Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio

Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #90

This 90th time we’ve assembled together here at Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio, we’re taking a deeper interest in the music of CATE LE BON; we’re supplying listeners with new sounds from BRAIN DRAIN, WEAPON MAN, BLANK SQUARE, GEN POP, SIDA, DRINKS (pictured) and more; we’re indulging in a 70s Euro-glam detour; and we’re shelf-digging stuff out for you from ROYAL TRUX, AMOS & SARA, THE BONGOS and others.

Why not join dozens of other like-minded individuals around the world and spend a little time curling up w/ our latest hour-long episode?

Download or stream Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #90 on Soundcloud.

Stream Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #90 on Mixcloud.

Subscribe to the show, get this episode + about 70 others on iTunes.

Track listing:

CATE LE BON – Rock Pool
GEN POP – The Wall
SIDA – Subject Awesome
ON ON ON – Chamoney
SIX MINUTE WAR – Giles Hall
WEAPON MAN – Everybody is Shit
SUN BATHER – Waiting
PAMELA – I’m Nobody
BRAIN DRAIN – Norwood’s Disease
DRINKS – I Am a Miserable Pig
THE BONGOS – In The Congo
COASTING – Portland
CRUNCH – Let’s Do It Again
ANGEL – Little Boy Blue
MABEL – I’m Only Here to RocknRoll
CAPTAIN LOCKHEED & THE STARFIGHTERS – Ejection
BLANK SQUARE – Put a Lid on It
ROYAL TRUX – Incineration
AMOS AND SARA – Green is a Bad Colour
CATE LE BON – Aside From Growing Old

Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio

Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #88

It’s the first Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio of 2017, and we’re hoping you’re gonna think it’s a whopper. Just over one hour, as always, this time with new stuff from RAYS (pictured; photo by Melissa Leitman), EXILES FROM CLOWNTOWN, GEE TEE, BALEINE 3000 and GROWTH, along with newer reissue material from SMALL WORLD EXPERIENCE, METAL URBAIN and DRIVER U.F.O.

There’s also some vault action from everyone from WIRE to GUIDED BY VOICES to THE GORIES. In order to get a handle on it, you’re going to need to press play.

Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #88 on Soundcloud.

Stream Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #88 on Mixcloud.

Subscribe to the show and get all the episodes on iTunes.

Track listing:

GEE TEE – Thugs in Cars
RAYS – Drop Dead
TWILIGHTERS – Nothing Can Bring Me Down
BALEINE 3000 – Fried Oyster
THE MIAMI DOLPHINS – Carcrash
NOTS – Dust Red
THE GORIES – Drowning
DRIVER U.F.O. – Cuisinart
THE CLITS – Zoo Song
WIRE – Outdoor Miner
GUIDED BY VOICES – Break Even
METAL URBAIN – Paris Maquis
PATSY – Nazis Are So Plain
THE LAST SONS OF KRYPTON – Atom Bomb
GIBSON BROS – My Young Life
SMALL WORLD EXPERIENCE – Get Lost
CRASH NORMAL – Moon Food
BONA DISH – 8am
GROWTH – Ice Age
EXILES FROM CLOWNTOWN – Oh Well

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Fantastic new-to-me, likely old-to-many podcast for experimental mp3 diggers and shufflers who like it raw and deeply underground.

It’s called FREE FORM FREAKOUT; it hails from Mankato, MN; and it’s already up to 69 episodes.

The fella who hosts it – “David” – is exceptionally knowledgeable and patient in his detailed explanations of crude, dark, looped and strummed music – some hovering in the rock or folk idiom, some not. Regarding the music played, imagine a mix existing somewhere between The Wire magazine (minus the techno), Bull Tongue Review and Syphon Me Plasma. I suspect I’ll learn a lot here.

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finalsounds:

The return of Final Sounds Radio, first show in six months….! Our 3rd edition breaks the already broken mold by focusing solely on Americana & Americans, from the 1920s to last year.

Country, folk, blues, showboating, drinking and hot-stepping patriots from the lower 48. Download it or stream it & take a load off for an hour, why don’t ya.

Download or stream Final Sounds Radio #3 on Soundcloud.

Stream the entire show on Mixcloud instead.

Track listing:

SUZI JANE HOKUM – Home (I’m Home)
DICK CURLESS – Loser’s Cocktail
JIM ED BROWN – Pop a Top
LEE HAZLEWOOD – Hello, Saturday Morning
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SINGERS – Lorena
ASA MARTIN & JAMES ROBERTS – Darling Nellie Gray
TOWNES VAN ZANDT – Sad Cinderella
RUTH GARBUS – Certain Kind
WANDA JACKSON – Back Then
JULIE BYRNE – Melting Grid
SKIP JAMES – Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues
SMITH CASEY – East Texas Rag
LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS – Tim Moore’s Farm
DEBBY SCHWARTZ – Satan, You Brought Me Down
THE HAWKS – A Little More Wine My Dear
BLIND ROBERT WARD – The Voyage of Apollo 8
DANIEL BACHMAN – Song For The Setting Sun I

Dynamite Hemorrhage has returned to podcasting/phony-radio-show-hosting with the first FINAL SOUNDS radio show in six months. More to come very soon.

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I originally wrote this piece for the FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS print fanzine that’s yet to come out (though as I’m sure you know, they’re very much alive otherwise). The editors there gave it a snazzy French title, which I liked. This “data” has a bit of a shelf life – apps and music consumption being a bit of a moving target – so I thought I’d post the piece here.

Au
Courant
in the Car

Or, modern man’s musical sublimation to the
machine

by Jay Hinman

It says more about me than
I’d like it to – but I’ll come clean and admit that I’ve fully succumbed to a
nearly 100% digital lifestyle when it comes to the consumption of music (the
occasional 45 or LP purchase notwithstanding – as these are purchased for
ultimate digitization purposes). This really doesn’t even involve compact discs
any longer. Everything I listen to, it’s on my phone. Yeah, my telephone. Who among
us would have imagined such an abomination, even a couple of years ago? I
listen to upwards of an hour or two of music every day, and most often more.
Much of this is done in the car, as I’m one of the unfortunate cogs in the
great, grinding corporate deathburger who commutes a great distance to work.
I’ve outfitted my chariot with an auxiliary hook-up that lets me plop the HTC
One smartphone or my iPod Touch into a cradle, and then run whatever comes out
of it through my car’s speakers. Perhaps you’ve seen, or have yourself
experienced, such a get-up. Not to put too fine a point on it, but it has been
culturally life-changing, and totally has opened me up to entirely new ways of
getting clued in about radical new sounds.

I thought I’d pull together the music apps that I whole- or at least halfheartedly
recommend for you. You’ll probably heard of most of ‘em. Granted, this is
mostly an Android conversation, so I apologize in advance to any lingering iPhone
users out there who haven’t jumped ship like I did a couple years ago – though
I’m pretty sure most of these are available for you holdouts, too. If you’re
still rocking a StarTac or a Razr, I’m sorry, but I do admire your stance on
many levels.

SPOTIFY – Perhaps no application or
service has so upended the way music is consumed and delivered as Spotify has.
Some might say for ill perhaps musicians themselves, say – and I’m
certainly sympathetic to the argument. That said, wearing my pure consumer hat,
I happily pay them ten bucks a month to listen to the app, ad-free, on mobile –
in fact, I have never actually experienced Spotify as a “free”
customer, since I rarely use a PC to listen to music. The catalogs they pull
from run incredibly deep, and often include brand-new independent and deeply
underground 45s and LPs the week they’re released. Not everyone’s on there, of
course, but seems like 9 out of 10 things I hear about and want to try are
easily found within the app, especially the weirdly experimental music often
written about in publications like The Wire.
The mobile app lets you subscribers store stuff for offline listening, kinda
like you “own” it – which makes it easy to listen to in poor coverage,
or when you’re off the wireless grid entirely. And despite aforementioned
grumblings from a few artists about meager paychecks, I’m chastened to know
that every song I stream deposits at least a couple hundredths of cents in the
musicians’ bank accounts. Totally essential app for the modern music doofus,
and I have to say it’s getting better every update.

FLICKTUNES (now called CARTUNES) – This iTunes alternative
could better be classified as a “public safety” app, as it’s probably
kept me from plowing my vehicle into those in front of and on the sides of me
on far too many occasions. You know how when you’re playing a song or even a
downloaded podcast or radio show in iTunes, you’re only able to
“scroll” though a song – but not advance it 30 seconds forward or
backward? I know – horrifically lame, right? (they call that bar the
“scrubber”, by the way. Thought you’d like to know that). That doesn’t work
when you’re driving, even when your iPhone or iPod is mounted right in front of
you there on the air vents. FlickTunes lets me use a “two-finger
swipe” to easily advance 30 seconds in any song, which works especially
well when I’m listening to a radio show and I don’t wanna hear a particular
song or songs. There are other cool features as well, but that one in
particular is a lifeline both for me and the people who drive near me.

8TRACKS – I’ve been singing the
praises of this app
for years in my various online blather forums, and my
enthusiasm hasn’t diminished in the slightest. 8Tracks is user-programmed and
-curated mix tapes, effectively. It has attracted some incredibly knowledgeable
experts across all sorts of sub-genres: 60s french pop; KBD-style punk;
pre-WWII Latin music; C86 pop; female-created electronic music of the 60s; and
loads of indie bands of every stripe. Wind it up and let it go. It’s the next
evolution of radio, if you think about it, and about the only downside is the
inability to skip more than 5 songs in a row – which has nothing to do with
8Tracks, and everything to do with
keeping things kosher with the labels and publishing houses. Some curators I
recommend over there are Isitanart, SpaceBunnySounds, the13thTrack, fuckinrecordreviews
himself, ohanaorsomething, urbankill,
Wub-Fur Internet Radio
and hey, me.
I’m at DynamiteHemorrhage, and I
have a page full of mixes for the streaming-minded. The whole thing works
just as well, if not better, on your laptop, and there’s a cheapo premium
version if you don’t want to see ads, which I don’t.

SOUNDCLOUD – At first it seemed like
this site was all about people uploading field recordings of bird sounds &
such, but music fiends being music fiends, it morphed into a hosting site for
mp3 files, and now it’s become one of premier locales for underground music
from the independent and/or totally unaffiliated. The difference between mp3
blogs of 2015 and those of, say, 2008, is that the latter truly gave away mp3s
as downloads – hey, I did it myself. Today, almost everyone posts them on
Soundcloud, which makes artists happy, and makes it more difficult for you to
“acquire” a track without paying for it. (Yes, I certainly know about
the workarounds, god love ‘em). It also means that, if you still follow what
few music blogs exist, you need to click the little heart icon on the song
that’s been put onto Soundcloud, which then saves that song for you to listen
to later. I’m always creating these playlists of songs I read about, then
listening later on SoundCloud. The app still needs to evolve a bit, but it’s
very useful & seems to be the place where mp3 uploads of all kinds have
settled the past couple of years.

BANDCAMP – This one comes with
some major caveats. Bandcamp became the platform of choice for independent
artists to store their recorded music over the past 24-36 months, displacing
MySpace entirely. It’s 1,000 times better than MySpace ever was, which
obviously isn’t saying a goddamn thing. There used to be something cool called
Bandcamper, an app that applied a “presentation layer” over the
broader Bandcamp universe, but it had some gaping holes (like maddening search
functionality) – and it seems to have been hounded out of the app stores
entirely. Along came Bandcamp’s own app a little over year ago, and it’s
beautiful. If you’ve bought something on Bandcamp – and who hasn’t – it’s
available in full for streaming from the app with a touch of a button. It’s
cloud-based storage for everything you’ve ever purchased there, like, ever. That said, if you downloaded
something for free from Bandcamp, or even if you willingly gave a few sawbucks
to a “name your price” album or 45, it won’t show up here. Why not? Hell if I know. There are also discovery features where
you can find out what other people are buying, and then stream 1 meager song from each of their albums
(that’s all that’s allowed) – but I do miss Bandcamper’s smorgasbord of music compiled
from the entire Bandcamp universe. (Note:
it looks like they may have sorta addressed this in a recent update, so stream
away…!)

MIXCLOUD – A total up & comer that started really delivering just the past
few months. Initially it was much like 8Tracks: a place to upload your curated
modern mix tape, just not nearly as good. Recently it’s found a new niche as
the place where “disk jockeys” from the world’s terrestrial and internet radio
stations and from laptop-based phony
radio shows upload their recently-finished programs. This is a profoundly
important development if you’re not already a leading expert on every known
corner of the underground music universe, and lean heavily on clued-in curators
the way I do. Given the newfound ubiquitous matching of cool radio sets and
Mixcloud, I’m able to subscribe to sublimely righteous radio shows emanating
from Belgium to Bellingham, and these shows simply pop up in my feed every
week. It beats setting an alert to listen to the thing in real-time (old school!) by well more than a mile.

iCRATES – This really isn’t a
car app and is therefore a bit of an outlier to the broader article, but it’s a
terrific iPod/iPhone app. iCrates is for those of us/you who still buy records
and CDs, and who would like an aggregated peek into where you can find a
particular piece on vinyl or a given disc. It looks into the Discogs, eBay
and Amazon databases and presents you with who’s selling what, where. Far be it
for me to do anything to hurt traditional record stores, which I love, but this
is their worst nightmare unless they’re hot on the draw and are presciently selling
their wares in these forums. Used vinyl prices in stores can be easily undercut
with a quick search on iCrates for that same vinyl at a far better price. Capitalist
porker? Guilty as charged. Besides that, it’s totally fun to mess around with,
as it has the amazing Discogs.com database, with photos and sleeve scans, right
there at your proverbial fingertips.

WFMU, WMUA, KFJC, RADIO
VALENCIA, HOLLOW EARTH RADIO etc
. – Finally, there are the many
college/pirate radio station apps. I recognize that there are aggregators like
Tune-In out there that work really well, but I personally prefer an easy-to-see
icon on my device that I can punch whilst driving, rather than the extra three
clicks it takes to find what I want there. That could be the different between
a mellow drive home and Hamburger Highway.

The best radio station
apps start playing immediately upon launch, and provide song identification in
big letters on the screen. WFMU’s app goes those one better, and not only
streams all of their podcasts and show archives, but even lets you
“favorite” individual songs so you can check up on them later (or buy
them on iTunes if they’re available there right now). Absolutely the best radio
station app, from a station that’s always one step ahead of everyone else. I
personally also enjoy the quasi-legit pirate stations Hollow Earth Radio,
BFF.FM
and Radio Valencia, along with college stations KFJCWMUA,
KUSF IN EXILEKEXP and KDVS. This is where time and patience
finally meet the limits of my commute – we’ve arrived at home, and seriously,
there are no other radio stations I’ve even got the time to investigate on this drive – so we’ll stick with these old
favorites.

Now some folks have
informed me that people even “listen” to music on “YouTube”. YouTube! As if. What’s wrong with you
kids? Keep your eyes on the goddamn road, and stop watching music videos – I’m futzing
with my smartphone over here.

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Can’t pick a more inauspicious time to post a new show than smack in the middle of Labor Day weekend, but we at Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio don’t operate according to your rules. We had bands we needed to play for you, we had a free Saturday night, we bailed on something like five quality live music shows happening in the San Francisco Bay Area this evening and instead we made ya this podcast. It’s a little over an hour and it might blow your goddamn mind.

Let’s start with brand new material from HONEY RADAR, SNEAKS, OCTAGRAPE, SYNTHETIC ID, PY PY, TERRY MALTS and THE BILDERS. We stack from there with reissued stuff from CRIME. We slide in library material from VAIN AIMS, GARBAGE AND THE FLOWERS, COME, FLESH EATERS, DEAD CLODETTES, THE GERMS and the awesome KING TEARS MORTUARY (pictured here) – among others. Like the other 43 hours of podcasts before it, it all comes with my personal guarantee of quality – the music, not the blatherings of the inane host. That’s what the slider on your iPhone is for. 

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #44 here.
Stream or download the show on Soundcloud here.
Subscribe to the show on iTunes here.

Track listing:

HONEY RADAR – A Ballerina in Focus
HONEY RADAR – Alabama Wax Habit
SNEAKS – New Taste
BEYOND THE IMPLODE – Lassitude 
VAIN AIMS – You
KING TEARS MORTUARY – Crash Report
DEAD CLODETTES – Flou
THE NIGHTS AND DAYS – Diddy Wah Diddy
CRIME – Terminal Boredom
GERMS – Sex Boy
TERRY MALTS – Let You In
SYNTHETIC ID – Random Shocks
THE FLESH EATERS – Plastic Factory (live)
OCTAGRAPE – Ono Cyclone
PY PY – Pagan Day
COME – Car
THE GARBAGE AND THE FLOWERS – Nothing Going Down At All
THE BILDERS – The Utopians R Just Out Boozin’ 

Some past shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #43    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #42    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #41    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #40    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #39    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #38    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #37    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist)

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Are we living in the middle of a full-on, gnarly-ass, rock and roll revolution? Because it sure feels like it to me. I think you’ll know what I’m talking about when you sample the breadth and depth of DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO #43, my latest phony radio show recorded on a laptop somewhere in the wilds of Scandinavia. Here we have all manner of dangerous and even sweet sounds, more new than old, and fully deserving of every bit of the next hour that you have. 

New stuff this show includes winners from LOS CRIPIS (pictured); the PROPER ORNAMENTS, BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS, COLD BEAT, AUSMUTEANTS, MIRIAM (Linna!!), WET BLANKETS, MUSK, APACHE DROPOUT, HONEY RADAR, SYNTHETIC ID, and yes, MR. BISCUITS…!. But that’s not all we did for you. We also threw together some raw and raging stuff from the ROB JO STAR BAND, THE MIRRORS, HARRY PUSSY, CLAW HAMMER, THE REACTIONARIES, FEEDTIME and even MUDHONEY, baby. Oh look – you’ve already started listening.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #43 here.
Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #43 on Soundcloud.
Subscribe to the show on iTunes.

Track listing:

ROB JO STAR BAND – Acid Revolution
SYNTHETIC ID – At an Impasse
HARRY PUSSY – Youth Problem
WET BLANKETS – Dieter Caught My Bus
BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS – I Ain’t Going To Church
BLACK JASPERS – Smart Car
AUSMUTEANTS – Fed Through A Tube
LOS CRIPIS – All My Friends Are Dead
MIRIAM – My Love Has Gone
HONEY RADAR – Scorpions Bought Me Breakfast
PROPER ORNAMENTS – Step Into The Cold
COLD BEAT – Wave
MUSK – Drag House
THE SHAMES – My World Is Upside Down
MUDHONEY – Paperback Life
CLAW HAMMER – Self Destruct
APACHE DROPOUT – Trash is Treasure
THE REACTIONARIES – Innuendo
FEEDTIME – Don’t Tell Me
MR. BISCUITS – My Plums Are Ripe
THE MIRRORS – She Smiled Wild

Some past shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #42    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #41    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #40    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #39    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #38    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #37    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist)

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After a three-week absence, we’re back with another hour of quality tuneage from noisemakers old and new. For once, let’s start the brief recap with the old-timers. Pere Ubu (pictured), Bill Direen & The Bilders, The Dicks, Vacuum, The Creation, The Screamers and the Nig-Heist, anyone? There’s a set of “soft sounds for gentle people” (sorta) in the middle, bookended by new stuff from The Proper Ornaments and Cold Beat. There is other new material from The Nots, Apache Dropout, The Coolies and Dark Matter. In short, there is much to like.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #42 here.
Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #42 on Soundcloud here.
Subscribe to the show via iTunes here.

Playlist:

VACUUM – Kicks
APACHE DROPOUT – Heavy Window
THE CREATION – Midway Down
WURLD SERIES – What Would You Do?
THE NOTS – Modern
THE NIG-HEIST – The Last Generation
PROPER ORNAMENTS – Magazine
THE GIRLS AT DAWN – Come Here To Die
FAT TULIPS – Nostalgia
WILDERNESS CHILDREN – Bad Taste In My Mouth
COLD BEAT – Out of Time
DARK MATTER – Dark Matter
THE COOLIES – Mothers in Mantis
PERE UBU – Cloud 149
THE SCREAMERS – Vertigo (Let’s Go)
BILL DIREEN & THE BILDERS – Retail Trade
VIRGIN PRUNES – Twenty Tens (I’ve Been Smoking All Night)
THE LEWD – American Wino
THE DICKS – Lifetime Problems
45 GRAVE – Black Cross

Some past shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #41    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #40    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #39    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #38    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #37    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist)

For any folks who missed it – we made our 42nd phony radio show earlier this week. Here it is.

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(Originally posted on my Hedonist Jive blog back in April 2010)

I spent large chunks of my junior high and high school experience circa 1981-85 alone in my bedroom, awash in the sounds of an life-changing college radio station from Los Altos Hills, California called KFJC coming out of my clock radio. I had previously been a young music freak who tuned into America’s Top 40 every Sunday, as well as a budding “new waver” discovering Devo, The B-52s and Adam and the Ants; and to some extent, I remained (and possibly still remain) something of a new waver. Through KFJC, and through KPFA’s “Maximum Rock and Roll Radio Show”, I discovered punk rock, which was then in the throes of branching into its full-on, light-speed hardcore phase. I discovered English DIY and dark/gothy stuff, and some early favorites of mine were Siouxsie & The Banshees, Bauhaus, The Delta 5 and the Au Pairs. The station helped turn me from a music fan into a music obsessive, and to think that I’d be joining my DJ idols there in a few years was unfathomable at the time.

After four years DJing in college at KCSB in Santa Barbara, I moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989 with enough confidence to approach my formative heroes at KFJC with a proposal for my own show. It wasn’t that difficult – after a few weeks of toil in the 2-6am time slot, I landed first a decent morning show and then a fantastic Monday night gig from 6-10pm. KFJC was among the most creative of radio stations, drawing upon yearly traditions started by long-retired DJs. Two of their best traditions, both of which continue to this day, are the annual “format change” on April Fool’s Day and the subsequent “Month of Mayhem”, where DJs put together hours-long overviews of particular artists, neglected genres of music, and all manner of musical ephemera, strung together in a manner not conducive for a typical radio slot.

April Fool’s was always a blast, and I remember being a stung listener several times during my teenage years when I forgot what day it was. There was the time that the format change was reduced to a rotation of only six songs, played back-to-back in sets, then started over again – an exaggerated version of some awful Top 40 station programmed by a corporation. Except the two songs I remember from this particular day of mirth were pretty cool – “Start!” by The Jam and “Watching The Detectives” by Elvis Costello – placing it around 1982 or so. There was another time where the format changed to all reggae, and all the DJs talked in a bogus Jamaican patois. More recently, KFJC switched frequencies with New Jersey’s WFMU for the day, which must have been absolutely baffling for listeners on both coasts.

In my brief time at KFJC from 1989-1990, I got in on one April Fool’s day. We decided to change the station’s format on 4/1/1990 to an “oldies” station, except the oldies here would be alternative/college rock songs that were no more than ten years old. I got a key slot on Sunday night from 6-9pm this particular day, taking the place of a wacked-out radical left/conspiracy theory show hosted by a guy named Dave Emory. (I believe this show was later syndicated, though Emory worked out of our Los Altos Hills studio). I totally hammed up the format, announcing in my most weasely of milquetoast DJ voices after a song would end, “Ohhhh yeah, don’t that just make you feel so GOOD hearing that again? Going allllllllllll the way back to 1984, that was a real golden classic from the Meat Puppets”. 

Then I’d do a fake “traffic report”, where I’d spin a sound effects record of a helicopter in the air and then play a pre-recorded tape we’d made of some phony, deliberately wrong traffic update. It would start off talking about local freeways (“problems in the MacArthur Maze, heavy backup at the Bay Bridge, metering lights are on”), and then would segue matter-of-factly into Los Angeles freeways that were seven hours away from us (“Injury-accident on the 405”) – keeping in mind, of course, that it was Sunday night at 7pm and there was likely no one on any freeways. 

The best part of this particular prank was that I got to make up new time slots for all the popular DJs our new format was displacing. I acted like this was now my new slot, and that these were the songs I was going to play every week in this slot. I then would announce stuff in my stupid hack DJ voice like, “Don’t worry, Dave Emory fans, Dave’s still got a home on KFJC. You can now catch his show each and every Sunday morning from 4:45-5am, only here on ‘The Wave of The West’”. I invented new slots for every show that day, all at preposterous times like 1:30-2am and the like – and then the calls started coming in. The lines just lit up like a Christmas tree after the “Emory timeslot change”. And then I realized how unhinged some of Emory’s listeners were. They called me one after the other, totally freaked out, asking for clarification, begging KFJC to reconsider, completely not in on the joke. 

This went on for about an hour before I got a call from Emory himself, who told me I needed to cut it out for my own safety – “You don’t know how dangerous some of these people can be – they’ll come down to the station”. Based on my previous calls that hour from modern-day birther types (the big controversies/obsessions of the day were Reagan’s “October Surprise” and still, 27 years later, JFK’s assassination). I decided he was probably right, and cut this part of my shtick as my show was winding down. Of course, the station reverted to its normal free-form format the next morning.

I also only got one “Month of Mayhem” special in, because I quit the station in July 1990, fed up with the depressed, insular frathouse of lost souls that seemed to make up station personnel. Oh – that, and the commute from my new apartment in San Francisco. Yet I did get to do a three-hour special on THE FLESH EATERS, no mean feat when the band only put out four forty-minute albums in the 1980s and one single in 1978, and whom I never saw live and only heard for the first time a year after they’d broken up. My four years in college in the late 80s, however, turned me into a rabid, posthumously worshipping fan of the band and their genius singer, Chris Desjardins, who I was by then seeing play in his new bands The Divine Horsemen and Stone By Stone. 

At that point in my life The Flesh Eaters were easily “my favorite band of all time”. When I conceived of doing this special back in March 1990, I wrote a letter to Chris D (we didn’t have email back then, you kids) and asked him if I could interview him on the show. I gave him my work phone number so we could work out the details (we didn’t have cell phones back then, you kids). Well, two months went by and I’d heard nothing from him, and figured that the lack of interest from him was in keeping with his publicity-shy, disinterested persona. 

One hour before I was to leave my job at Monster Cable and drive down to KFJC and do the special, I got a call on my work line, and whoa – it was Chris D himself. He’d love to do an interview. Uhhh…..OK. So I hustled down to the station, corralled an engineer to help me figure out how to patch him in, took Chris’s call live on the air, and proceeded to do what I remember as the most botched, hurried, unprepared, nervous interview I’ve ever done – with my idol, no less. And of course – I didn’t tape it, so there’s no historical record for me to check and assure myself that “it wasn’t so bad after all”. In my mind it was a friggin’ disaster – but Chris DID break the news on our call that he was re-forming the Flesh Eaters that year, which was totally exciting until I realized that all it meant was that he had a new band put together, and he just slapped on his old, more reknown band’s name on top of it. (As it turned out, this new Flesh Eaters were actually really good for a few years, and played live and recorded albums up into the 21st Century).

When I quit the station in shame and disgust on July 4th, 1990, I remember driving back to San Francisco, straight to a FLIPPER reunion show at the Covered Wagon Saloon, totally angry and bummed about the circumstances surrounding my decision. I drank fairly heavily at the club. That day I’d done my final show, and as it turned out, it was my final show anywhere as a behind-the-glass, guy with 2-3 turntables disk jockey. To this day I still have anxiety dreams where the song on Turntable 1 is about to end, and there’s nothing queued up on Turntable 2 – and gasp – we’re about to have some “dead air”!!! I still love KFJC and the ethos behind KFJC, and there’s a whole new generation at the station now who are keeping it among America’s most vital musical institutions. Sometimes I still wish I was there, just so I could cook up more pranks and Month of Mayhem musical OCD specials – then I wonder if anyone even listens to the radio at all anymore. Anyway, that’s enough blog reminiscing for now. If anyone taped that May 14th, 1990 KFJC Flesh Eaters special – or the April 1st, 1990 6-9pm show – please do get in touch.

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You can pretty much set your watch by the arrival of a new DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO podcast, every two or three weeks or so, give or take a few days on either end. Our newest edition is our fortieth (four-zero; #40) and was recorded on the 4th of July in a place where said day is utterly meaningless and uncelebrated. I’ve been enjoying larding these shows up with new stuff rather than mp3s from my outrageously bountiful mp3 collection (you should see it!), primarily because every two weeks I keep hearing new stuff I think is totally rad. Case in point: THE COOLIES, PIECE WAR, THE YAKKS, DARK TIMES, MEN OH PAUSE, POW!, WOLF GIRL and COLD BEAT – all brand new. All great – or else we wouldn’t play it, right?

There’s also the new reissue of The Flesh Eaters“A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die” to contend with, as well as important material that its essential you listen to from Tales of Terror, The Milky Ways, Naked Spots Dance and others. It’s one hour and a few minutes, and it’s available for download on iTunes and Soundcloud and in other spots as well – like right here.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #40.
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Track listing:
YAKKS – Sonja is a Racist
PIECE WAR – Call on Me
COLD BEAT – Falling Skylines
POW! – One Eyed Scorpion
WOLF GIRL – Freudian Slips
USELESS EATERS – Desperate Living
MEN OH PAUSE – Concrete Woman
NAKED SPOTS DANCE – Crescendo/Circle Moon
MEAT PUPPETS – Unpleasant
WORKDOGS – Funny $
THE COOLIES – God Take Me
MILKY WAYS – Guillotine
THE JONESES – Pillbox
TALES OF TERROR – Romance
GANG GREEN – Kill a Commie
DARK TIMES – Be Cool
THE FLESH EATERS – Divine Horseman

Some past shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #39    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #38    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #37    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist)