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.
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!!
This is a 'Director's Cut' of a psychedelicized collage of the 'Spinal Tap' mythos, which all started with the Rob Reiner cult 'mockumentary / rockumentary', blown up (much like one of the band's drummers) and glued back together with a bunch of other bits in there as well. Includes new versions of old favorites, some NCN mash-ups (Tap vs. Monty Python) and re-interpretations ('The Monkeys Are Asleep Today') as well as clips from the original 'Troggs Tape' of band-drama outtakes (on which the original band concept was based) popping in here and there. All material in this program is fragmentary, re-worked, and used fairly for the purpose of criticism and commentary of said material as expressed through its uniquely subjective, re-contextualized, and syntopical arrangement. Made with Much Love! Please don't sue us. Presented in audio-only .mov format with AAC processing. 79 min. NSFW!
A post-produced version of a broadcast on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, CA on July 3rd, 2009. This was a week after Michael Jackson had died, and 2 days before the Subgenius Church Event X-Day. Present were Puzzling Evidence (Doug Wellman), Phineas Narco, and Philo Drummond of the Subgenius Church. The entire show was 5 hours, originally but has been condensed down to 4 hours of the best stuff, and post-produced by Phineas Narco. This is the first third of the program. Some material did not appear on the original broadcast but most did. See listed links for this podcast to get Complete Download Package for this program. This is an audio-only .mov file, processed with AAC sound. with chapter search if played on iTunes or Quicktime.
From 'Money Can't Buy Me Love' to 'Money is What I Want' these are songs, remixes, collages about money, having money, and being broke. Personal budget managing audio courses are mixed with clips of miscellaneous monetary music, both popular and obscure. Includes Team 9's 'The Money Song' mash-up, version medleys by NCN, an NCN mix of Monty Python with Spinal Tap, The Android Sisters, rap songs, and 'Semper Subgenius' by Phineas somehow got in there, not sure how, but it fits! Also includes the found sound pieces 'Little Paper Airplanes' by The Sursiks and Negativland's 'I Want to Play it Again' (Unreleased). 79 min. 128kbps mp3.
A radio safe version of the collage compilation show exploring the many facets of the Jesus mythos past and present. A snapshot in time of the zeitgeist surrounding the Jesus. Includes NCN pieces such as 'Those Last Moments' from 'Stop' and 'Cauldron of Agony' as well as a rare live version of Negativland's 'Christianity is Stupid' from 1993. SFW unless your boss is a fundamentalist Xtian. 128kbps 60 min.
The 2009 reboot of Episode 28 of 'Tapioca Supernova' (from the Needle in the Red Series) as an exuberant playing with form, an abstract outburst celebrating stream-of-consciousness transformation through recovery. The waking up, and expression, of emotion and passion, in circular and gingerly unfolding spiraling forms cascading infinitely throughout the cosmos. With pudding!. Features the singles 'Hit Me' and 'Sign of the Beastie' mashup 1 hr. In 128kbps mp3 format.
This hyper-mixed and dense media collage program explores crime as reported through the media of TV and, to a degree, The Internet. Where we have been, where we are going, crime as entertainment and distraction, the psychological effects of violence in media. It is based on a radio show originally mixed in the mid-nineties, live on KPFA, by Phineas Narco and Don Joyce (of Negativland) on Negativland's show 'Over the Edge'. Portions of that show have been used for this program which has been post-produced, remixed, re-mastered and re-cut in 2009 for www.plundercast.net. The full hi-quality digital package (including uncut versions and extras) of this program can be found at www.lulu.com/pnarco.
A music collage video about madness. This is a syntopical commentary, and expansive deconstruction of Billy Joel's song 'You May Be Right' (I May Be Crazy) in regards to Billy Joel's bipolar condition. Leitmotifs include: Bipolar as madness, madness as flight, the flight and fall of Icarus in Greek Mythology, madness as entertainment as evidenced through various cinematic psychopathic villains represented herein. Madness as escape. Madness as creativity, madness as destruction. Madness as strength. Madness ultimately as source, and the choice, of positive celebration. (Trivia Note - Phinny is actually singing the vocals on the audio track of this video, not Billy Joel).