The recent thunder and lightning – very atypical for the Portland Metro area – has filled out town with lights and sounds that are not usually part of the typical makeup of our fair city. In many ways it reminded me of nothing less that The New Gods themselves traversing the threshold of a Boom Tube, a sound so dramatic that is insists that you listen, above all other things. It was with that in mind that I decided to let The King by my guide, and put together an hour of spacey wonder, ambient landscapes, and droning rock music that would make the man himself proud of where we are going for an hour. It is my great pleasure to bring you The Kirby Krackle! A special How’s It Named? presentation while Ricardo Wang is out of town.
This all came about in an unusual way, but for the sake of brevity: with summer here, much of the KPSU staff were unavailable this week, leaving Miss Rikki (of Closet Radio) short-handed when she needed an engineer. After some wrangling and favor-promising, KPSU offered to let me handle the audio work (more on that next entry). Meanwhile, Ricardo had to leave town unexpectedly during the same week. Thinking back to the days when we were on back to back, episodes of How’s It Named? were a regular feature, and since I was going to be there anyway, he asked if I could lend a hand. And, of course, I was happy to.
As Rikki and I were going to be prepping for the live music blowout (again, more on that next entry), I opted for a long songs show, something I’ve done before and rather enjoy. However, the sounds of thunder and lightning shifted the focus very suddenly, not merely to long songs, but to spaced out rock in honor of the strange storms that appeared out of nowhere, much like Kirby’s amazing artwork. In the end, it worked out perfectly, and the results are this broadcast you can now stream to your heart’s content.
I didn’t get to mention it during the show, but I always like to draw attention to Sailboats whenever I can. Little known, and even less seen, they manage to capture some of the eeriest and most beautiful strangeness every time I listen. They are on the Pecho Grande label, and while their site says that much of their catalog is out of print, I bet if you asked nicely you could locate a copy or two. I highly recommend checking out Sailboats, as well as the other incredible things they have to offer.
Special thanks to KPSU, Ricardo Wang and Miss Rikki Lee, as each of them helped make this show possible. It was fun to be back in the studio for a while, and I know that neither Ricardo or Rikki will allow me to take nearly as long between future appearances. That’s just the way they are.
And then, there was live music…
The Kirby Krackle!
01.) Yeti (Improvisation) * Amon Düül II * Yeti
02.) Trigger In, Trigger Out * Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno * Just Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno
03.) 777 * Autechre * LP5
04.) Attach * Sailboats * Adrift * Pecho Grande