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You No Longer Need to Beware of the Blog

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:06:52 -0400

After ten fun-filled years, we're packing up shop here at WFMU's Beware of the Blog. Many thanks to the dozens of volunteer authors who put in so much time and love into their posts and articles, and thanks to the...

Moving the Reel to Reel Catacombs to a New Site - A Very Special Last Post - Featuring Dora Hall!!

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:00:00 -0400

There is pure magic to be experienced, at least when you're in luck. Here's how it starts: Turn on the reel to reel tape recorder. Take the tape out of the box. Put the empty reel on the right spindle,...

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"Juke Box Comics" - One Last Wallow

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:00:00 -0400

"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars...

Pot, Rock and Revolution - Another Reactionary Filmstrip Soundtrack (MP3's)

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:00:00 -0400

First off, I want to thank everyone for reading, liking and commenting on my posts on this blog over the years. When I first joined the original 365 Days project (2003), and then the subsequent WFMU hosted 2007 sequel, I...

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"Lucky Fights It Through" and Other Romantic Encounters

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:00 -0400

"When Joey put that trumpet to his lips, he blew against the walls of love and hate and every personal feeling I had for him ... And my heart came tumbling down!" --- And from another story: "Lucky Jordan was...

Johnny Cash and Friends Present: Singing Rice-Ipes (MP3's)

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Here's a little little seven inch flexidisc, titled "Singing Rice-Ipes", containing seven songs about all of the wonderful things you can make with rice, featuring Johnny Cash, among others, singing brief ditties in support of Riviana foods (here spelled "Rivianna"),...

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Seeing Color TV for the First Time - A Tape from 1966 (Exploring My Reel-to-Reel Catacombs, Volume 66) (MP3)

Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0400

I'm not quite old enough to clearly remember the point at which my family got a color TV, and suddenly not everything was in black-and-white. But my guess is that anyone a couple of years older than me or more...

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Scotty Scott and his Vanity 45 (MP3's)

Sun, 31 May 2015 12:00:00 -0400

The Film City label is one which utterly fascinates me. It was the label Sandy Stanton created after The Fabulous Fable Label, which I've written about here a few times. And it's where song-poem God Rodd Keith got his start...

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Silly Pilly vs. Mighty Bear

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:00 -0400

"Hello boys and girls and dads and mothers! Here is a book full of the funniest people I know: Mr. Wheatley Whale --- he's forty yards long, he weighs 80,000 pounds, he's good-hearted, but he's always getting mixed up. Then...

Land of the Free - A Filmstrip About a Controversial Textbook (Exploring My Reel-to-Reel Catacombs, Volume 65) (MP3)

Sun, 17 May 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Here's an example of how I really never know what I'm going to stumble across when I go down and pull out a few random tapes from the vast piles of as-yet-unlistened-to reels in my basement. This was labeled "Education...

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That English Sound!!! Sounding Not At All English!!!! (MP3's)

Sun, 03 May 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Here's one of the myriad albums which came out in the wake of the British Invasion, purporting to contain hits by your latest favorite groups, particularly the Beatles. While I found a few sites which shared this marvelous album cover,...

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The Five-String Mob Vs. the Monster of Loch Trevor

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Today we present another large dose of Jack Kirby magic, deep in the middle of the fantastic Fourth World saga, where we remembered a story with a slightly musical edge. There are loads of guest stars and a tangled plot-line...

Greetings from the San Fernando Valley, 1965: An Audio Letter (Exploring My Reel-to-Reel Catacombs, Volume 64) (MP3's)

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400

In my vast collection of reel to reel tapes, there are dozens, perhaps even a few hundred, audio letters. I've shared several of them here over the years, and today, here's an admittedly mundane one as another example of the...

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Stanford's Spring Sing '68: "The Rights of Spring" (MP3's)

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0400

First, I wanted to point out to anyone who read my previous post, about the mysterious rock and roll songs, thall ALL of them have been identified. The updated post can be found here. And now, on with the countdown:...

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