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Syria, Soviets, Science, Sexism, Skeptics and Sceptic Stupidity
September 14, 2013 06:13 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 14 September, 2013::
If you missed the show last week, which you probably did unless you listened live because the audio quality of the podcast was horrible, then you missed my analysis of the situation in Syria. My prediction about the the Russian reaction was spot on, as usual, but of course this turns an already non-winnable predicament into a serious clash of morals and ethics. There are times when I think that our entire civilization is going through the Kobayashi Maru scenario.
Usually I talk about the things that unite us, culturally, ethically and biologically, trying to show how those who fight against these through prejudice and superstition are not only wrong, but are actually a debilitating cancer within the human race. This time I'm going to talk about the things that divide us, the strange ideas and actions that can divide us and leave us open to defeat. Including the sudden view of Putin as an ''American Hero'' standing up for Syria, despite his fascist policies and thuggish ideals, as well as the accusation of sexism against Richard Dawkins that have managed to turn leading atheists and skeptics against each other.
All of that and the best music from across generations and genres, packed into two unforgettable hours.Another Little Show About Not a Thing
September 07, 2013 05:30 PM PDT
I planned on talking about whatever came to mind and wound up explaining the conflict in Syria.Another Day, Another Fayre
August 31, 2013 05:53 PM PDT
Originally Broadcast 31 August, MMXIII ::
How will it go? Will my ever living boredom drive even the staid Brits to madness? Will I finally snap at someone who waddles up to me and yells, "OI! You work for (insert colorful pejorative for local government here), innit?"
Tune in to find out the answers to these questions, and much, much more...Lift Me Above the Old Routine
August 24, 2013 06:23 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 24 Aug, 2013:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, music is the closest thing we have in this world to magic and sex is the closest thing we have to true spirituality. It never ceases to amaze me how mere vibrations in the air, stimulating tiny pieces of flesh and bone in the ear, can bring us such feelings of ecstasy. Can relieve our pain, inspire, motivate and soothe each and every one of us, no matter the color or culture, music is the one thing we all have in common.
I'll be talking about that on the next show, as well as discussing various ideas of why this is so and playing great music from across generations and genres to help soothe the madness and pain that the atrocities and hate around the world can often induce in those of us burdened with conscience.Clueless by the Sea
August 11, 2013 06:13 AM PDT
Note, due to major glitches during broadcast, this is a barely recovered, enhanced and recreated podcast of the original episode broadcast 10 August.
What a strange day. I have many things planned, yet haven't gotten around to most of them. I plan on stopping by the revamped Newhaven Outdoor Market, which will be closing soon as it's now past 4:00pm. I also wanted to check out a hog roast for charity at a local pub, among other things, yet here I sit typing this. Meh
What I'll probably be talking about on the next show is all the things I didn't do today, and expounding upon last week's theme: What is Putin Hiding in the Iron Closet? Especially now that the International Olympic Committee has done an about face, stating that any athletes who do not abide by Russia's bigoted, draconian laws, both in and out of the Olympic stadium & events, will be ousted from the games. There goes my idea of athletes wearing pink triangles. If they were to do that, they'd quickly be banned from the games, lose any medals they'd won and then probably be arrested by the Russians on their way to the airport.
Of course some might still do it. If it's really all about the sport, all about proving yourself the best, then the medals won't matter. An athlete could win a gold medal, wear the pink triangle on the winners platform and maybe kiss the silver recipient long and slow - even if (or most especially if) they're both straight and the world would know that he or she really is the best - both physically and morally. When they're stripped of their medals it won't matter.
Oh yeah, I got some awesome tunes that I'll be playing as well!What is Putin Hiding in the Iron Closet?
August 04, 2013 10:46 AM PDT
Originally Broadcast 3 Aug, 2013::
It sounds like just about every fascist regime that has rolled down the 'pike in the last hundred years all rolled into one. There is one key difference however. The Olympics gives outsiders a chance to speak for those who have been forced into silence, to support those who are down trodden and alone, perhaps even to free those who have been brainwashed into violent conformity.
My first thought was that these Olympics must be boycotted, blatantly shunned at all costs, to cripple the Russian economy and kick that tin pot dictator Putin where it hurts, his ego. To let them know in no uncertain terms that this is the 21st century and scapegoating any minority group will not be tolerated. But then it was pointed out that for many Olympic athletes this is their one shot to achieve that to which they've dedicated their entire lives. Of course another viewpoint is to question how important 'sport' is, in the scheme of things, and whether it can be considered a worthwhile pursuit in the face of so much ignorance, pain and hate.
I've thought long and hard about the problem, my brain chasing it's own tail trying to come up with a solution that will be fair to all. My AHA moment came when I was thinking about how similar this Olympics will be, politically and sociologically, to the 1936 Olympics in Germany. The very simple solution I came up with would be for all athletes, participating in every event, regardless of their sexual orientation, to wear pink triangles.
Everyone in the world would understand this low key, simple message. As would the Russian people and oligarchs, and most especially those lone and lonely, bullied and brave folks being forced by threats of prison, violence and death into iron closets. Gay Russians who have been beaten, bloodied, abused and humiliated may see this symbol, worn with pride by the supposed elite of the world, and know that they are not alone. They would know that in this time of horror and darkness the world stands with them, maybe even, perhaps, giving them the strength to stand tall for another day.
I'll be talking about all of that and more on the next show, as well as playing the greatest music from across generations and genres.
Events Far Too Numerous to Enumerate
July 13, 2013 06:11 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 14 July, 2013:
There is just so much going on these days that I wouldn't even know where to begin. That's why I've decided to talk about it all or nothing on the next show.
Whatever pops up in the chat room, on the news or anywhere else that piques my interest will be food for thought and topics of conversation. Is there something that you want to discuss, a topic too taboo for mainstream media or even something you want to vent about? Just come into the chat room to let me know. All that and great music too!The Illusion of Freedom
July 07, 2013 03:33 AM PDT
What I miss most about the 4th of July are the fireworks, the awesome food barbecued and sizzling on a hot summer evening, hanging with fun people and basically the excitement of NYC. Did I ever really celebrate it as Independence Day? Probably not, but really, does anyone? Does anyone really think about what it means? The lives lost in pursuit of slippery ideals of liberty, freedom or independence?
These days we worry more about freedom from rather than freedom to. We worry that the freedom of others may infringe upon us, or that the independence of others may somehow take away something from us. As we watch our liberties and freedoms vanish we somehow manage to blame the victims, we somehow seem to think that granting others freedoms is what is detracting from our own. We want to banish anything that makes us uncomfortable, yet decry our own foibles and habits as inalienable rights. What gives? Are we really that selfish? That blind? That sociopathic?
I'll be talking about all of that, as well as about those who fought for freedom but who've been forgotten. People like Ira Hayes, the Pima Indian, enshrined in American legend as one of the soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima, but who died a few years later frozen in a filthy ditch because, after all, when he got back home he was just another dirty injun.
What a Week, What a Week, What a Mighty Good Week.
June 29, 2013 06:42 PM PDT
On Tuesday morning, a little-known Texas senator named Wendy Davis stood up and began a passionate speech against a bill designed to severely restrict access to abortions in America's second-largest state. After ten hours and 45 minutes, with nothing to eat or drink and not even a bathroom break, the 50-year-old was still talking, still on her feet, and America had a new national icon.
On Wednesday the US Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.
To top it off, at some point the president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, made a huge announcement apologizing for the hurt Exodus has caused over the years and explaining that it will shut down with a new, separate ministry launching soon. You may remember them as the "pray the gay away" folks and the ones who used barbaric methods, including ECT, to supposedly "rehabilitate" homosexuals.
But, as great as it all sounds, everything may not be quite as it seems and I'll be discussing all of that on this evening's show, as well as playing great music from across decades and genres.
Oh, those savage breasts!
June 23, 2013 04:11 AM PDT
One of the most misattributed & misquoted lines is,"music has charms to soothe the savage breast". It's catchy and it's true, nevermind my love for breasts!
I'll be talking some more about music on today's show, how it resonates across the millennia, across generations and genres, how it can inspire, soothe or agitate, and more intriguing to me, why it has such an incredible effect on us all. Of course I'll be playing some great music as well!Hate, Sisters, is Just a Kiss Away
June 15, 2013 05:33 PM PDT
This week a Texas jury acquitted a lowlife named Ezekiel Gilbert of murdering 23 year old Lenora Ivie Frago, on XMas Eve, because she didn't want to have sex with him. How many levels of "WHAT IN THE HOLY HIGH FUCK?", this case has smacked me in the head with I am only beginning to fathom. Texas is also the state that enacted a law requiring women to be violated by a 10" long, 3" inch wide plastic rod before they can have an abortion! Meanwhile, dudes fucking whine about getting a finger up their ass to check for cancer! Double standard, much?
Well, Texas isn't the only one, quite a few U.S. states have pushed through such measures. Let's also not forget schmucks like Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, who are merely the dumbass poster children for millions of people who believe in various forms of rape, of varying levels, some legitimate, some not so much. How backward is this world becoming? Morons come up with a million excuses for their opposition to abortion, claiming that it has nothing to do with women's control of their own bodies, yet many of these same people will bandy about terms like "legitimate rape", which is obviously the most basic expression of denying a woman control of her own body, to the extent of being unable to say NO to some inbred, redneck, fucktard!
This really is a global thing, though. Look at Facebook, for example. Facebook won't allow a page about anal cancer, 'cause the word "anal" is bad, mmmkay? FB also bans pictures and some pages about breast cancer, breast feeding, and even women fighting for equal rights in Arab countries by exposing their breasts. Yet FB has no problem with pages like "Every day things to put in a bitches[sic] drink to fuck her before she wakes up", or "Bitches be asking for it", or even the fucking never ending "Slutwalk of shame". The excuse is that these are supposed to be funny, or ironic, or we're told to get a fucking sense of humor. Really? Well, let me tell you something, if you find that shit funny, and think I need to get a sense of humor, maybe you should come on over and tell me that to my face.
I'll be talking about all that and more on this evening's show, as well as playing great music from across generations and genres,
Who's Afraid of the Wicked Bitch?
June 09, 2013 03:47 AM PDT
Strange things afoot at the Circle K this week. A celebration of the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth's coronation, this after spending millions in tax payers money for the Queen's 60th Jubilee last year. Am I the only one to be a bit confused? Are anniversaries like birthdays on these blighted isles, at a certain point you just start repeating them? Yeah, I know that there's some logical, or at least some very British reason for it, but I can't seem to really care. Just another pointless celebration of pointless parasites who happen to be currently infecting the shores upon which I reside. Alas there doesn't seem to be a fungicide particularly lethal to royals that doesn't poison the people as well... other than the truth, that is. They are really, really afraid of truth, and will stop at nothing to warp it and distort it while caging those who purport it.
That seems to be the case all over the world though. KYAnonymous has been unmasked and is facing more than 10 years in prison for exposing the cover up of the Steubenville rape case, yet the rapists themselves face less than two years in prison. Yes, you just read that right. Telling the truth about injustice is considered a bigger, more heinous crime than bullying, abusing, humiliating and repeatedly, brutally raping an underage girl, then bragging about it.
Seriously, if you're not outraged by what's going on in the world today then you're either really fucking stupid or just plain evil.
I'll be talking about all of that on this evening's show, while also playing the greatest music from across generations and genres.
Britain to Deport All English Born Christians?
June 02, 2013 08:01 AM PDT
There's a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment being dragged from the depths of the British psyche lately, in response to the murder of a British soldier on the streets of East London. Lot's of inane yammering about "depor'ing 'em all b'fore annuver one ov our boys gets 'acked oop". It's kind of fun to watch the morons heads explode when I point out that the murderers were English born and raised as Xtians, so where do "we" plan on deporting them to? Jerusalem? Bethlehem? Bum fuck Alabama? Fuckin' A, I say, deport all the mouth breathing English born Xtians to Selma! I'd pay to see what happens the first time they call a redneck a Yank. But then again, I'm easily amused,
Don't get me wrong, I think it's horrible what those fuckers did to the guy. I think they should be locked up and throw away the key. But this way people have of trying to scapegoat entire groups in order to assuage their fear, tension and confusion just get's on my nerves. It's an ignorant response to a complex problem and we all know what happens when one takes a flamethrower to a jigsaw puzzle... well, okay, maybe we don't all know, but let's just say that it's fun for a few seconds but it doesn't solve the damn thing.
Anyway, it's interesting to be an immigrant in a country with rising anti-foreign sentiment. Interesting enough to talk about on this evening's show. Oh, there'll be lots of great music as well.
Why are the People Yelling Loudest to Wake Up Often the Deepest Asleep?
May 26, 2013 02:13 AM PDT
You've got all kinds of political factions and ideologies running around these days like chickens without heads, quite a few of whom seem to love bandying about the word sheeple and telling people to wake up. They all see various threats that must be faced "BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE", and normally that would be quite reasonable as we are facing threats to not only our way of life, but our very lives themselves and even the planet we live on.
Then there are others who seem to scream the loudest about the imminent dangers facing us, claiming to be the only ones awake enough to be alarmed about threats that include immigrants, fluoride, 'Muslamic Ray Guns', the Illuminati/Zionists/Rothschilds, etc., etc., etc... They're the ones who can't even seem to do the basic research necessary to determine how full of shit the crap they're spouting is. They are told a fact or figure, no matter how ridiculous, that fits with their prejudices and they don't even bother to check it out. They just start shouting it from the highest mountain with righteous indignation.
Don't forget, these are some of the same people who actually deny the real threats we face, claiming that global warming is fake among other things. Are they that stupid, too lazy to even question anything or are they the ones who are actually asleep, determined to convince everyone else to drop off as well and share the same dream? Obviously they are puppets being used by unscrupulous people and corporations who wish to gain power or money, but why do they let themselves get used in this way?
I'll be talking about all of that and more on this evening's show as well as playing the greatest music from across generations and genres.The Darkhours Episode 210: World Goth Day Edition!
May 24, 2013 06:06 AM PDT
What is the Darkhours? A 2 hour FREE INTERNET RADIO SHOW devoted to Dark Culture and all aspects of the lifestyle from the music to movies to TV and geek talk. It's Goth, Metal, New Wave, Darkwave, Vampires, Fetish...it touches on all like an irreverent Dark Variety show that doesn't take itself too seriously, featuring Music Mix blocks by DJ Darkstar and it all starts 10PM EST/7PM PST every Wednesday night.
Tonight on the Darkhours: Today is World Goth Day! This means 2 hours of classic New Wave and Goth! Siouxie, Sisters Of Mercy, The Church, The Cure, Depeche Mode… masterfully mixed by moi! I’m promising loads of classics and lots of fun!
It won’t be gloomy though! The wackiness will always ensue! ~~~DJ Darkstar (The ORIGINAL since 1987)All mixes are live and unrehearsed…fresh for the first time.
Darkhours 210 playlist
Weak in the Presence of Beauty – Alison Moyet
Commercials and Intro (AKA:”The Vestibule”)
Fundamentum – E Nomine
Talk Block One (Brief History of Goth)
Goth Mix One:
This Corrosion – The Sisters Of Mercy
Talk Block 2
Goth Mix Two
Talk Block Three
Paint It Black – VNV Nation
Talk Block Four
The Vampire Club – Voltaire
Busy-ness as Usual
May 18, 2013 06:15 PM PDT
Been a busy week and a busy day. Kept up all night by a fucking car alarm (police won't get involved, they just want to arrest anyone upsetting the rich & royals), I had to get my biometrics taken again for my residency on these blighted isles this morning and I managed to finally see the new Trek movie this afternoon, so only now am I remembering to do the blog.
I've talked about how incredibly stupid people can be & the damage they've caused, so maybe it's time to talk about possible solutions.
All that and great music too!
Scientists Discover the 'Dumb-Ass' Gene
May 12, 2013 02:01 AM PDT
Well, no, not really, but it does make a good headline, doesn't it? I've seen some articles and posts on the internet recently based on a 2011 study in a Journal for the Association for Psychological Science linking racism and stupidity, entitled Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes.
Really, this is old news. Just talk to a few EDL or KKK supporters and the stupidity becomes glaringly obvious. I'd be more interested in knowing what we plan to do about it. I want to see curative hypotheses being tested under clinical conditions! My hypothesis is that if you smack these idiots upside the head with a big stick every time they say something racist, homophobic or sexist, soon they will stop, and a percentage will reevaluate their backward views. I'd like a grant to carry out an experiment to test my hypothesis.
I talked last week about how incredibly stupid human beings can be. Tonight I'm going to talk about the repercussions of that stupidity. The prejudices, fears and hatreds that arise from it that affect us all. In between, of course, I'll be playing some great music!
Annus Ignoramus Rex
May 04, 2013 06:27 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 4 May, 2013:
What seems to link the ever growing stupidity is fear. Fear of illness, apocalypse, death, outsiders, whatever you can name. It's a common saying that ignorance breeds fear, but it seems to me that fear also leads to ignorance, especially selective ignorance, in an ever growing circle, spiraling out of control into despair, hate and violence. I, personally, have a hatred of ignorance, stupidity and lack of knowledge, and cannot fathom how some people can embrace them, actually fearing knowledge and truth. The opposition to marriage equality, equal rights and gay adoption are perfect examples of issues where the scientific research, objective facts and data are all clear cut and unassailable, yet opponents are willing to ignore the truth, making things up as they go along simply because they fear certain ideas, certain people, so much.
What's the answer? How can you teach the unteachable, share knowledge that is rejected out of hand by those who would rather embrace ignorance and hate, rather than facing their fears? Fuck if I know, but I can talk about it, which is what I'll be doing on tonight's show - as well as playing great music from across generations and genres.
Much Ado about Something
April 27, 2013 05:56 PM PDT
The Bard's B'Day was this week and it got me thinking about poetry, art, language and music. I've spent years trying to figure out how and why music affects us so strongly. Without using drugs, there are only two ways to achieve instant ecstasy, sex and music. The pleasure behind sex is widely understood, but music? How can sounds, mere vibrations in the air tickling tiny membranes in the head, cause such pleasure? I've got a few new theories about it that I'll be discussing on tonight's show as I play some of the sweetest tunes from across decades, genres and maybe even dimensions.
Clueless in Blighty
April 20, 2013 06:21 PM PDT
I had the interesting experience of going out drinking with a bunch of UKBA Immigration Officers last night. My first mistake was, having cut down on my drinking in the last few years to the point that I have the tolerance of a bunny rabbit, trying to match their drinking levels. My second mistake was not realizing that the rum & cokes I was drinking were all doubles. So I have spent the day sleeping, chewing aspirin and ibuprofen, drinking litres of water (this is England, they no longer DO gallons), sleeping and moaning about the end of the world. I've kept a bloodshot, bleary eye cocked at the news and Facebook feed, for ideas about the show, but really, who the hell knows what my cranky, inebriated brain cells are making of it all? I certainly don't.Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
April 13, 2013 06:25 PM PDT
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go, below - below - below!
As I write this, I sit here feverish, ailing, congested and conflicted. I've been planning for this show since I started doing this, the celebration of the death of the 'Iron Lady', Margaret Thatcher. Yet all of the many vicious and acerbic witticisms I had lined up have fled my feverish brain. Yeah, Thatcher's bad...mmmmm-kay?
At the same time, one of my icons, Jonathan Winters died. He's well deserving of being remembered, and it would be a real shame if his legacy is overshadowed by the death of a morally impoverished harpy. She stole so much from so many, setting an entire nation, nay, an entire continent on a path to destruction. While he gave so much to so many, in spite of a mental illness that bedeviled his entire life, that not only made him miserable but caused him to be stigmatized when he became one of first the celebrities to be honest and come clean about it, he managed to laugh. He managed to see the funny side of people, even the most heinous, and we couldn't help but to laugh with him.
So, what will tonight's show be about? You guessed it. Or not... 'caused I sure as hell haven't. Either of them or both of them. I've spent the past few days working outside in the wind and the cold with a mild flu, that has managed to explode as I finally am able to rest and relax in the relative warmth and semi-comfort of home, so your guess is as good as mine. I can guarantee the show will be entertaining, because what I may lack in coherence at this point will be more than made up for by the removal of what few censorious inhibitions I have... wanna know how I really feel? Then tune in, and you may find out more than you ever expected or even wanted to know! Oh yeah, I'll be spinning some awesome tunes as well!
Merry Musical Madness and Mayhem
April 06, 2013 06:20 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 6 April, 2013:: Every week, I make some irritable observations and irascible complaints about the world around me. This week is no different, but really, what to choose? The absolute insanity of the human race increases exponentially, like the velocity of a lemming falling at 32 feet per second squared. The most powerful country in the world is actually debating, in this, the Twenty First fucking Century, whether women should have equal rights to men. Schizophrenic fantasists following Bronze Age superstitions, who have rejected any form of scientific training, actually believe that a Y chromosome bestows some magical superiority that must be protected by legislation. Really? Are you fucking kidding me? It would be laughable if the consequences weren't so dire.
As we distract ourselves with this pathetic debate, the One Percent continue their stranglehold, passing laws to protect themselves, enrich themselves and punish dissent, while blatantly stealing anything within reach, bleeding government coffers dry, and swilling from the public trough as they deny sustenance to the very weakest among us, hypocritically calling them 'scroungers'.
I reiterate, are you fucking kidding me?
Meanwhile, the weather in Blighty is truly frightful. Hail, sleet and snow in Spring. The puppets of the One Percent, those ignorant assholes that we benignly label Climate Change Deniers, run screaming towards the edge of the precipice trying to use this as proof that Global Warming is a fantasy. Hey Morons! Guess what? Global Warming means disruptions to the Gulf Stream, which would make the British Isles COLDER, not warmer! Read a fucking book already!
I'll be talking about all of that, and a whole lot more as I play the greatest music from across generations and genres.
British Bureaucracy, Astounding Astarte and Wry, Witty Wrangling
March 30, 2013 06:29 PM PDT
Ah, another inglorious week in Buggery Ol' Blighty! As I drown in paperwork and demands from both the British government and local council, I freeze in awe at the icy winds and scattered snow that is the coldest Spring Britannia has experienced in centuries. Really. As I enjoyed my first cigarette of the day this morning, shivering and scanning the cloudy sky for some hint of golden sun, some vestige of blue, some breath of warmth, it began to snow. Oh England, you temperamental wench, how thou dost vex me!
As I'm scrambling to get the necessary documentation in order to file for my permanent residency on these blighted isles, I am also preparing to start a new governmental job for which I must show some of the same documents and identity papers that I need to send to the Home Office, by MAIL, no less. Yes, I must trust my life, my livelihood, my very identity to the privatized Royal Mail system. Luckily, I have a couple of days free to do this, it being a "Bank Holiday" (the Brit equivalent of Federal Holiday) for Easter.
Now, here's a holiday I can love and support. Not the mindless, sadistic Xtian version of laying blame on a human scapegoat, but the original orgy of fertility, the orgasmic welcoming of Spring! The sexually charged bit of sympathetic magic that embraces and incurs the burgeoning green growth, the lengthening of the day, the warmth of the almost forgotten sun. Of course, all that is well and good, but it's the orgy part that gets a rise out of me.
I'll be discussing all of this, as well the rumors and dark tidings of another war in South East Asia on this evening's show interspersed with playing great tunes from across generations and genres.
March 23, 2013 07:22 PM PDT
I'm going to my first British Ale festival this evening, BEXHILL’S very own Ale & Arty Beer & Music Festival , and am unsure as to what time I'll be back. Tonight's show will be all about the festival, the ale, the art and most especially the music. I'll be interviewing some of the locals for your entertainment as well. Hopefully I'll be back in time to go on the air at 6pm Eastern in the US (which, with the changing clocks is now 10pm in the UK), but I may be late, so expect me to start anywhere from 6pm to 9pm Eastern time (which is 3pm to 6pm Pacific in the US, 10pm to 1am in the UK, and 11pm to 2am in Western Europe). It'll be a two to three hour show, regardless of exactly what time I start broadcasting.
I'll keep everyone posted as I know the details. I was going to try to broadcast live from the festival, but there are too many confusing, convoluted contrived apps involved.
Popes, Phalli, Patrick &
March 16, 2013 07:04 PM PDT
...and, and, and? Must you ask?
A new Pope, St. Patrick's Day, the many obvious jokes, puns and snickering, snide, salacious, satyromaniacal references relating penises with ophidia, and last, but certainly not least, the 10 ton paedo bear in the sacristy.
All that. great music, and who knows on this evening's show.
Life in the United, Blighted, Frightfully Unenlightened Kingdom
March 10, 2013 12:39 AM PST
Originally broadcast 9 March::
Am I frustrated? Indignant? Bitter? Hell YEAH! Am I worried about this test on Monday? Oh, damn straight I am, because my experience so far in this country is that nothing, when it comes to immigrants from certain countries, is fair. The test itself has questions in poorly worded, grammatically incorrect English (by both British and American standards). There are trick questions and even questions that are inconsistent with each other (for example according to the test, the population is 60 million, the percentage of which who are Afro-Caribbean is 1.1%, and their population is 0.6 million. Mind you those are the "correct" answers, when faced with options like 1.0% and 0.7 million, respectively), so you can see how I'm beginning to view it as yet another scam to reinforce my status as a second class citizen and to separate this fool from his money.
So, on this show, I'll be talking about the test. I'll take a few practice tests live on the air, so you can see what I'm faced with, and so that the audience can take the test along with me to see how you would do if faced with this challenge. I'll also be playing great music from across generations and genres in between so that none of our heads will explode when faced with so much useless information.
Yet Another Comedy of Terrors
March 03, 2013 07:49 AM PST
Originally broadcast 2 March ::
The Conservative British government continues it's attack on the poor and powerless. The EDL (English Defence League, a group of inbred, ignorant, inanely idiotic imbeciles who make the KKK in the US look downright intelligent and tolerant) claim to be growing in supporters and are marching in Manchester today to proclaim their asinine agenda. The US government continues it's attack on freedom, passing increasingly unconstitutional laws that silence dissent, freedom of speech and expression. Religious fanatics the world over continue their assaults on anyone who doesn't think, love or believe as they do, trying to worm their way into governments (often succeeding) in order to legislate their immoral view of morality. The Catholic Church... oh the Catholic Church... where to even begin ranting about the latest series of atrocities committed by the most powerful, extensive criminal organization in human history? I could go on for hours.
Personally, I'm stressed dealing with increasingly crippling burdens, facing societal and economic obstacles, jumping arbitrary professional hurdles that seem to be getting higher and higher, while those of colleagues get lower as they progress, merely because they happened to be born in the right country.
What to do, what to do? I'm in no mood to laugh. I want to scream. I want to climb to the top of the tallest building with the loudest megaphone in the universe and shout; "STOP! Grow the fuck up, move the fuck on and just be fucking decent to each other!" Is that so much to ask?
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
February 23, 2013 06:10 PM PST
Originally broadcast 23 February, 2013::
I've never understood the phrase "Mad dogs and Englishmen". It's my understanding that mad dogs are clearly mad, foaming at the mouth and to a certain extent avoidable, whereas English-persons are, to all outward appearances, sane and reasonable. It's not until you get within biting distance that they show their true madness... do mad dogs appear calm, happy, even cuddly until given the opportunity to ravage you? Chimps, our closest living relative, can be like that. Turning vicious at the slightest provocation, but even they show warning signs in advance (like the fact that they are chimps and will eat your fucking face if you get in their way).
Humans are duplicitous creatures, vicious and violent in every way, not just physically and emotionally, when given half the chance, and often for no apparent reason. The only creatures I can think of who come even close are predators who will lay in wait for their prey to come within striking distance, often camouflaging themselves as something completely innocuous. But at least non-human predators go to such lengths to eat. What is our excuse?
The petty, local politics in this part of England have been reaching strange crescendos, lies flying, obvious lies sailing, and bullshit raining down upon the rabble, leaving the working classes drowning in fear and confusion. So afraid and confused are they, that they dare not even question why they are now wallowing in shit, as those whose putrid diarrhea overwhelms them, convince them that they themselves are to blame. Smiling thieves offer them shiny dreams as they steal their future.
And oh, the fucking SMILES that I have seen... the creepy, insidious smiles of managers and politicians as they promise ever fainter, ever more transparent fantasies.
I'll be talking about all of that, and more on this evening's show, as well as playing the greatest music from across generations and genres!
Is Ratzinger Fleeing a Sinking Ship?
February 17, 2013 04:50 AM PST
Originally broadcast 16 February, 2013::
Everyone seems to be agog at Ratzinger's (hereinafter to be known as The Rat) resignation as Pope. C'mon, really? You'd have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the various scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church, and more specifically, his Papacy in recent years. All you have to ask yourself is what could possibly be worse than his being a psychotic, Nazi, self-hating homosexual, misogynistic paedophile...
As most people know, I have, uhm, well, acquaintances in all walks of life, ranging from contacts in Vatican City to hackers in Brussels, to intelligence analysts in Washington DC, and If you really, really don't know why he's "retiring", I'll give you a hint; it's because... well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? I'd better leave that for this evening's show.
I'll be talking about The Rat himself, how he's come from his Nazi Youth, to being the head of the Inquisition, to being the most powerful man in the most corrupt criminal organization in human history. I'll also be talking about the Catholic Church itself, how it's been a predatory hotbed of hypocrisy, preying upon those whom it professes serve for 1,700 years, gaining power and advancing it's objectives through the use of, and wallowing in, gluttony, greed, wrath, envy, pride, lust, sloth, robbery and murder. That's right, all of the seven deadly sins, many of the so called Commandments, and then some.
I'll be talking about all of this, and more in tonight's show, as well as playing the greatest music from across generations and genres!The Darkhours Episode CC: Episode 200 - Colder than a witches tit out there!
January 24, 2013 10:21 PM PST
A great show with lots of fun and frolic! Have a listen!
I present to you...
The Playlist from show 200!
Darkhours Intro Theme
All Together Now - The Farm
Talk block 1
Talk Block 2
Talk Block 3
The Devil In Disguise - Elvis Presley
Talk Block 4
The Power Is Mine - Lords Of Acid
End theme of the Darkhours
Divide and Conquer
January 19, 2013 05:40 PM PST
Originally broadcast 19 January, 2012::
At a time when we need more than ever to stick together, we're being divided by prejudice, paranoia, ignorance, idiocy and inane ideologies. Misinformation has become the basis of propaganda, infiltration the primary tool of the police state and misdirection the hat trick of the government. If you think your tax problems are caused by welfare cheats & disability scroungers, your low wages, job insecurity and shrinking pensions caused by unions, immigrants & minorities, or that spiraling societal problems, growing fear and insecurity are caused by gays, strong women, outsiders or any number of others, then you've been beaten already. You've been conquered and enslaved, but you don't even know it, and you have no hope of escape since you're just dragging more people into your prison instead of banding together in order to break down the walls.
That's what I'll be talking about on this evening's show, in between playing great music from across generations and genres.
The Darkhours Episode CXCIX: Winter Wonderland. Kittyn and Darkstar at Darkhours Studios means FUN!
January 16, 2013 09:33 PM PST
So Kittyn, KMRL Station Manager, host of “Hear Kidney Kidney” and the station matriarch is here, left over from my New Years Eve Party for more reasons than one. We’ve got loads to talk about. Anyone who remembers last weeks show knows it was rather bizarre in many ways.
This week we’ll focus on the New Year a bit more, some pop culture and our latest project, the upcoming Mojothon to raise money for Alzheimers. If you didn’t know, Webkittyn will be jumping in a frozen lake as a “Subzero Hero” for charity and we’re raising money and taking bets to see if she’ll die that day. So come by to hear her last words and of course learn about our upcoming 24 hour Mojothon.
Twisted Fun House Mirror Shards of Perspective
December 15, 2012 05:55 PM PST
Originally broadcast 15 December, 2012::
As bad as things may be, as alone and frustrated as I may feel, as much as I see the darkness spreading across my perspective blotting out hope and joy, at least I didn't lose the most precious thing in my life, my child, to senseless violence in the place they should feel the most open and safe, right? But even that forgoes the conclusion that I have a child, that I have something that precious worth working and striving and fighting for to lose. I don't, and there's another twist of perspective, looking at those who have lost something precious that you've never had it's easy to get lost in either empathy or envy.
Meanwhile, I watch the bandwagons storming across cyberspace, into, against and sometimes alongside each other. Lobbing futile missiles over the sides, blindly attacking anything in the way and making so much noise that they can't hear anything but their own anthems, and I wonder why. I watch Confirmation Bias steering, and often fueling this mad dash and I wonder at the blindness that lets them see it in others but not themselves, accusing their "opponents" of picking, choosing, reinterpreting and misinterpreting facts and statistics without realizing that they too are guilty of the same acts. How few of us can truly sift through the mountains of facts, distortions and outright lies available to us now on the internet to come to meaningful conclusions? This too clouds and distorts our perception until, perhaps, the only way to not remain adrift in doubt and confusion, the only way to fight the terrible loneliness of being a lone voice crying out in the wilderness is to let Confirmation Bias take over and solidify our hopes, preconceptions and what we want to believe into our own version of reality. But then again this mental and emotional placebo only works if you're unaware of it, otherwise you're back to trying futilely to making sense of the exploding shards of perspective of "objective reality", dancing desperately on the razor's edge of cognitive dissonance.
Are you confused yet? Welcome to my universe... But tune in to the show tonight and maybe we can all sort it out and, even if just for a couple hours, make a little sense of this mad world that we've managed to get lost on.
The Not-So Subtle Difference Between Symbiotes and Parasites
December 08, 2012 06:11 PM PST
A.k.a. When bowing down becomes bending over.
Another highly eventful, stressful twisted week, wreaking woe, wrath and weakness here on the blighted isles. As the scion of royal parasites breeds yet another idle, inept, ineffectually dysfunctional drain on an already doomed world, getting the best healthcare and treatment money can buy, I've seen hard working people with little or nothing forgo offspring simply because they've done everything right, and so what very little they have makes them ineligible for any assistance or tax breaks. I've seen Old Age Pensioners with no heat trying desperately to keep warm in the freezing cold, pregnant women struggling to keep their jobs as they are forced to wait for hours in queues for minimal obstetric care, hard working men and women watching their benefits, their pensions, their way of life and their very homes slipping through their fingers in the name of austerity and budget cuts that actually just go to helping wealthy criminals keep what they have stolen.
Then there's the poor nurse, who, while being forced by those same budget cuts to care for increasing numbers of patients even while working in a private hospital, was forced as well, in the name of 'cost savings', to act as a telephone receptionist in the midst of an already stressful and busy job. Her only crime was being fooled into passing on a phone call, and she was so shamed by this minor infraction against an already pompous and overinflated family, that she took her own life, leaving behind a shattered family and heartbroken children.
Who are these Royals, that they should be given such admiration and respect, that they should take so much for granted and live in such opulent extravagance, while the majority barely survive with so little? What exactly do they contribute to this society other than mild entertainment (and I use that word loosely), that could be just as well provided by yet another Masterpiece Theatre Soap Opera? They certainly do not provide any sort of political or governmental leadership, nor do they, in the midst of this manufactured financial crisis, provide any economic or even moral leadership. A symbiotic relationship would require that they provide society, in one way or another, an equal benefit to that which they enjoy, which they simply do not. That would, by any definition, make them mere parasites, to be fumigated and expunged!
Meanwhile, so many anniversaries of atrocity arrive and pass, from Pearl Harbor on 7 December, to the assassination of John Lennon, the Murder of Dimebag Darryl & Jim Morrison's birthday on 8 December, and the Massacres of Kalavryta & Nanking on 5 December & 19 December respectively, as well as untold others far too numerous to enumerate, demanding acknowledgement.
I am well tired and frustrated. I feel like the real me is in a tiny cage inside my head, running around in circles, frantically bashing against the bars in every direction and shouting, shrieking with increasing vehemence and futility because no one can hear me. I feel as though I have no mouth, but I must scream...
On this evening's show I'll be talking about all of that and much, much more. As usual I'll also be playing music from across generations and genres, with a bit John Lennon & Jim Morrison to spice up the mix and fuel the memories.
Would there be a cure if it was a white, male, heterosexual, conservative Xtian disease?
December 01, 2012 05:29 PM PST
Originally broadcast 1 December, 2012:
Today, 1 December, is World AIDS Day. The day the far right reinforces the booby traps and steel of their closets in order to lie, cheat and steal at the expense of the sick and dieing, blaming the victims for their own fate and trying to force the world back into the Bronze Age, while the rest of us try to push AIDS back to the front of the modern political and economic agenda, worry about a cure, and educate the poor.
I find it interesting that the same people who deny global warming and claim vaccinations are a Zionist plot to lobotomize children are also the people who deny that HIV causes AIDS, question the use of condoms in preventing the spread of it, and even go so far as to blame the treatments for the disease. These are some of the same people who try to claim that AIDS is an inevitable result of a "gay lifestyle", while promoting "traditional family values" (ie: the female silent and subservient to the male, acting as a brood mare, a mindless incubator, to be raped and used for the sake of producing the next generation of males, intent on perpetuating the cycle of abuse), while ignoring the fact that AIDS, by it's very nature, has managed to skip over the people that most threaten this paradigm - LESBIANS!
Almost two months ago was the commemoration of 9-11, "The Day that Changed the World", but having lived in a country now for two years that experienced their own 9-11 on an almost daily basis for six years during WWII, I tend to take a much more skeptical view of it. To me, AIDS changed the world much more drastically and in much further reaching ways than 9-11 ever could. We've lost many of our best, brightest, most creative people to AIDS, some of the very people who were opening doors for minorities, pushing back superstition and prejudice and helping make the world a better, brighter place. The worst part is that instead of being remembered for all of their talent and accomplishments, many are simply remembered for having died of AIDS, and used as an excuse by small minded pragmataphobics to undo all of their accomplishments.
Having grown up in NYC, I've seen more people that were close to me, that I admired, and even that I emulated die of AIDS than of any other cause, and I could go on about the "what ifs" for days. What would the world be like without AIDS is the easiest, and no matter how I look at it, AIDS has crippled our society in ways that we can barely imagine, set progress back decades and created an opening for sociopaths and psychopaths to weasel their way into the very heart of our political structures. Just look at what's going on in Uganda, with American Fundamentalists Xtians pushing forward legislation that will punish homosexuals with the death penalty simply for being born slightly different.
So, I'll be talking about all of this and more on tonight's show, as well as playing great music from across generations and genres.
Thanksgiving. In the UK it's "Thank Fuck We Got Those Weird Jesus Bastards On The Boat Day".
November 24, 2012 05:34 PM PST
Originally broadcast 24 November, 2012:
I've traveled all over the world, but this is the longest I've ever been away from NYC without returning for even a visit, and it's the first time I've been "out" as an American (in the past I've claimed to be an Italian exchange student, among other things, while living in Europe, to avoid anti-American bias), so living in the UK right now has changed my perspective on many things, giving me an outsiders view combined with the insights of one who's grown up in the Land of the Buy One Get One Free. I've come to realize how much people in the rest of the world don't exactly despise Americans, but more that they are disgusted by the willful ignorance, and confused by Americans fluency in New Speak and Doublethink. Mark this, and remember it, even if you ignore me and everything else I say - even if you disagree with me on everything - they DON'T hate our freedom. They hate our stupidity and inability to truly appreciate everything we have. This is what enables fundamentalists to twist Americans into the embodiment of Iblis, the Devil, claiming that it is everything they choose to hate and fear that leads to this kind of blind, greedy hunger. Violence in the name of Mammon. It's very easy to rationalize violence in the name of Allah to hungry, frightened people faced with this on a daily basis. Is my hatred of the spoiled, rich, dilettante offspring of Capitalist criminals any different? Only in that I choose not to utilize violence against them.
I want to talk about all of this on tonight's show, and today, 24 November, is also the 21st anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death. One of the greatest performers of all time and #1 on my list of top ten coolest Brits ever! So I want to talk about him as well, which means that I'll be all over the ideological spectrum with this one. I'll be playing Freddie's music, solo and with Queen, and dedicating tonight's show to his memory.
Will all self hating Homos please stand up... Sapiens, that is.
November 17, 2012 05:35 PM PST
Originally broadcast 17 November, 2012::
The ideological fragmentation of the human race fascinates me, and the modern penchant of allowing sociopaths into positions of power has led to fragmentation splintering out into moronic realms that would have been unimaginable in the modern world until very recently. For example, did anyone truly believe that the corporate parasite with the magic panties would lose gracefully? I'm sure nobody expected the gullibility of his followers and lackeys, but the level to which their discourse has sunk really doesn't surprise me, even as my mind reels at the idiocy of each new conspiracy theory, accusation or proclamation of "immanent danger", and that's just among the nut jobs.
When I look to people that I basically agree with, on the left, I see fragmentation that makes it very easy for me to discount large groups of people as complete morons, while finding it difficult to even acknowledge that they mean well. Look at the animal rights movement. I've long been an opponent of PETA, because most of the people I've come into contact with from PETA have seemed to truly despise animals, while proclaiming their advocacy. They have no problems twisting data to suit their whim, they've actually pushed a platform that would lead to the euthanization of not only livestock but of pets as well, and from what I've seen, they don't seem to actually DO anything to help the animals that they purport to be so enamored of. Vegans are another group that I've marginalized at times, though I've come to realize that even the vegans are fragmented into varying ideological subgroups - some who seem to want to eliminate animals from our lives completely (which leads me to believe that if they don't hate them, at the very least they're terrified of them), while others spend their lives rescuing pets from shelters where they'd be killed and finding homes for them. That's something I can get behind %100!
Another strange splintering I've been watching has to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each side is convinced that they're right, acknowledging only the atrocities committed by the other side, discounting the horrors perpetuated by their own allies, refusing to even listen to facts that might muddy the waters and labeling anyone making arguments that they disagree with as racist. Since both groups involved are the same race (for lack of a better word), being Semitic, how can racism even be an issue. It's obviously a religious conflict among a group of people who have splintered ideologically over the past two millennium and are now so full of hate that they are willing to condone any crime, any slaughter, any horror - as long as it's perpetuated by themselves.
The one thing they all seem to have in common, with eachother as well as with myself, is that to some extent we all seem to be self-hating Homo Sapiens. I am rare, in that I acknowledge it, and am in favor of policies, attitudes and ethics that may help to correct the tendencies that I abhor in myself and the rest of the human race. They on the other hand, either twist double think into knots like the conservatives, by proclaiming that "Man" (fuggetabout the women, of course) is the pinnacle of "God's" creation, superior to every living thing, while being basically dirty, evil and born into sin. Or, like PETA, feel that humans really aren't part of the natural world, that everything humans do is basically unnatural and that a separation should exist between humans and all other life on earth.
I'll be talking about all of this and more on this evening's show as well as playing great music from across generations and genres.I've Got Nothing to Say that I Haven't Said Before
November 03, 2012 06:43 PM PDT
Talk about a seriously exhausting, stressful week. Here in Blighty, while on the one hand I had the week off with pay (and next week as well), I'm only making minimum wage, so the pay is shit. I haven't really been able to go anywhere or do anything, and by the time I return to work I'll be even more in need of a holiday than when I started. Yeah, I know, c'est la guerre! As bad as my week has been, it's nothing compared to what folks have gone through this week back home in NYC, yet, somehow, I would have rather have gone through the flood with them than deal with... this...
Meanwhile back in the US, the upcoming election has people even more off the fucking wall than usual - and for some of these inbred mouth-breathers, that's some seriously scary shit. Poor Mitt has his magic panties in a twist over... well, that depends on the day, really. Usually it's something he's made up in his head to scare people about, like Jeep moving to China, or more likely in my opinion, something he just read in one of his comic books from the 1950's. I mean, seriously, am I the only one who keeps expecting him to mention Lex Luthor or Raʾs al-Ġūl as the puppet master behind Obama? He's not quite as bad as his li'l buddy Ryan who seems to think that Jesus was aborted in the back room of a Kmart in Albuquerque and has managed to double think his way into reconciling his following the teachings of a Socialist Jewish zombie carpenter, while acting as a sociopathic amoral misogynistic capitalist. The only thing this circus is missing is another Homophobic Conservative Christian Republican getting caught with his pants down in a men's room, somewhere in bumfuck Alabama, with an illegal Mexican rent-boy. But it'll happen soon enough, you can bet your Amyl Nitrate on it!
Since the UK set their clocks back last weekend, and the US is doing it tonight, I'll be on for three hours tonight talking about all that, and much, much more. My Birthday is on election day so I'm going to treat myself by playing some of my favorite songs, the only problem is that I now have three or four playlists of my fave songs that are over ten hours each and figuring out which to play will be a bit of a struggle. There are far worse problems to have in this life, so I'm not complaining!
If at first you don't succeed, fuck 'em!
October 27, 2012 05:35 PM PDT
Sometimes I've gotta wonder if I truly am the only thinking person on this dizzily spinning globe. Sure, I know everyone is critical of others, we're all great at bashing people we disagree with or that we view as fools, but I'm constantly analyzing myself, my own beliefs and "knowledge" using the same criteria with which I judge others, and sometimes I do find myself coming up short. There are often times when I realize that my preconceptions are bullshit and I have to backtrack to figure out the "TRUTH" and then adapt my views accordingly.
Perhaps the problem is that unlike most people I've had to develop my own ethics and morality. I don't rely on religion, pseudo-spirituality or political necessity to tell me right from wrong, so when I see modern assholes spouting pure bullshit based on something they've read in a mistranslated, Chinese Whispers, copy of a copy of a book based on poorly remembered ghost tales of Bronze Age desert dwelling nomads, I get more than a bit annoyed. I can't help but wonder if these people can even think for themselves anymore, or whether childhood brainwashing is simply unbreakable in may cases. The venom, spite and fury that they spew against anyone or anything that brings their cherished knowledge of the universe into question, should at the very least make them wonder and definitely wake their allies the fuck up just a little bit.
Meanwhile, the crap coming from the mouths of politicians on both sides of the pond has become nauseating in depth and delusional, self serving dishonesty. Whenever anyone wakes up enough to smell the stench that we're all slowly drowning in, the fnords come out: PEDOPHILE! TERRORIST! TRAITOR! ISLAMIC EXTREMIST! Interestingly, it seems to only be the conservatives who are using these words and these people that they avow to despise, to actually further their agenda, and to distract us as they continue to pick our pockets, steal our houses and enslave whomever they can. All the while counting on the fact that people won't question themselves, their motivations or their indoctrination. Perhaps they also count on the fact that people like myself, and even some of you reading this, look at everything going on and just feel so completely, horribly alone. That we are the only ones who think the way we do, feel as strongly as we do and care as much as we do, and in so thinking can easily believe that there is something wrong with us, so should just keep silent. It's oh so easy, when you're not the one being repressed, discriminated against, teased, tortured and targeted to just remain silent. To fit in with the crowd. To belong...
I'll be discussing this on tonight's show, as well as my take on the Jimmy Savile "conspiracy" unraveling here in Buggery Ol' Blighty (I mean really, the first time I saw him on TV here I knew the guy was a complete and utter freak - and not in a good way - but was told on more than one occasion that this was just my American cultural background prejudicing me against him), the vileness of Tories on Lewes District Council, the evilness of pretend libertarians everywhere and much much more. Of course I'll also be playing great music from across generations and genres as I always do!
The Darkshours 195: The Shocktober 2012 show!
October 26, 2012 10:45 PM PDT
Something just about for everyone in this show. In this episode I decided to try MIXING all of the stations creepy Halloeen songs.
KMRL Promo's block
"The Intro" - Christopher Lee
Talk Block 1
Halloween Megamix 1:
Talk block 2
Halloween mini mix:
Talk Block 3
I.V. - X Japan (Saw IV Soundtrack)
Talk Block 4
Super Final Halloween Shocktober Megamix:
The Loons - Insane Clown Posse
End Theme (Stewie & Lonely man/theme from the Incredible Hulk)
I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough.
October 13, 2012 05:44 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 13 October 2012:
I focus on dreams quite often, hopes fantasies, daydreams, while trying not to become completely obsessed with "what if"s. A few good "what if"s, however, make a fine, fertile fantasy playground. Twenty years ago today the UK announced the closing of a third of Britain's deep coal mines, with the loss of 31,000 jobs - and that was after Thatcher had already decimated the British mining industry. Just a few days ago I overheard a couple of guys talking about the fact that if the mines hadn't closed they probably wouldn't be in SE England working on recycling, but would have followed their families into the mines up north. They still hate Thatcher though...
So I'll be talking about dreams tonight. Fantasies, hopes, daydreams, and all the other carrots we keep poised ahead of us, as we put one foot in front of the other, trudging through this dreary reality called life, trying desperately not to die a little bit inside each day that passes us by.
As usual I'll be playing great music from across generations and genres. I have a few requests from last week that I'll be playing, and am open to any other requests you may have.
Tantalusian Twisted Torrents
October 06, 2012 05:59 PM PDT
Yet another slimy, saturated, damp, dreary, wet & windy week here in barmy Blighty. I once loved the rain, especially back home in New York, it was an excuse to get completely decked out in (waterproofed) leather (like I ever needed an excuse ), and roam the almost deserted streets of NYC as "normal" people hid from the rain. Here, though, it's quite different. The cold wind whips the rain into a frenzy, searching out and penetrating any opening (thinking about it like that I really should like it)!
To top it all off, I've GOT to take two weeks of paid holiday within a certain amount of time, or lose it. Only in England would paid days off be a friggin' BAD THING! LMAO
I'll once again be talking about my experiences with the native flora and fauna, locals and lunatics this past week. I've gotten a few requests for songs that I'll be playing and am open to any other requests you may have, just let me know.
Random Synchronicity, Remembrance and Other Vices
September 30, 2012 05:01 AM PDT
Originally broadcast on Saturday, September 29, 2012
Some strange things pop up when you're researching to talk about something, rather than nothing. 15 years ago today scientists discovered the link between "mad cow disease" and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), 30 years ago today in the US a bunch of people died from cyanide poisoning after taking Tylenol, and 99 years ago today Rudolf Diesel was either pushed or jumped overboard and drowned on his way to a conference in the UK. Bahhhh, Spetember has always been the loneliest month. School starts, the summer dies, and all the great holidays are close enough to smell, but far enough away to make the waiting torturous!
What has all of that to do with tonight's show? You'll just have to tune in to find out! Meanwhile, if there's something you want to talk about, or there's a song you want to hear, let me know or come into the chatroom.
Another Tricky Day, Another Ticket to Ride
September 30, 2012 04:41 AM PDT
Originally broadcast Saturday, September 22, 2012
Last week there were more people in the chat room than there have been in ages, so I'm going to continue with my experiment of doing shows about nothing - or to be more specific; discussing whatever happens to come to mind and whatever pops up in the chatroom. So if there's something you want to talk about, or there's a song you want to hear, let me know or come into the chatroom.
Summer Colds and Dithering Dolts.
September 08, 2012 05:59 PM PDT
How nice of my immune system, to cap off my bold proclamation of the superiority of Hybrid Vigor and smug claim to NEVER get sick, by kicking me right to the curb for two weeks now with the worst summer cold/flu EVER. Well, OK, maybe not ever.... there was the Spanish Influenza epidemic, the Black Death, the Read Death, the... well, I digress, the point is I'm feeling sorry for myself. I want some chicken soup and Saltine crackers, but can't quite explain what Saltines are exactly and my perennial fall back of Ritz Crackers are just too expensive in these Blighted Isles .
Last week I wanted to talk about Cognitive & Confirmation Bias, but I was so freaked by some dealings I'd had the day before with a knuckle dragger, that I went off on a few tears, made none the more coherent because of this damn flu/cold. So, instead of trying to plan something to talk about, I'm going to talk about my week here in blighty. I had another run in with the knuckle dragger (who believes gay people should be shot, because that's the way it's done in his country, FFS), the recounting of which should prove entertaining. I've got requests to play some songs, some of which I recently played, but they're good songs so it won't kill you to hear them again, I'll also be playing some stuff I've never played and of course will be playing some music by Odyssey in memory of Lillian Lopez , who died just a few days ago. Great music guaranteed with just enough ranting to liven things up and twist the doors of perception back into place... Yeah, this cold/flu definitely has me making less sense than usual.The Darkhours Episode CXCII:Back to Cool time
September 02, 2012 11:04 PM PDT
Taken from the blog post:
All I know is, I’m going to have fun and most likely be as irreverent as usual. I’ll probably offend someone… but then again, that’s why we come here. Weirdness abound! Come on down! See you tonight at 10pE, 7pP. 4aEUR.
Tell your friends, come to the chatroom!
The Darkhours: Always fun… Always Free.
Don’t be the one who missed out and had to hear about it from your friends.
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Enjoy the Silence Reinterpreted
The Mummers Dance - Loreena McKennitt
Closing Theme (Stewie Griffen & The Incredible Hulk Theme (Lonely Man)
I Have Mastered Confusion in the Same Way that a Dwarf Has Mastered Being Short
August 25, 2012 07:09 PM PDT
Another long, eventful, stressful, exhausting, enlightening week here in Buggery Ol' Blighty. I have nothing coherent to say, for there is too much on my mind and there is no consensus to the voices and thoughts spiraling incessantly around my befuddled brain. So, tonight I'll discuss nothing and everything. From the stupid ignorance of politicians to the genius of the Mars Rover, the craziness of Brits and mass confusion of misunderstood accents.
All of that, or maybe none of it, but possibly more as well as great music. Confused much? Don't worry, it'll just get worse as you listen, and that's a good thing!
Shit Comes in All Sizes, Shapes and Colors
August 18, 2012 06:08 PM PDT
Britain is a strange place. It's a country that was, until recently, relatively visually homogeneous, yet managed to develop racism based upon other things like culture and way of life. There's a word they use that I hear often, "Pikeys", which is an extremely derogatory term for Irish Travelers. Back in the US, I believe "Pikeys" is an antiquated term for the Irish in general, but here it is more specified and much more vulgar. It is an excuse to dehumanize, degrade and scapegoat an entire sub-class of people, but isn't that the case of all racial slurs? Of course, the more the British in general marginalize & alienate the Travelers, the more the Travelers insulate themselves from society in general, pulling away and developing their own prejudices against the "Country People". It's a vicious circle.
Even many of those who acknowledge that "Pikeys" is an extremely hateful word, still find prejudice against Travelers acceptable, and when I object to their prejudice I come up against rationalization after rationalization or I'm told that I just haven't been here long enough to understand. Hell, even the Irish are prejudiced against Travelers!
Meanwhile, I myself find Traveler culture somewhat fascinating and though I'm horrified by some aspects of it (such as the misogyny and homophobia), I can't help but admire a people who have survived and even thrived in, what is in effect, hostile territory. Perhaps it's my perspective as an outsider that allows me to see where they're being blamed for things that are untrue or have nothing to do with them, being insulted for behavior that is no different than the behavior of lower class Brits, and where some of them may actually be bringing troubles upon themselves by rejecting education and striking out randomly at outsiders, among other things.
I've said before that I personally find racism and prejudice baffling. You see, I've met all kinds of people, all over the world, and I've come across many truly horrible, mean spirited, vile people. They're everywhere, in every country, of every color, size, sexual persuasion, religion, etc. and I've learned one very important thing. When you come across someone who is different, who is decent, open, honest, generous, loving, smart and creative, then it doesn't matter what they look like, who they love or who they fuck, all that matters is that person is worth being a friend, and if you ostracize them for something that is basically none of your business then you'll be the one losing out - not them.
So that's what I'll be talking about on tonight's show. The history of Travelers, the prejudices against them, how it affects and diminishes society here in general, and especially my own feelings about it and reaction to it. In between I'll be playing great music by some terrific human beings from across decades and genres.
Yet Another Psudo-Intellectual and Completely Perverse XXX Olympiad Wrap
August 11, 2012 09:57 AM PDT
Why hasn't anyone really mentioned that these are the ending days of the XXX Olympiad? I call them the thirtieth pseudo-Olympiad and the 428th semi-Olympiad, but still, they have been the XXX Olympiad, yet not an orgy or naked body to be seen... except on the streets of London where said protesters were immediately locked up and held without charge until the end of the games. But I digress...
As the Olympics ends here in Blighty, it's time to take a count of the Winners (a few billionaires), the Losers (everyone else), the Good (Bolt, Ennis, Douglas, et al), the Bad (Cameron, Windsor, the CLP & as ever the Tories) and the Fugly (Boris Johnson, Mitt Romney and Chavs everywhere).
I'll be discussing the incredible amount of corruption and debt that these Olympics have brought upon the Blighted Isles in which I have made my home. The stupidity and prejudice that the Olympics have exposed; I mean seriously, the crap about Gabby Douglas' hair really pissed me off & I actually heard someone say, "tha' Ennis ain' qui'e English, if ya ge' mah meanin'"! I'll also go into how the original Olympics were actually presented and played some more, how they affected Hellenic society at the time, as well as other things that I haven't even thought of yet.
On Being a Myopic Primate in the Kingdom of Optically Challenged Equus Africanus Asinus
August 05, 2012 11:25 AM PDT
I've been doing these shows from Buggery Ol' Blighty for a year now. A year that has whizzed by, yet in some ways had been one of the longest years of my life.
A lot has happened in the past year. I've gotten my National Insurance Number, which means I can work here, only to discover that none of my qualifications are recognized. I can't even perform because you need all kinds of licenses just to do that. I'm working very hard on programming myself to believe I enjoy doing something that I really can't stand by only seeing the positive aspects, but that can only take one so far.
So, once again I'll be discussing life on these blighted isles, the good, the bad and the fugly, from the POV of a perpetual outsider. It's been said that I'm anti-British, but I'm not really. I've bent over backwards trying to give the benefit of the doubt, to the point that my back is breaking. If I were British, or even an EU citizen, that would mean I'd be signed off work, collecting benefits... as an American it means I'm told to just get on with it. I'm easily more "anti-American" than anti-Brit, yet I'm coming to realize that many of the things that I think are wrong with America are also wrong with Britain, but in twisted unrecognizable ways. The things that are "right" about Britain (as compared to the US) are the very things that they're throwing away, so yes I do become very frustrated and call them stupid, blind or simply bass-ackwards! They don't realize how good they have it in so many ways, and have become so spoiled that they don't realize for a second what they're losing.
I'll be discussing all that and more, as well as playing music from across genres and generations.
Olympian Fantasies & Couch Potato Dreams
July 29, 2012 04:17 AM PDT
With the rising tide of Olympic fever sweeping across these blighted isles, I find myself swept into a stagnant pool of ennui. I find it difficult to care, really. But, for a lack of any better ideas, that's what tonight's show will be about.
I'll discuss the vast differences between the original Olympics 2,500 years ago and this over-sponsored corporate spectacle of psuedo-excellence, political posturing and blatantly fake comradeship. FFS, Boris Johnson is like an evil version of Gary Busey who's actually being taken seriously, David Cameron gave Olympic security to a private firm that donated to his campaign and then wonders why they screwed everything up by paying more attention to profits than security, and let's be honest, if any of these athletes actually ate lunch at McD's (as some have insinuated in the commercials), their main competition would be racing from the couch to the toilet.
On top of all the propaganda, for some reason the Brits seem convinced that they'll actually be the first country to host the Olympics that won't find themselves sunk into an economic abyss afterward. Considering that the economy is already sinking steadily here, that worries me as well.
I'll also be discussing those few athletes, like Usain Bolt, who actually seem to defy the laws of physics and human physiology by doing things previously thought to be impossible.
Oh, and did I mention I'll also be playing great music from across decades and genres, so it all won't be completely depressing!
This is My Weapon, this is My Gun, this is for Killing, this is for Fun?
July 22, 2012 02:31 AM PDT
Originally broadcast 21 July 2012:
I had some ideas for this evening's show, but they're all out the window. I can't seem to get what happened in Aurora out of my mind. Columbine was shocking, but didn't really phase me, I've come to expect most atrocities from human beings, and this is no different. As strange as it may sound, I was almost expecting what happened in Columbine... I didn't know where it was going to happen or when exactly, but I knew it was going to happen soon, and told a few people so. Sure enough... then there was the Beslan Massacre, the Virginia Tech Massacre, the Utøya Massacre in Norway, ad infinitum.
But yesterday... it was around 7 or 8 AM here when it happened. I was working outside when at around 10AM a dude I work with drove up and after a few preliminaries asked if I knew about the new Batman movie. I didn't realize at first he meant that something had happened at the movie, I thought he wanted discuss the friggin movie. The next thing I know he's relating the story he'd heard, which was that a guy got up on stage during the premier of the new Batman movie, poured gas over the audience and then started shooting them as they fled, managing to set fire to those who escaped the shooting in the process. That shocked me. Another stupid, random shooting and I would have said, "oh shit, not again", but this? The image it put in my head took atrocity to new, horrifying level. Perhaps it's 'cause I'm the token Yank here, but different people throughout the day then came to me with different stories and asked me the strangest questions about it. By the time I finished work I was sort of numb.
Colorado used to be my favorite state, and Aurora was one of my favorite cities. Shit, I used to drink Coors all the time when I was in my teens and only stopped because the owner of the company is a misogynistic, racist, homophobe and I refused to allow one penny of my money to wind up in his pocket. In spite of the few assholes in Colorado, I would never have expected something like this in Aurora of all places. The more I learn about the shootings the more confusing it all seems, and the more questions I have... I don't buy into consiracy theories about it (or most anything else for that matter), but something about this whole thing just doesn't smell right. Of course my reaction may just be that I'm far from home and feeling... detached from my surroundings. If it had happened in NYC I probably would have really flipped, though it would be more expected in NYC than in fucking Aurora of all places. I just don't know.
So on tonight's show I'll be discussing it. The various reactions from people with obvious agendas, the multiple conspiracy theories, and trying to sort the rumors from the lies and maybe get to the truth. FFS, the Tea Baggers have managed to get their tiny little dicks hard over this one, and they sure as hell want to fuck someone before they're back to being the flaccid tools of they know not what.
I'll be discussing all that, and more on tonight's show, as well as playing great music from across genres and generations.
What Does it Profit the World to Gain Technology but Lose it's Soul?
July 14, 2012 02:42 PM PDT
For some very strange reason I had Paul Simon's Kodachrome running through my head, over and over, a few days ago. Not a bad song, really, but truly tiresome after a while, and it got me thinking about the fact that Kodachrome is no longer manufactured. That Kodak is going out of business, as did Polaroid, and this made me very sad. I would much rather look through a shoe box full of old photos, tattered memories of almost forgotten slices of lives, than click through another crisp, digitized, photo album online. Not only is there a tactile loss when digitizing photos, that sense of the many people who have handled them, cherished and treasured them, but the very ease of snapping pics and posting them has lead to a loss of quality. When there were 24 - 36 shots on a roll of film, that then cost actual money to be developed, a certain care was taken with each shot. Each shot meant something, something worth paying to keep - in not just money, but time and space.
It's not just photography that technology seems to be harming, but music as well. Phil Spector's infamous "Wall of Sound" doesn't translate well to digital compression. Listening to many songs from the 60's through the 80's on MP3 can be a disappointing experience if you've ever heard the originals on vinyl, and if you've never heard the originals, when you do you will find nuances and emotions in the music that can sweep you up and knock you down. There's also the tactile benefits of holding a vinyl album, the smell of it, the deep black broken by shimmering, tiny lines, as well as the incredible artistry that went into the 12.25" square space of the album covers and sleeves.
What I find really amazing is that the generation gap in music technology is actually inverse to other areas. If you're young and never experienced buying and treasuring vinyl albums, then you're more likely to prefer them to CDs and MP3s, whereas if you're older and grew up with vinyl, then you're more likely to prefer CDs and MP3s. I don't understand that. Is it possible that older people have experienced enough hearing loss in certain frequencies that they really can't hear the difference? If so, then that's really a shame.
I'll be discussing all that, and more on this show, as well as playing great music from across genres and generations.
Independence Day, Part Deux (aka. Where Liberty Dwells, there is My Country)
July 08, 2012 04:04 AM PDT
Originally broadcast 7 July, 2012::
This will be the second part of my show dedicated to the 4th of July, American Independence Day.
Last week I discussed the plague that decimated 97% of the Native population just prior to European colonization and the formation of the United States. To put it in perspective, around 97 million natives died, at a time when the entire population of Europe was just 70 million. If not for that plague, there would have been no Great Experiment, 'cause they would have been too busy trying not to be pushed back into the Atlantic. Don't forget that when the Vikings, who were able to conquer just about anything they touched, tried to set up colonies in America (or as they called it, Vinland) before the plague, they were wiped out without a trace. If the "Klingons" of Europe couldn't beat the Native Americans, then those fancy li'l Pilgrims with their cute buckle hats and asshole backward ideas about hygiene, race and just about everything else wouldn't have stood a chance in hell.
Tonight I'll be discussing who the US "Founding Fathers" were, why they took such an incredibly huge risk by declaring independence from England (at the time, the penalty for simply signing the Declaration of Independence was death) and whether they realized the inherent hypocrisy of slave owners declaring that all men are created equal. For that matter, how did the actions of a small group of wealthy slavers who were too greedy to pay taxes lead to such lofty idealism and the experimental government that followed? How many of the ideals have we forgotten, and how far have we strayed since then? All that and much, much more, including whatever happens to cross my mind at the time!
It'll be well worth your time to cap off your Independence Day celebrations this week with a dose or two of what it was all really about. As usual in between my ranting and edumacating the masses, I'll be playing great music from across decades and genres.
History's Ink is Liquefied Prejudice
June 30, 2012 11:35 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 30 June, 2012::
This coming Wednesday is the 4th of July, American (or more succinctly, The United States) Independence Day.
A whole can of worms, that. What do we really know of those heady days, 236 years ago, other than what politicians and their minions; the historians and teachers, have told us? Any child with half a brain can easily see the dichotomy between the freedoms proposed by those Founding Fathers, and the lack of freedoms imposed upon the slaves they owned, and the natives whose land they stole.
You see, I'm still something of a patriot at heart (and that's not just my aching homesickness talking), at least for the ideals with which the US was founded. I still know the preamble to the constitution by heart. I can quote Thomas Paine as easily as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. I truly believe that "The Great Experiment" was a glorious one, but I can also see that the hypocrisy with which it was implemented handicapped it worse than any Kings or Tyrants ever could. Two and a quarter centuries later and people still argue over the meaning of those simple words; "...all men [and women] are created equal" and find it easier to kill each other, rather than implement them.
So, I'll be dedicating the next two shows (today, 30 June and next Saturday, 7 July) to American Independence Day. A celebration of the 4th of July that will give a history lesson in things they never bothered to teach in school, or history books, sandwiching the BBQs, fireworks, flag waving and spewing political patriotism with nuggets of raw truth and reality.
As usual in between my ranting and edumacating the masses, I'll be playing great music from across decades and genres.
Freedom isn't about BOGO or the abilty to choose an ISP.
June 17, 2012 09:18 AM PDT
Originally broadcast 16 June, 2012 ::
The word "free" has become a marketing gimmick. When people talk about "freedom" it's in the context of choosing which phone to use or car to buy or clothes to wear. I want to get away from that a little bit by remembering Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth as it's called in some places. 19th June, 1865, when slaves in Texas were finally told that they were free. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed them (the slave owners never bothered to tell them), and three months after the end of the Civil War, it took a Union General and his regiment to enforce the emancipation of African Americans in Texas.
That, in and of itself, says a heluva lot about Texas. Lets not forget that the infamous Alamo was about the right to keep slaves. Yup, that's what Santa Anna was fighting against and what Davie Crockett, Jim Bowie and 187 other American "heroes" died for, their right to keep slaves!
In three days it'll be the 147th anniversary of when the last of the American Slaves were finally freed. I want to talk about this a bit, to discuss what freedom actual means in this corporate, mass marketed greed fest we live in, and the contrast of what it meant to those people 147 years ago. I want to discuss how little has actually changed, with racism, bigotry and ignorance still rampant in the US and slavery, under the guise of new names, quite possibly still going strong.
Ass usual in between my ranting and edumacating the masses, I'll be playing great music from across decades and genres.
June in England
June 09, 2012 11:54 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 9 June, 2012::
Searing sun, melting humidity, ripping winds, torrential rains and bone chilling cold... that has been my experience so far of the onset of summer in England. I am beginning to wonder whether, when Shakespeare began Sonnet 18 with; "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?", if he was, perhaps, insulting the person as a fickle, random, unpredictable... Englishwoman?
Yes, once again I will be rambling on about my experiences here in Buggery Ol' Blighty, this time about the insane weather, and the seeming inability of British meteorologists to actually be able to accurately predict the weather. As usual I'll be playing great music from across genres and decades as well.
In the meantime I'm planning some future shows, mostly about the good ol' USA. Next week I'll be discussing the celebration in the Southern US of "June-teenth", and on the 30th of June and the 7th of July I'll be doing a two part show dedicated to American Independence Day when I'll be discussing the real history of the US, and things you will never have learned in school.
The Diamond Jubilee: A Celebration of an Elderly, Chronically Unemployed Woman Living Off the State.
June 02, 2012 08:50 PM PDT
Originally broadcast 2 June, 2012::
So, this evening's show will be about the Royal Jubilee, and all that it entails. I've been asked if it will be an "anti-jubilee" show, to which I gave a rather vague answer, since I'm still on the fence about describing it that way - because I want to present as many facts as possible and then let people decide for themselves. Make sense? Well, it will (or maybe not, lol) after tonight's show. In between the rants, there will be, as usual some great music!
Britain, I shall not defeat you - I shall transcend you.
May 13, 2012 04:03 AM PDT
Broadcast 12 May, 2012:
Wherever you live and wherever you're from you'll find it funny as hell, you know, mainly 'cause as funny as I can be, the Brits just give me so much raw material!
In between there's great music as usual.
Cinco De Mayo
May 06, 2012 12:08 PM PDT
Broadcast 5 May, 2012::
One hundred and fifty years ago today the Mexican army beat the shit out of superior French forces at the Battle of Puebla. One year six months ago today I moved from NYC to the UK. Today I have a damn nasty cold. So tonight, I'll be playing Mexican Rock, French Punk, British Crap and American Funk. In between I'll talk about whatever pops into my fevered brain.
April 29, 2012 03:24 PM PDT
Broadcast 28 April, 2012
It's been an exceptionally exhausting week here in Blighty. Emotionally, physically, intellectually exhausting. Neither new, nor unusual, but I can't help thinking that it's leading to some dark crescendo. My investigation into employment laws (and the way employment agencies circumvent them) continues. There are some changes coming to KMRL, that, though relatively straight forward, I'm still trying to figure out - mainly because my brain absolutely refuses to function on more than a primal level. Which all leads to, of course, tonight's show!
Great music, as usual, will be accompanied by... drum roll please... an explanation & (perhaps) expose of charity shops in the UK. In the US, there are very few second hand shops, and here and there you will find a Goodwill or Slavation Army store (misspelling intended), but there is nothing in the US like the pervasive culture of charity shops in the UK. In every town, even the smallest, are second hand shops run by various charities, from The British Heart Foundation to PDSA [People's Dispensary for Sick Animals] (a charity that's actually close to my heart).
Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth...
April 22, 2012 09:38 AM PDT
Tomorrow, 22 April, is "Earth Day". Earth Day is an idea that I, theoretically at least, agree with. It's implementation on the other hand leaves a great deal to be desired. There seems to be a big show of implementing Green "solutions" to everything, but really it's all just a show. Look behind the curtain and you don't even find an incompetent old huckster, you find instead more corporate bullshit with an objective of looking good and profiting well today at the cost of tomorrow.
Why, for instance, has Brighton built an incinerator in Newhaven (not even in the same district) to burn their garbage, when every other modern country has outlawed the building of incinerators. Burning garbage is bad for the environment (which is obviously why they've situated the incinerator 8 miles from Brighton) yet they claim that it's a friggin green solution to waste! Top that off with the claim that the incinerator will produce "clean power" simply shows the levels of bullshit you have to wade through. Oh, and have I mentioned that they intend to ship waste from as far away as France, to burn here? To add insult to injury, this is after a French company managed to pull a scam allowing them to own a local beach - the only sandy beach on the East Sussex Coast, and then promptly close the beach to the locals, thus destroying the best free local amenity and the only tourist attraction!
There's also news that fracking has been given the go ahead to continue in England, even though it's been proven that fracking has caused earthquakes here (which is why it stopped). Even crazier, you're talking about something that's been proven to contaminate the local groundwater, in a country suffering a severe water shortage. WTF are these people thinking?
Last, but certainly not least, for the last couple of weeks I've managed to get a few days work as a "Recycling Engineer" for Lewes District Council, and I've got quite a few things to get off my chest about that!
I discuss all that and more on this show, as well as playing great music spanning five decades and multiple genres.
I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad, the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I ever had
April 08, 2012 03:22 AM PDT
Broadcast 7 April, 2012 ::
Another week in Buggery Ol' Blighty, that's another 7 days/168 hours/10,080 minutes/604,800 seconds of heartache, stress, bullshit and mindless madness on and around the urethra of Jolly Ol' England.
I met some good people, literally dealt with shit, worked my ass off and did a great job. My reward for all this is to be moved on to some other crap that nobody else is able/willing to do. Interestingly, I don't whine and complain like the Brits around me, but this doesn't actually allow me any progress - it's what is expected of foreigners. I worked on Thursday with a horrible cold/blocked sinuses and mild fever without saying a word about it. Finished at 2pm, then got a call at 3:15pm canceling me for next week, and instead being switched to an even shittier job next week in Lewes - which means £4.50 train fare each way - the equivalent of roughly $16.00 round trip, before I even make a dime. Fecking England. I've got a college education. About worth the paper it's printed on, if that.
I have been a combat soldier, musician, artist, actor, engineer, scientist, shit I managed to put the corner of an 1890's NYC tenement building into a loft on the Upper West Side, and design and build a shark tank into a penthouse on the Upper East Side. I designed & built a metal cross that when suspended with someone attached to it unfolded into an inverted pentagram in a flash of flame. I've done male dom S&M shows that attracted lesbian feminists. I've worked for one of the most infamous underground icons in NYC, and even took hundreds of thousands of dollars home for him to keep it safe until the banks opened Monday.
Of course I've done some stupid things as well, but even those were glorious in their own way. Inventing the Pythagorean Theorem (yeah, Pythagoras already did it), discovered the effects of gravity/relative motion on time (yeah, Einstein already did it), but then again I developed an 11 dimensional representation of the universe that doesn't require string theory. Anyhoooo... none of that matters in Buggery Ol' Blighty. I've accomplished much, and still have so much potential, yet I can't seem to find my niche here.
So what will my show be about tonight? Your guess is as good as mine. I'll be discussing Blighty, the places & people; the cool people I've met as well as the assholes. I won't just be complaining, 'cause that's not my style, but I may be censoring myself a bit less than usual. In the midst of all this madness I'll be playing great music from across genres and decades, also as usual.
Divide and Slaughter
April 08, 2012 02:27 AM PDT
Originally Broadcast 31 March*
Another week, another tax bill (yeah that's the great thing about England, there's no level at which you don't have to pay National Insurance. Whereas in the US you pay 7.5%SSI on whatever you earn, in the UK you pay a flat rate below a certain amount - meaning if you earn nothing you still owe something.) Mix that in with the 10% cut in the taxes for the 350,000 richest people in this country, and I'm right pissed off (whereas in England "pissed" means drunk, and "pissed off" makes no sense whatsoever). Exhaustion, economic terror and sunburn. Yup. ME with sunburn, and not even from having fun in the sun... it's from working my ass off in the sun. Who'd a thunk it. So if I'm making even less sense than usual you'll kindly understand and, I dunno, just "piss off" (which makes sense on both sides of the pond).
Tonight I'll be discussing, racism, religion and politics (I wonder how many times have I typed those words), and perhaps I'll analyze my overuse of parentheses. We're in a world where the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer at the fastest rate in history, yet instead of dealing with it people are hiding behind racism, religious fanaticism, economic fairy tales and blatant selfishism (yeah, I know that's not a word, and did I mention, piss off)! It's been going on for hundreds of years and seems to be speeding up exponentially, like a fall down a dark well whose bottom is probably the end of the human race.
Think about it. Hundreds of years ago when the Irish and the Africans in the US started hanging out together, living in the same neighborhoods, etc. and the Irish began coming out politically against slavery, within a decade they were manipulated into racism - suddenly they hated the slaves for taking their jobs. Think about that, how sick is it that they were brainwashed into hating people who'd been kidnapped, raped and enslaved, for taking their jobs!
I am beyond trying to explain to Brits how Americans can be against fucking HEALTH CARE. But I can definitely see that the same type of manipulation and brainwashing is going on. It would be nice if there were some tea baggers in the chat room who could try to explain it, but they tend to avoid debating me like The Vatican avoiding pedophilia investigations.
Putting Out Fire with Gasoline (aka Petrol) for a Happy St. Patricks Day
March 18, 2012 05:18 AM PDT
Broadcast Saturday, 17 March, 2012 ·
The Brits do seem to have a knack for doing the opposite of what is necessary to solve a problem, then rationalizing it into the ground. Of course they are not dissimilar to American conservatives in this, but when the Brits and Americans team up at it, the effects are truly maddening (does anyone doubt that we're still drowning under the waterfall of piss that has trickled down from Reagan and Thatcher's policies?) It becomes exceptionally atrocious when the rationalizations are no longer believable, even to the people who believe an imaginary old white man in the sky will magically solve all of their problems. That's when they start playing on fear and hate to get their way. Is it any wonder that racism, bigotry, misogyny and homophobia make up the bag of tricks of modern day conservatives, similar to the way candy and lollipops are the tools of the paedophile with the nondescript white van, tinted windows and padlocks on the outside?
The fear of the other goes deep, and is easily manipulated. But so is fear of the dark, and of heights, yet we expect our children to sleep without a nightlight by the time they reach their teens, and we build skyscrapers that soar to heights unimagined by our ancestors. So how is prejudice still even remotely acceptable? How is it that less than 40 years ago the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, yet prejudice has not been classified as one? I've been thinking that, perhaps, the thing that really unites Britain and the US is this fear ('cause after living here over a year, I can guaran-damn-tee you that it's not language). The Brits, for example, do not consider themselves European, geology be damned! Similar to the way Canadians do not consider themselves American, and citizens of the USA seem to think that they're the only ones on the entire continent.
So tonight I'll be discussing politics and prejudice, along with some of my most recent theories about the development of these neuroses in Homo Sap. and whether we, as a species, will be able to overcome them or whether they are just too completely contra-survival, in which case how much life on this planet will we be taking down with us. In between I'll be playing lots of great music to keep things from spiraling uncontrollably into the abyss! I'll also get into the over the top way the English celebrate St. Patricks Day, which, given the history of their actions against the Irish is just creepy.
The Darkhours Episode CLXXVII: GLOBAL WARMING! THE SKY IS FALLING! GLOOM & DOOM DOOMSDAY SHOW!
April 02, 2012 04:43 PM PDT
The Darkhours Episode CLXXVII: GLOBAL WARMING! THE SKY IS FALLING! GLOOM & DOOM DOOMSDAY SHOW!
Usually about this time of year we’re having the final blizzard of the year. They say there’s no global warming when it’s cold, but then there is when it’s abnormally warm. Either way..what would happened if we partied like it was 1999 and lived our days like it was the Zombie Apocalypse? Either way, any and all issues with the soundcard will be gone, the sound will be awesome, the mixes will be spot on and I’m here to make dark merriment. There will be fun and laughter and decadence!
How it ACTUALLY Went down:
A most energetic and bizarre show with ecclectic daring music mixes, irreverencay, funny impersonations, stories and sound clips celebratingthe Station Managers's Birthday and the coming of Spring. Also includes was a unique live looped sonic mixing experiment
Rock BlockI.V. - X-Japan
This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
Ladylike - Storm Large and the Balls
Jillian - Within Temptation
F.E.F.U. - The Dwarves
**Kittyn's Birthday block mix**
Fantasy Girl - Johhny O
Master and Servant - Depeche Mode
-**super 4 turntable blitz mix**-
Dollhouse - Switchblade Symphony
C'Mon - Tiesto featuring Diplo
In Nomine - E Nomine
Joy - VNV Nation
This is my Rifle - Combichrist
House of Fire - Alice Cooper
Shot in the Dark - Ozzy Osbourne
Dragula - Rob Zombie
-**super 4 turntable blitz mix**-
Sneakyville - Secession
Bind Torture Kill - Suicide Commando
Mr Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix) - The Killers
Green Eyed Lady (Cover) - D'Sar the Darkstar
Off the hook Mix
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra DJ Darkstar Live looping remix experiment
Head Like a Hole (Clay mix) - Nine Inch Nails
Enjoy the Silence [Reinterpreted] - Depeche Mode
Little Red Corvette - PrinceCarpe Diem - Bigod 20
Hey Rocky - Boris Badenov
Photograph - Def LeppardLiving In Oblivion - Anything Box
Stewie Criffin and Lonely Man (theme from the Incredible Hulk TV show)
With the record selection and the mirror's reflection...
March 04, 2012 07:37 AM PST
Broadcast 3 March, 2012:▓:
There are times since I've moved to England when the stereotypes surround and drown me. Things that I banished from the dark corners of my mind because they couldn't possibly be true, or were cruel stereotypical caricatures actually walk the streets of Blighty, do business and run the government here. Pitfalls that I avoided throughout my life through diligence and intelligence trap and assail...
Yes, tonight I'll be continuing my rants from last week about "modern" Britain, and the insane, convoluted Klein Bottle that is British culture from the perspective of a semi-sane, convoluted New Yorker. I'll also be discussing the wonderful way British employers repay foreigners for doing jobs better and with more energy than their local counterparts... yeah, starting next week I'll be doing a job deemed "too dangerous" for the local Chavs. Toxic waste was mentioned.
So, obviously I've got a lot of pent up rage and hostility, which I'll be venting tonight. Along with a few insights into the differences between American & Brit culture, language and mores. As always there will be plenty of great music from throughout the decades to keep things moving.
As an American, English is my second language
February 26, 2012 06:54 AM PST
Broadcast 25 February, 2012░
But I acknowledge that only because the name for the English language is derived from the country in which I now reside, and their views of language & spelling just give me a headache. I actually got into an argument a few days ago when I insisted that there was no "O" in "maneuver" (which there obviously isn't), except of course the Brits seem to attach "O"s and of course "U"s to various words arbitrarily.
So tonight I will begin a common sense guide to the "British" language, a contradiction in terms if there ever was one. Their idiomatic expressions, quirky pronunciation of vowels, and most importantly why, when you come across one of these creatures, it is better to cross to the other side of the street with your fingers in your ears than to try to comprehend it (one problem is that the variations in language make seeing through an individual's BS very difficult, and render ones own defenses rather useless).
I will as usual be playing music from across generations and continents, but I have a strange feeling, an omen, almost a haunted, threatening, chill down my spine; that tonight's show will be filled with rants and invectives the likes of which the Brits have rarely seen, and that Americans may never forget!
The Taming of the Frumious Bandersnatch
February 19, 2012 07:12 AM PST
Broadcast 18 February, 2012::
Yes, you've guessed it; it's time to discuss the bony secret of anthropodal anthropological anatomy (always alliterate); the... baculum. The topic that shamed Victorian scientists and makes modern ones blush. Why is it that humans are the only primates without one? Did Neanderthal Man have one? For that matter, why are Homo Sapiens the only primate to be evolving an increased... size, in that area? What about the recent studies that show that Homo-Sapien homosexuals are larger than heterosexuals, is that even possible? All these questions, and more than you ever wanted to know (or thought to ask) will be answered on this evening's show.
I'll also be playing some great music from many decades and genres, including some old songs from bands you may have never heard of, as well as new songs from new bands you should have heard of - but probably haven't!
Myths, Magick, Madness & Metaphor
February 04, 2012 10:58 PM PST
Broadcast 5 February. 2012 ~`
That's what I'll be discussing during this evening's show. As well as the differences between what our ancestors imagined the universe to be and what physics has actually shown it to be, along with some of the eerie similarities... Oh, and I'll also reveal a few secrets of the inner orders of some modern left hand path religions just to keeps people on their toes.
All of that and great music from various decades and genres when I broadcast live from Buggery O'l Blighty
Perchance to Scream...
January 29, 2012 06:38 AM PST
Originally Broadcast 28 January, 2012
Yesterday, 27 January, was Holocaust remembrance day, and it surprises me in this day and age that there are still people who deny that the holocaust even happened. What's weird to me is that some of these same people object to February being "Black History Month" in the US (even though it is the shortest month of the year FFS), while claiming to not be racist and even trying to co-opt Martin Luther King's words to support their asinine ideologies.
You've got the Tea Baggers, who present detailed analysis of how there wasn't enough gas in Germany to cremate all those corpses, without even slightest irony or realization that the gas killed, the coal cremated and once hot enough the bodies themselves provided the fuel... These are the same people who support Ron Paul and feel there is nothing racist in his claim that he would not have supported the abolition of slavery because it was a property rights issue and the Federal Govt. had no business getting involved.
Well, I'm just about sick and motherfucking tired of these schmucks. I've got a lot on my plate right now, between working my ass off for little reward, constant stresses from every direction, no way to let off steam any more, etc. So I'm stressed, miserable, exhausted, and even hormonal, and I'm going to take it out on those racist, inbred, ignorant, mouth-breathers on tonight's show. As usual I'll be playing some great music as well.
And so it goes...
January 22, 2012 04:46 AM PST
Broadcast 21 January, 2012
Religion: Bass ackwards fools trying to cram fairy tales and imaginary friends down everybody's throats while forcing them to live impoverished of pleasure and self awareness.
Church: A place for twisted, self deluded hypocrites to congregate for the purpose of strengthening the masks they hide behind while committing atrocities every other day of the week.
Yes, political season is afoot in the US, and instead of dealing with the issues that are crippling our entire world they instead spout tired platitudes and argue over whose imaginary friend has the bigger dick, or is it who is the better cocksucker of that fallacious, flaccid phallus? Meanwhile, of course the rampant racism, homophobia & sexism they exhibit are supposed to be taken in stride, or at least ignored as we consider instead "more important issues". Now, to me, the way an individual deals with other human beings is the most important issue & tells me how they will tackle other problems... but perhaps I am alone in this.
Tonight's show I'll discuss politics, racism & religion. Most especially the difference between despising people who wallow in cancerous ignorance, spreading it's vile influence, no matter their color, and the hatred of others based on nothing more than the condition of their bodies at birth. There's a huge difference. Period. I'll also be playing some terrific music from various genres and decades, as usual!
The Good, The Bad and The Fugly
January 15, 2012 11:46 AM PST
Aired 14 January, 2012
I've been on these blighted isles for a bit over a year now, and am still learning just how different their basic mentality is from what I'm used to.
You'd think that the fact that they still have a tax supported royalty would have clued me in long ago, but it's more than that. There's a "Mate-ocracy" here that they're quite proud of, and the levels of bullying passed down through the levels are considered par for the course, for example nastiness to an underling gets a response of, "he's really on form today", with a smile. Truly psychotic nastiness, with an element of narcissistic pathos is considered a sign of a great sense of humor (or "humour"). Don't even get me started on the blatant nepotism (especially by those who claim to not allow nepotism).
So this evening's show will be twofold. I'll be discussing the royalty addicted Brits and their seeming need for a playground pecking order, while playing music with a completely different theme. Perhaps telling a story or creating an emotional roller coaster with music, but I won't be explaining what it's about - it'll be up to you to figure it out. No prizes, no competition, no wrong or right answers, just some fun.
The Darkhours Episode CLXXIII: The Final Countdown. New Years/Year End Final 2011 show
December 30, 2011 08:14 PM PST
Taken from the KMRL blog entry:
"So we’re still in the Holidays. Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa...and now New Years Eve is just about upon us. This should be the last solo show of the Darkhours for 2011 so let’s break out the bubbly and have at it, shall we? Let’s lick our wounds and prepare for something even bigger. Besides, According to the Mayans, this is the last New Years Eve we’ll get! Let’s party like it’s 1999...again."
Bring Me to Life techno mix - Evanescense
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
The Time (The Dirty Bit) - Single - Black Eyed Peas
C'Mon - Tiesto
Don't Speak techno remix - No Doubt
Shame - Nitzer Ebb
Another World (Extended Mix) - Beborn Beton
Once in a Lifetime - Wolfsheim
Send Me An Angel - Zeromancer
Bind Torture Kill - Suicide Commando
Derezzed (Tron Legacy)- Daft Punk
Ghosts N Stuff - Deadmau5
They're Coming To Take Me Away - Neuroticfish
Fuck You - Lilly Allen
Money - Flying Lizards
Cars - Fear Factory
Smile - Michael Jackson
Stewie Griffin & Lonley Man (Theme from the Incredible Hulk)Commercials
The Jolly Folly of the Holidaze: A Lift in December (A Gift to Remember)?
December 18, 2011 03:22 AM PST
Broadcast 17 December, 2011
What I have envisioned is to play a number of songs dedicated to people and see if they can guess which song's for them... though I can see this going horribly wrong, since I have no intention of letting anyone know if their guess is wrong (only if they guess correctly, and even then only privately so as not to narrow down the choices for the rest.) Then playing half songs that are dedicated to people and half that will be completely random and subject to my whim. I'm well aware that often those of you listening with your phones cannot go into the chat room at the same time, so I'll have to make allowances for that as well - perhaps send me a message with your guess?
Then comes the problem of deciding whom to select for dedications. I usually play anywhere from 18 to 30 songs in two hours, depending upon the length of the songs and how much babbling I do, so if I select half for specific people then I must choose anywhere from nine to fifteen people. How to choose? Who to choose? Who to omit?
I'll probably select a few people that I know in the RW and a few that have sent me messages about the show recently or have appeared in the chat room, but even then...
I still haven't decided whether there'll be any kind of prize for guessing correctly, but if there is it will probably be a specially designed graphic of you for your profile, or something like that. The odds will be against you, lol, so if there's something specific you want as a prize let me know and you just might get it!
Remembrance of Things Past.
November 28, 2011 10:41 AM PST
Last Saturday I dedicated the show to Freddie Mercury, and on Thursday (24 November), the 20th anniversary of Freddie's death, I played six hours of non-stop Freddie. This has all put me in a rather nostalgic mood, but really, my nostalgia only extends to the late 80s and 90s and while the music was great it wasn't exactly "classic".
So tonight I'll be playing Oldies. Music from the 50s, 60s and 70s... maybe even a bit of 80s. Expect to hear some Funk, Soul, a bit of Motown and even some cheezy AM Top Forty.
Memory Rising with Mercury Ascendant
November 20, 2011 11:21 AM PST
Saturday, 19 November 2011
This coming Thursday, 24 November, is the twentieth anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death. The dude wasn't just a Rock Star, he was a fucking LEGEND. He epitomized everything glorious and wonderful about Music, Art & especially living life to the fullest. He's even the reason I've always said I'm 99.9% heterosexual (instead of 100%), 'cause if I ever had the chance I would have definitely... well, you get the idea, lol. But alas, I'm too young and he died far ahead of his time.
Tonight's show will be dedicated to Freddie. I'll be playing his music and relating some great anecdotes I've heard over the years from the people who knew & loved him.
Remember, Remember the SIXTH of November?
November 05, 2011 11:07 PM PDT
Today, the 5th of November, is Bonfire Day (also known as Guy Fawkes Day) in the UK, when they celebrate the burning of Catholics at the stake. It is also one the one year anniversary of my arrival in England, and what a year it's been. If nothing else, it's been a crash course in controlling my temper - and I seem to have passed (so far) with flying colors (or colours as the Brits like to say).
Meanwhile tomorrow, the 6th of November, is my birthday. Gotta love the fact that the Brits celebrate my arrival and birthday with fireworks and the immolation of religious fanatics.
So, for tonight's broadcast I will be playing some of my favorite songs. I still have no idea how I will manage to choose less than two hours of music out of the hundreds of songs that are my faves, but I will do my best. In between songs I'll be discussing Bonfire Day, Guy Fawkes, religious fanatics and whatever else happens to pop into my deranged mind. Also, due to the fact that I will be broadcasting live from England at 11pm - 1am GMT, my B'Day will hit while I'm on the air, and since this is a relatively big one (and if I've drunk enough), I may just divulge my actual age. Probably not though!
Make sure you tune in at 11pm GMT (which is 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific in the USA, and Midnight in Western Europe) to KMRL Mojo Radio Live <([Click there to launch the KMRL Radio Player in a new window) and make sure you come into the Chat Room to let me know what you think, to say hi or (hint, hint) to say happy birthday.
Madness, Misery, Rage and Rememberence
October 22, 2011 07:09 PM PDT
Today is the 22nd day of October, which isn't one of my favorite days of the year, and I'm absolutely flummoxed as to what I'll be doing the show about tonight. Zephyr died seven years ago today, and unless you met him you probably can't fathom what that means to me.
Soooo... I'm putting together music for tonight's show, and most of it so far is very angry or very sad - I'm up to about three hours of music (which I'll have to cut down to below two hours) and still adding. I've got some Feist in there, Anne Clarke, Johnny Cash, Joy Division, NIN, CCR and Switchblade Symphony to just name a few. I'm taking nominations for the angriest song and the saddest song ever, which I'll also play (feel free to comment here or contact me to let me which song you'd vote for).
I'll be broadcasting live from Buggery Ol' Blighty at 11pm UK time, which is Midnight in Western Europe, and 6pm Eastern in the USA, so tune in to KMRL Mojo Radio Live wherever in the world you happen to be. While you're at it join me in the Chat Room to say hi.
THAT TIME OF THE MONTH AGAIN! Kittyn Heather, Darkstar, Mama Prude and This Time - Wine
October 20, 2011 01:08 PM PDT
It's that crazy time of the month people seem to enjoy, when Darkstar and Kittyn Heather and Mama Prude are all together in Kittyn Studios for a show! We have no beer tonight, Kittyn drank the last one and is too poor to get new beer but we do have a nice riesling so wine it is!
Expect the usual level of weirdness, vulgarity, Kittyn Heather getting buzzed, Darkstar talking over Kittyn Heather and Mama Prude not having any idea what the hell is going on.
Should be fun, usually makes for a quick two hours and even a laugh here and there.
So come join us around 10ish or maybe a little before for this month's installment of the Three Stooges hit KMRL.
Hey, it's better than TV...
While you're at it, come to the chat room and drag a friend. Show the love. No need to register, just type your name and come on in.
Tonight. Come play.
This show originally aired on 10/18/11
October 18, 2011 11:13 AM PDT
No, it's not my birthday, but it is one of my dear friend's birthdays. I spent time with her last night figuring out which music she'd like to hear.
I hope you enjoy tonight's special edition of The Mariety Show on KMRL.
The music is excellent, the time is early, and the rest is BORN TO BE WILD!
This show originally aired 10/16/11
Ambiguous Promises & Enigmatic Conundrums
October 15, 2011 08:57 PM PDT
So, today's the 15th of October, I'm 60 miles from London with no way to get there & may or may not have something really interesting for the show tonight. Confused much? There either are hundreds of thousands of protesters in London and other cities around the world, or there are a few dozen hippies whining and complaining... depends on who you ask. According to the BBC, the top news in the UK has to do with Wales losing at rugby and a dead soap star. According to the internet it's either the end of the world or a new dawn, or perhaps, it's just another manic Saturday.
This show originally aired 10/15/11
Two Hours and Ten Minute of The Mariety Show from 10/9/11
October 12, 2011 08:19 PM PDT
Kittyn has recording issues and no one reminds her but she got it this time, just missing the first 50 minutes. As Mare would say ... 'abuh.'
However, we did get the last two hours and ten minutes so you can check out what you're missing on Sunday nights with Mare and The Mariety Show!
This show originally aired 10/09/11
Hello Kidney Radio with Kittyn Heather - October 4, 2011
October 09, 2011 05:54 PM PDT
This one got a little strange as Kittyn has some differing opinions on sex than most. About an hour was spent debating Kittyn's theory that anyone can get laid, sex is easy and conversation is difficult.
There was the usual level of vulgarity and songs that don't belong together and Mama Prude sitting there pretending she knows what's going on.
There was a great crowd in chat providing a lot of wit and wisdom and it was just a pretty fun show.
This show originally aired 10/04/11
Hiding Under the Covers
October 01, 2011 04:00 PM PDT
I'll be playing nothing but cover versions tonight - covers that are as good, or better than the originals that is (I mean it's pretty easy to find shit covers by nowhere bands, so that would be kinda pointless as well as boring)!
Why, you may well ask, am I doing the radio equivalent of a clip show? Well, lately I've been walking through molasses and breathing fog. The brain is in second gear and the transmission is rusty, so this seemed like a good enough idea at the time. Besides, you may well learn something... for example; The Animals 'House of the Rising Sun' is a cover, and who can resist Laibach's version of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' or Draco shrieking 'Always Something there to Remind Me'.
This will also give me an excuse to play some Weird Al Yankovic! So there'll be some laughs in between the rants this time, and damn if I haven't got plenty to rant about. Fucking Nick Clegg, that Tea Munching Surrender Monkey comes immediately to mind.
I'll be broadcasting live from Buggery Ol' Blighty at 11pm UK time, which is midnight in Western Europe and 6pm Eastern time in the USA on [KMRL Mojo Radio]. While you're listening come into the chat room and say hi.
This show originally aired 09/24/11
Songs of Rage and Regret
September 24, 2011 05:28 PM PDT
So many people seem to be cashing in on the 9-11 anniversary that I was going to completely ignore it on general principle. But as the days have passed and the anniversary approached, I realized that I cannot do that.
I grew up with those towers. When I was a kid they were the tallest buildings on earth. They were somehow magical...
When they went down ten years ago, they took some of my childhood with them, and over the last ten years the shocks have increased exponentially. Two years and one month later another blow. One year and twelve days after that the world ended and the dream started. Since then the dream has become a nightmare with no end in sight.
So, besides the personal reasons, there are political and economic reasons for my viewing this anniversary with dread. I don't like what's become of my country or the world. I detest the hypocrisy of using the anniversary to battle atrocity with atrocity. Shit, I even detest (some of) the "9-11 Families" who've managed to cash in on death and destruction. So if you're expecting another maudlin, we're all in this together anniversary show you've come to the wrong place. If you want to hear the views of a native NYer, who also happens to be a veteran, then come on down! If you disagree with me, think I've become soft or too liberal or whatever, then listen and come into the Chat Room and tell me why you think I'm wrong - I'll debate you live on the air!
So tonight I won't be playing much happy music. I'll be playing music full of rage, despair, sorrow and indignation. Nick Cave, Mano Negra, Ministry, Serj Tankian, Molotov, Muse, Johnny Cash, just to name a few. In between I'll be ranting about the state of the world. Listen to KMRL Mojo Radio Live at 6pm Eastern in the US, 11pm in the UK and Midnight in Western Europe and while you're at it, come in to the Chat Room to let me know what you think.
This show originally aired 09/10/11
THC - The Heather Channel - 08/29/11 - Montel, Sump Pumps, Pedophiles and Stuff
August 29, 2011 05:10 PM PDT
Well this one turned out to be fun.
I didn't have to get heavy, I had been asked to talk about times we said yes and wished we had said no. I had an encounter with a 38 year old freak when I was 14 and I was going to get into it and that could get heavy but we never hit heavy. It was a fun show full of disclosure about my disastrous appearance on the Montel Williams show and other assorted silly stuff. Luckily for Darkstar and myself, there seems to be no copy of said Montel episode on the internet.
It was a decent show, it's here if you want to listen.
THC - The Heather Channel is heard on KMRL Mojo Radio Live on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1PM - 3PM NY Time on KMRL Mojo Radio Live.
Visit us at http://mojoradiolive.com
THC - The Heather Channel - 08/19/11 - Rev. Heather's Confessional
August 19, 2011 02:22 PM PDT
Well, we did it and we did a heck of a job at it! I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who took the time to send me something, real or not it was a blast.
Absolution has been granted to everyone, one big mass absolution all around!
It was a great show, the content was fantastic and surprise surprise I had it timed just right. Give it a listen while you're doing your usual facebooking!
The Confessional is always open, please feel free at any time to share a secret with us here at KMRL. We'll never tell.
THC - The Heather Channel airs every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1PM - 3PM NY time only on KMRL Mojo Radio Live.
THC - The Heather Channel - 08/12/11 - Friday Frolics
August 12, 2011 02:26 PM PDT
This one was not topical or serious or earth-shattering but it was a lot of fun and went by surprisingly fast.
General talk about life and silly Friday things and Darkstar in a Victorian bonnet.
Fun people in chat and a good enjoyable show. Kick it on and go do your facebooking while it plays.
And get ready for next Friday, this should be something!!
THC - The Heather Channel - 08/11/11 - Public Assistance, Disability, Welfare, Drug Testing, Homeless People and a Pregnancy
August 11, 2011 05:45 PM PDT
This was a good one. Seriously, this one was actually a good one.
The first hour is more serious, there is much discussion of public assistance and those on it as well as health care talk, disability talk, Heather's opinions on how she would fix NY if she was Gov. and an open question for those on 'the other side' of the spectrum we hope someone will answer.
The second hour was a bit less heavy as we learned of and celebrated the pregnancy of two of our regular listeners Kelly and John (Tyr from the chatroom). There was also an homage paid to the great Jay Diamond who continues to inspire Heather to try new avenues like two hours of talk.
It was an all around GOOD show and yes, we kept it work and kid friendly. Open a new tab for Facebook and do your surfing there, hit the play button here and see what you're missing on THC - The Heather Channel.
THC - The Heather Channel airs live every Mon., Wed., Thu. and Friday from 1PM - 3PM NY time on KMRL Mojo Radio Live. http://mojoradiolive.com
THC - The Heather Channel - 08/10/11 - Relationships
August 10, 2011 09:48 PM PDT
Two hours of skewed opinions on relationships of all sorts. We don't take ourselves too seriously on THC and we certainly don't claim to have any clue on what makes a successful relationship but it was fun.
This show is work-friendly!
Come join us every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1PM - 3PM EST for THC - The Heather Channel. Skypers encouraged, particularly those who disagree. Bring it. mojoradiolive 845 481 2277.
THC - A different kind of Heather. The talkative side.
Hello Kidney Radio with Kittyn Heather - August 9, 2011
August 09, 2011 10:07 PM PDT
This was a strange one, definitely not for the kids or the faint of heart.
It was entertaining though, if you're just sitting there farming or surfing the net, it's worth having on in the background, we had a blast!
The Tunnel: DJ Darkstar Edition
August 07, 2011 11:08 PM PDT
A short mix after the Mariety Show, DJ Darkstar decided to go and spin for a bit. No real talk, cause the Tunnel is all about the music. So here's 70 minutes of fun for you to play anywhere!
Sexy Songs of Darkness Mix v.3:
Closing Theme of the Darkhours
This show originally aired 8/7/11
Hello Kidney Radio with Kittyn Heather - July 26, 2011
July 26, 2011 10:36 PM PDT
Good times, good people, crappy radio host. Amusing nonetheless if you're really bored and want something to do!
We had fun. So there.
Hello Kidney Radio - June 7, 2011
June 09, 2011 12:20 PM PDT
For a show that wasn't supposed to happen, this one turned out pretty good. We actually managed to fit some topical discussion in between the Weiner's weiner jokes.
Decent tunes, good conversation and a lively chat room offering feedback, this was definitely a fun one. Give it a listen, kill some time!
Hello Kidney Radio with Kittyn-Heather. Every Tuesday night from 10PMEST - 12AMEST only on KMRL Mojo Radio Live.
Visit us at http://mojoradiolive.com
Heather-Kittyn, Darkstar and Mama Prude Yukking It Up for Two Hours
April 30, 2011 02:06 PM PDT
If you missed the show Tuesday you can still listen to it here! Real easy on Facebook, just leave the tab open and the show playing and huzzah!
Maybe if you listen you'll actually COME TO THE SHOW ON TUESDAY!!!!
Anyway, good times, bad/good music and some funny stuff. Check it out.
Not That Any of You People Ever Show Up but There IS a (non)Show Tonight!
April 20, 2011 07:39 PM PDT
We're a go tonight.
10PM EST tonight we've got Mama Prude, Heather-Kittyn and the newly discovered what u hear. Sound quality is better and we've got Skype! If you'd like to call in and leave voicemail to be played during the show or see if Kittyn is taking calls, Skype us at mojoradiolive, 845 481 2277.
No plan or theme for the night, it will be the usual mix of bad music, the rantings of a seriously disturbed and chronically pissed off mind and poor Mama Prude in the background trying to keep it all roses and puppies.
Will we take any calls? Maybe. Hecklers are especially encouraged to bring it.
I've given up trying to beg for convince people to come and listen. If you want to come check out the chat room and the (non)show then we'll be there, it would be wonderful to see you and I appreciate each and every person who gives up some of their time to come listen!
We always end up having a good time regardless of the lack of theme and foul language so turn off the damn television for a change of pace and do something new - listen to your friend the moron!
Hope to see you there tonight! 10PM EST only on KMRL Mojo Radio Live!
WebKittyn Finds Her Mojo and Her What U Hear
April 17, 2011 09:24 AM PDT
A crazy and unplanned three hours of testing and silly fun as Kittyn and Mama Prude test the newly found What U Hear option.
Sounds a bit like the old days!
The Darkhours Episode CXXIII: Fun in the comfort of your very own livingroom.
August 27, 2010 11:36 PM PDT
Wow...was THIS was a REALLY fun show! I was listening to the playback and thought to myself...THIS must be shared! You will have fun! I guaran-damn-tee it!
From the blog:
"Well as we at KMRL continue to get our act together, stability still reigns at the Darkhours studios. It’s Wednesday and that means the show must go on, and what a show it is! This is how I would describe a Darkhours night:
Wednesday night on a summers eve should mean only one thing...the party’s at YOUR house because your own entertainment is trapped inside your computer and he unleashes at 10pm EST. SO dance in your underwear with only candles lit, then take a few minutes to rest on the couch with a beverage in between mixes to laugh or just listen to monologue as you stare at your candles flickering flames and reflect. Sometimes...you may bang your head. Some of you may engage in the chat that actually helps to shape the show. Either way… it’s not a bad way to kill 2 hours on a hot summer night? Tell me… isn’t a comfortable cozy user oriented show just what our minds need in these torrid times? "
Show #123 originally aired :Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The Darkhours Episode CXXI: Cool music to chill a heatwave.
August 27, 2010 06:04 AM PDT
Episode 121 was when the mixes got more and more amusing. Funny stuff, and a big bowl of multi genre dark rock and even novelty songs. FUN DAMMIT!
That nights blog entry:
"OK… We get it. It’s summer and it’s blazingly hot. It was only a matter of time until it happened. No, it isn’t global warming… but tonight I’d like to help us all relax and cool down with some music that can soothe the mind and body. We’ll talk about things to keep us cool.We’ll put ourselves in the mindset of just keeping ourselves in a relaxed state so as not to churn the heat misers inside of us.
Come on by, lie in your bed in the dark and think cool tranquil thoughts...with me, DJ Darkstar and the Darkhours at 10pm EST"
This show originally aired:Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The Darkhours Episode CXX: The Phoenix rises. The Darkstar’s Birthday Show.
August 26, 2010 09:54 PM PDT
I've finally begun the start of uploading the shows since my return. This was show 120...good stuff!
That nights blog entry:
"OK Bat’s and Bittens… Step right up, my Darkhourists...Hurry Hurry! Gather ‘round!
Back from internet Death, where those idiot Verizon people actually admitted after making service appointments with me that they shut the internet off, I have risen. In the meantime, I’ve got loads of stories and stuff to tell you all since I’ve been gone, new songs to play, new ways to entertain you and the best mixes ever of your favorite tunes from all genre’s of musical Darkness!
Let’s start this party with a bang!
Strap in and enjoy the ride as the Darkhours returns tonight!"
This show was originally aired Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Darkhours Episode CIX: Winter Chill. Winter Thrill. (The last Darkhours of the decade)
January 05, 2010 12:21 AM PST
The Darkhours Episode CIX: Winter Chill. Winter Thrill.
The last show of 2009 and probably my best ever mix-wise. It started somber and went into something fast hard heavy awesome and grand. This one goes in the record books of KMRL. Special birthday dedications to Lady Jessica Sovereign prefaced some amazing mixmastership. Bands ranged from the Beatles to Bond, Good Charlotte to Gothminister, two hot rockin' new songs by Powerman5000, Cutting Crew to Camouflage. We went from some "Warm Leatherette" from Grace Jones to a Jace Everett dance mix of "Bad Things" and more all in just ONE of the mixes!
Literally...DJ Darkstars best....mix....ever!
This show originally aired: Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CVIII: SECOND leg of the Thanksgiving Darkey
December 30, 2009 11:22 PM PST
The Darkhours Episode CVIII: SECOND leg of the Thanksgiving Darkey
The second drumstick of the two day Thanksgiving bash loads up with this climax and conclusion of a load of Holiday fun!
This was so full of odd tunes and obscurities, weird family holiday stories and strange mixes. This was more a mix show than normal because it was sort of a semi throwback to the Tunnel mix shows but overall, quite entertaining.
Original airdate:Thursday, November 26, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CVII: First leg of the Thanksgiving Darkey
December 30, 2009 10:44 PM PST
The Darkhours Episode CVII: First leg of the Thanksgiving Darkey
Part one of a great idea. 2 days dedicated to Thanksgiving. First the regular Wednesday show as part one, leading to a second show as an actual Holiday special on the actual day. A two part extravaganza. This one had some serious mixes including my first successful attempt at dance mixing Jace Everetts "Bad Things" theme from True Blood.
Sit back and have part one of a trippy party!
Original airdate: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CVI : Global ghouling
December 30, 2009 10:22 PM PST
The Darkhours Episode CVI : Global ghouling
This was nothing spectacular show wise, but entertaining nonetheless...especially the end mix. The format seems to be evolving into entertainment, some songs, then one or two master mixes. Evolving... good word, because that's what this show does.
Original airdate: Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CV : Veterans Day show/Post Halloween Afterglow.
December 30, 2009 09:46 PM PST
The Darkhours Episode CV : Veterans Day show/Post Halloween Afterglow.
Songs about war. Songs about love....and an awesome mix of the sexiest songs of Darkness.
Multi genre includes the 70's, 80's and beyond. There's even Pink Floyd. It's just the usual bizarre fest.
Original airdate: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CIV (Show 104) : THIS IS IT! The HALLOWEEN SHOW!
December 30, 2009 06:10 PM PST
The Darkhours Episode CIV (Show 104) : THIS IS IT! The HALLOWEEN SHOW!
Welcome to the big show! All sorts of fun in this one. There's bizarre multi genre horrorific rock from Alice Cooper, The Deathstars, Allan Parsons Project, Gothminister and more. It's a bizarre mix of anything remotely spooky. There's even a reading of Edgar Allan Poe and some more real life ghost stories. The final mastermix is daring and bizarre.
Enjoy..but keep the lights on.
originally aired:Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Darkhours - Episode CIII: (Show 103) SHOCKTOBER CONTINUES| Week III
December 30, 2009 06:10 PM PST
The Darkhours - Episode CIII: SHOCKTOBER CONTINUES| Week III
OK. The third installment of the Shocktober month long festivities brings a Tunnel pre -show, real life ghost stories and a fun music blend into DJ mix featuring Silence of the Lambs quotes in the last 15 minutes.
Enjoy the Darkness!
originally aired: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CII (Show 102) : SHOCKTOBER CONTINUES| Week II!
December 30, 2009 05:22 PM PST
The Darkhours - Episode CII: SHOCKTOBER CONTINUES| Week II
The blitz upload of back posted shows continues. These were possibly the most fun shows of our 2009 broadcast year! Strap in an give it a spin!
Multi genre and full of spookiness. Each Shocktober show gets more and more bizarre.
Highlight: This was the episode that premiered the live DJ Darkstar "Jizz in my pants/Puke in my mouth" - remix called "Jizz in my mouth".
Original airdate:Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Darkhours Episode CI (Show 101) : SHOCKTOBER COMMENCETH!
December 30, 2009 04:53 PM PST
The Darkhours - Episode CI: SHOCKTOBER COMMENCETH!
Since we're behind in episode postings, we're just gonna blitz the podomatic with the missing episodes starting with the month long celebration of Halloween.
No details... just listen and enjoy.
original airdate:Wednesday, October 07, 2009
DJ Darkstar Presents the Tunnel Episode III 9/26/9
October 18, 2009 12:24 AM PDT
A multi genre'd fill in show featuring new wave, classic dance and other mixmasterous multiplatformed malfunctions. No rules and no talk. Pure music.
Part I- The warm up mix:
Suicide Blonde - INXS
Part II - The serious shit!
Part III: Gone wild!
Stranger in town - Toto
Stewie Griffin/Lonely Man (theme from the Incredible Hulk)
originally aired 9/26/9
The Darkhours Episode C (the 100th show) : Autumnal Equinox
October 17, 2009 11:08 PM PDT
A MILESTONE! SHOW 100!
The Blog blurb:"Well it’s here! Both Fall and my 100th show! Be with us tonight for the festivities! Dance around the firepits and bonfires! Strip down to your nature suit or don your best sorcerous outfits as the season of the Witch is upon us! Come out...come out..wherever you are!"
...and it was loads of fun. The format was once again dabbling with requests and the new multi genre format.
Come see! Or listen rather.
Tunnel Pre mix
Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
Mitternacht - LaFee
The Other Side of Life
Riders on the Storm - The Doors
Mitternacht extended dance version - E Nomine
Jizz in my pants - The Lonely Island
California Dreamin - Pennywise
Stewie Griffin and Lonely man (the from the Incredible Hulk)
This show originally aired 9/23/9
Darkhours Episode 99: The Day of the 9's Show 9/9/9
October 16, 2009 11:28 PM PDT
This show was all about the 9's. It started at 9pm 9/9/09. It was a special 3 hour show and a rather bizarre one at that.
The blog blurb:
"The Darkhours Episode XCIX: Show 99 on day of the 9’s
Trippy. The irony, eh? Show number 99 on Day of the 9’s.” Number 9....Number 9...Number 9”. Will it be another bizarre night of reflection and intrigue like last week? Who knows? What I do know is it’ll be another fun and eventful night.There will be music and mayhem like a big Mardi Gras! Be there if you can feel the electricity in the air… I know I can. Oh hell...be there even if you don’t. Maybe by the end you will! "
Images of Heaven - Peter Godwin
9 9 9 Talk
Songs about 9
10pm -Darkhours intro
Bizarre Dreams mix
Badger Badger Badger (Mushroom MUSHROOM)
Dreams Mix 2
White Rabbit - David Diebold & Kim Cataluna
Smalltown Boy - Paradise Lost
The Darkhours - Episode XCVIII: Full Moon Madness
October 16, 2009 10:02 PM PDT
The blurb of that night read:
"Nearly the end of summer and the nights are akin to a nice autumn eve… It’s a Dark eve. This is the first time I’ve ever broadcast on a Thursday night. I’m overtired from being up early and working since 7am. This can only mean one thing: I will have bizarre things to rant about as my head does that. It likes to begin speaking and not knowing whet will come out. The full moon will help that, as it always does. This is the full moon madness. Nothing I say could possibly be expected. I may reveal things so intimate and personal you may never speak to me again."
Being that this was on Webkittyn's regular night, the genre barriers were blurred and broken by playing a more diverst playlist.
Battle Without Honor or Humanity - Tomoyasu Hotei
Talk (and bizarre at that)
Mix 1 (Moon dancing)
Talk (inspirational at best)
Adventures in Success - Will powers
Talk (the inspiration continues)
Mix 3 (Rock block into Mix)
Don't Stop believing - Journey
Only a Northern song - The Beatles
Shape of my heart - Sting
This show originally aired 9/3/9
The Darkhours -Episode XCVII - Passing legends.
August 30, 2009 12:41 PM PDT
The Darkhours -Episode XCVII - Passing legends.
Wow. Ted Kennedy is dead. How many people are punching the death clock this year? Oddly, the bizarre morbidity of things just makes it all the more reason to sit in your chair and come to the chatroom and discuss your thoughts on the dead. Why? Because we don’t run from death in the Darkhours, we celebrate it. Celebrate it as a passing onto another plane either better than this or as just flies on the windscreen.
This Episode includes a bonus "Tunnel" dance mix party beforw the actual show.
The Tunnel MegaMix:
(I'm Glad) I'm not a Kennedy - Shona Lang
Talk - DJ Darkstar
Talk - DJ Darkstar
Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
Talk - DJ Darkstar
Bizarre request rock:
Dark Talk - DJ Darkstar
Talk - DJ Darkstar
Shoot your load mix:
Talk - DJ Darkstar
Time to go mix:
The Darkhours -Episode XCVI - If we’re on a roll, this is Dark Pumpernickel
August 22, 2009 04:17 PM PDT
The Premier went so well that the energy carried over to this week also. The mixes were amazingly fun and well mixed. Great dance-ability for all! The sound quality is pretty awesome for a 64bit FM radio mix.
This week there's more bonus songs as once again I came on early for about 20 minutes of Tunnel music. More of a collection of somber mood music than a mix. The dance mixes came later.
All in all it was fun still. Here's the set list:
*Commercial/Station ID Block*
Intro - Darkhours Season 4 Theme
Mix II: Bizarro Dance Mix
Mix III: Sexiest Songs of Darkness
Mix IV: I have no excuse
Mix V: Serial Killer mix
*DarkTalk- (closing comments)*
I can tell by your clothes that you shop at Hot Topic - Gothcicles
Sad Walking away music from the Incredible Hulk (Lonely Man) Stewie Griffin from Family Guy
Kitternacht! Kittyn Returns after Eight Months!
August 14, 2009 06:05 PM PDT
And what a return it was! Kittyn goes off an an ex KMRL host, lots of spirited talk, good music and a visit from the Story Bus man himself!
It felt good to be back and thanks to Darkstar for recording this!
This show originally aired August 13th, 2009
The Darkhours - Episode XCV: Season IV Premier!
August 14, 2009 06:42 AM PDT
From the KMRL station Blog: "Six months the show has been off. Maybe more. It’s been quite awhile and to tell you the truth, as much as life stomped her evil thigh high Dominatrix boot on my head, I always missed broadcasting to the world of people who celebrate their inner freaks.
This was a great way to get back into the fray of it all! It was a big show with loads of talk and fun and energy and hot live mixes! I started a little early and mixed in a little "Tunnel" ! Here's the fun that you have in store for you:
New Darkhours Season 4 Theme.
Mix 1: Krazy Kovers
Mix 2: Humor and whimsy
New Intro replayed
Mega Alternative Dance Mix:
-Closing theme -Stewie Griffin
DJ Darkstar Presents the Tunnel Episode II
February 08, 2009 12:30 AM PST
This is by far, probably the most fun hottest set of mixes I've done since I GOT this Virtual DJ program! So many great songs mixed almost perfectly. I give myself a 90% for mix skill. There's a few that I would've done better with..but I'm a perfectionist.
DJ Mix 1
DJ Mix 2
DJ Mix 3 (super mega mix)
The Darkhours - Episode XCI: Dark History Month.
February 07, 2009 01:33 AM PST
This show was bizarre in many ways. For Black history month, I sprinkled in a few rock tunes by some great black artists and came up with some more twisted DJ mixes.There was a technical difficulty for the live listening audience, but the podcast didn't suffer.We covered subjects from buying condoms to taking 8 year old Vicodin.
Movie talk of TR2N, reviews of the new movie, "Taken" and a visit from my rather vocal cat, Bey.The last music block was just a blend, and not a beat mix. A rather enjoyable show all around.
New this podcast...I supply a play list!
DJ Mix 1
DJ mix 2
KKK bitch - Body Count
DJ blend 1
The Darkhours - Episode XC: Post Traumatic Bush Disorder.
January 23, 2009 02:00 AM PST
Barring the first three songs of the first mix not meshing the way I'd hoped, afterward, the mixes formed into masterpieces as we slipped, almost literally, into the groove.
This was an insightful, humorous, profound and even nostalgic show.The talk, especially the monologue about Obama, our anal America, even metaphysics in music was spirited and unique. As we went along, the mixes were off the hook! From present day, to vintage 80's new wave and industrial the mix was more than impressive.
Definitively worth the price of admission.
This show originally aired 1/21/09
DJ Darkstar Presents the Tunnel on Inauguration Night
January 21, 2009 10:58 PM PST
Taking over for Kittyn after her 3 1/2 hour stint after the inauguration, I came on because the people in chat demanded to be entertained by mojoradiolive. We deliver about 50 minutes more of pure fun with some awesome mixes and only a slight salting of talk. This is one you can do your dark workout to.
There's all sorts of odd goodies from the 80's to today and some 80's rock thrown in there too!
This show originally aired : 1/20/09 and began at 11:40pm til 12:30am on 1/21/09
The Darkhours - Episode LXXXIX: Darkness is more fun than you think.
January 15, 2009 09:24 PM PST
This was an amazingly fun show. Great mixes featuring "Personal Jesus (Pump mix) vs. The Devils Advocate". Lots of banter and the introduction of Skype listener call in feature!
This show originally aired 1/14/09
The Darkhours - Episode LXXXVIII: New Year, New Darkhours
January 09, 2009 06:34 AM PST
This is the first Darkhours of 2009 and it was a pretty odd one. This was more like "Let's see what randomness we can throw on the platters and then find a way to mix it smoothly and perfectly. There was allot of fun to be had as we introduced new music, talk allot about movies, Rush Limbaughs racism, the future of the darkhours and had a few good sized dark dance mixes and some laughs mixed in!
This show originally aired 01/07/09
December 19, 2008 11:50 PM PST
Tonight, DJ Hecubus of "What the Hec" had surprise company so he couldn't do his show. After much debate, I thought I should fill in and keep our happy station filled with original live programming simply for the purpose maintaining the "LIVE" in our name.
This show pretty much was mostly dance mixes of goth, techno, 80's new wave, darkwave, and even old metal and industrial. Focusing more on the mix than the talk (but don't get me wrong, there WAS banter) this show makes for a great workout file on your mp3 player. Lots of high energy and awesome mixmastering! br> br>
The Darkhours - Episode LXXXVI: Holiday Limbo II
December 18, 2008 11:03 PM PST
Probably one of the most fun episodes ever. With the installation of the Virtual DJ, the show takes an uber change for the spectacular. Talk about a variety special in your own computer! Have a listen and join in the fun!
The Darkhours - Episode LXXIV: The Autumn of our years
September 29, 2008 11:39 PM PDT
It’s getting to be that time of year. We’re around the corner to the Darkhours favourite time of year:
This night was a full moon just leaving us at 94% full and waning in the night sky. The world is falling apart. The American economy is crumbling. The American Presidential Election is a joke. The doomsayers say we’re on the brink of Armageddon. What the Hell!
This was a helluva show and we partied like it was 2099!! Definately a must hear!
This show originally aired 9/17/08
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - 09/28/08
September 28, 2008 08:58 PM PDT
Kittyn lacks the human love relationship gene.
This was one of the better shows, discussion of relationships, love and why Kittyn doesn't really want either of them!
The songs were excellent, the crowd was into it and the conversation was LOUD and witty. This one is worth grabbing!
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - 09/21/08
September 28, 2008 08:56 PM PDT
Fun show, good tunes and lots of laughs. Give it a try, you might like it.
Pogo-a-Gogo and David Berkowitz
September 28, 2008 08:55 PM PDT
Did David Berkowitz act alone or was he simply a pawn of the Process Church? An hour of talk about Berkowitz and the connections between him and the group, it was an interesting show!
This show originally aired 09/20/08
Pants Free Radio, Sep 13, 2008
September 14, 2008 06:09 AM PDT
Unfortunately, I do my shows in a stream of conciousness manner. Therefore, you'll get a pretty generic description of what my show is about rather than a description of what -this- show was about. I rant. I enjoy ranting, and I can typically find stuff to rant about. When I can't, I yell at the audience we have in the chatroom. All in all, it's a random mix of music and a good time. -Eppy
Pants Free Radio, Sep 06, 2008
September 13, 2008 11:26 PM PDT
Unfortunately, I do my shows in a stream of conciousness manner. Therefore, you'll get a pretty generic description of what my show is about rather than a description of what -this- show was about.
I rant. I enjoy ranting, and I can typically find stuff to rant about. When I can't, I yell at the audience we have in the chatroom. All in all, it's a random mix of music and a good time.
The Darkhours - Episode LXXIII: The Fall Season Premier
September 10, 2008 10:44 PM PDT
OK… time to freshen up the show a bit. Always striving to become more interesting and entertaining, the Darkhours continues to open yet another season with fun, frolic and fright fests!
Some things about the shows past may be revisited like impressions and humor but in the search to perfect the shows format, we continue to allow the show to be tweaked and shaped by the listeners in the chatroom.
The Darkhours continues to strive to be the show of the people, influenced by the people and supportive of the people...as long as they are Dark people...or seek endarkenment.
This was another bizarre show with odes to bondage and sex, talks of politics and war, requests, impressions and basically a hodge podge show of darkness I can't begin to describe. You just shoulda been there.
The Darkhours - Episode LXXII: Ready to begin the Fall Season1
September 08, 2008 11:19 AM PDT
the first hour was just mucking about the playlist. It started a little earlier than the regular time to allow people not to be kicked off when the DJ logs in. The show also ran a little longer because we were having way too much fun! You will REALLY laugh your ass off the first hour.
The second hour was more of a response to the sexy turn of mood in the chatroom as we turned to the "sexiest songs of Darkness" theme.
This show originally aired 9/3/8
The Darkhours - Episode LXX: The Seeds of all things Dark
August 20, 2008 11:32 PM PDT
Taken from the blog description:
Modern music is funny. It's had so many transgressions over the decades and yet... in the end, you have to remember the beginnings.Dark music isn't about just Goth, Metal, Industrial, Darkwave and New Wave. It's not about Euro metal, Symphonic metal, Epica or any of that stuff. It's about a feeling. It's about the music that gave us chills in our spines when we were kids even if they were songs passed down from generations before us. Before there were genres and cliques and subcultures and stuff like that. Back when Rock and Roll was called "The Devils Music".
I find it odd how to try and scare us, to instill that feeling of fear or darkness or whatever made you feel like you were a night creature, bands today have even turned to classical orchestration, operatic voices and choirs and more and more somber or horrific lyrics. Yet none of this is new. It's been done time and time again.because it's part of our inherent nature to chase after what we fear, to seek out the macabre, to stare the unknown in the face and to watch the plights of others as we pass by a simple car accident.
We're morbid beings by nature. The only difference with the typical Darkhours listener is that we celebrate it. Sometimes we even laugh in the face of it.
Join me tonight for the a sonic seance where we raise our musical awareness about how the darkness in music we all know and love got started. During this, we'll also inject new sounds along with the old and the familiar. Just expect to come and have a good time.. Can ya do that?
This episode featured songs from modern symphonic and goth metal bands such as E Nomine, Kamelot, Epica mixed with the seeds of Dark rock from bands like the Doors, The Moody Blues and even more dark tunesmiths from our eras past.
It was warped...come by and see what you missed. It was just bloody bizarre.
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - August 17
August 20, 2008 01:38 PM PDT
Well this one was a lot of fun. The chatroom was packed and the requests were flying in but we got to them all! Kittyn discovered Avenged Sevenfold and E Nomine during the show and also ends it with her new intro to Pogo-a-Gogo!
We ran into overtime as we wanted to hit all the requests but give it a download, you might enjoy it!
Feedback welcome to email@example.com!
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - Every Sunday at 9PM EST only on KMRL Mojo Radio Live.
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - August 10
August 10, 2008 09:33 PM PDT
This show ended up being a lot of fun.
The chatroom was packed, the requests were excellent and there was much silly laughter.
This one might actually be worth downloading!
The Oy Vey, This Should be Fun Show - 7/27/08
July 28, 2008 07:38 PM PDT
Well this one was a train wreck!
It was fun, Kittyn was at her worst and Darkstar was up visiting. The music was awesome, the requests were hot and the atmosphere was jovial.
It was fun in a moronic sort of way, have fun with it!
Exit 34 with Momma Bug - 7/24/08
July 28, 2008 07:35 PM PDT
A kickass show with great music and Momma Bug! She didn't know Kittyn was recording this but more people should get to listen to Exit 34, the show rocks.
Give it a listen, enjoy Momma Bug!
The Darkhours: Episode LXVIII: Dog Days and Dark Knights
July 23, 2008 10:08 PM PDT
Taken from the Blog entry:
I’m too into the underdogs to become a drone to see the Dark Knight on opening weekend. Fuck that! There are far too many good 4 star movies to see that I can wait til the hooplah for this “5 star one” is gone as it eats up theaters for other good movies to be in. Does this give you a hint as to my ranting mood tonight? Oh yea….rare form tonight. Overworked and overtired means over RIPE for talking about the bizarre while we eat movie butter popcorn and listen to cool endarkened tunes. Be there… you won’t regret it.
In actuality, this was a very twisted show. The music started the first hour hot, hard and heavy with songs by Atomic Opera, Otep, Skindred, Hot Action Cop and more. By the second half of the show, it softened partly with songs by Sarah McLachlan, Kristen Hersh, Ofra Haza, , Julian Cope, Kon Kan, Erasure and Yaz and more. Near the end it got plain silly with humorous songs from Tai Mai Shu, Weird Al, Kelly, Rappy McRapperson and more! It was a very bizarre night all around.
The banter was completely bizarre so don't miss this one!
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - July 20
July 20, 2008 11:19 PM PDT
Look, I'm quick!
Tonight's show was a lot of fun. Kickass music, mocking of Darkstar and others, gushing love and leather thongs! The horror!
We think you'll enjoy this one, we did.
Hear Kitty Kitty Radio - July 06
July 20, 2008 11:14 PM PDT
Still getting used to being back on the air, Kittyn stumbles through an extended show but has a good time doing it.
Good tunes and some fun banter, grab the show and give it a listen!
The Darkhours: Episode LXVII: A Midsummer Nights Storm.
July 10, 2008 11:03 PM PDT
The following is taken from the pre show blog description (but don't go by that because this was in actuality an incredibly silly, yet dark and fun show. Talk topics included the Samsung instinct vs. the iPhone, celphoneporn, goths and metalheads are geeks at heart and NYU students discussing "I kissed a girl and I liked it".)
Disclaimer: The Darkhours is an internet radio show. It features Gothic, New Wave, Dark Wave, industrial, Metal, Goth Metal, Punk, O.D.O.R. and other alternative music genres. The views and opinions expressed by DJ Darkstar and the Darkhours do not reflect those of KMRL Mojoradiolive or it’s staff.
It’s thundering here around the Darkhours Studios. Although it may not be wherever in the world you are, we at the Darkhours are going to attempt to bring you into the storm with us. The usual fun, frolic and ranting is due plus cool tunes abound from many reaches of the underworld. The fun grows exponentially here and the tune’s are always bizarre and rockin’. There’s no better, odder Wednesday night banter than the Darkhours with DJ Darkstar every Wednesday night from 10pm EST to Midnight!
This show originally aired 7/9/8
The Darkhours: Episode LXVI : Indarkpendence Day
July 10, 2008 10:40 PM PDT
Taken from the blog entry that night:
The Darkhours Episode LVII: My Bloody Valentine Volume II
April 29, 2008 07:04 AM PDT
I pondered again this year for awhile about what this show should be about besides it’s usual dark debauchery… And then I was reminded that Valentine’s Day is TOMORROW!! So just how would the Darkhours celebrate “love day”? Why with darkness, lust, kink and anything one’s black heart desires, or course! Consider this the Anti-Valentines show.
This will be our day of swine and black roses. Remember, there are always uses for those thorns. Exactly how this will play out is always a mystery even to me, but you have to admit, we’ve been having fun, right?
Do NOT expect this to be a show full of nothing but cheesy love songs. If anything, we only play the SEXIEST songs of darkness.
The Darkhours - Episode LVI
April 29, 2008 01:53 AM PDT
No synopsis for this one. I'm just behind on uploads by...oh...MONTHS.
Check out this lost archive from Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Darkhours - Episode LV: The Great Experiment
January 17, 2008 09:41 PM PST
Experimenting into the future of the Darkhours…
For Darkhours LV… tonight we went the route of the roots of DJ Darkstar. If you knew it or not, Darkstar was a street DJ, a club DJ and a mixmaster. He remixed songs the old fashioned way before mixing songs via computer changed the the term from “remix” to “mash-up”. Now he tried his hand at live mp3 mixing/mashing starting tonight with micro mix blocks.
Block mix I featured artists like Depeche Mode, New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Kraftwerk, George Kranz and INXS.
Block mix II: gave us Assemblage 23, Rednex, O Zone, Eiffel 65, Drowning Pool... yes... I said "Drowning Pool" and And One.
Block mix III threw us Apoptygma Bezerk, Beborn Beton, Pop Will Eat Itself, Die Krupps, New Order, Depeche Mode, Apotheosis mixed with Apoptygma Bezerk.
Block mix IV wrought the Killers, She Wants Revenge, and London After Midnight.
Sit back and download some really bizarre experimentation…intermixed with 2008 rants and raucousness…. exclusively on KMRL
This show originally aired Wednesday, January 09, 2008
The Darkhours - Episode LIV: The First KMRL LIVE show of 2008???
January 17, 2008 08:33 PM PST
Most definately YES!
Even thought I left about 7000 songs in a portable hard drive upstate…
I WOULD NOT BE STOPPED!
The shows must go on and I will lead the way! And so I did. This show was wicked fun!
Apoptygma Beserk, Disturbed, Gothminister, Good Charlotte, Korn, Dope,
This program aired originally Wednesday, January 02, 2008
The Darkhours - Episode LIII: Holiday madness musical sedative
January 17, 2008 08:17 PM PST
It’d started, y’know. People were doing the holiday panic. Dashing through the snow...and through crowds of frantic shoppers. It was only the beginning and it only got worse day by day.
That’s where the Darkhours came in. Two hours of funky music and the oddity that is Darkstar to make you either calm yourself or fire up some energy in a time when there’s nothing on TV thats new and you wanted to forget about the hectic world of shopping...or whatever else vexed you.
This night featured great tunes and remixes of bands like:
We played "You be the producer and YOU name the hook " with artists like: Rob Zombie, AFI, Judas Priest, Robert Palmer, Peter Murphy, Offspring, Moby,
This show was just a whole lotta fun! Enjoy the download!
This show originally aired : Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Darkhours Episode LII: Black Wednesday
December 05, 2007 09:27 PM PST
Ok… as the first Darkhours after Thanksgiving, we chose to call it "Black Wednesday". No leftover turkey or crazy sales to stress you out, but quite the opposite. This night we gott to relax from last weeks hectic crap of rushing out for T-Day supplies and then waking up early to start the ridiculous ritual of the madcap 30 day shopping spree for the season. Tonight, we brought to you somethings that’s fresh and fun and full of vigor as we laugh at life’s ironies.
Also, new tunes and artists to the Darkhours as we try to keep it fresh all the time. The Darkhours may celebrate the dead but not the stale.
And last but not least, another round of our new game: "You be the Producer and YOU NAME THE HOOK!"
This show originally aired Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Darkhours - Episode LI: The LIVE Thanksgiving show.
November 15, 2007 08:12 PM PST
This was the only live show for Thanksgiving for the Darkhours. Although it was a week ahead, regretfully there was no live Thanksgiving eve show.. Not that I expect anyone to be around for my sacreligious foul mouthed ass the night before Thanksgiving anyway.
Tonight we got into some sort of holiday spirit and proved that the Darkhours isn’t just some emo anti-everything show… just anti- most things.
This was a very fun show as we manufactured a rather entartaining game that may become a regular staple on the show. We called the game: "YOU be the Producer: Name the hook!" IN this game we examined songs and attempted to catch the "hook" (what we in the industry call the part of a song that makes you want to hear it over and over again... the part that makes the song's popularity in any genre).
You'll be listening and screaming the hooks out just as the chatroom did. This was a really fun game that everyone enjoyed.
This show originally aired: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The Darkhours - Episode L (That means 50)
November 15, 2007 06:12 AM PST
Ok...so barring the “mid season filler shows” which probably would have made this the 54th or 55th show, for all intensive purposes, lets call this the 50th milestone episode.
Just what was it?
Will it just be just a great show?
Download and step inside the festivities.
This show originally aired Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Hear Kitty Kitty International - Show 3!
November 07, 2007 08:56 PM PST
Look how fast I got it up!
The show was fun as usual, there was some weird music and I made a few ears bleed.
We had listeners in the chatroom from:
So grab the show and hear me make an ass of myself and catch some hot tunes from outside the USA!
The Darkhours - Episode XXXI: Blue Moon Magus
June 04, 2007 07:20 AM PDT
There was a blue moon out that night...how fitting that the Darkhours should do a completely dark and ethereal show. If you have no idea of what a blue moon is, it's explained at the top of the show.
This one was one of the spooky ones, kids. Lot’s of tunes to invoke the spirits and harness the energies of the blue moon. That tingle you’ll feel in the back of your neck is the Dark Mojo!
Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moon light? Do it to this episode of the Darkhours from KMRL!
This show originally sired June 1 2007
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