Saturday, February 25, 2023

Peanuts Of The Day

A hundred million years ago on my Facebook page, I spent two years scanning a Peanuts strip from that day (you know, like it it was February 25, I'd scour my Peanuts books & find a strip I liked from that day) & post it. I did it every other day because I knew I couldn't do it daily. I also, when I started, hadn't got all the Fantagraphics Peanuts reissues.

Anyway, here's the strip from February 25, 1959, posted to Facebook eleven years ago. It's a sentiment that would actually be echoed later by Linus. It also features the original Patty, whom some fans love more than Peppermint Patty, who wouldn't appear in the strip until 1966.

When I was first reading the reissues, I became a little obsessed with characters who were slowly phased out by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz over time. Wikipedia tells us, "Although the original Patty would make cameo appearances throughout the run of Peanuts, she had ceased being a featured character by about 1975. She continued to make cameo or background appearances until the early 1990s. Her last appearance was a rerun of a 1992 strip which was republished on November 27, 1997." I guess it's better than what happened to Shermy.

As for me, I have a more holistic love of the strip. While I am fucking obsessed with those early comics, I grew up in the 1970s reading Peanuts in the actual daily paper, & have real memories about certain storylines & stand-alone strips. So I can't dismiss middle-period Schulz.

Anyway, that's enough about Patty. I just went down a rabbit hole & read the last year of Peanuts strips. I know it's two decades ago, & I know he had cancer, but I still find Charles Schulz's death at 77 at too fucking young. He should've had at least another decade of Peanuts strips in him.

Insert pathetic Charlie Brown sigh here.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Wow It Snowed A Lot

Our backyard last night. Guess I won't be going to do Self Help Radio on XRAY tomorrow morning!

What? You didn't know I did that? No one does? Oh. Well, they're just like two-hour versions of the Self Help Radio show on KBOO a few days before. Is that a bad idea? Should I be doing something else?

Hmm, okay. I'll think about it. But until then, if you wanna listen to the XRAY version of Self Help Radio, why, you can do so right here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Self Help Radio 022123: Wrecks

It's the first Self Help Radio of KBOO's Winter Membership Drive & the show is a wreck!

Can't blame it on the drive though - the show has been a wreck for quite a while. At least this time there's some music about wrecks on it - car wrecks, train wrecks, nervous wrecks, homewreckers, wrecking balls, truly all kinds of wreckage. Plus interviews! & of course no money raised for poor KBOO.

Some people enjoy watching wrecks. Maybe they'll enjoy listening to one too. You can do so at either the KBOO website or at the Self Help Radio website. At the show's website, you'll need a username & a password (that's SHR & selfhelp) but you can download it, if that's the kind of thing you like.

All the things that happened are below. Did we check ourselves before we wrecked ourselves? I should say not!

Self Help Radio Wrecks Show
"Wrecking Line" Varsity _Fine Forever_
"Wreck Of Mind" Bill Fox _One Thought Revealed_
"Call The Wrecking Crew" Cleaners From Venus _English Electric_

introduction & definitions

"Wreck My Style" Beatnik Filmstars _Astronaut House_
"Wreck My Flow" The Dirtbombs _We Have You Surrounded_
"Rent A Wreck" Suburban Kids With Biblical Names _#1_
"Wreck" Del Cielo _Us Vs. Them_
"A Train Wreck" Bearsuit _The Phantom Forest_

interview with Mr & Mrs Spellman, the unluckiest drivers in Portland

"The Wreck Of The Virginian" Blind Alfred Reed _People Take Warning! (Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938)_
"Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train" Uncle Dave Macon _Hard Times In The Country_
"The Wreck Of Old '97" Johnny Cash _With His Hot & Blue Guitar_
"The Wreck Of The Number Nine" Rosalie Sorrels _Classic Railroad Songs (From Smithsonian Folkways)_
"The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" Gordon Lightfoot _Summertime Dream_

interview with shipwreck explorer Felix Fillman

"Shipwrecked Blues" Clara Smith _Louis Armstrong & The Blues Singers_
"Shipwrecked" The Gothic Archies _The Tragic Treasury: Songs From "A Series Of Unfortunate Events"_
"Shipwrecked" My Robot Friend _Open The Book_
"Shipwreck" The Luxembourg Signal _Blue Field_
"The Shipwreck Coast" The Lucksmiths _Naturaliste_

interview with wrecking ball operator Wesley Sanderson

"Wrecking Ball" Neil Young _Freedom_
"The Wrecking Ball Company" Marissa Nadler _The Sister_
"Wrecking Ball" Snow Machine _Snow Machine_
"Wrecking Ball" City Light _Memory Guide_
"Wrecking Ball" Interpol _Our Love To Admire_

interview with Todd & Jenny of support group Portland's Nervous Wrecks

"Nervous Wreck" Radio Stars _The Chiswick Story: Adventures Of An Independent Record Label 1975-1982_
"Nervous Wreck" Apex Manor _Heartbreak Manor_
"Nervous Wreck" Call & Response _Tiger Teeth_
"Nervous Wreck" Sera Cahoone _Deer Creek Canyon_
"The Nervous Wreck Of Edna Fitzgerald" Four Bitchin' Babes _Gabby Road_

a discussion of homewreckers

"Home Wrecker" Fontella Bass _Free: The Paula Recordings_
"Homewreckers" Tyrone Davis _Home Wrecker_
"Homewrecker" Nick Lowe _The Convincer_
"My Career As A Homewrecker" Jonathan Richman _Having A Party With Jonathan Richman_
"Homewrecker" Sarge _The Glass Intact_

conclusion & goodbye

"Crawling From The Wreckage" Dave Edmunds _Repeat When Necessary_
"Girl Singing In The Wreckage" Black Box Recorder _England Made Me_
"This Wreckage" Gary Numan _Telekon_
"Kling To The Wreckage (feat. Justin Wakefield)" The Crystal Method _Divided By Night_

Monday, February 20, 2023

Whither Wrecks?

It often feels like my life is a wreck, so why not a show about wrecks?

It's probably only of interest to me that the word "wrecks" & the name "Rex" are homonyms. One means "something badly damaged or destroyed" & the other is a name that comes from the Latin for "king." Although to be fair, some (most?) kings were good at wrecking things.

Anyway, when I would say, "This week's show has the theme 'wrecks,'" I would often worry that a listener might think it was about the name, not the damaged vehicle. That's why I thought of it.

Tonight's show is not fit for a king. It's on 90.7fm in town & online at - on from midnight to 3am Portland time. Not responsible for any wrecks that happen because of the show.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Preface To Wrecks: The Wreck Room

Here's a confession: I didn't see many live music shows in Fort Worth. I lived there for almost three years but when I saw live music, I mostly did so in Dallas. When I did see live music in Fort Worth, it was because I was volunteering at benefits for KNON. At one of those places, I saw the cross in the above picture, which reads "RIP Wreck Room."

Of course, Wreck Room is an awesome name for a club. It's a good pun & it sets the tone, like every good club name should. I wish I'd thought of it! Later on, I went to a search engine, to see what I could find. I found this article.

The internets tell me it was located at 3208 W 7th St, but that wasn't where I saw the cross & took the picture - that was at W 5th & Foch, across from Lola's Trailer Park. Apparently that club space has now moved, but I spent a couple of full days at the previous location probably in 2017 & 2018 helping with I think the Fort Worth Blues Fest. The picture above is dated February 2, 2018. I remember there being a table for tattoos & the person trying to convince me to get one. I shoulda just lied & said I already had one.

Would I have enjoyed the Wreck Room? I dunno, I didn't enjoy Fort Worth very much. I did love the house we had there, though, as I wrote about here. & a few of our neighbors. But not the town.

Tomorrow night I'll turn the little deejay booth at KBOO into a Wreck Room tho! Oh shit I can't even say that with a straight face.