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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ZXQ Universe original far-out satire can be heard again featuring UFO news, original commercial (Mike Tyson Frozen Entrees), Hillbillies fer Buddha (Wildman Slim sings “Web of Illusion“), SubGenius Minute of Slack (Rev. Ivan Stang), TV Guise previews, spoken word/sound collage, Professor Noodle, records by Pete Rugolo, The Unfolding, Bill Black Combo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, The 3 Suns, Don Pullen. Originally broadcast January 24, 1990 on KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul. Hosts Brian Anderson & Mark Masyga, guest engineer Jerry Stearns, Jerry Modjeski, guest vocals; also featuring the talents of Jim Hall. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ZXQUniverse4
Condensed ZXQ #5 with Revue of the Possibly True, ad for Tollgate Toothpaste, Alabama Neptune’s Beyond the Unknown, TV Guise previews, Minute of Slack, sound collage, Professor Noodle, closing comments from Rev. Mild Astonishment. Music by Hawkwind, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Campau & Dan Fioretti, Tony Tahlman, Keith Textor. With Chuck Isle; Guest engineer Stu Mathews. Originally broadcast January 31, 1990 on KFAI. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ZXQUniverse5
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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
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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.
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.
Years 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.
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. Freddie 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.
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
From 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_07211991
Here are highlights from the imaginative ZXQ Universe radio show, spun around the theme of “hair.” We’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. Guest 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