Shortly before the advent of 2023, I pulled the same Tarot card, always reversed, three times. It was the Three of Cups. The first time, it was greeted by a foreboding chorus of uh-oh’s. The second time, a borrowed cat chose it for me. The third time, I knew it was coming, and had prepared myself to answer to the image: Wounds become scars, and scars tell stories of adventure.
On New Year’s Day, I read Alice Notley’s The Prophet, (1979), which starts with, “They say there is a dying star which is traveling in two directions. / Don’t brood over how you may have behaved last night. If you / Can’t remember that much about it, don’t ask anyone else about it / Except a little, in case you were wonderful in your abandon. / Don’t gloat if you were wonderful, for you have a hangover, ass, / Soon you’ll be old and you will still be this childish. . .
This episode celebrates reading and listening to music, with offerings in mind.
- I begin with Renee Gladman, The Eleven Calamities, Calamities, 2016 (Wave Books)
- Then CAConrad, Painted Pigeon Project, (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, 2014 (Wave Books)
- Bernadette Mayer reads The Way to Keep Going in Antarctica (1968) at a poetry reading in 2019
- Bhanu Kapil reads Poem Seven from How to Wash a Heart, 2020 (Liverpool University Press) on the occasion of winning the TS Eliot Prize
- I then read Asiya Wadud, Anything is Light when it Bears it Heavy: Etching a Name onto a Malleable Surface from New Weathers, Poetics from the Naropa Archive, ed. Anne Waldman and Emma Gomis, 2022 (Nightboat)
- Finally, I read Alice Notley, The Prophet (1979) from Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, 2006 (Wesleyan University Press)
- As ever, thank you to Roger 3000 for Something Like’s theme music.
Pharoah Sanders, Greeting to Saud (Brother McCoy Tyner), Elevation, 1973 (Impulse!)
Choices, Nikki Giovanni, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, 1978
Kahil El’Zabar Quartet, A Time for Healing, A Time for Healing, 2022
Bitsy reading: Renee Gladman, The Eleven Calamities, 2016 (Wave Books)
Midori Takada, Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter, Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter, 2022
Bitsy reading: CAConrad, Painted Pigeon Project, (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness, 2014, Wave Books
Bernadette Mayer reading her The Way to Keep Going in Antarctica in 2019
Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed. Unknown Forces, Sun Beans of Shimmering Light, 2021
Bhanu Kapil reading Poem Seven from How to Wash a Heart (TS Eliot Prize), 2020
Aline Bouvy, Splendeur et Décadence des Sirènes, 2022
Valentina Goncharova, Return to the Ocean, Ocean – Symphony for Electric Violin and other instruments in 10+ parts, 2021
Bitsy reading: Asiya Wadud, Anything is Light when it Bares it Heaven, Etching a Name onto a Malleable Surface, New Weathers, Poetics from the Naropa Archive, 2022 (Nightboat)
Helen Thorington, Terra dell’Immaginazione, Real to Reel, 2019
Bitsy reading: Alice Notley, The Prophet (1979), Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005, 2006 (Wesleyan University Press)
Three Pastorals, Autumn Fair, 2022 (Recital 10th anniversary project)
Max Meaza, Complicated Life, West Coast Hotel, 2006
Here we are at the end of another year, predictably in its vortex.
How is time marked? Could we mark time by folding time—a repetitive act, of traversing the same road, always in pursuit of observing new details? Perhaps, like the three-headed Chimera, to fold time is to swing one’s heads to face each other, greeting the past as we turn from the future, kissing the future as we’re spooned by the past.
This is Something Like’s 50th episode, and surely that’s something of a milestone, a jubilee, right? Halfway to a hundred, the paper folded, still small, not yet open. More space to write.
- As always, thank you to Julien Meert (Roger 3000) for providing Something Like with its jingles.
- This will be the last episode of the year, so I wanted to say Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and everything else!
Nancy Mounir (with Naima El Masreya), Taala Ya Shater, Nozhet El Nofous
Side D, Peter Brötzmann/Milford Graves/William Parker, Historic Music Past Tense Future, 2022
Itoh Masyitoh & Rineka Swara – Malati Dina Imutna, Noan Mangina, 1980
Aylu, Lilla, Profondo Rosa, 2022
James Newton, Arkansas Suite, Flute Music, 1977
Tutorial, Mikrokosmos, Another Time, This Time, One Time, 2019
Tapiwa Svosve, Side A, A lung in a horn in a horn, 2022
Sun Ra and his Arkestra, The Moors (Moorish Nights), June Tyson: Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, 2019
Duval Timothy (feat. Yu Su), Wood, Meeting with a Judas Tree, 2022
I-sef u-sef, consistency, consistency, 2022
Holy 21st Century – Anne Waldman & Brendan Haskins, Going Vocal, 2018
Alice Coltrane, Going Home, Lord of Lords, 1972
Miriam Makeba & Dollar Brand Quartet – Ityala Madoda (Live at Berliner Philharmonic 11.03.1978), 2018
Ishmael Reed, Anniversary Song for Carla, Hands of Grace 2022
Helen Thorington – Blauvelt Mountain, 2003
There are about 37.2 trillion cells in the human body, and we share our bodies with 39 trillion microbial cells. To quote the artist and writer Steffani Jemison, “where does your body end and the world begin?” Are we ever really alone? This is an episode about the multitudes in and around us—their collaborations, interconnections, and chatter.
- Thank you as ever to Roger 3000 for Something Like’s jingle
- Check out Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Milkweed Editions, 2013) here.
- Check out Steffani Jemison’s debut experimental novella A Rock, A River, A Street (Primary Information, 2022) here. An excerpt is read by Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, who is also the copy editor of this book.
- Annie Ernaux’s interview with the White Review can be found here.
民藝復興 Endeavour, Mystics, 極樂 (Elysium), 1992
Blue Gene Tyranny, We All Watch the Sun and the Moon (for a Moment of Insight) [Live at Cooper Union, New York, May 8, 1992], Degrees of Freedom Found, 2021
Duval Timothy, Mutate, 2022
Minicomponente, Casa de Higos, In, Tu, 2018
Doris Dennison, Land Form, Earth Interval I, 2022
Ana Roxanne, I’m Every Sparkly Woman, ~~~, 2019
Dominic Voz, Right to the City I, Right to the City, 2022
Interior, Shadows of You, Design, 1987
Virginia Astley, From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, 1983
Aylu, D’Oro, Profondo Rosa, 2022
Delphine Dora, L’utopie du renouveau (feat. Le fruit vert, Adam Cadell, Valérie Leclercq), L’inattingible, 2020
Leena Lee & Vania Fortuna, Niebla, Niebla, 2022
Sessa, Você É a Música, Estrela Acesa, 2022
Steffani Jemison, A Rock, A River, a Street (excerpt, p 102), Primary Information, 2022, read by Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro
Wadada Leo Smith / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed, Sun Beams of Shimmering Light, Sun Beams of Shimmering Light, 2022
Feminist Improvising Group – Reykjavík (19th November 78, Part 1), Feminist Improvising Group, 1979
Frères de Keur Moussa, Le Seigneur nous offre sa bienveillance,MARDI – Prière du Matin : Laudes – Antienne “Le Seigneur nous offre sa bienveillance” et Cantique de Zacharie · Choeur des Moines de l’abbaye de Keur Moussa au Sénégal, 2014
Dominic Voz, Right to the City II, Right to the City, 2022
Weyes Blood, It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow, 2022
What is it to feel potential unfold around us? What are the sensations of possibility? What should we expect? In this episode of Something Like, we’ll take a page from the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben and explore the precipice of actuality, potentiality, and its misunderstood sister, impotentiality. Failure, success; let it in, let it out, let it go.
- As always, thanks to Roger 3000 for Something Like’s jingle
- Giorgio Agamben’s Potentialities (Stanford University Press, 1999) is available here to read for free.
- I also read from Inger Christensen’s Alphabet, translated by Susanna Nied (New Directions, 2000), which is available to buy here.
Elkie Brooks, Pearl’s a Singer, Two Days Away, 1977
Swami Kriya Ramananda, City Indigo, Hymn to a New Age, 1981
Orlando Gibbons, What is Our Life, 1612 (performed by the Cambridge Taverner Choir)
John Luther Adams, Four Thousand Holes, 2010
Tiziana Simona (feat. Kenny Wheeler), Kind Folk, Gigolo, 1986
Celia Shepard and Benny Powell, Ceah the Wizard, Video Arts Music, 1987
Zeena Parkins – The Butcher Shop. Dawn. Amalia Is Alone. She Sings Her Thoughts About The Universe, The Opium War, 1999
Toshiyuki Tsuchitori and Ryuichi Sakamoto - Musique Differencielle 1, ディスアポイントメント・ハテルマ, Disappointment-Hateruma, 1976
Luka Aron, Divisions of the Field, Tinctures, 2022
Lindsay Cooper, Uncertainty Principle, Out of Nowhere, Schrödinger’s Cat, 1991
Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci, Siren Call, End of Softness, 2020
Björk, Allow, Fossora, 2022
Baikida E.J. Carroll, Orange Fish Tears, Orange Fish Tears, 1974
OHYUNG, Symphonies Sweeping, imagine naked! 2022
Patricia Wolf, A Conversation with my Innocence, See-Through, 2021
Sarah Vaughn, Rainy Days and Mondays, Live in Japan, 1975
Montgomery and Turner, Circumstances 2, Sounds Passing Through Circumstances, 2021
Sam Waymon, You’ve Got To Learn To Let it Go, Ganja & Hess soundtrack, 1973
The sound of summer, a drone, a noise, and annoyance, an immortal being: the cicada has me hissing in a late day requiem to Summer.
- Thanks as always to Roger 3000 for providing Something Like’s jingle.
- Special thanks to Harkeerat Mangat for his invaluable thoughts and wisdom in relation to Dhrupad, Raga, and Indian Classical Music in general.
- The book Harkeerat mentions and I read from is Amit Chaudhuri’s Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music.
Albro T. Gaul – Cicada Song, Sounds of Insects, 1960
Lars Erickson, Cicada, Time Circles, 1989
Simone, Cigarra, Cigarra, 1978
Oman and Shanti, Emergence, Celestial Odyssey, 1985
Dialect, Under ~ Between, Under ~ Between, 2021
Maria Monti, Il Letargo, Il Bestiario, 2012
Cassandra Miller, O Zomer!, O Zomer, 2018
Villagers From Xiaohuang Village, The Song Of Cicadas In May = 五月禅歌, Folk Songs Of The Dong, Gelao and Yao Peoples, 2021
Black Unity Trio, Birth, Life, Death, Al-Fatihah, 1969
María Elena Walsh, Como La Cigarra, Como La Cigarra, 1973
Ustad Amir Khan, Raga Marwa, 1960
Pauline Oliveros, David Rothenberg, Timothy Hill, Arc Hive, Cicada Dream Band, 2014
Sam Gendel, Cicada Duo, Cicada Lite (Live in Texas), 2022t
Call Of The Cicada (Utom Udel Kuleng Helef), Utom: Summoning The Spirit (Music In The T’boli Heartland), 1997
David Rothenberg, Magicicada Warm Springs, Bug Music, 2013
Sarah Davachi, Hours in the Evening, Let Night Come on Bells End the Day, 2018
Walter de Maria, Cricket Music (1964), Drums and Nature, 2000
James Edward Greeley, Hakomi (Hopi) – Where are you?, Before America, 2017.
Graciela Paraskevaídis, E Desidero Solo Colori, Dantas Leite* / Mendes* / Paraskevaídis* – La Voz, La Palabra, 1978
Jean Roché and Jean Thévenet, Marécages D’Irian-Jaya, Mars 1997, En Fin D’Après-Midi. Sauterelles, Courtilières Et Cigales. Concert En 2 Parties, La Seconde Plus Près Du Ruisseau, Avec Des Chants De Grenouilles / Irian-Jaya Marshes, New Guinea, March 1997, Late Afternoon. Crickets, Mole-Crickets And Cicadas. A Two Part Concert, The Second Close To A Stream, With The Song Of Frogs, Cidadas and Crickets, 2009
The Intervening Mind considers the effect of intrapersonal communication, or inner speech, on attention. The nature of inner speech is that it is multitudinous, a polyphonic (and possibly incoherent) interweaving dialogue between one’s inner thoughts and the exterior world. It’s integral to emotional processing, decision-making, and the formation of memory, but it can act as a distracting force. Inner speech can interfere with your ability to concentrate on what you’re reading, or what another person is saying. We’ll dive into the role inner speech plays in our understanding of time unfolding, of focus, and of the fallacy of multitasking.
- This episode of Something Like was made on the occasion of Intimate Connections, streaming in-situ in the Resonance Room at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, part of the exhibition YOYI, Repair, Care, Heal.
Robert Beatty, Side A, Breathing Meditation
Gia Margaret, No Sleep No Dream, Mia Gargaret, 2020
Junichi Kamiyama (神山純一), 水色の幻想 (Illusions Of Blue), Aqualy Dew (水の音楽), 1993
Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat, Likad, Chasing the Phantom, 2022
Samuel Beckett, Not I, performed by Billie Whitelaw, 1973
Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Aurora, Zero Time, 1971
Arca (Laurie Anderson Remix), Big Science, 2022
Joan La Barbara / Melody Sumner Carnahan, de Profundis: Out of the Depths, a Sign, The Time Is Now. 1997
Nina Guo, songs from blauch räusch [UT004], 2021
Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Talking Just to Hear Yourself, 2020
Edgard Varèse, Tuning Up, 1998
Andy Bey, You Should’ve Seen the Way, Experience & Judgment, 1973
Left, right. Right, left. The act of walking, like the human heartbeat, is extraordinarily complex (involving 200 bones and 600 muscles, not to mention a whole light show of brain activity), and yet for many people, a basic, almost thoughtless activity. We’ll ask, where does the mind go when as we move through space?
- As ever, thank you to Roger 3000 for providing Something Like’s jingles
- Check out Barbara Einzig’s Disappearing Work, a recounting (The Figures, 1979); Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies (House of Anansi Press, 2020); and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee (Tanam Press, 1982).
W.A. Mathieu, Walking, The Listening Book and The Musical Life, 2008
Felicia Atkinson and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, OL, Comme un Seul Narcisse 2016
Angel Bat Dawid, Harkening Etudes, 2021
Simone Forti, Night Walk, Al Di La, 2018 (Saltern Records, LA)
Kate NV, Walk, Bouquet, 2022
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Mindimooyenh, Noopiming Sessions, 2020
Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Walks/Flowers, Moiré, 2021
Mary Krstic, Potwisha, Break the Chains, 1979
Los Dinámicos Exciters – Cuando Llegue A Phoenix, Lo Mejor De Los Dinámicos Exciters
Dylan Henner, Children Were Climbing the Old Tree in the Park, Flues of Forgotten Sands, 2022
Everything Play, 田舎暮らしの夢見人 (Country Dreamer), Everything Play, 1992
Sopa de Pedra, Claro – I Verão II Corpo III Fonte, Do Claro Ao Breu, 2022
Laura Nyro, Stoned Soul Picnic (Demo Version), Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (Expanded Edition), 1968 (remastered in 2002)
Blue Lake, Shoots, Stikling, 2022
Eddie Chacon, Outside (Laraaji remix), 2020
Claire Rousay, everything perfect is already here, everything perfect is already here, 2022
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee (Polymnia / Sacred Poetry), 1982
Linton Kwesi Johnson, Poem of Shape and Motion, More Time, 1998
A meta-mid-life-crisis maybe. Something Like That, or Something Like that goes searching for permutations of adjacency and in-articulation, watching mouth-agape as parallel worlds open in front of us in a call and response with our own. Or something like that. Moans, prophecies, New Age bedroom jams, UFOs, and a letter home await.
Antonio Smith, Magia de Ser, Ven, seamos más…, 1974
W.A. Mathieu, Turning Point, In the Wind, 1983
Cktrl, May, Rhythm Section Presents Shouts, 2021
Leslie Winer & Maxwell Sterling, Once I Was, 2022
Sault, Time is Precious, Air, 2022
Julius Eastman, Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc (1981), Unjust Malaise, 2005
India Gailey, koʻu inoa (by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti), to you through, 2022
Sosana Gebre Eyesus, ስቀለው እያሉ – Seqelew Eyalu, Sosana Gebre Eyesus, 2018
Blue Gene Tyranny, Time Transposing Pianist (A Letter from Home, vertical version) [Live at Roulette, New York, March 27, 1992], Degrees of Freedom Found, 2021
Prince Nifty, Commentary on Dream III – Anti-Gravity, Interplanetary Machines, 2022
Arushi Jain, Richer than Blood, Under the Lilac Sky, 2021
Ami Dang, Raiments, Parted Plains, 2019
Synthesis, I Am That I Am, Planetary Peace, 2016
カルメン・マキ [Carmen Maki] – 本能 [Honnou (Instinct)], Adam and Eve [アダムとイヴ (Adamu To Ibu)], 1969
Kellee Patterson, Be All Your Own, Maiden Voyage, 1973
Blue Gene Tyranny, That Then, Now This (Live at Merkin Hall, New York, April 1, 1991), Degrees of Freedom Found, 2021
Arnold Dreyblatt & The Orchestra of Excited Strings, Untitled, Nodal Excitation, 1982
Howie Lee / Fishdoll, 慢化无, Howie Lee & Fishdoll – 慢化无／飞夜种, 2018
Shakali, Ad Astra, Aurinkopari, 2022
Cecil McBee, Into a Fantasy, Flying Out, 1982
Sun Ra & His Arkestra, That’s How I Feel, Lanquidity, 1978 (reissued 2014)
“Blue” Gene Tyranny, A Letter from Home, the basic chords, improvisation for one pianist (Live at Roulette, New York, December 1, 2004), Degrees of Freedom Found, 2021
Something Like That, That, Something’s Happening, 2022
It turns out, an indoor coil is the component of an air conditioner that sucks the heat out of the room. This episode of Something Like wants to reverse that process. If home is a state of mind, then maybe your apartment is an extension of your mind, maybe you’re in a relationship with your apartment, maybe you’re in a ritual with your apartment. These are declarations of inside love.
- As ever, Something Like’s jingle comes from Roger 3000
- I read from Part 2 of Midwinter Day, by Bernadette Mayer. You can listen to more about the process of writing this book on the excellent podcast, Commonplace, with Rachel Zucker.
Takashi Kokubo (小久保隆) – Corridor Music (回廊の音楽), Digital Soundology #1, Volk Von Bauhaus (20th anniversary reissue), late 1980s
Eartha Kitt, Chez Moi, EP, 1965
Roger 3000, Entrée, Reste En Vie, 2022 (futura resistenza)
Howie Lee, Door of Aspiration, Birdy Island, 2021
Toshio Tanioka and Tom & Jerry’s, Kamakura, 人間であること (Human Being), 1973
Alice Notley, A Woman Comes into the Room, 1979
Jeff Majors, Room 400, Yoka Boka (For Us All), 2018 (originally a 1986 private-press)
Bernadette Mayer, Midwinter Day (Part Two excerpt), 1982
Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble, Days/ Percussion Solo/King’s Birdcage, The Mermaid’s Purse: Live at Chatham College, 1976 (Smithsonian Folkways reissue 2022)
Tara Clerkin Trio, In the Room, Tara Clerkin Trio, 2019
Trilby’s Couch, AC Marias, One of Our Girls (Has Gone Missing), 1989
Panxing, Small Worlds, Slowmusic, 2021
Interior, River, Design, 1987
冥丁 Meitei, 骨董 (Antiques), Kwaidan 怪談, 2018
Tiziana La Melia/Ellis Sam, Marseille Cat, Kletic Kink, 2020,
Nikki Giovanni, My House, The Way I Feel, 1975
Nala Sinephro, Space 8, Space 1.8, 2021
Bea1991, Don’t Touch My Freedom, Brand New Adult, 2019
Annabel Lamb, Take Me In Your Arms, Once Bitten, 1983
Anadol, Gizli Duygular, Felicita, 2022
Ichiko Hashimoto, Ballet, Sounds From The Music Interior (The Music Interior Sampler), 1985 (originally Ichiko, 1984)
Jane, I Slap My Belly, Edward Not Edward (Compilation), 1989
Elan Noon, Th-That’s All Folks, Caricature, 2022
Karma Moffett, Sitting Still Within, Sitting Still Without, 1982
Tinsel peril surely describes the sparkle of new snow, but in this new world that’s unfolding around us, this new war, this new refugee crisis, tinsel peril takes on a different tone: all the flitting flimsy shimmer of yesterday’s party is now caught in the slightest wind, rustling danger in its weightlessness, its high pitched quivering. This episode is in dedication to all of the people who are being displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, and to the people who are giving their time, their homes, and their hearts to provide refugees a safe landing. Thank you <3
- As ever, Something Like’s jingle is courtesy of Roger 3000
- Check out the excellent Ukrainian label Muskut, from which much of the music out of Ukraine you’ll hear today derives. All proceeds of their record sales will go to Ukrainian charities and defence forces.
- The music under my voice today comes from the inimitable Midori Takada, and Through the Looking Glass (1983).
Emily Dickinson, Glass was the Street – in Tinsel Peril (1518)
Karin Krog, Images in Glass, Don’t Just Sing: A Karin Krog Anthology 1963-1999, 2015
Nyokabi Kariuki, Equator Song, peace places: kenyan memories, 2022
Valentina Goncharova, Higher Frequencies, Recordings 1987-1991, Vol. 1., 2020
James Newton, Skye, Flute Music, 2022
Joel Andrews, Schawkie Roth, Crystal Vision Dance, Love the Earth, 1980
The Worlds of Love, Gesture, The Worlds of Love, 1989
Bendik Giske, Flutter, Cracks, 2021
Perila, Double Echo, A Collective Memoir, 2022
Alice Shields, Apocalypse: Truth, Apocalypse: An Electric Opera, 1993
Maxwell’s Silver Band, My Little World, Wataru, Isao, Hirohito & Yoshiaki, 1975, Fuji Mountain Records
Yas-Kaz, The Magical Stones, The Double Mirrors,The Wave of Breathing, Jomon-Shu, 1984
Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko, Untitled 1, Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy, 2020
Liam Byrne, Lines Curved Rivers Mirrored: I. (Edmund Finnis), Concrete, 2019
Áine O’Dwyer*, The Ruling of Pan, Music For Church Cleaners Vol II, 2015
Matana Roberts, how bright they shine, Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis, 2019
Hamar, Laensha / Calming Down Song, Musik Der Hamar, 1987
Chillera, Side A, Live from Odessa, 2021
For this year’s Valentine’s Day episode, the 41st episode of Something Like, we turn to Strangers. Strangers, their dangers, their mysteries, and all the feelings and fantasy and projections they produce in us. We’re going to channel that feeling of looking across a room and catching the gaze of an unknown. Perhaps, in that brief moment, you imagine what their life is like, what they do for a living, where they live. Maybe you imagine what it would be like to have them in your life, for them to become a friend, or a lover, what it would be like for them to be in your bed, in your kitchen, what their voice sounds like. For your inner Faye Wong.
- As ever, thanks to Roger 3000 for providing Something Like’s Jingle
- Thanks to Mayra for introducing me to Ueda Akinari’s Tales of Moonlight and Rain <3
Akilah Oliver/Latasha Diggs/Tyler Burba (LIve), Beautiful Boys, Akilah, 2011
Patty Waters, Touched by a Rodin in a Paris Museum, You Thrill Me, Plays, (1970/2020)
Roel A. Garcia, Frankie Chan, 汗、雨、淚 (Rain, Tear, Sweat), Chungking Express O.S.T., 1994
Noel and the Red Wedge, Specimen, Peer Pressure, 1981
Studio 621, グラスを傾けて (Tilt the Glass), 百物語 By Y･O･K･O, 1986
Kiri-uu, Ilu Neiu Kiigel / Pretty Girl On A Swing, Creak-whoosh (Estonian, Ingrian and Votian song re-imagined in Australia by Olev Muska and Mihkel Tartu), 2021
Fatima Al-Qadiri, Stolen Kiss of a Succubus, Medieval Femme, 2021
Robert Ashley, She Was a Visitor, Automatic Writing, 1996
Visor, Inbox, Visor, 1997
Máryko Dry “Il M’a Trouvée Dans Les Rues” – Private Press, 1989
Laurie Anderson, The Stranger (Live), United States Live, Recorded live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City (USA) on February 7-10, 1983, 1984
Elodie Lauten, Magnetism, The Mystery of the Elements, 2002
Coil, Where Are You, Musick To Play in the Dark2, 2000
Klein, Bad Boy This, Bad Boy That (Interlude), Now That’s What I Call R&B, 2021
Randy, Candles of Love Burn, C. Life Records, 1979
Slapp Happy, A Little Something, Peel Sessions, 25 June 1974
Van Morrison, Madame George, Astral Weeks, 1968
Norma Tanega, No Stranger Am I, Walking My Cat Named Dog, 1966
B.J. Ward, Keep it To Yourself, Vocal Ease, 1970
The Cramps, What’s Behind the Mask, Songs the Lord Taught Us, 1980
We start this 40th episode of Something Like with a story shared by a dear friend, about a psychoanalytically profound dig in her garden ending with a mysterious and inspiring omen. We’ll then go about turning things around in our hands, hearts, and minds, moving around ideas to understand their hidden contexts, what’s lurking in their crevices. We’ll start with 15th century polyphony, work our way over to none other than Bobby McFerrin, and wend our way by Howie Lee, Jjjjjerome Ellis, P.M. Tummala, Marnie Weber, and others right back to where Something Like began 40 whole episodes ago: Robert Ashley’s Private Parts. Make sure to listen all the way to the end, as there’s a special surprise lurking around the 1:55:00 zone.
- As ever, Something Like’s jingle comes courtesy of my dear friend and collaborator, Roger 3000.
The Clerks’ Group · Edward Wickham, Missa Prolationum: Kyrie, The Ockeghem Collection, 1995
Pauline Oliveros, The Roots of the Moment, The Roots of the Moment, 1988
Bobby McFerrin & Jack Nicholson, Just So, How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin & How The Camel Got His Hump, 1987
John Zorn, Ocean Nymphs (Book II), Madrigals (For Six Female Voices), 2014
Howie Lee, 光阴向太阳 (Time To The Sun) Ft. Yehaiyahan, Birdy Island, 2021
Carlos Maria Trindade / Nuno Canavarro, Blu Terra, Mr. Wollogallu, 1991
Stevie Nicks, The Dealer (Demo), Tusk Master Reel Recording (1979), and then for Bella Donna (1981)
George Lewis & Miya Masaoka, A Thousand Subtle Ways, The Usual Turmoil and Other Duets with George Lewis & Miya Masaoka, 2011
Teruko Fujii (藤井輝子), 砂の城 (JAi Tout Fait Pour Ça), Mountain and River of Love, 1971
Marnie Weber, Bubble Blues, Woman with Bass, 1991
David Sylvian, Preparations for a Journey, Preparations for a Journey, 1984
Charmaine Lee, Congealed (for cg), A Stone Widens It, 2020
Jjjjjerome Ellis, Jede Krankheit ist ein musikalisches Problem, The Clearing, 2021
P.M. Tummala, Meera Post-Awakening, Abstractions in Meera, 2021
Robert Ashley, The Backyard, Private Parts, 1978
This episode of Something Like—the last of 2021—started off with the title “Banality and Foreboding”, reflecting that now-familiar cyclical feeling of another covid abyss. But somewhere along the way, I remembered that this little radio show has nothing to do with those two words; that’s not what we’re here for! Instead, we’ll turn to some important 2021 lodestones: Milford Graves, Anne Waldman, and Laurie Anderson (as well as a very transformative jigsaw puzzle) in search of new year’s resolutions. What we find are protest songs, songs in the future past, songs by the ocean shore, songs seeking the overtones of a buzzy field recording, songs for placing your cheek to the earth. Nothing doesn’t matter. Work on your memory. Enjoy the darkness.
- Behind my voice today you hear Joel Andrews & Schawkie Roth’s Love The Earth (1980), from a tape treasure I found on Hornby Island this year.
- Something Like’s jingle comes to us as always courtesy of my dearest friend and collaborator Roger 3000.
- Check out this wonderful podcast, An Invitation to Species
- All of Laurie Anderson’s Mahindra Center lectures can now be found on Youtube.
- You can watch Milford Graves’ memorial at Artists Space in New York here.
Milford Graves, Babi (excerpt), Bäbi, 1977
L’Rain, IV, Fatigue, 2021
Princess Diana of Wales, Choir Chant, Princess Diana of Wales, 2021
Anne Waldman and Laurie Anderson, Rune, SCHIAMACHY, 2020
Claire Rousay, A Kind of Promise, A Softer Focus, 2021
Robert Wyatt, The Age of Self, Old Rottenhat, 1985
Jennifer Walshe, Johannes Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum, Kyrie, A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1: Ancient to Renaissance, 2020
Caetano Veloso, Não Vou Deixar, Meu Coco, 2021
Maya Weeks, War on Time, Tethers, 2021
Els Vandeweyer, Yellow Flower Outro, Trash, 2021
Organic Music Theatre, Butterfly friend, Organic Music Theatre: Festival de jazz de Chateauvallon 1972. 2021
Roger 3000, Fourmis, 2022
Nina Simone, 22nd Century, Tell It Like It Is – Rarities And Unreleased Recordings: 1967 – 1973, 2008
All my life I’ve been afraid of the ground shifting beneath my feet (and not just because I grew up on the Cascadia Subduction Zone); what is it to experience the awesome subterranean power of what lies beneath us? Is this a time to get on all fours, as low to the earth’s curve as you get? Grounding, or earthing, is an alternative therapy that relies on the earth’s electrical charge interacting with our own as a healing process. But what if this process of lowering ourselves to the earth’s surface, to feeling its electricity, its hum, is also a process of reminding ourselves where we stand—and that we stand—on a shared earth, to which we all share the same responsibility.
If none of this makes sense to you, that’s ok. Here’s a bunch of sacred music, a bunch of free jazz, a bunch of clicking and gurgling catharsis that I hope will serve a purpose in the midst of the season of long shadows!
- As ever and forever, thanks to my dearest buddy Julien Meert (Roger 3000) for Something Like’s jingle
- Thank you to Madeline Rose for sharing your poem with us! And thanks to Mayra for putting us in touch <3
- Under my voice today you will hear excerpts from an exceptional album by the Spanish jazz musician Pablo A. Gimenez from 1988, The Work in Progress
p.s. This is an episode dedicated to my home ground, the Pacific Northwest of Canada, where I was lucky enough to spend the month of October amongst old friends and family!
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Salvation/Reminiscing, Prepare Yourselves to Deal with a Miracle, 1973
Nadia Cattouse, The Message, Earth Mother, 1969
Don Cherry, Om Shanti Om, Om Shanti Om, 2020
Takashi Kohgo (向後隆) – Sahmadi. Crescent Compilation: Autre Méthode Divinatoire, 2004
Tirzah, Crepuscular Rays, Colourgrade, 2021
Ka Baird & Pekka Airaksinen, Roseclouds, FRKWYS, Vol. 17: Hungry Shells, 2021
Bergur Anderson, Troubadour’s Lament, Night Time Transmissions, 2021
Marion Brown, Sweet Earth Flying, Part 1, Sweet Earth Flying, 1974
Susan Alcorn (with Janel Leppin live at 2640, Baltimore, 2012), O Sacrum Convivium, Sister Mirror, 2020
Vladimir Oidupaa Oiun, A Thin Mountain Ash, Divine Music from Jail, 1999
Ihor Cymbrowskyj, Przyjdź Aniele (Come, Angel), Przyjdź Aniele, 1996
Madeline Rose, A Day in Which No Day, 2021
Picture Music, Hauptbahnhof, Picture Music, 1987
Lucy Liyou, You Are Every Memory, Practice 2021
CKtrl, Will the Feelings Leave, Robyn, 2020
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra, Planet Earth, Big Music Little Musicians, 2018
Willie Dunn, The Pacific, The Pacific, 1983
This episode of Something Like for Montez Press Radio and Kunstverein in Hamburg was recorded and edited on an island in the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, in the Pacific Northwest of Canada, and in several cities across Europe. Special thanks to the writer and editor Olamiju Fajemisin, with whom this hour of radio was conceived and researched, and without whom would not have been made possible. Texts are quoted from Fred Moten’s Sound in Florescence: Cecil Taylor’s Floating Garden, Sound States, edited by Adalaide Morris, University of North Carolina Press, 1997 and Malik Gaines’ Nina Simone’s Quadruple Consciousness, Woman & Performance, a Journal of feminist theory, 2013. Thanks to Jason Dodge and Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro for lending their tarot-based structural technique to this episode.
- As always, Something Like’s jingle is courtesy of Roger 3000
- The music behind my voice is Vangelis’ Beaubourg, 1978
- You can watch Nina Simone’s entire iconic Live at Montreux 1976 concert here
- Read Fred Moten’s Sound in Florescence: Cecil Taylor’s Floating Garden here.
Nina Simone, Feelings, Live at Montreux 1976
Cecil Taylor, 5’04”, Chinampas, 1987
Frederic Rzewski, Coming Together, Attica, 1974
This episode of Something Like imagines dipping your fingers into a glassy subterranean river, impossibly still, ancient—a gradually collected, fluid experience. Jorie Graham’s 2020 poem Thaw—where the title of this episode comes from—draws on another image: a plot in the back of her building, a “green sensation” that pushes up, pushes it. She writes, ” . . . Our prior lives press on us. / Something with heavy re- / collection in it / presses. Not / history anymore of course but / like it. Is it five minutes or five hundred years. . . “
This is an episode interested in marking change, locating decisions, and witnessing shifts in spatial orientation, but it’s also an episode that calls on interior magic.
As ever, thanks to Roger 3000 for Something Like’s jingles.
The music under my voice today comes from John Chen (陈国平) and his album Songs From Within (心意), 1999.
You can read Jorie Graham’s Thaw here.
Jennifer Walshe, Epitaph of Seikilos, A Late Anthology of Early Music, 2020
Buffy Sainte Marie, God is Alive, Magick is Afoot, Illuminations, 1969
Ka Baird, Subration, Bespires, 2020
Folk Music At The Sibelius Academy = Kansanmusiikkia Sibelius-Akatemiasta (Melkutus), Taru Aaltojen Ruokopillistä, 1983
Don Cherry’s New Researches featuring Naná Vasconcelos, Elixir Repris – Witchi Tai To, Organic Music Theatre: Festival de jazz de Chateauvallon 1972, 2021
Jason Sharp, Blossoming Rest, The Turning Centre Of A Still World, 2021
Cole Pulice, Sleep Helix, Gloams, 2020
Michael Stearns, As the Earth Kissed the Moon (Excerpt), Planetary Unfolding, 1981
Sofie Birch & Johan Carøe, Calibrating Senses, Repair Techniques, 2021
Kay Hoffmann, Tempus Instat, Floret Silva, 1985
Mad Music Inc, 03, Mad Music, 1977
Alanis Obamsawin, Nziwaldam, Bush Lady, 2018 (reissue)
Alan Watts, Onion Chant, This is It, 1962
Master Wilburn Burchette, Raising the Pyramid of Power, Guitare Grimoire, 1973
David Bowie, Quicksand (Demo), Hunky Dory, 1971 (remastered in 1990)
Masma Dream World, Becoming the Magician, Play at Night, 2020
This Mortal Coil, Song to the Siren, It’ll End in Tears, 1984
L’Rain, Find It, Fatigue, 2021
Leslie Winer, Fragment #2, When I Hit You, You’ll Feel It, 2021 reissue
For this very special 35th episode of Something Like, I invited the artist, poet, educator, and very dear friend Alex Turgeon to speak about the emotional potential of architecture, the queerness of ruins and decay, and his solo exhibition at Ashley Berlin, Interiors. To quote curator Stephanie Holl-Trieu’s text for his exhibition, “In Interiors, Alex Turgeon traces the structure of the feeling of home. A table becomes a landscape with windows to the interior, and a screen looming over the table performs as the sky. The sky says, Though sticks and stones may house my bones / Words will always stack together/ / To make the four walls of which they frame / And call me poetry by name.”
Unlike other episodes, I don’t unpack any of the music played on this show this time, in order to devote as much time as possible to Alex’s brilliance. With that in mind, email me if you want more info on any of the music or works that I’ve played here.
- Learn more about Interiors and the programme at Ashley Berlin here: https://ashleyberlin.de/
- Learn more about Alex Turgeon’s work here: http://alexturgeon.com/
- As always, Something Like’s jingle comes courtesy of the brilliant Roger 3000.
Julius Eastman, Femenine (extract), 1974, performed by ensemble 0 & Aum Grand Ensemble, released 2020 by Sub Rosa
Stephanie Holl-Trieu, Exhibition text for Interiors, Ashley Berlin, 2021
Roxy Music, In Every Dream Home, a Heartache, For Your Pleasure, 1973
Fred Simon and Liz Cifani, If I Could Tell You, Time and the River, 1985
Willie Dunn, Nova Scotia, Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology, 2021
Moss King, Hallway Rug, Omni Gardens, 2020
Aaron Betsky, Queer Space, SCI-Arc Lecture, March 22, 1995.
Jeritree, House of Many Colours, Jeritree’s House of Many Colours, 1978
Yoshio Ojima, Mensis, Une Collection Des Chainons I: Music for Spiral (1988)
Lavender Country, Crying these Cocksucking Tears, Lavender Country, 1972
Yoshio Ojima, Mensis, Une Collection Des Chainons I: Music for Spiral (1988)
Joni Mitchell, Shadows and Light, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, 1975
Michael Ranta, The Wall is There, Die Mauer, 2019
Séigen Ono, Seigen, Waterfront, 1984
The Blue Nile, A Walk Across the Rooftops, A Walk Across the Rooftops, 1984
Yves Jarvis, Constant Change, The Same But By Different Means, 2019
Randy Kerber & Jowee Omicil, The Long Way Home, Y Pati, 2020
Alvin Curran, Walked the Way Home, Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden, 1975
W-14, Falls to Ruin, Falls to Ruin, 1984
Essex Hemphill & Wayson Jones, Brass Rail
Nailah Hunter, Ruins, Spells, 2020
Stewart Brand, How Buildings Learn, 1994
Rémi Chaudagne, L’Île Des Temps, L’Île Des Temps, 1984
Everything But the Girl, Lonesome for a Place I know, Idlewild, 1988
Summer in the city: Hazy freneticism, long evenings in half light, sticking your arm out your office window, rolling up your pant legs and dipping your feet in a fountain, eating fries at the public pool, biking through the pine forests for the last unfound spot of dappled sunlight by the lake. Sure, there’s a certain amount of envy built into watching your friends leave the dusty, hot grips of the city for calmer, greener, beachier locations, but Summer in the city is also an exercise in in super-saturation (as the poet Monica Youn writes), in monotony with a different, louder beat.
- As ever, Something Like’s jingle comes courtesy of the wonderful Roger 3000
- I read First Blues by Saundra Rose Maley, from Disappearing Act, 2015 and A Parking Lot in West Houston, by Monika Youn from Barter, 2003
- The sounds behind my voice today were recorded from my window, which overlooks the Admirälbrücke. Please everyone, be kind to the neighbourhoods you inhabit at night!
Marjorie Van Haltern feat. Louis Giansante, Dead of Summer, 1982
Herbie Hancock, Watermelon Man, Head Hunters, 1973
Ron Everett, Glitter of the City (Song by Tahira), Glitter of the City, 1977 (re-issued 2021)
Joe Cocker, (Video Interlude) Summer in the City, Have a Little Faith, 1994
Oliver Sain, Bus Stop, Bus Stop, 1974
Frank Harris & Maria Marquez, Field Trips, Echoes (compilation), 2019
Earnest Hood, Night Games, Neighborhoods, 1975 (re-issued 2019)
Oum Kalthoum, Alf Leila we Leila أم كلثوم – ألف ليلة وليلة, Alf Leila we Leila, 1969
Eli Keszler, Rot Summer Smoothes, Icons, 2021
Barrington Levy, The Vibes is Right, Here I Come, 1985
The Durutti Column, Sketch for a Summer, The Return of the Durutti Column, 1980
Lion, You’ve Gotta Woman, But Do I, 1975
Pooka, Sex On, Graham Robert Wood, 1995
Quincy Jones, Summer in the City, You’ve Got it Bad Girl, 1973
San Sebastian Strings, You Even Taste Like the Summer, The Sea, 1967
Cathy Claret, Le Lundi Au Soleil, Cathy Claret, 1989
Blue Gene Tyranny, Any Fine Afternoon (1983), Degrees of Freedom Found, 2021
Sun Ra Arkestra, The Satellites are Spinning / Lights on a Satellite, Swirling, 2020
The Awakening, Glory to the Sun, Mirage, 1973
Jon Hassell, Nightsky [the living city], City: Works of Fiction, 1990 (re-issued in 2014)
I’ve been haunted by a faint hum, an electric touch, and would like talk about the Sixth Sense. In medical terms, the Sixth Sense could be Proprioception, the ability for our bodies to locate themselves in space. It is an intuition, an innate knowledge. It’s deeply rooted in our sense of right or wrong.
We’ll turn to the British Columbia artist, filmmaker, and poet Ellie Epp, whose 1996 film Bright & Dark will be our guiding light as we work through notions of feeling, improvisation, chance, and preparation. We’ll also turn to Fred Moten, and his writing on Cecil Taylor’s Chinampas, and to Divided Publishing’ new publication, Stage of Recovery by the artist and activist Georgia Sagri.
- As always, thanks to Roger 3000 for providing Something Like’s jingle
- The music behind my voice today is Monsieur de Saint Colombe’s Works for 2 Bass Viols, by Voix Humaines
- You can read about Ellie Epp’s work on her website and in this PDF of Mike Hoolboom’s book on her work. Thank you to Ellie for your generous spirit and for sharing your work with us, and thank you to Adrienne Herr for the universal synchronicity of her attentions by bringing Ellie to us!
- You can find Fred Moten’s Sound in Florescence: Cecil Taylor’s Floating Garden (first published in Sound States, edited by Adalaide Morris, University of North Carolina Press, 1997) here on Ubuweb.
- Pick up Georgia Sagri’s Stage of Recovery here.
Jeanne Lee, Sundance, Conspiracy, 1975
Ellie Epp, Bright & Dark (description read by Bitsy), 1996
Lee Roetman, Life is a Changing Composition Flow , Peace and Love from Lee, 1971
Carman Moore, Improvisation, Personal Problems, 2020
Infinity Knives, Sway Me, Sway Me Into the Arms of the Lord, Dear Sudan, 2020
Bjork, Sweet Sweet Intuition, Post, 1995
Sue Tompkins, Ruin, 2017
Oakland Elementary School Arkestra, Butter, Big Instruments, Little Musicians, 1994
Cecil Taylor, 5’04, Chinampas, 1987
CC Hennix, Blues Alif Mim in the Modes of Rag Infinity, “Live at Issue Project Room”, 2016
David Rosenboom & Peggie Sampson, The Seduction of Sapientia (excerpt), The Contemporary Viola di Gamba, 1973-74
Maria Chavez, The Language of Chance #1, Live at Le Guess Who, 2018
Celia Hollander, You Have 3 New Telepathic Messages, Recent Futures, 2020
Rachika Nayar, New Strands, Our Hands Against the Dusk, 2021
Seigén Ono, Model-93, Seigen, 1984
Georgia Sagri, Performance Study Group in Zurich (excerpt read by Bitsy), Stage of Recovery, 2021
YOM, Celebration, Celebration, 2021
Brother Ah, Spirits in the Night, Move Ever Onward, 1975 (reissued in 2016)
Piero Umiliani, Isola di Sogno, La Consolazione Della Pietra, 1967
Lafawndah, The Stillness, The Fifth Season, 2020
Andy Bey, I Know This Love Can’t Be Wrong, Experience & Judgement, 1973
Ellie Epp, Ready (read by Bitsy)
I should probably preface this episode by saying that I’m not, myself, currently in a state of heartbreak. But perhaps because this is such an inevitable state, it’s the episode I’ve been asked to make the most often. Almost everyone will experience some kind of brutal breakup in their life, some kind of agonising heartbreak, some kind of lonely heart, some kind of crushing love sickness. At that time, it may seem like the most crushing, most distracting, most viscerally painful experience you’ve ever gone through. Luckily, there are more breakup and heartbreak poems and songs out there to get you through this time than there are hours of staring at your ceiling pouring over the minutiae of your last conversation with your ex. Take care, you lonely hearts, it doesn’t last forever.
- As always, Something Like’s intro jingle comes courtesy of Roger 3000
- The music behind my voice this week is Pauline Oliveros’ The Beauty of Sorrow, from Tara’s Room, 2019
- You can learn more about Alex Turgeon’s art and writing here: http://alexturgeon.com/ and pick up Love Poems for Ceres at Broken Dimanche Press.
Connie Converse, Talkin Like You (Two Tall Mountains), How Sad, How Lovely, 2015
Alex Turgeon (read by Bitsy), Even Cowboys Get the Blues, Love Poems for Ceres, 2017
The Shangri-La’s, Past, Present, Future, 1966
Nona Hendryx, Tears, Skindiver, 1989
Panxing, How, Slowmusic, 2021
Annie Lennox, Primitive, Diva, 1992
Susan Stone/Melody Sumner Carnahan, Ruby’s Story, The Time is Now, 1997
Etta James, I’d Rather Be Blind (Live at Montreux), 1975
Kath Bloom & Loren Mazzacane, My Stupid Little Heart, Sand in My Shoe, 1983
Woo, Sad Hearts, A La Luna, 1991
Tracey Thorn, Too Happy, A Distant Shore, 1982
OCA, I Believe in You, Aging, 2019
Kate Bush, Ne T’enfuis Pas, The Single File, 1983
Anne Carson, Chapter XIII: Water (read by Bitsy), Autobiography of Red, 1998
Marzieh, مرضیه – مجنون (Majnoon), The Best of Marzieh, 2001
George Michael, Jesus to a Child, Older 1996
Lewis, Fallin Down, Hawaiian Breeze, 2015
Charmaine Lee, U Tried, A Stone Widens It, 2020
Everything Play, ロミオとジュリエット (Romeo & Juliet), Everything Play, 1992
Audre Lorde, Movement Song (ready by Bitsy), From a Land Where Other People Live, 1973
Mao & Friends, It’s Too Late, Call on Me, 1972
Pulp, There’s No Emotion, Freaks, 1987
Little Ann, Deep Shadows, Deep Shadows, 2009 (originally 1967)
Candi Staton, You Don’t Love Me No More, 1972
Diamanda Galás, I’m Going to Live the Life, Malediction & Prayer, 2018
Mary Ann Daly, New Life, Heart, 1975
Right now, outside my window, thousands upon thousands of juicy buds are aching to unfurl. Newness in electric green, swaying violently as they contend with the changing wind. A harrowing moment to emerge, to open yourself up again, to take on a new shape, but that’s the way of Spring, right?
This is an episode of Something Like that looks at newness in its revelatory, ritualistic form, but also in its anxiety, the stress and also the exhilaration of meeting a moment, of opening oneself up to a moment.
- As always, thank you to my dearest friend Roger 3000 for providing Something Like’s jingle
- The music under my voice today is Larkin’s O’Cean (1980)
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, London Symphony Orchestra, Promises, March 2021
Brother Ah, Transcendental March, Sound Awareness: Move Ever Onward, 1975, reissued in 2016
Theatre of Nature, Anna von Hausswolff, All Thoughts Fly, 2020
Popol Vuh, Kyrie, Tantric Songs/Hosianna Mantra, 1991
Wojciech Rusin, Dance, The Funnel, 2019
Rachika Nayar, The Trembling of Glass, Our Hands Against the Dusk, 2021
Dialect, Yamaha Birds Pt. 2, Under ~ Between, 2021
Everything Play, 君に輝く太陽を感じよう (Feel The Sun), Everything Play, 1992
Kendra Smith, Iridescence, The Guild of Temporal Adventurers, 1992
Irena and Vojtěch Havlovi, In the Garden, Melodies in the Sand, 2021
Laurence Brisset (Hildegard v. Bingen), Hodie Aperuit, Gemme, 2015
Maggie Payne, Shimmer, Ahh-Ahh, 2020
Leona Hirota (広田玲央名), Flower, Leona, 1985
Mad Music Inc. 11, Mad Music, 1977, reissued in 2016
Koh-Tao, Moon in the Lake, Tayu Tayu (たゆたゆ), 1997
Alice Coltrane, Spring Rounds from Rite of Spring, Eternity, 1976
In this special 30th episode of Something Like, we look at the glistening, darkened, persistent paths that water carves, producing new life in the process. A year into recording Something Like from my bedroom in Kreuzberg, we’ll also look into the cyclical quality of water, and so its place in memory. We’ll return to the observance of its dual states: wetness and dryness, high tide and low tide, the shore and the depths of a pool. To navigate all of this, we have Alejandra Pizarnik’s 1962 poem Caminos des Espejo as a guide, this time read by the poet Mayra Rodríguez Castro from her current home in La Esperanza, Colombia—one of the rainiest places in the world.
- Special thanks to Mayra for her contributions to this episode!
- Thanks as always to Roger 3000 for providing us with Something Like’s jingle
- The music behind my voice in this episode is from Toshiya Sukegawa’s (助川敏弥), Bioçic Music Aqua (バイオシック・ミュージック 「水」),1993
Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro is a poet and translator. Rodríguez is the editor of Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews (Kenning Editions, 2020). Her translations include the Pornomiseria Manifesto by Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo (2017) and Ecogenoethnocide by Santiago Arboleda Quiñonez (2018). Here is an interview with Mayra speaking about Audre Lorde, Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews, a book that Mayra edited and released with Kenning Editions last year.
Ladan Osman is a poet, born in Somalia and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a BA from Otterbein University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. In 2014 her poetry collection The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimomy won the annual Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Osman lives in Chicago. Read her poem Water at Narrative Magazine.
Alejandra Pizarnik was a poet, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936. She studied philosophy and literature at the University of Buenos Aires before dropping out to pursue painting and her own poetry. She lived in Paris from 1960–64. She published eight books of poetry before her death in 1972 at age 36, by suicide.
Here is Lydia Merriman Herrick’s English translation of Caminos del Espejo from the Spanish:
Paths of the Mirror
And above all gazing with innocence. As if nothing were happening, which is true.
But I want to look at you until your face moves far from my fear like a bird on the sharp edge of night.
Like a little girl drawn with pink chalk on an ancient wall suddenly erased by the rain.
Like when a flower opens up and reveals the heart it doesn’t have.
All the gestures of my body and my voice to make an offering out of me, the branch that leaves the wind on the threshold.
Cover the memory of your face with the mask of the one you’ll be and frighten the little girl that you were.
Their shared night dispersed with the fog. It’s the season of cold nourishment.
And thirst, my memory is of thirst, I below, in the bottom, in the well, I would drink, I remember.
To fall like a wounded animal in the place that was going to be revelatory.
Like someone who doesn’t want something. Not a thing.
Sewn mouth. Sewn eyelids. I forgot. Inside, the wind.
Everything closed and the wind inside.
Words turned golden in the black sun of silence.
But silence is certain. That’s why I write. I’m alone and I write.
No, I’m not alone. There’s someone here who trembles.
Even if I say sun and moon and star I refer to things that happen to me.
And what did I want?
I wanted the perfect silence.
That’s why I speak.
Night takes the form of a wolf’s howl.
The pleasure of getting lost in the premonitory image. I arose from my corpse, I went looking for who I am. Wanderer from myself, I’ve gone towards she who sleeps in a country to the wind.
My endless fall into my endless fall where nobody awaited me, since upon seeing who was waiting I saw none other than myself.
Something was falling in the silence. My last word was I but I was referring to the luminous dawn.
Yellow flowers in a circular constellation of blue earth. The wind-filled water quakes.
Glare of the day, yellow birds in the morning. A hand unleashes darkness, a hand drags the hair of a drowned woman who doesn’t cease passing by the mirror. To return to the memory of the body, I have to return to my grieving bones, I have to understand what my voice says.
Sun Ra Arkestra, Sea of Darkness / Darkness, Swirling, 2020
Mayra Castro Rodríguez reads Alejandra Pizarnik’s Caminos del Espejo, 1962
Dorothy Carter, Along the River, Waillee Waillee, 1978
The Growth Eternal, V. My Storm at Sea, Bass Tone Paintings, 2020
Laila Sakini, The Potion in the Pool (Flora Yang Remix), 2020
Flesh & Bone, Ocean Song, Skeleton Woman, 1992
Nobue Kawana, あのとき限りの私たち (A no toki kagiri no watashitachi), Nobue’s Sea, 1975
Ana Roxanne, Venus, Because of a Flower, 2020
Né Ladeiras, Húmus Verde, Alhur, 1982
Fred Simon & Liz Cifani, Time and the River, Time and the River, 1995
Rock & Waves Song Circle, I, Rock & Waves Song Circle, 2016
Brian Bennett, The Sea, Nature Watch, 1982
O Terno, Profondo/Superficial, <atrás além=””>, 2019
Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton, A River Song, Music & Poetry of the Kesh, 1985 (2018)
Kay Gardner, Atlantis Rising, Emerging, 1978
Cris Williamson, Waterfalls, The Changer and the Changed, 1975
Mayra Rodríguez Castro, lluvia, 2021</atrás>
How is it that for every song about the special kind of love of friendship, there are hundreds about breaking up? In celebration of Valentine’s Day coming up, this 29th episode of Something Like plumbs acid folk and avant-garde composition alike to search out the love involved between friends, and what that could mean. This is no invective against romantic love but we might take a renewed look at a couple of love songs, asking if they could apply to your best friend too.
- Special thanks to Rosa & Dylan Aiello, Nooa Avo, Oopie Ghosh & Nadia Jones, Orsod Malik, Hoora Sarajan, and Camilla Wills for their excellent input into the making of this episode! Happy Valentines Day, my friends! Will you be my valentine? I choo choo choose you!
- As ever, Something Like’s jingle comes courtesy of my dearest friend, Roger 3000. Check out the precious new release on his imprint Tundra Records by DJ New Smile here.
- HONEY is a riso printed zine meditating on the experiences of friendship. The project was conceived by two friends who recognised non-familial connections were entirely formative to their politics, welfare and identities, but observed a marked lack of attention on modern forms of friendship in print media. Order your copy of Honey here and check them out on instagram.
- Orsod Malik is a Sudani curator, editor and digital archivist. He is the founder of @code__switch, an archive/continuum of radical internationalism and a curator at the Stuart Hall Foundation. His work attempts to draw links between yesterday’s anti-imperial struggles and immediate conjunctures.
- adrienne maree brown is a writer, a pleasure activist, a sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar, a facilitator (non-active), a speaker/singer (including wedding singer) and a doula living in Detroit. I read an excerpt from their Coevolution Through Friendship (February 5, 2013), which was published in HONEY.
- Cat Cohen is a comedian and writer. Nooa Avo read her poem, poem I wrote after I looked at your jawline and it ruined my life
- Sandra M. Gilbert (born December 27, 1936) is an American literary critic and poet who has published in the fields of feminist literary criticism, feminist theory, and psychoanalytic criticism. I read her poem, Thinking About an Old Friend (1980).
- Emily Brontë was a British writer. In this episode, I read her poem Love and Friendship.
Nikki Giovanni, Two Friends, The Reason I Like Chocolate, 1976
Bebe K’Roche, Strong and Free, Be Be K’Roche, 1976
Gary Shearston, Friend to Me, I Get a Kick out of You, 1974
Julia Holter, Moni Mon Ami, Ekstasis, 2012
Brady Cohan, Oliver and Me, Studies Vol. 1, 2020
Jenny Hval (feat. Laura Jean Englert & Vivian Wang), The Practice of Love, The Practice of Love, 2019
Kirby Shelstad and Richard Allen, Just Friends, Peaceful Solutions, 1984
Frank Harris & Maria Marquez, Bein’ Green, Echoes, 2019
Heather Leigh, Prelude to Goddess, Throne, 2018
René Aubry & Jean Schwarz – Five Women, Still Waters: Ballet De Carolyn Carlson, 1986
Tirzah, No Romance, No Romance, 2014
Dylan Henner, We Could Hear them Singing From Across The Valley, The Invention of the Human, 2020
Beverly Glenn Copeland, Nothing Beautiful, Beverly Copeland, 1970
Laraaji, Moods and Emotions, The Piano Trilogy, 2021
Kinoko Gumo, Please Give a Name to the Small Life, Kokoro O Utau, 1972
Dne, Friends Cleanse, These Semi-Feelings, They Are Everywhere, 2016
Jill Caslaghi, Friend of Mine, Friends of Mine, 1977
Scott Seskind, I Remember, Chance, 1990
Lou Reed, She’s My Best Friend, Coney Island Baby, 1976
Julian Cope, Sunspots, Fried, 1984
Bob Reitman, A Few Thoughts, The Eleventh House, 1971
Johnny Frierson, Have You Been Good to Yourself, Have you Been Good to Yourself, 2016
This is an episode that started as a meditation on waiting, and became an episode about the distillation of time and the experience of time passing: its expansions and contractions. Our lodestars in this sense will be two great proponents of free jazz: the musician/researcher/educator/gardener/martial artist Milford Graves and the writer/educator/poet/filmmaker Amiri Baraka. We’ll be looking at time as irregular, subjective—its passage expressed elastically. Mostly, we’ll be looking at patience and its ritualisation. We’ll search for strategies in music to be in time, and so perhaps to account for its passage not in terms one’s own subjective experience of it, but in terms of existing within its inevitability.
Hang in there, friends.
- As ever, Something Like’s jingle is provided by my brilliant friend and collaborator Roger 3000, who has an adorable new track out on bandcamp now.
- You can listen to Amiri Baraka’s complete 1985 lectures at Naropa University here.
- You can watch Milford Graves: Full Mantis here.
Milford Graves, Milford Graves: Full Mantis, dir. By Jake Meginsky, Neil Cloaca Young, 2018
Ka Baird, Isentropic, Bespires, May 2020
Barbara Golden / Melody Sumner Carnahan, My Pleasure, The Time is Now, 1997
White Light, We Sat Together, White Light, 1982
Loris S. Sarid, Orrizontale Verticale, Music for Tomato Plants, 2020
Celia Hollander, Spared Time, Recent Futures, 2020
AM 4, And She Answered: Mi-La, …And She Answered, 1989
Anadol, 78 ((yetmiş sekiz) Yılının En Uzun Dakikası, Uzun Havalar, 2019
Patricia Brennan, Improvisation VI, Maquishti, 2021
Amiri Baraka, On Class, Speech, Rhythm, Sound, and Music, Naropa University, 1985
Sarah Davachi, Accord of Voice I, Laurus, 2020
Neil Young, I’ve Been Waiting for You, Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House, 1968
His Name is Alive, Tape Slow, A Silver Thread (Home Recordings 1989 – 1990), 2021
Bitsy Knox & Roger 3000, Walking, OM COLD BLOOD, 2018
Gavin Bryars, Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet, The Sinking of the Titanic / Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, 1975
Ah 2020, what is the soundtrack to your misery? This episode of Something Like, the last of this goddess-forsaken year, cycles back through past episodes and past moments to plumb the music that marked time this year.
Blue Gene Tyranny, Leading a Double Life, Out of the Blue, 2019
White Light, I Want You to Know Me, White Light, 1982
Silvia Tarozzi, Al Cancello, Mi Specchio e Rifletto, 2020
Mich Live, Planet E, Message from Heart, 1986
Pyrolator, Gespraech mit der Erde, Wunderland, 1984
Mikrokosmos, Another Time, This Time, One Time, Another Time, This Time, One Time, 2020
Lyu Hongjun (劉宏軍), フルスーの景 (Furusu No Kei) , 大地の詩 (Songs Of The Earth), 1988
Carman Moore, Love Trouble, Personal Problems, 2020
Björk, The Anchor Song, Debut, 1993
Alabaster DuPlume, Visit Croatia, To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1, 2020
Keeley Forsyth, Look To Yourself, Debris, 2020
Duval Timothy, Same, Help, 2020
Gia Margaret, sadballad, Mia Gargaret, 2020
Roger 3000, Tu Ne Meurs Pas, Fiftine, 2020
Iceblink, Cellphone in the Bath, Carpet Cocoon, 2020
Ana Roxanne, Camille, Because of a Flower, 2020
Nailah Hunter, Bassin Bleu, 2020
Jay Electronica feat. The Dream, Ezekiel’s Wheel, A Written Testimony, 2020
Sun Ra Arkestra, Seductive Fantasy, Swirling, 2020
This year, in lieu of getting sloppy in velvet at Christmas parties, howling at the Solstice moon, shooting arrows and shooting back Thor’s Hammer at the Schloss Britz Weihnachtsmarkt, wrapping white elephant gifts for the Christmas Pyjama Jamboree, and basically living in the reflection of a Christmas tree ornament, I made a special holiday episode of Something Like, and invited some of my favourite people in the world to send over their holiday greetings.
Each message feels like the best little sonic xmas gift I could ever ask for, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks to Julien Meert, Elif Saydam, Michele di Menna & Max Brand & Mina, Camila McHugh, Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Tim Koh, Alex Turgeon, Viviana Abelson, Céline Gillain, Joseph Kusendila, Leon Eisermann, Rosa Aiello, Anna Łuczak, Emma LaMorte, Louise O’Kelly & Paulo Andres Gonzalez, Nooa Avo, and Margie & Tony Knox for sending over your messages; you’ve warmed my heart more than you can know! Also sending love to all those who couldn’t send something along, I’m sharing this episode with you in particular.
Happy holidays, Merry (Happy) Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, everybody! This lonely year is almost over. Almost time for another.
- Check out Artist Charity Aid Network (A.C.A.N.) on Instagram and support the charities participating artists have chosen! Plenty of last minute xmas gifts for great causes!
- Check out this list posted by A.C.A.N. telling Berliners where they can donate clothing, food, money, and supplies over the holiday season and all year round.
- Another idea: Tim Koh’s new album “In Your Dreams”, out now on Bandcamp and the holiday episode of Kokonut Trip on NTS.
Roger 3000, Jingle Bells, 2020
Marvin Gaye, Purple Snowflakes, 1964
Home Alone “I’ll Give it a Whirl”, 1990
Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Time is Here, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
It’s Christmas Time, The Qualities, 1960
Eurythmics, Winter Wonderland, A Very Special Christmas, 1987
Jun Togawa, 降誕節 (The Nativity), Wish With You A Merry Christmas, 1983
Elif Saydam’s Top 5 of 2020
The Patti Smith Group (Radio Ethiopia Field Marshall), White Christmas, 1978
Eddie Daniels, Sleigh Ride, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988
YTV Santa Calls, 1997
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for First Choir, Jingle Bells Part 1, 1971
Michele di Menna, Max Brand, Mina
Cocteau Twins, Frosty the Snowman, Snow (EP), 1993
Kate Bush, December Will Be Magic Again, 1980
Vince Guaraldi Trio, O Tannenbaum, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
A Message from Camila McHugh
Coil, Christmas is Now Drawing Near, Winter Solstice (North), 1999
Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Deck The Halls, 2020
Karina Skye, We Three Witches, Pagan Yule Carols (Wiccan Holiday Music), 2012
Viviana Abelson, 2020
Celine Gillain, I’M SORRY IF I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND, 2020
Beverly Glenn Copeland, Winter Astral, Keyboard Fantasies, 1986
Joseph Kusendila, Le Frêne (The Ash Tree), read by William Gallab
The Choir of Chester Cathedral, Song of the Nuns of Chester (1425), Glory to the New-Born King – Christmas Music Sung by the Choir of Chester Cathedral, 2012
Betty Arden, Funny Bells, 2020
YTV Santa Calls 1997
Suicide, Hey Lord (1981), ZE A Christmas Record, 1981
Alex Turgeon, 2020
Special EFX, Silent Night, 1988
Tim Koh, Little Drummer Boy, 2020
Haruomi Hosono, 25 December 1983, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984
Louise & Paulo in London, 2020
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Ding Dong Merrily on High, 2010
Little Women, Ding Dong Merrily on High,1994
A message from Emma LaMorte, 2020
J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BMW 248 Part Two: For the Second Day of Christmas, No. 10, 1734 (performed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, 1987)
A message from Anna Łuczak, 2020
Nina Simone, I am Blessed, Broadway Blues Ballads, 1964
Stevie Wonder, Someday at Christmas, Someday at Christmas, 1967
Dave Grusin, Some Children See Him, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988
An interview with Leon Eisermann from A.C.A.N.
A message from Rosa Aiello, 2020
Prince, Another Lonely Christmas, Purple Rain, 1993 (first as a B-Side on I Would Die For U, 1984)
Tom Recchion, A Christmas Filled with Tears, Where Were You on Christmas, 2006
Taeko Ohnuki, Inori (To Nobody), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984
A message from Nooa Avo, 2020
Joni Mitchell, River, Blue, 1971
A message from Margie and Tony Knox, 2020
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Patrick Hadley, I Sing a Maiden, 2012
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Once in a Royal Davids City (Desc. Stephen Cleobury), 2017
Female ascetics, hermits, wise women, and witches, and the lore that circles around this archetype is what we will be exploring in the 25th episode of Something Like: Hag Lore. I’m very pleased to be sharing this episode with some wonderful friends and artists who share my fascination with this archetype. We’re going to listen to a reading by the Canadian artist Rochelle Goldberg, a reading from Don Quixote by the Canadian Berlin-based artist Elif Saydam, sound recordings by the British Berlin-based artist and music from the Berlin based artist and musician Anchoress (Anna-Lucia Nissen & Alex Rathborne). And so we’re going to also look at female-identifying characters who chose a life of seclusion, who removed themselves from the material world: the Desert Mothers, the anchoresses of medieval christianity, and perhaps even some contemporary evolutions of this type. We’ll delve into what is behind the fascination with the notion of female recluses.
- As always, Something Like’s intro jingle comes courtesy of my main bud Roger 3000
- Big thanks to Anna-Lucia Nissen, Beth Collar, Elif Saydam, and Rochelle Goldberg for their invaluable contributions to this episode!
- Check out Chris Newby’s 1993 film Anchoress here.
- Learn more about Rochelle Goldberg’s Born in a Beam of Light here.
- A useful resource in relation to the themes picked up in this episode is of course, The Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation, by Silvia Federici.
Adult Fantasies, Under A Steelplate Sky, Towers of Silence, 2020, originally from the album For the Time Being, 1989
Rochelle Goldberg feat. Veit Laurent Kurz & Yanik Soland, Born in a Beam of Light, 2020
Wilburn Burchette, Birth of a Witch, Guitar Grimoire, 1973
Beth Collar Reads the Civil wars: A Tree is Best Measured When it is Down (David Byrne, Gavin Bryars, and Philip Glass and Robert Wilson), 1984
Keeley Forsyth, Glass, Photograph EP, 2020
Okkyung Lee, The Longest Morning, Yeo-Neun, 2020
Stevie Nicks, Rhiannon (Piano version), Enchanted, 1998
Nailah Hunter, Ruins, Spells, 2020
Anchoress, Eternal, In Times Where Eyes are Low, 2020
Kassia (University of King’s College Chapel Choir), Hymn of Kassia, 2009
Alanis Obomsawin, Bush Lady Part II, Bush Lady, 2018
Ana Roxanne, Take the Thorn, Leave the Rose, Because of a Flower, 2020
Elif Saydam Reads Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Chapters 12 & 14
Silvia Tarozzi, Hai nella bocca un silenzio, Mi Specchio e Refletto, 2020
Kenneth Anger, Hermit, Puce Moments, 1949
Kay Gardner, Wise Woman, Moon Circles, 1975