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NCN - If Pigs Could Fly v2.0 (The Coronavirus Mix)

Tuesday March 17 2020 12:00 AM

Webcast on March 15th, 2020: this is the tale of the Coronavirus (so far) aka Covid-19 and its outbreak in March, 2020 culled from a core-sampling of many sources from around the net and set against the backdrop of previous worldwide pandemics but especially Swine Flu (H1N1) the last major pandemic in recent memory. We take as our starting point our heretofore unreleased show 'If Pigs Could Fly' created at the height of the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. Most of this 2.0 version is Coronavirus-related with many examples from popular and underground culture (which run the gamut from serious to brilliantly humorous to informative). This is a dynamic, unique and enlightening mix, a collage made up of snapshots of the media environment at the dawn of this crisis as well as a serio-comic and educational look at the universal subject of pandemics in general, and in particular the current one which we all now face.


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NCN - Memories of Nixon 2 (The Impeachment Strikes Back)

Tuesday February 11 2020 12:00 AM

Webcast on February 9th, 2020: the sequel to our program 'Memories of Nixon' about Donald Trump's impeachment trial. This further developed installment tells the rest of the story (so far) from the other side of the event with an extensive core-sampling of the media fallout, both humorous and serious, the obligatory comparisons to the Nixon impeachment in the early 1970s, relevant ancillary songs and remixed material, as well as many supercut digital de-constructions of Trump's vocal style, speech patterns, and obsessively recurring subject matter, culled from countless public appearances (the result of much painstaking work by VICE News) that we wanted to help spread. This is a psychedelic retrospective through a historical event as we attempt to make some kind of artistic sense out of it. A show for future generations with remixed DIY work from NCN, Bernie Knee, the inimitable and wonderful Randy Rainbow, Swedemason, Vic Berger, George Carlin, Auralnauts, Maestro Ziikos, Escape Mechanism, many others. A new 3-hour Mix.


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NCN - The Monty Python Remix Project

Tuesday January 28 2020 12:00 AM

IT'S... a brand new show! Yes, as webcast on January 26, 2020: We were saddened yet inspired by the then-recent passing of Terry Jones, core member of the iconic British comedy troupe Monty Python's Flying Circus (which we literally grew up with) so we put this show together to pay a remixed and artistically rendered tribute to Jones' life and Python's work and influence. Neil Innes, who wrote a lot of the songs heard in the program, also died shortly before Jones. We present some of our personal favorite bits from Python's TV show, movies, records, and live performances including many, many rare fan-made remixes we hunted down of which we are presenting (in our humble opinion) the best efforts. By no means a comprehensive treatment (no dead parrots), the program nevertheless serves as a primer for those not familiar, as well as a sonic stroll down memory lane for fans, and a 'Whitman Sampler' of ancillary projects represented herein. It is our hope that this tribute peaks the interest of the listener and compels even more exploration of the vast Python oeuvre via official sources. A 3 hour mix.


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NCN - Lucy Variations (The Acid Show)

Tuesday January 21 2020 12:00 AM

Picture yourself... listening to this show! Originally webcast on January 19th, 2020. Our first major produced show since May, 2019. Taking its cue either subliminally or coincidentally from Albert Hofmann's recent birthday, this is a program all about 'the acid' (it sounds less 'hippie' if you add 'the') aka Lysergic acid diethylamide and the subject of substances in general. With many, many interesting found remixes and covers of 'that song' by The Beatles as well as other related songs and pieces with work by The Evolution Control Committee, Steinski and the Mass Media, Meat Beat Manifesto, Alien Jesus, and many, many others including a presentation of Episode 2 (titled, 'Drugs') of our critically-acclaimed radio series 'Midnight Voicejail' (a psychedelic audio documentary about a real-life voicemail box community in Silicon Valley in the 80's and 90's) but the rarely-heard expanded 'Voicejail 2.0' version with fully 30 minutes of added material. This episode takes place between 44:39 and 1:44:20 in the program in case you want to skip over, or skip to, it in the program. The graphic for this program is the drawing done by John Lennon's son, Julian Lennon, which inspired the Beatles' song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. Full playlist in the comment field of the ID3 tag of the 3 hour mp3.


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NCN - The SubGenius Documentary After-Party Special (with Puzzling Evidence)

Thursday June 20 2019 12:00 AM

Webcast on June 9th, 2019, the bulk of this program is the post-produced 'Narco-edit' of our appearance on The Puzzling Evidence Show on May 31st, 2019, along with Puzzling Evidence, and Dr. Hal, as well as Tracy Feldstein, a philanthropist, all in the KPFA on-air studio mere hours after we all saw the San Francisco premiere of the new documentary called 'J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius'. We all talk about the movie at length as well as many other subjects of interest! This 5hr. NCN version is augmented by clips from the 'Ask Dr. Hal' show (also with Michael Peppe) which was on Radio Valencia soon after the Puzzling Evidence Show. Also, peppered throughout are exclusive clips of Dr. Hal's brother (who sounds uncannily like Hal himself) when he appeared on 'The Show' years ago (RIP) as well as a few other surprises.


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NCN - The Monkees Variations Remix Project

Thursday March 14 2019 12:00 AM

Webcast on March 10th, 2019: This is a special, heartfelt, genre-bending 3-hour tribute consisting mainly of covers, mash-ups, version medleys and remixes of songs and music (both obscure and popular) by The Monkees. Like many SubGeniuses, we grew up with The Monkees and remember their bohemian, anarchic and absurdist spirit on display in their TV show, and we had most of their albums, enjoying them throughout the years. This program was put together the week after Peter Tork's death. It utilizes and expands a great deal on some mixed material we presented years ago when Davy Jones passed away. This feels done. Making and webcasting this mix was a very emotional process and we hope the passion and interest we had in creating it carries through in the tone and scope of the 3-hour program.


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NCN - The Sci-Fi in Hi-Fi Special (with Puzzling Evidence)

Tuesday January 15 2019 12:00 AM

From (originally) a 5-hour mix done live on KPFA 94.1FM in Berkeley, CA on Sept. 28th, 2018 for The Puzzling Evidence Show comes this post-produced 'Narco Edit' of the sprawling program (boiling it down to 4 hours of condensed and sweet audio goodness) done with Phineas Narco, Puzzling Evidence, K-ROB and Dr. Hal (near the end) in the studio. A program title (and sound) that is sure to send Harlan Ellison spinning in his crypt. The audio Doktors of the Air explore the bounds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Star Wars, Star Trek and all manner of mixes, remixes and collages in between. If you can slog through the first Blade Runner rain-soaked 17 minutes, you'll experience a quite rewarding listen drawing to an intense Twilight Zone conclusion in the last 17 minutes of the program. Enjoy best with headphones! - A 4-hour mix.


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NCN - Totally Inappropriate Songs for a Funeral

Saturday September 08 2018 12:00 AM

This is a totally re-worked version of a long-since pulled 2013 concept show which just didn't feel complete at the time. NOW it is! And more on-topic than ever before. After our musical appetizer which opens this show (a 10+ min. version medley of many different 'Istanbul (Not Constantinople)' song versions) we launch into various and many, many inappropriate funeral song clips. These are inter-cut throughout with large post-produced chunks of Phineas Narco's appearance on KPFA's 'The Puzzling Evidence Show' on June 7th, 2013 with special guest DJ, Justin Credible and regulars Doug Wellman (Puzzling Evidence) and Subgenius Church co-founder Philo Drummond. They talk about suicide, Subgenius, JFK, Burning Man, 'ghost milk', the day Puzzling Evidence saved Darth Vader's life, meeting William Shatner, Janor memories, and the then-upcoming 'X-Day 16' preparations. With work by Evolution Control Committee (as DJ Pantshead), Faroff, Heppycat, Marc Johnce, Halo, Voicedude, PLUS many others! Not to be missed with any regularity! ACTUAL SubGenius CONTENT!! - 3 hour mix.


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NCN - Pink Floyd Variations (on KFJC)

Friday June 22 2018 12:00 AM

A Very Special Show! On terrestrial radio! 89.7 FM (in the SF Bay Area) broadcast on May 24th, 2018. KFJC alumnus Phineas Narco (of The National Cynical Network) returns for MAYhem to guide us through a late-night craftily-rendered 4-hour sonic odyssey of many, many obscure Pink Floyd remixes, mash-ups, versions, re-interpretations and covers. From bluegrass, to 8-bit, from polka and classical to experimental collage and beyond, this genre-bending psychedelic mixture of the familiar and the unfamiliar will astound your eardrums in this 'All Pink Floyd / No Pink Floyd' Special. 4 Hours Live on Official Live Terrestrial FM Radio!!


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NCN - 2001: A Spacey, Odd Remix

Monday May 28 2018 12:00 AM

Webcast on April 29th, 2018, a week after Earth Day, a program that goes beyond the earth: a psychedelic remix collage show, a few weeks in the making, re-interpreting and digitally de-constructing the 1968 classic Science-Fiction film '2001: A Space Odyssey' by Stanley Kubrick which recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its release. Also included, Episode 40 of our original series 'Midnight Voicejail' detailing, de-constructing and lampooning the actual events of the year, 2001. - 3 hours in all.


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NCN - Beyond the Event Horizon

Thursday April 19 2018 12:00 AM

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.


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NCN - Beethoven Variations

Thursday March 29 2018 12:00 AM

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


NCN - I Don't Know (2018 Redux)

Wednesday February 21 2018 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - The Immigration Show

Tuesday February 13 2018 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - By Any Memes Necessary

Monday January 22 2018 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - A Vague Recollection of Things to Come 3

Tuesday December 12 2017 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - The 'Best' of Ambient Phone Trolls

Wednesday November 29 2017 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - The Monty Montgomery Memorial Music MegaMix

Wednesday September 20 2017 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - Beyond Belief

Monday July 17 2017 12:00 AM

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.


NCN - Heat

Wednesday June 28 2017 12:00 AM

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!


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