Radio is a small world, in many ways, and when the cards lined up and allowed for John B of Hello Cruel World and I to team up. I happened to be in PDX; he happened to be hosting The Moonshine, a local bluegrass group that was looking to bring their sound to XRAY-FM. Everything worked out, and since I had some free time and wanted to check out the KXRY studios, I jumped at the chance to help set up and engineer the band, and now you can hear the results!
John and I worked together at KPSU back in those days, where he helped train me as a newbie, and I was his Program Director for many years. But for this outing, John asked me to help set up the group, and be his extra pair of arms for the show. It worked out great, and in the end we got an hour of great radio, 30 minutes of live music, and a chance to stretch my radio wings to even further extremes.
Radio has been one of the most enduring things in my life, and I have come to love every chance I get to participate in broadcasts. Why John and I never worked together is crazy; our shows were back to back for years. I’m just happy we finally managed to make it work, and I really enjoyed the form it took.
You should really give John B’s show a chance. “Hello Cruel World” is in its 10th year, and has been at three different stations (to my knowledge). John’s show is heartfelt, offers music he knows and loves dearly, and carves out a niche in radio that you cannot find anywhere else. The fact that he’s a stand-up gentleman of the highest caliber is just one of the many benefits of knowing him personally.
Most importantly, give it up for The Moonshine, who tore it up at KXRY.
Parting Shot (radio edit) * The Moonshine * The Cuckoo’s Crooked Path (bandcamp, 2016)
Rocket City (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Can’t See (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
The Cuckoo (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Depth Perception (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Hang Me Out (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
The Magician * Andy Shauf * The Party (ANTI, 2016)
Crush * Lost Lander * Medallion (Glad I Did, 2015)
Monster Love (feat. Ariel Pink) * Soko * My Dreams Dictate My Reality (Because Music, 2015)
San Francisco Patrol * Robyn Hitchcock * The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc, 2014)
Dirge * Perfume Genius * Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador, 2012)
Purple Rain (Prince cover) * Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff * Purple Rain digital single (bandcamp, 2016)
It has become a bit of a tradition for me to join Weird Michael Beard during Pledge Drive, and we do our best to help pitch hard for KMUZ, and sell listeners on what Community Radio is all about.
To that end, we presented some of our favorite songs from Cult Films, leaning heavily on the ’80’s. There’s a lot of lost gems in the set for the show, and at 55 minutes, you can almost listen to it twice without batting an eye.