The idea was simple enough, broadcast a record over ds106radio and ds106tv. I mean I have been around this block before, but nothing comes easy when you are mass communicatin’. I had been trying to figure out an issue I already wrote about with Mutify to clean-up my incessant mouse clicks while broadcasting on the radio and TV, turns out some of that playing around has come back to haunt me in the form of a beeping sound every thirty seconds when the turntable USB cable was plugged in. I’ll save the gory details for a follow-up post, but suffice to say my attempt to broadcast a #vinylcast was thwarted by my attempt to clean-up my broadcasting act. What did Bruce say? One step forward, two steps back…
Anyway, after figuring out and getting rid of the incessant beeping noise every 30 seconds, I was able to get back online and broadcast Man or Astro-Man‘s third studio album Experiment Zero from 1996. I picked it up in Los Angeles at Amoeba Records last November, and the album cover and inserts are everything.
I talked a bit about a Man or Astro-man? alarm clock I coveted in the 1990s, but no image is readily available, so apologies. But it was still the most awesome merch I have ever seen, basically a kids alarm clock like the click Batman and Robin version, but this one with an astronaut battling with a psychedelic scifi space monster—truly epic. I am glad to say the vinylcam was pretty seamless, there was a brief issue with the “press button to activate movie shooting” message, but I am working on resolving that. The good part is the audio was consistent, and while the radio crashed, the video stream did not. So, as I have learned recently, you can never have too many streams We are living the scifi moment Man or Astro-man? could only dream of in their scifi surf punk philosophy.
The ONE track I always remember from College Radio was, “Nitrous Burnout”. With that long, solemn monologue from Evel Knievel. I learned much later that was lifted from a film that he starred in back in the mid-70s. Anyways that monolgue ends and the wall of noise begins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF1z9XUoIp8
“,.. so that the cars go faster. And the DO, for 5-10 laps. Then they blow all to hell,…” cue motorcycle engines, cue loud guitars.
Very nearly missed the opportunity to link to the wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viva_Knievel! (the quote is included in that article)
I know that tune well, and that is off Intravenous Television Continuum, in fact that might be my favorite album of theirs. But that might only be because it was my first 🙂
Awesome to have another Man or Astro-man? fan aboard, so good!
I’m just realizing they have the Dr. Oblivion quote about reality being less than television from Videodrome on that album, I have to #vinylcast that one for sure