Archive for the ‘spoken-word’ Category

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Robert Armbruster & Marvin Miller

February 21, 2010

The Living Constitution Of The United States
Kayden Records/Union Oil Company

A timely, inspiring record – with a stirring, patriotic musical score” ~ Cover notes

Another historical/histrionic patriotic record, this time in 1961.
This one’s fun because it has veteran voice actor Marvin Miller – voice of Robby the Robot and others – doing the narration, as well as other familiar-sounding, if not famous voices (William Conrad, later of 70’s TV show Cannon is one).

It breaks down the articles of the Constitution and has people acting out famous quotes or passages relevant to the topic, with lush orchestration.

I think this may have been a give-away at Union service stations, as it says Union Oil Company at the bottom of the front cover. What’s an oil company doing on a patriotic piece of propaganda, anyway?

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Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen

February 21, 2010

Gallant Men: Stories Of The American Adventure Told By Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen
Capitol Records

Goofy, fun patrio-psychotic found LP from 1966 by the late Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen.

The first track is the weirdest and the rest is simply a flag-waving look back at U.S. history, that’s only amusing in its earnestness and for those of use born after Vietnam, etc. and for Everett’s deep voice and denture-rattling presentation.
It’s certainly not Schoolhouse Rock.

Tracklisting:

  1. Prologue
  2. Gallant Men
  3. The Story Of The Mayflower And The Mayflower Compact
  4. The Story Of The Battle For Independence 
  5. The Story Of The Flag
  6. The Star-Spangled Banner
  7. The Story Of Gettysburg
  8. The Gettysburg Address
  9. The Story Of The Statue Of Liberty
  10. Epilogue
  11. Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag

Some factoids about Everett:

  • He was an ally (up to a point) of Joe McCarthy
  • He tried to get school prayer put back in schools
  • He was a key backer of the ’64 Civil Rights bill
  • He had a cameo in the forgotten cult sci-fi flick The Monitors
  • This LP made it to #29 on the Billboard charts and won a Grammy

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John C. Lilly

February 6, 2009

E.C.C.O
Silent

Weird ambient electronic album with brief snippets of evolutionary scientist John C. Lilly speaking on his theories and intoning exercises.
I don’t know much about this.
The only people who can be tangentially credited with the concept appear to be engineer Tetsuya Ishikawa and producers Yasuhiko Suga and Tetra Tanizaki with music by P.B.C., Spice Barons and The Heavenly Music Corporation, all of whom I have never heard of.

I just found it at a thrift store and found it a bit odd, especially since I rarely find interesting music at thrift stores anymore.

It’s also definitely out-of-print, so fits my personal download policy.

Update: I initially wrote an unenthusiastic review of this album when I first found years ago it – but have definitely grown rather fond of it on subsequent listens. Note how many times I’ve played bits of it on shows over the years.

Download (re-upped 10/12/11. You’re welcome :/)

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So Much Holiday Radio For All Us Snowed-in Folks

December 24, 2008

There’s so many great terrestrial and internet radio going on between now and Christmas that you now have an excuse to hook your computer to your stereo and let some talented folks spin some holiday cheer for you well into New Years.

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The Weatherman’s Family Tapes

December 21, 2008

Over at Negativland’s new, snazzy website, The Weatherman (aka David Wills) has been releasing tons of his famous family tapes for your listening enjoyment. These tapes have been the basis for many songs by Negativland, Over the Edge radio shows and many of his family’s unique phrases have been incorporated into the lexicon of Negativland/OTE. Many of his family tapes figure prominently in the releases The Weatherman’s Dumb Stupid Come Out Line and The Willsaphone Stupid Show.

Right now he’s got up a very lengthy, two part tape featuring his family playing Scrabble together and other surprises. It’s strangely hypnotic. I suspect it probably sounds like most people’s family and one could easily all asleep listening to it and be transported back in time to some weird childhood memory. The Weatherman’s Grandma sounds uncannily like mine, who passed away in 2001.

It probably helps that I’m listening to it with Viragelic playing in the background.

Consider it ambient Christmas spoken word.

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Music for Dreaming Androids

December 17, 2008

doandroidsdreamsignet1969A few months ago, I was pressed to fill in at the last minute for someone from the hours of 3am to 6am.

I hadn’t prepared anything, but concocted a show around the audio book of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. This is perhaps my favorite PKD novel. It took me a long time, but I can now easily enjoy this novel as a completely separate work from Blade Runner, my favorite movie. I would love to someday see this novel get a movie treatment that followed the plot and tone of the book to the degree that Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly did the novel it came from.

The audio book, with readings my Matthew Modine and Calista Flockart isn’t too bad.

I mixed it with drone-y ambient music (much of it the work of Bill Laswell and Mick Harris, with a smattering of LaibachKunstDerFuge) and audio clips about Philip K. Dick and other surprises.

my intent was to create something that both insomniacs and dreamers alike could enjoy.

Rather than stitch the whole show together (It is three hours long), I thought I would serialize it here, as long as folks are interested.

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Speaking of Chickens…

March 3, 2008

Here’s a big chunk of last Friday’s Outside World program, featuring an interview with chicken entrepreneur Aaron (sic?). All kinds of secrets and wonders of the domestic fowl are revealed herein. There’s nearly 90 minutes of music and mayhem related to chickens and eggs, including music by Slim Gaillard, the Maddox’s, Colonel Sanders, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hasil Adkins, The Meters and much, much more.
If you want to forgo the chicken talking, the chicken music kicks in at around 17:30 minutes.
I didn’t edit it too much, as I thought it would give you a good glimpse of what this long-running program offers on a typical night.
As host Daniel Flessas says: “I come in and make the coffee…” – and a show just happens.

Download (1 hour, 42 mins, 116 megs)

BONUS:
The coolest video ever, found by Daniel. We watched awestruck, while the audio was potted up on the board.

Rufus Thomas does The Funky Chicken
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