The 4am: 11

March 10th, 2008 | podcast

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11: Too Long Til Morning

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I’m back, on an ultralight laptop, listening to everything on a good pair of noise-cancelling earbuds. So if anything sounds a bit weird, blame the earbuds. Since I don’t have my PC, I don’t have the 1GB+ pool of music sitting on my desktop to choose from, so I’m slowly reclaiming stuff out of Gmail. The 4am will now, fingers crossed, happen a lot more often, with smaller programmes (and probably fewer notes — this one’s run longer than I intended already, damnit). Track listing:

Badman – “Modern Species” (4:19)

Kemper Norton – “The Unhappitants” (4:23)

Levi Weaver – “Of Bridges Burned” (3:32)

Satan’s Monk – Pro-Life (Demo – Alt) (1:22)

It’s Sunday night, black and stormy, so if this one’s a little bit low-key and doomed-sounding… you understand, right? Course you do. I mean, there’s a lot of it around. The haunted Americana and bone-clatter drums of “Modern Species,” the exhausted doomed-romantic rasp of Levi Weaver (from his new album “You Are Never Close To Home, You Are Never Far From Home”), the baby-eating underground choir recorded by Satan’s Monk… it’s one of those nights.

Here’s what Kemper says about his piece: “”The Unhappitants” is a track about the present bleak economic situation, with all of us (well, some of us) facing creditsqueeze, gas bill rise, bankbust and shopping ennui. It’s supposed to console us at this time, hence the harps. Its title comes from Joyce’s word for humanity in Finnegan’s Wake, in a desperate attempt to give the piece some intellectual gravitas.”

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