Friday, June 22, 2018

480 Minutes - I Care Do U?

As a white kid in New York in the 1970s I witnessed racism.  It seemed to most often come from "old" people, Archie Bunker-type buffoons, rarely from young people. The future I believed in looked like the bridge of the star ship Enterprise, with phaser-armed people of all colors and backgrounds working together for the common good of humanity. To idealistic young me, all signs pointed to racism disappearing over time. The obvious delusion that the color of one's skin made some people better than others was a simple problem, one that would solve itself -- the idiot old racists would die off, and the young, inclusive people would take their place.

Little did I know how pervasive and insidious that racism was. It was hidden by the racists, by people who denied it was still there, and by "the arc of justice bends towards justice" narrative.

It is painfully obvious now that it never really went away. We've watched it continue to cause destruction in the form of police brutality against people of color.  Black hurricane victims photographed wading through post-Katrina flood waters with groceries were described as looters, while similar pictures of white hurricane victims explained how they had found bread and soda. In 1990 David Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard and actual Nazi, nearly won a senate seat.  When his opponents pointed out that he was a racist he countered with this message to his supporters: "When they smear me, they are really smearing you." He knew what he was doing. Duke's stunning near-victory was attributed to economic insecurity fears. One asshole businessman saw it as more than an isolated, Southern anomaly, though, and suggested that if Duke ran against Bush 41, he'd give pappy Bush a run for his money.

That asshole businessman ran for President in 2016 and tapped into the same seething, ignorant white rage to the tune of 63 million votes. In response (the royal) we again told ourselves we're better than that, it was simple economic insecurity that fueled Trump's win. It was not, and now that we've been embarrassed and enraged by the Muslim ban, Charlottesville, KneelGate, and by-design systemic child abuse at the southern border, it is painfully obvious that racism (acknowledged and denied) is the engine that drives Trumpism.

Now that the Republican Party has been ceded to Trump, 21st century Americans find ourselves with a choice between a party we may not always agree with but in recent decades more often than not comes down on the right side of history and seems to know who are enemies are, or a regressive party of oppression and racism, a party that lies about and insults our longstanding allies while publicly felating barbaric, murderous dictators. If you count yourself as a member of today's Republican party you are, most certainly, a racist and having a black or brown friend does not exempt you.

This situation would have been unfathomable to me as a child, but somehow America in the twenty teens has revealed itself to be as racist as ever, and as skilled at pretending it's not (via rationalization, obfuscation, denial) as ever.

What are we going to do about that? Serious question to ponder as you listen to new music during the 480 Minutes program today.

Today's BAGeL Radio debuts will include new music today from The Donkeys (San Diego, CA, @TheDonkeys), Momma (Los Angeles, CA, @momma_band), Protomartyr (Detroit, MI, @protomartyrband), and Stella Donnelly (Perth, Australia, @stelladonnelly).

The show is live-hosted from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (probably more like 4 p.m. today) Eastern U.S. Time and is followed by 2 hours of uninterrupted music.  The show is then rebroadcast in it's entirety beginning at 7 p.m., then again on Saturday at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m., and one final time on Sunday at 1 a.m., followed by a rebroadcast of this week's Fuzzy Road radio show at 11 a.m. and then a couple of old 480 Minutes episodes from this week in past years, making for hosted shows all weekend long.

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480 Minutes / Year 14 - Episode 24 / Episode #606 overall

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fuzzy Road #192 - Howdy, Fuzz

The Fuzzy Road radio show comes at you today from the noisier corners of the psych rock, garage punk record bins.

Today's Fuzzy Road radio show will feature fuzzy tunes by Bad Times, The Fairytale, Shepparton Airplane, Fargo, Lady Legs, Blue Cheer (pictured), Meatbodies, and more.

Blue Cheer
The Fuzzy Road radio show is live-hosted on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, with re-broadcasts beginning at 11 p.m. Tuesday, 5 a.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m. Sunday (all times Eastern U.S.) -- Fuzzy Road #192 - Howdy, Fuzz.

Monday, June 18, 2018

BAGeL Radio Air Play Charts

BAGeL Radio Air Play for the week ending 6/15/18

Top 30 Air Play
Rank - ARTIST - Recording - Label

1 - PARQUET COURTS - Wide Awake! - Rough Trade
3 - COURTNEY BARNETT - Tell Me How You Really Feel - Mom + Pop/Marathon/Milk!
4 - GOAT GIRL - Goat Girl - Rough Trade
5 - POPTONE - Poptone - Cleopatra
6 - IDLES - Brutalism - Partisan
7 - STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS - Sparkle Hard - Matador
8 - ICEAGE - Beyondless - Matador
9 - LAST QUOKKA - Dieback - Self-Released
10 - A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS - Pinned - Dead Oceans
11 - LA LUZ - Floating Features - Hardly Art
12 - EN ATTENDANT ANA - Lost And Found - Trouble In Mind
13 - WAX CHATTELS - Wax Chattels - Captured Tracks
14 - LADY LEGS - Holy Heatwave - Communicating Vessels
15 - MASTERSYSTEM - Dance Music - Physical Education
16 - REMEMBER SPORTS - Slow Buzz - Father/Daughter Records
17 - EELS - The Deconstruction - E-Works/PIAS
18 - EXITMUSIC - The Recognitions - Felte
19 - BOYS - Rest In Peace - PNKSLM
20 - LAS ROSAS - Shadow by Your Side - Greenway
21 - ANIMAL ELECTRICITY - The Wilderness/Unfit For Man Or Beast - Eebus
22 - KISSISSIPPI - Sunset Blush - Bug Crusher
23 - CUP - Jitter Visions - Aagoo
24 - COUDE - Coude - Self-Released
25 - LOS BLANCOS - Clarach b/w Cadi (single) - Libertino
26 - FASCINATOR - Water Sign - Spinning Top Music
27 - DRAHLA - A Compact Cassette - Captured Tracks
28 - MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER - Bon Voyage - Fat Possum
29 - NUMB.ER - Goodbye - Felte
30 - SHRED FLINSTONE - They're Not There - Sniffling Indie Kids/Mint 400

Radio 200 Adds (new releases added to rotation)
Rank - ARTIST - Recording - Label

1 - JOHNNY MARR - Call The Comet - New Voodoo
2 - JULIAN - Real Distance [EP] - Fire Talk
3 - SM WOLF - Bad Ocean - PIAPTK
4 - AUTOMATIC - Automatic [EP] - Self-Released
5 - FLASHER - Constant Image - Domino
6 - GOBBINJR - ocala wick - Topshelf
7 - IDLES - Danny Nedelko [single] - Partisan
8 - MENACE BEACH - Black Rainbow Sound [single] - Memphis Industries
9 - SHANNON SHAW - Shannon In Nasvhille - Easy Eye Sound

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sunday Is Rerun Day!

**Special note: there are two more opportunities to catch our exclusive interview with Kevin Haskins of POPTONE, Bauhaus, the band, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets:

Saturday 10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.

Sunday 6/17/18 rerun schedule:

1 a.m. - 480 Minutes (original air date 6/15/18)

11 a.m. - Fuzzy Road (original air date 4/14/15)

1 p.m. - 480 Minutes (original air date 6/15/12)

11 p.m. - 480 Minutes (original air date 6/13/14)


6/15/12 show preview:

6/13/14 show preview: