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.

Craig Lang & friend

Casey Holt

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

YouTube-US-Passes-20-Billion-Monthly-Views1

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

The Tony Levin Interview

Jerry & ChrisJerry & Chris Waterbury (pictured left) had the pleasure to speak candidly by telephone with one of guitar’s legends, Tony Levin.

Tony Levin

Tony Levin

Tony describes working with drummer Bill Bruford (Tony & Bill are an important part of King Crimson), specifically their Upper Extremities collaboration featuring David Torn & Chris Botti. Also heard is Black Light Syndromewith Terry Bozzio & Steve Stevens.

Tony is considered one of the greatest exponents of the Chapman Stick (pictured). He’s also a sought-after session musician, playing for Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Catie Curtis, Buddy Rich and many others. Tony talks about his work with them, running his own independent record label, and his unique love of barbershop quartet harmonizing.

Also heard: The Clams, Tony’s rare 45 spoofing The Carpenters’ “Close to You” (ala Spike Jones).

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

Internet Archive logoBroadcast 1998 on The Musical Transportation Spree, KFAI Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Moved To Saturn

Sun-Ra-Space-000The Musical Transportation Spree, with help from Little City in Space, ZXQ Universe, Fubar Omniverse, Willie Murphy, and noted Arkestra authority Rev.Dwight Frizzell join unseen forces to pay Ra radio tribute.  Broadcast soon after Sun Ra departed planet Earth forever, all participants testify to the influence of the cosmic composer-philosopher-bandleader. Listen: https://archive.org/details/MovedToSaturn

Blanche Fubar from Fubar Omniverse

Blanche Fubar from Fubar Omniverse

Internet Archive logoFeaturing the talents of Peter Stenshoel, Stu Mathews, Blanche Fubar, Chuck Isle, Brian Anderson, Bob Zander. Thanks to Jay Mandeville, Wabi Media, John F. Szwed.

UFO Update 7: The Missing Times & The Black Vault

img002UFO Update originated from broadcasts of The Musical Transportation Spree. Interviewed about his book, The Missing Times, Terry Hansen described how UFOs over missile bases in North Dakota & Montana made local news, yet wasn’t reported at the national level. Panic created in 1938 by the War of the Worlds radio rendition by Orson Welles (right) may have helped change how national media handled future coverage of actual UFO events, using ridicule and debunking, to keep the American public from taking the subject of UFOs seriously.

Internet Archive logo John Greenewald questioned whether or not the U.S. government has anything to hide concerning UFOs. His research using the Freedom of Information Act led him to create a website called The Black Vault.

Listen at Archive.org to UFO Update 7: The Missing Times & The Black Vault

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

NoSpam

All comments are moderated. Spam won't show up here.
%d bloggers like this: