Let’s Get Started… Now!

This Looks Somewhat Familiar

This Looks Somewhat Familiar

Let’s Get Started… Now!
(Miss Rikki & Tunacan Jones join me to kick of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something tunes.)

Join myself, Miss Rikki, and Tunacan Jones (both of Closet Radio happiness) for a new program on KPSU, that is part of the Blasphuphmus Radio family.  This has been one of the secret new projects I’ve been developing recently, and it was a bit hard to keep it a secret.  However, the truth can now be told, and we are now ready for A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.

Our theme for this show is beginnings and endings, and specifically, why is it that every iteration of Austin Rich is really bad at endings, but great at beginnings.  Thanks again to Miss Rikki and Tunacan.  Be sure to check out their show, and all the great shows at KPSU.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason.  It’s for your own good.

Let’s Get Started… Now!

Part I: “It’s Not Easy Being Me”

01.) Nihilist Assault Group * Stereolab
02.) Now * Nomeansno
03.) Baby Won’t Weird Me Out * The Melvins Lite
04.) Fresh * Devo
05.) We Want The Airwaves * Ramones
06.) It’s Not Easy Being Me (Demo) * Harry Nilsson

Part II: “Beginnings Are Harder Than Endings”

07.) Soundtrack: Rhapsody In Blue * Gershwin

Miss Rikki, Tunacan Jones & Austin Rich in a round discussion of this and that.

Part III: “Inside Tunacan Jones: The Real Story”

08.) Soundtrack: First, Last & Always * Sisters Of Mercy

More of the same, focusing on Tunacan’s career as an artist, and “radio” tapes.  Additionally, we discuss Tunacan’s band, The Biscaynes.


A Day Off From Work

Where Are Those Villains, Anyway?

Where Are Those Villains, Anyway?

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

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

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

Blue Beetle!

Blue Beetle!

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

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

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

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

And: Enjoy!

A Day Off From Work

Part I: Heroes & Villians (A Vinyl Solution)

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

Part II: Comics, Now & Then

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

Part III: Drone On To The End

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

The State Of The Podcast Address

The View Was Terrifying

The View Was Terrifying

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

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

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

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

Here’s a few notes about todays broadcast:

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

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

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

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

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

Keep up the good work.  Happy 2014!

The State Of The Podcast Address

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

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

Part II: What’s This Called?  Really?

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

Part III: The Past Comes Back

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

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