The Daily NewsBlas 31 October 2014: Happy Halloween!

Blasphuphmus Radio's Halloween Spook-tacular 2014!

Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular 2014!

The Daily NewsBlas 31 October 2014: Happy Halloween!

This Halloween Season was fantastic, and I really enjoyed all of the excellent places we have gone over the last month.  I will be honest: this shorter format was a lot of fun to play with, and I really got to introduce people to some of my favorite Halloween Ephemera.

As my gift to you, I’ve put together a four-hour Halloween Music Presentation, that you can download and play at your party.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:

The Halloween Spook-tacular 2014!

This is a collection of 95 tracks by artists recording some serious monster rock.  This music in this collection all comes from the crucial 1920 – 1969 period, and are culled from a variety of sources and compilations that are readily available from a variety of sources.  Quite a few of these have appeared in previous episodes, by many are new to me, and have never aired on our program.  My gift, to you, this holiday season, is some serious party music you can dance to.

We’ve offered quite a few incredible Holliday Treats, and to summarize, here’s a run-down of some of the features we’re had this month:

Haunted House Ambience Mix 2014 
This is a mix of various “Spooky Sounds” LPs from my private collection, that runs a full 60 minutes.  Great atmosphere for trick or treaters!

The Ways of Ghosts by Ambrose Bierce (as read & produced by Austin Rich)
At the end of the summer I found an Ambrose Bierce book in a used bookstore, and found this story that was broken into small stories about different encounters.  I read three of them, set to effects and sounds I mixed in the studio.  This link takes you to all three.

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (read by Vincent Price)
During the week of October 20th – 24th, we ran a serialized version of this story, from on of those 1970’s Caedmon Records that are fantastic holiday treats.  You can find all five parts of the story from this link.

There were a number of other great NewsBlas this month, and you can find all of our Halloween Programming (going back to 2004) here:

Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular!

This includes all of our shows, and Halloween episodes of What’s This Called?, Closet Radio & The Guitar Shop.  It’s just another way that we deliver unique programming to our listeners.

While it is sad to crawl back into the crypt for another year, we know that it can’t be Halloween the whole year through.  Otherwise, it wouldn’t be as cool as it is.

Happy Halloween.

Enjoy.

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NewsBlas 30 October 2014: The War of The Worlds Trailer (BlasphuphmusRadio.com Edit)

The New York Times

The New York Times

NewsBlas 30 October 2014: The War of The Worlds Trailer (BlasphuphmusRadio.com Edit)

This edit highlights some of my favorite moments from the original show.  Welles really pushed to make his program as much like a radio broadcast as possible for the first two-thirds of the show, and these are some of the best moments, in my mind.

On 10 October 2009 I aired the entire “War of The Worlds” broadcast as part of a three hour mega-mix of Halloween treats that day.  This, among many other means online, are the best way to enjoy the entire show.

I really encourage listening to and researching the show.  The story behind this broadcast is as compelling as the show itself.  Not only has it be re-interpreted a number of times over the years, but the affect of the broadcast was covered in depth in a fantastic Radiolab Episode.

Enjoy.

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The Daily NewsBlas 29 October 2014: Haunted House Ambience Mix

Come Into Our Haunted House

Come Into Our Haunted House

The Daily NewsBlas 29 October 2014: Haunted House Ambience Mix

From my crypt to yours, I offer the 2014 Haunted House Ambience Mix, constructed from a variety of “Spooky Sounds” LPs from my private collection.  While today’s NewsBlas is merely a sampling, I am offering to everyone a 60 minute mix using these LPs as the basis for the mix.  This is great for playing in the background to create a spooky environment for any home, porch, or place where trick-or-treaters may arrive.

Haunted House Ambience Mix 2014 

These are records that I return to again and again, and they all seem to take the same format.  Side One is a mix of spooky sounds, culled from a variety of sound effects that are taken from a specific library.  Side Two is always those raw effects, unmixed.  What I always found interesting about this is that in a pre-digital era, having an LP for these effects is almost useless outside of radio nerds and other effects aficionados, making the audience for these kinds of records very tiny indeed.

When CDs became the format du jour, I was excited to find entire discs of these kinds of mixes done by modern mixers who could create an entire hour (or more) of material.  However, I never managed to find a CD that didn’t just loop a short mix, usually taken from one of the classic LPs.  Anyway, I have always wanted to make a good, 60 minute mix of the best Halloween Atmosphere albums.  And now, you can have one, too.

(Pssst: Also, here’s links to the vinyl rips I made of these albums.  Enjoy them while the links are up.)

CoverSounds To Make You Shiver

Side A

Side B 

 

 

 

 

 

ghostlysounds01Ghostly Sounds 

Side A

Side B

 

 

 

 

HauntedHouseLPFront2Haunted House

Side A

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The Daily NewsBlas 28 October 2014: An Arrest

An Arrest

An Arrest

The Daily NewsBlas 28 October 2014: An Arrest

This is a selection from the Ambrose Bierce collection, “The Ways of Ghosts.”  These stories are now in the public domain, and make for excellent holiday reading.

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

Enjoy.

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NewsBlas 27 October 2014: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House

The Chilling, Thrilling Haunted House

The Chilling, Thrilling Haunted House

NewsBlas 27 October 2014: Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of The Haunted House

Released by Disneyland Records.

Narrated by Laura Olsher

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

Sounds Guaranteed to Spook You

Sounds Guaranteed to Spook You

 

 

And this link goes with the former.

A simple Google Search reveals a whole range of other listening options.  (And I recommend the image search view to check out the variety of album covers over the years.)

The Spooky Old Tree

The Spooky Old Tree

I imagine I will be receiving some e-mail from some of you, so again: austinrich@gmail.com.

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NewsBlas 24 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part V of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 24 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part V of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

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NewsBlas 23 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part IV of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 23 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part IV of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

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NewsBlas 22 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part III of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 22 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part III of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

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NewsBlas 21 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part II of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 21 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part II of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

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NewsBlas 20 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part I of V, read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

NewsBlas 20 October 2014: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (Part I of V, read by Vincent Price)

A Hornbook for Witches by Leah Bodine Drake (1950)

Read by Vincent Price

Taken from the LP released by Caedmon Records in 1976.

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NewsBlas 17 October 2014: Halloween Nuggets!

Halloween Nuggets!

Halloween Nuggets!

NewsBlas 17 October 2014: Halloween Nuggets!

You can purchase the album at Amazon.com.

You can stream the entire thing at Spotify.  (I think you need to be logged in for that link to work.)

It is also available in a number of other places, too.

Watusi Zombi * Jan Davis * Halloween Nuggets
Graveyard * The Phantom Five * Halloween Nuggets
Scream * Ralph Neilsen & The Chancellors * Halloween Nuggets

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NewsBlas 16 October 2014: Mad Monster Party?

Mad Monster Party? Poster

Mad Monster Party? Poster

NewsBlas 16 October 2014: Mad Monster Party?

Mad Monster Party? on Wikipedia

Blasphuphmus Radio Broadcast from 22 October 2011

Mad Monster Party Trailer [Excerpt]
The Baron * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Soundtrack
Mad Monster Party [Excerpt] * Ethel Ennis w/ Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Soundtrack
Pills Will Save The Day * Film [Excerpt]
Waltz For A Witch [Excerpt] * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party Soundtrack
Mad Monster Party Trailer [Excerpt]

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NewsBlas 14 October 2014: Frankie Stein And His Ghouls!

Perfect Halloween Music

Perfect Halloween Music

NewsBlas 14 October 2014: Frankie Stein And His Ghouls!

Stoned (Monkey, Watusi) [Excerpt] * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Shock! Terror! Fear! (1964)
Mummy’s Little Boy (Monkey, Twist) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Ghoul Music (1965)
Dance Of Doom (Monkey, Watusi) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music (1965)

Their page on discogs.com

Roger’sBasement.com.  (A fan site from the ’90’s / early ’00’s that details every scrap of information anyone can find / has / knows about Frankie Stein.)

Amazon.com sometimes has a remastered CD containing most (but not all) of the Frankie Stein songs.

I recommend a Google Search, which yields some pretty good download results for the dedicated and diligent fan.

These albums were originally released on Power Records, and subsidiary of Peter Pan Records.

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NewsBlas 13 October 2014: A Cold Greeting

San Francisco Is A Cold Place

San Francisco Is A Cold Place

NewsBlas 13 October 2014: A Cold Greeting

This is a selection from the Ambrose Bierce collection, “The Ways of Ghosts.”  These stories are now in the public domain, and make for excellent holiday reading.

Violin music provided by Béla Bartók, and performed by Gyorgy Pauk & Kazuki Sawa.

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

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Coming Soon: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (read by Vincent Price)

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

Coming Soon: The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall (read by Vincent Price)

October 20th – October 24th

NewsBlas 035 – 039.

Tune In as part of our HalloweenSpooktacular 2014 for the entire third week of October!

Only on BlasphuphmusRadio.com.

NewsBlas 9 October 2014: Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!

NewsBlas 9 October 2014: Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers! (discogs.com)

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

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

 Tarantula Ghoul (facebook.com)

An Image Search for Tarantula Ghoul yields excellent results.

And yet another good Image Search turns up here.

House of Horror! (KPTV website detailing Tarantula Ghoul’s show.)

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NewsBlas 6 October 2014: Present At A Hanging

Present At A Hanging

Present At A Hanging

NewsBlas 6 October 2014: Present At A Hanging

This is a selection from the Ambrose Bierce collection, “The Ways of Ghosts.”  These stories are now in the public domain, and make for excellent holiday reading.

Ambient music by Cindytalk, using excerpts from their song “Of Ghosts And Buildings” from their album, The Crackle of My Soul.

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

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NewsBlas 1 October 2014: Halloween Spook-tacular 2014! (Prelude)

It's Here!

It’s Here!  Now with 2014-ness!

NewsBlas 1 October 2014: Halloween Spook-tacular 2014! (Prelude)

We offer our yearly Halloween Spook-tacular programming, and this is the perfect time to subscribe to our Halloween Podcast Feed, which now contains more spooky radio than ever before!  Not only do you get every Blasphuphmus Radio podcast complete and unedited, we’ve also included every Halloween broadcast by What’s This Called? and Closet Radio, wonderful additions to our humble network.  There are a number of listening options:

BlasphuphmusRadio.com/HalloweenSpook-tacular
(Every episode is available, going back to 2004.)

We’re Also In iTunes
(Because nothing is scarier than iTunes.)

Here’s The Direct Podcast Feed
(Past it into your podcatcher of choice.)

The Night Shift
(A podcast dedicated to all things dark and spooky, hosted by Miss Rikki.)

The Haunting [Edited] * Gayle House Records * The Haunting (1971)
[Edited effects From] * Haunted House Music Co. * Haunted House (1985)

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The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Basil Tucks Vincent Into Bed

Basil Tucks Vincent Into Bed

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
(Featuring Halloween selections from the early 1960’s and an audio version of a story from Vincent Price’s Tales of Terror.)

As we close this year’s Halloween Spook-tacular we do it with two guest stars that make any Halloween gathering well worth the effort: Basil Rathbone & Vincent Price!  Those two alone almost make anything worthy of Halloween viewing, no matter what the premise, and in this case, reenacting a story by Edgar Allen Poe only seals the deal.  Minus some bad acting, this is a great way to close out the spooky season, as we segue into overeating and songs about snow.

While I do make fun of the acting in this movie, this era of horror films were absolutely seminal in the world of horror films and horror music.  Roger Corman’s studios made so many movies – many from excellent source material – that occasionally a real gem will get lost in the mix.  Price and Rathbone’s overacting is only half the fun, and the clips from this movie make for some compelling audio theater.  Plus, there’s plenty of early sixties monster songs to keep everything flowing smoothly.

I really love putting together these shows, and Halloween music is some of my favorite music.  Plus, my Horror Host – who has really transformed into a sort of Ghoulardi character at this point – is a lot of fun to do.  Hopefully, you’re enjoying it too.

Lots of cool stuff on the horizon.  But until then, take care, okay.

Happy Halloween!

The Fact in the Case of M. Valdemar

Part I: To Escape A Pitiful & Painful Decline To Death!
01.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part I
02.) The Mad Scientist * The Zanies * 1958
03.) Graveyard * The Phantom 5 * 1966
04.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part II
05.) Nightmare * Scottie Stuart * 1960
06.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part III
07.) The Whip * The Creeps * 1959
08.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part IV
09.) Midnight Stroll * The Revels * 1959

Part II: The Time Has Come.
10.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part V
11.) Down In The Basement * The Munsters * 1964
12.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part VI
13.) Igor’s Lament * Tony’s Monstrosities * 1960
14.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part VII
15.) Cha-Cha With The Zombies * The Upperclassmen * 1959
16.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part VIII
17.) Dead * The Poets * 1958

Part III: You Do But Sleep!
18.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part IX
19.) The Monster Hop * Bert Convy * 1958
20.) Spooky * George Barnes * 1959
21.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part X
22.) Rockin’ Zombie * The Crewnecks * 1961
23.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XI
24.) Frankenstein Stomp * Lorry & The Biters * 1965
25.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XII
26.) Wombie Zombie * Billy Taylor * 1959
27.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XIII
28.) The Lurch * Ted Cassidy * 1966
29.) “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” Part XIV
30.) The Boogie Man * The Cadillacs * 1960
31.) The Blob * The Five Blobs * 1958

32.) Frankie And Igor At A Rock ‘N’ Roll Party * Bob MicFadden * 1959

Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the early 1960’s, mixing our annual Halloween Spook-tacular with Blasphuphmus Radio Goes To The Movies!)

I am always looking for ways to mash-up my own themes and tropes, and when it dawned on me to do a Halloween Spook-tacular AND a new installment of Blasphuphmus Radio Goes To The Movies, it was hard not to follow this idea to its most logical conclusion.  With that in mind, I put together three Audio Essays, each focused on a different Famous Monster from the classic era of Hollywood Horror.  Vampires!  Frankenstein!  The Werewolf!  They’re all right here, in this Monster Movie Party!

Credit must be given where credit is due: this show is also inspired by the Wavy Gravy compilations that were put out by Beware Records.  Starting in the late 80’s and early 90’s, this label was putting out compilations of hard-to-find rock and roll gems, interjecting trailers for b movies.  This was clearly inspired by the mix tapes that Lux Interior had been making since the ’70’s, and of course, the radio work of The Mad Daddy.  Since these records were released in a pre-Internet era, it can’t be stressed how strange and incredible these albums were, when this kind of stuff was hard to find.  It was their idea of including trailers that has really swept the radio landscape for DJs and oddballs who are into this kind of music, and since I was mining that period in rock history for this show, it only makes sense to do the same.

The early ’60’s – my cut-off date for this show – is a very interesting period in rock music.  The beginning sounds of what would become Garage Rock is starting to take shape, but the sound is still heavily rooted in that late ’50’s naiveté.  But Shock Theater is starting to take over late night television, and the shape of things to come is just as scary.  I really enjoyed putting this show together, and I hope you did it as much as I do.

Enjoy!

Monster Movie Party!

Part I: Vampires!
01.) “Atom Age Vampire” Trailer * Anton Giulio Majano * 1963
02.) Vampira * Bobby Bare * 1958
03.) Vampire * The Crystals * 1960
04.) “Macabre” Trailer * William Castle * 1958
05.) Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall) * The Duponts * 1957
06.) “Dracula” Trailer * 1931
07.) Graveyard Cha Cha * The Three D’s * 1959
08.) “The Vampire & The Ballerina” Trailer * 1960

Part II: Frankenstein!
09.) “I Was A Teenage Frankenstein” * Herbert L. Strock * 1957
10.) At The House Of Frankenstein * Big Bee Kornegay * 1958
11.) Satan Takes A Holiday * Tommy Dorsey * 1937
12.) “Frankenstein” Trailer * James Whale * 1931
13.) Frankenstein Rock * Eddie Thomas * 1958
14.) “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Trailer * 1963
15.) You Can Get Him Frankenstein * Castle Kings * 1961
16.) “Calling Dr. Death” Trailer * 1943
17.) Don’t Meet Mr. Frankenstein * Carlos Casual Jr. * 1962
18.) “Frankenstein’s Daughter” Trailer * 1958

Part III: The Werewolf!
19.) Dead Man Blues * Jelly Roll Morton * 1926
20.) “The Werewolf” Excerpt * Alan Smithee * 1935
21.) The Werewolf * Carl Bonafede * 1960
22.) “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” * 1956
23.) Werewolf * Garry Warren * 1958
24.) “The Curse of The Werewolf” Trailer * 1961
25.) Mr. Werewolf * The Kac Ties * 1963
26.) “The Wolf Man” Trailer * 1941
27.) Monster Party * Bill Doggett * 1959

28.) “The Mummy” Trailer * 1932

Chance of A Ghost!

Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Chance of A Ghost!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the 1950’s and earlier as we continue this years Halloween Spook-tacular!)

I often associate Peter Lorre with this time of year, as his voice is forever associated with the 100s of imitators who would do his voice as a Halloween Shorthand when I was growing up.  His career in film is incredibly well known, but his radio career is less familiar.  So I was happy to find a program he hosted that fits the Halloween theme perfectly: Nightmare, a supernatural anthology show that presented a different story every week, hosted by the Master of Macabre, Peter Lorre himself.  For this particular broadcast, I chose an episode from the mid-1950’s, and decided to pair it with a fair amount of period music to bring the point home.

As was typical for these kinds of Ghost Stories, there is only the smallest hint that something supernatural has happened during the tale, and even that is handwaved by the participants at the very end.  However, as we can see in comparison to last week’s program, rather than report something “supposedly true,” we are starting to get to the point where radio was dramatizing the story, in a way that sets a very good Halloween mood.  Considering that the 1950’s saw a resurgence of the Universal Horror Pictures – coupled with The Shock Theater TV package of horror movies that was sold to most stations in the mid-50’s – horror was starting to take hold of the public at large.  (Horror comics started to sell like crazy in these days, too.)  However, this was a budding genre, and there were still a lot of “mood” pieces that were not so much scary, but evoked the imagination.  This is exactly where Nightmare fits in.

Finding musical accompaniment  for this episode was harder than I thought it would be.  While there is plenty of music that is labeled “1950’s Horror,” when you start to actually compare dates, many of these songs are from 1960 or later.  The musical “monster craze” really doesn’t get started until 1957, when Shock Theater was nationwide, and people were seeing horror on TV late at night.  However, there were enough songs to help flesh out the show, and in some cases, foreshadow bits and pieces of the story.  I was pretty pleased with the evolution of music from last week to this week, and hopefully we’ll continue this evolution as we begin to enter the 1960’s, when the Monster Song genre really began to take off.

Among the selections from this show include a few really excellent gems worth mentioning: Tarantual Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!  While I had heard this song on a few compilations prior to this show, in researching this artist I discovered that she was actually a Horror Host here in Portland Oregon in 1957 – 1959 on KPTV!  You can find a few images of her here, and I would recommend searching around for other images and the flip side of her 45, “King Kong.”  Clearly influenced by Vampira and the other Horror Hosts of the era, this is a great discovery for me, and I’m very excited to learn more about her.  Novelty Record nerd will also like to hear that “The Casual Three” is actually a Dickie Goodman production, of the incredibly duo “Buchanan & Goodman,” most well known for their hit, “The Flying Saucer.” While it was common for people to work under a number of names in those days, I thought I knew just about everything there is to know about those guys.  Always something new to learn.

Stay tuned, as we will be edging our way into the 1960’s, with more of our Halloween Spook-tacular, 2013!

Enjoy!

Chance of A Ghost!

Part I: Nightmare In A Haunted House!
01.) Chance of A Ghost * Peter Lorre * Nightmare (31 March 1954) (Throughout The Show)
02.) Nightmare Hop * Earl Patterson * 1959
03.) Skeleton In The Closet * Artie Shaw & His Orchestra * 30 October 1936
04.) The Ghost Song * Salty Holmes * 1954
05.) Dead * The Poets * 1958
06.) Haunted House * Cris Kevin And The Comics * 1959
07.) Mad House Jump * The Daylighters * 1959

Part II: In The Graveyard!
08.) Satan Takes A Holiday * John Cali & Tony Guttuso * 1937
09.) Graveyard Rock * Tarantual Ghoul And Her Gravediggers * 1958
10.) Graveyard Boogie * Buster Doss & His Arkansas Playboys * 1948
11.) Nightmare * Jack Turner * May 1955
12.) Midnight Monster’s Hop * Jack And Jim * 1959

Part III: What Is And Isn’t There!
13.) White Ghost Shivers * The New Orleans Owls * 1926
14.) He’s A Vampire * Archie King * 1959
15.) The Invisible Thing * The Casual Three * 1958
16.) The Rockin’ Ghost * The Modernaires * 1962
17.) Nightmares * John Lowell
18.) The Monster * Bobby Please * 1959
19.) Swingin’ At The Seance * The Deep River Boys * 1940
20.) Ghost Satellite * Bob & Jerry * 1958

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Mouton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!
(Featuring Halloween selections from the 1940’s and earlier as we begin this years Halloween Spook-tacular!)

Since 2003 I’ve been actively collecting Halloween music and recordings, and since 2004 I’ve been hosting this annual Halloween Spook-Taculars on my program.  What can I say?  This is my favorite time of year, and my favorite kind of music.  I’ve been listening to Halloween Music for the last few months, in and effort not only to get into the spirit, but to continue the quest to find new and exciting music.  And this year is no exception, as I found a huge treasure-trove of Halloween goodies that I cannot wait for you to hear!

Using a somewhat chronological format for presentation this year, this first show is offering music from the Pre-1940’s ear of Halloween Music.  Halloween is a very old celebration, but the music side of this holiday has often been suppressed, or relegated to the “novelty” portion of any record collection.  This is a shame, as music like this is really evocative, and presents a kind of musical narrative that is absent from so many other kinds of music.  It’s always a pleasure to find a new song about ghosts and monsters, especially from this early period when the “novelty hit” hadn’t quite made it possible to make a whole career out of spooky songs.

To complement today’s selection of songs, we have a period radio broadcast of the Yankee Yarns series, a show hosted by Alton Blackington, who would present a story rooted in Americana in some form or another.  For this particular episode – The Ghost of General Moulton – he retells the life story of Johnathan Moulton, and the spooky tale surrounding his life (and death).  It not only fit the theme and the mood of our annual Spook-taculars, but is a very curious piece of radio history, making it doubly relevant to our interests.

I’m going to make every effort to bring you a show every week this month, and for next week’s program we’ll be creeping into the 1950’s.  Welcome to Blasphuphmus Radio’s Halloween Spook-tacular 2013!

Enjoy!

The Ghost of General Moulton!

Part I: Ghost Dance

01.) “A Welcome Date On Our Calendar” * Bing Crosby * Philco Radio Time 30 October 1946
02.) The Halloween Song * Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff * Philco Radio Time  29 October 1947
03.) Ghost Dance * Truett & George * 1927
04.) The Ghost of General Moulton * Yankee Yarns w/ Alton Blackington * 13 October 1943 (throughout the program)
05.) Ghost In The Graveyard * The Prairie Ramblers * 1938
06.) I’m A Ghost * Scrappy * “Scrappy’s Ghost Story” Cartoon 1935
07.) Haunted House * Ray Noble & His All Stars * 1931
08.) The Skeleton Rag * The American Quartet * 1912

Part II: T’ain’t No Sin

09.) T’aint No Sin * Fred Hall & His Sugar Babies * 1928
10.) The Bat * Alvino Rey & His Orchestra * 1959
11.) The Skeleton In The Closet * Putney Dandridge * 1936
12.) The Wobblin’ Goblin * Rosemary Clooney * 1950
13.) Haunted House * Betty Grable & Dan Dailey * “My Blue Heaven” 1950
14.) Halloween Spooks * Lambert, Hendricks & Ross * 1962
15.) The Boogie Man * Todd Rollins & His Orchestra w/ Chick Bullock * 1934

Part III: The House Is Haunted

16.) Haunted Blues * Memphis Minnie * 1937
17.) Nightmare * Artie Shaw * 1938
18.) With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm * Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees * 1937
19.) The House Is Haunted (By The Echo of Your Last Goodbye) * Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra * 1937
20.) Skeleton In The Closet * Louis Armstrong * 1936
21.) The Ghost Walk * Borrah Minnevitch * 1933

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 * http://kogarsjunglejuice.blogspot.com/

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 Radio.com!

Enjoy!

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 “discogs.com” 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 BlasphuphmusRadio.com.

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 138: The Potters of Firsk

The Potters of Firsk

The Potters of Firsk

Episode 138: The Potters of Firsk (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)

The Potters of Firsk * Dimension X * NBC * 28 July 1950

Part I
01.) Yellow * Ken Nordine * RE/Search: Incredibly Strange Music Vol II
02.) Speedy Car * Stereolab * Aluminum Tunes
03.) New New * DNA * Dna
04.) Exotic Two (Excerpt) * Sun Ra * We Travel the Spaceways Bad and Beautiful

Part II
05.) Opal (October) * Emil Richards * New Sound Element “Stones”
06.) Mad * Social Outcasts * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 12: The Lux Interior Memorial Edition: Journey into Outer Space
07.) The Duke Arrives / Barricade * John Carpenter * Escape From New York
08.) Controller * Infinitirock * Music For Primordial Recollection
09.) Where Dead People Live * Sun City Girls * Cameo Demons And Their Manifestations: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 1
10.) The Lie That Liars Know About * Half Eye * The Rose Mary Murders

Part III
11.) Phantom Market (Later Version) (Excerpt) * Power Circus * Power Circus
12.) Hall Of The Mountain King * The Who * The Who Sell Out
13.) Brief Encounter (Excerpt) * Trey Gunn Band * Live Encounter
14.) Suspense * Jib Kidder * Library Catalog Music Series: Music For Hypnotized Minds
15.) Trouble On The Way * Kalahari Surfers Vol. 1: The Eighties

Part IV
16.) Long Gone * Syd Barrett * The Madcap Laughs
17.) Forbidden Planet: Main Titles – Overture * Louis And Bebe Barron * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
18.) Eternal Waltz (Excerpt) * Jandek * White Box Requiem * Corwood 0763
19.) Spirits Drifting * Brian Eno * Another Green World

Part V
20.) Atomic Bomb (Edit) * Deadless Muss * Attack (1987)
21.) Bone Chain * Tom Waits * Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
22.) Death Moon Reprise * Winter Drones * Blood In The Coffin
23.) Beware Of Death * Gricer * Gricer
24.) Yellow Blues * Charles Manson * Commemorating Sixty Years Of Struggle Against Cowardice, Stupidity And Lies
25.) Autumn Leaves * Grex * Live At Home

Part VI
26.) Space Blue * Suicide * Suicide
27.) Big Trak Attack * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero
28.) Frank Talk About Mutants * Men’s Recovery Project * Frank Talk About Humans
29.) Contract With Depravity * Kenyon Hopkins * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
30.) The Twilight Zone * The Ventures * The Ventures In Space
31.) The Great Pumpkin * Vince Guaraldi

Episode 137: Mad Monster Party?!

Mad Monster Party?!

Mad Monster Party?!

Episode 137: Mad Monster Party?! (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)

Mad Monster Party
# Title * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Mad Monster Party Part I
02.) What Kind Of Ghoul Am I (Mashed Potato) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Ghoul Music * Power Records
03.) Mad Monster Party Part II
04.) Wolfman * The Shindigs
05.) Mad Monster Party Part III
06.) Mummy Walk * Thee Phantom 5ive * Mondo Drive-In

07.) Mad Monster Party Part IV
08.) The Giggler * Pat And The Wildcats
09.) The Ghoul From Ipanema * Goodman and Ramal * The Monster Album
10.) Mad Monster Party Part V
11.) Deathrace 2000 * Commercial * Forbidden City Dog Food
12.) A Hard Days Night * Goodman and Ramal * The Monster Album
13.) Mad Monster Party Part VI
14.) Voodoo Voodoo * LaVern Baker * Lavern Baker Collection

15.) Zombie * Gene Kardos & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
16.) Mad Monster Party Part VII
17.) Devil Train * The Ramblers * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fourteen
18.) Monster Talk * Goodman and Ramal * The Monster Album
19.) She’s My Witch * Kip Tyler * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fifteen
20.) GhoulardiSurf * Ghoulardi * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fourteen
21.) Shake, Rattle & Roll * Bob McFadden & Dor * Songs Our Mummy Taught Us
22.) Mummy’s Ball * Verdicts * Doo Wop Halloween
23.) The Mummy * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party

24.) The Creep * Bob Luman * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fifteen
25.) Mad Monster Party Part VIII
26.) The Dracula Trot * Hans Conreid & Alice Pearce * Monster Rally
27.) Mad Monster Party Part IX
28.) Children’s Day At The Morgue * Sheldon Allman * Sing Along with Drac
29.) Mad Monster Party Part X

30.) Instrumental * Instrumental * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Fifteen
31.) Mad Moster Party Part XI
32.) I’m In The Ground For Good * The Newports * Doo Wop Halloween
33.) Mad Monster Party Part XII
34.) Look Out, There’s A Monster Coming * Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band * Gorilla
35.) Mad Monster Party Part XIII
36.) Rockin’ In The Graveyard * Jackie Morningstar
37.) Mad Monster Party Part XIV

28.) Hangman Handten * The Ghastly Ones * A-Haunting We Will Go-Go
29.) Mad Monster Party Part XV
30.) The Boogie Man * Todd Rollins & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
31.) Mad Monster Party Part XVI
32.) In The Vampire’s Lair * Al Zanino * The Vampire Speaks (1957)
33.) Mad Monster Party Part XVII
34.) Finale * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party

Episode 136: The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado!

The Cask of Amontillado!

Episode 136: The Cask of Amontillado w/ Miss Rikki! (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)
(Featuring a special Halloween Spook-tacular airing of a How’s It Named? rendition of Basil Rathbone’s reading of the Edgar Allen Poe classic!)

How’s It Named? dates back to my appearance on What’s This Called? in 2008, when I guested on his show and came up with this idea that our shows, combined, would take on this name.  Then, as time when it, it became the name I used when I was doing an experimental set of music, which is what appears on today’s show.

This time, I’m not only backed by new KPSU DJ Miss Rikki, who has  a great mind for this sort of thing when Ricardo Wang suggested coverage, but have added to all of this a layer of Halloween Spook-tacular, by remixing Basil Rathbone’s rendition of The Cask of Amontillado for this particular program.  You can check out Miss Rikki on her new program, Closet Radio, which is at 5 PM on Saturday’s, and rounds out the KPSU weekend line-up.

She and I collaborated on the selections for this show, and I think it came out rather nicely, minus the technical issues that we suffered from.  Plus, this has an actual element of creepy to it, which is missing from the Spook-tacular shows I’ve done this year.  I think Miss Rikki will be joining us often in the future, so hopefully there will be more wonderful shows like this.

The Cask of Amontillado
# Title * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Creature From The Black Lagoon: Main Title * Hans J. Salter (Conductor) * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection * Rhino Records
02.) The Autumn of Our Discontent * Dead Air Fresheners w/ Wolfgang Macivor * Separated By Comas
03.) Bird in a Grave * Sun City Girls * Juggernaut
04.) The Cask of Amontillado [Remix] * Basil Rathbone / Austin Rich * 22 October 2011 * Blasphuphmus Radio
05.) Ghost Bel Canto * Nels Cline / Wally Shoup / Chris Corsano * Immolation/Immersion
06.) Lightnin’ (1:25 Left: Vocals Kick In) 3:51 Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts & Flowers Alternative & Punk 20-10-11 9:08 PM
07.) Ghost Town By The Sea * Jandek * Graven Image * Corwood Industries
08.) Ghost Cracked Glass * Leopards * Leopards * Self-Released
09.) Midnight Sun * Cornflake Mandala * A Boy And His Dog * Self-Released
10.) Syrynx At The Edge Of Nightfall * Jason Robinson * Cerberus Reigning
11.) Minnie the Moocher * Goathoven * Rehearsal 23.8.05 * Unreleased
12.) What Hast Thou Done, Faustus? * Dreamcookie * MySpace.com * MySpace.com
13.) To The Grave * Seth Frost * Sailboats

Episode 135: A Spike Jones Spooktacular (In Screaming Stereo Sound!)

Halloween Novelties

Halloween Novelties

Episode 135: A Spike Jones Spooktacular (In Screaming Stereo Sound!)
(Featuring Halloween Novelties, Monster Records, and Plenty of Spooktacular fun!)

Pulling material from two classic Halloween Novelty records (namely the Spike Jones album in question, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By), this show focuses records and musical oddities that are on the fringes of niche music in the first place. Seasonal music of any kind is already a subset of the larger world Pop Music inhabits, and Halloween Music in particular contains a kind of specificity that excludes it from any kind of large audience. Fortunately this does not diminish the entertainment value of these oddities. This is merely a small sampling of the kinds of things that turn me on this time of year.

I have to say, this particular show had me a little giddy, in the same way that Christmas Music must affect people who love that holiday more. Perhaps it was a residual effect from Asian Women On The Telephone playing live during the 12 Noon hour? Hard to say. I would also venture a guess that these kinds of records evoke in me a sense of a collective musical experience, that of putting on a record at night when you should be in bed, and suspending your disbelief just enough to let something like this give you a prurient chuckle. There is something wonderfully perverse about Hitchcock describing how you will murder your wife, or listening to a litany of monster puns told in bad Transylvanian accents. You know you shouldn’t enjoy it, but you do. Or, maybe it’s just me.

My original obsession with Halloween Music dates back to when I first moved in with Dr. Science back in 2002 (I hope that’s the right year.) Shortly after he explained he was throwing a big party for Halloween. I immediately started pulling together what became an 8 hour playlist. In the years since I’ve continued to add to it, but doing Halloween Shows on the radio every year has caused me to exhaust much of the material I collected. I was wary of doing more shows this year, until I stumbled upon this Spike Jones album, plus a huge cache of other material, too. Not only does this secure my ability to keep doing shows like this in the coming weeks (and years), but also renewed my interest in collecting Halloween Music again. The upshot is that you can enjoy the fruits of these labors.

Special thanks go out to my assistant this week, Closetphotography, who not only recommended music for this episode, but kept me entertained during the show. (You can hear the debut episode of Closet Radio here, and stay tuned, as she’ll be joining the Saturday lineup starting next week.) DJ JustanotherDJ also helped flesh out the playlist, and Suzanne Falk for introducing me to the joys of Lenny & The Squigtones. (How did I go this long without knowing this existed? Shame on me.) This show was that much better with ya’ll helping out.

Next Week: the Novelties continue with our very own Mad Monster Party! Focusing on the excerpts from that classic film, we’ll deliver even more Halloween treats that range from the funny to the punny.

See you in seven.

A Spike Jones Spooktacular!
# Title * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Music To Be Murdered By (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
02.) I Only Have Eyes For You * Dracula and Vampira * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound *
03.) Innersanctum * Jim Wolfe And The T-Towners * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Twelve: The Lux Interior Memorial Edition – Journey into Outer Space
04.) The Haunted House * New Mayfair Dance Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
05.) Poisen To Poisen * Spike Jones * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
06.) She Lived As A Zombie In Life (Excerpt 1) * Ed Wood Jr. * Orgy Of The Dead
07.) Zombie Stomp * The Del-Airs * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 13
08.) The Creep (Twist) * Frankie Stein And His Ghouls * Monster Sounds And Dance Music * Power Records
09.) I’ll Never Smile Again (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
10.) The Headless Horseman * Kay Starr & Billy Butterfield Quintet * Halloween Stomp
11.) Teenage Brain Surgeon * The Mad Doctor * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
12.) The Blob * Five Blobs * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 02
13.) She Lived As A Zombie In Life (Excerpt 2) * Ed Wood Jr. * Orgy Of The Dead
14.) I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
15.) (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings * Dracula and Vampira * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
16.) The Goblin Band * Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
17.) After You’ve Gone (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
18.) Green Slime Theme * Richard Delvy * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 13
19.) Everything Happens To Me * Spike Jones * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
20.) Frankie And Igor At A Rock And Roll Party * Bob McFadden & Dor * Songs Our Mummy Taught Us
21.) She Lived As A Zombie In Life (Excerpt 3) * Ed Wood Jr. * Orgy Of The Dead
22.) Creature Without A Head * Lenny & The Squigtones
23.) Monster Movie Ball * The Feindager * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
24.) Alfred Hitchcock Television Theme * Alfred Hitchcock & The Jeff Alexander Orchestra * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
25.) Tammy * Dracula and Vampira * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
26.) Little Demon * Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
27.) She Lived As A Zombie In Life (Excerpt 4) * Ed Wood Jr. * Orgy Of The Dead
28.) The Purple People Eater * Sheb Wooley * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Eight
29.) Swingin’ At The Seance * Glen Miller & Orchestra * Halloween Stomp
30.) Suspicion (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
31.) My Old Flame * I. M. Arson * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
32.) I Come To Demolish Cleveland * Stacy Bengal & His Six Outfielders * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume Eight
33.) Body And Soul (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
34.) The Vampire Speaks * Al Zanino * The Vampire Speaks
35.) This Is Your Death * Dr. Jekyll and Other Ghouls * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
36.) She Lived As A Zombie In Life (Excerpt 5) * Ed Wood Jr. * Orgy Of The Dead
37.) Amongst My Souvenirs * Sheldon Allman * Sing Along with Drac
38.) I’ll Walk Alone (Excerpt) * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
39.) Voodoo Dreams * Martin Denny * Hypnotique
40.) Lover Come Back To Me (Excerpt) * Jeff Alexander Orchestra * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records
41.) She Lived As A Zombie In Life (Excerpt 6) * Ed Wood Jr. * Orgy Of The Dead
42.) Two Heads Are Better Than One * Beatnik Duet * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
43.) Frankenstein’s Den * Hollywood Flames * Doo Wop Halloween
44.) Frankenstein Meets The Beetles * Goodman and Ramal * The Monster Album
45.) Campo de Vampiros * Holy * Mas Rock and Roll – 26 Rare 60’s Teen-Punk Artyfacts
46.) Spooktacular Finale * The Entire Ghastly Cast * Spike Jones in Hi-Fi, a Spooktacular in Screaming Sound
47.) The Hour Of Parting * Alfred Hitchcock * Alfred Hitchcock’s Music To Be Murdered By * Imperial Records

Episode 134: The Ghoulardi Show!

Stay Sick, Knif!

Stay Sick, Knif!

Episode 134: The Ghoulardi Show! (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)

I have to admit, I am not cool enough to have known about Ghoulardi until only a few years ago.  As a Cramps fan, this may seem unusual, but with so much on my radar when I first discovered The Cramps, it just wasn’t possible to keep abreast of all the ins and outs of where they came from.  (My introduction to The Mad Daddy is even more recent than that.)  However, when I discovered who this amazing personality was, I instantly became obsessed.  I’ve been wanting to do a Ghoulardi show every since, but other projects and things got in the way.  This is the result of that obsession.

The show is culled from three primary sources: a recreation of the Shock Theater episode, The Hypnotic Eye, done by the good people at The Weirdness Really Bad Movie.  This recreation uses all the existing footage of Ghoulardi in action, mixed with an audio recording made from when he hosted The Hypnotic Eye.  Computer animation, and authentic commercials from the period, help sell this recreation, and it really works.  Watching it is as close to what it must have been like to watch Shock Theater in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, and while the film is a bomb, the few gems you get from holding on for the Ghoulardi clips are totally worth it.  For those of you familiar with watching Horror Hosts, you’ll know exactly what I mean.  It is available free on YouTube.com.

The second source for this episode is the great compilation called Ghoulardi Music, which was assembled ages ago by Kogar The Swingin’ Ape!  (Also responsible for the Lux & Ivy comps.)  I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, and a song or two has appeared on previous shows for a variety of reasons.  But all the music from this show is either from that comp, or were songs I tracked down that should have been on this comp.  Ghoulardi was a very unique Horror Host, in that he used a lot of music in his clips on the show.  There are a number of listings of “songs from Ghoulardi’s show” on the Inter-Web-A-Tron, and they vary from site to site.  As very few clips of Ghoulardi exist to compare, these lists are as good as they get.  Still, the tracks are all great, and this gives you a feel for what Ghoulardi’s record collection must have been like.

We have more Halloween Spook-tacular’s on the way this month, continuing next week with another legend from the past, Spike Jones!  We are your source for Halloween Musical Shenanigans, and we now have a special Halloween Podcast that you can subscribe to, featuring our classic Halloween Shows.  Just paste http://feeds.feedburner.com/BlasphuphmusRadioHalloweenSpook-tacular into your listening device of choice, and you can enjoy a number of Spooky Shows, all free.  That’s how we like to celebrate the season.

See you in Seven!

The Ghoulardi Show!
# Title * Artist * Album * Website
01.) Light Up An Old Ghould * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye * http://reallybadmovie.weebly.com/
02.) Pygmy * Baby Sticks and The Kingtones * Ghoulardi Music * http://kogarsjunglejuice.blogspot.com/
03.) Goulardi Is Sick Tonight * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
04.) Space Rock Part One * The Baskerville Hounds * Ghoulardi Music
05.) A Ghoulardi Doll * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
06.) Birth of The Beat * Sandy Nelson * Ghoulardi Music
07.) Saturday Letters * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
08.) Blues Theme * Davie Allan and The Arrows * Ghoulardi Music
09.) Eddie’s Blues * Eddie Cochran * Ghoulardi Music
10.) My Ghoul-friend * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
11.) Time Bomb * Johnny and The Hurricanes * Ghoulardi Music
12.) Real Close * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
13.) The Swingin’ Shepherd Blues * Moe Koffman Quartette * Ghoulardi Music
14.) Poker * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
15.) Little Eefin Annie * Joe Perkins * Ghoulardi Music
16.) Stay Wood, Kid * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
17.) Wiggle Wobble * Les Cooper and The Soul Rockers * Ghoulardi Music
18.) Rumble * Link Wray * Ghoulardi Music
19.) Shocker Box * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
20.) Little Boxes * Pete Seegar * Ghoulardi Music
21.) Beat Poem * King of the Beatniks * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
22.) The Rat * The Ventures * Ghoulardi Music
23.) More Ghoul-friend * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
24.) Surfin’ Bird * The Trashmen * Ghoulardi Music
25.) Cool It With The Boom Booms * Ghoulardi * Ghoulardi Music
26.) Wham! * Lonnie Mack * Ghoulardi Music
27.) Ghoulardi Is A Coward * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
28.) Stronger Than Dirt * Tom King and The Starfighters * Ghoulardi Music
29.) Pedal Pusher * The Ventures * Ghoulardi Music
30.) Ghoulardi’s Life Story * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
31.) Papa Oo Mow Mow * The Rivingtons * Ghoulardi Music
32.) Cake * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
33.) Bird Dance Beat * The Trashmen * Ghoulardi Music
34.) Next Week’s Movie * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
35.) Dartell Stomp * The Mustangs * Ghoulardi Music
36.) Hey Group! * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
37.) The Desert Rat * Duane Eddy * Ghoulardi Music
38.) Green Onions * Booker T. and The MG’s * Ghoulardi Music
39.) Stay Sick * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
40.) Sugar Shack * Jimmy Gilmer * Ghoulardi Music
41.) You’re A Lot of Fun To Be With * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
42.) Constipation Blues * Screaming Jay Hawkins * Ghoulardi Music
43.) Wake Up * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
44.) Mumbles * The Oscar Peterson Trio * Ghoulardi Music
45.) Written By The Adults * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
46.) Buzzsaw * The Turtles * Ghoulardi Music
47.) Beachcomber * Bobby Darin * Ghoulardi Music
48.) Less Obtrusive * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
49.) Turn Blue * Jimmy McGriff * Ghoulardi Music
50.) The Laugh * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
51.) Bolo Blues * Jimmy Forrest * Ghoulardi Music
52.) Oxnard * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
53.) Mama Oo Mow Mow * The Rivingtons * Ghoulardi Music
54.) You Can’t See This When You’re Way Out There * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
55.) Space Rock Part Two * The Baskerville Hounds * Ghoulardi Music
56.) Hypnosis Word Of Warning * Narrator * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
57.) Peach Fuzz * The Ventures * Ghoulardi Music
58.) Stay Sick * Ghoulardi * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye
59.) CBS Logo * CBS Studios * Shock Theater: The Hypnotic Eye

Episode 133: The Mad Daddy Rides Again!

The Mad Daddy Himself

The Mad Daddy Himself

Episode 133: The Mad Daddy Rides Again! (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)
(Featuring two hours of the originator of Halloween Radio, The Mad Daddy Himself!)

In the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, the citizens of Cleveland would tune in late at night to hear the rhyming ravings of a real radio genius, The Mad Daddy!  Using sound effects on record, a reverb machine, various tape effects, and a stack of records from groups that were not getting regular airplay, he would get on the air and present two and a half h0urs of some of the most inventive radio you’ve every heard.  And, in an instant, he was gone.  This show is a small gesture toward recreating what a real Mad Daddy show must have been like, using a variety of materials and sources that I dig up just for this broadcast.

These are actual recordings of The Mad Daddy himself, in action.  Half of this show is culled from an hour-long air-check tape from 1958, and various from from the great compilation, Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964, make up the bulk of the material for the show.    There are also a few period songs from when his show was on the air, and also includes both sides of the 45 Mad Daddy cut in the early 60’s, “I Love A Good Practical Joke” b/w “What Is A Pfisteris?”

Special thanks go out to the excellent archivist and blogger, Kogar The Swinging Ape (the one responsible for the Lux & Ivy compilation series), and the “Salad Days” radio program, which did an excellent tribute show at the beginning of 2010.  Both websites helped lead me in the right direction when I was trying to assemble this broadcast, and both led me to recordings and songs that I was unaware of before I had this idea for a show.  In particular, Kogar posted on his blog a recording of an acetate that contained recordings of the sound effects that Mad Daddy used when he was on the air.  Those are sprinkled liberally throughout this show.

There is something wonderful about listening to The Mad Daddy in action, that I have never heard on any kind of radio before or since.  His rhyming weirdness, his theatrical enthusiasm, and the creepy undertones of his weirdness, have all the hallmarks of a good Horror Host, and in many ways he invented the form.  This isn’t exactly “creepy” or “spooky,” but definitely has a retro feel that fits the nostalgia that is common around this time of year.  Plus, his raps are fantastic.  All improvised, and well worth the time and energy.

Stay tuned, as next week we’ll feature his apprentice, Ghoulardi!  Enjoy!

# Artist * Title * Album * Label
01.) The Mad Daddy * Show Opening * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records * Norton Records
02.) The Mad Daddy * 1958 Air-Check Excerpt 1 * The Mad Daddy * WHK Radio
03.) The Mad Daddy * News Break * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records * Norton Records
04.) The Mad Daddy * Gillette Razor * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records * Norton Records
05.) Rene Hall * Twitchy * “Twitchy” b/w” Flippin'”
06.) The Mad Daddy * 1958 Air-Check Excerpt 2 * The Mad Daddy WHK Radio
07.) The Joker (The Mad Daddy) * I Love A Good Practical Joke * “I Love A Good Practical Joke” b/w “What Is A Pfisteris?” *
08.) The Mad Daddy * 1958 Air-Check Excerpt 3 * The Mad Daddy * WHK Radio
09.) The Mad Daddy * RCA Dehumid-d-d-d-difier * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records * Norton Records
10.) The Five Stars * Pickin’ On The Wrong Chicken * “Pickin’ On The Wrong Chicken” b/w “Dreaming”
11.) The Mad Daddy * 1958 Air-Check Excerpt 4 * The Mad Daddy * WHK Radio
12.) The Mad Daddy * Record Rendezvous * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records * Norton Records
13.) The Mad Daddy * WHK Jingle * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records
14.) The Tune Rockers * Green Mosquito * “The Green Mosquito” b/w “Warm Up”
15.) The Mad Daddy * 1958 Air-Check Excerpt 5 * The Mad Daddy
16.) The Valiants * Good Golly Miss Molly * “Good Golly Miss Molly” b/w “This Is The Nite”
17.) The Mad Daddy * Random Air-Check Excerpt * The Mad Daddy
18.) The Mad Daddy * Gillette Razor 2 * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records
19.) The Joker * What Is A Pfisteris? * “I Love A Good Practical Joke?” b/w “What Is A Pfisteris?”
20.) The Puddle Jumpers * Snake Charmer * “Snake Charmer” b/w “Mud Puddle”
21.) The Mad Daddy * Big Bad Train * “Snake Charmer” b/w “Mud Puddle”
22.) Muddy Waters * (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man * Complete Chess Masters
23.) The Mad Daddy * Martian Shave * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records
24.) The Nite Riders * Pretty Plaid Skirt (And Long Black Socks) * “Pretty Plaid Skirt” b/w “I’ll Never Change”
25.) The Mad Daddy * Moldy Basement * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records
26.) The Eternals * Rockin’ In The Jungle * “Rockin’ In The Jungle” b/w “Rock ‘N Roll Cha Cha”
27.) The Mad Daddy * Record Rendezvous 2 * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records
28.) Dwight Pullen * Sunglasses After Dark * “Teenage Bug” b/w “Sunglasses After Dark”
29.) The Mad Daddy * Record Acid Test * Wavy Gravy! Atom Smashin’ Zoomeratin’ Mello Jello Radio Broadcasts 1958 – 1964 * Norton Records
30.) Dale Hawkins * Tornado * “Tornado” b/w “Little Pig”

KPSU Playlist

Episode 092: The Black Cat & Other Frightening Tales

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

Episode 092: The Black Cat & Other Frightening Tales (A Halloween Spook-tacular!)
(Featuring a four hour Halloween presentation of Diamanda Galás reading Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat!)

Join me for a special extended edition of Blasphuphmus Radio, just in time for the Holidays!  That’s right, tune in for a special re-telling of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” (read by Diamanda Galás), mixed with Ed Wood samples, Vampires, Bob & Ray, Werewolfs, Lux & Ivy’s Favorite Hits, Ghosts, a Mad Monster Party, a handful of Zombies, a trip to the Graveyard, and four hours of Halloween madness. It’s everything you need to set your mood for the Halloween soiree in your future!

That’s a Halloween Spook-tacular, only on Blasphuphmus Radio.

The Black Cat
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
001.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle
002.) KPSU Halloween
003.) A Night In A Haunted House
004.) Haunted House * Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
005.) The Baron * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
006.) Dead Moon Night * Dead Moon
007.) The Black Cat 1
008.) A Night In A Haunted House
009.) Haunted House Blues * Bessie Smith
010.) Monster Surfing Time * Deadly Ones * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 05
011.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 1
012.) The Haunted House Sounds
013.) The Haunted House * Vic Crume
014.) Strolling Spooks * Ken Nordine
015.) The Haunted House Sounds
016.) The Black Cat 2
017.) Mad Monster Party * Maury Laws w/ Ethel Ennis * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
018.) It’s Halloween! * The Shaggs * Philosophy Of The World * Third World Records
019.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 2
020.) Monster Mash * Bobby “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers
021.) The Headless Horseman * Bing Crosby
022.) A Night In A Haunted House
023.) The Black Cat
024.) Scream * Ralph Neilsen & The Chancellors * Back From The Grave Part 1
025.) The Boogie Monster * Gnarls Barkley * St. Elsewhere * Downtown Records
026.) The Haunted House Sounds
027.) Anxiety!: Poison Coffee * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 3
028.) A Night In A Haunted House
029.) The Black Cat 4
030.) Waltz For A Witch * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
031.) El Monstruo * Los Shains
032.) Jack The Ripper * The One Way Streets * Back From The Grave Part 1
033.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 3
034.) Ghost Hop * The Surfmen * Wild Surf!
035.) The Haunted House Sounds
036.) Mr. Ghost Goes To Town * The Five Jones Boys * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 04
037.) Ghost Wanted * The Carl Stalling Project * The Carl Stalling Project Volume 2
038.) Ghost Train * Electro-Tones * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 04
039.) A Night In A Haunted House
040.) The Black Cat 5
041.) The Spook * The Tomkos
042.) Sir Roderic’s Song * William Schwenck Gilbert
043.) Grim, Grinning Ghosts – The Haunted Mansion * Disneyland
044.) The Haunted House Sounds
045.) The Black Cat 6
046.) Dark Shadows Main Title Theme
047.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 4
048.) The Mummy’s Bracelet * Lee Ross * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 10
049.) The Mummy * Bob Mcfadden * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume One
050.) The Way Out Mummy * Bob Ridgley * Lost Treasures
051.) The Mummy * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
052.) Anxiety!: Commander Nelville Putney * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2
053.) A Night In A Haunted House
054.) The Black Cat 7
055.) The Wolf Wobble * Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti * 1920’s And 1930’s Sides Remastered * JSP Records
056.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 5
057.) Frankenstein Walk * Gene “Bowlegs” Miller
058.) Over At The Frankenstein Place * The Cast * The Rocky Horror Picture Show
059.) The Haunted House Sounds
060.) Werewolf Watusi * Don Hinson And The Rigamorticians
061.) The Haunted House Sounds
062.) The Black Cat 8
063.) Night Of The Vampire * The Moontrekkers * It’s Hard To Believe It: The Amazing World Of Joe Meek
064.) Raving Vampire Pt. I * Souls Unlimited
065.) Dinner With Dracula * Zacherle * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 02
066.) Dracula’s Daughter * Screamin’ Lord Sutch * I Hear A New World
067.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 6
068.) A Night In A Haunted House
069.) The Black Cat 9
070.) Do the Zombie * The Symbols * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 03
071.) Zombi * Los Sleepers * Mas Rock and Roll – 26 Rare 60’s Teen-Punk
072.) Zombie Lou * Johnson Bros.
073.) Zombie Jamboree * Kingston Trio
074.) Watusi Zombie * Jan Davis * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 11
075.) The Thing Strikes [Excerpt] * Henry Mancini
076.) The Haunted House Sounds
077.) The Twilight Zone Main Title Theme
078.) The Midnight Zone * Bob & Ray * The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2
079.) A Night In A Haunted House
080.) The Black Cat 10
081.) Mad Monster Party Instrumental * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
082.) Sinister Purpose * Zacherle with Southern Culture On The Skids
083.) Graveyard Shift * Bobby “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers
084.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 7
085.) Morgus The Magnificent
086.) Jungle Madness * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
087.) The Haunted House Sounds
088.) The Black Cat 11
089.) The Night Of The Phantom
090.) Graveyard * Dead Moon
091.) Rockin’ In The Graveyard * Jackie Morningstar * Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 02
092.) Now I Will Talk To The Wolfman And Mummy 8
093.) Graveyard * Blenders
094.) Cementario * Los Saicos
095.) Cemetery Blues * Bessie Smith
096.) A Night In A Haunted House
097.) The Black Cat 12
098.) Till The Following Night * Screamin’ Lord Sutch
099.) Finale * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party * Retrograde Records
100.) The Great Pumpkin Waltz * Vince Guaraldi
101.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Episode 091: Rock Out With Your Goth Out Part II

Boo

Boo

Episode 091: Rock Out With Your Goth Out Part II w/ Moth Hunter
(Featuring two hours of Halloween Goth & Industrial music for a perfect seasonal soundtrack.)

Enjoy!

Rock Out With Your Goth Out Part II
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) * * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) The Durrow Book * Dead Voices on Air * Piss Frond * Invisible Records
03.) Hurricane Fighter Plane * Alien Sex Fiend * The Impossible Mission * Passport Records
04.) You Know What You Are [Excerpt] * Ministry * The Land of Rape and Honey * Sire Records
05.) Stigmata * Ministry * The Land of Rape and Honey * Sire Records
06.) Tragedy For You [Neurodancer] * Front 242 * Tragedy For You 12″ * CBS Records
07.) Dissonance * Legendary Pink Dots * Nemesis Online * Soleilmoon Records
08.) Performance * Tones on Tail * Pop * Beggars Banquet Records
09.) Teenage Lightning 2 * Coil * Love’s Secret Domain * Wax Trax Records
10.) Monitor * Siouxsie And The Banshees * Juju * Polydor (UK) Ltd.
11.) Money Is Flesh * Swans * Greed / Holy Money
12.) * * Haunted House
13.) Holy War * Lords of the New Church * Lords of The New Church * IRS Records
14.) Chosen * Moth Hunter * Dust
15.) Suzy Q * Sheep On Drugs * Greatest Hits * Smash Records
16.) Eyes of Nature * Swans * Various Failures
17.) Church * Skinny Puppy * Bites
18.) Convulsion * Skinny Puppy * Too Dark Park * Universal Records
19.) Spasmolytic * Skinny Puppy * Too Dark Park * Universal Records
20.) I Hate You [Excerpt] * Christian Death * “I Hate You” b/w “All The Love” 12″ * Prophets Records
21.) Love’s Secret Domain * Coil * Love’s Secret Domain * Wax Trax Records
22.) Slavestate * Godflesh * Slavestate
23.) Trick Or Treat * Download * Charlie’s Family * Metropolis Records
24.) Blind * Swans * Various Failures

KPSU Playlist

Episode 045: The How’s It Named? Halloween Spook-Tacular!

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Episode 045: The How’s It Named? Halloween Spook-Tacular!
(Featuring scary selections from the collections of Austin Rich & Ricardo Wang.)

Pulling out all the stops for the last installment of our Spook-Tacular series this month, I joined forces with Ricardo Wang of What’s This Called? to bring you two hours of insanity to kick-start your Halloween Party Plans tonight. Ob-soive:

This has been a wonderful Holiday Season, and I really enjoyed getting back into the Halloween saddle. I’m not sure what’s on the docket for next week, but stay tuned! As the weather changes, and the year grinds to a close, I’ll be doing my best to bring you everything musical you need to cope. Pleasant Nightmares!

See you in seven.

How’s It Named? Halloween Spook-tacular!

01.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle
02.) Halloween At KPSU
03.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
04.) Paint It Black * The Avengers * The Avengers
05.) Waltz For A Witch * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
06.) Witches And Devils * Albert Ayler
07.) Ghost Wanted * Carl Stalling * The Carl Stalling Project Vol. 2
08.) Hands In The Dark * Dark Day * Dark From Day One
09.) Bride Of Frankenstein * Quintron * The Frog Tape
10.) Doors Of Death * Chuck Swaim & The Dead Air Fresheners
11.) I Hear Voices * Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
12.) What’s This Called? ID * Crank Sturgeon
13.) Please Mr. Gravedigger * David Bowie
14.) Werewolf Watusi * Don Hinson And The Rigamorticians
15.) Still Walking * Throbbing Gristle * 20 Jazz Funk Greats
16.) Feeder * Coil
17.) The Boogie Monster * Gnarles Barkley
18.) Frankenstein Walk * Gene “Bowlegs” Miller
19.) Ghost Bitch * Sonic Youth
20.) At The Stake * Melvins * Stoner Witch
21.) Corpse Pose * Unwound * Repetition
22.) Look A Ghost * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You
23.) Graveyard * Butthole Surfers * Locust Abortion Technician
24.) Night Of The Vampire * Roky Erickson & The Aliens * The Evil One
25.) Happy Nightmare Baby * Opal
26.) C.R.E.E.P. * The Fall
27.) Gravedigging Blues * Beat Happening * Black Candy
28.) Devil Doll * X
29.) Spookmaster * The Ghastly Ones * A-Haunting We Will Go-Go
30.) Demon Sanctuary * Naked City * Naked City
31.) Mad Monster Part * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
32.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Episode 044: Fromage de l’Halloween

Open A Can Of Halloween!

Open A Can Of Halloween!

Episode 044: Fromage de l’Halloween
(Featuring even more of the same, and then some, from a October 25th, 2006 show.)

Corny music! And spook-tacular news concerning next week’s show! Can you believe all the exclamation points?!  During the original broadcast, I was training a new KPSU volunteer, who shares this show with me.  It’s a whole lot of Halloween fun packed into one hour.

See ya in seven.

Fromage de l’Halloween

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) This Is Halloween * Danny Elfman * The Nightmare Before Christmas
05.) Dark Shadows Main Title Theme
06.) A Fistful Of Terror * The Bomboras * Halloween Hootenanny
07.) Tales From The Crypt Main Title Theme * Danny Elfman
08.) Gravewalk * Satan’s Pilgrims
09.) Treehouse Of Horror * The Simpsons
10.) Sir Roderic’s Song * William Schwenck Gilbert
11.) The Thing Strikes (Excerpt I) * Henry Mancini
12.) The Addams Family Main Title Theme
13.) Young Frankenstein Main Title Theme
14.) Dracula * Phillip Glass & The Kronos Quartet
15.) The Twilight Zone Main Title Theme
16.) Big Zombie * The Mekons
17.) The Simpsons / Addams Family Closing Title Theme
18.) The Thing Strikes (Excerpt II) * Henry Mancini
19.) Ghostbusters * Ray Parker Jr.
20.) Spectre Detector * The Tiki Tones * The Tiki Tones Play Songs For The Suburban Savage
21.) Man Seeks The Future * Attilio “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds
22.) Boo! (Hoo Hoo!) * The Famous Monsters
23.) The Munsters Main Title Theme
24.) Halloween (Live) * MX-80 * Always Leave ‘Em Wanting Less
25.) Gayway To Heaven * Attilio “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds
26.) The Haunted House * Vic Crume
27.) The Great Pumpkin Waltz * Vince Guarldi
28.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Episode 043: Lost In The Punk-In Patch

The Leader Of The Patch

The Leader Of The Patch

Episode 043: Lost In The Punk-In Patch (18 October 2006 Retrocast)
(Featuring all your favorite Halloween classics, from Dead Moon to The Dream Syndicate)

With only a spare few weeks left until Halloween Proper, I continue my holiday-season retrocasts with a fantastic episode from 2006, featuring a wonderful assortment of Creepy Monster Punk Songs, guaranteed to put you in the right mood for rampaging at night and stirring up trouble.

I hope as many of you as possible will be out at the Scion Garage Fest today, to enjoy some of the local Portland weather, and soak in the rock. I’ll be back next week with Fromage de la Halloween. See ya in seven.

Lost In The Punk-In Patch

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) Dead Moon Night * Dead Moon
05.) Haunted House * Gang Green * You Got It
06.) Pumpkin * WWAX * 7″
07.) Chainsaw * Ramones * Ramones
08.) Halloween * Misfits *
09.) Halloween * Dead Kennedys * Plastic Surgery Disasters
10.) Spectra Sonic Sound * Nation Of Ulysses * 13-Point Program To Destroy America
11.) Octoberfleshed * KARP * Self-Titled LP
12.) All Souls Day * Unwound * New Plastic Ideas
13.) Spider Baby * Fantômas * The Director’s Cut
14.) (She’s My) Vampire Girl * The Groovie Ghoulies * Fun In The Dark
15.) Zombie * Screeching Weasel * Boogadaboogadaboogada!
16.) Do The Zombie * The Eyeliners * Here Comes Trouble
17.) Rapid Fire (Vampire Attack) * Los Cincos * Vampire Attack 7″
18.) TV Set * The Cramps * Songs The Lord Taught Us
19.) Halloween * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine And Roses

Episode 042: The War Of The Worlds

Where Reality Met Fantasy

Where Reality Met Fantasy

Episode 042: The War Of The Worlds
(Where I rebroadcast the Mutual Network’s classic October 30th, 1938 episode of The Mercury Theater on The Air featuring Orsen Welles!)

Halloween is just starting to take off, and stay tuned next week for one of my favorite Halloween Theme Shows: Lost In The Punk-In Patch!

See ya in seven.

Playlist

01.) War Of The Worlds * The Mercury Theater * 30 October 1938

Episode 041: Recreating “The Outer Limits”

The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

Episode 041: Recreating “The Outer Limits”
(Where I do an audio-recreation of a lost episode of Blasphuphmus Radio from August 1st, 2007.)

Halloween draws closer and closer each and every day, and if there’s one thing I love more than Halloween and Halloween Music, it’s Halloween Music (and radio) with a Sci-Fi bent. With that in mind, I tried to bring you creepy, Halloween-infused Sci-Fi radio, with an additional self-reflexive angle to kick-start the extravaganza.  What would Blasphuphmus Radio‘s Halloween Spook-tacular be without a little Outer Space Shenanigans?

The Outer Limits

01.) The Outer Limits: Control Voice Introduction * Vic Perrin * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
02.) Frozen Neptune * Russ Garcia & His Orchestra * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
03.) Welcome To Tomorrow * Attilio “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds
04.) Man From Mars * Ferrante And Teicher * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
05.) Changing Channels I * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection

06.) The Andromeda Strain: Desert Trip * Gil Melle * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
07.) Guitars In Space * Billy Mure * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
08.) One Step Beyond: Fear * Berlin Symphony Orchestra * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
09.) Doctor Who Main Title * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
10.) The Day The Earth Stood Still Main Title * Bernard Herrmann (Conductor) / Sam Hoffman (Theremin) * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
11.) Changing Channels II * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection

12.) Creature From The Black Lagoon Main Titles * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
13.) It Came From Outer Space: Visitors From Space * Dick Jacobs * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
14.) Fantastic Voyage: Main Title Sound Effects Suite * Leonard Rosenman * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
15.) Planet Of The Apes: Main Title * Jerry Goldsmith * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
16.) Changing Channels III * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection

17.) On Planet X * David Garland and John Zorn * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
18.) Time Tunnel Main Title Theme * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
19.) Forbidden Planet: Main Titles – Overture * Louis And Bebe Barron * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
20.) On The Dark Side Of The Moon * Frank Comstock * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
21.) Changing Channels IV * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
22.) The Outer Limits: Control Voice Introduction * Vic Perrin * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection
23.) Tone Tales From Tomorrow * Frank Coe * Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection

Episode 040: Classics From The Crypt

Oldies But Goodies

Oldies But Goodies

Episode 040: Classics From The Crypt (04 October 2006 Retrocast)
(Featuring vintage Halloween Music, presented as a vintage radio broadcast recording from 04 October 2006.)

October is finally here, and that means I can finally stop resisting the urge to listen to Halloween Music all day long. As I build up to the big day, I decided to bring you a retrocast of one of my favorite Halloween shows from years past, a show from 2006 that was everything a Halloween-themed Radio Show should be.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more Halloween Mayhem, more Live Performances, and more KPSU news you can use.

See ya in seven.

Classics From The Crypt

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) The Baron * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
05.) Haunted House * Jumpin’ Gene Simmons
06.) ‘Til The Following Night * Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages
07.) Mad Monster Party * Ethel Ennis & Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
08.) Cemetery Blues * Bessie Smith
09.) The Graveyard Shift * Bobby “Boris” Pickett
10.) Graveyard * Dead Moon
11.) Night Of The Vampire * The Moontrekkers
12.) Zombie Rockin’ * Mad Kenny’s Midnight Drinkers
13.) Do The Zombie * The Symbols
14.) Zombie Jamboree (Live) * The Kingston Trio * El Paso Concert 15 December 1958
15.) The Mummy * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
16.) Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard * Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
17.) The Headless Horseman * Bing Crosby * Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
18.) Planet Of The Wolves * Guitar Wolf * Planet Of The Wolves
19.) Monster Mash * Bobby “Boris” Pickett
20.) Finale * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
21.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Halloween Cheese II (2006)

Halloween Cheese

Halloween Cheese

Halloween Spook-tacular Part IV: Halloween Cheese II (Phase I Episode 125)

During the broadcast of this episode, I was training a new KPSU volunteer, who makes appearances during the voice-overs.

Playlist:

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) This Is Halloween * Danny Elfman * The Nightmare Before Christmas
05.) Dark Shadows Main Title Theme
06.) A Fistful Of Terror * The Bomboras * Halloween Hootenanny
07.) Tales From The Crypt Main Title Theme * Danny Elfman
08.) Gravewalk * Satan’s Pilgrims
09.) Treehouse Of Horror * The Simpsons
10.) Sir Roderic’s Song * William Schwenck Gilbert
11.) The Thing Strikes (Excerpt I) * Henry Mancini
12.) The Addams Family Main Title Theme
13.) Young Frankenstein Main Title Theme
14.) Dracula * Phillip Glass & The Kronos Quartet
15.) The Twilight Zone Main Title Theme
16.) Big Zombie * The Mekons
17.) The Simpsons / Addams Family Closing Title Theme
18.) The Thing Strikes (Excerpt II) * Henry Mancini
19.) Ghostbusters * Ray Parker Jr.
20.) Spectre Detector * The Tiki Tones * The Tiki Tones Play Songs For The Suburban Savage
21.) Man Seeks The Future * Attilio “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds
22.) Boo! (Hoo Hoo!) * The Famous Monsters
23.) The Munsters Main Title Theme
24.) Halloween (Live) * MX-80 * Always Leave ‘Em Wanting Less
25.) Gayway To Heaven * Attilio “Art” Mineo * Man In Space With Sounds
26.) The Haunted House * Vic Crume
27.) The Great Pumpkin Waltz * Vince Guarldi
28.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

In The Punk-In Patch (2006)

The Leader Of The Patch

The Leader Of The Patch

Halloween Spook-tacular Part III:  In The Punk-In Patch (Phase I Episode 124)

In The Punk-In Patch

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) Dead Moon Night * Dead Moon
05.) Haunted House * Gang Green * You Got It
06.) Pumpkin * WWAX * 7″
07.) Chainsaw * Ramones * Ramones
08.) Halloween * Misfits *
09.) Halloween * Dead Kennedys * Plastic Surgery Disasters
10.) Spectra Sonic Sound * Nation Of Ulysses * 13-Point Program To Destroy America
11.) Octoberfleshed * KARP * Self-Titled LP
12.) All Souls Day * Unwound * New Plastic Ideas
13.) Spider Baby * Fantômas * The Director’s Cut
14.) (She’s My) Vampire Girl * The Groovie Ghoulies * Fun In The Dark
15.) Zombie * Screeching Weasel * Boogadaboogadaboogada!
16.) Do The Zombie * The Eyeliners * Here Comes Trouble
17.) Rapid Fire (Vampire Attack) * Los Cincos * Vampire Attack 7″
18.) TV Set * The Cramps * Songs The Lord Taught Us
19.) Halloween * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine And Roses

Halloween Cheese I (2006)

Halloween Cheese

Halloween Cheese

Halloween Spook-tacular Part II:  Halloween Cheese I (Phase I Episode 123)

Halloween Cheese I

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) Buffy The Vampire Slayer Main Title Theme * Nerf Herder
05.) Zombie Zoo * Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
06.) Bark At The Moon * Ozzy Osbourne * Bark At The Moon
07.) Sinister Purpose (inc.) * Zacherle & Southern Culture On The Skids * Halloween Hootenanny
08.) “It’s Time For Wichery!”
09.) It’s Halloween! * The Shaggs * The Philosophy Of The World
10.) Frankenstein Conquers The World * Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston * It’s Spooky
11.) Grim Grinning Ghosts – The Haunted Mansion * Disneyland
12.) Bela Lugosi’s Dead * Bauhaus
13.) Everyday Is Halloween * Ministry
14.) Haunted House Of Rock * Whodini
15.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Classics From The Crypt (2006)

Boooooooo!

Boooooooo!

Halloween Spook-tacular Part I:  Classics From The Crypt (Phase I Episode 122)

At this time, our program was on from 9 P.M. – 10 P.M.

While I’m off in Europe as part of the DJ exchange program, my Hungarian cousin (also named Austin Rich) is filling in here at KPSU, spinning Halloween tunes for the four weeks leading up to the most sacred and hallowed holiday. For this first installment, he picked out a wide assortment of terrible tunes that have a decidedly classic sound, ranging from back-in-the-day hits (“The Headless Horseman”) to modern-day classics that sound like good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll (“Graveyard” by Dead Moon). This is the first in a four part series, so stay tuned for next weeks installment, “Halloween Cheese!”

Classics From The Crypt

01.) A Night In A Haunted House * Sounds To Make You Shiver
02.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle * Halloween Hootenanny
03.) Halloween At KPSU
04.) The Baron * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
05.) Haunted House * Jumpin’ Gene Simmons
06.) ‘Til The Following Night * Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages
07.) Mad Monster Party * Ethel Ennis & Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
08.) Cemetery Blues * Bessie Smith
09.) The Graveyard Shift * Bobby “Boris” Pickett
10.) Graveyard * Dead Moon
11.) Night Of The Vampire * The Moontrekkers
12.) Zombie Rockin’ * Mad Kenny’s Midnight Drinkers
13.) Do The Zombie * The Symbols
14.) Zombie Jamboree (Live) * The Kingston Trio * El Paso Concert 15 December 1958
15.) The Mummy * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
16.) Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard * Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
17.) The Headless Horseman * Bing Crosby * Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
18.) Planet Of The Wolves * Guitar Wolf * Planet Of The Wolves
19.) Monster Mash * Bobby “Boris” Pickett
20.) Finale * Maury Laws * Mad Monster Party
21.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

The Bottom Of The Crypt (2005)

Who Know's What's At The Bottom Of The Crypt?

Who Know’s What’s At The Bottom Of The Crypt?

Halloween Spook-tacular Part IV: The Bottom Of The Crypt  (KPSU Phase I Episode 070)

At this time, our program was on the air from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

Playlist:

01.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle
02.) The Haunted House * Vic Crume
03.) Dead Moon Night * Dead Moon
04.) Zombie Rockin’ * Mad Kenny’s Midnight Drikers
05.) Boo! (Hoo Hoo) * Famous Monsters
06.) Soaring Science (No Vox) * Art Mineo
07.) Frankenstein * Edgar Winter Group
08.) Extrasensory Deception * Davie Allan & The Phantom Surfers
09.) Planet Of The Wolves * Guitar Wolf
10.) Spectre Detecter * The Tiki Tones
11.) A Fistful Of Terror * The Bomboras
12.) Gravewalk * Satan’s Pilgrims
13.) Werewolf * Southern Culture On The Skids
14.) T.V. Set * The Cramps
15.) The Headless Horseman * Bing Crosby
16.) ‘Till The Following NIght * Screamin’ Lord Sutch
17.) Graveyard Dream Blues * Bessie Smith
18.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

The Punk-In Patch (2005)

The Punk-In Patch

The Punk-In Patch

Halloween Spook-tacular Part III: Punk-in Patch  (KPSU Phase I Episode 069)

At this time, our program was on from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

01.) Haunted House * Gang Green
02.) Octoberfleshed * KARP
03.) Halloween * The Dream Syndicate
04.) Cemetary Man * The Sawyer Family
05.) Spectra Sonic Sound * The Nation of Ulysses
06.) Spider Baby * Fantômas
07.) Halloween * Misfits
08.) (She’s My) Vampire Girl * Groovie Ghoulies
09.) Vampire Girl * Johnathan Richman
10.) Rapid Fire (Vampire Attack) * Los Cincos
11.) All Souls Day * Unwound
12.) Zombie * Screeching Weasel
13.) Halloween * Dead Kennedys
14.) Nov. 1st * Crackerbash
15.) Chainsaw * Ramones
16.) Halloween (Live) * MX-80
17.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Halloween Cheese (2005)

Halloween Cheese

Halloween Cheese

Halloween Spook-tacular Part II: Halloween Cheese  (KPSU Phase I Episode 068)

At this time, our program was on the air from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

01.) This Is Halloween * Danny Elfman
02.) The Halloween Dance * Reverand Horton Heat
03.) Halloween (She So Mean) * Rob Zombie featuring The Ghastly Ones
04.) Pet Semetary * Ramones
05.) Sinsister Purpose * Zacherle with Southern Culture On The Skids
06.) Ghostbusters * Ray Parker Jr.
07.) The Headless Horseman * Bing Crosby
08.) Monster Mash * Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
09.) Party Zombie * Gyromatics
10.) Weird Science * Oingo Boingo
11.) Everyday Is Halloween * Ministry
12.) Bark At The Moon * Ozzy Osbourne
13.) Ausoween 1.0 * Kurt Harland
14.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle

Digging Up The Bones (2005)

Digging Up The Bones

Digging Up The Bones

Halloween Spook-tacular Part I: Digging Up The Bones  (KPSU Phase I Episode 067)

At this time, our program was on from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

01.) Halloween Hootenanny * Zacherle
02.) Haunted House * Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
03.) Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard * Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
04.) ‘Til The Following Night * Screamin’ Lord Sutch
05.) Cemetary Blues * Bessie Smith
06.) Graveyard Shift * Bobby “Boris” Picket & The Crypt-Kickers
07.) Graveyard * Dead Moon
08.) Night Of The Vampire * Moontrekkers
09.) Dark Shadows Main Title Theme
10.) Zombie Jamboree * The Kingston Trio
11.) The Addams Family Theme Song * Vic Mizzy
12.) Do The Zombie * The Symbols
13.) The Thing Strikes * Henry Mancini
14.) The Munsters Main Title Theme * Jack Marshall
15.) Grim, Grinning Ghosts – The Haunted Mansion * Disneyland
16.) Cleanin’ Up The Town * The Bus Boys
17.) Frankenstein Conquers The World * Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston
18.) It’s Halloween * The Shaggs
19.) The Great Pumpkin Waltz * Vince Guarldi
20.) Happy Halloween * Zacherle