After-Christmas Christmas Special (includes New Year’s set).
Guitar Shop (opening theme) * Jeff Beck
Run Rudolph Run * Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl * We Wish You A Metal Xmas
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer * Blackfoot * Southern Rock Christmas
Frosty The Snowman * Steve Kudlow, Bumblefoot * We Wish You A Metal Xmas
Silent Night * Chuck Billy, John 5 * We Wish You A Metal Xmas
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town * Harvey Mandel * The Devil’s Blues Christmas
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) * John Scofield
Christmas Time Is Here Charlie Hunter * Yule Be Boppin’
Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night) * Trans Siberian Orchestra
Holiday Frenzy * Mike Pachelli
Cookies and Eggnog * Gary Hoey * Ho Ho Hoey 3
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) * Steve Lukather, Tommy Shaw * We Wish You A Metal Xmas
Russian Christmas Overture * John Fahey * A New Possibility
Winter Solstice * Ottmar Liebert * Christmas + Santa Fe
The Holly and the Ivy * Larry Carlton * Christmas At My House
Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella * Gregg Miner * Christmas Past
Christmas In Killarney * Doug Smith * Christmas Guitar
Mele Kalikimaka * HapaHolidays
Hawaiian Sleigh Ride Mason Williams A Gift Of Song
Santa’s Holiday Mason Williams A Gift Of Song
Brian Setzer Orchestra * What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? * Dig That Crazy Christmas
Bringing In A Brand New Year * Charles Brown (CBrown & Danny Caron-guitar) * Cool Christmas Blues
Funky New Year * The Eagles
Happy New Year Blues * Blind Lemon Jefferson
Happy New Year * Sungha Jung * ABBA cover
New Year’s Eve * Warren Haynes feat. Railroad Earth * Ashes & Dust
Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne * Jimi Hendrix
The Old Acquaintance with Philip Marlowe! (At their yearly meet-up, Detective Dexter Roland and Phillip Marlowe discuss a strange case involving a wedding on New Year’s Eve, and a whole lot more, from The Adventures of Phillip Marlowe, oiginally broadcast 26 December 1948.)
I’d known Phil since pretty early in his career, and we had long ago made it a habit to hunker down each time the year turned over to talk about our work throughout the year. But it wasn’t until he actually showed up this year that I thought I would see him, and even worse, it wasn’t until he began to tell me about the New Year’s Wedding that went wrong that I really began to feel bad.
I have to admit, The Adventures of Philip Marloweis probably my favorite Old Time Radio program. I’m a fan of the character in nearly any medium, but my love of noir and pulp detective novels doesn’t really have any bearing on my love of the show. There is something about the way Gerald Mohr delivers the lines, and gives emphasis to the reflective moments when Phil is putting together a case. I could listen to these shows endlessly and find something in them to admire. This show represents Old Time Radio at its finest, and while I love the other shows that are out there too, this one really speaks to me.
The character of Marlowe might, in many ways, be the archetype for noir figure we most often associate with detectives from the pulp era. He embodies almost all of the tropes, has a slew of authorized (and unauthorized) works published about him, has been portrayed by Humphrey Bogart, and is endlessly iterated by every Mickey Spillane knock-off that has come in the years since. While Sam Spade meets some of the criteria for being the most well known archetype, Marlowe only beats him out in that Dashiell Hammett didn’t published that many Spade stories.
The best qualities of Philip Marlowe are the ones that we all look for in a good protagonist: he’s tough, he’s clever, he’s good with the ladies, he drinks like a fish and smokes like a chimney, and he’d usually not doing too well, and distrusted by the cops. But all of these mechanics – that might seem typical now – were codified by this character, and the things we think are trite were actually new when this guy was on the scene.
So, sit back with some bourbon, and enjoy this vintage tale of a New Year’s Eve that will keep you glued to your seat.
And, thanks for sticking with us this year. We got back on our feet, and have come in swinging, and I’m excited about what 2016 will have to offer. Certainly, more shows, and that is always something we can get behind.
The Old Acquaintance with Phillip Marlowe!
Side A: Confidence To Kill
01.) New Year’s Even In A Haunted House * Raymond Scott * Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights
02.) Coming To See You * Krypton Tunes * Killed By Death Vol. 24
03.) Absent Friends * Fred Frith * Cheap At Half The Price
04.) Out Of Jail * They Might Be Giants * John Henry
05.) Corpse Pose * Unwound * “Corpse Pose” b/w “Everything Is Weird”
06.) Confidence To Kill * Mink Deville * Once Upon A Time Vol. 11: New York & New Jersey ’78
Side B: Can’t Stop Now
07.) Can’t Stop Now * The Reducers * Messthetics Vol. 1
08.) Rage * Ellen Cherry Charles * The Cherry Orchard
09.) Let’s Go Away * The Wipers * Is This Real?
10.) Hit The Wall * The Agenda! * Start The Panic!
11.) Good Night * The Beatles * The Beatles
12.) Night Beat * The Phantoms * Lux And Ivy’s Favorites Vol. 8
This week I was invited to participate in a panel discussion of the year in review, as the hosts and guests of this program discuss popular geek and nerd topics that are relevant both locally and globally. This panel was made of a number of local community members who had a few thoughts on 2015, an were not afraid to share them. This was a lot of fun, and I’ve been invited back to be a guest again, which I’m very much looking forward to. As a bonus, here’s the hour long show, as it was heard on KMUZ.
27 December 2015 Discussion Topics
Movies We Liked:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian (Book and Movie)
Mad Max: Fury Road
Me, Earl And The Dying Girl
The End Of The Tour
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Movies That Disappointed Us:
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (which is actually a 2013 movie, whoops)
A Girl Walks Home Alone
Inside / Out
A Message From The Weather Computer
Agents of Shield
Jessica Jones / Daredevil
Ash vs. The Evil Dead
Flash / Arrow
The Walking Dead
Fear The Walking Dead
The War of Art (by Steven Pressfield)
Stuff Matters (by Mark Miodownik)
The Center Cannot Hold (by Elyn R. Saks)
Zombified (by Adam Gallardo)
Trust Me I’m Lying (by Ryan Holiday)
Radical Acceptance (by Tara Brock)
Sapians: A Brief History Of Mankind (by Yuval Noah Harari)
How To Fail At Almost Everything A Still Win Big (by Scott Adams)
The Great North Road (by Peter Hamilton)
The Obstacle Is The Way (by Ryan Holiday)
The Old Man & The Sea (by Hemingway)
Usagi Yojimbo (by Stan Sakai)
DC Showcase Presents: The Spectre
Perfecting Sound Forever (by Greg Milner)
All The Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)
You’re Never Weird On The Internet (by Felicia Day)
The Day Of The Triffids (by John Wyndham)
Count of The Monte Cristo (by Alexandre Dumas)
High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby)
The Long Goodbye (by Raymond Chandler)
The Hunger Games Series
The Walking Dead (Graphic Novels)
Things To Look Forward To:
Batman vs. Superman
Captain America: Civil War
Star Wars: Rogue 1
Star Trek: Beyond
A Secret Wars Movie (Arlen’s Dream Movie)
King Conan w/ Arnold (Arlen’s Dream Movie)
Marvel’s Zombies (Jason’s Dream Movie)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: New Series
Twin Peaks Show
Geek New Year’s Resolutions:
Brian: More Self Reflection
Duncan: Make Better Radio
Austin: Wants to learn XML
Jessica: Learn more computer animation.
Jason: Wants to read more, watch more Academy Awards nominated movies.
This year’s White Noizze Xxmaz on What’s This Called? has been cancelled as our annual guest star Noah Mickens has informed us that he can no longer offer his services as he has entered into, shall we say, a much cozier agreement.
However, we digress. The show, somebody must have once said convincingly, must go on. And although we may be feeling boxed in and trapped at this conjuncture, that’s OK because it is in fact BOXING DAY!
So set your listening device at 12 PM Pacific Standard Time to the beautiful KPSU audio stream and let your host Ricardo Wang recover along with you from the holiday explosion.
The Christmas goats bey one last time as we pack all our decorations and loot away to the likes of The Melvins, Einsturzende Neubauten, The Giant Worm, Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live, Chrome, Edward Ka-Spel, Mecca Normal, A Silver Mt. Zion, Volcano the Bear, and perhaps most exciting, Brand New Cyclopsycho!
Your holiday decompression is our pleasure.
Track Artist Album
White Christmas (Goat Edition) Goats All I Want for Christmas Is a Goat
Rudolph (Goat Edition) (edit) Goats All I Want for Christmas Is a Goat
Solstice Serenade 2015 Cyclopsycho CDR Single
Jonah’s Whale (Ricardo Wang echo remix) The Giant Worm 2015 Olympia XFest June 26, 2015 Eagles Ballroom Olympia, Washington
Queen Melvins Stoner Witch
Oh Holy Night Goats All I Want for Christmas Is a Goat
CybersKapes Parts 1-6 (edit) Edward Ka-Spel CybersKapes Parts 1-6
Sand Einsturzende Neubauten Strategies Against Architecture II
Kingdom Without Weather Mecca Normal The Eagle & The Poodle
Joy Plus One Volcano the Bear A Brained Hefty Yeti Fry
All Day Interference Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live I Am That Great and Fiery Force
Silent Night (Goats Version) Goats All I Want for Christmas Is a Goat
Lonely As the Sound of Lying on the Ground of an Airplane Going Down A Silver Mt. Zion He Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace Corners of Our Rooms
You’ve Been Duplicated Chrome Half Machine Lip Moves
Dismantling the Tower (edit) Edward Ka-Spel A Brained Hefty Yeti Fry
Mental Ventilator Earthmonkey A Brained Hefty Yeti Fry
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Goat Edition) Goats All I Want for Christmas Is a Goat
Guitar Shop (opening theme) * Jeff Beck
Shopping On Christmas Eve * Keb’ Mo’ * The Spirit of the Holiday
Silent Night * Becky Barksdale * The Christmas EP
Christmas * Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown * Alligator Christmas Collection
Santa Claus Is Back In Town * Joe Bonamassa
We Three Kings * Steve Morse * Southern Rock Christmas
Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 * Trans Siberian Orchestra * Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Get Into the Spirit * Rob Halford * Winter Songs
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen * Ronnie James Dio & Tony Iommi * We Wish You A Metal Xmas
Mt. Fuji Christmas (live) * Paul Gilbert * 2007
O Holy Night (live) * Peter Frampton
The First Noel * Black Label Society
Silent Night * Leslie West * The Devil’s Blues Christmas
Little Drummer Boy * Eric Gales * The Devil’s Blues Christmas
Wolcum Yole * Stephen Bennett * Christmas – Acoustic Guitar Solos
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus * Debbie Davies * The Devil’s Blues Christmas
Rockabilly Rudolph * Brian Setzer Orchestra * Rockin’ Rudolph
Frosty the Snowman * Gary Hoey * Ho Ho Hoey II
Yabba-Dabba-Yuletide * Brian Setzer Orchestra * Rockin’ Rudolph
Linus & Lucy Medley Pt 1 (live) * Danny Gatton
Scrooge * The Ventures * The Ventures’ Christmas album
Mr. St. Nick Jingle Bell Remix * Corday and the Curious
The Three Kings of Blues Guitar * Peter Hostage * 2004
Christmas Tears * Freddie King * 1961 Federal Records
Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby * Steve Cropper * The Devil’s Blues Christmas
Run Run Rudolph * Los Lonely Boys * Christmas Spirit
You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch * Kelly Valleau
Wexford Carol * Robin Bullock * A Guitar For Christmas (2004)
Dreaming Of A White Christmas In Portland * Eric Skye
How Great Thou Art * Tommy Emmanuel * All I Want For Christmas
Rorate * Robin Bullock * A Guitar For Christmas (2004)
O Come All Ye Faithful * Charlie Byrd * Guitar Christmas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear * Scott Kritzer * Classical Guitar Christmas (2003, Portland)
Posada (Pilgrimage to Bethlehem) (closing theme) * Santana
It had been a long day, and Detective Dexter Roland had found himself in strange places, listening to strange stories during the strangest time of the year. So, how in the hell did he find himself on a Sound Stage, with the singing detective himself, Richard Diamond, and his cast of oddballs, Walt & Otis of the local police precent? He’s not entirely sure, but he’s arrived at just the right time to catch their rendition of the Dicken’s classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
Richard Diamond was not on the air long, in either his radio or television incarnation, and yet during the seven total years he was a detective for all three of the big networks (he ran, at various times, on ABC, NBC & CBS), and was portrayed by at least three different actors, though Dick Powell was most well known for playing the sleuth. While the character was “The Singing Detective” on the radio (belting out a tune at the end of each show), by the second season of the TV show, Richard found himself playing a more Noir-like character, and fit in better with the Sam Spade / Phillip Marlowe style detective. While this particular show – where they re-enact a play – is not at all the usual form for this program, it fits perfectly into our Holiday Theme, and gives Dexter someone else he can pal around with.
The radio broadcasts were certainly a “lighter” kind of detective than you found elsewhere, and this could have added to the reasons why he didn’t last as long on the air. But even still, Richard Diamond produced 77 TV episodes, and over 160 radio broadcasts, something impressive by modern standards. And, as this is a Holiday broadcast, it only makes sense to have a “lighter” program close to Christmas.
These detective shows are a lot of fun to put together, and I always enjoy bringing out Dexter when it’s appropriate. There’s only one more in this series, where he meets with Phillip Marlowe for a New Year’s Eve story that you won’t want to miss. Until then:
A Christmas Carol with Richard Diamond!
Side A: At Our Fireplace
01.) Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 * György Sándor / Béla Bartók * Complete Solo Piano Music
02.) At Our Fireplace * Deek Watson & The Brown Dots * Black Christmas
03.) Worksong * Grails * Red Light
04.) Nonsense * Telepathys * Sui Ken – Japanese Punk and Hardcore
05.) So Long * Tiger High * Catacombs After Party
Side B: Merry Christmas
06.) Hard Times * Danny & The Other Guys * Garage Punk Unknowns – Part 1
07.) Merry Christmas * Blake Xolton * Homework #5
08.) It’s A Secret * Regular Guys * Teenline Vol. 1
09.) God Only Knows * The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
10.) Romanian Christmas Carols, Sz. 57 * György Sándor / Béla Bartók * Complete Solo Piano Music
A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler! (Detective Dexter Roland is several sheets to the wind, and has found himself at a private party with a number of well-known folks and… The Whistler? Originally broadcast 25 December 1944.)
You’re taking a walk home and you stumble across a group of drunk holiday well-wishers leaving The Blue Note late into the night. You tighten up your coat to quicken up your pace to beat the cold. You automatically assume that you should avoid them at all costs, that they look like trouble, that if you let yourself become in any way associated with these obvious miscreants it could mean disaster for you, and for the rest of the night. Why, just the other day you heard a story about someone who was on the run from the law, because of a Christmas Bonus he received?
Join us, as Detective Dexter Roland – intoxicated with both spirits and those of the season – is off to listen to scary stories told by none other than the legendary Whistler, the very same from radio and film. Along the way we bring you holiday fun and music by a host of artists I’m always itching to listen to, and in the end we have a jolly good time, as we let Dexter guide us this holiday season.
The centerpiece of this show is an episode of The Whistler from 1944, where the very well-know theme kicks our show into high-gear. (Performed by Dorothy Roberts and Wilbur Hatch‘s orchestra, who wrote the piece for the show.) It should be noted that Dorothy Roberts, was really only paid to do the whistling once, and it probably wasn’t for very much. But the show was a hit, and ran for 13 years. Her tune was heard hundreds of times, in hundreds of households, and her name was largely forgotten for years.
It’s funny how so many programs of this era all began with the sounds of someone walking and whistling, which has since become shorthand in radio (and later, film and TV) for “night.” It worked particularly well on radio, as the sterile environment of the radio station meant that you wouldn’t be hearing the sounds of everyday life – of cars, birds, people talking and chattering. Sitting alone, with a radio, and hearing echoey footsteps, and then… well, it is a singular experience, and it sets the tone for what The Whistler was going to bring you.
J. Donald Wilson set the tone for the program, who was a writer and producer for CBS in the early ’40s. He was a hired gun, and the idea of a crime show seemed like an easy win. Crime radio programs were huge in those days, and Wilson rationalized that if you bill the show as an “anthology,” you can save time by not having a recurring cast. Wilson relied on a lot of tried and true storytelling ideas, and decided to connect the episodes by having one recurring character, a narrator, who was rarely a part of the action, but was more like an announcer.
As the stories that were getting churned out got darker and darker, Wilson made The Whistler’s character darker, until he was an almost sinister character. Borrowing heavily from Inner Sanctum, Wilson crafted an eerie crime show with an almost – but not quite – supernatural component. In a tried and true horror motif, he was fond of trick endings where a new bit of information in the last moments of the program can often reverse the entire effect of the show, but he deployed this tactic only when necessary, and only when the effect would really work because of the story.
In 1944, Wilson had to leave the show, and George Allen took over as producer. This wasn’t even strange for this program, as the voice of The Whistler changed from time to time too, the most consist of them being Bill Forman. Bob Anderson was the regular announcer for the show, and with a core group at hand, Allen realized that it was important to stay the course. They had a good thing going with the initial success of the program, and Allen decided he wanted to keep this going by sticking with what worked. To that end, The Whistler formula became very easy to identify, very easy to produce, and was a hit with audiences.
William Castle – yes, that William Castle – soon bought the rights to do a series of Whistler pictures, and in the waning years of the programs success on the radio, The Whistler was on television in 1954. But as anthology shows started to fall out of vogue, and dramatic radio was loosing the edge it had in light of the popularity of Rock and Roll, ratings for The Whistler declined, and the show quietly disappeared, like a whistling stranger in the night, walking further and further away.
There is certainly an old-fashioned-ness to the way these stories develop. Having a narrator like this really evokes a kind of radio that had fallen out of fashion, even in the ’40s, and was then a throw-back to adventure-serial type radio programs, that where heavy on the use of a narrator to catch everyone up from day to day. But the hallmark of The Whistler that was innovative was the way the character was chilling. Inner Sanctum used a host that told horror-jokes, and had a bubbly co-host that reminded him to do the ad-reads. But The Whistler was very, very serious, and could string someone along with a description of an inner monologue that was terrifying. While these might sound a little corny, if you were a kid in 1944, you would have LOVED The Whistler.
Stay tuned, as Detective Dexter Roland has fallen in with yet another group of after after party celebrators, when he takes in a late-late show by Detective Richard Diamond, the singing detective.
A Christmas Bonus with The Whistler!
Side A: By Hook Or By Crook
01.) The Happy Whistler * Raymond Scott * Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 2: 6 to 12 Months.
02.) In The Midnight Hour * Gary Wilson * Forgotten Lovers
03.) By Hook Or By Crook * Thee Headcoats * Headcoatitude
04.) Government Money * Bonemen of Barumba * Homework #9
05.) What I Must Do * Devo * Oh No! It’s Devo!
06.) Money Money Money * 9th Life * 9th Life Tape
07.) (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle * Hank Williams * 40 Greatest Hits
Side B: Dark Thoughts
08.) The Greatest Gift * Scratch Acid * The Greatest Gift
09.) Change Of Plan * Steve Treatment * Messthetics Vol. 3
10.) Safe * Ellen Cherry Charles * The Cherry Orchard
11.) Dark Thoughts * New Dawn * Love, Peace & Poetry: American Psychedelic Music
12.) Whistle Down The Wind * Tom Waits * Bone Machine
13.) Whistle * Voltage * Nice Watch Mix Tape