My random playlist is better than your random playlist – 12th June 2021

Well, this made for a pleasant afternoon, sometimes listening in the background as I swung in the hammock reading through more Infinite Jest, other times blasting out loudly to shaking fists and sing-a-longs “Our society – what a drag!”

Mother #2 Omoide Hatoba The Public Bath Singles Collection
Forever Government Issue Complete History Vol. 2
Altitude Lake Slift Ummon
Tarpit Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me
Mind For Sea (Disc GO: GO Vol. 1) Various Artists Bibliotheque Exotique Volume 4: Musique du “Voo-Doo”
Traum von der goldenen Zukunft (Theme) Kosmischer Läufer       The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83: Volume Three
Bright Lights The Pogues Pogue Mahone
Drop Dead Pussy Galore Historia De La Musica Rock
I Spread My Wings Towards You COH     Above Air
Society Subhumans
Another Victory Cypress Hill Skulls And Bones
Midnight Train (demo) The Monkees Missing Links Vol 3
Balladen Om Björnbär Och Nätmelon Kebnekaise Kebnekaise III
God Bows To Math The Bugs Know Best Project Fake: A Tribute to The Minutemen
Dusk Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins I’m Armed With Quarts Of Blood
Of Schlagenheim black midi   Schlagenheim
Maailmantekijät Oksennus   Valkoinen jättiläinen
Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Mono, Single Version) Ramones Ramones 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Obsession The Stills Beyond The River
Feeding Evil Sebadoh Freed Weed
Predecessors Expire Secretary So Diabolical
Piledriver Z-Rock Hawaii Z-Rock Hawaii
Crazy Ass Shit Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Rebel Truth-Dreams of a Boy Various Artists Charred Remains
Doom Jean Louis Morse
Set Of Crayons Motor Totemist Guild Archive Two
I Don’t Go Back All, The Prae Kraut Pandaemonium 
The Way She Smiled Max Ryan & Where Were You At Lunch     Before We Lose Each Other Again
His is the Acetate Scepter Gapeseed       Project 64
Mummy Wheat Mark Stanley & Farquhar Meadow Full Of Serpents
On a Roll Wipers Silver Sail
Mercy of Slumber Rudimentary Peni Archaic
Sensitive Plant Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe M144
Another Piece VERMINES Killed By Death #100
Nervous Duy Tuxedomoon Scream With A View 12”
These Hands The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette
Song #1 Fugazi 3 Songs EP
Game Over Antelope S/T
Show Me DENNY WARD L.A. In 1979
Leland Shatner’s Bassoon Aquatic Ape Privilege
Heavy [Remix] The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 1999 – Xtra-Acme USA
Tijuana 3/28/96 Smart Went Crazy Con Art
Pet Dub (Live) Pell Mell The Bumper Crop
No More – Blood And Flowers V German Punk and Wave 1978-1984
Klonopina Jenny Fatale y Los Degolladores Bloodstains Across Puerto Rico
Six and Change (live) Pagans Pink Album Plus!
This Little Girl Hombres Coloured Sights & Sounds – Vol 4
Crack In The Concrete Fred Frith Gravity
(crazy) love beam automatic supper & rabb2 Usagi-Chang Superstar
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V’Shamru Jon Madof Rashanim
Time Unrest Lisa Carol Freemont
Super ape BLONDnewHALF CLEAN
Opuscul PoiL     L’ire des papes
Three Heads Lindsay Cooper Rarities
مرصد سمرقند كاسيت التاجر التجريبي الأول
Bro. Bill Cactus LP
It’s Not Imagination Gentle Giant Civilian
Forget That Girl [Mix #4] The Monkees Miscellaneous Trax
No Home ZEAHORSE Torana Dreamin
World Looks Red (Live at The Kitchen 1982) Sonic Youth
Savage Sea The Pop Group Y (Rhino Reissue)
Once I Had A Woman Jimi Hendrix
Telethon Archbishop Kebab Beyond Ma Ken
Duchess Barzula Phleg Camp Repeat Until Change
CinChiller’s Over Listen CinChiller Music For Maniacs – Nugglets vol 1
Monday Night Native Orthodox
Chinese White The Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers of The Onion
The Dungeon Next Life Electric Violence
Big Jesus Trash Can Lozenge Mishap
Les Bonnes Chansons Single Bullet Theory Artifacts/yclept Necroscopix Addenda
Ammunition Train Swell Maps International Rescue
Finger on the Pulse My Dad Is Dead The Engine of Commerce
Rock Around The Clock Cardiac Arrest Eric’s, Liverpool – 13 November 1979
Apples From Eden Creeps on Candy Wonders of Giardia
Last Man The Deviants Disposable
Junk NoMeansNo Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed
Follies Fat Day My Name Is I Hate You
Seethruskin Jawbreaker Unfun
Getting Over You (Spirit) Coffee House Blues Debris Vol. 21 (Various Wimps From The Sixties And Seventies!)
Dance The Night Away Cream Disraeli Gears
Mount Celestia Rolo Tomassi Eternal Youth

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #70 – Dead End – 27th December 2020

Shut Down! Dead! Run out of town!  Sheltering over the border, we bring this one last episode before fleeing the despots.  One day we’ll be back!  Look out for DJ Donut Trump – he’ll bring you the future of rock ‘n’ roll.

This week there’s all sorts of music – weird, noisy, experimental, fucked up strangeness, straight up punk and pop all delivered with no compromise.  Join our other 3 listeners to check out the end!

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.

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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #68 – Teeth Razor Sharp – 10th December 2020

The demons are attacking our integrity, the bogeyman is coming, teeth razor sharp.

This week there’s music from The Fall, Viletones, The Butthole Surfers, Frank Zappa, Psyche, Super Adventure Club, My Dad Is Dead, Dwarves, Toots and The Maytals, Moff Skellington, Red Forty, Descendents, Sun City Girls and Lucid Rivers.

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.
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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #58 – 2nd October 2020

The most challenging rock podcast on the internet as voted by everyone, everywhere.

Highly curated, carefully selected and specifically ordered for your listening edification by world-renowned DJtenzenmen, who has over 50 years of experience in this business.

This week there’s music from Mission of Burma, The Darkening Scale, Karl Blake, Dysrhythmia, Sonic Youth, Hawkwind, Billy Childish and the Blackhands, No Submission, Zoo Types, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Parquet Courts, Orthrelm, Cause For Effect, Jimi Hendrix, Everyone To The Anderson, Terminal Cheesecake and Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Intro and background music by Utotem, Phantom Tollbooth, Daniel Striped Tiger and someone else I forgot.
Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE!?

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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #55 – 12th September 2020

From now I’m going to tell you that these selections are highly curated, carefully selected and specifically ordered for your listening edification by world-renowned DJtenzenmen.

I tell you this because these kinds of things sell!

The truth is that the music is randomly selected by iTunes – but as the iTunes library is already carefully selected with only the best top quality material from 50 years of research then satisfaction is surely guaranteed!

This week there’s music from Shield Your Eyes, Cecil Buffalo and the Prophets, DJ PicaPicaPica, Invisible Ghost Luigi, Mutants, Butthole Surfers, PFM, Sun City Girls, Gelbart, Ne Zhdali, The Freeze, Massacre, Cypress Hill, Deep Turtle and Orthrelm.

Intro and background music by Utotem.

The dearth of new ideas makes us wallow in our shame – 14th December 2019

I’ve been considering what content I can put here as some of my personal thoughts and feelings about this particular place I am now living (and enjoying) could cause me trouble. It’s funny how Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles but often times it feels like the Land of Fake Smiles. Having a couple of years experience here now, I understand these reasons but cannot fully support a positive attitude towards it. This is the balance I am trying to find in my world.

Perhaps that balance has always been there even in the other places I have lived but I haven’t noticed it so much and often times found myself in difficult or at least odd situations. I don’t ‘play the game’ very well still but I’m getting there. If this sounds like generalised waffle, I apologise. I will try to make an orderly composition of my thoughts at some point.

Out of one of the most difficult times I’ve had in Thailand I found myself keen to focus some energy into something personally (and somewhat selfishly) fulfilling. In what little downtime I had when I was pushing myself too hard preparing lessons for my grade 5 English class I would throw my iTunes playlist on shuffle and found myself quite enthralled at the collection of digital music I collected.

The randomness reminded me of those late school nights furtively listening to John Peel’s radio show under the covers, falling asleep as I lay hoping to hear the latest and greatest punk tunes in amongst all the other genres being pioneered. This exposure to many different styles of music laid the groundwork for events many years in the future when I was organising shows for bands in Sydney and subconsciously decided on mix billed being the best way for people to hear new music. Never a way to a successful financial business model, it kept my brain satisfied and able to calmly appreciate music I didn’t particularly enjoy, anticipating music that I would.

So it was that iTunes on shuffle kept popping up a classic tune (classic to me), a dodgy old punk demo, an experimental noise soundscape and a 60s garage rocker, with many things in between. Nothing really modern mainstream though. It’s amazing some of the music from my youth was considered mainstream back then. It shits all over what is mainstream now.

Anyway, digging this vibe I even ended up downloading a bunch of reggae and African music that Peel always used to play – just to try and get that reminiscence in full force. Things I may not listen to as a full recording of suddenly make a lot of sense squished in between things I was more familiar with. I ended up down many paths of discovery of experimental music from around the world – as opposed to ‘world music.’

With need of some distraction, I decided to put together a ‘radio’ show and upload the result to the Mixcloud platform. I mostly take the tracks as the were shuffled through iTunes and do a bit of back announcing. I also decided to play around a little with some of the songs and introduce some moments where I could read a paragraph or two from books from my shelves.

To give this odd mix a little focus I decided to target my audience to the university students at the local uni which is less than a kilometre away from where I am. I roped in a few of my student friends from there and also from my favourite local coffee shop, to do a bit of speaking and to have their pictures taken. So was born The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour and the push for musical world domination.

The tenzenmen music library
Gus, Mink, Nu and Aing – in the music library.

Understanding that my tastes are almost niche beyond niche I would not expect a huge audience for what I’m doing but really that is not the purpose. I do it for myself. I really enjoy putting it together and messing around with things, trying to come up with some new ideas for presentation. I’m contemplating how to do this mix in a live setting and finding a place to do it but I don’t have much time to practice that part as well as not having a completely reliable equipment setup. A new laptop is a little of reach at the moment.

So, if you’ve read this far you may be curious to hear what these shows sound like? Or scared to find out. Either way, it seems like this is a good vehicle to post links to each show and also force me to write at least once a week as new episodes appear.

“Remember life on earth is but a flash of dawn
And we’re all part of it as the day rolls on”

Andy Rantzen and Jochen Gutsch – 5th June 2016

Cat #: 187TZM

EP01

The duo’s debut EP was originally released on Wood & Wire in 2015 and re-released on tenzenmen in June 2016. For this EP, the verses explore the playful, magical and untrustworthy. The music rapidly changes shape, direction, speed and mood. Each piece is exactly two minutes long. This is the realm of the charlatan.

EP02

Released by tenzenmen in June 2016, for this EP, the sound is stripped to a pure piano and spoken-word performance. The lyrics examine the nature of death and dying from the perspectives of the soon-to-be-bereaved and his or her observers. The piano work cycles between cold detachment and intense emotion. This is the realm of the human.

EP03

The final instalment of the duo’s three-part EP series comes out in April 2018 on tenzenmen. This time, sawtooth synths and off-kilter drum machines build the musical framework for Andy’s voice. The lyrics cover topics such as magical thinking, the virtues of simplicity, and techniques for the avoidance of suicide. This is the realm of the realist.

Andy Rantzen is a Sydney-based recording artist and writer best known as part of the duo Itch-E and Scratch-E alongside Paul Mac. Since 1989 he has released a steady stream of material under his own name and in collaboration with Cherry2000, Pelican Daughters and others.

Jochen Gutsch is a German-born musician and composer who lives in Sydney. He has played hundreds of shows internationally and released a large number of albums in various formations, mostly under the name Hinterlandt.

In their duo, Andy handles the words while Jochen handles the music. The chosen format to release the music is a series of EPs on independent Australian label tenzenmen. Each EP is based on a different lyrical and sonic concept and follows a clear set of rules. Each new EP will be added to this album as they become available.

All cover photographs by Lawrence English.