The Most Brilliant Piece of Gobbelty-Gook Ever (A Lester Bangs Tribute Show)

Lester Fucking Bangs

Lester Fucking Bangs

The Most Brilliant Piece of Gobbelty-Gook Ever (A Lester Bangs Tribute Show)

There used to be a world where people were really fucking passionate about everything.  You can hear this world seep through the cracks and pop of old LPs, in the pages of yellowing magazines hoarded by a Learned Council of Wise Men, and they gather at local pubs to argue loudly about early Fred Cole bands and where you can find old back-issues of Backfire.

The world used to have Lester Bangs in it, too.  This is a feeble, ham-fisted tribute to a man after my own heart.

I had brought a bunch of LPs to the station, and began going through the stacks at KPSU when a two hour block opened up in the afternoon.  I had stumbled across this interview with Sue Mathews, and figured that between the records and this interview I could cobble together something that resembles a tribute.  Miss Rikki (fortunately) came in during the second hour to save everything.

If I had done my research I would have tried to pair quotes with the songs.  The transitions could have been better.  Even some of the musical choices are questionable, mostly driven by my urge to “check out” a track, or suddenly wanting to hear something specific.  At least it’s all records.

At the center of this is my own love for Lester.  There was a time when I carried around Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung like it was cannon, memorizing lines and internalizing it’s rhythms in everything I wrote.  More than that, though, he gave voice to the kind of distrust I had of things that are overhyped, he unabashedly loved terrible things just like I do, he was wrong over and over (and over) again, and in the end he was filled with passion about music, about wanting music to be better, to mean something, and to call shenanigans on every other person who was essentially full of shit when it came to their artistic statement.

Curmudgeon, critic, drug punk, and the least cool person in Rock ‘n’ Roll, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Lester Fucking Bangs.

Enjoy!

 

The World’s Greatest Rock Critic, Lester Bangs

 

Hour 1

01.) Science Fiction Double Feature * The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
02.) “Music.  True Music” * Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs * Almost Famous
03.) Nightclubbing * Iggy Pop * The Idiot
04.) “The Same Old Gunk Dressed Up In New Clothes” * Lester Bangs
05.) Yodeling Yippie * The Fugs
06.) “Musical Sterility” * Lester Bangs
07.) Uh-huh * Thee Headliners * We Made These Songs
08.) Waiting For The Renasaince * Lester Bangs
09.) Flying * The Small Faces
10.) Shove A Martini In His Hand and Forget About Him * Lester Bangs
11.) Electric Aunt Jemima * The Mothers of Invention
12.) The Velvet Underground * Lester Bangs
13.) Night Train * James Brown
14.) The Illiad * Ed Sanders And The Hemptones
15.) Iggy & The Stooges * Lester Bangs
16.) Louie Louie * The Kingsmen
17.) Sales Will Drop Off * Lester Bangs
18.) Graveyard * Dead Moon
19.) Zoot Suit * The High Numbers
20.) Teenage Riot * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation
21.) Patricia * Perez Prado

 

Hour 2

22.) “We Want To Sell Records.  We Want To Be Rock Stars” * Lester Bangs
23.) Kansas and the BTO’s * The GTOs
24.) Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep * Perez Prado
25.) The Captain’s Fat Theresa Shoes * The GTOs
26.) Ella Guru * Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
27.) The Original GTO’s * The GTOs
28.) Bandido * Perez Prado
29.) WPLJ * The Mothers of Invention
30.) Spaceman * Harry Nilson * Son of Schmilsson
31.) And On And On * Lester Bangs
32.) Higher Ground * Stevie Wonder * Innervisions
33.) Disco’s Dead * Lester Bangs
34.) Bernadette * The Four Tops
35.) I Can’t Buy That This Is An Organic, Populist Movement * Lester Bangs
36.) Stop Breaking Down * The Rolling Stones
37.) The Really Are Being Marketed * Lester Bangs
38.) Ghost * Ty Segall
39.) Anarchy, Or Whatever You Want To Call It * Lester Bangs
40.) Sister * The Black Keys
41.) Here We Are In The ’70’s, Where Everything Stinks * Lester Bangs
42.) …Worms LP Selection
43.) Moonchild (including “The Dream” and “The Illusion”) / The Court of the Crimson King (including “The Return of the Fire Witch” and “The Dance of the Puppets”) * King Crimson * In The Court of the Crimson King
44.) Uncool * Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs * Almost Famous

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On The Flip Side

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On The Flip Side
(Longer description of the episode, with weird esoteric links and notes about the show.)

Miss Rikki & I continue our Ontological Assault on the world at large with this radio deconstruction of recordings that are on the edge of awareness of their state as recordings.  Leaving no symbol unturned, with layers upon layers of meaning and commentary with regards to the current state of our program, we delve quite a ways into the 70’s, offer some Cilantro PSAs, prepare for Time Travel, and offer a number of means for managing your own stress.  The mix is thick and dense in some spots, with lots of “Waiting Room” references.  Just how we like it.

Part II of this program is reminiscent of one of the ’90’s episode of this program I did at KWVA in Eugene, which you can stream or download here.  I’m pretty sure it is the same source material, and it is interesting to revisit the same material with a new perspective.  Not much more meta than referencing yourself, right?

Dig it.  There’s some dope shit in here.

Enjoy!

 

On The Flip Side

 

Part I: The Musical Heritage Surplus Club of Hong Kong

01.) Twenty Minutes of Silence * Flip Wilson * You Devil You
02.) Break Song [Excerpts] * Vanilla Fudge * Near The Beginning
03.) The Church of What’s Happening Now * Flip Wilson & Redd Foxx
04.) 40 Great Unclaimed Melodies! * The Firesign Theater * Dear Friends (Live Broadcasts)
05.) “Real Life” Trailer * Albert Brooks
06.) Checkers Speech * Richard Nixon
07.) What’s Happening News * George Carlin w/ Flip Wilson
08.) Alexander Grahmn Bell * Lilly Tomlin * This Is A Recording
09.) Telephone Courtesy Educational Film
10.) WINO Radio * George Carlin w/ Flip Wilson

 

Part II: It’s Time For Traveling Through Time

11.) I Hate Cilantro, It’s Gross * Glozell Green
12.) ?? LP?
13.) Traveling Through Time * Pan Am Films
14.) Learn How To Touch Type
15.) Cindy Goes To A Party * Etiquette Lessons
16.) Drugs Are Like That * Anita Bryant
17.) Act Your Age Education Film
18.) You And Your Parents * Coronet Films

 

Part III: Stress Relief With Tranquilizers

19.) How To Win At Conversations With Mom * Daniel Kibblesmith
20.) The Wayne Mason Trio * LIVE! at the La Pesada
21.) [Excerpts] * Kermit Schafer * All Time Great Bloopers (6 Record Set)
22.) Stress Relief With Tranquilizers * The Relaxed Wife
23.) Cindy Goes To A Party * Etiquette Lessons
24.) Drugs Are Like That * Anita Bryant
25.) Evert 1 Pipkin * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Made From Technitium

The People Who Died: June 2014 Edition

We Will Miss You, One And All

We Will Miss You, One And All

The People Who Died: June 2014 Edition
(Miss Rikki & I sit down to do a tribute show to some of the incredible artists we have lost this year, only to find ourselves visited by three callers.)

Miss Rikki & I pay tribute to some of the incredible artists that have passed.  There were a number of excellent artists of many varieties who we lost in the not-too-distant past, and we thought it would be a good opportunity to play some music and clips by these incredible artists.  We are also visited by three callers who are all dead?

Enjoy!

 

The People Who Died

 

Part I: Clutching A Pair Of My Husband’s Shorts

01.) Peek-A-Boo (DEVO Dub) * Devo * Peek-A-Boo 12″
02.) “Word Salad” * Miss Rikki
03.) Death * Rik Mayall
04.) Deal With It * Beastie Boys * Aglio E Olio
05.) Concertos No. 1 in E flat and No. 2 in A [Excerpts] * Liszt (performed by Samson Francois)
06.) A Phone Call From Elvis Presley

 

Part II: When The Music’s Over

07.) When The Music’s Over * The Doors * Strange Days
08.) A Phone Call From Bob Dylan
09.) 13 Women (And Only One Man In Town) * Bill Haley & His Comets * 45

 

Part III: Silence Is More Compelling

10.) European Son * The Velvet Underground * The Velvet Underground & Nico
11.) “Word Salad” * Miss Rikki
12.) Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous”
13.) Casey Casam & Jerry Lewis
14.) Concertos No. 1 in E flat and No. 2 in A [Excerpts] * Liszt (performed by Samson Francois) [Excerpts]
15.) A Phone Call From Kurt Cobain

Funes el Radiorioso

Miss Rikki & I, Back In Our Grammar School Days.

Miss Rikki & I, Back In Our Grammar School Days.

Funes el Radiorioso
(Miss Rikki & I are joined by The Professor’s Wife as we explore our own swiss-cheese brains, through a few random records, audio clips, and other paths through the musical universe.)

I really feel like the show is starting to hit its stride, and this is an excellent example of where that stride is going.  Miss Rikki & I (aided by assistance from The Professor’s Wife) bust out some contemplation on all the voices in our own heads, why we can’t remember anything, and why we remember everything.

I have decided that I will turn this show into a vinyl-dominated program, as a reaction to all the shows I see / hear / know of that are complete devoid of records.  I feel as if I need to explore this world of plastic records while it is still possible, and the new A Momentary Lapse of Reason guarantee is that all future shows will contain at least one vinyl recording in the mix.

Now… where was I?

Enjoy!

 

Funes el Radiorioso

 

Part I: Don’t You Remember?

01.) Explore The Wonderful World Of Your Voice [Excerpts] * Voice-A-Cord
02.) D: contamination * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index and Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices
03.) “Word Salad” Supplied by Miss Rikki
04.) Tonto * Battles * Mirrored
05.) Green Eyed Lady * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Lovelyville
06.) The Longines Symphonette Society proudly presents The Golden Age of Comedy [Excerpts] * Narrated by George Burns
07.) I’m In Love With What’s-Her-Name * Dr. Frank * Show Business Is My Life

 

Part II: Say Goodnight, Someone.

08.) Walter Carlos * Switched On Bach II
09.) Miss Rikki Word Salad
10.) The Longines Symphonette Society proudly presents The Golden Age of Comedy [Excerpts] * Narrated by George Burns
11.) “Music” * The Professor’s Wife * Live
12.) ?? * ?? * ??

 

Part III: I’m A Big Fan Of Walter

13.) ?? * Tacamba? * ??
14.) Explore The Wonderful World Of Your Voice [Excerpts] * Voice-A-Cord
15.) We Want A Rock * They Might Be Giants * Flood

In Sincerest Apologies (A Vinyl Solution)

Where To Begin?

Where To Begin?

In Sincerest Apologies (A Vinyl Solution)
(Miss Rikki & I are joined by The Professor, receive a phone call from Tunacan Jones, and lay down the fattest beats of all time with an new incarnation of an old favorite.)

Miss Rikki & I begin to dial in the exact format of the show, and present a wide range of vinyl and digital recordings as people wander in and out of the studio.  Tunacan calls in to lamely apologize, and we play a lot of incredible records from the newly uncovered archive at The Southernmost Outpost.

Enjoy!

 

In Sincerest Apologies(A Vinyl Solution)

 

Part I: Everything’s Topsy Turvy!

01.) Theme  from “A Fistful of Dollars” * Ennio Morricone * “A Fistful of Dollars”: An Original Soundtrack Recording
02.) Live At Cafe Oto * Souls On Board * Recorded at “The Night Of The Long Worms”
03.) Sounds of Insects * Albro T. Gaul * Folkways Records
04.) Mr. Topsy Turvy * Mr. Men * Animated Book
05.) “The Context of Apology” * The Professor
06.) Sounds of Animals: At The Zoo * Arthur Greenhall * Folkways Records
07.) Throwing Down A Perfumed Gauntlet * Sebastian Horsely
08.) Three Men In A Boat * read by Hugh Laurie
09.) Imagining The Fourth Dimension (An educational video)
10.) An Apology To The Audience * The Professor’s Wife
11.) Leading the Deer and Monoceros Through the Disintegrating Forest * Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III * Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III / Tarr Split LP
12.) Opening * Jonathan Winters * Here’s Jonathan
13.) The Beginning Of Love * Warped 45

 

Part II: Tunacan’s Sincerest Apology

14.) Leading the Deer and Monoceros Through the Disintegrating Forest * Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III * Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III / Tarr Split LP

 

Part III: Improviso Em Bossa Nova de Vinyl

15.) metallized excitements of our shared dreams of technology * Tarr * Tarr / Cornelius F. Van Stafrin III Split LP
16.) The Metamorphosis * Franz Kafka * Audiobook
17.) Into The Ground * ITG Crew At WXYC * Psychogeographic Y
18.) Our Mr. Sun * Disney Educational Video
19.) Babelfish Swing Ballet * Felix Kubin * Psychogeographic Y
20.) I Beg Your Pardon * Johnny Burnett * “I Beg Your Pardon” b/w “You’re Sixteen”
21.) Improviso Em Bossa Nova * Baden Powell * “Hits” Da Bossa Nova
22.) I’m Sorry * King Missile * Happy Hour

 

Bonus DJ Set: The Golden Age of Entertainment

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23.) Take The “A” Train * Duke Ellington & His Orchestra * The Golden Age of Entertainment
24.) You’re The Top * Cole Porter * The Golden Age of Entertainment
25.) The Moon of Manakoora * Dorothy Lamour with Dick McIntire and His Harmony Hawaiians * The Golden Age of Entertainment
26.) Chattanooga Choo Choo * Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra * The Golden Age of Entertainment
27.) The Trolly Song * Judy Garland with George Stoll and His Orchestra * The Golden Age of Entertainment
28.) Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) * The Andrews Sisters * The Golden Age of Entertainment
29.) “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” from Leave It To Me! * Mary Martin with Orchestra Conducted by Ray Sinatra * The Golden Age of Entertainment
30.) They Say It’s Wonderful * Ethel Merman & Bruce Yarnell * The Golden Age of Entertainment
31.) Swinging On A Star * Bing Crosby * The Golden Age of Entertainment
32.) Inka Dinka Doo * Jimmy Durante with Six Hits and a Miss * The Golden Age of Entertainment
33.) King Porter Stomp * Benny Goodman and His Orchestra * The Golden Age of Entertainment
34.) When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain * Kate Smith with Orchestra Under the Direction of Skitch Henderson * The Golden Age of Entertainment
35.) You’ll Never Know * Dick Haymes with The Song Spinners * The Golden Age of Entertainment
36.) Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy * June Cristy with Stan Kenton and His Orchestra * The Golden Age of Entertainment
37.) Au Revoir, Pleasant Dreams * Ben Bernie * The Golden Age of Entertainment

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Mutual Radio Theater (Retrocast #2)

I Put My Foot Down

I Put My Foot Down

Mutual Radio Theater (Retrocast #2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Day Off From Work

Where Are Those Villains, Anyway?

Where Are Those Villains, Anyway?

A Day Off From Work
(Featuring thoughts on Super-Hereos, Green Lantern, Blue Beetle, Soriah, Admiran, & our financial future.)

As I stay at home to celebrate this magnificent paid day off, it’s only fair that I produce a new episode for 2014.  Jumping right into the program, I threw together a full hour of audio of the Blasphuphmus variety.  With all the cool things I’ve been working on recently, it’s nice to work on something a little more fun.

SinestroPart I of our show continues the theme of new records I’ve recently acquired, and all of them are pretty awesome.  I was also able to pull out a bit of a theme, which set up the remainder of the program.

Blue Beetle!

Blue Beetle!

Part II contains a completely new segment, where I discuss some comics that I’ve been reading recently.  I recently picked up the first three volumes of the trade books published for DC’s New 52, which follows the swan-song by Green Lantern scribe Geoff Johns.  I give my honest opinion, but it isn’t nice.  While this is new, something old joins our program, too: The Blue Beetle!  Syndicating the program from 1940, we’ll be presenting serialized Blue Beetle stories as they were originally broadcast.  The first storyline is titled “Smashing Dope Ring,” where Blue Beetle tries to stop a gang of dope peddlers.  Will Blue Beetle succeed?  There’s only one way to find. out.

We close with some experimental drone pieces, in an effort to draw attention to a new video playlist we just launched, featuring live performances by Soriah on What’s This Called?  Not to toot my own horn, but I recorded the audio, filmed and produced these videos, along with the help of Jonathan Howitt’s son.  These came out pretty good, and really capture how excellent Soriah is.

I conclude with the a request to work with listeners in an effort to fund this program.  While some formal fundraising efforts will be coming together in the near future, one way to show your support (and get something back from us) would be to donate any amount – change, singles, other amounts larger than $1.00 – through our handy Pay Pal account.  You can send donations to austinrich@gmail.com, and in return for every donation of any amount, you will get some sort of gift from us that fits the kind of donation you make.  We have some cool projects coming that we’ll be specifically raising money for, but if you just want to kick something our way, that would be the way to do it.

That’s all we have this week.  We’ll be back soon with more.  Until then, take care!

And: Enjoy!

A Day Off From Work

Part I: Heroes & Villians (A Vinyl Solution)

01.) Peter Gunn * Henry Mancini
02.) Heroes & Villians * The Beach Boys
03.) Secret Agent Man * Johnny Rivers
04.) Goodnight Mrs. Flintstone * The Piltdown Men
05.) Coesville * Johnny Zorro
06.) Twist Twist Señora * Gary “US” Bonds
07.) Puddin’ * Ernie Freeman

Part II: Comics, Now & Then

08.) Side 1, Disc 4 of “The Golden Age of Entertainment”
09.) Smashing Dope Ring Part I * Blue Beetle * 15 May 1940

Part III: Drone On To The End

10.) Atlan * Soriah (With Ashkelon Sain) * Atlan
11.) Alveolar-Capillary Barrier * Admiran
12.) Monk [Excerpt] * Cypher

The State Of The Podcast Address

The View Was Terrifying

The View Was Terrifying

The State Of The Podcast Address
(Featuring the shape of things to come, and enough of the same old same old to keep you coming back for more.)

2013 has been a transitional year for our program, and as Blasphuphmus Radio has been expanding and changing during this time, we take this hour to reflect on the changes, draw attention to some new projects that we are involved in, and reveal a big change in the program that will signify the future of this entity, and program.

I have been kicking around the new format of this show for a while, and this year has been full of searching and discovering what the podcast format of this program will, ultimately, be.  There have been more live broadcasts, video offerings, and a host of other differences this year, and while I’ve tried to return to the old gimmicks, some of them haven’t translated into the modern age.  A lot of this has to do with the revelation in the back third of this episode.  Still, I can’t say that the old formats are gone.  Just being delayed and retooled, so to speak.

The “radio almanac” form of the show will make every effort to use the one-hour mark as a flag indicating that I need to wind things up.  The first 20 minutes of every show will be music and audio, edited to my liking.  The last two segments – 20 minutes each – will be dedicated to talk segments.  Hopefully these segments will not only bring this show new things and changes as 2014 unfolds, but will offer us a chance to re-evaluate what radio means to us.

Here’s a few notes about todays broadcast:

All of the music in today’s episode comes from music that I obtained very recently during a trip to Salem, Oregon for the holidays.  Part I is all vinyl selections.  While The Vince Guaraldi trio is a record too, the Gershwin & Japanese flute music are from CDs.  (Full disclosure.)

In Part II and Part III of the show, we give an overview of some of the projects that I have been working on in 2013.  First up, we have the What’s This Called? UltraBlog!  This is an archive of all the existing broadcasts by Ricardo Wang for his program, What’s This Called?  I spent a lot of time this year organizing, editing, remastering, and uploading the shows from the last 8 years of WTC broadcasts, and they are now available for public consumption.  There’s a wealth of material here that we are very excited to offer, and you really should access the link above.  (You can also find us on Facebook now, too.)

I’ve also been working on the A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Inc.’s 20th Anniversary Releases, where I’ve been remastering and offering digital versions of Austin Rich’s old publications from the last 20 years.  There are a number of cool publications available that haven’t been available since their original releases, in some cases dating back to the early 90’s.  Check out the site and you can find all our publications.

Lastly, we really want you to investigate the neat things being offered on YouTube Channel.  We’ve been uploading and editing a number of great videos that you can watch on this very channel.  We’ve got live videos by Monogamy Party, ALTO!, Gaythiest, Jennifer Robin & Jacob Anderson, The Dead Air Fresheners, DEAD, Towers, and a whole slew of other artists.  All of this is available for viewing right now, to access the link above and enjoy.

Hopefully this is the beginning of something new that we’ll all be able to enjoy in 2014.  In the meantime, there’s plenty to enjoy in the hear and now.  Hopefully, you’re on the same page.

Keep up the good work.  Happy 2014!

The State Of The Podcast Address

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

01.) Our Prayer * The Beach Boys * Smile
s02.) ‘This Is Leonard Nimoy’ * Mutual Radio Theater * Programs For The Week of 12 May 1980
03.) (Excerpts From) Everything You Know Is Wrong (Side A) * Firesign Theater * Everything You Know Is Wrong
04.) The Great Imposter * The Piltdown Men * (45)
05.) Crazy… Crazy… * Perez Prado And His Orchestra * (45)
06.) Raunchy * Ernie Freeman * (45)
07.) Sweet * Red Satyrs * No Hold Back… All Attack!!!: Twin Cities Hardcore Punk Rock & Roll
08.) No Trespassing * The Ventures * (45)
09.) Road Hog * Johnny Zorro * (45)
10.) Dance To The Music * Sly & The Family Stone * (45)

Part II: What’s This Called?  Really?

11.) Rhapsody In Blue * Royal Promenade Orchestra, Nigel Simpson (Piano / Conductor) * Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
12.) Excerpt * Crank Sturgeon & Pop Culture Rape Victim * 7 April 2007 ‘What’s This Called?’ Performance

Part III: The Past Comes Back

13.) Jokyoku “Tsuki” Ranjo * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
14.) Take No Odori * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
15.) Mr. Magazine Man * Hazel * Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History
16.) Kurui * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
17.) Inaka-Bue * The Art Of The Japanese Bamboo Flute
18.) O Tannenbaum * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
19.) What Child Is This? * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas
20.) My Little Drum * The Vince Guaraldi Trio * A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vinyl Solution Part VIII: A Treasury Of Incredible Records

 

Vinyl Solution Part VIII

Vinyl Solution Part VIII

Vinyl Solution Part VIII: A Treasury Of Incredible Records
(Featuring various selections for my record collection, in celebration of finally getting turntables in the Lava Lamp Lounge.)

There are two things that I have been missing ever since I took Blasphuphmus Radio into a podcast-only format: live bands and playing records.  No matter how much I tried, getting my studio up to the same level of the studio at KPSU was quite difficult, and I struggled and rebelled against these limitations as best I could, featuring live recordings made in a band’s practice space, and making due with digital audio sources.  However, both of these problems are now resolved, since we’ll be hosting live bands at local venues, AND since my amazing girlfriend was kind enough to get my a fantastic turntable to put vinyl back on the menu.  I now present to you: Vinyl Solution Part VIII!

I’ve always thought of this show as a mixed-media format, in that I tend to draw audio from a wide range of audio sources.  But there is something about playing all records – actual plastic records – that makes a radio program seem that much more alive.  I’ve been so excited about my new ability to listen to music that I’ve been re-discovering all sorts of gems and whatnot from my collection, so today’s show is virtually themeless, with the soul purpose of playing bits and selections from my random – and in my opinion, wonderful – collection.

I come from a long line of record collectors, and as a kid working in my mom’s record store, I could never predict that I would end up here, doing this show.  However, I’m really proud to be able to continue this tradition, and as I add more and more oddities to the Blasphuphmus Radio archive, you, as the listener, obviously reap the benefits.  Aside from the voice overs and commercials, everything in this show is from one of the records photographed above.  I would expect the next several shows to be of this same variety, so stay tuned!

And: enjoy!

A Treasury Of Incredible Records

Part I: You Never Know Which Way To Go
01.) Flipper Twist * Flipper * “Flipper Twist” b/w “Fucked Up”
02.) Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, 1485 [Excerpts] * The Cambridge Treasure of English Prose * Caedmon Records
03.) Amateur Hour * Sparks * Kimono My House
04.) Definitely Clean * The Dream Syndicate * The Days Of Wine & Roses
05.) Pretty Please Me * The Dickies * Stukas Over Disneyland

Part II: Out Of Focus
06.) Miserific Condition * Unwound * Caterpillar EP
07.) Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, 1485 [Excerpts II] * The Cambridge Treasure of English Prose * Caedmon Records
08.) Out Of Focus * Blue Cheer * Vincebus Eruptum
09.) Lift Up Your Hood * DMZ * Relics
10.) Metal * Gary Numan * “Cars” b/w “Metal”
11.) Dr. Art * Nina Hagen * Nunsexmonkrock
12.) Bullet Shell Underbite * Sleep Capsule * Sleep Capsule EP
13.) Question And Answer Session * The Miss * “Question & Answer Session” b/w “Vast Deference”
14.) C.I.A. * Priapismics * Rock Hard Forever EP
15.) Vetranos * Chicano-Christ * Come’ CaCa EP

Part III: Into The Groove
16.) Intendo * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable
17.) Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory, 1485 [Excerpts III] * The Cambridge Treasure of English Prose * Caedmon Records
18.) Make You Cry * Last Of The Juanitas * Time’s Up!
19.) Hand Holder * Gaythiest * Stealth Beats
20.) 253-425 * Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live * Making Craters Where Buildings Stood EP
21.) Bereft Rescue Mission No. 43 * godheadSilo * The Scientific Supercake L.P.
22.) Again And Again * The Hospitals * The Hospitals
23.) Someday You’ll Be King * MX-80 * “Someday You’ll Be King” b/w/ “White Night”
24.) Bottomless Pit * Men’s Recovery Project * Thank You For Kill Me EP

Episode 140: The Executive Version

The Executive Version

The Executive Version

Episode 140: The Executive Version (Vinyl Solution Part VII)
(Featuring a carefully chosen selection of novelty recordings, exquisitely arranged and presented for a person of your discerning taste.)

Here is the horrible truth: I’m am perpetually 12 years old.  Then again, most of us are, but when I see a record that has a novelty song on it, I buy it.  That’s just the way I am.  While Halloween has offered a lot of opportunities to work funny, it has only recently occurred to me to really work this angle of my sense of humor on this show.  These are records I never really get to feature on this show, and I love getting a chance to lay out a good set that runs though this ragged, strange, and wonderful area of vinyl recordings.

There are weird things you can find on records that YouTube and CDs just don’t offer.  Fortunately, I had with me in the studio a lot of like minded folks who like a good Garage stomper as much as a guffaw.  Again, this features mostly new-ish stuff to my collection, but a few classics surfaced (Billy & The Boingers, Monty Python, etc.), but much of this hour is very new to me.  I was pleased to locate such a great a diverse batch of wax, and while I will try to lay off the weirdness for the next few shows, I can’t deny how much fun this show was.

See you in seven!

The Executive Version

Part I: The Executive Version
01.) The Executive Version * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
02.) My Prayer * Lionel Hampton * Golden Vibes
03.) I Yam What I Yam * Robin Williams & Harry Nillson * The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Popeye
04.) Erie Canal * Oscar Brand * Bawdy Songs & Backroom Ballads Vol. 2 * Audio Fidelity Records
05.) Headlines * George Carlin * On The Road * Atlantic Records

Part II: The Annoucement
05.) The Announcement * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
06.) Them From “Helen Of Troy” * Les Baxter * 7″
07.) I Hate The 90’s * Rodney And The Tube Tops * 7″
08.) U-Stink-But-I-(Heart)-U * Billy And The Boingers * “I’m A Boinger” b/w “U-Stink-But-I-(Heart)-U” 7″
09.) Nature Trail To Hell (In 3-D) * “Weird A” Yankovic * In 3-D
10.) Let’s Do The Pretzel * Mad “Twists” Rock ‘n’ Roll * Big Top Records
11.) Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron * The Royal Guardsmen * 7″
12.) Tiptoe Through The Tuplips * Tiny Tim * 7″

Part III: Reginald Vast Deference
13.) This Is Side Two! * Monty Python * The Album Of The Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Charisma / Arista Records
14.) Voodoo Suite [Excerpt Part I] * Pérez Prado * Voodoo Suite
15.) Bright College Days * Tom Lehrer * An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer
16.) How Much Is That Doggy In The Window? * Patti Page
17.) Beep Beep * The Playmates
18.) Voodoo Suite [Excerpt Part II] * Pérez Prado * Voodoo Suite
19.) The End Of The World * Beyond The Fringe

Episode 139: The Way-Back Machine!

The Way-Back Machine

The Way-Back Machine

Episode 139: The Way-Back Machine! (Grumpy Punk Part VIII, Vinyl Solution Part VI)
(Featuring  The Grumpy Punk Part VIII, and Vinyl Solution Part VI; presenting Garage Blues gems from the psychedelic side of things.)

As the resident Grumpy Punk of this show, I find it important to hold fast to strongly held opinions about music without considering them too quickly or rationally.  And in doing my research for the History Lesson shows, I felt that it was really important to reiterate how important the ’60’s were in terms of setting up the musical milieu that made punk rock possible.  One of the many and varied ingredients was undoubtedly the Blues Rock movement that influenced everyone from The Animals, The Blues Project, The Blues Magoos, and a number of other groups that all moved in that direction.

As I hoped to illustrate in this hour, the bands that adopted this genre recorded loud, anarchic stompers that shook the walls, the audience, and listeners at home.  While I can’t say that these records are the only things that led to the eventually genre that spread in the ’70’s, these albums definitely exhibit early warning signs.  By entering the Way-Back Machine, and using an all-vinyl source to do it, I was hoping to create a case for this being some of the punk music of that particular decade.  Of course, to really follow this line of thinking to its most logical extent, I would need the albums compiled by the geniuses behind the Back From The Grave series of CD reissues.  However, I had to do the best I could with what I had.

This was the first part of two sequential Vinyl Solution shows, the send of which features Novelty Recordings.  You can find more information about this show in this post.  This was part of a larger concept, in that I wanted to feature a lot of the newer records I’ve scored in my various shopping adventures.  Since my purchases as of late have been vacillating between garage records and novelty recordings, I felt that two shorter shows may be the best way to accomplish this.  It only just so happened that I was able to weave a couple of nice audio essay into these two hours.  Special thanks to Miss Rikki of Closet Radio, Rita, and Cornelius for hanging out during this hour.  DJing records is a lot of work, and it was nice to have the company as I was trying to stay on task.

See ya in seven.

The Way-Back Machine

Episode 122: I Think We’re All Bozos On This Show

Firesign Theater "I Think We're All Bozos On This Bus"

Firesign Theater “I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus”

Episode 122: I Think We’re All Bozos On This Show (Vinyl Solution Part V)
(Featuring a selection of novelty and comedy records for a two-hour, Dr. Demento-inspired presentation.)

Of course, every boy remembers the first time he is handed a Dr. Demento tape by one of his friends.  In my case, I was lucky enough to have already been hip to “Weird Al,” but knowing that there was some weirdo out there that collected oddball songs – and the fact that there were that many oddball songs out there to collect – was somewhat of an epiphany for me (as I’m sure it is for almost all 12 year old boys).  While hip, cool, punk, indie, and everything in-between has come and gone, I have never been able to shake the desire to hear a song that is pretty perverse, and probably something that will get me in trouble if repeated in polite company.

In a way, Rock ‘n’ Roll itself is the ultimate in Novelty, a crude and lewd idea of what music is that has been passed down and re-envisioned in every imaginable permutation.  And there is a certain amount of need to love weirdness and the strange when innudated with the mediocrity that passes for pop music.  Like with many other interesting forms of music, the old-fashioned novelty song has died with 8 Track, and viral videos has almost completely replaced a world that people like Dr. Demento used to fill.  But I never get tired of a jokey song, and it was with this in mind that I decided to do a two-hour Vinyl Solution and pack it full of every comedy album I’ve got.

I have to admit: this one did not go entirely according to plan.  In the last few months, my show has been entirely overrun with repeats and live bands.  I haven’t been behind the board for a live DJ show in a while.  On top of that, it has been even longer since I did an all-vinyl show.  While my heart was in it, I am clearly out of practice.  I’ve heard better mixes, but on the whole it gets better if you can get into the rhythm of it.  It’s supposed to be the kind of thing you would never normally hear on the radio.  Mistakes fall into that category, right?

There are three records that I drew heavily from for this particular episode: The Firesign Theater’s I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus, (a record I found in a box in the back of a junk shop), Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time (this particular volume focuses on “The ’70’s”), and to a lesser extent, Goofy Greats (a K-tel record that has a lot of classic novelty records, reproduced in as shitty a way as possible).  I recently found not one, but TWO pieces of Firesign vinyl in local stores, and from the moment I found them I knew I had to do a comedy show so I could feature it.  I only made it through side 1 of that Firesign record, so expect a follow-up very soon.

It is nice to get back into the swing of things, even if this show did come on a Sunday, instead of a Saturday.  (Personal scheduling problems caused me to miss Saturday, but as luck would have it, I was asked to cover for Hogwash, so it all balanced out.)  Expect more theme shows, and other such fun, as the summer progresses.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have more Steve Martin records to listen to. 

# Artist * Track * Album * Label
01.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part I * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
02.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * La Virgen De La Macarena * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
03.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * El Relicario [Excerpt] * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
04.) The Firesign Theater * The Side 001 Part II * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
05.) Barnes & Barnes * Fish Heads * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
06.) Steve Martin * Philosophy / Religion / College / Language * A Wild And Crazy Guy * Warner Bros. Records
07.) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra * Hawaiian War Chant * Hawaii * London Records
08.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part III * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
09.) Royal Guardsmen * Snoopy vs. The Red Baron * Goofy Greats * K-tel Records
10.) Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks * Origin of Words * 2000 and Thirteen * Warner Bros. Records
11.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
12.) Ennio Morricone * Titoli (from “A Fistful of Dollars”) * “A Fistful of Dollars” Music Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone * RCA Victor Records
13.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part IV * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
14.) Nation Lampoon * The Mel Brewer Show * Good-bye Pop * Epic Records
15.) Paul Clayton * The Girls Around Cape Horn * Whaling And Sailing Songs From The Days of Moby Dick * The Everest Record Group
16.) Rose and the Arrangement * The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
17.) The Trashmen * Surfin’ Bird * Goofy Greats * K-tel Records
18.) Fred Blassie * Pencil Neck Geek * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
19.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part II * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
20.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * Espana Cani * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
21.) George Carlin * Commercials * Take-Offs & Put-Ons * Pickwick Records
22.) The Dead Milkmen * The Big Sleazy * Metaphical Graffiti * Enigma Records
23.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part V * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
24.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part III * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records
25.) Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra * Hawaiian Wedding Song * Hawaii * London Records
26.) Tom Leher * Oedipus Rex * An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer * Reprise Records
27.) Spike Jones and His City Slickers * You Always Hurt The One You Love * The Best of Spike Jones * RCA Records
28.) Monty Python * Rock Notes * Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album * Arista Records
29.) The Crewcuts * We’re Working Our Way Through College * Crewcuts On The Campus * Mercury Records
20.) The Rebel Force Band * Chewie The Rookie Wookie * Living In These Star Wars * Bonwhit Records
21.) Ennio Morricone * Theme from “A Fistful of Dollars” * “A Fistful of Dollars” Music Composed and Conducted by Ennio Morricone * RCA Victor Records
22.) The Firesign Theater * Side 001 Part VI * I think We’re All Bozos On This Bus * Columbia Records
23.) “Weird Al” Yankovic * I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead * “I Lost On Jeopardy” b/w “I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” * Rock ‘n’ Roll Records
24.) The Blues Brothers * Rubber Biscuit * Briefcase Full of Blues * Atlantic Records
25.) Banda Taurina, Genero Nunez, Cond. * Cielo Andaluz [Excerpt] * The Brave Bulls La Fiesta Brava * Audio Fidelity Records
26.) Loudon Wainwright III * Dead Puppies * Dr. Demento Presents: The Greatest Novelty Records of all Time * Rhino Records
27.) The Butthole Surfers * Lonesome Bulldog Part IV [Double Speed] * piouhgd * Rough Trade Records

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Episode 095: The Grumpy Punk Part V: Vinyl Soultion Part IV

Punk Record Blowout

Punk Record Blowout

Episode 095: The Grumpy Punk Part V: Vinyl Soultion Part IV
(Featuring a two-for-one deal with an installment of The Grumpy Punk, all on vinyl.)

Due to an unfortunate technical problem at KPSU this weekend, Episode 095 of Blasphuphmus Radio was not recorded, and was only available to those who listened live at 98.1 FM on the PSU campus, and at kpsu.org.

Hopefully, some of you caught it. And, if you by chance caught a recording of it too, I would love to hear it. But chances are, this one is lost to the ether. This was a two-for-one episode is some ways: it was the fifth installment of The Grumpy Punk, AND the fourth installment of Vinyl Solution. I may try to do a recreation of it someday, as it was a really fun show to DJ. But for the time being, I’ll just have to let this one go.

Next week, tune in for a very special appearance by my good buddy Will. It’s been almost a year since we teamed up for a radio show, and I think this one will be a doozy. It may even be another Grumpy Punk show. It just depends on how it all plays out.

See ya then.

The Grumpy Punk Part V: Vinyl Soultion Part IV
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Puncher * The Ventures
02.) Rosemary * The Dickies
03.) In A Jar * Dinosaur Jr.
04.) (The Original) Neutron Bomb * The Controllers
05.) Teenage * The Weirdos
06.) Victims * The Skulls
07.) I’m In Love With Your Mom * VOM
08.) Don’t Talk To Me * The Eyes
09.) Communist Eyes [Live] * Germs
10.) Cathy’s Theme * The Ventures
11.) I Don’t Care * Ramones
12.) When My Baby’s Beside Me * Big Star
13.) Doctor Please * Blue Cheer
14.) Un-Huh * Thee Headliners * We Made These Songs * We Made These Records
15.) Jesus And Tequila * Minutemen
16.) Runnin’ Strong * The Ventures
17.) Flame On! / CYBERFORCE * The 1, 4, 5s
18.) I Don’t Want To Hear It * Minor Threat
19.) I Hate Everything * Defiance
20.) Officer * Murder City Devils
21.) Coup D’etat * Circle Jerks
22.) Dripper * Brainwashers
23.) Repo Man * Iggy Pop
24.) Bamba * The Ventures
25.) Punishment Farm / Our Secret / World I Never Made * Oswald Five-O
26.) Rapunzel’s Unrest * Klorox Girls * I’m One Me Too 7″ * Grinning Idiot Records
27.) Wailer’s House Party * Satan’s Pilgrims * Haunted House Party 7″ * EmPtY Records
28.) Caroline * Pierced Arrows
29.) Wild Action * The Ventures
30.) Drinking Song * Ashtray
31.) The Loudest Voice * Straitjacket
32.) Sweet Young Thing Ain’t Sweet No More * Mudhoney
33.) Recall * Jonestown
34.) Caterpillar * Unwound
35.) In Half * Sleep Capsule
36.) Vast Deference * The Miss
37.) The End Of All Things * NoMeansNo
38.) Jigsaw Feeling * Siouxie and the Banshees
39.) When The Shit Hits The Fan * Circle Jerks
40.) Lonely Karen * The Ventures
41.) I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive * Hank Williams

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Episode 087: Moon Voyage

Moon Voyage

Moon Voyage

Episode 087: Moon Voyage (Vinyl Solution Part III)
(Featuring an audio journey to our neighbor in the sky.)

Enjoy!

Moon Voyage
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Phantom Limb * Hovercraft * Experiment Below * Mute Records
02.) Moon Voyage [Excerpt 1] * Herb Galewitz * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records
03.) Manmtn * Thrones * Thrones * Kill Rock Stars Records
04.) Moon Voyage [Excerpt 2] * Herb Galewitz * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records
05.) Longer, Stranger * Universal Order of Armageddon * Universal Order of Armageddon * Gravity Records
06.) Moon Voyage [Excerpt 3] * Herb Galewitz * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records
07.) Black Sea * fennesz * Black Sea * Touch Records
08.) Moon Voyage [Excerpt 4] * Herb Galewitz * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records
09.) Pirates Mix * Bruce Gilbert * Meltaot / Souls On Board Split 12″ * Ash International Records
10.) One Lick Less * Unwound * Leaves Turn Inside You * Kill Rock Stars Records
11.) Au Clair de la Lune [1860] * Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville * Parlortone 7″ * Parlortone Records
12.) Title Music From “A Clockwork Orange” * Walter Carlos * A Clockwork Orange: Music From The Soundtrack * Warner Bros. Records
13.) Hole-Workers At The Mercies of Nature: The Ultimate Disaster (Won’t You Keep Us Working? / First Warning / Back To Normality? / The Sky Falls! / Why Are We Crying? / The Tunnels Are Filling / It Never Stops) * The Residents * Mark Of The Mole * Ralph Records
14.) Operating Room Of An Ancient Roman Doctor / The Slow Down / Flexible Skulls Flapping In Black Winds of Insect Agony [Excerpt] * Sinking Body * Grappling With The Homonids * Vermiform Records
15.) Moon Voyage [Excerpt 5] * Herb Galewitz * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records
16.) D: Contamination * Man… Or Astro-Man? * EEVIAC: Operational Index And Reference Guide, Including Other Modern Computational Devices * Touch and Go Records
17.) American Woman * Butthole Surfers * Rembrandt Pussyhorse * Touch & Go Records
18.) Big Eyed Beans From Venus * Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band * Clear Spot * Warner Bros. Records
19.) Vote Fraud On The Moon Base * Men’s Recovery Project * Resist The New Way * Vermiform Records
20.) Stratosfear [Excerpt] * Tangerine Dream * Stratosfear * Virgin Records
21.) Moon Voyage [Excerpt 6] * Herb Galewitz * Moon Voyage * Sunset Records
22.) Pharaoh’s Dance * Miles Davis * Bitches Brew
23.) 3 [Excerpt] * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records
24.) Favorite Things * John Coltrane * The Best Of John Coltrane: His Greatest Years * Impulse! Records
25.) Chemical Marriage * Mr. Bungle * Disco Volante * Plain Recordings
26.) Sister Ray [Excerpt] * Putting On The Ritz * White Light / White Heat * Hot Cup Records

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