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Live on Sonarchy Radio

by Wordblender

Music and Spoken Word merge. Blends elements of the Doors, Zappa, and Cake and takes them to new places.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cross-Pollution
4:38 $0.99
2. Bliss
6:07 $0.99
3. Montezuma
5:24 $0.99
4. Chameleon
6:22 $0.99
5. Barstool
3:43 $0.99
6. (band Introductions)
0:48 $0.99
7. Tracers
4:04 $0.99
8. Africa
0:55 $0.99
9. Seven Year Void
3:20 $0.99
10. Tired
5:54 $0.99
11. Telescope With A Diamond Lens
7:49 $0.99
12. Psychoanalysis
1:04 $0.99
13. Where Am I?
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
After forming some (five?) years ago, Wordblender has continually expanded the boundaries of several artistic genres: funk, rock, poetry, spoken word, Latin/jazz... it is all incorporated, at one point or another, into the beautiful madness that is Wordblender.

On their studio albums (In Vino Veritas/Nectar/Tainted Ambrosia) multi-instrumentalist and consummate experimental musician Pnapper, with the occasional guest musician, wrote all the music, played all the instruments, engineered and produced the discs. Hedonist/scribe/poet R J May wrote all the poetry and spoken word, capturing both his vivid imagination and oftentimes bleak & jarring view of the real world as seen through weary, humorous eyes.

Since playing their first live show in the summer of 2003, the reputation for this eclectic and unique music/spoken-word collective has grown rapidly. Their near-legendary live shows, from Seattle to Portland and beyond, have solidified a bemused and committed following. By gathering an exceptional group of musicians and lunatics, dubbed "the Full Nut Explosion," the live show has at times featured drums, bass, two guitars, two keyboards, trumpet, flute, dual & dueling saxophones, trombone, congas, bongos, percussion, a megaphone, and of course their dark poetry. The live show truly lives up to the band's signature "MUSIC & SPOKEN WORD, LIKE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD".

As the new year dawned, Wordblender was invited to play for Seattle radio station KEXP's "Sonarchy Radio" program, a weekly live hour devoted mainly to cutting edge and experimental local acts.

And so on March 27, 2004, Wordblender took the Full Nut Explosion with them into Jack Straw Studios in Seattle's University District.
The band featured
R J May: words/stories/poems/voice
Pnapper: trumpet/guitar/keyboard/percussion/vocals
Jeff Miller: saxophone/flute/keyboard/percussion/vocals
Josh Gilmore: bass
Jon Oswalt: drums
John Ransom: saxophone/percussion
Dudley Taft: guitar
The show was broadcast in real-time on KEXP (90.3 fm & 91.7 fm Seattle) and over their streaming web simul-cast (www.kexp.org). The hour-long set was engineered and mixed "on-the-fly" by host Doug Haire.

That live show is what is captured on this latest CD from the band that never fails to amaze and titillate. With no studio overdubs, this 12-song live recording features unreleased versions of songs culled from the band's three full-length studio albums, some hybrid versions, and two poems never before available on CD: "Africa" and "Psychoanalysis".

Finally hearing this incendiary live phenomenon on CD is something every fan of Wordblender will appreciate and thoroughly enjoy. Buckle up...



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How Did I Miss This?!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this album! Bought it from CD Baby in 2005 and totally forgot to leave a review! I was too busy listening to this incredible band deliver sounds so good that you can SMELL them through your ear goggles while Wordblender gets you thought hammered with magical poetic cocktails. "Montezuma" is my absolute favorite off this CD and a perfect example to start with for you looking to see if you'd dig this audio outing.

nick bottom

brilliant piece of work
It is a pleasure to keep pace with this cd. Time and again I submit, play it loud and repeat. The lyrics poignant, the music intimate, the effect pure genius. May and The Full Nut Explosion deliver with raw energy and entertainment seldom captured by recording. It is as amusing as it is maddening, spontaneous yet critically complete. The quintessential experience.

James Duckworth

Five Stars
This CD is worth 5 stars as far as I’m concerned. I only give 4 or 5 stars. When I was young my mother said that if you do not have anything good to say then don’t say nothing at all. So, if I buy a CD and I am sorry I did that…my response is to not rate it at all. If I am glad I got it I give it 4 stars. If I am overjoyed that I bought that CD it gets 5 stars.

McLarin; music fan, critic, artist

Having seen Wordblender live in Seattle on several occassions I was interested to hear they were releasing a live disc. Their live show is so fascinating, both musically and visually, that I wondered how it would translate. I'm pleased to report that the result is exceptional. There are several keys that make the versions on "Live On Sonarchy Radio" so memorable. First is the musicianship: "the Full Nut Explosion" is not just some generic backing band, these guys come to play and on this recording they bring their "A" game. The second is the interplay between the band - you can feel and hear them feeding off each other and pushing each other. Bringing the whole to a higher level. Lastly is the fact that they've been playing live together for nearly a year and the songs have been fleshed out - expanded and improved.
"Live On Sonarchy Radio" is a magnificent disc - don't miss this one. (A steal at this price!) It may now be my favorite of the bunch.


Very cool – different
A friend of mine told me to get this. He said it was awesome and cheap on CD Baby. I love it. Very strange and cool. I love the horns. The poetry is kind of spooky.