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

Listen to Little City In Space

The Little City in Space show, created by the Post-Void Radio Theater, returned to KFAI in 1988. Jerry joined regulars Peter Stenshoel (center) and Stu Mathews (right) at this point, as LCS  found new fans who had never heard the show’s initial 1978-1985 run.

Long-time LCS regular features returned: The Paul Bunny Report News from Nowhere , Sports and Joblines. New sponsors included Holy Cola; Starplate of Lavonne; Wursterkaasen Scenario Beer; Hokey Smokies. There were new voices of Occam E. Razor, Carl Toad, Sergeant Stratofender, and The Listener. Mark Masyga contributed fake ads for Post-Modern Flakes; The Freud Daddy; Wiggly Vehement Gum and more.

Just go to our Little City in Space page here at ScorchedEar and scroll down to Comments to find links to shows from 1988-1990.

The LCS-Y2K  Show braced listeners for yet another  kooky calendar shift in 2000 with the Post-Voiders girding their loins for who-knows-what’s-gonna-be happenings globally and aboard LCS-1! Listen at archive.org now!  Internet Archive logo

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 Three

Jerry’s third full hour of original satire, jocular frenzy and dark humor.

Fake commercials for Glandma’s Cookies; Polkas from the Heartburn of Kitchen Space; Uncle Ron’s Summit Pump; Grandpa Ravi’s Tackle Pal; G.I. Frothing Joe; Stout Eddie’s; The Elvis Styling Kit; and Captain Wink’s Original Circular Potato Chains.

Bogey Humphart and Lauren Becool star in To Have and Half Crocked; Bomb Theater’s satire, The Tar Baby Brigade, anticipated modern action movies like The Expendables with mercenaries (including a Rambo knock-off) on a suicide mission into a South American country.

Sport fishing TV shows are sent up with Hook, Line and Sinker.

Regular features: Skogmo, Lazlo Morbid, Consumer Survival Biscuit. Voices by Alice Phoenix, Rob Shapiro, Andy Mayer, Bob Rynkiewicz, Diana Swan, and Dexter. Chuck Isle played guitar behind Walter Brennan, and teamed with Mark Masyga for TV Guise.

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

Another Flask of Weird: Vintage 1982

Still Frame from Miroslav Janek’s film, Little City in Space, Jerry and Chuck, 1982

Listen to the glib set o’ lips of Chuck Isle (right) and Jerry (left) deliver verbal mambo and advertising mumbo, combining words with sound effects on Another Flask of Weird in crazy commercials like Throbbing Red Oatmeal; Mama Steve’s Rumba Toast; The Clever Rodent Cafe’; Kung-Fu Auto Mechanic; Conan, the Hanna-Barberian; Magic Gesticulations Shampoo; Griff’s Pylons; and of course the ever ubiquitous Chez Bob. With Mark Masyga, Andy Schultz.

Upper: Still Frame from Miroslav Janek’s film, Little City in Space, Jerry and Chuck, 1982.

Lower: Kitty Wells, Johnnie Wright, Jerry, Chuck, 1999.

Listen now at archive.org

4 Post-Voiders: Jeff Pike, and Golden Cage Volume One

The stories of iconic, pivotal and tragic music legends comprise “The Death of Rock and Roll,” a book by Jeff Pike (Faber & Faber, 1993).

Prior to that, Jeff was a co-founder of The Post-Void Radio Theater circa 1977, a script-writing collective that started meeting two years prior to taking Late Nite Magic on KFAI and changing it to Little City In Space. Some people who started LCS shared “space” in houses and apartments, and played in a band, The Infinity Art Unit. Pictured pre-Void, Jeff (left) and Stu Mathews (right) met via fellow scriptwriter Peter Stenshoel.

The other member of the collective, Rob Ordahl, hosted Late Nite Magic on KFAI. His time slot was taken by Jeff, Stu, Peter and Damon Mathews, and broadcasts from satellite LCS-1 began December 17, 1978.  Pictured  at KFAI, Peter (left) stands over Late Nite Magic host Rob (right) in a solid state of hypnagog.

Jeff Pike (right) exited The Post-Void to pursue full-time writing in 1981, but his enduring contribution to LCS includes the ad he wrote for Meat Heap, made from alien body parts.

At last archived, The Golden Cage of Radio Volume One showcases Jeff’s on-air anarchy with his interruptions as Fred, an insurance salesman, and pompous Professor Wadsworth, during Peter’s interview with Burd DeComps (Johnny Olson). Compiled and created for LCS 18th Anniversary, Vol. One also features Weekend Upchuck with the Post-Void News Team (Damon, Stu, Pete, Jeff & Johnny) In Briefs; Jerry as Occam E. Razor; and David Stenshoel, pre-Boiled in Lead, singing and playing on his brother Peter’s musical commercial for Martian Marriage Cigarettes.

Listen now at archive.org

Jerry, Mark Masyga and Chuck Isle

Jerry and Mark Masyga started collaborating with Chuck Isle in 1982, trading quips and quills on scripts for dozens of wacky commercials. The meeting of minds led Mark and Chuck, most notably, to ZXQ Universe (KFAI, 1990-1993) and their successful run of ads there. Here’s a 2006 collaboration of Jerry-Mark-Chuck for McJagger’s, a spoof of McDonald’s and The Rolling Stones.

The Golden Cage of Radio Volume 2: TV Guise

The Golden Cage of Radio: TV Guise from Another Flask of WeirdLittle City in Space; The Philip K. Dick Van Dyke Show.
The Golden Cage of Radio anthologies are more than just airchecks: this material was carefully selected, edited and presented to be a treat unto itself.
This volume, available for listening now, contains TV Guise previews; Visit to the Radio Mortuary; The Chocolate Sprout; Hill of Beans Coffee; Paul Bunny; Joblines; Commander Komoniosis; Our Alien Life Forms; Robo & Stu; News From Nowhere; Dogmatix House of Excelsior; Sports with Nick Hotplate; Fred’s Friendly Foods; Eve Hallow.
Bonus: The Philip K. Dick Van Dyke Show by The Post-Void Radio Theater, recorded before a live audience at Minicon.

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