VideoZine#4: “Why Are We Here?”

VideoZine#4: "Why Are We Here?"

VideoZine#4: “Why Are We Here?”

VideoZine#4: “Why Are We Here?”
(Our first compilation, with material by artists and directors from a number of under-represented places.)

Our program is always evolving and changing, and one vision that I have always had for these VideoZines is that I could begin to incorporate the work of other directors.  There are a number of people who are in the same realm as I, making videos and trying to exhibit their seed of creativity.  Why not create a platform for some of these videos and artists?

This collection raids the BlasphuphmusRadio archives, where I present video that has never been seen in this form before.  I have a variety of video treats that have been suffering for a variety of reason, namely due to poor audio and bad editing.  Presented here for the first time are live performances by bands that appeared on Blasphuphmus Radio & Is This Music?  These performances were booked by Johnathan Boober, and feature incredible performances by Nasalrod, SLOTHS, Valkyrie Rodeo & RABBITS.   Rounding out this collection are two videos shot during practice performances by The Nervous & Moth Hunter.  The Nervous performance is of particular note, as they have become quite a powerhouse live outfit, and this recording was captured before they had even played live for anyone by their partners.

In addition to these live videos (all featuring newly remastered audio, and re-edited for this presentation), we also feature work by a number of directors, including Nil Admirari (eponymous, Library of Congress, Esmar Road), Matt O. (Half Eye, Iarvles, Dry Cleaners), Colin Hicks (Vomit Violence), Ryan A. Ray (” ‘Ho,’ The Humanity”), Paco Jones & Eric Hausmann.  Each of these directors have a unique and distinct voice that is compelling and beautiful, and it is no wonder that with all of them, film is only part of the passion.  These videos represent some cool work that you will not see anywhere else.

In addition to that, it is with this episode that we declare that this is an office show.  The VideoZine will continue this year, and hopefully continue to return for subsequent seasons.  Our plan is to produce at least Six episodes this year, but it is possible that we might hit the Eight or even Ten mark, depending on how productive the next month is.  We do not make any money off this program, but we do enjoy making it, and hopefully you enjoy what we do, too.

This episode has all the bells and whistles: a remastered soundtrack, individual videos you can link to for each segment of the show, and the typical 60 minute presentation that we’ve come to know and love.  I’ve done my best to create a little audio narrative, and to have some fun, so hopefully you do, too.



“Why Are We Here?”

Produced, Directed & Edited by Austin Rich.


VideoZine #4 Playlist

“Why Are We Here?”


01.) “A Stitch In Spacetime” by Nil Admirari
02.) “Hello, I’m Drunk” by Austin Rich (with backing music provided by the “Crusin’ 1955” LP)

Part I: “Let’s Talk About Social Etiquette”

03.) “Fascist Rumble” by Half Eye
04.) “It’s Everywhere, Yr Going To Die” by Tyrants
05.) “Two Songs” by Vomit Violence
06.) “Homebrew” by The Thrash-key Kids
07.) “Alex The Spider” by Iarvles
08.) “You Look Good In Glasses” by The Nervous
09.) “Be Polite” by Nasalrod
10.) “Postcards of Darby Crash” by SLOTHS
11.) “Duck, The Pigs“ by RABBITS
12.) ” ‘Ho,’ The Humanity” by Ryan A. Ray

Part II: “Where, Again?”

13.) “Lawrence of Arabia” by Valkyrie Rodeo
14.) “Steilacoom” by Dry Cleaners
15.) “Manchurian Avalanche” by Library of Congress
16.) “No Contact” by Moth Hunter
17.) “Project 13” by Paco Jones
18.) “What You Seek Is Seeking You” by Space Gambus Experiment with Eric Hausmann
19.) “Anchorage” by Esmar Road

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VII: Alpha Protist!

Alpha Protist

Alpha Protist

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VII: Alpha Protist!

It’s always fun when I get to work with any of the Battlesnakes, and they have been big supporters of our show since 2009.  I’ve had the pleasure of living with half of this band, and chatting about records with both of them, and any chance you get to enjoy an Alpha Protist song, you know you are doing something right.  That is why I was extremely excited to have them offer to cover for Josh Jones, when he had to cancel his performance for the Blas-Travaganza.  It was sad not to get them on the bill initially, and excellent news when I found out we could make it work anyway.

Day 2

Day 2

For a two-piece writing fairly mid-tempo music, they managed to fill Slim’s with a triumphant cacophony that really made me happy.  Reference points may be useless when trying to describe them, but let it be said that they are passionate, dedicated, and earnest artists creating a racket that is extremely pleasing to the ears.  While there isn’t an Alpha Protist track on the comp, a few of the Battlesnakes do turn up on Lost In The Supermarket, and I recommend you checking out their work on our Bandcamp site.

In the meantime, you can also enjoy this live performance… for now!  They were gentlemen and scholars, and it was fantastic to have them as part of the Blas-Travaganza.

MyFacester+ Photoalbum


The Old Wives
Darkened Car (Little Wings cover)
You Only Know How to Stop
Karmon Hadron
Frown Town
Sic Eros
Pioneering Dark
The Book I Write
Paint Over the Locks

Episode 019: Battlesnakes Now!

Battlesnakes, LIVE!

Battlesnakes, LIVE!

Episode 019: Battlesnakes Now!
(Featuring live performances – and a DJ set – by Alpha Protist & Nil Admirari, plus a slew of music from the Battlesnakes catalog.)

KPSU Playlist

Picasa Photoset

Looking for some new local music? Then look no further, because today’s special two-hour broadcast features two artists from the local Battlesnakes Collective!

I’d be careful if I were you. These snakes are dangerous.

Episode 011: Cow Punk

DJ Jazzy Joel

DJ Jazzy Joel

Episode 011: Cow Punk w/ DJ Jazzy Joel
(Featuring selections by a real live Battlesnake himself, Alpha Protist.)

Put on your spurs, ’cause it’s time to go dancin’! Tune in for an hour of downhome, in-yer-face, just like grandma used to make Cow Punk this week on Blasphuphmus Radio, with special guest DJ Jazzy Joel of Alpha Protist! Yee-ha!

I had a really great time.

Whew. I’m all radio-ed out. I gotta say, it was a good day.

See ya in seven.