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Options December 31, 2014: #249 Turn Away, Never Ever Look Back

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Fabio Frizzi & Giorgio Tucci  Zombie Theme   Options Zombie OST  Blackest Heart Media    CD    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Mortuary Drape  Crepuscular Whisper   Options Into the Drape  Decapitated Records  1992  CD    0:05:11 (Pop‑up)
Заводь [Zavod']  За Тобой   Ягна [Yagna]  self-released  2011  CD    0:11:17 (Pop‑up)
Dhampyr  it yields her ethyl witness   Options it yields her ethyl witness  self-released  2014  MP3  http://dhampyr.bandcamp.com/album/it-yields-her-ethyl-witness  0:15:02 (Pop‑up)
Tomhet  Nothing But Anxiety   Options Caliginous II  unreleased    MP3  Canada  0:19:52 (Pop‑up)
Horrendus  cuando los funerales no se acaben   Options split with Viento Nokturno  Bajo Sepulcro Productions    Cassette  Mexico  0:30:17 (Pop‑up)
Human Bodies  Oxblood-Covenant-Scapegoat   Options No Life  Caligari Records  2014  Cassette    0:37:21 (Pop‑up)
Impalers  Tracers   Options Psychedelic Snutskallar  540  2014  12"    0:56:41 (Pop‑up)
Sacrilege  Arsonist   Options Thoughts Are But Dreams Till Their Effects Are Tried - 1985 Demos  Radio Raheem / Wardance    LP    0:58:21 (Pop‑up)
Doomsday Student  Lifeboat Blues   Options A Walk Through Hysteria Park  Three.One.G  2014  12"    1:02:35 (Pop‑up)
Raspberry Bulbs  Hopelessly Alive   Options Privacy  BEB  2014  LP    1:04:31 (Pop‑up)
Enbilulugugal  Charred Goat Remains   Options Noizemongers For Goatserpent 2CD  Crucial Blast  2013  CD    1:11:49 (Pop‑up)
Ozama  Reencarnación   Options Fortaleza De Sangre  Morboso Metal Grotesco  2014  Cassette    1:17:23 (Pop‑up)
Energy Vampires  Rock 'N Roll   Options Energy Vampires  Shadow Kingdom Records  2008  CD    1:32:03 (Pop‑up)
Bog Oak  The Science of the Afterlife   Options A Treatise On Resurrection and the Afterlife  Svart Records  2014  12"  Hi Phillip  1:34:48 (Pop‑up)
Black Magic SS  Darklord   Options Panzerwitch  Infinite Wisdom Productions  2013  Cassette  Australia  1:41:30 (Pop‑up)
Cannibal Movie  Mondo Music I   Options Mondo Music  Yerevan Tapes  2012  Cassette  http://cannibalmovie.bandcamp.com/album/mondo-music  1:57:23 (Pop‑up)
Solaris  Star Creeper   Options The Waves of the Evernow  Numero    LP  Chicago psych, ca. 70s  2:11:01 (Pop‑up)
The Legend of Zelda  Explorer's Crypt (Level 7)   Options Oracle of Seasons Music  Nintendo        2:14:51 (Pop‑up)
R. Nikolaenko  Carrot Terrorism of The Snowman   Options https://www.youtube.com/user/nikolaenkomusic  https://www.youtube.com/user/nikolaenkomusic  2014    more music here: http://rnikolaenko.bandcamp.com/  2:16:47 (Pop‑up)
Space  Flying Nightmare   Options Magic Fly  Nang    CD  ca. 1977  2:21:46 (Pop‑up)
Severed Heads  We Have Come to Bless The House   Options City Slab Horror  Medical Records     LP  ca. 1984  2:24:45 (Pop‑up)
Non Toxique Lost  Might It Be Sailing   Options Terre et Argent  Reduktive Musiken    LP  ca. 80s, with Achim Wollscheid  2:28:20 (Pop‑up)
Blood Rhythms  Coarse Land   Options Assembly  NO PART OF IT / RRRECORDS  2014  LP  Arvo Zylo  2:32:40 (Pop‑up)
Lars Greve  Breidablik [side I excerpt]   Options Breidablik  Hiatus  2014  12"    2:48:26 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  12:06am Angry Jets Fan:

Hello and good evening sir
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07am Rory:

2014 was a shit year.
  12:08am Angry Jets Fan:

@rory 2014 being a shut year is an understatement
  12:12am Angry Jets Fan:

Let me tell you about diabetes! I have to jab my gut with lantus insulin twice a day 100 units! And still I need more insulin to keep my blood sugar down to normal
Avatar 12:13am Wm.:

2011 was a good year, I think...
Avatar 12:15am bobdoesthings:

  12:15am Angry Jets Fan:

2011 I fell in the ice and broke my ankle was in a cast for almost 2 months after that I was diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes
Avatar 12:17am Wm.:

I said "I think" ... seem to remember some sex that year. And some good shows!
  12:20am Angry Jets Fan:

@wm take it easy. I'm sure some of us your faithful flock had good years
Avatar 12:20am tracy:

Boxer's Omen
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21am sinister dexter:

loving the music
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22am Rory:

Yes the music is great as always!
Avatar 12:22am Wm.:

Avatar 12:22am Wm.:

human foil ball, first sequence
Avatar 12:24am tracy:

Ferrero Rocher
  12:24am Angry Jets Fan:

Sorry:( still very angry at the ny jets 4-12 season and now we won't even get Marcus mariota in the draft. Jets pick 6th
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25am Rory:

Avatar 12:28am Wm.:

@AJF Sports talk is like Cantonese to me...but I appreciate you tuning in! Do you listen to Bronwyn's show? I think they actually talk sports there. ...
  12:29am Angry Jets Fan:

Ok sorry @wm I did not know you were not into sports it's ok my mistake and yes I do tune into sportsy talk with bronwyn
Avatar 12:31am Wm.:

But share your grief, by all means. Someone else here might follow the NFL. Puts me to sleep; 9 seconds of action, for every 15 mins. of commercials & commentary from sausage-fingered former players. Plus I hate jocks.
Avatar 12:32am Wm.:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32am Rory:

Baseball is the only sport I appreciate. Football is too much like war for me to get into fully although I do watch it sometimes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

We all keep score different ways. I'm 51 & still play by ear...
Avatar 12:32am bobdoesthings:

good grief
  12:32am Castle of Quiet Denizen:

I love your show so much I download every podcast to keep o my iPod touch
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32am Rory:

Enough of the sports talk back to the music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@Rory: You know the George Carlin routine about that (baseball vs. football)?
...Haha Rory - usually that would be my line !...
Avatar 12:34am Wm.:

Thanks, Denizen! Who are you, mysterious one?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35am Rory:

Revrabbit, George Carlin is one of my favorite people of all time! He's my fucking idol!
  12:35am blee:

Good evening Wm and fellow Castleheads. 2014 was shit, but what will really change next year? The ratio of good and shit, I hope, but boy oh boy did 2014 drain my optimism in anything touched by human hands.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Podcast - ?!?
  12:36am JakeGould:

2012 was good for me. 2011 was oddly desperate near end but there was some redemption. 2013 was the 20th anniversary of some personal tragedy of mine, so ehhh… 2014 sucked but personally decisions I made in the last few months are giving me new life. Also yeah…
  12:36am Castle of Quiet Denizen:

@wm I am a rotting corpse. Your show puts life into my veins and I'm more than happy your on the schedule
Avatar 12:36am Wm.:

I loved the NFL in the 1970s, when I was in 6th grade. Those were good years! The Dolphins, the Vikings. For baseball, too. Oakland A's! Sports are way too commercialized now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...right now, I feel like it's 196...3 maybe - & Society is about to get *very*...shook up !!...
  12:37am JakeGould:

William, sports in the 1970s was so non-bro it was great for all. Even wrestling. Then in the late 1980s/early 1990s it all became pumped up and macho.
Avatar 12:38am Wm.:

I like a rotting corpse. Depends HOW rotting, I guess. Welcome! ...And yes, Rabbit, the most-recent shows are podcastable, downloadable through the WFMU app.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...'podcast' - ?!...
  12:38am Castle of Quiet Denizen:

@wm I wholeheartedly agree with you about the over commercialization of baseball and football honestly you can't enjoy a game on tv with art the interruptions
  12:39am JakeGould:

Is that the rotting corpse at Spa Castle?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- oh - app...only got desktop...Cheers.
Avatar 12:39am Wm.:

I too am hoping for another 60s, yes!
  12:39am blee:

We could use a good society shake up.
  12:40am JakeGould:

Spa Castle of Quiet. www.nbcnewyork.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I think we'll get it, want it or no.
  12:41am JakeGould:

The fact the NY Times and others are speaking out about the NYPD turning their backs on De Blassio is a very 1970s thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42am Rory:

Wm., You like George Carlin?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Surprise lady ! Your Horror scene...You go under Cold water, can actually preserve you a bit & increase chances of survival...
  12:43am JakeGould:

George Carlin was great about finding places for stuffs.
  12:44am Castle of Quiet Denizen:

New York has always been home to the dark creature. It's a city of ghouls. Trolls.gnomes.goblins.witches vampires and the odd rotting corpses like myself. Where else would we live? Alaska? Antarctica?
Avatar 12:44am Wm.:

LOVE CARLIN, YES! You kidding? I grew up listening to AM / FM. Also love his angry later years. Brilliant! An inspiration and door-opener to all my favorite cranky-bastard comics of today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Geo.Carlin died - I went back over his stuff - & found - oh! - that's where I got that, & that's where I got that: he was very important. Everyone thinks 'Monty Python' - but he mattered.
- Someone told me the NYPD is the 7th largest 'Army' in the world. Turning their backs made it clear how much of a Closed Society they are.
  12:46am blee:

Human Bodies sounds so damn amazing right now!
  12:47am JakeGould:

“Where else would we live?” Give me a chance to move out of NYC and I would in a heartbeat. Grew up here, but not into it anymore. Too much for too little.
  12:47am Castle of Quiet Denizen:

I loved carlin as well he has a great piece about the difference between football and baseball
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48am Rory:

Carlin was brilliant with words. I grew knowing there was something very wrong with society. I just couldn't put it into words like he could. He was a godsend for me.
  12:49am JakeGould:

My kind of tech work I can do anywhere. And nowadays I’m getting more clients that allow remove work and such. So this might work for me. Minor dream to live in them middle of relative nowhere, have some real space and a high speed Internet connection for “work.” All good.
  12:50am JakeGould:

“I just couldn't put it into words like he could. He was a godsend for me.” That’s the definition of an artist: They are able to reframe and articulate ideas most people are aware of but can’t put their finger on.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- but when one tree in the rain is too wet to sit under - so are all the others: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Gentrification everywhere, & too many people everywhere...Keep Earth Weird !!...
- In last years Carlin had an 'Im A Modern Man' routine - 'I'm Upgraded, I'm Downloaded' - & just on & on for 10 minutes - so far beyond just a funny little stand-up bit - 'nother level altogether...
  12:53am blee:

RIP Eric Garner. Trust no cops
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Okay - not that long, still... : www.youtube.com...
  12:54am JakeGould:

Those “I Can Breathe” t-shirts are past belief.
Avatar 12:55am Mugsy:

Hanging with the wife but we're listening. Happy New Year William.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55am Rory:

I just don't have the emotional strength to care about problems in America anymore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

On facebook - Ads for cops' girlfriends' t-shirts: 'Obey Law, Breathe Easy' - like the Chokehold was Legal...I guess the Court said it was !!...
  12:57am JakeGould:

RevRabbit63: The mentality of people like that is basically, “The police are right because they are in charge…” Which is past wrong.
Avatar 12:57am tracy:

music music music
Avatar 1:00am dw:

Beastly Buds!
  1:02am blee:

@JakeGould You sir, summed up the issue perfectly. The police are not beyond human error, and should be held accountable for their violent actions to non violent people.
Avatar 1:03am Wm.:

Happy New Year to you and Mrs. Mugs!
Avatar 1:04am tracy:

when I think of the cops here I just think of this

  1:04am JakeGould:

@blee: The issue is also being a cop is really a thankless job even of the cops played by the rules. But the PBA in NYC firing the flames of discontent and now politicizing the deaths of two cops? Past belief. Those cops did not deserve to die. Period. Convolving their death with the protests in support of Eric Gardner is really dysfunctional.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07am Rory:

Raspberry Bulbs!
Avatar 1:09am Wm.:

Forgot to play this last week...our annual Bob Clark homage :(
  1:10am Amethyst:

Three candles glowing. Music. Noise. Social truth. Space.
  1:11am marmalade kitty:

Black Christmas
  1:11am JakeGould:

Black Christmas. www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12am Rory:

Same guy directed "A Christmas Story". I think that's awesome.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12am Rich in Washington:

I just recently watched Death Dream. Quite unique.
Avatar 1:12am Wm.:

Halloo Amethyst ;)
  1:13am Amethyst:

Hello... ;)
Avatar 1:13am BEAVO:

Radio volence
Avatar 1:14am Wm.:

Ah, Death Dream~! Such a wonderful film. I love the ending, makes me weep. Great small-scale Vietnam commentary.
Avatar 1:14am BEAVO:

Hussy was hot
Avatar 1:17am Wm.:

Andrea Martin! Keir Dullea pretty hot too
  1:20am blee:

@Jake I agree Policing is a thankless, stressful job. I'm sure most officers get into the force w the best intentions. However, the Police culture I've gleamed over the last few years has really grown into an Us VS Them mentality, which is "unhealthy" for us all. Especially when one side may have all the guns and judicial sway on their side.
Avatar 1:21am BEAVO:

Time for the airing of the grievances
  1:21am JakeGould:

The NYPD of “Barney Miller” is an ideal.
Avatar 1:21am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

Good Armenian girl, that Andrea Martin.

Your show is always so pointedly in contradiction to its name. I forget that before adjusting the volume before putting it on. The upstairs people surely just tossed and turned.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yes - back to the early 1960s before the whole thing blows up...Lenny Bruce on Cops vs. People, the same thing...Make sure they're all poor & powerless & watch the rats tear each other apart & sit back & laugh...
Avatar 1:24am Wm.:

I can play the Barney Miller theme on the bass, just sayin' ...
Avatar 1:24am BEAVO:

Reminds me of an old hi-fi test record I had called Music to scare hell out of your neighbors
Avatar 1:24am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

That would also rile the upstairs people.
Avatar 1:25am Wm.:

"Music To Scare Hell Out Of Your Neighbors" - c2.staticflickr.com...
Avatar 1:26am Wm.:

I have it framed on my office wall. ...
Avatar 1:26am BEAVO:

That's the one!
  1:27am JakeGould:

Speaking of Bob Clark, this is the 32nd year I have not seen “Porky’s”.
Avatar 1:29am Wm.:

Best Porky's line: "What's up with yours? You been screwing around corners?" That's a one-view movie. Unlike A Christmas Story, or the others we already mentioned.
Avatar 1:30am CDToaster:

My brother-in-law has been a NYC cop for over 25 years and he tells me that he hates all TV cop shows because they're all false. He said the only TV cop show that came close to reality was Barney Miller. He was one of the good ones, smart too, so it's not like he's got blinders on, ignorant, or stupid. Just saying, I think that's interesting.
  1:30am blee:

Lenny Bruce! His autobiography is an amazing read. Sailor, priest, con man, entertainer, comedian, drug addict. He lived.
Avatar 1:30am BEAVO:

William somehow that doesn't surprise me
  1:31am JakeGould:

The thing is, I was like 13 when “Porky’s” came out so I should have seen it just to be a pre-teen brat. But I already saw “Animal House” and Porky’s seems retarded. I genuinely have never seen even a glimpse of a seen in that film. That film called “Porky’s”. Proud of that!
Avatar 1:31am Wm.:

What's that, BEAVO?
Avatar 1:32am BEAVO:

That you have music this care of your neighbors on your wall
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33am Rich in Washington:

I too have never seen Porky's. It came out when I was in high school and -even at that age - curmudgeonly me decided all the hoopla about it coming from the mostly moronic kids in my school meant it must be really dumb.
Avatar 1:33am Wm.:

Oh yeah, that's me for sure
Avatar 1:34am BEAVO:

Ha I used the mic!
  1:34am JakeGould:

The only film I wanted to see those pre-teen years was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” because of Phoebe Cates. Thank you VCRs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35am Rich in Washington:

I STILL haven't seen FTARH! Stupid curmudgeonly me!
  1:36am JakeGould:

Rich, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is definitely a must see. Perfect classic teen comedy that is the template for all of the rest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37am Rich in Washington:

I was way into crap like Dr. Butcher MD and countless Italian jungle/zombie/cannibal epics back then.
Avatar 1:37am Wm.:

Much much better than Porky's
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37am Rich in Washington:

@JakeGould: I think you're right. So many cultural references from that film. I need to rectify that oversight ASAP. It's on the list.
Avatar 1:38am Wm.:

Also love Valley Girl. Nic Cage before he was a meme
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38am Rich in Washington:

My wife finally got me to watch Breakfast Club for the first time recently.
  1:39am JakeGould:

Also, the sad reality about “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is it is a time capsule of teenage mall culture that just does not actually exist any more. Malls are dead thanks to the Internet. People don’t really talk about it that much but that’s the reality. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is like a time capsule of what it was like back then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39am Rich in Washington:

Valley Girl was a fun movie. I would like to see it again. Seemed like the punk/new wave references in that film were not too off-mark for a hollywood movie.
  1:40am JakeGould:

Actually never saw “Valley Girl” but will put it on the list. I did—however—finally watch the Clint Eastwood monkey films, “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can.” The first film was worth it. The second was really a cash-in and shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41am Rich in Washington:

Malls were fun back then esp. if you lived in a smaller town. Going to the mall was like going to the future, where all the stuff you weren't allowed to see because your town was Mayberry by comparison.
  1:42am JakeGould:

“Seemed like the punk/new wave references in that film were not too off-mark for a hollywood movie.” Exactly. The thing about early 1980s films like that and even older were that studios were more casual and trusting of directors. Now all films feel like carefully crafted marketing products.
Avatar 1:42am Wm.:

I had such a crush on Ally Sheedy and her dandruff snow. Dream girl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42am Rich in Washington:

Yes. Ally Sheedy. What became of her?
  1:42am JakeGould:

So like if you see “Repo Man” and read the story on how that was made, you realize how much freedom Alex Cox was given to create a real punk film thanks to Mike Nesmith’s backing.
Avatar 1:42am Wm.:

Suburbia, anyone? The one starring Flea, not the Linklater film.
  1:43am JakeGould:

Ally Sheedy was awesome as depressed artist girl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43am Rich in Washington:

YES! Happy easter, asshole!
Avatar 1:43am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

JakeGould: You just crushed the world, but you're right. Teens stay home to have dumb chatter. Like most teenagers that grow up, I now realize my world back there was so temporary.

Meanwhile, the malls are occupied by... ?
Avatar 1:45am Wm.:

Got that Criterion edition of Repo Man, thanks to the drummer from Psychic Limb. Great dude.
  1:45am JakeGould:

Malls are being demolished or abandoned all over. deadmalls.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45am Rich in Washington:

I watched Suburbia and Repo Man incessantly. The former made me appear so much street-wiser when my friends and I made the pilgrimage to the city to see honest-to-god punk rock shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46am Rich in Washington:

Harry Dean Stanton's interview on the pre-Criterion reissue of Repo Man is amazing.
  1:46am SeanG:

Malls are still great.
  1:46am JakeGould:

If it weren’t for “Repo Man” I would not known about Black Flag. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 1980s wasn’t that indie-minded. That film was an eye-opener.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47am Rich in Washington:

I need the Criterion version though, I suspect.
Has Suburbia ever seen a legit DVD release?
  1:47am JakeGould:

This recent article on “Repo Man” is a great read. Explains a lot. io9.com...
  1:47am SeanG:

Men Suck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48am Rich in Washington:

Yeah, I think the relative ubiquitousness of Repo Man, Suburbia and Urgh! A Music War in video stores spread the punk virus to suburbia (no pun intended)
  1:48am JakeGould:

SeanG: Malls that still exist are great. Here in NYC the malls still suck, but that’s okay. Whole neighborhoods like SoHo are transformed into virtual malls anyway. That is the new trend. High end artisanal malls.
Avatar 1:48am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

Yes, but not in Bergen County, where we felt like we invented the mall. Malls there never die, they just get repositioned.
  1:49am JakeGould:

“Urgh! A Music War” was good and bad but back then it was one of the only ways anyone could see actual “College Rock” back then.
Avatar 1:50am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

But it's a much more adult crowd, now. Paramus Park is a teenage dead zone. The stores are just oriented wrong. So kids from Midland Park or Dumont or wherever just sit home, I guess.
  1:51am JakeGould:

Controlled environments like malls flip me out. Ikea, Bed Bath and Beyond… All of those places… Even the Apple Store… Panic city.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51am Rich in Washington:

when I first dubbed my copy of Urgh, I omitted all the stuff I didn't care for. I think I still have a bootleg DVD of the whole thing somewhere. When I see it again, I always expect to cut awkwardly from Toyah, Invisible Sex, The Police, etc..
But it doesn't.
Avatar 1:52am Mugsy:

Classic punk movie- The other F-word
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52am Rich in Washington:

The Ally Sheedy character in Breakfast Club reminded me of the kinds of girls I was drawn to in high school.
  1:53am JakeGould:

Splodgenessabounds. Now that is a memory.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53am Rich in Washington:

@JakeGould: I recall the malls of my youth having lots of either locally owned businesses or franchises, anchored by a few big retailers.
Avatar 1:54am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I remember local businesses in the major malls. Garden State Plaza had a garden store. Bergen Mall had a theater with actual actors (and a church).
  1:54am SeanG:

shake it off
Avatar 1:54am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I'm malled out. Good night Wm. and all.
  1:55am JakeGould:

@Rich: Yeah, I liked those malls. In Brooklyn we had “King’s Plaza” and it had two anchor stores—Macy’s and Alexander’s—and tons of locally owned stores and odd chains. Loved that. But that was the early days of malls. Not like what they are now. “Wicks and Sticks” forever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56am Rich in Washington:

One of my fondest mall memory things was the bookstore that was the only place I knew where I could get Heavy Metal Magazine reliably every month.
  1:57am JakeGould:

Rich, stuff like that… Yeah…
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57am Rich in Washington:

the only local businesses in the (still standing) mall of my youth are those crappy import/incense/hippy accoutrements stores.
  1:59am SeanG:

Yeah 80s were the epic mall time--I grew up in Coral Springs FLA with the Coral Springs Mall and Coral Square Mall--epic times! garbage time. Thanks WB.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01am Rich in Washington:

Me like this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02am Rory:

Last hour is always my favorite.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02am Rory:

Time to bring out the head jams!
Avatar 2:02am Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I'm going to the mall to try and figure out how the piano store stays in business.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04am Rich in Washington:

Good luck! You may not come back! I think they move bales of cocaine in the back room.
Avatar 2:04am Wm.:

Haha Pete! Good one. WTF was up with the piano store, anyway? Were they laundering Mob $? Anyone remember Smuggler's Attic? Blacklight posters, and little books with pictures of naked BBWs. Fascinating store.
Avatar 2:05am Wm.:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:05am Rich in Washington:

Pianos. Perfect thing to move stuff in. Think about it.
I miss organ stores with some dude in blue blazer playing Caravan in the entryway, while the Hickory Farms girls hand out cheese samples next door.
  2:06am JakeGould:

Spencer’s Gifts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:07am Rory:

I haven't been to the mall in years, but I remember a store called "Spencers" they had black lights and plasma balls.
  2:07am JakeGould:

Stick incense is cheap to make and sell. But enough for a mall?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:07am Rich in Washington:

Spencer's. Yes. Fart jokes and naughty office gifts that looked like they were made in the early 60s/
  2:08am JakeGould:

Spencer's Gifts: Where people go just sex toys and real sex toys. As well as odd band merch.
  2:09am JakeGould:

But I truly miss “Orange Julius.” I have no idea what colonies of bugs had to die to make that stuff, but I enjoyed it.
  2:09am JakeGould:

Wow, spellcheck. It should have read, “Where people got joke sex toys and real sex toys.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10am Rich in Washington:

Orange Julius. I remembered going there often. You could smoke in there, way in the back. I still smell nicotine, rancid hot dogs and orange pulp when I think of that place.
  2:11am JakeGould:

Also… Arcades… Genuinely not as many places to play video games on the street that are non-ironic anymore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11am Rich in Washington:

I am unstarring this so I can star it again. This is amazing. Must have.
  2:11am SeanG:

Waldenbooks, B. Dalton.... and the arcade of course with Gyruss
Avatar 2:12am Wm.:

Papaya King is pretty decent, and fills my yearning for Orange Julius. PK's dogs are actually pretty damn good. But I like street junk food. Can't smoke there, though. 72nd & B'way? Not sure, I just follow my hunger there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12am Rich in Washington:

B. Dalton's was my fave. Again, Heavy Metal Magazine, Fangoria, etc..
  2:12am JakeGould:

Yup, Gyruss. Been on a Mr. Do and Phoenix trip the past few days thanks to emulation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:14am Rich in Washington:

G.K. Gill? Maybe just a Pacific NW chain. That's where I'd drool over art supplies I couldn't afford - raid their closeout bins for anything I could draw with/on.
  2:15am JakeGould:

G.K. Gill is definitely not NYC. For anyone in NYC in the 1980s, “Pearl Paint” was the place… Now gone… And I shoplifted tons of markers I couldn’t afford from there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:17am Rich in Washington:

I was too chicken to shoplift but one of my friends would lift plenty and we'd split it! I can't even google GK Gill. I think it only exists now in my shrivelling brain.
  2:17am JakeGould:

Zelda music? Past my videogame era.
Avatar 2:22am Wm.:

I loved the smell inside Pearl Paint. So many good things gone thx to the almighty dollar. A day at Pearl Paint, followed by lunch at the 2nd Ave. Deli.
  2:24am JakeGould:

William, can you believe that the 2nd Avenue Deli is gone, but “The Yiddish Walk of Fame” in front of it is still there. In front of the… Chase bank that is now in it’s place.
Avatar 2:24am Wm.:

My son got me into Legend of Zelda music. I know not of Playstation or Xbox or any of that stuff. I was an arcade goer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:26am Rory:

You're son knows the good video games Wm. Not the crap on PS4 and Xbox.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:26am Rory:

I use to be into the old games of 80's and 90's with the classic synth scores.
  2:26am JakeGould:

I have MAME on my Mac and have figured out how to get it to show CRT scanlines so I can play Joust, Ms. Pac Man and such the way they should be played.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:27am Ike:

Great set. Passing out soon. Maybe will dream of 80s malls and that 1st Zelda game and the Pearl Paint sign. Never actually made it to Pearl Paint.
  2:28am JakeGould:

“Never actually made it to Pearl Paint.” Now you make me feel old.
Avatar 2:28am Wm.:

Yeah, that's right. None of those shitty controllers. he has 2 DS's, some other stuff. We play Plants vs. Zombies, haha...
  2:28am idesguy:

oracle of seasons was such a pain, but the music is still great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:31am Rory:

My nephew is into Xbox connect which I think is shit. I don't play video games anymore. I still got my original Nintendo laying somewhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:32am Rich in Washington:

My reasons for not playing video games and not doing cocaine are nearly identical.
  2:33am JakeGould:

My game thing is all nostalgia. Began in 1979. Ended in 1983 or 84. Right when I became a teen.
Avatar 2:35am Wm.:

Rich, you just nailed The Castle's "line of the week"! Hard laughs here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:40am Rich in Washington:

Kinda not a joke. The last time I really got into video games, I experienced this freaky lost time thing that was like Lost Weekend. Really freaked me out.
  2:42am JakeGould:

Yup, OCD. Gotta watch that myself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:42am Rich in Washington:

This is lovely.
Avatar 2:43am Wm.:

I'm laughing b/c I can relate. Coke scares me now, and it's hard to believe I ever did it. Crazy town.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:46am Rich in Washington:

I can waste time on the interwebs or watch stupid movies like nobody's business but I don't like what games do to my brain. I know it's fine for other folks, just not for me.
Avatar 2:47am Wm.:

I've watched people play Xbox for hours on end, beating levels, using the "cheat codes" etc. I find it freakishly obsessive.
  2:48am JakeGould:

Rich, FWIW I did a little history digging on videogames, which then go back to pinball, which then hook into gambling. Japanese Pachinko games aways seemed odd and random to me until I read the history of games and it’s all basically connected to some level of gambling and visual/aural stimulation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49am Rich in Washington:

I remember, towards the end of his life, Timothy Leary wanted to use video games to rewire people's brains.
  2:50am JakeGould:

William, my nephew once said he never understood why anyone would play the old video games I like—like Pac Man and such—when there is no end goal. And then I pointed out… What exactly do you “win” at the end of Mario Brothers or even Zelda? Yeah, there’s a narrative… But it’s the same end: Time spent playing games. Not to judge but let’s be real. You disconnect from reality in different ways. People on the subway playing “Let’s put boxes in order…” are stimulating the same centers of the mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51am Rich in Washington:

I read there's this weird eye movement technique that helps people with severe trauma overcome it. Maybe some kind of game/VR/Oculus Rift thing would work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:52am Rich in Washington:

It's funny how simplistic those early games were but to us the graphics were so modern and engaging.
  2:53am JakeGould:

For me, when I discovered and started to appreciate art on a new level, that calmed my OCD stuff. Something about white walls with nice stuff on them. But that’s just me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53am Rich in Washington:

This whole set is just mesmerizing, Wm.
Avatar 2:54am Wm.:

Centipede was always my favorite, will the rolling ball...hours of voided-out good times.
  2:54am JakeGould:

Rich, the thing about early games is because they were so abstract they had to be creative in some ways. Like Qix is a great abstract game. Ditto with Tempest.
  2:54am JakeGould:

Yeah, trackballs were great. That physical aspect of it was great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:54am Rich in Washington:

Tempest was so amazing. So weirdly abstract.
  2:55am JakeGould:

Yeah, but now the graphics are so realistic they are all the same type of game. Even Frogger was so great and simple.
  2:56am JakeGould:

Welp, I am outta here. Very good comments tonight.
Avatar 2:57am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Trackball mouse on the home PC was great for those games, too. And I much prefer Millipede to Centipede. Played Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac Man on a stand-up unit just last week.
Avatar 2:57am Wm.:

Don't like those Sims people. Creepy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57am Rich in Washington:

as a visual person, I always liked watching video games more than playing them. I also never had as deep pockets as most of my friends, so there was also that.
Avatar 2:57am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

There's a great video of Jeff Minter talking about his weird games, incl. his Tempest 2000 remake.
Avatar 2:58am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I didn't have the quarters, either, and became an expert back-seat driver.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:58am Rich in Washington:

The Sims WERE creepy! When it first came out, we bought it for our kids and tried to play it ourselves. It was weirdly stressful, as though our own crazy parental lives were turned into a game.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59am Rich in Washington:

I am glad we didn't. I think our brains are better for it, Kenzo!
Avatar 3:00am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

True dat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00am Rich in Washington:

The Sims remind me of the Perky Pat thing from Philip K. Dick's Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch. I think that's the one. I can't remember for sure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02am Rich in Washington:

Thanks for a wonderful show, Wm.!
Avatar 3:14am tracy:

Avatar 10:05pm SiHV:

Listened driving up from Virginia today. Quality show, as always. Happy to see the back of 2014; hoping for better in '15. Cheers to all Castle denizens.
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