Wednesday, September 28, 2005

viva monk

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 1:38 PM

I just had to pass along this podcast by Collin Wade Monk, which would be one of the coolest radio programs on the air if only, er, it were on radio. Maybe this is why FM radio is starting to seem like the 8-track of the future. If you want to hear a dee-jay with a point of view and his own record collection, it's easier to go online.

There's lots of great stuff here: Ike & Tina, Jim Carroll, even a Dorothy Parker spoken-word piece. But my favorite is a found-audio snippet called "I Sing About Blue," two minutes of anonymous bellowing from an audition tape that wound up somewhere in Alaska. Just when your tolerance is running low, it turns into a mash-up, with the vocals laid down, no, I can't spoil the surprise. I've still got the goofy grin from the moment I heard it.

Anyway, this is what radio needs: less Jack, more Wolfman.

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