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Eye 5 for December 3, 2021 - With perhaps the exception of rhythm

A colorful array of audio cables drape downward like tentacles from Cthulhu's maw.
Jason Brown
A colorful array of audio cables drape downward like tentacles from Cthulhu's maw.

This week on Eye 5, KLCC’s independent music program, Phoebe Bridgers adds to her holiday catalog with a new Tom Waits cover. We’ll hear that plus we’ll take in some nostalgia for midwestern emo, and check out new music from Eugene’s Egotones.

It's starting to feel like a tradition, about this time of year Phoebe Bridgers quietly releases some sad, seasonal music. This year it's a cover of Tom Waits' "Day After Tomorrow."

It inspired me to play a full set of Tom Waits covers, including this outstanding performance from the sadly no-more public radio program Live From Here.

Take it With Me (Tom Waits) - Rachael Price | Live from Here with Chris Thile

There's an exciting new podcast from Polyvinyl records who are using the occasion of their 25thish-year-anniversary to tell their story from their humble beginnings. The first episode is an excellent primer on a very particular midwestern emo scene (not really the kind you'd hear at the mall). I'm looking forward to listening to this story unfold over time.

Shows that we're excited about around here include Adrianne Lenker at the WOW Hall Sunday, December 5, and Eugene's Egotones album release party, also at the WOW Hall, on January 7. Egotones latest album is called Geodesic Dome.

Finally, experimental composer Alvin Lucier died on December 1 at the age of 90. Lars Gotrich, NPR Music's resident outer sounds expert, has this remembrance.

Eye 5 can be heard on radios all over western and central Oregon Friday nights 8:00-10:00pm and Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm on KLCC.

Jason Brown joined KLCC as Program Director on January 30, 2019. Most recently Brown was Operations Director at KRCU in Cape Girardeau MO, and host of the music show Left of the Dial.