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.
The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)
Part I: Setting Things Up
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 2 December 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part II: Stale Cheese
03.) Live Performance * Guyve * 19 August 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part III: We Are Fiasco
04.) Live Performance * Fiasco * 23 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part IV: Half-Way Up The Stairs
05.) Live Performance * Entresol * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part V: Brutal
06.) Live Performance * Entrail * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part VI: My Casual Three
07.) I’m Generic * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
08.) My Dying Tree * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
09.) Black Jack * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part VII: Three Uneasy
10.) Live Performance 1 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
11.) Live Performance 2 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
12.) Live Performance 3 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
13.) Live Performance * CEO’s, Inc. * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
Part II: “I guess it’s more of a soundscape thing.”
03.) Interview Part 1 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
04.) Live Performance * Mark Hosler * 17 February 2016 * Self-Released (2016)
05.) Interview Part 2 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: “A golden age for crazy sound and noise-making.”
[horridus of devilsclub calls in between 24:50 and 39:30 to play along with the show.]
06.) Interview Part 3 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Gear talk, the Booper, learning how to play live, the change in technology, Mark taking on the ashes of past members Ian Allen, Don Joyce & Richard Lyons (plus his brother & parents), coping with and processing death, Richard’s sense of humor, Dayle Embree photo.
Part IV: “It’s existentially weird.”
[Pat of Uneasy Chairs calls in between 56:45 and 1:07:50 to play along with the show.]
07.) Interview Part 4 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Edited Special Edit Radio Mix) * Negativland * These Guys Are From England And Who Gives A Shit * Seelard Records (2001)
09.) Interview Part 4 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Interview Part 9 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Aluminum or Glass: The Memo * Negativland * Dispepsi * Seeland Records (1997)
18.) Interview Part 10 * Mark Hosler * 25 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
It’s weird to think what a single year can bring. When I first started this program, I didn’t know Uneasy Chairs or devilsclub much at all, and in that year they have become a regular feature of the program.
For that I am grateful. In these trying times, it is nice to have a few things that you can rely on, even if they are musical. But the subject we are approaching tonight is anything put uplifting, as we contemplate live during The War Years. A reality that seems, unfortunately, very very real, again, for some insane reason that escapes us all. It’s eerie how relevant these conversations about WWII seem in the here and now, but as we try to understand that, we offer over an hour of live jams by MKUneasyChairPhone… or something like that.
Kick-starting the show is a sort of DJ set by horridus to help promote his new record, and offer a rundown of some of his favorite selections from his collection. And as if that weren’t enough, I flip the tables as if it were a year ago (again), and drill him about making music, collaborations, and what 2017 has brought for him, even in these trying times.
It’s an action-packed show that came out quite lovely, and after the chaos and insanity of the last few weeks, it was good to return to some old-fashioned experimental music.
The War Years Part II (A History Lesson w/ Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#67)
Part I: Sew Room Dummies
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Yottamorph * Shrugs of Eternity (devilsclub & David M. Paganin) * Sew Room Dummies * Cian Orbe Netlabel (2017)
03.) Part II * Morton Subotnick * Silver Apples of The Moon * Nonesuch Records (1967)
04.) the river side a * noisepoetnobody * the river * Lens Records (2010)
05.) Peruvian Dance Song / Plaint Against The Fog / A Song By Nezahualcoyotl * Karlheinz Stockhausen * In The Sky I Am Walking… (1977)
06.) Yugamorph * Shrugs of Eternity (devilsclub & David M. Paganin) * Sew Room Dummies * Cian Orbe Netlabel (2017)
Part II: A History Lesson 1
03.) Live 1 * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 8 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: A History Lesson 2
04.) Live 2 * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 8 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
The earliest days of my radio career were always fly by the cliche of my etc., and even when I brought in records and music to play, I never had a plan. That sort of defeated the whole purpose. So much of my first 20 years of radio was realizing the connection between preparation and final product. While I was (and still am) not interested in sounding like “professional radio,” I have developed a tone that involves going in knowing more than I need to about the impending show. So when I had to make a last-minute change to the schedule, and this evening opened up, I had a flash of those early days, going in without a net, not exactly sure what to expect.
The results – available in the show you are hearing now – are surprising, certainly, as something that involved a number of unusual elements that made it a ways off the map further than we normally go. Suffice it to say, we managed to wrangle Uneasy Chairs into jamming with MKUltramegaphone on a brand new, un-rehearsed piece, where I selected and edited my sample far too quickly, and to top it off, completely re-designed my audio set-up just before show-time. It was a sort of madness I should never have entertained, and yet, it all worked in the end.
While we did play one, pre-recorded track on this show – the Хапчык track we opened with – this episode is entirely live, in a way that goes beyond how we normally define that. I like that about our show. Someone asked me recently about getting licensing for all the music we play on the show. I could tell they don’t really listen; we have so little pre-recorded music on the show, and when we do, it has almost never been released on a label, and when it is, it sort of sticks out. (I was recently contacted by an artist that was astonished to find that I was playing their stuff, happy to know it was still in circulation even thought it was from the 60’s.) I think the way we think about music is changing dramatically, and during the interview portion of the show, we talk about these changes, and our desires and goals in making art.
I really like this one, and I think you’ll enjoy it too. Largely because we really get out there, in the best possible way.
One of the incredible things about radio is that you are able to create a community that exists entirely through their relationship to sounds. It’s one of my favorite things, to be honest, and when I can bond with someone over music, I feel a connection that is usually a lot deeper than my usual friendships. Born out of friendships cultivated through sound and music, we are proud to bring you some Thrice-New Clichés, not only keeping with the tone of that series, but revealing the new album by devilsclub, Concentrator, out now via Bandcamp.com, CDBaby.com & Soundcloud.com.
In light of this new record release, we had a bit of a party on the air. Our friend Pat (Uneasy Chairs) was in-studio to help with the celebrations, and MKUltramegaphone was acting as the house band, jamming for the last segment of the show as a full unit. But this show is largely about “new” things. All of the songs were specifically requested (and in many cases recorded) for this broadcast, and all of this music is from 2017. You can enjoy that, and cuts from this new record, all in this program. Not a bad two-hours of radio, if you ask me.
This group of friends that has grown up around this show – and the artists that I play on it – has been incredibly rewarding, and when devilsclub asked me about this, I jumped at this chance. Not only does he insure that there are some great artists being featured on the air, but it feels like we get to say hi to all our audio friends that we don’t get to talk with too often.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) 13127.42km echo * devilsclub * Aleatoria * Soundcloud.com (2017)
03.) Funkymartin * devilsclub * Concentrator * Bandcamp.com (2017)
04.) Last Song afsked med udtryk, det uendelige cover i nye folder * Carla ɟra Helles7ed * Last Song afsked med udtryk, det uendelige cover i nye folder * Soundcloud.com (2017)
05.) memory loss * Chaotic Morphs * memory loss * Soundcloud.com (2017)
06.) The Mysterious Brain * Scifival * The Mysterious Brain * Soundcloud.com (2017)
07.) A Good Time For Coke * Austin Rich * A Good Time For Coke * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part II: Void of Ghosts
08.) Bibblesnsquibb * devilsclub * Concentrator * Bandcamp.com (2017)
09.) Evanesce the Sonic Sand Mandala * David M. Paganin * Evanesce the Sonic Sand Mandala * Soundcloud.com (2017) (2:58) [Note: “David Paginin’s “Pointless Orbits” released on Earsheltering in Dec, 2016.]
10.) Void of Ghosts * Filmy Ghost * Haunted Cave * Cian Orbe Records (2017)
11.) Subliminally * Austin Rich * Subliminally * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
12.) Live Weather * Uneasy Chairs w/ The Weather Computer * Live Weather * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Release
13.) Side A [Excerpt] * Noisepoetnobody * The River * Lens Records (2010)
14.) Space Caravan * Strigoi * Space Caravan * Soundcloud.com (2017)
15.) Re-Energized * Boson Spin * Re-Energized * Soundcloud.com (2017)
16.) Ondas de vida * Mareaboba * Ondas de vida * Soundcloud.com (2017)
17.) White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle * Zach Zena Gibberson * White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle * Soundcloud.com (2017)
18.) Two And Half Minutes To Doomsday * Rumblin_Cynth_Rampo * Two And Half Minutes To Doomsday * Soundcloud.com (2017)
19.) Release * devilsclub * Concentrator * Bandcamp.com (2017)
20.) Money Jitters * Austin Rich * Money Jitters * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: In The Forest
21.) In The Forest * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * The Forest * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) ?? * Austin Rich * ?? * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
In this nearly-all-vinyl presentation, horridus of devilsclub and I raid our respective record collections and present a meditation on the origins of music itself, aided by Thurl Ravenscroft and some of the other talent in from the Disney studios back in their heyday. But that’s not all! We get an exotica re-mix, and three-way jazz throw-down, some gems from archive.org, and a phone call from Uneasy Chairs where Pat plays along live to the records we’re playing! It’s a grab-bag of Mutated Goodness, this week on the program.
We were sad to have to reschedule Derek Johnson Love, who was supposed to play on the show this week, but with the insane weather lately, it was better that he wasn’t on the road. And, when things like that occur, it’s nice to be able throw together something like this, where the usual rules of our program go out the window.
Both Uneasy Chairs and devilsclub are becoming regular fixtures on the program, and for that I am thankful. Not only do they both really get the show, and enjoy what we do, but they add a nice texture and vibe to the program that really fits. They are both welcome on the show any time they are in town, and it is always a pleasure to work with them.
But, that’s not what we’re hear for this week. We’re here to learn! So, sit back, put on your drinking caps, and discover the origins of music itself.
01.) A Child’s Introduction to Melody * Camarata, Bill Lee, Gloria Wood, Thurl Ravenscroft & Joseph S. Dubin * A Child’s Introduction to Melody * Disneyland Records (1964)
02.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Wire Trace / Epoxy [Excerpt] * Hovercraft * Experiment Below * Blast First / Mute Records (1998)
04.) The Love Nest * Herb Alpert * Herb Alpert’s Ninth * A & M Records (1967)
05.) Katsumi Love Theme * Arthur Lyman * Taboo * Hi Fi Records (1958)
06.) Stone God * Martin Denny * Exotica… the exciting sounds of… Martin Denny * Liberty Records (1957)
07.) Ritual Fire Dance * Edmond de Luca & The Trans World Symphony Orchestra * Safari * Stereo Fidelity / Somerset Records (1958)
08.) 3Byku * Unicode * Kahvi Collective-Poems EP * archive.org (2002) (Notes: Location: Siberia; Quote from artist: “Unicode, another artist from the depths of Siberia, brings us a minimal offering – 2 tracks of quiet, atmospheric sounds, to put you into a calm, reflective mood…”
Part II: Uneasy Calls
09.) Miles Runs The Voodoo Down * Miles Davis * Bitches Brew * Columbia (1970)
10.) Ramblin’ * Ornette Coleman * The Best of Ornette Coleman * Atlantic Records (1970)
11.) Manifestation * John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali & Ray Appleton * The Best of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years, Vol. 2 * Impulse Records (1972)
12.) En la Alhambra / La Dolores / Estudiantina * Orquesta Popular de Madrid de la O.N.C.E. * One Hundred Guitars * Columbia Records (1959)
13.) hardcore * serocell *soft touch operation * archive.org (2002) [Quote from artist: “a series of pieces restricted to 20 seconds in duration.”]
14.) Live Guitar Accompaniment * Uneasy Chairs * Live Guitar Accompaniment * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
15.) yellowsnowflake * devilsclub w/ Uneasy Chairs * transpsychotic-express * Soundcloud.com (2015) [Pat Gundran: computerized verbiage and atmospheric synthesis; horridus: percussion, bass, synthesis and composition]
Part III: Battle of The Planets
14.) Trees * Mahalia Jackson * Great Songs of Love and Faith * Columbia Records (1962)
15.) Battle of The Planets * godheadSilo * The Scientific Supercake L.P. * Kill Rock Stars (1994)
16.) myth universe * devilsclub * myth universe * soundcloud.com (2016)
There’s no better way to start the new year off than with some live music, and for this show, we offer you that in droves… spread out over two hours! horridus of devilsclub curates a set of music by his favorite artists, who submitted tracks (and in some cases, recorded tracks) specifically for this broadcast!
But that’s not all! Not only do we get down and jam out on four different live performances, but The Dead Air Fresheners unveil a new demo of a song that will be performed at Ricardo Wang’s 50th Birthday, a show you do not want to miss, AND Uneasy Chairs calls in to play live and talk about what he’s been up to. (In fact, we discuss his recent outdoor performance, which you can hear on his Bandcamp Page.) This is a stellar set of artists, all working toward delivering New Music as part of the first show of the New Year. We also have New Sponsors! It’s the complete package, and we couldn’t be more proud.
devilsclub was not only the first live band I had on this version of the program, but has been a huge supporter of Mid-Valley Mutationssince the very beginning, so it feels right to start 2017 off with him in the studio. The centerpiece of three of our performances tonight comes from a ’60’s sci-fi program, Theater Five, and is a continuation of the work we did on our previous collaboration. This one is called, “Outside Time,” and I like the story as it seems to reflect some of the ideas and thoughts I’ve been having lately. I love the sounds we have been getting when we work together, and we’ve been talking about other projects and ideas for the future. Consider this the beginning of something to come, and I will leave it at that.
The backbone of the show, however, is the curated playlist of music by some of horridus’ favorite artists, as we had done way back when in episode 10. These are people who get little to no radio exposure as part of their usual creative lives, and yet are taking chances and making art that is both compelling and fascinating, and representative of music that has almost no home in the world of radio. horridus and I could do shows like this every week, for years on end, and still never scratch the surface. Hopefully we can use this opportunity to feature and highlight some of the hidden corners of the musical landscape that are often overlooked. There are links and more information below. Please, take some time to seek out this stuff. You will not be sorry.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Outside Time * Theater Five * 1 September 1964 Broadcast * ABC Radio (1964)
03.) Sonic Evening * Chaotic Morphs & Ann-Helen Schølberg * Live At Izakaya, Oslo (Kristiansund), Norway * Self-Released (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Live recording from my record / cassette Q; from the release party December 11th 2016. RADIO EDIT.”
04.) zzyzx * devilsclub * zzyzx * Soundcloud.com (2016)
05.) Help! My phantom limb is missing * Boson Spin * Help! My phantom limb is missing * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Stan Magendanz (aka Boson Spin, Brisbane, Australia) has been creating ambient, dark ambient & experimental electronic music since 2005. After decades of obsessing over the music of electronic artists such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno, Robert Rich & James Johnson (to name but a few), he decided to give this ‘music making thing’ a go. Much to his wife’s annoyance, Stan now spends a lot of his after work & weekend relaxation time creating music & posting it to his Soundcloud page.”
06.) D2345678901234567890123 * Carla ɟra Helles7ed * D2345678901234567890123 * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “looking for ideas of politics and its consequences” .. “one or the other, good or bad still the same, trying new ways” .. “transmissions” .. “just feeling, and tooling to make sense, bone structure” .. “a thing that falls mutates along the way” Denmark
10.) Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Dead Air Fresheners *Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Performed via Phone for Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Fog and Steam * XRMX * Fog and Steam * disquiet0254 (2016) * Artist’s Note: “All the sounds in ‘Fog and Steam’ are derived from two short recordings; a railroad engine steam whistle, and a fog horn… manipulated by a lot of cutting, splicing, pitch-shifting, and other effects.”
12.) A Man Who Smokes * Austin Rich * A Man Who Smokes * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
13.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) New Green Cans! * Austin Rich * New Green Cans! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Uneasy Chairs / devilsclub, LIVE!
15.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs w/ devilsclub * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Interview * Uneasy Chairs * Interview * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Tectonic Subduction * Rumblin Cynth Rampo * Tectonic Subduction * Soundcloud.com (2017) * Artist’s Note: “Track created for play on Salem Oregon’s Radio KMUZ Mid Valley Mutation show which will be broadcast Friday 6th Jan 2017 at 10pm Pacific Daylight Time or around 0400 GMT. Track created using Eurorack synth, recordings of bubbles and the mine winding engine at the Big Pit museum in Blaenafon museum.wales/bigpit/.” Wales.
Part IV: Time To Go Into Space
18.) Clown Interrogation * Dan Johnson * Clown Interrogation * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: Derby
19.) Outside Time (Part 1) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.) Spiral Down * STRIGOI * Spiral Down * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “STRIGOI is a experimental music/drone artist, based in Vienna/ Austria. Strigoi´s music may sound very aggressive sometimes, but all pieces are expressions of pure love. We are living in tough times, and STRIGOI is the reaction of a peaceful mind. Worldwide stupidity must end. No more wars, no more earning money on war, no more exploitation of humans, animals and nature. No more stupid ideologies. That what it´s all about. SPIRAL DOWN was recorded in the wake of the Orlando shooting. The music speaks for itself. Madness must stop. NOW.”
21.) Mrs. Evans * Austin Rich * Mrs. Evans * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) Let’s Go! * Austin Rich * Let’s Go! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
23.) Late Night Music * Slinky Cee * Late Night Music * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “I have been djing electronic and esoteric since the early nighties on and off but only started playing with first analog mono synths then modular synths in the last few years but I am hooked. This track “late night music” was recorded straight from my mixing desk after I found a patch I was happy with. It’s based around two AJH minimod vco’s which are having there base frequency modulated by an NLC sloth (a chaotic cv generator) then fed into a Doepfer ring modulator.” Melbourne, Australia
Part V: Live Weather
24.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report Two (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
25.) Outside Time (Part 2) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
26.) Burn Your Family Down and Start Over * Zachary Zena Giberson * Light Blooms Upon the Infected Monument * Soundcloud.com (2017) * Artist’s Note: Austin, Texas.
27.) Camino a casa * Mareaboba * Camino a casa * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: ” ‘Camino a casa’ is a song by Mareaboba released Dec 2016. A mixture of psychedelic latin modular frequencies, a story of the road we take home, everyday, and somehow seems to be the same, but actually, is different each time we come back. The track was recorded live in Northwest Mexico and is part of a series of songs recorded on the same session.”
28.) Perfectly Square * Austin Rich * Perfectly Square * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
29.) Babylon the Great has Fallen * David M. Paganin * Babylon the Great has Fallen * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “David lives in Melbourne, Australia. He strives for emotive and genuinely innovative experimental sounds. It is important to him to seek his own sound, which respects and mutates his influences without being overwhelmed by their genius. Besides making music, his major interests are physics research, literature, psychology and gardening. This track reflects his long-time fascination with both the ancient city of Babylon, and with ancient languages. The spoken text is a conflation of Revelation 17:5 and 18:2, attempted in the original spoken Greek of two millennia past. It translates as: ‘Babylon the great // It has fallen // Babylon the great, the mother of the prostitutes and the abominations of the earth.’ ”
Part VI: Outro & Outside Time Finale
30.) Outside Time (Part 3) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
You could make a case for Uneasy Chairs being a virtual co-host for our program, with the amount of music and collaboration we’ve done since this show got started. The idea of a live show was in the works from the beginning, but it isn’t always easy to coordinate schedules. We all have jobs and lives and it isn’t always easy to jet out of town for a week. But I managed to catch Uneasy Chairs on tour, with a show at The Space, then picking up another Portland gig Saturday Night, booked around an appearance on our program. It was pretty excellent, and we had to take advantage of the opportunity.
In the first hour of our program, catch three distinct sets by Uneasy Chairs, intermixed with a few recordings, interviews, and other free-improvised radio, which includes a jam between The Weather Computer and Uneasy Chairs that is pretty fantastic. I feel like we’ve become good friends through music and art, and it has been incredibly gratifying to not only have him perform on the show, but have such an excellent two days, offering to same a chance to really enjoy some fantastic live music.
And, as they say in the business, THAT’S NOT ALL. Comedian Nathan Pepperoni is on the bill too, not only at The Space, but also on Mid-Valley Mutations. He and his backing band – CEOs Inc. – deliver a very eccentric brand of comedy, and we fill large swaths of the second hour with Nathan’s patented humor that has himself in stitches.
Comedy – even experimental comedy – is not always successful on the radio, but when you play your cards right, something magical happens. Fortunately for the listeners at home, this hour is full of stories, music, and a very different sonic pallet than our first hour. This is not what you expect, in all the ways that phrase can embody, and this is certainly a radio broadcast that you will not forget.
I feel so fortunate that I get to do stuff like this, and when you get shows this good, it really drives the point home. I recommend you kick back with this one, because it will take you places.
05.) Performance 1 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
06.) At Freeway Park * Ryosuke Kiyasu / Uneasy Chairs / Wilson Shook / Adam Levitt / Blake DeGraw Chloe Wicks / Jeff Johnson / Garrison Heck / Kalan Sherrard * Recorded live at Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington on August 16th, 2016 * Bandcamp.com (2016)
07.) Interview 2 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
08.) Performance 2 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
09.) Interview 3 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
10.) The End Of The Line Is Also The Beginning Of The Line * Uneasy Chairs * The End Of The Line Is Also The Beginning Of The Line * Bandcamp.com (2016)
11.) Performance 3 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Incorporated, LIVE!
12.) Performance 1 * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
13.) Teatro De La Psychomachia 4/25/14 * Adam Levitt * Live * Bandcamp.com (2015)
14.) Interview * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
15.) Performance 2 * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
16.) Cafe Racer 12/26/14 * Adam Levitt * Live * Bandcamp.com (2015)
17.) Performance 1 * CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
18.) Performance 3 * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
19.) Gallery 1412 4/4/15 * Adam Levitt * Live * Bandcamp.com (2015)
20.) What Is Going On Here? * CEOs Inc. * CEOs Inc. * Bandcamp.com (2016)
This week we pull out all the stops for a Halloween broadcast the likes of which you have never heard before! It is one thing to play Halloween Music on the radio, and I’ve been doing that since 2003. But this week I decided that it would make more sense to tell ghost stories, the true essence of Halloween.
Fortunately for me, a number of friends and fans of the show called in to help contribute to the show. Both Ricardo Wang & Uneasy Chairs call in, marking both of their second appearances on the program. (Stay tuned for a live Uneasy Chairs performance on the program on November 11th!) And, Geekly-Update host Jason Ramey calls with a particularly scary story about the very radio station I was broadcasting from! (I hope he’s okay.) The problem is, if the station is haunted, will I even survive the show? There’s only one way to find out…
The centerpiece of this show is an interview with Bob Bucko Jr., not only a friend of the show, but the man behind Personal Archives Records, a label that has been very kind to Mid-Valley Mutations, and kind to music in general. Bob in a wonderful person who makes deeply personal music, and it a sight to see on stage. I met him a while back when we got to play a show together, and I have been a die-hard fan every since. Since I’ve been plugging the tours and playing his records on the show, it made sense to have a chat, and pal around with a guy I haven’t seen in a while. Plus: he has a great ghost story about staying at the Chelsea Hotel!
We had so much fun with this program that we may well do more Ghost stories next week, so stay tuned. In the meantime, what is up with this ghost that keeps popping into the KMUZ studio?
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview [Excerpts] * Bob Bucko Jr. & Ricardo Wang * What’s This Called? * KPSU Radio (4 April 2015)
03.) Excerpt I * Alfred Hitchcock * Ghost Stories For Boys & Girls * Golden Records (1962)
04.) Side A [Excerpt] * Sex Funeral * Eradicator * Personal Archives (2016)
05.) Machine In The Ghost * Thollem * Machine In The Ghost * Personal Archives (2016)
Part II: The Phantom DJ
06.) Halloween Sound Collage [Excerpt I] * Arvo Zylo * Halloween Sound Collage * Self-Released (2016)
07.) The Jason Ramey Phone Call
Part II: The Phantom Roommate
08.) Excerpt II * Alfred Hitchcock * Ghost Stories For Boys & Girls * Golden Records (1962)
09.) Ten [Excerpt I] * Arvo Zylo * Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher * Personal Archives (2016)
10.) The Ricardo Wang Phone Call
11.) Halloween Sound Collage [Excerpt II] * Arvo Zylo * Halloween Sound Collage * Self-Released (2016)
Part III: The Bob Bucko Jr. Interview
12.) Ten [Excerpt II] * Arvo Zylo * Heavenly Sounds in Lo-Fidelity: Arvo Plays Ferrante & Teicher * Personal Archives (2016)
13.) Excerpt III * Alfred Hitchcock * Ghost Stories For Boys & Girls * Golden Records (1962)
14.) How To See Ghosts (Or Surely Bring Them To You) * Vincent Price * A Hornbook For Witches * Caedmon Records (1976)
15.) Improv [Excerpts] * Bob Bucko Jr. * Crank Spirit * Personal Archives (2015)
16.) The Bob Bucko Jr. Phone Call
19.) The Weather Computer Phone Call
20.) A Wireless Message * Austin Rich * The Ways of Ghosts * WTBC Records (2015)
21.) Excerpt IV * Alfred Hitchcock * Ghost Stories For Boys & Girls * Golden Records (1962)
It’s always great to make new friends and meet new people, and Mid-Valley Mutations
is really shaping up to be the means through which I get to do this. Case in point: devilsclub, who not only came in to perform live on the show a few weeks back, but returned to offer a nine artist playlist of music you cannot, and will not hear anywhere else.
A show like this can’t be a single hour, so we’ve expanded to two hours this time, to accommodate music by him and his cohorts, but also an interview with our mutual friend Patrick of Uneasy Chairs, who is not only a huge supporter of the show from early on, but is an incredible performer and musician. We talk for a bit about making music, and the challenges of doing in here and now.
While Mid-Valley Mutations strives to feature experimental music of all types and varieties, for this show, it is all about new tunes. The oldest recording in this lineup is from three years ago, and more than half of the rest were all from this very year. It is very easy for me to fall into the same old habit of playing largely stuff from 20 or more years ago, so it was nice to focus on new stuff. And, with all the new artists that are making stuff now, this is certainly a first in a series that we’ll have moving forward. There’s too many New Clichés to explore.
Special thanks to horridus oplopanax of devilsclub for doing all the legwork for this show. He solicited tracks from each of the artists he featured, and accompanying the playlist below are notes, links, and other bits from that correspondence. Thanks again, and I look forward to the next time we can do something like this.
Special thanks again, to Morty, who tagged along on this show, and took a ton of pictures. (No Periscope this week. Sorry.) You rule, dude. Thanks again.
Additionally, more information about Sex Funeral, and their tour dates, can be found here. But in general, I recommend you check out Personal Archives releases. That was really cool of them to send out that package.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Mid-Valley Mutations * Unreleased (2016)
02.) Beta Tronic * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Beta Tronic * Unreleased (2016)
03.) Atomic Particles * Zealosphere * Atomic Particles * Soundcloud.com (2016) “I, in this track , utilize Doepfer in Eurorack format, sequencer.. is also same brand.” Albums out available from discogs : Dohkonul Records : discogs.com/artist/2926364-Zealosphere
04.) Dry Egg At Room Temperature * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
05.) Ark * Eryck Abecassis * ILUMEN * Entr’acte E189 (2014)
“Ark is the opening track of the CD Ilumen (entr’acte E189), intrumentation is Modular synthesizer, Sem Oberheim, Sherman filterbank 2, Knas moisterizer spring reverb, recorded in Paris at my studio in 2014.” Label / Records : Entr’acte entracte.co.uk/projects/eryck-abecassis-e189
06.) 100$ Cotton * Entresol * end. (EP) * bandcamp.com (2016)
07.) The Burning * tIB (Therapy Interfering Behaviour) * The Burning * Soundcloud.com (2013) “Various analog modular, buchla, serge, bugbrand, digital synths : many albums available via bandcamp : therapyinterferingbehaviour.bandcamp.com”
08.) Hurt (In Colors) * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
Part II: Uneasy Chairs calls Mid-Valley Mutations
09.) Alexander Hamilton (Album) * Uneasy Chairs * Alexander Hamilton * bandcamp.com (2015)
10.) Night [Excerpt] * Disparition * FAITE * Bandcamp.com (2015)
11.) I’m From Salem, Oregon * Uneasy Chairs * I’m From Salem, Oregon * Soundcloud.com (2016)
Part III: New Clichés 2
12.) Improv II 042514 * Bob Bucko Jr. * Crank Spirit * Personal Archives (2015)
13.) Bioluminesence * Rumblin Cynth Rampo — Gwen * Bioluminescence * Soundcloud.com (2016) “Gwen, Rumblin Cynth Rampo makes her music with both hardware and software synths.”
14.) Reach For The Peach * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
15.) Au Revoirs Of Blood * Porest * Modern Journal of Popular Savagery * Nashazphone (2016)
16.) Dried Out Part 2 * Chaotic Morphs * Dried Out Part 2 * Soundcloud.com (2016) “Do it yourself, Serge modular, download still available on soundcloud : In New York now on vacation! Welcome Chaotic Morphs !”
17.) I Am Rex * The Giant Worm * Murky Depths * bandcamp.com (2016)
18.) Freedom Hoarders * Thollem McDonas * Machine In The Ghost * Personal Archives
19.) Instant Pot, The Amazing Discovery * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * Unreleased (2016)
21.) Come And Get It, A Big Surprise * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
22.) Severe reorientation * Kentucky Evil * Severe reorientation * Soundcloud.com (2016) “The basis of the track is a poly-metric relationship between the voices and a heavily modulated main voice. So the ‘melody’ or later noisey bit is actually different depths of ring modulation and waveshaping, and the bongos/noise drums shift against each other.”
23.) durban Poison * GUYVE * 7 March 2016 * Unreleased (2016)
24.) Food Title * Zachary Zena Giberson * Part of Growing Up * Self-Released (2017)
“Food Title” is from my debut album, Part of Growing up. Part of Growing Up is meant to simulate the intensely negative, confusing feeling of over stimulation that autistic people like myself experience by just going about our day to day lives. “Food Title” is sort of an inside joke of a name, too, since I have several tracks at this point that are named after foods or drinks I like; Apple Juice, Spiced Apple Cider, Coconut Milk Cream, Peach Ring, and so on.”
25.) Boys * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
26.) An Icicle Of Violet * Aldo Calrissian * An Icicle Of Violet * Soundcloud.com (2015) “Aldo Calrissian is and experimental artist from Salem, Oregon. Inspired mostly by progressive and avant garde acts, his music is a blend of electronic, hip hop and many other styles, often flowing into each other in a single movement. An Icicle of Violet is a track made entirely from heavily manipulated guitars, vocals and drums, without a single synthesizer despite its thick dreamlike sound.”
27.) 2. BFZ * Fiasco * Blow Fly Zone 2016 * bandcamp.com (2016)
28.) These Two Radios * Austin Rich * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)