Aerial View was WFMU’s first regularly-scheduled phone-in talk show. Hosted by Chris T. and on the air since 1989, the show features topical conversation, interviews and many trips down the rabbit hole. Until further notice, Aerial View is only available as a podcast, available every Tuesday morning. Subscribe to the newsletter “See You Next Tuesday!” and find tons of archives at aerialview.me.
Today's Aerial View Pod(iatry)cast will take you to the best party that no longer exists, the celebration of all things Tom Waits dubbed Waitstock.
Organized initially by Ted Ferguson and Sean Griffin, Waitstock was a 24-hour party that began at 6 am and ended the following day at 6 am. The idea was to try stay up the entire day. I don't think I ever did. My personal best was probably 4 am.
I didn't find out about Waitstock until the 7th edition, and I hung in there until the last one, Waitstock 13. I may have missed one in between but I was a stalwart because it was the best party full of the best people I've ever known. Friends I made at Waitstock are friends to this day.
As the years went on, there were ever more attempts to document the goings-on at Uncle Bob's Dead Battery Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY, including all of the audio recordings I did at Waitstock, 13. For that one I actually set up a low-power FM transmitter and most of the audio you'll hear on this podcast is what went out over the air on a station we dubbed, variously, WTW and WAIT.
The Dead Battery Farm changed hands some years ago and Waitstock had become such a site-specific event that the thought of doing it elsewhere never reached critical mass. It may rise again someday but until then we have the pictures, the audio and video and the music.
On this show you'll hear:
Putting WAIT-FM on the air.
The Iron Chef competition.
The Waitstock Regatta.
Lots of rain.
Ted Ferguson live from the Dead Battery Stage.
Several songs from a Waitstock favorite, the band Mealy Mouth.
There's also a bonus after all the Waitstock audio, so be sure to stick around!
Below are a bunch of pics from Waitstock 13 from the website.
There will be more guitar lessons in the future, from Keith and other great pickers. Here's some of the feedback I got on this episode:
I don't know why, but I really love these guitar lesson shows -- I could listen to these every week. The post-op shows were good too, but you really captured the pain, so I'm glad to be back to something a little lighter.
I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I've been enjoying the recent podiatry podcasts and am so glad you've been able to keep at it while you're healing! I'm an artist and often binge-listen to your show while I'm in my studio; unfortunately I seem to have exhausted all the archives that my crappy little iPod will support. I'm going to have to upgrade so I can go deeper into the Aerial View vaults! Thanks for continuing with the show!
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Crunch Time Continues
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My thanks to Joe, Jacob and Morgan, who contributed in the last week.
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If Halloween is still special to me it's because I met the woman who would become my wife on October 29, 2005 at the Weird NJ Halloween Party at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. That's ten years ago this Thursday. I still can't believe how the time has come and gone.
Above is a painting Janet did of how I looked when we met. I'd gone to the party sans costume and came up with the bright idea to recreate the famous Hoboken Clam Broth House sign by putting those words on my hand. I actually came in 2nd place in the costume contest. More importantly, I made the eventual love of my life laugh. We began talking and, before long, we exchanged phone numbers and ended up dating. We got married in 2007 and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you, honey!
That's her, below, in gingham, with her friend Lila.)
From 10/29/2005, the photo upon which Janet based the above painting.
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