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Options July 19, 2021: New lost episode! "Scary in a Different Way" | Download MP3

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Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza  Scary in a Different Way   Options Show #434, from June 7, 2012  2012  "First in a new bi-weekly series." 
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Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm drowsy:

Buckled up, ready to go wherever you take us Ken.
Avatar 3:02pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi, this one's never been unearthed before. I don't know what it will be but my notes say yay, yes, do it, so...finally, after 9 years:
Avatar 3:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This was the very first regular bi-weekly slot in this new era, after 7 years of touring and fill-ins.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:08pm drowsy:

Feels analogous to witnessing the DJ talent coming back to the studio after covid exile
Avatar 3:14pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi drowsy
Avatar 3:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I think that's maybe a sample from Xanadu
Avatar 3:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This is Spandau Ballet. Hmm maybe I should be trying to playlist this somehow.
Avatar 3:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hopeless, this is too many shows within shows
Avatar 3:22pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This is the Windows 95 sound...by Brian Eno? And bug calling on the phone. And Panda Bear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:24pm drowsy:

It is good to hear the Panda Bear intro phrases. Nice blend overall!
Avatar 3:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks. This one had stayed buried because of audio recording quality issues. But, content, the content shines. Let it free.
  3:31pm Listener Robert:

Kenzo, as long as we're here, is this a good place to ask whether you'd consider formatting the comments on all the playlist pages in the style of Soundcloud, wherein if someone is streaming the archive, the comment gets synchronized with it? Or would that be either too much work or against the spirit of commenting on WFMU?
Avatar 3:33pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I've wanted to shift it to that since the late 2000's. Station hasn't wanted that, wants to emphasize focus on live.
Avatar 3:34pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I want a highlighter to move around the comments and songs when you're playing back an archive, all on one page.
  3:34pm Listener Robert:

OK, thanks. -Ken did explain recently in conversation on air with Mark Hurst his philosophy of the comment threading.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm drowsy:

Ken, I am curious if you do dataviz stuff as well as the db and sonic output. I've been messing around on observablehq.com and wonder how far you take that medium. (on preview - Hi Robert, funny that we are both inspired to ask Ken tangential questions.)
Avatar 3:38pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The commenting largely exists the way I first designed it in the mid-2000's, and hasn't changed in character except when avatars were added, and when I made it so new comments smoothly scroll into view. If any philosophy went into it starting out like this, it was the dial-up chat boards I grew up using. Also I insisted nobody should be required to log in first, which bucked the trend and I think has been key to uptake.
Avatar 3:38pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@drowsy I avoid diving into sonic tech much, and like to maintain the analog mixing character of my live-collage approach.
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 3:39pm Bas NL:

Hello Kenzo! Those here or been here or to be here!
Avatar 3:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

To Bas or not to Bas
Avatar 3:39pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hi Robert.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:40pm drowsy:

Right on, Ken. Love it.
Avatar 3:40pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Jello Biafra, speaking somewhere...maybe the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in early 2000's. I was recently thinking I should sample my own HOPE panel on a show, forgot I have a recording...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43pm drowsy:

As to this platform and commenting... I have seen a handful of DJs using the platform to rerun an older show but use live comments with us. One DJ described the experience as a refreshing break. This platform is granting us Jello Biafra and mental health improvement, which must be a first.
Avatar 3:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Jello Biafra boasted of never having used a computer, which I respected
Avatar 3:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Personally, I hate the things
Avatar 3:47pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Being able to program them to do what I want is the only way to make them at all tolerable
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm drowsy:

Yes, indeed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm drowsy:

That sounds like Miche1le with one el.
Avatar 3:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Sarah Silverman talking about Garry Shandling over loops of Camper Van Beethoven
Avatar 3:50pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This is Weird Al
Avatar 3:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Harrison Ford in Mosquito Coast
Avatar 3:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

PSA's as required by others at other times
Avatar 3:58pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

They said, please play this over and over, since it was produced by the advertising industry and that's one of their tricks so you'd make their perfect devil agent and I said OK as long as it doesn't benefit me or anyone
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 3:58pm Bas NL:

The looping adds a certain psychotic edge to the message.
Avatar 4:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks, just revealing what's there
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 4:04pm Bas NL:

I think it's a super mix.
Avatar 4:05pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Crossing my own threshold
Avatar 4:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Steven Jesse Bernstein
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:17pm Carmichael:

Heya Kenzo, long time no hear.
Avatar 4:18pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Welcome forward, Carmichael!
Avatar 4:31pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

All Her Favorite Fruit, from Key Lime Pie
  4:37pm Kenzo:

Alan Watts, of course
  4:40pm Kenzo:

Andrea True Connection as produced by ugh forgot his name, disco guy, then Yann Tiersen, now Bjork
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Carmichael:

Greg Diamond, maybe?
  4:46pm Kenzo:

Yes, him!
  4:48pm Kenzo:

Holcombe Waller, Dan Bodah, The Necks
  4:50pm Kenzo:

Talking Heads from True Stories
Avatar 4:53pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

James Burke
Avatar Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza supporter Marathon 2021 4:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Kenzo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm Carmichael:

Thanks, Kenzo!
  4:58pm Kenzo:

Wallace Shawn
  4:59pm Kenzo:

Bye my loves
Avatar 5:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

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