by Josh Vanek
Quietly and unceremoniously is how we imagine one of our all-time favorite radio shows absolutely anywhere will be celebrating its upcoming sixth anniversary on-air this March. That show is Ink Mathematics and it's the luv child of Collin Pruitt, psych aficionado, record collecting wildman, and understated ruler of the airwaves on Wednesdays from 6:00-800 PM.
It's a little hard to withhold the bombast when I try to write about Ink Mathematics, because it's that good. It's got the similarity of vibe that's a hard-fought thing to find when you like a lot of types of music, but Ink Mathematics has certainly found it, and has done so without becoming a strictly genre or musical sub-category show. The specialty at Ink Mathematics is mostly 1960s/70s psych, much of it I imagine culled from collections and yard sale scores that Collin's made over the years. The show's a agenda is simply excellence, and it ranges from frat rock and garage to psych and folk, folk rock and all the weird stuff in between. I challenge the most calloused among you to tune in and have a freakin' heap of fun, no matter what your tastes are, this show is done with love and skill and it's a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.
You can normally expect to hear some Love, some Velvet Underground, Beefheart, Fahey, Dylan, Kinks and the 13th Floor Elevators but from there, it starts getting excellently weird and obscure and there's never a show I don't check out KBGA.org Now Playing link to figure out what band he just played. Of particular note, and what's just one thing that sets Ink Mathematics apart from say, some dude in New Jersey or Montreal with a similar show is this: Collin plays all kinds of the sort of lost-gems from Montana's garage/psych past that are incredibly hard to locate anywhere this side of Dave Martens' Long Time Comin': Lost Sounds project. More about Dave and his project later. For now, let me blow your mind with a fact you could've learned last week: Love Buzz was only covered famously by Nirvana, it was written by a Dutch band called Shocking Blue. Okay, music dorks already knew that. I know, I know.
(this is part 2 in a series of pieces about KBGA 89.9 FM)