Tentatively re-titled "Typo" until further notice.
Well well well. I had no idea this would go over so well. Thanks to everyone who responded so enthusiastically, and who not only enjoyed the NewsZine, but the other stuff I make, too. It was a good feeling, and I'm hoping that I can ride that through the summer and into the fall as I continue to release these. Only time will tell, but it is all thanks you folks, and that makes me very happy. If you are interested in looking at the previous NewsZine, we've created a home for all of them over at acronyminc.org, using this handy link. It conveniently works as an RSS Feed, too, for the kind of people who prefer that.
Summer is in full swing here in Oregon, and it has been quite tough to sit in offices and work for THE MAN when there are 1000 other things commanding my attention. I keep seeing beautiful people peacocking like their lives depend on it, wandering the streets, drinking iced coffee beverages, snap-chatting and beat-boxing, excited about the new Summer Jam that is dominating their phone's playlist. It's pretty sweet, if you ask me. As teens get out of school and find new ways to get into trouble, we're spinning tunes and finding new projects we can sink our teeth into. I can only hope that you are as excited as I am to see this projects work their way into your consciousness.
Drop me a line at austinrich on The Gmail, and my current digital outlet is primarily @blasphuphmus on The Twitter. Please, interact. We love hearing from you.
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Have You Checked Out The Last Zine I Made?
acronyminc.blogpress.new by Austin Rich Admittedly, it has been a while since it was originally released, but not everyone has had a chance to check it out for a variety of reasons. After a lengthy break from the written word to focus on podcasts and making music, I returned to text with this 28 page romp. This tells the story of how I became The Office Dick, and the details of my first official case. This ties into my sudden loss of 10 years, where I was transported from 1999 to the year 2010, all because I accidentally ate a dried date at a Halloween Party. There's also music and movies reviews, and a few other gags along the way. I'm quite proud of the finished product, and I only bring it up because the sequel may be in production as we speak, and this may be an excellent time to catch up with the story so far.
Currently, only a digital version exists, which you can load into your e-reader of choice and enjoy nearly instantly. However, expect another physical print run when the sequel is ready. Get ready to enjoy the 'zine that the Earth 2 version of Austin Rich produced in his spare time. You won't be sorry.
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You Like Music? That's Amazing. We Like Music, Too.
Lost In The Supermarket - A Digital Compilation from BlasphuphmusRadio.com! Originally released as a free gift for attendees of the 15th Anniversary Blas-travaganza, Lost In The Supermarket was also included as a free download for people who purchased the aforementioned 'zine, and has sense become our most popular Bandcamp release. This collection is the musical companion to the acronyminc.blogpress.new, and tackles the age old problem of man's relationship to the consumer work around us, and what happens when we are sucked into it completely. You can pick up the digital version and enjoy 20 artists presenting music you just can't find anywhere else. If you need convincing, here's a commercial I made for the compilation that should give you a taste and offer some insight into what this thing is all about.
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And Here's Some New Radio, Fresh From The Lava Lamp Lounge.
Podcast production is very near and dear to my heart, and there are a few radio sisters (and brother) who were in desperate need of having their shows available in a convenient, RSS syndicated form. My goal is to make sure that these shows are well documented, and available for listeners week to week. With that in mind, here's some new offerings if you're looking to dip in a toe:
What's This Called? (whatsthiscalled.net) 6 June 2015: Staying The Upstream Ricardo Wang is covering for Ricardo Wang this week, and will be battling the salmon bravely with words from Ernie Kovacs and Brother Theodore, songs from Leopards feat. Deanne McAdams, Nina Hagen and Princess Chelsea. Les Baxter will be showing off his x-ray eyes in 3-D. We hope Ricardo Wang is okay, but only time will tell, and until then, Ricardo Wang is happy to bring you this week's program.
Closet Radio (closetradio.tumblr.com) Episode 172: Passing Phosphorescent Flickers Miss Rikki is swimming down the lighted hallways of Rock 'n' Roll, discovering strange paths that veer off the main stream that flows down the primary places in our culture. Listen as she delivers Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Tilt, The Saints, Bloodshot Bill, Bauhaus, Lawrence Arms, and all the little records that fill our hearts with joy. Miss Rikki's blackened little soul will thank you for joining her as she meanders through the underbrush in the forrest of rock and roll.
The Guitar Shop(guitarshopradio.wordpress.com) 3 June 2015: Happy June! Eschewing the modern radio format of indie rock and synth pop, DJ Victrola is dedicated to the exploration of the guitar in all it's varied and exciting forms. Proficiency is a major component of the guitar shop, and you'll hear an exciting blend of rock, blues, metal, acoustic, fusion, and everything in-between. This week, she celebrate the joy of June with music by The Travis Larson Band, Points North, Joanna Connor, Nancy Wilson, Steve Hackett and more. Get your weekly dose of guitar.
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I have to say, I'm really enjoying the format of these NewsZines, and just in this short period of time, I've come to see how powerful they can be, and how it is a better representation of what we do, week to week. Social media can only take us so far, and I think that breaking out of that mold, and that format, has given me a chance to really try something that is close to my heart and offers a true reflection of the care we take in making these things for your entertainment.
Of course, I very much hope that you enjoy it, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.