Tag: Hunter S. Thompson

Episode 65 – Like A Shining Diamond – 01/11/15

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Episode 65 - Like A Shining Diamond

Episode 65 – Like A Shining Diamond

Visions of the Unexcused 2nd show on WEMF Radio finds Mint Pillow gaining confidence with live radio while becoming more apt to consciously experiment. The set starts with three favorite Boston bands – then weaves through decades, as each cousin related track blends styles & watermarks. The set climaxes during an elctro-jazz-fuzed moment where Pillow mixes in his favorite poem, “The Genius Of The Crowd” – by Charles Bukowski – then ends with an Iron Elbows track, which is Mr. Mint and his best friend, Zac Trainor, making noise together, something they do pretty darn well together.

1. FREE PIZZA – “Boston, MA” (FREE PIZZA – 2014)
2. Earthquake Party! – “Pretty Little Hand” (Vs. Pizza – 2011)
3. Post Modern Authors – “Rattlesnake” (Post Modern Authors EP – 2015)
4. The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing” (The Drums – 2009)
5. Andrew Bird – “Dark Matter” (Armchair Apocrypha – 2007)
6. Fine Steps – “Cold Hands” (All Day Long – 2013)
7. Terror Of The Deep – “Times Of Uncertainty” (Death of the Gideon – 2014)
8. John Maus – “Streetlight” (We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves – 2011)
9. Roxy Music – “2HB” (Roxy Music – 1972)
10. The Dead Milkmen – “Guitar Song” (Beelzebubba – 1988)
11. Iggy Pop – “Nightclubbing” (The Idiot – 1977)
12. Hawkwind – “It’s So Easy” (Hall of the Mountain Grill – 1974)
13. Frank Zappa – “Down In The Dew” (Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow 7″)
14. TV On The Radio – “I Was a Lover” (Return to Cookie Mountain – 2006)
15. Flying Lotus – “flotus” (ideas+drafts+loops – 2013)
16. Kid Koala – “Vacation Island” (Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs – 2003)
17. DJ Shadow – “Six Days” (The Private Press – 2002)
18. Ricky Eat Acid – “Context” (2015)
19. Clark – “Tooth Moves” (Iradelphic – 2012)
20. Bibio – “All The Flowers” <Lone Remix> (The Apple and the Tooth – 2009)
21. Buffalo Daughter – “Ivory” (I – 2001)
22. The Avalanches – “Since I Left You” (Since I Left You – 2001)
23. Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the Crowd
24. Tortoise – “Gamera” (Gamera 12″ – 1995)
25. Hunter S. Thompson – Ode To Jack
26. Oscar Zeta Acosta & Hunter S. Thompson – Terry’s Taco Stand, USA (The Gonzo Tapes – 2008)
27. Ariel Pink – Picture Me Gone” (Pom Pom – 2014)
28. Sore Eros – “Make It Louder” (Know Touching – 2011)
29. Iron Elbows – “Hey Iowa” (Words – 2009)

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Decandent, Depraved, Beautiful: Happy 43rd Birthday to Gonzo Journalism

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved (Illustration – Ralph Steadman)

Forty three years ago a relatively unknown 33 year old writer was commissioned to write a piece on his native States grandest event, The Kentucky Derby. The final result was The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved one of Hunter S. Thompson’s most brilliant pieces. Pushed to the brink of a deadline with no linear story in hand, Thompson began tearing pages from his foggy notebook and the result was a gorgeously grotesque recalling of a glorified event done only in a way Hunter would dare. Thompson eloquently described the story as “falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool of mermaids” – and thus began Gonzo Journalism and the creation Dr. Gonzo, an alter ego that would eventually take over Hunter completely.

Freak Power & The Gonzo Way.

Freak Power & The Gonzo Way.

This assignment was also the first time Thompson and his trusted illustrator and partner, Ralph Steadman, met and worked with each other, beginning a weird journey that would continue until the Day Football Season ended. Hunter is a huge hero of mine, no matter how cliché that may seem, and I read The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved every year on its anniversary to remember him by. Since his death Hunter has been co-opted by everyone from drug culture, hippies, hipsters, weirdos, and perpetual 20-somethings – and it’s a goddamn shame. His writing and prose is often an after thought when speaking on his legacy, and he’s too often remembered as Johnny Depp riding through the desert.

Hunter’s been away from this world for 8 long years now and his voice is missed more than ever. Imagine his commentary on the all things from Drones, Smart Phones, The Arab Spring, and the last two Elections. All things must pass I guess, a damn shame though, I can almost hear him pontificating on these savage things…almost.

So on this weekend I raise a toast to Hunter, Gonzo, and the Depraved that still trudge this Earth. Huzzah. Selah. And all that. Rest Easy Good Doctor.

READ: The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mold-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.”
-Hunter S. Thompson

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Episode 51 – Mechanical Found Dreams

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For each podcast the cover art was important for Visions.

Visions of the Unexcused album art through the years.

To commemorate the first fifty episodes I’ve created a master mix containing songs played in podcasts over the past six years. It was a trip to dive down memory lane like this, and it was a fun challenge. There’s 51 tracks for the 51st Episode, which is a mosaic of where the Unexcused have been, and where they’re going. If someone asked me the type of music I listened to, I’d play them this mix. Here’s to Visions.

  1. Episode 51 Intro (Episode 51 – 2013)
  2. Let’s Wrestle – I Won’t Lie To You (Episode 10 – 2008) 
  3. Velvet Underground – White Light, White Heat (Episode 22 – 2009)
  4. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls (Episode 51 – 2013)
  5. Joy Division – Disorder (Episode 15 – 2008)
  6. Washed Out – Feel It All Around (Episode 21 – 2011)
  7. DJ Shadow – Walkie Talkie (Episode 23 – 2009)
  8. Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy (Episode 36 – 2010)
  9. Porcelain Raft – Tip (Episode 42 – 2011)
  10. Big Lebowski – Where’s the Money (Episode 23 – 2009)
  11. Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All (Episode 35 – 2010)
  12. M83 – Kim and Jesse (Episode 21 – 2008)
  13. U.N.K.L.E. – Hold My Hand (Episode 2 – 2007)
  14. Queens of the Stone Age – Monsters in the Parasol (Episode 19 – 2008)
  15. Big Lebowski – Bunch of Amateurs (Episode 23 – 2009)
  16. LCD Soundsytem – I’m Losing My Edge (Episode 15 – 2008)
  17. Holy Fuck – Red Lights (Episode 33 – 2010)
  18. Cush – Arching Heart (Episode 18 – 2008)
  19. Beta Band – Dry the Rain (Episode 3 – 2007)
  20. The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea (Episode 28 – 2009)
  21. MBTA – Next Stop, Central Square (Episode 40 – 2011)
  22. Yo La Tengo – We’re An American Band (Episode 18 – 2008)
  23. Mr. Lif – Earthcrusher (Episode 36 – 2010)
  24. President Obama – Single Flash of Light (Episode 36 – 2010)
  25. J Dilla – Two Can Live (Episode 36 – 2010)
  26. Dan Deacon – Big Milk (Episode 19 – 2008)
  27. Fear & Loathing – Maybe You Should Drive (Episode 4 – 2007)
  28. Fear & Loathing – Getting the Fear (Episode 4 – 2007)
  29. The Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (Episode 7 – 2008)
  30. Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie (Episode 43 – 2012)
  31. D/R/U/G/S – Love (Episode 34 – 2010)
  32. JJ – Ecstasy (Episode 27 – 2009)
  33. Boards of Canada – ROYGBIV (Episode 14 – 2008)
  34. Mint Pillow Cart (Episode 23 – 2009)
  35. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring (Episode 30 – 2010)
  36. Wu Lyf – Spitting Blood (Episode 41 – 2011)
  37. Devon Harris – Follow Your Dreams – (Episode 41 – 2011)
  38. Deerhunter – Desire Lines (Episode 38 – 2010)
  39. Tame Impala – Island Walking (Episode 39 – 2011)
  40. Joy Formidable – Icarus (Episode 12 – 2008)
  41. Millionyoung – Day We Met (Episode 32 – 2010)
  42. Cornelius – Mic Check (Episode 13 – 2008)
  43. Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids (Episode 46 – 2012)
  44. Daft Punk – Something Abo  ut Us (Episode 35 – 2010)
  45. Fort Romeau – Theo (Episode 47 – 2012)
  46. Max Romeo – It Sipple Out Deh (Episode 49 – 2012)
  47. Cut Chemist – What’s The Altitude (Episode 36 – 2010)
  48. Animal Collective – My Girls (Episode 24 – 2009)
  49. Episode Number One Intro (Episode 1 – 2007)
  50. Pela – 7th & 17th (Episode 1 – 2007)
  51. Episode 51 Outro – (Episode 51 – 2013)
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Episode 47 – Money Guns

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Episode 47 - Money Guns

Episode 47 – Money Guns (Artwork – D. Hixon)

Mint Pillow greets the Late Summer with a Heartfelt Mix.

1. Tim Crouse & George McGovern – 220 Million Used Car Salesmen (Gonzo – 2008)
2. NIGO – Ape Sounds Opening (APE SOUNDS – 1999)
3. Holy Other – Know Where (With U – 2010)
4. Fort Romeau – Theo (Kingdoms – 2012)
5. Flight Facilities – Crave You ft. Giselle (Crave You – 2010)
6. Madlib – Chrome Dreams (Chrome Children – 2007)
7. Gramatik – Friday (Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 – 2011)
8. Teen Daze – Treten (All Of Us, Together – 2012)
9. Baths – Aminals (Cerulean – 2010)
10. Jam & Spoon – Stella (Tripomatic Fairytales – 1993)
11. Les Sins – Fetch (Les Sins 7” – 2012)
12. Disclosure – Boiling ft. Sinead Harnett (The Face EP – 2012)
12. CFCF – Invitation To Love (Continent – 2009)

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Episode 33 – Memorial Finals

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Episode 33 - Memorial Finals (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Episode 33 – Memorial Finals (Artwork – D. Hixon)

  1. Johnny Depp as Hunter – A King-Hell Bastard of a Speech, Jimmy Carter (Gonzo – 2008)
  2. Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm (Bringing It All Back Home – 1965)
  3. Jonquil – Parasol (Whistle Low – 2008)
  4. Broken Social Scene – All to All (Forgiveness Rock Record – 2010)
  5. Hemingway Nobel Speech / MF Doom – Burdock Root – Digital-Derek Mix (Special Herbs Volumes 9 and 10 – 2005)
  6. Stereolab – Black Ants in Sound-Dust (Sound-Dust – 2001)
  7. Holy Fuck – Red Lights (Latin – 2010)
  8. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire (Clinging to a Scheme – 2010)
  9. Woods – Blood Dries Darker (At Echo Lake – 2010)
  10. Harlem – Friendly Ghost (Harlem – 2010)
  11. Male Bonding – Years Not Long (Male Bonding – 2010)
  12. The Moles – Bury Me Happy (Untune The Sky – 1991)
  13. LCD Soundsystem – All I Want (This Is Happening – 2010)
  14. The National – Lemonworld (High Violet – 2010)
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Episode 29 – The Punk-Post-No-Rock-Wave Mix

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Episode 29 - The Punk-Post-No-Rock-Wave Mix (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Episode 29 – The Punk-Post-No-Rock-Wave Mix (Artwork – D. Hixon)

I found myself unexpectedly going to my roots in this episode – for reasons I still can’t discern. Growing up – like most adolescent American males, there was a period of my life where, for lack of a better word, punk rock ruled the universe. This podcast is meant to reflect that great angst fueled time. You’ll hear songs from the 70’s – 80’s – 90’s – & 00’s – and hopefully you can see why they’re all part of the same family tree.

1. ‘Gansett Theme Song
2. The Replacements – I Hate Music
3. Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
4. Wavves – So Bored
5. The Dead Milkmen – The Guitar Song
6. The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
7. The Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action
8. Hunter S. Thompson Reading a letter from Burroughs to Jack Kerouac
9. Black Flag – Fix Me
10. Husker Du – Divide and Conquer
11. Units – High Pressure Days
12. Paul Westerberg – Century
13. Jay Reatard – My Family
14. The Hold Steady – Killer Parties

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Episode Memorial Day

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Episode Memorial Day

Episode Memorial Day (Artwork – D. Hixon)

This honestly wasn’t planned. Thus the Gonzo elements such as the volume adjustment. Either way, it’s a song born out of inspiration. Support your Troops, but also remember, Freedom of Speech Kids.

Happy Memorial Day.

Digital-Derek

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Episode 4 – Hiptronic Beat Poetry

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Episode 4 - Hiptronic Beat Poetry

Episode 4 – Hiptronic Beat Poetry (Artwork – D. Hixon)

1. Digital-Derek Mix – RJD2 – Seven Light Years (In Rare Form – 2004)
2. Baron Zen – BZ Theme (Chrome Children 2 – 2007)
3. Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Overpopulation (Unknown)
4. Bullion – Wasn’t Made (Songs In The Key Of Dee – 2004)
5. Spoon – I Turn My Camera On (Gimme Fiction – 2005)
6. Cut Chemist – Storm ft. Mr. Lif & Edan (The Audience’s Listening – 2006)
7. Mr. Lif – Welcome to the Plantation (I Phantom – 2002)
8. Jack Kerouac – Speaking of On the Road
9. Air – Dead Bodies (Virgin Suicide Soundtrack – 1999)
10. Dosh – MPLS Rock and Roll (The Lost Take – 2006)
11. Charles Bukowski – The Secret To My Endurance
12. Röyksopp – Elpe (Melody A.M. – 2001)
13. Allen Ginsberg – HOWL
14. Clark – Ted (Body Riddle – 2006)
15. Nathaniel Merriweather – Koala’s Lament (Loveage: Music To Make Love To You Old Lady By – 2001)
16. Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the Crowd
17. Madvillian – Strange Ways (Mad Villianry – 2004)
18. Quasimoto – Civilization Day (The Further Adventures of Lord Quas – 2004)
19. Johnny Depp as Hunter Thompson – The High Watermark, from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”

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