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

IMG_7769The 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.






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

This link will remain active for a short period of time.

Sounds Guaranteed to Spook You

Sounds Guaranteed to Spook You



And this link goes with the former.

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

I imagine I will be receiving some e-mail from some of you, so again:

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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 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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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! (

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

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

 Tarantula Ghoul (

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 18 September 2014: ReCollecting

Free From A Co-Worker. #NewestAcquisitions #TheArchive

Free From A Co-Worker. #NewestAcquisitions #TheArchive

NewsBlas 18 September 2014: ReCollecting

Audio Zine Entry

The Beginning * The Collectors * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask

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Bless This Mess (11 September 2012 Retrocast)

It Ain't Perfect, But I Love It

It Ain’t Perfect, But I Love It

Bless This Mess (11 September 2012 Retrocast)
(Featuring music and recordings offered in loving tribute to the country that I love, with tongue placed forcibly into cheek.)

(This was originally produced as a podcast on 11 September 2012 in the St. John’s Studio we used at the time.  Enjoy.)

While I am a big fan of political music that skewers whatever the flavor of the week happens to be, and have done a few Fourth of July shows that were less than respectful to the institutions this country holds dear, I have never had the balls to get down and dirty regarding the subject of 9/11.  And with good reason: while the event is well in the past, there has been a cultural sacred cow in place when it comes to mocking what was, in the end, a really awful event in our country’s history.  My usual knee-jerk reaction to everything is to make a joke, and while there always seemed like plenty of great throw-aways that could have been used when planning a 9/11 show, I never allowed myself to go down that road for fear that there would be some sort of outcry the moment I showed any amount of disrespect for what has become an accidental holiday in this country.

However, time seems to have dulled my sense of what is and isn’t appropriate, and now that it’s been 11 years, I feel like America might be ready for a podcast that goes the whole 9 yards, and delivers some music that obtusely tackles a subject that seems to be somewhat taboo.  While I would never go so far as to be critical of the awful events of that day, it seems odd to me that the day  now carries this cultural baggage that causes everyone to get far too serious about their patriotism. I’ve always considered myself a patriot, but in the sense that I am willing to question things, discuss them, and find ways to make sense of them through culture and art that addresses complex issues in entertaining ways.  Sometimes these take the form of agressive punk songs that speak their mind without concern for who will be pissed off when all is said and done.

Since Tuesday falls on this particular day this year, and since I will have no one to answer to but myself in the event that people do get pissed off, this year felt like a good year to finally break the silence, and bring you a bunch of songs that present different visions of America.  I tried to cover a lot of ground, and thus bring in a number of different voices for this show.  But in the end, it’s a bunch of stuff that I like listening to, and all of it has a particular perspective that I feel is very worth exploring.  Even if it is temporarily.

And: this mix kicks a whole lot of ass.

Next week’s show may be delayed somewhat, as I will be out of town.  However, I will do my best to bring you a road show, which may just end up being short.  We shall see.

So: don’t forget to pull out your miniature American Flags, plant it firmly in the most inappropriate place you can think of, and turn this one up just loud enough that it’ll piss off your neighbor in the cubical next door.

See you in seven.

Bless This Mess

Part I: Growin’ Up In America
01.) Boy From Nowhere * DMZ * Live At The Rat
02.) All American Twist * The Champs * “All American”
03.) American Heartbreak * Langston Hughes * The Voice Of The Poet: Langston Hughes
04.) Growin’ Up In America * The Colors * Killed By Death Vol. 20
05.) Terror In America * GG Allin & The Murder Junkies * Brutality and Bloodshed for All
06.) Thinkin’ Of The USA * Eater * Thinkin’ Of The USA 7″
07.) American Terrorist * Chris Burke *
08.) Experiment In Terror * Henry Mancini * Greatest Hits
09.) The Ugly American * Big Black * The Hammer Party
10.) The Half-Eaten Sausage Would Like To See You In His Office * The Locust * The Locust / Melt Banana Split 7″
11.) American Dream * The Redundants * I Hate The Redundants
12.) Amercan America * Godless * 7″
13.) Middle America * J.F.A. * Rat Music For Rat People
14.) N.O.U.S.P.T.D.A. * The Nation Of Ulysses * The Birth Of The Ulysses Aesthetic (The Synthesis of Speed And Transformation) EP
15.) America Has Spoken * Patton Oswalt * Werewolves and Lollipops
16.) Fyt * This Mortal Coil * It’ll End In Tears

Part II: Freedom’s Waiting
17.) Early American * Sonic Youth * Confusion Is Sex
18.) Help Stamp Out America * Kermit Schafer * Pardon My Blooper
19.) Cityman * Negativland * Free
20.) 9/11 is a Joke * Delusions of Parasitosis * Coupon D’état
21.) Mecca: A Vision Of The Next Crusade * Thomas M. Disch / X’s For Eyes * Mecca|Mettle
22.) We’re An American Band * MX-80 * We’re An American Band

Part III: The ABC’s of The USA
23.) Politics In America * Bill Hicks * Philosophy
24.) Pow Wow * Grace Tennessee & The American Spirits * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites: Volume Six
25.) A.B.C’s of the U.S.A. * Ada Jones and Billy Murray * Edison Gold Moulded Cylinder Record: 9903
26.) Land: Part I: Horses, Part II: Land of a Thousand Dances, Part III: La Mer (De) * Patti Smith * Horses
27.) Crimes vs. America * Old Time Radio Commercial
28.) Alaska * The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black * A National Heath Care
29.) Freedom Of Choice * Devo * Freedom Of Choice
30.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
31.) Our Nat’l Anthm * Abbie Hoffman * Wake Up America!
32.) Unwanted Workers Of America * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign

The Secret True History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Part II: Defending Elvis

Dance The Night Away

Dance The Night Away

The Secret True History of Rock ‘n’ Roll Part II: Defending Elvis
(Miss Rikki & I discuss music old and new as we cover a Ramones Tribute, discuss how unfairly Elvis is sometimes treated, and introduce to you two things that are from the last 10 years that are good.  Promise. )

In another podcast-only edition of AMLOR, we discuss The Ronetts (and to a lesser extent, The Ramones and the passing of Tommy), Elvis (and how hot he was), The Nervous (because: The Nervous), and Bomb The Music Industry, as we slowly (but surely) sort out the format of the show.  I might also be a little drunk.



The Secret True History of Rock ‘n’ Roll


Part I: Some Things Old

01.) Absolutely Bills Mood (Live) * They Might Be Giants
02.) Stingray * King Peglican * Roots In The Shadows of San Antonio
03.) Boys * The Shirelles * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found
04.) Be My Baby * The Ronettes
05.) I Never Dreamed * The Cookies * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found
06.) What A Lonely Way To Start The Summertime * Bitter Sweet * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found
07.) I Have A Boyfriend * The Chiffons * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found
08.) I Can’t Let Go * Evie Sands * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found
09.) Nobody Knows What’s Goin’ On (In My Mind But Me) * The Chiffons * Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found
10.) Bobby Sox Blues * T-Bone Walker * The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll
11.) When It Rains, It Really Pours * Elvis Presley
12.) Good Rockin’ Tonight * Wynonie Harris * The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll
13.) Saturday Night Fish Fry * Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five * The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Part II: Some Things New

14.) Cottlestone Pie * Cringer * The Thing That Ate Floyd
15.) Entry Level Position * The Nervous
16.) Boredome Zone * The Mr. T Experience * The Thing That Ate Floyd
17.) Happy Now * Isocracy *  The Thing That Ate Floyd
18.) Stand Until You’re Sober * Bomb The Music Industry
19.) No Medicine For Regret * Mogwai * Rave Tapes
20.) Space Ghost * Callow * Blue Spells
21.) Friskers * Rollerball * Companion 2: The Woman At The Well

The Most Brilliant Piece of Gobbelty-Gook Ever (A Lester Bangs Tribute Show)

Lester Fucking Bangs

Lester Fucking Bangs

The Most Brilliant Piece of Gobbelty-Gook Ever (A Lester Bangs Tribute Show)

There used to be a world where people were really fucking passionate about everything.  You can hear this world seep through the cracks and pop of old LPs, in the pages of yellowing magazines hoarded by a Learned Council of Wise Men, and they gather at local pubs to argue loudly about early Fred Cole bands and where you can find old back-issues of Backfire.

The world used to have Lester Bangs in it, too.  This is a feeble, ham-fisted tribute to a man after my own heart.

I had brought a bunch of LPs to the station, and began going through the stacks at KPSU when a two hour block opened up in the afternoon.  I had stumbled across this interview with Sue Mathews, and figured that between the records and this interview I could cobble together something that resembles a tribute.  Miss Rikki (fortunately) came in during the second hour to save everything.

If I had done my research I would have tried to pair quotes with the songs.  The transitions could have been better.  Even some of the musical choices are questionable, mostly driven by my urge to “check out” a track, or suddenly wanting to hear something specific.  At least it’s all records.

At the center of this is my own love for Lester.  There was a time when I carried around Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung like it was cannon, memorizing lines and internalizing it’s rhythms in everything I wrote.  More than that, though, he gave voice to the kind of distrust I had of things that are overhyped, he unabashedly loved terrible things just like I do, he was wrong over and over (and over) again, and in the end he was filled with passion about music, about wanting music to be better, to mean something, and to call shenanigans on every other person who was essentially full of shit when it came to their artistic statement.

Curmudgeon, critic, drug punk, and the least cool person in Rock ‘n’ Roll, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Lester Fucking Bangs.



The World’s Greatest Rock Critic, Lester Bangs


Hour 1

01.) Science Fiction Double Feature * The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
02.) “Music.  True Music” * Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs * Almost Famous
03.) Nightclubbing * Iggy Pop * The Idiot
04.) “The Same Old Gunk Dressed Up In New Clothes” * Lester Bangs
05.) Yodeling Yippie * The Fugs
06.) “Musical Sterility” * Lester Bangs
07.) Uh-huh * Thee Headliners * We Made These Songs
08.) Waiting For The Renasaince * Lester Bangs
09.) Flying * The Small Faces
10.) Shove A Martini In His Hand and Forget About Him * Lester Bangs
11.) Electric Aunt Jemima * The Mothers of Invention
12.) The Velvet Underground * Lester Bangs
13.) Night Train * James Brown
14.) The Illiad * Ed Sanders And The Hemptones
15.) Iggy & The Stooges * Lester Bangs
16.) Louie Louie * The Kingsmen
17.) Sales Will Drop Off * Lester Bangs
18.) Graveyard * Dead Moon
19.) Zoot Suit * The High Numbers
20.) Teenage Riot * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation
21.) Patricia * Perez Prado


Hour 2

22.) “We Want To Sell Records.  We Want To Be Rock Stars” * Lester Bangs
23.) Kansas and the BTO’s * The GTOs
24.) Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep * Perez Prado
25.) The Captain’s Fat Theresa Shoes * The GTOs
26.) Ella Guru * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
27.) The Original GTO’s * The GTOs
28.) Bandido * Perez Prado
29.) WPLJ * The Mothers of Invention
30.) Spaceman * Harry Nilson * Son of Schmilsson
31.) And On And On * Lester Bangs
32.) Higher Ground * Stevie Wonder * Innervisions
33.) Disco’s Dead * Lester Bangs
34.) Bernadette * The Four Tops
35.) I Can’t Buy That This Is An Organic, Populist Movement * Lester Bangs
36.) Stop Breaking Down * The Rolling Stones
37.) The Really Are Being Marketed * Lester Bangs
38.) Ghost * Ty Segall
39.) Anarchy, Or Whatever You Want To Call It * Lester Bangs
40.) Sister * The Black Keys
41.) Here We Are In The ’70’s, Where Everything Stinks * Lester Bangs
42.) …Worms LP Selection
43.) Moonchild (including “The Dream” and “The Illusion”) / The Court of the Crimson King (including “The Return of the Fire Witch” and “The Dance of the Puppets”) * King Crimson * In The Court of the Crimson King
44.) Uncool * Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs * Almost Famous

On The Flip Side

(Don't Forget To Caption This Image.)

(Don’t Forget To Caption This Image.)

On The Flip Side
(Longer description of the episode, with weird esoteric links and notes about the show.)

Miss Rikki & I continue our Ontological Assault on the world at large with this radio deconstruction of recordings that are on the edge of awareness of their state as recordings.  Leaving no symbol unturned, with layers upon layers of meaning and commentary with regards to the current state of our program, we delve quite a ways into the 70’s, offer some Cilantro PSAs, prepare for Time Travel, and offer a number of means for managing your own stress.  The mix is thick and dense in some spots, with lots of “Waiting Room” references.  Just how we like it.

Part II of this program is reminiscent of one of the ’90’s episode of this program I did at KWVA in Eugene, which you can stream or download here.  I’m pretty sure it is the same source material, and it is interesting to revisit the same material with a new perspective.  Not much more meta than referencing yourself, right?

Dig it.  There’s some dope shit in here.



On The Flip Side


Part I: The Musical Heritage Surplus Club of Hong Kong

01.) Twenty Minutes of Silence * Flip Wilson * You Devil You
02.) Break Song [Excerpts] * Vanilla Fudge * Near The Beginning
03.) The Church of What’s Happening Now * Flip Wilson & Redd Foxx
04.) 40 Great Unclaimed Melodies! * The Firesign Theater * Dear Friends (Live Broadcasts)
05.) “Real Life” Trailer * Albert Brooks
06.) Checkers Speech * Richard Nixon
07.) What’s Happening News * George Carlin w/ Flip Wilson
08.) Alexander Grahmn Bell * Lilly Tomlin * This Is A Recording
09.) Telephone Courtesy Educational Film
10.) WINO Radio * George Carlin w/ Flip Wilson


Part II: It’s Time For Traveling Through Time

11.) I Hate Cilantro, It’s Gross * Glozell Green
12.) ?? LP?
13.) Traveling Through Time * Pan Am Films
14.) Learn How To Touch Type
15.) Cindy Goes To A Party * Etiquette Lessons
16.) Drugs Are Like That * Anita Bryant
17.) Act Your Age Education Film
18.) You And Your Parents * Coronet Films


Part III: Stress Relief With Tranquilizers

19.) How To Win At Conversations With Mom * Daniel Kibblesmith
20.) The Wayne Mason Trio * LIVE! at the La Pesada
21.) [Excerpts] * Kermit Schafer * All Time Great Bloopers (6 Record Set)
22.) Stress Relief With Tranquilizers * The Relaxed Wife
23.) Cindy Goes To A Party * Etiquette Lessons
24.) Drugs Are Like That * Anita Bryant
25.) Evert 1 Pipkin * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Made From Technitium

The Stuff That Myths Are Built On

Just How I Like It: No One Around

Just How I Like It: No One Around

The Stuff That Myths Are Built On
(For this show, we throw our listeners to the wolves.)

The subject of loneliness and being alone came up when I was selecting records for this show, and a jazzy, moody theme quickly began to develop, which Miss Rikki ran with.

We also interview Kevin McCallister, PHD in Social Sciences, who emphasizes students of people who are at Home, Alone.

Then, we throw you to the wolves.



The Stuff That Myths Are Built On

Part I: 18 Months & Two Weeks

01.) The Wolf You Never Knew [Excerpts] * Robert Redford * The Language and Music of The Wolves
02.) Blue Monk * The Thelonious Monk Quartet And Pee Wee Russell * Miles & Monk At Newport
03.) Word Salad * Miss Rikki
04.) Straight, No Chaser * The Miles Davis Sextet featuring Julian “Cannonball” Adderley * Miles & Monk At Newport
05.) Movie Excerpt

Part II: Kevin McCallister, PHD in Social Sciences & Being at Home, Alone.

06.) ‘Round Midnight” * Lionel Hampton with Rhythm and Reeds * Golden Vibes
07.) “There Is Not A Rhinoceros In This Room”
08.) Move * Charlie Parker, Tadd Dameron & Curley Russell* Live Sessions
09.) The Wolf You Never Knew [Excerpts] * Robert Redford * The Language and Music of The Wolves
10.) Hot House * Carlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Nelson Boyd & Max Roach * Live Sessions
11.) “What Ever Happened To Baby Jayne?” [Excerpt]
12.) Audrey Hepburn on Dick Cavett

Part III: Someone’s Calling Your Name

12.) Open All Night / My Father’s House [Excerpt] * Bruce Springsteen * Nebraska
13.) A Phone Call From Dr. McCallister
14.) Jeffrey Lee Pierce on What’s Wrong With Everything
15.) I Hear Your Name * The Dead Milkmen * Eat Your Paisley

Episode 105: A Cross Country Extravaganza (Remastered)

In Honor Of Rita

In Honor Of Rita

Episode 105: A Cross Country Extravaganza (Remastered)
(Featuring a number of songs that are on the run.)

In spite of my best efforts, there are many of our broadcasts that have been lost either in part or entirely.  There are a number of reasons for this: technological failures, archivists errors, you weren’t broadcasting for some reason or another.  Any number of problems can arise when you’re quickly trying to get material ready for broadcast.

A large number of problems happened on this day: The playlist was mangled, the recordings were missing 30 minutes of our broadcast, and on top of everything, the recording did not sound great.  For a long time I sat on the files, posted a half-assed “edit” of the show, and on the whole wished that I could have done better.  Mostly because my guest for this show planned the entire thing with me, and I really wanted to show her a good time.

Recently, Rita passed away suddenly.  At least, suddenly to me.  I knew her through teaching, but she and I had a lot of similar touchstones and interests, too.  She was one of the nicest people I worked with, and her sense of humor and upbeat attitude was and important element of her personality.

In honor of her passing, join me for a remastered, two hour broadcast of songs about running, motion, being on the run, and everything in between.  Audience participation was so excellent for this show, she came right into the booth on this one.  While she did not speak on the mic, we spent the entire show talking about music, life, and everything in-between.  This show cemented our friendship, and I will miss her tremendously.

This show was pieced together from the playlist and three mangled files I was able to retrieve from the KPSU server when it crashed while we were broadcasting.  While this is not exactly like the version that was heard by listeners at home, this is a very close approximation in a nearly complete form.

I’ll miss you, Rita.  I’ll always remember you sitting in the booth, talking about anything and everything… only not when the mic was on.  I guess that’s on memory that will be just for me.



A Cross Country Extravaganza

Hour 1

Part I: Running Into The Past

01.) Run Better Run * The Cheepskates
02.) Run For Your Life * The Beatles
03.) Running Scared * Roy Orbison
04.) Let ’em Run Wild * Beach Boys
05.) Running from the Enemy * Stinking Lizaveta
06.) Run Run Run * The Velvet Underground * The Velvet Underground & Nico

Part II:  Running Hard

07.) Runnin’ Ragged * Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti
08.) Run Run Run * Gestures
09.) Run, Run, Run * The Third Rail
10.) Running Hard * Speed Glue and Shinki
11.) Madman Running Through the Fields * Dantalian’s Chariot
12.) Runnin’ Down A Dream * Tom Petty

Part III: Girl On The Run

13.) Run Chicken Run * Link Wray & His Wray Men
14.) Girl On The Run * Honey Bane
15.) Nowhere To Run * The Pagans
16.) C’Mon * Joan Jett & The Runaways
17.) Running With the Devil * Van Halen
18.) Running In The Shadows * The Neoboys

Hour 2

Part IV: Run Run Run!

19.) Midnight Run * The Pyramids
20.) Run To The Hills * Iron Maiden
21.) Run For Your Life * Screamin’ Lord Sutch & The Undertakers
22.) Run Run Run * The Stimulators
23.) Runaway * Screeching Weasel
24.) Let’s Run * Blue Light Curtain

Part V: Run Away With Me

25.) Forerunner * Ornette Coleman
26.) Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) * The Temptations
27.) Run Paint Run Run * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
28.) Run Away * Jandek
29.) Run Spook Run * Rod Keith
30.) If you See my Rooster Please Run Him Home * Memphis Minnie
31.) Running Gun * Marty Robbins
32.) Run * Gnarles Barkley
33.) I’ll Come Running * Brian Eno
34.) Run to the Sun * Eddy Detroit
35.) Children Running On The Radio

KPSU Playlist

ABC’s, 123’s, MeYouWe’s



ABC’s, 123’s, MeYouWe’s
(My recent efforts to alphabetize my record collection led us on a discussion of collections, and the behaviors related to them.)

Putting my new house in order – with a specific eye toward my recently assembled record collection – lead the cast of A Momentary Lapse of Reason to a rousing (and lengthy) discussion of systems and organization.  Miss Rikki & I put together a great set of Alphabet rock, and obviously, a discussion of the habits of collectors and completists comes up pretty quickly.  The Professor – regular guest on Closet Radio – is also in the studio, but usually chimes in when he’s at least 6 feet from the mic.  Miss Rikki also shows off her incredibly awesome vintage dress, complete with belt.  The Professor admits to some dangerous thinking, and questionable taste in music.



Miss Rikki's Fashion Show

Miss Rikki’s Fashion Show

ABC’s, 123’s, MeYouWe’s


Part I: Spell It Out For Me

01.) Indian Alphabet Chant (a-i-iddy-i-o-o-o) * Lucia Pamela * Into Outer Space With…
02.) L Y * Tom Lehrer * The Electric Company
03.) All Together Now * The Beatles * Yellow Submarine
04.) Alphabet Dance * Bill Horist * Lyric/Suite
05.) Spelling The Alphabet [Live] * Ornette Coleman *
06.) Phonetic Alphabet * The Conet Project *
07.) A Progress Report on an Experimental Mathematics Project Part I * Edinah Gnang *


Part II: Color Coded Life

06.) Project Perfect * PM+


Part III: Tuesday Is Always A Holiday

07.) Black Elk * Black Elk

Booberamapalloozafest Preview w/ Johnathon Boober

Booberamapaloozafest 2014

Booberamapalloozafest 2014

Booberamapalloozafest Preview w/ Johnathon Boober
(Johnathon Boober – local scenester and all around very cool gent – drops by our humble program to talk about the incredible event happening next week, and play some music by the bands that will be there.)

I met Johnathon Boober one night at a Karaoke bar (full disclosure: I ran the Karaoke), and we have been friends ever since.  His sense of style, musical taste, artistic interests and inclinations, as well as his sharp wit have made him an invaluable friend, and I regularly miss his incredible radio endeavors when he was host of Is This Music? and Hogwash Hodgepodge & Musical Detritus.

However, you don’t have to go very far to see his influence on the music scene.  With friends in more bands than you can safely fit on an iPod, Boober has put on some incredible shows over the years, and his annual Booberamapalloozafest is now four years strong, and an excellent example of the amazing bands he’s built relationships with.  In this program, not only do we plug the fourth incarnation of this amazing event, but we listen to samples of the bands performing on this incredible bill.  Basically, you’ll want to call in sick Friday, clear your calendar for the weekend, and spend the entire time at The Kenton Club, because shows like this are few and far between.

As mentioned in the program, Boober has hosted a number of great bands on the radio, and my predecessor was involved with two amazing ones: RABBITS & Nasalrod.  I cannot say enough nice things about either band, and if you would like to relive these broadcasts to get yourself in the mood for March 8th, then I urge you to follow the links provided:

Is This Music? w/ RABBITS, Live!

Nasalrod, LIVE!

(Shhhhh. Don’t tell, but: the secret hidden playlist contains some excellent music, curated by me and Boober. Totally worth your time!)


Booberamapalloozafest Preview

Part I: Birthday Rock

01.) Johnathon Boober Mix [Excerpt]
02.) Hello Ello * Nasalrod * Steward
03.) Reflection * RABBITS * RABBITS / WHORES Split 7″
04.) Show & Tell * Monogamy Party * False Dancers
05.) Eltit Gnos * ubik. * A Hideous Triumph of Form and Function
06.) Tiny Fists * The Fur Coats * Don’t Make Me Beg
07.) ?? * NighTraiN * ??

Part II: Unicorn vs. Pegasus

08.) Johnathon Boober Mix Part II [Excerpt]
09.) ?? * RLLRBLL * ??
10.) ?? * The Fur Coats * ??

Part III: Behind The Curtains

11.) Johnathon Boober Mix Part III [Excerpt]
12.) ?? * RLLRBLL * ??

Bonus DJ Set

<Secret Hidden Playlist>

13.) Ordinary Things * Monogamy Party * False Dancers
14.) ?? * RABBITS * Live on Is This Music?
15.) ?? * RLLRBLL * ??
16.) Under Leaves * Appendixes * False Color EP
17.) The Facebook Fiction Initiative * Austin Rich *
18.) Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know * The Fur Coats * Goddamn, I’m a Handsome Man!
19.) Four Walls * Monogamy Party * False Dancers
20.) ?? * RABBITS * Live on Is This Music?

</Secret Hidden Playlist>

As a special bonus treat: Tunacan Jones was messaging Miss Rikki during the show, starting at about 6:23 PM.  You can read his live comments, here:

Cuddle Time with Mr. Boober
you just ripped me off
My hogwash
you ripped off my cuddle with boober……stab me in the back while i’m listening and supporting the whole fucking sorry lot of ya
i quit
don’t ignore me
i know you’re reading these
i’m still listening.
I want to see what else you or willl rip off of my genius
i built kenton
i created that show
a moment without any mention of me
i publish those papers
i built his house
i’ll touch it
over and over and over again
I’m posting on the internet
never said my name or that damn Boober

The Devo Tribute Show

Bob Casale

Bob Casale

The Devo Tribute Show
(We pay tribute to Bob Casale – Bob 2 – who passed away this week, by playing a bunch of Devo songs, and taking calls from Devo fans.  Lot’s of gushing ensues.)

A Momentary Lapse of Reason goes into full tribute mode for the first time as we pay tribute to Bob 2’s band, Devo.  For many, this was a national day of mourning, but rather than dwell on the loss, we tried to celebrate this amazing group with music and stories about them, and all their members.  We take a couple of calls, share wonderful interview clips, and revel in one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th Century.  


The Devo Tribute Show

Part I: We’re All Devo!

01.) Devo Corporate Anthem * Devo * Duty Now For The Future
02.) Elephant * Mark’s Magic Pictures * Yo Gabba Gabba!
03.) The Bobacatto * Mark Mothersbaugh * The SubGenius Foundation
04.) Peek-A-Boo * Devo * Oh No!  It’s Devo!
05.) Mongoloid [Live] * Devo *
06.) Through Being Cool * Devo * New Traditionalists
07.) Big Mess * Devo * Oh No!  It’s Devo!
08.) Smart Patrol / Mr. DNA * Devo * Duty Now For The Future

Part II: Down The Devo Hole w/ David Berry

09.) The Royal Tenenbaums Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
10.) What Is De-Evolution? [Part I] * Devo * Night Flight
11.) Devo Is Visual * Devo * Night Flight

Part III: The Waiters Are In Full Effect w/ Justin In Seattle

12.) The Royal Tenenbaums Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
13.) Why Start Again? * Devo * Warner Bros. Promotional Video
14.) The Devo Energy Dome * Devo

Bonus DJ Set

<Secret Hidden Playlist>

15.) Be Stiff * Devo * “Be Stiff” b/w “Social Fools”
16.) One Dumb Thing * Devo * New Traditionalists
17.) Mongoloid * Devo * Q: Are We Not Men?  A: We Are Devo!
18.) Speed Racer * Devo * Oh No!  It’s Devo!
19.) Midget * Devo * Hardcore Devo Vol. 1
20.) Beautiful World * Devo * New Traditionalists

</Secret Hidden Playlist>


March Violets – “Religious As Hell”

Amanda Palmer – “Lost”

Chvrches – “You Caught The Light”

Leather Nun – “Gimme Gimme Gimme”

Midnight Configuration – “Sinister Sinister”

Crime & The City Solution – “Domina”

David Lynch – “The Line It Curves”

Legendary Pink Dots – “Stigmata (part 4)”

Blue Faces – “Ancient Theater (Reprise)”

Ghastly Ones – “Mysterion”

Real Love w/ DJ Swill (Retrocast)

Real Love

Real Love

Real Love w/ DJ Swill (Retrocast)
(Featuring a tag-team presentation of, ahem, “sweet” punk love songs.)

# Track * Artist * Album * Label

01.) Love Is Happiness * The Icarus Line * Mono * Buddyhead Records
02.) Crummy Lovers Die In The Grave * The Fucking Champs * V * Drag City Records
03.) Love Is… * King Missile * King Missile * Atlantic Records
04.) Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love * Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg * Tank Girl: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack * Warner Bros. / Elektra Records
05.) Gimme Some Head * GG Allin & The Motor City Bad Boys * “Gimme Some Head” b/w “Dead Or Alive” * Orange Records
06.) Sex Junkie * Plasmatics * Beyond the Valley of 1984
07.) Love Song * The Damned * The Best of The Damned * Big Beat Records
08.) Ass Kisser’s Union * Claw Hammer * Hold Your Tongue (and Say Apple) * Interscope Records
09.) Cellophane Nirvana * The Salvation Army * Happen Happened * Frontier Records
10.) Ever Fallen In Love? * The Buzzcocks * Single Going Steady * EMI Records
11.) We Gotta Get Out Of This Place [Live] * Fear
12.) Love * Screeching Weasel * Boogadaboogadaboogada
13.) Cannibal Lover * Chevreuil * Capoeira * Sickroom
14.) Shotgun–I Love You * Billy Jack * Wrestling The Bald-Headed Champion * Space Age Bachelor Pad Records
15.) Don’t Worry * Sister Double Happiness
16.) I’m In Love With Your Mom * VOM * Live At Surf City
17.) A Love Supreme * Oswald Five-0 * “A Love Supreme” b/w “Crushproof”
18.) Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing [Live] * Minutemen
19.) Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World * The Ramones
20.) Love Bomb * Ginderman * Grinderman
21.) Rio * Nip Drivers
22.) We Are In Love * Coachwhips * Double Death
23.) Love Lasts Forever (Sometimes) * Half Japanese * Loud And Horrible
24.) Love Love Love * The Queers * Grow Up
25.) What Love Is * Rocket From the Tombs * The Day the Earth Met the Rocket from the Tombs
26.) This Is Me Without You * Hello Menno
27.) Are We There Yet? [Excerpt] * Pat Metheny
28.) Flamethrower Love * Poison Idea
29.) Bullet Train To Vegas * Drive Like Jehu * Yank Crime * Interscope
30.) No Depression * The Oblivion Seekers
31.) Pervert * The Descendents
32.) Window Shop For Love * The Wipers * Is This Real?
33.) Caterpillar EP * Unwound * Love And Fear
34.) Real Love * NoMeansNo

KPSU Playlist

The Future of Love: Lulu! (Retrocast)

The Future of Love

The Future of Love

The Future of Love: Lulu! (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, Blasphuphmus Radio brings 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. But stay tuned! Next week, DJ Will will be in the studio for a Grumpy Punk Valentine’s Day show to end all Valentine’s Day shows. Who says we don’t care about love?

# 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

Songs For My Baby (Retrocast)

A Valentine's Day Special!

A Valentine’s Day Special!

Songs For My Baby (Retrocast)

I didn’t think it was possible either, but I managed to do an entire show on Valentine’s Day and not once did resorted to cynicism and irony!  This was a really challenging show to program, but fortunately this year I actually have someone to celebrate with, and that helped point me in the right direction. Thanks babe!

Next week, stay tuned for the return of Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! With the return of, “The Adventures of Superman, Part II.”

See ya in seven.

Songs For My Baby

01.) Sound Valentine [Excerpt I] * Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic
02.) Somewhere * Tom Waits
03.) Closer To My Baby * Dorothy Williams
04.) Can Your Monkey Do The Dog? * Rufus Thomas
05.) Birds And Bees * Carla & Rufus
06.) What A Man * Linda Lyndell
07.) A Man And A Half * Wilson Pickett

08.) Sound Valentine [Excerpt II] * Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic
09.) Bernadette * The Four Tops
10.) I Can’t Control Myself * The Troggs
11.) Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? * The Beatles
12.) Hit It And Quit It * Funkadelic

13.) Sound Valentine [Excerpt III] * Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic
14.) Boom Swagger Boom * The Murder City Devils
15.) Pablo Picasso * The Burning Sensations * Repo Man Soundtrack
16.) You Give Me Hot Pants! * The Agenda!
17.) Love Comes In Spurts * Richard Hell & The Voidoids
18.) Breathless * X

19.) My Funny Valentine * The Miles Davis Quintet * Cookin’ With…

Isosceles Diego’s Valentine’s Day Special (Retrocast)

Isosceles Diego

Isosceles Diego

Isosceles Diego’s Valentine’s Day Special (Retrocast)

Recreated using playlist information and the full hour that exists from this show, the original form of this broadcast was a two-hour special, featuring pre-recorded segments from the DJ after me, who would “appear” to discuss his VD plans with his girlfriend.  Those segments, minus a handful of voice overs, are missing from this presentation.

However, what you do get is a fantastic DJ set by my friend Isosceles Diego, and the complete first hour, in all of it’s majesty and wonder.  Thanks again buddy!  You totally delivered a show when I was not ready to do one.


Isosceles Diego’s Valentine’s Day Special

01.) Cudna suma * Disciplina Kicme * Ove ruke nisu male
02.) Pregenerate * June of 44 * In The Fishtank
03.) Treci vavilon * Darkwood Dugb * U nedogled
04.) Heroina savremenog doba * Jarboli * Budanje prolece
05.) Anarhija all over Bascarsija * Zabranjeno pusenje * Walter go brani sarajevo
06.) Voda u moru * Elektricni orgazam * Elektricni orgazam
07.) Ritam u kojem stojis * Presing * 600 nebo
08.) Generate * June of 44 * In the Fishtank
09.) Five Weetbix and Toast * Bird Nest Roys * –
10.) Wednesday She’s Coming Round * Able Tasmans * –
11.) Ash Grey * Verlaines * Hallelujah All the Way Home
12.) Crazy to Exist * josef k * entomology
13.) Oko moje glave * Sarlo Akrobata * Beograd – Paket Aranzman
14.) In the Fishtank * June of 44 * Modern Hereditary Dance
15.) Valentine * Tsunami * Deep End
16.) Valentine * Lois * Butterfly Kiss
17.) Valentine Card / Kantina / Were, Are And Was Or Is * Unwound * Fake Train
18.) Sing Blue Silver Interlude [Missing]
19.) Mozda ce pasti * Jarboli * Budanje prolece
20.) Gubitnik * Partibrejkers * Partibrejkers
21.) Sweet Smell * Eleventh Dream Day * Prairie School Freakout
22.) Mravalzhamieri * Choir of Shilda * Drinking Horns and Gramaphones
23.) You’ve Got To Be Modernistic * James P Johnson * King of Stride Piano
24.) Sleeping Through Heaven * Game Theory * Distortion of Glory
25.) Mocskos ido * Európa Kiadó * Love 82
26.) Sing Blue Silver Interlude [Missing]
27.) Fado Lisboa * Ercilia Costa * Ercilia Costa and Armandinho

KPSU Playlist

The VD Show (Retrocast)

Let's Play Some CDs

Let’s Play Some CDs

The VD Show (Retrocast)

Since today is VD, I decided to send an audio Valentine Card to the world with this schizophrenic and totally rockin’ show. While the first half is just… uhm… “interesting” (to quote some of my friends with a lower tolerance for experimental music), it builds to a triumphant finish with some top-notch metal. This one is for the history books, or at least the CIA’s files since the Number Stations Recording is in there. Such is life…

The VD Show

01.) Quang Duc [Live Excerpt] * John Rambo
02.) Fire * The Crazy World Of Arther Brown
03.) Brand New Sack / Epistemology * Witchy Poo
04.) Thaw Walt * Men’s Recovery Project
05.) Till Death Do Us Part * MX-80
06.) Locoweed In A Bottle * Melt Banana
07.) Chrome Cabal * Nice Nice
08.) “Hit It” * Fat Boys / Syd Louse

09.) Rambo / Murdock / Goldwater [Live Excerpt] * John Rambo
10.) Sticky Sticky * 1910 Fruitgum Company
11.) Greshi’s Dance * Cornflake Mandala
12.) Good Night * Messer Chups
13.) Medieval Dances * Bruce Haack, Esther Nelson & Dimension 5 Records
14.) Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing * Shooby Taylor
15.) We’re Sort Of A Jazz Band * Hunger Artists
16.) Out Of Their Element * EFS

17.) Morter Waltz [Live Excerpt] * John Rambo
18.) Wahôf Fü Celz * Neutered Prunes
19.) Gary’s In The Park * Gary Wilson
20.) 3 Note Interval Signal * The Conet Project
21.) Iron Fist * Motörhead

22.) The Expendable 50 [Live] * John Rambo
23.) Dark Harbour / Green Mountain Airways / Illgagard Forever * C Average
24.) Legend Of Zelda Ending Theme * Nintendo

At this time, or show was on from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

KPSU Playlist

Bad Day

Bad Day

Bad Day

Bad Day
(I broadcast under the foulest of moods, and Miss Rikki is there to bear the brunt.)

Miss Rikki & I discuss Snow Days, Bad Clients, and introduce a new Segment!  Plus: Good music, and a secret bonus DJ set!  (Shhhhhh.  Don’t tell anyone.)  


Bad Day

Part I: “World’s Smallest Horse”

01.) I Cannot Tell You Where I Am Until I Love You [Excerpt Remix] * The Murmurists * I Cannot Tell You Where I Am Until I Love You
02.) Turf Gnarly * David Berry *
03.) World’s Smallest Horse * Bob Newhart * Newhart Season 2, Episode 20 [Excerpt]
04.) Neu! [Remix] * Neu! ’75
05.) The Fall * The Wipers * The Power of One
06.) Bad Days * The Flaming Lips * Clouds Taste Metallic

Part II: “Unveiling A New Segment”

07.) Heavens To Murgatroyd, Even!  It’s Thee Headcoats!
08.) Miss Rikki & Austin Rich Chat About This & That.
09.) No Way Out * Together Pangea * Badillac (“We Have No Idea What This Sounds Like” Segment)

Part III: “Bad Clients”

10.) Memorial * Russian Circles
11.) Miss Rikki & Austin Rich Chat About This & That
12.) Another Green World * Brian Eno

Bonus DJ Set

<Secret Hidden Playlist>

13.) I Cannot Tell You Where I Am Until I Love You [Excerpt Remix] * The Murmurists * I Cannot Tell You Where I Am Until I Love You
14.) As Of Now * Ken Nordine * Transparent Mask
15.) Tommy Goes Berserk * The Melvins Lite * Freak Puke
16.) Gauze * KARP * Action Chemistry
17.) SPMC * The Icarus Line * Mono

</Secret Hidden Playlist>

Snow Day

Watertower UFO

Watertower UFO

Snow Day

While I was snowed in, I decided to retreat into the Lava Lamp Lounge to indulge in some Snow Day musical treats.  This is a selection of my favorite audio that captures the mood I was going for, and I think this makes for a pretty good hour of reflective radio goodness.  Arranged in three parts.  Special thanks for our Waiter, David Berry, who offers us a great little closing treat he recorded yesterday as part of a dare.  It sounds great, David.  Well done.



Snow Day.

Part I: Lost Snow

01.) Lost Snow [Excerpt] * Mono * Walking Cloud And Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered And The Sun Shined
02.) Cold * April Stevens * April Stevens The Weather Girl
03.) Snow Girl * The Billy Nayer Show * BNS
04.) Coldward And Stormward * Bishop of Battle * Prequel Plus
05.) The Fog Is Overflowing The Sewers. The Snow Is Clear Up To My Ass… Ankles. * Kermit Shafer * Pardon My Blooper
06.) Snowflakes and Stars [Excerpts] * Kaye Ballard & Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
07.) Precipice Of Ice * godheadSilo * Elephantitus Of The Night
08.) Cold Machine * Monogamy Party * False Dancers
09.) So Cold * Rocket From The Tombs * The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs

Part II: At The First Fall of Snow

08.) Slow Ice, Old Moon * Brian Eno * Small Craft On A Milk Sea
09.) Snowflakes and Stars [Excerpts] * Kaye Ballard & Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
10.) Cold 2 * April Stevens * April Stevens The Weather Girl
11.) Steal Softly Through Snow * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band * Grow Fins
12.) Crushed Ice * MX-80 * Hard Attack
13.) Freezing Cold * Mad Conflux * Get Back Discharged Arrow
14.) I’ve Got The Ice In Me * Enemy Mine * Enemymine EP
15.) “Hurry Up And Kill Me… I’m Cold.” * Mike Patton * Adult Themes For Voice
16.) Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside) * My Bloody Valentine * Isn’t Anything
17.) At The First Fall of Snow * Hank Williams

Part III: Ice Age

18.) Ice Castles * Ween * White Pepper
19.) Snow * April Stevens * April Stevens The Weather Girl.
20.) The Time Of The Big Snow [Excerpts] * Quiet Please * 2 January 1949 Broadcast
21.) Ice Age * Joy Division * Still
22.) Cold Day * The Flaming Lips * The Day They Shot A Hole In The Jesus Egg
23.) Fake Snow * Alpha Protist * Protiss (bee sides, rarities, & unfinished manifestoes)
24.) Ice * Sailboats * Adrift
25.) Snowstorm * Galaxie 500 * On Fire

26.) Breaking The Ice * Rice * Fuck You, This Is Rice
27.) Turf Gnarly * David Berry *

Shoegaze Showdown w/ Balms

Me & Balms

Me & Balms

Shoegaze Showdown w/ Balms
(The gents from Balms drop by for a quick chat as we deliver a slightly more “shoegazey” show that normal.  Everyone wins.)

It’s Balms!  This San Francisco group is on tour, and I was lucky enough to get them to come into the studio to plug their shows, while checking out their new self released EP.  This is the first band I’ve had on the new program, and I was really excited to plug these guys.  Fortunately, you get to enjoy the fruits of these labors.

In Part I, I feature selections from the EP, and some of the other bands that were playing with them during their show at The Know and Habesha Lounge.  In Part II, not only do we get to meet Balms, but they allowed me to premier a song that has only previously been available from the Bandcamp page.  It was a real pleasure to meet these guys, and next time we are absolutely getting them to perform a live set.

And, while we’re at it, here’s a video they made that is fantastic.


In Part III, not only did I replay the Audio Book version of “The Facebook Fiction Initiative” piece, but I address the issue of Underwriting.  In order to keep KPSU on the air, there will be a Pledge Drive coming soon, and I want to toy with the idea of getting micropayments from our listeners.  This would allow us to avoid having to get a few large donors, and instead collect much smaller payments from a large number of folks.  Spare change for radio.  For every dollar you put in, you won’t have to put in any more.  I’m working out ways that this can work for us, and if you have ideas, I would love to hear them.

Thanks again Balms for coming down to KPSU.  They are welcome on our program at any time.


Shoegaze Showdown w/ Balms

Part I: “Surface To Grave”

01.) Surface * Balms * Balms * Self Released
02.) Lay Your Head Down * Here Come Dots * Dusk *
03.) At Dagger’s Drawn * Hang The New Year * The Tower *
04.) Grave * Balms * Balms * Self Released

Part II: “All Right”

05.) Pet Sounds * The Beach Boys
06.) Balms Interview
07.) All Right * Balms * Balms * Self Released

Part III: “Underwriting Promises”

08.) The Facebook Fiction Initiative * Austin Rich *
09.) Catastrophic * Beach Party * Beach Party *
10.) Another Green World * Brian Eno

Bonus DJ Set

<Secret Hidden Playlist>

11.) While You’re Sleeping, I’m Dreaming * Tamaryn * Tender New Signs
12.) No Medicine For Regret * Mogwai * Rave Tapes
13.) You Are Not A Cat * Dry Cleaners * Lost In The Supermarket *
14.) Lorelei * Cocteau Twins * Treasure
15.) In Silence * Sean Sandor * Pas Musique / Ben Link Collins / Shaun Sandor Split
16.) Vern’s Answer To The Masses * Unwound * The Future of What * Kill Rock Stars
17.) Here Come The Dogs * Unwound * The Future of What
18.) Monstre Sacre * Stereolab

</Secret Hidden Playlist>

Bikini Girls With Machines Guns, LIVE! (18 February 2009 Retrocast)

Bikini Girls With Machine Guns

Bikini Girls With Machine Guns

signal-to-noise ratio w/ Bikini Girls With Machine Guns, LIVE!

The Inter-Web-A-Tron offers the wonders of the past in the present… or the future! And in this case, it’s good that we can unite all three, because I ran sound for the only Cramps tribute band that matters, Bikini Girls With Machine Guns!

With the (then recent) passing of Lux Interior, there have been a number of radio tributes, but with a live performance by an actual tribute band, you more or less can’t go wrong. Especially with the choice of musicians filling out the band: half of the sorely-missed Eat Your Heart Out combined with all of the still-amazing Hairspray Blues. Of course, hosting it on Ranger Mike’s signal-to-noise ratio was an excellent choice too, and of course, having the wonderful Miss Meghan return to radio as Mike’s co-host was just the icing on the cake. (Meghan hosted the very-much-missed Songs The Lord Taught Us show before she decided to travel the world for a few years.) All in all, it was the COOLEST hour of radio that’s been broadcast in quite some time, and you would be remiss in your duties as an American not to listen.


Groundhog Day Special! (2009 Retrocast)

Episode 005: Post-Groundhog Day Special! (2009!)

(This program was originally broadcast of 3 February 2009.)

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

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.


A Day Off From Work

Where Are Those Villains, Anyway?

Where Are Those Villains, Anyway?

A Day Off From Work
(Featuring thoughts on Super-Hereos, Green Lantern, Blue Beetle, Soriah, Admiran, & our financial future.)

As I stay at home to celebrate this magnificent paid day off, it’s only fair that I produce a new episode for 2014.  Jumping right into the program, I threw together a full hour of audio of the Blasphuphmus variety.  With all the cool things I’ve been working on recently, it’s nice to work on something a little more fun.

SinestroPart I of our show continues the theme of new records I’ve recently acquired, and all of them are pretty awesome.  I was also able to pull out a bit of a theme, which set up the remainder of the program.

Blue Beetle!

Blue Beetle!

Part II contains a completely new segment, where I discuss some comics that I’ve been reading recently.  I recently picked up the first three volumes of the trade books published for DC’s New 52, which follows the swan-song by Green Lantern scribe Geoff Johns.  I give my honest opinion, but it isn’t nice.  While this is new, something old joins our program, too: The Blue Beetle!  Syndicating the program from 1940, we’ll be presenting serialized Blue Beetle stories as they were originally broadcast.  The first storyline is titled “Smashing Dope Ring,” where Blue Beetle tries to stop a gang of dope peddlers.  Will Blue Beetle succeed?  There’s only one way to find. out.

We close with some experimental drone pieces, in an effort to draw attention to a new video playlist we just launched, featuring live performances by Soriah on What’s This Called?  Not to toot my own horn, but I recorded the audio, filmed and produced these videos, along with the help of Jonathan Howitt’s son.  These came out pretty good, and really capture how excellent Soriah is.

I conclude with the a request to work with listeners in an effort to fund this program.  While some formal fundraising efforts will be coming together in the near future, one way to show your support (and get something back from us) would be to donate any amount – change, singles, other amounts larger than $1.00 – through our handy Pay Pal account.  You can send donations to, and in return for every donation of any amount, you will get some sort of gift from us that fits the kind of donation you make.  We have some cool projects coming that we’ll be specifically raising money for, but if you just want to kick something our way, that would be the way to do it.

That’s all we have this week.  We’ll be back soon with more.  Until then, take care!

And: Enjoy!

A Day Off From Work

Part I: Heroes & Villians (A Vinyl Solution)

01.) Peter Gunn * Henry Mancini
02.) Heroes & Villians * The Beach Boys
03.) Secret Agent Man * Johnny Rivers
04.) Goodnight Mrs. Flintstone * The Piltdown Men
05.) Coesville * Johnny Zorro
06.) Twist Twist Señora * Gary “US” Bonds
07.) Puddin’ * Ernie Freeman

Part II: Comics, Now & Then

08.) Side 1, Disc 4 of “The Golden Age of Entertainment”
09.) Smashing Dope Ring Part I * Blue Beetle * 15 May 1940

Part III: Drone On To The End

10.) Atlan * Soriah (With Ashkelon Sain) * Atlan
11.) Alveolar-Capillary Barrier * Admiran
12.) Monk [Excerpt] * Cypher

48 Below

Chelsea Wolfe – “I Let Love In”

Sawyer Family – “On The Hunt”

Coil -“Where Are You?”

Lydia Lunch – “I Wish, I Wish”

David Bowie – “Something In The Air”

Manual Sex Drive – “Perfect Stranger”

Duran Duran – “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”

Emilie Autumn – “Opheliac”

Snake River Conspiracy – “Lovesong”

The State Of The Podcast Address

The View Was Terrifying

The View Was Terrifying

The State Of The Podcast Address
(Featuring the shape of things to come, and enough of the same old same old to keep you coming back for more.)

2013 has been a transitional year for our program, and as Blasphuphmus Radio has been expanding and changing during this time, we take this hour to reflect on the changes, draw attention to some new projects that we are involved in, and reveal a big change in the program that will signify the future of this entity, and program.

I have been kicking around the new format of this show for a while, and this year has been full of searching and discovering what the podcast format of this program will, ultimately, be.  There have been more live broadcasts, video offerings, and a host of other differences this year, and while I’ve tried to return to the old gimmicks, some of them haven’t translated into the modern age.  A lot of this has to do with the revelation in the back third of this episode.  Still, I can’t say that the old formats are gone.  Just being delayed and retooled, so to speak.

The “radio almanac” form of the show will make every effort to use the one-hour mark as a flag indicating that I need to wind things up.  The first 20 minutes of every show will be music and audio, edited to my liking.  The last two segments – 20 minutes each – will be dedicated to talk segments.  Hopefully these segments will not only bring this show new things and changes as 2014 unfolds, but will offer us a chance to re-evaluate what radio means to us.

Here’s a few notes about todays broadcast:

All of the music in today’s episode comes from music that I obtained very recently during a trip to Salem, Oregon for the holidays.  Part I is all vinyl selections.  While The Vince Guaraldi trio is a record too, the Gershwin & Japanese flute music are from CDs.  (Full disclosure.)

In Part II and Part III of the show, we give an overview of some of the projects that I have been working on in 2013.  First up, we have the What’s This Called? UltraBlog!  This is an archive of all the existing broadcasts by Ricardo Wang for his program, What’s This Called?  I spent a lot of time this year organizing, editing, remastering, and uploading the shows from the last 8 years of WTC broadcasts, and they are now available for public consumption.  There’s a wealth of material here that we are very excited to offer, and you really should access the link above.  (You can also find us on Facebook now, too.)

I’ve also been working on the A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Inc.’s 20th Anniversary Releases, where I’ve been remastering and offering digital versions of Austin Rich’s old publications from the last 20 years.  There are a number of cool publications available that haven’t been available since their original releases, in some cases dating back to the early 90’s.  Check out the site and you can find all our publications.

Lastly, we really want you to investigate the neat things being offered on YouTube Channel.  We’ve been uploading and editing a number of great videos that you can watch on this very channel.  We’ve got live videos by Monogamy Party, ALTO!, Gaythiest, Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson, The Dead Air Fresheners, DEAD, Towers, and a whole slew of other artists.  All of this is available for viewing right now, to access the link above and enjoy.

Hopefully this is the beginning of something new that we’ll all be able to enjoy in 2014.  In the meantime, there’s plenty to enjoy in the hear and now.  Hopefully, you’re on the same page.

Keep up the good work.  Happy 2014!

The State Of The Podcast Address

Part I: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution)

01.) Our Prayer * The Beach Boys * Smile
s02.) ‘This Is Leonard Nimoy’ * Mutual Radio Theater * Programs For The Week of 12 May 1980
03.) (Excerpts From) Everything You Know Is Wrong (Side A) * Firesign Theater * Everything You Know Is Wrong
04.) The Great Imposter * The Piltdown Men * (45)
05.) Crazy… Crazy… * Perez Prado And His Orchestra * (45)
06.) Raunchy * Ernie Freeman * (45)
07.) Sweet * Red Satyrs * No Hold Back… All Attack!!!: Twin Cities Hardcore Punk Rock & Roll
08.) No Trespassing * The Ventures * (45)
09.) Road Hog * Johnny Zorro * (45)
10.) Dance To The Music * Sly & The Family Stone * (45)

Part II: What’s This Called?  Really?

11.) Rhapsody In Blue * Royal Promenade Orchestra, Nigel Simpson (Piano / Conductor) * Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
12.) Excerpt * Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim * 7 April 2007 ‘What’s This Called?’ Performance

Part III: The Past Comes Back

13.) Jokyoku “Tsuki” Ranjo * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
14.) Take No Odori * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
15.) Mr. Magazine Man * Hazel * Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History
16.) Kurui * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
17.) Inaka-Bue * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
18.) O Tannenbaum * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
19.) What Child Is This? * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
20.) My Little Drum * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas

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.)

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

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!)

I am always looking for ways to mash-up my own themes and tropes, and when it dawned on me to do a Halloween Spook-tacular 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.


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

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!)

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!


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

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!)

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!


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

What’s This Called? w/ ALTO!, LIVE!



What’s This Called? w/ ALTO!, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance and interview with ALTO! on What’s This Called?, hosted by Ricardo Wang!)

For this particular team up between Blasphuphmus Radio and Ricardo Wang, we bring you the hypnotic and meditative sounds of ALTO!  This three piece consisting of two drummers and a guitar player present composed and improvised musical pieces that can exceed 20 minutes, but run as concisely as an AM Rock Song.  Think of them as equal parts Glenn Branca and Stravinsky, with an ear for all things Sun City Girls.  This combination brings you a fantastic recording that you just have to hear to believe.

ALTO! were one of THE acts to see at NoFest a few weeks back, and this performance was in anticipation of their gig that same evening at Slim’s in Historic St. John’s.  If you were at that show: thank you!  You helped raise enough money to keep shows like What’s This Called? on the air.  You also got to see some incredible performances by a number of other artists, and both footage and recordings from that night are pending.  In the meantime, this document of their Radio Performance will give you an idea of how incredible these guys are.  There are three releases available on, and if you get a chance to see them, pick up their LP.  It is incredible!


For this show, I was lucky enough to engineer the band, and aside from two small imperfections in the engineering, I think the sound is pretty great.  ALTO! is very much an ASMR trigger for me, and their performances was really incredible for me.  I was very lucky to get to be involved in such a cool show.


MyFacester+ Photoset


01.) Indian Summer * Sonic Boom & Spectrum * What Came Before
02.) Interplanetary Music * Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra * Sun Ra Visits Planet Earth / Interstellar Low Ways
03.) Duck & Cover * The Red Krayola * Hazel

04.) Live! * Alto! * What’s This Called?

05.) Season of The Witch * Donovan * Sunshine Superman

06.) Interview! * Alto! * What’s This Called?

07.) Whistling Teapot (Rag) * Smog * The Doctor Came At Dawn

Workin’ Man’s Blues Part II

Workin' Man's Blues

Workin’ Man’s Blues

Workin’ Man’s Blues Part II
(Featuring a meditation on Labor Day, and continue a theme I started in Workin’ Man’s Blues Part I.)

Labor Day has never really meant anything to me in the past, mostly because I either had to work or study that day, anyway.  It really only means something when you have a job that gives you the day off – with pay – and that’s something that I never got to experience until I got a real job.  Of course, my disdain for the problems that come with capitalism is something I can’t really shake, no matter how hard I try.  With that in mind, I decided to offer another installment of the Workin’ Man’s Blues, focusing on more songs about work, working, labor, and other such important thoughts.

In the first part of the show, I do a bit of a Noam Chomsky mix, which I was quite proud of.  In part two of the show, I preview a portion of the audio-version of the new ‘zine I just put out.  Then, in part three, I cut to the chase, and bring you a mix of music that suits me right.  It’s a pretty sweet show, if’n you ask me, and I was happy to get a show squeezed in this weekend, among the other stuff I managed to wrap up and finish this weekend.

Fall is approaching, and we’re getting ready to batten down the hatches for the year.  However, we’ll still be producing shows, just at a different rate, and with a slightly different focus.

Short, sweet, and to the point.  Enjoy!

Workin’ Man’s Blues Part II

Part I: Wage Slave w/ People Skills
01.) Labor Day * The Dead Milkmen * Dead Milkmen Take the Airwaves Live Broadcast on WXPN-FM May 6, 1984
02.) The Great Climax * The Work * Rubber Cage
03.) Working Man * Rush *
04.) Everyone Is A Wage Slave * Noam Chomsky * Activism, Anarchism and Power (2002)
05.) The Gold We’re Digging * Parts and Labor * Mapmakers
06.) People Skills * Tom Smykowksi * Office Space
07.) Loosen This Job * No Age * Werido Rippers

Part II: Cog In The Machine
08.) Hard Work * Mogollar * Hava Narghile
09.) Your Sanitation Department In Action * Bob & Ray * Lost Episodes Vol. 4
10.) Eat Sleep Work Fuck * Bovine Impulse * Panic On 13th Cassette
11.) The Cog * Hot Victory * Keep Our Heads * Eolian Empire
12.) Put The Clock Back On The Wall * Austin Rich * (Audio Edition)

Part III: Jobs Are For Chumps
13.) Job * Swans * Filth / Body To Body, Job To Job
14.) Give Me A Job You Shits * Half Eye * It’ll Come To You
15.) Summer Job * Art Brut * Art Brut vs. Satan
16.) The Dirty Jobs * The Who * Quadrophenia
17.) Worker Bee * Angst * Not So Quiet On The Western Front
18.) Workhouse Blues * Mattie May Thomas * American Primitive: Pre-War Revenants 1887 – 1939
19.) Accountancy Shanty * Monty Python * Monty Python Sings

Miniature Show Update Alert Alert Alert! (#3)



Miniature Show Update Alert Alert Alert! (#3)
(Featuring a quick rundown of all sorts of cool things we’ve got coming your way.)

Check out our Fourth of July Shows!:

The Fourth of July Picnic: partially cannibalized from a Negativland release, this is a july forth presentation that was a lot of fun to put together.  Hopefully, you’ll agree!

Live From An Actual 4th of July BBQ: Mixed with some killer tunes and a live phone call to an actual BBQ, this is one of my all-time favorite shows from the first wave of KPSU broadcasts.  Enjoy!

New Shows!  We’ve expanded our network to include two new shows:

Closet Radio!  You can now podcast this program for free from iTunes.  We also host all the back episodes on our server.  Everything is available, for free or download!

The Night Shift!  We’ve also added a goth show!  You can paste this link into your RSS aggregator of choice, and enjoy all the back episodes from us, too.

All our shows are free!

Also: we’ve got a whole bunch of live shows coming up!  You can get the full low-down from this link.  We’ve got all sorts of amazing things happening, including: Paco Jones live on What’s This Called?, La Fin Absolute Du Monde & Estocar at East EndThe Thrash-key Kids and /root_DIR live from Slim’s Cocktail Bar, our live show happening at St. John’s No Fest 2013The Gordon Taylor & The Nervous live at The Kenton Club, and Dead / Towers live on the program!  Check out our Myfacester+ website for all the details, and we’ll keep you posted as things develop.

Don’t forget our Lost In The Supermarket compilation.  It’s rad.

Star Trek: Into Darkenss & Man of Steel: don’t suck!

Thanks for listening!  More cool shit to come!


01.) Video Games Buried In The Desert * By The End Of Tonight * Fireworks On Ice
02.) Your Street vs. Wall Street * The Oxes * The Oxes
03.) New Laws * Don Caballero * For Respect
04.) The Pittmans 4th of July Speech * Bob & Ray * The Lost Tapes Vol. 2

The Facebook Fiction Initiative

The Facebook Fiction Initiative

The Facebook Fiction Initiative

The Facebook Fiction Initiative

Social media has come to dominate every part of our lives.  People share music, movies, trips to the coast and, yes, photos of their breakfasts in an effort to journal publicly, in real time, day in and day out.  As we are constantly plugged into our Myfacester+ accounts through computers in our pockets, our desk and/or lap oriented tops, and the coffeemaker we program to greet us each day, as we live out the longest, daily-broadcast reality show where no plot advances, no characters develop, and no one is ever voted off of anything.

It is time for a change.

The Facebook Fiction Initiative is an attempt to create something interesting out the deluge of lack-of-status updates, consta-grams, and the digital ejaculate we are swimming in daily.  Let’s remove the Non-Fiction from our timelines, and start making things up as we interact with each other.

As the simulacrum of social interaction begins to slowly replace the actual social interaction we used to value, we must remind each other that the 1 and 0 lives we live should not be confused for the so-called real deal that our physical bodies are constantly undergoing.  With each fictional post you make to social media, you reclaim your experiential existence outside of screens in a way that no amount of eBaying can fulfill.  If we can draw a hard line between the conversations we have in person, and the fictional ones we pretend to have via the Inter-Web-A-Tron, we can ignore the crippling notion that the future is becoming more and more impersonal, and slowly killing our everyday existence.

So: log into your social media accounts.  Fill them with made up ideas, slightly believable lies, photoshopped impossible images, and excerpts from the novel you’ve been writing in your head.  Promise yourself that you will never post a Truth to your Twitter, never a fact in your Facebook, and that Tumblr will be full of fanciful wonder.

The Facebook Fiction Initiative: taking back social media from The Horrible Truth.  You can make a difference, if you start lying today.

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