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Curator's Statement

SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED highlighted episodes for June

Our interview with Wobbly’s Jon Leidecker is surely a standout this month, along with themes on both video games and friendship. I'd start with Episode 39’s feature on Wobbly, and then move to the themes in Episodes 233 and 145, but you really shouldn’t miss Negativland’s track in Episode 144 either… If you’re missing the GWBush inspired cut ups, you might just like their razor tape of former President Abraham Lincoln! Check it out HERE.

Episode 39 features our 2002 conversation with Wobbly’s Jon Leidecker. Working with everyone from Negativland’s Don Joyce to the UK’s People Like Us, as well as on his own, Wobbly has released well over a dozen records, to date. We’ve been playing his stuff since the very beginning, and it’s worth pointing out just how much he has contributed to our library over the years as well. His interest in the history of sound collage has recently gone beyond his influence on this show, in fact. The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona has commissioned him to produce a six-part podcast on the subject, the first two parts of which are now available to download from their website. It’s shaping up to be an excellent series, which I highly recommend. Check it out HERE.

Our 233rd Episode is a pretty well rounded offering to begin with, and features a short theme of sounds found in video games to boot. I was practically addicted to Super Mario Brothers when I was a kid, and I’m sure that’s part of the reason why Poj Masta’s “Play My Game” (in Episode 233) has been stuck in my head recently, but it has as much to do with what’s being done to the source material layered over the top of those familiar rhythms as well. Check it out HERE.

Episode 145 is a feature length theme on the subject of friendship. From DJ John’s nine minute epic (the mega-mashup titled “Friends”), to Jim Allenpsach’s minimal masterpiece of the same name (clocking in at less than forty-five seconds!) and tracks by artists such as Aggro1, The Bran Flakes, Wobbly and Girl Talk, this episode actually shapes up as more than just a friendly concept. It sounds good, too... Check it out HERE.

Stay tuned for our Q&A next week with The Reborn Identity, and our full length feature interview with legendary mashup artist The Freelance Hellraiser, in just a few weeks as well. Until then…

Thanks for listening,
Jon Nelson

About the show: Hosted by Minnesota artist Jon Nelson, Some Assembly Required features sample-based music and audio art by a variety of artists and groups working with bits and pieces of their media environments, giving something back to the cultural landscape from which they so enthusiastically appropriate.

Since its inception in 1999, Nelson has produced over 100 artist features, and interviewed everyone from John Oswald, Steinski and The Evolution Control Committee, to Christian Marclay, Negativland and DJ Spooky, providing a variety of unique perspectives on the nature of this daring and creative style of expression. Visit Some Assembly Required online for more information, including a complete list of interviews, artist features and the weekly podcast. You can also listen to an extensive archive of back episodes here, on


Collection Classification

Digital Art, Mixed Media, Music, Performance, Unclassified