New Year’s Nightmare (#217)

New Year’s Nightmare (#217)

An old-fashioned New Year’s Holiday Program from me, in that it’s the way I used to do them, 10 years ago. Join us for a Supernatural, Time Traveling New Year’s story, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of drinking too much.

Enjoy!

 

 

New Year’s Nightmare

Featuring cut ups of “New Year’s Nightmare,” an episode of The Mysterious Traveler from 5 January 1947, and the KMART Christmas Tape.

Part I:

01.) Drink! * They Might Be Giants * Mink Car
02.) Look Around You * The Resistance * The Resistance
03.) Jagged Time Lapse * John’s Children * A Midsummer Night’s Scene

Part II:

04.) Another Name * The Miss * The Ride
05.) You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory * Ronnie Spector * Jackson’s Jukebox
06.) I Want To Tell You * The Rockers * Teenline Vol. 1
07.) Something I’ve Got To Tell You * Glenda Collins * It’s Hard To Believe It: The Amazing World of Joe Meek
08.) Over Now * The Tools * Teenline Vol. 2

Part III:

09.) Love’s Gone Bad * Chris Clark * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found: One Kiss Can Lead To Another
10.) I Wanna Be Free * The Rings * Once Upon A Time Vol. 04: UK April to July 1977
11.) Aba Daba Honeymoon * Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter * 50’s Love Songs
12.) Murderer’s Night * Sun City Girls * 330,003 Crossdressers From Beyond The Rig Veda Can’t Be Wrong

Part IV:

13.) Headache * Frank Black * Teenager of The Year
14.) I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You * Klaus Nomi * Eclipsed: The Best of Klaus Nomi
15.) New Year’s Eve * Tom Waits * Bad As Me

Part V:

16.) Visible Alex * Moth Hunter * Visible Alex
17.) Subterranean Waterway Barge Conveyance * Hal McGee * Battery Operated

Dancing Dan’s Christmas (#216)

Dancing Dan’s Christmas (#216)

An old-fashioned Holiday Program from me, in that it’s the way I used to do them, 10 years ago.

Enjoy!

 

 

Dancing Dan’s Christmas

Featuring cut ups of “Dancing Dan’s Christmas,” and episode of The Damon Runyon Theater from 13 March 1949, and the KMART Christmas Tape.

Part I:

01.) American Story * Cult Heroes * Killed By Death Vol. 12
02.) (I Should Better Be Lookin’ For) Dangerman * The Mummies * Death By Unga Bunga!!
03.) Searchin’ * The Coasters * The Coasters

Part II:

04.) A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn’t So) * The Flaming Lips * Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell EP
05.) One Christmas At A Time * Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick * One Christmas At A Time
06.) Mr. Santa Claus * Nathaniel Mayer * Village of Love
07.) Santa’s Beard * They Might Be Giants * Lincoln

Part III:

08.) Follow Blind * The Wipers * Follow Blind
09.) Christmas In The Congo * Marquees * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!
10.) Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto * James Brown * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!

Part IV:

11.) (It’s Gonna Be A) Punk Rock Christmas * The Ravers * Once Upon A Time Vol. 13: California & Pacific Northwest 1977
12.) It Came Upon A Midnight Clear * Eban Schletter * Eban Schletter’s Cosmic Christmas
13.) Christmas Blues * Washboard Pete * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!
14.) Christmas In Jail * The Youngsters * Black Christmas
15.) Yulesville * Edward ‘Kookie’ Byrnes * Jeezus Fuck, It’s Christmas!
16.) C’mon Santa! * Mach Bell & His Elves * Xmas Snertz: Have A Very Gulcher Christmas!

Part V:

17.) I Am A Human Recording * Hal McGee * Battery Operated

Christmas Shopping In The Future With Jerry Browning (#214)

Christmas Shopping In The Future With Jerry Browning (#214)

This is sort of a grab-bag program, in many ways. There’s some live Mini-Mutations, what I’m calling Futuristic Christmas Carols, as I pontificate on the holiday season.

Then, there’s a quartet of Holiday Episodes from Calling All Detectives, with Jerry Browning.

Then we close with another installment of Hal McGee’s Holiday Audio Assemblage from last year, “Battery Operated,” with the second track from that disc.

Enjoy!

 

 

Christmas Shopping In The Future With Jerry Browning

Part I: 

01.) Santa Claus Is Murdered * Calling All Detectives * 7 December 1948

Part II: 

02.) Too Many Santas * Calling All Detectives * 24 December 1948

Part III: 

03.) A Case While Shopping * Calling All Detectives * 31 December 1948

Part IV: 

04.) A Christmas Ornament Is A Valuable Clue * Calling All Detectives * 5 January 1949

Part V: battery operated

05.) a dream from which I just awoke * Hal McGee * battery operated * Self-Released (2020)

Part VI: 

06.) High Pressure * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 27 November 1949

I Want To Do Your Laundry (#213)

I Want To Do Your Laundry (#213)

Here’s a jukebox show, of some stuff that is new-ish to me, but I haven’t had a chance to listen to.

Enjoy!

 

I Want To Do Your Laundry

Part I: Erratic Warrior

01.) Erratic Warrior * Dylan Houser * EC Split 3 * HalTapes (2020)
02.) Durante y después de la exposición al sol * Rafael González * EC Split 8

Part II: springs and gears

03.) Only from the Heart Can You Touch the Sky * Space Gambus Experiment * Into The Light * Self-Released (2014)
04.) 23 July 2012 No. 6 * Tom Furgas * OneOfAKind Disc 23 July 2012 * Self-Released (2012)
05.) The Watchmaker, struck a mortal blow, is surprised to find he is only springs and gears inside [Exceprt] * Tower Sisters * Tower Sisters * What is the Response Threshold and How Does it Work? * Naked Raabbit

Part III: Unproductive Thinking

06.) Strange and Unproductive Thinking * David Lynch * Crazy Clown Time * Pias America (2011)
07.) I Want to do Your Laundry * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Wolf In A Pulpit * Self-Released (1987)
08.) Sister Schizo * Walls of Genius * Before …and After * Self-Released (1984)

Part IV: battery operated

09.) My doppelgänger is naughty * Hal McGee * battery operated * Self-Released (2020)

Keeping Things Small For The Holidays: 3″ of Pure Pleasure (#212)

Keeping Things Small For The Holidays: 3″ of Pure Pleasure (#212)

Since big things are frowned upon this Thanksgiving, we are relying on a much smaller form of entertainment to keep in step with the need this year. All 3″ discs are on the menu.

Enjoy!

 

Keeping Things Small For The Holidays: 3″ of Pure Pleasure

Part I: Blood of the Land

01.) Blood of the Land * Daniel Menche * Blood of the Land * ferns_rhizome (2010)

Part II: Childhood And Sudden Memories

02.) 1031 * endometrium cuntplow * endometrium cuntplow / dogprodz split * Love Torture Records (2009)
03.) Childhood And Sudden Memories * Boar * endometrium cuntplow / boar split * Love Torture Records (2009)
04.) unsustainable growth * Chefkirk + Carl Kruger * designer consciousness * bicephalic records (2018)
05.) 34275 * dogprodz * endometrium cuntplow / dogprodz split * Love Torture Records (2009)

Part III: Object Lesssening

06.) Human vs. Mechanical Turtle Part IV * DJ EmbryonicPetitSac * Sac + Tinklepotty * Sweat Band Records (2012)
07.) Impact Melt Pools * Styrofoam Sanchez * Crank Sturgeon / Styrofoam Sanchez Split * Lewcid Joosebox Recordings
08.) [untitled] * JUICE MACHINE * [peach dot sticker] * Self-Released
09.) Object Lessening * Crank Sturgeon * Crank Sturgeon / Styrofoam Sanchez Split * Lewcid Joosebox Recordings
10.) Mantra No.55 [Excerpt] * Durastatic * Mantra No.55 * Self-Released

Part IV: Dimestore Radio Theater

11.) The Strange Death of Van Dorn * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 13 November 1949

The Body & The Mind: Blood & The Fading Light (#211)

The Body & The Mind: Blood & The Fading Light (#211)

A little DJ show to feature some of the new stuff that has come my way recently. Lots of new stuff!

Enjoy!

 

 

The Body & The Mind: Blood & The Fading Light

Part I: The Visitor

01.) Vast * Brad Anderson * Darwinian Playground * Brad Anderson Music (2020)
02.) Create The Visitor (Live in Glasgow) * Negativland * LIVE BRAIN Eurotour 2019 * Seeland Records (2020)

Part II: Exposed

03.) Blood On My Craft Table * Leporidae * Klowd / Leporidae / Audioemetic ‎– Split * Skeletonhand Records (2006)
04.) Out Kew * KR Seward * EC Split 5: bless with Boss? * HalTapes (2020)
05.) Exposed In The Fading Light * Scot Jenerik 8 * MEAT * Auscultare Research (1999)

Part III: Misdirection

06.) Side of Orca * Spiral Tanks * November Postcard * Spiral Tanks Music (2020)
07.) Models of Misdirection I I * Vasectomy Party * EC Split 6 * HalTapes (2020)
08.) Dying For Cigarettes * Greaathumor * Crowd Pleasers * Industrial Sentiment (2020)
09.) The Blood Ov (Excerpt) * Instagon * Thee Most Creative Thing I’ve Ever Seen In A Slight English Accent * Thee Instagon Foundation (1994)

Part IV: Dimestore Radio Theater

10.) The Black Ball * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 6 November 1949

A Night On Horror Island (#207)

A Night On Horror Island (#207)

Somehow I have would up in Florida, but my good friend Bill Martin happens to own a boat there. Maybe he can help me get home, somehow, on his way to Horror Island?

Enjoy!

 

A Night On Horror Island

01. ) Horror Island * George Waggner

02.) Quest For The Traneeneh * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 16 October 1949

 

A Night On Haunted Hill (#206)

A Night On Haunted Hill (#206)

I continue my way home, through an awfully creepy forest, I stumble upon a very strange house on a Haunted Hill, where some unusual characters are having what they call a “party.”

Enjoy!

 

A Night On Haunted Hill

01. ) A Night On Haunted Hill * William Castle

02.) Occasional Organ * Mini-Mutations

03.) The Man With No Name * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 9 October 1949

The Nightside of Eden (#205)

The Nightside of Eden (#205)

I wander through a creepy forest to the Nightside of Eden, where Daona offer a unique studio session for our program.

Enjoy!

The Nightside of Eden

HOUR 1

Part I: 

01. ) A Creepy Forest * Mini-Mutations

HOUR 2

Part II: 

02.) Nightside of Eden * Daona

Part III: Dimestore Radio Theater

03.) Pattern for Revenge * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 2 October 1949

Memories of NoiseFests Past (#204)

Memories of NoiseFests Past (#204)

Some performances from previous NoiseFests.

Enjoy!


Memories of NoiseFests Past

HOUR 1

Part I: 

01. ) Juice Machine (2019)

Part II: 

02.) Chopstick (2019)

Part III: 

03.) MKUltramegaphone (2017)
04.) Holiday Special (2019)

HOUR 2

Part IV: 

05.) Mini-Mutations (2018))

Part V: 

06.) John Frank & Don Haugen (2019)

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater

07.) Memento From Adelaide * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 25 September 1949

Dreams Dissolve (#203)

Dreams Dissolve (#203)

Trying to catch up one life, with a DJ show where Dreams dissolve before your very ears.

Enjoy!

 

Dreams Dissolve

HOUR 1

Part I: Flashbacks

01. ) Transparent Radiation * Spacemen 3 * Translucent Flashbacks (The Glass Singles) * Fire Records (1995)
02.) Dreams Dissolve * AUME * Elemental * AUME Music (2017)

Part II: Pittsburg, 2018

03.) Rendaku 37 Hary Bones Pittsburg 2018 * Plutonium Burrito * Mail Art Package * Self-Rebased (2020)

Part III: Vape Plague

04.) ID * R33k * Vape Plague * R33k Music (2020)
05.) channel 4 * Pigeonhole * channels * Grain of Salt Records (1999)

HOUR 2

Part IV: Sounds & Looks Like Life

06.) The Fungus Among Us [ Excerpt] * Electronic Cottage * Sounds And Looks Like Life: Audio Folk Art Assemblage * Electronic Cottage (2020)

Part V: Dimestore Radio Theater

07.) The Nile Runs High * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 18 September 1949

Happy When It Rains (#202)

Happy When It Rains (#202)

As at the smokey chokey Pacific Northwest continues to experience the worst from fires, my mind turns to rain and the healing effects it can have on us.. if it will only come.

Enjoy!

 

Happy When It Rains

HOUR 1

Part I: He Begins

01. ) He Begins * Jeremy Hight / Read by Austin Rich * 15 September 2020

Part II: Happy When It Rains

02.) Rainbirds * Tom Waits * Swordfishtrombones * Island Records
03.) Rain * Charles Bukowski
04.) Happy When It Rains * The Jesus & Mary Chain * Darklands (1987)

Part III: Acid Rain

05.) Acid Rain * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday (2008)
06.) Rain * Sailboats * Adrift
07.) Rain * Guyve * Live 9-27-06 Valentines
08.) Sandoz in the Rain * Amon Duul I * Yeti
09.) Rain Roots * King Tubby * King Tubby Meets The Upsetter

HOUR 2

Part IV: Windowpane Rain

10.) Didn’t It Rain * The Golden Gate Quartet * Radio Transcriptions 1941 – 1944
11.) Windowpane Rain * George & Caplin * Things Past (2006)
12.) Rainforest Version 1, 1968, performed 1990 * David Tudor * OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (2000)
13.) Brown Rain * Christian Marclay * Records (1982)

Part V: Singin’ In The Rain

14.) aleanRainsong * devilsclub
15.) Jade Planet Rain * Knuckle Children
16.) We Ain’t Got No Money, Honey, But We Got Rain * Charles Bukowski
17.) Singin’ In The Rain * Gene Kelly

Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater

18.) Adventure With Andrea * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 11 September 1949

Looking At Exploration Into Deep Space (#201)

Looking At Exploration Into Deep Space (#201)

An exploration of new music, and some of the ways that we can eventually get to deep space.

Enjoy!

 

Looking At Exploration Into Deep Space

01. ) Wind And Clouds * Phinney / McGee * Cooperative Principle * Harsh Reality (2020)
02. ) Am Trafo * P16. D4 * Three Projects * RRRecords (1993)
03. ) My Little Red Planet * Instagon * Planets * TIF (2019)
04. ) The Circle / The Serpent * Arvo Zylo * Children of The Stones * Ballast Records (2019)
05. ) soften the blow * brunk * Forgotten Memories of a Harsh Future: Electronic Cottage Compilation 7 * Haltapes (2020)
06. ) Darling, I Love You * Girls On Fire * EC Split 1 * Haltapes (2020)
07. ) inerrant * dylan houser * Musical Postcards * Self-Released (2020)
08. ) We’ve Really Not Gone Very Far (Live) * Mini-Mutations * Live 8 September 2020 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2020)
09. ) Mother Nature * M.NOMIZED * Forgotten Memories of a Harsh Future: Electronic Cottage Compilation 7 * Haltapes (2020)

10.) A Stranger To The Desert * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 4 September 1949

Ribbon Radio Capsule II (#200)

Ribbon Radio Capsule II (#200)

All cassette tapes.

Enjoy!

 

Ribbon Radio Capsule II

1. ) Cowboys In Cuba * Chris & Cosy * Trance * Rough Trade (1982)
2. ) Trickle Down Economics * Fivepaw * Fivepaw * FPNP Tapes (2016)
3. ) Shed No Tears (Live) * Flipper * Blow’n Chunks * ROIR (1984)
4. ) áváцvпólç [Excerpt] * cyveiliog * áváцvпóІç * Self-Released (2020)
5. ) Things Evolve in Swamps (Live) * Tomokie’s Cup * The Worst Five Live * Self-Released (2019)
6. ) (1 – A) * Black Magic Cyborg * Black Magic Cyborg * Self-Released (2019)
7. ) Full Explanation of Answer * Unwound * The Future of What * Kill Rock Stars (1995)

8.) The Lady from Istanbul * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 28 August 1949

Dimestore Radio Theater

Dimestore Radio Theater

Three Old Time Radio adventure yarns, from the Mid-Century…

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1

01.) “House of Darkness” * Box 13 * 3 July 1949
02.) “Dr. Markoff’s Discovery” * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 27 August 1950

03.) The Theme From The Third Man * Anton Karas

Hour 2

04.) “It Happened One Night” * The Campbell Playhouse * 28 January 1940

Dimestore Radio Theater

Dimestore Radio Theater

Three Old Time Radio adventure yarns, from the Mid-Century.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1

01.) “The Haunted Artist” * Box 13 * 12 December 1948
02.) “The Man In The Morgue” * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 21 November 1948

03.) The Lady Is A Tramp * Lena Horne

Hour 2

04.) “The Count of Monte Cristo” * The MercuryTheater * 29 August 1938 

Dimestore Radio Theater

Dimestore Radio Theater

Three Old Time Radio adventure yarns, from the Mid-Century.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1

01.) “The First Letter” * Box 13 * 22 August 1948
02.) “Adventure in Zaqaziq” * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 16 April 1950

Hour 2

03.) “Treasure Island” The MercuryTheater * 18 July 1938 

Dimestore (Christmas Eve) Radio Theater (#178)

Dimestore (Christmas Eve) Radio Theater (#178)

Everyone needs a day off, right?

So this year, here’s a pair of Christmas-themed, Old Time Radio Programs.

First, it’s: “Casey, Crime Photographer,” with, The Santa Claus of Bums Boulevard. (Original airdate: Christmas Day, 1947.)

Then, it’s: “The Weird Circle,” with Markheim. (Original airdate: 21 May 1945.)  

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater (30 November 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (30 November 2018)

Presenting three tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Mark Twain

01.) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer * Favorite Story * 19 June 1948 * KFI Radio (1948)

02.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn * Favorite Story * 8 November 1947 * KFI Radio (1947)

03.) Mark Twain * Harry Belefante * Mark Twain And Other Favorites * RCA / Victor (1954)

HOUR 2: Language Lessons

04.) Pygmalion * Lux Radio Theater * 27 November 1939 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1939 )

Dimestore Radio Theater (19 October 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (19 October 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Horror

01.) The Ghost Maker * The Sealed Book * 10 June 1945 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1945)

02.) The House That Time Forgot * Murder At Midnight * 18 August 1946 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1946)

HOUR 2: Horror

03.) Ancient Sorceries * Escape * 15 February 1948 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1948)

04.) Beyond The Grave * Inner Sanctum * 19 December 1949 * Blue Network (1949)

05.) Cruising Down The River * Blue Barron and His Orchestra * Cruising Down the River * MGM Records (1949)

Dimestore Radio Theater (12 October 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (12 October 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Horror

01.) The Devil’s Saint * Suspense * 19 January 1943 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1943)

02.) The Heart of Ethan Brand * The Weird Circle * 13 February 1944 * Mutual Broadcasting (1944)

03.) Always * Frank Sinatra * Dedicated To You * Columbia (1950)

HOUR 2: Horror

04.) The Dead Come Back * Murder At Midnight * 2 May 1947 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1947)

05.) Death Is The Judge * The Mysterious Traveler * 15 June 1947 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1947)

06.) Across The Alley From The Alamo * The Mills Brothers * Great Hits * Dot Records (1958)

Dimestore Radio Theater (5 October 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (5 October 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Horror

01.) The Ghost in the Garden * Inner Sanctum * 10 February 1947 * The Blue Network (1947)

02.) The Phantom Rickshaw * Favorite Show * 28 February 1948 * KFI Radio (1948)

03.) Music Music Music * Teresa Brewer *  Music Music Music * London Records (1949)

04.) I Can Dream, Can’t I? * The Andrews Sisters * I Can Dream, Can’t I? * Decca Records (1950)

HOUR 2: Horror

05.) The Oblong Box * NBC Presents Short Story * 4 July 1952 (Probably) National Broadcasting System (1952)

06.) Nightmare * CBS Radio Workshop * 5 May 1957 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1957)

07.) Nightmare * Artie Shaw & His Orchestra * Nightmare * Bluebird Records (1937)

 

Dimestore Radio Theater (28 September 2018)

Dimestore Radio Theater (28 September 2018)

Presenting four pulp fiction tales from the golden age of radio.

Enjoy!

 

Dimestore Radio Theater

HOUR 1: Science Fiction

01.) Flying Saucers * 2000 Plus * 23 August 1950 * Mutual Broadcasting System (1950)

02.) The Other Now * Tales of Tomorrow * 22 January 1953 * American Broadcasting System (1953)

HOUR 2: Detective Stories

03.) Twenty Fathoms Under * Rocky Jordan * 20 February 1949 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1949)

04.) The Grim Hunters * The Adventures of Philip Marlowe * 12 March 1949 * Columbia Broadcasting System (1949)

 

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

santa-radio-vintageDetectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra! (#29)

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

Detectives For Christmas w/ Vincent Price & Frank Sinatra!

Part I: The Saint!

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

Part II: Rocky Fortune!

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