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!

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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)

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Gnarsh Mellow, LIVE on Northwest Notes

Gnarsh Mellow, LIVE on Northwest Notes

I guested on Northwest Notes and played a ton of records from my personal collection, then stuck around for Gnarsh Mellow, bringing in a live set. This was a ton of fun. Here’s a photoset of the band playing live.

Enjoy!

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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!

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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!

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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 about 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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Spinitron Playlist

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.

Spinitron Playlist

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.

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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.

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Target: You (w/ MKUltramegaphone, LIVE!)

Part I: (30 Minutes)

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

Part II: (60 Minutes)

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

Part III: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy.

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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.

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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)

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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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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:

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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)

Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)

Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)

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

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

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

Enjoy.

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Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)

Part I: Bass Cross Tones

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

Part II: You’re Riding On The Internet

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

Part III: My Gear Runs Flawlessly With No Issues

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

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

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

Part V: Three (3) w/ MKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

And for that, I am certainly thankful.

Enjoy.

MyFacester+ Twinstablr Photoset

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Thrice-New Clichés (#42)

Part I: memory loss

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

Part II: Void of Ghosts

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

Part III: Release

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

Part IV: In The Forest

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

The Julie Eaton Interview (#41)

podcast-coverThe Julie Eaton Interview (#41)

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy.

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The Julie Eaton Interview

Part I: Get To Know Salem, Oregon

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

Part II: Get To Know Julie Eaton

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

Part III: Other Corners Of Salem, Past & Present

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

 

Хапчык, LIVE! (#40)

img_6137Хапчык, LIVE! (#40)

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

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

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

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

Enjoy.

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Хапчык, LIVE!

Part I: Introduction

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

Part II: Free Improvisation

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

Part III: Repetition Is Good

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

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

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

jeremy-hight-showEthan’s At It Again (or, “The Jeremy Hight Show”) (#39)

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

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

Part I: devilsclub Preamble

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

Part II: A Sort of Evolution

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

Part III: 4532 Oak Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tres Gone on What's This Called? Tres Gone on What’s This Called?

What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live!
(Containing the soothing sounds of Tres Gone performing live.)

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

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

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