Northwest Notes (9 February 2020)

Northwest Notes (9 February 2020)

Join me for a Pledge Drive Program with Mick Hickman! Three times makes it a habit, and that’s certainly the case with Mick and I doing Pledge Drive shows.

In this one, we talk about The Olsen Twins Ghostlight Ensemble, the newest zine I made – The Ghost In You – and of course, Mini-Mutations chimes in with some Pledge Drive messages for you.

Thanks for listening!





01.) Vortex Remover * NW Notes * NWN Promo * vortex remover (2017)
02.) Postrich Bear * Runner * Words That Make Me Feel Alone * Postrich Bear (2020)
03.) Aldo Calrissian * It’s Yours * It’s Yours * Aldo Calrissian (2020)
04.) Leiyu * Fairweather * Mother Earth, Heaven’s Only A Dream * Leiyu (2019)
05.) Barry Brusseau * Autumn * A Night Goes Through * Gorbie International Records (2010)
06.) Erin Westfall * Light * Light – EP * Sapphire Shields (2019)
07.) The Ferenjis * 2 Am * The Ferenjis * The Ferenjis, LLC (2019)
08.) Chromatic Colors * Everyone’s Uglier in Person * Nature / Nurture * Chromatic Colors (2019)
09.) The New Dawn * Tears * Garland Records: Pacific Northwest * Stash Box * Modern Harmonic (2019)
10.) The Olsen Twins Ghostlight Ensemble * Session 4 * Live From The Lava Lamp Lounge * The Olsen Twins Ghostlight Ensemble (2019)
11.) Axolotl Daydream * I Know Where Temptation Lies * Enjoy The VU * Time King (2019)
12.) Ace Chemicals * Leroy * Get Strange * Ace Chemicals (2019)
13.) DPRST * the fall * Single * dprst (2018)(
14.) Isaac King * Dysfunction.exe * Exp Pts * Isaac King (2019)

Hour 2

15.) Showtigers * Gibson Girl * Showtigers * Smoke & Mirrors EP * 679367 Records DK2 (2017)
16.) Mini-Mutations * Only You * Only You * Austin Rich (2020)
17.) Acting Captain * Day Drunk * On the Rocks * Acting Captain (2019)
18.) SPEED PIGS * GREASE * ALL HAIL * Crime WAve (2019)
19.) No Me Gusta * Heidi Kielbasa * Bad Wave – EP * 782004 Records DK (2019)
20.) CITY OF PIECES * Status Quo * IslandSalem * Sharrow (2019)
21.) Mandark * Doomsday Clock * Failed Experiments * Mandark (2018)
22.) The Whirlees * Big Guitar * The Whirlees * Schizophonic (1989)
23.) Dharma Bums * Givin In * Givin In * Frontier Records (1991)
24.) M69’s * I’m an American * Ready to Sin * M69’s (2017)
25.) V/V * Chasing the Sun * Chasing the Sun * V/V (2019)
26.) M.A.R.C. and the Horsejerks * Jacuzzi-A-Poozie (feat. Danielle Meyer) * Hu$Bandry * Nadine Records (2019)

A Northwest Quatrain (2 of 2) w/ Xeres of Xeron!

A Northwest Quatrain (2 of 2) w/ Xeres of Xeron!

Continuing our four-hour journey into Northwest Music that doesn’t get nearly enough play these days, Xeres of Xeron and I have returned to KMUZ and Northwest Notes to bring you more selections from his personal collection of rare and rarely-heard recordings and performances by artists from right here, where you are from.

This show also happens to be a Pledge Drive show, but don’t let that fool you. We do our best to bring you a huge helping of music, in spite of all of that, and this one gets very personal, in the best possible way. We focus on a handful of artists this show, and dig into their back-catalog with songs from demo tapes and poorly-distributed home-recordings, by artists who have become incredibly popular since their time in the area. And, finally, we delve more into the recorded works of Xeres himself, which is always a wonderful treat.

This one is something I’m quite proud of, and I could never have done it without the hard work and thoughtfulness of Xeres of Xeron himself. So dig in, and enjoy our Northwest Quatrain.

Our Previous Radio Engagements:


A Northwest Quatrain (2 of 2) w/ Xeres of Xeron!


Part IV: About Amy

Amy Denio (rhymes with Ohio) has been a prolific stalwart of the Seattle avant-garde jazz scene since the mid-1980s, with a penchant for quirky compositions influenced by international folk idioms and saxophone experimentalists such as Roland Kirk and Pharoah Sanders. In addition to the sax, she also plays accordion, bass, guitar, and whatever else suits her fancy – all of it self-taught. She also sings beautifully and does humorous spoken word bits. Her world travels and collaborative spirit have combined her talents with the likes of Chris Cutler, Derek Bailey, Chuck D, and Fred Frith. She is credited as a performer on a vast diversity of albums by groups such as Curlew, Pale Nudes, Kultur Shock, The Science Group, FoMoFlo, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, and of course Tone Dogs.

Tone Dogs was a project Amy did with bassist Fred Chalenor, along with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (later replaced by drummer Will Dowd.) Perhaps best described as a prog band with whimsical leanings, Tone Dogs released two albums in 1990 and 1991.

41.) Vomit Comet * Amy Denio * Never Too Old to Pop a Hole * Spoot Music (1988)
42.) Marshall’s Whitey Wipes * Amy Denio * Never Too Old to Pop a Hole * Spoot Music (1988)

Fred Chalenor and Amy Denio, Tone Dogs reunion, Olympia, WA, 2013

43.) Czechered Pyiamas * Tone Dogs * 27 July 1991 * Tone Dogs (1991)

Fred Chalenor then went on to found his band Caveman Shoestore, which later evolved into Caveman Hughscore when Fred hooked up with Hugh Hopper of Soft Machine fame. After a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Fred passed away just last summer (2018).

44.) Surfing and Dreaming * Fred Chalenor * Caveman Shoestore demo * Fred Chalenor (1990)

  • Prior to starting Caveman Shoestore, Fred passed out this proof-of-concept demo tape to interested musical comrades. It’s unobtainable, but you heard it here.

45.) A Better Mousetrap * Fred Chalenor w/ Pete da Fraser * Ask the Mice * (2016)

  • In 2016, spoken word vocalist Pete da Fraser of The Giant Worm visited Fred at his La Center, Washington home to record a series of improvised duets which feature Chalenor on the stand-up acoustic bass. A collection of Fred’s collaborations with Pete and with The Giant Worm can be found at this link.

46.) Disgruntled Postal Worker * Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet * Box * New World Records (1996)
47.) Dubya & His Pa * Amy Denio * Prodigal Light * Spoot Music (2013)
48.) Maybe I Don’t Care * Amy Denio * No Bones * Spoot Music (1986)

Part V: Trey Treasures

Trey Gunn was a member of King Crimson between 1994 and 2003. But in the ’80s he went to college in Eugene, Oregon and got his degree in classical music composition at the U of O School of Music. During this period in Eugene, he had a band called Punishment Farm, and he also produced cassette releases of his solo work. His friends recall that Trey stated his intention to meet Robert Fripp some day, and get some guitar lessons out of him, even though Fripp was not teaching at the time. Yet this is exactly what happened after Trey left Eugene. Fripp founded his League of Crafty Guitarists, with Trey Gunn as one of his prize pupils. Trey is also known as a proponent of the Chapman stick, sort of a combination of a guitar and bass on a single fretboard. Prior to performing in King Crimson with the stick, he toured on his own to demonstrate its virtues and his virtuosity on the instrument. Another cassette-only release documents this phase of his career.

49.) Mighty Joe Young’s Yoga School * Trey Gunn * Food for Thought * Trey Gunn (1983)
50.) Bed Bugs * Punishment Farm * Greatest Hits * Punishment Farm (1983)
51.) XOXXOXO * Trey Gunn * Magic If * Trey Gunn (1986)
52.) Fifth Spin of the Sun * Trey Gunn *  I’ll Tell What I Saw * 7d Media (2010)
53.) Shimmering * Trey Gunn * Raw Power * Trey Gunn (1989)
54.) Nicole * Trey Gunn * Food for Thought * Trey Gunn (1983)
55.) Magnificent Jinn * Trey Gunn *  I’ll Tell What I Saw * 7d Media (2010)
56.) Togaku Ritsu * Trey Gunn * Playing with Borrowed Time * Trey Gunn (1985)


Part VI: Home Recordings

Just some amateur stuff recorded by me and some friends of mine.

57.) Curse of the Devils * Daniel Ramirez * Solo Spam * Daniel Ramirez (1987)

  • Dan was guitarist for Stick Against Stone during their Eugene and San Francisco years. Eugenians may also remember him as the guy who drove the Genesis Juice delivery van.

58.) Oven Door * Keven Dow * Oven Door * Keven Dow (1991)

  • That’s spelled Keven with two E’s. Keven was enrolled in the LCC electronic music workshop when he created this piece as a class project. Although he was a friend of Derryl Parsons, he was not a member of the EEMC. He also played guitar in Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals. This piece was composed on a Yamaha DX7 using samples of a squeaky oven door.

59.) AIDS Quilt * Xeres Furd & Rob Dowling * Radio Jam * Xeres Furd & Rob Dowling (1987)

  • At the height of the HIV epidemic, this somber dirge was recorded as an experiment using samples from a CNN news report run through a rack-mount digital delay.

60.) The Plains of Girg * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Klepto and Other Manias * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals (1988)

  • The percussion for this piece was provided by soda cans, beer bottles, and a toy drum set.

61.) Singin’ Acapello * Blue Light Studio * Bluelight ’88 * Blue Light Studio (1988)

  • Several musicians from the Salem vicinity gathered at Blue Light Studio, which was originally located in the Falls City bedroom of my friend Lee Ballard. Lee played bass and founded a number of Salem bands, including a bar band called Triple Thret. Lee, sorry man, I lost your email address several years ago. Get back in touch with me through this blog if you’re out there!

62.) Circle K * Paul Sturtz & Elizabeth Rieman * Circle K * Paul Sturtz & Elizabeth Rieman (1988)

  • Paul Sturtz was a DJ at KRVM Eugene in the mid-80s. Later in life he served as a member of the Columbia, Missouri city council, and he founded the True/False Film Festival there. Elizabeth Rieman was working at the U of O Bookstore at the time. She is now a massage therapist, coincidentally also in Columbia, Missouri.

63.) Mousey Centauri * The Giant Worm * Mousey Centauri * The Giant Worm (2018)

  • Our first time in a professional studio. Recorded in July of 2018 at dB Nation in Multnomah Village in Portland.

64.) She Heard the Screams of Charles * Daniel Ramirez * Solo Spam * Daniel Ramirez (1987)

Part VII: Remember Valsetz

Valsetz was a mill town in Polk County, west of Falls City, which was shut down by Boise Cascade in 1983, and was subsequently abandoned and completely torn down. The band Remember Valsetz made logging issues the focus of its lyrical content, with sympathy for both environmental concerns and timber workers alike. They were known for performing at the remote locations of timber sale protests, as well as the steps of the state capitol building. Helmed by lead vocalist and lyricist John Dorbolo, nothing could be more Northwest than Remember Valsetz.

26 November 1989 at the Butte Tavern in Eugene, Oregon. Here’s an entire live performance:

65.) Poetrees * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
66.) Woodchuck * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
67.) Big Paul * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
68.) Percussion / Log Jam * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
69.) Spotted Owl * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
70.) Momento Mori * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)
71.) The Diff * Remember Valsetz * Live 26 November 1989 * Remember Valsetz (1989)


Teeth & Hair (A Pledge Drive Show) (#106)

Teeth & Hair (A Pledge Drive Show) (#106)
(Featuring a selection of recordings about teeth, dentists, and oral hygiene related issues, and a selection of fabulous tunes to help provide the perfect soundtrack to a nice summer haircut, originally podcast on on 3 July 2012 and 7 June 2012.)

For our second Pledge Drive show of the season, I thought it would be a good idea to explore two subjects that are both related to hygiene you take care of with a brush: Teeth & Hair.

I have been fascinated by media relating to teeth and dentists since I first wrote about dentists in 2007, but as with anything you become interested in, interest ebbs and flows over time. But, a recent set of trips to the dentist – with at least two more appointments on the horizon – has caused me to start thinking about teeth more than I’m usually doing so.  So with that in mind, I decided to dig up an hour of Dental Jams, to help ease my nerves as I prepare me for another visit to have sharp implements put into my mouth for the soul benefit of fixing my already broken teeth.

Say Ahhhhhhhh.We offer plenty of rock, noise, punk, drone, and other such incredible musical offerings to track down what, exactly, is under our hats. Armando Iannucci helps explain it all to us, as do Peter & Raymond.  All while Tara J. Merritt, of the Tara J. Merritt foundation, gives me my regular trim.But that’s not all. Immediately after my cleaning, I actually scheduled a haircut during my show.  Of course, there’s little I can do about it, so instead I just go with a hairy theme, and pursue music that is not only dense with follicles, but provides all the vitamins and nutrients of an actual treatment with a name brand product.

The Mop Top ReportThis is, of course, a long way of saying: please donate to the KMUZ Pledge Drive, and keep our show on the air. Donations are essential to keeping radio like this on the air, and we cannot do it without the excellent support of listeners like you. Each Mid-Valley Mutations listener who donates to KMUZ will receive a piece of media from my personal collection, as a thank you for listening to our program. It’s just one way that we like to thank our listeners for being such excellent members of our community.

Now, let’s get to the show.



Teeth & Hair

HOUR 1: Dental Jams

Part I: Teething

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Red In Tooth & Claw * Architeuthis Dux * Submergence * No Part of It Records (2016)
03.) Dentist! * Steve Martin, Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell * Little Shop Of Horrors: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
04.) Performance [Excerpt] * Toiletooth * What’s This Called? Broadcast 13 March 2010
05.) Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It’s Wintertime) * The Dentists * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts of the 2nd Psychedelic Era 1976-1996
06.) 13 * Teeth Collection * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
07.) Painted My Teeth * Jandek * Modern Dances
08.) Spolier * Different Dentist * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds

Part II: The Tooth Fairy Isn’t Real, Is She?

09.) The Mad Dentist * Cold Pizza * I’m More Like I Am Then, Than I Was Now
10.) Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto * Rodan * Rusty
11.) 13 * Teeth Mountain * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
12.) Can God Fill Teeth? * Lard

Part III: They’ve All Gotta Be Pulled Sooner Or Later

13.) The Dentist [Live] * The Action Zone * 18 April 2007
14.) Dedicated Thespian Has Teeth Pulled To Play Newborn Baby In High School Play * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True
15.) The Braces on Your Teeth * Mad Magazine * Fink Along With Mad!
16.) Toothless Baby * Pez Abacus * December 11 2009
17.) The Tooth Fairy And The Princess * Hüsker Dü * Zen Arcade
18.) With Teeth * Melvins * Lysol

HOUR 2: The Mop Top Review

Part IV: The Beauty Salon

19.) ZRMFXL * Bull of Heaven * 333REDUX * No Part of It Records
20.) Cut My Hair * The Who * Quadrophenia
21.) The Long Hair Of Death [Excerpt] * Stereolab * Aluminum Tunes
22.) My Barber 1 * Armando Iannucci * The Armando Iannucci Shows * BBC Television
23.) Hair Pie: Bake 1 * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
24.) Robbie’s Hair Cut * Artless Motives * Everything But The Kitchen Sink
25.) Wind Blows Your Hair * The Seeds * Travel With Your Mind

Part V: Hairpiece Lullaby

26.) His Hair * Mad Magazine * Fink Along With Mad!
27.) Beauty Salon * Mars Production Library * Mars Production Library CK-713
28.) Longhair Stomp * Professor Longhair * The Mercury New Orleans Sessions 1950 & 1953
29.) My Barber 2 * Armando Iannucci * The Armando Iannucci Shows * BBC Television
30.) Hairpiece Lullaby 1 & 2 * Sonic Youth * Made In USA
31.) Hair Waves * Mars * Mars LP: The Complete Studio Recordings NYC 1977-1978
32.) Curly Hair * Doo Rag * Chuncked And Muddled

Part VI: Sunset On Hair Mountain

33.) Hair Raising Excitement * Hunger Artists * Cruisin’ In Zargon
34.) Hairgrowth Speed * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship
35.) Theme From “Sunset On Hair Mountain” * Hugh Swarts * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987-2001)
36.) Golden Hair * Syd Barrett * The Madcap Laughs
37.) We’ll Set Your Hair On Fire * Raymond And Peter * Shut Up Little Man
38.) New York Mood (A New Haircut And A Busted Lip) * Tom Waits * Night On Earth Original Soundtrack Recording
39.) Hair Pie: Bake 2 * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
40.) Widen Your Horizons: How To Brush Your Hair * Bob & Ray  * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2

HOUR 3: Teeth & Hair

Part VII: Carry Stress In The Jaw

41.) Scotch Teeth * Half Eye * The Rose Mary Murders
42.) Sleep (Part II): Carry Stress In The Jaw * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante
43.) Free Haircut * Dead Fucking Last * Proud To Be DFL
44.) Hairy * The Vaselines * The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History
45.) Sharp Teeth * Ax * Our Queen of Dirt
46.) Teeth * Royal Trux * Cats And Dogs

Part VIII: Hairdryer Peace
47.) By Hairs On My Chinny Chin Chin * Thee Headcoats * Knights Of The Baskervilles
48.) Star Of Hairs * Robyn Hitchcock * Invisible Hitchcock
49.) Teeth * The Mekons * Punk Rock
50.) Brush Your Teeth * The Queers * Don’t Back Down
51.) Sweet Tooth * King Khan & The Shrines * The Supreme Genious Of…
52.) Hairdryer Peace * The Hospitals * Hairdryer Peace
53.) Tooth Decay Dramatization * Coyle And Sharpe * Coyle and Sharpe: The Imposters Podcast Ep. 83 *

Fantasy & Adventure! (A Pledge Drive Show) (#105)

Fantasy & Adventure! (A Pledge Drive Show) (#105)
(Featuring music and songs discussing the nature of Heroes and Villains and our inevitable Future, originally broadcast on KPSU on 4 July 2010 and 19 June 2010.)

Pledge Drive Season is in full force, and with that in mind we offer a show that is a two-for-one deal, and a great example of the kind of show Mid-Valley Mutations offers every week. The most important thing is that you follow the link and visit, and make a donation to keep our shows on the air. Donors who make a contribution to KMUZ in the name of our program will receive a piece of media from my collection as a thank-you gift, tailored to your interests. That’s the Mid-Valley Mutations guarantee.

Having spent his life dedicated to the preservation of musical taste in all of its inherent forms, I don my headphones regularly in the never-ending battle against terrible radio in all of its inherent forms. This week I am faced with one of my toughest challenge yet, as I square off with music that meditates on the nature of heroes and villains themselves. Will I succeed? There’s only one way to find out, by tuning in to the first Hour, and finding out!

As I’m sure you can guess, I’m a big fan of Comics, and I have often been excited by those rare musical moments when the two converge. It is not very common, believe me; music loves to tell different kinds of stories than the ones you encounter in your typical staple bound beauty, and while I have always felt that there was a huge connection between Comics and Rock ‘n’ Roll (ahem, The Ramones, ahem), you don’t always think about the one when the other is mentioned.

But with a little digging, I was able to uncover a good hour’s worth of material that managed to follow and particularly four-color theme. The only inclusion that feels a little off is the Sabbath song; while I am a huge fan, it is the only representation from Marvel Comics in this particular show. My only defense is that I have always been a DC guy, and I get the references of their Distinguished Competition than I do the ones from the Bullpen. For anyone else who were able to follow those references: We meet at the comics shop every Tuesday; where have you been?

After we finish reading comics, it’s time to hop into the Time Machine, and visit… THE FUTURE! For generations, mankind has always tried to make sense of what lies ahead of them. Time and again, artists have hedged their bets on their particular version of what is to come, ironically leaving a trail of creative evidence in the past. But what of us doomed to forever remain rooting around in the most horrific of moments, the now? As usual, I have considered your needs, and thus have designed this show as a way of dealing with that very problem. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you: The Future.

I myself needed a show like this, as my own life seems to be resting on its own divide between the future and the past. As I lay suspended in that in-between place, attempting to chart new paths based on places I’ve been, it seemed very appropriate to meditate on other visions of The Future, to see if I could help make sense of where I might want to go myself. Often, there is a certain amount of Science Fiction associated with perceptions of The Future (with capital letters), and while this show veers into that territory occasionally, my interpretation seems to have more of the dream-like quality of Blade Runner rather than the frantic, technological advances of Minority Report. Weather or not this differentiation is meaningful to anyone else but myself is something academics will have to argue at another point in time.

Special thanks again to Will for making sure I remembered to play a Devo song, something that completely slipped my mind somehow. (I know. I know. It shan’t happen again.)

More than anything, I hope you enjoyed these presentations, and that they helped you decide how you can support Every little bit helps, and we really could use your support, now more than ever!



Fantasy & Adventure!


He Was Here Just A Minute Ago...HOUR 1

Part I: Who Was That Masked Man?

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) The Autobiography of Dreams * WILT * Nocturnal Requiem * No Part of It Records
03.) Super-Intro [Edit] * Austin Rich
04.) Batman * John Zorn * Naked City
05.) Superman * R.E.M. * And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S Years 1982 – 1987 * E.M.I. / I.R.S. Records
06.) Supergirl * The Readymades * Homework #2 * Hyped 2 Death Records
07.) Greatest American Hero * Zoinks * Bad Move Space Cadet * Dr. Strange Records

Part II: Who Was That Masked Man?

08.) Green Lantern Theme * Announcer * The Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure * Filmation Records
09.) Doctor Who: Main Title * Delia Derbyshire * Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
10.) Superhumans * The Flaming Lips * Transmissions From The Satellite Heart * Warner Bros. Records
11.) My Hero, Zero * The Lemonheads * School House Rock! Rocks * Atlantic Records
12.) The Shadow Knows * Link Wray & His Wray-Men * Rumble! The Best of Link Wray * Rhino Records

Part III: Who Was That Masked Man?

13.) The Lone Ranger (“March of the Swiss Soldiers”) * Gioachino Rossini / The Lone Ranger / Announcer * William Tell Overture * Mutual Broadcasting System Radio
14.) The Thunderbirds: Main Theme * Barry Gray * Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
15.) Doomed Metropolis * Bishop Of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records
16.) Go Monkey Go * Devo * The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains * Rhino Records
17.) Monkey vs. Robot * James Kochalka Superstar * Monkey vs. Robot * The Orchard Records
18.) Taut * Gricer * Gricer * Taut Recordings
19.) Superheroes * Brad, Janet & The Criminologist * The Rocky Horror Picture Show * Ode Sounds & Visuals Records

The Future, YesterdayHOUR 2:

Part IV: The Future

20.) Primeval Forest-Sentinel * Machine Listener * Sentient System * No Part of It Records
21.) Sue’s Future * Refect Refect * The Future: Sue P. Fox & Matt E. Moon * Kill Rock Stars Records
22.) Scientist Of The Future * Stinking Lizaveta * Caught Between Worlds * At A Loss Records
23.) Five Years * David Bowie * The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars * RCA Records

Part V: The Future

24.) Man Seeks The Future * Attileo “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds * Subliminal Records
25.) Secret Agent Man * Devo * In The Beginning Was The End: The Truth About De-Evolution * Rhino Records
26.) Talkin’ ‘Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues (Everyone Wants To Live Forever) * The Flaming Lips * Hit To Death in the Future Head * Warner Bros. Records
27.) N.O.U. Future Vision Hypothesis * The Nation Of Ulysses * Plays Pretty for Baby * Dischord Records
28.) Ingenious Scientist Invents Car Of The Future * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True * Matador Records
29.) Future Right * The Fastbacks * Answer The Phone, Dummy * Sub Pop Records

Part VI: The Future

30.) A Future Confronting The Past Which Is Our Future * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 7: Time Zomes Exchange Project * Seeland Records
31.) The Future, Wouldn’t That Be Nice? * The Books * The Lemon of Pink * Tomlab Records
32.) Future Myth [Excerpt] * Akron/Family * Angels Of Light & Akron/Family * Young God Records
33.) Matt’s Future * Refect Refect * The Future: Sue P. Fox & Matt E. Moon * Kill Rock Stars Records
34.) The Future Is The Past * NoMeansNo * All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt

Part VII: Bonus Tracks

35.) Heroes And Villains * Brian Wilson * Smile * NoneSuch Records
36.) Lost In The Future Take 1 * The Stooges * 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions * Rhino Handmade Records
37.) Iron Man * Black Sabbath * Paranoid * Warner Bros. Records

The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone (#89)

The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone (#89)

Our bookend program to KMUZ’s Pledge Drive is a live overview of an entirely different kind. On our program, MKUltramegaphone formed, when horridus of devilsclub and I began jamming it out, live on the show. This program is a collection of the earliest jams that we did, and a presentation of the kinds of things we get up to on the show.

For people who listen often, you have heard this. Please, donate to KMUZ, so stuff like this can continue to happen. For those who have never heard this stuff before: this is what I hope the future of this program will contain.

So, dig in, and listen. And, consider how much KMUZ means to you.


Spinitron Playlist


The Secret True Origin of MKUltramegaphone


Part I: A Dream

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) A Dream, A Nightmare * Don Haugen & MKUltramegaphone * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part II: BeforePhone

03.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 1) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part III: BeforePhone2

04.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 2) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part IV: BeforePhone3

05.) Beware of Tomorrow! (Part 3) * horridus & Austin Rich * 17 June 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
06.) (bird(s)ongs) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part V: UneasyPhone

06.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs, horridus & Austin Rich * 13 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs, horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Outside Time! (Part 1) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Radio Time

09.) Outside Time! (Part 2) * horridus & Austin Rich * 6 January 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)=
10.) The Black Arts (Part 1) * Derek M. Johnson Love & MKUltramegaphone * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: End of The Drive

11.) Live Performance * No-Method, Playboy Smooth, Coach Waters, Project Aisle, Nigel, Chemotroph & MKUltramegaphone * 7 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) The Black Arts (Part 2) * Derek M. Johnson Love & MKUltramegaphone * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VIII: Bonus

13.) In The Forest * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 10 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)

The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)

KMUZ’s Pledge Drive begins on February 3rd, and with that in mind, this show is entirely dedicated to drawing attention to the drive. To back me as I pitch for your support, I’m presenting an array of live performances from the earliest days of Mid-Valley Mutations. These are some wild and incredible live moments that were captured on our program, and always thrill me as I listen back to them.

But really, this show is about the drive. If you don’t already know, KMUZ is listener funded, and without your support, we have no station. There is no income. There is no way to pay bills without it coming out of our pockets. And to make radio happen – and bring you cool live music like this – KMUZ needs to ask for that money.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to donate, but the easiest is at, where you can click the “make a donation” link, and help keep our station on the air. Just consider how often you listen, and adjust your donation accordingly. If you mention Mid-Valley Mutations as the reason you donated, then you’ll receive an LP and / or comic book from my personal collection, as a thank you for your kindness. This is a perk only available to Mid-Valley Mutations listeners, so please, consider how important programming like this is to you, and help keep radio alive in your area.

This show is packed to the gills with awesome live tunes, so sit back and enjoy some excellent music. Go ahead. It’s Friday night. You earned it.


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The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)


Part I: Setting Things Up

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 2 December 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part II: Stale Cheese

03.) Live Performance * Guyve * 19 August 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part III: We Are Fiasco

04.) Live Performance * Fiasco * 23 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part IV: Half-Way Up The Stairs

05.) Live Performance * Entresol * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)


Part V: Brutal

06.) Live Performance * Entrail * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part VI: My Casual Three

07.) I’m Generic * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
08.) My Dying Tree * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
09.) Black Jack * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Part VII: Three Uneasy

10.) Live Performance 1 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
11.) Live Performance 2 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
12.) Live Performance 3 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
13.) Live Performance * CEO’s, Inc. * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)

Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! (#55)

Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! (#55)

In this episode I decided to break format slightly, and feature a band that is only somewhat experimental, if only in attitude and approach. Bitches In The Beehive are a folk / pop combo that veers into psychedelic from time to time, and jumped at the chance to perform two sets of live music for our Summer Pledge Drive show.  While this isn’t a strictly “experimental” show, don’t let that fool you.

The Bitches get down and dirty, kicking out the jams and getting pretty weird, too, all in the name of helping us raise money for KMUZ.

While Mid-Valley Mutations is (and will always be) built on a foundation of experimentalism, for the Summer Pledge Drive, I wanted to meet the usual KMUZ audiences half-way, while still maintaining the weird roots that my listeners have come to enjoy.  That is why this episode begins with the live music of this group, segues into an interview at the beginning of Hour 2, and then gets downright strange at the very end, as MKUltramegaphone bust out and over-the-phonelines jam the likes of which you probably have never heard.  It’s an action-packed show and we are very excited to bring it to you.

Radio means quite a bit to me, and when we have these fundraisers it is really hard to imagine what it must sound like to the listeners at home. I know that when I was younger, Pledge Drive shows could be a bit hard to listen to. So, for everyone that donates, I am putting my money where my mouth is. If you make a donation to KMUZ, I will give you a record from my personal collection, as a thank you for your continued support of experimental radio in the Salem Area.  This should could not – and would not – exist if KMUZ wasn’t dedicated to making community radio, and for that, I urge you to help support them.

Thanks again for making this show what it is, and for being as dedicated to music and media that makes quite a few people very, very happy.


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Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE! 


Part I: It’s Our Pledge Drive Special!

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)

Part II: Gettin’ Riled Up

02.) Live Set 1 * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part III: A Pledge Drive Reminder

03.) Austin’s Spiel

Part IV: Busy

04.) Live Set 2 * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)


Part V: Lemony

05.) Live Set 2 (Continue) * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VI: Get To Know The Bitches

06.) Interview * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Part VII: Phone Phreaks

07.) What’s The Password? * MKUltramegaphone * 9 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)

Your Donation Could Save Our Station! (The KMUZ Pledge Drive)

a1373653999_10We are currently in the midst of a KMUZ Pledge Drive, and we could really use your help.  No one at KMUZ gets paid.  The staff and DJs are volunteers.  The bills are paid through donations.  Even the desks and tables and shelves at the station were lovingly made by hand, and given to us at no cost.  We are Community Radio to the core, and in order to stay on the air, we need your donations.

Mid-Valley Mutations has been given a goal that should be easy enough for us to achieve, but I’d like to see if we can blow that goal out of the water.  If 100 fans each donate $1 (one dollar), we will have met our goal.  (Currently, there are over 200 fans of the show on MyFacester+, which means each of you only have to give Fifty Cents.)  I’m sure you see where I’m going with this: we can not only keep our show on the air for a very small cost, but if each of you ups that amount just a little bit, we can make that dollar go even further.

KMUZ is offering a number of perks for donors, but for anyone who mentions Mid-Valley Mutations as part of their donation will receive a copy of our Compilation, Vol 1.  Featuring live music recorded on the program, this is an excellent gift for those who show their support, and sounds pretty killer if you ask me.  Additionally, anyone who spends money in the WTBC: Wanting To Be Cool store will find that all of their purchases are donated to KMUZ, too.  There’s tons of music, and much of it you pay what you like.  It’s just another way to help us help KMUZ.

So, please.  Donate if you can.  Help keep cool shows on the air, and great radio in your community.  You can do it today!

It’s A Manual Pledge Drive (w/ Manual Sex Drive, LIVE!) (#20)

msd-caseIt’s A Manual Pledge Drive (w/ Manual Sex Drive, LIVE!) (#20)

When you do enough radio, you meet some incredible people who stick with you over the years.  I met Monty O’Blivion, Nick Feratu and NickDave when they toured through Closet Radio in 2012.  (Those three also play in an incredibly psychobilly group, The Limit Club.)  For a long time I thought it was going to be a one-off thing, and this happens a lot in radio.  You have a great afternoon, you share some drinks and maybe talk shop, then you’re MyFacester+ or Twinstablr friends for the rest of your lives.  I had heard tale of the other group they play in – Manual Sex Drive – and hoped that they would hit the road eventually so I could see Monty’s brainchild.  And this time, I also got to meet their other band members, Jhef Zurx & Aaron Hjalmarson.

As it so often happens, time passed.  Then I got a ring from Monty: we’re on tour in the Fall, and passing through Salem on a Friday.  He asked if I was interested in trying to set something up.

the-bandWas I interested?

What we have for you in this episode is a radio free-for-all, two hours long, where you get to experience the glory that is Manual Sex Drive.  In this 120 minutes, you get two live sets by the group, get to hear a number of tracks from their forthcoming new record – Music Is Dead – that is not available anywhere by on THIS PROGRAM (and from the band itself) until October 14th, when it finally hits stores.  We also chat with the group about making music, touring, and what it is all about.

The after-party, unfortunately, is not included.

Shows like this are always special to me, because getting to spend time with artists is a rare treat.  Not only that, but this group of friends are very similar to the kinds of people I spent a lot of time with when I was in bands.  Not only that, but any night you get to stay up late and talk about the secret true history of rock and roll, you know you are in for a good time.

This one is raw and un-edited, live and loud, and a good representation of what this band is like.


This is also our Pledge Drive Special, and KMUZ did an incredibly job or raising money to keep community radio on the air.  I like to think that I helped in some way, by getting a great band and throwing a good “bash” at the end of the drive.  The fact that we blew away our goal and raised over $10,000 is nothing to sneeze at.  I like to think that having these guys on the show was definitely a part of it.



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MyFacester+ Twinstagramblr Photoset (photos by Tina Erickson)

It’s A Manual Pledge Drive


Part I: Cutthroat Business

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Seven Figures * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Too Much Hate * Manual Sex Drive * Shindig Shakedown * WTBC Records (2014)
04.) Cutthroat Business * The Limit Club * This Is Cutthroat Business * Phantom Cat Records (2011)
05.) 21 Yr. Blues * Manual Sex Drive * Illumiphobia * Phantom Cat Records (2012)
06.) I’m Generic * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
07.) Breath In * Sex Funeral * Your Heaven Sucks * Personal Archives Records (2016)

Part II: Manual Sex Drive, LIVE!

06.) Manual Sex Drive, Live Set 1
07.) Your Heaven Sucks * Sex Funeral * Your Heaven Sucks * Personal Archives Records (2016)


08.) Manual Sex Drive Interview
09.) Serf Rock * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
10.) Manual Sex Drive, Live Set 2

Part III: To Hell With Poverty 

11.) To Hell With Poverty * Gang Of Four * Another Day / Another Dollar * Warner Bros. Records (1982)
12.) The Muse Is Dead * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)

The Isosceles Diego Pledge Drive Show

Isosceles Diego (Pledge Drive) (KPSU Phase I Episode 151)

At this time, our program was on from 9 PM – 10 PM.

01.) Germ of Youth * Comet Gain * 7″
02.) Theresa * Bodines * ep
03.) Graveyard * Antietam * Rope-a-Dope
04.) Orange Moon * Eleventh Dream Day * Ursa Major
05.) Gather Up Your Wings and Fly * Felt * ep
06.) Every Conversation * June Brides * Every Conversation
07.) Roxy Girls * Yummy Fur * Night Club
08.) Fiesty Faust * Lumiere * it seemed like a good idea at the time
09.) Ala Bala * Revyu * Revyu
10.) Jr * Codeine * Barely Real

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