Peakecast: Thomas Peake Memorial Podcast An audio tribute to a well loved man

15Sep/112

The Thomas Peake cassette collection

Howdy friends, Chris here, and I've got something really wonderful to present to you all.

Dena has asked me to help distribute the best cassette collection ever to the Peake-o-sphere. That's right, we have the cassette collection of our favorite master archivist right here, and you can have a piece it for your very own!

What I've got is three different crates of cassettes. Below are high resolution photos of the crates, from different angles in case you can't make out a title in one of the shots.

Sure, there are some regular commercially produced tapes in here, but for the most part they are either compilations that Thomas made himself, or impossibly obscure (and killer) albums from across the spectrum of music. As with just about everything Thomas did, just the cases themselves are often unique creations.

Genres and artists include:
- movie soundtracks
- free jazz, no wave
- old ATL punk/HC
- WREK shows like Pete Rentz's "Dead on the Heavy Funk"
- underground radio shows (non-WREK)
- Reich, Rolnik, Redd Kross
- Mingus, Mayfield, Minor Threat
- Sun Ra, Snakefinger, Skinpops

... and so on. Take a look, it's stunning!

Some appear to be mixtapes that friends made for Thomas, and I especially hope that those people will get word of this and will be able to get those tapes.

So, you've looked at the pictures, and you've identified some cassettes that you want, now what? Contact me ( via our submit@peakecast.org email here ) and let me know the title (or whatever the identifying info on the cassette spine says) for each cassette that you're interested in.

I will collect all of the requests together and work on distributing these in October. Just to head off one likely request, I can't digitize the cassettes and offer them up that way, but if someone out there already has experience doing that and wants to work with me on that, I'm game!

The pictures are below, grouped by the three crates. Enjoy!

CRATE 1

TFP cassette collection Crate 1 (left view)

TFP cassette collection Crate 1 (center view)

TFP cassette collection Crate 1 (right view)

CRATE 2

TFP cassette collection Crate 2 (left view)

TFP cassette collection Crate 2 (center view)

TFP cassette collection Crate 2 (right view)

CRATE 3 (actually two boxes)

TFP cassette collection Crate 3 part 1 (with flash)

TFP cassette collection Crate 3 part 1 (no flash)

TFP cassette collection Crate 3 part 2 (with flash)

TFP cassette collection Crate 3 part 2 (no flash)

Happy hunting!

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7Oct/100

Peakecast Episode Eight

This episode brings us a WREK Sunday Special that Thomas did in September 1996, featuring the duo Mecca Normal.  One of Thomas' most beloved bands ever, he had actually been graduated out of Georgia Tech and done with WREK for a couple years when this duo (Jean Smith on vocals and David Lester on guitar) made a rare tour appearance in Atlanta, compelling Thomas to come back to the studio just to do this show.

In fact, Thomas played host to the band on their Atlanta visit, and interviewed them for an article in Stomp and Stammer. Jean Smith has her tour diaries and notes online, and has several excerpts from the article that Thomas wrote:

Mecca Normal’s aesthetic body politic shares a rare ability, a la Czech novelist-in-self-imposed-exile Milan Kundera -- to make the political personal. ... Lester’s guitars are as inventive as ever. Gracefully attacking and lulling, he has captured Smith’s emotional range in strings.

For more, see Jean's 1996 tour diary here (Atlanta entries are about halfway down) and the general Mecca Normal website here.

For your reference pleasure, we have Thomas' original playlist sheet, scanned in and here in PDF form.

We're now one full year into this podcast, and loving it immensely.

By the way, if you haven't already heard about the Beautify the Beltline project being conducted on the morning of Saturday October 9th, in memory of Thomas, please email us ASAP for more info.

Enjoy!

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27Sep/102

Peakecast Episode Seven

Uploaded to Facebook by Shaking Ray Levi

In this episode of the Thomas Peake Memorial Podcast, we offer up a "regular shift" -- Thomas doing a 90-minute Atmospherics block on June 5th, 1992.  Atmospherics is the name of a programming block on WREK that airs right after midnight every weeknight, offering up ambient and electronic sounds -- in the parlance of Thomas, "mutant space blues, resonating stones, exotic foreign acoustic music".  It started as a weekly specialty show in the late 80s (hosted by Dan Leithauser) and then expanded to the nightly block.  You can hear the care and enthusiasm that Thomas put into all of his on-air time, and also you can hear him stepping aside to let the trainees ("dummy ops") run the board for bit.

This tape comes to us courtesy of Dena Peake; Thomas had recorded this show for some reason.  It does have some of his favorites on it, including Neil B. Rolnick, to whom Thomas would dedicate an entire Sunday Special a year later.

If you haven't already heard about the Beautify the Beltline project being conducted on October 9, 2010, in memory of Thomas, please email us for more info.

Playlist:

"Loopy" by Neil B. Rolnick from album "Solos"

"Among Icebergs" by Jay Greinke

"Rain" by The Judgment of Paris

"Evening Song" by The Guo Brothers and Shung Tian

-- voice break

"Fortune" by Felt from album "Crumbling Antiseptic Beauty"

"Bydlo (Mussogorsky)" by Tamita (?)

"Canopy" by Kit Watkins

-- voice break (with dummy op, apparently)

"Voyager" by Jay Scott Perry (?)

"The Wind and All This Noise" by Lonely Universe

"Agua e Vinho" by Egberto Gismonti

-- voice break (dummy op, still learning)

"Playing The Bridge For Heaven" by C. W. Vrtacek

"Rosindo El Post" (?) by Arawi, The Contemporary Orchestra of Native Instruments

"As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins" by Dead Can Dance from album "Aion"

"Roots III" by Wagner Tiso

"Miss Noble" by Nicholas Blanton from album "Ways Upon Bells"

-- voice break, with a different dummy op

"The Hole To Heaven" by Randy Greif from compilation Dry Lungs II

"Ballerinas of Manaus" by Monochrome Bleu from compilation Dry Lungs II

"More Dust" (Herbert Brun) by Cincinnati Percussion Group from a box set on Opus One Records

11Aug/101

Peakecast Episode Six

Uploaded to Facebook by Michael Russell Courtesy of Lovette Russell

Almost exactly 20 years ago, on July 22nd, 1990, Thomas did a WREK "Sunday Special" on Guitar Roberts, aka Loren Mazzacane Connors (see Wikipedia entry and his website).  Thomas loved his sparse, atmospheric, bluesy meanderings, and listening to this makes for a serene and contemplative experience.

In a nice coincidence, old friends Andrew Burnes and Neel Murgai played with Connors just last month.  Andrew and Neel also hosted specialty shows on WREK, and in fact one of our future PeakeCast episodes will be of Thomas substituting for Andrew on his Strung Out guitar show ...

Thomas contributes a minimum of chatter to this one.  Playlist is transcribed below.  Enjoy!

"TB Blues" (Jimmie Rodgers) from album Blues Master 2

"Kath's Blues" from the Pushin' up Daisies 7" EP (1982)

Prelude #1 from album In Pittsburgh (1996)

"Excerpt from Part 2"  from album Solo Acoustic Guitar, Volume 6 (1980)

Wee Wee Hours (Chuck Berry)

"Little Tree" (feat. Kath Bloom) from the Pushin' Up Daisies 7" EP (1982)

"Blues #5, #6 and #7" from Blues: The Dark Paintings Of Mark Rothko (1990)

"Haunted House" (Lonnie Johnson) feat. Suzanne Languille

"Burdened Blues" feat. Suzanne Languille

"Fallen Son"

"Trouble In Mind"

"Excerpt from Part 1" from Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Improvisations, Volume 8

"Horses Blues"

"In Pittsburgh"

"Blues Master"

"Loren's Blues" from the Pushin' Up Daisies 7" EP (1982)

"Lay My Burden Down" (feat. Kath Bloom) from the Pushin' Up Daisies 7" EP (1982)

3Jun/102

Peakecast Episode Five

Uploaded to Facebook by Karmen Nale Thornton

Uploaded to Facebook by Karmen Nale Thornton

This episode is a Sunday Special that Thomas Peake recorded at WREK on August 25, 1991. The show features the music of Television as a band and Tom Verlaine solo. This was another show digitized from the archives of Thomas, graciously lent to the project by Dena Peake. You can also download the PDF scan of the original playlist sheet for your informational pleasure.  Co-host was Greg Edwards.

As always, we are the lookout for any recordings that can be discovered of the last great Brother Peake. If you find any of these recordings, please let us know at submit@peakecast.org. Also, please leave us any feedback or comments on the shows. This project exists to be of service to those who knew, loved, were fans of and miss Thomas Peake. Let us know how we're doing and how we can be of service to you. And don't forget the Peake Foundation!

22Apr/100

New Peakecast Shortly

It's been a very busy spring in the Peake-osphere but never fear. We haven't forgot about it. Coming up shortly will be a new episode of the Peakecast. As always, as you find your tapes or items related to Thomas please let us know. Keep watching the skies.

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2Feb/101

Peakecast Episode Four

Photo by Dara O'Neil

Photo by Dara O'Neil

This episode is a Sunday Special that Thomas Peake recorded at WREK on December 22, 1991. The show features the music of Joe Baiza - solo, in Saccharine Trust but focusing on Universal Congress Of. This was digitized from the archives of Thomas himself, graciously lent to the project by Dena Peake.

As always, we are the lookout for any recordings that can be discovered of the last great Brother Peake. If you find any of these recordings, please let us know at submit@peakecast.org. Also, please leave us any feedback or comments on the shows. This project exists to be of service to those who knew, loved, were fans of and miss Thomas Peake. Let us know how we're doing and how we can be of service to you. And don't forget the Peake Foundation!

19Dec/093

Peakecast Episode Three


Photo by Elisabeth McKnight

This episode is one of Personality Crisis that Thomas Peake and Arthur Davis did at WREK on December 10, 1995. This was a fill-in episode with them covering for Jon Kincaid. Amusingly in the introduction they have no idea where Jon is or why they are filling in, but they cover nonetheless. This was digitized as the first of many shows to come from the archives of Thomas himself, lent to the project by Dena Peake.

As always, we are the lookout for any recordings that can be discovered of the last great Brother Peake. If you find any of these recordings, please let us know at submit@peakecast.org. Also, please leave us any feedback or comments on the shows. This project exists to be of service to those who knew, loved, were fans of and miss Thomas Peake. Let us know how we're doing and how we can be of service to you. And don't forget the Peake Foundation!

Update: Here are scans of the sheet that was included with the cassette, which is the playlist itself and a flyer for the 1995 Shaking Ray Levis Snake Oil Festival.

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18Nov/093

Peakecast Episode Two


Photo by Kini Roland

This episode is a Sunday Special that Thomas did at WREK on September 3, 2000 in honor of the life and music of Witt Mills, who had died in a kayaking accident not long before. Thomas was joined in the studio by Shane Pringle, Tony Gordon and Brendan Digel. This included a lot of music that would later end up on the compilation Dust Collection Agency (still in print and available at that link.)

We continue to scour the Peake-osphere for tapes, CDs and any other representation of the man in audio form. Dena Peake has graciously lent a treasure trove of cassettes to the project and we'll be publishing those over the course of the coming year. If you find any of these recordings, please let us know at submit@peakecast.org. Also, please leave us any feedback or comments on the shows. This project exists to be of service to those who knew, loved, were fans of and miss Thomas Peake. Let us know how we're doing and how we can be of service to you. And don't forget the Peake Foundation!

Update: We also have a scan of the original playlist online as well.

16Nov/090

greatness on the horizon

Just a quick update ... We'll have a new episode for you all shortly, but we just want to let you all know that we have lots of incredible material in the pipeline.  Television, Mecca Normal, the Bright Lights comp, Personality Crisis subbing with Arthur Davis ... this is going to be a truly great thing here.  Stay tuned!

And if you've got something, click on "how to submit" above and we'll take it from there.  If you haven't yet dug into your cassette collection, please do now!

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