Target: You (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#68)

Target: You (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#68)

Fall is here, and as both Mid-Valley Mutations and MKUltramegaphone move into their end-of-year-run, we took a moment to sort of explore a few things that had accumulated while we were working on other projects.

Part of the fun of this show is the ability to explore music and sounds, even when you have no clear vision of where they might go. All artists need a space like this, and I’m only just starting to value the space that my radio program has become. The ability to try these things out on an audience, and see what people respond to, is the great joy of having this stuff at my disposal.

 I hope I can continue to explore this kind of stuff, as we all learn to sharpen our own voices.  Certainly experimental, and 100% us.


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Target: You (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!)

Part I: (30 Minutes)

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live 1 * MKUltramegaphone * 15 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: (60 Minutes)

03.) Live 2 * MKUltramegaphone * 15 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents!

04.) The Pigeon’s Blood * The Adventures of Phillip Marlowe * 11 June 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)


The War Years Part II (A History Lesson w/ Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#67)

The War Years Part II (A History Lesson w/ Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#67)

It’s weird to think what a single year can bring. When I first started this program, I didn’t know Uneasy Chairs or devilsclub much at all, and in that year they have become a regular feature of the program.

For that I am grateful. In these trying times, it is nice to have a few things that you can rely on, even if they are musical. But the subject we are approaching tonight is anything put uplifting, as we contemplate live during The War Years.  A reality that seems, unfortunately, very very real, again, for some insane reason that escapes us all. It’s eerie how relevant these conversations about WWII seem in the here and now, but as we try to understand that, we offer over an hour of live jams by MKUneasyChairPhone… or something like that.

Kick-starting the show is a sort of DJ set by horridus to help promote his new record, and offer a rundown of some of his favorite selections from his collection. And as if that weren’t enough, I flip the tables as if it were a year ago (again), and drill him about making music, collaborations, and what 2017 has brought for him, even in these trying times.

It’s an action-packed show that came out quite lovely, and after the chaos and insanity of the last few weeks, it was good to return to some old-fashioned experimental music.


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The War Years Part II (A History Lesson w/ Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#67)


Part I: Sew Room Dummies

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Yottamorph * Shrugs of Eternity (devilsclub & David M. Paganin) * Sew Room Dummies * Cian Orbe Netlabel (2017)
03.) Part II * Morton Subotnick * Silver Apples of The Moon * Nonesuch Records (1967)
04.) the river side a * noisepoetnobody * the river * Lens Records (2010)
05.) Peruvian Dance Song / Plaint Against The Fog / A Song By Nezahualcoyotl * Karlheinz Stockhausen * In The Sky I Am Walking… (1977)
06.) Yugamorph * Shrugs of Eternity (devilsclub & David M. Paganin) * Sew Room Dummies * Cian Orbe Netlabel (2017)

Part II: A History Lesson 1

03.) Live 1 * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 8 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part III: A History Lesson 2

04.) Live 2 * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 8 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

How Electronic Music Is Created (Part I) (#7)

Retrocast 2.

Mid-Valley Mutations

Texas_studio_1971How Electronic Music Is Created (Part I) (#7)

When people talk about electronic music, they are often talking about club DJs who spin dance tracks and other audio that has been pumped out of a Drum Machine patch in Garage Band, along with a nice beat and played as loud as humanly possible.  But the history of that dance music that is constantly evolving, and yet still sounds like disco no matter how you slice it, is actually quite fascinating.  There was a period – in the early 20th Century –  when electronic music was the realm of inventors, engineers, and other people with an interest in technology, and the sounds that technology could make.

Of course, music itself can be produced entirely without electricity, but you wouldn’t know it from the way it is played and heard by modern ears.  Even acoustic instruments are amplified electronically, all much is recorded with…

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Things And The Images of Things (The Shock of The New Part I) (#11)

Retrocast 1.

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maxresdefault“Things And The Images of Things” (The Shock of The New Part I) (#11)

There is something about the Modernist art movement that really speaks to me, and when I first discovered this documentary by Robert Hughes, I immediately became obsessed.  It’s a pretty good overview of the general shape that Modernism took over the years.  The late ’70’s aesthetic, the foppish art criticisms, the overall englishness of it just speaks volumes about the perspective this film takes, and I have been trying to find a way to use it on the air for years.

UnknownWhile a number of genres have come and gone over the years, music has rarely taken on a modernist approach to sonic art.  If it happens at all, you get something like Talking Heads, and at best, Mission of Burma, and while they give you an artistic perspective on music creation, only a handful of artists actually…

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The Attic Ted Interview (#66)

The Attic Ted Interview (#66)

Being isolated out in the Pacific Northwest, we do our best to enjoy music from everywhere.  But our location causes us to have complications with local scenes from elsewhere.  It is hard enough to stay on top of what’s happening here, let alone everywhere else.  But I’m usually trying my hardest to be on the lookout for anything that might float my so-called boat, and one such example was when Attic Ted reached out about visiting our fair part of the world.

Attic Ted – known as Grady Roper off stage – is a performer from Texas, the mastermind behind Pecan Crazy Records, and like many of us, is a traveler and artist who is chronicling the art that often falls between the cracks.  In this episode, we chat about making music, traveling the world, releasing records, and supporting art that is important to both Attic Ted and Grady Roper.  During the show we feature music, including a few demo recordings that are only a month or so old, and have not appeared on any of his records.

There are often scenes that become famous, but even near them, there is a whole other microcosm of artists who would love to find a way to carve out their own niche.  Attic Ted is not only at the center of an incredible microcosm, but has been touring around, finding these microcosms, all across the world.  We are happy that he found ours, and this is merely a small sampling of what his corner of Texas is like.

This episode is a little different, in that the podcast version contains explicit language, while the broadcast version was censored.  (Attic Ted and his friends are very passionate in their use of language.)  Furthermore, there are two bonus tracks on the podcast version.  More than anything, it was an attempt to fit in more of this incredible music that you will not find anywhere else.

Closing out the show is another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, with The Adventures of Rocky Jordan.


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The Attic Ted Interview 


Part I: Here We Are

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Daddy’s Medication * Attic Ted * Marginalized * Pecan Crazy Records (2012)
03.) Interview Part 1 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Here We Are * Attic Ted * The Attic Tedland suite * Pecan Crazy Records (2015)
05.) Interview Part 2 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Nitemare * The Carnys * Stranger In The Ringer * Pecan Crazy Records (2010)

Part II: Hyperbole

07.) Interview Part 3 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) 14 Hours (demo) * Attic Ted * 14 Hours (demo) * (2017)
09.) Interview Part 4 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Hyperbole (demo) * Attic Ted * Hyperbole (demo) * (2017)
11.) Interview Part 5 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) Melted Ice * Pataphysics * My Phones About To Die * Pecan Crazy Records (2015)

Part III: Pecan Crazy Records

13.) Interview Part 6 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) RUDA * How I Quit Crack * Transitional Herbs * Pecan Crazy Records (2015)
15.) Interview Part 7 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) The Plague * Gardenella * Gardenella * Pecan Crazy Records (2016)
17.) St. Anne * Toxic Water * Toxic Water * Pecan Crazy Records (2015)
18.) Putrid Person * Oozer * The Songs of Music * Pecan Crazy Records (2017)


Part IV: Gummo Style

19.) demo tape * The Rebel * The Rocket Breaks Down * Pecan Crazy Records (2005)
20.) Traditional Fish Sex * Critical Dad * New Parents * Pecan Crazy Records (2015)
21.) Gummo * Mom Jeans * Chub Rub * Pecan Crazy Records (2016)
22.) Interview Part 8 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
23.) On Your Phone (demo) * Attic Ted * On Your Phone (demo) * (2017)
24.) Interview Part 9 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: Climbing Up

25.) Climbing Up * Attic Ted * The Attic Tedland suite * Pecan Crazy Records (2015)
26.) Interview Part 10 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
27.) UFC * Attic Ted * 3rd 7″ * Pecan Crazy Records (2010)

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater

30.) Journey To Nashier * Rocky Jordan * 26 June 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)

The Eclipse of Planet Xeron w/ Xeres Furd of The Giant Worm! (#65)

The Eclipse of Planet Xeron w/ Xeres Furd of The Giant Worm! (#65)

There are so many people in Oregon who have been woodshedding for years that I could spend the rest of my days just inviting them on the show to hang out and play their music.  But in Xeres’ case, he has been at it for nearly 40 years, producing music that is clearly from the planet Xeron, and this show is just the tip of the ice-planet-berg.

Join us, for this two hour exploration of Xeres’ career.  We barely scratch the surface of his career with The Giant Worm, where he is the junior member at only having been involved with them for 30 of their 40 year career.  But we do get to present a new Giant Worm track, and play nearly two hours of previously unreleased work created by Xeres himself.  Essentially, only a couple of tracks have seen the light of day before – and even then, largely on self-distributed cassettes – but we play it all on this show, and explore what life is like on planet Xeron.

Xeres has been an archivist of music for decades, and a huge supporter of Mid-Valley Mutations almost before we were on the air, and The Giant Worm’s appearance on the program in November was a great example of who they are and what they’re up to.

But in this show, we get to rummage through four track tapes and CD-Rs of music that has not been heard anywhere else.

Get ready for… The Eclipse of Planet Xeron!


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The Eclipse of Planet Xeron w/ Xeres Furd of The Giant Worm!


Part I: The Larch

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) First Eclipse * anon. * Mixed Voices 28 December 2009 * KLCC Radio (2009)
04.) Dwinc * Xeres * Early Experiments * Previously Unreleased (1979)
05.) Interview Part 2 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Symphony in Uh * Xeres * Early Experiments * Previously Unreleased (1979)
07.) Interview Part 3 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Larch * Matt Griffin & Xeres * Larch * Previously Unreleased (1981)

Part II: I Want to Do Your Laundry

09.) Interview Part 4 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Rhetoric * Stick Against Stone * Stick Against Stone cassette EP * Self-Released (1985)
11.) Interview Part 5 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) I Want to Do Your Laundry * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Wolf in a Pulpit * Self-Released (1987)

Part III: More Food Seasoning

13.) Interview Part 6 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) Bicycle Pump * Xeres * Wrelicks * Previously Unreleased (1991)
15.) Interview Part 7 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: Ongoing Strides

16.) Bearings * Xeres * Wrelicks * Previously Unreleased (1992)
17.) Cheerful Plumbing * Xeres * Wrelicks * Previously Unreleased (1992)
18.) Interview Part 8 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
19.) Clatter * Xeres * Wrelicks * Previously Unreleased (1992)
20.) Ongoing Strides * Xeres * Wrelicks * Previously Unreleased (1992)
21.) Interview Part 9 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) Bearings II * Xeres * Wrelicks * Previously Unreleased (1992)

Part V: Once I Was Weird

23.) Interview Part 10 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
24.) Once I Was Weird * protoWorm * Miserable Wretch * Previously Unreleased (1993)

Part VI: Kitties Know What’s Best

25.) Interview Part 11 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
26.) Facial Hair * David “Bushman” Schwebke & Xeres * Cave Yellers * Previously Unreleased (1994)
27.) Interview Part 12 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
28.) Kitties Know What’s Best * Paul Tyo & Xeres * Ptyodactyl X * Self-Released (2000)

Part V: Suitcase Full of Eclipses

29.) Interview Part 13 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
30.) Suitcase * The Giant Worm * Vulture Lady * Previously Unreleased (2017)
31.) Interview Part 14 * Xeres & Austin Rich * 18 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
32.) After the Eclipse * anon. * Mixed Voices 28 December 2009 * KLCC Radio (2009)

History Lesson: The War Years w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#64)

History Lesson: The War Years w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#64)

As we move slowly toward a possible future where we may be living under these conditions, we bring MKUltramegaphone into the studio for a mediation on the original period known as “The War Years.”  This History Lesson was inspired by a record that has been floating around KMUZ lately.  And while I had been threatening to play it on the show recently, this was, undoubtedly, the perfect opportunity.

Let’s hope that, living during The War Years, is not something that we’ll not experience.



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History Lesson: The War Years w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#64)


Part I: 

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live 1 * MKUltramegaphone * 11 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: 

03.) Live 2 * MKUltramegaphone * 11 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part III: 

04.) Live 3 * MKUltramegaphone * 11 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Dimestore Radio Theater

05.) The Wayward Widow Matter * Your’s Truly, Johnny Dollar * 4 August 1957 * CBS Radio (1957) 

Luthor Maggot Meets The Grumpy Punk! (#63)

Luthor Maggot Meets The Grumpy Punk! (#63)

If you just listen hard enough, you can find the forefathers of our scene in your own backyard. And when I started listening to Luthor Maggot at the Corvallis Experiments In Noise shows, I realized that this was exactly the kind of person that I’m always on the lookout for.  Luthor – or Jim Whittemore, as he is also known – is a musician, engineer, producer, and artist that has been working in music since the early ’70’s, and was a member of the punk outfit The Scientific Americans from Northampton, MA, and helped run / produce records for their Tekno Tunes label.  And yet, that barely scratches the surface of his amazing (and fascinating) career, which involves no less that inventing his own job as a fraud investigator.

In fact, Jim is so full of stories that this show is dedicated to his reminisces, and in that regard, we have a show full of great moments from the east coast scene, as well as an overview of this overlooked record label. Between platters we shuck and we jive, but we mostly enjoy great punk stories of a time that feels long since past.  And we get to hear incredible music, too, as he brought in rare recordings, records that have probably never been heard on this coast, and in two cases, we played the original masters for one of their records (mastered by Bob Ludwig, no less)!

And that’s not all. Jim is such and incredible personality that we couldn’t possibly cram everything into just one show, and if you need evidence, check out his previous appearance on the program, where he tells other stories that were not on this program, discusses his career selling synths, and plays a vintage Synthi (among other things) on the air.  It was an incredible show, and I knew I had to get him back, if for no other reason than to tell stories.

And that we did.

From here on out I’ll let the Maggot do the talking.


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Luthor Maggot Meets The Grumpy Punk! (TBA)


Part I: Kids Today Know Where It’s At

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Kids Today Know Where It’s At * WKGB * Kids Today Know Where It’s At * Previously Unreleased (????)
04.) Eep, Oop, Ork, Ah-Ha * The Scientific Americans * Beyond Rational Thought EP * Tekno Tunes (1979)
05.) G-Stalt * The Scientific Americans * Beyond Rational Thought EP * Tekno Tunes (1979)
06.) Empty Hole * The Scientific Americans * Beyond Rational Thought EP * Tekno Tunes (1979)

Part II: Beyond Rational Thought

07.) Interview Part 2 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III:  Taking In The Summer

08.) Interview Part 3 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Taking In the Summer * The Higher Primates * Taking In the Summer * Tekno Tunes (1980)
10.) I Thought You Knew * Paper Dolls * I Shouldn’t Do This To Me * Tekno Tunes (1980)
11.) I Don’t Want To Be Like Elvis, Anymore * No Strings * I Don’t Want To Be Like Elvis, Anymore * Tekno Tunes (1981)

Part IV: I Don’t Want To Be Like Elvis, Anymore

12.) Interview Part 4 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part V: For What It’s Worth

13.) Interview Part 5 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) Taking Time * The Scientific Americans * Beyond Fiscal Distress EP * Tekno Tunes (1980)
15.) U235 * WKGB * U235 * Previously Unreleased (????)
16.) Non-Stop * WKGB * Non-Stop * Fetish Records (1980)
17.) New York, New York * DeeKay Jones * Jones Comin’ Down * Shaddock Records (2013)
18.) For What It’s Worth * TV Toy * For What It’s Worth * Permanent Records (1979)
19.) WKGB * The Scientific Americans * Load & Go * ROiR (1982)

Part VI: Non-Stop

20.) Interview Part 6 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
21.) U235 * The Scientific Americans * Load & Go * ROiR (1982)

Part VII: The Payback

22.) Interview Part 7 * Luthor Maggot & Austin Rich * 4 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
23.) The Payback * James Brown * The Payback * Polydor Records (1973)

Fischkopf Sinfoniker, LIVE! (#62)

Fischkopf Sinfoniker, LIVE! (#62)

It’s been a few years since the last time I worked with Fischkopf Sinfoniker, and while some time had elapsed, it was great to get back into the swing of things with such a great performer.  Just a few years ago, he was using individual boxes linked together to great his scoundscapes, but these days he’s a eurorack performer, and it was incredible to see him roll up, put one case on the table, and proceed to coax the most beautiful sounds out of them.

While Fischkopf is entirely electronic, there is an organic nature to his performances that evoke doom bands with guitars, or some of the ethereal sounds of Cocteau Twins.  Watching him weave this and other sounds into his performances is an often a subtle visual experience, but the powerful mix of audio that he produces is extreme, brutal, and fantastic.

For this show, I perform nearly an hour of improvised cuts-ups to start things off, and then stick around to two performances (and two interviews) in hour two.  As if that weren’t enough, conclude with another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this time with The Adventures of Philip Marlowe.

I will admit: the timing on this one is all off.  The second interview and performance were not heard by “live” listeners, and are only available as part of this podcast.  There’s a few other bits I had to re-arrange for the live vs. pod version, but hopefully for you, you won’t even notice.  From you vantage, you get two interviews, and two live performances.  Not too shabby for a free radio program.


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Fischkopf Sinfoniker, LIVE!


Part I: Running An Errand

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Fool’s Errand * Attic Ted * Parade Dust Mischief * (2016)

Part II: 

05.) Deconstruction I * Austin Rich * 28 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III:  

07.) Deconstruction II * Austin Rich * 28 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: 

08.) Live Part I * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * 28 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Interview Part I * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * 28 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: 

09.) Interview Part II * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * 28 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Live Part II * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * 28 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater!

11.) The Head Wave * The Adventures of Phillip Marlowe * 16 April 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)


The Time Zones Exchange Project: A Tribute To Don Joyce (#9)

A year ago I made this edit of a classic Don Joyce broadcast / release, to air on the anniversary of his passing. It’s now been two years since he’s been gone, but I still think about him quite often. Thanks again, Don, for inspiring me, and this program.

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In the last year I’ve written quite a bit about Don Joyce, who was not only my favorite DJ, but hosted the incredible Over The Edge program for 34 years, until he passed at exactly one year ago, today.  Over The Edge was not only near and dear to my heart, and a weekly part of my life for a large chunk of it, but was the exact influence that showed me what my radio programs could be like, and how they could take shape.  The story that won me over as a fan is the one that appears on the program today, and is an excellent entry point into the weird world of his kind of experimental radio.

“The Time Zones Exchange Project” is a story edited from several OTE Broadcasts that were on KPFA Radio…

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History Lesson Two-Disc Set (Retrocast) (#61)

History Lesson Two-Disc Set (Retrocast) (#61)

This episode has a bit of a storied history.  In 2015 – before I was on at KMUZ – I was podcasting on WTBC Radio, where the proto-version of Mid-Valley Mutations was brewing and stewing.  In many ways, it was already a continuation of all the various radio projects I’ve been doing since 1998, but then again, this was the first time I was not using the “blasphuphmus” name for the show.  One of the first projects I took on at WTBC was my “History Lesson” series, a subject that I have often been interested in.

These took the form of Part I and Part II, of which I am quite proud.  I even re-ran Part I in 2016 on this very show, back when it was a one hour program.  And while I had been meaning to get to Part II, I just hadn’t managed to fit it in.

Now, in this two-hour (or “two-disc”) broadcast, hear the entire run of the History Lesson series.  This is a story that I want to return to, and have done an incredible amount of research toward.  And I will get to part three, eventually  But for now, here’s two hours of radio history.  I’m quite proud of the work, and I think you’ll like it, too.


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History Lesson Two-Disc Set 

HOUR / DISC 1: The Spirit of The Radio

Side A: The Very Thought Of You

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Hallo, Hallo * Jowi Taylor, Paoblo Pietropaolo & Chris Brookes * The Wire * CBC Radio (2005)
03.) Electricity * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band * Safe As Milk * Buddah Records (1967)
04.) Tremens * Sonic Youth * SYR 1: Anagrama * SYR (1997)
05.) Two Golden Microphones * Nurse With Wound * Second Pirate Session * United Diaries (1998)
06.) The Very Thought Of You * Bing Crosby & George Stoll Orchestra * Forever Bing * UCJ Music (2003)
07.) Menuett G flat major & Valse bleat * Beethoven (Kathllen Parlow – violin; George Falkensten – piano) * Menuett G flat major & Valse bleat * Edison Amberol 4M-28026 (1912)
08.) Aria from Massanet’s “Le Cid”: O Souverain, O Juge, O Pere * Enrico Caruso  * O Souverain, O Juge, O Pere * Victor Talking Machine Company (1916)
09.) After Dinner Toast at Little Menlo * Arthur Sullivan * ENHS E-2439-7 * Edison Records (5 October 1888)
10.) The Lost Chord * (performers unknown) / composted by Arthur Sulivan * ENHS E-2440-3 * Edison Records (August 1888)

Side B: The Microphone & The Radio Tube

11.) Alexander’s Ragtime Band * Billy Murray * EDIS 36065 * Edison Records (1911)
12.) Paradise * Bing Crosby * The Bing Crosby Story Volume I: The Early Jazz Years (1928 – 1932) * Columbia Special Products (1967)
13.) You Outta Be In Pictures * Rudy Vallee * You Outta Be In Pictures * Victor Talking Machine (1934)

Side C: When The Radio’s On

14.) When The Radio’s On * Jimmy Vigtone * Teen Line No. 5: Powerpop & Pop-Rock 45s V-Z * Hyped To Death Records (2004)
15.) Empire Of The Air * Ken Burns * Empire Of The Air: The Men Who Made Radio * PBS (1992)
16.) Shikaku Maru Ten (Radio Waves) * CAN * Cannibalism 2 * Spoon Records (1992)
17.) Spirit Of The Radio * Rush * Permanent Waves * Anthem Records (1980)
18.) Radio, Radio * Elvis Costello * This Year’s Model * Radar Records (1978)


Side A: Hot Wire My Heart (The Fathers Of Radio)

19.) Excerpt Part I * Ben Brooks * The First 50 Years of Radio Part One * KDKA Radio (1970)
20.) The Mindset of Successful DJs * Mike Staff * How To Become A Radio DJ (1998)
21.) Music On A Long Thing Wire (1979) * Alvin Lucier * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts (2000)
22.) How Radio Was Done Part I (Excerpt) * Don Joyce * Over The Edge Radio (27 April 2006) * KPFA Radio (2006)
23.) Morse Code * Don Woody * MCA Rockabillies * Big Tone Records (1993)
24.) Hot Wire My Heart * Crime * “Hot Wire My Heart” b/w “Baby You’re So Repulsive” * Crime Music (1976)

Side B: An Epoch In History (Monkeyface & Marconi)

25.) The Down Home Boys / Original Stack O’ Lee Blues * Little Harvey Hull / Long “Cleve” Reed * The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of * Yazoo Records (2006)
26.) Excerpts * Ken Burns * Empire Of The Air * PBS (1991)
27.) Wireless Fantasy (1960) * Vladimir Vussachevsky * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts (2000)
28.) Relaxing With Lee * Buddy Rich / Charlie Parker / Curley Russell / Dizzy Gillespie / Thelonious Monk * Bird: Complete Charlie Parker * Verve Records (1990)
29.) Blue Spark * X * Beyond & Back: The X Anthology * Elektra Records (1997)
30.) Static Radiates (Underwater Meditation) * Leb Laze * Music For Troubled Machinery * Library Catalog Music Series (2011)
31.) The Message * The Estranged * Static Thoughts * Dirtnap Records (2008)
32.) In The Past * We The People * “In The Past” b/w “St. John’s Shop” * Challenge Records (1966)


33.) Live Performance * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * 27 September 2011 * What’s This Called? (2011)

The Fictional Quality of Money (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#60)

The Fictional Quality of Money (MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#60)

This one sort of speaks for itself.  While somewhat connected to my other financial meditations, this one takes us in a different direction, and certainly evolved as we went.  For that, it has a spontaneity that I like, and was certainly not as I had planned.

We start with some warm up, with a couple of tracks by friends, and a Classical Mash that as thick and satisfying as it is mathy and perfect.

Then, we take a Nancy-eyed view of our economy, and meditate on money, and it’s place in our world then and now, with the help of classroom conversations, from outdated films to Mr. Chomsky.  All a part of your friendly Friday Night Diet.

It was good to have MKU back in the studio.  Let’s see if we can keep this up.


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The Fictional Quality of Money


Part I: Minding The Store

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Batman * Attic Ted * Parade Dust Mischief * (2016)
03.) 5.30.2017 2 * Хапчык * As It Is * (2017)

Part II: Warming Up

04.) Classical Mash * Austin Rich * 14 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: The Fictional Quality of Money Part I

05.) Live * MKUltramegaphone * 14 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: The Fictional Quality of Money Part II

06.) Live * MKUltramegaphone * 14 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Hobo Maker, LIVE! (#59)

Hobo Maker, LIVE! (#59)

This broadcast felt so much like a “back to basics” broadcast – for so many reasons – that I absolutely loved hosting Hobo Maker.  A consummate professional and accomplished guitar player, he produces walls of sound, and those of you who caught one of his two performances on Make Music Day know what I’m talking about.

More than anything, this was a return to form in that: Hobo Maker is, thankfully, local.  While I love hosting acts that are from anywhere, anywhen, it was so cool to find out that this kind of thing is available right here in Salem.  My hope with Mid-Valley Mutations is that I could create a home for artists like this in the area, and when stuff like this happens, I’m always happy.  It also happens that this gent is a stand up fella, too.

So, tune in for a cross section of the work he’s done, a live solo performance, an interview, AND an extended jam with MKUltraHobophoneMaker, which was a lot of fun.  MKU has been slightly absent from the show lately, only because my bandmate has been out of town.  Having the back together really felt good.  Sometimes, I can’t believe I get to do this every week.

As promised in the show notes, here is a link to the Corvallis Experiments In Noise page on MyFacester+ Twinstagramblr, where they keep everyone posted about upcoming shows. As of yet, they haven’t posted a full line-up for that date.  But soon.


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Hobo Maker, LIVE!


Part I: Word Round The Campfire

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) [track 4] * Gross Barbarians * Gross Barbarians * Previously Unreleased (2013)
03.) Satan is Forever * I Am The Arm * 7″ * Telephone Tap Detector (2006)
04.) Policies * Hobo Maker * Rumor Beast * (2017)

Part II: Travel by Moonlight

05.) Moon Support * Hobo Maker * Rumor Beast * (2017)
06.) Live * Hobo Maker * 7 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: In The Hobo Jungle 

07.) Interview Part I * Hobo Maker * 7 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: Riding The Rails

08.) Interview Part II * Hobo Maker * 7 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Bindle-Beat Breakout

07.) Live * Hobo Maker w/ MKUltramegaphone * 7 July 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The Fourth of July Picnic (2011 Retrocast) (#6.2)

picnicThe Fourth of July Picnic (2011 Retrocast) (#6.2)
(Join us for an audio journey into the July 4th Picnic, with lots of help from Negativland.)

Join me as I take you on a radio journey through the annual 4th of July picnic, via your old familiar friend, local radio.  After hiking out to our remote broadcast location, I bring you a host of songs about America, the 4th of July, BBQ and Picnics, and the complete story behind our own National Anthem.  It’s an hour of audio wonders as we explore this ancient and mysterious holiday with the likes of John Phillip Sousa, Galaxie 500, Chuck Berry and Woody Guthrie (both via requests), Dick Kent, Paul Williams, Johnny Punchclock, and a pair of real-live phone calls from 2007 from an actual, live 4th of July BBQ in progress.  How cool is that?

Again, this was originally broadcast on KPSU, when I DJed there in PDX.  However, shows like this tend to have a slightly ageless quality to them.


The Fourth of July Picnic

Part I: A Remote, Holiday Broadcast

01.) Fireworks General Atmosphere * Madacy Records * 100 Spectacular Sound Effects * Madacy Records (1994)
02.) Walking And Driving And Hiking To The Show * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 1: Negativland’s 4th Of July Stockholders’ Picnic * Seeland Records (1985)
03.) Stars And Stripes Forever March * Sousa’s Band * Amberol Cylinder 4M-285 * Edison Records (1909)
04.) Parade Of Condiments * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 1: Negativland’s 4th Of July Stockholders’ Picnic * Seeland Records (1985)
05.) American Metaphysical Circus * The United States of America * The United States of America * Columbia Records (1968)
06.) Fourth Of July * Galaxie 500 * This Is Our Music * Rough Trade Records (1990)

Part II: BBQ

07.) 12 O’Clock, July * The Mussies * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Art! Records (1995)
08.) BBQ Call 1 * Austin Rich & Johnny * 04 July 2007 * Blasphuphmus Radio (2007)
09.) Sweet Little Sixteen (Single Version) * Chuck Berry * The Definitive Collection * Chess Records (2005)
10.) Do Re Mi * Woody Guthrie * Very Best of Woody Guthrie * Music Club Records (1992)
11.) Roll Me Through The Fire * Johnny Punchclock * (demos) * Unreleased (2006)

Part III: America Kicks Ass

12.) The National Anthem vs. Testosterone (Take 4) * kiisu d’salyss * Cabin Fever * Unreleased (1990)
13.) BBQ Call 2 * Austin Rich & Tom * 04 July 2007 * Blasphuphmus Radio (2007)
14.) Barbeque * Paul Williams * Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas * The Jim Henson Company (1977)
15.) UFO’s, Big Rigs And BBQ  * Mojo Nixon and The World Famous Blue Jays * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records (2000)
16.) Rat A Tat Tat, America * Dick Kent * The American Song-poem Anthology: Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood And Brush * Bar / None Records (2003)
17.) Our National Anthem * Negativland * Free * Seeland Records (1993)
18.) Firesign Goes To War!: No Jokes About America! * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign * Artemis Records (2003)
19.) America Kicks Ass * King Missile III * Royal Lunch * Important Records (2004)

Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ (2007 Retrocast) (#6.1)

The 10 Year Anniversary of this historic broadcast. Relive the magic… today.

Mid-Valley Mutations

2646840056_b16107c635Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ (2007 Retrocast) (#6.1)

In 2007 I was on the radio in Portland, OR, on a little station called KPSU.  On this day, I decided to look into the July 4th Tradition.  To do this, I get live reportage from a BBQ, to find out what it is all about.  This episode feature phone interviews with Johnny & Tom – each present at an actual 4th of July Celebration – nearly nine years ago.  The results – and the hour of music that will keep you going this fourth – with, in fact, shock you.

Or entertain.  I can’t remember which.


Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ

Part I: A July 4th Prayer

01.) Sz2 * Battles * B EP * Dim Mak Records (2004)
02.) Dear God Plz Make My2eyes N2 One * ponytail * Kamehameha * Creative Capitalism (2006)

Part II: A…

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Herd William, LIVE! (#58)

Herd William, LIVE! (#58)

Each show we make is completely unique, and in many ways, I’m not even sure what each new show will bring. I prepare and plan for sure, and it isn’t that I wander in each week tabula rasa and discover what “radio” might be, this time. But like jazz and improvisational music, there is a point A and a point Z, and between those two there are a million different possibilities each week.

Herd William‘s hit-and-run assault on our program was not only unpredictable, but incredibly short.  He managed to load in, perform twice, interview for about 20 minutes total, then pack out in less than an hour. It was certainly something to behold, and a lesson for those who need lots of set-up time when they want to play.  Fortunately for us, he did not skimp on the performance.  Both sets are a high-octane blast of experimental noise all his own, and this is probably one of the best ways to get to know his particular kind of music.

But that’s not all!  In addition to my own 20 minutes of live mixing and mashing, we also kick-start the show with a world premier track by Aldo Calrissian, friend of the show and soon to have a new record that you can hear very soon.  In the meantime, this show starts off with a sample, and you heard it here first.  As if that weren’t enough, we top things off with another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this time presenting a Rocky Jordan story that is about as Noir as they get.

In a lot of ways, this one is a variety show, and I couldn’t be more pleased with this kind of thing. This is certainly a good way to prepare for the show that we’re putting on at the end of July, featuring some doom and drone metal combos that you will not want to miss.  (Including Herd William and Don Haugen.)  But more than anything, this has the feel of a show that I wish I had tuned in at home, scanning the dial, looking for something new to hear.

And that, alone, is an accomplishment in and of itself.


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Herd William, LIVE!


Part I: New Music Preview

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Destroy All Bring New (preview) * Aldo Calrissian * Destroy All Bring New (preview) * Unreleased (2017)

Part II: PDQ Playlist

02.) Music Is (Part I) * Austin Rich * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Swing Into Things

03.) Music Is (Part II) * Austin Rich * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Herd of Mouth

04.) Live Performance I * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) Interview Part I * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Word of Mouth * Herd William * Black Metal Herd * Self-Released (2012)


Part V: Herd’s Remains

07.) Live Performance II * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Interview Part II * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Our Remains * Herd William * Herd William * Self-Released (2012)

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater 

10.) The Big Heist * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 20 November 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)

Chemotroph, Grease Beast & Luthor Maggot, LIVE! (#57)

Chemotroph, Grease Beast & Luthor Maggot, LIVE! (#57)

I’m constantly impressed with the Corvallis music scene, and there is a very impressive collection of artists right now who are all working in very specific, and very cool, areas of experimental music.  So it has been a lot of fun to get to know these folks, and feature their music on the show.  And just in time, too.  This weekend there are a million excellent shows happening, and all three of these groups are playing a few times this weekend.  All in all this show featured four live performances by three artists you will see playing live 25 June 2017 at The Space Concert Club, as part of our Sunday Service series, and I urge you to come and see this stuff in action.  It is unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before.

This is the second time Chemotroph has been on the show, and his stuff is consistently impressive, and tells an almost ambitious story of humanizing synths finding their voice.  This was my first time meeting Grease Beast, but watching music evolve from incredible beats was quite a lot of fun.  Then there’s Luthor Maggot, bringing new and old modular pieces together to create one of the most elegant audio presentations I’ve heard in quite some time, and yet it very clearly fell under the experimental label in every possible way.

These are just half of the artists that are playing this weekend at The Space.  You should check it out, and see some locally grown electronic music.


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MyFacester+ & Twinstagramblr Photoset

Chemotroph, Luthor Maggot & Grease Beast, LIVE!


Part I: Intro

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)

Part II: Chemotroph

02.) Live * Chemotroph * 23 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Grease Beast

03.) Interview * Chemotroph, Grease Beast & Luthor Maggot * 23 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Live * Grease Beast * 23 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: Luthor Maggot

05.) Interview *Chemotroph, Grease Beast & Luthor Maggot * 23 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Live * Luthor Maggot * 23 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: Jam

07.) Live * Chemotroph, Luthor Maggot & Grease Beast * 23 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The Mustin Douch Interview (#56)

The Mustin Douch Interview (#56)

Some people want to help make shows in their community come together.  Other’s want to write some songs. Mustin Douch – Justin, as he’s locally known – not only books shows in both Portland & Salem, but plays in an incredible number of local groups, all of whom have their own stories and interesting anecdotes.

But this show is largely about the man, and not those bands, though we do play some samples of the music he performs, as well as tunes he just happens to enjoy. Taking up nearly all of the two hours with just chatting, we cover the entire spectrum of topics, from composition, performance, the scene itself, new technology, and everything in-between.  Really, this is more like a friendly chat, and as we cover all the bases, we offer a glimpse into the like of a working artist and musician.

Justin is probably as humble as he is funny, and an excellent example of someone who is trying very hard to make art and music happen in his area, even if he has to make it happen himself.  And while we do get into the nitty gritty of art and music, we also just goof around and have a good time, too.  Sometimes, there’s someone behind a lot of the shows that you hear about in the area.  This is a chance to get to know one of the people who doesn’t usually get the spotlight.

Here are some links to his groups: Summer Eyes, Child PM, MARC & The Horsejerks, and Nasalrod.


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The Mustin Douch Interview (TBD)


Part I: “I’ve been accused of being a musician.”

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Search & Destroy * The Stooges * Raw Power * Columbia Records (1973)
03.) Interview Part I * Mustin Douch * 16 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: “I don’t play any real instruments.”

04.) Interview Part II * Mustin Douch * 16 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) In Your Body, A Riot * Summer Eyes * Raise The Alarm EP * (2017)
06.) Interview Part III * Mustin Douch * 16 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Alcoholics Anonymous * Child PM * Alcoholics Anonymous * Self-Released (2017)

Part III: “Just looking off into the distance sometimes and just thinking.”

08.) Interview Part IV * Mustin Douch * 16 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: The Local Weather

09.) Kid Cops * Americas * Hard Data * (2014)


Part V: “How do other people cope with life?”

10.) Interview Part V * Mustin Douch * 16 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Pleasure * The Other Band On Earth * OIM: Vol. II Compilation * OIM Records (2016)
12.) System * Bullets Or Balloons * Binary Minds * (2017)
13.) Dog Cookie Sandwich * Bullets Or Balloons * Binary Minds * (2017)
14.) Billy Boy * Bullets Or Balloons * Binary Minds * (2017)

Part VI: “This cool thing just started happening.” 

15.) Interview Part VI * Mustin Douch * 16 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Gentlemen’s Lament * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Mother of All Saints * Matador Records (1992)

Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! (#55)

Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! (#55)

In this episode I decided to break format slightly, and feature a band that is only somewhat experimental, if only in attitude and approach. Bitches In The Beehive are a folk / pop combo that veers into psychedelic from time to time, and jumped at the chance to perform two sets of live music for our Summer Pledge Drive show.  While this isn’t a strictly “experimental” show, don’t let that fool you.

The Bitches get down and dirty, kicking out the jams and getting pretty weird, too, all in the name of helping us raise money for KMUZ.

While Mid-Valley Mutations is (and will always be) built on a foundation of experimentalism, for the Summer Pledge Drive, I wanted to meet the usual KMUZ audiences half-way, while still maintaining the weird roots that my listeners have come to enjoy.  That is why this episode begins with the live music of this group, segues into an interview at the beginning of Hour 2, and then gets downright strange at the very end, as MKUltramegaphone bust out and over-the-phonelines jam the likes of which you probably have never heard.  It’s an action-packed show and we are very excited to bring it to you.

Radio means quite a bit to me, and when we have these fundraisers it is really hard to imagine what it must sound like to the listeners at home. I know that when I was younger, Pledge Drive shows could be a bit hard to listen to. So, for everyone that donates, I am putting my money where my mouth is. If you make a donation to KMUZ, I will give you a record from my personal collection, as a thank you for your continued support of experimental radio in the Salem Area.  This should could not – and would not – exist if KMUZ wasn’t dedicated to making community radio, and for that, I urge you to help support them.

Thanks again for making this show what it is, and for being as dedicated to music and media that makes quite a few people very, very happy.


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Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! 


Part I: It’s Our Pledge Drive Special!

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)

Part II: Gettin’ Riled Up

02.) Live Set 1 * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: A Pledge Drive Reminder

03.) Austin’s Spiel

Part IV: Busy

04.) Live Set 2 * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part V: Lemony

05.) Live Set 2 (Continue) * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Get To Know The Bitches

06.) Interview * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: Phone Phreaks

07.) What’s The Password? * MKUltramegaphone * 9 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Toadstool, LIVE! (#54)

Toadstool, LIVE! (#54)

Free improvisation is difficult by nature, and the practitioners of this kind of music often realize that it has to become a lifestyle before it can really become great music.

Fortunately, there is a thriving and incredible free-improv scene in Oregon right now, with a number of great collectives and groups forming to produce some incredible sounds.  And, as I’m sure you could guess, this is perfect for Mid-Valley Mutations, because I get a chance to introduce listeners to groups like Toadstool.

Consisting of new and older members of the local scene, this group is working hard to continue to lessons learned from free-improv of the past, while incorporating elements of electronic noise and rock music gracenotes to incorporate some of the interesting musical developments of the last couple decades.  But at the heart of this kind of music is jazz, a

kind that is focused on musical exploration and experimentation that speaks to the center of what our show is all about.  Currently, there isn’t much outside of the few tracks on their Soundcloud Page, and I would keep a link to their WordPress Page, too, for news. But all of that speaks more to the live experience of Toadstool than anything else. When you are in the room with these gents, there is an electricity to the performance that is both breathtaking and exquisite.  And, lucky for you, it’s all here on our program this week.

In this episode, join us for two live sets, and an interview.  And, to cap things off, we present another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this week with Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar.  It’s all part of the way we like to kick-start the weekend.

We also mention the Pledge Drive, which begins 3 June and runs through 9 June.  For the drive, I’m offering a record from my personal collection as a gift to everyone who donates to KMUZ.  Get a cool record and keep the station on the air!  And, let people like Toadstool have a place for them on local radio.


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Toadstool, LIVE! 


Part I: Suzy Who?

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Baby Suzy Sez What? * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * (2017)

Part II: Blossoming

03.) Blossom * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * (2017)
04.) Live Set 1 * Toadstool * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Medicine Men

05.) Medicine Man * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * (2017)
06.) Interview * Toadstool * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: Again

07.) Live Set 2 * Toadstool * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Awakening * Toadstool * Mosh Pit Economics * (2017)

Part V: Dimestore Radio Theater

09.) The Case of the $100,000 Legs * Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar * 14 April 1949 * NBC (1949)

Beef Kitchen, LIVE! (#53)

Beef Kitchen, LIVE! (#53)

Salem is no stranger to metal, or even stoner rock, but Beef Kitchen is something truly special: a very weird combo, comprised of long-time musicians who have come to perfect their own tonal language, who free-form their way through blissed out atmospheres combined with slabs of riffage, indecipherable lyrics, metronomic drums, and an attitude toward improvisation and ebbing with the flow that you don’t often see in a group that identifies as “loud.”  The fact that these guys just do not give a fuck, and want to play music they love as often a possible, is also a testament to the Salem-ness of this combo.  Nothing is gonna get this cattle to change it’s hooves, and you wouldn’t want to, anyway.  Beef Kitchen is perfect just the way they are, and I think you’ll realize that when you listen to what they coo
ked up for this performance.

Join us for a two hour presentation where we get to hear two live sets by local rockers Beef Kitchen, and wonderful interview placing their group in the context of the historic Salem music scene, and get a taste of what it’s like on their side of the butcher’s table.  This might be a little different than the usual format, but listeners to this show know of my love of loud rock music, but also of the weirder permutations of that variety.  This might not be the usual kinds of oddness that you are accustomed to tuning in for, but I think that you’ll find experi-metal to be just as satisfying as anything electronic that you might happen to enjoy.

And, if you want a little text with your radio, here’s the story I wrote about them for the Salem Weekly, regarding their debut release. And, as if that weren’t enough, we also include another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, to close out the show.  It’s a mega-sized episode and it is ready for you.

This also marks the one-year anniversary of this program on KMUZ.  While we didn’t really get into that much on the show, I want to thank KMUZ for letting Mid-Valley Mutations grow and develop into the thing that now lumbers onto the air at 10 PM on a Friday night.  While this is only the most recent chapter in my radio story, the people at KMUZ have never interfered with the show, never asked me to change anything, and have supported me in making a show that I believe in.  That’s really important in the world of radio, and is something to be nurtured and treasured in the changing media landscape.  Thank you, KMUZ, for making Mid-Valley Mutations possible, and for making radio in the mid-valley sound so much better.

Now, enter the Beef Kitchen.

And: Enjoy.

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Beef Kitchen, LIVE! (TBD)


Part I: Undertaking

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) untitled [Track 4] * Хапчык * Хапчык * Self-Relased (2017)
03.) Undertaking * The Giant Worm * Specimen 15 April 2017 * unreleased (2017)

Part II: Beefy

04.) Live! 1 * Beef Kitchen * 26 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Between Shifts

05.) Interview * Beef Kitchen * 26 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: Workin’ A Double

06.) guided meditation [Song 1 excerpt] * Beef Kitchen * Evil Wizard Finger * Self-Released (2017)
07.) Live! 2 * Beef Kitchen * 26 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) 100% Beef [Song 1 excerpt] * Beef Kitchen * Live at the 50 * (2017)

Part V: Dimestore Radio Theater

09.) The Pigeon’s Blood * The Adventures of Philip Marlowe * 11 June 1949 * NBC (1949)

The Semi-Colin Interview (#52)

The Semi-Colin Interview (#52)

There are some people who know from an early age that they are musicians for life.  Early exposure to guitar, listening to the radio, or just getting the right inspiration at the right time can absolutely send you down one path over another.  Once you have that inspiration, you’ll play music in your hometown for the rest of your life.

Semi-Colin – currently playing in /root_DIR, a two piece hardcore group from Eugene – has reached that 20 year mark where, if he was likely to give up playing guitar, it would have been long, long ago.  In that time he’s played in a grip of local bands, recorded others, hosted a radio program for a spell, and even has a hip-hop and experimental record under his belt.  As much a sound sculptor as he is a musician, Semi-Colin has made a comfortable place for himself in the world of music, and for two hours, we get to hear his musical selections and his story, plus a cross section of the music he’s written in that time.

I’ve known Colin since I was a teenager myself, and the band we once shared was on one of the many stops along the way that was a part of his musical career.  In this show, we review his career, his interest in music, and play unreleased selections of music he’s recorded over the years.  (We also talk a lot about mix-tapes.)  These kinds of shows are great, because we get to kick back and enjoy ourselves.  The music and interview are  just icing on the cake.


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The Semi-Colin Interview 

Topics Include: Mix Tapes, The Secret Light, getting a guitar, Cathead, Angry Foreign Roommate, Chris Castles, Catatonic Studios, recording, /root_DIR history, the writing process, being in a band and playing shows, creativity, lyrics, inside jokes, The Dickies, a curiosity about music, the money problem & DIY ethos, grunge, the impact of The Grateful Dead on Eugene punk rock, & The Icky’s Teahouse Online Music Library.


Part I: Hit It

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Fat Boys Drop * Delusions of Parasitosis * Hit It / Fat Boys Drop * Previously Unreleased (1994)
03.) Interview Part 1 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: Fibber McGee

04.) Fibber McGee * Delusions of Parasitosis * A Tape I Call “Home” * Previously Unreleased (1998)
05.) Fibber Rap? * Angry Foreign Roommate * Fibber McGee * Previously Unreleased (2004)
06.) Interview Part 2 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Pop Song? * Angry Foreign Roommate * Fibber McGee * Previously Unreleased (2005)
08.) They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha (Remix) * Delusions of Parasitosis * They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha (Remix) * Previously Unreleased (1994)
09.) Touching Cloth * Delusions of Parasitosis * Touching Cloth * Previously Unreleased (2006)

Part III: So I Says To Bill, I Says…

10.) Burning Purpose * Delusions of Parasitosis * A Tape I Call “Home” * Previously Unreleased (1998)
11.) Interview Part 3 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) So I Says To Bill, I Says… * /root_DIR * So I Says To Bill, I Says… * Previously Unreleased (2007)
13.) Interview Part 4 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) A Short Intermission * Delusions of Parasitosis * A Short Intermission * Previously Unreleased (1994)


Part IV: Thus Spoke The King

15.) Interview Part 5 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) The Jerry Bruckheimer Song * Delusions of Parasitosis *The Jerry Bruckheimer Song * Previously Unreleased (2010)
17.) Interview Part 6 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Semi-DJ

18.) Straight Edge? * Iced * Straight Edge * Previously Unreleased (????)
16.) ?? * Artless Motives * Artless Motives / Bicker Split * ?? (????)
17.) ?? * The Sooth Sayers * ?? * Previously Unreleased (????)

Part V: Soul Detective

18.) Chorus * Delusions of Parasitosis * A Tape I Call “Home” * Previously Unreleased (1998)
19.) Interview Part 7 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.)  Soul Detective * The Giant Worm * 15 April 2017 * Previously Unreleased (2017)

Part VI: Semi-DJ II

21.) Interview Part 8 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) ?? * Rad * ?? * ?? (????)
23.) ?? * Jedi Scum * ?? * ?? (????)
24.) 9/11 Is A Joke (Remix) * Delusions of Parasitosis w/ Austin Rich * 9/11 Is A Joke (Remix) * Previously Unreleased (2017)

Part VII: They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha.

25.) Interview Part 9 * Semi-Colin * 19 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
26.) They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha (Remix) Part II * Delusions of Parasitosis * They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha Ha (Remix) Part II * Previously Unreleased (1994)
27.) Fat Boys Drop II * Delusions of Parasitosis * Fat Boys Drop II * Previously Unreleased (1994)
28.) A Song * Delusions of Parasitosis * A Tape I Call “Home” * Previously Unreleased (1998)

The Man In The Moon (Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#51)

The Man In The Moon (Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#51)

The earliest days of my radio career were always fly by the cliche of my etc., and even when I brought in records and music to play, I never had a plan.  That sort of defeated the whole purpose.  So much of my first 20 years of radio was realizing the connection between preparation and final product.  While I was (and still am) not interested in sounding like “professional radio,” I have developed a tone that involves going in knowing more than I need to about the impending show.  So when I had to make a last-minute change to the schedule, and this evening opened up, I had a flash of those early days, going in without a net, not exactly sure what to expect.

The results – available in the show you are hearing now – are surprising, certainly, as something that involved a number of unusual elements that made it a ways off the map further than we normally go.  Suffice it to say, we managed to wrangle Uneasy Chairs into jamming with MKUltramegaphone on a brand new, un-rehearsed piece, where I selected and edited my sample far too quickly, and to top it off, completely re-designed my audio set-up just before show-time.  It was a sort of madness I should never have entertained, and yet, it all worked in the end.

While we did play one, pre-recorded track on this show – the Хапчык track we opened with – this episode is entirely live, in a way that goes beyond how we normally define that.  I like that about our show.  Someone asked me recently about getting licensing for all the music we play on the show.  I could tell they don’t really listen; we have so little pre-recorded music on the show, and when we do, it has almost never been released on a label, and when it is, it sort of sticks out.  (I was recently contacted by an artist that was astonished to find that I was playing their stuff, happy to know it was still in circulation even thought it was from the 60’s.)  I think the way we think about music is changing dramatically, and during the interview portion of the show, we talk about these changes, and our desires and goals in making art.

I really like this one, and I think you’ll enjoy it too.  Largely because we really get out there, in the best possible way.


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Time Codes Worth Noting:
0:09:08: Live Music / Soundcheck Begins w/ MKUltramegaphone
0:24:39: Set One Begins.
0:46.53: Uneasy Chairs Joins.
0:57:33: Interview Starts.
1:26.42: Set Two Begins

The Man In The Moon


Part I: Sound Check

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 7:12 * Хапчык * Хапчык * Self-Released (2017)
03.) Attention! (Soundcheck) * MKUltramegaphone * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: The Man In The Moon Part I

04.) Live * MKUltramegaphone w/ Uneasy Chairs * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part III: “Sound Opinions”

05.) Interview * Uneasy Chairs w/ MKUltramegaphone * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: The Man In The Moon Part II

06.) Live * Uneasy Chairs w/ MKUltramegaphone * 12 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


The Steven Andrew Flato Interview (#50)

The Steven Andrew Flato Interview (#50)

It is the sad reality of geography and time that prevents us from knowing more about the local scenes that exist everywhere else.  While we get to know the stars and players in all of our local scenes, there are people everywhere that are working hard to create incredible art and music, and because we cannot go to a bar in my town and see them play, I almost never hear about them.  Right now, there are so many places that have vibrant scenes I will never get to know.  And, occasionally, a few that I do get to know, eventually.

I met Steven – and got to know his work – entirely through the Inter-Web-A-Tron, and when I realized he didn’t live near me, I became fascinated with this scene that he was a part of, so far down south.  It wasn’t much later that Signifying Something launched, and as kindred spirits charting parallel paths, I had to talk to this guy about his show, what he does, and how he approaches art.  It only made sense, and as we made the arrangements and more shows dropped, it was clear that this was someone I needed to chat with.

In this episode, austin_rich_hordijk_modular.pngwe discuss art, making music, the challenges, the podcast, and a whole bunch of stuff in-between, with samples of his work from over the years.  Then, sit back, as we have an impromptu MKUltramegaphone performance, where we improvise behind the conversation, and then jam out at the end of the show.  It’s a pretty sweet broadcast, very casual, and just the way I like it.


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The Steven Andrew Flato Interview TBD


Part I: Out of The <Obvious Reference>

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Shell * Steve Flato * Sustain * Self-Released (2016)
03.) All The Worries * Steve Flato * Tectorum Tapes Vol. Two * Tectorum Tapes (2016)

Part II: In Conversation

04.) Interview Part 1 * Steve Flato * 5 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Of Conversation 

05.) untitled [fragments01] 050217 * Steve Flato * 2 May 2017 * Previously Unreleased (2017)
06.) Interview Part 2 * Steve Flato * 5 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part IV: For Conversation

14.) Nothing Variations * Sin-Wat * [as-yet-unreleased album] * Lurker Bias (2017)
15.) Interview Part 3 * Steve Flato * 5 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Leave The Tape Running

16.) Live Jam * MKUltramegaphone * 5 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Just Kitten, LIVE! (#49)

Just Kitten, LIVE! (#49)

Between last week’s incredible show featuring Vortex Remover, and the punk rock blast we got from Just Kitten tonight, The Meaning of Life party promises to be pretty fuckin’ dope this weekend.  Eight bands, two venues, and 42 years, all brought together to enjoy good music.  If you’re not doing anything, come out and enjoy the show.

Because at The Fifty, Just Kitten will be debuting in front of audiences.  And on this show, you can preview all their songs, and get a taste for what they’re all about.  I’ve done this a few times over the years, and there is something very special about a band at the first stages of their work.  It is never polished, it is never how the band turns out in the end, but there is an energy and a momentum to the earliest phases of a band that I find incredibly compelling, and for that, Just Kitten delivers in spades.

Half Interweb Joke, and deadly serious the rest of the time, this is down home, queer cat punk rock the way it was meant to be.  So often the airwaves have a straight (male) perspective, and even if it is just to have fun and make a lot of noise, I find that it is endlessly more entertaining to present that other perspective, and get to know what these kittens are all about.
The line-up this weekend is crazy, and throughout the show I pepper the presentation with the other acts on the bill.  And they, podcast listeners get a bonus track: MKUltramegaphone, performing live in Portland in March.  They’re closing out the show on Sunday, and bringing this party weekend to and end.  Seems fitting we should end the podcast this way, too.

This show was a lot of fun, and really, you’ve gotten hear it to believe it.  And in that regard, you are lucky.


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Just Kitten, LIVE! 

Part I: très gone

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Performance [Excerpts] * Trés Gone * 16 March 2013 * What’s This Called? (2013)
03.) House * The Long Division Trio * House * Self-Released (????)

Part II: The Taylor Household File Structure

05.) SOPA (I Am Undecided) * /root_DIR * EP * Self-Released (2013)
06.) Space Unicorn * Gordon Taylor * E.P. * Self-Released (2013)

Part III: Queer Cat Punk

08.) LIVE PERFORMANCE * Just Kitten * 28 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: A Talking Cat?

14.) evil lab ambience * Leigh Stevens * evil lab ambience * Self-Released (????)
15.) Live Interview * Just Kitten * 28 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: JKDJ.

16.) Cheese Farm (Radio Edit) MARC & The Horsejerks * Cheese Farm * (2014)
17.) Jazz Crimes * The Last Artful, Dodgr & Neill Von Tally * Bone Music * (2017)
18.) Dramamine * Modest Mouse * This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About * Up Records (1996)
19.) The World Political * C.P. * The Beatles * Deathbomb Arc Records (2004)
20.) Codine Eyes * Dreamcrusher * Quid Pro Quo EP * (2016)
21.) With Shotguns * Songs For Moms * I Used To Believe In The West * (2009)
22.) I Wish I Was Him * Noise Addict * The Taste In My Eyes * Fellaheen Records (1993)
23.) Hardly Wait * PJ Harvey * 4-Track Demos * Island Records (1993)
24.) Sin Guía, No * Juana Molina * Wed 21 * Sony Music (2013)

Vortex Remover, LIVE! (#48)

Vortex Remover, LIVE! (#48)

Among the many reasons that I have become a huge supporter of these home-town heroes is that they have songs about tea.  (And, as rumor would have it, a forthcoming release that will feature a number of songs about tea in various ways.)  So any chance I get to put the kettle on for these gents just feels right.  There is a certain amount of Douglas Adams in me that constantly feels like I’m wandering around in my dressing gown trying to find a creature comfort that just doesn’t exist in this universe, and when you meet people like Vortex Remover, you have to respond with healthy enthusiasm, because you get the impression that they feel that way, too.

In some ways, this might veer a little off the “experimental” path, so for those of you who are already loosing interest because they don’t make harsh noise or drones, fear not.  While some elements of what they do might veer into the world of rock music, their is a strangeness to the instrumentation, the songwriting… Vortex Remover is probably more experimental than some of the noise guys I’ve worked with just in terms of their lo-fi, stripped-down, anything-goes approach, and they are painfully DIY, given that they build their own gear, do all their own recording, and create some of the most compelling sounds I’ve heard out of a drum stick and mini-amp.  Vortex Remover might have a little more “pop” and “rock” in their tunes than a lot of the stuff I play usually does, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t one of the weirdest things you’ll ever hear, and you’ll get what I mean when you start to hear them play.

What follows is a casual, technical-difficulty-laden, but otherwise very fun evening with a pair who have such a specific vision for the music they make that words truly fail to describe them, and if that sounds exciting to you, then you’ll get why I’m such a fan.  While they are of few words when it comes to the interview portion of this program, they more than deliver in terms of excellent live music, which just gets better as the show goes on.  (And, if you would like a little more conversation, might I recommend the recent interview that Julie and I did with them on our podcast.) Couple that with a short DJ set of their favorite tunes, and another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, and this is a practically a super-sized broadcast.

Here’s to ridding your own house of any unneeded vortexes that may be in your home.  These guys are pros.


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Vortex Remover, LIVE! 

Part I: electro Atlas 

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Engine Hum * The Enterprise * Star Trek: The Next Generation * Paramount (1987)
03.) Atlas Holding Up the Celestial Spheres * Vortex Remover * Rawkward Phase * Self-Released (2017)
04.) electro ambience * Leigh Stevens * electro ambience * self-released (????)


05.) Live Set 1 * Vortex Remover * 21 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Interview * Vortex Remover * 21 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Live Set 2 * Vortex Remover * 21 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: The VR DJ Set

08.) Tumble Bumble * Vortex Remover * Rawkward Phase * Self-Released (2017)
09.) Farmer Girl * Sustentacula * Farmer Girl * Self-Released (????)
10.) Conduct This Misfortune * Shepherds of Ontario * Conduct This Misfortune * (2009)
11.) Pornogirl * 40lb Suit of Bees * Pornogirl * Self-Released (????)
12.) Starting Over (Bad Habits) * Typhoon * Hunger and Thirst * Tender Loving Empire (2010)
13.) Making Me Feel * Kylie Burbank * Demos * Self-Released (2015)

Part IV: Dimestore Radio Theater

14.) Universe * X-Minus 1 * 15 May 1955 * NBC (1955)

The Beginning (15 April 1998 Retrocast)

19 years ago today, I began my first radio broadcast on KWVA in Eugene, Oregon. This is a recreation of that three hour broadcast, using what was left of the tapes I used to record that show, playlists, and the best of my memory. Here’s to 19 years of Mutated Radio!

KWVA Studio KWVA Studio

The Beginning (KWVA Episode 001)
(Originally broadcast on 15 April 1998 on KWVA.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

This was my first ever radio broadcast.   4 A.M. – 7 A.M. on KWVA.  What follows is a recreation, based on playlists, recordings, and memories from that evening.  This is an approximation of what it was like to listen to my show this evening.


The Beginning


01.) Strychnine * Strychnine * Born to Loose * Industrial Strength Records
02.) Millionaire * ?? * ?? * ??
03.) Teenagers From Mars * Misfits * Collection * Caroline Records
04.) Christine * The Con Men * Live In-Studio * KWVA Radio
05.) Dicks Hate The Police * The Dicks * 1980-1986 * Alternative Tentacles Records
06.) Stereo Phasing Test / Television * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero * Touch & Go Records
07.) Cramp Stomp * The Cramps * Big…

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Bob Bucko Jr., LIVE! (#47)

Bob Bucko Jr., LIVE! (#47)

In 2015 Bob and I played a show together at Mothership Music (as part of the group I sometimes perform with, Dead Air Fresheners).  The show was incredible, but what stood out for me what how I managed to get his songs stuck in my head from that night.  Where so many experimental acts do everything to resist certain kinds of musicality, Bob managed to synthesize heartfelt, earnest performances with extremely experimental performance and structural techniques, and emphasized improvisation over other skill and attributes.

bobAnd yet, stumbling out of this music store that night, I was humming Bob’s tunes.  He was clearly surrounded by friends and fans at that show, but from that moment on, I was one of them.

Bob’s record label, Personal Archives, has been a supporter of this program since the beginning, and this isn’t the first time he’s graced our airwaves.  (We did a ton of tour support for him in 2016, which culminated in a phone interview in October.)  What I’ve really enjoyed about getting to know Bob is that he is as much musician as he is philosopher, and he manages to give me both those and more facets of his incredible personality, all in this live radio event.

This one sort of speaks for itself: two friends, hanging out, with music in their hearts.  I have a feeling you’re gonna like this one.


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Bob Bucko Jr., LIVE! 

Part I: “Between Personal Ineptness and the adage ‘Never Meet Your Heroes.'”

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) When In Home Do As The Homans Do * Conformity Contortion Perception Management * Personal Archives (2017)
03.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 3 April 2015 At Mothership Music * Unreleased (2015)

Part II:  Heart

04.) Performance 1 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Head

05.) Interview * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 4 April 2015 on What’s This Called? * What’s This Called? (2015)
07.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 25 June 2011 at Unforgivable Records * Unreleased (2011)

Part IV: Soul

08.) Performance 2 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Torture Mocks Once At Every Man’s Boredom * Conformity Contortion Perception Management * Personal Archives (2017)

Part V: One More

10.) Performance 2 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Shed No Tears * Bob Bucko Jr. * 2017 Spring Tour * Personal Archives (2017)

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents

12.) The Little Man Who Wasn’t All There * Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar * 29 October 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)

For the next couple of days, our server will be down. It is being moved to a new location in Portland. Hopefully we won’t be offline for long, and you’ll be the first to know when we’re back up. If there’s any back-episode you’d like to hear until we’re up and running again, please leave a comment.

In the meantime, here’s our show from last night.



As of 13 April, we are back online.  Thank you for your patience.

Corvallis Experiments In Noise, LIVE! (No-Method, Playboy Smooth, Coach Waters, Project Aisle, Nigel & Chemotroph) (#46)

Corvallis Experiments In Noise, LIVE! (No-Method, Playboy Smooth, Coach Waters, Project Aisle, Nigel & Chemotroph) (#46)

When I first saw a post on MyFacester+ Twinstablr, I wasn’t sure if it was real or not.  “Corvallis Experiments In Noise.”  While I knew that there were other undiscovered music scenes throughout every state, there was something about it that seems far to up my alley – and far too aligned with the kinds of stuff I’m already working on – that it seemed like a no-brainer to try and set something up.  Immediately, I was greeted by Chris, performer in plenty of groups and the mastermind behind the monthly shows they’ve been putting on for years now.

When I suggested that he should bring in a few acts to play on the show, he hand-picked six groups that he felt would work well in a radio environment.  I was floored; I went from not knowing anything about what they were doing out there, to having their scene intersecting with my own.  It was a perfect match, in the time since I booked this radio gig and today’s date, we’ve already collaborated twice other live events (both in Corvallis and Salem).  It seemed, as excited as I was to find Chris, he was also stoked to find Mid-Valley Mutations; he’s been trying to find connections in Salem ever since he started booking shows.  We were meant for each other.

What follows are six live performances by regular participants in the Corvallis Noise scene, plus a live jam for the podcast-only listeners with MKUltramegaphone and all six of these artists.


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Corvallis Experiments In Noise, LIVE! (#46)

Part I: Warming Up

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance * My Burning Bush * 25 March 2017 Interzone Cafe * Unreleased (2017)

Part II: w/o-org

03.) LIVE * No-Method * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Live Performance * Remy Gnoll * 11 November 2016 The Space Concert Club * Unreleased (2016)
Part III: Centerfold

05.) LIVE * Playboy Smooth * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Live Performance * Dingo * 26 March 2017 The Space Concert Club * Unreleased (2017)

Part IV: Building Inlets

07.) LIVE * Coach Waters * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Live Performance * Structures * 11 March 2017 Funagain Games * Unreleased (2017)

Part V: Conversational Free-For-All

09.) Interview * Corvallis Experiments In Noise * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) LIVE * devilsclub * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Clean-Up On Aisle Language

11.) LIVE * Project Aisle * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) Live Performance * Driftwood Orchestra * 25 February 2017 Teatro de la Psychomachia * Unreleased (2017)

Part VII: Planer or Tufnel?  

12.) LIVE * Nigel * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
13.) Live Performance * Hobby Knife * 11 March 2017 Funagain Games * Unreleased (2017)

Part VIII: Evolution

13.) LIVE * Chemotroph * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) Live Performance * Juice Machine * 11 March 2017 Funagain Games * Unreleased (2017)

Part IX: Is This Noise?

15.) Noise Itself * No-Method, Playboy Smooth, Coach Waters Project Aisle, Nigel, & Chemotroph w/ MKUltramegaphone * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

16.) Live Performance * Guyve * 26 March 2017 The Space Concert Club * Unreleased (2017)

Consonants & Vowels (A Vinyl Solution) (#45)

Consonants & Vowels (A Vinyl Solution) (#45)

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but the schedule lately has gotten crazy, and with good reason.  A lot of people want to play on the show, and I LOVE having guests, so the combination of the two has lead to a healthy calendar with a ton of amazing artists making a lot of noise on the radio.  I love it, of course.  But for some reason, no one was interested in today’s date.  What with a bunch of public shows too, this one really snuck up on me.  The only solution, as I saw it, was to bust out another Vinyl Solution.

The timing is sort of perfect.  Or, at least, worked out anyway.  My co-host and bandmate got sick during our last gig on Wednesday, and it was still lingering today.  But after I went through my records again and started thinking about what I wanted to play, it all worked out.  Humorously enough, I originally intended to mix up the vinyl with all sorts of other stuff, but when I got to the station, something about the vibe of the night left me to only play the records.  It figures.  That’s just how I am.

Of course, horridus decided to call in anyway, so up front we jam via the phone for a spell, and it actually sounded pretty good.  (He sent a photo of his “sick” rick that he put together for this, that you can see above.  And, I should mention, I mis-identify this item as the “newest” member of our group, and it is not.  But it still sounds good.)  Aside from his call, the rest of this show was pure vinyl, and that’s the way I like it.

There’s a whole lot more live music on the show coming up soon, just the way we like it, so consider this a little breather before we dive back into the mosh pit.  I, for one, cannot way.


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Consonants & Vowels


Part I: Consonants & Vowels

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Cutter Magnolias * Blood Rhythms * Assembly * No Part Of It Records (2015)
04.) Theme From Consonants & Vowels * MKUltramegaphone * 31 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: You’re Welcome To Play

05.) Fete De La Patience / You’re Welcome To Play * Derek M Johnson * FKXMS * Aphonia Records (2011)
06.) Walking Through The Upside Down / She’ll Kill You * Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein * Stranger Things Volume One (A Netflix Original Series) * Lakeshore Records (2016)
07.) Abraxis Atticus * ARU * DPV3.5 * Captcha Records (2013)

Part III: Truth In Advertising

08.) Shitfaced Reynolds * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable * Self-Released (2012)
09.) Don Haugen Lathe
10.) Truth In Advertising * Negativland * Truth In Advertising EP * Eerie Materials (1997)


Part IV: The Smell of Burning Wires (Every Astronaut Fears)

11.) [Various Selections From Both Records Mashed-Up] * Paul Beaver & Bernard L. Krause * The Nonesuch Guide To Electronic Music * Nonsuch Records (1968)
12.) The Smell of Burning Wires Every Astronaut Fears * Men’s Recovery Project * Thank You For Killing Me EP * Paralogy Records (1997)
13.) [Various Selections] * Igor Stravinsky * The Rite of Spring * Nonesuch Records (1966) * Mashed-Up w/
14.) [Various Selections] * Bela Bartók * Divertimento For String Orchestra * Epic Records (1959) * Mashed-Up w/
15.) [Various Selections] * Gustav Holst * The Planets * RCA Records (1976) * Mashed-Up w/
16.) [Various Selections] * George Gershwin * The Gershwin Album * Columbia Recors (1973) * Mashed-Up w/
17.) [Various Selections] * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records (1970)

Part V: Re-Volution (or, “The College Rock Block”)

18.) Revolution Part 1 / Revolution Part 2 * Butthole Surfers * Piouhgd * Rough Trade Records (1991)
19.) Sex Bomb * Flipper * Generic * Subterranean Records (1981)
20.) [Various Selections] * Don L. Hunter * OP&E 19 * Emerald Custom Sound Recording (1970)
21.) Christianity Is Stupid * Negativland * Escape From Noise * SST Records (1987)
22.) Kerosene * Big Black * Atomizer * Homestead Records (1986)

Part VI: Starting Over

23.) [Various Selections] * Don L. Hunter * OP&E 19 * Emerald Custom Sound Recording (1970) Mashed-Up w/
24.) Test And Balance Section * John Hall * Sounds Out Of This World * Omega Disc (1960)
25.) Day One * Enemymine * The Ice In Me * Up Records (2000)

Part VII: Dimestore Radio Theater Pilot

26.) The Orange Dog * The Adventures of Philip Marlowe * 22 January 1949 * NBC Radio (1949)

Don Haugen, LIVE! (#44)

Don Haugen, LIVE! (#44)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is something very special happening in Eugene.  It is probably the six years that I spent there during first tentative journey’s outside the nest, and the people I met while I lived there exposed me to so much stuff that has shaped me in the years since.  In particular, the members of Cathead (which I later joined) made a huge impression on me with the music the forced me to see / listen to, and among the many early impressions that were made on me, a Holy Rodent show (in which Don played) exposed me to noise, percussion-heavy experimentation, power tools on stage, and music that has continued to inform me, right up to this very program you are now hearing.

With that in mind, it feels like a big accomplishment to get this 30 year veteran of music into the studio, to show off what he does best.  It’s been great to re-connect with Don, not only because he is a lifer in a world that burns out so many artists before they do their best work, but because he is so supportive of acts new and old, trying to help them find a place where it is often hard to fit in.  Don’s work is so personal, so far away from many of the usual guidelines that experimental and noise music offers, and creates textures and tones that are brutal, haunting, delicate, and sublime, all things that continue to be an important part of my musical diet.

This show is very casual, and we talk for longer than I’ve ever chewed the ear of a guest.  But we get three live sets during this show: two from Don, and one with MKUltramegaphone leading the way.  (Four live sets if you count the recording of Don’s performance from 11 March 2017, but, you know.)  What comes through in this show is the sense of community; sharing stories about gigs, bands we used to know, and the life of an artist in a world that can often be indifferent – and at times, actively working against you.  Don is an overlooked gem in this world, an honest artist with a family and a regular day job, who had been consistently making incredible work for longer than the lifespan of at least 10 indie rock bands combined.


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Don Haugen, LIVE! (#43)

Part I: Bass Cross Tones (Pt II)

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Side A * Don Haugen * Bass Bones & Cross Tones * L’eclipse Nue Records (2016)
03.) Live Performance * Don Haugen * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: First

04.) LIVE 1 * Don Haugen * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Chat

05.) Interview * Don Haugen * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Second

06.) LIVE 2 * Don Haugen * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: Third (w/ MKU)

07.) A Dream, A Nightmare * Don Haugen w/ MKUltramegaphone * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)

Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)

It is so easy to get bogged down in the joy and value of nostalgia, and to combat that, I have made an earnest effort to keep the content of this program fairly new, as often as possible.  I certainly go on a jag where I play all of my favorite weird old records, but I try to balance it by featuring new music as often as possible the rest of the time.  Or, in some cases, live music.

red-panda-bamboo2But with Red Panda Death March, we’re taking that as far as we can go.  While I’ve known Joe for a few years now, and he has always made what one could call “punk” music, this is a new project, in a new “genre,” and at best, is merely months old.  There’s something about the newness of it all that is very appealing; capturing a new project in the incubation period of development is very informative, and with this particular group, I think we have something special.

At two hours, we lay down some serious wall-to-wall music, with two sets by RPDM and a collaboration with MKU in the second hour.  And, not much


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Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)

Part I: Bass Cross Tones

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Side B * Don Haugen * Bass Bones & Cross Tones * L’eclipse Nue Records (2016)

Part II: You’re Riding On The Internet

03.) The Internet * Red Panda Death March * I Wasn’t At That Meeting * (2017)
04.) LIVE * Red Panda Death March * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) Sunday Morning Coming Down * Red Panda Death March w/ Austin Rich * I Wasn’t At That Meeting * (2017)

Part III: My Gear Runs Flawlessly With No Issues

06.) Interview * Red Panda Death March * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Happy St. Patrick’s Day, One And All

07.) LIVE AGAIN * Red Panda Death March * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: Three (3) w/ MKU

08.) My Ignorance Is Just As Good As Your Knowledge * Red Panda Death March w/ MKUltramegaphone * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) That’s The Thanks You Get * Red Panda Death March * I Wasn’t At That Meeting * (2017)

Thrice-New Clichés (w/ Uneasy Chairs, LIVE!) (#42)

Thrice-New Clichés (or, “The Concentrator Release Party”) (w/ Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#42)

One of the incredible things about radio is that you are able to create a community that exists entirely through their relationship to sounds.  It’s one of my favorite things, to be honest, and when I can bond with someone over music, I feel a connection that is usually a lot deeper than my usual friendships.  Born out of friendships cultivated through sound and music, we are proud to bring you some Thrice-New Clichés, not only keeping with the tone of that series, but revealing the new album by devilsclub, Concentrator, out now via, &

In light of this new record release, we had a bit of a party on the air.  Our friend Pat (Uneasy Chairs) was in-studio to help with the celebrations, and MKUltramegaphone was acting as the house band, jamming for the last segment of the show as a full unit.  But this show is largely about “new” things.  All of the songs were specifically requested (and in many cases recorded) for this broadcast, and all of this music is from 2017.  You can enjoy that, and cuts from this new record, all in this program.  Not a bad two-hours of radio, if you ask me.

unnamedThis group of friends that has grown up around this show – and the artists that I play on it – has been incredibly rewarding, and when devilsclub asked me about this, I jumped at this chance.  Not only does he insure that there are some great artists being featured on the air, but it feels like we get to say hi to all our audio friends that we don’t get to talk with too often.

And for that, I am certainly thankful.


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Thrice-New Clichés (#42)

Part I: memory loss

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 13127.42km echo * devilsclub * Aleatoria * (2017)
03.) Funkymartin * devilsclub * Concentrator * (2017)
04.) Last Song afsked med udtryk, det uendelige cover i nye folder * Carla ɟra Helles7ed * Last Song afsked med udtryk, det uendelige cover i nye folder * (2017)
05.) memory loss * Chaotic Morphs * memory loss * (2017)
06.) The Mysterious Brain * Scifival * The Mysterious Brain * (2017)
07.) A Good Time For Coke * Austin Rich * A Good Time For Coke * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: Void of Ghosts

08.) Bibblesnsquibb * devilsclub * Concentrator * (2017)
09.) Evanesce the Sonic Sand Mandala * David M. Paganin * Evanesce the Sonic Sand Mandala * (2017) (2:58) [Note: “David Paginin’s “Pointless Orbits” released on Earsheltering in Dec, 2016.]
10.) Void of Ghosts * Filmy Ghost * Haunted Cave * Cian Orbe Records (2017)
11.) Subliminally * Austin Rich * Subliminally * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) Live Weather * Uneasy Chairs w/ The Weather Computer * Live Weather * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Release

13.) Side A [Excerpt] * Noisepoetnobody * The River * Lens Records (2010)
14.) Space Caravan * Strigoi * Space Caravan * (2017)
15.) Re-Energized * Boson Spin * Re-Energized * (2017)
16.) Ondas de vida * Mareaboba * Ondas de vida * (2017)
17.) White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle * Zach Zena Gibberson * White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle * (2017)
18.) Two And Half Minutes To Doomsday * Rumblin_Cynth_Rampo * Two And Half Minutes To Doomsday * (2017)
19.) Release * devilsclub * Concentrator * (2017)
20.) Money Jitters * Austin Rich * Money Jitters * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: In The Forest

21.) In The Forest * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * The Forest * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) ?? * Austin Rich * ?? * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The Julie Eaton Interview (#41)

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Breaking format slightly (not much, really), this week we pick the brain of Salem Weekly Music editor Julie Eaton, who is a Salem resident, musician, writer, and supporter of the art and culture of this town.  While we had been circling around the idea of collaborating on a show together, it was mostly a ploy to get her behind a mic so I could ask her about her connection to the town.  It isn’t often that you get to have someone who you can ask about what came before you, and in this case, I get to hear the music, too.  This is, obviously, part one of a nearly endless series.

This is pretty much a “locals only” episode, and moreso, less “experimental” than my usual fare.  But don’t let that scare you off, or even suggest that this is a “normal” episode.  In fact, featuring local music that is not vetted and organized by the mainstream media is an extremely unusual move for radio, and even among community radio stations, the music is often in the classical or bluegrass vein, not too loud, and rarely features garage bands.  It’s not that rock and roll is really even that weird in 2017, but there are times when it feels like your artistic voice can be lost in the din of Instagram likes and endless clever web videos.  Even presenting this kind of culture as being “on par” with theater is absolutely something our show is all about.

julie-eatonOne thing that was great about this show was to see someone haul in so much physical media.  Often radio anymore is done on flash drives and through “files,” so when Julie kept handing me actual vinyl and CDs, it was a real joy.  (In fact, you can hear our live “cassette mishap,” as we tried to play something that just doesn’t work out.)  All part of the live radio experience, and we hope that next time, the tape deck will work.

But, a good chunk of this show is Julie herself, not just with the tunes, but in conversation.  It’s her personality, her history, her role in this community, and her sense of humor.  It’s all there, and I had a great time unveiling it to radioland.

Here’s to a great slice of the local scene.  It’ll be fun to bring you more and more as time goes on.


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The Julie Eaton Interview

Part I: Get To Know Salem, Oregon

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) counterpoint meridian * devilsclub * Feeding the Mouth of Madness * (2017)
03.) Jerry’s Dad’s Wrong Number Voicemail Message * Vortex Remover * Rawkward Phase * Self-Released (2017)
04.) Nicotine * Kylie Burbank * Demos * (2015)
05.) In The Station * Kalaloch * Kalaloch * Self-Released (2012)
06.) Not A Cretin * Grand Head * Grand Head *Gorbie International Records (2016)

Part II: Get To Know Julie Eaton

07.) We Got The Beat (Instrumental) * The Go-Go’s * Beatuty And The Beat * I.R.S. Records (1981)
08.) ghost light communications * devilsclub * Feeding the Mouth of Madness * (2017)

Part III: Other Corners Of Salem, Past & Present

09.) The Anchor [Excerpt] * M.A.R.C. & T.A.W.N.Y. * Mirrorism * Karamazov Tapes (2015)
10.) The Burning Machine * The Strawberries * Behind The Looking Glass * Self-Released (2005)
11.) Sketchy * Coronation * “Black Blox” b/w “Sketchy” * Self-Released (2016)
12.) The Vulture * Orchards * Orchards * Orchards Music (2017)
13.) I Keep Pressing the Spacebar but Nothing is Happening * Vortex Remover * Rawkward Phase * Self-Released (2017)


Хапчык, LIVE! (#40)

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The last time Kyle Stant & Jerry Soga were on the program – as part of Fiasco – we received an over 50 minute long live performance that was not only incredible, but bulged to exceed the broadcast before and after.  When they suggested that their new combo should come in for a session, I jumped at the chance, especially considering that they are now playing with David Morgan, formerly of Smegma.

The three of them have been making quite a bit of noise already as part of their new combo, Хапчык, but this music is new new new!  In keeping with one of the traditions of this show, they have only just begun playing together in the past few months, and that sort of freshness is what we strive for on our program.

In-studio %d1%85%d0%b0%d0%bf%d1%87%d1%8b%d0%batonight we also have MKUltramegaphone, who will jam with Хапчык in the back half of the show.  This is in preparation for our live show tomorrow in Seattle, where we are making our public debut.  But in this setting, we’re merely playing with these accomplished improvisers, so is a rare treat that you just can’t find on other shows.

No interview.  Very little talk.  For this one, it’s all about the music.  And in a way, that’s perfect.


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Хапчык, LIVE!

Part I: Introduction

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Performance * Fiasco * 23 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part II: Free Improvisation

03.) LIVE * Хапчык * LIVE on The Air * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Repetition Is Good

04.) LIVE * Хапчык w/ MKUltramegaphone * LIVE on The Air * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The artist’s coming over from the Corvallis Experiments In Noise organization have been confirmed, and the line-up is pretty sweet.  You won’t want to miss this one.


Ethan’s At It Again (or, “The Jeremy Hight Show”) (#39)

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This show has been quite a while in the making, and largely due to some serious scheduling conflicts with weather and family.  But now, finally, we are able to present a collaboration that has been several months in the making.  Prepare yourself, as we introduce you to a character named Ethan, all part of The Jeremy Hight Show.

Jeremy is an author and writer who is one of many people working to make art and culture a lot more interesting in the 21st Century.  Most of his work is not published is a “books” proper, but is spread about the Inter-Web-A-Tron in non-traditional forms, and in places you would never expect.  (One story of his I read was available inside of a Facebook Event invitation, that was then deleted and erased after a period of time, and already I’ve forgotten what it was about…)  There was a part of me that really liked the idea of one of his stories winding up in a podcast somehow, and then knew what I had to do.

jeremy-hightFor this show we are offering you two short stories that feature the character of Ethan: A Sort of Evolution, and 4532 Oak Drive.  Neither have seen print in any convention fashion, and 4532 Oak Drive has been broken up and published in various nooks and crannies of this vast digital world we inhabit, and has only been together in one continuous piece on this program.  I’d be quick about getting this one.  As the weeks go by, it might be hard to remember what this one sounds like.  If you would like more information about Jeremy Hight, you can visit his blog at:  He may return an e-mail sent to  Who knows?

a1373653999_10This is our regular Pledge Drive show, and with that in mind, we urge you to visit and make a donation to keep community radio on the air.  Everyone who makes a donation to KMUZ in the name of Mid-Valley Mutations will receive a copy of the new Volume 1 Compilation.  It features live music recorded on our program, and is an excellent gift for the person who made a donation to keep our show on the air.

There’s a lot of words in this one, so I’ll just let it do the rest of the talking.


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Ethan’s At It Again (or, “The Jeremy Hight Show”)

Part I: devilsclub Preamble

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) enhanced interrogation * devilsclub * enhanced interrogation * (2017)
03.) loud speaker * devilsclub * loud speaker * (2017)

Part II: A Sort of Evolution

04.) A Sort of Evolution * Jeremy Hight & MKUltramegaphone * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: 4532 Oak Drive

05.) 4532 Oak Drive * Jeremy Hight & MKUltramegaphone * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Your Donation Could Save Our Station! (The KMUZ Pledge Drive)

a1373653999_10We are currently in the midst of a KMUZ Pledge Drive, and we could really use your help.  No one at KMUZ gets paid.  The staff and DJs are volunteers.  The bills are paid through donations.  Even the desks and tables and shelves at the station were lovingly made by hand, and given to us at no cost.  We are Community Radio to the core, and in order to stay on the air, we need your donations.

Mid-Valley Mutations has been given a goal that should be easy enough for us to achieve, but I’d like to see if we can blow that goal out of the water.  If 100 fans each donate $1 (one dollar), we will have met our goal.  (Currently, there are over 200 fans of the show on MyFacester+, which means each of you only have to give Fifty Cents.)  I’m sure you see where I’m going with this: we can not only keep our show on the air for a very small cost, but if each of you ups that amount just a little bit, we can make that dollar go even further.

KMUZ is offering a number of perks for donors, but for anyone who mentions Mid-Valley Mutations as part of their donation will receive a copy of our Compilation, Vol 1.  Featuring live music recorded on the program, this is an excellent gift for those who show their support, and sounds pretty killer if you ask me.  Additionally, anyone who spends money in the WTBC: Wanting To Be Cool store will find that all of their purchases are donated to KMUZ, too.  There’s tons of music, and much of it you pay what you like.  It’s just another way to help us help KMUZ.

So, please.  Donate if you can.  Help keep cool shows on the air, and great radio in your community.  You can do it today!

What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live! (Retrocast)

I only got to meet Mike Mahaffay a handful of times, and saw him play a few more than that. He was an incredibly performer, and very friendly to me, always. Here is a radio session I did with him and Eric Hausmann and Scott Steele on Ricardo Wang’s program, back in 2013. This includes full video of the performance (sadly, from one unflattering angle), but has some of the best sounds that I was happily able to capture for the future.

RIP, Mike Mahaffay. You played fantastically for me and my friends at my 40th Birthday Party, and if there’s any justice in the world, everyone will always remember you as a friend first and an fantastic performer second. Thanks for sharing a small part of your life with me.

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What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live!
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Saturdays were made for radio, and whenever Eric Hausmann is in the house, it can only mean that you must be listening to What’s This Called?   Ricardo Wang and I work to bring you a soothing performance by Tres Gone: Mike Mahaffay, Scott Steele and Eric, bringing you improvisational mastery in a way to kick off your weekend.

Following a half-hour pre-game show featuring hand-picked selections by the host himself, I mixed a great back and forth by these improvisational masters.  While many young artists love to just make some noise, when you have performers of this caliber, the art of listening seems to be front and center in this show.  This is one of those great shows where you can actually feel the energy in…

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Derek M. Johnson, LIVE! (2006 Retrocast)

266619510_e65ffc006b_zThis broadcast was originally on KPSU.  I was engineering the sound for Ricardo Wang on this episode of What’s This Called?

23 September 2006: M.E. & Me (Derek M. Johnson), LIVE!

 M.E. & Me live in the KPSU studio, plus a few tracks by other artists joining him tonight at the show at the Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th, PDX OR)

Cartoon Lust Rebecca Moore Home Wreckordings 1997-1999
Leviticus 13:44 dead air fresheners An Ulcer is a String of Pearls
Chapter 38: Laverne Envisions a Private Island Le Ton Mite We Need to Grow to Giant Size
Cyflea Decoder (Muscha & Severed Heads) Vulgaricus Burning Man ’06 Noise Gnash Ups

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How’s It Named? w/ Derek Johnson, Live! (2008 Retrocast)

This broadcast was originally on KPSU.  When I would cover for What’s This Called? I changed the name of the program to How’s It Named?, and for this episode,  Derek came in for a live performance.

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How’s It Named? w/ Derek Johnson, Live!

For those of you who missed Derek Johnson’s great live performance on KPSU the other day, fear not! The wonder of modern technology has enabled us to capture sound recordings in a digital form, for your consumption. This brand new technology will no doubt revolutionize your life soon enough, but today it has allowed for this marvel to bring the past into the present at any future time of your choosing.

Thanks again to KPSU for letting me host, this, Ricardo Wang for being hard up and needing to make real money that day, and of course, Derek Johnson for rushing into the studio at the last second and still pulling off a great performance.

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Derek M. Johnson Love, LIVE! (#38)

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In 2006 I was called by Ricardo Wang, who wanted me to meet (and run sound for) his friend Derek Johnson, a cellist and performer who already had some impressive credits to his name, even then.  I love reflecting on experiences like this, because over 10 years later, we’re still collaborating to make excellent live radio, even if there are a few years between hanging out.

But hanging out is so much fun, because his approach to music is equal parts excellent performer, electronic wizardry, improvised musicality, and an excellent ear for what to play next.  It’s a treat to see him so often in one weekend.  His show last night at the Fifty Pub & Grub was fantastic, but for the radio audience, his performance is much more focused, and in many ways, quite intense.

100_4062But that’s not all!  As part of a bonus, extended version of the program, MVM hosts MKUltramegaphone collaborate with Derek for a second set of live musical oddities that you can only find on our program.  This is what I really hope the program can be more like; while I have always enjoyed the shows I did on my own, having guests to collaborate with really takes the show in unique (and exciting) directions.  MKUltramegaphone is about to make some live appearances, so if you live in Oregon and you like Mid-Valley Mutations, you can come and see us do it live, very, very soon.

The KMUZ Pledge Drive starts tomorrow, and with that, you should consider becoming a member of the station supporters who keep us on the air.  Mid-Valley Mutations listeners can visit our Bandcamp Page, and make a purchase in the name of KMUZ.  All money I earn through that page will be donated to the Pledge Drive, so that KMUZ can keep us on the air and let us keep doing what we enjoy doing so well.  If you like our show, and what us to keep it up, please, support the station, any way you can.

This show works best by letting it wash over you, so sit back for an excellent presentation by Derek M. Johnson Love.  LIVE!



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Derek M. Johnson Love, LIVE! 

Part I: Preview

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Set Two * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live At The Fifty Pub & Grub 9 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Live Set * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live 23 September 2006 * What’s This Called? (2006)

Part II: I’m Under Your Cell Window

04.) Set * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live 6 December 2008 * How’s It Named? (2008)
05.) Live Performance * Derek M. Johnson Love * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: The Black Arts

06.) The Black Arts (Live Performance) * MKUltramegaphone w/ Derek M. Johnson Love * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Set Two * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live At The Fifty Pub & Grub 9 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The Tara J. Merritt Show (#37)

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I often get a lot of questions about what kind of music is appropriate for my show.  “What counts as ‘experimental’?”  “Can I play fill-in-the-blank band?” (Where the blank is often replaced with something incredibly straightforward.)  It’s not that I’m trying to be intentionally difficult with my show, but there are so many misapprehensions about what is and isn’t experimental that for the layperson – for example, people not active in the scene – what counts can often be a mystery.

Shows like this – where I let someone else drive and I take a back seat – are a lot of fun because it does beg that eternal question: What is experimental?  Does it exist in pop music, too?  Does it matter?  While we are always searching for genre classifications and obtuse reasoning with our own hipster bullshit, some of the music that is squarely in the world of pop is just as strange and eye opening as the weird crap that I usually play and get obsessed with.

To that end, this show is entirely picked and curated by The Tara J. Merritt Foundation.  Everything you heard during the program was picked and vetted by our friend and co-host, Tara.  Just try and tell us something doesn’t fit into our show.  We’ll just play Michael McDonald and do our own thing.  It’s how we roll.

hair-by-taraI’ve known Tara for quite some time, and when she’s not dancing and finding where the next party is, she is making the people of Portland look fabulous at Enhance Salon.  If you’re interested, you can book an appointment at  Personally, she’s been keeping me looking good for years now, and if you want everything above the neck and in the pocketbook to look your best, then you’ll want to give her a call.

As for this program, Tara’s selections are certainly a late-night, chill-out set of tunes that are perfect for that post-rock ‘n’ roll late-night, or for thinking about that special someone who is a long ways away, at least for right now.  Tara has always been a champion of good things and good taste, and it was a pleasure to let her command the ship this week.


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The Tara J. Merritt Show

Part I: I’m A Lady

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Adventures of Hudson Hawk * Michael Lehmann * The Adventures of Hudson Hawk * Tri-Star Pictures (1991)
03.) Popcorn * Hot Butter * “Apache” b/w “Hot Butter” * Musicor Records * 1972
04.) I Keep Forgetting * Michael McDonald * If That’s What It Takes * Warner Bros. Records (1982)
05.) Easy * Faith No More * Songs To Make Love To * Slash Records (1993)
06.) Debra * Beck * Midnight Vultures * DGC Records (1999)
06.) I’m A Lady * Santigold * Santogold * Atlantic Records (2008)
07.) No Man’s Land * Tangerine Dream * Hyperborea * Virgin Records (1983)

Part II: It’s Time To Get Down To Our Shorts And Head To The Beach

08.) Sweet Charity * Mr. Bungle * California * Warner Bros. (1999)
09.) Wave of Mutilation * The Pixies * Doolittle * 4AD (1989)
10.) The Land of Green Ginger * The Orb * Bicycles & Tricycles * Sanctuary Records (2004)
11.) Spiral * Vangelis * Spiral * RCA Records (1977)

Part III: Never Goin’ Back

12.) Genius of Love * The Tom Tom Club * The Tom Tom Club * Sire Records (1981)
13.) Microtronic Wave * Pinback * Offcell * Touch And Go (2003)
14.) Never Goin’ Back * Spiritualized * Amazing Grace * Sanctuary Records (2003)
15.) Big Jim * Ween * Pure Guava * Elektra Records (1992)
16.) To The Unknown Man * Vangelis * Spiral * RCA Records (1977)

Post-Groundhog Day Special! (2009)

Here’s a retrocast from 8 years ago, when I was doing a post-Groundhog Day rundown of Holiday themed music. Strange how certain dates just pop up again and again over the years. Enjoy!

dt-common-streams-streamserverEpisode 005: Post-Groundhog Day Special! (2009!)

Today’s episode of Blasphuphmus Radio asks the question: where have all the Groundhog songs gone?

Well, there’s still six more weeks of winter according to February 2nd lore, so today I’m featuring songs about Ground, Hogs, and Shadows. Who knows how much longer this season will last? Only the Groundhog’s Shadow, knows! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

I was absolutely shocked at how little Groundhog music there was to play for this show. Any musicians out there looking for something to write about, now’s your chance!

About halfway through the show I give a rambling and disjointed history of Groundhog Day. Most of the information was culled from several passes over the Inter-Web-A-Tron, so it’s as reliable as anyone else is these days.

I think I prefer the second half of the show myself.

Lastly: this is my last show during the 3 PM slot on Tuesdays. The…

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Help Two ACRONYMS at Once: ACLU & KMUZ.

a1373653999_10As many of you have probably heard, Bandcamp is donating 100% of their proceeds this Friday to the ACLU, which makes spending money on music that much easier to do. Additionally, KMUZ’s Pledge Drive is very soon, and with that in mind, 100% of the money I make on these same purchases will go to KMUZ’s Drive. Two great causes supported by your single purchase.

a1714948314_16You can get the entire bundle of all 21 of our releases at a discount for $16.25. Or, you can pick and choose what you’d like to purchase. Either way, there’s plenty of releases new and old that are worth investing in, and you can support both the ACLU and KMUZ, two acronyms that do a lot of good for our community.

We all love music, and we all love supporting good causes. Here’s a way to do both.

The Best of Chickenman (Retrocast) (#36)

 chickenman-posterThe Best of Chickenman (Retrocast) (#36)
(Where the Winged Warrior returns to the air, with a side of records with a poultry-centric theme.  Originally podcast on 10 November 2015.)


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The Best of Chickenman

Part I: The Bird Is Born
01.) The Bird Is Born * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
02.) Run Chicken Run * Link Wray * Law of The Jungle * Ace Records (2002)
03.) Chicken Little Lied * Tight Bros. From Way Back When * “Take You Higher!” EP * Ten In One Records (1998)
04.) The Universal Telephone Ring * NBC * The Universal Telephone Ring * NBC Television (1970)
05.) No Kolhoznoi Ptitsaferme (On The Kolkhoz Poultry Farm) * Orkestar Vyacheslav Mescherin * Easy USSR * Epic Records (2002)
06.) Chicken Grabber * Nite Hawks * Lost Treasures! Rarities From the Vaults of Del-Fi Records * Del-Fi Records (1995)
07.) Chicken Talk * Yma Súmac * Mambo! * Capitol Records (1954)
08.) Komodo Fried Chicken Blues * Sufian Abdullah * Music To Break Out of Jail By * (2013)
09.) Chicken Diction * Negativland * Happy Heroes * Seeland Records (1998)

Part II: Leave The Driving To Us
10.) Leave The Driving To Us * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
11.) Night Traffic [Excerpts] * BBC Sound Effects Library * Suburbia
 * BBC Records (1997)
12.) Chicken Keeper * Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 * Porcelain Entertainments
 * Return To Sender Records (1995)
13.) A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off * The Magnetic Fields * 69 Love Songs * Merge Records (1999)

Part III: A Romantic Flight
14.) A Romantic Flight * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
15.) The Greasy Chicken * Andre Williams * Four Hairy Policemen (Wavy Gravy) * Beware Records (1989)
16.) Chickens * King Missile III * The Psychopathology Of Everyday Life * Instinct Records (2003)

Part IV: Getting Organized
17.) Getting Organized * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
18.) Chicken Rock * Fat Daddy Holmes * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly * Rhino Records (2006)
19.) Chicken Back Part Two * The Curios * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume 12 – The Lux Interior Memorial Edition – Journey Into Outer Space * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2009)
20.) Chicken Don’t Roost Too High (1930) * The Georgia Pot Lickers * The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of * Yazoo Records (2006)

Part V: Just Testing
21.) Just Testing * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
22.) 5-Piece Chicken Dinner * The Beastie Boys * Paul’s Boutique * Capitol Records (1989)
23.) Do The Funky Chicken * Rufus Thomas * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles (1968 – 1971) * Stax Records (1993)


The Leigh Stevens Variety Hour (#35)

planesThe Leigh Stevens Variety Hour (#35)

Pressing on into new territory, we find ourselves here, cashing in on a noted celebrity to help keep the program “current.”  Perhaps the AV Club will profile our show now that we’re dedicating an hour to the work of Leigh Stevens, knowing that they will be able to siphon clickthroughs by stealing my thunder?  Who can say?  The music will speak for itself, in the end, even if the crumpled suit and Bob Barker microphone I’m using to see the the program isn’t wining over any converts.

16105593_1397303106987022_8437875127789077217_nDid someone say gimmicks?  Because we’ve got ’em.  Consider this a debut of sorts for MKUltramegaphone, a new combo of sorts, who added audio commentary and texture to the program throughout the hour.  Cut-ups and electro-wizardry layered with studio soundscapes and original musical compositions.  As I walk up and down the audience walkway, paying more attention to my microphone cable than anything else, I ask: what more could you want?

Well, cliché, simile, cliché.  Because, etc, and so on.  As a tribute to all The Waiters out there who are always fashionably ready for anything, we offer them these new opportunities to listen for the name-sake recordings buried deep within within this program, in a way only our ferns at Firesign Theater can deliver.  In-jokes within in-jokes!  It’s enough to leave anyone puzzled & befuddled.

Sleigh-stevens-showpecial thanks to Leigh Stevens, musician and engineer, for supplying the bulk of the audio material we played on the program today.  Leigh has been making music since the early ’80’s, and is one of those rare, undiscovered gems that is lost in the deluge of modernity and digital audio.  Tapes, man.  It used to be about the tapes!  (Shakes head back and forth.)  If you dig his stuff, you can contact him at:


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The Leigh Stevens Variety Hour*

Part I: Down On Foster’s Farm

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) [11] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)
03.) Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him * Firesign Theater * Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him * Columbia Records (1968)
04.) Larry Lambo * Leigh Stevens * Larry Lambo * Self-Released (2006) * [Leigh’s Note: “digitally warped youtube sounds”]
05.) Down On Foster’s Farm * Leigh Stevens w/ James Mereness * Down On Foster’s Farm * Self-Released (1988) * [Leigh’s Note: “James – sound effects CDs, Emulator II sampler, synthesizers, digital manipulation, and 24-track tape.”]
06.) Subway Ambience * Leigh Stevens * Subway Ambience * Self-Released (2000)
07.) Farmer Taxi Dub * Leigh Stevens * Farmer Taxi Dub * Self-Released (1985) * [Leigh’s Note: “¼” audio tape – a normal rehearsal interrupted by random taxi radio interference.”]

Part II: The Rio Surf Tango 

08.) Rio Surf * Leigh Stevens * Rio Surf * Self-Released (1996) * [Leigh’s Note: “minidisc recording, 2 pressure-zone microphones placed 50’ apart – the ocean at São Conrado beach on a stormy night in Rio de Janiero”]
09.) Easter 1984 * Leigh Stevens w/ James Mereness & Frank Oswald * Easter 1984 * Self-Released (1989) * [Leigh’s Note: “TV and other found sound, Emulator II sampler, synthesizers, digital manipulation, and 24-track tape.”]
10.) Waterworld Ambience * Leigh Stevens * Waterworld Ambience * Self-Released (2011)
11.) Tel Aviv Tango * Leigh Stevens w/ James Mereness & Frank Oswald * Tel Aviv Tango * Self-Released (1990) * [Leigh’s Note: “TV and other found sound, Emulator II sampler, synthesizers, digital manipulation, and 24-track tape – jamming in the studio with Saddam and Peter Jennings on live TV, also featuring the SFX track from the film “Predator” played in reverse.”]

Part III: Stranded On LSD Island

12.) LSD Island * Leigh Stevens * LSD Island * Self-Released (1996) * [Leigh’s Note: “tape loop, digital sampler and DX-7 synthesizer
13.) Edge Effects * Leigh Stevens * Edge Effects * Self-Released (1970 – 1993) * [Leigh’s Notes: “found sound, ¼” tape, Pro Tools – in the days of audio tape recording, economic pressures forced musicians to use tape stock from wherever it could be obtained, including 1960s State Department Mandarin language training tapes. These tapes were then recorded over multiple times with different projects and experiments, until the spaces between songs became filled with overlapping snippets and remnants of a highly dubious nature. Short samples of these were randomly assembled.”
14.) Sakamoto2 * Leigh Stevens * Sakamoto2 * Self-Released (2012) * [Leigh’s Notes: “thousands of tiny sound effects recombinated”]
15.) Weirder Science * Leigh Stevens * Weirder Science * Self-Released (2012) * [Leigh’s Note: “digital soundfiles of business meetings, processed with iPhone app and Pro Tools.”]

* Throughout the program, horridus & Austin as MKUltramegaphone were mixing samples and other bits to create the final product.  The notes for these recordings are:

short granular samples / excerpts / loops  : 

0. Jack Kerouac Reads from “On The Road” * Jack Kerouac *Jack Kerouac Reads from “On The Road” * (September 14, 1999)
1. 1950s Housewife Tries LSD * 1950s Housewife * 1950s Housewife Tries LSD  * * (2013)
2. Magic Trip * Ken Kesey * Magic Trip * (2011)
3. Latcho Drom * Tony Gatlif * Latcho Drom * * (1993)
4. live ringing witches bells

linux mixxed tunes:
7. röcheln * devilsclub * röcheln * (2014)
6. brokenix * devilsclub * brokenix * (2014)
5. vanilla discharge * devilsclub * vanilla discharge * (2016)
8. grass hat smoke * devilsclub * grass hat smoke * (2015)
9. foldingM0n3y * devilsclub * foldingM0n3y * (2013)

That’s Where The Music Comes From! (A Semi-Vinyl Solution w/ horridus and Uneasy Chairs) (#34)

img_4762That’s Where The Music Comes From! (A Semi-Vinyl Solution w/ horridus and Uneasy Chairs) (#34)

In this nearly-all-vinyl presentation, horridus of devilsclub and I raid our respective record collections and present a meditation on the origins of music itself, aided by Thurl Ravenscroft and some of the other talent in from the Disney studios back in their heyday.  But that’s not all!  We get an exotica re-mix, and three-way jazz throw-down, some gems from, and a phone call from Uneasy Chairs where Pat plays along live to the records we’re playing!  It’s a grab-bag of Mutated Goodness, this week on the program.

new-showWe were sad to have to reschedule Derek Johnson Love, who was supposed to play on the show this week, but with the insane weather lately, it was better that he wasn’t on the road.  And, when things like that occur, it’s nice to be able throw together something like this, where the usual rules of our program go out the window.

Both Uneasy Chairs and devilsclub are becoming regular fixtures on the program, and for that I am thankful.  Not only do they both really get the show, and enjoy what we do, but they add a nice texture and vibe to the program that really fits.  They are both welcome on the show any time they are in town, and it is always a pleasure to work with them.

But, that’s not what we’re hear for this week.  We’re here to learn!  So, sit back, put on your drinking caps, and discover the origins of music itself.


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That’s Where The Music Comes From!

Part I: The Love Nest

01.) A Child’s Introduction to Melody * CamarataBill Lee, Gloria Wood, Thurl Ravenscroft & Joseph S. Dubin * A Child’s Introduction to Melody * Disneyland Records (1964)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Wire Trace / Epoxy [Excerpt] * Hovercraft * Experiment Below * Blast First / Mute Records (1998)
04.) The Love Nest * Herb Alpert * Herb Alpert’s Ninth  * A & M Records (1967)
05.) Katsumi Love Theme * Arthur Lyman * Taboo * Hi Fi Records (1958)
06.) Stone God * Martin Denny * Exotica… the exciting sounds of… Martin Denny * Liberty Records (1957)
07.) Ritual Fire Dance * Edmond de Luca & The Trans World Symphony Orchestra * Safari * Stereo Fidelity / Somerset Records (1958)
08.) 3Byku * Unicode * Kahvi Collective-Poems EP * (2002) (Notes: Location: Siberia; Quote from artist: “Unicode, another artist from the depths of Siberia, brings us a minimal offering – 2 tracks of quiet, atmospheric sounds, to put you into a calm, reflective mood…”

Part II: Uneasy Calls

09.) Miles Runs The Voodoo Down * Miles Davis * Bitches Brew * Columbia (1970)
10.) Ramblin’ * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records (1970)
11.) Manifestation * John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali & Ray Appleton * The Best of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years, Vol. 2 * Impulse Records (1972)
12.) En la Alhambra / La Dolores / Estudiantina * Orquesta Popular de Madrid de la O.N.C.E. * One Hundred Guitars * Columbia Records (1959)
13.) hardcore * serocell * soft touch operation * (2002) [Quote from artist: “a series of pieces restricted to 20 seconds in duration.”]
14.) Live Guitar Accompaniment * Uneasy Chairs * Live Guitar Accompaniment * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
15.) yellowsnowflake * devilsclub w/ Uneasy Chairs * transpsychotic-express * (2015) [Pat Gundran: computerized verbiage and atmospheric synthesis; horridus: percussion, bass, synthesis and composition]

Part III: Battle of The Planets

14.) Trees * Mahalia Jackson * Great Songs of Love and Faith * Columbia Records (1962) 
15.) Battle of The Planets * godheadSilo * The Scientific Supercake L.P. * Kill Rock Stars (1994)
16.) myth universe * devilsclub * myth universe * (2016) 

Outside Time! (New Clichés, Too w/ devilsclub, Uneasy Chairs & Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE!) (#33)

Odevilsclubutside Time! (New Clichés, Too w/ devilsclub, Uneasy Chairs & Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE!) (#33)

There’s no better way to start the new year off than with some live music, and for this show, we offer you that in droves… spread out over two hours!  horridus of devilsclub curates a set of music by his favorite artists, who submitted tracks (and in some cases, recorded tracks) specifically for this broadcast!

But that’s not all!  Not only do we get down and jam out on four different live performances, but The Dead Air Fresheners unveil a new demo of a song that will be performed at Ricardo Wang’s 50th Birthday, a show you do not want to miss, AND Uneasy Chairs calls in to play live and talk about what he’s been up to.  (In fact, we discuss his recent outdoor performance, which you can hear on his Bandcamp Page.)  This is a stellar set of artists, all working toward delivering New Music as part of the first show of the New Year.  We also have New Sponsors!  It’s the complete package, and we couldn’t be more proud.

devilsclub was not only the first live band I had on this version of the program, but has been a huge supporter of Mid-Valley Mutations since the very beginning, so it feels right to start 2017 off with him in the studio.  The centerpiece of three of our performances tonight comes from a ’60’s sci-fi program, Theater Five, and is a continuation of the work we did on our previous collaboration.  This one is called, “Outside Time,” and I like the story as it seems to reflect some of the ideas and thoughts I’ve been having lately.  I love the sounds we have been getting when we work together, and we’ve been talking about other projects and ideas for the future.  Consider this the beginning of something to come, and I will leave it at that.

The backbone of the show, however, is the curated playlist of music by some of horridus’ favorite artists, as we had done way back when in episode 10.  These are people who get little to no radio exposure as part of their usual creative lives, and yet are taking chances and making art that is both compelling and fascinating, and representative of music that has almost no home in the world of radio.  horridus and I could do shows like this every week, for years on end, and still never scratch the surface.  Hopefully we can use this opportunity to feature and highlight some of the hidden corners of the musical landscape that are often overlooked.  There are links and more information below.  Please, take some time to seek out this stuff.  You will not be sorry.

And, with that, let’s go!


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Outside Time! (New Clichés, Too)


Part I: Sonic Evening

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Outside Time * Theater Five * 1 September 1964 Broadcast * ABC Radio (1964)
03.) Sonic Evening * Chaotic MorphsAnn-Helen Schølberg * Live At Izakaya, Oslo (Kristiansund), Norway * Self-Released (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Live recording from my record / cassette Q; from the release party December 11th 2016. RADIO EDIT.”
04.) zzyzx * devilsclub * zzyzx * (2016)
05.) Help! My phantom limb is missing * Boson Spin * Help! My phantom limb is missing * (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Stan Magendanz (aka Boson Spin, Brisbane, Australia) has been creating ambient, dark ambient & experimental electronic music since 2005.  After decades of obsessing over the music of electronic artists such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno, Robert Rich & James Johnson (to name but a few), he decided to give this ‘music making thing’ a go.  Much to his wife’s annoyance, Stan now spends a lot of his after work & weekend relaxation time creating music & posting it to his Soundcloud page.”
06.) D2345678901234567890123 * Carla ɟra Helles7ed * D2345678901234567890123 * (2016) * Artist’s Note: “looking for ideas of politics and its consequences” .. “one or the other, good or bad still the same, trying new ways” .. “transmissions” .. “just feeling, and tooling to make sense, bone structure” .. “a thing that falls mutates along the way” Denmark

Part II: Gone To The Birds 

07.) (Bird(s)ongs) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Sarawak * Leigh Stevens * Sarawak * Self-Released (1991) * Artist’s Note: “¼”  audio tape, Schoeps M-S microphone – jungle ambience.”  
09.) Olanzapine Moss Ethereal Temple * Humanfobia * Olanzapine Moss Ethereal Temple * (2016) * Artist’s Note: Rancagua, Chile

Part III: Dead Air Fresheners Demo

10.) Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Dead Air Fresheners *Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Performed via Phone for Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Fog and Steam * XRMX * Fog and Steam * disquiet0254 (2016) * Artist’s Note: “All the sounds in ‘Fog and Steam’ are derived from two short recordings; a railroad engine steam whistle, and a fog horn… manipulated by a lot of cutting, splicing, pitch-shifting, and other effects.”
12.) A Man Who Smokes * Austin Rich * A Man Who Smokes * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
13.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) New Green Cans! * Austin Rich * New Green Cans! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Uneasy Chairs / devilsclub, LIVE!

15.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs w/ devilsclub * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Interview * Uneasy Chairs * Interview * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Tectonic Subduction * Rumblin Cynth Rampo * Tectonic Subduction * (2017) * Artist’s Note: “Track created for play on Salem Oregon’s Radio KMUZ Mid Valley Mutation show which will be broadcast Friday 6th Jan 2017 at 10pm Pacific Daylight Time or around 0400 GMT.  Track created using Eurorack synth, recordings of bubbles and the mine winding engine at the Big Pit museum in Blaenafon” Wales.


Part IV: Time To Go Into Space

18.) Clown Interrogation * Dan Johnson * Clown Interrogation * (2016) * Artist’s Note: Derby
19.) Outside Time (Part 1) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.) Spiral Down * STRIGOI * Spiral Down * (2016) * Artist’s Note: “STRIGOI is a experimental music/drone artist, based in Vienna/ Austria.  Strigoi´s music may sound very aggressive sometimes, but all pieces are expressions of pure love.  We are living in tough times, and STRIGOI is the reaction of a peaceful mind. Worldwide stupidity must end. No more wars, no more earning money on war, no more exploitation of humans, animals and nature. No more stupid ideologies. That what it´s all about.  SPIRAL DOWN was recorded in the wake of the Orlando shooting. The music speaks for itself. Madness must stop. NOW.”
21.) Mrs. Evans * Austin Rich * Mrs. Evans * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) Let’s Go! * Austin Rich * Let’s Go! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
23.) Late Night Music * Slinky Cee * Late Night Music * (2016) * Artist’s Note: “I have been djing electronic and esoteric since the early nighties on and off but only started playing with first analog mono synths then modular synths in the last few years but I am hooked. This track “late night music” was recorded straight from my mixing desk after I found a patch I was happy with. It’s based around two AJH minimod vco’s which are having there base frequency modulated by an NLC sloth (a chaotic cv generator) then fed into a Doepfer ring modulator.”  Melbourne, Australia

Part V: Live Weather

24.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report Two (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
25.) Outside Time (Part 2) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
26.) Burn Your Family Down and Start Over * Zachary Zena Giberson * Light Blooms Upon the Infected Monument * (2017) * Artist’s Note: Austin, Texas.
27.) Camino a casa * Mareaboba * Camino a casa * (2016) * Artist’s Note: ” ‘Camino a casa’ is a song by Mareaboba released Dec 2016. A mixture of psychedelic latin modular frequencies, a story of the road we take home, everyday, and somehow seems to be the same, but actually, is different each time we come back. The track was recorded live in Northwest Mexico and is part of a series of songs recorded on the same session.”
28.) Perfectly Square * Austin Rich * Perfectly Square * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
29.) Babylon the Great has Fallen * David M. Paganin * Babylon the Great has Fallen * (2016) * Artist’s Note: “David lives in Melbourne, Australia. He strives for emotive and genuinely innovative experimental sounds. It is important to him to seek his own sound, which respects and mutates his influences without being overwhelmed by their genius. Besides making music, his major interests are physics research, literature, psychology and gardening. This track reflects his long-time fascination with both the ancient city of Babylon, and with ancient languages.  The spoken text is a conflation of Revelation 17:5 and 18:2, attempted in the original spoken Greek of two millennia past. It translates as: ‘Babylon the great // It has fallen // Babylon the great, the mother of the prostitutes and the abominations of the earth.’ ”

Part VI: Outro & Outside Time Finale

30.) Outside Time (Part 3) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Out With The New, In With The Old.

And here’s a 2008 broadcast that will also go over well as you watch the odometer kick over.

WTBC Radio In Beautiful Anywhere, Anywhen!

vintage-winterOut With The New, In With The Old.
(Special Is This Music? coverage for Hogwash while he’s out of town.  Originally broadcast on 28 December 2008 on KPSU.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

This is a 60 Minute audio essay about the Holiday Season, with music, sound effects, voice-overs, and a few commercials. For those of you who have never heard the kind of shows I do, this is an excellent introduction to my radio style, and a wonderful hour of holiday sounds for those New Year’s parties around the corner.  (Token mentions of X-Mas were, sadly, unavoidable.)  Consider this my holiday gift to the city of Portland, and anyone else I forgot to get a gift for.  Sorry.

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The Old Acquaintance with Philip Marlowe!

A NYE yarn for you to enjoy.

WTBC Radio In Beautiful Anywhere, Anywhen!

tumblr_inline_mrs9taViVj1rpbt6fThe Old Acquaintance with Philip Marlowe!
(At their yearly meet-up, Detective Dexter Roland and Phillip Marlowe discuss a strange case involving a wedding on New Year’s Eve, and a whole lot more, from The Adventures of Phillip Marlowe, oiginally broadcast 26 December 1948.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

I’d known Phil since pretty early in his career, and we had long ago made it a habit to hunker down each time the year turned over to talk about our work throughout the year.  But it wasn’t until he actually showed up this year that I thought I would see him, and even worse, it wasn’t until he began to tell me about the New Year’s Wedding that went wrong that I really began to feel bad.

I have to admit, The Adventures of Philip Marlowe is probably my favorite Old Time Radio program.  I’m a fan of the character in…

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A New Year’s Vinyl Solution (#32)

img_4669A New Year’s Vinyl Solution (#32)

It’s been a while since my last All Vinyl show.   Part of the notion of Mid-Valley Mutations was this aesthetic of the cut-and-paste, and it is VERY hard to do that on a record, if you want the record to survive.  And, admittedly, there is a slightly bigger time commitment with LPs and whatnot.  I’m often in front of a computer, so it is easy to prepare material throughout the week.  But I’m not always in front of my record player, even though I would very much like to be.

There is also the condition of space and time.  I don’t have access to a studio where I can have three turntables running all at once, except in the studios at KMUZ.  There is a certain amount of “live” energy to a show like this that is not present elsewhere.  I’ve been attracted to records for my entire life, because the entire element of the listening experience, from pulling the album from the shelf to tucking it back afterward, has a charm to it that is unparalleled in other listening experiences.  While I have used them all, and each have their virtue, I have more records than anything else, and because of that, my biases easily show.

img_4670It is a bummer, then, that these All Vinyl shows are not more frequent.  But, that makes them all the more special.  I try to take my time, play things that are just as mutated as the rest of the program, and still give it a flavor of something that I usually deliver as part of the weekly show.  In that area, I believe I delivered.  While I’m always shocked at how few records get played during shows like this, I am thankful to have such a wealth of material to draw from.  Every time I enter a record show I think about the possibilities of playing my purchases on the radio, and to that end, my collection has only gotten better.  Hopefully, the proof is in the pudding.

For those of you who follow the MyFacester+ and the Blog, you may have noticed that this is not the show that was advertised.  While I was in the middle of producing the New Year’s Program, I was also in the process of moving my home and my studio to a new location.  On Christmas Day, our home was broken into at some point in the evening, and in the process, my studio and my wife’s home office were ran-sacked.  They took our computers, my mixer, banjo and guitar (among other things), our bicycles, our lawnmower, a pile of unmoved records, and a whole bunch of other meaningless items, both personal and sentimental.  We returned the day after Christmas, having spent the day with family, to find our house trashed and anything of value gone.  It was a horrifying experience, not to mention that we had to then clean the place after they overturned our carefully packed boxes.

Suffice it to say, that New Year’s show was never finished, and may never be, depending on the state of our hard drives that they (thankfully) left behind.  In the meantime, while I hate to plug something like this in this way, if you are thinking, “this is awful, and I’d like to help,” then I ask that you do either one of the following:

Donate to the YouCaring Page that Julie Eaton (music editor at The Salem Weekly) set up, where you can help us get some money so we can replace some of what was stolen.


Send a care package to Mid-Valley Mutations, if money is not in your means.  To be honest, some of my favorite records were stolen, and while the bulk was moved before the break-in, there are many that I keep re-noticing are gone.  And, considering the financial loss, it will be a while before I am able to buy new records.  If you can, maybe send a little music my way?  I could use the smile, and it will find a way onto the show, certainly. (Check the contact page if you want to send something in.)

Even in light of this, I’m trying to remain optimistic and look to the future.  We have some great shows coming up, and 2017 can only get better.  Mid-Valley Mutations has had a very good year, and we hope that we can continue that into the next.  Transitions are hard, change is scary, and moving on is very hard.  I’m hoping that with a little radio diversion, we can all find a way to think about what’s to come without panicking.

Thanks to everyone who supports the show, and listens from home.  It is for you I do this, and from you that I draw hope.  You are wonderful, you are beautiful, and without you, there would be no show.

Here’s to 2017, and beyond.


Spinitron Playlist


A New Year’s Vinyl Solution

Part I: Our Globe

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Story of Mr. World * Lowell Thomas Jr. * The Story of Mr. World: The World’s Only Talking Globe Volume 1 * Replogle Globes, Inc. (1962)
03.) Coarse Land * Blood Rhythms * Assembly * No Part Of It (2015)
04.) Untitled I * L.A. Lungs * Rrest * Debacle Records (2014)

Part II: The Astronaut

05.) The Often Re-Entry Forming An Exit Strategy * Expo ’70 * Expo ’70 / Plankton Wat Split 12” * Debacle Records (2013)
06.) Weissensee * Neu! * Neu! * Billingsgate Records (1972)
07.) Glide * Fennesz * Black Sea * Touch Records (2008)
08.) I Remember Us Naked (blues version) * Post-Materialists * I Remember Us Naked (blues version) * Naked Ragin’ Records (2011)

Part III: The Story of Mr. World

09.) Despite The Water Supply Part 1 * Jim O’Rourke * Despite The Water Supply * Touch (2008)
10.) Texas Cedarwood (beauty hype suite 1) * Zac Nelson * Charbroile * Debacle Records (2012)
11.) Moonchild including The Dream and The Illusion * King Crimson * In The Court of The Crimson King * Atlantic Records (1969)
12.) Moving * Rust Ionics * Moving/Pictures * Colour Sound Recordings / Outer Limits / Quodlibet Recordings (2006)
13.) Side Effects Of Being Tired * Unwound * Challenge For A Civilized Society * Kill Rock Stars (1998)
14.) Jan. 1st * Tit Wrench * Temporarily Committed For Life * Vinyl Communications (1992)

A Christmas Carol with Richard Diamond! (Retrocast) (#31.1)

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(It’s Christmas Eve, 1949, and Detective Dexter Roland needs to sober up. So he decides to take in a show with Richard Diamond, Walt & Otis of the local PD.)

(This episode was originally podcast on 22 December 2015.)

It had been a long day, and Detective Dexter Roland had found himself in strange places, listening to strange stories during the strangest time of the year. So, how in the hell did he find himself on a Sound Stage, with the singing detective himself, Richard Diamond, and his cast of oddballs, Walt & Otis of the local police precent? He’s not entirely sure, but he’s arrived at just the right time to catch their rendition of the Dicken’s classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

Richard Diamond was not on the air long, in either his radio or television incarnation, and yet during the seven total years he was a detective for all three of the big networks (he ran, at various times, on ABC, NBC & CBS), and was portrayed by at least three different actors, though Dick Powell was most well known for playing the sleuth. While the character was “The Singing Detective” on the radio (belting out a tune at the end of each show), by the second season of the TV show, Richard found himself playing a more Noir-like character, and fit in better with the Sam Spade / Phillip Marlowe style detective. While this particular show – where they re-enact a play – is not at all the usual form for this program, it fits perfectly into our Holiday Theme, and gives Dexter someone else he can pal around with.

The radio broadcasts were certainly a “lighter” kind of detective than you found elsewhere, and this could have added to the reasons why he didn’t last as long on the air. But even still, Richard Diamond produced 77 TV episodes, and over 160 radio broadcasts, something impressive by modern standards. And, as this is a Holiday broadcast, it only makes sense to have a “lighter” program close to Christmas.

These detective shows are a lot of fun to put together, and I always enjoy bringing out Dexter when it’s appropriate. There’s only one more in this series, where he meets with Phillip Marlowe for a New Year’s Eve story that you won’t want to miss. Until then:



A Christmas Carol with Richard Diamond!

Side A: At Our Fireplace

01.) Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 * György Sándor / Béla Bartók * Complete Solo Piano Music
02.) At Our Fireplace * Deek Watson & The Brown Dots * Black Christmas
03.) Worksong * Grails * Red Light
04.) Nonsense * Telepathys * Sui Ken – Japanese Punk and Hardcore
05.) So Long * Tiger High * Catacombs After Party

Side B: Merry Christmas

06.) Hard Times * Danny & The Other Guys * Garage Punk Unknowns – Part 1
07.) Merry Christmas * Blake Xolton * Homework #5
08.) It’s A Secret * Regular Guys * Teenline Vol. 1
09.) God Only Knows * The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
10.) Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 * György Sándor / Béla Bartók * Complete Solo Piano Music

Weird Christmas w/ The Whistler & The Mysterious Traveler! (#31)

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 While radio was not the first medium to explore the stranger side of things, it was the first place where people at home could all bond together, simultaneously, over a strange piece of culture, where previously you could only hear this stuff gathered around a campfire, late at night.  Radio brought everything into our homes – drama, news, sports, and fantasy – and as we turned the dial, we stumbled across things that have managed to spook us in ways we didn’t think were possible.  That is, until the radio age.

While it is easy to overlook the cultural impact of this, it bears repeating that radio gave to us a chance to engage in culture along with the rest of the world, live.  While time-shifting is just the reality of the modern age, it was simply never possible for nearly 100 years.  Live experiences – like tuning into a radio program – was a singular experience that connected your community (and your country) in a way that no other medium was able to do previously.  These shared experiences changes the way we experienced the rest of the world, and each other.  Suddenly, there was something to talk about that we all heard last night.  While the obvious boon was to offer nearly instantaneous forms of communication, it wasn’t long before some clever gents realized that the evocative nature of sound at night meant that radio was uniquely suited for something spooky, and a whole world of sounds to make you shiver began to fill the airwaves.

One of my favorite resources for these odder Old Time Radio selections is Strange Tales, part of the Relic Radio collective.  Not only do they offer incredible curated means through which you can listen to almost any genre of radio from the past, but Strange Tales specifically is a fantastic slice of these late night, often supernatural but always very weird audio offerings.  Every episode is worth your time and effort, and as the host continues to mine the weird and wild side of radio history, I’m constantly impressed with strange gems that are well worth your time.

Even still, radio didn’t invent the “scary story set at Christmas” genre.  The Krampus filled that niche almost from the beginning, and radio merely applied the rules of good audio theater to that same idea, and created the perfect way to deliver some scares to the listeners at hand.  I was very excited to find that two of my favorite “weird” programs each had great Holiday Stories that fit exactly this description, but are the perfect ways to cap off the season, and bring you a little something that will fill your heart with something other than Holiday Cheer.

We start off this episode with a story from The Whistler, a crime anthology program that focuses on the stranger parts of the criminal underworld.  The host, only known as The Whistler, was played for almost 7 years by William Foreman, who occasionally worked as a radio announcer, and played the character in the short-lived 1954 TV version of the character.  The Whistler was an omniscient narrator, who would goad the characters as the stories developed, and seemed to enjoy the misfortune of others.  Irony and grim endings were a staple of this program, and seemed to set the stage for the EC Comics style horror hosts of the ’50s.  There were eight Whistler films in the noir vein, seven of which starred Richard Dix as different characters, and half of which were William Castle films.  Each episode of The Whistler creates a wonderfully creepy atmosphere, and is kick-started by the footsteps and whistling that was copied to comic effect in The SaintBut here, the sounds are not only appropriately creepy, but set the tone for the rest of the broadcast.  This is absolutely some of the best radio ever recorded, and we’re happy to have it on the program this week.

weird-christmasRunning for almost nine years and acting as an anthology program that was on the air at the same time as The Whistler, or second program is from The Mysterious Traveler.  Hosted by Maurice Tarplin, a veteran radio voice over actor, who was heard on The Strange Dr. Weird, Boston Blackie, Valiant Lady, The Shadow, Theater Five, The March of Time, Gangbusters, The Guiding Light, Myrt and Marge  and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.  But he was limited to the narrator in The Mysterious Traveler, a character that shares a train ride with you, and can’t help but tell you strange stories he’s overheard.  Both magazine and comic book versions of this character popped up, but neither managed to become hits, and languished on newsstands until they were canceled, a shame considering people like John Dickson Carr, Dorothy L. Sayers, Brett Halliday, Ray Bradbury, Craig Rice, and Lawrence Blochman, all wrote for the publication, an impressive roster with hindsight.  While certainly an eerie program with many of the horror / suspense tropes of the day, there are regrettably few episodes of the program available, with only 70 of the 370 broadcasts existing in the modern era.  Still, what does exist is a great sampling of a kind of storytelling that is rapidly disappearing, down the tracks of life.

I love exploring Old Time Radio, and it has been fun to sift through all of these holiday classics during this part of the year.  Stay tuned, as we have a New Year’s program that we’re piecing together, and 2017 has a number of great programs already in the works.  This is a great time to become a fan of our show, and all you have to do is listen.  Seems like a pretty good deal, to me.




Weird Christmas w/ The Whistler & The Mysterious Traveler!

Part I: The Whistler!

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) See How Pretty, See How Smart [Excerpt] * Melvins * The Maggot * Ipecac Records (1999)
03.) Letter From Cynthia * The Whistler * 25 December 1949 Broadcast * CBS Radio (1949)

Part II: The Mysterious Traveler!

04.) Christmas Story * The Mysterious Traveler * 25 December 1951 Broadcast *  The Mutual Network (1951)

A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler! (Retrocast) (#30.1)

0A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler! (Retrocast) (#30.1)
(Detective Dexter Roland is several sheets to the wind, and has found himself at a private party with a number of well-known folks and… The Whistler? Originally broadcast 25 December 1944.)

(This episode was originally podcast on 15 December 2015.)

You’re taking a walk home and you stumble across a group of drunk holiday well-wishers leaving The Blue Note late into the night. You tighten up your coat to quicken up your pace to beat the cold. You automatically assume that you should avoid them at all costs, that they look like trouble, that if you let yourself become in any way associated with these obvious miscreants it could mean disaster for you, and for the rest of the night. Why, just the other day you heard a story about someone who was on the run from the law, because of a Christmas Bonus he received?

Join us, as Detective Dexter Roland – intoxicated with both spirits and those of the season – is off to listen to scary stories told by none other than the legendary Whistler, the very same from radio and film. Along the way we bring you holiday fun and music by a host of artists I’m always itching to listen to, and in the end we have a jolly good time, as we let Dexter guide us this holiday season.

The centerpiece of this show is an episode of The Whistler from 1944, where the very well-know theme kicks our show into high-gear. (Performed by Dorothy Roberts and Wilbur Hatch‘s orchestra, who wrote the piece for the show.) It should be noted that Dorothy Roberts, was really only paid to do the whistling once, and it probably wasn’t for very much. But the show was a hit, and ran for 13 years. Her tune was heard hundreds of times, in hundreds of households, and her name was largely forgotten for years.

It’s funny how so many programs of this era all began with the sounds of someone walking and whistling, which has since become shorthand in radio (and later, film and TV) for “night.” It worked particularly well on radio, as the sterile environment of the radio station meant that you wouldn’t be hearing the sounds of everyday life – of cars, birds, people talking and chattering. Sitting alone, with a radio, and hearing echoey footsteps, and then… well, it is a singular experience, and it sets the tone for what The Whistler was going to bring you.

J. Donald Wilson set the tone for the program, who was a writer and producer for CBS in the early ’40s. He was a hired gun, and the idea of a crime show seemed like an easy win. Crime radio programs were huge in those days, and Wilson rationalized that if you bill the show as an “anthology,” you can save time by not having a recurring cast. Wilson relied on a lot of tried and true storytelling ideas, and decided to connect the episodes by having one recurring character, a narrator, who was rarely a part of the action, but was more like an announcer.

As the stories that were getting churned out got darker and darker, Wilson made The Whistler’s character darker, until he was an almost sinister character. Borrowing heavily from Inner Sanctum, Wilson crafted an eerie crime show with an almost – but not quite – supernatural component. In a tried and true horror motif, he was fond of trick endings where a new bit of information in the last moments of the program can often reverse the entire effect of the show, but he deployed this tactic only when necessary, and only when the effect would really work because of the story.

In 1944, Wilson had to leave the show, and George Allen took over as producer. This wasn’t even strange for this program, as the voice of The Whistler changed from time to time too, the most consist of them being Bill Forman. Bob Anderson was the regular announcer for the show, and with a core group at hand, Allen realized that it was important to stay the course. They had a good thing going with the initial success of the program, and Allen decided he wanted to keep this going by sticking with what worked. To that end, The Whistler formula became very easy to identify, very easy to produce, and was a hit with audiences.

William Castle – yes, that William Castle – soon bought the rights to do a series of Whistler pictures, and in the waning years of the programs success on the radio, The Whistler was on television in 1954. But as anthology shows started to fall out of vogue, and dramatic radio was loosing the edge it had in light of the popularity of Rock and Roll, ratings for The Whistler declined, and the show quietly disappeared, like a whistling stranger in the night, walking further and further away.

There is certainly an old-fashioned-ness to the way these stories develop. Having a narrator like this really evokes a kind of radio that had fallen out of fashion, even in the ’40s, and was then a throw-back to adventure-serial type radio programs, that where heavy on the use of a narrator to catch everyone up from day to day. But the hallmark of The Whistler that was innovative was the way the character was chilling. Inner Sanctum used a host that told horror-jokes, and had a bubbly co-host that reminded him to do the ad-reads. But The Whistler was very, very serious, and could string someone along with a description of an inner monologue that was terrifying. While these might sound a little corny, if you were a kid in 1944, you would have LOVED The Whistler.

Stay tuned, as Detective Dexter Roland has fallen in with yet another group of after after party celebrators, when he takes in a late-late show by Detective Richard Diamond, the singing detective.



A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler!

Side A: By Hook Or By Crook

01.) The Happy Whistler * Raymond Scott * Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 2: 6 to 12 Months.
02.) In The Midnight Hour * Gary Wilson * Forgotten Lovers
03.) By Hook Or By Crook * Thee Headcoats * Headcoatitude
04.) Government Money * Bonemen of Barumba * Homework #9
05.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh No! It’s Devo!
06.) Money Money Money * 9th Life * 9th Life Tape
07.) (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle * Hank Williams * 40 Greatest Hits

Side B: Dark Thoughts

08.) The Greatest Gift * Scratch Acid * The Greatest Gift
09.) Change Of Plan * Steve Treatment * Messthetics Vol. 3
10.) Safe * Ellen Cherry Charles * The Cherry Orchard
11.) Dark Thoughts * New Dawn * Love, Peace & Poetry: American Psychedelic Music
12.) Whistle Down The Wind * Tom Waits * Bone Machine
13.) Whistle * Voltage * Nice Watch Mix Tape

The Shadow Christmas Special! (#30)

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There is one radio character, from the earliest days of broadcasting, who’s reach not only spanned decades as an on-going concern, but has continued to retain a hold on the minds of both kids and adults alike.  The Shadow, born out of radio and pulp fiction’s inter-dependence on each other in the earliest days, began as a narrator of Detective Story Hour, a host that introduced crime stories and directed listeners to the Street and Smith’s companion magazines that were available on the racks, where most of these stories came from.  For nearly seven years this was the format of the show, but both the radio audience and readers of the magazine agreed that this mysterious “Shadow” was much more interesting than the characters in the other stories.  The writer’s had no issue with changing things up, as continuity wasn’t an issue back then, and so very quickly they took the character in a different direction.

A couple of things happened in 1937.  Mutual Broadcasting took over distributing The Shadow, and Street and Smith began developing the character of The Shadow, introducing a supporting cast and hopping onto the “costumed adventurer” bandwagon that was popular in those days.  It also helped that the lead – a playboy by the name of Lamont Cranston – was being voice by the godfather of radio broadcasting, a maverick who defied while establishing convention and craft, Mr. Orson Welles.  While his tenure on The Shadow was only two years, it was enough to solidify the tone and direction of the program from there on out, and Margo Stevenson helped make the character of Margo Lane what it became later, even when veteran actress Agnes Moorehead played her during the later years.

shadows-christmasThe Shadow worked best in a radio environment, because his key power was to cloud men’s minds, making him hard to see unless The Shadow comes out of the dark, so to speak.  Live organ accompaniment was the standard for years on this program, cut for syndication, and while there was certainly foley effects happening too, they largely relied on character voices and good stories to keep the theater of the mind at work.  For an all-audio environment, this kind of story is perfect, and sustained over 20 years of shows and broadcasts.

While Orson was certainly the most famous person to play the character on the radio, he was certainly not the only one, nor the one who played The Shadow the longest.  Bret Morrison, known for his work on The Adventures of Superman, Suspense and X-Minus One, played the character for 10 years, and William Johnstone played the character for five years, between his Lux Radio Theater appearances, and his work on Escape.  In today’s program, we feature a story each portrayed by these veteran radio actors.  Paired with Bret Morrison is the incomparable Grace Matthews, portraying Margo Lane, where the highly distinguished Agnes Moorehead played her opposite of William.

Where the detective fiction we brought you last year certainly segues into the kind of story that you will hear on The Shadow, he is certainly more attuned to the adventure / heroic fiction trope, with a much darker angle.  This might have been one of the first things in media to scare large groups of people all at once, instead of the way books only acted on individuals.  However the character was perceived at the time, he has come to embody all that is dark and foreboding in radio broadcasting, and is a great addition to our strange holiday season.



The Shadow Christmas Special!

Part I: Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men?

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) See How Pretty, See How Smart [Excerpt] * Melvins * The Maggot * Ipecac Records (1999)
03.) The Stockings Were Hung * The Shadow * 24 December 1939 Broadcast * The Mutual Network (1939)

Part II: The Shadow Knows!

04.) The Gift of Murder * The Shadow * 21 December 1947 Broadcast * The Mutual Network (1947)

Christmas Shopping with The Crime Photographer! (Retrocast) (#29.1)

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(Casey himself – The Crime Photographer – pops in to see Detective Dexter Roland for this holiday presentation from 19 December 1946.)

(This episode was originally podcast on 8 December 2015.)

After listening to Johnny Dollar’s story in our previous installment, the only thing that made any sense to Detective Dexter Roland was to drop into The Blue Note tavern, where he could take in a few drinks and a few tunes before the end of the night. Little did he know that he was going to run into Flashgun Casey and his partner, Ann Williams. Before he could even get his bearings, Dexter is roped into hearing them recount their holiday shopping trip that went quite a ways off the rails.

Crime Photographer (and later, Casey, Crime Photographer) was a franchise that was born out of the Black Mask crime fiction scene in the ’30s, created by George Harmon Coxe, who was keen to expand Casey into as many mediums as possible. Magazines, novels, and film were all avenues that Casey found himself taking pictures in, and his run on radio lasted almost 12 years with a number of different actors and formats on CBS. The gimmick of the show – that they would drop into The Blue Note tavern, where Casey and Ann would listen to The Archie Bleyer Orchestra, and later the The Teddy Wilson Trio. In this episode, the music in the bar is provided by Herman Chittison, to great effect.

While Casey is not as well known as his Johnny Dollar or Phillip Marlowe (or other detectives of the era), during his time on the air Crime Photographer was incredibly popular, and was as well recognized in his day as the other stars of his era. It’s always a pleasure to drop in on Flashgun Casey, and he seems to have sent me off on drunken adventure that could lead me in just about any direction.

But that’s a story for another day. Until then,



Christmas Shopping with The Crime Photographer!

Side A: How We Remember Them To Be

01.) Brendon’s Camera * Brendon Small * Home Movies Soundtrack
02.) Drink, Drank Drunk * RABBITS * Keep Our Heads
03.) Out Of Our Tree * The Wailers * The Fabulous Wailers
04.) Photograph [Live] * The Human Genome Project * “Live Friday on KPSU” 17 September 2004.
05.) How We Remember Them To Be * The Cherry Orchard * Ellen Cherry Charles
06.) Takin’ A Ride * The Replacements * Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash!

Side B: Decomposing Trees

07.) Talking To You * The Savage Resurrection * The Savage Resurrection.
08.) The ‘We’re All Friends’ Club * Enemy Mine * EP
09.) In A Car * The Meat Puppets * In A Car EP
10.) The Power Of Independent Trucking * Big Black * Songs About Fucking
11.) Decomposing Trees * Galaxie 500 * On Fire
12.) Faded Photograph * The Legendary Pink Dots * Plutonium Blonde

Snow Day

On this snow day here in Salem, I’m reminded of this classic podcast from 2014. Enjoy!

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Snow Day

While I was snowed in, I decided to retreat into the Lava Lamp Lounge to indulge in some Snow Day musical treats.  This is a selection of my favorite audio that captures the mood I was going for, and I think this makes for a pretty good hour of reflective radio goodness.  Arranged in three parts.  Special thanks for our Waiter, David Berry, who offers us a great little closing treat he recorded yesterday as part of a dare.  It sounds great, David.  Well done.


Snow Day.

Part I: Lost Snow

01.) Lost Snow [Excerpt] * Mono * Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined
02.) Cold * April Stevens * April Stevens The Weather Girl
03.) Snow Girl * The Billy Nayer Show * BNS
04.) Coldward And Stormward * Bishop of Battle * Prequel Plus
05.) The…

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Detectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra! (#29)

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As 2016 rolls to a close, any reasonable assessment of the last 12 months has left all of us a little worse for wear.  As I try to re-focus my efforts for 2017, Mid-Valley Mutations is taking a few weeks off for the holidays, to recuperate and prepare for what will be a much better year, no matter how you slice it.

But we don’t want to leave you hanging, as you have come to expect weekly entertainment, and weekly entertainment you shall receive.  So we’re still bringing you some good old fashioned holiday programming, just in time for the Christmas Season.  We are featuring two Old Time Radio Classics, stories that involve detectives solving Yule Tide mysteries that play themselves out over two half-hour blocks.  But that’s not all!  We found shows where the leads are played by two stalwart performers of the Golden Age of Radio: Vincent Price and Frank Sinatra!

First, Vincent brings you a tale of The Saint, a character that he portrayed on the radio from 1947 until the end of the radio run in 1951.  Vincent is a fantastic actor, and his style and sophistication come through in his portrayal of The Saint, who is as concerned with being a gentleman as much as he is concerned with solving the case.  It is worth it to hear Vincent perform the character of Simon Templar, an actual saint in world where crime may strike at any moment.  The Saint is often – as he is in this story – accompanied by a cab driver named Louie, expertly played by Lawrence Dobkin, no stranger to Detective Radio Programs.  (He played Archie in the radio adaptations of the Nero Wolf stories, and guest starred in The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, Jeff Regan and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.)  This story is sort of typical of what you would find of The Saint.  A little action, a little comedy, and plenty of chances for Vincent and Lawrence to spar, verbally.  The recipie continues to work, even 60 years later, and it is a great addition to our Holiday Programming.

detectivesSecond, Frank Sinatra plays a lesser known character from the world of noir fiction: Rocky Fortune.  This makes perfect sense, as Sinatra was experiencing extreme popularity in post-war America, and he was the kind f personality that radio usually enjoyed.  To top it off, it seemed to have the right juice behind the show, as the creator was none other that Dimension X series creator George Lefferts.  There was also a certain amount of fourth wall breaking that happened on the show; Rocky references Dimension X, in one episode, sings lines from the Sinatra catalog, and would throw in references to From Here To Eternity as often as possible.  Perhaps that was the nail in the coffin for the program, or perhaps it was Sinatra, who was never the greatest actor, in spite of his incredible voice.  The show only lasted 25 episodes, and strangely, the final broadcast was less than a week after he won the Academy Award for acting, solidifying his career in film, making his radio career merely a footnote.  Still, this holiday installment of his program is not only a great way to close this particular episode, but is a perfectly holiday tale, best told on the radio.

It’s just one of the many ways we like to celebrate the holidays, on Mid-Valley Mutations, and we hope you enjoy listening to Old Time Radio the way we do.  And, stay tuned!  There’s all sorts of podcast-only treats, and further Old Time Radio goodies that will hit the airwaves in the coming weeks.  Get into the Yule Tide Spirit, with plenty of radio for your ears.



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Detectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra!

Part I: The Saint!

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) See How Pretty, See How Smart [Excerpt] * Melvins * The Maggot * Ipecac Records (1999)
03.) Nineteen Santa Clauses * The Saint * 24 December 1947 Broadcast * NBC Radio (1947)

Part II: Rocky Fortune!

04.) The Plot To Murder Santa Claus * Rocky Fortune * 22 December 1953 Broadcast * NBC Radio (1953)

The Department Store Swindle! (Retrocast) (#28.1)

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(Detective Dexter Roland returns to the air to bring you an episode of Your’s Truly, Johnny Dollar, with this gem from 24 December 1949.)

(This Program was originally podcast on 1 December 2015.)

Detective Dexter Roland had a pretty eventful November, and was ready to settle down for a quiet December where he could worry about money for a chance. But no sooner had he dismissed his secretary and was about to do some heavy drthinking, when his old friend Johnny Dollar called up, to discuss a holiday case that he can’t stop thinking about. All December, Dexter Roland will be presenting holiday capers the likes of which you’ve never heard before, and he’d doing it all as part of our annual X-Mas Memories Broadcasts.

To kick things off, we are offering, “How I Played Santa Claus And Almost Got Left Holding The Bag,” a Johnny Dollar story from Christmas Eve, 1949. Johnny Dollar had a long and fascinating radio career, and in almost 12 years aired over 800 shows that are still being enjoyed to this day. Not quite a famous as Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe or Dexter Roland, Johnny Dollar seemed to outlast them all by delivering a combination of the best detective characters on radio, and dominated the ’50’s as detectives popped up on every station. When the mid-’60’s rolled around – and Television had very truly dominated radio – Johnny Dollar faded away.

But him memory lives on, with this story about how difficult department stores can be. And until next week:



The Department Store Swindle!

Side A: Camera Shy

01.) Johnny B. Goode * The Remains * A Session With The Remains
02.) Train * Mission of Burma * vs.
03.) Camera Shy * Parts & Labor * Mapmaker
04.) I’ll Cry * The Reigning Sound * Too Much Guitar
05.) Shoplifting * The Slits * Cut
06.) Pictures * Thought Police * Messthetics Vol. 3
07.) There Ain’t No Santa Clause On The Evenin’ Stage * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * The Spotlight Kid

Side B: True Detective

08.) Close The Door * The Readymen * Restless
09.) Last Chance * The Wipers * The Herd
10.) White * Ken Nordine * Colors
11.) True Detective * Accidents * A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock: 1977-89
12.) Mr. Santa Claus * Nathaniel Mayer* Village Of Love

Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE! (#28)

4dnightmareFour Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE! (#28)

I first met Four Dimensional Nightmare in 2013, when I was tapped to run sound for a live gig he was doing on our sister program, What’s This Called?  As was often the case with gigs like that, the music was unlike anything I’d heard before, and when it came time to book a pledge drive guest for my own program in 2014, he was eager to play again.  This is something I’ve found with Four Dimensional Nightmare: no matter what the situation, no matter the circumstances, he is down to play a gig.  He will drive all through the night for a chance to play a gig in the middle of nowhere, without compensation.  The chance to play is everything.

4dnitemarWhile I usually have a lot of filigree on my shows, Four Dimensional Nightmare is not much of a talker, and I’ve never gotten him to say much in all the times I’ve had him on my program.  But that actually leaves us with more time for the music, and you get plenty of that.  In this episode, you get a nearly 30 minute performance of LIVE Sci-Fi influence electronic music, and you get samples of his past work, all from the comfort of you living room.  This performance is a bit unusual, because this is one of two gigs that are happening at radio stations, because he is playing tomorrow at 12 Noon, on What’s This Called?  If you liked what you heard, you have another chance to hear it.

During some behind the scenes conversations, I have been able to get a little bit out of him with regards to how Four Dimensional Nightmare works.  Often accompanied with a guitar, this work is a highly personal expression of ideas that continue to evolve, even after the project has established itself.  This music is more about vistas than short bursts, and contains exotic explorations in favor of predictable formulas.  In the time I’ve know this artist I’ve come to find someone who is constantly exploring sounds that are not only beautiful in and of themselves, but are incredibly meaningful to the artist.  With that in mind, what good would an interview do us, anyway?

img_3588-animationI would be remiss as a host not to point out that you should investigate both the Four Dimensional Nightmare Bandcamp Page (with the two albums from 2011 and 2012), and the Four Dimensional Nightmare Soundcloud Page (with material recorded since then).  This is the kind of artist that you will not find anywhere else, and it is always a pleasure to work with him.

I should also add that I freestyle some nonsense at the end of the show.  It’s like a psychedelic Sci-Fi tribute to Ken Nordine, so if you’re into that sort of thing, keep an eye out for that.

As we said on the show, let the music speak for itself.  With that, I present to you: Four Dimensional Nightmare.




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Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!

Part I: Sound-Sweep

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance [Excerpt] * Four Dimensional Nightmare * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * Self-Released (16 April, 2014)


03.)  Live Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Mid-Valley Mutations * KMUZ Radio (2016)

Part III: Traveling Through Time

04.) Live Performance [Excerpt] * Four Dimensional Nightmare * What’s This Called? * Self-Released (2 March, 2013)

A Very Brautigan Thanksgiving (#27)

richard-brautiganA Very Brautigan Thanksgiving (#27)

This year has been incredible, and in the half-year that I’ve been on the air at KMUZ, I’ve already had some stand-out shows that make me very happy.  Live guests, interviews,  great audio essays, and plenty of new music that really paints a vivid picture of what’s going on, what has gone on, and what lies ahead.  I like to consider my show a little bit of this, and little bit of that, and a whole lot of enthusiasm, and I’ve been lucky to have all three on the program, and not even after a full year.  Not many shows can say that.

However, with the end of the year setting in, I needed a bit of a break.  This is sort of a clean-up show, where I am finally playing some stuff that I’ve been meaning to get to all year.  (Sort of the “leftovers,” if you will.)  It has been a bit of a tradition, on previous incarnations of the program, that I do a “leftovers” show just after the holiday.  While this isn’t exactly like that show, it has some of that vibe to it.

Author Richard Brautigan 1968

The centerpiece of this broadcast are a few of my favorite Richard Brautigan recordings.  I’ve been a huge fan of his for years now, and I’ve been trying to find a good way to incorporate these into the show, at some point.  This seemed like the best time and place, and It was certainly a lot of fun to listen to these again.

More importantly this show is a bit of a rocker.  I felt like I was getting back to basics with this one, and it had some of the vibe of the first show I did, back when I started at KMUZ, so there was a nice sort of “full circle” quality to this one.  I will admit, there are quite a few “older” songs in this episode.  But all of this stuff feels relevant to me, and hopefully, to you, too.



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A Very Brautigan Thanksgiving

Part I: Into The Upside Down

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Mope * Blood Rhythms * Heuristics * No Part Of It Records (2016)
03.) Mist Cog * OwL-Dent * Brat House Hospice * (2015)
04.) A Confederate General From Big Sir * Richard Brautigan * Listening To Richard Brautigan * Harvest Records (1970)
05.) [Track 11] * 200 Yang * 200 Yang * Self-Released (1992)
06.) Upside Down * Bruce Haack * Listen Compute Rock Home: The Best of Dimension 5 Records * Emperor Norton (1999)
07.) Lights Out * MX-80 * “So Clear” b/w “Lights Out” * Family Vineyard (2002)
08.) Ralph Spoilsport’s Going Out of Body Sale / The News Drought Continues * Firesign Theater * Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death * Rhino Records (1998)

Part II: Digging Through The Crates

09.) Mirrored Mold * Christmas Decorations * Communal Rust * Community Library (2007)
10.) The Gun And The Bible * Negativland * Free * Seeland Records (1993)
11.) Barbara The Arsonist * Neutered Prunes * I Was A Two-Headed Baby * Self-Released (2002)
12.) Waiting For The Day * The White Shark * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987 – 2001) * “fishanthropy” (2002)
13.) Diplomat Smile * Porest * Modern Journal of Popular Savagery * Nashazphone (2016)
14.) Franklin Street * Sir Richard Bishop * All Strung Out * Self-Released (2005)

Part III: In Watermelon Sugar

15.) All Bad Ends All * The Books * Thought For Food * Tomlab Records (2002)
16.) In Watermelon Sugar * Richard Brautigan * Listening To Richard Brautigan * Harvest Records (1970)
17.) 49er Stomp * 9th Life * 9th Life * Self-Released (1998)
18.) Kamyki * Ewa Braun * Sea Sea * Antena Krzyku (1998)
19.) Dark Lights The Dark * Bishop Of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records * (1997)
20.) Short Stories about California [Excerpt] * Richard Brautigan * Listening To Richard Brautigan * Harvest Records (1970)

Detective Dexter Roland’s Thanksgiving Day Special! (2014 Retrocast) (#26.2)

Detective Dexter Roland’s Thanksgiving Day Special! (2014 Retrocast) (#26.2)

248Featuring a retrocast presentation of:

The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective in “The Terrified Turkey Caper” (November 24, 1950)

Dexter Roland is still Back On The Case, and didn’t have time to really deliver a Thanksgiving Special the way he wanted to. So instead, he contacted his old friend, Sam Spade, to deliver a Holiday Special with music and stories that is just in time for dinner. This show was originally broadcast on Thanksgiving in 1950, and contains more holiday wordplay than any hour of anything else you can find in any medium.

It’s just the way we like to spend Thanksgiving. From our house, to yours.

The character of Sam Spade originates from Dashiell Hammett’s stories and novels, notably as the protagonist of The Maltese Falcon, and a few other stories here and there. Hammett’s other character, merely known as The Continental Op, often became conflated with Spade, and in many forms of media – radio included – The Op’s adventures became those of Spade. Regardless, Hammett only wrote a few stories for Spade, and after the success of Black Mask detective magazine, and the popularity of noir films, Private Eyes of every variety began to make their way to radio. Spade was no exception, who parlayed his few canonical appearances in print into hundreds of radio stories. While there were versions of this character performed by Bogart and others, starting in 1946, Howard Duff played the character, until communist investigations led to both Hammett and Duff being blacklisted. For the remaining radio broadcasts, Steve Dunne played the character, as he did in this episode.

Unlike the character in the novels and films, who was largely seen and clever, sharp-witted, and a dedicated sleuth, the radio version is a much more tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the characters, with puns and wordplay that was less of the noir wisecrack and is much more cheesy.

This episode, “The Terrified Turkey Caper,” was broadcast on Thanksgiving in 1950. Not only had the series been running for four years by this time, but it is clear that with a new actor and every imaginable variation under their belt, this episode is sort of phoned in. The story of a man named Tom Turkey, who was supposed to be killed on Thanksgiving, includes a number in-jokes that tie characters from this story to historic Thanksgiving people and traditions, even if only vaguely (or, in some cases, confusingly). Regardless, it has some entertaining moments, and more to the point, is one of the few radio programs that I could find that even mentions the holiday at all, which gets very little play in the world of narrative radio.



The Terrified Turkey Caper

Part I: A Tasty Chronicle of Fowl Play

01.) Echo Four-Two * Laurie Johnson * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
02.) Design To Kill * James Chance & The Contortions
03.) Where Dead People Live * Sun City Girls * Cameo Demons And Their Manifestations: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 1
04.) Almost Ready * The Normals * Killed By Death Vol. 10
05.) Maybe * The Fastbacks * The Day That Didn’t Exist
06.) Richard Diamond * Pete Rugolo * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Part II: If I Didn’t Kill The Man Found In My Room, Who Did?

07.) Heaven Is A Truck * Pavement * Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
08.) To Here Knows When * My Bloody Valentine * Loveless
09.) A Good Man Is Hard To Find * Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys * Tiffany Transcripts Vol. 3
10.) Run Away * The Kids * The Kids
11.) Daddy Long Legs * Leith Stevens * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Thanksgiving Leftovers (2009 Retrocast) (#26.1)

KRT FOOD STORY SLUGGED: THANKSGIVING-LEFTOVERS KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN MUTRUX/KANSAS CITY STAR (November 14) Clear glass containers help you keep an eye on turkey day leftovers while they're hanging out in the refrigerator. (lj) 2005

Thanksgiving Leftovers  (2009 Retrocast) (#26.1)

In this retrocast from almost 7 years ago, I explore an hour of music that I hadn’t gotten a chance to get to this year.  Just after Thanksgiving there are always a number of leftovers lying around; things that you can’t finish in spite of your best efforts. This show covers that ground just as I was starting to think I would have to throw some stuff out.

Food is most definitely on the menu for this one, and for that I would like to thank Isoceles Diego, who not only clued me into a number of the songs played during this show, but has been an inspiration to me for a number of years. He is the only person to have appeared on every incarnation of this show, as a Guest, DJ, and performer. While he was not in the studio with me during this one, much of the music was selected by, on inspired by, him.

All this food is making me sleepy. But one more slice of pie can’t hurt, right?



Thanksgiving Leftovers

Part I:
01.) Twilight In Turkey * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilight’s
02.) Food Food Food * Harry Nilsson * Popeye Original Soundtrack
03.) Everybody Eats When They Come To My House * Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
04.) Wild Bill Hiccup * Spike Jones
05.) Turkey Hop * The Robins

Part II:
06.) Wild Turkeys
07.) The Origin Of Turkeys [Part I] * Robert Krulwich * NPR News
08.) Serenade For A Jive Turkey * The Nightlighters
09.) Lonesome Electric Turkey * Frank Zappa & The Mother’s Of Invention
10.) A Turkey Named Brotherhood * KARP * “A Turkey Named Brotherhood” b/w “I’d Rather Be Clogging” * Punk In My Vitamins Records
11.) The Turkey Doctor * The Fantomas Melvins Big Band * Millennium Monsterwork
12.) Buzzard Pie (Dig This Boogie) * Rudy Green Orchestra
13.) The Best Thanksgiving Ever / Bitchin’ Camero [Live] * The Dead Milkmen * If I Had A Gun EP * Hollywood Records

Part III:
14.) The Cafeteria
15.) The Origin Of Turkeys [Part II] * Rubert Krulwich * NPR News
16.) Sweet Potato Gravy * Maurice Simon And The Pie Men
17.) Turkey In The Straw * Billy Golden * Edison Record #4011
18.) Candied Yams * The West Siders
19.) My Sweet Potato * Booker T. & The MG’s
20.) All That Meat And No Potatoes * Fats Waller
21.) Mashed Potatoes (Do The) * James Brown