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Hour of Slack #1444 -- Least Planned Show Ever

"The Truman Bentley Hour" - Live at WCSB, 2013-12-15 - This live broadcast took place during an exceedingly hectic week, and we went in with ZERO preparation. Luckily, because our beloved listener Rev. Niholas Johnson had mailed them to us, we had the bizarre newsletters of TRUMAN BENTLEY to read on the air. Stang also read some strangely SubGeniusly bits from Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. Then Lonesome Cowboy Dave called in and everything went to Helle (as opposed to "Hell"). Near the end is some shocking gossip by Stang: anecdotes about the sex lives of that New Wage band, The Devos. Much of the background music is by Christian Blatter.

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1444.mp3
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Hour of Slack #1443 - SubGenius Ultimate Xistlessnessmess Mix Rerun Special

What are the holidays without reruns? This is the hoary old annual traditional Xmas Re-Rerun of #867 (and 921 and 1026, 1077, 1129, 1236, 1338, etc.), which was itself a condensation of some ancient year's 3-show "Best of Xmas Sickness" compilation, which were themselves the concentrated best-of from 15 years' worth of previous Xmas SubGenius and other Xmas weirdo collections. Includes over 66 separate tracks/songs/bits! And no, not one bit has been changed in all these years. We are ON XISTLESSNESSMESS VACATION from Hour of Slack! 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1443.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1442 -- SubGenius at Burning Man

In the year 2000, we must have had a lot more time for editing audio documentaries, because this is one TIGHT mix of location recordings from Burning Man 2000 (with Burners and Rangers Dr. Hal, Puzzling Evidence, Dr. Philo Drummond, Ray Hey and others) -- interwoven with Stang's rather excited reports on it as blurted afterwards on WCSB's ESO Swamp Radio to Lonesome Cowboy Dave, host Chas Smith, and caller Rev. Ed Strange. Not only was this Stang's first trip to Burning Man but also one of the first digitally-edited Hours of Slack (as opposed to cassette-mastered shows of the 1980s and 1990s). The stereo recordings are pretty evocative. We went back to BM in 2001 with Princess Wei, and that was the last time for everone but Dr. Hal, who alone is still a BM fixture. We would still love to do Burning Man again but the logistics of our own festivals, X-Day and Starwood, and the costs, have made that unlikely. Thus we are thinking globularly but acting loco-ly. 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1442.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1441 -- The Shocking Truth About "Bob's" Dick

They never should have let ANY of us on the air this week. "Us" being Lonesome Cowboy Dave, Princess Wei, Rev. Stang, Puzzling Evidence, Philo Drummond, Dr. Hal, Phineas Narco, The Amino Acids, Mr. Fernandinande Lemur, Einstein's Secret Orchestra, and especially G. Gordon Gordon. 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1441.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1440 -- SLACK FRIDAY Insane Show (Live 2013-11-24)

If you thought last week's show was crazy, you'll need to plug your ears and hide from this one. The first half is remarkably sedate: an unreleased Negativland live recording from their 2012 tour, with Crosley Bendix explaining why there can never again be any original music, followed by Princess Wei's reading of a touching rant by Rev. Chocolate Velvet (with music by The Flyin' Ryan Brothers). But then Dave calls in, and Stang starts sneaking especially ear-futtering stereo LeMurian clips into the mix. It gets more chaotic, psychedelic and surreal than usual -- OLD SCHOOL Hour of Slack! Then, Dr. Sinister arrives. AIEEE!

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Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1440.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1439 -- The Dobbs-Nobbs Feud - Live 2013-11-17

We had so much fun doing this live show that we forgot to post it in a timely fashion! Also, The Time Being threw some changes our way. Friday turned into Sunday and vice versa. The first 20 minutes of the show is tossed best-of, by Glassmadness, LeMur, Rev. Bleepo Abernathy, RSO, and a minute or two of Slack from Rev. Stang. Then the live part starts and it's all like vomitous pronunciation of "Bob" as magma beneath crust of reality - practical sentences that sound like surrealism - Emperor God-Man Stang. Wounded foot to Femur Camp. Velveena. Swollen heads in Hell. We laughed at eggheads who said the ocean was tripping on acid rain. Econocataclysm - "Bob" can surf solar waves using a 55 chevy as a surfboard  - the Nobbs versus the Dobbs! With background music by Christian Blatter! 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1439.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1438 -- Ask Dr. Hal: The Reason for and Nature of the Universe

Dr. Hal answers, TO THE VERY HILT, twenty extremely varied questions from SubGeniuses, and in so doing fully and concisely explains the Universe. Seriously. Most listeners will also learn their own reason for living. This episode of Hour of Slack represents the pinnacle of Man's wisdom, accumulated over millennia. (Sorry.) Recorded before a live and inquisitive audience, 7-6-13 at Wisteria during 16X-Day, and pretty much uncut. The last two questions and answers have been removed from the broadcast version of this episode, because they were not nice questions.


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Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1438.mp3
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Hour of Slack #1437b - WCSB Pledge Drive Special

It's pledge drive time for Hour of Slack and WCSB-Cleveland this week. Between premium-plugging and money-begging by Stang, Doe and Dave, Stang reads emails from would-be moochers and plays back phone messages from drunken Gimme-Bobs, both of which we got all month instead of actual orders. WAS *YOUR* DRUNKEN MESSAGE OR WHINING EMAIL IMMORTALIZED ON THE SHOW? Tune in and see if YOU YOURSELF were a topic of conversation.

To make an actual donation, and avoid being an unnamed subject of the moocher bashing, call 216-687-6900 to donate to the station!

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1437b.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1437 - The Complete 1998 Starwood Devival with Einstein's Secret Orchestra

After 15 years in suspended animation, we unveil this excellent recording of a historic SubGenius devival with the band ESO or Einstein's Secret Orchestra in their devivalin' prime. This was professionally recorded before a large audience two weeks after X-Day "1998," on the main stage at the 18th Starwood Festival. This Internet version is uncut; the broadcast version doesn't have Chas Smith's song "Us and All Our Friends Are So Fucked Up," which is presented here in its live sing-along glory. The band features Chas on vocals and keyboards, Michelle George on electric violin, Lonesome Cowboy Dave on guitar, Bob Mozick on drums and Princess Wei on vocals. Preacher Rev. Stang goes hard in the motherfuckin' paint as well. The is probably one of the best recordings of any live SubGenius stage show -- and it's one of our best shows of the 1990s. The devival is book-ended by some cut-ups and compositions by The Large and includes LeMur's PR Gnus.


Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1437.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

Hour of Slack #1436 - The Largest of ScrubGenius Rants

Half the show is best-of The Large collages (utilizing bits from many SubG and Quasi-SubG arteests) and the other half is Stang reading three great rants posted by others on the ScrubGenius forum: "Yes, Virginia, There IS a Jack the Ripper" by Ride Theory, "The Weaponized Ape" by The Good Rev. Roger, and Rev. Nigel's "Don't Believe -- KNOW!" rant. Harkens back to the olden days when Stang did the live parts of the show alone. The background music, by The Rudy Schwartz Project, The Flyin' Ryan Bros., The Amino Acids and The Psycho Skeletons all kicks ass. 

Direct download: Hour_of_Slack_1436.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT