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A micro-podcast of the finest auditroy gems.


Mario
Jun 27 • 0 min
Prom RUFF MIX
Jun 8 • 11 min
A night to remember
Surge
May 14 • 3 min
Voice Messages from Sergio + Do Your Best
The Dr. Groove
Apr 22 • 7 min
Trouble arises on board game night
Young Hearts: A Prologue
Nov 25, 2015 • 10 min
Young hearts can go their way
The Friday Night Show on KISL
Jun 24, 2015 • 217 min
Live Radio on an island
The Death of Chicken Lips
May 25, 2015 • 7 min
A mixtape made at sea, found in a desert thrift store
Santa Barbara. Aug 13, 1978.
Sep 27, 2014 • 3 min
Sahsa, high on the cliffs above the sea, spinning to the Dill Pickle Rag electrified.
Unchained Melody
May 10, 2014 • 4 min
A New Thought Process
The Last Days of Hollywood Park
Feb 9, 2014 • 14 min
On December 22nd Hollywood Park closed after more than 75 years. This is the story of the rise and fall of one of America’s greatest horse racing tracks.
Super!
Jan 24, 2014 • 0 min
They rarely tlak to the media.
The Piano Van Recordings
Sep 11, 2013 • 26 min
The Piano Van Chris Stroffolino plays some tunes from inside the World Famous Piano Van. This is a companion episode to a story I produced for Episode 7 of The Organist. see the van in action at www.pianovan.com
Dec 31, 1995
Jun 16, 2013 • 6 min
Kenneth and Miriam ring in the New Year.
Papa’s Birthday
May 18, 2013 • 7 min
A found tape from the south by way of the desert.
131 E 5th Street
Mar 24, 2013 • 2 min
Little Daddy sets the scene outside the King Eddy Saloon in Skid Row.
Lewis Greenberg Redux
Feb 9, 2013 • 11 min
A voice mail and conversation with the one and onle—Lewis Greenberg.
Bible Rain
Jan 17, 2013 • 11 min
A Story by Nason Smith.
Beep Beep
Jan 9, 2013 • 4 min
Meet Steve Sharp. His mission: To spread love and celebrate peace every Friday from five to seven…
Barbara & Dougie
Dec 10, 2012 • 7 min
All the answers to last weeks cliffhanger are revealed…
The Diet
Dec 1, 2012 • 3 min
This tape was made by Paul a man in New Jersey to let his family know that he didn’t want them to interfere with his plans to go on a diet he hoped would cure him of AIDS. Logan Jaffe found this tape at a yard sale in Gainesville Florida.
Perfect Pitch
Nov 19, 2012 • 2 min
My brother-in-law Matthew has perfect pitch. So we spent a day going around the house looking for objects that make sounds and determining their pitch.
Organ Donor
Nov 8, 2012 • 2 min
Mastering the art of the followup quesiton.
An Autumn Adventure
Oct 18, 2012 • 2 min
A HUANTED Teddy Ruxpin Tape.
Come On Down
Sep 20, 2012 • 3 min
This man was killed by Drew Carey! (Sort of)
Stop Terrorists
Sep 12, 2012 • 3 min
This song showed up right after September 11th at the college radio station where my friend was a DJ.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Sep 7, 2012 • 3 min
Election night 2008 at Sydney’s Saloon in New Orleans.
Thoughts And Word 12/74
Aug 31, 2012 • 4 min
Listening to tapes on the roof with Matthew.
100th Episode!
Aug 22, 2012 • 4 min
That’s a century in human years!
I Don’t Know if This Counts as a Homosexual Experience
Aug 19, 2012 • 2 min
A poem by Jim Tascio.
After Life
Aug 18, 2012 • 0 min
This is what the world may sound like after the Apocaplypse.
Portraiture
Aug 6, 2012 • 4 min
William Stout is best known for his dinosaur paintings. But he also worked in radio, did the storyboards for Thriller, and Raiders of the Lost Ark and deisgned the characters for Pan’s Labrynth. But he got his start drawing portraits and Disneyland….
Dream School
Jul 31, 2012 • 3 min
This may be an infinite fatal reset loop.
Timbuktu Muezzin
Jul 30, 2012 • 1 min
Thanks to Myke Dodge Weiskopf for this recording of a call to prayer in Timbuktu
Radio Avalon
Jul 19, 2012 • 5 min
Late one night I picked up a strange signal on my radio dial…
Who is Chick Boyd?
Jul 13, 2012 • 9 min
The man they myth, no really the myth who is this guy?
Aldini’s Beloved
Jul 12, 2012 • 2 min
It’s Alive!
Undiminished Light
Jul 6, 2012 • 4 min
Frank Lloyd Wright recorded hundreds of talks in the living room of his desert compound, Taliesin West. In this talk Wright expounds on anarchy.
Accidental Music
Jun 26, 2012 • 4 min
Architect, 1 percenter and desert hobo David Doge didn’t intend to design a musical staricase in his magnificant home on the outskirts of Phoenix. The song in this episode is My Xylophones Love me by Melodium
Die
Jun 20, 2012 • 2 min
Late on night Matthew Kielty got a mysterious call from an unkown number…
Rodney And The Taggers
Jun 15, 2012 • 4 min
What keeps the taggers tickin?
Stingo Bingo
Jun 12, 2012 • 1 min
We talked about it.
Dennis’s Flying Lesson
Jun 10, 2012 • 3 min
On a recent trip to central America, Dennis Conrow wrote and recorded a short story and enlisted the help of some locals in San Pedro, Guatemeala to be characters in the story. This is some raw tape and an excpert form the porject.
English as an Unknown Language
Jun 8, 2012 • 1 min
This is what english sounds like to someone who doesn’t speak it?
The Ice Boat
Jun 6, 2012 • 4 min
When Dan Newman ‘s ice boat crashed through the surface of the frozen lake he had no idea he was about to do something that had never been done.
Veritas Caput
May 7, 2012 • 1 min
True Head
Time Machine?
Apr 27, 2012 • 4 min
An awkward moment with Jeffrey Lewis.
A Calling Card for Friendship
Apr 20, 2012 • 11 min
A collection of field recordings made around the State of Colorado between 1982 and 1987.
Re-Neavus
Apr 18, 2012 • 5 min
I lent my friend Moose a tape recorder and he returned it with with tape full of interviews he had done with his friends. One of those interviews was with Herbie, an artist who collaborated with a couple bearded friends to make a sculpture called…
The Flaneur
Apr 9, 2012 • 7 min
Speed Levitch giving one of his signature wlaking tours of Columbia, Missouri.
Gainsborough Creek
Mar 31, 2012 • 1 min
Luke Cumberland is a second-year student in the MFA writing program at Washington University. He is editor of the anthology “Faces of Virginia Poetry”, available on LuLu.com. His most recent poetry has been published on StatusHat.org. He is from…
Candy’s Hair Affair
Mar 29, 2012 • 7 min
I found this recording in a box of old tapes. I think I picked it up at a thrift store in Louisiana. It appears to be role playing excercises at a beauty school.
Fifty Miles from Tonapah
Mar 23, 2012 • 5 min
Nason Smith’s nonfiction has appeared on NPR: Hearing Voices and his fiction has been published in The Pinch. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Robot Compliments
Mar 22, 2012 • 3 min
Welcome to Florida. You look great!
Cold Cold Wine Coolers
Mar 21, 2012 • 1 min
One of the great things about New Orleans is that you can set up a card table and sell booze in the street. This is what it sounds like.
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb
Mar 19, 2012 • 2 min
My friend Keaton was having some trouble working on a tandem bicycle at the bike shop he works at when a customer recommended a solution he found on the internet.
Detained
Mar 7, 2012 • 17 min
Film maker Karim El Hakim told this story at a live storytelling event at the True/False Film Festival.
All the Pretty Horses
Feb 29, 2012 • 4 min
This Mike West cover was performed by Walt McClement on banjo and Mary Go Round (the one time holder of the world record for spinning the most hoola hoops at once: 76 if my memory serves me correctly) on accordion and vocals. The song All the Pretty…
Larry’s First Beer
Feb 27, 2012 • 0 min
I was walking my dog the other night when I came across Larry Boutan sitting on a concrete wall drinking a beer. I bought some beers and joined him. This is the story of Larry’s very first beer.
A Single Moment
Feb 25, 2012 • 2 min
Wilbert Rawlins Jr. is the band director at O Perry Walker High school in New Orleans. He runs one of the best marching bands in the state along with a concert band and a Jazz ensemble. Rawlins doesn’t just teach kids to play an instrument…
Chewie’s Apnea
Feb 23, 2012 • 0 min
The Sound of Suffocation.
At Klipsan Beach
Feb 18, 2012 • 0 min
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Narrative. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in…
Where We’re Going
Feb 17, 2012 • 3 min
I came across this piece of found tape today. I know nothing about it.
Spotless
Feb 16, 2012 • 0 min
A deleted scene from a story I produced for Marketplace Morning Report.
Socks!
Feb 15, 2012 • 1 min
They get fucked up in strange ways in Sweden.
Seek Shelter
Feb 15, 2012 • 0 min
A recording of a tornado siren in a park in St. Louis, MO.
Invite to the Pestulent
Feb 10, 2012 • 4 min
Thaddeus Conti reading an excerpt from his poem Invite to the Pestilent with live musical accompaniment by Josh Wexler and Sunny Metha. You can purchase Thaddeus’ book here: http://www.amazon.com/%C3%A6poetics-Thaddeus-Conti/dp/1935084011. And…
Christmas Bike
Feb 8, 2012 • 0 min
I can only assume Garrett was moved by the Christmas spirit when he left me this message. Or perhaps he was wasted on egg nog.
The Threesome
Feb 7, 2012 • 3 min
Ever wondered how a couple of straights can satisfy a lesbian? Look no further. A friend of mine sent me a CD of old radio porn that included this track titled The Threesome.
Radio
Feb 6, 2012 • 0 min
This poem appears in the October, 2011 issue of SOFTBLOW Alec Hershman lives in St. Louis where he teaches at St. Louis Community College and at the Center for Humanities at Washington University. His poems can be found in upcoming…
The Red Line
Feb 4, 2012 • 6 min
Andy Mills had a habbit of eavesdropping on other people’s conversation during his commute on Chicago’s Red Line. Sometimes he would record these overheard conversations. On today’s episode Andy plays one of his favorite surrpetitious recordings and…
Train Station Thingy
Feb 3, 2012 • 1 min
I’m not exactly sure what the purpose of this device is but it makes cool sounds. It was attached to the outside of a train station in a small town in northern Italy.
One for the Commandant
Feb 2, 2012 • 6 min
Edgar spends most of his days sitting on a five gallon bucket in downtown Seattle. One night I hung out with Edgar and his friends and recorded their arguments songs and pushup competition. This piece was the first place winner of the Big Shed…
Mongolian Street Musicians
Feb 1, 2012 • 1 min
I recorded this a few years ago outside the Pompidou in Paris.
They Were Talking
Jan 31, 2012 • 1 min
Philip Matthews is currently the Jr. Writer-in-Residence at Washington University in St. Louis. His work has appeared in Trapeze, Phati’tude, Poets for Living Waters, and Sonora Review. He is continually influenced by surreal visual and sound…
Welcoming the Water Angel
Jan 30, 2012 • 1 min
I attended a fancy party where a beautiful woman modeled a dress that was hooked up to a garden hose. The dress sent streams of water into the sky and reminded my friend of this sad tale of enema addiction.
Jennifer Love
Jan 29, 2012 • 3 min
Today’s episode of Random Tape features a song by artist Daryl Waits. You can find the track, Jennifer Love on the album Eastern Front & Digital Penetration at paradeco.com
Badass Emma-Oh Lord
Jan 27, 2012 • 0 min
I was hanging out in Cabrini Park, a dog park in the French Quarter in New Orleans when Badass Emma saw my microphone and asked me to interview her. She told me the story of how she lost her dogs in Katrina and about her job as a cook. We talked about…
Badass Emma-This Place
Jan 27, 2012 • 1 min
I was hanging out in Cabrini Park, a dog park in the French Quarter in New Orleans when Badass Emma saw my microphone and asked me to interview her. She told me the story of how she lost her dogs in Katrina and about her job as a cook. We talked about…
Badass Emma-‘85
Jan 27, 2012 • 2 min
I was hanging out in Cabrini Park, a dog park in the French Quarter in New Orleans when Badass Emma saw my microphone and asked me to interview her. She told me the story of how she lost her dogs in Katrina and about her job as a cook. We talked about…
Badass Emma-Miss Clio
Jan 27, 2012 • 1 min
I was hanging out in Cabrini Park, a dog park in the French Quarter in New Orleans when Badass Emma saw my microphone and asked me to interview her. She told me the story of how she lost her dogs in Katrina and about her job as a cook. We talked about…
Badass Emma-Mr. Williams
Jan 25, 2012 • 1 min
I was hanging out in Cabrini Park, a dog park in the French Quarter in New Orleans when Badass Emma saw my microphone and asked me to interview her. She told me the story of how she lost her dogs in Katrina and about her job as a cook. We talked about…
Burn the River
Jan 25, 2012 • 0 min
Thaddeus Conti is the self-proclaimed poet laureate of Hog Alley. This poem can be found in Thaddeus’s book Aepoetics which you can purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/%C3%A6poetics-Thaddeus-Conti/dp/1935084011
Pizza Cat
Jan 23, 2012 • 0 min
My girlfriend recorded this gem while doing interviews for a radio story about the closing of the beloved Sugar Park Tavern in New Orleans.
Mississippi River Barge
Jan 22, 2012 • 0 min
This is the song of the barge, bobbing on the river near Hopeville.
Posterity
Jan 21, 2012 • 7 min
I wore a wire for several years and secretly recorded my life. I recently produced a story about this period in my life for the radio show Wiretap. One of my ideas for the piece was to record myself calling up people from my past to explain that I had…
Organtics
Jan 20, 2012 • 3 min
“Nothing can stop us. Not even if they try. Not even if they want to, or ask the question why. Mr. Torino, why did you lie to me in seventh grade?” -Mark Excelle Mercer IV
Useless Evidence
Jan 19, 2012 • 3 min
Sometimes you wish audio had pictures.
Sellin the Dream
Jan 18, 2012 • 3 min
Most days you can find Tim Raines playing guitar on the corner of Ninth and Olive in downtown St. Louis. He’s the electric guitar player with a stuffed bear dressed in prison garb perched on the lip of his guitar case.
In Praise of Noise
Jan 17, 2012 • 1 min
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Narrative. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in…
Clown Doll
Jan 16, 2012 • 0 min
When I was a kid I had this clown doll that would laugh when you pushed a button in its chest. It was terrifying. It’s more the cackle of a chain-smoking maniac than the laughter of a clown but then again some clowns are heavy smokers.
Get on Fire!
Jan 12, 2012 • 1 min
I recorded this fiery sermon that I heard on the radio in West Virginia.
Another Successful Meal by Captain Tom
Jan 11, 2012 • 0 min
After a successful meal Captain Tom has no trouble patting himself on the back for a job well done.
Captain Tom Wins a Ham
Jan 10, 2012 • 1 min
Back when I was a deckhand on the M.V. Ptarmigan, a glacier tour boat in Alaska, I used to hang out in the wheelhouse and listen to Captain Tom tell stories. I called him up recently and asked him to tell me the one about about the time he won a ham…
Avacados (vox)Poppin
Jan 9, 2012 • 2 min
I spent an afternoon in the parking lot of the grocery store asking people to read me their grocery lists and these are a few of the responses i got.
Strawberries Oh My Gosh!
Jan 9, 2012 • 4 min
Bill Keaggy responded to postings by musicians on fiverr.com who offered to write and record a song for five dollars. He sent each of them a found grocery list and asked them to record a song inspired by the list. This is my favorite track from Let’s…
Jackpot
Jan 8, 2012 • 1 min
This is the sound of hundreds of electronic slot machines on the floor of Lumiere Casino in downtown St. Louis.
Factory Set
Jan 7, 2012 • 0 min
“Don West”
Gavin’s Roar
Jan 6, 2012 • 1 min
My cousin Gavin does the best T-Rex impersonation I’ve ever heard. It puts my terrible acting to shame.
The Dragon Does Not Wehbay!
Jan 5, 2012 • 0 min
Do you want the love of the fire? Cuz I’m not gonna wait around to give you my desire. For some reason an ex-girlfriend of mine gave her number to a guy who called himself The Dragon. Not surprisingly he left her a string of insane voice…
BrailleNote Apex
Jan 4, 2012 • 1 min
This is the sound of Matthew Shifrin using his BrailleNote—a computer for the blind that pushes plastic nodes through tiny holes to display text in braille.
So Long Pujols
Jan 4, 2012 • 3 min
Five Days after I began broadcasting classical music over one of St. Louis’ existing Christian stations Albert Pujols announced he was leaving the St. Louis Cardinals for the Los Angeles Angels. Now what does Albert Pujols have to do with JOY-FM you…
Radio Graffiti
Jan 4, 2012 • 1 min
Classical music station KFUO in St. Louis was one of the oldest radio stations west of the Mississippi. The stationed was owned by the Lutheran church up until last year when it was purchased by Gateway Creative Broadcasting’s JOY-FM. On July…
Martial Law
Jan 2, 2012 • 4 min
My friend Casey was a holdout during Hurricane Katrina. He worked occasionally for a friend who owned Old Time Photo, one of those business where you take fake historical photos with your friends. On the night president Bush came to the city there was…
Larry’s Thumb
Jan 2, 2012 • 1 min
I was walking my dog the other night when I came across Larry Boutan sitting on a concrete wall drinking a beer. I noticed he was missing his right thumb so I asked him how he lost it. This is the story of that fateful night when a large woman started…
Just Molly and Me
Jan 2, 2012 • 1 min
Francis Matherne was the organist at St. Henry’s catholic church in New Orleans for 25 years. A while back he brought some of his poems over to my house so I could record them. This is a short clip from that recording session.
Goddamn Great Drum Music
Jan 2, 2012 • 3 min
I came across this LP from 1963 that features three naked women playing bongos on the cover. It’s one of the most inexplicable recordings I’ve ever heard. Each side is a single fourteen-minute track of what appears to be two people having…
Broken Brain
Jan 2, 2012 • 3 min
These voice messages were left on my friend Danny’s phone by his dad. They are two of my all-time favorites. We’ll never know how the second message ends. The machine cut Danny’s dad off mid-message.
Faisdodo’s Stomach
Jan 2, 2012 • 0 min
I was reading in bed one night when I heard a strange sound coming from the foot of my bed…