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

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!

MyFacester+ Photo Album

Setlist

Setlist

The 15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza!

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Nine Bands! Two Reunions! Two Venues! Two Digital Album Releases!  Live Radio! Come witness an event that only happens once every 15 Years, as we bring you:

The 15th Anniversary Blas-Travaganza!
April 19th & 20th At East End & Slim’s

The Nervous/root_DIRCathead, Thurst, GuyveThe Dead Air FreshenersMoth Hunter, Snatch Wagon & Gordon Taylor join Austin Rich, as he broadcasts two Live Shows from two different venues on the anniversary of Dick Clark’s Death!  For the first time ever, Blasphuphmus Radio will come to you live from a venue, to bring you music, audio hijinx, plenty of live guests, and a celebration of this peculiar thing he calls a hobby.

What is Blasphuphmus Radio?

On the 15th of April, 1998, Austin Rich drunkenly stumbled into the KWVA studios in Eugene, OR, insisting that he was a DJ who worked as a clergyman for The Church of Blasphuphmus (Not Jesus).  Surprisingly, he was not kicked out, but instead was offered a steady position, jockeying discs, interviewing locals, and trying to make sense of the elaborate musical tapestry that the universe consistently weaves.  15 years later, after stints at four different stations, he is still at it, creating and disseminating radiophonic memories from historic St. John’s every Tuesday.  The complete Blasphuphmus Radio archives now reside at their very own website, where you can stream or download a large portion of the existing back episodes.  You can also subscribe to the show in iTunes.  However, the best way to enjoy the show is to come see it Live, April 19th & 20th of 2013, for music, merriment, and Live Radio from the comfort of your bar of choice.  A Blas-Travaganza like this won’t happen again until the next time we do it, so Save The Date!

Day 1

Day 1

Day 1: East End at 9 PM!  $8.00 Cover gets you a free download card of Lost In The Supermarket, a Blasphuphmus Radio digital compilation!

East End (203 SE Grand Ave) has kindly offered their space for us to kick off our party, and what better way to get things started than a loud and rock show!  As the Master of Ceremonies, Austin Rich will be hosting this evening of rock music, nostalgia, and anniversaries.  We will also be releasing our very first digital release, Lost In The Supermarket, a collection of original compositions by many friends of the show!  The price of admission gets you a free download card for this comp, and the chance to see our killer line-up, taking attendees through the world of Punk Rock, Metal, and all points in-between.  We start with:

The Nervous

The Nervous

The Nervous (from Portland, OR)
In what will be their third live performance for local audiences, The Nervous will bring their special nerd-rock blend to East End for a full-on punk explosion!  Reborn out of the ashes of Mondale, The Nervous are the perfect band to kick things off with as they present songs about girls, D’n’D, and achieving your PHD.  The Nervous will anxiously introduce you to the weekend’s proceedings.

/root_DIR

/root_DIR

/root_DIR (from Eugene, OR)
Within the corporate music industry’s system of continuous improvement, very little attention has been paid to the synergistic relations of business strategies such as 5-S, Six Sigma, SMED, and ISO 9004.  This is where /root_DIR can satisfy consumer requirements by using results oriented grindcore management.  By identifying any given series of musical notes and beats as a system, related resources can be managed systematically to achieve the most efficient and effective means of conveying sonic brutality.  The leadership team of /root_DIR, Capps Lock and Semi-Colin, are specialists in their field.  With a combined 25 years of grind, post-punk, heavy metal, and hardcore experience, /root_DIR is poised to become the premiere manufacturer of high quality power violence, crust punk, and grind core, all with with the lean-production efficiency of a two-piece band.  For /root_DIR, our real product is the trust we build with our customers.  Together, we can achieve excellence!!!!!

Cathead, 11 May 1995

Cathead, 11 May 1995

Cathead 20th Anniversary Reunion! (from Globe, OR)
Performing live for the first time since 1996, and celebrating 20 years since their original formation, Cathead will be bring you a full live set to really get your motor runnin’.  Having seen action from 1993 – 1996, Cathead brought their particular brand of avant-punk nonsense to stages in Eugene before splitting up in what was called, “The Most Sensible Thing They Band Has Every Done.”  Now, in what they are calling “The Contractual Obligation Performance Of The Decade,” Performance Art vets Cathead will bring you all the sHits, new compositions written in 2006, and their own brand of subverted rock music, offering a rare chance to see this obscure outfit from the ‘90’s.  Voted “Worst Band To Play Icky’s Teahouse” by none other than Sunshine himself, this will be a reunion not to be missed.  Cathead will be selling, for the first time ever, download cards for their expanded edition of In Loving Memory Of Harold, a final document of their recorded output.

Thrust

Thrust

Thrust (from Eugene, OR)
Thrust is Brandon Skinner and Todd Zimmerman. It is their misguided attempt to play their favorite bedtime horrorshow lullabies at double or triple speed. It has once been said that if this music were ever actually done correctly, people in the audience would spontaneously throw extra pairs of underwear over their current underwear….you know, for backup.  They have managed to carve out a sound all their own with half the instruments of your average rock band.  A relatively new group with metal tinges to their set, Thurst will be diverging from the nonsense of the openers to bring tight, loud compositions for a crowd of discerning rockers.

Guyve

Guyve

Guyve 20th Year Celebration! (from Portland, OR by way of Ft. Peck, Montana.)
GUYVE is an experi-metal trio originally formed in 1993 on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. Calling Oregon home since 2002, the group continues to produce raw and undeniably genuine sounds. With more than a dozen self releases to their name, the band is currently writing new material for their follow-up to last years vinyl LP, Delaying the Inevitable.  GUYVE manifests a timeless, organic moment, musically rendering listeners into a state susceptible to insight. Wrought by physical intensity and dynamic volume the resultant non-spatial, out of body soundscape is a full on aural experience; Soma/psyche-delic tones with visible decibels. Clubs change names and scenes and trends ebb and flow, yet GUYVE continues to rock harder than ever with unparalleled integrity. Get out and support GUYVE as they celebrate their 20th year.

Day 2

Day 2

Day 2: Slim’s Show in Historic St. John’s!  Free!

Day 2 finds us at Slim’s (8635 N Lombard St), where the magic continues with some stranger rock bands.  Again, Austin Rich will be our fantastic host, who will give you a behind-the-scenes look as to what the Blasphuphmus Radio studios are actually like during a show.  We will also be offering Lost In The Supermarket download cards, and hosting some incredible live music, which includes:

The Dead Air Fresheners

The Dead Air Fresheners

Austin Rich w/ The Dead Air Fresheners(from the I-5 Corridor)
Dead Air Fresheners will be embarking on the third leg of our spoken artist soundtrack trilogy when we present our world premiere of Austin Rich with the Dead Air Fresheners! We’ll be providing the aural icing to Austin’s spoken cake at the 15th Birthday Party for his long running radio show and podcast Blasphuphmus Radio. Austin will be performing one cover, and several original short compositions with them, as well as using their chance determinism as the launching pad for his vocal introductions.

Alpha Protist

Alpha Protist

Alpha Protist (from Portland, OR)
Alpha Protist was conjured in 2007 as the logical conclusion to a binge on Jason Molina, Tobin Sprout, and scotch whiskey.  Curious garage folk/pop that will stay with you and probably wear out its welcome.  Alpha Protist will revive old ghosts from 2007 – 2010 releases, and show some unreleased music the light of day.   Alpha Protist are Joel Gaddis and Nil Jones, founding members of the Battlesnakes Records music collective based in Portland.  Two full length releases – Feral Tributaries and Glass Animals – and the Chemical Men EP are available at battlesnakesnow.com/alphaprotist.  For more information, contact alpha.protist@battlesnakesnow.com

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter

Moth Hunter (from Portland, OR)
No stranger to our show, Moth Hunter brings home-brewed electronic wizardry an atmospheric noise to a level that sends shivers down your spine. He and I have worked together a few times in recent years, and his technical know-how and proficiency in delivering audio punishment is well known to discerning connoisseurs of experimental music. Catch him in a rare live performance during our second intermission for the show.

Snatch Wagon

Snatch Wagon

Snatch Wagon (from Portland, OR)
While many would claim that the name says it all, Snatch Wagon is more than the sum of its parts.  An all-female rock group with clever lyrics, Snatch Wagon will perform a set of original compositions about boys, booze, meth and knowing where the party is at.

Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor, after an extended absence, returns to the stage! (from Portland, OR)
Psychedelic Indie-Punk?  Intellectual rock for the obliterated show goer?  The eponym Gordon Taylor, a ‘fat, festering old king’ accused of ‘moving to the left’ would risk not a micro-reunion to bless 15 years of Blasphuphmus Radio.  So why does Portland’s sole (neither pre- nor post-) during-rock outfit want to sock you in the rocks in 2013? Or why do they not? If you still haven’t heard GT’s Invisible City, a Calvino-drenched rocker, then you must be spanked with kid gloves and gently scalded. They are frenetic, joyous, and explode with jagged hooks. Like that guy from Hellraiser. With guitar.

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