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What So Proudly We Fail Part Seven

Oct. 16, 2009

“Whatever needs to happen, let it happen” Beginning with some technical difficulties appropriately enough, we move through The Waterboys, media bloopers from the past, poet Steven Jesse Bernstein dropping in throughout, More Noise Please, receptacle emphasis, Megaphone Man, Albert Brooks. Frank Zappa on the decline of the music biz since the 60s, The usual Weatherman, and a little more talk about the atom.

3 Hours

Music Is… Part Seven (Variations Live)

July 10, 2009

Jon Leidecker, Don.

Jon Leidecker, otherwise known as Wobbly, has begun recording a history of collage in music called /”Variations/” as an on-line project. Tonight were live, remixing the elements from the initial /”Variations/” project and more. Abstractly hot and heavy for the most part, from clippy to dippy, but full of commentary on the practice of collage in music, old and new.

3 Hours.

How Radio Was Done Part 93

Nov. 27, 2008


Radio in 1987 continues with a British radio reprise of 1967 in 87, an extended mix of commentary and hearings around the arms for hostages and Iran/Contra affairs and Reagan on the Iraq/Iran war and the never-ending Mid-east turmoil. Also, 10,000 Maniacs live in 87 and DJs, news, and music of the year.
3 hours.

Riding Railroads

January 29, 2004


This is five hours of trains, from the building of the transcontinental railroad through the Old West one-and-a-half centuries ago, laced with sounds and dialog from “Once Upon A Time In The West,” to Robert Bloch’s mid-20th-century tale of the Hellbound Train and the hobo jungles of the depression, to Disneylands enshrinement of the railroad as toy transportation. You’ve seen all those sound effects discs with the sounds of trains? Well finally, here they all are, from steam to diesel and high speed stereo passes that will blow you right over. America has produced many songs about riding railroads and we have some of those too. And in the end, the whole thing arrives right on time.

5 Hours

An Islamic Thanksgiving

November 27, 2003


This is a 5-hour blast of bits and pieces from our favorite media concerning the idea that fundamentalist Islam has always demanded terrorism as a core belief, and eventually this will mean nuclear terrorism against the infidels; that’s us. Dirty bombs are explained (it only takes radioactive material wrapped around dynamite,) “We will see a lot of people die in a grand act of martyrdom,” the historical development of modern Islamic fundamentalism under Nasser in ’50s Egypt, U.S. nuclear security from the ’60s, the non-separation of Allah’s exclusionary religion and the state throughout the mid east, the CIA’s evolving relationship with Israel, the NSA’s attempt to monitor world communications, occasional time bombs, “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem,” and a receptacle full of candid callers.

5 Hours (2 mp3s)

Robotic Music (Thomas Stereo Live)

September 18, 2003

Evolution Control Committee, Wobbly, Don and the hurricanes

Three already-famous computer music icons join forces on the air to form the supercomputer music group, Thomas Stereo. Plenty is said about this unique super combo during the show, so I won’t go into it here, but thanks to them, we are able to extend the robotic theme into yet another week while providing the listening public with some of the finest automated noise available. This is the instrumental side of the robot “problem,” with and without simulated human commentary.

3 Hours

Complex Numbers

April 18, 2002


Most of the Glass “Einstein on The Beach” in various combinations backs up Arthur C. Clarke on fractal geometry and the 9 billion names of God, William Shatner trying to grasp the X-logic of his kids, Steven Hawking and his black holes, X-Minus One’s youngsters discover educational alternative logic toys from the future, and a lot of other numbers about about numbers in audio Mandlebrot sets.

3 Hours


January 31, 2002


Spinning off with the soundtrack to Craig Baldwin’s film, “Spectres Of The Spectrum,” this is a 5-hour extension of that theme, the exotic and mesmerizing history of electronical invention and intuition. Tesla, Edison, and Marconi join Hemlock Stones and X-Minus One in illuminating all the ghosts who flew and fly the electro-magnetic spectrum, from Ben Franklin to HARP. Music for electricians, including secret coded girl groups from 1957 right up to Emperor and Opeth. The death ray, from Tesla’s conception to ’50s science fiction about science fiction during World War II, right up to us. Is it? Only Science in Action knows for sure.

5 Hours

The Return Of Total Radio

November 8, 2001


The CD release of “Dick Vaughn’s Moribund Music of the ’70s” produces this retro look at Dick’s various music formats from the ’80s, with cuts from the double CD and various unreleased material from his other attempts at music formats from that era like “Total Radio.” The stellar career of Dick Vaughn is traced through phone pranks from his living room all the way to his culminating position as a leading air personality for The Universal Media Netweb. Then he died a horrible death in a plane crash and the tributes commenced. There was no radio like Total Radio.

3 Hours

The Black Death Debate

June 21, 2001
Negativland and Russ Schoenwitter

Negativland’s Pastor Dick and Harold Camping of Family Radio fame join in debate with Black/Death Metal collector, Santo Gold, and The Weatherman as we expose this world of occult guitar noise and argue its merits for today’s teenagers. Dayle Embree reads Black/Death Metal lyrics, Harold does the math, Bibles are quoted, and the music wails.

Pastor Dick interviews The Weatherman while he dips his microphone in club soda concerning his intimated involvement in a real life mass murder which was committed by someone he shared Goth records with. Callers join this crucial sociological debate, along with some actual exorcisms to the Satanic strains of Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, and Speed Metal music from Scandinavia, Europe, and America. A must-hear for everyone afraid of music.

3 Hours