Blasphuphmus Radio Almanac: Father’s Day Special

Father's Day Audio

Father’s Day Audio

Blasphuphmus Radio Almanac: Father’s Day Special 
(Featuring selections from Orson Welles’ Radio Almanac, songs about fathers, and the beginning of our serialization of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The Moon Maid!)

Happy Father’s Day everyone!  As we continue to attempt new and exciting things on our program, we are experimenting with a radio format that has more or less disappeared from the dial in the last several decades: a Radio Almanac.  These kinds of programs were a kind of variety show, where news, historic anecdotes, music, dramatic readings, sketch comedy, and more were all put in a blender and presented as part of a broadcast for your entertainment.  With that in mind, here is my first attempt at something like this, inspired by one of the last great people to attempt something like this, Mr. Orson Welles himself!

I’ve been more than a little obsessed with him lately. (If you aren’t really listening to it already, then you should start podcasting Orson Welles On The Air IMMEDIATELY.)  His radio broadcasts were incredible, and in the days where he was the king of radio, he was also at the height of his powers.  It’s also incredibly unusual to hear Orson perform comedy, as much of his other career has erased from memory the fact that he was good at it, too.  I’ve been looking for a way to sneak his material into our program, and when I hit upon the idea of trying my hand at this kind of radio.  As this is my first stab at it, I’m still zeroing in on what does (and doesn’t) work in this format.  Hopefully, I can iron out all the kinks as time goes on.

Debuting in this episode is the beginning of my serialization of the incredible Sci-Fi classic, The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  (As I like to say, “The OTHER Burroughs.”)  As I began reading this book, I was stunned at the kind of story I was being hit with, which is equal parts Flash Gordon and Jorge Borges.  I’ve been kicking around the idea of adding new features to the program, and this seemed like the perfect way to introduce something new and something old at the same time.  In this episode, I read the Prologue of this novel.  Chapter One, hopefully, will be coming soon.

Father Songs abound in this episode, and I also try to give a little background on this particular holiday, centered around everyone’s favorite patriarch.  However, this show should be suitable for all members of the family, whether you have a father or not.  Consider this a mish-mash of the kinds of things I love, and hopefully, stuff you love, too.


Father’s Day Special

01.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 14 June 1944
02.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 21 June 1944
03.) Father * The Great Society * Collector’s Item * Columbia Records
04.) On A Frontier of Fables [Excerpt] * Jonn Serrie * Planetary Chronicles, Volume II * Miramar, Miramar Records

05.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 14 June 1944
06.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 21 June 1944
07.) My Father * King Missile III * The Psychopathology of Everyday Life * Instinct Records

08.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 21 June 1944
09.) Father * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Admonishing The Bishops * Matador Records

10.) On A Frontier of Fables [Excerpts] * Jonn Serrie * Planetary Chronicles, Volume II * Miramar, Miramar Records
11.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 21 June 1944
12.) Father’s Song * Stinking Lizavetta * Tolotta Records

13.) Orson Welles Radio Almanac [Excerpts] * 21 June 1944

We Destroy The Family Part II

"They Threw Me In A Mental Hospital"

“They Put Me In A Mental Hospital”

The Grumpy Punk Presents: History Lesson (1982): We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents Part II
(Featuring a KABC-TV Public Affairs Presentation of a special broadcast, “We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents.”)

Continuing our presentation of the infamous KABC-TV broadcast from 1982, we bring you Part II of our “We Destroy The Family” series.  In Part II, Paul Moyer continues his “expose” on the Punk Problem in America, by interviewing the Hodgins’ Family (Rod, Carolyn, Rod Jr. & Rhonda), as they discuss the problems that exist in their formerly happy household.  To accompany today’s installment, I include some of The Grumpy Punk’s favorite songs from the period.  (Here’s a link to Part I, as it was several months ago that we ran this previous episode.)

In a lot of ways, this is the beginning of Reality TV as we know it.  The TV Crew is very clearly leaving out a lot.  They focus on both the parents and kids worst clips, and really paint them all as entirely dysfunctional.  However, as someone who knew a lot of kids like this, they are probably leaving out stuff like the parents own alcoholism, the sense of community that the punk scene offers, and the moments when the family is acting like… well, a family.  The problems exhibited here are not new, or even that terrible, but really just the way life is.  Parents and kids will always clash over ideals like this, and while it doesn’t mean that it is the end of suburban life as we know it, the horrible truth is that very soon, Green Day will dominate the pop charts, punk will become completely co-opted into popular fashion and culture, and Dubstep will become just as reviled as this was.  And you really should see how pleasant these kids are on film.  Here’s the link:

Special thanks again to DJ Swill, who clued me into this video.  He and The Grumpy Punk have been really good friends for years now, and we bond over this kind of music.  It is, no matter how you slice it, my bread and butter, the kind of music that really gets me going, and makes me happy.  Hopefully, you can gleefully laugh at a once naive time in our past.

Here’s this week’s History Lesson.


We Destroy The Family Part II

01.) We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents * KABC-TV * A Public Affairs Presentation
02.) Suburban Home * The Descendants * Milo Goes To College
03.) We Destroy The Family * Fear * The Record * Slash Records
04.) Programmed Children * McRad * Dominant Force
05.) I Don’t Care * The Kids * The Kids
06.) I Believe I’ll Have Another Beer * Fear * Have Another Beer With Fear
07.) Sheena Is A Punk Rocker * The Ramones * Rocket To Russia
08.) Dance With Me * TSOL * Dance With Me
09.) Mom & Dad * The Theoretical Girls * Theoretical Records
10.) What’s Your Problem * Circle Jerks * Group Sex

The Message by Richard Brautigan

Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals

The Message by Richard Brautigan
(An excerpt from Trout Fishing In America, read by Austin Rich)

Last weekend I took a much needed vacation to the mountains of Northern California, outside of Auburn.  It has been a long time since I took a paid vacation, and I wanted nothing more than to go out into the forrest and spend some time drinking whiskey, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, and watching the campfire burn deep into the night.

Needless to say, it was AWESOME.

Of course, being in the state of Jefferson, camping, and attempting to clear my mind of modern life, I was quickly reminded of Richard Brautigan, and this excerpt from his most well-known work.  I have had an affinity for Brautigan and his work for a number of years now, and this is not the first time I’ve taken to reading his work on the radio.  His voice really speaks to me in a number of ways, and he is never really far from my thoughts.  Any chance I can combine radio and his work, you know I’m going to get really excited.

The campfire sounds heard in this episode were recorded on 26 May 2013, at our campsite.  It was the first time I’ve tried to record a fire, and I learned a few things about how to do it properly after the fact.  There are already a number of plans for future trips this summer, and hopefully I can bring you more recordings like this.


Miniature Show Update Alert Alert Alert! (#2)

Man... Or Astro-Man?

Man… Or Astro-Man?

Miniature Show Update Alert Alert Alert! (#2)
(Featuring a quick rundown of recent stuff I’ve seen / done.)

In a new-ish segment to our program, I decided to rundown the rocktacular weekend of amazing music that I got to experience.  Up first: the 17th of May at The Doug Fir, with none other than the incredible Man… Or Astro-Man?   Their show was incredible, and lived up to the quality of performance that they delivered two years ago, when they also dropped by Portland for a sort of “best-of” performance.  This time, they have new material, a new guitar player, and new releases!  This mini-show contains three tracks from their new 7″s releases by Chunklet Industries, that I picked up at the show.  Enjoy!

I also go on to plug the marathon day of radio on the 18th of May, where I appeared in seven out of 8 hours of radio on KPSU.  In that span of time, I managed to cover Ricardo Wang’s What’s This Called?, delivering a two-part audio essay, and ran sound for three bands: Gaytheist, Sweat Lodge & No Bone.  In that time, I got to hang with Tunacan Jones, Jonathon Boober, and Miss Rikki Lee.  During that time, I got to include a number od DJ selections, and ran sound for all the bands.  It was a pretty crazy day, and I had a great time.  Links and posts are forthcoming, but in the meantime I wanted to blab about it, so here you go.

I also close the show with a little solo jam, just me and my pedal.

Short and to the point.  Just like some radio should be.


The Strange Doctor Weird!

The Strange Doctor Weird!

The Strange Doctor Weird!

How’s It Named?: The Strange Doctor Weird!
(Featuring a live, solo performance on KPSU, where I present two short narratives based around the ’40’s radio seriel, The Strange Doctor Weird, as special coverage for Ricardo Wang.)

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

Accompanying these stories is a live performance by me, as I mix and apply effects to sounds made in the studio, as well as the sounds of recorded music by The Black Noise Orchestra and Yellow Crystal Star.  This performance, in many ways, is in preparation for my NoFest appearance coming in August.  I’m really excited about this show, and I need the practice.  So consider this show a “practice” session for that show.

During this show, Tunacan Jones was lurking around in the studio, and he helped influence the direction of this audio essay.  It’s also Part I of a multi-part radio appearance, which is slowly making it’s way to the podcast-o-sphere.  But until then, this humble beginning is available.


The Strange Doctor Weird!

Part I: Journey Into The Unknown
01.) Excerpt * The Black Noise Orchestra * 20 September 2006
02.) Journey Into The Unknown * The Strange Doctor Weird! * 21 November 1944
03.) Nine Thousand And Second Amaranth Shower [Excerpt] * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You

Part II: The Man Who Knew Everything
04.) Excerpt * The Black Noise Orchestra * 27 December 2006
05.) The Man Who Knew Everything * The Strange Doctor Weird! * 20 March 1945
06.) Up Under: Triumph, The Mask Melted Away To Reveal The Way * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You

The Restoration

Cleansing Fire

Cleansing Fire

The Restoration
(Featuring a selection of new-ish things that I’m really grooving on these days, coupled with some old-fashioned audio-essay collages.)

With all that has been happening here in the Lava Lamp Lounge (as part of our 15th Anniversary), there has been little time to produce an old-fashioned radio show, the kind the OG Blasphuphmites used to make in olden times.  (Somewhere around 1991.)  But I promise, we have been brewing up some cool things for you, and this will continue over the summer, as fun stuff that is only in the theoretical stages at this point begin to solidify.  In the meantime, I decided to turn down the lights, put on the headphones, and kick out the jams, motherfuckers.

Consisting mostly of new-ish-er stuff that I’ve been grooving on lately, this show is in three parts.  “Ham On Rye” consisted of a collage I threw together, to feature some experimental artists I’ve been getting off on lately.  It had been a while since I did a “smaller” collage like this, and I really had a good time with it.  Hopefully, you’re down as well.  Part II is definately a more “punk” set, and I was really stoked to feature all of these bands, most of which have been on the show, will be on the show, or are friends of the show.  There’s also a mini-collage during the Sweat Lodge track, which I’m rather fond of.  Part III is where I get a little political, but also just throw some Russian Satanic Metal.  Ya know, for fun.

There are so many cool things happening in the next few months, I hardly have time to mention them all.  Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Lost In The Supermarket, our digital compilation that we released at the Blas-Travaganza.  Speaking of: there are some cool things being developed from the media we captured that weekend.  Our next scheduled live broadcast will be happening from NoFest 6 in August, so mark the date, and DO NOT forget to tune in the Saturday, starting at Noon at going until 8 PM, where myself, Johnathon Boober (of Please Remain Seated) and Miss Rikki will be hosting Gaytheist, Sweat Lodge, and No Bone, in addition to a number of DJ sets and other madness.  It will rule, and you will love it.

I’m really proud of this show, so I will now let it speak for itself.


The Restoration

Part I: Ham On Rye
01.) Second Time Around * Blue Cheer * Vincebus Eruptum
02.) The Uncomfortable Comfortable * Overdose The Katatonic * Absolute Insult
03.) From Ham On Rye (1982) * Charles Bukowski * Uncensored: From The Run With The Hunted Session
04.) Part Four * Death Pact Jass Ensemble * Absolute Insult
05.) Moth To A Flame [Excerpt] * Holy Filament * Year One
06.) Plague of Madness * Moth Hunter * Dust

Part II: Uncool
07.) And Giraffe, Natural Enemies [Excerpt] * OXES * OXES
08.) The Restoration * Gaytheist * Hold Me… But Not So Tight
09.) Protest Protest * /root_DIR * /root_DIR
10.) Weed: It’s Just Like Jesus But Better Because It’s Real * The Thrash-Key Kids * Free Abortions
11.) Circus * Sweat Lodge * Cassette Demo
12.) Uncool * Del Close & John Brent * How to Speak Hip

Part III: Don’t Play With Guns
13.) Autumn Set [Excerpt] * The Black Noise Orchestra * Autumn Set
14.) Interview Excerpts * Ted Nugent & Piers Morgan * 5 February 2013
15.) Don’t Play With Guns * The Black Angels * Indigo Meadow
16.) Люцифер (Lucifer) * Коррозия Металла * Орден Сатаны (Order of Satan)
17.) Side Effects of Being Tired * Unwound * Live In London 12″

April 13th Noise Show at Habesha Lounge!

April 13th Noise Show At Habesha Lounge!
(Featuring an evening of experimental mastery by acts far and wide.)

First, start your day at 12 Noon for What’s This Called?, hosted by the incomparable Ricardo Wang, for a live radio event in three parts, with engineering help from me, Austin Rich.  Overdose The Katatonic and Holy Filament both perform – separately, then together as Death Pact Jazz Ensemble.

Then, at 8:30, come to Habesha Lounge for another chance to catch this show in person.  This time, OTK and Holy Filament are joined by the daring and debonair Dead Air Fresheners, performing with Austin Rich of Blasphuphmus Radio, followed by the mind-destroying intensity that is Abusive Consumer.

I am extremely excited to be performing with Dead Air Fresheners, and I can only hope that this is as much fun for everyone else as it will be for me.  This should prove to be a tremendous show.  See you there!

Vinyl Solution Part VIII: A Treasury Of Incredible Records


Vinyl Solution Part VIII

Vinyl Solution Part VIII

Vinyl Solution Part VIII: A Treasury Of Incredible Records
(Featuring various selections for my record collection, in celebration of finally getting turntables in the Lava Lamp Lounge.)

There are two things that I have been missing ever since I took Blasphuphmus Radio into a podcast-only format: live bands and playing records.  No matter how much I tried, getting my studio up to the same level of the studio at KPSU was quite difficult, and I struggled and rebelled against these limitations as best I could, featuring live recordings made in a band’s practice space, and making due with digital audio sources.  However, both of these problems are now resolved, since we’ll be hosting live bands at local venues, AND since my amazing girlfriend was kind enough to get my a fantastic turntable to put vinyl back on the menu.  I now present to you: Vinyl Solution Part VIII!

I’ve always thought of this show as a mixed-media format, in that I tend to draw audio from a wide range of audio sources.  But there is something about playing all records – actual plastic records – that makes a radio program seem that much more alive.  I’ve been so excited about my new ability to listen to music that I’ve been re-discovering all sorts of gems and whatnot from my collection, so today’s show is virtually themeless, with the soul purpose of playing bits and selections from my random – and in my opinion, wonderful – collection.

I come from a long line of record collectors, and as a kid working in my mom’s record store, I could never predict that I would end up here, doing this show.  However, I’m really proud to be able to continue this tradition, and as I add more and more oddities to the Blasphuphmus Radio archive, you, as the listener, obviously reap the benefits.  Aside from the voice overs and commercials, everything in this show is from one of the records photographed above.  I would expect the next several shows to be of this same variety, so stay tuned!

And: enjoy!

A Treasury Of Incredible Records

Part I: You Never Know Which Way To Go
01.) Flipper Twist * Flipper * “Flipper Twist” b/w “Fucked Up”
02.) Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, 1485 [Excerpts] * The Cambridge Treasure of English Prose * Caedmon Records
03.) Amateur Hour * Sparks * Kimono My House
04.) Definitely Clean * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine & Roses
05.) Pretty Please Me * The Dickies * Stukas Over Disneyland

Part II: Out Of Focus
06.) Miserific Condition * Unwound * Caterpillar EP
07.) Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, 1485 [Excerpts II] * The Cambridge Treasure of English Prose * Caedmon Records
08.) Out Of Focus * Blue Cheer * Vincebus Eruptum
09.) Lift Up Your Hood * DMZ * Relics
10.) Metal * Gary Numan * “Cars” b/w “Metal”
11.) Dr. Art * Nina Hagen * Nunsexmonkrock
12.) Bullet Shell Underbite * Sleep Capsule * Sleep Capsule EP
13.) Question And Answer Session * The Miss * “Question & Answer Session” b/w “Vast Deference”
14.) C.I.A. * Priapismics * Rock Hard Forever EP
15.) Vetranos * Chicano-Christ * Come’ CaCa EP

Part III: Into The Groove
16.) Intendo * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable
17.) Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, 1485 [Excerpts III] * The Cambridge Treasure of English Prose * Caedmon Records
18.) Make You Cry * Last Of The Juanitas * Time’s Up!
19.) Hand Holder * Gaythiest * Stealth Beats
20.) 253-425 * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * Making Craters Where Buildings Stood EP
21.) Bereft Rescue Mission No. 43 * godheadSilo * The Scientific Supercake L.P.
22.) Again And Again * The Hospitals * The Hospitals
23.) Someday You’ll Be King * MX-80 * “Someday You’ll Be King” b/w/ “White Night”
24.) Bottomless Pit * Men’s Recovery Project * Thank You For Kill Me EP

What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live!

Tres Gone on What's This Called?

Tres Gone on What’s This Called?

What’s This Called? with Tres Gone, Live!
(Containing the soothing sounds of Tres Gone performing live.)

Saturdays were made for radio, and whenever Eric Hausmann is in the house, it can only mean that you must be listening to What’s This Called?   Ricardo Wang and I work to bring you a soothing performance by Tres Gone: Mike Mahaffay, Scott Steele and Eric, bringing you improvisational mastery in a way to kick off your weekend.

Following a half-hour pre-game show featuring hand-picked selections by the host himself, I mixed a great back and forth by these improvisational masters.  While many young artists love to just make some noise, when you have performers of this caliber, the art of listening seems to be front and center in this show.  This is one of those great shows where you can actually feel the energy in the room in the performance as its recorded, and you can take a look at the pictures and video I shot at the link below.  I love working with musicians of this nature, and I can only hope that you can tell.

Thanks again, everyone for letting be a part of this show.  Take care!

MyFacester+ Photoset.


01.) Slip Inside This House * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere
02.) Threnody For Sharon Tate * Freddie Hubbard
03.) Mohawk * Chelsea Light Moving * Chelsea Light Moving
04.) Check It All Out * Black Heat * No Time To Burn
05.) Levitation * 13th Floor Elevators
06.) Sorcery [Live] * Charles Lloyd
07.) Reflections On a Symphony [Excerpt] * Mike Mahaffay * Interprets Charles Ives’ “Universe Symphony”
08.) Underground * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

09.) Live Performance * Tres Gone * What’s This Called? 16 March 2013

10.) Moving Malaise * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

Groundhog Day Retrocast!

I Feel Like We've Been Here Before

I Feel Like We’ve Been Here Before

Groundhog Day Retrocast!
(Featuring a Groundhog Day themed show from 2009!)

While not an entirely new broadcast on the theme of Ground Hogs, here’s a retrocast from 2009, when our program was still on KPSU, and when I was on at 3 PM on Tuesdays.

Humorously, I state that the first seven shows were on in this time slot, but with a little research, I’ve discovered that this was, in fact, the last show that was broadcast at this time.  So it goes.

So, in the spirit of the holiday, let’s do something again.  And again.  And Again.

Groundhog Day Retrocast!

01.) I Got You Babe * The Dictators * Go Girl Crazy!

02.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt I] * Fragile X * End Without World
03.) Two Feet Off The Ground * The Dead Milkmen * Eat Your Paisley!
04.) Wild Hog Ride * Angry Samoans
05.) Cold Cold Cold Ground * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Tangle
06.) I’m A Hog For You Baby * Supercharger
07.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt II] * Fragile X * End Without World

08.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt III] * Fragile X * End Without World
09.) Hole In The Ground * Mekons
10.) Wart Hog * The Ramones
11.) Underground * Tom Waits * Swordfishtrombones
12.) Filipino Box Spring Hog * Tom Waits * Mule Variations
13.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt IV] * Fragile X * End Without World

14.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt V] * Fragile X * End Without World
15.) Your Shadow * The Exploding Hearts
16.) Standing In The Shadows Of Love * The Four Tops *
17.) Shadowplay * Joy Division
18.) Shadow And Shadow * The Prids
19.) Shadowy Countdown * Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet * Savvy Show Stoppers
20.) Beyond The Shadows * Stinking Lizaveta * Caught Between Worlds
21.) On The Sea Or Solid Ground [Excerpt VI] * Fragile X * End Without World
22.) The Shadow Knows * Link Wray & His Wray-Men

I’ve Been to the Bemsha Mountaintop

This Was The Last Speech He Gave Before His Assassination The Following Day.

This Was The Last Speech He Gave Before His Assassination The Following Day.

I’ve Been to the Bemsha Mountaintop
(Featuring an audio-essay cut-up of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s last speech delivered to an audience, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” from 3 April 1968.)

I have always taken for granted the holiday that we take in January to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  It was not that I didn’t care, but that the day usually came when papers were due, or when I worked a job that already required me to work that day.  But in light of my new job, getting the day off – paid – felt a little weird.  I had to be honest with myself that I had never really listened to any of his speeches all the way through, and that I knew very little about the work he did other than the most general, basic sense.

So today’s radio blast is a bunch of stuff culled from my collection of audio that relates to MLK Jr.  I have an edited cut-up of his last speech, and a radio broadcast from just after his assassination, as a way of presenting some of what I discovered in actually doing some research of this amazing and incredible man.

I do not have any great epiphanies to share with you, and there is no great revelation at work in this show.  It seems very clear that, as he delivered this speech, he knew his days were numbered, but this seems to be the case in most of the time leading up to his assassination.  I think the arrangement in this little mini-cast works to reveal why he was considered to be one of the best orators of our day, but also to illuminate much of what his work was about in the most basic and general sense possible.

For those who stay to the end: there’s a little joke to ease the tension of such a serious subject.

I urge all of you to listen to his speechs, read up on this man, and let yourself actually understand the value of this holiday.  So much of what happens to us seems so passive, and we let days pass without reflecting on them too often.  This time, stop for a moment to consider who this man was, and what effect he had on the world around us.

And: let’s hope you MLK Day was full of the promise and wonder that every new days brings us.

Be seeing you

I’ve Been to the Bemsha Mountaintop

01.) (What Did I Do To Be So) Black & Blue [Excerpt]* Louis Armstrong * Say It Loud: Celebrate Black History Month & Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
02.) “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” [Excerpts] * Martin Luther King Jr. * 3 April 1968
02.) Bemsha Swing * Thelonious Monk * Say It Loud: Celebrate Black History Month & Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
03.) Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated * Bill Kurtis * We Interrupt This Broadcast * 4 April 1968

Welcome to the Hellmouth

Have A Nice Day

Have A Nice Day

Welcome to the Hellmouth

DJ Really Sloppy here.  Just thought I’d throw some songs from the soundtrack albums from the original “broadcast” version of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer up here to go along with DJ Austin Rich’s recent review of the comic books for season 9.  These are a few of my favorites, along with a couple other not quite random musical items.  Hope you like what you hear…and if you do, there’s plenty more where that came from!

Also, can I get a Blasphuphmus tech over here?  My miniaturization ray doesn’t seem to be working.

1 Road to Hell Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror Mom + Pop
2 Buffy Main Title Theme Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cast Once More, With Feeling Rounder
3 Blue Angie Hart Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale –
Music from the TV Series
4 Wild Horses The Sundays Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album TVT Soundtrax
5 I Want To Kill You Darling Violetta The Kill You E.P.
6 The Final Fight Robert Duncan Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale –
Music from the TV Series
7 Already Met You Superfine Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album TVT Soundtrax
8 Over My Head Furslide Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album TVT Soundtrax
9 Teenage FBI Guided By Voices Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album TVT Soundtrax
10 Pavlov’s Bell Aimee Mann Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale –
Music from the TV Series
11 Suite From “Restless“:
Willow’s Nightmare/First Rage/Chain Of Ancients
Christophe Beck Once More, With Feeling Rounder
12 Transylvania Concubine Rasputina Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album TVT Soundtrax
13 Buffy Main Title Theme The Breeders Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale –
Music from the TV Series

We Destroy The Family Part I

Featuring The Music Of Fear

Featuring The Music Of Fear

The Grumpy Punk Presents: History Lesson (1982): We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents Part I
(Featuring a KABC-TV Public Affairs Presentation of a special broadcast, “We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents,” which contains the music of Fear!)

It has been a while since The Grumpy Punk has crawled out of his bean-bag chair, took off his massive headphones, and decided to toss out a missive that stimulates as well as educates.  He’s been int he process of assembling a long-form, educational history of only the good stuff, but every so often he gets derailed from the chronological narrative, and is compelled to skip around.  Hence, this week’s episode, “We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents,” featuring the music of the legendary band, Fear.

The samples are clips from this episode are from a “news” broadcast from 1982, where the news crew put together a five-piece “expose” on the punk scene in LA, narrated by Paul Moyer, who worked for the station at the time.  Legend has is that this program was aired in five pieces during their regular news program, then assembled into a full program, and broadcast in the evenings on KABC-TV.  There are a number of reports online of people who watched this with their families.  It is very much worth viewing at least once, for contextual reasons.

1982 was an important year for Fear.  Two years previously they had been signed to Slash Records, after appearing in Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civilization.  This exposure earned them a number of fans, not the least of which was John Belushi.  He wanted Fear to provide the soundtrack to a movie he was working on, but when he couldn’t commit to this promise, instead opted to book them for the Halloween 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live.  (In the audience of the show you can see Belushi, along with a number of prominent punks, pogoing to “Beef Bologna” & “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones.”)  These appearances created a bit of a buzz about the band, which set the stage for their first album, The Record to come out in 1982.

It was in this environment that this newscast hit the airwaves.  With all of the goofy voice overs, the poorly transcribed lyrics, and the opportunity for Lee Ving to showboat for a camera, the film may have been intended to work as punk scare propaganda, but in fact works to sell the band, too.  The genius of Fear’s performances in those days was the calculated presentation being made by the band.  They wanted to look like this on national television.  That was the goal.  Paul Moyer begins to hint at the truth, when he suggests that Fear is satire.  Yeah, sort of.  But more importantly, Lee Ving is subverting music – and media – in a way that amuses him, and this clip really captures what shows were like in those days.

This episode would not exist without DJ Swill, friend of the show and the guy who forwarded this clip to me.  This scene was where he grew up, and this was where he was introduced to the beautiful History Lesson we’re all slowly learning.  This is part one of three, so expect more of the same soon enough.


We Destroy The Family Part I

01.) We Destroy The Family: Punks vs. Parents * KABC-TV * A Public Affairs Presentation
02.) We Destroy The Family * Fear * The Record * Slash Records
03.) New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones * Fear * The Record * Slash Records
04.) Beef Boloney * Fear * The Record * Slash Records
05.) I Don’t Care About You * Fear * The Record * Slash Records
06.) Le’s Have A War * Fear * Repo Man Original Soundtracks * MCA Records
07.) No More Nothing * Fear * The Record * Slash Records

Saving New Year’s Eve



Saving New Year’s Eve
(Featuring listener mail, how you can contact us, and out plans for the future, all while becoming a mini- Eugene Celebration -cast.)

As 2013 kick-starts our lives in this new, post-apocalyptic world that we now live in, it is important to know that you have accomplished something to help make the world a better place.  In this mini-cast, I review some e-mail I got from a listener, and how I was able to save a holiday near and dear to their heart.  It was very sweet, and in response I played a bunch of a band they requested – Adickdid – and talk about my plans this year.  It’s a little bit of everything today, and that’s just the way we like it.

Many shows are currently in production, and the new year will see a variety of new (and old) subjects revisited as we discover what, exactly, our program will be like moving forward.  We are enjoying the discovery ourselves, and how that you do, too.

In the meantime: here’s some vintage riot girl awesomeness, in response to the need for more Adickdid in our Eugene Celebration series of shows.  Episode III of that series in on the way.  This is just a small taste.


We Saved New Year’s Eve

01.) Mail Box * Adickdid * Dismantle * G Records
02.) Falling * Adickdid * Slaughter on 13th Street * Self-Released.
03.) Ask Nicely * Adickdid * Dismantle * G Records
04.) Stare Right Past You * Adickdid * Dismantle * G Records

Getting Nervous

The Nervous

The Nervous

Getting Nervous
(Featuring an interview with new local band, The Nervous, which includes the world premier of their music on this very podcast!)

I have known Chris and Jesse from The Nervous for years, and the band they’d started in the ’90’s back in Eugene – Mondale – was a rare treat for the few who got to rock out to them.  Now, in this far-flung, post-apocalyptic year of 2013, we encounter their newest musical endeavor, a trio (rounded out by their drummer, Splinters), which is offering some of the greatest Nerd Rock anthems guaranteed to start promptly at every performance.

In preparation for their impending live gigs, I was invited down to the compound where The Nervous hone their craft, and managed to sit down with the guys afterward in their comfortable “Living Room” to chat about pursuing music as a hobby, and what its like to be in really terrible bands with assholes.  Interspersed throughout the interview are songs that inspire them, two never-before heard songs from their current set, and an old Mondale tune (or two) to round things out.

Long-time listeners may remember a live performance by Jesse Ransom (featured in The Nervous) in 2006.  This episode is also available to stream or download at this time, accompanied by a playlist and photos.  Jesse Ransom 06 June 2006.  It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and it gives you an acoustic taste of what he brings to the party.

Special thanks to Chris, Jesse and Spinters, not only for being stand up guys and great musicians, but for trusting me to record them in their natural habitat.  You guys are fantastic, and I can’t wait for more people to hear you.


MyFacester+ Photoset (with video footage of the band rehearsing on 30 December 2012).

Getting Nervous

01.) Get Out Of Our Way, We’re A-Comin’ Through * Mondale * Square Roots Radicals * Self-Released
02.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part I * 30 December 2012
03.) Musical Interlude * Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet * Savvy Show Stoppers * Cargo Records
04.) High Impact Smart Girls * Mondale * Square Roots Radicals * Self-Released
05.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part II * 30 December 2012
06.) Gates Of Steel * Devo * Freedom Of Choice * Warner Bros.
07.) Sex Mad * Nomeansno * Sex Mad * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part III * 30 December 2012
09.) Theme From EEVIAC * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch & Go Records
10.) Entry Level Position * The Nervous * Unreleased Practice Recording
11.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part IV * 30 December 2012
12.) Little Girls * Oingo Boingo * Only A Lad * A&M Records
13.) You Look Good In Glasses * The Nervous * Unreleased Practice Recording
14.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part V * 30 December 2012
15.) 21st Century Digital Boy * Bad Religion * Stranger Than Fiction * Atlantic Records

New Year’s Resolution

Hit The Open Road

Hit The Open Road

New Year’s Resolution
(Featuring a special New Year’s Message, and a welcome to 2013.)

From all of us, here at Blasphuphmus Radio, we want to wish you the happiest New Year, full of possibility and new endeavors.  Remember: without you, there is no show.

Be seeing you.  In 2013.


New Year’s Resolution

01.) New Year’s Resolution * Donovan * Open Road * Epic Records
02.) “On Christmas, say Merry Christmas.  On New Year’s, say Happy New Year’s.” * Kermit Shafer * Pardon My Blooper * Kapp Records

Nailed It.

Dead Center

Dead Center

Nailed It.
(Featuring a review of the The Holiday Episode of Bullseye With Jesse Thorn.)

I was introduced to The Sound of Young America a few years ago, and immediately became obsessed with what Jesse Thorn was able to create out of a college radio show.  Somehow, I related.  This was another case of being quite late to the game; whenever I would tell people about his show, people would say, “Yeah, I know.  Have you heard Bullseye?”

So, I started listening, and have become quite a fan of the entire network of shows.  And while I would never presume that I need to introduce you to his program, with the holidays, I think it is possible to completely miss their fantastic Holiday Episode that was produced this year.

Consider this my loving tribute to a perfect episode of a podcast.


Nailed It.

01.) Huddle Formation * The Go! Team * Thunder, Lightning, Strike * Memphis Industries.
02.) The Week Between * Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick * One Christmas At A Time * Self-Released

Number 9. Number 9.

Back To The Slaying Again

Back To The Slaying Again

Number 9.  Number 9.
(Featuring a new declaration of purpose / series of excuses, and a review of the new Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comic up through Season 9.)

In the last couple months the inertia of this program has slowed down tremendously.  This was completely accidental; The Lava Lamp Lounge in Historic St. John’s is a nexus for weirdness magnets of a wide variety, and I am now finding myself working harder than ever, occasionally having to fight crime, assist stranded aliens, discovering new unexplored lands with other groups of weirdos, and in general, working more than I ever have before.  No new shows have been happening with any kind of regularity.

But fear not!  We are trying something new.  Our program has reinvented itself several times over the years, and the time has come to take on a new form.  Our means of broadcast is quite unique now, and we have the potential to experiment with form and style in ways we haven’t before.  It is with this in mind that I am trying something new, and experimenting with different kinds of shows, in new shapes and sizes.  Stay tuned to see how this all is put together as we move on.  In the meantime…

I review the new Buffy The Vampire Slayer comics.  A good friend of mine works at Dark Horse, and she was able to gift me a large number of comics from Season 8 and 9 of the new Buffy Comics.  I just finished catching up to “current” issues with this series, and do a spoiler-less free-form discussion about being a Buffy fan, and how these new comics read to me.

Let us know what you think, and if you like the smaller / differntly sized chunks of shows.  I have a variety of thoughts about how this will all get pieced together in the long run, but until then, enjoy these “showlets.”


Number 9.  Number 9.

Part I: “Mea Culpa” or “Something Latin That Sounds Important Or Something”

01.) Nile Hilton Burning * Sun City Girls * The Fresh Kill Of A Cape Hunting Dog * Eclipse Records

Part II: “Season 9.  Season 9.”

02.) Buffy TV Theme Song * Nerf Herder * Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Album * TVT Records
03.) The Rat * The Ventures * Ghoulardi Music * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
04.) RFD Rangoon * Forbidden Five * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume One * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
05.) Enchanted Farm * Forbidden Five * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume One * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
06.) Congo * Bo Diddley * Bo Knows Instro * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape
07.) Buzzsaw Twist * The Gee-Cees * Lux & Ivy’s Favorites Volume Three * Kogar The Swingin’ Ape

Episode 193: Love Can’t Buy You Money Part II: A True Fictional Story

That'll Be $22.50

That’ll Be $22.50

Episode 193: Love Can’t Buy You Money Part II: A True Fictional Story
(Featuring music that acts as a sequel to Episode 082, with music centering around the root of all evil – if evil were a real thing – being, of course, money.)

Institutions, ideas, and the way our lives are governed have come up in my life quite a bit recently, and as I have been making new inroads at my job, filling out Union Paperwork and documents about my future retirement, I find it funny how much unquestioningly people have faith in these things.  Recently I’ve been in a number of situations where the unreality of the world around us has come up – quite specifically with regard to money – and people instantly become defensive.  “It is SO real!  Don’t even suggest otherwise!”  I understand the value of believing in these things.  (After all, consider all the things that have been possible with religious faith.)  But just because someone wants something to be true, doesn’t mean it actually is.  This is never more obvious when someone just realizes they are wrong.

Regardless, there is a lot of academic discourse surrounding the unreality – or, as Ira Glass was so kind to say, “The Fictional Quality Of Money,” – that it is somewhat of an irresistible topic for me.  This might have something to do with my minor degree in pharmacology, or perhaps my own anarchist leanings when it comes to pointing out to people that most of what the world around us is built upon is predicated on power structures designed to control and manipulate the behavior of humanity.  Or, it might just be that I have a problem with authority.  It’s hard to say, really, but my standard response to anyone who has too much faith in one thing is to remind them that the universe is constructed by language and images, and that the people who create and design these things are the people who are really in power.  Money just happens to be a symbol that has most people by the balls.

The subject of money is particularly fascinating, because rock music seems to be preoccupied with it.  Just about every band of a certain age had a song about money, their desire for it, and their love of it.  These songs very much have a similar structure, and the effect is the same: to deny the immaterial things in this world, and to embrace capitalism in all of its sticky, disgusting, filth-coated sexy goodness.  And there is something thrilling about getting paid in the same way that getting a handjob at a rock concert is thrilling; in that moment, we can do anything, we can go anywhere, and literally nothing can stop us.  This is why a number of cultures have sayings relating to money (and the spending of it).  In spite of knowing better, we all see the attraction to the dirty side of things, and rock music itself is predicated on the attraction to filth culture.  Money is, after all, filthy lucre.  How can you not find it fascinating?

This episode is a sequel to Episode 082, a show I have always been very fond of for somewhat different reasons.  While I had hit upon the vague idea of doing a show about money, when I did the original program, I built the show almost entirely at the last minute.  Using the KPSU studio archives, the Inter-Web-A-Tron, and a few odds and sods that I had brought with me, I completely pulled that show out of my ass, and was quite pleased with the results.  Not only did it become a coherent narrative, and a very good example of the kinds of theme shows I wanted to pursue more often, but it reinforced in me this notion that I could do good radio on the fly.  I really feel like I turned a corner with Episode 082, and I follow my instincts quite a bit because of what I learned doing this show.  It only made since to me to throw together a sequel in the same manner, and I think the results turned out pretty excellent.

The backbone of this episode come from two sources: a film I found on, titled “How Money Is Created,” which is a short (and simple) essay about how the FED creates money.  While I could not find the film I was thinking about when I made this episode, this one covers the same subject matter, and offered some pretty good sound clips.  (The one I remember was animated, and looked like something from the 60’s, but was clearly from the ’90s.)  The samples from this film help spell out some of the things hinted at int he second sound source, an episode of This American Life that featured a number of stories about various problems that have cropped up because of the fact that money isn’t real.  (Especially in light of the Housing Bubble crash of a few years ago.)  While Ira has a good ear for the funny, I thought something a little more academic might help shed light on the “summing an infinite series” type comments that they made.  Really, I just recommend doing some critical reading about the value of money, and try to answer for yourself the question, “What, exactly, is a single dollar worth, objectively?”  If you actually think you can answer this question, then the entire field of economics really could use your insight, because they still have no idea.

As with Episode 082, I fleshed out the rest of the show with songs that I think really tackle the subject well, with an emphasis on punk bands, who usually manage to say things in a way that cut straight to the heart of the matter.  Any show that has The Dicks, Patti Smith & Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 pretty much offers more insight into who I am than anything I could tell you directly.

Next week we’ll have our annual Thanksgiving Leftovers show, which may double as A Family Affair episode, if I can pull off some recordings during our dinner gathering.  The year is winding down, and there’s a lot going on between now and Episode 200, coming up soon.  Between that and my new job, there’s a whole lot that needs my attention.  Hopefully I can deliver in a timely manner.

See you in seven!

A True Fictional Story

Part I: The Fiction Of Money
01.) “Money Isn’t Real” * Ray Liotta * Blow * New Line Cinema
02.) Money * The Sonics * Here Are The Sonics!!! * Etiquette Records
03.) Love Can’t Buy You Money [Edit] * Motörhead * Overnight Sensation * CMC Records
04.) “Money Is Fiction” * This American Life * Episode 423: The Invention Of Money * PRI
05.) Clean Money * Elvis Costello * Armed Forces * Columbia Records
06.) Money Talks * Penetration * Once Upon A Time Vol. 08: U.K. November ’77 *
07.) Rich Daddy * The Dicks * 1980-1986 * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) “The Fictional Quality Of Money” * This American Life * Episode 423: The Invention Of Money * PRI
09.) Don’t Wanna Be A Rich * Guilty Razors * Killed By Death Vol. 77 * Killed By Death Records
10.) Rich Plastic People * Killjoy * Not So Quiet On The Western Front * Alternative Tentacles Records
11.) Just Got Paid * Rapemen * Two Nuns And A Pack Mule * Touch & Go Records

Part II: The Idea Of Money
12.) Strike It Rich * Negativland * Over The Edge Vol. 7: Time Zomes Exchange Project * Sealand Records
13.) Money Honey * The Drifters * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll * Hip-O Records
14.) [Excerpt I] * Your Drugs, My Money * Live At KFJC 8/16 * Self-Released
15.) Summing An Infinite Series * This American Life * Episode 423: The Invention Of Money * PRI
16.) Money * Pink Floyd * Dark Side Of The Moon * Capitol Records
17.) How Money Is Created [Excerpt I] * godisfrauddotcom * How Money Is Created *
18.) Man With Money (alternate) * The Eyes * Arrival Of The Eyes * Lion Production Canada
19.) Free Money * Patti Smith * Horses * Arista Records
20.) Bottom Dollar * Eddie Spaghetti * The Sauce * Abstract Records
21.) “You’ll Have To Pay Cash” * Groucho & Chico Marx * A Day At The Races * MGM

Part III: Gimme A Dollar
22.) Money Money Money * Gene Simmons * Essential SUN Rockabillies * Sun Records
23.) [Excerpt II] * Your Drugs, My Money * Live At KFJC 8/16 * Self-Released
24.) How Money Is Created [Excerpt II] * godisfrauddotcom * How Money Is Created *
25.) Her Dad’s Got Money * Mad Magazine * Fink Along With Mad! * Big Top Records
26.) Money Loans * Mars Production Staff * Mars Production Library * Mars Production Library CK-71
27.) Give Me A Dollar * King Missile III * The Psychopathology Of Everyday Life * Instinct Records
28.) Dollar For Dollar * They Might Be Giants * McSweeney’s Music CD – Issue #6 * McSweeney’s
29.) Million Dollars * Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 * Admonishing The Bishops * Matador Records
30.) How Money Is Created [Excerpt III] * godisfrauddotcom * How Money Is Created *
31.) Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) * Pet Shop Boys * Please * Parlophone Records
32.) Man, You Won’t Give Me No Money * Memphis Minnie * Hoodoo Lady (1933-1937) * Legacy / Columbia Records
33.) Money * The Android Sisters * Ruby 1: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Radio * ZBS Productions

Episode 192: Workin’ Man’s Blues

Inquire Within

Inquire Within

Episode 192: Workin’ Man’s Blues
(Featuring an assortment of musings on working, jobs, and how little fun they seem to be.)

On Friday, I found out that I landed a pretty good job.  At least, by my standards.  In my life I have been paid to do some pretty strange things, and have been paid in some pretty strange ways.  Helping castrate goats often gets the most extreme looks, but helping rebuild server racks was just as odd when I was hired on the sly to come in on the weekends so no one could ask questions as to who I was.  (Each job paid cash, under the table.)  Most of my life has been spent learning to subist on the smallest of wages, the least amount of hours, and under the worst conditions, mostly because I’m really bad at having jobs.

I have never taken to work with any amount of enthusiasm.  There is something about trading your time for money that leaves a really bad taste in my mouth, and I have constantly struggled against this like a young child in an itchy shirt.  It just doesn’t seem right, and no amount of benefits salve has ever made it seem good.  This is probably just my own natural aversion to capitalism, or perhaps I suffer from that same syndrome as great people like Rip Van Winkle or Fran Lebowitz.  I have never been able to figure it out.  To me, there has always been a relationship between people who are awful, and there relative “boss” level.  Ever since my first gig working in a croissant factory, I have found managers to be dispicable.

However, this job is a little different.  After slaving away in efforts to earn a degree, I have now gained a fairly respectable position in a place that not only pays well, but offers me all the things that real jobs show: respect, friendlyness, earnestness, and actual worth-while benefits that don’t seem like pennies thrown at you so they can watch you pick them up.  My co-workers are genuine, and I actually look forward to work.  Landing this job – in this economy – was a pretty big deal, and with jobs on the brain, I thought it would be worth it to explore the theme of work and jobs, and how various artists have gone about them in the past.

Humorously enough, in spite of being really happy about my job, it was very difficult to find any songs about people who like their jobs.  My theory is that this has to do with the nature of Rock ‘n’ Roll in general: rebellion is such an integral part of rock music, that it is nearly impossible to write a song endorsing integration into the system.  (With the exception of MX-80’s “Thank You Boss,” a meandering drone about a narrator who is extremely thankful for the employment his boss has offered him.)  I really did try do my best, and managed to fill a few requests, but sadly there are just no positive songs about jobs.  Perhaps this informs my own thoughts about them, too?

As usual, I’ve included a few tracks by some of my favorite commedians, and a couple of songs by bands that have been particularly kind to me in the past.  As I regularly love to point out, I am easily bribed, and if you would like to send me any of your releases or records (or even tapes, CDs, wax cylendars, etc.), they will most likely wind up on the show.  I’ve been recently contacted by a number of bands, and so far they have been of fairly high quality.  By all means, keep it up!

I am slowly amassing equipment to rebuild The Lava Lamp Lounge (here in Historic St. John’s, Oregon), so if you would like to sell any of your gear, please contact me.  We’re looking for a cassette deck, at least two more microphones, and any kind of effects processors you may be looking to part with.  We’re hoping to turn it into a robust studio, and the best way to do so is to buy things from people who know and love us.

See you in seven!

Workin’ Man’s Blues

Part I: Get A God Damn Job
01.) “Give Us The Tools And We’ll Finish The Job” * Winston Churchill
02.) Get A Job * The Silhouettes
03.) Le Travail [Excerpt] * The Work * Slow Crimes
04.) God Damn Job * The Replacements * Stink
05.) Die On Your Feet * Criminal Authority * Young, Loud and Shitty
06.) Shitty Jobs * Ashtray * The Power of Positive Drinking
07.) Forced Labor * Circle Jerks * Wild In The Streets
08.) I Wanna Get A Job In The City * The Kids * The Kids
09.) Four Yorkshiremen * Monty Python * The Final Rip Off
10.) Working Class Hero * The-Front * Riot Agents

Part II: I Don’t Want To Work
11.) Workin’ Hard Blues * Woodie Guthrie
12.) Worksong * Grails * Red Light
13.) Work For Your Money * Howlin’ Wolf * The Chess Box
14.) I Don’t Wanna Work For British Airways * Scissor Fits * Messthetics #101: D.I.Y. 1978 – 1981: London
15.) Unusual Occupations * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4
16.) At My Job * Dead Kennedys * Frankenchrist
17.) Go To Work Drunk * Men’s Recovery Project * Grappling With The Homonids
18.) I Love My Job * Bill Hicks * Dangerous
19.) Take Stuff From Work * King Missle (Dog Fly Religion) * Fluting on the Hump

Part III: How Long Can This Go On?
20.) Welcome To My Job [Excerpt] * George Carlin * Occupation: Foole
21.) Work Song * Bib Set * It Wasn’t Meant To Happen
22.) Working In A Coalmine * Devo * Hardcore Devo Vol. 2
23.) All Day * Ministry
24.) Steelworker * Big Black * The Hammer Party
25.) Big Strong Boss * Swans * Filth
26.) Serious Business * Grex * Live At Home
27.) Stupid Day Job * Wally Pleasant
28.) Unusual Occupations * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4

Episode 191: Election Night Special!

The Soundtrack To Today's Election

The Soundtrack To Today’s Election

Episode 191: Election Night Special!
(Featuring Music, Comedy bits, and my own special brand of “rant” regarding the importance of voting, and Presidents in general.)

It’s Election Day, the stage is set, and the population is geared for an incredible victory, a massive disappointment, or in the case of the majority of Americans, complete and totally obliviousness with regards to what day it is.  With that in mind, we decided to offer a selection of songs about the process of picking a government official.  There are songs about presidents – specific and generic – comedians weighing in on the subject, critical analysis in the form of a song, and a handful of rants from yours truly as I rail on and on about the importance of voting, regardless of your political preference.  (Spoiler Alert: I’m voiting for Obama, and you should to.  But more than anything, you should make your voice heard.)

I am not usually the kind of person that gets too political, but I have done it a few times on this program.  My politics run the “Let’s Dismantle Everything! / Fuck This Shit! / If I Have To Listen To One More Misguided Statement From A Lying & Manipulative Moron I Will Destroy Your Precious Capital And Myself If I Have To In Order To Send A Message About The Rampant Corruption And Nonsense You Guys Are Constantly Spewing!” spectrum of political ideology.  I have always believed in the value of tearing things down, questioning everything, and explaining to people that the shared reality most people have agreed upon is merely a construction, and carries no more validity than we arbitrarily assign to it.  But this is a difficult position to take, politically, because most people don’t want to have their reality undermined, and more to the point, feel better when they have an ideological coin to flip every four years to set their mind at ease.

However, I do think elections are important, because if you want to hack into the shared reality around us, a very direct way to do so is to make your voice heard.  There are a number of elements in this world conspiring against us to minimize the way we can interact with the world, and as things become more compartmentalized and digitized, this problem seems to become amplified.  It is quite easy to feel powerless, and as we are constantly searching for quick-fix solutions to this powerlessness (drugs, money, sex, cars, shopping, rock ‘n’ roll etc.) we ignore the things that offer us the most direct connection to affecting change.  So please, if you are feeling marginalized, fill your ballot!  It’s like working bureaucratic magic in its own weird, round-about way.

I talk and rant in this episode more than I have ever before, and for that I do apologize.  But this cause is pretty important, and so I feel it is worth it to have made the effort.  The show is only an hour and 30 minutes, and there’s lots of music to help balance it out.  I think ranting about the need to vote is probably one of the least harmful things I could do, and if you’ll just ignore my occasional comments on why Obama is the better choice (because he is), then these segments are completely harmless.

(Full disclosure: while there are issues with Obama as president, I haven’t really been too keen on any of our candidates since I was of voting age and helped put Clinton in office for a second term.  Politicians in America, by default, have no business running things.  However, politics is a lot like a shitty car: the one we have blows, but until we can culturally have the wherewithal to afford one with multiple gears, better steering, and much better features, we’re stuck driving the beater.  Obama is not a perfect president, and there is much to be upset about.  But compared to the competition, he does not support the war of women, he is not a power-hungry businessman with a short-sighted view on the economy, and he is pro-Health Care, something that everyone in this country needs desperately, no matter what your income might be.  That alone makes Obama a much better choice than Mittens.  Also: I just can’t see myself voting for Roseanne.)

Many of the selections in this episode are satirical, and humor is indeed something I value more than politics.  But I also think humor manages to uncover something about us that sincerity doesn’t manage to get at, and songs like “Homosexual President” and “The President” by King Missile drive at a kind of honesty that you can’t convey without tongue planted firmly (and intentionally) in cheek.  With that in mind, I wanted to include some comedy bits here and there, too.  There was a period in time where I had mostly memorized the entire “Election Special” routine by Monty Python, and have always wanted to include it in a program, and now I’ve finally gotten my chance.  Honestly: if you don’t look at any candidate and think to yourself “slightly-silly,” then I’m not sure you’re paying enough attention.  (If you really want some insight into my psyche, as a developing teen I listened to The Final Rip-Off as much as – possibly more, actually – Nirvana’s Nevermind, and I contend both had equal effect on me.)  Bill Hicks & George Carlin seemed like an obvious inclusions, but strangely enough I managed to also find a Bob & Ray routine that captured the ludicrousness of most Presidential candidates.

The song I most desperately wanted to include in this show is “The New World” by X.  This song, more than anything in this show, seems to embody an aspect to politics that I think is most often overlooked.  There are huge swaths of our population who are not only aware of the political process, but are not able to participate for one reason or another.  Looking at the long lines in Florida and the entire debacle surrounding that has put this aspect of things into sharp relief.  We still live in a democracy in the Greek sense: the privileged have access to rights that others do not.  Consider that yesterday was only the 100th Anniversary of female suffrage in Oregon.  Our country seems inordinately interested in the idea that only certain classes have the right to make big decisions in this country, and if you think democracy is the backbone of this country, look at the homeless population and ask them about the last time they were able to vote.  We may be forward thinking, and we may believe that we are a country founded on idealism and principles, but we have a long way to go.

Maybe in my lifetime?  Or maybe when we finally elect Zacherle.

Anyway: hopefully you find a good place, and with good company, to spend the evening, and I hope I haven’t just bummed you out completely.  Chin up.  We’ll know how things pan out tomorrow night.  And in the meantime let’s dream of a time when Friend The Robot Vice President can walk hand-in-hand with a Homosexual President, and lead this country into the 21st Century.

See ya in seven.

Part I: Get Out And Vote!
01.) I Could Never Be President * Johnnie Taylor *The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1968-1971
02.) Aquaduct * The Presidents * Why We Were Right
03.) Open Letter To The President * Billy Jack * Wrestling The Bald-Headed Champ
04.) Homosexual President * Wrangler Brutes * Zulu
05.) The Elite * Bill Hicks * Philosophy
06.) If Reagan Played Disco * Minutemen * Bean-Spill EP
07.) Vice Presidente * Eighth Route Army * Killed By Death Vol. 100
08.) American Dream * The Redundants * I Hate The Redundants
09.) Views Behind The News: Presidential Candidate G.L. Hummerbeck * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 3
10.) Take Us To Your President * Hans Conreid & Alice Pearce * Monster Rally

Part II: They Must’ve Been Voting For President, Or Something
11.) The New World * X * More Fun In The Big World
12.) Flawless Victory [Excerpt] * The Fucking Champs * III
13.) Zacherle For President * John Zacherley
14.) The President * King Missile III * The Psychopathology Of Everyday Life
15.) Election Special (Live) * Monty Python * The Final Rip Off
16.) Presidents Song * Zip Code Rapists * Zip Code Rapists

Part III: It Isn’t Hard, If You Try
17.) Good Friday, 2033 * Men’s Recovery Project * The Golden Triumph Of Naked Hostility
18.) Post Election News * WATIV * Baghdad Music Journal
19.) International War Criminal * The Slackers
20.) Let’s Impeach The President * Neil Young
21.) Fuck The Motherfuckin’ President * Witchy Poo * A Slice Of Lemon
22.) Imagine This * Tom Compagnoni
23.) “One Thing I Don’t Complain About” * George Carlin

Episode 190: The Embassy

Hard Boiled Sci-Fi For The Holidays

Hard Boiled Sci-Fi For The Holidays

Episode 190: The Embassy
(Featuring a re-telling of the 1955 X-Minus One broadcast hosted by none other than Detective Dexter Roland, Private Investigator!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

See ya real soon!

The Embassy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 189: An Evening With Vincent Price!

Prepare For The Shock Of Your Life

Prepare For The Shock Of Your Life!

Episode 189: An Evening With Vincent Price!
(Featuring the master of horror readings himself, Mr. Vincent Price, performing classic tales from his Caedmon Records releases.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Evening With Vincent Price!

Part I: “Listen, Won’t You?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part II: “Welcome To Gobbleknoll.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part III: “The Calamander Chest”

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

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

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

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

Episode 188: The Tell-Tale Heart!

A Cool Ghoul Himself

A Cool Ghoul Himself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Tell-Tale Heart!

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

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

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

Episode 187: Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!

Episode 187: Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!
(Featuring the complete 1963 story, “Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!” written by Cherney Berg and performed by Hal Johnson &  Gabriel Dell.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in seven!

Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

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

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

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

Episode 186: Darkness Descends!

And So It Begins...

And So It Begins…

Episode 186: Darkness Descends!
(Featuring songs about darkness and the night to kick off our annual Halloween Spook-tacular, already in progress!) 

Every year about this time, I feel a slight chill enter my bones, a feeling that sinks into my very thought processes and stays with me well into the winter months.  The days are shorter, colder, and cause a little more pause when the sun has set and there is  nothing but the darkness behind you.  It’s at that time of year that I can think of nothing else but the greatest holiday our fair program celebrates: Halloween!  And with this show, we kick off five full weeks of programming as part of our annual Halloween Spook-tacular, the backbone of any year here it

It’s hard for me to exert any amount of reserve once October rolls around, and before the week is out I’m listening to non-stop monster songs until sometime in December.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for it.  But this year, instead of jump the gun when it still feels like the end of summer outside, I instead opted to ease our way into this most sacred of holidays, with a show that dramatically presents the night as it begins to take over our lives, and the effect that darkness has on us all.  It seems like a happy medium; rather than blow my wad on songs about zompires and vampwolves this early in the game, I thought I would set the scene first, before jumping out of the darkness and saying, “Boo!”

For those of you who want to stay on top of our Halloween Broadcasts – and relive our past triumphs – this handy link will allow you to subscribe to these shows in iTunes, where all the magic will appear on your computer as these shows come out.  Last year I produced a number of great programs that I think are among the best ones I’ve ever done, and there are several in the archives that are bound to set the mood for any kind of party you may be hosting this year.  I will be adding a few more shows to this archive throughout the month, so now is a perfect time to fire up the old iTunes and find out what we’ve been up to all these years.

Stay tuned, as there will be plenty of Monster Mash’s and rattling chains for the next several weeks.  I get so excited this time of year, I can hardly contain it!  Fortunately for you, it comes in the form of listening pleasures the likes of which you will rarely hear anywhere else.

Talk to you next week.

Darkness Descends!

Part I: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
01.) Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark * The Sonics * Boom
03.) Night Beat * The Phantoms * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Eight
04.) Dark Thoughts * New Dawn * Love, Peace & Poetry: American Psychedelic Music
05.) Dark Entries * Bauhaus * In The Flat Field
06.) Thru The Night * The Estranged * Singles
07.) Thanks For The Night * The Damned * “Thanks For The Night” b/w “Nasty”

Part II: Paging Doctor Dark
08.) In Dark Tree’s * Brian Eno * Another Green World
09.) One More Night * CAN * Ege Bamyasi
10.) Oh, Deadly Nightshade * The New Bloods * 09/29/06 In-Studio Performance
11.) Doctor Dark * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band * Lick My Decals Off Baby
12.) Relief Of The Night * Jandek * Living In A Moon So Blue
13.) Heart of Darkness * Pere Ubu * Terminal Tower

Part III: Darkness, Darkness, Darkness
14.) Nochnaya Melodiya (Night Melody) * Orkestar Vyacheslav Mescherin * Orkestar Vyacheslav Mescherin
15.) Late Night * Syd Barrett * The Madcap Laughs
16.) Night Of The Lotus Eaters * Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds * Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
17.) Dark Lights The Dark * Bishop Of Battle * Prequel Plus
18.) Night Rain * Deuter * Cloud Cuckooland
19.) And Last Night? * The Enablers * End Note
20.) Midnight Raffle * Langston Hughes * The Voice Of The Poet

Episode 185: The Story Of Rock And Roll

The Story Of Rock And Roll

The Story Of Rock And Roll

Episode 185: The Story Of Rock And Roll
(Featuring a tour through 50’s rock songs in this short-but-sweet, very-late show.)

In my ever-continuing quest to fill the various holes in my record collection, I have been accumulating some 50’s compilations to try and get at the roots of what I love the most: Rock And Fucking Roll.  While I am pretty savvy with a lot of the big names, and I would even say I probably know more than the av-er-age bear, I am also constantly amazed at the things I don’t know about.  So I am always interested in learning more about music, and especially this era in particular, mostly because it seems that there are so many buried treasures that you really could just limit yourself to the 50’s, and never really discover it all.

So, this is my first attempt and mining for musical rockabilly gold.

This show goes out to Miss Megan, the host of Songs The Lord Taught Us, a long lost show that taught us all about the amazing world of R&B, Country, Roots Rock, and everything great and wonderful in this world.  She and I did a few shows together, where I ran the sound for bands she was hosting, and I regularly lament that we no longer have her on the airwaves.  With that in mind, I did my best to try and follow in her footsteps, and while I’m nowhere near as cool or knowledgable as she was, this is my attempt at being that cool.

The show is in three parts, and sort of follows a bit of a story.  Our lives are full of heartbreak (literally and metaphorically), and we often use partying and chemicals to help quell the unrest we suffer from.  But in the end, we want to make another effort at love, not only for the companionship and the physical joy that comes with it, but also to help offer and be understood by another.  Sometimes this story is repeated in a number of ways, and all the symbols are interchangeable when it comes to any particular pursuit we may be in search of.  But in the end the three-act structure seems to work so well that even The Story of Rock And Roll has that sort of structure to it.

This one is short and sweet, but if all goes well, I’ll get two more shows posted this week.  Yes, we are ambitious, but haven’t we always been?

See you soon!

The Story Of Rock And Roll 

Part I: She Broke My Heart
01.) Grandpa Stole My Baby * Moon Mullican * Hillbilly Bop ‘n’ Boogie (Roots Of Rockabilly 1944-56)
02.) The Huckle-Buck * Paul Williams * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
03.) Please Don’t Leave Me * Fats Domino * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
04.) Baby Don’t Do It * The 5 Royales * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
05.) You Upset Me Baby * B.B. King * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
06.) Who’s Been Here * Commonwealth Jones * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
07.) Tore Up * Tommy La Beff * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno

Part II: There’s A Party Goin’ On
08.) Teenage Boogie * Web Pierce * 20 Rockabilly Classics
09.) Moovin’ N’ Groovin’ * Duane Eddy
10.) Put Your Cat Clothes On * Carl Perkins * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
11.) Rock Billy Boogie * Johnny Burnette * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
12.) Move * Boyd Bennett * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
13.) Hang Out * Lloyd Arnold Katche * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
14.) Sunglasses After Dark * Dwight Pullen * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
15.) Let Me Go Home, Whiskey * Amos Milburn * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Part III: But I Love Her So
16.) Sh-Boom * The Chords * The Roots Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
17.) I Got A Woman * Booker T & The MG’s
18.) Crazy Baby * The Rockin’ R’s * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
19.) Let’s Go Baby * Billy Eldridge * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
20.) Swamp Gal * Tommy Bell * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
21.) I Love Ya Honey * Jimmy Apostle * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
22.) Rootie Tootie Baby * Lee Charles Mitchell * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno
23.) Scuttle Bug * Bo Diddley * Bo Knows Instro
24.) Little Girl * John & Jackie * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
25.) Farewell to Fans (Outro) [November 12, 1959] * Alan Freed * Rock ‘N Roll and Rockabilly Inferno

Episode 183: Bless This Mess

It Ain't Perfect, But I Love It

It Ain’t Perfect, But I Love It

Episode 183: Bless This Mess
(Featuring music and recordings offered in loving tribute to the country that I love, with tongue placed forcibly into cheek.)

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

Episode 182: The Adventures of Superman Part VIII!

Behind The Scenes At WOR

Behind The Scenes At WOR

Episode 182: Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!: The Adventures of Superman Part VIII!
(Featuring another exciting installment in the on-going adventures of Superman!)

After a full year plus in a state of “hiatus,” Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents! is proud to bring you the next installment in The Adventures of Superman!  A strange visitor from a doomed planet has taken up residence on planet Earth.  Content to merely work as mild mannered reporter Clark Kent, his job continuously puts him at odds with crooks, thieves, street thugs, gangsters, corrupt politicians, misguided corporate masterminds, and a host of down-to-earth criminals that conventional law cannot manage to deal with on their own. It’s up to Superman to settle the score!

This week’s installment finishes the story Donelli’s Protection Racket, which was started in Part II.  As The Adventures of Superman is highly serialized (and, on top of that, incredibly fun to listen to), our recommendation is to subscribe to our newest iTunes subscription option, where you can receive all the back episodes (and all new forthcoming ones) delivered to your Borg Implant of choice.  Just past the following link – – into your aggregator, and watch the content accumulate!

The relationship between our program and these seventy year old adventures series goes back to 2008, when I began to really explore Old Time Radio recordings on the incredible website.  When I began to come up with new ways to improve our program to coincide with the 2009 relaunch, I knew that I wanted to incorporate OTR into the modern radio landscape.  When you listen to these programs, it really is like listening to a completely different time and place in American History.  It fascinates me to think of a time period when these quaint and entertaining stories where a regular part of radio, and I am constantly lamenting the fact that radio has changed so dramatically that stories like this do not make it into daily programming.  The world of podcasting has definitely helped in this department, and features like The Thrilling Adventure Hour offer a modern take on this kind of storytelling.  However, modern radio is just not interested in anything but watered down music formats and an endless string of pointless commercials.

Regardless, I’ve been wanting to bring these stories to you – with period appropriate music and commercials in the mix – ever since.  While there are many other characters that wound up being interpreted for radio, Superman was not only the most popular, but has the largest wealth of material to draw upon.  (There are almost 1000 episodes in existence, spanning a few decades.)  What is interesting about this version of Superman, though, is that he is slightly different than the one we meet in comics.  In the late ’30’s and early ’40’s, ideas like “continuity” were not in place, and the people who were writing for the radio were not writing for the comics.  The radio version of Superman arrives on Earth as an adult, and is not raised by Ma & Pa Kent.  He’s got a little bit of a “street-wise” element to him, and is willing to beat a crook into submission, intimidate someone into doing the right thing, and has no qualms with lying to his friends and co-workers in an effort to protect his identity.

The kinds of crooks that Superman gets involved with in these stories aligns more with the earliest comics that were published, too.  Unlike the Superman of today, who has powers that attract super-villains of the extreme variety, this is the populist interpretation of Superman, where bad businessmen and corrupt racketeers work against the poor and downtrodden, who are just out to survive in a post-depression America.  Rather than use super-powers, a simple fist-fight is usually how most crooks are brought to justice, and where he has a host of abilities to help him in comics, only his strength and flight get any play on the radio.  In a way, this is like looking at an adolescent Superman, who has a lot of growing up to do in order to get to the world of today.

These stories are also fascinating to me, in that they introduce elements to the Superman mythology that eventually become important in the comics.  Perry White and Jimmy Olsen – two characters that play a huge role in Clark Kent’s job at The Daily Planet, were introduced to Radio Audiences before they ever appeared in the comics.  In fact The Daily Planet was a radio invention.  Superman, as a comic book, was only introduced in 1939, and before the year was out the radio show was in production.  While Superman was being outsold by Captain Marvel on the newsstands, Superman was pulling an incredible share of listeners on the radio, and it was this version of the character that America fell in love with (and, eventually, drove readers to buy the comics).  In what was to be a rare set of circumstances, the characters that were unique to the on-air program made their way into the comics.   Donelli’s Protection Racket introduced America to Jimmy Olsen, who would soon become a permanent fixture in the series, and would cement the program in the hearts of youngsters across the country.

Unfortunately, information about this period of radio broadcasting is spotty at best.  I’ve consulted a number of resources to get the details as accurate as possible, and have used sites like and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group to make sure these presentations are accurate.  However, documentation about these programs were not kept at the time they were broadcast.  In 1940, these programs were not seen as media to be saved for the future.  Aside from big name voice talents, like Bud Collyer, very few voice actors, foley artists, or writers received much credit for their work, and WWII itself made the production and preservation of transcription discs a feat in and of itself.  Superman’s popularity allowed for these shows to be saved when other, lesser-known shows do not exist in any format, and details of their production are nearly nonexistent.  These kinds of shows put into perspective the transient nature of media and information as a whole, and helps us to reflect on the value of documentation, in whatever form it may be.

And now, patient reader, its time to travel with us to the past, over 70 years ago, as we bring you the incredible and action-packed story, Donelli’s Protection Racket, part of the continuing Adventures of Superman!  

The Adventures of Superman Part VIII: Donelli’s Protection Racket!

A thug, gangster, and racketeer by the name of Chip Donelli has created a protection racket on Spruce Street in Metropolis, where the recently-introduced new character, Jimmy Olsen and his mother happen to run a candy store.  Clark Kent – both as a reporter, and as his alter ego of Superman, must catch Donelli, thwart his kidnapping plans, and bring him to justice!

Episode 30: Part 3 of 6 * 19 April 1940

Episode 31: Part 4 of 6 * 22 April 1940

Episode 32: Part 5 of 6 * 24 April 1940

Episode 33: Part 6 of 6 * 26 April 1940

Episode 180: Blues For Planet Mars

Just Me And My Shadow

Just Me And My Shadow

Episode 180: Blues For Planet Mars
(Featuring a selection of songs about Mars, and dedicated to the Curiosity Rover and the amazing people that helped make it all happen.)

I have always been a fan of space exploration, and as a young kid I even wanted to be an astronaut.  But as time went on, and it became clear that I would not be the first man to Mars, I started to let my mind wander toward the stars instead, and soon became extremely interested in music, writing, and art.  Now, in honor of the successful Curiosity Rover landing on Mars on the 6th of August, I present an audio essay dedicated to that success, filled with music about Mars, and information about exactly how hard it was to get there from here.

There is no shortage of music about our neighbor in the sky, and it was very easy to quickly fill the playlist with a number of choice songs.  But the real backbone of this show are the samples from NASA TV.  I was watching the rover landing live with some friends of mine, and their coverage of the event was great.  They also made some very informative, and extremely well-produced, short videos that helped put into perspective exactly what the task at hand was.  Using those videos and a jumping-off point, I assembled an audio essay that highlights two of the greatest forces in the universe: Science and Rock Music!

So, sit back for a journey into both space and sound.  See you in seven!

Blues For Planet Mars

Part I: Transmitting Live From Mars
01.) Landing On The Surface * NASA TV
02.) Mars Attacks!: Main Title * Artie Kane (Conductor)* Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
03.) Commander Scott On Mars * The Muffins * Secret Signals 1
04.) Mars In A Minutes * NASA TV
05.) The Stars Our Destination * Stereolab * Mars Audiac Quintet
06.) Seven Deadly Minutes * NASA TV
07.) Conrad Adrift Toward Mars * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * I Hope It Lands
08.) Game Over * NASA TV
09.) Within A Martian Heart * Man… Or Astro-Man? * What Remains Inside A Black Hole
10.) The Atmosphere * NASA TV
11.) Martian Band * The Wildtones
12.) Flyin’ Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll * Billy Lee Riley & The Little Green Men * Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly
13.) The Parachute * NASA TV
14.) Beacon From Mars * Kaleidoscope * Egyptian Candy

Part II: Going To A Martian Hop
15.) Wheel On Mars * NASA TV
16.) Mars [Excerpt] * John Coltrane * Interstellar Space
17.) Ballrooms Of Mars * T.Rex * The Slider
18.) Looking At The Surface * NASA TV
19.) Life On Mars? * David Bowie * Hunky Dory
20.) Lowering The Rover * NASA TV
21.) Martian Hop * The Ran-Dells * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
22.) We Won’t Know Right Away * NASA TV
23.) Knocked Out Joint On Mars * Buck Trail * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
24.) Sending A Signal Back To Earth * NASA TV
25.) Here Come the Martian Martians * Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers * The Best of..
26.) The Odyssey’s Role * NASA TV
27.) Mars * The Wipers * Silver Sail

Part III: Planet Heart
28.) We’re Safe * NASA TV
29.) Blues For Planet Mars * Last Of The Juanitas * “The Jay” b/w “Blues For Planet Mars”
30.) Mars, Bringer Of War (From “The Planets”) [Excerpt] * City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
30.) Not A Life Detection Mission * NASA TV
31.) Next Stop Mars * Sun Ra * Nothing Is…
32.) Sending More Data * NASA TV
33.) Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars) * Grinderman * Grinderman
34.) Rocket Science * NASA TV
35.) I Turned Into A Martian * The Misfits * Boxset
36.) Gale Crater * NASA TV
37.) Planet Heart * Guitar Wolf * Planet Of The Wolves
38.) State Of The Art Labs * NASA TV
39.) Life On Mars * Nerf Herder * How To Meet Girls
40.) N.N.End * Mars * Mars LP

Episode 179: Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio Part II

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

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

Episode 179: Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio Part II
(Featuring edited highlights from five early episodes, where friends and family join me in what has now become known as college radio.)

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

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

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

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

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

See you in seven!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 178: We Interrupt This News Bulletin To Bring You A Program

Kermit Schafer

Episode 178: We Interrupt This News Bulletin To Bring You A Program
(Featuring selections from the works of Kermit Schafer, and his Pardon My Blooper records.)

This is where I’ll put the long blog entry once it’s finished.  It’ll explain that this week’s show features the work of Kermit Schafer, a radio and TV engineer in the ’50’s through the ’70’s, and who not only coined the idea of a blooper, but also collected hundreds of on-air gaffs and announcer mistakes, which he endlessly released during his lifetime.  Mention that included in this episode is a 20 minutes audio essay about his work, and an hour of music mixed with these strange audio oddities from his records.

Make sure to expand this episode entry to include lots of biographical information, and details as to why I picked the different tracks, etc.

See you in seven.

We Interrupt This News Bulletin To Bring You A Program

Part I: Afraid Of The Russians
01.) Edited Sections * Kermit Shafer * Pardon My Blooper
02.) Nuages * Django Reinhardt * Verve Jazz Masters 38
03.) The Bathing Suit She Wore * Jerry Nelson & Marilyn Sokol & Paul Williams * Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
04.) Welfare Bread * King Khan & The Shines * What Is?!
05.) Afraid Of The Russians * Styphanoids * History Of Portland Punk Vol. 1
06.) Russian Dance * Tom Waits * The Black Rider
07.) Big Wave * Johnny Dowd * Temporary Shelter
08.) Confused * The Nuns * The Nuns

Part II: Drinkin’ Man’s Cursing
09.) Prison Camp * Coyle & Sharpe * The Imposters
10.) Limehouse Blues * Django Reinhardt * The Best Of…
11.) Drinking’ Wine (Spo-Dee-O-Dee) * Stick McGhee & His Buddies * Atlantic Rhythm & Blues
12.) Sloppy Drunk Blues * Lucille Bogan * Barrelhouse Mammas
13.) When The Shit Hits The Fan * Circle Jerks * Repo Man Soundtrack

Part III: Kermit Shafer: The Man Behind The Blooper
14.) Honeysuckle Rose * Django Reinhardt * Verve Jazz Masters 38

Part IV: My Outer-Space Mixtape
15.) Wally Ballou: Man On The Street * Bob & Ray * The Lost Tapes Vol. 2
16.) Minor Swing * Django Reinhardt * The Best Of
17.) A4 Preview * The Apollo Four * Soundcloud Page
18.) Rocketman * The Red Elvises * I Wanna See You Bellydance *
19.) Mixtape * JJCnV * Brainiac Handsome
20.) Rock ‘N’ Roll Nurse * Compulsive Gamblers * Crystal Gazing Luck Amazing
21.) The Master’s Bedroom (Is Worth Spending A Night In) * Thee Oh Sees * The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In
22.) Don’t Blow Up Your Dog * Half Eye * Don’t Blow Up Your Dog

Episode 177: No Contact

The Galactic Barrier

The Galactic Barrier

Episode 177: “No Contact” w/ Moth Hunter, LIVE!
(Featuring the X Minus 1 broadcast “No Contact” from 24 April 1955, mixed with a live performance by local Moth Hunter recorded on 22 May 2012.)

I know I’ve been teasing something “special” for the last several weeks, and I can now say that it is here: the next installment of our ongoing Blasphuphmus Radio Theater Presents!, with live scoring by Moth Hunter.


This is something that I’ve always wanted to bring to this show: live, narrative radio.  It’s happened a couple of times, in very striped down ways, but never like this.  Moth Hunter performed a nearly sixty minute set in may, as the score for an edited version of the X Minus 1 classic, “No Contact.”  (In fact, this was the first story X Minus 1 broadcast when they first went on the air on 24 April 1955.)  As I have also teased, this will not be an isolated incident.  I’ve been working with some other artists too, and this could become a regular feature in the very near future.

As an experiment this time, we’re doing something we’ve never done before: we’re offering the entire live performance, unadorned, as a download via our Bandcamp Page:

22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter * Blasphuphmus Radio

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

We wanted to try something new, and this seemed like a natural extension of this show.  Getting to hear them both allows you to enjoy the performance as a stand-alone piece, and then appreciate it more as it is incorporated into the narrative of this show.  It’s something that the Inter-Web-A-Tron was intended for in the first place, and I think it’s a very sensible move on our part.

Additionally, I would like to direct you to the photoset below.  I always like to snap a few shots when I host bands, and this time was no exception.

We hope you enjoy today’s presentation.  We put a lot of work into it, and we are really proud.

See you in seven.

Picasa Photoset

No Contact

Introduction: The Far Horizons Of The Unknown

01.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
02.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part I: “Countdown To Blastoff”

03.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
04.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part II: “Four Weeks From Earth”

05.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
06.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part III: “I Have To Find Out What Happened”

07.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
08.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Part IV: “Stormcloud To Earth!”

09.) 22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter
10.) No Contact Excerpts * X Minus 1 * 24 April 1955 Broadcast * NBC Radio

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto “Director’s Cut”

Miss Rikki Lee, Back In The Day

Miss Rikki Lee, Back In The Day

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto “Director’s Cut”
(Featuring an interview and DJ set by Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio recorded on 15 July 2012.)

Join me for a conversation with Miss Rikki Lee, as we go into detail about her early years as a cub reporter and photographer as she tried to make it on the streets of Chicago.  In this episode: musical accompaniment that not only connects specifically with her life while she lived there, but in many cases care a chi-town kind of vibe, too.  As she recounts her adventures, strap yourself in, as we have cumulatively produced three entire hours of music and interviews.  Hope you like Miss Rikki, cause we’ve got nothing but her this entire show.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  If you’re not already doing so, check her out on Tumblr, and on every Saturday from 1 – 3 PM.  Her show is more “FCC-friendly” there, but when she and I get together there are no rules.  If you end up liking what you hear in this episode, and you want to hear more, then check out Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph, where she and I covered her time in Arizona, and some more general information about her life as well.  We’re hoping to do this a little more often than every four months, but we shall see.

With that said, let’s get on with “The Scumburg Manifesto.”

The Scumburg Manifesto

Incidental music during our interviews provided by “The Chess Story: 1947-1975”

Part I: She’s In Love With Rock N’ Roll
01.) Fun Tonight * The Riverdales * Riverdales
02.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 1

Part II: I’ve Felt You Up Before
03.) Janie Jones (Demo) * The Clash * Clash On Broadway
04.) Rat Patrol * Naked Raygun * Throb Throb
05.) Time For Me, Time For You * The Felt-Ups
06.) Demons Wear Spurs * The Gravetones * On The Edge Of Madness
07.) She Knocks Me Out * The Runarounds
08.) Little Sister * The Neutron Bombs * E.P.

Part III: Elvis Was My Gym Teacher
09.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 2

Part IV: Record Breakers Frequent Buyer Club
10.) This Is The Part Where I Hit You * Milk At Midnight * A Fit To End All Time
11.) Time Warp * Rocky Horror Picture Show
12.) Underground Army * The Threats
13.) Cranked Up Really High * Slaughter & the Dogs * Cranked Up Really High
14.) Street Where Nobody Lives * The Pagans * Pink Album
15.) I Don’t Give A Fuck * The Partisans * The Partisans

Part V: The Geography of Five Year Differences
16.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 3

Part VI: Geek America
17.) Hero Marauder * Tilt * Collect ‘Em All
18.) Motherfucker Are You Ready To Rock? * Boris The Sprinkler * Is…Gay!
19.) Punk Rock Girl * The Dead Milkmen * Beelzebubba
20.) Hey Ya * Outkast
21.) take a shit * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
22.) Poo Out My Ass * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
23.) Say What You Mean * The Lunachicks

Part VII: Low Brow in High Fidelity
24.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 4

Part VIII: Back Seat Driving
25.) Pussy * Lords of Acid
26.) Promises * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady
27.) Six A.M. * Screeching Weasel * Kill The Musicians
28.) Rock Around With Ollie Vee * Buddy Holly * Rockabilly Trash

Part IX: Pop Goes The Weasel
25.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 5

26.) Tangerine Speedo * Caviar

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part II

The Scumburg In Questions

The Scumburg In Question

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part II
(Featuring the second half of an interview and DJ set by Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio recorded on 15 July 2012.)

And we’re back.

For those of you who are just tuning in, join me for a conversation with Miss Rikki Lee, as we go into detail about her early years as a cub reporter and photographer as she tried to make it on the streets of Chicago.  If you’re not already doing so, check her out on Tumblr, and on every Saturday from 1 – 3 PM.  If you end up liking what you hear in this episode, and you want to hear more, then check out Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph, where she and I covered her time in Arizona, and some more general information about her life as well.  We’re hoping to do this a little more often than every four months, but we shall see.

We are also trying something experimental with this episode, in that we’re presenting it in two parts, over two days.  Part One is was available on Tuesday.  Part Two now available.  This gave you (hopefully) some time to digest Part One, before you’re ready for the rest.  However, if you are like me, and you want your podcasts really long for maximum enjoyment, then you are in luck: The Director’s Cut version is now available, too.  Please let us know what you think of this.  We’ve been toying with the length of shows for a while now, and we feel that by doing things like this, we can offer a range of listening options for people who have different tastes.  As usual, we look for feedback here, or any other our other conduits of communication.

With that said, let’s present Part II of “The Scumburg Manifesto.”

See ya in five!

Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror

The Scumburg Manifesto Part II

Incidental music during our interviews provided by “The Chess Story: 1947-1975”

Part V: The Geography of Five Year Differences
16.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 3

Part VI: Geek America
17.) Hero Marauder * Tilt * Collect ‘Em All
18.) Motherfucker Are You Ready To Rock? * Boris The Sprinkler * Is…Gay!
19.) Punk Rock Girl * The Dead Milkmen * Beelzebubba
20.) Hey Ya * Outkast
21.) take a shit * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
22.) Poo Out My Ass * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
23.) Say What You Mean * The Lunachicks

Part VII: Low Brow in High Fidelity
24.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 4

Part VIII: Back Seat Driving
25.) Pussy * Lords of Acid
26.) Promises * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady
27.) Six A.M. * Screeching Weasel * Kill The Musicians
28.) Rock Around With Ollie Vee * Buddy Holly * Rockabilly Trash

Part IX: Pop Goes The Weasel
25.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 5

26.) Tangerine Speedo * Caviar

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part I

The Scumburg Manifesto

The Scumburg Manifesto

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part I
(Featuring the first half of an interview and DJ set by Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio recorded on 15 July 2012.)

Join me for a conversation with Miss Rikki Lee, as we go into detail about her early years as a cub reporter and photographer as she tried to make it on the streets of Chicago.  In this episode: musical accompaniment that not only connects specifically with her life while she lived there, but in many cases care a chi-town kind of vibe, too.  As she recounts her adventures, strap yourself in, as we have cumulatively produced three entire hours of music and interviews.  Hope you like Miss Rikki, cause we’ve got nothing but her this entire show.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  If you’re not already doing so, check her out on Tumblr, and on every Saturday from 1 – 3 PM.  Her show is more “FCC-friendly” there, but when she and I get together there are no rules.  If you end up liking what you hear in this episode, and you want to hear more, then check out Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph, where she and I covered her time in Arizona, and some more general information about her life as well.  We’re hoping to do this a little more often than every four months, but we shall see.

We are also trying something experimental with this episode, in that we’re presenting it in two parts, over two days.  Part One is obviously available now.  Part Two will be available on Thursday, giving you a two day wait, and offering you a chance to digest the interview slowly, over time.  If you are like me, and you want your podcasts really long for maximum enjoyment, then you are in luck: we will also be releasing, on Thursday, the Director’s Cut version of this show.  Please let us know what you think of this.  We’ve been toying with the length of shows for a while now, and we feel that by doing things like this, we can offer a range of listening options for people who have different tastes.  As usual, we look for feedback here, or any other our other conduits of communication.

With that said, let’s present Part I of “The Scumburg Manifesto.”

See ya in two!

The Scumburg Manifesto Part I

Incidental music during our interviews provided by “The Chess Story: 1947-1975”

Part I: She’s In Love With Rock N’ Roll
01.) Fun Tonight * The Riverdales * Riverdales
02.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 1

Felt Ups

Felt Ups

Part II: I’ve Felt You Up Before
03.) Janie Jones (Demo) * The Clash * Clash On Broadway
04.) Rat Patrol * Naked Raygun * Throb Throb
05.) Time For Me, Time For You * The Felt-Ups
06.) Demons Wear Spurs * The Gravetones * On The Edge Of Madness
07.) She Knocks Me Out * The Runarounds
08.) Little Sister * The Neutron Bombs * E.P.

Part III: Elvis Was My Gym Teacher
09.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 2

Part IV: Record Breakers Frequent Buyer Club
10.) This Is The Part Where I Hit You * Milk At Midnight * A Fit To End All Time
11.) Time Warp * Rocky Horror Picture Show
12.) Underground Army * The Threats
13.) Cranked Up Really High * Slaughter & the Dogs * Cranked Up Really High
14.) Street Where Nobody Lives * The Pagans * Pink Album
15.) I Don’t Give A Fuck * The Partisans * The Partisans

Episode 175: Summer, Jam

THIS is a summer jam.

Episode 175: Summer, Jam (3365) 
(Featuring a selections of seasonally appropriate songs, selected by our long-lost, unstuck-in-time co-host, DJ Really Sloppy.)

While the idea of doing a summer show seemed like a good idea at the time, it turned out that this week, I had nothing.  Not a single idea for songs about summer, outside of just listening to surf music.  Fortunately, my good friend DJ Really Sloppy accidentally called me, and babbled for about an hour about what he thinks of when he hears the term “Summer Jam.”  The results are this program.

Summer, Jam

Part I
01.) Island In The Sun * Weezer * Weezer * DGC Records
02.) The Savage * The Ventures * Walk – Don’t Run: The Best of The Ventures
03.) Hipalong Hop * B.J. Cole and Luke Vibert * Stop the Panic * Astralwerks
04.) Penny Loafers * Daedelus (with Inara George) * Bespoke * Ninja Tune
05.) Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto remix) * Massive Attack * Heligoland (Extended Version) * Virgin

Part II
06.) Taco Wagon * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Destroy All Astromen!
07.) A Kissed Out Red Floatboat * Cocteau Twins * Blue Bell Knoll * 4AD
08.) I L U * School of Seven Bells * Disconnect from Desire * Vagrant Records/
Ghostly International
09.) Underwater Love * Smoke City * The Rebirth of Cool Four * 4TH & BWAY/Island
10.) Awake in the Sand * Kaitlyn ni Donovan * Songs for Three Days * hush records

Part III
11.) Monkey Safari * Messer Chups * Crazy Price
12.) Something Tropical * Tipsy * Trip-Tease * Asphodel
13.) Rum and Coca Cola * Wanda Jackson * The Party Ain’t Over * Third Man Records
14.) Groove Is In the Heart * Deee-Lite * World Clicque * Elektra Records
15.) I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) * The Proclaimers * Sunshine On Leith * Chrysalis
16.) Walk Don’t Run * The Ventures * Walk – Don’t Run: The Best of The Ventures
17.) Strawberry Jam * Michelle Shocked * Arkansas Traveler * Mercury

Episode 174: The Mop Top Report

The Mop Top Report

The Mop Top Report

Episode 174: The Mop Top Report
(Featuring a selection of fabulous tunes to help provide the perfect soundtrack to a nice summer haircut.)

As life continues to get complicated, I had to actually schedule a haircut during my weekly podcast.  Of course, there’s little I can do about it, so instead I just got with a hairy theme this week, and pursue music that is not only dense with follicles, but provides all the vitamins and nutrients of an actual treatment with Salon Selectives products.  If nothing else, consider this a companion show to our “teeth” broadcast from last week.  Nothing says “radio” like teeth and hair.

Presented in two acts, we offer plenty of rock, noise, punk, drone, and other such incredible musical offerings to track down what, exactly, is under our hats.  Armando Iannucci helps explain it all to us, as to Peter & Raymond.  All while Tara J. Merritt, of the Tara J. Merritt foundation, gives me my regular trim.

Short and sweet, just the way we like.  Until next time, enjoy our Mop Top Review.

See you in seven!

The Mop Top Review

Part I: The Beauty Salon
01.) Cut My Hair * The Who * Quadrophenia
02.) The Long Hair Of Death [Excerpt] * Stereolab * Aluminum Tunes
03.) My Barber 1 * Armando Iannucci * The Armando Iannucci Shows * BBC Television
04.) Hair Pie: Bake 1 * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
05.) Robbie’s Hair Cut * Artless Motives * Everything But The Kitchen Sink
06.) Free Haircut * Dead Fucking Last * Proud To Be DFL
07.) Hairy * The Vaselines * The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History
08.) Wind Blows Your Hair * The Seeds * Travel With Your Mind
09.) By Hairs On My Chinny Chin Chin * Thee Headcoats * Knights Of The Baskervilles
10.) Star Of Hairs * Robyn Hitchcock * Invisible Hitchcock
11.) His Hair * Mad Magazine * Fink Along With Mad!
12.) Beauty Salon * Mars Production Library * Mars Production Library CK-713

Part II: Sunset On Hair Mountain
13.) Longhair Stomp * Professor Longhair * The Mercury New Orleans Sessions 1950 & 1953
14.) My Barber 2 * Armando Iannucci * The Armando Iannucci Shows * BBC Television
15.) Hairpiece Lullaby 1 & 2 * Sonic Youth * Made In USA
16.) Hairdryer Peace * The Hospitals * Hairdryer Peace
17.) Hair Raising Excitement * Hunger Artists * Cruisin’ In Zargon
18.) Hairgrowth Speed * Zach Hill And Mick Barr * Shred Earthship
19.) Hair Waves * Mars * Mars LP: The Complete Studio Recordings NYC 1977-1978
20.) Curly Hair * Doo Rag * Chuncked And Muddled
21.) Theme From “Sunset On Hair Mountain” * Hugh Swarts * Duck, Duck, Chimp (Rarities 1987-2001)
22.) Golden Hair * Syd Barrett * The Madcap Laughs
23.) We’ll Set Your Hair On Fire * Raymond And Peter * Shut Up Little Man
24.) New York Mood (A New Haircut And A Busted Lip) * Tom Waits * Night On Earth Original Soundtrack Recording
25.) Hair Pie: Bake 2 * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica
26.) Widen Your Horizons: How To Brush Your Hair * Bob & Ray  * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2

Episode 173: Dental Jams

Say Ahhhhhhhh.

Say Ahhhhhhhh.

Episode 173: Dental Jams
(Featuring a selection of recordings about teeth, dentists, and oral hygiene related issues.)

I have been fascinated by media relating to teeth and dentists since I first wrote about dentists in 2007, but as with anything you become interested in, interets ebb and flow over time.   However, a recent set of trips to the dentist – with at least two more appointments on the horizon – has caused me to start thinking about teeth more than I’m usually doing so.  So with that in mind, I decided to dig up an hour of Dental Jams, to help ease my nerves as I prepare for another visit to have sharp implements put into my mouth for the soul benefit of fixing my already broken teeth.

This is another short show, as I continue to adjust to my various schedule changes and whatnot in my personal life.  But it has some top notch music by some of my favorite bands, and closes on a Melvins song.  What more could you ask for in a radio show about teeth?

Keep up the good work, and I’ll see ya’ll next week.


Dental Jams

Part I: Teething
01.) Dentist! * Steve Martin, Michelle Weeks, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell * Little Shop Of Horrors: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
02.) Performance Excerpt * Toiletooth * What’s This Called? Broadcast 13 March 2010
03.) Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It’s Wintertime) * The Dentists * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts of the 2nd Psychedelic Era 1976-1996
04.) Scotch Teeth * Half Eye * The Rose Mary Murders
05.) 13 * Teeth Collection * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
06.) Sleep (Part II): Carry Stress In The Jaw * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante
07.) Painted My Teeth * Jandek * Modern Dances
08.) Spolier * Different Dentist * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds

Part II: The Tooth Fairy Isn’t Real, Is She?
09.) The Mad Dentist * Cold Pizza * I’m More Like I Am Then, Than I Was Now
10.) Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto * Rodan * Rusty
11.) 13 * Teeth Mountain * Triskaidekaphobia: 13,000.00 MilliSeconds
12.) Sharp Teeth * Ax * Our Queen of Dirt
13.) Teeth * Royal Trux * Cats And Dogs
14.) Can God Fill Teeth? * Lard

Part III: They’ve All Gotta Be Pulled Sooner Or Later
15.) The Dentist [Live] * The Action Zone * Blasphuphmus Radio 18 April 2007
16.) Dedicated Thespian Has Teeth Pulled To Play Newborn Baby In High School Play * Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo * Strange But True
17.) The Braces on Your Teeth * Mad Magazine *Fink Along With Mad!
18.) Toothless Baby * Pez Abacus * December 11 2009
19.) Teeth * The Mekons * Punk Rock
20.) Brush Your Teeth * The Queers * Don’t Back Down
21.) Sweet Tooth * King Khan & The Shrines * The Supreme Genious Of…
22.) The Tooth Fairy And The Princess * Hüsker Dü * Zen Arcade
23.) With Teeth * Melvins * Lysol
24.) Tooth Decay Dramatization * Coyle And Sharpe * Coyle and Sharpe: The Imposters Podcast Ep. 83 *

June 27, 2012 – Jeff Beck’s birthday

June 27, 2012 – Jeff Beck’s birthday

Celebrating Jeff Beck’s birthday (June 24th) – Jeff is the Unofficial Official Patron Saint of the Guitar Shop! Other guitar goodies for your ears as well. Tune in.

Guitar Shop Jeff Beck (opening theme) Guitar Shop
Everyone Falls In Love In Prague Janet Robin Everything Has Changed
CHR number 137 Janet Robin Everything Has Changed
Dream Baby Janet Robin Everything Has Changed
What Mama Said Jeff Beck Who Else
Loose Cannon Jeff Beck You Had It Coming
Grease Monkey Jeff Beck Jeff
Line Dancing With Monkeys Jeff Beck Jeff
Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers Jeff Beck Blow By Blow
Brush With The Blues Jeff Beck Who Else
Heart Full Of Soul The Yardbirds
Jeff’s Blues (1966) The Yardbirds
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl The Yardbirds
I’m A Man The Yardbirds
Trouble In Mind (1963) The Tridents (Jeff Beck, guitar)
Black Cat Moan (1973) Beck, Bogart & Appice
Race With the Devil Jeff Beck & the Big Town Playboys
Crazy Legs Jeff Beck & the Big Town Playboys
Pink Thunderbird Jeff Beck & the Big Town Playboys Crazy Legs
I Put A Spell On You Jeff Beck (featuring Joss Stone) Emotion and Commotion
Freeway Jam Jeff Beck Blow By Blow
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Jeff Beck
A Day In the Life (live) Jeff Beck & Tal Wilkenfeld
Behind the Veil Jeff Beck Guitar Shop
I Ain’t Superstitious Jeff Beck Group
Spanish Boots Jeff Beck Group Beck-Ola
Goodbye Porkpie Hat Jeff Beck (closing theme)

Episode 172: Eels, Love & Guns

Why Bother?

Why Bother?

Episode 172: Eels, Love & Guns
(Featuring an assortment of novelty records culled from the archive here in the Lava Lamp Lounge.)

As we prepare for the bountiful fun that summer has to offer, these days spent sequestered in the warm comfort of the Lava Lamp Lounge here in Historic St. John’s are a real treat. I often get to dig through things I have yet to hear, and enjoy rare treats that I don’t always get to listen to. Like this fantastic interview conducted by Chris Morris on BBC3 in January 1994 with none other than Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling himself! I know that I don’t need to get into what an amazing and fascinating person the knighted gentleman is, so I’ll merely let the practiced stylings of Mr. Morris guide us through what will be an hour of Prado meanderings, philosophical musings, drunken engagements, and other random shenanigans.

There will also be music, too.

As part of our series exploring novelty records, we tread ground old and new this week, in an hour-long format that’s perfect for keeping you awake during the commute. As long as you remember that everything you know is wrong, and that you are currently living on a more wonderful alternate earth, then there will be no end to the enjoyment you’ll get out of this episode of Blasphuphmus Radio.

See you in seven.

Eels, Love & Guns

Part I: Everything You Know Is Wrong
01.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt I] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
02.) Hoedown At Alice’s * Steve Martin * King Tut EP
03.) Clink, Clink, Another Drink * Spike Jones & His City Slickers * Musical Depreciation Revue: The Spike Jones Anthology
04.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt II] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
05.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt I] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
06.) Everything You Know Is Wrong (About Shoes!) * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign
07.) Marketing & Advertising * Bill Hicks * Arizona Bay
08.) Meaning Of Life * Monty Python * Monty Python Sings
09.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt III] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
10.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt II] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
11.) Selling Out * Tom Lehrer
12.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt IV] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
13.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt III] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
14.) Shaving Cream * Benny Bell

Part II: An Alternate Earth
15.) Skokian * Hot Butter * RE/Search: Incredibly Strange Music Vol II
16.) The Loose Wig * Del Close & John Brent * How to Speak Hip
17.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt IV] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
18.) Earache My Eye * Cheech & Chong
19.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt V] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
20.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt V] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
22.) Don’t Put Onions On Your Hamburger * Fink Along With Mad * Big Top Records
23.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt VI] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
24.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt VI] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
25.) The Laughing Policeman * Tiny Tim * I Love Me * Seeland Records
26.) Alternate Earth * Patton Oswalt * Werewolves and Lollipops
27.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt VII] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
28.) Ben * Crispin Glover
29.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt VII] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
30.) Buchanan & Goodman On Trial * Buchanan & Goodman * Luniverse Records
31.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt VIII] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother
32.) Exotic Suite Of The Americas [Excerpt VIII] * Pérez Prado * Exotic Suite Of The Americas
33.) The Beverly Hills Telephone Directory Cha Cha Cha * Bob McFadden * Songs Our Mummy Taught Us
34.) Eels, Love and Guns [Excerpt IX] * Chris Morris and Peter Cook * Why Bother

Episode 171: metal

metal afternoon

metal afternoon

Episode 171: metal
(A sort of companion show to Episode 074, from the 10th of July, 2010.)

On crummy days like this I like to get my chores done early, eat a massive breakfast, and listen to a lot of sludgy metal to accompany the strange weather. Often I like to clean my office, too. It’s the kind of day that was meant for reflective listening and clearing out the cobwebs, and there’s nothing better than a nice dose of metal. Sure, it works for a number of other occasions, too, but rainy house-bound days call for nothing more than making a wasted Saturday suddenly awesome with the addition of metal. And, to match the mood, let’s call for some sludgy doom!

There’s really not much to this show. I wanted to hear some metal, I listened to some metal. And now you can enjoy it, too. While by no means an expert, or someone who can claim “metal guru” status, I can say that I knows whats I likes, and I likes me some KARP, Pentagram, Black Sabbath, and Melvins. What can I say? It hits the spot.

Any hopefully it hits yours. This should be me on track for shows that I owed up until last Tuesday. Hopefully I can get one out for this week on time, and we can return to business as usual. Until then, enjoy this blast of hearty metal for a rainy day, and we’ll meet again in the Lava Lamp Lounge with more crazy stuff soon enough.

See ya then!



01.) Thor Is Like Immortal [Edit] * The Fucking Champs * IV
02.) Into The Grave * Bedemon * Child Of Darkness
03.) Electric Funeral * Black Sabbath * Paranoid
04.) The Nile Song * Pink Floyd * Relics
05.) Queen Of Bees * Witchcraft * Firewood
06.) All Along The Watchtower * Träd, Gräs Och Stenar * Träd, Gräs Och Stenar


07.) Schuylkill [Edit] * Stinking Lizaveta * …hopelessness and shame.
08.) When The Screams Come * Pentagram * First Daze Here
09.) Meet Me In Lacey * KARP * Suplex
10.) The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) * Melvins * The Maggot
11.) Nostos Algos * Thrones * Day Late, Dollar Short

Episode 170: A New Coat Of Paint Part II

Colors, Colors Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Paint

Colors, Colors Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Paint

Episode 170: A New Coat Of Paint Part II
(Featuring a continuation of a theme first presented on the 6th of December, 2010, with the help of our good friend Ken Nordine.)

Returning to Ken Nordine‘s fantastic Colors album, this episode offers a meditation on color and colors, just in time to celebrate Pride, and to revisit one of the most incredible recordings made in the last 100 years.  Nordine has carved out an interesting place for himself over the years, and this episodes helps illuminate his career, and this album in particular, juxtaposed against music that is either color themed, or very much in line with his own musical sensibilities.  Plus: it’s just a really good mix of music, if you ask me.

The audacity of someone to do an entire album about color in a medium that is devoid of visual cues itself is sort of like that of a person who would do a radio show that is based on a visual theme.  Still, Nordine manages to bend both words and ideas to his will, and presents a fantastic soundscape that is equal parts improvisational and observational, cutting straight to the heart of the human condition in something that is seemingly about the colors of the rainbow.  This episode, which features some background information about Nordine and this album, is an attempt to musically capture what he did in this album.  The results are for you to hear, now.

Part I of this show, from 2010, was not created with that much forethought.  Without a show prepared, I went into the studio with Colors and literally nothing else, I began to present the oldest albums in KPSU’s catalog to highlight what the station would have sounded like in the mid ’90’s.  However, the presentation worked much better than, in some cases, an over-thought theme or show.  Only recently did I post a playlist for that episode, which inspired this sequel.  Rather than plan this one out meticulously, I selected a few things I wanted to hear, and built the show around that.

I could go on and on about the delays and production problems we’ve been having lately, but the short version is: we’re ironing out some kinks in the way we produce this show.  In the end, this will be good.  But for now, the schedule may be a little wonky, especially since summer is here and there’s a lot more going on.  Hopefully we can return to weekly shows, dropping on Tuesdays, for your enjoyment.  Until then, we have back-episodes going to 2009, and there is plenty to enjoy while we get our ducks in a row.

That’s all for this week.  Keep up the good work, and we’ll see you real soon.

Take care!

A New Coat Of Paint 

Part I: Blue Is The Color Of The Sky

01.) Colors * Roky Erickson * Hide Behind The Sun
02.) The Color Of Holy Water * Sun City Girls * Wah
03.) Lavender * Ken Nordine * Colors
04.) Lavender * Jandek * You Walk Alone
05.) Green * Ken Nordine * Colors
06.) Green Man * Bardo Pond * Lapsed
07.) Beige * Ken Nordine * Colors
08.) Beige Balloon * Billy Jack * Wrestling The Bald-Headed Champ

Part II: Are Those Color’s Supposed To Do That?

09.) Colors * Hunger * Love, Peace & Poetry: American Psychedelic Music
10.) Are Those Colors Supposed To Do That? * Cold Pizza * Now Buying Souls By Appointment Only
11.) White * Ken Nordine * Colors
12.) White Ink * Deerhunter * Cryptograms
13.) White Night * MX-80 * “Someday You’ll Be King” b/w “White Night”
14.) Purple * Ken Nordine * Colors
15.) Purple * Morgen * Morgen
16.) Muddy * Ken Nordine * Colors
17.) Mud * Universal Order Of Armageddon * City EP

Part III: “Color Climax” b/w “Coral Flower”

18.) Color Climax 85/86 * Half Eye * Fascist Rumble
19.) Brown * John Oswald * Plunderphonics 69/96
20.) Hazel * Ken Nordine * Colors
21.) Slow Fast Hazel * Stereolab * Emperor Tomato Ketchup
22.) Grey * Ken Nordine * Colors
23.) It’s Gray * T.S.O.L. * Change Today?
24.) Grey Light * The Miss * No Radio
25.) Coral * Ken Nordine * Colors
26.) Coral Flower * Tamaryn * The Waves

Episode 169: Good Grief!

(This Show Is Not Recommended If You Are Prone To Peanut Allergies)

(This Show Is Not Recommended If You Are Prone To Peanut Allergies)

Episode 169: Good Grief!
(Featuring selections from an unusual novelty record from 1962, wherein Charlie Brown and Lucy – with musical accompaniment – offer an audio version of their incredible comic universe.)

In 1962, when this record was first released, the cultural milieu that encouraged novelties like this was actually only a few years old.  Prior to 1958, when Mort Sahl released The Future Lies Ahead on the Verve label (previously known for jazz music), comedy was relegated to 45s and other “short” mediums.  The market for things that were “funny” seemed only to be niche at best, and LPs were considered a format for “high” art, or at the very least, actual music.  When Inside Shelly Berman was released a year later, and became a huge hit, this completely changed the face of the industry.  Comedy LPs of every variety began to make their way into the mainstream, and at the beginning of the 1960’s a format that had not existed a few short years beforehand began to dominate American culture, and the airwaves.

When considered in this light, Peanuts begins to make a lot more sense.  A number of labels began to release comedy albums in the hopes that this new market could offer another means of making money.  With the rise of teenagers spending more and more money on audio recordings, and the nature and cost of going to the kinds of clubs that would offer live comedy, the LP soon became the primary means through which the middle class, and younger folks, were able to get exposure to a wide range of artists.  Much like any boom in the world of recorded sound, labels began to rush into production albums that were remotely connected to comedy, in an effort to absorb this potential revenue.  While the comic strip Peanuts had been around well before these events, the strips’ own popularity had caused the syndicate to look for ways to expand the merchandising possibilities of good old Charlie Brown.  It is under these circumstances that this album came into existence.

Now, fast forward to present day.  I discovered this record in a crate that was given to me by my father, who was delivering it to me via my step-brother, who was cleaning house and found no need for them any longer.  There were about a hundred albums, most of which were not worth saving.  Not knowing anything about it, I stumbled across the above Peanuts album, and decided to put it on to see if there were any Vince Guaraldi cuts mixed in.  Instead, what I found literally blew my mind, and you can now hear selections of this rare gem or audio glory in this very broadcast you are now reading about, intercut with musical accompaniment that I feel only accentuates the glory that is within these grooves.

For those who are curious, here’s a little more backstory on this bizarre (and wonderful) album.  Kaye Ballard (the voice of Lucy on this album) was no stranger to comedy by 1962, having worked as a musical comedienne in the 40’s, eventually working with Spike Jones and His City Slickers.  She had a slightly acerbic quality to her, and performed stand-up, music, and straight acting through the 50’s.  She was the first person to record, “In Other Words,” which would be popularized by a number of other people when the title was changed to “Fly Me To The Moon.”  In the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, she had begun making a name for herself in television, and at the time this album was recorded, was a fairly well known entertainer.  She has remained active ever since, though never managed to achieve a big break that gained her much national recognition outside of Spike Jones enthusiasts, and an appearance on the first season of The Muppet Show.

Arthur Siegel (the voice of Charlie Brown), on the other hand, was the lesser known member of the duo.  Arthur was primarily a songwriter during his formative years, having attended Juilliard, penning a song for Eartha Kitt, and the songs in a number of Broadway revues through the ’50’s.  Primarily known on Broadway, and as a pop tunesmith, how exactly he was called upon to work on a Peanuts album is anyone’s guess.  Arthur never really achieved mainstream success, in spite of his nearly 50 year career as a songwriter, and passed away in 1994.  There are two album from the early ’90’s that document his work.

Lastly, and the component to the album that really makes my mind split open, Fred Karlin “composed” the “music” that accompanies the spoken segments by Kaye and Arthur.  Having attended Amherst College, he studied jazz composition, and arranged music for a number of artists, including Benny Goodman.  This led to work scoring documentaries, TV commercials, and Radio City Music Hall productions.  In later years he would go on to score a number of films, and write three books on the subject of composition before passing away in 2004.  However, his most innovative and challenging work during his career was that of the music for the Peanuts LP, something recorded almost as a throw away, and possibly under the assumption that it would never be heard or connected to him.  Pure avant guarde experimentation is what he recorded here, using children’s instruments and toys in a way that borders on Harry Partch by way of the Residents.  It is astoundingly prescient, for someone who never pursued that kind of music again.

This is a novelty in a way that few others are.  The music and voices here have never been associated with the Peanuts property again, and in many ways this album was meant to be forgotten, a throw-away in a world where the audio industry was finding its footing, and trying to figure out what the next move was.  Accidentally, they created a strange and wonderful gem, that you can sample here, today, on Blasphuphmus Radio.


Good Grief! Playlist

01.) Charlie Brown * The Coasters
02.) Excerpts from “Introducing Charlie Brown & Lucy” * Fred Karlin * Peanuts

Part I: Strive For Perfection
03.) Excerpts from “Introducing Charlie Brown & Lucy” * Fred Karlin * Peanuts
04.) Perfect * Kaye Ballard & Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
05.) All But Perfection Is Error * Sailboats * Starchart
06.) Deep Beauty * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
07.) Beauty Is Only Skin Deep * Robert Mitchum * Calypso Is, Like, So…
08.) I Can’t Even Get Sick Right * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
09.) Sick * Rice * Fuck You, This Is Rice!
10.) Wishy Washy * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
11.) I Can’t Win * The Monacles * Back From The Grave Vol. 1
12.) You’re Kinda Stupid * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
13.) Super Stupid * Funkadelic * Maggot Brain
14.) Lucy’s Psychiatry Help, 5 Cents * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel Peanuts
15.) You Must Pay * godheadSilo * Elephantitus of The Night
16.) I Am Not Alone * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
17.) Absent Friends * Fred Frith * Cheap At Half The Price

Part II: Blahdom
18.) Excerpts from “Introducing Charlie Brown & Lucy” & “Bugs & Birds” * Fred Karlin * Peanuts
19.) You Are So Blah * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
20.) Habla Blah Blah * Guyve * Smegma Demos
21.) A Face Face * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
22.) Funny Face * The Kinks * Something Else By The Kinks
23.) Autograph * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
24.) The Ego’s Last Stand * The Flaming Lips * Embryonic
25.) You’ll Get Run Over * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
26.) U Got Me Bugged * Devo * Hardcore Devo Vol. 2
27.) The Queen Bug * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
28.) Jelly Bean * Cold Pizza * Cold Pizza
29.) They Don’t Look Up * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
30.) Ant Man Bee * Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band * Trout Mask Replica

Part III: Solving The World’s Problems
31.) Excerpts from “Bugs & Birds” & “Political Cartoons” * Fred Karlin * Peanuts
32.) What Good Are Bugs * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
33.) Army Ants In Your Pants * Bruce Haack * Listen Compute Rock
34.) South For The Winter * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
35.) Bird Journey * Mandrake Memorial
36.) I’ve Been Wrong Before * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
37.) Afraid Of Being Wrong * Husker Du * Everything Falls Apart
38.) Ridicule Everything * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
39.) Mockingbird, Yeah! * Nation of Ulysses * Plays Pretty For Baby
40.) Lashing Out With My Crayon * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
41.) Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing * Minutemen * Double Nickels On The Dime
42.) Solving The World’s Problems * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peanuts
43.) World Problems * The Causey Way * With Loving And Open Arms
44.) Editors * Kaye Ballard + Arthur Siegel * Peantus
45.) Blackmail * Horde Of Two * Guitar & Bass Actions

Episode 168: The Hobbit

The Greatest Adventure

The Greatest Adventure

Episode 168: The Hobbit
(Featuring a nearly-complete retrocast from 12 August 1998, wherein I present an audio version of the story of 1977 animated feature film, The Hobbit.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hobbit Playlist

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 167: Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio

The Blitzhäus Kith

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

Episode 167: Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio
(Featuring edited highlights from four early episodes, where my roommates joined me in the studio for silly, late night, college radio fun.)

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

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

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

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

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

See you real soon.

Bit Players In The College Radio Drama That Is Blasphuphmus Radio

Introduction: The More Things Stay The Same

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

Part I: Josephus of Sinkhole (22 April 1998)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Kirby Krackle!

The Universe It Bigger Than We Think

The Universe Is Bigger Than We Think

The Kirby Krackle! 
(A special guest appearance on, covering for What’s This Called?, with Miss Rikki Lee backing me up, while Ricardo Wang is out of town.)

The recent thunder and lightning – very atypical for the Portland Metro area – has filled out town with lights and sounds that are not usually part of the typical makeup of our fair city.  In many ways it reminded me of nothing less that The New Gods themselves traversing the threshold of a Boom Tube, a sound so dramatic that is insists that you listen, above all other things.  It was with that in mind that I decided to let The King by my guide, and put together an hour of spacey wonder, ambient landscapes, and droning rock music that would make the man himself proud of where we are going for an hour.  It is my great pleasure to bring you The Kirby Krackle!  A special How’s It Named? presentation while Ricardo Wang is out of town.

This all came about in an unusual way, but for the sake of brevity: with summer here, much of the KPSU staff were unavailable this week, leaving Miss Rikki (of Closet Radio) short-handed when she needed an engineer.  After some wrangling and favor-promising, KPSU offered to let me handle the audio work (more on that next entry).  Meanwhile, Ricardo had to leave town unexpectedly during the same week.  Thinking back to the days when we were on back to back, episodes of How’s It Named? were a regular feature, and since I was going to be there anyway, he asked if I could lend a hand.  And, of course, I was happy to.

As Rikki and I were going to be prepping for the live music blowout (again, more on that next entry), I opted for a long songs show, something I’ve done before and rather enjoy.  However, the sounds of thunder and lightning shifted the focus very suddenly, not merely to long songs, but to spaced out rock in honor of the strange storms that appeared out of nowhere, much like Kirby’s amazing artwork.  In the end, it worked out perfectly, and the results are this broadcast you can now stream to your heart’s content.

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

Special thanks to KPSU, Ricardo Wang and Miss Rikki Lee, as each of them helped make this show possible.  It was fun to be back in the studio for a while, and I know that neither Ricardo or Rikki will allow me to take nearly as long between future appearances.  That’s just the way they are.

And then, there was live music…

The Kirby Krackle!

01.) Yeti (Improvisation) * Amon Düül II * Yeti
02.) Trigger In, Trigger Out * Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno * Just Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno
03.) 777 * Autechre * LP5
04.) Attach * Sailboats * Adrift * Pecho Grande

Episode 165: Resist & Exist

500 Punks Rule

500 Punks Rule

Episode 165: Resist & Exist (A Eugene Celebration Part II)
(Featuring a selection of songs and recordings from the Icky’s Teahouse Online Music Library, The Panic On 13th Street Music Blog, & Local News Broadcasts relating to the Resist & Exist event from the mid ’90’s.)

In the mid ’90’s, a group of punky anarchists started a movement called Resist & Exist.  The goal was to put on music events, workshops, and allow attendees a chance to forge new friendships and contacts for ‘zine writers, musicians, artists and activists.  Primarily organized via message boards, newsgroups, and a variety of websites, these events were happening all over the US, and was rather successful for the simple fact that a lot of folks got to meet, watch a number of bands, and have a good time.  In spite of the fact that it happened in 1996, which seems like decades since people were first introduced to the concept of punk rock, a number of people freaked out in Eugene, leading to some of the most hilarious Local News Footage I have ever seen.

Trying to explain Eugene OR to people who never lived there has proved to be rather hard in the years that have passed since I lived there. The best way to make sense of it is to explain that the town is equally comprised of the Ken Keasy type refugees who were counter-culture, creative activist types, and on the other side, UofO Duck supporters.  The town was fueled equally by LSD and touchdowns, and this split seemed to run through the entire town to some degrees.  You could walk from The Whiteaker Neighborhood – where I lived – to the UofO campus, and you would watch as the weirdos became fewer and fewer, and you ran into more and more people wearing school colors, driving trucks, and were ready to beat the shit out of you.  I was lucky enough to never get jumped, but I had a number of friends who were not.

This split seems to manifest itself almost entirely when you listen to the news footage that was broadcast by KEZI, the local ABC affiliate, as they try to make sense of Resist & Exist.  As news casters struggle to decide if “punk rockers” or “punkers” is the more appropriate noun to be using, it starts to become apparent why neither side can see the other for what it really is.  The police are confused why there is no “leader,” and how something like this could be organized using “The Internet,” while it seems mind numbing to the other side how camping in public spaces, and trying to foster these kinds of workshops and music events, could be construed as “bad.”  All of this seems to have been repeated in a number of ways when thinking about the Occupy Movement that has been going on recently, though I worry that the comparison does not bode well for the Movement, considering how well Resist & Exist went in Eugene.

In the end, one person died, a large number of people were arrested or incarcerated for no good reason, a handful of violent assholes took advantage of the situation to beat the shit out of other kids who just wanted to participate in the event, and the city of Eugene provoked and manipulated anyone who wanted to compromise, to the point where the WOW Hall pulled out their support for the event, and everyone was reduced to putting on shows under bridges using generators, while dodging police the entire time.  As someone who fed out-of-towners with stolen food, and let a number of people camp in our yard, I was pissed.  Though, in hindsight, I’m much more angry that I worked the entire time, instead of participating. I guess my youthful enthusiasm seemed to think that there would be another time.

To go with the samples from the Newscasts, I’ve also selected more wonderful music from the fair burg in question.  I tried to focus a little more on the Icky’s Teahouse scene, as they were name checked several times in the Newscasts, as well as being the kind of music that was the backbone of the Resist & Exist Fest.  However, I also included a number of tracks from the fantastic Panic on 13th Music Blog, as well as selections from my personal collection of music.  I recommend that you check out both of these sites if you are interested in more music from this amazing town.  In the two episodes I’ve done, I’ve barely scratched the surface.  That being said: if you happen to have been in one of the bands that I’ve featured in these shows – or you were in a band in Eugene and you are noticing your music is suspiciously absent from these shows – please contact me!  I would love to expand the scope of these programs, and we can do it… together.

I also want to give a special shoutout to Josh Jones, who was not only in the band Artless Motives (and a number of others), but maintains the Icky’s Teahouse site (and the MyFaceSter+ Page).  It was on his Tumblr page that I was able to track down the KEZI footage, which I remember seeing some of when it was originally broadcast, and kept cursing myself for not recording it.  Fortunately, he did.  Josh was in a few of my favorite Eugene bands when I lived there, and continues to make great music to this very day.  I am making it my personal goal to get him on the show in the fairly near future.

Next Week: A Live Performance by Moth Hunter!  Fuck Yeah!  For those particularly observant folks who might have seen my posts when I accidentally tipped my hat earlier, there was some confusion as to when we would be able to record, how we would do it, etc.  But as of this writing, this is a guarantee, and we’ll be bringing it to you in the next program.  For those not “in the know,” Moth Hunter is one half of the duo Knuckle Children, and he allowed me into his private studio to record the performance.  I’m pretty stoked, as he has been a guest on this show before, and has only gotten better.  I’m really looking forward to doing more stuff like this, both with him and with other guests, as I work out the technical challenges that made this one hard to sort out.  I really appreciate his efforts to work with me on this, and I know that if you dig experimental, circuit-bent weirdness, then you will LOVE this show when it drops.

And, of course, we’ve got some other great stuff int he works, too.  Things are really shaping up here in Historic St. John’s, and we’re excited to bring it to you, one week at a time.

See you in seven!

Resist & Exist: A Eugene Celebration Part II

Introduction: Growing By The Minute

01.) The Punk Rocker Gathering That’s Growing By The Minute * KEZI Local News * 1996
02.) Headline News * The Readymen * Restless

Part I: Rape, Rob & Pillage

03.) [Live Excerpt] * Holy Rodent * 1993?
04.) Most Of Them Are Not Violent People * KEZI Local News
05.) This Fascist Thing * Bovine Impulse * Panic On 13th
06.) 12 Creeps Living In Here * KEZI Local News * 1996
07.) Lame Week * Not My Son * American Devil
08.) Rape, Rob & Pillage * KEZI Local News * 1996
09.) Cuddle * Bicker * Universal Choking Sign
10.) The Crowds Of Punk Rockers * KEZI Local News * 1996
11.) To Protect & Serve * Circus Tents * Circus Tents
12.) What The Threat Was Gonna Be * KEZI Local News * 1996
13.) How Many Pacifists Does It Take To Kill A Cop? * The Spoils * Live At Icky’s 1993

Part II: The Punker Convention

14.) Punker Convention * KEZI Local News * 1996
15.) Viva Albuquerque * Los Mex Pistols Del Norte * Esta Noche We Ride
16.) Officer Dick Grimes * KEZI Local News * 1996
17.) We Are Products Of * Products Of Society * Punk Out Of Springfield
18.) The Whiteaker Neighborhood Is Scared Of The Punkers * KEZI Local News * 1996
19.) Social Anxiety * Some Cheap Christ * Some Cheap Christ
20.) Police Are Already Here * KEZI Local News * 1996
21.) ?? * The Outclass * KWVA Radio
22.) Punkers, Elementary School Children, & Gay Pride Events * KEZI Local News
23.) Don’t Crowd Me * The Falling Spikes * 13th St. Revisited
24.) 500 vs. 30 * KEZI Local News * 1996
25.) Status Quo * Piglet * Not Ralphing At Your First Keg Party

Part III: Hopeless & Pathetic

26.) The Violent Nature Of Some Of Those Punks * KEZI Local News * 1996
27.) Death March * Pecus Gravitas * Eyeeee
28.) Every Day, More Punk Rockers Arrived * KEZI Local News * 1996
29.) Living In The Sewer * The Redundants * I Hate The Redundants
30.) Hopeless & Pathetic * KEZI Local News * 1996
31.) Too Many * Cap Gun Suicide * Bloodstains Across Eugene 2
32.) How Can Folks Get Involved? *KEZI Local News * 1996
33.) Killing Cops * Artless Motives * Everything But The Kitchen Sink
34.) What Is It That Makes You Think These Folks Are Dangerous? * KEZI Local News * 1996
35.) Barefootin’ At Yer Own Risk * Cathead * In Loving Memory Of Harold
36.) 500 Punks Rule *KEZI Local News * 1996
37.) Call In Dead * The Wristrockets! * Humans Are Stoopid

Part IV: Tips On Where To Shoplift

38.) A Man Dressed Like A Punk Rocker * KEZI Local News * 1996
39.) Track 22 * 200 Yang
40.) It’s Hard To Get Hard Answers * KEZI Local News * 1996
41.) Lucy * Billy Jack * Wrestling The Bald Headed Champ
42.) Drunken Chaos Fest * KEZI Local News * 1996
43.) What Makes * Johnson Unit * Panic On 13th
44.) Since The Punkers Came To Town * KEZI Local News * 1996
45.) Still Haunts Me * Snakepit * Soul Like A Goat
46.) Chaos Days Festival * KEZI Local News * 1996
47.) Love * KPANTS * “Love” b/w “Hospital”
48.) Tips On Where To Shoplift * KEZI Local News * 1996
49.) Todd Sparrow * Redmond Shooting Stars * Demo Tape
50.) Icky’s Teahouse * KEZI Local News * 1996
51.) It’s So Dark * Bottled Hungarian * Positively 13th
52.) Where Will All The Punks Sleep Tonight? * KEZI Local News * 1996
53.) No Role (In Society) * Pecus Gravitas * Eyeeee
54.) Broken Windows & Trespassing * KEZI Local News * 1996
55.) My Own Worst Enemy * The Hoogendoorns * We Are The Hoogendoorns
55.) It Should All End Sunday * KEZI Local News * 1996

Epiloge: Punk On Punk Violence

56.) Eraser * Oswald 5-0 * “Eraser” b/w “Felony Flats”
57.) Punk On Punk Violence * KEZI Local News * 1996

Episode 164: Flight F – I – N – A – L

Inter-World Airlines

Inter-World Airlines

Episode 164: Flight F – I – N – A – L (20 January 1999 Retrocast)
(Featuring a retrocast of a program from 20 January 1999, as part of our 14th Anniversary Explosion!)

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

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

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

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

See you in seven.

Flight F-I-N-A-L Playlist

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

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

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

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

Part III: DJ Really Sloppy Calls In!

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

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

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

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

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

Part V: The Gate Of Death

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