Friday, February 12, 2021 by DJ Uncertain #art

Art Sound and Song parts 1 & 2

Adrian Rew and Bob Nickas came in to play their collection of artists' records, which raised a question: What makes an artist record? 

Bob seems to think if an artist made it, it's an artists' record. But what makes an artist, Bob?

Listen to their collection and banter here and here.

Pt.1 Tracklist:

Louise Lawler, Bird Calls, 1972/1981. / A Band (Paul McMahon and Nancy Radloff), Lowly Worm, 1979. / Carolee Schneemann, Look What the Cat Dragged In, 1988. / Destroy All Monsters, Mom and Dad's Pussy, circa 74-76 (sound collage by Mike Kelley). / Otis Houston Jr., Sugar Ray Get Out Of My Way, 2020. / Terry Allen, Truckload of Art, 1978. / B. Wurtz, Start Here, 2020. / Attersee und Ruhm, Schwarzer Peter, 1981. / The Cornichons, These Days, 2019. (Servane Mary, Jose Martos, John Miller, Aura Rosenberg, Dan Walworth) / Robert Barry, Otherwise (excerpt), 1981. / Andra Ursuta, Untitled (Anarchy in the U.K. performed in Arabic), 2018. / Terry Fox, Suono Interno (Internal Sound) excerpt, 1982. / donAteller, Dominator, 2003.
(Bonnie Camplin, Enrico David, Ed Laliq, Mark Leckey) / Tony McAulay, Collaborative Poem, 1986. / Lonnie Holley, Looking For All (All Rendered Truth), 2013. / Peter Gordon and Lawrence Weiner, Deutsche Angst, 1982. / 3 Teens Kill 4, 5/4, 1982. / Stefan Tcherepnin, Waco, 2019. / Rodney Graham, Champagne For Everyone, 2000. / UJ3RK5, Eisenhower and the Hippies, 1980. (Kitty Byrne, Rodney Graham, Colin Griffiths, Danice MacLeod, Frank Ramirez, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, David Wisdom) / Culturcide (Mark Flood), Let's Prance, 1986. / Martin Kippenbeger, Ja Ja Ja, Nee Nee Nee (Für Die Jugend), 1995.

Pt. 2 Tracklist:

1. Anton Bruhin - “Apocalypt EB-, sampling loop,” Jan 2000 (from ‘Deux Pipes,’ Alga Marghen, 2010). / 2. Jonathan Borofsky - “The Standard Chant Pt. 2,” 1983 (from ‘Audio By Visual Artists’ compilation, Tellus, 1988). / 3. John Armleder (performed by Christian Marclay) - “16 Great Turn-Ons,” 1988 (from ‘Audio By Visual Artists’ compilation, Tellus, 1988). / 4. Henning Christiansen - “Min Døde Hest Op. 55,” 1970 (from ‘Hesteofringen,’ Holidays Records, 2017). / 5. Jack Goldstein - “The Tornado,” 1976 (from self-released set of nine 7” records, 1976). / 6. Jack Goldstein - “The Burning Forest,” 1976 (from self-released set of nine 7” records, 1976). / 7. Jack Goldstein - “Two Wrestling Cats,” 1976 (from self-released set of nine 7” records, 1976). / 8. Seth Price - “Flipin Tha Bird,” 2011 (from ‘Honesty,’ Audio Visual Arts, 2011). / 9. Martin Kippenberger - “Bang Bang,” 1984 (from ‘Die Rache Der Erinnerung,’ ZickZack, 1984). / 10. Y Pants (Barbara Ess, Verge Piersol, and Gail Vachon) - “The Code Of Life,” 1982 (from ‘Beat It Down,’ Neutral Records, 1982). / 11. Dan Graham - “Untitled,” 1981 (from ‘Just Another Asshole’ compilation, Just Another Asshole, 1981). / 12. The Stallion - “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2,” 2017 (from ‘The Dark Side Of The Wall,’ In The Red Recordings, 2017). / 13. Martin Creed - “Ooh, Fuck Off,” 2008 (from ‘Work No. 815,’ SmartGuy Records, 2008). / 14. Isa Genzken & Total Freedom  - excerpt from “Fuck Them All,” 2016 (from ‘Fuck Them All,’ The Vinyl Factory, 2016). / 15. Wolfgang Tillmans - “Make It Up As You Go Along,” 2016 (from ‘2016 / 1986 EP,’ Fragile, 2016). / 16. Dennis Oppenheim - excerpt from “Theme For A Major Hit (Part 1),” 1974 (from ‘Theme For A Major Hit,’ Slowscan, 2016, originally released in 1975 on D’arc Press Inc). / 17. Hanne Darboven - excerpt from “Vierjahreszeiten 1981/82. Opus 7,” 1981/82 (from ‘Vierjahreszeiten 1981/82. Opus 7 “Der Mond Ist Aufgegangen”,’ self-released, 1982). / 18. John Giorno (with Alan Sarret, Ann Ware, Bryce marden, Henry  Geldzahler, John Perreauly, Lee Crabtree, Michael McClanathan, Nina Thurman, Patti Oldenberg, Peter Schjeldahl, Robert Rauschenberg, Sarah Dalton, Todd Berrigan, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer) - excerpt from “Pornographic Poem,” 1967 (from ‘Raspberry / Pornographic Poem,’ The Intravenus Mind,1967). / 19. Pedro, Muriel & Esther (Vaginal Davis and Glen Meadmore) - “Anna-ee,” 1991 (from ‘PME/EP,’ Amoeba Records, 1991). / 20. Pedro, Muriel & Esther (Vaginal Davis and Glen Meadmore) - “Mushroom Head,” 1991 (from ‘PME/EP,’ Amoeba Records, 1991). / 21. Terry Fox - excerpt from “The Labyrinth Scored For The Purrs Of 11 Different Cats,” 1976 (from ‘Airwaves’ compilation, One Ten Records, 1977). / 22. Electrophilia (Steven Parino and Jutta Koether, featuring Lizzi Bougatsos) - excerpt from “Witch,” 2004 (from ‘Black Noise Practitioner,’ Skul, 2004). / 23. Hannah Wilke - “Stand Up,” 1982 (from ‘Revolutions Per Minute (The Art Record),’ Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., 1982). / 24. Fanal (Kai Althoff) - “In Sie Hinein,” 2008 (from ‘Fanal II,’ Sonig, 2008). / 25. Jean Dubuffet - “Gai Savoir,” 1961 (from ‘Expériences Musicales 1961,’ Jeanne Dielman, 2016).

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 by Montez Press Radio #poetry

A Day for Lewis Warsh

Last week, we had the honor of celebrating the life and work of our friend Lewis Warsh (1944-2020) as part of a day-long tribute co-organized with Ugly Ducking Presse that featured a combination of in-real-time readings of his work by friends and loved ones, and archival recordings of Lewis in his own voice from the past half-century of his life as a poet. 

If you could only tune in for part of the day or missed it all together, you can find the readings on our site here and here.

If you'd like to hear the conversation we had with Lewis last March, where we spoke about teaching, publishing, and community, you can find that here. That segment begins and ends with additional readings by Lewis, who generously joined us on MPR and believed in the project right from the start. I imagine he made all of his students feel supported in this way—so it meant a lot to be able to participate in and help facilitate this broadcast. We were lucky to have known him.

Monday, November 30, 2020 by DJ Uncertain

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Monday, November 30, 2020 by DJ Uncertain


Post-Reason Part 1 is the first in a series of found audio specials.

You'll hear: a deepfake of Obama reading from Genesis over Burzum, a moving David Koresh song from before he was a cult leader, and then Nixon recalls what he did the day the smoking gun tape came out and how Mrs. Nixon started packing before he even knew. Eventually, two hours of Hanne Darboven’s “Opus 17a” over Eric Dubay’s 200 hundred proofs for the flat earth. But first, all the times Adam Curtis brings up Vladislav Sirkov, the guy who did Putin’s intentionally confusing PR after studying avant-garde theatre. Cuts from Delia Derbyshires “Dreams”, more dungeon synth and part of a lecture from Alan Sokal, the scientist who successfully published an essay of complete nonsense in Social Text, an “academic journal of postmodern cultural studies”. Another good prank in a bit from The Yes Men on BBC pretending to be a spokesperson from Dow Chemicals (named Jude) apologizing for the Bhopal oil spill and promising financial remuneration for all the victims. Then in 2017 the artist Frank Heath calls unsuspecting nyc phone operators to share evidence of a phonebooth conspiracy. ASMR from a Youtuber who whispers from Roland Barthes texts and tells philosophy jokes about epistemology. The Summit Lighthouse’s mantra for healing personal and national economies, Elaine and Neil Mill’s “Seven Number Poems for Two”, Ytiet, the number singing Tiktok superstar, and lots of absurd gen-z glitch-hop and hyper-pop. A short story from Joan Jonas on Tellus issue 21 and then Lena reads an easy from Lee McIntyre on the post modern theory climate change deniers, intelligent design believers, and Kelly Anne Conway might have encountered. "Unfragment" Tom's fav song from Hatsune Miku, the holographic vocaloid popstar owned by Sony/Crypton Future Media. Donald Rumsfeld's "unknown unkowns" press conference, and finally one of Artaud’s last works, a violent and hallucinatory unaired radio-play “To Have Done With the Judgement of God”.

George Bush, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2013

George Bush, Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2013

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