Saturday, September 24, 2022

Self Help Radio's Own Mr. Fix-It

(image from here)

You don't listen to Self Help Radio, which is cool, I probably wouldn't either if I didn't have to be there, but if you don't listen, you don't get to hear my mostly embarrassing attempts to be funny.

This week, thanks to the theme "fixes," I created a few interstitials featuring a "Mr. Fix It," who is supposed to be helping you fix things around the house.  I am not usually amused by my attempts at being amusing, & I wish I had had a little more time to polish them, but there's always a deadline.

But I present to you with only a little shame the six Mr Fix It segments I made for the show. If you ask, I'll tell you the particular bit I am sort-of emulating or have been inspired by - but I wanted to make sure they were only a minute long so wouldn't outstay their welcome - & yes, they're a little silly.

Will Mr Fix It return?  Oh god let's hope not.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Fixing In The Movies

(image from the IMDb)

This week our resident cinephile Chuck stopped by to talk about a specific kind of fix in movies - the fix that is "a dose of a narcotic drug to which one is addicted," in particular heroin.  So he talked about movies that featured heroin - although not necessarily fixing with heroin.

He talked to us in the first hour, so if you haven't listened already (?!?) you can do so at both the Self Help Radio website & at the KBOO website.  The following links will supplement the segment:

Here's the IMDb keyword list from which he chose what to watch.

Here is his Letterboxd list of the films he watched, & here are his reviews.

Where can one see these films?  Here is a YouTube playlist & an IMDb list of films you can stream elsewhere for free.

Keep up with what Chuck is watching by following him on Twitter.  He'll be on next week too!

But stay away from heroin, kids.  That stuff is awful.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Self Help Radio 092022: Fixes

It took me way too long to make that image up there.  Too bad it's not very good.

The show about fixes is done & I am not sure it fixed anything.  That being said, it makes me think I can safely say Self Help Radio is a fixture on KBOO.  I can't say that?  It's just a kind of fixation with me?  An idée fixe?  Oh I do love it when you talk French to me!

If you're fixing to listen to some radio, maybe listen to this show?  It's at both the KBOO website & the Self Help Radio website now.  At the latter, please use the username SHR & the password selfhelp to listen.  Everything that happened on the show is below.  Well, not everything.  Most everything.

How are you fixed for radio?

Self Help Radio Fixes Show
"The Fix" Elbow _The Seldom Seen Kid_
"Fixe" Ora Cogan _Bells In The Ruins_
"Everything Is Fixed" Mick Harvey _Two Of Diamonds_

introduction & definitions

"Fixes" Plush _Please_
"Fixing A Hole (ft. Electric Würms)" The Flaming Lips _With A Little Help From My Fwends_
"Mr Fix-It" Darlene Love _So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998_
"How Do Ya Fix A Broken Part?" Iggy Pop _New Values_
"Fix My Sink (feat. Bear Who?)" DJ Sneak _Housekeepin_

our resident cinephile Chuck stops by to talk about a certain kind of fix in the movies

"Cheap New-Age Fix" Julian Cope _Interpreter_
"Fix" Hazel English _Just Give In / Never Going Home_
"A Fix On You" Dead Moon _Stranded In The Mystery Zone_
"Fix Me" Rah Rah _Vessels_
"Jesus Will Fix It" Al Green _Soul Survivor_

interview with restauranteur Basil Jefferson

"Fixed" Stars _The Five Ghosts_
"Fix You" Robyn Hitchcock _Love From London_
"Hell Of A Fix" Marion Jarvis _Hell Of A Fix_
"Mr. Fix It" The Mad Lads _Their Complete Early Volt Recordings_
"A Terrible Fix" Rocketship _Thanks To You_

interview with Tiktok creatore Anna Rose

"Fix Me Up" Katy J Pearson _Return_
"Fixing Motorcycles" Chime School _Chime School_
"Fixed Grin" Shop Assistants _Will Anything Happen_
"I Won't Try To Fix You" Spearmint _Holland Park_
"Fix" The Sisters Of Mercy _The Reptile House E.P._

interview with political commentator Dr. Quentin Borden

"Fixina" Sad13 _Slugger_
"Fix Your Eyes On" Sharesprings _Popkiss Single_
"Fix Me Now" Garbage _Garbage_
"Fix It" Bob Mould _Beauty & Ruin_
"Mr. Fixit" Thelma Jones _Second Chance: The Complete Barry & Columbia Recordings_

interview with former fixer Bugsy Ricotta

"Awful Fix Blues" Buddy Boy Hawkins _The Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order (1927-1929)_
"Fix It" Georgia Tom & Jane Lucas _Famous Hokum Boys Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Volume 2 (1930-1931)_
"We Got To Get That Fixed" Speckled Red _Complete Recorded Works 1929-1938 In Chronological Order_
"Fixin' To Die Blues" Bukka White _The Complete Bukka White_
"My Heart Is Fixed" Reverend Gary Davis _Pure Religion & Bad Company_
"How Are Ya Fixed For Love (with Keely Smith)" Frank Sinatra _The Capitol Years_

conclusion & goodbye

"Fix To Fall" Loop _Heaven's End_
"To Fix The Gash In Your Head" A Place To Bury Strangers _A Place To Bury Strangers_
"Fix Bayonets!" Preoccupations _Arrangements_

Monday, September 19, 2022

Whither Fixing (Or Fixes)?

(image from here.)

You might have guessed, if you read yesterday's blog entry, why the theme this week is "fixing." Or "fixes." I sometimes go with the gerund (or participle, I forget which sometimes) when the theme is a verb, although "fix" is also a noun.  Anyway, I thought "fixing" would make the theme clearer so that's what it says on the website, but the show really has multiple fixes so it should be "fixes."

Where was I?  Oh yeah.  I was looking something up in the dictionary - it was basically when the word "fix" came to mean to "a dose of heroin" - which by the way comes from the previous usage "fix up," having to do with an alcoholic drink, first used in the mid-1800s - that's what Etymology Online says anyway - & it struck me that there were so many different meanings for this one, little, three-letter word.  It kinda blew my mind.  & so I thought, why not make an episode of Self Help Radio about "fix."  Maybe call it "fixing."  When it should be "fixes."

Howsoever I chose to fix it, the fix is in tonight from midnight to 3am on 90.7 fm KBOO Portland & online at  Some people say self-help of all kinds, including that on the radio, can help fix you.  Alas, Self Help Radio is not a self-help radio show.  But maybe it'll suffice as your nighttime radio fix.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Preface To Fixing: Fixed It!

That snotty picture was taken six years ago somewhere & entitled "Fixed It!"  Because, you know, we all have the money to get things broken on our cars fixed right away.  If this had happened to me when I had my first car - well, I probably wouldn't have been so creative.

The word "fix" is fascinating.  It means different things in each of these sentences:

You really need to fix that dent on my car.
I like it when you fix your hair in a bun!
The owner fixed the price for the goods; she would not haggle.
Hope you're not moving soon - you've fixed that poster to the wall!
He fixed his eyes on the faraway island.
Let's fix the meeting for Tuesdays at two.
You're fixed for money since your aunt gave you that loan.
How did he win? He fixed the game, that's how.
Oh, I fix dinner every night around suppertime.
She was a dastardly foe who has the upper hand, but I'll fix her!
That dog will calm down after we get him fixed.
The junkie was in a fix because she didn't know when she'd get her next fix.
It's a puzzler - what is the fix for a show like Self Help Radio?

Thirteen sentences with fourteen meanings of fix.  & I didn't cover them all!

It'll make a pretty good radio show, though, right?  Right?