UFO Update: 50th Roswell Crash Bash with Greg Bishop

Greg Bishop, host of the long-running series Radio Misterioso, phoned UFO Update for a live report from Roswell, New Mexico July 5, 1997. Greg is the author of Project Beta detailing the military cover-up and disinformation behind the Paul Bennewitz affair. More recently, Greg published the book It Defies Language which even mentions Jerry in its Kindle edition. Surprise guest appearance by Travis Walton; with Jerry and co-host Chris Waterbury. Listen: https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdate-LiveFromRoswell

Greg Bishop

Tapeworms: A Guide To Home Taping

Harken back 25 years to 1992 and those lovely June days when The Musical Transportation Spree‘s hosts Jerry & Chris Waterbury  corresponded with prominent home taping personalities for how-to recording techniques and advice. Responses arrived from around the globe: Lord Litter, Stegor, Thomas Pradel, Carl Howard, Tom Furgas, The Larry Mondello Band, Scott Walker (Alien Planetscapes), My Personal Demons, David Saint, Due Process, David Barnes, Marc Myers, John January, The Bill Jones Show, Charles Dayton, Greenhouse Effect, Fish Drum, Pascal Uni, Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness, Chorus of Souls, many others, featuring KFAI studio guest (and home taper) Peter Stenshoel. Listen to the results at archive.org  https://archive.org/details/ATapewormsGuideToHomeTapingPart2

 

 

Scorchedear’s 5th Anniversary

Here’s the 100th post commemorating this website’s five years!

Last year’s addition of Jerry’s interview with Bebe Barron, electronic composer for the sci-fi film classic Forbidden Planet has, as of this date, over 4,000 downloads, Scorchedear’s most popular-ever offering. So rewarding for the memory of Charles Brin, who made the Bebe interview possible because they were old friends. Charles also made a movie cameo as a dour Yiddish school principal in the Coen Brothers A Serious Man.

Send in these clowns…?

Could anyone fail to notice news reports of creepy clown sightings this past year? Not as recent yet contemporary clown encounters of the bizarre kind were only part of The Clown Show, certainly another of the most popular specials in the Scorchedear archives.

 

UFO researcher Terry Hansen passed away. His one book, The Missing Times, is an important must-read critical history of UFOs and censorship in the news. Terry meets Jerry on UFO Update Volume 7.

Terry Hansen

Freddie “Schnickelfritz” Fisher Tribute

img001Years before Spike Jones and his City Slickers combined funny music with rude noises and zany, choreographed shows, Freddie Fisher (b. 1904 Lourdes, Iowa) showcased his own brand of Dixieland jazz & hayseed havoc in the mid-1930s. Fisher was expanding upon the sound of then-successful corn-fed cut-ups, The Hoosier Hot Shots. Fisher’s “Schnickelfritz” band antics included punctuating a musical note with the opening outhouse door on stage that revealed a bare-assed occupant; mimicking a locomotive to the tune of “The Wreck of the Old ’97” and peppering their lyrics with double-entendre. img003

Fisher’s Schnickelfritzers initially gained a devoted following playing at the Sugar Loaf Tavern in Winona, Minnesota, then moved to bigger venues in St. Paul-Minneapolis. The band impressed visiting entertainer Rudy Vallee who brought them to Hollywood. Fisher_37Freddie recorded dozens of sides for Decca Records and opened his own nightclub in L.A. Later he made Aspen, Colorado his home and continued to play until his death in 1967.

Dave Michael

Dave Michael

Nels Laakso

Nels Laakso

In honor of Freddie Fisher’s 100th birthday, Jerry with Dave Michael, drummer of the Southside Aces paid tribute on KFAI radio’s Musical Transportation Spree with a two-hour special. Listen: https://archive.org/details/Schnickelfest Internet Archive logo

UFO Update: Minot, North Dakota 1968

Capt. Brad Runyon's Drawing MUFON investigator Bill McNeff‘s UFO casebook: The U.S. Air Force near Minot, North Dakota encounters a mysterious, giant unknown craft (see above: witness illustration). With host Jerry Modjeski. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ufoupdate_minot1968Internet Archive logo

More documentation of this case with additional military witness testimony at historian Tom Tulien’s awesome website.

Ambient background by La Sonorite Juane. Thanks to Chris Waterbury; and creative inspiration from far-out alien blogs by fashionablylazyloungelizard.

The Return of UFO Update

img001New for 2016! Recent cases with frequent UFO Update contributor Bill McNeff from the Minnesota Mutual UFO Network back again to report findings to Jerry Modjeski.
Ambient sounds by La Sonorite Jaune. Art by Al Feldstein.

Listen: https://archive.org/details/TheReturnofUFOUpdateInternet Archive logo

Musical Transportation Spree 7-27-91

img003From the dusty orange crate of tapes comes this 45 minute aircheck excerpt of the second show of The Musical Transportation Spree (KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul, 1991-2006). Independent cassette culture spotlight during the Now That’s Interesting portion features Plastic Eye Miracle, a dream from The Rudy Schwartz Project (from Don Campau‘s Dreamscape compilation), Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (ad), with an extended music set of The Tesla Ensemble from Michigan. Hosts Chris Waterbury, Bernard Olson with Jerry; show intro by Patti Walsh. Listen: https://archive.org/details/MTS_07211991Internet Archive logo

Bernard, Chris

Bernard, Chris

 

ZXQ Universe: The Hair Show (Re-Do)

Here are highlights from the imaginative ZXQ Universe radio show, spun around the theme of “hair.” FloydsTonic_AdWe’ve transplanted “hair” from ZXQ shows #2 and #3 into a trim, half-hour head piece with commercials for Floyd’s Tonic; Grace Jones Under Pressure; Hairy Palm Itchell; Digital Ernie’s Techno-Hut; TV Guise; Professor Noodle; wiggy songs include Big Hair (Nick Lowe), While Growing My Hair (Egg), Hair Pie (Captain Beefheart). Also an excerpt from The Mooney Honeycutt Show with Jerry Modjeski. Internet Archive logoGuest engineering by Greg (Technological Retreat) Carr. ZXQ Universe was produced by Mark Masyga, Brian Anderson & Chuck Isle.
Originally aired January 10 & 17, 1990 on KFAI (Minneapolis-St. Paul). Listen: https://archive.org/details/TheHairShow

 

Sounds of Forbidden Planet: Bebe Barron Interview

img002.bebeIn honor of the 60th anniversary of science-fiction movie classic Forbidden Planet, here’s Jerry’s interview with Bebe Barron, co-composer of the amazing electronic soundtrack. She and husband Louis Barron (1920-1989) previously worked with John Cage, Edgard Varese. Listen: https://archive.org/details/bebebarroninterview

Special thanks to the late Charles BrinInternet Archive logo for making possible this interview aired on The Musical Transportation Spree‘s show-within-a-show, the Spinner Sanctum “Electronaganza” in 2000; featuring bonus interview material not part of the original broadcast. Bebe Barron passed away in 2008. Thanks also to Julian West, Chris Waterbury, Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2 (book).

Bebe & Louis Barron

Bebe & Louis Barron

Plastic Eye Miracle Interview

Plastic+eye+MiracleOne of the most creative teams to independently release original music was Ohio’s Plastic Eye Miracle. PEM’s Michael Gonzales and Doug Wofsey prolifically recorded numerous cassette tapes for sale and distribution.PEM1 Jerry & Chris Waterbury, assisted by Greg Mathieson and Bernard Olson interviewed Plastic Eye Miracle for KFAI radio’s Musical Transportation Spree‘s show-within-a-show Now That’s Interesting in 1992. Listen: https://archive.org/details/PlasticEyeMiracleInterviewSKM_284e15120614180_0001

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