What’s This Called? 7 Year Anniversary Special!

Ricardo Wang & His Son Perform The Legal ID

Ricardo Wang & His Son Perform The Legal ID

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

Introduction
01.) Women On The Screen * Boris

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

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

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!

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

What’s This Called? w/ Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim, LIVE!

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim (by Ricardo Wang)

What’s This Called? w/ Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim, LIVE!

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Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim when they played on What’s This Called?  There are two videos included above, and actually sound pretty good for what they are.

Enjoy!

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim

Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim (by Austin Rich)

Is This Music? w/ RABBITS, Live!

RABBITS

RABBITS

Is This Music? w/ RABBITS, Live!
(Featuring a live set and interview by Hogwash and Austin Rich.)

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Boy, did I get lucky this week. Hogwash of Is This Music? was lucky enough to have Portland’s own RABBITS come in for a live performance, to help plug their new record, Lower Forms, which comes out on Tuesday on Relapse Records. The upshot was that I got to run the sound for it.

RABBITS on Is This Music?

RABBITS on Is This Music?

I love this band, and it was really cool to meet them, and help engineer the show. These guys are pros, all the way, and their songs totally show it. I took some pictures and a video of one song, so I’ll try to get those posted soon. In the meantime, you’ve got this awesome performance that I’m really proud of. If you like quality metal (and I know you do), then this is the program for you.


Episode 103: Live Live Live!

Paco Jones

Paco Jones

Episode 103: Live Live Live! w/ Hogwash, Paco Jones, Spokane Belmont & Gender Roles!
(A three-hour presentation, hosted by Hogwash of Is This Music?, featuring live performances by Paco Jones, Spokane Belmont and Gender Roles!)

Not content to deliver our usual weekly blast of radio with some cleverly selected songs and concise talk breaks, this week Blasphuphmus Radio brings you something a little bit crazy, merely because we can. Prepare yourselves for a three-hour block of Live Music. Ob-soive!:

Spokane Belmont

Spokane Belmont

This one slowly developed into the show it became. First, Gender Roles contacted me about a live in-studio, and very soon Spokane Belmont got added to the bill. But when

Gender Roles

Gender Roles

Ricardo Wang came down ill this week, and he asked me to host Paco Jones as well, I called in the big guns and asked Hogwash to host the show for me while I ran sound. Hogwash is a radio genius, and his show is one of the best things on the dial these days (he also works over at KBOO, engineering twice a month on Mondays). Between his know-how, and my sound-tech skillz, this proved to be a fantastic three-hour block of radio that you can’t deny.

Who knows what the future holds? Tune in, and find out.

See ya in seven.

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Episode 086: Moth Hunter & Knuckle Children, Live!

Knuckle Children

Knuckle Children

Episode 086: Moth Hunter & Knuckle Children, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performances by local audio experimentalists, Moth Hunter & Knuckle Children.)

Much of the usual fare on Blasphuphmus Radio runs fairly left of center, as I like to think that a weekly dose of my show is the right kind of subversion to keep the world on its toes. However, once in a while I like to pull out the big guns, and do a full-on noise assault.  Enter Moth Hunter and Knuckle Children, experimental noise artists with a penchant for home-brewed electronics, to the KPSU studios, for a two-hour sonic attack that can only be described as wonderfully insane.

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

While I’ve known the primary mover and shaker of Moth Hunter for quite some time now, it wasn’t until about two months ago that I realized he made his own Circuit Bent gear for his live performances. As a fan of Circuit Bending (and all things noisy), I followed him into his lab where I found a fantastic assortment of crazy shit: weird bent keyboards, strange metal boxes with all sorts of switches and knobs, and an infinite well of ideas. I knew immediately we had to set up a radio appearance, and by the next week, we’d scheduled a radio gig.

As the show is two hours, he contacted his buddy, who with, together, are Knuckle Children. This particular pair made beautiful noise together a while back, but recent events have pushed Knuckle Children to the back burner. This, then, was a sort of radio reunion, bringing back together their particular blend of aural manipulation. I found the turn of events particularly amusing to me: while my radio co-hort Ricardo Wang usually has bands like this on his show quite often, during the week he is absent I put on my most What’s This Called?-sounding-show in months. I love it when a plan comes together.

To better suit the kind of performance these guys are used to, we made a couple of decisions about how we wanted to set up this gig: Moth Hunter wanted to start, and have Knuckle Children come in half-way through, uninterrupted. And in a way, bands like this lend themselves quite well to a long-form set. So we planned to incorporate my Legal ID for the 2 PM hour into the show; if listen at the beginning of hour two, you’ll hear Knuckle Children begin their set by mangling my own voice as I handle my top of the hour announcements. But the bulk of this two-hour show is a nearly hour and forty minute blast of pure electronic mayhem. Be warned.

I had a lot of fun with this show, and there’s already talk of some return appearances. (As live appearances, and to lend a hand DJing.) I’m pretty excited to see what the future will hold. Even after 12 years, I’m still excited to see where this show will end up.

See ya in seven.

Moth Hunter & Knuckle Children
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Cheezus Remix [Excerpt] * Moth Hunter * MySpace.com * Self-Released
02.) Kill Your Face [Excerpt] * Moth Hunter * MySpace.com * Self-Released
03.) Live Performance * Moth Hunter * 25 September 2010 * Blasphuphmus Radio
04.) Live Performance * Knuckle Children * 25 September 2010 * Blasphuphmus Radio
05.) Jade Planet Rain [Excerpt] * Knuckle Children * MySpace.com * Self-Released

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Episode 085: Wizard Rifle, LIVE!

Wizard Rifle

Wizard Rifle

Episode 085: Wizard Rifle, LIVE! w/ Hogwash
(Featuring a live performance by an amazing local band, Wizard Rifle!)

A while back Hogwash called me and asked if I wanted to see Wizard Rifle at Duckett’s.  By their second song, I turned to him and insisted that we get them on KPSU as soon as possible.  The continued to kick out the jams, and while I don’t remember anything about the other bands that night, they managed to rock the airwaves for almost an hour, threw down a hilarious interview, and helped Hogwash DJ for the rest of the show.  I was looking forward to this one for quite some time, and they really stepped up to the plate.  For the evidence, you need to listen to this show.

Wizard Rifle

Wizard Rifle

If you haven’t seen Wizard Rifle live, it’s really hard to define what kind of music they play.  Metal?  Rock?  Noise?  Confused Modern Fantasy?  Fuck if I know.  They’re one of those bands that will constantly get pigeon-holed as being a two-piece band, which sucks because they are so much more.  Their musical prowess is only matched by their sense of humor and their energy.  If they didn’t talk it up enough during the show, they’re kicking off the first night of the Fall Into Darkness on October 7th at Berbati’s Pan.  Hopefully that’s not the only reason you go to the festival (ahem, Rabbits, Red Fang, Witch Mountain, ahem), but regardless, they’re awesome.

For this show, I ran the sound, and Hogwash ran the board.  He, more or less, runs KPSU on Sundays, and has been in radio for quite some time.  His show, Is This Music?, is a great way to wake up on a Sunday morning.  I was really stoked to do a show with him, and I’m hoping to do more radio with him now that we’ve worked out this dynamic.  He and I picked out some of the music for the DJ sets, but he basically ran the show for this one.  We have pretty similar tastes, so it worked out great.

See ya in seven.

Wizard Rifle
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Glitter * No Age * Everything In Between
02.) That’s When I Reach For My Revolver * Mission Of Burma * The Definitive Collection
03.) Man Of Steel * Jay Reatard * Watch Me Fall * Matador Records
04.) Heathen Child * Grinderman * Grindman 2
05.) Live In-Studio Performance * Wizard Rifle

KPSU Playlist

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Episode 059: The Eklectik, LIVE!

The Eklectik

The Eklectik

Episode 059: The Eklectik, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by local teen rockers, The Eklectik.)

Playlist & Footnotes.

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What happens when a group of teenage kids hook up with a friend of a college radio DJ that likes to host live music?

It’s always fun to have a live band in the studio, but when they’re this young and energetic, you start to feel a little younger yourself. Which is always nice.

Stay tuned…

signal-to-noise ratio w/ Enemies of Carlotta, LIVE!

Enemies of Carlotta on signal-to-noise ratio!

Enemies of Carlotta on signal-to-noise ratio!

signal-to-noise ratio w/ Enemies of Carlotta, LIVE!

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Not one to turn down a favor for Ranger Mike, I was more than happy to render my sound services for an up-and-coming math-metal group comprised of a number of KPSU alum.

Both Sean and Johnny have made a number of appearances on KPSU in a variety of incarnations and permutations, so it was really excellent to see them in their latest form. Hopefully you’ll be seeing these guys around town more often, but for the time being you can enjoy them via this incredible on-air performance. Honest: you need to hear this one. It’s pretty much one of the best bands I’ve gotten to record.

Enemies of Carlotta

Enemies of Carlotta

I’ll be appearing on the last two episodes of signal-to-noise ratio in two different capacities, and the episode on the 31st is a two-hour show (extending into All 7″). Ranger Mike will be leaving KPSU to pursue a wife and a job, and we hate to see him go. But life goes on, and we’ll have to enjoy the precious little time we have left with him. Honestly, all of radio will be suffering with his absence. I will do my best to work double-time in an effort to fill the void he will leave behind, but there really isn’t anything like the real thing. Good luck, where ever you end up.

See ya soon.

signal-to-noise ratio w/ The Ax, LIVE!

The Ax on signal-to-noise ratio

The Ax

signal-to-noise ratio w/ The Ax, LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance, DJ set, and interview with local rock duo, The Ax!)

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Always looking to lend a hand for my good friends at signal-to-noise ratio, I stopped by KPSU last night to run sound for an excellent local band that were kind enough to grace The Station with their presence. Ob-soive.

I always enjoy working with Ranger Mike, but this band was more than worth the usual bribes and favors that he offers when I come in to run sound. I highly recommend checking out their record, Our Queen of Dirt, and look for a split 7″ they put out with a French group whose name escapes me. These guys not only rocked quite a bit, but were some of the nicest folks I ever met.

Episode 057: Lulina (from Brazil), LIVE!

Lulina

Lulina

Episode 057: Lulina (from Brazil), LIVE!
(Featuring a live performance by Lulina, on tour all the way from Brazil.)

Playlist & Footnotes

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Ricardo Wang has connections to this band going back to his old radio show when he was based out of Olympia. This group was recently nominated as one of the top 20 bands out of Brazil by Rolling Stone magazine, and through a series of circumstances, found themselves wanting an on-air gig at KPSU. I was extremely excited to not only run sound for them, but meet a touring band from Brazil. They were incredibly friendly, very organized, and rocked quite a bit. I should point out that Ricardo and I tag-teamed this show, and I couldn’t have done it without him.

I also managed to snap a few images of them, which you can find here:

Sorry this one got posted late. Things have been kinda crazy lately. Hopefully we’ll be back up and running smoothly with our show this Saturday.

See ya then.

Episode 056: The Dead Air Fresheners w/ Jennifer Robin, LIVE!

Dead Air Fresheners

Dead Air Fresheners

Episode 056: The Dead Air Fresheners w/ Jennifer Robin, LIVE!
(Featuring a reading of Jennifer Robin‘s “Under the Mountain of Miniature Blue Monkeys” with accompanying music by The Dead Air Fresheners.)

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This was a great show, and offered me a great chance to run sound for them.

Episode 051: A Grumpy Punk Christmas

Smile For The Camera

Smile For The Camera

Episode 051: A Grumpy Punk Christmas w/ DJ Swill (Grumpy Punk Part III)

Join DJ Swill and I for an hour-long, Grumpy Punk exploration of Christmas Music for people who don’t like Christmas Music.  We tag team through a number of X-Mas oddities, and talk about our interests as music fans, in this very special Grumpy Punk broadcast.

Aside from Halloween, there are very few holidays that we here at Blasphuphmus Radio celebrate.  However, it is difficult to ignore the holiday season when the rest of the world is taken in its grip for the majority of the winter months.  Sooner or later, the influence of these holidays reaches even us.  Fortunately, DJ Swill and I are on the same page, and we decide to celebrate Christmas the Grumpy Way.

Below you will find a short video, shot by Wendy, of us in action, so you can get a visual of what this is all about.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Christmas Music For People Who Don’t Like Christmas Music.  Enjoy!

Episode 033: The Woolen Men, Live!

The Woolen Men

The Woolen Men

Episode 033: The Woolen Men, Live!
(Featuring a live performance, interview, and many selections from the PDX Pop Now! 2009 Compilation.)

Playlist & Footnotes

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Next, we move on to another Live Performance by The Woolen Men, this time on my own show.  This show is spread out over two hours to accommodate the band during sound check. The first 25 minutes of the first hour include PDX Pop Selections. Additionally, only the first 16 minutes of the second hour have Woolen Men antics.

Whew. I’m beat. Good thing radio like this only happens once a week.

See ya in seven.

Episode 026: Horde of Two, Live!

Horde of Two

Horde of Two

Episode 026: Horde of Two, Live!
(Featuring a live performance by Vancouver, Canada performers Horde of Two.)

Playlist & Footnotes.

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There are some days that actually contain a larger rock quotient than others.  Today was one of those days.  Whew!  Where to begin?  It’s always such a pleasure to see awesome live music performed by awesome people.  Hell yeah.

Episode 025: Honey Vizer, Live!

Honey Vizer

Honey Vizer

Episode 025: Honey Vizer, Live!
(Featuring a live performance and interview with Honey Vizer.)

As promised, this week Honey Vizer stormed the KPSU studios and took over for an entire hour. Relive the magic through the miracle of modern technology! Behold!

If ever there was a Blasphuphmus Radio podcast you needed to download featuring a Lizard Girl performing human-style country and folk music, this is the one. Seriously.

See you in seven.

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Episode 019: Battlesnakes Now!

Battlesnakes, LIVE!

Battlesnakes, LIVE!

Episode 019: Battlesnakes Now!
(Featuring live performances – and a DJ set – by Alpha Protist & Nil Admirari, plus a slew of music from the Battlesnakes catalog.)

KPSU Playlist

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Looking for some new local music? Then look no further, because today’s special two-hour broadcast features two artists from the local Battlesnakes Collective!

I’d be careful if I were you. These snakes are dangerous.

Episode 015: Mortal Engines, Live!

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Episode 015: Mortal Engines, Live!

Playlist and Footnotes

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A couple of scheduling-problems later, we finally managed to get Mortal Engines on the air again, with new material, and an interview! I love doing live radio, and the main reason is when I can get bands on the air.

Mortal Engines is the perfect Sci-Fi Soundtrack Music, half down-tempo electro and half exploring the nebulae of deep space, so if that’s up your alley, then down load this baby now!

How’s It Named? w/ Derek Johnson, Live!

Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson

How’s It Named? w/ Derek Johnson, Live!

For those of you who missed Derek Johnson’s great live performance on KPSU the other day, fear not! The wonder of modern technology has enabled us to capture sound recordings in a digital form, for your consumption. This brand new technology will no doubt revolutionize your life soon enough, but today it has allowed for this marvel to bring the past into the present at any future time of your choosing.

Thanks again to KPSU for letting me host, this, Ricardo Wang for being hard up and needing to make real money that day, and of course, Derek Johnson for rushing into the studio at the last second and still pulling off a great performance.