Detective Dexter Roland’s Thanksgiving Day Special!



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Detective Dexter Roland’s Thanksgiving Day Special!

Featuring a presentation of:

The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective in “The Terrified Turkey Caper” (November 24, 1950)

Dexter Roland is still Back On The Case, and didn’t have time to really deliver a Thanksgiving Special the way he wanted to.  So instead, he contacted his old friend, Sam Spade, to deliver a Holiday Special with music and stories that is just in time for dinner.  This show was originally broadcast on Thanksgiving in 1950, and contains more holiday wordplay than any hour of anything else you can find in any medium.

It’s just the way we like to spend Thanksgiving.  From our house, to yours.

The character of Sam Spade originates from Dashiell Hammett’s stories and novels, notably as the protagonist of The Maltese Falcon, and a few other stories here and there. Hammett’s other character, merely known as The Continental Op, often became conflated with Spade, and in many forms of media – radio included – The Op’s adventures became those of Spade. Regardless, Hammett only wrote a few stories for Spade, and after the success of Black Mask detective magazine, and the popularity of noir films, Private Eyes of every variety began to make their way to radio. Spade was no exception, who parlayed his few canonical appearances in print into hundreds of radio stories. While there were versions of this character performed by Bogart and others, starting in 1946, Howard Duff played the character, until communist investigations led to both Hammett and Duff being blacklisted. For the remaining radio broadcasts, Steve Dunne played the character, as he did in this episode.

Unlike the character in the novels and films, who was largely seen and clever, sharp-witted, and a dedicated sleuth, the radio version is a much more tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the characters, with puns and wordplay that was less of the noir wisecrack and is much more cheesy.

This episode, “The Terrified Turkey Caper,” was broadcast on Thanksgiving in 1950. Not only had the series been running for four years by this time, but it is clear that with a new actor and every imaginable variation under their belt, this episode is sort of phoned in. The story of a man named Tom Turkey, who was supposed to be killed on Thanksgiving, includes a number in-jokes that tie characters from this story to historic Thanksgiving people and traditions, even if only vaguely (or, in some cases, confusingly). Regardless, it has some entertaining moments, and more to the point, is one of the few radio programs that I could find that even mentions the holiday at all, which gets very little play in the world of narrative radio.


The Terrified Turkey Caper

Part I: A Tasty Chronicle of Fowl Play

01.) Echo Four-Two * Laurie Johnson * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree
02.) Design To Kill * James Chance & The Contortions
03.) Where Dead People Live * Sun City Girls * Cameo Demons And Their Manifestations: Carnival Folklore Resurrection Vol. 1
04.) Almost Ready * The Normals * Killed By Death Vol. 10
05.) Maybe * The Fastbacks * The Day That Didn’t Exist
06.) Richard Diamond * Pete Rugolo * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

Part II: If I Didn’t Kill The Man Found In My Room, Who Did?

07.) Heaven Is A Truck * Pavement * Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
08.) To Here Knows When * My Bloody Valentine * Loveless
09.) A Good Man Is Hard To Find * Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys * Tiffany Transcripts Vol. 3
10.) Run Away * The Kids * The Kids
11.) Daddy Long Legs * Leith Stevens * Crime Jazz: Music In The First Degree

The Daily NewsBlas 25 November 2014: Happy Thanksgiving!

Honestly.  Thank You.

Honestly. Thank You.

The Daily NewsBlas 25 November 2014: Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some things I am thankful for.

Additionally, you will want to check our our past Thanksgiving Day programs.

And stay tuned for another hour or radio, immediately following this program.


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Episode 143: Even More Thanksgiving Leftovers

Yes, Have Some

Yes, Have Some

Episode 143: Even More Thanksgiving Leftovers

It has become a bit of a tradition to put on a Thanksgiving show in the last few years, and while I didn’t want to break tradition, I knew I was going to be out of town for this year’s show. Given that I have recently become much more savvy about podcasting, and more to the point now have it in my own total control, this seemed like a good opportunity to be able to record and post a show and not miss a single minute of my holiday vacation. The result is this episode, which I am quite proud out.

I have to admit, which the theme isn’t very new, this one took some

searching. Special thanks go out to DJ JustanotherDJ, who not only suggested the “Thank You” idea, but threw a couple of songs my way, too. I would also like to thank the Firesign Theater, for having a comedy routine for every occasion, all the listeners (it is Thanksgiving, after all), and Marla Pemberton, my partner is all things, and who was patient with me while I threw together this show. She is number one on my list of things to be thankful for this year, and she deserves no end of thanks.

But, more than anything, this is an entertainment-oriented show. No big ideas, no grand effects, and no fancy editing. Just songs about food, being thankful, and a little bit of funny to lighten things as we go. What more do you want on this particular grazing holiday?

We should be back to doing live shows again next week. I love each and every one of you. Thanks!

See ya in seven.

Even More Thanksgiving Leftovers
# Title * Artist * Album * Label

01.) Soul Food * American Four * Lost Treasures!: Rarities From the Vaults of Del-Fi * Del-Fi Records
02.) I Thank You * Sam & Dave * The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968 * Stax Records

03.) Thank You * The Remains * The Remains * Epic Records
04.) Thanksgiving, Or Pass The Indian Please! [Excerpt I] * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign * Artemis Records
05.) Soul Food * Johnny Rogers * Detroit Soul From The Vaults Volume Two * Goldmine Records
06.) Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) * Sly & The Family Stone * The Essential Sly & The Family Stone * Epic / Legacy Records

07.) Happy Thanksgiving * The Residents * Demons Dance Alone * Ralph Records
08.) Thank You Boss / Black Feldman #6 * MX-80 * Always Leave ‘Em Wanting Less * Atavistic Records

09.) Meat Balls * Ken Nordine * Ken Nordine Does Robert Shure’s ‘Wink’ * Asphodel Records
10.) 5-Piece Chicken Dinner * The Beastie Boys * Paul’s Boutique * Capitol Records
11.) Undigested Food * Men’s Recovery Project * Immense Ovary Reject EP * Walkabout Records
12.) Great Food Is Cooked By Psychos * Patton Oswalt * Werewolves and Lollipops * Sub Pop Records
13.) I Like Food * The Descendents * Somery * SST Records
14.) I’m So Thankful * The Reigning Sound * Live At Maxwell’s * Telstar Records

15.) Thanksgiving, Or Pass The Indian Please! [Excerpt II] * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign * Artemis Records
16.) Thank You [Live] * The Flaming Lips * Finally, The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid * Restless Records

17.) Lonesome Electric Turkey * Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention * Fillmore East – June 1971 * Bizzare / Reprise Records
18.) Thanks To You * Devo * Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology * Warner Bros. Records
19.) Thank You For The Music * Cornelius * Fantasma * Matador Records
20.) Let’s Talk Turkey * Ima Robot * Ima Robot * Virgin Records
21.) Thanksgiving, Or Pass The Indian Please! [Excerpt III] * The Firesign Theater * All Things Firesign * Artemis Records

22.) Sour Biscuits * Wes Dakus * Forbidden City Dog Food * Vip Vop Records
23.) Turkeyneck Stretch * Grady O’Niel and the Bellatones * The Purple Knif Show * Muster Records
24.) Thank You And Goodnight [Excerpt] * Cathead * Live At The Monkeyhouse 15 April 1995 * Self-Released

Episode 096: Thanksgiving Leftovers w/ DJ Swill! (Remastered)

Care For Some Rock 'n' Roll Pie?

Care For Some Rock ‘n’ Roll Pie?

Episode 096: Thanksgiving Leftovers w/ DJ Swill! (Remastered) 
(Featuring a tag-team DJ set with leftover music that we haven’t had a chance to get to recently.)

DJ Swill has made a few appearances on our show in the last few years, and when he is on the show, it is most often a Grumpy Punk show.  This particular show is of interest in that this one has never been available to our podcast listeners.  It did go out live, but the recording that was captured was horribly distorted, and was missing a number of songs.  This Remastered Version is an attempt to bring this show back for a different audience.  Better recordings of the music has been found, the voice overs have been cleaned up a little, and everything is present and sequenced the way it should be.  It took a lot of hard work to get this show back from the grave, and hopefully it is worth the effort.

In it, DJ Swill and I made an effort to expand our usual Grumpy Punk aesthetic, and feature areas of our collections that are weirder and further left of center.  Swill got on my case about always pushing Punk Music when we get together, and insisted that he wasn’t a one trick pony when it came to his interests.  As the opening King Crimson song should suggest, we’re exploring other territory with this one.  Hopefully you will enjoy where we go.

Thanksgiving Leftovers w/ DJ Swill

Track * Artist * Album * Label

01.) Sheltering Sky * King Crimson * Discipline * EG Records
02.) Someone’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight * The Rezillos * Can’t Stand the Rezillos * Warner Bros. / Sire Records
03.) Penguin In Bondage * The Mothers of Invention * Roxy And Elswhere Live * Discreet Records
04.) 2 Forms Of Anger * Brian Eno * Small Craft On A Milk Sea * Opal Records
05.) Crab Louie * Sandabs * Frolic Diner: 18 Wild Instros fer Eatin’ & Strippin’ To! * Romulan Records
06.) I Only Said * My Bloody Valentine * Loveless * Sire Records
07.) Sherlock Holmes * The Sparks * Angst In My Pants * Atlantic Records
08.) Porcelain * The Pretenters * Extended Play * Sire Records
09.) Price of Paradise * Meat Puppets * Our Band Could Be Your Life * Little Brother Records
10.) Hot Cross Buns * Paul Gayton * Frolic Diner: 18 Wild Instros fer Eatin’ & Strippin’ To! * Romulan Records
11.) Instant Karma * Tater Totz * Sgt. Shonen’s Exploding Plastic Eastman Band Request * Gasatanka Records
12.) Sounds of Laughter * T.S.O.L. * Rat Music For Rat People Vol. 1
13.) Hybrid Moments * The Misfits * Legacy Of Brutality * Caroline Records
14.) Institutionalized * Suicidal Tendencies * Suicidal Tendencies
15.) Target * Fugazi * Red Medicine * Disocrd Records
16.) Lucky Acid * Unwound * Want Comp Uno * Wantage USA Records
17.) Tacos * Royaltones * Frolic Diner: 18 Wild Instros fer Eatin’ & Strippin’ To! * Romulan Records
18.) Dog Food * Wes Dakus * Frolic Diner: 18 Wild Instros fer Eatin’ & Strippin’ to! * Romulan Records
19.) Waiting For Butterflies * Corgo Cult * Strange Men Bearing Gifts * Touch & Go Records
20.) ha ha ha * Flipper
21.) Cholo Charlie * Fantômas
22.) You Always Hurt The One You Love * Spike Jones & His City Slickers
23.) Mah-Na-Mah-Na * Piero Umiliani
24.) Have Love Will Travel * The Nomads * The Rebel Kind * Interesting Records
25.) Chop Suey Rock * The Instrumentals * Frolic Diner: 18 Wild Instros fer Eatin’ & Strippin’ to! * Romulan Records
26.) Green Light, Red Light * Plain Wrap * Original Music For A Generic World * Enigma Records
27.) Johnny’s Got A Problem * D.I. * Flipside Fanzine Vol. 2 * Gasatanka Records
28.) Die By The Sword * Slayer * River’s Edge Soundtrack * Enigma Records
29.) The Imposter * Elvis Costello & The Attractions * Concerts For The People of Kampuchea * Atlantic Records
30.) Secret Agent Man * The Plugz * Repo Man (Soundtrack)
31.) Bricklayer * Hüsker Dü * Land Speed Record * New Alliance Records
32.) Tired of Doing Things * Hüsker Dü * Land Speed Record * New Alliance Records
33.) Mohawk Town * The Vandals
34.) Garlic Bread * Gary and Larry
35.) Spot Barnett * Sweetmeats
36.) Swan Lake * Public Image Ltd. * Second Edition
37.) Praying Hands * Clawhammer * Q: Are We Not Men? Dork * Sympathy For The Record Industry
38.) Candle * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation
39.) Touched * My Bloody Valentine * Loveless * Sire Records
40.) I’ll Be Your Mirror * Rainy Day * Rainy Day * Rough Trade Records

Episode 049: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Episode 049: Thanksgiving Leftovers
(Featuring songs about Turkey, Potatoes, Hiccups, and Food, Food, Food.)

Join me as I explore an hour of music that I hadn’t gotten a chance to get to this year.  Just after Thanksgiving there are always a number of leftovers lying around; things that you can’t finish in spite of your best efforts.  This show covers that ground just as I was starting to think I would have to throw some stuff out.

Food is most definately on the menu for this one, and for that I would like to thank Isoceles Diego, who not only clued me into a number of the songs played during this show, but has been an inspiration to me for a number of years.  He is the only person to have appeared on every incarnation of this show, as a Guest, DJ, and performer.  While he was not in the studio with me during this one, much of the music was selected by, on inspired by, him.

All this food is making me sleepy. But one more slice of pie can’t hurt, right?

See ya in seven.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Part I:
01.) Twilight In Turkey * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilight’s
02.) Food Food Food * Harry Nilsson * Popeye Original Soundtrack
03.) Everybody Eats When They Come To My House * Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
04.) Wild Bill Hiccup * Spike Jones
05.) Turkey Hop * The Robins

Part II:
06.) Wild Turkeys
07.) The Origin Of Turkeys [Part I] * Robert Krulwich * NPR News
08.) Serenade For A Jive Turkey * The Nightlighters
09.) Lonesome Electric Turkey * Frank Zappa & The Mother’s Of Invention
10.) A Turkey Named Brotherhood * KARP * “A Turkey Named Brotherhood” b/w “I’d Rather Be Clogging” * Punk In My Vitamins Records
11.) The Turkey Doctor * The Fantomas Melvins Big Band * Millennium Monsterwork
12.) Buzzard Pie (Dig This Boogie) * Rudy Green Orchestra
13.) The Best Thanksgiving Ever / Bitchin’ Camero [Live] * The Dead Milkmen * If I Had A Gun EP * Hollywood Records

Part III:
14.) The Cafeteria
15.) The Origin Of Turkeys [Part II] * Rubert Krulwich * NPR News
16.) Sweet Potato Gravy * Maurice Simon And The Pie Men
17.) Turkey In The Straw * Billy Golden * Edison Record #4011
18.) Candied Yams * The West Siders
19.) My Sweet Potato * Booker T. & The MG’s
20.) All That Meat And No Potatoes * Fats Waller
21.) Mashed Potatoes (Do The) * James Brown