Thursday, July 06, 2017

Self Help Radio 070517: Warnings

(Original image here.)

Here is an episode of Self Help Radio that should've aired last night, but didn't, most probably for reasons involving human error, i.e. me.  I'm pretty sure it's my fault & I apologize.

Since I live in Texas & the show airs in Kentucky, the show is pre-recorded for your protection.  Therefore I can share with you the show (sprinkled with LXU spots so it feels like a real broadcast) & you can listen at your leisure.  I was pretty proud of this show, which I think has a good mix of music as well as some very funny bits by my very funny collaborators.  If you just listen & fast-forward through to the interviews, I will not be offended.  They're the best part of my shows!

Wait! I hear you say.  Why not just air the episode next week?  My wife said the same thing.  Alas, I feel like the show is done, I am already at work on the next one, I want to keep things moving.  If I had all the time in the world, maybe.  But for now it seems weird & wasteful for me to sit on my hands all next week & do nothing.

Please enjoy this week's show - no warning necessary - available now at Self Help Radio dot net.  It's in two parts - you know the drill - plus I note below when the interviews happen so you can find them easier.

Next time, maybe I'll be able to give you a little warning when I fuck something up.

(part one)

"The Warning" Paul Hunter _Earth_
"Warning" Junior Delgado _Effort_
"A Warning" Conception Corportation _Complete Conception_
"Warning" The Humans _Project Blue_

"Early Warning System" Red Deer People _Between Two Waves: The Second Wave_
"Positive Warning" Lake _Circular Doorway_
"Without A Warning" The Amazers _Curtom Funk_
"I Warned You Baby" Frankie Lee Sims _The Ace Blues Masters, Vol. 2: 4th & Beale & Further South_

Interview with my spiritual mentor the Rev. Dr. Howard Gently

"You Better Heed My Warning" Larry Dale _New York City Blues: The Big Apple Blues Scene 1951-1954_
"Everybody Warned Me" Bill Morrissey _Inside_
"Warning Sign" Talking Heads _More Songs About Buildings & Food_
"Warning Shots (feat. Sleepy Wonder & Gunjan)" Thievery Corporation _It Takes A Thief: The Very Best Of Thievery Corporation_

Interview with our friend Allen Shariaty in Maryland

"World Without Warning" Anne Clark _Pressure Points_

(part two)

"You Have Been Warned" The X-Certs _Avon Calling: The Bristol Compilation_
"Storming Warning" 3-Action! _(Don't Lose That) Stealin' Feelin' 12"_
"Early Warnings" Love Is All _Two Thousand & Ten Injuries_

"Brother Take Warning" Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys _King Of Country Music_
"Warning Parental Advisory" John Wesley Harding & Steve Wynn _Just Say Anything (Vol. V Of Just Say Yes)_
"Warning Labels On Alcoholic Beverages" George Carlin _When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?_
"Without A Word Of Warning" Gary Lewis & The Playboys _A Session With Gary Lewis & The Playboys_
"I Warned You Do Not Make An Enemy Of Me" Los Campesinos! _Romance Is Boring_

Interview with Warnings Specialist CJ Buchanan

"Heed My Warning" Louis Jordan _Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, Vol. 5: 1949-1950_
"Warning Blues" Johnny Otis & His Orchestra with Linda Hopkins _Midnight At The Barrelhouse (Rockin' California R&B 1945-1951)_
"I'm Warning You Baby" Lightnin' Slim _Authentic Excello R&B_
"Double Warning" I-Roy _Don't Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff (1972-1975)_

"Frozen Warnings" Nico _The Marble Index_
"Sky Warning" James Pants _Seven Seals_

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Whither Warnings?

(A warning sign warning you to pay attention to warning signs*, found here.)

Oh man, I have to apologize for how many times on the show tonight I'm going to warn you about things.  I'm going to say over & over, I just know it, that I warned you, that you should heed the warning, that you've been warned.  I'm so sorry.  I won't be able to help myself.

& damn it, I just realized that that's kind of a warning, too!  Warning: I will be warning you about me warning you on a show with songs about warning.  Jiminy Crocker, I'm a fucking cliché.

Anyway, here's another warning: Self Help Radio is on tonight (!) with a show about warnings.  From 8-10pm central time, 9-11pm eastern.  On WLXU 93.9 fm in Lexington, on the computer at Lexington Community Radio online purt near everywhere.

After all these warnings, well, you're on your own.

* Are these signs unique to Texas?

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Preface To Warnings: Happy Fourth Of July!

Hope you didn't blow yourself up today.  Apparently a lot of people do.

Maybe instead on this day you take a moment to read the Declaration Of Independence?  Maybe if more people did, this might be a more thoughtful country?  Or what?

More dumb radio stuff tomorrow!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Things I'm Really Afraid Of # 1

These fuckers:

Seriously, they scare the shit out of me.  One flew into our house last night - yes, they fly - & I just freaked out.  My wife was all like, "It's just a bug," but as I tried to explain to her, one, fears are by their nature irrational, & two, since I was a kid, I was aware they they're basically just icky survival machines but the fact that occasionally they seem to be coming after me makes it hard to forget they don't have agency.

Truly I am really afraid of these awful insects.  Agh!  I can't stand looking at that image anymore!  Gotta go!

(Ugh, that image from this web page.)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Might I Share?

Some of you may have noticed that I have subbed three different KNON shows in the past two weeks.  It was a punishment of riches - KNON deejays either usually have collaborators on their shows or simply do not miss shows.  But I was the lucky beneficiary of three morning shows in less than two weeks.  My gratitude cannot be understated.

But ah!  Someone, who shall not be named but who is a real person I promise, wrote a nice email to the station's Traffic Director, & he shared it with me.  So I would like you to see it too.  It went like this (all caps in the original, although I have italicized it to set it apart from this text):

Loyal listener here with two quick thoughts*:


His fill-in shows have been a DELIGHT. Tuesday for Nil, and yesterday and today** were SO. MUCH. FANTASTIC. Eclectic, educational, unpredictable, funny. (Even when the @!#?-%  CD player was uncooperative this morning.)

End of email.  How nice is that?

Honestly I can't say if even a dozen of these would mean getting a show on KNON, but, as it stands, it remains (after nine months) the best chance for Self Help Radio to be heard in the D/FW Metroplex.

Which is not to say I am ungrateful for the love that Lexington & WLXU continue to give to this ridiculous radio show I do.  I am utterly amazed that Self Help Radio continues to air in Lexington & I truly love WLXU & WLXL for their diversity.  I just really, really want to do the show live again.  I think you can understand that.

But until that time, getting sweet & supportive emails like this will sustain me.  My damaged self-esteem may grumble, but I recognize it's really cool & nice.

* I don't include the second thought as it is not pertinent to the praise of me I am sharing.

** Written after the Thursday & Friday Morning Blend sub shows.