Closet Radio Episode 053: The Afterlife of Automatons (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 3) (Retrocast)

imageCloset Radio Episode 053: The Afterlife of Automatons (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 3) (Retrocast)


2012 Rikki Horror Picture Show part 3

Snap and pop into the ashes beyond your dark windows when the unexpected invites itself in. The numbers click back until our bluest spectre whispers that unconscious fishes cannot differentiate between the uninspired sleepwalkers and idle fans refusing to spin.When that chip on your block shocks and flatlines, we become merely ghosts of the machine.


“We Kept Our Kitchen Clean and Our Dreaming Quiet” – Castanets
“Still Around” – The Scarring Party
“Something Wicked (That Way Went)” – The Vernian Process
“Clowny Clown Clown” – Crispin Glover
“Don’t Make Me Kill You Again” – Kepi Ghoulie
“Coraline” – Rasputina
“Circus Apocalypse” – Vermillion Lies
“Headless Ghost” – Nightmares
“Minister To A Diseased Mind” – The Bachs
“The Girl Who Was Death” – The Prisoner
“I Was A Teenage Creature” – Lord Luther & The Kingsmen
“The Ghost Song” – Salty Holmes
“We’re Comin’ To Kill Ya’” – Zachariah
“Vampire From Outerspace” – The Independents
“Wolfskin Killer” – Zombeast
“Cannibal” – Scratch Acid
“Rosemary’s Baby” – Mia Farrow
“Satan” – Paul Wibier
“Captain Howdy” – Twisted Sister
“Vampire Carpets” – Son of Svengoolie
“Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood” – Don Hinson & His Rigamorticians
“The Bunyips” – Dot & The Kangaroo
“Nightbreed End Title Theme” –
“The Night” – Toni Basil
“Svengoolie Street” – Screaming Yellow Theater
“It” – Regulaires
“Draculena” – Aaron McNeill
“Bloodstains” – L7
“Sleeping in Blood City” – The Fatals
“John Hardy” – Gun Club
“Nature’s Dark Passion” – The Damned
“Goodbye Horses” – Venus Infers

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Closet Radio Episode 052: No More Room In Hell (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 2) (Retrocast)

imageCloset Radio Episode 052: No More Room In Hell (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 2) (Retrocast)

2012 Rikki Horror Picture Show part 2


Looking into empty reflections searching for any sign of life. Remember to breathe when the lungs collapse, the brain shuts down ticking off glass-eyed marbles on the spinning wheel of preservation merely locked in a jar on the doctor’s shelf. We must recapture what never was.

“Epitaph” – Robert Corbert Orchestra f/ Jonathan Frid
“Old Snake Road” – Hell Caminos
“Shallow Grave” – Mad Marge & The Stonecutters
“On A Pale Horse” – The Gravetones
“Curse of The Hearse” – Haunted Cologne
“On The Coattails Of A Dead Man” – Primus f/ Tom Waits
“Psychodead” – Dead Skeletons
“The Fourth Horseman” – Aphrodite’s Child
“They’re All Dead” – The Prostitutes
“Raise The Dead” – Caravan of Thieves
“Fire & Brimstone” – Ralph Stanley
“Wayfaring Stranger” – 16 Horsepower
“Billy’s Dead” – Deadbolt
“(Not Adam)” – Foetus
“Gallows Twist” – Manual Sex Drive
“Scarecrow” – Ministry
“Dead Puppies” – Ogden Edsl
“Stone Dead Forever” – Motorhead
“The Immortal Death” – Crass
“La Danse Macabre” – Le Bass Harmonistes
“The Ghost With The Most” – The Almighty Defenders
“Buried Deep” -Petra Schelm
“Ragdoll Physics” – Diablo Swing Orchestra”
“I Hold Your Hand In Mine” – Tom Lehrer
“Undertaker” – Southern Culture on The Skids
“Ain’t No Grave (Can Hold My Body Down)” – Johnny Cash

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Closet Radio Episode 051: Going In For The Kill (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 1) (Retrocast)

Closet Radio Episode 051: Going In For The Kill (Rikki Horror Picture Show Part 1) (Retrocast)


2012 Rikki Horror Picture Show part 1

With the spark of an eye, this stranger is marked by the temperatures of light. Her heart ticks to a syncopated beat as sharp as the blade in her hand. Silenced by fear of no bumps in the night when a dark reflection of what no longer ceases to be seen.

“Tricks and Treats” – Lux Interior
“Helter Skelter” – The Beatles
“Woman of Mass Destruction” – Woolly Bandits
“Where Evil Grows” – The Gore Gore Girls
“Lady Scarface” – Lydia Lunch
“Kill You” – Tioni and The Tomcats
“Satan Is Her Name” – Steve King
“The First Mrs. Jones” – Bill Anderson
“Stab Stab Stab” – Screeching Weasel
“Crizila” – Calabrese
“The Velorium Camper III: Al The Killer” – Coheed & Cambria
“Pretty Baby” – Lords Of The New Church
“Ted Bundy Was A Ladies Man” – Des Roar
“The Electrocutioner” – The Residents

“Janie’s Got A Dissolvo Ray” – Zombina & The Skeletones
“Uncle’s Got A Sweetheart pt.2” – Madeline
“French Wife” – Daryl Scairiot
“Leroy” – The Fibonaccis
“Fever” – The Cramps
“Pretty Little Girl” – The Pine Box Boys
“Impaler” – The Sawyer Family
“Knife Fight” – Katastrophy Wife
“Belladonna” – Siouxsie & The Banshees
“Lovely Creature” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Closet Radio Episode 194: Space Terrors – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt.4

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“Moon Mist” – Blue Jeans – 1961
“Girls In Orbit” – Messer Chups – The Surf Zombies
“Amazons From Outer Space” – Batmobile – Amazons From Outer Space
“Planet X Marks The Spot” – Dr. Steel – People of Earth
“Ship of The Dead” – Nurse With Wound – Spiral Insana
“Crime Of The Century” – eX-Girl – Back To The Mono Kero!
“The Willing Well II: Fear Through The Eyes of Madness” – Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV
“The Star We Spin Around” – George Sarah – Timelapse
“Attack Of The Space Invaders” – The Horibillies – Horrible Rockabilly Punx
“War of the Worlds” – Plan – Manmade Monster
“Teenagers From Mars” – The Hellacopters –
“Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet” – Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
“The Edge” – Spectrum & Silver Apples – A Lake Of Teardrops
“Space Prophet Dogon” – Grails – The Burden of Hope
“Planet On The Prowl” – The Negatives – Lethal Weapons – Suicide Records
“Astralplane” – Blue Pills – Bliss
“10th Planet” – Solid Space – Space Museum
“The Moon” – Nick Cave
“Star Charmer” – Grinderman – Heathen Child Limited Edition 12″
“Invasion On The Black Skies” – The Koolaid Electric Company – Black EP
“The Descent” – Helios Creed – X- Rated Fairy Tales

Closet Radio Episode 193: The Only Good Cowboy – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 3

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Playlist & Footnotes:


“Moon Over Asbury” – Bouncing Souls – Maniacal Laughter
“Hangin’ Me Tonight” – Bloodshot Bill – Trashy, Greasy, Rockin’ Billy
“Now He’s Dead” – Hank Williams III – This Ain’t Country
“Shoot First And Run Like Hell” – Nashville Pussy – High as Hell
“Dead Man” – Die Hunns – Long Legs
“Goodbye Johnny” – Flytrap – Salvo of 24 Gunshots


“10 Pasos De La Muerte” – Twintones – Demo
“The Legend of God’s Gun” – Spindrift – The Legend of God’s Gun
“Vaalley of Death” – Last Drive – Underworld Shakedown
“Eldorado” – Basil Rathbone – Edgar Allen Poe Audio Collection
“Cask” – Cemetery – Demo
“Gold Rush pt.2″ – Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Out of Frequency
“Wet Dead Horses” – Narrow Terence – Narcos Corridos
“Sandman” – America – History
“Lonely Night” – D.G. Scherrer – Turn Back O’ Man Demos


“Hello Nightmare” – Mountain Con
“Long Black Veil” – The Corn Sisters – The Other Women


“Man In The Long, Black Coat” – Mark Lanegan –
“Death By Drowning” – The Birthday Party – Hee Haw
“The Night Bell With Lightning” – David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time
“Be Mean” – Lost Cities – Demo
“Drown In The River” – Those Poor Bastards –
“Secret Fires” – The Gun Club – Las Vegas Story
“Death Is Hanging Over Me” – Nikki Sudden And The Jacobites – Texas
“Black Dress” – O Death – Outside
“Redemption” – Dex Romweber Duo – Is That You In The Blue?


“No Way Out But Down” – Graham Lindsey – For A Decade of Sin
“Dirtnap Stories” – Lee Hazlewood – For Every Solution, There’s A Problem

Closet Radio Episode 192: In The Underground – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 2

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“Dead and Happy” – Scarecrow – Maggotbox – 82 Records

“A Dark Place” – The Hell Caminos – Lust

“Young Men Dead” – The Black Angels – Passover

“Dead Cool” – Chrome Cranks – Dead Cool


“Ghost From My Grave” – Catholic Spray – Fruits Of The Moon

“Dirges Are Downers” – The Black Lipstick – Converted Thieves

“Deep Sleep” – Chance Halladay – Home Run – Bulldog

“Deep Deep Down” – The Mr. T Experience – Love Is Dead

“Lotion” – The Greenskeepers –

“Vegan Zombie” – Zach Selwyn – Demo

“Deathbed Confession” – Chain & The Gang – Down With LIberty


“Spiderhole” – The Mission Creeps – In Sickness and In Health

“Mountains Of Madness” -Cubby Preachers – CPV

“Downstairs To Hell” – Lover! – No Dreams Please

“Oh Death” – Dock Boggs –

“Flames” – The Sawyer Family – The Burning Times


“I Was The Murderer” – Eat Your Make Up – First Dinner

“Eternity” – Zombeast – Zombeast

“At The Crossroads” – Crime & The City Solution – Just South of Heaven

“Resurrection Mary” – Ex-Voto – Goth Box Disc 3

“Coffin Maker” – 13th Chime – The Singles

“Midnight Graveyard” – Mother Sunday

“Dirt” – Revolting Cocks – Linger Fickin’ Good

Closet Radio Episode 191: Running The Hunted – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2015 pt. 1

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“Flypaper” – Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds – Gorilla Rose

“Hallowed Be My Name” – Alice Cooper –

“Necrotina” – Motorpsychos –

“Bad Things” – Andrew Jackson Jihad – People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World

“When The Wolf Comes” – The Kill Devil Hills –

“Maw” – Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

“Tell Tale Heart” – Edgar Allen Poe – Read by James Mason

“Deep In The Woods” – The Birthday Party – Bad Seed E.P.

“When The Evening Comes”- The Undead – Live Slayer

“Creep” – The Carpettes – Early Years

“Stalking” – Bruce McCulloch – Shame Based Man

“Skincrawl” – Chesty Malone & The Slice ‘Em Ups – Now We’re Gonna See What Disaster Really Means

“Nightmare” – Go Katz – Real Gone Katz

“Love You To Death” – The Massacres – Redemption – Bouncing Betty

“Cruella De Ville” – Alex Perros & The Lone Stars –

“Axe Murderer” – Bloody Hollys – Plane Crash E.P.

“The Lunacy Of Mr. Cadaver” – Cryptkeeper Five – Dear Dr. X… I Wanna Be The Creature

“Trigger Happy Jack” – Poe – Hello

“Time Will Tell” – Susan Anton – Wizards OST

“Eye” – The Scarring Party – A Concise Introduction

“Monstrously Refined Tastes” – Archbishop Jason Polland – Inexorable Paths

“I Know Where You Sleep” – Emilie Autumn – Opheliac

“Look Away My Love” – Advent Sleep – Egos and Eros – Pink Cathedral

“In The Shadows” – Cult Of The Psychic Fetus – She Devil

“Devil Is On His Way” –  Joe Buck Yourself – Piss and Vinegar

“Shadow: A Parable By Edgar Allen Poe” – The Mission Creeps

“Somebody’s Knocking” – The Voodoo Organist –  The Serpent’s Dance

“Slaughterhouse” – The Video Nasties – Demo

“Prey” – DJ Food f/ J.G. Thirlwell – Ninja Tune

Closet Radio Episode 003: The Rikki Horror Picture Show pt. 2 (Retrocast)


Closet Radio Episode 003: The Rikki Horror Picture Show pt. 2 (Retrocast)

(Originally Broadcast: 31 October 2011.)

Wrapping up the Halloween creeps, I present you with part two of the Rikki Horror Picture Show! More morbid mayhem this week along with our very special (and hopefully recurring) guest, Claudiu, new DJ Chris popped in for a bit to hang out and we had some technical difficulties to boot since it wouldn’t be a true trickery season without. Let’s get undead!

The Rikki Horror Picture Show pt. 2

Hour 1

01.) “Time to get this party started.”

02.) “Death Party” – The Gun Club
03.) “Dog Will Hunt” – Choptop and Stretch
04.) “Seven Rusty Blades” – The Limit Club

05.) ”Suspiria Theme” – Goblin
06.) “All Hell Breaks Loose” – Mad Sin
07.) “Billy’s Dead”- Deadbolt
08.) “I Got The Creeps” – Big John Bates and The Voodoo Dollz
09.) “I Kick Ass For The Lord.”

10.) “We Watch A Lot Of Movies” – Murder By Death
11.) “I Don’t Hate Shit, God Does” – All Leather ** (request)
12.) “Came Out Of A Lady” – Rubblebucket ** (request)

13.) “Dead Or Alive” – Oingo Boingo
14.) “Delirium Trigger” – Coheed and Cambria
15.) “Nasty” – The Damned
16.) “The Witch” – The Sonics

Hour 2

17.) “Intermission” – Murder By Death
18.) “Fun In The Dark” – Kepi Ghoulie
19.) “The Forest Is Full Of Spiders” – Manual Sex Drive
20.) “Dead Man’s Suit” – The Chrome Cranks
21.) “Halloween” – The Ghost
22.) “Drive-In Oath” –Joe Bob Briggs

23.) “Another Bag of Bones” – Kevin Devine and the Goddamned Band

24.) “Hand Me Some Chew” – Zachariah
25.) “Beelz” – Stephen Lynch
26.) “Under A Funeral Moon” – Darkthrone
27.) “Go-Go To The Graveyard” – The Deadlines
28.) “Eaten By The Monster Of Love” – Sparks

29.) “Speak No Evil” – Clint Howard
30.) “Blue Spirit Blues” – THAT Damned Band
31.) “Gorey Demise” – Creature Feature
32.) “The Black Widow” – Alice Cooper w/ Vincent Price

33.) “Piano Duet” – Danny Elfman
34.) “In Olde Yellowcake” – Rasputina
35.) “Don’t Fear The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult


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Closet Radio Episode 002: Rikki Horror Picture Show pt. 1 (Retrocast)

Closet Radio Episode 002: Rikki Horror Picture Show pt. 1 (Retrocast)

(Originally Broadcast: 24 October 2011 on KPSU.)

We’re upon the witching season. Get into it with some good old fashioned songs about monsters, murders, mayhem, morbid meanderings and more! Next week’s episode (Saturday @ 5pm PST) will fill you up with the ghastly spirit of evil even more! If nothing else, it will provide you with an arsenal of songs that are fun to sing at family gatherings!

Rikki Horror Picture Show pt. 1:

Hour 1

01.) “Stanley’s Death Park” – Thomas Dolby
02.) “Zombie Dance” – The Cramps

03.) “Twin Peaks Theme” – Angelo Badalamenti

04.) “Dr. Plainfield” – Stellar Corpses
05.) “I’m Aware That I’m A Werewolf” – Tom Basden
06.) “Zombie Raid” – The Arrivals

07.) “Henry Lee” – Peggy Seeger
08.) “Buried Alive” – The Sawyer Family
09.) “The Graveyard Tree” – Koffin Kats
10.) “Curse of Millhaven” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

11.) “Devil’s Work Day” – Modest Mouse
12.) “Revelator” – The Scarring Party
13.) “Bikinigram From Satan” – Dr. Steel
14.) “Tromatic Events”- Slime & The Boobytramps
15.) “Rats In The Cellar”  – Baby Jane and Blanche
16.) “The Fly” – The Mummies
17.) “Trouble With Cannibals” – Chesty Malone & The Slice ‘Em Ups

Hour 2

18.) “Alice” – Sisters of Mercy
19.) “Rue Morgue Radio” – The Creepshow

20.) “Monster Speech” – Peter Lorre/ Fritz Lang
21.) “Spider” – Theo & The Skyscrapers
22.) “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
23.) “Memphis Exorcism” – Squirrel Nut Zippers
24.) “Psycho Sick Demons”- Phantom Rockers
25.) “Moundshroud” – Cinema Strange
26.) “Demons Wear Spurs” – The Gravetones
27.) “The Hills Have Eyes” – The Meteors
28.) “Frankengirl” –Screeching Weasel f/ Dr. Frank
29.) “Cemetery Polka” – Tom Waits
30.) “Nobody Likes You When You’re Dead” – Zombina & The Skeletones
31.) “All Serial Killers Go To Heaven”- The Video Nasties
32.) “The Kid With The Replaceable Head” – Richard Hell & The Voidoids
33.) “Death’s Coming” – Hour Of The Wolf
34.) “Monster (Massive Return)” – The Mission Creeps
35.) “Blood In My Eyes” – Calabrese
36.) “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – Bauhaus

What’s This Called?: 1 November 2014: Day of the Dead

Day of The Dead

Day of The Dead

What’s This Called?: 1 November 2014: Day of the Dead

We mean it man.

Consumed ARU Consumed
Walking Dead Alex Chilton Alex Chilton’s Lost Decade
The Best Day Thurston Moore The Best Day
Traveling Alongside Death Tecumseh Tecumseh
Reach for the Dead Boards of Canada Tomorrow’s Harvest
Birds Withour Souls Rollerball The Traviste of Paint
The Antigravitational Sense Of Nothingness my cat is an alien Wiretapper 25
Mining a Dead Moon Edward Ka-Spel One Last Pose Before the Ruin
Heaven Is of Honey Einsturzende Neubauten Silence is Sexy
Spirit Duet Mary Ellen Childs Wreck
Thither and Yon Sun Ra Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy
Garvey’s Ghost Max Roach Red Hot on Impulse!

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.


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

The New York Times

The New York Times

NewsBlas 30 October 2014: The War of The Worlds Trailer ( 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.


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The Guitar Shop: October 29, 2014 – Halloween show 2014!

The Pumpkin Shop

The Pumpkin Shop

The Guitar Shop: October 29, 2014 – Halloween show 2014!

Guitar Shop Jeff Beck (opening theme) Guitar Shop
Stratospheric Alien Boundaries Travis Larson Band
When The Aliens Come Dave Martone When The Aliens Come
A Demon’s Dream Dave Martone A Demon’s Dream
Demon Fetal Harvest Dave Martone A Demon’s Dream
Leprechaun Promenade Dixie Dregs Night of the Living Dregs
Two Vamps As Guests Steve Hackett Defector
Hill of the Skull Joe Satriani
Dante’s Nightmare Kevin Ferguson
Evil Larry Mitchell Larry Mitchell
Evil Clown Derek Trucks Band Derek Trucks Band
Race With the Devil on Spanish Highway Al Dimeola
Speed of the Devil Elias Viljanen Taking the Lead
Running With the Devil Van Halen
Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Little Black Spiders Lita Ford Dangerous Curves
Bone Chaos In The Castle Kaki King Dreaming of Revenge
Me and the Devil Blues Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings
Born Under A Bad Sign Kenny Wayne Sheperd (with Keb’ Mo and Rebirth Brass Band) Goin’ Home
Mama’s Bad Luck Child Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King Close To The Bone
Mojo Boogie Sonny Landreth South of I-10
Whole Lotta Soul Tab Benoit Medicine
Mojo Man Jimi Hendrix People, Hell And Angels
Blood of the Sun George Lynch Furious George
I Put a Spell on You Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Ain’t Superstitious (closing theme) Jeff Beck Group Truth

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 






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Side A

Side B





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Side A

Side B





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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.


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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:

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What’s This Called?: 25 October 2014: Old Fashioned Halloween Spooktackular!

Tues. October 28, 9 PM

Tues. October 28, 9 PM

What’s This Called?: 25 October 2014: Old Fashioned Halloween Spooktackular!

Preparing for my live dj Halloween party at Kelly’s Olympian in downtown Portland next Tuesdau 10/28 9 PM to Midnight!

Disney Halloween Mix Ricardo Wang Live
Waltz of the Ghouls Verne Langdon Vampyre at the Harpsichord
A Wall of Blood Wobly Drinking the Goat’s Blood
Carmilla’s Grave Spyro DarkLarus Gothic Harpsichord Music
Consumed By Flies Aun VII
Madmen and Spiders Paco Jones A Second Chance Again
Impending Doom Jandek I Woke Up
Bat Power Skeleton 26 Songs About the Natural World Part One (A-M)
Zombie Warfare (Can’t Let You Down) Chrome Half Machine Lip Moves
Intro/Brave Men Run Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising
Two Doves Fell Peter Kramer Slumber Party Masssacre
Time Vampires Flying Lotus Pattern Grid World
Look a Ghost Unwound Leaves Turn Inside You
Mask Bauhaus Mask

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

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

Roger’  (A fan site from the ’90’s / early ’00’s that details every scrap of information anyone can find / has / knows about Frankie Stein.) 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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Closet Radio Episode 153: Six Six Six Sister – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2014 Part 1

…So Below

Closet Radio Episode 153: Six Six Six Sister – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2014 Part 1


Carl Stalling -“Satan’s Waiting”


Steve King – “Satan Is Her Name”
Jean Knight – “I’m Evil Tonight”
Regurgitator – “Devil Spell”
Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”
Carole Bennett – “Haunted Lover”


THAT Damned Band – “Blue Spirit Blues”
Robert Johnson – “Preaching The Blues (Up Jumped The Devil)”
Bessie Smith – “Devil’s Gonna Get You”
Dock Boggs – “Pretty Polly”
Leandra – “Inverted Mirrors Of Decay”
Devil Doll – “You Put A Spell On Me”
SWANS – “Power And Sacrifice”

**** –

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs – “Evil Minded Mama”
Lunachicks – “Pin Eye Woman 665”


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Curse Of Milhaven”
The Ex-Girlfriends Club – “Devil Eyes”
The Bloody Hollies – “Satanic Satellite”
Cryptkeeper Five – “Scream, She Devil, Scream”
Manual Sex Drive – “The Hatching Of The Phoenix”
Lydia Lunch – “Black Juju”
Thee Oh Sees – “Night Crawler”


The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black – “I Believe In Halloween”

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

NewsBlas 9 October 2014: Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers!

NewsBlas 9 October 2014: Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers!

Tarantula Ghoul & Her Gravediggers! (

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

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

 Tarantula Ghoul (

An Image Search for Tarantula Ghoul yields excellent results.

And yet another good Image Search turns up here.

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

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NewsBlas 6 October 2014: Present At A Hanging

Present At A Hanging

Present At A Hanging

NewsBlas 6 October 2014: Present At A Hanging

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

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

Various effects edited and created by Austin Rich.

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What’s This Called?: 4 October 2014: Halloween Special (2005 Retrocast)

Peering Into The Past

Peering Into The Past

What’s This Called?: 4 October 2014: Halloween Special (2005 Retrocast)

(When this episode was originally broadcast, the recording was not only truncated, but in mono.  In this recreation, I have assembled this episode as it was originally heard, in as much stereo as possible, and ready for your consumption.  Enjoy.)

Walter De La Mare – Song of Shadows – The Spoken Word
Bauhaus – Hollow Hills – Press Eject and Give Me the Tape
David Bowie – Please Mr. Gravedigger – 1966-1968
Melvins – If I Had an Exorcism – Bullhead
Big Tom the Lithuanian – Panic Disorder and
Agoraphobia – Infamous Polywogs Vol. 1?

Legendary Pink Dots – This Hollowed Ground – From Here You’ll Watch the World Go By
Jarboe – And I Name Myself Hag- The Unaccompanied Voice
Lungfish – Occult Vibrations – Necrophones
Danielson Family – All Hallow’s Eve – The Unaccompanied Voice

Matmos – Track 2 (Exerpt) – Rat Relocation Project
Half Handed Cloud – Once, Twice, Seven Times a
Werewolf – Infamous Polywogs Vol. 1?
Old Time Relijun – Burial Mound – 2012
Leopards – Ghost Cracked Glass – S/T
Chrome – Future Ghosts – Chrome Flashback
Sonic Youth – Ghost Bitch – Walls Have Ears
Jandek – Didn’t Really Die – White Box Requiem
Unwound – Corpse Pose – Repetition

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:
(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

Closet Radio Episode 104: Stranger and Fiction – Part 2


DJ DIrty Mollie calls in LIVE from SteamCon in Seattle to bring some of the newest and greatest steampunk bands. Featuring a few words from Frenchy and The Punk, and a handful of Steamy friends and fans at the Con. Hour 2 features a set of Tunacan’s favorite old-fashioned Halloween tunes for your spiritual pleasure.


Closet Radio Episode 104 – Part 2


VooDuo – Maddest Story Ever Told

Crispin Glover – Ben

The Nourishment – Paranormal Pair O Pants

Sharron Kraus – “Song of the Hanged Man”

Round Robin – “I’m The Wolfman”

Dandilion Junk Queens – “Halloween”

Nu Trends – Spooksville
2. Rube Bloom and His Bayou Boys – St. James Infirmary (feat. Rube Bloom and his Bayou Boys) (3:16)
3. Artie Shaw – Skeleton in the Closet (feat. Artie Shaw) (2:42)
4. Arden & Ohman – Dancing the Devil Away (feat. Arden & Ohman) (3:02)

5. Rosemary Clooney – The Wobblin Goblin (feat. Rosemary Clooney) (3:18)
6. Glenn Miller – The Little Man Who Wasn’t There (feat. Glenn Miller) (3:00)

Jim Stafford – Swamp Witch
7. The American Quartet – The Skeleton Rag (feat. The American Quartet) (2:06)
8. Buddy Moss – Undertaker Blues (feat. Buddy Moss) (3:09)
9. Alvino Rey – The Bat (feat. Alvino Rey) (1:55)
10. Jack Turner – Nightmare (feat. Jack Turner) (2:04)
11. Halloween Radio Spot – Bing Crosby (feat. Halloween Radio Spot) (0:58)
12. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Little Demon (feat. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) (2:24)

21. Walt Disney Studios – The Unsafe Bridge (1:18)
22. The Five Jones Boys – Mr. Ghost is Going to Town (feat. The Five Jones Boys) (2:56)
23. Revels – Dead Man’s Stroll (2:32)
24. Jelly Roll Morton – Dead Man Blues (feat. Jelly Roll Morton) (3:19)
25. Duponts – Screamin’ Ball (2:20)
26. The New Orleans Owls – White Shivers (feat. The New Orleans Owls) (2:46)
28. Walt Disney Studios – The Martian Monsters (1:41)
29. Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff – The Halloween Song (feat. Bing Crosby & Boris Karloff) (2:32)
30. Cab Calloway – Nightmare (feat. Cab Calloway) (2:41)

Closet Radio Episode 104: Stranger And Fiction – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2013


Joined by Tunacan Jones, we discuss Portland State of Mind, the origins and current status of A-HA, The Red God of Sex, Donald Sutherland’s scream and so much more!

Closet Radio Episode 104: Stranger And Fiction

The Montesas – “Oh Death”

The Creepshow – “Take My Hand”

The Revillos – “Graveyard Groove”

Oingo Boingo – “Dead or Alive”

Southern Culture on the Skids – “Devil’s Stomping Ground”

The Gravetones – “On A Pale Horse”

Circus – “Burn Witch Burn”

The October Country – “My Girlfriend is a Witch”

The Lollipop Shoppe – “SIn”

The Reg Guest Syndicate – “Underworld”


The Incredible Staggers – “Zombies of Love”


Manual Sex Drive – “The Living Dead”

Bill Cardille – “Chilly Billy’s Vamp”

The Deviants – “Billy the Monster”

Bobby Gray – “Devil Eyes”


Blue Faces – “Nights Out In The Graveyard”

Link Wray – “The Shadow Knows”

Nu Trends – “Spooksville”


The Only Ones – “The Beast”

The Stranglers – “Death and Night and Blood”

Roky Erikson – “Night of the Vampire”

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – “The Cannibals”

Bessie Smith – “Devil’s Gonna Get You”

The Damned – “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!

Monster Movie Party!

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

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

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

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


Monster Movie Party!

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

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

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

28.) “The Mummy” Trailer * 1932

What’s This Called?: 26 October 2013: Halloween Spooktacular

Brown_ladyWhat’s This Called?: 26 October 2013: Halloween Spooktacular

The show disintegrated at the finish, but I laid down some scary seasonal shit.

Ghost Bitch * Sonic Youth * Bad Moon Rising
Murderess * Body & Head * Coming Apart
Spirit * Bauhaus * The Sky’s Gone Out
Phantom Power * The Dead C * Eusa Kills

Vampire Blues * Neil Young * On The Beach

Hymn 23 / In The Nursery * Psychic TV * Dreams Less Sweet
Premature Burial * Siouxsie And The Banshees * Join Hands
In The Garden of Ghostflowers * Black Happy Day * In The Garden of Ghostflowers
I Walked With A Zombie * Roky Erickson * The Evil One
The Wolf Hour * Brunnen * The Beekeeper’s Dream
I Was A Teenage Werewolf * The Cramps * Songs The Lord Taught Us
The World’s Most Famous Undertaker * Skeleton Key
Look, A Ghost * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You

Zombie Eye * Half Japanese * Bonehead

Closet Radio Episode 103: Midian Mournings


The Halloween madness continues with an EPIC 5 hour episode over three KPSU shows brought to you by your local Closet Radio DJs!


Closet Radio Episode 103: Midian Mournings 10/19/13


Hour 1 :

1. ClosetRadio – LimitClub (0:17)
2. Cody Rich – CLoset Radio Warning (0:30)
3. Groovie Ghoulies – Vampire Girl (2:14)
4. Morgus & the Daringers – Morgus Creep  (2:35)
5. Gene Moss – “I Want to Bite Your Hand  (2:26)
6. Soupy Sales – My Baby’s Got A Crush On Frankenstein (2:00)
7. Kitty Cat Spy Club – Hot Lava Monster (1:57)
8. Greenskeepers – Lotion (Radio Edit) (3:46)
9. Wayne Bell & Tobe Hooper (1974) –  Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Opening Titles (3:22)
10. Zombina & the Skeletones – The Kids Are All Dead (2:14)
11. The AQUABATS! – Tarantula (3:42)
12. Los Gatos Locos – Headhunters (2:46)
13. Messer Chups – Vincent Price Bible (4:29)
14. Sufjan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (3:19)
15. Route 66 Killers – Ghoul Tango (2:40)
16. The Poets – Dead-Poets (2:07)
17. Bloody Hollies – Satanic Satellite (3:07)

Hour 2:

1. Cody Rich – Closet Radio Warning (0:30)
2. Dr. Phibes trailer (2:33)
3. The Moon-Rays- Skeletoons In The Closet (3:09)
4. The Chimps – It’s The Mummy (2:31)
5. Hellcat and the Prowl – Betty Bones (3:00)
6. Frantic Flintstones – Rock ‘N Roll Zombie (2:02)
7. Jamie Horton – Robot Man (1:49)
8. Monotones – LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW – 1958 (2:11)
9. The Slow Poisoner at UCSF Mission Bay Halloween 2012 (2:34)
10. Weird Al Yankovic – Attack Of The Radioactive Hamsters From A Planet Near Mars (3:28)
11. Blood Feast (1963) – Trailer (2:23)
12. Blair Crimmins and The Hookers – A Demon Like Me (3:25)
13. Stephen Lynch – Halloween (2:47)
14. The Stranglers – Waltz In Black (3:36)
15. Wild Evel and the Trashbones- It’s A Monster (2:28)
16. Civet – Horror Business (3:01)
17. Theo & The Skyscrapers – Spider (2:42)
18. Screeching Weasel – Chainsaw (1:57)
19. Happy Halloween- Silver Shamrock Commercial (1:35)

Night Shift: 10/19/13:

1. Nine Inch Nails – Sin (remastered) (4:22)
2. Nekromantix – Where Do Monsters Go (3:21)
3. Creature Feature – A Corpse In My Bed (3:24)
4. Dr. Steel – Bikinigram From Satan (5:43)
5. crisis captin howdy (3:36)
6. Faith And The Muse – Through The Pale Door (The Haunted Palace) (4:09)
7. Lebanon Hanover – Cadaverously Quaint (3:44)
9. Midnight Configuration – Decline & Fall (The Fall Of The House Of Usher) (6:17)
10. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Black Crow King (5:05)

Hour 4:

1. Kolchak- The Night Stalker(opening intro) (1:01)
2. Woolworth Woolco Halloween Commercial 1978 (0:29)
3. Eels – Fresh Blood (4:25)
4. Jellyfish – The Ghost at Number One (3:36)
5. Dead Kennedys – Halloween (3:35)
6. The Sonics – The Witch (2:40)
7. Screaming Lord Sutch – Jack The Ripper – SPECIAL version (2:43)
8. Buck Owens – It’s A Monster’s Holiday 1974 Original version of the Halloween song (2:33)
9. Blood Feast (1963) – Trailer (2:23)
10. Tobin Sprout – Cereal Killer (3:18)
11. The Specials – Ghost Town (4:06)
12. The Orwells – Halloween All Year (3:36)
13. Jack Blanchard – Dance of the Living Dead Chickens (2:05)
14. Stanley Holloway -With Her Head Tucked Under Her Arm  (4:42)
15. Half Japanese – Ouija Board Summons Satan (1:00)
16. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell (live) (3:14)
17. Pan’s Labyrinth – Lullaby (Music Box) (1:17)

Hour 5 (chiptune):

1. Dr. Von Pnok – Welcome to Microhorror (1:34)
2. 8-bit- Gwar – Sick of you (3:05)
3. Albino Ghost Monkey – Halloween (3:24)
4. This is Halloween – The Chiptune (2:58)
5. Dethklok – Hatredcopte 8-bit (2:54)
6. Dot.ay – Zombie face eaters (3:49)
7. Gargoyle’s Quest – Introduction (1:30)
8. Alice Cooper – Only Women Bleed (8 Bit) (5:53)
9. Mark Cooksey – Ghosts’n Goblins (3:51)
10. letavetatu – Gravestone Troupe (1:20)
11. Death – Evil Dead 8-bit (2:29)
12. Nordloef – Trick and/or Treat (the candy raid is on!) (2:42)
13. MonsterVision – Ode to Father Dagon (4:08)
14. Rob Zombie – Dragula (8 Bit) (3:42)
15. 1978 Halloween Theme 8-Bit (2:57)

Chance of A Ghost!

Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

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

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

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

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

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

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


Chance of A Ghost!

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

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

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

Closet Radio Episode 102: Red Skies at Night


Creepy hallows without the usual dose of Tuna! We’re heading down the rabbit hole armed with a chainsaw and some dude name Kolchak.


Episode 102: Red Skies at Night


The Video Nasties – “The Hills Have Eyes”

The Moontrekkers – “John Brown’s Body”

The N’Betweens – “Evil Witch Man”

Louis & Bebe Barron – “Theme From Forbidden Planet”

Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Curse of the Witches”

Names & Faces – “The Killer”

Mr. Undertaker – “Here Lies My Love”

The Fleshtones – “You Can’t Get Him Frankenstein”

Kolchak – “Spanish Moss Murders Epilogue”

Warsaw – “Gutz”

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – “Hello Grandma”

The Changeling

Hollywood Flames – “Frankenstein’s Den”

Satan’s Pilgrims – “Haunted House of Rock”

The Tomkos -“The Spook”

THAT Damned Band – “Blue Spirit Blues”

The Scarring Party – “Monsters”

The Kinks – “Wicked Annabella”

GST Mugwump – “Apathy For The Devil”

Nick Cave & The Dirty Three – “X-Files Theme”

The Toy Dolls -“Spiders In The Dressing Room”

Duane Eddy – “Stalkin’”

Link Wray – “Hillbilly Wolf”


The Cramps – “Aloha From Hell”

Jack Turner – “Nightmare”

Bloody Hollys – “Nosferatu”

The Novas – “The Crusher”

King Horror – “Loch Ness Monster”

Maximillian – “The Twistin’ Ghost”

The Bostweeds – “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

Marc Bolan – “You Scare Me To Death”

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Moulton!

The Ghost of General Mouton!

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

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

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

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

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


The Ghost of General Moulton!

Part I: Ghost Dance

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

Part II: T’ain’t No Sin

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

Part III: The House Is Haunted

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

Closet Radio Episode 101: Jars of Spooks – Rikki Horror Picture Show 2013


Joined by Tunacan Jones, The Professor, and even Miss Suzie to kick off the Halloween celebrations! This episode begins the month-long explosion of spooky tune-age!

We discuss the origins of Halloween, Sarah Silverman, Tuncan’s Robert Smith hair, how Miss Suzie met Tuna, The Professor’s inability to keep clothes on, what color a proper rickety van should be, and so much more!


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Danny Elfman – “The Incantation”

The Birthday Party – “Release The Bats”

The Masonics – “Down Among The Dead Men”


Hotrod Frankie- “Arising From My Grave”

Murder By Death – “Knife Goes In, Guts Come Out”

The Damned – “Dr. Woofenstein”

Super Heroines – “Night Stalker”

Zacharie – “Sinister Purpose”

Groovie Goolies – “Noises”

Famous Monsters – “Outerspace Deathrace”

Richard Delvecchio – “Green Slime”

Revelevens – “Zombie Chicken”

Gravetones – “Still Screaming”

Stellar Corpses – “Leave A Stellar Corpse”

Calabrese – “Saturday Night of the Living Dead”

The Revillos – “Caveman Raveman”

The Lancasters – “Satan’s Holiday”

Alice Cooper – “Science Fiction”

Blue Oyster Cult – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”

James White & The Blacks – “Hot Voodoo”

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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 *

What’s This Called?: 27 October 2012: Halloween Spoooktacular!

What’s This Called?: 27 October 2012: Halloween Spoooktacular!

Season of the witch Donovan Sunshine Superman
If I Had an Exorcism Melvins Bullhead
She Creatures implog New York Noise Vol. 3
I Was a Teenage Werewolf The Cramps Songs the Lord Taught Us
Welcome Ghosts Explosions in the Sky all of a sudden, I miss everyone
Wakened Dead Are Dancing David and Jad Fair Halloween Songs
All the World Makes Great Blood Current 93 Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre
Fragment #2 Merzouga Music for Wax-Cylinders
NYC Ghosts & Flowers Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts & Flowers
Distance III After the Rain The Night Must Fall
How Ghosts Affect Relationships His Name Is Alive Always Stay Sweet
Switched On Manuella Blackburn Formes Audibles
no escape Cabaret Voltaire mix-up

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.

What’s This Called?: 20 October 2012: Tribute to David S. Ware

What’s This Called?: 20 October 2012: Tribute to David S. Ware

Tribute to David S. Ware followed by Music for raking leaves in the rain with zombies!

Flight of I David S. Ware Flight of I
Witches Round a Cauldron David and Jad Fair Halloween Songs
Tiny Tortures Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Zombie Warfare (Can’t Let You Down) Chrome Half Machine Lip Moves
Watusi Zombie Jan Davis Lux and Ivy’s Favorites Volume 11
Today’s Supernatural Animal Collective Centipede HZ
Dark Knight Valkyrie Rodeo Tandaan
Feels Like Dying Cyoakha Grace O’ Manion Unknown Music from Dream-Quest of Kadath
Dead Dream Overdose the Katatonic Creative Evil
In the Garden of Ghostflowers black happy day in the garden of ghostflowers
Darkness O Edward Ka-Spel Dream Logick Part Two
Starling Rllrbll Real Hair
This Is What Living in Portland is Like The Sexbots Love Hotel
Nightmare Cyoakha Grace O’ ManionL Unknown Music from Dream-Quest of Kadath

Episode 188: The Tell-Tale Heart!

A Cool Ghoul Himself

A Cool Ghoul Himself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Tell-Tale Heart!

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

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

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

Episode 187: Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!

The Monster Talks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in seven!

Frankenstein’s Monster Talks!

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

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

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

Episode 186: Darkness Descends!

And So It Begins...

And So It Begins…

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

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

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

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

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

Talk to you next week.

Darkness Descends!

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

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

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