Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge next week!

Monday Night at Midnight Central, The Delirious Insomniac Freeform Radio Show is proud to host a telephone interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. It will be streaming live on, 88.7 FM in Chicago, and archived at

Genesis will be playing in Chicago with PSYCHIC TV/PTV3 at Reggie's on December 11th.

From the website:

Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE is a true legend of the Anglo-American underground, an avant-garde anti-hero
whose remarkable body of work reminds us that what is dangerous and what is important are never far apart—
and that, when you believe something, artistic integrity demands that you live by it too.

P-Orridge first achieved recognition with the 1969 founding of COUM Transmissions, a confrontational performance
collective heavily influenced by Dada, which was later transformed into the band Throbbing Gristle. (P-Orridge would,
in 1981, found the ground-breaking band, Psychic TV.) By the time COUM disbanded in 1976, it had helped push the
boundaries and shatter the definitions of performance and contemporary art, paving the way for later transgressive
work. The culmination of COUM was the 1976 “Prostitution” exhibition at the ICA in London, which featured a stripper,
used Tampax sculptures, repurposed pornography and transvestite guards, and caused such a commotion that the
British Parliament reconsidered government funding for public art and labeled P-Orridge and h/er collaborators
“Wreckers of Civilization”.

In the early 1970s, P-Orridge met William S. Burroughs, who introduced h/er to Brion Gysin, marking the beginning of
a seminal and influential collaborative relationship. Burroughs, under Gysin’s tutelage, repopularized the “cut-up”
technique of the early 20th century Surrealists, in which text, or narrative imagery, is cut up and re-organized, creating
a new, non-linear formulation. The supremely Dadaist practice would influence P-Orridge throughout h/er career and
remains an integral element of h/er work.

P-Orridge was an early participator in Fluxus and Mail Art, applying the theories of John Cage (upon which the found-
ations of Fluxus are built) on the pressed recording “Early Worm” in 1968, and exchanging works with Ray Johnson
among others. Responding to P-Orridge’s Mail Art, the British General Post Office charged h/er in 1976 with sending
“indecent and offensive material” through the mail, including desecrated images of the Queen. Like many artists at this
time, P-Orridge rejected market-driven work, choosing instead to maintain an artist-centered creative nucleus in which
work was shared within a community, and was never intended to enter the commercialized art world. P-Orridge later
began an occultist practice influenced by the theories of the artist Austin Osman Spare. The “sigils” they performed ex-
plored the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self through magical techniques such as automatic
writing, drawing and actions, relics of which can be found in many of P-Orridge’s collage work.

In the 1990s, P-Orridge began a collaboration with the performance artist Lady Jaye Breyer, which focused on a single,
central concern—deconstructing the fiction of self. Influenced again by “cut-up” techniques and frustrated by what they
felt to be imposed limits on personal and expressive identity and on the language of true love, P-Orridge and Lady Jaye
applied the strategy of “cutting-up” to their own bodies, in an effort to merge their two identities, through plastic surgery,
hormone therapy, cross-dressing and altered behavior, into a single, “pandrogynous” character, “BREYER P-ORRIDGE".
They embraced a painterly, gestural approach to their own bodies, making expressive and startling use of signifiers like
eyebrows, lips, and breasts, in order to resemble one another as much as possible. The work was an exercise in elective,
creative identity, and a test of how fully two people could integrate their own lives, bodies, and consciousnesses, a sym-
bolic gesture towards evolution and true union. Although Lady Jaye passed away in 2007, the project continues with
Genesis embodying the entirety of BREYER P-ORRIDGE.

Genesis P-Orridge and BREYER P-ORRIDGE have exhibited internationally, including recent exhibitions at Deitch Projects,
Mass MOCA, Centre Pompidou, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Barbican Museum, the Swiss Institute and White
Columns, amongst others. Work was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Tate Britain.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A complete reclusive vacuum collection


Last week I recorded bizarre effects that happened from the studio throughout the previous week; when we play material through the computer at the WLUW studio, and if someone is listening with an analog radio (i.e. one that has a knob instead of a scroll button, and a knob for AM/FM rather than a "band" button), the prerecorded news shows, or the youtube videos sounded like they had been runned through some kind of ring modulator or vocoder. I asked some friends of mine to record my show, where I aired the results, and for this week, I played layers of their recordings, exclusively for those listeners with analog radios to have a the tripled effect of this strange transmittor problem. Many thanks to Chris Turner, Patrick McCarthy, Brian Klein, and Mike Krause for recording it, and for making it easy for me to get the tapes from them in one week's time.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Spot on The Funk & Soul Explosion (WLUW)


My guest appearance on the Funk & Soul Explosion Radio Show (recording starts about 10 minutes late)

Baby Huey - Hard Times
Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black?
Stretch - Why Did You Do It?

James Brown, Marva Whitney, & Dee Felice Trio - Sunny
Sugar Pie DeSanto - I Want To Know
Charles Sheffield - It's Your Voodoo Workin
Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers - Searching For Soul Pt. 1
Jean Dushon - Hitch Hike

Lee Dorsey - Ride Your Pony
The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Patti Jo - Make Me Believe In You

Curtis Mayfield - Give Me Your Love
Tom & Jerrio - Come on And Love Me
The Artistics - (I Want You To) Make My Life Over

Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts
Little Eva - Please Hurt Me
Timi Yuro - Hurt
Barbara Acklin & Gene Chandler - From the Teacher to the Preacher
Wendy Rene - I Wish I Were That Girl

The Young Rascals - A Place In The Sun
Tom Jones - Keep On Runnin'
Roy Head - Get Back
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - Breakout
Evie Sands - Any Way That You Want Me
Helen Shapiro - Take Me For A While

Cab Calloway - Everybody Eats When They Come to My House
Andre Williams - Greasy Chicken
Booker T. & The MG's - Soul Dressing
Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band - Fried Okra
Houseband - Giving Up Food For Funk
Friday Saturday Sunday - Potato Salad

Dusty Springfield - Take Me For A Little While
Vontastics - Never Let Your Love Grow Cold
Ruth Copeland & Funkadelic - Gimme Shelter

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Public Service Announcements


This week's episode was in honor of the history of Public Service Announcements. Something like 175 PSAs on the radio. Listen to the audio above or click below to see/hear 200 of them....

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Delirious Music For Delirious People was "Rekkid of the day" last week on WFMU, and so far as I can tell it was aired by at least three different DJs. I recommend listening to these shows they are excellent, and listen to sneak peaks of the compilation (still available)...

Lullabies and reveilles. Something for the late nighters and early risers.

featuring Hans Grusel's version of "Satan Takes A Holiday" from the Compilation as well as new Tom Waits, Van Dyke Parks, Ronettes, and The Chaynes. Listen HERE!

Order and disorder in a freeform haze of terribly played guitars, shorted-out electronics, found audio detritus, strange sounds from strange lands all around. Psych-punk-junk, collage, even pop. Lots of in-studio live performances to boot.

"Baby Face Killer"by Mac Blackout from the compilation, and also featuring David Lynch, Terry Fox, Glands of External Secretion, and Shell Shock Shannon and the Hollywood Manglers. LISTEN HERE!

The run-around drill sergeant of love meets the freeform radio nurse in an international popularity crisis. Twang, dub, noise, rockers, aliens, drum machines, foreigners, imported goods, songs, rumbles, hollers, blips and squiggles, along with an occasional musical number.

this episode featuring"Sweet Breeze" by Diatric Puds & The Blobbettes from the compilation as well as You, Arvid Tuba, Jack Ruby, and Venom! LISTEN HERE!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Trenton Willey/Bull of Heaven

This evening I started off airing a recording of Trenton Willey doing 4.5 hours of stand up absurdist comedy on the phone, but got tired of hitting the dump button so much, so I aired several long tracks by Bull of Heaven. listen unedited in an article I've done for WFMU about Trenton Willey: Poor Homeless Comedian / Dead Cat Puppeteer....

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Special with guest collaboration between Michael Esposito and J. Soliday


EVP Researcher and paranormal sound artist Michael Esposito collected recordings from Blue Point Cemetery in Effingham, Illinois for his collaboration with J. Soliday (photo by Heidi Harman)

Ghostly Sounds Side A Excerpt
Niellerade Fallinilisthorstar - Excerpt from "Halrum" LP Side A
Sounds To Make You Shiver - Spend The Night In A Haunted House
Wilt - She Walks The Night
Jesse Crawford - Lay My Head Beneath A Rose
Ferrante & Teicher - Man From Mars
Zacherle - Dinner with Drac
Voodoo Organist - I Put A Spell On You
Haunted George - Torture
Tiny Tim - Stay Down Here Where You Belong
David Bowie - Scary Monsters

Live set by J. Soliday & Michael Esposito

Phantom Plastics (Per Svensson & Michael Esposito) - The Ghosts of Ogilvie Station (flexi)
Zola Jesus - Julius & Ethel (excerpt)
Karla LaVey & Rubber 0 Cement - Live at the Satanic Church

Live set by Michael Esposito & J. Soliday

Locrian - Excerpt from Greyfield Shrine LP

Xela - Excerpt from The Illuminated LP

Relay for Death - Excerpt from Birth of An Older, Much More Ugly Christ LP

Tomb - Within The Circle of Bones
Printed At Bismarck's Death - Untitled
Sleep Chamber - His Satanic Majesties

Cotton Museum - Dripping Dead

Pod Blotz - Procession of Occified Orphans
Dr. Octopuss (Ju Suk Reet Meate, Oblivia, Sixes, Sharkiface, Loachfillet live collaboration) - Side A Excerpt
Hydroze Plus - Calm Calm

Burial Hex - River of Los

Halloween Horror