National Cynical Network Archives
Summary: Bizarre stream-of-consciousness industrial comedy music, voicemail art, stuff from Negativland, and other such fun. From Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball, Alexander T. Newport and others! In .mov format.
Webcast on March 25th, 2018. An 'event horizon' is the leading edge of a black hole. Black holes were studied by the late, acclaimed, bleeding-edge astrophysicist and intellectual giant Stephen Hawking who recently passed away on 3/14/2018 (Pi day). We include news of his life, and artistic and comedic treatments of Stephen Hawking in this (mostly) tribute to him and his work. Also some ancillary material about free will in an expanding and unfurling Universe, the Big Bang, feelings, mathematical pi, black holes and so on. Featuring the work of Al Newport, Negativland, Global Deejays, The Orb, Jerry Solomon, Midnight Voicejail, Ronald Redball, Don Joyce, Rocket 88, Melody Sheep, Big City Orchestra, Alan Watts, NCN, many many more.
Originally webcast on March 4th, 2018 on Plundercast and DFM out of Amsterdam, this is a mix of remixes, versions, re-interpretations and mashups of the music of the late great classical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven which runs the gamut from dubstep to hip hop, from techno, EDM, Trance and even 8-bit. The last half hour of the program is unrelated material from the ambient show 'Industrial Nature' which was done by NCN and Big City Orchestra, TradeMark Gunderson and Wobbly and is available at the Bandcamp site. - 3 hour program
Webcast February 18, 2018 and revamped from for 2018 but originally conceived as a 2011 Puzzling Evidence Show tribute, this became partly about Unions, including the uprising in Wisconsin regarding union-busting by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his cohort David Koch (who is impersonated in a crank call to Governor Walker by writer of The Buffalo Beast blog). Other portions are some multi-layered talking by Phineas mixed with music and almost all of the 'old Doktor' SubGenius hierarchy in yak tapes from yesteryear and modern-day news about Middle East uprisings from the NCN album 'Party in My Mind'. The result sounds very Puzzling Evidence type of mix you can zone out on and appreciate as background music or as something to listen to attentively. Also a prank call to Sarah Palin, Al Newport, Randy Rainbow, nerdcore remixes, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, much Doug Stanhope and somewhat irreverent takes on mass-shootings and gun control. Much more. A special 4hr. redux presentation.
This was originally webcast on February 12th, 2018 and we peaked at around 27 listeners at that time. This is a straight up music and comedy mix all about immigration, immigrants and xenophobia: currently topical and yet universal and timeless subjects. There is some Trump-oriented material, but it's kept to a minimum. It is very U.S.A.-centric in its treatment of the subject matter, for the most part, although other portions of the program are more generalized in scope. It starts out with a collection of folk songs about immigration but starts to really rock around 20 minutes in. Some segments herein might be considered to be 'politically incorrect' or disturbing but are included as representation of some of the voices in this ongoing and important cultural conversation. Listener Discretion - A 3-hour program.
Webcast originally on January 14th, 2018: this is a show done 'by any memes necessary' or at least a couple of memes including our collage take on the whole Trump/'shithole'/stable genius controversy and many variations on the Eaton Centre 'Why Are You Closed?!' meme including our's ('It's an older meme, sir, but it checks out'). Along with treatments of Republican Phil Davison's Stark County exasperated yet enthusiastic election bid speech. With collages, covers, mashups, parodies and remixes from the likes of Traffic Experiment, Swede Mason, Super Deluxe, Wax Audio, Randy Rainbow, Rev. Fidd Chewley, Anonymous, DJ Cummerbund, DJ Twobeans, The Evolution Control Committee, Stephen McQuillen, among many others! Perhaps a symbolically prescient program since the U.S. Government closed its doors to the public a week after this program aired! - 3 hour program.
Just a show! As webcast on December 3rd, 2017 on Plundercast and DFM out of Amsterdam. The third in a short series, loosely about the future in which we Visit the World of the Future via Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius. We also bring on plenty of mash-ups and Plunderphonia with a lot from Stephen McQuillen (aka the PISs) as well as some obscure songs and comedy pieces. - 3 hours.
This was originally webcast on November 19th, 2017. The basic concept is making a mix of prank phone call recordings set against a backdrop of changing (more or less) ambient music sound bed. The effect is both soothing and outrageous. **Note--much of this program is NSFW (Use listener discretion)**. We did four 3-hour shows, years ago, (Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4), about this which we listened back to recently and discovered many parts needed work or paring down, which we have done for this 4-hour ultra-megamix, a digest or distillation of sorts of the whole epic run: in a much more wieldy half the listening time format! With a bit more new material to boot. Includes remixed and excerpted work by inimitable Longmont Potion Castle, Touch-tone Terrorists, Jerky Boys, Crank Yankers, Richard Christie and Sal from the Howard Stern Show, Crank Yankers, celebrity soundboard recording pranks, Jerky Boys (of course) and excerpts from Lucius Tate, the classic 'Red' (Tube Bar) recordings as well as Ivan Stang telling the story of the Binney/Arny (Al White Motors) calls with excerpts from those as well. A special musical 4-hour phony phone call megamix.
Or musical tribute, and our way of saying goodbye, to our old high school best friend, Monty Montgomery, who we learned, only recently, has passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer at the age of 51. We mourn and miss Monty and remember him and his excellent and wonderful musical tastes with this special mix of music that he introduced us to and was very much into when we knew him and when we hung out together, 1982 being a key year. This is essentially a mainstream New Wave music mix, but for Monty--including many of the groups he followed and admired. In respectful remembrance, we share our memories and the music which defined and inspired Monty as well as being a key period in our early lives as well as in the history of music in general (circa 1982). - 3 hours. Originally webcast on September 3rd, 2017.
Originally webcast on July 16th, 2017: This is a new 3-hour collage show / mix / program all about belief systems: how they define us, separate us, guide us and how we might envision a world that goes beyond them. Is it better to know than believe? Or, barring both, to then just wonder? Featuring remixed and excerpted work by Sadhguru, Abraham-Hicks, David Icke, Naomi Klein, Robert Anton Wilson, Bill Gates, Carl Sagan and a treatment/review of the new Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd fame) solo offering: 'Is This the Life We Really Want?' Took about 2.5 weeks to put this together.
Webcast on June 25th, 2017 on Plundercast and DFM. Part of (and completing) our 'Four Elements' quad-rilogy ( which included NCN - The Earth Sleeps Alone, NCN - Share the Air and NCN - Songs from the Flood Zone ), this includes a lot of new material, all about fire, global warming, heatwaves and heat: smack-dab in the middle of Summer, 2017 (timely, as always) when much of the world is sweltering. Think of it as audio commiseration in the midst of our near-universal condition! Includes work by DJ BC, DJ Shylock, DJ MXR, DJ Doc Rok, A plus D, DJ Aristocat, Party Ben, DJ Johnny Red, much much more! - 3 hour mix!
Originally titled 'Time Control v3.31' but re-named ex post facto, this was originally broadcast on KPFA 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay Area on March 31st, 2017 from Midnight to 5am. A show done with Puzzling Evidence, Hal Robins (or Dr. Hal of The Church of the SubGenius) and NCN's Phineas Narco, in the KPFA studios, along with some callers including Suicide Man. The first half of this 'Narco Edit' of the show is a frenetic live mix about the subjects of time, history and time travel, featuring many DIY works by various found sound artists, in the mix. The latter half of the show consists of mostly a discussion between Phineas, Puzzling and Hal about history and cinematic history including the new King Kong movie. The show ends with a new Trump composition by NCN and others - 5 hours.
Not all for laughs, but not all serious either!... RADIO SAFE and as it was broadcast live on KFJC on May 21st, 2017--Part of the month-long MAYhem series of Specials! The National Cynical Network (NCN), culls much media material from the past year's time in this special mix (of mixes) all about the 2016 political race and its current aftermath. We present a sumptuous distillation of many DIY mixes, remixes, covers, collages, parodies, digital deconstructions, send-ups and mashups created by obscure web artists from the public at large (including NCN itself) about all things Trump and more! Join us as we steer your eardrums through the realms of politics, 'fake news', PeeGate, the Post- Postmodern viral protest song, the spirit of resistance, the potential Apocalypse at hand... and beyond. - A grand 3-hour mix which reached the Number 4 spot on Mixcloud's comedy charts (out of 100 places)!
Originally webcast on January 8th, 2017--Various entertaining and obscure pieces of interest (a lot of which you probably haven't heard) that we hunted down and gathered together in one program for our Sunday Night show. Collage, mixes, comedy and novelty songs (including a Charles Manson set) abound in our 3 hour program, a sequel of course to NCN - Hunting and Gathering. Features work by: Negativland, NCN, Synthetic Human, Fernandenande Lemur, Soundhog, DRA'man, Revolucian, Nackt and Vrlex, Brian Routh, POYKPAC, Jon LaJoie, Miss Sherry Vine, Ace 'n' Eights, Bob Rivers, Pecan Army Cult, BRAND SPANKING NEW **BOWIE**!! as well as John Oswald, The Perrinormal, Reggie Watts, rx, The Knower, Placeboing, and much more!! -- A 3-hour show! For Best Effect Listen with Headphones!!
A Special 4-hour program webcast originally on May 28th, 2017. This is largely a Narco-edit of mainly Brilliant Trump collages (and discussion) from months' worth of many Puzzling Evidence Shows, in 2016 and 2017, both pre-election and post, from KPFA including additional mixed material paying tribute to recently passed Chris Cornell (RIP) of Soundgarden fame including speculative commentary about Cornell's apparent suicide from Philosopher and philo-babblist extraordinaire, Alexander T. Newport of Midnight Voicejail fame. Includes SubGenius Trump-centric and otherwise Doktor commentary from Dr. Hal, Suicide Man, K-ROB, Puzzling Evidence and Philo Drummond on KPFA and other surprises such as DIY mashups from Wax Audio, Super Deluxe, Pogo, Steinski, and more!
This is a subject we've explored before, and this foray includes some new NCN material such as a dramatized dream, and rant, from Phineas Narco, clips from 'Dreamland', the 5th episode of Midnight Voicejail, as well as some dream-oriented version medleys, songs about dreams and speculations on reincarnation and lucid dreaming. Also, material about zombies, in the latter half of the program, from Pop Defect Radio ('Day of the Dead 2'). Also found sound material from Negativland, Jim Larrance, Richard Lindsay, Kumquat, Girl Talk, Kleptones, Divide and Kreate, and DJ Earworm sprinkled throughout. Remixes of songs about dreams. 3 hour mix. 128kbps. Originally webcast on 12/04/2011.