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A combination of collage, new experimental records and other bits and bobs, Mid-Valley Mutations is a tour through the mind of Austin Rich, who has been broadcasting in some form since 1998. Heavily influenced by Dr Demento, Don Joyce and old fashioned College Radio, Austin creates Audio Essays on a variety of subjects, and even just plays records, from time to time. Sometimes Live music and Interviews will grace the program, helping create a situation where you don't really know what you're going to hear, when you tune in. What you need to know is when you enter the Mid-Valley region, be prepared for the Musical Mutations... in whatever form they take.

Tuesday 9 - 11pm (EST) | On WFMU's Sheena's Jungle Room
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Options November 30, 2021: A Visit To Ramen City, USA!

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Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Mini-Mutations  Intro Bits   Options   0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
People Like Us  Country Drives   Options Beware The Whim Reaper  0:02:16 (Pop‑up)
Sein Sah Thin  Really Strange And Weird Things   Options Princess Nicotine: Folk And Pop Music Of Myanmar (Burma) Vol. 1  0:04:42 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   0:07:57 (Pop‑up)
Conformity Contortion  Anarchy + Molecules   Options Impulsive Machinations  0:10:34 (Pop‑up)
Peter Zinovieff  Tarantella   Options Electronic Calendar - The EMS Tapes  0:12:39 (Pop‑up)
Bell Labs  Fantasia   Options Music From Mathematics (played by IBM 7090 Computer and Digital to Sound Transducer in 1962)  0:17:38 (Pop‑up)
A. Rodionov  Barokko   Options Pulse #1  0:20:32 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   0:22:32 (Pop‑up)
Padot na Vizantija  Istata sostojba   Options Početok i kraj  0:28:18 (Pop‑up)
Rex Illusivi  Plavobradi   Options Selected Works  0:32:00 (Pop‑up)
Lola V. Stain  Makova Polja I   Options Ikona  0:36:05 (Pop‑up)
Marno Union  Trumpety   Options Studio Marno  0:40:40 (Pop‑up)
Manželé  Obraz vojny a moru   Options Manželé I  0:45:03 (Pop‑up)
Dzeltenie Pastnieki  Rudens pastaiga   Options Depresīvā pilsēta  0:47:45 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   0:52:04 (Pop‑up)
ML  My Xmas Tree and Me   Options Everyone Looks Like Somebody Else  0:58:35 (Pop‑up)
Peter Zinovieff  Agnus Dei   Options Electronic Calendar - The EMS Tapes  1:05:52 (Pop‑up)
Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest  Elephant Hunting Song   Options   1:11:18 (Pop‑up)
Nochnoi Prospekt  Nastolnye knigi   Options Kisloty  1:14:16 (Pop‑up)
Televizor  S vami govorit televizor   Options Šestvie ryb  1:17:38 (Pop‑up)
B. Tikhomirov  Elektronnyi budilnik   Options Pulse #1  1:20:53 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   1:23:01 (Pop‑up)
Jonathon B. Savoie  Snow!   Options Winter's Songs Sung  1:27:26 (Pop‑up)
Jonathon B. Savoie  Holiday Craft Book   Options Winter's Songs Sung  1:29:32 (Pop‑up)
Janelle Monae  Many Moons   Options Chase Suite EP  1:31:01 (Pop‑up)
The Jam  Start!   Options Sound Effects  1:36:21 (Pop‑up)
Steve Fisk  Taxman   Options Over And Thru The Night: A 10-Year Retrospective 1980-1987  1:38:49 (Pop‑up)
Steve Fisk  L'estancia   Options 999 Levels of Undo  1:40:11 (Pop‑up)
Autechre  esli 0   Options Plus  1:44:18 (Pop‑up)
Peter Zinovieff  Raasay Digitised   Options Electronic Calendar - The EMS Tapes  1:46:45 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   1:49:37 (Pop‑up)
Sun Ra  Exotic Two [Excerpt]   Options We Travel The Spaceways / Bad & Beautiful  1:54:51 (Pop‑up)
The Breeders  Drivin' On 9   Options Last Splash  1:57:03 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   2:05:53 (Pop‑up)
The Short Pockets  Only Dads   Options II  2:00:55 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options   2:06:14 (Pop‑up)
The Short Pockets  The IKEA Fights   Options 2:12  2:05:40 (Pop‑up)
Mini-Mutations  VO   Options    
The Short Pockets  The IKEA Fights (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options 2:12  2:06:14 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm ironybread:

Sounds like you're ready to go. I recommend you just start driving.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Mr Fab:

hey Rich!

Wonder if there was ever a Japanese food-themed punk band called The Ramens?
Avatar 9:04pm austinrich:

You can find more of our radio exploits from the past here:

Avatar 9:05pm austinrich:

@Mr Fab: That's a pretty good idea! There was / is(?) a punk / post-punk / no wave band in Eugene, OR called Ramen Bloodclot, but it's not exactly the same.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Scott67:

G'day Austin & Mutants!
Avatar 9:06pm austinrich:

Good To see you again @Scott67! And, I see I missed a comment from @ironybread! Good Hello!
Avatar 9:07pm Sonderangebot:

my eyes are suffering from so much computer work but I want to listen some more!
Avatar 9:08pm austinrich:

That's the spirit, @Sonderangebot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm Mr Fab:

turn off your eyes, relax, and float downstream.
Avatar 9:09pm austinrich:

Let the ramen sooth your jangled nerves...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Scott67:

Sondy, my eyes a screwed by Hayfever, so I feel ya pain.
Avatar 9:11pm austinrich:

Don your inner cat blanket, with Mid-Valley Mutations and The Ramen City Kid!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm Scott67:

I'm allergic to cats too!
Avatar 9:11pm austinrich:

Oh no!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm Scott67:

Aussie accent AI!👍😎
Avatar 9:12pm austinrich:

My announcer is from down under, I guess. I never thought about that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13pm Mr Fab:

my wives loves Australian TV. The one set in the womens' prison is like her fave show.
Avatar 9:14pm austinrich:

The only one I know is Summer Heights High. I remember that one being pretty good.
Avatar 9:15pm austinrich:

You have multiple wives, Mr. Fab? How fascinating.
Avatar 9:16pm Sonderangebot:

big love Fab, big love
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16pm Scott67:

I was put up for a recurring role as a Prison Guard in 'Wentworth'.
Didn't get it, look too much like an inmate I guess? Which is a worry, as it's a Women's Prison.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Scott67:

But was a Guard in a couple of other Cop Dramas.... & a Con.
Avatar 9:19pm austinrich:

That's pretty cool, @Scott67! Only radio for me... so far.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Mr Fab:

ha! Just the one and only Mrs Fab. But yeah that was it, "Wentworth." If you had appeared in it, you would be a total rock star to her, Scott.
Avatar 9:21pm austinrich:

Only teasing. I would never want to on the "enemies list" of Mrs. Fab for spreading rumors about the Mr.
Avatar 9:22pm austinrich:

Time for your Russian Exercise Record quota for the hour!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm Scott67:

Austin, I hope to join you soonish?? 📻🌏 TRASH willing!?
Avatar 9:23pm austinrich:

Radio For ALL!
Avatar 9:23pm Sonderangebot:

Hey I'm not done with my Russian exercises!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Scott67:

Nah Fab! Just, City Homocide, Stingers, Blue Healers,....... etc etc......
Avatar 9:25pm austinrich:

Sorry, @Sonderangebot. That's all the State will allow for this hour.
Avatar 9:26pm austinrich:

Unfortunately, The Ramen City Kid was mistaken. It was released in 1962. He's not perfect, just near-perfect.
Avatar 9:28pm austinrich:

Our next segment will include some genuine Eastern European Goth Music... Darkerie!
Avatar 9:33pm Sonderangebot:

Being named Laszlo or Vlad gives you extra goth points.
Avatar 9:34pm austinrich:

I always subscribed to Sarah Vowell's "pink goth" theory, and would go to goth nights in an old man's sweater, bow tie, and other goofy, non-goth stuff. And I pretty much looked like the Chess Club weirdo trying to dance... because... well... I can't dance?
  9:36pm Xeres of Xeron:

Rumor has it that Ramen City Kid can whip up a mean chana masala for brunch, too.
Avatar 9:37pm austinrich:

Hey! @Xeres of Xeron is in the chat! Hooray! (Talk about celebrities!)
  9:39pm Xeres of Xeron:

Tuned in half an hour late. But loving the pretty tunes.
Avatar 9:41pm Sonderangebot:

Bonus goth points for the Marguerite Duras reference!
Avatar 9:41pm austinrich:

@Sonderangebot: <taps side of nose>
Avatar 9:42pm austinrich:

@Xeres: We need to reprise our collaborations. And finish up Dinotopia!
Avatar 9:47pm austinrich:

The Ramen City Kid lived in Eastern Europe a couple times, for extended periods, and would travel around, making friends, going to college, working in the Peace Corps, and... when time permitted... record hunting. He came back from Europe with scads of weird and wonderful records I had never heard, and he's only been getting more in the years since.
Avatar 9:50pm Sonderangebot:

According to the internet, the album may be called 'depressive city'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50pm Mr Fab:

Yeah, beyond the Shmenge Brothers, I don’t know much about Eastern European pop music.
Avatar 9:50pm austinrich:

That sounds about right.
Avatar 9:51pm austinrich:

@Mr. Fab: Everything I know, he taught me. And he's a very good teacher.
  9:53pm Xeres of Xeron:

I replaced my broken Shure SM-57 microphone today. So I'm that much closer to resuming our collaborations, Austin.
Avatar 9:53pm austinrich:

@Xeres: I like that! Yeah, we could do something remote. Record a "double ender," as they say.
Avatar 9:58pm austinrich:

Mentioned Bandcamp Page:

Avatar 9:59pm austinrich:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm Aitch:

we're all gonna mutate...
Avatar 10:00pm austinrich:

I recall, when I first met The Ramen City Kid in the 90s, he actually had BURNED CDS by this band - ML - and I was so confused how people he knew could make their own CDs. (this was 1994?)

How naive we all once were.
Avatar 10:01pm austinrich:

Greeting, @Aitch. The Mid-Valley always makes us want to mutate.
Avatar 10:07pm austinrich:

Computer ASMR. (Listen with headphones.)
  10:14pm Xeres of Xeron:

Ah, the classic Colin Turnbull recording! Recognized it right away.
Avatar 10:14pm austinrich:

I think this Elephant Hunting Song stuck in my head. It has a pretty good repetition point where it could just drone forever.
Avatar 10:15pm austinrich:

Yes, @Xeres!
Avatar 10:18pm austinrich:

@Sonderangebot: Get ready for your State Mandated Soviet Exercise song for maximum productivity! You'll recognize it when you hear it.
Avatar 10:19pm Otis:

Fell asleep on the couch after pasta dinner with now future leftovers. Just in time to work it off!
Avatar 10:19pm austinrich:

Good to see you, @Otis! I had a nap with the cats earlier, too.
Avatar 10:20pm Otis:

I had one cat beside me during pasta and another on my tummy while snoozing. Dinner and nap with cats, good times!
Avatar 10:21pm austinrich:

@Otis knows how to party! I love it.
Avatar 10:22pm austinrich:

Here it is, @Sonderangebot!
  10:22pm Xeres of Xeron:

We have a neighbors' cat who has taken over our carport. It leaves us a fresh rat in the same spot each week to pay its rent.
Avatar 10:23pm austinrich:

Wow. We have three cats and they don't leave us anything. Freeloaders. Should I charge them a rat each, or... split it up some other way?
Avatar 10:23pm Otis:

Going to another party after this show too. Me and a whole sink of dishes and gonna get my hands soapy. I hear there is even a pot and a pan to arrive.
  10:24pm pixie and das:

yo ho! sounds good Austin (we're listening for a bit)
Avatar 10:24pm austinrich:

Woah! Slow down there, @Otis.
Avatar 10:24pm Otis:

I get puke from one who looks at me like, 'get up, clean up my puke'.
Avatar 10:25pm austinrich:

Good Hello, @pixie and das! Good to see you!
Avatar 10:25pm Otis:

  10:25pm pixie and das:

hi @otis hi @austin!
Avatar 10:25pm austinrich:

(So much radio family in the chat!)
Avatar 10:26pm Otis:

Fun times! Many connections. It's really the cats, they bring us all together broadcasting messages to kitty planet.
Avatar 10:26pm austinrich:

I think he meant Balinese Monkey Chant music, but, you know. He was close.

Avatar 10:27pm Otis:

Hi Ramen City Kid! Welcome to Sheena's!
Avatar 10:27pm austinrich:

We're making radio for cats, certainly.
  10:27pm pixie and das:

cats! yes!
Avatar 10:28pm austinrich:

@Otis: if you are curious, The Ramen City Kid and I have been collaborating on radio since the 90's. There's more recordings here:

  10:28pm Xeres of Xeron:

Universal Basic Income for freeloader cats!
Avatar 10:28pm Otis:

Reading the blog post now... cool beans you two!
Avatar 10:29pm austinrich:

They are increasingly difficult to track down, but the zine he used to edit - Ramen City, USA - was inspirational, and a lot of fun to read.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm drowsy:

Was that a guest appearance by Owl Sun? Good show guys!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:30pm ironybread:

Selection Defection Collection Deflection Connection Correction Inflection Surrection(In)
Avatar 10:30pm Otis:

Avatar 10:30pm austinrich:

Hello @drowsy! It's not Owl Sun, but it sounds like it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm ironybread:

Otis Otis Bo-Botis!
  10:31pm pixie and das:

hello @ironybread!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm Scott67:

Don't read this Gus! Yes Dogs ARE better, but they are owned by Cats, not their fault.
  10:31pm Xeres of Xeron:

Is Sierra going to do a voiceover at all tonight?
Avatar 10:32pm austinrich:

Sierra is The Ramen City Kid!
Avatar 10:32pm austinrich:

We love dogs in this house, too. But we don't have one yet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32pm drowsy:

RIP Schoolhouse Rock guy, this beat has me thinkin.
Avatar 10:33pm austinrich:

Bob Dorough. Yes, it is sad he is gone. He was Great.
Avatar 10:33pm Otis:

Ahhh, Bob Dorough. The man with the magic numbers.
  10:34pm Xeres of Xeron:

That's who I meant. What does Ramen City Kid have to say for himself?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34pm Scott67:

G'day Otis, ironybread & drowsy!
Avatar 10:35pm austinrich:

Ramen City Kid is not in the chat, sadly.
Avatar 10:35pm Otis:

Afternoon Scott!
Avatar 10:35pm Sonderangebot:

Oops sorry I missed the soviet exercise but I am guessing that it was B. Tikhomirov, time for budilnik.
Avatar 10:35pm austinrich:

That's the one, @Sonderangebot.
Avatar 10:36pm Otis:

I worked off my couch pasta snoozefest Sond
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37pm drowsy:

Hey Scott!
Avatar 10:37pm austinrich:

And, speaking of songs that I get stuck in my head...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38pm ironybread:

Good Wednesday, Scott67
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38pm Aitch:

Jam's version of Taxman one of their better efforts
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38pm drowsy:

yeah excellent quoting going on there
Avatar 10:38pm austinrich:

Well, the Steve Fisk version ain't too bad...
  10:39pm Xeres of Xeron:

Glad I'm not the only one who hears Taxman in this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40pm drowsy:

that's pretty nimble, @austinrich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:40pm Aitch:

Cat Reg from my avatar currently (pun intended) asleep on top of the sub-woofer amplifier
  10:40pm Xeres of Xeron:

Now with Satanic messages!
Avatar 10:41pm austinrich:

I can't but hear The Beatles influence on The Jam, and since it is the Beatles weekend on TV and all...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41pm ironybread:

#DayBreaks #YourMindAches #HowItWillBeWillBeWillBe
Avatar 10:42pm austinrich:

Probably should have played this Fisk track closer to the ML track, as they are sort of in the same universe, musically. Well, that and the next track...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42pm Aitch:

Pleeease don't play Oasis for the same reasoning
Avatar 10:42pm austinrich:

I don't even own any Oasis. Would have to steal that from online or something....
Avatar 10:43pm austinrich:

(Effort effort effort. Not gonna happen.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43pm Aitch:

Avatar 10:43pm Otis:

I remember this Fisk release 999, haven't heard it years. Nice pick.
Avatar 10:43pm austinrich:

This Fisk album is way ahead of its time. Totally essential.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm Scott67:

FMU is an Oasis free oasis isn't it?
Avatar 10:48pm austinrich:

There's Peter Zinovieff to listen to, instead.
Avatar 10:51pm Sonderangebot:

Must. Leave. Computer. Thanks for the show, Austin Rich.
Avatar 10:51pm austinrich:

Thanks, @Sonderangebot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm Scott67:

Seeya Sondy!✌😎
Avatar 10:53pm austinrich:

Does anyone actually know how to pronounce "Autechre"?
Avatar 10:54pm Sonderangebot:

Have a good day, Scott! Everyone take good care of your pets!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54pm Aitch:

ot tek ra
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55pm Aitch:

or, not ot
Avatar 10:55pm austinrich:

That's sort of how I say it, @Aitch.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55pm drowsy:

Thanks Austinrich and Ramen City Boy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55pm Scott67:

Thanks Austin & Ramen!
Avatar 10:56pm austinrich:

We're not exactly done yet...
  10:57pm Xeres of Xeron:

Good show, great selections, I learned a little something. Thanks Sierra RCK and Austin.
Avatar 10:57pm austinrich:

He really did give me a Monk CD. It is VERY Good.
Avatar 10:57pm Otis:

Nice to catch a bit of the mutations this round Austin and Ramen. Night or day all!
Avatar 10:58pm austinrich:

We're gonna go a tiny bit long... we got a request...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58pm drowsy:

Night y'all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58pm Scott67:

You are excused!!!👍😎
  10:59pm Xeres of Xeron:

Awww, the Deal sisters!
Avatar 11:00pm austinrich:

I love "Last Splash." Bought it new, when it came out. Loved it then. It's been a pretty consistent record in my life.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03pm Scott67:

Avatar 11:03pm austinrich:

A little Short Pockets, since we're having our debut show on the 10th.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03pm drowsy:

  11:04pm Xeres of Xeron:

See the Short Pockets at Old Nick's in Eugene OR Dec 10th!!!
Avatar 11:07pm austinrich:

"It's just harmless, shameful promotion."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07pm drowsy:

Fight in the Småland ball-pit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08pm Scott67:

👍😎 Never have Ikea'd, now I never will. Thanks for the warning song.
Avatar 11:09pm austinrich:

IKEA is a true cyberpunk wasteland of brutal, married couples fighting constantly. If you can make it through the gauntlet and actually buy something, I'm impressed!
Avatar 11:09pm austinrich:

Thanks everyone! That was super fun!
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