Another Wild Bus Ride

with Murdock

A wildly eclectic selection of music hand-picked for three hours of aural mind expansion. You'll hear a different experience each week, depending on the weather and what sort of day I'm having. So buckle up, buy the ticket, take the ride… We would like to express much gratitude to our loyal listeners over the Summer of 2013! We'll be back in the Summer of 2014, so keep it locked and stay tuned.


Brush your teeth. I’ll leave it at that.

Today’s playlist, delightfully format-free:

Beach Boys – Match Point Of Our Love
Joy Division – Disorder
Throbbing Gristle – Hamburger Lady
Joy Division – Decades [from Still]
Joy Division – Ceremony [from Still]
New Order – Blue Monday

Aesop Rock – No Regrets
Eric B & Rakim – Eric B is President
Chemical Brothers – One Too Many Mornings
moses – Dads in the 90s
Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar

Eagles of Death Metal – Solid Gold
Interpol – Rest My Chemistry
Beach Boys – Match Point Of Our Love [come on, so appropriate]
Ween – Bananas and Blow [likewise]

Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots
Dirty Mac – Yer Blues
Flying Burrito Brothers – Hippie Boy

Psychic TV – I. C. Water
Jean Jackets – Does It Look Like I Live In NYC?
New Order – Ceremony [March 1981 FAC 33 without Gillian Gilbert]
Elliott Smith – Waltz #2 (XO)
Modest Mouse – Broke [which broke]
Joy Division – Ceremony [Graveyard Studios, Prestwich]

Olivia Tremor Control – Today I Lost A Tooth
Olivia Tremor Control – I Have Been Floated
Circulatory System – Outside Blasts

Those of you who do funny things like listen to my show on WHRW or read my posts on our lovely website may have read or heard my lament that the late Bill Doss never got around to exploring country/folk/Americana, as he did a bit on A Future History of A Sunshine Fix.

I was delightfully wrong.

Here’s a wonderful little one-off side project of acoustic covers that Bill Doss did with Neil Cleary: Red & Zeke — Old Man from Indy Rock Mountain.

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the tragic and sudden passing of Bill Doss, one of the four close friends from Ruston, Louisiana who formed the Elephant 6 Recording Company, making music for each other, playing in each others’ bands, and cultivating an ethos of community musicianship that arguably set the stage for the 2000s indie movement as a whole, no doubt one of the finest songwriters, most influential musicians to come out of the renaissance of ’60s psychedelic/baroque pop.

Bill Doss, along with his high school friends Will Cullen Hart and Jeff Mangum, started a band that went under the name of “Synthetic Flying Machine,” out of which came the Olivia Tremor Control, the finest experimental/psychedelic pop band of the last twenty years. Jeff Mangum continued to be part of the Olivia Tremor Control in their earliest years, before he went on to other projects .

After a few early experimental EPs, in 1996 they released their first album, “Music from an Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle,” engineered and produced with the help of the fourth member of their childhood gang, Robert Schneider.

The Olivia Tremor Control went on to release another full-length LP, “Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume 1,” as well as a few less-accessible (but just as good) experimental noise/musique concrete albums. They released a compilation of their early singles and EPs in 2000, Olivia Tremor Control “Presents: Singles and Beyond,” then Bill Doss and Will Cullen Hart apparently had a falling-out and the band broke up.

Will Cullen Hart went on with the rest of the band, plus a few scores of multi-instrumentalists (we’re talking about Elephant 6 after all) to form Circulatory System, and they released their first album in 2001. Meanwhile, Bill Doss had revived his early solo recording project, The Sunshine Fix.

He released an EP and two full albums. His second full album, 2004’s Green Imagination, was not as well-received as his first post-OTC album, 2002’s Age of the Sun. Granted, that one was hard to top, as it is a magnificent album.
Bill fell into a funk, but nonetheless, his influence continued to ripple through the second generation of Elephant 6 bands, especially Of Montreal. Eventually, Bill came to be a full-time member of the Apples in Stereo, but in the last couple years, he had started making music again with Will Cullen Hart, who had been stricken with multiple sclerosis. Life’s too short for rifts, and the thought of losing his childhood best friend compelled Bill to call him up and put the past behind them. No labels, no gigs, no nonsense, they would just make music like they did in high school, sitting around with their four-track.

At the end of the day, Circulatory System, a great band in their own right nonetheless, is simply Olivia Tremor Control minus Bill Doss. In the ten-year hiatus between Bill and Will’s falling out and OTC reforming, Circulatory System released two fine ...

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