Friday, August 23, 2019

Self Help Radio 082319: There's No Self Help Radio 082319

Yeah, I was sick all week & didn't make a new show.  I'm sorry about that.  There'll be one last podcast next week & then the show returns to the airwaves Monday, September 2, at 6am.  So in a sense, you don't get a new Self Help Radio this week, but you get two new episodes next week.

However, should you really need to hear me play songs for a theme, you can do so anyway, as before I got too ill, I took lots of cold medicine & did my first sub show on  It was National Radio Day & the theme was, well, radio.  You can find the show at the Self Help Radio website or just go to the XRAY page which is here.  What I played is below.

Again, apologies for not forging through the sickness.  See you in a week!

Self Help Radio Radio Show
"Corporate Standardized Programming" George Carlin _When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?_
"Roadrunner" The Modern Lovers _The Modern Lovers_
"Rock & Roll" The Velvet Underground _Loaded_

"Having A Party" Sam Cooke _The Man & His Music_
"Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio?" The Ramones _Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology_
"Raised On Radio" Slimer _In Their Eyes: '90s Teen Bands Vs. '80s Teen Movies_
"Around The Dial" The Kinks _Give The People What They Want_
"Caroline's Radio" Bubblegum Lemonade _Sophomore Release_

"Radio, Radio (Capital Radio Version)" Elvis Costello _This Year's Model_
"FM" The Mountain Goats _Sweden_
"Summer Pop Radio" Helen Love _Radio Hits Vol. 1_
"Oh Yeah" Roxy Music _Flesh + Blood_
"Video Killed The Radio Star" Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club _English Garden_

"Transmission" Joy Division _Substance 1977-1980_
"This Is Radio Clash" The Clash _Clash On Broadway_
"Turn Off Your Radio" The Essentials _Fast Music In A Slow Town EP_
"Left Of The Dial" The Replacements _Tim_
"Mexican Radio" El Vez _Graciasland_

"My Radio (AM Mix)" Stars _Nightsongs_
"Radio" Felix Da Housecat _Virgo, Blaktro, & The Movie Disco_
"Heard It On The Radio" The Bird & The Bee _Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall & John Oates_
"Yesterday Once More" Redd Kross _If I Were A Carpenter_
"DJ" David Bowie _Lodger_

"Caravan" Van Morrison _Moondance_
"Radio" Hackamore Brick _One Kiss Leads To Another_
"On The Radio" Tom Selleck's Moustache _Heartbreak 101_
"Radio" Teenage Fanclub _Thirteen_
"On The Radio" Mind Spiders _Meltdown_

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Yeah, This Week Wouldn't Have Worked

This morning I ventured outside for the first time in over a day to walk the dogs.  I got a little woozy but made it through.  My voice sounds like me making fun of Ned Dry.

Here's the thing: my wife had this all last week, & she went to work & taught people.  I need to go conduct a training session at Freeform Portland tonight & I don't know if I'm going to be able to make the drive.

Last week's Last Week Tonight talked about bias in medicine, & although I don't recall if they covered this - but I have always assumed that when it comes to pain, woman are just stronger than men.  It might just be me, but I am waylaid by the smallest discomfort.

& when I feel a cold coming on, I know the best thing to do is take some medication & try to sleep it off.  Except this week I really, really wanted to do a show on XRAY.  & I really, really wanted to do training.  So I settled for scuttling Self Help Radio & spending Wednesday in a haze.

It's all for the best - my show is shabby enough as it is.  I need to go try not to infect new deejays as I train them & then I hope to sleep twelve hours tonight.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Still Quite Ill & In No Way Presentable

The neighbors are having a neighborhood gathering (well, it's basically just four houses) & have invited us over.  The wife is at work & I have been dozing in bed, decongestants in my system, my weird dreams nowhere near as interesting as they were last night when I had a fever.

This occurred to me sometime this morning: it's interesting that we don't do things to induce fevers because the thoughts & hallucinations I have when my temperature is up seem as provocative & strange as the least of my experiences with psychedelics, so many moons ago.  In that sense, I kind of anticipate fevers in a hungry way, although of course I know they're much, much more dangerous than acid or mushrooms.  & oh look, I've answered my own question.

There was no way I could sit in front of the computer today so I guess I'm going to cancel this week's show.  It's for the best - I can spend more time on my first on-air show in forever (!) & also on my last podcast, which is the indiepop a to z series.

Gosh, I need to go back to sleep right now.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sick As A Dog

Filled up with meds & sucked cough drops so I was able to do the XRAY fm show, but am now in the full throes of a cold.  Will hopefully sleep all day tomorrow & maybe won't be able to do this week's show.  But I'll post the show I did today - a Self Help Radio-type show I never did, a show about the radio, since it was National Radio Day.  Now.  I think I have a fever.  I will get ready for chills & that weirdly beautiful moment when the fever breaks.  Good night.

Monday, August 19, 2019

It Figures

Tomorrow I have my first show on XRAY FM & today I woke up with a sore throat.

This doesn't mean I won't do the show, but it does mean I spent most of the day sucking cough drops & feeling like something worse was just around the corner.  So far, so good.

The wife had a sore throat last week & I refused to stop kissing her.  Today she blamed my sickness on the fact that she eats from the serving spoons when she's making our dinner plates.  This may need some explanation:

The one who cooks around here is me.  When everything is ready, the wife takes over & "makes our plates," which means she puts the food I've prepared on plates (& in tupperware for the leftovers).  She does this ostensibly because she wants to control our portion sizes & because she makes it look prettier than I could but her ulterior motive is to eat more of the food when she's putting it onto the plates.  For example, if I've made some kind of sandwich spread, she'll put it on the bread but take bites in-between.

It may surprise you that I know all this & haven't put a stop to it, but it makes her happy.  We always make too much food.  "The art of cooking for two is lost on me & you," as the poet says.

What I find amusing is that she thinks this particular thing is what has caused me to get something close to the same illness she had.  Not, you know, the kissing, or the fact that we live together & spend as much of the day as we can together.  Nope!  It's her "cheating" when she is putting our dinner together.

Okay, going to sleep early tonight.  Did you know tomorrow is National Radio Day?  What a fortuitous time for me to do my first XRAY show!