Thursday, December 4, 2008

Riot Grrl.

No, it would NOT be a kinder, gentler place if women ran the world. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

*Yes, that is Patti Smith, one of the original Riot Grrls. Rock on, Patti.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Our drone show at the very includes a performance of an improvisation performed by the DJs. It is perhaps one of the worst drone pieces. It is a very good example of how not to make a drone piece. We also learn that drone is a lot harder than one thinks.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Twee Pop

Twee pop: the most gorgeous, most ear-candy filled music on the face of the planet. This is probably our most melodic show ever.

Listen in and don't cry too hard:

Sunday, September 21, 2008


We will be in stereo soon.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Ah, free jazz: the last great adventure in jazz history that is still vibrant and exciting for today. We played some classics, some not- so-classics, but everything here avoids traditional jazz notions of tonality structure.

Featuring the likes of: Orenette Coleman, Matthew Shipp, Derek Bailey, Peter Brotzmann, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Otomo Yoshihide, and more.


Note: the above art was done by a man named Alex Itin. Here are some of his work and his site.


Friday, July 4, 2008

Music for Film

In this episode we focused on compositions written for film. These pieces can stand by themselves, but were intended to be play with a cinematic work.

We can't access the play list at the moment, so it is a mystery! You'll have to figure it out on your own.

The link:


See, alive.

Shows will resume soon.


Friday, April 18, 2008

Second Viennese School

The Second Viennese School consisted mainly of three composers: Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, and Anton Webern. Schoenberg formally broke down tonality in the Western music and it hasn't been the same since. Thus there are people who find the works of these composers inaccessible (some even call it "not real music"). We think it's great. While tonal music is ultimately predictable, atonal music is always fresh and full of surprises. Here we played some tonal and atonal pieces by these great three.

1. "5 orchestral pieces" - Arnold Schoenberg
2. "Sonata, Op. 1" - Alban Berg
3. "Slow Movement for String Quartet" - Anton Webern
4. "5 Movements for String Quartet" - Anton Webern
5. "Suite for Piano, Op. 25" - Arnold Schoenberg
6. "Piano Quintet" - Anton Webern
7. "5 Lieder on poems, Op. 4" - Anton Webern
8. "5 Movements, Op. 5" - Anton Webern
9. "5 Pieces for Orchestra" - Anton Webern

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Japanoise: whatever extreme ridiculous noise music you heard, Japan out does it. Too bad most of these guys are not appreciated in their own country as much.
1. "This Is" - Fushitsusha
2. "Go To the Other Side" - C.C.C.C.
3. "Area 877" - Melt Banana
4. "Those Unmanageable Multiple Personalities We Have Been Made To Possess, We Try To Brainwash Ourselves That Their Uses Are Many B" - Knead
5. "Super You" - Boredoms
6. Several Tracks - The Gerogerigegege
7. "Just Abandoned My-Self" - Boris with Merzbow
8. "I Did Are" - Afrirampo
9. "Op. 1 (For 9 Strings): II" - Ryoji Ikeda
10."The Last Recording Album" - Hijokaidan
11."Toi Hibiki" - Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble

Friday, March 21, 2008


NO BEIJING is a collection of bands around Beijing that share a similar aesthetic with New York city's short lived No Wave.
1. "Unknown! The first band on disc 2 of No Beijing (in Chinese! we can only read Engrish at best!)"
2. "I Want To Be Your Dog" - Car Sick Cars
3. "Unknown! More Chinese track names!" - Car Sick Cars
4. "Catch You Low" - Snapline
5. "Spinning" - Snapline
6. "Jenny" - Snapline
7. "Catch You Low (encore!)" - Snapline
8. "S 2" - Snapline
9. "FirstWomanOnTheMoon" - Cosmic Shenggy
10."Conch Crunch" - WHITE

Saturday, March 8, 2008

French Pop

This week we considered French Pop, perhaps the polar opposite of the krautrock. It's great stuff though; simple, catchy, romantic, all the good mushy stuff. Too bad though, because the server got screwed somehow and didn't record the show. Well, here is a play list of what we played. Although No Wave No Diego usually plays music that is on the "cutting edge," we still think a simple good pop melody goes a long way.

1. "Boum!" - Charles Trenet 2. "Alice" - Chat3. "La derive" - Chat4. "Petit con" - Chat 5. "Je te vois" - Chat 6. "Melody" - Serge Gainsbourg 7. "Gloria" - Coralie Clement 8. "Mai 40" - Jacques Brel 9. "Cybele's Reverie" - Stereolab 10."Percolator" - Stereolab 11."Slogan" - Blonde Redhead 12."Faut-il Que Je T'Aime" - France Gall 13."Musique Automatique" - Stereo Total 14."Doigts" - Francoise Hardy 15."Le Forme et le fond" - Keren Ann 16."Paris Combo" - Fibre de Verre 17."Marilou Sous la Neige" - Serge Gainsbourg 18."Si la Photo Est" - Bonne Barbara 19."Cet Air La" - France Gall 20."C'est Pas Faciled'etre une Fille" - France Gall21."La Polka du Roi" - Charles Trenet 22."Des Ronds Dans l'Eau" - Francoise Hardy 23."La Bière" - Jacques Brel 24."Les Bonbons" - Jacques Brel 25."Miss Rebellion des Hormones" - Stereo Total 26."Ballade de Melody Nelson" - Serge Gainsbourg 27."L'illusionniste" - Karen Ann 28."La Vie en Rose" - Edith Piaf

Sunday, February 17, 2008


A (snotty) BBC crictic once said, "there are two kinds of aesthetics: a German and a French." This week we considered the "German" approach towards rock/pop music. Essentially, Krautrock combines the rigor of German avant-garde (many Krautrock musicians were trained under the like of Stockhausen) with the free spirit of American/British rock and roll. We here at No Wave No Diego think Krautrock rocks and is a force to be reckoned with. Oy vey!

The link:

The playlist:

1. "Why Don't You Eat Carrots" - Faust
2. "Dead Voices in the Temple of Error" - Von Spar
3. "Phaedra" - Tangerine Dream
4. "Moonshake" - Can
5. "Bel Air" - Can
6. "Imagine What We Started" - Faust vs. Dälek
7. "Hungry for Now" - Faust vs. Dälek
8. "Trans-Europe Express" - Kraftwerk
9. "Metal on Metal" - Kraftwerk
10."Negativland" - Neu!
11."Lieber Honig" - Neu!
12."Steh auf Berlin" - Einstürzende Neubauten
13."Negativ Nein" - Einstürzende Neubauten

Friday, February 1, 2008

Special Guest: Battlehooch

This week Battlehooch stopped by our show and played a slick set. We'll have another post where you can download their live performance (but it is included in this mp3 file as well) as well as the setlist, hopefully. We tried playing music that is loosly similar to Battlehooch's music. I dunno, you be the judge of that! It was hard nailing these guys down to a set genre!
1) "+81" - Deerhoof
2) "Believe E.S.P." - Deerhoof
3) "The Galaxist" - Deerhoof
4) "Ene Soda" - OOIOO
5) "Sizuku Ring Neng" - OOIOO
6) "Panther Dash" - The Go! Team
7) "Ladyflash" - The Go! Team
8) "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" - X-Ray Spex
9) "Obsessed With You" - X-Ray Spex
10)"Genetic Engineering" - X-Ray Spex
11)"Peacebone" - Animal Collective
12)"Unsolved Mysteries" - Animal Collective
13)"Opening" - The Olivia Tremor Control
14)"A Peculiar Noise Called 'Train Director'" - The Olivia Tremor Control
15)"Combinations" - The Olivia Tremor Control
16)"Hideaway" - The Olivia Tremor Control
17)"Boog Woogily" - Battlehooch
18)Interview with Battlehooch Pt. 1
19)"Deep Knee Bends" - Battlehooch
20)Interview with Battlehooch Pt. 2

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ahead of the Pack

This week we loosely focused on "avant-garde" music of the 20th century. Music that contained Various techniques were featured: chance, serialism, minimalism, etc. We also organized a concert of two works: "Four" by Mehrdad Yazdani and John Cage's classic silent piece. "Four" was a premier performance and more details about the piece and performance to be posted later.
The tracklist:
1. "Ur Sonata" - Kurt Schwitters
2. "Chess Pieces/Sonatas and Interludes" - John Cage
3. "Four" - Mehrdad Yazdani
4. "4'33"" - John Cage
5. "Apparitions: II. Agitato" - Gyorgy Ligeti
6. "San Francisco Polyphony" - Gyorgy Ligeti
7. "Phase Patterns" - Steve Reich
8. "Electronische Musik" - Karlheinz Stockhausen

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


This weeks show was a glance at the previous year. We played a few tracks from some of the records that we enjoyed listening. Obviously this list in incomplete and we aplogize for missing the obvious (and not so obvious) recordings of the past year.
1. "Let's Go" - Pharoahe Monch
2. "No More Air" - Carlos Giffoni
3. "Precious Metal" - Marnie Stern
4. "Gore" - Black Dice
5. "Houseclouds" - Liars
6. "Black Branches" - Raccoo-Oo-Oon
7. "Aware" - Fennesz/Sakamoto
8. "Race: In" - Battles
9. "No Pussy Blues" - Grinderman
10."Take Pills" - Panda Bear
11."Xaxapoya" - Von Spar
12."Bamboo Banga" - M.I.A
13."Rafflesia" - Boris w/Michio Kurihara
14."She Dies" - A Place To Bury Strangers
15."If Light Has No Age, Time Has No Shadow" - Original Silence
16."Same Old Drag" - Apples in Stereo
17."What the Driven Drink" - The Oh Sees