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.
This particular show got at least 19 listeners the night we played it for the first time, so with that in mind I've posted the program here in its entirety. Contains highlight tracks from the NCN programs 'Paranoia' and 'Schizophrenia' mixed up with a lot of lighter toned fare (Phineas reads the specific credits in the program) such as new mashups from The Kleptones as well as 'jump' oriented songs from DJ Schmolli, Anti-Funky, Mastermix, Party Ben, and Mighty Mike with a wonderful mashup called 'Imagine a Jump' which really inspired this whole show, as it is. 'Schizophrenia' and (soon) 'Paranoia' are available as high quality downloads, and a cd. Just see the links associated with this podcast in the archives section at http://www.nationalcynical.com. Some portions of this show might be NSFW and might be disorienting. Listener discretion is advised.
Part 1 of 2 of Episode 58 for Needle in the Red is the two-part Narco edit of Negativland's Radio Show 'Over the Edge' as broadcast in March 1994: 'The RedNarc Phone Show'. This program has not heard for years and has been recently re-mastered from Hi-Fi Stereo videotape on which it was recorded off the KPFA studio headphone jack at the time, really putting you IN THE MIX with it's fidelity. Wear headphones for best effect! Features Don Joyce (of Negativland), as well as Phineas Narco and Ronald Redball from the original lineup of The National Cynical Network. Ronald and Don interview phone-phreaker 'Marty Freeman' who tells about the history of telephone hacking in the 1970's including an indirect call from 'Cap'n Crunch'. Also includes phone mixes and 'Blast from the Past' features (dramatizing the origins of Over the Edge) and speculations of the (then) future of the 'Information Superhighway' plus other surprises! See associated links with this podcast archive on the NCN website for information on how to obtain the complete digital download package.
Part 1 of 4. (For Information on obtaining entire program, see the links associated with this podcast at the homesite). This was originally broadcast on KPFA in March of 1994 on Negativland's radio show 'Over the Edge', and has since been digitally re-mastered. Fidelity is far superior to other versions that are 'out there'. This on-air live party features most of Negativland (The Weatherman, Mark Hosler (by phone in the part 2 of 2 segment), Don Joyce) and most of NCN (Phineas Narco and Ronald Redball) and celebrated the then new release of Over the Edge Vol. 6 - The Willsaphone Stupid Show which presented mixes and collages made up of The Weatherman's actual childhood and family recordings. This segment includes a visit from The Wheel of Fortune, mixes of cd outtakes, and many many probing questions asked of The Weatherman by Narco, Redball, and many callers. 79 min. long in 128kbps mp3 format.
Narco Edit of the 7/9/10 KPFA show, sans Hal and Phil, recorded just after X-Day, in which Puzzling Evidence and Phineas Narco talk about various movies including the Watchmen Director's Cut, Avatar and other movies with blue people, take calls and have flashbacks to previous shows. This is the first half of the show, see the associated links of this podcast in the archives section at the Home Site to get the complete download package of the show.
Part 2 of 2 - A collage / mix / salute to the Subgenius X-Day Celebration on July 5th, 2010 at Brushwood, NY when the X-ists were supposed to come and spirit away the true believers in their pleasure saucers taking them away to Planet X. As heard on Plundercast and DFM streams. A dense music mix featuring clips from The Swinging Love Corpses, Hal and Stang at Brushwood, collages by Fernandinande Lemur and Norelpref, songs and pieces by National Cynical Network, work by Susie The Floozie, much UFO-related material, Puzzling Evidence Show, Subgenius Show from the 90's, Hour of Slack clips, Papa Joe Mama, much more! Full program available through the links associated with this podcast in the archives of the home site.
A lone man in Toronto protests his inability to go shopping at a mall during a time of rioting and civil unrest during the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto. Truly a metaphor for our times.
Material mostly broadcast, originally, on DFM and Plundercast on 5/23/10, this is a dynamic and eclectic mix of variations (almost all of them mashups) of the work of the electronic music duo known as Daft Punk who's influential popularity peaked in the late 1990's. Includes remixes by Soulwax, Neptune, and Peaches as well as mashups by Bass 211, Party Ben, A Plus D, DJ Morgoth, DJ M.I.F., DJ Payroll, Team9, Go Home Productions, Dan Mei and Marc Johnce, The Kleptones, Loo and Placido, DJ Moule, DJ Earworm, DJ Schmolli and more. About 79 min. 128kbps, may not be safe for work or terrestrial radio play. Full information in ID3 tags.
Part 1 of 2 of a collage Show on mental illness subtitled 'Deconstructing Madness'. Originally broadcast July 1st, 2007, this program is at the date of posting, the most popular program on the NCN site. It has been re-edited, remixed and re-mastered for 2010. Includes NCN's 'Self-Conscious Guy', a really nice NIN remix of 'Violent Heart', 'On My Meds Again', 'Jerky Turnstiles', and a song by 'Pocketful of Songs' called 'Prognosis' as well as the long collage for 'ADHD' by NCN and a radio adaptation for 'Passion of the Christ'. Some portions of this program appear in other programs by The National Cynical Network, others are exclusive to this episode. This version is generally not safe for radio play unless perhaps played in Safe Harbor hours. Some pieces appear on the newly released 'Straight Outta Klonopin' available on iTunes and Amazon (see links associated with podcast). Features an appearance by Alexander T. Newport. About 67 minutes in length in 128kbps. Continued in Part 2.
Part 2 of 2 of a collage show on mental illness subtitled 'Deconstructing Madness'. Originally broadcast July 1st, 2007, this program is at the date of posting, the most popular program on the NCN site. It has been re-edited, remixed and re-mastered for 2010. Includes NCN's 'Doctor Laura's Rap', 'The Monkeys Are Asleep Today', Phinny talking to Frank Zappa on KPFA about the mental health system, a piece by Judy From Texas, Rev. Crawford of The Church of the Subgenius, more pieces about ADHD, and the song 'Jello' (a parody of Coldplay's 'Yellow') as well as a visit from NervousMan. About 70 minutes in length in 128kbps. See links associated with this podcast for further information.
Part 1 of 2. This program was broadcast live on KPFA at 12am on 4/24/10 in Berkeley, California on the Negativland show 'Over the Edge'. The original cut was 3 hours, but the performance has been adapted for Needle in the Red by Phineas Narco, and edited down to fit on two cd-r's (about 160 min. total) in two parts. Some post-production work and editing has been done on this show but almost all of what you hear is as it came out at the time. Participants were Phineas Narco of National Cynical Network, Wobbly, TradeMark G of ECC (Evolution Control Committee) and Don Joyce of Negativland. Sources were much and various from The Beatles and material related to The Beatles. This project is based on The Beatlerape album by Big City Orchestra. The first section of this show (about 30 minutes in this edit) is the same set we did at the Big City Orchestra 30th Anniversary Show at Cafe DuNord earlier in 2010.
Mashups and versions of The Beatles' music is almost a genre unto itself, and this mix is a collection of some of our faves from that body of collective work. This is the first of 3 programs chronicling some interesting Beatles 'variations': mostly mashups, some covers, parodies, and audio experiments all put together in one continuous stream-of-consciousness mix by NCN. Includes excerpts of works by the Fab Four, as well as re-constructions and pieces by Hank Handey, Go Home Productions, DJ BC, DJ Tripp, Beatallica, Sol Messiah, NCN, Cracked Pepper, 'Hippocamp Ruins Sgt. Pepper', Unscrew, The Evolution Control Committee, Phineas Narco, DJ Aristocat, Bjork, Little Roger and The Goosebumps and others. This is an uncut NSFW and probably not safe for terrestrial radio, please review before broadcasting. 79 min. long, 128kbps.
This is the 'Pump up the Volume' remix for our take on this year-old meme called 'Stop Calling me a Homo!' in which an angry young man proclaims he 'will not have it' with rumors promoting any sort of alleged, er, homo-ness. Enjoy.
A tribute to the spud boys and their comeback in 2010! This is a new edit of this show with new songs by Devo, also mash-ups covers, parodies, and remixes, more obscure Devo songs than usually heard, as well as classic stuff that was re-mastered in 2008. Includes work by Go Home Productions, ToTom, DJ Smakc!, The Dogs, NCN, OCCUPANT, Dananananaykroyd, Devo 2.0, A Plus D, Philip Steir, and The Illuminoids. This is the new 2010 version of this show. This program is NSFW and not safe for terrestrial airplay, probably. Please review before broadcasting, or else get the radio edit version (see links below, might not be up yet). 80 min. 128kbps mp3 file.
This is the 60 min. radio edit version of this and it concentrates on hip hop oriented mash-ups (this is the 2010 version this program). It features the work of The Kleptones, DJ BC, Go Home Productions, Freelance Hellraiser, Nemozod, A Plus D, DJ Fox, Party Ben, Girl Talk, DJ Doc Rok, NCN and MORE! Safe for airplay but you might want to play it in safe harbor hours. N-words ahoy!
This program is the Director's Cut for Part 1 of the 'Really Normal and Everything' trilogy. It follows a somewhat non-linear psychedelic storyline with various leitmotif's running through. Synopsis: Ronald Redball is half-asleep at one of his Cracklin' Burger restaurants dreaming vague dreams of teenagers having parties without him. Redball has somehow lost the memories of his earlier life and is confronted by his old friend John (Mr. Chemistry Homework portrayed by found sound artist 'Wobbly'). Using a special helmet of Mr. Homework's own design, Ronald's memories are restored as dissociated dreams, memories, hallucinations, and cognitive pre-impressions flood Redball's fragile psyche. Presented here as a 79 min. audio-only .mov file with AAC processing and index search. Continued in Part 2. NSFW!!