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Gratuitously Doctored Humane Letters

With many university campuses in a whirlwind with final exams and graduation ceremonies, it seemed like a good time for a roundup of videos that represent the finest from inquisitive minds the world over.

Venerable krautrock and ambient virtuoso Dieter Mobius has provided a wealth of musical inspiration to his many fans. We’ll hear a rack from his new solo effort, Blotch, on Deep Threes Radio #4.

First up, Dutch artist and video producer Marlene Angeja uses the Cluster song “Rosa” as the music bed for an exploration of “nostalgia for the lost landscape.” Marlene includes archival films of a 1957 volcanic eruption on Faial Island in the Azores. The physical and economic aftermath sparked a mass migration off the island.

Next, a group of students from Sweden’s University of Skövde gives us this animated video set to Dieter’s 1983 lo-fi classic “Contramio”. He was chiptune when chiptune wasn’t cool…

Now that you’ve seen those rockin’ animated Mobius strips, you’re just dying to learn how it’s done, right? Kitefrog is happy to oblige. In ten minutes of your life you will never able to get back, he offers his own paradigm busting techniques for rolling your own from the depths of his (a) lab.

The heck with it! Summer vacation is here and the Jersey Shore beckons many in search of a “situation”. The only Arts and Letters we give a damn about are “Letters To The Devil Inside”. Garden State metal rockers One Brick Down oblige. A track from Tribalcore Leader guides our descent into darkness during Deep Threes Radio #4…

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Twin Cats Interviewed By Label Spook

Indy’s indies The Twin Cats are neither twins or cats. They are hard driving funk ensemble who lend a track from their new album Thick to Deep Threes Radio #4. Here’s a clip of them belting out Woody Herman’s “King Cobra” to help ring in 2010.

Today’s media literacy lesson comes in the form of this recent interview with two non-identical Twin Cats members. Spoiler alert: the claims of a “hard-hitting interview” early in this clip are an inside joke. By the end, it’s made clear that the interviewer is from their label. Good times.

Next, Casper The Friendly Ghost gets mixed up with some cartoon Twin Cats. Casper battles stereotyping and discrimination until finding acceptance in his moment of deepest despair. No spoiler alert needed – we all know the archetype. We’re media literate after all!

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Dog Whispering Poetry Vlog Jazz

Vibes player Bobby Hutcherson pops out of the time machine with a track from 1965’s Components for Deep Threes Radio #4. We’ll hear one of drummer Joe Chamber’s avant-garde compositions that still has a lot of bite. Hutcherson’s contributions stood in stark contrast, with a more identifiable hard-bop feel. Here’s a 1989 performance of one of those tracks, “Little B’s Poem”.

We’ll also hear from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers from “Three Blind Mice, Vol. 1”. Art and his revolving lineup of Messengers could be smooth before it became a buzzword. From 1958, this is a long version of “Whisper Not”.

Danish vlogger “DanishVlog” (how do you think I figured it out?) has earned herself a small but steady following by whispering her way through 170 videos. The writers of the Shakespeare in Love screenplay observed that a bit with a dog is the key to commercial success. So this video got the nod over a hushed reading of “The Wind In The Willows” – but not by much.

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Flobots Setting The World On Fire, You Can Too

Denver’s Flobots fuse rock, classical and hip-hop influences with socially relevant lyrics that would make Woody Guthrie proud. They have also forged a mix of community organizing and empowerment into a flourishing non-profit.

We’ll hear a track from the Flobot’s latest album Survival Story on Deep Threes Radio #4. Here’s video of a stripped down version of “Stand Up” that still comes to a full boil, from a 2009 show in Columbus, OH.

Flobots know how to burn up even the most intimate venue, but I for one could stand to brush up on my survival skills. Here’s a fascinating lesson on how to build a fire you don’t need to manage, the next best thing to a perpetual motion machine in my book.

With the leisure time you’ve freed up with that nifty fire (at least ’til your complacency contributes to a conflagration), you’ll be able to learn to play “Through The Fire And Flames” on your cell phone.

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Deep Threes Radio #3 Playlist

An Almost Empty Times Square

Even when the place seems desolate, Times Square pounds the senses with disparate lights, sounds and smells. In this show, Giorgio Moroder’s drum machines send us toward a virtuoso performance from percussionist Evelyn Glennie.  Duke Ellington puts a classical cherry on top of a chocolate coated pile of current releases.

Track Name ArtistAlbum
1st Hour
Evil PlaygroundFront Line AssemblyFlavour of the Weak
Juke-Joint Jezebel (Poly-matrix X-Tended)K.M.F.D.M.Juke-Joint Jezebel: The Giorgio Moroder Mixes
Metal On MetalKraftwerkThe Mix
The Darkest CorridorsIn Strict ConfidenceHoly
Creamy CenterPeter Epstein & Idée FixeAbstract Realism
Dragon FlyAvery Sharpe TrioLive
Walkin' UpBill EvansAt The Montreux Jazz Festival
The Primal FireShirley SawatzkyAdventures of Piano Woman
Cauberghs: HalasanaEvelyn Glennie, Philip SmithDrumming
The Maids of CadizSeattle Repertory Jazz OrchestraSRJO Live
2nd Hour
Till You Go Too FarCandye KaneSuperHero
Strange Fruit (Live)Jeff BuckleyLive At Sin-é
This is the Age of Investigation Poetry and Every Citizen Must InvestigateEd SandersThe Dial-A-Poem Poets: Totally Corrupt (1976)
Men Of Good FortuneLou ReedBerlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse
Gimme DangerIggy & The StoogesRaw Power (Legacy Edition)
No ExpectationsCowboy Junkies'Neath Your Covers, Part 2
Broken SkinGraham ParkerImaginary Television
From A Sinking BoatThe Magnetic FieldsRealism
MarzJohn Grant with MidlakeQueen of Denmark
Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)Duke EllingtonThree Suites (Nutcracker Suite)
Nothin' Else Can Taste That WayNasty NedRoots 52
BustedPeter ParcekThe Mathematics Of Love

Thanks for listening!

Photo: Brandon Watts CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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