I love this dog.
Birthday shenanigans. Having a quiet night with my wife to enjoy some of my gifts. Hopefully I’m aging gracefully as I roll up my new Starfleet Engineer.
If someone wanted to watch Miyazaki movies with a three year old and I didn’t own any of them myself, would there be a nice friend who might be able to help this person?
Cleaning up easily this Monday.
Pussy Hat or unfortunately folded napkin? #ResturantQuestions
Words to live by.
I want to see the fire fall from the sky
See the nuclear blast with my own eyes
The world is too gone to resurrect it
We need the war heads to disinfect it
Poems Made from gifs by Jeremy Hight is love.
Tonight on the program, we take a journey into The Sound Museum, with Ken Nordine. New and old recordings, audio journals, and other sound bits that are the perfect way to kick start your weekend right. Show starts at 10, sharp on KMUZ.org. Hear you then!
I guess I’m good at changing diapers and researching kids movies.
Taco Bell Cup, circa 2018. People now experience false nostalgia for the design aesthetic of ‘90s Taco Bell, and it comes up in vaporwave as a color scheme regularly. I just wanted to capture the future nostalgia aesthetic while it was “current.”
Apparently the reason Leonard Parts 1 through 5 were never seen is because Cosby is a terrible person.
Of course this gets better with age.
New stove, who’s dish?
Shows like this at venues with incredible sound don’t happen every day, so come on down and support touring experimental artists in your community. I promise a brand new set of material that I haven’t played live to an audience yet, so it should be fun. See you soon!
Pussidan and I are kicking it at The Space Concert Club
getting ready for Open Mic Night. You should come on down. All art, all genres, all ages.
Disneyland Nerds: help me plan my upcoming trip with Marla. I’ve been there once before, and crammed the main park into one single day. Now I’m returning for three days to enjoy more nuance. For a return visitor who has been on nearly all the main rides, what should I focus on at Disneyland this time? I’m interested in your favorite secrets, the shows and parades I should try to catch, and anything else you suggest about spending the weekend at The Mouse’s House. I like corny, old hand-made Disney the best (think Tikiroom = favorite), but I’m into having a good time if I can, regardless of age. What do you think I should see?
Tonight! I’m running sound for The Space Concert Club’s weekly Open Mic, and it’s gonna be a ton of fun! no matter what the art, no matter what skill level, come on down and strut your stuff in from of a supportive audience! See you soon. https://www.facebook.com/events/380572875736919/?event_time_id=401171907010349
We didn’t even get a chance to snap a photo, but it was great to have tea with Some Kind of Nightmare and shoot some footage for an upcoming documentary about the band. Here’s a photo from the last time they rocked Salem, back in February. Thanks for stopping in and keeping punk rock alive in this crumbling country.
Just got back from a special #SpaceBrunch for dinner with an incredible crew of folks, previewing a special meal that A Vegan And A Butcher Walk Into a Bar have coming up. I didn’t take enough photos, but damn, the food was fantastic.
Red Panda Death March w/Austin Rich performing live at ƒ/stop Fitzgerald’s Public House 21 April 2018. Camera Operators: Courtney & Herd William. Visuals projected by Ross Swartzendruber. Video directed / edited by Austin Rich.
Matz final resting place.
Who wants to start a Crimpshrine cover band with me?
Is there a better album?
Ed was at the end of his rope. An expression he detested.
There are dreams left empty and blank
And legs that have ceased to walk
Such an excellent #SpaceBrunch with @redpandadeathmarch at @thespaceconcertclub.
He was a good cat, and Sierra raised you well. But all things must pass. We love you, Matz. Goodbye.
From the Noise show last night. At f-stop. @redpandadeathmarch, Nathan Derr, @mincemouth & @herd.william.official.
Here’s one of my favorite Doug Theriault performance from my days filming and engineering What’s This Called? Doug’s playing tonight, but this is a taste of what he does for those who are unfamiliar. If you like it, come on down to Noise/Art/of at 5, sharp.
This is tonight! I’m sitting in with Red Panda Death March, but the lineup is great. Doug Theriault is one of my favorite performers in any genre, and this is an early show, starting at five! Come on down to ƒ/stop Fitzgerald’s Public House and enjoy something different.
This one is still pretty good.
I think about this meme too often, and it gives me nightmares.
Some holidays have strange customs. #420
This scene keeps popping into my mind.
Negativland in the kitchen. #Cleaning.
Grind Goat is love but Doom Goat does the laundry. #DoomGoat
Happy Birthday, Richard Lyons! Hopefully you get to dance like this all the time, now. [Perfect Cut (48 Hours)]
Hella tight Cathead. #Word
As this came on from the other room, I cocked my head and said, “Gary?” 15 seconds later, a quick search revealed that I was right. Oh Mr. Owens, I’d recognize your nonsense anywhere.
Was I ever so thin and naïve?
Who wants to start a Healthcore band with me? (We all could use one.)
Red Panda Death March asked me to sit in with them this weekend, and with Doug Theriault on the bill, this is going to be a ridiculously fun show. These things start early, and end early, so come on down and enjoy something rad.
The best part about getting to know new people is that they are usually much more fascinating than you even imagined at first. This was completely the case with Leah Gold, who had more stories about more fascinating things she’s done than I knew going in. This one is great, and we talk about The Weatherman (Buddy Runyan) a fair amount. Enjoy!
Quintron was so good. It’s been too long since I saw him.
Second batch. Be warned.
I finally unlocked my Flickr account, and mass-downloaded everything that was there. This was, essentially, my 2004 – 2010 period at KPSU (just before I met / started dating Marla). I look very scary in some of these.
I already miss you.
I watched a tremendous amount of Night Court growing up, and his appearances on Cheers were always something to look forward to. It’s sad that he’s gone, and I’ll miss his magic tricks. Time to revisit Night Court.
The butterflies know what’s up. #SaveSpeedMetal
That feeling when it’s after a show and you had fun but now you’re home alone and your ears are slightly ringing and you feel a little dead inside but also happy but you wonder why something like this is so good at that time and can feel so empty afterwards.
Spending my radio-versary running sound for a show at The Space. Come on down, and see this:
(Originally broadcast on 15 April 1998 on KWVA.)
This was my first ever radio broadcast. 4 A.M. – 7 A.M. on KWVA. What follows is a recreation, based on playlists, recordings, and memories from that evening. This is an approximation of what it was like to listen to my show in those days.
Here’s the backstory: I have been obsessed since I was 10, when I got my own radio / cassette combo, and a box of tapes to go with it. (Plus a couple blank tapes.) Staying up, past my bedtime, listening to radio dramas (not called “Old Time Radio” among fans) and classic rock DJs as my pre-adolescent mind tried to wrap itself around all the things I was hearing. It stuck with me, as I started calling KZEL to request songs and chat with the DJ, my mom already working in that field herself. It was KZEL that broke grunge to me, my friends at school how suggested KRVM, and as alternative began to find it’s way to the sleepy town of Cottage Grove, I found myself wanting to break out of the confines, and find the world I was hearing through the radio.
Pump Up The Volume is sort of the nail in the coffin, isn’t it? Suggesting a winder world of radio and music that is not what you once thought it was. When I finally did burst out of Cottage Grove for Eugene, KWVA was the station we all huddled around, and you would hear it all over town, blasting out of coffee shops and front porch freak-outs. It was almost as instructive as the tapes Colin & kiisu would make for me, and this inevitably led to the Colin Mix tape that featured Negativland heavily. I connected with them, and copied my roommates’ albums immediately, to find that I loved this group. As I dug into them more, I had heard tale that they did a radio show, which sort of blew my mind. A band, that does a radio show? I love radio! I need to heard this!
By the time I was staying with Little Jon, I had not only come into recordings (through CDs and tapes friends would mail me), but our mutual friend Shane With No Last Name starting a morning mix show on KWVA. All of these vectors sort of coalesced, and I obsessively taped Shane’s show (and a lot of KWVA), anticipating each new entry into his “9 AM Slayer” segment, and getting to know the station in general.
I immediately filled out an application to become a DJ, and submitted it, only to wait for some time, not hearing a peep. I was a little discouraged, as it seemed like it had been so easy for Shane to get his show. I must have done something wrong. At the time I was still making ‘zines, so I focused my energy into that, until one day, several months later, when I was in the area and dropped into the station. I asked about my application, and there it was, in a pile of “to be read” applications. None of the staff had actually seen it yet. I hadn’t done anything wrong, and nothing sinister was afoot. The first rule of radio was learned: if you keep showing up, you’ll eventually get on the air.
It wasn’t long before I got a call back, and was asked to start out in the “beginner” slot. This is the dreaded 4 AM to 6 AM airtime (with a 3 AM to 3:30 AM “arrival” time). I took it, because I was 23 and full of energy and what was I gonna do with my time, anyway? This was the ’90’s, and everything was cheap. I was working part time jobs and living with roommates. Of course I’ll leave the bar, pick up some records, cruise on down to the radio station and DJ for a couple hours. What else am I going to do?
And so, on April 15th, 1998 (a Wednesday), I waltzed into the KWVA studio at 3 AM, and began a tradition that has now lasted me 20 years. Fortunately, these days, I don’t go in at 3 AM anymore.
In the time since I’ve been on at a number of stations here in Oregon, and 14 years ago we began podcasting, which has changed the game considerably. I’ve moved, changed the name, hosted up to three or four shows at once, and for years and years on end, hosted a weekly live band, too. (I’ve recorded somewhere around 300 radio performances in that time.) And if we roll the clock back to include the ‘zines and bands I’ve been in, and the live shows at venues I’ve put on too, and we’ve got 25 years of this nonsense I’ve been making, trying to carve out my own version of art in that time.
It’s a lot to process. But I’m entirely grateful for this career that I’ve managed to sort out for myself. Being on the radio for 20 years has not only given me a chance to figure out who I am and what I want, but has given me a creative outlet that really feels comfortable. When I set out to make a new radio show, it feels as exciting as it was to show up to KWVA 20 years ago, and have the station manager look me up and down, and say, “Okay, when I leave at four, you’re on. You’ve got the place to yourself. Don’t screw it up.”
Hopefully, I haven’t. Making radio has been incredibly rewarding, and I’ve met incredible people in that 20 years, who have all contributed to making this show possible, week after week. When I get discouraged, I return to radio. When I’m happy, I can say it in a show. Before I had this outlet I would make tapes, obsessively, sending them out to friends, trying to perfect the mix. While I keep redefining what that mix “is” as I get older, I have to say I’m fairly happy with the shows I’ve made over the years. It reflects who I am, and how I’ve changed. While the show that I pitched to KWVA – an Over The Edge clone – was not the show I ended up making, as the years progressed and as my tastes changed and evolved (and as I moved from station to station), the show I originally pitched became the show I do now, and you can hear that 20 year evolution if you’ve been along for the ride.
But that isn’t to say that my show wasn’t more conventional at times. I used to do an all 60’s Rock show. For a spell it was strictly punk. I went through a phase of just playing everything at once and hoping for the best, and then a full pre-planned and pre-produced phase, that sometimes felt that way, too. For years it was just live bands, and I even did a brief stint doing only progressive rock. My show is difficult to pin down because I don’t really want it to be any one thing, restricting it to a format of which I can then grow tired. But as the years wore on it was clear that I was gravitating more and more to something that was obviously influenced by Over The Edge, even though it did not start that way.
On April 15th, I was more than a little drunk, and the station manager actually left before it was officially 4 AM. (She had been called in suddenly to cover for the 2 AM – 4 AM gent, who suddenly didn’t show up.) And to make matters worse, the DJ after me didn’t show up either, so the Programming Director came in and relieved me. Most likely I was actually on from 3:45 to 6:50 (or something like that), but I didn’t keep track of thing then as precisely as I do now. (A phrase which could probably go on my tombstone.)
The show had the incredibly unwieldy name of The Church of Blasphuphmus (Not Jesus) Hour, and up until 2013, some variant of that name was the one I used, on the air, no less. I got a few complaints about the “anti-religious” sentiment, but very little, considering how long I kept the name around. Since then, the name has changed a few times, but Mid-Valley Mutations seems to suit best the nonsense I’ve created, and feels like a good roadmap, too. While the old name was informed by the religion kiisu & Colin made up (and I willingly began to join in on), I can’t help but acknowledge all that the SubGenius did for me, and for them, in giving us ideas, too.
Through the miracle of tape and digital archiving, there is actually a recording of my first broadcast. The recording that follows is a re-creation of it that I made, using the surviving tapes, playlists, and guesswork as to what was popular then, and in particular, what I remember hearing / playing on KWVA in those days. (So, the re-creation is only as good as that.) In those days, it wasn’t as practical for me to record and keep all the tapes necessary to archive my entire show, and I played a fair amount of music that I already owned in other formats. So when archiving my KWVA shows, I would cut out the songs I owned elsewhere, and just keep the other bits. I rarely saved commercials, and I regularly lost huge sections of shows. (Near the end of my KWVA run, I just stopped taping entirely, and have still not yet found the supposed recording I made of my “last” KWVA show, before I moved to Portland.)
Suffice it to say, the recording here is a pretty good reproduction of what my show was like back then, but also, is like a journal entry from that day, from that year, that I can look back on. Because I’ve recorded so many of them, and because there are plenty of specific places and dates associated with all of them, the really do act as a way I can “listen” to my own story, and get a sense of who I was and what I’ve become in 20 years. This first show is not “great,” but it is a nice slice of nostalgia, and it shows the potential of what was to come.
I’ll be including occasional other selections from the archives to bring out some of my favorite moments from my radio years. I’ve done a few shows that I think are very indicative of the fun I’ve gotten to have on the radio over the years, and I want to share those moments with you now that I’ve had a couple of decades to reflect on them.
Most importantly, thank you. Without an audience, there is no art. And without you, the listener, there is no show.
Be seeing you.
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01.) Strychnine * Strychnine * Born to Loose * Industrial Strength Records
02.) Millionaire * ?? * ?? * ??
03.) Teenagers From Mars * Misfits * Collection * Caroline Records
04.) Christine * The Con Men * Live In-Studio * KWVA Radio
05.) Dicks Hate The Police * The Dicks * 1980-1986 * Alternative Tentacles Records
06.) Stereo Phasing Test / Television * Man… Or Astro-Man? * Experiment Zero * Touch & Go Records
07.) Cramp Stomp * The Cramps * Big Beat from Badsville * Epitaph Records
08.) Selector Pt. 2 * Dub Narcotic Sound System
09.) Buenos Tardes Amigos * Ween
10.) Fade In / Fade Out * Red Aunts
11.) Forest Fire * Dead Kennedys * Plastic Surgery Disasters * Alternative Tentacles Records
12.) BluBlud * KARP
13.) KWVA In-Studio Performance * The Outclass
14.) My Novel * Oswald 5-0
15.) Let’s Go Away * The Wipers
16.) Neat Neat Neat * The Damned * Damned Damned Damned * Stiff Records
17.) Justification * Against All Authority
18.) Streamline Yr Skull * New Bomb Turks
19.) Embryodead (Aghast View Remix) * :wampscut:
20.) Shaved Women * Crass
21.) Praying Hands * Devo
22.) Caught In My Eye * Germs
23.) Smokin’ Banana Peels * Dead Milkmen
24.) Hexenzsene * Unwound
25.) Metanoia * King Missile
26.) The Way Of The World * Flipper
27.) Happy Hero * Negativland * Dispepsi * Seeland Records
28.) Kill All The White Man (Live) * NOFX * I Heard They Suck Live!! * Fat Wreck Chords
29.) Germfree Adolescents * X-Ray Spex
30.) Universal Corner * X
31.) Hustler * Blatz
32.) Gargoyle Waiting * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
33.) Persistent Vision * Rites of Spring
34.) Whirling Hall Of Knives * Butthole Surfers
35.) Treat Me Right * The Con Men * Live In-Studio * KWVA Radio
36.) Titanium Expose * Sonic Youth * Goo * DGC Records
37.) Birthday Sandwhich * godheadSilo
38.) Theme * Los Mex Pistols * Unreleased Radio Promo Tape
39.) Runnin’ Through My Bones * Tight Bros. From Way Back When
40.) Ain’t No Woman Gonna Make A George Jones Outta Me * Daniel Johnston *
41.) This Is Radio Clash * The Clash * The Story of The Clash, Volume I * Epic Records
42.) Egg Raid On Mojo * Beastie Boys
43.) Excuse Me, But Pardon My French * Unwound * The Future of What * Kill Rock Stars Records
44.) Balalaika Gap * Camper Van Beethoven
45.) Born To Do Dishes * The Queers
46.) Sidewalk Warrior * Screeching Weasle
45.) Jello Biafra * Wesley Willis
46.) Hangin’ Tough * New Kids On The Block * Hangin’ Tough * Columbia Records
47.) False Start * Bikini Kill
48.) In My Mind * Crimpshrine
49.) Kasimir S. Pulaski Day * Big Black
04.) Tennessee Stud * Jimmie Driftwood * The Wilderness Road * RCA / Victor Records
It’s easier just to say, “In Hollywood terms, I’m a non-creative.”
Biquette is Love. #GrindcoreGoat #NeverForget
The soundtrack for our recent skirmish. #RightWingGrind
I can’t imagine how anyone else but him feels as if anything was actually accomplished by that.
“Antigravity, alien technology, I swear its really real!” We’ll miss you, Art.
A part of me wants to ask if this is actually a misdirect related to a time traveling alien conspiracy. But perhaps the new guy will talk about that. I’ll just miss all the late nights asking the same questions about something I heard on the radio.
As distractions go, this one is totally fucked up.
Detective Dexter Roland takes over the program tonight, offering two hours of music about detectives and spys, all while delivering the story of The Maltese Falcon. It’s Bogart & Bacall, Mancini & Nico, and so much more. 10 PM, sharp, on KMUZ.org.
I wonder what politics from other Universes is like? Because this is nutty.
You’ve been Melvin’d.
At least there’s six more bands.
Got any dumb jokes?
He’s such a dick. Why does anyone talk to him?
Goodbye, Nina Harper. You were amazing, and I’ll always remember the good times. #FUALS.
It’s worse than that, even.
Tonight! I’m running sound for the weekly Open Mic at The Space Concert Club. Show off what you’ve got in front of a supportive audience! See you there.
This was an excellent conversation with William Davenport, and now you can hear it, too.
People can be so cruel.
Ooof. Too real.
I think we can sue this guy. We need to protect the Cathead brand (and bank account). (Kiisu & Colin.)
Now I’m finding truth is a ruin
Nauseous end that nobody is pursuing
Staring into glassy eyes
There’s a vintage thirst returning
But I’m sheltered by my channel-surfing
Every famine virtual
Certainly, it was better than that other film, “Peter Lorre’s Drive Angry.”
Ahhh. My favorite movie: Driving Peter Lorre.
What else is Instagram for?
We explore outer space and “The Day The Earth Stood Still” for two hours this week. Join us, tonight at 10 on KMUZ.org.
Yay. We’re fucked beyond belief. Good thing there’s lots of guns so we’re doubly-fucked.
There’s so much white diversity here.
Waiting to get a new case. #DetectiveLife
Sometimes I relate to Kermit a lot.
This is a song that can be applied toward any President currently in charge.
This one’s pretty crazy. wikipedia.org/wiki/Too_Late_for_Tears
Thanks for bringing me to tears early ‘80s Sesame Street.
OG Sesame Street is both great for the little one, and for my own unnecessary ‘70s Nostalgia. https://youtu.be/dMMRI7H8sEI
I’ve been so obsessed with this series and then I started getting dressed and this happened. #WildWildCountry
I miss the days when we had an American Doctor.
Open mic part II
Running sound tonight for The Space’s Open Mic Troubadour and Poetry Night at The Space Concert Club. All ages until 9:55. Strut your stuff, in front of an audience.
Ryan was a pleasure to chat with, and we talk about all her projects, and what it was like to find the story in her new film, How Radio Isn’t Done. This one is a lot of fun.