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YOU JUST WAIT UNTIL KROB GETS HERE!
September 17, 2021 10:00pm

 

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YOU JUST WAIT UNTIL KROB GETS HERE!
AFTER a ramble through Clark Ashton Smith and others of interest, KrOB, coming from the Residents concert, gives a review. Then we converse. Outside, multiple police cars, ambulances and fire engines pursued the instigator of a stabbing attack. Inside, we talked about the recent, glorious Shake Well concert at the Ivy Room and other recent and impending performances. The equipment is still tottering on its last metaphorical legs, but we're told it will be newly restored by the next iteration of this show. In this one we salted and seasoned the proceedings with vintage SubGenius propaganda, but could not succeed in getting anyone to call the show. C'est la Vie.

ARACHNIDS...
September 10, 2021 10:00pm

 

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ARACHNIDS...
...AND OTHER INVERTEBRATES play a part in this podcast from the noise-beleaguered Radio Valencia studio. We were barely able to play musical and sound effects or provide archival SubGenius material, as the equipment struggles for life. The peculiar hydraulics of spider leg function come in for a mention. Skeletal muscles in the whipscorpion. Mastigoproctus giganteus compare with those of several other chelicerates to clarify the evolutionary morphology and phylogenetic relationships of arachnids. Indeed, we find homologies for the anterior opisthosomal appendages and sclerites in tetrapulmonate arachnids (that is, Trigonotarbida, Araneae, Amblypygi and Uropygi), as well as the controversial discovery that muscular attachments in arthropods can shift from the mesodermal endosternite to the ectodermal exoskeleton, a reconstruction of the evolutionary transformations associated with the apparent uncoupling of pharyngeal and locomotor complexes in the prosoma, or cephalothorax, of Pedipalpi (that is, Amblypygi and Uropygi), and an expanded list of unique synapomorphies supporting the sister-group status of Amblypygi and Uropygi. And so, another show in the can.

CHAT WITH VJ PUSSYCAT--
September 4, 2021 1:00am

 

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CHAT WITH VJ PUSSYCAT--
--SHE CALLED US UP, AND THAT WAS THAT. Since the Studio was more disarranged than usual, We, finding the Viewscreen disconnected and blank, the forlorn Mouse detached with its tail unconnected-- We, finding this, could not ascertain, but were compelled to guess, the time-- and whether We were actually "going out" as a presentation-- it was quite a relief to US, then, when VJ Puss gave Us a jingle and confirmed that We had given birth, after all-- to a spanking new Show. Have a cigar, and find that historic palaver HERE.

SOLO FLIGHT
September 3, 2021 10:00pm

 

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SOLO FLIGHT
AS SO OFTEN BEFORE, We performed as a privilege, never a chore. Avec excerpts. And Archival material, from Shows long gone in the shadows of 40 years on the radio. And this true radio enters into and becomes part of Our podcast, which is not Radio (as must be often said) yet is now an amalgam of the elder and the younger. A well-rounded individual, you might say. WITH: Stanley Laurel, Oliver Norvell Hardy, the late Pete Goldie, KrOB, Puzzling Evidence, Bob Nelson, Gary G'boagram and a veritable Galaxy of Roommate Radio stars. Poetry, pedantry. Renegade psychedelic advertisements for soda, milk and cereal. Plenty of Snap, Crackle and Pop. Toward the end, we received a telephone call from VJ Pussycat, attainable in the sequel.

THE LAST AND FINAL PART OF THE KING
August 27, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE LAST AND FINAL PART OF THE KING
OF THE GOLDEN RIVER, In Which Gluck Avoids The Fate Of His Two Brothers. With KrOB on the job-- again, thank Gobbs. Also, a lengthy examination of Pigs and Hippopotamuses, part of the Show's biological theme. We speak also of the dirty air swirling outside. With Emma Bush performing along with Johnny Noble and his Hawaiian Music the tune "Lei E." About 1926.

THE AFTER-SHOW, FEATURING KROB N' Me...
August 21, 2021 1:00am

 

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THE AFTER-SHOW, FEATURING KROB N' Me...
...OR, MORE CORRECTLY, KrOB n' US. Saturday morning begins with the Aftershow, following our Podcast of Friday, August 20th. You'll hear Us discuss the Lovable Live Sea Monkeys, the works of the late Jack T. Chick, and the nutritive depletion of agricultural soil under the Aegis of corporate farming. Not to mention, you guessed it, Archival Material, of a peculiarly ancient vintage. And we take our first live on-show caller! She's there all the way to the end of the show. Some "prob" with the modulation, though. It's always something...

THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER, THE SECOND PART,
August 20, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER, THE SECOND PART,
IN WHICH THE TWO "BLACK BROTHERS" become Two Black Stones. Also, the King is released from his enchantment and sets the whole megilla in magnum motion, as we Medievalists say. Later, KrOB drops by.

THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER
August 13, 2021 10:00pm

 

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THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER
BY JOHN RUSKIN. What were the Two Black Stones? And the three brothers in long-ago Styria, Hans, Schwartz and Gluck-- how did they fare? While the walls shook from the oppressive Disco thumping from the club next door, we began our reading of Ruskin's compelling story. Not for everybody, but then, what is? As R. Crumb once cautioned, "Not everything's for children, not everything's for everybody." So the Show continues, if in a state of siege from external (and internal) forces. Who and what will prevail? That is the larger narrative here. Next week: the melting of the drinking mug of gold produces an unexpected result. Sunday night at the Make-Out Room, RV DJs, as they are known, will "spin platters," or the contemporary digital equivalent, from that very stage from which issue the noisy affronts to our show. It's all part of Radio V.'s fundraising efforts. Drop by and drop a few bucks in the kitty. The financial status of the station is sub-par, for various reasons. Your poor man's farthing or widow's mite just might help keep the enterprise going longer-- though what is truly needed is for a consistent and ample income stream to flow into the "station," as in fatter times. A Golden River, in other words. Listen to Part Two this upcoming Friday.

DEMON TAIL OF VANISHED EPISODE
August 7, 2021 1:00am

 

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DEMON TAIL OF VANISHED EPISODE
IS ALL THAT REMAINS after we accidentally erased the entire show in trying to add this coda. Too bad-- no way we know of to retrieve it. On the other hand, here we chat with KrOB for awhile, and that's it. Until 1:28. That will teach us to be more careful. At least those who were listening at the time got to hear the first part. And this-- this is the last part. And enjoy our take on the various Horrors of Spider Island.

HORATIVS: THE SEQUEL
July 31, 2021 1:00am

 

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HORATIVS: THE SEQUEL
Then in stepped mighty KrOB, to bring life to the Show, To cause its feeble limbs to stir and sport a healthy glow, Revivifying what was nearly dead from ennui-- The Show came back to life again, as live as live could be. Now join us for the ride, as, closely listening, you shall hear, Yea, well beyond 2:30 you can hear us loud and clear.

HORATIVS COCLES, AS LIVY, WE THINK, TELLS US
July 30, 2021 10:00pm

 

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HORATIVS COCLES, AS LIVY, WE THINK, TELLS US
DEFENDED ROME AGAINST THE FORCES OF LARS PORSENA OF CLUSIUM. And we feel a bit like Horatius as we seemingly stand solely alone opposing the roar of amplified sounds through Radio Valencia's too-thin walls. So it goes, these nights of renewed Show, and in this case we didn't have Strong Herminius and Spurius Lartius to lend a hand. Perhaps the ominous news of the scary Delta Variant, which my in fact shut us all down, kept them at home. A solo effort with a capella singing by Dr. H. Owll and interpolated material from the Puzzling Evidence archive, solo until... KrOB showed up! THEN the Show took an easier, more palatable and digestible course. Hail KrOB!

NOT US. NOT US
July 30, 2021 1:00am

 

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NOT US. NOT US
JUST RANDOM STUFF...

JUST IMAGINE THE CITY OF THE FUTURE!
July 23, 2021 10:00pm

 

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JUST IMAGINE THE CITY OF THE FUTURE!
THE WONDER-WORLD OF TOMORROW is always a subject for speculation. Will we overcome our petty differences and significant problems and create a true scientific Utopia, a Heaven on Earth? Will we avoid a devastated planet and a cruel, barbaric fallen world? Interplanetary travel, humanoid robots, long-life via scientific extension? Some dreams die hard, and this one persists here and there. Of course, we also touch on multiple other subjects. Say, all you Etherettes and Rocket Rookies: get set to watch the Virtual Ask Dr. Hal! Show in August, coming up on Sunday, the 8th. 7:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time. Free to watch, pay what you will to ask of me your Questions... To join us go to https://gonzotronics.net/adh/

EMPIRE OF WORMS...
July 16, 2021 10:00pm

 

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EMPIRE OF WORMS...
WE HAD expected Guests, but were denied the Pleasure, owing to certain Exigencies. Therefore Dr. H. Owll was forc'd to Go It Alone, in the Teeth of the thund'rous Roar from the boisterous Club on the adverse Side of the thin Partition between it and our Atelier. The heightened Speech from the Roisterers beyond our Door also contributed to the bellowing Noise. A Solo Outing, distinguish'd by our taking up the Subject of Worms, and what these Animals bring to our Terraqueous Globe, our Presentation touches also on numerous other Subjeckts. Musick is also offer'd of various Varieties. We end at One of the Clock on Saturday Morning, since the Station has been chopping us off, as with the Headman's Axe, at that same Time and not permitting us to continue. But what, pray, shall become of our poor Show?

DEDICATED TO JOHN LUTHER "CASEY" JONES...
July 9, 2021 10:00pm

 

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DEDICATED TO JOHN LUTHER "CASEY" JONES...
...IN HIS VARIOUS INCARNATIONS after his fatal crash on the Illinois Central Railroad (on a Mississippi track). Was there, as the representative of the railroad insisted there had been, at the inquest, a flagman on the track, or signal flares? The eagle-eyed Casey saw neither, that fateful night in May, 1900. Well, poor Casey. An artist with the steam locomotive. Designed and built his own whistles, installed them too. Attained record high speeds. Saved lives even before the collision, in which the only death was his. Well, sir, that is but ONE of the multitudinous topics touched upon in this lengthy, rambling salon. With Puzzling Evidence at first and Jett, newly returned, all the way. All the while we battle the Disco Reptilians and their emanations. A live number! Someday, maybe we can do something about the club music blasting through the thin, papery walls or the roar of the smoking, restless, loud-yakking crowd pressed right up against the glass...

RERUN: BETTIE PAGE MEETS THE WOLFMAN--
July 2, 2021 10:00pm

 

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RERUN: BETTIE PAGE MEETS THE WOLFMAN--
WHEN LAWRENCE "LARRY" TALBOT, a.k.a. The Wolfman, made the transatlantic journey to the United States just after the Second World War, on his own, to stop the Conspiracy of the Monsters-- see ABBOT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948), he ended up making yet another suicide attempt, dragging Dracula in bat-form down into the ocean with him. Yet once again, he found that death is no option for the Lycanthrope. Larry had relapsed after apparently being cured by Dr. Franz Edlemann (see HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945), and never got it through his head that HE was one of the monsters (not the Humans), always thinking of himself as a victim. This changed when he met Irving Klaw and his best "Peekaboo" model, the famous Bettie Page. Klaw, the notorious "pornographer," ran afoul of the Kefauver Hearings of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1957-- the same politicians who were attacking comic books. The Senate Hearings marked the beginning of the end of Klaw's mail-order fetish art business in New York. That investigation tried to link pornography to the bugaboo of the moment-- juvenile delinquency. The McCarthy-style hearings branded Klaw as a "degenerate" and ushered in a new wave of media censorship. Bettie Page was also summoned to the hearings but, as it happens, never did get asked to testify. While waiting to be called at her hotel in the District of Columbia, lovely Bettie met Larry, whose rooms were across the hall from hers. Bettie was friendly, Bettie was warm and open, a good sport and one who liked to try new things... Suffice it to say that the vivacious Bettie convinced Talbot then and there to accept his quasi-lupine, animal nature. And... and there aren't any Wolfman movies featuring Larry Talbot after that, are there? Plenty of Lon Chaney, Jr. ones, though. We ask that you draw your own conclusions. A six-hour show this was, ultimately featuring Puzzling Evidence and KrOB. But of course this here is just another re-run-- they trim these things down to 3 hours and chop 'em there. Hell, they're trimming the LIVE ones down to 3 hours. What to do? If the late-night antics are congruent and congenial, listen live, Clive. We'll try to get the "staysh" to record more of these things. With this one, what we're saying is that the "good" parts might be... surgically nipped off after the third hour. Well, it hurts us more than it hurts you. Hey, kids! Watch the Ask Dr. Hal! Podcast show! Download old episodes, watch new live episodes-- wheeee! 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, and FREE! --when you go to: https://gonzotronics.net/adh/

IN THE PREHISTORIC FOREST
June 25, 2021 10:00pm

 

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IN THE PREHISTORIC FOREST
WHERE WE OFTEN FIND OURSELVES, whatabouta travelogue, featuring some of its more spectacular inhabitants? Eh? Done and done. More hi-jinks with Stang & Co. The late Whitman McGowan, whom we miss, performs "Be Nowhere Now." And more. Next week another NEW show fighting the thumping nightclub next door and its yakkety-yakking patrons. The baby-blue crawdad will be back. And so will we, fresh from a Nudist Camp... in Florida...

WELL, I'LL BE A BABY BLUE CRAWDAD!
June 18, 2021 10:00pm

 

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WELL, I'LL BE A BABY BLUE CRAWDAD!
SO EXCLAIMED Dr. H. Owll when he ACTUALLY DID A LIVE SHOW, not a re-run, at the new Radio Valencia studio. Dylan Thomas, a live intro, the whole megilla. But the club next door overwhelmed us with its incessant noise. That will have to be dealt with in the fullness of time. And there are two re-runs coming; it can't be otherwise, since this is the season when Dr. H. Owll takes his travels, ultimately to a Nudist Colony in Florida (as part of his Church of the SubGenius sacramental devoirs). After that we'll be back, trying to do shows though the ruckus from next door may infiltrate our content. Ironically, few who listened even seemed to understand that it WAS a live show. And to combat the noise we did have to feature quite a bit of recorded material (though never presented before). Oh, you can hear the yakking crowd and the thudding disco beat vibrating our walls. How those drunks can hoot n' holler! C'est la vie, Etherettes and Rocket Rookies. Our audience, mostly dispersed and disinterested after our long hiatus, will have to be restored-- one listener at a time... starting, perhaps, with YOU?

SHO' PO ' POURREE
June 4, 2021 10:00pm

 

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SHO' PO ' POURREE
OR SOME SUCH. A mystifying melange of Michael Peppe, KrOB, Spider Science and other varied ingredients. Good to the very last dropped name and obscure pleasantry. All marking time until the day, not too far from now, when we reclaim our rightful domain-- if, that is, we can reclaim it in a studio next to the roar of a crowd directly outside waiting to attend a loud night club, and next to that club itself, whose pulsing mechanically generated percussion shall blast through our poor, thin walls to be picked up by our microphones...

LIVES OF SOME INSECTS AND SPIDERS
May 28, 2021 10:00pm

 

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LIVES OF SOME INSECTS AND SPIDERS
THE EARTHWORM, THE GOLD BEETLE, the wise Emmet dance around the Wine-presses of Luvah. The Centipede is there. The Ground Spider with many Eyes... The Ambitious Spider in her sullen Web, the lucky golden Spinner. The Earwig, arm'd. The tender Maggot, Emblem of Immortality. The Flea, Louse, Bug, Tape-worm, all the Armies of Disease, visible or invisible to the slothful vegetating Man. The slow Slug, the Grass-hopper that Sings and Drinks and Laughs-- Winter comes; he folds his slender Bones without a Murmur. The cruel Scorpion is there. The Gnat, the Wasp, the Hornet and the Honey-bee. The Toad and venomous Newt, the Serpent clad in gems and gold-- they throw off their gorgeous Raiment, they rejoice in loud Jubilee, dancing round the Wine-presses of Luvah, naked and drunk with Wine. Re-run.


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