Saturday, December 10, 2022

A Haiku For Freeform Portland

(the search engine says...)

Here is a haiku I wrote for the Freeform Portland fundraiser.  Which is happening right now!

You can click donate
At Freeform Portland dot org
Frogs clouds gentle rain

Hope it captured the essence of the haiku.  Now go to the Freeform Portland donate page & become a Friend Of Freeform! Or just make a generous one-time donation! Or maybe go to the Freeform Portland shop & get some cool merch?  Just please help us out!

Or else I'll write more haiku!

Friday, December 09, 2022

A Limerick For Freeform Portland

(according to the search engine)

Here is a limerick I wrote for the Freeform Portland fundraiser.  Which is happening right now!

Freeform Portland has a fundraiser
Asking its listeners for the small favor
   Of giving the station
   A generous donation
So it could keep being a trailblazer!

So it's not bawdy, sorry.  Now go to the Freeform Portland donate page & become a Friend Of Freeform! Or maybe go to the Freeform Portland shop & get some cool merch?  Just please help us out!

Or else I'll write more limericks!

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Self Help Radio 120622: Parallels

This week, Self Help Radio explored parallel universes - parallel dimensions - parallel worlds.  We also spent a lot of time staring at parallel lines, wondering if they'll ever meet.  (They won't.)  For a show that wishes it was unparalleled (it isn't), it played a lot of song about parallels.  Was each song equidistant from one another?  No!  That would've been too hard.

We did talk to someone who claimed to be from a parallel Earth.  & with a guy who feels like his life has been in parallel with a martial arts superstar.  & with a former Olympic athlete who was amazing at the parallel bars.  & music.  Oh so much music.

Listen to the show now either at the KBOO website or the Self Help Radio website.  If you use the second link, you'll need a username (SHR) & a password (selfhelp) to listen.  But you can download the show!  Everything that happens on the show is below.

& I know the lines above aren't parallel.  But I needed a picture for this page!

Self Help Radio Parallels Show
"Parallel" Circus Maximus _Neverland Revisited_
"Parallel" The Gotobeds _Debt Begins At 30_
"Parallel" MomusMcClymont _MomusMcClymont_

introduction & definitions

"In A Parallel World" Wild Billy Childish & CTMF _Brand New Cage_
"Parallel" Bad Religion _The Gray Race_
"Parallel Lines" Subway Sect _Twenty Odd Years - The Story Of..._
"Through Parallel Dimensions" Outrageous Cherry _The Book Of Spectral Projections_
"Parallel Galaxy" Zolar X _Timeless_

interview with Kylo Ravsinnian, who is from a parallel Earth

"Parallels" Eels _The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett_
"Parallels" Big Thief _Masterpiece_
"Parallel Beds" Wreckless Eric _Le Beat Group Electrique_
"Step Into The Parallel" Electronic Corporation _Construction Deconstruction_
"Parallel Lines" Junior Boys _Begone Dull Care_

interview with author Uno

"Parallelograms" Linda Perhacs _Parallelograms_
"Parallelograms" Ian Dury, Kevin Kinney, & Eric Goulden _The Slippery Ballerina_
"'Cause It's Love (Saint Parallelogram)" Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 _Olé! Tarantula_
"Parallel Horizontal" Marine Research _Sounds From The Gulf Stream_
"The Edges Are No Longer Parallel" Morrissey _Roy's Keen_

interview with former Olympic athlete Nick Foster

"Parallel Lines" Kings Of Convenience _Quiet Is The New Loud_
"Parallel Text" Flare _Bottom_
"Parallel Timeline" Slothrust _Parallel Timeline_
"Parallel Park" All Girl Summer Fun Band _2_
"Parallel Bars (with Kelly Willis)" Robbie Fulks _The Very Best Of_

a further discussion of things that are parallel

"I Am Doing Better In A Parallel Universe" B.A. Johnston _Thank You For Being A Friend_
"Parallel Lives" Le Concorde _Universe & Villa_
"Parallel Love" The Postelles _...And It Shook Me_
"Parallel Paths" Little, Big _Pins & Narwhals_
"Parallel Lines" Wax Chattels _Wax Chattels_

a short airbreak reminding you to donate to KBOO during the End Of The Year Drive!

"Portals & Parallels" Belbury Poly & Moon Wiring Club _Youth & Recreation_
"Parallel" Tongues In Trees _Parallel_
"In Parallel (Acoustic)" Kelly Moran _WXAXRXP Session_
"Parallelism In Chinese & Taoist Poetry" Ken Cohen _Taoism: Essential Teachings Of The Way & Its Power_
"La Femme Parallel" Thievery Corporation _Radio Retaliation_

conclusion & goodbye

"All Things Parallel Must Converge" Stefan Grossman & John Renbourn _Under The Volcano_

Monday, December 05, 2022

Whither Parallels?

(A parallelogram from the Wikipedia)

Months ago I awoke from this dream. I had decided not to go to class. I am decades away from my college experience & still I dream of cutting class. But when I went by the class, I saw that there were very few students there - & the professor looked sad. She beckoned to me to come in, but I said I could not. She said, "Why?" I had no ready excuse so I had to lie. I said, "I need to finish a book report for another class!" She said, "What book?" & I couldn't think so I made one up: Parallel Parking In A Parallel Universe.

When I woke I wished there was a book called that.  But since I am not a writer but a dumb radio show maker I settled on the idea that "parallel" might make a good theme for a radio show.  Many moons later I guess I am ready to present one.

It's happening tonight. Midnight to 3am. On 90.7fm KBOO in Portland & online at It can only be a good show in one of the parallel universes. Let's hope it's this one.

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Preface To Parallels: Still Thinking About My Dear Old Hound

It's funny, I thought writing about him like I did yesterday would help with the grief, but I guess I'll wait a little longer for that.  We'll go back to regular radio show nonsense tomorrow, since the show is tomorrow night.  I wish I were a musician, I would've written an entire double album about him by now.  Anyway.  Forgive the indulgence.  He was so fucking great.  & I miss him more than I can ever really say.