The Musical Transportation Spree Returns!

Chris Waterbury, Jerry Modjeski, Chuck Isle, Stu Mathews at KFAI, Minneapolis

It’s the one-night-only return to KFAI radio of The Musical Transportation Spree that occurred May 25, 2019, with original show hosts Chris Waterbury and Jerry, joined by cohorts Stu Mathews and Chuck Isle representing the Little City in Space Download Revue! Listen:

https://archive.org/details/MTSReturns

MTS First Hour: Now That’s Interesting, the indi-DIY department welcomes the prolific creator behind The Rudy Schwartz Project, Joe Newman, for live phone interview; music of home recorders Underdub (aka Dick Dammit); robO; live phone interview with Doug Michael, guitarist-composer, builder of instruments and teacher. Also Abcess Grenk; Ludwig Sears.

MTS Second Hour: in-studio guest Dave Michael of The Southside Aces gives a Schnickelfritz demo with woodblocks (photo, below) from the 1930s comedy orchestra of Freddie Fisher; Little City in Space highlights from the 20th Anniversary Special; New UFO Update report of a local paranormal hot spot by Jerry; MTS finale David Bowie tribute set.

Thanks to Mason Butler at KFAI; engineers Blanche Fubar; Greg Carr. Also featuring the talents of Peter Stenshoel; Damon Mathews; Greg Bishop; Miriam Stonehill

MTS Theme by Bat Lenny.

 

 

Musical Transportation Spree 10th Anniversary (Video)

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.

Casey Holt

UFO Update: In Memory of Craig Lang

Craig Lang, ?, Jerry

Posted in honor of late UFO & abduction researcher Craig Lang, radio broadcast July 21, 2001 from Irvine, California at the Mufon Symposium. Craig joins Jerry and other guests for a live report. Listen: https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdateLiveIrvineCA-July212001

Peter Stenshoel

Authors Greg Bishop & Peter Stenshoel (Wake Up Down There!) describe a pilgrimage to the hallowed gathering ground for flying saucer followers, Giant Rock in Yucca Valley.

Greg Bishop

With Casey Holt, Susan Murawski; for the first hour of two of The Musical Transportation Spree, DJ

Chris Waterbury

Chris Waterbury programs independent, home-tape music by Vimana, Doug Michael, Meltdown Labs, EMT Collection, The Mouth Bandits. KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Here’s a one minute radio promo with Craig Lang for a 1999 KFAI call-in with Jerry:

Craig is heard on archived editions of UFO Update and Dreams and UFOs.

Best of UFO Update: 1-1-2000

The Musical Transportation Spree‘s January 1, 2000 show within a show, UFO Update, rounds up favorite UFO events in a “Millennium of UFOs” by investigators Richard Moss, Craig Lang, Casey Holt, Mike Driscoll, Colorado’s Christopher (Mysterious Valley) O’Brien.

Casey Holt, Craig Lang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Host Jerry interviewed Roswell saucer crash author-researcher Don Schmitt (Cover-Up at Roswell, UFO Crash at Roswell);

Don Schmitt

Don discusses the Ramey memo, witness testimonies, and the making of Roswell (The Movie). With Chris Waterbury; from KFAI aircheck tapes, listen: https://archive.org/details/UFOUpdate1-1-2000

Freddie “Schnickelfritz” Fisher Tribute

img001Years 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. img003

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. Fisher_37Freddie 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.

Dave Michael

Dave Michael

Nels Laakso

Nels Laakso

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 Internet Archive logo

UFO Update: Minot, North Dakota 1968

Capt. Brad Runyon's Drawing MUFON investigator Bill McNeff‘s UFO casebook: The U.S. Air Force near Minot, North Dakota encounters a mysterious, giant unknown craft (see above: witness illustration). With host Jerry Modjeski. Listen: https://archive.org/details/ufoupdate_minot1968Internet Archive logo

More documentation of this case with additional military witness testimony at historian Tom Tulien’s awesome website.

Ambient background by La Sonorite Juane. Thanks to Chris Waterbury; and creative inspiration from far-out alien blogs by fashionablylazyloungelizard.

Musical Transportation Spree 7-27-91

img003From 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_07211991Internet Archive logo

Bernard, Chris

Bernard, Chris

 

Now That’s Interesting

Now That’s Interesting, radio show within a show on the Musical Transportation Spree, spotlight independent, original music & sounds from creative talents around the globe. In honor of MTS 25th Anniversary (broadcasts began July 20, 1991 on KFAI, Minneapolis-St.Paul) we’ve compiled a YouTube Now That’s Interesting video playlist with many favorite NTI recording artists represented, from Algebra Suicide to New X Art Ensemble! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIRjHfdcBgw&index=1&list=PLE7eBVQqTx2aodAeYleb_b0UQL0T4mgak

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Sounds of Forbidden Planet: Bebe Barron Interview

img002.bebeIn honor of the 60th anniversary of science-fiction movie classic Forbidden Planet, here’s Jerry’s interview with Bebe Barron, co-composer of the amazing electronic soundtrack. She and husband Louis Barron (1920-1989) previously worked with John Cage, Edgard Varese. Listen: https://archive.org/details/bebebarroninterview

Special thanks to the late Charles BrinInternet Archive logo for making possible this interview aired on The Musical Transportation Spree‘s show-within-a-show, the Spinner Sanctum “Electronaganza” in 2000; featuring bonus interview material not part of the original broadcast. Bebe Barron passed away in 2008. Thanks also to Julian West, Chris Waterbury, Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2 (book).

Bebe & Louis Barron

Bebe & Louis Barron

Plastic Eye Miracle Interview

Plastic+eye+MiracleOne of the most creative teams to independently release original music was Ohio’s Plastic Eye Miracle. PEM’s Michael Gonzales and Doug Wofsey prolifically recorded numerous cassette tapes for sale and distribution.PEM1 Jerry & Chris Waterbury, assisted by Greg Mathieson and Bernard Olson interviewed Plastic Eye Miracle for KFAI radio’s Musical Transportation Spree‘s show-within-a-show Now That’s Interesting in 1992. Listen: https://archive.org/details/PlasticEyeMiracleInterviewSKM_284e15120614180_0001

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