Christmas TV Special! (#128)

Christmas TV Special! (#128)

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.

Enjoy!

 

Christmas TV Special! 

HOUR 1:

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)

HOUR 2:

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)

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How Much Is That Juice Machine In The Window? (#127)

How Much Is That Juice Machine In The Window? (#127)

No home is complete without a full complement of modern appliances that will aid you as you navigate the holiday season. It is likely you’ll have to prepare a number of last-minute meals for 17 guests, or be required to suddenly prepare six dozen batches of cookies for a “required” office party.

That is why we are offering you a new Juice Machine, and just in time for the holiday season. This Juice Machine comes with everything you see here, and includes three different settings: “LIVE,” “INTERVIEW,” and the newest setting, only available on this program: “MUTATED.” One of these settings comes complete with A/V one-way interface, and with an item like this, each lovingly sculpted glitch is as much a part of the appliance as it is THE appliance itself.

UntitledYou will not want to fill your future mind with thoughts of the holiday season where you turned down this incredibly rare (and essential) kitchen item, and even worse, with new realizations with each successive year that you can only find it on eBay at very costly prices. That is why we are offering this LIVE Juice Machine performance… for free.

“FREE?!” you scream at your device, and yes, the answer is, “Yes.” FREE. But I think you must act now. This Juice Machine is something that only helps you when you have it in your home today, and that is why this incredible deal will, probably, as far as you know, go away… SOON, unless you take advantage of this incredible offer within the hour! (Or the next one… just make it SOON.)

So, to recap: you get the full two-hour show. You get the LIVE Juice Machine Performance. You get an interview with both Roger and Heather, PLUS selections from various recordings that are chopped and screwed in a fashion you cannot find anywhere else! And then, a collaborative Juice Machine product featuring a Mini-Mutations EXCLUSIVE to this free purchase.

It’s the way we like to celebrate the holiday season on the Mid-Valley Mutations Home Shopping Network.

Enjoy!

 

 

How Much Is That Juice Machine In The Window?  (Playlist TBD)

HOUR 1:

Part I: Soundcheck

01.) Introduction (Live) * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
02.) Recorded in Jan 2018 * Juice Machine * Some Things * Self-Released (2018)
03.) 1 * Hoodie Battle * FU * Hoodie Battle (2018)

Part II: Live Performance

04.) Live * Juice Machine * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
05.) 3 * Chefkirk * Big Disk * Self-Released (2018)

Part III: Interview

06.) Juice Machine Interview 1 * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)

HOUR 2:

Part IV: CQ CQ

07.) Mutation (Part I & II) * Aume * GQ CQ * Mobilization Records (2018)

Part V: JAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMM

07.) Mutation (Part I & II) * Aume * GQ CQ * Mobilization Records (2018)

Part VI: Interview 2

08.) Juice Machine Interview 2 * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)

09.) Sleigh Ride * The Ventures * The Ventures’ Christmas Album * Dolton Records (1970)

 

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Analog Love Letter (11 December 2018)

Analog Love Letter (11 December 2018)

Here is Mini-Mutations appearing on “Analog Love Letter,” a program on KDVS. This program includes an interview, some musical selections, as well as a live, holiday performance to close out the show.

 

Playlist:

Wobbly Tiny Tounge Bulbs/Wobbly Split 7″
AIRBREAK
Operation Re-Information Boolean Re-Operator Ultra Mundane ORI
AIRBREAK
Mini-Mutations Safety for the Holidays Track special to Analog Love Letter

KDVS Playlist

Enjoy!

Seasons Greetings (#126)

Seasons Greetings (#126)

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.

Enjoy!

 

Season’s Greetings

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 GreetingsUntitled

11.) Dog Star * Mini-Mutations * 7 December 2018 *  Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)

The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)

The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)

In my continuing effort to fully flesh out the local Salem Music Scene (and document some of these stories that are very quickly receding from memory), we offer this timely, holiday treat: The Kelly Taylor Show.

Kelly has played in almost 16 bands in his life, and is currently singing and playing in Years For Months, and decidedly rock and roll kind of combo. But there’s another side to his music, and a side that you will not get to enjoy on this program. Electronic might not be the right word to describe it, and already that should telegraph to you what kind of music Klaxun happens to be. I should mention here that there is a lot of Klaxun music in this show, and much of it is not credited. (It’s in the background.) But all of it is easy enough to find, and is well worth the effort.

This is our “Christmas” broadcast this year, part of my cooky idea to speak with a number of folks that I find interesting, something you might see on an old Variety Show, or hear on some other holiday broadcast. While we don’t exactly get very “holiday” centric on the other two shows (or even this one, for that matter), I offer smatterings of holiday fare, and we hope that with will yule-tide you over until you can get some real Christmas Music.

As has been the tradition on this show, we close things out with a broadcast from exactly 57 years ago, tonight! It’s Dimestore Radio Theater, with a Nero Wolfe story that is perfect for this time of year.

Thanks again, from all of us here at Mid-Valley Mutations.  Happy Holidays.

Enjoy!

Spinitron Playlist

The Kelly Taylor Show (#82)

HOUR 1

Part I: The Door

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas * Illeagal Art (2001)

Part II: “It’s never left the hard drive.”

03.) Interview Part 1 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Jupiter * Klaxun * Close Without Saving * Apple Music (2014)

  • Recording with new technology, Haywire Studios, recording with old technology, taking advantage of the digital world, technology & control freaks, the development of arrangements (solo vs. full band).

Part III: “How many different haikus are there?”

05.) Interview Part 2 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Ripplets * Klaxun * Inside The Box * Apple Music (2014)
s07.) Hypertension * Klaxun * Hypertension * Soundcloud.com (2014)
08.) For * Klaxun * For * Soundcloud.com (2016)

  • Starting on a new song, finding the door, Some Chords by deadmau5, frustrations with EDM, dumb genre nonsense, the formula for predictable music, “cozies,” the freedom of boundaries, finding a voice within rules, the phone as a compositional tool, broken and expensive gear vs. what’s at hand, Caustic.

Part IV: “I’m sort of like Dr. Frankenstein with creative works.”

09.) Interview Part 3 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
10.) Demolution [Excerpt] * Klaxun * Demolution * Soundcloud.com (2016)
11.) AMBI3NT * Klaxun * AMBI3NT * Soundcloud.com (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: “Get Into It.”

12.) White * Plunderphonic * Plunderphonic * Mystery Tape Laboratory (1989)

Part VI: “As a kid I wanted to be David Bowie.”

13.) Interview Part 4 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: Duck Duck Goose

14.) Egg Thief * Twink * Miniatures Volume 2 * Twink Tones (2014)
15.) Numb (Live) * Years For Months * Numb (Live) * Soundcloud.com (2017)
16.) Duck Duck Goose * Jupiter Skydive * Getting More Stupider * Bandcamp.com (2013)

Part VIII: “Drowning In Music.”

17.) Interview Part 5 * Kelly Taylor * 7 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • The song “Numb,” ways music can be re-interpreted, Hank III, We Are Street, looking for something new.

Part IX: Dimestore Radio Theater

12.) The Slaughtered Santas * The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe * 22 December 1950 * NBC (1950)

 

A Lob Instagon NoiseFest Christmas! (#80)

A Lob Instagon NoiseFest Christmas! (#80)

When Lob Instagon begins to tell stories, listening becomes essential. A poet, an artist, a musician and an instigator, Lob has worn so many hats that it is sometimes difficult to remember the mystical origins of what he does. In this show, we do our best to uncover those origins and pay tribute to the man himself, his career, his connection to the NorCal NoiseFest, and just exactly how big his ear actually his.

I had an incredible time at NorCal NoiseFest this year, and my idea was to, initially, try and capture my favorite acts in a rambling, mutated form, but the chance to talk to Lob about his new album (Black Cactus) the evolution of Instagon (in all of it’s various forms), was just too excellent, and very soon this show morphed into being all about him.

And with good reason. To fully do Lob justice probably can’t be done is just one program, so we did our best to recreate a mini NoiseFest of our own in-studio. MKUltramegaphone gave Lob a radio tribute fitting of the man himself by jamming along with his music and his words, in a very holiday-centric style.

As mentioned during the program, Eden Mononym was scheduled to appear, but a combination of car and phone troubles threw a wrench into this plan. As of the end of the show, we were not sure what had happened, but I am happy to report that he is safe, and made it home okay in spite of below-freezing temperatures. Sorry we couldn’t have him on the program this week, but we are very glad that we can try and schedule something again for the future.

Regardless, here’s two hours of Lob, holiday style, all from Mid-Valley Mutations.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

A NorCal NoiseFest Christmas! w/ Lob Instagon (#80)

HOUR 1

Part I: The spirit of the season.

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part II: “Recorded music is three generations in of people who think it’s free.”

03.) Interview Part 2 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Black Cactus, reclaiming physical media, the changing music industry, music as a forum of thought, playing collaboratively, the evolution of Instagon, starting out noise and becoming a jazz-jam hybrid, playing with Greg Ginn.

[horridus joins in at 19:30.]

Part III: “You’re missing what’s going on right now.”

04.) Interview Part 3 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • An evolving line-up, creating a live happening, how venues respond to noise, Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar, noise as the new punk rock, the supportive NorCal NoiseFest scene, starting to organize the event in 2005, “it’s more like a convention,” the early NoiseFests in the mid-90’s, the tape trading scene of the ‘80’s feeding the ‘90’s noise scene, the Japanese noise scene, Masonna & Merzbow, Nurse With Wound, the school of punk rock, the Green Day wave (the post-Stiff Little Fingers wave), the Epitaph Sound, the vastness of noise as a genre.

Part IV: “…and he came at us again, with a samurai sword!”

05.) Interview Part 4 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

HOUR 2

Part V: The Temple of Psychic Youth.

06.) Interview Part 5 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

  • Lob’s poetry & poetry readings, how Instagon got started, the metal band version of the group, The Temple of Psychic Youth, Instagon’s four initial faces, running out of places to play, the various phases of the group, discovering bass, becoming a band leader, Lost High Desert Tortoise, avoiding band drama.

Part VI: “I have a big ear.”

07.) Interview Part 6 * Lob Instagon * 30 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: So This Is Christmas?

08.) So This Is Christmas? * Instagon & MKUltramegaphone * 8 December 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VIII: The Rock & Roll Day of Reconing

 

Weird Christmas w/ The Whistler & The Mysterious Traveler! (#31)

weird-christmasWeird Christmas w/ The Whistler & The Mysterious Traveler! (#31) 

While radio was not the first medium to explore the stranger side of things, it was the first place where people at home could all bond together, simultaneously, over a strange piece of culture, where previously you could only hear this stuff gathered around a campfire, late at night.  Radio brought everything into our homes – drama, news, sports, and fantasy – and as we turned the dial, we stumbled across things that have managed to spook us in ways we didn’t think were possible.  That is, until the radio age.

While it is easy to overlook the cultural impact of this, it bears repeating that radio gave to us a chance to engage in culture along with the rest of the world, live.  While time-shifting is just the reality of the modern age, it was simply never possible for nearly 100 years.  Live experiences – like tuning into a radio program – was a singular experience that connected your community (and your country) in a way that no other medium was able to do previously.  These shared experiences changes the way we experienced the rest of the world, and each other.  Suddenly, there was something to talk about that we all heard last night.  While the obvious boon was to offer nearly instantaneous forms of communication, it wasn’t long before some clever gents realized that the evocative nature of sound at night meant that radio was uniquely suited for something spooky, and a whole world of sounds to make you shiver began to fill the airwaves.

One of my favorite resources for these odder Old Time Radio selections is Strange Tales, part of the Relic Radio collective.  Not only do they offer incredible curated means through which you can listen to almost any genre of radio from the past, but Strange Tales specifically is a fantastic slice of these late night, often supernatural but always very weird audio offerings.  Every episode is worth your time and effort, and as the host continues to mine the weird and wild side of radio history, I’m constantly impressed with strange gems that are well worth your time.

Even still, radio didn’t invent the “scary story set at Christmas” genre.  The Krampus filled that niche almost from the beginning, and radio merely applied the rules of good audio theater to that same idea, and created the perfect way to deliver some scares to the listeners at hand.  I was very excited to find that two of my favorite “weird” programs each had great Holiday Stories that fit exactly this description, but are the perfect ways to cap off the season, and bring you a little something that will fill your heart with something other than Holiday Cheer.

We start off this episode with a story from The Whistler, a crime anthology program that focuses on the stranger parts of the criminal underworld.  The host, only known as The Whistler, was played for almost 7 years by William Foreman, who occasionally worked as a radio announcer, and played the character in the short-lived 1954 TV version of the character.  The Whistler was an omniscient narrator, who would goad the characters as the stories developed, and seemed to enjoy the misfortune of others.  Irony and grim endings were a staple of this program, and seemed to set the stage for the EC Comics style horror hosts of the ’50s.  There were eight Whistler films in the noir vein, seven of which starred Richard Dix as different characters, and half of which were William Castle films.  Each episode of The Whistler creates a wonderfully creepy atmosphere, and is kick-started by the footsteps and whistling that was copied to comic effect in The SaintBut here, the sounds are not only appropriately creepy, but set the tone for the rest of the broadcast.  This is absolutely some of the best radio ever recorded, and we’re happy to have it on the program this week.

weird-christmasRunning for almost nine years and acting as an anthology program that was on the air at the same time as The Whistler, or second program is from The Mysterious Traveler.  Hosted by Maurice Tarplin, a veteran radio voice over actor, who was heard on The Strange Dr. Weird, Boston Blackie, Valiant Lady, The Shadow, Theater Five, The March of Time, Gangbusters, The Guiding Light, Myrt and Marge  and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.  But he was limited to the narrator in The Mysterious Traveler, a character that shares a train ride with you, and can’t help but tell you strange stories he’s overheard.  Both magazine and comic book versions of this character popped up, but neither managed to become hits, and languished on newsstands until they were canceled, a shame considering people like John Dickson Carr, Dorothy L. Sayers, Brett Halliday, Ray Bradbury, Craig Rice, and Lawrence Blochman, all wrote for the publication, an impressive roster with hindsight.  While certainly an eerie program with many of the horror / suspense tropes of the day, there are regrettably few episodes of the program available, with only 70 of the 370 broadcasts existing in the modern era.  Still, what does exist is a great sampling of a kind of storytelling that is rapidly disappearing, down the tracks of life.

I love exploring Old Time Radio, and it has been fun to sift through all of these holiday classics during this part of the year.  Stay tuned, as we have a New Year’s program that we’re piecing together, and 2017 has a number of great programs already in the works.  This is a great time to become a fan of our show, and all you have to do is listen.  Seems like a pretty good deal, to me.

Enjoy!

Weird Christmas w/ The Whistler & The Mysterious Traveler!

Part I: The Whistler!

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.) Letter From Cynthia * The Whistler * 25 December 1949 Broadcast * CBS Radio (1949)

Part II: The Mysterious Traveler!

04.) Christmas Story * The Mysterious Traveler * 25 December 1951 Broadcast *  The Mutual Network (1951)

The Shadow Christmas Special! (#30)

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There is one radio character, from the earliest days of broadcasting, who’s reach not only spanned decades as an on-going concern, but has continued to retain a hold on the minds of both kids and adults alike.  The Shadow, born out of radio and pulp fiction’s inter-dependence on each other in the earliest days, began as a narrator of Detective Story Hour, a host that introduced crime stories and directed listeners to the Street and Smith’s companion magazines that were available on the racks, where most of these stories came from.  For nearly seven years this was the format of the show, but both the radio audience and readers of the magazine agreed that this mysterious “Shadow” was much more interesting than the characters in the other stories.  The writer’s had no issue with changing things up, as continuity wasn’t an issue back then, and so very quickly they took the character in a different direction.

A couple of things happened in 1937.  Mutual Broadcasting took over distributing The Shadow, and Street and Smith began developing the character of The Shadow, introducing a supporting cast and hopping onto the “costumed adventurer” bandwagon that was popular in those days.  It also helped that the lead – a playboy by the name of Lamont Cranston – was being voice by the godfather of radio broadcasting, a maverick who defied while establishing convention and craft, Mr. Orson Welles.  While his tenure on The Shadow was only two years, it was enough to solidify the tone and direction of the program from there on out, and Margo Stevenson helped make the character of Margo Lane what it became later, even when veteran actress Agnes Moorehead played her during the later years.

shadows-christmasThe Shadow worked best in a radio environment, because his key power was to cloud men’s minds, making him hard to see unless The Shadow comes out of the dark, so to speak.  Live organ accompaniment was the standard for years on this program, cut for syndication, and while there was certainly foley effects happening too, they largely relied on character voices and good stories to keep the theater of the mind at work.  For an all-audio environment, this kind of story is perfect, and sustained over 20 years of shows and broadcasts.

While Orson was certainly the most famous person to play the character on the radio, he was certainly not the only one, nor the one who played The Shadow the longest.  Bret Morrison, known for his work on The Adventures of Superman, Suspense and X-Minus One, played the character for 10 years, and William Johnstone played the character for five years, between his Lux Radio Theater appearances, and his work on Escape.  In today’s program, we feature a story each portrayed by these veteran radio actors.  Paired with Bret Morrison is the incomparable Grace Matthews, portraying Margo Lane, where the highly distinguished Agnes Moorehead played her opposite of William.

Where the detective fiction we brought you last year certainly segues into the kind of story that you will hear on The Shadow, he is certainly more attuned to the adventure / heroic fiction trope, with a much darker angle.  This might have been one of the first things in media to scare large groups of people all at once, instead of the way books only acted on individuals.  However the character was perceived at the time, he has come to embody all that is dark and foreboding in radio broadcasting, and is a great addition to our strange holiday season.

Enjoy!

 

The Shadow Christmas Special!

Part I: Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts Of Men?

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.) The Stockings Were Hung * The Shadow * 24 December 1939 Broadcast * The Mutual Network (1939)

Part II: The Shadow Knows!

04.) The Gift of Murder * The Shadow * 21 December 1947 Broadcast * The Mutual Network (1947)

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

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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)

A Christmas Carol with Richard Diamond!

imagesA Christmas Carol with Richard Diamond!
(It’s Christmas Eve, 1949, and Detective Dexter Roland needs to sober up.  So he decides to take in a show with Richard Diamond, Walt & Otis of the local PD. This episode was retrocast on 24 December 2016 as Mutation #31.1.)

It had been a long day, and Detective Dexter Roland had found himself in strange places, listening to strange stories during the strangest time of the year.  So, how in the hell did he find himself on a Sound Stage, with the singing detective himself, Richard Diamond, and his cast of oddballs, Walt & Otis of the local police precent?  He’s not entirely sure, but he’s arrived at just the right time to catch their rendition of the Dicken’s classic, “A Christmas Carol.”

Richard Diamond was not on the air long, in either his radio or television incarnation, and yet during the seven total years he was a detective for all three of the big networks (he ran, at various times, on ABC, NBC & CBS), and was portrayed by at least three different actors, though Dick Powell was most well known for playing the sleuth.  While the character was “The Singing Detective” on the radio (belting out a tune at the end of each show), by the second season of the TV show, Richard found himself playing a more Noir-like character, and fit in better with the Sam Spade / Phillip Marlowe style detective.  While this particular show – where they re-enact a play – is not at all the usual form for this program, it fits perfectly into our Holiday Theme, and gives Dexter someone else he can pal around with.

The radio broadcasts were certainly a “lighter” kind of detective than you found elsewhere, and this could have added to the reasons why he didn’t last as long on the air.  But even still, Richard Diamond produced 77 TV episodes, and over 160 radio broadcasts, something impressive by modern standards.  And, as this is a Holiday broadcast, it only makes sense to have a “lighter” program close to Christmas.

These detective shows are a lot of fun to put together, and I always enjoy bringing out Dexter when it’s appropriate.  There’s only one more in this series, where he meets with Phillip Marlowe for a New Year’s Eve story that you won’t want to miss.  Until then:

Enjoy!

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A Christmas Carol with Richard Diamond!

Side A: At Our Fireplace

01.) Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 * György Sándor / Béla Bartók * Complete Solo Piano Music
02.) At Our Fireplace * Deek Watson & The Brown Dots * Black Christmas
03.) Worksong * Grails * Red Light
04.) Nonsense * Telepathys * Sui Ken – Japanese Punk and Hardcore
05.) So Long * Tiger High * Catacombs After Party

Side B: Merry Christmas

06.) Hard Times * Danny & The Other Guys * Garage Punk Unknowns – Part 1
07.) Merry Christmas * Blake Xolton * Homework #5
08.) It’s A Secret * Regular Guys * Teenline Vol. 1
09.) God Only Knows * The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
10.) Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 * György Sándor / Béla Bartók * Complete Solo Piano Music

A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler!

0A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler!
(Detective Dexter Roland is several sheets to the wind, and has found himself at a private party with a number of well-known folks and… The Whistler?  Originally broadcast 25 December 1944. This episode was retrocast on 21 December 2016 as Mutation #30.1)

You’re taking a walk home and you stumble across a group of drunk holiday well-wishers leaving The Blue Note late into the night.  You tighten up your coat to quicken up your pace to beat the cold.  You automatically assume that you should avoid them at all costs, that they look like trouble, that if you let yourself become in any way associated with these obvious miscreants it could mean disaster for you, and for the rest of the night.  Why, just the other day you heard a story about someone who was on the run from the law, because of a Christmas Bonus he received?

Join us, as Detective Dexter Roland – intoxicated with both spirits and those of the season – is off to listen to scary stories told by none other than the legendary Whistler, the very same from radio and film.  Along the way we bring you holiday fun and music by a host of artists I’m always itching to listen to, and in the end we have a jolly good time, as we let Dexter guide us this holiday season.

The centerpiece of this show is an episode of The Whistler from 1944, where the very well-know theme kicks our show into high-gear.  (Performed by Dorothy Roberts and Wilbur Hatch‘s orchestra, who wrote the piece for the show.)  It should be noted that Dorothy Roberts, was really only paid to do the whistling once, and it probably wasn’t for very much.  But the show was a hit, and ran for 13 years.  Her tune was heard hundreds of times, in hundreds of households, and her name was largely forgotten for years.

It’s funny how so many programs of this era all began with the sounds of someone walking and whistling, which has since become shorthand in radio (and later, film and TV) for “night.”  It worked particularly well on radio, as the sterile environment of the radio station meant that you wouldn’t be hearing the sounds of everyday life – of cars, birds, people talking and chattering.  Sitting alone, with a radio, and hearing echoey footsteps, and then… well, it is a singular experience, and it sets the tone for what The Whistler was going to bring you.

J. Donald Wilson set the tone for the program, who was a writer and producer for CBS in the early ’40s.  He was a hired gun, and the idea of a crime show seemed like an easy win.  Crime radio programs were huge in those days, and Wilson rationalized that if you bill the show as an “anthology,” you can save time by not having a recurring cast.  Wilson relied on a lot of tried and true storytelling ideas, and decided to connect the episodes by having one recurring character, a narrator, who was rarely a part of the action, but was more like an announcer.

As the stories that were getting churned out got darker and darker, Wilson made The Whistler’s character darker, until he was an almost sinister character.  Borrowing heavily from Inner Sanctum, Wilson crafted an eerie crime show with an almost – but not quite – supernatural component.  In a tried and true horror motif, he was fond of trick endings where a new bit of information in the last moments of the program can often reverse the entire effect of the show, but he deployed this tactic only when necessary, and only when the effect would really work because of the story.

In 1944, Wilson had to leave the show, and George Allen took over as producer.  This wasn’t even strange for this program, as the voice of The Whistler changed from time to time too, the most consist of them being Bill Forman.  Bob Anderson was the regular announcer for the show, and with a core group at hand, Allen realized that it was important to stay the course.  They had a good thing going with the initial success of the program, and Allen decided he wanted to keep this going by sticking with what worked.  To that end, The Whistler formula became very easy to identify, very easy to produce, and was a hit with audiences.

William Castle – yes, that William Castle – soon bought the rights to do a series of Whistler pictures, and in the waning years of the programs success on the radio, The Whistler was on television in 1954.  But as anthology shows started to fall out of vogue, and dramatic radio was loosing the edge it had in light of the popularity of Rock and Roll, ratings for The Whistler declined, and the show quietly disappeared, like a whistling stranger in the night, walking further and further away.

There is certainly an old-fashioned-ness to the way these stories develop.  Having a narrator like this really evokes a kind of radio that had fallen out of fashion, even in the ’40s, and was then a throw-back to adventure-serial type radio programs, that where heavy on the use of a narrator to catch everyone up from day to day.  But the hallmark of The Whistler that was innovative was the way the character was chilling.  Inner Sanctum used a host that told horror-jokes, and had a bubbly co-host that reminded him to do the ad-reads.  But The Whistler was very, very serious, and could string someone along with a description of an inner monologue that was terrifying.  While these might sound a little corny, if you were a kid in 1944, you would have LOVED The Whistler.

Stay tuned, as Detective Dexter Roland has fallen in with yet another group of after after party celebrators, when he takes in a late-late show by Detective Richard Diamond, the singing detective.

Enjoy!

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A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler!

Side A: By Hook Or By Crook

01.) The Happy Whistler * Raymond Scott * Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 2: 6 to 12 Months.
02.) In The Midnight Hour * Gary Wilson * Forgotten Lovers
03.) By Hook Or By Crook * Thee Headcoats * Headcoatitude
04.) Government Money * Bonemen of Barumba * Homework #9
05.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh No! It’s Devo!
06.) Money Money Money * 9th Life * 9th Life Tape
07.) (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle * Hank Williams * 40 Greatest Hits

Side B: Dark Thoughts

08.) The Greatest Gift * Scratch Acid * The Greatest Gift
09.) Change Of Plan * Steve Treatment * Messthetics Vol. 3
10.) Safe * Ellen Cherry Charles * The Cherry Orchard
11.) Dark Thoughts * New Dawn * Love, Peace & Poetry: American Psychedelic Music
12.) Whistle Down The Wind * Tom Waits * Bone Machine
13.) Whistle * Voltage * Nice Watch Mix Tape

Christmas Shopping with The Crime Photographer!

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(Casey himself – The Crime Photographer – pops in to see Detective Dexter Roland for this holiday presentation from 19 December 1946. This show was aired on 14 December 2016 as Mutation #29.1)

After listening to Johnny Dollar’s story in our previous installment, the only thing that made any sense to Detective Dexter Roland was to drop into The Blue Note tavern, where he could take in a few drinks and a few tunes before the end of the night.  Little did he know that he was going to run into Flashgun Casey and his partner, Ann Williams.  Before he could even get his bearings, Dexter is roped into hearing them recount their holiday shopping trip that went quite a ways off the rails.

Crime Photographer (and later, Casey, Crime Photographer) was a franchise that was born out of the Black Mask crime fiction scene in the ’30s, created by George Harmon Coxe, who was keen to expand Casey into as many mediums as possible.  Magazines, novels, and film were all avenues that Casey found himself taking pictures in, and his run on radio lasted almost 12 years with a number of different actors and formats on CBS.  The gimmick of the show – that they would drop into The Blue Note tavern, where Casey and Ann would listen to The Archie Bleyer Orchestra, and later the The Teddy Wilson Trio.  In this episode, the music in the bar is provided by Herman Chittison, to great effect.

While Casey is not as well known as his Johnny Dollar or Phillip Marlowe (or other detectives of the era), during his time on the air Crime Photographer was incredibly popular, and was as well recognized in his day as the other stars of his era.  It’s always a pleasure to drop in on Flashgun Casey, and he seems to have sent me off on drunken adventure that could lead me in just about any direction.

But that’s a story for another day.  Until then,

Enjoy!

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Christmas Shopping with The Crime Photographer!

Side A: How We Remember Them To Be

01.) Brendon’s Camera * Brendon Small * Home Movies Soundtrack
02.) Drink, Drank Drunk * RABBITS * Keep Our Heads
03.) Out Of Our Tree * The Wailers * The Fabulous Wailers
04.) Photograph [Live] * The Human Genome Project * “Live Friday on KPSU” 17 September 2004.
05.) How We Remember Them To Be * The Cherry Orchard * Ellen Cherry Charles
06.) Takin’ A Ride * The Replacements * Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash!

Side B: Decomposing Trees

07.) Talking To You * The Savage Resurrection * The Savage Resurrection.
08.) The ‘We’re All Friends’ Club * Enemy Mine * EP
09.) In A Car * The Meat Puppets * In A Car EP
10.) The Power Of Independent Trucking * Big Black * Songs About Fucking
11.) Decomposing Trees * Galaxie 500 * On Fire
12.) Faded Photograph * The Legendary Pink Dots * Plutonium Blonde

The Department Store Swindle!

departmentstoreswindleThe Department Store Swindle!
(Detective Dexter Roland returns to the air to bring you an episode of Your’s Truly, Johnny Dollar, with this gem from 24 December 1949. Later aired on 7 December 2016 as Mutations #28.1)

Detective Dexter Roland had a pretty eventful November, and was ready to settle down for a quiet December where he could worry about money for a chance.  But no sooner had he dismissed his secretary and was about to do some heavy drthinking, when his old friend Johnny Dollar called up, to discuss a holiday case that he can’t stop thinking about.  All December, Dexter Roland will be presenting holiday capers the likes of which you’ve never heard before, and he’d doing it all as part of our annual X-Mas Memories Broadcasts.

To kick things off, we are offering, “How I Played Santa Claus And Almost Got Left Holding The Bag,” a Johnny Dollar story from Christmas Eve, 1949.  Johnny Dollar had a long and fascinating radio career, and in almost 12 years aired over 800 shows that are still being enjoyed to this day.  Not quite a famous as Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe or Dexter Roland, Johnny Dollar seemed to outlast them all by delivering a combination of the best detective characters on radio, and dominated the ’50’s as detectives popped up on every station.  When the mid-’60’s rolled around – and Television had very truly dominated radio – Johnny Dollar faded away.

But him memory lives on, with this story about how difficult department stores can be.  And until next week:

Enjoy!

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The Department Store Swindle!

Side A: Camera Shy 

01.) Johnny B. Goode * The Remains * A Session With The Remains
02.) Train * Mission of Burma * vs.
03.) Camera Shy * Parts & Labor * Mapmaker
04.) I’ll Cry * The Reigning Sound * Too Much Guitar
05.) Shoplifting * The Slits * Cut
06.) Pictures * Thought Police * Messthetics Vol. 3
07.) There Ain’t No Santa Clause On The Evenin’ Stage * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * The Spotlight Kid

Side B: True Detective 

08.) Close The Door * The Readymen * Restless
09.) Last Chance * The Wipers * The Herd
10.) White * Ken Nordine * Colors
11.) True Detective * Accidents * A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock: 1977-89
12.) Mr. Santa Claus * Nathaniel Mayer* Village Of Love

Back For Christmas

Santa LorreBack For Christmas
(Detective Dexter Roland presents a classic episode of Suspense from 23 December 1943, with Peter Lorre in the lead roll! Originally podcast on 24 December 2011.)

Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator, was about to head home to Max’s Bar, for a few Christmas Eve cocktails to celebrate the holiday properly.  Little did he know that Peter Lorre was going to drop by, to deliver a tale that is perfect for the holiday season.  From the Old Time Radio radio archives, we bring you Back For Christmas, a tale well calculated to keep you in… Supense!

This podcast-only show features a perfect marriage: moody, holiday-ish music with a creepy tale with a last minute turn that is perfect for this kind of medium.  Bartók has always had a bit of a spooky feel to him anyway, and his renditions of Roumanian Christmas Carols seemed all to appropriate to complement Peter Lorre’s European-is accent.  While I can’t exactly claim that Moonbell fits exactly right, I feel as if the “White Light” being sung about could be seen as a metaphor for what the main character may be thinking at that point in the story.    And Dexter Roland tying it all together?  Well, let’s just say it had been a while, and our guest Peter Lorre inspired his return.

Not much else to say about this one.  If all goes well, there should be  a good New Year’s show coming up this weekend.  And stay tuned for big things in January.  2012 will be interesting.

See you in seven.

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Back For Christmas
# Title * Artist * Album * Further Info
01.) Back For Christmas * Suspense Cast * 23 December 1943 * CBS Radio
02.) Roumanian Christmas carols Sz. 57 * Béla Bartók (Performed by György Sàndor) * Complete Solo Piano Music
03.) Winter Snow * Booker T & The MGs * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959 – 1968 * Stax Records
04.) White Light * Moonbell * Figurine EP * Self-Released
05.) Listen, The Snow Is Falling * Galaxie 500 * This Is Our Music * Rough Trade

The Origins Of Christmas

Friend or Foe?

The Origins Of Christmas
(Featuring a brief history on this troubling holiday, and some songs that attempt to cover an array of feelings associated with this time of year. Originally broadcast on 17 December 2011 on KPSU.)

Probably the biggest frustration I suffer from this time of year is one of Holiday Burnout: I just get sick of deluge of Christmas Songs, fake consideration for our fellow man, and the pain-in-the-ass errands that you have to run during a time of year when it is constantly cold and dark 20 hours a day.  The plastic sheen of wonder and good tidings cover layers and layers of deception and misdirection that appears to go unnoticed by the majority of the public.  And who could blame them?  If I could put out of my mind all the things that frustrate me about this time of year, and medicate myself to the point where I have visions of Sugar Plums too, then I might stupidly smile and obliviously wish everyone a happy something or other, that may actually conflict with their religious beliefs, too.

So, I decided to tackle the problem head-on with a radio program that uncovers the origins of this holiday, with an attempt to give my own perspective a much needed positive boost.  It wasn’t easy; while I am not a Scrooge or a Grinch, I would say that I don’t find it easy to be as merry or happy as most people want me to be.  I could feel one way or the other about Christmas, and while I enjoy the time off and the chance to spend time with friends or family, years of retail job exposure, combined with a fairly virulent case of atheism, has provided me with endless examples of how awful people are to each other, and how easily they try to hide or mask it.  It unsettles me to the point of being down on the holidays.  Fortunately, I’m not the only one.

The connective tissue of this show comes from a History Channel documentary, The History of Christmas.  I have to admit, I’ve lost a bit of faith in The History Channel over the years, and their work now is shoddy (at best).  But this one is old enough that it has things like research in it, and the narrator sticks to just relating that research, and doesn’t cut to bone-heads who don’t have any expertise, or rely on weird creepy music followed by a narrator asking a question.  (“But who WAS Santa, really?”)  Plus, I use about 4 minutes of it, total.

The rest of the show features holiday songs that fit in a little more closely with my view of this time of year, and of the world in general.  Of note are two great compilations that I drew heavily from, and have been wanting to use for a while, but never had the chance.  The first is from an Andy Cirzan compilation from 2009, called The Cassette Years: Part 2.  Andy is a Christmas Music collector, who has been putting together wacked-out comps on tape (and now, CD and radio via Sound Opinions), of the weirdest holiday music you’ve ever heard.  His comps are a real treat, and they make even the most annoying holiday tunes seem listenable.  The other is called Black Christmas, which I obtained a few years back, and can’t for the life of me remember where I got it.  If anyone has any information about it, I would be most appreciative.  It contains a number of great holiday songs that are a little more realistic than the average fare.  The show is divided into three sections: Punk Songs, Rock Songs, and the Hanukkah / What Does It All Mean? wrap-up.  I am extremely happy with the way this show out, and I think it sounds great.  I hope you enjoy it too.  (Spoiler Alert: The show does end on a bit of an “up” note, if you’re worried about slogging through the horrors of religious subjugation, and songs about the bad things that happen this time of year.)

That’s it for this week.  Stay tuned for a Podcast-only Christmas Eve special next week.  Be good to each other, and happy holidays.

See you in seven.

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The Origins Of Christmas

01.) Carol Of The Bells * George Winston * December
02.) Holiday Sedation * Unknown * The Cassette Years: Part 2
03.) The History Of Christmas Part 01 * The History Channel
04.) The First Noel * Chet Baker * The Cassette Years: Part 2
05.) The History Of Christmas Part 02 * The History Channel
06.) Fuck Christmas * Fear * The Record
07.) Pulling The Christmas Pig By The Wrong Pair Of Ears * The Locust * Plague Soundscapes
08.) Steal Softly Thru Snow * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
09.) C’mon Santa! * Mach Bell & His Elves * Xmas Snertz: Have A Very Gulcher Christmas!
10.) The History Of Christmas Part 03 * The History Channel
11.) Snow Girl * The Billy Nayer Show * BNS Presents

12.) Jingle Bells * Vel Mares * Black Christmas
13.) A St. Nick Dangerous Christmas Eve * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign
14.) (It’s Gonna Be A) Punk Rock Christmas * The Ravers * Once Upon A Time Vol. 13: California & Pacific Northwest ’77
15.) Don’t Believe In Christmas * The Sonics * Black Christmas
16.) The History Of Christmas Part 04 * The History Channel
17.) There’s Trouble Brewing * Jack Scott * Black Christmas
18.) Christmas Blues * Washboard Pete * Black Christmas
19.) Mars Wants Santa! * Santa Claus Conquers The Martians * The Cassette Years: Part 2
20.) Christmas At The Byaou * Vin Bruce’s Cajuns * The Cassette Years: Part 2
21.) The History Of Christmas Part 05 * The History Channel
22.) Christmas in Jail * The Youngsters * Black Christmas

23.) Snow * April Stevens
24.) We Three Kings Of Orient Are * X-Ray Tango * Xmas Snertz: Have A Very Gulcher Christmas!
25.) The History Of Christmas Part 06 * The History Channel
26.) Happy Hanukkah * Mr. Paul F. Tompkins * The Pod F. Tompkast Extrasode
27.) What We Do On Christmas * Atom And His Package
28.) Most Wonderful Time Of The Year * Pete Jolly Trio * The Cassette Years: Part 2
29.) Lucretius, Man Of Modern Mystery * Robert Krulwich * Hmmm…. Krulwich on Science Podcast
30.) Snowy Morning Blues * James P. Johnson * Father Of The Stride Piano
31.) Snowfall * Henry Mancini * Greatest Hits
32.) When the Mountains Part 2 * The Cast * Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
33.) Sleepy Santa Interlude * The Cassette Years: Part 2
34.) Snowstorm * Galaxie 500 * On Fire

Space Out II

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(Featuring even more international Space Rock from the ’60’s and ’70’s.)

Continuing to get further and further into the outer reaches of space as the holiday season rapidly approaches, here are even more selections from the Mutant Sounds archives, covering the vast expanses of Space Rock that was so near and dear to the world’s hearts in that long-lost decade known as the 1970’s.  Times were simpler then: musicians were taking powerful drugs, mastering guitar / synthesizer / flute performances, and attempting to make sense of the universe the only way they knew how: filling sides of LPs with unusual compositions.  Now you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home.

We open our show with a “Journey Into A Dream,” which is what most of the Space Rockers of the ’70’s were attempting to do.  But it is also a metaphor for this very show, in that as we continue through the years ourselves, we come closer and closer to making our own dreams come true.  Radio has been a dream of mine since childhood, and being able to make it happen, for nearly 14 years now, has been a real Journey that seems to find more and more destinations as time continues it forward momentum.  As 2012 approaches, we will be entering new and uncharted territory (yet again), and I’m very excited about what the future holds.  Moreso than usual.

Attentive listeners will notice that there is one track that is, unfortunately, not from the period in question: “Utterly Simple” by Extra.  After last weeks show hit the digital airwaves, I was contacted by Fruits De Mer Records, who deal exclusively in vinyl-only compilations that feature covers of songs from the period in question.  I have to plead ignorance with regards to this label, being a yankee and all, but once I knew they existed, I knew I had to play this track. The original song is by Traffic, who were active in the ’60’s and ’70’s recording exactly this kind of music.  It only made sense to try and bring things full-circle, and illustrate that this music continues to influence and inform the music of today.  Outside of their records, you can’t find this music anywhere else.  I recommend checking out their site, and perhaps ordering a record or two if you are so inclined.

Again, this show was not archived, but this recreation gives you a chance to hear the show as it was broadcast on Saturday.

That’s all for this week.  Stayed tuned, as our Spacy Holiday Madness continues.  And, keep your ears peeled for some news regarding our show in the coming weeks.  Things are about to change.

See you in seven.

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Space Out II

# Title * Artist * Album * Further Info
01.) Journey Into A Dream * F.G. Experimental Laboratory * Journey Into A Dream * Switzerland, 1975

02.) Socrates Drank The Conium * Socrates Drank The Conium * Zontanoi Sto Kyttapo * Greece, 1971
03.) Fantomen * Midsommar * Belsebub Ar Los * Sweden, 1971

04.) Syphlonic Diplovits * Chou Pahrot * Live * Scotland, 1979
05.) Ajatuksia * Apollo * Apollo * Finland, 1970
06.) Wenn die Nacht am tiefsten… * Ton Steine Scherben * Wenn Die Nacht Am Tiefsten… * Germany, 1975

07.) Wieczna Pielgrzymka * Ossian * Ossian (aka Ksiega Deszczu) * Poland, 1975
08.) E Per Te * Claudio Rocchi * Essenza * Italy, 1973

09.) The Ancient Consciousness Of Evil Spirit * George Hirota * Sahasurara * Japan, 1976
10.) Pythagorian child No. 2: Arrival In Time * Bib Set * It Wasn’t Meant To Happen… * Sweden, 1969
11.) Searching For The World * Sleepy John * Sleepy John * USA, 1970
12.) Utterly Simple * Extra * Fruits de Mer Volume 21: Keep Off The Grass * UK, 2011 (Original: UK, 1967)
13.) To Xehasmeno Pigadi * Exadaktylos * Zontanoi Sto Kyttapo * Greece, 1971
14.) Epilogi * Nimbus * Obus * Finland, 1974

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Space Out

Space Out
Space Out

Space Out
(Featuring an international selection of Space Rock from the ’70’s.)

While many look forward to the holiday season with fondness toward the music they will hear, I often find myself frustrated with the content of such songs.  It is fortunate that I came into a huge stash of authentic ’70’s Space Rock Records recently (thanks, Mutant Sounds), and have decided to kick off my holiday season with a tour of this curious genre from a variety of countries around the world.

You want to talk obscure?  I’m never heard of any of the bands I played today until I dug them out to play them for this show.  While I’ve always been fascinated by Hawkwind, King Crimson, and a variety of other artists who have trod the more unusual musical pathways in this particular decade, the sheer depth and wealth of artists who were on that same wavelength is staggering when you begin digging.  As I’ve been enjoying the holiday season, and moving into a new home, I thought it only fitting to let myself explore these artists for the first time with you.

This show is full of long, strange, “flute-y,” and otherwise exploratory experiments in just where you can take this particular genre.  My suggestion is to just go with the flow, and Space Out.

See you in seven.

(Note: Sadly, this show did not get archived as it was originally broadcast.  The version that is available for download is a special podcast recreation, made two days after the original was aired live.  These things happen.  Sorry.)

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Space Out

01.) Countdown * The Muffins * Secret Signals 1 * (1974 – 1978 USA)
02.) Diggar Ditt Hal-1 * Blodarna * Blodarna * (1979 Sweden)
03.) Ambiance * Popera Cosmic * Les Esclaves * (1969 France)

04.) The Hook * Jukka Tolonen * The Hook * (1974 Finland)
05.) Monster Comes To The City * Logproof * A Random Sampler * Random Radar Records (1977 UK)
06.) Caspita * Totem * Corrupcion * (1973 Uruguay)

07.) A Mutant Underglass * Illegal Aliens * A Random Sampler * Random Radar Records (1977 UK)
08.) Alien Activity From The 45th Parallel * Cellutron & The Invisible * Reflecting On The First Watch, We Uncover Treasure Buried For The Blind * (1978 USA)

09.) Fire Dance * Lagger Blues Machine * Tanit Live * (1970 Belgium)
10.) Automaty * Klan * Mrowisko * (1970 Poland)
11.) Total Space * The Rolf Kuhn Group * Total Space * (1975 Germany)

12.) Skladanka * Modry Efekt & Radim Hladik * Modry Efekt & Radim Hladik * (1974 Czechoslovakia)
13.) Voo Cego * Marcos Valle * Vento Sul * (1972 Brazil)
14.) Weg Vom Fenster * Metzlutzkas Erben * Wiener Blutrausch * (1979 Austria)
15.) Noises of The Evening * Doctors Of Madness * Figments of Emancipation * Polydor Records (1976 UK)
16.) Master of The Universe * Hawkwind * In Search of Space * (1971 UK)
17.) El Final * Síntesis * Síntesis * (1976 Argentina)

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A Grumpy Punk Christmas w/ DJ Swill

Smile For The Camera
Smile For The Camera

A Grumpy Punk Christmas w/ DJ Swill
(Originally broadcast on 10 December 2009 on KPSU.)

Join DJ Swill and I for an hour-long, Grumpy Punk exploration of Christmas Music for people who don’t like Christmas Music.  We tag team through a number of X-Mas oddities, and talk about our interests as music fans, in this very special Grumpy Punk broadcast.

Aside from Halloween, there are very few holidays that we here at Blasphuphmus Radio celebrate.  However, it is difficult to ignore the holiday season when the rest of the world is taken in its grip for the majority of the winter months.  Sooner or later, the influence of these holidays reaches even us.  Fortunately, DJ Swill and I are on the same page, and we decide to celebrate Christmas the Grumpy Way.

Below you will find a short video, shot by Wendy, of us in action, so you can get a visual of what this is all about.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music.  Enjoy!

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Ghosts Of Christmas Past

The Ghosts of Christmas Past!
The Ghosts of Christmas Past!

Ghosts Of Christmas Past
(Featuring selections from previous broadcasts on 12/23/98, 12/14/04, 12/13/06, and 12/20/06.)

In the 13 years we’ve been on the air, try as we might, a handful of holiday programs have made it into our archives that offer holiday themes and content to our fair listeners.  Given that the holiday season is upon us, is seemed only fitting to go through the vaults and dig out these rare gems.

For today’s show, I decided to delve into the archives again and pull out some selections from my favorite Holiday shows of the past. I’m not a big Christmas person (for the most part), and when I do get into Seasonal Music, it’s generally not what you would hear in the Mall. So consider this a snapshot of what I like to bump this time of year.

If nothing else, you should really listen to my rendition of The Cremation Of Sam McGee from 2006, near the end of the show.

Next week: tune in for the return of The Grumpy Punk, with a special co-host, who will be helping me pick the tunes for that hour. Should be pretty epic.

See ya in seven.

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KPSU Playlist & Footnotes.

 

Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music Part II

The Cremation Of Sam McGee
The Cremation Of Sam McGee

Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music Part II

(KPSU Phase I Episode 133)

While Blasphuphmus Radio has never been the kind of show to flip format when the holidays arise, every year or so I get the urge to deliver back to the listeners my idea of holiday offerings.  Christmas is a time of year when we are overwhelmed with holiday offerings, and rather than go down that same old road, I usually try to cook up something that is a little more than your average Jingle Bell Rock.

This particular show comes from our “Phase I” archive, consisting of shows that were aired during the early years of KPSU broadcasting.  While I never went much for themes in those days, this show hints at things to come, and set the tone for all future holiday broadcasts.  While this wasn’t exactly new to me, it gave me a chance to lay the foundation of things to come.

This episode is part two of two.

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Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music Part II

01.) Wir Christenleut * Johann Sebastian Bach * A Nonesuch Christmas
02.) Troll Wedding * Fishtank Ensemble * Super Raoul
03.) Gloria In Excelsis Deo * Pond * It’s Finally Christmas!
04.) Utan Utan * Selda * Selda
05.) Santa Claus Is Back In Town * Poison Idea * It’s Finally Christmas!
06.) Low Down * Tom Waits * Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
07.) The Grinch * The Whirlees * It’s Finally Christmas!
08.) White Christmas * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas
09.) Machine Gun * Rich & Famous * Messthetics #101
10.) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town * Corporal Blossom * A Mutated Christmas
11.) Over The Edge * Dead Moon * Echoes Of The Past
12.) The Odds Against Christmas * C3-P0 & R2-D2 * Christmas In The Stars
13.) The Cremation Of Sam McGee * Austin Rich * Read Live On The Air
14.) Woovy Groovy * Los Buenos * Sensacional Soul
15.) Seasoned Greetings * The Residents * Meet The Residents

KPSU Playlist

Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music Part I

Not Decking The Halls
Not Decking The Halls

Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music Part I

(KPSU Phase I Episode 132)

While Blasphuphmus Radio has never been the kind of show to flip format when the holidays arise, every year or so I get the urge to deliver back to the listeners my idea of holiday offerings.  Christmas is a time of year when we are overwhelmed with holiday offerings, and rather than go down that same old road, I usually try to cook up something that is a little more than your average Jingle Bell Rock.

This particular show comes from our “Phase I” archive, consisting of shows that were aired during the early years of KPSU broadcasting.  While I never went much for themes in those days, this show hints at things to come, and set the tone for all future holiday broadcasts.  While this wasn’t exactly new to me, it gave me a chance to lay the foundation of things to come.

This episode is part one of two.

Robert Deeble, LIVE!

Robert Deeble
Robert Deeble

Robert Deeble, LIVE!

(Live Friday 037)

No stranger to KPSU, Robert Deeble came in and recorded a live set of music on December 17th, which we’ll be bringing to you today for your pre-Christmas entertainment. “This Bar Has No One Left,” his last album, is an emotional, last call at 2am, a slow burning rock record. Deeble delivers six rhythmic observations of a life gone mad, beautiful and harsh in their portrayals of characters attempting to find solace from a shipwreck filled with sadness, loneliness and addiction. If you needed any evidence that Christmas is the loniliest time of the year, then all you need to do is listen to Deeble’s music to get in the right mindset. Tune in, won’t you? (Note: Due to some sort of editing / recording mixup, this broadcast is a little surreal to listen to. Before you download it, you’ve been warned.)

If If, Was Was… Live!

If If, Was Was...
If If, Was Was…

If If, Was Was… Live!

(KPSU Phase I Episode 078)

“Special Two-Week Christmas Gift To Portland”

Featured Artist: If If, Was Was…

As part two of my Christmas Gift to the city of Portland, If If, Was Was… joins me at KPSU for some lo-fi rock music the likes of which you’ve never heard before. Slowly making a name for himself around PDX by playing at Billy Rays dive, he has an ear for songcraft that is unique unto itself, while being careful to pay tribute to everything the he, himself, was weened on. But unlike a lot of singer-songwriters on the market these days, he has a sense of humor that gives him an edge; the CD he’s released of home-recorded tracks is entitled, “Another Word For Thesaurus,” and that alone makes it – and his music – quite entertaining. Joining us for this performance are his brother Thomas on drums, and their friend Megan on Violin. Tune in for some fun.  (This show aired from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.)

Gordon Taylor, Live!

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Gordon Taylor, Live!

(KPSU Phase I Episode 077)

“Special Two-Week Christmas Gift To Portland”

As part of my Christmas Gift to the city of Portland, I’ve lined up two weeks of music on my show guaranteed to knock your socks off. This week, I have the up-and-coming rock outfit, Gordon Taylor, risen out of the ashes of Rise Over Run and The Mayonaise vs. Venn Demonstrational. With beautiful lyrics and a slight wink-and-nod to some of the emo greats of the past, they have fantastic songs that will draw you in and make you want to dance.  (This show aired from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.)

The Start of A New Year

New Beginnings
Tighten Up

The Start of A New Year

(KPSU Phase I Episode 028)

At this time our program was on from 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

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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

The Hits That Keep On Missin’

Ouch
Ouch

The Hits That Keep On Missin’ 

(KPSU Phase I Episode 027)

4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

 

Playlist:

01.) Real Cool Time * The Stooges
02.) Fame And Fortune * Mission Of Burma
03.) Teenage Rebel * The Avengers
04.) In This House That I Call Home * X
05.) Everybody’s Happy Nowadays * Buzzcocks
06.) Remote Control * The Clash
07.) Outsider * Ramones
08.) Romeo * Wipers
09.) Nobody’s Hero * Stiff Little Fingers
10.) Rich Man’s Dream * Neoboys
11.) I’m A Pig * Angry Samoans
12.) Mom’s A Fake * Stiphnoyds
13.) I Don’t Want To Grow Up * Descendants
14.) Running Dog (Live) * Lotek
15.) Disappearing Boy * Green Day
16.) Johnny Paranoid (Live) * Sado-Nation
17.) Life Of Pain * Black Flag
18.) I Fought The Law * Dead Kennedys
19.) New Race * Radio Birdman
20.) Stuck In The Middle * The Replacements
21.) Bad To Worse * The Real Kids
22.) I Think About You During The Commercials * Riverdales
23.) Nature Without Man * Minutemen
24.) In The City * The Jam
25.) Let’s Break The Law (Single Version) * Anti-Nowhere League
26.) It’s Never Too Late * Sham 69
27.) Just Like Me * T.S.O.L.
28.) The Kid’s A Mess * The Vibrators
29.) Teenagers From Mars * Misfits
30.) I Wanna Be Naked * Screeching Weasel
31.) Don’t Back Down * The Queers
32.) Human Fly * The Cramps
33.) Good Guys (Don’t Wear White) * Minor Threat
34.) Group Sex * Circle Jerks
35.) Cherry Bomb * The Runaways
36.) Forming * Germs
37.) Caught In My Eye * Gumball
38.) I Don’t Know What You’re Talking About * Hüsker Dü
39.) Two Beats Off * Fugazi
40.) I Can’t Believe * Big Black
41.) Stocktaking * Nomeansno
42.) Guilt Within Your Head * The Gits
43.) On The Wall * Fastbacks
44.) We’re Only Gonna Die * Bad Religion

Christmas In The Stars

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(Phase I Episode 026)

In this early KPSU show, what you get here is your average show from this period (heavy on the punk music) with occasional additions from the amazing Christmas In The Stars album, a fave at KPSU.  I had just found it, and felt the need to inflict it upon the listeners.  Other than that, it’s an average show.

I did include some other holiday-ish tunes, but this is merely a music show.  But it works perfect this time of year, as the annoying is only occasional, and the bulk of what you hear is just straight up music.  It’s the kind of holiday show I would like if other stations didn’t just cave in and play only holiday stuff.

So, nothing fancy.  Just more music from Blasphuphmus Radio.  (This show was originally on from 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.)

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Christmas In The Stars

01.) Theme * Descendants
02.) Christmas Rush * Dead Moon
03.) Breathless * X
04.) Art-I-Ficial * X-Ray Spex
05.) Waste Of Time * Fastbacks
06.) Love American Style * Mr. T Experience
07.) I Just Want Some Skank / Beverly Hills * Circle Jerks
08.) Pig In A Blanket * Rudimentary Peni
09.) Sounds Of Laughter * T.S.O.L.
10.) I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement * The Ramones
11.) Cheap Tragedies * Avengers
12.) Christmas In The Stars * C-3PO & R2D2
13.) Round ‘n’ Round * Germs
14.) Blow Up * The Dils
15.) White Minority * Black Flag
16.) [R]evoluntion In Rock * M.D.C.
17.) Books Bout UFOs * Hüsker Dü
18.) Legacy * Dicks
19.) Tony Gets Wasted In Pedro * Minutemen
20.) New Rose * The Damned
21.) Attitude * Bad Brains
22.) [I’m] Stranded * The Saints
23.) The Grinch * Caveman Shoestore
24.) The Odds Against Christmas * C-3PO & R2D2
25.) Baby Baby * The Vibrators
26.) I Can’t Hardly Stand It * The Cramps
27.) Gary Gilmore’s Eyes * The Adverts
28.) I Believe I’ll Have Another Beer * Fear
29.) Happy Holidays * Smegma
30.) 12XU * Wire
31.) What Do I Get? * Buzzcocks
32.) Fight It * Pennywise
33.) Love Comes In Spurts [Live] * Richard Hell
34.) Hopeless Romantic * The Bouncing Souls
35.) You Got A Brain [Use Is] * The Fartz
36.) This Way Out * Rocket From The Crypt
37.) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas * No-L
38.) Come On Down * Juanita Family & Friends
39.) Achin’ To Be * Pinhead Gunpowder
40.) Telepathic Love * Wipers
41.) That Gum You Like is Back in Style * Camper Van Beethoven
42.) Pond Song * Dinosaur Jr.
43.) Merry Merry Christmas * C-3PO & R2D2

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

(KWVA Episode 037)

Our first holiday broadcast, from 1998!  Not heard since then, and available in digital form for the first time!  This is also one of the most complete shows from this era.  (Mostly, just missing the commercials.)  The Cremation of Sam McGee!  (At least, the first time I ever read it on the air.)  And, a theme show, at that.  It’s the complete nostalgia package, all in one show!

Join us as we travel back in time to 1998, where I was just learning my radio chops, and decided to do an all-out spooky holiday show.  Weather or not I succeed is up to you, but I remember this one fondly, and feel that there are moments that hold up pretty well.  And listen to that tape hiss!  Ahh, the good old days.

In these days, my show was on from 4 A.M. – 6 A.M.   On KWVA.  This was before podcasts, or streaming radio.  You heard this live, or on the tape I made of the show.  It’s a real treat to share it again, in a new form.  Enjoy!

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Happy Holidays

01.) Put The Book Back On The Shelf * Belle & Sebastian
02.) ?? * Poison Idea
03.) Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie * Black Flag
04.) Squeegy Boy * Royal Grand Prix
05.) Happy Holidays * Smegma
06.) Monster’s Holiday * Bobby “Boris” Pickett
07.) Parasite * The Queers
08.) ?? * Rites Of Spring
09.) Serve, Obey, Guard Human’s From Harm * Servotron
10.) ?? * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo
11.) Arboretum * Unwound
12.) The Other Newest One * Germs
13.) I Don’t Care About You / Fuk Shit Up * Blatz
14.) 21st Century Digital Boy * Bad Religion
15.) Fuck Kitty * Frumpies
16.) This Fascist Kills Guitars * Men’s Recovery Project
17.) ?? * Julie Ruin
18.) ?? * The Fartz
19.) ?? * Satan’s Pilgrims
20.) ?? * Phantom Surfers
21.) ?? * The Rondelles
22.) The Rainbow * Ween
23.) Scat Sandwhich * The Cartoon Planet Band
23.) The Cremation Of Sam McGee * Austin Rich
24.) White Christmas * Billy Vaughn
25.) Mystery * Wipers
26.) I’m In The Mood To Move * Ween
27.) ?? * Boredoms
28.) I’m So Bored With The U.S.A. * The Clash
29.) The Suckling * The Thrones
30.) ?? * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
31.) ?? * The Ventures
32.) El Camino * Ween
33.) ?? * Butthole Surfers
34.) Jean Paul Sartre * The Crabs
35.) Midget * Devo
36.) Oh Little Town Of Bethleham * Billy Vaughn
37.) My Politics * NOMEANSNO