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Options March 19, 2013: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: The Shining Net, Squirm Rhymes w/ Germ, Mystery Tape Laboratory, and The Strawberry Zots (PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.)

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Artist Track Album Label Year
THE IN-THEME  Holger Hiller: Toyshopshoptoy   Options      
THE SHINING NET  The Grass Is Singing   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  Light in the Leaves   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  That No Net Can Catch   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  The Way Is Not a Way   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  Myriad Lives Unseen   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  Oak Leaf Memories   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  A Thousand Cranes   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  Summer Ghosts   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  Marching Towards Morning   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
THE SHINING NET  Always Coming Home   Options The Shining Net  Mu Music  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Clementine   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Tug   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Fix   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Brute   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Mesa   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Lunge   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Cracker   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
SQUIRM RHYMES W/ GERM  Papercuts 2   Options Strata / Papercuts 2  no label  1991 
MYSTERY TAPES LABORATORY  Untitled 1   Options Sampler  Mystery Tapes  198? 
MYSTERY TAPES LABORATORY  Untitled 2   Options Sampler  Mystery Tapes  198? 
THE STRAWBERRY ZOTS  To Whom It May Concern   Options To Whom It May Concern  Continuum/Acid Test Records  1991 
FRANK ZAPPA  Lumpy Gravy, Part Two   Options Lumpy Gravy  RE: Rykodisc  1968 
THE OUT-THEME  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options      

Listener comments!

  Tue. 3/19/13 11:50am Kay:

True story, I once captured some Strawberry Zots in a Shining Net, then subjected them to Squirm Rhymes w/ Germ in a Mystery Tape Laboratory.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 11:53am Tony Coulter:

Ha! Hi there, Kay!!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 11:54am listener james from westwood:

good morning tony, and congrats to the stream and the station for hitting their goals
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 11:55am Uncle Michael:

Hello one and all.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 11:57am Doug Schulkind:

Same damn thing happened to me (though w/o germ).
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 11:58am Tony Coulter:

Hey James and Michael! Congratulations to all, yes! And, before I forget, BIG THANKS to three people who pledged to this show after the last show finished, and so didn't get thanked: Tara from Butler, NJ, John from Brooklyn, and Fredrik from Los Angeles. THANKS!!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 11:58am Tony Coulter:

Heya Doug!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:06pm Rich in Washington:

Yay, hiss!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:07pm Tony Coulter:

Yay, Rich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 12:07pm Lewis:

hello stream folks - and well done on that Marathon thing!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:08pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, Lewis!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:09pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey Lewis! Thanks a ton for everything!
  Tue. 3/19/13 12:10pm Tower:

Thought I'd give this show a listen. I'm listening to the replay of the Rangers/Carolina game at the same time. The grass is singing while the pucks are flying, very interesting juxtaposition.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:11pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, Tower!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:11pm listener james from westwood:

goodness, this is lovely.
  Tue. 3/19/13 12:16pm Tower:

Light in the leaves reminded me somewhat of Michael Brook. Not a sound alike, just an association.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:16pm glenn:

(the rangers won in the shootout) don't tell tower.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:17pm Kay:

@james I agree, netherworldly!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:20pm Tony Coulter:

Hey there, Glenn!
  Tue. 3/19/13 12:20pm Tower:

It's still tied right now. If only they still broadcast Rangers games on WNBC I could listen live, even here in MD. Ah, the good old days. Now back to The Shining Net.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 12:21pm Hugo:

Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:22pm fleep:

First time here. Wandering the roads less traveled. Avoiding TurboTax. Lovely music, sprinkled with Windham Hill and Pentangle accents. Greetings, Tony.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:22pm Tony Coulter:

Hiiiiiiiiii Hugoooooooooo!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:23pm Tony Coulter:

And greetings fleep!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:23pm listener james from westwood:

howdy, fleep!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:23pm glenn:

can americans subscribe to t.s.n.?
the only thing better is c.b.c., but then my opinion on all things hockey is somewhat biased.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Wow, the singing on the previous Shining Net tracks sounded very Laura Veirs-ish to me. And that's a good thing.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:34pm Tony Coulter:

I usually hate this kind of '90s breathy digital-synth sound, but somehow The Shining Net make it work for me.
  Tue. 3/19/13 12:35pm Tower:

I like the closer guitar work on Oak Leaf Memories and the rhythm on A Thousand Cranes better than the far back ethereal tracks, but it's all very good.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:52pm listener james from westwood:

"clementine" sounds like a fitting follow-up thus far.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:53pm Tony Coulter:

Agreed. The tape will soon veer off in other directions, though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 12:53pm Uncle Michael:

I'm back. What's the score?
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 12:54pm Tony Coulter:

Nets 10; Germs 1.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 12:57pm Uncle Michael:

Go team.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:04pm fleep:

@listener james howdy, I orig. thought you were in UCLA territory, but your Westwood is NJ? Westwoods must be like Springfields.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:05pm Tony Coulter:

Side B of this cassette, coming up later, is totally different from this side -- it's chock full of collage/cut-up madness.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:08pm SID AVARICIOUS:

Oh shit,
I'm late for the TC tape piss show.
Never mind those bollocks I forget US changed its cocks (eh clocks) a couple of weeks ago and have mistimed my listening to the show!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:10pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, Sid!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:29pm listener james from westwood:

i am indeed in the nj westwood. california's is indeed the one that comes more readily to mind.
this is superlative proofreading music.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:35pm Doug Schulkind:

I originally thought Listener James was a upstanding UCLA professor, too!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:43pm Loren:

How do I listen to this show? Sorry...
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:44pm listener james from westwood:

hah! nope, just a lowly east coast b.a.!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:44pm Tony Coulter:

Hi Loren -- did you click on the link that says "here" at the top of the playlist?
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:45pm Rich in Washington:

That's my favorite car crash sound effect.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:45pm Loren:

I get a .pls file... what can i do?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 1:45pm Uncle Michael:

Definitely in my top-ten.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 1:47pm Uncle Michael:

Loren, you can configure many applications to open that, such as Winamp. If you don't have an app set up, you can try the flash player www.wfmu.org...
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:48pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, Uncle Michael -- was just going to say the same thing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 1:48pm Uncle Michael:

Germs have cut the lead to two!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 1:49pm Uncle Michael:

If you don't have Winamp and download it and install it, it will likely automatically make itself the default program for that type of file/link.

My pleasure, Tony.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 1:53pm Loren:

hey hey! thnak you Uncle Michael! Tony!

Last time I said "thank you, uncle Michael" was on my 13th birthday. He wasn't really my uncle, so I don't know why he was there. My parents just told me to say thank you and address him as uncle. I knew hs name was Michael, he once came to see me play baseball, and I really liked the video game he gave me, but I never saw Uncle Michael again after that day. He didn't have any cake. I thought I saw him tearing-up, but it was a blustery day. Maybe he was my father... I've only a gold watch with the intials MS... Schwartz? Shuemaker? Smith?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 1:55pm Uncle Michael:

It wasn't me. I swear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 1:56pm Uncle Michael:

Headline of the day: "Bankruptcy judge OKs sale of Twinkies, Ding Dongs"

I guess sell-by dates are just guidelines and unenforceable.
  Tue. 3/19/13 1:59pm Tower:

Gotta gotta go work outside for a while. See some of you for Charlie's show, Busy Doing Nothing, on Thursday. Enjoyed the music.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:00pm Tony Coulter:

Cheers, Tower!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 2:01pm northguineahills:

Been here for a half hour, just realized that Tony is playing relatively recent recordings for this tape-hiss.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:04pm Tony Coulter:

Hey NGH! 22 years ago is relatively recent?!? I will say, apropos of nothing, that '90s cassettes tend to sound a little better sound-quality-wise than ones from the '80s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 2:06pm Uncle Michael:

XLII-*S*, babeeee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 2:08pm northguineahills:

Usually Tape Hiss focuses on the late 70s - early 80s (from my recollection.)
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:08pm Tony Coulter:

Umm -- yes, I guess the '90s is relatively recent for "Tape Hiss"!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:10pm Tony Coulter:

Overall, the '80s were the "golden age" for cassette underground–type stuff, hence the show is weighted '80s, I guess.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:10pm Loren:

I stumbled back in... is this Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra... sounds pretty cool.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:11pm Loren:

Is it possible these recordings are from 1989, but not committed for release until 1991?
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:12pm Tony Coulter:

@ Loren: That is possible! Whew....
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:12pm Rich in Washington:

Seems like it was the early nineties when really good cassette technology was much more accessible.
I remember when a dual cassette deck was sort of an exotic, relatively unobtainable item.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 2:13pm northguineahills:

Curious, I recognize a decent chunk of these samples.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:13pm Rich in Washington:

There's some African Funeral music in there that I recognize from a strange compilation I have.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:16pm Doug Schulkind:

Did anyone ever buy into the whole "metal" thing with the higher-end cassettes? I was always happy enough with the chrome.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:17pm Tony Coulter:

I did buy metal cassettes for a while there for really important stuff, but never noted a dramatic difference.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 2:18pm Uncle Michael:

I don't think tape culture even starts to end till CD burners in home computers became standard equipment.

@Doug, I tried 'em. I pretty much stuck to Maxell XLII-S and TDK SA toward the end...or whatever they were continually re-branded to be called.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:18pm Rich in Washington:

It seemed to me that I had bad luck with metal cassettes. It seemed like they didn't last long, started having problems in terms of shelf life.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:19pm Rich in Washington:

I have many, many TDK SAs that have been stored in less-than-ideal ways and they still sound pretty good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 2:20pm Ike:

Doug, I could never discern a quality difference between type IV ("metal") and type II blank cassettes. IIRC, Consumer Reports said the same.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:20pm Tony Coulter:

@ Uncle Micheal: Agreed that tape culture continued well into the '90s and even beyond, and of course has a second life these days. Just meant that the '80s was the really groundbreaking era, and that a lot of people switched from cassette to vinyl or CD by the late '80s.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 2:21pm northguineahills:

When I was in high school. I'd sometimes nick my father's metal cassettes (he used for work), but normally, whatever was available at Turtles worked for me.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:21pm Rich in Washington:

I remember there was this no-name brand of cassettes that my brother and I would tape stuff on (we taped a lot of stuff off of the radio) and they sounded really good for the price and lasted a long time. We would buy up every one we'd see in stores.
We called 'em 'rainbow tapes', because they had a rainbow on the label. The only thing they said on them was 'Low Noise'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 2:22pm Uncle Michael:

@Tony, I was speaking from the home-recordist, mix-tape, tape-trading perspective.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:22pm Tony Coulter:

Ah, I gets you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 2:27pm Uncle Michael:

I went from Cassette to DAT to CD-R and was a pretty early CD-R adopter, wrestling with SCSI controllers. Ugh.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:28pm Doug Schulkind:

I was always a TDK-SA guy. Don't know why. I have hundreds of them stashed in the closet, but nothing to play them with.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:32pm Rich in Washington:

We had a lot of Sony UCXs for some reason. It seems like they had dropout problems, though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 2:34pm Uncle Michael:

When I first encountered cassette shells held together by screws I was so delighted. It's like someone knew I'd been repairing "eaten" tapes with scotch tape since 1972 and was finally taking pity on me.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:34pm fleep:

I still have a Denon DRM-550 cassette deck, my reissued Impulse jazz collection is on tape. And ditto on the metal, it never made much difference.,
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 2:35pm Uncle Michael:

I love the kung fu rhythm track.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:35pm Rich in Washington:

You could also make tape loops out of tapes that you could take apart.
  Tue. 3/19/13 2:37pm Vartkes B.:

Regarding the metal tape issue: I never noticed a difference either. I'm guessing if you had high-end equipment it might have mattered. Those TDK SAs bring back memories of heading to Uncle Steve's on Canal St to get a bunch for the (at the time) bargain price of $3.99 each!
PS- did anybody use the "Dolby" setting?
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:38pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

TDK-SA was great, until I moved to the metal ones. Dolby C, Dolby S...
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:38pm Tony Coulter:

Vartkes!!!! Great to see you here!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:38pm Tony Coulter:

and Kenzo too! Hola!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:39pm Loren:

Tony, these Mystery Tapes Lab finds are killer... thank you!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:40pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Mmm, TDK D-C90... blog.wfmu.org...
  Tue. 3/19/13 2:41pm Vartkes B.:

Great to hear your voice Tony. I am usually working on Tuesdays and thus unable to tune in. This is a blast from the past!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 3/19/13 2:42pm Ike:

DJ Vartkes, formerly of FMU? Cool.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:43pm listener james from westwood:

wow, howdy, vartkes! and hey there, kenzo!
i know i had a fave brand of tape, but i can't recall which was my go-to. i do remember i didn't like anything over 90 min as the tapes didn't hold up well.
many thanks, tony, for the superfine tape hiss session!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:45pm Tony Coulter:

You're welcome, James -- 15 more minutes to go!
  Tue. 3/19/13 2:49pm Vartkes B.:

Wow. It's been 16 years since I last did a regular show. I am flattered that you guys remember me. It's great to participate on the comments page!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:50pm fleep:

Got Lumpy Gravy on vinyl, it was in a cut-out bin with a dime sized hole punched in the album cover. No one appreciated it then, it has some beautiful passages on it.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:50pm Tony Coulter:

You are definitely remembered, Vartkes!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 2:58pm Tony Coulter:

So, again, I'll be off next week -- Thom Jones, aka DDD JJJ 666, will be filling in. His theme will be "antipodal music" -- make of that what you will.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 3:00pm Uncle Michael:

Wow, a DSOTM tribute show!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 3:01pm Loren:

This has been excellent!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 3/19/13 3:01pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the final hissing of winter lawns, Tony.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 3:01pm fleep:

Thanks for a fine show, Tony.
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 3:02pm Tony Coulter:

You're welcome, fleep! Thanks much for showing up, everybody! See you in two weeks!!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 3:03pm Rich in Washington:

thanks, Tony!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 3:03pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, Loren and Uncle Michael! Ciao!
Avatar Tue. 3/19/13 3:04pm Tony Coulter:

... and Rich too. Cheerio -- for realz.
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