In Conversation with Kato David Hopkins

From Public Bath Records to Public Bath Press, Kato David Hopkins has been flying the flag of Japanese sounds since the 1980s. He’s seen it all… from the very first Masonna shows, to innumerable classic shows at the legendary Bears club. His most recent work is a great book called “Rumors of Noizu: Hijokaidan and the Road to 2nd Damascus” that traces the experimental music scene in Japan leading up to the debut Hijokaidan LP. Get your pen and paper out for another fascinating noise history lesson.

Tangerine Dream – Zeit

As nearly every classic Japanese noise artist has sited Tangerine Dream as a huge influence, we thought it was time to cover them and their “Zeit” double album from 1972. One of the very first full on experimental ambient records, “Zeit” sends us all on an abstract sonic path while we dig up the roots of what makes up everyone from Aube to Merzbow to Nord and countless other noise legends. Touch the haunting heavens with this masterpiece of experimental art.

SPK – Information Overload Unit (with guest Jonathan Canady)

Jonathan Canady of Deathpile, Dead World, Blunt Force Trauma and so much more joins us to discuss a milestone in the world of noise and industrial—“Information Overload Unit” by SPK. Jonathan came prepared to go deep on all aspects of this album. In addition, we talk about Jonathan’s time working for Relapse as well as his early days of sound making. The overload has begun.

La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela & the Theater of Eternal Music – Dream House 78’17” (with guest Steve Lowenthal)

This week we sit down with talented author and VDSQ label-head Steve Lowenthal and travel the farthest back in time that we have thus far, in order to explore one of the tentacular roots of noise/experimental music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House 78’17” LP. Steve talks about his experiences at La Monte and Marian’s Dream House in NYC, Tara talks turtles and prime numbers, Greh talks wizard bikers and Mike headbangs to sine waves. Get out your magenta lights and go deep.