As we continue our tour through the media of the past, we flash-back to this often overlooked moment from the past, when Mini-Mutations was asked to be the musical guest for the Artificial Intelligence Conference, 1984. Listen, as words spoken 40 years ago sound eerily relevant, here and now.
Art-I Con ’84!
Live Performances by Mini-Mutations on 16 February and 17 February, with excerpt from a mysterious cassette, “Artificial-Intelligence Technologies.”
(Here’s a Valentine’s Day Retrocast. Happy Holidays.)
We have to deal with it every day: the capitalist backbone of our culture. It infiltrates nearly every aspect of our lives, and is the focus of some much energy in this world that it is on par with an addiction for some. We spend our days and nights toiling in jobs just to acquire a small amount of it, and spend the rest of the time pouring it into everything that matters: family, relationships, hobbies, and most strangely, survival. We are so concerned with it as a culture that it has become one of the ultimate rock and roll cliches: Gimme Some Money.
For this show, I decided to present all media about money. Rich, poor, new and old, everything in this show centers around cash in one form or another. At first I was initially concerned with taking on this theme, as I wasn’t quite sure if I could fill up a whole show. However, when all was said and done, I had to cut quite a few tracks, and found myself considering how I can probably stretch this out to a multi-part epic. While this might be all I can handle for the time being, it was good to know that this will be an inexhaustible well for ideas.
This show has a couple of firsts working for it. This was the first show that fully utilized the new, two-hour format that will be the usual presentation for Blasphuphmus Radio from here on out. While the show has been “officially” two hours for a number of weeks now, I have been out of town for most of that time, and when I was in town, had to catch up on shows I had fallen behind on. (Hence, the five hour radio event last week, with three new shows in a row.) With all the confusion and weirdness out of the way, this was the first time I could sit down and do a two-hour show that wasn’t an exception. It was just like old times, and while I won’t be using all two hours every week (I will occasionally fill that time with retrocasts), it is fun to have that time available for my use.
It is also one of the first shows that I fully utilized the new equipment that was installed at KPSU. While many DJs are very particular about what they can and can’t use on the air, I have found myself really enjoying the new digital toys that are available to make my show with. While I will never give up using turntables, or even cassettes, it is cool to have computers, iPods, and high-tech CD players at my disposal, too. This show has brought together a number of media sources, all on the fly, to present a pretty awesome show, and I was happy to see what the new equipment can do. Hopefully this will start to make my show even better, as time goes one.
But mostly, I was happy to fit Ray Charles and The Android Sisters into the same radio show. Hell yeah.
Love Can’t Buy You Money
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Selections From “A Fistful of Dollars” [Excerpt I] * Thinking Fellers Loclal 282 * Porcelain Entertainments * Normal Records
02.) Money Money * Avengers * Avengers * CD Presents Records
03.) Big Money * Big Black * Atomizer * Homestead Records
04.) Way of The Money * Gouka * Chaos of Destruction * Dan Doh Records
05.) Money * Terrible Headache * Dewa Comp Tape * Dewa Records
06.) Greed, Money, Useless Children * Jay Retard * Blood Visions * In The Red Records
07.) Big Money * Village Pistols * Killed By Death #7 * Red Rum Records
08.) Big Money * Aunt Helen * Killed By Death #18 * Red Rum Records
09.) Money * Dead Person * Order of The Kite Vol. #2 * ???? (Cholera Records)
10.) Money Orgy * Ennio Morricone * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Diabolik” * Pallottola Foro Records
11.) Love Can’t Buy You Money * Motörhead * Overnight Sensation * Steamhammer Records
12.) Money Makes The More Go * Conga Fury * Terror-Rhythm Vol. 3 * Terror-Rhythm Records
13.) Cashing In * Minor Threat * Complete Discography * Discord Records
14.) Five Dollars An Hour * Born Against * The Rebel Sound Of Shit And Failure * Vermiform Records
15.) I Spent The Rent * The Queers * A Day Late And A Dollar Short * Lookout! Reocrds
16.) Kill The Rich * Anti-Flag * Kill Kill Kill!!! Kill Kill Kill!!! EP * Ripe Records
17.) “Gimme The Cash” * Bruce Willis & Matthieu Kassovitz * The Fifth Element * Columbia Pictures
18.) I Hate The Rich * The Dils * “I Hate The Rich” b/w “You’re Not Blank” * What? Records
19.) Selections From “A Fistful of Dollars” [Excerpt II] * Thinking Fellers Loclal 282 * Porcelain Entertainments * Normal Records
20.) Rich Man’s Dream * Neoboys * History of Portland Punk Vol. 1 * Zeno Records
21.) Rich Bastards ($5 Show) * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife! * Self-Released
22.) “Where’s The Money Lebowski?” * Jeff Bridges & Mark Pellegrino * The Big Lebowski * Working Title Films
23.) Money * The Causey Way * Causey vs. Everything * Alternative Tentacles
24.) Government Money * Bonemen of Barumba * Homework #9 * Hyped To Death Records
25.) Money Money Money * 9th Life * 9th Life * Self-Released
26.) Money Is All I Need * The Kids * The Kids * Philips Records
27.) The Money Programme * Monty Python * Episode 29 * BBC Television
28.) Money Orgy * Ennio Morricone * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Diabolik” * Pallottola Foro Records
29.) Money Rocks * The Scruffs * Angst: The Early Recordings 1974 – 1976 * Dominic Sciscente Records
30.) Stripping For Cash * Half Japanese * Greatest Hits * Safe House Records
31.) Dollar Signs In Her Eyes * The Dead Milkmen * Metaphysical Graffiti * Restless Records
32.) Feisty Millionaire Fills Potholes With Hundred-Dollar Bills * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True * Matador Records
33.) If I Were A Rich Man * Chaim Topol * Fiddler On The Roof * United Artists
34.) Selections From “A Fistful of Dollars” [Excerpt III] * Thinking Fellers Loclal 282 * Porcelain Entertainments * Normal Records
35.) For The Love Of Money [Remix] * The O’Jays * The Funk Box * Hip-O Records
36.) How To Become Rich Immediately * Loren Howe * The Real Story of Money, Health, and Religion * YouTube.com
37.) Money Honey * Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters * Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: 1947-1974 * Atlantic Records
38.) Money In My Pockets * The Mills Brothers * Chronological Vol. 2 (1932 – 1934) * JSP Records
39.) It’s Only Money * Groucho Marx & Frank Sinatra * Double Dynamite * RKO Radio Pictures
40.) I’ve Got Money * James Brown * Roots Of A Revolution * Polydor Records
41.) Money * Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings * I Learned the Hard Way * Daptone Records
42.) Greenbacks * Ray Charles * Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection * Rhino / Wea Records
43.) “Your Money Or Your Life?” * Jack Benny * The Stolen Oscar (28 March, 1948) * CBS Radio
44.) Get Rich Quick * Little Richard * The Formative Years 1951-1953 * Bear Family Records
45.) Money Orgy * Ennio Morricone * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Diabolik” * Pallottola Foro Records
46.) Alienation’s For The Rich * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants * Restless / Bar/None Records
47.) Treasury Wizards * The Android Sisters * Ruby 1: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe * ZBS Records
The only tradition we really have on this show is very simple: we invite the gentlemen of Sadgasm over to offer relationship advice. It’s a fun tradition that has led to some excellent outcomes, and with that in mind, we offer a down-home version of that same idea, Live from the Lava Lamp Lounge.
We offer an advance peek at two tracks from the upcoming Ramen 2.0 (out in February), and we talk about what the band has been up to. Then, we answer questions, and do our best to avoid turning the show into a Star Wars podcast.
A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special!
Featuring two songs from Ramen 2.0, not yet available to fans!
What? It’s already the 10th? Holy crap! I’m so far behind on my shopping, and there’s still decorating to do. I don’t think the travel plans are final yet, either. Damn. Do we have the Holiday Playlist ready? Ahhhhhhh! How are we gonna finish everything in time?
Fortunately, we have a couple hours at our disposal to focus on getting ready, and today’s show is all about preparing for the holidays: getting the house ready, preparing that meal, making wreathes, and all the other things that we need to get ready for an excellent holiday season. There’s a few live mash-up mixes, a long traditional DJ set, and all sorts of Holiday Goodies that I can’t wait for you to hear!
Our next MVM is on Christmas Eve, and I’m not quite sure what we’re doing yet. I may read some holiday ghost stories… who knows?
Regardless, I’m quite proud of this one I hope you like it, too.
‘Tis The Season To Be Merry
(Contains Excerpts from a variety of Martha Stewart Holiday Specials.)
Part I: Lunch
01. ) Sweat * Airport * Sweat/Pleasure * Motor Records (2013)
02.) Mars * Holst * The Planets, Op. 32 * London Records (1997)
03. ) 01 – 02 Mash-Up * Austin Rich * 10 December 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
04.) Lunch (Live at The ProjektHaus, Pittsburgh, PA, 31 May 1997) * Operation Re-Information * Variable Dump * M-Pire Recordings (1998)
08.) Side A Excerpts (Structures In Stasis / Fluidity / Subtle Sleep / Escape) * Hobo Cubes * Apex Ideals * Debacles Records (2013)
09.) The Celestial Din * Garek Jon Druss * The Celestial Din * Debacles Records (2013)
10.) Fractured Light * Hypnogogue * Adrift * Self-Released (2018)
11.) 08 – 10 Mash-Up * Austin Rich * 10 December 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part IV: Beautiful Feeling
12.) “wreathe” (Side A) * Formaldehydra * “wreathe” * Gorbie Lathe Cuts (2019)
13.) People * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Refreshing Hemorrhage * Butte County Free Music Society (2011)
14.) Gonzo * Instagon * Gonzo 7” * Love Earth Music (2013)
15.) Santa & The Satellite Part 1 * The Original Flying Saucers * Watergrate Superfly Meets Shaft Convention ’72 * IX Chains Records (1973)
16.) No Place in Space * The Scanners * The Scanners * Self-Released (2018)
17.) Action Woman * The Litter * Pebbles Volume One * BFD Records (1979)
18.) Beautiful Feeling * Rich Kids On LSD * The Best of… * Mystic Records (1989)
19.) Hostage * BadXMouth * PCC Grindviolence: The Early Years / BXM Self-Titled * Gorbie Lathe Cuts (2019)
Part V: The Party
20.) I Luv U… Nicorns * godheadSilo * The Scientific Supercake L.P. * Kill Rock Stars Records (1994)
21.) Phoenix * Green Milk From The Planet Orange * Third * Inferior Records (2019)
22.) The Party * John S. Hall & Kramer * “Real Men” * Shimmy Disc Records (1991)
Part VI: Hark! Satanic Santas Sing!
23.) Hark! Satanic Santas Sing! * Babushka, Little Fyodor & The Inactivists * Babushka’s Naughty XXXmas! * Self-Released (2005)
24.) “wreathe” (Side B) * Formaldehydra * “wreathe” * Gorbie Lathe Cuts (2019)
25.) Santa & The Satellite Part 2 * The Original Flying Saucers * Watergrate Superfly Meets Shaft Convention ’72 * IX Chains Records (1973)
It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and of course, I’m busy and hell, trying to get everything ready for the next few months. There’s tons going on, and we always feel like we’re behind. Are we ready for all of this? I hope so.
To that end: I break in the new home-studio, and play a bunch of new ./ old stuff that has been on my mind. There’s a drone mash-up, a noise mash-up, and an old-fashioned DJ set, plus all sorts of Mini-Mutations, too. It’s a fun show, and I hope you enjoy it too.
Don’t let the family get to you too much. Enjoy this podcast for a spell, and get your mind off the holiday season.
Preparing For The Holidays
(Tonight’s program features samples from the films, “How To Be Well Groomed,” from 1949 and, “Control Your Emotions,” from 1950.)
Part I: Run, Turkey, Run!
01. ) Stand Up Lazarus * Bruce Haack * Farad: The Electric Voice * Stone’s Throw (2010)
02.) Side A * LA Lungs * Rrest * Debacle Recors (2014)
03.) Last Instar * Brown * Leipodtera * Anarchy Moon Records (2010)
04.) Ectoplasm * Sir Richard Bishop * Gravitron Polarity Generator * Social Music Record And Tape Club of Portland, OR (2010)
05.) Who Is Tyler Durden? * The Dust Brothers * Fight Club: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Restless Records (1994)
06.) Five Turkeys * Kay Lande & Wade Denning * Fun In The Fall * Golden Records (1969)
Part II: Normal Man
07.) Hallo Gallo * Neu! * Neu! * Grönland Records (1972)
08.) Recorded Syntax * June of 44 * Anahata * Quarterstick Records (1999)
09.) Relics * False Figure * False Figure EP * Last Hour / Near Dark Records (2018)
10.) Atmosphere * Puppies * Mechanical Beat b/w Atmosphere 7″ * Stiff Records (1981)
11.) Normal Man * Men’s Recovery Project * Normal Man EP * Gravity Records (1995)
12.) Paranoimia * The Art of Noise w/ Max Headroom * Paranoimia b/w Why Me? 7″ * Chrysalis Records (1986)
Part III: Food
13.) Buffalo Hump * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable * Guyve Records (2012)
14.) The Dust Blows Forward ‘n The Dust Blows Back… * Walls of Genius * Crazed To The Core * Walls of Genius (1984)
15.) Standing Above The Copulated * Blood of Chhinnamastika * Unholy Visions of The Divine * The Pet Goat (2019)
16.) As The Legions March Along The Wide Easy Path I Try For and Yearn For The Light * Parousia * Parousia * Parousia (2019)
17.) Mic That She On The Fla * Petit Sac * Petit Sac / Wastelands Split * Sweat Band / Rah-Rah Records (2015)
18.) Food * Nicole Panter * The Story Lady * Kill Rock Stars (1996)
19.) Hatchling (Leg Birth In Bright Yellow And Green) * Endometrium Cuntplow * With Feathers Made From Flesh, She Floated Away Gently * Blistered Mind (2019)
Part IV: Ramblin’
20.) Ramblin’ * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records (1970)
21.) The Calamityville Horror * The Ether Creeps * The Ether Creeps / Petit Sac Split Tape * Sweat Band Records (2018)
22.) Thanksgiving Song * Kay Lande & Wade Denning * Fun In The Fall * Golden Records (1969)
As the season (and my own life) changes, so does Mid-Valley Mutations. It is with this program that we announce a new direction, new ideas, and a new future, while simultaneously, beginning our journey through a dark period in our annual cycle: when rain, clouds, and short days dominate our every moment.
First, the changes: Mid-Valley Mutations will now take on the form of a podcast-only show. We are leaving KMUZ on good terms; in fact, a new show hosted by me will launch on KMUZ soon. But this show is becoming different, finding a new voice, and featuring different kinds of content that need more production and looser rules than I have at KMUZ, and for the time being, the world of podcasting fits the show much better. The Lava Lamp Lounge now has a whole slew of new gear, and will be re-builidng over the winter. We hope to offer you the same show you’ve always enjoyed, but in a new home that fits us much, much better.
We are moving the show to Tuesdays as a result of the change, and we are launching Season 2 of WTBC Radio, where a lot of the live and interview content that wound up on this show will now live. These programs will alternate, every other week, with a few exceptions throughout the year, giving me a chance to breath a little, and return to work that I miss and really love. So, please, re-subscribe to WTBC, and watch for new shows there, soon.
I should mention that, while I have your attention, that if you want to make a donation to help out Heather of Juice Machine, here is the link. Juice Machine are dear friends of the show, and really could use your help. Please, donate as much as you can. Thank you.
For now, here’s a show about wallowing in the desolation that is around us, here on this planet. It would be great if travelers from a distant star could come and save us, as the rats swarm and try to destroy what is left of our world. But sadly, that is just a dream, right?
This one has a live Mini-Mutations jam at the end, so please, stay tuned for that.
Are you ready to enter the Land of The Lost?
The Land of The Lost
(Tonight’s program features samples from the story, “North of Polaris,” from the Escape radio program. It originally aired on 17 May, 1953.
Part I: The Impossible Mission
01. ) The Impossible Mission * Alien Sex Fiend * Here Cum Germs * Passport Records (1987)
02.) Mad Monster Party (Instrumental) * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Retrograde Records (1998)
03.) Land of The Lost * The Wipers * Land of The Lost * Restless Records (1986)
04.) Ides * Codine * The White Birch * Sub Pop (1994)
05.) Abstraktions * Unwound * New Plastic Ideas * Kill Rock Stars (1994)
Part II: The Old Man
05.) Old Man * Cold Pizza * Cold Pizza * Cold Pizza (2006)
06.) Some Blockheads * Dylan Houser * Diamond Dust * Dylan Houser (2018)
Part III: The Hymnal
07.) Hard-Boil * Juice Machine * Chris Reierson / Juice Machine Split Cassette * Self-Released (2019)
08.) Side A * Cloaca Sisters * Cloaca Sisters * Sweat Band Records *
09.) Hymnal * Black Artiodactyls * A Bird In The Hand * Obfusated Records (2019)
Part IV: The Devestation
10.) Land of The Lost * Mini-Mutations * 15 November 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: The Aftermath
11.) Gay Republican * Major Hex * Major Hex * Self-Released (2018)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
We can no longer deny it: the year is coming to an end. It’s true, there’s not much we can do, and because of that, we’re diving headlong into The End of All Things.
It’s a Phillip Bradbury, Raymond K Dick mash-up as we explore the possibilities that the future – and our inevitable end – has in store for us. But what it is and end for, exactly, is something only time will be able to tell.
Old time radio, new and old records, and a live jam by Mini-Mutations. It’s everything you could ask for, and more.
The End of All Things
This episode contains excerpts from the broadcasts “The Defenders” (X MInus 1 NBC Radio 22 May 1956) and “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury” (Malcolm Clarke, BBC Radio 4 11 May 1977) .
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Ma Meilluere * Minimal Monuments * Live At The Kenton Club * Previously Unreleased (2018)
03.) Ringer * Moth Hunter * Dust * Self-Released (2006)
04.) Improv One * ALTO! * Tour Cassette * Self-Released (2013)
05.) twilightmovingmeditation * Elizabeth Joan Kelly * Music For The DMV * Self Released (2018)
06.) Feel It, Steal It * People Like Us * The Mirror * Self-Released (2018)
07.) arch carrier * Autechre * LP5 * Warp Records (1998)
08.) Superman * Dr. Mix & The Remix * Wall of Noise * Acute Records (2004)
09.) Shitfaced Reynolds * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable * Self-Released (2012)
07.) The End of All Things [Live] * Mini-Mutations
The centerpiece of hour one is something from a new discovery I’m enjoying, the “Environments” LPs, which was very much the inspiration for this show. The recording of the Be-In from 1969 is not only a wonderful time-capsule of a different era, but it paints a wonderful picture through sound of an era that feels so long ago. This recording gives it weight and presence that is worth hearing all the way through.
In hour two, Mini-Mutations takes over, to deliver an hour of field recordings that are mixed and remixed to create a continuous hour or sounds.
And, of course, the podcast version has almost 25 minutes of bonus material. So you know you wanna check that out.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Sonarchy (Live 17 March 2007) * Seattle Phonographers Union *Seattle Phonographers Union * and/OAR / Mimeomeme Records (2009)
03.) [track 1] * Hal McGee * Halzine #11 * Self-Released
04.) Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience 6 April 1969) [Part 1] * Irv Teibel * Enviornments 3 * Atlantic Records (1971)
05.) Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience 6 April 1969) [Part 2] * Irv Teibel * Enviornments 3 * Atlantic Records (1971)
06.) Azalea Woods Office Complex * Doug Haire * Myrtle Beach Professional Park * Self-Released (2009)
The release of People Like Us‘ new album The Mirrorgot me thinking about reflections, and what the do and do not say about us and our state of mind. As I begin to prepare for an incredible voyage to make new friends and travel far, I am compelled to take a similar trip through music and sound, hoping to stumble upon something that works.
In hour one, I continue to mine the joy that comes from new music that I have come across recently. This is a great mix, with a lot of cool stuff that I do not announce during the show, so please, read the notes below.
Then, in hour two, Mini-Mutations sort of busts open the idea of reflection with an hour-long jam on the subject itself. Samples (manipulated with a MicroGranny & a pair of Numark CDJs), bass, and a delay pedal.
And you were there!
The Unbearable Reflections by CBS Radio Mystery Theater (15 August 1975) and The Man In The Mirror by The Macabre (27 November 1961).
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Flake * Inspector 22 * Friendship Cemetery Revisited (1997 – 2003) * Therapy Tapes (2014)
03.) Most Big * Chefkirk * Big Disc * Self-Released
04.) We Bask In The Radiance of Dear Leader’s Omnipotent Excellence * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
05.) Ego Death * The Viper * Art For Pain’s Sake * Self-Released (2016)
06.) Polydactyly * The Conduits * Descending Order * Chair Chair Tapes (2016)
07.) Not Who I Was * Lawrence Crane * Craniostomy 1981 – 1987 Vol One * Butte County Free Music Society (2016)
08.) False Memories * Jen Sandwich * Electronic Cottage 004 * ElectronicCottage.org (2018)
09.) I Don’t Believe In Color * Idler Arms * Kubelik Unbugged * Self-Released (2012)
10.) [track 3] * Hal McGee * Halzine #11 * Self-Released (2018)
11.) Do You See What I Hear * People Like Us * The Mirror * Self-Released (2018)
Sometimes, radio can seem different when you’ve vanished. Hopefully, this is a good way of meeting everyone much more directly – with live mixing and a performance – to cause the notion that I’ve vanished to disappear.
Hour one is all jams I’ve been into lately. Hour two is a mix of samples (manipulated with a MicroGranny & a pair of Numark CDJs), bass, a delay pedal.
As we continue our journey though Beatles tunes, it’s time to dust off our series Midnight Melodies For Nina, a chance to celebrate the music that she loved so much, and a live that was cut far too short.
Selections for this episode were made by Marti & Brandy, who loved her so, with some input by me. There are duplicates and flubs, and the records are scratchy and skip occasionally. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is from the personal vinyl collection of the Little Dork, and these selections are not done to be complete or overly indexed, but instead come from the heart.
We miss you Nina. I love you, so much.
Midnight Melodies For Nina Part II: The Beat Goes On
Part I: Baby’s In Black
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Chains * The Beatles * Introducing The Beatles * Vee Jay Records (1963)
03.) All I Gotta Do * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
04.) Money * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
05.) Matchbox * The Beatles * Something New * Capital Records (1964)
06.) I Should Have Known Better * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
07.) Baby’s In Black * The Beatles * Beatles ‘65 * Capital Records (1964)
Part II: Getting Better
08.) Dizzy Miss Lizzy * The Beatles * IV * Capital Records (1965)
09.) The Night Before * The Beatles * Help! * Capital Records (1965)
10.) I’ve Just Seen A Face * The Beatles * Rubber Soul * Capital Records (1965)
11.) Taxman * The Beatles * Revolver * Capital Records (1966)
12.) Getting Better * The Beatles * Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band * Capital Records (1967)
13.) I Am The Walrus * The Beatles * Magical Mystery Tour * Capital Records (1967)
14.) Honey Pie * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
15.) Savoy Truffle * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
Part III: Yesterday
16.) Hey Bulldog * The Beatles * Yellow Submarine * Capital Records (1969)
17.) Oh, Darling! * The Beatles * Abby Road * Apple Records (1969)
18.) Don’t Let Me Down * The Beatles * Hey Jude * Apple Records (1969)
19.) I’ve Got A Feeling * The Beatles * Let It Be * Apple Records (1970)
20.) When I’m 64 * The Beatles * Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band * Capital Records (1967)
21.) Yesterday * The Beatles * 20 Greatest Hits * Capital Records (1982)
Part IV: There’s A Places
22.) Little Queenie (Live) * The Beatles * Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany, 1962 * Lingasong Records (1977)
23.) It Won’t Be Long * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
24.) Love Me Do * The Beatles * 20 Greatest Hits * Capital Records (1982)
25.) There’s A Place * The Beatles * Introducing The Beatles * Vee Jay Records (1963)
26.) Roll Over Beethoven * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
27.) Can’t Buy Me Love * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
28.) Tell Me Why * The Beatles * Something New * Capital Records (1964)
Part V: Because
29.) Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) * The Beatles * Rubber Soul * Capital Records (1965)
30.) She Said She Said * The Beatles * Revolver * Capital Records (1966)
31.) With A Little Help From My Friends * The Beatles * Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band * Capital Records (1967)
32.) Blue Jay Way * The Beatles * Magical Mystery Tour * Capital Records (1967)
33.) Rocky Raccoon * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
34.) All Together Now * The Beatles * Yellow Submarine * Capital Records (1969)
35.) Because * The Beatles * Abby Road * Apple Records (1969)
Part VI: In My Life
36.) Be-Bop-A-Lula (Live) * The Beatles * Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany, 1962 * Lingasong Records (1977)
37.) Hold Me Tight * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
38.) Money (That’s What I Want) * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
39.) I’ll Cry Instead * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
40.) Any Time At All * The Beatles * Something New * Capital Records (1964)
41.) While My Guitar Gently Weeps * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
42.) In My Life * The Beatles * Rubber Soul * Capital Records (1965)
Started in 2005 by Don Haugen, the Eugene Noise Fest has been the place where the local experimental artists can get together and show off their stuff. In some ways modeled after the NorCal NoiseFest in Sacramento, the Eugene Noise Fest has made an effort to feature artists of every kind, sonically and culturally, keeping the event all ages, and out of bars. This year, it is being held at The WOW Hall for the first time ever, bringing this event to a bigger audience, and featuring an incredible line-up of amazing artists.
For more information about the show, I recommend checking out:
In this show, I feature a number of performances by artists that will be playing at this show tomorrow, and in the second hour, stick around for a conversation with Don Haugen, as he calls in via Skype, to tells us about the event history, what to expect, and a little about the incredible artists, too.
And, if you like what you hear, meet us at The WOW Hall tomorrow. I’m actually playing as part of the line-up, too.
History Lesson, started in 2005, on-again-off-again status, the venue dance, wanting it All Ages and not at a bar, The WOW Hall & Joshua Finch, The Line Up and assembling the groups, the age range and the sonic pallet, Eugene is an “older” scene with a lot of outsiders, putting the experiment in experimental music, and the benefits of limitations of DIY.
07.) FOUR FEET [Excerpt] * Deadly Discs * Bury Me Deep, For I Am Cursed * Self-Released (2017)
08.) Sangre-Katadesmos-No! (Live rehearsal) [Excerpt] * Sleeping With The Earth * Sangre * Self-Released (2008)
09.) Phalanx * Acre * New EP * Self-Released (2004)
Part V: Don & John
10.) Live Performance * Don Haugen & Klowd * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Part VI: Depleted Your Live-ium
11.) Tarnish * Entresol * Tender Need(s) Tour Split * Self-Released (2018)
12.) Live Performance * Depleted Your Cranium * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
It’s time for a vacation. A little get-away. You know? Everything is weird lately, and we just need a break from our lives, our jobs, and our everything.
It’s time to get out of town. And get Lost In Space.
Pack up the spaceship. Let’s ride.
Lost In Space
Part I: Spaceman
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Performance [Tracks 1 – 5] * Joy Wants Eternity * Live 7 April 2007
03.) Interstellar Overdrive * Pink Floyd * Piper At The Gates Of Dawn * Tower / Capital Records
04.) Spaceman * Harry Nilsson * Son of Schmilsso * RCA Records
05.) Mayonnaise vs. Venn * Rocketman * Demo CD * Unreleased
Part II: Rocketship
06.) Space Odyssey * 101 Strings Orchestra * Astro Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 * Scamp Records
07.) Galaxie 500 * Leave The Planet * On Fire * Rough Trade Records
08.) Rocket Machine * Opal * Happy Nightmare Baby * SST Records
09.) Rocket 88 * Jackie Brenston
10.) Rocketship * Dead Milkmen * Bucky Felini
11.) I’m This Rocket * The Gun Club
12.) Music To Watch Space Girls By * Leonard Nimoy
Part III: Time Flies By
13.) Spacecraft, 1967 [Excerpt] * MEV
14.) A Glorious Dawn * Carl Sagan ft Stephen Hawking
15.) Interplanet Janet * Man… Or Astro-Man? * School House Rock! Rocks
16.) Vixens In Space * The Dirtbombs
17.) Between Planets * The Jesus And Mary Chain
Part IV: Cosmic Serenade
18.) Space Monkeys * The Dust Brothers * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Fight Club”
19.) Cosmic Serenade * King Khan And The Shrines * What Is?!
20.) Silver Rocket * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation
21.) Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons * The Pixies * Trompe Le Monde * 4AD Records
22.) Planet * Ken Nordine
23.) Space Junk * Devo
24.) Interstellar Overdrive / Ming’s Theme * C Average
Part V: Voices In My Spacesuit
25.) Space II * The Butthole Surfers
26.) Lost In Space * Faction * Collection 1982 – 1985
27.) Voices In My Spacesuit * Last of the Juanitas * Hawaii
28.) Rocket To Nowhere * Webb Wilder
29.) Interstellar Hardrive * Man… Or Astro-Man?
30.) Spacelab * Kraftwerk
Part VI: Space Lonliness
31.) Space Prophet Dogon * Sun City Girls
32.) Space Lonliness * Sun Ra
33.) Starless * Jandek * Interstellar Discussion * Corwood Industries Records
34.) Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun * Pink Floyd
35.) Space Suit * They Might Be Giants
In the ’50’s, amid the din and clatter that was dramatic theater on the radio, the show that blew almost all the others away was undoubtedly X Minus One. They had an amazing crew of writers who went on to do a number of outstanding things, among them Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and Frederik Pohl, just to name a few. It was the kind of show that could not be missed, and is a big influence on my entire aesthetic.
As part of our Traveling Through Time series, we present A Gun For Dinosaur, written by L. Sprague de Camp, originally bro
adcast on NBC on 7 March 1956. I’m proud of this audio essay. I like to think we attempt to deliver a new interpretation of those fantastic radio stories. With music.
Time Travel has always been my favorite Sci-Fi subject, and I’ve toyed with the subject myself on this very program a few times before. But it is not always a subject that easily translates to music. For some reason, there are just not that many songs about the Grandfather Paradox. Abstractly at times, yes. But you know how it goes.
I want to give a special shout out to kiisu d’salyss, who performed much of the backing music that is throughout this episode. kiisu and I have been friends for years, and he’s appeared on this show in a few of the different bands that he’s been in, and as a solo artist. For the music in this particular episode, the music was performed on a Kitara, a computer / keytar / guitar hybrid, manufactured by Misa Digital. If you hear something that sounds spacey in this show, it’s him. The other stuff is by Mortal Engines.
Gun For Dinosaur
This episode features samples of “Gun For Dinosaur,” written by L. Sprague de Camp, originally broadcast on NBC on 7 March 1956.
Part I: Let’s Go Back In Time
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Terremoto * Amao Quartet * Improcreations
03.) Vanishing of Time * The Vivian Girls * Share The Joy
04.) Live Performance * Mortal Engines * Blasphuphmus Radio * 11 April 2009
05.) Have Another Drink * MX-80 * Alway’s Leave ‘Em Wanting Less * Atavistic Records
06.) Is Time Travel Possible? * Michio Kaku * YouTube.com
07.) Kitara Composition (Live) * kissu d’salyss * March 2012
08.) Time * The Heartaches * Too Cool For School
Part II: Slide Machine
09.) Tell ‘Em * Sleigh Bells * Treats
10.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt I] * Lost University * YouTube.com
11.) Kitara Composition 2 (Live) * kissu d’salyss * March 2012
12.) Slide Machine * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere
13.) Headhunter * Thee Headhunters * Jungle Law EP
14.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt II] * Lost University * YouTube.com
15.) Kitara Composition 3 (Live) * kissu d’salyss * March 2012
16.) Complication * The Monks * Black Monk Time
17.) The Small Stuff * The Dismemberment Plan * !
18.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt III] * Lost University * YouTube.com
19.) Kitara Composition 4 (Live) * kissu d’salyss * March 2012
20.) Time Has Come Today * The Ramones * Subterranean Jungle
Part III: Time Flies By
21.) Open Up Your Door * Richard & The Young Lions
22.) The Conversation We’re Having Right Now * Hurley & Miles * Lost * ABC Television
23.) Kitara Composition 5 (Live) * kissu d’salyss * March 2012
24.) Time Flies By * Quasi * Early Recordings * Touch & Go 1996
25.) “My name is Peabody.” * Mr. Peabody * Jay Ward
26.) Time (Live) * Clifford Brown & Max Roach * At Basin Street * Verve 1956
27.) Raw Meat * The Black Lips * Arabia Mountain
Part IV: Time Theory
28.) How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? * Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings * Naturally
29.) Time Theory 11:11 * Miss Murgatroid * Through Alien Empires * Japan Overseas 1995
30.) “Don’t touch it!” * Time Bandits * HandMade Films / Janus Films 1981
31.) Where Did He Go? * The Briefs * Hit After Hit
Part V: Dinosaur Rock
32.) I Don’t See You * Camper Van Beethoven * Telephone Free Landslide Victory
33.) Dinosaur Rock * Narthex * Duo-Phonic Sounds System: 1980 – 1983
34.) Bad News * The Trashmen * Tube City! The Best of The Trashmen
35.) All Tied Up * The Shakers * Teenline Vol. 3
36.) Paid In Cigarettes * Hot Snakes * Suicide Invoice
Part VI: Tell Me When It’s Over
37.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt IV] * Lost University * YouTube.com
38.) Kitara Composition 5 (Live) * kissu d’salyss * March 2012
39.) Slow Down Time [Excerpt] * Sky Cries Mary * This Timeless Turning * World Domination Music Group 1994
40.) Prevenge * The Might Be Giants * The Spine
41.) Tell Me When It’s Over * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine & Roses
42.) No Doubt About It * The Wipers * Follow Blind
Here’s an audio essay centering around two selections from The Strange Doctor Weird, a radio program from the 1940’s featuring the voice of Maurice Tarplin as the titular character, written by Robert A. Arthur and directed by Jock McGregor. The program is, in many ways, a sequel to The Mysterious Traveler, a program from which many of the Doctor Weird stories were culled from. These versions, told in 15 minute segments, appeared on a number of stations as material that could easily fill out an hour or programming, and was most well known as being sponsored by Adam Hats, who could afford their own radio program in those days.
Accompanying these stories is a live performance by me, as I mix and apply effects to sounds made in the studio, as well as the sounds of recorded music by The Black Noise Orchestra and Yellow Crystal Star.
The recent thunder and lightning – very atypical this time of year – has filled our town with lights and sounds that are not usually part of the typical makeup of our fair city. In many ways it reminded me of nothing less that The New Gods themselves traversing the threshold of a Boom Tube, a sound so dramatic that is insists that you listen, above all other things. It was with that in mind that I decided to let The King by my guide, and put together some spacey wonder, ambient landscapes, and droning rock music that would make the man himself proud.
I didn’t get to mention it during the show, but I always like to draw attention to Sailboats whenever I can. Little known, and even less seen, they manage to capture some of the eeriest and most beautiful strangeness every time I listen. They are on the Pecho Grande label, and while their site says that much of their catalog is out of print, I bet if you asked nicely you could locate a copy or two. I highly recommend checking out Sailboats, as well as the other incredible things they have to offer.
During this show, Miss Rikki & Tunacan Jones was lurking around in the studio, and they helped influence the direction of this audio essay, obviously. But between Mr. Tarplin & Kirby guiding the way, it’ll be hard to resist this broadcast.
The Strange Dr. Weird
This episode features samples of “Journey Into The Unknown” and “The Man Who Knew Everything” by The Strange Doctor Weird!, originally aired on 21 November 1944 and 20 March 1945.
Part I: Improvisation
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Excerpt * The Black Noise Orchestra * 20 September 2006
03.) Yeti (Improvisation) * Amon Düül II * Yeti
Part II: Journey Into The Unknown 1
04.) Excerpt 1 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
05.) Journey Into The Unknown [pt 1] * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
06.) Nine Thousand And Second Amaranth Shower [Excerpt] * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You
Part III: Journey Into The Unknown 1
07.) Journey Into The Unknown [pt 2] * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
08.) Excerpt 2 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
Part IV: Trigger In
09.) Excerpt 3 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
10.) Trigger In, Trigger Out * Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno * Just Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno
14.) Excerpt 5 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
15.) The Man Who Knew Everything * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
16.) Up Under: Triumph, The Mask Melted Away To Reveal The Way * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You
This is probably my favorite Sci-Fi story from the Golden Age, and this story always manages to bring a tear to my eye. It is heartfelt, funny, honest, and speaks to something that we all suffer from, and that we all must face. There is something in the struggle of Rhysling that is not only romantic and speaks of something long since gone, but it pulls forward within me something that is hard to pin down, but means all of the world to me.
Presented in this format is a mash-up of three different versions of Rhysling’s story, with music and accompaniment that only makes sense of a space hobo like him. Stay tuned for hour three on the podcast-only, as I feature a number of other songs that should have, but didn’t, make the cut.
The Green Hills of Earth
This episode features samples of Dimension X from June 10th 1950, X-Minus 1 from July 7th 1955, and the CBS Radio Workshop from 21 July 1957.
Part I: Super Rocket Rumble
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 0002 * Amao Quartet * Improcreations
03.) Men Into Space * Buddy Morrow * Brain In A Box
04.) Astrononmie Domine * Pink Floyd
05.) Super Rocket Rumble * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Deluxe men in space
Part II: The Spaceman
06.) Out to launch * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost
07.) The Spaceman * Charles Manson * 60 Birthday
08.) Cosmic Ballad * Perrey And Kingsley
Part III: Hard Travelin’
09.) Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home * Mogwai
10.) Follow Blind * Wipers
11.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt I * Sunroof!
12.) Hard Travelin’ * Woody Guthrie
Part IV: Space Loneliness
13.) Spaceball Ricochet * T. Rex
14.) Space Loneliness * Sun Ra
15.) Clink, Clink, Another Drink * Spike Jones
Part V: Headed Home
16.) Talking Hard Work * Woody Guthrie
17.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt II * Sunroof!
18.) Headed Home * George & Caplan
Part VI: Homecoming
19.) Keep On The Sunny Side * The Carter Family
20.) Homecoming * Replikants
21.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
22.) The Intergalactic Laxative * Donavan
Part VII: Starship
23.) Space Station # 5 * Fastbacks * new mansions in sound
24.) Get Outta That Spaceship And Fight Like A Man * The Grifters
25.) Starship * Spaceman 3
26.) Revenge * Black Flag
Part VIII: Death Is Not The End
27.) 2000 Light Years From Home * The Rolling Stones
28.) Space Age Ballad * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
29.) A Long Way From Home * The Kinks
30.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt IiI * Sunroof!
31.) Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire * Small Faces
32.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
33.) Death Is Not The End * Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Sometimes broadcasting is very confusing (and complicated). Case in point: there are some shows that exist in four time periods at once. Join me, for a romp through 1950, 2011, 2018 and 2155, as we try to hide from The Searchers and fumble our way through time, as we move, horribly and inextricably toward The Future
To The Future
Throughout this program there are samples of the Dimension X radio program, “To The Future,” originally aired 27 May 1950 on NBC.
Part I: Time Was
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Time Stands Still * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
03.) Time Was * John Coltrane * Coltrane * Impulse Records
04.) The Time Machine Main Title / Credits * Russel Garcia * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
Part II: Once Upon A Time
05.) Sentimental Journey * Esquivel * Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
06.) Dan vs. Time * godheadSilo * Skyward in Triumph * Sub Pop Records
07.) We Can See Through Time * Le Ton Mite * Tickets to Real Imaginary Places * Zicmuse Records
08.) Once Upon A Time * Sonny Sharrock * Ask the Ages * Axiom Records
09.) Tomorrow Afternoon * Tony Williams * Life Time
Part III: There Will Never Be A Better Time
10.) There’s Nothing Sexy About Time * Kinski * Don’t Climb On And Take The Holy Water
11.) Abandoned Mine Shaft In The Corridors Of Time * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
12.) Take Time * The Books * The Lemon of Pink * Tomlab Records
13.) There Will Never Be A Better Time * Desert Sessions * Volume 9 & 10
Part IV: Time Flies
14.) Universal Time II * Zip Code Rapists * Zip Code Rapists
15.) Time Flies * The Ex * Dizzy Spells * Touch And Go Records
16.) A Stitch In Spacetimes * Nil Admirari * Togetherness With Battlesnakes
17.) Time Stands Still [Excerpt] * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
18.) Just In Time * Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra * We Travel The Spaceways Bad And Beautiful
Part V: Now Is The Time
19.) If Not This Time * Fifty Foot Hose * Cauldron * Phoenix Records 39.) Running Out Of Time * Dead Moon * Hard Wired in Ljubljana * Empty Records
20.) Time Funnel * Jan Davis * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Volume 04
21.) I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times * The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
22.) Stranded In Time * The United States Of America * The United States Of America
23.) Now Is The Time * The Wipers * Over The Edge
Part VI: As Time Goes By
24.) As Time Goes By * Rudy Vallee
25.) Time Is Tight * Booker T. & the M.G.’s * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1968-1971
26.) Check Out Time * Ornette Coleman * Love Call * Blue Note Records
Part VII: Time And Space
27.) Time And Space * Jandek * You Walk Alone
28.) All The Time In The World * Roger Miller * The Benevolent Disruptive Ray
29.) Rewind The Time * Oliver Squash * 30 Piece
30.) Time * The Residents * God In Three Persons
31.) Time Stands Still * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
32.) She Makes Me Want To Build A Time Machine * Aristeia * You Give Me Strength, You Give Me Patience!
Part VIII: Retrovertigo
33.) A Spoon Taught Me The Secret Of Time Travel * The Jezebel Spirit * Turtles All The Way Down * (Self-Released)
34.) Retrovertigo * Mr. Bungle * California * Warner Bros. Records
35.) What Time Is It? * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Tangle
37.) A Second Of Time * Half Eye * Broken Rope
43.) She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere * Decal Records
36.) Times Encounter * Nigel Simpkins * Messthetics Vol. 1
37.) One Day At A Time * Thee Headliners * Rain & Blood
Join us for a presentation that is only available to listeners of The Executive Version of or program. Other listeners do not get to hear a show of this caliber normally, so this week, we are offering something special to listeners who have made it clear they want to invest in a higher quality product. And with that in mind, we bring you The Executive Version. For those special clientele.
There’s a bit of a party going on during this show. This is the kind of special atmosphere we create when we are assembling this program, a feature that is only available to those listeners who subscribe to The Executive Version of program. And where else would you get these kinds of corrections to the patent lies that were said on broadcast radio? For example:
The song was by Tärr, not Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III.
While O-Type was was essentially MX-80 performing under a different name, this record was actually MX-80 performing a song called O-Type.
Some jokes from 2013 – about a certain social media platform – may have aged a little poorly in the last few years, considering a tendency toward claiming things are “fake news.” With that in mind, consider this selection a snapshot of a simpler time in the past, when such a joke wasn’t horrifying and the beginning of the end times, as it were.
Not all of the material in this show came from a record, as stated in several times throughout. I have added * asterisks to the tracks that were not from Vinyl Records. Two (2) asterisks such as ** have been added to indicate bonus content not available during the live broadcast.
These kinds of inaccuracies are usually included in most broadcasts you hear on the radio, but for listeners of The Executive Version, you get these corrections, free of charge. It’s just one of the many ways that this program is better than the one being heard by everyone else.
So much so that there are bonus moments to The Executive Version that are only available on the podcast. Because the only thing more exclusive than something only a special audience can hear is having added bonuses for those who pay a little more.
The Executive Version
Part I: Headlines
* 01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Executive Version * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
03.) My Prayer * Lionel Hampton * Golden Vibes
04.) I Yam What I Yam * Robin Williams & Harry Nillson * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Popeye
05.) Erie Canal * Oscar Brand * Bawdy Songs & Backroom Ballads Vol. 2 * Audio Fidelity Records
06.) Headlines * George Carlin * On The Road * Atlantic Records
* 07.) The Facebook Fiction Initiative * Austin Rich * The Facebook Fiction Initiative * 21 June 2013
Part II: Leisurely Waiting
08.) The Blob * The Five Blobs * “The Blob” b/w “Saturday Night in Tiajuana” * Columbia Records
09.) Martian Melody * The Martian Band * “Flying Saucer The 2nd” b/w “Martian Melody” * L’Universe Records
* 10.) Leisurely Waiting * Debris * Static Disposal * Anopheles Records
11.) Linda Wants To Be Alone * Gary Wilson * Mary Had Brown Hair * Stone’s Throw Records
* 12.) I Been Refused * Devo * Hardcore Devo Vol. 2 * Warner Bros. Records
13.) Springtime For Hitler * Henry Mancini * The Big Latin Band of Henry Mancini * RCA Victor Records
* 14.) “Baseball” Excerpt: Barbershop Quartet Warning * Jesse Thorn * The Sound Of Young America * maximumfun.org
* 15.) Phonograph Records * Mars Production * Mars Production Library CK-713 * Mars Records
16.) Space/Time Continuum: “Heaven And Hell, Part I” * Vangelis * The Music of Cosmos * RCA Records
* 17.) Smile Awhile * Michael Yonkers Band * Microminiature Love * Sub Pop Records
Part III: In 3-D!
* 18.) Pacific Radio Fire * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006
19.) The Announcement * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
20.) Them From “Helen Of Troy” * Les Baxter * 7″
21.) I Hate The 90’s * Rodney And The Tube Tops * 7″
22.) U-Stink-But-I-(Heart)-U * Billy And The Boingers * “I’m A Boinger” b/w “U-Stink-But-I-(Heart)-U” 7″
23.) Nature Trail To Hell (In 3-D) * “Weird A” Yankovic * In 3-D
** 24.) Elmira * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006
Part IV: Signal Processor Failure
25.) Let’s Do The Pretzel * Mad “Twists” Rock ‘n’ Roll * Big Top Records
26.) Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron * The Royal Guardsmen * 7″
27.) Tiptoe Through The Tuplips * Tiny Tim * 7″
28.) Signal Processor Failure / Why We Are Lazy * Men’s Recovery Project * Make A Baby EP * Vermiform Records
* 29.) Mole Machine * Simply Saucer * Cyborgs Revisited * Get Back Records
* 30.) Embraceable You * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records
Part V: Hurricane
* 31.) Barber Shop * Mars Production * Mars Production Library CK-713 * Mars Records
32.) metalized excitements of our shared dreams of technology [Excerpt] * Tärr * Tärr / Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III Split 12″ * oms-b Records
33.) Wild Thing * Senator Bobby & The Hardly-Worthit Players Featuring Bill Minkin * Wild Thing 7″ * Parkway Records
* 34.) Fish Dance * John Lurie * Fishing With John
35.) Hurricane * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Admonishing The Bishops * Matador Records
* 36.) Talk Show * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006
* 37.) L’Agonie * Jacky Chalard * Je Sus Vivant, Mais J’ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez * Finders Keepers Records
38.) O-Type Part Two * MX-80 Sound * O-Type: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 7″ * Ralph Records
Part VI: The End of The World
39.) This Is Side Two! * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
40.) Voodoo Suite [Excerpt Part I] * Pérez Prado * Voodoo Suite
41.) Bright College Days * Tom Lehrer * An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer
42.) How Much Is That Doggy In The Window? * Patti Page
43.) Beep Beep * The Playmates
44.) Voodoo Suite [Excerpt Part II] * Pérez Prado * Voodoo Suite
45.) The End Of The World * Beyond The Fringe
** 46.) Coffee * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006
Ever since I first got a copy of Fat Wreck Chords Short Music For Short People, I’ve always wanted to do an all Short Songs show, not only because they managed to achieve something pretty amazing by cramming songs by 101 artists onto one CD, but because, to be honest, they left out a lot of stuff. (Ahem, Dead Kennedys, cough cough.) I knew that, with my affinity for shortness of the musical variety, they hadn’t yet had the final word on short songs, and with that in mind, I compiled 290 tracks that I shoved into two hours.
While I can’t say that every band imaginable is represented, I can say that just about every genre IS, along with quite a few genres you didn’t know existed, and some others that you might have been trying to forget. We can’t please everyone. But you know what they say in the midwestern realm of college radio: “If you don’t like the music, just wait 30 seconds.” I managed to keep most of the stuff in this show under that scant length, and only a few exceptions trickled over. I also keep myself limited to one song per artist per hour. On a show where the average length is around 10 seconds long, some of those 30 second songs from Short Music feel like dirges.
This show includes music taken from records (7″, 10″ and 12″), cassette tapes, CDs & .mp3s, and might be the single most diverse show I’ve ever assembled, media-wise. Obviously, a show like this couldn’t possible happen without digital technology; it’s just too hard to switch media twice a minute for an entire hour. (I did consider it, but backed out once I realized how long my playlist was.)
There is something already ambitious about writing a pop song. It’s a claim that, in about four minutes, you’ll be able to write something that carries the same kind of weight and power that more cultured artists can in an average composition. The irony, of course, being that Pop Music took over the music world in a way that compositional artists could not. Now, anyone with access to the internet can send their Pop Songs around the world, conveying in a few minutes something that used to take a whole record.
The idea that you can compress these ideas even further – into the realm of a few seconds, in some cases – is just as ambitious as a concept record. Can you compress the strength of a complete song into something that only takes a few seconds to convey? Like some sort of Sci-Fi gimmick that seems futuristic, artists have been trying for years to create compact versions of their usual fare, and often with impressive results. To say that The Ramones set the blueprint when they recorded “Judy Is A Punk” (clocking in at no more than 1:30), the bar was already set so tremendously low that the world has been working on faster, more compact, and even shorter songs.
In making this show, I made a conscious effort to present something unique. Songs in this show appear from records, cassettes, CDs, digital files, and all manner of mix-matched media. To have assembled it all in one room in a pre-digital age would have taken a lot of work; to fit it into a show would have taken ages. While the computer made this show much easier for me to do, even that work made me appreciate the kinds of work radio personas went through in the old days to deliver shows like this. Think about it when you digest this one.
I want to give a huge thanks to Ratskin Records for their fantastic release, Triskaidekaphobia, which contains 13 Second songs by over 200 artists. I used this disc to assemble the Five Minute “Bathroom Break” I took in before the second commercial break. I received a copy of this disc after one of their artists heard that I had done a short songs show, and was hoping that I could use this one for future installments. Thanks again for this great disc; I barely even scratched the surface of what it offers, and still played 23 cuts from it. The future is now.
With hindsight, I realized that this show could only be a Grumpy Punk show, which is why these shows are labeled as such, now. He would find perverse interest in this much short music.
001.) Paco Theme
002.) Short Attention Span * Fizzy Bangers * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
003.) Exotica [Excerpt] * Martin Denny * Forbidden Island * Scamp Records
004.) Quit Your Job * Chixdiggit * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
005.) Porch * Pinhead Gunpowder * Compulsive Disclosure * Lookout! Records
006.) The Nail That Sticks Up Gets Hammered Down * Born Against * The Rebel Sound Of Shit And Failure
007.) We Skate * Screeching Weasel * Boogadaboogadaboogada * Lookout! Records
008.) You Stupid Jerk * Angry Samoans * The Unboxed Set * Triple X Records
009.) I Like Food * Descendents * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
010.) Doin’ Fine * The Groovie Ghoulies * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
011.) Long Enough To Forget You * Samiam * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
012.) Rock ‘n’ Roll * Ice And The Iced * Killed By Death Vol. 77 * Redrum Records
013.) Ketchup Soup * Teen Idols * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
014.) Tiny Pink Noise [Live] * The Avengers * Died For Your Sins * Lookout! Records
015.) I Hate Menudo * Chicano-Christ * Come’ CaCa EP * Nemesis Records
016.) Rage Against The Machine Are Capitalist Phonies * White Flag * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
017.) Don’t Lick My Leg * Stikky * The Thing That Ate Floyd * Lookout! Records
018.) Alienation * Citizen Fish * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
019.) Big Fat Skinhead * Snuff * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
020.) I Spent The Rent * The Queers * A Day Late And A Dollar Short * Lookout! Records
021.) Stake Fin * Black Dice * Troubleman Mix-Tape * Troubleman Records
022.) Hei-Hei * GLO * Killed By Death Vol. 77 * Redrum Records
023.) Overcoming Learned Behavior * Good Riddance * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
024.) Deny Everything * Circle Jerks * Group Sex * Frontier Records
025.) Ack Ack Ack * Minutemen * 3-Way Tie For Last * SST Records
026.) You Don’t Know The 1/2 Of It * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife!
027.) Everyone In The Underground Music Scene Is Stupid * Anal Cunt * 40 More Reasons To Hate Us * Earache Records
028.) I Object * Youth Brigade * 20 Years Of Dischord * Dischord Records
029.) The Psycho Squat * Rudimentary Peni * Death Church * Corpus Christi Records
030.) Warren’s Song Part 8 * Bracket * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
031.) Spray Paint * Black Flag * Damaged * SST Records
032.) Your Kung-Fu Is Old… And Now You Must Die!! * Adrenalin OD * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
033.) Stud * Fitz Of Depression * Crank Shaft EP * Mumble Something Records
034.) Hearts Frozen Soil Sod Once More By The Spring Of Rage, Despair, And Hopelessness * A.F.I. * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
035.) Foreign Lawns * Meat Puppets * In A Car EP * SST Records
036.) Saturday Night * Kill Switch * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
037.) Freegan * Big Wig * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
038.) No Fkuicgn * Nomeansno * You Kill Me * Alternative Tentacles Records
039.) Supermarket Forces * Subhumans * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
040.) I Hate Puck Rock * D.O.A. * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
Alternative Tentacles Records
041.) 13. [value zero is not a valid name] * Vortex Remover * Rawkward Phase
042.) Worms * Bloodfart * Gastric Juices
043.) Why Me? * The Automatics * 20 Golden Greats
044.) Short Songs [Live] * Dead Kennedys * Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death
045.) March of The Siamese Children [Excerpt] * Martin Denny * Forbidden Island * Scamp Records
046.) Whimpers From The Jello * The Fugs * It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest * Reprise Records
047.) Ride Ride Ride * Half Japanese * Greatest Hits * Safe House Records
048.) S.O.I.G. * Man Is The Bastard * D.I.Y.C.D.* Slap-A-Ham Records
049.) Page 20 * Fantômas * Book 1 * Ipecac Records
050.) Wrangler Brutes * Wrangler Brutes * Zulu * Kill Rock Stars Records
051.) Euphoria * xbxrx * Sixth In Sixes * Polyvinyl Records
052.) Priest With The Sexually Transmitted Diseases Get Out Of My Bed * The Locust * Plague Soundscapes * ANTI- Records
053.) Alan Licked Has Ruined Music For An Entire Generation * Free Kitten * Nice Ass * Kill Rock Stars Records
054.) A Finger To Hackle * Melt-Banana * Scratch Or Stitch * Skin Graft Records
055.) Ujaku * John Zorn * Naked City * Nonesuch Records
056.) Individual Suture * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
057.) Chiapas! I MUST GO THERE! * Jackie-O-Motherfucker * Fig. 5 * Road Cone Records
058.) Can’t Find My Car * Thomas Hendrix * Kill The Moonlight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Sympathy For The Record Industry Records
059.) Variable Dump * Operation Re-Information * M-Pire Records
060.) Wuxiapian Fantastique * Mike Patton * Adult Themes For Voice * Tzadik Records
061.) Voice Piece For Soprano * Sonic Youth * SYR 4: Goodbye 20th Century * SY Records
062.) Skitter * Cornflake Mandala * A Boy And His Dog * Self-Released
063.) The Dripping Wire In The Lab Down The Street * Oliver Squash * 30 Piece * Self-Released
064.) Closed Coffins And Curtains * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship * 5 Rue Christine Records
065.) Hotel One * Zip Code Rapists * Zip Code Rapists * Eabla Records
066.) Dr. Schwitters Intro * Faust * Tapes * Recommended Records
067.) Track 6 * Buck Rothy * Buck Rothy * unreleased
068.) Bass Gnm2 * Forcefield * Roggaboggas * Load Records
069.) Why Is He On The Television? * Hunger Artists * Cruisin’ In Zargon
070.) I Had A Crummy Shift * The Hospitals * I’ve Visited The Island Of Jocks And Jazz * Load Records
071.) Transdimensional Soldier * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * Making Craters Where Buildings Stood EP * Sound Polution Records
072.) Thaw Walt * Men’s Recovery Project * Thank You For Killing Me EP * Paralogy Records
073.) Push * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Lovelyville * Matador Records
074.) Iced-Off Broccoli * Sun City Girls * Static From The Outside Set: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 14 * Abduction Records
075.) The Ambassador’s Report * Le Ton Mite * Tickets To Real Imaginary Places * K Records
076.) Untitled #10 * John Frusciante * Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt * American Recordings
077.) Drums/Effects D * Yoshida Tatsuya * Drums, Voices, Keyboards & Guitar * Magaibutsu Records
078.) Some Hammering… * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981 – 1991 * Atavistic Records
079.) Metamorphosis (Organ Freak Out 2) * Ennio Morricone * Diabolik Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Pallottola Foro Records
080.) 12 * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records
081.) Blue Zircon * Yuma Nora * Jewels In The Snakepit * Not Not Fun Records
082.) (Interlude) * Trans Am * Trans Am * Thrill Jockey
083.) Waste No Time * The Fartz * Because This Fuckin’ World Still Stinks…
084.) Whupping Crowd * Suetsu & Underwood * Psychogeographic Y
085.) Zagubilem sie w Miescie * Kazik * 12 Groszy
086.) Whiter Teeth, Free Shipping * Brainwarmer * Elliott Smith’s Guitar
087.) WILSONCORE * /root_DIR * WILSONCORE * Self-Released
088.) What We Do Is Secret * Germs * (GI)
089.) We Are Not Your Entertainers * Mukilteo Fairies * Rock Stars Kill
090.) Narcissus * Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band * Gorilla * BGO Records
091.) Hey Sweetheart * Richard Hell * Time * Matador Records
092.) Narcissus Queen [Excerpt] * Martin Denny * Forbidden Island * Scamp Records
093.) Lullaboo * Cathead * The Album * Self-Released
094.) ( ) * Piglet * Not Ralphing At Your First Keg Party * Self-Released
095.) Introduction To The Mummies * The Mummies * Death By Unga Bunga!! * Estrus Records
096.) Hello, It Is I, Thee Intolerable Bastard, Child Genius * The Ne’er Do Wells * Hello, It Is I, Thee Intolerable Bastard Child Genius EP * Lookout! Records
097.) Fossils * The Iran-Contra Affair * Under Oath * Battlesnakes Now Records
098.) Malfunction * Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet * Savvy Show Stoppers * Cargo Records
099.) To All The Kids * The Vandals * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
100.) The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink * Green Day * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
101.) Hey! The Return! * The Flying Saucers * Weird Ancient Religious Rites * Self-Released
102.) Ludwiggin’ * Flat Duo Jets * Lucky Eye * Outpost Records
103.) It’s Getting Late * They Might Be Giants * McSweeney’s #6* McSweeney’s
104.) Do You Think It’s Alright? * The Who * Tommy * Polydor Records
105.) Dan Vs. Time * godheadSilo * Skyward In Triumph * Sub Pop Records
106.) Ahh * White Rainbow * Box * Marriage Records
107.) Interlude * Tom Waits * The Black Rider * Island Records
108.) Fanfare * Charles Gocher * Pint Sized Spartacus * Gravelvoice Records
109.) Statsministern * International Harvester * Sov Gott Rose-Marie * Silence Recordings
110.) Turnin’ To A Bug * Brendon Smalls * Home Movies Official TV Soundtrack * Shout! Factory Records
111.) High And Low * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped To Death Records
112.) Old Man Thunder * Ween * God Ween Satan: The Oneness * Twin / Tone Records
113.) Do Wot John * Monty Python * The Final Rip Off * Virgin Records
114.) Look At That Old Grizzly Bear * Mark Mothersbaugh * The Royal Tenenbaums Official Movie Soundtrack * Hollywood Records
115.) No One Is Watching * DeVotchka * How It Ends * Cicero Recordings, Ltd.
116.) Haiku A * God Is My Co-Pilot * Puss 02 * Dark Beloved Cloud Records
117.) Embryo * Black Sabbath * Master Of Reality * Warner Brothers Records
118.) Man Enough * Enemy Mine * The Ice In Me * Up Records
119.) Sarspirillsa * Man Man * The Man In A Blue Turban With A Face * Ace Fu Records
120.) More Sack * Witchy Poo * Salutes The Space Program EP * Vermiform Records
121.) I’ve Got Egg On My Face * Little Fyodor * The Very Best Of Little Fyodor’s Greatest Hits! * Discriminate Audio Records
122.) Tack Ska Ni Ha * Dungen * Ta Det Lugnt * Kemado Records
123.) Bubble Bobble – Shark Skeleton * The Advantage * The Advantage * 5 Rue Christine Records
124.) Bow Tie Daddy * The Mothers Of Invention * We’re Only In It For The Money * Verve / Bizarre Records
125.) Backwards Flute * John Lurie * Fishing With John Official TV Soundtrack * Strange And Beautiful Records
126.) Pimmel * The Muffs * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
127.) Take Me * Elton & Betty White * Sex Beyond The Door * Self-Released
128.) Lonesome Bulldog III * The Butthole Surfers * Piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
129.) Vern’s Answer To The Masses * Unwound * The Future of What * Kill Rock Stars.
130.) Velchatronix * Velchatronix * Case of Psionic Awareness
131.) Interlude (Ritchie’s Intro) * Drats!!! * Welcome To New Granada
132.) Forbidden Island [Excerpt] * Martin Denny * Forbidden Island * Scamp Records
133.) ( ) * Dead Milkmen * Bucky Fellini * Enigma Records
134.) All * Descendents * Somery * SST Records
135.) Fanatics * Minutemen * The Punch Line * SST Records
136.) All Comic Heroes Are Facist Pigs * Terrorgruppe * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
137.) A Small One * Scissor Fits * Messthetics Vol. 1 * Hyped 2 Death Records
138.) Farts Are Jazz To Assholes * Dillinger 4 * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
139.) Punch Drunk * Hüsker Dü * Everything Falls Apart * Reflex Records
140.) Tribute To The Mammal * Buck Wild * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
141.) Crypted Control * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * I Am That Great And Fiery Force * K Records
142.) Get A Grip * No Fun At All * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
143.) Cocaine Dave * REO Speedealer * REO Speedealer * Royalty Records
144.) Waste Away * Fury 66 * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
145.) Where You From Eh? * Chicano-Christ * Come’ CaCa EP * Nemesis Records
146.) Asian Pride * Hi-STANDARD * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
147.) Human Of Stupids * S.O.B. * Japanese Hardcore Comp Tape * Broken Tapes
148.) Staggering * Hot Box * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
149.) Field Day For The Sundays * Wire * Pink Flag * Harvest / EMI Records
150.) Doin’ Laundry * Nerf Herder * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
151.) Hot Cars * Angry Samoans * The Unboxed Set * Triple X Records
152.) Anchor * Less Than Jake * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
153.) I Want Cunt * The Queers * A Day Late And A Dollar Short * Lookout! Records
154.) Told You Once * The Mr. T Experience * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
155.) You Don’t Know The 1/2 Of It (Reprise) * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife! * Self-Released
156.) John For The Working Man * Tilt * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
157.) Exhibit Self-Control * The Iran-Contra Affair * Under Oath * Battlesnakes.com
158.) Surf City * SPREAD * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
159.) ?? * Cringer * Greatest Hits Vol. 1 * Vinyl Communication Records
160.) Blatty (Human Egg) * Sick Of It All * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
161.) Secret Surgery * Man Is The Bastard * D.I.Y.C.D. * Slap-A-Ham Records
162.) No Intellect * Senseless Apocalypse * Japanese Assault * Relapse Records
163.) Mirror, Signal, Wheelspin * Goober Patrol * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
164.) Pasktamning (Protes Bengt) * Life * Chaos Of Destruction * Dan-Doh Records
165.) Hard World * Uniq * Snarl Out Vol. 3 *
166.) No, We Don’t Want To Do A Split Seven Inch With Your Stupid Fucking Band * Anal Cunt * I Like It When You Die * Earache Records
167.) Fishfuck * Gwar * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
168.) Your Hand Is In Your Crotch * Deep Wound * Almost Complete * Baked Goods Records
169.) Red Alert * Teenage Jesus & The Jerks * Everything * Atavistic Records
170.) Bring It To An End * Anti-Flag * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
171.) All The Colours In The Rainbow * Hunger Artists * Cruisin’ In Zargon * ookworld.com
172.) Hairdude * Boss Pitt * Answer Compilation * Answer Records
173.) Count * JFA * Blatant Localism * Placebo Records
174.) Garbage Can * Wrangler Brutes * Zulu * Kill Rock Stars Records
175.) Panic * Screeching Weasel * Anthem For A New Tomorrow * Lookout! Records
176.) Pop * Syu-Cream * Sound Or Music * Okayama City Hardcore Records
177.) 1980 * GLO * Killed By Death Vol. 77 * Killed By Death Records
178.) A Prayer for the Complete and Utter Eradication of All Generic Pop-Punk * Spazz * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
179.) Solar Panel Asses * The Locust * Plague Soundscapes * ANTI- Records
180.) F.O.F.O.D. * 7 Seconds * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
181.) * Guyve * Live Straight Outta KPSU 06/27/2009 * Blasphuphmus Radio
182.) * King Missile * Happy Hour * Atlantic Records
183.) Hope For No Cougars * Le Ton Mité * Tickets To Real Imaginary Places * K Records
184.) You Will Be Eliminated * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Bob Dinners And Larry Noodles Present Tubby Turdner’s Celebrity Avalanche * Communion Records
185.) Midnight Sun Pt. 2 (Real Short) * Cornflake Mandala * A Boy And His Dog * Self-Released
186.) Heckler’s Chant * Miss Murgatroid * Myoclyonic Melodies * Win Records
187.) * Little Fyodor * The Very Best Of Little Fyodor’s Greatest Hits! * Discriminate Audio
188.) * The Residents * Demons Dance Alone * Ralph Records
189.) Hot Poop * Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention * We’re Only In It For The Money * Verve Records
190.) (ZAP) * Forcefield * Roggaboggas * Load Records
191.) Sean Pool * Lamborghini * The New Lamborghini * Battlesnakes.com
192.) Track 08 * Cold Pizza * Now Buying Souls By Appointment Only * Bipolar Bear Records
193.) Explanation Mark * The Books * The Lemon Of Pink * Tomlab Records
194.) Life Is Funny * The Fugs * It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest * Reprise Records
195.) Physical Constants * Alpha Protist * Glass Animals EP * Battlesnakes.com
196.) Oh Jonas * Rivers Cuomo * Alone II: The Home Recordings Of Rivers Cuomo * DGC Records
197.) Franz Kafka! Finale * Brendon Small * Home Movies Bonus CD * Shout! Factory
198.) Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins – Intro * The Advantage * The Advantage * 5 Rue Christine Records
199.) Toothless Baby * Pez Abacus * December 11 2009 * Unreleased
200.) Grassroots Internet Revolution * They Might Be Giants * McSweeney’s Music CD – Issue #6 * McSweeney’s
201.) Track 07 * View Of A Burning City * Tales Told Before The Waking Hour * Self-Released
202.) TYPe B for Me * Melt-Banana * Scratch Or Stitch * Skin Graft Records
203.) Afterbirth Pancake * Bloodfart * Gastric Jucies *
204.) “Hurry Up And Kill Me…I’m Cold” * Mike Patton * Adult Themes For Voice * Tzadik Records
205.) Paradosis * xbxrx * Sixth In Sixes * Polyvinyl Record Company
206.) Hammerhead * John Zorn * Naked City * Elektra / Nonesuch Records
207.) Track 45 * Aural Resuscitation Unit * Dub Plate Volume One * Dubuque Strange Music Society
208.) Ski Meat Funky Rectal Anarchy * Merzbow / Gore Beyond Necropsy * Rectal Anarchy * Release Entertainment Records
209.) Making Babies * God Is My Co-Pilot * Puss O2 * Dark Beloved Cloud, The Making Of Americans Records
210.) Don Camero Lost His Mind * Guttermouth * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
211.) Mono * Half Japanese * Greatest Hits * Safe House Records
212.) Pigs * Coachwhips * Double Death * Narnack Records
213.) My Disciples * Icky Boyfriends * A Love Obscene * Menlo Park Records
214.) Untitled : VI * Faust * Tapes * Virgin Records
215.) M * Enemy Mine * The Ice In Me * Up Records
216.) [Untitled] * Scratch Acid * The Greatest Gift * Touch And Go Records
217.) Dosed Tea (Excerpt) * kiisu d’salyss * Cabin Fever * Unreleased
218.) Albertos * Manic Hispanic * The Recline Of Mexican Civilization * Better Youth Organization Records
219.) Encounter * Men’s Recovery Project * Normal Man EP * Gravity Records
220.) Dinosaur Was A Dinosaur Pt. 1 * Mayonnaise vs. Venn * Search For The Past + Epic Saga * Self-Released
221.) Slash Kick Wrist * Sun City Girls * Box Of Chameleons * Abduction Records
222.) ( ) * The Butthole Surfers * Humpty Dumpty LSD * Latino Bugger veil Records
223.) Page 30 * Fantômas * Book 1 * Ipecac Records
224.) Last Laff * Ennio Morricone * The Original Motin Picture Soundtrack to “Diabolik” * Pallottola Foro Records
225.) Tears * This Mortal Coil * Filigree & Shadow * 4AD Records
226.) Outer Spaceways Incorporated * Sun Ra * Nothing Is… * ESP-Disk
227.) Graduation Rap * Vanilla, Jade & Ebony * Ghost World * Shanachie Records
228.) Pleasure Cruz * Supergenius * Star Wars Breakbeats * Suckadellic Records
229.) Michael, Time To Wake Up * The Flaming Lips * Telepathic Surgery * Restless REcords
230.) Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Main Title * Orchestra * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
Part VI: 13
231.) Prelude To The Revolution Song * The Paranoids * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
232.) Landing Face First * Voice On Tape * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
233.) Hulder Maiden * Thrones * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
234.) 20th of Jan. * Testicular Manslaughter * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
235.) Pater Noster * Microwaves * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
236.) Peep My Dirt Lip (1990) * My First Step Toward Failure * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
237.) Balls Of Jolly * The White Mice * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
238.) Dancin’ In My Bad * Cop Warmth * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
239.) Soiled, So Temporary * AIDS Wolf * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
240.) 13 * Torturing Nurse * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
241.) Scooter Boy cut * Ol’ Cheeky Bastards feat. Dave Dalton * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
242.) Moonlight Serenade * Low Fat * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
243.) Mensch Oder Deutscher * Slapendehonden * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
244.) Is Not Thy Weirdness Great? * Stronghold Crusader * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
245.) Konsumiert * Corrosive * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
246.) 13 Second Blowjob * Intestinal Spewage * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
247.) What His Soul Desires * The Upsidedown Stars * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
248.) Duck (Chicken) Clay Pot * Say Bok Gwai * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
249.) FTA * Scarab * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
250.) Smoke and Fears * Selbst Morder * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
251.) Spines and Sneakoscopes * The Atomic Bomb Audition * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
252.) Song of Peace (13 Seconds) * GlamGoreGlitterSlut * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
253.) Maritiza Morning Doves * Matthew Crowe * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds * Ratskin Records
254.) Her Majesty * Beatles * Abbey Road * Apple Records
255.) Miracle Cure * The Who * Tommy * Polydor Records
256.) 19 * Curious Hands * In-Studio Recording 11/15/06 * KPSU
257.) Roses * The Magnetic Fields * 69 Love Songs * Merge Records
258.) Afterlife * The Scruffs * Angst: The Early Recordings 1974 – 1976 * Ardent Music
259.) It’s A Real Time Thing * The Damned * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
260.) 5-Piece Chicken Dinner * The Beastie Boys * Paul’s Boutique * Capitol Records
261.) Astral Lady * Captain Beyond * Captain Beyond * Fontana Island Records
262.) Wake Up * Bodyjar * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
263.) Steamroller Blues * Aerobitch * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
264.) Not Again * Undeclinable Ambuscade * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
265.) Bedroom Windows * Enemy You * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
266.) Sara Fisher * No Use For A Name * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
267.) Delraiser Part III, Del On Earth * Consumed * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
268.) Randal Gets Drunk * Lagwagon * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
269.) Howdy Doody In The Woodshed * The Dickies * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
270.) Erik Sandin’s Stand-In * Dogpiss * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
271.) Triple * Dance Hall Crashers * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
272.) Klawsterfobia * Strung Out * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
273.) Fun * Pully * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
274.) 30-Seconds Till The End Of The World * Pennywise * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
275.) I Got None * All * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
276.) See Her Pee * NoFX * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
277.) Traitor * Agnostic Front * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
278.) Life Rules 101 * Down By Law * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
279.) Pretty Houses * Lunachicks * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
280.) Turn It Up * Happy Trigger * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
281.) Mr. Brett Please Put Down Your Gun * H20 * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
282.) We Want The Kids * 59 Times The Pain * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
283.) Faust * Jughead’s Revenge * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
284.) All My Friends Are In Popular Bands * 88 Fingers Louie * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
285.) Chandeliers And Souvenirs * Diesel Boy * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
286.) My Pants Keep Falling Down * Frenzal Rhomb * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
287.) Comin’ To Your Town * D.I. * Short Music For Short People * Fat Wreck Chords
288.) Hobo Sandwhich * /root_DIR * EP * Self Released
289.) Exit * The Bats From The Pyrimids From Egypt * Zombiance * The Bats From The Pyrimids From Eqypt Records
290.) No! All! * Descendents * Somery * SST Records
Join us for a kaleidoscopic journey through layers and layers of time-traveling wonder, as we follow the earliest days of this program from the late ’90’s, through the lens of the early 2000s, as re-interpreted in 2007, and again in 2012. With Negativland with us to help us make sense of the journey, we make the simple observation that, yes, it does look like Thousands of Stars. But what does that mean?
I keep bouncing around through time and space, from radio station to radio station, and offer a mish-mash of what my show was like in the olden days, 20 years ago. While this doesn’t represent what the show was actually like to hear in the ’90’s, it comes close, and in many ways, it mimics the kinds of the shows I started doing in 2007, and ever since then.
In the ’90’s, I only had CDs and LPs. There was no pre-editing for presentation on the air. I just mixed those elements, live, without much thought as to what I was doing. I would make up themes and ideas on the spot, have friends join me, and just say whatever I wanted on the air, for fun. And it was. It got me hooked on DJing, on Radio, and on sticking with this hobby for 20 years. In many ways this is a 20th Anniversary Broadcast, but really, it only covers the first few years, a poorly documented era that only exists in poorly archived cassettes, transferred digitally. But the mixes are pure and un-edited, and remind me of a time when the computer wasn’t even something I considered an audio tool.
The time-travel schtick is all Negativland’s influence. But they’ve always been an influence, as I’m sure you can tell from listening. Perhaps, if I get really ambitious, I’ll do a similar overview of other periods in the show’s history, but the mix stuff is usually what I find the most interesting. This show has taken many, many forms, and it’s good to know that, as it changes in many ways, in other’s it stays exactly the same.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Dance of the Cosmo Aliens * Sun Ra * Disco 3000 * Kindred Spirits (2009)
03.) The James Bond Theme Intro * 29 April 1998 * KWVA Radio
04.) 14th Anniversary Intro * 17 April 2012 * Blasphuphmus Radio
05.) Man… Or Astro-Man? Intro * 21 April 1999 * KWVA Radio
06.) Połykacz Węży / Ewabaun / Sea Sea / Antena Krzyku * 18 July 2007 * KPSU Radio
12.) Butthole Surfers Re-Mix * 19 August 1998 * KWVA Radio
13.) This Fabled Island [Edit] / Negativland / Time Zones Exchange Project * 18 July 2007 * KPSU Radio
14.) Unwound Voice Over * 15 April 1998 * KWVA Radio
15.) Jazz Horse / Replikants * 18 July 2007 * KPSU Radio
Part IV: Henry Rollins, Frankie Carle and Walter Carlos Get A Drink Late At Night
16.) Henry Rollins, Frankie Carle and Walter Carlos Get A Drink Late At Night * 27 January 1999 * KWVA Radio
17.) Praise The Lord Jesus * 28 April 1999 * KWVA Radio
18.) The Quantum Edge [Edit] / Negativland / Time Zones Exchange Project * 18 July 2007 * KPSU Radio
For our second Pledge Drive show of the season, I thought it would be a good idea to explore two subjects that are both related to hygiene you take care of with a brush: Teeth & Hair.
I have been fascinated by media relating to teeth and dentists since I first wrote about dentists in 2007, but as with anything you become interested in, interest ebbs and flows over time. But, a recent set of trips to the dentist – with at least two more appointments on the horizon – has caused me to start thinking about teeth more than I’m usually doing so. So with that in mind, I decided to dig up an hour of Dental Jams, to help ease my nerves as I prepare me for another visit to have sharp implements put into my mouth for the soul benefit of fixing my already broken teeth.
We offer plenty of rock, noise, punk, drone, and other such incredible musical offerings to track down what, exactly, is under our hats. Armando Iannucci helps explain it all to us, as do Peter & Raymond. All while Tara J. Merritt, of the Tara J. Merritt foundation, gives me my regular trim.But that’s not all. Immediately after my cleaning, I actually scheduled a haircut during my show. Of course, there’s little I can do about it, so instead I just go with a hairy theme, and pursue music that is not only dense with follicles, but provides all the vitamins and nutrients of an actual treatment with a name brand product.
This is, of course, a long way of saying: please donate to the KMUZ Pledge Drive, and keep our show on the air. Donations are essential to keeping radio like this on the air, and we cannot do it without the excellent support of listeners like you. Each Mid-Valley Mutations listener who donates to KMUZ will receive a piece of media from my personal collection, as a thank you for listening to our program. It’s just one way that we like to thank our listeners for being such excellent members of our community.
Now, let’s get to the show.
Teeth & Hair
HOUR 1: Dental Jams
Part I: Teething
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Red In Tooth & Claw * Architeuthis Dux * Submergence * No Part of It Records (2016)
03.) Dentist! * Steve Martin, Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell * Little Shop Of Horrors: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
04.) Performance [Excerpt] * Toiletooth * What’s This Called? Broadcast 13 March 2010
05.) Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It’s Wintertime) * The Dentists * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts of the 2nd Psychedelic Era 1976-1996
06.) 13 * Teeth Collection * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
07.) Painted My Teeth * Jandek * Modern Dances
08.) Spolier * Different Dentist * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
Part II: The Tooth Fairy Isn’t Real, Is She?
09.) The Mad Dentist * Cold Pizza * I’m More Like I Am Then, Than I Was Now
10.) Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto * Rodan * Rusty
11.) 13 * Teeth Mountain * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
12.) Can God Fill Teeth? * Lard
Part III: They’ve All Gotta Be Pulled Sooner Or Later
13.) The Dentist [Live] * The Action Zone * 18 April 2007
14.) Dedicated Thespian Has Teeth Pulled To Play Newborn Baby In High School Play * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True
15.) The Braces on Your Teeth * Mad Magazine * Fink Along With Mad!
16.) Toothless Baby * Pez Abacus * December 11 2009
17.) The Tooth Fairy And The Princess * Hüsker Dü * Zen Arcade
18.) With Teeth * Melvins * Lysol
HOUR 2: The Mop Top Review
Part IV: The Beauty Salon
19.) ZRMFXL * Bull of Heaven * 333REDUX * No Part of It Records
20.) Cut My Hair * The Who * Quadrophenia
21.) The Long Hair Of Death [Excerpt] * Stereolab * Aluminum Tunes
22.) My Barber 1 * Armando Iannucci * The Armando Iannucci Shows * BBC Television
23.) Hair Pie: Bake 1 * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
24.) Robbie’s Hair Cut * Artless Motives * Everything But The Kitchen Sink
25.) Wind Blows Your Hair * The Seeds * Travel With Your Mind
Part V: Hairpiece Lullaby
26.) His Hair * Mad Magazine * Fink Along With Mad!
27.) Beauty Salon * Mars Production Library * Mars Production Library CK-713
28.) Longhair Stomp * Professor Longhair * The Mercury New Orleans Sessions 1950 & 1953
29.) My Barber 2 * Armando Iannucci * The Armando Iannucci Shows * BBC Television
30.) Hairpiece Lullaby 1 & 2 * Sonic Youth * Made In USA
31.) Hair Waves * Mars * Mars LP: The Complete Studio Recordings NYC 1977-1978
32.) Curly Hair * Doo Rag * Chuncked And Muddled
Part VI: Sunset On Hair Mountain
33.) Hair Raising Excitement * Hunger Artists * Cruisin’ In Zargon
34.) Hairgrowth Speed * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship
35.) Theme From “Sunset On Hair Mountain” * Hugh Swarts * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987-2001)
36.) Golden Hair * Syd Barrett * The Madcap Laughs
37.) We’ll Set Your Hair On Fire * Raymond And Peter * Shut Up Little Man
38.) New York Mood (A New Haircut And A Busted Lip) * Tom Waits * Night On Earth Original Soundtrack Recording
39.) Hair Pie: Bake 2 * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
40.) Widen Your Horizons: How To Brush Your Hair * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2
HOUR 3: Teeth & Hair
Part VII: Carry Stress In The Jaw
41.) Scotch Teeth * Half Eye * The Rose Mary Murders
42.) Sleep (Part II): Carry Stress In The Jaw * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante
43.) Free Haircut * Dead Fucking Last * Proud To Be DFL
44.) Hairy * The Vaselines * The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History
45.) Sharp Teeth * Ax * Our Queen of Dirt
46.) Teeth * Royal Trux * Cats And Dogs
Part VIII: Hairdryer Peace
47.) By Hairs On My Chinny Chin Chin * Thee Headcoats * Knights Of The Baskervilles
48.) Star Of Hairs * Robyn Hitchcock * Invisible Hitchcock
49.) Teeth * The Mekons * Punk Rock
50.) Brush Your Teeth * The Queers * Don’t Back Down
51.) Sweet Tooth * King Khan & The Shrines * The Supreme Genious Of…
52.) Hairdryer Peace * The Hospitals * Hairdryer Peace
53.) Tooth Decay Dramatization * Coyle And Sharpe * Coyle and Sharpe: The Imposters Podcast Ep. 83 * MaximumFun.org
Pledge Drive Season is in full force, and with that in mind we offer a show that is a two-for-one deal, and a great example of the kind of show Mid-Valley Mutations offers every week. The most important thing is that you follow the link and visit kmuz.org, and make a donation to keep our shows on the air. Donors who make a contribution to KMUZ in the name of our program will receive a piece of media from my collection as a thank-you gift, tailored to your interests. That’s the Mid-Valley Mutations guarantee.
Having spent his life dedicated to the preservation of musical taste in all of its inherent forms, I don my headphones regularly in the never-ending battle against terrible radio in all of its inherent forms. This week I am faced with one of my toughest challenge yet, as I square off with music that meditates on the nature of heroes and villains themselves. Will I succeed? There’s only one way to find out, by tuning in to the first Hour, and finding out!
As I’m sure you can guess, I’m a big fan of Comics, and I have often been excited by those rare musical moments when the two converge. It is not very common, believe me; music loves to tell different kinds of stories than the ones you encounter in your typical staple bound beauty, and while I have always felt that there was a huge connection between Comics and Rock ‘n’ Roll (ahem, The Ramones, ahem), you don’t always think about the one when the other is mentioned.
But with a little digging, I was able to uncover a good hour’s worth of material that managed to follow and particularly four-color theme. The only inclusion that feels a little off is the Sabbath song; while I am a huge fan, it is the only representation from Marvel Comics in this particular show. My only defense is that I have always been a DC guy, and I get the references of their Distinguished Competition than I do the ones from the Bullpen. For anyone else who were able to follow those references: We meet at the comics shop every Tuesday; where have you been?
After we finish reading comics, it’s time to hop into the Time Machine, and visit… THE FUTURE! For generations, mankind has always tried to make sense of what lies ahead of them. Time and again, artists have hedged their bets on their particular version of what is to come, ironically leaving a trail of creative evidence in the past. But what of us doomed to forever remain rooting around in the most horrific of moments, the now? As usual, I have considered your needs, and thus have designed this show as a way of dealing with that very problem. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you: The Future.
I myself needed a show like this, as my own life seems to be resting on its own divide between the future and the past. As I lay suspended in that in-between place, attempting to chart new paths based on places I’ve been, it seemed very appropriate to meditate on other visions of The Future, to see if I could help make sense of where I might want to go myself. Often, there is a certain amount of Science Fiction associated with perceptions of The Future (with capital letters), and while this show veers into that territory occasionally, my interpretation seems to have more of the dream-like quality of Blade Runner rather than the frantic, technological advances of Minority Report. Weather or not this differentiation is meaningful to anyone else but myself is something academics will have to argue at another point in time.
Special thanks again to Will for making sure I remembered to play a Devo song, something that completely slipped my mind somehow. (I know. I know. It shan’t happen again.)
More than anything, I hope you enjoyed these presentations, and that they helped you decide how you can support KMUZ.org. Every little bit helps, and we really could use your support, now more than ever!
Fantasy & Adventure!
Part I: Who Was That Masked Man?
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Autobiography of Dreams * WILT * Nocturnal Requiem * No Part of It Records
03.) Super-Intro [Edit] * Austin Rich
04.) Batman * John Zorn * Naked City
05.) Superman * R.E.M. * And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S Years 1982 – 1987 * E.M.I. / I.R.S. Records
06.) Supergirl * The Readymades * Homework #2 * Hyped 2 Death Records
07.) Greatest American Hero * Zoinks * Bad Move Space Cadet * Dr. Strange Records
Part II: Who Was That Masked Man?
08.) Green Lantern Theme * Announcer * The Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure * Filmation Records
09.) Doctor Who: Main Title * Delia Derbyshire * Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
10.) Superhumans * The Flaming Lips * Transmissions From The Satellite Heart * Warner Bros. Records
11.) My Hero, Zero * The Lemonheads * School House Rock! Rocks * Atlantic Records
12.) The Shadow Knows * Link Wray & His Wray-Men * Rumble! The Best of Link Wray * Rhino Records
Part III: Who Was That Masked Man?
13.) The Lone Ranger (“March of the Swiss Soldiers”) * Gioachino Rossini / The Lone Ranger / Announcer * William Tell Overture * Mutual Broadcasting System Radio
14.) The Thunderbirds: Main Theme * Barry Gray * Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
15.) Doomed Metropolis * Bishop Of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records
16.) Go Monkey Go * Devo * The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains * Rhino Records
17.) Monkey vs. Robot * James Kochalka Superstar * Monkey vs. Robot * The Orchard Records
18.) Taut * Gricer * Gricer * Taut Recordings
19.) Superheroes * Brad, Janet & The Criminologist * The Rocky Horror Picture Show * Ode Sounds & Visuals Records
Part IV: The Future
20.) Primeval Forest-Sentinel * Machine Listener * Sentient System * No Part of It Records
21.) Sue’s Future * Refect Refect * The Future: Sue P. Fox & Matt E. Moon * Kill Rock Stars Records
22.) Scientist Of The Future * Stinking Lizaveta * Caught Between Worlds * At A Loss Records
23.) Five Years * David Bowie * The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars * RCA Records
Part V: The Future
24.) Man Seeks The Future * Attileo “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds * Subliminal Records
25.) Secret Agent Man * Devo * In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution * Rhino Records
26.) Talkin’ ‘Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever) * The Flaming Lips * Hit To Death in the Future Head * Warner Bros. Records
27.) N.O.U. Future Vision Hypothesis * The Nation Of Ulysses * Plays Pretty for Baby * Dischord Records
28.) Ingenious Scientist Invents Car Of The Future * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True * Matador Records
29.) Future Right * The Fastbacks * Answer The Phone, Dummy * Sub Pop Records
Part VI: The Future
30.) A Future Confronting The Past Which Is Our Future * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 7: Time Zomes Exchange Project * Seeland Records
31.) The Future, Wouldn’t That Be Nice? * The Books * The Lemon of Pink * Tomlab Records
32.) Future Myth [Excerpt] * Akron/Family * Angels Of Light & Akron/Family * Young God Records
33.) Matt’s Future * Refect Refect * The Future: Sue P. Fox & Matt E. Moon * Kill Rock Stars Records
34.) The Future Is The Past * NoMeansNo * All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt
Part VII: Bonus Tracks
35.) Heroes And Villains * Brian Wilson * Smile * NoneSuch Records
36.) Lost In The Future Take 1 * The Stooges * 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions * Rhino Handmade Records
37.) Iron Man * Black Sabbath * Paranoid * Warner Bros. Records
Going back to other show, which could have been sub-titled “Radio About Radio,” I thought I would revisit the subject and attempt to put a new spin on it in the process. The results: “A Sound Salvation,” a two-hour audio-essay on the nature of being a Radio DJ itself, with special insight by none other than author and DJ Mike Staff! Want to get started in radio? Then this is the place to start!
This show largely stems from a pair of narrated cassettes that purported to explain how to become a Radio DJ (and how to make a Demo Tape). This show could very well be sub-titled, “How To Become A Radio DJ,” but I feared that might create the wrong impression (either seriously, or sarcastically). I figured an Elvis Costello quote would not only send the right message, but hopefully put the samples in context.
I have to say, if it wasn’t already clear enough, this show forefronts my interest (and borderline obsession) with Negativland, and their own weekly radio show, Over The Edge. I’ve been a fan since the mid ’90’s, and have made an effort to listen as often as possible ever since. Over the years I’ve collected a number of recordings of their shows, and have often considered them a major influence on me. The problem is, to do a show like their’s, you need a LOT of free time, and while I have made a lot of efforts to do something like they would do, it hasn’t always worked out that way. With a full week of free time at my disposal to prepare for this show, I was finally able to pick out and rehearse enough material to step up to the challenge. So, if you like what you hear, and you want to hear something weirder and / or more extreme, Over The Edge on KPFA (in Berkley, though they do stream and podcast it) is well worth your time and effort. Seriously.
This show includes a lot of music that wouldn’t normally appear on my program, and while this isn’t a disclaimer (or even a warning), it seems worth mentioning that I’m hoping the juxtaposition and context fits the ideas of the program perfectly. This is just my particular view of the musical universe, and I wouldn’t go so far as to claim that everyone can see how these songs fit into an experimental show. I will let that sit with you as you digest today’s program.
I wanna thank Ricardo Wang for giving up his show this week so I could produce something like this, and Michelle Pecchia, Nil Admirari, Heather Hunt-Garrison, DJ Victrola, Steven Koriagin, Jennifer Howell, Shayna Proctor, Kyle Rich, Megan Kent, Reverend Marc Time (from our sister station, KWVA in Eugene), Alpha Protist, Heidi Stauber, Melissa Cooper, Jenna Lynn, Minded Rock Gate, and DJ Medusa, who all made suggestions for songs that should have been included in this show.
A Sound Salvation
Throughout this program there are excerpts from “How Radio Was Done I” by Don Joyce, “How To Become A Radio DJ” by Mike Staff, and “Amateur Radio” by Sonic Youth w/ Jim O’Rourke.
Part I: Turn It On
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Turn It On * The Flaming Lips * Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
03.) Radio Nowhere * Bruce Springsteen
04.) Radio Song * Jet
05.) Radio Song * R.E.M.
Part II: God Is In The Radio
06.) Radio Friendly Unit Shifter * Nirvana * In Utero * DGC Records
07.) Please Play This Song On The Radio * NOFX
08.) God Is In The Radio * Queens Of The Stone Age *
09.) Radio Schitzo * Rudimentary Peni
Part III: Transmission
10.) Capitol Radio One * The Clash
11.) Transmission * Joy Division
12.) Radioland * Kraftwerk
13.) Radio 4 * Public Image Ltd.
14.) 7 January 2009 [Excerpt] * Austin Rich
Part IV: On The Radio
15.) Radio Transmissions * Man… Or Astro-Man?
16.) Video Killed The Radio Star * The Buggles
17.) Mexican Radio * Wall Of Voodoo
18.) On The Radio * The Selecter
Part V: Blasting Radio
19.) Radio Silents * Young Marble Giants
20.) Blasting Radio * Desperate Bicyles
21.) Radio * God Is My Co-Pilot
22.) Radio Gra * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars
Part VI: I Heard It On The Radio
23.) I Heard It On The Radio * Ornette Coleman.
24.) The End Of Radio * Shellac
From the moment I first started assembling the original Philosophy Rock episode (The Truth Is Marching In), I knew I wanted to do sequels to this show. There is so much music that is outside of the usual “I love you / I’m sad about you” range of pop music, and there are a number of artists that really love to embrace the deeper meanings in the world. As a armchair philosopher myself, this is a perfect match.
In this episode, I focus on The Real, The Fake, and everything in between. I had a lot of fun combing through lectures on Youtube.com, and I found enough material for at least two more shows. I’m pretty proud of this one, but I do recommend that you listen on headphones. This is one to pay attention to.
Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever
01.) The Real Me * The Who * Quadrophenia * MCA Records
02.) The Surrealist Dream No.1 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
03.) Real World * Pere Ubu * The Modern Dance * Blank Records
04.) Pretenders Zeal * Nuclear Sockets * Killed By Death Vol. 24 * KBD Records
05.) The Real Me * The Champs * All American * Champion Records
06.) Surrealchemist * Stereolab * Peng! * American Records
07.) Francis Bacon * John S.Hall & Kramer * Real Men * Shimmy Disc Records
08.) What We Really Were * Mission Of Burma * ONoffON * Matador Records
09.) Unauthorized Autobiography * Unwound * Repetition * Kill Rock Stars Records
10.) Quark * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records
11.) You Blow My Mind * Powers Of Blue * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
12.) The Real World * The Bangles * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976 – 1996 * Rhino Records
13.) Storm The Reality Asylum * Rip Rig & Panic * Grlz * Crippled Dick Hot Wax! Records
14.) Trying to Pretend * Vivian Girls * Share the Joy * Polyvinyl Record Co.
15.) Is It Real * Ways * Teenline Vol. 5 * Hyped2Death Records
16.) Segue: In the Realms of the Unreal * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead * So Divided * Interscope Records
17.) Realness Keepers * Drats!!! * Too Entertaining??? * whothehellisjim? Entertainment
18.) The Valley Of The Blind * Nomeansno * 0 + 2 = 1 * Alternative Tentacles Records
19.) Real World * Z-Rocks * Teenline Vol. 3 * Hyped2Death Records
20.) The Surrealist Dream No.2 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
21.) Why Can’t I Touch It? (Excerpt) * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady * EMI Records
22.) This Is Really The Zoo Plus Two * The Endd * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
23.) The Great Pretender * Brian Eno * Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) * Island Records
24.) Is This Real? * Wipers * Wipers Boxed Set * Zeno Records
25.) Let’s Pretend * Germs * (MIA): The Complete Anthology * Slash Records
26.) Fake Names * Parts & Labor * Constant Future * Jagjaguwar Records
27.) Divorce Proceeding (From Reality) * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped2Death Records
28.) I’m A Pretender (Alternate Mix) * The Exploding Hearts * Shattered * Dirtnap Records
29.) Trafelato * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance * Ipecac Records
28.) Counterfeit Faker * They Might Be Giants * Long Tall Weekend * eMusic.com
27.) Fake Contest * Minutemen * What Makes a Man Start Fires? * SST Records
28.) Okay I’ll Admit That I Really Don’t Understand * The Flaming Lips * The Soft Bulletin Companion * Unreleased
29.) What Lies Behind (Austin Remix) * Joy Wants Eternity * You Who Pretend To Sleep * Beep Repaired Records
30.) Real * William Shatner * Has Been * Shout! Factory Records
Of course, every boy remembers the first time he is handed a Dr. Demento tape by one of his friends. In my case, I was lucky enough to have already been hip to “Weird Al,” but knowing that there was some weirdo out there that collected oddball songs – and the fact that there were that many oddball songs out there to collect – was somewhat of an epiphany for me (as I’m sure it is for almost all 12 year old boys). While hip, cool, punk, indie, and everything in-between has come and gone, I have never been able to shake the desire to hear a song that is pretty perverse, and probably something that will get me in trouble if repeated in polite company.
In a way, Rock ‘n’ Roll itself is the ultimate in Novelty, a crude and lewd idea of what music is that has been passed down and re-envisioned in every imaginable permutation. And there is a certain amount of need to love weirdness and the strange when inundated with the mediocrity that passes for pop music. Like with many other interesting forms of music, the old-fashioned novelty song has died with 8 Track, and viral videos have almost completely replaced a world that people like Dr. Demento used to fill. But I never get tired of a jokey song, and it was with this in mind that I decided to do a two-hour Vinyl Solution and pack it full of every comedy album I’ve got.
There are three records that I drew heavily from for this particular episode: The Firesign Theater’s I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus, (a record I found in a box in the back of a junk shop), Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time(this particular volume focuses on “The ’70’s”), and to a lesser extent, Goofy Greats (a K-tel record that has a lot of classic novelty records, reproduced in as shitty a way as possible). I recently found not one, but TWO pieces of Firesign vinyl in local stores, and from the moment I found them I knew I had to do a comedy show so I could feature it.
Expect more theme shows, and other such fun, as the summer progresses. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more Steve Martin records to listen to.
I Think We’re All Bozos On This Show
01.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part I * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
02.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * La Virgen De La Macarena * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
03.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * El Relicario [Excerpt] * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
04.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 001 Part II * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
05.) Barnes & Barnes * Fish Heads * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
06.) Steve Martin * Philosophy / Religion / College / Language * A Wild And Crazy Guy * Warner Bros. Records
07.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part I * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
08.) Steve Martin * Philosophy / Religion / College / Language * A Wild And Crazy Guy * Warner Bros. Records
09.) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra * Hawaiian War Chant * Hawaii * London Records
10.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part III * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
11.) Royal Guardsmen * Snoopy vs. The Red Baron * Goofy Greats * K-tel Records
12.) Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks * Origin of Words * 2000 and Thirteen * Warner Bros. Records
13.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
14.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part II * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
15.) Ennio Morricone * Titoli (from “A Fistful of Dollars”) * “A Fistful of Dollars” Music Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone * RCA Victor Records
16.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part IV * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
17.) Nation Lampoon * The Mel Brewer Show * Good-bye Pop * Epic Records
18.) Paul Clayton * The Girls Around Cape Horn * Whaling And Sailing Songs From The Days of Moby Dick * The Everest Record Group
19.) Rose and the Arrangement * The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
20.) The Trashmen * Surfin’ Bird * Goofy Greats * K-tel Records
21.) Fred Blassie * Pencil Neck Geek * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
22.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part II * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
23.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part III * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
24.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * Espana Cani * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
25.) George Carlin * Commercials * Take-Offs & Put-Ons * Pickwick Records
26.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part IV * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
27.) The Dead Milkmen * The Big Sleazy * Metaphical Graffiti * Enigma Records
28.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part V * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
29.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part VI * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
30.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part III * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
31.) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra * Hawaiian Wedding Song * Hawaii * London Records
32.) Tom Leher * Oedipus Rex * An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer * Reprise Records
33.) Spike Jones and His City Slickers * You Always Hurt The One You Love * The Best of Spike Jones * RCA Records
34.) Monty Python * Rock Notes * Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album * Arista Records
35.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part V * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
36.) The Crewcuts * We’re Working Our Way Through College * Crewcuts On The Campus * Mercury Records
37.) The Rebel Force Band * Chewie The Rookie Wookie * Living In These Star Wars * Bonwhit Records
38.) Ennio Morricone * Theme from “A Fistful of Dollars” * “A Fistful of Dollars” Music Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone * RCA Victor Records
39.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part VII * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
40.) “Weird Al” Yankovic * I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead * “I Lost On Jeopardy” b/w “I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” * Rock ‘n’ Roll Records
41.) The Blues Brothers * Rubber Biscuit * Briefcase Full of Blues * Atlantic Records
42.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 002 Part VI * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
43.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * Cielo Andaluz [Excerpt] * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
44.) Loudon Wainwright III * Dead Puppies * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
45.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part IV [Double Speed] * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
This Mother’s Day, we decided that there isn’t anything more appropriate than to discuss
the role mothers have played in our lives. And with that in mind, I called up David Wills (also known as The Weatherman), friend of the show and member of Negativland, to talk about just that.
But, as is often the case when we get to chatting, the conversation starts to veer in a much different direction, and pretty soon we’re addressing various elements of queer culture in the ’70’s and today, the various stereo systems and recordings that we have come to love, and exactly what kind of coffee The Weatherman enjoys when he’s just hanging out.
All that, and so much more.
For podcast listeners, please stick around for the third hour, which has about 20 minutes of bonus material (from the phone call between David and myself), and the entire Side B of the “Mother’s Day ’85” tape, where you can hear The Weatherman, his mother and his grandmother, all enjoying a quiet Mother’s Day in the mid-’80’s.
It’s the Mother’s Day Special, with The Weatherman! This is a program you can enjoy with the entire family!
The Mother’s Day Special
Two long pieces make up the bulk of this program:
A Phone Call with David Wills recorded by phone on 11 April 2018
“Spring” recorded on 6 May 2018 in the early morning.
Also included are large segments from The Weatherman’s Family Tapes, one labeled “Mother’s Day 1985,” and a few audio tidbits here and there.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
This episode marks a number of occasions, but most relevantly, my two-year anniversary at KMUZ. It was at this station that the new iteration of my program could re-invent itself, and I’m very proud of the work I’ve done on this show. But to mark the occasion, it seemed important to chart new territory, produce new content, play new music, and present something that lived up to the program I’ve come to produce over the last twenty years.
With that, here is my first all-cassette program, and as if that weren’t enough, only one tape comes from the distant past. The rest are new releases, from the last few years, by artists that are still active and still making music in some form or another. This was an excellent opportunity to figure out if there’s anything to this “tape renaissance” that so many people talk about. People hand me tapes of their bands all the time, and while I can listen to tapes at home and even include them on the program, I so rarely do so because I can often find another version of the music elsewhere, given the other opportunities and possibilities I have at my disposal that are easy to access. This was a chance to give these tapes their due, and focus on material that is largely only available (in a physical form) on cassette. In putting together this show, I uncovered a few gems that I’m very happy to share with you, and this may become a series, at some point.
The backbone of this program is an LP called “The Elvis Tapes,” which is a recent addition to the collection, and feels like a natural way to offer some connective tissue for such an undertaking. It is the only thing from a record, as well; everything else – including my own voice and the transitional pieces – came from analog tape sources. While the quality may vary from tune to tune, this is not as a result of the playback machine. I’ve been swabbing the heads and keeping the decks in good working order, something I never did in the old days but find very therapeutic now. What you’re hearing is an aesthetic choice that used to dominate the way we interacted with music for years, and in a way, I find incredibly charming. It was nice to feel some of my old mix-tape habits come back into play as I was assembling this show, and I think the results are a lot of fun, but are entirely something in line with the last two years of Mid-Valley Mutations.
And, for that matter the last 25 years of making art. I started in ‘zines and playing in bands, but radio was so attractive that 20 years ago I took the air, and have been doing so ever since. In a lot of ways, radio has come to dominate my life, and I really enjoy the way it has given me an outlet to find peers, create new art, and interact with some amazing people. It makes me happy to bring you shows like this, and hopefully, I can continue to do so for at least another twenty.
So, sit back and enjoy some radio with audible tape hiss. It’s Friday. You earned it.
This program contains samples from “The Elvis Tapes,” an LP released by The Great Northwest Music Company in 1977.
Part I: Parallel Broadcasts
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Lunch * Operation Re-Information * HQ Cassette
03.) Old As(s) Fuck(s) * /root_DIR * /root_DIR / Xiphoid Process Split Tape * They/Them Records
04.) Boxcutter * Xiphoid Process * /root_DIR / Xiphoid Process Split Tape * They/Them Records
05.) Chronicles of Young Failure * Postrich Bear * Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story * Blue Eggplant Records
06.) The Parallel Broadcasts [Excerpt] * Porest * The Parallel Broadcasts / Radio Between The Lines * porestsound.net
Follow me and Ken Nordine as we lead you on a wonderful trip through The Sound Museum!
The Sound Museum
This program contains samples for “The Sound Museum” by Ken Nordine, released on You’re Getting Better: The Word Jazz – Dot Masters.
Part I: I’m Sorry
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Race: In * Battles * Mirrored
03.) Astarielle * The Oblik * Memory Fades
04.) I’m Sorry * Austin Rich
05.) Question & Answer Session * The Miss * “Question & Answer Session” b/w “Vast Deference” 7″
06.) Steak Knife! * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife!
Part II: The Moth
07.) The Moth * Austin Rich
08.) In My Brain * Pierced Arrows * “In My Brain” b/w “Caroline” 7″
09.) Reincarnation Blues * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
10.) The Walk * Austin Rich
11.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh, No! It’s Devo
12.) Rock ’n’ Roll Victim * Death * …For The Whole World To See
Part III: It Never Stops
13.) Totally Wired Numbers Station * Austin Rich
14.) Eraser * Oswald Five-0 * “Eraser” b/w “Felony Flats” 7″
15.) 上を向いて歩こう (“Sukiyaki) * The Holry Molrys * Demo Tape
16.) Quiet * Austin Rich
17.) Again & Again * The Hospitals * The Hospitals
Part IV: Their Instruments Playing
18.) Breakfast Machine * Danny Elfman * Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Soundtrack
19.) “Their Instruments Playing” [Excerpt from] In Watermelon Sugar * Richard Brautigan Read by Austin Rich
20.) All World Cowboy Romance * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls & Marches
21.) Live From The Teen Challenge, 8 November 2014 * An Unidentified Child
Part V: The Couch
22.) The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office * The Locust
23.) Tech Talk * Austin Rich
24.) Acid Rain * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
25.) The Couch * Men’s Recovery Project * Grappling With The Hominids
26.) I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes * Austin Rich
27.) Does It Hurt? * The Wipers * Better Off Dead 7″
This all-vinyl exploration of our journey to the moon only makes sense, in light of the impending alien invasion. But will we get there… and how? Find out as we play a number of records that are about our trip, and the difficulties we will encounter along the way.
This program contains samples for the Moon Voyage LP by Herb Galewitz, originally released on Sunset Records.
Part I: Longer, Stranger
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Phantom Limb * Hovercraft * Experiment Below * Mute Records
03.) Manmtn * Thrones * Thrones * Kill Rock Stars Records
04.) Longer, Stranger * Universal Order of Armageddon * Universal Order of Armageddon * Gravity Records
Part II: Au Clair de la Lune
05.) Moon Diver * WILT * Nocturnal Requiem
06.) Black Sea * fennesz * Black Sea * Touch Records
07.) Pirates Mix * Bruce Gilbert * Meltaot / Souls On Board Split 12″ * Ash International Records
08.) One Lick Less * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars Records
09.) Au Clair de la Lune  * Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville * Parlortone 7″ * Parlortone Records
Part III: It Never Stops
10.) Title Music From “A Clockwork Orange” * Walter Carlos * A Clockwork Orange: Music From The Soundtrack * Warner Bros. Records
11.) Hole-Workers At The Mercies of Nature: The Ultimate Disaster (Won’t You Keep Us Working? / First Warning / Back To Normality? / The Sky Falls! / Why Are We Crying? / The Tunnels Are Filling / It Never Stops) * The Residents * Mark Of The Mole * Ralph Records
Part IV: Vote Fraud On The Moon Base
12.) Operating Room Of An Ancient Roman Doctor / The Slow Down / Flexible Skulls Flapping In Black Winds of Insect Agony [Excerpt] * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
13.) D: Contamination * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index And Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch and Go Records
14.) American Woman * Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse * Touch & Go Records
15.) Big Eyed Beans From Venus * Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band * Clear Spot * Warner Bros. Records
16.) Vote Fraud On The Moon Base * Men’s Recovery Project * Resist The New Way * Vermiform Records
Part V: Stratosfear
17.) Stratosfear [Excerpt] * Tangerine Dream * Stratosfear * Virgin Records
18.) Pharaoh’s Dance * Miles Davis * Bitches Brew
19.) 3 [Excerpt] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records
20.) Favorite Things * John Coltrane * The Best Of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years * Impulse! Records
Part VI: Sister Ray
21.) Chemical Marriage * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante * Plain Recordings
22.) Sister Ray [Excerpt] * Putting On The Ritz * White Light / White Heat * Hot Cup Records
This was my first ever radio broadcast. 4 A.M. – 7 A.M. on KWVA. What follows is a recreation, based on playlists, recordings, and memories from that evening. This is an approximation of what it was like to listen to my show in those days.
Here’s the backstory: I have been obsessed since I was 10, when I got my own radio / cassette combo, and a box of tapes to go with it. (Plus a couple blank tapes.) Staying up, past my bedtime, listening to radio dramas (not called “Old Time Radio” among fans) and classic rock DJs as my pre-adolescent mind tried to wrap itself around all the things I was hearing. It stuck with me, as I started calling KZEL to request songs and chat with the DJ, my mom already working in that field herself. It…
This week, we’ve been taken over by Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator. Join him with Humphrey Bogart, The Pink Panther, Mr. Lucky, Mary Astor, Peter Gunn, Richard Diamond, Sidney Greenstreet, Pete – The King of Detectives, Frankie Machine, Richie Dagger and some genuine femme fatales for a two-hour presentation of The Maltese Falcon. Listen as Dexter rambles about skirts and twists, intermixed with edited selections of a 1946 radio adaptation of the popular film The Maltese Falcon.
The Maltese Falcon
Part I: Touch of Evil
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Peter Gunn Theme Song * Henry Mancini
03.) Mr. Lucky * Elliot Eastion’s Tiki Gods * Shots In The Dark
04.) The Maltese Falcon Part I
05.) Touch Of Evil (Main Title) * Joseph Gershenson & The Universal-International Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
06.) Femme Fatale * The Velvet Underground & Nico
07.) Goldfinger * Shirley Bassey
Part II: Contract With Depravity
08.) The Stu Bailey Blues * Warren Barker Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
09.) Watching The Detectives * Elvis Costello & The Attractions
10.) The Maltese Falcon Part II
11.) Frankie Machine * Elmer Bernstein And Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
12.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
13.) Experiment In Terror * Davie Allen And The Arrows * Shots In The Dark
Part III: Life of Crime
14.) The Maltese Falcon Part III
15.) Stool Pigeon * Irving Joseph * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
16.) Life of Crime * The Spits * School’s Out
17.) The Pink Panther Theme * Oranj Symphonette * Shots In The Dark
18.) The Maltese Falcon Part IV
19.) Cool * Stan Kenton * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
20.) Softly * Henry Mancini
Part IV: Don’t Tell The Detectives
21.) Seven * Arvo Zylo * Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher * No Part Of It
22.) Studio Di Colore [Excerpt] * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance
23.) (She Was A) Hotel Detective * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants
24.) The Maltese Falcon Part V
25.) The Street (Main Title) * Elmer Bernstein * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
26.) Don’t Tell The Detectives * The Zipps * Messthetics Vol. 4
27.) Boy Detectives * Famous Explorers * Messthetics #103
28.) The Maltese Falcon Part VI
Part V: A Shot In The Dark
29.) Richard Diamond * Buddy Morrow * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
30.) Fallout * Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
31.) Pete, King of the Detectives * Big Black * Headache
32.) The Maltese Falcon Part VII
33.) Echo Four-Two * Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
34.) Richie Dagger’s Crime * The Germs * GI
35.) A Shot In The Dark * Naked City * Naked City
Part VI: Naked City
36.) The Maltese Falcon Part VIII
37.) Le Fotografie (From Verushka) * Ennio Morricone * Crime & Dissonance
38.) Re-Enact The Crime * Unwound * The Future Of What
39.) Magic Pig Detective * The Melvins * Stoner Witch
40.) The Maltese Falcon Part IX
41.) Naked City * Mundell Lowe * His All Stars * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
I have always been fascinated by all things related to space. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I loved sci-fi movies and books, and found myselfregularly interested in things that related to the idea of leaving this planet in favor of another one. For years I wanted to make a series of tapes with my favorite alien songs on them. These days, I just do a radio show.
I decided to bring in a lot of the experimental music that I skipped the last time I did a show like this. I think it worked; it gave me a chance to play a lot of samples from The Day The Earth Stood Still, and actually made for some compelling (and strange) radio.
Much of the music speaks for itself, and with this one, I recommend just sitting back and enjoying.
It Came From Outer Space
Audio Samples (Throughout) * Edmund H. North / Harry Bates * The Day The Earth Stood Still * 20th Century Fox
Part I: Cosmic Introduction
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Au Claire de la Lune * Ataraxic Ataxia * Shadow Sea * No Part Of It
03.) Cosmic Introduction ~ Untitled Space * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. * Live In Japan * AMT Records
04.) Sputnik * Roky Erickson & the Aliens * The Evil One * 415 Records
05.) Aliens Of Gold * The Fucking Champs * V * Drag City Records
Part II: Watching The Planets
06.) SS Cygni * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks * Touch & Go Records
07.) Space Age Love * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) Watching The Planets * The Flaming Lips * Embryonic * Warner Bros. Records
09.) Spacecraft, 1967 * MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva) * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts Records
10.) Space travel w/ changing choral textures (1983) * Alan R. Splet * An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music: Second A-Chronology 1936-2003 * Sub Rosa Records
11.) Space Drugz * Lamborghini * The New Lamborghini * Battlesnakesnow.com
12.) Space Dribs * Forcefield * Roggaboggas * Load Records
Part III: Interplanetary Music
13.) Jupiter * John Coltrane * Interstellar space
14.) Quarantine The Aliens * Brown Supper * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987-2001) * Self-Released
15.) Circling the 7th Planet * Pink Mountain * Pink Mountain * Frenetic Records
16.) Interplanetary Music * Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra * Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth / Interstellar Low Ways * Saturn Records
17.) Deadly Alien Spawn * Half Japanese * Greatest Hits * Safe House Records
Part IV: Voices In My Spacesuit
18.) Cryo Sleep * Machine Listener * Sentient System * No Part of It
19.) Astrosonic * Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Twelve: The Lux Interior Memorial Edition (Journey into Outer Space) * Self-Released
20.) Take Me to Your Leader * Sam Space and the Cadets * The Purple Knif Show * Munster Records
21.) Walking on the Moon * Lucia Pamela * Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela * Arf! Arf! Records
22.) Space Craze * Rick McGuire * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Eight * Self-Released
23.) Lakes In Space * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship * 5 Rue Christine Records
24.) Voices In My Spacesuit * Last of the Juanitas * Hawaii * Flapping Jet Records
Part V: Space Rock
25.) Space Prophet Dogon * Sun City Girls * Live From Planet Boomerang * Majora Records
26.) Dribcots Space Boat * Joe Meek & The Blue Men * I Hear A New World * RPM Records
27.) Mister Spaceman * Holy Modal Rounders * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
28.) Spaceman * Harry Nilsson * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
29.) Space Rock Part 2 * Baskerville Hounds * Ghoulardi Music * Self-Released
30.) Lost Planet * The Thunderbolts * It’s Hard To Believe It: The Amazing World Of Joe Meek * Razor & Tie Records
31.) Rampaging Fuckers Of Anything On The Crazy Shitting Planet Of The Vomit Atmosphere * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * I Hope It Lands * Communion Records
32.) Leaving Another Dead Planet * Merzbow and Bastard Noise * Voice Pie / Brave New World * Relapse Records
Part VI: Alien Visitors
33.) Forbidden Planet: Main Titles – Overture * Louis And Bebe Barron * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
34.) Fear Of A Ghost Planet * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost Coast To Coast * Cartoon Network Records
35.) Alien Visitors * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Is It… * Estrus Records
36.) Space Suit * They Might Be Giants * Apollo 18 * Elektra Records
This episode is entirely dedicated to my Aunt Nina, who is currently suffering from ALS. This is an incredibly awful disease, and many people suffer from it, not just famous scientists. If you would like to know more about ALS, or make a donation, then please visit: alsa.org.
This is a little bit of a break in format, but I don’t care. Nina loves the Beatles, and with that in mind, I do something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time: explore the catalog of the Beatles in more than just a casual way. I inherited my mom’s nearly-complete collection of USA Beatles records, and while I heard them growing up, and I heard them all throughout my life, I have never really “listened to” the Beatles in the way most people do. (My biggest exposure is through Don Joyce’s ‘Over The Edge.’) So, this was a good excuse to do a little research, listen to all of my mom’s LPs, and sort out which ones would be the best fit for Nina. Special thanks to her husband, Danny, for naming specific tunes that were her favorites. All of those made the final cut. Special thanks to everyone who also contributed suggestions. I didn’t realize how many of you out there have strong opinions about this band.
I may return to this subject eventually, as there is a lot to explore (and tons of weirdness in the Beatles catalog), but for now, here’s a simple show where I play a lot of Beatles songs for Nina, in the style of Breakfast With The Beatles (a show she loved), but not exactly the same way they would do it.
In the meantime, this one is personal, and for family. We’ll get back to the regular show soon enough.
Midnight Melodies For Nina
Part I: I Wanna Hold Your Hand
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) And I Love Her (Instrumental) * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
03.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 1) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
04.) I Wanna Hold Your Hand * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
05.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 2) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
06.) Slow Down * The Beatles * Something New * Capital Records (1964)
07.) Strawberry Fields Forever * The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour * Capital Records (1967)
Part II: Roll Over Beethoven
08.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 3) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
09.) Roll Over Beethoven (Live) * The Beatles * Early Beatles 1 * Phoenix Records (1981)
10.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 4) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
11.) You Can’t Do That * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
12.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 5) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
13.) I Saw Her Standing There * The Beatles * Early Beatles 1 * Phoenix Records (1981)
14.) All You Need Is Love * The Beatles * Yellow Submarine * Apple Records (1969)
Part III: Tomorrow Never Knows
15.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 6) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
16.) If I Fell * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
17.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 7) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
18.) I’ll Follow The Sun * The Beatles * Beatles ‘65 * Capital Records (1964)
19.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 8) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
20.) Mean Mr. Mustard / Polythene Pam / She Came In Through The Bathroom Window * The Beatles * Abby Road * Apple Records (1969)
21.) Tomorrow Never Knows * The Beatles * Revolver * Capital Records (1966)
22.) Her Majesty * The Beatles * Abby Road * Apple Records (1969)
Part IV: In My Life
23.) Hard Days Night * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
24.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 9) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
25.) In My Life * The Beatles * Rubber Soul * Capital Records (1965)
26.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 10) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
27.) Twist And Shout * The Beatles * Introducing The Beatles * Vee Jay Records (1963)
Part V: The Things We Said Today
28.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 11) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
29.) The Things We Said Today * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
30.) I’m Happy Just To Dance With You * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
31.) Little Child * The Beatles * Meet The Beatles! * Capital Records (1964)
32.) Long Tall Sally * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
33.) She Loves You * The Beatles * The Beatles’ Second Album * Capital Records (1964)
34.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 12) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
35.) Boys * The Beatles * Introducing The Beatles * Vee Jay Records (1963)
36.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 13) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
Part VI: Good Night
37.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 14) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
38.) And I Love Her * The Beatles * A Hard Day’s Night * United Artists (1964)
39.) Revolution 9 * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
40.) Good Night * The Beatles * The Beatles * Apple Records (1968)
41.) The Beatles’ Story: A Narrative And Musical Biography of Beatlemania (Part 15) * Capital Records * The Beatles’ Story * Capital Records (1964)
Special guest DJ Arvo Zylo steps in this week to present an incredible mix that he made, specifically for this program. He’s certainly appeared on the program before, and I recently interviewed him for our sister program. His work has always fascinated me, as he is the kind of artist that truly creates work like no one else, and has an aesthetic that I really appreciate, that is not only strong, but incredible engaging. I was excited when he told me that he was working on a mix for my show, and when it was ready, I just had to share it with you.
The remainder of this program is a flashback to a couple of vinyl-only podcasts I did at the end of 2013 / beginning of 2014, and they felt like the perfect complement to his mix (and, more importantly, have not been aired on Mid-Valley Mutations, or terrestrial radio). We close with a new installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, something I’m always eager to get back to, but don’t always have the time for.
Thanks again to Arvo Zylo for the excellent mix. Hopefully we can do more stuff like this together in the future. Listen for the Judy Garland stuff if nothing else. It’s a hoot.
I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (by Arvo Zylo)
Part I: I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (by Arvo Zylo)*
01.) I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS * Arvo Zylo * I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Part II: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution) **
02.) Austin FM * Paco Jones * Austin FM * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Our Prayer * The Beach Boys * Smile * Capital Records (2011)
04.) ‘This Is Leonard Nimoy’ * Mutual Radio Theater * Programs For The Week of 12 May 1980 * Previously Unreleased (1980)
05.) Everything You Know Is Wrong * Firesign Theater * Everything You Know Is Wrong * Columbia Records (1974)
06.) The Great Imposter * The Piltdown Men * “The Great Imposter” b/w “Goodnight Mrs. Flintstone” * Capital Records (1961)
07.) Crazy… Crazy… * Perez Prado And His Orchestra * “Cuban Rock” b/w “Crazy… Crazy…” * RCA Victor (1955)
08.) Raunchy * Ernie Freeman * “Raunchy” b/w “Puddin'” * Imperial Records (1957)
09.) Sweet * Red Satyrs * No Hold Back… All Attack!!!: Twin Cities Hardcore Punk Rock & Roll * Self-Released (2002)
Part III: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution Part II) ***
10.) No Trespassing * The Ventures * “Perfidia” b/w “No Tresspassing” * Dolton Records (1960)
11.) Road Hog * Johnny Zorro * “Road Hog” b/w “Coesville” * Warner Bros. (1960)
12.) Dance To The Music * Sly & The Family Stone * “Dance To The Music” b/w “Let Me Hear It From You” * Epic Records (1967)
13.) Peter Gunn * Henry Mancini * The Music From Peter Gunn * RCA Victor (1959)
14.) Heroes & Villians * The Beach Boys * Smile * Capital Records (2011)
15.) Secret Agent Man * Johnny Rivers * “Secret Agent Man” b/w “You Dig” * Imperial Records (1966)
Part IV: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents
16.) The House That Time Forgot * Murder At Midnight * 16 August 1946 KFI Los Angeles (1946)
* * * * * *
* I ATTRACT INANIMATE OBJECTS (Arvo’s Playlist)
excerpt from Bible Stories (featuring Tim Curry as The Serpent)
Noah Creschevsky – Strategic Defense Initiative (excerpts)
Gangster Fun – Pure Sound, Pure Hogwash, Pure Amphetamines (excerpt)
The Fabs – That’s The Bag I’m In
Al Tijuana and his Jewish Brass – What Now My Love (excerpt)
Points of Friction – Spores of the Aquifer (excerpt)
Judy Garland – Obvious Nazi Machine / Plane Crash
Merle Haggard – I’m A Lonesome Fugitive
Broken Penis Orchestra – Floating In A Sea of Bliss
Tim Curry – Cold Cold World
Kangaroo Kourt – exerpt from Atmospheric Distortions of the Kangaroo Kourt
Mae West – Imaginary Love
Tom Waits – What Became of Old Father Craft
Tim Curry – Surabaya Johnny (excerpt)
Betty Hutton – You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun
Tiny Tim – The Ice Skater’s Song
John Wayne – Mis Raices Estan Aqui (My Roots Are Buried Here)
Clint Eastwood – Get Yourself Another Fool
Jim Nabors – Reincarnation
Butthole Surfers – Kuntz
Roger Miller – My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died
Casey Kasum – Blooper (edited)
Tim Curry – Sloe Gin (edited)
U.S. Maple – I’m Just A Bag
Fred Neil – That’s The Bag I’m In
Noah Creschevsky – Strategic Defense Initiative (excerpts)
Gangster Fun – Pure Sound, Pure Hogwash, Pure Amphetamines (excerpt)
Continuing my exploration of media about guns and our current gun culture. Not only has it been on all of our minds lately, but this is a subject I don’t want to let slip away from the public consciousness just yet. I feel like there’s a bit much to say, and not enough people saying it loudly enough.
While I could continue to wax poetic about how I feel strongly about this issue, it stands to reason that I will let the show speak for itself. But I do want to thank everyone who has been contributing (or drawing my attention to) media on this subject, and I’ll continue to include those kinds of submissions on the show. If you do want to participate, please send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s hope I don’t have to keep doing these for too much long.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Billy’s Hat [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
Part II: Gun
03.) Armalite Rife * Gang of Four * Yellow EP * Warner Bros. (1980)
04.) Gun * John Cale * Fear * Island Records (1974)
05.) The Gun * Lou Reed * The Blue Mask * RCA Records (1982)
Part III: Machine Gun
06.) Tunstal’s Death (part 1) [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
07.) Gun * Gil Scott-Heron * Reflections * Arista Records (1981)
08.) Machine Gun * Commodores * Machine Gun * Motown Records (1974)
09.) Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man) * Devo * Something For Everybody * Warner Bros. (2010)
10.) Gunshot * Klaxun * Gunshot * Previously Unreleased (2015)
11.) Borrowed Your Gun * Spiritualized * Songs In A&E * Fontana Records (2008)
Part IV: Gun Fury
12.) Tunstal’s Death (part 2) [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
13.) Happiness Is A Warm Gun * The Breeders * Pod * 4/AD Elektra (1990)
14.) Jawbone and the Air-Rifle * The Fall * Hex Enduction Hour * Kamera Records (1982)
15.) Gun Fury (Of Riot Forces) * The Damned * Strawberries * Bronze Records (1982)
16.) Gun * Chuck Berry * Back Home Chess Records (1970)
17.) The Fastest Gun Around * Marty Robbins * The Return of The Gunfighter * Columbia Records (1963)
18.) You Can’t Get A Man With A Gun * Ethel Merman * Annie Get Your Gun * RCA Victor Records (1966)
19.) Put Down That Gun * Chuck Johnson * Put Down That Gun Promo 45 * Invicta Records (1963)
Part V: Gun Control
20.) Tunstal’s Eulogy [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
21.) I Kill Children * Dead Kennedys * Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables * Alternative Tentacles (1980)
22.) Guns * D.I. * Horse Bites Dog Cries * Reject Records (1986)
23.) Gun Control * DRI * Thrash Zone * Metal Blade Records (1989)
24.) Loaded Gun * American Steel * Rogue’s March * Lookout! Records (1999)
25.) Ack Ack Ack * The Urinals * Another EP * Happy Squid Records (1979)
Part VI: Dead Man’s Gun
26.) Deputized [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
27.) Tommy Gun * The Clash * Give ’em Enough Rope * CBS Records (1978)
28.) Gun * The Men * Devil Music * We Are The Men Records (2016)
29.) Dead Man’s Gun * Thee Oh Sees * A Weird Exits * Castle Face Records (2016)
30.) Billy’s First Arrest [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
Part VII: Over The Edge
31.) Guns [Excerpt] * Don Joyce * 1 July 1989 * KPFA Radio (1989)
This is sort of a Frankenstein’s monster of a show, largely culled from two programs from our past. (Namely, Episode 8 and Episode 26.) There are also some new production elements, mixed with some other bits from other episodes, to flesh it out.
This is only because I spent about a week sick, and unable to work on new programs. So, I cobbled this together to help give me some more time to work on next week’s show.
Hopefully, we can get back on track next week. Until then:
The Organization of Sound: field recordings & musique concrète
Part I: “Etude, Musique?”
01.) The Back Yard (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Étude * Jean Barraqué * Oeuvres Completes * Classic Production Osnabrück (1998)
04.) The New Sound of Music * Michael Rodd * The New Sound of Music * BBC (1979)
05.) Musique Concrete, Part I * Written by Jean-Luc Sinclair / Read by Mac OS 10.11.5 “Voice Control” * Organizing Sounds * codehop.com (2011)
06.) Fantasia * Pierre Henry * Le Microphone Bien Tempéré * INA-GRM (1977)
07.) Etude Aux Chemins de Fer * Pierre Schaeffer * Early Moulations: Vintage Volts * Caipirinha Productions (1999)
08.) The Konkrete Etüde ⅕ * Karlheinz Stockhausen * Elektronische Musik 1952–1960 * Stockhausen-Verlag (1991)
09.)  * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)
10.) Subliminally * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
11.) Fun To See, Fun To Buy * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
Part II: “Performances Could Be Changed”
12.) The Back Yard Part II (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
13.) stovetop steampunk noise * Jerry Soga (instrumentation: michael graves teapot, tappan range) * stovetop steampunk noise * YouTube.com (2012)
14.) The Moment * (members of) The Waiting Room (Solovino de B, Maritxu de A, Jay Létal & Austin Rich) * The Moment * Facebook.com (2016)
15.) The World Around You * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2015 / 2016)
16.) The Field Recording * Porest * Modern Journal of Popular Savagery * Nashazphone (2016)
17.) Ask Money Jitters * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
18.) This Is Tea * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
Part III: “What you can do with steel you can also do more conveniently with plastic tape.”
19.) The Back Yard Part III (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
20.) Timbres Durées * Olivier Messiaen * Archives GRM * INA-GRM (2004)
21.) Étude 1 * Pierre Boulez * Archives GRM * INA-GRM (2004)
22.) Dry Egg At Room Temperature * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
23.) Reach For The Peach * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
24.) Come And Get It, A Big Surprise * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
25.) The Back Yard Part IV (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
Part IV: From The Front Porch
26.) Rain Settling In (7 November 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
27.) A History of Field Recording * Written by Lawrence English / Read by Mac OS 10.12.1 “Voice Control” *A Beginner’s Guide To… Field Recording * factmag.com (2014)
28.) Free Improvised Lunch no.2 (#2) * Uneasy Chairs * Free Improvised Lunch no. 2 * Bandcamp.com (2015)
29.) Hurt (In Colors) * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
30.) New Green Cans! * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
Part V: A Walkabout
31.) The Back Yard Part V (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
32.) Williamsburg Bridge * Fred Frith * Step Across The Border * RecRec (1990)
33.) Walkabout (17 November 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
34.) Birds of a Feather (29 August 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
35.) A Good Time For Coke * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
36.) Instant Pot, The Amazing Discovery * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
Part VI: Back To The Porch
37.) The Back Yard Part V (5 March 2018) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2018)
38.) Rain Settling In Continued (7 November 2016) * Austin Rich * Field Recordings * unreleased (2016)
39.) Boys * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
40.) Let’s Go! * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
41.) Perfectly Square * Austin Rich * Cut-Ups * unreleased (2018)
As someone who grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s, Punk was already transmuting into a plethora of other kinds of music by the time I reached musical consciousness. While I came to appreciate everything that spawned from it, I had a real interest in where it came from, which has informed my musical sensibilities in that time. While my interests now may range far and wide, the net that is cast embodies all that is punk, in the way that I define it.
This episode features edited samples from the IFC film Punk Attitudemixed with a variety of music that helped get the ball rolling. I also include a few clips from other sources, to help flesh out the story when needed. If you look at “punk” as a mode of music making, the genesis itself lies in The Blues, leading to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Punk music is often steeped in the roots of Chuck Berry riffs, but as an ethos, encompasses so much more. I try to provide as much musical insight as I have into the music that was bubbling under the surface when 1975, an important year for Punk Rock, was in full swing.
I open the show with the fantastic Pere Ubu version of “Final Solution.” In a lot of ways, Punk was about searching for a Final Solution. Music needed to be forever affected by something new in order to break away from some of the mainstream crimes that had been committed. But the people themselves, desperate and hungry for something else, were also looking for a social Final Solution, a way to put behind them all the pain and horror that the world could inflict. While Punk may not have made any massive, or permanent changes that could be considered “Final,” I think this song really sets the tone for the kind of people that made punk possible. They were those who were searching for that Solution, and punk is the story of what came of their efforts.
This show was a real pleasure to make, and it features some of my favorite music that has ever been recorded. While this is the only show that is completed in this form, I hope to continue this series much more frequently in the near future. The Grumpy Punk has been reawakened in a way that I cannot sated with a mere two hour show. I wouldn’t be surprised, October and future guests not withstanding, that this will be the foreseeable format of the show for the time being.
There is a lot that could be said of the artists in this show, and I could wax poetic for pages. But I’ll let the radio do the talking. It tells the story much better than I could, that’s for sure. I will say that, before the show even started, I was getting comments and e-mail from people who wanted to make sure that I didn’t leave stuff out. And, of course, I did. Humorously enough, I managed to fit one or two in at the last minute. There is an out-of-chronology Kinks song, sadly, but getting “Louie Louie” in near the front was a wise, wise move. I have plans, after I finish the initial run of this show, to go back and plug all the holes, and expand on the work I did in this show. Hopefully, I don’t loose motivation by then.
That’s it for this week.
See you in seven.
History Lesson: Before ’75
01.) Part 01 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
02.) Final Solution (Cleveland, Ohio, 76) * Pere Ubu * Terminal Tower: An Archival Collection * Rough Trade Records
03.) Louie Louie * The Kingsmen * “Louie Louie” b/w “Haunted Castle” * Wand Records
03.) Part 02 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
04.) “What Have You Got?” * Marlon Brando * The Wild Ones * Columbia Pictures
04.) Search & Destroy (Ann Arbor, Michigan, 73) * Iggy & The Stooges * Raw Power * Columbia Records
05.) Part 03 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
06.) Maybellene * Chuck Berry * The Chess Story: 1947 – 1975 * Chess Records
07.) Part 04 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
08.) Incense And Peppermints * Strawberry Alarm Clock * Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 * Rhino Records
09.) Part 05 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
10.) 96 Tears * ? & The Mysterians * “96 Tears” b/w “Midnight Hour” * Pa Go Go Records
11.) Part 06 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
12.) Strychnine * The Sonics * Here Are The Sonics!!! * Norton Records
13.) Part 07 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
14.) Riot on Sunset Strip * The Standells * The Best of the Standells * Rhino Records
15.) Part 08 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
16.) Psychotic Reaction * The Count Five * “Psychotic Reaction” b/w “They’re Gonna Get You” * Double Shot Records
17.) The Gift (Edit) * The Velvet Underground * Peel Slowly And See * Polydor Records
18.) Part 09 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
19.) Lou Reed on Andy Warhol * Lou Reed * Interview * Flora.tv
20.) All Tomorrow’s Parties (1965) * The Velvet Underground * Peel Slowly And See * Polydor Records
21.) Pushin’ Too Hard * The Seeds * The Seeds * GNP Crescendo
22.) Part 10 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
23.) Boy In The Sandbox (1968) * Michael Yonkers Band * Microminiature Love * Sub Pop Records
24.) Part 11 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
25.) White Responsibility * Huey Newton Punk Attitude * The Complete Malcom X on DVD * http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/
26.) Feel It (1970) * It’s All Meat * It’s All Meat * New Music Records
27.) Part 12 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
28.) Kick Out the Jams (1969) * MC5 * Kick Out the Jams * Elektra Records
29.) Part 13 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
30.) Helium Head (I Got A Love) (1970) * Sir Lord Baltimore * Kingdom Come * Anthology Recordings
31.) Queen Of Stars (Loop) * Kim Fowley / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
32.) Part 14 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
33.) Light My Fire (Edit) (Live) * The Doors * Alive, She Cried * Elektra Records
34.) Part 15 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
35.) Long Way To Go (71) * Alice Cooper * Love It To Death * Warner Bros. Records
36.) Part 16 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
37.) Not Right (1969) * The Stooges * The Stooges * Elektra Records
38.) Part 17 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
39.) Buick Mackane (72) * Marc Bolan & T.Rex * The Slider * Reprise Records
40.) Politicians In My Eyes (Loop) * Death / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
41.) Part 18 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
42.) Hang On To Yourself (72) * David Bowie * The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars * RCA Records
43.) Part 19 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
44.) Space Age Love (LA 74) * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records
45.) Part 20 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
46.) Vietnamese Baby (NYC, 73) * The New York Dolls * The New York Dolls * Island Records
47.) Part 21 Vietnamese Baby
48.) One Way Spit (Chickasha, Oklahoma, 75) * Debris * Static Disposal * Anopheles Records
49.) You Really Got Me * The Kinks * “You Really Got Me” b/w “It’s All Right” * Reprise Records
50.) Part 22 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
51.) You’re A Prisoner (Detroit, Michigan, 75) * Death * …For The Whole World To See * Drag City
52.) Part 23 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
53.) Master Race (NYC, 75) The Dictators * The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! * Epic Records
54.) We Ended Up * The Mumps * How I Saved The World * Sympathy For The Record Industry
55.) Part 24 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
56.) The Gift (Instrumental Edit) * The Velvet Underground / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
57.) Ain’t It Fun (Cleveland, Ohio, 75) * Peter Laughner * Take The Guitar Player For A Ride * Tim Kerr Records
As I am often fond of saying on this show: “I don’t mean to get political. Except, that, I do.” And while I hate to become a show that is only immersed in current events, the issue of Guns and Gun Control in our culture seems to be reaching critical mass lately, and it is on my mind quite a bit right now.
So, here’s some stuff I gathered on the subject of guns, with the real motive being to play the extended cut from Negativland’s radio program from 1989 where they addressed this very issue. The last half hour of the program is a piece they made and broadcast, not just on their show, but for New American Radio, who originally commissioned the piece. Since the radio show is, well, their show, I’ve “rounded up” and included a good 30 minutes from the original three hour broadcast. I’ll probably dig out more from it as I continue my own journey into the subject.
But, for right now, enjoy this meditation of something a little more topical, mixed with some old shit, too.
No Guns (Part I): This Isn’t Just A Mental Health Issue
Part I: Darn Cheap Guns
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Main Title [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
Part II: Kids With Guns
03.) Guns Before Butter * Gang of Four * Entertainment! * Warner Bros. Records (1979)
04.) Kids With Guns * Gorillaz * Demon Days * Virgin Records (2005)
05.) My Love Is With You * Stevie Wonder * Conversation Peace * Motown Records (1995)
Part III: Little Man With A Gun In His Hand
06.) Main Title [Excerpt II] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
07.) Melt The Guns * XTC * English Settlement * Virgin Records (1982)
08.) Little Guns * Oingo Boingo * Good For Your Soul * A & M Records (1983)
09.) Little Man With A Gun In His Hand * Minutemen * Double Nickels On The Dime * SST Records (1984)
10.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls And Marches * Ace of Hearts Records (1981)
11.) Know Your Rights * The Clash * Combat Rock * CBS Records (1982)
12.) If I Had A Gun * Dead Milkmen * Soul Rotation * Hollywood Records (1992)
Part IV: Don’t Play With Guns
13.) Main Title [Excerpt III] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
14.) Machine Gun (Live) * Jimi Hendrix * Machine Gun * Legacy Records (2016)
15.) Don’t Play With Guns * The Black Angels * Indigo Meadow * Blue Horizon Records (2013)
Part V: No Guns Allowed
16.) Tunstal Ranch [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
17.) No Guns * McRad * Dominant Force * Red Records (1984)
18.) Drop Your Guns * Theivery Corporation * The Temple of I & I * ESL Music (2017)
19.) No Guns Allowed * Snoop Lion * Reincarnated * Vice (2013)
Part VI: Shot Gun Boogie
20.) Reading Lessons [Excerpt] * Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks * Young Guns Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Rusted Wave Records (2017)
21.) Running Gun Blues * David Bowie * The Man Who Sold The World * Mercury Records (1970)
22.) With A Gun * Steely Dan * Pretzel Logic * ABC Records (1974)
23.) Running Gun * Marty Robbins * “El Paso” b/w “Running Gun” * Columbia Records (1959)
24.) Shot Gun Boogie * Tennessee Ernie Ford * “Shot Gun Boogie” b/w “Anticipation Blues” * Capital Records (1951)
25.) Don’t Take Your Guns To Town [Excerpt] * Johnny Cash * “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” b/w “I Still Miss Someone” * Columbia Records (1958)
Part VII: Over The Edge
26.) Guns [Excerpt] * Don Joyce * 1 July 1989 * KPFA Radio (1989)
In this mostly all-vinyl / live show, we offer the listener an audio voyage into the world of Mental Health. MKUltramegaphone delivers almost 45 minutes of live jams during hour two, and on the whole, we tackle a subject that seems to have an incredible amount of relevance in this distressing modern world.
This one has been in production for a little while, and as I dig into the subject more, I think this might be something we address on the program for a while. Given the recent political discourse, our social issues that seem symptomatic of a cultural illnesses we are suffering from, and a number of other things that make their way into our news, the notion of Mental Health is certain on everyone’s mind. Consider this an opportunity to find a way we can immerse ourselves in this subject, while still managing to bust out some of my favorite LPs.
Journey To The Center of The Mind (Part I)
Part I: Point of Entry
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Esplanade [Excerpt] * Fille Qui Mousse * Trixie Stapleton 291 * Bichon Records (2010)
Part II: A Mental Illness Is A Disease
03.) Mark Says Alright * Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse * Touch & Go Records (1986)
04.) Texas Cedarwood (beauty hype suite 1) * Zac Nelson * Charbroile *
Part III: Presents A Challenge
05.) Egg Danger * Thinking Fellers Union Local 281 * Porcelain Entertainments * Fruit Tree Records (2000)
06.) Endless Questions * Trembling Worm (The Giant Worm meets Trembling Earth Contract) * Improv Summit 1-20-2018 * Previously Unreleased (2018)
07.) Im Glück * Neu! * Neu! * Grönland Records (2010)
08.) Cantate Disparate * Fille Qui Mousse * Trixie Stapelton 291 * Bichon Records (2010)
Part IV: The Stigma That’s Attached To It.
09.) Blood Flower / Stone Away * Rob Jo Star Band * Rob Jo Star Band * Pomme Records (2010)
10.) Wonkatania Freakout * Glands of External Secretion * Reverse Atheism * ButtecountyFreeMusicSociety (2011)
Part V: People With Mental Illness
10.) Case Studies * MKUltramegaphone * 17 January 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Part VI: A Lot of Things In Perspective
11.) Below The Salt / Who Cares? * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars (2001)
Our bookend program to KMUZ’s Pledge Drive is a live overview of an entirely different kind. On our program, MKUltramegaphone formed, when horridus of devilsclub and I began jamming it out, live on the show. This program is a collection of the earliest jams that we did, and a presentation of the kinds of things we get up to on the show.
For people who listen often, you have heard this. Please, donate to KMUZ, so stuff like this can continue to happen. For those who have never heard this stuff before: this is what I hope the future of this program will contain.
So, dig in, and listen. And, consider how much KMUZ means to you.
The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone
Part I: A Dream
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) A Dream, A Nightmare * Don Haugen & MKUltramegaphone * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part II: BeforePhone
03.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 1) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part III: BeforePhone2
04.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 2) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
09.) Outside Time! (Part 2) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)=
10.) The Black Arts (Part 1) * Derek M. Johnson Love & MKUltramegaphone * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part VII: End of The Drive
11.) Live Performance * No-Method, Playboy Smooth, Coach Waters, Project Aisle, Nigel, Chemotroph & MKUltramegaphone * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) The Black Arts (Part 2) * Derek M. Johnson Love & MKUltramegaphone * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part VIII: Bonus
13.) In The Forest * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 10 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
(Here’s a holiday treat that I like to trot out this time of year. This broadcast was originally aired on KPSU in Portland on 3 February 2009.)
Today’s episode of Blasphuphmus Radio asks the question: where have all the Groundhog songs gone?
Well, there’s still six more weeks of winter according to February 2nd lore, so today I’m featuring songs about Ground, Hogs, and Shadows. Who knows how much longer this season will last? Only the Groundhog’s Shadow, knows! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!
I was absolutely shocked at how little Groundhog music there was to play for this show. Any musicians out there looking for something to write about, now’s your chance!
About halfway through the show I give a rambling and disjointed history of Groundhog Day. Most of the information was culled from several passes over the Inter-Web-A-Tron, so it’s as reliable as anyone else is these days.
I think I prefer the second half of the show myself.
Lastly: this is my last show during the 3 PM slot on Tuesdays. The powers that be have given me a chance to shine on the citywide broadcast signal, starting this Saturday, February 7th! So if you live in the Portland area, tune in at 1450 AM on Saturday in the Portland / Vancouver metro area (just after What’s This Called?), and 98.1 FM on the Portland State University Campus, to hear me do what I do best. You can also stream the show live at kpsu.org.
Those of you who podcast the show: nothing changes. You’ll just start getting the shows on Saturday instead of Tuesday.
Saturday’s show is tentatively titled, “Re-Introduction, Again.” Pleased to meet you… won’t you guess my theme?
Don’t forget audience participation: 503-725-4945. You, too, can be on the radio!
See ya then!
Post-Groundhog Day Special!
01.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt I] * Fragile X * End Without World
02.) Two Feet Off The Ground * The Dead Milkmen * Eat Your Paisley!
03.) Wild Hog Ride * Angry Samoans
04.) Cold Cold Cold Ground * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Tangle
05.) I’m A Hog For You Baby * Supercharger
06.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt II] * Fragile X * End Without World
07.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt III] * Fragile X * End Without World
08.) Hole In The Ground * Mekons
09.) Wart Hog * The Ramones
10.) Underground * Tom Waits * Swordfishtrombones
11.) Filipino Box Spring Hog * Tom Waits * Mule Variations
12.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt IV] * Fragile X * End Without World
13.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt V] * Fragile X * End Without World
14.) Your Shadow * The Exploding Hearts
15.) Standing In The Shadows Of Love * The Four Tops *
16.) Shadowplay * Joy Division
17.) Shadow And Shadow * The Prids
18.) Shadowy Countdown * Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet * Savvy Show Stoppers
19.) Beyond The Shadows * Stinking Lizaveta * Caught Between Worlds
20.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt VI] * Fragile X * End Without World
21.) The Shadow Knows * Link Wray & His Wray-Men
As promised, so long ago, here is Part II of my conversation with the incomparable Mark Hosler.
At this point, I feel like I have said and written quite a bit about these people and this band, and while I’m sure I could keep going on, I’ll consider brevity an important aesthetic choice this time around, and say that it was a real pleasure being able to conduct these interviews. For further Negativ-jams on this program, please consider the links below:
As I mention on the show, this will probably be the last of the interviews (like this) that will appear on Mid-Valley Mutations. I have launched a new program, WTBC Radio, where those kinds of things will pop up from now on. That is our sister show, so to speak, and I’m really proud of the work I’m doing over there. Please, check back, as I think you’ll enjoy it as it evolves and develops, too.
Thanks again to Negativland, who not only inspire me to produce the work I do, but were kind enough to realize that all I wanted to do was talk, and that I was – hopefully – not gonna ask stupid questions.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
Part II: “Getting every single thing just right”
03.) Interview Part 1 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Consuming art as it was intended, Negativland’s approach toward new material, sequencing, finishing work, Our Favorite Things DVD & Tim Maloney, the traps of being an artist, Peter Gabriel & The David Bowie story.
Part III: “Bringing something new to the table.”
04.) Interview Part 2 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) This Thing Is Not Good * Negativland * It’s All In Your Head * Seeland Records (2014)
06.) Interview Part 3 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Richard Nixon Died Today * Negativland * Thigmotactic * Seeland Records (2008)
08.) Interview Part 4 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Interview Part 6 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.)  * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)
The selection process, Trump’s impact on the new Negativland record, Body English, Steven Colbert & John Oliver, Taylor Jessen, old Don material on new releases, live performances now, the modest goals of young Negativland.
Part VI: “I got to talk about this stuff in this way.”
11.) Interview Part 7 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) Sycamore * Negativland * Escape From Noise * Seeland Records (1987)
13.) Interview Part 8 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Processing loss, What Would Don Joyce E-Mail?, Escape From Noise, Mark’s record collection.
Part VII: “We’re dumbing it up.”
14.) Interview Part 9 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Helter Stupid * Negativland * Helter Stupid * Seeland Records (1989)
18.) Interview Part 10 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Being misquoted, Helter Stupid, fake news, other kindred lost souls.
There was a point where I used to acknowledge a lot more of those we have lost recently, and I called the series The People Who Died, natch, which seemed funny and a great way to pass the time. But as the years add up, and more people pass, the idea seems less fun to me. Going through the lists of people who have gone, dredging up the memories… it just feels like a lot less of a “cool” idea, and more of an emotional drain.
However, there are so many we have lost recently – many of whom I actually quite enjoy as artists – that it seemed like I needed to press forward. We are all coping with loss of some kind, and maybe through the celebration of art that we enjoy, we can find a way to process all of this loss and feel good about it, even if in some small way.
01.) Everybody Knows * Leonard Cohen * I’m Your Man * Columbia Records (1988)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Excerpt 1 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
Part II: I Don’t Go Out Much Anymore
04.) Ever Since The World Ended * Mose Allison * Ever Since The World Ended * Blue Note (1987)
05.) Night People * Allen Toussaint * Motion * Warner Bros. Records (1978)
Part III: All Night Long
06.) Excerpt 2 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
07.) Maybellene * Chuck Berry * “Maybellene” b/w “We Wee Hours” * Chess Records (1955)
08.) I’m Walkin’ * Fats Domino * “I’m Walkin'” b/w “I’m In The Mood For Love” * Imperial Records (1957)
09.) All Night Long * Keely Smith * Live TV Performance * YouTube.com (1956)
10.) Hands On The Wheel * Harry Dean Stanton * Partly Fiction * Omnivore Recordings (2014)
11.) People Say I’m Not Good * Charles Manson * Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (1970)
Part IV: Running Out of Time
12.) Excerpt 3 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
13.) Full Circle * Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble & Jaki Leibezeit * Full Circle * Virgin Records (1982)
14.) Running Out of Time * Dead Moon * Nervous Sooner Changes * Tombstone Records (1995)
Part V: Timeless
15.) Excerpt 4 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
07.) Timeless * John Abercrombie * Timeless * ECM Records (1974)
Part VI: Virtue
08.) Excerpt 5 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
09.) Maiden Voyage * Roswell Rudd * Flexible Flyer * Arista Records (1975)
10.) Virtue * Sonny Murray * Sonny’s Time Now * Jihad Productions (1965)
Part VII: Le Voyage
11.) Titan’s Might * Z’EV * Schönste Muziek * Dossier Records (1986)
12.) Après La Mort 1 (Fluide Et Mobilité D’un Larsen) * Pierre Henry * Le Voyage * Philips Records (1967)
13.) Excerpt 6 (Live 16 March 2013) * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (2013)
The writing was on the wall from the beginning, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason was doomed (if by name alone) to be short lived. Getting off the ground initially was extremely time consuming. Half way through, KPSU experienced all new management, and they were unsure of who I was, what the show was about, and when they could schedule it. (The new staff were unaware that I was celebrating my 10 year anniversary at KPSU.)
And part of the confusion was the fact that I’d quite KPSU twice previously. While it is difficult to talk about this without ultimately pointing fingers, the fist time I left for due to “creative differences,” and the second time was to pursue new projects that, at the time, were very promising. That being said, the name of the new show was far too appropriate; while I thought I was making one joke (regarding Pink Floyd’s return to recording after their “final” cut), it turned out the “momentary” aspect of the program was entirely too relevant. By the end of July of the 2014, the show was over, and by September, the last Momentary Lapse of Reason show went out under the disguise of the last Closet Radio broadcast to go out on KPSU. (Sometime the details of Closet Radio‘s ascendence and disappearance should be covered by someone, but for now, I’ll have to leave that to a future someone.)
There were several factors that led to the end, but one was a simple matter of technical problems. KPSU, at the time, regularly had issues, with equipment, access to the studio, the turntables (as most notably heard on the Closet Radio sessions, which had a hum that was only identified afterward running throughout the performance), and sometimes, there was a band sitting in the studio, wanting to play. This is, of course, the adventure of college radio, but when you rely on the full studio to create your program, these limitations can be very frustrating. On at least two occasions, the station was mysteriously closed and we couldn’t do a show. (We ultimately podcasted in place of those, an entirely other permutation of this show that is also not represented here and now.) And in the end, the station just didn’t know what to make of the show. Trying to explain a collage / interview / talk / music show was hard, and they never understood why it didn’t work to have a rock band recording in the room next door while Rikki & I were trying to talk. (Not to mention how hard it was to mix.) It was clear, for both of us, that KPSU was not the place for this show.
Add on top of all of this availability. In spite of my best efforts, KPSU didn’t make it easy to hear A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Sometimes, the show was not listed on the site. Other times, the feeds weren’t working, so you couldn’t even hear us live. When we did manage to get incomplete recordings, getting them properly documented in a way for listeners to find and hear were a challenge, and at one point, it seemed like I had lost all the source recordings for the program. To say that it was little heard (and badly recorded) is an understatement, so at the very least, bringing these recordings to a wider audience is to finally do justice to these shows that have, more or less, languished in digital oblivion.
Another factor that competed for attention at the same time was my own proximity to Portland, where KPSU is located. Very quickly, due to a number of reasons that are boring and tedious, I found myself moving to Salem rather suddenly. While I initially commuted to PDX for work and radio, I soon landed a job in Salem, and getting to Portland was no longer easy or possible for the time slot we were inhabiting. Initially, this was only going to be a temporary roadblock; both Rikki & I were working out ways that the podcast version of the show could be done remotely, and there were talks of us changing the show entirely to The Secret True History of Rock & Roll, a new idea that grew out of A Momentary Lapse of Reason. But all these plans were scuttled when Rikki moved Closet Radio to KRXY, and then, moved away from Portland entirely. At that point, the nail in the AMLOR coffin was officially pounded in place.
Obviously, something like this is about a time and a place. Rikki & I did some incredible radio at KPSU, and we both enjoyed our shows, and this one in particular. But it was clear that our lives were moving in other directions. But for one year, we managed to create a show that was absolutely a representation of what we are like when we are on the radio together, and that alone is something that is worth quite a bit. My hope is that, buried in the mix here somewhere, you can hear Miss Rikki and I, laughing and rocking out, so incredibly pleased with ourselves that we got to make such wild radio.
Some moments in our lives are just wistful memories of which we have little record. But sometimes, you get a glorious snapshot of something from the past, and when you revisit it, you realize there is wisdom and glory is looking back on what had been done before.
For a short period of time in 2014, I returned to KPSU while I was working at PSU. I had twice left the station before, to work on other radio projects elsewhere, but as a student, alumni, and then employee of the school, KPSU was never far from my mind, or my memory. I would hear it as I roamed the campus during work hours, and it soon filled my mind with all sorts of ideas about a new was of doing radio. It’s not like I’d ever strayed too far away. Every iteration of my show has been, essentially, the same. (That is to say, me and my interests, on display, for all the world to hear.) But I wanted to distill all the facets of my radio personality into one, rambling, massive, pulsing thing that was, for all intents and purposes, me in audio form.
It took a long time to set this up. Starting in 2013, I began planning and preparing, working with the station and with Miss Rikki to get it to come into being. There were delays and setbacks, and stations management changes that always make it difficult to explain everything all over again to someone new. But we launched, at the end of January, and for most of 2014, this became my favorite thing to do, creatively.
While the show was never supposed to include anyone else other than myself, Rikki had been so much a part of planning this show, that it only made sense to have her on the first one. Then, very quickly, she was there for every show, and so was a whole cast of characters that littered the conversations and spots on the program, none of which are represented here. The backbone, the essence of the show was Miss Rikki and I, mixing records and other stuff, and seeing how it all turned out.
In fact, aside from the first DJ set of the first show, almost none of what was aired on A Momentary Lapse of Reason was planned any way. The spontaneous and improvised nature of the show relied heavily on the KPSU music archive, which we played relentlessly in various capacities, but this sort of ignores that both Rikki and I would bring piles of stuff to play, too. But one we got to chatting, and picking stuff out, it always became clear that the shows were never going to even get to the stuff we’d selected before, a tradition that is long standing a common in radio.
This show was short lived, and perhaps I’ll talk about the ending in the next episode. But here, let’s focus on some of the best and choicest moments from the first several episodes. While our show was full of segments, talk, calls, and live music, the connective tissue / thread that would hold it all together was our mixes. This is the stuff that has aged the best, represents the spirit of the show that I remember fondly, and is truly wild in a way that makes me want to bring this element back to Mid-Valley Mutations in a big way.
As a special treat, there are a few extra “bonus minutes” on the podcast version, that the FM version did not get. If you were listening live, and want to hear that, the bonus minutes are at the end. And: stay tuned next week, as we continue this exploration, and bring you more magnificent mixes from Miss Rikki and myself.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Silence vs. Answers * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part II: (From Episode 6, 5 March 2014 & Episode 7, 19 March 2014)
03.) That Neu Number Station In Astro Space * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part III: (From Episode 8, 26 March 2014 & Episode 12, 23 April 2014)
04.) Full Skronk Git Down * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part IV: (From Episode 14, 14 May 2014 & Episode 17, 4 June 2014)
05.) The Jazz Numbers Theory on Botflys & Mr. Topsy Turvy * A Momentary Lapse of Reason w/ The Professor & The Professor’s Wife * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
Part V: (From Episode 17, 4 June 2014 & Episode 18, 11 June 2014)
06.) The Meta-morph-osis * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
07.) Tonto * Battles * Mirrored * Warp Records (2007)
Part VI: (From Episode 3, 12 February 2014)
08.) As of Now * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records (2004)
09.) Tommy Goes Berserk * Melvins Lite * Freak Puke * Ipecac Records (2012)
10.) Gauze * KARP * Stars Kill Rock * Kill Rock Stars (1993)
Part VII: (Episode 3, 12 February 2014 2014 & Episode 6, 5 March 2014)
11.) SPMC * The Icarus Line * Mono * Buddyhead Records (2001)
12.) Up In Her Room * The Seeds * A Web of Sound * GNP Creshendo (1966)
In this supplementary podcast, we continue to feature music that was selected by Kelly, that originated as music he discovered while working on his blog. (downloadedshow.blogspot.com). We only got to feature two of these tracks, and there was so much more that we could offer if we went into bonus overtime.
So, this podcast is curated by Kelly Taylor himself.
Sound The Klaxun!! (#82a)
01.) Anubus Rex * Klaxun * Inside The Box * Apple Music (2014)
02.) Justice – Stress (Toni Leys NAVE Mix) * Toni Leys * Justice – Stress (Toni Leys NAVE Mix) * Bandcamp.com (2017)
03.) Call of the Final Five * Burnkit2600 * This is the Sound! * freemusicarchive.org (2008)
04.) Fall * Dr. Death + Mr. Vile * The Pretty Little Devils * Bandcamp.com (2015)
05.) A Simple Place * Culture Trust * 12 In 14 * Bandcamp.com (2014)
06.) Beyond the Emptiness * Star Zero Pound * Beyond the Emptiness * Nematode Records (2016)
07.) Midnight Stalker * Years For Months * Midnight Stalker * Soundcloud.com (2017)
08.) Bradycardia * Cullah * Trinity * Apple Music (2016)
09.) Every Note * Matthew Heller * Matthew Heller * Bandcamp.com (2012)
10.) Yellow Curse * Tex Patrello * Yellow Curse * Bandcamp.com (2017)
11.) Staring At My Shoes In A Haze * Klaxun * Close Without Saving * Apple Music (2014)
12.) Little Drummer Boy * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas * Illegal Art (2001)
In my continuing effort to fully flesh out the local Salem Music Scene (and document some of these stories that are very quickly receding from memory), we offer this timely, holiday treat: The Kelly Taylor Show.
Kelly has played in almost 16 bands in his life, and is currently singing and playing in Years For Months, and decidedly rock and roll kind of combo. But there’s another side to his music, and a side that you will not get to enjoy on this program. Electronic might not be the right word to describe it, and already that should telegraph to you what kind of music Klaxun happens to be. I should mention here that there is a lot of Klaxun music in this show, and much of it is not credited. (It’s in the background.) But all of it is easy enough to find, and is well worth the effort.
This is our “Christmas” broadcast this year, part of my cooky idea to speak with a number of folks that I find interesting, something you might see on an old Variety Show, or hear on some other holiday broadcast. While we don’t exactly get very “holiday” centric on the other two shows (or even this one, for that matter), I offer smatterings of holiday fare, and we hope that with will yule-tide you over until you can get some real Christmas Music.
As has been the tradition on this show, we close things out with a broadcast from exactly 57 years ago, tonight! It’s Dimestore Radio Theater, with a Nero Wolfe story that is perfect for this time of year.
Thanks again, from all of us here at Mid-Valley Mutations. Happy Holidays.
The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)
Part I: The Door
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas * Illeagal Art (2001)
Part II: “It’s never left the hard drive.”
03.) Interview Part 1 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Jupiter * Klaxun * Close Without Saving * Apple Music (2014)
Recording with new technology, Haywire Studios, recording with old technology, taking advantage of the digital world, technology & control freaks, the development of arrangements (solo vs. full band).
Part III: “How many different haikus are there?”
05.) Interview Part 2 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Ripplets * Klaxun * Inside The Box * Apple Music (2014)
s07.) Hypertension * Klaxun * Hypertension * Soundcloud.com (2014)
08.) For * Klaxun * For * Soundcloud.com (2016)
Starting on a new song, finding the door, Some Chords by deadmau5, frustrations with EDM, dumb genre nonsense, the formula for predictable music, “cozies,” the freedom of boundaries, finding a voice within rules, the phone as a compositional tool, broken and expensive gear vs. what’s at hand, Caustic.
Part IV: “I’m sort of like Dr. Frankenstein with creative works.”
09.) Interview Part 3 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Demolution [Excerpt] * Klaxun * Demolution * Soundcloud.com (2016)
11.) AMBI3NT * Klaxun * AMBI3NT * Soundcloud.com (2017)
Here is a podcast bonus this week: an extended clip of an Over The Edge broadcast by Don Joyce, People Like Us and Wobbly. In a way, this sort of connects a lot of what we’ve been talking about on the show lately, and features what these live mixes were like.
Trying to cover the work that People Like Us in a single show is really a disservice to the incredible breadth and scope of the work she does. Music, radio, television, film and even a book are some of the elements of her career, but even those labels do not fully embrace what her version of radio is (Do or DIY), or what her film might look like. (In this case, Gone Gone Beyond, a 360 degree experience for Cinechamber.) Suffice it to say, People Like Us – or Vicki Bennett, as it were – works in new media and mediums to force us to reflect on enjoying the work we’re experiencing, and rejecting the boring “intellectual” parts of our brains while we do it.
Join me for a two-hour presentation of the work and thinking of People Like Us, artist and creator who is constantly pushing boundaries, and finding new places where her ideas can grow and flourish. We also feature examples of her work, discuss her newest release (Optimized!, a split release with Porest), her newest film, and get into the nitty gritty of art, who we are when we engage in it, and why having a sense of humor is crucial if we want to be honest with ourselves.
There’s no Audience Participation this week, as this is the Holiday Season and we’re a little time constrained, to be honest. But in the background you’ll hear a mix of People Like Us jams backing the interview, and I do my best to keep the tone in line with the conversation. There’s a ton of music in the background that I do not credit or cite below, but all of it is People Like Us, and her music is easy enough to find. It will cause you to re-think the way you consider pop music, and maybe stop thinking entirely, from time to time.
The People Like Us Special! (#81)
Part I: “It just makes the most sense.”
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
Part II: “Mindset wihout the headset.”
02.) Interview Part 1 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Old Cow Whoopee * People Like Us * A Fistful Of Knuckles * Caciocavallo Records (2000)
Part IV: “I’ve been flailing wildly for many, many years, actually.”
06.) Interview Part 3 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) All On A Beautiful Day [Excerpt] * People Like Us * Optimized! * Discrepant Records (2017)
Do or DIY & large audience broadcasting, someone mansplaining your art to you, starting out doing radio in Brighton, making tapes, starting to gig in 1996, living with Genesis P-Orridge in Brighton in 1989, Mark Hosler “dropping by” and leaving Escape from Noise behind, Nurse With Wound, Psychic TV, meeting Don Joyce, the small world of experimental music, sending tapes and faxes back and forth, Universe Part 92, phoning Over The Edge in the old days, putting out the first record in 91/92, new split Optimized! with Porest, topsy turvey music, not being serious and connecting with humor, intellectuals ruining everything.
Part V: “I like the idea of The Variety Show.”
Part VI: “Who is this band?”
08.) Interview Part 4 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Sound Escape Part 3 * People Like Us * Lassie House / Jumble Massive * Caciocavallo Records (1995)
Muppet Christ Superstar, earworms and getting Rick Rolled, exposure to the 21st century through mash-ups, lawsuits and fading sampling controversies, a celebration of folk culture, Ubu.com and Kenny Goldsmith, downloading, gender and identity expectations in art, releasing films on a VR headset, gaining access to art.
Part VI: “Happy now?”
10.) Interview Part 5 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Baby Makes Three 2 * Don Joyce, People Like Us & Wobbly * 10 October 2002 * KPFA Radio (2002)
The apparatus exists before the content, the world of wonder, access and costs preventing art from growing, the creative mind, anarchy and creativity rejuvenating artists, the importance of Dada, thinking about Don Joyce, Over The Edge as Don’s mind in audio form, Mark’s dream, Vicki’s dream, the person that creates the art you make, we don’t own anything, The archive.org OTE collection, honoring our creative impulses.
Part VII: “I don’t remember what questions you’ve asked me anyway.”
12.) Interview Part 6 * People Like Us * 8 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
In this supplementary podcast, we explore the music that we mentioned during my interview with Lob Instagon. This features a number of selections from the NorCal NoiseFest 2017, and a couple of Lob-centric bonus tracks, that I figured were worth hearing, as well. It’s a nice cross-section of the event, of Lob’s music, and it makes for a great listen.
Stay tuned for the end, where you get to hear a performance featuring Monte Cazazza, and an excellent closing set by Big City Orchestra. Not to be missed, and two of my favorite sets from the fest. But there were tons, and you really should .
A NorCal NoiseFest Bonus (#80a)
01.) Bad Ass * Instagon * Black Cactus * Love Earth Music (2017)
02.) Live * Instagon * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
03.) Live * Cut Shutters * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
04.) Live * Burnt Dot * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
05.) Live * Sidewalk Brujeria * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
06.) Live * Trepan Vent * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
07.) Live * Vertonen w/ Monte Cazazza * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
08.) Live * Big City Orchestra * NorCal NoiseFest 2017 * NorCal NosieFest (2017)
09.) Tortoise Boogie * Lost High Desert Tortoise * Mile Noise 19: The Lost Tape * Thee Instagon Foundation (2015)
In this supplementary mini-mutation, I decided that it was worth presenting some of Wobbly’s music without any of my mixing and editing. It was nice to hear the interview with Jon, and I hope you have already listened to the primary show (which you can find here). But we did talk a lot about his music, and didn’t really present any of it for you to sample.
So, consider this a bite-sized sample, more or less covering the kind of work that he does as an artist. It’s pretty rockin’, it’s nice and loose, and if you stay tuned to the end, you can get a small sample of the new record he’s working on, which is not yet out (and probably won’t be until next year).
Raw Wobbly (#79a)
01.) 2 Pinna (9L) * Moebius Story Leidecker * Familiar * Bureau B Records (2016)
02.) Fertile * People Like Us & Wobbly * Music for the Fire * Illegal Art (2010)
03.) Live Performance * NegativWobblyLand * 27 August 2011 @ Zool in Oakland * Previously Unreleased (2011)
04.) The Booper Symphony [Excerpt] * Negativland * 23 September 2012 * Previously Unreleased (2012)
05.) Closest Living Relations * Sagan * Unseen Forces * Vague Terrain (2004)
06.) Excerpt * Wobbly * Monitress * Unreleased (2018)
07.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas * No-L * A Mutated Christmas * Illegal Art (2001)