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WPRB Princeton 103.3 FM

The Sonic Bloom

Nov 9, 2023 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM


With Esoterica

folky, punky, poppy, jangly, post-punky, and psychedelic goodness of the musical variety coming out of your speakers courtesy of moi. oh yeah, and occasional show tunes.

Spooky Synth part two

lots of synth and spooky guitars, too

The Sonic Bloom
12:12 PM
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12:12 PM
Lalo Schifrin - Main Title
Lalo Schifrin Main Title Lalo Schifrin
Dirty Harry (The Original Score) Aleph Records 1971
12:20 PM
Aboriginal Voices - Le Jour L'Ennuie
Aboriginal Voices Le Jour L'Ennuie Aboriginal Voices N
Instant Music Billbrook Records 2022
Also on Senza Decoro: Liebe + Anarchia/Switzerland found on bandcamp by me today.
12:24 PM
Christine Schaller - L’ombre Dorée Du Scarabée Bleu
Christine Schaller L’ombre Dorée Du Scarabée Bleu Christine Schaller N
Senza Decoro: Liebe + Anarchia / Switzerland 1980 - 1990 V/A Strut 2023
12:28 PM
Steve Moore - Fever Dream
Steve Moore Fever Dream Steve Moore
Fever Dream B/W 30,000 Feet Deep - Single Mexican Summer 2009
12:34 PM
Clock DVA - The Hacker
Clock DVA The Hacker Clock DVA
Buried Dreams Interfisch Records 1989
12:41 PM
AUTUMN - Behind You
AUTUMN Behind You Autumn
Synthesize Minimal Wave 2011
12:46 PM
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12:51 PM
Victrola - Maritime Tatami
Victrola Maritime Tatami Victrola
Maritime Tatami - Single Dark Entries Records 2014
From Dark Entries bandcamp presence: For our 55th release we are launching a special series called Dark Entries Editions, dedicated to 12" singles made for the dance floor. The first release in this series is Victrola, the duo of Antonio "Eze" Cuscinà and Carlo Smeriglio from Italy. The band formed in Messina, but later relocated to Florence to join the rich musical scene there with Neon, Pankow, Alexander Robotnick and Diaframma. Beginning as a 4-piece combo (two guitarists, bassist, drummer) in 1979, they slimmed down to a synthesizer and guitar-based duo a few years later. Their sole release was the "Maritime Tatami"/"A Game Of Despair" EP, from 1983.
12:59 PM
Trance Wax - Northern Sky
Trance Wax Northern Sky Trance Wax
Northern Sky (Dusky Remix) - Single Anjunabeats 2021
1:05 PM
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1:06 PM
Hard Corps - Dirty
Hard Corps Dirty Hard Corps
Clean Tables Have to Be Burnt Minimal Wave 2012
This song was first released as a single in 1984: "Dirty" b/w "Respirer" (Survival Records). From Brixton, UK. In 1985, the band supported The Cure in the UK and Europe and in 1988 supported Depeche Mode in the UK.
1:09 PM
Nurse With Wound - Two Mock Projections
Nurse With Wound Two Mock Projections Nurse With Wound
Chance Meeting United Jnana 2010
Originally released in 1979 on Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella. Nurse with Wound (abbreviated NWW) is the main recording name for British musician Steven Stapleton. Nurse with Wound was originally a band, formed in 1978 by Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak. The band's work has explored genres such as industrial, noise, dark ambient, and drone.
1:15 PM
Swans - Like a Drug (Sha La La La)
Swans Like a Drug (Sha La La La) Swans
Children of God Mute 1987
1:21 PM
Virgin Prunes - Pagan Lovesong (Vibeakimbo) [2022 Remaster]
Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong (Vibeakimbo) [2022 Remaster] Virgin Prunes N
...If I Die, I Die (40th Anniversary Edition) BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd 2022
Released in 1982 on the album Heresie. Virgin Prunes were an Irish rock band formed in 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. They disbanded in 1986 after the departure of singer Gavin Friday. The other members continued under the name The Prunes until they split up in 1991.
1:25 PM
Ruth - Polaroïd Roman Photo
Ruth Polaroïd Roman Photo Ruth
BIPPP: French Synth Wave 1979-85 V/A Everloving 2008
From Minimal Wave Records site: It’s the early ‘80s, and Thierry Müller, a graphic artist and krautrock fan from Paris, has decided to put his experimental rock group Ilitch on hold and make something, as he puts it, “that people could dance to”. The result is Ruth, a conceptual project that exists for just one album, 1985’s Polaroïd/Roman/Photo. Seven tracks long, it is a remarkable piece of experimental but danceable new-wave, and nowhere more remarkable than the title track – an icy-cold cut of flickering synthesiser, taut guitar and jagged saxophone featuring disconsolate boy-girl vocals and the mechanical click-spool sound of a Polaroid camera.
1:29 PM
Raydar - Trick R Treat
Raydar Trick R Treat Raydar
Evil Squad - EP NRW Records, under exclusive license to NewRetroWave, LLC 2015
Also known as Lawrence King [birth name]. Out of Toronto.
1:41 PM
Staccato Du Mal - En Sueños
Staccato Du Mal En Sueños Staccato Du Mal
Sin Destino Wierd Records 2011
1:42 PM
Deux - Golden Dreams
Deux Golden Dreams Deux
Golden Dreams - EP Minimal Wave 2013
Deux was formed in 1981 by Gérard Pelletier and Cati Tête. Gérard says, "I was in Germany when I heard Kraftwerk for the first time. It was a revelation for me… and I thought, ' want to make electronic music!'. A month later, I took the train to Strasbourg with the intention of buying a synthesizer and I found my first electronic machine, a Kawai made of metal and wood. It was a sound research machine, not very easy to use but I found it very powerful to create my own sounds. I began to sing with other friends of mine every Saturday night and so started the beginning of what would become Deux. In 1979, I decided to leave Germany and return to France. I found a work place in Lyon (the 2nd largest city in France). I was also working on my music every weekend but I was alone. Then one day, I met Cati and I spoke with that magical girl about music the entire night. Deux was born."
1:49 PM
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1:59 PM
Dalis Car - His Box
Dalis Car His Box Dalis Car
The Waking Hour Beggars Banquet 1984
2:04 PM
Vijay Benedict, Bappi Lahiri & Anjaan - I Am A Disco Dancer
Vijay Benedict, Bappi Lahiri & Anjaan I Am A Disco Dancer Vijay Benedict N
I Am a Disco Dancer (Jhankar Beats) - Single Saregama 2023
2:10 PM
Broadcast - Black Cat
Broadcast Black Cat Broadcast
Tender Buttons Warp Records 2005
2:15 PM
Zeigeist - Cuffs
Zeigeist Cuffs Zeigeist
The Jade Motel Spegel 2008
From Stockholm.
2:18 PM
Kleenex - Boatsong
Kleenex Boatsong
Liliput Kill Rock Stars 1983
2:22 PM
UnknownmiX - Nightmare
UnknownmiX Nightmare UnknownmiX
Dominadea Independent 1991
Founded in 1983 by singer Magda Vogel, electronic musician Ernst Thoma and visual designer Hans-Rudolf Lutz, UnknownmiX toured Europe for 10 years as one of the 1st multimedia avant-garde rock bands. From Zurich.
2:25 PM
Die Welttraumforscher - Mondfolklore
Die Welttraumforscher Mondfolklore Die Welttraumforscher
Die Rückkehr der echten Menschheit (1981 - 1990) Bureau B 2021
2:28 PM
Eleven Pond - Changing Face
Eleven Pond Changing Face Eleven Pond
Bas Relief Game Hen Records 1986
Eleven Pond was James Tabbi (vocals, acoustic guitar), Jeff Gallea (drum programs, synthesizer, vocals), Jack Schaeffer (electric guitar) and Dan Brumley (synthesizer, samples, vocoder, melodica) from Rochester, NY, USA, who met in art school with a shared interest in 4AD and Factory Records.
2:32 PM
Sad Lovers & Giants - Lost In a Moment
Sad Lovers & Giants Lost In a Moment Sad Lovers & Giants
Epic Garden Music Midnight Music Records 1981
Sad Lovers and Giants are an English rock band from Watford, Hertfordshire, England, which formed in 1980
2:40 PM
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2:44 PM
Vita Noctis - Pitch-Dark
Vita Noctis Pitch-Dark Vita Noctis
Against the Rule Dark Entries Records 2011
Vita Noctis were a trio from Vilvoorde, Belgium in the Flemish Region. Inspired by the post-punk movement twin brothers Kris and Jos Kips convinced Kris' girlfriend Martine Genijn to start a band in 1981.
2:47 PM
Bette Davis - I'm Writing a Letter to Daddy
Bette Davis I'm Writing a Letter to Daddy
Miss Bette Davis

From the 1962 film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

2:51 PM
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
Depeche Mode Black Celebration Depeche Mode
Black Celebration Venusnote Ltd. 1986
2:55 PM
Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
Peter Murphy Cuts You Up Peter Murphy
Deep Beggars Banquet 1989
Chat is archived.
Esoterica (host) 12:13:11 PM
Esoterica (host) 12:13:22 PM
i am here, thx to jon for hokding down the fort for a few
Esoterica (host) 12:13:30 PM
holding that is
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:15:48 PM
Esoterica (host) 12:15:54 PM
Francis 12:16:17 PM
G'morning all
uno clay 12:16:17 PM
the main WPRB page still links to the previous show.
Richard from Rocky Hill 12:16:24 PM
@ Esoterica (host) Present and accounted for, Miss Esoterica. Synth & spook away!
Esoterica (host) 12:16:41 PM
oh no! uno and hi
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:16:49 PM
try again, unoclay
Esoterica (host) 12:16:56 PM
i see my okaylist nbow tho
Esoterica (host) 12:17:00 PM
Esoterica (host) 12:17:07 PM
hi richard!
uno clay 12:17:32 PM
if anyone wanted to grab presale Giz tickets the password yesterday was spacesick. Not sure if its still open.
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:17:32 PM
OkayList is 👌
stevie monthly p 12:17:33 PM
hi DJE & my PRB Pals
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:19:16 PM
Rob from Maryland 12:20:34 PM
Esoterica (host) 12:20:53 PM
Esoterica (host) 12:20:56 PM
hi rob
Travis in Pledgarado 12:21:33 PM
I can't believe it's already been a week since synth part 1
Esoterica (host) 12:21:42 PM
hope you enjoy the synthy tunes plus spooky guitar
Rob from Maryland 12:21:44 PM
Hi Esoterica, Mr M, stevie, uno, Richard, Francis, Travis
Esoterica (host) 12:22:00 PM
yo, travis, its true!
Esoterica (host) 12:22:11 PM
hi francis, too!
Travis in Pledgarado 12:23:24 PM
Hellow Esoterica host and all fello chatterboxes! Spook and Synth away!
Esoterica (host) 12:23:55 PM
sweet, glad you are on board!
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:27:16 PM
Very enjoyable start to the show! Cheers, DJ Esoterica!
Esoterica (host) 12:28:14 PM
thx, mr. m:)
Esoterica (host) 12:28:46 PM
and cheers to you as well!
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:29:24 PM
uno clay 12:29:26 PM
some kind of Vinyl flea market at Bok building on Saturday in philly
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:31:33 PM
Ooohhh, I like this very much
Esoterica (host) 12:31:43 PM
huh cool, uno clay. not philly punk rock flea?
Esoterica (host) 12:32:06 PM
yeah just discovered steve moore this am on mexican summer (the label)
uno clay 12:33:53 PM
might be run by the same people, Captains Vintage
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:35:23 PM
many thanks for sharing all these Gems with us, DJ Esoterica! 👻💎🎶🎵
Esoterica (host) 12:35:47 PM
this is a little menacing. i'm scared
Esoterica (host) 12:35:49 PM
Esoterica (host) 12:36:01 PM
you are welcome! mr. m
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 12:36:08 PM
I’m levitating 🕴️
Esoterica (host) 12:36:18 PM
oh okay, uno clay, thx for letting me know
Tom S 12:37:36 PM
Hello !
Esoterica (host) 12:38:00 PM
howdy tom!
Esoterica (host) 12:40:34 PM
i don't think the faraway guys do this number, huh tom? lol
West Siiiiide Kim 12:42:33 PM
Good Morning/Afternoon!
uno clay 12:42:48 PM
this playlist is so good so far
Esoterica (host) 12:43:04 PM
thanks unoclay:)
Esoterica (host) 12:43:10 PM
good morning, kim!
Brian McCormack 12:44:28 PM
Kinda Krafty. Some old school vo-corder.
uno clay 12:44:29 PM
I am doing the Schprokets dance
Esoterica (host) 12:44:56 PM
howdy, brian, for sure:)
Esoterica (host) 12:45:02 PM
ha, uno clay!
uno clay 12:45:22 PM
Brian McCormack 12:45:40 PM
Based on a real person
Esoterica (host) 12:46:00 PM
what, shprockets?
Brian McCormack 12:47:23 PM
Yeah the character that Mike Myers did on SNL. Based on a German Restaurant waiter.
uno clay 12:48:34 PM
I never knew that but makes total sense. Just found out that the rift between Carvey and Meyers is finally resolved---tough working on films together, and Meyers sort of stole his Dr Evil from Carvey
Esoterica (host) 12:52:15 PM
cool, brian! ha
David Shortell 12:53:09 PM
"Fever Dream" is my favorite Ray Bradbury story.
Esoterica (host) 12:53:56 PM
oh i need to read it, david, i like bradbury
David Shortell 12:54:24 PM
Howso did Dana originate Dr. Evil, uno clay?
Brian McCormack 12:58:41 PM
Dieter was the name of the Schprokets guy
Esoterica (host) 12:59:09 PM
yup, brian, i recall
Esoterica (host) 12:59:17 PM
so fun
Brian McCormack 12:59:56 PM
When I worked of Macy's Parade studio I designed a float for the Austin Powers movie
Esoterica (host) 1:00:12 PM
sweet, brian, was it fun?
Brian McCormack 1:04:30 PM
Oh yeah! it was for the video purchase. Very MOD!
Esoterica (host) 1:07:59 PM
wow, brian
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 1:12:37 PM
Esoterica (host) 1:12:43 PM
Hello!? mr. m
Interim Poobah 1:13:09 PM
These sure are some deep "cuts", DJE!
Esoterica (host) 1:14:01 PM
yes, IP and all spooky! There is a thread! haha
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ-💀 1:16:31 PM
Francis 1:16:49 PM
Swans were so F'ing loud back in the 80's
Esoterica (host) 1:17:07 PM
hell yeah
Interim Poobah 1:17:26 PM
Thread/ tourniquet/ cauterizer... spooky soundtrack, indeed!
Brian McCormack 1:17:35 PM
Maybe Rio Kawasaki might have had some spooky stuff
Esoterica (host) 1:18:11 PM
maybe, brian i will see:)
Francis 1:18:58 PM
Didn't one of the guitarists join up in that metal band Prong?
Esoterica (host) 1:20:06 PM
drummer ted parsons was in both band prong and swans, but maybe a guitarist too?
Esoterica (host) 1:20:22 PM
was tommy victor?
uno clay 1:21:33 PM
according to recent comments, apparently Dana did a Lorne Michaels type of impression with the pinky and the voice and everything. And Myers grabbed it and used it in the (highly successful) film without acknowledgement or discussion. Compounded with Dana's post-Waynes career fails, and the apparent on-set Wayes animosity/vibes, its been a long time where there was a coolness between them. Apparently reconciled it now.
Francis 1:21:39 PM
Ahhh - that was it the drummer
Francis 1:23:13 PM
I think the main guy from Prong did sound at CBs some nights. My no name bands played there a bunch of times, and the console mixes/recordings were always fantastic
Esoterica (host) 1:26:25 PM
cool, yeah i think thta was tommy victor
Esoterica (host) 1:26:30 PM
Esoterica (host) 1:26:59 PM
must've been fun playing in that milieu, francis
Francis 1:28:56 PM
It was....interesting. Lower east side was alwways chaos and a little dangerous. Playing at 2AM to 100 people got old fast lol
Esoterica (host) 1:30:25 PM
yeah i could see that, mid-80s?
Francis 1:32:06 PM
Yep. Stopped playing when I got into Med school in 94
Esoterica (host) 1:33:12 PM
got it
Parrscream 1:33:46 PM
Hi Esoterica!
Esoterica (host) 1:34:07 PM
hi parrscream!
Brian McCormack 1:39:02 PM
Francis ever play at a place called A1?
Francis 1:42:50 PM
Don't think so - Mostly played at Continental, CBGBs, Pyramid club 2x. I'm forgetting a lot of places as it was so long ago
Brian McCormack 1:44:58 PM
A1 - avenue A and 1st St. My band played there in the 80's. Was like playing in someone's basement. Audience was burnt out on something. No energy to even clap.
Francis 1:46:10 PM
LOL - there were a lot of places like that A7 bar?, ABC NoRio (well - that place was fun), the place across from Max Fish
Francis 1:47:30 PM
Lots of heroin at that time was probably why so many people were.....relaxed. I remember seeing advertising stickers for some brands
Brian McCormack 1:52:20 PM
I did No Se No one night
Brian McCormack 1:58:40 PM
Kraftwerk recorded their 1st album on 8 track reel to reel. When the finally finished
stevie monthly p 1:59:23 PM
Loving your show today DJE!
Brian McCormack 1:59:38 PM
con't from before - by the time they had done digital was being used so they had to transfer.
Esoterica (host) 1:59:57 PM
thanks, stevie!
Esoterica (host) 2:04:47 PM
a little departure! DISCO!
Brian McCormack 2:08:58 PM
Kinda like Dancin Fool
Esoterica (host) 2:09:44 PM
haha yes, now back to synth and darkwave, and postpunk
Esoterica (host) 2:09:57 PM
but this is pretty fun
Brian McCormack 2:13:15 PM
and very Euro
Esoterica (host) 2:14:26 PM
Colin 2:25:57 PM
absolutely amazing show. I could listen to this entire playlist again and again
Esoterica (host) 2:26:18 PM
oh thanks., colin. appreciate!
Colin 2:27:04 PM
work has me unavailable for chat fun, but I had to chime in at least once.
Esoterica (host) 2:27:27 PM
sweet, colin!
Brian McCormack 2:31:59 PM
Tangerine Dream has some synth type stuff
Esoterica (host) 2:32:31 PM
Esoterica (host) 2:33:25 PM
maybe i will get soe one next week. good idea
Esoterica (host) 2:33:30 PM
Brian McCormack 2:35:08 PM
can't edit on this
Michael D. Okum 2:35:13 PM
Joining in the chorus here... Really Lovin' this 2nd edition of Synth Awesomeness... Thanx!
Esoterica (host) 2:35:26 PM
sweet, michael!
Brian McCormack 2:36:07 PM
Is this all from your library or PRB's?
Spang 2:38:22 PM
Tuned In!!
Spang 2:38:51 PM
Loving some of this
Mary Jones 2:39:47 PM
Can’t really chat, swamped with work, but loving the show.
Spang 2:39:51 PM
Mechanic over in southeast Pa me and my friends love the station and are more often than not all listening
Esoterica (host) 2:45:02 PM
i love that spang!
Esoterica (host) 2:45:10 PM
hi, mary, thx for listening
Travis in Pledgarado 2:48:36 PM
ugh, I can't believe the show is almost over. I caught the beginning and end, again. This work stuff has got to stop!
Esoterica (host) 2:48:56 PM
well thx for listening, travis!
Brian McCormack 2:50:02 PM
Is this Betty Davis singing?
Esoterica (host) 2:50:09 PM
yes great cult film
Esoterica (host) 2:50:14 PM
must see!
Brian McCormack 2:51:05 PM
What ever happened to Baby Jane?
Travis in Pledgarado 2:51:37 PM
Maybe once I get the windbreaker, I can use it to block all this hot air coming at me in the office.
Esoterica (host) 2:53:28 PM
ha travis
Francis 2:55:36 PM
DM has so many great songs. I wish I wasn't so cool/snobby to like them back in the day when I was all harcore
Esoterica (host) 2:55:56 PM
yeah they do, francis
Esoterica (host) 2:56:36 PM
and i was also more obscure punk, but i love them. violator is such a great album
Francis 2:56:44 PM
TY - great show as always, except for that one time last spring
Esoterica (host) 2:56:51 PM
tanks so much for stopping by everyone:)
Esoterica (host) 2:56:58 PM
Tanks, ha thanks!
Travis in Pledgarado 3:00:14 PM
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Esoterica (host) 3:00:27 PM
bye now:)