Saturday, May 27, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 22

Howdy howdy howdy! I'm a cowboy.

Hello out there in Artificial Radioland!

 I'm back on "schedule" with another longish episode (still under the arbitrary 1-hour mark, but only barely!). I'll attribute the length to an absolutely un-editable piece from the Beef And Dairy Network Podcast, I hope you'll understand when you hear it that I couldn't bear to trim it more than I did.

There is a theme this week, see if you can tell what it is! The first person to guess correctly wins a prize! (Seriously, I'll mail you something neat.)

Besides the theme, and the discussion of unusual/hard to find sodas on two different podcasts more than a month apart, I don't see any odd synchronicities in this week's show. Maybe next time.

Some returning performers this time include the Godz & Laurie Anderson, while newcomers Pavement & the Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory might be familiar to listeners of This American Life or fans of the game Portal 2, respectively.

A few notes- The Godz track sounds better in headphones, I added a slow stereo sweep back-and-forth that I think improved it; also be sure not to miss the credits at the end of the Giorgio Moroder track!

That brings up a question: How do you all listen to the show? I know for some of you the answer is 'actually, I don't' but for those that do, is it headphones+your phone? streaming from the blog, playing over your amazon echo? an mp3 on your 9-year-old iPod(me)? over a bluetooth speaker hanging from your keychain while riding a bike? Let me know, the first 5 responses will win a prize! (When I started typing this I did not plan on giving out prizes, but now I definitely will.)

I think I'll cut this short before I start another prize giveaway, but be sure to scroll down for more images and video clips.

Until next time!


- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

cAmElCaSe MaKeS yOu CoOl I gUeSs

1 + 1 = - The Godz (1966)

M+T=E/Re-Echo - The Higher Intelligence Agency (1993)

5-4=Unity - Pavement (1994)

Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men 148 – That’s So Ravens 2/27/2017

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 34: Surf's Out - ZBS Foundation (1982)

LET X=X/It Tango - Laurie Anderson (1982)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 35: Android Sisters, "The Bomb" - ZBS Foundation (1982)

FF=66 - Jawbox (1994)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 36: Hall of Shadows - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Comedy = Tragedy + Time - Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory (Portal 2 Soundtrack) (2011)

War Rocket Ajax Episode 318 - Rackin' Up Enemies f/ Fred Van Lente 8/22/2016

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1578 - 19X-Day Radio Synesthesia with Dr. Howll 'n Callers 7/8/2016

Beef and Dairy Network Episode 14 - A Matter Of Life And Death 8/21/2016

E=MC² - Giorgio Moroder (1979)

03:40 - Crazy Tonight = Strong Teeth - The Kleptones (2005)

Below are some of the sources for that final Kleptones mash-up, plus a video about Galco's Old World Grocery.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 21

A nice, compact length for this one.

I listed the source of the regular opening sound effect in the playlist this time, just for the heck of it. Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor, btw.

I've just noticed there are more than a few cuts from television, I swear that wasn't planned.

I always thought the Henry Mancini track was named after an island in the Pacific, but I was thinking of Luzon. "Lujon" is the percussion instrument which opens the piece. It's a wooden box metallophone designed by William Loughborough of Sausalito. Jazz musician John Lewis got the first one, so it was named after him.

Wow, really, as I'm writing this I'm noticing all the television stuff. Weird.

  • Doctor Who, to start.
  • New Wave Theatre was a music showcase that started in Los Angeles and later aired nationally on USA Network's Night Flight.
  • The Mancini track was from the album Mr. Lucky Goes Latin which was a follow-up to his album of music from the 1960 show Mr. Lucky, although "Lujon" wasn't on the show.
  • Saved By The Bell, natch.
  • Toronto's Shadowy Men From A Shadowy Planet (who are not a surf band, thanks) are probably best know for the track "Having A Lovely Weekend" which was used as the theme for the Canadian sketch comedy show "The Kids In The Hall".
  • A short ~20second news theme by an unknown artist from a Wisconsin UHF station. I have the coolest music you guys.
  • Steven Universe is maybe the best cartoon on TV, I haven't watched the latest episodes because it gets too emotionally intense. I don't remember cartoons being about death as much when I was a kid.
  • Psyché Rock by Pierre Henry was NOT the theme to Futurama, but it was obviously the model.
As usual, leave a comment on the blog or reply to the email to let me know how much you hate Ruby, or how much you love local news theme music or Steven Universe.

Until next week, enjoy!

- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

(P.S. - if you do love news theme music, do let me know because I have got sooo much of it...)

Pouring Crystals (from Doctor Who - "The Stones of Blood") - Elizabeth Parker (1978)

Intro #1 - Peter Ivers (Best of New Wave Theatre) (1981)

Lujon - Henry Mancini (1961)

CoolGames Inc. Episode 28: THUDDS 8/19/2016

slms_sample6 - Unknown  

sp061m01_t#01 (Rev. Dr. Dr. Phil edit) - Rameses III (20??)  

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 31: Teru Tangos with the Moles - ZBS Foundation (1982)

The Man in Me - Bob Dylan (1970)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 32: More Mole Puns - ZBS Foundation (1982)

 We're Not A Fucking Surf Band - Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet (1993)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 33: Surfing on Magnetic Waves - ZBS Foundation (1982)

WDJT 58 Milwaukee, WI 1996 News Package - Primary Open - Unknown Artist (1996)  

Q U A D R I N O M E T R Y - THE SECRET OF THE WAVE LIES IN C R E A T I O N (Steven Universe: Ocean Gem) - Aivi & Surasshu (2014)

We Are The Crystal Gems (Pilot) - Zach Callison (2013)

Messe pour le temps présent II. Psyché Rock - Pierre Henry (1967)

War Rocket Ajax Episode 318 - Rackin' Up Enemies f/ Fred Van Lente 8/22/2016

Tights and Fights Ep. 3: Peak Wrestling (and Other Fulfilled Desires) 8/18/2016

Complete Rumpfed Runyon - Blechtum From Blechdom (1999)

Tread Perilously -- The Rockford Files: Irving the Explainer 8/18/2016

The Rockford Files Theme - Mike Post (1974)

Snowflake - Poetic (1980)

Blood on the Atlas - Unknown (Best of New Wave Theatre) (1981)

I Think I Found It - Unknown (Best of New Wave Theatre) (1981)

Steely Blues - Dan Deacon (2015)

After The Gold Rush - The Flaming Lips (1998)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 20

Hey folks!

This week's podcast has shorter music selections this time, but with a few movie clips thrown in for a change.


The music is mostly short instrumental pieces from Black Sabbath, sometimes unaltered and sometimes manipulated to the point of being unrecognizable.

After a great tune by songwriter and sideshow pincushion St. Andrew the Impaled, there's the 28-second long "Embryo" from the 1971 Black Sabbath album Master Of Reality. Some of the sounds you right after that, under the 99% Invisible piece about Lucia Moholy are that same 28 seconds s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out, flipped, and squished up to over 9 minutes. (I also added the 21-second drum intro to "Bela Lugosi's Dead" likewise stretched way, way out. Bauhaus joke. Ha ha.) I re-used that stretching gag for the music under the Adam Ruins Everything and Never Not Funny clips as well. Fun!

If you've never seen Jules Feiffer's fantastic black comedy Little Murders, I highly recommend it. I have some more clips from that to share in the future.

I heard some clips from the 1947 film Magic Town on the SubGenius Hour of Slack but I don't think they're the ones I used. I can't recall why I originally grabbed the audio from YouTube, but it did get put to use, that's the main thing. The poetry scene reminded me of Dr. Hal's ability to recite long swaths of poetry from memory so I included an example of that. "The Skeleton In Armor" is pretty metal, so actually I guess it does go with the Black Sabbath.

There are a few new subscribers, so some notes may be appropriate for those who might not have been following along:
  • This podcast is emailed to you because I couldn't figure out a way to do a free rss feed that you could just open in iTunes or another podcast app.

  • I upload the show in mp3 form at the Internet Archive because I'm pretty sure it won't get taken down from there for violating copyrights.

  • There are a few slightly different versions of these show notes I write. One version, with no images, goes on the Internet Archive page. One version, with lots of pictures, goes in the MailChimp email. A third version, with the pictures, an embedded player, and sometimes some YouTube video extras & supplementary material goes on the blog (as mentioned above,
 If anybody has any questions feel free to leave a comment below, wherever you are reading this. (If you're reading the email, feel free to reply to it.)

Confused? You won't be after this week's episode of Soap!


- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill
The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1583 - Rants and Music of X-Day 8/15/2016 - St. Andrew the Impaled and Rev. Amy MmHmm - Half of the Beer

Embryo - Black Sabbath (1971)

Embryo (Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill edit)- Black Sabbath (1971)

Bela Lugosi's Dead (Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill edit)- Bauhaus (1979)

99% Invisible 225- Photo Credit 8/16/2016 - Lucia Moholy

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 28: And/Or & The Electric 50's - ZBS Foundation (1982)

The Dark - Black Sabbath (1983)

Little Murders (1971) Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia, Elizabeth Wilson, Jon Korkes

The Battle Of Tyr - Black Sabbath (1990)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 29: The Macho Bleepholes - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Adam Ruins Everything Ep 7: Elections and Voting Rights with Ed Ayers 8/17/2016 -  46:35

Orchid (slowed down) - Black Sabbath (1971)

Magic Town (1947) James Stewart, Jane Wyman

Fluff - Black Sabbath (1973)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 30: Ruby and Angel Lips Have a Little Talk - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast Episode 1902 - Laurie Kilmartin 8/18/2016 1:17:32

FX (Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill edit)- Black Sabbath (1972)

Magic Town (1947) James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Mickey Roth

Stonehenge - Black Sabbath (1983)

Magic Town (1947) James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Frank Darien

The SubGenius Hour of Slack #1330 - Ask Dr. Hal @ X-Day Drill 2 (14X-Day Pt. 14) 10/19/2011 (The Skeleton In Armor by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1841)

Scarlet Pimpernel - Black Sabbath (1987)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 19

Here's part 19, a bit late but none the worse for wear.

Charanjit Singh at home with his synths.

No particular theme to this one, but there is a lot of synth in it.

The Shaggs' first album.

The Shaggs return, with one of their earlier recordings. They were still teenagers when they recorded "My Pal Foot Foot", without much familiarity with their instruments or songwriting techniques. You might call it "charmingly naive". You could also call it "bad", I won't judge.

A really big chunk of an interview with cartoonist Lynda Barry, I just couldn't trim it any more than I did. (The clip above is a bit I just couldn't include, but I still wanted to share it.) A lot of good talk about creativity. As with all of these podcast clips, I encourage you to go find the full interview if you're intrigued.

Here is the video that goes with the Shogun Assassin opening. I gotta warn you that it's incredibly graphic and violent and almost comically blood-drenched. NSFW obviously. The video was blocked by Toho Studios because it violates their copyright. Oh well. You should see it, there's so much bright red blood! Shogun Assassin was the 1980 American dub-and-edit of the Lone Wolf & Cub films made in Japan in the early 70s. The "Wonderland Philharmonic" is disco pioneer W. Michael Lewis and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders.

Another great photo of Charanjit Singh

Speaking of disco, there are two great disco tracks from slightly unusual sources: BLO from Nigeria and Charanjit Singh from India. Really good stuff!

Jordan and Jesse, at work in the American Cement Building.

To round out, two Shriekback tunes dropped in behind some frank discussion of wings & dips & apps, a chopped up chunk of Welcome To Night Vale, one of my fave songs by The Kinks, and of course more Ruby!

Here's hoping I can get back on a Sunday schedule by next week!

Until then, enjoy!

- Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

My Pal Foot Foot - The Shaggs (1969)

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn - Lynda Barry 8/15/2016

Elderly Man River (Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill edit) - Nurse With Wound (1987)

The Legend Of Lone Wolf (Shogun Assassin Soundtrack) - The Wonderland Philharmonic (1980)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 25: The Inflatable City - ZBS Foundation (1982)

BLO was originally Berkely Jones, Mike Odumosu, and Laolu Akintobi, but Odumosu was replaced by Otu Udofa by the time this album came out.

Get That Groove In - BLO (1979)

Danielle Radford also hosts the wrestling podcast Tights & Fights.

Jordan, Jesse GO! - Ep. 439: Cavemen Around a Campfire with Danielle Radford 8/1/2016

Here Comes My Hand-Clap - Shriekback (1982)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 26: Millie's Milk Bar - ZBS Foundation (1982)

The MaximumFun HQ has a big yellow rocket in it.

Jordan, Jesse GO! - Ep. 441: We Love This Stuff with Travis McElroy 8/15/2016

Mothloop - Shriekback (1982)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 27: The Android Sisters, "Treasury Wizards" - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Welcome To Night Vale 92 - If He Had Lived 8/14/2016

Another great photo of Charanjit Singh.

Raga Todi - Charanjit Singh (1982)

Better Things - The Kinks (1981)