Friday, August 08, 2014

Self Help Radio 080814: Acid

Self Help Radio played lots of songs about acid on this show, & by a wide margin (18 out of 26) the songs were definitely about Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, or LSD.  Partially it's a result of rock & rollers being part of the counter-culture that would be attracted to such things, but also I think it's a result of a lack of imagination on the part of musicians.  If the best song about acid rain is REM's "Fall On Me," well, there's a crisis of creativity.

Oh well.  Please enjoy a large number of songs about the kind of acid you watched afterschool specials about.  It's available now at the Self Help Radio website. I remind you of username + password, which equals SHR + selfhelp.  The songs I played around below.


(part one)

"LSD" The Pretty Things _Get The Picture?_
"Acid (Another Colored Ink Drawing)" The Wild Things _Acid (Another Colored Ink Drawing)_
"I Wanna Come Back (From The World Of LSD)" The Fe-Fi-Four + 2 _Pebbles Vol. 5_
"Acid" Stu Mitchell _Only In America_

"Acid Face Baby" Rote Kapelle _It Moves... But Does It Swing?_
"Acid Bird (live)" Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians _Gotta Let This Hen Out!_
"Acid To My Alkaline" Fujiya & Miyagi _Artificial Sweeteners_
"Acid Baby" Tania & Juan _Acid Baby_

"I Did Acid With Caroline" Jad Fair & Daniel Johnston _It's Spooky_
"Should Have Taken Acid With You" Neon Indian _Psychic Chasms_
"Lysergic Bliss" Of Montreal _Satanic Panic In The Attic_
"LSD" The Mighty Diamonds _Trinity Meet The Mighty Diamonds_

"Battery Acid" Baxendale _You Will Have Your Revenge_
"Adult Acid" Thee Oh Sees _The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In_

(part two)

"Acid Bath" The Hangmen _This Is Psychobilly: 25 Years Of Rockin' & Wreckin'_
"Acid Head" The Velvet Illusions _Acid Head_
"Acid Lady" The San Francisco T.K.O.'s _Bay Area Funk: Funk & Soul Essentials From San Francisco, Oakland, & The Bay Area 1967-1976, Vol. 2_

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" Der Expander Des Fortschritts _Celebrating The Eggman: A Tribute To John Lennon_
"Purple Haze" Johnny Jones & The King Casuals _Atlanta Soul: The Peachtree Records Story_
"White Rabbit" Born For Bliss _Flowing With The Flue_

"Too Much Acid" The Pineapples From The Dawn Of Time _Behind The Banana Curtain_
"The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane" Jeffrey Lewis _The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane & Other Favorites_
"Somebody Spiked My L.S.D." Julian Cope _Floored Genius 4: Brain Donor_
"LSD" Wendall Austin & The Country Swings _Wavy Gravy, Vol. 1: For Adult Enthusiasts_

"The Trip" Kim Fowley _Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, Vol. 2_
"Acid Revolution" Rob Jo Star Band _Soul Jazz Records Presents PUNK 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After The Love & Before The Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77_

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Whither Acid?

It's been so long since I've taken acid that I can't believe I ever did.  Also, thinking about it makes me wish I could do it again.  Why aren't all drugs legal?  Oh yeah, because our society shows no interest in taking care of any of its citizens; the idea of caring for the inevitable needs of people lost to drugs the government was legally responsible for selling is beyond their narrow, thin, empathy envelope.

The show tomorrow won't talk about my experiences with LSD, but there'll be songs about it.  Also, songs about battery acid, & acid's relationship to alkaline, & other non-drug-related tunes.  But, alas, it's rock & roll, so there'll be a lot of songs about the drug called acid.

Tune in, tune out, etc., from 7 am to 9 am tomorrow on 88.1 fm WRFL Lexington or hey! online at wrfl dot fm.  I'll put on the SHR website later, but of course by then it might
be a little diluted.

If that can happen with acid.  How would I know?  It's been so long!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Preface To Acid: Trip Advisor

I have a Self Help Radio Facebook page.  Mainly I post playlists there & occasionally pictures of bears.  More people "see" it than this page because they can "like" it & my nonsense shows up in their "feed."  But while it can be much more interactive than this stumpy little blog, it rarely is, because I don't really know how to make it so.  The last time I asked an honest question of my "likes," the idea being that I would use the information to talk about on the show, my smart-ass friends (who make up the bulk of the page's "likes," & who probably haven't listened to my show in forever, if ever) thought I was giving them an opportunity to be "funny" (not funny for real, because this is Facebook), & they made smart-ass remarks.

This morning I was thinking, "Hey! I'll ask a question that some people might answer on the Facebook page!" Here was the question that I thought I might ask, or something like it anyway: "If you've taken LSD, please share your best trip below!"

About two seconds after I thought of that question, I asked myself a question, which was this: "Are you high?"

Facebook - & especially "liked" pages like mine - does not have the same anonymity as some places where users can comment (& be total dicks) to their heart's content behind a fake username.  You sign in mostly as you (or the online you you've constructed, which often has your real name), & your responses are as that you.  Asking people to admit to using an illegal drug - never mind asking them to describe its use - is stupid, & possibly could get them in trouble with employers & other humorless folks down the line.

I could ask people to do so here, where they can comment anonymously, but no one really sees this blog.  Certainly people don't visit here daily.  (I think fewer people see this than my silly Tumblr blog.)  I wouldn't have enough responses to talk about on the show.

But, really, just thinking about this whole process - me considering asking people to fess up on Facebook their drug tales - I just have to ask, "What's wrong with me?"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

One More Thing About "Woke Up Early One Morning Blues"

I guess this is sort of a public service announcement to folks to who listen to my pre-war blues show called "Woke Up Early One Morning Blues," which I have been doing all summer on WRFL.  I was fortunate enough to do the show this summer because I was given a three-hour timeslot, which was the result of a lot of programmers going away for the summer.  The understanding was that, when the (mainly student) horde returned, I would have the show trimmed to two hours, the time which most programmers have, & I don't want to lose a whole hour of Self Help Radio, which is the show I most enjoy doing.

The new schedule at WRFL begins August 25, which means I have only three episodes of WUEOMB left.  Ugh, that looks terrible.  There are times when an acronym is completely inappropriate.  My too-wordy-show-name is one of them.

I have only three episodes of Woke Up Early One Morning Blues left.  Is there anything you've been wanting to hear me explore?  Let me know!  & soon!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Woke Up Early One Morning Blues, Episode Eleven

Peetie Wheatstraw

Episode number eleven of the blues show Woke Up Early One Morning Blues is now available for listening when & if you choose.  It features lots of early blues about that distilled alcoholic drink that George Bernard Shaw called "liquid sunshine": whiskey.

The show is available at Self Help Radio on the web.  The songs I played are below.  Please enjoy this show responsibly.

"Whiskey Man Blues" Scrapper Blackwell & Black Bottom McPhail _Virtuoso Guitar 1925-1934_
"Whiskey & Gin Blues" South Street Trio _Country Blues Outlaws_
"Whiskey Blues" Elzadie Robinson _Elzadie Robinson Vol. 1 1926-1928_

"Me & My Whiskey" Barbecue Bob _The Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 2_
"Whiskey Moan Blues" Clifford Gibson _Clifford Gibson (1929-1931)_
"Whiskey Drinkin' Blues" Tampa Red with Jenny Pope _Tampa Red Vol. 3 (1929-1930)_
"Whiskey Selling Women" Lucille Bogan _Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1923-1930)_
"If The River Was Whiskey" Charlie Poole _Old Time Songs 1926-1930, Vol. 2_

"Whiskeyhead Blues" JT "Funny Paper" Smith _Complete Recordings (1930-1931)_
"Try My Whiskey Blues" Roosevelt Sykes _Roosevelt Sykes Vol. 3 (1931-1933)_
"More Good Whiskey Blues" Peetie Wheatstraw _Peetie Wheatstraw, Vol. 2: 1934-1935_
"Bad Whiskey Blues" Black Boy Shine _Leroy Carr & Black Boy Shine (1934-1937)_
"Rye Whiskey" Tex Ritter _The History Of Country & Western Music Vol. 4 (1931-1934)_

"Whiskey Blues" Bo Carter _Bo Carter Vol. 4 (1936-1938)_
"Whiskey & Good Time Blues" Big Bill Broonzy _Big Bill Broonzy Vol. 8 1938-1939_
"Whiskey Fool" The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) _The Yas Yas Girl (Merline Johnson) Vol. 2 1938-1939_