Saturday, October 12, 2019

Preface To Comfort: One Last Radio Show For The Week

This late afternoon I subbed a show on KBOO called Blues Junction, which purports to play "urban & country blues with R&B, soul, jazz, zydeco, & classic rock."  I didn't play much zydeco or classic rock, or any really, but I did play some old & new blues plus soul & R&B.  You can listen to the show here & see the playlist & what-not.

There is a caveat: I was not on my game.  I mixed up my CDs two or three times, I left the mic on when I took a giveaway, I generally flubbed a few transitions.  So I apologize a lot.  I apologize now! Four radio shows on three stations in six days is apparently too much for me!

Friday, October 11, 2019


One of the things that I do which keeps me busy is I volunteer to help out at for the music library of two stations in town.  The truth is, I'd volunteer at all three except the third meets on Sunday nights, which I simply can't do because of my early Monday morning show.

At one of the stations at which I volunteer this week, after I finished music librarying, I got to chatting with a staff member who said she had known people who have done shows at two stations, but never one at three.  She said I had hit the Portland community radio station trifecta.

"Ah," I said, "but I don't do a show at KBOO."

"Yes," she said, "but you have subbed shows at KBOO."

"I dunno," I said.  "I don't think it really counts until I have a regular gig there."

"Didn't you say," she asked, "that you'll be helping out with people doing new shows?"

"Oh yeah," I said, "I'll be overseeing them while they do their first shows, to demonstrate what kind of show they want to do."

"I think," she said, "that sounds like a regular gig at KBOO."

Well, damn.  Trifecta.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sugar Substitute (Episode 167)

Oh hey, you can listen to my episode of Sugar Substitute, the more-or-less freeform show I do on XRAY FM, right over here.  I can't say I recommend the show.  I felt a little out of sorts.

But hey!  I made a logo.  It looks like this:

I need to make it more square to fit with the schedule on the XRAY website.  As well, I need to put a show description up.  I have too much to do!

Monday, October 07, 2019

Self Help Radio 100719: 1969 Revisited (The 17th Anniversary Show)

(Most images from Discogs but a couple from Wikipedia.)

Seventeen years!  Here is, according to this webiste, a list of mammals that don't live seventeen years in captivity - so some may life longer in the wild, but others probably don't:

Antelope - Badger - Bat - Fox - Goat (!) - Guinea Pig - Hare - Mole - Mouse - Nutria - Opossum - Otter - Porpoise - Rabbit - Raccoon - Reindeer - Sheep - Squirrel - Wolf

For me, I choose to believe that porpoises live forever when they're allowed to swim free.

Here's a continuation of my favorite music from 1969.  I could make an entire three more shows, each focusing on stuff I love from the year but didn't play this time - I could do an entire psychedelic show & a jazz show, & probably a country show too.  Maybe when I get to a certain point, I can revisit the revisited themes, maybe in one hundred years, or when I'm put in the Matrix, whichever comes first.  Unless...  Am I in the Matrix now?

The show is of course waiting for your discerning ears at Self Help Radio dot net.  It's all music this week, no interviews or other nonsense.  You'll need a username - try "SHR" - without the quotes - & a password - try "selfhelp" - also without the quotes.  & check out what I played below.

Seventeen years!  Does that mean puberty is over?

Self Help Radio 1969 Revisited Show
"Chelsea Morning" Joni Mitchell _Clouds_
"Walk On By" Isaac Hayes _Hot Buttered Soul_
"Fuga No. 2" Mutantes _Mutantes_

"Always See Your Face" Love _Four Sail_
"It Hurts Me Too" Karen Dalton _It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best_
"I'm Movin' On" Elvis Presley _From Elvis In Memphis_
"Je T'Aime... Moi, Non Plus" Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin _Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg_
"The World's Strongest Man" Scott Walker _Scott 4_

"Kick Out The Jams" The MC5 _Kick Out The Jams_
"Pinball Wizard" The Who _Tommy_
"Venus" Shocking Blue _Venus_
"Space Oddity" David Bowie _David Bowie_
"Gimme Shelter" The Rolling Stones _Let It Bleed_

"The Ralph Spoilsport Mantrum" The Firesign Theater _How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere at All_
"Ali Baba's Camel" The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band _Tadpoles_
"Sing" Bruce Haack _The Electronic Record For Children_
"Everyday People" Sly & The Family Stone _Stand!_
"Live Wire" The Meters _The Meters_

"Lay Lady Lay" Bob Dylan _Nashville Skyline_
"Waiting Around To Die" Townes Van Zandt _Townes Van Zandt_
"Rehearsals For Retirement" Phil Ochs _Rehearsals For Retirement_
"Down By The River" Neil Young _Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere_

"Cold Turkey" Plastic Ono Band _Cold Turkey_
"Willie The Pimp" Frank Zappa _Hot Rats_

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Whither 1969 Revisited?

(Trailer for the wrong 1969 show.  Go here to see that one.)

Self Help Radio premiered on KOOP radio in Austin, Texas, at 3pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2002. Around six years later, on Friday, October 17, 2008, the show started revisiting old themes to celebrate its anniversary.  That's what's happening this week.

On Wednesday, January 19, 2005 (the day before my thirty-seventh birthday), Self Help Radio celebrated my favorite music from 1969.  (I do that every year around my birthday, celebrate a different year; I started in 1968, the year of my birth, & have been working my way up chronologically every year since then.)  The show at the time was only one hour long, so there wasn't a great deal of time to cover all the music I love from 1969.  As well, I didn't have a good resource for what exactly was released in 1969.  I got most of the songs right, but I missed a lot.  & that's what these anniversary shows attempt to correct.

There won't be any songs from the first 1969 show - consider this show an addition to that show.  & it'll happen tomorrow morning - Monday, October 7, 2019 - from 6-8 am on Freeform Portland, 90.3 + 98.3 fm in the city, online everywhere at that web site linked earlier in this sentence.

Listen, even if your parents weren't even born in 1969!  (I am so fucking old.)