Saturday, July 29, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 31

Hey there folks!

The tunes this week include some local San Pedro folks, and some lo-fi punks, and some who fall into both categories.

This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb

Quite a few of these tracks come from CDs I bought from the source, so to speak. I bought This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb's CD from them at a house show on 4th street in Pedro. They're great, but their stickers have been known to cause some problems with skittish cops & security guards.

I went to high school with 2 of the 4 Jag-Offs. Their split CD (with Four Letter Words) was also bought from them at a show. "Dookie Love" is sung by Jacob, who is my fave of their two vocalists.

EverLovely LightningHeart

The tracks by Glen Bach, EverLovely LightningHeart and James Adams are all on a disc called SoundWalk 2005, which was a fantastic annual event in Long Beach featuring a whole neighborhood full of sound art installations. They don't do it anymore, but it was great while it lasted.

L-R: Martin, Mike, George, D.

The Reactionaries had their first show (with Black Flag!) at the end of my block, but I was only about one at the time so I didn't go. They were Martin Tamburovich, Mike Watt, D. Boon, and George Hurley. "The Big Lie" was recorded in George's shed behind his house on 17th St. in 1979.

Carla Bozulich
The Mike Watt record Ball-Hog or Tug Boat? had a different band lineup for each track. "Drove Up From Pedro" features Carla Bozulich on vocals and Michael Preussner on drums, Joe Baiza & Nels Cline on guitars, Spot on Mandolin, Danny Frankel on percussion, and Paul Roessler on piano. Mike Watt played bass, as usual.

not my tape, but one like this
There are a few pieces here from a cassette that I made in 1994. It's mostly sound-on-sound experimentation, with a lot of acoustic guitar recorded with a cheap mic on a couple of cheap boomboxes & a tape deck. Lots of natural overdrive & distortion there, with a bunch of effects and edits added digitally in 2017.

This live version of The Taxpayers' tune "Medicines" is the theme for a great medical history podcast I listen to called Sawbones. I recommend it.

The Vandervoorts, of Brooklyn, featured Dorthy Gambrell, artist of Cat and Girl, a fantastic webcomic that you should really check out.

Nels, Mike, Bob

The live version of Maggot Brain by Mike Watt & the Black Gang (Mike Watt - bass, vocals, Bob Lee - drums, Nels Cline - guitar) is my favorite version of that tune.

Leave a comment to let me know what you think of all this stuff, okay? I'd really appreciate it.


Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

Tonight Was A Disaster - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (2001)

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This Is What I Want. - This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb (2002)

Glenn Bach

standard (excerpt) - Glenn Bach (2005)

51 sec. - EverLovely LightningHeart (2005)

CoolGames Inc Episode 30: Beep Beep Evolution Party (feat. Thomas Biery) 9/2/2016

Loopy 2 - Phillip Ginder (1994)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 56: The Programmer, Matisse - ZBS Foundation (1982)

CoolGames Inc Episode 29: InduStreet Boys 8/26/2016

snow fir the trees - James Adams (2005)

Dookie Love - The Jag-Offs (2001)

The show didn't happen at that location because the owners didn't let them take out the front row of seats. The Reactionaries were unbilled.
The Big Lie - The Reactionaries (1979)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 57: Matisse Talks - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Skippy Etc. - Phillip Ginder (1994)

CoolGames Inc Episode 30: Beep Beep Evolution Party (feat. Thomas Biery) 9/2/2016

Drove up from Pedro - Mike Watt (1995)

Medicines - The Taxpayers (2007)

Track 16 - Phillip Ginder (1994)

Ken P.D. Snydecast - 227: All's Well That Ends Welles 8/30/2016

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 58: Mother Kapoor and Her Rodent - ZBS Foundation (1982)

B61 - the Vandervoorts (2005)

This is the show the Maggot Brain recording is from.
Maggot Brain - Mike Watt and the Black Gang (1999)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 30 (29b)

Hi Heroes!

It's part two of my Comic-Con show!

This one has all the Marvel stuff, whereas last week had all the DC comics stuff, if you hadn't noticed.

Lebanese-American superstar Tiny Tim sings a weird song (the only kind of song he ever sang, honestly) about comics. This portrait is by Drew Friedman.

If "Tiberius Rising" doesn't make any sense, maybe this photo will be a clue.

Steven Universe is maybe the best cartoon ever, besides all the other good ones.

 Marvel's first cartoon were real strange. They had great songs but the animation was very limited (although it was actual art from the comics).

I kept expecting this Ramones song in the new Spider-Man movie, but no dice.

 Spidey Super Stories on The Electric Company was maybe my first exposure to the character. I still love it.

Adam WarRock used to co-host the War Rocket Ajax podcast that I listen to until he quit his job (as a lawyer!) and became a full-time rapper. This album artwork is by Evan "Doc" Shaner.

 Anyway, that's the end of my Comic-Con special(s). Talk to you guys next week for a more regular show, with podcast clips & Ruby.


Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

Comic Strip Man - Tiny Tim (1995)

Jack Armstrong (Yalo Boola) - Jimmy Bowen Orchestra and Chorus (1966)

Doctor Who (Original Theme) - Delia Derbyshire (1963)

Tiberius Rising - Ookla the Mok (1997)

We Are The Crystal Gems (Steven Universe Theme) (Full Song) - Rebecca Sugar, Aivi & Surasshu (Zach Callison, Estelley, Michaela Dietz, Deedee Magno Hall) (2015)

UFO Main Theme - Barry Gray (1970)

Fantastic Four Radio Show opening (1975)

The Marvel Superheroes Have Arrived - The Marvel Super Heroes (1967)

Captain America Theme - The Marvel Super Heroes (1967)

Iron Man Theme - The Marvel Super Heroes (1967)

Thor Theme - The Marvel Super Heroes (1967)

Hulk Theme - The Marvel Super Heroes (1967)

Sub-Mariner Theme - The Marvel Super Heroes (1967)

Spider-Man -  Paul Francis Webster and Bob Harris (1967)

Spider-Man - Ramones (1995)

Spider-man Is Born! - The Electric Company (Morgan Freeman, Joann Sedgwick, Judy Graubart, Jim Boyd, Luis Avalos)  (1977)

Kakero! Spider-Man (駆けろ!スパイダーマン Kakero! Supaidāman, Run! Spider-Man) (Opening Theme to Spider-Man (スパイダーマン Supaidāman)) - Yuki Hide (1978)

 Spider-Man Meet the Hulk - Big Youth (1979)

Lonley Man Theme (The Incredible Hulk) - Joe Harnell (1978)

A lot of these folks weren't at Marvel in 1965, and a few of the 1965 crew was gone by the time this page was published (1969).
Voices of Marvel - Marvel Comics Bullpen (1965)

March-A-Long With Marvel - The Merry Marvel Marching Society (1967)

The King (dedicated to Jack Kirby) - Adam WarRock (2013)

Captain America (Song) - Tifton Records (1966)

There were a couple of Tifton Records releases with Marvel heroes, they all have really weird illustrations on them.

 Captain America (Story) - Tifton Records (1966)

The Silver Age f/ Tribe One - Adam WarRock (2010)

Will Adam WarRock be the hero or the villain of Avengers: Infinity War? Wait and see!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 29a

Hi, Heroes!

This week's podcast is actually on time!

 I'm going out of town this week so I needed to make a show quickly. Since I'm going to San Diego for Comic-Con International 2017, I figured the theme would be easy. It's comics & pop culture!

Mostly it's superhero stuff, but there are a few sci-fi TV themes tossed in that aren't technically comics related. All of this stuff would definitely be represented at the San Diego Con though, you bet!

I couldn't resist including Laurie Anderson again in the Superman section, I love that song. Petra Haden shows up again, too!

Dana Gould is a really funny guy. He was a writer on The Simpsons for many years, and I included him in this show because we'll be seeing him on Friday at The American Comedy Club in San Diego!

Metamorpho never had his own show, but he did get a theme. He was created by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon in 1965. I'm hoping to get a sketch of him from Ramona Fradon at the convention!

Another song by nerd-rock outfit Ookla The Mok shows up here. They're funny, those guys.

I have a lot more versions of the Batman theme than the one included here. Instead of Link Wray it might have been Al Hirt, Jan and Dean, or "The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale", which was a studio group featuring members of Sun Ra's Arkestra and Blues Project. Covers of the Batman theme were very popular in 1966.

That's Ted Knight from The Mary Tyler Moore Show doing the announcing on the Flash & Aquaman intros. The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure was from a few years before the more well known Super-Friends.

Like Batman was popular in 1966, disco covers of Star Wars music was pretty big in 1977. I have at least three other examples that I didn't include here.

This version was the big hit. I have it but it's not in the podcast.
This isn't the version I used.
I didn't use this version either.
We close out this episode with Jonathan Coulton singing about zombies, but wait! It's not over!

Tune in next week for Part 2 of my Comic-Con special, because I'm not making a podcast episode from my hotel room.


Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

Adventures of Superman Theme (Superman March) - Leon Klatzkin (composer) (1952)

O Superman (for Massenet) - Laurie Anderson (1982)

Be A Superman - Yellow Magic Orchestra (1993)

Superman Theme (from "Superman" (1978)) - Petra Haden (2013)

Sunshine Superman (Stereo) - Donovan (1966)

Superman/Jesus (UnCabaret 10-11-03) - Dana Gould (feat. Patton Oswalt) (2003)

Metamorpho Song - Songs and Stories about The Justice League Of America (1968)

Aquaman - The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (Ted Knight, narrator) (1967)

Arthur Curry (first version) - Ookla the Mok (1993)

Batman Riddles The Riddler! - Or - (Hi Diddle Riddle) - Nelson Riddle (Frank Gorshin, Adam West, Burt Ward) (1966)

Batman Theme - Link Wray & The Raymen (1966)

The Flash - The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (Ted Knight, narrator) (1967)

Is She with You? - Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL (2016)

Wonder Woman - Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel (1977)

Wonder Woman - Geoff Love & His Orchestra (1979)

I used this one.
Main theme from Star Wars - David Matthews (1977)

Cantina Band - The Electric Moog Orchestra (1977)

Rey's Theme (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) - John Williams (2015)

 dp starwars theme - Star Wars Arcade Game (1983)

dp starwars - Star Wars Arcade Game (1983)

dp starwars darkside - Star Wars Arcade Game (1983)

dp starwars endstage - Star Wars Arcade Game (1983)

Flash's Theme - Queen (1980)

Godzilla's Theme (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah) - Akira Ifukube (1991)

Re: Your Brains (Acoustic 2013) - Jonathan Coulton (2013)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Artificial Radio Hour with Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill Part 28

Hey there folks!

A quick one, very late this time.

Most of these tracks were downloaded in 2004-2005, in the height of the music blog era (well, for me at least. Blogs like Stereogum and Said The Gramophone shared a track or two every day, and I slurped them all up. Some of them were shitty, but many of them were great! Other blogs shared whole albums, and this is a good part of why I have so damn many mp3s to this day. These blogs are mostly gone now, but the files linger on...

The comics & pop culture podcast War Rocket Ajax puts out an Every Story Ever special episode monthly, where they attempt to rank every comics story... ever. If you've never read "Dark Dungeons", the Jack Chick tract the hosts (Chris Sims and Matt D. Wilson) discuss in this week's clip, you owe it to yourself. It's really a hoot. The whole thing is right here.

I'm going to San Diego Comic-Con next week, so hopefully I can get another episode out before I leave. Comics themed? Maybe. Talk to you all then!


-Rev. Dr. Dr. Phill

Vietcaterpillar - Black Moth Super Rainbow (2004)

War Rocket Ajax ESE Special: August 2016 - Dark Dungeons 8/30/2016

unknown title 1 - Aphex Twin (2004)

white room - Kadet Kuhne (2004)

I Work For the Government Now - Central Services (2004)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 53: The Voices of the Old Ones - ZBS Foundation (1982)

I'd Rather Dance With You - Kings Of Convenience (2004)

War Rocket Ajax ESE Special: August 2016 - Dark Dungeons 8/30/2016

unknown title 1 - Aphex Twin (2004)

white room - Kadet Kuhne (2004)

Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (2005)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 54: Lazars Android Works - ZBS Foundation (1982)

AfriRAMPO - Afrirampo (2004)

War Rocket Ajax ESE Special: August 2016 - Dark Dungeons 8/30/2016

unknown title 1 - Aphex Twin (2004)

white room - Kadet Kuhne (2004)

World War IV - David Wrench (2004)

Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe Part 55: How To Activate a Male Android - ZBS Foundation (1982)

Impeach The President - Honeycut (2004)

War Rocket Ajax ESE Special: August 2016 - Dark Dungeons 8/30/2016

unknown title 1 - Aphex Twin (2004)

One Evening - Feist (2004)