10/19 and 10/26: Et in Arcadia Ego

blood_meridianTake the time to read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy if you haven’t already done so. The Road was a quick and fun read (as much as the apocalypse can be fun) and it received a ton of attention thanks to Oprah, but Blood Meridian shows off why McCarthy is held in such high esteem. The myth of the wild west fascinates me, and this book does everything it can to reveal it in all its gritty (un)glory.

Anyways, to the music. The time of year has arrived at WZBC where interns begin populating the station, insuring that another generation of student DJs will realize they know so very little about music. As a result, you’ll be hearing from my interns over the next few shows. They’ll also be selecting music for the show each week and, in general, contributing their knowledge and love of music to Laughter for at least the next month, if not longer.

The last two shows, posted below, contain mostly new music from records I’ve either enjoyed a ton over the last 10 months or that I’ve ignored for no good reason. I’m starting to think about the records I’ve liked the most this year, but each time I do so something amazing comes out and reminds me that I need to be patient. The new Fuck Buttons, for instance. It completely caught me off guard considering I wasn’t much of a fan of their last album. New releases from Kurt Vile, The Dutchess and the Duke, Pink Mountaintops, No Age, and The Twilight Sad have me equally excited. Throughout November I’m going to be thinking more about all the great music 2009 has given us. This seems like a year with an unusually high number of quality releases…

I think over the next couple of weeks I’m going to devote some of the show to one record or another. I’ll play multiple songs from that record and try to give each of my favorites a little more air time. First up will likely be Nudge, but perhaps I’ll have come up with a more coherent plan by the time Monday rolls around and thus have chosen a different band.

In any case, you’ll find a ton of new music below. Write me or leave a comment if you think there’s a record I absolutely need to hear or give my attention t0, especially if you notice it missing from either of the below broadcasts.

Until next time:



01. The Dutchess and The Duke “Hands” from Sunset/ Sunrise (2009) on Hardly Art

02. Magnolia Electric Co “Hope Dies Last” from Josephine (2009) on Secretly Canadian

03. Pink Mountaintops “Vampire” from Outside Love (2009) on Jagjaguwar

04. Kurt Vile “Hunchback” from Childish Prodigy (2009) on Matador

05. No Age “You’re A Target” from Losing Feeling EP (2009) on Sub Pop

06. Bear in Heaven “Fake Out” from Beast Rest Forth Mouth (2009) on hometapes

07. Digital Dance “Cleaned Mind/I’m So Shy” from Treatment (2009) on LTM

08. Mohamed Abdel Wahab “Sahara City” from Eastern Standard Time (2009) on Weltraum Disk

09. Ad Frank “Last Night Mark Eitzel Saved My Life” from Mr. Fancypants (2001) on Stop, Pop, and Roll


10. The Octopus Project “Crying at the Aquarium” from Identification Parade (2002) on Peek-a-boo

11. Caspian “Ghosts of the Garden City” from Tertia (2009) on The Myclene Sheath

12. Six Organs of Admittance “Jade Like Wine” from Shelter from the Ash (2007) on Drag City

13. Fuck Buttons “Surf Solar” from Tarot Sport (2009) on Atp

14. Animal Hospital “Paralarva” from S/T (2005) on Mr. Records

15. Language of Light “Double Helixes Up To Heaven” from Cortez / Language of Light (2009) on Anti-Clock

16. Zomby “Expert Tuition” from One Foot Ahead Of The Other (2009) on Ramp

17. Telefon Tel Aviv “Stay Away from Being Maybe” from Immolate Yourself (2009) on BPitch Control

18. Songs : Ohia “How To Be Perfect Men” from Axxess & Ace (1999) on Secretly Canadian

19. Calexico “Letter To Bowie Knife” from Garden Ruin (2006) on Quarterstick

20. Alec K. Redfearn and the Seizures “Isle of Swine” from Exterminating Angel (2009) on Corleone

21. The Twilight Sad “I Became a Prostitute” from Forget the Night Ahead (2009) on Fat Cat




01. Michael Hurley & Pals “The Werewolf” from Armchair Boogie (1971) on Warner Brothers

02. Six Organs of Admittance “Strangled Road” from Shelter from the Ash (2007) on Drag City

03. Michael Flower “Lake of Fire” from Open Strings (2009) on Honest Jons Records

04. Oneida “10:30 at the Oasis” from Rated O (2009) on Jagjaguwar / Brah

05. Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe “Tercirkauitaamaso” from Fazo IV: La Kvalito de Speguloj (2009) on Rainbow Body Records

06. Castanets “Dance, Dance” from Texas Rose, the Thaw & the Beasts (2009) on Asthamatic Kitty Records

07. Califone “Salt” from All My Friends are Funeral Singers (2009) on Dead Oceans

08. Foetus “Sjogren’s Syndrome” from Limb (2009) on Ectopic Ents

09. Tim Friese-Greene “Untitled 3” from 10 Sketches for Piano Trio (2009) on LTM Recordings

10. Nightmares “We Were Melded Together” from Floating Above the Tracks / We Were Melded Together (2009) on Bloodlust! / Fatal Beliefs / Malsonus


11. Dinosaur Jr. “I Don’t Wanna Go There” from Farm (2009) on Jagjaguwar

12. Sunn O))) “Alice” from Monoliths & Dimensions (2009) on Southern Lord

13. The Black Angels “Science Killer” from Directions to See a Ghost (2008) on Light in the Attic

14. Health “Eat Flesh” from Get Color (2009) on Lovepump United

15. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words “This Room Seems Empty Without You” from Lost in Reflection (2009) on Killer Pimp

16. Six Organs of Admittance “Saint Cloud” from School of the Flower (2005) on Drag City

17. Lichens “Tempered Restorations (Re-edit Of HOSS007)” from Tanith (2009) on Self Released CDr


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