Welcome to episode 11, and the first 30-minute edition of Un-Herd archives. This one goes all the way back to January 26, 2009, featuring the spazz-jazz duet called Thicket. This band features the most frequently appearing guest of Un-Herd, drummer John Niekrasz, of notables such as Naked Future and Why I Must Be Careful. On alto saxophone we have Ben Kates, a long time collaborator with Niekrasz, in bands like Fly Fly Fly Fly Fly, and Naked Future. Ben is missed in the Portland avant-garde scene as of this retrospective while teaching elementary students in Alaska. With that, please enjoy, Thicket.
Alas we have arrived at Un | Herd Archive Episode number 13. This one includes two performances, the main show being that of an improvisational duet entitled, Deeds. And they are Brian Mumford on electric guitar and Un | Herd veteran, John Niekrasz on drums. The second portion of the show will be a 6 minute clip from one of my earliest programs featuring John again on drums and Seth Brown on Fender Rhodes piano, performing as Why I Must Be Careful. The prior goes back to November 23, 2009, and the latter goes back to November 24, 2008. I believe they were both debut performances; the prior was totally new and improvised; the latter was freshly composed. So please enjoy Deeds and Why I Must Be Careful.
Thank you for tuning in to Un-Herd Archive series episode 14. This show dates to Nov 23 2009. This program was originally shared with episode 13 featured performance Deeds. Now its time for something totally different, the artist we call Soup Purse. Todd Dickerson, a performer and scholar of noise, a seer of visions, he is the man behind Soup Purse. He is nothing less than a fixture of the Portland noise scene and a respected fellow for that matter. His performance is more than sound, its divination. He borrows from the early surrealists in terms of method but not necessarily form. He also incorporates some spoken theatrical performance in to each show, but not in this program, oddly, perhaps he prefers an audience to feed from.
Moodring graced the studio with their upbeat noise and indie style funk. I wrote my own take on the band, and while browsing their label's website, I read a review almost identical to mine, confirming my perspective.
Un | Herd Archive Episode #21: Daniel Menche Recorded August 23rd, 2010 Daniel was a great guest. He showed up on time with only a handful of CD’s. On the CD’s, various field recordings from hikes on Mt. Hood and other pacific northwest natural areas. The sounds are amazing, the blends are surreal. It was one of the easiest, best shows I’ve presented. So enjoy live mixing of field recordings by Daniel Menche. That was Daniel Menche, live on Un | Herd, KBOO, August 23rd, 2010 playing a collection of field recordings from the pacific northwest. This program was produced by Me, Sean Ongley.
Un | Herd Archive Episode #21.5: Frontol Lobe Development
Recorded August 30th, 2010
This is a special 15 minute program, connected to the previous show with Daniel Menche. This band is comprised of teenagers from Roosevelt High School. They could not perform at my 10pm show time due to school, so we had to put them on Desolo Luna Vox Theatrum. But, for the spirit of it, I include this within the archives. Now, Frontol Lobe Development with Daniel Menche.
This program was the best I’ve ever had that hap-hazardly fell in to my lap. It was a humbling experience to interview a founding frontman of the famous anarchist pop band, Chumbawamba. The man sits for a full hour and goes in to 25 years of music making, it’s a treat folks. And he reads from his new book, “Three Dead Princes”. I offer this program in its live, unedited imperfection. Specifically please excuse the buzzing. I’ve alerted the station engineer. Anyhow, please enjoy this special hour-long program.