This blog is a journal of my explorations of creative music — free jazz, free improvisation, noise, interesting rock — in recorded and live forms. It’s also a partially informed news site for Bay Area goings-on (and for non-Bay-Area music that I happen to like; Tim Berne gets mentioned a lot).
For 12 years, I did an avant-jazz radio show on KZSU-FM, Stanford University: 90.1-FM in the San Francisco Bay Area, kzsulive.stanford.edu everywhere else. For most of those years, I was on-air Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., a time slot I relished as a virtual cold beer to end a hard work week.
As of autumn 2010, I’ve stopped doing the show on a regular basis, although I haven’t fully cut ties with KZSU.
You can reach me by emailing to the 3 letters c, then t, then m, followed by sonic.net.
This blog began in January 2009 as a place to put detailed notes about my playlists. My older KZSU playlists, going back to 1998, are viewable on crude, almost-all-text pages at http://sonic.net/~ctm/playlists.html. The playlists themselves are a lot more readable than the front page, trust me.
More recent playlists are kept in KZSU’s own database: http://zookeeper.stanford.edu — use the “DJ Zone!” link to find Wedge. While you’re there, mess with the “Find It” link, too — it’s a cool little toy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who are you, anyway?
My name’s Craig, and I live in San Jose, Calif. As noted above, I’m easily reachable at ctm at sonic followed by dot-net.
Wait — I know you. I’ve seen you at shows.
Possibly. If you’re thinking of this guy, that’s me.
Why don’t you tell us your last name, you coward?
Believe it or not, I’m in a job where people have legitimate reason to Google me, and I don’t always want to mix music with work. I have no problem with you knowing my last name, though. Go ahead and email me, and I’ll tell you all sorts of stuff.
Why are you doing this blog?
That’s what the first post was about: What I’m Doing Here.
Can I send you some of my music?
Certainly! If by “you” you mean me personally, understanding that I’m not on the radio now, use the email address mentioned above, and I’ll give you coordinates.
It’s more likely you mean KZSU the radio station, and in that case, the contact info is here. You can also ask me to forward music to KZSU — I’ll gladly do it, but it might take a couple weeks, and I have no real influence over what gets played.
Why does your URL have “radio” in it, if you’re not on the radio?
See above. I’m too lazy to think of a new URL. Besides, I’m still on-air occasionally.
Well, why don’t you just do a podcast, then? That would work with the URL.
Uh…. I’ll get back to you on that.
(Most recent update: September 2016)