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Mixtapes and Long Phone Calls

Feb 24, 2021 1:00 AM – 3:00 AM

With DJ Scope Creep

Industrial disasters

“The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck”

Paul Virilio

"First, the disaster. Then the weeping. Then the outrage. And we are all too familiar with what comes next. After a few weeks, when the cameras are gone, when the ink on the editorials has dried, everything returns to business as usual. The health and the safety of America's coal miners, the men and women upon whom the Nation depends so much, is once again forgotten until the next disaster..."

Robert Byrd

Mixtapes and Long Phone Calls
1:00 AM
Johnny Cash - Wreck of the Old 97
Johnny Cash Wreck of the Old 97
At San Quentin - The Complete 1969 Concert (Live) Columbia 1969
1:04 AM
Jimmie Rodgers - Ben Dewberry's Final Run
Jimmie Rodgers Ben Dewberry's Final Run
The Singing Brakeman (Remastered) Master Tape 2020
1:05 AM
Johnny Cash - Casey Jones
Johnny Cash Casey Jones Johnny Cash
The Legend Columbia/Legacy 1982
1:08 AM
Grateful Dead - Casey Jones
Grateful Dead Casey Jones
Workingman's Dead Rhino/Warner Records 1970
1:12 AM
Pete Seeger - Casey Jones (The Union Scab)
Pete Seeger Casey Jones (The Union Scab)
If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle Smithsonian Folkways 1998
1:14 AM
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1:15 AM
Headstones - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Headstones The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Headstones
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Single Cadence Music 2019
1:20 AM
Lead Belly - The Titanic
Lead Belly The Titanic Lead Belly
Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2015
1:25 AM
The Longest Johns - Fire & Flame
The Longest Johns Fire & Flame
Cures What Ails Ya The Longest Johns 2020
1:28 AM
Joshua Smith - The Day the City Died
Joshua Smith The Day the City Died Joshua Smith
The Day the City Died (The Halifax Explosion Project) - Single Joshua Songs 2018
1:32 AM
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1:34 AM
Heretics - Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Heretics Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Heretics Ragdoll Records 2010
1:39 AM
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - The Great Molasses Disaster
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets The Great Molasses Disaster The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
The Dukes of Alhazred TDotHT 2017
1:42 AM
Arlo Guthrie - 1913 Massacre
Arlo Guthrie 1913 Massacre Arlo Guthrie
Hobo's Lullaby (Remastered 2004) Rising Son Records 1972
1:46 AM
Don McGlashan - Toy Factory Fire
Don McGlashan Toy Factory Fire Don McGlashan
Warm Hand Doncorp Ltd 2006
1:52 AM
Homin Lviv Municipal Choir - Vichnaya Pamyat
Homin Lviv Municipal Choir Vichnaya Pamyat
Chernobyl (Music from the Original TV Series) Deutsche Grammophon (DG) 2019
1:58 AM
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2:00 AM
Paul Clayton - The Avondale Mine Disaster
Paul Clayton The Avondale Mine Disaster
Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World Smithsonian Folkways Recordings/Folkways Records 2004
In Plymouth, Pennsylvania, the Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869 resulted in the deaths of 108 miners and two rescue workers after a fire in the only shaft eliminated the oxygen in the mine. Federal laws for mining safety resulted from this disaster.
2:03 AM
Lex Romane - Knox Coal Mine Disaster
Lex Romane Knox Coal Mine Disaster
Diggin' Dusty Diamonds Lex Romane 2003
The Knox Mine disaster was a mining accident on January 22, 1959, at the River Slope Mine in Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania. The disaster occurred when workers were ordered to dig illegally under the Susquehanna River without proper safety precautions
2:08 AM
Frank Tovey - Blantyre Explosion
Frank Tovey Blantyre Explosion
Tyranny and the Hired Hand Mute 1989
22 October 1877, worst disaster in Scottish mining history.
2:11 AM
Swan Arcade - Donibristle Mine Disaster
Swan Arcade Donibristle Mine Disaster Swan Arcade
Round Again Fellside Recordings Ltd 2007
26th August, 1901, caused by a flow of soft peat or moss into the Mine, involving the loss of eight lives.
2:13 AM
Hazel Dickens - Mannington Mine disaster
Hazel Dickens Mannington Mine disaster
Harlan County USA: Songs of the coal miner's struggle V/A Rounder 2006
explosion that happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. on November 20, 1968, at the Consol No. 9 coal mine north of Farmington and Mannington, West Virginia. 78 were trapped, never to escape.
2:18 AM
Socalled - Springhill Mine Disaster
Socalled Springhill Mine Disaster
Sleepover Dare To Care Records 2011
Coal mining accidents in the province of Nova Scotia spanning 65 years referred to collectively as the Springhill mining disasters, which claimed in total at least 138 lives of men and boys due to coal dust explosions.
2:22 AM
Moss Henry - Sago Mine Disaster
Moss Henry Sago Mine Disaster Moss Henry
Roll the Bones Moss Henry 2009
explosion on January 2, 2006, at the Sago Mine in Sago, West Virginia, United States, near the Upshur County seat of Buckhannon. The blast and collapse trapped 13 miners for nearly two days; only one survived.
2:25 AM
John Lilly - Explosion in the Fairmount Mines
John Lilly Explosion in the Fairmount Mines
Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition V/A Great Smoky Mountains Association 2017
The Monongah mining disaster of Monongah, West Virginia occurred on December 6, 1907, and has been described as "the worst mining disaster in American history". The explosion occurred in Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines, and was one of the contributing events leading to the creation of the United States Bureau of Mines.
2:28 AM
Keith Clark - The Cherry Mine Disaster
Keith Clark The Cherry Mine Disaster
Ballads of La Salle County, Illinois Folkways Records 1957
November 13, 1909. 259 workers, some as young as eleven, died in this mine fire, which had the most fatalities of any mine fire in the United States.
2:31 AM
Dan Cunningham - Monongah Mine Disaster
Dan Cunningham Monongah Mine Disaster
Monongah Mine Disaster - Single Pickndawg Music 2018
See "Explosion in the Fairmount Mines"
2:34 AM
Morgan Friend - Pike River Mine Disaster
Morgan Friend Pike River Mine Disaster Morgan Friend
Angel Goin' Down Morgan Friend 2011
On November 19, 2010, this New Zealand coal mine exploded. 29 men underground died immediately, or shortly afterwards, from the blast or from the toxic atmosphere. Two men in the stone drift, some distance from the mine workings, managed to escape.
2:37 AM
Martin Carthy - New York Mine Disaster, 1941 (feat. Dave Swarbrick)
Martin Carthy New York Mine Disaster, 1941 (feat. Dave Swarbrick) Barry and Robin Gibb
Signs Of Life Topic 2006
Bee Gees debut single, inspired by the Aberfan disaster of 1966
2:40 AM
Phil Garland - Strongman Mine Disaster
Phil Garland Strongman Mine Disaster
Damper, Duff & Doughboys Kiwi-Pacific Records International Limited 2012
19 January 1967, on the west coast of New Zealand. 19 fatalities as a result of an explosion.
2:44 AM
Men of the Deeps - No. 26 Mine Disaster (Live)
Men of the Deeps No. 26 Mine Disaster (Live)
Diamonds in the Rough Men of the Deeps 1991
A devasting explosion on Feb. 24, 1978, inside Cape Breton Development Corporation’s (Devco) No. 26 colliery in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. 12 fatalities.
2:48 AM
The High Level Ranters - The Auchengeich Disaster
The High Level Ranters The Auchengeich Disaster
The Bonnie Pit Laddie - A Miner's Life in Music and Song Topic 2006
The worst Scottish mining disaster in the 20th century took place at Auchengeich by Moodiesburn in September 1959, with 47 men killed.
2:49 AM
Michael and Carrie Kline/Talking Across the Lines, LLC - Buffalo Creek Disaster
Michael and Carrie Kline/Talking Across the Lines, LLC Buffalo Creek Disaster
Damp As the Dew: A Tribute to Appalachian Miners Talking Across the Lines, LLC 2009
a disaster that occurred on February 26, 1972, when the Pittston Coal Company's coal slurry impoundment dam #3, located on a hillside in Logan County, West Virginia, burst, four days after having been declared "satisfactory" by a federal mine inspector.
2:53 AM
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2:55 AM
The Folksmen - Blood On the Coal
The Folksmen Blood On the Coal
A Mighty Wind - The Album DMZ 2003
A pastiche of train disaster songs and coal disaster songs.
2:58 AM
Movie Trailers - Harlan County, USA (documentary trailer)
Movie Trailers Harlan County, USA (documentary trailer)
1976
Harlan County, USA is a 1976 American documentary film covering the "Brookside Strike" [1] a 1973 effort of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company's Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky. It won the Oscar for Best Documentary at the 49th Academy Awards.
Chat is archived.
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:06:40 AM
John Luther "Casey" Jones (March 14, 1863 – April 30, 1900) was an American railroader who was killed when his passenger train collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi.
Mark 1:08:47 AM
Do u mixcloud the shows / 1-3am is tough listening slot
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:16:25 AM
We do pre-record them. We're on the west coast, so it's 10-midnight over here, and we can hand out on the chat
Mark 1:18:41 AM
So they’re on mixcloud? Else you’ll be keeping me up way past my bedtime:)
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:19:33 AM
Send an email to interrogative@splendidvagabond.info and I can send you a link to the mp3.
Mark 1:20:30 AM
thanks that’d be fantastic/ this a great version :)
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:21:09 AM
It turns out that like every canadian band will eventually cover "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
Mark 1:23:12 AM
I saw gordon a few years ago / he’s a hero of mine
Mark 1:25:17 AM
and yes ur right about Canadians & the song / I’ve spent a lot of time there esp in Toronto
Mark 1:32:37 AM
It’ll b 100 year anniversary of bryn athyn pa train disaster this year / 21 died :( / i hike past it frequently on my local rail to trail
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:35:27 AM
what happened? Assuming there's a plaque with detail
Mark 1:38:21 AM
Yes there’s a plague/ human error led to head on crash / it’s interesting story - the horrific fire led to ban of wooden rail cars & replaces w metal ones
Mark 1:42:25 AM
I assume this one about molasses plant disaster?
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:43:09 AM
it was, yes. I haven't gotten to look at the lyrics in detail.
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:43:42 AM
It's interesting b/c I mostly know the Thickets as a sort of Lovecraftian tribute band
Mark 1:45:01 AM
Ha I was reading lyrics in shazam / i was talking lovecraft on a prb chat yesterday
Mark 1:48:15 AM
thanks for the show / I’ll be listening as drifting off - see what dreams music inspires:)
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:48:32 AM
So glad you could listen!
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:48:54 AM
It actually means a lot. 1-3am is kind of a hard slot. Hard to know if you're just beaming into the void.
DJ Scope Creep (host) 1:49:33 AM
We have a long, long set of mine disaster songs coming up, that might actually be nice to drift off to.
Mark 1:57:20 AM
hmmm now im just gonna have to stay awake / ya have to encourage a west coast streaming listening community / very nice show!
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:00:06 AM
Greetings and Salutations
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:00:59 AM
welcome! You're just in time for a mega-set of mine disaster songs
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:03:00 AM
This is the third show with such a playlist I’ve heard today
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:04:04 AM
Mine-Disaster-Oriented Rock (MDOR for short)
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:06:48 AM
there ya go! it was a question on Jeopardy! yesterday.
Mark 2:15:31 AM
Don’t know the commercial potential for MDOR / 1 & 6 shazam for the two previous songs :(
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:16:11 AM
one of the things that stuck out to me, doing the pre-show prep for the playlist, was how many of these happened within living memory.
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:16:30 AM
It’s important that you’re dedicating this time to these topics and these songs. Well Done and Good Job to each of YOU!
Mark 2:19:19 AM
Yes thanks for the description of the disasters these songs represent/ thus would actually be a great theme show on the Labor Day labor wave shows
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:19:34 AM
We were sort of inspired to do it during the Geolgy show a couple of weeks ago. We realized, "oh wow, there are a LOT of mine disaster songs."
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:21:53 AM
Pulling up the descriptions definitely brought it home. Like, these were real things that happened to the writers. It even felt different from the train disasters, which were mostly like, glorifying an often reckless engineer.
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:22:23 AM
The Sago Mine Disaster happened in 2006. This century!
Mark 2:24:41 AM
Totally understand/ feeling the grief in each song :(
Mark 2:26:39 AM
I just checked out the geology playlist / i hike thru some amazing rock cuts daily on my rail to trail
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:29:30 AM
I love rail trails. Have you ever done any stretches of the Great Allegheny Passage? It uses the passage of the old Western Maryland line to connect Pittsburgh with Cumberland in a continuous trail
Mark 2:31:54 AM
No I just read a book from the library about PA rail trails / that one looks like a great one it really caught my eye
Mark 2:34:06 AM
Mine is currently 6 miles with 3.5 more being constructed to b finished this summer It has a ton of sub trails off of it too
Mark 2:39:39 AM
I’ve become a huge advocate of converting the abandoned rail lines to hiking trails in the past year / it’s not cheap - costs about $1mill per mile
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:41:47 AM
But it's such a wonderful sort of re-use.
Mark 2:47:07 AM
Never expected to be staying up until 3am tonite / should probably just stay up for ameena show replay :)
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:47:24 AM
Wow, February 24, 1978
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:50:35 AM
right?
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:51:26 AM
Feelin it ALL. I’m sleeping right quick when this show ends. 😭
Mark 2:53:46 AM
Incredible memorial/ very meaningful show
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:56:14 AM
This one is off "A Mighty Wind" but you really get a sense of the tropes: the dates, the times, the sense of impending doom
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:56:44 AM
call it a chaser for sticking with us
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 2:57:06 AM
Cheers Dears! Be well! Stay happy!
Mark 2:57:51 AM
Got ya / i might drink a boilermaker tomorrow in tribute!
DJ Scope Creep (host) 2:58:47 AM
and Harlan County USA is something I've been meaning to see for years
Mark 2:59:08 AM
& rewatch mighty wind
-ᎷяMΔᏞᏨØИᎢΞNᎢ- 3:03:54 AM
🕳 🚂
DJ Scope Creep (host) 3:08:07 AM
Thanks for listening!