Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever (#103)

Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever (#103)
(Originally aired KPSU on 13 August 2011, Wherein I make a valiant attempt to keep things “real”.)

From the moment I first started assembling the original Philosophy Rock episode (The Truth Is Marching In), I knew I wanted to do sequels to this show.  There is so much music that is outside of the usual “I love you / I’m sad about you” range of pop music, and there are a number of artists that really love to embrace the deeper meanings in the world.  As a armchair philosopher myself, this is a perfect match.

In this episode, I focus on The Real, The Fake, and everything in between.  I had a lot of fun combing through lectures on Youtube.com, and I found enough material for at least two more shows.  I’m pretty proud of this one, but I do recommend that you listen on headphones.  This is one to pay attention to.

 

Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever

HOUR 1

Part I

01.) The Real Me * The Who * Quadrophenia * MCA Records
02.) The Surrealist Dream No.1 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
03.) Real World * Pere Ubu * The Modern Dance * Blank Records
04.) Pretenders Zeal * Nuclear Sockets * Killed By Death Vol. 24 * KBD Records

Part II: 

05.) The Real Me * The Champs * All American * Champion Records
06.) Surrealchemist * Stereolab * Peng! * American Records
07.) Francis Bacon * John S.Hall & Kramer * Real Men * Shimmy Disc Records
08.) What We Really Were * Mission Of Burma * ONoffON * Matador Records
09.) Unauthorized Autobiography * Unwound * Repetition * Kill Rock Stars Records
10.) Quark * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records

Part III: 

11.) You Blow My Mind * Powers Of Blue * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
12.) The Real World * The Bangles * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976 – 1996 * Rhino Records
13.) Storm The Reality Asylum * Rip Rig & Panic * Grlz * Crippled Dick Hot Wax! Records
14.) Trying to Pretend * Vivian Girls * Share the Joy * Polyvinyl Record Co.
15.) Is It Real * Ways * Teenline Vol. 5 * Hyped2Death Records

HOUR 2

Part IV

16.) Segue: In the Realms of the Unreal * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead * So Divided * Interscope Records
17.) Realness Keepers * Drats!!! * Too Entertaining??? * whothehellisjim? Entertainment
18.) The Valley Of The Blind * Nomeansno * 0 + 2 = 1 * Alternative Tentacles Records
19.) Real World * Z-Rocks * Teenline Vol. 3 * Hyped2Death Records
20.) The Surrealist Dream No.2 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
21.) Why Can’t I Touch It? (Excerpt) * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady * EMI Records

Part V

22.) This Is Really The Zoo Plus Two * The Endd * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
23.) The Great Pretender * Brian Eno * Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) * Island Records
24.) Is This Real? * Wipers * Wipers Boxed Set * Zeno Records
25.) Let’s Pretend * Germs * (MIA): The Complete Anthology * Slash Records
26.) Fake Names * Parts & Labor * Constant Future * Jagjaguwar Records
27.) Divorce Proceeding (From Reality) * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped2Death Records
28.) I’m A Pretender (Alternate Mix) * The Exploding Hearts * Shattered * Dirtnap Records

Part VI

29.) Trafelato * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance * Ipecac Records
28.) Counterfeit Faker * They Might Be Giants * Long Tall Weekend * eMusic.com
27.) Fake Contest * Minutemen * What Makes a Man Start Fires? * SST Records
28.) Okay I’ll Admit That I Really Don’t Understand * The Flaming Lips * The Soft Bulletin Companion * Unreleased
29.) What Lies Behind (Austin Remix) * Joy Wants Eternity * You Who Pretend To Sleep * Beep Repaired Records
30.) Real * William Shatner * Has Been * Shout! Factory Records

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I Think We’re All Bozos On This Show (Vinyl Solution) (#102)

I Think We’re All Bozos On This Show (Vinyl Solution) (#102)
(Originally aired KPSU on 26 June 2011, featuring a selection of novelty and comedy records for a two-hour, Dr. Demento-inspired presentation.)

Of course, every boy remembers the first time he is handed a Dr. Demento tape by one of his friends.  In my case, I was lucky enough to have already been hip to “Weird Al,” but knowing that there was some weirdo out there that collected oddball songs – and the fact that there were that many oddball songs out there to collect – was somewhat of an epiphany for me (as I’m sure it is for almost all 12 year old boys).  While hip, cool, punk, indie, and everything in-between has come and gone, I have never been able to shake the desire to hear a song that is pretty perverse, and probably something that will get me in trouble if repeated in polite company.

In a way, Rock ‘n’ Roll itself is the ultimate in Novelty, a crude and lewd idea of what music is that has been passed down and re-envisioned in every imaginable permutation.  And there is a certain amount of need to love weirdness and the strange when inundated with the mediocrity that passes for pop music.  Like with many other interesting forms of music, the old-fashioned novelty song has died with 8 Track, and viral videos have almost completely replaced a world that people like Dr. Demento used to fill.  But I never get tired of a jokey song, and it was with this in mind that I decided to do a two-hour Vinyl Solution and pack it full of every comedy album I’ve got.

There are three records that I drew heavily from for this particular episode: The Firesign Theater’s I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus, (a record I found in a box in the back of a junk shop), Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time(this particular volume focuses on “The ’70’s”), and to a lesser extent, Goofy Greats (a K-tel record that has a lot of classic novelty records, reproduced in as shitty a way as possible).  I recently found not one, but TWO pieces of Firesign vinyl in local stores, and from the moment I found them I knew I had to do a comedy show so I could feature it.

Expect more theme shows, and other such fun, as the summer progresses.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more Steve Martin records to listen to.

 

I Think We’re All Bozos On This Show

HOUR 1

Part I

01.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part I * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
02.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * La Virgen De La Macarena * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
03.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * El Relicario [Excerpt] * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
04.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 001 Part II * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
05.) Barnes & Barnes * Fish Heads * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
06.) Steve Martin * Philosophy / Religion / College / Language * A Wild And Crazy Guy * Warner Bros. Records
07.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part I * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records

Part II: 

08.) Steve Martin * Philosophy / Religion / College / Language * A Wild And Crazy Guy * Warner Bros. Records
09.) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra * Hawaiian War Chant * Hawaii * London Records
10.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part III * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
11.) Royal Guardsmen * Snoopy vs. The Red Baron * Goofy Greats * K-tel Records
12.) Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks * Origin of Words * 2000 and Thirteen * Warner Bros. Records
13.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
14.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part II * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records

Part III: 

15.) Ennio Morricone * Titoli (from “A Fistful of Dollars”) * “A Fistful of Dollars” Music Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone * RCA Victor Records
16.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part IV * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
17.) Nation Lampoon * The Mel Brewer Show * Good-bye Pop * Epic Records
18.) Paul Clayton * The Girls Around Cape Horn * Whaling And Sailing Songs From The Days of Moby Dick * The Everest Record Group
19.) Rose and the Arrangement * The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
20.) The Trashmen * Surfin’ Bird * Goofy Greats * K-tel Records
21.) Fred Blassie * Pencil Neck Geek * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
22.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part II * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
23.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part III * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records

HOUR 2

Part IV

24.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * Espana Cani * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
25.) George Carlin * Commercials * Take-Offs & Put-Ons * Pickwick Records
26.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part IV * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
27.) The Dead Milkmen * The Big Sleazy * Metaphical Graffiti * Enigma Records
28.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part V * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records

Part V

29.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part VI * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
30.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part III * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
31.) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra * Hawaiian Wedding Song * Hawaii * London Records
32.) Tom Leher * Oedipus Rex * An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer * Reprise Records
33.) Spike Jones and His City Slickers * You Always Hurt The One You Love * The Best of Spike Jones * RCA Records
34.) Monty Python * Rock Notes * Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album * Arista Records
35.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part V * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
36.) The Crewcuts * We’re Working Our Way Through College * Crewcuts On The Campus * Mercury Records
37.) The Rebel Force Band * Chewie The Rookie Wookie * Living In These Star Wars * Bonwhit Records

Part VI

38.) Ennio Morricone * Theme from “A Fistful of Dollars” * “A Fistful of Dollars” Music Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone * RCA Victor Records
39.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part VII * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
40.) “Weird Al” Yankovic * I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead * “I Lost On Jeopardy” b/w “I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” * Rock ‘n’ Roll Records
41.) The Blues Brothers * Rubber Biscuit * Briefcase Full of Blues * Atlantic Records
42.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part VI * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
43.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * Cielo Andaluz [Excerpt] * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
44.) Loudon Wainwright III * Dead Puppies * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
45.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part IV [Double Speed] * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records

The Mother’s Day Special (w/ The Weatherman) (#101)

The Mother’s Day Special (w/ The Weatherman) (#101)

This Mother’s Day, we decided that there isn’t anything more appropriate than to discuss

the role mothers have played in our lives. And with that in mind, I called up David Wills (also known as The Weatherman), friend of the show and member of Negativland, to talk about just that.

But, as is often the case when we get to chatting, the conversation starts to veer in a much different direction, and pretty soon we’re addressing various elements of queer culture in the ’70’s and today, the various stereo systems and recordings that we have come to love, and exactly what kind of coffee The Weatherman enjoys when he’s just hanging out.

All that, and so much more.

For podcast listeners, please stick around for the third hour, which has about 20 minutes of bonus material (from the phone call between David and myself), and the entire Side B of the “Mother’s Day ’85” tape, where you can hear The Weatherman, his mother and his grandmother, all enjoying a quiet Mother’s Day in the mid-’80’s.

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Austin’s Turntable that doesn’t work.

It’s the Mother’s Day Special, with The Weatherman! This is a program you can enjoy with the entire family!

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The Mother’s Day Special

Two long pieces make up the bulk of this program:

A Phone Call with David Wills recorded by phone on 11 April 2018

“Spring” recorded on 6 May 2018 in the early morning.

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

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Ribbon Radio Capsule (#100)

Ribbon Radio Capsule (#100)

This episode marks a number of occasions, but most relevantly, my two-year anniversary at KMUZ. It was at this station that the new iteration of my program could re-invent itself, and I’m very proud of the work I’ve done on this show. But to mark the occasion, it seemed important to chart new territory, produce new content, play new music, and present something that lived up to the program I’ve come to produce over the last twenty years.

With that, here is my first all-cassette program, and as if that weren’t enough, only one tape comes from the distant past. The rest are new releases, from the last few years, by artists that are still active and still making music in some form or another. This was an excellent opportunity to figure out if there’s anything to this “tape renaissance” that so many people talk about. People hand me tapes of their bands all the time, and while I can listen to tapes at home and even include them on the program, I so rarely do so because I can often find another version of the music elsewhere, given the other opportunities and possibilities I have at my disposal that are easy to access. This was a chance to give these tapes their due, and focus on material that is largely only available (in a physical form) on cassette. In putting together this show, I uncovered a few gems that I’m very happy to share with you, and this may become a series, at some point.

The backbone of this program is an LP called “The Elvis Tapes,” which is a recent addition to the collection, and feels like a natural way to offer some connective tissue for such an undertaking. It is the only thing from a record, as well; everything else – including my own voice and the transitional pieces – came from analog tape sources. While the quality may vary from tune to tune, this is not as a result of the playback machine. I’ve been swabbing the heads and keeping the decks in good working order, something I never did in the old days but find very therapeutic now. What you’re hearing is an aesthetic choice that used to dominate the way we interacted with music for years, and in a way, I find incredibly charming. It was nice to feel some of my old mix-tape habits come back into play as I was assembling this show, and I think the results are a lot of fun, but are entirely something in line with the last two years of Mid-Valley Mutations.

And, for that matter the last 25 years of making art. I started in ‘zines and playing in bands, but radio was so attractive that 20 years ago I took the air, and have been doing so ever since. In a lot of ways, radio has come to dominate my life, and I really enjoy the way it has given me an outlet to find peers, create new art, and interact with some amazing people. It makes me happy to bring you shows like this, and hopefully, I can continue to do so for at least another twenty.

So, sit back and enjoy some radio with audible tape hiss. It’s Friday. You earned it.

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Ribbon Radio Capsule

This program contains samples from “The Elvis Tapes,” an LP released by The Great Northwest Music Company in 1977.

HOUR 1

Part I: Parallel Broadcasts

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Lunch * Operation Re-Information * HQ Cassette
03.) Old As(s) Fuck(s) * /root_DIR * /root_DIR / Xiphoid Process Split Tape * They/Them Records
04.) Boxcutter * Xiphoid Process * /root_DIR / Xiphoid Process Split Tape * They/Them Records
05.) Chronicles of Young Failure * Postrich Bear * Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story * Blue Eggplant Records
06.) The Parallel Broadcasts [Excerpt] * Porest * The Parallel Broadcasts / Radio Between The Lines * porestsound.net

Part II: Who’s In Charge Here?

07.) The Leader * Operation Re-Information * HQ Cassette
08.) Threnody For Minamisanriku (Live 03.11.11) * Fri Harada * Fri Harada / John Vigestad Split (BP #17) * Buddah Palm Recordings (2011)

Part III: Destroy All Music

09.) Side A [Excerpt] * Total Septum * Total Septum
10.) Side A (072115) * Sex Funeral * Eradicator * Personal Archives (2015)

HOUR 2

Part IV: It’s A Magic Trick?

11.) A One * Wilson Shook & Uneasy Chairs * Collected Works Vol. I * Other Ghosts
12.) Wanna See A Trick? / Sea Section * Sea Moss * Bread Bored * crashsymbols.bandcamp.com

Part V: Curses!

13.) Side B * Entresol * Entresol
14.) Cursed [Excerpt] * Deadly Discs * Cursed
15.) Perigee Syzygy (Live 03.19.11) * John Vigestand * Fri Harada / John Vigestad Split (BP #17) * Buddah Palm Recordings (2011)

Part VI: HB!28.) Side A & Side B * Hoodie Battle * HB!

The Sound Museum (#99)

The Sound Museum (#99)
(Originally aired 18 April September 2009 on KPSU, and 1 June 2013 – 10 September – 15 September – 16 September – 17 September – 19 September – 22 September – 10 October6 November12 November – 14 November – 2014 on blasphuphmusradio.wordpress.com)

Follow me and Ken Nordine as we lead you on a wonderful trip through The Sound Museum!

Enjoy.

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The Sound Museum

This program contains samples for “The Sound Museum” by Ken Nordine, released on You’re Getting Better: The Word Jazz – Dot Masters.

HOUR 1

Part I: I’m Sorry

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Race: In * Battles * Mirrored
03.) Astarielle * The Oblik * Memory Fades
04.) I’m Sorry * Austin Rich
05.) Question & Answer Session * The Miss * “Question & Answer Session” b/w “Vast Deference” 7″
06.) Steak Knife! * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife!

Part II: The Moth

07.) The Moth * Austin Rich
08.) In My Brain * Pierced Arrows * “In My Brain” b/w “Caroline” 7″
09.) Reincarnation Blues * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
10.) The Walk * Austin Rich
11.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh, No! It’s Devo
12.) Rock ’n’ Roll Victim * Death * …For The Whole World To See

Part III: It Never Stops

13.) Totally Wired Numbers Station * Austin Rich
14.) Eraser * Oswald Five-0 * “Eraser” b/w “Felony Flats” 7″
15.) 上を向いて歩こう (“Sukiyaki) * The Holry Molrys * Demo Tape
16.) Quiet * Austin Rich
17.) Again & Again * The Hospitals * The Hospitals

HOUR 2

Part IV: Their Instruments Playing

18.) Breakfast Machine * Danny Elfman * Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Soundtrack
19.) “Their Instruments Playing” [Excerpt from] In Watermelon Sugar * Richard Brautigan Read by Austin Rich
20.) All World Cowboy Romance * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls & Marches
21.) Live From The Teen Challenge, 8 November 2014 * An Unidentified Child

Part V: The Couch

22.) The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office * The Locust
23.) Tech Talk * Austin Rich
24.) Acid Rain * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
25.) The Couch * Men’s Recovery Project * Grappling With The Hominids
26.) I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes * Austin Rich
27.) Does It Hurt? * The Wipers * Better Off Dead 7″

Part VI: The Message

28.) “The Message” [Excerpt from] Trout Fishing In America  * Richard Brautigan read by Austin Rich

Moon Voyage (#98)

Moon Voyage (#98)
(Originally aired 30 September 2010 on KPSU.)

This all-vinyl exploration of our journey to the moon only makes sense, in light of the impending alien invasion. But will we get there… and how? Find out as we play a number of records that are about our trip, and the difficulties we will encounter along the way.

Enjoy.

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Moon Voyage

This program contains samples for the Moon Voyage LP by Herb Galewitz, originally released on Sunset Records.

HOUR 1

Part I: Longer, Stranger

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Phantom Limb * Hovercraft * Experiment Below * Mute Records
03.) Manmtn * Thrones * Thrones * Kill Rock Stars Records
04.) Longer, Stranger * Universal Order of Armageddon * Universal Order of Armageddon * Gravity Records

Part II: Au Clair de la Lune

05.) Moon Diver * WILT * Nocturnal Requiem
06.) Black Sea * fennesz * Black Sea * Touch Records
07.) Pirates Mix * Bruce Gilbert * Meltaot / Souls On Board Split 12″ * Ash International Records
08.) One Lick Less * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars Records
09.) Au Clair de la Lune [1860] * Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville * Parlortone 7″ * Parlortone Records

Part III: It Never Stops

10.) Title Music From “A Clockwork Orange” * Walter Carlos * A Clockwork Orange: Music From The Soundtrack * Warner Bros. Records
11.) Hole-Workers At The Mercies of Nature: The Ultimate Disaster (Won’t You Keep Us Working? / First Warning / Back To Normality? / The Sky Falls! / Why Are We Crying? / The Tunnels Are Filling / It Never Stops) * The Residents * Mark Of The Mole * Ralph Records

HOUR 2

Part IV: Vote Fraud On The Moon Base

12.) Operating Room Of An Ancient Roman Doctor / The Slow Down / Flexible Skulls Flapping In Black Winds of Insect Agony [Excerpt] * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
13.) D: Contamination * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index And Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch and Go Records
14.) American Woman * Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse * Touch & Go Records
15.) Big Eyed Beans From Venus * Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band * Clear Spot * Warner Bros. Records
16.) Vote Fraud On The Moon Base * Men’s Recovery Project * Resist The New Way * Vermiform Records

Part V: Stratosfear

17.) Stratosfear [Excerpt] * Tangerine Dream * Stratosfear * Virgin Records
18.) Pharaoh’s Dance * Miles Davis * Bitches Brew
19.) 3 [Excerpt] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records
20.) Favorite Things * John Coltrane * The Best Of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years * Impulse! Records

Part VI: Sister Ray

21.) Chemical Marriage * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante * Plain Recordings
22.) Sister Ray [Excerpt] * Putting On The Ritz * White Light / White Heat * Hot Cup Records

The Beginning

Has it really been 20 years? Jeesh.

ACRONYM Inc.

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

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 in those days.

Here’s the backstory: I have been obsessed since I was 10, when I got my own radio / cassette combo, and a box of tapes to go with it. (Plus a couple blank tapes.) Staying up, past my bedtime, listening to radio dramas (not called “Old Time Radio” among fans) and classic rock DJs as my pre-adolescent mind tried to wrap itself around all the things I was hearing. It stuck with me, as I started calling KZEL to request songs and chat with the DJ, my mom already working in that field herself. It…

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The Maltese Falcon (#97)

The Maltese Falcon (#97)
(Originally aired 13 November 2010 on KPSU.)

This week, we’ve been taken over by Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator. Join him with Humphrey Bogart, The Pink Panther, Mr. Lucky, Mary Astor, Peter Gunn, Richard Diamond, Sidney Greenstreet, Pete – The King of Detectives, Frankie Machine, Richie Dagger and some genuine femme fatales for a two-hour presentation of The Maltese Falcon. Listen as Dexter rambles about skirts and twists, intermixed with edited selections of a 1946 radio adaptation of the popular film The Maltese Falcon.

Enjoy

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The Maltese Falcon

HOUR 1

Part I: Touch of Evil

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Peter Gunn Theme Song * Henry Mancini
03.) Mr. Lucky * Elliot Eastion’s Tiki Gods * Shots In The Dark
04.) The Maltese Falcon Part I
05.) Touch Of Evil (Main Title) * Joseph Gershenson & The Universal-International Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
06.) Femme Fatale * The Velvet Underground & Nico
07.) Goldfinger * Shirley Bassey

Part II: Contract With Depravity

08.) The Stu Bailey Blues * Warren Barker Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
09.) Watching The Detectives * Elvis Costello & The Attractions
10.) The Maltese Falcon Part II
11.) Frankie Machine * Elmer Bernstein And Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
12.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
13.) Experiment In Terror * Davie Allen And The Arrows * Shots In The Dark

Part III: Life of Crime

14.) The Maltese Falcon Part III
15.) Stool Pigeon * Irving Joseph * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
16.) Life of Crime * The Spits * School’s Out
17.) The Pink Panther Theme * Oranj Symphonette * Shots In The Dark
18.) The Maltese Falcon Part IV
19.) Cool * Stan Kenton * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
20.) Softly * Henry Mancini

HOUR 2

Part IV: Don’t Tell The Detectives

21.) Seven * Arvo Zylo * Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher * No Part Of It
22.) Studio Di Colore [Excerpt] * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance
23.) (She Was A) Hotel Detective * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants
24.) The Maltese Falcon Part V
25.) The Street (Main Title) * Elmer Bernstein * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
26.) Don’t Tell The Detectives * The Zipps * Messthetics Vol. 4
27.) Boy Detectives * Famous Explorers * Messthetics #103
28.) The Maltese Falcon Part VI

Part V: A Shot In The Dark

29.) Richard Diamond * Buddy Morrow * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
30.) Fallout * Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
31.) Pete, King of the Detectives * Big Black * Headache
32.) The Maltese Falcon Part VII
33.) Echo Four-Two * Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
34.) Richie Dagger’s Crime * The Germs * GI
35.) A Shot In The Dark * Naked City * Naked City

Part VI: Naked City

36.) The Maltese Falcon Part VIII
37.) Le Fotografie (From Verushka) * Ennio Morricone * Crime & Dissonance
38.) Re-Enact The Crime * Unwound * The Future Of What
39.) Magic Pig Detective * The Melvins * Stoner Witch
40.) The Maltese Falcon Part IX
41.) Naked City * Mundell Lowe * His All Stars * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

It Came From Outer Space (#96)

It Came From Outer Space (#96)
(Originally aired 10 April 2010 on KPSU.)

I have always been fascinated by all things related to space. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I loved sci-fi movies and books, and found myselfregularly interested in things that related to the idea of leaving this planet in favor of another one. For years I wanted to make a series of tapes with my favorite alien songs on them. These days, I just do a radio show.

I decided to bring in a lot of the experimental music that I skipped the last time I did a show like this. I think it worked; it gave me a chance to play a lot of samples from The Day The Earth Stood Still, and actually made for some compelling (and strange) radio.

Much of the music speaks for itself, and with this one, I recommend just sitting back and enjoying.

Enjoy

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It Came From Outer Space

Audio Samples (Throughout) * Edmund H. North / Harry Bates * The Day The Earth Stood Still * 20th Century Fox

HOUR 1

Part I: Cosmic Introduction

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Au Claire de la Lune * Ataraxic Ataxia * Shadow Sea * No Part Of It
03.) Cosmic Introduction ~ Untitled Space * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. * Live In Japan * AMT Records
04.) Sputnik * Roky Erickson & the Aliens * The Evil One * 415 Records
05.) Aliens Of Gold * The Fucking Champs * V * Drag City Records

Part II: Watching The Planets

06.) SS Cygni * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks * Touch & Go Records
07.) Space Age Love * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) Watching The Planets * The Flaming Lips * Embryonic * Warner Bros. Records
09.) Spacecraft, 1967 * MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva) * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts Records
10.) Space travel w/ changing choral textures (1983) * Alan R. Splet * An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music: Second A-Chronology 1936-2003 * Sub Rosa Records
11.) Space Drugz * Lamborghini * The New Lamborghini * Battlesnakesnow.com
12.) Space Dribs * Forcefield * Roggaboggas * Load Records

Part III: Interplanetary Music

13.) Jupiter * John Coltrane * Interstellar space
14.) Quarantine The Aliens * Brown Supper * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987-2001) * Self-Released
15.) Circling the 7th Planet * Pink Mountain * Pink Mountain * Frenetic Records
16.) Interplanetary Music * Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra * Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth / Interstellar Low Ways * Saturn Records
17.) Deadly Alien Spawn * Half Japanese * Greatest Hits * Safe House Records

HOUR 2

Part IV: Voices In My Spacesuit

18.) Cryo Sleep * Machine Listener * Sentient System * No Part of It
19.) Astrosonic * Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Twelve: The Lux Interior Memorial Edition (Journey into Outer Space) * Self-Released
20.) Take Me to Your Leader * Sam Space and the Cadets * The Purple Knif Show * Munster Records
21.) Walking on the Moon * Lucia Pamela * Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela * Arf! Arf! Records
22.) Space Craze * Rick McGuire * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Eight * Self-Released
23.) Lakes In Space * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship * 5 Rue Christine Records
24.) Voices In My Spacesuit * Last of the Juanitas * Hawaii * Flapping Jet Records

Part V: Space Rock

25.) Space Prophet Dogon * Sun City Girls * Live From Planet Boomerang * Majora Records
26.) Dribcots Space Boat * Joe Meek & The Blue Men * I Hear A New World * RPM Records
27.) Mister Spaceman * Holy Modal Rounders * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
28.) Spaceman * Harry Nilsson * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
29.) Space Rock Part 2 * Baskerville Hounds * Ghoulardi Music * Self-Released
30.) Lost Planet * The Thunderbolts * It’s Hard To Believe It: The Amazing World Of Joe Meek * Razor & Tie Records
31.) Rampaging Fuckers Of Anything On The Crazy Shitting Planet Of The Vomit Atmosphere * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * I Hope It Lands * Communion Records
32.) Leaving Another Dead Planet * Merzbow and Bastard Noise * Voice Pie / Brave New World * Relapse Records

Part VI: Alien Visitors

33.) Forbidden Planet: Main Titles – Overture * Louis And Bebe Barron * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
34.) Fear Of A Ghost Planet * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost Coast To Coast * Cartoon Network Records
35.) Alien Visitors * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Is It… * Estrus Records
36.) Space Suit * They Might Be Giants * Apollo 18 * Elektra Records

Midnight Melodies For Nina (#95)

Midnight Melodies For Nina (#95)

This episode is entirely dedicated to my Aunt Nina, who is currently suffering from ALS. This is an incredibly awful disease, and many people suffer from it, not just famous scientists. If you would like to know more about ALS, or make a donation, then please visit: alsa.org.

This is a little bit of a break in format, but I don’t care. Nina loves the Beatles, and with that in mind, I do something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time: explore the catalog of the Beatles in more than just a casual way. I inherited my mom’s nearly-complete collection of USA Beatles records, and while I heard them growing up, and I heard them all throughout my life, I have never really “listened to” the Beatles in the way most people do. (My biggest exposure is through Don Joyce’s ‘Over The Edge.’) So, this was a good excuse to do a little research, listen to all of my mom’s LPs, and sort out which ones would be the best fit for Nina. Special thanks to her husband, Danny, for naming specific tunes that were her favorites. All of those made the final cut. Special thanks to everyone who also contributed suggestions. I didn’t realize how many of you out there have strong opinions about this band.

I may return to this subject eventually, as there is a lot to explore (and tons of weirdness in the Beatles catalog), but for now, here’s a simple show where I play a lot of Beatles songs for Nina, in the style of Breakfast With The Beatles (a show she loved), but not exactly the same way they would do it.

In the meantime, this one is personal, and for family. We’ll get back to the regular show soon enough.

Enjoy

Spinitron Playlist

Midnight Melodies For Nina 

HOUR 1

Part I: I Wanna Hold Your Hand

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) And I Love Her (Instrumental) * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
03.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 1) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
04.) I Wanna Hold Your Hand * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
05.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 2) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
06.) Slow Down * The Beatles * Something New * Capital Records (1964)
07.) Strawberry Fields Forever * The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour * Capital Records (1967)

Part II: Roll Over Beethoven

08.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 3) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
09.) Roll Over Beethoven (Live) * The Beatles * Early Beatles 1 * Phoenix Records (1981)
10.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 4) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
11.) You Can’t Do That * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
12.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 5) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
13.) I Saw Her Standing There * The Beatles * Early Beatles 1 * Phoenix Records (1981)
14.) All You Need Is Love * The Beatles * Yellow Submarine * Apple Records (1969)

Part III: Tomorrow Never Knows

15.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 6) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
16.) If I Fell * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
17.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 7) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
18.) I’ll Follow The Sun * The Beatles * Beatles ‘65 * Capital Records (1964)
19.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 8) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
20.) Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window * The Beatles * Abby Road * Apple Records (1969)
21.) Tomorrow Never Knows * The Beatles * Revolver * Capital Records (1966)
22.) Her Majesty * The Beatles * Abby Road * Apple Records (1969)

HOUR 2

Part IV: In My Life

23.) Hard Days Night * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
24.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 9) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
25.) In My Life * The Beatles * Rubber Soul * Capital Records (1965)
26.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 10) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
27.) Twist And Shout * The Beatles * Introducing The Beatles * Vee Jay Records (1963)

Part V: The Things We Said Today

28.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 11) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
29.) The Things We Said Today * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
30.) I’m Happy Just To Dance With You * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
31.) Little Child * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
32.) Long Tall Sally * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
33.) She Loves You * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
34.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 12) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
35.) Boys * The Beatles * Introducing The Beatles * Vee Jay Records (1963)
36.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 13) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)

Part VI: Good Night

37.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 14) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
38.) And I Love Her * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
39.) Revolution 9 * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
40.) Good Night * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
41.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 15) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)

 

 

 

I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (by Arvo Zylo) (#94)

I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (by Arvo Zylo) (#94)

Special guest DJ Arvo Zylo steps in this week to present an incredible mix that he made, specifically for this program. He’s certainly appeared on the program before, and I recently interviewed him for our sister program. His work has always fascinated me, as he is the kind of artist that truly creates work like no one else, and has an aesthetic that I really appreciate, that is not only strong, but incredible engaging. I was excited when he told me that he was working on a mix for my show, and when it was ready, I just had to share it with you.

The remainder of this program is a flashback to a couple of vinyl-only podcasts I did at the end of 2013 / beginning of 2014, and they felt like the perfect complement to his mix (and, more importantly, have not been aired on Mid-Valley Mutations, or terrestrial radio). We close with a new installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, something I’m always eager to get back to, but don’t always have the time for.

Thanks again to Arvo Zylo for the excellent mix. Hopefully we can do more stuff like this together in the future. Listen for the Judy Garland stuff if nothing else. It’s a hoot.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (by Arvo Zylo)

HOUR 1

Part I: I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (by Arvo Zylo)*

01.) I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS * Arvo Zylo * I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)

HOUR 2

Part II: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution) **

02.) Austin FM * Paco Jones * Austin FM * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Our Prayer * The Beach Boys * Smile * Capital Records (2011)
04.) ‘This Is Leonard Nimoy’ * Mutual Radio Theater * Programs For The Week of 12 May 1980 * Previously Unreleased (1980)
05.) Everything You Know Is Wrong * Firesign Theater * Everything You Know Is Wrong * Columbia Records (1974)
06.) The Great Imposter * The Piltdown Men * “The Great Imposter” b/w “Goodnight Mrs. Flintstone” * Capital Records (1961)
07.) Crazy… Crazy… * Perez Prado And His Orchestra * “Cuban Rock” b/w “Crazy… Crazy…” * RCA Victor (1955)
08.) Raunchy * Ernie Freeman * “Raunchy” b/w “Puddin'” * Imperial Records (1957)
09.) Sweet * Red Satyrs * No Hold Back… All Attack!!!: Twin Cities Hardcore Punk Rock & Roll * Self-Released (2002)

Part III: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution Part II) ***

10.) No Trespassing * The Ventures * “Perfidia” b/w “No Tresspassing” * Dolton Records (1960)
11.) Road Hog * Johnny Zorro * “Road Hog” b/w “Coesville” * Warner Bros. (1960)
12.) Dance To The Music * Sly & The Family Stone * “Dance To The Music” b/w “Let Me Hear It From You” * Epic Records (1967)
13.) Peter Gunn * Henry Mancini * The Music From Peter Gunn * RCA Victor (1959)
14.) Heroes & Villians * The Beach Boys * Smile * Capital Records (2011)
15.) Secret Agent Man * Johnny Rivers * “Secret Agent Man” b/w “You Dig” * Imperial Records (1966)

Part IV: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents

16.) The House That Time Forgot * Murder At Midnight * 16 August 1946 KFI Los Angeles (1946)

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* I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (Arvo’s Playlist)

excerpt from Bible Stories (featuring Tim Curry as The Serpent)
Noah Creschevsky – Strategic Defense Initiative (excerpts)
Gangster Fun – Pure Sound, Pure Hogwash, Pure Amphetamines (excerpt)
The Fabs – That’s The Bag I’m In
Al Tijuana and his Jewish Brass – What Now My Love (excerpt)
Points of Friction – Spores of the Aquifer (excerpt)
Judy Garland – Obvious Nazi Machine / Plane Crash
Merle Haggard – I’m A Lonesome Fugitive
Broken Penis Orchestra – Floating In A Sea of Bliss
Tim Curry – Cold Cold World
Kangaroo Kourt – exerpt from Atmospheric Distortions of the Kangaroo Kourt
Mae West – Imaginary Love
Tom Waits – What Became of Old Father Craft
Tim Curry – Surabaya Johnny (excerpt)
Betty Hutton – You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun
Tiny Tim – The Ice Skater’s Song
John Wayne – Mis Raices Estan Aqui (My Roots Are Buried Here)
Clint Eastwood – Get Yourself Another Fool
Jim Nabors – Reincarnation
Butthole Surfers – Kuntz
Roger Miller – My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died
Casey Kasum – Blooper (edited)
Tim Curry – Sloe Gin (edited)
U.S. Maple – I’m Just A Bag
Fred Neil – That’s The Bag I’m In
Noah Creschevsky – Strategic Defense Initiative (excerpts)
Gangster Fun – Pure Sound, Pure Hogwash, Pure Amphetamines (excerpt)

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** Originally Appeared on “The State of The Podcast Address” aired 31 December 2013 on blasphuphmusradio.com.

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*** Originally Appeared on “The State of The Podcast Address” & “A Day Off From Work” aired 20 January 2014 on blasphuphmusradio.com.

 

 

 

 

No Guns (Part II): It’s More A Religion (#93)

No Guns (Part II): It’s More A Religion (#93)

Continuing my exploration of media about guns and our current gun culture. Not only has it been on all of our minds lately, but this is a subject I don’t want to let slip away from the public consciousness just yet. I feel like there’s a bit much to say, and not enough people saying it loudly enough.

While I could continue to wax poetic about how I feel strongly about this issue, it stands to reason that I will let the show speak for itself. But I do want to thank everyone who has been contributing (or drawing my attention to) media on this subject, and I’ll continue to include those kinds of submissions on the show. If you do want to participate, please send an e-mail: austinrich@gmail.com.

Let’s hope I don’t have to keep doing these for too much long.

Take care.

Spinitron Playlist

 

No Guns (Part II): It’s More A Religion

This program contains samples from the Do By Friday podcast, ABC / NBC / CBS / CNN News Broadcasts, Frontline: Gunned Down: The Power of The NRA, and comedy routines by Bill Hicks, Lewis Black & Jim Jeffreies. n

HOUR 1

Part I: Young Guns

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Billy’s Hat [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)

Part II: Gun

03.) Armalite Rife * Gang of Four * Yellow EP * Warner Bros. (1980)
04.) Gun * John Cale * Fear * Island Records (1974)
05.) The Gun * Lou Reed * The Blue Mask * RCA Records (1982)

Part III: Machine Gun

06.) Tunstal’s Death (part 1) [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
07.) Gun * Gil Scott-Heron * Reflections * Arista Records (1981)
08.) Machine Gun * Commodores * Machine Gun * Motown Records (1974)
09.) Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man) * Devo * Something For Everybody * Warner Bros. (2010)
10.) Gunshot * Klaxun * Gunshot * Previously Unreleased (2015)
11.) Borrowed Your Gun * Spiritualized * Songs In A&E * Fontana Records (2008)

Part IV: Gun Fury 

12.) Tunstal’s Death (part 2) [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
13.) Happiness Is A Warm Gun * The Breeders * Pod * 4/AD Elektra (1990)
14.) Jawbone and the Air-Rifle * The Fall * Hex Enduction Hour * Kamera Records (1982)
15.) Gun Fury (Of Riot Forces) * The Damned * Strawberries * Bronze Records (1982)
16.) Gun * Chuck Berry * Back Home Chess Records (1970)
17.) The Fastest Gun Around * Marty Robbins * The Return of The Gunfighter * Columbia Records (1963)
18.) You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun * Ethel Merman * Annie Get Your Gun * RCA Victor Records (1966)
19.) Put Down That Gun * Chuck Johnson * Put Down That Gun Promo 45 * Invicta Records (1963)

HOUR 2

Part V: Gun Control

20.) Tunstal’s Eulogy [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
21.) I Kill Children * Dead Kennedys * Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables * Alternative Tentacles (1980)
22.) Guns * D.I. * Horse Bites Dog Cries * Reject Records (1986)
23.) Gun Control * DRI * Thrash Zone * Metal Blade Records (1989)
24.) Loaded Gun * American Steel * Rogue’s March * Lookout! Records (1999)
25.) Ack Ack Ack * The Urinals * Another EP * Happy Squid Records (1979)

Part VI: Dead Man’s Gun

26.) Deputized [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
27.) Tommy Gun * The Clash * Give ’em Enough Rope * CBS Records (1978)
28.) Gun * The Men * Devil Music * We Are The Men Records (2016)
29.) Dead Man’s Gun * Thee Oh Sees * A Weird Exits * Castle Face Records (2016)
30.) Billy’s First Arrest [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)

 Part VII: Over The Edge

31.) Guns [Excerpt] * Don Joyce * 1 July 1989 * KPFA Radio (1989)

The Organization of Sound: field recordings and musique concrète (#92)

The Organization of Sound: field recordings and musique concrète (#92)

This is sort of a Frankenstein’s monster of a show, largely culled from two programs from our past. (Namely, Episode 8 and Episode 26.) There are also some new production elements, mixed with some other bits from other episodes, to flesh it out.

This is only because I spent about a week sick, and unable to work on new programs. So, I cobbled this together to help give me some more time to work on next week’s show.

Hopefully, we can get back on track next week. Until then:

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

The Organization of Sound: field recordings & musique concrète 

HOUR 1

Part I: “Etude, Musique?”

01.) The Back Yard (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Étude * Jean Barraqué * Oeuvres Completes * Classic Production Osnabrück (1998)
04.) The New Sound of Music * Michael Rodd * The New Sound of Music * BBC (1979)
05.) Musique Concrete, Part I * Written by  / Read by Mac OS 10.11.5 “Voice Control” * Organizing Sounds * codehop.com (2011)
06.) Fantasia * Pierre Henry * Le Microphone Bien Tempéré * INA-GRM (1977)
07.) Etude Aux Chemins de Fer * Pierre Schaeffer * Early Moulations: Vintage Volts * Caipirinha Productions (1999)
08.) The Konkrete Etüde ⅕ * Karlheinz Stockhausen * Elektronische Musik 1952–1960 * Stockhausen-Verlag (1991)
09.) [05] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)
10.) Subliminally * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
11.) Fun To See, Fun To Buy * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)

Part II: “Performances Could Be Changed”

12.) The Back Yard Part II (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
13.) stovetop steampunk noise * Jerry Soga (instrumentation: michael graves teapot, tappan range) * stovetop steampunk noise * YouTube.com (2012)
14.) The Moment * (members of) The Waiting Room (Solovino de BMaritxu de AJay Létal & Austin Rich) * The Moment * Facebook.com (2016)
15.) The World Around You * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2015 / 2016)
16.) The Field Recording * Porest * Modern Journal of Popular Savagery * Nashazphone (2016)
17.) Ask Money Jitters * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
18.) This Is Tea * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)

Part III: “What you can do with steel you can also do more conveniently with plastic tape.”

19.) The Back Yard Part III (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
20.) Timbres Durées * Olivier Messiaen * Archives GRM * INA-GRM (2004)
21.) Étude 1 * Pierre Boulez * Archives GRM * INA-GRM (2004)
22.) Dry Egg At Room Temperature * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
23.) Reach For The Peach * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
24.) Come And Get It, A Big Surprise * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
25.) The Back Yard Part IV (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)

HOUR 2

Part IV: From The Front Porch

26.) Rain Settling In (7 November 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
27.) A History of Field Recording * Written by Lawrence English / Read by Mac OS 10.12.1 “Voice Control” *A Beginner’s Guide To… Field Recording * factmag.com (2014)
28.) Free Improvised Lunch no.2 (#2) * Uneasy Chairs * Free Improvised Lunch no. 2 * Bandcamp.com (2015)
29.) Hurt (In Colors) * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
30.) New Green Cans! * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)

Part V: A Walkabout

31.) The Back Yard Part V (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
32.) Williamsburg Bridge * Fred Frith * Step Across The Border * RecRec (1990)
33.) Walkabout (17 November 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
34.) Birds of a Feather (29 August 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
35.) A Good Time For Coke * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
36.) Instant Pot, The Amazing Discovery * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)

Part VI: Back To The Porch

37.) The Back Yard Part V (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
38.) Rain Settling In Continued (7 November 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
39.) Boys * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
40.) Let’s Go! * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
41.) Perfectly Square * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)

History Lesson: Before ’75 (2011 Retrocast)

History Lesson: Before ’75 (2011 Retrocast)
(Featuring a near-chronological overview of the origins of punk music.  Originally broadcast on KPSU on 3 September 2011, & podcast on 31 August 2015.)

As someone who grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s, Punk was already transmuting into a plethora of other kinds of music by the time I reached musical consciousness.  While I came to appreciate everything that spawned from it, I had a real interest in where it came from, which has informed my musical sensibilities in that time.  While my interests now may range far and wide, the net that is cast embodies all that is punk, in the way that I define it.

This episode features edited samples from the IFC film Punk Attitude mixed with a variety of music that helped get the ball rolling.  I also include a few clips from other sources, to help flesh out the story when needed.  If you look at “punk” as a mode of music making, the genesis itself lies in The Blues, leading to Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Punk music is often steeped in the roots of Chuck Berry riffs, but as an ethos, encompasses so much more.  I try to provide as much musical insight as I have into the music that was bubbling under the surface when 1975, an important year for Punk Rock, was in full swing.

I open the show with the fantastic Pere Ubu version of “Final Solution.”  In a lot of ways, Punk was about searching for a Final Solution.  Music needed to be forever affected by something new in order to break away from some of the mainstream crimes that had been committed.  But the people themselves, desperate and hungry for something else, were also looking for a social Final Solution, a way to put behind them all the pain and horror that the world could inflict.  While Punk may not have made any massive, or permanent changes that could be considered “Final,” I think this song really sets the tone for the kind of people that made punk possible.  They were those who were searching for that Solution, and punk is the story of what came of their efforts.

This show was a real pleasure to make, and it features some of my favorite music that has ever been recorded.  While this is the only show that is completed in this form, I hope to continue this series much more frequently in the near future.  The Grumpy Punk has been reawakened in a way that I cannot sated with a mere two hour show.  I wouldn’t be surprised, October and future guests not withstanding, that this will be the foreseeable format of the show for the time being.

There is a lot that could be said of the artists in this show, and I could wax poetic for pages.  But I’ll let the radio do the talking.  It tells the story much better than I could, that’s for sure.  I will say that, before the show even started, I was getting comments and e-mail from people who wanted to make sure that I didn’t leave stuff out.  And, of course, I did.  Humorously enough, I managed to fit one or two in at the last minute.  There is an out-of-chronology Kinks song, sadly, but getting “Louie Louie” in near the front was a wise, wise move.  I have plans, after I finish the initial run of this show, to go back and plug all the holes, and expand on the work I did in this show.  Hopefully, I don’t loose motivation by then.

That’s it for this week.

See you in seven.

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History Lesson: Before ’75

Part I

01.) Part 01 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
02.) Final Solution (Cleveland, Ohio, 76) * Pere Ubu * Terminal Tower: An Archival Collection * Rough Trade Records
03.) Louie Louie * The Kingsmen * “Louie Louie” b/w “Haunted Castle” * Wand Records
03.) Part 02 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
04.) “What Have You Got?” * Marlon Brando * The Wild Ones * Columbia Pictures
04.) Search & Destroy (Ann Arbor, Michigan, 73) * Iggy & The Stooges * Raw Power * Columbia Records
05.) Part 03 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
06.) Maybellene * Chuck Berry * The Chess Story: 1947 – 1975 * Chess Records
07.) Part 04 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
08.) Incense And Peppermints * Strawberry Alarm Clock * Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 * Rhino Records

Part II

09.) Part 05 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
10.) 96 Tears * ? & The Mysterians * “96 Tears” b/w “Midnight Hour” * Pa Go Go Records
11.) Part 06 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
12.) Strychnine * The Sonics * Here Are The Sonics!!! * Norton Records
13.) Part 07 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
14.) Riot on Sunset Strip * The Standells * The Best of the Standells * Rhino Records
15.) Part 08 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
16.) Psychotic Reaction * The Count Five * “Psychotic Reaction” b/w “They’re Gonna Get You” * Double Shot Records
17.) The Gift (Edit) * The Velvet Underground * Peel Slowly And See * Polydor Records
18.) Part 09 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
19.) Lou Reed on Andy Warhol * Lou Reed * Interview * Flora.tv
20.) All Tomorrow’s Parties (1965) * The Velvet Underground * Peel Slowly And See * Polydor Records

Part III

21.) Pushin’ Too Hard * The Seeds * The Seeds * GNP Crescendo
22.) Part 10 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
23.) Boy In The Sandbox (1968) * Michael Yonkers Band * Microminiature Love * Sub Pop Records
24.) Part 11 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
25.) White Responsibility * Huey Newton    Punk Attitude * The Complete Malcom X on DVD * http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/
26.) Feel It (1970) * It’s All Meat * It’s All Meat * New Music Records
27.) Part 12 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
28.) Kick Out the Jams (1969) * MC5 * Kick Out the Jams * Elektra Records
29.) Part 13 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
30.) Helium Head (I Got A Love) (1970) * Sir Lord Baltimore * Kingdom Come * Anthology Recordings

Part IV

31.) Queen Of Stars (Loop) * Kim Fowley / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
32.) Part 14 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
33.) Light My Fire (Edit) (Live) * The Doors * Alive, She Cried * Elektra Records
34.) Part 15 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
35.) Long Way To Go (71) * Alice Cooper * Love It To Death * Warner Bros. Records
36.) Part 16 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
37.) Not Right (1969) * The Stooges * The Stooges * Elektra Records
38.) Part 17 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
39.) Buick Mackane (72) * Marc Bolan & T.Rex * The Slider * Reprise Records

Part V

40.) Politicians In My Eyes (Loop) * Death / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
41.) Part 18 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
42.) Hang On To Yourself (72) * David Bowie * The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars * RCA Records
43.) Part 19 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
44.) Space Age Love (LA 74) * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records
45.) Part 20 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
46.) Vietnamese Baby (NYC, 73) * The New York Dolls * The New York Dolls * Island Records
47.) Part 21 Vietnamese Baby
48.) One Way Spit (Chickasha, Oklahoma, 75) * Debris * Static Disposal * Anopheles Records
49.) You Really Got Me * The Kinks * “You Really Got Me” b/w “It’s All Right” * Reprise Records

Part VI

50.) Part 22 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
51.) You’re A Prisoner (Detroit, Michigan, 75) * Death * …For The Whole World To See * Drag City
52.) Part 23 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
53.) Master Race (NYC, 75) The Dictators * The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! * Epic Records
54.) We Ended Up * The Mumps * How I Saved The World * Sympathy For The Record Industry
55.) Part 24 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
56.) The Gift (Instrumental Edit) * The Velvet Underground / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
57.) Ain’t It Fun (Cleveland, Ohio, 75) * Peter Laughner * Take The Guitar Player For A Ride * Tim Kerr Records

No Guns (Part I): This Isn’t Just A Mental Health Issue (#91)

No Guns (Part I): This Isn’t Just A Mental Health Issue (#91)

As I am often fond of saying on this show: “I don’t mean to get political. Except, that, I do.” And while I hate to become a show that is only immersed in current events, the issue of Guns and Gun Control in our culture seems to be reaching critical mass lately, and it is on my mind quite a bit right now.

So, here’s some stuff I gathered on the subject of guns, with the real motive being to play the extended cut from Negativland’s radio program from 1989 where they addressed this very issue. The last half hour of the program is a piece they made and broadcast, not just on their show, but for New American Radio, who originally commissioned the piece. Since the radio show is, well, their show, I’ve “rounded up” and included a good 30 minutes from the original three hour broadcast. I’ll probably dig out more from it as I continue my own journey into the subject.

But, for right now, enjoy this meditation of something a little more topical, mixed with some old shit, too.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

No Guns (Part I): This Isn’t Just A Mental Health Issue 

HOUR 1

Part I: Darn Cheap Guns

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Main Title [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)

Part II: Kids With Guns

03.) Guns Before Butter * Gang of Four * Entertainment! * Warner Bros. Records (1979)
04.) Kids With Guns * Gorillaz * Demon Days * Virgin Records (2005)
05.) My Love Is With You * Stevie Wonder * Conversation Peace * Motown Records (1995)

Part III: Little Man With A Gun In His Hand

06.) Main Title [Excerpt II] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
07.) Melt The Guns * XTC * English Settlement * Virgin Records (1982)
08.) Little Guns * Oingo Boingo * Good For Your Soul * A & M Records (1983)
09.) Little Man With A Gun In His Hand * Minutemen * Double Nickels On The Dime * SST Records (1984)
10.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls And Marches * Ace of Hearts Records (1981)
11.) Know Your Rights * The Clash * Combat Rock * CBS Records (1982)
12.) If I Had A Gun * Dead Milkmen * Soul Rotation * Hollywood Records (1992)

Part IV: Don’t Play With Guns

13.) Main Title [Excerpt III] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
14.) Machine Gun (Live) * Jimi Hendrix * Machine Gun * Legacy Records (2016)
15.) Don’t Play With Guns * The Black Angels * Indigo Meadow * Blue Horizon Records (2013)

HOUR 2

Part V: No Guns Allowed

16.) Tunstal Ranch [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
17.) No Guns * McRad * Dominant Force * Red Records (1984)
18.) Drop Your Guns * Theivery Corporation * The Temple of I & I * ESL Music (2017)
19.) No Guns Allowed * Snoop Lion * Reincarnated * Vice (2013)

Part VI: Shot Gun Boogie

20.) Reading Lessons [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
21.) Running Gun Blues * David Bowie * The Man Who Sold The World * Mercury Records (1970)
22.) With A Gun * Steely Dan * Pretzel Logic * ABC Records (1974)
23.) Running Gun * Marty Robbins * “El Paso” b/w “Running Gun” * Columbia Records (1959)
24.) Shot Gun Boogie * Tennessee Ernie Ford * “Shot Gun Boogie” b/w “Anticipation Blues” * Capital Records (1951)
25.) Don’t Take Your Guns To Town [Excerpt] * Johnny Cash * “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” b/w “I Still Miss Someone” * Columbia Records (1958)

 Part VII: Over The Edge

26.) Guns [Excerpt] * Don Joyce * 1 July 1989 * KPFA Radio (1989)

Journey To The Center of The Mind (Part I) (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#90)

Journey To The Center of The Mind (Part I) (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!) (#90)

In this mostly all-vinyl / live show, we offer the listener an audio voyage into the world of Mental Health. MKUltramegaphone delivers almost 45 minutes of live jams during hour two, and on the whole, we tackle a subject that seems to have an incredible amount of relevance in this distressing modern world.

This one has been in production for a little while, and as I dig into the subject more, I think this might be something we address on the program for a while. Given the recent political discourse, our social issues that seem symptomatic of a cultural illnesses we are suffering from, and a number of other things that make their way into our news, the notion of Mental Health is certain on everyone’s mind. Consider this an opportunity to find a way we can immerse ourselves in this subject, while still managing to bust out some of my favorite LPs.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

Journey To The Center of The Mind (Part I)

HOUR 1

Part I: Point of Entry

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Esplanade [Excerpt] * Fille Qui Mousse * Trixie Stapleton 291 * Bichon Records (2010)

Part II: A Mental Illness Is A Disease

03.) Mark Says Alright * Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse * Touch & Go Records (1986)
04.) Texas Cedarwood (beauty hype suite 1) * Zac Nelson * Charbroile *

Part III: Presents A Challenge

05.) Egg Danger * Thinking Fellers Union Local 281 * Porcelain Entertainments * Fruit Tree Records (2000)
06.) Endless Questions * Trembling Worm (The Giant Worm meets Trembling Earth Contract) * Improv Summit 1-20-2018 * Previously Unreleased (2018)
07.) Im Glück * Neu! * Neu! * Grönland Records ‎(2010)
08.) Cantate Disparate * Fille Qui Mousse * Trixie Stapelton 291 * Bichon Records (2010)

Part IV: The Stigma That’s Attached To It.

09.) Blood Flower / Stone Away * Rob Jo Star Band * Rob Jo Star Band * Pomme Records (2010)
10.) Wonkatania Freakout * Glands of External Secretion * Reverse Atheism * ButtecountyFreeMusicSociety (2011)

HOUR 2

Part V: People With Mental Illness

10.) Case Studies * MKUltramegaphone * 17 January 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)

Part VI: A Lot of Things In Perspective

11.) Below The Salt / Who Cares? * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars (2001)

The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone (#89)

The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone (#89)

Our bookend program to KMUZ’s Pledge Drive is a live overview of an entirely different kind. On our program, MKUltramegaphone formed, when horridus of devilsclub and I began jamming it out, live on the show. This program is a collection of the earliest jams that we did, and a presentation of the kinds of things we get up to on the show.

For people who listen often, you have heard this. Please, donate to KMUZ, so stuff like this can continue to happen. For those who have never heard this stuff before: this is what I hope the future of this program will contain.

So, dig in, and listen. And, consider how much KMUZ means to you.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone

HOUR 1

Part I: A Dream

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) A Dream, A Nightmare * Don Haugen & MKUltramegaphone * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part II: BeforePhone

03.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 1) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part III: BeforePhone2

04.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 2) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part IV: BeforePhone3

05.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 3) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
06.) (bird(s)ongs) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: UneasyPhone

06.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs, horridus & Austin Rich * 13 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs, horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Outside Time! (Part 1) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Radio Time

09.) Outside Time! (Part 2) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)=
10.) The Black Arts (Part 1) * Derek M. Johnson Love & MKUltramegaphone * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: End of The Drive

11.) Live Performance * No-Method, Playboy Smooth, Coach Waters, Project Aisle, Nigel, Chemotroph & MKUltramegaphone * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) The Black Arts (Part 2) * Derek M. Johnson Love & MKUltramegaphone * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VIII: Bonus

13.) In The Forest * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 10 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)

The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)

KMUZ’s Pledge Drive begins on February 3rd, and with that in mind, this show is entirely dedicated to drawing attention to the drive. To back me as I pitch for your support, I’m presenting an array of live performances from the earliest days of Mid-Valley Mutations. These are some wild and incredible live moments that were captured on our program, and always thrill me as I listen back to them.

But really, this show is about the drive. If you don’t already know, KMUZ is listener funded, and without your support, we have no station. There is no income. There is no way to pay bills without it coming out of our pockets. And to make radio happen – and bring you cool live music like this – KMUZ needs to ask for that money.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to donate, but the easiest is at kmuz.org, where you can click the “make a donation” link, and help keep our station on the air. Just consider how often you listen, and adjust your donation accordingly. If you mention Mid-Valley Mutations as the reason you donated, then you’ll receive an LP and / or comic book from my personal collection, as a thank you for your kindness. This is a perk only available to Mid-Valley Mutations listeners, so please, consider how important programming like this is to you, and help keep radio alive in your area.

This show is packed to the gills with awesome live tunes, so sit back and enjoy some excellent music. Go ahead. It’s Friday night. You earned it.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)

HOUR 1

Part I: Setting Things Up

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 2 December 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part II: Stale Cheese

03.) Live Performance * Guyve * 19 August 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part III: We Are Fiasco

04.) Live Performance * Fiasco * 23 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part IV: Half-Way Up The Stairs

05.) Live Performance * Entresol * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

HOUR 2

Part V: Brutal

06.) Live Performance * Entrail * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part VI: My Casual Three

07.) I’m Generic * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
08.) My Dying Tree * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
09.) Black Jack * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part VII: Three Uneasy

10.) Live Performance 1 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
11.) Live Performance 2 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
12.) Live Performance 3 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
13.) Live Performance * CEO’s, Inc. * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Post-Groundhog Day Special! (2009 Retrocast)

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

(Here’s a holiday treat that I like to trot out this time of year. This broadcast was originally aired on KPSU in Portland on 3 February 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 powers that be have given me a chance to shine on the citywide broadcast signal, starting this Saturday, February 7th! So if you live in the Portland area, tune in at 1450 AM on Saturday in the Portland / Vancouver metro area (just after What’s This Called?), and 98.1 FM on the Portland State University Campus, to hear me do what I do best.  You can also stream the show live at kpsu.org.

Those of you who podcast the show: nothing changes. You’ll just start getting the shows on Saturday instead of Tuesday.

Saturday’s show is tentatively titled, “Re-Introduction, Again.” Pleased to meet you… won’t you guess my theme?

Don’t forget audience participation: 503-725-4945. You, too, can be on the radio!

The Mark Hosler Interview Part II (#87)

The Mark Hosler Interview Part II (#87)

As promised, so long ago, here is Part II of my conversation with the incomparable Mark Hosler.

At this point, I feel like I have said and written quite a bit about these people and this band, and while I’m sure I could keep going on, I’ll consider brevity an important aesthetic choice this time around, and say that it was a real pleasure being able to conduct these interviews. For further Negativ-jams on this program, please consider the links below:

The Weather Report (#76): My conversation with The Weatherman.

The Mark Hosler Interview Part I (#78): The first half of my conversation with Mark Hosler.

Let’s Get Wobbly! (#79): My Conversation with Wobbly.

A link to all my Negativland-related Broadcasts: midvalleymutations.com/category/negativland/

As I mention on the show, this will probably be the last of the interviews (like this) that will appear on Mid-Valley Mutations. I have launched a new program, WTBC Radio, where those kinds of things will pop up from now on. That is our sister show, so to speak, and I’m really proud of the work I’m doing over there. Please, check back, as I think you’ll enjoy it as it evolves and develops, too.

Thanks again to Negativland, who not only inspire me to produce the work I do, but were kind enough to realize that all I wanted to do was talk, and that I was – hopefully – not gonna ask stupid questions.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

The Mark Hosler Interview (Part II)

HOUR 1

Part I: Almost 10 Weeks Ago

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

Part II: “Getting every single thing just right”

03.) Interview Part 1 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Consuming art as it was intended, Negativland’s approach toward new material, sequencing, finishing work, Our Favorite Things DVD & Tim Maloney, the traps of being an artist, Peter Gabriel & The David Bowie story.

Part III: “Bringing something new to the table.”

04.) Interview Part 2 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) This Thing Is Not Good * Negativland * It’s All In Your Head * Seeland Records (2014)
06.) Interview Part 3 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Richard Nixon Died Today * Negativland * Thigmotactic * Seeland Records (2008)
08.) Interview Part 4 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: “We’re doing anything we want to do.”

09.) Interview Part 5 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) God Bull * Negativland * No Business * Seeland Records (2005)

HOUR 2

Part V: “Present Trump-matic Stress Disorder.”

09.) Interview Part 6 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) [03] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)

  • The selection process, Trump’s impact on the new Negativland record, Body English, Steven Colbert & John Oliver, Taylor Jessen, old Don material on new releases, live performances now, the modest goals of young Negativland.

Part VI: “I got to talk about this stuff in this way.”

11.) Interview Part 7 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) Sycamore * Negativland * Escape From Noise * Seeland Records (1987)
13.) Interview Part 8 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Processing loss, What Would Don Joyce E-Mail?, Escape From Noise, Mark’s record collection.

Part VII: “We’re dumbing it up.”

14.) Interview Part 9 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Helter Stupid * Negativland * Helter Stupid * Seeland Records (1989)
18.) Interview Part 10 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Being misquoted, Helter Stupid, fake news, other kindred lost souls.

Good Morning, Croatia.

Mid-Valley Mutations takes over The World.

Starting 17 January 2018, Mid-Valley Mutations began syndication with KLFM.org, an internet radio station in Split, Croatia. This is our first arrangement of this kind, and it was incredible to tune in the other day and hear our program coming from half-way across the world.

If you happen to listen to KLFM, our show is scheduled to air Wednesdays at 12 AM CET (essentially Thursday morning), local Split time. (For those of you in PST, where Mid-Valley Mutations airs locally, that’s 3 PM Wednesday afternoons). The only difference in the shows being aired in Split is that they have a “You’re listening to KLFM.org” drop added to the show, and moving forward, some of the local IDs that are currently on the show will change to accommodate syndication like this (and others in the future).

Certain shows that are specific to KMUZ will not be re-broadcast on KLFM. (Our Pledge Drive shows do not translate well, for example.) Occasional re-runs from the archives will air in place of a “new” show in those circumstances. Usually, the KLFM broadcast will be the show that aired live on KMUZ the previous Friday. Considering the show streams in the afternoon on the West Coast, this allows all you folks who listen to radio in the afternoon a chance to catch the show without having to stay up until Midnight. And, for you Eastern European night owls, I hope this is the kind of thing that will give you food for thought. It certainly works for me.

No matter how you consume the show, we are excited to be a part of this new arrangement. 2018 has been off to a great start, and as the show continues to grow and expand, we hope that our particular brand of experimental radio will be what keeps listeners returning every week. We like what we do, and we love bringing it to as many people as possible. This is one of the ways we can do that, and on our terms.

Enjoy.

The People Who Died (#86)

The People Who Died (#86)

There was a point where I used to acknowledge a lot more of those we have lost recently, and I called the series The People Who Died, natch, which seemed funny and a great way to pass the time. But as the years add up, and more people pass, the idea seems less fun to me. Going through the lists of people who have gone, dredging up the memories… it just feels like a lot less of a “cool” idea, and more of an emotional drain.

However, there are so many we have lost recently – many of whom I actually quite enjoy as artists – that it seemed like I needed to press forward. We are all coping with loss of some kind, and maybe through the celebration of art that we enjoy, we can find a way to process all of this loss and feel good about it, even if in some small way.

This program includes samples of Leonard Cohen, Katherine Dunn, a PBS special about Sam Shepard, Monty Hall, and an interview with / lecture by Sir Terry Pratchett. During the podcast-only bonus section of the program, there are also samples of Roger Moore, Adam West & June Foray, too. They are not credited below, and I’m starting to think that, aside from absolutely essential credits, I may just start doing something like this. Obviously, I would love your input. How would you like to see the show notes written in the future?

Regardless, I think it works for the flow of this show, and I think it’ll work for you, too. Give it a shot. And, of course:

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

The People Who Died

HOUR 1

Part I: That’s The Way It Goes

01.) Everybody Knows * Leonard Cohen * I’m Your Man * Columbia Records (1988)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Excerpt 1 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)

Part II: I Don’t Go Out Much Anymore

04.) Ever Since The World Ended * Mose Allison * Ever Since The World Ended * Blue Note (1987)
05.) Night People * Allen Toussaint * Motion * Warner Bros. Records (1978)

Part III: All Night Long
06.) Excerpt 2 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
07.) Maybellene * Chuck Berry * “Maybellene” b/w “We Wee Hours” * Chess Records (1955)
08.) I’m Walkin’ * Fats Domino * “I’m Walkin'” b/w “I’m In The Mood For Love” * Imperial Records (1957)
09.) All Night Long * Keely Smith * Live TV Performance * YouTube.com (1956)
10.) Hands On The Wheel * Harry Dean Stanton * Partly Fiction * Omnivore Recordings (2014)
11.) People Say I’m Not Good * Charles Manson * Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (1970)

Part IV: Running Out of Time

12.) Excerpt 3 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
13.) Full Circle * Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble & Jaki Leibezeit * Full Circle * Virgin Records (1982)
14.) Running Out of Time * Dead Moon * Nervous Sooner Changes * Tombstone Records (1995)

HOUR 2

Part V: Timeless

15.) Excerpt 4 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
07.) Timeless * John Abercrombie * Timeless * ECM Records (1974)

Part VI: Virtue

08.) Excerpt 5 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
09.) Maiden Voyage * Roswell Rudd * Flexible Flyer * Arista Records (1975)
10.) Virtue * Sonny Murray * Sonny’s Time Now * Jihad Productions (1965)

Part VII: Le Voyage

11.) Titan’s Might * Z’EV * Schönste Muziek * Dossier Records (1986)
12.) Après La Mort 1 (Fluide Et Mobilité D’un Larsen) * Pierre Henry * Le Voyage * Philips Records (1967)
13.) Excerpt 6 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part II) (#85)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part II) (#85)

The writing was on the wall from the beginning, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason was doomed (if by name alone) to be short lived. Getting off the ground initially was extremely time consuming. Half way through, KPSU experienced all new management, and they were unsure of who I was, what the show was about, and when they could schedule it. (The new staff were unaware that I was celebrating my 10 year anniversary at KPSU.)

And part of the confusion was the fact that I’d quite KPSU twice previously. While it is difficult to talk about this without ultimately pointing fingers, the fist time I left for due to “creative differences,” and the second time was to pursue new projects that, at the time, were very promising. That being said, the name of the new show was far too appropriate; while I thought I was making one joke (regarding Pink Floyd’s return to recording after their “final” cut), it turned out the “momentary” aspect of the program was entirely too relevant. By the end of July of the 2014, the show was over, and by September, the last Momentary Lapse of Reason show went out under the disguise of the last Closet Radio broadcast to go out on KPSU. (Sometime the details of Closet Radio‘s ascendence and disappearance should be covered by someone, but for now, I’ll have to leave that to a future someone.)

There were several factors that led to the end, but one was a simple matter of technical problems. KPSU, at the time, regularly had issues, with equipment, access to the studio, the turntables (as most notably heard on the Closet Radio sessions, which had a hum that was only identified afterward running throughout the performance), and sometimes, there was a band sitting in the studio, wanting to play. This is, of course, the adventure of college radio, but when you rely on the full studio to create your program, these limitations can be very frustrating. On at least two occasions, the station was mysteriously closed and we couldn’t do a show. (We ultimately podcasted in place of those, an entirely other permutation of this show that is also not represented here and now.) And in the end, the station just didn’t know what to make of the show. Trying to explain a collage / interview / talk / music show was hard, and they never understood why it didn’t work to have a rock band recording in the room next door while Rikki & I were trying to talk. (Not to mention how hard it was to mix.) It was clear, for both of us, that KPSU was not the place for this show.

Add on top of all of this availability. In spite of my best efforts, KPSU didn’t make it easy to hear A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Sometimes, the show was not listed on the site. Other times, the feeds weren’t working, so you couldn’t even hear us live. When we did manage to get incomplete recordings, getting them properly documented in a way for listeners to find and hear were a challenge, and at one point, it seemed like I had lost all the source recordings for the program. To say that it was little heard (and badly recorded) is an understatement, so at the very least, bringing these recordings to a wider audience is to finally do justice to these shows that have, more or less, languished in digital oblivion.

Another factor that competed for attention at the same time was my own proximity to Portland, where KPSU is located. Very quickly, due to a number of reasons that are boring and tedious, I found myself moving to Salem rather suddenly. While I initially commuted to PDX for work and radio, I soon landed a job in Salem, and getting to Portland was no longer easy or possible for the time slot we were inhabiting. Initially, this was only going to be a temporary roadblock; both Rikki & I were working out ways that the podcast version of the show could be done remotely, and there were talks of us changing the show entirely to The Secret True History of Rock & Roll, a new idea that grew out of A Momentary Lapse of Reason. But all these plans were scuttled when Rikki moved Closet Radio to KRXY, and then, moved away from Portland entirely. At that point, the nail in the AMLOR coffin was officially pounded in place.

Obviously, something like this is about a time and a place. Rikki & I did some incredible radio at KPSU, and we both enjoyed our shows, and this one in particular. But it was clear that our lives were moving in other directions. But for one year, we managed to create a show that was absolutely a representation of what we are like when we are on the radio together, and that alone is something that is worth quite a bit.  My hope is that, buried in the mix here somewhere, you can hear Miss Rikki and I, laughing and rocking out, so incredibly pleased with ourselves that we got to make such wild radio.

Even if it was only temporary.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part II)

HOUR 1

Part I: (From Episode 2, 5 February 2014)

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Silence vs. Answers * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part II: (From Episode 18, 11 June 2014) 

03.) The Warm Up * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part III: (From Episode 20, 25 June 2014 & Episode 21, 2 July 2014) 

04.) Having Something To Rebel Against * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part IV: (From Episode 21, 2 July 2014 & Episode 22, 9 July 2014)

05.) The Subdivisions of Time * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

HOUR 2

Part V: (From Episode 22, 9 July 2014) 

06.) Firesign Wilson & George ‘Lilly’ Theater Play Vanilla Fudge (or, “The 70’s) * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part VI: (From Episode 22, 9 July 2014 & Closet Radio Episode 151, 27 September 2014) 

07.) Small Stories of The Night * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part VII: (From Closet Radio Episode 151, 27 September 2014)

08.) Well I Never * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part VIII (Bonus): (From Closet Radio Episode 151, 27 September 2014)

09.) When You’re Uncool * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I) (#84)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I) (#84)

Some moments in our lives are just wistful memories of which we have little record. But sometimes, you get a glorious snapshot of something from the past, and when you revisit it, you realize there is wisdom and glory is looking back on what had been done before.

For a short period of time in 2014, I returned to KPSU while I was working at PSU. I had twice left the station before, to work on other radio projects elsewhere, but as a student, alumni, and then employee of the school, KPSU was never far from my mind, or my memory. I would hear it as I roamed the campus during work hours, and it soon filled my mind with all sorts of ideas about a new was of doing radio. It’s not like I’d ever strayed too far away. Every iteration of my show has been, essentially, the same. (That is to say, me and my interests, on display, for all the world to hear.) But I wanted to distill all the facets of my radio personality into one, rambling, massive, pulsing thing that was, for all intents and purposes, me in audio form.

It took a long time to set this up. Starting in 2013, I began planning and preparing, working with the station and with Miss Rikki to get it to come into being. There were delays and setbacks, and stations management changes that always make it difficult to explain everything all over again to someone new. But we launched, at the end of January, and for most of 2014, this became my favorite thing to do, creatively.

While the show was never supposed to include anyone else other than myself, Rikki had been so much a part of planning this show, that it only made sense to have her on the first one. Then, very quickly, she was there for every show, and so was a whole cast of characters that littered the conversations and spots on the program, none of which are represented here. The backbone, the essence of the show was Miss Rikki and I, mixing records and other stuff, and seeing how it all turned out.

In fact, aside from the first DJ set of the first show, almost none of what was aired on A Momentary Lapse of Reason was planned any way. The spontaneous and improvised nature of the show relied heavily on the KPSU music archive, which we played relentlessly in various capacities, but this sort of ignores that both Rikki and I would bring piles of stuff to play, too. But one we got to chatting, and picking stuff out, it always became clear that the shows were never going to even get to the stuff we’d selected before, a tradition that is long standing a common in radio.

This show was short lived, and perhaps I’ll talk about the ending in the next episode. But here, let’s focus on some of the best and choicest moments from the first several episodes. While our show was full of segments, talk, calls, and live music, the connective tissue / thread that would hold it all together was our mixes. This is the stuff that has aged the best, represents the spirit of the show that I remember fondly, and is truly wild in a way that makes me want to bring this element back to Mid-Valley Mutations in a big way.

As a special treat, there are a few extra “bonus minutes” on the podcast version, that the FM version did not get. If you were listening live, and want to hear that, the bonus minutes are at the end. And: stay tuned next week, as we continue this exploration, and bring you more magnificent mixes from Miss Rikki and myself.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I)

HOUR 1

Part I: (From Episode 2, 5 February 2014)

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Silence vs. Answers * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part II: (From Episode 6, 5 March 2014 & Episode 7, 19 March 2014) 

03.) That Neu Number Station In Astro Space * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part III: (From Episode 8, 26 March 2014 & Episode 12, 23 April 2014) 

04.) Full Skronk Git Down * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part IV: (From Episode 14, 14 May 2014 & Episode 17, 4 June 2014)

05.) The Jazz Numbers Theory on Botflys & Mr. Topsy Turvy * A Momentary Lapse of Reason w/ The Professor & The Professor’s Wife * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

HOUR 2

Part V: (From Episode 17, 4 June 2014 & Episode 18, 11 June 2014) 

06.) The Meta-morph-osis * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
07.) Tonto * Battles * Mirrored * Warp Records (2007)

Part VI: (From Episode 3, 12 February 2014)

08.) As of Now * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records (2004)
09.) Tommy Goes Berserk * Melvins Lite * Freak Puke * Ipecac Records (2012)
10.) Gauze * KARP * Stars Kill Rock * Kill Rock Stars (1993)

Part VII: (Episode 3, 12 February 2014 2014 & Episode 6, 5 March 2014)

11.) SPMC * The Icarus Line * Mono * Buddyhead Records (2001)
12.) Up In Her Room * The Seeds * A Web of Sound * GNP Creshendo (1966)

A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special! (#83)

A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special! (#83)

Closing off what has become an incredible year is my in-studio session with the sad boys of Sadgasm, a local Salem combo that has only been together a few months, and has already established themselves as the Sad Sac for the 21st Century.

In this show, we celebrate the new year, open the loveline, and take calls from people who are having actual relationship woes, and need advice. We also get to hear some of the songs on their upcoming record, Ramen, which is coming out soon, and in general, have an excellent time. You can find more information out about Sadgasm by visiting their websites: Instagram & Bandcamp, or by pestering them on their social media accounts: Gravy Brink, Andy Alvarez, Austin Antrican and Jon Garcia.

Special thanks is in order, to Kylie Burbank and Emma Douglas, who helped behind the scenes for this show, and are stand up folks in their own right.

Thanks for the incredible year. While it blew everywhere else, 2017 was great for Mid-Valley Mutations, and I thank all of you for being a part of it, and keeping this show going. You all are amazing.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special!

HOUR 1

Part I: Backyardagins

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Barnyard Fun * Sadgasm * Ramen * Unreleased (2018)

Part II: Couples Massage

Caller #1: Donald. “How do you find someone to smooch on New Year’s Eve? How can I ask to get a couples massage?”

Caller #2: Prince. “What’s a nice, chill activity to do on a date instead of something insane?”

Caller #3: Anonymous. “What do you do when your partner calls you buddy after being intimate?”

Part III: “It makes me feel less alone.”

03.) Cum On (Live) * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Interview Part 1 * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: “So many things I wanna say to you.”

05.) Makin’ Love in Three Four (Live) * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Interview Part 2 * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Caller #4: Roger. “What is your advice for sad people?”

Caller #5: Desmond. “What is a good first sex toy?”

HOUR 2

Part V: Hats Off

07.) Trim Photo To Fit * Sadgasm * Ramen * Unreleased (2018)
08.) 2 AM (Live) * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Puke (Live) * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Caller #6: William. “Can you help me find a hat that will help me find the person for me? If you could drink any beer, what would it be?”

Part VI: “A flexible schedule.”

10.) Interview Part 3 * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Caller #7: Jordan. “What do you do when you don’t want a relationship but you get lonely?”

Caller #8: Mr. Smith. “What do you do when your partner has a lot of quirks? What if they don’t like broccoli?”

Caller #9: Anna. “What do you do when you find out that your boyfriend is married?”

Part VII: “It’s not the words but the heart I lack.”

11.) Eating Ash (Live) * Sadgasm * 29 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Caller #10: Anonymous 2. “What do you do about ghosting? What about a person in a bad relationship who doesn’t call you back?”

Caller #11: Mr. Smith. “She does not like brussel sprouts, or any green vegetables.”

Sound The Klaxun!! (#82a)

Sound The Klaxun!! (#82a)

In this supplementary podcast, we continue to feature music that was selected by Kelly, that originated as music he discovered while working on his blog. (downloadedshow.blogspot.com). We only got to feature two of these tracks, and there was so much more that we could offer if we went into bonus overtime.

So, this podcast is curated by Kelly Taylor himself.

Enjoy!

Sound The Klaxun!! (#82a)

01.) Anubus Rex * Klaxun * Inside The Box * Apple Music (2014)
02.) Justice – Stress (Toni Leys NAVE Mix) * Toni Leys * Justice – Stress (Toni Leys NAVE Mix) * Bandcamp.com (2017)
03.) Call of the Final Five * Burnkit2600 * This is the Sound! * freemusicarchive.org (2008)
04.) Fall * Dr. Death + Mr. Vile * The Pretty Little Devils * Bandcamp.com (2015)
05.) A Simple Place * Culture Trust * 12 In 14 * Bandcamp.com (2014)
06.) Beyond the Emptiness * Star Zero Pound * Beyond the Emptiness * Nematode Records (2016)
07.) Midnight Stalker * Years For Months * Midnight Stalker * Soundcloud.com (2017)
08.) Bradycardia * Cullah * Trinity * Apple Music (2016)
09.) Every Note * Matthew Heller * Matthew Heller * Bandcamp.com (2012)
10.) Yellow Curse * Tex Patrello * Yellow Curse * Bandcamp.com (2017)
11.) Staring At My Shoes In A Haze * Klaxun * Close Without Saving * Apple Music (2014)
12.) Little Drummer Boy * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas * Illegal Art (2001)

The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)

The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)

In my continuing effort to fully flesh out the local Salem Music Scene (and document some of these stories that are very quickly receding from memory), we offer this timely, holiday treat: The Kelly Taylor Show.

Kelly has played in almost 16 bands in his life, and is currently singing and playing in Years For Months, and decidedly rock and roll kind of combo. But there’s another side to his music, and a side that you will not get to enjoy on this program. Electronic might not be the right word to describe it, and already that should telegraph to you what kind of music Klaxun happens to be. I should mention here that there is a lot of Klaxun music in this show, and much of it is not credited. (It’s in the background.) But all of it is easy enough to find, and is well worth the effort.

This is our “Christmas” broadcast this year, part of my cooky idea to speak with a number of folks that I find interesting, something you might see on an old Variety Show, or hear on some other holiday broadcast. While we don’t exactly get very “holiday” centric on the other two shows (or even this one, for that matter), I offer smatterings of holiday fare, and we hope that with will yule-tide you over until you can get some real Christmas Music.

As has been the tradition on this show, we close things out with a broadcast from exactly 57 years ago, tonight! It’s Dimestore Radio Theater, with a Nero Wolfe story that is perfect for this time of year.

Thanks again, from all of us here at Mid-Valley Mutations.  Happy Holidays.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)

HOUR 1

Part I: The Door

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas * Illeagal Art (2001)

Part II: “It’s never left the hard drive.”

03.) Interview Part 1 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Jupiter * Klaxun * Close Without Saving * Apple Music (2014)

  • Recording with new technology, Haywire Studios, recording with old technology, taking advantage of the digital world, technology & control freaks, the development of arrangements (solo vs. full band).

Part III: “How many different haikus are there?”

05.) Interview Part 2 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Ripplets * Klaxun * Inside The Box * Apple Music (2014)
s07.) Hypertension * Klaxun * Hypertension * Soundcloud.com (2014)
08.) For * Klaxun * For * Soundcloud.com (2016)

  • Starting on a new song, finding the door, Some Chords by deadmau5, frustrations with EDM, dumb genre nonsense, the formula for predictable music, “cozies,” the freedom of boundaries, finding a voice within rules, the phone as a compositional tool, broken and expensive gear vs. what’s at hand, Caustic.

Part IV: “I’m sort of like Dr. Frankenstein with creative works.”

09.) Interview Part 3 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Demolution [Excerpt] * Klaxun * Demolution * Soundcloud.com (2016)
11.) AMBI3NT * Klaxun * AMBI3NT * Soundcloud.com (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: “Get Into It.”

12.) White * Plunderphonic * Plunderphonic * Mystery Tape Laboratory (1989)

Part VI: “As a kid I wanted to be David Bowie.”

13.) Interview Part 4 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: Duck Duck Goose

14.) Egg Thief * Twink * Miniatures Volume 2 * Twink Tones (2014)
15.) Numb (Live) * Years For Months * Numb (Live) * Soundcloud.com (2017)
16.) Duck Duck Goose * Jupiter Skydive * Getting More Stupider * Bandcamp.com (2013)

Part VIII: “Drowning In Music.”

17.) Interview Part 5 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • The song “Numb,” ways music can be re-interpreted, Hank III, We Are Street, looking for something new.

Part IX: Dimestore Radio Theater

12.) The Slaughtered Santas * The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe * 22 December 1950 * NBC (1950)

 

Baby Makes Three 2 [Excerpt] (#81a)

Baby Makes Three 2 [Excerpt] (#81a)

Here is a podcast bonus this week: an extended clip of an Over The Edge broadcast by Don Joyce, People Like Us and Wobbly.  In a way, this sort of connects a lot of what we’ve been talking about on the show lately, and features what these live mixes were like.

You can hear the entire three-hour broadcast here: Baby Makes Three 2 by Don Joyce, People Like Us & Wobbly (Three Hours).  My excerpt is from an edit People Like Us did, and is a small portion of the total show, which is well worth hearing, too.

Enjoy!

Baby Makes Three 2 [Excerpt] (#81a)

01.) Baby Makes Three 2 [Excerpt] * Over The Edge: Don Joyce, People Like Us & Wobbly * 10 October 2002 * KPFA Radio (2002)

The People Like Us Special! (#81)

The People Like Us Special! (#81)

Trying to cover the work that People Like Us in a single show is really a disservice to the incredible breadth and scope of the work she does. Music, radio, television, film and even a book are some of the elements of her career, but even those labels do not fully embrace what her version of radio is (Do or DIY), or what her film might look like. (In this case, Gone Gone Beyond, a 360 degree experience for Cinechamber.) Suffice it to say, People Like Us – or Vicki Bennett, as it were – works in new media and mediums to force us to reflect on enjoying the work we’re experiencing, and rejecting the boring “intellectual” parts of our brains while we do it.

Join me for a two-hour presentation of the work and thinking of People Like Us, artist and creator who is constantly pushing boundaries, and finding new places where her ideas can grow and flourish. We also feature examples of her work, discuss her newest release (Optimized!, a split release with Porest), her newest film, and get into the nitty gritty of art, who we are when we engage in it, and why having a sense of humor is crucial if we want to be honest with ourselves.

There’s no Audience Participation this week, as this is the Holiday Season and we’re a little time constrained, to be honest. But in the background you’ll hear a mix of People Like Us jams backing the interview, and I do my best to keep the tone in line with the conversation. There’s a ton of music in the background that I do not credit or cite below, but all of it is People Like Us, and her music is easy enough to find. It will cause you to re-think the way you consider pop music, and maybe stop thinking entirely, from time to time.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

The People Like Us Special! (#81)

HOUR 1

Part I: “It just makes the most sense.”

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

Part II: “Mindset wihout the headset.”

02.) Interview Part 1 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Old Cow Whoopee * People Like Us * A Fistful Of Knuckles * Caciocavallo Records (2000)

Part III: “Do you fancy thinking about it a bit more?”

04.) Interview Part 2 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) What’s Love? * People Like Us * Love Is This * Previously Unreleased? (2001)

Part IV: “I’ve been flailing wildly for many, many years, actually.”

06.) Interview Part 3 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) All On A Beautiful Day [Excerpt] * People Like Us * Optimized! * Discrepant Records (2017)

  • Do or DIY & large audience broadcasting, someone mansplaining your art to you, starting out doing radio in Brighton, making tapes, starting to gig in 1996, living with Genesis P-Orridge in Brighton in 1989, Mark Hosler “dropping by” and leaving Escape from Noise behind, Nurse With Wound, Psychic TV, meeting Don Joyce, the small world of experimental music, sending tapes and faxes back and forth, Universe Part 92, phoning Over The Edge in the old days, putting out the first record in 91/92, new split Optimized! with Porest, topsy turvey music, not being serious and connecting with humor, intellectuals ruining everything.

HOUR 2

Part V: “I like the idea of The Variety Show.”

Part VI: “Who is this band?”

08.) Interview Part 4 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Sound Escape Part 3 * People Like Us * Lassie House / Jumble Massive * Caciocavallo Records (1995)

  • Muppet Christ Superstar, earworms and getting Rick Rolled, exposure to the 21st century through mash-ups, lawsuits and fading sampling controversies, a celebration of folk culture, Ubu.com and Kenny Goldsmith, downloading, gender and identity expectations in art, releasing films on a VR headset, gaining access to art.

Part VI: “Happy now?”

10.) Interview Part 5 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Baby Makes Three 2 * Don Joyce, People Like Us & Wobbly * 10 October 2002 * KPFA Radio (2002)

  • The apparatus exists before the content, the world of wonder, access and costs preventing art from growing, the creative mind, anarchy and creativity rejuvenating artists, the importance of Dada, thinking about Don Joyce, Over The Edge as Don’s mind in audio form, Mark’s dream, Vicki’s dream, the person that creates the art you make, we don’t own anything, The archive.org OTE collection, honoring our creative impulses.

Part VII: “I don’t remember what questions you’ve asked me anyway.”

12.) Interview Part 6 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

13.) It Wouldn’t It Be Nice In Yr Face * People Like Us & Kenny G * Nothing Special * Mess Media (2003)

Podcast Only Bonus Track

14.) The Scrolling Verb [Excerpt] * People Like Us * The Verb * 8 December 2017 * BBC 3 (2017)

A NorCal NoiseFest Bonus (#80a)

A NorCal NoiseFest Bonus (#80a)

In this supplementary podcast, we explore the music that we mentioned during my interview with Lob Instagon. This features a number of selections from the NorCal NoiseFest 2017, and a couple of Lob-centric bonus tracks, that I figured were worth hearing, as well.  It’s a nice cross-section of the event, of Lob’s music, and it makes for a great listen.

Stay tuned for the end, where you get to hear a performance featuring Monte Cazazza, and an excellent closing set by Big City Orchestra. Not to be missed, and two of my favorite sets from the fest. But there were tons, and you really should .

Enjoy!

A NorCal NoiseFest Bonus (#80a)

Hour 1:

01.) Bad Ass * Instagon * Black Cactus * Love Earth Music (2017)
02.) Live * Instagon * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
03.) Live * Cut Shutters * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
04.) Live * Burnt Dot * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)

Hour 2

05.) Live * Sidewalk Brujeria * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
06.) Live * Trepan Vent * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
07.) Live * Vertonen w/ Monte Cazazza * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
08.) Live * Big City Orchestra * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
09.) Tortoise Boogie * Lost High Desert Tortoise * Mile Noise 19: The Lost Tape * Thee Instagon Foundation (2015)

A Lob Instagon NoiseFest Christmas! (#80)

A Lob Instagon NoiseFest Christmas! (#80)

When Lob Instagon begins to tell stories, listening becomes essential. A poet, an artist, a musician and an instigator, Lob has worn so many hats that it is sometimes difficult to remember the mystical origins of what he does. In this show, we do our best to uncover those origins and pay tribute to the man himself, his career, his connection to the NorCal NoiseFest, and just exactly how big his ear actually his.

I had an incredible time at NorCal NoiseFest this year, and my idea was to, initially, try and capture my favorite acts in a rambling, mutated form, but the chance to talk to Lob about his new album (Black Cactus) the evolution of Instagon (in all of it’s various forms), was just too excellent, and very soon this show morphed into being all about him.

And with good reason. To fully do Lob justice probably can’t be done is just one program, so we did our best to recreate a mini NoiseFest of our own in-studio. MKUltramegaphone gave Lob a radio tribute fitting of the man himself by jamming along with his music and his words, in a very holiday-centric style.

As mentioned during the program, Eden Mononym was scheduled to appear, but a combination of car and phone troubles threw a wrench into this plan. As of the end of the show, we were not sure what had happened, but I am happy to report that he is safe, and made it home okay in spite of below-freezing temperatures. Sorry we couldn’t have him on the program this week, but we are very glad that we can try and schedule something again for the future.

Regardless, here’s two hours of Lob, holiday style, all from Mid-Valley Mutations.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

A NorCal NoiseFest Christmas! w/ Lob Instagon (#80)

HOUR 1

Part I: The spirit of the season.

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: “Recorded music is three generations in of people who think it’s free.”

03.) Interview Part 2 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Black Cactus, reclaiming physical media, the changing music industry, music as a forum of thought, playing collaboratively, the evolution of Instagon, starting out noise and becoming a jazz-jam hybrid, playing with Greg Ginn.

[horridus joins in at 19:30.]

Part III: “You’re missing what’s going on right now.”

04.) Interview Part 3 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • An evolving line-up, creating a live happening, how venues respond to noise, Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar, noise as the new punk rock, the supportive NorCal NoiseFest scene, starting to organize the event in 2005, “it’s more like a convention,” the early NoiseFests in the mid-90’s, the tape trading scene of the ‘80’s feeding the ‘90’s noise scene, the Japanese noise scene, Masonna & Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, the school of punk rock, the Green Day wave (the post-Stiff Little Fingers wave), the Epitaph Sound, the vastness of noise as a genre.

Part IV: “…and he came at us again, with a samurai sword!”

05.) Interview Part 4 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: The Temple of Psychic Youth.

06.) Interview Part 5 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Lob’s poetry & poetry readings, how Instagon got started, the metal band version of the group, The Temple of Psychic Youth, Instagon’s four initial faces, running out of places to play, the various phases of the group, discovering bass, becoming a band leader, Lost High Desert Tortoise, avoiding band drama.

Part VI: “I have a big ear.”

07.) Interview Part 6 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: So This Is Christmas?

08.) So This Is Christmas? * Instagon & MKUltramegaphone * 8 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VIII: The Rock & Roll Day of Reconing

 

Raw Wobbly (#79a)

Raw Wobbly (#79a)

In this supplementary mini-mutation, I decided that it was worth presenting some of Wobbly’s music without any of my mixing and editing. It was nice to hear the interview with Jon, and I hope you have already listened to the primary show (which you can find here). But we did talk a lot about his music, and didn’t really present any of it for you to sample.

So, consider this a bite-sized sample, more or less covering the kind of work that he does as an artist. It’s pretty rockin’, it’s nice and loose, and if you stay tuned to the end, you can get a small sample of the new record he’s working on, which is not yet out (and probably won’t be until next year).

Enjoy!

Raw Wobbly (#79a)

01.) 2 Pinna (9L) * Moebius Story Leidecker * Familiar * Bureau B Records (2016)
02.) Fertile * People Like Us & Wobbly * Music for the Fire * Illegal Art (2010)
03.) Live Performance * NegativWobblyLand * 27 August 2011 @ Zool in Oakland * Previously Unreleased (2011)
04.) The Booper Symphony [Excerpt] * Negativland * 23 September 2012 * Previously Unreleased (2012)
05.) Closest Living Relations * Sagan * Unseen Forces * Vague Terrain (2004)
06.) Excerpt * Wobbly * Monitress * Unreleased (2018)
07.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas * No-L * A Mutated Christmas * Illegal Art (2001)

Let’s Get Wobbly! (#79)

unnamedLet’s Get Wobbly! (#79)

It is really hard to have it sink in that December is here, and that this year is winding down. And since we were having such a good time last month, we decided to annex a day so that Negativland November could continue for one more week.

57188_mainAnd this week, we interview another incredible artist who also happens to be in the band: Wobbly. (Jon Leidecker.) In this frank and wide-ranging conversation, we discuss his new work (and work yet to come), his role in Negativland and Over The Edge Radio, and pretty much everything else that came to mind as we bantered. As a long-time fan, it was a pleasure to chat, and I think anyone who is a fan of this show will enjoy this conversation, which gets at some of the philosophical impulses behind why we do what we do, and how there is always still a fight to be fought, somewhere.

For this program, MKUltramegaphone are in studio, and we had a blast stretching our audio legs again. horridus joins the show at around the 24 minute mark, and we jam it out all the way to the bitter end. There’s about six minutes of us “unwinding” that was podcast-only this week, and while it’s not essential to the interview part of the show, it does sort of put a cap on the show, for us, and is a fun “come down” period, too.

It has been so much fun to get to talk with all these artists who have left such a big mark on me, personally and creatively. Hopefully some of that excitement – when it does come through – is not not too distracting from the subjects of these chats.

And, more importantly, I hope you like them. I’m quite fond of how it all tuned out.

This show is most certainly to be part of the larger arc happening with my interviews with The Weatherman and Mark Hosler. But don’t let that fool you! We have more Negativ-fun on the program coming next year. Tim Maloney is going to talk about his role as a video artist for the group, and we will also have part two of my conversation with Mark. For those who want to follow all of my Negativland shows, this link may be incredibly useful to you: midvalleymutations.com/category/negativland/

The fun’s not over, and the holiday season is underway! Stay tuned for more excitement in the weeks to come.

Be seeing you!

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Let’s Get Wobbly! (#79)

HOUR 1

Part I: “DJ Wobbly”

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: “The glamour is sucked right out of it, and it just becomes the work.”

03.) Interview Part 2 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: “Art is this byproduct of being alive.”

04.) Interview Part 3 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • More solo vs collaborations, playing recordings of other people as art, expressing a culture’s voice in the art we make, joining Negativland and working with them, honing your own creative voice.

Part IV: “15 year olds are growing up with the understanding that you don’t own your own self expression.”

05.) Interview Part 4 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Going to Negativland camp, Variations Radio Program and the culture wars, Kenny G (ubu.com), artist’s rights and the ownership of culture, the concept of the author, self expression through social media and the evaporation of owning our own expressions and data, the changing politics of culture jamming, post-vaporwave data profiles dictating our reality, artistic merit slipping away as time moves on, generational sea-changes, culture tacking to the libertarian center, It’s All In Your Head.

HOUR 2

Part V: “They’re inherently unpredictable!”

06.) Interview Part 5 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • The changing technology and gear, 100% iPad album, his residency at the S1 Synth Library in Portland, the ergonomics of devices (for the audience), a Don way of doing things, more history about the original booper from 1974, The Booper Symphony, the live Negativland Experience.

Part VI: “Keep discovering mistakes.”

07.) Interview Part 6 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Over The Edge with Wobbly & KROB, Puzzling Evidence, Don as teacher, doing radio with him, making art and remaining open, how to stay confused, listening as a creative tool, a live performance every time you press play, making a “mix” show on live radio and why that’s difficult, radio and music reporting killing the mix show, KPFA supporting mix radio, approaches to sampling, discovering sample sources, natural record shopping habits.

Part VII: “Continuity.”

08.) Interview Part 7 * Wobbly * 9 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Finding music under your own power, our varying radio styles, Over The Edge stories, archive.org’s collection, more episodes being uncovered, Tim Maloney’s role behind the scenes, Don’s vision for the show, KROB’s role behind the scenes, Wobbly’s new record Monitress, the surveillance state, a Zeena Parkins record of duos, Sagan’s second album in 2018, Cosmos, Who Speaks For Earth?, pseudo-obscurity, the impulse behind these interviews, working on the new Negativland Record this month.

The Mark Hosler Interview Part I (#78)

The Mark Hosler Interview Part I (#78)

It’s Negativland November! Join me for a frank and in-depth conversation with Mark Hosler.

Mark was a wonderful, and friendly gentleman who spoke with me at length about music and art, and we are featuring that conversation, with callers and Audience Participation, as part of this show.

Stay tuned. Next week we have Wobbly (also from Negativland), and the rest of Mark’s conversation in January.

And, this show pairs well with the conversation I had with The Weatherman two weeks ago.

This one is dense. Sit down. Have a beverage. And listen.

Enjoy.

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The Mark Hosler Interview (Part I)

HOUR 1

Part I: State Capital Shuffle

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

Part II: “I guess it’s more of a soundscape thing.”

03.) Interview Part 1 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Live Performance * Mark Hosler * 17 February 2016 * Self-Released (2016)
05.) Interview Part 2 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: “A golden age for crazy sound and noise-making.”

[horridus of devilsclub calls in between 24:50 and 39:30 to play along with the show.]

06.) Interview Part 3 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Gear talk, the Booper, learning how to play live, the change in technology, Mark taking on the ashes of past members Ian AllenDon Joyce & Richard Lyons (plus his brother & parents), coping with and processing death, Richard’s sense of humor, Dayle Embree photo.

Part IV: “It’s existentially weird.”

[Pat of Uneasy Chairs calls in between 56:45 and 1:07:50 to play along with the show.]

07.) Interview Part 4 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Edited Special Edit Radio Mix) * Negativland * These Guys Are From England And Who Gives A Shit * Seelard Records (2001)
09.) Interview Part 4 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: Breaking The Fourth Wall

10.) Interview Part 5 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Freedom’s Waiting * Negativland * Free * Seeland Records (1993)
12.) Interview Part 6 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Using Every Part of The Band

13.) Interview Part 7 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) Hot & Ready * Negativland * Deathsentences * Seeland Records (2002)
15.) Interview Part 8 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: Making ridiculous weird noises

16.) Interview Part 9 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Aluminum or Glass: The Memo * Negativland * Dispepsi * Seeland Records (1997)
18.) Interview Part 10 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

A Very Brautigan Thanksgiving (#27)

Merry Holidays, One And All. Here’s a blast from the past, last year’s, “A Very Brautigan Thanksgiving.” Enjoy.

Mid-Valley Mutations

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…

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King Black Acid & Eden Mononym, LIVE! (#77)

King Black Acid & Eden Mononym, LIVE! (#77)

With a two hour show, the extra time is often needed to help accommodate bands, either when they need to set up, call in, or what-have-you. But in cases like this, the extra hour works out great when you have two guests you’d like to fit in. On those days when you want to double-your-pleasure, so to speak, two hours works out just fine when you want to cover two incredible acts in one show.

In Hour 1, join us for an interview with King Black Acid, plugging the new record and the show happening at The Space Concert Club. We also premiere a track by Orchards, also on the bill with a new EP of incredible tune.

Then, in Hour 2, join us for an interview with, and performance by, Eden Mononym, an electronic musician and artist who blew the doors off the show with a fantastic set that you will not ant to miss.

Two-for-one. It’s a show you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy.

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King Black Acid & Eden Mononym (#77)

HOUR 1: King Black Acid

Part I: Getting Started

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

Part II: “The dream life of the music.”

02.) Interview * King Black Acid * 17 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Alice’s Playlist

03.) Welcome Home Down The Rabbit Hole * King Black Acid And The Crystal Unicorn * Super Beautiful Magic * Mazinga Records (2017)
04.) Radiation Baby * Orchards * To Lose Completely * Self-Released (2017)

HOUR 2: Eden Mononym

Part IV: All The Way From Oregon

05.) Live Performance [Excerpt] * Eden Mononym * 2017 NorCalNoiseFest Day One * Bandcamp.com (2017)

Part IV: “Endless laughs.”

06.) Interview * Eden Mononym & Austin Rich * 17 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Gear talk, getting started with programming and building modular systems, tape loops and video game music, the early internet, starting to record, One Infinite Loop, electronic composers, starting Eden Mononym, the ever changing record, the inner irony of organic sounding electronic music, evolving gear and technologies, a new record and new synthesizers on the way for 2018.

Part V: Hypnotic

07.) Live Performance * Eden Mononym * 17 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Lips Flappin’

 

The Weather Report (w/ The Weatherman!) (#76)

The Weather Report (w/ The Weatherman!) (#76)

It is with no small amount of fanfare and excitement that I am able to bring none other than The Weatherman of Negativland fame to Mid-Valley Mutations. If you have been a long-time listener, or know anything about the kind of radio and music that I do, you’ll probably be saying something like, “Don’t you just try to imitate them with your work anyway?” And to that I would say: yes, poorly!

To say that Negativland has influenced me is a bit of an understatement, but their impact on this show is only one reason why it is interesting that I have The Weatherman on. This year, he has taken to social media, and for the reclusive (and often counter-cultural) artist that he is, this action took the Inter-Web-A-Tron by storm. His live feeds (full of Booper jams, mixes of radio and TV with whatever is on his VCR, and other odds and sods) are incredible, fascinating, and according to various, “terms and service agreements,” entirely illegal in the same way that sampling and collage art was deemed so in the first place. So, in many ways, he has not changed a bit.

The Weatherman and I talked for quite some time, about his current performances online, his history with Negativland, CBs and Jamming Culture, the legendary U2 single and how he found himself singing those well-known copywritten words, his relationship with Richard Lyons and Don Joyce (two band members who have both passed recently), and as if that weren’t enough, he performs The Booper, LIVE and reads The Weather!

Personally, this was a dream come true. This band and their radio show have been a focal point for the kind of work I want to create, and has guided my attitudes toward culture and art for my entire adult life. To find out that, not only are the members of this group extremely friendly and approachable, but game to go along with my nonsense too, is a very cool experience, for sure.

If you listened to the live broadcast, this podcast version has about seven minutes of bonus material, available only to the podcast listeners of the show. Scan to the end; we pick up the conversation exactly where you feel like we stopped. I would also urge you to tune in on 24 November for an interview with Mark Hosler, and on 1 December for an interview with Wobbly, completing Negativland November! It’s been a pleasure to talk to them all; now, hear what they had to say.

So, open up a fresh Club Soda, tune in KMUZ with your home-brewed radio console, and enjoy this frank and enlightening conversation with one of my favorite artists: The Weatherman.

Enjoy.

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The Weather Report (#76)

HOUR 1

Part I: One, Two, Stupid!

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Theme From ‘A Big 10-8 Place’ * Negativland * A Big 10-8 Place * Seeland Records (1983)

Part II: “You’re scholarly!”

04.) Interview Part 2 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: “Everything that has happened has to do with Richard Lyons.”

05.) Interview Part 3 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: “It sounded like the end of the world.”

06.) Interview Part 4 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

07.) Pure Full Stereo Rototiller * Negativland * Over the Edge Vol. 1½: The Starting Line with Dick Goodbody * Seeland Records (1995)

HOUR 2

Part IV: “How dare you call it a band.”

08.) Interview Part 5 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Live Performance * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: “I’m not a musician, I just experiment with sound.”

10.) Interview Part 6 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Don gets added to the group, Night Sky Music, digitizing analog work properly, The Weatherman’s creative process, nonsense words and phrases, image 1 image 2 & image 3, the act of selection, Night Flight‘s influence.

11.) Happy The Harmonica * Negativland * Free * Seeland Records (1993)

Part VI: “This Is The Weatherman.”

12.) Interview Part 7 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Media memories, strange noises from the sky, voice to skull transmissions and  other conspiracies, performing live online, Over The Edge, and more Firesign Theater,

Part VII: “I never leave this house, pretty much.”

13.) Interview Part 8 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Parallel Worlds Radio Bonus Batter (w/ Anna Davis) (#75a)

Parallel Worlds Radio Bonus Batter (w/ Anna Davis) (#75a)

When Anna and I got to talking about comics and Parallel Worlds, we very quickly lost track of time. (These things happen, especially after you’ve been suddenly transported to her store without intending to. See Prime Episode.)  Consequently, we have 30 minutes of bonus material, which includes more of our conversations, and some songs that we had to trim for time.

There’s not repeated content between these two shows, and you could listen to them separately, I guess. But this is really like a supplemental audio treat, or really, an appendix to the primary show. It’s not any less good, by any stretch. but there is a pecking order, certainly.

Enjoy.

Bonus Batter

01.) Providence * Poor Man’s Poison * Providence * Poor Man’s Poison (2014)
02.) Interview Part 7 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Where we talk about Subscriptions, Digital Subscriptions & Collecting and habits

03.) Brass Goggles * Steam Powered Giraffe * Album One * Steam Powered Giraffe (2009)
04.) Interview Part 8 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Where we talk about the way the comic industry works (comic book pre-orders and getting a book on the shelf), Feminist Voices In Comics Culture, Gamergate fallout, white privilege and the responsibility of middle aged white guys.

05.) Breathe * Alexi Murdoch * Time Without Consequence * Zero Summer (2006)

Parallel Worlds Radio (w/ Anna Davis) (#75)

Parallel Worlds Radio (w/ Anna Davis) (#75)

Much like an indie-rock band just trying to start out, Anna Davis of Parallel Worlds Comics is going through first year growing pains, trying to find a space that fits, trying to connect with customers that “get it,” and trying to remain true to the ideals that she set out with, while still striking a balance with work and life. None of this is easy, for anyone, but Anna is a dream chaser, and in the two hours we spend together talking and playing music at her shop, you really to know Anna, and what makes Parallel Worlds tick.

Our conversation ranges everywhere, and covers a number of issues connected to comics, and relevant to anyone who has had a crazy, crackpot notion of what they wanted to achieve, and went for it against all reason and logic. The story of Anna and Parallel Worlds is story about someone getting what they want, and doing their best to get it, no matter what. The rest of the story is spelling out over two hour. Please, tune in, and get to know Anna, and Parallel Worlds Comics.

Enjoy.

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Parallel Worlds Radio (w/ Anna Davis)

HOUR 1

Part I: I Sell Comics

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) I Sell Comics * Courage My Love and Walt Flanagan * I Sell Comics * Bandcamp.com (2011)
03.) Interview Part 1 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: Black Sheep

04.) Batman Theme * Neil Hefti * “Batman Theme” b/w “Batman Chase” * RCA Victor (1966)
05.) Interview Part 2 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) You Won’t Know * Brand New * The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Of Me * Interscope Records (2006)
07.) Black Sheep * Metric * Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World * Universal Records (2010)

Part III: The Comic Book Store

08.) Interview Part 3 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) The Comic Book Store * Amy Dallen and Jason Charles Miller * The Comics Book Store * Geek & Sundry (2014)

HOUR 2

Part IV: Burn Your House Down

10.) Interview Part 4 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Burn Your House Down * The Peculiar Pretzelmen * Innumerable Seeds of Calamity * Bandcamp.com (2010)
12.) Useless * Insomniac Folklore * A Place Where Runaways Are Not Alone * BD Recs (2011)

Part V: Mr. Punch

13.) Interview Part 5 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) Dance While The Sky Crashes Down * Jason Webley * Against The Night * 11 Records (1999)
15.) Mr. Punch * Future Bible Heroes * Where’s Neil When You Need Him? * Dancing Ferret Discs (2006)

Part VI: Nerd Anthem

16.) Only If You Run * Julian Plenti * is… Skyscraper * Matador Records (2009)
17.) In My Mind * Amanda Palmer * Goes Down Under * Liberator Records (2011)
18.) Dusty Cartridges & Long Boxes * Kirby Krackle * Geekiest Hits Vol. 1 * Bandcamp.com (2014)
19.) Interview Part 6 * Anna Davis * 3 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.) Nerd Anthem * Marian Call * Got To Fly * Bandcamp.com (2008)
21.) Wonder * The Doubleclicks * Weekly Song Wednesday * Bandcamp.com (2013)

“Nov. 1” by Crackerbash

“Nov 1” b/w “Halloween Candy”

“Nov. 1” by Crackerbash

I listen to this song every November 1st.  It’s by Crackerbash, a little known Portland band that I only got to see twice.

Playlist & Footnotes:

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But they were really, really great.

There’s some stuff available if you want to start digging.  I recommend this live set from a performance in Corvallis in 1992.

Sean Crogan is currently the front man in The Pynnacles.  They a really, really great, too.

Enjoy.

More Stories About Shock-let & Ghouls (Ghost Stories Part IV) (#74)

More Stories About Shock-let & Ghouls (Ghost Stories Part IV w/ Branden Marshall, Arvo Zylo & Miss Rikki!) (#74)

Closing out our Halloween-Spook-tacular this year is a delightful trio of conversations with excellent friends, each of whom enjoy this time of year, but all things dark and eerie. There’s a bit of ennui that sets in after the last holiday broadcast of the year, and we had so much fun this time that I really didn’t want the party to stop. So two of our calls during this show are quite long, and both cover many experiences that each of gone through over the years. Additionally, two of our callers discuss a similar Chicago Landmark. And, all three are incredible additions to any broadcast, regardless of the time of year.

If you are interested in finding more information about Branden’s music, I would check out his MyFacester+ Page, or his (Aesthetic Pulses) SoundCloud Account, where there’s a fair amount of music. You can find Arvo Zylo’s music at his website, nopartofit.com. Arvo discusses a book by Sarah Wreck, too, and it’s affect on his story.

The range of stories we heard from callers this year was fantastic, and if you missed any of our four Ghost Stories programs this year (or the two we did last year), you could do a lot worse than follow this link: midvalleymutations.com/category/ghost-stories. You’ll find all six, with calls from friends and former guests on the program, all sharing real, personal experiences in the world of paranormal and unexplained events. And, if you just like Halloween, then check out Austin’s Annual Halloweeen Spook-tacular, in iTunes or in a podcast-agnostic RSS Feed. (As near as I can figure, it seems to be available in most podcasting apps, but let me know if you can’t find it.) This podcast has shows going back to 2004, and now features all of the Closet Radio Halloween broadcasts, too. All to get you into the Holiday Spirit. Please, check it out. You won’t regret it.

Now that the holiday season is over, we’ll return to live music and interviews as a more regular staple of the show. But, until next year:

A Merry Spook-tacular to you all! And to all, a Good Day!

Enjoy.

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More Stories About Shock-let & Ghouls

HOUR 1

Part I: Introduction & Calendar

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Halloween Ambience * Austin Rich / Old Records * Mid-Valley Mutations.

Part II: Branden’s Call

03.) Live At The Space * Aesthetic Pulses * 30 July 2017 * Previously Unreleased (2017)
04.) Branden’s Call * Branden Marshall * 27 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Branden talks about a number of experiences, including a ghost in a Petaluma duplex, another in a house in Eugene, yet another in Anchorage, Alaska (in a warehouse he worked at), and lastly, one haunting a Processing Barge he worked on.

Part III: Terror Vision One!

05.) Phantom of The Roller Rink * Frank Stewart * WNUF TV-28 Presents: Frank Steward Investigates: Halloween * Terror Vision (2015)

HOUR 2

Part IV: Arvo Zylo’s Call

06.) One – Six * Arvo Zylo * Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher * Personal Archives Records (2016)
07.) Arvo’s Call * Arvo Zylo * 27 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • First, Arvo talks about an experience in Chicago’s famous Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, where he saw orbs flying, and a number of other incredible things during his various visits, including things he saw during a night he spent there in 2003! Then we talk about his current home in Seattle and the child Ghost that haunts it now, followed by more about his general sensitivity to spiritual and supernatural encounters.

Part V: Miss Rikki’s Call

08.) Miss Rikki’s Called * Miss Rikki * 27 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Miss Rikki calls to tells us more about the midwestern town she grew up in, including a hitchhiking story from Cherry Vale Road, where a hitchhiker in a prom dress is trying to get to Resurrection Cemetery. Also out on that road: The Satanists’s House. Plus a story about a department store, late-night encounter, and another brief mention of Bachelor’s Grove. 

Part VI: Skate Gator, NO!

05.) Introduction: Have You Ever Heard A Ghost? * Frank Stewart * WNUF TV-28 Presents: Frank Steward Investigates: Halloween * Terror Vision (2015)

 

Lavender & Marc Kate, LIVE! (#73a)

Lavender & Marc Kate, LIVE! (#73a)

I am such a lucky radio host, in that there are a ton of groups coming through the area, and experimental music – in almost every form – is really beginning to get some notice in a way that is impressive, and very fun to watch. And, some weeks, I have a wealth of material at my fingertips to play, and it feels like there is just too much for even a two-hour show.

So, this week, in an unprecedented move, I’m including a nearly two-hour bonus episode as a companion piece to our regular show this week. Podcast only, of course, as we only get the two hours of broadcast time, but in this show, you get to hear so much incredible stuff, it is well worth your digestion.

In our regular program, we heard short performances by Lavender and Marc Kate, with a truncated interview between them. But this was only 30 minutes of the 90 minutes we recorded, included to full set performances by each group, and a 30 minute interview, too. While it was great to get such a wealth of material, I just couldn’t fit it all into a show with Kylie Burbank and friends, too. So the 90 minutes of material was winnowed down to a slim 30 on the FM.

Which is a shame, because the full performances (and interview) are a real treat, and we get into some nitty-gritty about making art, using machines, and other bits and bobs that are only available in this extended episode. If you heard the primary show this week, then there is an hour of Lavender and Marc Kate that you have not yet heard.

And, as a bonus, I’m including a Halloween installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, too. This time from Richard Diamond, giving us a spooky treat that is just perfect for this kind of broadcast.

Both Lavender and Marc Kate are consummate performers, and you owe it to yourself to dig into what they can do when they are at their best. And, even better, this stuff can only be heard here. How cool is that?

Enjoy.

Lavender & Marc Kate, LIVE!

Part I: Introduction

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.)

Part II: All The Way From France

03.) Live * Lavender * Live * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Getting Down To It

04.) Interview * Lavender & Marc Kate * 19 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part IV: Today Never Knows

04.) Live * Marc Kate * Live * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part V: Outro

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents!

04.) The House of Mystery Case * Richard Diamond, Private Detective * 10 December 1949 * NBC Radio (1949)

When This Crypt Is A-Rockin’, Don’t Bother Knockin’ (Ghost Stories Part III) (#73)

When This Crypt’s A-Rockin’, Don’t Bother Knockin’ (Ghost Stories Part III w/ Lavender, Marc Kate, Kylie Burbank, Emma Douglas, Austin Shippey, Miss Rikki & Jared Richert!) (#73)

Whew! This show was starting to feel a little like the Christmas At Pee-Wee’s Playhouse special, where the list of special guests is improbably long, and yet, they all actually appear in the show. Well, we managed to do this too, cramming in three different live artists performing in this two-hour block, peppered with plenty of ghost stories by in-studio guests, AND another phone call by the incredible Miss Rikki. It’s enough to make any radio enthusiast jump for joy, and this is only HALF of the audio offerings we have in store for you this week.

For the complete story, check out our supplemental episode this week, where we have over 2 Hours of bonus material, which includes almost 40 minutes of extra live music, the full 30 minute interview with Lavender & Marc Kate, and other treasures only available to the podcast audience. Hopefully you’ll listen to that show too, as it is well worth the listen, and is the only place to hear live French experimental music on the radio in the US.

But in this program, we have so much crammed in that it is a veritable Multi-Course Ghost Story Feast, and I do recommend that you listen in to hear all the details. Not only is there a ton of live music and stories, but we field calls from old friends, AND try to communicate with a spirit that we talked about on this very program last year, using a Ouija Board! It gets a little crazy, and that’s just the way we like it.

You should probably go see Kylie Burbank & Jared Richart (among others) in a local production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Which is basically going to be the coolest thing happening next weekend.

More links: Lavender, Marc Kate, Kylie Burbank, Austin Shippey, Emma Douglas, Jared Richart & Miss Rikki.

Both Austin & I were shooting video during the show (he was actually live-streaming it), and you can see all the videos here. Keep in mind, these are raw videos with audio from the room (there seems to be an audio crackle on Shippey’s video), but in this playlist you’ll find both songs performed by Kylie Burbank during the show, and a close up view of the Ouija Board in use!

I would also recommend checking out the show that Austin was on previously, where we talk about his experience exorcising a spirit from a house! This show will certainly make your hair stand on end, and make you laugh a little, too. So sit back with your beverage of choice, and turn the lights down low. Things are about to get a little scary.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

When This Crypt’s A-Rockin’, Don’t Bother Knockin’ 

HOUR 1

Part I: Lavender & Marc Kate 

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Halloween Ambience * Austin Rich / Old Records * Mid-Valley Mutations.
03.) Live Expert * Lavender * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Interview * Lavender & Marc Kate * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) Live Excerpt * Marc Kate * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: Kylie & Emma

06.) Kylie’s Story * Kylie Burbank * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Kylie talks about Jeremy, the ghost in her old house in South Salem (where the Orchards used to be), and contrasted that against her grandmother’s spirit haunting Kylie’s childhood home.

07.) Emma’s Story * Emma Douglas * 20 October 2017 * Mid- Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Emma Douglas shares a story about the basement in her own home, and the figure Emma saw one night.

Hour 2

Part III: Kylie Burbank LIVE

08.) Making Me Feel (Live) * Kylie Burbank * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Interview * Kylie Burbank * 201 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations

Part IV: Austin’s Story

10.) Austin’s Story * Austin Shippey * 20 October 2017 * Mid- Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Austin talks about an experience from almost five years ago, and a ritual he performed with other witches in a field between Salem & Keizer, relating to an orphanage connected to the field nearby.

Part V: Miss Rikki Calls In

11.) Miss Rikki Calls In * Miss Rikki * 20 October 2017 * Mid- Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Miss Rikki calls In to discuss Cherry Valley In Illinois, and the House With No Corners, a place near where she grew up.

 

Part VI: The Ouija Board

12.) The Ouija Board * Kylie Burbank, Emma Douglas & Austin Shippey * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: Kylie Burbank LIVE (Again)

13.) (second song) (Live) * Kylie Burbank * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

 

Part VIII: An Exorcism?

14.) Jared’s Story * Jared Richert * 20 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Jared Richert tells a story about an exorcism that his father took part in as a youth pastor. 

Victrola’s Tales! (or, “Cottage Street”) (Ghost Stories Part II) (#72)

Victrola’s Tales! (or, “Cottage Street”) (Ghost Stories Part II) (#72)

While we haven’t done all that many of these Ghost Stories shows, very few people have wanted to come into the studio and tell their stories live either. But DJ Victrola is not like other DJs, hosting her very own program – The Guitar Shop – now in its 21st year, with no signs of slowing down. When she offered to come in and tell old Philly Ghost Stories, I knew we had to do this one live. And you, dear listener, get to reap the rewards.

While I don’t want to spoil too much about her stories, I will say that you should stay tuned, as she not only features appropriate tunes to complement her stories, but sets a mood that is perfect for strange happenings in a haunted house. And: Cyclopsycho composed a bespoke Ghost Tune for this broadcast, which we get into almost immediately during the show. (You should visit cyclopsychosite.com for more music, or check out the live performance on Ricardo Wang’s What’s This Called?)   Plus: we get to hear one of the all time best Lord Buckley recordings that is not only about ghosts, but spans two holidays in one.

Stay tuned to the very very end, and hear a very special treat: The Professor & Miss Rikki from Closet Radio call in. Miss Rikki, DJ Victrola and I all go back to KPSU, when we were on after each other for a spell in the days when Rikki & I hosted A Momentary Lapse of ReasonWe had an excellent radio reunion on the air, and Rikki spills the beans about normal childhood happenings that absolutely count as ghost stories, even though she just shook them off.

This one has a personal touch that is well worth a listen, and we’re not even finished with the holiday season. (BTW: Shoutouts to Steve & Lisa, from Vicky.) This is a Friday The 13th that you must hear to believe.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

Victrola’s Tales!

HOUR 1

Part I: The Ghost of Lost Mind

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Halloween Ambience * Austin Rich / Old Records * Mid-Valley Mutations.
03.) The Ghost of Lost Mind * Cyclopsycho * The Ghost of Lost Mind * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: Cottage Street Parts 1 & 2.

History of The House, Disappearing Steak Sauce, The Misplaced Wallet

04.) Carol Ann’s Theme * Jerry Goldsmith * Poltergeist Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * MGM Records (1982)
05.) Wakey Wakey * Alejandro Amenábar * The Others (Music From The Dimension Motion Picture) * Sony Classical (2001)
06.) Ghost of A Texas Ladies Man * Concrete Blonde * Recollection: The Best of Concrete Blonde * I.R.S. Records (1996)
07.) Ghostwind * Steve Morse * High Tension Wires * MCA Records (1989)

Part III: Chatting With Victrola 

Part IV: Cottage Street Part 3

08.) I Do Believe It / Sheets and Chains * Alejandro Amenábar * The Others (Music From The Dimension Motion Picture) * Sony Classical (2001)
09.) Tam Lin * Fairport Convention * Liege & Lief * Island Records (1969)

Part V: Cottage Street Part 4

10.) Laugh * Danny Elfman * Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to ‘Beetlejuice’ * Geffen Records (1988)
11.) Old Times * Alejandro Amenábar * The Others (Music From The Dimension Motion Picture) * Sony Classical (2001)

HOUR 2

Part VI: Chatting With Victrola Again

Part VII: The Lady in the Hatboro House & The Bucks County Hitchhiker 

12.) They Are Everywhere * Alejandro Amenábar * The Others (Music From The Dimension Motion Picture) * Sony Classical (2001)
13.) “I Do Believe In Spooks” * The Cowardly Lion * The Wizard Of Oz * MGM Studios (1939)
14.) Scrooge * Lord Buckley * Blowing His Mind (And Yours) * World Pacific (1966)
15.) Big Joe & Phantom 309 * Tom Waits * Nighthawks At The Diner * Asylum Records (1975)

Part VIII: Victrola’s Moving Chair & Chatting With Victrola Even Yet Still

Part IX: The Professor & Miss Rikki Call-In

The Call Is Coming From Inside The Podcast! (Ghost Stories Part I) (#71)

The Call Is Coming From Inside The Podcast! (Ghost Stories Part I) (#71)

When October rolls around,  a long-held tradition on the program is to roll out all the old Halloween music and records that I know and love so much. But last year we stumbled upon a great idea: to tell Ghost Stories on the radio, in honor of my favorite time of year. This worked out to our advantage this time around, as so many people turned out that we are able to offer calls all through the month of October – some via Skype and some via the phone – that chronicle some of the most unusual supernatural experiences that have ever occurred.

With that in mind, we have four calls from four people who have each had an experience that you NEED to hear about. Some of these calls are from people who are appearing on the show for the first time. Others are from friends of the show, and previous guests who have a story to tell that fits in with this time of year. In every case, I have not coaxed these stories out of anyone, nor have I edited the calls or tampered with their narratives. This is what happened. And I urge you to listen, and allow the spirit of the season greet you this time of year.

Enjoy.

The Call Is Coming From Inside The Podcast!

Part I: Introduction

01.) Halloween Ambience * Austin Rich / Old Records * Mid-Valley Mutations.
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)

Part II: Mustin Douch of Nasalrod

Mustin Douch is on Social Media
And you should pre-order the Nasalrod album. I think you’re gonna love it.

Part III: Heather Zajkowski of The Sound of Tomorrow

Heather Zajkowski appears on The Sound of Tomorrow every week.  This show airs on WAYO in Rochester, New York on 104.3 FM at 4 PM on Wednesdays. It is also available as a podcast in all of your usual stores and services.

Part IV: Austin Shippey

You can find Austin Shippey at austinshippey.com, which resolves to cunningcraftspiritualservices.com, where you can find Austin and his services, as well as Praesidium: A handbook of magical defense and protection.

Part V: Jeremy Hight

 

A Facebook For Radio (#70)

A Facebook For Radio (#70)

This episode continues the tradition of doing things differently than we normally do, in that we are not broadcasting from the KMUZ studios, but instead, are podcasting a day late from my own home.  This was for a variety of reasons, all of which are personal, but I think my privacy settings are such that you shouldn’t necessarily know about them.

Unless, of course, you’re MyFacester+ Twinstagramblr.

Special thanks to Robert Shepard for cluing me into the song that opens todays program.  In the end, I think I delivered one of the best solo episodes I’ve produced in quite some time. And, in another turn of events, it is of a current, relevant topic.  That, to me, is something. Perhaps this will be a trend for our program.

But, let’s set aside all of that for the time being, and ask ourselves some hard questions about the Social Media landscape. What do we do when we have a Facebook for Radio? What status updates are dictating the next election you vote it. Think carefully about the next ad you place… and who might be able to see it.

All of that, and I have some fun with me new setup.

Enjoy.

A Facebook For Radio

Part I: Introduction

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

Part II: Is Facebook A Trap?

02.) Is Facebook A Trap? * Austin Rich * 30 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Confessions of A Social Media Junkie

03.) Confessions of a Social Media Junkie * Austin Rich * 30 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The kiisu d’salyss Interview (#69)

The kiisu d’salyss Interview (#69)

There are things you can talk about with old friends, and even more-so when you used to be in a band with that person. But kiisu is not just the sum of the band he’s currently in, and to try and distill the music he makes into just one representation is to omit so much stuff that is a joy for weirdo’s like me. Our friendship goes back 20 years, and to a band we both shared together, but you may know him best now as the guitar player for The Secret Light, who just put out their first LP, and have been playing around extensively as an up-and-coming new wave group. And while we do play songs from that release, and in that vein, this show is a whole lot more.

In many ways, this is a companion piece to the show I did with Semi-Colin of /root_DIR back in May, as we were all in that same band together way back when, but we’ve ally maintained a kind of weird friendship over the years that has a lot to do with shared ideals and experiences, and a rural Oregon Background, that sent all of us out looking for more. Colin found hardcore, I found radio, and kiisu… well, you’ll have to tune in and find out for yourself.

Shows like this are always a pleasure, as I get to hang out with a friend, listen to great music, and share it with you.

And, if you’re lucky, you’ll have remembered your potato, too.

Enjoy.

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The kiisu d’salyss Interview

Topics Include: The Secret Light, semi Colin, rural Oregon, learning to record and play music, making tapes, Cathead, Neutered Prunes, the years of experience applied to making new music, Empty Room (Kelly, Troy Mercy & Maile, theXplodingboys),  The Oblik (Marshall, Jess & Joe), trying to impress girls, Necrotome, Johnathan Christ, /root_DIR, and more The Secret Light.

HOUR 1

Part I: Like Clockwork

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview 1 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Clockwork * The Secret Light * Mirror Mirror * Knife Camp  (2017)

Part II: Vestigial

04.) Interview 2 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) Vestigial Organ * kiisu d’salyss * Vestigial Organ * Previously Unreleased (198?)
06.) Interview 3 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) A Second Try * Cathead * 0 * WANC Records (1994)

Part III: Noise For Nixon

08.) Interview 4 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Noise For Nixon * kiisu d’salyss * Noise For Nixon * Previously Unreleased (1993)
10.) Interview 5 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Welcome to Apocalypse (Radio Edit) * Cathead * April 2013 Practice Tape * Previously Unreleased (2013)
12.) Interview 6 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
13.) Truck Nuts and Man Boobs * Neutered Prunes * Truck Nuts and Man Boobs * Previously Unreleased (2013)

Part IV: Mashing On Keys

14.) Interview 7 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: 5

15.) Interview 8 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Transmutate Me * Empty Room * Silence EP * Self-Released (2005)
17.) Interview 9 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
18.) 5 * The Oblik * 5 * Previously Unreleased (2007)

Part VI: Soul Mirror

19.) Interview 10 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.) Tea Bag * kiisu d’salyss & Austin Rich * Tea Bag * Previously Unreleased (2013?)
21.) Interview 11 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) Soul Mirror * kiisu d’salyss * Soul Mirror * Previously Unreleased (2000)
23.) Interview 12 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
24.) Pet The Bunny * Necrotome * Pet The Bunny * Previously Unreleased (2015)
25.) Swearpoint (Feature Creep) [Alternate Mix] * /root_DIR (featuring kiisu d’salyss) * Swearpoint * Previously Unreleased (2015)
26.) Interview 13 * kiisu d’salyss * 22 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
27.) Circuits Colide * The Secret Light * Mirror Mirror * Knife Camp (2017)
28.) That is the end…

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.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

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.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Mid-Valley Mutations

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.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

The Attic Ted Interview 

HOUR 1

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) * Soundcloud.com (2017)
09.) Interview Part 4 * Attic Ted & Austin Rich * 9 August 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Hyperbole (demo) * Attic Ted * Hyperbole (demo) * Soundcloud.com (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)

HOUR 2

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) * Soundcloud.com (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!

Enjoy.

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Someday.

Enjoy.

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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Luthor Maggot Meets The Grumpy Punk! (TBA)

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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Fischkopf Sinfoniker, LIVE!

HOUR 1

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 * Bandcamp.com (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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy!

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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)

HOUR / DISC 2

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)

Epilogue

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.

Enjoy.

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The Fictional Quality of Money

HOUR 1

Part I: Minding The Store

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

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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Hobo Maker, LIVE!

HOUR 1

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 * Bandcamp.com (2017)

Part II: Travel by Moonlight

05.) Moon Support * Hobo Maker * Rumor Beast * Bandcamp.com (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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy!

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.

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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.

Enjoy!

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.

 Enjoy.

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Herd William, LIVE!

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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Chemotroph, Luthor Maggot & Grease Beast, LIVE!

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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The Mustin Douch Interview (TBD)

HOUR 1

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 * Bandcamp.com (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 * Bandcamp.com (2014)

HOUR 2

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 * Bandcamp.com (2017)
13.) Dog Cookie Sandwich * Bullets Or Balloons * Binary Minds * Bandcamp.com (2017)
14.) Billy Boy * Bullets Or Balloons * Binary Minds * Bandcamp.com (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.

Enjoy!

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Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! 

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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)

The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts, LIVE! (#54)

The Unraveling of MrsPotts, LIVE! (#54)

(As per the request of the band, their name has been changed to “The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts.”)

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 The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts.

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.

Enjoy.

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The Unraveling of MrsPotts, LIVE! 

HOUR 1

Part I: Suzy Who?

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Baby Suzy Sez What? * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts. * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)

Part II: Blossoming

03.) Blossom * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
04.) Live Set 1 * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: Medicine Men

05.) Medicine Man * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
06.) Interview * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

HOUR 2

Part IV: Again

07.) Live Set 2 * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Awakening * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (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)

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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 * Bandcamp.com (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.

Enjoy.

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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.

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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The Steven Andrew Flato Interview TBD

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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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 * Bandcamp.com (2014)
17.) Jazz Crimes * The Last Artful, Dodgr & Neill Von Tally * Bone Music * Bandcamp.com (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 * Bandcamp.com (2016)
21.) With Shotguns * Songs For Moms * I Used To Believe In The West * Bandcamp.com (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.

Enjoy.

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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 (????)

Part II: LIVE VR

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 * YouTube.com (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!

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KWVA Studio KWVA Studio

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

Playlist & Footnotes: http://blasphuphmusradio.com/1998/04/15/episode-001-the-beginning

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.

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The Beginning

HOUR 1

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.

Enjoy.

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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.

Enjoy:

dropbox.com/s/napm1ir4cvp9d7q/Mutation46.mp3

Update: 

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.

Enjoy.

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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.

Enjoy.

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Consonants & Vowels

HOUR 1

Part I: Consonants & Vowels

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.)
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)

HOUR 2

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.

Enjoy.

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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)