington, and we’re damn glad to have her in the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully she’s stolen Palmer T. Lee from Minnesota for good, though we could probably be cool with visitation allowances. ;)

taiganaut:

know what to do that’ll make myself feel better: go to the Last.fm Mainstream-o-Meter to see how mainstream my musical taste is!

The Mainstream-o-Meter compares artists in your Top 20, 30, 40 or 50 over various time ranges to Coldplay, the most mainstream artist (by number of plays in the United States).  It then weights your score by how much you listened to each artist, finally calculating it by how many plays each of your favorite artists has compared to Coldplay.

Results:

  • Top 50, all time (since 2006 (!!!)): I am 20% mainstream (“Cool.”)
  • Top 50, last 12 months: I am 16% mainstream (“Adventurous.”)

This proves I rock and my disappearance would be a tragedy so :P~~~~~~

supersonicart:

World’s First Ever Embroidered Music Video Uses Over 45 Million Stitches.

In the video for British heavy metal band Throne’s song “Tharsis Sleeps,” the directors Nicos Levesey (also a member of Throne) and Tom Bunker went all out and created the first ever, frame by frame stitched video.  The animation and sewing took several months to do and many all-nighters using over three thousand embroidered “frames” and over 45 million stitches.  Check out the colorful, incredible video/work of art below:

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Anaïs Mitchell, “Young Man in America,” live on WNRN public radio.

Here’s the album version.

This will be one of the last songs KZME and Hello Cruel World host John B. Jones woke me up to on 107.1FM in Portland. JBJ said on last week’s “Best of the KZME Years (#342!)” that it was his favorite from those years. I can see why.

Thank $creator I didn’t end up one of these young men, at least not in whole if in part; I’ve known too many, and too many of them are gone, and too many of them are still here.

Thanks to all the KZME DJs. I hope you all find homes.

I’m sorry. Watch this and TRY to tell me Madonna didn’t perfect her niche forever, right here.

Since this is Tumblr, please comment on the instances of rejection of traditional gender roles, compare and contrast with the submission to traditional gender roles, and synthesize on how the overbroad influence of Madonna’s career affected gender roles in music to come, both mass-market and not.

batforlasheslove:

Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan) 

If I don’t stand out like a star among the moons,
if I am always late and he always backs away too soon,
I walk the world with a skin so thin,
I can wear no adequate protection,
everything comes crashing in.

If I’m too wide open for this place,
but not enough for him to recognize my face,
how will he find me?

Deb Talan, Sincerely (2001).

Deb was in Hummingfish when she lived in Portland. She’s since lived in Massachusetts and settled in Southern California with her husband Steve Tannen, who is the co-frontman of their husband-wife duo The Weepies.

Deb has been in treatment for “aggressive stage 2 breast cancer” for several months, with a surgery upcoming. Updates are posted on The Weepies’ Facebook Page.

Well wishes can be sent here:

The Weepies 
PO Box 2776
Iowa City, IA 52244

Sunshine has given way to dark clouds and spring rain here in PDX, heading into Memorial Day weekend.

This song by Ali Wesley feels timely to me right now for a lot of reasons.

I don’t know her intent, of course, but I can interpret it as a take on bipolar disorder or depression. I feel in her words the disconnect either illness inevitably creates, the one you recognize all of a sudden when you realize that other people think your wiring is crossed.  (For the record, in my case, I’ve determined beyond a reasonable doubt that the world’s wiring is crossed, and mine is probably half decent.)

You can see Ali perform a different song live on John B. Jones’ Hello Cruel World (currently on KZME, video recorded at KMHD) on youtube here.

Ali Wesley is a Portland artist with two albums available.

Listen/purchase: the ups by Ali Wesley

Folks, here’s the situation. radioeastpdx.fm will disappear from the web in 14 13 days. (My prior post was mistaken, I thought the date was May 9, not May 19.)
Those of you who subscribe via Tumblr will continue to receive updates as normal.
Everyone who visits on the web will see nothing.
My cost to renew for 1 year is $85.  One donor has already given $20, so I need only $65 now.  I don’t have that money.
This is a labor of love. I’ve recently decided to climb down about 5 rungs on the financial class ladder, and that’s my choice, and I’m still getting used to it.  But I can’t afford the domain renewal without donations.
Please help.

Folks, here’s the situation. radioeastpdx.fm will disappear from the web in 14 13 days. (My prior post was mistaken, I thought the date was May 9, not May 19.)

Those of you who subscribe via Tumblr will continue to receive updates as normal.

Everyone who visits on the web will see nothing.

My cost to renew for 1 year is $85.  One donor has already given $20, so I need only $65 now.  I don’t have that money.

This is a labor of love. I’ve recently decided to climb down about 5 rungs on the financial class ladder, and that’s my choice, and I’m still getting used to it.  But I can’t afford the domain renewal without donations.

Please help.