so much to go crazy

dear friends,

this week on the program we present an interview with sibyl kempson, whose theatrical extravaganza So Much To Go Crazy (The Show Might Go On) was a completely unique, challenging, and charming production that i’m sorry you missed.  the interview is still pretty great though!  our conversation also included ron berry, head honcho of the fantastic Fusebox Festival.

this episode also features laurie anderson (another track from her great new record Homeland), a modern take on the ancient persian poetry form called the ghazel, my hero robert anton wilson, godfather of nerdcore hip hop mc frontalot, eugene mirman, a swinging little ditty about karl marx, kathy acker, daniel johnston, hal duncan, and a little monologue from yours truly entitled “A Missive From Meatspace, or, Slappy Plugs In”.  please to enjoy!

with love and libidinous license,

slappy

thanksgiving smörgåsbord

dear friends,

it’s a feast for the earholes on this special episode of the OP — we’ll be honoring our National Day of Gratitude and Gluttony with such hot dishes as jack nance, william s. burroughs, bill bryson, the metafilter mods, laurie anderson, dial-a-stranger, ken nordine, robert frost, margaret blevins, and hal duncan.  dig in!

slappycast – thanksgiving smörgåsbord

overstuffed and underused, i remain,

yr. obt. svt.,

slappy

leftover death

dear friends,

last week’s Odd Preoccupation was all about death, and i couldn’t fit in half of the great material i found on the topic.  so, several of the pieces on this week’s episode continue the theme, while others dance around it like night bugs around the Big Zapper.

featured are the voices of d.h. lawrence, ken nordine, terrence mckenna, bruce mccullough, and gerard malanga, a rather amazing monologue from a breast cancer survivor, a little travelogue featuring you and slappy in the catskills, and osho on death.  enjoy!

slappycast – leftover death

luv,

slappy

slappy does death

dear friends,

it’s the season of dying, and this Sunday’s episode of Slappy Pinchbottom’s Odd Preoccupation paid tribute with a variety of perspectives on the topic, the Grand Finale that awaits us all. catch the magic:

slappy does death

voices featured in this episode include those of rutger hauer, charles mingus, william shakespeare, jim carroll, evil rev. chris, amelia rose duende, anne sexton, t. s. eliot, firesign theatre, bill hicks, joe frank, kathy acker, david foster wallace, jill batson, edna st. vincent millay, luna tart, and the grateful dead.

(also, this episode marks the debut of our new, longer format — half again as much Slappy for your earholes, each and every week! this one clocks in at 83 minutes.)

enJoy (while you still CAN), love,

slappy

sketches of spain (the desert project)

dear friends,

today’s show marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Miles Davis record Sketches of Spain, and we pay tribute to it on here on the Odd Preoccupation with a surreal journey through a desert where all times exist as one and blood, fire and butter are the order of the day.  feast your earholes on this, friends:

slappycast – sketches of spain (the desert project)

until we both shall meet the Eye of El-Qabah, i will remain,

yr. obt. svt.,

slappy

ps: (all text in this episode written in collaboration with mr. harry vernon cathey the third, lo these several years ago.)

this past Sunday was the 50th anniversary of the
release of the Miles Davis record Sketches of Spain, and we paid
tribute to it on Slappy Pinchbottom’s Odd Preoccupation with a surreal
journey through a desert where all times exist as one and blood, fire
and butter are the order of the day. feast your earholes on this

collage collage

dear friends,

this week’s Odd Preoccupation featured a collage-type episode, most of it with multiple sound sources (spoken, instrumental and atmospheric) fading in and out of each other and basically creating a freaking AUDITORY WONDERLAND.  tune in here to see just what the hell i could possibly be talking about:

slappycast – collage collage

voices heard in that episode include those of paul bowles, spalding grey, rick moody, john lurie, amelia duende, kelly mark, public works, caroline bergvall, and shelley hirsch.  in addition, we pay tribute to our recently appointed poet laureate w. s. merwin (a particular favorite of yours truly), and slappy fills us in at excruciating length on all his many disbeliefs.  enJoy!

slappy

dear friends,

a couple of weeks back on the Odd Preoccupation we featured a collage-type episode, most of it with multiple sound sources (spoken, instrumental and atmospheric) fading in and out of each other and basically creating a freaking AUDITORY WONDERLAND.  tune in here to see just what the hell i could possibly be talking about, and enJoy!

voices heard in that episode include those of paul bowles, spalding grey, rick moody, john lurie, amelia duende, kelly mark, public works, caroline bergvall, and shelley hirsch.  in addition, we pay tribute to our recently appointed poet laureate w. s. merwin (a particular favorite of yours truly), and slappy fills us in at excruciating length on all his many disbeliefs.

influences

dear friends,

it’s the latest and greatest episode of Slappy Pinchbottom’s Odd Preoccupation, presented right here for your listening pleasure. i call this one ‘influences’.  this particular assemblage features the voices of peter cook, chris morris, max ernst, paul bowles, ken nordine, laurie anderson, colleen mcelroy, joe frank, michael gerber, william s. burroughs, dave mcbride, and the black pope, with station IDs by steve moore, agent datura and mc hawking, and music beds contributed all unawares by jeffff elder. enJoy!

slappy

slappycast – influences

the black forest fancies

dear friends,

this week’s show brings us a great interview with New Orleans puppeteers and fabulists the Black Forest Fancies, who have a historically fancy puppet show going on over at the Blue Theater right now called The Pomology of Sweetness and Light. they had some fascinating things to say about the art and craft of puppetry, art and life in New Orleans, the transcendentalist and agriculturalist John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed, the subject of their puppet show), and other divers topics.  check out their show if you get a chance! (for more details, here’s what mr. w. a. brenner at the austin chronicle had to say about it.)

here’s our interview, it was totally fun:

the Black Forest Fancies on the Odd Preoccupation

enJoy,

slappy

randomness

dear friends,

there was no particular theme for this episode of the OP; just a few old and new favorites thrown together, including a couple of nice pieces from the pansophoscopist.  unknowing contributors included: radio free vestibule, slim moon, the firesign theatre, william shatner remixed by fall on your sword, mc frontalot, dave mcbride, laurie anderson, jim norton reading from the flann o’brien novel the third policeman, joe frank, ken nordine, ron berry, bob holling, and richard dunham.  for some reason i sound completely manic at the beginning of the show and very relaxed by the end.  enJoy,

slappy

slappycast – randomness