The Guitar Shop (21 August 2013)

DJ Victrola In Action

DJ Victrola In Action

The Guitar Shop (21 August 2013)
(Featuring a guest appearance on DJ Victrola’s The Guitar Shop, onKPSU.org!)

I have a number of friends, and many of them are old-fashioned radio nerds like me.  And one of my favorites is DJ Victrola, who has been hosting some version of her show The Guitar Shop for over 10 years.  DJ Victrola and I love to chat about music, life, and records, and she and I have been wanting to put together an experimental episode of her program almost as long as I’ve known her.  So the fact that it took this long is a little bit embarrassing.  However, we were able to play an incredible set of excellent tunes, and that’s what you get.  I’m mostly along for the ride, and let her play her selections, but I do get in some choice records here and there, and you get two hours of excellent radio.

In the days of yore, my program followed DJ Victrola, and we had built up a Wednesday line-up of incredible programs.  I adored that time slot, and it really worked well for me and what I do.  Additionally, I covered for her once when she was out of town, and decided instead to invite over Dr. Frank for a live in-studio and book reading.  So our shows have history.  But aside from The Judith Gennett Memorial Broadcast (with KZME’s John B. Jones), we had never really done a show together, and as a friend of mine since 2004, I really owed it to her to share the studio with someone as excellent as she.

Casual DJ Victrola

Casual DJ Victrola

DJ Victrola has been making radio in some form or another since 1979, and she has an expertise and knowledge of which I’m often jealous.   I attended a lecture she gave on the influences rock music has from early Country Music in America, and she gives another on Prog Rock, another secret passion of mine.  (Shhhhhhh!)  I’m hoping I can attend it at some point, but in the meantime, you get to hear our favorite experimental and noise guitar players from the oeuvre of overlooked guitar greats.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes tid-bit: between songs, I recorded additional interviews with her, detailing her history with radio, and some other highlights from her career.  My hope is that I can produce another “Commentary Track” episode, as I did with Ricardo Wang for his 7th Anniversary at KPSU.   Of course, these things take time, so until then, you just get the regular broadcast.

Hanging out with DJ Victrola was a lot of fun, and I may be appearing more and more on her show in the near future.  We work together, we love radio, and there’s enough cross-over that it is worth the effort.  We shall see.

Until then: enjoy!

Playlist:

01.) Guitar Shop * Jeff Beck * Guitar Shop
02.) Telegram Sam * T. Rex * Slider
03.) Black Maria * Todd Rundgren * Something/Anything
04.) Tan * Fred Frith * The Happy End Problem
05.) Jazz From Hell * Frank Zappa * Jazz From Hell
06.) The Beltway Bandits * Frank Zappa * Jazz From Hell
07.) Chrysanthemums * Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser * Wireforks
08.) Snake In the Grass * Derek Bailey and Henry Kaiser * Wireforks
09.) Asturias * Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists
10.) Snow Song * Nymph * Nymph
11.) Hexenzscene * Unwound * New Plastic Ideas
12.) Hotwire My Heart * Sonic Youth * Sister
13.) Careful With That Axe, Eugene * Eugene Chadbourne & Camper Van Beethoven
14.) Once Upon A Time * Sonny Sharrock * Ask the Ages
15.) Echoes of Spain * Sir Richard Bishop
16.) Esoterica of Abyssinia * Sun City Girls
17.) Bleeker and Bowry * Elliott Sharp / John Zorn
18.) Radio I / One Time / Radio II * King Crimson * Thrak
19.) Goodbye Porkpie Hat * Jeff Beck

The Judith Gennett Memorial Broadcast

Judith Gennett

Judith Gennett

The Judith Gennett Memorial Broadcast
(Featuring DJ Victrola of The Guitar Shop, John B. Jones of  Hello Cruel World, and myself as we pay tribute to Judith Gennett, a radio personality who we all miss dearly.)

Judith Gennett, a long-time DJ a KPSU, and radio personality since 1995, passed away on 24 November 2011.  Her shows – The Raggle Taggle Gypsy Hour, Euro Roots and Suspect Terrene – were wholly singular in their form, and was and inspiration to anyone who worked in the studios of either KPSU and KEOS (where she also volunteered).  Judith was an excellent person, who would light up a room with her upbeat personality, and her incredible insight into music and life.  While I only interacted with her in one capacity, it has been a real treat to learn a lot about her and her life in the process of preparing for this show.  She will be missed.

John, Austin & Vicky

John, Austin & Vicky

DJ Victrola helped arrange this, and John B. Jones (who appears both on KZME and KBOO) and I decided to join in.  The show really speaks for itself, and as we tell stories and play music from her old shows, we offer a chance to say goodbye to someone who was always wonderful and great to anyone and everyone she met.

What was amazing about this program was that, while the reason for getting together was quite sad, this actually offered us a chance to catch up and spend some time together.  We want to thank Judith’s family for pushing us to get this program produced, in spite of the various delay’s that cropped up in the time since she passed.  In particular, a special thanks to Ian, who recorded this program and forwarded the link to us.  Thanks again.

Hopefully this show will give you a taste of what her program was like.  She was really special, and we miss her.

The Judith Gennett Memorial Broadcast

01.) Raggle Taggle * John Palmes
02.) The Battle of Evermore * Led Zepplin * IV
03.) I Shot the Sheriff * Marley Grass
04.) Plaza de Toros * Twilight Odyssey
05.) Raggle Taggle Gypsy * The Waterboys
06.) White Christmas * Los Reyes
07.) The Gypsy Laddie * Jean Ritchie * Ballads
08.) Rox in The Box * The Decemberists

What’s This Called? 7 Year Anniversary Special!

Ricardo Wang & His Son Perform The Legal ID

Ricardo Wang & His Son Perform The Legal ID

What’s This Called? 7 Year Anniversary Special!
(Featuring a two-hour celebration of all things What’s This Called?, with surprise guests and a kick-ass set of fantastic music.)

Ricardo Wang has been a radio personality just about longer than everyone currently in the business, and seven years ago he began the newest incarnation of his program in the humble basement of KPSU.  His enthusiasm for radio, and his extensive knowledge of music in general (and experimental music in particular) made him an extremely valuable resource at KPSU, and ever since has been belting out and hour of fantastic music every week.  I was fortunate enough to be involved with his program from the very beginning, when he first guested on my show when he wanted to learn the KPSU ropes, and we’ve been friends ever since.  It was not hard to say yes when he asked if I would join him for his 7 Year Anniversary, and this episode contains an extended format that gives the listener a fantastic cross-section of what his program is like.

My role in this program is more behind the scenes than anything else, and there was a bit of miniature party going on with the guests milling around in the lobby.  A few of Ricardo’s friends (and former WTC guests) called in to wish him a happy anniversary, and on the whole it was a great way to celebrate a show that has consistently impressed everyone, and will hopefully continue to entertain and please listeners for another seven years.  In the meantime, you can enjoy this stellar show from the comfort of your own computer, thanks to the wonders of modern digital technology.

If you’re not already tuning in every Saturday, do yourself a favor and park your receiver at kpsu.org on Saturdays (or at 98.1 FM on the PSU campus).  Between this, Closet Radio, & Hogwash Hodgepodge & Musical Detritus, there’s pretty much nothing else for you to listen to if you want to have a good time.

Enjoy!

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What’s This Called? 7-Year Anniversary Special!

Introduction
01.) Women On The Screen * Boris

Part I: 11 AM
02.) Freeform Radio * Ricardo Wang
(When the 11 AM DJ didn’t come in, Ricardo performed an extended, free-form mix of music that kicked a lot of ass, and was mixed entirely off the cuff.  The program begins with this mix, in its entirety, in preparation of the main event.)

Part II: 12 Noon.
03.) Der Mussolini * DAF * Electricity
04.) Time Dilations in a Holographic Universe * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
05.) Otherness Blue * Sun Ra * My Brother the Wind Volume II
06.) Somebody Else’s World * Sun Ra * My Brother the Wind Volume II
07.) Obe * Fela Kuti * The ’69 LA Sessions
08.) Back to Nature * Fad Gadget * Electricity
09.) Track 8 * Abusive Consumer * Concrete Decimation in Dub
10.) The Modest Ambitions of Cedric the Centipede * Edward Ka-Spel * Dream Logik Part Two
11.) Slip It to the Android * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks
12.) Nancy Knows * Jandek * Glad to Get Away

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 kpsu.org, 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

Funemployment Radio Episode 560

Funemployment Radio.com

Funemployment Radio.com

Funemployment Radio Episode 560

Astute listeners of Funemployment Radio (dot Com!) have noticed that I have been lurking in the backgrounds in a number of recent episodes of their near-daily podcast.  I have to say, it has been fun.  I get to be in the room while also in the Live Chat that they have going during the show.  It has been a lot of fun, and as a radio nerd I love seeing the behind-the-scenes that goes on with Greg & Sarah.  They’re a lot of fun to hang out with, and their studio is a lot of fun.

I was particularly excited about this episode, as they asked me to come on near the end to talk about my show that will be joining them on the 6th of March at 3 PM.  It was not expected, but a lot of fun, and I think I got a few good quips in, too.  While I always recommend checking out their show, this one is doubly worth it, as I get to be a part of it.

I imagine this will happen from time to time, and in this episode I talk about my experiences performing Community Service.  You’ll get to hear more of this story, from my audio journal that I kept while I was working.  You’ll have to tune in to hear the complete story.

As always, thanks for listening!

What’s This Called? DJ Throwdown

Three... Two...

The Judges

What’s This Called? DJ Throwdown, w/ Austin Rich! (Judged by Jonathon Boober & Miss Rikki!)
(A No-format-barred battle to out-experimental each other, between Ricardo Wang & Austin Rich!)

Last week Ricardo Wang called me and put me up to the challenge: a good old fashioned weird-off, on his show.  It seemed like the perfect way to start the year, and so I stepped up, piling my bag full of vinyl and .mp3s of my favorite musical oddities.  Miss Rikki and Jonathon Boober were elected as judges, to insure that everyone played fair.  The results were one of the most fun two hours I’ve had on radio in a while.  Ladies and gentleman, our DJ Throwndown, performed with the impending threat of a snowpacalyse, live on the radio.

There’s not much else I can say about this one, as the show speaks for itself.  I was happy to play some of my favorite oddities from my collection, and I had almost as much fun throwing together a hodge-podge of music to answer anything Ricardo Wang was willing to throw down.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but suffice it to say that he has now sparked a virus among our DJs, and you won’t have to wait long to hear the next one.

Then, of course, there’s the 2 PM hour…

See you in 120.

DJ Throwdown

(Note: Ricardo’s Selections are not present, as we lost the original playlist that he posted.  If you would like to know the songs in question that he played, e-mail him for the answers.  We apologize for this loss in data.)

# Title * Artist * Album * Other Information
01.) Introduction * Ricardo Wang & Austin Rich * What’s This Called? * Live on 14 January 2012
02.) (Ricardo Selection)
03.) Phantom Fire Ball * Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno * “Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno European Tour 2005” Cosmic Funeral Route 666 * Self-Released
04.) (Ricardo Selection)
05.) Withers in the Whist (Wandering Embers Mix) * People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz * Withers in the Waking * Touch 7 Records
06.) Agent Oranges (Fancy Mix) * Replikants * This Is Our Message * 5 Rue Christine Records
07.) (Ricardo Selection)
08.) I Remember Us Naked (Blues Version) * Post-Materialists * I Remember Us Naked * Self-Released
09.) (Ricardo Selection)
10.) (Ricardo Selection)
11.) Wild Thing * Senator Everett McKinley & The Hardly-Worthit Players Featuring Bill Minkin * Wild Thing 7″ * Parkway Records
12.) (Ricardo Selection)
13.) Power * John Oswald * 69 Plunderphonics 96 * Seeland Records
14.) (Ricardo Selection)
15.) Mecho Madness * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped 2 Death Records
16.) (Ricardo Selection)
17.) Ballet Dans Le Cosmos * Janko Nilovic * Percussions Dans L’Espace
18.) (Ricardo Selection)
19.) History Repeats Itself Part II * Buddy Starcher * History Repeats Itself * Decca Records
20.) (Ricardo Selection)
21.) Polylog * Frank Bretschneider * EXP * Self-Released
22.) (Ricardo Selection)
23.) (Ricardo Selection)
24.) The Bublight * The Blue Men (Joe Meek) * I Hear A New World * RPM Records
25.) (Ricardo Selection)
26.) Tron Scherzo * Wendy Carlos & The London Philharmonic Orchestra * Tron Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
27.) Various Selections From “Side Two” * Star Trek Cast * Trek Bloopers * Blue Pear Records
28.) (Ricardo Selection)

What’s This Called? w/ Ilima Considine!

Ilima Considine

Ilima Considine

What’s This Called? w/ Ilima Considine!
(Where Austin Rich, acting as Ricardo Wang’s proxy, performs an interview with Ilima about her new projects.)

Today on What’s This Called? Ricardo Wang featured an interview with local artist Ilima Considine.  In-Studio interview with Ilima Considine.  However, Ricardo was suffering from a frog lodged inexplicably in his throat.  So, at the last minute, I stepped up to the plate and offered my vocals for the purposes of helping interview, and feature, her band The Sexbots, with tracks from their new album, and some violin pieces from a zombie movie soundtrack that she recorded.  Check out her website (liked above) for information about upcoming shows, and how you can get a copy of her new album, Don’t Stop.   While I always feel a little strange filling in for The Wang, he was there the whole time helping guide the show, and this is very much a WTC? show in every form.

Enjoy!

What’s This Called? w/ Night of the Living Tongue, LIVE!

Jennifer Robin, hostess of Night Of The Living Tongue

Jennifer Robin, hostess of Night Of The Living Tongue

Night of the Living Tongue on What’s This Called?, LIVE!

While I did not run live sound for this appearance by Night of the Living Tongue, I did perform as part of the show, playing the ukulele my mom gave me, and later, playing a Dead Air Fresheners CD case for percussion. Night of the Living Tongue was a show that used to appear on KBOO, that took an improvised form while it was on the air, hosted and run by Jennifer Robin, a current collaborator of the aforementioned Dead Air Fresheners. This one is full of spoken word and noise, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

However, I am saying: you should listen to it.

PDX Soundtracks

Hits And Misses

Hits And Misses

“Hits And Misses” on PDX Soundtracks w/ Austin Rich

Johnathan Boober, host of PDX Soundtracks, invited me to talk shop as we talked about some of our favorite Hits and Misses amongst bands that we are fans of. On tap: Deerhunter, Grails, The Jezebel Spirit, & Nick Cave. John and I thought it would be a great idea to give music-talk a chance at KPSU, and now you can tune in and tell us how we did.

See ya in seven.

Sundays Are Stupid w/ The Black Noise Orchestra, LIVE!

The Black Noise Orchestra

The Black Noise Orchestra

Sundays Are Stupid w/ The Black Noise Orchestra, LIVE!

Guest Appearances on The Crusty Nipple Hair Hour / Sunday’s Are Stupid Shows!  KPSU is throwing down the gauntlet with a new experiment in radio: a two hour Noise Jam featuring local KPSU DJs. Tim Nicodemus is conducting this “orchestra” of sorts, which will include Aaron Reyna, DJ Russ B, Dan Parscale, Ranger Mike and Zach. Instruments will include 2 (two) drumsets, two acoustic guitars, two basses, one keyboard, one synth processor, a recorder (the woodwind type), a saw, and our voices. It should prove to be a great time. Both Dan & DJ Russ B have been kind enough to offer up their shows for this experiment, and if all goes well this could become a regular KPSU event.

Make sure to tune in. This should be ridiculously fun, if not for you, then for us. Enjoy.

The show was a complete success in my opinion. We got a request to play some Queen, and a German Record label called during the performance to ask if they could sign us. Tim & Aaron had a drum off, and Ranger Mike & I had a period of dueling basses. We did a 1 Second long song, a few 30 Second long jams, and few longer ones.  All it all, it was great. Please check it out; we had a lot of fun making it, the least you could do is listen to it.

moss garden variety hour

Pledge Drive Madness!

Pledge Drive Madness!

moss garden variety hour (Pledge Drive Karaoke)

Another Guest Appearance on the moss garden variety hour!It’s week two of Pledge Drive, and Ranger Mike & Andy Z wanted to continue their Karaoke madness by doing it again. Again, Michelle from Chopsticks was kind enough to donate her official work discs for the occasion, and we had a pretty great turnout with an even better sound set-up. This show was only 1 hour long, but Miss Meghan asked me to open her show by singing (along with Lux) their cover of “Psychotic Reaction,” which is one of my all time fave songs. All in all, it was quite, quite fun. Here are the links:

We’ll probably be having more Karaoke features on KPSU in the future, so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy the stuff you hear in the archive, and thanks again for donating your ears, time and money to KPSU.

moss garden variety hour

Pledge Drive Madness

Pledge Drive Madness

moss garden variety hour (Pledge Drive Karaoke)

For Pledge Drive, Ranger Mike & Andy Z came up with the fantastic idea of doing Karaoke on the radio. Michelle from Chopsticks was kind enough to donate her official work discs for the occasion, and Mike invited many of us (friends and DJs included) to help sing along. This was a a two hour presentation for Pledge Drive, and I have to say, Mike & Andy really know how to throw a party!

Pledge Drive has been really kicking a lot of ass this week! I’m glad Mike and Andy let me partake in another part of it! Go KPSU Karaoke Team!

Senior Citizens

A Radio Brautigan

A Radio Brautigan

Senior Citizens

Tim was kind enough to let me help him out with an episode of his show, Senior Citizens this week. Tim is one of the funniest people I know, and I’ve been a fan of his show for a while. Here’s a link. On this particular show, Tim & I read excerpts form Richard Brautigan’s collection of short stories, “Revenge Of The Lawn.” As usual, hilarity ensued.

This spawned talk of a cooking show, that I may also appear on. Keep your eyes here for more information about this coming (and pressing) show.

The Lonesome Highway?

The Lonesome Highway

The Lonesome Highway

The Lonesome Highway? (KWVA Episode 007.5)

As part of my volunteer work for the station, I did a coverage show one Sunday, from 4 – 6 P.M.  The show I was covering for was The Lonesome Highway, a weekly country show.  With hindsight, I regret not doing an all-country show.  However, at the time, I wouldn’t have had enough stuff to fill two hours.  Still, I enjoyed this show because it was the most exposure I had on the air during these early days.  I got a lot of calls, and even my boss at the bookstore listened.  I had been drinking at the river all day, on top of taking some allergy medicine, so this was a very strange show.  Being done in the middle of the day was equally strange.

Partial Playlist:

01.) Shout It Out Loud (??) *
02.) Forever – One Reporter’s Opinion (Mike Watt) *
03.) ?? (Red Aunts) *
04.) ?? (New Bomb Turks) *
05.) ?? (Sonic Youth) *
06.) Lando Calrissian (Supergenius) *
07.) ?? (The Varicoasters) *
08.) ?? (Servotron) *
09.) ?? (The Headcoats) *
10.) The 10 Commandments (The Fugs) *
11.) Lend Me Your Comb (Carl Perkins) *
12.) Hell (James Brown) *
13.) Our Love (Bruce McCullouch) *
14.) Not All Right (The Germs) *
15.) Train In Vane (The Clash) *
16.) Hotel California (The Moog Cookbook) *
17.) Slingshot (The Reverend Horton Heat) *
18.) Bobby The Beatnik (Junior Varsity) *
19.) Conjunction Junction (Bob Dourough) *
20.) The Young Ones Theme *
21.) Rowdy (KARP) *
22.) ?? (??) *
23.) The Muppet Show Theme *
24.) The Puking Song (The Dead Milkmen) *
25.) Winnebago Warrior (Dead Kennedys) *
26.) ?? (??) *
27.) 13 Ways To A Cavity (KARP) *
28.) Gratitude (Beastie Boys) *
29.) Screaming At A Wall (Minor Threat) *
30.) The Devil Went Down To Newport [Totally Rockin’] (Mono Puff) *
31.) Theme (The Descendants) *
32.) We Do (The Simpsons) *
33.) Young Savage (The Thrones) *
34.) Data (Unwound)