In the late 1970s, a group of like-minded avant-garde musicians at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa channeled the spirit of Dadaist Alfred Jarry into a full-blown big-band ensemble to support the visionary Fred Lane (née Tim Reed). With a unique “stripmine crooning” leading his bands, the Rev. Fred Lane released two legendary LPs for Kramer’s Shimmy Disc label out of NYC in 1983 (FROM THE ONE THAT CUT YOU) and 1986 (CAR RADIO JEROME).
ICEPICK TO THE MOON is his third LP released in 2019 on Feeding Tube Records. ICEPICK is also the name of Skizz Cyzyk’s 2018 documentary on Fred Lane and his musical adventures and this screening at Rhizome will be the film’s DC premiere.
Equally zany and hailing from the low country of South Carolina, Charlie McAlister’s catalog has been described as “as charmed pop music, wry without being goofy, ineffably simple, personal and universal at the same time” (Oxford America). Before his untimely death in February of 2018, McAlister managed to release dozens of LPs, cassettes, zines, and low-fi art on both national and international labels as well as other outlets. His paintings and his films are also treasures that cover a variety of southern motifs from shrimp boat captains to lecherous debutantes to corrupt park rangers. A sampling of his short films will be screened in DC for the first time at this Rhizome event.
The evening will open with a short musical tribute to The Rev. Fred Lane by Team Sardine, followed by a screening of ICE PICK TO THE MOON (90 minutes). The second set will feature a screening of a handful of Charlie McAlister films (16 minutes) followed by a musical sendoff by Team Sardine.
$10 suggested donation. Show begins at 8pm.
LOST TREASURES with DJ Mackie kicks off 2020 with special guest Geologist (Animal Collective) in studio spinning some of the best in obscure experimental music. Focusing primarily on 90s music from this amorphous genre, Geologist will be exploring the back catalogues of Climax Golden Twins, Supersilent, TFUL282, and Sun City Girls, among others. As always, tune in locally at 94.3 FM or stream it online at:
Saturday, Jan. 4th at 9am
Guitar ragas will be celebrated on this week’s LOST TREASURES. Maryland native Robbie Basho made a name for himself as a 6 and 12-string guitarist recording for John Fahey’s Takoma Records and other labels. His label mate and friend Max Ochs will be in studio to discuss the evolution of guitar ragas and will perform as well. Other albums that will be explored include LPs by Peter Walker, Michael Kleniec, and Ted Lucas.
Saturday, 12/7 at 9am on 94.3 FM or streaming online at takomaradio.org
In preparation for his annual pilgrimage to Texas for Thanksgiving, DJ Mackie is digging deep in the caverns of Texas music. On Saturday, November 23rd, LOST TREASURES will feature gems from some forgotten Texas rock groups like Mouse & the Traps and The Kitchen Cinq, as well as funk from Kashmere Stage Band and blues from Texan greats Lightning Hopkins and Henry Ragtime Thomas. The International Artists label, a favorite of LOST TREASURES, will also play heavily in the mix with psych explorations by The Red Crayola and the 13th Floor Elevators. Tune in at 9am locally at 94.3 FM and online at takomaradio.org
This Saturday, November 9th, LOST TREASURES celebrates Joe Bussard, legendary music collector, record producer, and guitarist. Over the course of 65 years, Bussard amassed one of the world’s greatest collection of 78rpm records numbering 25,000 at one point. In addition to working as a radio DJ all of his life, Bussard also founded his own label in 1964 and released hundreds of 78 records out of his home in Frederick, MD. DJ Mackie will play treasures from the Bussard collection and as well as music from his Fonotone label. 9:00am this Saturday on 94.3 FM or streaming worldwide: takomaradio.org
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