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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED highlighted episodes for August
The month of August saw a return to brand new episodes of Some Assembly Required, along with just a couple of our favorite interviews, this time with artists DJ Qbert and Omer Fast. Here are the highlights for August...

Episode 255 features a track off of The Evolution Control Committee's upcoming CD, "All Rights Reserved", which is scheduled to be released this fall, so stay tuned! Other standouts include three tracks off of Gitar's new CD, "Stuffed" and one by People Like Us and Wobbly, off of their Illegal Art release, "Music For the Fire." I really have to mention one more... Michael Gregory's "Auto Tune The News" is practically as awesome without it's accompanying video, but for the full effect, check out Auto Tune The News online, HERE.

Episode 256 features the final installment of a twenty-five year project by Whimsical Will. He's produced a new break-in track every summer since 1986, based on one of the year's big summer blockbusters. This year's "Hey Iron Man" is the final chapter in the saga. Check it out towards the middle of episode 256, along with tracks by two new artists on the Illegal Art label. We even got a Q&A with one of them - check out our online interview with Junk Culture HERE.
PLUS: Episode 83 features our 2004 interview with artist Omer Fast (whose video collage, "CNN Concatenated," is still one of my favorite collages of all time), and I have some exciting news for those of you who have never seen the full video. The artist has informed me that CNN Concatenated is now available to watch online at his gallery's website. Click HERE and then the "Online Preview" link to find the full 18+ minute video collage. It's a must see...
More new episodes are on the way this September! Be sure to check out the SAR Blog, at its new location: You'll find Q&A's with over 150 of the artists we play weekly on Some Assembly Required, along with hundreds of archived episodes of the show. You'll find this month's featured episodes there as well.
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 150 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 downloadable 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