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Freak Power Ticket
- Every week on Mon at 11:00 AM
With Ted C.
A “wondrous boatride” exploring rock’n’roll & other music, cinema, counterculture, pop culture, oddities, etc. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
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Mar 1, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
A Tribute to the Late Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights Booksellers & Publishers)
More to come!
Feb 22, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
The FPT 2021 Fund Drive Special with Guest Joe Woodard
The Feb. 22nd edition of "The FPT" on KCSB-FM features musician, critic, author, and KCSB-FM alum Joe Woodard, as he joins host Ted Coe for a mix of conversation & eclectic music selections from assorted acts Joe has been a part of — such as flapping, Flapping, Headless Household, Dudley — and an overview of his label Household Ink Records.
They touch on the talents of other noteworthy music heroes from the 805, which includes Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket and Works Progress Administration), Parry Gripp (Nerfherder), Tom Lackner (of Jeff Bridges & The Abiders), Nate Birkey, Julie Christensen (Leonard Cohen), and more.
The show features reminisces from Woodard’s days as a KCSB-FM DJ, and appeals for financial support of 91.9 KCSB-FM during its latest, more stripped-down annual Fund Drive 2021. It also highlight tracks from the most recent flapping, Flapping album, seeyoutonite... & a whole lot more.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara, Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon PST, streaming live at www.kcsb.org.
An archival recording follows for two weeks thereafter at the same URL.
Feb 15, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
The FPT Black History Month 2021: Episode 3 — Sun Ra: SPACE IS THE PLACE + Milford Graves: FULL MANTIS
On the music & influence of Sun Ra’s mystical science-fiction cosmology and its feature film incarnation, Space Is the Place (John Coney, 1974: USA). Today’s program is inspired in part by the new Afrofuturism collection of 29 films on the Criterion Channel, where Space Is the Place has its streaming debut.
“Sun Ra’s cinematic vehicle of ‘alter-destiny’ and Afro-futurism, Space is the Place is a combination neo-blaxploitation, sci-fi, performance footage, and a signal to his brothers and sisters that Outer Space is indeed the place for salvation. In it, the avant-jazz composer, musician, poet, and prophet plays himself, returning to Earth from a new and distant planet in his music-powered space ship and on ‘the other side of time.’ Shot in 1970s Oakland, California, Ra brings with him a plea to young black folks to return with him to Outer Space, where they can really exist, as ‘alter-destiny’ posits, in ‘a zone where racism [is] inoperative, where blacks [can] make their own destinies’ (Jon Pareles, the New York Times). After a card game with satanic overlord The Overseer, a concert for the world with inspiring footage of his Arkestra band, and an assassination attempt by the FBI, Ra rescues his people just in time. With its low-budget special effects, wild plot, and apocalyptic message, Space is the Place is truly ‘a film about time, history, and black America. It is the cinematic realization of Ra’s cosmic harmonic consciousness linked to a searing indictment of the political and social realities of the African American urban experience’ (David C. Wall, Black Camera).”
Also, a closing salute to the late Milford Graves, “an American jazz drummer, percussionist, Professor Emeritus of Music, researcher/inventor, visual artist/sculptor, gardener/herbalist, and martial artist” (Wikipedia), who died on Friday at the age of 79.
Graves… “performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He… was widely considered to be a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and … one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.
In part, we'll also consider the documentary film Milford Graves Full Mantis (Jake Meginsky & Neil Young, 2018, USA), which "draws the viewer through the artist's lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects for South Jamaica, Queens” (IMDB).
This playlist will incorporate artists who sample & cover Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Arkestra, plus a set of music that features Graves, other artists who performed with Sun Ra, the avant grade jazz musician Paul Bley — an associate of Graves who also spent the last years of his life in the Santa Ynez Valley — and contemporary acts working in tha Cosmic Jazz tradition.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays this winter from 11am-12noon PST on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara, live at www.kcsb.org — with an archive recording up for 2 weeks after @ the same site.
Feb 8, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Small Axe: Lovers Rock for Valentine's Day
Small Axe — from the BBC and Amazon Originals — is a British anthology film series, created and directed by UK filmmaker Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger, and Widows). The anthology consists of five films which tell distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Today on "The FPT" — Small Axe: Lovers Rock for Valentine's Day.
We'll celebrate the early 1980s UK "Blues Party" depicted in the film, exploring and reimagining the dance and music heavy second episode of Small Axe. Lovers Rock stars Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, among an ensemble of actors, as two young "lovers" who meet and spend one night dancing to reggae and other styles of music at a house party in West London.
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara, Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon PST, streaming live at www.kcsb.org.
An archival recording of this show is available for your time-shifted listening, at your convenience, for two weeks thereafter at the same URL.
Feb 1, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
SMALL AXE: MANGROVE's Roots Reggae / Jamaican Soundclash on The FPT 2021
Small Axe is a British anthology film series, created and directed by UK filmmaker Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame, Hunger, and Widows). The anthology consists of five films which tell distinct stories about the lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s.
The first “Black History Month” edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” in 2021 will take us overseas to Great Britain, as we pay tribute to the first feature-length episode of Small Axe, which is called Mangrove. Tune in later today, Monday morning, February 1st, to hear selections associated with Small Axe: Mangrove’s rather brilliant roots reggae soundtrack.
Depicting circumstances akin to the contemporary — and now Nobel Peace Prize-nominated — Black Lives Matter movement of our times, Mangrove is something like John Sayles’ Matewan (1987) crossed with a more traditional courtroom drama — a la Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), by Aaron Sorkin, which dramatizes a much more familiar political case that unwound at around the same time as the so-called "Mangrove Nine."
Underscored by classic reggae, calypso, ska and more — including songs by Bob Marley and The Wailers and Toots and the Maytals — Mangrove reminded me of the music featured in the all-time classic, The Harder They Come (1972). Later this morning, I’ll spin a selection of songs featured on Mangrove’s unreleased original soundtrack, remixes of those too, plus tracks featuring The Specials, U Roy, Desmond Dekker, and The Sandollar Sound: a soundclash via Jamaica, the West Indies, and throughout the African diaspora.
Mangrove tells the story of a Notting Hill restaurant of the same name, around 1969-1970, which prided itself on catering to the Black immigrant population of the west London area with spicy food and a safe space for socializing, culture, and conversation of all types (including of a political nature). Persecuted by racist police brutality and an unrelenting, systematic harassment that threatened the very existence of the establishment, owner Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes) eventually agrees to the entreaties of a group of radical activists affiliated with trade unions and the British Black Panther Party. They organize a series of demonstrations that end up being met with a police attack and charges of conspiracy to riot.
Mangrove is rich in the period details of a vibrant, supportive community bustling with revolutionary ideas that reflected the anti-war, social, and racial-justice priorities surging around the globe during the late 1960s. The second half of the film next shifts to the legal case fought on behalf of the Mangrove Nine, which included the powerful Atheia Jones-LeCointe, as played by Letitia Wright of Marvel’s Black Panther fame. The post-colonial historian, journalist, and socialist CLR James looms in the background as one inspiration for the surging Black Power movement in the UK at that time, while his nephew Darcus Howe (Malachi Kirby) is one of the main defendants in this true-life tale.
The story resonates for viewers during our own contemporary period of racial inequality, its case having played a significant role in the struggle for civil rights in England.
We’ll celebrate the vitality of this rather stunning series of motion pictures by one of our top directors, Steve McQueen — with more to come during future programs.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs at 91.9 KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara on Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon PST, streaming live at www.kcsb.org. An archival recording is available for two weeks thereafter at the same URL.
This show is dedicated to the memory of Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert (1942-2020) and to the cause of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Jan 25, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
We're Off to Find... The Wozard of Iz
An 2010 exhibition at the Library of Congress called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, "America's greatest and best-loved home-grown fairytale."
Today on The FPT, reflections on L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel and The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 MGM film-musical adaptation directed by Victor Fleming: especially their many influences in music and throughout popular culture.
This includes examples highlighting Mort Garson's countercultural spoof The Wozard of Iz: An Electronic Odyssey (from 1968), John Boorman's cult science-fantasy film Zardoz (from 1974), and the all-Black adaptation The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical — plus the impact of starlet Judy Garland as a gay icon.
Hear remixes and mashups, prog, indie / alternative and other rock'n'roll originals, jazz / soul and world-music covers, hip hop allusions, electronica / techno, unused film outtakes, soundtrack cuts, dialogue snippets, commentary, you name it.
"We're Off to Find the Wozard!" Showtime is Monday, January 25th from 11am-12noon PST with an on-demand archival recording available here for two weeks thereafter.
Jan 18, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Revisiting "The Social Justice League" (2018): MLK Jr., Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez
Jan 11, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
The Love Is Stronger Than Death Episode (2020)
On "The FPT" (Monday, January 11th):
The Love Is Stronger Than Death episode.
Songs for the dead.
"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame." (Song of Solomon 8:6).
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara, Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon PST.
Streaming live at www.kcsb.org, with an archival recording available for on-demand streaming for the next 2 weeks via the same URL.
Jan 4, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
A Tribute to NONSVCH. (XTCelebration VIII)
Monday, January 4th, 2021, on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara: an eclectic tribute to XTC's 1992 LP NONSVCH., the British Art Rock band's sprawling, final release for Virgin / Geffen Records.
I've come to think of my shows that salute fave artists and albums as something of a cross between Dennis Mitchell's "Breakfast With The Beatles" radio program and Hal Willner's tribute events and records.
This broadcast picks up my "XTCelebration," a comprehensive series along these lines that has examined the entire discography of the UK Art Rock band XTC who first emerged during the late 1970s Punk Rock / New Wave heyday.
Featuring covers by eclectic acts from around the globe, original tracks, demos, etc.
11am-12noon PST (streaming live at www.kcsb.org) –– with a streaming, on-demand archival recording available for your listening pleasure at the same URL for two-weeks thereafter.
Dec 28, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Mondo Cane: A Tribute to Bootsy (RIP) + All My Canine Companions + Friends
The Monday, December 28th edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” featured an eclectic collection of songs both for – and inspired by – the two dogs most recently in my life, and others that came before them.
This “Mondo Cane” episode of The FPT (translated as “Doggish World”) was sparked by time my partner and I had been away from our precious Bootsy, a big brindle mixed-breed Bully dog who was a part of my world since early in 2016. I helped care for Bootsy for about half of her time on this earth – and this muscular, intelligent, incredibly loving creature inspired me in some rather profound ways.
Bootsy had major surgery at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s world-class animal hospital on December 17th, but she died, at home, just hours before showtime. I had hoped to play it around the house as we tried to nurse her back to health, but that was sadly not to be. This show though was essentially my love letter to that beautiful animal, a celebration of Bootsy's incredible life force: her eager need to walk, to run, to play, her love of the sun, and warmth, and especially her calming generosity of touch. It now serves as a tribute to that time I was blessed by her healing spirit.
Both Bootsy and Freddie (a mix of Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua, who currently resides in a different household) were coincidentally enough both named in part after musicians from the world of popular music (Bootsy Collins and Freddie Mercury).
This playlist features a number of songs about dogs, or that refer to dogs, or are by artists / bands or from albums whose stage names or titles are somewhat canine.
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara (www.kcsb.org), Mondays from 11am-12noon PST, but a two-week archival recording follows at the same website. Through January 10th, 2021, can find a button to hear this original broadcast by clicking on the Spinitron Ark player above.
(Rest in peace Bootzilla, aka The Bootsinator.)
Dec 21, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Another Fine Xmas Mess: A Virtual SantaCon 2020
The week before Christmas, while at UC Davis for their world-class veterinary care, I passed the time with a haul of vinyl records from Armadillo Music in that sleepy college community (a town that’s especially slowed down during this time of COVID-19).
Among these eclectic LPs was a 1984 record called A Midnight Christmas Mess, one of the first full-length compilations of Yuletide music from a host of punk and garage-rock artists – which happened to include the late-great Shock Rockin’ R&B legend Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
That binge of support for a mom-and-pop business during rough financial times preceded a deep-dive (with surgical precision) down the proverbial “rabbit hole” of the World Wide Web. Two impressive sites – hipchristmas.com and christmasunderground.com – helped me locate other kindred holiday spirits, curated (or performed) by the likes of Rodney "On the Rock" Bingenheimer (aka "Rodney on the ROQ"), Modern Jazz Quartet, a host of indie artists on Bandcamp.com, and more.
The playlist airs first on Monday morning, December 21st, via KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara between 11am and High Noon, with a live stream at www.kcsb.org.
A selection of some seasonal tunes like no other. These ain’t your usual (tired) Xmas standards!
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays from 11am-12pm PST through the remaining calendar year on KCSB-FM and kcsb.org – with a two-week archival stream to follow via that same website.
Dec 14, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
A Very "Tiki" Xmas
Monday, December 14th on "The Freak Power Ticket": A Very "Tiki" Xmas
60 minutes of Exotica, Lounge, Surf, Garage, & Indie Rock for The Holidaze.
Thanks to Otto von Stroheim of Tiki Oasis and Otto's Grotto at Forbidden Island (Alameda, CA) for the inspiration – and much of the material on this playlist!
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on Mondays through 2020 from 11am-12noon PST.
Dec 7, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Wonkavision 2020 (Part One)
On the December 7th edition of “The FPT”: All Aboard the Wonkatania!
You’ve won! You’ve won a Golden Freak Power Ticket — embark live at 11am PST via KCSB-FM and the World Wide Web on a One-Hour-Long Sonic Trip (Part One) through many musical and audio takes on Roald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.
We’ve considered this classic children’s tale from 1964 — and its 1971 film adaptation — before; but today’s return to the heart of Willy Wonka’s artisanal and business empire is largely inspired by the 2014 LP, Primus & the Chocolate Factory, the eighth studio album by the San Francisco Bay Area psychedelic and funk-metal group Primus
That album is a re-imagining of the soundtrack of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the cult film which was directed by Mel Stuart and featured the music of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse.
The Primus record was released in October of 2014, and the project culminated in 2015 with a multimedia extravaganza that included: • “Primus Bars” • an extensive series of psych-rock posters marking each stop of the live concert tour • performances synced to images of the film, with special costuming, giant puppets, and a way-out light show • live pay-per-view feeds, and • a deluxe-edition DVD with special visual segments.
Today’s broadcast will revisit some songs we’ve shared before that cover, sample, and remix the memorable music of Newley and Bricusse — Primus-style.
But what’s more, we’ll also unveil new sweet treats by lesser-known artists from around the Western world: • hip-hop emcees • producer-DJs • musique concrete and experimental artists and • indie, alternative, and psych-rock bands who are all influenced — in some rather novel ways — by Dahl’s modern and satirical morality fable, and that original film.
This will eventually include (during a pending follow up sequel to our first hour) at least one Danny Elfman track from the solid but lesser 2005 film adaptation by filmmaker Tim Burton, and a nod to the original director Mel Stuart’s legendary 1973 concert film, Wattstax.
So that’s all in store and ahead.
"My dear friends, you are now about to enter the nerve center to the entire Wonka Factory."
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays through 2020 from 11am-12noon PST on KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara.
Streaming live at www.kcsb.org — with an archival recording available for two-weeks thereafter via the same website.
Join me. Join the fun!
Nov 30, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Revisiting LADY BIRD: An Annotated Reading of Greta Gerwig's 2017 Coming-Of-Age Film
Revisiting Lady Bird.
This November 30 edition of "The Freak Power Ticket" is an annotated (close) reading of Greta Gerwig's award-winning coming-of-age film from 2017 – through music, commentary, and samples of sound. Sacramento nostalgia from yours truly. "Homesick for the Holidays."
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs from 11am-12noon PST through 2020 at 91.9 FM, streaming live at www.kcsb.org.
Nov 23, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Foodie's Delight: Songs about Eating on The FPT
Today's FPT playlist is designed to energize us for Stay-At-Home Holidays, and to give y'all a hankering for some Thanksgiving Week Munchies!
Hear a mix of Indie / "Alternative" + Punk Rock, World Music, Hip Hop, + Soul:
ALL ABOUT EATING!
A Foodie's Delight.
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs from 11am-12noon PST through 2020 on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara.
Nov 16, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Previewing CWC Subversives Drive-In Double Feature: THE LOVE WITCH + THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE
On Thursday, November 19th, UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center and the Pollock Theater present a throwback evening of cult horror cinema with a twist, at Goleta's West Wind Drive-in: The Love Witch + The Slumber Party Massacre.
Part of the "CWC Presents: Subversives” series, the evening recreates a classic drive-in double-feature tradition. It kicks off at 7pm with a screening of the 2016 retro feminist horror film, The Love Witch (written and directed by Anna Biller), followed by the iconic 1982 slasher movie, The Slumber Party Massacre (directed by Amy Holden Jones, and written by Rubyfruit Jungle author Rita Mae Brown).
This edition of “The Freak Power Ticket" previews a unique opportunity for local cult-film fans by sharing music from and inspired by these films. We’ll also consider works that likewise influenced their creators, writer / director Anna Biller (of The Love Witch), director Amy Holden Jones (Slumber Party Massacre), and the latter filmmaker’s composer-brother Ralph Jones. (There will also be songs included as indirect tributes to the two films.)
Blending the style of Italian erotic thrillers of the 1960s with overheated Technicolor melodrama, The Love Witch is both a sensory treat and a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the uses of female bodies onscreen. Written and directed by Anna Biller, The Love Witch follows Elaine (played by Samantha Robinson), a seductive enchantress who leaves a trail of male victims in her wake. Her web of romantic spells and deceit threatens to entangle and destroy both her and the homicide detective on her trail.
Next up, is The Slumber Party Massacre, an iconic 1980’s slasher that slyly subverts that genre while also indulging in its usual thrills, chills, and gory serial murder.
Written by feminist author and activist Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones (who created Mystic Pizza), The Slumber Party Massacre delivered an original mix of horror and comedy two years before A Nightmare on Elm Street ushered in the tradition of a wisecracking supernatural killer.
Both films will screen between 7 and 11pm at the West Wind Drive-In, which is located 907 South Kellogg. This is a ticketless event, and admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available. Dave’s Dogs will be on hand along with the usual concessions. (Masks are required to leave your vehicle.)
Gates open at 6pm and more info can be found at CarseyWolf.ucsb.edu. KCSB-FM is a media sponsor of this event.
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on 91.9 KCSB-FM (www.kcsb.org) Mondays from 11am-12noon PST for the remainder of 2020.
Nov 9, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
"To your friends, come hell or high water!" A DIY Showcase Featuring KCSB Debuts for: Trevor Beld Jimenez, Anton Barbeau, Tele Novella, Black Shakespeare, G&V, + More
Kyle Field of Little Wings is obsessed with the late 1970s surfer drama, Big Wednesday. In an interview with Vice online, he shares this sequence with the journalist profiling him: “'What are we drinking to?'" asks one of the characters in the film.
"An old grizzled surfer raises his bottle, and Field recites the line along with him: 'To your friends, come hell or high water!'"
I recently heard from Trevor Beld Jimenez, an old friend who was part of the mid-to-late 2000s indie-rock / indie-folk / psych-surf scene in Ventura. Trevor relocated with his family to Los Angeles, and more recently to Riverside, after making a name for himself in such 805 bands as Franklin for Short and Tall Tales and the Silver Lining. From there, he recorded with the duo Parting Lines, and now he's set to release his debut solo record, I Like It Here, on November 13th, courtesy of Curation Records, a newer label run by his old pal and musical mentor Brent Rademaker (of Beechwood Sparks, The Tyde, and GospelbeacH).
(Trevor Beld Jimenez's I Like It Here LP cover: courtesy image.)
Trevor is one of the finest human beings I've ever met who's actually made a go of things in the music industry. What's always impressed me is how his artistic community and social scene has been populated by so many decent, loving, and creative individuals. And that posse includes cult-heroes like Kyle from Little Wings. The DIY ethic is a priority, but so is a spirit of mutual aid and friendship, just like Kyle's favorite Big Wednesday quotation.
In light of all that positivity, this broadcast will feature debuts by old friends and lovely talents I've had the pleasure of meeting (and getting to know) in recent years, largely thanks to KCSB-FM. We'll share new tracks from Trevor Beld Jimenez, but also an old high-school friend of mine from Sacramento, CA: the prolific Anton Barbeau, whose most recent LP, Manbird, is something of a love letter to our shared hometown – but also acknowledges the efforts of a younger artist with a similar mission, Greta Gerwig and her Oscar-nominated debut film, Ladybird.
There's more. Tele Novella – a Texas group that features another old friend from Sacramento, Natalie Ribbons – will soon be releasing their debut release for legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars. It's called Merlynn Belle, and it's due in early February. We'll hear the first single from that new album.
Also in the mix: a new song by Stones Throw artist Black Shakespeare, a Jamaican-American musician who's made waves with the Los Angeles reggae-soul band The Lions, among other projects. Also in this mix: • a Little Wings fave • a track from the most recent Man Man LP, Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between, their Sub Pop Records debut which unfortunately might have gotten lost somewhat in the chaos of the early pandemic lockdown • more friends and acquaintances, like VNLVX, GospelbeacH, Gardens & Villa, Pearl Charles, The Blank Tapes, and a few from the vaults.
We'll also honor the memories of two figures who inspired and honed the skills of some of these other folks: Neal Casal (of Circles Around the Sun and Chris Robinson Brotherhood) and Richard Swift (of The Shins and The Black Keys, among other noteworthy efforts).
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara (streaming live at www.kcsb.org), Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PST.
Nov 2, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
A Dia de los Muertos Salute to Guillermo del Toro
On the Monday, November 2nd edition of "The Freak Power Ticket," we mark Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) with an hourlong radio salute to the great Mexican horror and genre film auteur, Guillermo del Toro.
We'll share trailers and music associated (mostly) with the early movies of this talented writer, director, producer, author, makeup-effects artisan, and collector / enthusiast, who was born in Guadalajara in 1964.
These include his debut feature film, Cronos, which starred Federico Luppi as an elder antique dealer infected with a disease caused by a golden device that brings him new virility but also a thirst for blood. Also on the list to be discussed – and celebrated – are the following: Mimic (1997), The Devil's Backbone (El espinazo del diablo) (2001), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (2006), and Jorge Gutierrez's animated musical The Book of Life (2014), a tale co-produced by Del Toro that's inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition.
We'll hear music featured in those films, but also works associated with Del Toro's musical collaborators, such as Javier Alvarez, Marco Beltrami, and Javier Navarette. We'll also pay tribute to some of his own influences, from the fan magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland to the 1973 Spanish drama, El espíritu de la colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive), by Victor Erice. Del Toro stands out because of his "trilogy" of intimate foreign films, along with Hollywood blockbusters associated with comic books, big movie stars, and nonstop action (including Pacific Rim). We'll also hear a few comments of Del Toro's that I recorded at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2018.
Tune in from late morning today as we mark day two of the Dia de los muertos folk tradition, and extend the macabre fun associated with Halloween, as well.
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PDT.
Oct 26, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
CARMILLA + THE VAMPIRE LOVERS: Vampyros Lesbos
The Criterion Channel recently released a curated selection of 29 Horror Films from the 1970s. Just in time for Halloween. The prestige “home of important classic and contemporary films” has listed these choices chronologically, and the second film in that sequence (after the cult B Movie Trog, with Joan Crawford) is Roy Ward Baker’s Hammer Films production of The Vampire Lovers, from 1970, with Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, and Madeline Smith.
The Vampire Lovers is based on Irish author Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla, a gothic novella from 1872. The tale of the Countess Mircalla Karnstein, who haunts the teenaged protagonist Laura in one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, with its influential subtext of sexual transgression – and lesbianism more specifically. (LeFanu’s story preceded the more widely recognized novel Dracula, by fellow Irishman Bram Stoker, by 26 years.)
On the Monday, October 26th, pre-Halloween edition of "The Freak Power Ticket," an examination of the impact of Carmilla on a number of artistic (and multimedia) projects. This includes radio drama, early cinema (e.g., Carl Dreyer’s 1932 surreal and expressionist feature film Vampyr), and music.
Today’s playlist of sounds will feature: • excerpts from Sears Radio Theater’s Carmilla adaptation and a book-on-tape edition • trailers • original symphonic film scoring and a post-metal film rescore • gothic-tinged punk, blues, and metal • symphonic, extreme, death, and black metal • “bloodwave” • Texas country folk • indie rock • and art pop.
Tune into KCSB-FM 91.9 in Santa Barbara from 11am-12noon PDT for “The Legend of CARMILLA and The Lesbian Vampire.”
Airing at 91.9 FM throughout California's Central Coast and streaming live at www.kcsb.org.
Oct 19, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Ted C.
Mad Monster Mash Party 2020: PART ONE!
I love the Nightlife! The Halloween Nightlife.
Two weeks of seasonal fun before Halloween and Dia de los Muertos seems the perfect way for us to brace ourselves for the challenges of the winter (however muted those might be – at least temperature-wise – in sunny Santa Barbara).
I'd be remiss if I didn't assemble some related programming for y'all on the KCSB-FM airwaves!
On the Monday, October 19th edition of "The Freak Power Ticket," we're throwing A "Mad" Monster Party to get us all in the Holiday Spirit.
Today's broadcast, between 11am-12noon PDT, is a socially-distanced gathering featuring the likes of Dracula, The Wolfman, Victor von Frankenstein & his Monster, "Hocus Pocus" VVitches, the Creature of Whichever Lagoon, The Invisible (Hu)man, Igor, The Shadow, Rodan, the Evil Dead, etc.
All doing The Mash, The Transylvania Twist, The Danse Macabre, The Walking Dead, and a whole lot more.
To the music of: • Beauregarde & the Poppers • Ukulena • The Boss Martians • Bill Doggett • Rocket from the Crypt • John Harrison • Creature Feature • The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets • Gene Page • Flanagan & Allen • Roky Erickson • The Crazy World of Arthur Brown • Gein & the Graverobbers • Mr. Baseman & The Symbols • Kepi & Accelerators • and Dead By Dawn.
A few "Zombies," Witches Brews, + Blood Marys too are likely to be quaffed!
We'll also take a stroll over to The Haunted Mansion in the scary scary city of Anaheim, where Your Ghost Host with the Most will remind you of what that spooky attraction was like before flesh and blood guests were made unwelcome ... by that ultra-frightening "novel coronavirus."
Now, join me in your very own "Doom Buggy."
"Oh yes, and no flash pictures... please. We spirits are frightfully sensitive to bright lights.
Do not pull down on the safety bar, please. I will lower it for you.
And heed this warning: the spirits will materialize only if you remain safely seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside. And watch your children... please."
"The Freak Power Ticket" airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PDT.