Marc and I have done a few shows like this, and it’s always a lot of fun to join him. But this time, it was just the two of us, and we decided to zero in on something that is near and dear to both of our hearts: synthesizer music! We play some records, talk about our favorite acts, and then we jam out in the second hour to an ELP song!
All that, and more, in this two-hour block of radio that must be heard to be believed.
10:01 AM Suicide Ghost Rider Suicide Mute, a BMG Company
10:07 AM Pere Ubu Non-Alignment Pact The Modern Dance Fire Records
10:10 AM Silver Apples You and I Contact 2011 Start Entertainments Limited
10:14 AM Devo Snowball (backing track) Freedom of Choice
10:17 AM Devo Uncontrollable Urge Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
10:17 AM Kraftwerk Spacelab Die Mensch-Maschine
10:22 AM Neil Young Computer Age Trans 1983 Geffen
10:26 AM The Stranglers Waltzinblack (The Gospel According To) The Meninblack
10:29 AM Space Ponch Barefoot In Baltimore World Shopping With Space Ponch Flavour of Sound
10:34 AM A Flock of Seagulls Iran Best
10:36 AM Gary Numan Cars The Pleasure Principle 1979 Beggars Banquet
10:46 AM George Harrison Under the Mersey Wall Electronic Sound UMC
10:47 AM Röyksopp Eple Melody A.M. 2006 PIAS/Wall Of Sound Electronic
10:50 AM Roger Powell Ictus: The Primordial Pulse Cosmic Furnace 1973 Warner Music Group – X5 Music Group Electronic
10:53 AM Tonto’s Expanding Head Band Cybernaut Zero Time 2012 ODL
10:56 AM Dick Hyman The Minotaur What is a Synthesizer?
11:03 AM Belle and Sebastian Electronic Renaissance Tigermilk MatadorUS
11:10 AM The Moog Cookbook Black Hole Sun The Moog Cookbook
11:19 AM Emerson Lake and Palmer Lucky Man Marc Time Mix
11:19 AM Pilot 55 Degrees North 3 Degrees West Second Flight Parlophone
11:19 AM Cluster Rote Riki Zuckerzeit 1974 Vertigo Berlin
11:21 AM Ralph Lundsten Robbie Is Dancing the Waltz – Heaven By Night In Ralph Lundsten’s Universe Andromeda Music
11:25 AM Morton Subotnick The Wild Bull, Pt. B Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon – The Wild Bull 2011 wergo Electronic
11:31 AM Terry Riley A Rainbow in Curved Air, Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air 1969 Sony Classical
11:31 AM Bruce Haack and Miss Nelson Abracadabra Listen Compute
11:33 AM Grimes Genesis Visions 2012 Electronic
11:39 AM Imogen Heap Between Sheets Ellipse 2009 RCA Records Label
11:42 AM Lucifer Rite of Aida Black Mass
11:47 AM Bonzo Dog Band Noises for the Leg A Dog’s Life – The Albums 1967- 1972 EMI UKUK
11:47 AM Walter Carlos Timesteps Clockwork Orange OST
11:54 AM Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star 2019 Discipline Global
11:56AM Gong Master Bulder You 1974 Virgin Records Electronic
Join myself and A Moment’s Sound (Scott Eave / Zen Guitar), as we day Derrida’s 101 Course on the history of America’s roads.
We also enjoy some new music, and jam out live for all of the second hour. It’s an incredibly excellent show of new and fun performances and music, and we hope that you can sit back and follow along with the our guest lecturer.
Derrida’s Plea To America About It’s Highway System (w/ A Moment’s Sound, LIVE!)
Part I: Chase Scene
01.) Meat March * Mr. Bacon and The Meat Parade * Come Join The Meat Parade * Archie McPhee Recordings (2013)
02.) Floating Landscape (including Chase Scene) * Derryl Parsons * Switched-On Eugene * Numero Group (2018)
03.) Live * Whirlynn * We Grind People Up and Put Them in the Radio * Forever Escaping Boredom (2019)
Part II: Thunk
04.) Thunk * Dylan Houser * Thunk * Inner Deamons Sausageification (2017)
05.) [Black Ashes \ Beyond Time] * Don Haugen * Black Ashes \ Beyond Time * humanmonster.com (2016)
Part III: Sonic Meditations
06.) Realm of Chance * Chris Phinney & Jim Barker * Electronic Cottage Compilation 5 — Chance Encounters * Electronic Cottage (2019)
07.) Sleep * Tim Maloney * Bad Star * Naked Rabbit (2001)
08.) Celestial Realms * Drunjus * Celestial Realms * Sonic Meditations (2010)
09.) LIVE Performance * A Moment’s Sound & Mini Mutations * 19 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Transition * Mini-Mutations * 23 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
11.) LIVE Performance 2 * A Moment’s Sound & Mini Mutations * 19 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s always a pleasure to have Four Dimensional Nightmare on the program. We usually don’t talk. We usually get straight to business. And while we can talk about shows and bands for hours, we are often all business, which is cool. But this time we did something new, something we’ve never done in the almost 10+ years that we’ve known each other: this time, we played together!
Hour 1 is a long DJ set and we get things going, but in hour two, join us for a full blows Four Dimensional Nightmare, with Mini-Mutations lending support! Podcasting listeners will enjoy a rare Mini-Mutations jam that just goes on and on… as we listen to nature drone.
This one is a lot of fun. We hope you spend as much time with it as we did.
Another Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!
Part I: …And A Half
01.) Intro * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Limbadji Toko * Fatala * The Big Bang * Ellipsis Arts… (1994)
03.) White Web * Daona * The Secret Assembly * Faustus Records (2019)
04.) Beta Dollhouse * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Crystallized Carbon * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
05.) [track 4] * Tim Maloney * Kometka * Naked Rabbit (2014)
06.) Thirteen Billion Years And A Half * Thollem and Andy Kaufman * Always Put On Your Sincere Face * Personal Archives (2016)
07.) Walking Through The Jungle * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Gug * Fate Signals Records (1989)
Part II: Future-Vision
08.) Crawl Inside My Puch * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
08.) Chance Encounter In Colorado * Dan Jackson & Josh Boutwell * Electronic Cottage Compilation 5 — Chance Encounters * Electronic Cottage (2019)
10.) N.O.U. Future-Vision Hypothesis * The Nation of Ulysses * Plays Pretty For Baby * Dischord Records (1992)
11.) Id Ego * Bishop of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records (1998)
12.) We’re An American Band * MX-80 * We’re An American Band * Family Vineyard (2005)
Part III: Everything’s Impossible
13.) The Awakening * Steamshovel Monkey * the tape hiss sessions 1986-1988 * epeapteroenta.com (2003)
14.) Summertime Blues * The Outsiders * Back From The Grave Part One * Crypt Records (1993)
15.) Dancing Mood * Delroy Wilson * Club Ska ’67 * Mango Records (1980)
16.) Everything’s Impossible * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles present Tubby Turdner’s Celebrity Avalance * The Communion Label (2001)
17.) owlZ * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Transcending Radio * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
18.) Transition 1 * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
19.) LIVE Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 18 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
20.) Transition 2 * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) LIVE Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare w/ Mini-Mutations * 18 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
This week on the program, we become both very Eugene-centric and Ellen-centric, as we feature a number of cool people and projects all born out of Eugene, OR, as well as connected to Ellen Klowden, the mastermind behind this particular broadcast. In many ways, I just came in and watched. She arranged everything, and I could certainly use more of that in my life.
We kick things off with a fantastic Set by DJ Refugium, the primary force behind the Ghost House events that happen in Eugene. Refugium provides a bit of the phenomenal decade of history of nurturing the Ghost House community, and embodies its sweet and welcoming flavor. Be sure to hop by Old Nick’s Sept 13-14 for Goth Weekend, which Refugium curates. Fri: Live performances by Xploding Boys (Cure cover band) and Devoured by Flowers. Sat: Dark Arts Market & Ghost House.
We follow that up with a full live performance by Dryad Drone, the brain-child of DJ Refugium & Ellen. Dryad Drone, as a musical entity and as a concept album, is entirely devoted to protection of forest ecosystems, which has also been lifework for both its members, Ellen via direct action and radical media, and Refugium via academic research and field work.
Then, in hour two, we offer the very first live performance by Bast Awakening, the combination of Ellen & I Died, also making his first visit to the KMUZ studios. Then, we close things out with the newly-named DEATH MUTATIONS, which, if I Died agrees, might be an entirely capitalized band name. We’re still deciding.
We conclude the program with a live set by Pavlovian Response, the combination of Ellen and Patrick Haenelt (of Ganesha Column, Electrosect, and Tubbs & Oates), recorded last week at the memorial for our fallen friend and centerpoint of experimentalia at Icky’s, the Merkin, and 7th & Washington House, Monty Ray Davis (of Neteru, Uncle Pinkeye, and Ventriloquist).
Sat., 9/14, show at Wandering Goat: Lidless Eye (homemade electronics vs. composted tapes by Knox Mitchell of Port Huron, MI); The Fearing Crumpet (musique drone concrit; first show in 17 years); Don; Heart Therapy (debut collab of Ellen and Arlan); Mini-Mutations.
Sat., 9/21, private house show: Debut of Psithurism (nOiZepHyZiX + Ellen); Don; Elijah; [view]; Bast Awakening.
Tues., 9/24, show at Wandering Goat: Icky’s/Merkin/7th & Wash family reunion for Ellen’s birthday: Intended line-up, awaiting confirmation: Pavlovian Response; Blood Red; Ramen Blood Clot; solo vocal / electronic set by Patrick Haenelt; Arlan (possibly with Steamshovel Monkey, possibly Heart Therapy).
Sat., 9/28, show by Corvallis Experiments in Noise at Interzone will feature Dryad Drone.
I first met Hugo a couple years ago, when he played a show at The Space to a fairly packed crowd, offering dance jams and soundscapes that really felt personal, and unique. But it’s been a while, and where he used to perform under a pseudonym – Lavender – Hugo had grown and matured with time, and as such, has embraced his own name. It only made sense that when he wanted to debut some new songs, in preparation for his upcoming tour, that we would try to get him back in at The Space, and on Mid-Valley Mutations, to show off what he’s done.
Joining him was his friend and labelmate, Derek Hunter Wilson, a pianist, composer, and performer who is often aligned with the experimental while playing some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever heard. He ALSO has a new album out, and both of these new albums were released TODAY, so we let Derek run wild, playing his pieces in hour two.
There’s a little of this and that filling in the spaces, and I gab away with my guests about their projects and the current state of music. But stick around until the very end, because all three of us jam together, improvising a little something new about the storm of comets that was plaguing Salem and KMUZ last night.
Three Live Performances! Interviews! Two In-Person Guests! This show has everything, and I’m very excited to bring it to you now.
Hugo R. A. Paris & Derek Hunter Wilson, LIVE!
Part I: Beyond Pluto’s Orbit
01.) Sagan’s Comets * Mini-Mutations * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Springtime Linn * Clark * Flame Rave * Warp Records (2015)
03.) Blood Moon * Choir Boy * Passive With Desire * Dias Records (2016)
Part II: Paris
04.) LIVE * Hugo R. A. Paris * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: Majesty
04.) Interview * Hugo R. A. Paris * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
05.) Dolls In The Dark * Drab Majesty * [Mutations Mix]
Part IV: Hunter
05.) Sagan’s Comets 2 * Mini-Mutations * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) LIVE * Derek Hunter Wilson * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: Hunt
07.) Interview * Derek Hunter Wilson * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Jam
08.) LIVE * Hugo R. A. Paris, Derek Hunter Wilson & Austin Rich * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s been 21 years since I started in radio, this might be the strangest night I have ever participated in. After a tremendous amount of negotiating with Sweatband Records, which now mostly covers what I can’t say in exchange for some of their product, this podcast and video — in this highly edited and altered form — marks the only remaining document of the night Le Petit Sac visited Mid-Valley Mutations. Be thankful even this much still exists.
Here’s what I can say: after playing a show with Sac back in March (itself a very long story), I was contacted about him making an appearance on Mid-Valley Mutations. After a long negotiation period, we settled on the 29th of June. Once we settled on the date, I received a series of weird messages, trying to confirm rumors these people were hearing about the show. (These rumors revolved around he and I switching identities, that he was performing in Olympia as me, and that I wasn’t even in touch with the real Sac.) I didn’t think anything of this, and instead, prepared like I do normally.
On the night three people arrived at KMUZ: two men in suits who claimed to be representatives of Sweatband Records, and a third who was dressed as The Sac I’d come to know. Immediately I was handed this card: “DJ Embryonic Petit Sac will not talk for the first hour. He will select music for you to play. During the second hour he will take phone calls and perform some short sets. Do not talk directly to the Sac before or after the show. After the Vanity Fair fiasco, there will be no interview either. No requests. The Sac will not play anything from his records. No photography. If the Sac nods at you, you will be allowed to perform with him. Failure to comply with these rules will result in immediate legal action. No exceptions.”
The two representatives from Sweatband said very little the entire time, but did accept the complementary Red Licorice in the lobby.
While I was preparing for the show in the DJ booth, I overheard a number of phone calls that The Sac took, where he said over and over that he, “didn’t want to do this.” These calls contained a lot of profanity, and he used a voice I’ve never heard him use before.
I decided to film him anyway, in spite of the warning, and while the Sweatband representatives did nothing to stop me, afterwards they confiscated everything I brought to the radio station — CDs, gear, recordings, my phone, EVERYTHING — and held me for hours in the station lobby while the reps reviewed every inch of the footage and went over every piece of my gear. The Sac left immediately after the show, once the person at the door had been “dealt with.” (I was never told what that meant.) Finally, a lawyer arrived, and after another hour of discussions, I was allowed to leave, with my gear in hand, and was given a second angle that I was unaware of, that was very strangely edited. The video on my phone was mangled too.
I wanted to post this show immediately, as I felt like this story needed to get out. However, I was informed I couldn’t publish until my post, the audio, and the video was reviewed by Sweatband, again. I can only hope that they kept all 100,000 words of this incredible story in the final version that gets out to the world, but I’ll be happy if ANY of this show actually makes it out, period.
So, sit back, and enjoy Sweatband Records and Mid-Valley Mutations presenting: Le Petit Sac. I think?
Le Petit Sac, LIVE!
HOUR 1: DJ Embryonic Petit Sac spins Sweatband Records hits.
Part I: Ordinary Everyday Conversation
01.) Simulate The Sound of Speech * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Live At Axolotl Insemination Ranch, Dec 2010 Portland OR * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
03.) Epic Snacks * Razzle Blaster * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
04.) Sacred Thistles (side a) * The Manx * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
Part II: These Hearing Difficulties
05.) Good Hello * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) Sacred Thistles (side b) * The Manx * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
07.) Sexy Quest * Razzle Blaster * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
08.) Live At Golden Trapper Keeper Lodge, Aug 2010 San Francisco CA * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
09.) These Hearing Difficulties * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Spokesman * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
11.) Sleep: The Seductive Minion of The Enemy * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
12.) Delayed To Humanize * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
13.) Gurge Reaction * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers * Sweatband Records (2019)
14.) Loam Yourself And Die Trying * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers * Sweatband Records (2019)
Part III: It’s Difficult To Tell One Instrument From Another
15.) Weather Computer, Are You There? * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
16.) The Weather * The Weather Computer w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
17.) Roadkill Carousel * The Ether Creeps * Split * Sweatband Records (2018)
18.) Calm Before The Swarm (Excerpt) * The Ether Creeps * Split * Sweatband Records (2018)
19.) Blood Gold * The Manx * Blood Chronicles 7” * Sweatband Records (2013)
20.) Interlude * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) [untitled] * Arlo Brooks * Split * Sweatband Records (2016)
22.) More Limited Than The Most Antiquated Recordings * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
HOUR 2: Live Sac Taking Calls w/ Mini-Mutations.
Part IV: Typical Hearing Loss
23.) Questions? Hello? * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
24.) Caller 1: “I live beneath the lighthouse by the cove.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
25.) More Live Sac * Le Petit Sac * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
26.) Caller 2: “They found me, actually.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: Sensitivity To High Frequencies
27.) As We Grow Older, The Losses Usually Increase * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
28.) Even More Live Sac * Le Petit Sac * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
29.) Caller 3: “He’s taken my bunny guy thing.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Sound Alike
30.) The Weather * Le Petit Sac w/ The Weather Computer * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
31.) Caller 4: “I’m calling from you.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
32.) That Was Hard To Follow, Wasn’t It? * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
33.) Au Revoir * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
I first saw the Dead Air Fresheners in 2006, and since then have maintained a loose association with them, as they played on KPSU a number of times, and usually, on one of my shows, or with my engineering their sound somehow. Not only did I get to understand their particular brand of chance-determinist music, but as I got to know them better, it was only a matter of time before I started playing with them, too. (In April of 2013, to be exact, first as a featured vocalist, and then as one of those “behind the masks.”
While I was an “unofficial” member of the group for a few years (if one – even one who isn’t anonymous – can even be an official member), as time (and distance) has grown between us, I only get to meet them when we play a show together. Which, fortunately, has been more often, recently. While we had long-discussed the idea of getting them on the I-5 and on the radio here in Salem, the stars finally aligned, and it all worked out for this fantastic performance .
This show has it all. I jam away with some Mini-Mutations throughout the show, occasionally including samples of previous Dead Air releases, and other recordings, throughout. Then, the Dead Air Fresheners unleash a live jam, and a rare interview, talking about what they do, how they do it, and other bits and bobs here and there. Then, we close things out with a Mini-Dead-Air-Mutation, which was unlike almost all the other jams we’ve done before.
This was was a lot of fun, and it’s always good to see these guys in action. Now, it’s available for you, too.
Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE!
Part I: Living Stereo
01.) Stereophonic Tape * Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) More Data * Negativland * More Data * Seeland Records (2019)
03.) Abyss [slooooo rmx] * Don Haugen / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
04.) Evidence of Superstructures II [Class Bully rmx] * Dead Air Fresheners / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part II: Live
05.) LIVE * Dead Air Fresheners * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: The Commodification of Play
06.) The Weather Computer * Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
07.) Apogey [mshp] * Chopstick / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
08.) The Commodification of Play * Dead Air Fresheners * The Commodification of Play * Dead Air Music (2019)
Part IV: The Set Behind The Set
09.) Interview * Dead Air Fresheners * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
New and old albums, Bob Bucko Jr. & Personal Archives, masks & lineups, chance determinism, noise vs. improv labels, instrumentation, release formats, having a sense of humor and, inevitably, Jandek.
Part V: The New Tape Cartridge Is At All Times Ready For Play.
10.) Brother Wind * Dead Air Fresheners * Brother Wind * Dead Air Music (2019)
11.) Side B [wthr rmx] * Le Petit Sac / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: This Is What To Do / Not To Do
12.) LIVE * Dead Air Fresheners w/ Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
13.) Wrap-Up * Dead Air Fresheners / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
14.) Han Valen [Hgh Fdlty rmx] * Ryan A. Ray / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
15.) Soul Finger * The Bar-Kays * Soul Finger * Volt Records (1967)
I’ve had a long relationship with Ricardo Wang and his program, “What’s This Called?” and it always feels good to be involved with his show. But this is the very first time that I’ve “performed” on his show like this. I mean, we did one collaboration which you can hear here, but that was well before things began to Mutate as they do these days. But playing a double-header like this – with Office Products, live on the radio – was pretty cool, and felt like a big accomplishment. Here’s the entire show, with both of our performances and other DJ bit in-between.
Tune in for a live appearance on Rich Lindsay’s “Radio Lost & Found.” There’s a live Mini-Mutations performance, some interspersed interview bits, and both The Ramen City Kid & Rich Lindsay perform with me throughout the show. This was a ton of fun, and now you can enjoy it, too!
During a recent trip to Eugene, I had the pleasure of joining I Died & Esperik Glare in the I Died Batcave to record some live jams We all tried to approach this as if it were a radio session, but there were some obvious limitations. Still, we managed to create a make-shift radio studio rather quickly, and pretty soon we were all three able to perform and jam, just like at KMUZ.
Which is fortunate, because this week I’m actually in Corvallis. So, please adjust your signal to this wonderful performance by I Died, Esperik Glare and… Mini-Mutations, from… the past?
I Died vs. Esperik Glare
01.) Live * I Died * 16 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Live * Esperik Glare * 16 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It is often difficult to explain to those who are not actively seeking out all of the various musical corner of our fair state, but the current experimental scene in Oregon is probably better now than it has ever been, and that is in part due to the efforts of a few key folks in the area who are constantly working to book shows, give new acts a chance, and in the end, who are willing to carve out places for this kind of art for those of us who really crave it.
Chris Durnin has been a tireless supporter of the Corvallis scene, something that if you haven’t been there, you really should check it out. The “Corvallis Experiments in Noise” group – which he organizes – has been assembling DIY shows and events where money is not a factor, people are not on their phones, and the incredible work that people do is finally on display. A two-day celebration of this is happening on March 29th at The Majestic Theater & March 30th at Whiteside Theater, where an ABSURD number of performers are gathering to put on a show the likes of which you have NEVER seen.
And we really need to emphasize the “seen” part of this event. While radio is a purely audio world, experimental music often takes the form of costumes, dances, and visual elements that cannot be captured in just one dimension. That is why there is streaming live video of the performers for this event, which you can watch over on the Mid-Valley Mutations MyFacester+ Twinstgramblr Page, or in our A/V Gallery of stuff shot during the show. (This may expand as more material comes my way… most everyone had a camera running at one point.)
So sit back as we feature six of the performers that will be doing their thing at the What Is Noise Fest? event at the end of March. (Six if you include Mini-Mutations.) And, stick around for a bonus performance at the end, where most of us get together for a while noise jam that is out of this world!
With politics as it is, artists passing away, and the entertainment world completely flipped on its head, sometimes there is nothing left to do but hop a train with a new friend, and play music well into the night, jamming along with the sound of the clack of the tracks.
Fortunately, A Moment’s Sound — Scott Eave to his just-met friends — is always game for a musical adventure. He’s been playing guitar for ages, exploring sounds in an improvised manner, and searching for ways to connect with other artists, and we immediately clicked when we met.
Strangely, this is the only time we’ve played together, which speaks to the free-and-easy sound that we both enjoy exploring. There’s something about hopping trains with someone where all of the stresses of the everyday world are no longer weighing upon us. Strangely, we approached this one quite differently than when I normally have a guest. We just jumped right into this one. We go live just after the top of the hour, A Moment’s Sound kicks in by the end of the first quarter of an hour, and we go all the way to Midnight. We do sort of stop around 11 to chat for a while, but it fit the mood of where we were going, and I think you’ll enjoy the way this all turns out.
So gather round the Hobo Jungle, and let me and Scott tell you a story about what it really is like to live in the world today… which begs the questions, why aren’t we all Riding The Rails?
Hither & Yon w/ A Moment’s Sound
01.) Hither * A Moment’s Sound & Mini-Mutations * 18 January 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Yon * A Moment’s Sound & Mini-Mutations * 18 January 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s funny how traditions get started. I caught Sadgasm at an Open Mic they showed up at, and they had instantly catchy hooks that not only betrayed the normal fare on this program, but immediately spoke to me. (Their tunes just got stuck in my head.) So we circled a few dates on the calendar, bounced a few ideas around, and 2017’s “New Year’s / New Tears Special” was born.
Well, a year has come and gone, and now were are here at the end of another year, trying and difficult as it has been, with even more questions about our relationships and romantic entanglements, the exact kind of problems that Sadgasm feature in their songs. Sort of like the ones in their new EP – I Don’t Like To Cry – which you can enjoy on Bandcamp or on this program, where we play tracks and they play LIVE! It’s pretty exciting.
On top of all of that, the majority of this show is dedicated to your calls. We do our best to get to the heart of the matter, and make genuine suggestions to help you in your romantic woes. And that is the majority of the show; the entire first hour, and the last 40 minutes or so, are dedicated to helping you in the relationship department, and we hope that it shows. Special thanks to Kylie Burbank, who kept the band hydrated and helped behind the scenes so we could pull off a show with a number of engineering challenges. You are incredible.
This is our last show of the year, and what a year it has been. I don’t have much else to say that I haven’t been for the last year, so I’ll end by saying: thank you. Doing this show means everything to me, and I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to do it every week.
A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special! (2018 Edition) (TBD)
Part I: “Try To Cure Insomnia.”
The Software Are Fighting Again / Introduction & Setup / Where’s Austin?
Caller #1: Anonymous 1. “What are some good techniques to date the members of Sadgasm?”
Caller #2: Austin Antrican. “A lonely kind of sad.”
01.) Surf Rock America * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
Part II: “I Take ’em Crabbing.”
Caller #3: Donald. “Update: Less than a month later, Donald found himself a Honey. What should we do for our 1 Year Anniversary?” KBVR
Caller #4: Anonymous 2. “What if your partner hasn’t ‘taken you crabbing’ after a year and a half?”
Caller #5: Anonymous 3. “What if my cat likes my partner more than me?”
Part III: The Mullet is The Bullet… To Love
Caller #6: Alec. “I cut my hair into a mullet. How can I utilize that to enhance my love life?”
Caller #7: Anonymous 4. “My husband and my roommate’s partner spend a lot of time together. (They host a podcast together, etc.) How do I take all of this in?”
Caller #8: Anonymous 5. “I feel strong emotions toward someone. How do I spark up a conversation?”
Part IV: LIVE
02.) Eating Ash * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
03.) It’s Better With Johnny Around (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
03.) Interview Snippet 1 * Austin & Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Home recorded, a more mature release, mono recording & one mic recording techniques.
04.) XX PainWarrior XX (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Physical spaces in songs, the Sadgasm fun energy, making each other laugh.
Part V: Friend with a Capital F
Caller #9: Maddi. “I’m stuck in a love triangle. One is attractive and mean. One likes me and is nice but is a human red flag. What should I do?”
Caller #10: Anonymous 6. “My love life has run dry. Should I join ChristianMingle.com?”
Caller #11: Hubert. “I asked my partner, ‘Who had the ‘Greatest Hands’ (would win in a fight): Einstein or Da Vinci?’ and we didn’t agree. Now they haven’t responded to my messages in a few days. What should I do?”
Part VI: “I’m Gonna Tell You Something Right Now”
Caller #12: Anonymous 7. “After a year and a half of a relationship, I haven’t said ‘I love you.’ I feel comfortable with this, but my partner wants to take it to the next level. What should I do?”
No home is complete without a full complement of modern appliances that will aid you as you navigate the holiday season. It is likely you’ll have to prepare a number of last-minute meals for 17 guests, or be required to suddenly prepare six dozen batches of cookies for a “required” office party.
That is why we are offering you a new Juice Machine, and just in time for the holiday season. This Juice Machine comes with everything you see here, and includes three different settings: “LIVE,” “INTERVIEW,” and the newest setting, only available on this program: “MUTATED.” One of these settings comes complete with A/V one-way interface, and with an item like this, each lovingly sculpted glitch is as much a part of the appliance as it is THE appliance itself.
You will not want to fill your future mind with thoughts of the holiday season where you turned down this incredibly rare (and essential) kitchen item, and even worse, with new realizations with each successive year that you can only find it on eBay at very costly prices. That is why we are offering this LIVE Juice Machine performance… for free.
“FREE?!” you scream at your device, and yes, the answer is, “Yes.” FREE. But I think you must act now. This Juice Machine is something that only helps you when you have it in your home today, and that is why this incredible deal will, probably, as far as you know, go away… SOON, unless you take advantage of this incredible offer within the hour! (Or the next one… just make it SOON.)
So, to recap: you get the full two-hour show. You get the LIVE Juice Machine Performance. You get an interview with both Roger and Heather, PLUS selections from various recordings that are chopped and screwed in a fashion you cannot find anywhere else! And then, a collaborative Juice Machine product featuring a Mini-Mutations EXCLUSIVE to this free purchase.
It’s the way we like to celebrate the holiday season on the Mid-Valley Mutations Home Shopping Network.
How Much Is That Juice Machine In The Window? (Playlist TBD)
Part I: Soundcheck
01.) Introduction (Live) * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
02.) Recorded in Jan 2018 * Juice Machine * Some Things * Self-Released (2018)
03.) 1 * Hoodie Battle * FU * Hoodie Battle (2018)
Part II: Live Performance
04.) Live * Juice Machine * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
05.) 3 * Chefkirk * Big Disk * Self-Released (2018)
Part III: Interview
06.) Juice Machine Interview 1 * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Tune in for a live Mini-Mutations performance on KPSU’s Live Friday.
There are three performances, and an interview mixed in. The sound is a little distorted here and there, and there may be a better recording floating around. But until then, you can enjoy the full show.
The centerpiece of hour one is something from a new discovery I’m enjoying, the “Environments” LPs, which was very much the inspiration for this show. The recording of the Be-In from 1969 is not only a wonderful time-capsule of a different era, but it paints a wonderful picture through sound of an era that feels so long ago. This recording gives it weight and presence that is worth hearing all the way through.
In hour two, Mini-Mutations takes over, to deliver an hour of field recordings that are mixed and remixed to create a continuous hour or sounds.
And, of course, the podcast version has almost 25 minutes of bonus material. So you know you wanna check that out.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Sonarchy (Live 17 March 2007) * Seattle Phonographers Union *Seattle Phonographers Union * and/OAR / Mimeomeme Records (2009)
03.) [track 1] * Hal McGee * Halzine #11 * Self-Released
04.) Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience 6 April 1969) [Part 1] * Irv Teibel * Enviornments 3 * Atlantic Records (1971)
05.) Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience 6 April 1969) [Part 2] * Irv Teibel * Enviornments 3 * Atlantic Records (1971)
06.) Azalea Woods Office Complex * Doug Haire * Myrtle Beach Professional Park * Self-Released (2009)
The release of People Like Us‘ new album The Mirrorgot me thinking about reflections, and what the do and do not say about us and our state of mind. As I begin to prepare for an incredible voyage to make new friends and travel far, I am compelled to take a similar trip through music and sound, hoping to stumble upon something that works.
In hour one, I continue to mine the joy that comes from new music that I have come across recently. This is a great mix, with a lot of cool stuff that I do not announce during the show, so please, read the notes below.
Then, in hour two, Mini-Mutations sort of busts open the idea of reflection with an hour-long jam on the subject itself. Samples (manipulated with a MicroGranny & a pair of Numark CDJs), bass, and a delay pedal.
And you were there!
The Unbearable Reflections by CBS Radio Mystery Theater (15 August 1975) and The Man In The Mirror by The Macabre (27 November 1961).
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Flake * Inspector 22 * Friendship Cemetery Revisited (1997 – 2003) * Therapy Tapes (2014)
03.) Most Big * Chefkirk * Big Disc * Self-Released
04.) We Bask In The Radiance of Dear Leader’s Omnipotent Excellence * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
05.) Ego Death * The Viper * Art For Pain’s Sake * Self-Released (2016)
06.) Polydactyly * The Conduits * Descending Order * Chair Chair Tapes (2016)
07.) Not Who I Was * Lawrence Crane * Craniostomy 1981 – 1987 Vol One * Butte County Free Music Society (2016)
08.) False Memories * Jen Sandwich * Electronic Cottage 004 * ElectronicCottage.org (2018)
09.) I Don’t Believe In Color * Idler Arms * Kubelik Unbugged * Self-Released (2012)
10.) [track 3] * Hal McGee * Halzine #11 * Self-Released (2018)
11.) Do You See What I Hear * People Like Us * The Mirror * Self-Released (2018)
Sometimes, radio can seem different when you’ve vanished. Hopefully, this is a good way of meeting everyone much more directly – with live mixing and a performance – to cause the notion that I’ve vanished to disappear.
Hour one is all jams I’ve been into lately. Hour two is a mix of samples (manipulated with a MicroGranny & a pair of Numark CDJs), bass, a delay pedal.
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.
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!
02.) Purple Winos In The Rain * John Callahan * Purple Winos In The Rain
03.) Ignite, Ignite, Goodnight * Holy Ghost Revival * Bleeding Light
04.) Werewolves Of London * Mangolia Electric Co. * Hard To Love A Man
“Eating Solid Foods Since 1981.” Born on a napkin at the Alibi Family Restaurant and Tiki Lounge, The Mayonnaise has run rampant through the streets, stealing ears from our heads and dollars from our wallets with little or no repercussions. But now, Radicchio and Arugula Venn have taken it upon themselves to wage unending battle against the omnipresent Mayonnaise to protect the rest of us from being emulsified into mediocrity. With love, support and musical contributions from the rest of Venn family, they labor day and night so that you may rest assured that the world is, and always will be, a safe and harmonious place to listen. And now, you can do so, here on Live Friday.
Gordon Taylor are four protein-derived life-forms that play songs about science, history and medical oddities. Having only been around a short period of time, they’ve already formed quite a name for themselves with the few blow-out performances they’ve allowed us to witness. An upstanding bunch of young striplings, they wax melodic and rock geodesic. Formed out of the smoldering chunks of Rise Over Run (formerly Lina Alba) and assisted by Johnny-Cat on drums, Gordon Taylor are on their way to taking Portland by storm that will leave you soaked and satisfied as you trudge through our streets. If they were a body part, it’d be the pancreas. A chord? F-sharp. A Max Stop? Ruby Junction… Playing on KPSU? Right now…
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)
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.)
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.)
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.)