Are we feeling isolated, stuck in places we’d rather not be… or, at least, we want everyone to believe that? Both a metaphor and something very real, we’ve all entered the Cave of Night, and the music around us is starting to reflect our state of mind.
It’s a New Year’s Eve story (sort of), about having to spend this time alone, wanting to get away, and reflecting on strange occurrences around us. We close with a Cookie Recipe and some Richard Brautigan, of course.
Written by Richard Brautigan. Performed by Austin Rich.
Issue #26, produced in December of 2020, featuring a large collection of described visual treats, “What Are You Going To Do With 390 Photographs of Christmas Trees?” by Richard Brautigan, read by Austin Rich.
Musical Selections (usually in excerpt):
New Year * The Breeders * Last Splash * 4AD/Electra (1993)
New Year’s Eve In A Haunted House * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights * Columbia Legacy Records (1999)
New Year’s Resolution * Donovan * Open Road * Epic Records (1970)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
16.) Visible Alex * Moth Hunter * Visible Alex
17.) Subterranean Waterway Barge Conveyance * Hal McGee * Battery Operated
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!
It’s funny how traditions get started. I caught Sadgasm at an Open Mic they showed up at, and they had instantly catchy hooks that not only betrayed the normal fare on this program, but immediately spoke to me. (Their tunes just got stuck in my head.) So we circled a few dates on the calendar, bounced a few ideas around, and 2017’s “New Year’s / New Tears Special” was born.
Well, a year has come and gone, and now were are here at the end of another year, trying and difficult as it has been, with even more questions about our relationships and romantic entanglements, the exact kind of problems that Sadgasm feature in their songs. Sort of like the ones in their new EP – I Don’t Like To Cry – which you can enjoy on Bandcamp or on this program, where we play tracks and they play LIVE! It’s pretty exciting.
On top of all of that, the majority of this show is dedicated to your calls. We do our best to get to the heart of the matter, and make genuine suggestions to help you in your romantic woes. And that is the majority of the show; the entire first hour, and the last 40 minutes or so, are dedicated to helping you in the relationship department, and we hope that it shows. Special thanks to Kylie Burbank, who kept the band hydrated and helped behind the scenes so we could pull off a show with a number of engineering challenges. You are incredible.
This is our last show of the year, and what a year it has been. I don’t have much else to say that I haven’t been for the last year, so I’ll end by saying: thank you. Doing this show means everything to me, and I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to do it every week.
A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special! (2018 Edition) (TBD)
Part I: “Try To Cure Insomnia.”
The Software Are Fighting Again / Introduction & Setup / Where’s Austin?
Caller #1: Anonymous 1. “What are some good techniques to date the members of Sadgasm?”
Caller #2: Austin Antrican. “A lonely kind of sad.”
01.) Surf Rock America * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
Part II: “I Take ’em Crabbing.”
Caller #3: Donald. “Update: Less than a month later, Donald found himself a Honey. What should we do for our 1 Year Anniversary?” KBVR
Caller #4: Anonymous 2. “What if your partner hasn’t ‘taken you crabbing’ after a year and a half?”
Caller #5: Anonymous 3. “What if my cat likes my partner more than me?”
Part III: The Mullet is The Bullet… To Love
Caller #6: Alec. “I cut my hair into a mullet. How can I utilize that to enhance my love life?”
Caller #7: Anonymous 4. “My husband and my roommate’s partner spend a lot of time together. (They host a podcast together, etc.) How do I take all of this in?”
Caller #8: Anonymous 5. “I feel strong emotions toward someone. How do I spark up a conversation?”
Part IV: LIVE
02.) Eating Ash * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
03.) It’s Better With Johnny Around (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
03.) Interview Snippet 1 * Austin & Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Home recorded, a more mature release, mono recording & one mic recording techniques.
04.) XX PainWarrior XX (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Physical spaces in songs, the Sadgasm fun energy, making each other laugh.
Part V: Friend with a Capital F
Caller #9: Maddi. “I’m stuck in a love triangle. One is attractive and mean. One likes me and is nice but is a human red flag. What should I do?”
Caller #10: Anonymous 6. “My love life has run dry. Should I join ChristianMingle.com?”
Caller #11: Hubert. “I asked my partner, ‘Who had the ‘Greatest Hands’ (would win in a fight): Einstein or Da Vinci?’ and we didn’t agree. Now they haven’t responded to my messages in a few days. What should I do?”
Part VI: “I’m Gonna Tell You Something Right Now”
Caller #12: Anonymous 7. “After a year and a half of a relationship, I haven’t said ‘I love you.’ I feel comfortable with this, but my partner wants to take it to the next level. What should I do?”
Closing off what has become an incredible year is my in-studio session with the sad boys of Sadgasm, a local Salem combo that has only been together a few months, and has already established themselves as the Sad Sac for the 21st Century.
In this show, we celebrate the new year, open the loveline, and take calls from people who are having actual relationship woes, and need advice. We also get to hear some of the songs on their upcoming record, Ramen, which is coming out soon, and in general, have an excellent time. You can find more information out about Sadgasm by visiting their websites: Instagram & Bandcamp, or by pestering them on their social media accounts: Gravy Brink, Andy Alvarez, Austin Antrican and Jon Garcia.
Special thanks is in order, to Kylie Burbank and Emma Douglas, who helped behind the scenes for this show, and are stand up folks in their own right.
Thanks for the incredible year. While it blew everywhere else, 2017 was great for Mid-Valley Mutations, and I thank all of you for being a part of it, and keeping this show going. You all are amazing.
There’s no better way to start the new year off than with some live music, and for this show, we offer you that in droves… spread out over two hours! horridus of devilsclub curates a set of music by his favorite artists, who submitted tracks (and in some cases, recorded tracks) specifically for this broadcast!
But that’s not all! Not only do we get down and jam out on four different live performances, but The Dead Air Fresheners unveil a new demo of a song that will be performed at Ricardo Wang’s 50th Birthday, a show you do not want to miss, AND Uneasy Chairs calls in to play live and talk about what he’s been up to. (In fact, we discuss his recent outdoor performance, which you can hear on his Bandcamp Page.) This is a stellar set of artists, all working toward delivering New Music as part of the first show of the New Year. We also have New Sponsors! It’s the complete package, and we couldn’t be more proud.
devilsclub was not only the first live band I had on this version of the program, but has been a huge supporter of Mid-Valley Mutationssince the very beginning, so it feels right to start 2017 off with him in the studio. The centerpiece of three of our performances tonight comes from a ’60’s sci-fi program, Theater Five, and is a continuation of the work we did on our previous collaboration. This one is called, “Outside Time,” and I like the story as it seems to reflect some of the ideas and thoughts I’ve been having lately. I love the sounds we have been getting when we work together, and we’ve been talking about other projects and ideas for the future. Consider this the beginning of something to come, and I will leave it at that.
The backbone of the show, however, is the curated playlist of music by some of horridus’ favorite artists, as we had done way back when in episode 10. These are people who get little to no radio exposure as part of their usual creative lives, and yet are taking chances and making art that is both compelling and fascinating, and representative of music that has almost no home in the world of radio. horridus and I could do shows like this every week, for years on end, and still never scratch the surface. Hopefully we can use this opportunity to feature and highlight some of the hidden corners of the musical landscape that are often overlooked. There are links and more information below. Please, take some time to seek out this stuff. You will not be sorry.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Outside Time * Theater Five * 1 September 1964 Broadcast * ABC Radio (1964)
03.) Sonic Evening * Chaotic Morphs & Ann-Helen Schølberg * Live At Izakaya, Oslo (Kristiansund), Norway * Self-Released (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Live recording from my record / cassette Q; from the release party December 11th 2016. RADIO EDIT.”
04.) zzyzx * devilsclub * zzyzx * Soundcloud.com (2016)
05.) Help! My phantom limb is missing * Boson Spin * Help! My phantom limb is missing * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Stan Magendanz (aka Boson Spin, Brisbane, Australia) has been creating ambient, dark ambient & experimental electronic music since 2005. After decades of obsessing over the music of electronic artists such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno, Robert Rich & James Johnson (to name but a few), he decided to give this ‘music making thing’ a go. Much to his wife’s annoyance, Stan now spends a lot of his after work & weekend relaxation time creating music & posting it to his Soundcloud page.”
06.) D2345678901234567890123 * Carla ɟra Helles7ed * D2345678901234567890123 * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “looking for ideas of politics and its consequences” .. “one or the other, good or bad still the same, trying new ways” .. “transmissions” .. “just feeling, and tooling to make sense, bone structure” .. “a thing that falls mutates along the way” Denmark
10.) Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Dead Air Fresheners *Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Performed via Phone for Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Fog and Steam * XRMX * Fog and Steam * disquiet0254 (2016) * Artist’s Note: “All the sounds in ‘Fog and Steam’ are derived from two short recordings; a railroad engine steam whistle, and a fog horn… manipulated by a lot of cutting, splicing, pitch-shifting, and other effects.”
12.) A Man Who Smokes * Austin Rich * A Man Who Smokes * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
13.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) New Green Cans! * Austin Rich * New Green Cans! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Uneasy Chairs / devilsclub, LIVE!
15.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs w/ devilsclub * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Interview * Uneasy Chairs * Interview * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Tectonic Subduction * Rumblin Cynth Rampo * Tectonic Subduction * Soundcloud.com (2017) * Artist’s Note: “Track created for play on Salem Oregon’s Radio KMUZ Mid Valley Mutation show which will be broadcast Friday 6th Jan 2017 at 10pm Pacific Daylight Time or around 0400 GMT. Track created using Eurorack synth, recordings of bubbles and the mine winding engine at the Big Pit museum in Blaenafon museum.wales/bigpit/.” Wales.
Part IV: Time To Go Into Space
18.) Clown Interrogation * Dan Johnson * Clown Interrogation * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: Derby
19.) Outside Time (Part 1) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.) Spiral Down * STRIGOI * Spiral Down * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “STRIGOI is a experimental music/drone artist, based in Vienna/ Austria. Strigoi´s music may sound very aggressive sometimes, but all pieces are expressions of pure love. We are living in tough times, and STRIGOI is the reaction of a peaceful mind. Worldwide stupidity must end. No more wars, no more earning money on war, no more exploitation of humans, animals and nature. No more stupid ideologies. That what it´s all about. SPIRAL DOWN was recorded in the wake of the Orlando shooting. The music speaks for itself. Madness must stop. NOW.”
21.) Mrs. Evans * Austin Rich * Mrs. Evans * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) Let’s Go! * Austin Rich * Let’s Go! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
23.) Late Night Music * Slinky Cee * Late Night Music * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “I have been djing electronic and esoteric since the early nighties on and off but only started playing with first analog mono synths then modular synths in the last few years but I am hooked. This track “late night music” was recorded straight from my mixing desk after I found a patch I was happy with. It’s based around two AJH minimod vco’s which are having there base frequency modulated by an NLC sloth (a chaotic cv generator) then fed into a Doepfer ring modulator.” Melbourne, Australia
Part V: Live Weather
24.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report Two (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
25.) Outside Time (Part 2) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
26.) Burn Your Family Down and Start Over * Zachary Zena Giberson * Light Blooms Upon the Infected Monument * Soundcloud.com (2017) * Artist’s Note: Austin, Texas.
27.) Camino a casa * Mareaboba * Camino a casa * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: ” ‘Camino a casa’ is a song by Mareaboba released Dec 2016. A mixture of psychedelic latin modular frequencies, a story of the road we take home, everyday, and somehow seems to be the same, but actually, is different each time we come back. The track was recorded live in Northwest Mexico and is part of a series of songs recorded on the same session.”
28.) Perfectly Square * Austin Rich * Perfectly Square * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
29.) Babylon the Great has Fallen * David M. Paganin * Babylon the Great has Fallen * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “David lives in Melbourne, Australia. He strives for emotive and genuinely innovative experimental sounds. It is important to him to seek his own sound, which respects and mutates his influences without being overwhelmed by their genius. Besides making music, his major interests are physics research, literature, psychology and gardening. This track reflects his long-time fascination with both the ancient city of Babylon, and with ancient languages. The spoken text is a conflation of Revelation 17:5 and 18:2, attempted in the original spoken Greek of two millennia past. It translates as: ‘Babylon the great // It has fallen // Babylon the great, the mother of the prostitutes and the abominations of the earth.’ ”
Part VI: Outro & Outside Time Finale
30.) Outside Time (Part 3) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
It’s been a while since my last All Vinyl show.Part of the notion of Mid-Valley Mutations was this aesthetic of the cut-and-paste, and it is VERY hard to do that on a record, if you want the record to survive.And, admittedly, there is a slightly bigger time commitment with LPs and whatnot.I’m often in front of a computer, so it is easy to prepare material throughout the week.But I’m not always in front of my record player, even though I would very much like to be.
There is also the condition of space and time.I don’t have access to a studio where I can have three turntables running all at once, except in the studios at KMUZ.There is a certain amount of “live” energy to a show like this that is not present elsewhere.I’ve been attracted to records for my entire life, because the entire element of the listening experience, from pulling the album from the shelf to tucking it back afterward, has a charm to it that is unparalleled in other listening experiences.While I have used them all, and each have their virtue, I have more records than anything else, and because of that, my biases easily show.
It is a bummer, then, that these All Vinyl shows are not more frequent.But, that makes them all the more special.I try to take my time, play things that are just as mutated as the rest of the program, and still give it a flavor of something that I usually deliver as part of the weekly show.In that area, I believe I delivered.While I’m always shocked at how few records get played during shows like this, I am thankful to have such a wealth of material to draw from.Every time I enter a record show I think about the possibilities of playing my purchases on the radio, and to that end, my collection has only gotten better.Hopefully, the proof is in the pudding.
For those of you who follow the MyFacester+ and the Blog, you may have noticed that this is not the show that was advertised.While I was in the middle of producing the New Year’s Program, I was also in the process of moving my home and my studio to a new location.On Christmas Day, our home was broken into at some point in the evening, and in the process, my studio and my wife’s home office were ran-sacked.They took our computers, my mixer, banjo and guitar (among other things), our bicycles, our lawnmower, a pile of unmoved records, and a whole bunch of other meaningless items, both personal and sentimental.We returned the day after Christmas, having spent the day with family, to find our house trashed and anything of value gone.It was a horrifying experience, not to mention that we had to then clean the place after they overturned our carefully packed boxes.
Suffice it to say, that New Year’s show was never finished, and may never be, depending on the state of our hard drives that they (thankfully) left behind.In the meantime, while I hate to plug something like this in this way, if you are thinking, “this is awful, and I’d like to help,” then I ask that you do either one of the following:
Send a care package to Mid-Valley Mutations, if money is not in your means.To be honest, some of my favorite records were stolen, and while the bulk was moved before the break-in, there are many that I keep re-noticing are gone.And, considering the financial loss, it will be a while before I am able to buy new records.If you can, maybe send a little music my way?I could use the smile, and it will find a way onto the show, certainly. (Check the contact page if you want to send something in.)
Even in light of this, I’m trying to remain optimistic and look to the future.We have some great shows coming up, and 2017 can only get better.Mid-Valley Mutations has had a very good year, and we hope that we can continue that into the next.Transitions are hard, change is scary, and moving on is very hard.I’m hoping that with a little radio diversion, we can all find a way to think about what’s to come without panicking.
Thanks to everyone who supports the show, and listens from home.It is for you I do this, and from you that I draw hope.You are wonderful, you are beautiful, and without you, there would be no show.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Story of Mr. World * Lowell Thomas Jr. * The Story of Mr. World: The World’s Only Talking Globe Volume 1 * Replogle Globes, Inc. (1962)
03.) Coarse Land * Blood Rhythms * Assembly * No Part Of It (2015)
04.) Untitled I * L.A. Lungs * Rrest * Debacle Records (2014)
Part II: The Astronaut
05.) The Often Re-Entry Forming An Exit Strategy * Expo ’70 * Expo ’70 / Plankton Wat Split 12” * Debacle Records (2013)
06.) Weissensee * Neu! * Neu! * Billingsgate Records (1972)
07.) Glide * Fennesz * Black Sea * Touch Records (2008)
08.) I Remember Us Naked (blues version) * Post-Materialists * I Remember Us Naked (blues version) * Naked Ragin’ Records (2011)
Part III: The Story of Mr. World
09.) Despite The Water Supply Part 1 * Jim O’Rourke * Despite The Water Supply * Touch (2008)
10.) Texas Cedarwood (beauty hype suite 1) * Zac Nelson * Charbroile * Debacle Records (2012)
11.) Moonchild including The Dream and The Illusion * King Crimson * In The Court of The Crimson King * Atlantic Records (1969)
12.) Moving * Rust Ionics * Moving/Pictures * Colour Sound Recordings / Outer Limits / Quodlibet Recordings (2006)
13.) Side Effects Of Being Tired * Unwound * Challenge For A Civilized Society * Kill Rock Stars (1998)
14.) Jan. 1st * Tit Wrench * Temporarily Committed For Life * Vinyl Communications (1992)
The Old Acquaintance with Philip Marlowe! (At their yearly meet-up, Detective Dexter Roland and Phillip Marlowe discuss a strange case involving a wedding on New Year’s Eve, and a whole lot more, from The Adventures of Phillip Marlowe, oiginally broadcast 26 December 1948.)
I’d known Phil since pretty early in his career, and we had long ago made it a habit to hunker down each time the year turned over to talk about our work throughout the year. But it wasn’t until he actually showed up this year that I thought I would see him, and even worse, it wasn’t until he began to tell me about the New Year’s Wedding that went wrong that I really began to feel bad.
I have to admit, The Adventures of Philip Marloweis probably my favorite Old Time Radio program. I’m a fan of the character in nearly any medium, but my love of noir and pulp detective novels doesn’t really have any bearing on my love of the show. There is something about the way Gerald Mohr delivers the lines, and gives emphasis to the reflective moments when Phil is putting together a case. I could listen to these shows endlessly and find something in them to admire. This show represents Old Time Radio at its finest, and while I love the other shows that are out there too, this one really speaks to me.
The character of Marlowe might, in many ways, be the archetype for noir figure we most often associate with detectives from the pulp era. He embodies almost all of the tropes, has a slew of authorized (and unauthorized) works published about him, has been portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, and is endlessly iterated by every Mickey Spillane knock-off that has come in the years since. While Sam Spade meets some of the criteria for being the most well known archetype, Marlowe only beats him out in that Dashiell Hammett didn’t published that many Spade stories.
The best qualities of Philip Marlowe are the ones that we all look for in a good protagonist: he’s tough, he’s clever, he’s good with the ladies, he drinks like a fish and smokes like a chimney, and he’d usually not doing too well, and distrusted by the cops. But all of these mechanics – that might seem typical now – were codified by this character, and the things we think are trite were actually new when this guy was on the scene.
So, sit back with some bourbon, and enjoy this vintage tale of a New Year’s Eve that will keep you glued to your seat.
And, thanks for sticking with us this year. We got back on our feet, and have come in swinging, and I’m excited about what 2016 will have to offer. Certainly, more shows, and that is always something we can get behind.
The Old Acquaintance with Phillip Marlowe!
Side A: Confidence To Kill
01.) New Year’s Even In A Haunted House * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights
02.) Coming To See You * Krypton Tunes * Killed By Death Vol. 24
03.) Absent Friends * Fred Frith * Cheap At Half The Price
04.) Out Of Jail * They Might Be Giants * John Henry
05.) Corpse Pose * Unwound * “Corpse Pose” b/w “Everything Is Weird”
06.) Confidence To Kill * Mink Deville * Once Upon A Time Vol. 11: New York & New Jersey ’78
Side B: Can’t Stop Now
07.) Can’t Stop Now * The Reducers * Messthetics Vol. 1
08.) Rage * Ellen Cherry Charles * The Cherry Orchard
09.) Let’s Go Away * The Wipers * Is This Real?
10.) Hit The Wall * The Agenda! * Start The Panic!
11.) Good Night * The Beatles * The Beatles
12.) Night Beat * The Phantoms * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Vol. 8
2013 has been a transitional year for our program, and as Blasphuphmus Radio has been expanding and changing during this time, we take this hour to reflect on the changes, draw attention to some new projects that we are involved in, and reveal a big change in the program that will signify the future of this entity, and program.
I have been kicking around the new format of this show for a while, and this year has been full of searching and discovering what the podcast format of this program will, ultimately, be. There have been more live broadcasts, video offerings, and a host of other differences this year, and while I’ve tried to return to the old gimmicks, some of them haven’t translated into the modern age. A lot of this has to do with the revelation in the back third of this episode. Still, I can’t say that the old formats are gone. Just being delayed and retooled, so to speak.
The “radio almanac” form of the show will make every effort to use the one-hour mark as a flag indicating that I need to wind things up. The first 20 minutes of every show will be music and audio, edited to my liking. The last two segments – 20 minutes each – will be dedicated to talk segments. Hopefully these segments will not only bring this show new things and changes as 2014 unfolds, but will offer us a chance to re-evaluate what radio means to us.
Here’s a few notes about todays broadcast:
All of the music in today’s episode comes from music that I obtained very recently during a trip to Salem, Oregon for the holidays. Part I is all vinyl selections. While The Vince Guaraldi trio is a record too, the Gershwin & Japanese flute music are from CDs. (Full disclosure.)
In Part II and Part III of the show, we give an overview of some of the projects that I have been working on in 2013. First up, we have the What’s This Called? UltraBlog!This is an archive of all the existing broadcasts by Ricardo Wang for his program, What’s This Called? I spent a lot of time this year organizing, editing, remastering, and uploading the shows from the last 8 years of WTC broadcasts, and they are now available for public consumption. There’s a wealth of material here that we are very excited to offer, and you really should access the link above. (You can also find us on Facebook now, too.)
I’ve also been working on the A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Inc.’s 20th Anniversary Releases, where I’ve been remastering and offering digital versions of Austin Rich’s old publications from the last 20 years. There are a number of cool publications available that haven’t been available since their original releases, in some cases dating back to the early 90’s. Check out the site and you can find all our publications.
Lastly, we really want you to investigate the neat things being offered on YouTube Channel. We’ve been uploading and editing a number of great videos that you can watch on this very channel. We’ve got live videos by Monogamy Party, ALTO!, Gaythiest, Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson, The Dead Air Fresheners, DEAD, Towers, and a whole slew of other artists. All of this is available for viewing right now, to access the link above and enjoy.
Hopefully this is the beginning of something new that we’ll all be able to enjoy in 2014. In the meantime, there’s plenty to enjoy in the hear and now. Hopefully, you’re on the same page.
Keep up the good work. Happy 2014!
The State Of The Podcast Address
Part I: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution)
01.) Our Prayer * The Beach Boys * Smile
s02.) ‘This Is Leonard Nimoy’ * Mutual Radio Theater * Programs For The Week of 12 May 1980
03.) (Excerpts From) Everything You Know Is Wrong (Side A) * Firesign Theater * Everything You Know Is Wrong
04.) The Great Imposter * The Piltdown Men * (45)
05.) Crazy… Crazy… * Perez Prado And His Orchestra * (45)
06.) Raunchy * Ernie Freeman * (45)
07.) Sweet * Red Satyrs * No Hold Back… All Attack!!!: Twin Cities Hardcore Punk Rock & Roll
08.) No Trespassing * The Ventures * (45)
09.) Road Hog * Johnny Zorro * (45)
10.) Dance To The Music * Sly & The Family Stone * (45)
Part II: What’s This Called? Really?
11.) Rhapsody In Blue * Royal Promenade Orchestra, Nigel Simpson (Piano / Conductor) * Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
12.) Excerpt * Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim * 7 April 2007 ‘What’s This Called?’ Performance
Part III: The Past Comes Back
13.) Jokyoku “Tsuki” Ranjo * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
14.) Take No Odori * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
15.) Mr. Magazine Man * Hazel * Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History
16.) Kurui * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
17.) Inaka-Bue * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
18.) O Tannenbaum * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
19.) What Child Is This? * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
20.) My Little Drum * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
In an effort to offer a new twist on something we all know and love, I bring you the first in a series of VideoZine podcasts, multi-media experiences presented in the lowest-of-tech forms. For our first endeavor, we bring you highlights from a New Year’s Eve Party at Casa De Bang Bang, where they put on a drunken mess of a basement show that was lovingly captured – warts and all – by the Blasphuphmus Radio production team.
Now, you can view this sixty minute film, and relive this incredible evening here and now. We are also presenting it in a number of formats. For those of you who prefer our audio podcasts, we are offering the soundtrack to this film in that format. We also have a YouTube Version available on our Channel therein, and a free iTunes Version available, too. I wanted to offer this film in a number of ways, and there will even be a limited DVD Edition available, too. My hope is that if there is a way you prefer these kinds of shows, I would like to be able to deliver it to you.
To make this film, I essentially had to give myself a crash course in making movies, in my spare time, in addition to bringing you all the regular stuff we’ve been delivering. But now that I am sitting on quite a bit of video, it made sense to find a way to get this stuff out. There will be more films like this in the future, and my goal is to keep them at 60 minutes. (This one clocks in at 60:05.)
And now, enjoy the show.
Happy New Year!: A Blasphuphmus Radio Production Live At Casa De Bang Bang. Hosted by Cheryl. 31 December 2013
Live performances by Empire Rocket Machine, Steak Knife! & Foster Pussy Cat.
Camera Operators: Melanie DeBellis, Isoceles Diego, Barbara Plummer & Austin Rich.
Live Sound Recording by The Bands & Austin Rich.
Produced & Edited by Austin Rich.
In making this film, and lot of material had to be cut to get everything down to sixty minutes. That being said, below are links to uncut performances by all three bands. These links will be available until the remaining content is used elsewhere. In the meantime: Enjoy!
As 2013 kick-starts our lives in this new, post-apocalyptic world that we now live in, it is important to know that you have accomplished something to help make the world a better place. In this mini-cast, I review some e-mail I got from a listener, and how I was able to save a holiday near and dear to their heart. It was very sweet, and in response I played a bunch of a band they requested – Adickdid – and talk about my plans this year. It’s a little bit of everything today, and that’s just the way we like it.
Many shows are currently in production, and the new year will see a variety of new (and old) subjects revisited as we discover what, exactly, our program will be like moving forward. We are enjoying the discovery ourselves, and how that you do, too.
In the meantime: here’s some vintage riot girl awesomeness, in response to the need for more Adickdid in our Eugene Celebration series of shows. Episode III of that series in on the way. This is just a small taste.
We Saved New Year’s Eve
01.) Mail Box * Adickdid * Dismantle * G Records
02.) Falling * Adickdid * Slaughter on 13th Street * Self-Released.
03.) Ask Nicely * Adickdid * Dismantle * G Records
04.) Stare Right Past You * Adickdid * Dismantle * G Records
Getting Nervous (Featuring an interview with new local band, The Nervous, which includes the world premier of their music on this very podcast!)
I have known Chris and Jesse from The Nervous for years, and the band they’d started in the ’90’s back in Eugene – Mondale – was a rare treat for the few who got to rock out to them. Now, in this far-flung, post-apocalyptic year of 2013, we encounter their newest musical endeavor, a trio (rounded out by their drummer, Splinters), which is offering some of the greatest Nerd Rock anthems guaranteed to start promptly at every performance.
In preparation for their impending live gigs, I was invited down to the compound where The Nervous hone their craft, and managed to sit down with the guys afterward in their comfortable “Living Room” to chat about pursuing music as a hobby, and what its like to be in really terrible bands with assholes. Interspersed throughout the interview are songs that inspire them, two never-before heard songs from their current set, and an old Mondale tune (or two) to round things out.
Long-time listeners may remember a live performance by Jesse Ransom (featured in The Nervous) in 2006. This episode is also available to stream or download at this time, accompanied by a playlist and photos. Jesse Ransom 06 June 2006. It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and it gives you an acoustic taste of what he brings to the party.
Special thanks to Chris, Jesse and Spinters, not only for being stand up guys and great musicians, but for trusting me to record them in their natural habitat. You guys are fantastic, and I can’t wait for more people to hear you.
01.) Get Out Of Our Way, We’re A-Comin’ Through * Mondale * Square Roots Radicals * Self-Released
02.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part I * 30 December 2012
03.) Musical Interlude * Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet * Savvy Show Stoppers * Cargo Records
04.) High Impact Smart Girls * Mondale * Square Roots Radicals * Self-Released
05.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part II * 30 December 2012
06.) Gates Of Steel * Devo * Freedom Of Choice * Warner Bros.
07.) Sex Mad * Nomeansno * Sex Mad * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part III * 30 December 2012
09.) Theme From EEVIAC * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch & Go Records
10.) Entry Level Position * The Nervous * Unreleased Practice Recording
11.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part IV * 30 December 2012
12.) Little Girls * Oingo Boingo * Only A Lad * A&M Records
13.) You Look Good In Glasses * The Nervous * Unreleased Practice Recording
14.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part V * 30 December 2012
15.) 21st Century Digital Boy * Bad Religion * Stranger Than Fiction * Atlantic Records
I was introduced to The Sound of Young America a few years ago, and immediately became obsessed with what Jesse Thorn was able to create out of a college radio show. Somehow, I related. This was another case of being quite late to the game; whenever I would tell people about his show, people would say, “Yeah, I know. Have you heard Bullseye?”
So, I started listening, and have become quite a fan of the entire MaximumFun.com network of shows. And while I would never presume that I need to introduce you to his program, with the holidays, I think it is possible to completely miss their fantastic Holiday Episode that was produced this year.
Consider this my loving tribute to a perfect episode of a podcast.
01.) Huddle Formation * The Go! Team * Thunder, Lightning, Strike * Memphis Industries.
02.) The Week Between * Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick * One Christmas At A Time * Self-Released
Number 9. Number 9. (Featuring a new declaration of purpose / series of excuses, and a review of the new Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comic up through Season 9.)
In the last couple months the inertia of this program has slowed down tremendously. This was completely accidental; The Lava Lamp Lounge in Historic St. John’s is a nexus for weirdness magnets of a wide variety, and I am now finding myself working harder than ever, occasionally having to fight crime, assist stranded aliens, discovering new unexplored lands with other groups of weirdos, and in general, working more than I ever have before. No new shows have been happening with any kind of regularity.
But fear not! We are trying something new. Our program has reinvented itself several times over the years, and the time has come to take on a new form. Our means of broadcast is quite unique now, and we have the potential to experiment with form and style in ways we haven’t before. It is with this in mind that I am trying something new, and experimenting with different kinds of shows, in new shapes and sizes. Stay tuned to see how this all is put together as we move on. In the meantime…
I review the new Buffy The Vampire Slayer comics. A good friend of mine works at Dark Horse, and she was able to gift me a large number of comics from Season 8 and 9 of the new Buffy Comics. I just finished catching up to “current” issues with this series, and do a spoiler-less free-form discussion about being a Buffy fan, and how these new comics read to me.
Let us know what you think, and if you like the smaller / differntly sized chunks of shows. I have a variety of thoughts about how this will all get pieced together in the long run, but until then, enjoy these “showlets.”
Number 9. Number 9.
Part I: “Mea Culpa” or “Something Latin That Sounds Important Or Something”
01.) Nile Hilton Burning * Sun City Girls * The Fresh Kill Of A Cape Hunting Dog * Eclipse Records
Part II: “Season 9. Season 9.”
02.) Buffy TV Theme Song * Nerf Herder * Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Album * TVT Records
03.) The Rat * The Ventures * Ghoulardi Music * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
04.) RFD Rangoon * Forbidden Five * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume One * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
05.) Enchanted Farm * Forbidden Five * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume One * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
06.) Congo * Bo Diddley * Bo Knows Instro * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
07.) Buzzsaw Twist * The Gee-Cees * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume Three * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
Broadcasting on a holiday is always a bit of a strange affair. Most everyone else is enjoying themselves, while you’re actually working. There is a certain kind of loneliness that sets in under those kinds of circumstances. While is why for New Year’s Eve, I decided to throw a party.
Aided by a few recordings that offer insight into this unusual holiday, I mix up a batch of songs about looking forward, onward, and into the future that is rapidly approaching. The cool thing about this show is that you could play it just before Midnight. If you start it about five minutes after 10 PM, it should time out just right.
Either way, I had a lot of fun assembling this one, and I hope you enjoy listening to it. This is our last broadcast in 2011. On to new and different things in 2012.
See you in a year and seven.
A New Year’s Eve Celebration!
01.) New Year’s Countdown * HeWhoIsiam * Times Square, 2008 * Youtube.com
02.) Forward Into The Past * Tit Wrench * Temporarily Committed For Life EP
03.) The New Pomp and Circumstance * Lamborghini * Major Vampire * Battlesnakes.com
04.) Push To The Front * The-Front * Riot Agents * Self-Released
05.) Forward To Death * Dead Kennedys * Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables * Alternative Tentacles
06.) Look Ahead * Senseless Apocalypse * Japanese Assault (2003)
07.) Look Ahead * Gloom * Fuck The System (1991)
08.) Whilst You’re Ahead * Unwound * Demo Tape * Self-Released
09.) New Direction * The Black Lips * Arabia Mountain
10.) Origin of New Years Is Pagan 1 * Megan * Hot Facts Girls * Youtube.com
11.) Time For Livin’ * The Beastie Boys * Check Your Head
12.) What Are You Doing New Years Eve? * Unknown * Black Christmas
13.) Theme From Two Steps Onward (Demo) * R.E.M. * And I Feel Fine: The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 * I.R.S. Records
14.) Frontier * Denizens * Messthetics Vol. 8 * Hyped To Death Records
15.) Kings Of The Wild Frontier * Adam And The Ants * Kings Of The Wild Frontier
16.) Origin of New Years Is Pagan 2 * Megan * Hot Facts Girls * Youtube.com
17.) Full Stop Ahead * Johnny & The Velvetones * History Of Northwest Rock (Vol. 1)
18.) Klingon Advance * The Vulcan Freedom Fighters * Stardate Unknown
19.) Go Ahead * Wire * Chairs Missing
20.) Frontwards * Pavement * Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe
21.) New Flava * 69 A Go-Go * “New Flava” b/w “Fag Hag” * With An X Records
22.) Retired Woman Starts New Career In Monkey Fashions * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True
23.) New Interns Watusi * Earl Hagan and the Interns * The Purple Knif Show
24.) High Pitch Polytone * The Conet Project * The Conet Project
25.) Origin of New Years Is Pagan 2 * Megan * Hot Facts Girls * Youtube.com
26.) New Prospect * A special group of the Sacred Harp Singers * Southern Journey, Vol. 9: Harp Of a Thousand Strings
27.) It’s a Beautiful World * Devo * E-Z Listening Disc
28.) The Curious Advance * Antediluvian Rocking Horse * Music For The Odd Occasion
29.) 2012 And Countless * Hella * There’s No 666 In Outer Space
30.) Zooing Forward * Oliver Squash * 30 Piece * Self-Released
31.) In the Year 2,000!!! * Lucia Pamela * Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela * Arf! Arf! Records
32.) Truth About New Years Day 1 * MorningSun29 * Janus, Dionysus, Cronos-Grim Reaper, Pagan Gods * Youtube.com
33.) New Way * Men’s Recovery Project * Resist The New Way
34.) Onward * Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra * Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth / Interstellar Low Ways
35.) New Wilderness * Static Films * A New Soul’s Bene / Diction * Self-Released
36.) On and On * Dead Moon * Dead Ahead * Tombstone Records
37.) New Race * Radio Birdman * The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978)
38.) Truth About New Years Day 2 * MorningSun29 * Janus, Dionysus, Cronos-Grim Reaper, Pagan Gods * Youtube.com
39.) One Step Ahead * Jandek * Living In A Moon So Blue * Corwood Industries
40.) Forever Again * The Prids * Until The World Is Beautiful
41.) New Dawn Fades * Joy Division * Unknown Pleasures * Factory Records
42.) Yet Onward We Marched * Joy Wants Eternity * You Who Pretend To Sleep
43.) New Year’s Countdown * HeWhoIsiam * Times Square, 2008 * Youtube.com
44.) New Year’s Eve * Tom Waits * Bad As Me
45.) The Dust Blows Forward ‘n The Dust Blows Back * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
Well, we’ve had all manner of crazy shit go down in the last few months, and this show has not be as well documented, performed, posted, or heard because of that. But the wait is over, as we are back in business, and ready for action with five hours of downloads, including a special New Year’s Day broadcast, some live electro-glitch, and actual profanity. Yeah, you know you want it.
I should point out that I haven’t had a chance to write a proper footnoted playlist in many moons, which is why this is a big deal.
This is a 60 Minute audio essay about the Holiday Season, with music, sound effects, voice-overs, and a few commercials. For those of you who have never heard the kind of shows I do, this is an excellent introduction to my radio style, and a wonderful hour of holiday sounds for those New Year’s parties around the corner. (Token mentions of X-Mas were, sadly, unavoidable.) Consider this my holiday gift to the city of Portland, and anyone else I forgot to get a gift for. Sorry.
“Out With The New, In With The Old.” This week, Austin Rich covers for Hogwash to bring you “Be That Song?” Today’s show featured an audio essay regarding the Holiday Season, and makes a great introduction to the kind of show I’ll start doing on January Sixth, 2009, when Blasphuphmus Radio premieres on KPSU. Tune in at 3 PM, won’t you?
For Immediate Release: The Draft Bio! (As Told By Them) Look no further than a biography and you will find the beginning of a series of distractions. We will travel so far as to forget where we are. We imagine that we are where we are not. Our dark city is a kingdom of music. We advertise doubt as disciples of insecurity. We are for sale. We are art thugs with electric weapons, squirming in a gang of noise. We will pretend that we are magic until we become magic. Even a lie can come true when you deliver a believer. Our performance is a reflection of the social meltdown and technological advancement growing in the midst of obsession with convenience and entertainment. We are the music zoo and a spectacle of industry. Our hypocritical nature struggles for senselessness. Your reaction is dictated by your previous behavior and environment. Your accumulated knowledge and pattern of thought will react in a familiar manner to these words. You will try to make some prediction of what we will sound like based on your memories of previous musical events and of these descriptions. We exercise our influences and plagiarize our experiences because without this formality we may never meet. This a confession of guilt and a declaration of participation. There is a fortune in things you can’t touch and undiscovered reasons to feel no better. These words are proof of our existence. Let them be a reference of mutual sentiments.
Ferocious Eagle started two hundred years ago and have just started playing shows within the last fifty years. Their set is really crazy and fast just like a huricane. Eric Jensen plays the drums and such, Jon Andersen plays his guitar since 1996, and Greg Dalbey holds the band back from “really progressing.” Nonetheless, their set is not to be missed for fans of their math metal prowess and their eliptical lyrical content.
To round out the hour, we let the members of the band pick out a handful of tunes by their friends, influences, and side projects. Here’s what they picked:
01.) We Are: Special Forces (Calling All Monsters) *
02.) Handful Of Pennies Standing In The Cold (Yeltsin) *
03.) Aces (Dragging An Ox Through Water) *
04.) Bands [Don’t Want Me To Dance] (The Foxx) *
05.) Hot Night (The Maybe Happening) *
06.) Incredible (Tractor Operator)
At this time our program was on from 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.
The Start Of A New Year:
01.) Zoom And Bored [Excerpt] * Carl Stalling
02.) The New World * X
03.) Planet Claire * The B-52’s
04.) Loudmouth * Ramones
05.) Me Big Mouth * KARP
06.) Train * Uncle Tupelo
07.) Sonic Ripoff * KPANTS
08.) Holiday * Weezer
09.) What Goes On * The Velvet Underground
10.) Teenage Superstars * The Vaselines
11.) Only The Lonely [Know How I Feel] * Roy Orbison
12.) Downtown * Alex Chilton
13.) Can This Be * The Wipers
14.) Tighten Up * Archie Bell & The Drells
15.) Esta Bien Mamacita * El Vez
16.) Temptation * Tom Waits
17.) Satan Waitin’ * Carl Stalling
18.) Christina * The Oblivians
19.) Sleeping Bag * Beck
20.) Johnny Too Bad * The Slickers
21.) Kingdom Of Love * The Soft Boys
22.) Moon Over Marin * Dead Kennedys
23.) Funnel Of Love * Wanda Jackson
24.) Psychotic Reaction * The Cramps
25.) Wild Man * The Headcoatees
26.) Great Balls Of Fire * Jerry Lee Lewis
27.) Drum City Pt. 1 * Gary “Spider” Webb
28.) ?? * Billy Childish / Dan Melchoir
29.) Hong Kong Blues * Hoagy Carmichael
30.) The Young Psychotics * Tav Falco’s Panter Burns
31.) Bastards Of Young * The Replacements
32.) Daughter Of The Jungle * Flat Duo Jets
33.) Junco Partner * The Clash
34.) Bad Girl * New York Dolls
35.) Sleepwalk * Santo & Johnny
At this time, our program was on from 4 A.M. – 6 A.M on KWVA 98.1 FM in Eugene, OR. Holden Craft was in studio, providing banter and selections. Shows with him were always of a much different tone than with other guests (or even solo). Holden has a very specific sense of humor that I allowed him to explore on the show, and he became a very popular part of the routine. In this episode, he prepares one of his very first News Broadcasts, another bit that threatened to take over the entire show later on. This holiday program is part of the “New Year Dawning” series, and I enjoy listening to again every Year. Also of note: we mention Tonya, one of our listeners who always got up early to do homework, and would listen to us as she was studying. Later she became a ‘zine subscriber, too. (See “The Taco Bell Chihuahua” episode.)
Playlist (No Commercials)
Hour 1 (35 Minutes?)
01.) KWVA ID
02.) Living In These Star Wars * The Rebel Force Band
03.) Doing The Show Using The Force * Austin Rich & Holden Craft
04.) Death Pact * Poison Idea
05.) White Minority * Black Flag
06.) Luv Luv Luv * Pansy Division
07.) Bricks * Crimpshrine
08.) Doing A White Shoutout * Austin Rich & Holden Craft
09.) Heroin * Velvet Underground
10.) Lalo Bossa Nova * Quincy Jones
11.) Vampiro * Satan’s Pilgrims
12.) Sheena Was A Punk Rocker * Phantom Surfers
13.) Steven’s Last Night In Town * Ben Folds Five
14.) Idiot’s Rule * The Fartz
15.) Shanghi Surprise * The Rondelles
16.) We’re Running Over * Royal Grand Prix
18.) No Time For Learning * Union 13
19.) National Sports Association Hires Retired English Professor to Name New Wrestling Holds * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo
20.) Giveaway Pile * Frumpies
21.) Oh, Good Grief Effects * Vince Guarldi & Austin Rich
22.) Nice Shot Man – Luni Tuned * Filter
23.) Oh My Dear (Falling In Love) * Ween
24.) The News * Holden Craft (Theme Music: “Vertigogo” by Combustible Edison)
25.) 1:00 / Erotomatica * Servotron)
26.) La Mer (Beyond The Sea) * Bobby Darin
27.) I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone * Sleater-Kinny
28.) Okinowa Rasta Beef * The Boredoms
29.) Better Off Dead * Wipers
30.) Fitter Happier * Radiohead
31.) How Do You Afford Your Rock And Roll Lifestyle? * Cake
32.) Monobrow * The Rapemen
33.) You Know The Drill * Austin Rich & Holden Craft