Saturday, February 23, 2013


From bees buzzing to buzzers buzzing, Self Help Radio has all the buzz on buzz.  You may never get the buzzing out of your head.  (Really, though, if you hear constant buzzing, that might be tinnitus & you should probably see a doctor.)  (Listening to this show, it must be noted, may be as irritating as having tinnitus.)

All the buzzing your onomatopoeia-loving self can stand is now available at the Self Help Radio web site.  You may go directly to show by buzzing the following links: part one bzzz & part two bzzz.  I have prepared a handy list below that's got the buzz on which buzz songs are on which part.

Thanks for listening to all this buzzing!

(part one)

"Mr. Buzz" P. Van Meren _Stereo Ultra Vol. 2_
"Why Does A Bee Buzz?" Marais & Miranda _More Nature Songs_
"Buzz Buzz Buzz" Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers _Back In Your Life_

"Buzz Me Babe" Slim Harpo _Rocks_
"Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It" Freddie Cannon _His Latest & Greatest_
"Buzzin'" Kathy Zee _Hot Boppin' Girls, Vol. 4_
"Buzzin'" The King Bees _Rockin' From Coast To Coast, Vol. 2_
"Buzz Buzz Buzz" The Treniers _A Proper Introduction To The Treniers: Go! Go! Go!_
"Buzz Me" Ella May Morse _The Very Best Of Ella Mae Morse_

"I Gotta Buzz" The Buzz _Joe Meek Rarities Vol. 2: The Beat Groups Era_
"I Live For Buzz" The Swingin' Neckbreakers _Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976-1996_
"Buzz" Lord High Fixers _Flaming Burnout_
"Keep That Buzz Alive" Booze-O-Phonic _Green Light Go!_
"The Buzz" John Wesley Harding & The English UK _Making Love To Bob Dylan_

"Buzz" Pylon _Chomp More_

(part two)

"Buzz" Throwing Muses _The Season Sessions: Fall_
"Buzz" Lemuria _Get Better_
"Love Buzz" Shocking Blue _At Home_
"What's The Buzz" Ted Neeley _Jesus Christ Superstar_

"Buzzin'" Panjabi MC _The Album_
"Eardrum Buzz" Wire _Wire 1985-1990: The A List (Best Of)_
"Sugar Buzz" Li'l Cap'n Travis _Twilight On Sometimes Island_
"Birds Buzzin'" The Gronks _Cats & Dogs_
"Buzz Buzz Buzz" The Primitives _Lazy 86 - 88_

"Saddle Up A Buzz Buzz" The Cramps _Stay Sick!_
"Buzz Stomp" Afrika Korps _Music To Kill By_
"Buzzers" Scott Walker _The Drift_
"Big Blue Buzz" Choo Choo Train _Briar High_
"Buzzing Unobtrusively" The Deep Freeze Mice _The Tender Yellow Ponies Of Insomnia_

P.S. Yes, that's a Self Help Radio buzzer up there.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Whither Buzz?

I didn't hear the buzz but I did get a buzz cut with a buzz saw.

That buzzing noise from some far-off buzzer is telling you Self Help Radio's show about all kindsa buzz is happening TODAY on 88.1 fm WRFL.  That's from four to six Lexingtime.  You can listen to it in the city or, if you're not in the city, but you are in your computer, you can listen to it on the WRFL web page.

The buzzing in your head may never stop, since I will put the show later on the Self Help Radio web site.

I'm just going to be going buzzzzzzzzzzzz-zzz-zzzz-zzzz-zzzzzzz-zzz-zz-zz-zzzzz-zzzzzzz all damn day long.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Preface To Buzz: Buzz Off!

Here's the thing.  If you look up the definition of "buzz off," not only is it "chiefly Brit." but it means "to go away; to leave; to depart."

But if you go to an online thesaurus & look for synonyms (is there a special figure of speech for phrases that are synonyms?) for "buzz off," you get these: "bugger off, scram, fuck off, get."

It seems like the phrase is not as innocent as one might think.

Let's go to the Urban Dictionary!

Oh that wasn't very nice.  It just says it means, "Go away."

It doesn't seem to be very polite to say "buzz off."  But is there a polite way to say it?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

So Much Tumblr

Did you know?  Self Help Radio has a Tumblr page!  It's only peripherally related to the show - I put videos & images on it, but I don't put things related to themes.  I guess its only relationship to the show is that I do both of them.  But there are some Self Help Radio-ish things on the page, like this graphic I found probably on some other Tumblr blog:
That's on the Self Help Radio Tumblr page today.  Plus a couple of videos.

I just looked - I have almost a thousand entries on in blog!  What?  No!  Impossible!

But there it is.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fifty Years Later

Sebastian was mourning (once again) the death of radio.  He said radio was like the dodo, or the fan-tailed fluffernutter, or the casio gameboy - things that once may have existed but now surely never will again.

"Do you remember the last time you listened to radio?" he said as he threw himself upon the divan.

"I do not," I said.  "I was born as radio was dying.  I have always gotten music uploaded into my cranial hard drive by juice & pills."

"Also," he yawned, "we don't use our ears anymore.  Except for tattooing their piercings."

Another bridge exploded & fell in the distance.

"Do you know," he told me, "people like you and me - well, you know, not as enhanced by implantation - ha ha!"

"Ha ha!" I said.

"People used to do radio."

"Do radio?" I asked.

"Yes," Sebastian said saucily.

"Do," I repeated.  "You mean like one does Paris?"

"No, no, my dear boy," he said, waving me down with his electronic meth pipe.  "No, I mean do as one does a randy-loo."

"A randy-loo!" I said, feeling a blush come to my cheeks.  "Sebastian, you naughty stinkbug!"

"Oh yes," he said, delighted that he has caused me embarrassment, "there were people called deejays who would sequester themselves in little rooms and play music for anyone who might - well, in those days, it was called listening."

"But all the time they were...?"

"Yes! Yes!  All the time it was randy-loo!"

We collapsed in a heap of naughty laughter.

"Randy-loo!" he gasped.  "Randy-loo!  Randy-loo!"

Mother came in to readjust the oxygen.  "Stop talking, you two," she said.  "Our air rations for this week have been particularly diminished.  Use your virtual keyboards to chat."

We nodded, chastened.  She left.

"Oh but I love to talk," said Sebastian.  "It's so decadent."

"Me 2," I texted him.