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Options November 11, 2014: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: The Dave, Rascal Reporters, Radio Piece III, and the comp "Soviet Pop" [PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.]

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Artist Track Album Label Year
The In-Theme  Holger Hiller: Toyshopshoptoy   Options      
Aquarium  Tonight Nobody Expects Us   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Aquarium  Dead Certainity   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Primus  Buy Me Some Jeans   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Zoo  Walking   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Zoo  Onwards, Badisadva...   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Kino  Layabout No. 2   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Center  Thirst for Technology   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
Center  Dandy   Options V.A.: Soviet Pop  Rē Records   1985 
The Dave  side A   Options Poof!  no label  1985 
The Dave  side B   Options Poof!  no label  1985 
The Rascal Reporters  side A   Options Freaks Obscure  Hebbardesque  1980 
The Rascal Reporters  side B   Options Freaks Obscure  Hebbardesque  1980 
Radio Piece III  side A   Options Tomato Pie Blues  'Y' Records  1988 
Radio Piece III  side B   Options Tomato Pie Blues  'Y' Records  1988 
The Out-Theme  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options      

Listener comments!

Avatar Mon. 11/10/14 1:16pm Tony Coulter:

BIG BELATED THANKS to Jonathan from Brooklyn, Miles from Baltimore, and Craig from Baltimore for pledging AFTER my last marathon show and putting me well over the top. HOO-RAY!!
Avatar Mon. 11/10/14 1:17pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks also to Thom Jones (DDDJJJ666) for last week's fab fill-in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 11:47am listener james from westwood:

Congrats! Smart move on the station's part to leave the pledge boxes up. I see the station total's higher since then, too.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 11:52am Tony Coulter:

Heya, James!!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:01pm Tony Coulter:

... and greets to everyone else as well....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:01pm DCE:

and he is back...hey TC!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:02pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, DCE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:03pm fleep:

The documentary screenings, and the TEDx talks should bring a few more converts into the fold, I'm hoping that shakes the cow head and dog tail. And greetings from L.A., Tony.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 12:03pm steve:

hey Tony! glad i got here on time for some tape hiss.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:04pm duke:

Not having a tomato pie is giving me the blues
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:07pm Tony Coulter:

Hey there, fleep, steve, and duke!!!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:10pm Tony Coulter:

I should mention that the tracklist I have for this Russian cassette, from the magazine the tape came with, seems a bit off. So take it with a grain of salt.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:12pm Rich in Washington:

Cool tape, Mr. Tony! Greetings!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:13pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, Señor Rich!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:15pm Tony Coulter:

Lou Reedski?
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:15pm Doug Schulkind:

Personally, I love the TONYx talks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:15pm Webhamster Henry:

Hey I think I used to have an AKVARIUM album!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:16pm Tony Coulter:

Doug!! Doug!!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:17pm Tony Coulter:

I still don't really understand what TEDx talks are, even after meeting someone who works on preparing them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:17pm DCE:

pass the salt, please
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:17pm Tony Coulter:

Webhamster Henry!! Greetings, sir!
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:18pm Rich in Washington:

when I saw iTunes announce 'Primus' on my screen, I thought my streaming playlist slipped down a couple of entries.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:19pm listener james from westwood:

This Primus is known for their hit, "Jerzi Was a Race Care Driver."
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:20pm Rich in Washington:

which has happened before. Listening to a completely different station, wondering why playlist and comments are at odds with what I'm hearing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:29pm Webhamster Henry:

Hi Tony! Cassettes are on the way back!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:31pm Tony Coulter:

I know! I have mixed feeling about that, actually. For the record, I'm not into cassettes because they're cassettes. It's just that a lot of great music was only released on cassette in the '80s and '90s.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:31pm Tony Coulter:

It's the message, not the medium.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:36pm Rich in Washington:

There are things about the medium that's desirable, and not all of it due to simple nostalgia - although I admit that's a big part of it for me.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:38pm Rich in Washington:

I liked how cassettes were the first really viable portable format. You could record a mixtape and play it in your car, give it to a friend, etc.- almost immediately.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:39pm Webhamster Henry:

They were the cheap way to self distribute music. I have a lot of radio air checks on cassette too. Commercially released ones were often on really thin tape that could gum up and wrap around the capstan, stretch and otherwise self destruct.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:39pm Webhamster Henry:

Also: Awesome Mixes.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:40pm Rich in Washington:

People like to come back with 'the 8-track was first', etc.. I think the Compact Cassette and the 8-Track were pretty much parallel, timeline wise.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 12:41pm steve:

i love the warble of a slightly broken or misaligned tape player, or a crunched up tape, and the specific way old or overplayed tapes can get muffled sounding. lately ive actually been working on a way to digitally control walkman motors so that i can induce different amounts warble at the flip of a switch.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:41pm Rich in Washington:

Right on, Webmaster Henry: Before the cassette, you just listened to the radio. I have so many tapes from radio shows that I taped as a teenager. It's not even funny.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:43pm Webhamster Henry:

there were a lot of different sized cassettes (made for dictation machines first), and I think 8-tracks came from the cartridges used for commercials at radio stations. Ones that play commercials, that is.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:43pm Rich in Washington:

Yes! to this day, whenever I listen to Ummagumma (CD, vinyl, etc), I expect to hear a ruffled tape where my original tape had become twisted, playing part of it backwards before the untwisted segment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:43pm Webhamster Henry:

Since this show is not archived, I hope you are taping it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:44pm Webhamster Henry:

Home taping is killing music.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:44pm Rich in Washington:

Yes. And there was a portable format using the same shell and tape-looping mechanism that predated the 8 track.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:46pm Rich in Washington:

Don Joyce of Negativland still uses radio station type cart machines for live mixing on his radio show. I guess they're becoming rarer and rarer. He's stated that when he can no longer find running machines, he'll quit doing his (30+ yr) show.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:47pm Tony Coulter:

I'm waiting for the wire recording revival to really take off.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:48pm Rich in Washington:

I'm waiting for that Wire Hiss show.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:50pm Rich in Washington:

Maybe there's some dude in the Alberta district with a big handlebar moustache who's starting an all wire label. Really limited editions. like one.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:51pm Tony Coulter:

There was a recent release that came out on wire, dude. I'm not kidding, actually, tho I can't remember what it was.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 12:52pm Uncle Michael:

So, not just *a* Dave?
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:52pm Tony Coulter:

It was a well known experimental musician. Anyone know?
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:52pm Tony Coulter:

It's THE Uncle Michael!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 12:53pm DCE:

this has a certain charm to it
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:54pm Tony Coulter:

Could have been on K Records, maybe?
  Tue. 11/11/14 12:55pm Spanish Inquisition:

Raincoats influence?
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 12:55pm Rich in Washington:

I was thinking the same thing, Tony! Although that track's really high-energy for them.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:56pm Tony Coulter:

It's the Spanish Inquisition! Possible Raincoats influence, yes.
  Tue. 11/11/14 12:59pm Dean:

Colin Newman?
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 12:59pm Tony Coulter:

Hey Dean! Mayhaps!
  Tue. 11/11/14 1:00pm Dean:

(See what I did there?)
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:01pm Tony Coulter:

Aha! A wire recording joke!
  Tue. 11/11/14 1:02pm Dean:

Well, an effort at same.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:04pm Tony Coulter:

The Dave never had anything released on K Records, but they did have a few tracks on a RRRecords comp, which actually seems far less likely.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:16pm Tony Coulter:

I wonder how often these cassette-only releases were recorded on reel-to-reel first. I'm guessing many skipped that step.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:16pm Webhamster Henry:

WFMU pal Chris Butler recorded a number of songs on outdated devices including wire recorder, but I don't think he ever released any of them that way.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:18pm Tony Coulter:

@ Webhamster Henry: Maybe that is what I'm thinking of!
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:18pm Rich in Washington:

Hard to say. I think it was the mid-80s when cassette multitrack machines became really affordable.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:19pm Rich in Washington:

Before that, you could sort of dump tracks back and forth between cassette decks, achieving something like multitracking, but with degraded sound quality.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:19pm northguineahills:

Why do I think I've heard The Dave before, sounds really familiar, or maybe I'm just thinking of the Dave song from KITH.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 1:20pm steve:

Caroliner did a release that was recorded with a wire recorder. but it was released on LP.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:20pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, NGH! Perhaps it's because I played them on my all-singles show three weeks back?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:22pm Webhamster Henry:

I was definitely a reel-to-reel track bouncer myself in high school. Fast forward a few years, and I got my beloved Tascam 246 4-track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:22pm northguineahills:

Aye, possibly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 1:24pm Uncle Michael:

Angry Birds
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:25pm Doug Schulkind:

Woo-hoo! WFMU just passed the 92% mark. Woo-hoo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:25pm listener james from westwood:

Only one thing's gonna make those birds happy: 93%!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:28pm Tony Coulter:

93% and some poppy seeds.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:29pm Tony Coulter:

Guns for crawfish....
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:32pm Rich in Washington:

I still have the same old reel-to-reel recorder I've had since high school. It's now just gathering dust. My options are; throw it out/sell it cheap; fix the problem with the drive mechanism; have local guy turn it into a low-watt tube amplifier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:35pm DCE:

lotta good experimental music happening with malfunctioning reel to reels!
  Tue. 11/11/14 1:36pm Ringo Starfish:

Jolly good !
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:37pm Tony Coulter:

Greets, Ringo Starfish!!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:41pm Tony Coulter:

I do happen to know that this Rascal Reporters tape was recorded on reel-to-reel, then dubbed onto cassette.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:45pm Tony Coulter:

Here's what I mean about obvious Residents influence.
  Tue. 11/11/14 1:45pm Santos L Halper:

Summer at Camp Brennaduh takes a turn for the weird when young Allan finds the counselor's 'edible wild plants'.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:45pm Rich in Washington:

I don't think the Residential influence is such a bad thing, esp. this era. They were such a revelation back then. Who could blame someone?
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:46pm Rich in Washington:

But this IS pretty unabashedly Residential. But I like it.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:46pm Tony Coulter:

@ Rich: Back then, a Residents influence was a great thing!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:47pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Santos!!
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:47pm Rich in Washington:

I know this has been discussed here numerous times, but I cannot remember the outcome - have you thought of doing a Residentially influenced show?
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:48pm Tony Coulter:

Not per se -- but I definitely should!
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:48pm Rich in Washington:

I remember seeing lots of promo copy in the early/mid 80s from labels and they'd invariably compare <band name> to The Residents.
  Tue. 11/11/14 1:49pm Santos L Halper:

Hiya Fadduh Tony!
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:50pm Rich in Washington:

Don't should yourself, Tony! You COULD do a Residents influenced show. Could.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 1:50pm northguineahills:

Thanks Tony, off to enjoy the sunshine!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:51pm Tony Coulter:

There were many groups in the '80s influenced by the Residents. But only Rascal Reporters were also just as influenced by Egg, Henry Cow, and (later on) the Carpenters. Makes for a unique mix!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:52pm Tony Coulter:

See ya, NGH! Be careful not to get a sunburn -- though with your face covered like that I guess you're OK.
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 1:54pm Rich in Washington:

One could find press releases from Enigma/Restless from the mid-80s. They seemed to describe virtually anything on their roster that wasn't punk or metal as 'Residential'
  Tue. 11/11/14 1:55pm Santos L Halper:

Hearing some Gentle Giant vocal stylings too
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 1:56pm Tony Coulter:

Very true!!
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:13pm Dean:

Richard Sinclair-ish
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:14pm Tony Coulter:

Right-o! They were definitely heavily into the whole Canterbury thing (as were Radio Piece III, who are coming up next)
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:17pm Dean:

And speaking of the whole Canterbury thing, I just picked up a System 7 record with Rovo that definitely hearkens back to early Hillage, if packaged with all the techno bells and whistles.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:18pm Tony Coulter:

Radio Piece III were also big on Zappa, as you can hear!
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:20pm Dean:

These guys spent some quality time spinning Happy the Man records, too, I'm thinking.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:22pm Tony Coulter:

See what you mean! I usually hate these kind of digital keyboards, but they somehow make them work (to my ears anyhow).
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:22pm Tony Coulter:

Definitely HTM-ish!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 2:26pm Webhamster Henry:

I'd say, like slowed down Zappa...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 2:27pm Webhamster Henry:

I keep forgetting this show is on, I couldn't listen when I had a job!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:28pm Tony Coulter:

Well, I'm not glad you don't have a job, but ... I'm glad you can listen now!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:29pm Tony Coulter:

Of course, Zappa himself was often sped-up Zappa.
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:32pm Dean:

Genesis c. W&W
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:33pm Tony Coulter:

with a pinch of Magma!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:34pm Tony Coulter:

(the previous track, I mean)
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:35pm Tony Coulter:

Now it's HTM-esque again. Don't know why I never thought of them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 2:37pm Santos L Halper:

Loving this Tony! Shoulda been taping...
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:39pm Doug Schulkind:


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Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:40pm Tony Coulter:

Of course, a band can be very influenced by other bands and still very much have their own identity.
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:40pm Dean:

"...the man on the silver mountain!"
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:41pm Tony Coulter:

@ Santos L Helper: Glad you like it!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:42pm Tony Coulter:

... I mean "Halper"!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:44pm Tony Coulter:

Three cheers for Jeff G.'s new show!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 2:45pm steve:

this is some top shelf noodling!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:47pm Tony Coulter:

Because I'm so tall people are always asking me to help them grab noodles from the top shelf.
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:48pm Dean:

First or second Camel record right here.
  Tue. 11/11/14 2:52pm Dean:

A caravan of camels along Inca Road.
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 2:53pm Tony Coulter:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/11/14 2:58pm Uncle Michael:

Good stuff, Tony. Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 2:58pm listener james from westwood:

Needed this show today, Tony; thanks a ton for the fine tapes!
Avatar    Tue. 11/11/14 2:58pm Rich in Washington:

thanks for a fun show, Tony! It's been the soundtrack to me roving around the house doing last-minute winterizing tasks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/11/14 2:59pm Ike:

Nice show. See you later, Tony!
Avatar Tue. 11/11/14 3:00pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks for showing up, everybody! See you next week!
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