We talked to Ben Michael on episode 37. Ben is the General Manager of WESU, Middletown – 88.1FM, wesufm.org. We talk to Ben about the current state of the station specifically and about what it’s like to operate in pandemic conditions at a University – Wesleyan in this case.
We talked about the mission of WESU, the part it plays in the community and of some particular shows of interest on there. Some history of the station is touched on as well as some noted alumni. And we talk to Ben about his personal history with the station and with music in general and about his homestead farm with his mule and donkey and chickens and goats!
We once again recorded outside in our back parking lot to maintain a nice social distance and it once again led to us dealing with the elements – especially some strong winds and of course the passing trains.
Opening: Laurie Anderson “Difficult Listening Hour” Home of the Brave (Warner Brothers)
Josh: Jon Hassell “Fearless” Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) (Ndeya) Gulch “Self-Inflicted Mental Terror” Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress (Closed Casket Activities) Broken VowDemo 2020 (Self Released) Of the Wand & The Moon “Whispers of the Past” Tainted Tears (Heiðrunar Myrkrunar)
Rick: Elysia Crampton “Homeless (Q’ara)” Orcorara 2010 (PAN) East Man “Ouroboros” Prole Art Threat (Planet Mu) John Bence “Kill” Kill (Thrill Jockey) Nubya Garcia “The Message Continues” Source (Concord Jazz)
Ben (music bed): Prince Far I “Throw Away Your Gun” Dubwise (UMG)
Closing: Fishbone “Party at Groundzero” Fishbone (CBS/Columbia)
The Redscroll Podcast is a monthly show (new episodes on the first of the month) that works as a companion to what we do at Redscroll Records in Wallingford, CT USA. We are a record store that has a heavy emphasis on the left of center / underground music of the world. Whether it be underappreciated or just has a niche audience, marginalized or just off the radar it’s all of interest to us. With the show we’ll generally have a localized focus. We’ll discuss what is in our personal rotation at the moment. We’ll talk to guests who have to do with all of the above. And we’ll talk about specific dealings with the store. If you have input you’re welcome to contact us through email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Oh, and please do subscribe! New episodes on the first of every month! (Subscribe on Android)(Subscribe elsewhere just by searching for us please!)
On this episode of the podcast we talk to Paul of Undercliff, a doom band from right nearby in central CT. We talk about the new record released just about a month ago. We talk about the now torn down facility the band is named after. We talk about Tyvek suits and coping during the pandemic in general.
We once again did this one outside. Paul brought his own mic, stand and chair! Paul also runs PLX-FX – a pedal making venture. We talk about that too (or mostly he does as we know not much of that world). Lots of talking beyond that too. A good time to be had / was had.
On this episode of the Redscroll Podcast we talk with Terry of Stone Jaw (and a few other projects). We talk about Dungeons & Dragons and dungeon synth. We talk about getting into noise and the various approaches to it and all the potential people finding it during their time locked in their living quarters. We talk about NPR for some reason. And we even talk about Stone Jaw as a musical noise project a little.
Terry lets us know how he particularly got into making noise versus the art mediums he was previously into – how his visual works led him down that path. Talk of John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg ensues. Then we bring it all home with sports. How we got there you’ll have to listen.
On this episode we talk to Josh of Scrap.edx. An outlier in the Connecticut musical landscape. A rhythmic broken beat industrial project. Josh also has a couple other projects. The Carapace which was a one album and done field recording based idea and Children of Men which is a current hip hop cooperative where he has the roll of producer.
We also talk about dealing with Covid-19 and how that effects his daily, professional and creative life among other things. We talk about touring, breakcore basement shows and driving back and forth to Toronto to basically see one act’s set. I (Rick) regret that I didn’t bring up how much we listened to Stabyouintheheadandeatyourfaceoff’s, “Killin’ Toys,” CD (a Redscroll release from 2003 before I was involved) on that trip. Oh yea, and we talk about some other stuff and Josh and I do the standard opening banter with current listening and a quick brief on the store (super quick).
On this episode we talk to Brian and Dan of Ritual Clearing. It’s a brief conversation using a proprietary communication software interface (social distance interview). Josh and Rick discuss the music they’re listening to beforehand as well as how the store is currently operating during the pandemic. We talk to Dan and Brian about how they’re coping with the pandemic as well and how that effects releasing music at this time. And some more fun stuff!