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The Decadence of Obsolesence
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  The Decadence of Obsolesence   Options Show #432, from May 11, 2012  2012  Live in a garage across from a park, summerish afternoon in Charlottesville.
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Fleetwood Mac  Sara   Options Tusk  1979  Loop   
Valentino Sound Effects Library  Air - Air conditioner   Options Volume 8       
Fridge  Harmonics   Options Happiness  2001     
Dufus  Anouk   Options In Monstrous Attitude  2009     
La Düsseldorf   Rheinita   Options La Düsseldorf / Viva  2005     
Michael Crichton  TV captures attention, people spend their lives staring at screens   Options Looker director commentary  1981  The television can capture attention in a way, and take you away from real life. I think it's become more true as a quality of human attention, that not necessarily so much for television, but I sometimes think that more and more of humankind spends their days looking at screens. Meanwhile, kids are neglected, spouses are neglected, relationships, families, everything's neglected, we're looking at the screen. And whether it's the internet now, or whether it's DVD's, iPods, whatever it is, we're not, we're not in the present; we're in the image.   
Pete Townshend  You're So Clever   Options Scooped  1980     
Jonny Greenwood  Open Spaces   Options There Will Be Blood s.t.  2007     
Alan Watts  Intellectual Yoga   Options Philosophies of Asia    So long as you can be pursuaded that there's something more that you ought to be than you are, you've divided yourself from reality, from the universe, from god, or whatever you want to call that.   
Big City Orchestra  A Child's Garden of Noise   Options A Child's Garden of Noise  1994  ...I wish there was a sign that said, "noise, please." Yes, maybe there ought to be a sign like that.   
Timothy "Speed" Levitch  The grid plan   Options The Cruise  1998     
Gundecha Brothers  Hum Sab Mahi - Raga Bhairavi   Options Hum Sab Mahi  2009     
Bill Nelson  The Spirit Cannot Fail   Options Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights- (1) The Angel at the Western Window  1987  Never let anything cause you to doubt your ability to demonstrate truth.   
Fleetwood Mac  Everywhere   Options Tango in the Night  1988  Loop   
Fleetwood Mac  Gypsy   Options Mirage  1982  Loop   
Mikey  On college bookstore   Options   2012  What the guys and girls buy on their parents' accounts, unitemized   
Orson Welles  Videotape TV static   Options        
Orson Welles  Interview   Options     If they don't like what you do, really...I was going to show them that they were wrong, and I've spent the rest of my life showing people, trying to prove that what is said is wrong, and that's been an enormous waste of spirit and of energy.   
Strom Carlson  NV Bell Payphone in Pahrump - March 2004   Options   2004  Telephone recordings   
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass  Mexican Road Race   Options S.R.O.  1966  Martin's recording from father's vinyl   
Holcombe Waller  Hardliners   Options Into the Dark Unknown  2011     
Neil Diamond  America   Options Jazz Singer  1984     
Joe Jackson  Another World   Options Night and Day  1982  Loop   
Talking Heads  Sax and Violins   Options Until the End of the World soundtrack  1991     
Timothy Busfield and Ken Olin, actors; Joseph Dougherty, writer; Tom Moore, director  No matter what you do, there's going to be a price (Learn to compromise)   Options thirtysomething: Season 2, Episode 13  1989  There's a price, no matter what you do, there's going to be a price. So, you know what you do? You find out what's important and you make boxes. And in this box, you have what it takes to work with somebody like Miles, and in this box, you have what you take home to Janey and to Hope, that's how you get through. So, that's the key to happiness, a little self-induced schizophrenia? ... You want to have a life here, today, then pick your fights and learn to compromise.  0:21:38 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ricky Gervais  You don't need everyone on the planet to like you   Options Time Interview  2007  More people hate it than like it. Obviously. Luckily, you don't need everyone on the planet to like you. So, you do it for you and like-minded people  0:22:05 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Dondero High School A Capella Choir  Fox on the Run   Options Pop Concert 1996  1996  Sweet cover (1974)  0:23:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Timothy "Speed" Levitch  Working for a living   Options The Cruise  1998  One of the great tragedies of this experiment called civilization is the fact that people have to work for a living...  0:25:01 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ludwig von Beethoven  Variation V Si prenda il tempo un poco piu vivace   Options Beethoven Vol. 8 Cello Sonatas (Maisky - Cello, Argerich - Piano)      0:25:59 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Harrison Ford & River Phoenix (actors), Paul Theroux (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)  America is a toilet   Options Mosquito Coast  1986  Look around you. How did America get this way? Land of promise, land of opportunity. Give us the wretched refuse of your teaming shores. Have a Coke, watch TV, have a nice day, go on welfare, get free money, turn to crime (crime pays in this country). Why do they put up with it? Why do they keep coming? Look around you, Charlie: This place is a toilet.  0:26:39 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Harrison Ford & River Phoenix (actors), Paul Theroux (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)  We eat when we're not hungry   Options Mosquito Coast  1986  We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty, we buy what we don't need, and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need. Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's wrong, wrong, wrong.  0:27:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Harrison Ford (actor), Paul Theroux (novel), Paul Schrader (screenplay)  It's an absolute sin to accept the decadence of obsolescence.   Options Mosquito Coast  1986  It's an absolute sin to accept the decadence of obsolescence. Why do things get worse and worse? They don't have to; they can get better and better. We accept that things fall apart, but they don't have to. Things can last forever.  0:27:51 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Steven Jesse Bernstein  More Noise Please   Options Prison  1992  ..can't live without all this goddamn noise. Maybe I need the noise to write poems, make love and eat. I'm going to hang a sign out my window that says, "more noise, please," or, "thank you for making noise." Maybe we are the kind of people who need to have what we don't want just to get along, to do the basic things... Myself, I could not sleep last night. I could not close the window, either. I tried to tear the window out of its frame.  0:29:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Joe Frank  Grace requires degradation   Options Another Country Pt. 3  1986  ...to have so much beauty, perhaps you have to have this much degradation  0:30:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ida  My Fair, My Dark   Options My Fair, My Dark  2006  Loops  0:32:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Joe Frank  Hamburger paper waste   Options Another Country Pt. 3  1986  The hamburger is made. 30 seconds later it's been wrapped in paper, which is put in a box. 15 seconds later, that box has been put in a bag with a napkin, and 10 minutes after that, the bag...  0:33:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Fridge  Lost Time   Options The Sun  2007  Loops  0:35:06 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Timothy "Speed" Levitch  Running from the cops all my life   Options The Cruise  1998  ...According to them I was running from the cops for a month before they caught up to me. ...and I felt like a fugitive. But you know what? Every day I feel like a fugitive. It never occurred to them that I am running from the anti-cruise every day. And when I was up in front of the judge for my arraignment, the judge said my biggest problem with this case is that this guy, this current person we're judging, ran from the police for a month. And if I could've spoken, of course I wasn't allowed to speak, I would've said, it's been a lot more than a month. I've been running from you people all my life, all my life, and I'm going to keep running.  0:35:38 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  My grandmother told me I was a very good child, I was very quiet   Options   2012    0:37:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Dufus  Anouk   Options In Monstrous Attitude  2009    0:39:04 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Belle and Sebastian  Storytelling   Options Storytelling  2002    0:39:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Scary to make without knowing what you're making   Options       0:42:08 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Malcolm Clarke  Romanescan Rout   Options The Radiophonic Workshop  1975  Or perhaps 2002 remaster  0:44:21 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Bill Nelson  The Spirit Cannot Fail   Options Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights- (1) The Angel at the Western Window  1987  Never let anything cause you to doubt your ability to demonstrate truth.  0:46:44 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Carpenters  Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft   Options Passage  1977  Like a Disney cult song. Cover of 1976 Klaatu song.  0:47:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Toto  Rosanna   Options Toto IV  1982    0:49:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Simon and Garfunkel  The Sound of Silence   Options Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.  1964  Simon only, thanks to Steve Fitch, Dec. 2011  0:51:52 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Requiem Introitus   Options Amadeus s.t.  1984  Backwards  0:53:51 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Feelies  When Company Comes   Options The Good Earth  1986  Guitar loop  0:56:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Neil Young  Down By the River   Options Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere  1969  Loops  0:56:50 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Bob Dylan  Series of Dreams   Options The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991  1991  Loops. Recorded March 23, 1989  0:58:23 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tom Cruise (actor), Paul Thomas Anderson (writer/director)  I will not apologize for who I am   Options Magnolia  1999  I will not apologize for what I need, I will not apologize for what I want  1:00:46 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Cat Stevens  If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out   Options Harold and Maude s.t.  1971  Loop  1:02:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Cat Stevens  The Wind   Options Teaser and the Firecat / Rushmore s.t.  1971  Guitar loop  1:03:30 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Timothy "Speed" Levitch  The grid plan   Options The Cruise  1998  Can't imagine having my own identity  1:04:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Live ambient street sound   Options   2012    1:07:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
 
 
Lost episode from November 2013
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Lost episode from November 2013   Options Show #483, from Nov. 8, 2013  2013    1:09:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Keith Fullerton Whitman   Roxy Music-More Than This (1982)   Options Greatest Hits (2003-)  2003     
Kraftwerk  Autobahn   Options Autobahn       
Ken  Soundchecking   Options   2013     
Neil Diamond  America   Options Jazz Singer  1984     
William Shatner  AT&T Microworld   Options   1976     
?  Discovering Electronic Music Part 2   Discovering Electronic Music       
George Lucas  Themes put in different contexts, character put into situation, decision to leave, take step beyond   Options The Making of American Graffiti  1998     
W.G. Snuffy Walden  My So-Called Life Theme   Options My So-Called Life s.t.  1994     
Ken  It's like a stand-up comedy routine, without the comedy   Options   2013     
Claire Danes  She's looking for someone to blame   Options My So-Called Life (Pilot)  1994    1:24:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Sam Harris  Death and the Present Moment   Options     Even if you play your game perfectly, you're going to witness the death of everyone you love. There's no satisfying way to hold onto the past.  1:25:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Co-existentialism (holding your breadth)   Options Show #482, from Nov. 6, 2013  2013  Live phone call  1:27:46 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Beginnings come out of nowhere (Trust)   Options Show #468, from Aug. 21, 2013  2013  Live phone call  1:29:51 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Open University & BBC  Seymour Papert and Logo, Part 2   Options Talking Turtle  1983    1:30:16 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Claire Danes  You agree to have a certain personality   Options My So-Called Life (Pilot)  1994    1:31:16 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Hal Hartley  (Closing) - Trust   Options Possible Music - From The Films of Hal Hartley  2003    1:32:03 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Screens are secretive. Screens are filters.   Options   2013    1:32:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Adrien Brody  How are you to imagine if images always provided   Options Detachment movie  2011    1:35:02 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jeff Daniels, Guy Sanville  Always two steps behind   Options Chasing Sleep  2000    1:35:16 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Open University & BBC  Seymour Papert and Logo, Part 2   Options Talking Turtle  1983    1:36:04 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Michael Crichton  TV captures attention   Options Looker commentary      1:37:51 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Cowboy Junkies  Sweet Jane (live)   Options The Trinity Session  1988    1:38:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Talking Heads  Dream Operator   Options True Stories  1986    1:38:42 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Scholastic  Making Mistakes   Options How Do I Learn?    Why do you suppose people make mistakes? Is it because they're not looking, or listening? Is it because they're not thinking? Could the sun make a mistake? Could the sun pop out of the sky? Do we all make mistakes? Oops, I guess we do!  1:40:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
?  Discovering Electronic Music Part 2   Discovering Electronic Music      1:40:44 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
George Lucas  Themes put in different contexts, character put into situation, decision to leave, take step beyond   Options The Making of American Graffiti  1998    1:42:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
David Cronenberg  Forbidden images (Videodrome)   Options The Directors: The Films of David Cronenberg (1x10)  1999  Test  1:42:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Martin Donovan, Hal Hartley  Intimacy list   Options Surviving Desire  1993  Kissing, caressing, holding, slapping, shouting, talking, waiting, listening, hoping, encouraging, forgiving, laughing, relenting  1:44:44 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
W.G. Snuffy Walden  My So-Called Life Theme   Options My So-Called Life s.t.  1994    1:45:06 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Today I know that I know that nothing has been found   Options   2013  A test  1:45:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
La Düsseldorf  Rheinita   Options La Düsseldorf / Viva  2005    1:48:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
 
 
Today
Kraftwerk  Autobahn   Options     Loop  1:53:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ken  Today   Options   2020    1:53:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Scholastic  Do You Forget?   Options How Do I Learn?    Is losing like forgetting, and finding remembering?  1:55:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

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Avatar 3:02pm duke:

I am unplanned obsolesence
Avatar 3:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

(Imagine having my own identity)
Avatar 3:04pm northguineahills:

I'm obviously planned obsolesence....
Avatar 3:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

duke, you'll never have to go into style
Avatar 3:05pm duke:

I was out of style before there was a style
Avatar 3:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

ngh, you are Intelligent Design
Avatar 3:10pm northguineahills:

@Kenzo: Well, I suppose I should go off to Ken Hamm's Ark Experience (although it's in KY).
Avatar 3:14pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Is that related to the 70's Ark TV show?
Avatar 3:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Huh, this is before I was looping the Neil Diamond song. Must've been the first usage, here.
Avatar 3:21pm northguineahills:

Actually, it's creationist BS thingy that gets tax breaks (b/c it's a 'religious institution).
Avatar 3:24pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

That sounds lovely and Important
Avatar 3:29pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This show should get a tax break
Avatar 3:32pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ooh, Kaatu cult song coming up. Tax breaks, all around.
Avatar 3:34pm Sem:

Enjoying this episode whilst working on something dull. Thank you.
Avatar 3:34pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

With luster, Sem!
Avatar 3:35pm Sem:

Hopefully, not luster's last stand.
Avatar 3:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

In the living room with the candlestick maker
Avatar 3:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Klaatu, here it is
Avatar 3:49pm northguineahills:

Shonen Knife does a great cover of this Klaatu song....
Avatar 3:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ooh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08pm ARB:

Very enjoying this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:10pm ARB:

Picture is perfect for how I feel about the world today
Avatar 4:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Welcome, ARB! Picture perfect.
Avatar 4:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

William Shatner's best documentary narration ever
Avatar 4:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Playlist coming up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:31pm Rich in Washington:

Kenzo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm Rich in Washington:

ARB.
Avatar 4:33pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich. in. Washington.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:34pm Rich in Washington:

Wash. In. G. Ton.
Avatar 4:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Did you know I used to be a cheerleader?
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2020 Swag For Life Member 4:35pm chresti:

Hi Kenzo, home from work! Hi ARB and Rich and ngh, etc.
Avatar 4:36pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi chresti, work from home!
Avatar 4:37pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm relieved to discover that this lost episode I had no notes about is not a disaster.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:38pm Rich in Washington:

I was a cheerleader mascot when I was a toddler. They made me do it. Pictures and everything. True.
Avatar 4:38pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It had been a live simulcast of a house show along with this GTDR stream with live chat, at an odd late hour. I guess it's not a debut!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:38pm Rich in Washington:

Hi chresti!
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2020 Swag For Life Member 4:44pm chresti:

Rah rah rah, sis boom bah, kind of cheerleader?
Avatar 4:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich, I'll look for those pics in thrift store albums
Avatar 4:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I wonder where the 5-minute recording gap is. Maybe it's about to happen.
Avatar 4:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Huh, I think I found something. Hey you in that moment, you don't need to know, but, you know you will know, and later you knew.
Avatar 4:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Heeeeeey the playlist isn't updating. What's the last thing you see on it? Without hitting refresh?
Avatar 4:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I've heard about this bug and I maybe am about to catch it
Avatar 4:54pm northguineahills:

Thanks, Kenzo!
Avatar 4:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks you and everyone and also everyone too! See you next week!

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Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2020 Swag For Life Member 4:59pm chresti:

Thanks Kenzo!
Avatar 4:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Is losing like forgetting?
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2020 Swag For Life Member 5:00pm chresti:

Who turns off the faucet for you?
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