Book of Maps & The Prids, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

Book of Maps & The Prids, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two live performance broadcasts from my KPSU years hosting Live Friday, from 2005 and 2006. The first is Book of Maps, performing on  11 November 2005. The other is The Prids, performing on 7 July 2006. Both bands were / are Portland legends, but The Prids are the only of the two who are still together.

 

 

Krandroid The Friendly Robot AND George & Caplin, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

Krandroid The Friendly Robot AND George & Caplin, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two live performance broadcasts from my KPSU years, from 2005 and 2006. The first is Krandroid The Friendly Robot, performing on Live Friday on  1 July 2005. The other is a show where I engineered the sound for George & Caplin, perfoming on “What’s This Called?” on 5 August 2006.) Both excellent electronic / sequenced hybrid performers.

 

 

 

 

Straitjacket & The-Front, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

Straitjacket & The-Front, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two live punk performance broadcasts from my KPSU years, from 2005 and 2006. The first is Straitjacket (from 14 October 2005), and the second is The-Front (from 21 March 2006). I’m a sucker for DIY punk nonsense, and both of these bands deliver in spades.

 

 

 

 

“Brought To You by The Letter M” b/w “The Baron” (KPSU Years)

“Brought To You by The Letter M” b/w “The Baron” (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, one from 2005 and 2006 each. Sort of theme shows, the first only features artists that begin with the letter M, while in the second, it charts and much more emotional and libidinal frame of mind. The dates: 30 August 2005 and 12 July 2006.

 

Hour 1: Today’s Show Was Brought To You By The Letter M.

01.) 10 lb. Moustache * Man Man
02.) Carry Stress In The Jaw * Mr. Bungle
03.) Ten Dollars A Pile * Melt Banana
04.) Never Ending Math Equation * Modest Mouse
05.) Walking Through Forever * Charles Manson
06.) Reverb 1000 * Man… Or Astro-Man?
07.) This Is Not A Photograph * Mission Of Burma
08.) Free Arthur Lee * The Make Up
09.) 1 2 X U * Minor Threat
10.) Anyone Else But You * The Moldy Peaches
11.) Maximum Radiation Level * Man… Or Astro-Man?
12.) Come In Alone * My Bloody Valentine
13.) Motorbreath * Metallica
14.) Sweet Willy Rollbar * Melvins
15.) Where Is Our Reason? * My Dad Is Dead
16.) Sferic Waves * Man… Or Astro-Man?
17.) Burn It Clean * Mudhoney
18.) Dumb Little Band * The Mr. T Experience
19.) Maybe Partying Will Help * Minutemen
20.) Stanley Kubrick * Mogwai

Hour 2: The Baron

01.) The Baron * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
02.) Track 04 * Voltage * Building The Bass Castle Vol. I
03.) Forever * Yuma Nora * Red Train Graphing The Sunset Of All
04.) Macbeth * Ciccone Youth * The Whitey Album

05.) Lakes In Space * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship
06.) Progressive Rock Medley * Ruins * Pallaschtom
07.) Hands On… * Coachwhips * Double Death
08.) I Want An Ugly Girl * Little Fyodor * The Very Best Of Little Fyodor’s Greatest Hits
09.) Phantom Fire Ball * Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno * “Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno European Tour 2005” Cosmic Funeral Route 666

10.) Antigravity * Pink Mountain * Pink Mountain
11.) I Ain’t Got None * Jandek * Interstellar Discussion
12.) Heel Toe * Dance Card * Waterlogged
13.) This Time * The Wipers * Over The Edge

14.) New Years Eve In A Haunted House * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights
15.) Hit It And Quit It * Funkadelic * Maggot Brain
16.) Fun House * The Stooges * Fun House

The Best of Live Friday, Expanded Edition (KPSU Years)

The Best of Live Friday, Expanded Edition (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005 and 2006, both from my stint on Live Friday, and both “best of” shows, where I featured Live Performances from either of my shows. The dates are: 24 June 2005 and 3 March 2006. Here’s a rough idea of what the “songs” were.

 

Hour 1.

01.) What Have You Done * The Mayonnaise vs. Venn Demonstrational
02.) I Never Said * Bugs Of Lightning
03.) Girls On Bikes * Miraflores
04.) It’s Snowling On TV Again * The Pink Snowflakes
05.) 51 / 7 * Camper Van Beethoven
06.) Ballad Of The Space Chimp * Tijuana Homers
07.) Straight Out Of Clackamas * Courage
08.) One Hand * Dance Card
09.) Kitty * The Human Genome Project
10.) Apocalyptic Girl * Empty Room
11.) The Oblivion * Devotchka
12.) Gut Feeling / Slap Your Mammy Down * Radicchio & Tet Soy

Hour 2.

01.) Sleeper (Rise Over Run recorded on 07/22/05)
02.) A New Disaster (Straitjacket recorded on 10/14/05)
03.) Hot Lava (Courage recorded on 12/10/04)
04.) Stooge (Dance Card recorded on 12/16/05)
05.) Dangerous Degree (The Mayonaise vs. Venn recorded on 04/26/05)
06.) [untitled] (If If, Was Was… recorded on 12/20/05)
07.) I’m On Nine (The Bugs Of Lightning recorded on 08/05/05)
08.) Doorway (Empty Room recorded on 07/15/05)
09.) Triforce Of Boom (Krandroid The Friendly Robot recorded on 07/01/05)
10.) Robot Affliction (The Human Genome Project recorded on 09/17/04)
11.) Lose The Noose While It’s Loose (The Undoing of David Wright recorded on 08/16/05)
12.) [untitled] (Avery Bell recorded on 02/25/05)
13.) Exhibit A Burns A Hole In The Sky With Her Death Stare (Book Of Maps recorded on 11/11/05)
14.) Let’s Get Drunk And Watch TV (The Juanita Family & Friends recorded on 06/10/05)
15.) With A One (The Headliners recorded on 11/18/05)
16.) I Was Bowling Through The End Of The World (Tijuana Homers recorded on 11/30/04)
17.) Summer’s End (Gordon Taylor recorded on 12/17/05)

The Juanita Family & Friends, & Thee Headliners, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

The Juanita Family & Friends, & Thee Headliners, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005. The first is a live performance by The Juanita Family & Friends (from 10 June 2005). The second is a live performance by Thee Headliners (from 18 November 2005). Both performances have a sort of country vibe to them, but of course, with their own particular perspectives. I really enjoy both of these shows.

 

 

 

Sub-Basement Psyche, Expanded Edition! (KPSU Years)

Sub-Basement Psyche, Expanded Edition! (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005. The first is one of my “Nuggets” shows, which was a common form my show took at KPSU in the early days (from 26 July 2005). The second is a show from the day that I first met Ricardo Wang, where he and I DJ’d for an hour (2 August 2005). Both are very much full of 60’s Psyche-Rock that goes down well, all these years later.

 

 

The Roxy Epoxy Show & The Lana Rebel Show (KPSU Years)

The Roxy Epoxy Show & The Lana Rebel Show (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005. Roxy Epoxy joined me for a DJ Show, to discuss an upcoming Album Release party for The Epoxies (10 May 2005). The Lana Rebel joined me, for another DJ show, and to talk about her career making music.

 

John Rambo & The Pink Snowflakes, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

John Rambo & The Pink Snowflakes, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005, from the Live Friday program. John Rambo (28 January 2005) was a local instru-metal band, where The Pink Snowflakes (3 June 2005) are a heavy psyche-rock group a la The Flaming Lips.

 

 

 

Interviews w/ Murph (of Dinosaur Jr.) & The Minibosses (KPSU Years)

Interviews w/ Murph (of Dinosaur Jr.) & The Minibosses (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005. In one case, we arranged for Murph of Dinosaur Jr. help promote the reunion show / reissues that had just come out. In another, the band The Minibosses dropped into the studio, to talk about touring, and to debut a new recording that had not been heard yet… at that time.

Murph / Dinosaur Jr. tribute was on 23 August 2005

The Minibosses were interviewed on 26 August 2005

 

 

Camper Van Beethoven & Devotchka, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

Camper Van Beethoven & Devotchka, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two broadcasts from my KPSU years, in 2005. In one case, we arranged for Camper Van Beethoven to play in the studio, and I helped host. In the second case, Devotchka came to play on my show, and our music director joined me for the interview.

Camper Van Beethoven played on 4 November 2004

Devotchka played on 9 November 2004

 

The Human Genome Project & Empty Room, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

The Human Genome Project & Empty Room, LIVE! (KPSU Years)

This combines two episodes of “Live Friday,” a show I started hosting in 2004. This was a weekly, live radio show that featured local and touring bands.

The Human Genome Project played on 17 September 2004

Empty Room played on 24 September 2004

 

 

Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio II (KWVA Years)

More Blitzhäus Kith: Kyle, Geni, Chris & Pat!
More Blitzhäus Kith: Kyle, Geni, Chris & Pat!

Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio Part II
(Featuring edited highlights from five early episodes, where friends and family join me in what has now become known as college radio, assembled 9 years ago.)

Relive college radio from the late 90’s as it actually happened! Experience five edited presentations from the earliest days of this very program, as they were originally heard on KWVA in Eugene Oregon, broadcast at 88.1 FM. For the fist time since their original air dates these programs are being heard again, and at the correct speed in most cases!  Join a clumsy and youthful Austin Rich as he stumbles through the act of playing College Radio DJ, and listen to some authentic late 90’s rock as we journey through the decades.

This is part of our 14th Anniversary Explosion that’s been happening all throughout the year, and to a smaller extent, part of an on-going attempt to accurately archive the history of this program in a way that’s accessible to listeners.  As many of the programs from the early days are not complete, and in many cases missing entirely, I’ve been creating these shortened “edited” versions of these shows, to give you a taste of what it was like in these early days.  As there are still a few shows to come in this series – and still many others for you to enjoy – you may want to slap this feed into your podcast-catching device of choice, as it will keep you up to date with all the appropriate episodes, and give you a good cross-section of the entire history of the program.

Of these particular episodes, it is fascinating to attempt to recreate the circumstances that these programs were recorded under.  When Kyle would visit, he would often join me when I would go to the radio station.  Both Geni and Pat were roommates at one point or another, and Chris was a near-permanent fixture in the legendary Blitzhäus where we used to live and party in the olden days.  These shows evoke a lot of memories, not just of the music that we played, but the parties, shows, girlfriends, boyfriends, arguments, D&D games, and the hundreds of other things that went down in the late 90’s.  In an era before cell phones, .mp3s, regular internet access, or very much money to speak of, we still created culture, built mythologies, and had a great time doing in.  If only some of that nostalgia can seep through these tape-hiss-infused recordings, then I will feel as if my work here is done.

A request to listeners: if anyone can identify the Man Is The Bastard song that I play during the “Track Night” segment, please let me know!  I’ve been trying to identify that one for a while now.

Many apologies for the lateness of the program.  Hopefully this is a fluke occurrence, but you know how it goes.

See you in seven!

 

Introduction: The More Things Continue To Blah Blah Etc.
01.) Adventures Through Inner Space * The Bomboras

Part I: “Senses Shattering” w/ Kyle Rich (06 May 1998)
02.) Jessica * They Might Be Giants
03.) Baby Puts Out Old Flames * Rye Coalition
04.) Beastie Boys * Beastie Boys
05.) There Ain’t No Sanity Clause * The Damned
06.) 13 Ways To A Cavity * KARP
07.) Battle of the Planets * godheadSilo

Part II: “Feet Together, Buttocks Tight” w/ Kyle Rich (14 July 1998)
08.) Imperial Dance * Supergenius
09.) Can You Feel It? * The Jacksons * Jane Fonda Workout
10.) Die Eier Von Satan * Tool
11.) Delirium & Disorder * Bad Religion
12.) Rock & Roll McDonalds * Wesley Willis
13.) Nuts To You * godheadSilo

Part III: “Track Night” w/ Geni (09 September 1998)
14.) Peter Gunn Theme * Poison Ivy
15.) ?? * Man Is The Bastard
16.) The Creeps * Social Distortion
17.) Paul Revere * The Beastie Boys
18.) Degobah * Monkey
19.) Two Little Boys * Splodgenessabounds
20.) Stayin’ Alive * Anal Cunt
21.) “You fuckin’ die.” * The Pixies

Part IV: “Rock And Roll” w/ Chris Brooks (16 December 1998)
22.) Sidewalk City * The Phantom Surfers
23.) Iron Fist * Motörhead
24.) Drag Strip Race * The Rondelles
25.) Ace Of Spades * Motorhead
26.) Take You Higher * Tight Bros. From Way Back When
27.) Clockwork Orange * Walter Carlos
28.) Is It Wicked Not To Care? * Belle & Sebastian
29.) Dad Why Did My Friends Explode? * Deadbolt
30.) Smokin’ Banana Peels (Re-Mix) * The Dead Milkmen

Part V: “A Geosynchronous Orbit” w/ Pat The Pirate (24 March 1999)
31.) Ghoulash * Satan’s Pilgrims
32.) Love Story * Lagwagon
33.) Self Cleanin’ Lovin’ * Royal Grand Prix
34.) Fake Fake Eyes * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
35.) High School Shop Class Constructs Bicycle Built For Twenty-Six * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo
36.) No Brains * Eater
37.) Stranger Than Fiction * Bad Religion
38.) Escape Through The Air Vents * Man… Or Astro-Man?
39.) Freak Scene * Dinosaur Jr.

Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio I (KWVA Years)

The Blitzhäus Kith
The Blitzhäus Kith: Josephus, Brandy, Josh, Toby, Kelly & Tia.

Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio I (KWVA Years)
(Featuring edited highlights from four early episodes, where my roommates joined me in the studio for silly, late night, college radio fun, assembled nine years ago.)

In the earliest days of the program, my notion of having guests on my program was to invite my roommates into the studio, while we were all drunk, to listen to some college radio.  Now, in the distant future, I’m asking you to join us on a similar journey.  Highlighting four episodes from 1998, here are my roommates, my friends, and my guests, from the embryonic era that is so near to this programs beginning.

I have to say, with the complete perspective that hindsight so acutely offers, it is interesting to comb through the airchecks, and revisit these programs.  I’m friends with nearly all of these people to this very day, and each of them have moved on to pursue their own lives and interests in amazing ways.  These programs are small cross-sections, a blip on the radar from their perspective.  But to me, these were important evenings, fun times that I happen to have a documented record of, and that is so rare for anyone who considers their youth.  Hopefully, some of the joy I get out of these seeps through as you listen to these recordings today.

For the first time since I recorded these shows, they are hearing the light of day, and at the proper speed!  The tape recordings were often too slow – or too fast – to make much sense, but modern technology has allowed me to fix these errors.  To my knowledge, only these people have ever heard these recordings before, as this program began in a time before podcasts, and before digital distribution.  My hope is that this functions as a record of those times, and a sampling of the various formats this show had in the early days.

Many apologies for the delay getting this episode posted.  There were a number of personal and production delays, mostly because I wanted these episodes to be presented at their proper speeds, and other recording opportunities popped up at the last minute.  Fortunately, these opportunities have manifested in shows that you can download now, and one that you will hear in the future.  These opportunities involve live music, and also some cool Sci-Fi remixes.  I’m hoping to get back on track, and there may well be another episode this week to make up for this, at least a Mini-Cast.  So, stay tuned.

That’s all for this Memorial Day.  Thanks again for indulging me.

See you real soon.

 

Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio

Introduction: The More Things Stay The Same

01.) Updated Theme From Supercar * Man… Or Astro-Man? * All Punk Rods!: A Gearhead Magazine Collection * Lookout! Records

Part I: Josephus of Sinkhole (22 April 1998)

02.) Sonata For Loudspeakers * Unwound * Challenge For A Civilized Society * Kill Rock Stars Records
03.) The Trials of Being A Jedi * Supergenius * Star Wars Breakbeats * Suckadellic Records
04.) Some Hits * Anal Cunt * Top 40 Hits * Earache Records
05.) Driver Down * Trent Reznor * Lost Highway Soundtrack * Interscope Records
06.) Dragnet Theme * Ray Anthony And His Orchestra *
07.) Fame * Irena Cara * Fame Soundtrack * RSO Records
08.) Satan’s Little Lamb * Ethel Merman * I Get A Kick Out Of You * Pavillion Records
09.) Raw Meat Torn By Saxophone Blasts * Mike Patton * ‪Pranzo Oltranzista‬

Part II: “Girl Power” w/ Brandy (29 July 1998)

10.) Frank Talk About Mutants, Also * Men’s Recovery Project * Frank Talk About Humans
11.) Rebel Girl * Bikini Kill * “New Radio” b/w “Rebel Girl” 7″
12.) Hard Knock Life * “Annie” Original Cast Recording
13.) ?? * ??
14.) I Love Livin’ In The City * Fear * Fear The Record
15.) Let’s Have A Party * The 5.6.7.8’s * Can’t Help It! * Rockville Records

Part III: “Never Before Has The Beauty Of The Sexual Act Been So Grossly Exploited” (19 August 1998)

16.) El Perversio * Deadbolt * Tijuana Hit Squad
17.) Adventures Through Inner Space * The Bomboras * Head Shrinkin’ Fun * Zombie A Go-Go Records
18.) Eugene OR * The Varicoasters *
19.) Istanbul (Not Constantinople) * They Might Be Giants * Flood * Elekra Records
20.) My Mind’s Got A Mind Of It’s Own * ?? *
21.) When It’s Over * The Wipers * Youth Of America

Part IV: “The Kelly Experience” w/ Tia (11 November 1998)

22.) Come Out And Play * The Moog Cookbook * The Moog Cookbook
23.) Handsome Traveller * KARP * Moustache’s Wild * Kill Rock Stars Records
24.) ?? * ??
25.) Fuck Shit Up * Dub Narcotic Sound System * “Fuck Shit Up” b/w “Version” * K Records
26.) Scream * Kemikal Religion * Self-Released
27.) Coffee Mug * The Descendants *
28.) Estrogen * The Supermodels
29.) Manic * Kemikal Religion

The Hobbit (KWVA Years)

The Greatest Adventure
The Greatest Adventure

The Hobbit (KWVA Years)
(Featuring a nearly-complete retrocast from 12 August 1998, recreated nine years ago, wherein I present an audio version of the story of 1977 animated feature film, The Hobbit.)

In preparation for the impending new film version, join us for a special retrocast of this rare Audio Essay from 1998, where we present the story of the 1977 animated classic, The Hobbit, contrasted against Mike Patton’s Adult Themes For Voice, Mel Brooks & Marlo Thomas, and a host of other College Radio classics. This episode has not been heard since it was originally broadcast on KWVA, and offers listeners another glimpse into the development of our Audio Essay format that has come to dominate much of what we do now. A nearly complete show – only missing 13 minutes of content – this program has been reconstructed using the surviving recordings and documented playlist, offering a close approximation of the kind of show we began doing all those years ago.

Originally scheduled to be a Holden Craft collaboration, circumstances prevented him from showing up until the very end of the show. I had originally planned on just playing “The Greatest Adventure,” among other things, but with time on my hands, Orson Bean and friends got a little more air time than anticipated. It was very much like an Unexpected Party. In the end, I think the results weren’t bad, and it set the tone for a future format that has since become a big part of the show. Heavily influenced by Over The Edge and the usual musical format of KWVA, I had always wanted to bring more sampling and oddness to the program. This, along with the previously presented Flight F-I-N-A-L episode, were probably as close to that vision for the show as I ever got. Fortunately, I’m easily distractable, and had many other visions for the program, too.

A note about the recording: the source tape is a little distorted, and the overall sound clips a little throughout the program. The record of The Hobbit itself, that I used to make the recording, was salvaged from my then-girlfriend’s garage, where it had languished in a filthy box (along with the Marlo Thomas record) for some time. I cleaned it up the best I could, but there is a fair amount of surface noise, or at least, more than normal. Additionally: at some point after the initial recording of the show, for some reason, I excised all the commercials and two or three songs (the names and artist of which completely escape me now). Originally, I also cut out a number of other (yet left them on the playlist), and furthermore removed The Hobbit segments to put them on another tape. So, this show has been reconstructed as best as could be, using my own memory and the surviving record to produce this show. Keep in mind that all of these things happened years ago, before podcasts or digital archiving (on the scale that its available now) was not possible. I never imagined that anyone else would ever hear this, or that there would be some value (or some way) to present this show in a “complete” form. So, all of this is a cicuitous way of saying: this is as good as this one gets. At least it makes me happy.

As with the Flight F-I-N-A-L show, the musical selections used in this one are somewhat curious and confusing at times. Unlike the vast archive I’ve accumulated over the years since this show, my collection was quite small in the late ’90’s, and much of my radio show was dependent on what the station had to offer. This meant that planning a show was sort of a crapshoot, and I often just played something I wanted to hear, over something that made sense, storywise. Some of the song choices are quite inspired: “Where The Hell Is Bill?,” “Ride of the Valykries,” etc. Some song choices are just confusing. At this time in the show’s history, a running “gag” was to play a handful of Mike Patton songs every show, and while that seems to make sense to me at the time (when you listen to the shows over time), they seem like odd selections now. I debated redoing this show entirely at one point, but I like the naive charm and rough, learning-curve qualities this one illustrates. If I only ever did rad shows, right from the beginning, then where’s the fun in that?

Special Thanks to my amazing girlfriend, who is on vacation and who I miss dearly; Lyra Cyst, houseguest and tolerant friend who did not mind that I spent a lot of time while she was visiting recording and editing this episode, Holden Craft, for giving me a ride home after I originally broadcast this program in 1998, and kiisu d’salyss, for, well… you know.

I know that I’ve been, essentially, in re-runs lately, as I re-present all of these old episodes. While most of the material I’m posting now has never been publicly available (at least, not since the original broadcast), there is a certain amount of, “Yes, but…” when it comes to repackaging old-as-new, etc. I have tried to balance this a bit, with new shows mixed with the old shows. My hope is that I can soon wrap up the trip down memory lane shows – of which I believe there will be three or four more – so that a good cross section of the best segments from those early shows are available again. It’s a project with a definite end, and I’m exited about wrapping it up and moving on to something new. I’ve really enjoyed the work I’ve done this year on this program, and I think that with this in the can, the other ideas I have yet to get to will be next.

As you may have noticed, various life obligations have completely destroyed our production schedule as of late. For this I apologize, but as the “we” here at Blasphuphmus Radio is actually a “me,” little can be done to avoid this. However, if all goes well today, we should be able to get back on track with Episode 169. I make no promises, except that someday, we’ll either get back on track, or I will officially take a week off and pretend that we’re back on track. You know how it goes.

In the meantime: In a hole in a ground lived A Hobbit…

 

The Hobbit Playlist

Introduction: “The Bravest Little Hobbit Of Them All”
01.) Bilbo Baggins * Leonard Nimoy
02.) Gollum’s Riddle [Excerpt] * The Hobbit Animated Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Part I: “The Greatest Adventure”
03.) The Hobbit Part I
04.) For Your Entertainment * Unwound *
05.) The Hobbit Part II
06.) Brown Eyed Girl * Lagwagon *
07.) The Hobbit Part III
08.) Pajama Party Horror * Mike Patton * Adult Themes For Voice
09.) The Hobbit Part IV
10.) Get Me Back * Teengenerate * Smash Hits!
11.) The Hobbit Part V
12.) Joco Homo * Devo * Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! * Warner Bros. Records
13.) Boy Meets Girl * Mel Brooks & Marlo Thomas *
14.) Dick * King Missile [Dog Fly Religion] * Fluting On The Hump

Part II: “Burglar, Do Your Burgling!”
15.) Roads (Instrumental) * The Hobbit Animated Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
16.) The Hobbit Part VI
17.) Round And Round * Germs * (MIA)
18.) The Hobbit Part VII
19.) Anti-Pleasure Dissertation * Bikini Kill * The Anti-Pleasure Dissertation 7″
20.) The Hobbit Part VIII
21.) Return Of The Knucklehead * DFL * Proud To Be
22.) The Hobbit Part IX
23.) A Leper With The Face Of A Baby Girl * Mike Patton * Adult Themes For Voice
24.) The Hobbit Part X
25.) Cuts And Bolts * Man… Or Astro-Man? *
26.) The Hobbit Part XI
27.) When You’re Fat And Lonely * Bruce McCullouch *
28.) The Hobbit Part XII
29.) Cooky Puss * Beastie Boys *

Part III: “My Precious”
30.) The Greatest Adventure (Instrumental) * The Hobbit Animated Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
31.) The Hobbit Part XIII
32.) Danimal [Excerpt] * Deathstar * Deathstar 10″
33.) The Hobbit Part XIV
34.) Another Day * Crimpshrine *
35.) The Hobbit Part XV
36.) Where The Hell Is Bill? * Camper Van Beethoven *
37.) The Hobbit Part XVI
38.) The One Armed vs. 9 Killers * Mike Patton *
39.) The Hobbit Part XVII
40.) Let’s Have A Party Tonight * 5.6.7.8′s *
41.) The Hobbit Part XVIII
42.) Funeral Home * Daniel Johnston *
43.) The Hobbit Part XIX
44.) Pillow Biter * Mike Patton *
45.) The Hobbit Part XX
46.) Desert Search (Supergenius) *
47.) The Hobbit Part XXI
48.) Jackals of Botswanna * Deadbolt *

Part IV: “Oh Smog The Magnificent”
49.) Down, Down To Goblin Town * The Hobbit Animated Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
50.) The Hobbit Part XXII
51.) Queerbait * The Queers *
52.) The Hobbit Part XXIII
53.) Rocketman * The Red Elvises *
54.) The Hobbit Part XXIV
55.) Twisted * Zeke *
56.) The Hobbit Part XXV
57.) Swingin’ On Pier 13 * Bomboras *
58.) The Hobbit Part XXVI
59.) Ride Of The Valkyries * Woody Phillips * Toolbox Classics
60.) The Hobbit Part XXVII
61.) Me Big Mouth * KARP *
62.) The Hobbit Part XXVIII
63.) No Fair * Wipers

Flight F-I-N-A-L (KWVA Years)

Inter-World Airlines
Inter-World Airlines

Flight F-I-N-A-L (KWVA Years)
(Featuring a retrocast of a program from 20 January 1999, as part of our 14th Anniversary Explosion!)

(Originally broadcast 9 years ago.)

Join us for a special 14th Anniversary Retrocast of a program from 1999, where we present the fascinating audio-drama that dares to create, “…a dramatic comparison to death.”  Presented in this episode: three quarters of the original broadcast (recreated from cassette recordings and partial playlists that have survived into the modern era), PLUS!: A brand new A Minute With The Pope, a feature that comes and goes with the whims of The Pope Himself, and a confused phone call from DJ Really Sloppy, who has recently become unstuck in time and seems to be having trouble figuring out exactly what that means for a person as confused as him.  Plus a couple of Phantom Surfers tracks for good measure.

As you can tell from this show – which approximates what it was like to hear us when we first started – our murky origins have many of the elements that came to dominate our format now.  I knew I wanted to play music I liked, and as a huge Over The Edge fan, I knew I wanted to do some form of re-mix on the air.  But as a novice, just getting started, my first forays into this realm were not as skilled as they have become.  That’s not to say that they were bad, but that they were of an amateur level.  The ideas were in place, but the execution was not what it would become.

I remember finding a copy of this record – one that I had heard sampled and began to wonder exactly what it could be – and knew instantly that sooner or later it would appear on the show.  In what form, I wasn’t quite sure.  But one night I showed up to do the program solo, noticed that I had packed it along with a bunch of other stuff, and it was then that I went to work.  The results – or, at least, most of them – are audible in the show you’re hearing today.

Note: If anyone can identify the Satan’s Pilgrim’s song included in this playlist, please let me know.  Thanks!

See you in seven.

 

Flight F-I-N-A-L Playlist

Part I: “One Of The Passengers Appears To Be Singing…”

01.) Holiday Harbor * The Phantom Surfers * The Great Surf Crash of ’97
02.) Revenge * Black Flag *
03.) Land Of Treason * Germs * (MIA) * Slash Records
04.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part I *
05.) Be Good (The Frumpies) *
06.) All My Drugs * Royal Grand Prix *  High Performance
07.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part II *
08.) Pacific Coast Highway * Sonic Youth * Sister
09.) Embarrassed Teen Accidentally Uses Valuable Rare Postage Stamp * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True
10.) High School Witch * The 5.6.7.8’s * The 5.6.7.8’s
11.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part III *
12.) Indication * The Rondelles * Fiction Romance, Fast Machines * Smells Like Records
13.) I’m Gonna Make Him Mine (Tonight) * The Donnas * The Donnas

Part II: “Inter-World Airlines, Flight FINAL.”

14.) Know It Alls * The Fartz * Because This Fuckin’ World Still Stinks * Alternative Tentacles Records
15.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part IV *
16.) The End Of A Skater * The Phantom Surfers featuring Davie Allen * Skaterhater * Lookout! Records
17.) ?? (Satan’s Pilgrims) *
18.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part V *
19.) Brother Rat / What Slayde Says * NOMEANSNO * The Day Everything Became Nothing * Alternative Tentacles Records
20.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part VI *
21.) Here’s To The Losers * Frank Sinatra * Softly As I Leave You * Universal Records

Part III: DJ Really Sloppy Calls In!

22.) Out Of The Window * The Phantom Surfers * The Great Surf Crash of ’97

DJ Really Sloppy, who has become unstuck in time, calls into the show from a darkened room containing a cat, and is not entirely sure what name he knows me by, or what time he is currently a part of.  Thinking it is 1999, the time period of my show, he briefly flirts with changing the time stream, then gets confused.

Part IV: “I Am Your Captain, The Lord Jesus Christ.”

22.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part VII
23.) Here Comes The Martian Martians * Jonathan Richman * The Beserkley Years: The Best Of Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers * Rhino Records
24.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part VIII *
25.) The Old Man Blues * Cathead * Greatest sHits * Self-Released
26.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part IX
27.) Title Track * King Missile * Mystical Shit * Shimmy-Disc Records
28.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part X
29.) Mongoloid * Devo * Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! * Warner Bros. Records
30.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XI *
31.) Don’t Know What I Am * The Wipers * Is This Real?
32.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XII
33.) Old Queen Cole * Ween * God Ween Satan: The Oneness

A Minute With The Pope 06: Bob Is Dead All That’s Left Is Earl * The Pope * Recorded on a Handheld Cassette Recorder & an iPhone.

Part V: The Gate Of Death

34.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XIII *
35.) Bleach Boys * The Dead Milkmen * Beelzebubba * Enigma Records
36.) Lousy Weekend * Daniel Johnston * Fun * Atlantic Records
37.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XIV *
38.) Pie * KARP * Suplex * Kill Rock Stars Records
39.) Cowboy Love * The Reverand Horton Heat * Holy Roller * Sub Pop Records
40.) Flight F-I-N-A-L Part XV *
41.) The Halo Benders * The Halo Benders * Don’t Tell Me Now * K Records
42.) Hair * Adickdid * Stars Kill Rock
43.) Brainwashed * The Crabs * Brainwashed * K Records
44.) Reason To Live * The Oblivians * Soul Food * Crypt Record

Part VI: Pure Darkness (17 February 1999)

01.) Funeral Girl (Daniel Johnston) *
02.) Pablo Picasso (Jonathan Richman) *
03.) Hate & War (The Clash) *
04.) RCs Mom (Dead Milkmen) *
05.) Suck (Kicking Giant) *
06.) ?? (The Crabs) *
07.) The Way Of The World (Flipper)

Ramen City Radio (KWVA Years)

Ramen City Radio (KWVA Years)
(Featuring excerpts from the earliest days of our program featuring one of the most important figures in college radio history: The Ramen City Kid.)

(This show was originally assembled 9 years ago.)

As we continue our journey through the nostalgic origins of this program for our 14th Anniversary, we cannot overlook the influence of none other than The Ramen City Kid. Roommate, zinester, bread baker, and much much more, I met him in 1994, and we’ve been friends (and often roommates) ever since. His taste has affected my interest in film, music, radio, people, books, and everything in between, and without him, I would not be the person (or DJ) I am today. It is to him that this episode is dedicated, as we listen to edited highlights from five of his recorded appearances on this program in 1998, and one additional section of a show I did with Captain Morgain in 1999.

There were others, of course, but time has not been kind, and many of these programs went un-recorded, or lost in the years since. Still, these excerpts serve to give you a sense of what the program was like in those days, with and ear for emphasizing his voice and musical selections as best as possible. None of these shows exist in their complete forms, but I’ve done my best to present the spirit of these shows for a modern audience. I hope you enjoy the results.

As a point of order: aside from the spots, and voice overs, all the music heard in this program were taken from the original broadcasts as listed below. Those songs were actually played that night. I’ve created loops for the voice overs, but those songs really were heard in those days.

This one is a concentrated blast of nostalgic radio, without any of the bells and whistles. Hopefully there will be more bells and whistles in future shows.

See you in seven!

 

Ramen City Radio

Part I: Introducing The Ramen City Kid (17 June 1998)

01.) The Dr. Who Theme Music
02.) High School Is A Prison * Mojo Nixon
03.) Sunday [Excerpt] * Sonic Youth
04.) Start! * The Jam
05.) Vampire Girl * KPANTS
06.) DIY * Screeching Weasel
07.) The Dreams Of A Working Girl * Comet Gain
08.) godheadSilo [Excerpt]
09.) Polish Cabaret Record

Part II: Skate Rock (01 July 1998)

10.) The World Wasn’t Built In A Day [Excerpt] * Nomeansno
11.) Rendezvous Service * Hungaria
12.) The Kids At The Club * Comet Gain
13.) Save The Children! * Sam & Joe
14.) Let’s Go Get Cokes! * The Faction
15.) In The Kingdom #19 * Sonic Youth

Part III: Emo (08 July 1998)

16.) Frankie Carle [Excerpt I]
17.) Creep In The Celar * The Butthole Surfers
18.) Another Weekend * Comet Gain
19.) The Switch Is Down * Universal Order Of Armageddon
20.) Fake Fake Eyes * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
21.) Frankie Carle [Excerpt II]

Part IV: The Naked Show (22 July 1998)

22.) In The Air Tonight [Excerpt] * godheadSilo
23.) Rah Rah Replica * Bikini Kill
24.) Kill All The White Man [Live] * NOFX
25.) Oregon * The Western Front
26.) D&D Fantasy * KARP
27.) Talent, OR * Fuck
28.) Anatomically Correct * God Is My Co-Pilot

Part V: The Crazy Show (16 September 1998)

29.) Teenagers Are Boring [Excerpt] * Red Monkey
30.) 49er Stomp * 9th Life
31.) “There’s Always Time To Heal” * Batman Animated Series
32.) “Sinner” * Kult
33.) The Love Theme From Kiss * Adam Woodrow
34.) Beers, Steers & Queers [Excerpt] * Revolting Cocks
35.) Tighten Up * Comet Gain
36.) Carousel of Madonnas * Eva Demarcheck
37.) Rearranged * Crimpshrine

Part VI: A Little Bit Of The Dork Rock w/ Captain Morgain (28 April 1999)

01.) Page 2 (Fantomas) *
02.) Theme (Los Mex Pistols) *
03.) ?? (Deep Wound) *
04.) I’m A Headhunter (The Headhunters) *
05.) Fascist Pig (Suicidal Tendencies) *
06.) ?? (The Twitz) *
07.) ?? (??) *
08.) Sugar Sugar [Live] (Germs) *
09.) Open Your Eyes (The Avengers)
10.) ?? (The Avengers) *
11.) Outdone (Uncle Tupelo) *
12.) ?? (Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo) *
13.) Suck A Caribou’s Ass (Wesley Willis) *
14.) Goodbye Everybody (The Cartoon Planet Band)

 

It Looks Like Thousands of Stars – Expanded Edition (KWVA Years)

It Looks Like Thousands of Stars – Expanded Edition (KWVA Years)
(Featuring two shows, one aired on 18 July 2007, and another aired on 17 April 2012, reviewing some classic KWVA material.)

Here’s a pair of episodes from 9 and 14 years ago, which themselves were offering edited versions of material from the late 90’s, and both with the theme of the program becoming unstuck in time… somehow. In the first hour, the dial keeps spinning through time, landing on different moments from my program, past, present, and future. (All with a Negativland radio show at the center of this cut-up.) Then, in hour two, I keep bouncing around throughout the 90’s era shows that I have recordings off, delivering an overview of the stranger moments that show offered.

 

Playlist & Footnotes:

HOUR 1

“It Looks Like Thousands of Stars” (Originally broadcast on KPSU on 18 July 2007.)

HOUR 2

“14th Anniversary Explosion” (Originally broadcast on blasphuphmusradio.com on 20 September 2009.)

The Legendary Holden Craft (KWVA Years)

The Legendary Holden Craft (KWVA Years)
(Featuring a one hour edit of a show originally broadcast on 18 November 1998, and an hour of selected edits from shows broadcast in 1998 and 1999.)

Here’s a pair of episodes from 13 years ago, which themselves were offering edited version of shows from 10 years prior to that, which cover the various appearances that Holden Craft made on my early shows. Holden was a hilarious and strange feature of the program in those early days, and those shows offer a kind of comedy that only he and I can perform together. This photo is of us in 2007, which might have been the last time that we got to see each other in person.

 

Playlist & Footnotes:

HOUR 1

“The Taco Bell Chihuahua.” (A one-hour edit of a four-hour broadcast. This edited version was originally broadcast on KPSU on 25 April 2009.)

HOUR 2

“The Legendary Holden Craft” (A one-hour edit of many KWVA era shows that featured Holden Craft. This edit was originally broadcast on KPSU on 20 September 2009.)

The Day Before My Birthday (KWVA Episode 003)

Crispin Hellion Glover

The Day Before My Birthday (KWVA Episode 003)
(Originally broadcast on 29 April 1998 on KWVA.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

An early solo show.  I distinctly remember this being the night I discovered Crispin Glover’s solo album.  This is a recreation of what that show might have sounded like.  4 – 6 A.M.

 

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The Day Before My Birthday Playlist

HOUR 1

01.) Rat Catching * Crispin Hellion Glover
02.) The James Bond Theme * Leroy Holmes
03.) Selector Pt. 2 * Dub Narcotic Sound System
04.) Sanctuary * Avail
05.) Prison Shake * KARP
06.) Midnight In The Jungle * Red Aunts
07.) Defiled * New Bomb Turks
08.) O.J. And His Personal Trainer Kill Ron And Nicole * Negativland * Happy Heroes EP * Seeland Records

09.) Jet Boy, Jet Girl * The Damned
10.) Saturday Night At The Book Store * The Dicks
10.) Knights of The Baskervilles * Thee Headcoats
11.) Good Cop, Bad Cop * DFL
12.) Brand New * Beastie Boys
13.) Rowdy * KARP
14.) The Black Hole Tube * Negativland * Happy Heroes EP * Seeland Records
15.) Sounds of Seduction * Strychnine
16.) Mr. Pushup * godheadSilo

HOUR 2

17.) No Depression * Uncle Tupelo * No Depression * Rockville Records
18.) John Doe * Testament

19.) Rock And Roll McDonalds * Wesley Willis
20.) Steak Knife * Angry Samoans
21.) Mertz #1 * Negativland * Happy Heroes EP * Seeland Records
22.) Orion (Star Gazer) * Crackerbash
23.) Homemade Speed * Blatz
24.) She * Misfits
25.) Never Squeal * Ween
26.) Beach Party Vietnam * The Dead Milkmen
27.) Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin’) * Devo
28.) I Got A Bad Feeling About This * Supergenius
29.) The New Clean Song * Crispin Hellion Glover
30.) Fake Fake Eyes * …Any You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

31.) We Can * The Readymen
32.) Lifetime Achievement Award * Unwound
33.) Mertz #2 * Negativland * Happy Heroes EP * Seeland Records
34.) Once Over Twice * X
35.) Oh Bondage, Up Yours * X-Ray Spex
36.) Destination Venus * Man… Or Astro-Man?
37.) Dissect * The John Spencer Blues Explosion

38.) Austin’s Mertz Commercial
39.) Someone To Watch Over Me * Susan Lucci
40.) Chewin’ George Lucas’ Chocolate / Goofy’s Concern * Butthole Surfers
41.) Nixon’s The One * Mono Puff

Josephus of Sinkhole (KWVA Episode 002)

Josephus of Sinkhole (Johnathan Christ)

Josephus of Sinkhole (KWVA Episode 002)
(Originally broadcast on 22 April 1998 on KWVA.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

My first show with a guest!  Josephus of Sinkhole made a few appearances on the Eugene incarnation of this show, and would later appear on Live Friday, with his band !go-yo!.  This show was on from 4 – 6 AM.  Some of this show was included in an episode from 28 May 2012, in a highly edited form.

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Josephus of Sinkhole 

HOUR 1

01.) Sonata For Loudspeakers * Unwound * Challenge for a Civilized Society * Kill Rock Stars Records
02.) Updated Theme From Supercar * Man… Or Astro-Man? * All Punk Rods!: A Gearhead Magazine Collection * Lookout! Records
03.) They Saved Hitler’s Cock * Angry Samoans * Back From Samoa * Triple X Records
04.) Health Surface * Crass
05.) The Wooden Song * The Butthole Surfers
06.) Michelle’s Farm * Beastie Boys
07.) Rich Daddy * Dicks
08.) Birdman Kicked My Ass * Wesley Willis
09.) A Most Successful Formula * Negativland
10.) I Luv U… nicorns * godheadSilo

11.) Steamroller [Mix by Skatenigs] * Pigface
12.) The Trials Of Being A Jedi * Supergenius * Star Wars Breakbeats * Suckadellic Records
13.) Where Are The Children That Hitler Kissed? * Thee Headcoats
14.) New #2 * Avail
15.) Exene * Red Aunts
16.) Selector Dub Narcotic Pt. 1 * Dub Narcotic Sound System * Selector Dub Narcotic * K Records
17.) Obstacle Corpse * KARP * KARP/Rye Split * Troubleman Unlimited Records
18.) Freezing Water * ??
19.) Reggaejunkiejew * Ween
20.) Goo Goo Muck * The Cramps
21.) White Riot * The Clash
22.) Come’ CaCa * Chicano-Christ

HOUR 2

13.) Down To The River * The Cartoon Planet Band * Space Ghost’s Musical Bar-B-Que * Kid Rhino Records
14.) Last Caress * Misfits * Collection * Caroline Records
15.) Strychnine * Strychnine
16.) Some Hits * Anal Cunt * Top 40 Hits * Earache Records

16.) Driver Down * Trent Reznor * Lost Highway Soundtrack * Interscope Records
17.) John Hardy * Uncle Tupelo * No Depression * Rockville Records
18.) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction * Devo
19.) Love Is… * King Missile

20.) Dragnet * Ray Anthony
21.) Fame * Irene Cara * Fame Soundtrack * RSO Records
20.) Algebra Of Need * Rye Coalition
21.) Dr. Rock * Ween * The Pod * Shimmy Disc Records
22.) Violent Pacification * Slayer * Undisputed Attitude * American Recordings
23.) Dudsville * The Asthma Hounds * Unreleased Radio Promo Tape

24.) Christine * The Con Men * Live In-Studio * KWVA Radio
25.) Lend Me Your Comb * Carl Perkins
26.) This Time * The Wipers
27.) We Must Beed * Germs
28.) In My Room * Deep Wound

25.) Satan’s Little Lamb * Ethel Merman * I Get a Kick Out of You * Pavillion Records
26.) DNI * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero * Touch & Go Records

27.) Raw Meat Torn By Saxophone Blasts * Mike Patton * Adult Themes For Voice * Tzadik Records

The Beginning (KWVA Episode 001)

KWVA Studio
KWVA Studio

The Beginning (KWVA Episode 001)
(Originally broadcast on 15 April 1998 on KWVA.)

This was my first ever radio broadcast.   4 A.M. – 7 A.M. on KWVA.  What follows is a recreation, based on playlists, recordings, and memories from that evening.  This is an approximation of what it was like to listen to my show this evening.

 

The Beginning

HOUR 1

01.) Strychnine * Strychnine * Born to Loose * Industrial Strength Records
02.) Millionaire * ?? * ?? * ??
03.) Teenagers From Mars * Misfits * Collection * Caroline Records
04.) Christine * The Con Men * Live In-Studio * KWVA Radio
05.) Dicks Hate The Police * The Dicks * 1980-1986 * Alternative Tentacles Records
06.) Stereo Phasing Test / Television * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero * Touch & Go Records
07.) Cramp Stomp * The Cramps * Big Beat from Badsville * Epitaph Records
08.) Selector Pt. 2 * Dub Narcotic Sound System
09.) Buenos Tardes Amigos * Ween
10.) Fade In / Fade Out * Red Aunts

11.) Forest Fire * Dead Kennedys * Plastic Surgery Disasters * Alternative Tentacles Records
12.) BluBlud * KARP
13.) KWVA In-Studio Performance * The Outclass
14.) My Novel * Oswald 5-0
15.) Let’s Go Away * The Wipers
16.) Neat Neat Neat * The Damned * Damned Damned Damned * Stiff Records
17.) Justification * Against All Authority
18.) Streamline Yr Skull * New Bomb Turks

HOUR 2

19.) Embryodead (Aghast View Remix) * :wampscut:
20.) Shaved Women * Crass
21.) Praying Hands * Devo
22.) Caught In My Eye * Germs
23.) Smokin’ Banana Peels * Dead Milkmen
24.) Hexenzsene * Unwound
25.) Metanoia * King Missile
26.) The Way Of The World * Flipper

27.) Happy Hero * Negativland * Dispepsi * Seeland Records

28.) Kill All The White Man (Live) * NOFX * I Heard They Suck Live!! * Fat Wreck Chords
29.) Germfree Adolescents * X-Ray Spex
30.) Universal Corner * X
31.) Hustler * Blatz
32.) Gargoyle Waiting * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
33.) Persistent Vision * Rites of Spring
34.) Whirling Hall Of Knives * Butthole Surfers
35.) Treat Me Right * The Con Men * Live In-Studio * KWVA Radio

HOUR 3

36.) Titanium Expose * Sonic Youth * Goo * DGC Records
37.) Birthday Sandwhich * godheadSilo
38.) Theme * Los Mex Pistols * Unreleased Radio Promo Tape

39.) Runnin’ Through My Bones * Tight Bros. From Way Back When
40.) Ain’t No Woman Gonna Make A George Jones Outta Me * Daniel Johnston *
41.) This Is Radio Clash * The Clash * The Story of The Clash, Volume I * Epic Records
42.) Egg Raid On Mojo * Beastie Boys

43.) Excuse Me, But Pardon My French * Unwound * The Future of What * Kill Rock Stars Records
44.) Balalaika Gap * Camper Van Beethoven
45.) Born To Do Dishes * The Queers
46.) Sidewalk Warrior * Screeching Weasle
45.) Jello Biafra * Wesley Willis
46.) Hangin’ Tough * New Kids On The Block * Hangin’ Tough * Columbia Records

47.) False Start * Bikini Kill
48.) In My Mind * Crimpshrine
49.) Kasimir S. Pulaski Day * Big Black

04.) Tennessee Stud * Jimmie Driftwood * The Wilderness Road * RCA / Victor Records

The Green Hills of Earth (St. Patrick’s Day Retrocast)

The Green Hills of Earth (St. Patrick’s Day Retrocast)

(Featuring a re-mixed presentation of three different broadcast version of Robert Heinlein’s The Green Hills of Earth!)

This episode features samples of Dimension X from June 10th 1950, X-Minus 1 from July 7th 1955, and the CBS Radio Workshop from 21 July 1957.

 

HOUR 1

01.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 1
02.) Men Into Space * Buddy Morrow * Brain In A Box
03.)The Green Hills of Earth Edit 2
04.) Astrononmie Domine * Pink Floyd
05.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 3
06.) Super Rocket Rumble * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Deluxe men in space
07.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 4

08.) Out to launch * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost
09.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 5
10.) The Spaceman * Charles Manson * 60 Birthday
11.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 6
12.) Space Station # 5 * Fastbacks * new mansions in sound
13.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 7
14.) Get Outta That Spaceship And Fight Like A Man * The Grifters

15.) Cosmic Ballad * Perrey And Kingsley
16.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 8
17.) Starship * Spaceman 3

HOUR 2

18.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 9
19.) Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home * Mogwai
20.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 10
21.) Revenge * Black Flag
22.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 11
23.) Follow Blind * Wipers

24.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt I * Sunroof!
25.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 12
26.) Hard Travelin’ * Woody Guthrie
27.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 13
28.) Spaceball Ricochet * T. Rex

29.) Space Loneliness * Sun Ra
30.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 14
31.) Clink, Clink, Another Drink * Spike Jones
32.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 15
33.) 2000 Light Years From Home * The Rolling Stones
34.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 16
35.) Talking Hard Work * Woody Guthrie

HOUR 3

36.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 17
37.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt II * Sunroof!
38.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 18
39.) Space Age Ballad * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
40.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 19
41.) A Long Way From Home * The Kinks
42.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 20

43.) Headed Home * George & Caplan
44.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 21
45.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt IiI * Sunroof!
46.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 22
47.) Keep On The Sunny Side * The Carter Family

48.) Homecoming * Replikants
49.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 23
50.) Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire * Small Faces
51.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 24
52.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
53.) The Green Hills of Earth Edit 25
54.) Death Is Not The End * Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
55.) The Intergalactic Laxative * Donavan

The Future of Love: Lulu! (Valentine’s Retrocast)

il_340x270.307488975The Future of Love: Lulu! (Valentine’s Retrocast)
(Featuring the NBC classic X Minus 1, with the episode “Lulu,” originally broadcast on 31 October 1957.)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we bring you a special presentation of an X Minus 1broadcast from 1957! It’s all part of that little piece of joy we like to think of as our weekly radio show. Ob-soive:

We rarely consider Valentine’s Day a radio-friendly holiday, but this year the combination of Sci-Fi and creepy love songs was just too irresistible to pass up.

(This show originally aired on KPSU in 2011.)

 

Track * Artist * Album * Label

01.) Part I * X Minus 1 * Lulu (31 October 1957) * NBC Radio
02.) Love Dance * Martin Denny
03.) Part II * X Minus 1 * Lulu (31 October 1957) * NBC Radio
04.) Interplanetary Love * Acid Mother’s Temple
05.) Modern Love Waltz * Philip Glass
06.) Love In (December) * Hal Blaine
07.) Part III * X Minus 1 * Lulu (31 October 1957) * NBC Radio
08.) A Disappointing Love * 101 Strings Orchestra * Astro Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 * Scamp Records
09.) Satelite of Love * Lou Reed
10.) Love Song of the Saroo * Joe Meek & The Blue Men
11.) Love Cry * Albert Ayler
12.) Love Call (Alternate Version) * Ornette Coleman

KPSU Playlist

The Sound Museum (Retrocast)

The Sound Museum (Retrocast)
(Originally aired 18 April September 2009 on KPSU, and 1 June 2013 – 10 September – 15 September – 16 September – 17 September – 19 September – 22 September – 10 October6 November12 November – 14 November – 2014 on blasphuphmusradio.wordpress.com)

Follow me and Ken Nordine as we lead you on a wonderful trip through The Sound Museum!

Enjoy.

 

 

The Sound Museum

This program contains samples for “The Sound Museum” by Ken Nordine, released on You’re Getting Better: The Word Jazz – Dot Masters.

HOUR 1

Part I: I’m Sorry

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Race: In * Battles * Mirrored
03.) Astarielle * The Oblik * Memory Fades
04.) I’m Sorry * Austin Rich
05.) Question & Answer Session * The Miss * “Question & Answer Session” b/w “Vast Deference” 7″
06.) Steak Knife! * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife!

Part II: The Moth

07.) The Moth * Austin Rich
08.) In My Brain * Pierced Arrows * “In My Brain” b/w “Caroline” 7″
09.) Reincarnation Blues * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
10.) The Walk * Austin Rich
11.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh, No! It’s Devo
12.) Rock ’n’ Roll Victim * Death * …For The Whole World To See

Part III: It Never Stops

13.) Totally Wired Numbers Station * Austin Rich
14.) Eraser * Oswald Five-0 * “Eraser” b/w “Felony Flats” 7″
15.) 上を向いて歩こう (“Sukiyaki) * The Holry Molrys * Demo Tape
16.) Quiet * Austin Rich
17.) Again & Again * The Hospitals * The Hospitals

HOUR 2

Part IV: Their Instruments Playing

18.) Breakfast Machine * Danny Elfman * Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Soundtrack
19.) “Their Instruments Playing” [Excerpt from] In Watermelon Sugar * Richard Brautigan Read by Austin Rich
20.) All World Cowboy Romance * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls & Marches
21.) Live From The Teen Challenge, 8 November 2014 * An Unidentified Child

Part V: The Couch

22.) The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office * The Locust
23.) Tech Talk * Austin Rich
24.) Acid Rain * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
25.) The Couch * Men’s Recovery Project * Grappling With The Hominids
26.) I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes * Austin Rich
27.) Does It Hurt? * The Wipers * Better Off Dead 7″

Part VI: The Message

28.) “The Message” [Excerpt from] Trout Fishing In America  * Richard Brautigan read by Austin Rich

Lost In Space (#114)

Lost In Space (#114)
(Featuring this story of getting away from it all for a while, originally on KPSU from 16 October 2010.)

It’s time for a vacation. A little get-away. You know? Everything is weird lately, and we just need a break from our lives, our jobs, and our everything.

It’s time to get out of town. And get Lost In Space.

Pack up the spaceship. Let’s ride.

Enjoy!

 

Lost In Space

HOUR 1

Part I: Spaceman

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Performance [Tracks 1 – 5] * Joy Wants Eternity * Live 7 April 2007
03.) Interstellar Overdrive * Pink Floyd * Piper At The Gates Of Dawn * Tower / Capital Records
04.) Spaceman * Harry Nilsson * Son of Schmilsso * RCA Records
05.) Mayonnaise vs. Venn * Rocketman * Demo CD * Unreleased

Part II: Rocketship

06.) Space Odyssey * 101 Strings Orchestra * Astro Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 * Scamp Records
07.) Galaxie 500 * Leave The Planet * On Fire * Rough Trade Records
08.) Rocket Machine * Opal * Happy Nightmare Baby * SST Records
09.) Rocket 88 * Jackie Brenston
10.) Rocketship * Dead Milkmen * Bucky Felini
11.) I’m This Rocket * The Gun Club
12.) Music To Watch Space Girls By * Leonard Nimoy

Part III: Time Flies By

13.) Spacecraft, 1967 [Excerpt] * MEV
14.) A Glorious Dawn * Carl Sagan ft Stephen Hawking
15.) Interplanet Janet * Man… Or Astro-Man? * School House Rock! Rocks
16.) Vixens In Space * The Dirtbombs
17.) Between Planets * The Jesus And Mary Chain

HOUR 2

Part IV: Cosmic Serenade

18.) Space Monkeys * The Dust Brothers * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Fight Club”
19.) Cosmic Serenade * King Khan And The Shrines * What Is?!
20.) Silver Rocket * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation
21.) Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons * The Pixies * Trompe Le Monde * 4AD Records
22.) Planet * Ken Nordine
23.) Space Junk * Devo
24.) Interstellar Overdrive / Ming’s Theme * C Average

Part V: Voices In My Spacesuit

25.) Space II * The Butthole Surfers
26.) Lost In Space * Faction * Collection 1982 – 1985
27.) Voices In My Spacesuit * Last of the Juanitas * Hawaii
28.) Rocket To Nowhere * Webb Wilder
29.) Interstellar Hardrive * Man… Or Astro-Man?
30.) Spacelab * Kraftwerk

Part VI:  Space Lonliness

31.) Space Prophet Dogon * Sun City Girls
32.) Space Lonliness * Sun Ra
33.) Starless * Jandek * Interstellar Discussion * Corwood Industries Records
34.) Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun * Pink Floyd
35.) Space Suit * They Might Be Giants

Gun For Dinosaur (#113)

Gun For Dinosaur (#113)
(Featuring two classic time-traveling epics, originally on BlasphuphmusRadio.com, 27 March 20123 April 2012.)

In the ’50’s, amid the din and clatter that was dramatic theater on the radio, the show that blew almost all the others away was undoubtedly X Minus One.  They had an amazing crew of writers who went on to do a number of outstanding things, among them Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein and Frederik Pohl, just to name a few.  It was the kind of show that could not be missed, and is a big influence on my entire aesthetic.

As part of our Traveling Through Time series, we present A Gun For Dinosaur, written by L. Sprague de Camp, originally bro

adcast on NBC on 7 March 1956.  I’m proud of this audio essay. I like to think we attempt to deliver a new interpretation of those fantastic radio stories.  With music.

Time Travel has always been my favorite Sci-Fi subject, and I’ve toyed with the subject myself on this very program a few times before.  But it is not always a subject that easily translates to music.  For some reason, there are just not that many songs about the Grandfather Paradox.  Abstractly at times, yes.  But you know how it goes.

I want to give a special shout out to kiisu d’salyss, who performed much of the backing music that is throughout this episode.  kiisu and I have been friends for years, and he’s appeared on this show in a few of the different bands that he’s been in, and as a solo artist.  For the music in this particular episode, the music was performed on a Kitara, a computer / keytar / guitar hybrid, manufactured by Misa Digital.  If you hear something that sounds spacey in this show, it’s him. The other stuff is by Mortal Engines.

Enjoy!

 

Gun For Dinosaur

This episode features samples of “Gun For Dinosaur,” written by L. Sprague de Camp, originally broadcast on NBC on 7 March 1956.

HOUR 1

Part I: Let’s Go Back In Time

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Terremoto * Amao Quartet * Improcreations
03.) Vanishing of Time * The Vivian Girls * Share The Joy
04.) Live Performance * Mortal Engines * Blasphuphmus Radio * 11 April 2009
05.) Have Another Drink * MX-80 * Alway’s Leave ‘Em Wanting Less * Atavistic Records
06.) Is Time Travel Possible? * Michio Kaku * YouTube.com
07.) Kitara Composition (Live) * kissu  d’salyss * March 2012
08.) Time * The Heartaches * Too Cool For School

Part II: Slide Machine

09.) Tell ‘Em * Sleigh Bells * Treats
10.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt I] * Lost University * YouTube.com
11.) Kitara Composition 2 (Live) * kissu  d’salyss * March 2012
12.) Slide Machine * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere
13.) Headhunter * Thee Headhunters * Jungle Law EP
14.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt II] * Lost University * YouTube.com
15.) Kitara Composition 3 (Live) * kissu  d’salyss * March 2012
16.) Complication * The Monks * Black Monk Time
17.) The Small Stuff * The Dismemberment Plan * !
18.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt III] * Lost University * YouTube.com
19.) Kitara Composition 4 (Live) * kissu  d’salyss * March 2012
20.) Time Has Come Today * The Ramones * Subterranean Jungle

Part III: Time Flies By

21.) Open Up Your Door * Richard & The Young Lions
22.) The Conversation We’re Having Right Now * Hurley & Miles * Lost * ABC Television
23.) Kitara Composition 5 (Live) * kissu  d’salyss * March 2012
24.) Time Flies By * Quasi * Early Recordings * Touch & Go 1996
25.) “My name is Peabody.” * Mr. Peabody * Jay Ward
26.) Time (Live) * Clifford Brown & Max Roach * At Basin Street * Verve 1956
27.) Raw Meat * The Black Lips * Arabia Mountain

HOUR 2

Part IV: Time Theory

28.) How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? * Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings * Naturally
29.) Time Theory 11:11 * Miss Murgatroid * Through Alien Empires * Japan Overseas 1995
30.) “Don’t touch it!” * Time Bandits * HandMade Films / Janus Films 1981
31.) Where Did He Go? * The Briefs * Hit After Hit

Part V: Dinosaur Rock

32.) I Don’t See You * Camper Van Beethoven * Telephone Free Landslide Victory
33.) Dinosaur Rock * Narthex * Duo-Phonic Sounds System: 1980 – 1983
34.) Bad News * The Trashmen * Tube City!  The Best of The Trashmen
35.) All Tied Up * The Shakers * Teenline Vol. 3
36.) Paid In Cigarettes * Hot Snakes * Suicide Invoice

Part VI:  Tell Me When It’s Over

37.) Introductory Physics of Time Travel [Excerpt IV] * Lost University * YouTube.com
38.) Kitara Composition 5 (Live) * kissu  d’salyss * March 2012
39.) Slow Down Time [Excerpt] * Sky Cries Mary * This Timeless Turning * World Domination Music Group 1994
40.) Prevenge * The Might Be Giants * The Spine
41.) Tell Me When It’s Over * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine & Roses
42.) No Doubt About It * The Wipers * Follow Blind

 

The Strange Dr. Weird (#112)

The Strange Dr. Weird (#112)
(Featuring some performances and space rock originally broadcast on KPSU,  aired 19 May 2013, 26 May 2013 and 8 April 2006.)

Here’s an audio essay centering around two selections from The Strange Doctor Weird, a radio program from the 1940’s featuring the voice of Maurice Tarplin as the titular character, written by Robert A. Arthur and directed by Jock McGregor.  The program is, in many ways, a sequel to The Mysterious Traveler, a program from which many of the Doctor Weird stories were culled from.  These versions, told in 15 minute segments, appeared on a number of stations as material that could easily fill out an hour or programming, and was most well known as being sponsored by Adam Hats, who could afford their own radio program in those days.

Accompanying these stories is a live performance by me, as I mix and apply effects to sounds made in the studio, as well as the sounds of recorded music by The Black Noise Orchestra and Yellow Crystal Star.

The recent thunder and lightning – very atypical this time of year – has filled our town with lights and sounds that are not usually part of the typical makeup of our fair city.  In many ways it reminded me of nothing less that The New Gods themselves traversing the threshold of a Boom Tube, a sound so dramatic that is insists that you listen, above all other things.  It was with that in mind that I decided to let The King by my guide, and put together some spacey wonder, ambient landscapes, and droning rock music that would make the man himself proud.

I didn’t get to mention it during the show, but I always like to draw attention to Sailboats whenever I can.  Little known, and even less seen, they manage to capture some of the eeriest and most beautiful strangeness every time I listen.  They are on the Pecho Grande label, and while their site says that much of their catalog is out of print, I bet if you asked nicely you could locate a copy or two.  I highly recommend checking out Sailboats, as well as the other incredible things they have to offer.

During this show, Miss Rikki & Tunacan Jones was lurking around in the studio, and they helped influence the direction of this audio essay, obviously. But between Mr. Tarplin & Kirby guiding the way, it’ll be hard to resist this broadcast.

Enjoy!

 

The Strange Dr. Weird

This episode features samples of “Journey Into The Unknown” and “The Man Who Knew Everything” by The Strange Doctor Weird!, originally aired on 21 November 1944 and 20 March 1945.

HOUR 1

Part I: Improvisation

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Excerpt * The Black Noise Orchestra * 20 September 2006
03.) Yeti (Improvisation) * Amon Düül II * Yeti

Part II: Journey Into The Unknown 1

04.) Excerpt 1 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
05.) Journey Into The Unknown [pt 1] * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
06.) Nine Thousand And Second Amaranth Shower [Excerpt] * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You

Part III: Journey Into The Unknown 1

07.) Journey Into The Unknown [pt 2] * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
08.) Excerpt 2 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006

HOUR 2

Part IV: Trigger In

09.) Excerpt 3 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
10.) Trigger In, Trigger Out * Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno * Just Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno

Part V: Attach

11.) Excerpt 4 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
12.) 777 * Autechre * LP5
13.) Attach * Sailboats * Adrift * Pecho Grande

Part VI: The Man Who Knew Everything

14.) Excerpt 5 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
15.) The Man Who Knew Everything * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
16.) Up Under: Triumph, The Mask Melted Away To Reveal The Way * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You

Part VII: More Obe’

16.) Excerpt 6 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006

The Green Hills of Earth (#111)

The Green Hills of Earth (#111)
(Featuring a time-traveling broadcast on KPSU, originally aired 26 March 2011.)

This is probably my favorite Sci-Fi story from the Golden Age, and this story always manages to bring a tear to my eye. It is heartfelt, funny, honest, and speaks to something that we all suffer from, and that we all must face. There is something in the struggle of Rhysling that is not only romantic and speaks of something long since gone, but it pulls forward within me something that is hard to pin down, but means all of the world to me.

Presented in this format is a mash-up of three different versions of Rhysling’s story, with music and accompaniment that only makes sense of a space hobo like him. Stay tuned for hour three on the podcast-only, as I feature a number of other songs that should have, but didn’t, make the cut.

Enjoy!

 

The Green Hills of Earth

This episode features samples of Dimension X from June 10th 1950, X-Minus 1 from July 7th 1955, and the CBS Radio Workshop from 21 July 1957.

HOUR 1

Part I: Super Rocket Rumble

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 0002 * Amao Quartet * Improcreations
03.) Men Into Space * Buddy Morrow * Brain In A Box
04.) Astrononmie Domine * Pink Floyd
05.) Super Rocket Rumble * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Deluxe men in space

Part II: The Spaceman

06.) Out to launch * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost
07.) The Spaceman * Charles Manson * 60 Birthday
08.) Cosmic Ballad * Perrey And Kingsley

Part III: Hard Travelin’

09.) Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home * Mogwai
10.) Follow Blind * Wipers
11.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt I * Sunroof!
12.) Hard Travelin’ * Woody Guthrie

HOUR 2

Part IV: Space Loneliness

13.) Spaceball Ricochet * T. Rex
14.) Space Loneliness * Sun Ra
15.) Clink, Clink, Another Drink * Spike Jones

Part V: Headed Home

16.) Talking Hard Work * Woody Guthrie
17.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt II * Sunroof!
18.) Headed Home * George & Caplan

Part VI: Homecoming

19.) Keep On The Sunny Side * The Carter Family
20.) Homecoming * Replikants
21.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
22.) The Intergalactic Laxative * Donavan

HOUR 3

Part VII: Starship

23.) Space Station # 5 * Fastbacks * new mansions in sound
24.) Get Outta That Spaceship And Fight Like A Man * The Grifters
25.) Starship * Spaceman 3
26.) Revenge * Black Flag

Part VIII: Death Is Not The End

27.) 2000 Light Years From Home * The Rolling Stones
28.) Space Age Ballad * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
29.) A Long Way From Home * The Kinks
30.) Dirty Joke From Outer Space pt IiI * Sunroof!
31.) Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire * Small Faces
32.) Spaceship Landing * Kyuss
33.) Death Is Not The End * Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

To The Future (#110)

To The Future (#110)
(Featuring a time-traveling broadcast on KPSU, originally aired 22 January 2011.)

Sometimes broadcasting is very confusing (and complicated). Case in point: there are some shows that exist in four time periods at once. Join me, for a romp through 1950, 2011, 2018 and 2155, as we try to hide from The Searchers and fumble our way through time, as we move, horribly and inextricably toward The Future

Enjoy!

 

To The Future

Throughout this program there are samples of the Dimension X radio program, “To The Future,” originally aired 27 May 1950 on NBC.

HOUR 1

Part I: Time Was

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Time Stands Still * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
03.) Time Was * John Coltrane * Coltrane * Impulse Records
04.) The Time Machine Main Title / Credits * Russel Garcia * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records

Part II: Once Upon A Time

05.) Sentimental Journey * Esquivel * Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
06.) Dan vs. Time * godheadSilo * Skyward in Triumph * Sub Pop Records
07.) We Can See Through Time * Le Ton Mite * Tickets to Real Imaginary Places * Zicmuse Records
08.) Once Upon A Time * Sonny Sharrock * Ask the Ages * Axiom Records
09.) Tomorrow Afternoon * Tony Williams * Life Time

Part III: There Will Never Be A Better Time

10.) There’s Nothing Sexy About Time * Kinski * Don’t Climb On And Take The Holy Water
11.) Abandoned Mine Shaft In The Corridors Of Time * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
12.) Take Time * The Books * The Lemon of Pink * Tomlab Records
13.) There Will Never Be A Better Time * Desert Sessions * Volume 9 & 10

HOUR 2

Part IV: Time Flies

14.) Universal Time II * Zip Code Rapists * Zip Code Rapists
15.) Time Flies * The Ex * Dizzy Spells * Touch And Go Records
16.) A Stitch In Spacetimes * Nil Admirari * Togetherness With Battlesnakes
17.) Time Stands Still [Excerpt] * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
18.) Just In Time * Sun Ra And His Myth Science Arkestra * We Travel The Spaceways Bad And Beautiful

Part V: Now Is The Time

19.) If Not This Time * Fifty Foot Hose * Cauldron * Phoenix Records
39.) Running Out Of Time * Dead Moon * Hard Wired in Ljubljana * Empty Records
20.) Time Funnel * Jan Davis * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Volume 04
21.) I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times * The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
22.) Stranded In Time * The United States Of America * The United States Of America
23.) Now Is The Time * The Wipers * Over The Edge

Part VI: As Time Goes By

24.) As Time Goes By * Rudy Vallee
25.) Time Is Tight * Booker T. & the M.G.’s * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1968-1971
26.) Check Out Time * Ornette Coleman * Love Call * Blue Note Records

HOUR 3

Part VII: Time And Space

27.) Time And Space * Jandek * You Walk Alone
28.) All The Time In The World * Roger Miller * The Benevolent Disruptive Ray
29.) Rewind The Time * Oliver Squash * 30 Piece
30.) Time * The Residents * God In Three Persons
31.) Time Stands Still * Lee Ranaldo * East Jesus: Some Recordings 1981-1991
32.) She Makes Me Want To Build A Time Machine * Aristeia * You Give Me Strength, You Give Me Patience!

Part VIII: Retrovertigo

33.) A Spoon Taught Me The Secret Of Time Travel * The Jezebel Spirit * Turtles All The Way Down * (Self-Released)
34.) Retrovertigo * Mr. Bungle * California * Warner Bros. Records
35.) What Time Is It? * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Tangle
37.) A Second Of Time * Half Eye * Broken Rope
43.) She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere * Decal Records
36.) Times Encounter * Nigel Simpkins * Messthetics Vol. 1
37.) One Day At A Time * Thee Headliners * Rain & Blood

The Executive Version (#109)

The Executive Version (#109)
(Featuring three interleaved broadcasts on KPSU, on 5 November 2011, 14 January 2012 and 27 March 2006, and one podcast from BlasphuphmusRadio.com on 21 June 2013.)

Join us for a presentation that is only available to listeners of The Executive Version of or program. Other listeners do not get to hear a show of this caliber normally, so this week, we are offering something special to listeners who have made it clear they want to invest in a higher quality product. And with that in mind, we bring you The Executive Version. For those special clientele.

There’s a bit of a party going on during this show. This is the kind of special atmosphere we create when we are assembling this program, a feature that is only available to those listeners who subscribe to The Executive Version of program. And where else would you get these kinds of corrections to the patent lies that were said on broadcast radio? For example:

  • The song was by Tärr, not Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III.

And:

  • While O-Type was was essentially MX-80 performing under a different name, this record was actually MX-80 performing a song called O-Type.

Not Forgetting:

  • Some jokes from 2013 – about a certain social media platform – may have aged a little poorly in the last few years, considering a tendency toward claiming things are “fake news.” With that in mind, consider this selection a snapshot of a simpler time in the past, when such a joke wasn’t horrifying and the beginning of the end times, as it were.

And lastly:

  • Not all of the material in this show came from a record, as stated in several times throughout. I have added * asterisks to the tracks that were not from Vinyl Records. Two (2) asterisks such as ** have been added to indicate bonus content not available during the live broadcast.

These kinds of inaccuracies are usually included in most broadcasts you hear on the radio, but for listeners of The Executive Version, you get these corrections, free of charge. It’s just one of the many ways that this program is better than the one being heard by everyone else.

So much so that there are bonus moments to The Executive Version that are only available on the podcast. Because the only thing more exclusive than something only a special audience can hear is having added bonuses for those who pay a little more.

Enjoy!

 

The Executive Version 

HOUR 1

Part I: Headlines

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

02.) The Executive Version * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
03.) My Prayer * Lionel Hampton * Golden Vibes
04.) I Yam What I Yam * Robin Williams & Harry Nillson * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Popeye
05.) Erie Canal * Oscar Brand * Bawdy Songs & Backroom Ballads Vol. 2 * Audio Fidelity Records
06.) Headlines * George Carlin * On The Road * Atlantic Records
* 07.) The Facebook Fiction Initiative * Austin Rich * The Facebook Fiction Initiative * 21 June 2013

Part II: Leisurely Waiting

08.) The Blob * The Five Blobs * “The Blob” b/w “Saturday Night in Tiajuana” * Columbia Records
09.) Martian Melody * The Martian Band * “Flying Saucer The 2nd” b/w “Martian Melody” * L’Universe Records
* 10.) Leisurely Waiting * Debris * Static Disposal * Anopheles Records
11.) Linda Wants To Be Alone * Gary Wilson * Mary Had Brown Hair * Stone’s Throw Records
* 12.) I Been Refused * Devo * Hardcore Devo Vol. 2 * Warner Bros. Records
13.) Springtime For Hitler * Henry Mancini * The Big Latin Band of Henry Mancini * RCA Victor Records
* 14.) “Baseball” Excerpt: Barbershop Quartet Warning * Jesse Thorn * The Sound Of Young America * maximumfun.org
* 15.) Phonograph Records * Mars Production * Mars Production Library CK-713 * Mars Records
16.) Space/Time Continuum: “Heaven And Hell, Part I” * Vangelis * The Music of Cosmos * RCA Records
* 17.) Smile Awhile * Michael Yonkers Band * Microminiature Love * Sub Pop Records

Part III: In 3-D!

* 18.) Pacific Radio Fire * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006
19.) The Announcement * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
20.) Them From “Helen Of Troy” * Les Baxter * 7″
21.) I Hate The 90’s * Rodney And The Tube Tops * 7″
22.) U-Stink-But-I-(Heart)-U * Billy And The Boingers * “I’m A Boinger” b/w “U-Stink-But-I-(Heart)-U” 7″
23.) Nature Trail To Hell (In 3-D) * “Weird A” Yankovic * In 3-D
** 24.) Elmira * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006

HOUR 2

Part IV: Signal Processor Failure

25.) Let’s Do The Pretzel * Mad “Twists” Rock ‘n’ Roll * Big Top Records
26.) Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron * The Royal Guardsmen * 7″
27.) Tiptoe Through The Tuplips * Tiny Tim * 7″
28.) Signal Processor Failure / Why We Are Lazy * Men’s Recovery Project * Make A Baby EP * Vermiform Records
* 29.) Mole Machine * Simply Saucer * Cyborgs Revisited * Get Back Records
* 30.) Embraceable You * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records

Part V: Hurricane

* 31.) Barber Shop * Mars Production * Mars Production Library CK-713 * Mars Records
32.) metalized excitements of our shared dreams of technology [Excerpt] * Tärr * Tärr / Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III Split 12″ * oms-b Records
33.) Wild Thing * Senator Bobby & The Hardly-Worthit Players Featuring Bill Minkin * Wild Thing 7″ * Parkway Records
* 34.) Fish Dance * John Lurie * Fishing With John
35.) Hurricane * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Admonishing The Bishops * Matador Records
* 36.) Talk Show * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006
* 37.) L’Agonie * Jacky Chalard * Je Sus Vivant, Mais J’ai Peur De Gilbert Deflez * Finders Keepers Records
38.) O-Type Part Two * MX-80 Sound * O-Type: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 7″ * Ralph Records

Part VI: The End of The World

39.) This Is Side Two! * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
40.) Voodoo Suite [Excerpt Part I] * Pérez Prado * Voodoo Suite
41.) Bright College Days * Tom Lehrer * An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer
42.) How Much Is That Doggy In The Window? * Patti Page
43.) Beep Beep * The Playmates
44.) Voodoo Suite [Excerpt Part II] * Pérez Prado * Voodoo Suite
45.) The End Of The World * Beyond The Fringe
** 46.) Coffee * Austin Rich * Senior Citizens * 27 March 2006

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 BlasphuphmusRadio.com 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.

Enjoy!

 

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 * MaximumFun.org

A Sound Salvation (#104)

A Sound Salvation (#104)
(Featuring all songs about Radio itself, including some valuable information from a professional DJ, originally broadcast on KPSU on 19 July 2009 and 7 January 2009.)

Going back to other show, which could have been sub-titled “Radio About Radio,” I thought I would revisit the subject and attempt to put a new spin on it in the process. The results: “A Sound Salvation,” a two-hour audio-essay on the nature of being a Radio DJ itself, with special insight by none other than author and DJ Mike Staff! Want to get started in radio? Then this is the place to start!

This show largely stems from a pair of narrated cassettes that purported to explain how to become a Radio DJ (and how to make a Demo Tape).  This show could very well be sub-titled, “How To Become A Radio DJ,” but I feared that might create the wrong impression (either seriously, or sarcastically). I figured an Elvis Costello quote would not only send the right message, but hopefully put the samples in context.

I have to say, if it wasn’t already clear enough, this show forefronts my interest (and borderline obsession) with Negativland, and their own weekly radio show, Over The Edge. I’ve been a fan since the mid ’90’s, and have made an effort to listen as often as possible ever since. Over the years I’ve collected a number of recordings of their shows, and have often considered them a major influence on me. The problem is, to do a show like their’s, you need a LOT of free time, and while I have made a lot of efforts to do something like they would do, it hasn’t always worked out that way. With a full week of free time at my disposal to prepare for this show, I was finally able to pick out and rehearse enough material to step up to the challenge. So, if you like what you hear, and you want to hear something weirder and / or more extreme, Over The Edge on KPFA (in Berkley, though they do stream and podcast it) is well worth your time and effort. Seriously.

This show includes a lot of music that wouldn’t normally appear on my program, and while this isn’t a disclaimer (or even a warning), it seems worth mentioning that I’m hoping the juxtaposition and context fits the ideas of the program perfectly.  This is just my particular view of the musical universe, and I wouldn’t go so far as to claim that everyone can see how these songs fit into an experimental show. I will let that sit with you as you digest today’s program.

I wanna thank Ricardo Wang for giving up his show this week so I could produce something like this, and Michelle Pecchia, Nil Admirari, Heather Hunt-Garrison, DJ Victrola, Steven Koriagin, Jennifer Howell, Shayna Proctor, Kyle Rich, Megan Kent, Reverend Marc Time (from our sister station, KWVA in Eugene), Alpha Protist, Heidi Stauber, Melissa Cooper, Jenna Lynn, Minded Rock Gate, and DJ Medusa, who all made suggestions for songs that should have been included in this show.

Enjoy!

 

A Sound Salvation

Throughout this program there are excerpts from “How Radio Was Done I” by Don Joyce, “How To Become A Radio DJ” by Mike Staff, and “Amateur Radio” by Sonic Youth w/ Jim O’Rourke.

HOUR 1

Part I: Turn It On

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Turn It On * The Flaming Lips * Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
03.) Radio Nowhere * Bruce Springsteen
04.) Radio Song * Jet
05.) Radio Song * R.E.M.

Part II: God Is In The Radio

06.) Radio Friendly Unit Shifter * Nirvana * In Utero * DGC Records
07.) Please Play This Song On The Radio * NOFX
08.) God Is In The Radio * Queens Of The Stone Age *
09.) Radio Schitzo * Rudimentary Peni

Part III: Transmission

10.) Capitol Radio One * The Clash
11.) Transmission * Joy Division
12.) Radioland * Kraftwerk
13.) Radio 4 * Public Image Ltd.
14.) 7 January 2009 [Excerpt] * Austin Rich

HOUR 2

Part IV: On The Radio

15.) Radio Transmissions * Man… Or Astro-Man?
16.) Video Killed The Radio Star * The Buggles
17.) Mexican Radio * Wall Of Voodoo
18.) On The Radio * The Selecter

Part V: Blasting Radio

19.) Radio Silents * Young Marble Giants
20.) Blasting Radio * Desperate Bicyles
21.) Radio * God Is My Co-Pilot
22.) Radio Gra * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars

Part VI: I Heard It On The Radio

23.) I Heard It On The Radio * Ornette Coleman.
24.) The End Of Radio * Shellac

Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever (#103)

Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever (#103)
(Originally aired KPSU on 13 August 2011, Wherein I make a valiant attempt to keep things “real”.)

From the moment I first started assembling the original Philosophy Rock episode (The Truth Is Marching In), I knew I wanted to do sequels to this show.  There is so much music that is outside of the usual “I love you / I’m sad about you” range of pop music, and there are a number of artists that really love to embrace the deeper meanings in the world.  As a armchair philosopher myself, this is a perfect match.

In this episode, I focus on The Real, The Fake, and everything in between.  I had a lot of fun combing through lectures on Youtube.com, and I found enough material for at least two more shows.  I’m pretty proud of this one, but I do recommend that you listen on headphones.  This is one to pay attention to.

 

Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever

HOUR 1

Part I

01.) The Real Me * The Who * Quadrophenia * MCA Records
02.) The Surrealist Dream No.1 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
03.) Real World * Pere Ubu * The Modern Dance * Blank Records
04.) Pretenders Zeal * Nuclear Sockets * Killed By Death Vol. 24 * KBD Records

Part II: 

05.) The Real Me * The Champs * All American * Champion Records
06.) Surrealchemist * Stereolab * Peng! * American Records
07.) Francis Bacon * John S.Hall & Kramer * Real Men * Shimmy Disc Records
08.) What We Really Were * Mission Of Burma * ONoffON * Matador Records
09.) Unauthorized Autobiography * Unwound * Repetition * Kill Rock Stars Records
10.) Quark * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records

Part III: 

11.) You Blow My Mind * Powers Of Blue * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
12.) The Real World * The Bangles * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976 – 1996 * Rhino Records
13.) Storm The Reality Asylum * Rip Rig & Panic * Grlz * Crippled Dick Hot Wax! Records
14.) Trying to Pretend * Vivian Girls * Share the Joy * Polyvinyl Record Co.
15.) Is It Real * Ways * Teenline Vol. 5 * Hyped2Death Records

HOUR 2

Part IV

16.) Segue: In the Realms of the Unreal * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead * So Divided * Interscope Records
17.) Realness Keepers * Drats!!! * Too Entertaining??? * whothehellisjim? Entertainment
18.) The Valley Of The Blind * Nomeansno * 0 + 2 = 1 * Alternative Tentacles Records
19.) Real World * Z-Rocks * Teenline Vol. 3 * Hyped2Death Records
20.) The Surrealist Dream No.2 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
21.) Why Can’t I Touch It? (Excerpt) * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady * EMI Records

Part V

22.) This Is Really The Zoo Plus Two * The Endd * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
23.) The Great Pretender * Brian Eno * Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) * Island Records
24.) Is This Real? * Wipers * Wipers Boxed Set * Zeno Records
25.) Let’s Pretend * Germs * (MIA): The Complete Anthology * Slash Records
26.) Fake Names * Parts & Labor * Constant Future * Jagjaguwar Records
27.) Divorce Proceeding (From Reality) * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped2Death Records
28.) I’m A Pretender (Alternate Mix) * The Exploding Hearts * Shattered * Dirtnap Records

Part VI

29.) Trafelato * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance * Ipecac Records
28.) Counterfeit Faker * They Might Be Giants * Long Tall Weekend * eMusic.com
27.) Fake Contest * Minutemen * What Makes a Man Start Fires? * SST Records
28.) Okay I’ll Admit That I Really Don’t Understand * The Flaming Lips * The Soft Bulletin Companion * Unreleased
29.) What Lies Behind (Austin Remix) * Joy Wants Eternity * You Who Pretend To Sleep * Beep Repaired Records
30.) Real * William Shatner * Has Been * Shout! Factory Records

The Sound Museum (#99)

The Sound Museum (#99)
(Originally aired 18 April September 2009 on KPSU, and 1 June 2013 – 10 September – 15 September – 16 September – 17 September – 19 September – 22 September – 10 October6 November12 November – 14 November – 2014 on blasphuphmusradio.wordpress.com)

Follow me and Ken Nordine as we lead you on a wonderful trip through The Sound Museum!

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

 

The Sound Museum

This program contains samples for “The Sound Museum” by Ken Nordine, released on You’re Getting Better: The Word Jazz – Dot Masters.

HOUR 1

Part I: I’m Sorry

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Race: In * Battles * Mirrored
03.) Astarielle * The Oblik * Memory Fades
04.) I’m Sorry * Austin Rich
05.) Question & Answer Session * The Miss * “Question & Answer Session” b/w “Vast Deference” 7″
06.) Steak Knife! * Steak Knife! * Steak Knife!

Part II: The Moth

07.) The Moth * Austin Rich
08.) In My Brain * Pierced Arrows * “In My Brain” b/w “Caroline” 7″
09.) Reincarnation Blues * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
10.) The Walk * Austin Rich
11.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh, No! It’s Devo
12.) Rock ’n’ Roll Victim * Death * …For The Whole World To See

Part III: It Never Stops

13.) Totally Wired Numbers Station * Austin Rich
14.) Eraser * Oswald Five-0 * “Eraser” b/w “Felony Flats” 7″
15.) 上を向いて歩こう (“Sukiyaki) * The Holry Molrys * Demo Tape
16.) Quiet * Austin Rich
17.) Again & Again * The Hospitals * The Hospitals

HOUR 2

Part IV: Their Instruments Playing

18.) Breakfast Machine * Danny Elfman * Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Soundtrack
19.) “Their Instruments Playing” [Excerpt from] In Watermelon Sugar * Richard Brautigan Read by Austin Rich
20.) All World Cowboy Romance * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls & Marches
21.) Live From The Teen Challenge, 8 November 2014 * An Unidentified Child

Part V: The Couch

22.) The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office * The Locust
23.) Tech Talk * Austin Rich
24.) Acid Rain * Grails * Doomsdayer’s Holiday
25.) The Couch * Men’s Recovery Project * Grappling With The Hominids
26.) I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes * Austin Rich
27.) Does It Hurt? * The Wipers * Better Off Dead 7″

Part VI: The Message

28.) “The Message” [Excerpt from] Trout Fishing In America  * Richard Brautigan read by Austin Rich

Moon Voyage (#98)

Moon Voyage (#98)
(Originally aired 30 September 2010 on KPSU.)

This all-vinyl exploration of our journey to the moon only makes sense, in light of the impending alien invasion. But will we get there… and how? Find out as we play a number of records that are about our trip, and the difficulties we will encounter along the way.

Enjoy.

Spinitron Playlist

 

Moon Voyage

This program contains samples for the Moon Voyage LP by Herb Galewitz, originally released on Sunset Records.

HOUR 1

Part I: Longer, Stranger

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Phantom Limb * Hovercraft * Experiment Below * Mute Records
03.) Manmtn * Thrones * Thrones * Kill Rock Stars Records
04.) Longer, Stranger * Universal Order of Armageddon * Universal Order of Armageddon * Gravity Records

Part II: Au Clair de la Lune

05.) Moon Diver * WILT * Nocturnal Requiem
06.) Black Sea * fennesz * Black Sea * Touch Records
07.) Pirates Mix * Bruce Gilbert * Meltaot / Souls On Board Split 12″ * Ash International Records
08.) One Lick Less * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars Records
09.) Au Clair de la Lune [1860] * Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville * Parlortone 7″ * Parlortone Records

Part III: It Never Stops

10.) Title Music From “A Clockwork Orange” * Walter Carlos * A Clockwork Orange: Music From The Soundtrack * Warner Bros. Records
11.) Hole-Workers At The Mercies of Nature: The Ultimate Disaster (Won’t You Keep Us Working? / First Warning / Back To Normality? / The Sky Falls! / Why Are We Crying? / The Tunnels Are Filling / It Never Stops) * The Residents * Mark Of The Mole * Ralph Records

HOUR 2

Part IV: Vote Fraud On The Moon Base

12.) Operating Room Of An Ancient Roman Doctor / The Slow Down / Flexible Skulls Flapping In Black Winds of Insect Agony [Excerpt] * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
13.) D: Contamination * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index And Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch and Go Records
14.) American Woman * Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse * Touch & Go Records
15.) Big Eyed Beans From Venus * Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band * Clear Spot * Warner Bros. Records
16.) Vote Fraud On The Moon Base * Men’s Recovery Project * Resist The New Way * Vermiform Records

Part V: Stratosfear

17.) Stratosfear [Excerpt] * Tangerine Dream * Stratosfear * Virgin Records
18.) Pharaoh’s Dance * Miles Davis * Bitches Brew
19.) 3 [Excerpt] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records
20.) Favorite Things * John Coltrane * The Best Of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years * Impulse! Records

Part VI: Sister Ray

21.) Chemical Marriage * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante * Plain Recordings
22.) Sister Ray [Excerpt] * Putting On The Ritz * White Light / White Heat * Hot Cup Records

The Maltese Falcon (#97)

The Maltese Falcon (#97)
(Originally aired 13 November 2010 on KPSU.)

This week, we’ve been taken over by Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator. Join him with Humphrey Bogart, The Pink Panther, Mr. Lucky, Mary Astor, Peter Gunn, Richard Diamond, Sidney Greenstreet, Pete – The King of Detectives, Frankie Machine, Richie Dagger and some genuine femme fatales for a two-hour presentation of The Maltese Falcon. Listen as Dexter rambles about skirts and twists, intermixed with edited selections of a 1946 radio adaptation of the popular film The Maltese Falcon.

Enjoy

Spinitron Playlist

 

The Maltese Falcon

HOUR 1

Part I: Touch of Evil

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Peter Gunn Theme Song * Henry Mancini
03.) Mr. Lucky * Elliot Eastion’s Tiki Gods * Shots In The Dark
04.) The Maltese Falcon Part I
05.) Touch Of Evil (Main Title) * Joseph Gershenson & The Universal-International Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
06.) Femme Fatale * The Velvet Underground & Nico
07.) Goldfinger * Shirley Bassey

Part II: Contract With Depravity

08.) The Stu Bailey Blues * Warren Barker Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
09.) Watching The Detectives * Elvis Costello & The Attractions
10.) The Maltese Falcon Part II
11.) Frankie Machine * Elmer Bernstein And Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
12.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
13.) Experiment In Terror * Davie Allen And The Arrows * Shots In The Dark

Part III: Life of Crime

14.) The Maltese Falcon Part III
15.) Stool Pigeon * Irving Joseph * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
16.) Life of Crime * The Spits * School’s Out
17.) The Pink Panther Theme * Oranj Symphonette * Shots In The Dark
18.) The Maltese Falcon Part IV
19.) Cool * Stan Kenton * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
20.) Softly * Henry Mancini

HOUR 2

Part IV: Don’t Tell The Detectives

21.) Seven * Arvo Zylo * Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher * No Part Of It
22.) Studio Di Colore [Excerpt] * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance
23.) (She Was A) Hotel Detective * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants
24.) The Maltese Falcon Part V
25.) The Street (Main Title) * Elmer Bernstein * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
26.) Don’t Tell The Detectives * The Zipps * Messthetics Vol. 4
27.) Boy Detectives * Famous Explorers * Messthetics #103
28.) The Maltese Falcon Part VI

Part V: A Shot In The Dark

29.) Richard Diamond * Buddy Morrow * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
30.) Fallout * Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
31.) Pete, King of the Detectives * Big Black * Headache
32.) The Maltese Falcon Part VII
33.) Echo Four-Two * Johnny Gregory And His Orchestra * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
34.) Richie Dagger’s Crime * The Germs * GI
35.) A Shot In The Dark * Naked City * Naked City

Part VI: Naked City

36.) The Maltese Falcon Part VIII
37.) Le Fotografie (From Verushka) * Ennio Morricone * Crime & Dissonance
38.) Re-Enact The Crime * Unwound * The Future Of What
39.) Magic Pig Detective * The Melvins * Stoner Witch
40.) The Maltese Falcon Part IX
41.) Naked City * Mundell Lowe * His All Stars * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

It Came From Outer Space (#96)

It Came From Outer Space (#96)
(Originally aired 10 April 2010 on KPSU.)

I have always been fascinated by all things related to space. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I loved sci-fi movies and books, and found myselfregularly interested in things that related to the idea of leaving this planet in favor of another one. For years I wanted to make a series of tapes with my favorite alien songs on them. These days, I just do a radio show.

I decided to bring in a lot of the experimental music that I skipped the last time I did a show like this. I think it worked; it gave me a chance to play a lot of samples from The Day The Earth Stood Still, and actually made for some compelling (and strange) radio.

Much of the music speaks for itself, and with this one, I recommend just sitting back and enjoying.

Enjoy

Spinitron Playlist

 

It Came From Outer Space

Audio Samples (Throughout) * Edmund H. North / Harry Bates * The Day The Earth Stood Still * 20th Century Fox

HOUR 1

Part I: Cosmic Introduction

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Au Claire de la Lune * Ataraxic Ataxia * Shadow Sea * No Part Of It
03.) Cosmic Introduction ~ Untitled Space * Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. * Live In Japan * AMT Records
04.) Sputnik * Roky Erickson & the Aliens * The Evil One * 415 Records
05.) Aliens Of Gold * The Fucking Champs * V * Drag City Records

Part II: Watching The Planets

06.) SS Cygni * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks * Touch & Go Records
07.) Space Age Love * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) Watching The Planets * The Flaming Lips * Embryonic * Warner Bros. Records
09.) Spacecraft, 1967 * MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva) * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts Records
10.) Space travel w/ changing choral textures (1983) * Alan R. Splet * An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music: Second A-Chronology 1936-2003 * Sub Rosa Records
11.) Space Drugz * Lamborghini * The New Lamborghini * Battlesnakesnow.com
12.) Space Dribs * Forcefield * Roggaboggas * Load Records

Part III: Interplanetary Music

13.) Jupiter * John Coltrane * Interstellar space
14.) Quarantine The Aliens * Brown Supper * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987-2001) * Self-Released
15.) Circling the 7th Planet * Pink Mountain * Pink Mountain * Frenetic Records
16.) Interplanetary Music * Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra * Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth / Interstellar Low Ways * Saturn Records
17.) Deadly Alien Spawn * Half Japanese * Greatest Hits * Safe House Records

HOUR 2

Part IV: Voices In My Spacesuit

18.) Cryo Sleep * Machine Listener * Sentient System * No Part of It
19.) Astrosonic * Jimmie Haskell And His Orchestra * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Twelve: The Lux Interior Memorial Edition (Journey into Outer Space) * Self-Released
20.) Take Me to Your Leader * Sam Space and the Cadets * The Purple Knif Show * Munster Records
21.) Walking on the Moon * Lucia Pamela * Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela * Arf! Arf! Records
22.) Space Craze * Rick McGuire * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Eight * Self-Released
23.) Lakes In Space * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship * 5 Rue Christine Records
24.) Voices In My Spacesuit * Last of the Juanitas * Hawaii * Flapping Jet Records

Part V: Space Rock

25.) Space Prophet Dogon * Sun City Girls * Live From Planet Boomerang * Majora Records
26.) Dribcots Space Boat * Joe Meek & The Blue Men * I Hear A New World * RPM Records
27.) Mister Spaceman * Holy Modal Rounders * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
28.) Spaceman * Harry Nilsson * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
29.) Space Rock Part 2 * Baskerville Hounds * Ghoulardi Music * Self-Released
30.) Lost Planet * The Thunderbolts * It’s Hard To Believe It: The Amazing World Of Joe Meek * Razor & Tie Records
31.) Rampaging Fuckers Of Anything On The Crazy Shitting Planet Of The Vomit Atmosphere * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * I Hope It Lands * Communion Records
32.) Leaving Another Dead Planet * Merzbow and Bastard Noise * Voice Pie / Brave New World * Relapse Records

Part VI: Alien Visitors

33.) Forbidden Planet: Main Titles – Overture * Louis And Bebe Barron * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
34.) Fear Of A Ghost Planet * Sonny Sharrock * Space Ghost Coast To Coast * Cartoon Network Records
35.) Alien Visitors * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Is It… * Estrus Records
36.) Space Suit * They Might Be Giants * Apollo 18 * Elektra Records

History Lesson: Before ’75 (2011 Retrocast)

History Lesson: Before ’75 (2011 Retrocast)
(Featuring a near-chronological overview of the origins of punk music.  Originally broadcast on KPSU on 3 September 2011, & podcast on 31 August 2015.)

As someone who grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s, Punk was already transmuting into a plethora of other kinds of music by the time I reached musical consciousness.  While I came to appreciate everything that spawned from it, I had a real interest in where it came from, which has informed my musical sensibilities in that time.  While my interests now may range far and wide, the net that is cast embodies all that is punk, in the way that I define it.

This episode features edited samples from the IFC film Punk Attitude mixed with a variety of music that helped get the ball rolling.  I also include a few clips from other sources, to help flesh out the story when needed.  If you look at “punk” as a mode of music making, the genesis itself lies in The Blues, leading to Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Punk music is often steeped in the roots of Chuck Berry riffs, but as an ethos, encompasses so much more.  I try to provide as much musical insight as I have into the music that was bubbling under the surface when 1975, an important year for Punk Rock, was in full swing.

I open the show with the fantastic Pere Ubu version of “Final Solution.”  In a lot of ways, Punk was about searching for a Final Solution.  Music needed to be forever affected by something new in order to break away from some of the mainstream crimes that had been committed.  But the people themselves, desperate and hungry for something else, were also looking for a social Final Solution, a way to put behind them all the pain and horror that the world could inflict.  While Punk may not have made any massive, or permanent changes that could be considered “Final,” I think this song really sets the tone for the kind of people that made punk possible.  They were those who were searching for that Solution, and punk is the story of what came of their efforts.

This show was a real pleasure to make, and it features some of my favorite music that has ever been recorded.  While this is the only show that is completed in this form, I hope to continue this series much more frequently in the near future.  The Grumpy Punk has been reawakened in a way that I cannot sated with a mere two hour show.  I wouldn’t be surprised, October and future guests not withstanding, that this will be the foreseeable format of the show for the time being.

There is a lot that could be said of the artists in this show, and I could wax poetic for pages.  But I’ll let the radio do the talking.  It tells the story much better than I could, that’s for sure.  I will say that, before the show even started, I was getting comments and e-mail from people who wanted to make sure that I didn’t leave stuff out.  And, of course, I did.  Humorously enough, I managed to fit one or two in at the last minute.  There is an out-of-chronology Kinks song, sadly, but getting “Louie Louie” in near the front was a wise, wise move.  I have plans, after I finish the initial run of this show, to go back and plug all the holes, and expand on the work I did in this show.  Hopefully, I don’t loose motivation by then.

That’s it for this week.

See you in seven.

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History Lesson: Before ’75

Part I

01.) Part 01 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
02.) Final Solution (Cleveland, Ohio, 76) * Pere Ubu * Terminal Tower: An Archival Collection * Rough Trade Records
03.) Louie Louie * The Kingsmen * “Louie Louie” b/w “Haunted Castle” * Wand Records
03.) Part 02 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
04.) “What Have You Got?” * Marlon Brando * The Wild Ones * Columbia Pictures
04.) Search & Destroy (Ann Arbor, Michigan, 73) * Iggy & The Stooges * Raw Power * Columbia Records
05.) Part 03 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
06.) Maybellene * Chuck Berry * The Chess Story: 1947 – 1975 * Chess Records
07.) Part 04 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
08.) Incense And Peppermints * Strawberry Alarm Clock * Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 * Rhino Records

Part II

09.) Part 05 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
10.) 96 Tears * ? & The Mysterians * “96 Tears” b/w “Midnight Hour” * Pa Go Go Records
11.) Part 06 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
12.) Strychnine * The Sonics * Here Are The Sonics!!! * Norton Records
13.) Part 07 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
14.) Riot on Sunset Strip * The Standells * The Best of the Standells * Rhino Records
15.) Part 08 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
16.) Psychotic Reaction * The Count Five * “Psychotic Reaction” b/w “They’re Gonna Get You” * Double Shot Records
17.) The Gift (Edit) * The Velvet Underground * Peel Slowly And See * Polydor Records
18.) Part 09 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
19.) Lou Reed on Andy Warhol * Lou Reed * Interview * Flora.tv
20.) All Tomorrow’s Parties (1965) * The Velvet Underground * Peel Slowly And See * Polydor Records

Part III

21.) Pushin’ Too Hard * The Seeds * The Seeds * GNP Crescendo
22.) Part 10 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
23.) Boy In The Sandbox (1968) * Michael Yonkers Band * Microminiature Love * Sub Pop Records
24.) Part 11 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
25.) White Responsibility * Huey Newton    Punk Attitude * The Complete Malcom X on DVD * http://malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com/
26.) Feel It (1970) * It’s All Meat * It’s All Meat * New Music Records
27.) Part 12 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
28.) Kick Out the Jams (1969) * MC5 * Kick Out the Jams * Elektra Records
29.) Part 13 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
30.) Helium Head (I Got A Love) (1970) * Sir Lord Baltimore * Kingdom Come * Anthology Recordings

Part IV

31.) Queen Of Stars (Loop) * Kim Fowley / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
32.) Part 14 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
33.) Light My Fire (Edit) (Live) * The Doors * Alive, She Cried * Elektra Records
34.) Part 15 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
35.) Long Way To Go (71) * Alice Cooper * Love It To Death * Warner Bros. Records
36.) Part 16 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
37.) Not Right (1969) * The Stooges * The Stooges * Elektra Records
38.) Part 17 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
39.) Buick Mackane (72) * Marc Bolan & T.Rex * The Slider * Reprise Records

Part V

40.) Politicians In My Eyes (Loop) * Death / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
41.) Part 18 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
42.) Hang On To Yourself (72) * David Bowie * The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars * RCA Records
43.) Part 19 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
44.) Space Age Love (LA 74) * Zolar-X * Timeless * Alternative Tentacles Records
45.) Part 20 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
46.) Vietnamese Baby (NYC, 73) * The New York Dolls * The New York Dolls * Island Records
47.) Part 21 Vietnamese Baby
48.) One Way Spit (Chickasha, Oklahoma, 75) * Debris * Static Disposal * Anopheles Records
49.) You Really Got Me * The Kinks * “You Really Got Me” b/w “It’s All Right” * Reprise Records

Part VI

50.) Part 22 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
51.) You’re A Prisoner (Detroit, Michigan, 75) * Death * …For The Whole World To See * Drag City
52.) Part 23 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
53.) Master Race (NYC, 75) The Dictators * The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! * Epic Records
54.) We Ended Up * The Mumps * How I Saved The World * Sympathy For The Record Industry
55.) Part 24 * Interviews * Punk Attitude * Shout! Factory
56.) The Gift (Instrumental Edit) * The Velvet Underground / Austin Rich * Unreleased * Blasphuphmus Radio
57.) Ain’t It Fun (Cleveland, Ohio, 75) * Peter Laughner * Take The Guitar Player For A Ride * Tim Kerr Records

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 kmuz.org, 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.

Enjoy!

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

HOUR 1

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)

HOUR 2

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)

Post-Groundhog Day Special! (2009 Retrocast)

dt-common-streams-streamserverEpisode 005: Post-Groundhog Day Special! (2009!)

(Here’s a holiday treat that I like to trot out this time of year. This broadcast was originally aired on KPSU in Portland on 3 February 2009.)

Today’s episode of Blasphuphmus Radio asks the question: where have all the Groundhog songs gone?

Well, there’s still six more weeks of winter according to February 2nd lore, so today I’m featuring songs about Ground, Hogs, and Shadows. Who knows how much longer this season will last? Only the Groundhog’s Shadow, knows! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

I was absolutely shocked at how little Groundhog music there was to play for this show. Any musicians out there looking for something to write about, now’s your chance!

About halfway through the show I give a rambling and disjointed history of Groundhog Day. Most of the information was culled from several passes over the Inter-Web-A-Tron, so it’s as reliable as anyone else is these days.

I think I prefer the second half of the show myself.

Lastly: this is my last show during the 3 PM slot on Tuesdays. The powers that be have given me a chance to shine on the citywide broadcast signal, starting this Saturday, February 7th! So if you live in the Portland area, tune in at 1450 AM on Saturday in the Portland / Vancouver metro area (just after What’s This Called?), and 98.1 FM on the Portland State University Campus, to hear me do what I do best.  You can also stream the show live at kpsu.org.

Those of you who podcast the show: nothing changes. You’ll just start getting the shows on Saturday instead of Tuesday.

Saturday’s show is tentatively titled, “Re-Introduction, Again.” Pleased to meet you… won’t you guess my theme?

Don’t forget audience participation: 503-725-4945. You, too, can be on the radio!

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part II) (#85)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part II) (#85)

The writing was on the wall from the beginning, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason was doomed (if by name alone) to be short lived. Getting off the ground initially was extremely time consuming. Half way through, KPSU experienced all new management, and they were unsure of who I was, what the show was about, and when they could schedule it. (The new staff were unaware that I was celebrating my 10 year anniversary at KPSU.)

And part of the confusion was the fact that I’d quite KPSU twice previously. While it is difficult to talk about this without ultimately pointing fingers, the fist time I left for due to “creative differences,” and the second time was to pursue new projects that, at the time, were very promising. That being said, the name of the new show was far too appropriate; while I thought I was making one joke (regarding Pink Floyd’s return to recording after their “final” cut), it turned out the “momentary” aspect of the program was entirely too relevant. By the end of July of the 2014, the show was over, and by September, the last Momentary Lapse of Reason show went out under the disguise of the last Closet Radio broadcast to go out on KPSU. (Sometime the details of Closet Radio‘s ascendence and disappearance should be covered by someone, but for now, I’ll have to leave that to a future someone.)

There were several factors that led to the end, but one was a simple matter of technical problems. KPSU, at the time, regularly had issues, with equipment, access to the studio, the turntables (as most notably heard on the Closet Radio sessions, which had a hum that was only identified afterward running throughout the performance), and sometimes, there was a band sitting in the studio, wanting to play. This is, of course, the adventure of college radio, but when you rely on the full studio to create your program, these limitations can be very frustrating. On at least two occasions, the station was mysteriously closed and we couldn’t do a show. (We ultimately podcasted in place of those, an entirely other permutation of this show that is also not represented here and now.) And in the end, the station just didn’t know what to make of the show. Trying to explain a collage / interview / talk / music show was hard, and they never understood why it didn’t work to have a rock band recording in the room next door while Rikki & I were trying to talk. (Not to mention how hard it was to mix.) It was clear, for both of us, that KPSU was not the place for this show.

Add on top of all of this availability. In spite of my best efforts, KPSU didn’t make it easy to hear A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Sometimes, the show was not listed on the site. Other times, the feeds weren’t working, so you couldn’t even hear us live. When we did manage to get incomplete recordings, getting them properly documented in a way for listeners to find and hear were a challenge, and at one point, it seemed like I had lost all the source recordings for the program. To say that it was little heard (and badly recorded) is an understatement, so at the very least, bringing these recordings to a wider audience is to finally do justice to these shows that have, more or less, languished in digital oblivion.

Another factor that competed for attention at the same time was my own proximity to Portland, where KPSU is located. Very quickly, due to a number of reasons that are boring and tedious, I found myself moving to Salem rather suddenly. While I initially commuted to PDX for work and radio, I soon landed a job in Salem, and getting to Portland was no longer easy or possible for the time slot we were inhabiting. Initially, this was only going to be a temporary roadblock; both Rikki & I were working out ways that the podcast version of the show could be done remotely, and there were talks of us changing the show entirely to The Secret True History of Rock & Roll, a new idea that grew out of A Momentary Lapse of Reason. But all these plans were scuttled when Rikki moved Closet Radio to KRXY, and then, moved away from Portland entirely. At that point, the nail in the AMLOR coffin was officially pounded in place.

Obviously, something like this is about a time and a place. Rikki & I did some incredible radio at KPSU, and we both enjoyed our shows, and this one in particular. But it was clear that our lives were moving in other directions. But for one year, we managed to create a show that was absolutely a representation of what we are like when we are on the radio together, and that alone is something that is worth quite a bit.  My hope is that, buried in the mix here somewhere, you can hear Miss Rikki and I, laughing and rocking out, so incredibly pleased with ourselves that we got to make such wild radio.

Even if it was only temporary.

Enjoy.

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part II)

HOUR 1

Part I: (From Episode 2, 5 February 2014)

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Silence vs. Answers * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part II: (From Episode 18, 11 June 2014) 

03.) The Warm Up * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part III: (From Episode 20, 25 June 2014 & Episode 21, 2 July 2014) 

04.) Having Something To Rebel Against * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part IV: (From Episode 21, 2 July 2014 & Episode 22, 9 July 2014)

05.) The Subdivisions of Time * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

HOUR 2

Part V: (From Episode 22, 9 July 2014) 

06.) Firesign Wilson & George ‘Lilly’ Theater Play Vanilla Fudge (or, “The 70’s) * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part VI: (From Episode 22, 9 July 2014 & Closet Radio Episode 151, 27 September 2014) 

07.) Small Stories of The Night * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part VII: (From Closet Radio Episode 151, 27 September 2014)

08.) Well I Never * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part VIII (Bonus): (From Closet Radio Episode 151, 27 September 2014)

09.) When You’re Uncool * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I) (#84)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I) (#84)

Some moments in our lives are just wistful memories of which we have little record. But sometimes, you get a glorious snapshot of something from the past, and when you revisit it, you realize there is wisdom and glory is looking back on what had been done before.

For a short period of time in 2014, I returned to KPSU while I was working at PSU. I had twice left the station before, to work on other radio projects elsewhere, but as a student, alumni, and then employee of the school, KPSU was never far from my mind, or my memory. I would hear it as I roamed the campus during work hours, and it soon filled my mind with all sorts of ideas about a new was of doing radio. It’s not like I’d ever strayed too far away. Every iteration of my show has been, essentially, the same. (That is to say, me and my interests, on display, for all the world to hear.) But I wanted to distill all the facets of my radio personality into one, rambling, massive, pulsing thing that was, for all intents and purposes, me in audio form.

It took a long time to set this up. Starting in 2013, I began planning and preparing, working with the station and with Miss Rikki to get it to come into being. There were delays and setbacks, and stations management changes that always make it difficult to explain everything all over again to someone new. But we launched, at the end of January, and for most of 2014, this became my favorite thing to do, creatively.

While the show was never supposed to include anyone else other than myself, Rikki had been so much a part of planning this show, that it only made sense to have her on the first one. Then, very quickly, she was there for every show, and so was a whole cast of characters that littered the conversations and spots on the program, none of which are represented here. The backbone, the essence of the show was Miss Rikki and I, mixing records and other stuff, and seeing how it all turned out.

In fact, aside from the first DJ set of the first show, almost none of what was aired on A Momentary Lapse of Reason was planned any way. The spontaneous and improvised nature of the show relied heavily on the KPSU music archive, which we played relentlessly in various capacities, but this sort of ignores that both Rikki and I would bring piles of stuff to play, too. But one we got to chatting, and picking stuff out, it always became clear that the shows were never going to even get to the stuff we’d selected before, a tradition that is long standing a common in radio.

This show was short lived, and perhaps I’ll talk about the ending in the next episode. But here, let’s focus on some of the best and choicest moments from the first several episodes. While our show was full of segments, talk, calls, and live music, the connective tissue / thread that would hold it all together was our mixes. This is the stuff that has aged the best, represents the spirit of the show that I remember fondly, and is truly wild in a way that makes me want to bring this element back to Mid-Valley Mutations in a big way.

As a special treat, there are a few extra “bonus minutes” on the podcast version, that the FM version did not get. If you were listening live, and want to hear that, the bonus minutes are at the end. And: stay tuned next week, as we continue this exploration, and bring you more magnificent mixes from Miss Rikki and myself.

Enjoy!

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Part I)

HOUR 1

Part I: (From Episode 2, 5 February 2014)

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Silence vs. Answers * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part II: (From Episode 6, 5 March 2014 & Episode 7, 19 March 2014) 

03.) That Neu Number Station In Astro Space * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part III: (From Episode 8, 26 March 2014 & Episode 12, 23 April 2014) 

04.) Full Skronk Git Down * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

Part IV: (From Episode 14, 14 May 2014 & Episode 17, 4 June 2014)

05.) The Jazz Numbers Theory on Botflys & Mr. Topsy Turvy * A Momentary Lapse of Reason w/ The Professor & The Professor’s Wife * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)

HOUR 2

Part V: (From Episode 17, 4 June 2014 & Episode 18, 11 June 2014) 

06.) The Meta-morph-osis * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * 2014 Sessions * KPSU Radio (2014)
07.) Tonto * Battles * Mirrored * Warp Records (2007)

Part VI: (From Episode 3, 12 February 2014)

08.) As of Now * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records (2004)
09.) Tommy Goes Berserk * Melvins Lite * Freak Puke * Ipecac Records (2012)
10.) Gauze * KARP * Stars Kill Rock * Kill Rock Stars (1993)

Part VII: (Episode 3, 12 February 2014 2014 & Episode 6, 5 March 2014)

11.) SPMC * The Icarus Line * Mono * Buddyhead Records (2001)
12.) Up In Her Room * The Seeds * A Web of Sound * GNP Creshendo (1966)

How Electronic Music Is Created (Part I) (#7)

Retrocast 2.

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When people talk about electronic music, they are often talking about club DJs who spin dance tracks and other audio that has been pumped out of a Drum Machine patch in Garage Band, along with a nice beat and played as loud as humanly possible.  But the history of that dance music that is constantly evolving, and yet still sounds like disco no matter how you slice it, is actually quite fascinating.  There was a period – in the early 20th Century –  when electronic music was the realm of inventors, engineers, and other people with an interest in technology, and the sounds that technology could make.

Of course, music itself can be produced entirely without electricity, but you wouldn’t know it from the way it is played and heard by modern ears.  Even acoustic instruments are amplified electronically, all much is recorded with…

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Things And The Images of Things (The Shock of The New Part I) (#11)

Retrocast 1.

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There is something about the Modernist art movement that really speaks to me, and when I first discovered this documentary by Robert Hughes, I immediately became obsessed.  It’s a pretty good overview of the general shape that Modernism took over the years.  The late ’70’s aesthetic, the foppish art criticisms, the overall englishness of it just speaks volumes about the perspective this film takes, and I have been trying to find a way to use it on the air for years.

UnknownWhile a number of genres have come and gone over the years, music has rarely taken on a modernist approach to sonic art.  If it happens at all, you get something like Talking Heads, and at best, Mission of Burma, and while they give you an artistic perspective on music creation, only a handful of artists actually…

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History Lesson Two-Disc Set (Retrocast) (#61)

History Lesson Two-Disc Set (Retrocast) (#61)

This episode has a bit of a storied history.  In 2015 – before I was on at KMUZ – I was podcasting on WTBC Radio, where the proto-version of Mid-Valley Mutations was brewing and stewing.  In many ways, it was already a continuation of all the various radio projects I’ve been doing since 1998, but then again, this was the first time I was not using the “blasphuphmus” name for the show.  One of the first projects I took on at WTBC was my “History Lesson” series, a subject that I have often been interested in.

These took the form of Part I and Part II, of which I am quite proud.  I even re-ran Part I in 2016 on this very show, back when it was a one hour program.  And while I had been meaning to get to Part II, I just hadn’t managed to fit it in.

Now, in this two-hour (or “two-disc”) broadcast, hear the entire run of the History Lesson series.  This is a story that I want to return to, and have done an incredible amount of research toward.  And I will get to part three, eventually  But for now, here’s two hours of radio history.  I’m quite proud of the work, and I think you’ll like it, too.

Enjoy!

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History Lesson Two-Disc Set 

HOUR / DISC 1: The Spirit of The Radio

Side A: The Very Thought Of You

01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Hallo, Hallo * Jowi Taylor, Paoblo Pietropaolo & Chris Brookes * The Wire * CBC Radio (2005)
03.) Electricity * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band * Safe As Milk * Buddah Records (1967)
04.) Tremens * Sonic Youth * SYR 1: Anagrama * SYR (1997)
05.) Two Golden Microphones * Nurse With Wound * Second Pirate Session * United Diaries (1998)
06.) The Very Thought Of You * Bing Crosby & George Stoll Orchestra * Forever Bing * UCJ Music (2003)
07.) Menuett G flat major & Valse bleat * Beethoven (Kathllen Parlow – violin; George Falkensten – piano) * Menuett G flat major & Valse bleat * Edison Amberol 4M-28026 (1912)
08.) Aria from Massanet’s “Le Cid”: O Souverain, O Juge, O Pere * Enrico Caruso  * O Souverain, O Juge, O Pere * Victor Talking Machine Company (1916)
09.) After Dinner Toast at Little Menlo * Arthur Sullivan * ENHS E-2439-7 * Edison Records (5 October 1888)
10.) The Lost Chord * (performers unknown) / composted by Arthur Sulivan * ENHS E-2440-3 * Edison Records (August 1888)

Side B: The Microphone & The Radio Tube

11.) Alexander’s Ragtime Band * Billy Murray * EDIS 36065 * Edison Records (1911)
12.) Paradise * Bing Crosby * The Bing Crosby Story Volume I: The Early Jazz Years (1928 – 1932) * Columbia Special Products (1967)
13.) You Outta Be In Pictures * Rudy Vallee * You Outta Be In Pictures * Victor Talking Machine (1934)

Side C: When The Radio’s On

14.) When The Radio’s On * Jimmy Vigtone * Teen Line No. 5: Powerpop & Pop-Rock 45s V-Z * Hyped To Death Records (2004)
15.) Empire Of The Air * Ken Burns * Empire Of The Air: The Men Who Made Radio * PBS (1992)
16.) Shikaku Maru Ten (Radio Waves) * CAN * Cannibalism 2 * Spoon Records (1992)
17.) Spirit Of The Radio * Rush * Permanent Waves * Anthem Records (1980)
18.) Radio, Radio * Elvis Costello * This Year’s Model * Radar Records (1978)

HOUR / DISC 2

Side A: Hot Wire My Heart (The Fathers Of Radio)

19.) Excerpt Part I * Ben Brooks * The First 50 Years of Radio Part One * KDKA Radio (1970)
20.) The Mindset of Successful DJs * Mike Staff * How To Become A Radio DJ (1998)
21.) Music On A Long Thing Wire (1979) * Alvin Lucier * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts (2000)
22.) How Radio Was Done Part I (Excerpt) * Don Joyce * Over The Edge Radio (27 April 2006) * KPFA Radio (2006)
23.) Morse Code * Don Woody * MCA Rockabillies * Big Tone Records (1993)
24.) Hot Wire My Heart * Crime * “Hot Wire My Heart” b/w “Baby You’re So Repulsive” * Crime Music (1976)

Side B: An Epoch In History (Monkeyface & Marconi)

25.) The Down Home Boys / Original Stack O’ Lee Blues * Little Harvey Hull / Long “Cleve” Reed * The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of * Yazoo Records (2006)
26.) Excerpts * Ken Burns * Empire Of The Air * PBS (1991)
27.) Wireless Fantasy (1960) * Vladimir Vussachevsky * OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music * Ellipsis Arts (2000)
28.) Relaxing With Lee * Buddy Rich / Charlie Parker / Curley Russell / Dizzy Gillespie / Thelonious Monk * Bird: Complete Charlie Parker * Verve Records (1990)
29.) Blue Spark * X * Beyond & Back: The X Anthology * Elektra Records (1997)
30.) Static Radiates (Underwater Meditation) * Leb Laze * Music For Troubled Machinery * Library Catalog Music Series (2011)
31.) The Message * The Estranged * Static Thoughts * Dirtnap Records (2008)
32.) In The Past * We The People * “In The Past” b/w “St. John’s Shop” * Challenge Records (1966)

Epilogue

33.) Live Performance * Fischkopf Sinfoniker * 27 September 2011 * What’s This Called? (2011)

How’s It Named? w/ Derek Johnson, Live! (2008 Retrocast)

This broadcast was originally on KPSU.  When I would cover for What’s This Called? I changed the name of the program to How’s It Named?, and for this episode,  Derek came in for a live performance.

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How’s It Named? w/ Derek Johnson, Live!

For those of you who missed Derek Johnson’s great live performance on KPSU the other day, fear not! The wonder of modern technology has enabled us to capture sound recordings in a digital form, for your consumption. This brand new technology will no doubt revolutionize your life soon enough, but today it has allowed for this marvel to bring the past into the present at any future time of your choosing.

Thanks again to KPSU for letting me host, this, Ricardo Wang for being hard up and needing to make real money that day, and of course, Derek Johnson for rushing into the studio at the last second and still pulling off a great performance.

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The Best of Chickenman (Retrocast) (#36)

 chickenman-posterThe Best of Chickenman (Retrocast) (#36)
(Where the Winged Warrior returns to the air, with a side of records with a poultry-centric theme.  Originally podcast on 10 November 2015.)

 

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The Best of Chickenman

Part I: The Bird Is Born
01.) The Bird Is Born * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
02.) Run Chicken Run * Link Wray * Law of The Jungle * Ace Records (2002)
03.) Chicken Little Lied * Tight Bros. From Way Back When * “Take You Higher!” EP * Ten In One Records (1998)
04.) The Universal Telephone Ring * NBC * The Universal Telephone Ring * NBC Television (1970)
05.) No Kolhoznoi Ptitsaferme (On The Kolkhoz Poultry Farm) * Orkestar Vyacheslav Mescherin * Easy USSR * Epic Records (2002)
06.) Chicken Grabber * Nite Hawks * Lost Treasures! Rarities From the Vaults of Del-Fi Records * Del-Fi Records (1995)
07.) Chicken Talk * Yma Súmac * Mambo! * Capitol Records (1954)
08.) Komodo Fried Chicken Blues * Sufian Abdullah * Music To Break Out of Jail By * Bandcamp.com (2013)
09.) Chicken Diction * Negativland * Happy Heroes * Seeland Records (1998)

Part II: Leave The Driving To Us
10.) Leave The Driving To Us * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
11.) Night Traffic [Excerpts] * BBC Sound Effects Library * Suburbia
 * BBC Records (1997)
12.) Chicken Keeper * Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 * Porcelain Entertainments
 * Return To Sender Records (1995)
13.) A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off * The Magnetic Fields * 69 Love Songs * Merge Records (1999)

Part III: A Romantic Flight
14.) A Romantic Flight * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
15.) The Greasy Chicken * Andre Williams * Four Hairy Policemen (Wavy Gravy) * Beware Records (1989)
16.) Chickens * King Missile III * The Psychopathology Of Everyday Life * Instinct Records (2003)

Part IV: Getting Organized
17.) Getting Organized * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
18.) Chicken Rock * Fat Daddy Holmes * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly * Rhino Records (2006)
19.) Chicken Back Part Two * The Curios * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume 12 – The Lux Interior Memorial Edition – Journey Into Outer Space * Kogar The Swinging Ape (2009)
20.) Chicken Don’t Roost Too High (1930) * The Georgia Pot Lickers * The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of * Yazoo Records (2006)

Part V: Just Testing
21.) Just Testing * Dick Orkin, Jane Roberts & Jim Runyon * The Best of Chickenman * ATCO Records (1966)
22.) 5-Piece Chicken Dinner * The Beastie Boys * Paul’s Boutique * Capitol Records (1989)
23.) Do The Funky Chicken * Rufus Thomas * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles (1968 – 1971) * Stax Records (1993)

 

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part V: Guyve! (Supplemental Retrocast) (#13.3)

Guyve

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part V: Guyve! (Supplemental Retrocast) (#13.3)

(Originally Performed 20 April 2013)

Closing out Day 1 of our incredible Blas-Travaganza: the immortal Guyve!  Now a three piece, and celebrating their 20th anniversary as a working band, Guyve have been friends of the show for a while, and every time I see them they have new chops that just blow my mind. Guyve create textures and atmospheres of metal and psychedelia that continue to mystify and blow minds.  Guyve are not to be messed with, and when they agreed to play this show, I knew Day 1 would be fantastic.

Day 1

These guys have always been cool guys, and the number of examples I have of their incredible awesomeness would fill a blog post of it’s own.  They were also kind enough to contribute a fantastic song for our just-released comp, Lost In The Supermarket, available now on our Bandcamp site.  Their last album – their first ever vinyl release – is a fantastic representation of their show, and as a three piece, they not only have an even fuller sound, but they are even cool with more nice band members.  Really, I couldn’t have been happier to have them on the bill, and my only regret is that there were so many people who did not get to see them.

Fortunately, you can enjoy this podcast for the time being.  Thanks again to all the people at East End, and all the people who attended the show, and got to see this awesome Performance.

Enjoy!

 

Guyve, LIVE! (Supplemental Retrocast) (#13.2)

Guyve

Guyve, LIVE! (Supplemental Retrocast) (#13.2)

(Originally aired 26 June 2009.)

Guyve snuck into the KPSU studios to air this super-secret performance, unannounced, to listeners and Farmer’s Market attendees.  I took some photos, too.  This was later turned into a limited-released “Live” album, that is currently out of print.

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The Fourth of July Picnic (2011 Retrocast) (#6.2)

picnicThe Fourth of July Picnic (2011 Retrocast) (#6.2)
(Join us for an audio journey into the July 4th Picnic, with lots of help from Negativland.)

Join me as I take you on a radio journey through the annual 4th of July picnic, via your old familiar friend, local radio.  After hiking out to our remote broadcast location, I bring you a host of songs about America, the 4th of July, BBQ and Picnics, and the complete story behind our own National Anthem.  It’s an hour of audio wonders as we explore this ancient and mysterious holiday with the likes of John Phillip Sousa, Galaxie 500, Chuck Berry and Woody Guthrie (both via requests), Dick Kent, Paul Williams, Johnny Punchclock, and a pair of real-live phone calls from 2007 from an actual, live 4th of July BBQ in progress.  How cool is that?

Again, this was originally broadcast on KPSU, when I DJed there in PDX.  However, shows like this tend to have a slightly ageless quality to them.

Enjoy!

The Fourth of July Picnic

Part I: A Remote, Holiday Broadcast

01.) Fireworks General Atmosphere * Madacy Records * 100 Spectacular Sound Effects * Madacy Records (1994)
02.) Walking And Driving And Hiking To The Show * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 1: Negativland’s 4th Of July Stockholders’ Picnic * Seeland Records (1985)
03.) Stars And Stripes Forever March * Sousa’s Band * Amberol Cylinder 4M-285 * Edison Records (1909)
04.) Parade Of Condiments * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 1: Negativland’s 4th Of July Stockholders’ Picnic * Seeland Records (1985)
05.) American Metaphysical Circus * The United States of America * The United States of America * Columbia Records (1968)
06.) Fourth Of July * Galaxie 500 * This Is Our Music * Rough Trade Records (1990)

Part II: BBQ

07.) 12 O’Clock, July * The Mussies * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Art! Records (1995)
08.) BBQ Call 1 * Austin Rich & Johnny * 04 July 2007 * Blasphuphmus Radio (2007)
09.) Sweet Little Sixteen (Single Version) * Chuck Berry * The Definitive Collection * Chess Records (2005)
10.) Do Re Mi * Woody Guthrie * Very Best of Woody Guthrie * Music Club Records (1992)
11.) Roll Me Through The Fire * Johnny Punchclock * (demos) * Unreleased (2006)

Part III: America Kicks Ass

12.) The National Anthem vs. Testosterone (Take 4) * kiisu d’salyss * Cabin Fever * Unreleased (1990)
13.) BBQ Call 2 * Austin Rich & Tom * 04 July 2007 * Blasphuphmus Radio (2007)
14.) Barbeque * Paul Williams * Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas * The Jim Henson Company (1977)
15.) UFO’s, Big Rigs And BBQ  * Mojo Nixon and The World Famous Blue Jays * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records (2000)
16.) Rat A Tat Tat, America * Dick Kent * The American Song-poem Anthology: Do You Know The Difference Between Big Wood And Brush * Bar / None Records (2003)
17.) Our National Anthem * Negativland * Free * Seeland Records (1993)
18.) Firesign Goes To War!: No Jokes About America! * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign * Artemis Records (2003)
19.) America Kicks Ass * King Missile III * Royal Lunch * Important Records (2004)

Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ (2007 Retrocast) (#6.1)

2646840056_b16107c635Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ (2007 Retrocast) (#6.1)

In 2007 I was on the radio in Portland, OR, on a little station called KPSU.  On this day, I decided to look into the July 4th Tradition.  To do this, I get live reportage from a BBQ, to find out what it is all about.  This episode feature phone interviews with Johnny & Tom – each present at an actual 4th of July Celebration – nearly nine years ago.  The results – and the hour of music that will keep you going this fourth – with, in fact, shock you.

Or entertain.  I can’t remember which.

Enjoy!

 

Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ

Part I: A July 4th Prayer

01.) Sz2 * Battles * B EP * Dim Mak Records (2004)
02.) Dear God Plz Make My2eyes N2 One * ponytail * Kamehameha * Creative Capitalism (2006)

Part II: A Conversation With Johnny

03.) Astratto 3 / Corsa Sui Tetti / Ric Happening * Ennio Morricone * Crime & Dissonance * Ipacac Records (2005)
04.) A call from Johnny
05.) Candle * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation * Enigma Records (1988)
06.) 03 * Voltage * Building a the Bass Castle Vol. 1 * Flameshovel Records (2006)
07.) And and and, He Lowered the Twin Down * Don Caballero * World Class Listening Problem * Relapse Records (2006)
08.) Lakes In Space * Zach Hill & Mick Barr * Shred Earthship *Kill Rock Stars (2006)

Part III: A Conversation With Tom

09.) Sequenza 10 / Paura E Aggressione (short version) / Folle Folle * Ennio Morricone * Crime & Dissonance * Ipacac Records (2005)
10.) A call from Tom
11.) You’re A Human Person * Nice Nice * Yesss! * Audraglint Records (2007)
12.) Üsküdara Giderken * Mustafa Özkent * Gençlik Ile Elele * Finders Keepers / B-Music (2006)

Closet Radio Episode 194: Space Terrors – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt.4

VERNER_PANTON_1Closet Radio Episode 194: Space Terrors – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt.4

(10-27-15)

Playlist:

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“Moon Mist” – Blue Jeans – 1961
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“Girls In Orbit” – Messer Chups – The Surf Zombies
“Amazons From Outer Space” – Batmobile – Amazons From Outer Space
“Planet X Marks The Spot” – Dr. Steel – People of Earth
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“Ship of The Dead” – Nurse With Wound – Spiral Insana
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“Crime Of The Century” – eX-Girl – Back To The Mono Kero!
“The Willing Well II: Fear Through The Eyes of Madness” – Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV
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“The Star We Spin Around” – George Sarah – Timelapse
“Attack Of The Space Invaders” – The Horibillies – Horrible Rockabilly Punx
“War of the Worlds” – Plan – Manmade Monster
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“Teenagers From Mars” – The Hellacopters –
“Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet” – Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
“The Edge” – Spectrum & Silver Apples – A Lake Of Teardrops
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“Space Prophet Dogon” – Grails – The Burden of Hope
“Planet On The Prowl” – The Negatives – Lethal Weapons – Suicide Records
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“Astralplane” – Blue Pills – Bliss
“10th Planet” – Solid Space – Space Museum
“The Moon” – Nick Cave
“Star Charmer” – Grinderman – Heathen Child Limited Edition 12″
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“Invasion On The Black Skies” – The Koolaid Electric Company – Black EP
“The Descent” – Helios Creed – X- Rated Fairy Tales

Roughly Translated, “Book of The Dead”

the-evil-dead-titleRoughly Translated, “Book of The Dead”
(As a big fan of the work of both Sam Raimi & Bruce Campbell, WTBC Radio has decided to bring you an audio treat, in representing 1981’s “The Evil Dead” as part of our Annual Halloween Spook-tacular!)

Playlist & Footnotes:

There would be very few things anyone could say about The Evil Dead that hasn’t been week chronicled elsewhere, and if you don’t know the story, it’s worth seeking out the detailed (and extrapolated) version.  These guys – Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi & Bruce Campbell – had been making movies on their own for years, showing them to friends and on college campuses, and largely recouping their investments.  It seemed plausible that they could make a feature, and raised all the money themselves, sealing every deal along the way to get funding and distribution for an essentially “home-made” film that has their DNA and fingerprints all over every inch of the final product that made it into theaters.  

The miraculous component is that, in spite of everything, they managed to get some genuine scares into a pictures that was, essentially, a far-from-Hollywood production.  I believe this is owed largely to the sound of the film, mixed and produced by the same creative core, and included atmosphere and texture that some creators overlook.  They knew where their strengths and weaknesses lay, and with a few well-timed scares, a good soundtrack to keep everything moving forward, and plenty of fake blood, they had a little hit on their hands, and now the franchise has not only spawned remakes and sequels, but an upcoming TV show that will continue the story of these hapless characters that wound up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  

However, there is something special about this first film.  Where all the other films that followed had a very ’80’s feel to the work, this movie is 100% rooted in the spirit and feel of the ’70’s.  Every inch of the aesthetic screams that decade, and the bits that these three are inspired by are the low-budget movies that were being churned in the wake of the Hammer Horror films that were making the circuits in those days.  Looking at The Evil Dead is like looking at a time capsule of a sensibility of a time long since past.  The tree-rape scene is something that would be hard to get into a modern film without a lot of push-back, and most likely the creators of something like that would not go on to direct three Spider-Man movies.  It is telling that a movie like this was updated for comic effect in the sequels.  Where the terror of this film is brutal from start to finish, their comedic beats were stronger, and made for something that really had never been seen on film before or since.

For this program, I selected a number of “evil” and “dead” songs to complement the story.

Enjoy!

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Roughly Translated, “Book of The Dead”

Side A

“Which Would Put Us…” / “Join Us!” / “What’s This Place Like?” / The Drive In / “There’s Something Down There.” / “Listen To This” / “The Ruins of Kandar.” / “A Volume of Ancient Sumerian Burial Practices & Funerary Incantations” / “I Just Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore, That’s All.”

01.) Better Off Dead * The Wipers * Better Off Dead 7″
02.) See No Evil * Television * Marquee Moon
03.) Dawning of The Dead * Dead Moon * Dead Ahead
04.) Young Men Dead * The Black Angels * Passover
05.) Evil * Horde Of Two * Guitar & Bass Action

Side B

“Hey, C’mon.  I Just Want To Hear The Rest Of It.”  / “Shut It OFF!” / “She Acts Like She’s Three Years Old Or Something.” / “Is Anybody Out There?” / “Whatever I Have Resurrected Will Come Calling For Me” / “One By One We Will Take You!” / “I Don’t Think I Can Wait That Long.” / “For God’s Sake, What Happened To Her Eyes!?” / “We’re Got To Bury Her Now.” / “Where Did I See That Box of Shells?”  

06.) Everyone I Went To High School With Is Dead * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volate
07.) Dead Souls * Nomeanso * The Day Everything Became Nothing
08.) Better Off Dead * Piglet * Not Ralphing At Your First Keg Party
09.) In Love With The Dead * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live 7″
10.) Where Dead People Live * Sun City Girls * Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol 1: Cameo Demons and Their Manifestations
11.) Bury Your Dead * Orkestar Zirkonium * Orkestar Zirkonium
12.) Day Of The Dead * Lester Bangs & The Delinquents * Jook Savages On The Brazos
13.) Pretty Chords For Evil Sleep People * Bishop Of Battle * Prequel Plus
14.) Evil Will Prevail * The Flaming Lips * Clouds Taste Metallic

Closet Radio Episode 193: The Only Good Cowboy – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 3

3476662466_47c3283929_oCloset Radio Episode 193: The Only Good Cowboy – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 3

(10-20-15)

 

Playlist:

“Moon Over Asbury” – Bouncing Souls – Maniacal Laughter
“Hangin’ Me Tonight” – Bloodshot Bill – Trashy, Greasy, Rockin’ Billy
“Now He’s Dead” – Hank Williams III – This Ain’t Country
“Shoot First And Run Like Hell” – Nashville Pussy – High as Hell
“Dead Man” – Die Hunns – Long Legs
“Goodbye Johnny” – Flytrap – Salvo of 24 Gunshots

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“10 Pasos De La Muerte” – Twintones – Demo
“The Legend of God’s Gun” – Spindrift – The Legend of God’s Gun
“Vaalley of Death” – Last Drive – Underworld Shakedown
“Eldorado” – Basil Rathbone – Edgar Allen Poe Audio Collection
“Cask” – Cemetery – Demo
“Gold Rush pt.2″ – Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Out of Frequency
“Wet Dead Horses” – Narrow Terence – Narcos Corridos
“Sandman” – America – History
“Lonely Night” – D.G. Scherrer – Turn Back O’ Man Demos

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“Hello Nightmare” – Mountain Con
“Long Black Veil” – The Corn Sisters – The Other Women

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“Man In The Long, Black Coat” – Mark Lanegan –
“Death By Drowning” – The Birthday Party – Hee Haw
“The Night Bell With Lightning” – David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time
“Be Mean” – Lost Cities – Demo
“Drown In The River” – Those Poor Bastards –
“Secret Fires” – The Gun Club – Las Vegas Story
“Death Is Hanging Over Me” – Nikki Sudden And The Jacobites – Texas
“Black Dress” – O Death – Outside
“Redemption” – Dex Romweber Duo – Is That You In The Blue?

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“No Way Out But Down” – Graham Lindsey – For A Decade of Sin
“Dirtnap Stories” – Lee Hazlewood – For Every Solution, There’s A Problem

The Creeping Terror!

imagesThe Creeping Terror!
(We take WTBC Radio to new depths of bad horror movies with this 1964 piece of schlock-o-rama.  Originally 15 October 2015, and as “#20.1” in 2016.)

Here’s everything you need to know about this movie from 1964: there is no documented evidence that the film was ever shown to anyone – anywhere – until it first appeared on Television some time in 1976.  Even then, 12 years later, the film was mocked and panned relentlessly, as anyone who came into contact with the film could only speak of its shortcomings.  Something that bad begins to attract a certain kind of reputation with a certain kind of movie fan, and in spite of the terrible reviews, the inexcusable acting, the cheapness of the monster(s), and the spareness and near-incoherence of the plot (even without the long musical interludes where nothing happens, the film clocks in at 75 minutes), it would not die!  Rather, The Creeping Terror – miraculously! – accrued a reputation that could not be forgotten, canonized as being so bad it must be seen to be believed.  As tapes of The Creeping Terror circulated to TV stations running Shock Theater! type fare, this piece of cinematic trash not only found an audience among those dedicated to the rejects of film culture, but eventually found its way to the hallowed halls of Mystery Science Theater 3000, not only keeping it forever in the public’s mind, but forever preserving it for future generations to look at and puzzle through.

Just what did they have in mind when they made this thing?

creepingterrorYou can thank the twisted mind of Vic Savage for that.  “Director” does fully cover Vic’s role in this film, who also starred in, produced, edited, paid for, scammed other’s to participate in, and – essentially – made the movie what it is, in every sense of the word, at the age of 28.  As the story goes, Vic paid Allan Silliphant to be the writer for the film, but it was clear once production began that Vic was in over his head, and had a “unique” vision for the film that was not what Allan was prepared for.  Vic had a number of excuses time and again: the location “fell through” at the last minute, most likely something that was never secure in the first place.  An impressive monster had been made for the production, so Vic claimed, but “disappeared” before filming could take place, so Vic and a few others created the “carpet remnants” monster you see in the picture.  Supposedly the film was going to be a well-funded horror film, as Vic had sold it to everyone, but as the filming date got closer, more and more of the cast were made up of people who paid to be in the film, “funding” the production from within.  Vic’s sound crew “never showed up,” so the majority of the audio was to be recorded in post-production.  As the production went on, more and more people backed out, delaying time it was taking Vic to put the thing together.

The stories about this film don’t end there.  Vic had to use another name (for “Union Purposes,”) and “Directed” (among other things) under the name “A.J. Nelson,” which led to some confusion moments on set when a financial backer was trying to figure out who had just ripped him off.  (A mystique that Vic was hoping to maintain.)  Vic had secured a location for the film eventually – a pond that a friend of his by the name of Randy Starr – yes, THE Randy Starr that provided Charles Manson with the gun used in the Tate-LaBianca murders – had found, which stood in for Lake Tahoe in the film, and was near where the Manson Family lived at the time.  When all the footage was shot, Vic rented a motel room, “borrowed” a 30 year old movola to cut the film.  As the movola was from the silent era, the soundtrack was essentially destroyed by this move, something that Vic had not anticipated.  Some of it could be made out, but large chunks were gone now, and the edits were noticeable.  To help cover for this, Vic turned to his friend Frederick Kopp, a teacher at Los Angeles State College, who taught music composition and worked occasionally in television, though not in a “credited” capacity.  Kopp scored the entire film, his first and only composition where he was credited, and was even conned into dropping a few dollars to help the production, on the promise that his son, Pierre, could get a role in the picture.  Vic then asked Larry Burrell, then working as voice talent in radio, to narrate the film.  (Larry might be the most famous person associated with the film outside of Randy Starr, who worked on BatmanColumbo and the amazing TV movie, They Saved Hitler’s Brain.)  When Vic mixed these with what remained of the original audio bits that were worth saving, and added a few stock sound effects to pad out the sound of the monster and other bits here and there.  (Sound effects that also appeared in in Battle Beyond the Sun and Jack the Giant Killer, as well as Rosemary’s Baby, though it should be added, not intentionally.)

Creeping-Terror-Gold-Pants-Lady-1Vic “completed” (or, as some would say, “stopped adding to”) the film in 1964, but before he could try do anything with The Creeping Terror, everything began to fall apart.  True, Vic had a working “print” to try and sell, but actors began to demand compensation for the money they had put into the picture.  Allan Siilliphant, angry over the changes Vic made to the story, sued Vic successfully, over clear breach of contract.  Vic actually disappeared completely rather than face the financial consequences of the lawsuit, and Allan was awarded the rights to do with the film as he wished.  Allan washed his hands of it, giving it to his agent, and through a series of hand-offs that have yet to be tracked down, was eventually shelved by a TV exec who pawned the problem off on the future.  Vic spent the rest of his live in a drunken stupor, and died of liver failure in 1975.  He never attempted to return to film in the time since the disaster that was The Creeping Terror, and he died knowing that he was the only person who had seen it, and thus, know the vision he had for the film.

In this rare instance, time was a friend to Vic Savage.  Even when you fail at something so spectacularly, that failure can open up a whole world of possibility in the future.  Sure, the camp value of it is the only thing recommending The Creeping Terror to modern audiences, and even on MST3K, the film is hard to get through.  But I think that people see an artist trying to make their voice heard when they see a failure like this.  They see themselves, barely an adult at age 28, wanting to express themselves in film the way so many others have before.  Vic was willing to go out on a limb, and pay the price of that taken chance, to see his vision completed.  Sure, it was a dumb vision, but who hasn’t put all their eggs in a basket, if only to learn that lesson up close and personal?

To accompany the film, I’ve selected a sort of stream-of-consciousness set of tunes to complement this narrative mess.  The Creeping Terror barely makes any sense, so really, just absorb the ambience and the musical accompaniment, and try to imagine yourself watching late night TV in the mid-70’s, and then, suddenly, this comes on.

Enjoy!

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The Creeping Terror!

Side A.

The Glowing Rocket / “Must Be An Accident Or Something.” / “Get In, Honey.” / At The Location Of The Crash / They Looked At The Rocket In Utter Amazement / “It’s No Airplane” / The Monster Attacks / “Car One, Calling In.” / A Temporary Military Headquarters / When, As, And If They Were Contacted / The First In A Series Of Tragedies / Maintaining Secrecy / If The Truth Were Known / “I’ve Heard A Lot About You.”  “Nothing Bad, I Hope?” / A Magnificent Opportunity For Mankind / In Advance Of Anything On Earth / Bachelor Buddies For Years / Dating All The Girls In Town / Married Life / Life Has It’s Way of Making Boys Grow Up / “Poor Baby.” / Come From Beyond Our Solar System 

01.) Crash! Crash! * The Agenda * Start The Panic
02.) Drug Fueled Accident * The Punks * The Punks
03.) Rocketship * The Dead Milkmen * Bucky Fellini
04.) Creeping Crawling * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable
05.) Negative Creep * Nirvana * Bleach
06.) Truth * The Dead C * Vain, Erudite And Stupid
07.) Experiment In Terror * Fantômas * The Director’s Cut
08.) Creep In The Cellar * The Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse
09.) 102 Creep [Excerpt I] * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

Side B.

The Trials Of Re-Entry & Impact / Failing To Establish Communication / A Frightening Theory / A Product Of Engineering / Humanity Might Be In Grave Danger / “You Stay There.  Stay Calm.” / The Remains Of A Guitar / There Must Be Another Monster / The Monster Was Moving Toward The Community Dance Hall / The Monster Next Appeared In Lover’s Lane / Enough Lives Were Being Endangered / Highly Specialized Test Animals / “Get Out Of My Way.” / The Transmitter Stopped / What Was In Store For Humanity / The Vastness of The Universe Was Incredible / Only God Knows For Sure

10.) 102 Creep [Excerpt II] * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films
11.) Communication Breakdown * The Dickies * Stukas Over Disneyland
12.) The Creep (Twist) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music
13.) The Creep * Bob Luman * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Volume 15
14.) Exploration In Terror * The Ventures * The Ventures In Space
15.) A Fistful Of Terror * The Bomboras * Head Shrinkin’ Fun
16.) Terror * Les Baxter * RE/Search: Incredibly Strange Music Vol II
17.) Go To Hell * Railbirds * Killed By Dead Vol. 14
18.) Gotta Get Away * The Blues Magoos * Kaleidoscopic Compendium: The Best Of The Blues Magoos
19.) The Creeper * Quintron * “These Hands Of Mine”

Closet Radio Episode 192: In The Underground – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 2

notting-hill-gate-disused-lift-passagewayCloset Radio Episode 192: In The Underground – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 2

(10-13-15)

 

“Dead and Happy” – Scarecrow – Maggotbox – 82 Records
“A Dark Place” – The Hell Caminos – Lust
“Young Men Dead” – The Black Angels – Passover
“Dead Cool” – Chrome Cranks – Dead Cool

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“Ghost From My Grave” – Catholic Spray – Fruits Of The Moon
“Dirges Are Downers” – The Black Lipstick – Converted Thieves
“Deep Sleep” – Chance Halladay – Home Run – Bulldog
“Deep Deep Down” – The Mr. T Experience – Love Is Dead
“Lotion” – The Greenskeepers –
“Vegan Zombie” – Zach Selwyn – Demo
“Deathbed Confession” – Chain & The Gang – Down With LIberty

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“Spiderhole” – The Mission Creeps – In Sickness and In Health
“Mountains Of Madness” -Cubby Preachers – CPV
“Downstairs To Hell” – Lover! – No Dreams Please
“Oh Death” – Dock Boggs –
“Flames” – The Sawyer Family – The Burning Times

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“I Was The Murderer” – Eat Your Make Up – First Dinner
“Eternity” – Zombeast – Zombeast
“At The Crossroads” – Crime & The City Solution – Just South of Heaven
“Resurrection Mary” – Ex-Voto – Goth Box Disc 3
“Coffin Maker” – 13th Chime – The Singles
“Midnight Graveyard” – Mother Sunday
“Dirt” – Revolting Cocks – Linger Fickin’ Good

Closet Radio Episode 191: Running The Hunted – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 1

The_Terrors_of_Rigadin_1906_sb_1911_-_Charles_PrinceCloset Radio Episode 191: Running The Hunted – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 1

(10-6-15)

 

“Flypaper” – Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Gorilla Rose
“Hallowed Be My Name” – Alice Cooper –
“Necrotina” – Motorpsychos –
“Bad Things” – Andrew Jackson Jihad – People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World
“When The Wolf Comes” – The Kill Devil Hills –
“Maw” – Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
“Tell Tale Heart” – Edgar Allen Poe – Read by James Mason
“Deep In The Woods” – The Birthday Party – Bad Seed E.P.
“When The Evening Comes”- The Undead – Live Slayer
“Creep” – The Carpettes – Early Years
“Stalking” – Bruce McCulloch – Shame Based Man
“Skincrawl” – Chesty Malone & The Slice ‘Em Ups – Now We’re Gonna See What Disaster Really Means
“Nightmare” – Go Katz – Real Gone Katz
“Love You To Death” – The Massacres – Redemption – Bouncing Betty
“Cruella De Ville” – Alex Perros & The Lone Stars –
“Axe Murderer” – Bloody Hollys – Plane Crash E.P.
“The Lunacy Of Mr. Cadaver” – Cryptkeeper Five – Dear Dr. X… I Wanna Be The Creature
“Trigger Happy Jack” – Poe – Hello
“Time Will Tell” – Susan Anton – Wizards OST
“Eye” – The Scarring Party – A Concise Introduction
“Monstrously Refined Tastes” – Archbishop Jason Polland – Inexorable Paths
“I Know Where You Sleep” – Emilie Autumn – Opheliac
“Look Away My Love” – Advent Sleep – Egos and Eros – Pink Cathedral
“In The Shadows” – Cult Of The Psychic Fetus – She Devil
“Devil Is On His Way” –  Joe Buck Yourself – Piss and Vinegar
“Shadow: A Parable By Edgar Allen Poe” – The Mission Creeps
“Somebody’s Knocking” – The Voodoo Organist –  The Serpent’s Dance
“Slaughterhouse” – The Video Nasties – Demo
“Prey” – DJ Food f/ J.G. Thirlwell – Ninja Tune

The Daily NewsBlas 31 October 2014: Happy Halloween!

Blasphuphmus Radio's Halloween Spook-tacular 2014!
Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular 2014!

The Daily NewsBlas 31 October 2014: Happy Halloween!

This Halloween Season was fantastic, and I really enjoyed all of the excellent places we have gone over the last month.  I will be honest: this shorter format was a lot of fun to play with, and I really got to introduce people to some of my favorite Halloween Ephemera.

As my gift to you, I’ve put together a four-hour Halloween Music Presentation, that you can download and play at your party.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:

The Halloween Spook-tacular 2014!

This is a collection of 95 tracks by artists recording some serious monster rock.  This music in this collection all comes from the crucial 1920 – 1969 period, and are culled from a variety of sources and compilations that are readily available from a variety of sources.  Quite a few of these have appeared in previous episodes, by many are new to me, and have never aired on our program.  My gift, to you, this holiday season, is some serious party music you can dance to.

We’ve offered quite a few incredible Holliday Treats, and to summarize, here’s a run-down of some of the features we’re had this month:

Haunted House Ambience Mix 2014 
This is a mix of various “Spooky Sounds” LPs from my private collection, that runs a full 60 minutes.  Great atmosphere for trick or treaters!

There were a number of other great NewsBlas this month, and you can find all of our Halloween Programming (going back to 2004) here:

Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular!

This includes all of our shows, and Halloween episodes of What’s This Called?, Closet Radio & The Guitar Shop.  It’s just another way that we deliver unique programming to our listeners.

While it is sad to crawl back into the crypt for another year, we know that it can’t be Halloween the whole year through.  Otherwise, it wouldn’t be as cool as it is.

Happy Halloween.

Enjoy.

 

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NewsBlas 30 October 2014: The War of The Worlds Trailer

The New York Times
The New York Times

NewsBlas 30 October 2014: The War of The Worlds Trailer

This edit highlights some of my favorite moments from the original show.  Welles really pushed to make his program as much like a radio broadcast as possible for the first two-thirds of the show, and these are some of the best moments, in my mind.

On 10 October 2009 I aired the entire “War of The Worlds” broadcast as part of a three hour mega-mix of Halloween treats that day.  This, among many other means online, are the best way to enjoy the entire show.

I really encourage listening to and researching the show.  The story behind this broadcast is as compelling as the show itself.  Not only has it be re-interpreted a number of times over the years, but the affect of the broadcast was covered in depth in a fantastic Radiolab Episode.

Enjoy.

 

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The Daily NewsBlas 29 October 2014: Haunted House Ambience Mix

Come Into Our Haunted House
Come Into Our Haunted House

The Daily NewsBlas 29 October 2014: Haunted House Ambience Mix

From my crypt to yours, I offer the 2014 Haunted House Ambience Mix, constructed from a variety of “Spooky Sounds” LPs from my private collection.  While today’s NewsBlas is merely a sampling, I am offering to everyone a 60 minute mix using these LPs as the basis for the mix.  This is great for playing in the background to create a spooky environment for any home, porch, or place where trick-or-treaters may arrive.

Halloween Bits

 

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The Daily NewsBlas 28 October 2014: An Arrest

An Arrest
An Arrest

The Daily NewsBlas 28 October 2014: An Arrest

This is a selection from the Ambrose Bierce collection, “The Ways of Ghosts.”  These stories are now in the public domain, and make for excellent holiday reading.

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

Enjoy.

 

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NewsBlas 27 October 2014: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House

The Chilling, Thrilling Haunted House
The Chilling, Thrilling Haunted House

NewsBlas 27 October 2014: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House

Released by Disneyland Records.

Narrated by Laura Olsher

Sounds Guaranteed to Spook You
Sounds Guaranteed to Spook You

A simple Google Search reveals a whole range of other listening options.  (And I recommend the image search view to check out the variety of album covers over the years.)

The Spooky Old Tree
The Spooky Old Tree

 

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NewsBlas 24 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part V of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 24 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part V of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

 

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NewsBlas 23 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part IV of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 23 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part IV of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

 

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NewsBlas 22 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part III of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 22 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part III of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

 

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NewsBlas 21 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part II of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 21 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part II of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

 

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NewsBlas 20 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part I of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 20 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part I of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

 

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NewsBlas 17 October 2014: Halloween Nuggets!

Halloween Nuggets!
Halloween Nuggets!

NewsBlas 17 October 2014: Halloween Nuggets!

You can purchase the album at Amazon.com.

You can stream the entire thing at Spotify.  (I think you need to be logged in for that link to work.)

It is also available in a number of other places, too.

Watusi Zombi * Jan Davis * Halloween Nuggets
Graveyard * The Phantom Five * Halloween Nuggets
Scream * Ralph Neilsen & The Chancellors * Halloween Nuggets

 

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NewsBlas 16 October 2014: Mad Monster Party?

Mad Monster Party? Poster
Mad Monster Party? Poster

NewsBlas 16 October 2014: Mad Monster Party?

Mad Monster Party? on Wikipedia

Blasphuphmus Radio Broadcast from 22 October 2011

Mad Monster Party Trailer [Excerpt]
The Baron * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Soundtrack
Mad Monster Party [Excerpt] * Ethel Ennis w/ Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Soundtrack
Pills Will Save The Day * Film [Excerpt]
Waltz For A Witch [Excerpt] * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Soundtrack
Mad Monster Party Trailer [Excerpt]

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NewsBlas 14 October 2014: Frankie Stein And His Ghouls!

Perfect Halloween Music
Perfect Halloween Music

NewsBlas 14 October 2014: Frankie Stein And His Ghouls!

Stoned (Monkey, Watusi) [Excerpt] * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Shock! Terror! Fear! (1964)
Mummy’s Little Boy (Monkey, Twist) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Ghoul Music (1965)
Dance Of Doom (Monkey, Watusi) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music (1965)

Their page on discogs.com

Roger’sBasement.com.  (A fan site from the ’90’s / early ’00’s that details every scrap of information anyone can find / has / knows about Frankie Stein.)

Amazon.com sometimes has a remastered CD containing most (but not all) of the Frankie Stein songs.

I recommend a Google Search, which yields some pretty good download results for the dedicated and diligent fan.

These albums were originally released on Power Records, and subsidiary of Peter Pan Records.

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NewsBlas 13 October 2014: A Cold Greeting

San Francisco Is A Cold Place
San Francisco Is A Cold Place

NewsBlas 13 October 2014: A Cold Greeting

This is a selection from the Ambrose Bierce collection, “The Ways of Ghosts.”  These stories are now in the public domain, and make for excellent holiday reading.

Violin music provided by Béla Bartók, and performed by Gyorgy Pauk & Kazuki Sawa.

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

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Closet Radio Episode 153: Six Six Six Sister – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2014 Part 1

…So Below

Closet Radio Episode 153: Six Six Six Sister – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2014 Part 1

(10-11-14)

Carl Stalling -“Satan’s Waiting”

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Steve King – “Satan Is Her Name”
Jean Knight – “I’m Evil Tonight”
Regurgitator – “Devil Spell”
Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”
Carole Bennett – “Haunted Lover”

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THAT Damned Band – “Blue Spirit Blues”
Robert Johnson – “Preaching The Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)”
Bessie Smith – “Devil’s Gonna Get You”
Dock Boggs – “Pretty Polly”
Leandra – “Inverted Mirrors Of Decay”
Devil Doll – “You Put A Spell On Me”
SWANS – “Power And Sacrifice”

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Wayne County & The Electric Chairs – “Evil Minded Mama”
Lunachicks – “Pin Eye Woman 665”

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Curse Of Milhaven”
The Ex-Girlfriends Club – “Devil Eyes”
The Bloody Hollies – “Satanic Satellite”
Cryptkeeper Five – “Scream, She Devil, Scream”
Manual Sex Drive – “The Hatching Of The Phoenix”
Lydia Lunch – “Black Juju”
Thee Oh Sees – “Night Crawler”

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The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black – “I Believe In Halloween”

Coming Soon: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall
The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

Coming Soon: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (read by Vincent Price)

October 20th – October 24th

NewsBlas 035 – 039.

Tune In as part of our HalloweenSpooktacular 2014 for the entire third week of October!

 

Only on BlasphuphmusRadio.com.

NewsBlas 9 October 2014: Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!
Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!

NewsBlas 9 October 2014: Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers! (discogs.com)

Tarantula Ghoul discussion board (with articles and links) (monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.c0)

“Pity the ghoul who’s never seen Tarantula Ghoul” (The Oregonian)

 Tarantula Ghoul (facebook.com)

An Image Search for Tarantula Ghoul yields excellent results.

And yet another good Image Search turns up here.

House of Horror! (KPTV website detailing Tarantula Ghoul’s show.)

 

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NewsBlas 6 October 2014: Present At A Hanging

Present At A Hanging
Present At A Hanging

NewsBlas 6 October 2014: Present At A Hanging

This is a selection from the Ambrose Bierce collection, “The Ways of Ghosts.”  These stories are now in the public domain, and make for excellent holiday reading.

Ambient music by Cindytalk, using excerpts from their song “Of Ghosts And Buildings” from their album, The Crackle of My Soul.

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

 

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NewsBlas 1 October 2014: Halloween Spook-tacular 2014! (Prelude)

It's Here!

NewsBlas 1 October 2014: Halloween Spook-tacular 2014! (Prelude)

We offer our yearly Halloween Spook-tacular programming, and this is the perfect time to subscribe to our Halloween Podcast Feed, which now contains more spooky radio than ever before!  Not only do you get every Blasphuphmus Radio podcast complete and unedited, we’ve also included every Halloween broadcast by What’s This Called? and Closet Radio, wonderful additions to our humble network.  There are a number of listening options.

 

The Haunting [Edited] * Gayle House Records * The Haunting (1971)
[Edited effects From] * Haunted House Music Co. * Haunted House (1985)

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The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Basil Tucks Vincent Into Bed
Basil Tucks Vincent Into Bed

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
(Featuring Halloween selections from the early 1960’s and an audio version of a story from Vincent Price’s Tales of Terror.  Originally podcast on 30 October 2013 on BlasphuphmusRadio.com, and re-aired in 2015.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

As we close this year’s Halloween Spook-tacular we do it with two guest stars that make any Halloween gathering well worth the effort: Basil Rathbone & Vincent Price!  Those two alone almost make anything worthy of Halloween viewing, no matter what the premise, and in this case, reenacting a story by Edgar Allen Poe only seals the deal.  Minus some bad acting, this is a great way to close out the spooky season, as we segue into overeating and songs about snow.

While I do make fun of the acting in this movie, this era of horror films were absolutely seminal in the world of horror films and horror music.  Roger Corman’s studios made so many movies – many from excellent source material – that occasionally a real gem will get lost in the mix.  Price and Rathbone’s overacting is only half the fun, and the clips from this movie make for some compelling audio theater.  Plus, there’s plenty of early sixties monster songs to keep everything flowing smoothly.

I really love putting together these shows, and Halloween music is some of my favorite music.  Plus, my Horror Host – who has really transformed into a sort of Ghoulardi character at this point – is a lot of fun to do.  Hopefully, you’re enjoying it too.

Lots of cool stuff on the horizon.  But until then, take care, okay.

Happy Halloween!

The Fact in the Case of M. Valdemar

Part I: To Escape A Pitiful & Painful Decline To Death!
01.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part I
02.) The Mad Scientist * The Zanies * 1958
03.) Graveyard * The Phantom 5 * 1966
04.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part II
05.) Nightmare * Scottie Stuart * 1960
06.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part III
07.) The Whip * The Creeps * 1959
08.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part IV
09.) Midnight Stroll * The Revels * 1959

Part II: The Time Has Come.
10.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part V
11.) Down In The Basement * The Munsters * 1964
12.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part VI
13.) Igor’s Lament * Tony’s Monstrosities * 1960
14.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part VII
15.) Cha-Cha With The Zombies * The Upperclassmen * 1959
16.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part VIII
17.) Dead * The Poets * 1958

Part III: You Do But Sleep!
18.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part IX
19.) The Monster Hop * Bert Convy * 1958
20.) Spooky * George Barnes * 1959
21.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part X
22.) Rockin’ Zombie * The Crewnecks * 1961
23.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XI
24.) Frankenstein Stomp * Lorry & The Biters * 1965
25.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XII
26.) Wombie Zombie * Billy Taylor * 1959
27.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XIII
28.) The Lurch * Ted Cassidy * 1966
29.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XIV
30.) The Boogie Man * The Cadillacs * 1960
31.) The Blob * The Five Blobs * 1958

32.) Frankie And Igor At A Rock ‘N’ Roll Party * Bob MicFadden * 1959

Stranger and Fiction – Part 2

425452920_741f6d0931-300x265Closet Radio Episode 104: Stranger and Fiction – Part 2

(10-26-13)

DJ DIrty Mollie calls in LIVE from SteamCon in Seattle to bring some of the newest and greatest steampunk bands. Featuring a few words from Frenchy and The Punk, and a handful of Steamy friends and fans at the Con. Hour 2 features a set of Tunacan’s favorite old-fashioned Halloween tunes for your spiritual pleasure.

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VooDuo – Maddest Story Ever Told
Crispin Glover – Ben
The Nourishment – Paranormal Pair O Pants
Sharron Kraus – “Song of the Hanged Man”
Round Robin – “I’m The Wolfman”
Dandilion Junk Queens – “Halloween”
Nu Trends – Spooksville
Rube Bloom and His Bayou Boys – St. James Infirmary (feat. Rube Bloom and his Bayou Boys) (3:16)
Artie Shaw – Skeleton in the Closet (feat. Artie Shaw) (2:42)
Arden & Ohman – Dancing the Devil Away (feat. Arden & Ohman) (3:02)
Rosemary Clooney – The Wobblin Goblin (feat. Rosemary Clooney) (3:18)
Glenn Miller – The Little Man Who Wasn’t There (feat. Glenn Miller) (3:00)
Jim Stafford – Swamp Witch
The American Quartet – The Skeleton Rag (feat. The American Quartet) (2:06)
Buddy Moss – Undertaker Blues (feat. Buddy Moss) (3:09)
Alvino Rey – The Bat (feat. Alvino Rey) (1:55)
Jack Turner – Nightmare (feat. Jack Turner) (2:04)
Halloween Radio Spot – Bing Crosby (feat. Halloween Radio Spot) (0:58)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Little Demon (feat. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) (2:24)
Walt Disney Studios – The Unsafe Bridge (1:18)
The Five Jones Boys – Mr. Ghost is Going to Town (feat. The Five Jones Boys) (2:56)
Revels – Dead Man’s Stroll (2:32)
Jelly Roll Morton – Dead Man Blues (feat. Jelly Roll Morton) (3:19)
Duponts – Screamin’ Ball (2:20)
The New Orleans Owls – White Shivers (feat. The New Orleans Owls) (2:46)
Walt Disney Studios – The Martian Monsters (1:41)
Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff – The Halloween Song (feat. Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff) (2:32)
Cab Calloway – Nightmare (feat. Cab Calloway) (2:41)

Stranger And Fiction Part 1 – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2013

Closet Radio Episode 104: Stranger And Fiction Part 1 – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2013

(10-26-13)

Joined by Tunacan Jones, we discuss Portland State of Mind, the origins and current status of A-HA, The Red God of Sex, Donald Sutherland’s scream and so much more!

 

The Montesas – “Oh Death”
The Creepshow – “Take My Hand”
The Revillos – “Graveyard Groove”
Oingo Boingo – “Dead or Alive”
Southern Culture on the Skids – “Devil’s Stomping Ground”
The Gravetones – “On A Pale Horse”
Circus – “Burn Witch Burn”
The October Country – “My Girlfriend is a Witch”
The Lollipop Shoppe – “SIn”
The Reg Guest Syndicate – “Underworld”

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The Incredible Staggers – “Zombies of Love”

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Manual Sex Drive – “The Living Dead”
Bill Cardille – “Chilly Billy’s Vamp”
The Deviants – “Billy the Monster”
Bobby Gray – “Devil Eyes”

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Blue Faces – “Nights Out In The Graveyard”
Link Wray – “The Shadow Knows”
Nu Trends – “Spooksville”

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The Only Ones – “The Beast”
The Stranglers – “Death and Night and Blood”
Roky Erikson – “Night of the Vampire”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – “The Cannibals”
Bessie Smith – “Devil’s Gonna Get You”
The Damned – “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!
Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the early 1960’s, mixing our annual Halloween Spook-tacular with Blasphuphmus Radio Goes To The Movies!  Originally podcast on 26 October 2013 on BlasphuphmusRadio.com and re-aired in 2015.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

I am always looking for ways to mash-up my own themes and tropes, and when it dawned on me to do a Halloween Spooktacular AND a new installment of Blasphuphmus Radio Goes To The Movies, it was hard not to follow this idea to its most logical conclusion.  With that in mind, I put together three Audio Essays, each focused on a different Famous Monster from the classic era of Hollywood Horror.  Vampires!  Frankenstein!  The Werewolf!  They’re all right here, in this Monster Movie Party!

Credit must be given where credit is due: this show is also inspired by the Wavy Gravy compilations that were put out by Beware Records.  Starting in the late 80’s and early 90’s, this label was putting out compilations of hard-to-find rock and roll gems, interjecting trailers for b movies.  This was clearly inspired by the mix tapes that Lux Interior had been making since the ’70’s, and of course, the radio work of The Mad Daddy.  Since these records were released in a pre-Internet era, it can’t be stressed how strange and incredible these albums were, when this kind of stuff was hard to find.  It was their idea of including trailers that has really swept the radio landscape for DJs and oddballs who are into this kind of music, and since I was mining that period in rock history for this show, it only makes sense to do the same.

The early ’60’s – my cut-off date for this show – is a very interesting period in rock music.  The beginning sounds of what would become Garage Rock is starting to take shape, but the sound is still heavily rooted in that late ’50’s naiveté.  But Shock Theater is starting to take over late night television, and the shape of things to come is just as scary.  I really enjoyed putting this show together, and I hope you did it as much as I do.

Enjoy!

Monster Movie Party!

Part I: Vampires!
01.) “Atom Age Vampire” Trailer * Anton Giulio Majano * 1963
02.) Vampira * Bobby Bare * 1958
03.) Vampire * The Crystals * 1960
04.) “Macabre” Trailer * William Castle * 1958
05.) Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall) * The Duponts * 1957
06.) “Dracula” Trailer * 1931
07.) Graveyard Cha Cha * The Three D’s * 1959
08.) “The Vampire & The Ballerina” Trailer * 1960

Part II: Frankenstein!
09.) “I Was A Teenage Frankenstein” * Herbert L. Strock * 1957
10.) At The House Of Frankenstein * Big Bee Kornegay * 1958
11.) Satan Takes A Holiday * Tommy Dorsey * 1937
12.) “Frankenstein” Trailer * James Whale * 1931
13.) Frankenstein Rock * Eddie Thomas * 1958
14.) “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Trailer * 1963
15.) You Can Get Him Frankenstein * Castle Kings * 1961
16.) “Calling Dr. Death” Trailer * 1943
17.) Don’t Meet Mr. Frankenstein * Carlos Casual Jr. * 1962
18.) “Frankenstein’s Daughter” Trailer * 1958

Part III: The Werewolf!
19.) Dead Man Blues * Jelly Roll Morton * 1926
20.) “The Werewolf” Excerpt * Alan Smithee * 1935
21.) The Werewolf * Carl Bonafede * 1960
22.) “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” * 1956
23.) Werewolf * Garry Warren * 1958
24.) “The Curse of The Werewolf” Trailer * 1961
25.) Mr. Werewolf * The Kac Ties * 1963
26.) “The Wolf Man” Trailer * 1941
27.) Monster Party * Bill Doggett * 1959

28.) “The Mummy” Trailer * 1932

Midian Mournings

Closet Radio Episode 103: Midian Mournings

10/19/13

The Halloween madness continues with an EPIC 5 hour episode over three KPSU shows brought to you by your local Closet Radio DJs!

 

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Hour 1 :

1. ClosetRadio – LimitClub (0:17)
2. Cody Rich – CLoset Radio Warning (0:30)
3. Groovie Ghoulies – Vampire Girl (2:14)
4. Morgus & the Daringers – Morgus Creep  (2:35)
5. Gene Moss – “I Want to Bite Your Hand  (2:26)
6. Soupy Sales – My Baby’s Got A Crush On Frankenstein (2:00)
7. Kitty Cat Spy Club – Hot Lava Monster (1:57)
8. Greenskeepers – Lotion (Radio Edit) (3:46)
9. Wayne Bell & Tobe Hooper (1974) –  Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Opening Titles (3:22)
10. Zombina & the Skeletones – The Kids Are All Dead (2:14)
11. The AQUABATS! – Tarantula (3:42)
12. Los Gatos Locos – Headhunters (2:46)
13. Messer Chups – Vincent Price Bible (4:29)
14. Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (3:19)
15. Route 66 Killers – Ghoul Tango (2:40)
16. The Poets – Dead-Poets (2:07)
17. Bloody Hollies – Satanic Satellite (3:07)

Hour 2:

1. Cody Rich – Closet Radio Warning (0:30)
2. Dr. Phibes trailer (2:33)
3. The Moon-Rays- Skeletoons In The Closet (3:09)
4. The Chimps – It’s The Mummy (2:31)
5. Hellcat and the Prowl – Betty Bones (3:00)
6. Frantic Flintstones – Rock ‘N Roll Zombie (2:02)
7. Jamie Horton – Robot Man (1:49)
8. Monotones – LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW – 1958 (2:11)
9. The Slow Poisoner at UCSF Mission Bay Halloween 2012 (2:34)
10. Weird Al Yankovic – Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars (3:28)
11. Blood Feast (1963) – Trailer (2:23)
12. Blair Crimmins and The Hookers – A Demon Like Me (3:25)
13. Stephen Lynch – Halloween (2:47)
14. The Stranglers – Waltz In Black (3:36)
15. Wild Evel and the Trashbones- It’s A Monster (2:28)
16. Civet – Horror Business (3:01)
17. Theo & The Skyscrapers – Spider (2:42)
18. Screeching Weasel – Chainsaw (1:57)
19. Happy Halloween- Silver Shamrock Commercial (1:35)

Night Shift: 10/19/13:

1. Nine Inch Nails – Sin (remastered) (4:22)
2. Nekromantix – Where Do Monsters Go (3:21)
3. Creature Feature – A Corpse In My Bed (3:24)
4. Dr. Steel – Bikinigram From Satan (5:43)
5. crisis captin howdy (3:36)
6. Faith And The Muse – Through The Pale Door (The Haunted Palace) (4:09)
7. Lebanon Hanover – Cadaverously Quaint (3:44)
8. LYDIA LUNCH & CLINT RUIN – DON’T FEAR THE REAPER (5:16)
9. Midnight Configuration – Decline & Fall (The Fall Of The House Of Usher) (6:17)
10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Black Crow King (5:05)

Hour 4:

1. Kolchak- The Night Stalker(opening intro) (1:01)
2. Woolworth Woolco Halloween Commercial 1978 (0:29)
3. Eels – Fresh Blood (4:25)
4. Jellyfish – The Ghost at Number One (3:36)
5. Dead Kennedys – Halloween (3:35)
6. The Sonics – The Witch (2:40)
7. Screaming Lord Sutch – Jack The Ripper – SPECIAL version (2:43)
8. Buck Owens – It’s A Monster’s Holiday 1974 Original version of the Halloween song (2:33)
9. Blood Feast (1963) – Trailer (2:23)
10. Tobin Sprout – Cereal Killer (3:18)
11. The Specials – Ghost Town (4:06)
12. The Orwells – Halloween All Year (3:36)
13. Jack Blanchard – Dance of the Living Dead Chickens (2:05)
14. Stanley Holloway -With Her Head Tucked Under Her Arm  (4:42)
15. Half Japanese – Ouija Board Summons Satan (1:00)
16. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell (live) (3:14)
17. Pan’s Labyrinth – Lullaby (Music Box) (1:17)

Hour 5 (chiptune):

1. Dr. Von Pnok – Welcome to Microhorror (1:34)
2. 8-bit- Gwar – Sick of you (3:05)
3. Albino Ghost Monkey – Halloween (3:24)
4. This is Halloween – The Chiptune (2:58)
5. Dethklok – Hatredcopte 8-bit (2:54)
6. Dot.ay – Zombie face eaters (3:49)
7. Gargoyle’s Quest – Introduction (1:30)
8. Alice Cooper – Only Women Bleed (8 Bit) (5:53)
9. Mark Cooksey – Ghosts’n Goblins (3:51)
10. letavetatu – Gravestone Troupe (1:20)
11. Death – Evil Dead 8-bit (2:29)
12. Nordloef – Trick and/or Treat (the candy raid is on!) (2:42)
13. MonsterVision – Ode to Father Dagon (4:08)
14. Rob Zombie – Dragula (8 Bit) (3:42)
15. 1978 Halloween Theme 8-Bit (2:57)

Chance of A Ghost!

Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre

Chance of A Ghost!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the 1950’s and earlier as we continue this years Halloween Spook-tacular!  Originally podcast on 14 October 2013 on BlasphuphmusRadio.com, and again in 2015.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

I often associate Peter Lorre with this time of year, as his voice is forever associated with the 100s of imitators who would do his voice as a Halloween Shorthand when I was growing up.  His career in film is incredibly well known, but his radio career is less familiar.  So I was happy to find a program he hosted that fits the Halloween theme perfectly: Nightmare, a supernatural anthology show that presented a different story every week, hosted by the Master of Macabre, Peter Lorre himself.  For this particular broadcast, I chose an episode from the mid-1950’s, and decided to pair it with a fair amount of period music to bring the point home.

As was typical for these kinds of Ghost Stories, there is only the smallest hint that something supernatural has happened during the tale, and even that is handwaved by the participants at the very end.  However, as we can see in comparison to last week’s program, rather than report something “supposedly true,” we are starting to get to the point where radio was dramatizing the story, in a way that sets a very good Halloween mood.  Considering that the 1950’s saw a resurgence of the Universal Horror Pictures – coupled with The Shock Theater TV package of horror movies that was sold to most stations in the mid-50’s – horror was starting to take hold of the public at large.  (Horror comics started to sell like crazy in these days, too.)  However, this was a budding genre, and there were still a lot of “mood” pieces that were not so much scary, but evoked the imagination.  This is exactly where Nightmare fits in.

Finding musical accompaniment  for this episode was harder than I thought it would be.  While there is plenty of music that is labeled “1950’s Horror,” when you start to actually compare dates, many of these songs are from 1960 or later.  The musical “monster craze” really doesn’t get started until 1957, when Shock Theater was nationwide, and people were seeing horror on TV late at night.  However, there were enough songs to help flesh out the show, and in some cases, foreshadow bits and pieces of the story.  I was pretty pleased with the evolution of music from last week to this week, and hopefully we’ll continue this evolution as we begin to enter the 1960’s, when the Monster Song genre really began to take off.

Among the selections from this show include a few really excellent gems worth mentioning: Tarantual Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!  While I had heard this song on a few compilations prior to this show, in researching this artist I discovered that she was actually a Horror Host here in Portland Oregon in 1957 – 1959 on KPTV!  You can find a few images of her here, and I would recommend searching around for other images and the flip side of her 45, “King Kong.”  Clearly influenced by Vampira and the other Horror Hosts of the era, this is a great discovery for me, and I’m very excited to learn more about her.  Novelty Record nerd will also like to hear that “The Casual Three” is actually a Dickie Goodman production, of the incredibly duo “Buchanan & Goodman,” most well known for their hit, “The Flying Saucer.” While it was common for people to work under a number of names in those days, I thought I knew just about everything there is to know about those guys.  Always something new to learn.

Stay tuned, as we will be edging our way into the 1960’s, with more of our Halloween Spook-tacular, 2013!

Enjoy!

Chance of A Ghost!

Part I: Nightmare In A Haunted House!
01.) Chance of A Ghost * Peter Lorre * Nightmare (31 March 1954) (Throughout The Show)
02.) Nightmare Hop * Earl Patterson * 1959
03.) Skeleton In The Closet * Artie Shaw & His Orchestra * 30 October 1936
04.) The Ghost Song * Salty Holmes * 1954
05.) Dead * The Poets * 1958
06.) Haunted House * Cris Kevin And The Comics * 1959
07.) Mad House Jump * The Daylighters * 1959

Part II: In The Graveyard!
08.) Satan Takes A Holiday * John Cali & Tony Guttuso * 1937
09.) Graveyard Rock * Tarantual Ghoul And Her Gravediggers * 1958
10.) Graveyard Boogie * Buster Doss & His Arkansas Playboys * 1948
11.) Nightmare * Jack Turner * May 1955
12.) Midnight Monster’s Hop * Jack And Jim * 1959

Part III: What Is And Isn’t There!
13.) White Ghost Shivers * The New Orleans Owls * 1926
14.) He’s A Vampire * Archie King * 1959
15.) The Invisible Thing * The Casual Three * 1958
16.) The Rockin’ Ghost * The Modernaires * 1962
17.) Nightmares * John Lowell
18.) The Monster * Bobby Please * 1959
19.) Swingin’ At The Seance * The Deep River Boys * 1940
20.) Ghost Satellite * Bob & Jerry * 1958

Red Skies at Night

Closet Radio Episode 102: Red Skies at Night

(10-12-13)

Creepy hallows without the usual dose of Tuna! We’re heading down the rabbit hole armed with a chainsaw and some dude name Kolchak.

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The Video Nasties – “The Hills Have Eyes”
The Moontrekkers – “John Brown’s Body”
The N’Betweens – “Evil Witch Man”
Louis & Bebe Barron – “Theme From Forbidden Planet”
Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Curse of the Witches”
Names & Faces – “The Killer”
Mr. Undertaker – “Here Lies My Love”
The Fleshtones – “You Can’t Get Him Frankenstein”
Kolchak – “Spanish Moss Murders Epilogue”
Warsaw – “Gutz”
John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – “Hello Grandma”
The Changeling
Hollywood Flames – “Frankenstein’s Den”
Satan’s Pilgrims – “Haunted House of Rock”
The Tomkos -“The Spook”
THAT Damned Band – “Blue Spirit Blues”
The Scarring Party – “Monsters”
The Kinks – “Wicked Annabella”
GST Mugwump – “Apathy For The Devil”
Nick Cave & The Dirty Three – “X-Files Theme”
The Toy Dolls -“Spiders In The Dressing Room”
Duane Eddy – “Stalkin’”
Link Wray – “Hillbilly Wolf”

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The Cramps – “Aloha From Hell”
Jack Turner – “Nightmare”
Bloody Hollys – “Nosferatu”
The Novas – “The Crusher”
King Horror – “Loch Ness Monster”
Maximillian – “The Twistin’ Ghost”
The Bostweeds – “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”
Marc Bolan – “You Scare Me To Death”

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!
The Ghost of General Mouton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the 1940’s and earlier as we begin this years Halloween Spook-tacular!  Originally podcast on 6 October 2013 on BlasphuphmusRadio.com, and again in 2015.)

Playlist & Footnotes:

Since 2003 I’ve been actively collecting Halloween music and recordings, and since 2004 I’ve been hosting this annual Halloween Spook-Taculars on my program.  What can I say?  This is my favorite time of year, and my favorite kind of music.  I’ve been listening to Halloween Music for the last few months, in and effort not only to get into the spirit, but to continue the quest to find new and exciting music.  And this year is no exception, as I found a huge treasure-trove of Halloween goodies that I cannot wait for you to hear!

Using a somewhat chronological format for presentation this year, this first show is offering music from the Pre-1940’s ear of Halloween Music.  Halloween is a very old celebration, but the music side of this holiday has often been suppressed, or relegated to the “novelty” portion of any record collection.  This is a shame, as music like this is really evocative, and presents a kind of musical narrative that is absent from so many other kinds of music.  It’s always a pleasure to find a new song about ghosts and monsters, especially from this early period when the “novelty hit” hadn’t quite made it possible to make a whole career out of spooky songs.

To complement today’s selection of songs, we have a period radio broadcast of the Yankee Yarns series, a show hosted by Alton Blackington, who would present a story rooted in Americana in some form or another.  For this particular episode – The Ghost of General Moulton – he retells the life story of Johnathan Moulton, and the spooky tale surrounding his life (and death).  It not only fit the theme and the mood of our annual Spook-taculars, but is a very curious piece of radio history, making it doubly relevant to our interests.

I’m going to make every effort to bring you a show every week this month, and for next week’s program we’ll be creeping into the 1950’s.  Welcome to Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular 2013!

Enjoy!

The Ghost of General Moulton!

Part I: Ghost Dance

01.) “A Welcome Date On Our Calendar” * Bing Crosby * Philco Radio Time 30 October 1946
02.) The Halloween Song * Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff * Philco Radio Time  29 October 1947
03.) Ghost Dance * Truett & George * 1927
04.) The Ghost of General Moulton * Yankee Yarns w/ Alton Blackington * 13 October 1943 (throughout the program)
05.) Ghost In The Graveyard * The Prairie Ramblers * 1938
06.) I’m A Ghost * Scrappy * “Scrappy’s Ghost Story” Cartoon 1935
07.) Haunted House * Ray Noble & His All Stars * 1931
08.) The Skeleton Rag * The American Quartet * 1912

Part II: T’ain’t No Sin

09.) T’aint No Sin * Fred Hall & His Sugar Babies * 1928
10.) The Bat * Alvino Rey & His Orchestra * 1959
11.) The Skeleton In The Closet * Putney Dandridge * 1936
12.) The Wobblin’ Goblin * Rosemary Clooney * 1950
13.) Haunted House * Betty Grable & Dan Dailey * “My Blue Heaven” 1950
14.) Halloween Spooks * Lambert, Hendricks & Ross * 1962
15.) The Boogie Man * Todd Rollins & His Orchestra w/ Chick Bullock * 1934

Part III: The House Is Haunted

16.) Haunted Blues * Memphis Minnie * 1937
17.) Nightmare * Artie Shaw * 1938
18.) With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm * Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees * 1937
19.) The House Is Haunted (By The Echo of Your Last Goodbye) * Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra * 1937
20.) Skeleton In The Closet * Louis Armstrong * 1936
21.) The Ghost Walk * Borrah Minnevitch * 1933

Jars of Spooks – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2013

Closet Radio Episode 101: Jars of Spooks – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2013

(10/05/13)

Joined by Tunacan Jones, The Professor, and even Miss Suzie to kick off the Halloween celebrations! This episode begins the month-long explosion of spooky tune-age!

We discuss the origins of Halloween, Sarah Silverman, Tuncan’s Robert Smith hair, how Miss Suzie met Tuna, The Professor’s inability to keep clothes on, what color a proper rickety van should be, and so much more!

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Danny Elfman – “The Incantation”
The Birthday Party – “Release The Bats”
The Masonics – “Down Among The Dead Men”

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Hotrod Frankie- “Arising From My Grave”
Murder By Death – “Knife Goes In, Guts Come Out”
The Damned – “Dr. Woofenstein”
Super Heroines – “Night Stalker”
Zacharie – “Sinister Purpose”
Groovie Goolies – “Noises”
Famous Monsters – “Outerspace Deathrace”
Richard Delvecchio – “Green Slime”
Revelevens – “Zombie Chicken”
Gravetones – “Still Screaming”
Stellar Corpses – “Leave A Stellar Corpse”
Calabrese – “Saturday Night of the Living Dead”
The Revillos – “Caveman Raveman”
The Lancasters – “Satan’s Holiday”
Alice Cooper – “Science Fiction”
Blue Oyster Cult – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
James White & The Blacks – “Hot Voodoo”

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The Embassy

Hard Boiled Sci-Fi For The Holidays
Hard Boiled Sci-Fi For The Holidays

The Embassy
(Featuring a re-telling of the 1955 X-Minus One broadcast hosted by none other than Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator!  Originally podcast on 30 October 2012 on BlasphuphmusRadio.com, and in 2016 as “#21.1”)

In our final Halloween Spook-tacular this season, we pull out all the stops and bring you a story straight out of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. As an experienced Private Dick, Dexter Roland has been involved in a number of cases that have often put him in contact with a number of surprising and unusual situations. He’s worked with Humphrey Bogart, presenting the story of The Maltese Falcon, and Peter Lorre, during this Holiday tale Back For Christmas. But this may well be his strangest case yet, as he discovers the horrific events surrounding the disappearance of his friends over at The Broderick Detective Agency. Tune in for an incredible Hard Boiled, Sci-Fi epic as we bring you the tale of The Embassy, where professional PI Broderick is hired to locate the secret base of operations for… a Martian Invasion!

Dexter Roland has been kicking around since the early ‘90’s, trading slugs and shots with the criminal underworld in an effort to right the wrongs that police are unable to involve themselves. Bridging the gap between Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Johnny Dollar, Dirk Gently & Mike Hammer, Detective Roland’s adventures have appeared in a number of quick-and-dirty publications, and most recently in a novel entitled Noir Time Like The Present. But his meta-textual nature, magical realist perception of the universe, and penchant for getting into situations he has no business getting into has made him the perfect radio personality, and his work on this show is always a treat. When he told me about this story, I knew we had to bring it to the air.

I’ve been a fan of X-Minus One since just after High School, when I first came across a collection of cassettes that contained a selection of Sci-Fi programs from the golden age of radio. Of course, it hasn’t been until the last several years that this material has been easily accessible. While there are a number of website that offer a number of old time radio programs for download, I recommend The Twilight Zone Network who offer regular podcasts containing these classic shows as they were heard by audiences in the ‘50’s. It’s nice to be listening to your regular selection of Radiolabs and Planet Moneys, and then have one of these vintage programs pop up in the mix. It offers a good counterpoint to the kinds of radio that exist now, and makes me long for the days when radio brought you narrative programs.

This particular episode – The Embassy – was originally broadcast on Dimension X radio on 3 June 1950. Dimension X was the program that preceded X Minus One, and a number of the same staff, writers and voice actors worked on the program. The story was originally penned by Donald Wollheim for Astounding Science Fiction Magazine, which has sustained a few name changes over the years, and is now known as the well-read Analog. Wollheim was one of the founding Futurians, a group of left-wing science fiction fans (as well editors and writers like Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl), and is probably best known the organizer of the first Sci-Fi convention. The Embassy was originally published in March of 1942, and while it was not his most famous story, it is a well-known one among Sci-Fi Radio nerds like me.

The story was “adapted for radio” by George Lefferts, one of the staff writers for both Dimension X and X Minus One. Lefferts had a fascinating and unusual career, that spanned from the ‘40’s into the ‘80’s. He worked for television, film, radio, newspapers, magazines, and documentaries, primarily as a writer, but also as a producer and behind-the-scenes staffer. I know him primarily from the credits of these programs, but his work is so diverse that it makes sense that he would be attracted to a strange story like this. It contains all the usual trappings of a Hard Boiled detective story – a murdered partner, beautiful girls, a client who turns on him, getting drugged and trying to find out why, a run-in with the police – and yet all these elements are completely turned upside down, and the scary, Sci-Fi tinges really sell this episode in a big way. Like a lot of great media, there are parts when you think this could very well just be an exaggerated detective program that will have a sort-of Scooby Doo ending. However, it makes a good hard turn into X Minus One territory in the second act, and as a show that pretends to be one thing and is, actually, another, it seems perfect for Halloween.

I’ve had an incredible holiday season this year, and produced some really excellent shows of which I am proud. Halloween means a lot to me, and shows like this really allow me to indulge in my own interests, tell a story that I find unique, and present radio that is both fun and seasonally appropriate, all at the same time. Thanks again for bringing me to your ears, and supporting something as strange and unusual as I can possibly manage. You guys are amazing, really.

See ya real soon!

The Embassy

Part I:
01.) The Embassy Part I * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
02.) High Terror * Eddie Warner * Cops Crooks and Spies * L’Illustration Musicale Records
03.) The Embassy Part II * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
04.) Divide And Conquer * Hüsker Dü * Flip Your Wig * SST Records
05.) The Embassy Part III * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
06.) Shot by Both Sides * Magazine * Real Life * Virgin Records
07.) The Embassy Part IV * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
08.) Find A Hidden Door * The Misunderstood * Before The Dream Faded * Cherry Red
09.) The Embassy Part V * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
10.) The Sky Is Falling, And I Want My Mommy (Falling Space Junk) * Jello Biafra With Nomeansno * The Sky Is Falling And I Want My Mommy * Alternative Tentacles Records

11.) The Embassy Part VI * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
12.) Body Twist * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music * Power Records

Part II:
13.) Postludio Alla Terza Moglie (from Barbalu) * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance
14.) The Embassy Part VII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
15.) The Call * Straitjacket * Modern Thieves * Jonny Cat Records
16.) The Embassy Part VIII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
17.) Little Drop Of Poison * Tom Waits * Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards * ANTI- Records
18.) The Embassy Part IX * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
19.) I Walk Among Them * MX-80 Sound * Out Of The Tunnel * Ralph Records
20.) The Embassy Part X * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
21.) Fascist Cops * The Kids * The Kids * Philips Records
22.) The Embassy Part XI * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955

23.) Grave Mistake * David And Jad Fair * Halloween Songs * Thick Syrup Records

Part III:
24.) Diabolo’s Theme * The Ghastly Ones * A-Haunting We Will Go-Go * Zombie-A-Go-Go Records
25.) The Embassy Part XII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
26.) Keep Talking * The Love Me Nots * In Black & White * Atomic A Go Go Records
27.) The Embassy Part XIII * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
28.) Human Cattail * Last Of The Juanitas * In The Dirt * Wäntage Records
29.) The Embassy Part XIV * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
30.) The Plan * Richard Hell And The Voidoids * Blank Generation * Sire Records

31.) The Embassy Part XV * X Minus 1 Radio * 28 July 1955
32.) Detective Theme * Eddie Warner * Cops Crooks and Spies * L’Illustration Musicale Records
33.) The Invasion is Coming * The Invasion * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fourteen * http://kogarsjunglejuice.blogspot.com/

Getting Down In The Underworld (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 4)

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Closet Radio Episode 054: Getting Down In The Underworld (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 4)

(10-27-12)

***2012 Rikki Horror Picture Show part 4***

Spindly fingers tap a tick-tock rapping to the beat in a perfect square to awaken that which had slipped through the cracks of perception. There is dirt under your nails and blood in your seams with limbs all akimbo conveying subtleties of breakdown in unison. A scan of the peripheries proves playing possum is the true opiate of the masses, so when they figure us out, just torch the whole thing to ashes.

 

“Theme” – The Outer Limits OST
“In A Strangeland” – Talk Normal
“Party Of The First Part” – Bauhaus
“Death Is A Star” – The Clash
“Nightmares In Red” – The Brain
“The Whip” – The Creeps
“City Hobgoblins” – The Fall
“Hell-A-Vision Shock” – Mad Sin
“Prince of Darkness” – Electric Hellfire Club
“God of All Spiders” – Ken Nordine
“Mickey Mouse & The Goodbye Man” – Grinderman
“One Step Beyond” – Madness
“Trick Or Treat” – Mr. Jelly
“Monster Man” – DEVO
“Lowest of the Low” – Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak f/ Sour Grapes
“All Hallows Eve” – Blood Junkies
“Paranormal Pair O Pants” – The Nourishment
“Punky Punkin” – Fran Alison
“Son Of The Mummy” – Bob McFadden and Dor
“Werewolf” – Five Man Electrical Band
“Graveyard Rock” – Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers
“I Love My Monsters” – The Voronas
“Things That Scare Me” – Neko Case
“Devil In My Car” – The B-52’s
“Do The Ripper” – The Incredible Staggers
“Where Wolves Drink” – The Girls
“The Hills Have Eyes” – The Video Nasties
“Jabberwocky” – Cruxshadows
“The Name Is Nothing” – Thomas Ligotti
“Down, Down To Goblin Town” – The Hobbit OST
“Black Widow” – Alice Cooper
“St James Infirmary” – Standells
“The Horrors of The Museum” – Rudimentary Peni

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An Evening With Vincent Price!

Prepare For The Shock Of Your Life
Prepare For The Shock Of Your Life!

An Evening With Vincent Price!
(Featuring the master of horror readings himself, Mr. Vincent Price, performing classic tales from his Caedmon Records releases.  Originally podcast 23 October 2012, re-aired in 2015, and as “#22.1” in 2016.)

There are a number of people who have become so associated with horror and the macabre that they become culturally associated with Halloween, a holiday that celebrates not only ghosts, vampires and monsters, but these kinds of celebrities as well.  While he was most certainly not the first to achieve this kind of notoriety, Vincent Price managed to use this association to his advantage, building a career that spanned stage, screen, radio, television and LP.  His singular looks, commanding voice, and overall sense of theater and drama made him perfectly suited to wear capes and speak knowingly about the undead and the midnight hour.  While his dedication to the craft was always apparent in everything he produced, his sense of humor was always lurking just beneath, and one need only look at his appearance on The Muppet Show for proof of that.  It is with no small amount of fanfare that we bring you an entire hour dedicated to the man himself, presenting his own voice reading stories and poems about ghosts, witches, goblins, and all things creepy as part of our annual Halloween Spook-tacular!

Beginning his career in the late 1930’s, Vincent Price’s horror film debut was with Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone in 1939 in The Tower Of London, but the role that really established his career was 1944’s Laura, a film noir by Otto Preminger, and adapted from the novel of the same name.  In 1947 he took on the role of Simon Templar in the radio program The Saint, a heroic adventure program where he solved crimes in much the same manner of The Green Hornet, The Avenger, or The Whistler (a program that shared a similar introduction).  He appeared in horror, film noir, and radio programs, and a comedy here and there, throughout the ’40’s and ’50’s.  By the 1960’s he was known to many as the character of Egghead in the television adaptation of Batman.  However, his work with Roger Corman not only made him permanently associated with horror films (and in particular, screen adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe short stories), but made him a go-to actor when filmmakers wanted to use his incredible voice, or lend a moody atmosphere to the production.  Throughout the remainder of his career he worked for a number of director’s, lent his voice to animated films, and hosted endless programs, including PBS’s Mystery! from ’81 – ’89.  He passed from this dimension in 1993, but his long career and spectacular command of drama has made him a Halloween icon, and one who I enjoy every year around this time.

One aspect of his career that is often overlooked is his work for Caedmon Records (now Caedmon Audio).  Founded in 1952 by Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney, Caedmon focused on all manner of spoken word albums, which included authors and poets reading their own work, presentations of speeches or stage performances, poetry collections, children’s stories, and any number of literary works on LP (their slogan: “A Third Dimension for the Printed Page”).  They managed to amass an impressive roster of artists, featuring albums by Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, e.e. cummings, Richard Burton, Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave and Basil Rathbone just to name a few.  These LPs were particularly popular among the hip college crowd in the ’60’s and ’70’s, and offered a new means for listeners to experience well known literary works, often read by the original writers, or at least, consummate performers.  Caedmon still releases audio books and literary recordings to this day, though now on CD and in other digital forms, leaving behind the excellent LPs that made their work unique and popular, and today they are thought of as a merely an audiobook production company.  It is with this organization that Vincent Price recorded several albums, reading a number of stories totally appropriate for the Halloween season.  These albums contained stories about ghosts, goblins, monsters of all variety, and on one record, a series of spells for witches, with their ingredients described in detail.  While he recited his share of Edgar Allen Poe stories too, today’s program features stories from his other recordings.

Ghost stories have a long and wonderful tradition that goes back to an time when people primarily heard them around the campfire, and there is something about hearing someone tell you a story that is absolutely mesmerizing.  I have fond memories listening to a few scary stories on records when I was a kid, and when I hear recordings like this, I am easily transported to a time when a four minute ghost story would leave me in awe.  Putting one of these records on is a fantastic showcase of the different kinds of literary thrills and chills that Vincent Price was so good at delivering, and it seemed appropriate to offer a sort of mix-tape of some well-known moments.  I intentionally left out his renditions of Poe works, not only because we featured The Tell-Tale Heart last week, but I wanted to offer some of the other kinds of narratives heard on records like this.  Accompanying these stories are the sounds of one of my favorite scary sounds LPs, Haunted House, an Italian record from 1985 with some hilarious typos on the back cover, and an excellent presentation on Side A.

It is sad that, now, both Vincent Price and stories like this are no longer popular, and have been replaced instead with the Horror Movie format as people loose their interest in  primary source of Halloween scares like these.  Ghost Stories seem permanently lodged in the past, somehow, and while I can easily become excited by work like this, it is very clearly a relic now.  This show is a sort of snapshot of the way this holiday used to be celebrated, and one that I wish would come back.  The real focus of today’s program are tales read by the immortal Vincent Price, and that should be something that is timeless.

So: light some candles, curl up in a blanket with your loved ones, and enjoy an hour of fantastic tales guaranteed to set the mood for any party.  Let’s just hope that you live through the entire show!

An Evening With Vincent Price!

Part I: “Listen, Won’t You?”

01.) Take A Trip Through The Haunted House If You Dare! * Haunted House * Haunted House Music Co.

02.) All-Saints’ Eve * Vincent Price * A Hornbook For Witches * Caedmon Records

Published in 1950 by Leah Bodine Drake in a collection of poems entitled A Hornbook for Witches: Poems of Fantasy, this is perhaps one of the rarest collections of poetry published by a fairly large publisher, Arkham House Press.  According to one story, Leah Drake had to shoulder the cost of printing the book, and just over 500 were pressed.  300 were given to the poet for her troubles, and the remainder were sent to distributors.  While it is unclear if the book sold well at all when it was published, copies now go for over $500, mostly because of the spooky content and eerie quality to the verse.  Most people know these poems from Price’s LP, A Hornbook of Witches, containing a few of the gems from this rare book.

03.) The Lone Grave * Vincent Price * Tales Of Witches, Ghosts, And Goblins * Caedmon Records

This story appeared in a 1956 collection of stories by Carl Carmer entitled The Screaming Ghost And Other Stories.  Published as a collection for young adults and illustrated by “Irv Docktor” (a pseudonym if I’ve ever seen one), this is one of the many American folktales and stories Carmer collected and remade for kids.  These stories have taken on a number of forms and versions over the years, and made its way into similar collections by other authors, but Vincent Price (and Caedmon Records) seemed to have a fondness for Carmer’s version.  This particular story originates from Kentucky, and probably has some basis of fact buried within this frightening tale.

04.) The Phantom Merry-Go-Round * Vincent Price * Tales Of Witches, Ghosts, And Goblins * Caedmon Records

Another story from Carmer’s The Screaming Ghost And Other Stories collection, this one tells the story of the deadly hurricane of 1856, and how it destroyed the resort town of Isle Dernière, near New Orleans.

Part II: “Welcome To Gobbleknoll.”

05.) The Smoker * Vincent Price * Tales Of Witches, Ghosts, And Goblins * Caedmon Records

A story from A Book of Goblins, published in 1969 and edited by Alan Garner for young adult readers.  On the Caedmon LP, this story is listed as “freely adapted from an Iroquois legend.”  This is entirely possible, and Garner was merely the editor of this collection of stories.  I have yet to track down a copy of this book, so tracing the origins of these stories is entirely dependent on the data available via the Inter-Web-A-Tron.

06.) Don’t * Vincent Price * A Hornbook For Witches * Caedmon Records

This piece was written by Maria Leach, author of the story collection The Thing At The Foot Of The Bed And Other Scary Stories.  Originally published in 1959, it saw a number of young adult editions over the years, but is now out of print.  Maria Leach, in this collection, took a number of classic folktales and campfire stories and re-told them (similar to the style of Carl Carmer).  This was a popular tactic in the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s, as people were less concerned with copyright and the origins of stories like this were never entirely clear anyway.  Other stories from this book were often used for Halloween Records, but Vincent’s delivery usually sells the story.

07.) The Leg of Gold * Vincent Price * A Graveyard of Ghost Tales * Caedmon Records

Vincent Price liked his authors British, and Ruth Manning-Sanders was a popular fairy tale collector in the UK.  Mostly known for her collections of children’s stories, Ruth would travel the world and collect a variety of stories from different countries, then retell them in her own style for English audiences.  One collection in particular – A Book of Ghosts & Goblins – became rather popular in 1969 when it was published, an stories from it have been entertaining people this time of year ever since.   This particular tale is of French origin, but the book is worth tracking down due to the wide variety of stories from all over the world.

08.) Gobbleknoll * Vincent Price * Tales Of Witches, Ghosts, And Goblins * Caedmon Records

Also known by the title “Gobble Knowll,” this story is also taken from A Book of Goblins, edited by Alan Garner (also known as The Hamish Hamilton Book of Goblins in the UK).  On the Caedmon LP, this story is listed as being “Transposed from a Sioux legend,” which could very well be the case, but most sources agree that Garner’s writing draws from English folktales and stories near where he grew up in the English countryside.  Part of the Gobbleknowll story seems to have been used in Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen book that he became famous for, and this fame most likely led to him getting the editing job, too.

Part III: “The Calamander Chest”

09.) The Calamander Chest * Vincent Price * Goblins at the Bath House and the Calamander Chest * Caedmon Records

Originally published in Weird Tales magazine in January of 1954, this story by Joseph Payne Brennan became one of his more popular stories, and might be one of the few included in this presentation that was not originally written for young adults.  (Though the audience for Weird Tales definitely skewed young.)  Brennan’s work is largely out of print in the modern age, but his stories are considered classic pieces of horror among many authors, including Stephen King.  Brennan often used strange and disturbed loners as characters in his work, and was a proponent of the paranormal detective character, which dominated much of his work in the ’60’s.  This story is an excellent example of his work, and a great way to close today’s program.

10.) The Broomstick Train * Vincent Price * Tales Of Witches, Ghosts, And Goblins * Caedmon Records

This is a small excerpt from a longer poem by none other than Oliver Wendell Holmes, taken from his collection The One Hoss Shay, illustrated by Howard Pyle.  Holmes was a physician and lecturer, and kept company with the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among other well known luminaries and poets.  This collection was originally produced in 1858, though it was revised a number of times during his life.  While the poem is actually about the introduction of electrified street cars in US cities, Holmes strength was in his ability to draw comparisons and connections between the world around him and the supernatural world of the past.

The Afterlife of Automatons (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 3)

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Closet Radio Episode 053: The Afterlife of Automatons (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 3)

10-20-12

***2012 Rikki Horror Picture Show part 3***

Snap and pop into the ashes beyond your dark windows when the unexpected invites itself in. The numbers click back until our bluest spectre whispers that unconscious fishes cannot differentiate between the uninspired sleepwalkers and idle fans refusing to spin.When that chip on your block shocks and flatlines, we become merely ghosts of the machine.

 

“We Kept Our Kitchen Clean and Our Dreaming Quiet” – Castanets
“Still Around” – The Scarring Party
“Something Wicked (That Way Went)” – The Vernian Process
“Clowny Clown Clown” – Crispin Glover
“Don’t Make Me Kill You Again” – Kepi Ghoulie
“Coraline” – Rasputina
“Circus Apocalypse” – Vermillion Lies
“Headless Ghost” – Nightmares
“Minister To A Diseased Mind” – The Bachs
“The Girl Who Was Death” – The Prisoner
“I Was A Teenage Creature” – Lord Luther & The Kingsmen
“The Ghost Song” – Salty Holmes
“We’re Comin’ To Kill Ya’” – Zachariah
“Vampire From Outerspace” – The Independents
“Wolfskin Killer” – Zombeast
“Cannibal” – Scratch Acid
“Rosemary’s Baby” – Mia Farrow
“Satan” – Paul Wibier
“Captain Howdy” – Twisted Sister
“Vampire Carpets” – Son of Svengoolie
“Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood” – Don Hinson & His Rigamorticians
“The Bunyips” – Dot & The Kangaroo
“Nightbreed End Title Theme” –
“The Night” – Toni Basil
“Svengoolie Street” – Screaming Yellow Theater
“It” – Regulaires
“Draculena” – Aaron McNeill
“Bloodstains” – L7
“Sleeping in Blood City” – The Fatals
“John Hardy” – Gun Club
“Nature’s Dark Passion” – The Damned
“Goodbye Horses” – Venus Infers

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The Tell-Tale Heart

A Cool Ghoul Himself
A Cool Ghoul Himself

Episode 188: The Tell-Tale Heart
(A journey into the Punk-In Patch, featuring Iggy Pop reading Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”! Re-aired in 2015, too.)

The Grumpy Punk hates most holidays, and on the whole has trouble wanting to wish anyone a happy anything, no matter what the circumstances might be. However, our annual Halloween Spook-tacular is something not even The Grumpy Punk can resist, and at least once during the season he likes to take a stroll out into the Punk-In Patch, to bring you a creepy selection of candy-chomping rockers about monsters, the living undead, and the occasional creepy story. It is this in mind that we have turned to our good friend Iggy Pop, the grandfather of punk rock himself, to bring you his rendition of the immortal Edgar Allen Poe short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, a story so closely associated with the season that it regularly shows up on Halloween Records in a number of forms.

In selecting the songs for this particular romp through the Punk-In Patch, I am aided by our good friend Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio. While we were unable to secure her to assist us with the recording of this episode, she contributed a number of selections that wound up in the presentation featured today. Not only a fellow traveler of all things Halloween and Punk Rock, her program has been featuring some fantastic Halloween Programming this month, and for the few of you who are not already obsessively listening to everything she broadcasts, you may want to work your way over to her show and check it out. She has made a number of appearances on our fine program, and she is currently celebrating her one year radio anniversary. Show her some love.

In a number of ways, Edgar Allen Poe embodies so much that is Halloween. While his stories and poems contained a wide range of subject matter and characters – including one of the first detective characters in published fiction – there is a creepiness and eeriness that set the done for horror fiction, and only Nathaniel Hawthorne was able to match this tone in the years previous. Poe’s own life was full of tragedy and sorrow, and for someone who had trouble integrating himself into the world he lived in, he had no trouble creating moods and literary landscapes where someone like himself would feel right at home. Reading his stories now has a very unusual effect on readers, as his command of language and the structure of his most famous stories feel like they are a part of the very fabric of scary, campfire narratives.

It is not surprising that Iggy Pop should read this particular selection. Iggy himself loves to mine the world of the horrific for his own narrative purposes, and all of his music has a dark and wonderfully creepy undertone that fills me with both joy and discomfort at the same time. Like Poe, who was developing a tone and style that would become Horror Fiction, Iggy developed what would become Punk Rock, building on a foundation that few before him had already begun, but a number of others afterward would pick up and use ever onward. The merger of these two artists is one that continues to impress me, and when you read the text along with Iggy’s performance, you realize how dedicated he was to this story. His pauses, the lines he emphasizes, and the rise and fall of his delivery flow along with the original text in a way that is completely faithful, and as today’s show unfolds, you’ll find him building to a fantastic crescendo that only someone as masterful as Mr. Pop can deliver. It also illustrates the incredible through-line that exists between this era in literature, and Punk Rock itself.

For those of you unfamiliar with the recording in today’s presentation, it comes from a fantastic double-CD entitled Closed On Account Of Rabies, a collection that I have drawn upon before for this very holiday. It was produced and released by Hal Willner, and if you don’t recognize that name, I am not surprised. His work has been primarily in the realm of tributes and film collaborations, releasing only one album of his own work.  His efforts are incredibly diverse, producing tributes to the music of Federico Fellini films, Charles Mingus, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley, Randy Newman, Shel Silverstein, Allen Ginsberg, Carl Stalling, and William S. Burroughs, among others. This particular album of Poe stories and poems contains some incredible (and wonderfully strange) performances by the likes of Diamanda Galás, Dr. John, Christopher Walken, Gabriel Byrne and Deborah Harry. Wilner’s production and musical accompaniment is nuanced, and even sounds like a Halloween Record at times. But the effect when combined with Iggy’s throaty, harsh tones not only sound as if it might be Poe’s voice himself, but has a musicality to it that only reveals itself near the end of the tale.

But don’t take my word for it. Sit down and enjoy yet another journey into The Punk-In Patch, as we bring you another Halloween Spook-tacular here on Blasphuphmus Radio.com!

Enjoy!

 

The Tell-Tale Heart!

Part I: “True! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous”
01.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part I) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
02.) Halloween * Siouxsie & The Banshees * Juju
03.) Haunted House Of Rock ’95 * Satan’s Pilgrims * Soul Pilgrim
04.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part II) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
05.) Splatterhouse * The Koffin Kats * Straying From The Pack
06.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part III) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
07.) Monsters * Scratch Acid * The Greatest Gift
08.) Dead Souls * Nomeansno * The Day Everything Became Nothing
09.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part IV) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
10.) In Love With The Dead * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * Soul System Blackout 7″
11.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part V) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
12.) Raise Up The Dead * Dead Moon * Destination X

Part II: “The old man sprang up in bed, crying out – ‘Who’s there?’ “
13.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part VI) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
14.) King Of The Monsters * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero
15.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part VII) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
16.) The Living Dead * The-Front * “Bad Boy” b/w “The Living Dead”
17.) Back From The Dead * Black Eyes And Neckties * Stiletto
18.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part VIII) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
19.) Blood Visions * Jay Reatard * Blood Visions
20.) Dracula * Sawyer Family * Scary As Hell
21.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part IX) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
22.) Fearless Vampire Killers * Bad Brains * Bad Brains
23.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part X) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
24.) Dead Or Alive * G.G. Allin & The Motor City Bad Boys * Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be

Part III: “If, still, you think me mad, you will think so no longer”
25.) Mummy’s Little Monster * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music * Power Records
26.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part XI) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
27.) Monsters * Mad Marge And The Stonecutters * Mad Marge And The Stonecutters
28.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part XII) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
29.) I’m A Mummy! * The Fall * Levitate
30.) I Was A Teenage Werewolf * The Cramps * Songs The Lord Taught Us
31.) The Tell-Tale Heart (Part XIII) * Iggy Pop * Closed On Account Of Rabies
32.) Heartaches * Ted Weems And His Orchestra * The Purple Knif Show
33.) Tell Tale Heart * The Gravetones * On The Edge Of Madness
34.) Undermutter’s Monster Update * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign

No More Room In Hell (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 2)

imageCloset Radio Episode 052: No More Room In Hell (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 2)

***2012 Rikki Horror Picture Show part 2***

(10-13-12)

Looking into empty reflections searching for any sign of life. Remember to breathe when the lungs collapse, the brain shuts down ticking off glass-eyed marbles on the spinning wheel of preservation merely locked in a jar on the doctor’s shelf. We must recapture what never was.

 

“Epitaph” – Robert Corbert Orchestra f/ Jonathan Frid
“Old Snake Road” – Hell Caminos
“Shallow Grave” – Mad Marge & The Stonecutters
“On A Pale Horse” – The Gravetones
“Curse of The Hearse” – Haunted Cologne
“On The Coattails Of A Dead Man” – Primus f/ Tom Waits
“Psychodead” – Dead Skeletons
“The Fourth Horseman” – Aphrodite’s Child
“They’re All Dead” – The Prostitutes
“Raise The Dead” – Caravan of Thieves
“Fire & Brimstone” – Ralph Stanley
“Wayfaring Stranger” – 16 Horsepower
“Billy’s Dead” – Deadbolt
“(Not Adam)” – Foetus
“Gallows Twist” – Manual Sex Drive
“Scarecrow” – Ministry
“Dead Puppies” – Ogden Edsl
“Stone Dead Forever” – Motorhead
“The Immortal Death” – Crass
“La Danse Macabre” – Le Bass Harmonistes
“The Ghost With The Most” – The Almighty Defenders
“Buried Deep” -Petra Schelm
“Ragdoll Physics” – Diablo Swing Orchestra”
“I Hold Your Hand In Mine” – Tom Lehrer
“Undertaker” – Southern Culture on The Skids
“Ain’t No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down)” – Johnny Cash

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Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!
The Monster Talks!

Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!
(Featuring the complete 1963 story, “Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!” written by Cherney Berg and performed by Hal Johnson &  Gabriel Dell.  Originally podcasted 9 October 2012, re-aired in 2015, and again in 2016 as “#20.2.”)

Dr. Victor Frankenstein was a scientist of some renown during the early 1800’s, and was not only responsible for the study of a number of fascinating aspects of medicine and biology, but also developed an extremely crude form of sound recording nearly 40 years before the technology was even conceived of by other inventors.  Probably his most famous – and dangerous – creation is the Modern Prometheus, the monster that terrorized the world until it was presumedly destroyed in a mysterious fire.

What was not known until the early 1960’s is that Dr. Frankenstein’s monster used this primitive recording technology to document his side of the story.  These recordings have been circulated over the last 50 years not only as a document of one of the oldest known recordings to exist, but offer a fascinating look into the life of this creature that terrified people until its tragic demise.  (Or so we have been told.)

Now, as part of our annual Halloween Spook-tacular, we present these recordings without any alteration or editing, to give you a chance to decide for yourself the intentions of this often misunderstood creature.  Dr. Frankenstein, for many years, has offered his version of these events in prose (as told to an unlucky sailor whom he met just prior to his demise).  Now, it’s is the Monster’s turn to talk.  To accompany these recordings, we’ve included music in tribute to The Monster, and the time of year associated with him.  Brace yourself for a tale too chilling for broadcast radio, entitled “Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

As I’ve said numerous times in the past, there is something about Halloween Records that strike a chord and fills me with a certain kind of joy that is hard to explain.  Perhaps it is because they embody novelty, a D.I.Y. spirit, childish glee and sense of nostalgia that is fully concerned with the kinds of stories you tell around a campfire, late at night, at the end of summer when you’re trying to build the courage to face the impending winter.  There’s probably more to it, too, that any number of psychologists could elucidate   I have a few fond memories of listening to Halloween Records as a kid, but to be honest, I never owned any until I was in my early 20’s, and didn’t start collecting with a serious fervency for a few years more.

The golden age of Halloween Records began in the 1950’s and ran through the 1970’s.  There were a number of scary and spooky novelty records before that, and they were certainly popular.  But in the post-war era the US had a number of things working for it: Television, the LP as a format for music and a burgeoning youth culture with an interest in things esoteric and unique.  With the introduction of Shock Theater in 1957 (and Son Of Shock a year later), TV stations had access to over 70 classic horror movies they could package and use to fill air time in the evenings, where Horror Hosts of every variety dressed up in kooky costumes and waxed poetic about Edgar Allen Poe and Universal Studios.

This was also a period of social change in a number of ways.  Culture was homogenizing as the family unit began to solidify and suburbia began to develop.  The holiday of Halloween began to morph, and instead of carrying regional variety for reckless, drunken, and sometimes violent adults, became a candy-centric children’s romp with neighbors and at parties, the kind of holiday that middle America craved.  The stage was set for Halloween merchandise of every variety to become the seasonal backbone of any company that wanted to manufacture costumes, candy, and of course, novelty records.

The correlation between rock music and Halloween Records seems to be almost too good to be true.  Their origins stem from the same post-war realities, their audiences seem to be more or less the same, and when they work in concert with each other, the results are incredible.  While the Misfits are an amazing modern example of what can be done when you blend rock music and horror themes, almost as soon as there was rock and roll, there were musicians singing about monsters, graveyards, and prowling the streets at night.  It is no wonder that it is a trope that people return to again and again, and one of which I can’t seem to get enough.  I have hours and hours (and hours) of Halloween music and scary sounds albums, and every time I think I’ve plumbed the depths, each year I uncover a new batch of things that get me excited about doing Halloween shows like this one.

This particular record, Famous Monsters Speak!, has been reprinted a number of times since its original release in 1963, and is now available in iTunes (and on CD).  The production on it is actually quite good for the time, and is above average for Halloween Records in general.  Hal Johnson created all the sound effects, about whom it is hard to find any biographical information.  (It is safe to assume that he probably worked at A.A. Records, who released the album for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, through which you could order the LP when it first came out.)  All of the voices, however, were performed by Gabriel Dell, a member of the Dead End Kids, a group of New York actors who appeared in a series of plays in the mid-to-late 30’s, and then movies through Universal Studios.  His career included a number of films, a stint on Broadway, and quite a few TV shows until until the late ’70’s.  He died of leukemia in 1988, and while my Grandmother still waxes poetic about how great the Dead End Kids movies were, I will always remember him fondly from this recording.  I was convinced that the other voices were done by different actors, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he’s just that good.

The writer of this particular story is Cherney Berg, someone with a level of fame between that of Hal Johnson and Gabriel Dell.  Cherney wrote story adaptations for records, including two other Halloween Records, and two other story records (according to his “discogs.com” page linked above).  While I can’t say that the writing stands out here (the great parts of this story are still owed to Mary Shelly), there is a certain style to adapting stories to an audio format that Mr. Berg certainly has dialed in.  The B-Side of this record, “Dracula Returns!” is like this too, and sounds more like a one-person radio play making it particularly suited to this program.

Sadly, as the ’70’s wore on, Halloween Records began to decline quite drastically.  Scary Stories appeared less frequently on albums, and Scary Soundscapes began to dominate before disappearing entirely.  Fewer Monster Songs were recorded by artists to the point where they became actual novelties worse than “The Monster Mash,” performed only by novelty acts who specialized in z-level quality.  As companies like K-Tel and Pickwick began to move into the market, re-issues and re-makes began to become the standard for this genre and fewer new compositions were entering into the market.  By the ’80’s all you had left were bands like The Misfits and The Cramps keeping the spirit of Halloween Records alive.

The occasional band in the ’90’s and 2000’s (Satan’s Pilgrims, The Bomboras, The Ghastly Ones) worked to right this wrong, and no less an artist than Rob Zombie produced a fabulous Halloween Record featuring one of the most important figures in this genre, Zacherle himself (perviously known as Roland in his Horror Host days in the ’50’s).  Now, with bloggers and websites working overtime to help gather material both new and old for modern consumers, the mode and media have changed dramatically, but the genre is sort of back on track.  It seems that you can easily find any number of quality songs, new and old, that pay reverential homage to this by-gone era.  It’s my dream that, in the not so distant future, the spirit of this Golden Age will return, and spooky compilations and audio oddities will return to the marketplace with the same creepy attitude these records used to embody.

In the meantime: Blasphuphmus Radio will bring you their Halloween Spook-taculars to help fill the void.

See you in seven!

Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

Part I: Crude Recordings
01.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part I) * Famous Monsters Speak!
02.) Doom At Midnight * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Shock! Terror! Fear!
03.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part II) * Famous Monsters Speak!
04.) Over At The Frankenstein Place * The Rocky Horror Picture Show
05.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part III) * Famous Monsters Speak!
06.) Monster Swim * Bobby “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers * “Monster Swim” b/w “Werewolf Watusi”
07.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part IV) * Famous Monsters Speak!
08.) Graveyard * Leroy Bowman * Monster Bop
09.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part V) * Famous Monsters Speak!

Part II: From Which Graves Did I Come?
10.) Frankenstein * Jad And David Fair * Sing Your Little Babies To Sleep
11.) Frankenstein * Edgar Winter Group * They Only Come Out At Night
12.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part VI) * Famous Monsters Speak!
13.) Frankenstein Walk * Gene “Bowlegs” Miller * “Frankenstein Walk” b/w “Everybody Got Soul”
14.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part VII) * Famous Monsters Speak!
15.) Midnight Monsters Hop * Jack And Jim * Midnight Monster Hop
16.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part VIII) * Famous Monsters Speak!
17.) Frankenstein’s Den * Hollywood Flames * Doo Wop Halloween
18.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part IX) * Famous Monsters Speak!

Part III: Frankenstein Conquers The World!
19.) Frankenstein Conquers The World * Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston * It’s Spooky
20.) The Black Cat * Ozzie Nelson & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
21.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part X) * Famous Monsters Speak!
22.) Frankenstein Meets The Beetles * Goodman and Ramal * The Monster Album
23.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part XI) * Famous Monsters Speak!
24.) The Boogy Man Is Here * Tom Gerun & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
25.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part XII) * Famous Monsters Speak!
26.) Main Title (Theme From “Young Frankenstein”) * John Morris * “Young Frankenstein” Original Soundtrack
27.) Frankenstein’s Monster Talks! (Part XIII) * Famous Monsters Speak!