Saturday, February 19, 2022

Fire Escape


If you ever wander toward my dumb Tumblr page, where I collect the dumb pictures I take, you may notice some recurring themes.  One of them is fire escapes.  I love fire escapes.

On this day in 2020, I took this picture of a fire escape.  Of course the pandemic was just around the corner, & the 19th was a Wednesday, so I was probably on my way to a radio station in the afternoon to do work.  Wednesdays used to be days when I'd go first to KBOO to shelve new releases, & then to XRAY to add digital music to the their library.  Traffic was kinda awful from the BOO to XRAY & doubtless Waze or some other app was taking me a weird way around.  So this picture was taken from a moving vehicle.

Gee I had been in Portland for less than a year & already my life was structured around radio.  That's great.  It still is - maybe even moreso - but I don't get to be in three different stations a week.  & I miss that very much.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Self Help Radio 02152: Bitterness


& so it is, on the day after Valentine's Day, Self Help Radio decided to focus on bitterness.  Not just the feeling but also the taste.  Not everyone is bitter on Valentine's Day.  For those who are, the show may be a comfort; for those are not, it may be a curiosity. For those who like the taste of things that are bitter, the show means something else entirely.

By the way, it's really hard to find images using the keyword "bitter" or "bitterness."  Lots of pictures of bitter beers.  So apologies for the homemade image up there.  I'm not bitter about it or anything.  It's just - c'mon people who share their images! Be more creative! Do I have to do everything?

The bitter show is at both the Self Help Radio KBOO page & on the Self Help Radio website.  Should you listen at the latter, please remember the username/password combo (which is SHR/selfhelp) to download.  All the stuff that happens on the show is listed below - should you want to listen till the bitter end.

Self Help Radio Bitterness Show
"Bitter" The Ocean Blue _See The Ocean Blue_
"Bitter" Lush _Gala_
"Bitter" Meshell Ndeg√©ocello _Bitter_ 

introduction & definitions an interruption by Ned Dry

"Bitterness" Millie Foster _Deep Soul Moments - Sometime, Someplace, Somewhere_
"Bitterness" The Sweetest Ache _Jaguar_
"You Can't Get Bitter" Bill Hicks _Love, Laughter, & Truth_
"Bitterness Of Life" Bruce Ruffin _Rain_
"Bitterness Is Sweet" Postal Blue _Of Love & Other Affections_

definitions - featuring the Definition-O-Tron 3000

"Sweet Bunch Of Bitterweeds" Dub Dickerson _Boppin' In The Dark_
"Bitter Honey" Jackie De Shannon _Laurel Canyon_
"Bitter Dregs" People Like Us _A Fistful Of Knuckles_
"Bitter Wine" Fanny _Fanny_
"Bitter Tea" The Fiery Furnaces _Bitter Tea_

interview with self-help author of Why Be Bitter? Dr. Gene Charles

"Bitter Feelings" Larry Phillipson _Cuca Records Rock 'n' Roll Story_
"Bitter Rain" Barbara Dane _I Hate The Capitalist System_
"Bitter Woman" The Facts Of Life _Just The Facts: The Complete Kayvette Recordings 1975-1978_
"Bitter Lager Cider Ale Stout" The Lancashire Hotpots _Never Mind The Hotpots_
"We Drink Bitter" The Cannanes _Witchetty Pole_

interview with herbalist Dr. Doug Ward

"Love Grows Bitter" Billy Butler _Chicago Cool Breezin'_
"The Bitter Herb" Jonathan Richman _O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth_
"Bitter Wind" Sweet Marriage _Psychedelic Schlemiels 2 (More Lost Sounds From The Britpsych Scene 1967-1969)_
"Sweet Bitter Love" Marcia Griffiths _Sweet Bitter Love_
"Bitter With The Sweet" Tony & Tandy _You Better Believe It! Vol. 2_ 

interview with taste specialist marine biologist Dr. Herbert Schmecken

"Bitterblue" Melanie _Unchained_
"Very Bad A Bitter Hand" His Name Is Alive _Home Is In Your Head_
"Bitter Virtue" James _La Petite Mort_
"The Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane" Timon _Nuggets II (Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond 1964-1969)_
"It's A Bitter Pill To Swallow" Marvin Gaye _M.P.G._
"The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)" The Jam _Direction Reaction Creation_

idioms using the word bitter

"To The Bitter End" Bobby Hill _The Original Northern Soul Album_
"The Bitter End" Howard Tate _Howard Tate_
"The Bitter End" The Boomtown Rats _V Deep_
"Bitter End" Felt _The Pictorial Jackson Review_
"Bitter End" The Rileys _Swings & Roundabouts EP_
"Till The Bitter End" The Magnetic Fields _Distortion_

conclusion & goodbye

"Take The Bitter With The Sweet" Muddy Waters _The Chess Box_
"Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter" Elvis Costello & The Imposters _Look Now_
"Bitter" This Mortal Coil _Blood_
"The Bitter Air" Lorelei _The Bitter Air_

Monday, February 14, 2022

Whither Bitterness?

(image from here.)

In the moments directly after Valentine's Day, Self Help Radio is there to pick up the pieces, with a show about bitterness.  For those feeling bitterness, it's perhaps some validation; for those who have successfully avoided bitterness, it's cautionary.  Something for everyone - whether you've struggled with bitterness & whether you've somehow avoided it somehow like a superhuman.

We'll also talk about & play songs about bitter things - I mean, we have three hours to fill!  Plus some interviews.  & the other nonsense we always do.

Midnight to 3am - it may seem Valentine's Day evening, but it's Tuesday!  On 90.7 fm KBOO - kboo.fm. It may not make you feel less bitter - but seriously, at this point, what will?

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Preface To Bitterness: One More Thing About Dating


Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, of course.  Self Help Radio had a Valentine's Day show last week.  Tomorrow night at midnight there's a new Self Help Radio - but tomorrow night at midnight it's not Valentine's Day.  It's February 15.  & everyone knows February 15 is World Hippo Day.

Don't worry!  You can listen to this week's show - about dating - at the Self Help Radio website.  But wait!  There's more!

Should you want, you can listen to last year's Valentine's Day show - which had the theme "Make You Mine" - by clicking this link here.

Alas, I have no more Valentine's Day shows on my website, but.  When my other show, The Dickenbock Report, aired on April 8th of last year, which was Pygmy Hippo Day, I played a few hippo songs.  You can listen to that show here.  If you're not feeling Valentine-y.

Remember!  All shows need a username (SHR) & a password (selfhelp) if you wanna listen.

Happy Valentine's Day to all the dating hippos out there!