In concert on stage at the Winona Art Center, time-lost troubadour JackNorton recreates 1930s novelty music by local legend Freddie Fisher, as part of Schnickelfest 2004, with a band of Twin Cities stalwarts including the Southside Aces.
Jerry Modjeski‘s introductory historical narration describes Fisher’s performing life and success in Winona, St. Paul, Hollywood and Aspen, Colorado. Watch:
When Chris Waterbury & Jerry celebrated 10 years broadcasts of their radio show The Musical Transportation Spree on July 28, 2001, video cameraman Casey Holt followed them into KFAI’s Minneapolis studios, thanks to him we have this clip. See and hear Chris & Jerry proudly look back on their history of presenting diverse home-recorded sound artists. Watch:
Some tape voices from out of their past overheard: Earl Root from Root of All Evil; Minoy; Brian (ZXQ) Anderson; Hermanos Guzanos; Plastic Eye Miracle; Joe (Rudy Schwartz Project) Newman; Revlac; Bat Lenny & more.
Special gratitude to Greg Carr for digital conversion; also Blanche Fubar.
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. ZXQUniverse 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
Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga & Brian Anderson (pictured) hosted ZXQ Universe, a KFAI show that substituted for Little City in Space (in temporary hiatus for several months). On radio in 1990 there was nothing like ZXQ: these excerpts from their maiden voyage include hilarious monologues by a parade of original characters (Alabama Neptune, Professor Noodle, “Wildman” Slim, Rev. Mild Astonishment), and hypnagogic sound compositions with guest-engineer Greg Carr (Technological Retreat). Special features: TV Guise sponsored by Mrs. Leatherneck Syrup /News of the Possibly True / Beyond the Unknown / Hillbillies fer Buddha / Commercials for The Kitchen Mohican; Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store / The Church of the SubGenius Minute of Slack / ZXQ Studios: The Big Dive / records by Buddy Emmons (1937-2015), Johnny Gunn, Les Brown & Vic Schoen. Brian created original music fanfares & ambiance for ZXQ. Listen to ZXQ #1: https://archive.org/details/ZXQ010390
Abridged ZXQ Universe #3 with Chuck intro, Jerry Modjeski guest-engineer, co-controlling horizontal & vertigo with Brian & Mark for TV Guise. Other vivisected highlights: News of the Possibly True / Level 99 (commercial) / Professor Noodle / special guest appearance by Peter (Little City in Space) Stenshoel /Gil Goose commentary (“Video Games”) / SubGenius Minute of Slack. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ZXQ011790
Thanks to Stu Mathews, Chuck Isle & Peter Stenshoel for assistance on this post. Hear more ZXQ Universe at Brian Anderson’s website.
Greg was a guest on MTS in 2000 and described how his art originated at KFAI’s Walker Church studios.
Greg also created a new soundscape with MTS hosts Jerry and Chris.
PS In 2005, a collection of mixes from Greg’s own KFAI show Technological Retreat was released in a limited edition of 500 by the Innova label, with package layout by SE’s multimedia enabler Drew Miller.