Thanksgiving Special 2015! (As part of our annual Thanksgiving Leftovers celebration, we dig up a pair of Old Time Radio classics for a festive celebration you are guaranteed to enjoy, even without the cranberry sauce.)
Join us for our annual Thanksgiving celebration, where we dig up some leftovers we’ve been meaning to get to. This year, we’re celebrating with Jimmy Durante and Abbot & Costello, as they deliver vintage comedy that you can binge on when you’re tired of dealing with your family.
The selections come from the archive.org collection, “100 OTR Thanksgiving Holiday Shows,” which features an amazing collection of old radio programs of every variety, from the late ’30’s to the mid ’70’s. Many of the Thanksgiving episodes in those days were guest-star packed “dinners” that were filled with jokes, music, and skits. In both of the episodes provided today, there are musical interludes and are incredibly funny.
This episode also debuts our new theme song by Paco Jones and family! Paco has been doing our theme songs for a number of years now, and in each iteration of the program he has given us a style and flavor of music that has really improved the flow of the show. He is a pretty incredibly filmmaker as well as artist, and you should support his work.
For the last several years now I’ve been a fan of WFMU, a New Jersey based radio station that features a number of incredible programs that chart unique and unusual territory that most radio stations would never play. Among the many programs that are not only unique, but entirely singular in the world of radio is The Antique Phonograph Music Program, where the host – MAC, a collector and music enthusiast – plays music from crank up machines to give you a taste of what pre-electricity music sounds like.
Incredibly, this program has now been running for over 20 years – 20 years, and two weeks as of this recording – and there is absolutely no sign that he is slowing down. Celebrating this anniversary MAC recently had a huge blowout that was broadcast live on WFMU, and with a recent New York Times Profile and managing the Antique Phonograph Enthusiasts page on Facebook – where collectors new and old can get advice on machines and where to pick up records – MAC is a pretty busy guy. This is why I was very excited that he managed to take time out of his busy schedule to chat about all things radio and collectable for our program today.
I’ll let MAC tell his story from here on out, but here are a couple of links that relate to our conversation:
The National Jukebox. Managed and maintained by The Library of Congress, this is a massive collection of recordings that anyone can listen to right off their website. However, it is a huge collection, and slightly unwieldy in terms of how to sift through it. Good luck!
The UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive. The University of California Santa Barbara Library maintains this incredible digitized collection of cylinders that, again, is quite a lot without an “entry point.” My recommendation is to check out their front page, where they have a “Cylinder of The Day,” which is available to download or play right off the site.
The Internet Museum of Flexi / Cardboard / Oddity Records. This is the page that we discuss that MAC manages, and it contains a wealth of information about disposable records. These are things that were designed to have a very limited shelf life, either because they were made cheaply, or their intent was only to be a one or two time listening experience. (For example: flexi-discs and postage-stamp records, or the kinds that you find on cereal boxes.) This is a worthwhile site to troll when you have some time on your hands, and you will find some amazing gems if you dig around.
The Mechanical Music Extravaganza happens every six months, and if you are on the East Coast, is a great place to feed and / or begin your hobby, if you haven’t already found a good way to do so. Plus: you can meet other amazing collectors.
Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner. This is the book I mentioned, that covers the entire history of recorded sound, starting with the original inventors in the late 19th Century, and ending with the most current technology that 2009 – the year of publication – had to offer. I will say, the book is incredibly academic, and very dry, but offers a look into the beginning stages of recorded sound, and the challenges that existed in capturing sound, a challenge that people continue to to face today.
It was a real pleasure to talk with MAC, as both a fan of this era of music and his program, and I urge you to check his program, and discover a world of music that is unlike anything that you would hear these days. Music changes and trends shift every few months, and it is easy to forget that music has a 100+ year history, with over half of that history taking place before The Beatles were even a glimmer in your parents eyes. Hopefully this conversation will pique your interest in checking out this incredible and excellent program.
An Interview w/ MAC of The Antique Phonograph Music Program!
01.) The Antique Phonograph Music Program [Excerpt] * WFMU * 30 September 2015
02.) Telephone Lines * Eric Hausmann * Solo Traveller
03.) The Universal Telephone Ring
04.) Interview w/ MAC * 16 November 2015 [Part I]
05.) Interview w/ MAC * 16 November 2015 [Part II]
09.) On The Radio * Cheap Trick * Heaven Tonight
“Moon Mist” – Blue Jeans – 1961
“Girls In Orbit” – Messer Chups – The Surf Zombies
“Amazons From Outer Space” – Batmobile – Amazons From Outer Space
“Planet X Marks The Spot” – Dr. Steel – People of Earth
“Ship of The Dead” – Nurse With Wound – Spiral Insana
“Crime Of The Century” – eX-Girl – Back To The Mono Kero!
“The Willing Well II: Fear Through The Eyes of Madness” – Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV
“The Star We Spin Around” – George Sarah – Timelapse
“Attack Of The Space Invaders” – The Horibillies – Horrible Rockabilly Punx
“War of the Worlds” – Plan – Manmade Monster
“Teenagers From Mars” – The Hellacopters –
“Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet” – Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
“The Edge” – Spectrum & Silver Apples – A Lake Of Teardrops
“Space Prophet Dogon” – Grails – The Burden of Hope
“Planet On The Prowl” – The Negatives – Lethal Weapons – Suicide Records
“Astralplane” – Blue Pills – Bliss
“10th Planet” – Solid Space – Space Museum
“The Moon” – Nick Cave
“Star Charmer” – Grinderman – Heathen Child Limited Edition 12″
“Invasion On The Black Skies” – The Koolaid Electric Company – Black EP
“The Descent” – Helios Creed – X- Rated Fairy Tales
“Moon Over Asbury” – Bouncing Souls – Maniacal Laughter
“Hangin’ Me Tonight” – Bloodshot Bill – Trashy, Greasy, Rockin’ Billy
“Now He’s Dead” – Hank Williams III – This Ain’t Country
“Shoot First And Run Like Hell” – Nashville Pussy – High as Hell
“Dead Man” – Die Hunns – Long Legs
“Goodbye Johnny” – Flytrap – Salvo of 24 Gunshots
“10 Pasos De La Muerte” – Twintones – Demo
“The Legend of God’s Gun” – Spindrift – The Legend of God’s Gun
“Vaalley of Death” – Last Drive – Underworld Shakedown
“Eldorado” – Basil Rathbone – Edgar Allen Poe Audio Collection
“Cask” – Cemetery – Demo
“Gold Rush pt.2″ – Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Out of Frequency
“Wet Dead Horses” – Narrow Terence – Narcos Corridos
“Sandman” – America – History
“Lonely Night” – D.G. Scherrer – Turn Back O’ Man Demos
“Hello Nightmare” – Mountain Con
“Long Black Veil” – The Corn Sisters – The Other Women
“Man In The Long, Black Coat” – Mark Lanegan –
“Death By Drowning” – The Birthday Party – Hee Haw
“The Night Bell With Lightning” – David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time
“Be Mean” – Lost Cities – Demo
“Drown In The River” – Those Poor Bastards –
“Secret Fires” – The Gun Club – Las Vegas Story
“Death Is Hanging Over Me” – Nikki Sudden And The Jacobites – Texas
“Black Dress” – O Death – Outside
“Redemption” – Dex Romweber Duo – Is That You In The Blue?
“No Way Out But Down” – Graham Lindsey – For A Decade of Sin
“Dirtnap Stories” – Lee Hazlewood – For Every Solution, There’s A Problem
Every year after the annual Halloween Spooktacular, I tend to feel a little drained, and have little energy for the other projects I’d like to move on to in November. So rather than work out a theme show, or continue some of the other projects that was on to before October, this week I’m just playing tunes. Songs I like, songs that are in my head, and songs that remind me of stuff that’s going on these days. Early Fall: A Bunch Of Stuff I Wanted To Hear. What’s not to love?
I did mention in the program that you should keep listening to the Halloween Podcast feed, but if you wanted to check out the blog, you should point your browser to: acronyminc.org. (And, if you wanted to access the October Only posts, click that link instead.) I would also recommend that you pick up a copy of my Halloween Spoken Word album, The Ways of Ghosts., which I’m quite proud of, and which should be quite enjoyable to you during other scary times of the year, namely at night, or in November.
This episode was recorded in a dismantled version of my studio, and therefore, does not live up to the usual sound quality that I would like to provide for most shows. However, I’m being hard on myself, as it isn’t that poor quality-wise, and really, the show is about the music, and that’s what matters. The studio will, hopefully, but up and running next week, and back to our regular matters at hand.
This one should get turned up a bit. Just a smidge, really.
Early Fall: A Bunch Of Stuff I Wanted To Hear
Side A: Why We Are Lazy
01.) Signal Processor Failure / Why We Are Lazy * Men’s Recovery Project * The Golden Triumph of Naked Hostility
02.) Sex Euro And Elvis Pop * Messer Chups * Crazy Price
03.) Jump Into The Fire * Harry Nilsson * Nilsson Schmilsson
04.) Baby’s Got A Problem * My Dad Is Dead * Let’s Skip The Details
05.) Electric Coke * Haute Retarde * Haute Retarde
06.) The Light of The Stars Come Through Me * Space G ambus Experiment * Into The Light
07.) Early Fall * ARU * Consumed
Side B: These Weeks
08.) Night Vision * Sex Crime * 7”
09.) Sleep Dep Kid * The Nervous * Entry Level EP
10.) These Weeks * Bacon Ray * The Swab
11.) Til Death Do Us Part * MX-80 * Bit Hits
12.) Shit From An Old Notebook * Minutemen * Double Nickles On The Dime
13.) The Fourteen Home * Neckties Make Me Nervous * 7”
14.) I Turned Into A Martian * Misfits
15.) Removed / Towers * Xiphoid Process * The Shindig Shakedown
16.) Through Fire * Tecumseh * Seven
17.) Charge! * The Camelots * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Vol. 13
18.) Encompass * Men’s Recovery Project * Frank Talk About Humans.