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Cjarto Released as a Single: Go get it!

June 2, 2012

Big Black Car

March 18, 2010

Well, FUCK. Yet another thing to be sad about. Alex Chilton dies of a heart attack at the age of 59. Right before an anticipated appearance at SXSW. There is something tragic in almost everything connected to the man. He released a clutch of absolutely brilliant albums in the 70s and was ignored. You feel him falling apart on the brilliant “Third/Sister Lovers” album. He became a cult hero, and has obviously become part of the pantheon of Things Most Hip.

It is certain that his music is going to be around as long as there are sentient creatures to enjoy it, particularly his Radio City album. When I get money, I’ll buy the Rhino boxset “Keep an Eye on the Sky.”

This is the only “celebrity” death that has brought tears to my eyes that I can ever recall. It’s hard to think of an entertainer that has meant more to me in a personal way.

[copy and pasted from my post from No Reason to Rise Alone here]

ZenTrout News Productions Radio Presents “Sun Expert” Alfred Epstein

January 7, 2010

My first interview has been completed for ZTN Radio, and it’s a doozy. My guest is a self-described “Sun Expert” from Toronto. Alfred was in Denver and I had the opportunity to ask him about what he was all about. What should be mentioned is that he is a puppet–so, obviously, he has a much different perspective than many of us. He has been around for quite awhile, but is not a “performance” puppet, rather a stay at home puppet, so that’s probably why you have never heard of him. Anyhow, there are some major revelations for both Alfred and the audience in this interview; take it from me, this is one interview that pops and you won’t want to miss it!

Subscribe to this station on iTunes here. (Note to Laogzed fans–that’s a different podcast!)

ZenTrout News Radio, Episode 1: ZenTrout News Radio, Episode 1: No more blues/The audio you are about to enjoy is extremely hot

November 30, 2009

Lady Wrestlers

Hello! Today I am launching meltmaster’s patented ZenTrout News Radio. This is my imaginary radio station, and I wish that you join me there! A strictly eclectic selection of the predictable and not-so-predictable. An hour of quality music. Expected post-punk and new-wave, New Zealand droning, fuzz guitar country (gleaned from the WFMU blog), and some other sweet-and-sour tidbits. I have provided both a .zip of the individual audio files as well as a streaming podcast version on my meltmaster “Raw from Selection” podomatic account. You can listen here (as well as to past episodes):

or download here: RADIO


1. ZTN Radio Bumper
2. 4 out of 5 Doctors – Anna with Antennae
3. The Church – Happy Hunting Ground
4. Last Man in Europe – A Certain Bridge
5. John Cale – Hanky Panky Nohow (Drone Mix)
6. 5’NIZZA (?) – Anthem of the Soviet Union (1977)
7. Carl Butler – Wonder Drug
8. Charlie Louvin – Cash on the Barrelhead
9. David Kilgour – Time to Run
10. Jose Carreras – Vesti La Giubba- Pagliacci, Leoncavallo
11. Roy Montgomery – Kafka was Correct
12. Roy Montgomery – The Small Sleeper (For Jack)
13. Anita Bryant – Six Boys and Seven Girls
14. Eyeless in Gaza – The Eyes of Beautiful Losers
15. Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
16. Link Wray and his Ray Men – Missing Link
17. The Maori Hi-Five – Goody Goody
18. Josh White – No More Blues

Crossposted at No Reason to Rise Alone.

GarageFire: The GarageBand Sessions Part 2

August 24, 2009

garage fire 2

My latest is music composed on my new MacBook Pro. All of the songs, except one, were made using the built in music maker “GarageBand.” There is something that I love about GarageBand; it allows me to make collages of horrible “generic” music. It is a cheap thrill. But I really like my work. I hope you get some cheap thrills out of it too. Bonus points for those who can determine which track is not a GarageBand track, but my first completed track using Logic Express. Download at mediafire here:

Or go to my page.

…thanks for listening, and if you like any of it, please let me know!!!!

Welcome to ZenTrout News, home of meltmaster

June 9, 2009


What or who is a “meltmaster”?

A meltmaster is a thing named Dan Jackson, who likes to make sounds pretty and awful. It is me.

Where does the name “meltmaster” come from?

“meltmaster” is a halfcocked derivative of the term “multi-melta,” a devasting firey, plasmatic weapon from the Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 game. The name came from Dan’s father. One day he started calling one of the Warhammer characters “Flagron Meltmaster” [pro-nownced “FLAY-GRAWN”] in derision of the game as a whole. Even though Dan’s father (my father, because I’m Dan) wasn’t involved in the game, the name stuck. Dan used it as his email name and the rest is history. One time Dan’s dad bit his friend’s shoe and was sick for a week. All ancient history.

What is  ZenTrout News, home of meltmaster?

ZenTrout News comes from the family newspaper of years gone past. meltmaster, (that’s me) has appropriated the name for his own reasons.

Where’s the flesh, the meat, the product?

Most of meltmaster’s music is in the public domain, under various CC licenses or what have you. What follows is a link list. Please click on through the links. You will be informed of the possible outcome of clicking on the link through commentary in brackets after the link.

meltmaster’s myspace page. [This will lead you to meltmaster’s myspace page. Melting Tuneage. (By Melting Tuneage, I mean that it is more on the strange side of things.) Some of this stuff has been played on the Boulder, Colorado station KGNU on the show Under the Floorboards, stewarded by the one and only Little Fyodor. LF has a liking and a propensity for the strange as much as anyone. (His myspace music page is here.]

A Better Tomorrow II’s myspace page. [Same artist, and also a myspace page, but the tuneage  is seemingly less melting, more standard electronica fare.]

meltmaster’s page [This will lead you to meltmaster’s page, where you can DOWNLOAD Melting Tuneage music for free. Free music on the internet? You bet! Jump on the free music express!]

ZenTrout News’ page [This will lead you to more meltmaster free tuneage]

Flagron Meltmaster’s page [This will lead you to vintage melts; most of this music was made before the turn of the millenium. Have at it, fanboys and fangirls!]

Angry and Sloppy [This is Dan Jackson’s original blog. He posts as “sarcasmus” on everything in particular.]

meltmaster on Jamendo, the free music resource. [This will lead you to the website “Jamendo,” and meltmaster’s free tracks on it–same tracks are available on, but at higher bitrate quality.]

Raw From Selection, the meltmaster podcast. Click here to subscribe in iTunes. [On there, there is melting tuneage that you can’t find anywhere else. Maximum multi-melting power.]

meltmaster on [I lied about Raw From Selection. Most of what you can’t find anywhere else you can also find here.]

Happy melting!