People Like Us

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Downloadable DO or DIY, 2008

  1. Volume 1 - Song Sung Glue - 3:00
  2. Volume 1 - I'm A Star In NY - 14:39
  3. Volume 1 - O Wo Is Mio - 4:45
  4. Volume 1 - I Am That I - 7:29
  5. Volume 1 - All The Screamers - 2:02
  6. Volume 1 - MupPet Sounds- 1:53
  7. Volume 1 - We Don't Go Too Far - 5:56
  8. Volume 1 - Tweety Takes A Hoiiday - 2:57
  9. Volume 1 - Look What You've Done - 5:02
  10. Volume 2 - It's Just Amazing - 8:06
  11. Volume 2 - More Noice Noise - 14:56
  12. Volume 2 - Dancing On Hot Coals - 4:28
  13. Volume 2 - Bringing You The Best In 1970s Rock - 9:47
  14. Volume 2 - Tijuana Frog Trot - 1:42
  15. Volume 2 - Put The Hammer Down - 5:03
  16. Volume 2 - Wouldn't It Be Noise - 3:24


This is a special two-album-length mix of the best of the collage created in People Like Us's WFMU radio show DO or DIY, during the summer season of 2008.

DO or DIY is a freeform sound art radio show broadcast weekly by Vicki Bennett (project name People Like Us) on WFMU.

The philosophy behind the show is simple. That within the realms of avant-garde and experimental sound art the goalposts defining "accessible" and "inaccessible" are constantly moving. As the radar rises and dips, fragments and shards of underground creations unearth, and popular culture and artist resonate, shifting shapes accordingly with one another in reflections of changing spotlights.

The avant-garde and popular culture rely on each other's energy. People Like Us collage both "hard to listen" works and popular listening matter, showing that in fact, beyond the restrictions of genre, genre IS the restriction and it is possible to like many kinds of art and music. The key is finding the door - DO or DIY leads the way into new and unusual realms of listening and hope to show the way in.
Each show consists of collages made of sound works from the 20th and 21st century, often layered and looped many times over, resulting in an album type effect on each show.

The pun "All Things Avant-Retard", a rhyme with "All Things Avant-Garde" literally means All Things Forward-Backwards. Essentially by using sonic extremes and apparent opposites we find some sort of central point or balanced perspective on music and sound.