The Moonshine, LIVE on “Hello Cruel World” (2 June 2016)

IMG_7756-ANIMATIONThe Moonshine, LIVE on “Hello Cruel World” (2 June 2016)

Radio is a small world, in many ways, and when the cards lined up and allowed for John B of Hello Cruel World and I to team up.  I happened to be in PDX; he happened to be hosting The Moonshine, a local bluegrass group that was looking to bring their sound to XRAY-FM.  Everything worked out, and since I had some free time and wanted to check out the KXRY studios, I jumped at the chance to help set up and engineer the band, and now you can hear the results!

John and I worked together at KPSU back in those days, where he helped train me as a newbie, and I was his Program Director for many years.  But for this outing, John asked me to help set up the group, and be his extra pair of arms for the show.  It worked out great, and in the end we got an hour of great radio, 30 minutes of live music, and a chance to stretch my radio wings to even further extremes.

Radio has been one of the most enduring things in my life, and I have come to love every chance I get to participate in broadcasts.  Why John and I never worked together is crazy; our shows were back to back for years.  I’m just happy we finally managed to make it work, and I really enjoyed the form it took.

You should really give John B’s show a chance.  “Hello Cruel World” is in its 10th year, and has been at three different stations (to my knowledge).  John’s show is heartfelt, offers music he knows and loves dearly, and carves out a niche in radio that you cannot find anywhere else.  The fact that he’s a stand-up gentleman of the highest caliber is just one of the many benefits of knowing him personally.

Most importantly, give it up for The Moonshine, who tore it up at KXRY.






Parting Shot (radio edit) * The Moonshine * The Cuckoo’s Crooked Path (bandcamp, 2016)
Rocket City (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Can’t See (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
The Cuckoo (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Depth Perception (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Hang Me Out (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
The Magician * Andy Shauf * The Party (ANTI, 2016)
Crush * Lost Lander * Medallion (Glad I Did, 2015)
Monster Love (feat. Ariel Pink) * Soko * My Dreams Dictate My Reality (Because Music, 2015)
San Francisco Patrol * Robyn Hitchcock * The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc, 2014)
Dirge * Perfume Genius * Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador, 2012)
Purple Rain (Prince cover) * Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff * Purple Rain digital single (bandcamp, 2016)

Music And Movies w/ Weird Michael Beard

cult-movies-for-halloween-katie-elizabethMusic And Movies w/ Weird Michael Beard

It has become a bit of a tradition for me to join Weird Michael Beard during Pledge Drive, and we do our best to help pitch hard for KMUZ, and sell listeners on what Community Radio is all about.

To that end, we presented some of our favorite songs from Cult Films, leaning heavily on the ’80’s.  There’s a lot of lost gems in the set for the show, and at 55 minutes, you can almost listen to it twice without batting an eye.



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Who Was That Masked Man? (Retrocast)

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He Was Here Just A Minute Ago…

Who Was That Masked Man? (Retrocast)
(Originally aired 4 July 2010, featuring all music and songs discussing the nature of Heroes and Villains)

Playlist & Footnotes:

Having spent his life dedicated to the preservation of musical taste in all of its inherent forms, Austin Rich dons his headphones every week to aid Blasphuphmus Radio in the never-ending battle against terrible radio in all of its inherent forms. This week Austin is faced with his toughest challenge yet, and he squares off with music that meditates on the nature of heroes and villains themselves. Will he succeed? There’s only one way to find out, by tuning in.

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

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

As we move into the summer, there will be some scheduling snafus that will change the way we do things here at Blasphuphmus Radio. As usual, we will do our best to keep you entertained regardless. Stay tuned for more information.

See you in seven.


Who Was That Masked Man?

01.) Jump Into The Fire [Excerpt] * Harry Nilsson * Nilsson Schmilsson * RCA Victor Records
02.) We’re All Devo! [Excerpt] * Devo * Pioneers Who got Scalped * Rhino Records
03.) Satelite [Excerpt] * Kicking Giant * Halo * Spartadisc Records
04.) Batman * John Zorn * Naked City
05.) Heroes And Villains * Brian Wilson * Smile * NoneSuch Records
06.) Superman * R.E.M. * And I Feel Fine… The Best of the I.R.S Years 1982 – 1987 * E.M.I. / I.R.S. Records
07.) Supergirl * The Readymades * Homework #2 * Hyped 2 Death Records
08.) Greatest American Hero * Zoinks * Bad Move Space Cadet * Dr. Strange Records
09.) Green Lantern Theme * Announcer * The Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure * Filmation Records
10.) Doctor Who: Main Title * Delia Derbyshire * Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
11.) Superhumans * The Flaming Lips * Transmissions From The Satellite Heart * Warner Bros. Records
12.) My Hero, Zero * The Lemonheads * School House Rock! Rocks * Atlantic Records
13.) The Shadow Knows * Link Wray & His Wray-Men * Rumble! The Best of Link Wray * Rhino Records
14.) Iron Man * Black Sabbath * Paranoid * Warner Bros. Records
15.) The Lone Ranger (“March of the Swiss Soldiers”) * Gioachino Rossini / The Lone Ranger / Announcer * William Tell Overture * Mutual Broadcasting System Radio
16.) The Thunderbirds: Main Theme * Barry Gray * Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
17.) Doomed Metropolis * Bishop Of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records
18.) Go Monkey Go * Devo * The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains * Rhino Records
19.) Monkey vs. Robot * James Kochalka Superstar * Monkey vs. Robot * The Orchard Records
20.) Taut * Gricer * Gricer * Taut Recordings
21.) Superheroes * Brad, Janet & The Criminologist * The Rocky Horror Picture Show * Ode Sounds & Visuals Records
22.) Taut [Excerpt] * Gricer * Gricer * Taut Recordings

KPSU Playlist