LCS ’89: Altering Realities

img0011989 was a busy year marked with experimentation on the Little City in Space show. Substitute players like Brian Anderson, Chuck Isle & Mark Masyga helped keep things aloft–Post-Voiders Peter Stenshoel, Stu Mathews & Jerry maintained the weekly KFAI radio commitment while logging many hours off-the-air tape recording the syndicated LCS series. img001 Early ’89 they (with Bat Lenny) threw a mad space-jam party in downtown St. Paul during a blizzard; The Post-Void Radio Theater appeared on-stage at Minicon for The Philip K. Dick Van Dyke Show; on KFAI, the LCS Universal Top 12 became 10; the show’s first hour format was tweaked (to match the hour-long national show under construction) and the second hour, Little City in Space Farther Out, allowed for diverting, more mysterious excursions outside any boundaries: from sound collage & spoken word to Golden Internet Archive logoCage/Radio Mortuary, it was anything goes.

We’ve collected more highlights from 1989 shows: The Best of Little City in Space Vol.2 with Peter, Stu & Jerry features special guest Mark Masyga: the pie-chute mystery of Stan Baxter‘s disappearance and re-appearance begins here! Tribute to Mel Blanc (d.1989), music by The Crash Dummies, The Toy Lovers. Sponsors include Old Dotage Fig Paste and Moot Point Resort. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LCSBestOfVol2

June 28, 1989: Jerry with Mark Masyga, Brian Anderson; the trio’s Farther Out portion is one of LCS’ all-time best; also Nowhere News, sports, joblines & Gil Goose editorial; ads for Screaming Phoenix Edible Bi-Product Dispensation Outlet; Deja Food. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpace1989-06-28

September 20, 1989: Jerry with Chuck Isle, Brian Anderson; ads for The Samuel T. Party Gompers; Mom’s Maply Syrup; Geek Weekly; Hi-Fiber Cellulogs (#2). Music by Zoltan & Squidley, Snakefinger, Gaby Pahinui. Conspiracy theorist Alabama Neptune‘s commentary on Stan Baxter. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpace1989-09-20

img003The Void-Posts (#3 and #4) were published from the Post-Void in 1989. #3’s hot pink reflects some mind-bending visions for the eye. Art by Ernie Bushmiller (left) and (above) Wayne Modjeski.

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Little City in Space: NPR Pilot

Created for National Public Radio, this audition was designed to help introduce first-time listeners to many popular locations of satellite LCS-1 guided by Stu, Pete & Jerry. With regular features such as Nowhere News, Sports, The Paul Bunny Report and Joblines, there’s the most popular songs in the entire universe. Of special note: TV spoof called Secret Reagent guest stars Charles Brin and Alice Phoenix. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpaceNprPilotIiSecretReagent

Internet Archive logoAlso featuring the talents of Blanche Fubar, Bob Rynkiewicz, Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga, Elizabeth Thurber, Joe Shalita, Rob Ordahl, Lola Mathews. Produced & written by The Post-Void Radio Theater.

Tarzan’s Iowa Adventure

Tarzan_Jane_IowaThe legendary jungle-man finds himself in strange surroundings. Television gets skewered (The Schlockford Files). Also visits with Lazlo Morbid, the bad samaritan lurking next door to you. Commercial parodies include The J. Edgar Hoover Vacuum / Bash-A-Limb Contact Limbs / The Uneven Arms Alarm Clock Palace / Clobber City.  Listen at Archive.org.

Voices by Kay Kirscht, John Darling, Mark Masyga, Chuck Isle, Peter Stenshoel. Thanks to Mark for visual (above).Internet Archive logo Material from broadcasts of The Mechanical Spider Clinic and Another Flask of Weird (KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul). MSC Theme by Bat Lenny.

Random Electric Froth

p30_m3_098_lWeird ads, TV Guise, collages, songs from Twin Cities bands featured by Chuck Isle & Jerry on KFAI’s  Random Access; also with Peter Stenshoel on Electric Coffee; The Mechanical Spider Clinic.

Commercials for The Wagner Power Composer / Uncle Mammy’s Blacktop & Skillet Shakers / Colossal Rick’s Cafe / Screaming Tad Beer / Geri – Todd / Doctor Bohr’s Balms / Chef Vortex / Pronto – Lloyd / Jingles Pavlov’s House of Spin / Piping Hot Mc Laughlin’s Nut Mc Coffee / Rude Hound Cassettes / Hand Baskets to Hell / The Lady Morpheus Plan / The Civil Apes Taiwanese Checkerboard Set. Listen in two volumes: Random Electric Froth, and More Frothing at the Beaker 1984-1985

Contributors include Mark Masyga, Marc Myers, Keith Lindberg, Brian Woolery, Andy Schultz, The Displaced Crustaceans, The Eyes. Internet Archive logo

Frothing at the Beaker

stock-footage--beakers-palPost-Flask foray by Chuck Isle & Jerry to KFAI radio’s land of the midnight fun.

Frothing at the Beaker appeared first on Drew Miller‘s show Adrenalin Solution one month after Chuck & Jerry quit Wake Up South Side. Later on Saturday’s Random Access, FATB replaced Rob Ordahl who vacated his air shift which alternated with that of Dave Reinhold between Midnight and 6 a.m(Little City in Space aired 10 p.m. to 12).

Flask of Weird Adrenalin Internet Archive logoSolution – with Drew Miller from December 9, 1983. Chuck’s Public Service Announcements / TV & radio previews / ads for Spot Welders, Inc.; The Round School of Wow & Perfect Voice; Cletus Tobacco’s Breakfast Froth & Coital Topping / Marc Myers & Drew’s cool vinyl.

Adrenalin Solution Substitution: Frothing at the Beaker –  December 17, 1983. Guest Mark Masyga with Marc Myers, Chuck & Jerry.  TV Previews / Commercials for Aquatic Fish Close-Up Toothpaste Halcyon Days Chewing Tobacco; The Oh-You-Supreme Being Candy Gift Box & Tax Shelter; Bullmoose Interchange (with the Locking Hindsight).

Random Abcess: Marc Myers & Jerry host January 14, 1984; ad for The Batter-Operated Fish Boss  / home tapers Craig Swanson (Alien Man);  Marc & Jerry (Taping Your Brains Out).

Marc Myers

Marc Myers

Random Access: Frothing at the Beaker excerpts from January 28, 1984. Chuck & Jerry with TV previews* / ad for The Huck L. Zowie Finger Indexer / Cassette compilation Supply Side at Work from Ohio by Bob Forward / Marc coins moniker “TV Guise”*

Random Access: Frothing at the Beaker – from February 11, 1984. With Peter (Little City in Space) Stenshoel, Marc Myers. TV Guise / ads for Resus Peanut-Butter Filled Monkeys; Alka – Dan; Digital Ernie’s Techno-Hut.

Flask of Weird: 10-22-83

Weird Mysteries Comics Classic Covers #1 Flask

The recovery of radio transcribed from ancient cassette tapes to digital continues with Another Flask of Weird from October 22, 1983. Returning to Minneapolis after his two year sojourn in Japan, guest Peter Stenshoel (acquaintance of AFOW host Chuck Isle) meets Mark Masyga & Jerry for the first time. Sponsors include Bodrigan’s Clamps of Indecision; Post-Haste Cereal; Chez Bob’s Detail Recount Store Halloween Sale ’83. The cast provide TV previews, records by Eric Dolphy, Horace Andy, Haruomi Hosono, The Doo-Dooettes, Jad Fair, J.B. Lenoir, The Insect Surfers, No-Y-Z, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Chico Hamilton, Jimmy Carl Black, Eugene Chadbourne, and rare audio by Twin Cities talents The Toy Lovers, Subject to Change, Lane Ellwanger, David Stenshoel, Bruce Labelle, Kyle Huggins & Michael Russell.  Listen at Archive.orgInternet Archive logo

Pictured flask designed by Gary Rodrique. See other flasks of weird at http://www.cafepress.com/+weird+flasks

AFOW airchecks from August 6, 1983, and recently upgraded mixes of February 5/January 22; also September 24, 1983 (with added material) available for listening.

Heroes & Villains

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

You can listen to the tales of Captain Bamboo Steamer, sailor boasting of “me fists the size o’ two bunk beds” in a Best Of collection, Heroes and Villains, that also features far-off adventurers “Ace” Banning and his sidekick “Chubby” in the old-time radio spoof, I Love Danger, Action, Murder and Keen Stuff Like That;  movie parody The Mummy’s Hand-Stand; commandos of The Scuba Patrol battle Count Dracula, Santa Claus, and a trampoline; Tommy and Jimmy are heroes of the saga Earth Versus The Flying Dorseys. dorsey_bros Villain Pablum Picassowhat tries to outwit crypt-kicking cartoon kid Danny Phantom.

Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom

Hear all these thrill-packed melodramas at Archive.org.Internet Archive logo

Illustrations by Wayne Modjeski.

Wake Up Weird #2

KFAI_group80_2smWake Up Weird #2 archives still more original commercials from Wake Up South Side broadcasts of Another Flask of Weird.  Pictured: Jerry Modjeski & Chuck Isle, in front of KFAI’s Walker Church studios.
Off-the-wall sponsors include Hoist and Chewy; Derrick Hoist Athletic Supporter; Mind-Your-Mama brand Mysterioso Lad Crisps; The Tent Revival; Splash ‘n’ Wag (formerly The Eternal Well of the Damned); Hi-Fiber Cellulogs (“…in the easy-to-foil pouch”); The Killette Shaver; Squint City; Baby Nostalgia; The Clever Rodent Cafe; Chez Bob’s Get Back at School Sale ’83; Councilman-at-Loggerheads Wally Indemire stumps for KFAI. Guest Mark Masyga contributes fake ads for The Sud McGee Home Pet Bouncer and The Jungle Todd Bullet-Proof Pencil. There are TV previews; plus the unpredictable embroidery of noises, montages/collages, and radio roulette from the Flask vaults. Listen to Wake Up Weird #2 atInternet Archive logo Archive.org

Radio tapes digitized for listening from August-September-October 1983;  added links at AFOW .

Another Flask: Wake Up Weird

chemistry-glasswareAnother Flask Of Weird (1982-83) aired on KFAI radio’s Wake Up South Side, Saturdays 6 to 9 a.m.  JerryJer_on_dock_2 Modjeski (right) and co-host Chuck Isle (below) read twisted TV previews, and created phony ads. Wake Up Weird collects some of the weirdest yet: Maidenhoist Bra / Floyd’s On The River / Chez Bob’s Presidents Day Sale / Elderly Denture-oni  / Hat Blocking Grist (With The Truck-Stop Helix) /  The Sensuous Tomato / Cumbersome Soup / Captain Ben’s Fest-O-Can Beans /  A Brother’s Crutch /  Uncle Substance & The Braille Gang / The Clever Rodent Cafe

Chuck Isle

Chuck Isle

TV Guise previews began as a regular feature March, 1983. Chuck & Jerry, along with guest Mark Masyga, describe boob-tubular action for your oculars to sink into. Listen to Wake Up Weird at Archive.orgInternet Archive logo

Lost, Now Found Flask!  Hours of AFOW tapes re-discovered in NYC!!!  Just archived:  January 1983 – July 1983. Links under AFOW comments.

Meet The Pylons

Just in time for the Summer of Road Construction, from The Mechanical Spider Clinic archive, a “mockumentary” about a fictitious instrumental surf-rock band from Wyoming, The Pylons. thePylons
The founding members ran into each other while constructing a toll road, and began singing folk music as The Undivided Highwaymen with songs such as “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone” and “Turn Turn Turn Left at the Stop Sign.” But it was as The Pylons they had their biggest smashes: rock and roll instrumentals like “Burnin’ Rubber,” “Walkin’ the Ten Foot Viaduct,” “The Ditch (Parts 1 & 2)” and “Don’t Strike That Hazard Cone ’64.”WindshieldCrack
Supplying voices and songs of The Pylons were real musicians from Minnesota, members of The RevtunesThe Thunderbats, Subject to Change, and New England’s only banjo surf-rock combo, The Illusions; also featuring the voices of Chuck Isle; Ken Dresher; Ray Dahl; Rob Shapiro; Bill Bader; Peter Stenshoel; Kelly Itoh. Thanks to Mark Masyga.

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