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Next show 8/8/21: Ian L. C. Swordy

Last show: Ian Pedigo


July 25, 2021
Ian Pedigo

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. Smoke Rings, Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra, 1937
  2. You Do Something for Me, Cole Porter with Lee Wiley, 1940
  3. Innocent When You Dream (78), Tom Waits, 1987
  4. Questions in a World of Blue, Julee Cruise, 1993
  5. Dazzle, Siouxsie & the Banshees, 1984
  6. To Here Knows When, My Bloody Valentine, 1991
  7. Blue Skied & Clear, Slowdive, 1996
  8. A Kissed Out Red Floatboat, Cocteau Twins, 1988
  9. Stamping Ground, Moondog, 1969
  10. Time of No Reply, Nick Drake, c. late ‘60s
  11. Sparkly, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Intentions, 2000
  12. El Arbol, Nick Turner, 1999
  13. All Flowers in Time, Jeff Buckley with Elizabeth Fraser, c. 1994-5
  14. Dawning, Tamaryn, 2010
  15. Content, FOREVR, 2015
  16. Vow of Vengeance, Nazxul, 2017
  17. Darkness, Unison, 2012
  18. Because of You, Jesu, 2020
  19. We’ve All Gone to Sleep, Grouper, 2008
  20. Map of 41 Degrees N 93 Degrees W, Wire, 1979

Ian Pedigo is a visual artist and writer who immerses in experiences of esthesia produced by both tangible and intangible objects. Having grown up in Alaska and presently living and working in Queens, NY, his work is inspired by nature, yet also deals with the subject of humanism in both its historic and present-day contexts. He has exhibited widely both internationally and in the US, is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient, and his work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

July 11, 2021
Al Freeman

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. Outro, Vulfpeck, 2012
  2. No Slack, Jaco Pastorius & Brian Melvin, 1989
  3. Café Com Pão (Jodel), Paula Morelenbaum & João Donato, 2011
  4. Like a Ship, Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, 1971
  5. Sunflower River Blues, John Fahey, 1998
  6. Fire, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, 1979
  7. The Force, Lettuce, 2015
  8. I Get Lonely, Janet Jackson, 1998
  9. Little Fluffy Clouds, The Orb, 1990
  10. Room Mate, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, 1981
  11. Cool in the Pool, Holger Czukay, 1979
  12. She Was Surprised, Psychic TV, 1988
  13. Southern Nights, Allen Toussaint, 1975
  14. 相合傘 - Broken Radio Version, Haruomi Hosono, 2019
  15. Sweet Salvation, The Stepkids, 2012
  16. Addicted to Love, Ciccone Youth, 1988
  17. Gloria, Laura Branigan, 1982
  18. Les Fleurs, Minnie Riperton, 1970
  19. Slowly, Amon Tobin, 2000
  20. Cuff Link, Wings, 1978
  21. I Heard It through the Grapevine, The Slits, 1979
  22. We Run This, Missy Elliott, 2005
  23. A Walk to Remember, Vulfpeck

Al  Freeman received a BFA in 2005 from Concordia University in Montréal, and her MFA in 2010 from Yale University. Freeman reproduces everyday items at an exaggerated scale, rendering them in puffy, tactile materials. But by presenting her polyester, cloth, and pleather works as partially deflated, she playfully imbues a beer can, a hammer, or a lava lamp with a message of subverted masculinity. Drained of their virility and enlarged to a ridiculous size, the objects are invested with a humor that satirizes the simulated coziness of runaway consumerism. In her Comparisons series, Freeman juxtaposes iconic artworks with images found from the deep waters of the internet.

June 27, 2021
Sam Anderson

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

Part 1: Depression & creativity / my Las Vegas Breakdown: my hatred for contemporary pop music & the abuse of the “supertonic” note / pop music is essentially structured like music that is meant for babies
1. Manic Depression, Millimetric feat. Beta Evers, 2009
2. Jagadishwar, Alice Coltrane, 1982
Part 2: “Hearts of Space” Favorites
3. Life After Life, Don Slepian, 1982
4. Seventh Wave, Suzanne Ciani, 1982
5. Sunrise or Sunset in Texas, Blue Gene Tyranny, 1990
6. Celestial Soda Pop, Ray Lynch, 1984
Part 3 (a): Beyond making Music for Buildings
7. Over the Clover, Hiroshi Yoshimura, 1987
8. Something Blue, Hiroshi Yoshimura, 1986
Part 3 (b): Plantasia
9. Concerto for Philodendron & Pothos, 1976
Part 4: Video Game music
10. Zelda’s Lullaby, from the Legend of Zelda games (3 songs), Koji Kando, c. 1998
11. Song of Storms (cover version), Koji Kando, 1998
12. Inside the Deku Tree, Koji Kando, 1998
13. Heal, from the game Ico, Michiru Oshima & Kōichi Yamazaki, 2001
14. Martist, from the game Tetrisphere, 1997

Part 5: (problematic) “World” Music
15. White Whisper, Deep Forest, 1992
16. Sadeness (Pt. 1), Enigma, 1990
Part 6: more lady synth
17. Don’t Cry (Breakup of the World), Sandra, 1986
18. Don’t Be Afraid, Beta Evers, 2005
Part 7: Going out w/a maximalist bang
19. Aquatic Dance, Vangelis, 1996
20. Logos (Pt. 1), Tangerine Dream, 1982
21. Awakening, Don Slepian, 1980

June 13, 2021
David Adjmi
Writer David Adjmi shares a playlist of songs from his adolescence he’d rediscovered while writing his 2020 memoir, Lot Six. From his insular Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn to the discos of Bay Ridge, Adjmi guides us though his melancholy youth with much wit and many stories.

Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. I (Who Have Nothing), Shirley Bassey, 1963
  2. Prisoner (Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars), Barbra Streisand, 1978
  3. Nasty, Janet Jackson, 1986
  4. Time (Clock of the Heart), Culture Club, 1982
  5. Ship of Fools, Erasure, 1988
  6. Hells Bells, AC/DC, 1980
  7. King’s Cross, Pet Shop Boys, 1987
  8. We Do What We’re Told (Milgrim’s 37), Peter Gabriel, 1986
  9. Stripped, Depeche Mode, 1986
  10. Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight, Lime, 1982
  11. Give Me Tonight, Shannon, 1984
  12. Too Turned On, Alisha, 1985
  13. Break 4 Love, Raze, 1988
  14. Gigantic, Pixies, 1988
  15. Blue Bell Knoll, Cocteau Twins, 1988
  16. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, The Cure, 1987
  17. Cloudbusting, Kate Bush, 1985
  18. Third Uncle, Bauhaus, 1982

David Adjmi’s plays have been produced at such theatres at Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, the Royal Court, the R.S.C., and Soho Rep, where he was the Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence for three years. His play Stereophonic is scheduled to premiere on Broadway next season, and a new play, The Stumble, was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theatre, and recently excerpted in The Paris Review. David was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”) among others. His memoirLot Six was recently published by HarperCollins, and his two play collections, Stunning and Other Plays and Marie Antoinette/3C are published by TCG.