The Monday, October 18th broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket” was initially inspired by free jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who will appear with the Ornette Coleman Quartet on Friday, November 5th, at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Coleman’s 1959 album, “The Shape of Jazz to Come” (which alludes to HG Wells’ speculative sci-fi novel “The Shape of Things to Come”) curiously enough has been much referenced by white punk-rockers in subsequent decades.
Host Ted Coe says: “On my next broadcast, we’ll explore some unexpected connections between free jazz and hardcore punk rock: sharing a track from Ornette Coleman’s seminal debut before segueing on to New York City’s No Wave sound two decades removed with avant-jazz influenced James Chance & the Contortions and their soul-music offshoot project James White and the Blacks; this will be followed by post-hardcore groups Nation of Ulysses (from the late 1980s in Washington, D.C.), Sweden’s Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy (mid-to-late 1990s until the mid-2000s), and San Diego’s The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower (the mid-2000s).
Other similar threads might also be unwound, such as a direct connection in the 1960’s between free improvisational space-music pioneers Sun Ra and His Arkestra and Detroit’s proto-punk rockers MC5. Perhaps even more shall emerge.
Stay tuned to experience the surprising ties between two radical musical movements, this Monday, October 18th from 11am-noon. Only on KCSB-FM.”