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Over the next several months I’ll be in Asheville so sporadically that doing a regularly scheduled radio show makes no sense. SO, when I am in town, I’ll head on over to Asheville FM and do a set during an unscheduled slot. I’ll announce those random appearances here and on the AFM website. I’ll also post links to the most recent show here.

I will also continue to write about music and other nonsense in this blog. Stay tuned.

From Discovery’s “How It’s Made”, we have the story of vinyl pressing in two parts. Go straight to Part 2 if you like action films:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Wanna take it to the next level? Check out the project “How Vinyl Records Are Made-And How to Pirate (Copy) A Vinyl Record” from the site DO IT: Projects, Plans and How-Tos (Get Up and Do Something). This is where I found the videos above (courtesy of my friend Dan Ruccia).

Dogon A.D. (Julius Hemphill)Asheville FM (Asheville Free Media) has been up and running for 10 months now! It’s going very well. Check out the site at It’s taken me this long to get things going at the station to the point where I can spend some time on this blog. But now is the time! Don’t be surprised if the look of the blog changes over the next few weeks–and not just the out-of-date headers.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” is on Fridays 2-5pm. You can always hear the most recent show using this DIRECT LINK. You can also go the schedule page, find my show under Friday, and click on ‘Listen’. Playlists are on the Asheville FM website under my show’s page. I will be posting them here as well–along with my usual commentaries.

OK, some music content: I must admit that I’m excited about the upcoming Grinderman 2 record. They just sent me the first single, “Heathen Child,” and it… will likely grow on me. The video trailers for the album, though, are pretty darned interesting, so I’ll try to embed them (never done that before!):

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” will soon be back be broadcasting again. I am currently involved in building a new radio station called Asheville Free Media ( What is AshevilleFM? “Asheville Free Media is a volunteer-based, grassroots community radio station created by Friends of Community Radio, a non-profit entity. Our goal is to add to and reflect the rich stew of arts, culture and community involvement that is Asheville. We want to hear music, news, and the unusual all produced right here in our neck of the woods. We want to hear sounds from around the world, discerned and distilled just for us by our neighbors. We want to help make connections between diverse groups and support the local economy of ideas.”

We’re planning to go live on August 13, in times for Harvest Records’ Transfigurations music festival. Keep an eye on the AshevilleFM website for updates on fundraisers, construction progress (including pictures), our needs list, and general jubilation. As one of my radio buddies, the great Jesse Junior, put it at the construction party, “This is actually going to happen!” Yes indeed, it is actually going to happen.

The picture is of AshevilleFM’s broadcast console, which used to be the console at WMFO in Boston, Tufts University Radio, a great freeform station. You can read my AshevilleFM blog post on this if you’re interested.

Wally Bowen?

Announcement Regarding
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
May, 2009

As of May 2009, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” will no longer air on WPVM-LP in Asheville, NC. The cartoon explains why much more vividly than I could state. It is taken from the Feb. 25, 2009 edition of the Asheville Disclaimer, which its creators remind us “resides in the center of a satire-parody-entertainment vortex and should not be taken seriously.” The Asheville Disclaimer is printed in Asheville’s primary weekly, The Mountain Xpress.

There’s more information regarding what happened at WPVM at the volunteer-run blogspot. OK, now that I got that off my chest, let me say that this radio show is not over, and neither is real community radio in Asheville. Stay tuned for more information–it won’t be long in coming.