On the 8th of November, 2019, Mid-Valley Mutations was supposed to do an over-the phone interview with The Ether Creeps, an experimental act of which your host has become a bit of a fan. But what was supposed to be a simple phone call turned into… something else.
What was aired on KMUZ that evening is what you can hear in place of this show. But what it is, and if you should listen to it, is not for me to say. Some people thing something was unleashed that evening.
We’ll let you be the judge.
Radio KREP (w/ The Ether Creeps)
01.) Calm Before The Storm * The Ether Creeps
02.) Untitled * Flesh Produce
03.) Buon Giorno, Nicola * Qui
04.) DemonNSkuLL * Action Friend
05.) Dickless * VVOLF MASK * Dickless
06.) Easter Bar * Umlaut
07.) Truck Stop * Bletch * Red Tide
08.) Back Towards * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers
09.) Murdered Over A Selfie * Dental Work * The Demon of Revenge
10.) Enough * Brain Fragment
11.) Curveless Crookedness * Convivial Cannibal Clan * Death Dubitabilis
12.) Broken Backs * Sex Golem *
13.) Finger My Fire Man * Chum Out!
14.) House Party In Hell * The Ether Creeps * A Beginner’s Guide To Ethereal Creeping, Volume Two
15.) T-Shirts For Sale * Major Entertainer Mike H *
16.) Voyage In Bad Taste * The Manx * Plasma Rib Tanks
17.) Is This What You Wanted? * Ritual Chair
18.) Cut Yourself Thin * Qui
19.) Prodigy Milkshake * Dani Lam * Amphibious Transmissions From Plastic Island.
20.) The Possession of Annabelle Lee * The J. Hexx Project * Pray
21.) Autopsy Turvy * Dick Van Troglodyte
22.) Irony Bored Shorter * Umlaut
23.) Evil Was Born And Followed The Boy * Terrible Crayon
24.) Prison Shit * Chum Out! * Crystal Dicks
25.) Reznor’s Revenge * The Brockly Tacos * Child Mayonnaise
26.) Sharkweek * Flesh Produce
27.) Dumpster of Love * Sex Golem
28.) On Your Own * Brain Fragment
29.) Of Tongue and Tentacle * The Ether Creeps
30.) Business Class To Valhalla * Needless Dog Surgery
31.) Night Brunch * Action Friend
It’s always nice to visit with friends when you’re having a party like this, at to wrap up our Holiday broadcasts this month, we have the incomparable DJ Victrola, joining us to help clean up the studio, and catch up regrading all things spooky.
We play lots of music and stories relating to ghosts and All Soul’s Day, and we check in with her about her program, and how you can hear it now. I love spending time with DJ Victrola, and this is an excellent and casual show that was a ton of fun.
We close with the timely, “Nov. 1st,” by Crackerbash, a song I listen to every year on Nov. 1st, for as long as I’ve known about this song.
We’re getting ready for that OTHER holiday season, so stay tuned.
Join us for a very cool and rare treat: a re-creation of an electronic music radio program from the late ’80s and early ’90s, which was infamous for their Halloween Shows! Brian Magill is no stranger to our show, and has been making electronic music since the early ’80’s. As part of this work, Brian eventually hosted a radio program at KLCC, Another Green World, as part of their attempt to cater to the interests of electronic music fans and artists, that was on the rise.
However, once a year – on or near Halloween – Another Green World would get… weird. Long sound collages and other forms of musique concrete would take over their broadcasts, often the last things that would air on the station before it would go off the air for the night. The show quickly became infamous, and casual listeners would think something was wrong with the radio. Instead, they were merely catching a glimpse into the musical work that Brian and his co-host, Nathan Griffith, would create, in the moment, on the air.
Tonight’s show is an effort to recreate Another Green World as best as we can, just in time for the show to offer a typical Halloween show, as you might have heard almost 30 years ago. Brian brought in records from his collection, stuff that he would have played on the show then. I actually took a step back, and let him run the board; aside from an interview setting up the concept at the beginning, this is all Brian, and you get to hear something that no one else has heard in three decades.
In Hour 1, settle in for hearing what a typical episode of Another Green World might have been like 30 years ago. Then, strap in for Hour 2, where Brian takes us on a sound collage journey through his favorite artists, and what radio used to sound like.
Along the way, we get heavy doses of Fervent Torpor, AND a number of unreleased, unavailable, and previously unheard recordings by Brian from over the years. If you ever thought to yourself, “I bet that artist has a ton of other recordings I haven’t heard yet,” This is just the tip of the iceberg. Brian could have done two hours of his own unreleased material, which would have been as good as the stuff on his record, “1000 Years of Solitude.” Instead, you get to hear it in this show, tonight.
Shows like this are something special, and you cannot (and will not) hear stuff like this anywhere else. This is a very unique Halloween Performance / Broadcast, and it’s this kind of show that makes me excited to keep bringing you radio like this.
This week we continue our Ghost Story program with special guest, Obadiah Baird, who talks about editing The Audient Void, his favorite free horror movies, and then we read some poetry that is perfect for this time of year.
In hour two, Nathan Carson and Erin Jane Laroue provide an excellent rendition of an Ambrose Bierce short story, and so much more. This is a good one!
This time of year is a lot of fun when you can get some guests in the studio, and with that in mind, we got none other than Kylie Burbank, and her friend Elder Valik Grey of the local Vampire Council..
The Holiday season sneaks up on us sooner and sooner every year, and I almost forgot to get into the mood before October got here. Fortunately I was reminded at just the last minute, and so we have an excellent program for you this evening!
Two phone calls with spooky stories to make you shiver! Artist Jody Kat calls in to talk about a family tradition she used to participate in. And in hour two, comedian Emily Rivera calls with a couple of songs and a story about something that happened, at a certain bridge…
There’s a ton of excellent holiday fun this year, that’s just getting underway. So please, keep listening all month long. There’s plenty more Ghost Stories coming your way.
Join me for a Pledge Drive Program with Mick! He had me sit in with him on his Northwest Notes program, and to help get in the mood, I produced four original pledge drive spots by Mini-Mutations.
We made our goal, so thank you everyone who listened! Here’s the podcast version!
01.) Pledge Drive Spot 1 * Mini-Mutations * Pledge Drivers * WTBC Radio (2019)
02.) Vortex Remover * NW Notes * NWN Promo * vortex remover * 2017
03.) The Widgets * First Grade * how come the kids don’t dance * The Widgets * 2002
04.) Acting Captain * Borderline * On the Rocks * Acting Captain * 2019
05.) The Whirlees * Big Guitar * The Whirlees * Schizophonic * 1989
06.) Eric Lovre Band * Poison Green * Bring The Rain * Eric Lovre * 2017
07.) Axolotl * Daydream * She’s My Best Friend * Enjoy The VU * Tim King * 2019
08.) Easterly * Happiness II * Pieces * Bric-a-Brac Records * 2012
09.) Ace Chemicals * Leroy * Get Strange * Ace Chemicals * 2019
10.) Brides * Local.Dads * For Charles – EP * Hex Tapes * 2017
11.) Pledge Drive Spot 2 * Mini-Mutations * Pledge Drivers * WTBC Radio (2019)
12.) DPRST * the fall * Single * dprst * 2018
13.) No Me Gusta * Heidi * Kielbasa * Bad Wave – EP * 782004 Records DK * 2019
14.) CITY OF PIECES * Gumption * IslandSalem * Sharrow * 2019
15.) Hot Sheets * Come On * Hot Sheets * Hot Sheets * 2018
16.) Pledge Drive Spot 3 * Mini-Mutations * Pledge Drivers * WTBC Radio (2019)
17.) Orchards * haunted * Hurry Wait * Orchards * 2016
18.) Sleep Millennium * Pixelated * Pixelated – Single * Granfalloon Records * 2019
19.) Kalaloch * The Crow and the Eagle * Pacific Shores * Heather House Records * 2018
20.) Mill Race * Asteroid * Westerns * subsun usa * 2005
Jon Fro * When You Come * When You Come – Single * Room Four * 2019
21.) Leiyu * Fairweather * Mother Earth, Heaven’s Only A Dream * Leiyu * 2019
22.) Election Year * Down in the Jaw * Demo * Election Year 2012
23.) Erin Westfall * Light * Light – EP * Sapphire Shields * 2019
24.) Chromatic Colors * Fear / Plans * Nature / Nurture * Chromatic Colors * 2019
25.) The Ferenjis * 2 Am * 2 Am – Single * The Ferenjis, LLC * 2019
26.) Pledge Drive Spot 4 * Mini-Mutations * Pledge Drivers * WTBC Radio (2019)
Certainly no stranger to his show, I was exited to pull out my 7″s and play a bunch of stuff that is all from the Northwest Region. Last time I tried to break the rules a little, but this time I kept my focus entirely to the area, and since I grew up in Eugene, there were a few selections that had to make their way into the playlist.
Only two of my choices were not from vinyl: a request for Snakepit, of which I do not own any original tapes or records, and our Oswald 5-0 selection, which comes from a CD that I tell a little story about.
And, if you want to make your own record and live in the Northwest, I recommend Barry here in Oregon. You can find his work at: gorbielathecuts.com. The records sound great, and Barry is a very nice guy.
This was a lot of fun, and I love hanging out with Mick. Hopefully you have a good time, too.
01.) Vortex Remover * NW Notes * NWN Promo * vortex remover * 2017
02.) The Maroons * Medium Grey * I Am To Blame * slo-mo * 1996
03.) The Crabs * Swallow the Sea * Jackpot * K Records * 1995
04.) Eyelids * 23 (Years) * Or * Jealous Butcher Records * 2017
05.) Pond * Young Splendor * Pond * Sub Pop * 1993
06.) Nirvana * School * Bleach * Sub Pop Records * 2009
07.) Snakepit * It Still Haunts Me * Soul Like A Goat * DungHill Records * 1985
08.) Holiday * Crimson and Clover * Mike’s Family Room * unreleased * 1996
09.) Crackerbash * Jasper * empty 160 * Empty Records * 1991
10.) MxPx * Set The Record Straight * Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo * A&M * 1998
11.) Oswald Five-O * My Head Hurts * For Losers Only * 1993
12.) The Spinanes * Halloween Candy * Suffice * Imp * 1992
13.) Whiskey Priest * Here Hungry * Bric-a-brac Records * 2007
14.) Dragging an Ox through Water * Blue Vessel * Rebukes! * Smells Delicious Records * 2006
15.) Black Prairie * Let Me Know Your Heart * Fortune Concord * Sugar Hill * 2014
16.) Kalaloch * pacific shores * Corridor/Pacific Shores * Kalaloch * 2008
17.) His Name Shall Breathe * Roberta Street * We Have So Much in Common * his name shall breathe * 2014
18.) Redmond Shooting Stars * When I Was * Down in Front * No Idea Records * 2000
19.) Beat Happening * Indian Summer * Jamboree 7e.p. * 2004
20.) Appendixes * Neon Green Fear * Neon Green Fear – Single * Appendixes * 2013
21.) Typhoon * Belly of the Cavern * Hunger and Thirst * Tender Loving Empire * 2012
22.) Hazel * King Twist * King Twist * Cavity Search Records * 1995
Marc and I have done a few shows like this, and it’s always a lot of fun to join him. But this time, it was just the two of us, and we decided to zero in on something that is near and dear to both of our hearts: synthesizer music! We play some records, talk about our favorite acts, and then we jam out in the second hour to an ELP song!
All that, and more, in this two-hour block of radio that must be heard to be believed.
10:01 AM Suicide Ghost Rider Suicide Mute, a BMG Company
10:07 AM Pere Ubu Non-Alignment Pact The Modern Dance Fire Records
10:10 AM Silver Apples You and I Contact 2011 Start Entertainments Limited
10:14 AM Devo Snowball (backing track) Freedom of Choice
10:17 AM Devo Uncontrollable Urge Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
10:17 AM Kraftwerk Spacelab Die Mensch-Maschine
10:22 AM Neil Young Computer Age Trans 1983 Geffen
10:26 AM The Stranglers Waltzinblack (The Gospel According To) The Meninblack
10:29 AM Space Ponch Barefoot In Baltimore World Shopping With Space Ponch Flavour of Sound
10:34 AM A Flock of Seagulls Iran Best
10:36 AM Gary Numan Cars The Pleasure Principle 1979 Beggars Banquet
10:46 AM George Harrison Under the Mersey Wall Electronic Sound UMC
10:47 AM Röyksopp Eple Melody A.M. 2006 PIAS/Wall Of Sound Electronic
10:50 AM Roger Powell Ictus: The Primordial Pulse Cosmic Furnace 1973 Warner Music Group – X5 Music Group Electronic
10:53 AM Tonto’s Expanding Head Band Cybernaut Zero Time 2012 ODL
10:56 AM Dick Hyman The Minotaur What is a Synthesizer?
11:03 AM Belle and Sebastian Electronic Renaissance Tigermilk MatadorUS
11:10 AM The Moog Cookbook Black Hole Sun The Moog Cookbook
11:19 AM Emerson Lake and Palmer Lucky Man Marc Time Mix
11:19 AM Pilot 55 Degrees North 3 Degrees West Second Flight Parlophone
11:19 AM Cluster Rote Riki Zuckerzeit 1974 Vertigo Berlin
11:21 AM Ralph Lundsten Robbie Is Dancing the Waltz – Heaven By Night In Ralph Lundsten’s Universe Andromeda Music
11:25 AM Morton Subotnick The Wild Bull, Pt. B Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon – The Wild Bull 2011 wergo Electronic
11:31 AM Terry Riley A Rainbow in Curved Air, Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air 1969 Sony Classical
11:31 AM Bruce Haack and Miss Nelson Abracadabra Listen Compute
11:33 AM Grimes Genesis Visions 2012 Electronic
11:39 AM Imogen Heap Between Sheets Ellipse 2009 RCA Records Label
11:42 AM Lucifer Rite of Aida Black Mass
11:47 AM Bonzo Dog Band Noises for the Leg A Dog’s Life – The Albums 1967- 1972 EMI UKUK
11:47 AM Walter Carlos Timesteps Clockwork Orange OST
11:54 AM Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star 2019 Discipline Global
11:56AM Gong Master Bulder You 1974 Virgin Records Electronic
Join myself and A Moment’s Sound (Scott Eave / Zen Guitar), as we day Derrida’s 101 Course on the history of America’s roads.
We also enjoy some new music, and jam out live for all of the second hour. It’s an incredibly excellent show of new and fun performances and music, and we hope that you can sit back and follow along with the our guest lecturer.
Derrida’s Plea To America About It’s Highway System (w/ A Moment’s Sound, LIVE!)
Part I: Chase Scene
01.) Meat March * Mr. Bacon and The Meat Parade * Come Join The Meat Parade * Archie McPhee Recordings (2013)
02.) Floating Landscape (including Chase Scene) * Derryl Parsons * Switched-On Eugene * Numero Group (2018)
03.) Live * Whirlynn * We Grind People Up and Put Them in the Radio * Forever Escaping Boredom (2019)
Part II: Thunk
04.) Thunk * Dylan Houser * Thunk * Inner Deamons Sausageification (2017)
05.) [Black Ashes \ Beyond Time] * Don Haugen * Black Ashes \ Beyond Time * humanmonster.com (2016)
Part III: Sonic Meditations
06.) Realm of Chance * Chris Phinney & Jim Barker * Electronic Cottage Compilation 5 — Chance Encounters * Electronic Cottage (2019)
07.) Sleep * Tim Maloney * Bad Star * Naked Rabbit (2001)
08.) Celestial Realms * Drunjus * Celestial Realms * Sonic Meditations (2010)
09.) LIVE Performance * A Moment’s Sound & Mini Mutations * 19 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Transition * Mini-Mutations * 23 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
11.) LIVE Performance 2 * A Moment’s Sound & Mini Mutations * 19 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s always a pleasure to have Four Dimensional Nightmare on the program. We usually don’t talk. We usually get straight to business. And while we can talk about shows and bands for hours, we are often all business, which is cool. But this time we did something new, something we’ve never done in the almost 10+ years that we’ve known each other: this time, we played together!
Hour 1 is a long DJ set and we get things going, but in hour two, join us for a full blows Four Dimensional Nightmare, with Mini-Mutations lending support! Podcasting listeners will enjoy a rare Mini-Mutations jam that just goes on and on… as we listen to nature drone.
This one is a lot of fun. We hope you spend as much time with it as we did.
Another Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!
Part I: …And A Half
01.) Intro * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Limbadji Toko * Fatala * The Big Bang * Ellipsis Arts… (1994)
03.) White Web * Daona * The Secret Assembly * Faustus Records (2019)
04.) Beta Dollhouse * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Crystallized Carbon * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
05.) [track 4] * Tim Maloney * Kometka * Naked Rabbit (2014)
06.) Thirteen Billion Years And A Half * Thollem and Andy Kaufman * Always Put On Your Sincere Face * Personal Archives (2016)
07.) Walking Through The Jungle * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Gug * Fate Signals Records (1989)
Part II: Future-Vision
08.) Crawl Inside My Puch * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
08.) Chance Encounter In Colorado * Dan Jackson & Josh Boutwell * Electronic Cottage Compilation 5 — Chance Encounters * Electronic Cottage (2019)
10.) N.O.U. Future-Vision Hypothesis * The Nation of Ulysses * Plays Pretty For Baby * Dischord Records (1992)
11.) Id Ego * Bishop of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records (1998)
12.) We’re An American Band * MX-80 * We’re An American Band * Family Vineyard (2005)
Part III: Everything’s Impossible
13.) The Awakening * Steamshovel Monkey * the tape hiss sessions 1986-1988 * epeapteroenta.com (2003)
14.) Summertime Blues * The Outsiders * Back From The Grave Part One * Crypt Records (1993)
15.) Dancing Mood * Delroy Wilson * Club Ska ’67 * Mango Records (1980)
16.) Everything’s Impossible * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles present Tubby Turdner’s Celebrity Avalance * The Communion Label (2001)
17.) owlZ * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Transcending Radio * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
18.) Transition 1 * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
19.) LIVE Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 18 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
20.) Transition 2 * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) LIVE Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare w/ Mini-Mutations * 18 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
This week on the program, we become both very Eugene-centric and Ellen-centric, as we feature a number of cool people and projects all born out of Eugene, OR, as well as connected to Ellen Klowden, the mastermind behind this particular broadcast. In many ways, I just came in and watched. She arranged everything, and I could certainly use more of that in my life.
We kick things off with a fantastic Set by DJ Refugium, the primary force behind the Ghost House events that happen in Eugene. Refugium provides a bit of the phenomenal decade of history of nurturing the Ghost House community, and embodies its sweet and welcoming flavor. Be sure to hop by Old Nick’s Sept 13-14 for Goth Weekend, which Refugium curates. Fri: Live performances by Xploding Boys (Cure cover band) and Devoured by Flowers. Sat: Dark Arts Market & Ghost House.
We follow that up with a full live performance by Dryad Drone, the brain-child of DJ Refugium & Ellen. Dryad Drone, as a musical entity and as a concept album, is entirely devoted to protection of forest ecosystems, which has also been lifework for both its members, Ellen via direct action and radical media, and Refugium via academic research and field work.
Then, in hour two, we offer the very first live performance by Bast Awakening, the combination of Ellen & I Died, also making his first visit to the KMUZ studios. Then, we close things out with the newly-named DEATH MUTATIONS, which, if I Died agrees, might be an entirely capitalized band name. We’re still deciding.
We conclude the program with a live set by Pavlovian Response, the combination of Ellen and Patrick Haenelt (of Ganesha Column, Electrosect, and Tubbs & Oates), recorded last week at the memorial for our fallen friend and centerpoint of experimentalia at Icky’s, the Merkin, and 7th & Washington House, Monty Ray Davis (of Neteru, Uncle Pinkeye, and Ventriloquist).
Sat., 9/14, show at Wandering Goat: Lidless Eye (homemade electronics vs. composted tapes by Knox Mitchell of Port Huron, MI); The Fearing Crumpet (musique drone concrit; first show in 17 years); Don; Heart Therapy (debut collab of Ellen and Arlan); Mini-Mutations.
Sat., 9/21, private house show: Debut of Psithurism (nOiZepHyZiX + Ellen); Don; Elijah; [view]; Bast Awakening.
Tues., 9/24, show at Wandering Goat: Icky’s/Merkin/7th & Wash family reunion for Ellen’s birthday: Intended line-up, awaiting confirmation: Pavlovian Response; Blood Red; Ramen Blood Clot; solo vocal / electronic set by Patrick Haenelt; Arlan (possibly with Steamshovel Monkey, possibly Heart Therapy).
Sat., 9/28, show by Corvallis Experiments in Noise at Interzone will feature Dryad Drone.
Summertime seems reminiscent to me of US History. Forth of July. All that America being decided 200+ years ago in the most intense heat imaginable. And with the environment trending the way it does, our summer’s will only be worse, so we have books about history to turn to – or, in some cases, records – to help us pass the time.
“The Making of A Nation” is a record from 1963, part of a Time / Life series, and occasionally you see them in thrift stores. What I put them on, what fascinated me is that it is a Whistle-Stop tour of US History, as I remember it being taught to me in the ’80’s. I guess it isn’t surprising that this story didn’t really change for decades. Certain things do not change. But if we compare the social change that has occurred in the last 20 years – since I graduated from High School – the story of our own history is so problematic that it would not be told in this same way again.
Listening to a history lesson from almost 60 years ago is, in many ways, not surprising. But what is surprising is how fabricated it really is. The story I grew up with – one that many of us know – was carefully edited, and manipulated to present a tale that sold one idea, and oppressed many others. While my particular re-presentation doesn’t actually re-contextualize any of this – that would be a project for another day – it offers a glimpse into our racist and sexist past that, here and now, seems far closer than the 60 years by which now and then are separated.
To accompany this, I have more excellent music from the infamous “Banker’s Box.” There’s so much new stuff that this will probably be the format of the show for a while, at least until I catch up and get a few more projects off my desk.
The Making of A Nation
Part I: Interlude
01.) Interlude * S Hacek * S. Hacek * S. Hacek Music (2004)
02.) Chambers * Nova Scotian Arms * Sacred Drift * Sonic Meditations (2011)
Part II: Chambers
02.) Chambers (cont.)
Part III: The Energy Crisis Blues
03.) 3 AM at the Border of the Marsh from Okefenokee * Tangerine Dream * Stratosfear * Virgin Records (1976)
04.) Butterfuly Bones * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Crystallized Carbon * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
05.) N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues) * The Residents * Meet The Residents * Ralph Records (1974)
Part IV: Become Legion
06.) [track 1] * Chemotroph * VIII * Chemotroph Music (2017)
07.) One Become Two Become Legion * The Ether Creeps * Skin Beetles x Dental Work x Ether Creeps x The Petit Sac – 4 Way Split * Placenta Recordings (2019)
08.) G.Z. * Arvo Zylo * Sequencer Works Volume Three * Personal Archives (2017)
Part V: Unwanted
09.) Unwanted * Tim Maloney * Natsuko * Naked Rabbit Records (1997)
10.) 3 Judit, 4 Zsuzsa * Európa Kiadó * Love ’82 * Bahia Music (1997)
11.) [untitled] * Forrest Friends * [untitled] * Town Hall Deth (2018)
Part VI: San Antonio Desert
12.) San Antonio Desert * The Memphis Goons * While Elvis Slept * Shangri-La Records (1998)
13.) Kopp Out * The Quaint * Political Songs * The Quaint Music (2019)
14.) Lonely Brunch In Perpetuity For The Man With No Personality * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Being Happy All The Time Would Be Extremely Depressing * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
15.) [track 2] * Хапчык * Sand Witch Hunt * Хапчык Music (2019)
I first met Hugo a couple years ago, when he played a show at The Space to a fairly packed crowd, offering dance jams and soundscapes that really felt personal, and unique. But it’s been a while, and where he used to perform under a pseudonym – Lavender – Hugo had grown and matured with time, and as such, has embraced his own name. It only made sense that when he wanted to debut some new songs, in preparation for his upcoming tour, that we would try to get him back in at The Space, and on Mid-Valley Mutations, to show off what he’s done.
Joining him was his friend and labelmate, Derek Hunter Wilson, a pianist, composer, and performer who is often aligned with the experimental while playing some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever heard. He ALSO has a new album out, and both of these new albums were released TODAY, so we let Derek run wild, playing his pieces in hour two.
There’s a little of this and that filling in the spaces, and I gab away with my guests about their projects and the current state of music. But stick around until the very end, because all three of us jam together, improvising a little something new about the storm of comets that was plaguing Salem and KMUZ last night.
Three Live Performances! Interviews! Two In-Person Guests! This show has everything, and I’m very excited to bring it to you now.
Hugo R. A. Paris & Derek Hunter Wilson, LIVE!
Part I: Beyond Pluto’s Orbit
01.) Sagan’s Comets * Mini-Mutations * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Springtime Linn * Clark * Flame Rave * Warp Records (2015)
03.) Blood Moon * Choir Boy * Passive With Desire * Dias Records (2016)
Part II: Paris
04.) LIVE * Hugo R. A. Paris * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: Majesty
04.) Interview * Hugo R. A. Paris * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
05.) Dolls In The Dark * Drab Majesty * [Mutations Mix]
Part IV: Hunter
05.) Sagan’s Comets 2 * Mini-Mutations * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) LIVE * Derek Hunter Wilson * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: Hunt
07.) Interview * Derek Hunter Wilson * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Jam
08.) LIVE * Hugo R. A. Paris, Derek Hunter Wilson & Austin Rich * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It is no secret that my friends and I usually get together and… listen to music. It’s a nice chance of pace from going on the radio and listening to music, or going to a show to see some live music. What I’m getting at is: would you like to listen to some music? Because we have two hours of a new show for you this week, where my friend Obadiah and I get together and enjoy some of the finer selections from our collections.
Aside from about three selections that we included in this program – and excluding the commercials and voice-overs – every bit of this program came from 7″ records. Doing a show like this is a bit of an endurance challenge; you don’t really get to take a break, and the whole show is spent on your feet, flipping records and cueing up the next thing. No time to chat. No time to check if you have the speed set right. No time to get everything set at the right level. These are loud and fast rock and roll records, and we need to go go go!
Technical issues aside, we blast through a massive slice of our record collections, bringing you choice records with our favorite tunes. The weather computer chimes in a few times with notes about his taste, and on the whole, we have an excellent time.
You don’t really get to know either of us outside of our selections during this show. We talk a little, but we usually just get to the next song. This is about rocking out, and hopefully it comes through. Who says you have to be overly strange in everything you do? There’s plenty of strange lyrics and odd bits and bobs as we wend are way through the vinyl stacks.
Hopefully you find the path we took pretty excellent,, too.
Obadiah & The Grumpy Punk
01.) Love Song * The Damned
02.) Pathos * Moral Crux
03.) Ralph Reed * Brother Inferior
04.) Life of Crime * The Weirdos *
05.) I’m A Confused Man * The Headcoats *
06.) Out of Sight * Teengenerate
07.) Sad Girl Por Vida * Pretty Girls Make Graves
08.) You Won’t See Me Anymore * The Nice Boys *
09.) Androgynous * The Replacements
10.) Good Sculptures * The Rezillos
11.) Turnaround * Devo
12.) Bricks * Crimpshrine
13.) Frequency Sequence * Man… Or Astro-Man?
14.) Fire In The Western World * Dead Moon
15.) Boodstains * Agent Orange
16.) Do The Crash! Crash! * The Agenda
17.) Have You Heard The Music? * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live *
18.) Trunkload of Satanized Luggage * Arcweld
19.) Jesus Was A Vato * Chicano-Christ
20.) Ciao Bella * Marc Ribot & Tom Waits
21.) Rebel Girl * Bikini Kill
22.) Left Out Now * The Gossip
23.) Kick Out The Jams * MC5
24.) No Time To Be 21 * The Adverts
25.) Automatic * Scared of Chaka
26.) Dramatic History of a Boring Town * J Church
27.) Dumb Radio * Dimestore Haloes
28.) Shield Your Eyes * Jawbreaker
29.) The Sound of Jazz to Come / N.O.U.S.P.T.D.A. * The Nation of Ulysses
30.) Johnny Thunders * Murder City Devils
31.) Question And Answer Session * The Miss
32.) On The Avenue * The Potatomen
33.) 65 Miles * The Jimmies *
34.) Dutch Courage * The Armitage Shanks *
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Part I: Submerged
01.) No. 3 * Tom Furgas * 23 July 2012 * Tom Furgas Editions (2012)
02.) Protection * Onomatopoeia * Ethnic Utopia * 13 Records (1993)
03.) Submerged * Hypnagogue * Adrift * Hypnagogue Records (2018)
Part II: Landing In A Cemetery
04.) Molting Riviera * Dylan Houser * Dismal King / Dreary Split * Dylan Houser Music (2019)
05.) Resonant * Brad Anderson * Krackwerk * Brad Anderson Music (2018)
06.) Machinery of the Sea * John Shirley & Jerry King * Spaceship Landing In A Cemetery * Jupiterworks Music (2018)
Part III: The Unconscious Soul
07.) Minor Damage To The Unconscious Soul * I Died * Quantum Mines * Phage Tapes (2008)
08.) 542 * chefkirk * 50¢ * chefkirk Music (2019)
09.) (untitled) * Boar * Boar / Petit Sac Split * Sweatband Records (2015)
Part IV: The Spice
10.) Halloween * MX-80 * Das Love Boat * Atavistic Records (1995)
11.) Jungle Jim * Rodan * Rusty * Quarterstick Records (1994)
12.) The Spice * Don Gero * Weirding * Ewe of Now Recordings (2016)
13.) Mahalsala * Black Artiodactyls * A Bird In Hand * Obfuscated Records (2019)
Part V: I Am Cursed
14.) Side A (Untited 1) * Forrest Friends * (untitled) * Town Hall Deth (2019)
15.) Lord of the Ringworm * The Ether Creeps * The Ether Creeps / Petit Sac Split * Sweatband Records (2015)
16.) Morpz / Kruzly Kurmdgon * Modal Zork * Oba Gooba of Gort Nork * Bumpy Records (2018)
17.) Grave Digging * Deadly Discs * Bury Me Deep, For I Am Cursed * Deadly Discs Music (2017)
Part VI: Ascension
18.) Human vs. Mechanical Turtle * Le Petit Sac * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac + Tinklepotty Split * Sweatband Records (2015)
19.) Morning Exercise In The Coded Ether [Excerpt 1] * Radio Vietnam * Radio Vietnam * Sublime Frequencies (2015)
20.) Deseret * The Cosmos Group * Fried Robot Boogie & Ascension * Shuffle Ball Records (2002)
21.) Morning Exercise In The Coded Ether [Excerpt 2] * Radio Vietnam * Radio Vietnam * Sublime Frequencies (2015)
01.) Lover Please * Clyde McPhatter * Cruisin’ 1969
02.) He Will Break Your Heart * The Groovers * Cruisin’ 1969
03.) Tequila * The Champs * Cruisin’ 1969
04.) Working On A Groovy Thing * The Fifth Dimension * Cruisin’ 1969
05.) Talk To Me * Sunny & The Sunglows * Cruisin’ 1969
06.) Abraham, Martin & John * Smokey Robinson And The Miracles * Cruisin’ 1969
07.) My Boyfriend’s Back * The Angels * Cruisin’ 1969
08.) The Israelies * Desmond Dekker * Cruisin’ 1969
09.) Pushin’ Too Hard * The Seeds * Cruisin’ 1969
10.) My Cherie Amour * Stevie Wonder * Cruisin’ 1969
11.) Sugar Sugar * The Archies * Everything’s Archie * RCA Records (1969)
12.) I Can’t Get Next To You * The Temptations * Puzzle People * Gordie Records (1969)
13.) Everyday People * Sly & The Family Stone * “Everyday People” b/w “Sing A Simple Song” * Epic Records (1968)
14.) Dizzy * Tommy Roe * Dizzy * ABC Records (1969)
15.) Crimson & Clover * Tommy James & The Shondells * Crimson & Clover * Roulette Records (1969)
16.) Too Busy Thinking ‘Bout My Baby * Marvin Gaye * M.P.G. * Tamla (1969)
17.) Get Together * The Youngbloods * The Youngbloods * RCA (1969)
18.) Spirit In The Sky * Norman Greenbaum * Cruisin’ 1970
19.) Drowning In The Sea Of Love * Joe Simon * Cruisin’ 1970
20.) Green-Eyed Lady * Sugarloaf * Cruisin’ 1970
21.) Gypsy Woman * Brian Hyland * Cruisin’ 1970
22.) Vehicle * The Ides Of March * Cruisin’ 1970
23.) One Less Bell To Answer * The Fifth Dimension * Cruisin’ 1970
24.) Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You * Wilson Pickett * Cruisin’ 1970
25.) Will You Love Me Tomorrow * The Shirelles * Cruisin’ 1970
26.) Sunshine * Jonathan Edwards * Cruisin’ 1970
27.) Celebrate * Three Dog Night * Cruisin’ 1970
28.) New World Coming * Mama Cass * Cruisin’ 1970
29.) Venus * Shocking Blue * At Home * Pink Elephant (1969)
30.) I Want You Back * Jackson Five * Diana Ross Presents The Jackson Five * Motown Records (1969)
31.) Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) * Sly & The Family Stone * “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” b/w “Everybody Is A Star” * Epic Records (1969)
32.) Yellow River * Christie * Christie * CBS Records (1970)
33.) Summertime * Mungo Jerry * In The Summertime * Repertoire Records (1970)
01.) Wipe Out * The Surfaris * Cruisin’ 1966
02.) Soul & Inspiration * The Righteous Brothers * Cruisin’ 1966
03.) Psychotic Reaction * The Count Five * Cruisin’ 1966
04.) Born A Woman * Sandy Posey * Cruisin’ 1966
05.) Hanky Panky * Tommy James & The Shondells * Cruisin’ 1966
06.) Walk Away, Renee * The Left Banke * Cruisin’ 1966
07.) Lil’ Red Riding Hood * Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs * Cruisin’ 1966
08.) See You In September * The Happenings * Cruisin’ 1966
09.) California Dreamin’ * The Mamas & The Papas * Cruisin’ 1966
10.) Sweet Pea * Tommy Roe * Cruisin’ 1966
11.) Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) * John Fred & His Playboy Band * Cruisin’ 1967
12.) Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie * Jay & The Techniques * Cruisin’ 1967
13.) Happy Together * The Turtles * Cruisin’ 1967
14.) Society’s Child * Janis Ian * Cruisin’ 1967
15.) Gimme Little Sign * Brenton Wood * Cruisin’ 1967
16.) (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet * The Blues Magoos * Cruisin’ 1967
17.) Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron * The Royal Guardsmen * Cruisin’ 1967
18.) Little Bit O’ Soul * Music Explosion * Cruisin’ 1967
19.) The Rain, The Park And Other Things * The Cowsills * Cruisin’ 1967
20.) Incense And Peppermints * Strawberry Alarm Clock * Cruisin’ 1967
21.) Magic Carpet Ride * Steppenwolf * Cruisin’ 1968
22.) I Wish It Would Rain * The Temptations * Cruisin’ 1968
23.) Spooky * The Classics * Cruisin’ 1968
24.) Cry Like A Baby * Box Tops * Cruisin’ 1968
25.) Honey * Bobby Goldsboro * Cruisin’ 1968
26.) Angel Of The Morning * Merrilee Rush * Cruisin’ 1968
27.) Girl Watcher * The O’Kaysions * Cruisin’ 1968
28.) Midnight Confession * The Grass Roots * Cruisin’ 1968
29.) Love Child * The Supremes * Cruisin’ 1968
30.) I Heard It Through The Grapevine * Marvin Gaye * Cruisin’ 1968
31.) Tighten Up * Archie Bell & The Drells * Tighten Up * Atlantic Records (1968)
32.) Dance To The Music * Sly & The Family Stone * Dance To The Music * Epic Records(1968)
It’s been 21 years since I started in radio, this might be the strangest night I have ever participated in. After a tremendous amount of negotiating with Sweatband Records, which now mostly covers what I can’t say in exchange for some of their product, this podcast and video — in this highly edited and altered form — marks the only remaining document of the night Le Petit Sac visited Mid-Valley Mutations. Be thankful even this much still exists.
Here’s what I can say: after playing a show with Sac back in March (itself a very long story), I was contacted about him making an appearance on Mid-Valley Mutations. After a long negotiation period, we settled on the 29th of June. Once we settled on the date, I received a series of weird messages, trying to confirm rumors these people were hearing about the show. (These rumors revolved around he and I switching identities, that he was performing in Olympia as me, and that I wasn’t even in touch with the real Sac.) I didn’t think anything of this, and instead, prepared like I do normally.
On the night three people arrived at KMUZ: two men in suits who claimed to be representatives of Sweatband Records, and a third who was dressed as The Sac I’d come to know. Immediately I was handed this card: “DJ Embryonic Petit Sac will not talk for the first hour. He will select music for you to play. During the second hour he will take phone calls and perform some short sets. Do not talk directly to the Sac before or after the show. After the Vanity Fair fiasco, there will be no interview either. No requests. The Sac will not play anything from his records. No photography. If the Sac nods at you, you will be allowed to perform with him. Failure to comply with these rules will result in immediate legal action. No exceptions.”
The two representatives from Sweatband said very little the entire time, but did accept the complementary Red Licorice in the lobby.
While I was preparing for the show in the DJ booth, I overheard a number of phone calls that The Sac took, where he said over and over that he, “didn’t want to do this.” These calls contained a lot of profanity, and he used a voice I’ve never heard him use before.
I decided to film him anyway, in spite of the warning, and while the Sweatband representatives did nothing to stop me, afterwards they confiscated everything I brought to the radio station — CDs, gear, recordings, my phone, EVERYTHING — and held me for hours in the station lobby while the reps reviewed every inch of the footage and went over every piece of my gear. The Sac left immediately after the show, once the person at the door had been “dealt with.” (I was never told what that meant.) Finally, a lawyer arrived, and after another hour of discussions, I was allowed to leave, with my gear in hand, and was given a second angle that I was unaware of, that was very strangely edited. The video on my phone was mangled too.
I wanted to post this show immediately, as I felt like this story needed to get out. However, I was informed I couldn’t publish until my post, the audio, and the video was reviewed by Sweatband, again. I can only hope that they kept all 100,000 words of this incredible story in the final version that gets out to the world, but I’ll be happy if ANY of this show actually makes it out, period.
So, sit back, and enjoy Sweatband Records and Mid-Valley Mutations presenting: Le Petit Sac. I think?
Le Petit Sac, LIVE!
HOUR 1: DJ Embryonic Petit Sac spins Sweatband Records hits.
Part I: Ordinary Everyday Conversation
01.) Simulate The Sound of Speech * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Live At Axolotl Insemination Ranch, Dec 2010 Portland OR * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
03.) Epic Snacks * Razzle Blaster * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
04.) Sacred Thistles (side a) * The Manx * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
Part II: These Hearing Difficulties
05.) Good Hello * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) Sacred Thistles (side b) * The Manx * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
07.) Sexy Quest * Razzle Blaster * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
08.) Live At Golden Trapper Keeper Lodge, Aug 2010 San Francisco CA * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
09.) These Hearing Difficulties * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Spokesman * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
11.) Sleep: The Seductive Minion of The Enemy * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
12.) Delayed To Humanize * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
13.) Gurge Reaction * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers * Sweatband Records (2019)
14.) Loam Yourself And Die Trying * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers * Sweatband Records (2019)
Part III: It’s Difficult To Tell One Instrument From Another
15.) Weather Computer, Are You There? * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
16.) The Weather * The Weather Computer w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
17.) Roadkill Carousel * The Ether Creeps * Split * Sweatband Records (2018)
18.) Calm Before The Swarm (Excerpt) * The Ether Creeps * Split * Sweatband Records (2018)
19.) Blood Gold * The Manx * Blood Chronicles 7” * Sweatband Records (2013)
20.) Interlude * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) [untitled] * Arlo Brooks * Split * Sweatband Records (2016)
22.) More Limited Than The Most Antiquated Recordings * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
HOUR 2: Live Sac Taking Calls w/ Mini-Mutations.
Part IV: Typical Hearing Loss
23.) Questions? Hello? * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
24.) Caller 1: “I live beneath the lighthouse by the cove.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
25.) More Live Sac * Le Petit Sac * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
26.) Caller 2: “They found me, actually.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: Sensitivity To High Frequencies
27.) As We Grow Older, The Losses Usually Increase * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
28.) Even More Live Sac * Le Petit Sac * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
29.) Caller 3: “He’s taken my bunny guy thing.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Sound Alike
30.) The Weather * Le Petit Sac w/ The Weather Computer * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
31.) Caller 4: “I’m calling from you.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
32.) That Was Hard To Follow, Wasn’t It? * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
33.) Au Revoir * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
01.) It’s My Party * Lesley Gore * Cruisin’ 1963
02.) Walk Right In * Rooftop Singers * Cruisin’ 1963
03.) Hey, Girl * Freddie Scott * Cruisin’ 1963
04.) Denise * Randy & The Rainbows * Cruisin’ 1963
05.) Mama Don’t Lie * Jan Bradley * Cruisin’ 1963
06.) Hey Paula * Paul & Paula * Cruisin’ 1963
07.) Louie, Louie * Kingsmen * Cruisin’ 1963
08.) Harlem Shuffle * Bob And Earl * Cruisin’ 1964
09.) Nitty Gritty * Shirley Ellis * Cruisin’ 1964
10.) Dang Me * Roger Miller * Cruisin’ 1964
11.) Chapel Of Love * Dixie Cups * Cruisin’ 1964
12.) Since I Fell For You * Lenny Welch * Cruisin’ 1964
13.) The Girl From Ipanema * Stan Getz And Astrud Gilberto * Cruisin’ 1964
14.) The Shoop Shoop Song * Betty Everett * Cruisin’ 1964
15.) Talk Back Trembling Lips * Johnny Tillotson * Cruisin’ 1964
16.) It’s All Right * The Impressions * Cruisin’ 1964
17.) Funny * Joe Hinton * Cruisin’ 1964
18.) (Remember) Walking In The Sand * The Shangrilas * Cruisin’ 1964
19.) Suspicion * Terry Stafford * Cruisin’ 1964
20.) Hang On Sloopy * The McCoys * Cruisin’ 1965
21.) Wooly Bully * Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs * Cruisin’ 1965
22.) You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ * The Righteous Brothers * Cruisin’ 1965
23.) The Birds & The Bees * Jewel Akens * Cruisin’ 1965
24.) King Of The Road * Roger Miller * Cruisin’ 1965
25.) Sweet Little Sixteen * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1965
26.) The Name Game * Shirley Ellis * Cruisin’ 1965
27.) The “In” Crowd * Ramsey Lewis Trio * Cruisin’ 1965
28.) It Ain’t Me Babe * The Turtles * Cruisin’ 1965
29.) Downtown * Petula Clark * Cruisin’ 1965
30.) Eve Of Destruction * Barry McGuire * Cruisin’ 1965
31.) Lover’s Concerto * The Toys * Cruisin’ 1965
32.) Devil With A Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly * Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels * Cruisin’ 1966
33.) Sunny * Bobby Hebb * Cruisin’ 1966
01.) Alley Oop * The Hollywood Argyles * Cruisin’ 1960
02.) Stay * Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs * Cruisin’ 1960
03.) Running Bear * Johnny Preston * Cruisin’ 1960
04.) The Big Hurt * Toni Fisher * Cruisin’ 1960
05.) Because They’re Young * Duane Eddy * Cruisin’ 1960
06.) Fannie Mae * Buster Brown * Cruisin’ 1960
07.) Blue Moon * The Marcels * Cruisin’ 1961
08.) My True Story * The Jive Five * Cruisin’ 1961
09.) Nadine * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1961
10.) Wooden Heart * Joe Dowell * Cruisin’ 1961
11.) But I Do * Clarence “Frogman” Henry * Cruisin’ 1961
12.) Beep Beep * The Playmates * Cruisin’ 1961
13.) Tossin’ & Turnin’ * Bobby Lewis * Cruisin’ 1961
14.) Daddy’s Home * Shep And The Limelites * Cruisin’ 1961
15.) Runaway * Del Shannon * Cruisin’ 1961
16.) Barbara Ann * The Regents * Cruisin’ 1961
17.) Ya Ya * Lee Dorsey * Cruisin’ 1961
18.) Hideaway * Freddie King * Cruisin’ 1961
19.) Peppermint Twist * Joey Dee & The Starliters * Cruisin’ 1962
20.) Soldier Boy * The Shirelles * Cruisin’ 1962
21.) I Need Your Lovin’ * Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford * Cruisin’ 1962
22.) Hey Baby * Bruce Channel * Cruisin’ 1962
23.) Let Me In * The Sensations * Cruisin’ 1962
24.) Johnny Angel * Shelley Fabares * Cruisin’ 1962
25.) Duke Of Earl * Gene Chandler * Cruisin’ 1962
26.) You’ll Lose A Good Thing * Barbara Lynn * Cruisin’ 1962
27.) The Wanderer * Dion * Cruisin’ 1962
28.) Goodbye Cruel World * James Darren * Cruisin’ 1962
29.) Sealed With A Kiss * Brian Hyland * Cruisin’ 1962
30.) Locomotion * Little Eva * Cruisin’ 1962
31.) Easier Said Than Done * Essex * Cruisin’ 1963
32.) Sally Go ‘Round The Roses * Jaynettes * Cruisin’ 1963
33.) He’s So Fine * Chiffons * Cruisin’ 1963
34.) Twist And Shout * Isley Brothers * Cruisin’ 1963
35.) Baby It’s You * Shirelles * Cruisin’ 1963
01.) Honeycomb * Jimmie Rodgers * Cruisin’ 1957
02.) Long Lonely Nights * Lee Andrews & The Hearts * Cruisin’ 1957
03.) At The Hop * Danny And The Juniors * Cruisin’ 1958
04.) Tequila * The Champs * Cruisin’ 1958
05.) Book Of Love * The Monotones * Cruisin’ 1958
06.) Rock And Roll Music * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1958
07.) Kisses Sweeter Than Wine * Jimmie Rodgers * Cruisin’ 1958
08.) Short Shorts * The Royal Teens * Cruisin’ 1958
09.) Chantilly Lace * The Big Bopper * Cruisin’ 1958
10.) Do You Wanna Dance? * Bobby Freeman * Cruisin’ 1958
11.) Rockin’ Robin * Bobby Day * Cruisin’ 1958
12.) Get A Job * The Silhouettes * Cruisin’ 1958
13.) Ten Commandments Of Love * Harvey & The Moonglows * Cruisin’ 1958
14.) Rebel Rouser * Duane Eddy * Cruisin’ 1958
15.) (Baby) Hully Gully * The Olympics * Cruisin’ 1959
16.) There’s Something On Your Mind * Big Jay McNeely * Cruisin’ 1959
17.) Since I Don’t Have You * The Skyliners * Cruisin’ 1959
18.) Almost Grown * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1959
19.) What A Diff’rence A Day Makes * Dinah Washington * Cruisin’ 1959
20.) Say Man * Bo Diddley * Cruisin’ 1959
21.) 16 Candles * The Crests * Cruisin’ 1959
22.) Personality * Lloyd Price * Cruisin’ 1959
23.) It’s Just A Matter Of Time * Brook Benton * Cruisin’ 1959
24.) Sea Of Love * Phil Phillips * Cruisin’ 1959
25.) I Only Have Eyes For You * The Flamingos * Cruisin’ 1959
26.) Kansas City * Wilbert Harrison * Cruisin’ 1959
27.) You Talk Too Much * Joe Jones * Cruisin’ 1960
28.) Tears On My Pillow * Little Anthony & The Imperials * Cruisin’ 1960
29.) Baby, You’ve Got What It Takes * Brook Benton & Dinah Washington * Cruisin’ 1960
30.) What In The World’s Come Over You * Jack Scott * Cruisin’ 1960
31.) Finger Poppin’ Time * Hank Ballard & The Midnighters * Cruisin’ 1960
32.) See You In September * The Tempos * Cruisin’ 1960
01.) Rock & Roll * Buddy Morrow * Cruisin’ 1955
02.) I Got A Woman * Ray Charles * Cruisin’ 1955
03.) Annie Had A Baby * Hank Ballard & The Midnighters * Cruisin’ 1955
04.) Sincerely * Moonglows * Cruisin’ 1955
05.) Hearts Of Stone * Charms * Cruisin’ 1955
06.) My Babe * Little Walter * Cruisin’ 1955
07.) Earth Angel * Penguins * Cruisin’ 1955
08.) Maybelline * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1955
09.) Only You * Platters * Cruisin’ 1955
10.) Ain’t It A Shame * Fats Domino * Cruisin’ 1955
11.) Story Untold * Nutmegs * Cruisin’ 1955
12.) Bo Diddley * Bo Diddley * Cruisin’ 1955
13.) Pledging My Love * Johnny Ace * Cruisin’ 1955
14.) Robin Seymour Theme * The Four Lads * Cruisin’ 1956
15.) Roll Over Beethoven * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1956
16.) Eddie My Love * The Teen Queens * Cruisin’ 1956
17.) Why Do Fools Fall In Love? * Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers * Cruisin’ 1956
18.) Tonite Tonite * The Mello Kings * Cruisin’ 1956
19.) Fever * Little Willie John * Cruisin’ 1956
20.) The Great Pretender * The Platters * Cruisin’ 1956
21.) Tutti Frutti * Little Richard * Cruisin’ 1956
22.) Stranded In The Jungle * The Cadets * Cruisin’ 1956
23.) Speedoo * The Cadillacs * Cruisin’ 1956
24.) Gee * The Crows * Cruisin’ 1956
25.) In The Still Of The Night * The Five Satins * Cruisin’ 1956
26.) Honky Tonk * Bill Doggett * Cruisin’ 1956
27.) Susie Q * Dale Hawkins * Cruisin’ 1957
28.) Happy, Happy Birthday Baby * The Tuneweavers * Cruisin’ 1957
29.) School Day * Chuck Berry * Cruisin’ 1957
30.) A Thousand Miles Away * The Heartbeats * Cruisin’ 1957
31.) Party Doll * Buddy Knox * Cruisin’ 1957
32.) Goodnight Sweetheart * The Spaniels * Cruisin’ 1957
33.) Little Darlin’ * The Diamonds * Cruisin’ 1957
34.) Over The Mountain, Across The See * Johnny And Joe * Cruisin’ 1957
35.) Bony Moronie * Larry Williams * Cruisin’ 1957
36.) To The Aisle * The Five Satins * Cruisin’ 1957
I first saw the Dead Air Fresheners in 2006, and since then have maintained a loose association with them, as they played on KPSU a number of times, and usually, on one of my shows, or with my engineering their sound somehow. Not only did I get to understand their particular brand of chance-determinist music, but as I got to know them better, it was only a matter of time before I started playing with them, too. (In April of 2013, to be exact, first as a featured vocalist, and then as one of those “behind the masks.”
While I was an “unofficial” member of the group for a few years (if one – even one who isn’t anonymous – can even be an official member), as time (and distance) has grown between us, I only get to meet them when we play a show together. Which, fortunately, has been more often, recently. While we had long-discussed the idea of getting them on the I-5 and on the radio here in Salem, the stars finally aligned, and it all worked out for this fantastic performance .
This show has it all. I jam away with some Mini-Mutations throughout the show, occasionally including samples of previous Dead Air releases, and other recordings, throughout. Then, the Dead Air Fresheners unleash a live jam, and a rare interview, talking about what they do, how they do it, and other bits and bobs here and there. Then, we close things out with a Mini-Dead-Air-Mutation, which was unlike almost all the other jams we’ve done before.
This was was a lot of fun, and it’s always good to see these guys in action. Now, it’s available for you, too.
Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE!
Part I: Living Stereo
01.) Stereophonic Tape * Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) More Data * Negativland * More Data * Seeland Records (2019)
03.) Abyss [slooooo rmx] * Don Haugen / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
04.) Evidence of Superstructures II [Class Bully rmx] * Dead Air Fresheners / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part II: Live
05.) LIVE * Dead Air Fresheners * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: The Commodification of Play
06.) The Weather Computer * Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
07.) Apogey [mshp] * Chopstick / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
08.) The Commodification of Play * Dead Air Fresheners * The Commodification of Play * Dead Air Music (2019)
Part IV: The Set Behind The Set
09.) Interview * Dead Air Fresheners * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
New and old albums, Bob Bucko Jr. & Personal Archives, masks & lineups, chance determinism, noise vs. improv labels, instrumentation, release formats, having a sense of humor and, inevitably, Jandek.
Part V: The New Tape Cartridge Is At All Times Ready For Play.
10.) Brother Wind * Dead Air Fresheners * Brother Wind * Dead Air Music (2019)
11.) Side B [wthr rmx] * Le Petit Sac / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: This Is What To Do / Not To Do
12.) LIVE * Dead Air Fresheners w/ Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
13.) Wrap-Up * Dead Air Fresheners / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
14.) Han Valen [Hgh Fdlty rmx] * Ryan A. Ray / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
15.) Soul Finger * The Bar-Kays * Soul Finger * Volt Records (1967)
I’ve had a long relationship with Ricardo Wang and his program, “What’s This Called?” and it always feels good to be involved with his show. But this is the very first time that I’ve “performed” on his show like this. I mean, we did one collaboration which you can hear here, but that was well before things began to Mutate as they do these days. But playing a double-header like this – with Office Products, live on the radio – was pretty cool, and felt like a big accomplishment. Here’s the entire show, with both of our performances and other DJ bit in-between.
Tune in for a live appearance on Rich Lindsay’s “Radio Lost & Found.” There’s a live Mini-Mutations performance, some interspersed interview bits, and both The Ramen City Kid & Rich Lindsay perform with me throughout the show. This was a ton of fun, and now you can enjoy it, too!
During a recent trip to Eugene, I had the pleasure of joining I Died & Esperik Glare in the I Died Batcave to record some live jams We all tried to approach this as if it were a radio session, but there were some obvious limitations. Still, we managed to create a make-shift radio studio rather quickly, and pretty soon we were all three able to perform and jam, just like at KMUZ.
Which is fortunate, because this week I’m actually in Corvallis. So, please adjust your signal to this wonderful performance by I Died, Esperik Glare and… Mini-Mutations, from… the past?
I Died vs. Esperik Glare
01.) Live * I Died * 16 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Live * Esperik Glare * 16 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
A little publicity never hurt anyone. “Radio Lost & Found” featured a track off of the new “On-Air” release, as well as an extended plug for or upcoming radio jam on April 11th. This gives you a perfect taste of the kind of radio that Rich Lindsay does, and hopefully, will give you a sense of how Mini-Mutations could fit into it.
Check us out, on KBOO, April 11th at 10 PM. It should be pretty excellent.
It is often difficult to explain to those who are not actively seeking out all of the various musical corner of our fair state, but the current experimental scene in Oregon is probably better now than it has ever been, and that is in part due to the efforts of a few key folks in the area who are constantly working to book shows, give new acts a chance, and in the end, who are willing to carve out places for this kind of art for those of us who really crave it.
Chris Durnin has been a tireless supporter of the Corvallis scene, something that if you haven’t been there, you really should check it out. The “Corvallis Experiments in Noise” group – which he organizes – has been assembling DIY shows and events where money is not a factor, people are not on their phones, and the incredible work that people do is finally on display. A two-day celebration of this is happening on March 29th at The Majestic Theater & March 30th at Whiteside Theater, where an ABSURD number of performers are gathering to put on a show the likes of which you have NEVER seen.
And we really need to emphasize the “seen” part of this event. While radio is a purely audio world, experimental music often takes the form of costumes, dances, and visual elements that cannot be captured in just one dimension. That is why there is streaming live video of the performers for this event, which you can watch over on the Mid-Valley Mutations MyFacester+ Twinstgramblr Page, or in our A/V Gallery of stuff shot during the show. (This may expand as more material comes my way… most everyone had a camera running at one point.)
So sit back as we feature six of the performers that will be doing their thing at the What Is Noise Fest? event at the end of March. (Six if you include Mini-Mutations.) And, stick around for a bonus performance at the end, where most of us get together for a while noise jam that is out of this world!
It’s been a bit of a week, as it often is, and Xeres and I decided that we needed to get away from it all, for a while. With that in mind, we decided to venture out into The Great Outdoors, where we set up camp, make some food, go for a hike, explore, make a little music, lament a painful tooth, and try to have a little fun in a much less urban environment.
We arrive at Big Rock Candy Mountain, a fantastic campground with a number of odd features, including a creek near an ocean beach with lots of hiking in tropical and pine forests. Occasional guests wander in, we read some poetry and short stories, offer some PSAs about camping, and we have our Short Wave Radio to tune in music and The Weather Computer.
It’s The Great Outdoors. Sit around the campfire, and stay a spell.
The Great Outdoors
Part I: Apemen on Big Rock Candy Mountain
01.) Driving Out * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Apeman * The Kinks * Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One * Pye Records (1970)
03.) Arriving at The Campsite * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
04.) Big Rock Candy Mountain * Harry McClintock * Haywire Mac * Folkways Records (1972)
05.) Setting Up Camp * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) Let’s Go Camping * Coleman Camping Gear * Let’s Go Camping * Coleman (1970)
07.) Cooking Hoedown * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
08.) Results * Xeres * Radio Jam (1991)
Part II: Where Are We?
09.) Down By The River * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Nature Sounds on the Nature Hike * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
11.) An Encounter with Gentle Ben and… * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
12.) Smokey The Bear * Gene Autry * Smokey The Bear b/w Back In The Saddle * Columbia Records (1960)
13.) Jew’s Harp * Eric Haenn * Good Vibrations (2010)
14.) Smokey Bear “Think” PSA * Ad Council * Smokey Bear “Think” PSA * Ad Council (1972)
15.) The Weather Computer Calls In * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: It’s Gettin’ Dark Mighty Fast
16.) The Beach & The Whales * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
17.) A Plague of Frogs * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
18.) Back to the Shadows * Firesign Theatre * I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records (1971)
19.) The Littlest Tompt * Fern Zimmerman * The Littlest Tompt * Fern Zimmerman (2010)
Part IV: Where Are We Again?
20.) Reading Pulp Fiction * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) Shortwave Radio Jam In A Cave (w/ Re-Started Nature) * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
[w/ “Ode,” “All Right,” “All Baby,” & “All Out” * Xeres * Radio Jam (1991); “Later Than We Think (w/ Woody Guthrie samples)” * Trey Gunn w/ Will Kreth * unreleased (1984)]
22.) Trying To Escape Jellystone Park [Excerpt] * Yogi Bear * Trying To Escape Jellystone Park * Hanna-Barbera (1968)
23.) Rod Serling “Careless Killers” PSA * Ad Council * Rod Serling “Careless Killers” PSA * Ad Council (1962)
Part V: “He left the next day for The Mountains.”
24.) Racoons * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
25.) untitled * Eric Haenn w/ Jim Richards * Good Vibrations (2010)
26.) True Night * Gary Snyder w/ Paul Winter Consort * live at Zellerbach Auditorium, Berkely, CA, 3/25/1979 * Gary Snyder (1979)
27.) Off Commercial * Off * Off Commercial * Off (1970)
28.) A Note On The Camping Craze That is Currently Sweeping America * Richard Brautigan (read by Austin Rich) * Trout Fishing In America * Four Seasons (1961)
29.) Wolf Jam * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
30.) Bullwinkle PSA * Ad Council * Bullwinkle PSA * Ad Council (1969)
31.) Alvin & the Chipmunks PSA * Ad Council * Alvin & the Chipmunks PSA * Ad Council (1968)
32.) Clementine * Ken Carson * America’s Favorite Campfire Songs Featuring Ken Carson * Longines Symphonette Society (1966)
33.) The Weather Computer Calls In Again * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Is it raining?
34.) Making S’mores * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
[w/ Ta Da * Xeres * Radio Jam (1991)]
35.) A Sad Little Song * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
36.) Austin Falls Asleep * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
37.) The Storm * Xeres of Xeron & Austin Rich * 22 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Here is my appearance on The Sunday Morning Hangover, w/ Reverend Marc Time & Semi-Colin of /root_DIR.
During my whirlwind visit to Eugene recently, I managed to squeeze in a visit to KWVA, and The Sunday Morning Hangover. Marc Time and I have become good friends recently, and it’s always fun to catch up. But this time I brought Semi-Colin and we regaled Marc with stories of Cathead, /root_DIR, Mini-Mutations, and everything in-between.
Frog calls in with a joke, for fuck’s sake. This is the most Eugene show we could think of, to the point where we go and shop at Moon Rock Records afterwards. But we also engage in some who-ripped-off-who, I introduce Marc to The Masque Live compilations (and the Switched-On Eugene) comp, as well as recorded four original Mini-Mutations tunes for Marc’s show. (One of which is a a new Theme Song, and one of which was not included in the broadcast version.) All the while Semi-Colin and I are there to offer color commentary, ticket give-away assistance, and plenty of WOWs for the listeners to enjoy.
This one is quite personal to me. As Colin and I spent some many years listening to KWVA and driving around Eugene, it was funny to be in a situation where we were on KWVA, the subject of the show broadcasting to this fair city. It was not lost on me how cool that was. Cathead was, if anything, a first stop on the way to other things (for both of us), but Marc is a reverent about our group as he is about everything, and that was very sweet of him. It’s nice to try and get a word in edge-wise as Marc does his show around us, and that’s certainly plenty of fun for me.
10:08AM The Peddlers “On a clear day you can see Forever” from Breaking Bad
10:08AM Telly Savalas “If” from Telly
10:10AM Austin Rich “Hangover Intro” from Mini Mutations
10:11AM Percy “Thills” Thrillington “Uncle Albert” from Thrillington (Remastered) (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private)
10:12AM Ken Nordine meet’s Mini Mutations “Everyone’s An Amateur” from Best of World Jazz (1958) on DOT
10:20AM Ken Nordine “You Do Somthing To Me” from Love Album
10:20AM The Moog Cookbook “Black Hole Sun” from Ye Olde Space Bande Plays the Classic Rock Hits (LiveEventBroadcast, Other, Other, 1997) on Ryko/Rhino (USA)
10:21AM Pancho the Parrot “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” from Pancho Sings! on Internet
10:23AM Bonzo Dog Band “Mr. Slater’s Parrot from Cornology
10:25AM Caninus “Brindle Is As Brindle Does” from Split EP (CD, Album, LoudRock/Metal, 2007) on War Torn Records
10:30AM Ramones (with accordion instead of guitar) “I Don’t Wanna Go Down To the Basement” from Ramones
10:40AM Brian Williams “Rappers Delight” from NBC News
10:40AM Steinski “The Motorcade Sped On” from What Does It All Mean? – 1983-2006 Retrospective (2008) on Illegal Art
10:41AM Bukowski meets Mini Mutations “Simple Little Things” from 110 in the Shade – The 2007 Broadway Revival
10:41AM Erik Satie “Gymnopèdie No. 1 (Eric Satie)” from Night and Novelties – a Piano Recital
10:48AM Shocking Blue “Venus” from Greatest Hits
10:48AM The Big Three “Banjo Blues” from The Big 3 (feat. Mama Cass) on Rhino (US)
10:56AM Santana “Everybody’s everything” from Santana (III)
11:01AM The Emporor’s “Karate” from Karate (Single)
11:02AM Bobby Parker “Watch your Step” from Bent Out of Shape on P-VINE
11:02AM Humprey Littleton “Bad Penny Blues” from Early Productions ’55-’58
11:11AM The Jars “Electric 3rd Rail” from The Jars on Subtarranean Records
11:13AM Hawkwind “We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago” from Road to Utopia on Cherry Red Records
11:18AM The Dickies “You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) [Live 1982]” from 1977 / 1982 – A Night That Will Live in Infamy & Live When They Were Five on Cleopatra Records
11:18AM The Zeros “Cosmetic Couple” from 4-3-2-1…Zeros on Ryko/Rhino (USA)
11:20AM William Shatner “silver machine” from Seeking Major Tom (CD, Album, Private, 2011) on Cleopatra
11:25AM Ray Allen and the Embers “Space Monkey” from Space Monkey
11:32AM Derryl Parsons “Floating Landscape (including Chase Scene)” from Switched-On Eugene (Vinyl, Comp, Private, 2018) on Numero Group (USA)
11:34AM Gong “Glad Stoned Buried Fielding Flash and Fresh Fest” from Live At Glastonbury (1971)
11:38AM Neu! “Isi” from ’75 (CD, Album, 1975) on United Artists (US)
11:39AM Roxy Music “Pajamarama” from Roxy Music (Digital (laptop, mp3 player, et, Album, Private, 1972) on Virgin UK (UK)
11:51AM Eno “Third Uncle” from Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
11:58AM Neil “Hole in My Shoe” from Neil’s Heavy Concept LP
11:59AM Spinal Tap “Tonight I’m Gonna Roclk You Tonight from Spinal Tap the Movie OST
Goodbye, Ken Nordine. Your word Jazz was exquisite, and you were a radio maverick, starting in the early 40s. Astonishing what you can do when you try to be yourself, all the time. Here’s a show I did remixing a Ken Nordine themed show from 2009, and a bunch of other spoken word radio and podcasts. We’ll miss you, and all of your fliberty jib.
Loosing Opportunity feels way too symbolic these days, but it reminded me of the tribute to Curiosity I did in 2012, which now feels like our last hope, in some strangely other symbolic way. So here’s a little retrocast about Mars and Curiosity as we mourn the loss of Opportunity.
I have always been a fan of space exploration, and as a young kid I even wanted to be an astronaut. But as time went on, and it became clear that I would not be the first man to Mars, I started to let my mind wander toward the stars instead, and soon became extremely interested in music, writing, and art. Now, in honor of the successful Curiosity Rover landing on Mars on the 6th of August, I present an audio essay dedicated to that success, filled with music about Mars, and information about exactly how hard it was to get there from here.
There is no shortage of music about our neighbor in the sky, and it was very easy…
On February 8th, 2019, the world was in the grip of the Polar Vortex. But in Salem Oregon, we were in the grip on “Winter Weather Fever,” a condition that only exists when everyone assumes that we will have frozen streets and layers on snow, only to become incredibly disappointed.
With all signs pointing to YES, we decided to reschedule our lives guests (clownfisher and Ark Noelle), and instead offer a Winter Storm Watch 2019, where I could broadcast from the comfort of the Lava Lamp Lounge, monitor the weather, and see if all the hubbub was actually anything to sneeze at.
In the end, we all know the answer: it just rained. But, in a turn of events that I was somewhat thankful for, it did get incredibly cold and slippery, with roads at freezing conditions, so I felt justified in not making the journey to the station, and was very happy I didn’t ask a band to travel in weather like that, either.
There will always be other shows to do, and this gave me a chance to dream (for a while, anyway) that we would get getting massive snowdrifts, piles of white falling from the sky, and an army of snowmen as I look down the street to see how my neighbors were doing. None of that came to pass, but during this show, maybe you can hear some of my excitement, as I stroll through some recently acquired synth records from the past.
Winter Storm Watch 2019 (TBD)
01.) Synth LPs
16.) Synth Jam (Live) * Mini-Mutations * 8 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
17.) More Synth LPs
To complement our Northwest Quatrain, please enjoy this Commentary Track with Xeres Furd and myself, recorded immediately after our Northwest Quatrain.
As we tried to keep the chatting to a minimum, and just play music, this is a chance for us to casually discuss the material Xeres played, why he played it, and other significant things that are worth mentioning, that were not in the regular broadcast.
Continuing our four-hour journey into Northwest Music that doesn’t get nearly enough play these days, Xeres of Xeron and I have returned to KMUZ and Northwest Notes to bring you more selections from his personal collection of rare and rarely-heard recordings and performances by artists from right here, where you are from.
This show also happens to be a Pledge Drive show, but don’t let that fool you. We do our best to bring you a huge helping of music, in spite of all of that, and this one gets very personal, in the best possible way. We focus on a handful of artists this show, and dig into their back-catalog with songs from demo tapes and poorly-distributed home-recordings, by artists who have become incredibly popular since their time in the area. And, finally, we delve more into the recorded works of Xeres himself, which is always a wonderful treat.
This one is something I’m quite proud of, and I could never have done it without the hard work and thoughtfulness of Xeres of Xeron himself. So dig in, and enjoy our Northwest Quatrain.
Amy Denio (rhymes with Ohio) has been a prolific stalwart of the Seattle avant-garde jazz scene since the mid-1980s, with a penchant for quirky compositions influenced by international folk idioms and saxophone experimentalists such as Roland Kirk and Pharoah Sanders. In addition to the sax, she also plays accordion, bass, guitar, and whatever else suits her fancy – all of it self-taught. She also sings beautifully and does humorous spoken word bits. Her world travels and collaborative spirit have combined her talents with the likes of Chris Cutler, Derek Bailey, Chuck D, and Fred Frith. She is credited as a performer on a vast diversity of albums by groups such as Curlew, Pale Nudes, Kultur Shock, The Science Group, FoMoFlo, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, and of course Tone Dogs.
Tone Dogs was a project Amy did with bassist Fred Chalenor, along with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (later replaced by drummer Will Dowd.) Perhaps best described as a prog band with whimsical leanings, Tone Dogs released two albums in 1990 and 1991.
41.) Vomit Comet * Amy Denio * Never Too Old to Pop a Hole * Spoot Music (1988)
42.) Marshall’s Whitey Wipes * Amy Denio * Never Too Old to Pop a Hole * Spoot Music (1988)
43.) Czechered Pyiamas * Tone Dogs * 27 July 1991 * Tone Dogs (1991)
Fred Chalenor then went on to found his band Caveman Shoestore, which later evolved into Caveman Hughscore when Fred hooked up with Hugh Hopper of Soft Machine fame. After a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Fred passed away just last summer (2018).
44.) Surfing and Dreaming * Fred Chalenor * Caveman Shoestore demo * Fred Chalenor (1990)
Prior to starting Caveman Shoestore, Fred passed out this proof-of-concept demo tape to interested musical comrades. It’s unobtainable, but you heard it here.
45.) A Better Mousetrap * Fred Chalenor w/ Pete da Fraser * Ask the Mice * bandcamp.com (2016)
In 2016, spoken word vocalist Pete da Fraser of The Giant Worm visited Fred at his La Center, Washington home to record a series of improvised duets which feature Chalenor on the stand-up acoustic bass. A collection of Fred’s collaborations with Pete and with The Giant Worm can be found at this link.
46.) Disgruntled Postal Worker * Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet * Box * New World Records (1996)
47.) Dubya & His Pa * Amy Denio * Prodigal Light * Spoot Music (2013)
48.) Maybe I Don’t Care * Amy Denio * No Bones * Spoot Music (1986)
Part V: Trey Treasures
Trey Gunn was a member of King Crimson between 1994 and 2003. But in the ’80s he went to college in Eugene, Oregon and got his degree in classical music composition at the U of O School of Music. During this period in Eugene, he had a band called Punishment Farm, and he also produced cassette releases of his solo work. His friends recall that Trey stated his intention to meet Robert Fripp some day, and get some guitar lessons out of him, even though Fripp was not teaching at the time. Yet this is exactly what happened after Trey left Eugene. Fripp founded his League of Crafty Guitarists, with Trey Gunn as one of his prize pupils. Trey is also known as a proponent of the Chapman stick, sort of a combination of a guitar and bass on a single fretboard. Prior to performing in King Crimson with the stick, he toured on his own to demonstrate its virtues and his virtuosity on the instrument. Another cassette-only release documents this phase of his career.
49.) Mighty Joe Young’s Yoga School * Trey Gunn * Food for Thought * Trey Gunn (1983)
50.) Bed Bugs * Punishment Farm * Greatest Hits * Punishment Farm (1983)
51.) XOXXOXO * Trey Gunn * Magic If * Trey Gunn (1986)
52.) Fifth Spin of the Sun * Trey Gunn * I’ll Tell What I Saw * 7d Media (2010)
53.) Shimmering * Trey Gunn * Raw Power * Trey Gunn (1989)
54.) Nicole * Trey Gunn * Food for Thought * Trey Gunn (1983)
55.) Magnificent Jinn * Trey Gunn * I’ll Tell What I Saw * 7d Media (2010)
56.) Togaku Ritsu * Trey Gunn * Playing with Borrowed Time * Trey Gunn (1985)
Part VI: Home Recordings
Just some amateur stuff recorded by me and some friends of mine.
57.) Curse of the Devils * Daniel Ramirez * Solo Spam * Daniel Ramirez (1987)
Dan was guitarist for Stick Against Stone during their Eugene and San Francisco years. Eugenians may also remember him as the guy who drove the Genesis Juice delivery van.
58.) Oven Door * Keven Dow * Oven Door * Keven Dow (1991)
That’s spelled Keven with two E’s. Keven was enrolled in the LCC electronic music workshop when he created this piece as a class project. Although he was a friend of Derryl Parsons, he was not a member of the EEMC. He also played guitar in Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals. This piece was composed on a Yamaha DX7 using samples of a squeaky oven door.
59.) AIDS Quilt * Xeres Furd & Rob Dowling * Radio Jam * Xeres Furd & Rob Dowling (1987)
At the height of the HIV epidemic, this somber dirge was recorded as an experiment using samples from a CNN news report run through a rack-mount digital delay.
60.) The Plains of Girg * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Klepto and Other Manias * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals (1988)
The percussion for this piece was provided by soda cans, beer bottles, and a toy drum set.
61.) Singin’ Acapello * Blue Light Studio * Bluelight ’88 * Blue Light Studio (1988)
Several musicians from the Salem vicinity gathered at Blue Light Studio, which was originally located in the Falls City bedroom of my friend Lee Ballard. Lee played bass and founded a number of Salem bands, including a bar band called Triple Thret. Lee, sorry man, I lost your email address several years ago. Get back in touch with me through this blog if you’re out there!
62.) Circle K * Paul Sturtz & Elizabeth Rieman * Circle K * Paul Sturtz & Elizabeth Rieman (1988)
Paul Sturtz was a DJ at KRVM Eugene in the mid-80s. Later in life he served as a member of the Columbia, Missouri city council, and he founded the True/False Film Festival there. Elizabeth Rieman was working at the U of O Bookstore at the time. She is now a massage therapist, coincidentally also in Columbia, Missouri.
63.) Mousey Centauri * The Giant Worm * Mousey Centauri * The Giant Worm (2018)
Our first time in a professional studio. Recorded in July of 2018 at dB Nation in Multnomah Village in Portland.
64.) She Heard the Screams of Charles * Daniel Ramirez * Solo Spam * Daniel Ramirez (1987)
Part VII: Remember Valsetz
Valsetz was a mill town in Polk County, west of Falls City, which was shut down by Boise Cascade in 1983, and was subsequently abandoned and completely torn down. The band Remember Valsetz made logging issues the focus of its lyrical content, with sympathy for both environmental concerns and timber workers alike. They were known for performing at the remote locations of timber sale protests, as well as the steps of the state capitol building. Helmed by lead vocalist and lyricist John Dorbolo, nothing could be more Northwest than Remember Valsetz.
26 November 1989 at the Butte Tavern in Eugene, Oregon. Here’s an entire live performance:
65.) Poetrees * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
66.) Woodchuck * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
67.) Big Paul * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
68.) Percussion / Log Jam * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
69.) Spotted Owl * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
70.) Momento Mori * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
71.) The Diff * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
01.) Klangfiguren II * Gottfried Michael Koenig * Klangfiguren II / Essay / Terminus I – II / Output / Funktionen * BV Haast Records (1990)
02.) Syntaxis * Bruno Maderna * Electronic Music * Stradivarius Records (1994)
03.) Etude aux objets Part 1 – 5 * Pierre Schaefer * L’Œuvre Musicale * INA-GRM (2010)
04.) Mittsu No Sekai * Joji Yuasa * Music For Theatrical Drama * Edition Omega Point (2006)
05.) Fragment 1 (Op. 4) * Rune Lindblad * Death of the Moon: Electronic & Concrète Music * Pogus Productions (1997)
06.) Sechs Studien * Herbert Eimert * Epitaph Für Aikichi Kuboyama / Sechs Studien * WERGO (1966)
07.) Silver Apples Of The Moon (Side 2) * Morton Subotnick * Nonesuch Records (1967)
08.) I Of IV * Pauline Oliveros * New Sounds In Electronic Music * Odyssey Records (1967)
Xeres of Xeron is no stranger to KMUZ, and he and I have done some great radio together. But when Mick asked me to cover for Northwest Notes, and Xeres and I had already been bonding on some of the secret gems of the Northwest that are only available on poorly distributed physical media, we felt like it was a good idea to bring you four hours of rarities and gems from Xeres’ collection of tapes and records, and from a few other sources here and there.
This show contains rare recordings by artists you have heard of that you can’t hear anywhere else… mostly because they were only released on tapes that have never made it to other formats. We don’t talk about these tunes much, but below are some extensive show notes by Xeres himself, that address some of the more interesting (and lesser-known) elements of this very amazing scene.
This show also contains special weather reports by The Ramen City Kid.
We hope our walk through the music of the Northwest adds to the work that Mick does on this show, but offers a flavor that is 100% Xeres of Xeron.
01.) Oregon (I Can’t Go Home) * Blackhawk County * “Oregon” b/w “Helplessly” * Seagull Records (1974)
This was a hit single in 1974, #16 on Billboard, and #1 in the NW for 9 weeks. It’s about U of O student Joann McDaniels from Coos Bay, who was in a Turkish prison at the time. The band Blackhawk County is from Monmouth, Oregon. The whole story can be found using this link.
02.) Ol’ Coos Bay [Live] * Christopher Todd Davis * Live * Christopher Todd Davis (2014)
Seattle based country folk-rock artist, originally from Coos Bay.
03.) Goin’ Huntin’ * Griffin, Fard & Furd * End of the World in D-Minor * Griffin, Fard & Furd (1978)
Home recording done in Coos Bay, 1978.
04.) Ford Fairlane 500 * Billy Dwayne & the Creepers * Billy Dwayne & the Creepers * Billy Dwayne & the Creepers (2000)
Seattle based rockabilly performer, originally from Coos Bay. He’s currently looking for a new stand-up bass player!
05.) Beer Run * Todd Snider * New Connection * Oh Boy Records (2002)
Country & folk singer, born in Portland. At 15 he ran away from home in Houston back to Portland.
06.) Small Still Voice * Ben Bochner * Heartland * Ben Bochner (2012)
Ben Bochner (1956-2018), Eugene based singer-songwriter, was just beginning to get known in the Austin, TX circuit – perhaps on the brink of national recognition – when he died last spring. In 1987 Ben took part in Ken Kesey’s novel writing class at U of O, which resulted in the collaboratively written 1990 novel Caverns by O. U. Levon (which is backwards for Novel U of O.) The whole story of Ben’s role in that process can be found at this link.
07.) Birth of a Stream * Michael Harrison * Collected Recordings * Michael Harrison (1980)
Michael Harrison grew up in Eugene, studied composition at U of O, and could often be heard improvising on the piano in the student union hall. He went on to release recordings on the Windham Hill label. He became known for tuning his piano using Just Intonation (as opposed to Equal Temperment.) However, this piece was recorded prior to Harrison’s interest in just intonation.
08.) Naiads * Oregon * Music of Another Present Era * Vanguard (1972)
Two of this jazz fusion group’s founders had first met and collaborated as students at U of O in the early 60s.
Part II: Panic Favorites
This segment is intended to expand upon a recent interview of Jeff Cellers, founder and curator of the Panic on 13th blog, which is devoted to archiving Eugene’s music scene from 1980 to 1995. The interview was conducted by Austin Rich, and can be found at this link.
Most of these tunes were downloaded from the Panic on 13th blog, along with some related material from my own collection. This playlist does not necessarily highlight the best or most representative selections from the Panic blog, which deserves much more exploration. These are just a few of my personal favorite tunes and bands. The Panic on 13th blog can be found at this link
09.) Anorexia * Headhunters * Tioga Studio tape * Panic On 13th (1985)
This delightfully politically incorrect tune was a local favorite, and got some airplay on KRVM, Eugene around 1985. When this band relocated to Austin, Texas in 1985, they re-named themselves Voice of Reason.
10.) New World Babies * Moose Lodge * New World Babies * Moose Lodge (1984)
11.) Liberals * White Liberals * Cat Behavior * Solid Citizens Records (1985)
12.) Short Narrative * Snakepit * Panic on 13th * Dunghill Records (1986)
13.) Treasure in the Pity City * Moment’s Notice w/ Elizabeth Rieman * Moment’s Notice * Moment’s Notice (1990)
A song about Robert Christie of Snakepit.
14.) Bad Boy (Live) * Los Xploreres * Live * Los Xploreres (1981)
Featuring another Coos Bay homey, the incomparable Marlin Reiber on vocals.
15.) Work * Stick Against Stone w/ HR * HR Sessions * Stick Against Stone (1986)
Stick Against Stone was founded in Pittsburg, PA, but moved around a lot. While in New York, they established a friendship with the band Bad Brains. In 1984 and ’85, Stick Against Stone settled in Eugene for a spell. In 1986, in San Francisco, Stick Against Stone began to make some recordings with Bad Brains vocalist HR. Due to personal disagreements, these recordings were never completed or released.
16.) Life on the Farm * Michael Billings * Old Shorteyes Is Back * Dunghill (1988)
17.) Old Shirt * Bunny Summer * Failure… An Instructional Tape * Disgraceland (1996)
The host of the Panic blog is Jeff Cellers, and he was in this band called Bunny Summer.
18.) Spaztech Culture * Sow Belly * Sow Belly * Sow Belly (1990)
19.) Hard and Heavy * Stick Against Stone w/ HR * HR Sessions * Stick Against Stone (1986)
Another unobtainable piece featuring HR of the Bad Brains, combined with ex-Eugenians, Stick Against Stone.
20.) Someone Else * A Few Chairs * demo * A Few Chairs (1986)
21.) Pollution in Disguise * Insidious Menace * Get Paid Somewhere Else * Insidious Menace (1991)
22.) Every Band Sucks (But the Drills) * the Drills * Every Band Sucks (But the Drills) * Every Band Sucks (But the Drills) (1983)
23.) Ode to a Motorhome * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
24.) Misguided Missile Youth * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
25.) Eddie * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
26.) Sport Pack * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
27.) Humor Demons * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
28.) Free the Cheese * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
29.) Swizzle Stick * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
30.) Clowns Are Experts at Making Us Laugh * E-13 * No Mercy for Swine * Fatal Erection (1986)
31.) Pankreatitis * E-13 * Drinking Is Great * Fatal Erection (1985)
32.) Quest for Gilligan * E-13 * Quest for Gilligan * Fatal Erection (1984)
33.) Cheesehead Alert * E-13 * Quest for Gilligan * Fatal Erection (1984)
E-13 was Eugene’s most legendary punk band. This is a collection of their material from the No Mercy for Swine EP, the Quest for Gilligan 7″, and the Drinking Is Great compilation. Tracks 27 – 31 Above are “podcast only” inclusions, that were not aired on KMUZ due to FCC Regulations.
The K is silent. This is the only selection in this show that was selected by Austin, as it is one of his favorite bands from Eugene, and he quite enjoys this rendition of a Johnathan Richman tune.
Part III: Switched Off Eugene
This segment is intended to expand upon recent interviews of Brian Magill (aka Phyllyp Vernacular) and Peter Thomas, co-founders of the Eugene Electronic Music Collective, and both featured on the new compilation album Switched-On Eugene released by Numero Group. These interviews were conducted by Austin Rich.
These are some tunes that were not included on the Switched-On Eugene compilation. But some of these could have been, while others are included as an update on the more current electronic music scene in Eugene and the Northwest.
35.) Self-Regulation I * Carl Juarez * Confessions of a Mobile Intelligence Unit * Glass Onion (1985)
The compilation album features Self-Regulation II. So I wanted to complete the picture here by playing Self-Regulation I.
36.) Soil Count * David Stuart * The Laundry * David Stuart (1988)
David worked at an industrial laundry, and sonically emulated his experience using broken guitars and stacks of effects boxes. A scant few copies of this cassette were released in 1988 and put on consignment at House of Records. While perhaps not among the earliest pioneers of industrial music, the genre was not yet well known or well liked, so David was gutsy to put this out at that time. Not to be confused with the guy from the Eurythmics, David Stewart (different spelling!)
37.) Lost City * Derryl Parsons * Free Fall * Eugene Electronic Music Collective (1984)
The inspiration for the Switched-On Eugene compilation was a prior self-released cassette compilation by the Eugene Electronic Music Collective called Free Fall. This is a selection by the late Derryl Parsons, taken from the Free Fall album.
38.) Shadow * Onomatopoiea * Womb * 13 Records (1996)
Electro-industrial wizards of trance dance ritual Onomatopoiea were not involved in the EEMC, but clearly influenced and were influenced by them.
39.) Saragosso * Heather Perkins * Little Humans * Land-O-Newts Records (2008)
Heather’s early work is featured on the Switched-On Eugene album. This is an example of her somewhat more recent work.
40.) As Our Bodies Die * Entrail * 100 Years Remaining * Flossless Audio (2017)
Experimental violinist, vocalist, and electronic noise-maker Entrail was not around in the days of EEMC, but is included here to represent the current (2017) evolution of Northwest electronica. Entrail originated in Eugene, but is currently living and performing in Olympia, WA.
Going back to the beginning of my radio career in 1998, The Ramen City Kid has been appearing as a guest on some version of this program. But our history together even goes back further than that. He’s one of those people in my life who has consistently revealed musical joys at the perfect moment, and has shared so much of my non-radio life with me that it seems a shame to mention that it has been over 10 Years since his last appearance.
Part of that has to do with his own incredible life. A master of many languages, a musician and writer, who is well traveled and well read, The Ramen City Kid is a busy gent. So it was refreshing to get him back on the radio. It was, in some ways, a reflection of the show he used to do (and I used to listen to), and while I think none of those shows were recorded, someone remembers them fondly, and this is as close as we can get to it these days.
This show is obviously a bit of a departure from what we usually do, but as you listen, I think you’ll notice that while the show initially seems like a standard DJ set, there is certainly something happening here that is… different.
Key lighting, cue music. Our new sponsor, Bendix, seems a little sinister, don’t you think? Something ain’t right. It looks like there’s a case to look into, and as the night wears on, we are certainly gonna need something to eat. Can we can get the recipe — and the case — in a mere two hours?
It may take all the international new wave we can find to get us through the night.
The Return of The Ramen City Kid!
01.) Čudna šuma * Disciplina Kičme * Ove ruke nisu male 2 * Tom Tom Music (2004) 02.) Treći vavilon * Darkwood Dub * U nedogled * B92 (1996)
03.) Ulice su noćas * Beograd * Remek depo * PGP RTB (1983)
04.) Mace and Grenades * Hugh Masekela * “Mace And Grenades” b/w “Riot” * UNI Records (1969)
05.) Experimental Music is Consumer Fraud * Men’s Recovery Project * Today the Planet… Tomorrow the World 7” * Thin The Herd (1996)
06.) Asphixiation * Asphixiation * What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco?’ * Innocent Records (1981)
07.) Echophilia * Nocturnal Habits * New Skin for Old Children * Glacial Pace Records (2016)
08.) Graham St. Massacre * Hungry Ghost * Hungry Ghost * Hungry Ghost Records (2012)
09.) I Was More Of a Mess Then… * Comet Gain * “If Not Tomorrow” b/w “I Was More Of A Mess Then…” * Tapete Records (2018)
10.) Everybody Has a Dream * The Servants * Small Time / Hey Hey We’re The Manqués * Cherry Red Records (2012)
11.) Summer in a Small Town * Cleaners from Venus * Under Wartime Conditions * Captured Tracks (2013)
12.) A Girl With Cars In Her Eyes * Cleaners from Venus * On Any Normal Monday * Captured Tracks (2012)
13.) Ilya Kuryakin Looked At Me * Cleaners from Venus * Living With Victoria Grey * Captured Tracks (2014)
14.) Az égboltsapkájú * Tamás Cseh * Jóslat * Krém Records (1984)
15.) Cape of Good Hope * Half Eye * So You’re the Idiot Who Lives in That Stupid House * Pecho Grande (2017)
16.) Westward Ho! Massive Letdown * Half Man Half Biscuit * Urge for Offal * Probe Plus (2014)
17.) Harsh Times in Umberstone Covert * Half Man Half Biscuit * No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut * Probe Plus (2018)
18.) M-6-ster * Half Man Half Biscuit * This Leaden Pall * Probe Plus (1993)
19.) Bottleneck At Capel Curig * Half Man Half Biscuit * Trouble over Bridgwater * Probe Plus (2000)
20.) Housework * Carol Channing * Free to Be… You and Me * Bell Records (1972)
21.) Barnabas Collins * Lone Ranger * Barnabas Collins 7” * GG’s Records (1977)
22.) Crazy to Exist * Josef K * The Only Fun in Town * Postcard Records (1981)
23.) Hunger Food Nausea * Asphixiation * What Is This Thing Called ‘Disco?’ * Innocent Records (1981)
24.) El Tírili * Don Ramon y su orquesta * Pachuco Boogie * Arhoolie Records (2002)
25.) Yesterday’s Misery * Jackie Johnson & the Wheels “Yesterday’s misery” b/w “A million heartaches” * Satin Records (1971)
26.) U nedogled * Darkwood Dub * U nedogled * B92 (1996)
27.) Everybody Has a Dream (encore) * The Servants * Small Time / Hey Hey We’re The Manqués * Cherry Red Records (2012)
28.) Complete Works * The Servants * Small Time / Hey Hey We’re The Manqués * Cherry Red Records (2012)
29.) Sounds & Pressure * Hopeton Lewis * “Take It Easy” With The “Rock Steady” Beat * Merritone Records (1967)
I have always taken for granted the holiday that we take in January to honor Martin Luther King Jr. It was not that I didn’t care, but that the day usually came when papers were due, or when I worked a job that already required me to work that day. But in light of my new job, getting the day off – paid – felt a little weird. I had to be honest with myself that I had never really listened to any of his speeches all the way through, and that I knew very little about the work he did other than the most general, basic sense.
So today’s radio blast is a bunch of stuff culled from my collection of audio that relates to MLK Jr. I have an edited cut-up of his last speech, and a radio broadcast from just after his assassination, as a way of presenting some of what I discovered in actually doing some research of this amazing and incredible man.
I do not have any great epiphanies to share with you, and there is no great revelation at work in this show. It seems very clear that, as he delivered this speech, he knew his days were numbered, but this seems to be the case in most of the time leading up to his assassination. I think the arrangement in this little mini-cast works to reveal why he was considered to be one of the best orators of our day, but also to illuminate much of what his work was about in the most basic and general sense possible.
For those who stay to the end: there’s a little joke to ease the tension of such a serious subject.
I urge all of you to listen to his speechs, read up on this man, and let yourself actually understand the value of this holiday. So much of what happens to us seems so passive, and we let days pass without reflecting on them too often. This time, stop for a moment to consider who this man was, and what effect he had on the world around us.
And: let’s hope you MLK Day was full of the promise and wonder that every new days brings us.
Be seeing you
I’ve Been to the Bemsha Mountaintop
01.) (What Did I Do To Be So) Black & Blue [Excerpt]* Louis Armstrong * Say It Loud: Celebrate Black History Month & Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
02.) “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” [Excerpts] * Martin Luther King Jr. * 3 April 1968
02.) Bemsha Swing * Thelonious Monk * Say It Loud: Celebrate Black History Month & Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
03.) Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated * Bill Kurtis * We Interrupt This Broadcast * 4 April 1968
With politics as it is, artists passing away, and the entertainment world completely flipped on its head, sometimes there is nothing left to do but hop a train with a new friend, and play music well into the night, jamming along with the sound of the clack of the tracks.
Fortunately, A Moment’s Sound — Scott Eave to his just-met friends — is always game for a musical adventure. He’s been playing guitar for ages, exploring sounds in an improvised manner, and searching for ways to connect with other artists, and we immediately clicked when we met.
Strangely, this is the only time we’ve played together, which speaks to the free-and-easy sound that we both enjoy exploring. There’s something about hopping trains with someone where all of the stresses of the everyday world are no longer weighing upon us. Strangely, we approached this one quite differently than when I normally have a guest. We just jumped right into this one. We go live just after the top of the hour, A Moment’s Sound kicks in by the end of the first quarter of an hour, and we go all the way to Midnight. We do sort of stop around 11 to chat for a while, but it fit the mood of where we were going, and I think you’ll enjoy the way this all turns out.
So gather round the Hobo Jungle, and let me and Scott tell you a story about what it really is like to live in the world today… which begs the questions, why aren’t we all Riding The Rails?
Hither & Yon w/ A Moment’s Sound
01.) Hither * A Moment’s Sound & Mini-Mutations * 18 January 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Yon * A Moment’s Sound & Mini-Mutations * 18 January 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s funny how traditions get started. I caught Sadgasm at an Open Mic they showed up at, and they had instantly catchy hooks that not only betrayed the normal fare on this program, but immediately spoke to me. (Their tunes just got stuck in my head.) So we circled a few dates on the calendar, bounced a few ideas around, and 2017’s “New Year’s / New Tears Special” was born.
Well, a year has come and gone, and now were are here at the end of another year, trying and difficult as it has been, with even more questions about our relationships and romantic entanglements, the exact kind of problems that Sadgasm feature in their songs. Sort of like the ones in their new EP – I Don’t Like To Cry – which you can enjoy on Bandcamp or on this program, where we play tracks and they play LIVE! It’s pretty exciting.
On top of all of that, the majority of this show is dedicated to your calls. We do our best to get to the heart of the matter, and make genuine suggestions to help you in your romantic woes. And that is the majority of the show; the entire first hour, and the last 40 minutes or so, are dedicated to helping you in the relationship department, and we hope that it shows. Special thanks to Kylie Burbank, who kept the band hydrated and helped behind the scenes so we could pull off a show with a number of engineering challenges. You are incredible.
This is our last show of the year, and what a year it has been. I don’t have much else to say that I haven’t been for the last year, so I’ll end by saying: thank you. Doing this show means everything to me, and I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to do it every week.
A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special! (2018 Edition) (TBD)
Part I: “Try To Cure Insomnia.”
The Software Are Fighting Again / Introduction & Setup / Where’s Austin?
Caller #1: Anonymous 1. “What are some good techniques to date the members of Sadgasm?”
Caller #2: Austin Antrican. “A lonely kind of sad.”
01.) Surf Rock America * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
Part II: “I Take ’em Crabbing.”
Caller #3: Donald. “Update: Less than a month later, Donald found himself a Honey. What should we do for our 1 Year Anniversary?” KBVR
Caller #4: Anonymous 2. “What if your partner hasn’t ‘taken you crabbing’ after a year and a half?”
Caller #5: Anonymous 3. “What if my cat likes my partner more than me?”
Part III: The Mullet is The Bullet… To Love
Caller #6: Alec. “I cut my hair into a mullet. How can I utilize that to enhance my love life?”
Caller #7: Anonymous 4. “My husband and my roommate’s partner spend a lot of time together. (They host a podcast together, etc.) How do I take all of this in?”
Caller #8: Anonymous 5. “I feel strong emotions toward someone. How do I spark up a conversation?”
Part IV: LIVE
02.) Eating Ash * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
03.) It’s Better With Johnny Around (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
03.) Interview Snippet 1 * Austin & Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Home recorded, a more mature release, mono recording & one mic recording techniques.
04.) XX PainWarrior XX (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Physical spaces in songs, the Sadgasm fun energy, making each other laugh.
Part V: Friend with a Capital F
Caller #9: Maddi. “I’m stuck in a love triangle. One is attractive and mean. One likes me and is nice but is a human red flag. What should I do?”
Caller #10: Anonymous 6. “My love life has run dry. Should I join ChristianMingle.com?”
Caller #11: Hubert. “I asked my partner, ‘Who had the ‘Greatest Hands’ (would win in a fight): Einstein or Da Vinci?’ and we didn’t agree. Now they haven’t responded to my messages in a few days. What should I do?”
Part VI: “I’m Gonna Tell You Something Right Now”
Caller #12: Anonymous 7. “After a year and a half of a relationship, I haven’t said ‘I love you.’ I feel comfortable with this, but my partner wants to take it to the next level. What should I do?”
Join Mid-Valley Mutations as we Channel Surf during our Christmas break. It’s like watching an old Dead Martin holiday special, but you’ve had a bit to drink, so you start channel surfing to see what else is on. I know we did.
Christmas TV Special!
Part I: Santa’s Workshop
01.) Christmas In The Playhouse * Pee-Wee Herman * Pee-Wee’s Playhouse * CBS Television (1988)
02.) Santa’s Workshop * Wilfred Jackson * Silly Symphonies * Walt Disney Productions (1932)
03.) Snow! * Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellen * White Christmas * Paramount Pictures (1954)
04.) Christmas In The Congo * The Marquees * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!!! * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2017)
05.) We’re A Couple of Misfits * Billie Mae Richards & Paul Soles * Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer * NBC Television (1964)
06.) Let’s Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas * Crow, Tom Servo * Joel * Mystery Science Theater 3000 * Best Brains (1991)
Part II: Cool Yule
07.) The Bathing Suit That Grandma Wore * Paul Williams, Jerry Nelson & Marilyn Sokol * Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas * CBC Television (1977)
08.) The 12 Days of Christmas * Bob & Doug McKenzie * The Great White North * Anthem Records (1981)
09.) Cool Yule * Louis Armstrong * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!!! * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2017)
10.) (Isn’t It A Shame That) Christmas Comes But Once A Year * Jimmy Durante * Christmas Is For Children * Lion Records (1958)
11.) Christmas Comes But Once A Year * Dave Fleischer * Color Classics * Fleischer Studios (1936)
Part III: Scrooge
12.) Where Would You Be Without Me? * Bing Crosby, Ron Moody & Twiggy * Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas * CBS Television (1977)
13.) I Hate People * Albert Finney * Scrooge * National General Pictures (1970)
Part IV: Santa Done Got Hip
14.) Tom Peterson’s Christmas Sale 2 * Tom Peterson * Tom Peterson’s Commercials * Tom Peterson’s (1988)
15.) The Night Before Christmas * Wilfred Jackson * Silly Symphonies * Walt Disney Productions (1933)
16.) The Hot Choc-late Soldiers * Walt Disney * Hollywood Party * MGM (1934)
17.) A Surfer’s Christmas List * The Surfaris * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!!! * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2017)
18.) Santa Done Got Hip * The Marquees * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!!! * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2017)
Part V: The Nightmare
19.) Tom Peterson’s Christmas Sale 1 * Tom Peterson * Tom Peterson’s Commercials * Tom Peterson’s (1987)
20.) Christmas Night In Harlem * Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!!! * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2017)
21.) Little Drummer Boy * Grace Jones * Pee-Wee’s Playhouse * CBS Television (1988)
22.) Riverbottom Nightmare Band * The Nightmare (Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Jim Henson, Dave Goelz & Paul Williams) * Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas * CBC Television (1977)
23.) The Gremlin Rag * Jerry Goldsmith * Gremlins * Warner Bros. (1984)
24.) Silent Night * Lustmord * A Mutated Christmas * Illegal Art (2001)
Part VI: What Are You Going To Do With 390 Photographs of Christmas Trees?
25.) Tom Peterson’s Christmas Sale 3 * Tom Peterson * Tom Peterson’s Commercials * Tom Peterson’s (1988)
26.) “What Are You Going To Do With 390 Photographs of Christmas Trees?” by Richard Brautigan * Austin Rich * Seasons Greetings * WTBC Radio (2018)
27.) Good Night, But Not Goodbye * Bea Arthur * The Star Wars Holiday Special * CBS Television (1978)
No home is complete without a full complement of modern appliances that will aid you as you navigate the holiday season. It is likely you’ll have to prepare a number of last-minute meals for 17 guests, or be required to suddenly prepare six dozen batches of cookies for a “required” office party.
That is why we are offering you a new Juice Machine, and just in time for the holiday season. This Juice Machine comes with everything you see here, and includes three different settings: “LIVE,” “INTERVIEW,” and the newest setting, only available on this program: “MUTATED.” One of these settings comes complete with A/V one-way interface, and with an item like this, each lovingly sculpted glitch is as much a part of the appliance as it is THE appliance itself.
You will not want to fill your future mind with thoughts of the holiday season where you turned down this incredibly rare (and essential) kitchen item, and even worse, with new realizations with each successive year that you can only find it on eBay at very costly prices. That is why we are offering this LIVE Juice Machine performance… for free.
“FREE?!” you scream at your device, and yes, the answer is, “Yes.” FREE. But I think you must act now. This Juice Machine is something that only helps you when you have it in your home today, and that is why this incredible deal will, probably, as far as you know, go away… SOON, unless you take advantage of this incredible offer within the hour! (Or the next one… just make it SOON.)
So, to recap: you get the full two-hour show. You get the LIVE Juice Machine Performance. You get an interview with both Roger and Heather, PLUS selections from various recordings that are chopped and screwed in a fashion you cannot find anywhere else! And then, a collaborative Juice Machine product featuring a Mini-Mutations EXCLUSIVE to this free purchase.
It’s the way we like to celebrate the holiday season on the Mid-Valley Mutations Home Shopping Network.
How Much Is That Juice Machine In The Window? (Playlist TBD)
Part I: Soundcheck
01.) Introduction (Live) * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
02.) Recorded in Jan 2018 * Juice Machine * Some Things * Self-Released (2018)
03.) 1 * Hoodie Battle * FU * Hoodie Battle (2018)
Part II: Live Performance
04.) Live * Juice Machine * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
05.) 3 * Chefkirk * Big Disk * Self-Released (2018)
Part III: Interview
06.) Juice Machine Interview 1 * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Two holiday stories, with Vincent Price and a visitor from Outer Space. Plus: Two Hours of Great Music, and a live holiday jam by Mini-Mutations.
HOUR 1: Nineteen Santa Clauses
Part I: Third Eye
01.) Transmission (Parts 1 – 3) * Aume * CQ CQ * Mobilization Records (2018)
02.) Third Eye, Inc. * Nathan Derr * Music From The Film ‘Acide Noire’ * Nathan Derr (2017)
03.) Space Crawl * Brad Anderson * Krackwerk * Brad Anderson (2018)
Part II: Along the Breakwater
04.) Shimmer * Peter Thomas * Switched-On Eugene * Numero Group Records (2018)
05.) Along the Breakwater * Leonard, Skrowaczewski, Zappa * Visions * Metamorphosis Music (2003)
06.) The Best of The Mesozoic * Birdsongs of the Mesozoic * Sonic Geology * Rykodisc (1984)
07.) Excarnation / Chopsticks Fail * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Dreamhouse Prison of The Pastel Mafia * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
Part III: Escape of The Madman
08.) Escape of The Madman * Walls Of Genius * Electronic Cottage Compilation 004 * Electronic Cottage (2018)
09.) Luxurious Foam * Eavil * Les Fleurs Du Mal * No Part of It (2018)
10.) 2 * Juice Machine * Because It’s Invisible * Falt (2018)
HOUR 2: Dog Star
Part IV: Seasons Greetings
11.) Dog Star * Mini-Mutations * 7 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
This show was supposed to be dedicated to a live CHEFKIRK performance, just in time for the holiday. But car problems prevented this from being so.
Instead, I performed a last minute “radio broadcast” from The Lava Lamp Lounge. You can see and hear the results of this here.
Lots of great music, a couple hours of live music, and you get to see how the sausage is made.
The CHEFKIRK Thanksgiving Special
01.) Enviornments Set-Up * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:45:53)
Part I: Ouija Board
02.) Introduction * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:12:31)
03.) Ouija Board * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (0:07:51)
04.) ILB’AL * John M. Bennett * Electronic Cottage Compilation 004 * ElectronicCottage.org (0:01:38)
05.) The Ride * Talvé * Switched-On Eugene * The Numero Group (0:03:14)
06.) Ehecatl * Brad Anderson * Krackwerk * Self-Released (0:04:17)
Part II: No Such Thing As A Party
07.) Segue * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:05:09)
08.) Live * CHEFKIRK * Live At The Eugene Noisefest * 18 August 2018 (0:14:35)
09.) Segue * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:01:52)
10.) Analytic on the Unit Disc * Jocko Homomorphism * A Notational Distinction + Soundcloud Goodies * Self-Released (0:03:02)
11.) No Such Thing As A Party * Ryan A. Ray & The Blue Faces * Ryan A. Ray & The Blue Faces * Self-Released (0:04:12)
12.) It’s A Drab * Thollem / Clouser / Chase * Dub Narcotic Session Vol. II * Personal Archives (0:12:46)
Part III: Live DIVA
13.) Segue * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:05:18)
14.) Live * CHEFKIRK * Live At The DIVA * 29 September 2010 (0:07:35)
Part IV: Jammmmmmmmmmmmmmm
15.) Improvised Jam * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:23:10)
16.) Enviornments Tear-Down * Mini-Mutations * Live * 16 November 2018 (0:32:01)
01.) 1 * Juice Machine * Because It’s Invisible * Falt (2018)
02.) Playing In The Rain * Dead Air Fresheners * Fast Radio Bursts * Personal Archives (2016)
03.) secandarytrauma * r33k * illprepared/underslept * hangedman tape (2018)
04.) Stained Glass Condom * Too Fat To Die * No One’s Ark * Wbgrain Records (2018)
05.) Another Hellacious Angel * Alchemical Burn * ARQ = / = LAX 7″ * Hype Machine / Anarchymoon / Sicksicksick / Ohm Records
06.) Assassination Raga (words by Lawrence Ferlinghetti) * Bren’t Lewis * The Inevitable Typo On Sheila Ostrich’s Tombstone * Butte Country Free Music Socienty (2017)
07.) Gonzo * Instagon * Gonzo 7″ * Love Earth Music (2013)
08.) Other Playgrounds * Peter Kardas * Switched-On Eugene * Numero Group (2018)
09.) Magnetosphere * Brad Anderson * Krackwerk * Self-Released (2018)
10.) The Way We Know Things * Negativland * It’s All In Your Head * Seeland Records (2014)
11.) Performance [Live] * Forrest Friends * 28 October 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
12.) A Seance [Live] * Mini-Mutations * 28 October 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
13.) Ghosts (First Variation) * The Albert Ayler Trio * Spiritual Unity * ESP Records (1964)
14.) Professional Dr. * Doug Haire * Myrtle Beach Professional Park * Vibration Art Disc (2007)
Tune in for a live Mini-Mutations performance on KPSU’s Live Friday.
There are three performances, and an interview mixed in. The sound is a little distorted here and there, and there may be a better recording floating around. But until then, you can enjoy the full show.