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Grace's Photo I'm host of Nomadic Reverie every Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. CST. Roam with my blog on a trip through sonic nirvana, exploring many different spheres of the lesser-known: both old and new folk, psych, lo-fi, experimental music and much more.

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Raglani Benefit Party at White Flag Projects

Photo by Jamie Bayer

Photo by Jamie Bayer

Music. Theft. A near-death incident. No … it’s not another episode of Law and Order; it’s the unfortunate story of what recently happened to local experimental artist Raglani.

Some may recognize Joe Raglani as the RFT’s 2008 Best Experimental Artist, or from his days bartending and spinning records at the Upstairs Lounge.  His music is subtle but beautiful–and taking off on a national level.  Raglani is on the roster of highly-regarded experimental label Kranky Records, and has garnered recognition from the likes of Arthur Magazine.  Most recently, Raglani was invited to play at the presigious No Fun Fest in New York (other performers included Sonic Youth, Bardo Pond and Blank Dogs).  While performing there, Raglani’s van was broken into and his gear, valued at around $10,000, was stolen.  Tomorrow night, some of St. Louis’ best DJs, including KDHX’s own Ashley Vulture (Talkin’ Trash), will come together at White Flag Projects to try to raise funds to replace some of his equipment.  More details are below in a press release from Spooky Action Palace’s Michael Ferrer:

WHITE FLAG PROJECTS >> MAY 30th >> 9PM >> $10


For the first four months of this year, local electronic musician Joe Raglani (Kranky Records, 2008 RFT Experimental Musician of the Year) prepared for his first cross-country tour by selling off multiple pieces of equipment and much of his music library, relentlessly producing and recording new material, and scheduling and booking the tour by himself. With the funds, he bought three vintage synths and two new amplifiers, put together some tour-only CDs and tee-shirts, and rented a van, presuming the tour would pay for itself and give him enough money to get home.

In the early morning of Sunday, May 16th, one night after playing a set at the No Fun Fest in Brooklyn, Joe stepped away from the van to get some food, and a professional thief broke in and stole nearly $10K worth of equipment, much of it custom-tweaked, which took over a decade to assemble. This included the laptop onto which Joe had ripped much of the music he’d sold to buy the synths and amps, which were among the gear stolen. Caught in the act while loading the last piece of equipment into his car, the thief tried to run Joe over. When Joe told the cops that he wasn’t able to get a license plate number because of this, they laughed.

This Saturday, May 30th, we will attempt to redress this wrong as best we can, in the only appropriate way: by throwing a big party.




Jason Reitman Loves KDHX

Photo courtesy of Jason Reitman Myspace

Photo courtesy of Jason Reitman Myspace

I’ve never been what you would call a movie buff. I’m pretty well-versed in Italian film, but that’s about it. I go to the movie theater four times a year, tops. It’s not for love of the art–it’s just something that has fallen by the wayside over the years, along with reading, writing, photography, and everything else I did back when I had spare time.

It’s because of this general oblivion to popular cinema that I found myself Googling “Jason Reitman” after receiving an e-mail from someone praising Nomadic Reverie who was “in town working on his new film” and curious about a Marissa Nadler song I had played. I learned what many of you probably already know–this is the man who is responsible for the Clooney-mania sweeping the city–the director of Up in the Air, the film currently being shot in St. Louis, as well as Juno and Thank You For Smoking

While it’s tempting to post the emails chronicling my brush with Hollywood, I’m going to restrain myself. Long story short, Mr. Reitman offered to come on my show and do a guest DJ set. He showed up on April 14 with Anna Kendrick (from Twilight and Rocket Science) and a mix CD in tow. Due to my extremely flustered state, we only had time to get in two tracks and an interview, but his chosen tracks were as follows:

Tindersticks, “The Organist Entertains”
The Menahan Street Band, “The Traitor”
YACHT, “So Post All ‘Em”
Kid Koala, “Things’ll Be Good Again”
Tangerine Dream, “Love On A Real Train”

Today is the last day that this interview will be available streaming on Surf on over to the Nomadic Reverie show page to hear the show. Jason comes on towards the last 20 minutes. It will be good for some laughs, if not for Jason’s wit, then for my extreme awkwardness.

Touch and Grrrr!

Yesterday Touch and Go Records founder Corey Rusk broke many a music industry worker’s heart.  In an official statement, Rusk announced that the nearly 30-year-old label will be closing the distribution arm of the company and turning its focus solely to operating as an old-school indie label.

Corey Rusk’s official statement:

“It is with great sadness that we are reporting some major changes here at Touch and Go Records. Many of you may not be aware, but for nearly 2 decades, Touch and Go has provided manufacturing and distribution services for a select yet diverse group of other important independent record labels. Titles from these other labels populate the shelves of our warehouse alongside the titles on our own two labels, Touch and Go Records, and Quarterstick Records.

“Unfortunately, as much as we love all of these labels, the current state of the economy has reached the point where we can no longer afford to continue this lesser known, yet important part of Touch and Go’s operations. Over the years, these labels have become part of our family, and it pains us to see them go. We wish them all the very best and we will be doing everything we can to help make the transition as easy as possible.

“Touch and Go will be returning to its roots and focusing solely on being an independent record label. We’ll be busy for a few months working closely with the departing labels and scaling our company to an appropriate smaller size after their departure. It is the end of a grand chapter in Touch and Go’s history, but we also know that good things can come from new beginnings.”

The following is a list of labels who will be looking for a new distributor: 21361, 5, Rue Christine, All Natural, Atavistic, Drag City, Emperor Jones, Estrus, Flameshovel, Jade Tree, In The Fishtank, Kill Rock Stars, Le Tigre Recordings, Merge Records, Overcoat Recordings, Pretty Activity, Post Present Medium, Record Label, Robcore, Suicide Squeeze, Trance Syndicate, Trixie, Voodoo-EROS, and Warm Electronic Recordings.

Obviously, the decision is going to make quite a ripple in the independent music scene. Idolator has a tearjerker of an article featuring comments from several of the affected labels about what this will mean for them.

The blogosphere had been abuzz for the last week with rumors that Touch and Go was shutting its doors completely.  While the label has laid off its staff of 20, they do plan to continue putting out new music.  Just this past week, Touch and Go released new albums by Mi Ami and Sholi, and and a new release from Crystal Antlers is still slated for April. August will see the reissue of several albums by the Jesus Lizard (who will be reuniting for a brief tour this spring).

KDHX Charts for 02.17.09

Another week, another set of the charts! KDHX sends these reports to music industry publications. They are compiled according to what our programmers play each week. To see more KDHX charts, visit the KDHX Music Chart archive.

CMJ Top 30 – 02.17.09
1       A.C. NEWMAN     Get Guilty      Matador
2       ANDREW BIRD     Noble Beast     Fat Possum
3       FRANZ FERDINAND Tonight: Franz Ferdinand        Domino
4       ANIMAL COLLECTIVE       Merriweather Post Pavilion      Domino
5       BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN       Working On A Dream      Columbia
6       HEARTLESS BASTARDS      The Mountain    Fat Possum
7       LADYHAWKE       Ladyhawke       Modular
8       VETIVER Tight Knit      Sub Pop
9       BEIRUT  March Of The Zapotec/Holland    Pompeii
10      GARY LOURIS AND MARK OLSON      Ready For The Flood     Hacktone
11      COTTON JONES    Paranoid Cocoon Suicide Squeeze
12      ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS The Crying Light        Secretly Canadian
13      WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE        Animals In The Dark     Anti
14      DENT MAY AND HIS MAGNIFICENT UKELELE    The Good Feeling Music
Of…    Paw Tracks
15      DAN AUERBACH    Keep It Hid     Nonesuch
16      MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS    Light Of X      Nettwerk
17      ROKIA TRAORE    Tchamantche     Nonesuch
18      GLASVEGAS       Glasvegas       Columbia
19      BIRD AND THE BEE        Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future
Blue Note
20      LILY ALLEN      It’s Not Me, It’s You   Capitol Records
21      ELENI MANDELL   Artificial Fire Zedtone
22      ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE VENUS 3 Goodnight Oslo  Yep Roc
23      FOL CHEN        Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made Asthmatic Kitty
24      PHOSPHORESCENT  To Willie       Dead Oceans
25      M. WARD Hold Time       Merge
26      FAUNTS  Feel.Love.Thinking.Of   Friendly Fire
27      NOUS NON PLUS   Menagerie       Aeronaut
28      SPARKS  Exotic Creatures Of The Deep    LilBeethoven
29      LATE OF THE PIER        Fantasy Black Channel   Astralwerks
30      BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEYBEARS      Black Joe Lewis And The
Honeybears [EP] Lost Highway

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KDHX Chart Catch-Up!

Forgive me, KDHX fans, friends, and followers. I’ve been negligent the last couple of weeks, but I’m back and will be posting more profusely than ever! Below are the College Music Journal and Americana Music Association charts for last week.

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It’s a Fred Friction Frenzy!

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While a recent post by Roy introduced the world to Fred Friction‘s new music venue, Fred’s Six Feet Under, the Riverfront Times recently posted a slideshow that highlights some of the heydays of Frederick’s Music Lounge. The RFT also has a nice interview with Fred by Christian Schaeffer in which he discusses both the new venue and his debut album, Jesus Drank Wine.

If you can’t wait until next week’s Fishin’ With Dynamite to get your Friction fix, just mosey on down to Off Broadway this Saturday for Fred’s CD release party. The shindig will also feature Raphael Maurice, the Dock Ellis Band, Charlie King (of the Asylum Street Spankers) and the always-elusive “special guests.”  Tickets are $5, and the fun gets goin’ at 9 p.m.


Another week, another set of charts! To see more KDHX charts dating back to 2007, visit the KDHX Music Chart archive.


1       A.C. NEWMAN     Get Guilty      Matador
2       ANDREW BIRD     Noble Beast     Fat Possum
3       LADYHAWKE       Ladyhawke       Modular
4       BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN       Working On A Dream      Columbia
5       FRANZ FERDINAND Tonight: Franz Ferdinand        Domino
6       ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS The Crying Light        Secretly Canadian
7       ANIMAL COLLECTIVE       Merriweather Post Pavilion      Domino
8       BIRD AND THE BEE        Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future        Blue Note
9       D.O.A.  Northern Avenger        Sudden Death
10      VARIOUS ARTISTS Guilt By Association Vol. 2     Engine Room
11      GLASVEGAS       Glasvegas       Columbia
12      MODERN SKIRTS   All Of Us In Our Night  Self-Released
13      ALICE RUSSELL   Pot Of Gold     Six Degrees
14      BPA     I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat  Southern Fried
15      LATE OF THE PIER        Fantasy Black Channel   Astralwerks
16      TITUS ANDRONICUS        The Airing Of Grievances        XL
17      THE KNUX        Remind Me In 3 Days     E Pluribus Unum
18      MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS    Light Of X      Nettwerk
19      PAVEMENT        Brighten The Corners    Matador
20      CHAIRLIFT       Does You Inspire You    Kanine
21      SPARKS  Exotic Creatures Of The Deep    LilBeethoven
22      DRAGON FLI EMPIRE       Redefine        Self-Released
23      ROKIA TRAORE    Tchamantche     Nonesuch
24      FUTURE CLOUDS AND RADAR Peoria  The Star Apple Kingdom
25      HEARTLESS BASTARDS      The Mountain    Fat Possum
26      DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO       Everything That Happens Will Happen
Today   Todo Mundo-Todomundo
27      M. WARD “Never Had Nobody Like You” [Single]    Merge
28      LOS CAMPESINOS! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed Arts And Crafts
29      LONGWAVE        Secrets Are Sinister    Self-Released
30      LITTLE BOOTS    Arecibo [EP]

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KDHX Charts for 01.27.09

I’m delighted to announce that we will now be posting KDHX’s new music charts on a weekly basis!

KDHX creates new release airplay charts for the College Music Journal and Americana Music Association every week. These charts help artists and promoters better understand where they are getting airplay, what songs are attracting attention, and can be an excellent predictor of artist success in general.

I’ll probably be playing with the formatting of these for the first few posts, so bear with me!


1 A.C. NEWMAN Get Guilty Matador
2 FRANZ FERDINAND Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Domino
3 NIKKA COSTA Pebble To A Pearl Stax
4 ANDREW BIRD Noble Beast Fat Possum
5 ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS The Crying Light Secretly Canadian
6 LADYHAWKE Ladyhawke Modular
7 M. WARD Hold Time Merge
8 COLD WAR KIDS Loyalty To Loyalty Downtown
9 D.O.A. Northern Avenger Sudden Death
10 ETTES Look At Life Again Soon Take Root
11 LOS CAMPESINOS! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed Arts And Crafts
12 DIGITALISM Hands On Idealism Astralwerks
13 MAHJONGG Free Groove Rider Dub Narcotic Disco Plate
14 GREY ANNE Facts N Figurines Greyday
15 LOVE IS ALL A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night What’s Your Rupture?
16 ALICE RUSSELL Pot Of Gold Six Degrees
17 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino
18 ROBERT POLLARD The Crawling Distance Guided By Voices
19 GARY LOURIS AND MARK OLSON Ready For The Flood Hacktone
20 SPARKS Exotic Creatures Of The Deep LilBeethoven
21 DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO Everything That Happens Will Happen
Today Todo Mundo-Todomundo
22 FRIDA HYVONEN Silence Is Wild Secretly Canadian
23 FUTURE CLOUDS AND RADAR Peoria The Star Apple Kingdom
24 THE KNUX Remind Me In 3 Days E Pluribus Unum
25 BOO AND BOO TOO No Tempo Ironpaw
26 I’M FROM BARCELONA Who Killed Harry Houdini? Mute
28 ESTELLE Shine Atlantic
29 STARS Sad Robot [EP] Self-Released
30 NAT KING COLE Re:Generations [EP] Capitol

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