The SubGenius Hour of Slack Podcast
The Church of the SubGenius Weekly Radio Ministry

One of our best friends died last Friday and this episode is about him. The sick humorist, master heckler and Great Badfilm archivist has taken his puns to “Bob” and “shot through,” as the late Pappy Stang put it. It was not exactly unexpected, and Dr. Dark was extremely well prepared, but we got the news just a few hours before this broadcast and were just starting to get shaken up. Such things take a while to sink in. We tried to pick some music he would like so there is some classic Rudy Schwartz Project in this show as well as an inspiring opening song by Xposed 4Heads. The background music is from classic Universal monster movies. Stang also reads an excellent rant by The Good Reverend Roger about staying weird, often an uphill battle. There is some philosophizing about death and the meaning of life, talk of an afterlife, etc., but mainly it’s three old folks remembering and celebrating an old friend. He was quite a character, to put it mildly. He is the only SubGenius besides Rev. Stang who was at every single X-Day Drill from 1996 to 2016, and was with Rev. Stang every single July 5 7 a.m. He is sorely missed although we are hoping for some Heckling from Beyond. If anybody could pull that off it would be Dr. Dark.

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1635.mp3
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A week after the world failed to end on X-Day, it tried to at least reboot a week later in the form of Starwood Festival, an all-purpose mind-blower started in 1980. Rev. Ivan Stang takes his annual Starwood sermon very seriously. (The SubGeniuses of X-day Drills are hecklers and would ruin the recording, whereas the pagans are polite and often strangely respectful.) The polite Rev. Stang has been holding back on saying certain things about our current governmental situation for months, because he wanted to be able to say them to real live people, right in their faces. He considers this rant to have been a failure, because afterwards no one came up and punched him in the nose.

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1634.mp3
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A fine short burst of madness from Dr. Cozmac is followed by a brand new Dr. Hal song! Then for about 15 the conversation from 20X-Day Drill between Dr. Hal and Rev. Mother Miller continues. (We're saving some of that for later.) The second half of the episode is the uncut recording of Rev. Stang preaching a somewhat impromptu sermon at Starwood 2017 in the Pufferdome, a huge inflatable dome with strange acoustic qualities. Mayan Ruins provided musical accompaniment and Waking Dream filled the dome with projections, but you can't see those on the radio. The Pufferdome rant was meant to be timely and also the tease for the longer Starwood Main Stage sermon the next day, which we will play next week before we get back to the dozens of hours recorded at 20X-Day with a cast of at least ten. This episode ends with a song about dogs by The Rainmakers, from a late 2016 live performance -- because part of Stang's Pufferdome rant includes the story of Dammett the hound dog's travails during Starwood and X-Day.

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1633.mp3
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Recorded at 20X-Day Drill (second day) with Dr. Hal, Rev. Susie the Floozie, Rev. Mother Doctor Miller, and Rev. Ivan Stang, and it’s all talk. However there is a nice glimpse of behind-the-scenes excitement at the campground setting, as Stang is informed of a SubGenius Kook interloper trying to invade the event, gets a bit steamed up about it, and has to leave Tarzan’s Radio Station in the hands of his co-hosts, who are unfamiliar with it. (Notice that it is Mother Miller who figures out the “ON” button.) While there is some good spontaneous ranting, much of this particular episode involves Church of the SubGenius “real-life” history and gossip, and the sex lives of lizards. NOTE: As the 20X-Day week proceeded, the old-timers like Dr. Hal and Stang did less and less at Tarzan’s, while younger podcrusters did more and more, which you will be hearing on future shows in abundance.

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1632.mp3
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Starts with a classic audio collage and fabulous rant by Rev. Susie the Floozie from "Bob's" Slack Time Funhouse in the distant past, and it is GREAT! Philosophical recording of Prof. Chas Smith on his show ESO, awaiting X-Day. Stang and Chas to Bleepo on rerun plans for the decimated planet. NHGH will return the tapes he took when we forgot to push "record".  Stang's old "EotW" pop song collage. REM, Quicksilver, Mojo Nixon, Sublime,   Hendrix, GWAR, etc. TITLES - Hal and Stang start in, talking about X-Day and their personal Escape Planets. We can bring back to life all extinct creatures and plants. You can have your own unicorn… albeit not as you expected. Billy-Unicorns and virgins. Elasmotherium. Lancelot the Unicorn - Morning Glory and Oberon, Stang's old buddies. Oberon has similar job description to Stang - Church of All Worlds. The Water-Sharing ceremony at Brushwood. At Starwood Stang hangs out out with rival cult leaders he once made fun of. Wiccan history. Much of pop culture came from the 1920s. Hal on recording his new songs. Burning of Ikon tonight by Cosmac and Faux. Emergentiles - drew up plans! Science is illegal! All-Science High. We could make smoke bombs here. Wasp attractant. Stang loves bugs and he lets them fly around his face and camera. Stang's Arkansas tick. Pete Goldie and bedbugs. Emboldened by the Trump administration. Grab ya by the *PUSSY*. Part of American discourse -- CoSG prepped us for world where political discourse is now internet flame wars. The contingent that suggests we're condoning sexism and etc. - bears somehow now symbolize all political male evil. New headphone for third bun - "Bob" can do Number Three. Teeters LaVerge. "I'VE GOT A TUB OF PILLS FOR DR. LEGUME!" Stents in all the old SubGs. Esquivel background music. Brother Cleve Dunkan co-composed music with Esquivel on his deathbed. Stang saw Esquivel's old tapes. Rev. Bleepo is working with The Firesign Theatre. Ray Harryhausen and "Bob." Stang's Invicta dinosaur series toys - Hayward and Harryhausen - fall-out between Harryhausen and Hayward. Ray And Diana Harryhausen almost bought Aleister Crowley's house but freaked out. But into UFOs. Predestination and Harryhausen, Sufis. Spray me with some Quantum Foam. We need an escape clause. This isn't the only universe. The SubG rockathon, the frug, and the frog!  Stang's problem with time travel and planetary movement through space. "How do you think I got here, Past-Man?" "The Sacrifice Game" is the title Stang couldn't remember of a book about time-travel through consciousness transfer. ABRUPT END!

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1631.mp3
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At the 20X-Day festival, which sadly turned out to be only a 22nd X-Day Drill, Dr. K'taden Legume and Rev. Ivan Stang revealed, and then attempted to actually USE, a recently-unearthed invention by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs himself-- a bizarre hybrid human-alien device/homunculus intended for use in directly communicating with the Xists themselves! The deeply disturbing story behind the device's assembly -- which involved Dr. Legume exhuming a corpse, and worse -- is first told to the crowd of astounded SubGeniuses by Legume. Then Stang, "feeling lucky," chose to volunteer himself as a channel or vessel for the device's initial possibly-sacrificial activation. The results, heard on recordings here, are controversial to say the very least. Indeed they threaten to tear the Church apart! Rev. Stang literally died briefly then returned to this plane to blurt out what MAY be an "ALTERNATE X-DAY PROPHECY" involving new dates and times!… but with the year maddeningly left unspecified! In this episode, guests Dr. Hal and Lonesome Cowboy Dave help Wei and Stang in trying to decipher the meaning of the event. Reasonable explanation was made immeasurably more difficult by an (if anything) even more frustrating translation by Rev. Sinphalimus Exmortis of yet another message, a series of numbers and sentences in English encoded algorithmically within a burst of noise that accompanied the "device's" activation. Thanks to an early release of the unedited recordings (this broadcast version being much truncated and devulgarized), already various SubGenius groups have jumped to conclusions and schismed into competing "denominations," such as the "MAY DIE-ISTS" and the "DIDJU LIE?-ists," the "Seventh Day Destructionists" and the "Fifths of Planetary Overdose-ists." We Elders and Hierarchites of The SubGenius Foundation, Inc., strongly advise SubGeniuses NOT to cling to simplistic conclusions but to remember that "Bob" plays in mysterious ways, to quote the late St. Stymie Debergerac. We are personally tending toward a "WHY NOT BOTH" approach, although that is probably anathema to those pitiful creatures, the SubGenius Fundamentalists. Listeners are urged to view the photographs and videos of the devices and the blueprint at the various usual Members-Only Internet forums.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTE: This show includes new songs by Dr. Hal ("I AM A SUBGENIUS") and by Dr. Faux ("Track 02")!

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1630.mp3
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Recorded July 2 at Wisteria Event Center during the 20X-Day Drill. This is compiled from three video and audio recorder sources according to which source was most audible, but it is otherwise uncut and uncensored. We share this strange and unsettling revelation in the hopes that concerted research efforts will help make clear to us which of so many paths to take... if any. Whether one accepts this recorded evidence at face value, and how one interprets it, it very obviously up to the individual. Once again, Dobbs has provided no obvious and indisputable answer, but only a much deeper question.

Direct download: THE_THIRD_EMACULATION-uncut.mp3
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This marks the first time we have ever posted a show online immediately after recording/broadcasting it WITHOUT LISTENING TO IT. At this posting, Dr. Hal and Rev. Ivan Stang recorded this show three hours earlier at Wisteria Event Center in Southern Ohio using Tarzan's Radio Station, The SubGenius Foundation's compact 3-mic, 2-cd sound mixing and recording system (made from stolen electronics parts, rubber bands, glue and snot). As always, it worked well on a picnic table on the stage of Caffeina's, the semi-outdoor cafe at this fine campground. The weather was a little hot, low 80s, but breezy enough, and the background video projections looked clear and colorful in contrast with sunlight glowing faintly through the huge hand-made Vinyl Dobbshead that we hung next to the impromptu recording studio. For the on-air blabbermouths, if not listeners necessarily, it was a relatively laid-back show rich in Slack. 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1618-Fri-20X-Day.mp3
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The world ends tomorrow and you MAY die! We were too busy to mess with a live show, packing the iVan for our final trip to the Wisteria campground to meet the Men from Planet X, so we just played an old mysterious CD labeled "MISC. X-DAY" that turned out to be GREAT! It has about thirty tracks, many of which are themselves composed of thirty tracks. About twenty minutes of it was edited long ago by Pater Nostril, interweaving a sermon by Dr. K'taden Legume with Inadvertent Bulldada of all kinds. See you on the Saucers.

 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1628.mp3
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Rev. Stang unexpectedly had to fill in for Dr. Sinister, whose show Radio Synaesthesia usually follows Hour of Slack on WCSB-Cleveland. Failing to grok the station's new "wav cart" machine, Stang made up a Public Service Announcement off the top of his head on a subject with which he's had experience, heart attacks. Playing the score for "Lucifer Rising" in the background, Stang read long stretches from Lonesome Cowboy Dave's novel "Neighborworld" and an even longer stretch from "The Bobliographon" about why suicide is probably a bad idea. Then Stang played some of his own favorite music, just like a regular college radio DJ: "Auld Land Syne" done by Jimi Hendrix at the Filmore East; ESO's version of "Sounds of Silence;" Elvis Costello's "Goon Squad;" "Luck Be a Lady" from Guys and Dolls; "Battle of the Roses" by The Rainmakers, Captain Beefheart's "Trust Us," and finally Herb Alpert doing "Zorba the Greek"! Just like a REAL radio show! Also, we completely forgot to post this episode last week. It was a busy week.

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1627.mp3
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