Another Flask of Weird 4-9-83

lyrics by Peter Sinfield

This aircheck just archived of Another Flask of Weird (KFAI, 1982-1983) spotlights avant bop & progressive bunny-hop, co-host Chuck Isle‘s “Skeleton” set & TV preview, with tight, goofy segues to boggle the Saturday morning broadcast audience limited to south Minneapolis, though northside residents like Chuck picked up the signal with some effort. Guest Andy Schultz sits in, helps spin Gong, Herbie Hancock, Max Roach, Joe McPhee, Nana Mouskouri, Rickie Lee Jones, The Art Bears, Capt. Beefheart, Elvin Jones, Dexter Gordon, King Crimson (above, Crimson lyrics from “Happy Family” which inspired the AFOW moniker). Don’t miss cameo vocal impressions by Chuck as Dean, and Jerry as…well, Jerry, r.i.p. https://archive.org/details/AnotherFlaskOfWeird-04-04-1983

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Mechanical Spider Christmas

Santa_spiderTurn back the crock exactly thirty years to KFAI-FM’s digest of silly satire, The Mechanical Spider Clinic, featuring holiday-themed advertising, Consumer Survival Biscuit, Lazlo Morbid, TV Guise, and a satire about the over-commercialization of Christmas (inspired by Jerry’s idol, the late Stan Freberg’s Green Chri$tma$).

Stan Freberg (from Jerry's 1977 sketchbook)

Stan Freberg (from Jerry’s 1977 sketchbook)

Bonus: The Elvis After-Xmas, After-Life Sale at Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store, also Consumer Survival Biscuit and TV Guise tributes to the King from January 3, 1986. Bat Lenny and The Toy Lovers team up for a sound composition Gangbusters Christmas.

Featuring the talents of Mark Masyga, Chuck Isle, Rob Shapiro, Diana Swan, Bob Rynkiewicz, Leigh Bowser, Andy Schultz. MSC Theme by Bat Lenny.  Listen: https://archive.org/details/mechanicalspiderclinicchristmas

Thanks to Mark Masyga, Wayne Modjeski & Chris Waterbury for assistance on this post.

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Random Electric Froth

p30_m3_098_lWeird ads, TV Guise, collages, songs from Twin Cities bands featured by Chuck Isle & Jerry on KFAI’s  Random Access; also with Peter Stenshoel on Electric Coffee; The Mechanical Spider Clinic.

Commercials for The Wagner Power Composer / Uncle Mammy’s Blacktop & Skillet Shakers / Colossal Rick’s Cafe / Screaming Tad Beer / Geri – Todd / Doctor Bohr’s Balms / Chef Vortex / Pronto – Lloyd / Jingles Pavlov’s House of Spin / Piping Hot Mc Laughlin’s Nut Mc Coffee / Rude Hound Cassettes / Hand Baskets to Hell / The Lady Morpheus Plan / The Civil Apes Taiwanese Checkerboard Set. Listen in two volumes: Random Electric Froth, and More Frothing at the Beaker 1984-1985

Contributors include Mark Masyga, Marc Myers, Keith Lindberg, Brian Woolery, Andy Schultz, The Displaced Crustaceans, The Eyes. Internet Archive logo

Heroes & Villains

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

You can listen to the tales of Captain Bamboo Steamer, sailor boasting of “me fists the size o’ two bunk beds” in a Best Of collection, Heroes and Villains, that also features far-off adventurers “Ace” Banning and his sidekick “Chubby” in the old-time radio spoof, I Love Danger, Action, Murder and Keen Stuff Like That;  movie parody The Mummy’s Hand-Stand; commandos of The Scuba Patrol battle Count Dracula, Santa Claus, and a trampoline; Tommy and Jimmy are heroes of the saga Earth Versus The Flying Dorseys. dorsey_bros Villain Pablum Picassowhat tries to outwit crypt-kicking cartoon kid Danny Phantom.

Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom

Hear all these thrill-packed melodramas at Archive.org.Internet Archive logo

Illustrations by Wayne Modjeski.

Another Flask: Wake Up Weird

chemistry-glasswareAnother Flask Of Weird (1982-83) aired on KFAI radio’s Wake Up South Side, Saturdays 6 to 9 a.m.  JerryJer_on_dock_2 Modjeski (right) and co-host Chuck Isle (below) read twisted TV previews, and created phony ads. Wake Up Weird collects some of the weirdest yet: Maidenhoist Bra / Floyd’s On The River / Chez Bob’s Presidents Day Sale / Elderly Denture-oni  / Hat Blocking Grist (With The Truck-Stop Helix) /  The Sensuous Tomato / Cumbersome Soup / Captain Ben’s Fest-O-Can Beans /  A Brother’s Crutch /  Uncle Substance & The Braille Gang / The Clever Rodent Cafe

Chuck Isle

Chuck Isle

TV Guise previews began as a regular feature March, 1983. Chuck & Jerry, along with guest Mark Masyga, describe boob-tubular action for your oculars to sink into. Listen to Wake Up Weird at Archive.orgInternet Archive logo

Lost, Now Found Flask!  Hours of AFOW tapes re-discovered in NYC!!!  Just archived:  January 1983 – July 1983. Links under AFOW comments.

Living Archive: Strangely Colored Map of Peter Stenshoel

Don Campau, long time host of the DIY showcase No Pigeonholes, has documented numerous prominent home recordists as part of his Living Archive, including newly digitized Peter Stenshoel music from Strangely Colored Map, a double cassette compilation. Listen here.

It’s the 25th anniversary of the release of Strangely Colored Map, called “The Trout Mask Replica of home taping.” Talents behind projects at Scorchedear.com support Peter’s various compositions: The Infinity Art Unit; Stuart Mathews; David Stenshoel; Damon Mathews; Blanche Fubar; Miriam Stonehill; Jerry Modjeski; Andy Schultz; Bob Zander. Also includes works by Phil Hey, Todd Harper and Mark Maistrovich; with notable appearances by Twin Cities music legends Max Swanson, Anthony Cox, Mark Freeman and Lane Ellwanger.

More Vintage Flask of Weird

Chuck Isle and Jerry are back with More Vintage Moments from their eclectic KFAI morning program, Another Flask of Weird.

This collection spotlights on-air collages, sound montages, a dream recitation, indi-tape artist contributions, and TV previews (left). Skits include I’m Not Tal Farlow; and Elvis, King of Bicycles.

Fake ads include The Clever Rodent Cafe #2; Peerless Lint; and Captain Wink’s Original Circular Potato Chains in Sweet and Sour Cream Sauce.

Featuring the talents of Leigh Bowser; The Toy Lovers; Will Lebold; Andy Schultz; Renee Bergstrom; and Mark  Masyga. Listen at www.archive.org.

Our Comments section of Another Flask of Weird contains links to original broadcasts now archived for listening!  August – September – October – November 1982

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Five

img003Spoof of 1950s sci-fi Taraunchyla! a giant radioactive arachnid on the rampage for this best-of the Mechanical Spider Clinic. Also: Charles Brin portrays Sherlock Holmes Versus The Spider Lady (Diana Swan). Mark Masyga as Dr. Watsump; Andy Schultz is Rondo, The Creeper.

Lazlo Morbid does Parasite Home Companion with News From Lake Woe.

Additional voices of Rob Shapiro, Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Beryl Greenberg, and Dexter.

Mark, Peter Stenshoel & Chuck Isle join Jerry to read TV Guise (i.e. left) sponsored by The On Me Theatre; D.W. Ivan’s; Horse of Ether; and Hoopla Generator.

Extras: Original MSC music cues by Bat Lenny (Hot Rods From Outer Space); Brian Anderson (Danny Phantom).

KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Four

More mayhem from Modjeski’s Mechanical Spider Clinic show (KFAI, 1985-1987). Take-offs include Young Man With a Golden Tuba, and a spoof of Perry Mason. Rob Shapiro, Blanche Fubar, Andy Schultz, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan with sound effects.

TV Guise with Peter Stenshoel, and mash-ups of Masyga reMarks and mic shots from Chuck I. of same. Skogmo concludes, with bonus “sequel” called 13th Floor Elevator, and an episode of Judd Mastoid, Midget Auto Mechanic.

Sponsors include The Clever Rodent Cafe; Spin-Around Hank’s; The Personal Flamboyance Device; Quaking Otis; and of course, Captain Wink’s Chains in Low Sodium Sauce. Original music cues for Mason, Earthy Pebbley, and Miles Racist by Andy Schultz and Chuck IsleDixie Halloween by The Toy Lovers. Poster art by Marc Myers.

Listen at archive.org

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Two

Jerry’s back with a second hour of twisted TV lampoons (Mister Rogers’ Rear Window), and old time radio spoofs (The Blue Weasel, Minnesota’s answer to The Green Hornet).

Chuck Isle and Mark Masyga contribute commercials for Thundering Meat DNA Restructuring Powder, Open Wound BBQ Sauce, Magic Gesticulations Shampoo, The Mechanical Clinics and give you the TV Guise.

With Ken Dresher‘s Room For Rent, as well as regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, and Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, Rob Shapiro, Brian Anderson, Andy Schultz.

Listen now at archive.org

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