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A combination of collage, new experimental records and other bits and bobs, Mid-Valley Mutations is a tour through the mind of Austin Rich, who has been broadcasting in some form since 1998. Heavily influenced by Dr Demento, Don Joyce and old fashioned College Radio, Austin creates Audio Essays on a variety of subjects, and even just plays records, from time to time. Sometimes Live music and Interviews will grace the program, helping create a situation where you don't really know what you're going to hear, when you tune in. What you need to know is when you enter the Mid-Valley region, be prepared for the Musical Mutations... in whatever form they take.

Tuesday 9 - 11pm (EDT) | On WFMU's Sheena's Jungle Room
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Artist Track Album Label Year Images Approx. start time
  TOUR DATES        
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  (Backing Music during this interview is a long-form Mini-Mutations re-mix of a live ambient track, originally performed by youtube.com/@stateazure.)
 
Percolating
Ben Miller  Interview Introduction   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:00:25 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Shadows In Blue  Mid-Valley Mutations Opening Theme   Favoriting Mid-Valley Mutations Opening Theme  Self-Released  2024 
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0:00:45 (MP3 | Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra 

Little Church   Favoriting

Little Church 

 

2015 

 

0:02:19 (MP3 | Pop-up)
 
Days of Diamonds
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 1   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:05:48 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Sproton Layer  The Blessing of the Dawn Source   Favoriting With Magnetic Fields Disrupted  New Alliance  1970 / 1991 
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0:07:35 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 2   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:11:22 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Destroy All Monsters  Destroy A.M.   Favoriting Days of Diamonds EP  Black Hole Records  1979 
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0:14:16 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 3   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:18:22 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Miller Twins  Looking Down at the Ground at This and That   Favoriting Early Compositions 1973-1976  Cuneiform Records  1974/2023 
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0:22:48 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 4   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:27:02 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  The Arctic   Favoriting         0:29:49 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 5   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:36:40 (MP3 | Pop-up)
GKW  The Bar   Favoriting The Bar    1983    0:38:09 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 6   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:39:05 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Six Minutes To Think  25 Hours   Favoriting     1990    0:40:13 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 7   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:43:07 (MP3 | Pop-up)
The Fourth World Quartet  Reverse Coil Distinction With Altered Mirror   Favoriting 1975  Cuneiform Records  1975 / 2021 
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0:48:02 (MP3 | Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
M3 

Plow   Favoriting

Unearthing 

Sublingual Records 

2001 

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0:52:02 (MP3 | Pop-up)
 
Forgotten Kings
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 8   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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0:59:49 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Sproton Layer  Forest   Favoriting Live 14 June 2013  Unreleaesd  2013 
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1:02:07 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 9   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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1:07:16 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Sunken Gardens   Favoriting Color of Sound  Living Records  2013 
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1:11:32 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 10   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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1:14:56 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Anne Carson  Nox [Excerpt]   Favoriting https://youtu.be/zJSZXuGNp08?si=vnS1U6eJcuC4xy4z    2011    1:17:26 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 11   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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1:23:43 (MP3 | Pop-up)
The Eleventh Hour  Snail   Favoriting Under The Wire  Living Records  2023 
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1:24:05 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 12   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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1:28:22 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Miller-Ruby  Blasé   Favoriting Thought Crime  Living Records  2021 
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1:30:31 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 13   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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Ben Miller  Saved by the Bell   Favoriting         1:33:47 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 14   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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1:38:34 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Third Border  Forgotten Kings   Favoriting Sun of Water, Sea of Light  Living Records  2006 
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1:39:37 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Excerpt 15   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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1:41:49 (MP3 | Pop-up)

Music behind DJ:
Empool 

'Sters [Excerpt]   Favoriting

May 9th 1978 

Self-Released 

2020 

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1:46:48 (MP3 | Pop-up)
 
Who?
Non-fiction  Who's Running The World?   Favoriting Who's Running The World  Living Records  1982 
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1:56:11 (MP3 | Pop-up)
Ben Miller  Interview Outro   Favoriting Interview w/ Ben Miller 28 March 2024  Mid-Valley Mutations  2024 
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Shadows In Blue  Mid-Valley Mutations Closing Theme   Favoriting Mid-Valley Mutations Closing Theme  Self-Released  2024 
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1:59:32 (MP3 | Pop-up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
Austin Rich:

Good Hello.
Avatar 8:57pm
Imaginos:

Ahoy!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:01pm
Krys O.:

Hi!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:01pm
Aitch:

Let us all mutate
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:02pm
Kat in the chat:

on mute.. mute-ate that is
Avatar 9:03pm
Mr. X:

Just don't destroy all mutants...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:05pm
Kat in the chat:

I see there's a Philly date... Mondays are tough, but not out of the question
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:08pm
Austin Rich:

More information about Sproton Layer:

en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 9:08pm
ramencity:

I don't always layer, but when I do - it's Sproton!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:08pm
Austin Rich:

↳ ramencity @9:08
Hooray! Nice to see you in the chat!
Avatar 9:08pm
Imaginos:

↳ Mr. X @9:03
Save the mutants!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:09pm
Austin Rich:

And, Imaginos and Krys O, Aitch, Mr. X! Thanks for coming by!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:10pm
Austin Rich:

It's so hectic behind the scenes at the top of the show, I do hope I greeted everyone! If I forgot, bear with me! You are loved and appreciated!
Avatar 9:11pm
Imaginos:

↳ Austin Rich @9:09
Glad to join tonight. I keep nodding off but the show seems too cool to miss
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:11pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "The Blessing of the Dawn Source" by "Sproton Layer"
The album that became "With Magnetic Fields Disrupted" was recorded in 1970, but released in 1991.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:15pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "Destroy A.M." by "Destroy All Monsters"
Ben and his brother played in an experimental combo - Empool - and eventually the members of what would become "Destroy All Monsters" evolved out of their practice / jam sessions.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:15pm
Austin Rich:

More information about Destroy All Monsters:

en.wikipedia.org...
  9:17pm
Arvo:

Hi! Just got back from seeing the new Liam Neeson movie. Wishing everyone the best.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:17pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @9:17
Arvo! Thanks for joining us tonight.
Avatar 9:17pm
Imaginos:

↳ Arvo @9:17
Wishing the best back atcha
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:18pm
Kat in the chat:

Hi Arvo!
  9:20pm
Arvo:

↳ Kat in the chat @9:18
Hi All!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:20pm
Austin Rich:

The single we were talking about:

sensoriumsaxphoneorchestra.bandcamp.com...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:23pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "Looking Down at the Ground at This and That" by "...
Miller Twins is Ben and his twin brother, Lawrence.
  9:25pm
Arvo:

As a person who has put together brass drone ensembles, this is speaking my language, although I am not the biggest Beatles fan in the world...

I have to admit I have never seen a single record by Destroy All Monsters in "the wild", which is a shame. It's good stuff.
  9:26pm
Arvo:

I love twins making music!
  9:26pm
Arvo:

Is this being promoted at all? I didn't see it on the newsletter...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:26pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @9:25
Their records were hard to track down until I could just pay full prices online for them.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:27pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @9:26
This was very last minute, and I couldn't get it in the promotions cycle.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:28pm
Austin Rich:

The tour dates image at the top of the playlist is a digital image of a painting that Ben made.
Avatar 9:28pm
Imaginos:

Going to bed. I can't stay awake and the cat is demanding silence
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:28pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Imaginos @9:28
Sleep well.
Avatar 9:28pm
Imaginos:

↳ Austin Rich @9:28
Thank you
  9:29pm
Arvo:

I do enjoy an SK1 when it can loop especially. It's like a little mellotron if you play it right.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:29pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @9:29
I've always wanted one. But now I can't really afford one.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:30pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "The Arctic" by "Ben Miller"
I believe this is unreleased, at this time.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:38pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "The Bar" by "GKW"
I believe this is unreleased, at this time.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:40pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "25 Hours" by "Six Minutes To Think"
I believe this is unreleased, at this time.
  9:40pm
Arvo:

Pretty sure I first heard Destroy All Monsters at WZRD, playing it on air as I heard them for the first time...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:47pm
Austin Rich:

Here are some visual excerpts from the collaboration he was talking about, with the French artist, Franck Vigroux:

youtu.be...
Avatar 9:48pm
ramencity:

"Ego Waffles"
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:48pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "Reverse Coil Distinction With Altered Mirror" by ...
I believe this group had all three of the musical Miller Brothers performing together. (Something they also did in Sproton Layer.)
Avatar 9:49pm
Mr. X:

Today I figured out how to listen to Sheena's in my car. Pretty proud of myself for tackling some newfangled technology.
  9:49pm
Arvo:

Always nice when a person's body of work makes a good freeform set.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:50pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Mr. X @9:49
Very cool! You can cruise around my old stomping grounds and play Sheena's.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:51pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "Reverse Coil Distinction With Altered Mirror" by ...
As I understand it, the Miller Brothers recorded a lot of music growing up, and some of it has only just recently been released, in the last several years.
Avatar 9:52pm
Mr. X:

↳ Austin Rich @9:50
Exactly so. I had "Music Only I Care About with Miss Mei" blasting out the window on the way to the pharmacy.
  9:55pm
Ben:

Thanks Austin!
Avatar 9:56pm
ramencity:

I do love me some Birdsongs of the Mesozoic... #BornInTheWrongTime
Avatar 9:57pm
ramencity:

fuck the holocene!
  9:57pm
Ben:

Roger also plays in The Anvil Orchestra
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 9:57pm
Austin Rich:

benmiller.info
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:03pm
Austin Rich:

You can find more of this performance here:

www.youtube.com...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:04pm
Austin Rich:

Does anyone have any questions for Ben? He's hangin' out in the chat with us.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:06pm
WR:

Great episode tonight, Austin. I knew a little of Destroy All Monsters and also know of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic but didn't know of the Miller brothers and the various creativity spawned.

A new old fan, here.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:06pm
Austin Rich:

↳ WR @10:06
WR! Thanks for poppin' in!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:07pm
Austin Rich:

We had a small break in the stream! Sorry everyone!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:08pm
Austin Rich:

I'll make sure to post a pristine version of this show to the archive, after the show!
  10:09pm
Arvo:

I heard of Birdsongs of The Mesozoic because my friends ONO played with them, and also I may have heard them name checked by Paul Lemos of Controlled Bleeding.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:10pm
Austin Rich:

Here's a link to Ben's "In C" project:

livingrecords.bandcamp.com...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:11pm
Kat in the chat:

If I was still in the Midwest I'd be tempted to travel for that In C. I saw Bitchin Bajas do something similar in Chicago.
  10:11pm
Arvo:

It must be agony to have to wait twenty years for something to get released, either from record label red tape, "production hell", or bands breaking up, erc.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:12pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @10:11
Or the thing that you do isn't "in vogue" yet.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:12pm
Kat in the chat:

I'll be adding Ben's version to my In C collection on Bandcamp Friday :) thanks for posting the link Austin
  10:12pm
Ben:

Color of Sound CD
https://livingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/color-of-sound
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:13pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Ben @10:12
Oh! I was looking for that! Thanks.
Avatar 10:15pm
ramencity:

↳ Song: "Sunken Gardens" by "Ben Miller"
I am also digging this - bandcamp Friday here I come!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:15pm
Kat in the chat:

↳ ramencity @10:15
looks like lots to explore there
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:17pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "Nox [Excerpt]" by "Anne Carson"
Here's some audio from the Anne Carson performance we were discussing.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:20pm
Austin Rich:

Here's a question I forgot to ask, Ben: Is "The Fourth World Quartet" a reference to Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" stories?
Avatar 10:20pm
Mr. X:

↳ Austin Rich @10:17
Makes me think of Ken Nordine's "Kingdom of Noxt"
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:21pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Mr. X @10:20
I could always go for some Ken Nordine.
Avatar 10:22pm
Mr. X:

↳ Austin Rich @10:20
Joh Hassell had that Eno-produced Fourth World Music album
Avatar 10:23pm
Mr. X:

↳ Mr. X @10:22
*Jon
  10:23pm
Ben:

NO, Austin. It was just sort of "beyond"...
  10:25pm
Ben:

I did stuff like The Eleventh Hour in NYC, off and on. But this group is more focused, and more traditional than I have played in decades.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:26pm
Austin Rich:

Do you enjoy playing Sax, or Guitar, more?
  10:26pm
Ben:

Both, just different animals
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:27pm
Austin Rich:

I like playing my bass, but I think I just like playing music, as you say.
  10:29pm
Arvo:

Nice spy jazz vibe.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:29pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @10:29
I was thinking it would be great for the next "Detective Marcus Little" installment that I write.
  10:30pm
Arvo:

Being from Chicago, talk of Ken Nordine warms my heart.
  10:30pm
Ben:

thanks yeah sort of film noir
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:30pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @10:30
I always think of you when I hear about Chicago stuff.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:30pm
Kat in the chat:

I'm fading a bit, will be listening but getting ready for bed. Thanks! Really good show.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:31pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Kat in the chat @10:30
Thanks for hangin' in there, Kat! See ya next time.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:31pm
Aitch:

↳ Song: "Forest" by "Sproton Layer"
this is fun
  10:33pm
Arvo:

↳ Austin Rich @10:30
Gaw shucks! Gawrsh! Thanks !
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:33pm
Austin Rich:

We really only get to scratch the surface in this show. Hopefully ya'll are inspired to do a little research, and find the albums that work for you.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:34pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "Saved by the Bell" by "Ben Miller"
I think this one might be unreleased?
  10:34pm
Ben:

unreleased, label-search
Avatar 10:37pm
Mr. X:

↳ Ben @10:34
I've been known to urge Austin to establish his own label.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:37pm
Austin Rich:

I dig the drums on this track.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:37pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Mr. X @10:37
If only I had the resources! I totally would.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:42pm
Austin Rich:

(And these dates are listed above, too, in the image at the top of the playlist.)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:42pm
Austin Rich:

(Click the image to enlarge.)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:44pm
Austin Rich:

You can find a lot of Ben's albums here:

livingrecords.bandcamp.com
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:45pm
Austin Rich:

More Empool:

empool.bandcamp.com
  10:50pm
Ben:

Thanks!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:52pm
WR:

thanks for mentioning the tour dates image at the top of the playlist, I had passed over it earlier and was just looking around on Ben's website for tour deatails.
  10:52pm
Arvo:

Always an honor!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:53pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Song: "'Sters [Excerpt]" by "Empool"
Ben: are there more Empool recordings from this era? This is great!
Avatar 10:54pm
Mr. X:

↳ Ben @10:50
Always great to have the actual artist in the chat! Thanks for stopping by, Ben. I was unfamiliar with your work, and I must say, the sheer versatility of it all is amazing. I'm really enjoying the sounds!
  10:54pm
Arvo:

I had several Famous Monsters magazines but never that LP for some reason. I had a good amount of Halloween records.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:55pm
Austin Rich:

↳ Arvo @10:54
I am a sucker for back-issues of Famous Monsters.
Avatar 10:55pm
Mr. X:

Excellent show tonight, Austin. Many thanks!
  10:55pm
Arvo:

I once scanned around 80 different eyeballs, mostly from that magazine...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:56pm
Aitch:

Making me want to stop work and start tweaking with my Eurorack
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 10:57pm
Austin Rich:

Thanks everyone! I had fun. See ya'll next time?
  10:57pm
Arvo:

Ben and Austin, I will be doing an email blast soon, if you all want to prepare a little mp3 folder with a hi red photo and a good promo blurb, I will mention it. I don't have a huge list, but it's not small.
  10:57pm
Arvo:

*hi res
Avatar 10:59pm
Mr. X:

Happy Holocene!
  11:00pm
Arvo:

Ok, congrats on a job well done, have a good night.
  11:01pm
Arvo:

I don't know a thing about rhubarb
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