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.
Archive for the ‘spoken-word’ Category
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.
A 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.
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)
The coolest video ever, found by Daniel. We watched awestruck, while the audio was potted up on the board.
Radio supergenius Rolf Semprebon and his band of radio theater acrobats perform amazing feats of radio play daring-do once a month on The UBU Hour.
The productions are pretty amazing, with rich sound effects and editing and fine voice performances from the talented cast.
They’ve taken on no less than the Neo Con agenda, the second coming of Jesus and the Bush Family.
My favorite is The Man Who Didn’t Give a Shit, a dense, highly scatological saga about a man’s inner turmoil as to whether he sacrifice his values to rise to the top in his company, with shit.
It’s like a filthy The Fountainhead, as co-written by Franz Kafka on Ex-Lax.
I’ve run into Rolf at the station at odd hours, merrily cutting and pasting away and he promises more on the Moron Saga of Dubya Tush and the Tush family, and more filth.
Check out their nearly complete audio archives here.
The UBU Hour
The first Monday of the month, from 11 pm to Midnight.
Experimental radio theater with dada/surreal elements…
On KBOO, 90.7 FM in Portland OR
A couple of commissioned pieces from Negativland that they did for New American Radio in the late Eighties/early Nineties. Both pieces saw later release in truncated forms, yet neither has ever come out on disc in the form offered here. The most radically different ( and longer) of the two is Advertising Secrets, which is vastly different than the 7″ that eventually came out on Eerie Records. Guns isn’t that different, but varies somewhat in mix and sequence and doesn’t have the Then and Now/ A-side/B-side orientation, as it appeared on the SST issued vinyl EP.
Advertising Secrets utilizes a big chunk of the already bizarre concept album TM Productions: Tomorrow Radio as a launching point, so it’s doubly weird.
From New American Radio:
Don Joyce and Negativland: Guns! (1989)
A dense, pulsing “action song,” whose verses deal with America’s intimate relationship with firearms: “The gun and the Bible carved this nation out of the wilderness,” a man exclaims. A tradition unfolds that links the voices of the past as we know them through television cowboy movies and gangster films, to the modern Annie-Get-Your-Gun, the business woman of the ‘eighties with her handy sub-machine gun. An evolving patchwork of movie excerpts and TV ads, statements and information about guns, and of certain phrases repeated like bullets.
Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO.
Negativland: Advertising Secrets (1991)
A dynamic blend of rhythmic elements and original audio constructs — actual ad jingles, lines and phrases — commentary by and about advertisers — books on tape materials about how commercials are conceived and created — plus various out-takes from commercial productions which depict the sophisticated process (and elaborate cynicism) of the professionals involved. “My motivation is to inspect and depict some of the paradoxical aspects of media advertisement which both attract and repel me as an artist in America — a society whose entire economic well being rests solely on consumerism and the need to manufacture want.” (Don Joyce)
Commissioned by NEW AMERICAN RADIO.
Note: I posted these separately last Summer, but am re-upping them by request.
Ken of K.L.E.R.E. has dropped me the following line:
two new live shows to be created
one: in a few hours (friday june 8, 4:30-6pm CT / 5:30-7pm ET)
the other: in a few days (monday june 11, 12-1pm CT / 1-2pm ET)
both via live webcast: http://counterfolk.com/lastever
and both on live radio in austin, tx: 91.7-FM
*thanks to gary and john for airtime
live, improvised sound collage experiment
wherein you may participate via contributing sounds with telephone during show
or other ways you may devise
mixing combining existing playing happening
free from plan or thought
may also be listenable later on web page if you miss it
live listening, past archives, ‘podcast’:
(try a blue show from the upper-right corner)
If you’re a fan of live, improvised collage radio, be sure to check it out.
It’s his last one ever, so you have to.
Over the Edge Vol. 4: Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the Seventies
Fabulously overblown re-issue of the formerly cassette-only Over the Edge series entry Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the Seventies, presenting Richard Lyon’s titular soul-less radio personality character in his many failed attempts at radio stardom. The first disc unveils an insidious change to KPFA’s programming to a bland, middle of the road music and canned news segment format called The California Superstation. the horrified and clueless call-ins are priceless, as is Lyon’s portrayal of a huckster who is totally oblivious to his own vapidity. Done in ‘air-check’ style, all songs – horrid though they are – have been culled out of the mix, leaving Dick’s IDs and commercials alone.
Side two, titled Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the Seventies, documents Dick’s failed countdown show to highlight some of the low points of Seventies music. All this is wrapped around some befuddled call-ins (not included on the original issue), an assessment of Dick Vaughn’s pathology by a radio psychiatrist (Dr. Oslo Norway) and some relatively recent updates on the death of Dick Vaughn from Negativland’s 1993 concerts.
For more Negativland mayhem, be sure to visit Carnival of Headaches. He’s got the excellent OTE Time Zones Exchange Project, as well as lots of other goodies.
Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything -
Or, Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance
Our favorite stand-up philosopher managed to escape this penal colony plane of existence recently after a long bout with Post-Polio Syndrome, so I have dug this gem out and have been listening to it lately. RAW’s Cosmic Trigger series, as well as the Illuminatus Trilogy really warped my perceptions of reality for good.
This is a rip of my six tape set available in the late eighties, so there’s an appropriate amount of tape artifacts or the occasional wow and flutter. On the whole, it sounds pretty good though.
Tape 1: The Life and Times of Robert Anton Wilson
Traces Pope Bob’s childhood, formative years, Catholic rearing (pun intended), his lifelong love of James Joyce via an interview.
Warning: Side B has a great example of twisted tape syndrome, wherein a small chunk of it plays backwards. Don’t worry, it’s in a very appropriate place, as you’ll hear!
Tape 2: Language and Reality
Incorrigible optimist Bob explores how language shapes our perceptions of the world, or how our reality tunnels are formed. He discusses Korzybski and Neuro-Linguistic Programming and other modes of thought construct.
Tape 3: Techniques for Consciousness Change
Bob discusses various methods for obtaining various states of consciousness as well as LSD, Sensory Deprivation and Leary’s Eight Circuit model of consciousness and how to reprogram them.
Tape 4: Politics and Conspiracy Theory
How trying to unravel the big control conspiracy can both drive you mad and how the more you learn about it, the less plausible, yet undeniably ‘real’ it all becomes. Also how dogmatic religions tend to have their own, unique conspiracy theories.
Tape 5: The Acceleration of Knowledge
Live lecture on the doubling of information and how it seems to be occurring at an increasing interval and where Bob thinks we’re headed.
A- Religion for the Hell of it
B- The New Inquisition
Hilarious and enlightening two-part lecture in Boulder Co., where Bob rails against all stripes of fundamentalism and the rigid, Aristotalian mind-set, as well as the hardcore skepticism of fundamental materialists (with their mantra of ‘it’s only a coincidence, it’s only a coincidence!’) . Also, the rabbit-UFO connection revealed at last.
Music, Martinis And Misanthropy
Bad boy Boyd Rice as Rod McKuen with anti-social personality disorder. Frankly, it’s hard to take Rice’s schtick at face value. If you don’t, you can both enjoy his music and have a laugh. The seething-with-hatred People shouldn’t be listened to at work on a Monday morning. I’m warning you.
Other highlights include Disneyland Can Wait and the best-ever song by Lee Hazelwood I’d Rather Be Your Enemy, rendered all the more frightening when sung by a pleasant looking man who happens to dress like an occult SS officer. Some other touchstones on this album are Anton laVey, Heraclitus, Ragnar Redbeard and the Carpenters. This is also a meeting of the Death In June/Sol Invictus/Blood Axis glee-club (Douglas P, Tony Wakeford, Michael Moynihan), plus Rose McDowall.