Wednesday, June 29, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 042: This Must Be Deep...(Pt. 2)

We continue last week's adventure this week.  Plumbing the depths of meaning itself to discern wether or not it exists.  Or whatever.  (Really I just wanted to play some cool songs.  Because that means something to me.  Is that enough for it to actually mean something?  Ah, who cares?  Let's jam.)

1. "Miles Beyond" Mahavishnu Orchestra
2. "Have You Got It In You?" Imogen Heap
3. "Summer Skin" Death Cab For Cutie
4. "Sea Legs" Run The Jewels
5. "The Summoning" Grip INC.
6."Young Man" Living Colour
7. "Albert Flasher" The Guess Who
8. "Look Around" John Abercrombie
9. "Fuk Tha World" 2Pac
10. "In The Presence Of My Enemies" Machine Head
11. "Snow Coast" Yoshihiro Sawazaki

Here is part one if you missed it:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 041: This Must Be Deep...(Pt. 1)

I’ve never really done this before, but I’ve made a lot of music mixes over the years, taking great care to get the track order and the transitions JUUUSST right.  So I’m going to take one of my last ones (that creative itch has since been scratched by doing this very program; that’s like a mix a week) and split it up into two episodes.

The title comes from something Gil Scott-Heron said so I put that monologue at the beginning of the episode (that, and it’s only about a 100 min. mix).  I always made my mixes with the hope that someday someone somewhere would hear them, and I could share this music.  So enjoy!

1. "This Must Be Deep / Billy Green Is Dead" Gil-Scott Heron
2. "Coming For You" Twelve Foot Ninja
3. "Lose Face" The Fixx
4. "Cycle" Yoko Kanno
5. "Kansas City Milkman" Level 42
6. "Drifting In Space" Captain Beyond
7. "Lost Not Forgotten" Dream Theater
8. "Tell Your Heart Heads Up" Mutemath
9. "Hold On" KoRn
10. "All 4 One" Billy Cobham
11. "Laying Down The Law Of The Lard" Fila Brazillia

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 040 - Aren't Circles So Interesting?

Tonight was a bit random, hence the title (which someone in the store said as I was wrapping up).  Sit back, relax and let the universe take you where it wants to go...(after those first two, anyway; those go hard).

1. “Through The Never” Metallica
2. “American Horror Story” Tech N9ne (feat. Ces Cru)
3. “Drink The Water” Eisley
4. “Renaissance” Jean-Luc Ponty
5. “Red Barchetta” Rush
6. “In The Jailhouse Now” Jimmie Rodgers
7. “Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp” Kid Rock (feat. Joe C. & Tino)
8. “Uh Uh” Ursula Rucker
9. “Truk” Grinspoon
10. “Fire Garden Suite” Steve Vai

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 039: Request Line IX

Another request show is in the books, and it's as eclectic as ever.  This week, things are decidedly more upbeat (with two notable exceptions), keeping a positive vibe through most of the show.  I dig that.  Stay young, go dancing and all that.

If you would like to hear me play a song (and it doesn't necessarily have to wait for a request episode), hit me up on Twitter @NicholasNutter or post a suggestion in the comments section of this here blog.  As you can hear, I will play practically anything.  (I think I draw the line at NeoNazi music, but I would totally play "Nazi Punks Fuck Off".)

1. "I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown
2. "Psychotherapy" (Live) Melanie
3. "Get Outside" Robert Palmer
4. "Erase / Rewind" The Cardigans
5. "We Belong" Pat Benatar
6. "If You Want To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life" Jimmy Soul
7. "Forever Young" Alphaville
8. "Ninja Rap (Go Ninja Go)" Vanilla Ice
9. "River Oriphiss" The GV Crew
10. "Hot Apple Pie" The GV Crew
11. "In The Meantime" Helmet
12. "But She Was Not Flying" Algiers
13. "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour?" Lonnie Donnegan
14. "Rise Up" Andra Day
15. "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" Monty Python

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 038 / Life: Welcome To Reality / Friar Otto's Back Porch

So...Funny story. I was supposed to be a guest on Life: Welcome To Reality on Friday night, but the host wasn't there, and there was another guest. So I wound up hosting the thing. Then another guy who has a show on Thursdays wandered in and we talked for an hour, then some other stuff happened, and I stayed for two more hours and wound up playing drums on a piano bench while this guy played guitar and told stories. Links below to both of those episodes.

Tentative plan is to be on Life: Welcome To Reality on June 10th.  For now, enjoy last night's vaguely Summer-centric playlist:

1. "Salt" The Atomic Spins
2. "19-2000" Gorillaz
3. "Set To Fail" Lamb Of God
4. "Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)" Incubus
5. "Day At The Dog Races" Little Feat
6. "Gimme Some More" Busta Rhymes
7. "Small Deadly Space" Fight
8. "Starchild" Level 42
9. "Pigsblood And Chalk" Fila Brazillia
10. "Gone" Kanye West, Cam'Ron & Consequense
11. "Love (Phonetically Speaking)" The GV Crew



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 037 / Featuring the Sleepy & Freeze Show feat. Mic Crawf & Nick Nutter

I have been on TWO shows this week on Riverwest Radio.  I did my own last night and I did the Sleepy & Freeze feat. Mic Crawf show on Monday.  So here, for your edification are both shows.

This week's episode of Expect The Unexpected has more hard charging music than usual, owing to buying the new Flotsam And Jetsam, stumbling across a Skrillex/John Cena mashup and the passing of Nick Menza.  There are definitely some smoother moments, but the balance is in favor of the aggro.  Plus, "Sea Of Tranquility" has the best guitar solo of all time.  Not from a technical standpoint, but from a feelz standpoint.  Even if you have it at half volume, Abercrombie's tone is so piercing you might hurt yourself.

So here are this week's offerings...but wait!  I'm not done yet!  I'll be doing the Life...Welcome To Reality show on Friday from 6-8PM Central.  You can listen to that here when the time is right.

1. "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" Megadeth
2. "Duvet Cyberia Mix" Boa
4. "Life Is A Mess" Flotsam And Jetsam
5. "Hiphopper" Thomas Rusiak feat. Teddybears STHLM
6. "Burning My Soul" Dream Theater
7. "Beneath The Underdog" Nellie McKay
8. "Boat Cruise" Thundercat
9. "Come Back Jonee" Devo
10. "New Sacred Cow" Kenna
11. "Sea Of Tranquility" Billy Cobham
12. "Duvet TV Sized" Boa


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 036: Schizophonia

This week's episode is all about dynamics.  The ups and downs, the swells and fades, the sturm und drang of musical and emotional expression.  Sometimes you need to slam into a brick wall and go from 100 to 0 because that's what the moment calls for.  So this frantic oscillation between modes is the picture I'm trying to paint with this playlist.  Enjoy!  (Remember, you can follow me on Twitter @NicholasNutter for more updates on the show, and a bunch of other nerdy stuff I retweet.)

1. "Dirty Water" The Standells
2. "Dream" Mahavishnu Orchestra
3. "Losing Out" Black Milk feat. Royce Da 5'9"
4. "Backstairs" The New Pornographers
5. "The Mouth Licking What You've Bled" Meshuggah
6. "Prayers For The Dying" Kilgore
7. "Hold Off The Dawn" El Perro del Mar
8. "Alpha Male" Anthrax
9. "It's Over" Level 42
10. "Love Like Blood" Killing Joke
11. "Poltergeist" Devin Townsend
12. "Wide Awake" Kenna

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Episode 035 - Request Line VIII

Wow, we had a wild one this week.  Post-grunge, alt. country, folk, thrash, gothic country, anime music, acoustic rock, classical theme music, saccharine pop, muthafukin' Riverdance, funk rock and Mariachi rock.  Have at this smorgasbord of crazy!  After all, you picked it!  (If you didn't and would like to hear something else, let me know @NicholasNutter on Twitter or leave me a comment.  I will play anything as long as it's less than one hour because that's how long the show is.)

1. "My Black Ass" Shellac
2. "Don't Start Me On The Liquor" Violent Femmes
3. "Country Death Song" Violent Femmes
4. "Brand New Key" Melanie
5. "Bare Bones" Overkill
6. "Do You Love Me" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
7. Working!! (aka Wagnaria) Opening 1 [Full Version]
8.  "Could This Be Magic?" Van Halen
9. "Last Starfighter Theme" Craig Safan
10. "Daydream Believer" The Monkees
11. "Lord Of The Dance (With Taps)" Ronan Hardiman & Michael Flatley
12. "Steve" (Live) Ghettobillies
13. "MalagueƱa Salerosa" Chingon

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Seriously "High" Wizardry: Diane Duane is out of her mind, and I love her for it

This book is insane.

Thought it was gonna be a kid's book about wizard detectives or something, and it winds up being this Hard Sci-Fi, philosophical existential treatise that takes place beyond the observable universe, uses string theory in 1990, depicts a 10 year old creating an entire new race of beings out of a sentient silicon plate the size of New Jersey and a battle against the force that invented entropy at the beginning of the universe.

SPOILER ALERT: The good guys win by enacting Olber's Paradox.  They STOP THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE so that every point in the sky becomes a light.  The theory of Olber's is if the universe is infinite yet static (not expanding or contracting) every point in the sky would be as bright as the sun, because there would be infinite stars...



Also, there's a random character that helps Dairine through the continent-sized airport on Rirath B.  This turns out to be the Fifth Doctor.  As in Doctor Who.  He's never named, because that would be copyright infringement, but the frickin' Doctor is in this.  Creatures on Rirath B are also surprisingly non-Humanoid.  It's a knock on a lot of science fiction that we can only come up with alien races that have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head.  None of them are truly alien, y'know?  These are alien.

The main characters of the first two books are almost afterthoughts.  They meet up with Dairine (the little kid sister who gets an Apple laptop delivered to her that allows her to become a wizard; did I mention this is a series about kid wizards?) at the end on the planet with the sentient silicon plate.  I can't recommend this book enough, and I cannot recommend that you read this book before you read the first two in the series, as I have yet to do so and this was mind-blowing.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Episode #034 - Vinyl

It's a strange proposition to stream vinyl digitally, to go through the rigmarole of actually changing plates live with a single turntable, but hey, this show has never really been about normalcy or sensibility.  Presented for you here this week is part three of our Format Experiment, begun with Wax Cylinders and continued with 78's & 45's; now we move to LP's.  We've got warm vinyl velvety goodness for y'all, so come and get it!

1. "Synchronicity I" The Police
2. "Jungle Waterfall" Return To Forever
3. "Something About You" Level 42
4. "Nightmare Patrol" Brand X
5. "Airhead" Thomas Dolby
6. "Dixie Chicken" Little Feat
7. "Main Title / Klingon Battle" Jerry Goldsmith
8. "The Pleasant Pheasant" Billy Cobham
9. "Sailing Shoes" Robert Palmer
10. "Hey Julia" Robert Palmer
11. "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" Robert Palmer