Pursuing The Trivial w/ Rick (Interview with Miss Rikki & Austin Rich)

Rick from Pursuing The Trivial

Rick from Pursuing The Trivial

Pursuing The Trivial w/ Rick (Interview with Miss Rikki & Austin Rich)
(Rick from Pursuing The Trivial asked Miss Rikki & I to join him for an episode of his program, and we discuss our history in the world of radio, and some of the stories connected to KPSU itself.)

Miss Rikki's Famous Booth Dancing

Miss Rikki’s Famous Booth Dancing

As a special bonus treat this week, we bring you an interview conducted by Rick from Pursuing The Trivial, on the subject of myself and Miss Rikki.  We discuss our own connection to radio, and a little KPSU history, too.  All part of the Amp KPSU Pledge Drive celebrations.  This was a lot of fun, and Rick is a wonderful host with a very unique show.  Don’t forget to check it out; you won’t be sorry.

I also took a few snaps, which you can find in this photoset here.

Enjoy!

 

Shoegaze Showdown w/ Balms

Me & Balms

Me & Balms

Shoegaze Showdown w/ Balms
(The gents from Balms drop by for a quick chat as we deliver a slightly more “shoegazey” show that normal.  Everyone wins.)

It’s Balms!  This San Francisco group is on tour, and I was lucky enough to get them to come into the studio to plug their shows, while checking out their new self released EP.  This is the first band I’ve had on the new program, and I was really excited to plug these guys.  Fortunately, you get to enjoy the fruits of these labors.

In Part I, I feature selections from the EP, and some of the other bands that were playing with them during their show at The Know and Habesha Lounge.  In Part II, not only do we get to meet Balms, but they allowed me to premier a song that has only previously been available from the Bandcamp page.  It was a real pleasure to meet these guys, and next time we are absolutely getting them to perform a live set.

And, while we’re at it, here’s a video they made that is fantastic.

 

In Part III, not only did I replay the Audio Book version of “The Facebook Fiction Initiative” piece, but I address the issue of Underwriting.  In order to keep KPSU on the air, there will be a Pledge Drive coming soon, and I want to toy with the idea of getting micropayments from our listeners.  This would allow us to avoid having to get a few large donors, and instead collect much smaller payments from a large number of folks.  Spare change for radio.  For every dollar you put in, you won’t have to put in any more.  I’m working out ways that this can work for us, and if you have ideas, I would love to hear them.

Thanks again Balms for coming down to KPSU.  They are welcome on our program at any time.

Enjoy!

Shoegaze Showdown w/ Balms

Part I: “Surface To Grave”

01.) Surface * Balms * Balms * Self Released
02.) Lay Your Head Down * Here Come Dots * Dusk * http://herecomedots.bandcamp.com/
03.) At Dagger’s Drawn * Hang The New Year * The Tower * http://hangtheoldyear.bandcamp.com
04.) Grave * Balms * Balms * Self Released

Part II: “All Right”

05.) Pet Sounds * The Beach Boys
06.) Balms Interview
07.) All Right * Balms * Balms * Self Released

Part III: “Underwriting Promises”

08.) The Facebook Fiction Initiative * Austin Rich * acronyminc.blogpress.new
09.) Catastrophic * Beach Party * Beach Party * http://beachpartypdx.bandcamp.com
10.) Another Green World * Brian Eno

Bonus DJ Set

<Secret Hidden Playlist>

11.) While You’re Sleeping, I’m Dreaming * Tamaryn * Tender New Signs
12.) No Medicine For Regret * Mogwai * Rave Tapes
13.) You Are Not A Cat * Dry Cleaners * Lost In The Supermarket * BlasphuphmusRadio.com
14.) Lorelei * Cocteau Twins * Treasure
15.) In Silence * Sean Sandor * Pas Musique / Ben Link Collins / Shaun Sandor Split
16.) Vern’s Answer To The Masses * Unwound * The Future of What * Kill Rock Stars
17.) Here Come The Dogs * Unwound * The Future of What
18.) Monstre Sacre * Stereolab

</Secret Hidden Playlist>

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

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

The Mystery Record

Breezin'

Breezin’

How’s It Named?: “The Mystery Record” w/ Cosmic Jim & Ezra
(Featuring an interview with Ezra about record collecting, and the entire Breezin’ record from 2011.)

Cosmic Jim joins me again for a casual conversation with his friend Ezra about the hobby of record collecting, among technical problems while we cover for Ricardo Wang as he is getting married.  We listen to records we love, talk about the problems with modern vinyl vs. vinyl from our youth, and get to know Ezra and his interests.

We also get to hear the entire Breezin’ record, a four song 12″ of some really odd – and rather incredible – album of mirth and music that we purport to be a bit of a mystery, in spite of knowing quite a bit about it.  Recorded in Lastra’s Smegma Studios and released in 2011, the performances on this record are extremely strong, and very well constructed.  This is the kind of record that record collectors love to find, and if you get a chance (and if they play again), their shows are quite incredible.  Included below is a clip from their sessions at Smegma, mixed with the track “Never Give You Up,” featured in today’s show.

This is a wonderfully strange and odd show, and exactly the kind of thing that How’s It Named? is all about.

Enjoy!

The Mystery Record

01.) Memphis Blues Again * Bob Dylan
02.) Greasy Chicken * Andre Williams * Wavy Gravy: Four Hairy Policemen * Beware Records
03.) Space Girl * The Earthboys * Wavy Gravy: Four Hairy Policemen * Beware Records
04.) Sightseer * Malcolm Mitchell
05.) Interview w/ Ezra Part I
06.) Listen To Your Heart * Breezin’ * Breezin’ * Going Records
07.) Never Give You Up * Breezin’ * Breezin’ * Going Records
08.) I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby * Captain Beefheart * The Spotlight Kid
09.) Interview w/ Ezra Part II
10.) Old, Wise * Breezin’ * Breezin’ * Going Records
11.) Out In The Night * Breezin’ * Breezin’ * Going Records
12.) PSY * The Butthole Surfers * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records

Hello, Trippers!

Trippy

Trippy

How’s It Named?: “Hello, Trippers!” w/ Cosmic Jim
(Featuring an interview with, and records from the personal collection of, Comic Jim, KPSU alumni and a stand-up guy!)

For those of you who were lucky enough to be able to hear The Psychedelic Renaissance when it was on KPSU, you know how amazing it was to have none other than THE Cosmic Jim bring you an hour of musical oddities, rare records, and the kind of enthusiasm that only a die-hard collector can bring to the airwaves.  His show was one that was at KPSU very near to the beginning, but Jim’s story and history in Portland goes back even further.  Join us for a rare interview / DJ set with this legendary figure, as we poke and prod the more extreme areas of his musical knowledge.

I also enjoy these How’s It Named? episodes, and both Ricardo Wang and I are big fans of Cosmic Jim’s record collection.  As Ricardo could not be here this week, he was really excited about the opportunity for me to bring you this show.  But Cosmic Jim’s history with KPSU is only the beginning; during this show we bring you stories of The Riff Raff (the band he played a roll in during the early 80’s), plus stories of his experiences collecting records, and a bit about his old ‘zine, Psychedelic Renaissance.  It’s one of those hours that has a lot to offer, and if for nothing else, you should check out the Madrigal song we play about about 15 minutes in.  Holy crap.

Special thanks to Tobin, Ricardo Wang and of course Cosmic Jim himself for making this show possible.  These kinds of shows are incredibly fun, and I was very happy to be able to bring you this show.

Enjoy!

Hello, Trippers!

01.) Everything’s Changing * Kak * Kak
02.) Stoned Freakout [Excerpt] * Madrigal * Madrigal
03.) Día Viajera * Los Yeh Yehs * Beatles En Español
04.) Taggin’ * The Fredric * Phases & Faces
05.) Excerpts From * Mighty Baby * Mighty Baby
06.) (A Song By) * Wildfire * Primo

Getting Nervous

The Nervous

The Nervous

Getting Nervous
(Featuring an interview with new local band, The Nervous, which includes the world premier of their music on this very podcast!)

I have known Chris and Jesse from The Nervous for years, and the band they’d started in the ’90’s back in Eugene – Mondale – was a rare treat for the few who got to rock out to them.  Now, in this far-flung, post-apocalyptic year of 2013, we encounter their newest musical endeavor, a trio (rounded out by their drummer, Splinters), which is offering some of the greatest Nerd Rock anthems guaranteed to start promptly at every performance.

In preparation for their impending live gigs, I was invited down to the compound where The Nervous hone their craft, and managed to sit down with the guys afterward in their comfortable “Living Room” to chat about pursuing music as a hobby, and what its like to be in really terrible bands with assholes.  Interspersed throughout the interview are songs that inspire them, two never-before heard songs from their current set, and an old Mondale tune (or two) to round things out.

Long-time listeners may remember a live performance by Jesse Ransom (featured in The Nervous) in 2006.  This episode is also available to stream or download at this time, accompanied by a playlist and photos.  Jesse Ransom 06 June 2006.  It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and it gives you an acoustic taste of what he brings to the party.

Special thanks to Chris, Jesse and Spinters, not only for being stand up guys and great musicians, but for trusting me to record them in their natural habitat.  You guys are fantastic, and I can’t wait for more people to hear you.

Enjoy!

MyFacester+ Photoset (with video footage of the band rehearsing on 30 December 2012).

Getting Nervous

01.) Get Out Of Our Way, We’re A-Comin’ Through * Mondale * Square Roots Radicals * Self-Released
02.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part I * 30 December 2012
03.) Musical Interlude * Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet * Savvy Show Stoppers * Cargo Records
04.) High Impact Smart Girls * Mondale * Square Roots Radicals * Self-Released
05.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part II * 30 December 2012
06.) Gates Of Steel * Devo * Freedom Of Choice * Warner Bros.
07.) Sex Mad * Nomeansno * Sex Mad * Alternative Tentacles Records
08.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part III * 30 December 2012
09.) Theme From EEVIAC * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch & Go Records
10.) Entry Level Position * The Nervous * Unreleased Practice Recording
11.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part IV * 30 December 2012
12.) Little Girls * Oingo Boingo * Only A Lad * A&M Records
13.) You Look Good In Glasses * The Nervous * Unreleased Practice Recording
14.) Interview w/ The Nervous Part V * 30 December 2012
15.) 21st Century Digital Boy * Bad Religion * Stranger Than Fiction * Atlantic Records

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto “Director’s Cut”

Miss Rikki Lee, Back In The Day

Miss Rikki Lee, Back In The Day

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto “Director’s Cut”
(Featuring an interview and DJ set by Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio recorded on 15 July 2012.)

Join me for a conversation with Miss Rikki Lee, as we go into detail about her early years as a cub reporter and photographer as she tried to make it on the streets of Chicago.  In this episode: musical accompaniment that not only connects specifically with her life while she lived there, but in many cases care a chi-town kind of vibe, too.  As she recounts her adventures, strap yourself in, as we have cumulatively produced three entire hours of music and interviews.  Hope you like Miss Rikki, cause we’ve got nothing but her this entire show.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  If you’re not already doing so, check her out on Tumblr, and on kpsu.org every Saturday from 1 – 3 PM.  Her show is more “FCC-friendly” there, but when she and I get together there are no rules.  If you end up liking what you hear in this episode, and you want to hear more, then check out Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph, where she and I covered her time in Arizona, and some more general information about her life as well.  We’re hoping to do this a little more often than every four months, but we shall see.

With that said, let’s get on with “The Scumburg Manifesto.”

The Scumburg Manifesto

Introduction
Incidental music during our interviews provided by “The Chess Story: 1947-1975”

Part I: She’s In Love With Rock N’ Roll
01.) Fun Tonight * The Riverdales * Riverdales
02.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 1

Part II: I’ve Felt You Up Before
03.) Janie Jones (Demo) * The Clash * Clash On Broadway
04.) Rat Patrol * Naked Raygun * Throb Throb
05.) Time For Me, Time For You * The Felt-Ups
06.) Demons Wear Spurs * The Gravetones * On The Edge Of Madness
07.) She Knocks Me Out * The Runarounds
08.) Little Sister * The Neutron Bombs * E.P.

Part III: Elvis Was My Gym Teacher
09.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 2

Part IV: Record Breakers Frequent Buyer Club
10.) This Is The Part Where I Hit You * Milk At Midnight * A Fit To End All Time
11.) Time Warp * Rocky Horror Picture Show
12.) Underground Army * The Threats
13.) Cranked Up Really High * Slaughter & the Dogs * Cranked Up Really High
14.) Street Where Nobody Lives * The Pagans * Pink Album
15.) I Don’t Give A Fuck * The Partisans * The Partisans

Part V: The Geography of Five Year Differences
16.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 3

Part VI: Geek America
17.) Hero Marauder * Tilt * Collect ‘Em All
18.) Motherfucker Are You Ready To Rock? * Boris The Sprinkler * Is…Gay!
19.) Punk Rock Girl * The Dead Milkmen * Beelzebubba
20.) Hey Ya * Outkast
21.) take a shit * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
22.) Poo Out My Ass * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
23.) Say What You Mean * The Lunachicks

Part VII: Low Brow in High Fidelity
24.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 4

Part VIII: Back Seat Driving
25.) Pussy * Lords of Acid
26.) Promises * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady
27.) Six A.M. * Screeching Weasel * Kill The Musicians
28.) Rock Around With Ollie Vee * Buddy Holly * Rockabilly Trash

Part IX: Pop Goes The Weasel
25.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 5

Epilogue
26.) Tangerine Speedo * Caviar

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part II

The Scumburg In Questions

The Scumburg In Question

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part II
(Featuring the second half of an interview and DJ set by Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio recorded on 15 July 2012.)

And we’re back.

For those of you who are just tuning in, join me for a conversation with Miss Rikki Lee, as we go into detail about her early years as a cub reporter and photographer as she tried to make it on the streets of Chicago.  If you’re not already doing so, check her out on Tumblr, and on kpsu.org every Saturday from 1 – 3 PM.  If you end up liking what you hear in this episode, and you want to hear more, then check out Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph, where she and I covered her time in Arizona, and some more general information about her life as well.  We’re hoping to do this a little more often than every four months, but we shall see.

We are also trying something experimental with this episode, in that we’re presenting it in two parts, over two days.  Part One is was available on Tuesday.  Part Two now available.  This gave you (hopefully) some time to digest Part One, before you’re ready for the rest.  However, if you are like me, and you want your podcasts really long for maximum enjoyment, then you are in luck: The Director’s Cut version is now available, too.  Please let us know what you think of this.  We’ve been toying with the length of shows for a while now, and we feel that by doing things like this, we can offer a range of listening options for people who have different tastes.  As usual, we look for feedback here, or any other our other conduits of communication.

With that said, let’s present Part II of “The Scumburg Manifesto.”

See ya in five!

Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror

The Scumburg Manifesto Part II

Introduction:
Incidental music during our interviews provided by “The Chess Story: 1947-1975”

Part V: The Geography of Five Year Differences
16.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 3

Part VI: Geek America
17.) Hero Marauder * Tilt * Collect ‘Em All
18.) Motherfucker Are You Ready To Rock? * Boris The Sprinkler * Is…Gay!
19.) Punk Rock Girl * The Dead Milkmen * Beelzebubba
20.) Hey Ya * Outkast
21.) take a shit * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
22.) Poo Out My Ass * The Left Rights * The Left Rights
23.) Say What You Mean * The Lunachicks

Part VII: Low Brow in High Fidelity
24.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 4

Part VIII: Back Seat Driving
25.) Pussy * Lords of Acid
26.) Promises * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady
27.) Six A.M. * Screeching Weasel * Kill The Musicians
28.) Rock Around With Ollie Vee * Buddy Holly * Rockabilly Trash

Part IX: Pop Goes The Weasel
25.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 5

Epilogue
26.) Tangerine Speedo * Caviar

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part I

The Scumburg Manifesto

The Scumburg Manifesto

Episode 176: The Scumburg Manifesto Part I
(Featuring the first half of an interview and DJ set by Miss Rikki Lee of Closet Radio recorded on 15 July 2012.)

Join me for a conversation with Miss Rikki Lee, as we go into detail about her early years as a cub reporter and photographer as she tried to make it on the streets of Chicago.  In this episode: musical accompaniment that not only connects specifically with her life while she lived there, but in many cases care a chi-town kind of vibe, too.  As she recounts her adventures, strap yourself in, as we have cumulatively produced three entire hours of music and interviews.  Hope you like Miss Rikki, cause we’ve got nothing but her this entire show.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?  If you’re not already doing so, check her out on Tumblr, and on kpsu.org every Saturday from 1 – 3 PM.  Her show is more “FCC-friendly” there, but when she and I get together there are no rules.  If you end up liking what you hear in this episode, and you want to hear more, then check out Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph, where she and I covered her time in Arizona, and some more general information about her life as well.  We’re hoping to do this a little more often than every four months, but we shall see.

We are also trying something experimental with this episode, in that we’re presenting it in two parts, over two days.  Part One is obviously available now.  Part Two will be available on Thursday, giving you a two day wait, and offering you a chance to digest the interview slowly, over time.  If you are like me, and you want your podcasts really long for maximum enjoyment, then you are in luck: we will also be releasing, on Thursday, the Director’s Cut version of this show.  Please let us know what you think of this.  We’ve been toying with the length of shows for a while now, and we feel that by doing things like this, we can offer a range of listening options for people who have different tastes.  As usual, we look for feedback here, or any other our other conduits of communication.

With that said, let’s present Part I of “The Scumburg Manifesto.”

See ya in two!

The Scumburg Manifesto Part I

Introduction
Incidental music during our interviews provided by “The Chess Story: 1947-1975”

Part I: She’s In Love With Rock N’ Roll
01.) Fun Tonight * The Riverdales * Riverdales
02.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 1

Felt Ups

Felt Ups

Part II: I’ve Felt You Up Before
03.) Janie Jones (Demo) * The Clash * Clash On Broadway
04.) Rat Patrol * Naked Raygun * Throb Throb
05.) Time For Me, Time For You * The Felt-Ups
06.) Demons Wear Spurs * The Gravetones * On The Edge Of Madness
07.) She Knocks Me Out * The Runarounds
08.) Little Sister * The Neutron Bombs * E.P.

Part III: Elvis Was My Gym Teacher
09.) A Conversation With Miss Rikki Lee Part 2

Part IV: Record Breakers Frequent Buyer Club
10.) This Is The Part Where I Hit You * Milk At Midnight * A Fit To End All Time
11.) Time Warp * Rocky Horror Picture Show
12.) Underground Army * The Threats
13.) Cranked Up Really High * Slaughter & the Dogs * Cranked Up Really High
14.) Street Where Nobody Lives * The Pagans * Pink Album
15.) I Don’t Give A Fuck * The Partisans * The Partisans

Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph (w/ Miss Rikki)

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Miss Rikki Lee!

Episode 158: This Is Not A Photograph (w/ Miss Rikki)

How do you sum up someone as multi-faceted as Miss Rikki Lee?  There are just too many sides to her various creative outputs.  Not content to merely host Closet Radio on kpsu.org (1 – 3 PM on Saturdays), she is also the mastermind behind Closet Photography (Flickr Page), and the proprietor of Dust Bunnies on etsy.  She also finds time to update the hilarious Twitter Feed, @closetphoto, which not only regularly has me in stitches, but regularly stumbling upon countless Pop Culture treasures.  It’s a wonder she had the time to sit down an hang out for a few hours.

But, she did.  And while she was at it, spilled an amazing amount of details about her time working with AZ Kaos, a ‘zine she was heavily involved with during her years in Phoenix, AZ.  She also assembled two sets of fantastic tunes from those stomping grounds.  This is one of those fantastic shows that I really enjoy, and it was awesome to have Miss Rikki in the studios for this one.

While we forego a lot of the segments that have become part and parcel of recent shows, this show contains a priceless interview in three segments.  Miss Rikki Lee is a wonderful storyteller, and for those who have a fondness for the kinds of stories that are born out of small scenes and xerox machines, then this show is for you.  There is also a fantastic mix of music in this show, and I’m stoked to have gotten leads on a bunch of bands that I’m itching to check out.  In fact, if you were featured in some way during this show, I would love to include proper links and whatnot to help flesh that out.  As you can see, Miss Rikki Lee will be returning for further stories of her various adventures, with music!, so stay tuned for that.

The footnotes this week will be heavy with links, so enjoy your homework.

See you in seven.

This Is Not A Photograph:

Opening Theme * Paco Jones & Austin Rich

Segment 1: Austin Rich, Curator of Taste

This Is Not A Photograph * Mission of Burma * Signals, Calls & Marches * Ace Of Hearts Records, 1981
Animal Collective * Sung Tongs * Fat Cat Records 2004

Dinner Cooking 08 February 2012 * The Sounds of Portland Oregon

Segment 2: An Interview With Miss Rikki Lee

Segment 3: Selections From The Arizona Punk Scene

Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage * Killer Pussy
Detective Show Boogie * Spider Hole
I Ain’t No Rattlesnake * Jeff Dahl Band
Fields Of Regret * Alice Cooper
Threat of An Angry Girl (Live) * Scorpion Vs. Tarantula

Ikea 05 February 2012 * The Sounds of Portland Oregon

Segment 4: An Interview With Miss Rikki Lee Part II

*** Alice Cooperstown – http://www.alicecooperstown.com

*** Alice Cooper’s Charity Org. – http://www.alicecoopersolidrock.com

Segment 5: Selections From The Arizona Punk Scene Part II

Sick To Death * The Sex
Horror Con Carne * Slime & The Boobytramps
Lenny & Frankie * JJCNV
JOA * Janitors Of Anarchy
We Didn’t Come Here To Rock * Andrew Jackson Jihad
Reactive Detachment * Manual Sex Drive
Night Vision Eye * Mission Creeps

A Cat 01 March 2012 * The Sounds Of Portland Oregon

Segment 6: An Interview With Miss Rikki Lee Part III

*** Midnight Creeps are from Rhode Island, not New York as stated in the show.

*** AZ Punk – www.azpunk.com

*** Trunk Space – thetrunkspace.com

*** Erratic Radio – www.erraticradio.com

*** 602 Radio – www.602radio.com

*** Fluke Fanzine was the other zine in AZ – http://www.flukezine.com

*** Also: The AZ Kaos/Gagging Maggot Records comp “Apocalypse Cow! Vol. 1” is available now.

Segment 7: I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (Outro)

What’s This Called? w/ Ilima Considine!

Ilima Considine

Ilima Considine

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

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

Enjoy!

Pineapple Classic 5K Run (Mini-Cast #4)

Pineapple Classic 5K Run

Pineapple Classic 5K Run

Pineapple Classic 5K Run (Mini-Cast #4)

KPSU and I are helping raise awareness about the Pineapple Classic 5K Run, an event held on August 13th at Pat’s Acres Karting Complex in Canby. The event is put on by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and is a Hawaiian-themed run, with obstacles, a Luau at the end, and even a beer garden. You can find out more detailed information about the event on their website, linked above.

I initially talked about the run on July 31st. A second, follow-up interview and discussion went out on August 6th, this time interviewing my brother (and leukemia survivor) Kyle Rich. Both clips are featured in the above download. I’m a huge supporter of the LLS, not only because they continue to help fight cancer in these very specific forms, but help raise awareness of the problems that survivors face in dealing with their illness, and the aftermath. I know that I am personally affected because it hit my family, but this is a very good cause no matter what perspective you have, and I think many others will support it as well.

Even if you can’t make a donation, or participate in the run, this will mostly likely be a great event, and a lot of fun. Come out on the 13th and lend your support. They need all the help they can get.

Episode 119: The Flailing Inhalers

Go (Heart) Yourself

Go (Heart) Yourself

Episode 119: The Flailing Inhalers
(Featuring a two-hour block of The Flailing Inhalers music, hosted by myself and the band!)

KPSU Playlist

While scheduling and timing prevented a live set from going out over the airwaves today, The Flailing Inhalers still came down to the station to present selections from their two albums, rare and live tracks, a few selections by friends and family (in the record label sense of the word), and, of course, to plug their show that evening.  If you are not familiar with the band, or are curious about them, then this is the show for you: anecdotes, stories, songs from throughout their career, and an all-around good time for almost two hours.  This is what local radio is all about.

Rock!

# Artist * Track * Album * Label
01.) The Flailing Inhalers * The Gambler’s Dream * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records
02.) The Flailing Inhalers * Pretty Disease * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records
03.) The Flailing Inhalers * Cock It Back * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records
04.) The Flailing Inhalers * Knife In My Side * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records
05.) The Flailing Inhalers * Knife In My Side * Live Performance * Unreleased
06.) Fjords * TDFT * Fjords * Feed The Geese Records
07.) Striking Matches * Love Struck Committee * From The Wreckage * Feed The Geese Records
08.) The Flailing Inhalers * Speakeasy * A Shocking New Development * Feed The Geese Records
09.) The Flailing Inhalers * Cold-Hearted Killer * A Shocking New Development * Feed The Geese Records
10.) The Flailing Inhalers * Hefeweizen * Unreleased * Unreleased
11.) The Flailing Inhalers * Gnomes * Unreleased * Unreleased
12.) The Flailing Inhalers * Die Together * A Shocking New Development * Feed The Geese Records
13.) The Flailing Inhalers * Hard Time * Demo * Unreleased
14.) The Flailing Inhalers * Hard Time * A Shocking New Development * Feed The Geese Records
15.) Pseudo Boss * Forget, Forfiet * EP I * Feed The Geese Records
16.) Pseudo Boss * Hardened Soul * EP I * Feed The Geese Records
17.) The Flailing Inhalers * We Need To Talk * Unreleased * Unreleased
18.) The Flailing Inhalers * Sunday * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records
19.) Striking Matches * Agree To Disagree * From The Wreckage * Feed The Geese Records
20.) Fjords * Tennis Courts * Fjords * Feed The Geese Records
21.) The Flailing Inhalers * Friend of a Friend * Unreleased * Unreleased
22.) The Flailing Inhalers * Come On * A Shocking New Development * Feed The Geese Records
23.) The Flailing Inhalers * Pain Relief * A Shocking New Development * Feed The Geese Records
24.) The Flailing Inhalers * Hand Me That Hammer * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records
25.) The Flailing Inhalers * Candy Apple Red * Go (Heart) Yourself * Feed The Geese Records

Episode 099: Levator, In-Studio!

Levator In Action

Levator In Action

Episode 099: Levator, In-Studio!
(Featuring the members of Levator, in-studio to talk about an upcoming show and a DJ set.)

While this was scheduled as a live Levator performance, due to a tech problem, we could not bring you a live set by the band. However, we did get to interview them, have them plug their show that evening, and provide a bit of a DJ set with stuff selected by the band.

Enjoy.

Episode 062: The Exene Cervenka 12th Anniversary Interview!

Exene Cervenka!

Exene Cervenka!

Episode 062: The Exene Cervenka 12th Anniversary Interview!
(Featuring a live, in-studio interview with Exene Cervenka.)

I was not able to snap any photos of my own, but I did get an entire hour-long interview with none other than the legendary Exene Cervenka! Holy Crap!

For those of you familiar with her work, I won’t even need to tell you anything else. Just tune in and listen. For those who aren’t, I recommend checking out her new solo album, Somewhere Gone, on Bloodshot Records. You’ll know instantly if you’re a fan.

I’m still sort of reeling about it, and had an incredible time meeting and talking to her. And I think the excitement comes through in the interview. All I can say is: awesome!

See ya saturday!

Dr. Frank (Portman), LIVE!

King Dork Himself!

King Dork Himself!

Dr. Frank Portman, LIVE! (KPSU Phase I Episode 101)

Frank Portman is known for many things, but most recently his transformation into author with the publication of his first book – King Dork – has elevated him beyond the normal punk rock trappings of his band The Mr. T Experience, and placed him in a whole new category of Rock Star. Fans and critics alike have come to praise the book, which paints an honest and sometimes painful view of the life of a teen, while simultaneously helping people interested in both the written word and music discover new aspects of the same person.

Join KPSU this Wednesday, May 24th at 5 PM (covering for The Guitar Shop this week) as we spend some time with Dr. Frank, for an interview an acoustic performance of some of his songs. This is a special Pledge Drive performance, and something that we’re very happy to be putting on for you. Thanks again to everyone who made this happen. See ya then.

Update: Dr. Frank came through in spades, and the performance was great! He read two excerpts from his book, did a lot of bantering about himself and what he does, and even performed three songs. (One of which was written by the main character of his novel!) So freakin’ cool!

This episode aired from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.

The Jeff Feuerzeig Interview

The Devil And Daniel Johnston

The Devil And Daniel Johnston

The Jeff Feuerzeig Interview (KPSU Phase I Episode 092)

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

This week, as a special presentation, I ran an interview with Jeff Feuerzeig, director of the upcoming film, The Devil And Daniel Johnston. Jeff was kind enough to meet up with me on February 12th, and we talking about Daniel and his film. Intercut with the interview are some of my favorite Johnston tracks, spanning his career. This is a must for fan, or for people who are curious about the film.

01.) My Life Is Starting Over Again * Daniel Johnston
02.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 1
03.) Speeding Motocycle * Daniel Johnston & Yo La Tengo
04.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 2
05.) Funeral Home * Daniel Johnston
06.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 3
07.) Walking The Cow * Daniel Johnston
08.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 4
09.) Funeral Girl * Daniel Johnston
10.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 5
11.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 6
12.) Desperate Man Blues * Daniel Johnston
13.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 7
14.) Dream Scream * Daniel Johnston
15.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 8
16.) Devil Town * Daniel Johnston
17.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 9
18.) Lousy Weekend * Daniel Johnston
19.) Jeff Feuerzeig Interview Segment 10
20.) Some Things Last A Long Time * Daniel Johnston

KPSU Playlist

The Minibosses Interview

The Minibosses

The Minibosses

The Minibosses Interview (Live Friday 024)

Hailing from Pheonix, AZ, the Minibosses compose their own renditions of classic Nintendo Entertainment System videogames. While this might seem like an easy task for a one-trick-pony band, given that a lot of bands have recently been looking to the NES for inspiration, when one considers their music separate from the source material, it’s not hard to realize how difficult what they do is. When translated to guitar, bass & drums, the songs take on a proggy, art-rock sound, delving into instru-metal teritorry that not even The Fucking Champs can contend with. Check ’em out here before you see ’em at Ground Control later.  You won’t be sorry.

Murph (Of Dinosaur Jr.) Interview

Murph

Murph

Murph Interview (KPSU Phase I Episode 061) 

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

For this show, I did a special hour long tribute to Dinosaur Jr.! On August 17th, Murph was kind enough to let me interview him, and their show on Friday was fantastic, putting me in the mood to run through some of my fave songs by them.  Intermixed throughout the show I played snippets of the interview with Murph, with informative notes about the songs in question.

Playlist

01.) Little Fury Things * Dinosaur Jr.
02.) No Bones * Dinosaur Jr.
03.) Forget The Swan * Dinosaur Jr.
04.) Bulbs Of Passion * Dinosaur Jr.
05.) In A Jar * Dinosaur Jr.
06.) Repulsion * Dinosaur Jr.
07.) Keep The Glove * Dinosaur Jr.
08.) Kracked * Dinosaur Jr.
09.) Sludgefeast * Dinosaur Jr.
10.) Just Like Heaven * Dinosaur Jr.
11.) The Post (Live) * Dinosaur Jr.
12.) The Lung * Dinosaur Jr.
13.) Show Me The Way * Dinosaur Jr.

The Kelly Experience

 

The Kelly Experience

The Kelly Experience

The Kelly Experience w/ Tia (KWVA Episode 031)

At this time our program was on from 4 A.M. – 6 A.M.  The link above directs you to an episode from 28 May 2012, where part of it exists in a highly edited form.

Partial Playlist:

01.) Handsome Traveler (KARP) *
02.) Beastie Revolution (Beastie Boys) *
03.) All Lies (NOMEANSNO) *
04.) Reverb 10,000 (Man… Or Astro-Man?) *
05.) ?? (??) *
06.) ?? (??) *
07.) Orgasm Addict (Buzzcocks) *
08.) We Are 138 (Misfits) *
09.) The Other Newest One (Germs) *
10.) It’s Expected I’m Gone (Jawbox) *
11.) ?? (??) *
12.) ?? (??) *
13.) Fuck Shit Up (Dub Narcotic Sound System) *
14.) Apt. #5 (Julie Ruin) *
15.) Index Of The S.R.A. (Servotron) *
16.) ?? (??) *
17.) Scream (Kemical Religion) *
18.) Stereo Sancity (Sonic Youth) *
19.) Envelope (Unwound) *
20.) Corporate Takeover (Operation Re-Information) *
21.) The Little Sandwhich Who Had A Horrible Guilt Complex Because He Was The Sole Surivor Of A Horrible Bus Crash (King Missile III) *
22.) Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz (Mr. Bungle) *
23.) American Jesus (Bad Religion) *
24.) Come Out And Play (The Moog Cookbook) *
25.) ?? (Sonic Youth) *
26.) ?? (Unwound) *
27.) Heihd (Cathead) *
28.) Batman (Naked City) *
29.) Up Front (Wipers) *
30.) Estrogen (The Supermodles) *
31.) I Have A Bad Feeling About This (Supergenius) *
32.) She Fucks Me (Ween) *
33.) Magic Pig Detective (Melvins) *
34.) ?? (??) *
35.) Manic (Kemical Religion) *