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You may be harvesting rats like grains

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Rats. Animals universally loved and/or feared. We see them in art, fashion, music- seemingly everywhere. How did they gain such notoriety? What do they mean to us?

If you care about rats and you're trying to figure this out, this is the right place. You may be harvesting rats like grains explores the characterization of rats in [pop] culture and science through music. Tune in on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. for a lively look at one of the most well known members of the Rodentia class.

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Hypothesis episode 4: Jazz. Inspired by people who say rats remind them of jazz and the memes. More uptempo, which I think matches the chaos of rats and their little feet hands. Then, a discussion on jazz and cocaine conditioning on rats. Another tangentially related study on rats and cocaine.

 

Title Artist Album
A View From Her Room Weekend La Variete
Crab Parts Dr. Purgatory Crab Parts
Pete Waltz Negro Galacticus N.W.T.
Howling Comique Ludus Pickpocket/Danger Came Smiling
Crinkum-Crankum Ludus Pickpocket/Danger Came Smiling
Clear Skies for Renee David Solbach Dinosaur Dreams
Obrigado Antonio Adolfo Samba Jazz Alley
Curly (feat. Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille) Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Andrew Cyrille Devotion (feat. Uri Caine & Andrew Cyrille)
Sleep Jeremy Cunningham, Tomeka Reid, Josh Johnson, Dustin Laurenzi The Weather Up There
Okan Ti Aye Muriel Grossmann Reverence
Fusion Swirl Jeff Parker Suite for Max Brown

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Title Artist Album
Viva la Rat White Lung White Lung
Triple Mass Flipper Love
Liquid Boy Treepeople Something Vicious for Tomorrow
Progression Nels Cline Destroy All Nels Cline
Jinetes en el Cielo Alejandro Marcovich Tributo a Los Baby's
Summer Here Kids Grandaddy Under the Western Freeway
Trash Suede Nowhere
Edward the Confessor Neils Children Dimly Lit
Here Comes the Summer The Fiery Furnaces EP
Ladykillers Lush Lovelife
Two Girls Ringo Deathstarr Colour Trip
She Said Scratch Acid The Greatest Gift
Vertigo Game Melt-Banana Fetch
Woman on the Screen Boris Pink
Execution A Place to Bury Strangers Pinned
Get Off METZ METZ
Goodbye Texas Flat Worms Flat Worms
Your Guts Are Like Mine Set Fire to Flames Telegraphs in Negative
Danelectro and the Fabtones Psychopaths Charlie Megira & The Hefker Girl Rock 'N' Roll Fragments

Hypothesis episode 3: Are rats misunderstood? Often times seen as dirty and diseased, rats usually get a bad rap. Though there might be truth to those sentiments, rats have helped us make breakthroughs in science, gone to space, and made good pets. Today's music is from the emotional lens of a rat, perhaps feeling misunderstood or lonely lol. Some indie rock, some electronic, some hauntology (?). I briefly talk about Flowers for Algernon.

 

Title Artist Album
Kaito Tim Hecker Mirages
Nostalgia Weekend The '81 Demos
Altitude Dead Sullivan Season
Driving Under the Influence of Loneliness Flotation Toy Warning The Machine That Made Us
Polymers Cults Percussion Ensemble Cults Percussion Ensemble
Movies For Stars for Stars
teardrop Lovesliescrushing bloweyelashwish
Dry Worn-Tin Dry
SOTRS Caterina Barbieri Patterns Of Consciousness
Beat Bowery Electric Beat
Setting Sail to Unknown Shores Ørdop Wolkenscheidt The Unexpected Death of a Time-Traveling Friend
Keep Warm, Keep Well The Advisory Circle Other Channels
Constant Reminder Two Lone Swordsmen Tiny Reminders
New Years' Snow Satanicpornocultshop Arkhaiomelisidonophunikheratos

Hypothesis episode 2: Mostly twee pop, but more specifically jangly guitar sounds or music that just sounds sparkly. Inspired by depictions of a delighted, gleeful rat. Think the rats in the Pied Piper of Hamelin, joyous and carefree. Plus a short discussion on the ethics of pet ownership and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams' take on rats.

Title Artist Album
Heaven Girls At Our Best! Pleasure
Tour De Tokyo Hazy Sour Cherry Tour De Tokyo
Thank U 4 Letting Me Be Myself Omar S Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself
We Suspect He Was Trying to Spell Monkey Bunnygrunt Jen-Fi
Tool Heavenly Le Jardin De Heavenly
What's Happened To You, My Dearest Friend? Another Sunny Day London Weekend
Law - C86 Version Mighty Mighty Pop Can: The Definitive Collection 1986 - 1988
Just Too Bloody Stupid Close Lobsters Foxheads Stalk This Land
My Chinchilla Cub Betti Cola
I'm Beautiful Now Girls At Our Best! Pleasure
Kick His Balls Out Free Loan Investments Ever Been to Mexico?
Be Mad, Get Ill, Be Still Club 8 The People's Record
You're Sleeping Tiger Trap Tiger Trap
Does Your Heart Go BOOOOOOOMM Helen Love Love And Glitter, Hot Days And Muzik
Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow Felt Ignite the Seven Cannons / The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories
The Girl With the Strawberry Hair Talulah Gosh Was It Just a Dream?
Happy All The Time The Flatmates Potpourri: Hits, Mixes and Demos '85-'74
The Camera Loves Me Would-Be-Goods The Camera Loves Me

Hypothesis episode 1: Evaluating rats from the perspective of various punk/rock artists. Perhaps inspired by rat kings. 

If you'd like to learn more about rat kings, here is an article. It may not be great for squeamish people.

Title Artist Album
No More Smiles Smoking Popes Destination Failure
Trouble (You Were Always On My Mind) Chubby and The Gang Speed Kills
Jesus I Was Evil Darcy Clay Jesus I Was Evil
The Rats Revenge, Pt. 1 The Rats The Rats Revenge
The Rats Revenge, Pt. 2 The Rats The Rats Revenge
Anti Bad Vibe Shield Goons Of Doom Kill the Band
Alcoholic Rat King Kurt Big Cock
Can't Stand The Midwest Dow Jones And The Industrials Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981
Turncoat Gutter Knife Boots on the Ground
Cannot Melt-Banana Charlie
Waiting Here (Version) Skeletal Family Best Of...
Happy Happy The Krunchies Half-Assed Chicago: A Punk Rock Compilation
Rate of Change Earthmen And Strangers, Far Corners Split (Earthmen And Strangers, Far Corners)
Mind Control Mind Controls Mind Controls
Get - Original Blurt Let There Be Blurt Volume 1: The Fish Needs a Bike
The Audacity of Hope The Arrivals Half-Assed Chicago: A Punk Rock Compilation
Unveil Ludus The Visit/Seduction
Drab Measure Crack Cloud Crack Cloud

Every twelve years, the Chinese Zodiac does one full rotation around its cycle of animals. And this year is once again, you guessed it, the Year of the Rat! This week, we celebrate rats by listening to a mix of old and new songs by artists from countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year. 

playlist here

Title Artist Album
心聲淚痕 姚蘇蓉 群星會, Vol.9 (珍藏系列)
Your Sun Is Stupid 빅베이비드라이버 Big Baby Driver & 이혜지 E Hyeji Big Baby Driver x E Hyeji
Shanghai Hang On The Box Live @ D22
Lơ Thơ Tơ Liễu Kích Động Nhạc AVT Saigon Supersound Vol. 2
播种 Hiperson 我不要别的历史
Hold The Line 后海大鲨鱼 Look Directly Into The Sun: China Pop 2007
Beijing Taxi Dub China Dub Soundsystem China Dub Dubs
愛如潮水(ST:愛你的餘溫) Joi Chua Joi
春風吻上我的臉 鳳飛飛 鳳飛飛 金賞輯2
Let Me Lost Drinking Boys and Girls Choir Keep Drinking
GOOD-BYE, HOME-RUN 도그스타 / Dogstar hello, cranky dear..
Moonset (feat. YeYe) [International Collaboration Version] Elephant Gym, YeYe Underwater
Voy Ho (Maok Pi Naok) Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Serey Sothea, Pan Ron, Dara Jamchan Cambodian Rocks

Welcome to the first episode of You may be harvesting rats like grains. This episode, we set a baseline for "the rat sound" by listening to songs that have the word "rat" in them. 

Check out the playlist here!

Title Artist Album
Ball of the Dead Rat The Teeth You're My Lover Now
Rat Patrol Naked Raygun Throb Throb
Super Rat Honeyblood Honeyblood
Rat Race Antibalas Rat Race
Rats - Instrumental Dj CryptoCurrencY Abstract (Instrumental)
Over Like A Fat Rat - Edit Fonda Rae Vanguard Dance Classics (Pt. 1)
Rat Race Talia Stewart Confessional
Rat Baby Crying Get Olde / Second Wind
Rat Race The Strikers Grimace Rat Race
Mall Rat Jerry Martin The Sims (Original Soundtrack)
Rat Boy The Rat Affair RAT
MOMMA LET ME BUY A RAT RAT TO RAT ELECTRONIC MUSIC FOR RATS TO ENJOY
The Rat Race Brendan Abernathy The Rat Race
I Smell a Rat Benito Rosanna I Smell a Rat

rat news for your leisure

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Title Artist Album
Einstein Created Frankenstein Film Pop Japanese Style!
Edward, Had You Ever Thought That The End Of The World Would Come On 20.9.01? my little airport Space Escapade - Unit 1 (Destination: Pluto Sector 68)
Oh Freedom Ulysses Owens Jr. Songs of Freedom
Sperm Meets Egg, So What? Heavenly The Decline And Fall Of Heavenly
Spitfire Parade Swell Maps A Trip to Marineville
Baleen Executioner Elizabeth Joan Kelly Farewell, Doomed Planet!
Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do Harumi Harumi
Ur Pocket Mirror Is Too Big Nancy Leticia Love Dream
Bésame mucho Edna Vazquez, Pink Martini Bésame mucho
Career Boy Dorian Electra Flamboyant
Strollin' The Channel Multi Goods & Services
Sweet Feeling Nobody All Too Familiar
The Bombs Dropped On Xmas The Reels 6 Great Gift Ideas
My Patch Jim Noir Tower Of Love
Show Your Teeth Audience Of One I Remember....
鉄鎖 Mid-Air Thief Crumbling
Split Kleenex Liliput

the rats this week

playlist here

Title Artist Album
Dream of Home Joyce Kwon Dream of Home
Blackbird On a Gravestone Misophone Songs from an Attic
Cling Go Fever Daydream Hawker
Stars The Travelers Longest Road Home
Blown Sea Moya, Thanya Iyer Falmenta
In the Garden Tonio Sagan In the Garden
The Birds Rick Cuevas The Birds
Wet Dazey and the Scouts Maggot
Penguins Michael Hurley Armchair Boogie
Human Too Croom, Amakiya Belladonna
Tình Ta Như Lửa Đơm Hoa Carol Kim Saigon Supersound, Vol. 1
The Betting & Gaming Act 1964 Lowlife Permanent Sleep/Rain
Sea Dogs & Pyrite Soft Cough Soft Cough
On Retinae - East Version Dip In The Pool On Retinae
Vitin Oruã Romã
Delicado Waldir Azevedo Warner 25 Anos
Ecoute mon coeur Ria Bartok Tu la revois
Westerly Beaches Orange Cake Mix A Shadow of Eclipse and Other Phases of the Moon
Title Artist Album
Changes Alex Izenberg Harlequin
Cave Rain Drumming in My Ear Turning Jewels Into Water Map of Absences
Moko Le Dzen The Jagger Botchway Group Odze Odze
Lily Tadzio The Sick Room
Adeat Ibhoora Ahmed Fakroun Compilation
Where to Go Christelle Bofale Swim Team
Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt Holly Herndon PROTO
House Of Pancake Swirlies Brokedick Car
Мальчик Musia Totibadze Мальчик
You Lost Your Everything But is Not My Fault (Ni Diu Le Ni Suo You De Dong Xi Dan Shi Bu Shi Wo De Cuo) Hang On The Box Yellow Banana (Huang Se Xiang Jiao: Gua Zai He Zi Shang)
He Was a Guitar Player and Now Plays Machinegun in Vietnam Pompeo Stillo & The Companions Music from Entertainment, A Film by Rick Alverson
Hopefully Astrobrite Crush
Angeline RF Shannon Rain On Dust
Breathe Dead Sullivan Breathe
Name and Age KAZU Adult Baby

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