A mind-breaking, art-damaged mediascape of found sounds, forgotten records and freakform audio collage. Use only as directed.
A mind-breaking, art-damaged mediascape of found sounds, forgotten records and freakform audio collage. Use only as directed.
I’m pleased to have presented The Firesign Theatre’s classic 70s radio programs (Radio Hour Hour, Dear Friends and Let’s Eat!) on KBOO Community Radio for the last two years.
After exhausting nearly every episode, other than the Radio Hour Hour shows – which, paradoxically, run nearly one and a half hours each – in an hourly slot on Monday evenings, we decided to terminate the run of the show.
While fun, it was sort of a burden to come all the way down to the station late into the evening on a work night and push play on a CD. If the shows ran under an hour, I might play an album cut or two. I would often purposely not listen to the show I was selecting so that I could listen to it while it aired. I never had to worry about the program quality, thanks in no small part to the beautiful job of restoring them by Taylor Jessen. In fact, the whole Duke of Madness Motors book and DVDR is worth its weight in gold. You not only get all those hilarious and relatively unheard shows but the book is fantastic. There are recollections by Peter Bergman
, Phil Proctor, Phil Austin and David Ossman, collages by Proctor, assorted articles, photos and ephemera and an amazingly accurate and detailed run-sheet for every single episode of the show. Want to know exactly where the Deputy Dan excerpt happened, or where the Chinchilla Show took place? It’s in the book. I recommend you snatch up a copy, now!
Anyway, I digress…
So, for the last episode, we had a real treat for Fireheads. KBOO volunteer and Firesign fan Ken Jones brought us an unheard in decades interview with Firesign, from November of 1970, recorded when he was a seventeen year old high school student. Ken joins me on the air and sets up the interview, shares his recollections of meeting them and we talk about Firesign.
We also have on as guests the folks who’ll be occupying the former Firesign slot, Radio Puppet Theatre and they tell us what we can expect from them in the future.
Play Firesign Interview
Here’s Radio Lost and Found for February. Some fun stuff, after a rocky start.
Check out the creepy Witch Doctor LP I found at about the second hour mark. I just bought it a couple of hours before my show and played it without previewing it.
10:00PM KBOO Community Radio “Promo Spots” from “Promo Spots”
10:02PM Leonard Pennario “March of the Lunatics” from “The Two Pianos of Leonard Pennario”
10:02PM Doopees “Love Songs (Love Is A Many Razor Bladed Thing)” from “Doppee Time”
10:03PM Buttress O’Kneel “Dexodus” from “Compop 14.6: Avant-Tarde: Tardcore”
10:05PM Buttress O’Kneel “A Piece Of Meat” from “Compop 14.6: Avant-Tarde: Tardcore”
10:06PM Buttress O’Kneel “GlitchGlop A” from “Compop 14.6: Avant-Tarde: Tardcore”
10:10PM Doopees “Love Songs (Reprise)” from “Doopee Time”
10:11PM Buttress O’Kneel “Grave-Kissed Army” from “Compop 14.6: Avant-Tarde: Tardcore”
10:14PM Scott Johnson “Involuntary Song” from “John Somebody”
10:21PM Maggie Estep “Hey Baby” from “Love Is a Dog from Hell”
10:23PM Maggie Estep “My Life of Gardening” from “Youtube”
10:25PM Lene Lovich “Lucky Number” from “Single Version”
10:28PM Nina Hagen “Wir Leben Noch” from “Nina Hagen Band”
10:32PM Silicon Teens “Memphis Tennessee” from “Music For Parties”
10:34PM Tuxedo Moon “No Tears” from “No Tears 12″”
10:40PM PIL “Pied Piper” from “Machines Compilation”
10:42PM Set break — Music behind DJ: Matto Grosso – Marc 4
10:44PM Pete Seeger “Ode to Joy” from “YouTube”
10:45PM David Noebel “Pete Seeger: Communist!” from “The Marxist Minstrels”
10:48PM Hanna-Barbera “Audio Effects from Hannah Barbera cartoons” from “YouTube video – X 3 offset, cascading”
10:52PM Happy Flowers “I Wanna Watch Cartoons” from “Oof!”
10:54PM MARK STEWART “As The Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade” from “As The Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade”
10:59PM MARK STEWART “Pay It All Back” from “As The Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade”
11:04PM Chrome “Something Rhythmic (I Can’t Wait)” from “Half Machine From the Sun, The Lost Tapes From 79 – 80″
11:08PM Voodoo Transmission “Voodoo Fire” from “Voodoo Fire 12″”
11:10PM Lester Summerall “Bitten By Devils” from “Witch Doctor”
11:15PM DDC Dictaphone Training “Complete Theory Review” from “Dictaphone Training (processed)”
11:20PM Noah Creshevsky “Great Performances” from “The Tape Music of Noah Creshevsky”
11:27PM Set break — Music behind DJ: Terry Riley – Rainbow in Curved Air
11:28PM Negativland “God Bull” from “No Business”
11:34PM Captain Sensible “It Would Be So Nice” from “A Day in the Life Of…”
11:37PM Magazine “A Song from Under the Floorboards” from “Cash Cow (Virgin Comp.)”
11:42PM Human League “Being Boiled” from “Machines Compilation”
11:46PM Kraftwerk “The Telephone Call (remix)” from “SoundCloud http://goo.gl/F7V8cl”
11:52PM Richard Christensen “Kingdom of Doom Collage/Spires” from “Muve”
11:59PM Pete Seeger “Ode to Joy” from “Miniatures”
I don’t post much stuff here outside of my radio programs and ocassional music projects but this is definitely worth your time.
It’s a SoundCloud collection from nbradio that was a cassette tape compiled by Avant-Folk guitarist John Fahey, given to the uploader’s wife when she was a record store clerk in Portland, OR in the 90s. Fahey would’ve been living at the time in nearby(ish) Salem OR, reportedly drying out his liver and trying to get himself straghtened out and creatively solvent again.
But the tape is freaking amazing! Some of it is obviously his own earlier work but the rest of it defies description, other than that there’s some serious Industrial Music crap going on here. Some of it sounds the same so I wonder if it’s the same artist? There’s at least on track that sounds either like early Severed Heads, Tape Beatles or something like Crawling With Tarts. I could definitely hear this stuff coming out of the 80s/90s cassette revolution. Pretty weird, somewhat numbing stuff.
Or are they Fahey’s own musical creations – him fiddling around with tapes, turntables and/or samplers? He was a record collector and – by account of one of my friends – who met him around that time – was getting into minimalism to the point where “..needless to say, the folk guitar crowd were baffled and dropped him cold” – in the words of my friend.
The WFMU music nerderati are also on this, so no doubt a playlist will emerge soon. Check it out and please comment on the Soundcloud page if you recognize anything. I’m intrigued and hope to find out who is ultimately responsible for the bulk of the music on these tapes.
John Fahey Mix Tapes
Here’s Radio Lost and Found for January, the first show of 2014.
10:00pm KBOO Community Radio Promo Spots – Promo Spots
10:02pm Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathrustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) – 7″
10:03pm Murray Saul – 6/11/76 – The Get Downs, Vol. I
10:08PM Set break — Music Behind DJ: Leonard Pennario – March of the Lunatics
10:08pm Gerty Molzen – Walk On The Wild Side – Von Flensburg nach New York (Lieder aus 60 Jahren Bühne) [Remastered]
10:13pm Camarata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra – The Woman Who Talks Too Much – The Electronic Spirit Of Erik Satie
10:15pm Camarata Contemporary Chamber Orchestra – Sketches And Exasperation Of A Big Boob Made Of Wood – The Electronic Spirit Of Erik Satie
10:20pm Andre Popp and His Orchestra -Perles De Cristal – Delirium In Hi-Fi
10:23pm Horace Silver -Acid, Pot or Pills – Total Response
10:28pm Richard Hayman & Walter Sear -Revolution / Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Electronic Evolutions
10:36pm Slow motion babys laughing, multiple instances, simultaneously playing – YouTube
10:37pm Unknown kid on YouTube Pizza Roll Challenge, multiple instances, simultaneously playing – YouTube
10:39pm Chrome – Anything – Half Machine From the Sun, The Lost Tapes – 79-80
10:42pm Chrome – Salt – Half Machine From the Sun, The Lost Tapes – 79-80
10:46pm Chrome – Looking For Your Door – Half Machine From the Sun, The Lost Tapes – 79-80
10:54pm Chrome – Tomorrow Yesterday – Half Machine From the Sun, The Lost Tapes – 79-80
11:00pm Orchid – Spangiafora Dime Operation – Flee Past’s Ape Elf (Reissue)
11:09pm Orchid – Spangiafora Short Piece – Flee Past’s Ape Elf (Reissue)
11:09pm Orchid – Spangiafora Gulf – Flee Past’s Ape Elf (Reissue)
11:11pm Orchid – Spangiafora Distiller – Flee Past’s Ape Elf (Reissue)
11:12pm Orchid – Spangiafora Summertime – Flee Past’s Ape Elf (Reissue)
11:17pm Orson Welles – Paul Masson Wine Commercial Outtakes – Youtube
11:18pm Orson Welles – Jolly Green Giant Voice-Over Melt-down Tape – Youtube
11:22pm Cabaret Voltaire – Nag, Nag, Nag – The Original Sound of Sheffield – ’78/’82
11:26pm Fad Gadget – Ricky’s Hand – Machines Compilation
11:30PM Set break — Music Behind DJ: Vampire Sound Incorporated – Countdown To Nowhere
11:32pm Earl Long – Right Brain (Left Brain) – Term Two
11:35pm Earl Long – As Per Request – Term Two
11:37pm Earl Long – Bosun’s Mate – Term Two
11:39pm Earl Long – Tuk-Tuk – Term Two
11:44pm Sol Mogerman -Guitar Chimes – Wishbone Bridge
11:45pm Sol Mogerman – Softly Softness – Wishbone Bridge
11:47pm Sol Mogerman – Wind Chimes – Wishbone Bridge
11:52pm Sol Mogerman – Are You Lonely? – Wishbone Bridge
11:55pm Sol Mogerman – Turkey Roll – Wishbone Bridge
11:58pm Shooby Taylor – SomeWhere Over the Rainbow – The Human Horn
The first in a series of three gargantuan Spoken-Word double-LP sets produced by Harvey Kubernik on his Freeway Records label.
Like the other two, this features bonafide Poets such as Wanda Coleman, Charles Bukowski, Dennis Cooper and others but also a smattering of the who’s who of the L.A. Punk scenesterati – Pleasant Gehman, Geza X, Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, SWA) and some names and bands that might be familiar to more astute Angelino Punk watchers (The Marina Swingers, BPeople, among others).
There’s an extra-heavy emphasis on surfing, Valleys and other SoCal aspects of life, c. 1982. This one’s much more thematic about the whole L.A. lifestyle weltanschauung than the ensuing two albums to come (English As A Second Language and Neighborhood Rhythms – both of which I’ve posted before). There’s also a lot less music than the other albums, with much more emphasis on poetry and prose.
Download (224.8 megs)
I did a last minute substitution slot on KBOO Community Radio and here it is.
10:00pm KBOO Community Radio Promo Spots
10:01pm Lalo Schifrin – What’s Wrong? – THX-1138 OST
10:04pm John Lennon – “..I had a lot of loops…” – sample, looping
10:06pm Kraftwerk – The Telephone Call (remix) - Electric Cafe
10:15pm L. Ron Hubbard – The Drone – Battlefield Earth
10:18pm Sketch Erickson – Music: What The World Needs Now Is Love – Sketch Sounds Off
10:22pm David Noebel – Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez: Communists! – The Marxist Minstrels
10:25pm Sketch Erickson – Music: Back Seat Love – Sketch Sounds Off
10:27pm Think – Once You Understand – 7″
10:31pm The Weatherman – Go To The Church – The Weatherman’s dumb blog
10:35pm Sketch Erickson – Movies – Sketch Sounds Off
10:37pm Wink Martindale – America, An Affirmation – 7″
10:41pm Jack Shea – The Monitors are your friends.. – The Monitors (1969 film)
10:41pm Gary S. Paxton – The Big A = The Big M – 7″
10:44pm Set break —
10:46pm Chezney Hawks – Rolf Wank Track – DJ Shitmat Presents: The Rolf Harris Mashup CD
10:52pm Vomit – Rolf Has Beans – DJ Shitmat Presents: The Rolf Harris Mashup CD
10:53pm Toecutter – I Milk Myself – DJ Shitmat Presents: The Rolf Harris Mashup CD
10:56pm The Mushroom Tabernacle Choir – 12 Drugs of Christmas – 7″
10:59pm Set break — I.D.
11:00pm Gétatchèw Mèkurya & The Ex & Guests – Aymotche Terabu/Shemonmwanaye – Moa Anbessa
11:12pm This Heat – Twilight Furniture – This Heat
11:16pm Chrome – Half Machine Lip Moves – Half Machine Lip Moves
11:19pm Sadjeljko – Float Boats – Music Of Shinkoyo
11:20pm Stefan Tcherepnin – Motor Lodge Dance – Music Of Shinkoyo
11:22pm The German Shepherds – Let the Night Roar – Dear Jodie 7″
11:24pm Chrome – Half Machine Lip Moves/Abstract Nympho – Half Machine Lip Moves
11:29pm Set break — Music Behind DJ: Lucho Bermúdez vs JUD JUD
11:29pm The Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man – The Rough Trade Singles Box
11:33pm The Fall – City Hobgoblins – The Rough Trade Singles Box
11:36pm The Fall – Totally Wired – The Rough Trade Singles Box
11:41pm The Weatherman – Drone for the End of the World/Untitled Family Tape, 1970s – The Weatherman’s dumb blog
11:51pm L. Ron Hubbard – Wind Splitter – Battlefield Earth
11:55pm Slim Goodbody – Down Down Down – The Inside Story
11:59pm L. Ron Hubbard – L’Envoi – Thank You For Listening (excerpt) – Path To Freedom
This was a pretty crazy show. Lots of people at the station, in the air room, a loud band jamming in the adjacent studio, lots of technical difficulties, it being Friday the 13th.
Some pretty crazy mixing from Jim Larrance and I in the second half. We had a lot of fun, even though it was a nightmare to document what we did.
10:00PM Leonard Pennario “March of the Lunatics” from “The Two Pianos of Leonard Pennario”
10:01PM Animals Within Animals “Four-Letter Edit” from “Produce, Abuse, Resample”
10:02PM Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark “Radio Waves” from “Dazzle Ships”
10:05PM The Sons of Silence “Golden Age of Men’s Music” from “Silence FM”
10:08PM The Tape Beatles “Waves” from “Music With Sound”
10:11PM Emergency Broadcast Network “3:7:8 (Bones Mix)” from “3:7:8″
10:14PM Life Records “Honesty” from “Honesty”
10:15PM Styro2000 “Culture” from “Toywar Lullabyes”
10:20PM Boyd Rice & Daniel Miller “Cleanliness and Order” from “Darker Skratcher”
10:23PM The German Shepherds “Dear Jodie” from “Dear Jodie 7″”
10:28PM Flak Mask “These Landscaping Enhancements” from “These Landscaping Enhancements”
10:35PM Sketch Erickson “Pop Goes America” from “Sketch Sounds Off”
10:41PM Don McMillen “”an atom walks into a bar..”" from “341 Megabytes of Comedy”
10:48PM This Heat “Twilight Furniture” from “This Heat”
10:52PM Chrome “Zombie Warfare (Can’t Let You Down)” from “Half Machine Lip Moves”
10:58PM Set break — The Noveltones – Left Bank 2
11:01PM Keith Milton Reinhardt “Found Recording” from “The Aquarian Foundation, Seattle”
11:05PM Sir Richard Bishop “Graviton Polarity Generator” from “Graviton Polarity Generator”
11:08PM Walt Disney “Conquest of Space” from “YouTube”
11:09PM Ray Gallon “Part Two” from “Nam June Paik – A Work For Radio”
11:22PM Set break — Music Behind DJ: Ernie Hood – Ollie
11:22PM Walt Disney “More of Man’s Conquest of Space” from “YouTube”
11:25PM Tim Maloney “Shatner” from “Free Speech for Sale”
11:26PM Walter Carlos “What’s New Pussycat?” from “By Request”
11:28PM The Button “The Door Is Closing” from “Free Speech For Sale”
11:29PM Richard Hayman & Walter Sear “Goin’ Out Of My Head” from “Electronic Evolutions”
11:31PM Leif Jensen “C.B. Terms (Part II)” from “How To CB”
11:35PM Brain Science “Public Radio” from “Free Speech for Sale”
11:35PM Jim Larrance “God In A Linoleum Roll” from “cutupsound.com”
11:37PM Andre Popp and His Orchestra “Perles De Cristal” from “Delirium In Hi-Fi”
11:41PM Jim Larrance “Black Friday” from “The Echo of That Word”
11:43PM Cassetteboy “Cassetteboy vs The News” from “YouTube”
11:45PM Ralf Paulsen “Bonanza” from “YouTube”
11:47PM Unknown Kid “”..have you ever had a dream that you could do anything?”" from “YouTube: http://goo.gl/v8g0n” — Many versions playing at once, looping
11:48PM Randy Quaid/Christmas Vacation “”Merry Christmas! Sh*tter was full!”" from “YouTube: http://goo.gl/vx9aX” — Many versions playing at once, looping
11:51PM Set break — Music Behind DJ: Harlem Nocturne – Found here: http://goo.gl/P3QaiX
11:54PM Richard Christenson “Spires” from “Muve”
11:57PM Slim Goodbody “Your Mouth is a House” from “The Inside Story”
12:00AM Sol Mogerman “Fire Engines” from “Wishbone Bridge”