The Daily NewsBlas 12 November 2014: Live From The Teen Challenge Thrift Store in Salem, OR.

The Teen Challenge Thrift Store in Salem, OR

The Teen Challenge Thrift Store in Salem, OR

The Daily NewsBlas 12 November 2014: Live From The Teen Challenge Thrift Store in Salem, OR.

An anonymous child offers a free, improvised performance to the patrons of The Teen Challenge Thrift Store on the morning of 8 November 2014.  Here are the results.

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NewsBlas 8 October 2014: Elisa Faires & Divine Cirlces, LIVE! (Directed by Ryan A. Ray)

Elisa Faires & Divine Circles

Elisa Faires & Divine Circles

NewsBlas 8 October 2014: Elisa Faires & Divine Cirlces, LIVE! (Directed by Ryan A. Ray)

Elisa Faires & Divine Circles, LIVE on “What’s This Called?”  (The Original Broadcast)

Ryan A. Ray’s Channel on The Inter-Web-A-Tron

The “What’s This Called?” Ultra-Blog!

You can find DJ Victrola here.

Elisa Faires’ Albums Available for you to Enjoy.

Ditto for the work of Divine Circles.

(Psssst.  I was the second camera operator for Ryan, and also mixed the audio.  But really, the bulk of the work by was by Ryan.  Check out his work.  You won’t regret it.)

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VideoZine#4: “Why Are We Here?”

VideoZine#4: "Why Are We Here?"

VideoZine#4: “Why Are We Here?”

VideoZine#4: “Why Are We Here?”
(Our first compilation, with material by artists and directors from a number of under-represented places.)

Our program is always evolving and changing, and one vision that I have always had for these VideoZines is that I could begin to incorporate the work of other directors.  There are a number of people who are in the same realm as I, making videos and trying to exhibit their seed of creativity.  Why not create a platform for some of these videos and artists?

This collection raids the BlasphuphmusRadio archives, where I present video that has never been seen in this form before.  I have a variety of video treats that have been suffering for a variety of reason, namely due to poor audio and bad editing.  Presented here for the first time are live performances by bands that appeared on Blasphuphmus Radio & Is This Music?  These performances were booked by Johnathan Boober, and feature incredible performances by Nasalrod, SLOTHS, Valkyrie Rodeo & RABBITS.   Rounding out this collection are two videos shot during practice performances by The Nervous & Moth Hunter.  The Nervous performance is of particular note, as they have become quite a powerhouse live outfit, and this recording was captured before they had even played live for anyone by their partners.

In addition to these live videos (all featuring newly remastered audio, and re-edited for this presentation), we also feature work by a number of directors, including Nil Admirari (eponymous, Library of Congress, Esmar Road), Matt O. (Half Eye, Iarvles, Dry Cleaners), Colin Hicks (Vomit Violence), Ryan A. Ray (” ‘Ho,’ The Humanity”), Paco Jones & Eric Hausmann.  Each of these directors have a unique and distinct voice that is compelling and beautiful, and it is no wonder that with all of them, film is only part of the passion.  These videos represent some cool work that you will not see anywhere else.

In addition to that, it is with this episode that we declare that this is an office show.  The VideoZine will continue this year, and hopefully continue to return for subsequent seasons.  Our plan is to produce at least Six episodes this year, but it is possible that we might hit the Eight or even Ten mark, depending on how productive the next month is.  We do not make any money off this program, but we do enjoy making it, and hopefully you enjoy what we do, too.

This episode has all the bells and whistles: a remastered soundtrack, individual videos you can link to for each segment of the show, and the typical 60 minute presentation that we’ve come to know and love.  I’ve done my best to create a little audio narrative, and to have some fun, so hopefully you do, too.

Enjoy!

 

VideoZine#4
“Why Are We Here?”

Produced, Directed & Edited by Austin Rich.

 

VideoZine #4 Playlist

“Why Are We Here?”

Introduction:

01.) “A Stitch In Spacetime” by Nil Admirari
02.) “Hello, I’m Drunk” by Austin Rich (with backing music provided by the “Crusin’ 1955” LP)

Part I: “Let’s Talk About Social Etiquette”

03.) “Fascist Rumble” by Half Eye
04.) “It’s Everywhere, Yr Going To Die” by Tyrants
05.) “Two Songs” by Vomit Violence
06.) “Homebrew” by The Thrash-key Kids
07.) “Alex The Spider” by Iarvles
08.) “You Look Good In Glasses” by The Nervous
09.) “Be Polite” by Nasalrod
10.) “Postcards of Darby Crash” by SLOTHS
11.) “Duck, The Pigs“ by RABBITS
12.) ” ‘Ho,’ The Humanity” by Ryan A. Ray

Part II: “Where, Again?”

13.) “Lawrence of Arabia” by Valkyrie Rodeo
14.) “Steilacoom” by Dry Cleaners
15.) “Manchurian Avalanche” by Library of Congress
16.) “No Contact” by Moth Hunter
17.) “Project 13” by Paco Jones
18.) “What You Seek Is Seeking You” by Space Gambus Experiment with Eric Hausmann
19.) “Anchorage” by Esmar Road

Closet Friday: Bastidas! LIVE! (Live Friday 099)

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Closet Friday: Bastidas! LIVE! (Live Friday 099)
(Featuring an in-studio performance by Bastidas!)

As someone who hosted Live Friday for quite some time, and has occasionally sat in on the show in the years since, it was nice to have my 99th Appearance on this program be with the band Bastidas!  Their new EP “Time Portal” is a very tangy slice of psyche-pop, mixed with a high-energy performance that is very much my style.

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Bastidas!, LIVE!

This episode couldn’t exist without the diligence of Tunacan Jones of the Firm Handshake Network, who did most of the legwork for the entire broadcast.  He convinced Miss Rikki of Closet Radio to host the program, wrangled me into running the sound, and even contacted PSU-TV in an effort to broadcast the entire performance, which you can see at the link below.  (The sound is cut out for the first 6o seconds, and there’s a commercial you have to sit through, first.  Patience.)  There will be more video of this performance eventually, but for now, enjoy this broadcast and relive the magic of their PDX adventure.

Bastidas!, LIVE!

Bastidas!, LIVE!

It was an extreme pleasure to meet Bastidas!, and I’ve already got their EP on heavy rotation at The Southernmost Outpost, my new home down south.  If you missed the show, then I urge you to check out this podcast, as they really are a lot of fun.  I took a million photos, most of which were turned into animated .gifs.  You can find them at the link below.

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset (Use the “Highlights” feature to filter for only the best images.)

Closet Friday: Bastidas!, LIVE!

Away Young Docteurs
Wyld Parrots Wounded Lion
A Severe Bout of Career Insecurity The Associates
Nothing Happened Today Boomtown Rats
In-Studio Performance Bastidas! KPSU Live
Setlist

Setlist

Mutual Radio Theater (Retrocast #2)

I Put My Foot Down

I Put My Foot Down

Mutual Radio Theater (Retrocast #2)

As I took the week off again to enjoy some birthday relaxation, I spent some time thinking about a few moments that were real highlights from some of the work I’ve done this year, and these edits came to mind.  As I was dialing in the whole “Radio Almanac” format of the show, I was frantically trying different things out in an effort to see what kind of things I could and couldn’t do.  The results are a few experiments that I’m very proud of.

Parts I & III come to you from two shows I did in the winter, from my 2013 end of the year / 2014 Snow Day podcasts, where I was showing off some of the recent vinyl acquisitions that have come into The Archive.  The centerpiece of Part I contains edits from The Firesign Theater LP “Everything You Know Is Wrong,” which is a really excellent example of the kind of weirdness that they deliver.  I mixed it in with a few other things from all the 45s and LPs I’ve come into.  Lots of cool stuff, and I’m still pretty proud of the complete shows, linked below.

Part II includes various selections form artists that have performed live on What’s This Called?  Recently I undertook the task of Mastering the complete WTC Live Archive, which includes 77 different live performances by artists that appeared on that program.  It was a massive job, the results of which is an impressive collection of experimental artists of all shapes and sizes.  This seemed like a good opportunity to show off some of the more amazing performances from that archive, with the second Boyband performance from 13 November 2011 as the backbone of this mix that I put together.  You can find the entire broadcasts that contain these performances on the What’s This Called?… UltraBlog!, which also contains every existing episode of this program going back to 2003.  What better way to get aquainted with the kind of music his show puts on, and another example of my handiwork, and I enginered and mastered all of these records, too.

Part I: Everything You Know Is Wrong (A Vinyl Solution) 31 December 2013

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

Part II: Boyband vs. “What’s This Called?”

11.) [Excerpt] * Cornelius F. Von Stafrin III * 5 November 2011
12.) Performance 2 * Boyband * 13 November 2010
13.) [Excerpt] * Metal * 3 February 2007
14.) [Excerpt] * Million Brazilians * 6 June 2009
15.) [Excerpt] * Offset Needle Radius * 5 February 2011

Part III: Heroes & Villains (A Vinyl Solution) 20 January 2014

16.) Peter Gunn * Henry Mancini * (45)
17.) Heroes & Villains * The Beach Boys * Smile
18.) Secret Agent Man * Johnny Rivers * (45)
19.) Goodnight Mrs. Flintstone * The Piltdown Men (45)
20.) Coesville * Johnny Zorro * (45)
21.) Twist Twist Señora * Gary “US” Bonds (45)
22.) Puddin’ * Ernie Freeman * (45)

Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE! (Pledge Drive 2014)

Four Dimensional Nightmare

Four Dimensional Nightmare

Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE! (Pledge Drive 2014)
(With our first ever live in-studio performance on AMLOR, we bring in our good buddy Four Dimensional Nightmare for a mind-melting performance.)  

For our third and final Pledge Drive episode for 2014, we bring in our good friend Tom.  In his alter ego as Four Dimensional Nightmare, he has been bringing his particular blend of guitar / drone / noise / sci-fi music for a number of years, and it is always a treat to see him in action.  Miss Rikki & I have quite a bit of footage from this performance, as well as some photos, and we’re hoping to bring you all of this A/V as it is available.

Four Dimensional Nightmare.  Live.  Let your mind wander.

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Enjoy!

 

Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!

 

Part I: Introduction

01.) Excerpt * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Live on “What’s This Called?” 2 March 2013

 

Part II: Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!

02.) 16 April 2014

Borrowed Time, Borrowed Eyes (w/ Pup, LIVE!)

Pup

Pup

Borrowed Time, Borrowed Eyes (w/ Pup, LIVE!)
(Miss Rikki and I – both spent from an exhausting and stupid day – return to a few old segments, digress ever-so-slightly, and premiere our theme music by Paco Jones himself! <Shhhhh! There’s also a live performance by Toronto’s Pup during our super-secret bonus at the end!>)

It seems as if we are all on Borrowed Time these days, as we each slowly devolve in this strange and terrifying post-apocalyptic time set almost 10 years into the future.  However, we’re doing our best to come, and while Wednesday’s usually suck, they now only suck until 6 PM, which works out pretty well for Miss Rikki & I.  Fortunately, you benefit from this circumstance, with another new episode of A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

In this one, we address the subject of Bad Clients again, play another round of “We Have No Idea What This Sounds Like,” shamelessly plug Booberamapalloozafest, and talk up our impending Pledge Drive Listener Support Thresholds.  Add to all of this some great music, and you have one hell of a show.

(Shhhhhhh!  During our super-secret bonus DJ set, the band Pup from Toronto was in the KPSU studio, pre-recording a performance to be played at another time.  However, I decided to mix an excerpt from this live performance into the Bonus Set, just for you.  These guys were really good, super tight, and a lot of fun, and worked perfectly to counteract the bad mood I was already experiencing.  Thanks Pup!)

Enjoy!

Borrowed Time, Borrowed Eyes

Part I: Everything’s Exploding

01.) Everything’s Exploding * The Flaming Lips * Oh My Gawd!!!… The Flaming Lips
02.) Borrowed Time, Borrowed Eyes * SubRosa * No Help For The Mighty Ones
03.) Invisibugs (Live) * RABBITS * Is This Music? Broadcast
04.) Whiskey Sex Shack * The Mekons * Me

Part II: Wednesday’s Suck Until 6 PM

05.) The Rondelles * Fiction Romance Fast Machines
06.) Wonder Dark * Dog Bite * Tranquilizers

Part III: Relax And Enjoy The Experience

07.) The Ghastly Ones * A-Haunting We Will Go-Go

Pup

Pup

Bonus DJ Set (w/ Pup, LIVE!)

<Secret Hidden Playlist>

08.) Planet of The Wolves * Guitar Wolf * Planet of The Wolves
09.) I Can’t Control Myself * The Troggs * Archeology (1967-1977)
10.) Live In-Studio Performance [Excerpt] * Pup (see the complete Pup Photoset Here)
11.) Hey!  Mashed Potato, Hey!  * The 5.6.7.8’s * Pin Heel Stomp
12.) When It Blows Its Stacks * Captain Beefheart * The Spotlight Kid
13.) Up In Her Room * The Seeds * A Web of Sound
14.) Sun Ra Backwards

</Secret Hidden Playlist>

What’s This Called? 9/14 Benefit Highlights

Live At Slim's!

Live At Slim’s!

What’s This Called? 9/14 Benefit Highlights
(Featuring remixes by Ricardo Wang & Austin Rich of live performances captured on 14 September 2013 at Slim’s in Historic St. John’s!)

What’s This Called? – if anything – is a place where experimental music and persist in all of its various permutations, and why should the presentation of live recordings be any different?  What began as an attempt to replay some of the best music from the KPSU Benefit Show from 14 September turned into an entirely unique presentation, where Ricardo Wang and myself spent the hour remixing these recordings live on the air.

We couldn’t fit the almost two-hours of live performances into a single hour of radio, so these ‘edited highlights’ are even more manipulated using the CDJs at KPSU.  The music of ALTO!, Fiasco, Jacob Anderson & Jennifer Robin, and Jeremy C. Long are all present in this episode, but heavily manipulated by both Ricardo and myself.  It makes sense; once a live experience is captured in some useful form, the presentation of that material does not have to mimic the real time experience.  Not only does this create something new to enjoy, but it presents the material in a truly experimental form.  We both had a lot of fun with this show, and we hope you enjoy it too.

 

And, if you would like to hear the performances un-manipulated, they this YouTube playlist is perfect for you.  All of the performances from that evening are present, in two-camera forms, and includes much that did not make it into the show, including a live set by The Dead Air Fresheners, a band with which I perform!  These videos are some of the first two-camera edits I’ve ever done, and while I’m not going to say these are great visual representations, they are pretty decent for what they are.  The full, stereo recordings of the performances are included with these videos, and give you a chance to hear things as they were that night.

Also included in this show is a 30 minutes “pre-game show” by Ricardo Wang, playing a few tracks of his choosing.  

This show was a lot of fun.  I hope you enjoy it, too.  

Playlist:

01.) Introduction * Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson
02.) Piece 1 * ALTO!
03.) Piece 1 * Fiasco
04.) “The In” * Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson
05.) “Charlie Sheen Party” * Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson
06.) Entire Performance * Jeremy C. Long

Dia De Los Muertos 2013 Part III: Blanco & Audios Amigos, LIVE!

Blanco

Blanco

Dia De Los Muertos 2013 Part III: Blanco & Audios Amigos, LIVE!
(Featuring live performances by Blanco & Audios Amigos on 2 November 2013 at Slim’s In Historic St. John’s. )

Little did I know that when I asked Jonathon Boober to help me with a little A/V work for a show on November 1st that I would also be getting stellar video from a show on Day 2 of Dia De Los Muertos.  This show at Slim’s in Historic St. John’s continued the vibe of holiday awesomeness with performances in a rock ‘n’ roll vein, and kicking things off are the spectacular sounds of Blanco!

Audios Amigos!

Audios Amigos!

Blanco’s spaghetti western vibe and Day of The Dead imagery is the perfect complement to Audios Amigos, who are a country-fied, instrumental tribute to all things amazing.  This is a great way to bring to a close all things Dia De Los Muertos, and I was very pleased with Jonathon Boober for capturing these fantastic performances.

That’s all we have time for this week, but stay tuned, as we have all sorts of new stuff coming your way this winter.  In the meantime:

Enjoy!

Dia De Los Muertos 2013 Part II: Valkyrie Rodeo, The Hand That Bleeds & Al-X, LIVE!

Straight Edge

Straight Edge

Dia De Los Muertos 2013 Part II: Valkyrie Rodeo, The Hand That Bleeds & Al-X, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by Valkyrie Rodeo, The Hand That Bleeds & Al-X on 1 November 2013 at The World Famous Kenton Club. )

What began as a chance to catch Metanoia live evolved into a fantastic opportunity to develop a three-part radio show, all due to the amazing efforts of Jonathan Boober.  Jonathan has become a fantastic personality through all the work he’s done over the years, and having him make contributions to our show is always a pleasure.  And with this show, we get three fantastic performances by local artists, as part of a two-day Dia De Los Muertos 2013 presentation.

The Hand That Bleeds

The Hand That Bleeds

Kicking things off is a fantastic set by Valkyrie Rodeo, doing a set of Dead Moon songs.  Jonathan has brought them onto my show before, and they’ve always delivered the goods.  Getting a chance to hear their interpretations of these Portland legends is a great way to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, and they set the stage for things to come.

Al-X

Al-X

I’ve been hearing about The Hand That Bleeds for some time now, and yet I haven’t had a chance to hear their stuff before.  Let’s leave it to Boober to make sure that I get to catch them in a very stripped down fashion.  There’s something about this video that manages to capture the late-night, drunk-a-thon that shows like this embody, and I very much regret leaving early this night.  Fortunately, we have these recordings to show us what it was like.

Lastly, let’s close this episode with a synthed-out blast by Al-X, who brought his electronic patter to the denizens of The World Famous Kenton Club.  I had no idea who Al-X was before Boober delivered this video, and listening now, I really want to check out this guy more.  This sounds pretty incredible, and I think he is a good way to bring a show like this to a close.

Stay tuned, because Part III contains both bands from the 2 November 2013 show at Slim’s, with Blanco and Audios Amigos!  Stay tuned.

And: Enjoy!

Dia De Los Muertos 2013 Part I: Metanoia, LIVE!

Metanoia

Metanoia

Dia De Los Muertos 2013 Part I: Metanoia, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by Metanoia on 1 November 2013 at The World Famous Kenton Club. )

After a full month of Halloween Spook-taculars, sometimes it is hard to come back to the radio wellspring and find something left to bring to the listeners.  However, we decided to push past that, and instead bring you a three-hour Day of The Dead celebration, the likes of which you’ve never heard (nor seen) before!  Prepare yourself for Part I of Dia De Los Muertos 2013 with none other than Metanoia, Live!

Celebrating both the holiday and their new release, Metanoiathe performance is incomplete in a merely audio form.  Their set included dancers performing rites and rituals in the audience, a massive amount of fog and incense throughout the club, and some of the heaviest holiday drones you’ve ever heard.  The video below barely does it justice, but you can get a sense of what it was like through this sample below.  Make sure to turn it up almost as loud as your stereo can go for this one.  (Works best on a Sunday morning.)

Metanoia kicked things off for what wound up being a four-band bill that really set the mood for the Day of The Dead.  I wanna thank J.D. of Metanoia for helping make this recording possible, and Jonathan Boober (of Please Remain Seated) for being amazing.

Stay tuned for Part II, which contains performances by Valkyrie Rodeo, The Hands That Bleed, Al-X, and Part III, filmed the following day at Slim’s, with Blanco & Audios Amigos!

Enjoy!

The Thrash-key Kids, LIVE from Arugula Acres! (17 August 2013)

The Thrash-key Kids

The Thrash-key Kids

The Thrash-key Kids, LIVE from Arugula Acres!  (17 August 2013)
(Featuring a live recording from The Thrash-key Kids home and practice space, with an interview interspersed between the songs.)

On the 17th of August I was invited to spend the afternoon with The Thrash-key Kids.  I was totally smitten with their music when I saw them at Duckett’s in April, and wrote about it extensively in the ‘zine I just recently put out.  They completely embody punk rock in nearly every aspect of their lives and music, and I wanted to get a good, close-up experience of their band.

What I got was an amazing afternoon full of loud music, lots of beer, and great conversations about makes three friends form a band and make and wonderful racket like this.  Fortunately for you, this is your chance to relive that afternoon.

Also The Thrash-key Kids

Also The Thrash-key Kids

Their music is loud, vulgar, hilarious, chronic-infused, drunk, and spectacular, and you will instantly either love them the way I do, or want to have nothing to do with this kind of noise.  And that’s fine.  But these guys are my cup of tea, and I get into the details as to why during the interview.  I also get to present an unflinching, warts-and-all presentation of what life is like for these gents.  They are not presenting anything that isn’t there in the songs they write.  They are direct.  They are honest.  They are critical.  They are ridiculous.  And they are drunk, all at once.  This is the real deal, and I was really happy to be allowed in to see what they are all about.

This show contains their entire live set from that day, and interviews intermixed between the songs.  Yes, there is video of this performance.  No, I haven’t yet finished editing it.  Hopefully we can have this available soon.  In the meantime, you should check out their Bandcamp Page: Free Abortions is now available for a $2.00 download, and The Past Is Beautiful is also avaiable, also for $2.00.  You can also bug them in person for physical CDs that they hand-make, which I quite enjoy and make excellent additions to any record collection.

Join me for The Thrash-key Kids, Live from Arugula Acres!  This one is pretty magical.

Setlist:

Part I:
01.) Homebrew
02.) Ryan Doss Has A Camera Watch
03.) One Of My Friends Is A Chicken Fucker (Your Girlfriend Sucks Bro)
04.) Shitty Beer Is Like Shitty Pizza: It’s Fuckin’ Awesome

Part II:05.) Juan’s Dad Got Drunk And Pissed In The Fridge
06.) Weed: It’s Just Like Jesus But Better Because It’s Real
07.) Running Water
08.) Fired

Part III:
09:) I Did Drugs Once And They Were White
10.) Seth Putman is Dead And That’s Real Gay
11.) Girls Don’t Poop
12.) Go To Church Because Christianity Is Stupid And So Are You
13.) Boyfriend
14.) Ass & Titties (DJ Assault Cover)
15.) Every Time A Cop Gets Shot A Unicorn Gets It’s Horn
16.) Get Some Real Sock

Part IV:

17.) William Pierce Is Dead, Ha Ha! We Want To Piss On His Grave.
18.) People Didn’t Live With Dinosaurs And They Can’t Live Inside Of Whales

Live At Arugula Acres, 17 August 2013

Live At Arugula Acres, 17 August 2013

First Contact Part III: Four Dimensional Nightmare & The Black Noise Orchestra! (Recorded 27 July 2013)

 

Four Dimensional Nightmare

Four Dimensional Nightmare

First Contact Part III: Four Dimensional Nightmare & The Black Noise Orchestra! (Recorded 27 July 2013)
(Featuring live performances by Four Dimensional Nightmare & The Black Noise Orchestra, recorded at Slim’s in historic St. John’s!)

Living in the Historic St. John’s neighborhood offers a number of great pleasures and opportunities to see music, art, and oddballs who all call this place their home.  Because of this, local venues really support St. John’s, in all of its wonderful and oddball forms.  Slim’s is no exception, and on 27 July 2013 they let us put on an Experimental Podcast Party, featuring four acts and a DJ set that was true to this spirit.  Part I featured performances by Ryan Ray & The Accumulation and Admiran, and Part II contained a killer DJ set by Ricardo Wang.  But the fun does not stop there.

In Part III, we kick things off with Four Dimensional Nightmare, a group from Federal Way, Washington that uses Sci-Fi soundscapes and electronic oddities to present audio textures that cover ground from experimental electronic music and remixed oddities, and all points in between.   Four Dimensional Nightmare are good friends of everyone who played this evening, and is a real supporter of shows like this.  We were really excited that he was willing to come down for this performance, and we think that you’ll be excited to hear what he concocted for this show.  This recording contains the entire performance from 27 July 2013.

The Black Noise Orchestra

The Black Noise Orchestra

And, lastly, we bring you The Black Noise Orchestra, in their first live performance in this new incarnation, and their first public performance, ever.  In 2006, BNO began as an improvisational radio act, featuring a revolving door cast of characters, with the only through-line being myself.  Now, in this new form, we are presenting audio theater narratives with improvised background soundscapes fill of samples and other noise.  For this performance, we presented an adaptation of X-Minus One’s incredible story First Contact, re-mixed and re-edited for the audience at Slim’s.  This was the first performance that I’ve done of this nature, and hopefully not the last, and now you can hear the full story here, no, and loud.

We would be remiss if we did not mention the audience, who not only showed up in full force for this show, but were very engaging and kept urging us all on.  And: they were full of a number of friends, eager to see what we’d concocted for this evening’s entertainment.  For that: thank you.  While we don’t need to remind you, without out, there would be no show.

Thanks again for such an excellent night!  I really enjoyed this show, and I can’t wait to put on more events like this.  Enjoy!

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First Contact Part II: Ricardo Wang! (Recorded 27 July 2013)

Ricardo Wang

Ricardo Wang

First Contact Part II: Ricardo Wang! (Recorded 27 July 2013)
(Featuring live DJ set by KPSU’s Ricardo Wang, recorded at Slim’s in historic St. John’s!)

Our show at Slim’s on 27 July 2013 (our so-called Experimental Podcast Party) was a tremendous amount of fun, and I’ve been really jonesing to get these recordings out to you guys.  And, today, you are in luck, because we can now present the entire show in three parts.  Part I is available, and includes incredible performances by Ryan Ray & The Accumulation and the Battlesnakes Collective member Admiran.  For Part II we’ve decided to bring you the entire half-time DJ set by our incredible friend, Ricardo Wang.

Having an incredible history as a DJ going back to the ’80’s, Ricardo Wang is currently hosting his weekly program What’s This Called? on KPSU.org, where he brings listeners experimental, post-punk, drone, noise and other amazing musical experiences, including an incredible amount of live music.  Ricardo has been a huge supporter and friend of Blasphuphmus Radio for years, and his particular sensibility has definitely influenced my own.

For this DJ set, Ricardo is bridging the gap between the kinds of music you would hear on his show, and the kind of music that will get your booty shaking.  Ricardo’s taste – much like my own – runs a wide spectrum, and we’ve both discussed how you can remain firmly in the experimental genre, but can deliver some killer dance tunes.  This set accentuates this kind of music, and Ricardo really did get people out on the dance floor at Slim’s.  I’m really excited to present his set from this night, and I hope you guys dig what he’s delivering.

We would be remiss if we did not mention the audience, who not only showed up in full force for this show, but were very engaging and kept urging us all on.  And: they were full of a number of friends, eager to see what we’d concocted for this evening’s entertainment.  For that: thank you.  While we don’t need to remind you, without out, there would be no show.

Part III of this show includes live performances by Four Dimensional Nightmare and The Black Noise Orchestra!  Stay tuned!

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First Contact Part I: Ryan Ray And The Accumulation & Admiran! (Recorded 27 July 2013)

Ryan Ray & The Accumulation

Ryan Ray & The Accumulation

First Contact Part I: Ryan Ray And The Accumulation & Admiran! (Recorded 27 July 2013)
(Featuring live performances by Ryan Ray And The Accumulation & Admiran, recorded at Slim’s in historic St. John’s!)

We’ve had an incredibly busy summer, working with a number of artists, venues and performers, all to record and bring you a wide range of media.  However, this has delayed the production of new shows to download and listen to, as editing and producing these take no small amount of time.  The good news is: we’re starting to make it through the stacks of recordings, and today you can hear some of the excellent results, starting with Part I of our three part broadcast from our Experimental Podcast Party we threw on 27 July 2013.  This show was a lot of fun, and Slim’s was a real sport, allowing us to take over the bar for a night, and bring you some amazing music.  If you’re not already a regular there, you might want to start, as there are some great shows being put on, and the staff are great.

In this part of the show, we kick things off with a performance by Ryan Ray & The Accumulation, a rarely seen artist who brings post-modern poetry, electronic music, saxophone, and his own particular brand of tunage to present an experimental performance that should not be missed.  Ryan Ray is most well know for his band The Blue Faces, but his current work is just as psychedelic and impressive, and demands your attention.  This recording contains the entire performance from 27 July of this year.

Admiran

Admiran

Next, we bring you none other than the incredible Admiran, from the local music collective Battlesnakes!  Admiran has a number of digital releases available for your listening pleasure, and you should most definitely check out his website, and download to your heart’s content.  But if you would like to find out what Admiran does live, then this performance is what you need to be jamming on your car stereo.  Admiran adds deconstructed dance grooves, guitar noise wonder, and electronic bleeps and bloops to present an audio assault that makes you feel very excellent.  This recording contains the entire performance from 27 July of this year.

We would be remiss if we did not mention the audience, who not only showed up in full force for this show, but were very engaging and kept urging us all on.  And: they were full of a number of friends, eager to see what we’d concocted for this evening’s entertainment.  For that: thank you.  While we don’t need to remind you, without out, there would be no show.

Parts II & III of this show include a full DJ set by Ricardo Wang, and live performances by Four Dimensional Nightmare and The Black Noise Orchestra!  Stay tuned!

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NoFest 2013!

NoFest!

NoFest!

NoFest 2013!

The 6th Annual NoFest in Historic St. John’s is August 10th, and BlasphuphmusRadio.com is exited to announce that they will be recording live, in front of an audience for this event.  Be a part of the show!  Witness as we put on our broadcast with discerning listeners in the audience!  See a rare, audio-only spectacle from the comfort of your favorite neighborhood block party.

For this presentation, BlasphuphmusRadio.com will be scored live by none other than The Black Noise Orchestra.  Providing live improvised soundscapes, The Black Noise Orchestra will accompany an audio theater presentation of Journey Into Space: Operation Luna Part 1.  This is a rare opportunity to see radio performed live in front of an audience, among the other incredible guests a part of the 6th Annual NoFest.

The Dead Air Fresheners

The Dead Air Fresheners

THIS JUST IN!  Blasphuphmus Radio – namely, Austin Rich – will be performing live with The Dead Air Fresheners at NoFest!  The Dead Air Fresheners completed in 2013 their trilogy of operatives with spoken word artists begun in 2001 with poet Chuck Swaim and continued some ten years later with experimental fiction author Jennifer Robin. The final installments of this trilogy were a handful of performances with zine writer and underground radio personality Austin Rich.   I am very excited to be a part of their show, and this will be a stellar performance that you will not want to miss.  

To get a sense of the kinds of work we do together, check out this video made by Ryan A Ray a the Ethiopian restaurant and lounge Habesha.  This video featurs the masked chance determinists laying an electro-acoustic and electronic soundtrack to Mr. Rich’s surrealist sermon of the gospel from the Church of Blasphuphmus. 

Additionally: The Blasphuphmus Radio Street Team will be on the scene for No Fest!  Our team of faithful recording cardinals will be out recording bands, interviews, and street recordings of No Fest as it is happening.  This is a call to any artist or musician who would like to be included in our podcast during this weekend.  Just contact blasphuphmus@gmail.com and express your interest.  We are very interested in getting you on the show.

August 10th, 2013: The 6th Annual No Fest & BlasphuphmusRadio.com.  A match made in NoPo.  With a rare, public appearance by The Black Noise Orchestra.

We Now Live In The Future… on BlasphuphmusRadio.com.

What’s This Called? w/ Paco Jones, LIVE!

Paco Jones

Paco Jones

What’s This Called? w/ Paco Jones, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by our good friend Paco Jones, as he performs his new EP, A Second Chance Again.)

A good friend to both Ricardo Wang and myself, Paco Jones has played on both of our shows a number of times, and it a performer like no other.  Following with his heart, he produced music that is singularly his.  While the sounds range from singer-songwriter inclinations, and ranges through the furthest reaches of experimental, to add these descriptors to him feels a bit like cheating.  Paco Jones is Paco Jones, and to hear him is to know what he’s all about.

With that in mind, this show displays his talents in a number of beautiful ways.  First, we get a few samplings from his recorded work.  Then, Paco performs the entirety of his new release, A Second Chance Again, in addition to a song he wrote about recording this EP with Steve Fisk.  Then, Ricardo and Paco sit down to discuss music and art to close out the show.  If you’re looking for an entrance into this unique artist’s work, this is the show for you.

It’s always fun to work with Ricardo, and I’m very pleased with how this show turned out.  Special thanks should also be given to Tunacan Jones, who not only lent a hand with the show, but filmed the black and white video clip that you see above.  Tunacan: you rock.

Thanks for listening!

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Playlist:

01.) Film Score #1 * Paco Jones * CDR

02.) Live * Paco Jones on What’s This Called?

03.) Film Score #2 * Paco Jones * CDR

04.) Interview * Paco Jones on What’s This Called?

05.) Nothing Time * Paco Jones * Lost in the Supermarket

06.) Interview * Paco Jones on What’s This Called?

07.) Y * Paco Jones * CDR

The Book of Karen (And Other Pleasant Sounds)

Habesha Lounge

Habesha Lounge

The Book of Karen (And Other Pleasant Sounds)
(Featuring live performances by Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, The Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic, Abusive Consumer & The Dead Air Fresheners w/ me, Austin Rich!)

A few months ago Blasphuphmus Radio was given the unique opportunity to participate in an incredible show at Habesha Lounge, featuring a number of incredible artists who had also made an appearance on What’s This Called? earlier that same day.  It was a pretty incredible day of music, and I was more than happy to participate in running sound, and hanging out with some cool dudes.

However, this show was unique, in that I actually performed as part of the headlining act.  That’s right, I got to perform with The Dead Air Fresheners, the first time I’d done any kind of experimental music since the mid ’90’s.  It was incredibly nerve wracking, and I was lucky that the small hangover I had was all that I earned that particular evening.

The performances in this show were incredible, and I’m really happy with the way they came out.  I was still trying to dial in how I would record artists live, and while I have some bugs to work out, this is a fantastic representation of what I can (and will be) doing with this show in the future.  If you aren’t already fans of these guys, I recommend tracking down some other stuff by all of them.  They are all very good at melting your mind in the best of ways.

For the performance with The Dead Air Fresheners, I interpreted a story titled “The Book of Karen,” from The Bible of Blasphuphmus, a re-interpretation of a story written by kiisu d’salyss, THE Pope of The Church of Blasphuphmus.  It’s an old story, and quite near and dear to the members of the church.  I was told after the performance that I did the story proud, and hopefully you enjoy the work we did here as well.

While this podcast is edited together to give you a full presentation of what this show was like, you can also enjoy each of the individual performances as their own individual downloads on our Bandcamp Page.  These downloads are free, but you can always make a donation to help support the cause.

Otherwise, I’ll let this one speak for itself.  Enjoy!

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Gaytheist, LIVE!

Gaytheist

Gaytheist

Gaytheist, LIVE!
(Featuring a Live Performance by local boys Gaytheist, hosted by Jonathon Boober, engineered by myself, including a short interview near the end, as they promote their new record Hold Me… But Not So Tight, out now on Good To Die Records.)

Holy Crap!  Gaytheist!  And I got to record them!  If you don’t already know them, then the metal fan inside of you is frowning furiously, sad that you would deprive him of such excellent music.  I’ve been a fan of these guys since my friend, The Judge, took me to see them at Rontoms.  They so completely blew me away, that I actually went and saw them again – later that same day! – at The People’s Sandwich Shop.  While there are a number of reference points that are completely up my ally, their sound is unique, their style is impeccable, and their songs are miniature metal narratives, complete in the form, and brilliant in their execution.

I’ve been grooving on their new record, Hold Me… But Not So Tight, which comes out on Tuesday, but you can hear them play live selections from it, and a number of their other excellent tunes, in this performance, hosted by Jonathon Boober.  As we attempt to recreate the magic we had during our infamous RABBITS show from way-back-when, we also get a chance to hang out with some stand-up gents. If you like what you hear, then you should check out their series of album release shows, starting with a performance of 22 May 2013 at The White Owl Social Club.  Boober did a fantastic job of holding down the show, and I was really excited to be able to run sound for these guys.  A video of their performance is also forthcoming.

Stay tuned, as this was just a fraction of the radio we did yesterday.  Enjoy!

Gaytheist, LIVE!

01.) Live Performance Part I * Gaytheist * 18 May 2013

Part I

Part I

02.) Rebellious Jukebox * The Fall * Live At The Witch Trials

03.) Live Performance Part II * Gaytheist * 18 May 2013

Part II

Part II

04.) Requiem * Killing Joke * Requiem

05.) Interview * Gaytheist, Jonathon Boober & Austin Rich * 18 May 2013

06.) Secret Island * The Swell Maps * Jane From Occupied Europe

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part XII: Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners present “The End”!

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part XII: Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners present “The End”!

The Dead Air Fresheners

The Dead Air Fresheners

Closing out the Blas-Travaganza, the final selection by the Dead Air Fresheners with myself on vocals, “The End.”  This was a fantastic way to close out two days of merriment, insanity, and excellent music, and as the show drew to an end, this was the only way I could imagine wrapping things up.

Day 2

Day 2

I have to say, putting together this show was a really transformative event.  I’ve put on shows in the past, have DJed on the air and in front of crowds, and even have a birthday show for my 30th that was pretty wild, but this really blew all of that out of the water.  Over two days every kind of emotion and thought went through me, and having my friends and favorite bands there for me was a feeling that really awoke in me a sense of accomplishment.  I am not a perfect person, and there will always be rough edges and flaws in the things I do and become involved with.  However, those flaws make me love this stuff even more, and as I’ve become more comfortable in my skin, I can only imagine the things I’ll be able to accomplish in the next 15th years.

Special thanks to my incredible girlfriend, who is supportive and understanding, in a way that few people in this world are.  She makes all of this possible, as much as I do.

See ya next time, and:

Enjoy!

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part X: Moth Hunter!

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part X: Moth Hunter! 

Continuing to bring you the fantastic recordings made as part of our Blas-Travaganza, next up we have the incredible sounds of Moth Hunter.  No stranger to our show, Moth Hunter has been building and recording with his home-made oddities for some time, but rarely performs in front of an audience, instead reclining in his home studio.  After some negotiations, he was more than happy to make one of these appearances as part of our show, and he managed to blow the top off of Slim’s with his mind-melting electronic psychedelia.

Day 2

Day 2

Our recent radio collaborations have been really impressive, and he’s been able to stretch out and deliver some of his most incredible work as part of our show.  He also contributed the final track to our digital compilation, Lost In The Supermarket, where he delivers a fantastic solo composition that is pretty intense.  It is alway a pleasure to work with him, and I can only hope that this performance is as impressive to you as it is to me.

Enjoy!

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15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part IX: Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners present “The Middle”!

The Dead Air Fresheners

The Dead Air Fresheners

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part IX: Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners present “The Middle”!

Like an overlooked Greek Play, the second act our our Dead Air trilogy – “The Middle” – is the half-way point in Day 2 of the Blas-Travaganza.  Things get confusing, the mood shifts, this becomes that, and everything changes, briefly, as we interlude into the final act of our program.

Day 2

Day 2

Working with The Dead Air Fresheners is odd, in that you are never really sure who you are working with, and therefore aren’t always able to plan around them.  Working on these pieces has also been challenging for me, as I have had to meet them on their turf, territory which I haven’t traveled in quite some time.  However, I feel like we managed to get into a groove, and I’m quite fond of the performances we gave this night.

Enjoy!

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VIII: Snatch Wagon!

Snatch Wagon

Snatch Wagon

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VIII: Snatch Wagon!

One of my favorite parts of hosting a radio program is introducing people to new music and new bands… and specifically, featuring bands that are brand-spankin’ new.  Snatch Wagon isn’t quite new-new – they’ve played one song out here and there, under a different name – but this incarnation of their down-and-dirty music is fairly new-ish, and it was real honor to be able to bring them to you as part of the Blas-Travaganza.

Day 2

Day 2

Their performance was very multi-media, with a narrator, slides illustrating the story, and songs (and covers) performed to help introduce you to the lifestyle of the Eastern-Portland denizen known as the “Crank Skank.”  As nasty as they wanna be, these girls deliver the trailer park rock opera like you’ve never heard it before, and you can catch it all (minus the visuals) in this stellar download.

Probably one of the high-points of my life was been meeting their drummer, who introduced me to so many incredible artists that there isn’t a day that passes where I’m not listening to somethings she turned me onto.  It only seems appropriate to have her be a part of the Blas-Travaganza, and I hope you enjoy this recording as much as I do.

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15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VII: Alpha Protist!

Alpha Protist

Alpha Protist

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VII: Alpha Protist!

It’s always fun when I get to work with any of the Battlesnakes, and they have been big supporters of our show since 2009.  I’ve had the pleasure of living with half of this band, and chatting about records with both of them, and any chance you get to enjoy an Alpha Protist song, you know you are doing something right.  That is why I was extremely excited to have them offer to cover for Josh Jones, when he had to cancel his performance for the Blas-Travaganza.  It was sad not to get them on the bill initially, and excellent news when I found out we could make it work anyway.

Day 2

Day 2

For a two-piece writing fairly mid-tempo music, they managed to fill Slim’s with a triumphant cacophony that really made me happy.  Reference points may be useless when trying to describe them, but let it be said that they are passionate, dedicated, and earnest artists creating a racket that is extremely pleasing to the ears.  While there isn’t an Alpha Protist track on the comp, a few of the Battlesnakes do turn up on Lost In The Supermarket, and I recommend you checking out their work on our Bandcamp site.

In the meantime, you can also enjoy this live performance… for now!  They were gentlemen and scholars, and it was fantastic to have them as part of the Blas-Travaganza.

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Setlist:

Lines
Lousse
The Old Wives
Darkened Car (Little Wings cover)
You Only Know How to Stop
Karmon Hadron
Frown Town
Sic Eros
Pioneering Dark
The Book I Write
Paint Over the Locks

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VI: Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners present “The Beginning”!

The Dead Air Fresheners

The Dead Air Fresheners

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part VI: Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners present “The Beginning”!

Day 2 of our incredible Blas-Travaganza found us back in Historic St. John’s, and the excellent watering hole Slim’s, for a stellar line-up of weird and wonderful acts that were as wide ranging as they were rocking.  Kicking off the show, I managed to work with none other than The Dead Air Fresheners, and presented a short piece we’ve been working on known as “The Beginning.”

Day 2

Day 2

Getting to work with The Dead Air Fresheners has been one of the highlights of recent memory.  I used to perform as a solo experimental artist under the name A.C.R.O.N.Y.M., and while I have been running sound and getting to know these guys over the last several years, performing with them has been a real treat.  I’ve been lucky enough to work out these pieces with them over the last month, and our “debut” at Habesha Lounge on the 13th was fantastic.  (Which will also be available soon from this very site.)  They were also kind enough to donate a track to our comp, Lost In The Supermarket, which you can easily hear (and download) from our Bandcamp site, and I couldn’t be happier with the way this introduction to the show turned out.

This post will be available for the time being, but will eventually go away, so get it now!  This performance is part of three pieces I did with The Dead Air Fresheners throughout the night, each of which adding to the overall awesomeness of this show.  Enjoy!

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part V: Guyve!

Guyve

Guyve

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part V: Guyve!

Closing out Day 1 of our incredible Blas-Travaganza: the immortal Guyve!  Now a three piece, and celebrating their 20th anniversary as a working band, Guyve have been friends of the show for a while, and every time I see them they have new chops that just blow my mind. Guyve create textures and atmospheres of metal and psychedelia that continue to mystify and blow minds.  Guyve are not to be messed with, and when they agreed to play this show, I knew Day 1 would be fantastic.

Day 1

Day 1

These guys have always been cool guys, and the number of examples I have of their incredible awesomeness would fill a blog post of it’s own.  They were also kind enough to contribute a fantastic song for our just-released comp, Lost In The Supermarket, available now on our Bandcamp site.  Their last album – their first ever vinyl release – is a fantastic representation of their show, and as a three piece, they not only have an even fuller sound, but they are even cool with more nice band members.  Really, I couldn’t have been happier to have them on the bill, and my only regret is that there were so many people who did not get to see them.

Fortunately, you can enjoy this podcast for the time being.  Thanks again to all the people at East End, and all the people who attended the show, and got to see this awesome show.  Day 2 downloads should be available soon, but in the meantime: enjoy!

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15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part IV: Thrust!

Thrust

Thrust

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part IV: Thrust!

As we get into the back-end of the show, Thrust takes the stage to deliver their peculiar brand of psychedelic indie-rock.  A fairly new outfit, their tight performances of largely instrumental music makes a good pairing with the headliners after them.  While I only know the drummer (who used to play in Cathead), their guitar player manages to cut through the tangle of guitar lines to melodies and riffs that will open up your mind, and beg you to listen.

Day 1

Day 1

It was incredibly considerate of them to come up from Eugene for this performance, and I really owe them a debt of gratitude for rounding out the bill.  Keep an eye peeled for them as you make a tour through the Willamette valley, and until then, you can download this performance and check them out.

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15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part III: Cathead!

Cathead

Cathead

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part III: Cathead!

This show did not start out as an opportunity for Cathead to reform.  Let’s make that abundantly clear up front.  This was never the intention, nor the desire from the start.  However, as several of us began to realize that we would be in the same room together, it wasn’t long before WANC Records contacted us about a “Contractual Obligation Performance” required at the 20 year mark of our first forming.  We hemmed and hawed, and really tried to resist, but in the end it was apparent: Cathead would take the stage again.

Day 1

Day 1

Cathead was never about being fantastic performers, or even about having songs or music, per se.  Our avant-punk stylings were more about a sort of abstract performance art, a sort of loaf-core-taken-to-the-next-level band, where all of our most terrible, awful, and despicable ideas were funneled into one band.  We had a rule in Cathead: when you say, “I have a really bad idea,” no other band member can refuse the suggestion, and pretty soon it wasn’t hard to get behind a one-off reunion.

This hadn’t been the first time the idea came up.  In 2006, the idea of a reunion came up, and we even went so far as to write two new songs, which both appear in this performance, in addition to a sort of “tour” through Cathead’s catalog, focusing on the songs we wrote with Syd Louse.  (Die-hard Cathead fans will remember that there was a later incarnation, minus Syd.  However, we could not locate Scratchy The Raving Derelict for this performance, and thus decided to drop our later-period songs.)  In typical Cathead fashion, we practiced once before this show.

I would like to thank Duckfuzz – yet again – for completely failing to open for us.

In a way, the show was exactly like old Cathead shows, with the added exceptions that we were drinking, something we would have never added to our chemical compositions back in the day, and we actually sounded a little better than we ever did back then.  This is probably going to be the final statement of this particular brand of expression, only because some of us may not make it to the 50 Year reunion outlined in our awful contract with WANC.

Included are a few shots from the audience.

Thanks again for letting me put a quarter in the ride, and enjoying one last march across the stage.

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Setlist

Setlist

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part II: /root_DIR!

/root_DIR!

/root_DIR!

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part II: /root_DIR!

Part II of our fantastic Blas-Travaganza includes the gride-core stylings of /root_DIR!

Day 1

Day 1

I’ve known Semi-Colin for quite some time, both from his days in Cathead with me, but also from his various other strange and incredible musical projects.  His Catatonic Studios has become a bit of a mainstay of the Eugene, OR music scene, and when he’s not recording High School punks in exchange for beer, he’s creating crazy music that is not only fun to listen to, but pushes the boundaries of both muisic and Grind.

/root_DIR were also kind enough to supply a track to our digital compilation, Lost In The Supermarket.   I know we’re plugging it a lot right now, but that’s because we’re really proud of the results, and think it includes some amazing work by some of our best musical friends.  There are a few tracks on this disc recorded at Catatonic, and we are very happy to have this kind of partnership with such awesome dudes.

And: their set totally destroyed.  Check it out.

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Setlist

Setlist

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part I: The Nervous!

The Nervous!

The Nervous!

15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza Part I: The Nervous!

The Blas-Travaganza was a complete success, and while I have some specific ideas of how I would like to present all the amazing material that we documented over the two days, I just can’t wait to bring you the music that we were excited for on those days.  So, first up, here is the complete performance by Portland’s very own, The Nervous!

Day 1

Day 1

I love booking shows with my friends bands, not only because I like their music (honestly – there are a lot of friends I didn’t ask to play this event), but also because they are really easy to work with, and a lot of fun!  I’ve known these guys for ages, and both Chris and Jesse have been a part of this show dating back to the ’90’s incarnation.  As The Nervous, they are no strangers to the show, either, allowing me to interview them prior to any kind of live, public performances, and their Groundhog Day debut show is still in the archive, and will surface at some point in the future.  (You can watch the video over here, if you just can’t wait.)

While you’re enjoying some music and whatnot, why not check out our digital compilation, released at this show, and featuring a track by The Nervous?  Lost In The Supermarket is a collection of songs recorded by friends of the program, and is available now to stream, and for a small donation, to download as well.  Attendees managed to receive free download codes, packaged with a blank CD to use any way they see fit.  You can get this per-assembled version from me, or download the entire collection from the link above.  The Nervous were really kind enough to donate a track, and I was very happy to include them.

I was really happy to have them kick-off the Blas-Travaganza. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they set a good mood and tone for the weekend, and I was really happy to include them on the bill.  As more and more A/V is uncovered and available, I’ll be posting more and more stuff to connect with these recordings.  Additionally, these will only be available in their unedited format for a limited time, as I have some sneaky plans for both the video and audio.

But in the meantime, enjoy this fantastic nerd-rock treat.  Please: send you photos, videos, and anything else you captured of these guys.  All of it will be used in some form or another!

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Setlist

Setlist

What’s This Called? w/ Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic & Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, LIVE!

Death Pact Jazz Ensemble

Death Pact Jazz Ensemble

What’s This Called? w/ Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic & Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, LIVE!
(Featuring the usual What’s This Called? chicanery, plus live performances by Holy Filament, Overdose The Katatonic & the noise super-group, Death Pact Jazz Ensemble, in preparation for their show tonight at Habesha Lounge.)

Join Ricardo Wang and I as we squeeze an excellent DJ set – and three live performances – into a show that almost wasn’t, on kpsu.org.  This week’s show couldn’t have happened without the stellar assistance of DJ Dirty Mollie of the Whitechappel Circus, for helping out with both the gear, and contacting staff members to help out in a pinch.  This show was truly a group effort, and you will get to hear it all in this nearly two-hour set of fantastic radio.

Ricardo’s pre-game show, featuring all of Sun Ra’s Atlantis, was enough to put anyone in the mood, but not only was he able to fit in a fantastic DJ set, but live performances by two noise masters, and their super-group, Death Pact Jazz Ensemble.  All three are performing tonight at Habesha Lounge for a noise show that features Abusive Consumer, and the legendary Dead Air Fresheners, featuring me, Austin Rich, delivering an actual Blasphuphmus sermon as part of the show.  Both Holy Filament and Overdose The Katatonic have releases on Den Of Dead Trees Recordings, a label that specializes in experimental and avant-guard recording projects.  Their split – Absolute Insult – is a tribute to their kind of forward-thinking soundscapes that alter as well as focus the mind.

If you like what you hear, come to the show!  This promises to be a lot of fun.  Personally, I’ve already had a great day working with these guys once today.  Playing a show with them is going to be pretty fantastic.

See ya there.

MyFacester+ Photoset.

Playlist:

01.) Cold Dust * Cabbage Patch Kill Dolls * CDR
02.) Track 3 * Daniel Menche * Flaming Tongues
03.) Welcome to the New Killer Bees * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * I Am That Great And Fiery Force
04.) II Porno Star * Shellac * At Action Park
05.) You’re Out of the Computer * Bingo Gazingo & My Robot Friend * Songs in the Key of Z Vol. 2

06.) Holy Filament LIVE on What’s This Called?

07.) Heart of the Heartland * Mark Kennis * Songs in the Key of Z Vol. 2

08.) Overdose the Katatonic LIVE on What’s This Called?

09.) Urban Wolves Are Watching * Select Sex * Demo
10.) Demolished * Unwound * The Future of What?
11.) Attack On Love * Yo La Tengo * Electr-O-Purra

12.) Death Pact Jazz Ensemble LIVE on What’s This Called?

What’s This Called? with Forrest Friends, Live!

Forrest Friends

Forrest Friends

What’s This Called? with Forrest Friends, Live!
(Featuring the woodland drone of Forrest Friends, Live!.)

Woah.  When I sit down to do radio lately, one would think that I’m merely teaming up with Ricardo Wang to bring you yet another incredible band on  What’s This Called?  What can I say?  We make a good team, and as co-host, it has been pretty nice to get to meet all of these incredible artists lately, and bring their sound to you as best we can.  This week, of course, was no exception, as we were fortunately enough to host the outdoor audio of Forrest Friends, a pair of noisy furries with a set of strange and wonderful sounds guaranteed to mesmerize you.

Clear you mind.  Imagine you are camping, and the sun is low in the sky.  You decide to grab your flask, and go for a walk, sticking to the trail at first, but eventually finding the urge to wander off toward the sun.  As you get further into the trees, you hear a sound, and as you follow it, you begin to make out the sounds of several species of small furry animals, gathered in a clearing, grooving to the sounds of drones, percussion, woodwinds, and other magnificent sounds.  You inch your way closer… not too close, as you’re not quite sure what to expect.  But as the evening slowly descends, you realize that these sounds are exactly what you want to be – need to be – hearing.

That is the sound of Forrest Friends.

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset.

Playlist:

01.) The Village of Terrifying Fright * Windmill Music
02.) Threnody For Sharon Tate * Freddie Hubbard

03.) Performance I * Forrest Friends * 23 March 2013 What’s This Called?

04.) Camelot Haze * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

05.) Interview * Forrest Friends

06.) Marine * Francis Dhomont * A Storm Of Drones

07.) Performance II * Forrest Friends * 23 March 2013 What’s This Called?

08.) untitled (Track 9) * Daniel Menche * Eye On The Steel

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

Tres Gone on What's This Called?

Tres Gone on What’s This Called?

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

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

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

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

MyFacester+ Photoset.

Playlist:

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

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

10.) Moving Malaise * Eric Hausmann * Invisible Films

What’s This Called? with Four Dimensional Nightmare, Live!

Four Dimensional Nightmare

Four Dimensional Nightmare

What’s This Called? with Four Dimensional Nightmare, Live!
(Featuring a mind-searing performance by Four Dimensional Nightmare!)

My last few appearances on What’s This Called? has been in concert with Cosmic Jim, and while I love any chance I get to listen to music he recommends, it was really great to return to the studio with Ricardo Wang himself.  And for this show, I was given a really great treat, as I was able to run sound for a live performance by Four Dimensional Nightmare!  Any chance I get to run sound for anyone is an excellent treat, but this artist not only delivered a full on electronic / guitar assault, but managed to cause us all to hallucinate just from the power of the music.

As an experiment for this performance, I shot a video of the entire performance, which you can find below.  This is in line with a new project that Blasphuphmus Radio  is working on, which will be announce soon.  In the meantime, enjoy this video – filmed on location in the KPSU Studios on The Portland State University campus.

In addition to all of this, I added Ricardo Wang’s 10 minutes “pre-game show,” featuring a Jimi Hendrix live remix, and other psyche-rock gems.  This show is the complete package.

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset.

Playlist:

01.) Up From The Skies * The Jimi Hendrix Experience
02.) Smashed / Blocked * John’s Children
03.) Dr. Doom * 13th Floor Elevators
04.) Icicles * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
05.) LIVE * Four Dimensional Nightmare * What’s This Called? Radio
06.) Time Dilations in a Holographic Universe * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
07.) Interview * Four Dimensional Nightmare * What’s This Called? Radio
08.) Burned Out Gods * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles

What’s This Called? with Sky Chance, Live!

Sky Chance

Sky Chance

What’s This Called? with Sky Chance, Live!
(Featuring a Live Performance by Sky Chance, who moved to Portland to play this gig!)

Join Ricardo Wang – with yours truly running sound – for a mind-melting performance by the (now local) psychedelic noise artist, Sky Chance!  This performance blew away audiences live on What’s This Called? (brought to you by kpsu.org), and is now available for stream or download from this very site!  Relive the joy, the horror, and the oddity that was, is, and will be the immortal Sky Chance.

Hailing from Austin Texas, Sky Chance brings his particular form of poetic drone and noise makes its way across the country in a rather unusual way: after some time in a down of his choosing, he will book some shows elsewhere, and move to that location to try his hand there.  As a one-man band, this kind of lifestyle is not only possible, but returns to him the style of traveling bard that evokes as much Woody Guthrie as it does lute-toting artists on the Renaissance.  Yet, Sky Chance is very much rooted in the “now,” bringing gadgets and computers together to create soundscapes that are not only unique, but offer a perfect counterpoint to his lyrics, equally composed and improvised as the moment calls for it.  Sky Chance is an artists of a unique brand, and catching him live is something I cannot recommend enough.

Near the end of the show, Ricardo and Sky Chance chat about music and art, and below you will find a link to a photoset of images and videos I shot during the show.  This one was a real joy, and I had a great time mixing the sound.  Hopefully, you enjoy it as much as I do, too.

Sky Chance, LIVE!

Sky Chance, LIVE!

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset.

Playlist:

01.) Letter to Metro (Zombi Remix) * Mogwai * A Wrenched Virile Lore
02.) Tornado Warning * Hammock * Departure Songs
03.) Nose Art * Flying Lotus * Cosmogramma
04.) LIVE * Sky CHance * on What’s This Called?
05.) Emerald Fanged Dancer * Expo 70 * Black Ohms
06.) Tyken’s Rift * Steve Morse * Light Echoes
07.) The Wolf * Swans * The Seer

What’s This Called? with Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez & Overdose The Katatonic, Live!

It's A Noise-plosion!

It’s A Noise-plosion!

What’s This Called? with Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez & Overdose The Katatonic, Live!
(Featuring a triple-header, experimental jam with legendary noise artists Crank Sturgeon, Styrofoam Sanchez, and Overdose The Katatonic, each doing solo sets, and then jamming together!)

It’s always a lot of fun when any one of these artists manage to make their way onto the What’s This Called? airwaves, and usually Ricardo Wang is kind enough to throw me a bone, and bring me in when it’s time to run sound.  Each of these artists have not only managed to perform in the kpsu.org studios, but bring with them a reputation that not only precedes them, but demands that listeners drop everything and listen with rapt attention for the duration of their sets.  Furthermore, when you factor in the rabid What’s This Called? listening audience, and its a guarantee that any number of people worldwide are bumping any artist that appears on this show.

However, today’s show was a special treat.  Not only did we get three full sets of noisy goodness, but one included a three-way jam that was not only mesmerizing, but managed to bring the fuckin’ house down for anyone who managed to hear the event.  First, we had a full set by the legendary Crank Sturgeon, an artist that I’ve had the pleasure to see a number of times now, but who always manages to captivate and confound even the most hardened of listeners.  Next, we had a truncated set by Styrofoam Sanchez, a trio of incredible noise sculptures who pulled out all the stops with a Halloween-themed set that was not only mind melting, but almost terrifying.  We topped the show off with a two-for-one deal, beginning with a mini-set by the wall-of-sound stylings of Overdose The Katatonic, who’s weird and wonderful ear candy set the stage for an improvised jam with all three groups, blending into a fantastic cacophony that you can only hear on What’s This Called?

I was extremely pleased to be a part of this fantastic sampling of audio insanity, and it is one more reason why I’m thrilled to be a member of the What’s This Called? team.  But really, to experience, just follow the link above.  Your ears will thank you.

More audio madness is coming your way all throughout the month of October, so stay tuned!

MyFacester+ Photoset (Includes three short videos, too!)

What’s This Called? 13 October 2012

01.) Breeze Full of Spirits * David and Jad Fair * Halloween Songs
02.) Nibby Grimes * Miss Massive Snowflake * Tandan
03.) Live * Crank Sturgeon * on What’s This Called?
04.) Remix by Muddmakr – My Brother’s Guns & Knives * Remora * Tandaan
05.) Live * Styrofoam Sanchez * on What’s This Called?
06.) Zombie King * David and Jad Fair * Halloween Songs
07.) Coda Cacciatori * Party Killer * Tandaan
08.) Live * Overdose the Katatonic w/ Crank Sturgeon & Styrofoam Sanchez * on What’s This Called?

What’s This Called? w/ Overdose The Katatonic, LIVE!

Overdose The Katatonic

Overdose The Katatonic

What’s This Called? w/ Overdose The Katatonic, LIVE!
(Featuring a live set by the soothing sounds of Overdose The Katatonic.)

No stranger to What’s This Called?, Overdose The Katatonic is a solo noise project that hits the spot if you like harsh drones, sudden changes of pace, or are just interested in a little something new.  This 11 minute live set, mixed with a number of selections by none other than Ricardo Wang, your experimental host with the noisiest most.  Today’s show would make an excellent jam, so download it and burn a disc that you can bump in your car as you head out to the river, or stuff it into your i-object of choice for the perfect jogging soundtrack.

As usual, I run the sound during the performance, which was not only super intense, but quite excellent to watch.  Both Ricardo and I snapped shots, and there’s a few minutes of video, too.  So for the complete multi-media experience, this is your one-stop shopping.

It sounds like he’s be back this way in October, so you may get another chance to hear this kind of thing again, but in the meantime: here’s a link to his 18 June 2011 performance on What’s This Called?  Even in small doses, this is guaranteed to knock your socks off.

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset

Playlist:

01.) All Data Lost * Chrome * Alien Soundtracks
02.) I’m Insane * Sonic Youth * Bad Moon Rising
03.) Track Two * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Icicles
04.) Colour Field v500 (Wire Tapper edit) * Icarus * Wire Tapper 29
05.) Live 7/10 * ODTK Trio * CDR

06.) LIVE * Overdose the Katatonic * on What’s This Called?

07.) Scrambled Brains * Overdose the Katatonic * CDR
08.) Ill Valley Prodigies * Liars * WIXIW
09.) Freak Puke * Melvins Lite * Freak Puke
10.) Maniacal Tripidation * Guggenheim Doppelganger * ladyz in noyz 3

Episode 177: No Contact

The Galactic Barrier

The Galactic Barrier

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

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

YES!

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

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

22 May 2012 Live Performance * Moth Hunter * Blasphuphmus Radio

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

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

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

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

See you in seven.

Picasa Photoset

No Contact

Introduction: The Far Horizons Of The Unknown

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

Part I: “Countdown To Blastoff”

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

Part II: “Four Weeks From Earth”

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

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

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

Part IV: “Stormcloud To Earth!”

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

Episode 166: Moth Hunter, LIVE!

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

Episode 166: Moth Hunter, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by local circuit-bend  experimental pscychedlic, Moth Hunter!)

Join us for a very special live performance by local circuit-bent, experimental noise artist Moth Hunter!  This performance was recorded in his home studio on 08 May 2012, at roughly 8 PM that evening, and was quite possibly one of the best performances I’ve heard using these kinds of home-brewed items.  I was also able to shoot some great footage as well, giving you a truly multi-media experience just short of being there with us.  Couple that with an appearance by DJ Really Sloppy, and a few other odds and ends, and you’ve got this week’s program.

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter is one half of Knuckle Children, a fantastic noise duo that has been creating sound experiments since at least 2007.  Both have appeared on this show before, and Moth Hunter DJed a Halloween show, too (those shows are available here).  We’ve been trying to set up this show for a while now, and after a couple of false starts in the last couple of weeks, we’ve managed to sort out the technical and scheduling details that had enabled us to bring you live music.

I have to say, I’m really excited to have live music back on the show. While Historic St. John’s has offered a number of great opportunities for the direction this show has been heading, I’ve been very sad that it is difficult to include live music in our studio.  However, with the addition of new equipment and the changing landscape of digital recording, this is no longer a challenge.  This really opens up new possibilities for our program, and we’re already lining up other possible ways to exploit this technology.

At this point, I’ll let the music speak for itself.  Thanks for listening.

See you in seven.

Picasa Photoset (Includes three short video clips)

Moth Hunter, LIVE!

Introduction: Wherein I Introduce What’s To Come

01.) Track 01 * Knuckle Children * He Section

Segment One: The ADD Minute And A… w/ DJ Really Sloppy

DJ Really Sloppy doesn’t understand what Experimental Music is, and suggests that genres are silly.

02.) Track 03 * Knuckle Children * 9-11
03.) Rawhide * The Blues Brothers

Segment Two: Moth Hunter, LIVE!

04.) Recorded 08 May 2012 In The Moth Hunter Studio.

Outroduction: Wherein I Outroduce What You’ve Just Heard

What’s This Called? w/ Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III, Live!

Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III

Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III

What’s This Called? w/ Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by noise veteran Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III!)

KPSU Playlist

Picasa Photoset

In another fortunate twist of fate, Ricardo Wang asked me to run sound for a live performance by Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III.  Cornelius is not stranger to KPSU, having played on both What’s This Called? and Live Friday in the past.  His particular brand of heavy drone is music to my ears, and I was happy to help set up his gear this time around.  There are a couple of videos I show in the Picasa photoset, one partially filmed by Lennon, too.  This one is not to be missed.  Enjoy!

What’s This Called? w/ Asian Women On The Telephone, Live!

Asian Women On The Telephone

Asian Women On The Telephone

What’s This Called? w/ Asian Women On The Telephone, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by Russian dadaists, Asian Women On The Telephone.)

KPSU Playlist

Flickr Photoset (Dead Air)

Flickr Photoset (Closet Photography)

Join us for an on-air exclusive with this mysterious and amazing band from Russia, on tour and stopping in at KPSU for a brief engagement.  Asian Women On The Telephone have made quite a name for themselves since they first started in 2007, and it is worth your time to track down their recordings.  I was very lucky to get to run sound for them when they came to KPSU, and I want to thank Ricardo Wang for inviting me to assist.  They were fun, considerate, and came bearing gifts.  It was a great show, and you can hear it all on this recording.

Enjoy!

Episode 130: Anastatica, LIVE!

Anastatica

Anastatica

Episode 130: Anastatica, Live! w/ Johnathon Boober!
(Featuring a live performance by Psyche Doom / Melodic Black Metal Oly hopefuls, Anastatica!)

Listeners of this show will find a short delay near the beginning, as we are allowing a very special What’s This Called? episode spill over into our show.  But, don’t think that means there’s only filler during this hour.  Stay tuned, as Johnathon Boober and myself bring you a live performance by Olympia’s Anastatica, a Psychedelic Doom / Melodic Black Metal band, currently on tour, and will be playing in Portland on September 13th at the Red & Black Cafe.   They will also be playing Eureka California, Bellingham & Seattle too, so this would be a great way to check them out before the shows.

They were a very fun band to host.  Initially, we ran into trouble, as they did not have their kick drum pedal when they arrived.  But within 45 minutes, (after a furious round of calling and texting), and friend and fan showed up with a pedal, and their rock-faces on.  It was a pretty excellent moment for radio, and it saved the show.  Well played.

Ephemera

Ephemera

While we’re plugging things, check out their latest release – Ephemerarecorded and mixed in analog, and is a great representation of what you can expect from the band.  You can get digital downloads of these tracks by following the above Bandcamp link, or by finding them on tour, and picking up their CD or cassette of the album.  It is well worth your effort.

Johnathon, naturally, helped with the DJing and engineering for this show, and as usual, I owe him a debt of thanks.  He always makes these things possible, and I appreciate it in a big way.

Next week: tune in for a special extended DJ set with Paco Jones!  This is gonna be great.

See ya in seven!  Rock!

Program Playlist:

# Title * Artist * Album * Label

01.) Twist The Sky * The Tri-Cornered Tent Show * Alien Trackways * Edgetone Records
02.) Missed Court Dates * The North Sea * Bloodlines * Type Records
03.) Rise * The Nether Dawn * Well Song * Porter Records
04.) Live, In-Studio! * Anastatica * 10 September 2011 Performance * Blasphuphmus Radio
05.) ii-Yo * Nymph * Nymph * Social Registry Records
06.) Rue * Anastatica * Ephemera * Self-Released
07.) Last Eclipse * Anastatica * Ephemera * Self-Released
08.) Polylog * Frank Bretschneider * EXP * Raster-Noton Records
09.) Node * Frank Bretschneider * EXP * Raster-Noton Records
10.) Orion * Frank Bretschneider * EXP * Raster-Noton Records
11.) Perseid * Grex * Live At Home * Self-Released
12.) El Todopoderoso * Héctor Lavoe * Salsa Explosion * Fania Records
13.) Much Obliged fer Diggin’ Taters with You * Pilesar * Radio Friendly * Public Eyesore Records
14.) Who Do You Sue? * The Billy Nayer Show * BNS Presents: The Billy Nayer Show * BNS Productions

KPSU Playlist

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What’s This Called? w/ Callow, Live!

Callow

Callow

What’s This Called w/ Callow, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by touring artists, Callow.)

KPSU Playlist

Picasa Photoset

Join Ricardo Wang for a live performance by Callow, on tour and stopping in at KPSU for a live performance and interview.  I’ll be running sound, and it should be a lot of fun.  Here’s Ricardo Wang’s press release:

“Today on What’s This Called? from Noon to 1 PM Pacific time we present a live in-studio appearance from Bay Area spacey ethereal dream-pop duo Callow http://callow.bandcamp.com/. Never mind the blistering sun outside, pull the blinds, light a candle and drift off with us.”

Episode 121: Nasalrod, LIVE!

Nasalrod

Nasalrod

Episode 121: Nasalrod, LIVE! w/ Hogwash
(Featuring a DJ set by Hogwash, and a Live Performance by Nasalrod!)

Hogwash has done it again by booking one of the most unusual (and amazing) local bands to come and kick-off their tour on my very own show. Nasalrod is the brainchild of Chairman, ex-Drats!!! and a general PDX fixture in the music scene for years. This particular group consists of a variety of local musicians too, including none other that Spit Stix, who used to drum in Fear! How cool is that?

Nasalrod

Nasalrod

The first two hours consist of a DJ set by Hogwash, but half-way into hour three, Nasalrod get set up and start performing, and that goes into the following hour (with an interview near the end). This was a fantastic show, and I am so lucky to have Hogwash on my team. These guys were super fun to work with, and I can’t wait to see them again.

# * Artist* Song * Album * Label

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Episode 120: SLOTHS, Live!

SLOTHS

SLOTHS

Episode 120: SLOTHS, Live! w/ Hogwash
(Featuring a Live performance by local Metal accolades, SLOTHS!)

While to many, Sloths are merely the newest local metal band, sludging it out with the likes of Yob and Wizard Rifle.  However, KPSU allumni will recognize their drummer as none other than the host of Snack Time, a long lost show from yesteryear that contained the youngest KPSU DJ to know knowledge (Nate was just 12 when he started).  Now, he’s all grows up, and plays in a killer and vicious band that is crawling out of your stereo, into your ear canals, and giving you the music you cannot live without.

SLOTHS

SLOTHS

Again, this episode is a Hogwash special, and while I’m running the sound, he is providing an excellent DJ set to keep the mood flowing.  This show was tons of fun, and I really hope you get a chance to enjoy the beautiful sounds these kids created.  Very, very worth it.

Rock!

Picasa Photoset (by Austin Rich & Closet Photography)

Episode 116: Valkyrie Rodeo, LIVE!

Valkyrie Rodeo

Valkyrie Rodeo

Episode 116: Valkyrie Rodeo, LIVE! w/ Hogwash
(Featuring a special Pledge Drive performance by local noise metaloids, Valkyrie Rodeo!)

Hogwash had been talking about these guys for quite some time, so it was a real treat to get them on the radio for Pledge Drive.  Creating their own special blend of metal weirdness, these guys are beyond description.  My recommendation is to just listen.

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Valkyrie Rodeo

Valkyrie Rodeo