Ramura Remembered: Jim Smith R.I.P.

Here is a tribute to Jerry‘s brother, Jim Smith (1952-2020) who voiced the Little City in Space monster, Ramura. The original 1989 audio report, a humorous excerpt from the News From Nowhere beamed from orbiting satellite featured Jim as RamuraListen:

https://archive.org/details/ramura-story-jim/RamuraStoryJim.wav

Also featuring the talents of Kay Kirscht (reporter); Brian Anderson (music); Mark Masyga (TV Guise ad), Peter Stenshoel (digital transfer).

 

 

 

Rev-quiem for Ken Dresher

Here is a salute to Ken Dresher (d2019), rock-and-roll musician from Minnesota notable for his dynamic drumming as driving force behind the Ventures-inspired guitars of his band, The Revtunes; and creator of video farce with Ken’s spoof The Surf Toads.

Ken Dresher

This recently assembled tribute to Ken spotlights ten electrifying live instrumental tracks of The Revtunes at Minneapolis’ legendary 7th Street Entry in 1987, a band set list with Ken Dresher originals (Ride the Solar Wind; Hyper-Intension), revved instrumental classics like Out of Limits, Penetration and can Ken kick serious drum on Wipe Out?  To hear the Revtunes’ Entry concert, click here !!!

Ken also produced a 45 single check out on YouTube The Revtunes playing the A-side, The Twomp:

Here’s the Ken Dresher composition on the B-side, Freefall:

Thanks Mark Masyga; Greg Carr; Chris Waterbury; Ray Dahl; Big Bad Melvin.

Mysterious Traveller (Movie, 1978)

Here is a short cartoon filmed on Super 8 for a high school class project by Mark Masyga and Jerry Modjeski. Watch:

Finally the original analog soundtrack, previously played back on portable cassette player each time the movie was projected, is now united digitally with picture; greatly assisted by Greg Carr.

school bulletin

 

 

UFO Update Vol. 8: Simonton’s Pancake/Alien Messages

Investigator Bill McNeff describes his meeting with Joe Simonton in 1961, after flying saucer occupants gave Joe pancakes. Jerry reads Jacques Vallee‘s Invisible College (excerpt); alien messages; movie & TV clips; Richard Dolan speaks on UFO government secrecy disclosure and Men in Black. Listen:

https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdate8

Also featuring the talents of Craig Lang (Mufon); Greg Bishop (Radio Mysterioso). Also La Sonorite Jaune, Peter Stenshoel (ambience). Above & beyond gratitude to Dr. Mario Pazzaglini; Bruce Buchanan; Mark Masyga; Chris Waterbury.  

Little City in Space 5th Anniversary Show

Audio clips from the first five broadcast years highlight funny phone calls, commercials, news, with hit songs from the Universal Top 12. This KFAI aircheck from February 18, 1984 guest-stars Jeff Pike making a rare in-studio comeback to the Little City. Jeff is one of the show’s originators with regular hosts Stu Mathews, Peter Stenshoel, Damon Mathews. Formed in 1977, The Post-Void Radio Theater was the creative team that spawned the Little City in Space radio show in December 1978. Congratulations on 40 years of Post-Void!

Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpace5thAnniversaryShow

Pictured: Original orbiting trailer home of Vernon and Alice Lindblom, pioneers that started a community in space.

Visual by Mark & Jerry; thanks to Fergy’s Fun World.

 

 

 

ZXQ Universe #4 and #5

SKM_284e15092713470_0001ZXQ 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, Internet Archive logoguest engineer Jerry StearnsJerry 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

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

 

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.

Internet Archive logo

ZXQ Universe

ZXQ_Universe_Guys-ed (1)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. Internet Archive logoOther 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.

Battle of the TV Guise

img003Wacky word jazz describing idiot box imagery with the Mechanical Spider Clinic‘s four vidiots, Peter Stenshoel, Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga & Jerry.

Chuck

Chuck

Jerry reads; Mark laughs

Jerry reads; Mark laughs

These half-wits matched wits on the air February 27, 1987 (KFAI, Minneapolis-St.Paul) and met again at a house party a year later February 13, 1988 as the tape recorder rolled capturing the event (photos) before a gathering of their friends (pardon some of the overripe sound levels). Listen: https://archive.org/details/battle_of_the_tv_guise

MSC Theme by Bat Lenny; additional background ambiance by ZXQ Studios. KFAI’s Elizabeth Thurber can be heard giving the radio show a promo.SKM_284e15100314530_0001img004

 

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