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Monday, August 8, 2011

We Have Moved

Please redirect all your interests in our material to the following new sites:

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Thank you for your time. We hope the future is as much fun as the past has been.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

You Have No Sense Of Humor

This is not the first time this has happened to me.

Regularly, people tell me that they don't like my behavior or attitude. I guess I can cope with that. I am not exactly easy to get along with at times. I have extreme beliefs and points of view, and I'm extremely passionate about the things I care for. I get that. Most people are bland and uninteresting, and they take any sign of something outside their sphere of understanding to be a threat. This is why mental illness is often seen with hatred, or hostility. It telegraphs a potential for aberrant behavior that is within all of us, and shows us what can happen when all regard for social mores are thrown out the window. Most people fear it, seeing it as a disruption to the normal way of life.

To them, I say: fuck off.

Throughout my academic career, I have had one conversation, ad infinitum, with nearly every teacher: "We need to discuss your behavior in the classroom. Now, certain students have come to me, saying that they find your laughter and comments in class to be disruptive. I need to ask you to stop having a good time when you're in my class."

Fuckity bullshit, is what it is.

Admittedly, I like to laugh. This universe makes little sense, and nearly every interaction with other people is embedded with human shortcomings, moments of bizarre circumstance, the comedy of humanity trying to find its place in nature, and millions of other things that are so ridiculous and hard to make sense of. I can't help but laugh at everything. There are few things I see every day that do not make me want to laugh out loud. If you are not laughing at 90% of what happens to you on a daily basis, you are not paying attention, vapid beyond the point of value, and most likely someone with poor judgment and morals that should not have influence on the world around you, anyway. It is sad, but true. If you cannot come to terms with the fundamental absurdity of every waking minute of human life, then you do not deserve to share oxygen with the rest of us. Grow some common sense and perspective, or get the fuck out of my way.

What's worse is that this always happens in classes with jokey professors. These are the kinds of teachers that can't resist a pun, always have to comment on the course material, look for the absurd and strange in the way they lecture, and when all else fails, regularly tell jokes in class. This is like taking a kid with a Nintendo habit to a video arcade, then asking him to sit quietly in the foyer while Mom & Dad play pinball. It is not going to happen. What's worse is to imagine the scores of other people in that room with the professor, all staring blankly at this person who is giving it their all. Are they cruel? Do they have no sympathy for those around them? They clearly do not feel the need to allow any joy into their lives, and what's worse, they themselves probably think they are right. How awful it is to intentionally leave a professor in the lurch like that, refusing to let them get in a moment of joy as they attempt to teach you something that you could care less about? I can't think of anything more mean-spirited.

And, of course, the passive aggressive angle is even worse. It would just be too reasonable to come up to me directly and tell me that my behavior in class is disruptive. (Which it isn't, as I'm interacting diologically with the professor's own rhetoric.) The tactic of telling the professor to tell me to shut up only creates an us-vs.-you dynamic. In every case where I've had this conversation with the professor, it has ended with, "I know this is silly. I don't mind you laughing, and I think it adds to the class. But this person feels really strongly about it, so..." You have already illustrated - to both the professor and I - that you have no real academic value in the class, and that this issue is more about asserting arbitrary power to prove that you can, rather than to actually balance a classroom that was previously on the edge of chaos.

This has happened to me more times than I can count, going back as far as I can remember. Someone got mad at me for having too much fun, at school. They were angry because I was engaging with the professor and the material. They saw my slightly unhinged behavior negotiating with reality, and they panicked. And the worst part is, this is the same kind of person who will undoubtedly be my boss at some point in the future.

Let it be said: you have no sense of humor. You are a terrible person. You fear the unknown and you have no ability to deal with the world as it truly is, or how it truly functions. You have no joy in your life, you are most likely unhappy at home, and chances are you lie to yourself daily to prevent yourself from facing any of these truths. You will continue to be a poor excuse for humanity, devoid of any real cultural value, and your passive aggressive bullshit will continue to alienate you further and further from those who may be able to help you. Eventually, you will end up sad, alone, incapable of understanding how your life brought you to this point, and undoubtedly a small person with a minuscule amount of power over something that is ultimately meaningless.

Good luck in life. I will be laughing at you, and everyone else like you, until the day I die.

Goodbye and fuck off.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

13th Anniversary Broadcast!

In honor of the 13th Anniversary of our first broadcast, Episode 113: ...And All That Jazz features a wide selection of jazz music to set the mood for the cocktail party that we threw from 1 - 3 PM. While you already missed the party, you can hear the audio record now at kpsu.org.

Hour 1
Hour 2


New KPSU volunteer Nate joined me for the show, and on the whole it was great to have a number of the KPSU crew in the studio to help me celebrate. There are plenty of Pledge Drive shenanigans going down in the next few weeks, so keep you browser locked for some cool radio happenings.

While you're at it, check out the great performance by Crank Sturgeon and Pop Culture Rape Victim from today's episode of What's This Called?. On tour from the other Portland (by way of Montana), these guys tore up the studio in the best possible sense.

Crank Sturgeon & PCRV on What's This Called?

Radioin', Radioin', Yeah. See ya in seven.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rites of Spring

If you're looking for five hours of radio fun, then check out today's broadcast in the archive on KPSU. First, from Noon - 3 PM, check out the newest Blasphuphmus Radio creation.

Episode 111: The Rites of Spring

Then, keep your iPod locked for two hour-long re-runs from 2009:

It's all part of what we do best here. Enjoy!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Avatar Updates

Off to the left of this here Blog, you'll find two new widgets that direct you to content on Twitter. Yes, I've finally joined the club. As it turns out, I had no real idea what Twitter was, or how it worked, and my vision of it involved kids 15 and under using it. More specifically, I misunderstood the function entirely. I knew people made posts, but I had a hard time wrapping my brain around why that was a big deal. Somehow, I had gotten the impression that there was more to it. When I signed up for an account, and started poking around, I realized it was like Facebook, only stripped down to a short Status Update. Now it makes a lot more sense.

Point being, I've actually gotten quite into using Twitter, and it has sort of become my new creative outlet at a time when I can't really invest more than a few minutes at a time. Plus, it has given me an opportunity to promote my radio going-ons, and remain quite entertained by reading a variety of other users. One revelation that I've been shocked by: the average age of Twitter users. This is a much older crowd of Inter-Web-A-Tron users, and there is a decidedly different tone and flavor to the content than I initially suspected. I entirely rescind every Twitter joke I've ever made. (Though, to be fair, I have defended it a fair amount, too.)

I do recommend looking at the KPSU search I added as a widget to the right. It gives you an overview of everything KPSU related that gets posted to Twitter. Also, check out #justgotonthebus and #bandideas, two tags I'm trying to start, as they are both things I think about quite a bit anyway. This will not replace blogging, writing, or radio in terms of things I love to do. But it is a good way to stay creative while I'm wrapping up things for my Undergraduate degree, which eats up far too much of my time.

Lastly: I will be slowly moving away from using Facebook, until I reach the point where it will be entirely for Radio / Art posts. Not only have I had a long-time love/hate relationship with FB anyway, I have come to terms with the fact that it just isn't my style. The recent hack to my account (partially my own fault) helped me realize that I just don't want to put the time into it. Everyone has to grow up sooner or later, and FB will mostly likely wind up like MySpace too, once there's something newer and hotter. So, time to start moving away from it.

I'll still be here, and in all the other usual places. And who knows, perhaps there is something else even more exciting just around the next bend. That's a guaran-tease.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

RABBITS: Live!

Boy, did I get lucky this week. Hogwash of Is This Music? was lucky enough to have Portland's own RABBITS come in for a live performance, to help plug their new record, Lower Forms, which comes out on Tuesday on Relapse Records. The upshot was that I got to run the sound for it. Check it out:

(Featuring a live set and interview by Hogwash and Austin Rich.)

I love this band, and it was really cool to meet them, and help engineer the show. These guys are pros, all the way, and their songs totally show it. I took some pictures and a video of one song, so I'll try to get those posted soon. In the meantime, you've got this awesome performance that I'm really proud of. If you like quality metal (and I know you do), then this is the program for you.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Future of Love: Lulu

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Blasphuphmus Radio brings you a special presentation of an X Minus 1 broadcast from 1957! It's all part of that little piece of joy we like to think of as our weekly radio show. Ob-soive:

Episode 107: The Future of Love: Lulu
(Featuring the NBC classic X Minus 1, with the episode "Lulu," originally broadcast on 31 October 1957.)


We rarely consider Valentine's Day a radio-friendly holiday, but this year the combination of Sci-Fi and creepy love songs was just too irresistible to pass up. But stay tuned! Next week, DJ Will will be in the studio for a Grumpy Punk Valentine's Day show to end all Valentine's Day shows. Who says we don't care about love?

Also: those who tuned in at noon for What's This Called? also got to catch a mind-melting performance by local psyche-rockers Mangled Bohemians, who I got to run sound for. Ob-soive:

(Featuring a live performance by Mangled Bohemians)


I also got to conduct the interview, too, which is always fun. Jimmy is a good friend, and his music only gets better with age.

That's all for this week. See ya in seven!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Live Music Downloads

What's This Called?, Blasphuphmus Radio & Psychedelic Renaissance are proud to present three live performances, now available in the KPSU archive. Just another gift to our listeners, from our bandwidth to yours.

First, get your daily dose of experimental joy with a live performance by Offset Needle Radius, hosted by Ricardo Wang. Offset Needle Radius provides soundscapes composed on instruments made of bicycle parts and contact mics. While the audio is fantastic, the performance was something to be seen.

Offset Needle Radius on What's This Called?

Then, check out a live performance by Summer Twins, hosted by the Legendary Cosmic Jim! Bringing you Pop, Rock & and little bit of Surf, Summer Twins are the cure for the wintertime blues. You can't help but smile when they're on the stereo.

Episode 106: Summer Twins & Naive Thieves LIVE, w/ Cosmic Jim! (Hour 1)

Then, keep on listening for a live set by their tour mates, Naive Thieves. Taking their cues from The Velvet Underground, Freak Folk, and a host of other great rock and roll, Naive Thieves are excellent performers that have a lot of energy, and really great harmonies. Well worth your investment.

Episode 106: Summer Twins & Naive Thieves LIVE, w/ Cosmic Jim! (Hour 2)

Special thanks to Cosmic Jim for hosting the show. I've been a huge fan of his radio work for quite some time, and it was a real pleasure to see him in action.

Enjoy!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Now Available Via TwitSpace

After much hemming, hawing, and making bad jokes (and then defending it for no obvious reason), we here at Blasphuphmus Radio have decided to do a test drive of this new-fangled technology known as Twitter. You can find us at the following link:

http://twitter.com/blasphuphmus

We have also decided to abandon our MyFace account. While it was fun to get started, the truth is we have not even logged into the account in many, many months, and will probably fail to update it at any point in the future. I've adjusted the links to the right to reflect these recent changes.

While I'm entirely unsure as to how TwitSpace works, I will forge blindly into the future like a galumphing Jabberwock, snicker-snacking my way through code, followers, hash tags and shortened links in an effort to squeeze even more unnecessary information into the Inter-Web-A-Tron. If, by chance, you have any recommendations for the newbie, I will gladly take them. Etiquette and protocol would be very, very welcome.

And that's a the news that's fit to blog.