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Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special 2

Lord Litter’s second part of the special on Don Campau leads us from the years of punk to the years of, yes what..transition? Our LL has selected songs that point out the skills of Don as a guitar player, but also as a lyricist. Starting in the early 1980s the compositions still follow the different genre’s of that time, but once the cassettes started to fill the postbox, Don Campau gives way to more experiments. I especially like the “complex” compositions that bear traces of the American musical, that, in…

Don Campau presents Big City Orchestra

Don Campau himself tells us this about Big City Orchestra “I don’t exactly recall how I came into contact with das but it was inevitable. His enormous output and collaborations were well documented in the mags of the time and his local radio shows here in the SF Bay Area became legend quickly. I believe the first time I met him personally was at a radio station in Santa Cruz where he and GX Jupitter-Larsen were destroying vinyl and broadcasting the sounds. Later, in 1990, Eric Muhs and I performed…

Don Campau – No Pigeonholes (cassettes 1985 – 1997)

It is always a pleasure to listen to a new show by Don Campau. There’s always a hidden gem; in this show The Cheese and their cheap kisses. The tracks he chose are mostly from the 80s, and not few of them remind of the music styles that were dominant back then. Don’s choice for this show is, well, a bit on the weird side, and a very enjoyable weirdness it is. Hear him introduce the songs, talk about the makers in this new edition of the cassette culture encyclopaedia….

Lord Litter’s Radio On Show – The Don Campau Special, the unsung underground legend

I had to listen twice to the show before I could understand a bit of what I had just heard. On the surface it is an hour of radio dedicated to Don Campau. Don is one of the pivotal characters of the cassette culture era which had its peak in the 1980s. It is also around that time that he started to use the tapes that were sent to him as the exclusive material for his radio shows. But Don Campau is a musician as well. LL thought, and rightfully…

The Definitive Jason Honea Interview by Adrian Shephard

Jason Honea was born in Japan, because his father was with the US Marines. He grew up in California. Here’s already two ingredients for the interview. Jason, born story-teller, heir to the beat generation as well as to the beaten down generation, continuously picking poetry from the Berlin clouds, tells his insides out in a one hundred-fortytwo minute long talk with Adrian Shephard. Get stories as Jason virtually goes through his eternal record collection, recalls his years in California or takes you on a dream trip to present-day Berlin. Panzer…

No Pigeonholes by Don Campau – Music from Cassettes (1984 – 2015)

Don Campau presents musics from cassettes. These tapes are stored in his garage. There are thousands. Tapes started to arrive in the post eons ago and keep on arriving up to the present day. Don knows a lot of the artists in person or through a long and extensive mail exchange (mail as in letters with a stamp on it that got delivered by the postman). That’s how every song comes with a story. And that’s also how the No Pigeonholes program developes itself as an encyclopedia of home-produced sounds…

Don Campau No Pigeonholes – Songs from the Garage (cassette issues 1984-2015)

The new show by Don Campau, No Pigeonholes, holds another fine selection of sounds and songs produced at home, and mostly distributed to a selected few by means of the audio cassette. Imagine to walk into a loud bar somewhere in the USA. It is not guaranteed, but in that same town, at an earlier hour a garage sale might have been held. And also this time the man, or woman who set it up, touched the box with the old cassettes of dear friends, memories of a youth full…

Don Campau – No Pigeonholes, Songs from the Archive #2 (1985-1999)

After a series of specials on labels and artists who were a pivot in the cassette culture movement that exploded in bedrooms, garage’s, living rooms, front porches and at the post offices around the world, Don continues his saga with a choice from his immense collection of cassettes. This one is a blast. It seems like Don got out of his house to have a ride along the Californian coast, pushing the speed limits, the car radio cassette player at its loudest.   artist/title/ album/ label-source Ricanstruction/ Liberation Day/ Ricanstruction/…

No Pigeonholes by Don Campau – Songs from the Archives

In the continuing story about the cassette culture Don Campau takes us to his garage. Here over five thousand cassettes are stored. Most of them arrived by post. Don decided to make a kind of archeologic expedition and virtually travel through various layers of time and music.             If Don needed a blank tape, he went down to the drugstore and bought a couple. Back in his garage a number of tape machines and instruments would do the rest: produce a cassette, a finished work…