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SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED highlighted episodes for October
A look back at some of October’s best episodes shows the surprising amount of variety possible, in spite of the limitations of our weekly sample-based theme. Episodes 257 and 258 are chock-full of classic hip hop, modern cut-up, beat driven mashup and even some of the best new experimental electronic composition to date…
The latest update from The Evolution Control Committee has us waiting just a little bit longer for their follow up to 2003’s Plagiarhythm Nation. Never fear, as Episode 257 features a couple of tracks off of their upcoming CD, just in time to tide you over (look for their new CD in early 2011). Also on deck, off of Okapi’s new Illegal Art release, “Love Him”, a 100% sample-based track reprocessed in homage to composer Aldo Kapi. The entire album is comprised of tracks dedicated to the Kyrgyz composer, and based on snippets of sounds found on over 100 different previously recorded records. Check it out in Episode 257.

With the end of the year approaching, some best-of lists are certainly in the works and that may mean yet another annual mashup composition by DJ Earworm. His best-of-pop mashups (and/or medleys) have become more and more popular each year. We played the 2007 and 2008 mixes in Episode 222 and Episode 247, respectively. Check out Episode 258 for the latest installment. "United States of Pop 2009" is just one of the many standouts this episode. Be sure to listen for a classic by Coldcut, something off of a new release by Junk Culture and a new favorite by North American Boat Show. Find Episode 258 HERE.
In other news, our 50/50 CD, released in partnership with, is just about ready to go! In fact, it’s available for pre-order HERE. For a generous preview (over 20 of the fifty :50 collages), check out Episode 254. You can also find Q&A’s with over 150 of the artists we play weekly on Some Assembly Required, at the SAR Blog along with hundreds of archived episodes of the show. You’ll find links to this month’s featured episodes there as well.
Thanks for listening!
--Jon Nelson
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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